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ECOLOGICAL ECONOMY

生态经济(英文版) 主管单位 云南出版集团公司 主办单位 云南教育出版社 出版 生态经济杂志社 社长 李安泰 主编 高晓铃 地址 昆明市环城西路 609 号云南新闻出版大楼 4 楼 邮政编码 650034 国内统一刊号 CN53-1197/F 国际标准刊号 ISSN1673 – 0178 Editorial Planning Manager Jonathan White Deputy Editorial Planning Manager Iain Shaw Arts & Culture, Ecology and Community Editorial Planner Mary Dennis Dining Editorial Planner Tom O'Malley Art Editorial Planner Madeleine O'Dea Music Editorial Planner Wang Ge Stage Editorial Planner Cecily Huang Style Editorial Planner Belle Zhao Copy Editor Lilly Chow Visual Planning Joey Guo Contributors Tiffany Ap, George Bai, Bobby Carleo, Liam Connolly, Stephanie Gillett, Kaiser Kuo, Andrew Leitch, Lisa Liang, Annie Lundin, Eileen Wen Mooney, Amy Saltzman, Tiffany Wang, Emily Young Advertising Agency True Run Media 全国广告总代理 : 深度体验国际广告 ( 北京 ) 有限公司 北京广告代理 : 北京爱见达广告有限公司 地址 : 北京市朝阳区建国路 93 号万达广场 10 号楼 2801 室 邮政编码 : 100022 电话 : 5820 7700, 5820 7100 传真 : 5820 7895 Room 2801, Building 10, Wanda Plaza, 93 Jianguo Road Chaoyang District, Beijing 100022 General Manager Michael Wester Business Development Toni Ma Editorial Director Jerry Chan Art Director Susu Luo Designers Helen He, Yuki Jia, Echo Xie, Li Xing, Li Yang HR Manager Eileen Huang HR Assistant Alice Huang Reception Judy Zhao Marketing Manager Françoise Chu Marketing Executive Clarisse Lau Marketing Assistant Victoria Yang Marketing Intern Veronique Liu Finance Manager Alex Wang Accounting Teresa Tian, Lisa Ji System Administrator Frank Zhang IT Manager James Wang Web Managing Editor Dan Edwards Web Editor Jingjing Luan Photographers Judy Zhou, Song Yang Sales Manager Claire Tang Senior Account Executives Elena Damjanoska, Emma Zhuang Account Executives Lynn Cui, Sally Fang, Gloria Hao, Natalie Tsao, Sophia Zhou Sales Assistants Phoebe Li, Maggie Sun, Angela Zheng Distribution Jenny Wang, Victoria Wang General Inquiries: 5820 7700, 5820 7100 Distribution 5820 7700 Sales & Marketing 5820 7700 Fax: 5820 7895 E-mail: info@truerun.com; sales@truerun.com; editor@thebeijinger.com; distribution@truerun.com; listings@truerun.com; marketing@truerun.com

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CONTENTS

LIVE MUSIC

LETTERS & NOTES ................................................................................................. 6 WHAT’S HAPPENING: FEBRUARY ................................................................... 8 CITY SCENE .......................................................................................................... 10 Pics of the parties in Scene & Heard, and you tell us you’re an animal. Plus, win things in Trivia Travails

FEATURE Top bands for 2010 REVIEWS Alicia Keys, Eels, Muscle Snog, My Little Airport Q&A Wang Yue, Lidong Band

ARTS & CULTURE ...................... 67

ECOLOGY

Saving China’s tigers, and tigrine facts galore

COVER FEATURE .............................................................................. 18 A Beijing tigress’ tale of blooming romance, broken hearts and stalkers

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ART FEATURE “Asian Landmark” at Iberia CINEMA FEATURE The Great Sage on celluloid STAGE FEATURE Beijing Wind Orchestra pops up the classical

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MUST HAVE Heart-shaped cookware HOT BUYS Valentine’s Day gifts WHAT’S NEW: SHOPS Mr.Ms, Demeter Fragrance Library, Toni&Guy at the Hilton and Bonbon Bins INSPECT A GADGET Pimp your laptop with wireless accessories FASHION FIVE-OH The things Beijingers get up to with animal print FEATURE Jewelry designer Gao Yuan

DINING...............................31 WHAT’S NEW: RESTAURANTS La Sushi, Guo Jia Cai, Scott’s Family Pizza, Laburnum, La Pizza, Napoli, Yun Hai Yao, Chao Dian Q&A Thai talk with Tobi Demker from Purple Haze

ALLEYWAY GOURMET Chinese bangers GRAPE PRESS Bargain bubbles CHEF’S SELECTION Geoffrey Weckx of W Dine & Wine TAKE 5 Tables for one BEIJING EATS Xinjiang LUNCH IN TRANSLATION “Heartbreak” noodles

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FEATURE Glorious Granada

SPORTS & COMMUNITY ......... 81 SPORTS & FITNESS

NIGHTLIFE......................................51 BARS & CLUBS

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WHAT’S NEW: BARS & CLUBS Club Le ZaZou, Lantern, White Rabbit, Tryst, The One, Mako, Laotou, Lee Theatre Bar CLUBHOUSE Sammy Ahadu gets irie for Bob Marley PARTY LIKE A … Leaked memo TAKE 5 Bars to see sparks fly

TAKE 5 Anyone for doubles? FEATURE Halfpipe dreams

HEALTH & COMMUNITY

FEATURE Time for a checkup?

CLASSIFIEDS .............................. 92 ICH BIN EIN BEIJINGER Here for the long haul

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LETTERS & NOTES FROM THE EDITOR

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appy New Year. Again. It’s Lunar New Year this time. And it’s Valentine’s Day too. The stars have aligned to combine millennia of tradition with the patron saint of hastily bought chocolates and thoughtless greeting cards. It brings forth a mix of tigers and dating, and how could that end badly? Tigers get a solid thumbs-up. They are one of the major reasons that people find normal cats such a disappointment. They are at least half responsible for ligers and tigons. More proof, if it were needed, is that Tygra was the smartest of all the Thundercats. And then there’s Frosties. Dating, on the other hand, is much less clear. That’s because I’m English. Prior to Beijing my experience of dates was from watching Friends, and from shopping in Arabic supermarkets. Where I’m from, the closest thing to a date is to “take someone out for a drink.” Much like the celebration of births, the toasting of nuptials and the mourning of the dead, courtship takes place in the pub. There’s no “grabbing a bite to eat” or “going to the pictures” unless you’re fully paid-up, cardcarrying going out with someone. Apparently in cosmopolitan Beijing such parochial thinking does not cut the mustard. Everyone’s all about dating (and brunch, too, but that’s another story). In summary, I can now admit to having been on a date but I still know nothing about them. I can’t vouch for having been on the fabled date from hell, although I don’t think the people I dated can say the same. Sorry. Lots of you seem to have been on your fair share of bad dates here, though, and no group more so than women. Dating in Beijing is not a bed of roses – we get it. This won’t fix that, but we might give you some ideas where to go and be lonely. Now give us a smile. That’s better.

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BEIJING BABBLE “The only SOLUTION – kidnap a blond baby.” – from the thread “How to have a blonde baby for Chinese woman”

GIVETH AWAY Win two

“Same as it always has been, staring at foreigners.” – from the thread “What is the Hot Game This Year in Beijing”

by correctly answering this month’s Trivia Travails (p12).

“My eyelashes already wanna give them a tug?”

tickets for the St. Patrick’s Day Irish Ball 2010 on March 13, courtesy of Irish Network China, Be the first person to spot this month’s Bogus Ad and win vouchers for

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Caped crusader Susu Luo teamed up with mild-mannered photographer Judy Zhou to capture this month’s cover image.

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f-ing rule, and they are real, – from the thread “Eyelash Extension”

“Wow...[Rihanna] really does have a big head...still cute though.” – from the thread “New Beautiful People” “Hmm, but how do you know which phone ID is the girl’s, and which is the old guy’s next to her?” – from the thread “Using Bluetooth to Pick Up Gals” “Chinese people have developed.”

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WHAT’S HAPPENING

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Music: When Bach Meets Beatles

Dance: Lar Lubovitch Dance Company

Maybe they are, like, the B brothers. See Feature, p73. RMB 80-400. 7.30pm. NCPA Concert Hall (6655 0000)

World-class modern dance in China? What a mitzvah. RMB 80-480. 7.30pm. NCPA Theatre House (6655 0000)

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Sport: Super Bowl XLIV

Craft: Chinese Cloth Tiger Toy

Miami comes to Paddy’s on a massive drip. Free. 5am. Paddy O’Shea’s (6415 6389)

Make the magic pillow before time runs out. Quick! RMB 150, RMB 120 (children under 12). 2-5pm. China Culture Center (6432 9341)

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22 Film: There Once Was an Employee A film worth its salt. Directed by Anne Kunvari. In French, with both English and Chinese subtitles. RMB 20. 7.30pm. French Cultural Centre (6553 2627)

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Music: Shouwang Carsick Cars frontman goes experimental. RMB 30, RMB 20 (students). 8pm. D-22 (6265 3177)

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Tickets go on sale for this year’s extravaganza. 9am. The Bookworm (6586 9507)

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Shifen Festival Drama, mime, Peking opera and modern dance – for the YouTube generation. See Cheekymonkeytheater.com. Penghao Theatre (6400 6452/72)

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The jittery Irish and their loud shoes, to be sure. RMB 180-1,680. 7.30pm. Beijing Exhibition Theatre (6835 4455)

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Film: Nightshift

DJ: Broken Fifth

Enjoy the ennui of the production line. In French, with both English and Chinese subtitles. RMB 20. 7.30pm. French Cultural Centre (6553 2627)

If it ain’t broke, don’t fifth it. So say DJs Ouyang, Eddie Lv, Shen Yue and Cedric. Free. 9pm. Yugong Yishan (6404 2711)

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Food: Wine n’ Dine with Lorena Luo Learn about China’s foodrelated environmental woes. Includes wine-paired meal. RMB 250. 7-10pm. Black Sesame Kitchen (136 9147 4408) www.blacksesamekitchen.com

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Music: Holy Ghost

DJ: Hotpot

One part spiritual, two parts New York disco-punk. Price and time TBD. Lan (5109 6012)

DJs Wordy and Lomang collide for the latest edition of Beijing’s most eclectic party. Free. 10pm. Punk (6410 5222)

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Comedy: Chopschticks Comedy Night

Ballet: The Lady of the Camellias

Belly laughs. And some of the worst heckling ever. Tickets at 158 1026 1614. RMB 300, RMB 250 (advance, before Feb 4). 9pm. Hard Rock Cafe (6590 6688 ext 2571)

Based on Alexandre Dumas’ novel. Not the swashbuckling one. Tickets at 6417 7845. RMB 180-1,080. 7.30pm. NCPA Theatre (6655 0000)

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Art: Asian Landmark

Garage trio jam hard rock. RMB 40, RMB 30 (students). 10pm. D-22 (6265 3177)

20 artists riffing on cars. Vroom. See Feature, p70. Iberia Center for Contemporary Art (5978 9530)

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SCENE & HEARD

Bling’s New Year's Eve party. Photos courtesy of Bling

Yen Countdown at 706 Factory on Dec 31. Photos courtesy of o2culture

Ray-Ban and Peking University Eye Center join forces for Ray-Ban’s new sunglasses on Dec 22 at Beijing News Plaza Hotel. Photos courtesy of Ray-Ban

Toni&Guy’s Hilton salon opening on Dec 6. Photo courtesy of Toni&Guy

Genesis 2010 New Year’s Eve Party at Image Base. Photos courtesy of Acupuncture

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TALK ABOUT TOWN

Easy, Tiger

What animal are you in the bedroom? At some point or other in your Beijing life, you and another participant will be making the beast with two backs. But exactly what beast are we talking about? We sent Amy Saltzman and Stephanie Gillett to find out.

I think I would be a black bear because I’m harmless and I move slowly and deliberately, but I get the job done.

Mike Irving,

27, US

A leopard, because they’re sleek and sexy, fierce but gentle.

Kamina Nagel, 23, Germany

I would describe myself as a stallion, because once I start there’s no stopping me.

Paul Alderson, 28, UK

The animal I’m most like is an octopus, because when I get nervous I squirt all over.

Andrew Haas, 23, US

PHOTOS: STEPHANIE GILLETT AND AMY SALTZMAN

I would be a prairie dog because I’m in and out of the hole. And in and out.

Kent Chapman, 26, US

Err ... a rabbit ... you know why.

Samuel Fowler, 22, UK

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PEKING PIC

Nobody told these two about the snowpark in The Bird’s Nest. Or did they? Photo by Xiao Yi Got a Peking Pic? Send it to editor@thebeijinger.com for a chance to win a bottle of Luis Felipe Edwards 2007 Dancing Flame Chardonnay.

TRIVIA TRAVAILS

Answers to January’s Trivia Travails:

Each month we run a series of questions based on the content of the issue. Answer them all correctly and win free stuff! This month’s prize is two tickets (worth RMB 998 each) for the St. Patrick’s Day Irish Ball on Mar 13, courtesy of the Irish Network China.

1. d) the Beef Injection 2. a) Rhône Valley 3. b) businessmen 4. c) Chicago 5. a) Luga’s Villa 6. c) Stan Lai 7. c) chickens 8. b) hockey players 9. a) 2030 and 2040 Last month’s winner was Chloe Lu.

Email your answers to editor@thebeijinger.com

1. Which of Bob Marley’s children is Samuel Ahadu not a fan of ? a) Stephen Marley b) Ziggy Marley c) Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley d) Ky-Mani Marley

4. Osama bin Laden’s favorite building in the world is said to be: a) Taipei 101 b) The Albatross c) The Albayzin d) The Alhambra

7. How will Purple Haze celebrate their fifth anniversary? a) daily gifts to customers b) a party at Chocolate c) sponsoring an elephant d) all of the above

2. What year were Chinese sausages first documented? a) 1949 b) 1812 c) 1066 d) 589 BC

5. Approximately how many wild Siberian tigers still live in China? a) 0 b) 20 c) 60 d) 200

8. What’s the name of Jiang Chongwei’s work in Iberia’s “Asian Landmark”? a) The East is Red b) Climbing the Cold Mountain c) World Map d) Power of People

3. Indie rock band Free The Birds were formerly known as: a) My Little Airport b) Pacalolo c) Ziyo d) Pet Conspiracy

6. Who stars as Confucius in the new blockbuster film? a) Andy Lau b) Ben Kingsley c) Chow Yun-fat d) Stephen Chow

9. In which Olympic event is China a new gold medal threat? a) Women’s snowboard halfpipe b) Men’s two-man bobsled c) Women’s ice hockey d) Men’s biathlon relay

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PHOTO: ROGER HOOPER / WWF-CANON

A wild Bengal tiger prowls Kanha National Park in Madhya Pradesh, India


There are

8 subspecies of tiger, 3 of which are extinct

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18-22 wild Siberian tigers still living

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TIGER STATS in China There are between

0-30 Indochinese and Bengal

tigers still living in China The wild Siberian tiger population in Russia has multiplied from less than

500 today

about

It has been

40 in the 1940s to

25 years since a South China tiger

has been seen in the wild The tiger is listed as one of the

10 most

endangered species in the world On average, tigers give birth to

2-2.5 years

every

2-3 cubs

In Russia, where prey is scarce, territory for a single

200 to 400sqkm for females and 800 to 1,000sqkm for males tiger runs from

Tiger cubs become independent at about

18 months,

but do not leave their mother until they are

2-3 years old

about

There are as many as

7,000 tigers being kept

as pets in the United States alone The world wild tiger population has gone from

100,000 about a century ago to as few as 3,200 today about

The Siberian is the largest tiger subspecies, weighing up to

350kg and measuring 3m in length

A liger is a cross between a female tiger and a male lion, and is bigger than any of the big cats (up to

680kg and 4m in length)

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A Walk on the Wild Side

HOW TIGER FARMS COULD DRIVE CHINA'S WILD SIBERIAN TIGERS TO EXTINCTION by Mary Dennis

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by humans. “Hunting was a big problem. Thirty or forty years ago, people would shoot tigers because you would get a prize from the government. Tigers were considered a pest,” explains Professor Xu Hongfa, the head of the wildlife trade regulation group TRAFFIC’s East Asia Program. By 1993, China’s wild tiger population was on the brink of extinction. That year, the government issued a ban on the sale of tiger parts, which are believed by some to have curative properties in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).

“Tiger farm dealers want the government to reopen the tiger trade" By this time, tiger farms were already big business – the Harbin park was opened in 1986 with central government funding, and made money through the sale of tiger parts until 1993. Since then, the parks have claimed they are attempting to reintroduce captive tigers into the wild, but no released

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tiger has yet survived outside of captivity, and at least one park has been caught illegally selling tiger parts since 1993. The tigers’ genetic viability is also in question, as they are descended from just eight original cats. The controversy over these farms lies not so much in what they are doing, but in what they want to do. “Tiger farm dealers now want the government to reopen the tiger trade. TCM in China is a very big business,” says Xu. “If they open the tiger trade, it will stimulate demand, and high demand will stimulate poaching. With the tiger population as small as it is, any damage to the wild tiger will make them extinct.” Liu Dan, director of the Harbin Tiger Park, argues that without the tiger trade, the parks face bankruptcy. “Although the government gives tax breaks, allowances and expenses to train the tigers to live in the wild, the center’s major revenue comes from ticket sales, which average about RMB 10 million a year and is only enough to pay for a year’s food supply for 300 tigers,” Liu told Xinhua News. He added that the park has over 100 dead tigers kept in giant freezers,

PHOTO: KLEIN & HUBERT/WWF

here are t igers i n Harbi n. Hundreds of them. I’m waiting for the Number One Adventure Bus at the Harbin Siberian Tiger Park, and I can hear tigers from behind a plastic sheet and chain link fence. I walk along the dirt road, crunching gravel beneath my sneakers, when the plastic sheeting ends and suddenly I stop. Face to face with a tiger. It’s about 20 feet away, watching me from the bushes. Bigger than I ever imagined a tiger could be, its bright yellow eyes locked on me, tail twitching. We both stand there, the tiger calm and me combating an animalistic urge to run. Tiger farms like this one exist all across China, with over 5,000 semi-tame tigers breeding both cubs and controversy. Meanwhile, the nation’s wild tiger count hovers at around 20 Siberian tigers in the north, and anywhere from 0-30 Indochinese and Bengal tigers in Yunnan and Tibet. In 1900, the world still had a healthy tiger population of about 100,000, a number that was quickly decimated by a loss of habitat and prey, as well as widespread hunting


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Jilin province, on the border with Russia. “The Russian side can only support about 500 tigers,” says Xu. “We want to enlarge the tiger habitat to attract tigers from Russia. The government supports this, the locals support it, and I think it will be successful. The only problem is there is a chain fence across much of the border. It could take ten, twenty years to get wild tigers back to China.” Further south, Save Ch ina’s Tigers is work i n g on a n a mbit ious pl a n to re-introduce the South China tiger, which has not been sighted in the wild in over 25 years, and is largely considered to be functionally extinct. “We are planning to bring the first re-wilded South China tigers back to China in September. A lot still needs to happen, but we are working with the State Forestry Administration, the State Reform and Development Committee on this,” says Li Quan, the founding director of Save China’s Tigers. The group has high hopes, but even if their efforts fail, their work in establishing a pilot wildlife reserve is a success for the conservation movement. Quan and Xu’s dedication demonstrates the best possible way a human can channel a fascination with tigers. China’s tiger farms demonstrate some of the worst. Here, on a dark concrete walkway overlooking a tiger pit, RMB 40 gets you a live chicken. You can tie the chicken to a stick and dangle it above about 20 tigers. Today, a group of tourists are playing chicken piñata; to reach it, the tigers leap over ten feet in the air from a dead standstill. Even after the chicken has had a leg ripped almost entirely off, the tourists still hold the half-dead bird just out of reach, baiting the tigers for another minute before one of them catches it. Once caught, the tiger brings its massive jaws down on the chicken’s throat, killing it instantly. Humans – we’re supposedly capable of love and compassion to an extent that other species are not, yet we feed on suffering, enjoy watching it, prolonging it. Tigers don’t. They are too awesome. For groups like TR AFFIC and Save China’s Tigers, changing public perception and raising awareness is as important as setting aside habitat and reintroducing tigers. “In the 1960s, you were considered a hero if you killed a tiger,” says Xu. Now, the last person to kill a tiger in China – a farmer in Yunnan who last February shot and ate an Indochinese tiger near the Laotian border – was sentenced to 12 years in jail. Perceptions and policies concerning tigers may be changing – but the question now is whether they are changing fast enough to save this big cat from extinction. I watch as the tiger below me delicately plucks the dead chicken with its teeth. In a few minutes, nothing remains but a pile of feathers and a tiger trapped in a concrete pit, licking its paws clean. www.thebeijinger.com

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which cost more than RMB 2 million a year to operate. The park’s tiger population is set to top 1,000 this year. Liu’s frozen tiger dilemma has done little to sway the minds of activists, and much of the international community, including the World Bank, has publicly denounced tiger farming. Even with the ban in place, however, TRAFFIC estimates that about 20 wild tigers are killed in Russia each year, and then smuggled in for sale on the Chinese market. Several weeks ago, the Chinese government released a report to CITES (the Convent ion on Internat ional Trade in Endangered Species) stating they would not reopen the tiger trade at this time. I can’t help but think of the dead frozen tigers sleeping in their icy tombs as I stare at their inbred offspring behind the fence at the Harbin tiger farm. Silently, the tiger I’m watching pads towards me, its massive paws gracefully carrying its enormous body, muscles rippling under a thick winter coat. Hardly breathing, I back away and hurry back to the bus, which closes its doors and bounces along towards the farm entrance. A sign at the gate lists the rules, including: “It is forbidden to bump the tigers with the cars” and “It is forbidden to play with the tigers by casting articles out the window.” There are groups working to restore a healthy population of wild Siberian tigers to China. TRAFFIC, a joint program of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is currently working to establish a refuge in

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COVER FEATURE

BEIJING, 2010. THIRTEEN MILLION SOULS, 12 ZODIAC SIGNS, ALL LOOKING FOR A MATE. BUT IT AIN'T EASY FOR A GIRL TO FIND A WARM-BLOODED CREATURE SHE'S COMPATIBLE WITH.

WE KEPT EACH OTHER WARM.

HI.

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DOG WAS MY FIRST LOVE. WHEN I FIRST SAW HIM, HE LOOKED SO WELL-BRED, SO FULL OF VITALITY.

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LAMB KEBAB? I KNOW JUST THE PLACE!

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WE EXPLORED BEIJING TOGETHER. IT WAS SO ROMANTIC. BUT AS IS TOO OFTEN THE CASE IN THIS EPHEMERAL CITY, ONE DAY …

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NOOOOOOOOOOO! WAHEY!

… HE HAD TO GO.

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IT TOOK SOME TIME, BUT EVENTUALLY I MOVED ON.

WHAT? HUH? NO, THERE’S A DELAYYOU FIRST. DOG? DOG?!

IT DIDN’T WORK.

MONKEY CAUGHT MY EYE ACROSS A CROWDED BAR. HE WAS SO MANLY, DRINKING WITH HIS RUGBY PALS.

... SO I TOOK CARE OF BUSINESS.

I USUALLY DON'T DO P.D.A. BUT IT WAS ANIMAL ATTRACTION.

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IT COULDN’T LAST. HE WAS ALL OVER ANYTHING IN A SKIRT ...

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OH NO SHE DIDN'T!

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I SEEMED TO HAVE MUCH MORE IN COMMON WITH THE NEXT GUY I DATED. HE SEEMED ODDLY FAMILIAR AND EVER SO CHARMING.

THAT MONKEY HAD IT COMING.

YOU GOT SERVED!

URRRRRGH

OOH, I WILL!

CALL ME, TIGER ...

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HE JUST TEXTED ME. AGAIN.

THE ATTENTION WAS GETTING WEIRD. HE WOULDN’T LEAVE ME ALONE …

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ALL MEN ARE PIGS.

WILL I NEVER FIND MR. RIGHT?

GIRL, HE’S STALKERCREEPY.

I GOT THE FEELING THAT HE WAS GETTING OBSESSED. IT WAS LIKE HE KNEW EVERYTHING I WAS DOING.

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THAT’S WHY I HAD TO DUMP HIS FATAL ATTRACTION ASS AND GO OUT FOR DRINKS WITH THE GIRLS.

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YOU NEED MR. RIGHT NOW!


I DIDN'T KNOW WHO TO LISTEN TO. SO I LET DRINKING DO MY THINKING. AND THAT'S HOW I ENDED UP WITH OX.

RRRROAWR!

OHHHHHH!

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... I KNEW IT WASN’T A GOOD IDEA. BUT HE SEEMED NICE.

OK, HE SEEMED REALLY NICE AND I WAS DRUNK.

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I’M SO SORRY. THAT’S NEVER HAPPENED TO ME BEFORE … I’LL GET MY COAT.

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SO MUCH FOR MY SELF-ESTEEM.

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JUST WHEN I HAD GIVEN UP HOPE AND SWORN OFF MEN COMPLETELY, A NEW GUY TRANSFERRED INTO MY DEPARTMENT AT WORK. I WAS INTO HIM STRAIGHT AWAY, BUT I COULDN'T TELL IF HE LIKED ME.

IT TURNED OUT HE DID LIKE ME.

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WE BECAME INSEPARABLE.

OH PIGGY, YOU KNOW I’VE GOT A CONFERENCE CALL IN FIVE MINUTES! 22

READER, I MARRIED HIM.

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Circulon 11'' Sweetheart Griddle Make your sweetheart a breakfast to remember. The romantic powers of this griddle do not stop on Valentine’s Day - it can be used everyday for hearty brunch staples like eggs and French toast, sexy late-night nibbles like grilled cheese or stay-in spicy quesadilla dinners. RMB 398. Meyer Gourmet store. Unit B125, B1/F, China Central Place, 77-81 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District (5969 5283)

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learance sales are over, and the mannequins are all dressed up in their spring finery. The new collections include many “crossover collaborations.” Jil Sander has teamed up with Uniqlo for a limited spring/summer collection, including a gentlemen’s fine-gauge V-neck sweater (RMB 199) and a perfectly finished black or dark grey suit (RMB 999). Spanish fashion chain Mango has commissioned Moises de la Renta to design a line of T-shirts accessorized with tulle, jewelry and stones (RMB 250-350). Sportswear giant Adidas has partnered with Disney for infant and kids’ “performance products.” Streetwear store Source brought in a crew of Imperial Stormtroopers to celebrate being the exclusive retailer of Adidas Original’s Star Wars limited edition apparel and footwear. If these retailing maneuvers fail to impress you, let’s look at what some individual boutiques have in store. At the UCCA store, “Warm Your Heart, Warm Your Soul” is the theme of the store’s “China Design” products, centering on plush handwarmers with a built-in electric heating element. For every two warmers sold, one will be donated to underprivileged children in western China. Other heartwarming items include a blue flower hot-water bottle and a rabbit sculpture series. Sanlitun’s Original Design Circle has launched many new products as well; local interior designer Jia Li has created twelve sleek crystal-studded bookmarks (RMB 148 each) featuring the ears of the zodiac animals, and Guo Changxi has produced lighting fixtures repurposed from flower-printed paper shopping bags (RMB 90 each). If you like something, don’t hesitate to buy – all the stalls are pop-up (i.e. here today, gone tomorrow). Devotees of Marc Jacobs know that his “Special Items” (a line of charming, low-priced accessories) can be found at the brand’s two Beijing stores, Shin Kong Place and China World Shopping Mall. In appreciation of Jacob’s Chinese fans, they’ve produced postcard tees printed with its Shin Kong Place store address (RMB 390). If these tees are not to your taste, there’s plenty of other options: shopping bags (RMB 210), rings (RMB 100), and other jewelry. Sad news: All stores in the CBD’s Maison Mode shopping mall, including Bally, BCBG Max Azria, Coppelia, Paul & Shark and Stone Island, mysteriously shut down their doors one night in late December. When we asked the staff in the mall about whether these stores will re-open, we got this ambiguous answer: “There’s Shin Kong Place mall just five minutes away.” Belle Zhao

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ACCESSORIES a&! The designer of Hong Kong label a&! take safety belts from old automobiles and transform them into functional, stylish bags. B161 B1/F, New Gate City Mall, 19 Zhongguancun Dajie, Chaoyang District. (8575 2170) 朝阳区海淀区中关村大街 19号新中关大厦新中关购物中心地下1层 Blue Lotus This Houhai restaurant/bar features a small section where accessories are sold. Mon-Fri 1.30pm-2am, Sat-Sun 11.30am-2am. 51-6, Di’anmen Dajie (Qianhaixiyan), Xicheng District. (6617 2599/2733) 蓝莲花餐吧, 西城区地安门西大 街51-6号(北海北门对面天荷坊14内) DimSum of all things Asian Korean-Canadian designer Currie Lee’s store showcases bags and jewelry of sophisticated design, all made from 100% natural and recycled material that she collected on her travels throughout Asia. Daily 1-9pm or by appointment. Unit A116, 1/F, Nali Patio, 81 Sanlitun Beilu, Chaoyang District. (8559 1587) 亚点亚心, 朝阳区三里屯北路81号那 里花园A116室 Fei Space A 798 space that used to be designer Lin Jing’s own home, Fei Space stocks clothes, furniture and home décor accessories by local and international designers. Tue-Sun, 10am-6pm. 4 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District (5978 9580) 朝阳区酒仙桥路798艺术区 HKTDC Design Gallery If you love good design, you’ll never want to leave the Hong Kong Trade Development Council’s Design Gallery, with its variety of jewelry, handbags, watches, diningware and many other knickknacks. Daily 10am-10pm. AA16, 1/F, The Malls at Oriental Plaza, 1 Dongchang’an Jie, Dongcheng District. (8518 4822) 东城区东长安街1号东方新天地 1层AA16号 Lost and Found Quaint household odds and ends collected from around China, as well as items designed by the store’s owners. Daily 10.30am-8pm. 42 Guozijian Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6401 1855) 失 物招领, 东城区国子监大街42号 Original Design Circle Exhibits and retails Beijing’s most up-and-coming designers’ works. Daily 9.30am-10pm. B1/F, Bldg 10, South Area, The Village at Sanlitun, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6415 2472) 三里屯原创界, 朝阳区朝阳区三里屯南 路19号三里屯Village10号楼地下1层

ANTIQUES & REPRODUCTIONS C.L. Ma Furniture Highly respected antique dealer sells antique and reproduced trunks, tables, chairs, shelves, screens etc. to an enthusiastically loyal customer base from here to Hong Kong. Daily 10am7.30pm. Rm 116, Bldg 4, Park Avenue, 6 Chaoyang Gongyuan Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (6466 7040/6530 6475) www.xn-fjqv0l023e.com 可乐马家俱北京分公司, 朝 阳区朝阳公园南路6号公园大道4号楼116室 Lily’s Antiques Specializing in high class antique furniture (mainly from nothern China, in walnut and elmwood) and custom-made furniture, for the local market. Also wholesale for antique and newly made furniture. Excellent service for international transportation of furniture. Furthermore a wide selection of accessories is offered. 1) Daily 8.30am-6pm. Gaobeidian Showroom, 6 Gaobeidian Furniture Street, Chaoyang District. Contact Lily Quan (6572 9746, 138 0139 6309) (8579 2458, www.lilys-antiques.com); 2) Visit by Appointment. Factory and Warehouse Address, Baimiao industry area, Songzhuang town, Tongzhou District. Contact Lily Quan (6572 9746, 138 0139 6309) (138 0139 6309) 华伦古典家具, 1) 朝阳区高碑店家俱一条街69号; 2) 通州区工 厂地址,通州区宋庄镇白庙村工业大院 Lost and Found Its stock made up in part of household odds and ends collected from around China and partly of items designed by the store’s owners – one Chinese, one American, both professional designers – Lost and Found is a bright Guozijian store whose space is complemented by its wood-beamed ceiling and large, light-seducing windows. You’ll run into everything you can imagine here,

from a sewing machine, flasks and cushions to rubber-soled cloth shoes, jewelry and alarm clocks. Daily 10.30am-8pm. 42 Guozijian Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6401 1855) 失物招领, 东城区国子监大街42号 Tanghouse Gallery Tanghouse specializes in custom-made furniture manufactured in Beijing. Their designs bridge contemporary and classic styles, characterized by clean lines and quality raw materials, including hardwoods, skins and stones. Online sales only. Daily 9.30am-6pm. Rm 1132, 11/F, Tower A, Gateway Square, Sanyuanqiao, Chaoyang District. (6764 2214, 139 1007 3689) www.tanghouse.cn 逸唐 居, 朝阳区三元桥佳程广场A座1132室

BEAUTY PARLORS, SPAS & MASSAGE 99 Massage and Spa Center Clean, comfortable and relaxing massage. Free food, drinks and fruit. Aromatic oil massage (RMB 200-380), body/foot massage (RMB 150/100). Single and double rooms. Daily 11am-midnight. Rm 703, E-Tower C12, Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6501 0799) 99按摩中心, 朝阳区光华路丙12号数码 01大厦703室(嘉里中心与国贸之间) Aibosen Blindman Massage Foot, body and oil massages employing the muchfamed special powers of blind male and female masseurs. Staff receive high standards of TCM training; expect to pay extra for a “master.” RMB 88 for 70 minutes. 11A Liufang Beili, Chaoyang District. (6465 2044, 6466 1247) 爱博森盲人按摩院, 朝阳 区柳芳北里甲11号 Anantara Spa Massages start from RMB 480 (60min) and facials are available from RMB 520. Daily 10am-10pm (flexible opening hours on request). The Commune, Shuiguan Great Wall, Badaling Gaosulu, Yanqing County. (8118 1888 ext 5100/01, anantaraspa@commune.com.cn) 延庆县八 达岭高速路水关长城出口长城脚下的公社凯 宾斯基饭店 Angel Hands Enjoy vigorous deep-tissue massage, soothing and gentle massage, or a combination of both. Daily 24hrs. Rm 1801, Bldg 2, Jianwai Soho, 39 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (8631 0801) 朝阳区东三环中路39号建外Soho2号 楼1801室 Arinya Massage and Spa 1/F, Zifeng Bldg, 1 Dayabao Hutong, Chaoyang District. (6525 5799) 朝阳区大雅宝胡同1号梓峰大厦1层 Askido Nail-lab Centre Offers wide range of innovative nail care products, not to mention over 200 shades of fabulous nail polish. Daily 10.30am9pm. Store 329, 3/F, U-Town Lifestyle Center,Chaoyangmenwai, Chaoyang District. (5975 4522) 爱饰绮朵美甲会社, 朝阳 区朝阳门外悠唐生活广场3层329商铺 Beijing Miaoshou Foot Massage 6/F, Gangmei Bldg, 1 Xiagongfu, Wangfujing Dajie (behind Beijing Hotel), Dongcheng District. (6512 0868) 北京妙手足底按摩, 东城 区王府井大街霞公府1号港美大厦6层 Beijing Salon Vajra Catering to clients who demand very personal service, this experienced team of British and Hong Kong stylists and colorists offers professional hairdressing services, and luxury hand and foot spa treatments. Mon-Sat 10am-8pm. S106, Glory World Apartments, 18 Gongti Xilu, Chaoyang District. (6551 6461/2/3) www.vajra.com.hk 画间沙龙, 朝阳区工体 西路18号光彩国际公寓S106 Bodhi Sense Like the original branch of Bodhi on Gongti, Bodhi Sense draws inspiration from both Thai and Chinese culture, but boasts an added touch of luxury. There are ten foot-massage rooms and an additional ten treatment rooms, all exquisitely decorated Daily 11am12.30am. 2/F, Somerset Grand Fortune Garden, 46 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (8440 1495) 朝阳区亮马桥路46号盛 捷副景苑公寓2层 Bodhi Therapeutic Retreat Located in a six-floor building opposite the north gate of the Workers’ Stadium, the original Bodhi Therapeutic Retreat offers a variety of professional treatments – Thai style massage (RMB 288/90 min), facials (from RMB 320), foot massages (RMB 158/85 min), and pedicures (RMB 68 at the


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by Belle Zhao

FOR HER Pamper her feet with these gold or silver “Love Lamé” soft leather shoes by Newbark. These dazzling hand-sewn flats come gift-wrapped in the metallic fabric. RMB 3,350. Lane Crawford If you can’t afford to buy her a sparkling solitaire, consider the Cup Ring designed by Yusuke Fujinuma and Yoko Yamazaki. It sports a hilarious “two-karat diamond” handle. She’ll be the envy of the typing pool … as long as she’s holding her coffee. RMB 198. www.ixiqi.com This beautiful bath collection will make her feel like she’s soaking in sweet chocolate. The shower gel (RMB 89), perfume (RMB 49), body lotion (RMB 79), body cream (RMB 129) and shower lotion, (RMB 59) can be purchased separately or as a gift set. www.sephora.cn These innocent-looking vibes offer various flavors of stimulation. Choose from Cute Tickler, Rebel Tickler, Sunny Tickler, Mystic Tickler and Bunny Tickler. RMB 298 each. Source With their shimmering paisley and semiprecious stone brooches, any of these showy, hand-sewn silk clutches would make the perfect conversation piece for an evening party. RMB 936 and up. D-SATA

FOR HIM A practical gift for sport lovers. The Aquabeat MP3 player, a collaboration between Speedo and iRiver, will allow him to rock his playlist while doing laps. It’s waterproof to depths of three meters and attaches easily to swimsuits, goggles, board shorts, etc. RMB 600 and up. www.taobao.com Diesel Fuel for Life’s woody-spicy scent suggests a rebellious masculinity. Even the packaging is sexy – the cologne bottle is stitched into a rugged sheath with a side zipper. Ideal for last-minute shoppers, as Sephora provides online ordering and delivery service. RMB 550. www.sephora.cn This mod-inspired skinny tie by Volcom is a must-have for any street-smart clotheshorse. RMB 198. Source Gadgets make a man’s heart go pitter-pat. The Aerial7 Graffiti headphones deliver power and rich sound in a small package. Its bold colors make it a smart accessory. Compatible with all MP3 players, iPods and iPhones. RMB 450 (headphones), RMB 350 (earphones). Source With this keyring, which features an adorable London double-decker, your man will never lose his keys again. RMB 9,556. www.mulberry.com

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What’s New SHOPS

Demeter Fragrance Library Daily 10am-9.40pm. SLG29, The Village at Sanlitun, Sanlitun Beilu, Chaoyang District (no tel)

朝阳区三里屯路19号三里屯Village地下1层 SLG29

Mr.Ms by Joy Grace Daily 10.30am-midnight. Store 126, World City, 10 Dongdaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District (8590 7789)

Ladies and gents, if you’ve ever wanted to smell like tomato, vinyl or even dirt, Demeter Fragrance Library will realize your craziest aroma fantasy. Founded in 1993 in New York, Demeter specializes in fragrances based on familiar, everyday scents. Their small, immaculate shop in The Village stocks more than 300 scents, many of which (e.g. cucumber, tomato, cigar) are extracted from the real thing instead of being synthesized from chemicals. Come summertime, if you miss the snowdrifts, you can pick up a snow-scented fragrance for RMB 279. Or, for the same price, you can breathe the fresh air of spring by wearing the scent of green grass. Belle Zhao

朝阳区东大桥路十号世界城126商铺

When it comes to multi-brand high-end retailers in Beijing, the list has been exclusive indeed – only I.T, Lane Crawford and The Swank. Now Mr.Ms has joined the club. Owner and buyer Geng Li, former stylist for several fashion brands, handpicks her collection from Paris, Milan, Tokyo, and Hong Kong. With stock that ranges from luxury (Dior, Prada and Gucci) to high street (Forever 21), the store caters to fashionistas of any wallet size. The most coveted items include sky-high red plastic sandals by Vivienne Westwood (RMB 2,980), a series of Comme des Garçons PLAY T-shirts (RMB 1,280), and a quilted, down-filled shopping bag (RMB 7,800). Belle Zhao Daily 10am-9pm. 1/F, Hilton Beijing, 1 Dongfang Lu, Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District (6461 8368)

朝阳区东三环北路东方路1号希尔顿酒店大 堂1层

Close friends Scarlet Salmons and David Zhang, who started as salon directors at Toni&Guy’s flagship store, have opened their own franchise Toni&Guy salon in a posh new location. The stylist duo has transformed the space into a black-andwhite Art Deco chandelier palace of upscale hair services and products. If you arrive early, you can browse the latest hair and beauty magazines in the center lounge. Haircuts start at RMB 150, highlights go for around RMB 600, and all customers are treated to a 20-minute soothing head massage and shampoo. The salon is offering RMB 100 off all treatments for first-time visitors who bring in a copy of the Beijinger. Belle Zhao

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www.bonbonbins.com Available online and at select stores (details on website)

Sweets, candy, lollies. Call them what you will but you’ll struggle to find all you want in Beijing, where pricey imports or shoddy local produce are the only choices. No longer. Bonbon Bins have sweets that are stupid fresh. The first bite is enough to make you nostalgic. Gummy oranges taste of citrus, gummy blue sharks taste of ... blue shark, and the sour cola bottles are equally sour and cola-y (RMB 25 for 150g, RMB 60 for 500g). There’s also a line of chocolate, lollipops and gifts. Prices start at RMB 4 so there’s no need to blow all of your pocket money but you just might. Jonathan White

PHOTOS: SONG YANG, JUDY ZHOU AND COURTESY OF DEMETER FRAGRANCE LIBRARY

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Unclutter Your Desktop

INSPECT A GADGET

ALTERNATIVE WAYS TO CONTROL YOUR COMPUTER

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by Joey Guo

MICROSOFT WIRELESS NOTEBOOK PRESENTER MOUSE 8000 For PowerPointers

This four-way scrolling mouse with Bluetooth connectivity allows you to navigate through PowerPoint presentations with your notebook from up to 30 feet away. Customizable buttons give you quick access to the media, applications and files you use most often. Your audience and clients will also be impressed when you use the integrated digital ink technology to highlight vital information or the magnifier function to enlarge the details during presentation. Lastly, the built-in battery-life indicator helps you make sure you won’t run out of juice during your presentation.

RMB 610

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APPLE MAGIC MOUSE & WIRELESS KEYBOARD For Mac fans

Empowered with the multi-touch technology used in the iPhone and iPod Touch, this seemingly buttonless mouse is itself the button. With finger taps and swipes on the mouse surface, you can enlarge items on your screen, surf the web with Safari or flick-browse through iPhoto and iTunes. Both the magic mouse and wireless keyboard talk to your computer via Bluetooth, giving you a reliable connection radius of up to 33 feet. The set comes standard with the new iMac, but you can add them to any Bluetooth-enabled Mac to free your workspace of tangled cables.

RMB 548 Apple Magic Mouse RMB 628 Apple Wireless Keyboard

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WACOM CINTIQ 12WX For sketchy folks

This 12-inch display/tablet and pen (with 1,024 levels of pressure-sensitivity) let you work directly on your images and applications in the most natural and intuitive way possible. With “pen-point” accuracy and rapid cursor control, the 12WX is far more than a touch screen. The ergonomic design allows you to put the display flat on your desktop, adjust the integrated stand to a comfortable angle for your eyes and hand, or use it on your lap.

RMB 13,900

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LOGITECH MX AIR

For remote control freaks Its laser precision technology ensures smoother tracking, even on glass. But this mouse doesn’t even need a surface to roll on. The sensor transforms your motions into responsive cursor controls; you can click and drag in empty air, adjust volume by waving your hand and skip tracks with a flip of the wrist – from anywhere in the room. Houston, we have lift-off!

RMB 1,399

www.logitech.com Available at Redbaby online store www.redbaby.com.cn/Product/ProductInfo_01_8029480.htm

KENSINGTON SLIMBLADE MEDIA NOTEBOOK SET For the minimalist who wants it all

This chic 3-module wireless set includes a keyboard, laser mouse and a keypad; all work (separately or combined) with your computer via a USB receiver. The slim mouse with scroll ball provides intuitive 360-degree scrolling. The keyboard has both PC and Mac hotkeys that launch applications instantly. An optional media remote (sold separately) lets you control Windows Media Center and Front Row from across the room.

RMB 1,010

www.kensingtonchina.com Can be purchased at Kensington’s officially authorized Taobao store. http://kensingtonltty.mall.taobao.com

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FASHION FIVE-OH

Prints Among Men ANIMAL-INSPIRED FASHION text by Jonathan White; photos by Mary Dennis

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hanks to the fashion bible that is the Calgary Sun, we found out that animal prints are “in” this season. Not just in the greater Alberta area, or even Canada at large (although both are fashion hothouses, that’s for sure). Beijing, too, is in on the craze with prints that are wilder than a box set of Animals Say The Funniest Things (which is also popular in Canada).

Which came first: the startled-in-theheadlights look or the snazzy moose antlers?

Answers on an e-card to thatwasmeanttobeajoke@keepup.com

“Yo, this is X to tha Z, Xzibit, all the way up in Beijing, China pimping them rides, for real. We took short dog’s iron horse and straight twisted his whip, like you know how we do. Westside.” English translation: What a spiffy seat cover. It’s leopard, don’t you know.

Ancient folklore would have you believe that the powers of animals can be transferred to humans. Synthetic fabrics make this a reality for all. If you don’t believe in anthropozoöism, just check out this handplant. The man snowboards just like a tiger in the wild.

There comes a time in your life that you think: Why not? This is where such flagrant exhibitionism begins. It all ends 40 years later in Dongzhimen bus station, minus the jeans, shouting at strangers for chuan’r money. Flaunt it while you’ve got it, sister.

Everyone knows that the nicest smell in the world is that just behind a dog’s ear. Putting a dog on top of a human ear flips the script. You already knew you wanted to touch her earmuffs … now you want to smell her ear, don’t you? And that, ladies and gentlemen of the jury, is why fashion is to blame.

A poor, defenseless Dalmatian puppy has been slaughtered and then skinned to make a saddle cover. Disgusting. Throw paint on such saddles. Animals are people too. What do we want? Justice. When do we want it? Only after the supermodels pose for the nudie PETA campaigns.

For those unfamiliar, the Care Bears were a worldwide phenomenon in those sugar high-filled days known as the 1980s. Their caring ways would beget rainbows and thwart the dastardly schemes of the evil No Heart. The Care Bears did not drink lager. If this young man asks you to rub his “tummy symbol,” don’t. Ever.

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The last word in the fur debate goes to this man’s hat. Beijing’s very own Davy Crockett made it himself. He outwitted the varmint and turned him into a snug trapper hat. That’s cooler than those deer heads mounted on your drawing room wall. Mark our words; urban hunting is going to be so big this year. You’ll never see another cat in the hutongs.

Combining designer labels and animal print is not an easy look for men to accomplish. This chap manages the difficult Louis Vuitton-cartoon crossover with gusto by capping it off with a Beijing take on Kanye West’s haircut. Give us a bear hug, you cuddly devil.


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For a comprehensive directory, see www.thebeijinger.com Gongti branch only) courtesy of Anglefish Boutique – as well as complimentary food and snacks cooked up by their Thai chef. For extra luxury, try the specialty packages (from RMB 450/1.5 hours) at the swish sister spa Bodhi Sense on Liangmaqiao Lu. Daily 11am-12.30am. 17 Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6417 9595) www.bodhi.com.cn 菩提会所, 朝阳区工体北路17号

Dragonfly Therapeutic Retreat Dragonfly’s boutique operation avoids rowdy groups and leaves ample room for relaxation and solace – something that its largescale competitors cannot guarantee. Chinese, shiatsu and foot massages start at RMB 135 per hour and an exhaustive menu of spa packages, such as Ultimate Indulgence featuring an hour each of full-body and foot massage, start at RMB 270. Facials also available. 1) Daily 10am1am. 1/F, Grand Summit Plaza, 19 Dongfang Donglu (100m north of Lufthansa Center), Chaoyang District. (8532 3122); 2) Daily 9am-midnight. 888 Pinnacle Plaza, Tianzhu (near River Garden Villa and New International Exhibition Center), Shunyi District. (8046 6682); 3) Daily 10am-1am. 60 Donghuamen Ave (near The Peninsula Hotel and Oriental Plaza), Dongcheng District. (6527 9368); 4) Daily 10am-1am. B1/F, Eastern Hotel, Nansanlitun Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (6593 6066) 悠庭保健会 所, 1) 朝阳区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); 2) 顺义 区顺义区天竺荣祥广场888号(近裕京花园和 新国展); 3) 东城区东城区东华门大街60号 (近王府饭店和东方广场); 4) 朝阳区朝阳区 三里屯南路逸羽酒店1层

Franck Provost World-famous hair salon with highly trained stylists and colorists. Hair cuts/treatments from RMB 220; perm/ color from RMB 380 RMB. Daily 10am10pm. Shop D2001-1, 2/F, Shin Kong Place, 87 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (6530 7696/7669) 朝阳区建国路87号新光天地二层 D2001-1店铺 Frost Day Spa and Wellness Center Besides offering a wide range of nail treatments, Frost Day Spa and Wellness Center recently added many other services, including facials, tanning, weight loss program, herbal face and breast lifts, etc. Daily 11.30-midnight. 2/F, Jiezuo Dasha, above O Sole Mio, Xingfucun Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (6417 9148) 朝阳区幸福 村中路杰座大厦2层 I Spa English-speaking staff offers aromatherapy massage, Thai massage, scrubs, wraps, facials, floral bath, steaming, TCM and foot reflexology. All the rooms are private suites. The second destination spa with hot spring facilities offers customers a chance to escape the city. Special packages for couples are also available. For promotions call ahead or log on to the website. 1) 10am-midnight. B1/F, Traders Upper East Hotel, Upper East Side, Dongsihuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (5907 8877); 2) Daily 11am-11pm. Napa Valley, 68 Shashun Lu, Xiaotangshan, Changping District. (6178 7795, 61787711); 3) Daily noon-11pm. 5/F, Tower 2, Taiyue Suites, Sanlitun Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (6507 1517, 8595 2277 ext 5666); 4) 1/F, Gehua New Century Hotel, 19 Gulouwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6202 8888 ext 6666); 5) 6/F, New Century Grand Hotel, Caishikou Dajie, Xuanwu District. (6352 7157) www. ispa.cn 泰美好, 1) 朝阳区东四环北路阳光 上东上东盛贸饭店地下1层; 2) 昌平区小汤 山沙顺路68号纳帕溪谷会所(九华山庄对面); 3) 朝阳区三里屯南路泰悦豪庭2座5层; 4) 朝阳区鼓楼外大街19号歌华开元大酒店1层 (原华北大酒店); 5) 宣武区菜市口大街开 元名都大酒店6层 I-Spa There are 10 rooms, each focusing on a different treatment, including facial, tanning, foot reflexology, body massage and Vichy shower but the main attraction is the InterContinental Massage (RMB 980/1 hr 45 minutes). Daily 10.30ammidnight (last appointment 11pm). 6/F, InterContinental Financial Street Beijing, 11 Jinrong Jie, Xicheng District. (5852 5888 ext 5601) 西城区金融街11号金融街洲 际酒店6层

Eric Paris Salon Well-trained international stylists and colorists provide hair styling and a wide-range of beauty products. Also offer beauty, nails, waxing and tanning services. 1) 10am-8pm. 2/F, JW Marriott Hotel Beijing, China Central Place, 83 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (5908 8381); 2) Daily 10am-8pm. 43 Sanlitun Houjie, Chaoyang District. (135 0137 2971); 3) Daily 10am-8pm. Stall 123, Kerry Centre Shopping Mall, 1 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (139 1179 8376); 4) Daily 10am-8pm. Lido Hotel, 112 Jichang Lu, Chaoyang District. (135 0107 5843); 5) 1/F, Hilton Hotel, 1 Dongfang Lu, Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (137 0118 3307); 6) Daily 10am-8pm. 5/F, The Westin Beijing, 9B Jinrong Jie, Xicheng District. (139 1162 6051) 爱丽克美容美发, 1) 朝阳区华贸中心建国路83号万豪酒店2层; 2) 朝阳区三里屯后街43号; 3) 朝阳区光华 路1号嘉里中心商场123; 4) 朝阳区机场路 112号丽都饭店; 5) 朝阳区东三环北路东方 路一号希尔顿酒店一层; 6) 西城区金融大街 乙9号北京金融街威斯汀大酒店5层 Focus Hair&Beauty Salon Since 1998, this salon has soothed weary international business travelers and local expatriates. Using quality German haircare products and French skincare products, the English-speaking hairstylists and beauticians offer haircuts, perm/color, facial and nail treatments as well as foot massage. Daily

Long Island Massage & Spa This large establishment offers Chinese and Thai-style massage and reflexology, as well as facials and other beauty treatments. 1) Daily 11am-2am. 14A Guanghua Lu (5/F, Nuo’an Bldg, southwest of the Kerry Centre), Chaoyang District. (5130 9718, 6591 6247); 2) Daily 11am-1am. B1/F, Jiahui Center, 6 Jiqingli, Dongcheng District. (6551 6112/13) www.longislandspa.com.cn 长岛 健身, 1) 朝阳区光华路甲14号(嘉里中心西 南侧诺安大厦5层); 2) 东城区吉庆里6号佳 汇中心地下1层 Oriental Taipan Massage and Spa Relax in style among rose-scented water features, soft music and helpful, friendly staff. Private rooms are available; bring your favorite tunes or DVDs and feel those serotonin levels rise. RMB 168 buys you 90 minutes of fabulous foot massage, with healthy fruit juices and snacks included. 1) Daily 11am-12.30am. 2/F, Block 9, Lido Place, 2A Fangyuan Xilu, Chaoyang District. (6437 6299); 2) Daily 11am-12.30am. B1/F, 1 Xindong Lu (next to Shenji Best Soup), Chaoyang District. (8532 2177); 3) Daily 11am-3am. Sunjoy Mansion, 6 Ritan Lu, Chaoyang District. (6502 5722); 4) Daily 10am-12.30am. B/1-3F, Shuncheng Hotel, 26A Financial Street, Xicheng District. (6621 8622); 5) Daily 10am-12.30am. Bldg 25, Central Park Phase 3, 6 Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6597 0015); 6) Daily 11am-1am. Rm 101, Bldg B, Winterless Center, 1 Xidawang Lu, Chaoyang District. (6538 8086) www.taipan.com.cn

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C. de France Hair & Beauty Salon The C. de France team of international and local stylists, colorists and beauticians offer an holistic hair and beauty experience. The salon mixes French chic with modern simplicity to create a sophisticated yet relaxed atmosphere offering a wide range of hair services and beauty treatments, including manicures and pedicures, waxing and tanning. Referral and VIP programs available. Daily 10am-8pm. Nali Mall, Sanlitun Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6417 3029) C美发沙龙, 朝阳区三里屯北路那里商城内

10am-10pm. 1/F, Kempinski Hotel Beijing Lufthansa Center, 50 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6465 3388 ext 4856, 139 1123 1686) 嘉美娜美容美发中心, 朝阳 区朝阳区亮马桥路50号燕莎中心凯宾斯基饭 店地下一层

Copper and Silver Storytelling

Photographer Gao Yuan turns to jewelry design by Belle Zhao

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he old belief is that jewelry made of copper is cheap, while wearing gold is a sort of status symbol,” says Gao Yuan. “For me, materials are just tools to realize ideas. Original design and visual aesthetics are the only standards when I make jewelry.” Most people only know Gao Yuan for her role in the love triangle with singers Faye Wong and Dou Wei ten years ago. Some might know of her reputation as a talented photographer of local rock musicians. But before last September, when she held her “Jacaranda 2009” exhibition at the Fei Space, very few people knew that Gao Yuan had been designing jewelry for more than 20 years. Gao Yuan’s passion for crafting was ignited when she was a teenager, thanks to a handy father who could make anything from campstools to bookshelves. In crafting her first pieces, she used everything from copper wire, glass beads, electrical wire and even pencils. “Jewelry-making has been my way to express my feelings and write out memories, just like other people use their diaries as an emotional outlet.” Her brand is named Yuan. The pieces are made of copper, silver and leather; their design varies between contemporary and classical, but each is engraved with numbers or Chinese characters. “A story lies behind every piece,” says Gao. Take, for example, the Pi (π) Ring that she always wears. The interlinked rings are made from copper – one smooth, the other rough – both are engraved with the number 3.14159265. “The polished ring and the wrinkled ring stand for me and my mother, respectively. Like many other mothers and daughters, we have a weird relationship; whenever we talk we’ll run into conflict quickly, and I always feel guilty afterwards. Pi (π) is like the immutable mother-daughter relationship, and I made it to express my love for her.” Though she doesn’t have her own store yet, Gao Yuan’s collection can be found in Fei Space and Blue Lotus as well as at Lost and Found. In addition, she’s planning to open a shop on Taobao.com. Pieces range in price from RMB 500-1,000 (silver), RMB 300-600 (copper). For the addresses of Fei Space, Blue Lotus, and Lost and Found, see directory under “Accessories.” www.thebeijinger.com

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东方大班保健休闲会所, 1) 朝阳区芳园西路 甲2号丽都广场9号公寓2层; 2) 朝阳区新东 路1号沈记靓汤旁; 3) 朝阳区日坛路6号新族 大厦院内; 4) 西城区西城区金融街甲26号顺 成饭店地下一层; 5) 朝阳区朝外大街6号新 城国际公寓三期25号楼; 6) 朝阳区西大望路 1号温特莱中心B座101

Peninsula Spa by ESPA Offers a luxurious, sophisticated and timeless spa retreat with an Asian Tea Lounge, heat experiences, 12 treatment rooms and private locker facilities. 3/F, The Peninsula, 8 Jinyuhutong, Wangfujing, Dongcheng District. (8516 2888 ext 6090) 东城区东城区 王府井金鱼胡同8号2王府半岛酒店三层 Renewal Spa & Resort Drawing on a decade of experience in Singapore, the team behind Renewal has established a day spa that specializes in Javanese massages, and a resort complex that offers lengthier and luxurious packages and treatments. Tue-Sun 10am-10pm. C1 Area, Upper East Side Central Plaza, Dongsihuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (5139 5555) 朝阳区东四 环北路阳光上东中环商业广场C1区 Salon 88 An international chain of hair salons offering consistent quality at economical prices. Cuts RMB 38 and color package RMB 188. Daily 9am-10pm. 1) 6712 6081. 118 Carrefour Fu Gui Yuan, Block 3, South DongHuaShi, Chongwen District.; 2) 394 Zhongtancun, East Xiaokou Town, Changping District. (139 1135 2069); 3) PJWJ 103, Huacai Center, 16 Guangshun Dajie, Chaoyang District. (136 0115 0326); 4) Daily 9am-10pm. 1/F, Chuangyijia Carrefour, 6B Beisanhuan Donglu, Chaoyang District. (139 1055 3427); 5) Daily 9am-10pm. Store 310, Tongzhou Carrefour, 48 Jiukeshu Xilu, Tongzhou District. (137 0117 9323); 6) Daily 9am-10pm. 109, Shuangjing Carrefour, Jiulong Shangsha, 31 Guangqu Lu, Chaoyang District. (139 1016 9259); 7) Daily 9am-10pm. 107-108, Maliandao Carrefour, 11 Maliandao Lu, Xuanwu District. (135 0101 1627); 8) Daily 9am-10pm. B1/F, 15-16, Zhongguancun Carrefour, Zhongguancun Xiqu, Haidian District. (136 0139 2562) 1) 崇文区东花市南里三区底商裙房富 贵苑家乐福118号; 2) 昌平区东小口镇中滩 村394号家乐福购物中心No.212; 3) 朝阳区 广顺大街16号华彩中心PJWJ 103; 4) 朝阳 区北三环东路乙6号创益佳家乐福一层; 5) 通州区九棵树西路48号通州家乐福310号; 6) 朝阳区广渠路31号九龙商厦双井家乐福 109号; 7) 宣武区马连道路11号马连道家乐 福107-108; 8) 海淀区中关村西区中关村家 乐福地下一层15&16号 Taidian Massage Salon This Japanese brand brings 25 years of expertise to town with this massage spa in Jianwai Soho. Tai Dian’s business lines in Japan encompass beauty products, flowers and restaurants, so it’s no surprise to find Tai Dian products on sale at the Beijing salon – what we hadn’t anticipated was the complimentary salad, pasta, dessert and drink offered up with our massage. The therapists are very young, but highly trained and technically versatile. Daily 10am-2am. Rm 305, Bldg 6, Jianwai Soho, 39 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (5869 8200, 5869 0707) 泰殿养生会馆, 朝阳区东三环中路39号建外 Soho6号楼305室 Toni & Guy British international hair salon chain offers haircuts for women for RMB 150 to 1,200. 1) Daily 10am-9pm. 1/F, Hilton Beijing, 1 Dongfang Lu, Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6461 8368); 2) Unit 303, Tower C Office Bldg, Yintai Center, 2 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (8517 1292); 3) Daily

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10am-10pm. 3 Units, 3/F, Tower 8, South Area, The Village at Sanlitun, Chaoyang District. (6417 4188); 4) Daily 10am-9pm. 4/F Seasons Place Shopping Centre, 2 Jinchengfang Jie, Xicheng District. (6622 0316); 5) Daily 10am-9pm. Rm105-106, Block F, Sunshine 100, 2 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6585 9288); 6) Daily 10am-9pm. 1/F, Oriental Plaza, 1 Dongchang’an Jie, Dongcheng District. (8518 2646) 托尼英盖, 1) 朝阳区朝阳区东 三环北路东方路1号希尔顿酒店大堂1层; 2) 朝阳区建国门外大街2号银泰中心写字楼C座 3层303商铺; 3) 朝阳区三里屯Village南区8号 楼3层3单元; 4) 西城区金城纺街2号金融街 购物中心四层L404; 5) 朝阳区光华路2号阳 光100国际公寓F座105-106号; 6) 东城区东 长安街1号东方广场汇贤豪庭一层 Viv International Medical Beauty Clinic Offers cosmetic surgery, professional skin care, dentistry and Chinese health and beauty treatments. Tue-Sun 9.30am6.30pm. 2/F, Bldg D, Global Trade Mansion, 9 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6530 2348, fax 6586 9965) www.vivbeauty.com 名会红国际医疗美容诊所, 朝阳区光 华路9号世贸国际公寓D座2层

CLOTHING adidas The world’s largest adidas store brings all product lines together under one roof for the first time. The store also features interactive mi coach sports technology, football shirt printing, and facilities to custom design your own shoes. Daily 10am-10pm. Bldg 11, South Area, The Village at Sanlitun, 19 Sanlitun Lu, BMW Lifestyle Specially designed, hi-tech Cerutti 1881 Cerutti offers both formal and casual wear. Expect this new addition to men’s wardrobes to come at a cost, but quality is priceless. Daily 10am-10pm. A201C, 1/F, Oriental Plaza, Dongchang’an Jie, Dongcheng District. (8515 1861) 东城 区东长安街东方广场一层 Lane Crawford While Beijing already has access to a variety of designer goods, the exclusive selection of this unique, luxury brand department store sets it apart from the pack. Daily 10am-9pm. L130, Seasons Place, 2 Jinchengfang Jie, Financial Street, Xicheng District. (6622 0808) 西城区金融街 金城坊街2号金融街购物中心L130 Mango Iberian fashion house. 1) Daily 10am-9pm. EB 104, B1/F, China World Shopping Mall, 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6505 1608); 2) Daily 9am-10.30pm. BB53, B1/F Oriental Plaza, 1 Dongchang’an Jie, Dongcheng District. (8518 6918) 芒果, 1) 朝阳区建国门外大街 1号国贸商城地下1层EB104; 2) 东城区东长 安街东方新天地地下1层BB53 Marc by Marc Jacobs Recently opened Marc Jacobs boutique is the epitome of stylish, yet fun clothing, with plenty of colorful bags, flirty styles, playful patterns and more. Daily 10am-9pm. SB118, B1/F, China World Shopping Mall,1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6505 9885) 朝阳区建国门外大街1号国贸商 城地下一层SB118 Marni Daily 9.30am- 9.30pm. SB109, B1/F, China World Shopping Mall, 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6505 0708) 朝阳区建国门外大街1号国贸商 城地下1层SB109 Muji Mon-Fri 10am-10pm, Sat-Sun 9.30am10pm. 1/F, Joy City, 131A Xidan Beidajie, Xicheng District. (5971 6248) 无印良品, 西 城区西单北大街甲131号大悦城1层

Leather piping, intricate seams and handstitched details are all evidence of her rigorous Paris training. By appointment only. Xinyuanxili Dongjie(yard behind building 12), Chaoyang District. (64631788) 朝阳区 朝阳区新源西里东街12号楼后院 Source Stock-in-trade are international fashion labels such as Ksubi, Sass & Bide, Edwin, Mishka and Volcom. E128, World City, 8-9 Jinhui Lu, Chaoyang District. 朝阳 区朝阳区金汇路8-9号世界城商业街E128室 WIllowWillow They specialize in the quirky and the kooky, from T-shirts to collectibles. The shop also houses the Willow Willow range from Alicia Lee. Tue-Sun 1-10pm. Opposite Tongli Studios, Unit 7, Bldg 42, South Bldg, Sanlitun Beijie, Chaoyang District. (6417 5451) 朝阳区三里 屯北街南楼42号楼7单元 (同里对面) Zara The first floor of this popular Spanish chain store is stocked with plenty of women’s clothing and also boasts a large shoe selection. The casual line for ladies, Trafaluc, is located on the second floor and carries mostly jeans and oversized jersey t-shirts. They also have a small children’s and men’s section. 1) Mon-Thu 11am9pm, Fri-Sun 11am-10pm. 1B1-6, Solana, 6 Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (5905 6100); 2) Daily 10am-10pm. Joy City, 131 Xidan Beidajie, Xicheng District. (5971 6350); 3) Daily 10am-10pm. The Place, 9A Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6587 1341/49) www.zara.com 1) 朝阳区朝 阳公园路6号蓝色港湾国际商区1B1-6; 2) 西 城区西单北大街131号大悦城; 3) 朝阳区光 华路甲9号世贸天阶

COSMETICS Benefit Quirky San Francisco brand Benefit has been providing makeup solutions to ladies worldwide for years. Mon-Fri 10am-10pm, Sat-Sun 9am-10pm. 1/F, Zhongyou Department Store, Xidan Beidajie, Xicheng District. (6605 8906) 西城区 西单北大街中友百货1层 Kiehl’s The Kiehl’s store at Shin Kong Place offers skincare, haircare and bodycare items for men, women and infants – made with natural ingredients. Daily 10am10pm. 1/F, Shin Kong Place, 87 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (no tel) 朝阳区建国路 87号新光天地1楼(近西大望路) M.A.C The flagship store of this wellknown brand is sleek, modern and boasts a vast range of products. Daily 10am10pm. L120, 1/F, Bldg C, The Place, 9 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6587 1598) 魅 可, 朝阳区光华路9号C座L120 Make Up For Ever 1/F Shinkong Place, 98 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (6533 1353) 朝阳区建国路98号新光天地一层H

HOME DECOR Hunter Asia Pacific A professional Australian design and construction firm, headed by Olympic Village designer Jason Marriott. The interior design and construction team works on projects all over China, i.e. homes and apartments, offices, restaurant, bars, commercial spaces, hotels and large property developments. MonFri 9am-6pm. Rm 705, Tower B1, Golden Tower, 82 Dongsihuan Zhong, Chaoyang District. (6558 8829) 朝阳区朝阳区东四环中 路82号金长安B1座705室

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Khawachen Sells high-end Tibetan rugs and offers made-to-order service. Daily 10am-10pm. BL2-03, Solana Lifestyle Shopping Park, 6 Chaoyang Gongyuan Xilu, Chaoyang District. (5905 6311) 喀瓦坚 西藏手工地毯, 朝阳区朝阳区朝阳公园路6号 蓝色港湾国际商区BL2-03 Torana Gallery This popular carpet shop deals exclusively in carpets made of wool from Tibetan highland sheep and decorated with traditional regional motifs. Prices range from RMB 2,200 (60cm x 90cm) to RMB 15,800 (180cm x 270 cm). The management insists that their carpets will last a lifetime and not fade after being washed. Daily 10.30am-6.30pm. 806 Danshui Xiaozhen, 60 Shunhuang Lu, Chaoyang District. (6465 3388 ext 5542) 图兰纳手工地毯, 朝阳区顺黄路60号淡水 小镇806室 Villa Lifestyle They have the widest selection of BBQ’s and accessories, the Mosquito Magnet, trampolines, IQ Air Purifiers and more. Delivery and set-up are free and grills come with a one-year warranty. Daily 9am-6pm. 4/F, Euro Plaza, 99 Yuxiang Lu, Tianzhu Town, Shunyi District. (6457 1922, 8046 1260, www.villalifestyles.cn; info@villalifestyles.cn) 别墅 生活方式, 顺义区顺义区天竺镇裕祥路99号 欧陆广场4层 Z Store Z is for zig-zag – zig-zagging sofas, that is! This interior design boutique showcases modern and innovative furniture and fittings – stylish kitchens, huge dining tables, angular armchairs and the like. Stocks items from European designers like Walter Knoll, Zanotta, Flou and Artemide. Mon-Fri 10am-7pm, Sat-Sun 10am-8pm. Stall 101, 1/F, Taiyue Suites, 16 Nansanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6508 0180) www.zstore.cn Z店, 朝阳区南三里屯 路16号泰悦豪庭1层101号铺

SHOPPING MALLS & MARKETS China Central Place Luxury Walk Located next to sister high-end retail establishment Shin Kong Place, China Central Place’s aptly named shopping center offers such brands as Versace, A. Testoni, Baume & Mercier, Brooks Brothers, Canali and Feraud. Daily 10am-10pm. A6, Xidawang Lu (beside China Central Place), Chaoyang District. 华贸购物中心, 朝阳区 西大望路甲6号 Nali Mall Mediterranean-style mall selling unique women’s clothing, food and daily use products. Sanlitun Lu (next to JazzYa), Chaoyang District. 那里服装市场, 朝 阳区三里屯路 The Peninsula Palace Beijing Shopping Arcade This Versailles of fashion is home to such royalty as Dior, Chanel, Gucci, Hermes and Versace. 8 Jinyu Hutong, Wangfujing, Dongcheng District. (6559 2888) 王府半岛 酒店, 东城区王府井金鱼胡同8号

Pull and Bear Spanish fashion chain Pull and Bear, known for drawing design inspiration from young culture, recently made their debut at Solana, offering a 2009 collection of country-inspired pieces. Daily 10am-10pm. 1) 137A-137B, U-town Lifestyle Center, Sanfeng Bell, Chaoyang District. (5977 5650); 2) SM1/16, Solana Mall, 6 Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (5905 6940) 1) 朝阳区朝阳区三丰 北里悠唐生活广场137A-137B; 2) 朝阳区朝 阳公园路6号蓝色港湾SM1/16 rechenberg couture German Designer Kathrin von Rechenberg creates madeto measure high-end garments with a range of fine natural fabrics. Her designs show her obsession for detail and finish.

our homes and offices. IQ Air has been providing air-cleaning solutions for more than 45 years. Swiss precision and technology go into every unit, creating an excellent price-to-performance ratio. 1) 4/F, 417 Seasons Place, 2 Jinchengfang Jie, Xicheng District. (6622 0179, info@iqair-china. com); 2) Rm 2201-02, Air China Plaza, 36 Xiaoyun Lu, Chaoyang District. (8447 5800, 400 650 1266, info@iqair-china. com); 3) 2LY1-05, Solana Lifestyle Shopping Center, 6 Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (5905 6768, info@iqairchina.com); 4) 4/F, Europlaza, 99 Yuxiang Lu, Tianzhu, Shunyi District. (6457 1922, info@iqair-china.com) www.iqair-china. com 1) 西城区金城坊街金融街417号四层; 2) 朝阳区霄云路36号国航大厦2201-02室; 3) 朝阳区朝阳公园路6号蓝色港湾购物中心 2LY1-05; 4) 顺义区天竺镇裕翔路99号欧 陆广场4层

IQ Air While little can be done about outdoor air pollution, we can certainly have an impact on the air we breathe inside

Sanlitun Village An open-air shopping complex. The Village South includes Adidas, Apple, Fossil, Nautica, Quiksilver, Steve Madden and Timberland. The Village North, opening in 2009, will feature more luxury brands. The Village at Sanlitun, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6417 6110) 三里屯Village, 朝阳区三里屯南 路19号三里屯Village


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VALENTINE’S DAY EVENTS Feb 1-14 Awfully Valentine’s Treat your loved one with a special heart-shaped chocolate cake. RMB 150. 10am-10pm. Awfully Chocolate (8409 8452) Westin Valentine’s Essentials Spoil your better half with a selection of artisan chocolates, champagne and red roses. 7am-8.30pm. Treats, Westin Financial Street (5922 8888) Feb 4-14 Kempi Deli Valentine’s Hampers Surprise your loved one with the ultimate, customized Valentine’s Day present. RMB 688-1,288+15%. 7am-10pm. Kempi Deli, Kempinski (6465 3388 ext 5741) Feb 5-12 Café Swiss Valentine’s Candlelit set dinner, flowers and a chocolate buffet will soften your hearts (and bellies). RMB 488+15% per couple. Café Swiss, Swissotel (6553 2288 ext 2127) Domus Valentine’s Menu A pair of French set menus are available for a week leading up to Chinese New Year, each with complimentary champagne and petit fours. RMB 999 or RMB 3,880 (both per couple). Domus (8511 8015) Feb 8-14 Bookworm Bubbles Indulge in a chocolate and strawberry platter with a bottle of champagne. RMB 210. The Bookworm (6586 9507) Feb 13 & 14 Morel’s Lovers Set Menu Cream of tomato, grilled salmon with pink champagne and St. Valentine cake. RMB 398 per couple. 11.30am-1am. Morel’s (6416 8802) Feb 14 An Aria Valentine Exquisite four-course gourmet set menu with a glass of champagne and a surprise gift. RMB 999+15% per couple. Aria, China World Hotel (6505 2266 ext 36) Blue Frog Set Dinner Hearty four-course set meal includes a glass of wine and coffee. RMB 268. Blue Frog (6417 4030) Love Me Tender at the Hilton A romantic set menu paired with a bottle of Mumm champagne.

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Splash out an extra RMB 1,000 for a deluxe spa treatment for two and a night of passion in a King Deluxe room. RMB 999+15% per couple. One East, Hilton Beijing (5865 5030) Passion Package Enjoy a seven-course Cantonese “lovers” menu with a bottle of red wine, a complimentary massage for two and a stay in a suite. Wake up the next morning to a hearty buffet breakfast. RMB 1288+15% per couple. 5-10pm. Sui Yuan, Doubletree by Hilton (6338 1888) Peninsula Valentine’s Sumptuous five-course dinner includes a cocktail. RMB 788+15% (per couple). 6-10.30pm. Jing, The Peninsula Hotel (8516 2888 ext 6714) Prego Aria D’Amore New chef Fabrizio Bigi prepares a five-course menu accompanied by a bottle of Pommery Pop champers. RMB 1,398+15% per couple. Prego, Westin Financial Street (6606 8866 ext 7815) SALT Valentine’s Bubbly Brunch Nothing says “I want you” like poached oysters with champagne broth, pan-seared salmon and Toblerone fondue with strawberries. RMB 398 (with free flow of champagne). Noon-4pm. SALT (6437 8457) Vasco’s Candlelit Set Dinner Cupid-inspired set menu includes glass of Taittinger champagne and a heart-shaped cake. RMB 840+15% per couple. Vasco’s, Hilton Wangfujing (5812 8888)

CULINARY SPECIALS Jan 14-Feb 28 Reunion Repasts at Horizon Seven types of Chinese New Year set menus available; enjoy a 40% discount on the Lantern Festival set dinner when you dine during this period. Each table gets a lucky draw and family photo in a frame. RMB 188-388+15% per person. Horizon, Shangri-La’s Kerry Centre Hotel (6561 8833 ext 41) Jan 18-Feb 14 Wagyu Beef Feast Indulge in dishes that celebrate the very finest Australian Wagyu beef. La Gondola, Kempinski (6465 3388 ext 5707) Every Mon Burger, Burger Mondays Buy one signature burger, get a

Every Sun: Aroma Gourmet Brunch If oysters be the food of love, pig out. See listing, p36.

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omantic candlelit dinner for two? Kill me. Seriously. Tar me in boiling chocolate, feather me with rose petals and garrote me with some particularly al dente spaghetti. Do we need an excuse to wine and dine one another in Beijing? It’s not like we don’t all eat out every flippin’ night. I blame that spaghetti “kiss” from Disney’s Lady and the Tramp. Since then, Valentine’s has been a conveyer belt of overpriced set menus, heart-shaped balloons and forced romance. Nowadays, even Quanjude have got in on the action. Nothing says “Kiss me” like duck feet and giblets, right? But this year a striped predator stalks what should be the busiest shift of the calendar for restaurants. February 14th is also the first day of the Year of the Tiger – and Lunar New Year is an occasion strictly reserved for family arguments and home-cooked food. This untimely clash means there are some super high-end deals around (see events, this page) as restaurants do their utmost to attract the punters. What do you get if you cross love and tigers? Hu bian, or tiger penis, of course! Yes, the ancient edible sex aid. Soaking a tiger’s penis in alcohol is said to increase virility. Well, it might work for them, but a word of warning – I ended up with a burning member that smelled like a cabbie’s coat pocket. A waste of good baijiu if you ask me. Try as one might, you just can’t seem to get good hu bian ever since the official ban in trade of tiger parts in 1993. But Beijing does have its very own penis restaurant – a favorite spot for government officials, I’m told. At Guolizhuang (see directory, p46), you can snack on snake, dog, donkey and ox todgers and more. I can’t think of anywhere less appropriate to bring your date on St. Valentine’s Day, which is why I’m booked in. Come to think of it, there’s always Bian Man Man Wu, a restaurant near Houhai where you eat imitation poop, sit on toilets and wipe yourself down with toilet paper. Actually, it’s said we spend six years of our lives eating and two on the toilet. Think of the time you’ll win back by coming here. Just as regular as Valentine’s Day (but more emotionally charged) is the annual Beijinger Reader Restaurant Awards, and it’s happening next month. Ensure you give credit where it’s due by logging on to TheBeijinger.com and voting over the next few weeks. On a serious note, if you don’t vote you’ve got absolutely no right to moan for the next 12 months, and I wouldn’t wish that on anyone. Complaining about our restaurants is a Beijing institution. Tom O’Malley

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Barolo braised beef at Daccapo. See listing, this page.

second free. 10am-2am. Blue Frog (6417 4030) Mon-Thu Cheese Fondue at Enoteca Pair your favorite bottle of red with a Swiss cheese fondue. RMB 180 for two people. 4pm onwards. Enoteca (6587 1578) Mon-Fri Vietnam Set Lunch Special Get a free Vietnamese appetizer, dessert and house tea with any entree priced RMB 58 or above. 11am-3pm. Va Va Voom (6415 3732) Every Tue Mussels & Wine Flight Experience four flavors of mussels with three wines and choose your favorite match. RMB 98. 6-10pm. Scarlett, Hotel G (6522 2880) Ribs, Ribs, Ribs Night! Get two unique chargrilled rib racks (pork & beef) for the price of one. 5.30-10pm. Meat & Wine Co. (6512 1761) Every Wed 2-for-1 Burger Wednesdays Get double for your money on burgers from the new winter menu. All-Star Sports Bar & Grill (5905 6999) Every Fri Ladies Night at Café Noir All guests of the fairer sex get a 40% discount on the a la carte buffet. RMB 138+15%. 5-10pm. Cafe Noir, Traders Upper East Hotel (5907 8416) All month Bei Bargains Newly refurbished Bei offers diners 20% off the bill. Set menus from RMB 288. Bei, The Opposite House (6410 5230) Buy Pizza, Get Hoegaarden Free Hoegaarden beer with every regular pizza purchased. Orange Tree Bistro (6401 7797) Comptoirs de Soup Eight new, healthful soups to warm you on these coldest of days, including lentils and bacon, carrot and cumin, and French onion. Comptoirs de France (8562 3355) Discover Italian Regional Cuisine Daccapo’s gastronomic journey stops off at Piedmont this month, with Barolo braised beef and fried polenta. 6-10.30pm. Daccapo, The Regent (8522 1789)

East 33 Seafood Hot Pot Succulent lobster, prawn and crab hot pot to beat the winter blues. RMB 198+15% (includes beer and soft drinks). 6-10pm. East 33, Raffles Hotel (6526 3388 ext 5171) Gold Tiger at China World New Year’s goodies including dragon fish cakes, dumplings and beautifully packaged New Year’s hampers. Spring Festival set menus at Summer Palace restaurant. China World Hotel (6505 2266 ext 34) Mosto Winter Treats Warm up for winter with hearty onion soup, butter-poached lobster risotto and seared foie gras. Mosto (5208 6030) One East Winter Sale 50% off all lunch and dinner set menus. One East, Hilton Beijing (5865 5030)

BRUNCH AND BUFFET Every Fri Eating with Nemo Dive into king crabs, oysters, lobster, caviar and salmon, and have it steamed, fried or roasted to your taste at live cooking stations. RMB 288+15% (including local beer), RMB 120+15% extra for free flow of wine. 6-10pm. Elements, Hilton Beijing (5865 5020) Every Fri & Sat Greenfish Seafood Buffet Get wrecked in a briny sea of crabs, scallops, oysters and lobster, where the wine flows like the tide. Every guest gets a serving of Boston lobster. RMB 288+15% (including free-flowing wine and soft drinks), kids half-price. 6-9.30pm. Greenfish, Ritz-Carlton Beijing Financial Street (6601 6666 ext 6255) Every Sat Sealicious Seafood Buffet Lavish spread of fresh seafood with glass of welcome bubbles and freeflowing drinks. RMB 428+15%. 11.30am-3pm. Taste, Westin Beijing Chaoyang (5922 8880) Every Sat & Sun Create Your Own Brunch Diners choose from six egg dishes plus chargrilled steaks, ribs and sausages. RMB 148, RMB 248 (including free flow of sparkling wine). Noon-3pm. The Meat & Wine Co. (6512 2601) Enoteca Prosecco Brunch Add RMB 100 to any of Enoteca’s

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Yun Hai Yao 云海肴 Daily 9.30am-11pm. 10 Qianhai Dongyan, Xicheng District (8404 8710)

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It’s easy to miss this restaurant at Houhai’s busy Jinding Bridge, because unlike its neighbors, it’s not topped with flashing neon beer signs. With a simple wooden interior and handmade menu, Yun Hai Yao presents a varied sampling of Yunnan dishes, such as traditional steamed claypot chicken infused with mushrooms and melon (RMB 48), and “Old Kunming” braised beef (RMB 58) – a meaty, spicy kick balanced with refreshing mint and spinach leaves. Service is friendly and prompt, and while the food isn’t up there with the best in town, it’s a convenient spot to escape the crowds and enjoy views of the lake. Stephanie Gillett

La Sushi Daily 11.30am-midnight. 2/F, Nali Patio, 81 Sanlitun Beilu, Chaoyang District (5208 6120)

朝阳区三里屯北路81号那里花园2层

Toro, the highly prized underbelly of bluefin tuna, is the big catch at this petite Nali Patio sushi joint. It’s flown in fresh from Tokyo thrice weekly, so if you’re not short of a few kuai (RMB 280 sashimi, RMB 80 sushi), the luxuriously fatty flavor and ethereal mouthfeel is truly a revelation. For the rest of us, hamachi (or yellowtail, a farmed fish similar in taste to bluefin) is a fine and more environmentally sustainable substitute (RMB 120 sashimi, RMB 20 sushi). A range of sharing-sized sushi and sashimi platters featuring abalone, tuna, octopus and more (from RMB 198) all come with freshly grated wasabi and delicious miso soup. Landlubbers should try the wasabi beef fillet (RMB 70), a quality cut seared for mere seconds in the pan and swamped in a creamy-hot wasabi sauce. Tom O’Malley

金链花餐饮 Tue-Sun 7-11pm. West Gate of Workers’ Stadium, Gongti Xilu, Chaoyang District (6652 9999)

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Mon-Fri 10am-3am, Sat-Sun 9am-3am. S6-32, 3/F, Bldg 6, The Village at Sanlitun, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District (6413 2998)

This luridly lit palace of Thai food is a glowing beacon to patrons heading to the superclubs of Gongti West Gate. Those who heed the call are rewarded with a luxurious, tropical environment where banana leaves wave from every corner and the air is thick with the aroma of Southeast Asian cooking. We started with the wood ear appetizer (RMB 32), a tasty, textured treat that smacked of fresh lime, garlic, vinegar and cilantro – and was impressively served in a bowl carved out of ice. Next up, a portion of wafer-thin scallion pancakes (RMB 25) were a crisp complement to our creamy Malay beef brisket curry (RMB 69), generous chunks of tender meat, potatoes and bell peppers, which arrived simmering merrily in a tabletop cooker. Tiffany Wang

This modern, two-story restaurant is a quick, cheap and comfy spot to refuel in Sanlitun. The serviceable Hong Kong fare includes a 44-dish dim sum menu (RMB 6-18) – try the steamed BBQ pork buns (RMB 16) or the equally scrumptious rice rolls with shrimp (RMB 16). If you can’t decide, order the mixed house platter (RMB 48). The regular menu is similarly wellstocked – we enjoyed the light and savory steamed egg with dried scallops (RMB 38) as well as the surprisingly lush brined meats with jellyfish (RMB 48). Service is quick and attentive, and best of all – they stay open late. Stephanie Gillett www.thebeijinger.com

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Chao Dian 西龙潮点 朝阳区三里屯北路19号三里屯Village南区3层 S6-32单元

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La Pizza Daily 10.30am-3pm, 6-11pm. 1/F, 3.3 Mall, 33 Sanlitun Beilu, Chaoyang District (5136 5582)

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The original La Pizza in Solana was sold on the authenticity of Chef Giuseppe, a Neapolitan of timeless stereotypical appeal – traditional toque hat, thick black moustache and a belly like a Chinese province. In the new location at 3.3 Mall, he galumphs between tables, chatting with customers like they’re old friends. Call me anti-social but I would rather see him oven-side, supervising my “Diavola” pizza (RMB 78), which arrived bathed in enough oil to melt a glacier. The carbonara (RMB 60) was nice enough, and the only complaint about our rocket salad (RMB 45) was a shortage of cheese. The location can’t be faulted, and though the interior is a tad utilitarian, the tall windows soak up all the lunchtime sun. Tom O’Malley

Subterranean location aside, Napoli’s sunny interior has you feeling positive before you’ve even ordered. Friendly, thoughtful service and warm bread keep the optimism ticking over until your food arrives. Pizzas (large sizes RMB 58-85) account for around half of the menu. A cracker-thin base and fine balance of toppings versus cheese distinguished the Quattro Stagioni, but there are over ten other choices. Alternatives to pizza include penne and spaghetti (RMB 3875), antipasti, lasagna and ravioli – just don’t go expecting a huge selection. Does Beijing need another Italian restaurant? A few more like this won’t hurt. Iain Shaw

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Daily 11.30am-2pm, 5-9.30pm. Inside De Yun She theatre, 4 Gongti Donglu (opposite Yashow Market), Chaoyang District (6592 8816/7)

朝阳区工人体育场东路4号德云社内(雅秀对面)

Scott’s Family Italian Cuisine and Bar Daily 10.30am-11pm. 41 Xingfu Lu (250m south of Dongzhimenwai in the alley west of Paddy O’Shea’s), Chaoyang District (6416 0600)

朝阳区幸福41路号

Many ingredients of the classic neighborhood Italian restaurant are to be found at Scott’s: cheerful staff offering complimentary nibbles, reasonable prices, an eclectic decor featuring chairs in at least four ornate styles, delivery within 5km and a menu of Beijing-Italo standards like minestrone, spaghetti bolognese (RMB 28-38) and saltimbocca. A wood-fired oven turns out thin-crust pizzas (RMB 28-68) that are generously topped, though we found the simpler margherita more delectable than the rucola, which left a puzzling aftertaste. Set against Scott’s strengths are its lowvisibility location on a back alley that doesn’t appear on most maps, and competition from more established Italians in the area like O Sole Mio, Abella and Panino Giusto. Your correspondent is not a betting man but these are long odds to overcome. George Bai

Guo Degang, one of China’s most famous cross-talk comedians, has done what any selfrespecting celeb does in Beijing: open a restaurant. Housed in Guo’s own theater (De Yun She), the attractive teahouse-like space offers a wide spectrum of popular Chinese cooking, with several dishes linked to Tianjin, his native city. Worth trying are the Tianjin potstickers (RMB 20), filled with shrimp, egg, leek and fennel, and Guo’s “Smashed Meatball,” (RMB 58), a solitary, boulder-sized orb of juicy pork, herbs and spices. The house special, “Imperial Decree” (圣旨到), impressed with its creativity and skill: clams and black beans presented as calligraphy on tofu skin “paper,” with cucumber carved into the shape of a jade paper-roller. Cecily Huang

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his month, Purple Haze founder Tobi Demker celebrates five years at his original Gongti branch plus the (re)opening of Purple Haze Bistro in a new hutong pad. We locked spoons over a bowl of tom yum soup to find out more. the Beijinger : Purple Haze is five! Has the dining scene changed much since you started? Tobi Demker: Competition is fiercer than ever and customers’ expectations are rising. More Chinese are traveling to Thailand too, so local knowledge of Thai cuisine is on the rise. tbj : How have you managed to stay in the game for so long? TD: We remain true to our mission: deliver comfort and value. And we’re consistent. Some of our staff have been with us from the beginning.

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BEVERAGE SPECIALS Every Wed Wednesday Wine Tasting Sample several different selected wines with free tapas. RMB 150. 8-11pm. Enoteca (6587 1578) Every Thu Wind Down at the Wine Club Discover some of the world’s finest

wine regions with sommelier Julia Zhu. Includes five wines, expert commentary and canapés. RMB 150+15%. One East, Hilton Beijing (5865 5030) Every Fri Friday Wine Fever Order a bottle from 15 selected wines priced at RMB 200 and tuck into a free flow of tapas. 8pmmidnight. Enoteca (6587 1578)

COOKING CLASSES Feb 14, 25 Learn Pakistani Cuisine Two experts will teach you how to create authentic curries, breads and snacks at home. RMB 250, RMB 230 (members). 9.30-11.30am. The Hutong (6404 3355) www.the-hutong.com Feb 24 Wine n’ Dine with Lorena Luo The senior food and agriculture campaigner for Greenpeace joins Black Sesame Kitchen to discuss China’s food-related environmental woes. Includes wine-paired meal. RMB 250. 7-10pm. Black Sesame Kitchen (136 9147 4408) www.blacksesamekitchen.com Feb 27 SALT Masterclass with Ana Esteves Learn the cooking techniques, flavor matching and plate presentation of four to five courses. Then sit back and enjoy your creations with complete wine pairing. A recipe pack, SALT apron and T-shirt included. RMB 588. 9-11.30am. SALT (6437 8457) Feb 28 Chef Paulo’s Italian Class Kempinski’s Italian chef Paulo Ascani shares his culinary secrets, followed by a three-course, winepaired dinner. RMB 398+15%. La Gondola, Kempinski (6465 3388 ext 5707) Every Sat Black Sesame Saturday Gourmet Learn the secrets of Chinese cooking in a courtyard kitchen. Includes demonstration, hands-on cooking, and a leisurely afternoon lunch. Reservations required. RMB 300. 1-4pm. Black Sesame Kitchen (136 9147 4408) www.blacksesamekitchen.com All month Chinese Regional Cuisine Discover the art of chopping, marinating and stir-frying. Featured cuisines include Cantonese, Hunan, Sichuan or Beijing homestyle. RMB 220, RMB 200 (members). The Hutong (6404 3355, 8915 3613) www.the-hutong.com Culinary Walking Tour Learn how to shop seasonally at local markets and stock your pantry for home cooking. RMB 80, RMB 70 (members). The Hutong (6404 3355, 8915 3613) www.the-hutong.com

DINING DIRECTORY INDEX 1001 Nights - Middle Eastern 21 Cake - Bakeries & Delis A Food Affaire - Bakeries & Delis Afunti - Xinjiang & Muslim Agrilandia - Italian Alameda - Central & South American Alla Osteria - Italian All-Star Sports Bar & Grill - American American Steak & Eggs - American Amigo - Central & South American An Die An Niang - Shandong Annie’s - Italian Argo - Mediterranean Aria - European Aroma - Buffets Asian Star - Southeast Asian Assaggi - Italian Awfully Chocolate - Bakeries & Delis

Bali Papaya – Southeast Asian Banana Leaf - Thai Baoyuan Jiaozi Wu - Dumplings Barolo - Italian Bei - Contemporary Cuisine Bellagio - Taiwan Bento & Berries - Bakeries & Delis Blu Lobster - Contemporary Cuisine Blue Frog - American Bocata - Cafes & Teahouses Boucherie Michel - Bakeries & Delis Brasserie Flo - French Budapest Hungarian Restaurant European Cafe Cha - Buffets Cafe de la Poste - French Cafe Sambal - Southeast Asian Cafe Zarah - Cafes & Teahouses

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tbj : How do you plan to celebrate your anniversary? TD: Through February we’ll give daily gifts to each customer: a welcome drink, a free dessert, etc. We want to show appreciation to all the customers who have supported us over the years. tbj : Can you shed a bit more light on Purple Haze Bistro’s recent move? TD: The old building was designed so our fan system went through the neighbor’s shop. They got sick of it and blocked it. This meant we couldn’t cook food – everything was catered from our Gongti location for five months! tbj : Are you taking a risk moving to Dongsi Liutiao, an area not known for its restaurant scene? TD: It’s a perfect location for us. It’s a lovely, cozy courtyard covered by a huge tree. And a good mix of locals and foreigners live in the area. The challenge is to get customers there the first time – if we don’t f**k up, people should come back. tbj : What made you start jazz nights at a Thai restaurant? TD: Well, as a musician in jazz, blues, and rock bands, it was kind of natural to mix music with my business, and I’ve met so many new friends in the process. It’s also good to go up and play myself once in a while. tbj : If you could run any restaurant in Beijing, what type of cuisine would you serve? TD: It would be great to serve a traditional Swedish smorgasbord! Unfortunately Scandinavian food hasn’t proved itself very successful in China so far.

regular brunch deals for a free flow of Prosecco sparkling wine. 11am-4pm. Enoteca (6587 1578) Weekend Dim Sum Brunch Gourmet dumplings, nourishing soups and delectable desserts. RMB 288+15%, RMB 388+15% includes free flow of wine and beer. 11.30am-2.30pm. Yu, Ritz-Carlton Beijing (5908 8888) Every Sun Aroma Gourmet Brunch Newly relaunched brunch features lobster, oysters, foie gras, international cheeses and a Sunday roast. RMB 398+15% (includes unlimited Piper Heidsieck champagne), RMB 328+15% (includes wine and cocktails). 11.30am2.30pm. Aroma, Ritz-Carlton Beijing (5908 8161) Bubbalicious An array of cold and hot dishes and desserts, along with juice and smoothie stations. A kids’ corner entertains the young’uns. RMB 368+15% (includes unlimited Veuve Clicquot champagne), RMB 149+15% (kids 6-12). 11.30am3.30pm. Taste, Westin Beijing Chaoyang (5922 8880) FIZZtastic Champagne Brunch Premium Taittinger Champagne on free-flow and a lip-smacking array of international gastronomy. The “Kidz Paradise” features a special food buffet, cartoons and toys for the tots. RMB 368+15%. 11.30am3pm. Penta, Hilton Wangfujing (5812 8888 ext 8411) inspiRED Sunday Bubbly Brunch Caviar, live seafood, tartare stations, make-your-own sushi rolls, teppanyaki ice cream and much more. RMB 368+15% (includes free flow of Pommery Pop champagne), RMB 148+15% (kids younger than 12), free (kids under 6). 11.30am-3pm. Senses, Westin Financial Street (6629 7810) Open Bar Brunch Roasted meats, pan-Asian delicacies, live jazz and fun for the kids. RMB 348+15% (includes free flow of Mumm champagne, cocktails and beer) RMB 288+15% (local beer and soft drinks). Noon3pm. Elements, Hilton Beijing (5865 5020) SALT Seasonal Brunch SALT’s bubbly brunch welcomes breakfast dishes like fig pancakes with Parma ham and truffle honey or caramelized onion and gouda samosas. RMB 288 (includes three courses and free-flow drinks). Noon-4pm. SALT (6437 8457)


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ALLEYWAY GOURMET

Chinese Bangers Desperately seeking sausages by Emily Young

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s early as 589 BC, Chinese sausage (lachang 腊肠) was documented as consisting of goat and lamb meat. Nowadays, however, most are made from pork and beef. In the lead-up to Spring Festival, sausage cold cuts appear on many a Chinese dinner table as a holiday dish (nianhuo 年货) to celebrate the end of a lunar year.

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Air-dried Sausage (fenggan chang 风干肠) Also called ganchang (干肠) for short, this smoked, airdried sausage consists of 100 percent coarse ground pork. Don’t underestimate its lanky looks – the mix of juicy lard and chewy lean meat is very satisfying. The peppery porkers from Churin Food, a famous sausage maker in Harbin (which recently opened its first two stores in Beijing) are particularly delectable. RMB 57 per 500g Try it: Churin Food, 88 Song yu Nanlu, Chaoyang District (8732 3218) 秋林食品, 朝阳区松榆南路38号 Sichuan Sausage (chuanwei xiangchang 川味香肠) With their fiery hit, these literal “bangers” ref lect the needs of the Sichuanese, who add hot chilli and spices to counter the humidity. Daoxiangcun Fo o d St or e pr o duc e s certified Sichuan sausage, where even the white fat is dyed red by the chillis, and the numbing effect of Sichuan peppercorns lasts minutes after eating. They also make Cantonese sausage (guangwei xiangchang 广味香肠), a sweet-tasting sausage that’s delicious simply steamed over rice. RMB 26 per 500g Try it: Daoxiangcun, 19 Dongzhimennei Dajie, Dongcheng District (8404 3305) 稻香村,东城区东直门内大街19号 Red Sausage ( hongchang 红肠)

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A proper hongchang, anot her outstand i ng Harbin sausage, actually boasts a yel low-brown wrink led casing rather than red. It was introduced to the northern city by a German sausage maker in 1931. The crisp smoky skin encases a rich filling of finely ground pork and beef – and of course, dice-sized cubes of fat. In most cases a garlic flavor differentiates hongchang from “child sausage” (ertong chang 儿童肠), a smaller, leaner variety. RMB 27 per 500g Try it: Churin Food, 88 Song yu Nanlu, Chaoyang District (8732 3218) 秋林食品, 朝阳区松榆南路38号

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AFRICAN Pili Pili Sample the Tanzania coconut soup with sweetcorn and rice or go for a meal of Pili Pili roasted chicken complemented with a glass of South African wine. Daily 11.30am-11pm. 9-6 Jiangtai West Road (across from the Rosedale Hotel), Chaoyang District. (8448 3372) 比利必利, 朝阳区将台戏路9-6号(百丽酒店对面)

AMERICAN All-Star Sports Bar & Grill 65 plasma screens plus fine burgers, tacos, pastas and steaks. Mon-Fri 5pm-2am, Sat-Sun 11am-2am. Bldg 5, 1/F, Solana Shopping Mall, 6 Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (5905 6999) www.all-starclub.com 朝阳区朝阳公园路6号蓝色港湾国际商区 5-1 American Steak & Eggs Chef Paul serves up affordable meals, including classic carb-heavy diner breakfasts and hearty dinner specials. Very popular among housewife expats. 1) Xiushui Nanjie, Jianguomenwai (directly north of the Friendship Store, one traffic light west of Silk Market), Chaoyang District. (6592 8088/8788); 7am-midnight. 1A Rongchang Dongjie (close to Rongchang subway station), Yizhuang, Daxing District. (6582 2065); 3) Mon-Fri6.30am-8pm, SatSun7am-8pm. 6 Wudinghou Jie, Financial Street, Xicheng District. (6629 0008/0006) www.steakeggs.com.cn 喜来中北美西餐, 1)朝阳区建国门外秀水南街(友谊商店北面, 秀水西边第一个红绿灯); 2) 大兴区亦庄荣 昌东街甲1号(荣昌地铁附近); 3) 西城区金 融街武定侯街6号 Blue Frog Chow down on their self-proclaimed “Best Burger in China” and see for yourself whether bigger is indeed better. Voted “Outstanding Burger” in our 2009 Restaurant Awards. 1) Daily 10am-1am. L312, Europlaza, 99 Yuxiang Lu, Tianzhu Zhen, Shunyi District. (8046 6337); 2) Daily 10am-2am. S4-30, 3/F, Bldg 4, The Village at Sanlitun, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6417 4030) www. bluefrog.com.cn 蓝蛙, 1) 顺义区天竺镇 欲翔路99号北京欧陆时尚购物中心(欧陆广 场)L312室; 2) 朝阳区三里屯北路19号三里 屯Village4号楼3层S4-30

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Australian steaks. The wine list showcases small American vineyards. Tue-Fri 11am-2pm, 5-10pm; Sat-Sun 9.30am-3pm, 5-10pm. Chaoyang Gongyuan Xilu (north of Block 8), Chaoyang District. (6591 8676, chefbilly@yahoo.com) 美西西餐厅, 朝阳区 朝阳公园西路枣营南里小区东门南侧 Element Fresh Try the hearty, healthful salads, smoothies and sandwiches. Voted “Best Restaurant of the Year,” “Outstanding Outdoor Dining,” “Outstanding Brunch (standalone)” and “Best Sandwich,” in our 2009 Restaurant Awards. Mon-Fri 9am-11pm, Sat-Sun 8am-11pm. 1) A2-112, Qianmen Avenue, Dongcheng District. (6702 0364); 2) Shop 833, Bldg 8, The Village at Sanlitun, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6417 1318) www. elementfresh.com 新元素, 1) 东城区前 门大街a2-111; 2) 朝阳区三里屯路19号The Village南区8号楼833单元 Grandma’s Kitchen Sandwiches, gravybased dinners and high-powered desserts from middle America. Voted “Best Brunch (standalone),” “Best Burger,” and “Best Family-Friendly Restaurant” in our 2009 Restaurant Awards. 1) Daily 9am-10pm. 47-2 Nanchizi Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6528 2790, bj.grandmas.kitchen@hotmail. com); 2) Daily 10am-10pm. 28 Shique Hutong (across from Beixinqiao subway exit C), Dongcheng District. (8403 9452, bj.grandmas.kitchen@hotmail.com); 3) Daily 10am-11pm. 5/F, Wudaokou Shopping Mall, Haidian District. (6266 6105, bj.grandmas.kitchen@hotmail.com); 4) Daily 7.30am-11pm. 11A Xiushui Nanjie, Jianguomenwai, Chaoyang District. (6503 2893, bj.grandmas.kitchen@hotmail. com); 5) Daily 7.30am-11pm. 1-2/F, Bldg B, Jianwai Soho, 39 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (5869 3055/3056, bj.grandmas.kitchen@hotmail.com) 祖母 厨房, 1) 东城区南池子大街47-2号; 2) 东 城区北新桥石雀胡同28号(地铁五号线北新桥 站C出口); 3) 海淀区五道口购物中心5层; 4) 朝阳区建国门外秀水南街甲11号(友谊商 店后面); 5) 朝阳区东三环中路39号建外 SohoB座1-2层 Let’s Burger Gourmet creations like the Mexicano or Wagyu beef. Voted “Best Burger” in our 2009 Restaurant Awards. Daily 11.30am-midnight. D101A, Nali Patio, 81 Sanlitun Beijie, Chaoyang District. (5208 6036) 朝阳区三里屯北街81号那里花 园D101a Mrs Shanen’s Bagels Beijing’s best bagels. Also offers Brooklyn-style thin-crust pizza, as well as sandwiches and delivery. Daily 7.30am-8pm. 5 Kaifa Jie, Xibaixinzhuang (next to Capital Paradise), Shunyi District. (8046 4301) 单太太贝谷面包房, 顺义区西白 辛庄开发街5号 (紧邻名都园)

Chef Too Chef Too impresses with its smart interior, well-trained staff and delicious

No More Bunz Hotdog Reliable hot dogs with lots of toppings. Mon-Fri 10am8pm,Sat-Sun 10am-6.30pm. Bldg 1, Xingfu Ercun (southwest corner of Xindong Lu and Dongzhimenwai), Chaoyang District. (Chinese 8602 1672, English 135 0107 1114) 朝阳区新东路幸福二村1号楼(新东路和 东直门外的西南角公交汽车站后)

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Bargain Bubbles

Celebrate without breaking the bank by Annie Lundin

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lthough my sparkling wine of choice is Champagne, the exorbitant price tag puts it in the category of expensive luxury. Thankfully, you can celebrate Valentine’s Day or Chinese New Year without hurting the purse because there are many excellent substitutes. They include Cava from Spain, Spumante from Italy and others made in the traditional (Champagne) method from other New World countries such as Australia and the US. Zonin Prosecco, Veneto, Italy RMB 123 (Torres)

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Available at Purple Haze, Tavolo, Jenny Lou’s

Often mistaken for a wine region of Italy, Prosecco is actually a grape variety – one that produces a refreshing and reasonably priced wine. The best grapes come from vineyards north of Veneto where the climate is moderate with chilly winters. This example is particularly fruity with citrus and f loral overtones. The palate is crisp and clean with fine bubbles and a light nuttiness to finish. A great value wine that won’t disappoint.

Canaletto Pinot Grigio Cuvee Brut, Italy RMB 230 (Links Concept) Available direct (floris@linksconcept.com)

This is a new and refreshing way to drink those white wines from the northern regions of Italy. It’s made from 100 percent Pinot Grigio grapes with a classic pear drop nose and a hint of yeastiness. On the palate you get a mouthful of tropical fruit, citrus and a touch of marzipan with fine bubbles that opens up in the glass to become more full-bodied with a dry finish. A good value sparkler best enjoyed with food.

Yarrabank Cuvee, Yarra Valley, Australia RMB 351 (Wine Republic) Available at Q Bar and The Opposite House

Annie Lundin is the Asia Brand Manager for the Rathbone Wine Group, Australia’s largest privately owned wine company.

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One East Modern American cuisine with “build-your-own” gourmet burgers and the largest selection of US wines in Beijing. Mon-Fri noon-2.30pm;6-10.30pm. 2/F, Hilton Beijing, 1 Dongfang Lu, Chaoyang District. (5865 5030) 东方路一号, 朝阳区东 方路1号希尔顿酒店2层 Peter’s Tex-Mex Grill Burritos, fajitas and enchiladas. Voted “Outstanding Mexican” in our 2009 Restaurant Awards. 1) Daily 7.30am-11.30pm. Hairun International Apartment, 2B Jiangtai Lu (southeast of Holiday Inn Lido), Chaoyang District. (5135 8187, 8627 3734); 2) Mon-Fri 9.30am11pm, Sat-Sun 7.30am-11.30pm. 88A International Club, 21 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (8532 2449) 彼德 西餐, 1) 朝阳区将台路乙2号海润国际公寓 公建2号(丽都假日酒店东南边); 2) 朝阳 区建国门外大街21号国际俱乐部88A

American-style burgers, salads, “Mexican” food and desserts. Gargantuan cocktails and regular ladies’ night specials. 1) Daily 11.30am-midnight. 1/F, Grand Skylight Catic Hotel, 18 Beichen Donglu, Chaoyang District. (8497 0650); 2) Daily 11.30am-midnight. 9-2 Jinchengfang Jie, Xicheng District. (6622 0880); 3) Daily 11.30am-midnight. Bldg C, Beijing International Plaza, 19 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (8526 3388); 4) Daily 11am-11.30pm. Beijing Friendship Hotel, 1 Zhongguancun Nandajie, Haidian District. (6849 8738) 星期五餐厅, 1) 朝阳区北辰东 路18号凯迪克格兰云天大酒店1层; 2) 西城 区金城坊街9-2号; 3) 朝阳区建国门外大街 19号国际大厦C座; 4) 海淀区中关村南大街 1号北京友谊宾馆 Union Bar & Grille The grill restaurant that’s classy enough to bring a date for steaks, wings, burgers and more. Nice brunch too. Mon-Fri 11am-11pm,Sat-Sun 11am-12pm. S6-31, 3/F, Bldg 6, The Village at Sanlitun, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6415 9117) 优年美式餐厅, 朝阳区三 里屯路19号三里屯Village6号楼3层S6-31

BAKERIES & DELIS 21 Cake Incredibly delicious square cakes, with creative presentations and top-notch ingredients. Delivery only. Order at least five hours in advance. Mon-Fri 7am8pm,Sat-Sun 8am-6pm. Ste 1002, Bldg 9, Jianwai SOHO, 39 Dong sanhuan zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (400 650 2121, order@21cake.com) www.21cake.com 朝阳 区东三环中路39号建外SOHO9号楼1002室 A Food Affaire Inside April Gourmet, a convenient deli spot for grocery shoppers looking to grab ready-prepared salads, pies, veggies and more for a quick lunch or dinner. Daily 8am-9pm. 1/F, 5 Xingfuyicunxili (on the ground floor of Lianbao Apartments next to Yu Xin restaurant), Chaoyang District. (6417 7970) 朝阳区绿叶 子食品店, 幸福一村西里5号一层

Sizzler Enjoy unlimited trips to the salad bar along with steaks, seafood, ribs and other grilled treats at this American chain. 1) Daily 11am-9pm. 2/F, Jiamao Shopping Mall, 33 Guangshun Beidajie, Wangjing, Chaoyang District. (6471 3876); 2) Daily 10am-10pm. B1-30 Glory Mall, 18 Chongwenmenwai Dajie, Chongwen District. (6714 0399); 3) Daily 11am-9.30pm. FF16, Food Forum, B1/F, The Malls at Oriental Plaza, Dongcheng District. (8518 6315); 4) Daily 11am-9pm. B1/F, Grand Pacific Mall, 133 Xidan Beidajie, Xicheng District. (6651 5283); 5) Daily 11am-10.30pm. International Club, 21 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6532 0475); 6) Daily 11am-10pm. 2/F, Anzhen Hualian Department Store, Anzhen Xili, Chaoyang District. (6441 9996); 7) Daily 11am-10pm. 102 Beilishi Lu , Xicheng District. (6835 0610) 时时乐, 1) 朝阳区望京广顺北大街嘉 茂购物中心二层; 2) 崇文区崇文门外大街 18号 国瑞城购物中心 B1-30; 3) 东城区东 方新天地1区地铁层食通天大街FF16商铺; 4) 西城区君太百货地下一层; 5) 朝阳区建国门 外大街21号(国际俱乐部旁边); 6) 朝阳区 安贞西里华联商厦2层; 7) 西城区北礼士路 102号阜成门华联商场西侧 Stadium Dog The hot dogs here are a breed above your regular frank, and can be slathered with everything from onions and cheese to coleslaw, olives, jalapeños and about a dozen imported mustards. Daily 10am-2am. Gate 10, Workers’ Stadium, Chaoyang District. (6546 8364) 朝阳区 朝阳区工体东路工人体育场东门内10号进口

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Awfully Chocolate Scrumptious chocolate cakes that are rich in taste yet moist and light. 1) Daily 10am-10pm. Bldg1/5A, Raffles City, Dongzhimen lu, Dongcheng District. (8409 8452); 2) Daily 9am-9.30pm. Bldg 2, Carrefour Shopping Center, Zhongguancun Plaza, Haidian District. (5172 2511); 3) Daily 10am-9pm. Rm 108, Bldg 2, Wanda Plaza, 93 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (5820 5826) 东城区东直 门来福士广场B1-05a, Raffles City; 2) 海淀 区中关村家乐福购物中心B2楼(肯德基旁); 3) 朝阳区建国路93号万达广场2号楼108 Bento & Berries This combination bakery, cafe and deli-takeout is one of the city’s best. Mon-Fri 7am-11pm, Sat-Sun 7am7pm. 1/F, Shangri-La’s Kerry Centre Hotel, 1 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6561 8833 ext 45) 缤味美食屋, 朝阳区光华路1号 嘉里中心饭店1层 Boucherie Michel Artisanal French butcher serving up quality cuts of beef, veal, lamb and pork, as well as sausages, cheese, quiche and freshly roasted chickens. Daily 9am-8pm. 1/F, Jiezuo Dasha, Xingfucun Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (6417 0489, boucheriemichel@hotmail.com) 米歇尔肉 店, 朝阳区幸福村中路杰座大厦底层 Comptoirs de France Offers a variety of freshly baked rolls, baguettes, and loaves of bread alongside tempting pastries and chocolates. Voted “Outstanding Sandwiches” in our 2009 Restaurant Awards. 1) Daily 7am-9.30pm. 2/F, 5 Laiguangying Donglu, Chaoyang District. (8470 2347); 2) Daily 7am-9.30pm. 4 Ritan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (8562 3355); 3) Daily 7am-8.30pm. L-111, Europlaza, 99 Yuxiang Lu, Tianzhu Zhen, Shunyi District. (8046 6309); 4) Daily 7am-9.30pm. 1/F, Bldg 5, Hairun International Apartment, 2B Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District. (5135 7645); 5) Daily 7am-9pm. 1/F, East Lake Club, 35 Dongzhimenwai Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6461 1525); 6) Daily 7am-8.30pm. Rm 102, 1/F, Bldg 15, China Central Place, 89 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (6530 5480) www.comptoirsdefrance.com 法派, 1) 朝阳区来广营东路5号2楼东侧; 2) 朝阳 区日坛北路4号; 3) 顺义区裕翔路99号天竺 镇欧陆广场L111室; 4) 朝阳区将台路乙2号 海润国际公寓商业5一层; 5) 东城区东直门 外大街35号东湖俱乐部1层; 6) 朝阳区建国

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This sophisticated Australian sparkling wine is regarded as one of the best down under. Only the finest parcels of fruit from the Upper Yarra Va l le y a nd Mor n i n g ton Pe n i n su l a a r e selected for the wine, which contains 53 percent Chardonnay and 47 percent Pinot Noir. The palate is a blend of elegance and balanced flavor with excellent acidity. This wine is made in the Champagne method, spending four years on yeast lees. This is certainly a step up from most sparkling wines but still below the price of Champagne.

Old Bike Café Some of the best value cheeseburgers in town at this studentfriendly diner near Beijing Foreign Studies University. Daily 9am-11pm. Rm 8, 1/F, Bldg 24, Residential Compound 5, Changwa Lu (close to east gate of BFSU West Campus), Xisanhuan Beilu, Haidian District. (6841 8535) 海淀区西三环北路5号 小区24号楼1层8号


路89号华贸中心15号楼102 Delicatessen Homemade cakes, freshly made sandwiches, and a wide selection of cheeses, sausages, gourmet coffee and wines. Daily 7am-9pm. 1/F, Lido Place, 6 Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District. (6437 6688) 熟食店, 朝阳区将台路6号北京丽都 假日饭店1层 Kempi Deli Some of the best bread, cakes and desserts in town. Discounts after 8pm (9pm weekends). Daily 7am-10pm. 1/F, Kempinski Hotel, Chaoyang District. (6465 3388 ext 5741) 凯宾美食廊, 朝阳区凯宾斯 基饭店1层 German Food Center The name says it all. Think sausages and sauerkraut. Daily 9.30am-7pm. 105 Binduyuan Mansion, 15 Zaoying Beili, Maizidian (800m east of Nongzhanguan Beilu), Chaoyang District. (6591 9370) 德国食品店,朝阳区麦子店枣营 北里15号宾都苑公寓105号(长城饭店南侧,农 展馆北路往东走800米路北)

Hot Bean Cooperative Run by a group of hip youngsters, the chicken wings are the main draw here. Daily 10am-10pm. Just inside Chaodou Hutong (50m north of Jiaodaokou Nandajie and Kuan Jie intersection), Dongcheng District. (8401 6165) 炒豆合作社, 东城区交道口南大街炒豆胡同 Huang Ting Quality dim sum and Beijing specialties in a restaurant designed like a nobleman’s courtyard. Daily 11.30am2.30pm, 6-10pm. B2/F, The Peninsula Beijing, 8 Jinyu Hutong, Wangfujing Jie, Dongcheng District. (8516 2888 ext 6707) 凰庭, 东城区王府井大街金鱼胡同8号王府半 岛酒店地下2层 Jiumen Xiaochi Taste some of the best of Beijing’s traditional snacks at this collection of laozihao snack stalls; most relocated from Dashilan’r when the Qianmen area underwent renovation. Daily 10am10pm. 1 Xiaoyou Hutong, Xicheng District. (6402 5858) 九门小吃, 西城区孝友胡同1号 Noodle Bar The kung-fu chefs at this hip 12-seat bar wow all-comers with their noodle-pulling skills. Daily 11am-10pm. 1949–The Hidden City, Courtyard 4, Gongti Beilu (behind Pacific Century Place), Chaoyang District. (6501 1949) 面吧, 朝阳 区工体北路4号院 (盈科中心南面) The Roadhouse at Mutianyu Fantastic Great Wall views and hearty Chinese country food. Sat-Sun and holidays 11am-3pm, or by prior appointment. 12 Mutianyu Village, Huairou District. (6162 6506) www.roadhouseatmutianyu.com 大 路馆儿, 怀柔区慕田峪村12号 Yuebin Restaurant Beijing’s first privatelyowned restaurant post-1949 is also one of its finest. Daily 11am-2pm, 5-9pm. 43, 31 Cuihua Hutong (opposite the main gates of the National Art Museum of China), Dongcheng District. (6524 5322) 悦宾饭馆, 东城区翠花胡同43,31号(中国美术馆对面)

BEIJING DUCK Da Dong Roast Duck Da Dong’s “superlean” roast ducks have a reputation for being among the best in the city, but don’t overlook his other creations. Voted “Best Beijing Duck,” “Outstanding for Impressing Visitors” and “Best Restaurant of the Year (Chinese)” in our 2009 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 11am-10pm. 1) 5/F, Jinbao Dasha, Jinbao Jie, Dongcheng District. (8522 1234); 2) 1-2/F, Nanxincang International Plaza, 22A Dongsishitiao, Dongcheng District. (5169 0329); 3) 3 Tuanjiehu Beikou, Dongsanhuan Lu (southeast corner of Changhong Qiao), Chaoyang District. (6582 2892/4003) 北京 大董烤鸭店, 1) 东城区金宝街金宝大厦5层; 2) 东城区东四十条甲22号南新仓国际大厦 1~2楼(立交桥西南角); 3) 朝阳区团结湖北 口3号楼东三环路(长虹桥东南角)

JingZun Peking Duck Restaurant An urbane spot that will impress business contacts and foreign guests with its traditional furniture, soigné presentation, and skillfully carved duck. Daily 11am-10pm. Bldg 6, Taipingzhuang Nanli, Chunxiu Lu (north of Xingfucun Zhonglu), Chaoyang District. (6417 4075) 京尊烤鸭, 朝阳区朝阳 区春秀路太平庄南里6号楼北侧 Liqun Roast Duck Restaurant Ex-Quanjude chef Li Qun serves quality ducks in a rundown but rustic courtyard - worth the trek out to Qianmen. Daily 10am-10pm. 11 Beixiangfeng, Zhengyi Lu (northeast of Qianmen), Dongcheng District. (6705 5578) 利群烤鸭店, 东城区前门东大街正义路 南口北翔凤胡同11号

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BEIJING Fu Jia Lou This perennially packed restaurant specializes in old Beijing faves: noodles, soups and cold dishes. Daily 11am-2pm, 5-9.30pm. 23 Dongsishitiao (200m west of Poly Plaza), Dongcheng District. (8403 7831) 福家楼, 东城区东四十 条23号(保利大厦西200米)

Duck de Chine Delectable roast duck in a romantic setting complete with Bollinger Champagne bar. Daily 11.30am-2.30pm, 5.30-10.30pm. 1949–The Hidden City, Courtyard 4, Gongti Beilu (opposite the south gate of Pacific Century Place Mall), Chaoyang District. (6501 8881) 全鸭季, 朝 阳区工体北路4号院 (太平洋百货南门对面) 朝阳区东三环中路61号富力万丽酒店

Made in China This stylish joint on the first floor of the Grand Hyatt boasts some of the city’s finest roast duck. Voted “Outstanding Beijing Duck” and “Outstanding Restaurant of the Year (Chinese)” in our 2009 Restaurant Awards. Daily 11.30am2.30pm, 5.30-10.30pm. 1/F, Grand Hyatt Hotel, 1 Dongchang’an Jie, Dongcheng District. (6510 9608) 长安一号, 东城区东长 安街1号东方广场北京东方君悦大酒店1层 Peking Duck, Private Kitchen Cozy CBD restaurant serving creditable duck for RMB 99 and other fowl-centric dishes. Daily 11am-2pm, 5pm-9.30pm. Vantone Center, 6A Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. (5907 1920) 果果私房烤鸭, 朝阳区朝阳门外 大街 6A号万通中心 Quanjude Quanjude’s celebrated birds have passed through the mouths of visitors from Fidel Castro to Richard Nixon. Voted “Outstanding Beijing Duck” in our 2009 Restaurant Awards. 1) Daily 11am-9pm. Tower 1-3, Bldg A, Tianchuang Shiyuan, 309 Huizhong Beili, Chaoyang District. (6480 1685/6); 2) Daily 11am-3pm, 5-10pm. 57 Di’anmen Xidajie, Xicheng District. (6612 8557, 6617 1570); 3) Daily 11am-2pm, 4.30-9pm. 9 Shuaifuyuan Hutong, Wangfujing Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6525 3310); 4) Daily 10.30am9pm. 1/F, Jingxin Dasha, 2A Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6466 0896) 全聚 德, 1) 朝阳区慧忠北里309号天创世缘A座 1-3楼; 2) 西城区地安门西大街57号; 3) 东 城区王府井大街帅府园胡同9号; 4) 朝阳区 东三环北路甲2号京信大厦1层 Xiang Man Lou Xiang Man Lou may not be the most spectacularly furbished of roast duckeries, but it’s nevertheless a decent and low-priced place for a duck feast. Daily 11am-4.20pm,4.50pm-10pm. Xinyuan Xili Zhongjie (opposite Yuyang Hotel), Chaoyang District. (6460 6711) 香满楼, 朝 阳区新源西里中街(渔阳饭店斜对面)

BUFFETS Aroma Aroma offers five distinct cuisines: Japanese, Indian, Chinese, Southeast Asian, and Western favorites. Daily 11am2.30pm, 6-10.30pm. The Ritz-Carlton Hotel, 83A Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (5908 8777) 香溢, 朝阳区华贸中心建国路甲 83号丽思卡尔顿酒店 Cafe Cha A sumptuous buffet featuring a sushi and sashimi station, pasta, pizza, Malaysian laksa and tandoori specialties. Daily breakfast 6-10am, lunch 11.30am2.30pm, dinner 5.30-9.30pm. Shangri-La Hotel, 29 Zizhuyuan Lu, Haidian District. (6841 2211 ext 2715) 咖啡Cha, 海淀区紫竹 院路29号香格里拉饭店 Cafe Noir Tall glass windows enfold a charming buffet of typically international orientation. Daily 6.30am-midnight. Traders Upper East Hotel, 2 Dongsihuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (5907 8888) 朝阳区东四 环北路2号上东尚贸酒店 City Wall Bistro Sleek, contemporary all-day buffet restaurant. Daily 6am11am,noon-midnight. Beijing Marriott

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CHEF’S SELECTION Hotel City Wall, 7 Jianguomen Nandajie, Dongcheng District. (5811 8255) 城墙小馆, 东城区建国门南大街7号北京万豪酒店 East 33 International buffet restaurant featuring Asian and Western treats plus a weekend seafood buffet featuring live Boston lobster. Daily 6.30am-10.30pm. Raffles Beijing Hotel, 33 Dongchangan Jie, Dongcheng District. (6526 3388 ext 5171) 东三十三, 东城区东长安街33号北京 饭店莱佛士

smattering of Gallic touches. Mon-Fri 12pm-2.30pm, 6-10.30pm, Sat-Sun 610.30pm. 6/F, Sofitel Hotel, Tower C, Wanda Plaza, 93 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (8599 6666) VIC 国际美食, 朝阳区 建国路93号万达广场C座6层

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Essence Market-fresh daily menus and international buffets with Asian & Western delights. Daily 24hrs. Lobby level of Crowne Plaza Beijing, 48 Wangfujing Avenue, Dongcheng District. (6513 3388 ext 3) 西餐厅, 东城区王府井大街48号国际艺苑 皇冠假日酒店内

Geoffrey Weckx

Garden Court Brasserie-style buffet featuring an extravagant Champagne brunch on Sundays. Voted “Outstanding Brunch (hotel)” in our 2009 Restaurant Awards. Daily 6-10am,11.30am-2pm,6-11pm. St. Regis Hotel, 21 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6460 6688 ext 2340) 景苑咖啡厅, 朝阳区建国门外大街21号国际俱乐部饭店

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Greenfish Boasts a “flexiterian” cuisine - fresh and tasty food with a focus on vegetable and seafood dishes. Daily 6.30am -11pm. The Ritz-Carlton Financial Street, 1 Jinchengfang Dongjie, Jinrong Jie, Xicheng District. (6601 6666 ext. 6255) 四季汇, 西城区金城坊东街1号北京金融街 丽思卡顿酒店

Special Occasion: Sanyuanli Market

Jing Watch the chefs in action at this minimalist, open-plan restaurant serving decent Asian and Western cuisine. Daily 5.30am-11.30pm. Basement of The Peninsula Beijing, 8 Jinyu Hutong, Wangfujing, Dongcheng District. (6559 2888 ext 6714) 京, 东城区王府井金鱼胡同8号王府半岛酒 店地下1层

Owner and chef, W Dine & Wine

elgian Geoffrey Weckx first came to China 13 years ago to work as executive chef at the Great Wall Sheraton. After a decade of cooking and traveling across Asia, he opened W Dine & Wine in 2006. “I’ve gone to Jaan, Blu Lobster and Bei for special occasions but my favorite is still a home-cooked meal. I’ll go to the market for fresh seafood then cook scallop carpaccio with basil sour cream and grilled lobsters with celeriac puree – my wife’s favorites.” Sanyuanli Market. 100m north of Xinyuan Nanlu, Chaoyang District (no tel) 三源里菜市场, 朝阳区东三环新源南路往北100米

A Quick Bite: Comptoirs de France “I’m so busy these days my lunchtime is usually limited to a Comptoirs de France ham and cheese baguette in my car, en route to a meeting or preparing for an event. They’ve got great breads and my favorite is the Mediterranean baguette.” Daily 7am-8.30pm. Rm 102, 1/F, Bldg 15, China Central Place, 89 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District (6530 5480) www.comptoirsdefrance.com 朝阳区建国路89号华贸中心15号楼102 For other locations, see www.thebeijinger.com/directory

Top Chinese: Lei Garden “The best Cantonese in the city, hands-down. I love the lobster noodle, cooked in its shell with roast garlic in a clay pot, together with a steaming, fragrant broth of noodles. As well as the signature dim sum, I always order the barbecue platter – the roast pork is perfectly cooked and absolutely delicious.” Daily 11.30am-2.30pm, 5.30-9.30pm. 3/F, Jinbao Tower, 89 Jinbao Jie, Dongcheng District (8522 1212) 利苑, 东城区金宝街89号金宝大厦3楼

Best Value: Haidilao Hot Pot “What makes this restaurant stand out is the chilli sauces from all over the world that you can pair with the sesame base. The service is also superb – customers waiting in line are offered snacks, tea and even manicures. On my last visit, we feasted for over three hours at a very reasonable price.” Daily 24hrs. 2A Baijiazhuang Lu (next to No. 80 Middle School), Chaoyang District (6595 2982) 海底捞火锅,朝阳区白家庄路甲2号 For other locations, see www.thebeijinger.com/directory

Guilty Pleasure: Paulaner Brauhaus

Daily 11.30am-1am. Kempinski Hotel, 50 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District (6465 3388 ext 5732) 普拉那啤酒坊餐厅, 朝阳区亮马桥路50号凯宾斯基饭店

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Momo Cafe Clever decor, excellent service, and an East-West menu. Mon-Fri 11am2pm, 5.30-9.30pm. Courtyard by Marriott Beijing Northeast, 101 Jingshun Lu, Chaoyang District. (5907 6277) 朝阳区京顺 路101号北京人济万怡酒店 Monsoon A cafe-style restaurant offering an innovative selection of Asian and Western cuisines. Daily 6-10.30am, 11.30am2pm, 5.30-11pm. InterContinental Hotel, 11 Jinrong Jie, Xicheng District. (5852 5888 ext 5916/5917) 季候风, 西城区金融街 11号洲际酒店 Red Orange Extensive pan-Asian and Western delights from the interactive open kitchen buffet. Daily 6-9.30pm. 1/F, Crowne Plaza Sun Palace Beijing, 12 Qisheng Zhongjie, Beisanhuan Donglu, Chaoyang District. (6452 1608/6429 8888 ext 6320) 红橙, 朝阳区七圣中街12号新云南 皇冠假日酒店 Senses Hosts inspiRED on Sundays, one of the most lavish brunches in town. Voted “Outstanding Brunch (hotel)” in our 2009 Restaurant Awards. Daily 6.30-10.30am, 11.30am-2.30pm, 5.30-10pm.. 1/F, The Westin Beijing, 9B Jinrong Jie, Xicheng District. (6629 7810) 味, 西城区金融大街乙 9号北京金融街威斯汀大酒店1层 Taste Interactive cooking stations and healthful “super foods” corners. On Sundays, Taste hosts Bubbalicious, which readers voted “Best Brunch (hotel)” in our 2009 Restaurant Awards. Daily 6.3010.30am, 11.30am-2.30pm, 5.30-11pm. 2/F, Westin Beijing Chaoyang, 1 Xinyuan Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (5922 8888 ext 8102) 朝阳区新源南路1号朝阳威斯汀大酒店2层 Vasco’s International and Chinese culinary hits with a Portuguese twist. Daily 6.30-10am, 11.30am-2.30pm, 6-11pm. 5/F, Hilton Beijing Wangfujing, 8 Wangfujing Dongjie, Dongcheng District. (5812 8888) 东城区王府井东街8号希尔顿北京王府井酒 店5层 VIC International buffet dining with a

The Bookworm Light sandwiches, salads and pastas as well as heartier fare. 1) Mon-Sat 8am-8pm,Sun 8am-5pm. The First Courtyard, Hegezhuang Village, Shunyi District. (6431 2108, books@beijingbookworm. com, kidsclub@beijingbookworm. com); 2) Daily 9am-2am. Courtyard 4, Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6586 9507, books@beijingbookworm.com, kidsclub@beijingbookworm.com) www. chinabookworm.com 书虫书吧, 1) 顺义 区崔各庄乡,何各庄村一号院; 2) 朝阳区工 体北路4号院 The Bridge Cafe Extremely popular with the foreign student contingent. Wonderful coffees, cakes and breakfast specials. Daily 24hrs. Rm 8, Bldg 12, Huaqing Jiayuan, Chengfu Lu (west of Wudaokou subway station), Haidian District. (8286 7026) 桥咖啡, 海淀区成府路五道口华清嘉园 12号楼8号(五道口城铁站西边) Cafe Zarah This cool German cafe serves cakes, soups, salads, and European-style breakfasts from the owner’s personal recipe book. Daily 9.30am-midnight. 42 Gulou Dongdajie, Dongcheng District. (8403 9807) www.cafezarah.com 东城区鼓 楼东大街42号 IF Juice Freshly squeezed juices and smoothies without preservatives or sugar. Sandwiches and salads available too. Daily 8am-10pm. Shop 14, Bldg 11, Central Park, 6 Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6533 6569) 如果, 朝阳区朝外大街6号 新城国际11号楼14号商铺 Panino Teca This casual-chic cafe bakes its own bread daily on the premises. Voted “Outstanding Sandwiches” in our 2009 Restaurant Awards. Delivery is available. 1) Daily 8.30am-midnight. S2-11, Bldg 2, The Village at Sanlitun, 19 Sanlitun Lu (across from Aperitivo and Nali Patio), Chaoyang District. (6416 1416); 2) Daily 8am-11pm. 1 Sanlitun Beixiaojie, Chaoyang District. (8454 1797) 品味店, 1) 朝阳区三里屯路19号三里屯Village2号楼S211; 2) 朝阳区三里屯北小街1号 Sequoia Bakery and Cafe Serves up delistyle sandwiches, homemade desserts, and one of Beijing’s better cups of joe. Also delivers. 1) Daily 8am-8pm. Kerry Centre Mall, B1-36 (next to Papa John’s Pizza, 1 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (8529 6418, frank.siegel@gmail.com); 2) Daily 7am-8pm. 44 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6501 5503, frank.siegel@gmail. com) www.sequoiacafe.com 美洲杉, 1) 朝 阳区光华路1号北京嘉里中心B1-36号; 2) 朝 阳区光华路44号 Sugar Bar Pastries, cakes and delectable tiramisu from the in-house bakery, with a wide range of coffees. Daily 11am-11pm. 1949–The Hidden City, Courtyard 4, Gongti Beilu (behind Pacific Century Place),

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“Every now and then, I go to Paulaner Brauhaus with friends and have the veal medallion with rosti potato topped with Emmental cheese. It’s decadent, rich and heavy for lunch and not good for my cholesterol – but with a few medium-sized light Paulaner drafts, the afternoon usually becomes very interesting.”

Joy Luck Vast “supermarket-style” dining emporium churning out sushi, pizza, dim sum, grilled meat, crepes and fresh juices. Cheap as chips wine bar open late. Daily 11am-10pm, wine bar open until 2am. 5/F, 3.3 Mall, 33 Sanlitun Beijie, Chaoyang District. (5136 5760) 乐福餐厅, 朝阳区三里 屯北街33号3.3服饰大厦5层

Bocata Lunch favorite for embassy staff. The white rock terrace and well-made paninis make this sandwich cafe a pleasant retreat when the climate is congenial. Daily 10am-midnight. 33 Sanlitun Lu (3.3 Shopping Center), Chaoyang District. (6417 5291) 朝阳区三里屯路33号3.3大厦 对面


Chaoyang District. (6501 1949) 朝阳区工体 北路4号院 (盈科中心南面) Teahouse of Fu Classical teahouse with exquisite Ming/Qing furniture on the south bank of Houhai. 10.30am-midnight. 23-3A, Yangfang Hutong, Bajiao Ting (inside Houhai park, east of Shiqiao), Deshengmennei Dajie, Xicheng District. (6616 0725/6343) 茶家傅, 西城区德胜门内大街石 桥东后海公园内八角亭羊房胡同甲23-3号 The Coffee Lobby Cute little German cafe with a passion for coffee and sandwiches. Daily 8.30am-late. 10 Ande Lu, Dongcheng District. (6451 1453) www. thecoffeelobby.com 东城区安德路10号 Tube Station Serviceable subs, sarnies and coffee for the Beishida crowd. Daily 11am11pm. 500m north of Beijing Normal University East Gate, Haidian District. (6200 4439) 站点, 海淀区北师大东门往北走500米

CANTONESE Celestial Court Seafood and dim sum in a luxurious setting for those on an expense account. Mon-Fri 11.30am-2pm, 6-10pm. 2/F, St Regis Hotel, 21 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6460 6688 ext 2460 or 2462) 天宝阁, 朝阳区建国门外大街 21号北京国际俱乐部饭店2层 Chao Dian Twin storied Cantonese dim sum house with a menu of 44 favorites like steamed BBQ pork buns and shaomai shrimp dumplings. Mon-Fri 10am-3am, Sat-Sun 9am-3am. S6-32, 3/F, Bldg 6, The Village at Sanlitun, 19 Sanlitun Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6413 2998) 嘲点, 朝 阳区三里屯北路19号三里屯Village南区三楼 S6-32单元 The Deluxe Restaurant A contemporarylooking place with an excellent set meal for two available only at lunch, and top notch weekend dim sum. Daily 10.30am3pm, 5.30-10.30pm. 3/F, Comfort Inn, 6 Gongti Beilu (west of Pacific Century Plaza), Chaoyang District. (8523 6668) 凯 悦酒家, 朝阳区工体北路6号凯富酒店3楼盈 科中心西侧 Herbal Cafe Herbal teas, soups, dim sum, and stir-fries in a comfortable atmosphere. All MSG free. 1) Daily 8am-4am. B02, 17 Wanda Plaza, 93 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (5820 4679); 2) Daily 11am-11pm. S6-33, 3/F, The Village at Sanlitun, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6416 0618) 泰和草本工坊, 1) 朝阳区建国 路93号万达广场10号楼B02; 2) 朝阳区三里 屯路19号三里屯Village3层s6-33

Noble Court Fine Cantonese cuisine featuring dim sum as well as seafood dishes. Mon-Fri 11.30am-2.30pm, Sat-Sun 10.30am-2.30pm; daily 5.30-10pm. B1/F, Grand Hyatt Beijing Hotel, Oriental Plaza, 1 Dongchang’an Jie, Dongcheng District. (8518 1234 ext 3822) beijing.grand.hyatt. com/hyatt/hotels/entertainment/restaurants/index.jsp 悦庭, 东城区东长安街1号东 方广场北京东方君悦大酒店地下1层 Shizi Shanxia Affordable Cantonese diner fare. Great claypot rice dishes. Daily 10am10pm. 1) B1/F, Sky Plaza, Dongzhimenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (8460 8532); 2) In the alleyway south of The Bookworm, Courtyard 4, Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6586 3948, 6586 3749) 狮子山下, 1) 朝阳区东直门外大街天恒大厦B1层; 2) 朝阳 区工体北路4号院 Qi Enjoy a culinary journey through China that highlights seven regional cuisines including Sichuan, Cantonese and Beijing fare with a modern twist. Daily 11.30am2pm, 5.30-10pm. 2/F, The Ritz-Carlton, Financial Street, 1 Jinchengfang Dongjie, Jinrong Jie, Xicheng District. (6601 6666) 气, 西城区金城坊东街1号金融街丽思卡顿 酒店2层

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Village Cafe Straightforward European and Southeast Asian cuisine in a breezy, boutique space. Good lunch deals. Daily 24hr. 1/F, The Opposite House, Bldg 1, The Village at Sanlitun, 11 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6410 5210, villagecafe @theoppositehouse.com) 朝阳区三里屯路 11号三里屯Village1号楼瑜舍1层

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Xiao Che’s Dessert Shop This cute backstreet eatery turns out freshly steamed rice rolls (chang fen) and shuangpi nai, a comforting custard-style dessert. Daily 10am-9.30pm. 52 Jiaozi Hutong, Dongsi Beidajie, Dongcheng District. (6401 6981) 小彻甜品店, 东城区东四北大街轿子胡同 52号 ZEN Revamped Si Chou Lu reinvents the dynasty look with golden opulent tones and traditional Cantonese cuisine by Chef Mark Ko from Hong Kong. 11.30am2.30pm, 5.30-10.30pm. Intercontinental Hotel, 11 Financial Street, Xicheng District. (5852 5888) 西城区金融街11号洲际酒店 Zen Tailored to the swish confines of the Legation Quarter, this butterfly-themed branch of the Zen restaurant archipelago features upmarket Cantonese cuisine, along with a smattering of Sichuan spice and Peking duck. Daily 11am-10pm. Ch’ien Men 23, 23 Qianmen Dongdajie, Dongcheng District. (6559 9608) 蝶1903, 东城区前门东大街23号 Zen5es A mix of authentic Cantonese supplemented by signature dishes from China’s other major regional cuisines - Beijing, Shanghai, Sichuan, Hunan, and Zhejiang. Daily 11.30am-2.30pm, 5.3010.30pm. 4/F, Westin Beijing Chaoyang, 1 Xinyuan Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (5922 8888 ext 8121) 朝阳区新源南路1号,朝阳威 斯汀大酒店4层

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Horizon Good variety of Chinese dishes; classy atmosphere. Voted “Outstanding Dim Sum” in our 2009 Restaurant Awards. Daily 11.30am-2.30pm, 5.30-10pm. 1/F, Shangri-La’s Kerry Centre Hotel, 1 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6561 8833 ext 41) 海天阁, 朝阳区光华路1号嘉里中心 饭店1层 Jewel Well-presented authentic Cantonese cuisine and signature dishes from around China. Daily 11.30am-2.30pm, 5.30-10.30pm. 1/F, The Westin Beijing, 9B Jinrong Jie, Xicheng District. (6606 8866 ext 7820) 金城阁, 西城区金融大街乙9号北 京金融街威斯汀大酒店1层 Jin Ding Xuan Cantonese chain that specializes in fresh, steaming baskets of dim sum. Voted “Best Dim Sum” in our 2009 Restaurant Awards. Daily 24hrs. 1) 77 Hepingli Xijie, Dongcheng District. (6429 6888); 2) 1/F, Entrance B03, north corner of Jinyuan Shopping Mall, 1 Yuanda Lu, Haidian District. (8887 1155); 3) Yiyuan No.15, Anhuibeili, Yayuncun, Chaoyang District. (6497 8978); 4) 16 Pufang Lu, across from Carrefour, Fengtai District. (6761 7161); 5) 15 Tuanjiehu Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (8596 8881) 金鼎轩酒 楼, 1) 东城区和平里西街77号; 2) 海淀区 远大路1号金源时代购物中心北侧1层B03入 口; 3) 朝阳区亚运村安慧北里逸园15号; 4) 丰台区方庄蒲芳路16号 (家乐福对面); 5)

Alameda Contemporary fine dining with a Brazilian twist. Voted “Best Business Lunch,” “Outstanding Steak” and “Outstanding Value” in our 2009 Restaurant Awards. Daily 11.30am-3pm, 6-10.30pm. Sanlitun Beijie (beside the Nali Mall), Chaoyang District. (6417 8084, alameda_ beijing@yahoo.com) 朝阳区三里屯北街 Amigo Surprisingly authentic restaurant boasts crowd-pleasing food and huge margaritas. All drinks half price on Saturdays. Daily 11am-11pm. 95 Gulou Dongdajie, Dongcheng District. (8403 3981) 阿眯 哥, 东城区阿眯哥。东城区鼓楼东大街95号 Latin Grillhouse All-you-can-eat meat, potent caipirinhas and pulsing Brazilian

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able for one? Don’t wither under the smirks. Hold your (sniveling) head high and tuck in at one of these singlesfriendly establishments. Ding Ding Xiang Hot pot needn’t be a no-no for solo diners. At this branch of the upmarket Beijing chain, each customer gets their own mini cauldron of bubbling broth, so you can dunk to your heart’s content without looking like a loveless glutton. Daily 11am-10pm. 2/F, Yuanjia International Apartments, Dongzhimenwai, Dongzhong Jie, Dongcheng District (6417 9289) 东城区东直门外东中街东环广场对面元嘉国际公寓2层

Ginkgo The mussels and tapas here are both tasty and good value, but it’s the eclect ic l ive music t hat’ l l keep companionless diners distracted and entertained all evening. Steaks are 40 percent off on Wednesdays too. Treat yourself – no one else will. Daily 10.30am-3pm, 6-10.30pm. 199 Andingmennei Dajie, Dongcheng District (6402 7532) 东城区安定门内大街199号

Mirch Masala Mirch’s thali sets (R MB 45) are a delicious rebuke to tiresome familystyle dining. With mini tast ing bowls of chicken, lamb, prawn and vegetable curries, tandoori roti, naan, and pilau rice for one, who needs company? Mon 5-10.30pm; Tue-Sun 11am-2.30pm, 5-10.30pm. Unit 130, Bldg 2, Ritan Highlife, 39 Shenlu Jie, Chaoyang District (8563 6304) 朝阳区神路街39号日坛公园北门对面日坛上街2号楼130号

Noodle Bar Ju st b ec au se you’re a despe r ate singleton doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy Sanlitun’s romantic 1949-The Hidden City complex. Grab a stool at Noodle Bar’s 12-seat counter and let the experts show you how to “pull” – noodles, that is. Daily 11am-10pm. 1949–The Hidden City, Courtyard 4, Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District (6501 1949) 朝阳区工体北路4号院 (盈科中心南面)

Daily 11am-2pm, 5-9pm. 8/F, Hunsha Dalou, 109 Xidan Beidajie, Xicheng District (6616 0336) 西城区西单北大街109婚庆大楼8楼

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F, Bldg D, Vantone Center, 6A Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (5907 1625) 汉舍中国菜馆, 朝阳区朝阳门外大街甲 6号万通中心D座地下1层

Mexico City Good value burritos, quesadillas and more delivered in and around the embassy area. Southwest corner of Sanyuan Qiao, Dongsanhuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (131 2001 2021) 沙沙墨西哥小坊, 朝阳区东三环路三元桥西南角 The Mexican Kitchen Serves generous portions of flavorful Tex-Mex faves such as burritos, fajitas, and tacos. Daily 11am9.30pm. 705 Pinnacle Plaza, Tianzhu Real Estate Development Zone, Shunyi District. (8046 4558/59) 墨西哥厨房, 顺义区天竺开 发区荣祥广场705号 The Side Saddle Sanlitun shoppers can build their own mighty burritos from a selection of fillings. Daily 11am-2am. 1/F, South wing (next to Ciro’s Pomodoro), Nali Patio, 81 Sanlitun Beilu, Chaoyang District. (5208 6005) 朝阳区三里屯北路81号 那里花园内南侧1层

CONTEMPORARY CUISINE Bei Delectable, artfully presented North Asian cuisine in a hip, minimalist setting. Mon-Sat 5.30-10pm. B1/F, The Opposite House, Bldg 1, The Village at Sanlitun, 11 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6410 5230) www.beirestaurant.com 朝阳区三里 屯路11号三里屯Village1号楼瑜舍地下1层 Blu Lobster Professional service and state of the art cooking techniques at this five star restaurant. Tue-Sun 5.30-11pm. Valley Wing 1/F, Shangri-La Hotel, 29 Zizhuyuan Lu, Haidian District. (6841 2211 ext 6727 / 6728) 蓝韵, 海淀区紫竹院路29号北京香格里 拉饭店新阁一层

Mosto Inventive, exciting contemporary food with a South American touch. Voted “Outstanding Restaurant of the Year (non-Chinese)” and “Outstanding Business Lunch” in our 2009 Restaurant Awards. Daily noon-2.30pm, 6-10.30pm. 3/F, Nali Patio, 81 Sanlitun Beilu, Chaoyang District. (5208 6030) www.mostobj.com 摸石头, 朝 阳区三里屯北路81号那里花园3层 Paper Newly refurbished, this sleek, urban minimalist restaurant serves contemporary Chinese cuisine, with seafood taking center stage. Daily 6pm-midnight. 138 Gulou Dongdajie, Dongcheng District. (8401 5080) 东城区鼓楼东大街138号

China Grill Get a bird’s eye view of Beijing while dining on grilled meats, seafood and classical Chinese dishes. Voted “Outstanding for Impressing Visitors” in our 2009 Restaurant Awards. Daily 6-10.30am, 11.30am-2.30pm, 5.30-10.30pm. 66/F, Park Hyatt Hotel, 2 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (8567 1234) 北京亮, 朝 阳区建国门外大街2号柏悦酒店66层 Chynna Serving Northern Chinese cuisine and a range of other regional classics with a modern twist. Daily 10.30am-2pm.5.3011pm. 5/F Hilton Hotel Wangfujing, 8 Wangfujing Dongjie, Dongcheng District. (5812 8888) 东城区王府井希尔顿酒店王府 井东街8号 Green T. House Tea-infused fusion cuisine served in an impressively fanciful atmosphere. Voted “Outstanding Decor” in our 2009 Restaurant Awards. Daily 11.30am-2.30pm, 6-11.30pm. 6 Gongti Xilu, Chaoyang District. (6552 8310, 6552 8311) www.green-t-house.com 紫云轩, 朝 阳区工体西路6号 IFW (International Food Warehouse) Managed by the Park Hyatt, IFW offers top quality choices in Japanese, Chinese, Singaporean and Western cuisines. Surprisingly affordable. Daily 11.30am-2.30pm, 5.30-9.45pm. B1/F, Park Life, Yintai Center, 2 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (8567 1568) 朝阳区建国门外大街2号北 京柏悦酒店地下1层 Lan Club This luxury Philippe Starckdesigned restaurant offers fresh interpretations of Chinese regional cuisine, including Peking duck. Voted “Best Decor” and “Best for Impressing Visitors” in the 2009 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 9am-11pm. 4/F, LG Twin Towers, 12B Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (5109 6012/13) www.lan-global.com 兰会 所, 朝阳区建国门外大街乙12号LG双子座4层 Let’s Seafood Offers mussels, six varieties of whole fish, seafood salads and specials like bouillabaisse or Atlantic lobster, all served with rice, potatoes, fish soup and freshly baked bread. Daily 11.30am-midnight. 1/F, Nali Patio, 81 Sanlitun Beijie, Chaoyang District. (5208 6038) 朝阳区三里 屯北街81号那里花园1层 Madam Zhu’s Kitchen Madam Zhu – founder of Sichuan chain Yuxiang Renjia – branches out with this stylish restaurant serving contemporary updates of classic regional Chinese. Daily 11am-9.30pm. B1/

SALT Innovative restaurant in a fresh modern minimalist setting has weekly two-course or three-course set meals. Voted “Outstanding Restaurant of the Year (non-Chinese),” “Best Service,” “Outstanding Business Lunch,” “Best Steak,” and “Outstanding Wine List” in our 2009 Restaurant Awards. Mon-Sat noon-3pm, 6-10.30pm, Sun Brunch noon4pm. 2/F, 9 Jiangtai Xilu (opposite the Japanese School, west of Rosedale Hotel), Chaoyang District. (6437 8457) www.saltrestaurantbeijin 盐, 朝阳区将台西路9号2层 (珀丽酒店西边 Scarlett Chic wine bar and restaurant with Beijing’s best cheese selection. Daily 6pm3am. Hotel G, 7A Gongti Xilu, Chaoyang District. (6552 2880) www.hotel-g.com 朝 阳区工体西路甲7号北京极栈内 Trainspotting Trendy concept restaurant delivers well-priced Southwest Chinese cooking with a contemporary twist. Daily 11am-10pm. 46 Fangjia Hutong (just south of Guozijian Jie), Dongcheng District. (6400 1725) 猜火车, 东城区方家胡同46号艺 术园区 (国子监南临) Whampoa Club Culinary mastermind Jereme Leung transforms classic Beijing comfort food into something worthy of the sophisticated surroundings. High living comes at a price, however. Daily 11am-2.30pm, 5-10.30pm. 23A Jinrong Dajie, Xicheng District. (8808 8828) 黄浦 会, 西城区金融大街甲23号

DONGBEI Da Dongbei Dongbei da lapi, cold glass noodles served with a range of vegetables and shredded pork in a peanut sauce, deserves a special mention. 352 Gulou Dongdajie, Dongcheng District. (6404 1375) 大东北, 东城区鼓楼东大街352号 Da Qinghua Decked out in fancy Manchu-style décor. Worth sampling are the

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Trojan Fairy Dark Restaurant It might be billed as a sensory experience for couples, but the pitch-black dining room here means fellow patrons will be totally in the dark about your lonely secret. You can even imagine the partner of your dreams sitting opposite you. Note that word: dreams.

music. Daily 11am-3pm, 5-11pm. C1-11, Block 1, Solana, 6 Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (5905 6126/8) 朝阳区朝 阳公园路6号蓝色港湾国际商区1号楼C1-11


donkey ribs and the Dongbei version of baijiu: hujia laojiu. Daily 11am- 11pm. 1) 1 Pufang Lu, Fangzhuang, Fengtai District. (6768 8275, 6766 9529); 2) 1-2/F, 8 Baizhifang Xijie, Xuanwu District. (8353 9038/7) 大青花, 1) 丰台区方庄蒲芳路1号; 2) 宣武 区白纸坊西街8号1-2楼 Dongbei Nongjia Yuan A good place for pazhulian (soy-braised pig’s face) and xuechang (blood sausages). 8 Huayuan Lu, Haidian District. (6237 8394) 东北农家院, 海淀区花园路8号 East is Red Offers nightly song and dance routines straight out of the cultural revolution. Great decor and spicy fish options. Daily 10am-9.30pm. 266 Dongwuhuan Baijialou (outside Pingfang Qiao), Chaoyang District. (6574 8289/8290) 红色 经典, 朝阳区东五环白家楼266号

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Morel’s Sanlitun stalwart serves Belgianstyle steak tartare from locally bred beef and tasty mussels. Voted “Outstanding Steak” in our 2009 Restaurant Awards. 1) Tue-Sun 11.30am-1am. Gongti Beilu (opposite Workers’ Gymnasium North Gate, northwest corner of Chunxiu Lu), Dongcheng District. (6416 8802); 2) TueSun 11.30am-11.30pm. East block, 27 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6437 3939) 1)东城区莫劳龙玺西餐, 工体北路春秀 路西北角工人体育馆北门对面; 2) 朝阳区莫 劳洪玺西餐, 亮马桥路27号东座1层 Orange Tree Bistro Fetching Houhai courtyard serves Italian appetizers, pizza, sandwiches and grilled meats, with a good selection of bottled beers and wine. Daily 11am-11.30pm. 27 Dashibei Hutong (near Yandai Xiejie, north of Houhai lake), Xicheng District. (6401 7797) 橘子树西 餐, 西城区大石碑胡同27号(后海烟袋斜 街附近) The Orchard Difficult to find, but worth the journey for continental cuisine served in a charming country setting. Voted “Outstanding Brunch (standalone)” and “Outstanding Family-Friendly Restaurant” in our 2009 Restaurant Awards. Tue-Sun noon-2.30pm (Sun lunch until 3pm), 2.30-6pm (coffee), 6-9pm (dinner). From Jingshun Lu, exit at Sunhe Market (we recommend calling for directions), Shunyi District. (6433 6270) 果园, 顺义区京顺路孙 河市场出口(建议给餐馆打电话问详细地址) Vineyard Cafe Hip hutong cafe specializes in comfort food and hearty breakfasts. Tue-Sun 11.30am-10.30pm, closed Mon. 31 Wudaoying Hutong (just north of the Confucius temple), Dongcheng District. (6402 7961, info@vineyardcafe.cn) www. vineyardcafe.cn 葡萄院儿, 东城区五道营 胡同31号

Din Tai Fung Taste just one dumpling to know why they’re famous around the world. Voted “Outstanding Shanghai” in our 2009 Restaurant Awards. 1) Mon-Fri 11.30am-9.30pm, Sat-Sun 11am-10pm. 7/F, Dangdai Shangcheng, 40 Zhongguancun Dajie, Haidian District. (6269 6726); 2) Daily 11.30am-2.30pm, 5-10pm. 24 Xinyuan Xili Zhongjie, Chaoyang District. (6462 4502); 3) Daily 11.30am-9.30pm. 6/F, Shin Kong Place, China Central Place, 87 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (6533 1536) www.dintaifung.com.cn 鼎泰丰, 1) 海淀 区中关村大街40号当代商城7层; 2) 朝阳区 新源西里中街24号; 3) 朝阳区建国路87号华 贸中心新光天地6层

EUROPEAN Aria Inventive European food from monthly changing menus. Voted “Outstanding Wine List” in our 2009 Restaurant Awards. Daily 11.30am-2.30pm, 6-10pm; bar 11am-midnight. 2/F, China World Hotel, 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6505 2266 ext 38, 6505 3318) 阿郦雅, 朝阳区建国门外大街1号中国 大饭店二层 Budapest Hungarian Restaurant Beijing’s first Hungarian restaurant serves goulash and other Magyar specialties. 2/F, Bldg 6, China View, Gongti Donglu, Chaoyang District. (8587 1028/1058) 朝阳区工体东路 中国红阶大厦6号楼202室 Capital M Classy European cooking and Beijing’s best view across Tiananmen Square. Daily 11am-midnight (bar is open from noon-1am weekdays, Sunday brunch 11.30am-5pm). 3/F, 2 Qianmen Pedestrian Street (southeast of Qianmen, overlooking Tian’anmen Square), Chongwen District. (6702 2727) www.capital-m-beijing. com 崇文区前门步行街2号3层 (尽览天安 门全景) Fish Nation Hearty servings of chunky chips and the largest piece of boneless fish you may ever encounter in China. 1) Sun-Thu 11am-2am, Fri-Sat 11am-4am. Sanlitun Houjie (around the corner from Poachers Inn), Chaoyang District. (6415 0119); 2) Sun-Thu 11am-midnight, Fri-Sat 10am-1.30am. 31 Nanluogu Xiang (near Jiaodaokou), Dongcheng District. (6401 3249) 鱼邦, 1) 朝阳区三里屯后街(青年酒

W Dine & Wine Smart, convivial Sanlitun eatery serving contemporary European food at mid-range prices. Good value set lunches are popular with the embassy crowd. Daily 11.30am-2.30pm, 6-10.30pm. 22-1 Dongzhimenwai Dajie (next to Jingkelong), Dongcheng District. (6416 9838) 万杰福咖啡厅, 东城区东直门外大街22-1

FRENCH Brasserie Flo Owned by the powerful Flo Group, and now a Beijing institution. French classics include the onion soup, steak au poivre and profiteroles. Voted “Outstanding French” in our 2009 Restaurant Awards. Delivery available. Daily 11am-3pm, 5.30-11pm. Rainbow Plaza (Longbo Guangchang), 16 Dongsanhuan Beilu (south of the Great Wall Sheraton), Chaoyang District. (6595 5135/9) www.flo. cn 北京福楼餐厅, 朝阳区东三环北路16号隆 博广场二层

Juliette’s Unpretentious French brasserie with a terrace. Daily 8am-11pm. 1/F, Tongli Studio, 43 Sanlitun Beilu (southwest of 3.3 Shopping Mall), Chaoyang District. (6417 8188) 朝阳区三里屯北路43号同里一层 La Taverne Laid-back French bistro serving traditional galette, crepes and beef fondue. Daily 10am-2.30pm, 6-10.30pm. 7 Gongti Xilu, Chaoyang District. (6551 8967) 遥远西餐吧, 朝阳区工体西路7号 Le Petit Gourmand Good value French fare and a library of over 9,000 books. Voted “Outstanding French” in our 2009 Restaurant Awards. Sun-Thu 9.30am-midnight, Fri-Sat 9.30am-1am. 3/F, Tongli Studios, Sanlitun Houjie, Chaoyang District. (6417 6095, fax 6413 0765) www.lepetitigourmand.com.cn 小美食家, 朝阳区三里屯后 街同里3层 Le Petit Paris Pleasant bistro with decent sandwiches. Daily 10.30am-midnight. 29 Sanlitun Lu (opposite the French School), Chaoyang District. (6416 9381) 小巴黎, 朝 阳区三里屯路29号北酒吧街 Le Pré Lenôtre Exudes all the pomp of fine French dining and matches it with professional service and accomplished food. Daily 11.30am-2.30pm, 6.30-11.30pm. 6/F, Sofitel Hotel, Bldg C, Wanda Plaza, 93 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (8599 6666) 朝阳区建国路93号万达广场C座6层 Maison Boulud à Pékin Famous New York chef Daniel Boulud brings his take on French food to Beijing. Excellent food and service. Voted “Best French,” “Outstanding Place for a Romantic Meal,” “Outstanding Service,” and “Best Wine List” in our 2009 Restaurant Awards. Mon-Fri 11.30am-2pm, 6-10.30pm, Sat-Sun 11am4pm, 6-10.30pm. Ch’ien Men 23, 23 Qianmen Dongdajie, Dongcheng District. (6559 9200) 布鲁宫法餐厅, 东城区前门东大街23号

FUSION The Astral Bar and Restaurant Delicacies from down-under like emu, kangaroo and crocodile, dished up in a cool, modern hotel setting. 7pm-1am. 19, Fuxingmenwai Dajie, Chang’an Jie (inside the TANGLA hotel), Xicheng District. (5857 6688 ext 6611) 西城区长安街复兴门外大街19号 The CourtYard Savor meticulous fusion fare in a modern, romantic interior. Voted “Best Place for a Romantic Meal” in our 2009 Restaurant Awards. Daily 6-9.30pm. 95 Donghuamen Dajie (north of Donghuamen parking lot at the Forbidden City), Dongcheng District. (6526 8883) 四 合院, 东城区东华门大街95号 (故宫东华门 停车场北面)

Cafe de la Poste Beijing’s French community pack in every night for steaks, salads, cheese and wine. Daily noon-3pm, 6pmlate. 58 Yonghegong Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6402 7047) www.cafedelaposte. com.cn 东城区雍和宫大街58号

Crystal Jade High quality Cantonese food and good service in an opulent atmosphere. 1) Daily 11am-4pm, 5-10pm. Store BB82, Oriental Plaza, 1 Dongchang’an Jie, Dongcheng District. (8515 0238); 2) Daily 11am-10pm. 6/F, Shin Kong Place, 87 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (6533 1150/70) 翡翠皇宫酒家, 1) 东城区东长安街1号东方 广场地铁层BB82店铺; 2) 朝阳区建国路87号 新光天地6层

Crepanini Savory and sweet crepes, waffles and paninis. Drinks include coffee, cider and pastis. 1/F, Nali Patio, 81 Sanlitun Beilu, Chaoyang District. 朝阳区三里屯北路 81号那里花园1层酒吧街对面

Le Little Saigon Cute colonial-style FrenchVietnamese bistro in the midst of Gulou hutongs. Daily 11.30-midnight. 141 Jiugulou Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6401 8465) 西贡在巴黎, 东城区旧鼓楼大街141号

Domus Right by the Forbidden City, slick Domus is all designer furniture and “earth tones”, with an artisan French menu designed by Dan Segall. Daily 11am-11pm. 115 Nanchizi Dajie, Dongcheng District. (8511 8015) www.domusrestaurant.com 东 城区南池子大街115号 Ginkgo Good value steaks, pizza and salads and eclectic live music. Daily 10.30am3pm, 6-10.30pm. 199 Andingmennei Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6402 7532) www.ginkgobeijing.com 东城区安定门内 大街199号 Jaan A light and innovative interpretation of classic French cuisine in a regal period setting. Daily noon-2pm, 6.30-10pm; Sat also 2.30-5pm. Raffles Beijing Hotel, 33 Dongchang’an Jie, Dongcheng District. (8500 4186, 6526 3388 ext 4186) 家安, 东 城区东长安街33号北京饭店莱佛士

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GERMAN Drei Kronen 1308 Brauhaus Traditional costume, microbrewed beer and heavy German cuisine. Sun-Thu 11.30am-midnight; Fri-Sat 11.30am-late. 1/F, Bldg 5, China View, Gongti Donglu, Chaoyang District. (6503 5555) 皇冠自酿啤酒坊, 朝阳区工体东 路中国红楼5号楼1层 Schindler’s Tankstelle Hearty sausages and frosty steins of beer blend with a nice view of Ritan Park’s greenery. 1) 10 Sanlitun Beixiaojie, Chaoyang District. (6463 1108); 2) Daily 11.30am-10pm. 1 Houshayu Zhen, Shayu Lu, Shunyi District. (8042 2291); 3) Daily 11am-late. 15A Guanghua Lu (200m east of Ritan Park South Gate), Chaoyang District. (8562 6439) 申德勒加油 站, 1) 朝阳区三里屯北小街10号; 2) 顺义 区沙峪路后沙峪镇1号; 3) 朝阳区光华路甲 15号(日坛南门往东200米)

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South German Bakery, Cafe Konstanz and Bodenseestube Provides a variety of German and European rye, wheat and white breads, along with tasty homemade cakes and sweets. Restaurant daily 9am-10pm. Bakery daily 7am-10pm. 27 Haoyun Jie (Lucky Street), 29 Zaoying Lu, Chaoyang District. (5867 0201, sales@germanbakery. com.cn) 德南面包房, 朝阳区枣营路29号好 运街27号

GUIZHOU & GUANGXI Miao Minority Restaurant Caters to the dinner-and-show crowd with its nightly minority show. Dishes include Guizhoustyle dog meat hot pot. 1) Daily 10am2pm, 4-9.30pm. 300m north of the west gate of Tsinghua University, Haidian District. (6256 9150); 2) Daily 11am-1.30pm, 4-9pm. 54 Fuxingmen Dajie (across from Minzugong), Xicheng District. (6607 9738) 盛祥, 1) 海淀区清华大学西门北侧300米路 西; 2) 西城区复兴门大街54号(民族宫对面) Private Kitchen 44 An attractively converted courtyard residence serving Guizhou signatures like suantang yu. Daily 11am11pm. 44 Xiguan Hutong, Beixinqiao, Dongcheng District. (6400 1280) www. xiguanhutong44.coku.com 私家厨房, 东城 区细管胡同44号 Three Guizhou Men Artsy-fartsy dining establishment with tasty Guizhou-style favorites. 1) Daily 10am-11pm. 2/F, Nalisa Building, 1 Guangshun Nandajie, Chaoyang District. (6470 7288); 2) Daily 24hrs. Inside the West Gate of Workers’ Stadium (above Coco Banana), Chaoyang District. (6551 8517); 3) Daily 10am10pm. 6 Guanghua Xili, Jianguomenwai, Chaoyang District. (6502 1733); 4) Daily 11am-10pm. Bldg 7, Jianwai Soho, 39 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (5869 0598); 5) Daily 10am-2pm, 5-10pm. 58 Beisihuan Xilu (Southeast corner of Haidian Book City), Haidian District. (8260 7678); 6) Daily 9.30am-10.30pm. Bldg 3, 2 Qu, Fengya Yuan, Huilongguan, Changping District. (8171 5880) 三个贵州人, 1) 朝阳区广顺南大街 1号娜丽萨大厦2层; 2) 朝阳区工体西门内; 3) 朝阳区建国门外光 华西里6号; 4) 朝阳区东三环中路39建外 Soho7号楼; 5) 海淀区北四环西路58号(海 淀图书城东南角); 6) 昌平区回龙观风雅园 二区3号楼

HOT POT Ding Ding Xiang Popular hot pot place has delicious, savory sesame dipping sauce to accompany lots of lamb. Voted “Outstanding Hot Pot” in our 2009 Restaurant Awards. 1) Daily 11am-10pm. 2/F, Yuanjia International Apartments, Dongzhimenwai, Dongzhong Jie (opposite East Gate Plaza), Dongcheng District. (6417 9289); 2) Daily 11.30am-11pm. 1/F, 14 Dongzhong Jie, Dongzhimenwai, Dongcheng District. (6417 2546); 3) Daily 11am-10pm. Bldg 7, Guoxing Jiayuan, Shouti Nanlu, Haidian District. (8835 7775/7779); 4) Daily 11am10pm. 6/F, Shin Kong Place, 87 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (6530 5997/7172) 鼎鼎 香, 1) 东城区东直门外东中街东环广场对 面元嘉国际公寓2层; 2) 东城区东直门外东 中街14号1层; 3) 海淀区首体南路国兴家园 7号楼1-2层; 4) 朝阳区建国路87号新光天 地6楼D6006号 Guolizhuang Serving all manner of penis, from donkey to deer. Who needs Viagra when you can dine on penis hot pot? But bring your credit card – maximum pleasure doesn't come cheap.). 1) Daily 9.30am2pm, 4.30-9.30pm. Dongsi Shitiao, 500m west of Dongsishitiao Qiao, south side of the road, Dongcheng District. (6405 5698); 2) Daily 10am-10.30pm. 1A Xihai Dongyan (south of Deshengmen Qiao), Xicheng District. (6405 5698) 锅里壮, 1) 东城区东 四十条桥往西500米路南; 2) 西城区德胜门 桥南西海东沿甲1号 Fuhua Feiniu Crowd-pleasing Muslim hot pot restaurant with fresh meat and veggies and stand-out sesame sauce. Daily 10am-2pm, 4.30-10pm. 3 Zaoying Beili, Maizidian, Chaoyang District. (6586 7195) 富华肥牛, 朝阳区麦子店枣营北里3号 Haidilao Hot Pot This popular eatery is as famous for its hospitality as it is for its authentic Sichuan cuisine. Voted “Best

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Baoyuan Jiaozi Wu These tasty and colorful dumplings have had their dough dyed with spinach, carrot, blueberry and grape. Daily 11am-10pm. North of 6 Maizidian Jie, Chaoyang District. (6586 4967) 宝源饺 子屋, 朝阳区麦子店街6号楼北侧

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For a comprehensive directory, see www.thebeijinger.com Hot Pot” in our 2009 Restaurant Awards. 1) Daily 24hrs. 2A Baijiazhuang Lu (next to No. 80 Middle School), Chaoyang District. (6595 2982); 2) Daily 24hrs. 7/F, New Wedding Shopping Center, 109 Xidan Beidajie, Xicheng District. (6617 4063); 3) Daily 10.30am-3am. 3/F, Beiyue Dasha, 2A Huixin Dongjie, Chaoyang District. (8463 9300) 海底捞火锅, 1) 朝阳区白家庄路甲 2号 (八十中学西侧); 2) 西城区西单北大街 109号婚庆大楼7层; 3) 朝阳区惠新东街甲 2号北奥大厦3层

set meals of Imperial-style food at prices ranging RMB 230-2,000 per person. Daily 11am-1.30pm, 5-8.30pm. 11 Yangfang Hutong, Deshengmennei Dajie, Xicheng District. (6618 0107) 厉家菜, 西城区德胜门 内大街洋房胡同11号

I Rock My Pot Choose from a dozen broths, a long bar of sauces and an extensive selection of vegetables, seafood and meats (including ostrich). Daily 10.30am2pm, 5-10pm. 37-38 Chaowai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (5879 0999) 锅儿滚, 朝 阳区朝外大街37-38号(昆泰国际中心步行街)

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Lijiang Spareribs Hot Pot Yunnan-style hot pot of pork ribs or pig’s trotters with fresh, seasonal vegetables Daily 10.30am10.30pm. 11 Dashibei Hutong, Houhai, Xicheng District. (6406 3631) 瓦猫丽江腊排 骨火锅, 西城区后海大石碑胡同11号

Way Out West

Xinjiang cuisine in the capital by Eileen Wen Mooney

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he Uyg urs, descendants of Turk ic peoples, are t he largest ethnic group in the vast Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, which is also home to the Tajiks, Kazakhs, Uzbeks and Kirgyz. The term Uygur means “confederation of the nine tribes,” and dates from the alliances established in Central Asia starting from the eighth century, during China’s Tang dynasty (618-907 AD). Thanks to the strong history of Islam in the region, the cuisine is known for halal dishes that abide by Islamic dietary law. With its heavy emphasis on lamb dishes, Xinjiang is a gastronomic paradise for mutton lovers. The distinctive flavor of the meat dishes derives from a seasoning blend that usually includes cumin, ground chillies and other spices. Uygur people pair these main dishes with staples such as hand-pulled noodles and nang flatbread. Uygur cookery first gained prominence in Beijing among the Qing palace chefs in 1760, when a concubine from Turkestan arrived at the Forbidden City. This legendary princess, the granddaughter of King Apak Khoja of Kashgar, supposedly entranced Emperor Qianlong

Not everyone would agree that the scent of mutton is intoxicating with an intoxicating scent from her body – hence her name, Iparhan, or Xiang Fei (meaning “Fragrant Concubine”). Some stories suggest that she was born fragrant, while some attribute it to her proclivity for eating lamb – though not everyone would agree that the scent of mutton is intoxicating. Iparhan’s cook Nurmat accompanied her to Beijing to guarantee that her meals – including palace banquets – complied with halal requirements. Many Chinese profess a dislike for mutton because of its particular odor, referred to as shan (膻). However, Xinjiang chuan’r (kebab) stands seem to decorate every other street corner in the capital. On any night of the week, you can find crowds of people sitting on small stools or hunched over tables at dimly lit stalls, a chuan’r in one hand and a bottle of Yanjing in the other.

Excerpted from Beijing Eats: A Food Lover’s Companion to China’s Culinary Capital, by Eileen Wen Mooney, published by Immersion Guides. To order a copy, call 5820 7101 or e-mail distribution@immersionguides.com. See www.immersionguides. com for more info.

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Regius Beef Hip decor, quality ingredients and state-of-the-art, flameless individual hot pots. Daily 10.30am-10pm. Bldg 19, Wanda Plaza, 93 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (5960 4566) 一尊皇牛, 朝阳区建国 路93号万达广场19号楼

HUAIYANG Summer Palace Light and delicious Huaiyang and Cantonese cuisine cooked with flair. Check out their daily tea cocktails and French Bordeaux selections. Daily 11.30am-2pm, 6-10pm. Lobby, China World Hotel, 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6505 2266 ext 34) 夏 宫中餐厅, 朝阳区建国门外大街1号中国大 饭店大堂 Z.Y.X. HYC Don’t miss the “lion head” meatballs and wild mountain greens, a native specialty. Daily 9.30am-2pm, 4.30-10pm. 5 Haoyun Jie, 29 Zaoying Lu, Chaoyang District. (5867 0276) 南国紫钰 轩, 朝阳区枣营路29号好运街5号

HUNAN & HUBEI Karaiya Spice House Well-executed Hunan fare, sound service and a laidback ambience. Daily 11.30am-2pm, 5.30-10pm. Bldg 8, The Village at Sanlitun, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6415 3535) 朝阳区朝阳 区三里屯路19号The Village南区8号楼 Liujia Guo Hunan restaurant famous for its bu er guo – a fish soup served in a huge clay pot that can feed four. Daily 10am11pm. 19 Nanheyan Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6524 1487) 刘家锅, 东城区南河 沿大街19号 Tanzhou Jiulou Excellent smoked duck in a rough environment. Daily 11am-11pm. Bldg 1, Huajiadi Beili (north side of the post office), Chaoyang District. (6473 4418) 潭州酒楼, 朝阳区花家地北里1号楼 (邮局北边)

Red Capital Club The courtyard setting capitalizes on nostalgic kitsch and well-known Beijing dishes. Daily 6pmmidnight. 66 Dongsi Jiutiao, Dongcheng District. (6402 7150, 8401 8886) 新红资俱乐 部, 东城区东四九条66号

INDIAN/PAKISTANI Ganges Indian Restaurant Southern and northern Indian classics like chicken tikka masala and lamb rogan josh. Voted “Outstanding Indian/Pakistani” in our 2009 Restaurant Awards. Daily 11am-11pm. 1) S93-3, The Village at Sanlitun, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6416 0181/6121); 2) Sancaitang Xiezi Lou, 160 Chengfu Lu, Haidian District. (6262 7944); 3) 5/B, Hairun International Apartment, 2 Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District. (5135 8353); 4) 138A, B1/F, The Place, 9 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6587 2999) www.ganges-restaurant.com 恒河印度餐厅, 1) 朝阳 区三里屯路19号三里屯VillageS93-3; 2) 海 淀区成府路160号三才堂写字楼1层13号; 3) 朝阳区将台路2号海润国际公寓底商5号; 4) 朝阳区光华路9号世贸天阶地下1层138A Hazara High quality with prices to match, served in a stylish, intimate setting. Voted “Outstanding Decor” in our 2009 Restaurant Awards. Accepts foreign currencies, Visa and Mastercard. Tue-Sun 5.30-10.30pm. Inside Face bar, 26 Dongcaoyuan, Gongti Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (6551 6788) 朝阳区工体南路东草园26号 Indian Kitchen An assortment of spicy subcontinent specialties, but the indecisive can check out the weekday buffet lunch. Voted “Outstanding Indian/Pakistani” in our 2009 Restaurant Awards. Daily 11.30am-2.30pm, 5.30-11pm. 2 Sanlitun Beixiaojie (opposite Korean embassy), Chaoyang District. (6462 7255) 北京印度小 厨, 朝阳区三里屯北小街2号

Xiang Ming Yuan Xiangcai favorites like hongshaorou (braised pork in claypot) and duojiao yutou (fish heads with sweet peppers). Daily 9.30am-2pm, 4.30-11pm. 1 Gongti Nanlu, Workers’ Stadium south gate, Chaoyang District. (6552 5493) 湘明 园, 朝阳区工体南路1号

IMPERIAL Fangshan Restaurant Great service and Cixi’s favorites, for just less than the price of a marble boat. Daily 11am-2pm, 5-8pm. 1 Wenjin Jie (inside Beihai Park, enter via east gate), Xicheng District. (6401 1889) 仿 膳饭庄, 西城区文津街1号北海公园东门内 Li Jia Cai Mr Li’s house restaurant serves

Kamat’s Indian Restaurant Quality Indian fare. Irish pub downstairs offers conven-

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Little Sheep Nationwide chain serves mutton hot pot with a twist: a special cuminbased broth. No dipping sauce required. Voted “Outstanding Hot Pot” in our 2009 Restaurant Awards. 1) Daily 10ammidnight. Northwest corner of Caishikou intersection, Xuanwu District. (6316 6668); 2) Daily 24hours. 209 Dongzhimennei Dajie, Dongcheng District. (8400 1669) 小肥 羊, 1) 宣武区菜市口路口西北角; 2) 东城 区东直门内大街209号

Mei Wei Zhen High-end Imperial Cuisine specialists with carrots carved like dragons and complex concoctions like “Buddha Jumps the Wall” soup. Daily 10am-10pm. 1) 48 Xihai Nanyan, Xicheng District. (8328 4099); 2) 1/F, Novotel Peace, 3 Jinyu Hutong, Dongcheng District. (6559 7672); 3) L124, 1/F, West Wing, China World Shopping Mall, 1 Jianguonemwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6505 6139) 美味珍御 膳, 1) 西城区西海南沿48号; 2) 东城区王 府井金鱼胡同3号诺富特和平宾馆首层东侧; 3) 朝阳区建国门外大街1号国贸西楼1层L124


ient outlet for post-curry pints. Second floor of Paddy O’Shea’s, 28 Dongzhimenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. 朝阳区东直门 外大街28号(爱尔兰酒吧2层)

Assaggi Don’t miss their tasty fresh pasta and home-made bread. Voted “Outstanding Italian” in our 2009 Restaurant Awards. Daily noon-2.30pm, 6.30-11pm. 1 Sanlitun Beixiaojie, Chaoyang District. (8454 4508) 尝试, 朝阳区三里屯北小街1号 Barolo Casual yet upscale Italian with a gleaming open kitchen and superior service. Mon-Sat 11.30am-2pm, 6-10pm. 2/F, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel, China Central Place, 83A Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (5908 8888) 巴罗洛, 朝阳区建国路甲83

trict. (5905 6906) 意吻陶, 朝阳区朝阳公园 路6号蓝色港湾国际商区 15-2 La Dolce Vita Classic Italian eatery offering authentic oven-fired pizza and a wide range of pastas and salads. Voted “Outstanding Italian” in our 2009 Restaurant Awards. Free delivery within a 3km radius. Daily 10.30am-10.30pm. 8 Bei Xindong Lu, Chaoyang District. (6468 2894) 甜蜜生活, 朝阳区新东路北段8号 Meeting Point Friendly neighborhood Italian restaurant specializes in cucina Italia with an Abruzzese touch. Daily 11am-10pm. B103, Landgent Center, 20 Dongsanhuan Donglu, Chaoyang District. (6775 8063) 朝阳区朝阳区东三环中路20号( 双井桥)乐成中心美食广场B103 Metro One of Beijing’s oldest Italian restaurants, where diners can match sauces and freshly made pastas. MonFri 11.30am-2pm, 5.30-10pm; Sat-Sun 11.30am-10pm. 9 Gongti Xilu, Chaoyang District. (6552 7828) 美特柔, 朝阳区工体 西路9号 Prego A modern Italian restaurant serving authentic regional home-style dishes prepared by an Italian chef. Daily 11am11.30pm. 1/F, The Westin Beijing, 9B Jinrong Jie, Xicheng District. (6606 8866 ext 7815) 意大利餐厅, 西城区金融大街乙9号北 京金融街威斯汀大酒店1层 Ristorante Sadler Owned by two-star Michelin chef Claudio Sadler, this restaurant delivers well-executed dishes in a contemporary fine-dining setting. Daily noon-2pm, 6.30-10.30pm. Ch’ien Men 23, 23 Qianmen Dongdajie, Dongcheng District. (6559 1399) 东城区前门东大街23号 Tavola Excellent Neapolitan-style Italian cuisine. Daily 11.30am-2.30pm, 6pm10.30pm. 2/F, The Grand Summit, Section B, Liangmaqiao Diplomatic Mansion, 19 Dongfang Donglu, Chaoyang District. (8532 5068) www.tavola-bj.com 朝阳区东 方东路19号亮马桥外交公寓会所2层

JAPANESE Gin Chow down on some of Japan’s best bar snacks in the sleek dining room of this izakaya. Daily 6pm-2am. 501, E-Tower, 12C Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6592 6198) 呤, 朝阳区光华路12号丙数码01大 厦501室

Raj Indian Restaurant and Bar Romantic spot for pricey but authentic Indian food. Roof terrace has excellent views of the Drum Tower. Daily 11am-2pm, 5-11pm. 31 Gulou Xidajie (west of the Drum Tower), XichengDistrict. (6401 1675, info@raj.com. cn) www.raj.com.cn 拉兹印度餐厅, 西城区鼓楼西大街31号 The Taj Pavilion Friendly management and some of Beijing’s finest Indian food in an authentic setting. Voted “Best Indian/Pakistani” in our 2009 Restaurant Awards. Daily 11.30am-2.30pm, 6-10.30pm. 1) L222, Europlaza, 99 Yuxiang Lu, Tianzhu Zhen, Shunyi District. (8046 3238); 2) 1/F, West Wing, China World Shopping Mall (next to KFC), Chaoyang District. (6505 5866); 3) 3/F, Holiday Inn Lido, Jiangtai Lu, Shoudu Jichang Lu, Chaoyang District. (6436 7678, 6437 6688 ext 3811) 泰姬楼印 度餐厅, 1) 顺义区天竺镇裕翔路99号欧陆时 尚购物中心L222室; 2) 朝阳区国贸西楼1层 肯德基旁边; 3) 朝阳区首都机场路将台路丽 都假日酒店广场缤纷廊3层 Tamarind (Marriott Northeast) Rich variety of south Asian food and four brass tandoor ovens turning out delicious kebabs and nan breads. Daily 11am-2.30pm, 7.3010pm. 2/F, Beijing Marriott Hotel Northeast, 26A Xiaoyun Lu, Chaoyang District. (5927 8888) 朝阳区霄云路甲26号海航大厦 万豪酒店2层

ITALIAN Agrilandia Fresh ingredients grown on site. Green suburban locale ensures lots of room for the kids to scamper. Daily 9am-9pm. Baigezhuangcun, Mapozhen, Shunyi District. (6940 7700, 130 0127 1094) www.agrilandia.cn 意大利农场, 顺义区马 坡镇白各庄村 Alla Osteria A solid choice Piemontese style Italian cuisine. Good value 3-course set lunches. Daily 11am-10pm. Rm 1112, Soho Shangdu, Dongdaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (5900 3112) 意尚意大利餐厅, 朝阳 区东大桥路8号Soho尚都1112号

Hatsune Alan Wong’s first Beijing restaurant specializes in unique sushi and hand rolls. Voted “Best Japanese” in our 2009 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 11.30am2pm, 5.30-10pm. 1) 2/F, Heqiao Bldg C, 8A Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6581 3939); 2) S8-30 (Opposite Element Fresh), Bldg 8, The Village at Sanlitun, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6415 3939) 隐泉日

本料理, 1) 朝阳区光华路甲8号和乔大厦C座 2层; 2) 朝阳区三里屯路19号The Village南 区8号楼S8-30 Ichigo Ichie Sushi, California rolls and a handful of hot appetizers are available at this petite, Chinese-run eatery at Nanluogu Xiang. Daily 11.30am-10pm. 73 Xiao Ju’er Hutong, Nanluogu Xiang, Dongcheng District. (134 0110 0356) 期一 会, 东城区南锣鼓巷小菊儿胡同73号 Invincible Ramen All the elements combine for Beijing’s most divine ramen. Daily 11am-10.30pm. 32 Xiaoyun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6467 7688) 无敌家 浜骨汤创作面 坊, 朝阳区霄云路32号 Kagen Stainless steel tables and cool electronica music accompany tasty marinated meat grilled fresh at each table. Daily 10.30am-2pm, 5.30-9.30pm. B1/F, Bldg C, Heqiao Dasha, 8 Guanghua Donglu, Chaoyang District. (6583 6830) 火源, 朝阳 区光华东路8号和乔大厦C座地下1层 Matsuko Great lunchtime buffet with sushi, sashimi, noodles and more. Voted “Outstanding Japanese” in our 2009 Restaurant Awards. Mon-Fri 11.30am-2pm, 5-10.30pm, Sat-Sun 11am-2.30pm, 510.30pm. 1) 39 Liangmaqiao Lu (opposite 21st Century hotel), Chaoyang District. (8453 4062); 2) Baijiazhuang (south east corner of Changhong Qiao), Chaoyang District. (6582 5208); 3) 2/F, Jinglong Dasha, 225 Chaoyang Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6509 8999) 松子, 1) 朝阳区亮马 桥39号(21世纪饭店对面); 2) 朝阳区星 期五餐厅对面松阪屋; 3) 朝阳区朝阳北路 225号京龙大厦2层 Nishimura Teppanyaki, robatayaki, sushi and more in a stylish setting. Daily 11.30am-2.30pm, 6-10pm. Shangri-La Hotel, 29 Zizhuyuan Lu, Haidian District. (6841 2211 ext 2719) 西村餐厅, 海淀区紫 竹院路29号香格里拉饭店2层 Oden Hearty Japanese stew and luscious sushi. The affordable sake sets are a great introduction to Japan’s national drink. Daily 6pm-late (reservations essential before 10pm). Rm 204, Taiyue Suites, 16 Nansanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6506 6700) 关东煮, 朝阳区南三里屯路16号泰悦 豪庭2层204室 Suzuki Japanese regulars flock to Mr. Suzuki’s hidden office restaurant for pickled octopus, goma-doufu and Kobe beef. Daily 11am-2pm, 5-11pm. 30 Hetao Yuan, Guandongdian Beijie, Chaoyang Beilu, Chaoyang District. (5138 9826) 铃木, 朝阳 区朝阳北路关东店北街核桃园30号 Tea Garden Japanese fusion set meals (by reservations only) in an environment designed by celebrated artist Huang Rui. Daily 11am-8pm. 18 Banchang Hutong, Nanluogu Xiang, Dongcheng District.

Cambulac Italian Wine Enoteca Specialist Italian wine wholesalers in a beautiful courtyard setting. Single bottles available to taste and purchase. Daily 10am-midnight. 32 Beibingma Hutong (east of Nanluogu Xiang), Dongcheng District. (6402 7707) 东城区北兵马胡同32号(南锣鼓巷东边) Cantina Sadler A stripped-back menu of rustic pizza, pasta and salads in Ristorante Sadler’s wine cellar. Daily noon-2pm, 6.30-10.30pm. Inside Ristorante Sadler, Ch’ien Men 23, 23 Qianmen Dongdajie, Dongcheng District. (6559 1399) 东城区前 门东大街23号 Cepe Authentic northern Italian cuisine in a modern, trendy setting. Daily 11am2.30pm, 6-10.30pm. The Ritz-Carlton Financial Street, 1 Jinchengfang Dongjie, Jinrong Jie, Xicheng District. (6629 6996) 意味轩, 西城区金城坊东街1号北京金融街丽 思卡顿酒店大堂 Invito Stylish Italian restaurant good for both a shopping spree rest stop and a romantic evening meal. Daily 11am10.30pm. 15-2, Solana Shopping Mall, 6 Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang Dis-

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Mirch Masala Authentic and affordable Indian with good value lunchtime thali sets. Vegan friendly. Delivery also available. 1) Mon 5-10.30pm; Tue-Sun 11am2.30pm, 5pm-10.30pm. Unit 130, Bldg 2, Ritan Highlife, (across from the north gate of Ritan Park), Chaoyang District. (8563 6304); 2) Mon-Sat 11am-2.30pm, 5-10.30pm, Sun 11am-10.30pm. 60-2 Nanluogu Xiang, Dongcheng District. (6406 4347) www.mirchmasala.com.cn 马沙拉之 香, 1) 朝阳区雅宝路日坛公园北门日坛上街 2号楼130号; 2) 东城区南锣鼓巷60-2号

Annie’s Unpretentious, affordable and popular Italian chain. Voted “Best Italian,” “Outstanding Family-Friendly Restaurant” and “Best Value” in our 2009 Restaurant Awards. Free delivery. 1) 11am-11pm. Ritan High Life 2-3-93, (across from North Gate of Ritan Park), Chaoyang District. (8569 3031); 2) Daily 11.30am-11pm. 16 Dongsanhuan Lu (next to CD Jazz Club), Chaoyang District. (6503 3871); 3) Daily 11am-11pm. West Gate of Soho New Town, 88 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (8589 8366); 4) Daily 11am-11pm. A1 Nongzhan Nanlu (near the west gate of Chaoyang Park), Chaoyang District. (6591 1931); 5) Daily 11am-11pm. Jiuxianqiao, Jiangtai Lu, Shangye Jie, Chaoyang District. (6436 3735); 6) Daily 11.30am-11pm. Across from Western Academy Beijing, 5 Laiguangying Donglu, Chaoyang District. (8470 4768) 安妮, 1) 朝阳区神路街39号 日坛上街2-3-93; 2) 朝阳区东三环路16号 (农展馆正门南侧); 3) 朝阳区建国路88号 Soho现代城西门; 4) 朝阳区农展南路甲1号 (朝阳公园西门南侧); 5) 朝阳区酒仙桥将 台路商业街; 6) 朝阳区来广营东路5号京西 学校对面


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For a comprehensive directory, see www.thebeijinger.com (6406 0918) 十八茶院, 东城区南锣鼓巷板 厂胡同18号 Teppanyaki Show Bar Emphasis on “show” – teppan chefs cook up fresh, thin slices of marbled beef, lobster and abalone with aplomb for diners gathered around the grill. Daily 11am-11pm. 23 Haoyun Jie, 29 Zaoying Lu, Chaoyang District. (5867 0238) 雅玛花式铁板烧餐吧, 朝阳区枣营路29号好运街23号

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Todai At this Japanese all-you-can-eat restaurant, size matters. Daily 11.30am2.30pm, 5.30-10pm. Solana, 6 Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (5905 6888) 都太, 朝阳区朝阳公园路6号蓝色港 湾商业区

Dish #9: shangxin liangfen 伤心凉粉 (heartbreak cold noodles)

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now what it feels like to have your heart broken? Tears stinging the eyes, the numbness, and so much pain it’s like you can’t breathe? Whoever named this dish obviously had a few rocky romances. A bowl of thick, translucent noodles mixed with cilantro and Sichuan peppercorn powder, it’s topped with enough fresh chillis to incapacitate a horny rhinoceros. Often lightly pickled in vinegar, the peppers are simply smashed and served in all their brilliant, raging glory. Staggeringly hot, and certainly not for the weak of stomach – but like the brokenhearted, you’ll heal in time. Try it: See Dining Directory under “Sichuan.”

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Gaon Korean Restaurant The first Chinese mainland venture of this Seoul-based chain, which serves high-end, organic, classic Korean cuisine. Daily noon-2pm, 5.30-9.30pm. 5/F, East Tower, LG Twin Towers, 12B Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (5120 8899, 5828 7099) 高恩, 朝阳区建国门外大街乙12号双子座大 厦东塔5层

Red Station Irrefutably the spiciest chicken in town. Daily 11.30am-late. 22 Zhongguancun Shangye Pedestrian Street (south side of Carrefour Shopping Center), Haidian District. (5172 1612) 红 草火辣栈, 海淀区中关村商业步行街 (家 乐福南门) Saveurs de Corée Delicate, health-conscious, and intelligently proportioned dishes in a classily restored hutong environment. Voted “Outstanding Korean” in our 2009 Restaurant Awards. Daily noon10.30pm. 29 Nanluogu Xiang, Dongcheng District. (6401 6083) www.saveursdecoree. com.cn 韩香馆, 东城区南锣鼓巷29号 Sorabol High-priced chain of Korean restaurants serves standards like bulgolgi, banfan and delicious raw beef. Voted “Outstanding Korean” in our 2009 Restaurant Awards. 1) Daily 9am-10pm. 2/F, Landmark Towers, 8 Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6590 0630); 2) Daily 10am-10pm. Basement, Lufthansa Centre, Chaoyang District. (6465 3388 ext 5720) 萨拉伯尔, 1) 朝阳区东三环北路8号亮马河 大厦二层; 2) 朝阳区燕莎地下一层

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Sureño Modern Mediterranean cuisine from a beautiful open kitchen with wood-fired ovens. Daily noon-11.30pm. B1/F, The Opposite House, The Village at Sanlitun, 11 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6410 5240) www.surenorestaurant. com 朝阳区三里屯路11号三里屯Village瑜 舍地下1层 Taverna Rustic-chic Mediterranean tavern specializes in paella, lamb dishes and roast suckling pig. Daily noon-2.30pm, 6-10.30pm. 1949-The Hidden City, Courtyard 4, Gongti Beilu (behind Pacific Century Place), Chaoyang District. (6501 8882) 朝阳区工体北路4号院 (盈科中心南面)

MIDDLE EASTERN 1001 Nights Some of the best Middle Eastern food in Beijing plus nightly belly dancing. Voted “Best Middle Eastern” in our 2009 Restaurant Awards. Daily 11am2am. Gongti Beilu (opposite Zhaolong Hotel), Chaoyang District. (6532 4050) www.1001nights.cn 1001 夜, 朝阳区工体 北路兆龙饭店对面 El Wajh The aromatic flavors of lamb, chicken, or fish tagines are the highlight of Face Beijing’s Moroccan dining area. Fri-Sat 5.30-11pm, Sun-Thu 5.30pm10.30pm. Face Beijing, 26 Gongti Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (6551 6788) 朝阳区工 体南路26号

Han Na Shan With more than 30 locations scattered around town, this is one of Beijing’s most popular Korean BBQ places. Voted “Best Korean” in our 2009 Restaurant Awards. Daily 10.30am-11pm. 1) 8 Huayuan Donglu (near the Guo’an Theater), Haidian District. (8203 7888/6886); 2) 11A Chunxiu Lu, Chaoyang District. (6417 8377) 汉拿山, 1) 海淀区花园东路8号(国安 剧院附近); 2) 朝阳区春秀路甲11号

Argo Technically sound Greek fare in a beautifully restored hutong setting. Daily 11.30am-11pm. 59 Wudaoying Hutong (100 meters west of Vineyard Café), Dongcheng District. (8403 9748) 东城区五 道营胡同59号

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KOREAN Charcoal Bar Various cuts of top-grade meat and preparations of beef and pork over an open flame. Daily 10.30am-2am. Inside the Jingyu Hotel courtyard, 1 Tsinghua Donglu, Wudaokou, Haidian District. (6234 9997) 美都波, 海淀区五道口清华东路 1号京裕宾馆内

The Olive Salads, sandwiches, steaks, dinner, health food, juice and desserts. Pleasant outdoor dining on the terrace. Also serves weekend brunch. Daily 10.30am-10.30pm. Stall E-101, 6 Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District. (6430 1181) 朝阳区 将台路6号E-101室

Greek Delicacy All your Greek favorites served fast and easy. 1) Mon-Fri 11am9pm, Sat-Sun 11am-10pm. Solana Lifestyle Shopping Park, 6 Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (5905 6380); 2) Daily

Rumi Its plush, minimalist interior is inviting, but the savory kebabs seal the deal. Voted “Outstanding Middle Eastern” in our 2009 Restaurant Awards. Daily 11.30am-midnight. 1A Gongti Beilu (opposite Zhaolong Hotel), Chaoyang District. (8454 3838) www.rumigrill.com 入迷, 朝阳区工体北路甲1号兆龙饭店对面 Sim Sim This Middle Eastern restaurant near Ritan Park offers affordable business lunch specials and daily happy hours (noon to 5pm) when main courses are 20% off. Daily noon-2am. 3/F, Ritan Highlife (opposite north gate of Ritan Park), 39 Shenlu Jie, Chaoyang District. (8569 3102/03) 西姆西姆, 朝阳区神路街39号日坛 公园北门对面日坛上街3层03-91号 Za’atar With a nice view of the lake in the new Lakeview Shopping Center, this colorful restaurant offers delicious and authentice Middle Eastern food. Daily 11.30am-10pm. Unit 2, Bldg 3, Lakeview Place (by Dragon Bay Villas), Shayu Huanlu, Houshayu, Shunyi District. (8042 2248) www.zaatarbj.com 百里香阿拉伯餐厅, 顺 义区后沙峪镇沙峪环路3号2单元

PIZZA Hutong Pizza Serves tasty square pizzas, veggie burgers, draft beer and wine in a beautifully restored traditional home. Voted “Outstanding Pizza” in our 2009 Restaurant Awards. Local delivery available. Daily 11am-11pm. 9 Yindingqiao Hutong, Xicheng District. (8322 8916) 胡 同比萨, 西城区银锭桥胡同9号

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kdaddy68: I chose two tapas dishes – chorizo and potato, and the shrimp with garlic in olive oil. The food was very rich and flavorful (good quality ingredients and nice olive oil) so you felt full without having huge portions. Alex the chef/ owner was most helpful and friendly. I had one of the reds from Catalonia at RMB 35 a glass which was very decent for the price. Overall a very nice experience.

lono: The seafood is very much miss and not much hit. Avoid the temptation of oysters – they are all dead and very squidgy. However they have very good soups and their Chinese buffet is quite reasonable, also the shiguo ( Korean stone pots) station is quite good. Some of the sashimi is OK – the main draw is the variety as opposed to any award-winning quality. Somewhere to go to get yourself stuffed silly, but you may want to try a hotel buffet for the same price.

Yotsuba Incomparably fresh, traditional Japanese fare. Voted “Outstanding Japanese” in our 2009 Restaurant Awards. Call ahead several days for reservations; large parties are not recommended. 1) TueSun 5-11pm. Next to Bldg 2, Xinyuan Xili Zhongjie (near Xindong Lu), Chaoyang District. (6467 1837); 2) Daily 11.30am2pm, 5-10pm. 2/F, Bldg 8, Lakeview Place, Dragon Bay Villa, Shayu Huanlu, Houshayu, Shunyi District. (8042 2284) 四 叶, 1) 朝阳区新源西里中街2号楼旁(近新东 路); 2) 顺义区后沙峪镇沙峪环路8号楼2层

10am-11pm. 5/F U-Centre, Wudaokou, Haidian District. (6266 6100) 1) 朝阳区朝 阳公园路6号蓝色港湾国际商区; 2) 海淀区 五道口购物中心5层


The Kro’s Nest American-styled pizza joint, serving up its infamous “gigantic” pizzas along with onion rings, fries, wings and draft beers. Voted “Outstanding Pizza” in our 2009 Restaurant Awards. 1) Mon-Thu 10am-10pm, Fri-Sun 10am11pm. Inside Workers’ Stadium North Gate (next to Vics), Chaoyang District. (6553 5253); 2) Mon-Fri 10am-10pm, SatSun 10am-midnight. 1 Fuyuanmen (400 meters north of Beijing University West Gate, on the northwest corner of the intersection), Haidian District. (6252 8057); 3) Tue-Thu 11am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11am11pm. Bldg B, Youyan Dasha, 2 Beitaiping Zhuang Qiao, Xicheng District. (8201 4899) www.thekrosnest.com 乌巢, 1) 朝 阳区工体北门内; 2) 海淀区福缘门1号 (从 北大西门往北走400米,在路口的西北角); 3) 西城区北太平庄桥2号有研大厦B座

Pizza Buona Thin crust pies with traditional toppings. Daily 10.30am-midnight. 7 Gongti Xilu, Chaoyang District. (6551 3518) 百好乐, 朝阳区工体西路7号 Pyro Pizza Classic thin-crust pizza served up with a good selection of affordable draft beers. Daily 11am-3am. B1/F, Bldg 12, Huaqing Jiayuan, Wudaokou (5 min from Wudaokou subway station), Haidian District. (8286 6240) 海淀区五道口华清嘉园 12号楼地下1层 The Tree Popular thin-crust pies, best washed down with Belgian beer. Voted “Best Pizza” in our 2009 Restaurant Awards. Daily noon-2am. 43 Sanlitun Beijie (100m west of Sanlitun North Bar street, Youyi Youth Hostel, behind Poachers Inn), Chaoyang District. (6415 1954) www.treebeijing.com 隐蔽的树, 朝阳区 三里屯北街以西100米Poachers后面三里屯 医院旁

RUSSIAN The Elephant Good Russian food, especially the appetizers, like stuffed mushroom caps. Daily noon-midnight. In a small alley off Yabaolu (50m north of Yatai Dasha), Chaoyang District. (8561 4073) 大笨象, 朝 阳区朝外头条甲93号(雅宝路亚太大厦向 北50米) Kiev The boozy vodka kebabs and the indulgent Kiev pudding – a rich cheesecake – come highly recommended. Daily 11am-11pm. 13 Puhui Nanli, Yuyuantan Nanlu (west of the Millennium Monument), Haidian District. (6828 3482, 6827 7309) 基辅餐厅, 海淀区玉渊潭南路普惠 南里13号 White Nights Get your ruble’s worth with succulent peppercorn beef tenderloin accompanied by a working man’s serving of creamy mashed potato. Daily 10.30ammidnight. 13A Beizhong Jie (off Dongzhimennei Dajie), Dongcheng District. (8402 9595) 白夜西餐, 东城区东直门内大街北中 街甲13号

SHANDONG An Die An Niang This no-frills Shandong eatery at Chaoyang Park West Gate makes great down-home zhou (rice porridge), stuffed pies (xianbing) and some of the biggest baozi in town. 1) Daily 10am-3am. Chaoyang Park West Gate, Chaoyang District. (6591 0231); 2) Daily 9.30am-midnight. 8A Nongzhanguan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6586 2390) 俺爹 俺娘, 1) 朝阳区朝阳公园西门; 2) 朝阳区 吃饭堂,农展馆北路甲8号 Tong He Ju Ignore the drab facade: This bustling laozihao, whose original branch was established in Xisi in 1822, is a great place to enjoy the salty taste of traditional Shandong cuisine. Daily 10.30am1.30pm, 5-8pm. Bldg B, 71 Yueyun Nanjie, Sanlihe, Xicheng District. (6852 2917) 同和 局, 西城区三里河月云南街乙71号

Lu Lu Restaurant chain serving traditional Shanghai fare in a neo-classical setting. Voted “Outstanding Shanghai” in our 2009 Restaurant Awards. 1) Daily 10.30am-10pm. 5/F, New Zhongguan Building, 19 Zhongguancun Dajie, Haidian District. (8248 6868); 2) Daily 11am4pm, 5pm-10pm. 9 Fuxing Lu, Haidian District. (6858 3661); 3) Daily 11am2.30pm, 5-10pm. 1A Ciyunsi, Chaoyang District. (6508 0101, 6508 0505) www. lulurest.cn 北京鹭鹭酒家东方店, 1) 海淀区 中关村大街19号新中关大厦5层; 2) 海淀区 复兴路9号; 3) 朝阳区慈云寺甲1号 Mei Mansion Converted courtyard done up to look like a sophisticated circa1930s Shanghai salon. Serves up delicate dishes with impressive prices to match. Daily 11.30am-2pm, 5-10.30pm. 24 Daxiangfeng Hutong (South bank of Houhai), Xicheng District. (6612 6847) 梅府家宴, 西 城区后海南沿大翔凤胡同24号

SHANXI & SHA’ANXI Jin Yang Restaurant The first Shanxi restaurant to open up in Beijing after the revolution. The noodles are still very impressive but most people come for the signature duck. Daily 10.30am-2pm, 5-9pm. 241 Zhushikou Xidajie, Xuanwu District. (6303 1669) 晋阳饭店, 宣武区珠市 口西大街241号 Noodle Loft Homestyle Shanxi dishes and noodles in a posh environment. Try the youmian, a steamer basket full of shotgun shell-shaped noodles. Daily 11am10pm. 1) 18 Baiziwan Lu (south of Soho New Town), Chaoyang District. (6774 9950/ 5372); 2) 3 Heping Xijie, Chaoyang District. (5130 9655) 面酷, 1) 朝阳区百子 湾路18号(Soho现代城往南); 2) 朝阳区 和平西街3号 Paomo Guan An assortment of perfect, fluffy noodles with a lively, traditional ambiance. Daily 11am-2.30pm, 5-10pm. 53 Chaonei Nanxiaojie, Dongcheng District. (6525 4639) 泡馍馆, 东城区朝内南 小街53号

SICHUAN Chuan Ban Its location in the first floor of Sichuan province’s Beijing rep office fuels its reputation as the most authentic Sichuan cuisine in town. Voted “Outstanding Sichuan” in our 2009 Restaurant Awards. Mon-Fri 7-9am, 10.50am-2pm, 4.50-9.30pm; Sat-Sun 7am-10pm. 5 Gongyuan Toutiao, Jianguomennei Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6512 2277 ext 6101) 川办餐厅, 东城区建国门内贡院头条5号

广顺北大街); 2) 海淀区中关村南大街甲8号 天厦宾馆1层; 3) 朝阳区亚运村安慧里东( 北辰购物中心东) Mala Youhuo (Spice Spirit) Imaginatively decorated chain of restaurants catering to a young, affluent crowd. 1) Daily 11ammidnight. 3/F, Sky Plaza, Dongzhimenwai Dajie, Dongcheng District. (8460 8558); 2) Daily 11am-10pm. 7/F, Grand Pacific Mall, 133 Xidan Beidajie, Xicheng District. (8265 6688); 3) Daily 11am-10.30pm. West gate of the Taiyang Yuan Xiaoqu, Dazhong Si, Haidian District. (8211 9966) www.spicespirit.com 麻辣诱惑, 1) 东城区 东直门外大街天恒大厦3层(东方银座东); 2) 西城区西单北大街133号君太百货7层; 3) 海 淀区大钟寺太阳园小区西门 South Beauty South Beauty specializes in upscale locations and gorgeous, snooty staff. Voted “Outstanding Restaurant of the Year (Chinese)” and “Best Sichuan” in our 2009 Restaurant Awards. A dozen locations around town. For the full list, check www.thebeijinger.com. 1) Daily 11am-11pm. 3/F, Pacific Century Place, Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6539 3502); 2) Daily 11am-10pm. 2/F, West Wing, China World Shopping Mall, 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6505 0809); 3) Daily 6am-10.30pm. 1/F, Shuncheng Hotel, 16 Financial Street, Xicheng District. (6622 8989) 俏江南, 1) 朝阳区工体北路太平洋百货3层; 2) 朝阳区 建国门外大街1号国贸西楼2层; 3) 西城区金 融大街甲16号顺成饭店(平安大厦东侧对面顺 成酒店南门) Yuxiang Renjia Consistently good Sichuanese food in a pleasantly rusticthemed environment. Voted “Outstanding Sichuan” in our 2009 Restaurant Awards. 1) Mon-Fri 11am-10pm, Sat-Sun 11am-2.30pm, 5-9.30pm. 3/F, Bldg A, TYG Center, 2C Dongsanhuan Beilu (north of Sanyuan Dongqiao), Chaoyang District. (8441 7068); 2) Daily 11am-2pm, 5-9pm. 5/F, Lianhe Dasha (Union Plaza), 20 Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6588 3841); 3) Daily 10.30am-10.30pm. 1011, Bldg 4, Jianwai Soho, 39 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (5869 0653); 4) Mon-Fri 10am-2pm, 5-9pm; SatSun 10am-9pm. Hepingli Nankou, across from the Guojia Linye Ju, Chaoyang District. (8422 0807); 5) Daily 10.30am-9pm. 6/F, Parkson Shopping Center, Fuxingmen, Xicheng District. (6602 3706) 渝乡人家, 1) 朝阳区东三环北路丙2号天元港中心A座3层 (三元东桥北侧); 2) 朝阳区朝阳门外大街 20号联合大厦五层; 3) 朝阳区东三环中路 39号建外Soho4号楼1011; 4) 朝阳区和平里 南口国家林业局对面; 5) 西城区复兴门百盛 购物中心6层

SOUTHEAST ASIAN Asian Star This long-running Southeast

Asian restaurant serves a mishmash of Indian, Thai, Singaporean and Malaysian cuisines. Daily 11am-2.30pm, 5-10.30pm. 26 Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6582 5306) 亚洲之星新马印, 朝阳区东三 环北路26号 Bali Papaya Authentic Indonesian and Thai cuisine in an environment designed to transport you to the tropics: wood furniture, bright colors, a smattering of Indonesian and Thai art and contemporary gamelan music. Daily 11am-11pm. 2/F, Nali Patio, 81 Sanlitun Beilu, Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. (5208 6029) 朝 阳区三里屯北路81号那里花园2层 Cafe Sambal Authentic up-market Malay food in a lovely courtyard. Daily noonmidnight. 43 Doufuchi Hutong (just east of Jiugulou Dajie), Xicheng District. (6400 4875) 西城区豆腐池胡同43号(旧鼓楼大街 往东走)

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La Pizza A large brick oven is the focal point of this jolly pizzeria, where a comically rotund Italian chef bakes 12-inch pizzas loaded with yummy toppings. Daily 10.30am-3pm, 6-11pm. SA-48, Bldg 3, Solana, 6 Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (5905 6106) 朝阳区朝阳 公园路6号蓝色港湾国际商区3号楼SA-48

SHANGHAI Jade Garden Cantonese and Shanghainese cuisine in a sophisticated setting. The place gets particularly convivial on the weekends with Cantonese families gathering for dim sum feasts. Voted “Outstanding Shanghai” in our 2009 Restaurant Awards. Daily 10.30am-10.30pm. 6 Jiqingli, Chaowai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6552 8688) 苏浙汇, 朝阳区朝外大街 吉庆里6号楼

Chef Chan Authentic Singaporean delicacies and local Chinese favorites in a modern, comfortable setting. Daily 10am10pm. B1/F, You-Town Lifestyle Center (opposite Alien Street Market, northwest of Ritan Park), 2 Sanfeng Beilu, Chaoyang District. (5977 5607) 朝阳区朝阳区三丰北里 2号楼悠唐生活广场地下1层 Malacca Legend Elaborate Malaysian restaurant boasts serene water views (Luoma Lake location) and zesty Southeast Asian cuisine. Daily 11am-10pm. 1) 1/F Building B, Ocean International Center, 58 East 4th Ring Road, Chaoyang District. (5908 0075); 2) On the banks of Luoma lake, Houshayu, Shunyi District. (8049 8902) 马六甲传奇, 1) 朝阳区朝阳区 东四环路58号远洋国际中心B座1层; 2) 顺义 区后沙峪镇罗马湖畔 Nyonya Kitchen Peranakan cuisine at its finest. Daily 11am-10pm. Across from Gaojiayuan Middle School, opposite the Lido Hotel, Chaoyang District. (6433 7377) 娘惹厨房, 朝阳区高家园中学丽都饭馆对面 The Bak Kut Teh Specialist Reminiscent

Chongqing Fandian Where local Sichuanese go for numbingly spicy Sichuan peppercorns. Daily 11am-2pm, 5-9pm. 15 Guangximen Beili, Xibahe, Chaoyang District. (6422 8888) 重庆饭店, 朝阳区西坝 河光熙门北里15号 Drum and Gong Fusion Restaurant This popular restaurant with a terrace overlooking Nanluogu Xiang serves Sichuan favorites and Asian fusion cuisine. Daily 10am-midnight. 102 Nanluogu Xiang, Dongcheng District. (8402 4729) 锣鼓洞 天, 东城区南锣鼓巷102号 Longshun Yuan Mala Xiangguo Long Shun Yuan’s knack for impossibly potent spice has won it a devoted following. Calling ahead is recommended. Daily 9ammidnight. 1) 1 Huayuan Heyin Zhonglu, Wangjing(Near Guangshun Beidajie), Chaoyang District. (6473 3452); 2) 1/F, Tianxia Binguan, 8A Zhongguancun Nandajie, Haidian District. (6213 0489); 3) Eastern side of Anhuili, Yayuncun, Chaoyang District. (6481 0510) 龙顺园麻辣 香锅, 1) 朝阳区望京花园河荫中路东1号(近

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For a comprehensive directory, see www.thebeijinger.com of a lao Beijing hole in the wall, the eponymous dish here is a Malaysian stew of pork ribs cooked for several hours in a soup of medicinal herbs and served with a chili and garlic dip. Daily 10am-10.30pm. 7-6 Xingguang Dadao, Fulicheng, Shuangjing, Chaoyang District. (134 0114 7715) 美味肉骨茶, 朝阳区双井富力城星光 大道商7 - 6号 The Orient Kitchen Affordable Asian crowd-pleasers (Thai seafood salads, Japanese gyoza, Malaysian laksa, Hong Kong BBQ and Chinese rice dishes) served in a contemporary space both hip and family-friendly. Daily 11am-11pm. S4-31, 3/F, Bldg 4, The Village at Sanlitun, 19 Sanlitun Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6417 4070) 朝阳区里屯北路19号三里屯Village南 区4号楼3-4层

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SPANISH Carmen Tapas plates, hearty salads, paella and roasted whole suckling pig. Daily 11am-2am. Nali Patio (opposite north entrance of Let’s Burger), 81 Sanlitun Beijie, Chaoyang District. (6417 8038) 朝阳区三里 屯北街81号(哪里花园边) MARE Nice atmosphere. Go for tapas every day and paella on weekends. Both English and Spanish menu available. 11.30am-11.30pm. 1/F, E-Tower, 12C Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6595 4178/2890) 古老海西餐厅, 朝阳区光华路丙 12号数码01大厦1层 Mosaico Spanish and Latin American dishes including tapas, Cuban-style seafood and Brazilian barbecue. Tue-Sun 11.30am11.30pm, Mon 5-11.30pm. World City (north of The Place), 10 Dongdaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (8590 7855) 朝阳区东大 桥路10号世界城商业街(世贸天阶北) Niajo Specializes in traditional Valencian paella and imported Spanish ham and cheeses. Daily 11am-3pm, 6-11pm. 3/F, Nali Patio, 81 Sanlitun Beilu, Chaoyang District. (5208 6052) www.niajo.com 朝阳 区三里屯北路81号那里花园3层

Olas Tapas Café Offers a warm ambiance, inexpensive drinks and good food. Daily 10am-10pm. S9-10 The Village at Sanlitun, Sanlitun Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6417 5657) 朝阳区三里屯北路三里屯Village南 区S9-10

STEAKHOUSES CRU Steakhouse The sleek, warm design of the JW Marriott’s steak restaurant is reflective of the rich, refined cuts served up by its open kitchen. Daily 11.30am2pm, 6-10pm. 2/F, JW Marriott Hotel, China Central Place, 83 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (5908 8530) 朝阳区建国 路83号华贸中心JW万豪酒店2层 Grange This steakhouse serves mean and delicate cuts with dipping sauces doled out of beakers and pipettes. Daily 6am11pm. 2/F The Westin Beijing Chaoyang, 1 Xinyuan Nan Road, Chaoyang District. (5922 8888) 朝阳区新源南路1 号 Steak Exchange A wide variety of steaks in a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere. Daily 11.30am-2.30pm, 5.30-10pm. InterContinental Hotel, 11 Financial Street, Xicheng District. (5852 5888 ext 5916) 西 城区金融街11号洲际酒店 The Meat & Wine Co. Top-notch wagyu steaks in stately surroundings. Enticing appetizers like peri-peri prawns, luscious desserts and a classy wine list. Daily

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TAIWAN Bellagio Moneyed hipsters satisfy their midnight munchies at this hip Taiwanese eatery. Don’t miss the stunning shaved ice desserts. Voted “Best Taiwanese” in our 2009 Restaurant Awards. 1) Daily 11am10pm. 6/F, Shin Kong Place, 87 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (6530 5658); 2) Daily 11am-5am. 6 Gongti Xilu, south of the Gongti 100 Bowling Alley, Chaoyang District. (6551 3533); 3) Daily 11am-4am. 35 Xiaoyun Lu, beside Kiss Disco, Chaoyang District. (8451 9988); 4) Daily 11am-2am. Bldg 4, Area 2 Anhui Beili, Yayuncun, Chaoyang District. (6489 4300) 鹿港小镇, 1) 朝阳区建国路87号新光天地6层; 2) 朝阳 区工体西路6号(工体100南边); 3) 朝阳区霄 云路35号; 4) 朝阳区亚运村安慧北里2区4号 楼(炎黄艺术馆斜对面) Shin Yeh Authentic Taiwanese food with imported foodstuff from the island itself. Check out the seasonal dishes and drinks as well. Voted “Outstanding Taiwanese” in our 2009 Restaurant Awards. 1) Daily 11.30am-3pm, 5.30pm-midnight. 6 Gongti Xilu (ground floor of the Gongti 100 bowling alley), Chaoyang District. (6552 5066); 2) Daily 11am-10pm. Bldg 4, Xinzhongguancun Dasha, 19 Zhongguancun Dajie, Haidian District. (8248 6288) 欣 叶, 1) 朝阳区工体西路6号(工体100一层); 2) 海淀区中关村大街19号新中关大厦4楼 Slim Taste Noodles & Bar Choose from heaps of noodles, as well as a respectable selection of dumplings, wontons, soups, congees and desserts. Daily 10am-11pm. S9-32, South Area, the Village at Sanlitun, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6415 9699) 西龙纤味拉面馆, 朝阳区三里屯路19号 三里屯Village南区S9-32

THAI Banana Leaf Somewhere, amidst a river crawling with fake alligators and overflowing with exotic plastic fruits, lies the answer to your Thai food cravings. Voted “Outstanding Thai” in our 2009 Restaurant Awards. 1) Daily 11am-11pm. Inside Sanyuan Dongqiao (on the west side, opposite Jingxin Dasha), Chaoyang District. (6460 2340); 2) Daily 11am-11pm. Courtyard 4, Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6506 8855); 3) Daily 11am-10pm. 2/F, Finance Center, Zhongguancun Shopping Center, 58 Beisihuan, Haidian District. (5986 3666) 蕉叶, 1) 朝阳区三元东桥内 侧西边, 京信大厦对面; 2) 朝阳区工体北 路4号院内凯富酒店后; 3) 海淀区北四环路 58号中关村广场金融中心商业2楼 Lan Na Thai A suave Thai eatery decked out with a collection of authentic Southeast Asian artifacts, serving good quality, classic Thai dishes at expensive prices. Voted “Outstanding Decor” in our 2009 Restaurant Awards. Daily noon-2.30pm, 5.30-10.30pm. 26 Dongcaoyuan, Gongti Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (6551 6788) 兰 娜, 朝阳区工体南路东草园26号 Little Bangkok Restaurant & Tea House Lime-green colored restaurant specializes in salty appetizers, curries and milk tea. Daily 11am-11pm. Next to Bldg 28, Sanlitun, Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. (6416 8855) 小曼谷餐厅O茶坊, 朝阳区三里 屯北街28楼旁 Luga’s Baan Thai Thai restaurant serving curries, stir-fries, soups, and desserts from the irrepressible Luga. Daily 10am-midnight. 3/F (above Luga’s villa), 7 Sanlitun Beijie (behind 3.3 Shopping Center), Chaoyang District. (6416 2575) 朝阳区三里 屯北街7号3层 Purple Haze Bistro Authentic Thai cuisine in rustic hutong digs. Voted “Best Thai” in our 2009 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 11am-11.30pm. 1, Dongsi Liutiao (east exit), Dongcheng District. (6501 9345) 紫苏 庭, 东城区东四六条1号 Serve the People Popular restaurant with a large laowai fan base and pleasant terrace. Fans laud the tom kha gai (coconut chicken soup) that offers the perfect blend of spicy, sour and sweet. Honor-

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able mention for “Best Thai” in our 2009 Restaurant Awards. Daily 11am-10.30pm. 1 Sanlitun Xiwujie (next to Athena), Chaoyang District. (8454 4580) 为人民服 务, 朝阳区三里屯西五街1号

VEGETARIAN Lotus in Moonlight You can tell it’s the real deal by the number of monks who dine here. Hard to find, but worth the search. Voted “Outstanding Vegetarian” in our 2009 Restaurant Awards. 1) MonFri 11am-2pm and 5-9.30pm, Sat-Sun 11am-9.30pm. 12 Liufang Nanli, Chaoyang District. (6465 3299); 2) Mon-Fri 11am-2pm and 5-9pm, Sat-Sun 11am-9pm. 3/F, Disanji Creative Space, 66 Beisihuan Xilu, Haidian District. (6268 0848/1318) 荷塘月色素食, 1) 朝阳区柳芳南里12号楼; 2) 海淀区北四 环西路66号第三极3层 Pure Lotus Vegetarian Creative tofu dishes will leave you with a full stomach and a clear conscience - and a considerably lightened wallet. Voted “Best Vegetarian” in our 2009 Restaurant Awards. Daily 11am-11pm. 1) Tongguang Bldg, 12 Nongzhanguan Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (6592 3627, 8703 6669); 2) 3/F, Holiday Inn Lido, Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District. (8703 6668, 6437 6288) 净心莲, 1) 朝阳区农展馆 南路12号(通广大厦内); 2) 朝阳区丽都假日 饭店三层,首都机场将台路 Veg-on Modest black and white décor, yummy vegetarian dishes and sweet Taiwanese desserts will have you back for more. Voted “Outstanding Vegetarian” in our 2009 Restaurant Awards. Daily 11am10pm. Solana, 6 Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (5905 6301/6) 家乡素食, 朝阳区朝阳公园路6号蓝色港湾国际商区

VIETNAMESE Luga’s Pho Pho Pho and other Vietnamese dishes from the ever-cheerful Luga. Daily 24hrs. Above Luga’s (opposite Tongli Studio), Sanlitun Houjie, Chaoyang District. (6413 2786) 朝阳区三里屯后街同里对面 Muse Parisian Vietnamese Brasserie Modish Indochine eatery with bowls of pho, spring rolls, soups and coffees of both Vietnamese and French persuasion. Voted “Best Vietnamese” in our 2009 Restaurant Awards. 1) 10pm-4am. 1/F. Tongli Studios (next to Kokomo entrance), 43 Sanlitun Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6415 6388); 2) Daily 11am-11pm. 1 Chaoyang Gongyuan Xilu, Chaoyang District. (6586 3188) 妙, 1) 朝阳区三里屯北路43号同里1层; 2) 朝阳区 朝阳公园西路一号 Nuage Worth visiting for its chic, French colonial atmosphere and stunning lakeside location. Voted “Outstanding Vietnamese” in our 2009 Restaurant Awards. Daily 11am-11pm. 22 Qianhai Dongyan, Xicheng District. (6401 9581) 庆云楼, 西城 区前海东沿22号 Va Va Voom Classic Vietnamese in a designer environment. Daily 11am-11pm. S4-32, 3/F, Bldg 4, The Village at Sanlitun, 19 Sanlitun Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6416 3732, 6417 2210) 越时代, 朝阳区三里屯北 路19号三里屯Village南区4号楼3层S4-32

XINJIANG & MUSLIM Afunti Over-hyped and over-priced, but busloads of tourists pack this high-end Xinjiang style restaurant every night. Voted “Outstanding Xinjiang” in our 2009 Restaurant Awards. Daily 10.30am-11pm. 166 Chaoyangmennei Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6527 2288, 6525 1071) 阿凡提, 东 城区朝内大街166号 Crescent Moon Muslim Restaurant From the homemade yogurt and the all-Uygur staff to the king of mutton chuan’r, this little gem is as good as it gets. Voted “Outstanding Xinjiang” in our 2009 Restaurant Awards. Daily 10.30am-11pm. 16 Dongsi Liutiao (alley number six, 100m west of Chaonei Beixiaojie), Dongcheng District. (6400 5281) 弯弯的月亮, 东城区 东四六条16号 Kashgar Restaurant One of the best Uygur restaurants in the city offers a variety of cumin-spiced roast mutton, hand-pulled noodles, freshly baked nang and a variety

of other authentic Kashgar-style snacks. 10am-9.30pm. 60 Pen’er Hutong, Xuanwu District. (6358 2243) 喀什饭庄, 宣武区盆 儿胡同60号 Xinjiang Islam Restaurant Hearty Xinjiang cuisine from the people who know it best in Beijing: the staff of Xinjiang province’s Beijing representative office. Daily 11am10pm. Xinjiang Provincial Government Office, 7 Sanlihe Lu, Xicheng District. (6830 1820) 新疆伊斯兰饭庄, 西城区三里河路7号 Xinjiang Red Rose The rowdy Red Rose packs ‘em in with nightly music and belly dancing performances. Good for kebabs, but no place for the quiet conversationalist. Voted “Best Xinjiang” in our 2009 Restaurant Awards. Daily 11am-11pm. Inside 7 Xingfu Yicun alley, opposite Workers’ Stadium North Gate, Chaoyang District. (6415 5741) 新疆红玫瑰餐厅, 朝阳区工人体 育场北门对面幸福一村7巷内

YUNNAN Dali Courtyard Atmospheric decor, easygoing hospitality and delicious food. Set menu only. Voted “Outstanding Outdoor Dining,” and “Outstanding Yunnan” in our 2009 Restaurant Awards. Daily 10am-9.30pm. 67 Xiaojingchang Hutong, Gulou Dongdajie, Dongcheng District. (8404 1430) 大理, 东城区鼓楼东大街小经 厂胡同67号 Jia 21 Hao Taiwanese pop star Gao Mingjun has involved some seriously styleconscious buddies in creating this spacious and trendy restaurant for Yunnan minority cuisine, drinks and relaxation. Daily 11am-10.30pm. 21 Beitucheng Donglu, Chaoyang District. (6489 5066) 甲21号, 朝 阳区北土城东路甲21号 Middle 8th Restaurant Comfortable, hip Yunnan restaurant. Try the Yunnan-style spare ribs and the dragon beans. Voted “Best Yunnan” in our 2009 Restaurant Awards. 1) Daily 11am-11.30pm. Zhongba Lou, Sanlitun Zhongjie, Chaoyang District. (6413 0629); 2) Daily 11am-10.30pm. R17, Zhongguancun Pedestrian Mall, 15 Zhongguancun Dajie, Haidian District. (5172 1728) 中八楼, 1) 朝阳区三里屯中街中八 楼; 2) 海淀区中关村大街15号中关村广场 步行街R17 No Name Restaurant Burrowed within Houhai’s hutongs, this stylish Yunnan eatery attracts trendsetters eager to escape Yinding Qiao’s neon, noise and tourists. Voted “Outstanding Yunnan” in our 2009 Restaurant Awards. Daily 10.30am-2am. 1 Dajinsi Hutong, Xicheng District. (8328 3061) 无名云南餐吧, 西城区大金丝胡同1号 South Silk Road Opened by a Beijingbased artist, this super-hip restaurant offers a minimalist interior, down-home Yunnan specialties and their own brand of rice wine. Voted “Outstanding Yunnan” in our 2009 Restaurant Awards. 1) Daily 11am-10.30pm. 3/F, Bldg D, Soho New Town, 88 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (8580 4286); 2) Daily 10.30am-10pm. 5/F, APM Mall, Wangfujing Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6526 8401); 3) Daily 10.30am10.30pm. 2-3/F, North Bldg 4, Area 2, Anhuili, Chaoyang District. (6481 3261) 茶马 古道, 1) 朝阳区建国路88号Soho现代城D座 3层会所; 2) 东城区王府井大街新东安广场 5层; 3) 朝阳区安慧里2区4号北楼3层 Yunteng Shifu Consistent, fresh Yunnan cuisine. Specialties include the mint leaf salad, fried goat’s cheese, pine needle salad and mushroom dishes. Daily 11am-10pm (Hall 2), 11.30am-1.30pm, 5.30-10pm (Hall 1). Yunnan Provincial Government Office, 7 Donghuashi Beili Dongqu, Chongwen District. (6711 3322 ext 7105) 云腾宾馆食府, 崇文区东花市北 里东区7号

ZHEJIANG Qu Na’r Homestyle cooking in an arty, post-modern 0environment. This is art star Ai Weiwei’s brainchild and we’re not disappointed. Try the plum wine infused with red bayberries. Daily 4pm-2am. 16 Dongsanhuan Beilu (in the alley behind the La Popo sign), Chaoyang District. (6508 1597) 去那儿, 朝阳区东三环北路16号 (辣婆婆牌子后面巷内)


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Jan 30 Big Ali This New Yorker’s vocals featured on Bob Sinclar’s hit single “Rock This Party.” RMB 100 (door), RMB 150 (advance). 10pm. Vics (5293 0333) Feb 3 Haiti Earthquake Benefit All door takings and 10 percent of bar takings go to charity. Featuring The Verse, Mei Wenti Sound, Funk*Fever, Blackie, Slide and more. RMB 50. 7.30pm. Yugong Yishan (6404 2711) Feb 4 Party for Haiti Help out victims of January’s earthquake. All entry receipts are donated directly to the Haiti Rise Fund, as are 50 percent of all other takings on the night. RMB 100 (includes one drink). 9.30pm. Hatsune, The Village at Sanlitun (6415 3939) Feb 5 Akira Ishihara Techno from Japan with plenty of vocal hooks. RMB 50 (includes one drink). 10pm. Lantern (135 0134 8785) Git Some! 40 years of African-American music, from deep soul to hip-hop via funk. Free. 10pm. Q Bar (6595 9239) Riddim: Sounds of the Underground Straight from the London underground, DJ Mickey Dee and friends bring UK funky and funkstep. RMB 30 (includes one free beer). 10pm. Obiwan (8322 1231) Take Me to the Max Rock, oldies, ’90s tunes and other party music from DJ Max P. Free. 9pm. Kokomo (6413 1019) Feb 6 Bob Marley Day Ultimate Productions presents the latest edition of the annual tribute to Bob. Live music from The Propellers and Mitabe; Mei Wenti Sound and Ultimate Productions’ DJs on the decks. Information at 137 1764 0747. See Clubhouse, p56. RMB 50. 9pm. Yugong Yishan (6404 2711) Chopschticks Comedy Night The ever-popular series continues with comics Steve Byrne and Sam Tripoli. Tickets at http:// chopschticksbeijing.eventbrite. com or 158 1026 1614. RMB 300, RMB 250 (advance, before Feb 4). 9pm. Hard Rock Cafe (6590 6688 ext 2571) Double Double Twins Night Find a partner and dress up together. Two-for-one drinks for all “twins.” Table reservations recommended; call Yao Bo on 139 1019 2991 to book. Price TBD. 9pm. Bling (5905 6999) I Don’t Do Him, I Do G Is celebrating the first Saturday of the month an adequate excuse for plying ladies with free-flow cocktails? Scarlett believes so. Free. 9pm. Scarlett (6552 3600) Minimal Hit 2010 Acupuncture revive their original series of techno parties for 2010. Free. 10pm. Lantern (135 0134 8785) Six Nations Rugby First round of games; watch on Paddy’s multiple screens. Free. 10.30pm (Ireland vs. Italy),

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1am (England vs. Wales). Paddy O’Shea’s (6415 6389) Feb 7 Six Nations Rugby Scotland takes on France to close the first round of games. Free. 11pm. Paddy O’Shea’s (6415 6389) Feb 8 Superbowl Party Luga stars as quarterback in a lineup featuring games, lucky draw prizes, cheerleaders and breakfast discounts. And the Super Bowl, of course. Touchdown. Free. 7.30am. Luga's Villa (6416 2575) Super Bowl XLIV A bit of Miami comes to Paddy O’Shea’s. Special menu deals and buy-one-get-one-free bottles of Budweiser. Free beer for anyone wearing the jerseys of the teams competing. Free. 5am. Paddy O’Shea’s (6415 6389) Feb 12 Git Some! Back like Feb 5. Free. 10pm. Q Bar (6595 9239) Psytrance Night Incense, darkness and trippy visuals from Goa Productions. Part of Obiwan’s Electronic Fridays series. RMB 30 (includes one free beer). 10pm. Obiwan (8322 1231) Tiger Chinese New Year Party Hear the tiger roar. Table reservations recommended; call Yao Bo on 139 1019 2991 to book. Free. 9pm. Bling (5905 6999) Feb 13 Absinthe Without Leave The Green Fairy comes to Xihai for Chinese New Year. Echo from Q Bar has been drafted in to serve absinthe the traditional way or in cocktails. See photo, p53. Free. 9pm. Obiwan (8322 1231) Chinese New Year Party Techno fireworks to start the Year of the Tiger. Two-for-one drinks all night. Communal jiaozi wrapping not guaranteed. Free. 10pm. Lantern (135 0134 8785) Tackle the Tiger Free dumplings and a rooftop view of Beijing's fireworks, with the usual cocktails behind the bar. DJ MaMa plays you into the Year of the Tiger. Free. 10pm. Q Bar (6595 9239) Feb 14 Valentine’s Groove Who says electronic music lacks emotion? Two-for-one Valentine’s cocktails all night. Free. 10pm. Lantern (135 0134 8785) Feb 18 DJ Ouyang, Eddie Lv, Shen Yue and Cedric Beats and pieces. Free. 9pm. Yugong Yishan (6404 2711) “Po Wu” Party Celebrate “Po Wu” (the last day of Chinese New Year) electronically. Buy-one-get-onefree drinks and free dumplings. Free. 10pm. Lantern (135 0134 8785) Feb 19 DJ Demone, Cedric Yugong goes electronic. Price TBD. 9pm. Yugong Yishan (6404 2711) Git Some! Just like Feb 5. Free. 10pm. Q Bar (6595 9239) Riddim: Sounds of the Underground Sounds like Feb 5. RMB 30

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n an attempt to bring in more customers, bars have been … closing. Temporarily, at least. Last month we reported on Souk’s rebirth as One Souk. Just a few weeks after the relaunch party, however, Souk’s bosses concluded that their “redesign,” which consisted of a new drinks list and some projectors, was unworthy of the name. Glenn Phelan, former manager of Brown’s, Paddy O’Shea’s and most recently Danger Doyle’s – more of which later – was drafted in as a consultant, and was set to reopen the bar on January 22. We didn’t have a chance to visit the new-look Souk before going to print, but Phelan hinted that it will be a throwback to the glory days of Brown’s. ChinaDoll is closed for refurbishments; management says the club will return after Spring Festival. And The Stumble Inn is set to reopen in a new location, perhaps this month. Some bars are getting bigger in a bid to get better. d lounge unveiled its new lounge area in January, as did Fubar, which now extends across three levels. 12SQM has more than doubled in size over on Nanluogu Xiang. And in Lido, The Irish Volunteer is rumored to be planning an expansion. But as The Pomegranate shows, self-improvement isn’t all about what’s inside the bar: They’ve invested in a van to ship customers from home to boozer and back again in the winter months. State media reports an imminent frenzy of demolition around the Drum and Bell Towers. Jiangjinjiu, Drum and Bell, Ball House and newly opened Laotou are just a few of the bars that will vanish if the quoted plans for a “culture plaza” come to pass. Meanwhile, there are worrying signs of self-harm over at Danger Doyle’s. The aforementioned Glenn Phelan had no sooner parted company with Doyle’s before the bar’s bosses decided to jack the prices up. It appears drinkers have the nerve to consider RMB 70 just a little steep for a Kilkenny. Fear not, Danger Doyle’s, the people will see the error of their ways. Or maybe they won’t. Finally, February is a big month for fans of oval-ball sports. Six Nations season kicks off on February 6. Meanwhile, the biggest event in American advertising (or the Super Bowl, as it’s also known) goes down on February 8. Paddy O’Shea’s and Luga’s Villa are opening the doors early for Super Bowl parties – see the event listings for full details. Iain Shaw

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(includes one free beer). 10pm. Obiwan (8322 1231) Take Me to the Max DJ Max P revisits his Feb 5 set. Free. 9pm. Kokomo (6413 1019) Feb 20 Ole! Ole! Latino zest to go with Latino music. Buy-one-get-one-free mojitos, sangria and caipiroskas. Free. 9pm. Scarlett (6552 3600) Prom Night Make up for everything you got wrong first time around. Dress code: prom dresses, tuxedos and the like. Table reservations recommended; call Yao Bo on 139 1019 2991 to book. Free. 9pm. Bling (5905 6999) Que Caliente! Resident DJs Kite and Ed spin Latin and Latin funk. RMB 30 (includes one free beer). 9pm. Obiwan (8322 1231) Feb 25 Holy Ghost Fake Music’s new Dance Dangereux series debuts with New York disco-punk duo signed to the DFA label, former home of The Rapture. See photo, p52. Price and time TBD. Lan (5109 6012) Feb 26 Funk*Fever (featuring Jekai Soulspeak) Meets Afrokoko Roots Funk, afrobeat and rare grooves from Beijing’s best, joined by Californian beat-maker Jekai Soulspeak. RMB 50. 9.30pm. Yugong Yishan (6404 2711) Hotpot DJs Wordy and Lomang collide for the latest edition of Beijing’s most eclectic party. Price TBD. 10pm. Punk (6410 5222) SOS Party Science of Sounds brings the noise courtesy of DJs Lupen, M. Ross and Shen Yue. Visuals from Marula and Bruno. RMB 30. 10pm. Lantern (135 0134 8785) Trax House and house only from DJ Jonas Rasch and special guest DJ Suiki. RMB 30 (includes one free beer). 9pm. Obiwan (8322 1231) Feb 27 Beats Royale vs. Mei Wenti DJ Markie Royale’s hip-hop army takes on Mei Wenti’s dancehall troopers. RMB 30 (includes one free beer). 10pm. Obiwan (8322 1231)

Bringing Sexy Back DJ Keza returns to Bling. Buyone-get-one-free drinks from 9pm-midnight. Table reservations recommended; call Yao Bo on 139 1019 2991 to book. Free. 9pm. Bling (5905 6999) Disco On Ice DJs Patrick Yu, El-Mar and Max P call the tunes at Beijing’s first disco on ice. There’s even a bar by the rink. Call 136 8126 3981 for information. See photo, above. RMB 60 (includes skate rental). 9.30pm-12.30am. All-Star Skating Club, Solana (5905 6328) DJ Seph Techno from Buenos Aires. See photo, p51. Price TBD. 10pm. Lantern (135 0134 8785) Git Some! Feb 5 all over again. Free. 10pm. Q Bar (6595 9239) Wii Rock You Play bowling on the Wii, win a shot for each strike. The highest scorer wins a complimentary dinner for two at Scarlett. Free. 9pm. Scarlett (6552 3600) Every Mon Bookworm Pub Quiz Ask a silly question, get a trivial answer. Prizes to be won. Free. 7.30pm. The Bookworm (6586 9507) Mushroom Jazz Jazz of both smooth and acid varieties. Free. 9pm. The Boat (6460 5512) Paddy’s Night Live music and discounts on all Irish drinks. Free. 9pm. Molly Malone’s (6522 7258) Every Mon-Sat Avis Ellis Award-winning American jazz diva entertains the cocktail crowd. Free. 8pm. Centro (6561 8833) Every Tue Gay Night Confess your sins. Or commit new ones to the sound of house and funky beats. Free. 9pm. White Rabbit (no tel) Men’s Night Win a gallon of beer in the sports quiz. Discounts on all draft beer for men. Free. 9pm. Molly Malone’s (6522 7258) Open Deck Tuesdays Submit a demo and sign up for a two-hour slot. Free. 10pm. Lantern (135 0134 8785)

round and more. Free. 8.30pm. Paddy O’Shea’s (6415 6389) Pomegranate Quiz How do you spell pomegranate? Free. 8pm. The Pomegranate (8046 2558) Yellow Ben Huang and guests bring electro-downbeat, funk and minimal grooves. Free. 9pm. White Rabbit (no tel) Every Thu 555 Night Five hours of RMB 5 Tsingtao draft. Free. 5-10pm. The Rickshaw (6500 4330) Beer For Queer Buy-one-get-one-free for the LGBT community. Free. 9pm. The Boat (6460 5512) Beer Pong Throw a ball into a cup, win drinks. Free. 8pm. Pyro (8286 6240) Exposed Ladies on top. Free cocktails for ladies, and “girls only” in the upstairs lounge. Free. 9pm. Zeta Bar (5865 5040) Gayographic No surprises what chaps you might meet down here. Drinks specials. Every last Thursday of the month is La La Lantung for the ladies. Free. 8pm. Lantung (5905 6213) Girls’ Night Out Free vodka drinks from 10pm-1am for the ladies. Free. 10pm. Xiu (8567 1108) Give Me Goose Buy-one-get-one-free on bottles of Grey Goose. Free. 9pm. Bling (5905 6999) Ladies Night Two free drinks for ladies, and tunes from bygone eras. Free. 9pm. Molly Malone’s (6522 7258) Make Up! DJs Merci and Maxime play disco house. Buy-one-get-one-free drinks all night for les femmes. Free. 9pm. White Rabbit (no tel) Men’s Night Guys get man-sized drinks for the price of a regular drink. Free. 9pm. Kokomo (6413 1019) Every Fri Basement Two-for-one drinks specials until midnight. Free. 10pm. Punk (6410 5222)

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Feb 13: Absinthe Without Leave Or, the Green Fairy does Obiwan. See listing, p52.

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El-Mar gets his skates on. See listing, this page.

Quiz Night How many, when and where? Free. 8pm. Tim’s Texas Bar-B-Q (6591 9161) Urban Flava Hip-hop, R&B, downtempo, oldschool funk and soul. Free. 9pm. The Boat (6460 5512) Every Wed Beer Pong Night Free appetizer with every pitcher ordered. Free. 9pm. Kokomo (6413 1019) Champagne & Strawberries Two-for-one on your first round of champagne; every subsequent order of champagne is accompanied by fresh strawberries. Free. 5pm. Club Decollete (133 1126 1949) Cocktail Night Live music and buy-one-get-onefree drinks. Free. 9pm. Molly Malone’s (6522 7258) Color Me Bling Dress up to show your true colors and get free drinks to match your outfit. Compete to win drink prizes. Free. 9pm. Bling (5905 6999) Flashdance ‘70s/’80s Retro night. Free. 10pm. Lantern (135 0134 8785) Frank’s Quiz Where are you now? Win money. RMB 20. 8pm. Frank’s Place (6437 8399) Ginkgo Pub Quiz What’s French for pub? RMB 20. Ginkgo (6402 7532) Kitchen DJs Bitesize Buddha and Saul D cook up down and dirty funk soul disco and early hip-hop. Free. 10pm. Punk (6410 5222) Ladies Night Girls buy one drink, get one free. Free. 9pm. The Boat (6460 5512) Lush Pub Quiz How many students does it take to change a light bulb? Come early for a seat. Winners take home a bottle of Jack. Free. 8pm. Lush (8286 3566) Martini Wednesdays Beijing’s best martinis? Ten of them are buy-one-get-one-free tonight. Free. 6-11pm. Q Bar (6595 9239) Paddy’s Quiz Which quiz host swears the most? Free prizes for every


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White Rabbit Tue-Sat 9pm-late. 2/F, Tongli Studios, Sanlitun Beilu, Chaoyang District (no tel)

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The Rabbit is back, and has changed its nocturnal ways. Except it hasn’t, not really, remaining open way after most partygoers have hit the sack. The club is still among Beijing’s electronic music vanguard, featuring top local and international DJs, so it’s unlikely old regulars will be alienated. The central location and a fuller, better drinks list should help bring a new crowd. Beers start at RMB 25, mixed drinks are from RMB 35 and martinis RMB 50. Design improvements – a longer bar, tighter layout, booth seating and livelier lighting – will also broaden White Rabbit’s appeal. Rabbit 2.0 has lost something of its former “underground” vibe, but still feels like the clubber’s club in Beijing. New? Obviously. Improved? Definitely. Iain Shaw

Club Le ZaZou 乐 Daily 8pm-3am. S1-30, 3/F, Bldg 1, The Village at Sanlitun, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District (6413 2708)

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Of Club Le Zazou’s two rooms, I preferred the lounge, with its living-room seating, jazzy hip-hop soundtrack and stage for live shows. The club room features minimal neon, a compact dance floor and comfortable booths, musically invoking Suzie Wong’s or a Gongti Xilu venue. There’s Tiger Beer (RMB 30) and mixed drinks at RMB 40. For flashier partying, four types of Perrier-Jouët (from RMB 780) are offered. The upper level features further lounge seating and space for dining, with Chef Ludovic Robar’s menu expected to be unveiled this month. The Village badly needs to step up its nightlife – with a few exceptions, the area feels unwelcoming after midnight. With Le ZaZou, The Village has its first club – that’s a step in the right direction. Iain Shaw

Lee Theatre Bar Daily 6pm-2am. Courtyard 4, Sanlitun Nanlu, Chaoyang District (6507 9813)

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Daily 11am-1am. 5 Good Loft, 19 Ganluyuan, Gaobeidian Beilu (inside 718 Gudi Media Culture Garden), Chaoyang District (8578 8853) www.theonebeijing.com

Run by a Hong Kong team, Lee Theatre Bar is pretty small, but suitably intimate for its weekend jazz shows. Those are the venue’s strongest cards in an area short on decent live music. Most days feature performers playing popular Chinese tunes, but on Fridays and Saturdays (from 9.30pm) keyboardist Kenny Zh leads a band playing Sinatra numbers and contemporary standards. Mixed drinks and cocktails are RMB 80 – decide for yourself how you feel about that – and there’s not a sip in the house under RMB 50. Saturday is the exception to that wallet-draining rule: RMB 200 cracks open a night of all-you-can-drink beer (Tsingtao, Carlsberg and Heineken), or you can order the RMB 300 teppanyaki buffet with free sake and beers from the affiliated restaurant upstairs. Tiffany Ap

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Who expected Beijing’s most stylish new live music venue to turn up behind an East Fourth Ring bus station? Founded by veterans of Beijing’s music and design scenes, The One has a sound system to rival The Star Live and MAO Livehouse. Happily, the air is less smoky than other Beijing live houses. The swish layout is a welcome bonus. Beer starts at RMB 25 for a Tsingtao and cocktails are RMB 40-55. A selection of prestigious French red wines will only set you back RMB 3,500-4,000 per bottle – pennies, really, to enjoy the rare combination of pan-fried beef tenderloin with tiger prawn (RMB 88) and Château Lafite with your live Chinese rock. There’s huge potential here; getting some good bands in would be a nice start. Wang Ge

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Laotou 老头儿 Daily 10am-last customer leaves. West side of Bell Tower, Dongcheng District (150 1073 3727)

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Tryst Daily 5pm-2am (call ahead for late drinks). Next to Alameda, Nali Mall, Sanlitun Beilu, Chaoyang District (6417 3092)

Tryst is a charmingly tiny bar behind the Sanlitun bar strip. There are five bar stools, and standing room for an extra two waifs. It’s a handy place to hide away, particularly after hours – even if you’re the only customers, you won’t feel like you’re hogging an empty bar. Luga (he of the Villa) created the Caribbean flavors of the Jun Punch (RMB 40), while Dou Dou’s Love Bite (RMB 50) was inspired by the violent tendencies of the manager’s dog. Standard beers are RMB 20, and a food menu is on the way. Tryst fact: Beijingers of several years’ standing may recognize manager Sean Duff as a one-time CCTV-9 weatherman. Iain Shaw

Lantern Daily 9pm-late. B1/F, 3.3 Shopping Center, 33 Sanlitun Beilu, Chaoyang District (135 0134 8785)

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Mako 麻雀 Daily 5pm-late. Inside Hongdian Art Factory, Courtyard 36 (500m south of Carrefour Shuangjing, inside small alley), Guangqu Lu, Chaoyang District (5205 1112/3)

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Beijing’s newest concert space (also see The One, p54) lies in the back corner of Hongdian Art Factory, yet another disused industrial yard turned “creative” district. Named after the diminutive sparrow, Mako dwarfs most local music venues with a capacity skirting 500. It’s like a blown-up D-22, with an extra lick of paint and grander sound and lighting rigs. There’s also a separate theater and, inexplicably, a fivemeter-tall Transformer. Good facilities mean little without strong bands or DJs playing – the venue would equally suit Yen-style parties – but Mako has already hosted local favorites like Hanggai. You’ll drink RMB 20 beers and cocktails at RMB 35-45, including “Long Sex on the Island” – a Long Island iced tea with cranberry juice, as it turns out. Liam Connolly

Techno collective Acupuncture has made their reputation from parties thrown in other people’s venues. Now they have a club they can call home (perhaps literally – in addition to its nocturnal function, Lantern will serve as Acupuncture’s daytime studio and workshop). There’s plenty of room to dance, but two bars neatly hem the space, leaving a handy barrier between dance floor and perimeter booths. The low ceilings and scorched-red color scheme add an extra dose of stripped-down intimacy. Mixed drinks are RMB 35; the signature cocktails (from RMB 40) are fruity, fantastical creations with names like “Age of Innocence.” Lantern and White Rabbit have injected a timely shot of adrenalin into Sanlitun’s nights, and it’ll be interesting to see how the two vie for the electronic crowd. For clubbers, good times lie ahead. Iain Shaw

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Taking up no more than 5sqm of Gulou hutong real estate, Laotou may have the lowest rental costs of any Beijing bar. That alone won’t guarantee a massive profit margin for the owners. Firstly, the drinks are economical, starting from RMB 15. Secondly, given the limited space, Laotou will never be hosting more than ten drinkers at any one time. But this bar has a natural crowd. If you love rock ‘n’ roll and have a passing interest in the local scene, you’re in the gang; warm up here before seeing some live music at nearby Jiangjinjiu. If you want a bar to feel more like home than your own place does, you’re in too. Just don’t bring everyone you know. Iain Shaw


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Ultimate Productions’ Samuel Ahadu toasts Bob Marley

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hirty years after Bob Marley’s passing, he remains as iconic as ever. Ultimate Productions’ Bob Marley Day party has honored the legend for the past decade, but crew founder Samuel Ahadu tells us to expect changes this year.

the Beijinger : What’s new for Bob Marley Day in 2010? Samuel Ahadu: For the first time, we’re having two bands, Mitabe and The Propellers. Also on show will be the Mei Wenti Sound and Ultimate Production crews, as well as guest MCs and other surprises. tbj : Tell us more about The Propellers and Mitabe. SA: Mitabe has a loyal following, and have worked with us on many events. The Propellers is a dynamic and talented Chinese reggae band with a charismatic frontman. They’re looking forward to making Bob Marley Day their event.

“Roots culture has brought the foreign community closer to our host nation” tbj : Where does reggae culture stand in Beijing? SA: The quality of the events has grown. Now there are Chinese reggae bands with Chinese fans. It used to bother me at our events to see only foreigners; now this is changing. Roots culture has brought the foreign community closer to our host nation. tbj : And who’s your favorite Marley offspring? SA: My favorite of Bob’s kids would be Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley. Stephen Marley is also a great producer, and I like Ky-Mani Marley’s music.

tbj : What’s next for Ultimate Productions? SA: Our next big event is Africa Day in May, but we also have our regular Afro-Soul events. Celebrate what would be Bob Marley’s 65th birthday with Ultimate Productions at Yugong Yishan on Feb 6. See listing, p52.

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BARS & CLUBS 101 Lounge Close to the 798 district, this hotel bar specializes in top-class wines from all over the world and live music. Jazz standards are arranged by Kenny Cheng for the resident Latin four-piece. Noon-1am. Courtyard by Marriott – Beijing Northeast, 101 Jingshun Lu, Dashanzi, Chaoyang District. (5907 6666) 朝阳区京 顺路101号 12SQM If my home were a tiny Australian bar, this place would feel just like home. Daily 5pm-midnight. Corner of Nanluogu Xiang and Fuxiang Hutong, Dongcheng District. (6402 1554) 东城区南锣鼓巷福 祥1号 13 Club Hefty, dark and covered in graffiti. Featuring mostly rock, metal and punk bands, with shows almost every night. Daily 6pm-late. 161 Chengfu Lu (Lanqiying bus stop; doorway is recessed in a small alley next to Da Waguan Restaurant), Haidian District. (8261 9267) 13俱乐部, 海 淀区成府路蓝旗营车站下车,马路南边即是 (瓦罐饭馆的西边) 15 Qianhai Beiyan Super-swank bar with an aristocratic view of the lake. Daily 5.30pm-late. 15 Qianhai Beiyan, Xicheng District. (6617 5558) 前海北沿15号, 西城区 前海北沿15号 180° Looming between neon pillars along Zhongguancun Beidajie is the monolithic 180°, the largest club in Haidian. 180°’s biggest asset is space, and even with several hundred clubrats dancing to the standard mix of hip hop/techno it doesn’t feel too crowded. Daily 8pm-5am. 18 Zhongguancun Beidajie, Haidian District. (8261 3366 ext 702) 海淀区中关村北大街 18号 2F Cozy spot serves ample measures and has hourly drinks specials on the chalkboard. Mon-Fri 6pm-2am, Sat-Sun 6pm-4am. Sanlitun Houjie (south of 3.3 Shopping Center), Chaoyang District. (6416 4549) 贰楼, 朝阳区三里屯北街3.3服 装大厦南侧

Punk X Beijing Zoo Get animal with DJ Lomang’s hip-hop throwdown. Free. 10pm. Punk (6410 5222) Saturday Night Fever ’70s and ’80s sounds abound. Free. 10pm. Luce (8402 4417) Six in the City Winter warms up with Zeta’s “Six in the City” cocktails throughout February. From 9-10pm on Saturdays, ladies enjoy any of the six for free. Free. 9pm. Zeta Bar (5865 5040) Every Sun Acoustic Sunday Folk, rock ballads and world beats. Free. 9pm. The Boat (6460 5512) Delicious Master mixologist George Zhou blends jazz-based rhythms and alcohol perfection. Free. 10pm. Q Bar (6595 9239) Lush Open Mic Show off your talents for 15 minutes of fame and a free beer. Past acts have ranged from freestyle rap battles to tap dancing. RMB 10. 9pm. Lush (8286 3566) Relaxing Day An afternoon singalong is promised; Sunday roast is served. 3.30-5.30pm. Molly Malone’s (6522 7258) All month Mojito Mania Fresh-as-the-Caribbean mojitos at RMB 30. Seven flavors available. All other drinks are buy-one-get-onefree. Free. 5.30-8.30pm. Havana Bar, Grand Millennium (6530 9383) Pre-Dinner Cocktails Get 30 percent off all cocktails between 5.30-8.30pm. Guys must be accompanied by a lady. Free. 5.30pm. Club Decollete (133 1126 1949) 2 Kolegas Intimate music venue. 21 Liangmaqiao Lu (inside the drive-in movie theater park) north of Chaoyang Park, Chaoyang District. (6436 8998, 2kolegas@163.com) www.2kolegas.com 两个 好朋友, 朝阳区亮马桥路21号(燕莎桥往东 1500米路北汽车电影院内) 31Bar You’ll pay RMB 20 for a Tsingtao at this Houhai hang-out. The price buys nightly live music of the flamenco variety from 9pm. Daily 4pm-late. 16 Nanyan Lu, Houhai, Xicheng District. (6616 4210) 西城 区后海南沿16号 3rd Cellar Intimate Japanese bar with a selection of beers, wines and sakes. Daily 6pm-1.30am. 3/F, 36 Dongsanhuan Beilu (to the right of Chaoyang Theater), Chaoyang District. (6507 1013) 朝阳区东三 环北路36号朝阳剧场东边3 8gua A quiet place to gossip. Daily 2pm2am. 6C Houhai Ya’er Hutong, Xicheng District. (6401 8080) 8 卦, 西城区后海北沿 鸦儿胡同后丙6号 Absent Nightclub Sleek Russian club. Nightly shows. Daily 6pm-late. B1, Huasheng Plaza, 12 Yabao Lu (next to the Brazilian Embassy), Chaoyang District. (5120 6538) 大笨象, 朝阳区雅宝路12号华声大厦B1 Acoustic House West Street, Dashanzi art district, 4 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6437 9079) www.acoustic-house. com 生活家的院子, 朝阳区朝阳区酒仙桥路 4号798大山子艺术区西街 Alfa A mix of young expat professionals, students and local club-goers. Daily 4pm2am. 6 Xingfu Yicun (in the alley opposite the north gate of Workers’ Stadium), Chaoyang District. (6413 0086) 阿尔法, 朝 阳区幸福一村6号工体北门对面的胡同里 All-Star Sports Bar & Grill See Dining Directory under “American.” Mon-Fri 5pm-2am, Sat-Sun 11am-2am. Bldg 5, 1/F, Solana Shopping Mall, 6 Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (5905 6999) www.all-starclub.com 朝阳区朝阳公 园路6号蓝色港湾国际商区 5-1

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tbj : What does Bob Marley mean to you? SA: For us Africans, Bob Marley was a messenger of liberation and self-awareness. His lyrics are a continuing source of encouragement in a world of confusion and uncertainty. The message of “No Woman, No Cry” – that everything will be alright and that she should dry her tears – is as moving to me today as it was the first time I heard it. My worldview has been influenced by Marley in many ways. He’s truly a legend.

Friday I’m In Love ’70s and ’80s sounds abound. Free. 10pm. Luce (8402 4417) Friday Wine Fever Free-flow tapas when you buy an RMB 200 bottle of wine. Free. 8-11pm. Enoteca (6587 1578) Thank Funk It’s Friday Funky music from DJ Florian to help you unwind. Half-price drinks from 6-9pm. Free. 8pm. Zeta Bar (5865 5040) Thank God It’s Friday All standard drinks for RMB 25 from 6-10pm. Plus, TGIF coupons let you get your sixth drink free (coupons valid every Friday). Free. 6pm. Scarlett (6552 3600) Vice’n’Bass After-hours electro, dubstep and drum & bass in the downstairs cabin, dub, reggae and dancehall on the upper deck. Free. Midnight. The Boat (6460 5512) Every Fri & Sat Bartending Flair Show Alcohol and fireworks … watch out. Shows at 8.30pm and 9pm. Free. 8.30pm. All-Star (5905 6999) Mix It Up! Mixed drink pitchers for RMB 100 and hourly drink specials. Free. 9pm. Kokomo (6413 1019) Every Sat Crackhouse House on the lower deck, retro disco upstairs. Free. 10pm. The Boat (6460 5512) Fun Night If you’re into bluegrass, that is. Music from The Redbucks and sport on TV. Free. 9pm. Molly Malone’s (6522 7258) Ladies Night Ladies drink free all night and eat appetizers for half-price. Free. 8pm. Alfa (6413 0086)


Amilal This quaint but nice Mongolian owned bar presents scotch, imported beers, and an impressive selection of Latin American wines. Entertainment: Mongolian and Kazakh bands. 2pm-late. 48 Shoubi Hutong (southeast of 66 Gulou Dongdajie), Dongcheng District. (8404 1416) 东城区鼓楼东大街66号东南侧寿比胡 同48号院内 Andalucia Manhattan loft vibe with regular events from live music, art lectures, to indie movie screenings. Daily 10ammidnight. 26 Mao’er Hutong, Dongcheng District. (6405 0279) 行走的阳光, 东城区 帽儿胡同26号 Angel Angel one-ups Babyface on several counts: more seating, more lights, more staff and more space. Larger private rooms have their own DJ decks; otherwise, lounge in the dim lights, sleek decor and giant scale. Just be cool. Daily 8.30pm2am. 6 Gongti Xilu (between Gongti 100 Bowling and Bellagio), Chaoyang District. (6552 8888) www.michengclub.com 唐会, 朝阳区工体西路6号工体100和鹿港小镇之间 Aperitivo Shrub-lined patio, continental atmosphere and Italian-themed drinks menu. Daily 10am-late. 43 Sanlitun Houjie (next to Tongli Studio), Chaoyang District. (6417 7793) 意式餐吧, 朝阳区三里屯后街 43号同里旁边

Aria See Dining Directory under “European.” Daily 11.30am-2.30pm, 6-10pm; bar 11am-midnight. 2/F, China World Hotel, 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6505 2266 ext 38, 6505 3318) 阿郦雅, 朝 阳区建国门外大街1号中国大饭店二层 Armaini Lasers, smoke-machines, a hydraulic dance floor, Euro-mix music, and a mostly Chinese crowd have taken over this cursed disco space that was once Fusion. The name, staff claims, is like the brand. Daily 8.30pm-late. 8 Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. 朝阳区工体北路甲8号 A Romantic Space Drinking in the tents outside this bar allows you to pretend you’re on a camping trip. Daily 10.30amlate. 22 Sanlitun Beilu, Chaoyang District. (138 1112 0071) 浪谩满屋, 朝阳区三里屯 北路22号 Babyface More provincial than its old Gongti siblings. Daily 8pm-2am. Babyface West, Triumph Plaza, A143 Xizhimenwai Dajie (west of Beijing Zoo), Xicheng District. (8801 6848) www.babyface.com.cn 西城区西直门外大街甲143号凯旋大厦 Ball House This difficult-to-find establishment bills itself as a pool hall, but only three pool tables and a haughty air keep things from getting rowdy. The high ceilings and artfully designed lofts, like the clientele, are attractive. Ball House is located in a residential area – so don’t expect to stay up late and holler. Daily 2.30pm-late. 40 Zhonglouwan Hutong (directly east of the Bell Tower), Xicheng District. (6407 4051) 波楼, 西城区旧鼓楼大 街钟楼湾胡同40号

an extensive collection of premium whiskeys, cognacs, wines and ports. Daily 7pm1am. 1/F, The Westin Beijing, 9B Financial Street, Xicheng District. (6606 8866 ext 7825) 西城区金融大街乙9号北京金融街威斯 汀大酒店1层

The Bar (InterContinental Beichen) Sip on nice drinks in this hotel bar. Tue-Sat 5pm1am. 1/F, InterContinental Beijing Beichen, 8 Beichen Xilu, Chaoyang District. (8437 1188) 朝阳区北辰西路8号北京北辰洲际酒 店1层

Cafe del Mar A spot for the Lido crowd to relax. Drinks are fairly cheap. Daily 9am2am. Hairun International Apartment, 2A Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District. (5135 7028) 海润天缘, 朝阳区将台路甲2号海润国际公寓

Bar Uno & Nan Luo Grotto A hipster joint with strong drinks, dirty music, and tasty hot dogs. Daily 6pm-late. 89 Nanluogu Xiang (off Jing Yang Hutong), Dongcheng District. (135 8197 0908) 东城区南锣鼓巷 89号(景阳胡同) Bed Minimalist decor is centered around beds (obviously), and cement. Daily 4pmlate. 17 Zhangwang Hutong, Xicheng District. (8400 1554) 床吧, 西城区旧鼓楼大 街张旺胡同17号 Beer Mania Spacious it ain’t, but Beer Mania has got everything it needs to play the role of Belgian beer purveyor par excellence. Daily 2pm-late. 1/F, Taiyue Fang, Nansanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6585 0786) 麦霓啤酒吧, 朝阳区南三里屯 路泰乐坊1层 Beijing Okhotsk Beer The three sizeable copper vats behind the bar of this microbrewery help to create one of Beijing’s most unique drinking experiences. Daily 11.30am-late. 7 Shangye Jie, Phoenix City, 5 Shuguang Xili, Chaoyang District. (5866 8552) 北京欧可啤酒, 朝阳区曙光西里甲5号 凤凰城凤凰新天商业街7号 Ben Bar A Red Bull-themed bar – oddly, it’s not open all night. Daily 11am-midnight. 4/F, Reignwood Center, 8 Yong’an Dongli, Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (8528 8528 ext 3513) 吧, 朝阳区建国门外 大街永安东里8号华彬中心4层 Bla Bla Bar Offers co-eds budget booze and unbridled fun. Daily 2pm-2am. Inside the Beijing Language and Culture University, Haidian District. (6239 7033) 海淀区 语言学院内 Black Sun Bar Bargain-basement drinks, a pool table, darts, foosball, the original caipirinha recipe and a patio. Daily 4pm-3am. West gate of Chaoyang Park, Chaoyang District. (6593 6909) 黑太阳, 朝 阳区朝阳公园西门 Bling Hip-hop club with a Rolls Royce Phantom DJ booth. Exclusive selection of premium single malts, cognacs, and cigars. Wed-Sat 9pm-late. Solana 5-1, 6 Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (5905 6999) www.all-starclub.com 朝阳区朝阳公 园路6号蓝色港湾国际商区 5-1 Block 8 Lively dance floor and a serious cocktail selection. Daily 6pm-2am. Block 8, Apartment 8 Complex, Chaoyang Gongyuan Xilu, Chaoyang District. (6508 8585, info@block8.cn) www.block8.cn 朝阳区朝 阳公园西路8号公馆

Bar Blu One of the best terraces in town, with something going on every night. Daily 5pm-2am. 4/F, Tongli Studio, Sanlitun Houjie, Chaoyang District. (6417 4124, info@barblu.cn) 蓝吧, 朝阳区三里屯后街 同里4层

Blue Frog Cocktail-heavy drinks menu. And a patio. 1) Daily 10am-2am. S4-30, 3/F, Bldg 4, The Village at Sanlitun, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6417 4030); 2) Daily 10am-1am. L312, Europlaza, 99 Yuxiang Lu, Tianzhu Zhen, Shunyi District. (8046 6337) www.bluefrog.com.cn 蓝蛙, 1) 朝阳区三里屯北路19号三里屯Village4号楼 3层S4-30; 2) 顺义区天竺镇欲翔路99号北京 欧陆时尚购物中心(欧陆广场)L312室

Bar One Neon hop meets brandy-sipping old boys’ club meets Maggie’s. Daily 7.30pm-late. 100m east of the Hilton Hotel, Dongsanhuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (8455 2611) 朝阳区东三环路希尔顿饭店向 东100米

The Boat A double-decked club-on-water. Daily 11am-2am. 8 Liangmahe Nanlu (west of Sanlitun Beijie), Chaoyang District. (6460 5512, theboatbeijing@gmail. com) www.myspace.com/theboatbeijing 朝阳区亮马河南路8号(三里屯北街西边)

Bar Promise Salaryman hang-out offers serious whiskey, a bartender with a serious collar, and tennis-ball sized ice-spheres in the drinks (seriously). Mon-Sat 5pm2am. 1537, 2/F, Bldg 15, Jianwai Soho, 39 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (5900 0151) 朝阳区东三环中路39号建外 Soho15号楼2层1537

Bobomee Sparkly Gongti hip-hop bar. Daily 8pm-late. 3 Gongti Xilu, Chaoyang District. (6551 9898) 朝阳区工体西路3号

The Bar (Crowne Plaza Sun Palace) Located in the Crowne Plaza Sun Palace, this hotel bar styles itself as a fun pub for the after

Bubble Cafe & Bar See Restaurant Directory under “Italian.” Daily 11am-midnight. 2/F, Bldg 8, Jianwai Soho, 39 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (5869 2770) 泡点, 朝阳区东三环中路39号建外Soho8号 楼2层 Buzz Chill out and relax in this intimate bar that features signature cocktails and

Cafe Heaven and Earth Between Heaven and Earth lies a wide variety of herbal teas, coffee, beer and cocktails as well as Chinese and western food. Also sports a newly attached Japanese mini-restaurant, free Internet and fine views. Live music at night. Daily 4pm-4am. 2 Qianhai Beiyan, Xicheng District. (6657 1870) 天与地茶餐 吧, 西城区前海北沿2号 Cappuccino Newly installed svelte poledancing beauties and a racy new format of the bar bring new life. Daily 24hrs. 78 Sanlitun Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (6586 5020) 音乐西餐酒吧, 朝阳区三里屯南路78号 Cargo Club Regularly hosts some of the best international DJ acts that make it to Beijing. Crowds are predominately local and flashy. Daily 8pm-late. 6 Gongti Xilu, Chaoyang District. (6551 6898/78) 朝阳区 工体西路6号 Casa Habana Cigars and rum. Daily 9am-midnight. 1/F, Jinglun Hotel, 3 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6595 0888) 哈瓦那之家, 朝阳区建国门外大 街3号京伦饭店1层 Cashmere A small but slick cigar bar. Daily 2pm-midnight. 44 Guanghua Lu (behind Sequoia Cafe), Chaoyang District. (6503 5050) 凯士酒吧, 朝阳区光华路44号(尊伯 英式后面) Cave Cafe Befitting the arty-industrial labyrinth that is the 798 arts district, Cave Cafe is a hip, inviting hangout. The decor is minimalist: exposed brick walls, unvarnished wood floors, and black and white tables and couches. Jazz is played at the perfect volume, while the proprietors’ funny little dog Yeahbee struts around like he’s the real owner of the joint. Daily 10am-11pm. Next to 798 Space, Dashanzi art district, 4 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (8456 5520) 洞房咖啡, 朝阳区酒仙 桥4号798大山子艺术区时态空间旁边 CD Jazz Cafe Jazz gigs on Friday and Saturday. Daily 4pm-late. South of the Agricultural Exhibition Hall main gate, Dongsanhuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (6506 8288) CD爵士俱乐部, 朝阳区东三环路农展 馆大门往南300米

汉华实世纪大厦1层 Charlie’s Maybe, once upon a time, there was a Charlie. What’s there now is a quiet lounge bar. Daily 9am-2.30am. 1/F, Jianguo Hotel, 5 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6500 2233 ext 8038) 朝 阳区建国门外大街5号建国饭店1层 Chateau Blanc The specialties of this small Gulou bar include a spectacular view of the Bell Tower from their second-floor deck, a BYO-meat grill that can be used for free by customers, and reasonable prices (RMB 50 pitchers, RMB 15 draft beers). Daily 3pm-late. 52 Zhonglouwan Hutong, Dongcheng District. (6404 5189) 大白房子, 东城区钟楼湾胡同52号 China Bar The best view in town. Definitely a place to impress. Daily 5pm-1am. 65/F, Park Hyatt, 2 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (8567 1234) 朝阳区建国 门外大街2号 ChinaDoll Decorated with a cornucopia of color, Chinese furniture and specially commissioned pieces by Chinese artists (which are also for sale), the club is 100 percent made in China yet in no way conventional. Dig extravagant VIP rooms, the lounge, or the dance area for lavish events and big-name DJs. Sun-Thu 6pm-late, Fri-Sat 9pm-late. 5/F, 3.3 Shopping Center, 33 Sanlitun Beijie, Chaoyang District. (5136 5871/72, events@chinadollclub.cn) www. chinadollclub.cn 中国娃娃, 朝阳区三里屯北 街33号3.3服饰大厦5层 Chocolate Join Napoleon through his conquests in this Russian bar and squat on the gold-tiled squatters. Live music and drinks at RMB 38-48. Daily 11am-6am. 19 Ritan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (8561 3988) 朝阳 区日坛北路19号 CJW Cigars, jazz, wine. Daily 11am-2am. L137, The Place, 9 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6587 1222) www.cjwchina.com 雪茄爵士酒吧, 朝阳区世贸天阶 L-137 光 华路9号 Cloud Nine Bar This upscale bar in the Shangri-La Hotel has it all – swanky interior, an incredible drink list, and regular live music. Daily 8pm-2am. Shangri-La Hotel Beijing, 29 Zizhuyuan Lu, Haidian District. (6841 2211 ext 2723) 九霄云外, 海淀区紫 竹院路29号,香格里拉饭店内 Club 95 A strobe-lit glimpse of Beijing’s nightlife past. Daily 9pm-late. 2/F Tai Yue Suites Palace, 16 Nansanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6586 9595) 朝阳区三里 屯南路16号泰悦豪庭2层

Centro Always busy. A surprisingly comfortable spot to down drinks and do your best Cary Grant impression. Daily 24hrs. 1/F, Shangri-La’s Kerry Centre Hotel, 1 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6561 8833, ask for Centro) 炫酷, 朝阳区光华路 1号嘉里中心饭店1层 Chamber Down the stairs lies a studentfriendly dance club in both patrons and prices. Daily 2pm-2am. B1/F, Wenjin International Hotel, South gate of Tsinghua University, Chengfu Lu, Haidian District. (6279 9841) 海淀区成府路清华大学南门文建 国际酒店地下1层 Champagne Bar With its vibrant ambiance, this bar is the place to be on Wangfujing for Champagne, fine wines, top-end cigars and great music. Daily 5pm-2am. Crowne Plaza Beijing, 48 Wangfujing Avenue, Dongcheng District. (6513 3388 ext 5) 香 槟吧, 东城区王府井大街48号国际艺苑皇冠 假日酒店内 Champagne Bar Molecular mixology comes to town, plus bubbles. Daily 6pmmidnight. 2/F, Fairmont Beijing, 8 Yong’an Dongli, Chaoyang District. (8511 7777) 朝 阳区建国门外大街永安东里8号北京华彬费 尔蒙酒店2层 Changfugong New Otani Daily 6pm-11pm. 26 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6512 5555) 朝阳区北京长富宫饭店, 建国门外大街26号 Chang Xiang Kongjian Daily 5pm-late. 1/F, Hanhua Shiji Dasha, 5A Xueyuan Lu, Haidian District. (5887 7596) 海淀区学院路甲5号

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Club Decollete Beijing’s first ladies-only bar. Champagne cocktails abound. Daily 5pm-2.30am. 1949 – The Hidden City, Courtyard 4, Gongti Beilu (behind Pacific Century Place), Chaoyang District. (133 1126 1949) 朝阳区工体北路4号院(盈科中 心背面) Club Glen Members-only minimalist lounge bar. Daily 5pm-2.30am. 1949 – The Hidden City, Courtyard 4, Gongti Beilu (behind Pacific Century Place), Chaoyang District. (133 1126 1949) 朝阳区工体北路 4号院(盈科中心背面) Club Juicy Spot Daily 5pm-late. 2-3/F, 2 Chaoyang Xilu (30m south of Chaoyang Park West Gate), Chaoyang District. (6593 0610) 朝阳区朝阳公园西路2号楼2-3层 (朝 阳公园西门往南30米) Club LA Young hip cats, sipping on gin and juice, enjoying the tracks and hitting the dance floor. Come join in at the latest hiphop hangout. Daily 10pm-late. 8 Gongti

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Apothecary Cocktails prepared with class and care. A menu of New Orleans dishes too. Tue-Sun 7pm-late. 3/F, Nali Patio, 81 Sanlitun Beilu, Chaoyang District. (5208 6040) 朝阳区三里屯北路81号那里花园3层

work crowd. 5pm-1.30am. G/F, Crowne Plaza Sun Palace Beijing, 12 Qisheng Middle Zhongjie, Dongsanhuan, Chaoyang District. (6452 1806) 朝阳区朝阳区东北三 环七圣中街12号北京新云南皇冠假日酒店 大堂1层


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Décor/Ambiance – Has enough thought got into the decoration that it

Is there Mexican food? Mini burgers? If yes, has anyone been sick in the bar?

could be termed as décor? Is it shiny and new? Is the bar-top sticky? Is the floor sticky? Are the toilets clearly signposted? Are there cushions on the seats? Is there space to swing a cat? Too hot? Too cold? Are there nudie pictures painted by the owner on the walls? Is there a stripper pole?

Menu – Does it have a nice big print so that you can see it in the dark? If not, is there an overeager chap with a torch at the ready to help out? Do the drink names make sense? Are the prices written in pen? That’s never a good sign. Is there a chalkboard? They’re cool.

Hardware – Is your glass chipped? Is there lipstick on it? Are you sure it’s lipstick? Do the staff wear uniforms? If yes, are the uniforms clean? What the devil is that smell in the bathrooms? Have a quick look in the bathroom of the opposite sex – why not?

Venue Layout – Does the rubbish go out of the same door as the customers come in? Is that not a bit grimy? Is there a non-smoking section? Should people who are intolerant of Beijing’s right to smoke be in bars? Is there hot water in the bathroom? Soap?

DRINK Presentation – Do they pour a pint properly, right up to the line? Are the bottles covered in dust? Is that not a big risk of Weil’s disease? Do they have the massive bottles of Tsingtao? Is your beer poured into a glass? Do they have different types of ice?

Temperature – Is the beer cold? They wouldn’t stand for that in England, would they?

Flavor – Is the overpowering flavor alcohol? That’s not a good look. Does the milk in the White Russian taste off? Is the mint in the mojito too leafy? Are you picking it out from your teeth?

Mixing Methods – Are the staff trained in making cocktails? Do they

SERVICE Friendliness – Do they look you in the eye or do they stare at the floor? Do you feel less pressure in the Stepford reality of 7-11?

Attentiveness – Any chance of getting served or are you too busy talking to your mates there, pal? Do the servers hang around a little too much? Do you feel less pressure in the Stepford reality of 7-11? Is it somewhere in between? Are those empty glasses going anywhere? What about cleaning that ashtray? Will they bring Tabasco over if you are with a rugby team?

Customer Service – Is anyone cutting their nails on the bar? Will someone top the head up on your stout? Does someone know how to work the coffee machine? Does anyone know how to change the satellite channels? Can someone get the missing balls from the pool table? Do they make you drink up when they want to leave? Can you run a tab? Do they make you pay up at the end? (Also, if applicable, do the bouncers scare you? Do they look like they want to hit everybody?)

Knowledge – Are your questions answered? If you came in here with your mother and she asked for something “long and hard” would they help or would they make inappropriate comments?

GENERAL

shake it like Tom Cruise in Cocktail?

Compare – Is it better value than certain 24-hour bars

Freshness of Ingredients – Do they make whatever they can or buy it all from Jingkelong? Is the ice made from drinking water?

with disreputable character? Is it better than the bar next door?

Value for Money – Would you pay that price for a drink in your native

Groups – Is it a good place for group shenanigans? Is it full

Wine List – Did the guy at the bar believe that you knew anything about wine? Is there a cheeky rosé at a reasonable price?

of those crazy British sports guys? Awesome. Will there be a fight? Is it in Wudaokou? There’ll be a fight.

Water – Do they offer free drinking water? Is it free? Animals – Are dogs welcome?

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country? Are you happy paying that price in Beijing? Is it dirt-cheap, reasonable, a bit pricey or are they taking the piss? What can that money get you elsewhere? Shouldn’t you go there?


Xilu, Chaoyang District. (6552 9998) 朝阳 区工体西路8号 Club Le ZaZou A bar of two rooms: One a stylish lounge featuring live jazz, the other a club room. S1-30, 3/F, Bldg 1, The Village at Sanlitun, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6413 2708) 乐, 朝阳区三里屯路 19号三里屯Village1号楼3层S1-30 Club Taku With all-you-can-drink nights, this is a good place to stay up late, get toasty, and dance. Daily 8.30pm-late. 16 Zhixin Lu (just west of the intersection between Zhixin Lu and Zhixin Donglu), Haidian District. (no tel) 海淀区志新路16号 (志新路和志新东路的路口往西) Coco Banana GT Banana-lite. Daily 9pmlate. 8 Gongti Xilu, Chaoyang District. (8599 9999) 朝阳区工体西路8号 Coffee TT Travel Travel Cafe has an extensive library stocked with travel books, most in Chinese, but English reading material is available, including a healthy collection of Lonely Planet guides. Those not planning to escape Beijing might want to drop by for the free Wi-Fi, a beer or a bite to eat, as the Travel Travel Cafe boasts a high quality menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Daily 8am-1am. S120, Blue Castle Apartments, south area,3 Xidawang Lu, Chaoyang District. (8599 7488) 又见炊烟, 朝阳区西大望路3号蓝堡国 际公寓南区底商S120

Contempio Temple Bar Only available for private parties, this temple-turned events space gets rave reviews. Opposite Bed Bar, 4 Zhangwang Hutong, off Jiugulou Dajie, Xicheng District. (139 1087 3833) 西城区旧 鼓楼大街张旺胡同4号 Cosmo Alternative bar featuring a healthily-sized dance floor and charming bar amidst distressed concrete and exposed brickwork. Don’t miss the lip-smacking house special, the Cosmo-BJ. Daily 8pmlate. Grand Rock Plaza, Gongti Beilu (opposite Asia Hotel), Chaoyang District. (5190 8918) www.bjcosmo.com 科丝某, 朝 阳区工体北路(新中街路口)巨石大厦 Cosmo Bar Daily 10am-11.30pm. 1/F, Pullman West Wanda Hotel, 18 Shijingshan Lu, Shijingshan District. (8868 1188) 石景山 区石景山路18号北京万达铂尔曼大饭店1层 Crown Wine Cellar Wine storage from the exclusive Hong Kong specialists. Become a member and keep your collection here to enjoy in the lounge bar or to mature in the cellar. Daily 9am-9pm. The Crown Worldwide Building, XingmaoYijie, Tongzhou Logistics Park, Majuqiao Town, Tongzhou District. (5801 8088) www. crownrelo.com 通州区马驹桥镇通州物流基 地兴贸一街嘉柏物流大楼 Crystal Bar A place to indulge in fine champagne, matured cigars and aged ports. Daily 8am-1am. Ritz-Carlton Beijing, 1 Jinchengfang Jie, Jinrong Jie, Xicheng District. (6601 6666 ext 6231) 西城区金城坊 东街1号北京金融街丽资卡尔顿酒店大堂 Cutie Club Similar to most of the other venues that make up the strip of clubs alongside the west gate of the Workers’ Stadium: dazzling lights, pounding house and hip-hop beats, brash 1980s-inspired decor complete with smoked glass paneling, neon lighting, and an upscale(ish) clientele. Daily 9pm-late. 8 Gongti Xilu, Chaoyang District. (6552 9988) 美丽会, 朝 阳区工体西路8号 D-22 A venue for new and experimental music. Tue-Sun 7pm-2am. 242 Chengfu Lu (two doors west of 13 Club), Haidian District. (6265 3177, charles@d22beijing. com) www.d22beijing.com.cn 海淀区成 府路242号 Danger Doyle’s Beers, sports and pizzas. Plus a great terrace. Daily 10am-1am. 3/F, Bldg 5, China View, 2 Gongti Donglu, Chaoyang District. (6591 3337, VIP Hotline: 136 0139 1308) 朝阳区工体东路2号中 国红街大楼5号楼三层

Davidoff Lounge Cigars, KTV and luxury. Daily 9pm-2am. China Central Place, 83A Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (5908 8070) 朝阳区华贸中心建国路甲83 D Bar 4/F, Renaissance Beijing Capital Hotel, 61 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. 朝阳区东三环中路61号北京富力万 丽酒店4层 The Den Watch sports until dawn; stick around for brunch. Daily 24hrs. 4 Gongti Donglu (next to City Hotel’s main entrance), Chaoyang District. (6592 6290) 敦 煌, 朝阳区工体东路4号城市宾馆正门旁边 Desert Oasis Set within the charm of the Nanluogu Xiang-area hutongs, this cozy three-floor bar aims to evoke the ambiance of exotic locales. Offering specialty beverages such as refreshingly tart raspberry juice (RMB 20/cup, 40/pitcher), Xinjiang iced yogurt (RMB 15), and Lhasa Beer (RMB 15), as well as a range of western food such as pizza and pasta, DOB also features a roof terrace and numerous comfortable nooks making it a laid-back venue for breezy bull sessions. Mon-Thu 4pm-2am, Fri-Sun noon-2am. 3 Shajing Hutong, Nanluogu Xiang, Dongcheng District. (6403 7856) 山木蓝, 东城区南锣鼓 巷沙井胡同3号 Destination Men frequent this disco, and women who don’t want to be hit on do too. Destination packs in a rowdy crowd and is bursting with testosterone on weekends. Daily 8pm-late. 7 Gongti Xilu, Chaoyang District. (6552 8180) 目的地, 朝 阳区工体西路7号 Ding House Chilled out despite its neon sign screaming otherwise. Real ale and weekend live music. Daily 10am-2am. Zhonglouwan Hutong (just east of the Drum Tower), Dongcheng District. (6401 3811) 东城区钟楼湾胡同(钟楼东边) d lounge Beautiful place, beautiful drinks, beautiful people. Daily 8pm-late. Courtyard 4, Gongti Beilu (across from Rock & Roll Club), Chaoyang District. (6593 7710) 朝阳区工体北路4号 Downtown Cafe & Bar Those in the know say this is the place for some of the best food on bar street. Watch DVDs during the day; catch belly-dancing performances from 9pm on. Daily 10am-2am. 26 Sanlitun Beilu (North Bar Street), Chaoyang District. (6415 2100) 骊姿园, 朝阳区三里屯 北路26号(北酒吧街) Drei Kronen 1308 Brauhaus Three types of German beer brewed onsite. Sun-Thu 11.30am-midnight, Fri-Sat 11.30am-late. 1/F, Bldg 5, China View, Gongti Donglu, Chaoyang District. (6503 5555) 皇冠自酿啤 酒坊, 朝阳区工体东路中国红街5号楼1层 Drum and Bell The rooftop patio is a great place to catch some sunshine. Daily 1pm-2am. 41 Zhonglouwan Hutong, Dongcheng District. (8403 3600) 鼓钟咖啡 馆, 东城区钟楼湾胡同41号 Durty Nellie’s Beijing’s first Irish pub. Daily 10am-late. 1/B Liangmaqiao Flower Market, Chaoyang District. (6593 5050, durtynellies@gmail.com) 爱尔兰酒吧, 朝阳 区亮马桥花卉市场B1层 East Shore Live Jazz Cafe Go for the music, the vibe and the panoramic views of Qianhai. Daily 2.30pm-2am. 2/F, 2 Qianhai Nanyanlu (just to the west of the post office on Di’anmenwai Dajie), Xicheng District. (8403 2131) 东岸咖啡, 西城区地安门外大街 前海南沿2号楼2层 e.a.t. A roof terrace, plenty of single malts and a broad wine selection mark this place out as one of Gulou’s more civilized drinking options. Daily 10am-2am. 70 Gulou Dongdajie (east of Nanluogu Xiang), Dongcheng District. (6709 1383, 138 1118 3659) 东城区鼓楼东大街70号 Enoteca Unpretentious, reasonably priced wine bar. Daily 10am-2am. The Place, 9 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6587 1578) 朝阳区光华路9号世贸天阶 Entero Cool like bebop and sunglasses

and bongos. Daily 7pm-3am. 1 Xinyuanli, Chaoyang District. (8451 0554) 朝阳区新 源里1号 er Intimate cocktail bar. Japanese bartenders ensure quality pours, including over 100 types of whiskey. Daily 6pm-2am. 1/F, Longbao Dasha, 36 Maizidian Jie, Chaoyang District. (6591 5926) 朝阳区麦子 店街36号 龙宝大厦1层 Face An upscale bar but you can find a pint of Tetley’s. Voted “Outstanding Decor” in our 2009 Restaurant Awards. Daily 2pm-late. 26 Dongcaoyuan, Gongti Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (6551 6738) www.facebars.com 妃思, 朝阳区工体南路东草园26号 Finnice Cafe & Bar Nothing out of the ordinary (jaunty decor excepted) at this Sanlitun local. Daily 8am-late. 10 Chunxiu Lu, Chaoyang District. (6417 1066 ext 8899) 朝阳区春秀路10号 The First Lounge Has a sophisticated yet earthy feel. Daily 9am-midnight. Inside Park Plaza Beijing, 97 Jinbao Jie, Wangfujing, Dongcheng District. (8522 1999 ext 3607) 首酒廊, 东城区金宝街97号北京 丽亭酒店内 Flames Flawlessly mixed drinks. Live performances add an air of relaxation. Daily 11am-1am. Hilton Beijing Wangfujing, 8 Wangfujing Dongjie, Dongcheng District. (5812 8888) 东城区王府井东街8号北京王 府井西尔顿 Four Points by Sheraton With 11 different varieties on the menu, this is more accurately a beers garden. Sun 11am-4pm. 25 Yuanda Lu, Haidian District. (8889 8888) 海淀区福朋喜来登永泰酒店, 海淀区 远大路25号 Frank’s Place Lido-area sports pub. Daily 8am-2am. Jiangtai Xilu, west of Rosedale Hotel, Lido area, Chaoyang District. (6437 8399) www.franksplacebeijing.com 朝阳区 丽都将台西路 Fu Thoughtful, educated clientele – and art by the owner and his friends on the walls. Daily 11am-midnight. 71 Chaodou Hutong, Nanluogu Xiang, Xicheng District. (6403 3595) 西城区南锣鼓巷炒豆胡 同71号 Fubar A speakeasy with a fine selection of drinks. Sun-Thu 6pm-2am, Fri-Sat 6pm4am. Behind Stadium Dog, Gate 10, Workers’ Stadium, Chaoyang District. (6593 8227) 福吧, 朝阳区工体东路工人体育场东 门内10号进口 G9 An open lounge fitted with plush red sofas and white drapes.Get wallet friendly and unique mixed drinks at RMB 50. If you are feeling brave, try the wasabi-infused devil mojito. Daily 6pm-2am. Bldg 8, Julong Garden, Xinzhong Jie (southwest side of Workers’ Gymnasium), Chaoyang District. (134 6677 9993) 朝阳区新中街(工 人体育馆东南边)聚龙花园8号楼 Gallery Lounge Lobby bar. Noon-1am. 1/F, Holiday Inn Lido Beijing, 6 Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District. (6437 6688) 画廊酒吧, 朝阳区将台路6号1层北京丽都假日酒店 G Bar Bar for post-football imbibing with attached pitches. Daily 9am-11pm. Ganluyuan Football Club, Ganluyuan Nanli, Chaoyang District. (8575 7236) 朝阳区甘露 圆南里二区球场 Ginkgo Elegant yet comfortable bar. Second floor serves fine Mediterranean cuisine. Daily 10.30am-3pm, 6-10.30pm. 199 Andingmennei Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6402 7532) www.ginkgobeijing.com 东城 区安定门内大街199号 Glen The finest collection of single malts in the city. Luxurious. Daily 6pm-2am. 203, Taiyue Suites, 16 Nansanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6591 1191) 格兰高地, 朝阳区南三里屯16号泰悦豪庭2层203 Golden Banana Restaurant & Bar German draft beers and comfy couches. Daily noon-9.30pm (restaurant), 9.30pm-late. Bar Street, Solana, 6 Chaoyang Gongyuan Xilu, Chaoyang District. (136 8327 8771) 金 芭蕉餐厅酒吧, 朝阳区朝阳公园西路6号楼蓝 色港湾酒吧街 Goose ‘n’ Duck Pub Beijing’s biggest sports bar. Daily 24hrs. S1, Green Lake International Tower (east side of Chaoyang Park),

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Chaoyang District. (5928 3045, gd@vip. sina.com) www.gdclub.net.cn 鹅和鸭, 朝 阳区朝阳公园桥东侧路北观湖国际大厦1号 写字楼首层 GT Banana Pulsing beats, dancers in cages and a whole lot more ... World-class DJs play when they come to town. Weekdays 8.30pm-4.30am, weekends 8.30pm-5am. Scitech Hotel, 22 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6528 3636) 巴那那, 朝 阳区建国门外大街22号赛特饭店1层 Hai Bar Great terrace and view of Houhai. Secure the table in the turret to drink in grand views. Daily 11am-2am. 36 Yandai Xiejie, Xicheng District. (6403 4913) 海吧, 西城区烟袋斜街36号 Hanabi Shot Bar Daily 7pm-2am. Rm 101, Bldg B, Ruichang Huiguan, Guandongdian Beijie (north side of Chaoyang Beilu, 100m west of Dongsanhuan), Chaoyang District. (5138 9870) 花火, 朝阳区关东店北街核桃 园30号瑞昌会馆B座101(朝阳北路东三环往 西走100米) Happiness Lounge Act classy and live it up at this seven-star hotel bar. The view over the Bird’s Nest and Water Cube won’t disappoint. Daily 3pm-2am. 20/F, Pangu 7 Star Hotel, 27 Beisihuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (5906 7888) 朝阳区北四 环中路 27号 Havana Bar 22 varieties of rum. Tapas at the bar and cigars in the cigar divan. Daily 5pm-1.30am. Grand Millennium Beijing, Fortune Plaza, 7 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (6530 9383) 朝阳区东三 环中路7号财富中心 Here Bar Convenient and cozy bar between Sanlitun and Lucky Street. Daily 11am-2am. Southeast corner of Nongzhanguan Beilu and East Third Ring Road intersection (100m south of Great Wall Sheraton Hotel), Chaoyang District. (6508 8498) 朝阳区农展馆北路和东三环十字 路口东南角(喜来登长城饭店 100米南) Hidden Dreams A classy establishment with the possibility of tango and romance. Mon-Fri 9am-11pm, Sat-Sun 11am-11pm. 3 Zhangzizhong Lu, Dongcheng District. (6403 0688) 东城区张自忠路3号 Higher & Higher Miniature two-room dive. Daily 5pm-late. Sanlitun Houjie (opposite Tongli Studios), Chaoyang District. 朝阳区 三里屯后街同里对面 Hooters It’s Hooters, just in Beijing. Daily 11am-1am. Rm 201, Bldg 1, China View, intersection of Gongti Bei and Donglu, Chaoyang District. (6585 8787) www.hooterschina.com 朝阳区工人体育场东路和工人 体育场北路交接口, 中国红街1号201 Hope Bar Tropical plants, large rattan chairs and a standard-issue chill out soundtrack make you feel like you’ve landed in Ibiza or French Colonial Vietnam, with the exception of the decidedly affordable drinks. Daily 2pm-2am. 20 Houhai Nan (150m west of Yinding bridge), Xicheng District. (6613 6209) 后海吧, 西城 区后海南20号银锭桥往西150米 Hot Cat Club Decent live music, dodgy drinks. Daily 10am-late. 46 Fangjia Hutong (just south of Guozijian Jie), Dongcheng District. (6400 7868) 东城区方家胡同46号艺 术园区(国子监南临) Houhai Paradise Mega-dance club on the Houhai strip. Daily 6pm-3am. 31 Di’anmenwai Dajie, Xicheng District. (8401 5076) www.houhaitiantangbar.com 后海天 堂, 西城区地安门外大街31号 Hutong Bar One of the few bars in the ‘hood that has paid more attention to the space between its walls than space beside the lake. Daily 2pm-2am. 8 Houhai Nanyan, Xicheng District. (6615 8691) 胡同写 意, 西城区后海南沿8号 Huxley’s Shut Up and Drink: Not much more need be said, really. Daily 6pm-late. Yandai Xiejie (the street running diagonally between the Drum Tower and Yinding Bridge), Xicheng District. (6402 7825, info@shutupjustdrink.com) 德彼酒吧, 西 城区烟袋斜街16号 Ichikura This tiny bar packs in as good a variety of single malt whiskies as you’ll find in Beijing. 2/F (entrance via stairs at south wall of Chaoyang Theater),

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Colores Cafe & Bar Limited on choice, but cool interior makes this a good spot for a quiet Gulou drink. Daily 10am-midnight. 60 Gulou Dongdajie (east of north entrance to Nanluogu Xiang), Dongcheng District. (6407 0252) 彩咖啡, 东城区鼓楼东 大街60号(南锣鼓巷北口往东)

Dao Club Gongti bling on the west side. Daily 9pm-late. 1/F, Bldg A, Triumph Plaza, 143 Xizhimenwai Dajie, Haidian District. (8801 6848) 道, 海淀区西直门外大街143号 凯旋大厦A座楼1层


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here’ll be fireworks this February 14, and not because you forgot all about Valentine’s Day again. Chinese New Year also falls on that day, so partake in (or avoid) the explosive fun at these bars and clubs. China Bar

When it opens this spring, China World’s Atmosphere will replace China Bar as Beijing’s tallest lounge. For a heady view of February’s firework festivities, though, the Park Hyatt high roller remains your best bet.

BARS & CLUBS

Daily 5pm-1am. 65/F, Park Hyatt, 2 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District (8567 1234) 朝阳区建国门外大街2号

Drum and Bell At Chun Jie, Gulou residents traditionally appropriate the square between the Drum and Bell Towers as a launchpad for a lao Beijing show of pyrotechnics. Find an elevated vantage point on the Drum and Bell’s roof, or warm up in the bar. Daily 1pm-2am. 41 Zhonglouwan Hutong, Dongcheng District (8403 3600) 鼓钟咖啡馆, 东城区钟楼湾胡同41号

Obiwan

This bar’s terrace will a great spot for watching the sky light up. By early February, Obiwan’s Q Bar-assisted redesign should be complete, reinvigorating the bar with better drinks and a more polished look.

Daily 2pm-2am. 4 Xihai Xiyan (300m from Jishuitan subway station), Xicheng District (8322 1231) www.clubobiwan.com.cn 西城区西海西沿4号

Chaoyang Theater, 36 Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6507 1107) 朝阳区东三 环北路36号

Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (5109 6012/13) www.lan-global.com 兰会 所, 朝阳区建国门外大街乙12号LG双子座4层

IN A typical Nanluogu Xiang bar. Daily 2.30pm-3am. 17-1 Nanluogu Xiang, Dongcheng District. (8402 2050) 东城区南 锣鼓巷17-1号

Lantern Club run by techno team Acupuncture. Daily 9pm-late. B1/F, 3.3 Shopping Center, 33 Sanlitun Beilu, Chaoyang District. (135 0134 8785) 朝阳区三里屯北路 33号3.3服饰大厦地下1层

ING Hutong bar that feels homey and hip. Check out the iguanas. Daily noon-3am. 55A Wudaoying Hutong, Dongcheng District. (6401 7769) 东城区五道营胡同55A号 The Irish Volunteer This Irish bar stays true to the Irish culture, Guinness included (RMB 60). This two-room saloon also offers food. Daily 9am-2am. Jiangtai Lu (opposite the east gate of the Lido Hotel), Chaoyang District. 朝阳区高家园小区平房 311号(丽都饭店东门对面) Jazz-Ya Stylish, pricey eatery that strives for urban Tokyo funk. Serves a wide range of Japanese and Japanese-inspired foods in a look-at-me setting. Daily 11.30am2am. 18 Sanlitun Beilu (North Bar Street), Chaoyang District. (6415 1227) 爵士, 朝阳 区三里屯北路18号 Jerry’s Bar A nice place to drink classy alcohol, in the Wu. Daily 10am-midnight. 1/F, Wenjin International Hotel, Tsinghua University South Gate, Chengfu Lu, Chaoyang District. (6261 8592) 朝阳区成府 路清华大学南门文津国际酒店1层西侧 Jiang Hu Liveshow Bar Live music. Daily 7pm-2am. 7 Dongmianhua Hutong, Jiaodaokou Nandajie, Dongcheng District. (6401 4611) 江湖酒吧, 东城区交道口南大街 东棉花胡同7号 Jiangjinjiu Bar This intimate space offers laid-back jam sessions and often hosts ethnic minority bands. Daily 2pm-2am. 2 Zhongku Hutong, (between Drum and Bell towers on the west side, a few doors south of The Drum and Bell), Dongcheng District. (8405 0124) www.jiangjinjiu.cn 将 进酒吧, 东城区钟库胡同2号 (鼓楼北门)

The World of Suzie Wong Club If you prefer Chivas to shivering, Suzie’s sparklers-and-champagne show will entice you more than the eardrum-bursting firecrackers outside. Don’t try this at home, readers. Daily 8.30pm-late. 1A Nongzhanguan Lu (west gate of Chaoyang Park), Chaoyang District (6500 3377) www.suziewong.com.cn 苏西黄, 朝阳区农展馆路甲1号朝阳公园西门

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Le Faroy “French” wine bar and bistro. Daily 10am-midnight. Rainbow Plaza (Longbo Guangchang), 16 Dongsanhuan Beilu (south of the Great Wall Sheraton), Chaoyang District. (6595 9907) 乐法华, 朝 阳区东三环北路16号隆博广场 Le Le Bar Across from BISU, distractions are a plenty with great music bumping while you drink those eight shots and go “Around the World.” Daily 1pm-3am. 194 Chaoyang Lu (opposite BISU), Chaoyang District. (6576 5987) 朝阳区朝阳路194号( 北京第二外国语学对面) Lobby Lounge A great place to meet for high tea or something a little stronger. Daily 6-10.30pm. Tower 1, 25 Yuanda Lu, Haidian District. (8889 8000) 大堂酒廊, 海 淀区海淀区远大路25号,福朋喜来登酒店1楼

Jipangu Sake bar with added KTV. Daily 7pm-2am. 2/F, Huakang Binguan, Nongzhanguan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6586 6541) 朝阳区农展馆北路华康宾馆2层

Local A spot for students to sip beer, eat food and listen to (mostly South Korean) pop music. Bring a Korean friend if you want to be sure of getting in. Daily 11.30am-2am. Inside Bldg 4 of the Xijiao Hotel, Wudaokou, Haidian District. (6232 2288 ext 4989) 赛亚咖啡厅, 海淀区五道口 西郊宾馆4号楼

Kai Club Cheap drinks, indie rock and a comfortable lounge upstairs. Mon-Fri 7.30pm-2am, Sat-Sun 7.30pm-5am. Sanlitun Beijie (around the corner from Poachers Inn), Chaoyang District. (6416 6254) 开, 朝阳区三里屯北街友谊青年酒店拐弯处

Loco Shoot the breeze, smoke a hookah pipe or play boardgames. Daily 5pm-2am. 1/F, Bldg 4, Xijiao Hotel, 18 Wangzhuang Lu, Wudaokou, Haidian District. (6232 2288 ext 4989) 海淀区五道口18号王庄路西 郊宾馆4号楼1层

King’s Bar A Shunyi local. Daily noonmidnight. South gate of Capital Paradise (across from Lion Mart), Shunyi District. (8046 5456) 老K酒吧, 顺义区名都园南门

Logos Looks like a rock star’s dream.The VIP room is floored in sheepskin. Daily 2pm-2am. Behind Oriental Qicai World, facing Nurenjie, Chaoyang District. (8448 0880) 锦衣玉食, 朝阳区星吧路2号(女人街 对面东方七彩大世界后面湖边)

Kokomo Top-class terrace and quality cocktails. Sun-Thu 6pm-2am, Fri-Sat 6pm-4am. 4/F Tongli Studios, Sanlitun Houjie, Chaoyang District. (6413 1019, kokomobeijing@gmail.com) www.kokomobeijing.com 朝阳区三里屯后街同里4层

Long Long Ago Courtyard A slightly excessive mix of East and West, but nevertheless is a fine place to relax. Daily noon-3am. 111 Nanluogu Xiang, Dongcheng District. (6402 9788, 6404 9088) 红人坊, 东城区南锣鼓巷111号

La Baie des Anges Bright and breezy courtyard wine bar. Tue-Sun 6pm-2am. 5 Nanguanfang Hutong (just south of Hutong Pizza), Houhai, Xicheng District. (6657 1605) www.la-baie-des-anges.com 天使港湾休闲酒吧, 西城区后海南官房胡同 5号(胡同批萨南边)

Loong Bar A large, classy bar with the size, ambition and prices to be Centro redux. Daily 5.30pm-2am. 2/F, JW Marriott Hotel, 83 Jianguo Lu, China Central Place, Chaoyang District. (5908 8906) 龙吧, 朝阳 区华贸中心建国路83号JW万豪酒店2层

La Bamba This two-story restaurant and bar offers RMB 10 drink specials, hearty food, a pool table, foosball table, darts, and tv screens. Daily 10am-6am. 2-3/F, East gate of Huaqing Jiayuan (upstairs from Propaganda), Wudaokou, Haidian District. (8286 6755) 海淀区五道口华清嘉园东门五角 星酒吧2-3层 Lan Club Luxury venue with a restaurant, jazz lounge, oyster bar, a cocktail bar, a cigar room and 45 private VIP rooms. Daily 11am-10.45pm. 4/F, LG Twin Towers, 12B

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Lee Theatre Bar Conviently located jazz, inconveniently overpriced drinks. Daily 6pm-2am. Courtyard 4, Sanlitun Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (6507 9813) 利舞台演艺 酒吧, 朝阳区三里屯南路4号院内

Lotus Blue Bar and Restaurant Tintin-inspired bar that serves up Thai dishes and live music. Mon-Fri 1.30pm-2am, Sat-Sun 11.30am-2am. 51-6, Di’anmen Dajie (Qianhaixiyan), Xicheng District. (6617 2599/2733) 蓝莲花餐吧, 西城区地安门西大 街51-6号(北海北门对面天荷坊14内) Lotus Lane The Lotus Lane strip (and it can only be described as a strip) is home to a row of bars of comparable luxury. Though anyone used to Houhai’s other spots will find these bars excessive and then some, they definitely fill a certain niche. Qianhai

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Lava Lounge What used to be an offshoot of Club Orange is now all that’s left of the place. It’s out of the way (perhaps fatally so), but decent drink specials await those who make the trek. Daily 11am2am. Dong’erhuan Lu (East Second Ring Road), 500m west of Guangming Qiao, on the south side of the street, first floor of Baigong Fang, Chongwen District. (6714 6813) 欢聚时光, 崇文区东二环路光明桥往 西200米(路南)百工坊1层

Jimmy’s Thai Kitchen & Lounge Daily 11am-1am. 1/F, Bldg B (across from BaskinRobbins), East Gate Plaza, 19 Dongzhong Jie, Dongcheng District. (6415 5157) 东城 区东中街19号东环广场B座南门1层

Kilimanjaro African Bar A cool place to relax and chat. Cocktails are beautiful. Mombasa street snacks are on the menu as well. Daily 2pm-1am. 138 Jiaodaokou Nandajie, Dongcheng District. (8404 2298) 非洲风情吧, 东城区交道口南大街138号

The Pomegranate Some of us are afraid of fireworks. It’s safer in Shunyi, you know. Camp out in the Pomegranate and watch proceedings on CCTV. The national broadcaster put on a decent show last year.

Lantung This three-floor bar, lounge and restaurant is a breezy retreat for some spicy Thai cuisine. By night, the large lakeside seating and plush couches are perfect for a drink or two. Daily 10.30am2am. Solana, 6 Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (5905 6213) 兰棠, 朝阳 区朝阳公园路6号蓝色港湾国际商区


Xiyan, 51 Di’anmen Dajie, Dongcheng District. 天荷坊, 东城区地安门大街51号 前海西沿 Loveshine Gum-chewing staff begrudgingly preside over the wooden interior decorated with sofas. Film buffs take note: Loveshine screens two movies per night. Daily 1pm-4am. 12 Houhai Beiyan, Xicheng District. (8400 2941) 七月七日晴咖 啡屋, 西城区后海北沿12号 Luce Italian restaurant by day, hosts everything from networking events to techno parties by night. Daily noon-2am. 138 Jiugulou Dajie, Xicheng District. (8402 4417) 西城区旧鼓楼大街138号 Luga’s Beer and Mexican food. Daily 24hrs. Opposite Tongli Studio, Sanlitun Houjie, Chaoyang District. (6416 5154) 朝 阳区三里屯后街同里对面 Luga’s Villa More beer and Mexican food. Daily 11am-2am. 7 Sanlitun Beijie (behind 3.3 Shopping Center), Chaoyang District. (6416 2575) 朝阳区三里屯北街7号3.3购物 中心后

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Mix (Westin Chaoyang) Live jazz in the evenings and an extensive selection of champagnes, wines and whiskey. Daily 5pm-midnight. 1/F, Westin Beijing Chaoyang, 1 Xinyuan Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (5922 8000) 朝阳区新源南路1号威 斯汀酒店1层

Ocean Butterflies Red Opened by an entertainment conglomerate, this joint brags a live band playing international pop hits, food with a Malaysian twist, and a slide that takes your drunken inner child from the balcony to the stage area. Club prices on a mediocre drink selection. Daily 10am-late. Room 301, 2 Gongti Donglu, Chaoyang District. (6506 7737) 海蝶红, 朝 阳区工体东路2号301室

Plush Filled with natural light and overlooking a modern zen garden. Daily 7am1am. 1/F, The Westin Beijing, 9B Financial Street, Xicheng District. (6606 8866 ext 7825) 西城区金融大街乙9号北京金融街威斯 汀大酒店1层

Molly Malone’s Features everything you’d expect from an Irish pub, from Guinness and folk music to a sushi bar. Daily 10am2am. 90 Jinbao Jie, Dongcheng District. (6522 7258) 东城区金宝街90号 Mongolia Bar Nightly live music, Mongolia-style. Liquor served only by the bottle. Daily 8.30pm-late. Rm 101, Bldg 6, China View (southeast corner of Gongti Beilu and Xindong Lu), Chaoyang District. (8587 1829) 苍狼白鹿, 朝阳区中国红街6号楼(新 东路和工体北路路口东南角)

Lush A caffeinated study spot by day and by night a place to cut loose. Daily 24hrs. 2/F, Bldg 1, Huaqing Jiayuan, Chengfu Lu (across from the Wudaokou light-rail station), Haidian District. (8286 3566) www. lushbeijing.com 海淀区成府路华清嘉园1号 楼2层(五道口城铁站对面)

Manchester Pub English pub with table football, good tunes, and generous drinks. Sun-Thu 5pm-1am, Fri-Sat 5pm-2am. 9B Yinding Qiao Hutong (near Hutong Pizza), Houhai, Xicheng District. (134 2640 0005) 西城区后海银锭桥胡同乙9号 MAO Livehouse The capital’s premier music venue. Daily 4pm-late. 111 Gulou Dongdajie, Dongcheng District. (6402 5080) www.maolive.com 光芒, 东城区鼓 楼东大街111号 Mao Mao Chong Thoughtful, well-rounded and reasonably priced. Daily 2pm-late. 12 Banchang Hutong (east off Nanluogu Xiang), Dongcheng District. (159 9264 6024) www.maomaochongstore.com 东城 区板厂胡同14号(南锣鼓巷往东走) M Bar This posh, expensive, decadent, wallet-emptying, cushioned, elegant womb has prices for royalty. Daily 6pm-2am. 6th floor Tower C Wanda Plaza, 93 Jianguo Road, Chaoyang District. (8599 6666 ext 6525) 朝阳区建国路93号万达广场C座六层 Meli Melo Champagne bar. Daily 2pm1am. 16 Yonganli, West side of Jianwai Soho, Chaoyang District. (8521 9988) 朝阳 区建外大街永安里16号CBD国际大厦 Mesh Equally at home to post-retail therapy or a night on the tiles. Daily 5pm-2am. 1/F, The Opposite House, Bldg 1, The Village at Sanlitun, 11 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6417 6688, info@theoppositehouse.com) www.theoppositehouse.com 朝阳区三里屯路11号三里 屯Village1号楼瑜舍1层 MGM Hong Kong-designed but unmistakably Beijing. 8.30pm-late. Inside the west gate of Workers’ Stadium, Chaoyang District. (6552 5556) 朝阳区工体西门内 Mix (Gongti) Like Vics. Daily 8pm-late. Inside the north gate of Workers’ Stadium, Chaoyang District. (6530 2889) 密克斯, 朝

Palette Vino Oenophile recommended. Daily 11am-10pm. 5 Dongsi Shiyitiao, Dongcheng District. (6405 4855) www. palettewines.cn 派乐坊, 东城区东四十一 条5号 Nanjie Two floors packed with exchange students. Low prices. Daily 5pm-5am. Courtyard 4, Gongti Beilu (opposite to Banana Leaf), Chaoyang District. (6413 0963) 南街, 朝阳区工体北路4号院蕉叶对面 Napa Drinks for hipsters and Europeanstyle snacks. Daily 11am-2am. 46 Fangjia Hutong (just south of Guozijian Jie), Dongcheng District. (6404 4886) 东城区方 家胡同46号艺术园区(国子监南临) Nashville Bar & Restaurant 20 percent country, 80 percent classic rock. Daily 11am-3am. Haoyun Jie, 29 Zaoying Lu, Chaoyang District. (5867 0298) www.nashville.com.cn 乡谣, 朝阳区枣营路29号好运街 Nearby the Tree With De Koninck and Hoegaarden on tap, the downstairs bar also serves Beijing’s tastiest pizzas, while the upstairs is a restaurant specializing in freshly-made pasta. Daily 11am-midnight (restaurant closes at 10pm). Xingfu Sancun 3 Xiang (behind Yashow, west of Tongli), Chaoyang District. (6413 1522 / 87) 树旁边酒吧, 朝阳区幸福三村三巷三里屯 南33号院内(雅秀后边同里西边) Ned’s Run by Aussies who love to drink. Daily 6pm-late. 84 Nanluogu Xiang, Dongcheng District. (nedsbeijing@hotmail. com) 东城区南锣鼓巷84号 Nola Sip on wine, eat Cajun dishes. Daily 10.30am-11pm. 11A Xiushui Nanjie, Chaoyang District. (8563 6215, nolacafe@hotmail.com) 朝阳区秀水南街 11号 No Name Bar Chillout lakeside lounge. Daily noon-2am. 3 Qianhai Dongyan (next to Kaorou Ji restaurant), Xicheng District. (6401 8541) 无名酒吧, 西城区前海东沿3号 烤肉季隔壁 Nuage See Restaurant Directory under “Vietnamese.” Daily 11am-11pm. 22 Qianhai Dongyan, Xicheng District. (6401 9581) 庆云楼, 西城区前海东沿22号 Obelisco Sophisticated Argentinian eatery with standout steaks and a wine list heavy with New World bottles. A cavernous palace for the carnivorous. Mon-Thu 11am2pm and 5-10pm, Fri-Sun 11am-10pm. 1 Laiguangying Donglu (near Lane Bridge, look for the giant obelisk), Chaoyang District. (8470 1666) 阿根廷烤肉, 朝阳区来广 营东路一号(机场高速北皋出口京顺路右边) Obiwan A natty little bar in which to unravel away an afternoon and make a night of it. Daily 2pm-2am. 4 Xihai Xiyan (300m from Jishuitan subway station), Xicheng District. (8322 1231, contact@clubobiwan.com.cn) www.clubo-

Pass By Bar A favorite for expats in the neighborhood and backpackers on the China granola circuit, this bar is an ideal place for intimate conversation. Tibetan prints and wooden masks adorn the walls and there’s a selection of reading material to browse and borrow (if you donate three books). Daily 9.30am-2am. 108 Nanluogu Xiang, Dongcheng District. (6400 6868) www.gk01.com 过客, 东城区 南锣鼓巷108号 Pavilion What at first seems too upmarket to be a sports bar (fine wines, sedate terraces) changes after kick-off. Cricket and rugby are the main culprits but football draws a lively crowd too. Daily 10am-2am. Gongti Xilu (opposite the West Gate of Worker’s Stadium), Chaoyang District. (6507 2617) 朝阳区工体西路,工人体育场 西门对面 Pavillion Relaxed, high-end bar for the sports and late night crowds. Daily 10am2am. Gongti Xilu (opposite west gate of Workers’ Stadium), Chaoyang District. (6507 2617) www.pavillionbeijing.com 万 龙腾飞, 朝阳区工体西路(工人体育场西 门对面) People’s Bus Bar Cleaned-up beer fun. Daily 5pm-late. Inside the Longbo Compound, 16 Nongzhanguan, Dongsanhuan, Chaoyang District. (8705 6011) 朝阳区东三 环农展馆16号隆博广场内 Pepper The boy band of the Beijing bar scene – renowned for their nightly cocktail shows. Daily 7pm-late. North of Xijiao Hotel, Wangzhuang Lu, Wudaokou, Haidian District. (8237 2963) 辣椒, 海淀区五道 口王庄路西郊宾馆北边 Phil’s Pub High ceilings and flowery sofas, German beers and cocktails. Chocolate’s just down the road. Daily 10am-2am. 1Y31, Bldg 2, Ritan Guoji (in the pedestrianized street directly opposite Ritan Park North Gate), 17 Ritan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (8569 4651, philsbj@gmail.com) myphils.jimdo.com 大斐, 朝阳区日坛北路 17号日坛国际2号楼1Y31(日坛公园北门对 面的单行道) Pig & Thistle English Bar An English pub offering a variety of imported beers and snacks. Daily 5pm-2am. 1/F, Holiday Inn Lido Beijing, 6 Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District. (6437 6688) 英式酒吧, 朝阳区将台路 6号北京丽都假日酒店1层 Pipes This indie dive is best known for the sapphic soirees that take place on Saturday nights. 6pm-2am. Gongti Nanmen, Gongti Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (6593 7756) 烟斗, 朝阳区工体南门富国海底世界

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The Pomegranate All about carbo-loading with the draft beer and the sports channel here. Mon-Thu 10am-midnight, Fri 10am-2am, Sat-Sun 8am-2am. 19 Kaifa Lu, Xibaixinzhuang, Houshayu, Shunyi District. (8046 2558) 石榴园, 顺义区后沙峪 西白辛庄开发路19号 The Pool Bar Chill pool fun. Daily 6pm2am. 106 Gulou Dongdajie, Dongcheng District. (8404 7956) 东城区鼓楼东大街 106号 Press Club Bar On February 21, 1972, US President Richard Nixon landed in Beijing airport on a visit, which, he later said, “changed the world.” The name of this classy bar derives from it being the gathering place for pressmen during the historic meeting. Tasteful live music complements the soft lighting, warm brass rails and soft leather chairs that together imbue a hush hush ambiance. Editor’s Pick for “Best Hotel Bar” in our 2006 Reader Bar and Club Awards. Daily 5pm-1am. 1/F, St. Regis Hotel Beijing, 21 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6460 6688 ext 2360) 记者吧, 东城区建国门外大街21号北京 国际俱乐部饭店1层 Propaganda Expect a student-heavy atmosphere. Mon-Fri 8pm-4.30am, Sat-Sun 8pm-5am. 100m north of the east gate of Huaqing Jiayuan, Wudaokou, Haidian District. (8286 3991) 海淀区五道口华清嘉园 东门往北100米 Provincia Beijing’s first bar and kitchen theater is quite the spectacle. Relax with offerings from the extensive wine list and cocktail menu. Mon-Sat 5pm-1am. Beijing Marriott Hotel City Wall, 7 Jianguomen Nandajie, Chaoyang District. (5811 8888 ext 8233) 朝阳区建国门南大街7号北京万 豪酒店 Punk A mixture of urban and neo-Gothic where big name DJs spin an eclectic mix. Tue-Sat 8pm-3am. B1/F, The Opposite House, Bldg 1, The Village at Sanlitun, 11 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6410 5222, info@barpunk.com) www.barpunk. com 朝阳区三里屯路11号三里屯Village1号楼 瑜舍地下1层 Pyro Pizza Classic thin-crust pizza served up with a good selection of affordable draft beers. Daily 4pm-late. Happy hour daily 10pm-midnight, RMB 25 pitchers and RMB 15 mixed drinks, 6 tequila shooters for RMB 50. Daily 11am-3am. B1/F, Bldg 12, Huaqing Jiayuan, Wudaokou (5 min from Wudaokou subway station), Haidian District. (8286 6240) 海淀区五道口华清嘉园 12号楼地下1层 Q Bar Quality tunes and top-notch cocktails. Nice terrace. Daily 5pm-2am. Top floor of Eastern Inn Hotel, 6 Baijiazhuang Lu (the south end of Sanlitun Nanlu), Chaoyang District. (6595 9239) www.qbarbeijing.com 朝阳区百家庄6号(朝阳门医院 北门东100米)三里屯南路逸羽连锁酒店顶楼 Queen Club Fashionable customers move to progressive house music. Loungers can try the comfortable seating areas with modern sofas. Connected to nearby Angel by a narrow corridor. Daily 8pm-late. 6 Gongti Xilu, Chaoyang District. (6553 3555) 朝阳区工体西路6号 Rainbow African Bar The place to go for a taste of Africa, with everything from live African music to African wine tasting. Daily 10.30am-2am. B1/F, Bldg C, Qinghua Science and Technology Mall, Haidian District. (8215 0681, 5872 2026) 海淀区清华科 技大厦C座地下一层 Red House In Wudaokou at the Red House you can find everything you need for the night: thin crust pizzas, Belgian beers,

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Maison Camus High-end cognacs and Bordeaux and Burgundy wines for the connoisseur. Daily 4pm-midnight. 4/F, Reignwood Center, 8 Yong’an Dongli, Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (8528 9518) 卡墓世家酒廊, 朝阳区建国门外 大街永安东里8号华彬中心4层

Paddy O’Shea’s In the heart of the capital, Paddy O’Shea’s caters to all things Irish. With the best-poured Guinness in town, and an afternoon long happy hour, you can easily get trapped into what may be the first genuine Irish pub to hit Beijing. Free quiz nights every Wed from 8pm, with well-sponsored prizes. Daily 10amlate. 28 Dongzhimenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6415 6389) www.paddyosheas. com 朝阳区东直门外大街28号 Palette Comfortable bar in an area short on drinking spots. Daily 10am-1am. 1/F, Holiday Inn Beijing Deshengmen, 71 Deshengmenwai Dajie, Xicheng District. (8206 5555) 百色酒吧, 西城区德胜门外大街71号 北京德胜门华宇假日酒店1层

Maggie’s Legendary hot dogs. No joke. Sun-Wed, 7.30pm-4.30am; Thu-Sat, 7.30pm-5am. South Gate of Ritan Park, Chaoyang District. (8562 8142/8143) www. maggiesbar.com 美琪, 朝阳区日坛公园南门 Magic Rock This bar caters to the West Side climbing crew and organizes climbing trips around Beijing. Mountaineering gear and camping equipment are the bar’s equivalent of wallpaper, along with posters of beefy studs flexing their pecs as they ascend boulders. Daily 6pm-2am. 3 Weigongcun Lu, Haidian District. (6845 1142) 魔岩酒吧, 海淀区魏公村路3号

O’le Football Daily 9am-11pm. 5 Dongshimencun Lu, Baiziwan Qiao, Dongsihuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (6776 0608) 朝 阳区东四环中路百子湾桥东石门村路5号

Poachers Inn Consistently packed with young things flirting and dancing on the tables. Not the place to discuss Kierkegaard. Daily 8pm-late. 43 Bei Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6417 2632 ext 8506) 友 谊青年酒店, 朝阳区北三里屯路南43号


For a comprehensive directory, see www.thebeijinger.com sandwiches, pasta, and shots. All of which are for great affordable prices. Daily noon-midnight. Wangzhuang Lu (20m north of Chengfu Lu intersection), Haidian District. (6291 3350) 海淀区五道口王庄路( 成府路路口往北20米) Redmoon Redmoon at the Grand Hyatt includes a wine bar, sushi bar and cigar lounge, all sleekly designed to cater to the executive set. Daily 5pm-1am. 1/F, Grand Hyatt Hotel, Beijing Oriental Plaza, 1 Dongchang’an Jie, Dongcheng District. (6510 9366) 东方亮, 东城区东长安街1号东 方君悦酒店大厅 Rendezvous Meet up with like-minded exchangers of language for a beer, or forgo the chitchat and drink in the Americana decor. Daily 10.30am-1am. B/1F, Urban Backyard, 248 Chengfu Lu, Haidian District. (159 0122 2700, 150 0104 7436) 海 淀区成府路248号都市后院地下一层 The Rickshaw Happy hour daily 4-8pm, with RMB 10 Tsingtao and half-price drinks. Daily 9am-5am. Sanlitun Nanlu (north of the turn-off to The Bookworm), Chaoyang District. (6500 4330) 朝阳区三里 屯南路滚石西门中旅大厦旁

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The Ritz-Carlton Bar Light live music and a lounge atmosphere. Daily 5pm-1am. The Ritz-Carlton Beijing, 83A Jianguo Road, Chaoyang District. (5908 8131) 丽思卡尔顿 吧, 朝阳区朝阳区建国路93号华贸中心 Rock & Roll Inhouse go-go girls put on regular performances to the mix of cantotechno and NRG beats, and a karaoke bar off to the side lets patrons sing their hearts out. Sun-Thu RMB 20, weekends RMB 25. Daily 8.30pm-5am. Courtyard 4, Gongti Beilu (behind The Loft), Chaoyang District. (6592 9856) 滚石, 朝阳区工体北路 4号院藏酷后边 Roses Pull up a stool at the bar and enjoy reasonably priced beers and live music from Tuesday to Saturday. Daily 11am2am. 1 Sanlitun Houjie, Chaoyang District. (6461 2689) 老镇玫瑰, 朝阳区三里屯后 街1号 Ruby Khi Daily 6pm-late. 3/F, Block 8, Chaoyang Gongyuan Xilu, Chaoyang District. (6508 8585) 朝阳区朝阳公园西路 八号公馆3层 The Saddle Cantina Prime summer-time bar-estate. Daily 11am-late. West wing, Nali Patio, 81 Sanlitun Beilu (south of 3.3 Shopping Center), Chaoyang District. (5208 6005) www.beijingsaddle.com 朝阳区三里 屯北路81号北京那里花园内西侧二层小楼. Salsa Caribe A raucous blend of sweat, sin and extremely tight pants. Daily 6pm-2am. Courtyard 4, Gongti Beilu (across from The Loft), Chaoyang District. (6507 7821) www. caribechina.com 卡利宾拉丁舞俱乐部, 朝阳 区工体北路4号院(藏酷斜对面) Salud Fine rums. Mon-Fri 3pm-late, Sat-Sun noon-late. 66 Nanluogu Xiang, Dongcheng District. (6402 5086) 老伍, 东 城区南锣鼓巷66号 Scarlett A chic, intimate wine bar with a fine selection of imported cheese and tapas. Daily 6pm-3am. Hotel G, 7A Gongti Xilu, Chaoyang District. (6552 2880) www. hotel-g.com 朝阳区工体西路甲7号北京极 栈内 Shooters A slightly classier alternative to the other budget Sanlitun favorites. SunThu 6pm-2am, Fri-Sat 6pm-4am. Bldg 40, 5 Sanlitun Houjie (opposite Fish Nation), Chaoyang District. (6416 3726) 朝阳区三里 屯后街5号40号楼鱼邦对面 Siif The basement looks like a broke frathouse dance floor, the ground level is a bar, and the upstairs is a chill-out area with a balcony. Come here to hide. Daily 1pm-2am. 67 Beiluogu Xiang, Dongcheng District. (6406 9496) 如果, 东城区鼓楼东大 街北锣鼓巷67号 Single Malt Club & Bar Get more malt for your money at this affordable whisky bar. Daily 11am-1am. 1/F, Bldg 201, Huigu Yangguang, Fuan Xilu, Wangjing Dongyuan, Chaoyang District. (6470 9191 ext 919) www.singlemaltclub.net 朝阳区望京东 园慧谷阳光小区201号楼1层 Sino-Chu Wine Bar Home to Beijing Tango’s regular Sunday night parties, this cozy bar

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also offers some decent, well-priced European fare. Daily 10am-2am. 18 Liangmahe Nanlu (behind the Australian embassy), Chaoyang District. (8532 2418) 亮马河红酒 屋, 朝阳区东直门外大街亮马河南路18号 Souk Combines Middle Eastern shisha cafe cool with big screens numerous enough that you can simultaneously watch an entire league worth of sport. Daily 4pm-late. Chaoyang Park West Gate (in the alley behind Annie’s), Chaoyang District. (6506 7309) 苏克会馆, 朝阳区朝阳公园西门(安 妮后面) The Star Live The only real medium-sized live music venue in Beijing. Hosts local pop and international acts. Spread over two floors, the VIP section is upstairs while the open space on the ground floor is satisfyingly close to the stage. Opening times vary. 3/F, Tango, 79 Heping Xijie (50m north of Yonghegong subway station), Dongcheng District. (6425 5677) www. thestarlive.com 星光现场, 东城区和平西街 79号糖果三层(雍和宫桥路北50米) Stone Boat Cafe Water, greenery and unless the owners really crank up the music, there’s not a more peaceful spot for a drink. Mon-Fri 10am-11pm, Sat-Sun 10am1am. Lakeside, southwest corner of Ritan Park, Chaoyang District. (6501 9986) 石舫, 朝阳区日坛公园西南角,湖边 Sulede You come to this bar to hear nightly, mighty Mongolian folk-rock band, whose throat-singing and horse head fiddle take you right out of Beijing and into the wide, starlit grasslands. 66 Minzu Daxue Xilu, Haidian District. (6893 8903) 苏 勒德音乐酒吧, 海淀区民族大学西路66号 Sun Ye Drinking Room Arty cafe-bar serves limited selection of beers and spirits along with noodles and sandwiches. Wed-Mon 10.30am-1am. 52 Wudaoying Hutong, Dongcheng District. (6401 9369) 东城区五 道营胡同52号 The World of Suzie Wong Club Part 1930’s Shanghai opium den and part postmodern lounge. Daily 8.30pm-late. 1A Nongzhanguan Lu (west gate of Chaoyang Park), Chaoyang District. (6500 3377, clubsuziewong@163.com) www.suziewong. com.cn 苏西黄, 朝阳区农展馆路甲1号朝阳 公园西门 Suzumei Traditional Japanese bar for the after-work set, with added reggae. MonSat 5pm-midnight (or until last customer leaves). 1/F, Bldg 6, Sanyuanli residential compound (north side), 2 Xinyuan Jie, Chaoyang District. (6466 0204) 朝阳区新源 街2号三源里小区6号楼1层北侧 Tang Club All the subtlety of a crashed camp spaceship. You can’t help but be impressed, but stay too long here and you begin to feel sick. Daily 8.30pm-4am. 8 Chaoyang Gongyuan Xilu, Chaoyang District. (6500 8888) 唐会迷城, 朝阳区朝阳 公园西路8号 Tango Karaoke, with a nightclub at Yonghegong. Daily 24hrs. 1) South Gate of Ditan Park (next to Jin Ding Xuan restaurant), Dongcheng District. (6428 2288); 2) Gongti Xilu (beneath Gongti 100 bowling alley), Chaoyang District. (6551 9988) www.tanguo.com 糖果, 1) 东城区地 坛公园南门; 2) 朝阳区工体西路工体100保 龄球馆下面 Tao Yao Bar It’s quiet (miraculously), and the drinks are pretty good. Looking for a place for a date? Daily 1pm-midnight. Beiguanfang Hutong (southwest of Houhai Nanyan, 300m west of Yinding Bridge), Xicheng District. (8322 8585, h.youngcall@gmail.com) 桃之夭夭, 西城 区后海南沿北官房胡同(后海南沿银锭桥西 300米) T Bar A cozy environment for after dinner drinks, cocktails and snacks. Enjoy the live music in the evenings. Daily 8am-1am. 1/F, Traders Hotel, 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6505 2277 ext 36) 四海酒吧, 东城区建国门外大街1号国贸饭 店1层 The Brick Food and cheap drink in this Shuangjing hostelry where fun is the name of the game. Daily 4pm-late. 1/F, Tianzhi Jiaozi building (northeast corner of Shuangjing Qiao), Chaoyang District. (139 1113 6564) 朝阳区双井桥东北角天之骄

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子底商2-11 The Lounge Imported beers and good wine in an aquatic-themed back room. Daily 8am-1am. Lobby, Beijing Marriott Hotel Northeast, 26A Xiaoyun Lu, Chaoyang District. (5927 8888) 朝阳区霄云路甲26号海 航大厦万豪酒店 The One Mid-sized eastside venue featuring quality sound system. Daily 11am-1am. 5 Good Loft, 19 Ganluyuan, Gaobeidian Beilu (inside 718 Gudi Media Culture Garden), Chaoyang District. (8578 8853) www. theonebeijing.com 朝阳区高碑店北路甘露 园19号院5号楼(718谷地传媒文化园内) Tim’s Texas Bar-B-Q Tim’s has moved, the meat-eater friendly restaurant has packed all its authentic high-plains kitsch flown in from the Lonestar State. 2 for 1 Happy Hour every Monday-Friday from 3-7pm. Daily 9am-midnight. 14 Dongdaqiao Lu (on the corner of Guanghua Lu), Chaoyang District. (6591 9161) www.timsbarbq.com Tim’s 熏烤房, 朝阳区东大桥路14号贵友大 厦正北200米 Tiny Salt Coffee Club Large and open space with Hollywood blockbusters after 6pm. Relax and avoid the rush with Tsingtaos for RMB 8. Weekend live music. TueSun 11.30am-late. Rm 2308, Bldg B, North Tower, Soho Shangdu, 8 Dongdaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (5900 0969) 朝阳区东大 桥路8号Soho尚都北塔B座3层2308 Tonic Lounge A modern, cozy bar offering a selection of mixed drinks, wine by the glass and aperitifs. The bar is well designed with a stunning bar counter, a low ceiling and comfortable lounge seating. Daily 10am-12.30am. Lobby Level of Hilton Beijing, 1 Dongfang Lu, Chaoyang District. (5865 5000 ext 5060) 汤尼酒廊, 朝阳区北京 希尔顿酒店大堂 Touch Includes an old tree and a fishpond worthy of the word “placid.” Daily 2pm6am. 8 Qianhai Beiyan, Xicheng District. (6618 0809) 接触, 西城区前海北沿8号 Touch A cutting-edge lounge with 88 kinds of vodka, and a wide selection of vodkainfused cocktails. DJs and regular live music shows provide entertainment, with a menu of bite-size snacks too. Sun-Thu 6pm-2am, Fri-Sat 6pm-3am. 2/F, Westin Beijing Chaoyang, 1 Xinyuan Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (5922 8888 ext 8112) 朝 阳区新源南路1号威斯汀酒店2层 The Tree Specializes in Belgian beers and wood oven-fired pizzas. Most nights find it packed with a lively, conversant crowd. Daily noon-2am. 43 Sanlitun Beijie (100m west of Sanlitun North Bar street, Youyi Youth Hostel, behind Poachers Inn), Chaoyang District. (6415 1954) www.treebeijing.com 隐蔽的树, 朝阳区三里屯北街以 西100米Poachers后面三里屯医院旁 Tryst Cozy cocktail cubby hole. Daily 5pm2am (call ahead for later opening). Next to Alameda, Nali Mall, Sanlitun Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6417 3092) 朝阳区三里 屯北路那里商城内 Tun A large, cavernous space with a sofaequipped mezzanine and two big screens for watching sports. Daily 6pm-late. Courtyard 4 (20m south of Salsa Caribe), Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6585 5866, tunbar@gmail.com) 屯, 朝阳区工 体北路4号院 Twilight Cocktails made with style, and hard-to-find whiskeys. Pizza, pasta and other snacks available. Mon-Sat 11.30am2.30pm, 6pm-2am. (Behind Starbucks) 3/F, 0102, Bldg 5, Jianwai Soho, 39 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (5900 5376) 暮光, 朝阳区东三环中路39号建外 Soho5号0102单元3层 Vics Like Mix, albeit with a slightly more expat crowd. Daily 8.30pm-late. Inside the north gate of the Workers’ Stadium, Chaoyang District. (5293 0333) vics.com.cn 威克斯, 朝阳区工体北门内 V*V Mid-sized dance club and music venue just north of Chaowai, playing standard hip-hop and club fare to a primarily Chinese clientele. Daily 8.30pm-3am. Gongti Nanlu A1, Chaoyang District. (6552 8388) 朝阳区工体南路甲1号 Wain Wain A Japanese karaoke bar set up

perfectly for a great party. Daily 11am2.30am. Rm 3512, Bldg A, Soho New Town, 88 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (8589 4383) 朝阳区建国路88号Soho现代城A座 3512室 Waiting for Godot Hipsters and social critics. And beer. Daily 10am-1am. Bldg 4, 24 Jiaodaokou Dongdajie, Dongcheng District. (6407 3093) 等待戈多, 东城区交道 口东大街4号楼24号 Warm Mountain By day a garden variety corporate cafe, by night the Mongolian boss brings in an all-Mongolian band in to rock the place with fiddles, throat, and synthesizers. Daily 10am-midnight. 108 Zhichun Lu, Haojing Building 2 fl, Haidian District. (6210 5119) 海淀区知春路108号豪 景大厦二层 What Bar An excellent place to get acquainted with Beijing Rock. Every seat is a front-row seat! Daily 4pm-late. 72 Beichang Jie (just north of the west gate of the Forbidden City), Xicheng District. (133 4112 2757) 什么酒吧, 西城区北长街 72号(故宫西门往北) White Rabbit Tue-Sat 9pm-late. 2/F, Tongli Studios, Sanlitun Beilu, Chaoyang District. 朝阳区三里屯北路同里2层 Writers Bar Caviar and oysters complement the wide selection of cocktails and cigars. Daily noon-midnight. Raffles Beijing Hotel, Main Lobby, 33 Dongchang’an Jie, Dongcheng District. (6526 3388 ext 4181) 作家酒吧, 东城区东长安街33号, 北京饭店 莱佛士一层 w xyz Music and cocktails flow freely. Mon-Fri 5pm-midnight. 1/F, aloft Beijing, Tower 2, 25 Yuanda Lu, Haidian District. (8889 8000) 海淀区远大路25号2号楼雅乐 轩酒店1层 X’Change Bar A chic bar and lounge with a double volume glass video wall, offering the perfect setting to linger, whether it be for a daytime soiree or for late evening high energy entertainment with a live band, contemporary DJ sounds and cool, imaginative selections of new and old world wines, spirits and cocktails. Daily 10am-1am. 5/F, InterContinental Hotel, 11 Financial Street, Xicheng District. (5852 5888 ext 5920/5921) 幻吧, 西城区金融街 11号金融街洲际酒店 Xiu A summer-friendly terrace plus much more in the luxuriant lounge. Mon-Fri 11.30am-2.30pm, 6pm-late, Sat-Sun 6pmlate. Park Hyatt (entrance across from the hotel lobby), 2 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (5867 1108) 秀, 朝阳区 朝阳区建国门外大街2号 Yao Xin Bar Rm 0504, Bldg 2, Jianwai Soho, 39 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (5869 1580) 朝阳区东三环中路39号建 外Soho2号楼5层0504 Yugong Yishan This live music venue features a variety of local and international bands, and film screenings. Weekly themes are still in the works, but now is a perfect spot for more discriminating drunken debauchery. Daily 7pm-late. 3-2 Zhangzizhong Lu (100m west of Zhangzizhong Lu subway station), Dongcheng District. (6404 2711, info@yugongyishan.com) www. yugongyishan.com 愚公移山, 东城区平安大道张自忠路3-2号(地 铁五号线张自忠路站往西100米) Zeta Bar Boasts style, chrome cages that house the extensive wine collection hang from the high ceiling. Mon-Thu 6pm-2am, Fri-Sun 6pm-3am, Sun close. 2/F, Hilton Beijing, 1 Dongfang Lu, Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (5865 5050) 颐达吧, 朝 阳区东三环北路东方路1号希尔顿饭店2层 Zhongyu Hanging Garden Finally, a proper hanging garden to drink. Come for the drinks and stay for the killer view. Daily 10am-2am. 7/F, Zhongyu Plaza (Swire Building, north of The Rickshaw), corner of Gongti Beilu and Sanlitun Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (8523 6616 ext 6677) 七 层吧, 朝阳区工体北路甲6号中宇大厦7层 Zoom Club Dig over 40 shots and a nice balcony view of the neon termite mound that Houhai has become. Daily 3pm-late. Bldg 2 Qianhai Nanyan, Xicheng District. (6400 9906) 西城区前海南沿2号小楼一层


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Jan 29 Acid Live, DJ Eric Lee, DJ Sean Funky jazz collective jam with techno in da house. RMB 50. 9pm. Yugong Yishan (6404 2711) Hoochie Coochie Gentleman Beijing’s homegrown blues band. RMB 40, RMB 30 (students). 8pm. Tiny Salt Coffee Club (5900 0969) Hummingbird Salsa flavor made in Xinjiang. Free. 9.30pm. Jiangjinjiu Bar (8405 0124) Lidong Band, Yang Qianchi, Teng Zi Ningxia folk group, supported by songstresses with their acoustic guitars. See Q&A, p66. RMB 30. 9pm. Jianghu Liveshow Bar (6401 4611) Lao Liu & Sand Liu Donghong and his blues rock troupe greet the recently opened live house. RMB 80. 9pm. Mako Livehouse (5205 1112) Saw, Unregenerate Blood, Return The Truth, XitneverhappenedX, Last Chance of Youth Hardcore metal night. RMB 40. 9pm. 13 Club (8261 9267) Sweet Rock, CAssette, Me Guan Me, Discord Alternative rock in Fangjia Hutong. RMB 30. 9pm. Hot Cat Club (6400 7868) The First Day of Autumn, Compound-A, End of The World, Xiu Qie Dao, Sparrow College rock night. RMB 40, RMB 30 (students). 10pm. D-22 (6265 3177) Jan 30 Andrew Bird Chicago’s folk rock icon flies to Beijing with his multi-instrumental talent. RMB 180. 9pm. Yugong Yishan (6404 2711) Confucius Says, Nanwu Beijing’s longstanding folk rockers make their return, supported by similar minds of their generation. RMB 120. 9pm. The One (8578 8853) Liu Er Folk guitarist returns from his tour with a new album. RMB 50, RMB 40 (students). 9pm. Jianghu Liveshow Bar (6401 4611) Sambasia Beijing Beijing’s samba ensemble drums for Migrant Worker Youth School Drumming Program. RMB 30. 9.30pm. Jiangjinjiu Bar (8405 0124) The Offset: Spectacles, Wu & the Side Effects, Rolling Rolling, The Molds Funky blues and hard rock go arty underground. RMB 40, RMB 30 (students). 10pm. D-22 (6265 3177) Wu Na, Xiao He, Yan Jun, Wang Fan Sub Jam experimental session echoes in 798 Art Factory. RMB 15. 2pm. UCCA (8459 9269) Xiao He Folkie weirdo Xiao He pulls his acoustic strings at Beiluogu Xiang. RMB 40, RMB 30 (students). 9pm. Zuiyuefang Bar (6405 4482) Jan 31 Peppermoon Parisian pop trio shares their dreamy sound with Beijing. RMB 180, RMB 150 (advance). 8pm. Yugong Yishan (6404 2711) Wang Juan Wang Juan returns with her folk. RMB 30, RMB 20 (students). 9pm. D-22 (6265 3177)

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Feb 1 Bu Hao Chi, Rustic & friends Lucifer and his punk brothers give Wudaokou a big bang. Free. 10pm. D-22 (6265 3177) Feb 2 The Offset: Spectacles, Josh Frank Experimental Hong Kong rock trio plays their own compositions, covers and improvisations. See Feature, p64. RMB 30, RMB 20 (students). 8pm. D-22 (6265 3177) Feb 3 The Discount Canadian funk/reggae band get you dancing. Free. 9pm. Salud, Nanluogu Xiang (6402 5086) Feb 4 Bad Apples, Mama Funker Soulful rock tunes with storyteller lyrics, joined by funk dynamites. RMB 30. 9pm. Yugong Yishan (6404 2711) The Terry Hsieh Collective, Jen Shyu Jazz songstress supported by American jazz big band. RMB 30, RMB 20 (students). 9pm. D-22 (6265 3177) Feb 5 Bedstars, Empire of the Golden Egg, Me Guan Me Alternative rockers gathered to make the weekend as gloomy as this winter. RMB 40, RMB 30 (students). 10pm. D-22 (6265 3177) Frosty Eve, Disjection, White Light, Evilthorn, Dark Haze Melodic death metal with heavy Scandinavian influences, plus black metal taking it to the extreme. See photo, p66. RMB 40. 9pm. 13 Club (8261 9267) Misandao, Hell City, Gum Bleed Punk and emo rock Gulou, call the police. RMB 50. 8.30pm. MAO Livehouse (6402 5080) Niuji Paodan, Mr. Rotten, Ci Qin, My September College rock bands rock for future. RMB 30 (includes a drink). 9.30pm. What Bar (159 0123 6743) The Discounts Funky reggae band from Canada play dancing rhythms. RMB 50. 9pm. Yugong Yishan (6404 2711) Feb 6 In3’er, Larry’s Pizza, Dude, End of The World Beijing local rap group swears at anything alive (which would be a nice language class if you are looking for a fight on the street), and pop punk bands play it loud. Guess what? They’re paying tribute to Bob Marley. RMB 60, RMB 50 (students). 9pm. MAO Livehouse (6402 5080) Ourself Beside Me, The Molds Yang Fang, Emi and Xie Han take the stage after a long absence, while The Molds jam the night into the era of rockabilly. See photo, this page. RMB 40 (includes a beer). 9pm. Obiwan (8322 1231) Propeller, Mitabe Beijing’s own reggae bands supported by DJs from Ultimate Production and Mei Wenti Sound. See Clubhouse, p56. RMB 50. 9pm. Yugong Yishan (6404 2711) Shi Xiaofei, Li Wenxin, The Amazing Insurance Salesmen Indie rockers jam in an intimate setting. RMB 30 (includes a drink). 9.30pm. What Bar (159 0123 6743) Surprise, Discord, Final Message, Ordnance

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eady for firecrackers? I’ve still got the haunting memory from last year of feeling like I was in a warzone. Firecrackers should be banned forever – just like all dangerous, pointless sports in British schools should be (I mean rugby). And then, meeting relatives you haven’t been in contact with for years and listening to them go “You need to get married and have kids” or “How much do you earn?” should be a lot of fun, whereas responding with “Yeah you’re right about that, thanks for the intense curiosity about my private life” is not. All right, I’m lying – the latter part always makes me happy. Probably for all these reasons, most bands are hiding indoors in February. 2 Kolegas will be closed for the whole month, while other venues take long holidays during Spring Festival like we all do. Despite the lack of live events, there are still reasons to get excited. Someone is scheduled to come to town on April 4 to give us all a chance to hear songs from his latest Christmas album. Yes, Bob Dylan is making a Beijing stop at a TBD venue on his Asian tour – maybe. Another possible glimmer of hope to help us survive the winter (and more likely to happen) is the Show of Peace concert on April 17. So far, rumored acts include Black Eyed Peas, 50 Cent (a man shot nine times … at a peace concert?) and guess who’s back – Jimmy Page. Visit www.showofpeace.com for more details, and keep your eyes on www.TheBeijinger.com/blog for updates. Back to the local scene: After a long absence, Yang Fan, Emi and Xie Han return with their garage band Ourself Beside Me (see photo, above) at Obiwan (Feb 6), supported by psychedelic/ rockabilly trio The Molds. Don’t worry if you miss them, as both bands will also perform at D-22 on February 27 with Atom and Zo’s B-side Lovers and the experimental sci-fi boys of Fat City. Speaking of The Molds, on February 6, their drummer Jia Wei will have to run to another show at MAO Livehouse, where he’ll show off by being an MC in Beijing’s love-them-or-hate-them hip-hoppers In3’er. Jazz lovers might want to stop by D-22 on February 4 to see Beijing-based American big band The Terry Hsieh Collective jam with Taiwanese-American singer Jen Shyu. For more wild factors, Beijing’s funkiest acid jazz band Acid Live (also known as Hua Live) turns it on at MAO Livehouse on February 26. To finish the month, Yugong Yishan presents an indie rock night with Ziyo, now known as Free The Birds (see Feature, p64), Chasing Star and Caffeine on February 28, aka the Lantern Festival. However did that start in the first place? Maybe our ancestors raised those little lamps to celebrate the end of all Chinese New Year nonsense. Wang Ge

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I re al ly thou ght H elen Fe ng wa s ki dd in g ab ou t changi ng her ba nd ’s na me fr om Z iy o to Fr ee Th e Bi rd s. A ny wa y, th e ne w na me ha sn’t ch an ge d the da nger factor of th e ba nd. Pe t Conspi ra cy m ig ht be the best elect ro ro ck ba nd in to w n, of fe ri ng m excitement at pa rti or e es, but lea d sin ge r Hele n’s indie rock project Ziyo … nope, Free The Bi rd s, dese rves more at tent ion, es since they ’ve sh ift pecia lly ed from happy-t im e pop songs to da rock. It’s sti ll cool to ncelabel them as indie pop, since the melo of Zi – er, Free Th dies e Bi rds are as catch y as any radio-frien tu ne. dly Band website : ww w.myspace.com/z iyo Free The Birds play YGYS on Feb 28. Se e listing, p66.

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places; the others are either stepping into the scene, or not getting the attention they deserve, or just simply maintaining a low profi le. These are the four bands most worth checking out. If you disagree, I don’t want to know.


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hanghai-based noise rock group Muscle Snog is as intriguing as it is perplexing. Right off the bat, “Mind Shop Is On Sale” offers some captivating melodies and bass lines, though the intentional volume imbalancing grows quite irritating. A bit of this album seems to be sound experimentation as well – the song titles “Fuzz Animal” and “A Specimen of Chicken” speak for themselves. “Cat” starts off promising with playground-like staccato, only to veer again into a noisy abyss. The highlight of the album, ironically, may be a track named “Think and Shit,” with its equilibrium of punk-screaming, guitar-weeping and dynamic percussion. Mind Shop is not exactly a keeper, but it’s enough to make you wonder what Muscle Snog does next. Lisa Liang Poetics: Something Between Montparnasse and Mongkok My Little Airport

Who’s the Bossa? Wang Yue’s startling transition by Wang Ge

the Beijinger : Have you always liked jazz and bossa nova? Wang Yue: Yes, I was into Ella Fitzgerald in high school. As for bossa nova, I’m only getting my impression of it from those classic tracks, and it sounds quite comfortable.

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“I was lucky enough to be presented as a bad girl when people needed one” tbj : What are you listening to right now? WY: I’m quite into this French alternative rock band called Phoenix. It’s a shame I didn’t know of them earlier. Also, check out Télépopmusik’s “Dance Me” – what a gem for stretching at home!

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tbj : Do you think you are a nice girl? WY: It’s a bit difficult to say. The point is even if I think I am, who’s there to agree? I don’t really know what it takes to be a nice girl, it all depends on your perspective. I was lucky enough to be presented as a bad girl ten years ago when people needed one. tbj : What has or hasn’t changed with you since HOTB? WY: The early HOTB was all about rebellion – we generated attention, searched for freedom with discontent, and wouldn’t go out unless our parents were pissed off with the way we dress. It was just everything a teenager wanted to do, wasn’t it? Funny that after I “turned bossa nova,” people start to pay attention to the lyrics. We wrote good lyrics in HOTB too, but all people see is the “Chinese girls play rock music” cliché. I still have the passion for melodies and expression, and I still love to dress up like all girls do. Wang Yue’s debut album, The Brilliant Gia, is available at Fusheng Record Shop (500m east of Ping’anli intersection), Xicheng District (6613 6182)

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wo years after her immensely successful As I Am, Alicia Keys shows she’s still growing. She’s beyond the kiddie hip-pop days (excepting the Beyonce-tainted “Put It In a Love Song”); this fourth album’s a throwback to Stevie Wonder, with a bit of Marvin Gaye mixed in. Not every song blows the mind, but the pounding bassline and Keys’ penetrating voice on “Love is Blind” definitely does. Also noteworthy: the cascading percussion on “Un-Thinkable” and floating vocals of “Empire State of Mind.” Lisa Liang End Times Eels

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t’s difficult not to judge this album by its cover (“Great, another depressing collection of harsh visions seen through children’s teary eyes”), since all suspicions are proven correct upon listening. End Times comes only six months after their last effort, raising hopes for something good from the dusty shelf, but Mark Oliver Everett and his 12-year-old folkie-rocking Eels aren’t making any breakthroughs; soft guitar chords and gradually warming piano almost sound like a B-side from Daisies of the Galaxy. Check out the rockabilly “Gone Man” and “Paradise Blues” for excitement. More of these, please. Wang Ge www.thebeijinger.com

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entle chanting, lighthearted melodies and soft guitar riffs – is this really the same person who used to trash the stage while shouting shabi and caodan to the streets? That’s right, Wang Yue, the former lead singer of the now-disbanded punk trio Hang On The Box (HOTB), has turned to jazz and bossa nova. the Beijinger talked to Wang about her musical U-turn.

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ated by AMG as the “twee-est band” in 2007, Hong Kong indie-pop duo My Little Airport heads for the experimental sphere in this recent release. In Poetics, the trademark love stories told by Ah P’s noise guitar and Nicole’s tender voice have been replaced with socialist poetry supported by minimal instrumentals and ambient effects – probably because their lyrics (a mixture of English, Cantonese and French) began to take on the social realities of post-1997 Hong Kong. Sadly for airport lovers, Nicole’s left the band for Beijing (not exactly bad news for us), where she plays bass for experimental rock trio The Offset: Spectacles (See Feature, p64). Another Beijing link: the electrofriendly “When The Party Is Over, I Miss My Porn Star” plays on the title of Snapline’s debut album. Use your imagination. Wang Ge


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ou may think you’ve never heard of Lidong Band, but if you’ve been spending any time at 2 Kolegas without being hammered, some of the faces in this five-piece folk band may look familiar. Liu Miao is that chubby fellow who’s always there, Wu Kejia fronts blues-rock band Wu & The Side Effects (and dances the same way to all songs), and Malika is the beautiful voice of the Quebec jazz band Mademoiselle et les Chinois. To find out how the crew brings the sound of Ningxia to Beijing, the Beijinger spoke to lead singer Li Tailin.

the Beijinger : Where does Lidong band come from? Li Tailin: Malika is Canadian, and the rest of us are all from Ningxia, which is China’s wild west.

“If we do have a ‘biggest influence,’ that means we are just copying it” tbj : How did Lidong Band come together? LT: It’s all about the right chemistry, really. Liu Miao (drums), Shi Zhenkai (bass) and I had a grunge band called Nucleus, but I’m more into folk music, especially Chinese folk music, so we started working on some folk materials, mostly inspired by songs passed along for generations in our Ningxia hometown. Then we got Malika (accordion) and Wu Kejia (guitar) into the band, and they’ve fit in pretty well. tbj : How would you describe your music? LT: If music can be described by words, or if words can deliver the same message and emotion as music, no one would ever listen to music or make music any more.

Metal bands gather to celebrate Chinese New Year. RMB 50. 9pm. 13 Club (8261 9267) Unsafe, Discord, Trash Cat, Cold Case The city’s rising stars share a single stage in the name of punk rock. RMB 40, RMB 30 (students). 10pm. D-22 (6265 3177) Feb 10 Rio & Samaya Band Latin pop music. Free. 9pm. Salud, Nanluogu Xiang (6402 5086) Feb 17 Lager Gipsy guitar session. Free. 9pm. Salud, Nanluogu Xiang (6402 5086) Feb 18 DJ Ouyang, Eddie Lv, Shen Yue, Cedric DJs celebrate the end of the New Year holiday. Free. 9pm. Yugong Yishan (6404 2711) Feb 19 Shochu Legion, No Words, Discord Punk bands play for charity. RMB 30 (includes a drink). 9.30pm. What Bar (159 0123 6743) Feb 20 Gray, SSS, Guo Rui Alternative rock night. RMB 30 (includes a drink). 9.30pm. What Bar (159 0123 6743) Feb 23 Shouwang, Carpet of Let Carsick Cars frontman plays his own experimental pieces offstage; similar minds from Tianjin support. RMB 30, RMB 20 (students). 8pm. D-22 (6265 3177) Feb 24 Iontach Banna Irish music echoes through the hutongs. Free. 9pm. Salud, Nanluogu Xiang (6402 5086) Feb 26 Acid Live Funky band of brothers make jazz wild with electro power. RMB 60, RMB 50 (advance). 9pm. MAO Livehouse (6402 5080) Bother, Violence Pretender, Righteousness Person, Rampant, Final Message, Dein The “Darknight Enchantment” monthly series brings together thrash metal, nu-metal and emocore. RMB 40. 9pm. 13 Club (8261 9267) Fanny, Me Too Indie rock with electro power. RMB 30 (includes a drink). 9.30pm. What Bar (159 0123 6743) Funk Fever, Afrokoko Roots Live beat-maker and 15-piece international Afrobeat outfit go back-to-back-to-back for a night

of the funk and Afrobeat. RMB 50. 9.30pm. Yugong Yishan (6404 2711) You Mei You, Pork, Urbis, Dirty Seed Hard rockers You Mei You meet dirty punksters – see who’re the tough ones. RMB 40, RMB 30 (students). 10pm. D-22 (6265 3177) Feb 27 Long Jing Hip-hop takes nothing serious here. RMB 60, RMB 50 (advance, students). 9pm. MAO Livehouse (6402 5080) Ourself Beside Me, The Molds, B-Side Lovers, Fat City Garage rock, rockabilly, indie rock and experimental musicians shake the neighborhood. See photo, p63. RMB 40, RMB 30 (students). 10pm. D-22 (6265 3177) Pilot & MM, La Loupe Pop rock on Saturday night. RMB 30 (includes a drink). 9.30pm. What Bar (159 0123 6743) Section 6 Beijing’s monthly hip-hop party. RMB 30. 9pm. Yugong Yishan (6404 2711) Feb 28 A.J.K., Velvet Highway Solo, sweat and screaming out loud – metal never dies. RMB 50. 9pm. 13 Club (8261 9267) New Perfume, Toyhead Indie pop make peace with Thursday night. RMB 60, RMB 50 (advance, students). 9pm. MAO Livehouse (6402 5080) Free The Birds, Chasing Star, Caffeine Indie rockers celebrate the Lantern Festival with a smash hit, while the 15-day long Chinese New Year comes to an end, finally. See Feature, p64. RMB 50. 9pm. Yugong Yishan (6404 2711) Every Thu Liu Yue Guitar Trio Jazz lines read by classic guitar. Free. 9.30pm. East Shore Live Jazz Cafe (8403 2131) Every Fri Nathaniel Gao Jazz Quartet Sax it up with neo-jazz. Free. 10pm. East Shore Live Jazz Cafe (8403 2131) Every Sat Liu Yuan Saxophone Quartet China’s jazz forefather keeps the Houhai shores smooth. Free. 10pm. East Shore Live Jazz Cafe (8403 2131) Every Sun Moreno Donadel Trio Italian pianist collaborates with a few Beijingers. Free. 9.30pm. East Shore Live Jazz Cafe (8403 2131)

tbj : Who are your biggest influences? LT: Any good music we’ve been listening to leaves a mark on us. So if we do have a “biggest influence,” that means we are just copying it.

tbj : Is folk music about personal emotions or social realities? LT: Definitely personal emotions. It’s also connected and shaped by social realities. Lidong Band perform at Jianghu Liveshow Bar on Jan 29. See listing, p63.

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Feb 5: Evilthorn Is it death metal or black metal? Hard to say. See listing, p63.

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tbj : What else do you guys do? LT: Liu Miao is managing 2 Kolegas, Malika works for Microsoft, Wu Kejia works for a TV production company and I’m currently unemployed.


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o you remember your first Valentine? Mine was also my first art project - a heart made of marshmallows glued to red construction paper that I made in kindergarten for my mother. I ate all the marshmallows (and some of the glue) on the bus on the way home. If Beijing’s artists could, they might be eating their art now as well - many are getting tossed out on the street with next to no notice and hundreds of thousands of RMB in forward rents lost. The evictions come as the city prepares to create a new “culture zone” in the 798 area. On the upside, with all that time spent on the streets, they should have the opportunity to line up for Avatar tickets, which are even harder to get now that the 2-D version has been pulled from theaters. Confucius say: Go see Confucius (see Feature, p69). Also coming to theaters soon is Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes (Feb 25). Robert Downey, Jr. stars as the supersleuth, with Jude Law playing Watson. After Chris Martin advised him that Holmes should look “gaunt” and “skinny,” Downey lost weight for the part, presumably to be even more convincing in the role of a coke-fiend detective. Two kung fu flicks, True Legend (Feb 9) and 14 Blades (Feb 4) are also on show, and on February 5, we get Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel. While your kids are enjoying the singing cartoon rodents, Jason Lee and David Cross should bring a little dark humor. The Bookworm is gearing up for its annual international literary festival, which starts on March 5. This year will feature more than 60 authors, including novelists Junot Diaz, Amitav Ghosh, and Yan Lian Ke, journalist Ian Johnson, poet Benjamin Zephaniah, and Ban Ki-Moon’s chief speechwriter, Michael Meyer. This year’s events are branching out in scope and space, with cinema events held at CNEX, music events at 2 Kolegas, and art events at Yishu8. From slam poetry and cabaret nights with Tibetan throat singers to “Sex in the Palace” giving the dirty lowdown on the sex lives of the laowai who lived in Imperial China, you can expect a lot more than your average book talk. Tickets go on sale February 4, and many events sell out quick, so get yours fast. Get ready for some serious tapping as Riverdance and Celtic Legends (the Puffed Rice Cereal to Riverdance’s Rice Krispies) will both be bringing their Irish jig action to town. In their China debut, Lar Lubovitch Dance Company will be bringing something new to the Beijing stage: a pas de deux danced by two men, from a work created in the ‘80s in response to the AIDS epidemic. Mary Dennis

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ART – NEW OPENINGS Feb 4-10 Chinese Folk Art This exhibition gives you a chance to meet the practitioners of five lively traditional folk arts (paper cutting, knots, dough figurines, snuff bottle painting and the carving of cicada wings) and to view their works. Ideally timed for the Spring Festival season, this show is a celebration of these intricate crafts. Regent Beijing (8522 1888 ext 5242) Feb 6-Mar 13 Scratch, Bite, Perfect: The Versatility of Etching Established and emerging Chinese contemporary printmakers, all trained at the Central Academy of Fine Art, show us their etchings. A good chance to appreciate the versatility of this difficult medium. Artists include Tan Ping and Liu Wentao. Onemoon (6427 7748) Feb 6-May 30 Tony Oursler: Number 7, Plus or Minus 2 Oursler is an internationally renowned video artist who has created a number of stunning installations around the world. One not to miss. Faurschou Gallery (8459 9316)

ART – ONGOING SHOWS Until Feb 7 Cao Yingbin: People’s Park Cao focuses on a simpler world, his own nostalgic memories of China in the ’80s and ’90s. The resulting works are poetic, where even the simplest things are touched with beauty. F2 Gallery (6432 8831) Until Feb 25 Liu Jianhua: Horizon Liu’s elegant attenuated porcelain works suggest a far horizon while embodying the form of our bones. Beijing Commune (8456 2862) Until Feb 28 Antony Gormley: Another Singularity Gormley is one of the stars of international art. Don’t miss the chance to see his distinctive vision in Beijing, but make sure to climb to the upper levels of the gallery to see his sculpture in all its splendor. Galleria Continua (5978 9505) Asian Landmark Stimulating work by 20 artists created under the auspices of the Toyota Art Project. See Feature, p70. Iberia Center for Contemporary Art (5978 9530) Breaking Forecast: 8 Key Figures of China’s New Generation of Artists Work by a range of the most interesting names to emerge in Chinese contemporary art since 2000, artists like Cao Fei, Yang Fudong and Sun Yuan and Peng Yu, these being the UCCA’s picks for those most likely to have an enduring influence. UCCA (8459 9269) Head On This show brings together a number of gallery artists – including Tibetan painter Tsewang Tashi around the concept of “visual collision.” Red Gate Gallery (6525 1005) Until Mar 28 Rirkrit Tiravanija: Ne Travaillez Jamais Internationally recognized Thai artist Rirkrit Tiravanija brings his first solo show to Beijing. Tiravanija

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first became renowned for setting up a Thai kitchen in his New York gallery where anyone could come and eat for free. Sadly, he has nothing edible planned for us, but his work is famous for engaging its audience, so drop in anyway. Tang Contemporary (6436 3518) Until Mar 31 Peng Wei Ink painter Peng Wei turns her brush to two whimsical 3-D works. One, Rock Garden, creates a garden from transparent screens painted with traditional “scholar rocks.” A second, more sensual work, Bodies, is realized on a series of mannequins, decorated with bucolic scenes from a classical past. The Opposite House (6417 6688) Until Apr 4 Julia Steiner: A Tense Turn Steiner has been an artist-inresidence at Galerie Urs Meile since October last year. Her large-scale drawings and gouaches, many assembled out of multiple pieces of paper, are “densely atmospheric,” reflecting her feelings over a long winter in Beijing. Galerie Urs Meile (6433 3393) Qiu Shihua: The Image as an Epiphany What is to be seen in Qiu’s pure abstracts is apparently entirely up to the “eye of the beholder.” Born in 1940, he spent his early career painting propaganda posters; since 1990 he has concentrated on an abstract contemplative form of painting deeply influenced by Daoism. Galerie Urs Meile (6433 3393) Until Apr 12 Wang Qingsong: Three Video Projects Wang is most renowned as a photographer whose large-scale staged images have satirized a rapidly changing New China. Here, he presents three recent video works, including the masterful Skyscraper, which distills that change in mesmerizing sound and vision. Pékin Fine Arts (5127 3220)

IN PRINT EVENTS Feb 23 Book Club: Managing the Dragon: Building a Billion-Dollar Business in China In the early 1990s, Jack Perkowski established ASIMCO Technologies, which has become China’s largest automobile components maker. China Culture Center’s book club will discuss Perkowski’s book and his insight, humor and practical advice. Details at 6432 9341 or www.chinaculturecenter.org. Free. 10.30am. China Culture Center (6432 9341) Mar 5-19 Bookworm International Literary Festival Over 60 international and Chinese authors descend on Beijing for two weeks of literary workshops, discussions, films and ... drinking. Tickets go on sale February 20. The Bookworm (6586 9507)

CINEMA EVENTS Feb 1, 17, 21, 26, 28 Nightshift To earn extra money, Pierre switches to the night shift in the bottle factory. He’s quickly accepted by everyone in his new crew, except Fred, who is determined to break him. In French,


CINEMA FEATURE Feb 5, 7, 12, 20 Read My Lips (Sur mes lèvres) When Carla, a young secretary, decides to change her job, she seeks a good employee to replace her. Unfortunately, the person she decides to hire is an unskilled fellow who is also very goodlooking – and happens to be a thief, fresh out of jail. In French, with both English and Chinese subtitles. RMB 20. 7.30pm. French Cultural Centre (6553 2627) Feb 6, 20, 27 Work Hard, Play Hard Philippe Seigner, a charming business school graduate, starts his career with a tough task: sacking about 80 employees. His girlfriend reproaches him for collaborating with ruthless capitalism. Will he try to stop it or go ahead with his boss’s order? In French, with both English and Chinese subtitles. RMB 20. 7.30pm. French Cultural Centre (6553 2627) Feb 8, 22, 28 There Once Was an Employee (Il etait une fois le salariat) Created as a two-part feature, this documentary goes back over the history of salaried workers, telling of their hopes, aspirations, doubts and disillusionment with the evolution of the market society. Directed by Anne Kunvari. In French, with both English and Chinese subtitles. RMB 20. 7.30pm. French Cultural Centre (6553 2627) Feb 25 Documentary: Alter Egos Ryan Larkin. one of the world’s most celebrated animators and an Oscar nominee, ended up panhandling on the street. The world was introduced to Larkin’s plight through a short film made by Chris Landreth, a rising star in animation. In this documentary, director Laurence Green delves deeper into the curious tale of Ryan’s descent and explores the complex and fascinating relationship that develops between the two men. In English with Chinese subtitles. Free. 7pm. Channel Zero Salon (8855 0623) Feb 25-28 Film Series: Oxhide Young director Liu Jiayin’s two feature films, Oxhide and Oxhide II, follow a family over the course of five years. Oxhide won the Caligari Film Award at the 2005 Berlin Film Festival and Oxhide II was selected for the “Director’s Fortnight” at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival. Liu will be present for a Q&A after the Feb 28 screening. Schedule and synopses at www. ucca.org.cn. In Chinese with English subtitles. Free. UCCA (8459 9269)

Feb 3-9: The Lady of the Camellias One of the most famous tragic heroines of all time. See listing, p71.

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Confucius comes to a theater near you by Bobby Carleo

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onfucius, the latest blockbuster ordered up in celebration of China’s 60th, presents Chow Yun-fat as … well, you know who. In addition to partying extra hard for the sage’s 2560th birthday, please notice that the film is another step in the government’s promotion of Kongzi as a symbol of Chinese culture. (Think “Confucius Institute,” the state-sponsored academy that has branched out from Beijing to 88 countries and regions across the globe.) Of course, the great sage as a figurehead for contemporary Chinese society isn’t at all far-fetched. Much of Confucius’s legacy is quite relevant to modern life. Consider, for example, that Confucian tenets embrace the introduction of new ideas as important and beneficial to society, yet also advise not to lose the old flavah – the superior man “cherishes his old knowledge, and is continually acquiring new.” Now, that speaks directly to the point, I’d say.

“I have yet to meet the person who is fonder of excellence than physical beauty” Confucius further espoused many of the central principles driving China’s growth. “Is it not pleasant to learn with a constant perseverance and application? Is it not delightful to have friends coming from distant quarters?” If only the slogan banners outside 7-11 were so eloquent. And I’m sure there’s no need to mention the link between Confucian-based imperial exams and the gaokao. Confucianism even provides a set of ethical values for modernday life, emphasizing the importance of interpersonal relationships and focusing on proper conduct. Indeed Chow lost four kilograms while dieting prior to shooting, so the movie has already exhibited positive impact on a small scale. The film portrays Confucius in his elder years, from the age of 50 onwards. As the sage himself claims, “At fifty, I knew the decrees of Heaven,” this seems like a good place to start. Additionally, expect Zhou Xun, starring as Confucius’s love interest, to bring an interesting twist. Confucius did state, “I have yet to meet the person who is fonder of excellence than physical beauty.” Chow’s notoriously luxurious accommodation during filming has proven among the film’s most controversial aspects to date, receiving much scrutiny in Chinese coverage. In English-language media, however, most actual content has been overshadowed by “Confucius say” jokes. As in, “Confucius say: ‘Man who stand on toilet is high on pot.’” Here in China, man who stand on toilet is probably just in a Western shopping mall for the first time. I wonder what Kongzi would say to that. www.thebeijinger.com

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with both English and Chinese subtitles. RMB 20. 7.30pm. French Cultural Centre (6553 2627) Feb 2-7 Encore Screenings: Nordox 2009 The most popular films from last year’s Nordox film festival come back to the big screen, including Necrobusiness, Ghost of Cité Soleil, Iceberg Shadow, Hunting Down Memory and many more. Full schedule at www.ucca.org.cn. In original language with both English and Chinese subtitles. Free. UCCA (8459 9269) Feb 4 Documentary: Being Caribou Composed of footage shot by Leanne Alison and Diana Wilson during their epic 1,000km-long trip, the film seamlessly weaves stunning close-ups of the caribou migration with intimate video diaries of the two filmers as they follow the endangered herd. In English with Chinese subtitles. Free. 7pm. Channel Zero Salon (8855 0623) Feb 4, 11 Contemporary Arabic Videos Screening: With the Region Eight video works and four short documentaries depict some of the most complex and radical conflicts on earth – between different religious and ethnicities, between the traditional Arab world and the intrusion of Western culture – and the impact on both individuals and nations. Visit www.ucca.org.cn for film schedules and synopses. In Arabic with both English and Chinese subtitles. Free. UCCA (8459 9269) Feb 5 Amore Che Vieni, Amore Che Vai In 1963, a French bootlegger, a pimp and a Sardinian shepherd conspire on a robbery. When the shepherd double-crosses his partners – faking his death by killing his twin brother – his guilt prompts him to give away his share of the money. But fate’s not done with him. In Italian with English subtitles. Free. 7pm. Italian Embassy Cultural Office (6532 5015) Feb 6, 10 Little Nothings (Riens du tout) When Lepetit, the ambitious new CEO of a department store, decides to implement new measures to improve the store’s financial situation and raise morale, the team-building exercises slowly increase tension between members of the staff. Schedule at www. ccfpekin.org. In French, with both English and Chinese subtitles. RMB 20. 7.30pm. French Cultural Centre (6553 2627)


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DRIVING AMBITION

THE TOYOTA ART PROJECT by Madeleine O’Dea

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“IT IS NO LONGER POSSIBLE TO TRAVEL ON A WATER BUFFALO AS LAO TZU DID … CAN OUR CAR BECOME SOMETHING EQUALLY SACRED TO CARRY OUR EMOTIONS?”

Hung Tunglu's work flowers at Iberia

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of contemporary art from new media and installation to painting. The artworks embody an ironic spirit, where the shiny toys of the contemporary world are broken down and deconstructed, as well as an almost poetic yearning for meaning. Young artist Jiang Chongwen has created perhaps the most charming work in the exhibition, out of his own clapped-out Toyota car. Destined for the scrap yard, the car found a new destiny in Jiang’s work, Climbing the Cold Mountain, where the pulverized car parts are reconfigured into a classical Chinese landscape. Noting that scholars in earlier times collected curiously shaped rocks to recreate a classical vista of Guilin in their courtyards, Jiang muses: “In our age, it is no longer possible to travel on a water buffalo as Lao Tzu did, nor can we ride a lion to save the world as Bodhisattva Manjusri does, but can our car become something equally sacred to carry our emotions?” Established artist Shi Jinsong takes a different course, creating a grotesque fantasy engine that pulses with life but has no purpose. It powers nothing but itself, a work of “functionless fetishism.” Yu Bogong also chose to construct an engine; made out of wood, it powers the production of soap bubbles that drift aimlessly through the gallery. Elsewhere, Qi Jiaming’s The East is Red reduces an iconic tractor to a soft toy, made out of fake fur and with much of the stuffing knocked out of it. Wu Xiaojun is the artist in the exhibition who confronts China’s current position in the world most directly, as the nation is asked to step up to its global responsibilities post-GFC. He has created a hydrogen balloon designed to lift aloft a bilingual sign. In English and Chinese it spells out a plaintive message from China to the rest of the world: “Be Nice to Us.” “Asian Landmark – Toyota Art Project” is on show until Feb 28 at the Iberia Center for Contemporary Art. See listing, p68.

PHOTO: COURTESY OF IBERIA CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY ART

ast winter, the UCCA lit up the landscape of 798 with an exhibition entitled “Christian Dior and Chinese Artists.” Mounted in celebration of 60 years of the Dior fashion house, the show placed a selection of the house’s couture creations against a group of contemporary Chinese art works supposedly inspired by the spirit of Dior. This show proved wildly popular, but more than one observer noted that the artworks were – on the whole – outshone by the frocks. The “Asian Landmark” exhibition, showing at the Iberia Center for Contemporary Art under the auspices of the Toyota Art Project, risks no such invidious comparisons. There are no cars in the galleries to compete with the creations of the 20 chosen artists. Instead, the artists are competing against something more nebulous – to what extent their works prove that Asian corporate cash and contemporary artists can come together to create art that expresses a genuinely Asian contemporary culture. It is one of the most common criticisms leveled against Chinese contemporary art – both domestically and internationally – that it is enslaved to the West. It’s argued that contemporary art itself is a Western creation, which is being simply copied by Asian artists rather than transformed by them. Most mordantly, it is alleged that Chinese contemporary art reflects Western concerns rather than indigenous ones, and while the art market continues to be dominated by Western money, that is likely to remain so. In this exhibition we can see what happens when the work is funded by Asian capital and the artists have been specifically asked to reflect on Asian economic and cultural conditions, especially in the wake of the Global Financial Crisis (GFC). Many of the participating artists also visited Japan to observe Toyota and the Japanese corporate model in action. What the artists have created out of this is fascinating; the works range from the whimsical to the scary and they utilize the full palette


Feb 26 Carnera: The Walking Mountain In the decades leading up to World War II, a boxer known as the Walking Mountain embraced an impossible dream – to defeat world heavyweight champion Jack Sharkey. In front of a Madison Square Garden crowd, he proved that with determination and ambition, a common man can become a champion. In Italian with English subtitles. Free. 7pm. Italian Embassy Cultural Office (6532 5015)

AT CINEMAS ACROSS TOWN All month Confucius This collaboration between Chow Yun-fat and Chinese director Hu Mei (Dream of Red Chamber) brings the legendary educator and ideologist to life. The biopic highlights three influential events in Confucius’ later years. See Feature, p69. Opens Feb 4 14 Blades Directed by Daniel Lee, the film depicts the Ming dynasty exploits of elite assassins trained in clandestine combat since childhood. Features plenty of magnificently designed martial arts scenes. Donnie Yen, the Hong Kong kung fu star, turns in a noteworthy performance. See photo, right. Opens Feb 25 Sherlock Holmes Guy Ritchie directs Robert “Iron Man” Downey, Jr. as the iconic detective on the case with his stalwart partner Watson (Jude Law).

STAGE EVENTS

All month: 14 Blades I only see one. See listing, this page.

Feb 6-8 Tap Dance: Celtic Legends Another Irish tap dancing troupe takes the stage with the same exciting rhythm as Riverdance. Tickets at 6417 7845. RMB 80-880. 7.30pm. Poly Theater (6500 1188 ext 5126/7) Feb 9-15 Ballet: Kremlin Ballet Theater This young, dynamic Russian troupe will present Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, and The Nutcracker, as well as the China premiere of The Marriage of Figaro (Le Nozze di Figaro). Detailed programs at www.piao.com. RMB 80-1,280. 7.30pm. Poly Theater (6500 1188 ext 5126) Feb 16-19 Ballet: Swan Lake The luxuriant stage designs of the St. Petersburg Ballet are said to have been created at a cost of EUR 500,000. RMB 180-680. 7.30pm. NCPA Theater (6655 000) Feb 16-21 Broadway Musical: Forever Tango Luis Bravo, the creator and director of this colorful history of tango, calls the dance form “passionate, tender and violent.” The show had a highly successful yearlong run on Broadway and features an allArgentine cast: 14 dancers and an 11-piece orchestra. RMB 180-880. 7.30pm. Huairou Theater (6417 7845) Feb 17-19 Acrobatics: Goodbye, UFO The new large-scale performance by the Chinese National Acrobatic Troupe combines music, dance and 3-D special effects in a story set in a polluted future world, when travelers visit from outer space. RMB 80-1,280. 7.30pm. Beijing Exhibition Theater (6835 4455) Feb 26-28 Hip-Hop Battle: Keep On Dancing Vol.6 Over three days, competitors from the US, Japan and Canada battle it out in front of a live audience. DJs Live Talk Box, Fingazz, and Snoopy Dogg from the US and Gogashi, Tee and Batsu from Japan spin live music. RMB 60-500. 7.30pm. Olympic Center (6491 2143)

CONCERT EVENTS

Feb 3-6: Lar Lubovitch Dance Company Nice pins, lads. See listing, this page.

Jan 31 When Bach Meets Beatles Founded in 2009, the Beijing Wind Orchestra plays an eclectic program that includes Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor,

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Alfred Reed’s Concertino For Marimba & Winds, Kurt’s Threepenny Opera Suite, and The Beatles’ “Hey Jude” and “Yesterday.” See Feature, p73. RMB 80-400. 7.30pm. NCPA Concert Hall (6655 0000) Feb 8-9 Concert: Voices of Spring Conductor Fabio Luisi and Vienna Symphony Orchestra celebrate spring by presenting Mozart’s Adagio in E major and Rondo in C major, Franck’s Violin Sonata in A major, Prokofiev’s Violin Sonata in D major, Shostakovich’s Four Piano Preludes. Tickets at 6417 7845. RMB 180-380. 7.30pm. NCPA Concert Hall (6655 0000) Feb 10 Blue Danube Presented by China Broadcasting Symphony Orchestra, this concert includes “Blue Danube,” “Voice of Spring Waltz,” “Hungarian Dance No. 5,” Italian love songs, and the Swan Lake Suite. RMB 50-880. 7.30pm. Forbidden City Concert Hall (6559 8285) Feb 18 Piano Recital: Jean-Frédéric Neuburger Jean-Frédéric Neuburger plays selections from Chopin, Ravel’s La Valse, and Liszt’s Sonata in B minor. RMB 120-380. 7.30pm. NCPA Concert Hall (6655 0000) Feb 20 Landes Jugend Jazz Orchester Hessen (Hessian State Youth Jazz Orchestra) Considered one of the best youth jazz orchestra in Europe, the LJJO has a repertoire that includes not only classic jazz but also many commissioned works. RMB 30-580. 7.30pm. 7.30pm. Forbidden City Concert Hall (6559 8285) Feb 26 Violin Recital: A Legend of His Magic Bow The first Chinese ever to win the Paganini Violin Competition, Lu Siqing will perform Kabalevsky’s Violin Concerto, Sarasate’s Zigeunerweise, Wieniawski’s Legende and Tchaikosky’s Violin Concerto in D major. Tickets at 6417 7845. RMB 80-400. 7.30pm. NCPA Concert Hall (6655 0000) The Forbidden Requiem The Beijing Youth Orchestra presents Mozart’s Symphony No. 41 (“Jupiter”) under the baton of Robert Hasty from Northwestern University in Chicago. Tickets at 6454 9000. RMB 100-250. 7.30pm. Forbidden City Concert Hall (6559 8285)

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Feb 1-7 Drama: Rhinoceros in Love (Lianai de Xiniu) A young boy, Ma Lu, falls madly in love with a sexy and mysterious girl, Ming Ming ... and kidnaps her. Tickets available at 6417 7845. In Chinese only. RMB 120-380. 7.30pm. NCPA Theatre (6655 0000) Feb 3-5 Percussion Dance: The Sound of Yunnan Inspired by a desire to “assemble all the sounds from Yunnan,” famous choreographer and dancer Yang Liping brings more than a hundred Yunnanese musical instruments to the stage to accompany authentic ethnic dances. Tickets at 6417 7845. RMB 180-1,280. 7.30pm. Poly Theatre (6500 1188 ext 5126/27)

Feb 3-6 Lar Lubovitch Dance Company This famous 41-year-old New York City modern dance theater opens its China premiere with Concerto Six Twenty-Two, a giddy romp with a famous adagio male pas de deux. The program also includes New Star, a poetic and dreamlike duet; Little Rhapsodies, which features three of the company’s male virtuosos; and Coltrane’s Favorite Things, where Lubovitch’s choreography pushes, spins and flings his accomplished dancers through the air. See photo, below. RMB 80-480. 7.30pm. NCPA Theatre (6655 0000) Feb 3-9 Ballet: The Lady of the Camellias Based on the famous novel by Alexandre Dumas (fils) and set to Chopin’s music, this ballet depicts a courtesan’s final love affair. The Hamburg Ballet presents this classic under the direction of choreographer and artistic director John Neumeier. See photo, p69. Tickets at 6417 7845. RMB 180-1,080. 7.30pm. NCPA Theatre (6655 0000) Feb 5-7 Drama: The Village Acclaimed as Stan Lai’s best work, The Village follows the lives of three families in in a Taiwan village over half a century. This three-hour journey will leave audiences both laughing and crying. In Chinese. Tickets at 6417 7845. RMB 180-880. 7.30pm. Century Theater (6466 4805) Feb 5-6 Shifen Festival The various performances (drama, mime, Peking opera and modern dance) that comprise this festival each last less than 10 minutes; all are focused around a theme of “Green Energy,” literally using the color green to symbolize environmental issues. Details at www. cheekymonkeytheater.com. Penghao Theatre (6400 6452/72). Feb 5-11 Irish Tap Dance: Riverdance The world-famous step dancing from Ireland is back. The feet of one Riverdance jigger set a tapdance record; he was clocked at 32 taps per second. RMB 180-1,680. 7.30pm. Beijing Exhibition Theatre (6835 4455) Feb 6 Comedy: Chopschticks The live stand-up show returns with their improv act – laughs aplenty, they say. Tickets at www. beijinghomedelivery.com or by calling 158 1026 1614. RMB 300, RMB 250 (advance). 9pm. Hard Rock Cafe (6590 6688 ext 2571)


For a comprehensive directory, see www.thebeijinger.com GALLERIES 798 Art Wall Gallery Ceramics Third Street, Chaoyang District. (13488717500,1381120 9127, sheeta@126.com, 798artwall@gmail. com) www.798artwall.com 798艺术墙画廊, 朝阳区陶瓷三街 798 Photo Gallery Daily 10am-6pm. Dashanzi art district, 4 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6438 1784, 6437 5284) www.798photogallery.cn 百年印象摄影画 廊, 朝阳区酒仙桥路4号798大山子艺术区 Amelie Gallery and Creative Studio TueSun 10am-7pm. 797 East Street, Dashanzi Art District, 2 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (5978 9698, jessica@longyibang. com) 龙艺榜, 朝阳区酒仙桥路2号798艺术 区797东街 Anni Art Dashanzi art district, 2 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (8456 7783) 安妮画廊, 朝阳区酒仙桥路798 Arario Beijing Tue-Sun 10am-7pm. Inside Chaoyang Liquor Factory, Beihuqu, Anwaibeiyuan, Chaoyang District. (5202 3800) www.arariobeijing. com 朝阳区安外北苑北湖渠朝阳酒艺术园 Arrow Factory 38 Jianchang Hutong (off Guozijian Jie), Dongcheng District. www.arrowfactory.org.cn 箭厂空间, 东城区箭厂胡同38号(国子监街内) Artist Village Gallery Daily 9am-midnight. North of Rencun, Song Village, Tong County, Tongzhou District. (6959 8343, 139 0124 4283) www.artistvillagegallery. com 宋庄画家村画廊, 通州区宋庄任村北 一号 ArtMia Tue-Sun 10am-6pm. 261 Caochangdi Airport Service Road, Chaoyang District. (8457 4550) www.artmia.net 朝阳区机场辅 路草场地261号

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Beijing Angle Modern Art 4/F, Bldg 1, China View (Zhongguo Hongjie), A2 Gongti Donglu, Chaoyang District. (6561 8327) 北 京角度画廊, 朝阳区工体东路甲二号中国红 阶一座四层 Beijing Art Now Gallery (BANG) Tue-Sun noon-6pm. Bldg E, Red Yard No. 1, Caochangdi, Cuigezhuang, Chaoyang District. (5127 3292) www.beijingartnow. com 现在画廊, 朝阳区崔各庄草场地红1号 院E座 Beijing Center for the Arts Daily 10am-10pm. 23, Qianmen Dongdajie, Dongcheng District. (6559 8008) 天安时间当代艺术中心, 东城区前门东大 街23号 Beijing Central Art Gallery & Cultural Venue 1) Daily 8.30am-6pm. 2 Riverville Square, 1 District 1, Tianzhu Development Zone (take the Yang Lin exit from the Airport Expressway), Shunyi District. (8046 6348, keturah@bjcagallery.com); 2) Daily 10am-8pm. 1/F, Kempinski Hotel, 50 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6465 1396, keturah@bjcagallery.com) www.bjcagallery.com 硕华画廊, 1) 顺义区 天竺丽来花园一区1号温榆广场2号(机场高速 杨林大道出口第六个出口); 2) 朝阳区亮马 桥路50号凯宾斯基饭店1层 Beijing Commune Tue-Sun 11am-7pm. Dashanzi art district, 4 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (8456 2862, lenglin@yahoo.com) www.beijingcommune.com 北京公社, 朝阳区酒仙桥路4号大 山子798艺术区 Beijing East Gallery Tue-Sun 9am-5.30pm. Deshengmen Watchtower, Beierhuan Zhonglu, Xicheng District. (8201 4962, bj.east.gallery@163.com) www.bj-eastgallery.com 北京艺森画廊, 西城区北二环中路 德胜门箭楼 Beijing Tokyo Art Projects Tue-Sun 10am-6.30pm. Dashanzi art district, 4 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (8457 3245) www.tokyo-gallery.com 北京 东京艺术工程, 朝阳区酒仙桥路4号798大山 子艺术区 Beyond Art Space Tue-Sat 11am6pm. 798 art district, 4 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (5978 9561, beyondartspace@gmail.com) www.beyondartspace.com 朝阳区朝阳区酒仙桥路2号798艺术区 8502信箱

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Boers-Li Gallery Tue-Sun 10am-6.30pm. Compound 8A, Airport Service Road, Caochangdi, Chaoyang District. (6432 2620, info@boersligallery.com) www. boersligallery.com 朝阳区机场辅路草场地 甲8号院 Chambers Fine Art Tue-Sun 10am-6pm. Red No.1-D, Caochangdi, Chaoyang District. (5127 3298, info@chambersfineart. com.cn) www.chambersfineart.com.cn 前波画廊, 朝阳区草场地红一号D座 China Art Archives and Warehouse Wed-Sun 1-6pm, or by appointment. Opposite the Nangao Police Station,Caochangdi, (take the Airport Service road one exit past Wuhuan Lu, then take the first right past the Chang Jian Driving School), Chaoyang District. (8456 5152/5153, mail@caaw.com.cn) www.archivesandwarehouse.com 艺术文化仓库, 朝阳区机场辅路草场地村南 皋派出所对面(机场辅路由南往北五环外第 一个路口) C-Space Tue-Sun 11am-6pm. C1 and C2, Red No.1,Caochangdi, Chaoyang District. (5127 3248, info@c-spacebeijing.com) www.c-spacebeijing.com C-空间, 朝阳区草场地艺术区红1号C1,C2座

Dashanzi art district, 4 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (5978 9768, lm@longmarchspace.com) www.longmarchspace.com 长征空间, 朝阳区大山子艺术区 offiCina Tue-Sun noon-7pm. Dashanzi art district, 2 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (5978 9462) www.officinaltd. com 意中艺术工作室, 朝阳区酒仙路2号大 山子艺术区 Onemoon Contemporary Art Tue-Sun, 10am-6pm. Inside Ditan Gongyuan (enter from the south gate), Dongcheng District. (6427 7748) www.onemoonart.com 一月当代, 东城区安定门外地坛公园 Pace Beijing Dashanzi art district, 4 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (5978 9781) 朝阳区酒仙桥路4号大山子艺 术区 Paris-Beijing Photo Gallery Daily 10am-6pm. Dashanzi art district, 4 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (5978 9262 / 3, pbphotogallery@gmail. com, www.parisbeijingphotogallery.com) 巴黎 北京摄影空间, 朝阳区酒仙桥路4号 798大山子艺术区

Dafeng Art Gallery Tue-Sun 10am-6pm. 1) Dashanzi art district (just past Dimensions Art Center and 3+3 Gallery), 4 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6433 7317); 2) 241 Beijie, Xiaopu Cun, Songzhuang Artists Village, Tongzhou District. 大风画廊, 1) 朝阳区酒仙桥路4号 798大山子艺术区南边; 2) 通州区宋庄画家 村小堡村北街241号

Pékin Fine Arts Wed-Sun 10am-6pm. 241,Caochangdi, Cuigezhuang,, Chaoyang District. (5127 3220) www.pekinfinearts.com 艺门画廊, 朝阳区崔各庄乡草场地村241号

Dialogue Space Tue-Sun 10.30 am-6.30pm. 6-99,22 Internaltional Art Plaza, 32 Baiziwan Lu, Chaoyang District. (5876 9392, contact@dialoguespace.com) www.dialoguespace.com 对画空间, 朝阳 区百子湾路32号二十二院街艺术区6-99(今 日美术馆南侧)

Platform China Tue-Sun 11am-6pm. 319-1 East End Art (Zone A), Caochangdi Village (Take the Airport Service road one exit past Wuhuan Lu, take the first right and turn north on the road opposite the Chang Jian Driving School), Chaoyang District. (6432 0169/0091, info@platformchina.org) www.platformchina.org 站台 中国当代艺 术机构, 朝阳区草场地村319-1 艺术东区 A区内 (机场辅路由南往北五环外第一个路口 路东, 长建驾校对面路口)

Dun Gallery Daily 10am-7pm. Bldg 1, Lakeview Place (inside DragonBay Villa), Yuyuan Lu, HoushayuTown, Shunyi District. (8042 2395) www.dungallery.cn 顺义区后沙浴镇裕园路龙湾别墅,乐客湾 1号楼 Eastlink Gallery Tue-Sun 10am-5.30pm. L314-319, Bldg 3, Europlaza, 99 Yuxiang Lu, Tianzhu Town, Shunyi District. (135 2415 2848) www.eastlinkgallery.cn 顺义区天竺镇裕翔路99号欧陆广场3楼 L314-319 F2 Gallery Wed-Sun 10am-6pm. 319 Caochangdi, Chaoyang District. (6432 8831) www.f2gallery.com F2画廊, 朝阳区朝阳区草场地319号 Faurschou Gallery Beijing Tue-Sun 10am-6pm. Dashanzi art district, 4 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (8459 9316/14) www.faurschou.com 林冠画廊, 朝阳区酒仙桥路4号大山子艺术区 Galerie Urs Meile, Lucerne-Beijing Tue-Sun 11am-6.30pm. 104 Caochangdi Village (take the airport service road north past the fifth Ring Road, turn right at the China Film Museum billboard and continue to the traffic light. At the light, veer right onto a slanted road and continue heading right. The gallery is the two-story gray building on the left), Chaoyang District. (6433 3393, fax 6433 0203) www.galerieursmeile.com 麦勒画廊, 朝阳区草场地村104号

PKM Gallery Tue-Sun 10am-6pm. 46-C Caochangdi, Chaoyang District. (8456 7429) www.pkmgallery.com 北京朴敬美画廊, 朝阳区草场地46号C

Red Gate Gallery Daily 10am-5pm. Levels 1 and 4, Dongbianmen Watchtower Chongwenmen, Chongwen District. (6525 1005) www.redgategallery.com 红门画廊, 崇文区东便门角楼 ShanghART Beijing Tue-Sun 11am-6pm. 261 Caochangdi, Chaoyang District. (6432 3202) www.shanghartgallery.com 香格纳北京, 朝阳区草场地261号 SZ Art Center Tue-Sun 10am-6.30pm. Dashanzi art district, 4, Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (5978 9213) www.szartcenter.com 圣之空间艺术中心, 朝阳区酒仙桥路4号大山子艺术区 Tang Contemporary Gallery Tue-Sun 10.30am-6.30pm. Dashanzi art district, 2 Jiuxianqiao Road, Chaoyang District. (6436 3518/3658, info@tangcontemporary. com) www.tangcontemporary.com 当代唐人艺术中心, 朝阳区酒仙桥路2号大 山子艺术区 Three Shadows Photography Art Centre Tue-Sun 10am-6pm. 155 East End Art, Caochangdi Village (Next to Platform China), Chaoyang District. (6432 2663) www.threeshadows.cn 三影堂摄影艺术 中心, 朝阳区草场地艺术东区155号(站台 中国旁)

Galleria Continua Tue-Sun 11am-6pm. Dashanzi art district, 2 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (5978 9505) www.galleriacontinua.com 常青画廊, 朝阳区酒仙桥路2号798大山子艺术区

Today Art Museum Daily 9am-5pm. Pingod Space, 32 Baiziwan Lu, Chaoyang District. (5862 1100) www.todayartmuseum.com 今日美术馆, 朝阳区百子湾路32号

Imagine Gallery Tues-Sun, 10:30am5:30pm. 8 Feijiacun Yishu Gongzuoshi, Feijiacun, Laiguangying Donglu, Chaoyang District. (6438 5747, 139 1091 7965, laetitia.gauden@imagine-gallery. com) www.imagine-gallery.com 想象画廊, 朝阳区来广营东路同达生态园对 面费家村东路8号艺术工作室

Wall Art Museum 10am-7pm. 34 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (6564 8233 ext 802, ccad@aer.net. cn) wwww.wallartmuseum.com 墙美术馆, 朝阳区东三环中路34号

Instituto Cervantes 1A Gongti Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (5879 9666) www.pekin.cervantes.es 北京塞万提斯学 院, 朝阳区工体南路甲1号 Long March Space Tue-Sun 11am-7pm.

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White Space Beijing Tue-Sun noon-6pm. Airport Service Road, 255 Caochangdi, Chaoyang District. (8456 2054) www.alexanderochs-galleries.de 空白空间, 朝阳区机场辅路草场地255号 Xin Dong Cheng Space For Contemporary Art 1) Daily 10am-5pm. Dashanzi art district, 4 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang

District. (6433 4579); 2) Chaoyang Liquor Factory, Beihuqu Jie, Anwaibeiyuan, Chaoyang District. (5202 3868) www. chengxindong.com 程昕东国际当代艺术 空间, 1) 朝阳区酒仙桥路4号798大山子艺 术区; 2) 朝阳区安外北苑北湖渠朝阳区酿 酒厂内 Yan Club Arts Centre Daily 10am-6pm. Dashanzi art district, 4 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (5978 9172) www.yanclub.com 仁画廊, 朝阳区酒仙桥路 4号798大山子艺术区 Yuanfen New Media Art Space Wed-Sun 11am-7pm, and by appointment. Qixing Dongjie, Dashanzi art district, Chaoyang District. (5978 9896, info@yuanfenart.com) 缘分新媒体艺术空 间, 朝阳区大山子艺术区七星东街

MUSEUMS Capital Museum Tue-Sun 9am-5pm. 16 Fuxingmenwai Dajie, Xicheng District. (6337 0491/2) www.capitalmuseum.org.cn 首都博物馆, 西城区复兴门外大街 16号 Iberia Center for Contemporary Art Tue-Sun 10am-6pm. Dashanzi art district, 4, Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (5978 9530, info@iberiart.org) www.iberiart.org 伊比利亚当代艺术中心, 朝阳区酒仙桥路4号大山子艺术区 National Art Museum of China Daily 9am-4pm. 1 Wusi Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6401 2252/7076) www.namoc.org 中国美术馆, 东城区五四大街1号 The Palace Museum Daily 8.30am-4pm. Forbidden City, 4 Jingshan Qianjie, Xicheng District. (6513 2255, 8511 7099) www.dpm.org.cn 故宫博物院, 西城区景 山前街4号 Ullens Center for Contemporary Art Tue-Sun 10am-7pm. Dashanzi Art District, 4 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (8459 9269) www.ucca.org.cn 尤伦斯当代 艺术中心, 朝阳区酒仙桥路4号大山子艺术区

BOOKSTORES The BookMark A wide range of books in English and other languages, including a sizable selection of children’s literature. Wed-Sat 10am-4pm. 1 Kaifa Jie (between Ms. Shanen’s Bagels and Smallville Café), Xibaixinzhuang, Houshayu, Shunyi District. (8049 9175, shunyilibrary@aol.com) www.bookmarkbeijing.com 顺义区后沙峪 西白辛庄开发街1号 The Bookworm This sleek lending library and bookshop has the best selection of English language books and magazines in town and is often cheaper than Amazon et al. The bibliophile manager arranges a fabulous lecture series that features both local and international authors. Other draw cards include the rooftop terrace, comfy couches and a kitchen that serves European fare. 1) Mon-Sat 8am8pm, Sun 8am-5pm. The First Courtyard, Hegezhuang Village, Shunyi District. (6431 2108, books@beijingbookworm. com, kidsclub@beijingbookworm. com); 2) Daily 9am-2am. Courtyard 4, Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6586 9507, books@beijingbookworm.com, kidsclub@beijingbookworm.com) www. chinabookworm.com 书虫书吧, 1) 顺义 区崔各庄乡,何各庄村一号院; 2) 朝阳区工 体北路4号院 Chaterhouse Booktrader Prices are generally a bit higher than those at the Foreign Language Bookstore, but they do stock a good range of travel, kids, health and coffee table books. 1) Daily 10.30am-7.30pm. River Garden Clubhouse, 7 Yuyang Lu, Houshayu, Shunyi District. (8046 6211, customer@chaterhouse.com.cn); 2) Daily 10am-10pm. Shop B107, The Place, 9 Guanghua Lu (Dongdaqiao Lu), Chaoyang District. (6587 1328, customer@chaterhouse.com.cn) 1) 顺义区后沙峪乡榆阳路7号; 2) 朝阳区光华路9号世贸天阶中心地库B107 Foreign Languages Bookstore English language fiction, art books, travel books, magazines, maps, dictionaries, kids’ books (Dr. Seuss!) and more. Daily 9.30am-9.30pm.


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Can you spot the former rock star?

WHEN BACH MEETS BEATLES The Beijing Wind Orchestra mixes rock and classical

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by Cecily Huang band Metallica. He and another three friends founded their own rock band in the first year of high school, with Ma on electric guitar. Back in the 1990s, rock music was still pretty new to China. The group became one of the first underground rock bands in Haidian District. Everyday, after their classical music class, they went to rock out in an empty garage they rented as a rehearsal space. After almost a year’s preparation, they made their debut, playing two Metallica songs in the school’s New Year concert. With every other student dressed formally and playing classical music, they showed up on stage in skeleton-themed T-shirts, jeans and military boots. As they kicked off their first heavy metal tune, the crowd was shocked. “Our teachers didn’t know what we would play. At that time, our dress was quite avantgarde. I can still remember their faces when they saw our clothes. After the show, they asked us nicely to focus on our major,” Ma laughed. “Some students did not like the music, but others thought we were really cool!” Ma’s rock band played a few times in bars, before they disbanded in the last year of high school; they had to prepare for the university entrance exams. “Actually, rock music helps me to understand and manage different music styles now,” Ma adds. “Its diverse style is one of the reasons I wanted to take part in the wind orchestra. In the future, I hope we’ll have a chance to cooperate with rock bands – like Metallica did with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra” As for the BWO’s upcoming concert, “When Bach Meets Beatles,” Ma recommends two works. “Kurt Weill’s Threepenny Opera Suite is one of the mainstay repertory pieces for symphonic winds, adapted from The Beggar’s Opera. It successfully mixes classical, pop, swing and European jazz styles. Our wind instruments vividly depict the characters in each movement. Also, Alfred Reed’s Praise Jerusalem has a strong religious influence. It is simply divine.”

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“I hope we will have a chance to cooperate with rock bands – like Metallica did with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra”

Beijing Wind Orchestra will perform in the NCPA on Jan 31. www.thebeijinger.com

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very morning, near the third palace of the Imperial Ancestral Temple, tourists and passersby are surprised to hear the Beatles’ “Hey Jude” and Michael Jackson’s “Heal The World” being played by saxophones and tubas. Inside the palace, eighty young musicians are rehearsing. They are members of the Beijing Wind Orchestra (BWO), only the third professional wind concert band in the world (i.e. not a military band or a subsidary part of a larger orchestra). A wind orchestra excludes all string instruments to present the full complement of woodwind and brass instruments, including the alto clarinet, which is almost never found in a conventional orchestra. “A wind orchestra can present a wide range of distinctive tones from the same instrument. It provides rich timbre and musical tension,” says Li Fangfang, the BWO’s principal conductor. “Many modern composers have written great works only for wind orchestras.” BWO’s first-chair clarinetist Ma Jia says, “String instruments are irreplaceable, but the wind orchestra can have a stronger impact on audiences’ ears. It’s a very different acoustic experience.” Last July, the BWO made its debut in the National Centre for the Performing Arts to long and thunderous applause. This month, when they play there again, their program will include pop tunes and jazz; it’s part of Li’s mission to bring audiences multiple styles of music in each concert. Over the past year, the BWO’s “Big Band” jazz members have received training from Earl Jackson, an experienced woodwind conductor and jazz musician from the US, and Du Yinjiao, a prominent Chinese saxophone player and jazz band conductor. Concertmaster Ma Jia began learning clarinet at the age of 11, but he admits, “If there was a school of rock, I probably would have applied to that instead of to the Central Conservatory of Music.” This mild-mannered young man was a rock star before he even graduated high school. While studying clarinet in the high school associated with the Central Conservatory of Music, Ma became fascinated by the rock


235 Wangfujing Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6512 6903, bxwjsjb@public.bta. net.cn) www.bpiec.com.cn 外文书店, 东城 区王府井大街235号 Garden Books Small English-language bookstore above Sequoia Cafe with a quality selection. 8am-9pm. 44 Guanghua Lu (opposite the Brazilian Embassy), Chaoyang District. (6585 1435, gardenbooks@yahoo.cn) 朝阳区光华路44号 Ivy Kids Book Club The best selection of English children’s books in Beijing, with over 1,400 titles suitable for children between 0 and 6 years-old. Ask about their book club. Mon-Fri 8.30am-5pm Sat 10am-6pm. Bldg E, Ocean Express, 2 Dongsanhuan Beilu (behind Silver Tower), Chaoyang District. (8446 7286, info@ivybookclub.cn) www.ivybookclub. cn 朝阳区东三环北路2号远洋新干线E座(南 银大厦后面) O2SUN Bookstore A very browse-worthy store with a wide, fun selection of Chinese books and magazines, with a few shelves of English books. 1) Daily 9am-midnight. Bldg 1, Huaqing Jiayuan, Chengfu Lu (across from Wudaokou light-rail station), Haidian District. (8286 3032/33); 2) Daily 10am-10pm. B1083, Shin Kong Place, 87 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (6533 1369); 3) Daily 9am-midnight. S3001, Bldg B, Soho New Town, 88 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (8580 2786/2789) www.o2sun.com 光合作用, 1) 海淀区五道 口华清嘉园 1 号楼; 2) 朝阳区建国路87号 新光天地地下1层1083号; 3) 朝阳区建国路 88号Soho现代城B座S3001

Timezone 8 An amazing selection of fashion and art books from local and foreign publishers. Serves a selection of healthy and light cuisine. Booktalks on Saturdays. 11.30am to 7.30pm. Dashanzi art district, 4 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (8456 0336) timezone8.com 现代书店北京艺术书屋, 朝阳区酒仙桥路4号 798大山子艺术区 Trends Lounge A bookstore-cafe with plenty of comfy nooks for you, coffee and a book. Impressive range of magazines and books including a decent English-language selection. Daily 10am-10pm. L214, 2/F, Trends Bldg (connected to The Place’s north building), 9 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6587 1998) 时尚廊, 朝阳区光华路9号时尚大厦 2层L214 Wangfujing Bookstore One of the city’s biggest and most comprehensive bookstores. Struggle through the crowds to reach the third floor, where you’ll find a smattering of original English editions and a good range of Chinese language learning materials. Lectures are held on the sixth floor on weekends, usually in Chinese. 10am-9pm. 218 Wangfujing Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6513 2842, 6525 2592) www.wfjsd.com 王府井书店, 东城区王府 井大街218号

CINEMAS Channel Zero Salon 7G, Bldg 4, Meilin Garden, 33 Zizhuyuan Lu, Haidian District. (8855 0623, channelzero@vip.sina.com) www.bjdoc.com 零频道沙龙, 海淀区紫竹院

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One Way Street Library The limited selection of English-language books in this hard to find shop can only be browsed in store, but this small, sunny bookstore is still worth visiting. Daily 10am-10pm. No. 16, Bld 11, Solana, 6 Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (5905 6973, onewaystreetlibrary@ gmail.com) www.onewaystreet.cn 单向街图书馆, 朝阳区朝阳公园路6号院蓝色 港湾11号楼水岸街16号

Poplar Kids Republic Bookstore One of the most extensive children’s bookstores in Beijing. The unique design encourages children and their parents to stop by, read together and enjoy the in-store facilities, which include a comfortable play area. Daily 10am-7pm. Rm 1362, Bldg 13, Jianwai Soho, 39 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (5869 3032) www.poplar.com.cn 蒲蒲兰绘本馆, 朝阳区东三环中路39号建外Soho13号楼1362

路33号美林花园4号楼7G China Film Archives 3 Wenhuiyuan Lu, Xiaoxitian, Haidian District. (6225 4422 ext 1214) www.cfa.gov.cn 中国电影资料馆, 海 淀区小西天文慧园路3号1213室 China National Film Museum Tue-Sun 9am4.30pm. 9 Nanying Lu, Chaoyang District. (6431 9548) www.cnfm.org.cn 中国电影博 物馆, 朝阳区南影路9号 CNEX Saloon Cafe Tue-Sun 1.30-9.30pm. 3 Guangqu Donglu (inside Imagebase Beijing), Chaoyang District. (8721 5576) 北北库沙龙咖啡馆, 朝阳区广渠东路3号竞院 图片基地1号库东1层 Drive-in Cinema 2 Liangmaqiao Lu (1,500m east of Yanshaqiao), Chaoyang District. (6431 9595, 5165 2832) www.drive-in.net.cn 汽车影院, 朝阳区燕莎 桥东1500米路北, 亮马桥2号 East Gate Cinema B1/F, Bldg B, East Gate Plaza (behind the Poly Theatre), 9 Dongzhong Jie, Dongcheng District. (6418 5931) www.dhyc.cn 东环影城, 东城区保利大厦北侧东环广场B座地下一层 French Cultural Centre 18 Gongti Xilu, Chaoyang District. (6553 2627) www. ccfpekin.org 法国文化中心, 朝阳区工体 西路18号 Instituto Cervantes 1A Gongti Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (5879 9666) www.pekin.cervantes.es 北京塞万提斯学 院, 朝阳区工体南路甲1号 Italian Embassy Cultural Office 2 Sanlitun Dong Er Jie, Chaoyang District. (6532 5015, iicpechino@esteri.it) www.iicpechino.esteri.it 意大利大使馆文化 处, 朝阳区三里屯东二街2号 Mega Box 1) B2/F, The Village at Sanlitun, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6417 6118); 2) 3/F, Area C, Zhongguancun Mall (West of Dinghao Mall), Haidian District. (5986 3777) www.imegabox.com 美嘉欢乐影城, 1) 朝阳区三里屯路19号三 里屯Village地下二层(三里屯酒吧街南口西 侧); 2) 海淀区中关村广场购物中心C区三 层(鼎好西侧) Shoudu Shidai Cinema B1/F, Capital Times Square, Xidan, Xicheng District. (8391 3643) www.shoudushidai.blog.sohu.com 首都时代电影城, 西城区西单时代广场地 下一层 Space for Imagination Daily 9am-1.30am. 5 Xiwangzhuang, Shuangqing Lu, Haidian District. (6279 1280) www.hzcafe. com 盒子咖啡馆, 海淀区双清路西王庄5号 Star City Daily 9am-10pm. B1/F, The Malls at Oriental Plaza, Dongcheng District. (8518 6778) www.b-cinema.com.cn 新世纪影城, 东城区东方广场地下一层 Stellar International Cineplex 1) 4/F, Bldg A, Wangjing International Business Center, 9 Wangjing Jie, Chaoyang District. (5920 3788); 2) 3/F, Hualian Shopping Mall, 111 Huilongguan Xidajie, Changping District. (8077 1188); 3) 5/F, Golden Resources Shopping Center, 1 Yuanda Lu, Haidian District. (8887 8695) www.bjxingmei.com, www.wjxingmei. com 星美国际影城, 1) 朝阳区望京街9号望 京国际商业中心A座4层; 2) 昌平区回龙观 西大街111号华联商厦3层; 3) 海淀区远大路 1号金源购买物中心5层 Trainspotting Daily 11am-10pm. 46 Fangjia Hutong (just south of Guozijian Jie), Dongcheng District. (6400 1725) 猜火车, 东城区方家胡同46号艺术园区 (国 子监南临) UME International Cineplex 1) 5/F, Fuli Plaza, Shuangjing Qiao Bei, Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (5903 7171); 2) 44 Kexueyuan Nanlu, Shuangyushu, Haidian District. (8211 5566) www.bjume. com 华星影院, 1) 朝阳区东三环中路双井 桥北富力广场5层; 2) 海淀区双榆树科学院 南路44号 Wanda International Cinema 1) Daily 10am-9pm. 5/F, Longde Square, 186 Litang Lu, Changping District. (8484 4742); 2) Daily 9am-10pm. 3/F, Bldg B, Wanda Plaza, 93 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (5960 3399) www.wandafilm.com 万达国 际电影城, 1) 昌平区立汤路186号龙德广场 5层; 2) 朝阳区建国路93号万达广场B座3层 Yugong Yishan Daily 7pm-late. 3-2

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THEATERS Beijing Chaoyang Theater Shows daily 7.15pm (call for additional show times). 36 Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6507 2421/1818) www.bjcyjc.com 北京朝 阳剧场, 朝阳区东三环北路36号 BeijingDance/LDTX Rm 2111, 1 Bakeyangshu, Shuangjing, Chaoyang District. (6405 4842) 北京雷动天下现代舞 团, 朝阳区朝阳区双井八棵杨树甲1号北京歌 舞剧院211室 Beijing Exhibition Theater 135 Xizhimenwai Dajie, Xicheng District. (6835 4455) 北京展览馆剧场, 西城区西直门外大街135号 Century Theater 21st Century Hotel, 40 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6466 4805, 6468 3311 ext 3126) 世纪剧院, 朝阳区亮马桥路40号(21世纪 饭店) East Pioneer Theater 8-2 Dongdan Santiao (east of Oriental Plaza), Dongcheng District. (6559 7364, 65276911) 东方先锋剧 场, 东城区东单三条8-2号 Fengchao Theater 200m east of Oriental Ginza, 12 Shizipo, Dongzhimenwai Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6415 7332) 蜂巢剧 场, 东城区东直门外大街十字坡12号东方银 座东200米 Huairou Theater 1 Kangfang Donglu, Huairou District. (5128 6286) 怀柔剧场, 怀柔区怀柔开放东路1号 Imperial Granary Nanxincang, 22 Dongsishitiao, Chaoyang District. (6409 6477/99, 136 0125 9568) 皇家粮仓, 朝阳区东四十条22号南新仓 Mei Lanfang Grand Theater 32 Ping’anli Dajie (southeast of Guanyuan Qiao), Xicheng District. (5833 1288/1388) www.mlfdjy.cn 梅兰芳大剧院, 西城区平安 里西大街32号(官园桥东南角) National Centre For The Performing Arts (NCPA) 2 Chang’an Jie, Xicheng District. (6655 0000) www.chncpa.org 国家大剧院, 西城区西长安街2号 Peking University Hall Inside Peking University, 5A Yiheyuan Lu, Haidian District. (6275 1278) www.pku-hall.com 北大百年纪念礼堂, 海淀区颐和园路甲5号 北京大学内 Penghao Theater 35 Dongmianhua Hutong (south gate of the Central Academy of Drama, between Nanluogu Xiang and Jiaodaokou Nandajie), Dongcheng District. (6400 6452/ 72) 蓬蒿剧场, 东城区东棉花胡同35号(中央戏剧 学院南门, 南锣鼓巷和交道口南大街之间) People’s Art Theater 22 Wangfujing Dajie (behind Capital Theater), Dongcheng District. (6525 0123) 人艺小剧场, 东城区王府井大街22号, 首都剧院后面 PLA Song and Dance Theater 60 Deshengmennei Dajie, southeast corner of Jishuitan Bridge, Xicheng District. (8322 0726, 6613 1718) www.pla-theater.com 解放军歌舞剧院, 西城区德胜门内大街60号积水潭桥东南角 Poly Theatre Poly Plaza, 14 Dongzhimen Nandajie, Dongcheng District. (6500 1188 ext 5126/5127) www.polytheatre.com 保利剧院, 东城区东直门南大街14号保利 大厦1层 Tianqiao Theater 30 Beiwei Lu, Xuanwu District. (8315 6300) 天桥剧场, 宣武区北 纬路30号

CONCERT HALLS Beijing Concert Hall 1 Beixinhuajie, Xicheng District. (6605 7006/5812) 北京音 乐厅, 西城区北新华街1号 Forbidden City Concert Hall Inside Zhongshan Park, Xichang’an Jie, Xicheng District. (6559 8285) www.fcchbj.com 中山公 园音乐堂, 西城区西长安街中山公园内


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Feb 6 “Small Spring Festival” in the Hutongs Celebrate “Small Spring Festival” and see customs preserved by some very traditional families. RMB 190 (20 percent off for children under 16). 5-9pm. Ninety Percent Travel (151 1791 6648) www.90percenttravel.com Feb 11-19 Tibet New Year Celebration Tour: Lhasa, Gyangtse, Shigatse Celebrate New Year according to the Tibetan calendar on this nineday trip. RMB 5,500 (not including train and flight). CnAdventure (5166 9102) www.cnadventure.com Feb 13 Tropical Hainan Biking and Hiking Expedition Cycle through central Hainan and observe the local lifestyle. RMB 10,450. CnAdventure (5166 9102) www.cnadventure.com Feb 14-15 Beijing Temple Fair Tour Feel the bustle of a traditional Beijing temple fair. RMB 200. 9am-4pm. CCC (6432 9341) www.chinaculturecenter.org Feb 15-18 Yunnan: Yuanyang’s Hani Rice Terraces, Jianshui and Luoping The terraces were carved into the hillsides millennia ago, transforming a barren valley into a humid Eden for rice crops. Wander through the fields and visit the ancient town of Jianshui. RMB 6,400. CCC (6432 9341) www.chinaculturecenter.org Feb 27-28 Lantern Festival Iron Fireworks Strictly for the adventurous. Watch a countryside town’s Lantern Festival parade and take in the spectacular “Iron Fireworks.” RMB 690. 8am-7pm (next day). Ninety Percent Travel (151 1791 6648) www.90percenttravel.com Nanjing’s Plum Blossom Festival Tour Weekend trip to the former capital involves a visit to the annual “Plum Blossom Festival.” RMB 3,300. CCC (6432 9341) www.chinaculturecenter.org

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Every Wed Cambodia: Angkor Wat Explore Cambodia, from Phnom Penh to Angkor Wat, on this five-day tour. RMB 5,950 (includes round-trip airfare, minimum two people). Asialive Travel (5823 7217, contact@asialive.net.cn) www.asialive.net.cn Every Fri Five-day Trek to Tiger Leaping Gorge and Lijiang Hike along one of the deepest gorges in the world, through minority villages and along snowpeaked mountains. Sign up at least one week in advance. RMB 9,900. CnAdventure (5166 9102) www.cnadventure.com Taiwan: Charm and Grandeur Jump the strait for a ten-day trip exploring mystic temples, goldmining villages and the lighter side of former headhunting tribes, as well as the natural beauty of southern Taiwan (including Sun Moon Lake, Taroko Gorge and Kenting National Park). RMB 12,200. TUI China (8519 8999, private-tours@tui.cn) www.tui.cn Every Fri-Sun Hakka Villages and Xiamen Spend the night in a tulou, a circular earthen building that can house an entire village. Also included is a bus tour along Xiamen’s coastline, with an optional extra day on Gulangyu Island. RMB 3,500-4,500 (add RMB 800 for an extra day). WestChina Adventure Tours (135 8168 2703) www.westchina.net.cn Every Sat North Korea Discovery A four-day trip to visit China’s dear neighbor. RMB 7,900 (includes round-trip airfare, minimum two people). Asialive Travel (5823 7217, contact@asialive.net.cn) www.asialive.net.cn All month Beijing City Bus Tour This daily bilingual city tour offers a brief introduction to Beijing’s sights and planning. RMB 380, free (children under 1.2m). Day tour (3 hours) bus departs at 9.30am, 10am, 2pm and 2.30pm. Night tour (1.5 hours) bus departs at 7pm

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used to travel in China during the New Year holiday. And, for that matter, all those other “Golden Weeks” where you get seven days’ respite from work in return for a consecutive seven-day slog (and sometimes more) upon returning. For several years, I reasoned that a one-week sojourn abroad was frivolous, a blow to the bank account that would bruise far beyond the time I’d have lazing on a Southeast Asian beach or exploring Tokyo. I couldn’t do these places justice in less than two weeks, a month even. And anyway, there was plenty left to see in China. Two things forced me to rethink. I never seemed to have two weeks’ vacation, never mind a month. If I wanted to fill my passport with anything other than Chinese visas, I had to start checking in at International Departures at every opportunity. Then there’s the fact that traveling during Spring Festival is just not fun. The railway stations and trains themselves are even more overcrowded than usual, and that’s if you even succeed in buying a ticket. Flying is better, but when you arrive at your destination, you discover that almost everything’s closed. Then the “scenic spots” are overrun with tour groups. Yes, “everyone’s at home with the family.” But not everyone is actually at home, and in China that means that any spot of interest is a mass of bodies, red baseball caps and yellow flags. The one place that could tempt me to lift my domestic travel ban this year is Harbin. For the past five years, I’ve been planning to brave the northeast’s massively sub-zero temperatures to see the city’s ice sculpture festival. An ice rendering of actress Fan Bingbing is one of this year’s attractions, although the frosty likeness resembles a villain from a Chinese remake of Terminator 2. Ctrip.com quotes flights from Beijing as starting from RMB 337 during the ice festival, but during the New Year holiday the best price I’ve been able to find is RMB 1,540. Maybe I’ll take the train. But why go anywhere? Spring Festival brings an annual chance to see Beijing in a rare light, with few people on the streets and freeflowing traffic. All the elements of Chinese New Year you could want to experience – the fireworks, the dumplings, the temple fairs – are right here, without the hassle of bottlenecked transport systems and fully booked hotels. Various festive celebrations take place throughout the month in and around Beijing: See the event listings on this page for tours and daytrips run by local operators. Finally, good news for Americans keen on traveling to the DPRK. We recently got word from Koryo Tours that starting sometime in 2010, the DPRK will be open year-round to American tourists – at present, US citizens are generally only able to join tours during the Mass Games. The Great Leader Kim Il-sung must be turning in his display case. Iain Shaw

All event listings are accurate at time of press and subject to change


and 7.30pm. Tour departs from Guomao Exhibition Hall. Beijing Citybus Tour (400 650 0760) www.citybustour.com Breakaway to Dalian Take a three-day trip to China’s northeast coast. See the ocean, Chairman Mao’s Medal Museum and a Chinese martial arts show. RMB 2,920. TUI China (8519 8999, private-tours@tui.cn) www.tui.cn Jiuzhaigou Valley and Chengdu Colorful forests, green lakes, snowcapped mountains and waterfalls make Jiuzhaigou one of China’s most beautiful places. Experience traditional Tibetan culture, then travel to Chengdu to visit the Panda Breeding & Research Center. RMB 3,600 (flight not included). Kingdom Travel (5900 6100, fit@kingdomtravel.com.cn) www.kingdomtravel.com.cn Lijiang Fly southwest to Yunnan and experience the unique culture

of the Naxi minority group. Take a day trip to Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and visit Baisha Village. RMB 5,780. Mercury International Travel (8454 9420, enquiry@mercurytravel.com.cn) www.mercurytravel.com.cn Northern Vietnam This five-day trip includes sightseeing in Hanoi and a night on a boat at Halong Bay. RMB 6,950 (includes round-trip airfare, minimum two people). Asialive Travel (5823 7217, contact@asialive.net.cn) www.asialive.net.cn Qingdao, Beaches and Beer Visit the seaside city that was once a German colony; explore the Taoist mountain of Laoshan, the Tsingtao Beer Museum and the Badaguan colonial area. RMB 3,180. Mercury International Travel (8454 9420, enquiry@mercurytravel.com.cn) www.mercurytravel.com.cn

AIRLINES

Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6512 7180, fax 6512 7182) www.finnair. com

Aeroflot Russian Airlines 1/F, Hong Kong-Macau Center Swissotel Hotel, 2 Chaoyangmen Beidajie, Chaoyang District. (6500 2412) http://china.aeroflot.aero 俄罗 斯航空, 朝阳区朝阳门北大街2号港澳中心瑞 士酒店公寓楼1层 Air Canada Rm C201, Lufthansa Center, 50 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (400 811 2001) www.aircanada.cn 加拿大航空, 朝阳区亮马桥路50号燕莎中心C201 Air China Xidan Minhang Building, 15 Xi Chang’an Jie, Xicheng District. (400 810 0999) www.airchina.cn 中国国际航空, 西 城区西长安街15号西单民航大厦 Air France Rm 1609, 16/F, Bldg 1, Kuntai International Mansion, 12A Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (400 880 8808) www.airfrance. com.cn 法国航空, 朝阳区朝阳门外大街甲 12号昆泰国际大厦1号楼1609室

Garuda Indonesia Rm 717-720, 7/F, South Office Tower, Kerry Centre, 1 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6561 3399, fax 6561 4499) www.garuda-indonesia.com Japan Airlines 1/F, Hotel New Otani (Changfugong) Office Building, 26A Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (400 888 0808) www.jal.com 日本航空, 朝 阳区建国门外大街甲26号长富宫1层 KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Rm 1609-1610, 16/F, Bldg 1, Kuntai International Mansion, 12A Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (400 880 8222) www.klm.com 荷兰 皇家航空, 朝阳区朝阳门外大街乙12号昆泰 国际大厦1609-1610 Korean Air 901-3, Hyundai Motor Towers, 38 Xiaoyun Lu, Chaoyang District. (8453 8137, 40065 88888) www.koreanair.com. cn 朝阳区霄云路38号现代汽车大厦901-3号 Lufthansa Airlines Unit S101 & C202, Lufthansa Center (office bldg), 50 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6468 8838) www.lufthansa.com 朝阳区亮马桥路 50号燕莎中心写字楼S101、C202室

Austrian Airlines C604, Lufthansa Center, 50 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6464 5999) www.aua.com 奥地利航空, 朝 阳区亮马桥路50号燕莎中心C604

Malaysia Airlines Rm 1005, 10/F, China World Tower 2, 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6505 2681/2682, fax 6505 2680) www.malaysiaairlines.com

Bangkok Airways Rm 412, Lido Office Bldg, 6 Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District. (6430 1517/1206) www.bangkokair.com

Phillipine Airlines Unit 603, Tower 1, Bright China Chang An Bldg, 7 Jianguomennei Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6510 2993, bjspr@bjspr.com) www. philippineairlines.com

British Airways Rm 2112, Bldg 1, Kuntai Int’l. Mansion, 12B Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6459 0081/2/3) www.britishairways.com 英国航空, 朝阳 区朝阳门外大街乙12号昆泰国际大厦1号楼 2112室 Cathay Pacific 28/F, East Tower, Twin Towers, 12B Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (10800 852 1888/10800 152 1888) www.cathaypacific.com 朝阳区 建国门外大街乙12号双子座大厦东塔28楼 China Southern Airlines 1/F, Nanhang Building, 2 Dongsanhuan Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (95539) www.csair. com/en 中国南方航空, 朝阳区东三环南路 2号南航大厦1楼 Continental Airlines 1708 Richen International Center, 18 Nongzhanguan Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (8527 6686) www.continental.com 美国大陆航空, 朝阳 区农展馆南路18号瑞晨国际中心1708 Dragonair 28/F, East Tower, Twin Towers, 12B Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (400 888 6628) www.dragonair. com 港龙航空, 朝阳区建国门外大街乙12号 双子座大厦东塔28楼 Ethiopian Airlines Rm 203, China World Tower 2, 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6505 0314/0315/9692, 137 0128 1105, 139 1021 0370, fax 6505 4120) www.ethiopianairlines.com 朝阳区 建外大街1号国贸大厦2座203室 Finnair Rm 204, Scitech Hotel, 22

Qantas Airlines Units 7-8, 10/F, West Tower, Twin Towers, 12B Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (400 888 0089) www.qantas.com.au 澳洲航空, 朝阳区建国 门外大街乙12号双子座大厦西塔10层B7-8号 Qatar Airways Rm 1201, Bldg A, 26 Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (5126 6833, 6588 8258, fax 6588 7762, flyqr@qatarairwayscn.com) www. qatarairways.com

com) www.easytravel.cn 朝阳区将台路乙 2号海润国际公寓商业1-17

Thai Airways International Units 303-4, 3/F, Office Tower W3, The Malls at Oriental Plaza, 1 Dongchang’an Jie, Dongcheng District. (8515 0088) www.thaiair.com 泰国 国际航空, 东城区东长安街1号东方广场写字 楼西三座3层303-304室

Beijing Hikers Hiking trips to spots of interest around the outskirts of Beijing. Mon-Fri 9am-6pm. Bldg 2, Ste 601, Xinhualian Ligang, 26 Jiuxianqiao Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (6432 2786, info@beijinghikers.com) www. beijinghikers.com 朝阳区朝阳区东北四环酒 仙桥中路26号新华联丽港2号楼601室

Turkish Airlines W103 Kempinski Center, 50 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6465 1868) www.thy.com 土耳其航空 United Airlines Unit C/D1, 15/F, Bldg A, Jiacheng Bldg, 18 Xiaguangli, Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (800 810 8282, 6463 1111) www. cn.united.com 美国联合航空, 朝阳区东三 环北路霞光里18号佳程大厦A座15层C/D1室

TRAVEL AGENCIES 9588 Online Travel (5885 9155) http:// ticket.9588.com Asialive Travel Tailored tours of domestic and Asia destinations. A2306, Zhaowei Huadeng Plaza, 14 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (5823 7217, contact@asialive.net.cn) www.asialive.net. cn 朝阳区朝阳区酒仙桥路14号兆维华灯大厦 A2区3门A2306室内 Australia Expat Travel Offers packages to a wide variety of destinations in Australia. www.ausxpattravel.com.au Banner Travel Service Offers international tours and domestic trips for individuals and groups. Frequent packages to places like Paris, London, Frankfurt, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Hong Kong. 1/F, Daxiang Touzi Bldg, 1A Dongbinhe Lu, Dongcheng District. (5126 8494, 133 6602 1791, info@traveling-china.com) www. traveling-china.com 世纪旅游, 东城区东滨 河路甲1号大象投资大厦1层 Beijing Baosheng Air Service Co. Ltd. Professional and full travel service company. Well-known as largest air ticket wholesaler in China, offer domestic and international tickets and packages not only to corporate clients, but also tailor-made to meet individual needs. Rm 901, Block B Jia Hui International Center, Chaoyang District. (400 888 0589, info@baosheng-air.com) www.baoshengair.com 北京保盛易行航空服务有限公司, 朝 阳区朝外吉庆里6号佳汇中心B座901室 Beijing Citybus Tour Service Daily 9am-8pm. Rm 1207, Scitech Tower, 22 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (400 650 0760) www.citybustour.com 北京 赛笛芭诗城市观光旅行社, 朝阳区建国门外 大街22号赛特大厦1207室 Beijing Day Trips Information about day trips and weekend trips to the Great Wall, the Wild Wall, Beijing’s hutongs and more. www.beijingdaytrips.com Beijing Easy Travel Travel service with a decade of experience offering domestic and international packages to foreigners in Beijing. 1/F, Boutique 17, Hairun International Apartment, 2B Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District. (5126 7266, rsvn@easytravel.cn, easytravelbj@yahoo.

Beijing Mei Lian Tong Air Service Offers discount domestic and international air tickets. Seats are guaranteed. (8447 7361/2/3) www.mlholiday.com 北京美廉通 航空服务有限公司 BJS Holiday Provides services tailored to personal travel requirements. Daily 9.30am-6.30pm. Shop 800, Pinnacle Plaza (opposite to the Euro Village), Shunyi District. (8046 3199, travel@bjs.com.cn) www.bjs.com.cn 顺义区荣祥广场800号(欧 陆小镇对面) BTG - Chinapak Tours Package tours, ticket booking, hotel reservations and sightseeing tours around Beijing, including a daily bus tour of the city with an English-speaking guide. MonSat 9am-6pm. 1) Guangming Tower, 42 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (400 620 3939); 2) 28 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6515 9743) www.btg-chinapak.com 北京神舟国际旅游 集团, 1) 朝阳区亮马桥路42号光明大厦; 2) 朝阳区建国门外大街28号旅游大厦 China Countryside Hotels Provides high-quality rental units and boutique properties at the base of the Mutianyu Great Wall. A place to escape and take a break from the city. Ideal for families with children, and visitors looking for a special village experience. (6162 6506, info@chinacountrysidehotels.com) www. chinacountrysidehotels.com China Dragon International Travel Service Services offered include package tours, family tours, ticket reservations, hotel booking, car leasing and more. (6551 8691/92/93, 139 0108 2439) www.2008tour.com China Odyssey Tours Provides private tours and customized itineraries for English speakers. No strangers or visits to places you’re not interested in. Tours include English-speaking tour guide, private airconditioned vehicle and licensed driver. (0773 585 4000, contact@chinaodysseytour s.com) www.chinaodysseytours.com China Peace International Tourism Co. Ltd. (FESCO Travel) Fesco travel specializes in individual and group tours, they also offer specials on international and domestic air tickets and hotels. Room 502, 46 Dongzhong Jie, Dongcheng District. (8563 6720/30, info@fesco-travel.com.cn) 外企 服务集团, 东城区东城区东中街46号鸿基 大厦502室 China Swan International Tours Offers tailored package and individual tours, inside and outside of China. Rm 412, 4/F, Longhui Building, 1 Nongguang Nanli, Dongsanhuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (6731

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SAS Scandinavian Airlines Rm 430, Beijing Sunflower Tower, 37 Maizidian Street, Chaoyang District. (8527 6100) www. flysas.com 北欧航空, 朝阳区麦子店街37号 盛福大厦430室 Shanghai Airlines Civil Aviation Building, 15 Xichang’an Jie, Xicheng District. (800 820 1018, 6606 1260) www.shanghai-air. com 上海航空, 西城区西长安街15号(民 航大厦) Singapore Airlines Rm 801, China World Tower 2, 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6505 2233) www. singaporeair.com 新加坡航空, 朝阳区建国 门外大街1号国贸中心2座801 Sri Lankan Airlines Unit S119, Lufthansa Center, 50 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6461 7208 , fax 6461 6081) www. srilankan.aero Swiss Air Rm S101, Lufthansa Center, 50 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6454

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0180) www.swiss.com 瑞士航空, 朝阳区亮 马桥路50号燕莎中心写字楼S101


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Oh Granada! SOUTHERN SPAIN’S SLEEPY CITADEL text by Andrew Leitch

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mong Granada’s fascinating ancient quarters, the most captivating is without doubt the Albayzin. This ancient Moorish neighborhood covers the hill facing directly opposite the Alhambra. On the periphery of the district, the name of one bar – The Minotauro – hints at monsters lurking within the Albayzin’s winding, labyrinthine streets. I stop off for an Alhambra 1925, the city’s local beer, to ready me for the strength-sapping slopes. A little Dutch courage, if you will. You might have a few problems getting your tongue around ordering one – “Oiga! Una mil-novecientos-veinte-cinco, por favor! ” – but take it from me, you’ll never have had a beer so tasty from a bottle so sexy. As in all Granada’s bars, your drink will come accompanied by a complimentary and often quite substantial snack. Andalucia is one place where “tapas” does not yet translate as “serve meager portions of food; charge as you wish.” I enter the Albayzin from the Calle de Elvira, a long backstreet teeming with bars, shawarma joints and Internet cafes. The man on the corner is there as usual. “Hashish, hashish!” he whispers through his teeth. I breeze past him, onto the upslope and into the crowd. Stalls and shops line the streets, their owners lazily leaning on doorframes as tourists fumble through the trinkets, jewelry, candles, Arabic lamps and hippie clothing. No choice but to move at the sleepy pace set by meandering tourists. I take a moment to gaze into the tetarías,

or tea shops, of the lower Albayzin. Customers sit on floor cushions chatting; Arabic sounds and scents fill the air. Some overseas students sit proudly with a giant hookah pipe, gazing at it like priests surrounding the Pope. But here’s my turn. Left into this familiar, darkened alley and quickly I’m away from the crowd, walking up steps and cobbled stones. I pass open doorways and windows, through which families can be heard talking and the rich aromas of chorizo and estofado (a local beef stew) reach my nose. I march purposefully, my heart beating fast, sweat gathering on my brow even in the cool of evening. Now I’m among the carmenes, the mansion houses of the Albayzin. Of course, I can’t see them, their garden patios and tree-lined pathways hidden behind tall walls and iron gates. But now I can see a little of the view enjoyed by their residents. The yellow-red stone of the Alhambra, now lit in the dying sun, flashes and is again obscured. I’m getting there. Right again into another alley. Is this the right way? It seems different. But one more left and there it is, the Calle Santa Isabel la Real – the road that sweeps along the top of the Albayzin. As I climb the final step, a cat meows – in Spanish, of course – on the wall above me, as if in mock congratulation. My lungs work like bellows and my lips are dry from the work of the climb. As I arrive at the Mirador de Saint Nicolas, I have to stop momentarily by the roadside, pressing my body against the wall to let a minibus pass. The terrace rolls out to present a Kodakmoment view of the Alhambra below a setting sun, the vast, snowy tundra of the Sierra Nevada behind. Bill Clinton once remarked that this was the most stunning vista he’d ever set eyes upon – and he’s observed a few of those in his time.

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The Alhambra It’s said that the Alhambra is Osama bin Laden´s favorite building in the world. Funny, that. His choice may be inspired partly by ideology, but on aesthetics alone one could hardly fault the man´s taste – a palace swathed in intricate decoration and breathtaking adornment, fountain gardens, shady patios and offering stunning Andalucian views. At one point, Arab kingdoms covered Spain almost entirely; Granada was one of the most splendid. But in 1492, the Reyes Católicos Ferdinand and Isabella forced Granada´s final Nasrid ruler, Muhammad XII, to relinquish his palace fortress. The memorable maternal tongue-lashing directed at the outgoing ruler has gone down in history: “You do well to weep like a woman for what you failed to defend like a man.” Indeed,


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many a Granada hotel has a large painting of the hapless Muhammad casting a last, lonesome glance back at the Alhambra as he departs south. One of the delightful things about Granada is that, just as it was once the last bastion of the Moorish kings, it now stands as one of the last defenses in southern Spain against the invasion of British and German tourists. Though the Alhambra is Spain´s number one tourist attraction by visitor volume, for the most part these sightseers are of a more cultured type. No sunburned, beerbellied Brits with their brattish kids here. At least, not many. The Bar With No Name My old local in Granada has no name (at least as far as anyone I know can remember). It used to be run by a Chilean guy and his mujer, a woman with one arm. I asked about them last time I was there, but they were no more. The bar is still there

though, down a little lane between the Plaza de la Trinidad and the Plaza de Bi-Rambla. Cross your fingers as you peer down the steps, in hope of spotting the familiar wooden barrel that sits outside when they are open for business. Order yourself a morcilla (blood sausage) and tubo (beer). You’ll remark on how small it is. You’ll think how lucky you were to find this place, and that it happened to be open ... and are these guys with the flamenco guitar about to start playing? The written word has rarely come close to adequately capturing Granada’s ephemeral beauty and unending charm. Call me defeatist, I just don’t believe the medium capable. Hemingway had his moments. Laurie Lee’s magnificent autobiographical accounts of his travels in the 1930s walks you through Granada’s streets, and the city’s spirit is present throughout Federico Garcia Lorca’s poetry. But you need to have lived there – or at least visited. Go.

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(6539 1518, info-staff@his-china.com) www.xinriguolv.com 北京新日国际旅行社, 朝阳区工体北路甲2号 盈科中心105B

China Travel International (CTI) Englishspeaking representatives provide assistance in booking accommodation, and both domestic and international flights. Special discounts available with Thai Airways, Singapore Airlines and Sri Lanka Airlines. Rm S109A, Lufthansa Centre Office Bldg, 50 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (8448 7113/4, 8448 7115, ctiyansha@vip.163.com) 朝阳区 亮马桥路50号燕莎中心S109A室

Imperial Impressions Organizes Englishlanguage tours for expats. Also offers private tours inside and outside of Beijing. (137 1770 9623, info@imperialimpressions. com)

Club Med Rm 449, Kunlun Hotel, 2 Xinyuan Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (6590 3818) www.clubmed.com.cn 朝阳区 新源南路2号昆仑饭店449室 CnAdventure Offer 4x4 driving & horsetrekking tours into the Inner Mongolia grasslands. They also organize trips to Tibet & the Silk Road. Room 208-F, Daxiang Touzi Building, 1A Dongbinhe Lu, Dongcheng District. (5166 9102, assistant@cnadventure.com) www.cnadventure.com 太和旅行社, 东城区东滨河路甲1号大象投资大厦208-F Country Holidays Travel English-speaking tour consultants specializing in travel to China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, India, Thailand, Nepal, Bhutan and other areas of Asia. MonFri 9.30am-6.30pm, Sat 9.30am-1pm. Rm 2804, Bldg 11, Jianwai Soho, 39 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (5869 1781/82, 5869 1769, beijing@countryholidays.com.cn) www. countryholidays.com.cn 朝阳区东三环中路 39号建外Soho11号楼2804 Destination Travel International Daily coach tours to major tourist attractions in and around Beijing. Pick-up from most major hotels. 2nd Floor, Harmony Hotel, 9 Youtong Street, Dongcheng District. (6528 8871/2/3) www.graylinebeijing.com 北京目 的地国际旅游有限公司, 东城区东城区邮通 街9号华美伦酒店2层 DiverseChina Offer in-depth cultural tours, trekking and cycling explorations of remote and regional areas of China. Rm 703A, Yuean Bldg, 30 Jing’an Dongjie, Chaoyang District. (6462 6615, contact@diversechina.com) www.diversechina.com 朝阳区静安东街 30号岳安商务楼703A

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Electric Pagoda Travel Organizes customized and small group adventure tours. Services include pre-booking hotels, trains, flights and local guides. (136 9326 6100, info@electricpagoda.com) www.electricpagoda.com eLong eLong has hotel, flight and car rental deals, but is best known for offering fantastic last-minute bargains. (400 810 1119) www.elong.net Forbidden Frontier Inc. An active adventure travel company specializing in Tibet, Yunnan and Southeast Asia. (6415 8691, fax 6415 8690, info@forbiddenfrontier.com) www. forbiddenfrontier.com Global Easy Tour Offers travel and ticketing consultation services, tailored tour packages, leisure trips, cruise bookings, special ticketing, hotel deals, and more. Mon-Fri 9am-6pm, Sat 10am-4pm. A0611, Free Tower, 58, Dongsanhuan Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (5867 2900/1/2/3, 135 0115 6019, travel@globaleasytour.com) www.globaleasytour.com 和平国旅, 朝阳 区东三环南路58号富顿中心A0611 Happy Holiday Travel Service Provides domestic and international air tickets, hotel reservations, and business travel and family trip arrangements. Rm 1702, E-Tower, 12 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6501 1747, 6595 8819, 137 0102 8301, happyday@public.bta.net.cn) 朝阳区光华 路12号数码01大厦1702室 H.I.S. Japanese travel agency with 30 years of experience offers the Japan Rail Pass and competitively priced round-ticket flights to Japan. Rm 105B, Pacific Century Place, 2 Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District.

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Kingdom Travel Specializes in corporate and holiday travel planning and offers airline, hotel, car, and cruise reservation services. Staffed by professional travel consultants. Apt 718, Bldg 2, Guanghua Lu Soho, 22 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (5870 3388, fit@kingdomtravel.com.cn) www.kingdomtravel.com.cn 中侨国旅, 朝 阳区光华路22号光华路SOHO 2号楼718室 Koryo Tours The leaders in travel to the DPRK (North Korea) organizing group tours and independent travel. East yard, 27 Beisanlitun Nan, Chaoyang District. (6416 7544, info@koryogroup.com) www.koryogroup.com 朝阳区北三里屯南 27号东侧院 Mercury International Travel A fullservice, English-speaking travel resource – offering international and domestic trips, for both business and leisure. 17/F, Tower C, Ginza Mall, 48 Dongzhimenwai Dajie, Dongcheng District. (8454 9420, enquiry@mercurytravel.com.cn) www. mercurytravel.com.cn 东城区东城区东直门 外大街48号东方银座C座17F My Bus Tours Tours of Beijing and China, including specialty cultural tours, complete with traditional Japanese hospitality. Guides speak either English or Japanese. Shop 2105, Bldg 5, Jianwai Soho, 39 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (5900 0642, travel@mybusbeijing.com.cn) 朝阳区东三 环中路39号建外SOHO 5号楼2层106室 SinoRent Worldwide car rental from China’s largest car hire broker. Working with quality suppliers (e.g. Avis, Alamo, Hertz), they offer competitive and fully inclusive prices, instant confirmation and a price match guarantee at 6,000 locations worldwide. (400 810 6878, sinorent@gmail.com) www.sinorent.cn TUI China Travel Co. Ltd. Travel services from an international team. Offers city tours, tour packages with special interest groups and individual travel arrangements all over China, as well as to Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and other Asian countries. Unit 921-926, Bright China Chang An Bldg, Tower 2, 7 Jianguomennei Dajie, Dongcheng District. (8519 8800, private-tours@tui.cn) www. tui.cn 途易, 东城区建国门内大街7号光华长 安大厦2座921-926 West China Adventure Tours Offer tours to Tibet, Silk Road, Xinjiang and other provinces of western China. Specializes in activities such as trekking, camping, horse riding, rafting and 4x4 cross-country driving. (135 8168 2703, inquiry@westchina.net.cn) www. westchina.net.cn WildChina From trekking trips in beautiful Shangri-La, to village home stays in ethnically diverse Guizhou, WildChina offers a range of cultural and activityoriented excursions. Rm 801, Oriental Place, 9 Dongfang Donglu, Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6465 6602, info@wildchina.com) www.wildchina.com 中旅特种旅游部, 朝阳区东三环北路东方东 路9号东方国际大厦801室

TRAVEL INFORMATION A&E Beijing Tour Private English-speaking tour guide USD 50/day; chauffeured 7-seat Buick for USD 100/day. (5687 2255, 135 2264 0922, aebeijingtour@yahoo.com.cn) Tourist Information Centre & Cycle China (booking office) For helpful information about accommodation, sights, bike hire and booking tours. English-speaking consultants available. Opposite the east gate of Jingshan Park, Xicheng District. (8402 4147) 西城区景山公园东门


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Until Feb 14 NHL Ice Hockey Fisticuffs and plenty of goals are to be expected as the long haul to the Stanley Cup continues before an Olympic break. Times vary. Feb 2, 9, 23 Ayurvedic Yoga Flow with Lisa Sommer This eight-week session will help you master the nine churns of Ayurvedic yoga, and teach you how to take this practice into your home. RMB 140. 11.15am-12.30pm. Yin Yang Community Center (6431 2108) Feb 5 CBA League: Beijing Ducks vs. Bayi Rockets The Ducks slam-dunk on the soldiers. RMB 20-120. 7.30pm. Shougang Basketball Center (8829 6156) Feb 6 Six Nations Rugby First round of games; watch on Paddy’s multiple screens. Free. 10.30pm (Ireland vs. Italy), 1am (England vs. Wales). Paddy O’Shea’s (6415 6389) Feb 6 & 27 Fat Saturdays Demo gear, coaching from pros and BBQ. That is Chow Yun-fat, word. 10am. Quiksilver Nanshan Mellow Park (8909 1909) Feb 7 CBA League: Beijing Ducks vs. Fujian Xunxing Will the Ducks come out on top against the Sturgeons? RMB 20120. 7.30pm. Shougang Basketball Center (8829 6156) Six Nations Rugby Scotland takes on France to close the first round of games. Free. 11pm. Paddy O’Shea’s (6415 6389) Feb 8 Super Bowl XLIV A bit of Miami comes to Paddy O’Shea’s. Special menu deals and buy-one-get-one-free bottles of Budweiser. Free beer for anyone wearing the jerseys of the teams competing. Free. 5am. Paddy O’Shea’s (6415 6389) Super Bowl Party Luga stars as quarterback in a lineup featuring games, lucky draw prizes, cheerleaders and breakfast discounts. And the Super Bowl, of course. Touchdown. Free. 7.30am. Luga’s Villa (6416 2575) Feb 13 & 14 The FA Cup Fifth Round The world’s oldest cup competition takes a step nearer Wembley. Who will join Liverpool and Manchester United in being upset? 11pm. Feb 13-Mar 1 Winter Olympics: Vancouver 2010 The winter sports world descends on British Columbia for the 21st Winter Olympiad. Can Team China best their 11-medal haul of four years ago? For full schedule, see www.vancouver2010.com (add 16 hours for Beijing time). Feb 14-25 Olympic Ladies’ Short Track Speed Skating They don’t half move quick. Crikey. They also might fall over. For full schedule, see www.vancouver2010. com (add 16 hours for Beijing time).

Feb 14-28 Olympic Ladies’ Speed Skating The same as the Short Track Speed Skating but on a longer track. They also might fall over. For full schedule, see www.vancouver2010.com (add 16 hours for Beijing time). Feb 15-28 Olympic Figure Skating China’s mixed pairs got silver in Turin – can they go one better? For full schedule, see www. vancouver2010.com (add 16 hours for Beijing time). Feb 17-28 Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Blood, guts and skates with added national pride. For full schedule, see www.vancouver2010.com (add 16 hours for Beijing time). Feb 18-27 Olympic Women’s Curling China’s world champions take to the ice to compete for Olympic gold. For full schedule, see www.vancouver2010.com (add 16 hours for Beijing time). Feb 19 CBA League: Beijing Ducks vs. Qingdao Double Star Like one star but double. Amazing. RMB 20-120. 7.30pm. Shougang Basketball Center (8829 6156) Olympic Ladies’ Snowboard Halfpipe Can China’s ladies do the nation proud? See Feature, p84. For full schedule, see www.vancouver2010. com (add 16 hours for Beijing time). Feb 21 CBA League: Beijing Ducks vs. Shandong Lions What’s better at basketball, a duck or a lion? I guess we’ll never know. RMB 20-120. 7.30pm. Shougang Basketball Center (8829 6156) Feb 23 AFC Champions League: Beijing Guoan vs. Melbourne Victory The Chinese champs start the season playing against the Aussies for continental glory. Go, Joel. Tickets at 5128 8888. Price TBD. 7.30pm. Workers’ Stadium (6501 6655) Feb 23 & 26 Olympic Men’s Aerial Freestyle Skiing Is China still the best in the world four years later? For full schedule, see www.vancouver2010.com (add 16 hours for Beijing time). Feb 27 Nike 6.0 Nightrail Session Throw tricks and get given cash. And there are more prizes. 6pm. Quiksilver Nanshan Mellow Park (8909 1909) Feb 28 Carling Cup Final Either Manchester City or holders Manchester United will play either Blackburn Rovers or Aston Villa. It will all be clearer come kick-off. 11pm. CBA League: Beijing Ducks vs. Zhejiang Guangsha Southerners invade the capital. RMB 20-120. 7.30pm. Shougang Basketball Center (8829 6156) Every Mon & Tue Pilates Work the mind and the body at this class. RMB 90. 7.40pm. Yin Yang Community Center (6431 2108, yinyangbeijing@yahoo.com)

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ascots – they’re guaranteed hilarity. Not so much in the stadium, where they all gravitate toward the same tired schtick, but when they are released to the world for the first time. Take Haibao, the Shanghai Expo mascot; if that’s what they ended up with, what were the options they rejected? Then there were those Fuwa. Golly. The latest additions to this illustrious pantheon are (from left to right in the picture above) Miga, Quatchi, Sumi and Mukmuk, the mascots of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics. Mukmuk the marmot is the first-ever fan mascot, meaning he’s a fan of the mascots who also happens to be a mascot. Or something. Become less confused by watching the Games this month. Before you can have a mascot, you need a name. Nowhere has this been more apparent than in China’s fledgling professional leagues. Big cats are popular. In the Chinese Basketball Association, seven of the 18 teams are feline. There are three Tigers (of which the ones from Xinjiang are Flying), New Century Leopards (traditional Leopards being deemed rubbish) and three Lions – two of which are Golden Lions. This mind-numbingly obvious nicknaming is bettered only by the wackiness of the remaining 11 teams. Flaming Bulls are bound to be good at basketball – so thought the people at Shandong, reasoning that they would be hotter than the Chicago Bulls. Picking Sharks to represent Shanghai, Double Stars for Qingdao and Whirlwinds for Zhejiang is fairly wacky. As was Liaoning’s original choice. The wise heads down there first picked the name Liaoning Panpan Hunters. Sense has since prevailed and the Hunters have become the Dinosaurs. The last word on the CBA should be shared between Fujian’s late adoption of an animal mascot (they chose a sturgeon) and the fact that Guangdong Southern Tigers’ emblem looks like the time Itchy sets Scratchy on fire. All of that nonsensical naming is nothing when you find out that there is a team in the WCBA called Shandong Sport Lottery. That’s right: Shandong. Sport. Lottery. What do the fans cheer? Beijing comes off well in this first annual odd names roundup. The men plucked Ducks out of the air and the women settled on Great Wall. Well done to them – that’s reason enough to support them. Well done also to Finland’s Juuso Laivisto, who won the 8th Redbull Nanshan Open last month. Enough reading – go and do something. Jonathan White

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Every Sun American Football The only American football group in Beijing play flag football for weekend fun. Contact Yoyao Hsueh at yoyaoh@gmail.com or 159 0120 2499. 3pm. Chaoyang Park Gaelic Football Men’s and women’s practice games every Sunday; all skill levels are welcome. Details at beijinggaa@yahoo.com or www. beijinggaa.org. Noon-2pm. WAB (8456 4155) Hash House Harriers Run every Sunday, then drink like a sailor on leave. Meet at Tim’s Texas Roadhouse at 1pm. Runs usually last an hour, covering about 7-8km. Each run is RMB 20 and includes beer and water along the way. www.hash.cn Touch Rugby You can practice touching on the free bus from The Den. www. beijingdevils.com Women’s Lacrosse Practice takes place every Sunday at 10am. Equipment is provided. Cost of pitch fees is shared. Contact Fiona at fionaboyle66@hotmail. com. Women’s Soccer Beijing’s only amateur 11-a-side football team for women of all skill levels. Matches or practice weekly. Free. 1pm. Beijing Geological University. Contact Wenhui at 8526 2420 ext 111 or wf7788@hotmail. com. All month ClubFootball Men’s 5-a-side Leagues An indoor league is on the cards. Register at 5130 6893/4/5/6, or play@wanguoqunxing.com. www. clubfootball.com.cn Dancing Mix and match salsa, jive, waltz, flamenco, ballet, cha-cha, hip-hop and belly dance. Classes are limited to ten, with lessons for all ages at the beginner level. RMB 50 (one class), RMB 4,990 (170 classes). 8pm. Golden Dancing Academy (6708 0167 ext 15) www.goldendancing.com NBA Basketball Big dunks and monster threes direct from North America. Hang time! Hit the showers. Just not with Gilbert Arenas. Times vary. Premier League Highlights include Liverpool vs. Everton on Feb 6, Chelsea vs. Arsenal on Feb 7 and Chelsea vs. Manchester City on Feb 27. Times vary.

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To make your date extra special, they’ll wheel out a badminton net onto their multipurpose court. Bespoke, romantic and sweaty – throw in a meal and you are marriage material. Kerry Sports. Kerry Centre Hotel, 1 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District (6561 8833 ext 6465) 朝阳区光华路1号嘉里中心酒店

Swimming Since the advent of the indoor pool, there’s been no need to wait until summer. Glistening flesh is but one reason to favor the water – there’s also any number of hilarious inflatables to enjoy. Amrita Fitness. Swissotel Beijing, 2 Chaoyangmen Beidajie, Dongcheng District (6553 2288 ext.2305 ) 东城区朝阳门北大街2号港澳中心瑞士酒店

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It was long the preserve of the ruling elite, but the popularity of tennis grows year on year. This particular court stems from the earlier period and was used by both George Bush, Sr. and Dubya during their time here. How about that for a conversation starter? Fifteen-love.

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Pool Ever since Whoopi Goldberg starred in Kiss Shot, the world has taken notice of female pool players. To make things more interesting, Scarlett hosts a pool competition with the prize of a free hotel stay. Nothing says romance like free accomodation. Scarlett. Hotel G, 7A Gongti Xilu, Chaoyang District (6552 2880) 朝阳区工体西路甲7号北京极栈内

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Every Tue Gaelic Football Beijing Gaelic Football Club holds weekly men’s and women’s practice games every Tuesday in the city; all skill levels are welcome. Details at beijinggaa@yahoo.com or www.beijinggaa.org. 7-9pm. Every Tue & Thu Beijing Devils Training Rugby training out at Dulwich Legend Gardens, Shunyi. Free bus leaves The Den at 7.15pm. Women’s Rugby Rugby training out at Dulwich Legend Gardens, Shunyi. Free bus leaves The Den at 7.15pm. Contact Amy at 152 0148 7305 or haggisgoeswild@gmail.com. Every Wed Women’s Day Free ski passes for women. Makes a change from free drinks. Free. 10am. Duolemeidi Ski Resort (8453 5186) www.dolomitiski.cn Every Wed, Sat & Sun Beijing Hikers Join the club for rated rambles over varied picturesque terrain outside the city. Call ahead to inquire about the hike’s degree of difficulty. RMB 250 and upwards, RMB 150 (kids under 12). Leave 8.30am sharp from the Starbucks at the Lido Holiday Inn. (5829 3195, info@beijinghikers. com) www.beijinghikers.com Every Wed & Sun Basketball Play with the Angels. 6.30pm (Wed), 2pm (Sun). General Admin. of Sport of China Training Centre. www.angels-club.com.cn Every Thu Handball Try it. Go on. Contact Guillaume at 159 0136 4769. Pitch costs are shared. 8pm. Muxiyuan Sports Technology School. www.handballinchina.com Every Sat Hiking Get out in the great outdoors. For a long walk. Prices and times vary. www.udoadventure.com or 136 1124 1407. Every Sat & Sun The TREK Peloton Road Bike Cycling Club Rental bikes are available. Riders are divided into groups based on fitness levels and speed. More information at tom@cyclosportschina.com or at www.cyclosportschina.com.


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learned to say things like, ‘You need to go so fast that you in South Korea. Teammates Sun Zhifeng and Xu Chen have already think you are going to die,’” says Ron Smith, a former placed at this year’s first World Cup event in Austria, and another coach of China’s national halfpipe snowboard team. teammate, Cai Xuetong, is high up in the World Cup rankings. “How do you explain to a kid that you really need to think you’re The team, especially Liu, poses a threat to a podium that has been going to die when you’re going at this wall – to go high enough to dominated by US riders like Hannah Teeter, Gretchen Bleiler and get the amplitude you need to do the tricks you want to do?” Kelly Clark. “There are going to be some huge upsets, I think," Its surprising to learn that a country that barely knows about Clark said about the upcoming Olympics, referring to Liu. snowboarding even has a national snowboard halfpipe team. More “I remember Liu Jiayu – she was always the last one in,” says surprising still is that China’s Liu Jiayu is mentioned by anyone reeling Smith. “When they were training, I told the kids to hike back up off the list of this year’s women’s halfpipe gold medal prospects. So the halfpipe instead of taking the lift because it’s good training, it’ll how did a nation with as young and haphazard a snowboard scene make you stronger. Liu Jiayu was the only one that did it.” as China’s manage to produce a world-class rider like Liu? Despite leading a life wrapped around the single goal of Most of China’s national halfpipe team did not grow up mastering one sport, China’s Olympic teams face one roadblock surrounded by a strong snowboarding scene; instead, they strapped not found in most other countries: the state-run sports school into a snowboard for the first time during team tryouts, and were system itself. No matter how talented the athlete, no one who hasn’t selected to pursue a career in snowboarding that same day. The gone through the system is ever eligible to represent China in the team’s members, like every other Chinese Olympic athlete, are Olympics, in any sport. products of the state-run sports school system, which offers special The huge distance between China’s national team riders athletic education to kids who make and the local snowboarder scene it through the tr youts. “At that demonstrates a flaw in a system that time a lot of the kids were in other may produce amazing athletes, but departments, whether it was kung fu, does little to progress the sport in acrobatics or dancing. They started China at large. Compared to the [the snowboard] program, and they US national team, which draws offered it to everybody. So a bunch heavily from the larger snowboard of kids were like, ‘Maybe I’m not that community, China’s national team into learning kung fu, maybe I can try riders are not allowed to ride with doing this,’” says Smith. – or even associate with – local Since that first tryout in 2002, snowboarders either in China or the group of about 60 selected kids, abroad. “They still don’t know most around 13 or 14 years old, about the snowboard scene, and focused their entire lives around the snowboard scene that’s here riding the halfpipe. They trained doesn’t l ike them because they winters in Yaboli near Harbin; the t h i n k t hat t hey a re just t hese students selected for the national l it t le mach i nes t hat a re bei ng team eventually trained year-round, churned out,” says Smith. spending summers in New Zealand With or without a developed Liu Jiayu (center) wins gold at the 2009 Winter Games, while US riders or Canada. scene to surround it, the national Kelly Clark (left) and Gretchen Bleiler take silver and bronze C “We would spend six or seven team’s love of snowboarding speaks hours a day, just practicing riding to the independent spirit that helps halfpipe,” says He Wei, a former national team rider who now rides define the sport. “There’s a lot of freedom to develop your own for Burton in Beijing. “It’s good practice, but every second of it personal sense of movement, your own style,” says women’s team is regimented. There’s not any time where you can just free ride rider Sun Zhifeng. – you’re always working on exactly what the coaches are telling The love of the sport may be the same for China’s national team you to do.” Most of the now all-Chinese coaching staff does not and its fledgling domestic snowboard scene, but the fact remains even know how to snowboard, He Wei says. “They’re all former that no matter how good China’s local snowboarders get – and skiers. They just watch videos and train us to do the same thing,” there are several outstanding local riders in Beijing alone – they he explains. “It works, but there’s some things they just don’t will never be able to represent China in the Olympics, or have understand. For example, when the team traveled, we weren’t the same opportunities and resources the national team have at allowed to ride anything but halfpipe – the coaches are scared we’d their disposal. “In China, they say, ‘We handpicked these kids, hurt ourselves in the park and then not be able to ride the pipe. they’re the best,’” says Smith. He contrasts this to the US Olympic Its a shame, because riding park can benefit your halfpipe skills a qualifiers: “There’s two contests – they’re open – everybody goes lot,” says He Wei. and tries, they take the best people, they go to the Olympics. It While the boys’ team riders still have a ways to go before they doesn’t matter who you are; we look at your ability. This kind of can catch the likes of Shaun White, Liu Jiayu is leading a small mentality – that’s still the foreign, the American, advantage.” group of Chinese female snowboarders who have been making a splash on the international scene. Liu won the World Cup 08/09 The Olympic women’s snowboard halfpipe qualifying rounds will be televised live on Feb 19 halfpipe title, and placed first in last season’s World Championships at 4.30am (Beijing time), with the semifinals at 8am and the finals at 10am.


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BILLIARDS Ding Junhui Snooker Club 9am-3am. 4 Niwa Lu, Fengtai District. (5222 7856 or 5222 7857) 丁俊晖台球俱乐部, 丰台区丰台 区泥洼路4号 Tian Tong Shi Jia Snooker Club Daily 24hrs. 3/F, Bldg A, Genertime International Center, Yong’an Dongli, Chaoyang District. (5879 3631) 天瞳世家台球俱乐部, 朝阳区永 安东里通用时代国际中心A座3层

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DANCING Beijing Tango (130 2195 8870, beijingtango@hotmail.com) http://groups. yahoo.com/group/TangoRen Golden Dancing Academy 10/F, Chongwen Culture Center, 7 Chongwenmenwai Dajie, Chongwen District. Contact Mary (6708 9567/3267, ga888b@yahoo.com.cn) www. goldendancing.com 金池舞蹈学院, 崇文区 崇文门外大街7号崇文区文化馆10层 J-Ballet School 1) Pulse Health Club, Kempinski Hotel, Lufthansa centre, 50 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District; 2) 1/F, Bldg D, Jingxiu Yuan, Xingfucun Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (8453 3003; 138 0103 6364 (Ms. Takeda); 138 0113 5877 (Ms. Tang)) www.j-ballet.com J-芭蕾教室, 2) 朝阳区幸福村中路景绣园 D座一层西侧 Pineapple Dance Studios Mon and Thurs 7.30-9pm. 3/F, Apartment A, Beijing Fortune Plaza, Chaoyang District. Contact CiCi (135 2035 2025) 菠萝舞蹈工作室, 朝阳 区北京财富中心公寓A座3层

GOLF Avid Golf Indoor Simulator Bldg 3, Ste. 1502 Xinhualian Ligang, 26 Jiuxianqiao(near the Lido Hotel), Chaoyang District. (6436 3036, info@avidgolfchina.com) www.avidgolfchina.com

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SGA Golf Coaching Center 8am-8pm (summer); 9am-6pm (winter). Chaoyang Kosaido Golf Club, 9A Nongzhanguan Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (6507 7389, 400 650 5169, info@sga-china.com) www.sga-china.com 朝阳区农展馆南路 甲九号 Star City Golf Academy 6am-11pm. 5/F Xingcheng Dasha, 10 Jiushanqiao Lu (Southeast corner of Dashanzi Huandao), Chaoyang District. (8457 3665, 6434 2783) 星城国际高乐夫培训中心, 朝阳区酒仙桥 路甲10号(大山子环岛东南角)星城国际 大厦5层

GYMS & FITNESS CENTERS Bronze Bodies Tanning Club Daily 11am9pm. 6/F, Bodhi Therapeutic Retreat, 17 Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6413 1180) 都晒堂, 朝阳区工体北路17号菩提 会所6层 ENC Elite Nutrition Center Mon-Fri 9am-8pm, Sat-Sun 10.30am-7.30pm. Unit 0159, Bldg C, Chaowai Soho, 6B Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (5900 4538/9) www.chinaenc.com. cn 朝阳区朝阳门外大街乙6号朝外Soho C座 一层0159商铺 Mani’s Body Combing Daily 8.30am8.30pm. 3/F, Yiduge Shopping Centre, 1A Xizhimen Beidajie, Haidian District. (5129 5066) www.mani.com.cn 马妮形体梳理, 海淀区西直门北大街甲一号“依都阁”商 业楼三层 Solaris Tanning Studio Mon-Sat 10am8pm, Sun noon-8pm. Sanlitun Lu, Nali Mall (next to Alameda), Chaoyang District. (6417 0398) 日光浴, 朝阳区三里屯北路那里 商场(ALAMEDA旁边) Tanning Salon Prestige 320-330 Bldg C, Chaowaimen Office Bldg, Yabao Lu, Chaoyang District. (8565 3547) World Health Store Mon-Fri 10.30am8pm, Sat-Sun 11am-6.30pm. Rm

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Hosa Skating Center Daily 8.30am-8.30pm. Inside Xinglong Gongyuan, Gaobei Dian, Chaoyang District. (8576 7388, jianghui12479959@yahoo.com.cn) 浩沙冰 上运动中心, 朝阳区高碑店兴隆公园内 Joyce Rink Daily 10am-9.30pm. B3, Xidan Culture Centre/77th Street, 108 Xidan Beidajie, Xicheng District. (6602 0050) www.skatingtime.com 西单喜悦溜冰场, 西城区西单北大街108号西单文化广场B3, 77街地下广场 Le Cool Daily 10am-10pm. B2/F, China World Shopping Mall, 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6505 5776, lecool@cwtc.com) www.lecoolicerink.com 国贸溜冰场, 朝阳区建国门外大街1号国贸 地下2层 Zhongtiao Curling Arena 9 Zhengqian Xijie (take Jing-Cheng Expressway and exit at Kuang Gou), Huairou District. (6965 9411) 中体奥冰壶运动中心, 怀柔区府前西街9号

SKI & SNOWBOARD 360 Snow Tours Day, weekend, and week-long snowboard trips led by a rambunctious group of European and American snowboarders. Packages available to resorts from Nanshan to Japan. (152 0147 5739, info@360snowtours.com) www.360snowtours.com Badaling Ski Resort Daily 8.30am-6.30pm. Badaling Town, Yanqing County. (6501 0335, 136 9915 8647) 八达岭滑雪场, 延庆 县八达岭镇 Cuiyunshan Ski Resort Daily 9am-9.30pm. Chongli County, Zhangjiakou City, Hebei province, Chongli County, Zhangjiakou City, Hebei province. (6400 9569) www. bjdeming.com 翠云山滑雪场, 河北省张家 口市崇礼县河北省张家口市崇礼县 Dolomiti Ski Resort Xiqueliang, Sitaizui Village, Chongli County, Zhangjiakou City, Hebei province. (0313 461 2381) www. dolomitiski.cn 多乐美地度假山庄, 河北省张 家口市崇礼县四台嘴乡喜鹊梁

Hebei Saibei Ski Resort Daily 8am-9pm. North of Xiqueliang, Chongli County, Zhangjiakou City, Hebei province. (0313 477 2012, 477 2053) 河北塞北滑雪场, 河北 省张家口市崇礼县喜鹊梁北 Huaibei International Ski Resort Daily 8am-9.30pm. 548 Hefangkou Cun, Huaibei Zhen, Huairou District. (8969 6677) www. hbski.net 怀北国际滑雪场, 怀柔区怀北镇河 防口村548号 Jundushan Ski Resort Daily 8am-10pm. 588 Zhenshun Cun, Cuicun Zhen (5 km north of the Xiaotangshan Hot Spring Holiday Village), Changping District. (6072 5888, bjskiweb@yahoo.cn) www.bjski.com.cn 军 都山滑雪场, 昌平区崔村镇真顺村588号 Lianhua Shan Ski Resort Daily 8am-6pm, 5pm-10pm. 288 Liangshan Donglu, Zhang Zhen, Shunyi District. (8239 7840/ 8239 7841/ 8239 7431) www.bjlhski.com 莲花山 滑雪场, 顺义区张镇良山东路288号 Longfeng Shan Ski Resort Daily 8am10pm. Wanfotang Cun, Yongding Zhen, Mentougou District. (6980 4549/1740) 龙凤 山滑雪场, 门头沟区永定镇万佛堂村 Nanshan Ski Village Daily 8.30am-5.30pm. Shengshuitou Cun, Henanzhai Town, Miyun County. (8909 1909) www.nanshanski. com 北京南山滑雪滑水度假村有限公司, 密 云县河南寨镇圣水头村 Qiaobo Ice and Snow World Daily 9am10pm. Inside Chaobai River National Forest Park, Mapo, Shunyi District. (8497 2568) www.qbski.com 乔波冰雪世界, 顺义 区马坡潮白河国家森林公园内6号 Shijinglong Ski Resort Daily 8am-5pm. Zhongyangfang, Zhangshanying Zhen, Yanqing County. (6919 1614/15/17) www. sjlski.com 石京龙滑雪场, 延庆县张山营镇 中羊坊 Snow Favor Daily 9am-8pm. 3/F, Bldg 1, Dadushi Shangyejie, Ciqikou, Chongwen District. (6707 1085) www.snowfavor.com 雪上飞专卖店, 崇文区磁器口大都市商业街 1号楼3层 Snow World Ski Park Daily 8.30am-5pm. Xiaogongmen, Shisanling, Changping District. (8976 1886/1899) 雪世界滑雪场, 昌平区十三陵小宫门 Wanlong Ski Resort Daily 8.30am-4.30pm. Honghualiang, Chongli County, Zhangjiakou City, Hebei province. (0313 478 5111/8888) 万龙滑雪场, 河北省张家口市崇 礼县红花梁 Yunfoshan Ski Resort Daily 8.30am-5pm. Xiwengzhuang Zhen, Miyun County. (6901 6896) www.yunfoshan.com 云佛山滑雪场, 密云县溪翁庄镇 Yuyang Ski Resort 8.30am-10pm. East of Dawangwu Cun, Donggao Cunzhen, Pinggu District. (5869 3355) www.yuyangski.com.cn 渔阳滑雪, 平谷区东高村镇大旺 务村东侧

VENUES Beijing Shooting Range Hall 3A Futiansi (take the West Fifth Ring Road and exit at either Xingshikou Qiao or Yongyin Qiao, turn onto Xiangshan Nanlu and follow signs), Shijingshan District. (8896 7894) 北 京射击馆, 石景山区福田寺甲3号 (西五环外 的香山南路上,在杏石口桥和永引桥之间, 走西五环,在杏石口桥或者永引桥出口上香 山南路,根据指示牌行驶即到) Beijing Shougang Basketball Center 159 Fushi Lu, Shijingshan District. (8829 6158) 北京首钢篮球中心, 石景山区阜石路159号 National Aquatics Center Olympic Green, Beichen Lu, Chaoyang District. 国家游泳中 心, 朝阳区北辰路奥林匹克公园 National Stadium (Bird’s Nest) Olympic Green, Beichen Lu, Chaoyang District. (8437 2992/93) 国家体育场, 朝阳区北辰路 奥林匹克公园 Workers’ Gymnasium Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6501 6300) 工人体育 馆, 朝阳区工体北路 Workers’ Stadium Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6501 6655 ext 5033) 工人体育场, 朝阳区工体北路 Wukesong Arena Wukesong Cultural and Sports Center, Haidian District. 五棵松篮球 馆, 海淀区五棵松文化体育中心


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Feb 1, 3, 8, 10 Foot Reflexology Course Learn a skill that’s bound to please. Reflexology is a therapeutic method of relieving symptoms of stress, injury and illness by stimulating predefined pressure points on the feet and hands. In the absence of any particular malady, reflexology can promote general good health. Details at www. chinaculturecenter.org. RMB 600 (4 sessions). 3-5pm. China Culture Center (6432 9341) Feb 1, 8 Chinese Landscape Painting Class Try your hand at ink-and-wash, and take your place among one of the oldest artistic traditions in the world. Continuation of the fourclass session that began on Jan 18. RMB 160, RMB 480 (four classes). 7-9pm. China Culture Center (6432 9341) Feb 2 Wine & Architecture Lecture Did you know that the Tiananmen Gate was completely torn down in 1969? That Qianmen Gate was designed by a German architect? Or that Beijing's old train station has mysteriously changed its location southwards? "Transformation Beijing: From an imperial past to symbols of modern China" is the story of three of Beijing's most iconic buildings. RMB 180 (includes wine and finger food). 6.30-8pm. Yin Yang Community Center (6431 2108) Feb 3 BEER – Beijing Energy & Environment Roundtable The Beijing Energy Network (BEN) promotes networking and collaboration in understanding and tackling China's energy and environmental challenges. Join the folks at BEER twice monthly for informed speakers, interesting presentations, and, well, beer. http://greenleapforward.com/ beijing-energy-network. Free. 9pm. The Bookworm (6586 9507) Feb 4, 11, 25 Zen Meditation Workshops Devote two hours each week to the teachings and practices of Zen Buddhism. A weekly journey of self-discovery guided by a Buddhist layman, with occasional visits by real Zen monks. RMB 150 (per class), RMB 400 (4 consecutive classes). 7.30-9.30pm. China Culture Center (6432 9341) Feb 5 Kooka Networking Drinks They say the number one place to meet Australians in Beijing is Kooka at Aria. The restaurant is now serving a special menu exclusively for AustCham guests, including authentic Chicken Parmas, fish n' chips and burgers. RMB 30. 6.30-10pm. Aria, China World Hotel (6505 2266) Feb 6 Mahjong Workshop Come learn the most popular game in China. You’ll begin to play independently within one hour. RMB 70, RMB 50 (repeat students). 2-4pm. China Culture Center (6432 9341) Registering Your Dog in Beijing Dog registration for 2010-2011 starts May 1. Confused about the process? Unclear about the size restrictions for dogs in Beijing? What consequences do you face

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if you don’t register your pet? The experts from ICVS will share step-by-step instructions on the dog registration process and vaccination requirements to help keep your dogs healthy and safe. Free. 11am-noon. ICVS (8456 1939) Valentine's Day Swap Meet Bring a friend of the opposite sex and swap them for someone else. Come in pairs, come in groups. Too shy to approach someone on your own? Party hosts will be circulating throughout the night making introductions and passing out note cards for anonymous intros. Happy hour specials all night. RSVP at fishbowl.events@gmail.com. RMB 50 (includes canapés). 9pm. Face Bar (6551 6738) Feb 8 Green Drinks Join Beijing's green community for informal drinks at their monthly meet-and-greet for those interested in environmental, social and development issues in China. Happy hour promotions apply. All welcome. Contact Jenny at bjgreendrinks@gmail.com for more details. Free. 7-10pm. The Bookworm (6586 9507) Feb 9 Chinese Cloth Tiger Toy Honey, let’s make a tiger. It is a symbol of power and goodness. RMB 150, RMB 120 (children under 12) 2-5pm.China Culture Center (6432 9341) FC Club Networking Evening Normally attended by 140-180 people looking for career development and new challenges as well as companies from all industries looking for employees. Happy hour until 10pm. Register at eventbj@fcclub.com or call 139 1109 8002. RMB 80 (includes one free drink and canapés), RMB 50 (pre-register before Feb 8). 7.30pm. Flames, Hilton Wangfujing (5812 8886) Feb 11 Meandering Mandarin: Tailor’s Shop In groups of 3-5 people, students will spend two hours in the classroom and then head out to practice the vocabulary they’ve just learned. RMB 150. 9am-12.30pm. China Culture Center (6432 9341) Overview of Yangsheng Learn all about yangsheng (longevity practices), traditional Chinese diet, medicine and breathing, mind/body knowledge and self-cultivation. An Englishspeaking master will guide you through mind/body exercises. RMB 160. 10am-noon. China Culture Center (6432 9341) Feb 16 Creative Industries Networking Evening A special FC Club evening for people in media, marketing, advertising, PR, fashion and other creative industries. Register at eventbj@fcclub.com or call 139 1109 8002. RMB 130 (includes one free drink and canapés), RMB 80 (pre-register before Feb 15). 7.30pm. Touch Bar, Westin Chaoyang (6618 0809) INN Coffee Morning – Sanlitun The International Newcomers Network hosts a purely social event where you can meet people who live close by. Details at www. innbeijing.org. Free. 10am-noon. The Bookworm (6586 9507)

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ou know what they always say about meeting someone nice. “They.” They say you have to get out of the bar (or TheBeijinger.com’s forum) and take your game to places where nice people go. Like the supermarket, or a bookstore. If those are good places to meet wholesome, intelligent humans, just imagine the kind of individual you stand to meet at a charity presentat ion for or phans. Humans with enough love and compassion to want to care for orphaned children ... think of the love and nurturing they could waste on you, who have so many of the same needs as a small child? Relax – I’m only kidding. Or am I? Whatever your motives, the US-based NGO Half the Sky is putting together a free event called Celebrate the Children on March 4. It opens as a cocktail mixer and then segues into a presentation on their work in transforming orphan care in China, providing better education for orphans, and how you can help a child in need through their sponsorship program, Somebody Loves Me. Did I mention it’s free and they’re serving alcohol? I suggest you go there and let someone passionately talk you into sponsoring a child, or vice versa. Everybody wins. There are of course more straightforward ways to getting a date, such as Fishbowl’s Valentine’s Day Swap Meet. It’s just like any other swap meet, except instead of bringing in your old cars and guns, you bring your old friends and lovers, and trade them for new ones. The Swap Meet takes place on February 6, so that gives you and your new date about a week to awkwardly figure out if it would be weird or not to celebrate Valentine’s Day together. No pressure. Or maybe this Valentine’s Day shouldn’t be about finding a date. For me, February 14 is officially, “Hey, maybe you should go get your chakras balanced” Day. New health management center Well B’s chakra balancing promises to “enhance your senses while boosting your physical and emotional well-being.” I’ve never had a date promise me that – I’m sold. If you’re not, try your luck at the 2010 St. Patrick’s Day Irish Charity Ball on March 13. Even if you’re not Irish, if you enjoy drinking and dancing, you’ll fit right in. Tickets are RMB 998; if you reserve a table for ten before February 21, they’ll throw in a free ticket. E-mail 2010irishball@irishnetworkchina.com for details. Proceeds benefit Jinde Charities in Shijiazhuang and Beijing GAA. Mary Dennis

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t was during my annual summertime leave from Beijing that I first felt something unusual. Horsing around with a friend’s rambunctious children, I became alarmingly out of breath after only a few minutes. This was not run-of-the-mill panting – it felt more like I was drowning. Was I having a heart attack? Or had a decade of living in smoggy Beijing ruined my lungs? I was 40 years old and in seemingly reasonable health. The shock of feeling so affected by so little exercise made me question whether my lifestyle in Beijing was killing me. The city certainly does not lend itself to healthy living. First off, there’s the dismal air quality; vehicle exhaust, coal fumes, factory smoke and dust storms consistently foul the air (and our lungs). Then there’s the ease of overindulgence. Dining out is cheap, and most meals are served stir-fried and family-style, making overeating the norm. Add to that the occasional late-night binge of streetside lamb kebabs chased by cheap gin and tonics, and it’s no wonder that my waist size had been growing at the same rate as my age. The combination of busy work and home schedules had left me less and less time for exercise. Time for a health check. My credit card company offered a freebie at a local clinic that specializes in the health checks universally necessary for employment, so I started there. It was worth every penny – or to be more direct, it was worthless. More assembly line than medical facility, this outfit led me from room to room visiting technicians who were armed with state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment but seemed to lack any innate ability to actually perform as doctors. In the EKG room, I attempted to tell the doctor about my shortness of breath, only to be hushed and told that the machine would tell me if there was any problem. In another room, a technician equipped with a high-tech laser-sighted scale informed me I was 2cm shorter than the height I had been that morning at home (and in fact have been since age 18). This, in a nutshell, was the problem: an utter reliance on machines

for analysis, and the complete discarding of the classic medical diagnostic method of essentially asking a patient where it hurts. After the battery of tests, I was told “mei wenti” and was not an inch closer to finding out anything about my health. It was then that I decided to go for the gold standard of medical care here in Beijing: an executive health check at Beijing United Family Hospital. Though expensive, the executive health check at UFH includes just about every major diagnostic test under the sun – and most importantly, a staff of knowledgeable doctors who genuinely care. The daylong check runs you through the standard blood and urine tests, a cardiac stress test, and – essential for anyone living in smoggy Beijing – a lung function test. T h roughout t he process, you are treated as a VIP. An assistant accompanies you from the moment you arrive, making sure you arrive at the right places at the right times; he or she will help you with follow-up appointments if necessary. Each of my doctors was not only flawless technically, but expressed a genuine interest in explaining what was going on as well as finding out about my health. The experience was more enlightening than I could have imagined. There’s a tendency to think of your body as something you generally know everything about – especially given that most of us have visited doctors all our lives. But after a day of tests and detailed discussions with more than a half-dozen doctors at UFH, I had a far better understanding of my own body than I had when I walked in. Through this experience, I discovered the need for some further testing and some major lifestyle changes. Now, four months later, I’ve found myself with entirely new eating habits, an ingrained daily exercise routine, and 12kg off my frame. Despite the steep price, the executive health check at Beijing United is probably the soundest investment you could make in yourself, especially if it’s been years since you had an honest-to-goodness general health checkup. You’ll be surprised what you don’t know about your own body.

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For a comprehensive directory, see www.thebeijinger.com Feb 17 BEER – Beijing Energy & Environment Roundtable Same agenda as Feb 3, but with fresh beers. Free. 7.30pm. The Bookworm (6586 9507) Feb 18 INN Coffee Morning – Shunyi Good coffee, good people. Details at www.innbeijing.org. Free. 10am-noon. O’Brien’s (6450 8588) Feb 21 Meandering Mandarin: Flower Market See Feb 11 listing. RMB 150. 1.30-5pm. China Culture Center (6432 9341) Feb 22 Calligraphy Overview Learn about Chinese calligraphy, from appreciation to writing skills. The English-speaking calligraphy artist will guide you as you try your hand at this Chinese art. RMB 160. 7-9pm. China Culture Center (6432 9341) INN Monthly Meeting If you want to take advantage of your time in China to explore domestic destinations on and off the beaten path, this discussion by guest speakers about traveling in China will help you plan your next holiday. Details at www.innbeijing. org. RMB 40 (includes tea, coffee and pastries). 10am-noon. Capital Club Athletic Center (8486 2225 ext 136) Feb 23 Business & Finance Networking Evening This FC Club event brings together about 100-120 expats and English-speaking Chinese entrepreneurs, businesspeople, global mobility professionals and people who work in finance, banking, consulting, real estate, and investment-related industries. Happy hour until 10pm. Register at eventbj@fcclub.com or call 139 1109 8002. RMB 130 (includes one free drink and canapés), RMB 80 (pre-register before Feb 22). 7.30pm. Zeta Bar, Hilton Beijing (6466 2288) Feb 23, 25 Handmade Jewelry-Making Course Designer Janice Chong teaches the basic techniques of making necklaces, bracelets, rings and earrings. Familiarize yourself with the tools and materials, and learn how to select natural stones and beads in Beijing markets. Take your completed jewelry home after each workshop. Every Tuesday and Thursday until the end of April.

Pre-registration required. Details at www.shoudesigners.com. RMB 2,600 (includes tools and all materials). 10am-noon. Jamaica Blue Cafe, Park Avenue Apartments Feb 24 Chinese Knot Tying: Bracelets All those auspicious knots can add up to a bracelet. RMB 150, (RMB 120 for children under 12). 2-4.30pm. China Culture Center (6432 9341) Head Massage Class Over 15 sessions, a TCM doctor will introduce the different methods of head massage, common acupuncture points and their functions, and methods of treating ailments of the head. Classes held in English, French and Chinese. RMB 3,000 (10 classes). 9.30-11.30am. Yin Yang Community Center (6431 2108) Feb 25 BConnected - BritCham Networking Mingle with senior managers and young entrepreneurs, and meet the team that runs the British Chamber on a daily basis, plus the business experts who make up their board. RMB 100, RMB 50 (BritCham & CBBC members). 6-8pm. Scarlett, Hotel G (6552 3600; also see Nightlife directory) Entrepreneur Training Class If you’re thinking of starting your own small business in Beijing, this interactive two-hour seminar will answer many of your questions or concerns. Do you have the “right” personality? What are your business goals? What’s the profile of your target clients? You will leave the seminar with a clear unique selling proposition to base your marketing plan upon. Documents about how to set up your own business in China will be available. Register at www. inspiredbeijing.com or call Jasmine at 136 211 322 01. RMB 200. 10amnoon. German Centre for Industry & Trade, Landmark Tower 2 Feb 27-28 Basic Photography and Photoshop Workshop Lukas Birk shows you how your camera actually works, its capabilities and limits. Get a handle on aperture, shutter speed and ISO. The workshop also includes a comprehensive introduction to Photoshop - you can enhance the quality of your images with a few clicks. RMB 880 (includes handouts and access to Lukas's online tutorial library). 10am-4pm. The Hutong (6404 3355; info@thehutong.com) www.thehutong.com

Mar 4 Celebrate the Children Half the Sky Cocktail Reception Learn about Half the Sky Foundation, an NGO that provides nurture and education programs for orphaned children in China. The evening will celebrate the Foundation's work over the last 12 years as well as the children it serves. Speeches will be given by founder Jenny Bowen and a program alumna who has since graduated from university and now works in Beijing. Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres provided and sponsored by PwC. www.halfthesky.org. RSVP at celesta@halfthesky.org or call 8532 3042 by Feb 20. Free. 6.30-9.30pm. 28/F, Beijing Room 1 & 2, Fortune Plaza (8532 3042) Every Tue Life Drawing Open to all regardless of level of experience. Some students will be

working in black and white, others in pastel, learning how to work with color, temperature and edges. It's a safe and beautiful environment to find your own artistic voice - and it has great light. RMB 800 (4 sessions, includes supplies). 12.30-3.30pm. Yin Yang Community Center (6431 2108) Every Tue & Thu Bazi Destiny Analysis (Beginner) Course Better known as suanming (fate calculating), varying divination techniques have existed throughout Chinese history. Of the several methods still in practice today in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Southeast Asia, Bazi is undoubtedly the most popular and most accessible. A form of astrology as opposed to fortunetelling or divination, it tells of destiny with no religious reference. 9.30amnoon. Yin Yang Community Center (6431 2108)

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paintings, sofas, and other second-hand treasures. Downtown dropboxes at Links Moving (C 10-A Oriental Kenzo) and Istanbul Restaurant (Jianguomenwai) Volunteers welcome. Mon-Sat 9.30am-6pm. Roundabout,Kaifa Jie, Xi Baixinzhuang, Houshayu, Shunyi, near Mrs Shannen’s Bagels, Shunyi District. (13718 777 761 ( English ) 13718 053 814 (Chinese) 顺义区开 发街后沙峪顺义区

Black Sesame Kitchen Offers weekly classs, wine tastings, as well as caters to corporate functions, birthday parties, book readings and other events. 3 Heizhima Hutong, Dongcheng District. (blacksesam ekitchen@gmail.com) www.blacksesamekitchen.com 东城区东城区黑芝麻胡同3号 The Capital Club Private club for the senior business community. 50/F, Capital Mansion, 6 Xinyuan Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (8486 2225 ext 260, member@thecapitalclub.com) www. thecapitalclub.com 朝阳区新源南路6号京 城大厦50层 China Culture Center (CCC) Kent Center, 29 Anjialou, Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6432 9341/1041, info@chinaculturecenter.org) www.chinaculturecenter.org 朝阳区亮马桥路29号安家 楼肯特中心院内 Foreign Correspondents Club of China (FCC) (8532 3807, fcccadmin@gmail.com) www.fccchina.org Huanleyuan Culture Club A dating club organizes speed-dating events in various forms throughout the week. 6-10pm. 1) 3502, Bldg 3, Jianwai Soho, Chaoyang District. (6219 1671, 5869 6951/52); 2) 23/F, Linda Building, 8 Dongtucheng Lu, Chaoyang District. (6446 5680); 3) Rm 7A-B, Bldg 2, Beijing Hi-tech Convention & Exhibition Center, 48 Beisanhuan Xilu, Haidian District. (6212 3197) 欢乐园文化俱 乐部, 1) 朝阳区朝阳区东三环建外Soho 3号 公寓3502; 2) 朝阳区朝阳区东土城路8号林 达大厦23层; 3) 海淀区双安店海淀区北三环 西路48号会展公寓2号楼7A-B The Hutong Offers a variety of meetings, clubs and workshops focused on intercultural friendship and learning. 1 Jiudaowan Zhongxiang Hutong (southeast of Beixinqiao subway station), Dongcheng District. (8915 3613, info@the-hutong. com) www.the-hutong.com 东城区九道湾 中巷胡同1号(北新桥地铁站东南边)

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International Newcomers’ Network Meetings are held on the last Monday of each month except December. Function Rm, 3/F, Athletic Center, Capital Mansion, 6 Xinyuan Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (8486 2225 ext 110, innbeijing@hotmail.com) www. innbeijing.org 朝阳区新源南路6号京城大厦 康乐中心3层

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Roundabout Charity Distribution Store Beijing’s answer to the Salvation Army. Roundabout sends gently used clothing and funding to communities in need across the country. Shop their store for

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CULTURAL AND NATIONAL GROUPS AustCham Kooka Networking www.austcham.org/home/events/kookaburrapub.html British Club of Beijing Expat spouses meet for coffee and to hear interesting speakers on alternate Tuesdays from 10am-noon. All foreign passport holders welcome. Membership RMB 100; meeting fees RMB 30 (members), RMB 50 (nonmembers). Meetings held at the Capital Club, where a dress code of no jeans or sneakers is enforced. (britclubbj@yahoo. com) www.britclubbj.org French Cultural Centre 18 Gongti Xilu, Chaoyang District. (6553 2627) www. ccfpekin.org 法国文化中心, 朝阳区工体 西路18号 Goethe Institute 1/F, Building C, Haixing Mansion, southwest corner of Haidian Zhonglu and Haidian Nanjie Intersection, Haidian District. (8251 2909, info@peking. goethe.org) www.goethe.de/peking 歌德 学院北京分院, 海淀区海淀中路和海淀南街 十字路口西南角海兴大厦C座1层 Instituto Cervantes 1A Gongti Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (5879 9666) www.pekin.cervantes.es 北京塞万提斯学院, 朝阳区 工体南路甲1号 Irish Beijing News and events for the Irish in Beijing and for those with an interest in all things Irish. (contact@irishnetworkchin a.com) www.irishnetworkchina.com

FURTHER EDUCATION Raffles Education Beijing Offers firstclass tertiary education and training programs in Design and Business. All classes taught in English by foreign teachers. Term starts : Jan, Apr, Jul and Oct. 1/F, Bldg A, Ziguang Towers, 11 Huixin Dongjie, Chaoyang District. (6482 3499, reb-enquiries@raffles-edu-beijing.com) http://raffles-edu-beijing.com 朝阳区惠新 东街11号紫光发展大厦A座1层

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INSPIRED A learning and inspirational platform to support the professional and personal development needs of expat accompanying spouses in Beijing. The group offers support and practical advice through regular seminars, workshops, one-to-one coaching, and networking opportunities. (136 2113 2201, jasmine@inspiredbeijing.com) www. inspiredbeijing.com

The Yin Yang Community Center Set in a peaceful courtyard, this non-profit is dedicated to physical and spiritual rejuvenation through classes (from yoga to photography), therapy, support groups and events. Also home to a cafe and The Bookworm. Mon-Sat 8am-8pm, Sun 8am5pm. The First Courtyard, Hegezhuang Village (across from The Orchard; call for directions), Chaoyang District. (6431 2108) www.yinyangbeijing.com 易 阴阳社区 中心, 朝阳区崔各庄乡何各庄村一号院(果 园对面)


ices with English-speaking staff. Onsite radiology, laboratory and pharmacy service. Mon-Fri 9am-6pm, Sat 9am-4pm. 7 Ritan Donglu, Chaoyang District. (8562 9998, after-hours emergencies 8562 9990) www.bjhealthcare.com 庇利积臣医疗中心, 朝阳区日坛东路7号

Rutgers EMBA Program Rutgers offers a fully accredited 14-month Executive MBA (EMBA) program designed for working professionals who want to remain on the job while obtaining a US MBA. Classes are taught in English once a month over a nine-day period, held all day on two consecutive Saturdays and Sundays, and three hours per night for two nights during the intervening week. 5/F, China Life Tower, 16 Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (5877 1706/7) www.rutgersinasia. com 新泽西州立大学EMBA项目, 朝阳区朝阳 门外大街16号中国人寿大厦5层

Beijing Antai Maternity Hospital Founded in 2003, Beijing Antai Maternity Hospital is the first hospital in Beijing with a water birth center to allow natural births. The hospital also researches male and female infertility, recurrent miscarriage, endometriosis, and more. Daily 8.30am-5pm. Building 18, Court 1, Xingheyuan, Jiayuan Road, Fengtai District. (153 1127 2132 Guo Ping) www.antaihospital.com 北京安太妇 产医院, 丰台区北京丰台嘉园路星河城1号 院18号楼 Beijing Tiantan Puhua Hospital A private, international standard hospital offering emergency services as well as out patient care. It is the first choice in hospital referral for head and spinal cord trauma. English speaking staff on call 24-hours a day. Medical services include: neurology and neurosurgery, pediatrics, occupational and physical therapy, plastic surgery, hand surgery, orthopedics, ENT, oncology, checkups, on-site imaging, and laboratory and pharmacy services. 8.30am-5.30pm. 12 Tiantan Nanli, Chongwen District, 800m west of the south gate of the temple of heaven, Chongwen District. (8911 6665, puhuachina@gmail.com) www.puhuachina.com, www.puhuachina.cn 北京天坛普 华医院, 北京天坛普华体检中心, 崇文区天 坛南里12号

HOBBIES AND INTEREST GROUPS Beijing Actors Workshop If you can act, write, or direct, Beijing Actors Workshop wants to hear from you. They organize structured improvisation and scripted scene work in English & Chinese, method acting, exercises, theatre games, and monthly public performances. Free. Meets every Wednesday at 8.30pm at The Playground (6407 6889). Check their website for more details. (bjactorsworkshop@gmail.com) http:// bjactorsworkshop.googlepages.com

Beijing United Family Clinic Services now available include family medicine, pediatric clinic, women’s health services, travel medicine, family counseling, physiotherapy and pediatric physiotherapy. Mon-Thu 9.30am-7.30pm, Fri-Sun 9.30am-4.30pm. Unit 818, Pinnacle Plaza, Tianzhu Real Estate Development Zone, Shunyi District. (8046 5432, fax 8046 4383) www.unitedfamilyhospitals.com 北京和睦家医院诊所, 顺义区天竺开发区荣祥广场818号

Beijing Improv Not to be confused with the well-known Beijing Actors workshop, though they perform together often, Beijing Improv holds weekly workshops. (132 4077 5936, beijingimprov@gmail.com) www.beijingimprov.com Beijing International Festival Chorus This group of highly talented amateur singers performs Western classical music three times a year at the Forbidden City Concert Hall. Also has a children’s choir and a chamber choir. www.beijingifc.org

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Beijing Playhouse China’s English community theater presents contemporary live semi-professional theater productions, performed in English with Chinese subtitles. Professional acting experience not necessary and nationality not important, though ability to perform in English is required. 38 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (137 1890 8922, performance@b eijingplayhouse.com) www.beijingplayhouse.com 北京剧场, 朝阳区亮马桥路38号 Green Drinks A forum for individuals interested in the environment, sustainable development, corporate social responsibility, and social and environmental justice issues. Meets on the second Tuesday of each month to network and socialize. Contact Jenny Chu (134 2636 9618, bjgreendrinks@gmail.com) http://groups. google.com/group/bjgreendrinks VIVA: Beijing Professional Women’s Network A career support network for professionally-minded women. Meets on the last Wednesday of each month for networking and a seminar on professional development. (membership@vivabeijing. org) www.vivabeijing.org

MEDICAL SERVICES Amcare Women’s & Children’s Hospital Offers high-quality medical services with a focus on maternity care, women’s health and pediatrics. Foreign language support program available on request. 8am-4.30pm. 9 Fangyuan Xilu, Chaoyang District. (6434 2388 24hr hotline, 800 610 6200) www.amcare.com.cn 北京美中宜和妇 儿医院, 朝阳区芳园西路9号 Bayley & Jackson Medical Center Provides comprehensive medical and dental serv-

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Beijing International SOS Clinic Medical services for the whole family. Daily 24hrs. Suite 105, Wing 1, Kunsha Building, 16 Xinyuanli, Chaoyang District. (6462 9112, 24hr: 6462 9100, china.inquiries@internat ionalsos.com) www.internationalsos.com 北京国际救援中心, 朝阳区新源里16号琨莎 中心一座105室 Beijing New Century Harmony Pediatric Clinic As a satellite clinic of renowned Beijing New Century International Children’s Hospital, Beijing New Century Harmony Pediatric Clinic has a strong team of experienced pediatricians and nurses from China and overseas. Harmony Pediatric Clinic provides a full range of multi-lingual healthcare services on a 7X24basis (7X12. 9am to 9pm during soft opening period). K-01, Building No. 19, Harmony Business Center, Liyuan Street, Tianzhu Zhen, Shunyi District. (6456 2599) www. ncich.com.cn 北京新世纪荣和儿科门诊部, 顺义区北京市顺义区天竺镇丽苑街荣和商业 中心19号楼K-01 Beijing Orient Care Clinic Offering Chinese and international families high quality medical services, including internal medicine, OB/GYN, Medical Imaging, Laboratory, Pharmacy services with Englishspeaking staff. Mon-Sat 9am-6pm. #102 NO.16 Business Building China Central Place,89 Jianguo Road, Chaoyang District. (6598 1887) www.rentaimedical.com 北京 仁泰门诊部, 朝阳区北京市建国路89号华贸 中心16号商务楼102 Beijing Orient Traditional Chinese Medicine Clinic The first TCM clinic treating foreign nationals in a five-star hotel ambiance, providing the full spectrum of outpatient health care services to the community. Rm 221, Building C, Beijing Hotel, 33 East Chang An Avenue, Dongcheng District. (6522 9009, tcmclinic@126.com) www.dfctyx.com 北京东 方传统医学门诊部, 东城区东长安街33号北 京饭店2215室

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Beijing United Family Health & Wellness Center Services now available include family medicine, counseling services, stress management, health screening, dental clinic, radiology, laboratory and cosmetic services. Mon-Fri 8.30am-3.30pm. B1/F, The St. Regis Residence, St. Regis Hotel, 21 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (8535 1221) www.unitedfamilyhospitals. com 北京和睦家健康中心, 朝阳区建国门 外大街21号北京国际俱乐部饭店公寓楼地 下一层 Beijing United Family Hospital International-standard hospital with inpatient and outpatient services. Wide range of medical and surgical specialties provided, emergency room and ICU open 24 hours. Mon-Sat 8.30am-5.30pm. 24-hour emergency care. 2 Jiangtai Lu (in the Lido area), Chaoyang District. (5927 7000, 5927 7120 (ER ), fax 5927 7200) www. unitedfamilyhospitals.com 北京和睦家医 院, 朝阳区将台路2号 Beijing Vista Clinic Medical services including family and internal medicine, OB/GYN, pediatrics, dentistry, ophthalmology, dermatology, ENT, Chinese Traditional Medicine, physiotherapy, psychiatry, imaging laboratory and pharmacy service. Urgent care with English-speaking staff on site 24 hours a day. Daily 24hrs. B29, Kerry Centre, 1 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (8529 6618, fax 8529 6615, vista@vistachina.net) www.vista-china.net 维世达诊 所, 朝阳区光华路1号嘉里中心B29 Bioscor Beijing Clinic International clinic for cosmetic medicine, specializing in cosmetic surgery, skincare, hair regrowth, and anti-ageing techniques. Appointments with an Australian surgeon and physician available. Rm 1008, E-Tower, 12 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6503 5706/7, beijng@bioscor.com.cn) www. bioscor.com.cn 澳保加医疗美容诊所, 朝 阳区光华路12号数码01大厦1008室(嘉里中 心对面) Chiropractic and Rehabilitation Dr. David Zhang is an American National Board Exam Certificated chiropractic doctor, a

Texas licensed acupuncturist and herbalist, and a specialist in Chinese medicine. He provides chiropractic, physiotherapy, and other manual therapies for back pain, sciatica, and other conditions, as well as acupuncture and natural medicine treatments. Tue, Wed, Thur and Sat 9.30am-6.30pm,. Beijing Internal Medical Center, S110, 1/F, Lufthansa Center Office building, 50 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6464 9828, 8448 3449) 朝阳区北京 国际医疗中心中国北京朝阳区亮马桥路50号 燕莎中心写字楼一层 S110 CMS Clinic American cosmetic/aesthetic medical services including laser skin treatments, hair loss/removal, cosmetic surgeries and anti-aging therapeutics for men and women. Free consultations available. BeijingTower (Chang’an Club Bldg) 7/F, Suite 701, 10 Dongchang’an Jie, Dongcheng District. (6559 6769) www. cmsclinic.com 北京西美斯美容整形外科诊 所, 东城区东城区长安街10号长安俱乐部7层 Cosmetic Surgery Center Located in the Third Hospital of Beijing University, this is the earliest professional department for plastic surgery in China. Specializes in cosmeticand plastic surgeries. 38 ShangdixinxiLu, Haidian District. (8289 0216) www. sar.com.cn 北医三院上地门诊部医学美容中 心, 海淀区上地信息路38号上地数码大厦B座 EverCare Long Island Plastic & Aesthetic Surgery Clinic Provides internationalstandard plastic surgery and comprehensive, integrated beauty care and health care services. Wide variety of cosmetic plastic surgery options, laser treatments, skin care, slimming treatments, cosmetic TCM and more. Daily 24hrs. 4/F, Tower B, Haidian Wenhua Yishu Bldg, 28A Zhongguancun Dajie, Haidian District. (8253 3088, 24hrs hotline: 139 1122 6966) www. evercare.com.cn 伊美尔长岛美容门诊, 海 淀区中关村大街甲28号海淀文化艺术大厦 B座4层 Hong Kong International Medical Clinic, Beijing Beijing’s first joint-venture medical organization operates according to international standards, has a high-quality international administration system and highly trained medical staff. Daily 9am-9pm (after 9pm minimal staff on duty). 9/F, office tower of the Swissotel, 2 Chaoyangmen Beidajie, Dongcheng District. (6501 4260, 6553 2288 ext 2345/6/7) www.hkclinic.com 北京港澳国际医务诊所, 东城区朝阳门北大街2号港澳中心瑞士酒店 办公楼9层 International Medical Center (IMC) Foreign doctors are on site 24hrsa day, offering a wide range of medical services, including family medicine,psychological services, dental, Ob/Gyn, pediatrics, TCM...English, Chinese, Arabic, Russian are spoken. Drop-in service for travellers,on-site x-ray, ultrasound, laboratory. Daily 24hrs. S106, S111 Lufthansa Center, 50 Liangmahe Lu, Chaoyang District. (6465 1561/2/3, 6465 1384/28, markeing@imcclinics.com) 北京国 际医疗中心, 朝阳区亮马桥路50号燕莎中心 写字楼1层S106 New Century International Children’s Hospital This hospital provides affordable pediatric care at international standards: qualified doctors and nurses, private and safe family rooms and imported equipment. English speaking staff offers a full range of children’s health care services on a 7/24 basis. Mon-Sun 8am-5pm. 56 Nanlishi Lu (next to the East Gate of the Beijing Children’s Hospital), Xicheng District. (6802 5588) www.ncich.com.cn 北京新世纪 国际儿童医院, 西城区南礼士路56号 (北京 儿童医院东门南侧) Peking Union Medical College Hospital Mon-Fri 8am5pm. 1 Shuaifuyuan, Wangfujing (the foreigners’ wing is located behind and to the left of the main hospital entrance), Dongcheng District. (6529 5284, 24hr em, 6529 5269) www.pumch.ac.cn 北 京协和医院, 东城区王府井帅府园1号(接待 外国人的区域在主楼的左后方) Tongren Hospital 2 Chongnei Dajie, Dongcheng District. 北京同仁医院, 东城区 崇内大街2号 Tongrentang Traditional Chinese Medicine Clinic Daily 8.30am-noon and 2-5pm. Rm 15, Bldg 7, Jianwai Soho, 39 Dongsanhuan


Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (5869 1171/2, 135 2287 3781) 同仁堂施小墨中医馆, 朝阳 区东三环中路39号建外Soho7号楼15室 Viv International Medical Beauty Clinic Offers cosmetic surgery, professional skin care, dentistry and Chinese health and beauty treatments. Tue-Sun 9.30am6.30pm. 2/F, Bldg D, Global Trade Mansion, 9 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6530 2348, fax 6586 9965) www.vivbeauty.com 名会红国际医疗美容诊所, 朝阳区光 华路9号世贸国际公寓D座2层

MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES 2baware Gestalt Psychotherapy Offers consultations to people with a wide range of problems including, but not limited to, stress, frustration, anger, insomnia, phobias, family problems, shyness and lack of self-confidence. Contact Helen (139 1056 5082) Agape Counseling and Training Center The Agape counseling team offers professional counseling services to help deal with difficulties in life. Cross-cultural adjustment, relationship struggles (such as parenting, communication, confrontation, trust, betrayal issues), interpersonal struggles (personal development, stress, depression, grief, addictions). 9am-5pm. Room 1325, Golden Land Building, 32 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6467 2362 ext.12) 爱在人间, 朝阳区朝阳区亮马 桥路32号高斓大厦1325室 Beijing International SOS Clinic Family Counseling Center Two counselors offer services that include individual therapy, couple relations, family dynamics, parent and child relations and stress management. Suite 105, Bldg 1, Kunsha Building, 16 Xinyuanli, Chaoyang District. (6462 0333, china.inquiries@internationalsos. com) www.internationalsos.com 北京国 际救援中心, 朝阳区新源里16号琨莎中心 一座105室 Beijing United Family Counseling Center With two English-speaking clinical psychologists, a bilingual Chinese-English therapist and a Spanish-speaking social worker on staff, BJU offers a range of services that include family counseling, parenting education and stress management. They also offer personality testing and a special program for counseling company employees. 1) B1/F, The St. Regis Residence, St. Regis Hotel, 21 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District; 2) Pinnacle Plaza, Unit 818, Tianzhu Real Estate Development Zone, Shunyi District. For further information and appointments, call 5927 7067 or e-mail fcreception@ufh.com.cn. www.unitedfamilyhospitals.com 北京和睦 家医院诊所, 1) 朝阳区建国门外大街21号北 京国际俱乐部饭店公寓楼地下1层; 2) 顺义 区天竺开发区荣祥广场818单元

Expressions Within – Arts Therapy Studio Provides psychotherapy services focused on personal growth and spiritual healing through self-exploration, self-expression, awakening creativity and self-discovery for groups/individuals facing difficulties such as mental/physical illness, depression or just interested in self-discovery. Individuals and groups are welcome. (artstudio@expressionswithin.org) www. expressionswithin.org IMC Psychological and Family Counseling Services English speaking adult and child psychologist offers individual, couple and family therapy. He offers treatment for Depression, Anxiety, Marital problems, Alcohol/Drug abuse, Eating Disorders, Sexual difficulties, ADD/ADHD and Autism. He can speak Chinese, Farsi and conversational Japanese. Daily 24hrs. S106, 1/F, Lufthansa Center, 50 Liangmaqiao Lu,

Marriage and Family Counseling Center Provides individual, couple and family therapy for the expat community. All therapists are qualified therapists, psychologists and clinical members of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. 4-1207, Hua Teng Yuan, 54 Dongsanhuan Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (8779 3716, 135 5203 7480, familytherapy8@yahoo.com) 朝阳区东三环 南路54号华腾园4-1207

PET CARE/ANIMAL WELFARE Aikang Veterinary Hospital Daily 9am10pm. 45 Tianshuiyuan Dongli, Chaoyang District. (6501 8605) 爱康动物医院, 朝阳区 甜水园东里45号楼底商 Beijing Guanshang Veterinary Hospital Daily 8am-10.30pm. 7 Beisanhuan Zhonglu, Xicheng District. (6204 9631) 西城区北 三环中路7号 Beijing Ornamental Animal Hospital Originally based in Shanghai and now in Beijing. Services offered include vaccination, consultations, blood tests, neutering and surgery plus a 24/7 emergency service and on-site hospitalization. Daily 9am-6.30pm. 7 Beisanhuan Zhonglu, Xicheng District. (6202 3827, emergencies 135 0103 0572, drtonybeck@gmail.com) www.vetinchina. com 北京观赏动物医院2楼专家门诊, 西城区 北三环中路七号(近马甸桥) Doctors Beck & Stone Pet Health Care Center With both western-trained and Chinese veterinarians, the center also provides 24/7 emergency pet care services. Unit 104, Tower B, Bldg 3, Houxiandaicheng, BaiziwanLu, Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. (8776 6346, 135 0103 0572 (emergencies)) www.vetinChina. com 思威(北京)国际动物医院有限公司, 朝阳区北京市朝阳区百子湾路后现代城3栋 B座104底商 Dog Obedience Instruction Private and group classes on basic obedience commands (down, heel, leash walking, etc) and problem solving for issues such as jumping, barking and digging. All courses taught by certified instructor Joan Li (Animal Behavior College in California, USA). (134 2633 3693, wayofdog@hotmail.com) www.wayofdog.spaces.live.com Fangzhuang Banlü Veterinary Hospital Daily 8.30am-10pm. 23 Nansanhuan Donglu, Fengtai District. (6760 5989) 方庄 伴侣动物医院, 丰台区南三环东路23号 International Center for Veterinary Services (ICVS) ICVS is an affordable, high quality, full service hospital and modern pet care facility with well trained professional staff to serve all your needs. Services include spay/neuter and all other surgeries, dentals, hospitalization, vaccinations, blood tests & X-rays. Import/export counseling, boarding, day care, grooming, obedience training and pet shop available. All services in English and Mandarin. Licensed rabies vaccines. Mon-Sat 8am-8pm; Sun 10am-7pm (by appointment). Kent Center, 29 Liangmaqiao Lu, Anjialou (shares a courtyard with China Culture Center), Chaoyang District. (8456 1939/40/41, ICVS_CHINA@yahoo.com) www.ICVSASIA. com 北京新天地国际动物医院, 朝阳区安家 楼亮马桥路29号肯特中心院子内 Yiya Pet Store and Hospital A one-stop solution for all your canine supply needs, including grooming, hospital services and miscellaneous products. In addition, they have a selection of purebred puppies for sale. Daily 9am-9pm (hospital), 9am-6pm (store). 34 Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6552 6178, 6552 6177) 怡亚世界宠物园, 朝阳区工体北路34

VOLUNTEER AND NGOS Beijing 1+1 A Chinese NGO in partnership with BBC that promotes the participation of visually impaired people in radio. Rm 604, Bldg 22, Area 2, Xiluoyuan, Fengtai District. (6725 9507, fax 6725 9407, www. oneplusone.org.cn) 北京一加一文化交流中 心, 丰台区西罗园二区22号楼604室 Beijing Cultural Heritage Protection Cent-

er (CHP) Those who have tips on suspect behavior regarding cultural relics or sites should call the hotline. Rm 309, Bldg E, 46 Fangjia Hutong (just south of Guozijian Jie), Dongcheng District. (6403 6532 for the heritage destruction hotline) www. bjchp.org 北京文化遗产保护中心, 东城区方 家胡同46号艺术园区(国子监南临)E座309室 Beijing Fengtai Lizhi Healing Center A boarding school for mentally disabled adults that focuses on teaching vocational skills and self-care. 93 Fengxi Beili (southeast of Fengxi Tielu Dongxiaoqu), Fengtai District. (5185 6801, fax 8360 2479) www. bjlizhi.org 北京丰台利智康复中心, 丰台区 丰西北里93号(丰西铁路东小区东南角) Beijing Horizon Educational Center (BHEC) BHEC seeks to promote fair development in education by providing resources for teachers in underprivileged areas. Rm 302, Bldg 2, Liheng Mingyuan, 23 Nanbinhe Lu, Xuanwu District. (6348 0852, yangfanhd@yahoo.com.cn) 北京泓德中育 文化发展中心, 宣武区南滨河路23号立恒名 苑23号楼302室 BICCO (Beijing International Committee for Chinese Orphans) A volunteer group that helps Chinese orphans with medical problems. Volunteer opportunities listed on their website. (info@bicco.cn) www. bicco.cn 北京国际援助中国孤儿委员会 Building Opportunity With Support (BOWS) A small and growing not-for-profit dedicated to providing support, informal counseling, education and a safe environment for girls and young women. (136 4125 2617, info.bows@gmail.com) www. bowsforgirls.org CAI Empowers the children of migrant laborers through creative arts education and team sports. (8454 9633, info@cai-china.org) www.cai-china.org 儿童才艺行动 Care for Children SEN School A small, focused charity that helps place orphans in loving homes in China. The Centre, Beijing Riviera, 1 Xiangjiang Beilu, Jingshun Lu, Chaoyang District. (8470 2735, meryl@careforchildren.com.cn) www. careforchildren.com 朝阳区京顺路香江北路 1号香江花园英国关爱儿童 Chi Heng Foundation CHF provides education and support for AIDS orphans in Central China and promotes AIDS awareness across the country. Rm 801, Bldg 6, Wanda Plaza, 93 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (5820 8574, beijing@chiheng.org) www. chiheng.org 智行基金会, 朝阳区建国路 93号万达广场6楼801. China Chaoyang AIDS Volunteer Organization Chinese NGO that focuses on MSM rights protection, AIDS prevention awareness and condom marketing. Rm 1002, Chaoyang District Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 25 Huaweili, Panjiayuan, Chaoyang District. (8096 8456, 8778 9709, hivolunt@gmail.com, www.hivolunt. net) 朝阳华人AIDS干预工作组, 朝阳区潘家 园华威里25号朝阳区疾病预防控制中心1002 China HIV/AIDS Information Network (CHAIN) This GONGO is dedicated to HIV/AIDS awareness and building a nation-wide HIV/AIDS information resource network. 7-101, Bldg 1, Courtyard 68, Fuchang Jie, Xuanwu District. (8313 3253, postmaster@chain.net.cn) www.chain.net. cn 中国红丝带网, 宣武区福长街68号院1号 楼7单元101室 Compassion for Migrant Children (CMC) Provides both educational and community assistance to the children of migrant workers in Beijing. Contact for volunteer opportunities. Rm 233, 2/F, Xintai Bldg, 8 Xiaguang Li, Chaoyang District. (6465 6100/01, Fax 6465 6101, info@cmc-china. org) www.cmc-china.org 打工子弟爱心会, 朝阳区霞光里8号鑫泰大厦2层233室 The Culture Development Center for Rural Women Rural women’s support group. Rm 301, Bldg A, Jiali Dasha, 180 Beiyuanlu, Chaoyang District. (6498 0110, Fax 6498 3764, njnbst@263.net) www.nongjianv.org 北京农家女文化发展中心, 朝阳区北苑路 180号加利大厦A座301室 Friends of Nature FON promotes environmental protection and sustainable development through education and

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advocacy. They also welcome volunteers. Rm 301, Wanbo Office Bldg, 53 Ganyu Hutong, Dongcheng District. (6523 2040, 6512 0929, Fax 6528 6069, office@fon.org. cn) www.fon.org.cn 自然之友, 东城区甘雨 胡同53号万博写字楼368室 Global Village Beijing Environmental protection NGO. Rm 301, Bldg C, Huazhan International Department, 12 Yumin Lu, Chaoyang District. (8225 2046/2047, Fax 8225 2045) www.gvbchina.org 北京地球村 环境文化中心, 朝阳区裕民路12号华展国际 公寓C座301室 Greenpeace 19/F, Bldg E-2, Lanchou Mingzuo, Jiqingli, Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6554 6931, Fax 6554 6932) www.greenpeace.org/china 朝阳区 朝阳门外大街吉庆里蓝筹名座E座2单元19层 Handicap International An international solidarity organization working to prevent disabilities, improve the lives of the disabled, and support their efforts to become self-reliant. (6532 0219/0221, public@handicap-int.org.cn) www.handicap.be JGI China – Roots & Shoots Rm 1309, Beijing City International School (BCIS), 77 Baiziwan Naner Lu, Chaoyang District. (6778 3115/5802, fax 6778 2757, info@jgichina.org) www.jgichina.org 珍古 道尔 / 根与芽, 朝阳区百子湾南2路77号北 京乐成国际学校1309室 Operation Blessing Beijing Humanitarian organization helping orphans, disabled children, and the elderly in Beijing. Rm 106, Golden Land Bldg, 32 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6466 9296, fax 6466 9256, info@obchina.org) www. obchina.org 视博恩, 朝阳区亮马桥路32号 高斓大厦106室 Plan China An international, non-affiliated humanitarian organization that focuses on children’s issues. C-305, Baijiazhuang Business Center, 3 Baijiazhuang Lu, Chaoyang District. (6592 1333, fax 6592 8228, china.co@plan-international.org) www.plan-international.org.cn 国际计划 中国, 朝阳区白家庄路甲3号白家庄商务中 心C-305 Prevention Through Education (PTE) NGO that aims to improve HIV/AIDS awareness and develop local school-based HIV/AIDS prevention programs. www.pte-china.org Rotary Club of Beijing A cross-section of local businesses and professional leaders who come together to build lifelong friendships, promote high ethical standards and provide volunteer service to others in need of help. Meets 12.30 every Tue at the Kempinski Hotel. (135 2196 1071, info@rotaryclub-beijing.org) www.rotaryclub-beijing.org 扶轮社 Rural China Education Foundation A volunteer-based organization that supports rural education in China. RCEF has many volunteer opportunities, especially for summer and year-long teachers. www. ruralchina.org 乡村教育促进会 Save China’s Tigers A charity that aims to prevent the South Chinese Tiger from going extinct. PO Box 1928, Chinese Forestry Academy, Haidian District. (6286 6588, 133 6683 5722) www.savechinastigers.net 拯 救中国虎, 海淀区中国林业科学研究院北京 1928信箱 Wokai Wokai is a small, directed nonprofit that works as an intermediary for microfinance in China. www.wokai.org WWF-China One of the world’s leading environmental organizations, the WWF (formerly known as the World Wildlife Fund) is working on projects to preserve and protect China’s vast and diverse environmental resources and treasures. Sign up to volunteer online. Wen Hua Gong, Working People’s Cultural Palace (east of Tiananmen Square), Dongcheng District. (6511 6211) www.wwfchina.org 世界自然 基金会, 东城区天安门东侧劳动人民文化宫 东门内文华宫世界自然基金会北京办事处 Xingfu Gongcheng (Program of Happiness) A Chinese micro-lending organization that supports impoverished mothers. 12 Dahui Donglu, Haidian District. (6217 9760, fax 6217 3494) www.cpwf.org.cn/xf/ 幸福工程, 海淀区大慧东路12号

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Beijing Vista Clinic Dr. Mickie Xu, the mental health professional on staff at Vista, is a native Chinese speaker who is also fluent in Japanese and has strong English skills. She specializes in family counseling and adjustment issues. Medical prescriptions are also available. USD RMB 660/40min. Daily 24hrs. B29, Kerry Centre, 1 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (8529 6618, fax 8529 6615, vista@vista-china.net) www.vista-china.net 维世达诊所, 朝阳区光 华路1号嘉里中心B29

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Beijing TOP-A Vechile Service provides: • English-speaking driver • Long-short term leasing • Airport-Pick up/drop off • Sedan, Van and Bus We, EX-PATS Life Group, also serves with Mandarin, housemaid, Visa, driver, driving license, vehicle registration service. Tel: 64381634, 13910082709, leo.xu@expatslife.com, www.expatslife. com

RELIABLE Vehicle Rental Service Chosen by NBC to provide reliable drivers and quality vehicles for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, RELIABLE can offer you: 1. Vehicle hire--ranging from sedans to coaches 2. English speaking drivers 3. Exceptional quality service 4. Excellent value for money 5. Guiding service Please call our office to see how we may help and provide you such reliable rental service. Tel.8610-6778 9973 / Cell phone: 1339 178 5920 Email: shi.eileen@reliablebiz.cn http://www.reliableauto.cn

Asian Express is an expert in international, domestic, local household goods and office moving, storage and full relocation services. We have been servicing Mainland China since 1980, which makes us one of the most experienced moving companies. Call today and get an obligation FREE quotation from our multilingual expat staff. Tel: (010) 8580-1471 Fax: (010) 85801475 Email: beijing@aemovers.com.hk. Website: www.aemovers.com.hk

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Services - Relocation Firms see more at www.thebeijinger.com AGS Since 1974, the AGS Group assists clients with their relocation needs, enabling them to move with complete peace of mind. AGS offers a worldwide network of 125 branches ISO 9001:2008 certified and uses overseas agents, members of the major international organisations of the moving industry (FIDI, IAM.) Tel: 8532 5288 email: sales-beijing@agsfourwinds.com

AGS Depuis 1974, le Groupe AGS offre à ses clients toute une gamme de services permettant de déménager en toute sérénité. AGS c’est un réseau mondial de 125 agences certifiées ISO 9001:2008 et qui travaille avec des agents membres des grandes organisations internationales de l’industrie (FIDI, IAM ) Tel : 8532 5288 email sales-beijing@agsfourwinds.com Crown Relocations services include domestic and international transportation of household goods, home and school search, storage, expense management, policy consulting and program administration, online tracking tools, transit protection and intercultural services. We provide services for corporations, diplomats and private customers. Crown Relocations, a division of the Crown Worldwide Group, serves over 10,000 customers from over 200 locations in 50 countries. Tel: (86) 10 5801 8088, www. crownrelo.com CIM is located 50 metres away fromC haoyang Customs Office. CIM can provide a full range of moving, storage, record management and expatriate documentation services. Multilingual and professional staff know what you expect and what makes you happy. Wherever you move, whenever you move, call CIM.Email: info@cimmover.com Web: www.cimmover.com

ASIAN TIGERS K. C. DAT (CHINA) Ltd. Is an international Relocation management specialist with twelve offices in China. We are ISO9002 and FAIM certified, members of OMNI and FIDI providing us worldwide representation in 1,000+locations. Our client base includes multinational companies, financial institutions and embassies. Tel: (010) 6415 1188 Email: General.PEK@AsianTigers-China.com www.AsianTigersGroup.com

Links Relocations has invested and continues to invest in our core business – moving. We have buying power, global contracts, a great business model & above all else a Friendly approach to moving that makes us the Smart choice for our clients. So wherever you are going – Call, Email or Skype. 010 8447 7496 or beijing@linksrelo. com or skypeID links.relocations E-mark International Moving Ltd. Our focus is on customer’s wants and needs. We can help to reduce the impact of moving in your family’s life through our professional service. Contact us for a free survey via 010-65758886/65768886 or info@emarkintl.com UniGroup Worldwide UTS With over 1,300 global networks on six continents, UniGroup Worldwide UTS is a global mobility management solution provider. We serve a wide client base of local and international customers, providing excellent relocation and moving services to your employees. Our company specializes in household goods and office relocation and through us, you will have access to the best known brands in the relocation, transportation and logistics businesses around the world, including our sister companies United Van Lines and Mayflower Transit. For more information please call us at 86 6561 0688 or email at Beijing@unigroupworldwide.com

Services - Home Appliances see more at www.thebeijinger.com Smeg's clever combinations of features, technology and style have produced the truly versatile series of Opera Range Cookers. The serious cook can select a beautiful design object to enhance the kitchen, which can reflect the skill of its owner by providing excellent culinary results from its wealth of functions and features. Smeg Appliances are constantly in line with the latest design trends. All features, from control knobs to handles, are designed to combine ease of use with innovation and research. These cookers are appealing, practical yet distinctive and styled to enhance the appearance of modern kitchens. All models are easy to use, easy to clean, reliable and manufactured to meet stringent safety and quality standards. EUROIDEA’s showroom:1)Rm 1-003,Tower 2 ,Easy Home,65 Beisihuandonglu,Chaoyang District, Beijing(13401091092),or 2)No. 3033,Kaixuanlu,Xuhui District,Shanghai (02154258960). 展厅1)北京市朝阳区北四环 居然之家2号厅1-003(13401091092);2)上海市 徐汇区凯旋路3033号甲(021-54258960).

Services - Home Accessories see more at www.thebeijinger.com Rouge Baiser-Elise The French designer Elise de Saint-Guilhem creates very exclusive collections using beautiful linen and handmade embroideries: bedding, tablecloths, cushions, curtains... Also available in the boutique her collection of children bedding, clothes and nightwear, and tunics and pyjamas for adults. Mon-Sat 10:00am-7:00pm, Sunday 11:30am-5pm. Sanlitun Xiwujie (after SOS clinic and Peterpan restaurant) (6464 3530) Aika, Cheap, modern-ish furniture of every make and model as well construction materials and interior decoration companies. 1) Mon-Fri 9am-6pm, SatSun 9am-6.30pm. Yansha outlet, 36A Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District (6432 1125); 2) Mon-Fri 9.30am-6.30pm, SatSun 9.30am-7.00pm, Wangjing outlet, 66 Beixiangbin Lu, Guangshun Qiao, Guangshun Beidajie, Chaoyang District, (8490 4695); 3) Daily 9.00am-9.00pm, Xisihuan outlet, 119 Xisihuan Beilu, 200m south of sijiqing Qiao, Haidian District, (8845 7900); 4)Mon-Fri 9.00am-6.30pm, Sat-Sun 9.00am-7.00pm. Nansanhuan outlet, 75 Chengshousi Lu, Fengtai District, (6765 7187) Boloni Home Décor (Beijing) Co.Ltd. Lifestyle Museum, Specialized professional designers offering Italian-style integrated kitchens, bathrooms and interior decoration. 5-year warranty on their products. Daily 9.00am-7.00pm. 9 Dingcheng Road, Beisihuan, 100m north of Northern EasyHome, Chaoyang District. (8984 9001) B&Q, This UK-based company stocks around 40000 different products in its Beijing superstore, including flooring, bathroom and kitchen material, doors, windows, paints, hardware, tools, curtains, fabrics, furniture and a fabulous drill section. Mon-Fri 9.00am-9.00pm, Sat-Sun 9.00am-9.30pm 1) Maliandao Store, 10 Maliandaolu, Xuanwu District, (6331 6611); 2) Golden Season Srore,117 xisihuan Beilu, Haidian District, (8846 6611); 3) Jianxiang Store, 200m south of Jianxiangqiao on eastern side of the street, Chaoyang District. (6235 6611); 4) Nine Dragons Store, 1km east of Shuangjiangqiao, Chaoyang District, (8776 8811); 5) Laiguangying Store, 66 Xiangbin Lu, Chaoyang District, (8490 4848) Duravit with a history of almost 200 hundred years, Duravit is a German company that specializes in offering

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RELOCASIA – THE MOVING COMPANY Our business is MOVING, and our guarantee is to provide you with a superior quality, personalized service at a better than competitive rate. We help hundreds of customers every year make successful and cost-effective moves across Asia and the rest of the world. We seek to make the move a positive experience by removing the stress commonly associated with moving home. The reason for our success is that we never close doors to customer service or personal attention. Our dedicated consultants are available from the start of the move - right through the finish. For more information call our dedicated team at (10) 58206413 or visit our website at www.relocasia.com

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complete bathroom solutions. They stock ceramic sanitary ware, bathroom furniture and also boast a recently established bathtubs and wellbeing product range, Duravit Shanghai Sales Center, Blag B-D, 10/F, Jiushi Tower, 28 Zhongshan Nanlu, Shanghai (021-6330 9922) Easy Home Enormous selection of paint, tiles, doors, windows, false ceilings, wallpapers, stone slabs, tiles, wood flooring, carpeting, light fixtures and more. Daily 10.00am-9.00pm,1) Golden Resources Outlet, Yuanda Lu, Haidian District, (8887 3558) 2).Yuquanying Outlet, 58 Nansanhuan Xilu, Fengtai District, (8367 9622) 3). Shilihe Outlet, 106 Dayangfang Lu, Shibaili Dian, Chaoyang District, (6730 5322) 4).Beisihuan Outlet, 65 Beisihuan Donglu, Chaoyang District. (8463 9988)

US Tax Return Preparation US CPA with more than 15 years of experience preparing US tax returns for expatriates working overseas. Tel.10-8559 1772/ 136 0133 6223. Email: winnie@sinousconsulting.com

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CrossBorder Mandarin For those of you staying in town over CNY why not consider improving your Mandarin with a tailor-made intensive Mandarin programme. Days, times and content to suit your needs. CrossBorder Mandarin has 10 years experience in language training in Beijing, Hong Kong, London and Paris. All lessons taught by professionally trained native Chinese speakers using only widely-established and respected teaching materials. We offer group lessons, private classes or a combination at any one of our three comfortable and modern centres located in CBD, Lido or Shunyi/ Beigao. Corporate clients include staff from BMW, Sony Ericsson, Lenovo plus British,Australian and Canadian Embassies.

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Beijing Mandarin School obtains a good reputation among foreigners. More than 60 teachers; tailor made textbooks; voted “The Professional Chinese Language School”; also recommended by BBC News by Helen Leavey on Monday, 9 January 2006. We also offer Chinese culture class, Chinese cooking class; paper-cutting class & visa service and apartment rental service. Free Chinese Chit Chat on every Thursday 14:00-15:30 or 19:00-20:30, new group classes start on February 1st, 2010, register 60 hours get 60 hours free. E-tower: Room 904-905, E-tower, Guanghua Road, Chaoyang District. (数 码01大厦9层904室) Tel: 6508 1026 Fax: 6508 1126 Guangming Hotel: Room 0709, 7/F, Guangming Hotel office building, Liangmaqiao Road, Chaoyang District (光 明饭店7层0709室) Tel: 84418391/ 86526265 beijingmandarinschool@yahoo.com.cn www.beijingmandarinschool.com The Frontiers School –Made Chinese Study Easier! –New beginner group class, small size and competitive price, start on 4th .Feb 2010 – Rmb1200/ 40hours, from 4-6pm Mon to Thurs, Promotional Afternoon classes are available. – Intensive class in spring festive, 6hours/day, rmb999/30hours, from 15th -19th Feb. 2010 www. frontiers.com.cn Dong Zhi Men Location: 010-64131548/1547; 东直门 外东中街30号楼3层 Jianwai SOHO: 01059004648/49 建外SOHO9号楼702室 Mandarinzone School----Mandarin made easy Group/private classes are seeking more students Free Trial: 010-6538-0023 Margaret: 135-2168-0097(English) www.mandarinzone.net info@mandarinzone.net Room1208, Tongguang Building (In Sanlitun area; Tuanjiehu Station, Subway Line 10; Nearby Chaoyang Park)

Computer and Email Specialists: Call CANDIS for free network security audits. CANDIS specializes in office network installation with 24/7 Bi Lingual Support. Services include structured cabling, telephone systems, network installation, dedicated broadband and hosting services. Tel: 010-6464 0108 www.candis.com.cn

Johnson Computer Connections deals in PC and Mac computers, peripherals and various digital equipments. Specialized onsite technical support using both Chinese & English language. We offer maintenance and services for hardware & software as well as internet access including wireless LAN, ADSL. Data recover, Telephone & network systems installation, IT Support and Outsourcing Consulting management.(0105165 9192 , www.johnson.net.cn )

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Gaoli is a professional Chinese language school with guaranteed teaching quality and more than 10years history. We will refund money if the student hasn’t improvement after 5hours study. As well as many individual/group Chinese courses, HSK preparation and BCT preparation, we have intensive program for you. Intensive course: 4hours/day or 6hours/day speaking+ listening+ reading+ writing+ discussing +HSK prep HSK preparation course: teachers’ team headed by HSK expert Ms.Liang Hongyan. 2:00~4:00pm: Elementary-intermediate level (new HSK level 3,4) Advanced level (new HSK level 5,6) 4:00~6:00pm: Advanced level (new HSK level 5,6) Our training for entry to Peking University,Peking University Health Science Center, Tsinghua University and Renmin University of China is on application. Address: 2nd floor, Block A, Haisheng Group, No.45 Chengfu Rd., Wudaokou, Haidian district. The EX-PATS Mandarin School A subsidiary company of EX-PATS Life Group, • provides year round programs for local expatriates students. • Super locations near Liangmaqiao Subway Station. • Professional and experienced teachers. • Group and Private class for all level. • Private class starts at any time. EXPATS Life Group also serves with reliable housemaid, car leasing, Visa help, English-speaking driver, driving license, vehicle registration service. Tel: 64668379 or 13501237792 Add: 6F, Ambassador Hotel, B21 Jiuxianqiao Rd, Chaoyang District ada. han@expatslife.com www.expatslife. com

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The Bridge school was authoritized HSK and BCT exam centers .Our own book “ Beautiful Bridge Spoken Chinese “ was published by Beijing Language and Culture University Press. Having 16 years history of Chinese teaching, 100 teachers. We have long-term training contracts with corporate clients, including Air Bus, The Canadian Embassy and so on. Group class starts at 2nd Feb and 15th Mar; private class starts at anytime .HSK pre-training class is available. Free attend to our Chinese character lesson on every Wednesday from 13:00-14:30 Guangming Hotel: Room0503, 5/F.Tel: 84517605 Fax: 64680287 E-tower: Room903, 9/F.Tel: 65064409 Fax: 65046389 Capital Paradise Club: Tel: 80466114 Fax: 80461707 Email: info@bridgeschoolchina.com www. bridgeschoolchina.com Berlitz is for people who are serious about speaking a new language. Join us for a free demonstration ad experience the Berlitz Method of over 131 years. Sign Up now! Add: Suit 801, Sunjoy Mansion, No.6 Ritan Road Contact person: Christine@berlitz.com.cn Tel:6593 0478. Website:www.berlitz.com.cn Beijing Global Village Language School 1. More than 15 years history of Chinese teaching 2. Spoken Chinese. HSK. Business Chinese and College Entrance Exam Prep-Course 3. Free trial lesson 4. Global Village Language School Chinese group training 5. Tutoring for elementary and high school students Wu Dao Kou School: Diqiucun Building, Wu Dao Kou Subway station, Haidian District. Wang Jing School: 2nd floor, Block-D Building, WangJing xiyuan phase2, Chaoyang District *College Entrance Exam Prep-Course: Wu-dao-kou campus, Tel (8610) 62538887/6264-5662; Wang-jing campus, Tel: 8472-2432

Family Law Services Our experienced family law attorneys provide quality legal services to foreign citizens in China with respect to their family related issues, including marriage, divorce, custody, division of properties, ailment, and inheritance. 406, CYTS Plaza, 5 Dongzhimen South Avenue, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100007. Tel: (8610) 5815 6467. Email: family@kingfieldlaw.com. Website: www.kingfieldlaw.com

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SBC Business Service (Beijing) Co., Ltd. Hotline: +86 10 59231166 Http: www.sbc.com.hk SBC was founded in 1995 as a leading business service and company register agency in Hong Kong. SBC is your best partner in setting up your representative office and in looking for instant office or virtual office services. In Beijing, SBC provides 52 offices to you, with over 2300sqm space. At SBC, our mission is to facilitate you to open the door to the world of maximum possibilities with minimum cost. Top Product: 1. Instant Office, 2. Virtual Office , 3. Conference Service, 4. Registration Support. Add: 11/F, Tower A, Gateway, No. 18 Xiaguangli, North Road, East Third Ring, Chaoyang District, Beijing. Servcorp is recognized as the world’s finest serviced offices and Virtual Office provider. We are located in the prestigious addresses of Beijing surrounded by most of the major 5-star Hotels and shopping malls. Our professional team, state of the art technology and multi-function meeting rooms provide a total business solution and mobility. Oriental Plaza, W2, L6 and E2 L19, East Chang’an Avenue, Dongcheng District, Tel: 6810-8520 0000; China Central Place, Tower 3, L24, No.77 Jianguo Road, Chaoyang District Tel: 6810-8588 0033 Regus 800-819-0091.The Regus Group is the world’s leading provider of pioneering workplace solutions, with products and services ranging from fully equipped offices to professional meeting rooms, business lounges and the largest network of videoconference studios. The Regus Group delivers a new way to work whether it’s from home, on the road or from an office. Regus has 5 centres in Beijing - China Life Tower | Kerry Centre | Lufthansa Centre | NCI Centre | Pacific Century Place, all in Chaoyan District. www.regus.cn, sales.china@regus.com CEO SUITE Beijing is your 1-stop business solution center designed to cater for all your business requirements: short term office space rental (hourly, daily, monthly), professional tel-answering & secretarial services, video-conferencing & secretarial services, video-conferencing & meeting facilities, company registration, staff recruitment and office administrative services. CEO SUITE guarantees a team of qualified & resourceful members to ensure a stress- and hassle – free business stay in Beijing. Centrally located in Beijing’s newest Twin Towers, CEO SUITE boasts great view from the 10th floor. A direct underground subway system within the Tower ensures a more pleasant journey to work rain or shine! Log on our website www.ecosuite.com for more information.


Towers Offices at Oriental Plaza The Towers consists of eight office towers with business support facilities like function rooms for meetings, seminars and training, an executive business center and a full video conferencing center. Serviced offices cost upwards of USD700 per month.1 Dongchang’an Jie, Dongcheng District. (8518 4411) www.orientalplaza.com Need an office? World Trade Center will be your best choice in Beijing, located in the mature Lufthansa business circle, surrounded by embassies, right next to airport highway and subway station, providing fully equipped office space and conference room for rent with sensible pricing, flexible lease terms and first class services under the international brand name World Trade Center. http://www.chinawtc.com/clubs/bj.asp juneyoung@chinawtc.com 8610-65906663 The Executive Center located in the heart of Beijing’s new 3rd embassy district, immediately adjacent to the new US, French and Korean embassies. Facilities include 32 full furnished and equipped offices, small meeting room, Boardroom, and a 50 person capacity training facility, video and teleconferencing facilities, secretarial and IT support services on-site. 5-star hotel facilities in the vicinity include the Renaissance and Hilton and Beijing International Airport is only a 15-minute drive away. 1701 Millennium Tower, 38 Xiaoyun Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing, Tel: 6410 8588 Website: www. executivecentre.com

Services - Landscaping & Gardening see more at www.thebeijinger.com Sureline Design and Constructions, an Australian company with many years of design and construction experience in private & commercial projects. We design & construct every aspect of the landscape including lawns, gardens, paths, patios, pergolas, decorative walls & features, water gardens, lily ponds, fountains, waterfalls, plus all electrical and plumbing installation. Even swimming pools & hot spas. We consider all environment issues in our design. Call Chi or Phillip to arrange an interview and conccept dicussion.65707 29.13911753922.13521753629.

Services - Serviced Apartments see more at www.thebeijinger.com Homes for Expats by Expats Home Abroad (www.homeabroad.com.cn) currently owns and operates nearly 70 rental properties in Beijing. Our properties are located in well established communities such as the River Garden, Jia Hao (Gahood) Parkview Tower, & Goldfield International complexes. All of our properties are either newly constructed or completely renovated with smart layouts for greater functionality along with updated facilities built with the highest grade materials. Our aim is to modernize and revitilize the properties you want to be in, in the community you want to be in! Maple Place Beijng Riviera offers a selection of 62 serviced apartments with a choice of 1, 2 or 3 bedrooms on ground, middle and upper floors. Sizes range from 83 to 164 square meters. Ground floor units are equipped with own private gardens whereas upper floor units have individual open balconies. Apartments are available for short and long term lease. Housekeeping and laundry services as well as shuttle bus services are also offered to residents. Wireless internet and Intercom systems are provided in each apartment and in-house security is available around the clock. Tel: 84507583/6100/6188 Fax: 84506288 Email: sales.mapleplace@bjriviera.com Website: www.bjriviera.com

St. Regis Residences Beijing, 21 Jian Guo Men Wai Da Jie, STREGIS.COM/ BEIJING With 70 Apartment Residences, ranging from one to four bedrooms, the ideally situated fully serviced St. Regis apartments provide residents with unparalleled evels of service and beautiful facilities with numerous benefits including complimentary St. Regis Spa & Club Membership, breakfast buffet at the Astor Grill, 24 hour In Room Dining, the legendary St. Regis Butler Service and much more. Tel: 86.10.6460.6688 or 13501351113 Olive Yang for more information. Oakwood Apartments Beijing with 236 residences, offering stylish and contemporary interiors, in studio, One/ Two and Three Bedroom floor plans between 58-171 m2, Located within the Ocean Express commercial and residential complex and nestled within landscaped gardens, The floor to ceiling windows afford wide views over the city or garden area and gives each apartment plenty of natural light and space. Major commercial buildings are just moments away. Facilities include coffee corner, 24 hours reception and concierge service and fully equipped fitness center, Tel: 8446 5888 Fax: 8446 7259 St. Regis Residences Beijing, 21 Jian Guo Men Wai Da Jie, STREGIS.COM /Beijing with 70 apartment residences, ranging from one to four bedrooms, the ideally situated fully serviced St. Regis apartments provide residents with unparalleled levels of service and beautiful facilities with numerous benefits including complimentary St. Regis Spa & Club Membership, breakfast buffet at the legendary St. Regis butler service and much more. Tel: 86. 10. 6460 6688 or 13501351113 Oliver Yang for more information The Westin Beijing, Financial street executive residences 9b financial street, Xi Cheng District Beijing 100032 PRC China Tel: 86 10 6606 8866, Fax: 86 10 6606 8899 website: www.westin.com/beijingfinancial The executive residences offer a combination of studio, one, two and three bedroom apartments. Each apartment is contemporary in design and features the Westin signature products. The residence also provides complimentary high speed Internet and continental breakfast. For more information or to make a reservation please visit www.Westin.com/ beijingfinacial or call 86 10 6606 8866

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The Riverside Baroque Palace is the construction project implemented by “The Riverside Investments Group” it is the largest baroque complex of buildings in Beijing, Block C-E of The Riverside Baroque Palace which are the apartments with hotel style serviced, and provides 160 deluxe and comfortable apartments for you, ranging from spacious one-bedroom deluxe apartments to the three-bedroom deluxe premier apartments and many other styles of apartment in which equipped with elegant furniture, kitchen facilities and modern communication facilities as well. Phone: 8610-65518815; Email: madongmei@phm.com.cn

Villa Lifestyles has been serving the Shanghai and Beijing communities for four years. Our goal is to provide you with quality name brand products backed by impeccable service. We have the widest selection of BBQ’s and accessories, the Mosquito Magnet, trampolines, IQAir Air Purifiers and more. Give us a call to see how we can be of service to you. Euro Plaza 4th Floor No.99 Yu Xiang Road, Tianzhu Town, Shunyi District, Beijing 101300 北京市顺义区天竺镇裕翔路99号欧陆 广场四层 Store: 010-8046 1260; 6457 1922 www.villalifestyles.cn info@villalifestyles.cn

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The Lifers by Kaiser Kuo

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modern. They’ve come to grips with the fact that in a city of 15 million, not everyone is going to be able to live in a courtyard home on a quaint hutong. Privately, they have their moments of nostalgia, shared with other lifers, about the hardships they endured in earlier times, before hypermarts, Starbucks, Jenny Lou’s, even before KFC. They’ll reminisce occasionally about the times when they felt like they knew virtually every expatriate in town. But they deal: They accept that Beijing’s no longer that small town they once knew. They reach out to people new to town, they make new friends, and they don’t stick cliquishly to other lifers.

They also know the limits of their own Chineseness – the limits of their own ability to change. Insular expats who don’t really manage to form real friendships with Chinese people and who don’t make a real effort to learn the language tend not to last long; that’s obvious enough. But their opposite numbers – those foreigners so anxious to go native that they abjure any contact with other foreigners – don’t usually last either. These are the types who use the word laowai with derision, as in, “It’s a laowai party? Meiyisi. I’m not going.” They miss out on the fact that part of what makes Beijing such an attractive place to live Beijing is that it’s such an international city. At some point they realize that no matter how good their language skills, they’re not, and they’re never going to be, accepted as entirely Chinese; they feel betrayed, and they leave. This is true of foreign-born Chinese, even of haigui who have been away from China long enough. For the most part, the lifers are done whining. But they’re far from done with criticism. Their years in this country have lent them a perspective that newcomers generally don’t

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have. That perspective gives them a sense both for how far China has already come and, just as importantly, for the sacrifices that have been made, at times unnecessarily, at the altar of change. They’re rooted enough to feel a stake in improving the community. They know the issues, but as importantly, they know the boundaries of effective criticism. Perhaps most critically, the lifers keep a sense of humor about the place, with all its essential weirdness. The weirdness is a byproduct of change, and they find merely amusing what others might regard as utterly contemptible. They’re not inured to it to the point they don’t even notice: they’re just sympathetic with the awkward phases that the city is going through, and they forgive the vulgar missteps of the nouveaux riches. The better lifers – and I would certainly not count myself among them – do so without a trace of condescension. That’s the real trick. Expat r iates i n Ch i na – Westerners, in particular – once saw themselves as agents of change: think of the missionaries of the 19th century, or the revolutionaries of the 20th. Nowadays, few who come here have that hubris. Change in today’s China is an exothermic reaction, generated internally. Foreigners, for the most part, are along for the ride. Unlike expatriates, Chinese people who’ve lived through this era of massive transformation have not had a choice: it’s either roll with the changes or be bowled over. It’s not like those who emigrated did so to escape change, either: the changes and challenges they’ve faced have been greater still. For the record, I’m not ready to declare myself a lifer, but right now it’s hard to imagine leaving when things are getting so very interesting. Sure, there have been, and doubtless will continue to be, displacements, dislocations and occasional spasms. The challenges ahead – demographic, environmental, social – may well prove sufficient to upset the apple cart. But most of us who’ve been here a while have acquired faith in China’s capacity to muddle through, and remain positively impressed by the constancy of the Chinese national psyche throughout these most interesting times. Excerpted from Ich Bin Ein Beijinger, by Kaiser Kuo, published by Immersion Guides. To order a copy, call 5820 7101 or e-mail distribution@immersionguides.com. See www.immersionguides.com for more.

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ay you live in interesting times” is said – apocryphally, I’m convinced – to have been an ancient Chinese curse. It’s typically invoked to illustrate that profound Chinese conservatism: attachment to the status quo, abhorrence of instability. Change equals chaos, upheaval, disorder – things a Chinese person, like a Shire Hobbit, would wish only on an enemy. Anyone living in Beijing – or for that matter anywhere else in China – knows of course that that’s a load of horseshit. “Interesting” doesn’t even begin to describe the times we’re living in. And most of us, no matter where we’re from, feel positively blessed to be so cursed. (Confucius, while we’re debunking misattributed sayings, never actually said “He who goes to bed with itchy behind wake up with smelly finger.”) Expatriates settle here for a wide range of reasons. They’re moved here by multinationals expanding their China operations, or they’re following their own entrepreneurial impulses. They come to learn the language, recognizing its growing importance, or to teach their own native tongue, recognizing a growing interest in it in China. They’re drawn by a sense of the historical moment, or to the cultural and intellectual ferment of Beijing. I n t he not-to o - d i st a nt p a st , you encountered people who came to China in search of timelessness, of some mystic Eastern spiritual wisdom. You’d occasionally cross paths with a dyed-in-the-wool leftist ideologue with a badly outdated grasp on China’s politico-economic realities. But these types typically meet with disillusionment, and they either get wise or shove off. They’re thankfully rare these days. Most people come to China now because they are drawn by change. They come because these are interesting times. They don’t all stay. When you’ve lived in Beijing for a while, you start to see what qualities separate the sojourners, who spend a few years here tops then move on, from that hardcore contingent who know, deep down, that Beijing is home. These are the lifers. And because change is the one fundamental constant in contemporary Beijing, how the lifers deal with change is perhaps the critical element in how it is they manage to stay on, and to stay sane. Most lifers have stopped getting mad at the fact that Beijingers want their city to be


the Beijinger February 2010  

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