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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, Rian Dundon, Kaiser Kuo, Lisa Liang, Athena Lu, Laura Morgan, Peter Swan, 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 Assistant Alice Huang Reception Judy Zhao Marketing Manager Françoise Chu Marketing Executive Clarisse Lau Marketing Assistant Victoria Yang 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 Complimentary copy, not for sale. 部分非卖品,仅限赠阅

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CONTENTS

ARTS & CULTURE ...................... 79

LETTERS & NOTES ........................................................................................ 6 WHAT’S HAPPENING: APRIL .......................................................................... 8 CITY SCENE ............................................................................................10 Party pics in Scene & Heard, you tell us what you’d eat for your final meal – and prizes are up for grabs in Trivia Travails

ECOLOGY

The tragedy behind modern seafood

COVER FEATURE ....................................................................18 We unveil 15 great Chinese restaurants you’ve never heard of – and the results of our annual Reader Restaurant Awards (along with our Experts’ Picks)

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ART FEATURES Caochangdi PhotoSpring Festival Affordable Art Beijing 2010 CINEMA FEATURE Ian Powers talks stunts STAGE FEATURE NCPA Opera Festival

EXPLORE...................................... 87

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STYLE .................................39

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GRAPE PRESS Sauvignon blanc Q&A Chef Dan Segall discusses The CourtYard LUNCH IN TRANSLATION Cat’s ears noodles

FEATURE Seoul

NIGHTLIFE ................................67

SPORTS & COMMUNITY ......... 93 SPORTS & FITNESS

BARS & CLUBS

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MUST HAVE Jump into jumpsuits WHAT’S NEW: SHOPS The Meridian, Surfin’ Bird, New Project Center, Ziyin Yifang INSPECT A GADGET Full HD camcorders FASHION FIVE-OH A baker’s dozen

DINING...............................47 WHAT’S NEW: RESTAURANTS New York, Pie House, Ibn Battouta, Fig Tree Pastry School & Café, Tumaris, Ah Yat Abalone Restaurant, Alameen, Yinxiang Xiaoguan FEATURE How we made this month’s cover ALLEYWAY GOURMET I can’t believe it’s not tofu

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WHAT’S NEW: BARS & CLUBS Box Club, Obiwan, Tang Club, VA Cafe & Bar CLUBHOUSE Peaches PARTY LIKE A … Nightlife dictionary

LIVE MUSIC REVIEWS Sade, Massive Attack, AV Okubo, UNiXX

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Q&A The International Friendship Bowling League

CLASSIFIEDS ........................... 100 ICH BIN EIN BEIJINGER The good ol’ days were pretty bad

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LETTERS & NOTES FROM THE EDITOR

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ritish cuisine has long been denigrated. Perhaps it’s because I grew up on it that I don’t fully appreciate the overabundance of options that there are for dining in Beijing. Sure, in my house we had options, but they were named take it or leave it. Judging by the number of responses and comments that we got for our Reader Restaurant Survey, it seems that you lot aren’t as overwhelmed or uninterested as I. Almost five thousand of you decided to throw in your two jiao by telling us what you love and loathe about the culinary side of the capital. I didn’t realize how much of a divisive issue food can be. I always thought meals were meant to bring people together but it seems that deciding upon a restaurant is harder than Morgan Spurlock’s arteries. Just see if I ever suggest a venue for a group meal again. However, if I’m forced to, I’ve now got a handy list of places that have been recommended to me by all of you. It starts on p28. Let’s say I don’t feel like I can trust the general public – maybe I saw one of them forget to wash their hands in the bathroom – well, then what? Lucky for me, I can rely on a panel of experts too. So that’s that: Breakfast, lunch and dinner planned out for the foreseeable future. No one’s expecting you to agree with what’s been decided. If you don’t, that’s fine. I entirely understand. I think it’s criminal that Hollywood didn’t even get on the shortlist for Beijing’s Best Burger. That’s the reason that I’m not the Dining Editor.

ON THE WEB Three things that you readers should know but probably don’t.

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You can get the latest issue of the Beijinger in PDF form on our website. Just click on the New Issues tab on the home page: www.thebeijinger.com. There are PDF files of our extensive back catalogue on the site too. www.thebeijinger.com/magazine/archive If you just can’t get enough of this whole hard copy business, we’ve also uploaded a map highlighting some of our key distribution points. Click on “Find the Mag” in the Our Magazines box located at the upper right-hand corner of the webpage. Whether it’s on the web or in your hands, there’s no reason to miss out on getting your copy of the Beijinger every month.

Jonathan White Managing Editor P.S. the Beijinger will have a brand-new look starting next month. Prepare yourself.

BEIJING BABBLE

GIVETH AWAY Win a RMB

300 voucher for Ganges Indian Restaurant, by correctly answering this month’s Trivia Travails (p12).

Be first to spot this month’s Bogus Ad and win two vouchers for Yadia Hair Salon (worth RMB 300 each). E-mail your answers to marketing@thebeijinger.com

Chef Zeng Pin sculpted this month’s cover with a little help from vegetable technician Judy Zhou, knife-sharpener Susu Luo and whetstoneholder Joey Guo. To see how it was made, turn to p52.

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“ English men = the real gentlemen ! They look like Jude Law!” – from the thread “Are foreign males as good as I was told?” “Speaking of small portions, what’s with all these chicks in padded bras? False advertising.” – from the thread “Small portion size conspiracy in Western restaurants” “I don’t need drugs because I’ve unlocked the love inside.” – from the thread “New Here, But I Can Help!” “Try a bottle of tequila and some mango juice. You will be fine after that.” – from the thread “Am I too serious? How to be ‘interesting’ while dating?” “Temperature of my last 5 McDonald’s delivery orders: 1) Cold 2) Lukewarm 3) Cold 4) Cold 5) Cold.” – from the thread “Make a list” “… you mean like an ABC?” – from the thread “What would you ask a fluent Chinese-speaking laowai?” For more nonsensical narrative, visit


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WHAT’S HAPPENING 1

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Film: Afghan Star

Aspiring stars perform for Simon Kabul and Paula Abdullah. In English with Chinese subtitles. Free. 7pm. Channel Zero Salon (8855 0623)

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Art: Erin Ko – Free Money

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Concert: China National Symphony Orchestra Chorus

Why? Because Money was a victim of a miscarriage of justice. Imagine Gallery (6438 5747)

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Schubert, Rossini and Handel. Classy. Tickets at 6417 7845. RMB 80-680. 7.30pm. Beijing Concert Hall (6605 7006)

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Art: Wang Qingsong’s Three Video Projects Not one, not even two but three. Count them. Pékin Fine Arts (5127 3220)

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Film: Football Films Centre Forward and The Game of Their Lives. Back of the net. RMB 20. 7.30pm. The Bookworm (6586 9507)

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Bored with urban civilization? Fill up on folk. RMB 30. 9.30pm. 2 Kolegas (6436 8998)

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Lecture: The History of Chinese Medicine

Pins and needles. RMB 250. 9.30-11.30am. Yin Yang Community Center (6431 2108)

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Opera: Eugene Onegin

Sports: Beijing Guoan vs. Kawasaki Frontale

Dandy jilts bookish girl, comes to regret it. RMB 280-1,280. 7.30pm. NCPA Opera House (6655 0000)

Beijing won 3-1 in Japan. Can they repeat the feat? Tickets at 5905 9082. RMB 30-100. 7.30pm. Workers’ Stadium (6501 6655)

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DJ: Paul van Dyk

Not his real name, nor is he a Dutchman. RMB 200, RMB 150 (advance). Tickets at cn.banana2010@gmail.com or www.clubzone.cn. 10pm. GT Banana (6528 3636)

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DJ: Kentaro

Music: Neil Halstead Never mind Mojave 3, he’s the Mojave one. RMB 100, RMB 80 (advance). 8pm. Yugong Yishan (6404 2711)

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Retrace the history of Beijing from 3,000 years ago to the present day. RMB 60. 7.30-9.30pm. China Culture Center (6432 9341)

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DJ: Shackleton

Dubstep from the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration. RMB 80, RMB 50 (advance). 10pm. Yugong Yishan (6404 2711)

Fr-fr-fr-fresh. RMB 80, RMB 50 (advance). Tickets at NLGX and Cafe Zarah. 9pm. Yugong Yishan (6404 2711)

Talk: The Evolution & Destruction of Old Beijing

Opera: Xi Shi A legendary beauty causes a kingdom to fall. RMB 100-500. 7.30pm. NCPA Opera House (6655 0000)

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Film: PA-RA-DA

Obiwan starts its birthday celebration with the New York songstress. RMB 40. 9.30pm. Obiwan (8322 1231)

French clown meets street children. Hmmm. In Italian with English subtitles. Free. 7pm. Italian Embassy Cultural Office (6532 5015)


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Music: Arrows Made of Desire

Snooker: Sanyuan Foods China Open Final

Get your cassette tape. RMB 45. 10pm. 2 Kolegas (6436 8998)

Snooker loopy? Tickets at 6417 7845 or 800 810 3721. RMB 200-2,010. 2.30pm. Beijing University Student Gymnasium (8209 9320)

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Music: Wang Wen Postcard rock from the seaside. RMB 60, RNB 50 (advance, students). 9pm. MAO Livehouse (6402 5080)

17 Art: Caochangdi PhotoSpring Ten weeks of photography. See Feature, p82. At galleries around Caochangdi. www.ccdphotospring.com.

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Music: Lamb of God Metallers have mercy on us. RMB 350-550, RMB 790 (VIP). 8pm. The Star Live (6425 5677)

18 Film: Judge Death penalty for stealing two cars? Seriously? RMB 30. BC MOMA (8438 8258)

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Music: Peaches

Concert: Lang Lang

Who doesn’t love Peaches? Just see Clubhouse, p72. RMB 260, RMB 200 (advance). 9pm. Yugong Yishan (6404 2711)

With the China Phil, natch. Tickets at 6417 7845. RMB 80-880. 7.30pm. Poly Theatre (6500 1188)

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SCENE & HEARD

March partying at Lantern Club. Photos courtesy of Acupunture Records

Irish Network China's St. Patrick's Day Ball at the Kerry Centre Hotel on Mar 13. Photos courtesy of EventPod

March partying at Bling. Photos courtesy of Bling

Actress Sophie Marceau launched her new movie at the Westin Beijing Chaoyang. Photo courtesy of Westin Beijing Chaoyang

V*tamin Fashion Show at Village North on Mar 19, featured more than 40 retailers. Photo courtesy of Sanlitun Village

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Sensation 2010 at Suzie Wong's on Mar 19. Photos courtesy of Suzie Wong's

Cerruti 1881 revealed its Spring/Summer collection at Ristorante Sadler in Ch'ien Men 23. Photo courtesy of Cerruti 1881

Actress and director Xu Jinglei with Director of F&B, Ilias Tzanetoulakos. Photo courtesy of Westin Beijing Financial Street


TALK ABOUT TOWN

Death Row Dinners The last meal you’ll ever eat

Beijinger, I sentence you to be hanged by the neck until … well, you know how it ends. But before you bite the big one, what are you going to eat? Tiffany Ap discovered your meals to die for.

A Vacheron fondue with some really dense bread and a good white wine to be shared with all my friends in my jail cell.

Benjamin, 26 , Switzerland

Yangrou chuan’r and Polish vodka.

Frank, 20, Poland

Lobster and black caviar, tiramisu, a martini, and some chocolate.

Katrina, 21, Russia

My mum’s Gujarati cooking. Roti, dry curry, daal, pickles, chutney, sweet rasmalai, banana lassi … my answer’s not going to be chosen, is it? Oh well.

Meihao, 24, UK

Beijing kaoya. I’ve lived here for 15 years. It probably wouldn’t be the only dish, but it’d be the main dish.

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Michael, 47, Germany

Lots of ice cream, Moët champagne.

Kate, 20, Russia

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PEKING PIC

Once upon an afternoon in Beijing. Photo by Sally Ng Got a Peking Pic? Send it to editor@thebeijinger.com for a chance to win a bottle of Antoine Moueix 2007 La Grande Chappelle Bordeaux.

TRIVIA TRAVAILS

Answer to March’s Trivia Travails:

Each month we run a series of questions based on the content of the issue. Answer them correctly and win free stuff! This month’s prize is a voucher, valued at RMB 300, for Ganges Indian

Restaurant.

1. b) Slide 2. c) Sunday roast pizza 3. b) Lunar 8 4. c) Trpejca 5. d) a secret women’s language 6. c) San San 7. a) pollution in China 8. d) Peter Ebdon 9. c) natural

Last month’s winner was Curtis Bowden

E-mail your answers to editor@thebeijinger.com 1. Which store is run by Taiwanese celebrity Will Pan? a) The Meridian b) New Project Center c) Surfin’ Bird d) Ziyin Yifang

4. Which work opens the Second NCPA Opera Festival? a) Xi Shi b) La Traviata c) Rigoletto d) A Young Peasant’s Wedding

7. The Three Shadows Photography Art Centre is run by: a) Atom and Zo b) RongRong and Inri c) Dashan and Ai Wan d) Sonny and Cher

2. Which AV Okubo song features a chapter from Mao’s manifesto? a) “Old Game” b) “I Want The Smurfs” c) “AV Terminator” d) “Dazibao”

5. Peaches’ name was inspired by ... a) Ella Fitzgerald b) Nina Simone c) Billie Holiday d) Christina Aguilera

8. What is a whale shark’s primary diet? a) plankton b) seals c) large carnivorous fish d) anchovies

6. Seoul’s Namdaemun gate was burned down by ... a) a cigarette b) Kim Jong-il c) Kim Basinger d) a retiree

9. In Ian Power’s new film, he has the arms of a … a) velociraptor b) bear c) robot d) praying mantis

3. What is doufu? a) a non-contact martial art b) respecting others c) a cheese-like curd from soybean milk d) Japanese fermented yogurt

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ECOLOGY

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Workers cut a giant whale shark into pieces at a seafood market. Fuzhou City, Fujian. September 13, 2007

NO MORE FISH IN THE SEA

THE WORLD’S SEAFOOD INDUSTRY IS DESTROYING ITSELF AND OUR OCEANS by Mary Dennis

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caught for the first time. Nowhere are these issues more important than in China, the world’s largest seafood exporter, producer of 70 percent of the world’s aquaculture, and home to some of the world’s worst fishery and aquaculture regulations.

“It’s crisis time” China is far from alone in lacking adequate regulations. The global fishing industry has done a dismal job of protecting its future – and that of the world’s marine ecosystems. T he problem stems i n par t from t he difficulty in addressing an issue that is so

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hard to define. “Scientists have said studying fish is like counting trees, but you can’t see them and they move,” says Tolvanen. “It’s really hard to figure out how many fish are in the ocean, and then exactly what impact that has had on other marine life. Marine mammals, birds, sea turtles – they all depend on these fish for food.” As do one billion people in the world. Some scientists estimate the world’s fisheries will totally collapse by 2048. The exact year may be up for debate, but the trend is undeniable: If we continue to catch and raise fish the way we do, we are going to run out.

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t’s pretty scary, and I think p eople do nee d to k now about this because it’s crisis time.” Sari Tolvanen, Oceans Campaigner for Greenpeace International, sounds somber as she explains what’s wrong with the world’s seafood supply. Bluefin tuna, which is poised to join the blue whale and the tiger on the CITES list of endangered species, is just one of a large number of marine species that have been devastatingly overfished. Compounding that is the unsustainable aquaculture that is decimating coastlines across the world, as the sale of farm-raised fish has surpassed wild-


Highly destructive fishing methods Most of Chinese fishing is done by trawling, which involves dragging nets the size of football fields through the ocean or across the ocean floor. Everything in the net’s path is destroyed or caught. In most countries, most of what is caught is considered unusable bycatch and thrown back into the ocean dead, including sea turtles, sharks, dolphins, sea birds, coral and smaller fish. In China, most marine species caught are retained and consumed, sold, or used as feed. There are no effective regulations in China on net mesh size, and fishermen do not have a maximum quota to obey. Chinese fleets adhere to international regulations while out on the high seas, but in Chinese waters, outside of the three-month summer ban (see below), marine life faces some of the most aggressive fishing in the world.

Deliberate hunting of sharks and other endangered species Any species listed as protected by international law is automatically listed as protected by Chinese wildlife law. However, this “protection” carries no legal force. The most obvious example involves sharks. With the huge demand for their fins, any shark entering Chinese waters is risking its life. The plankton-feeding whale sharks and basking sharks, for example, are both internationally

Lack of protected areas China has no protected “no-take” zones where fishing is prohibited. The world’s total protected marine area is less than one percent of the oceans. For marine ecosystems to remain healthy and fisheries to remain sustainable, areas important to marine wildlife, such as breeding grounds or biodiversity hotspots, need to be protected.

protected, they are caught and listed as unintentional bycatch, then sold for a very high price. Enormous whale shark fins, which are not edible, can be found on display at expensive restaurants; sometimes the entire fish is sold to museums or universities for exhibition. Ignorance of wildlife protection laws is so widespread that media reports often give positive coverage of a shark capture.

A bottom trawler hauls up an ancient deep sea coral and dumps it back as bycatch. Tasman Sea, New Zealand, 2005

Delaying tactics by the Asian bloc International fishery negotiations are usually agreed to under consensus. Japan, Korea and China, which all have very large fishing fleets, are usually the last nations to agree to any sustainability, conservation or management methods, delaying measures that would otherwise be instituted. Summer fishing ban One of the only measures China takes to protect its fisheries is to ban fishing for three months during the summer to allow fish supplies to replenish.

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In Chinese waters, marine life faces some of the most aggressive fishing in the world

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ECOLOGY

CHINA’S FISHERIES: UNREGULATED AND UNSUSTAINABLE


Bluefin tuna are transferred from a fishing net to a transport cage. Mediterranean Sea, Italy. 2006

ECOLOGY

CHINA’S AQUACULTURE: FILLING WETLANDS WITH TOXIC WASTE Encroachment on natural habitat No country exemplifies this problem better than China. Given insufficient regulations on aquaculture site selection, fish farms can be set up almost anywhere. Local governments encourage aquaculture in order to boost local economies, allowing valuable coastal and freshwater wetlands to be developed. Heavy pollution discharge Aquaculture releases chemicals, antibiotics, and fish sewage into surrounding water. Shrimp farming is among the most detrimental of all practices. Since shrimp live in warm water, tropical areas important to young fish and the maintenance of coastal fisheries, such as mangrove forests, are often razed for shrimp farms. Antibiotics and other drugs are added to the water to keep the shrimp healthy; in a few years, the water becomes too toxic, and the farm must close. The shrimp farmers usually move further along the coast to begin the process again, leaving the previous farm as a toxic waste site. Depletion of wild forage fish Most aquaculture depends on forage fish for feed. No country has yet found an effective alternative, but the problem is most severe in China. Forage fish such as anchovies have already been exploited to the max in China, which has become the world’s largest importer of forage fish from countries such as Peru. Chinese fish farms are competing with wild carnivorous fish across the globe, such as tuna, for their primary food source.

Introduction of non-native species & genetic pollution The existence of fish farms increases the risk of non-native, potentially invasive species being released into the wild, which could upset the balance of the ecosystem. Genetic pollution is also a risk – farmed shrimp, for example, can cross-breed with native shrimp populations, introducing traits that might be desirable for a farmed species but could be detrimental to the wild population.

Shrimp farming is among the most detrimental practices Good models: Multi-Trophic and 3-2-1 There has been positive work done in Chinese aquaculture. China’s freshwater carp, for example, is farmed with energy and feed efficiency that surpasses much of the rest of the world. This multi-trophic system uses several species of carp, each feeding on a separate food source – phytoplankton, zooplankton, mollusks, and plants – to simulate the food web and maximize efficiency, with bottom feeders to clean up sewage. Another positive system is the 3-2-1 model, which farms a balance of algae, filter feeders, and carnivorous fish in a manner that maintains water cleanliness. The WWF is working on a global program called the Aquaculture Dialogues to promote such methods, and give fish farmed sustainably an advantage in the marketplace.

Don’t eat sharks or other rare species For China, one of the biggest challenges lies in overcoming the cultural value placed on eating rare food. The prime example is shark’s fin, which is flavorless, and arguably tastes like vermicelli covered in mucus. This value system, which is also prevalent in Japan, places a high market value on species simply because they are rare and expensive, including sharks, wild-caught groupers, and humphead wrasse. There is some effort to denounce this practice, including a series of anti-shark’s fin billboards featuring Yao Ming.

that demand to their supplier. Seek out sustainable options Choose restaurants that try to offer sustainable options. International hotels that conform to North American or European standards are more likely to have policies concerning sustainable seafood. The Fairmont’s Lunar 8 is a good example – not only does their menu not feature shark, but they also try to follow seafood watch guides put out by the WWF and Monterey Bay Aquarium (www. montereybayaquarium.org/cr/SeafoodWatch/web/sfw_regional.aspx) as much as possible. In so doing, they are helping to raise awareness of a demand for sustainable seafood among Chinese suppliers.

What species is it? Was it caught legally?

Start asking questions What species is it? Where did it come from? Was it caught legally? How was it caught? Was it sustainable? Is it certified sustainable by a third party? At this point, in China (and most of the world) there is often simply not enough information to make an informed choice. But even if none of your questions get answers, let your fishmonger or restaurant owner know there is a demand for sustainably caught seafood, and ask them to convey

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Look for Thai canned tuna Seventy percent of the world’s canned tuna is now produced by brands certified by the ISSF (International Seafood Sustainability Foundation) to catch tuna sustainably. Most tuna from Thailand is ISSF-certified, and is available in China.

PHOTOS: ROGER GRACE/GREENPEACE; BOB TALBOT, LEGASEA PROJECT/MARINE PHOTOBANK (FACING PAGE)

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ECO STATS

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Number of sharks kiled by humans each year:

Oceana.org Number of humans killed by sharks last year:

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Almost

80% of the world’s fish stocks are fished unsustainably UN Food and Agriculture Organization (2007)

About

20% of the world’s wild caught seafood is caught illegally

The bigeye (yellowfin or ahi) tuna, the second most valuable tuna species, could be gone from most oceans in the next

5 years

If fishery management is not changed, there could be a total collapse of commercial fisheries by Since 1950,

2048

90% of top predatory fish, including tuna,

sharks and marlins, have disappeared Over

1 billion people depend on wild caught fish as their

primary source of protein, primarily in Africa and Southeast Asia Scientists estimate

30-70% of the world’s oceans must

be protected areas in order to be sustainable Currently, less than

1% of the world’s oceans are

protected no-take areas It is estimated there are

2.5 times as many fishing vessels

in the world than is sustainable Greenpeace

149 years old Ocean quahog clams can live up to 225 years The orange roughy can live to be over

Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch

China is the world’s largest exporter of fish, and produces

70% of

the world’s aquaculture In the past

50 years,

the Yellow Sea region has lost over

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of its wetlands, largely due to aquaculture WWF

A sea lion caught in a gill net

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COVER FEATURE

UNKNOWN PLEASURES

15 CHINESE RESTAURANTS YOU NEVER KNEW YOU HAD TO TRY by Tom O’Malley and Emily Young

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city of 40,000 eateries, but so much of it remains uncharted culinary territory.

How to discover new gems? How to avoid the imitators? We asked the people who know best: ten local Chinese experts passionate about good eating in Beijing.

We asked our experts to each nominate their five favorite restaurants in Beijing. We visited them (often more than once), ate our fill (often more than was sensible), and settled on these. For an interactive map of all the featured venues, go to www.thebeijinger.com.

OUR EXPERTS DONG MENGHAO

GAO KANG A legend on Dianping.com (China’s foodie social networking site), Gao Kang writes Beijing restaurant reviews that thousands of fans devotedly follow. He told us he sees Cantonese and Huaiyang food “like a druggie sees opium.” Enough said.

Originally from Taiwan, Dong Menghao is a critic for Chinese food magazines and runs a popular blog through which he bestows awards on local restaurants. The owner of a cafe/restaurant in Houhai, he never eats out without Danzhu, his toy dog.

LI TAO

DAI AIQUN

As HR manager for Da Dong’s restaurants (voted in the Top 5 in China by the Miele report), Li Tao looks after 500 of the best and brightest Chinese chefs in town. Outside of the kitchen, he regularly blogs on food and lifestyle in the capital, seeking out new Yunnan and Huaiyang restaurants.

One of China’s best-known food critics and gourmet columnists, Dai Aiqun makes regular appearances on food-related TV shows and consults for various magazines. He tells us, “Food is more important than reading, less important than breathing.” Wise words indeed.

CHEN YIDONG

SHEN XIAOCHANG This shy gentleman is host of a popular food-based radio show, “Talk about Eating.” A history prof, he naturally favors the timehonored laozihao restaurants of Shandong, Jiangzhe, Huaiyang and Beijing cuisine.

One of Dianping.com’s elite “diamond users,” this Beijing foodie supports his obsessions with investment banking, which seems eminently sensible. When he’s not frequenting Beijing’s traditional eateries or gourmet restaurants, he’s cooking up Hakka-style stuffed tofu in his kitchen.

ZHAO XU

GAO JIAYUE

A lover of wide-open spaces, Zhao Xu cites food and food alone as the reason he’s drawn to the big city. Averse to overly sweet or salty food, he’s made it his personal mission to seek out Beijing restaurants that go easy on the seasoning. Tough assignment, but someone’s got to do it.

One of the original users of Dianping.com, housewife Gao Jiayue favors Guizhou, Sichuan, Jiangsu and Zhejiang cooking styles in both restaurants and her own home-cooking. She describes her life as 50 percent clothes and 50 percent eating – which seems a waste of good eating time.

QU MIN

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A reporter and feature writer for Travel & Leisure Asia, Qu Min writes on all aspects of Chinese dining in the capital and is a regular at Beijing’s finer establishments.

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China Daily’s principal food writer, Ye Jun has penned articles on everything from the unstoppable rise of Sichuan food in Beijing to roundups of bargain-basement noodle restaurants.


Suggested menu: 1. Salad of wild ferns with dipping sauce shui douchi ban shan yecai 水豆 豉拌 山野 菜 (RMB 22)

2. Homemade tofu wit h chilli and pork shui doufu

水豆 腐 (RMB 28)

3. Fish with peas, chillis and pickled vegetables yan suan ganshao yu

盐酸 干烧 鱼 (RMB 48)

4. Fresh bamboo with fer mented chilli zaola xiansun

糟辣 鲜笋 (RMB 28)

5. Stir-fried pea sprou ts qingchao wandoujian

清炒 豌豆 尖 (RMB 22)

JIA XIU LOU YUAN 甲秀楼缘 Daily 11.30am-2pm, 5.30-9pm. Bldg 5, Guoying Yuan (inside the Guiyang City Government Office), Xizhimen Nanxiaojie, Xicheng District (6613 1442, 6618 3399 ext 200) 西城区西直门南小街国英园5号楼(青年宫对面)

GOOD FOR: Veget

Cuisine: Guizhou

aria and ns exotic eaters

Nearest subway: Xizhimen, Lines 2, 4 and 13 (5-minute walk) Menu: Picture menu, Chinese only Approximate cost: RMB 50 per person. Chinese bank cards accepted Combine visit with: A show or movie at the communist-style Beijing Youth Palace Theatre opposite

Memorable fish dishes, mouthwatering pickled veggies and a bright, buzzy dining room

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or a state-run joint, this upper-floor eatery

spicy, with preserved meats, pickled vegetables

surprised us with its congenial atmosphere,

and an abundance of zaola (fermented chillis)

alert waitresses, sunny windows, and

dominating the menu.

fetching tableware. Operated by the provincial

Vegetarians have a lot of scope here (though

government of Guiyang (Guizhou’s capital), the

several dishes on the menu feature dog, so tread

restaurant specializes in food at once sour and

carefully). Exotic edible plants native to the region

are flown in weekly; they’re fun to try, but it can be a lottery of freshness. On one visit our wild ferns tasted like they’d just been picked; on a

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subsequent visit, they were bland and wilted. Fish dishes here are commendably fresh and

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satisfying, and the neutral white meat accommodates the tart spiciness of other offerings especially well. Don’t visit without ordering shui doufu, a peasant dish of rough-hewn tofu chunks made on-site and served with a pungent dipping sauce just a few shades milder than Japanese natto. A safe bet for fussy eaters is Guizhou’s answer to red-braised pork (hongshao rou, RMB 42), a spectacular, dome-shaped sculpture of layers of colorful vegetables and melt-in-the-mouth meat.

Back Guang Hutong

Round off your meal like the locals do – knock back

Beijing Youth Theater S Xizhimen South St

Dajue Hutong

a shot of fruit-infused heinuomi jiu, a traditional rice-based digestif. Our expert says: “Since Da Gui closed, this is the numberone Guizhou restaurant in town – much better than Guizhou Mansion, Er Gui or the terrible Three Guizhou Men. We had a suantang yu there recently that tasted

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exactly like it does at my Guizhou friend’s house. The experienced maître d’ is a Guizhou beauty.” Gao Jiayue

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Suggested men

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1. Stir-fried pu m Yuntui xiao nangpkin with Yunnan ham ua 云

BA TIAO YI HAO 八条一号 Daily 11am-2pm, 4.30-10pm. 1 Xisibei Batiao (near Ping’anli crossing), Xicheng District (6616 6292) 西城区西四北八条1号

GOOD FOR: Comfort food on a budget

Cuisine: Yunnan Nearest subway: Ping’anli – Line 4 (5-minute walk) Menu: Picture menu, Chinese only Approximate cost: RMB 40 per person. Cash only

Combine visit with: A stroll north along Xinjiekou where shopkeepers flog musical instruments with impromptu streetside performances

This hutong hideaway serves soulful Beijing and Yunnan standards under the same sky-lit roof

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腿 小 南 瓜 (RM B 25)

2. “Old Kunmin Kunming lao tu g” spicy potatoes dou 昆明 老 土 豆 (RMB 16 )

3. Pork and ve ge dipping sauce table pancakes with zhouzi juan bing

肘 子 卷 饼 (RM B 22)

4. Stir-fried sh rim chilli and garlic p with peanuts, sijia xiaochao stems

私 家 小 炒 (RM B 26)

5. Chilled hawt horn berry juice hongguo tang

t might lack the dazzling ethnic flavors of

红 果 汤 (RMB 5)

Yunteng Shifu or Golden Peacock, but this unassertive alleyway diner is probably the

Their homemade

only spot in town where you can chase a spicy mint

hawthorn berry drink, ladled out of an

salad with a saucer of oily ma doufu. The hybrid

English pub pint glass (RMB 5), is sour, sweet and

menu – half northern Yunnan, half lao Beijing – is

refreshing. Though it owes its origins to Beijing,

skewed towards affordable homestyle cooking, a

it pairs particularly well with the Yunnan dishes

good fit for the cozy, plant-strewn dining room lit

on offer, such as stir-fried “hotbed” chives with

from above by glass partitions.

black pork. Or try the smoky, salty imported

Start by getting messy with the novel signature

Yunnan ham cooked with green baby pumpkin

dish of sliced pork with julienned veggies, fried

(another ingredient seldom found in Beijing)

pancakes (bing) and a sticky dipping sauce. The

– unfussy, thoroughly pleasant food that deserves

“self-assembly” concept is Beijing duck; the price

recognition.

(RMB 22) is Kentucky Fried Chicken. Continuing the kuaican theme, the Kunming potatoes achieve

Our expert says:

a rare combo of hash brown-y exterior and velvety

“Ba Tiao Yi Hao features Dali cuisine

mashed insides, sprinkled liberally with peanuts,

native to northwestern Yunnan, which

exotic chillies and herbs (though the magic here

is a little unusual for Beijing. You can

may well be a trick of the MSG). Steamed chou

taste the serious attitude to cooking in

doufu (RMB 25) – smooth, soft and smelly, with a

the authentic dishes, and the décor features green

touch of chilli – is wonderfully authentic.

plants – something this whole city lacks.” Li Tao

BINGTUAN DASHA 兵团大厦 Daily 11.30am-2pm, 5-9pm. Bldg 2, Courtyard 6 (west of Carrefour), Maliandao Nanjie, Xuanwu District (5836 3988) 宣武区马连道南街6号院2号楼(家乐福西侧)

R: D FO GOOnivores

Cuisine: Xinjiang Nearest subway: Taoranting, Line 4 (5 minutes by taxi) Menu: Picture menu, Chinese only Approximate cost: RMB 50 per person. Chinese bank cards accepted.

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Combine visit with: A tour of Beijing’s tea district. See www.teatrips.com for reliable guided day tours with a local expert.

Far-flung gourmet Xinjiang food in the heart of Beijing’s tea district

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planning. Kao baozi, palm-sized pastry pockets of fatty lamb ubiquitous in Xinjiang, are a joy here (dabao some for your friends), and meat-pie fans should go for the roubing, a large circular lamb

his brutalist block of a government

and onion pie in crispy, flaky pastry.

building in Beijing’s tea district hides

For dessert, try all manner of ethnic cakes

a gourmet secret: the finest Xinjiang

and pastries, including what the menu describes

restaurant in town. Waitresses in shapely dresses usher dealmakers past counters of still-warm putao nang (bread baked to resemble a bunch of Turpan’s famous grapes) to smart tables topped with fresh flowers and gold and silver ornamental teapots. An open kitchen reveals chefs spearing great hunks of marinated lamb onto willow-wood skewers brought in from Xinjiang – gimmicky for sure, but the rich, faintly fruity flavor trumps most other chuan’r. Indeed, it’s lamb, of the aromatic, melt-in-themouth kind, that’s on everybody’s table. Order two hours ahead to sample tender lamb ribs or a whole cumin-spiced leg, but the nang bao rou – lamb chunks slow-cooked on the bone in a mild tomato sauce and served atop a huge, floury nang

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s 1. Stir-fried green i qingchao jimaoca18) B 清 炒 鸡 毛 菜 (RM

sticks ed on red willow 2. Lamb skewer chuan’r u hongliu yangro 8 each) B 红 柳 羊 肉 串 (RM carrots, over bread with 3. Braised lamb tro an cil onions and nang bao rou ) 馕 包 肉 (RMB 78

b buns 4. Oven-baked lam kao baozi each) 烤 包 子 (RMB 4

it gurt with dried fru 5. Homemade yoi geng na an su o gu mei 5) B 梅 果 酸 奶 羹 (RM

bread – is wonderful and demands no advance

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as baklava (bakelawa, RMB 4), sticky with honey and walnuts and a scrumptious counterpoint to the near-sour homemade yoghurt studded with fruit. Should you need any more persuading to make the pilgrimage out west, the Chinese government has awarded Bintuan Dasha an “A” rating for hygiene, which puts it in a rather elite club – especially, it should be noted, for a Xinjiang restaurant. Our expert says: “My Xinjiang friends introduced me to this place. It’s in the representative office of the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps, so it’s effectively a non-local take on authentic Xinjiang food, hence many traditional recipes have been improved upon while still using authentic imported ingredients.” Dai Aiqun


MOYU'ER DASONG SHIGONG 摸鱼儿大宋食供

Daily 9.30am-9pm. 8 Zhongjiangzi Xiang, Dongcheng District (6403 3309) http://blog.sina.com.cn/mooyuer 东城区中剪子巷8号 Cuisine: Song dynasty (Imperial) Nearest subway: Zhangzizhong Lu, Line 5 (5-minute walk) Menu: None (set menus) Approximate cost: RMB 100, 200 or 300 per person. Cash only Combine visit with: An evening concert at Yugong Yishan

GOOD Histor FOR: y buffs poetar nd y fans

Dishes inspired by ancient poetry, elegant private rooms and hassle-free set menus

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espite its centrality, this “gem” is so well-concealed we almost didn’t include it. An expressionless door opens into a warren of elegant, freshly painted private rooms, where staff in Song dynasty dress

(a bit startled – we hadn’t booked) usher us to a table. The unusual food is what sets this place apart: The dishes derive from references in Song dynasty poems. Don’t worry if your memory for verse is a little rusty – the menus are fixed at RMB 100, 200 or 300 per person, so deciding your price point is the only obstacle before dishes start sailing endlessly out of the kitchen. For RMB 100 we enjoyed a big claypot of dongpo rou, Hangzhou’s famously fatty pork (named after the poet Su Dongpo), sliced beef brisket, tender chicken with black

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bean, pickled turnip, fish poached in a soy milk

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Dongwang Hutong

soup flavored with pineapple, and many more.

Xiguan Hutong

A flask of warm almond wine was a mellow treat, though some dishes, like the “sizzling” squid with onions, looked and tasted decidedly modern. The

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RMB 200 and 300 menus offer more “prestige” dishes, some of them charmingly playful, like a

Fuxue Hutong

“bear’s paw” carved skillfully out of aspic.

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Call ahead to book, especially in the colder months, so they can warm up your room and prepare the menu. Spring or summer is the best time to visit, when traditional drumming and dance performances in the central courtyard play up the

Yugong Yishan

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sense of occasion. Our expert says: “I really liked the ‘Golden Chicken,’ a dish

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famous in the Tang dynasty and namechecked by poet Li Bai: ‘There are green spirits in the pavilion and golden chicken

Shanlao Hutong

Wangzhima Hutong

on the plate’ (亭上十分绿醑酒,盘中一味黄金鸡). It’s healthy, not greasy or heavy, and the meat comes off the bone with no effort, which suggests the chef knows how to choose ingredients and control cooking time.” Dong Menghao

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ou could pick almost any hot pot place on Luzhu Hutong, a wonderfully winding jumble of steamy eateries, ragtag homesteads and

shop fronts. But Xiao Liu Shuanrou is remarkable in that it’s so authentically, well, unremarkable. A tiny box-shaped room houses four cheerfully dressed vinyl tables topped with excellent chilli sauce and vinegar. Once-white walls, strip lighting and dozens of empty baijiu bottles along the wall sum up the décor: functional. Pick your fixings from a one-page print-out of lamb, tofu and veggies. The laoban, cigarette in teeth, will heap glowing coals into a battered copper pot, and set it at your table topped with a huge funnel on top to suck in air and get the soup simmering. The water-based broth is seasoned simply with goji berries, ginger and dates on one side, and spicy chilli on the other. Such an austere broth demands quality meat, so order the pricier hand-sliced mutton (shouqie yangrou), bought from nearby Niu Jie. Particularly fresh and tender, it retains its flavor profile even when dunked liberally in the cilantro-flecked sesame sauce. If you ignore the tinny music coming out of the laoban’s

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mobile phone, this is a place

Suggested menu:

where Father Time really does

1. Hot pot soup base guo di

don’t be fooled. He’s just taking

seem to have stood still. But a breather. Like much of the

锅底 (RMB 25)

Daily 10.30am-11pm. 12 Lazhu Hutong, Hufang Qiao,

2. Hand-sliced fresh mu shougongqie xian yan tton grou 手工

Xuanwu District (134 3938 1885) 宣武区虎坊桥腊竹胡同12号 Cuisine: Beijing hot pot Nearest subway: Caishikou, Line 4 (10-minute walk) Menu: Chinese only

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切鲜 羊肉 (RMB 22)

3. Napa cabbage baicai

“It’s tucked away in a typical Beijing hutong, the décor is just so-so,

4. Sliced lotus root lian’ou

Cash only Combine visit with: A trip to the Temple of Heaven and the last few hutong districts south of Qianmen

and you have to yell to order food. I recommend the fresh

莲藕 (RMB 5)

mutton, frozen mutton, cabbage

5. Fresh tofu xian doufu

and tripe. This kind of hot pot, with a charcoal fire, plain lamb and

鲜豆 腐 (RMB 4)

Bring a camera and your appetite for a hot pot adventure that’s as traditional as it gets

almost no extra flavorings, is an unforgettable lao Beijing experience that’s been the same for hundreds of years.” Zhao Xu

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SHENG JIN LOU 盛金楼海鲜 Daily 9am-10pm. Unit 106, Jinghua Haoyuan, Bldg 8, Waijiaobu Nanjie, Chaoyang District (8562 2792) 朝阳区外交部南街8号楼京华豪园106店铺

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Cuisine: Wenzhou (Zhejiang) Nearest subway: Chaoyangmen – Line 2 (10-minute walk)

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Menu: No menu – point to items Approximate cost: RMB 80 per person (if you order seafood). Cash only Combine visit with: A visit to Alien Street Market and Ritan Park

Market-fresh seafood and no-frills stir-fry present an intriguing introduction to the flavors of Wenzhou’s night markets

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1. Stir-fried napa youzha chao ba cabbage with fatty pork icai 油渣 炒 白 菜 (RMB 30 )

2. Celtuce stir-f ganwosun chaoried with sliced ham larou 干莴笋 炒 腊 肉 (RMB 38 )

3. Cauliflower flo ganhuacai chao rets with minced pork roumo 干花菜炒 肉 末 (RMB 35)

4. Fish ball soup yuwan tang

鱼 丸 汤 (RMB 28 ) heng Jin Lou takes its cue from the side-

is seafood-heavy, but also relies on a dizzying

walk food stalls (da paidang) of Wenzhou,

array of food preservation methods, suggesting

a major city in Zhejiang province. Though

that traditionally, this was suitable fare for the

southern in temperament, this food should not be mistaken for Cantonese or Fujianese. The cuisine

province’s many traveling merchants. There’s no menu either – come prepared with a list of dishes (use our suggested menu

rich, are generally not

for starters) or take a gander at the seafood, at

oversalted. The décor – in keeping with the

the counter of brined and braised “deli” meats,

night market theme – is strictly fluorescent lights

and at the shelves of greens. Point at what you

and linoleum, and we noticed several similarly

want, and within minutes it’s been stir-fried and

attired Wenzhou restaurants within a few blocks,

on your table.

which could suggest they sprang up to serve the

The vegetables here, dry-preserved and rehydrated, seem to take on intensified flavor

homesick wholesale barons of nearby Alien Street Market and Yabao Lu.

and a snappy texture. Chunks of reconstituted celtuce (think of it as a mellow celery) practically

Our expert says:

squeak in the mouth; green cauliflower, thinned

“Don’t expect much from the service,

into florets, are also intriguingly al dente. Baicai,

but the food is authentic and deli-

paired with fatty pork that’s been fried in its own

cious. Many dishes are fried in lard

drippings, is made unctuous and flavorful. Most,

which is common in the South. Try the

if not all dishes come stir-fried in lard, the time-

crab cooked in the light, fragrant Wenzhou style.”

honored cooking style of Wenzhou, but though

Gao Kang

LANZHOU HOTEL RESTAURANT 兰州宾馆餐厅 Daily 11.30am-2pm, 5-8.30pm. Bldg 5 (by the Lanzhou City Government Office Building), Jinhui Jiayuan residential area, 58 Xizhimen Nanxiaojie, Xicheng District (8229 1133 ext 108) 西城区西直门北大街58号院金晖嘉园小区5号楼

GOOD FO R:

Lamb lov ers an noodlehde ads

Cuisine: Gansu Nearest subway: Xizhimen – Lines 2, 4 and 13 (10-minute walk) Menu: Chinese only Approximate cost: RMB 50 per person. Chinese bank cards accepted

Sample one of China’s lesser-known food regions, not to mention Beijing’s most tender lamb

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land décor and bustling service offer scant

and overhyped.

evidence that this restaurant showcases

If you’ve never eaten lily bulbs – tender,

– in some style – the food from one of

white edible bulbs said to help with coughs and

China’s most culturally diverse provinces. Gansu

lung maladies – this is probably the best place

is home to myriad ethnic groups, each with their

in town to try them. Deliciously plump and soft,

own cooking style and food staples. Many of those

they’re simply steamed

dishes can be sampled here.

along with pumpkin, another

Office workers and

vegetable with a natural

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sweetness. The dish is

locals all swear by

also dotted with ice-cream

the aromatic braised

sprinkles (seriously),

nu: ted me Sugges pumpkin l a m b, c o o k e d s o lbs with u b ly li med soft it shreds apart 1. Stea ou baihe at the merest tug jingua k 合 (RMB 36) noodles 百 potato h it 金瓜扣 of the chopsticks, w n o ed mutt stewed together with 2. Brais en yangrou m g n a hu B 56) g el at i nous s l i p p ery 肉 (RM 黄焖羊 n strips potato noodles, another y chicke 3. Spic jia sha regional specialty. The Suanla (RMB 36) be cold sesame noodles, 沙 with juju 酸辣夹 orridge p a a Lanzhou staple, are e p 4. Gray zi equally popular, though hui dou ) pricey (RMB 22 a bowl)

灰豆子

(RMB 5

Our expert says: “The steamed lily bulbs are as white as snow. No other place in town serves them so pure as fresh as here. I often buy mine online, but after coming here I realize that they’re already shipping the best in from Gansu province.” Gao Jiayue

which they should have saved for the hui douzi, a faintly sweet soup made of grey peas. Another dessert of sorts is tian pizi, a drink made from fermented wheat with the taste of sweet wine and the crisp, brittle bite of wheat grains.

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DIAN FENG LOU 滇峰楼 Daily 9am-2pm, 5-9pm.1/F, Huadu Group, 75 Bingjiaokou Hutong (near Deshengmenwai Dajie), Xicheng District (8208 8909) 西城区德胜门外冰窖口胡同75号华都集团1楼

GOOD FO R:

Cuisine: Yunnan Nearest subway: Jishuitan, Line 2 (5-minute walk) Menu: Picture menu, Chinese only Approximate cost: RMB 80 per person. Chinese bank cards accepted

Group m eals and birthday dinners

蘸水 鱼 (RMB 58)

tato pancake

2. Fried shredded po ganbian yangyu si 干煸 洋芋 丝 (RMB 20)

ese 3. Pan-fried goats che ing rub 乳饼 (RMB 28)

Combine visit with: A stroll around Xihai Lake followed by a drink at Obiwan

鸡豆 粉 (RMB 16)

he owner of this Yunnan restaurant is not native to China’s far west. He was sent there as a zhiqing, or Rusticated Youth of

ing

odles in chilli dress

4. Chickpea cold no jidou fen

Authentic Yunnan dishes and exotic liquor make this an ideal venue for rowdy get-togethers

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h two dipping

wit 1. Poached white fish sauces zhan shui yu

5. Cold “frog skin” cilantro liangban qingwa pi

fungus with chilli an

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22) 凉拌 青蛙 皮 (RMB

China, one of many young city dwellers exiled to rural areas during the Cultural Revolution to be “educated from living in rural poverty.” One thing

watering chicken) – soft, cool and fabulously

he did learn was authentic Yunnan cuisine.

spicy. Bulk up on carbs with a portion of steamed

The pan-fried goats’ cheese (an artisanal

pineapple sticky rice, a staple of the Dai people,

product of the Bai and Sani minorities) is golden,

and some of the best grains in town. If you’re a

crumbly and delicious and would give a decent

“side of fries” person, supersize your table with

chevre a run for its money. Order purposefully,

ganbian yangyu si, a pizza-proportioned cake of

though – the fuwuyuan brought ours wrapped around

shredded potato fried up like Swiss rosti with a

expensive truffle-like pine mushrooms, then tried

dusting of salt.

to charge us RMB 168 for the pleasure. Absolutely everyone here orders the signature

Our expert says:

of poached tilapia fish – it’s healthy, generously

“It’s a bit dark and the service can be

portioned and served with two types of dipping

lukewarm, but I recommend this place

sauce: one piquantly fermented, the other all ma

because the ingredients are natural and

and la. The lines between Yunnan and Sichuan

fresh. The restaurant itself is very unpre-

cuisine can get a little fuzzy, which should be all

tentious, which is hard to find among more fashion-

the pretext you need to order koushui ji (mouth-

able Yunnan restaurants in Beijing.” Zhao Xu

LONG XINGSHENG SNACK SHOP 隆兴盛名优小吃

Daily 5.30am-9pm. 19 Ya’er Hutong (north of Yinding Bridge), Xicheng District (8403 1024) 西城区后海鸦儿胡同19号(近银锭桥) Cuisine: Hui & Beijing

A few tables dot the dingy interior, but it’s better to sit out on the alley in warmer months.

FOR: GOOD fixings

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Nearest subway: Gulou – Line 2 (15-minute walk)

If you do, try ma doufu, a spreadable mulch of mung-bean pulp and lamb fat, delicious when brought to life with a splash of chilli oil. Or join the old boys and breakfast on yangtou rou, strips of face meat stir-fried with scallions. It’s delicious and really not as grisly as it sounds, though sliced

Menu: Chinese only

eyeball does make an appearance. Always two

Approximate cost: RMB 15 per person. Cash only Combine visit with: A trip exploring the endangered hutongs surrounding the Drum and Bell towers

Devotees of this traditional Muslim snack shop queue for some of the best bread in the city

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slices, of course. They wouldn’t want to shortchange the locals. Our expert says: “Food so simple, natural and free of additives is uncommon and deserves

morning stroll down this little alley

respect. The braised beef is made fresh

for fresh-baked bread is as close to a

everyday, low in fat and high in protein.

boulangerie moment as you’ll have in

When you sandwich cold braised beef in a hot

Beijing. The zhima shaobing (sesame bread),

shaobing, wow! What a wonderful combination.”

baked every half-hour in ancient ovens, are

Chen Yidong

a revelation. Small and puck-shaped, they’re are crisp on the outside and dense, warm and fluffy in the middle, with just a hint of Sichuan peppercorn. You pianyi you haochi, as the locals say. (That means “cheap and tasty.” It also means don’t come in the hour before lunch or dinner, unless you want to queue.) For a portable picnic snack, order the buns filled with braised beef (jia rou), cut on a huge wood block by swarthy men in traditional Hui dress. A chipped cabinet displays other snacks so lao in origin that eating them is akin to time travel. Try tang erduo, sticky-sweet doughnuts shaped like ears and hard as rock, or songrou, a thrifty mix of mashed potato, beef and five-spice powder sandwiched between tofu sheets, then fried and hewn into diamond-shaped wedges.

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BEST OF THE REST

FIVE MORE GEMS FROM OUR EXPERTS Ming Yuan 明园 Cuisine: Cantonese Daily 11am-2pm, 5-9pm. Dongdaqiao Lu (directly south of Parkview Green; opposite Soho Shangdu), Chaoyang District (8561 9040; no reservations) 朝阳区东大桥路北京侨福芳草地南边(Soho尚都对面)

HUGUANG HUIGUAN (CHU WAN YUAN) 湖广会馆私房菜(楚畹园)

Daily 9.30am-2pm, 4.30-9.30pm. 3 Hufang Lu (southwest corner of intersection with Luomashi Dajie), Xuanwu District (6355 3112) 宣武区虎坊路3号 Cuisine: Hubei Nearest subway: Caishikou, Line 4 (5-minute walk) Menu: English, picture menu

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Approximate cost: RMB 30 per person. Cash only Combine visit with: A Peking opera show at the Huguang Guildhall next door (nightly 7.30pm, tickets from RMB 180)

This boisterous restaurant serves hearty Hubei food in a dramatic setting

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t’s a truth universally acknowledged that a restaurant tacked on to a Triple-A tourist venue will stink. And cost the earth. And do risible things like charge for napkins. Which makes this Hubei spot an anomaly of

delicious, affordable proportions. (That charges for napkins.) The wood-furnished dining room, with its high beamed ceilings and tight squeeze of tables, exudes a tavern-esqe aura that seems to tease out congeniality from all present, making for a buzzy atmosphere that borders on raucous. It might also be that diners are collectively delighted at just how remarkably cheap it is. RMB 20 gets enough tender, smoky duck meat and vegetables to comfortably feed three people; hanzhenglu ya, named after the cooking pot it comes in, consists of hearty slabs of duck, first marinated, then fried and finally steamed atop an arrangement of cabbage, taro and slippery noodles. A Hubei specialty, it’s a no-nonsense rebuke to the finicky slices of skin and meat in Beijing kaoya, not to mention a fraction of the price. The sanxian doupi, a Hubei street snack of sticky rice, mushroom and pork sandwiched between tofu skin, is stodgy, satisfying and similarly easy on the wallet. The suantang yu is less keenly priced at RMB 58, but the portion, like most dishes here, is epic. A side door takes you down a corridor and into a pleasant courtyard, where, if you follow the characteristic clack of the yangqin, a traditional opera instrument, you can sneak a peek through the door at the nightly performance. Or better yet, come here for dinner and a show. And bring your own napkins. Our expert says:

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“Some of the most authentic Hong Kong food in Beijing” This contemporary, white-walled restaurant is one of the few places listed here we’d recommend for a romantic date. The crispy chicken (cuipi ji 脆皮鸡, RMB 120) is fabulously succulent with glossy crackling, and the dim sum really is as good as you’ll find in the capital. Free medicinal soups and pu’er tea take the edge off the pricey menu. The manager, a Hong Kong native, speaks English fluently.

here is lower in price and higher in quality than at other Hubei restaurants in Beijing. Being able to watch an

Cuisine: Beijing Duck Daily 11am-2pm, 5-9pm. 1-2/F, Ziyu Hotel, 55 Zengguang Lu, Haidian District (6841 4518) 海淀区增光路55号紫玉饭店

“Third-class service, second-class decor, first-class duck” This old-school kaoya restaurant out west drew multiple nominations from our expert panel. A limit of 300 ducks are roasted here every day, and at RMB 168 each, they’re notably cheaper but no less succulent than those served at other duckeries. A decade ago, Jiu Hua Shan even won out over Quanjude and Bianyifang in a local newspaper’s taste test. Tianjin Baijiao Yuan 天津百饺园 Cuisine: Dumplings Daily 10am-2.30pm, 5.30-10pm.12A Xinwenhua Jie, Xicheng District (6605 9371) 西城区新文化街甲12号

“Delectable dumplings” The dozens of varieties of dumpling here are generally top-notch, but the pickled garlic vinegar (made on-site) elevates them to new heights. Try some of the more unusual seafood fillings, like cuttlefish, crab roe, or the amazing pine nut and duck egg yolk dumplings (songzi yadanhuang 松子鸭蛋黄) and “pork with three treasures” (zhurou sanxian 猪肉三鲜). Re Pen Jing 热盆景 Cuisine: Sichuan Daily 11am-9.30pm. 12 Hufang Lu, Xuanwu District (6303 3248) 宣武区虎坊路12号

“Unassuming and hearty Sichuan food” Owned by the same Sichuanese family for 18 years, this cheap and cheerful spot is where you’ll find homesick diners filling up on mala Sichuan sausage, slippery rice noodles and other fiery fare. The sautéed bullfrog (chanzui wa 馋嘴蛙) is said to be very good, but a safer bet is the stir-fried pork with garlic sprouts (yanjian rou 盐 煎肉). Cuiqing Restaurant 翠清餐厅 Cuisine: Hunan Daily 11am-2pm, 5-9.30pm. 1A Cuiwei Dongli, Haidian District (6825 2634) 海淀区翠微东里甲1号

“Packed eatery serves delicious Hunan homestyle favorites” Don’t expect much in the way of service or décor, but this little joint is always full of locals tucking into Hunan favorites. Go for the steamed fish head with chillis (jiangjiao yutou 酱椒鱼头) and the stir-fried pork livers (xiaochao zhugan 小炒猪肝). A chilli-filled feast here shouldn’t cost more than RMB 50 per person.

opera after dinner is a great factor.” Qu Min

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THE BEIJINGER 2010 READER RESTAURANT AWARDS

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THE 2010 READER RESTAURANT AWARDS BEIJING’S DINING SCENE AS YOU SEE IT THAI Readers’ Choice: Purple Haze You said: “What I really like is the nice, cozy atmosphere and the very attentive service. And their wide selection of drinks and cocktails makes Purple Haze a good place to go for happy hour with a few Thai snacks … but we usually end up staying for dinner, too.”

Outstanding Selections: Serve The People Phrik Thai

Experts’ Pick: Purple Haze “The food is always generously portioned here, the pomelo salad is consistently satisfying and they do a great job with the evergreen pad Thai. The bistro branch is the spot to catch owner Toby on the guitar with friends. He’s a talented guy, especially at creating an atmosphere that makes for a great night out.” – Mark Thirlwall

INDIAN/PAKISTANI Readers’ Choice: Ganges & Taj Pavilion (tie) Ganges You said: “The service is exceptional, and the food is delicious, traditional and authentic. The lunch buffet is one of the best deals around, too.” Taj Pavilion You said: “The decor and friendly staff always makes you feel comfortable here. And most importantly, the food has all the right flavors, without overdoing the oil or spices.”

Outstanding Selections: Indian Kitchen Mughal’s

Experts’ Pick: Ganges “Diners are the winners in this tightly contested category as restaurants compete for customers with specials, entertainment, and menus offering ever more exciting choices than just chicken tikka masala. Ganges tops the table with its consistency, service and lunch buffet, which at its Sanlitun branch features an unequalled number of frequently replenished dishes.” – Adam Pillsbury

ITALIAN Readers’ Choice: Annie’s You said: “Simply bliss. The food made me feel like I was back on the streets of Milan. The complimentary bread with olive oil/vinegar is icing on the cake. The margarita pizza and spaghetti carbonara dishes are our favorites, and we always find the staff incredibly pleasant and attentive to our needs. We recommend Annie’s to everyone we know.”

Outstanding Selections: Assaggi L’Isola

Experts’ Pick: Ristorante Sadler “The quality of the ingredients is what sets Ristorante Sadler apart from the competition. Olive oil, pasta, shellfish and more, all meticulously sourced and deliciously combined by Sadler’s chefs. One of the stalwarts of the Legation Quarter.” – Tom O’Malley

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OUR EXPERTS ADAM PILLSBURY

Managing editor for six editions of Beijing’s best guidebook, the Insider’s Guide to Beijing, Adam has been eating his way through the city’s backstreet dives and refined restaurants since 1998. He is an American who was raised in Paris on blanquette de veau and pain au chocolat; his own Beijing-born daughters have grown up on baozi and hot pot.

JORDI VALLES Jordi’s crispy roast suckling pig is almost as legendary as those thick-rimmed glasses and cheeky grin. The Spaniard began his Beijing cooking career at Mare Nostrum, winning accolades for his innovative cuisine. As head chef at Agua, he was voted the city’s best chef by City Weekend and Agua as “Best International Cuisine“ by Time Out in 2009.

SAIBAL DASGUPTA

BURGER Readers’ Choice: Let’s Burger You said: “I’ve been a regular for a year now, and I still maintain they’re the best in Beijing. These are proper homestyle burgers with lots of tasty additions, and large enough to feed you for a week. Even at busy times the restaurant always gets customers seated quickly, and the tucked-away but central location prevents a melee at lunch time. The sauce bar is exceptional with every dressing and relish imaginable.”

Outstanding Selections: Blue Frog Chef Too

As China correspondent for the Times of India, the most widely read English-language newspaper in the world, Saibal has spent over four years getting under the skin of Beijing. He writes widely on Indian food, particularly Awadhi cuisine; as a journalist, he has worked in Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand.

EILEEN WEN MOONEY Beijing’s undisputed English-language authority on authentic Chinese food, Eileen is also knowledgeable on global cuisines ranging from Italian to Middle Eastern. She is the author of Beijing’s ultimate Chinese food guide, Beijing Eats, and has also written on food for Fodor’s China, Zagat Beijing, the Beijinger and Time Out.

MARK THIRLWALL

Experts’ Pick: Let’s Burger “The burgers are big and tasty, and always juicy and well seasoned. The vegetables inside make them taste really fresh and of good quality. The bread could be perfected but I’d say the whole experience adds up to making Let’s Burger the number one choice.” – Jordi Valles

JAPANESE Readers’ Reader Choice: Hatsune You said: “I would say that this is the only sushi restaurant in Beijing I’ve been to that would have any chance of operating successfully in the San Francisco Bay Area. The fish quality seems to be pretty consistent, and I would recommend their nigiri sushi and sashimi.”

Outstanding Selections: Matsuko Tairyo Teppanyaki

Experts Pick: Experts’ Yotsuba “Uncompromising quality, obsession with detail, culinary excellence and understated elegance combine at Yotsuba to create one of Beijing Beijing’s few perfect dining experiences. Sit at the sushi bar, order a tasting menu and become entranced as the chef, using ingredients airlifted from Tokyo, works with purpose and economy to create a multi-course masterpiece of textures and tastes.” – Adam Pillsbury

Founder and director of The Hutong, one of Beijing’s most vibrant culinary arts centers, Mark is involved in many of the most exciting food events in the city. The Australian expert on tea travels all over China to source top quality brews. As a cook, Mark’s philosophy is to bring a fresh Western perspective to working with top quality local produce.

JIM BOYCE A true champion of the Beijing diner, Jim puts up with bad service daily so we don’t have to. He wields great influence through his friendly and informed nightlife and dining blog, BeijingBoyce.com. He is also the founder of Grapewallofchina. com, one of the most detailed sites dedicated to wine in Beijing and China.

EDWARD RAGG Perhaps Beijing’s foremost expert on wine living in Beijing, Edward is an independent wine educator, consultant and writer, as well as the co-founder of Dragon Phoenix Fine Wine Consulting, China’s most successful Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET). He writes for Decanter, The World of Fine Wine and Chinese wine publications.

SHELLEY JIANG Beijing-born Shelley gobbled her first jianbing as a wee child and has been enamored of capital dining ever since. Travel and writing helped hone her passion for regional foods, from bahn mi in Hanoi to marzipan torte in Vienna. A former editor of the Insider’s Guide to Beijing, Shelley is currently writing a travel guide to China’s lesser-known regions, as well as a Beijing food blog.

TOM O’MALLEY In addition to being the Beijinger’s Dining Editor, Tom is a battle-scarred defender of British food and cooking, having written in London on artisanal cheese, bread and beer. An iron stomach combined with a reckless spirit of adventure equip Tom to eat his way through the real Beijing.

CHANDLER JURINKA Washington D.C.-born Chandler wrote his first food guide in 1994 (Nanjing), and in 2007 founded Localnoodles.com, a dining guide to Beijing. Since then, he has published restaurant and nightlife guides to Beijing, written a monthly food column for Lifestyle magazine, and now consults extensively on the food and beverage market.

JEFFERY POWELL A chef and restaurant consultant with over 30 years in the industry, Jeffery has been the force behind many of Beijing’s top restaurant openings. Known in the US as the “feng shui chef,” he was a contributor to The Smithsonian Sustainable Seafood Cookbook (with Julia Child & Mario Batali) and a recipient of several awards from newspapers in San Francisco and Northern California.

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MEXICAN Readers’ Choice: The Saddle Cantina You said: “The Saddle Cantina wins, hands down. While there are many Mexican and Tex-Mex restaurants in Beijing, this is the only one that has taken on the theme from the ground up. From the building itself to the decoration, everything about this restaurant feels Mexican, and the food is great too!”

Outstanding Selections: Luga’s Villa Peter’s Tex-Mex Grill

Experts’ Pick: Luga’s Villa “It’s a toss-up for Mexican/Tex-Mex in Beijing, but I tend toward Luga’s Villa because of the range of tasty food – everything from chicken with mole sauce to quesadilla burgers to good fajita options – combined with speedy service.” – Jim Boyce

MEDITERRANEAN Readers’ Choice: Sureño, The Opposite House You said: “I like Italian flavors and Sureño is full of them, with a healthy addition of French, Spanish and Greek influences. Nice decor too and great, professional service. And their handmade ravioli is just the best!”

Outstanding Selections: The Olive Athena

Experts’ Pick: Sureño, The Opposite House “Chef Marino takes diners on a Mediterranean tour – from Spain to Greece – at this elegant, trendy restaurant. Delicious olives, fresh herbs, carpaccio, paella, bruschetta and great pizza bread, so much to choose from the open kitchen. Bravo for the antipasto, and Marino’s famous tiramisu! Roberto the manager gives a warm welcome to all the customers too.” – Jordi Valles

HOT POT Readers’ Choice: Haidilao Hot Pot Reader You said: “I picked Haidilao not only because its spicy Sichuan kick scratches an itch better than the competition, but because the level of service and attention from the staff is above and beyond anything I’ve experienced at other restaurants in Beijing. Add in value for money, and this is one of my favorite places to take the family.”

Outstanding Selections: Little Sheep Ding Ding Xiang

Experts’ Pick: Haidilao Hot Pot Experts “This chain is an all-time favorite with the capital capital’s diners for its spicy hot flavors and wide variety of ingredients, including exotic items like lotus root, garland chrysanthemum, golden enoki and duck blood to throw in your pot. Haidilao is undoubtedly one of the best hot pot restaurants in Beijing, but that also means that the lines are incredibly long. At least you can get a free manicure or shoe shine while you’re waiting in line for a table.” – Eileen Wen Mooney

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FRENCH Readers’ Choice: Maison Boulud You said: “Their commitment to maintaining a seasonal menu complemented by elegant and attentive service is what distinguishes them from other restaurants. Ignace Lecleir offers personalized service, and the food is beautifully presented, with excellent value lunch specials.”

Outstanding Selections: Café de la Poste Brasserie Flo

Experts’ Pick: Maison Boulud “A seasonal menu is one thing, but Maison Boulud even tours, month by month, the varied cooking regions of France, from the hearty cassoulets of Toulouse to the bouillabaisse of the sun-drenched Côte d’Azur, all of which the kitchen turns out with unfailing love and dedication. Add to that the best cheeseboard, wine list and service in Beijing and it’s clear why Maison Boulud simply has no peers.” – Tom O O’Malley Malley

AMERICAN Readers’ Choice: Element Fresh You said: “I was slow to warm to Element Fresh but now I eat there about once a week. It’s expensive, but the high quality of the food is worth it. I’ve never been disappointed by a skimpy sandwich or a wilting salad. The menu is creative and thoughtful, and the staff and management are friendly. It’s a well-run restaurant and the kind of place I like to go when I’m back home.”

Outstanding Selections: Chef Too Grandma’s Kitchen

Experts’ Pick: Union Bar & Grille “Union Bar & Grille consistently presents quality and innovative food. I especially appreciate the chargrilled rib eye steak, burger and BBQ chicken salad. A highlight is the Sunday morning brunch, one of the best in Beijing. Union also has a fantastic selection of American microbrewed beers to accompany your meal.” – Eileen Wen Mooney

YUNNAN Readers’ Choice: Middle 8th Restaurant You said: “I chose Middle 8th for Best Yunnan because for years now it has consistently served up good food – something that’s not always the case even at the best restaurants.”

Outstanding Selections: Dali Courtyard South Silk Road

Experts’ Pick: Yunteng Shifu “The fake foliage and grotto ambiance of the main dining room is heaps of kitschy fun but there’s nothing artificial about the dishes, made with produce flown in thrice weekly from Yunnan. This is a fabulous spot to bring foodies new to Yunnanese cuisine and observe their expressions of surprise and delight upon sampling the mint leaf salad, fried goats’ cheese, stinky tofu, wild mushrooms and cured Yunnan ham accompanied by sweet rice wine.” – Adam Pillsbury

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SANDWICHES Readers’ Choice: Element Fresh You said: “Amongst the sandwiches and wraps, there are several hearty, wholesome choices that are a big notch above the standard sandwich fare offered at most places. They’re basically a whole salad between two slices of bread. Great for vegetarians.”

Outstanding Selections: Panino Teca Comptoirs de France

Experts’ Pick: Bocata “There are some great sandwiches at Le Petit Gourmand, Sequoia, and elsewhere, but I always enjoy popping into Bocata for a roast beef and blue cheese, especially when the weather is nice and the deck is open.” – Jim Boyce

SERVICE Readers’ Choice: Maison Boulud

VIETNAMESE Readers’ Choice: Muse You said: “I voted for Muse because of their complete selection of dishes, as opposed to the many Vietnamese restaurants focusing mainly on pho. What sets Muse apart is that their offerings are always reliably good quality, while in other places some dishes are just not done with as much care. The rice paper rolls filled with fresh veggies, shrimp and egg are my favorite.”

Outstanding Selections: Va Va Voom Nam Nam

Experts’ Pick: Luga’s Pho Pho “This simple restaurant turns out the best Vietnamese food in Beijing. Naming itself, at least in part, after Vietnam’s famous noodle dish, the pho here is fresh, clean and thoughtfully Vietnamese. The other dishes like the fresh spring rolls and banh xeo are similarly authentic and burst with contrasting spices and textures.” – Chandler Jurinka

TAPAS Readers’ Choice: Olas Tapas Cafe You said: “From the mixed tuna salad starter to the range of tapas (tortilla espanola, croquetas de pollo, calamari, queso manchego), I enjoy the fresh ingredients, perfectly proportioned use of olive oil, and authentic flavor. These elements, coupled with reasonable prices and attentive service, set Olas apart from the rest.”

Outstanding Selections: Mare Carmen

Experts’ Pick: Carmen “With the Spanish wines on the menu, flamenco pictures on the wall, the Andalucia tableau, and of course the tasty, fresh home cooking, owner Carlos is flying the flag for Spain at Carmen. I like the gazpacho, stuffed eggs, mushrooms with onion and ham, beef salad and more. It’s full every night, and the live music and affordable wine list is the secret of their success. Felicidades!” – Jordi Valles

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You said: “I have grown so tired of being served at restaurants with pretensions of high-quality service but where the staff have no idea what is really expected of them by the diners. When dining at Maison Boulud, though, this has never been an issue. Knowledgeable service and attention to detail are the norm.”

Outstanding Selections: SALT Haidilao Hot Pot

Experts’ Pick: Maison Boulud “The service is exemplary here. Each course, bottle of wine or shared dessert arrives as if the wait staff have trained for years in that single task. Everyone from Ignace to the waiters work tirelessly, but that only makes them so good. Service comes down to the individual, and what makes Maison Boulud’s service the best is that I genuinely feel the staff enjoy what they are doing.” – Chandler Jurinka


FAMILY-FRIENDLY RESTAURANT Readers’ Choice: Annie’s You said: “We like Annie’s because there are places for kids to play, and most importantly, the staff love kids! They spend a lot of time playing with my 16-month-old daughter, which gives me and my husband time to eat and talk while she is kept entertained. My daughter loves the four cheese pizza too!”

Outstanding Selections: Grandma’s Kitchen Element Fresh

Experts’ Pick: Din Tai Fung “Sure, they have high chairs, plastic cutlery, non-smoking areas, superb service and spotlessly clean kitchens. And yes, each xiaolongbao has 20 perfect creases. But my kids are oblivious to such niceties and wouldn’t clamor to return but for the joy of eating the spectacular dumplings, baozi, soup and fried rice. Heck, they even eat their greens with relish here.” – Adam Pillsbury

SICHUAN Readers’ Choice: South Beauty You said: “It’s refreshing to see a Chinese restaurant in Beijing with such a modern style all its own. I love the white interior and the general attention to detail, even in the service which is very attentive and personal. The food shows real class, too. My wife loves super-spicy dishes whereas I prefer more mild fare, but we always manage to order a spread that suits us both very well.”

Outstanding Selections: Chuan Ban Spice Spirit ((Mala Youhuo)

Experts’ Pick: Chuan Ban Experts “Chuan Ban is one of the most popular restaurants in Beijing, and it has the advantage that as a provincial government dining venue, it is able to train and plane the freshest Sichuan vegetables and ingredients from the sultry south. Unless you get there before 6pm, expect to wait at least half an hour for your table. The mapo doufu, ‘fish fragrant’ eggplant (yu xiang qiezi) and twice-cooked pork (hui gou rou) doufu are exceptional.” – Eileen Wen Mooney

CHEF Readers’ Choice: Ana Esteves, SALT You said: “First and foremost, the lady can cook! And she has a child-like passion for cooking that comes out whenever she talks about food. She’s really inventive with her dishes and always maintains quality, and no matter what, she keeps her feet on the ground, which is remarkable considering her youth.”

Outstanding Selections: Daniel Urdaneta, Mosto William Bolton, Chef Too

Experts’ Pick: Max Levy, Bei, The Opposite House “Chef Max Levy makes everything Bei serves by hand, and he is very particular about ingredients, paying great attention to textures, flavors and plating. Most importantly, he thinks about how a dish actually eats, which is the key to any successful restaurant. Fresh, seasonal and flavorful – he does great things with ordinary dishes.” – Jeffery Powell

MIDDLE EASTERN Readers’ Choice: 1001 Nights You said: “I like the food and decor of 1001 Nights – everything is always fresh and well-spiced and the place is clean and has that exotic look/feel that makes it fun. We usually get the artichoke salad and I really like the Jordanian mansaf. The grilled kebabs are a good option but I’d encourage anyone going there to branch out. And get the bread – it’s perfect!”

Outstanding Selections: Rumi Biteapitta

Experts’ Pick: Biteapitta “I’m in love with several of Beijing’s Middle Eastern restaurants, but Biteapitta wins my heart with its crunchy green falafels, just perfect in a pita with creamy hummus and pickles. Nothing fancy, but that’s why it’s fabulous. You can go there anytime for wonderful food for very little money.” – Shelley Jiang

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DUCK Readers’ Choice: Da Dong You said: “Being in Beijing since 1980, I have been to many Beijing duck restaurants and Da Dong is still first choice. Locals love the place, and that is always a good indication. Service is fast, the duck is excellent and it has real atmosphere. Usually we take the leftovers home and use the bones to make soup!”

Outstanding Selections: Quanjude Duck de Chine

Experts’ Pick: Da Dong “I like that I can take my vegetarian friend (plus carnivorous boyfriend) here. We’ll all swoon over the duck – crisp, tender, juicy – but she’ll have an equally impressive meal of creative Chinese dishes, the likes of which you can’t find elsewhere.” – Shelley Jiang

CONTEMPORARY CHINESE Readers’ Choice: Da Dong You said: “It’s rare to find a ‘traditional’ Chinese restaurant with such an artistic menu. Some of the creative dishes really are amazing, like the lobster noodles and frozen fruit dishes. It’s expensive but you get what you pay for.”

Outstanding Selections: Bei, The Opposite House Made in China, Grand Hyatt Beijing

Experts’ Pick: Bei, The Opposite House “Chef Max Levy uses excellent local ingredients and cooks with a combination of Chinese, Japanese and other Asian flavors that blend very well together. It’s innovative food at its best in Beijing and I’ve always had a great meal there.” – Jeffery Powell

STEAK Readers’ Choice: The Meat & Wine Co. You said: “The Meat & Wine Co. has been a favorite of mine for years in Australia and the Beijing branch satiates my demanding taste for steak. Their selection of cuts is commendable; their wine selection is impeccable. I’m a fan of their surf and turf as well as their Angus burger. The ribs and New York sirloin are incredible.”

Outstanding Selections: SALT Morel’s Chef Too

Experts’ Pick: CRU Steakhouse “CRU makes up my steak trio along with non-hotel venues Morel’s and Cafe de la Poste. They don’t come cheap, but the cuts here are top-notch and the warm surroundings make it a good spot for everything from a business meeting to a romantic dinner.” – Jim Boyce

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KUNG PAO CHICKEN Readers’ Choice: South Beauty You said: “Kung Pao chicken is a clichéd dish for anyone who’s been in Beijing longer than a week, but the decor at South Beauty, coupled with the generous dashes of elan and stinting doses of oil that go into every dish, allow you to forgive yourself for ordering like a Kansan at Lucky Panda.”

Outstanding Selections: Bellagio Xiao Wang Fu

Experts’ Pick: Chuan Ban “It’s akin to ordering spaghetti bolognaise at an Italian restaurant, but if you’re going to get this homestyle standard anywhere, it might as well be at Beijing’s best Sichuan restaurant. Tender, cubed chicken, easy on the sauce (and not bright red), with a generous dose of crunchy peanuts and spiky chilli, it’s simple, tasty and impossible to fault.” – Tom O’Malley

PIZZA Readers’ Choice: The Tree You said: “It’s got a light crust which most other pizzas in Beijing don’t have, a good selection of toppings, and I don’t feel like they scrimp on them. I’m a vegetarian too so I really like the non-meat possibilities on the menu. It’s the best pizza I’ve had in Beijing.”

Outstanding Selections: Kro’s Nest Annie’s

Experts’ Pick: The Tree “The pizzas are deliciously thin and crisp, and the ingredients are good quality. The cheese is good for the price, although there is definitely room to introduce a superior variety at a different price tag. The canteen-like casualness somehow adds to the charm of the pizzas, even though the wait staff can be a bit moody at times.” – Saibal Dasgupta

XINJIANG Readers’ Choice: Red Rose You said: “This is one of our favorite dining options in Beijing as we are Muslim and they have only halal food. The food is just fantastic. The classic lamb skewers remind us of Kashgar, and coming here is like hanging out at a raucous party. Communal seating is at long canteen-style tables and there’s Uygur music and dancers every night – a tad tacky but still entertaining.”

Outstanding Selections: Crescent Moon My neighborhood chuan’r place

Experts’ Pick: Crescent Moon “There are obviously many Xinjiang restaurants around Beijing and the competition in the field of kaorou across different Chinese cuisines is immense here. That said, Crescent Moon is worth returning to and is reliable for its very simplicity and consistency. Thankfully, no modernizing attempts are made to play with the menu. Crescent Moon produces superb lamb/mutton in most forms – including the excellent lamb kidneys in heaps of cumin – and breads to die for.” – Edward Ragg

DIM SUM Readers’ Choice: Jin Ding Xuan You said: “Jin Ding Xuan has fantastic dim sum, is fairly cheap, and there’s loads of variety. But best of all is the chaotically fun atmosphere. I have many fond memories of piling in there in the middle of the night with friends after a night out. Simple, easy and fun.”

Outstanding Selections: Crystal Jade Lei Garden

Experts’ Pick: Lei Garden “I’m quite finicky about my dim sum, and that’s why I’ll only go to a few places – Lei Garden included – for authentic, freshly made stuff and a selection that extends beyond shrimp dumplings and egg tarts.” – Shelley Jiang

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IMPRESSING VISITORS Readers’ Choice: Da Dong You said: “Da Dong impresses with authentic Chinese and Beijing cuisine, great service and an unparalleled interior. In addition to duck, my standard orders for impressing guests include the duck soup served in an orange and the spicy diced steak with peppers served on a stone plate.”

Outstanding Selections: Capital M Lan Club

Experts’ Pick: Capital M “Superb surroundings? Check. Tasty cocktails and pre-dinner snacks? Check. Excellent food, service, and wine lists? Check. Delivered at a fraction of the price of top restaurants elsewhere in the world? Check. It’s easy to see why Maison Boulud is considered by many to be Beijing’s top Western restaurant.” – Jim Boyce

BRUNCH (NON-HOTEL) Readers’ Choice: Element Fresh You said: “I chose Element Fresh mostly due to the unlimited coffee you get with some of their breakfast/brunch selections, though the food is also pretty exceptional. Even as an impoverished student, I still make a point of trying to get over there on late Sunday mornings just to relax and sample a tiny bit of home.”

Outstanding Selections: Vineyard Café Chef Too

Experts’ Pick: Maison Boulud “Whilst some hotel brunches have become formulaic, Maison Boulud continues to innovate in offering a wide range of extremely well-executed dishes that vary according to season and availability of ingredients. Initially overwhelmed by the interest in its weekend brunches, MB has also worked hard to cater for its diverse and growing audience. Somehow, the superb signature DB burger seems more appropriate at brunch, although it’s sensible to leave room for what is an impressive array of dishes.” – Edward Ragg

HOTEL BRUNCH Readers’ Choice: Bubbalicious, Westin Chaoyang & Bubbly Sundays, Westin Financial Street (tie) Bubbalicious You said: “The reason I chose Bubbalicious is the wide selection of foods, from hearty grilled meats to Chinese, Indian, Italian, Japanese and even your ‘sideshow’ options of hot dogs and popcorn for the kids. The kids’ club is fantastic for allowing the adults to enjoy their brunch in peace, and the downtown location is great too.” Bubbly Sundays You said: “If you’re going to do a hotel brunch (and drop hundreds of RMB), why not make it completely OTT? Free-flowing champagne, live entertainment, delicious eats and decadent treats (chocolate fountain, mmmmm). MMmmmmm. Plus there’s a kiddie’s playroom so the children don’t get resentful. Feels like a truly special occasion!”

Outstanding Selections: FIZZtastic, Hilton Beijing Wangfujing Sunday Brunch, JW Marriott Hotel Beijing

Experts’ Pick: N/A

The vote was split between our panel and there was no clear winner. [That’ll teach us to canvass the champagne set. Next year we’ll use Instant Runoff Voting - Ed]

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ROMANTIC MEAL Readers’ Choice: Maison Boulud You said: “My wife and I went there last year to celebrate my 60th birthday. I like the decor, the food and the superb wine selection, and there is enough room between the tables to give you the impression of a private, intimate meal. Also, the salon is a great place for an aperitif.”

Outstanding Selections: The CourtYard Capital M Mosto

Experts’ Pick: Maison Boulud “Its enviable location in the Qing-era American Embassy just east of Tiananmen is the perfect setting for an upscale romantic meal. And if the architecture outside doesn’t impress then the decor inside will. Elegant furnishings, soft music, impeccable service and French masterpieces by Daniel Boulud seal the deal.” – Chandler Jurinka

WINE LIST Readers’ Choice: Maison Boulud You said: “Real variety, a huge range of price points and a lot of ‘only place in Beijing’ bottles – ordering a wine here becomes an interesting discussion, not just a request. These guys know their stuff.”

Outstanding Selections: Enoteca Mosto

Experts’ Pick: Maison Boulud “Divided into two tomes – one for white and rose wines, the other for reds – Maison Boulud has the most compelling and wideranging list in Beijing. The extent of the list might seem intimidating, but it is very clearly laid out and is usually extremely accurate in terms of what wine lovers crave: full names of wines, precise vintage and producer details, together with other useful information. I usually know precisely where most of the wines have been bought in other restaurants, but there are always great wines that pop up from more unusual sources.” – Edward Ragg

DECOR Readers’ Choice: Lan Club You said: “In my eyes, Lan pushes the boundaries of innovative decor. Whilst it borders on being over the top with its opulent and lavish furnishing and ceilingm o u n t e d p i c t u r e f ra m e s , I t h i n k i t collectively works and well and adds to the whole experience of the place. I think that’s the key: Visiting Lan is an experience.”

BUSINESS LUNCH Readers’ Choice: Alameda You said: “What I like about Alameda is the intimacy of the tables, the simple menu (each week a new selection of appetizers, mains and desserts) that’s very easy and quick to order from – good if you’re short on time. You feel as if you’re eating in a five-star restaurant without the stuffy waiters.”

Outstanding Selections: Hatsune, Sanlitun Village Maison Boulud

Outstanding Selections: Mosto Salt

Experts’ Pick: Maison Boulud

Experts’ Pick: Mosto

“Coming here gives you the impression you are in early 1920’s Beijing and going to dine with the US Ambassador. On entering, two staircases lead enticingly to each side of the building. On the left, the bar has a ‘clubby,’ old-school ambiance, whilst to the right the dining room boasts big comfy chairs, soft tones and tables nicely spaced apart. The outside patio is a comfortable spot, too.” – Jeffery Powell

“I love the rotating menu based on seasonal ingredients, and that staff are always informed of what’s being served, which to me is very important. It’s also very fast – they understand what a business lunch is. Customers need to be seated, eat two courses, knock back a coffee and go, all inside of one hour. Best of all their coffee packs a punch that puts a bounce in my step for the rest of the day.” – Mark Thirlwall

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RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR (CHINESE) Readers’ Choice: Da Dong

You said: “Da Dong consistently delivers the highest standard of food, service and value. The restaurant offers a broad selection of other dishes alongside roast duck, from the familiar to the more exotic, making it an ideal place to entertain Chinese friends and Western visitors together. The complimentary wine served to patrons waiting for a table is just one of the many pleasant touches that make this such an enjoyable place to return to. At a time of growing competition, Da Dong more than holds its own.”

Outstanding Selections: Made In China, Grand Hyatt Beijing Haidilao Hot Pot Din Tai Fung

Experts’ Pick: Da Dong “It is rare for any roast duck joint to be able to pull off both superlative duck – which is among the lightest and crispiest in Beijing – and an excellent range of contemporary Chinese dishes (with one of the better wine lists among Chinese restaurants in town). I’m especially a fan of Da Dong’s re-interpretation of shizi tou (lion’s head casserole), which incorporates white fish in a pea soup broth rather than the traditional, if equally delicious, pork dumplings in clear soup. Clever, imaginative cooking without being faddish.” – Edward Ragg

RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR (NON-CHINESE) Readers’ Choice: Maison Boulud

You said: “I’m a wine master so I try all the good restaurants in town on a regular basis and the food, service and wine list is always excellent here. There is an attention to detail and subtlety of taste that reminds one of a good restaurant in Paris or London. Ignace and his staff do a wonderful job.”

Outstanding Selections: Mosto SALT

HOW WE DID IT the Beijinger’s annual Reader Restaurant Awards are determined in a two-step process.

Experts’ Pick: Maison Boulud “Chapeau to Ignace and Chef Brian for the best fine dining in Beijing. The décor, service, mise en place, cuisine and crockery all work together in perfect harmony. As a chef, I want to congratulate them for the product research they’ve done from the very beginning, as everyone knows it’s difficult to adapt Western cuisine into the Beijing scene, and even more difficult to provide fine dining using local produce. Finally, Maison Boulud gets the award it deserves.” – Jordi Valles

We started with a nomination panel of 100 Beijing food writers, gourmands and F&B professionals, then added a randomly selected list of 100 voters from last year’s balloting. These 200 people were provided a blank ballot and asked to name their favorite restaurants in each of over 60 cuisine categories. After tabulating their nominations, we discarded voting categories that were dominated by one restaurant (e.g. Pure Lotus in the Best Vegetarian category, Bellagio in Best Taiwanese); were deemed to be too obscure for a meaningful vote; or had garnered far too many or too few candidates. From the original 60, we narrowed the categories down to the 35 most competitive. The top eight vote-getters (or one or two more, in the case of close votes) in each category were then placed on the official ballot. After the ballot went live on the Internet, it was promoted via print and digital advertising, as well as with flyers and posters distributed at the nominated venues. Voting was open for six weeks. Over 5,000 ballots were received; each was examined for eligibility. Duplicated ballots were discarded, as were numerous attempts at ballot stuffing. The remaining ballots were verified, tabulated and each restaurant was ranked accordingly. The top three restaurants (four, in the case of ties) in each category were selected as Reader Reader’s Picks.

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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 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) 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

Bodhi on Gongti, Bodhi Sense draws inspiration from both Thai and Chinese culture, but boasts an added touch of luxury. There are ten foot-massage rooms and an additional ten treatment rooms, all exquisitely decorated Daily 11am-12.30am. 2/F, Somerset Grand Fortune Garden, 46 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (8440 1495) 朝 阳区亮马桥路46号盛捷副景苑公寓2层 Bodhi Therapeutic Retreat Located in a sixfloor 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 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 Catherine de France Hair and Beauty Salon The C. de France team of international and local stylists, colorists and beauticians offer an holistic hair and beauty experience. The salon mixes French chic with modern simplicity to create a sophisticated yet relaxed atmosphere offering a wide range of hair services and beauty treatments, including manicures and pedicures, waxing and tanning. Referral and VIP programs available. Daily 10am-8pm. 1) 2/F, Riviera Plaza, 5 Laiguangying Donglu, Chaoyang District. (8470 4639, 150 1081 6856, riviera@cdefrance.com); 2) Nali Mall, Sanlitun Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6417 3029, riviera@cdefrance.com) C美发沙龙, 1) 朝阳区来广营东路5号香江广场2层; 2) 朝阳区三里屯北路那里商城内 db tanning Good news for aspiring WAGs and tanorexics, with the arrival of this tanning salon, in the land where pale skin is revered. Daily, 11am-9pm. Rm 307, Bldg 4, Jianwai Soho, 39 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu,, Chaoyang District. (5900 0427) db 日晒 沙龙, 朝阳区东三环中路39号建外SOHO4号 楼307商铺 Decleor Daily 10am-10pm. Rm 107, Villa 8, Jianwai Soho, 39 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (5869 0690) 贝黎诗, 朝 阳区东三环中路39号建外Soho8号别墅107 Dragonfly Therapeutic Retreat Dragonfly’s boutique operation avoids rowdy groups and leaves ample room for relaxation and solace – something that its large-scale 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. Daily 10am-1am. 1) 1/F, Grand Summit Plaza, 19 Dongfang Donglu (100m north of Lufthansa Center), Chaoyang District. (8532 3122); 2) 60 Donghuamen Ave (near The Peninsula Hotel and Oriental Plaza), Dongcheng District. (6527 9368); 3) 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) 东城区东城区东华门大 街60号(近王府饭店和东方广场); 3) 朝阳区 朝阳区三里屯南路逸羽酒店1层

Angel Hands Enjoy vigorous deep-tissue massage, soothing and gentle massage, or a combination of both. Daily 24 hours. 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 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

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

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Dimensions: 15.5 x 56 x 103mm Weight: 112g (including battery) The U10’s body bends at an ergonomic 7-degree angle to provide a more comfortable grip. Review your footage on the 2-inch LCD screen, and then use the embedded editing function to split video clips into smaller chunks for easy online sharing. The U10’s time-lapse recording feature (i.e. taking snaps at intervals of up to 30 seconds) enables you to watch a marathon in minutes – or turn a snail into a speedy racer. Individual still images can be 10-megapixel, by the way. If you’re prone to misplacing AC adapters, you’ll be happy to know that this battery can be charged via a USB connection. www.samsung.com

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The Meridian 明经堂 Daily 10am-11pm. 9-10-A, Si’de Park, Fangyuan Xilu (300m east of Xiaoyun Qiao, opposite Greenland Garden), Dongsihuan Lu, Chaoyang District (8456 7010)

朝阳区东四环芳园西路四得公园9-10-A号(东四环 霄云桥向东300米路北,嘉林花园对面)

This TCM clinic is not your average spa. No flowery fragrances and dimly lit spaces – instead, you’ll catch whiffs of herbal medicine wafting through bright rooms furnished with Oriental antiques. Treatments range from massage to acupuncture and cupping. The deep-tissue therapeutic massage (RMB 280), which focuses on relieving joint pains rather than stress, may have you yowling in pain; meanwhile, “clearing the Meridian” (RMB 399) sends strangely discomfiting yet soothing jolts down your back, which the therapist promises will, over time, reduce daily dizziness and fatigue. Anyone hoping for touchyfeely pampering will leave unappeased, but fans of rigorous TCM therapy will find exactly what they are looking for.Tiffany Wang

Surfin’ Bird Daily 12.30am-8pm. Store 20, Bldg 16, Central Park, Guandongdian Nanjie, Chaoyang District (151 1693 2575)

朝阳区关东店南街新城国际16号楼20商铺

Surfin’ Bird is for those in the know. Once you’re buzzed in to this apartment-boutique, you’ll find an impressive selection of edgy and playful designs – some by well-known brands such as Daydream Nation and Peter Jensen, though most are lesser-known designer labels from the UK. Owner and buyer Lu Qizhen (aka Lulu) honed her taste when she worked for Comme des Garçons in London’s Dover Street Market. The cutest finds included a white tee with exaggerated layers of 3-D triangles on the shoulders (RMB 1,800) and a men’s white shirt with a polka-dot collar and cuff (RMB 1,750), as well as a pair of green lace-up shoes featuring weird architectural heels (RMB 2,750). Belle Zhao

New Project Center Daily noon-10pm. 1/F, Nali Patio, 81 Sanlitun Beilu, Chaoyang District (138 1016 4347) www.newprojectcenter.com

朝阳区三里屯北81号那里花园1层

Blinged-out stainless steel doors. Thudding hip-hop music. Astroturf walls and carpeting. It sounds tacky but somehow works, creating a modern, urban and athletic atmosphere that carries over to the clothing. Just like its thriving predecessor in Shanghai, NPC Beijing is well-stocked with streetwear – including oversized graphic tees (RMB 360), baggy jeans (RMB 880), varsity jackets (RMB 2,800) and special edition sneakers (starting from RMB 1,098) – as well as labels like Michael Lau, Nike Sportswear, Casio and G-Shock. Star power further bolsters the store brand – the employees are quick to drop the names of the celebrity owners, Mandopop singer Will Pan and Channel [V] VJ Li Cheng. Tiffany Wang

Daily 10am-10.30pm. 55 Dongsi Nandajie, Dongcheng District (139 1026 9627)

东城区东四南大街55号

Nestled in between the bridal stores and loud hair salons on the Dongsi shopping strip is this little gem of a boutique. Ziyin Yifang targets bohemian fashionistas by offering handmade ethnic minority-style clothing with a contemporary twist. Our favorite finds were the light cotton tunics (RMB 150-180) hand-painted with shanshui landscapes; they look great when paired with a pair of jeans. Finely painted cotton shirts (RMB 498) are also available, as well as Miao-style jackets (RMB 428-598) that come in a range of vivid colors with eye-catching embroidery. Laura Morgan

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Directory continued from p40 services. Daily 10am-8pm. 1) 43 Sanlitun Houjie, Chaoyang District. (135 0137 2971); 2) Stall 123, Kerry Centre Shopping Mall, 1 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (139 1179 8376); 3) Lido Hotel, 112 Jichang Lu, Chaoyang District. (135 0107 5843) 爱丽克 美容美发, 1) 朝阳区三里屯后街43号; 2) 朝阳区光华路1号嘉里中心商场123; 3) 朝阳 区机场路112号丽都饭店 Flora Spa The emphasis here is on friendly, personalized service, rather than luxury furnishings and glamor. Daily 10am-9pm. Suite 7, 17/F, Bldg 4, China Central Place, 89 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (6530 5475) www.floraspa.cn 弗洛拉, 朝阳区建国 路89号华贸中心4号楼1707

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 Hair Passion With timeless black-white color classics and extravagant lighting background, Hair Passion is graceful but non-demonstrative, fashionable but folksy. For more than ten years, they have been always devoting their endeavors into hairdressing career with exploration and innovation for creating a brand new hairstyle and art for office ladies and gentlemen. Daily 10am-9.30pm. Room 107, Building 4, China Central Apartment, 89 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (5203 7887) 朝阳区朝阳 区建国路89号华贸公寓4号楼107室 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

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 Lovely Nails Stylish joint with professional uniformed staff offering manicures (RMB 90), pedicures (RMB 130) and other services. The Taiyue Heights location is slightly cheaper, with manicures for RMB 70 and pedicures for RMB 100. Call for reservations. 1) River Garden Clubhouse, No.7 Yuyang Road, Houshayu, Shunyi District. (6458 0603/4); 2) Taiyue Suites, Nan Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6502 5989); 3) 102 Tongli Studio, Sanlitun Houjie, Chaoyang District. (6417 5812/3) 北京爱手 爱脚美甲中心, 1) 顺义区后沙峪榆阳路7号 裕京花园俱乐部; 2) 朝阳区南三里屯路泰悦 豪庭1层; 3) 朝阳区三里屯后街同里1层102 The Meridian Health and spa services supported by top Chinese medical research institutions like Beijing University of Chinese Medicine and China Academy of Chinese Medical Science. After a consultation by medical physicians, your treatments include Chinese tuina and physiotherapy, cupping and scraping, herbal medicine bath, medical moxibustion and acupuncture. Daily 10am-11pm. 9-10-A, Si’de Park, Fangyuan Xilu. Dongsihuan, Chaoyang District. (8546 7010) 朝阳区东四环芳园西路 四得公园9-10-A Nan Nan Nail & Hair Salon Hairdressers from Hong Kong and OPI products for your nails. Daily 10am-10pm. 4A/5A, Hairun International Apartment, 2 Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District. (5135 7977, 139 1091 7477) 楠楠, 朝阳区将台路2号海润国 际公寓4A/5A

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 Quan Spa at Marriott Beijing City Wall Marriott’s Quan Spa reclaims the original meaning of the word “spa” by offering a range of therapies where guests can “take the waters.” Daily 3pm-midnight. 7 Jianguomen Nandajie, Dongcheng District. (5811 8187) 东城区建国门南大街7号 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 9am10pm. 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-10pm. 3 Units, 3/F, Tower 8, South Area, Sanlitun Village, Chaoyang District. (6417 4188); 2) Daily 10am-9pm. 1/F, Hilton Beijing, 1 Dongfang Lu, Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6461 8368); 3) Unit 303, Tower C Office Bldg, Yintai Center, 2 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (8517 1292); 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) 朝阳区三里屯 Village南区8号楼3层3单元; 2) 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; 3) 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; 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

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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 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

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 10.30am-midnight (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 Kocoon Daily 11am-9.30pm (last appointment). Rm C301,3/F, North Bldg, Nali Patio,

Peninsula Spa by ESPA Offers a luxurious,

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Focus Hair&Beauty Salon Since 1998, Focus Hair & Beauty 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 10am-10pm. 1/F, Kempinski Hotel Beijing Lufthansa Center, 50 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6465 3388 ext 4856) 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一层

81 Sanlitun Beijie (west side), Chaoyang District. (5208 6068) www.kocoonspalounge.com 朝阳区三里屯北街西侧81号那里 花园北楼3层C301室 世贸国际公寓地下1层


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BAKER’S DOZEN

AN ASSORTMENT OF TREATS text by Jonathan White; photos by Mary Dennis

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or those not from N’awlins, a lagniappe is when a vendor throws in a freebie with your purchase. Locally, it’s like when you get a free Yashow calendar to sweeten that deal on spangly leggings. Here are twelve snaps with a little something extra tossed in just for you. We’re not entirely sure which one should have been gratis.

You may be forgiven for thinking that these pins belong to a nine-year-old girl. You’d be surprised to find out that they do not. They hold up a man of 36. If fashion isn’t about fun, being who you want to be, and remembering when you were a schoolgirl, then what is? Therapy?

This man-about-town is never off the grind. It’s strictly business from the corner to the club but that doesn’t mean a change of clothes. Buttons shined and buttoned-up on a classic silhouette get the job (and the party) done.

This is a look every man, woman and child should emulate. Take a look at his Hulihee beard (aka “bridged muttonchops”). And that’s before the quiff and the pseudo-tweed. We call it “the brigadier abroad.”

Hoods are great. G-R-E-A-T. First off, they can hide your face from the elements. Secondly, the inside of them smells of you. This is a good thing. Unless you smell worse than Beijing. In which case, sorry.

Monochromatic never goes out of style, even if furry hoods are best left to people who like to buy seasonally rather than invest. Fingerless gloves are a nod to the hobo-chic that’s lit up Paris. It’s just a shame he has so many eggs, as over there one egg is un oeuf.

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Ever wondered what would happen if Super Mario jumped through the wrong warp pipe and ended up in Do the Right Thing? No need. Next month: Sonic the Hedgehog in Malcolm X.

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Beijing is sometimes so far ahead of the game that it’s like the game doesn’t know the rules. This local Sid Vicious has it all: ski jacket, high-tops, cropped jeans and a sneer. Scope them out for next season.


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“Hey there, sir. Are you Jamaican? Hang on a minute, you’re Peruvian. No, that’s not it. You aren’t maybe Chinese? Wait … Dad? Is that you, Dad?”

This combination of grays and blues from the weather-beaten end of the spectrum should be dowdy. It’s not, for the simple reason that combining the warmth needed to survive this dusty concrete jungle with its very own colors smacks of playfulness. That and the fact that glasses are sexy.

Clothes are meant to be worn. Young’uns don’t need to be told. Give them enough pockets, natty headgear, bright colors and cartoons and they’re as happy as Larry. You should try this too. Go on, get your knees dirty.

“Dad?” “Yes, son.” “About this photo of me and you on that Segway you bought?” “Yeah?”

To impress upon others how seriously you desire to take care of your clothes, simply keep the following in mind: Step 1: Take pride in your appearance. Step 2: Carry a stylish yet deadly weapon. Step 3: Protect yourself in a glass display case.

“That’s the reason I flunked med school. Payback’s a bitch.”

Popping collars is for people who think that Jersey Shore is a philosophy and that Usher songs are prescriptive. This man is here to educate. Here’s collar-on-collar without the need to be flashy. Also, a nice nod to the ska rudeboy with the leather lid.

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Yadia Hair Salon Daily 10am-9pm. Rm 2128, 1/F, Soho Shangdu, 8 Dongdaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (5900 5020) 朝阳区 东大桥路8号尚都2128号

NLGX A Beijing-based independent apparel brand and design community. The flagship based in Nanluoguxiang offers originally-designed NLGX fashion apparel and accessories, Chinese retro sneakers from Huiyi Huili and Shulong, handcrafted toys and gifts from Uncle Blue, and various other products designed and produced by independent Chinese designers. Sun-Thu 9.30am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11am-midnight. 33 Nanluogu Xiang, Dongcheng District. (6404 8088) www.nlgx.org 东城区南锣鼓 巷33号

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Zen Spa This unique spa experience is set in a Chinese courtyard home. Treatments include body scrubs, wraps, facials, floral baths and massage; double rooms are available. Daily 11am-11pm. 1, 8A Xiaowuji Lu, Chaoyang District. (8731 2530, info@zenspa.com.cn) www.zenspa.com. cn 朝阳区小武基路甲8号1号院(东四环南路 15号出口)

CLOTHING candy & caviar Asian American designer Candy Lin describes her line as “simplicity with a bit of madness.” She merges classic structures with bold details, producing designs that are both versatile and unique. Mon-Fri 9am-5.30pm, or call for appointment. Rm 921, Bldg 16, China Central Place, 89 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (5203 6581) 朝阳区建国路89号华贸商务楼 16号楼921号 DKNY 1) BB37 Oriental Plaza, 1 Dongchangan Jie, Dongcheng District. (8518 0583); 2) SB132 China World Trade Shopping Mall, 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6505 2638), 1) 东城区 东长安街1号东方广场BB37; 2) 朝阳区建国 门外大街1号北京国贸商城SB132店 H&M This well-anticipated Swedish retailer, known for its stylish, moderately priced clothing that appeals to young urban hipsters around the world, has finally opening in Beijing. Daily 10am-10pm. 1) Glory Mall, 18 Chongwenmen Dajie, Chongwen District. (6715 6676); 2) Raffles City, 1 Dongzhimen Nandajie, Dongcheng District. (8409 4199); 3) Xidan Joy City, 131 Xidan Beidajie, Xicheng District. (6706 0508); 4) Oumeihui Shopping Mall, A1 Danling Jie, Haidian District. (8248 8976); 5) Qianmen Avenue Store, Building A16, Qianmen Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6706 0508) 1) 崇文区崇文门大街18号国瑞城; 2) 东城区东直门南大街1号来福士广场; 3) 西 城区西单北大街131号西单大悦城; 4) 海淀 区丹棱街甲1号欧美汇购物中心 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 Lazy Sunday One-of-a-kind items are the specialty here, from vintage black frame glasses and handmade wooden frames to retro tin toy car and train models, as well as gift boxes printed with funky graphics. If these fail to satisfy your thirst for quirk, browse the boutique’s fashion collection, which includes several sharply tailored, ‘80s-influenced long suits (around RMB 600), mini-skirts with elastic waistlines (RMB 245), and a variety of elegant dresses Daily 10.30am-10pm. Rm 104, Villa 5, Jianwai Soho, Chaoyang District. (5900 2568) 朝阳区建外Soho5号别墅104室 Lu 12.28 Designer Liu Lu returned to China in 2007 and has opened an airy store at Nali Patio. Her clothes celebrate the art of drapery and geometry in rich fabrics that fit and skim as the body turns. Daily 12pm10pm. Room D305, 3/F, Nali Patio, 81 Sanlitun Beijie, Chaoyang District. (5208 6105) 朝阳区三里屯北街S1号那里花园3层D305

Plastered T-shirts Plastered take the diversity and beauty of everyday Beijing life, and turn it into funky, fun and ironic T-shirts and accessories. Daily 10am-10pm. 1) Unit D54, Main Second Street, Dashanzi Art District, 2 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (134 8884 8855); 2) 9 Yandai Xiejie, Xicheng District. (134 8884 8855); 3) 61 Nanluogu Xiang, Dongcheng District. (134 8884 8855) www.plastered.com.cn 1) 朝阳区酒仙桥路2号大山子艺术区中二街 D54; 2) 西城区烟袋斜街9号; 3) 东城区南 锣鼓巷61号

HOME DECOR Hunter Asia Pacific is a professional Australian design and construction firm. The design team is headed by the famous Australian Architect Jason Marriott, who was the lead architect in designing the Beijing 2008 Olympic Village. The interior design and construction team work on projects all over China, projects such as individual houses and apartments, modern offices, restaurants and bars, commercial spaces, hotels and large property developments. Hunter’s design style is flamboyant and modern and the level of construction work is highly rated in comparison to local standards. A very professional service. Mon-Fri 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 Ikea Love it or hate it, we can’t live without it and have ventured here many times in search of affordable beds, couches, chairs, desks, lamps, and myriad home furnishings. Daily 10am-10pm. 1 Taiyang Gonglu, Dongbahe (northwest corner of Siyuan Qiao), Chaoyang District. (800 810 5679) www.ikea.com.cn 宜家家居, 朝阳区 东坝河太阳宫路1号(四元桥西北角) Ilinoi Home Ilinoi is a funkier, pricier version of IKEA that sells wall-sized mirrors, tangerine sofas, a martini glass-shaped chair and home essentials like candycolored bathmats, pots and pans, groovy lanterns, juice-makers as well as stainless steel salt and pepper shakers. 1) 1/F, Aijia Shijie Furniture Exhibition Center, Dongsanhuan, Chaoyang District. (6431 7153); 2) 10 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (8771 2597); 3) 10 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (8771 2597); 4) 63-1 Xisihuan Beilu, Haidian District. (8846 5238); 5) 9 Dongsihuan Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (6730 5375/6 /7); 6) 1 Zhigang Lu, Jinzhanxiang, Chaoyang District. (8433 4969/4189) 伊力诺依, 1) 朝阳区北京爱家 汇展精品馆, 东三环爱家世界家居汇展中心 1层; 2) 朝阳区北京东三环Soho馆, 东三环中 路10号; 3) 朝阳区北京东三环Soho馆, 东三 环中路10号; 4) 海淀区京西四环生活馆, 西 四环北路63-1号; 5) 朝阳区北京东四环生活 馆, 东四环南路9号; 6) 朝阳区北京旗舰馆, 金盏乡志港路1号

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Kartell Bored of leather and wood dominating your home? If so, this is the place for you – funky furniture and home fittings in colourful designs from the Italian deco specialists who made plastic fashionable. Daily 10.30am-8.30pm. 1/F, Grand Summit, 19 Dongfang Donglu, Chaoyang District. (8595 8668, urban. hymns@hotmail.com) 朝阳区亮马桥东方东 路19号官舍1层 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 Meyer Gourmet Store High quality, innovative products for the kitchen, Meyer offers world-renowned brands such as Ruffoni, Bonjour, Anolon, Circulon, and Prestige. Find all kinds of hard-anodized, bottoms, stainless steel clad, nonstick cookware, tools and gadgets. Unit B125, B1/F, China Central Place, 77-81 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (5969 5283) 朝阳区建国路7781号,华贸购物中心地下一层B125单元 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

SHOPPING MALLS & MARKETS Beijing APM Sun Dong An Plaza has renovated and given itself a new name. Major tenants include Xindong’an Cinema, Sega Game Centre and Foot Zone. Daily 10am10pm. 138 Wangfujing Dajie, Dongcheng District. (5817 6688) 新东安广场, 东城区王 府井大街138号 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

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 Mr. Ms With stock that ranges from luxury brands like Dior, Prada and Gucci to high street labels such as Forever 21, the store caters to fashionistas of any wallet size. Daily 10.30am-midnight. Store 126, World City, 10 Dongdaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (8590 7789) 朝阳区东大桥路10号世界城

door air pollution, we can certainly have an impact on the air we breathe inside 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@iqair-china.com); 4) 4/F, Europlaza, 99 Yuxiang Lu, Tianzhu, Shunyi District. (6457 1922, info@iqairchina.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

China World Shopping Mall Offers a yummy array of choice brand names like Moschino, Celine, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Burberry and Shanghai Tang. Daily 9.30am-10pm. 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6505 2288) 国贸商城, 朝阳区建国门外大街1号 IQ Air While little can be done about out-

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cor products, equestrian riding products, Tibetanhandmade carpets, antiques, and Chinese-style furniture, as well as a bookstore, organic food, a bakery, cafe and Taiwanese restaurant. 60 Shunhuang Lu, Chaoyang District. 淡水小镇购物广场, 朝阳 区朝阳区顺黄路60号 Kerry Mall Luxury stores offering a wide range of men’s and women’s fashion, including both Chinese and Western tailored clothing, jewellry, golfing products and more. Also home to a range of health and beauty outlets as well a good choice of restaurants. Daily 10am-9pm. 1 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (8529 8418) www. beijingkerrycentre.com 嘉里商场, 朝阳区 光华路1号 Lufthansa Center The very first Western-style department store in Beijing. Daily 10am-10pm. 52 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6465 1188 ext 675) 燕 莎购物中心, 朝阳区亮马桥路52号 The Malls at Oriental Plaza Huge mall has stores like Sisley, Vera Moda, Morgan, Soda, TSE, Max Mara, Bally and Piko. 1 Dongchang’an Jie, Dongcheng District. (8518 6363) 东方新天地, 东城区东长安 街1号 Nali Mall Mediterranean-style mall selling unique women’s clothing, food and daily use products. Sanlitun Lu (next to Jazz-Ya), Chaoyang District. 那里服装市场, 朝阳区 三里屯路 Pacific Century Place Brands include FisherPrice, Hot Wheels, Barbie, Chicco, Lego and Playwell. Daily 10am-10pm. 2A Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6539 3888) 太平 洋百货, 朝阳区工体北路甲2号 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 The Place Daily 10am-10pm. 9A Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6587 1188) 世贸天 阶, 朝阳区光华路甲9号 Ritan Office Building If you wish you were on Sex and the City, come to this warren of boutiques to find glam threads like Marc Jacobs jackets (RMB 360), D&G jeans (RMB 300), and dresses by harderto-find designers like Laundry, Anna Sui, and Catherine Malandrino. Yes, they’re copies, but they’re more fashionable and better made than the market knock-offs. Unfortunately, the prices have risen thanks to hordes of haggling-averse foreigners. Daily 10am-7pm. 15A Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6502 1528) 日坛商务楼, 朝阳区光华路甲15号 Sanlitun Village An open-air shopping complex. San Litun Village South includes Adidas, Apple, Fossil, Nautica, Quiksilver, Steve Madden and Timberland. The Village North will feature more luxury brands. Sanlitun Village, 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 Shin Kong Place This Hong Kong-style luxury megamall boasts a prestigious roster of tenants (among them the largest Gucci store in Asia), vast selection (“938 international class brands”) and numerous food options (from Fauchon to Beard Papa, our sentimental favorite). Daily 10am-10pm. 87 Jianguo Lu (beside China Central Place), Chaoyang District. (6530 5888) www. shinkong-place.com 新光天地, 朝阳区建国 路87号 (华贸中心旁边) Silk Market Although this six-story market is overwhelmingly touristy (and therefore overpriced, even with bargaining), it is filled with everything imaginable – clothing, souvenirs, jewelry, electronics, and fabrics – each with its own section. Be prepared for loud and pushy sellers who are accustomed to dealing with foreigners. Daily 9am-9m. 8 Xiushui Dongjie, Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (5169 8800) 秀水市场, 朝阳区建国门外大街 秀水东街8号 Solana Daily 10am-10pm. 6 Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (5905 6565/68) http://www.solana.com.cn/english/web/index.asp 蓝色港湾, 朝阳区朝阳公 园路6号蓝色港湾国际商区


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CULINARY SPECIALS Apr 1-10 White Asparagus at VIC Try this high-quality seasonal ingredient prepared in several delectable ways. RMB 198+15% (lunch), RMB 388+15% (dinner). VIC, Sofitel (8599 6666 ext 6521) Apr 2 Fish for Good Friday Mark the occasion with the day’s best catch prepared and presented by Chef Ana. RMB 188 (2 courses). 6-10.30pm. SALT (6437 8457) Apr 4 All-Star Easter Brunch A gluttonous set menu includes blueberry pancakes, breakfast burgers, ice cream and fresh fruit. RMB 99 (adults), RMB 38 (kids). Noon-2pm. All-Star Sports Bar & Grill (5905 6999) Café Cha Family Branch Easter fun and gourmet food for the whole family. RMB 498+15 % (includes free-flowing champagne). Kids 50% off. 123pm. (Kids activities begin 10am). Café Cha, Shangri-La (6841 2211 ext 6715) Easter Sunday Champagne Brunch Home-made pasta and risotto, roast lamb, prime ribs, oysters, Alaskan king crabs, lobster, and sweet treats like Easter cinnamon and raisin rice tarts, hot cross buns, and bread and butter pudding. RMB 328+15% (includes house wine), RMB 144+15% (kids 6-12). Noon. Aroma, Ritz-Carlton Beijing (5908 8777) “Egg-ceptional” Brunch Sumptuous Easter brunch includes an egg hunt, clowns, magicians and even live bunnies. RMB 188+15%, RMB 388+15% (family package of two adults and one child under 12). Noon-3pm. Coffee Garden, Shangri-La's Kerry Centre Hotel (6561 8833 ext 40) FIZZtastic Easter Brunch Taittinger champagne, lipsmacking international grub and an Easter egg hunt for the kids. RMB 368+15%, RMB 184+15% (kids 6-12). Noon-3pm. Vasco’s, Hilton Wangfujing (5812 8888 ext 8411) Legendale Easter Easter buffet with chocolate temptations for the whole family, plus an egg hunt, face painting and more in the garden. RMB 288+15% (each paying table can bring two children for free).

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Noon-2.30pm. Legendale Hotel (8511 3388 ext 8900) Raffles Easter Sunday Exquisite gourmet brunch with Easter egg painting and cupcake making for the kids. RMB 398+15% (includes free flow of Moët Chandon). 11.30am-3pm. East 33, Raffles Hotel (6527 3636) The Orchard Easter Lunch Seasonal buffet including soft drinks and an Easter egg hunt for the kids in The Orchard’s spring garden. RMB 220, RMB 100 (kids 5-12). 11.30am-3pm. The Orchard (6433 6270) Apr 8 3-Star Escoffier Dinner Triple-Michelin-starred chef Emile Jung is honoring Escoffier, the “king of chefs and the chef of kings,” with a sumptuous sixcourse French banquet. 6.30pm. RMB 1,500+15%. Westin Financial Street (6629 7810) Apr 9-18 A Taste of India Top chefs from Le Meridien Mumbai are bringing their special spices to Beijing. RMB 258+15% (lunch), RMB 328+15% (dinner, includes bottle of Kingfisher beer). Senses, Westin Financial Street (6629 7810) Every Mon Burger, Burger Mondays Buy one signature burger, get a second free. 4pm-2am. Blue Frog (6417 4030) Mon-Fri Lunch Set at Scarlett New French chef Thierry cooks up chicken with sweetbreads, poached duck leg, sea bass and more. RMB 88+15% (for salad and cold cut buffet, main course and tea or coffee). 11.30am-3pm. Scarlett, Hotel G (6522 2880) Singaporean Business Lunch Dine on laksa, Hainanese chicken and rice, bak kut teh and more at this lunch buffet. 11.30am-2pm. RMB 108+15% (for two). Bloo, Park Plaza Beijing (8522 1999 ext 3623) Every Tue 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 Thu & Sun Bollywood Dancing at Ganges Dine to the live moves of Beijing’s

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nother year, another awards. Maison Boulud cleans up. Da Dong will have to start putting its plaques on the ceiling. And “my neighborhood chuan’r place” snaps up the Golden Hairdryer in the Xinjiang category. But what about those accolades we didn’t give? First off, the lifetime achievement award. For local restaurants, Quanjude has been roasting ducks at 32 Qianmen Avenue since 1864 (thankfully, they’ve since redecorated the bathrooms). However, Bianyifang, another venerable duckery, has roots going back some 500 years; its Chongwenmen branch dates back to 1855. And what about non-Chinese restaurants? Surely Brasserie Flo, a decade old last year, has a shout? Nope. Hatsune? Nine years young. Try Metro, the Italian eatery in Sanlitun which celebrates its 15th anniversary this month. It’s testament to their great homemade pasta and sauces and first-class service, so props to boss Marvin. Conversely, the Mayfly Award for Longevity goes to Adanali Doner House at Gongti East Gate. I’d barely swallowed my amuse bouche on opening night before they turfed me out and shut for good. W hat about t he longest coming ? ROOMbeijing, Br ian McKenna’s snazzy concept restaurant and bar, has been threatening to open since the revolution. But (in very light pencil), April 12 is the day they’ll cut the ribbon. Another contender is Fatburger, the supersized American chain. Since 2006, the net has been rife with rumors, but they’ve finally touched down and we’ll be reviewing them next month. Hardest to find? Scott’s Family Italian Restaurant. I bet you didn’t even know it’s in Sanlitun. Must be the only pizzeria where the toppings are arranged like a map to help you find your way back to a major road. The Magellan Award for the longest expedition to the bathroom goes to Enoteca, especially in light of its largely liquid menu. Owner Tomaz told me recently he’s scouting for a new branch around Sanlitun, where he’ll be unleashing wine cocktails. Sounds like one for our upcoming 2010 Reader Bar & Club Awards. Speaking of ballots, voting is now open for the next edition of the Miele Guide, Asia’s answer to the Zagat Survey. You can log on to Mieleguide.com before May 10 to put our Beijing restaurants on the culinary map and shift the powerbase north from Hong Kong. Last year, Da Dong sneaked into the Top 20 at #12. No, Annie’s didn’t make the cut. But let’s get some perspective. As Chelsea football club owner and oil swindler Roman Abramovich said, “The goal is to win – it’s not about making money.” Hmm. Unless you’re the daughter of a Shanxi mining mogul “playing” restaurants (I’m not naming names), the opposite is true. The best prize for any eatery is a healthy bottom line. So go out for a bite, and vote with your wallet. Tom O’Malley

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only Bollywood dance performance. 6-9.30pm. Ganges (6416 0181/6121) Every Sun Apothecary Fried Chicken Share a whole fried chicken with ’slaw and buttermilk biscuits, courtesy of chef Max Levy. RMB 200, RMB 100 (for half). Apothecary (5208 6040) Sureño Set Sunday Lunch Partake of a selection of tapas dishes, a soup and one main course from the menu. RMB 188+15%, RMB 308+15% (including champagne). Noon-3pm. Sureño, The Opposite House (6410 5240) All month Discover Italian Regional Cuisine In April, Daccapo’s gastronomic journey goes to the northern reaches of Italy, with delicious tortellini paired with Italian Lambrusco and Sangiovese. 6-10.30pm. Daccapo, The Regent (8522 1789) Easter Goodies Buy your Easter buns, cakes, chocolate eggs and bunnies (made with real Swiss chocolate). Deli Shop, Swissotel (6553 2288 ext 2127) Grange Goes Green Chat up the chef while he mixes one of five creative salads with adventurous dressings at your table. Grange, Westin Chaoyang (5922 8880) Mosto New Spring Menu Chef Daniel is making apricot and feta salad, boletus mushroom risotto, duck confit and more. Mosto (5208 6030) Organic Spring at In & Out Sample an all-new lineup of dishes showcasing the freshest organic wild vegetables from Yunnan. 11am-10pm. In & Out (8454 0086, 6467 5235) SALT’s Fresh Spring Flavors Rhubarb, strawberries and asparagus all feature on Chef Ana Esteves’ new menu. SALT (6437 8457) Soup, Sandwich & Sushi Select your bread and choose from 36 fillings, then complement your creation with soup, salad and sushi from the bar. 11.30am-10.30pm. All Day Dining Restaurant, Grand Millennium Hotel (6530 9383)

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

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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. RMB 288+15% (including freeflowing 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 Select from six egg dishes plus chargrilled steaks, ribs and sausages. RMB 148, RMB 248 (includes free flow of sparkling wine). Noon-3pm. The Meat & Wine Co. (6512 2601) Every Sun American Sunday Roast Lazy Sundays of prime beef rib cut tableside with all the trimmings plus traditional puddings and pies. RMB 178+15%, RMB 98+15% extra for wine buffet. Noon-3pm. One East, Hilton Beijing (5865 5030) Aroma Gourmet Brunch 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). 11.30am-2.30pm. 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) Bubbly Sundays 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) 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%. 11.30am-

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Ah Yat Abalone Restaurant 阿一鲍鱼 Daily 10.30am-10pm. 4-40, 4/F, Bldg 4, Sanlitun Village North, 11 Sanlitun Lu (behind Opposite House), Chaoyang District (6507 9256)

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The opening of Ah Yat Abalone Restaurant – formerly located in Jianguomen – signals that the north section of Sanlitun Village is finally coming out of its shell. Those who aren’t tempted by edible sea snails needn’t rule Ah Yat out – the extensive selection of dishes here suits all manner of palate and bank account, from cheap dim sum (mostly around RMB 16-30) and sweet-and-sour pork (RMB 55) to the highest-quality abalone from South Africa (RMB 1,980). Even those versed in Cantonese cuisine may feel a little overwhelmed by the huge menu, but the helpful staff plus a selection of intelligently balanced set meals should leave you worryfree and happily overfed. Tiffany Wang

Alameen Daily 9am-midnight. 2 Sanlitun Xiwu Jie, Chaoyang District (8451 7489)

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Alameen is an unassuming but welcoming Middle Eastern haven behind the German embassy, owned and managed by a Palestinian/Lebanese pair. Arabic staples like hummus and baba ghanoush (both RMB 20) are good, but the kibbeh, or fried croquettes stuffed with minced beef (RMB 25), are delightful. These appetizers are quite filling, so nibble strategically if you plan to take on the whole stuffed lamb (RMB 1,100; order 12 hours ahead). Customers here tend to stick around after meals chatting and sipping coffee, which fosters a friendly atmosphere, especially pleasant when mixed with the sweet smell of hookah pipes (RMB 40) wafting through the dining room. Tiffany Ap

Fig Tree 菲格树 Room 702, Bldg A, Chaowai Soho, 6B Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District (139 1056 6742) www.thefigtree.cn

朝阳区朝阳门外大街乙6号朝外SohoA座 702室

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Daily 9am-9pm. Delivery only (free within the Fourth Ring Road or to Wudaokou). Order five hours in advance. (5166 4464) www.piehouse.com.cn

As a child raised by cartoons, I long believed the proper destination for a banana cream pie was in your opponent’s face. It turns out this is a lie. A pie lie. The divine vanilla custard at Pie House deserves to be in no one’s face but your own. US-born owner Mark Huetsch claims his apple pie (RMB 149) is “just like grandma used to make,” which leads me to wonder why my grandma’s been holding out on me all these years. The lineup includes pumpkin, French cream, key lime, and blueberry (RMB 149-249), and extends to mousses and tartlets. Delivered to your door on time, still warm and full of gooey fruit filling, these pies could solve a domestic dispute. Mary Dennis

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This grand two-floor pastry school and café offers informal and fun classes where you can learn to make a supremely indulgent chocolate cake, delectable rum truffles or a savory quiche. RMB 350 gets you a two-and-a-half hour baking lesson from classically trained chef Lin Zhong, who uses proper old-fashioned “full-fat” ingredients. And of course you get to take the fruits of your labor home with you. The bright and airy café that overlooks the school kitchens is a pleasant spot to enjoy a cup of coffee and carrot cake or a light lunch. Cakes can be ordered bespoke for all occasions, at prices ranging from RMB 150-1,000 depending on the ingredients, intricacy and size. Laura Morgan

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WHAT’S NEW: RESTAURANTS Tumaris 突玛丽斯 Daily 11am-11pm. 3/F, Fosun International Center (across from the east gate of Chaoyang Hospital), 237 Chaoyang Beilu, Chaoyang District (8571 5191/2)

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New York Daily 11am-9pm. Ocean International Center, Bldg D-101 (southeast corner of East Fourth Ring Road and Chaoyang Lu), Chaoyang District (5908 1108) www.newyorkbj.com

朝阳区东四环中路60号远洋国际D座101号(近大望路)

Diner-style seating and a gallery’s worth of art make for a nice setting at this East Fourth Ring restaurant, but New York’s real secret weapon lies in their Argentinean chef, who balances creative originals with simple staples done right. Herein dwells a menu equally capable of satisfying carnivores and health-conscious pescatarians. The BBQ sauce on their Carolina pork ribs (RMB 78) is incredible, and the Mediterranean sea bass with crispy balsamic potatoes (RMB 38) is a delicious contrast of texture and taste. Like its city namesake, New York draws on a diverse range of global styles (Lebanese hummus, German schnitzel, nasi goreng), and pulls it off with chaotic aplomb. Mary Dennis

Yinxiang Xiaoguan 印巷小馆 Daily 10am-2pm, 5-11pm. 11 Zhonglou Wan (east side of square, due north of Bell Tower), Xicheng District (8405 0818)

西城区钟楼湾11号

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A block north of the Bell Tower, local foodies were queuing on a Monday night to sample the soulful, contemporary Chinese at this hyped little restaurant. The decor is equal parts rustic teahouse and friend’s living room, and the oldstyle wooden menu (in Chinese only) shows a similar hodgepodge of regional comfort foods. Almost everyone was eating the gali ji, or curry chicken (RMB 39), served inside a bread blimp – unfortunately of the sugary supermarket variety. Much tastier was the whole braised fish (RMB 39), the potato vermicelli with homemade sauerkraut, beef and chilli (RMB 26), and some divine lao Beijing-style frozen hawthorn jellies. The service is warm beyond the call of duty – so welcoming, in fact, that I’ll forgive the mashed potato topped with blueberry sauce. Just this once. Tom O’Malley

Ibn Battouta Daily 11.30am-3pm, 6-10pm. 4-103, China View (just north of Danger Doyle’s, opposite Pullman Steakhouse), 2 Gongti Donglu, Chaoyang District (8587 1255, 139 1141 5052)

朝阳区工体东路2号中国红街大厦4-103

The steaming bowl of harira (RMB 25), a hearty yet subtly spiced soup of lentils, chickpeas, rice and tomatoes, powerfully evoked – by smell, sight and taste – a trip to Morocco, catching me by surprise. Whether you too have fond memories of couscous to awaken or are new to Moroccan cuisine, expect the authentic dishes served in this charming hideaway to whisk you away. Mohammed, the affable co-owner, is happy to suggest dishes, like a tagine of lamb (RMB 65) with prunes, almonds and onions in a thick gravy which we scooped up with hunks of delicious homemade crusty flatbread. It would have paired beautifully with a Guerrouane, but since no wine is served, we ended our culinary excursion in traditional fashion, with three cups of sweet mint tea. George Bai www.thebeijinger.com

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With its snaking corridors, opulent private rooms and chandeliers galore, Tumaris is far from your typical yangrou chuan’r dive. The kebabs here are exquisite, if pricey – RMB 10 gets you a Jurassicsized skewer of meaty chunks, and kebab platters (RMB 238-698) feature everything from lamb ribs to specialty meats and various sheep’s organs. Other mutton-based specialties include whole roasted goat (kao quanyang, RMB 1,888) and an intriguing dish called “Lamb in Naan Pit” (RMB 68) consisting of a grilled mutton slab on a bed of nang bread. The Uygur-speaking staff (and customers) at Tumaris attest to its authenticity, as do the belly dancers and Uygur musicians who perform nightly from 7-10pm. Jerry Chan


MAKING THE COVER

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3pm. Penta, Hilton Wangfujing (5812 8888 ext 8411) Sundays at St. Regis A kaleidoscope of international flavors in a setting that overlooks the beautiful St. Regis garden. RMB 458 (includes champagne), RMB 358 (no champagne). 11.30am-3pm. Garden Court, St. Regis (6460 6688 ext 2340)

Carving a Niche

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e got together with Chef Zeng Pin of Mei Wei Zhen at their Wangfujing location to sculpt this month’s cover. The Sichuan native used his masterful julienne and chiffonade skills to make this colorful conception out of a few simple ingredients.

Chef Zeng begins with a base of agar, a gelatinous substance derived from seaweed. After adding a bit of coloring, he works his knife to create the border.

BEVERAGE SPECIALS Apr 24 Grand Wine Tasting Features 60 wines from 9 countries. Includes tapas buffet from 5-8pm. Reservations are a must. RMB 200. 5pm. 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 several selected wines priced at RMB 200 and waiters will bring tapas dishes to your table all night long. 8pmmidnight. Enoteca (6587 1578) All month St. Regis Afternoon Tea Gourmet teas, English muffins, enticing cakes and savory appetizers in the Garden Lounge. RMB 198. 2-6pm. St. Regis (6460 6688 ext 2340)

COOKING CLASSES Apr 10 Make Chinese Stuffed Flatbreads Tackle Beijing’s famous xian’r

bing. Learn great recipes to make the filling, then have them stuffed in a local bakery. Includes market tour. RMB 250, RMB 230 (members). 2-4.30pm. The Hutong (159 0104 6127) www.the-hutong. com Apr 24 SALT Master Class with Ana Esteves Learn the cooking techniques, flavor matching and plate presentation of 4-5 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) Apr 29 Wine n’ Dine with Alia Malik The founder of Shangri-La Coffee, a fair-trade Yunnan enterprise, talks about sustainability in China. Includes ten-course wine-paired meal. RMB 250. 7-10pm. Black Sesame Kitchen (136 9147 4408) www.blacksesamekitchen.com 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. Classes include Cantonese, Hunan, Sichuan, Beijing homestyle, “cooking with tea,” market tours and more. RMB 220, RMB 200 (members). The Hutong (159 0104 6127) www.the-hutong.com

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Here, Chef Zeng carves watermelon rind to serve as a frame. He only needed a small piece. So we ate the rest.

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Chef Zeng carefully applies the finishing touches to our edible cover. Who’s hungry?

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Xinjiang & Muslim CRU Steakhouse - Steakhouses Crystal Jade – Cantonese Daccapo - Italian Da Dong Roast Duck - Beijing Duck Dali Courtyard - Yunnan Delicatessen - Bakeries & Delis Din Tai Fung - Dumplings Ding Ding Xiang - Hot Pot Domus - French Drei Kronen 1308 Brauhaus - German Drum and Gong Fusion Restaurant Sichuan Duck de Chine - Beijing Duck East 33 - Buffets Element Fresh - American Enoteca - Euroepan Essence - Buffets Fangshan Restaurant - Imperial Feiteng Yuxiang - Sichuan Fish Nation - European Fu Jia Lou - Beijing Ganges Indian Restaurant - Indian/ Pakistani Ganglamedo - Tibetan Gaon Korean Restaurant - Korean Garden Court - Buffets German Food Center - Bakeries & Delis Ginkgo - French Grandma’s Kitchen - American Grange - Steakhouses Greek Delicacy - Mediterranean Greenfish - Buffets Green T. House - Contemporary Chinese Haidilao Hot Pot - Hot Pot Hatsune - Japanese Herbal Cafe - Cantonese Horizon - Cantonese Hot Bean Cooperative - Beijing Hutong Pizza - Pizza I Rock My Pot - Hot Pot IF Juice - Cafes & Teahouses IFW (International Food Warehouse) Contemporary International Indian Kitchen - Indian/Pakistani Invincible Ramen - Japanese Invito - Italian Jaan - French Jewel - Cantonese

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Each letter is meticulously carved out of pumpkin. The most difficult parts are the curves in the letters, he says.

1001 Nights - Middle Eastern 21 Cake - Bakeries & Delis Alameda - Central & South American Alla Osteria - Italian All-Star Sports Bar & Grill - American American Steak & Eggs - American Amigo - Central & South American Annie’s – Italian Apothecary - American Aria – European Aroma – Buffets Asia Bistro - Buffets Asian Star – Southeast Asian Assaggi - Italian Athena - Mediterranean Awfully Chocolate - Bakeries & Delis Bali Papaya – Southeast Asian Baoyuan Jiaozi Wu - Dumplings Barolo - Italian Bei - Contemporary Chinese Bellagio - Taiwan Bento & Berries - Bakeries & Delis Bianyifang - Beijing Duck Biteapitta - Middle Eastern Blu Lobster - Contemporary International Blue Frog - American Bocata - Cafes & Teahouses Boucherie Michel - Bakeries & Delis Brasserie Flo - French Cafe de la Poste – French Cafe Sambal - Southeast Asian Cafe Zarah - Cafes & Teahouses Cambulac Italian Wine Enoteca - Italian Capital M - European Carmen - Spanish Celestial Court - Cantonese Cepe - Italian Chao Dian - Cantonese Charcoal Bar - Korean Chef Chan - Southeast Asian Chef Too - American China Grill - Contemporary International Chongqing Fandian - Sichuan Chuan Ban - Sichuan Chynna - Contemporary Chinese City Wall Bistro - Buffets Comptoirs de France - Bakeries & Delis Crepanini - French Crescent Moon Muslim Restaurant -


Quan Ju De - Beijing Duck Raj Indian Restaurant and Bar – Indian & Pakistani Red Capital Club - Imperial Red Orange - Buffets Ristorante Sadler - Italian Rumi - Middle Eastern SALT - Contemporary International San Francisco Eatz! - American Sapori d’Italia - Italian Saveurs de CorÈe - Korean Scarlett - Contemporary International Schindler’s Tankstelle – German Scott’s Family Italian Cuisine and Bar - Italian Sequoia Bakery and Cafe - Cafes & Teahouses Senses - Buffets Serve the People - Thai Shin Yeh - Taiwan Shizi Shanxia - Cantonese Sim Sim - Middle Eastern Sizzler - American Slim Taste Noodles & Bar - Taiwan South Beauty - Sichuan South German Bakery, Cafe Konstanz and Bodenseestube - German South Silk Road - Yunnan Stadium Dog - American Steak Exchange - Steakhouses Summer Palace - Huaiyang Sureneo - Mediterranean Suzuki - Japanese Tairyo Teppanyaki - Japanese Tamarind (Marriott Northeast) - Indian/ Pakistani Tanzhou Jiulou - Hunan & Hubei Taste - Buffets Taverna - Mediterranean Tavola – Italian Teahouse of Fu - Cafes & Teahouses TGI Friday’s - American The Astor Grill – American The Bookworm - Cafes & Teahouses The Coffee Lobby - Cafes & Teahouses The CourtYard – Contemporary International The Deluxe Restaurant - Cantonese The Elephant - Russian The Kro’s Nest - Pizza The Meat & Wine Co. - Steakhouses The Mexican Kitchen - Central & South American The Olive - Mediterranean The Orchard – European The Orient Kitchen – Southeast Asian The Saddle Cantina - Central & South American The Side Saddle - Central & South American The Taj Pavilion - Indian/Pakistani The Tree - Pizza Three Guizhou Men - Guizhou & Guangxi Trainspotting - Contemporary Chinese Tube Station - Cafes & Teahouses Union Bar & Grille - American Va Va Voom - Vietnamese Vasco’s - Buffets Veg-on - Vegetarian VIC - Buffets Village Cafe - Cafes & Teahouses Vineyard Cafe - European W Dine & Wine - European Whampoa Club - Contemporary Chinese White Nights - Russian Xiang Man Lou - Beijing Duck Xiang Ming Yuan - Hunan & Hubei Xiao Wang Fu - Homestyleno Xinjiang Red Rose - Xinjiang & Muslim Yotsuba - Japanese Yuebin Restaurant - Beijing Yunteng Shifu - Yunnan Za’atar - Middle Eastern Zen5es – Cantonese

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Jin Ding Xuan - Cantonese Jing - Buffets JingZun Peking Duck Restaurant - Beijing Duck Jin Yang Restaurant - Shanxi & Sha’anxi Jin Zhuan - Cantonese Jiumen Xiaochi – Beijing Joy Luck - Buffets Kafe Peranakan - Southeast Asian Kagen - Japanese Kamat’s - Indian/Pakistani Karaiya Spice House - Hunan & Hubei Kashgar Restaurant - Xinjiang & Muslim Kempi Deli - Bakeries & Delis Kiev - Russian Laijin Yuxuan Fanzhuang - Imperial La Paleta - Cantonese La Pizza – Pizza La Sushi - Japanese La Taverne - French Lan Club - Contemporary International Lei Garden - Cantonese Le Petit Gourmand - French Le Pre Lenotre - French Let’s Burger - American Let’s Seafood - Contemporary Lijiang Spareribs Hot Pot - Hot Pot Li Jia Cai – Imperial Lily’s - American Liqun Roast Duck Restaurant - Beijing Duck L'Isola - Italian Little Sheep - Hot Pot Longshun Yuan Mala Xiangguo - Sichuan Lotus in Moonlight - Vegetarian Luga’s Baan Thai - Thai Luga’s Pho Pho – Vietnamese Luga's Villa - Central & South American Madam Zhu’s Kitchen - Chinese Made in China - Beijing Duck Maison Boulud - French Makye Ame - Tibetan Mala Youhuo (Spice Spirit) – Sichuan MARE - Spanish Matsuko - Japanese Mei Wei Zhen - Imperial Metro - Italian Mexico City - Central & South American Miao Minority Restaurant - Guizhou & Guangxi Middle 8th Restaurant - Yunnan Mirch Masala - Indian/Pakistani Momo Cafe - Buffets Monsoon - Buffets Morel’s - European Mosto - Contemporary International Mrs Shanen’s Bagels - American Mughal's Beijing - Indian/Pakistani Muse Parisian Vietnamese Brasserie Vietnamese Nam Nam - Vietnamese Niajo - Spanish Nishimura - Japanese Noble Court - Cantonese Noodle Bar - Beijing Noodle Loft - Shanxi & Sha’anxi Nuage - Vietnamese Oden - Japanese Olas Tapas CafÈ - Spanish One East - American Panino Teca - Cafes & Teahouses Paomo Guan - Shanxi & Sha’anxi Papa John’s - Pizza Paper - Contemporary Chinese Peking Duck, Private Kitchen – Beijing Duck Peter’s Tex-Mex Grill - American Phrik Thai - Thai Prego - Italian Private Kitchen 44 - Guizhou & Guangxi Pure Lotus Vegetarian - Vegetarian Purple Haze Bistro - Thai Purple Haze Restaurant & Bar – Thai Qi – Contemporary Chinese Qomolangma - Tibetan

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) 7am-midnight. 1A Rongchang Dongjie (close to Rongchang subway station), Yizhuang, Daxing Dis-

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ALLEYWAY GOURMET

I Can’t Believe It’s Not Tofu Textured treats popular in Beijing by Emily Young

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trictly speaking, tofu (豆腐) refers to a cheese-like curd made from soybean milk. But the foodstuff is so entrenched in the Chinese culinary imagination that anything that possesses similar qualities of texture and manufacture may bear the name, as the following dishes show.

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Rice Tofu (mi doufu 米豆腐) When coagulated rice milk is treated with edible alkali, it takes on a dense texture and a light yellow color. A typical Guizhou cold dish involves cutting the mi doufu into strips, tossing it in a sour and savory dressing, and topping it with fried beans, peanuts, bean sprouts and fresh scallions. Variants of rice tofu dishes can also be found in Sichuan and Hunan, usually sprinkled liberally with chilli peppers. Try it: Jun Qin Hua. 88 Meishuguan Houjie, Dongcheng District (6404 7600)君琴花. 东城区美术馆后街88号 Mung Bean Pulp (ma doufu 麻豆腐) No p e , we do n’t me a n t he ubiquitous Sichuan mapo doufu (麻婆豆腐). Ma doufu refers to a traditional Hui minority food, a staple of the lao Beijing table. It’s made by stir-frying mung bean pulp (a byproduct of noodlemaking) in either lamb-tail fat or vegetable oil. Dried chillies, green soybeans, scallions and preserved greens (xuelihong 雪里蕻) give it texture and flavor. Although ma doufu was more common during the impoverished old days, it’s becoming popular once again for its distinctive flavor. Try it: Hai Wan Ju. 11 Zengguang Lu, Haidian District (8837 4993)海碗居. 海淀区增光路11号(甘家口大厦西北)

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Apothecary Fried chicken, jambalaya and gumbo from Bei’s Max Levy pair with throw-back US cocktails. Tue-Sun 7pmlate. 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 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 2010 Reader 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, Sanlitun Village, 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

Friendly” in our 2010 Reader 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 2010 Reader 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 Lily's North American and Tex-Mex fare like cheeseburgers, roast beef melt subs, fajitas and all-day breakfasts. Wi-Fi and delivery available. Daily 7am-late. 2-18 Tianzhijiaozi, 31 Guangqu Lu (in the street just south of the Tianzhijiaozi complex, a few doors east of The Brick), Chaoyang District. (6592 5548, lilysdelivery@yahoo. com) 朝阳区广渠路31号院天之骄子2号楼 2-18 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 Australian steaks. The wine list showcases small American vineyards. Voted “Outstanding American,” “Outstanding Burger,” “Outstanding Brunch (non-hotel),” “Outstanding Steak” and “Outstanding Chef” in our 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. 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

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 2010 Reader 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 9.30am-11pm, Sat-Sun 7.30am11.30pm. 88A International Club, 21 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (8532 2449) 彼德西餐, 1) 朝阳区将台路乙 2号海润国际公寓公建2号(丽都假日酒店东 南边); 2) 朝阳区建国门外大街21号国际 俱乐部88A San Francisco Eatz! Tiny little diner (and catering firm) serving San Francisco Bay area style sandwiches, salads, soups and burgers.11am-4pm. 1/F, SOHO Shangdu West Bldg., Dong Daqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (136 0111 8803, JZQuan@hotmail. com) www.sfeatz.com 朝阳区尚都西座1层

Element Fresh Try their hearty, healthful salads, smoothies and sandwiches. Voted “Best American,” “Best Non-Hotel Brunch,” “Outstanding Family-Friendly” and “Best Sandwiches” in our 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. 1) 10am-11pm. 6 Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District. (6433 5058); 2) Mon-Fri 10am-11pm, Sat-Sun 7am-11pm. Shop 833, Bldg 8, The Village at Sanlitun, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6417 1318); 3) Daily 10am-11pm. A2-112, Qianmen Avenue, Chongwen District. (6702 0364) www.elementfresh. com 新元素, 1) 朝阳区将太路6号; 2) 朝 阳区三里屯路19号The Village南区8号楼833单 元; 3) 崇文区前门大街a2-111 Grandma’s Kitchen Sandwiches, gravybased dinners and high-powered desserts from middle America. Voted “Outstanding American” and “Outstanding Family

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

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Almond Pudding (xingren doufu 杏仁豆腐) Xingren doufu is a cooling dessert best suited to warm days. The doufu name alludes to the pure color and texture of the dish. The recipe varies by region, but the Beijing version derives from an Imperial formula that involves a 50/50 mixture of sweet southern Chinese almond (nanxing 南 杏 ) a nd bit t e r nor t he r n Chinese almond (beixing 北杏); the nuts are soaked, ground, mixed with agar (a kind of natural gelatin), then poured into a bowl with iced sugar water flavored with osmanthus jam (tang guihua 糖桂花). Try it: Tianji Nailaopu. 194 Gulou Dongdajie, Dongcheng District (6406 7131) 田记奶酪铺. 东城区鼓楼东大街194号 (南锣鼓巷北口西)

trict. (6582 2065); 2) Daily 6.30am-midnight. Xiushui Nanjie, Jianguomenwai (directly north of the Friendship Store, one traffic light west of Silk Market), Chaoyang District. (6592 8088/8788); 3) Mon-Fri6.30am-8pm, Sat-Sun7am-8pm. 6 Wudinghou Jie, Financial Street, Xicheng District. (6629 0008/0006) www.steakeggs. com.cn 喜来中北美西餐, 1) 大兴区亦庄荣 昌东街甲1号(荣昌地铁附近); 2) 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); 3) 西城区金融街武定侯街6号


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

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 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. All stores Daily 7am-8.30pm. 1) 2/F, 5 Laiguangying Donglu, Chaoyang District. (8470 2347); 2) 4 Ritan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (8562 3355); 3) L-111, Europlaza, 99 Yuxiang Lu, Tianzhu Zhen, Shunyi District. (8046 6309); 4) 1/F, Bldg 5, Hairun International Apartment, 2B Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District. (5135 7645); 5) 1/F, East Lake Club, 35 Dongzhimenwai Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6461 1525); 6) 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 路89号华贸中心15号楼102

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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

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

Delicatessen Homemade cakes, freshly made sandwiches, and a wide selection of cheese, sausages, gourmet coffee and wine. 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 TGI Friday’s White collar hangout exports 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, Sanlitun Village, 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 Awfully Chocolate Scrumptious chocolate cakes that are rich in taste yet moist and light. 1) Daily 10am-10pm. B1-05a, Raffles City Mall, Dongzhimennei Dajie, 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

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)

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) 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 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) 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)

Bento & Berries This combination bakery,

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Fruits of the Season Splash out on sublime Sauvignon by Peter Swan

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riginally from Bordeaux, Sauvignon Blanc is now one of the most planted white grapes in the world. Its main aromas are grapefruit and passionfruit, but notes of smoke and even gunflint are common. The grape is famous in the Loire Valley (Sancerre and Pouilly) where it produces mainly light crispy wines, but it can also produce heavier wines that are good for ageing (e.g. Bordeaux, especially in the Graves area) and some sweet wines too (e.g. Sauternes). It’s also cultivated in Italy, the US and Australia, among other countries, but it is in New Zealand that Sauvignon yields the best results. Shaw and Smith, Australia, Adelaide 2009 RMB 500 (Links Concept) Available at Park Hyatt, Capital M, Café Europa T hough bet ter k nown for its Cha rdon nays, Australia also produces some very light, fresh and crispy Sauvignon. This light-colored wine is a perfect example. Tropical fruit aromas of pineapple and grapefruit hit you first, with a freshness on the palate that becomes quite round and rich with similar exotic fruit flavors. The finish is long and fresh; the last feeling is further richness, elegance and balance. It’s a perfect wine to serve before dinner or to match with a light appetizer.

Montana, New Zealand, Marlborough 2007 RMB 300-900 (ASC) Available at LAN Club, Da Dong, Face Bar Located in the north of the South Island, Marlborough is the most famous region for Sauvignon in New Zealand. Even if the vintage is 2007, this Sauvignon is still very enjoyable. What it lacks in freshness, it makes up for in balance. The nose presents some ripe apricot and pineapple aromas. On the palate, the first thing you notice is the fatty texture of the wine, which threatens to cover your whole palate; then the fruit flavors arrive and leave space for freshness at the end. Ideal for pairing with warm starters and fish.

Peter Swan is a wine expert and sommelier with seven years experience in London fine-dining restaurants.

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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”, “Best Contemporary Chinese” and “Chinese Restaurant of the Year” in our 2010 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) Duck de Chine Delectable roast duck in a romantic setting complete with Bollinger Champagne bar. Voted “Outstanding Beijing Duck” in our 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. 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 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 Quan Ju De chef Li Qun serves quality ducks in a run-down 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 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 Contemporary Chinese” and “Outstanding Restaurant of the Year (Chinese)” in our 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 11.30am-2.30pm, 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 2010 Reader 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 Asia Bistro Hotel-restaurant specializes in cuisine from Thailand and Vietnam, with the key event being the RMB 388/288 brunch buffet (with flowing champagne and wine/with beer) 11.30am-3pm on Sunday afternoons. Voted "Outstanding Brunch (hotel)" in our 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. 11.30am-3pm on Sunday afternoons. Daily 6am-midnight.. Lobby, JW Marriott Hotel, 83 Jianguo Lu, China Central Place, Chaoyang District. (5908 8511) 朝阳区建国路83号JW万豪酒店 City Wall Bistro Sleek, contemporary all-day buffet restaurant. Daily 6am11am,noon-midnight. Beijing Marriott 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 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 Garden Court Brasserie-style buffet featuring an extravagant Champagne brunch on Sundays. Daily 6-10am,11.30am-2pm,611pm. 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 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 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 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 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

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Jermann, Italy, Friuli 2007 RMB 485 (Mercuris) Available at Ristorante Sadler, Barolo Friuli lies in northern Italy, between the Alps and the Mediterranean Sea, where the climate is cool and perfect for Sauvignon. The aromas of peach and melon on the nose, combined with elderberry flowers, indicates that this wine is rather more full-bodied, and not as fresh and crisp as the other wines here. On the palate, the richness and structure is noticeable and makes space for the aroma of ripe summer fruits. The finish is long, rich and silky with hints of hazelnuts and dried fruit. It’s a perfect wine to end winter and welcome spring, and is best matched with lobster, monkfish and risotto.

BEIJING DUCK Bianyifang This “laozihao” (time-honored brand) restaurant has been serving up some of the capital’s finest duck since 1855, and boasts its own special slow roast technique for more mouth watering results. 1) Mon-Fri 10.30am-2pm, 59.30pm; Sat-Sun 10am-9pm. 6 Beisanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (8208 1019, 5857 2687); 2) Daily 11.30am-2pm, 5-9pm. 4/F, Bldg 1, Dacheng International Center, 78 Dongsihuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (5962 6999); 3) Daily 11am-9.30pm. 3/F Building 2, New World Shopping Mall, 3 Chongwenmenwai Dajie, Chongwen District. (6708 8680); 4) Daily 11am-2pm, 5-9pm. 73 Tiantan Donglu, Chongwen District. (6702 0904) www.bianyifang.com 便宜坊, 1) 朝阳区北三环中路6号; 2) 朝阳 区东四环中路78号大成国际中心1号楼4层; 3) 崇文区崇文门外大街3号新世界商场二期 3层; 4) 崇文区天坛东路73号


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 Bubbly Sundays each weekend, one of the most lavish brunches in town. Tied for “Best Brunch (hotel)” with Taste in our 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 6.30-10.30am, 11.30am2.30pm, 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

Vasco’s International and Chinese culinary hits with a Portuguese twist. On Sundays hosts FIZZtastic, voted “Outstanding Brunch (hotel) in our 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. 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

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 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

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Taste Interactive cooking stations and healthful “super foods” corners. On Sundays, Taste hosts Bubbalicious, which Tied for “Best Brunch (hotel)” with Senses in our 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 6.30-10.30am, 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

its own bread daily on the premises. Voted “Outstanding Sandwiches” in our 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. Delivery is available. 1) Daily 8.30am-midnight. S2-11, Bldg 2, Sanlitun Village, 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

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

VIC International buffet dining with a 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

CAFES & TEAHOUSES 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 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

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, Sanlitun Village, 11 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6410 5210, villagecafe@theoppo sitehouse.com) 朝阳区三里屯路11号三里屯 Village1号楼瑜舍1层

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, Sanlitun Village, 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 Crystal Jade High quality Cantonese food and good service in an opulent atmosphere. Voted “Outstanding Dim Sum” in our 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. 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 The Deluxe Restaurant A contemporarylooking place with an excellent set meal

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Q&A 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

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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, Sanlitun Village, 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

New Tastes, Fresh Start

Chef Dan Segall on making The CourtYard great again By Tom O’Malley

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nce Beijing’s glitziest restaurant, The CourtYard’s glow has diminished of late. That’s why maestro chef Dan Segall (of Louisiana, RBL and Domus) has been hired to shake things up. We caught up with the boy from Boston just two hours before the grand (re)opening to find out more.

the Beijinger : The CourtYard Restaurant is a legend in Beijing. What happened? Dan Segall: Those movie star days are over. Beijing is different now – it’s incredibly price-sensitive. The perception of this place is that it’s overpriced. When you get that reputation, it’s very hard to shake it. You have to re-launch. That’s what we’re doing here. I run a company called Umami Concepts. We come in, change the food and the service and get the chefs trained on the new menu.

“Those movie star days are over – Beijing is different now”

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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 2010 Reader 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) 朝阳区团结湖南路15号 Jin Zhuan Above par Cantonese fare plus Beijing favorites like Peking duck. Daily 11.30am-2.30pm. 2/F, Holiday Inn Beijing Deshengmen, 71 Deshengmenwai Dajie, Xicheng District. (8206 5555) 金馔酒楼, 西 城区德胜门外大街71号 北京德胜门华宇假 日酒店2层 La Paleta Sister venue of Bellagio. The menu is light and bears a Cantonese influence, with a large selection of noodles and dim sum and Hong Kong-style iced teas and coffee. 1) Daily 11am-2am. L18 Huamao Shangyejie, China Central Place, 87 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (6533 1202); 2) Daily 10am-midnight. Bldg 4, Anhuili Erqu (by the Asian Games Village), Chaoyang District. (6481 0887) 彩色盘港式 茶餐厅, 1) 朝阳区建国路87号华贸购物中心 商业街L18; 2) 朝阳区安慧里2区4号楼 Lei Garden Flawlessly presented haute Cantonese - abalone, shark's fin, bird's nest - and dim sum (11.30am-2.15pm) that many critics hail as Beijing's best. Voted "Outstanding Dim Sum" in our 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 11.30am2.30pm, 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 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 Zen5es A mix of authentic Cantonese supplemented by signature dishes from China’s other major regional cuisines

CENTRAL & SOUTH AMERICAN Alameda Contemporary fine dining with a Brazilian twist. Voted “Best Business Lunch” in our 2010 Reader 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 Luga's Villa Decent beers and Mexican food ranging from enchiladas and burritos, to fajitas, nachos and more. Set lunches available Mon-Fri. Daily happy hour 11am-8pm. Voted "Outstanding Mexican" in our 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. 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 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 Saddle Cantina The Saddle Cantina's small ground-floor bar calls to mind Saddle's roots, while the upstairs is a spread-out dining and drinking area with a 200sqm outdoor balcony. Voted "Best Mexican" in our 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 11am-late. West wing, Nali Patio, 81 Sanlitun Beilu (south of 3.3 Shopping Center), Chaoyang District. (5208 6005) 朝阳区三里屯北路81号北京那里 花园内西侧二层小楼 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 CHINESE Bei Delectable, artfully presented North Asian cuisine in a hip, minimalist setting. Voted “Outstanding Contemporary Chinese Restaurant” in our 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. Mon-Sat 5.30-10pm. B1/F, The Opposite House, Bldg 1, Sanlitun Village, 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 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. 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 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/ 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

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tbj : How does Umami Concepts operate? DS: Rather than have a place pay me to be executive chef fulltime (which would cost a lot), we create recipe-driven food. It’s still intricate, but we tell the in-house chefs how to do everything, then once a month we stop by and make sure the food is still good. I had dinner in Domus last week – the food was great. tbj : How long does it take to turn around a restaurant? DS: We’ll be here for two months. The CourtYard doesn’t really need to be turned around – we just want to do something new. There’s nothing wrong with fusion food, but it was dated. The old dishes just didn’t excite me. tbj : How are you changing the menu? DS: The food here will be modern European, using really topquality ingredients like my favorite beef from Australia – Rangers Valley – and amazing fish we’ve found like yellowtail, turbot and beautiful razor clams. We’re going to bring down the price and make beautiful food. This is a wonderful place for birthdays and anniversaries but I want people to think, on a Tuesday night, “Let’s grab a bite at The CourtYard.” tbj : Is Beijing a more volatile city for dining than other places you’ve worked? DS: The restaurant business is f**ked all over the world. We’re all crazy, we’re all drunks. [Aside to chef ] Lenny, when are you gonna be done with fish! I need you to mince this beef. Fine dice. FINE DICE! Excuse me, I gotta get back to work …

Horizon Good variety of Chinese dishes; classy atmosphere. 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

- 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


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

our 2010 Reader 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

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 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)

CONTEMPORARY INTERNATIONAL 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 China Grill Get a bird’s eye view of Beijing while dining on grilled meats, seafood and classical Chinese dishes. Daily 610.30am, 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 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 “Outstanding for Impressing Visitors” in our 2010 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

SALT Innovative restaurant in a modern minimalist setting has weekly two-course or three-course set meals and weekend brunches. Voted “Outstanding Business Lunch,” “Outstanding Steak,” “Outstanding Service,” “Outstanding Restaurant of the Year (Non-Chinese)” and “Chef of the Year (Ana Esteves)” in our 2010 Reader 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.saltrestaurantbeijing.com 盐, 朝阳区将台西路 9号2层(珀丽酒店西边

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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 11am2.30pm, 5-10.30pm. 23A Jinrong Dajie, Xicheng District. (8808 8828) 黄浦会, 西城 区金融大街甲23号

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 The CourtYard Dan Segall has revamped the menu at this near-legendary restaurant by the Forbidden City. Voted “Outstanding for a Romantic Meal” in our 2010 Reader 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)

DUMPLINGS 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

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

Mosto Inventive, exciting contemporary food with a South American touch. Voted “Outstanding Business Lunch,” “Outstanding Wine List,” “Outstanding Chef (Daniel Urdaneta)” and “Outstanding Restaurant of the Year (Non-Chinese)” in

Din Tai Fung Taste just one dumpling to know why they’re famous around the world. Voted “Outstanding Restaurant of the Year (Chinese)” in our 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. 1) Mon-Fri 11.30am9.30pm, 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. Daily 11.30am-

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LUNCH IN TRANSLATION 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 Capital M Classy European cooking and Beijing’s best view across Tiananmen Square. Voted “Outstanding for Impressing Visitors” and “Outstanding for a Romantic Meal” in our 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. Mon-Fri 11am2.30pm, 6-10.30pm, Sat-Sun 11.30am-5pm, 6-10.30pm (afternoon tea between 2.305pm). 3/F, 2 Qianmen Pedestrian Street (southeast of Qianmen, 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

Dish #112: mao erduo DINING

猫耳朵 (cat’s ears noodles)

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hese chewy noodles from China’s northwest are like macaroni shells with a twist. The twist comes courtesy of the cook’s finger, as each piece is lovingly wrapped around it to achieve the characteristic shape, said to resemble that of a cat’s ear. It’s an earthy peasant dish, usually cooked with a bit of pork, wood ear mushroom and some scrambled egg. The excellent Shaanxi Fengwei’r in the CBD does theirs with lamb, carrot, green beans, onions and a warmingly spicy tomato broth. Cat-on-the-lap, rainy Sunday comfort food at its most purr-fect.

Enoteca Unpretentious, reasonably priced wine bar in The Place that serves good food as well. Voted "Outstanding Wine Selection" in the Beijinger's 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 10am-2am. The Place, 9 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6587 1578) 朝阳区光华路9号世 贸天阶 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 吧附近); 2) 东城区交道口南锣鼓巷31号

Try it: Shaanxi Fengwei’r. Daily 11am-10pm. 88 Jianguo Lu, Soho Xiandaicheng Xijie (just west of Soho New Town), Chaoyang District (8589 5383) 陕西风味儿, 朝阳区建国路88号Soho现代城西街

1001 Nights Middle Eastern Guest: Awesome place. Tried it once with my girl. Liked the manager and dancing more than the food. Soup is nice. Veg is nice … the meat and veg are not as complicated as in other countries. Go there for sure if you are fond of dancing girls with very good faces and bodies (some are fat, some are thin, but very good tempo, sexy too).

toff ba08: We almost wiped out all their chicken satays last week. We were there for afternoon tea and stayed till dinner time instead. They even offered us free sodas AND beers for all the kebabs we ordered. We also had some of their desserts, yam kueh and carrot cupcakes. Those were equally delicious. We were told that they do deliveries and catering too, so we’re now look i ng for opportunities to host a party at our place. This way it will be chicken satays every weekend!

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Vineyard Cafe Hip hutong cafe specializes in comfort food and hearty breakfasts. Voted “Outstanding Brunch (non-hotel)” in our 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. 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 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 2010 Reader 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 Cafe de la Poste Beijing’s French community pack in every night for steaks, salads, cheese and wine. Voted “Outstanding French” in our 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily noon-3pm, 6pm-late. 58 Yonghegong Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6402 7047) www.cafedelaposte.com.cn 东 城区雍和宫大街58号 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

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Morel’s Sanlitun stalwart serves Belgianstyle steak tartare from locally bred beef and tasty mussels. Voted “Outstanding Steak” in our 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. 1) Daily 11.30am-1am. Gongti Beilu (opposite Workers’ Gymnasium North Gate, northwest corner of Chunxiu Lu), Dongcheng District. (6416 8802); 2) Tue-Sun 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 The Orchard Difficult to find, but worth the journey for continental cuisine served in a charming country setting. 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

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 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. 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 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

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 Paulaner Brauhaus Hearty German fare. Daily 11.30am-1am. 1/F, Kempinski Hotel, 50 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6465 3388 ext 5722) 朝阳区凯宾斯基饭 店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

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

HOMESTYLE Xiao Wang Fu Down home Chinese food of consistent quality in atmospheres ranging from humble (Guanghua Lu) to elegant (Ritan). Also serves crisp-skinned roast duck. Voted “Outstanding Kung Pao Chicken” in our 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. 1) Daily 11.30am-2pm, 5.3010pm. Inside the North Gate of Ritan Park, Ritan Lu, Chaoyang District. (8561 5985); 2) Daily 11am-10.30pm. Bldg 2, Guanghua Lu Dongli, Chaoyang District. (6591 3255); 3) Daily 5.30pm-1am. 15 Qianhai Beiyan, Xicheng District. (6617 5558) 小王府, 1) 朝阳区日坛路日坛公园北门内; 2) 朝阳区光 华路东里2号楼; 3) 西城区前海北沿15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)

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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 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. 1) Daily 11am-10pm. 2/F, Yuanjia International Apartments, Dongzhimenwai, Dongzhong Jie (opposite East Gate Plaza), Dongcheng District. (6417 9289); 2) 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 11am-10pm. 6/F, Shin

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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 Haidilao Hot Pot This popular eatery is as famous for its hospitality as it is for its authentic Sichuan cuisine. Voted “Best Hot Pot,” “Outstanding Service” and “Outstanding Restaurant of the Year (Chinese)” in our 2010 Reader 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 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) 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 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 2010 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

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Maison Boulud Famous New York chef Daniel Boulud brings his take on French food to Beijing. Voted “Best French,” “Outstaning Decor,” “Best Service,” “Best for a Romantic Meal,” “Best Wine List” and “Non-Chinese Restaurant of the Year” in our 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. Mon-Fri 11.30am-2pm, 6-10.30pm, Sat-Sun 11am-4pm, 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

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)


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

HUNAN & HUBEI Karaiya Spice House Well-executed Hunan fare, sound service and a laidback ambience. Daily 11.30am-2pm, 5.30-10pm. Bldg 8, Sanlitun Village, 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

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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) 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 Laijin Yuxuan Fanzhuang Forbidden City restaurant known for it’s Dream of Red Mansions-inspired banquets and delicious steamed buns. Daily 10.30am-10pm. On the west side of Zhongshan Park, Xichang’an Jie, Xicheng District. (6605 6676) 来今雨轩饭庄, 西城区西长安街中山 公园西门内 Li Jia Cai Mr Li’s house restaurant serves 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

Taj Pavilion for “Best Indian/Pakistani” in our 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 11am-11pm. 1) S93-3, Sanlitun Village, 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 Indian Kitchen An assortment of spicy subcontinent specialties, but the indecisive can check out the weekday buffet lunch. Voted “Outstanding Indian/Pakistani” in our 2010 Reader 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 Kamat’s Indian Restaurant Quality Indian fare. Irish pub downstairs offers convenient 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) Mirch Masala Tasty, authentic and affordable in a pleasant, well-lit environment. 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 Mughal's Beijing Friendly staff serve up authentic Indian and Pakistani tandoori and curry dishes. Also offers weekdays set lunch and summertime terrace seating. Voted "Outstanding Indian/Pakistani" in our 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 11am-3pm, 6-11pm. 4/F, Nali Patio, 81 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (5208 6082/134 , 6638 2160, mughalbeijing@yahoo.com) www.mughalbeijing.cn 朝阳区三里屯路 81号那里花园4层 Raj Indian Restaurant and Bar Authentic Indian cuisine at reasonable prices. Nuren Jie outlet is more expensive and aspires to Super Bar Street concordance. Daily 11am11pm. 31 Gulou Xidajie (west of the Drum Tower), Xicheng District. (6401 1675, 8403 7462, info@raj.com.cn) www.raj.com.cn 拉 兹印度餐厅, 西城区鼓楼西大街31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 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. Tied with

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in an authentic setting. Tied with Ganges for “Best Indian/Pakistani” in our 2010 Reader 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

Cambulac Italian Wine Enoteca Specialist Italian wine wholesalers in a beautiful courtyard setting. Single bottles available to taste and purchase. Daily 10am-midnight. 32 Beibingmasi Hutong (east of Nanluogu Xiang), Dongcheng District. (6402 7707) 东城区北兵马司胡同32号(南锣 鼓巷东边) 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 Daccapo Five-star Italian seafood, pastas, gourmet pizzas (baked in a brick oven) and an enviable wine list. Daily noon2.30pm, 6-10.30pm. 2/F, The Regent Beijing, 99 Jinbao Jie, Dongcheng District. (8522 1789) 迪卡博意大利餐厅, 东城区金宝 街99号北京丽晶酒店2层

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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

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 District. (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

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

L'Isola Decent Italian food in a stylishlyunderstated atmosphere. Extensive drinks selection, attentive yet discreet service and great homemade bread. Voted "Outstanding Italian" in our 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 11.30am-2.30pm, 6-11pm. 201, 2/F, Pacific Century Place, 2A Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6539 3773) 益顺客, 朝阳区工体北路甲2号盈科 中心2层201 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

Annie’s Unpretentious, affordable and popular Italian chain. Voted “Best Italian,” “Best Family-Friendly Restaurant” and “Outstanding Pizza” in our 2010 Reader 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 11.30am11pm. 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 Assaggi Don’t miss their tasty fresh pasta and home-made bread. Voted "Outstanding Italian" in our 2010 Reader 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

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 Scott's Family Italian Cuisine and Bar Cheerful staff, reasonable prices, delivery within 5km and a menu of Beijing-Italo standards like minestrone, spaghetti bolognese and generously topped woodfired pizzas. 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 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 Hatsune From restauranteur Alan Wong, specializes in unique sushi and hand rolls. Voted “Best Japanese” and “Outstanding Decor” in our 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 11.30am-2pm, 5.30-10pm. 1) 2/F, Heqiao Bldg C, 8A Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6581 3939); 2) S8-30 (Opposite Element Fresh), Bldg 8, Sanlitun Village, 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

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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 La Sushi Cozy, upscale sushi restaurant specializing in the ecologically thorny bluefin tuna. 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 Matsuko Great lunchtime buffet with sushi, sashimi, noodles and more. Voted “Outstanding Japanese” in our 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. Mon-Fri 11.30am-2pm, 5-10.30pm, Sat-Sun 11am2.30pm, 5-10.30pm. 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

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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 Tairyo Teppanyaki All-you-can eat teppenyaki served up by knife-wielding chefs who slice and dice everything from beef and lamb chops to cod filets and shrimp in front of you. Also serves sashimi and other assorted eats. Voted "Outstanding Japanese" in our 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. 1) 15 Wanliu Zhonglu, Haidian District. (8256 6044); 2) Building E, Shenggu Jiayuan, Anzhen Qiao, Chaoyang District. (6444 8855/66); 3) 305 China View, Gongti Donglu, Chaoyang District. (8587 1180/1); 4) 2/F, Yaxing Mansion, Maizidian Jie, Chaoyang District. (6461 2336) 大渔 铁板烧, 1) 海淀区万柳中路15号; 2) 朝 阳区安贞桥胜古家园E座; 3) 朝阳区工体东 路中国红街305号; 4) 朝阳区麦子店街亚 星大厦2层 Yotsuba Incomparably fresh, traditional Japanese fare. Call ahead several days for reservations; large parties are not recommended. 1) Tue-Sun 5-11pm. Next to Bldg 2, Xinyuan Xili Zhongjie (near Xindong Lu), Chaoyang District. (6467 1837); 2) Daily 11.30am-2pm, 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

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

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For a comprehensive directory, see www.thebeijinger.com 1号京裕宾馆内 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

District. (6467 2961, ilovepitta@biteapitta. com) 吧嗒饼, 朝阳区三里屯后街同里2层

Saveurs de Corée Delicate, health-conscious, and intelligently proportioned dishes in a classily restored hutong environment. Daily noon-10.30pm. 29 Nanluogu Xiang, Dongcheng District. (6401 6083) www.saveursdecoree.com.cn 韩香 馆, 东城区南锣鼓巷29号

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Athena Enjoy everything from tzatziki to baklava in the kitschy, “I saw Zorba the Greek” interior of this Sanlitun area restaurant. Good value lunch buffet all week from 11.30-2.30pm. Voted "Outstanding Mediterranean" in our 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 11am-11pm. 1 Sanlitun Xiwujie, Chaoyang District. (6464 6036) 雅典娜希腊餐厅, 朝阳区三里屯西 五街1号 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 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

Rumi Its plush, minimalist interior is inviting, but the savory kebabs seal the deal. Voted “Outstanding Middle Eastern” in our 2010 Reader 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 RMB 39 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 square pizzas, tasty veggie burgers, draft beer and wine in a beautifully restored traditional home. 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 The Olive Salads, sandwiches, steaks, dinner, health food, juice and desserts. Pleasant outdoor dining on the terrace. Also serves weekend brunch. Voted "Outstanding Mediterranean" in our 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards.Daily 10.30am10.30pm. 17 Gongti Beilu (opposite north gate of Workers’ Stadium), Chaoyang District. (6417 9669) 朝阳区工体北路17号 Sureño Modern Mediterranean cuisine from a beautiful open kitchen with woodfired ovens. Voted "Best Mediterranean" in our 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily noon-11.30pm. B1/F, The Opposite House, Sanlitun Village, 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, 610.30pm. 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 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 11am-2am. 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 Biteapitta Falafels, hummus, sandwiches and shawarma. Set meals available. Good value for money. Voted "Outstanding Middle Eastern" in our 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 11am-11pm. 2/F, Tongli Studio (same block as Le Petit Gourmand), Sanlitun Houjie, Chaoyang

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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 2010 Reader 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 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 The Tree Popular thin-crust pies, best washed down with Belgian beer. Voted “Best Pizza” in our 2010 Reader 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 11am11pm. 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

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Noodle Loft Homestyle Shanxi dishes and noodles in a posh environment. Try the youmian, a steamer basket full of shotgun shell-shaped noodles. Daily 11am-10pm. 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

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 Feiteng Yuxiang Best shuizhuyu in town. Get a balcony seat, tuck in a bib, and get messy. 1) Mon-Fri 11am-2.30pm, 4.30pm3am; Sat-Sun 11am-3am. Chunxiu Lu, 1 Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6415 3764); 2) Mon-Fri 11am-2.30pm, 4.3010.30pm; Sat-Sun 11am-10.30pm. Xinyuan Nanlu (opposite Kunlun Hotel), Chaoyang District. (8455 2333); 3) Mon-Fri 11am2.30pm, 4.30-10.30pm; Sat-Sun 11am10.30pm. 17 Zhichun Lu, Haidian District. (8231 1286); 4) Mon-Fri 11am-2.30pm, 4.30-10pm, Sat-Sun 11am-10.30pm. B1/F, Chengming Dasha, 2 Xizhimen Nandajie (northeast corner of Xizhimen Qiao), Xicheng District. (5190 1778); 5) Mon-Fri 11am-2.30pm, 4.30-10pm, Sat-Sun 11am10.30pm. 4/F North Bldg, The Place Shopping Center, 9 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6589 5588) www.ftyx.com 沸腾鱼 乡, 1) 朝阳区工体北路1号春秀路; 2) 朝阳 区新源南路佳亿时尚广场旁; 3) 海淀区知春

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路17号; 4) 西城区西直门南大街2号成铭大 厦二楼(西直门桥东南角); 5) 朝阳区光华路 9号世贸天阶中心北楼4层 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 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) I maginatively decorated chain of restaurants catering to a young, affluent crowd. Voted “Outstanding Sichuan” in our 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. 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 “Best Sichuan” and “Best Kung Pao Chicken” in our 2010 Reader 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

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SOUTHEAST ASIAN Asian Star This long-running 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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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

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 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. Mon-Fri 7-9am, 10.50am-2pm, 4.50-9.30pm; Sat-Sun 7am10pm. 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


For a comprehensive directory, see www.thebeijinger.com modern, comfortable setting. Daily 9am10.30pm. 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 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, Sanlitun Village, 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. Voted “Outstanding Tapas” in our 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. 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. Voted “Outstanding Tapas” in our 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. 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 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

TAIWAN Bellagio Moneyed hipsters satisfy their midnight munchies at this hip Taiwanese eatery. Don’t miss the stunning shaved ice desserts. Voted “Outstanding Kung Pao Chicken” in our 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. 1) Daily 11am-10pm. 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. 1) Daily 11.30am-3pm, 5.30pmmidnight. 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, Sanlitun Village, 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 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

Olas Tapas Café Offers a warm ambiance, inexpensive drinks and good food. Voted “Best Tapas” in our 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 10am-10pm. S9-10 Sanlitun Village, Sanlitun Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6417 5657) 朝阳区三里屯北路三里 屯Village南区S9-10

Phrik Thai Cold dishes rule here like the papaya salad and the chicken larb. Though the rest of the menu can be uneven, prices are reasonable. The Wukesong branch features daily performances. Voted "Outstanding Thai" in our 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. 1) 11am-2.30pm, 5pm10.30pm. 1/F, Holiday Inn, 66 Yongding Lu, Haidian District. (6813 2299); 2) Daily 11.30am-2.30pm, 5.30-10.30pm. The Gateway Bldg, 10 Yabao Lu (across from the Bank of China), Chaoyang District. (8561 5236) 泰辣椒餐厅, 1) 海淀区永定路66号长 风假日酒店1层五棵松桥西500米; 2) 朝阳区 雅宝路10号凯威大厦一楼

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Makye Ame Beijing’s premier Tibetan restaurant. The best dishes are curried potatoes, roasted lamb, grilled mushrooms and beef with pickled carrots. 1) Daily 11am-midnight. 2/F, Jinhuyuan Gongyu, Baijia Zhuang Dongli 23, Chaoyang District. (6508 8986); 2) Daily 11.30am-2am. 11A Xiushui Nanjie, Jianguomenwai, Chaoyang District. (6506 9616) 玛吉阿米, 1) 朝阳区白家庄东里23号锦湖园公寓会所 2层; 2) 朝阳区建国门外秀水南街甲11号 Qomolangma Reasonably authentic Tibetan ingredients with distinctly Han presentation. Ethnic performances every Friday evening. Daily 9.30am-2pm, 5-8pm.. 149 Xigulou Dajie (inside Tibet Provincial office), Xicheng District. (6401 8822 ext 2828) 珠穆郎玛, 西城区鼓楼西大街149号西 藏驻京办事处

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. 1) Mon-Fri 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. 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

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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

The Meat & Wine Co. Top-notch wagyu steaks in stately surroundings. Enticing appetizers like peri-peri prawns, luscious desserts and a classy wine list. Voted “Best Steak” in our 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 11am-3pm, 6pm-10pm. Ch’ien Men 23, 23 Qianmen Dongdajie, Dongcheng District. (6512 1761) 东城区前 门东大街23号

TIBETAN Ganglamedo Well-decorated branch of a Lhasa restaurant offers beautifully presented traditional Tibetan food, with ingredients flown in from the highlands. Try the “eight prosperity symbols,” tsampa, momos and yak steak. Daily 9am-2am. 1/F, Great Hyatte Int’l Apartments, 38 Zaoying Beili, Chaoyang District. (6592 3159) www. ganglademo.com 冈拉梅朵, 朝阳区枣营北 里38号海悦名门公寓1号

Veg-on Modest black and white décor, yummy vegetarian dishes and sweet Taiwanese desserts will have you back for more. Daily 11am-10pm. 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

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 11.30am-2pm, 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

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

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. Voted “Outstanding Thai” in our 2010 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

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 Purple Haze Restaurant & Bar Thai cuisine served amongst purple hues. Books, coffee and Wi-Fi create the perfect atmosphere for a lazy afternoon. Voted “Best Thai” in our 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 11am-11.30pm. Opposite the north gate of the Workers’ Stadium (in the small alley behind the ICBC Bank), Chaoyang District. (6413 0899, 8774 6387, www.purplehaze.com.cn 紫苏庭, 朝阳区工 体北门对面胡同工商银行后

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 2010 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

Purple Haze Bistro Authentic Thai cuisine in rustic hutong digs. Voted “Best Thai” in our 2010 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

Nam Nam This two-story space offers fine Vietnamese cuisine, including Lavong fish and beef pho. Voted "Outstanding Vietnamese" in our 2010 Restaurant Awards. Daily 10.30am-10.30pm. 7 Sanlitun Lu

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(next to the Friendship Supermarket), Chaoyang District. (6468 6053) 那么那么, 朝阳区三里屯北路7号小友谊超市旁 Nuage Worth visiting for its chic, French colonial atmosphere and stunning lakeside location. 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. Voted “Outstanding Vietnamese” in our 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 11am-11pm. S4-32, 3/F, Bldg 4, Sanlitun Village, 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 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 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 10.30am11pm. 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 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 2010 Reader 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 Yunnan” in our 2010 Reader Awards. Daily 10am9.30pm. 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 Middle 8th Restaurant Comfortable, hip Yunnan restaurant. Try the Yunnan-style spare ribs and the dragon beans. Voted “Best Yunnan” in our 2010 Reader 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 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 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. 1) Daily 11am-10.30pm. 3/F, Bldg D, Soho New Town, 88 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (8580 4286); 2) Daily 10.30am10pm. 5/F, APM Mall, Wangfujing Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6526 8401); 3) Daily 10.30am-10.30pm. 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


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Apr 1 Fu Fu Fool’s Day Chad celebrates April 1 with RMB 1 mojito martinis. Free. 7-9pm. Fubar (6593 8227) PAI Party Beats from DJ Suki and Ben from Shenzhen. Free. 10pm. Lantern (135 0134 8785) Apr 2 Acupuncture Records Label Party Acupuncture DJs get together to celebrate Beijing techno. Free. 10pm. Lantern (135 0134 8785) DJ Chu Alternative sounds for alternative ears. RMB 80. 8pm. Destination (6552 8180) Funk Fever First Anniversary Party The boys celebrate a funky year with support from The Discounts. There’ll also be CD giveaways and Funk Fever T-shirts for sale. RMB 30. 10pm. 2 Kolegas (6436 8998) Psychedelic Circus Goa Productions turns the roof terrace psychedelic. Free. 10pm. Kokomo (6413 1019) Shackleton The “J. D. Salinger of dubstep” is no phony. But he is reclusive, so don’t miss him tonight. RMB 80, RMB 50 (advance). 10pm. Yugong Yishan (6404 2711) Teng Boon Hong Kong-based DJ visits. Two-for-one drinks. Free. 10pm. Punk (6410 5222) Underground Disco Project Yang Bing and guests from around China. RMB 50, free (before midnight). 9pm. White Rabbit (no tel) Apr 3 French Night Orange Bird plays electro, backed by a gang of French DJs. Get in the mood with absinthe specials created by Echo. RMB 30. 10pm. Obiwan (8322 1231) 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 and DJ Maxwell believe so. Free. 9pm. Scarlett (6552 3600) Inigo Kennedy Techno from the UK. RMB 50. 10pm. Lantern (135 0134 8785) Moto Blanco Alternative sounds for alternative ears. RMB 100. 8pm. Destination (6552 8180) Zhi Qi, Donald Summer, Mickey Zhang Just like the old Rabbit. RMB 50, free (before midnight). 9pm. White Rabbit (no tel) Apr 4 DJ Spyglass Alternative sounds for alternative ears. RMB 60. 8pm. Destination (6552 8180) Mei Wenti Reggae Sunday Kingston meets Xihai. If it ain’t snowing, the barbecue will be going. Free. 4pm. Obiwan (8322 1231) Apr 8 WET Party DJ Mo describes his music as the “sound of sex.” Free. 10pm. Lantern (135 0134 8785) Apr 9 Acid Live First Anniversary Party Yet another birthday party. Expect

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everything from funk and acid jazz to electro and rap. Support from guests, including members of Buyi and Acupuncture DJs. RMB 80, RMB 60 (advance). 9pm. Yugong Yishan (6404 2711) Burn Baby Burnski Burnski heats things up. RMB 50. 10pm. Lantern (135 0134 8785) John Selway Techno guru with support from local deities Patrick Yu and Eddie Lv. RMB 80. 9pm. White Rabbit (no tel) Paul van Dyk Some say he’s the best DJ in the world. Trance with support from DJ Spark. See photo, left. Tickets at cn.banana2010@gmail.com or www.clubzone.cn. RMB 200, RMB 150 (advance). 10pm. GT Banana (6528 3636) Apr 10 DJ A-Jam Old-school house for The Boat’s second birthday party. RMB 70. 10pm. The Boat (6460 5512) DJ Bento Hip-hop to electro, rock and back. Table reservations recommended; call 138 1085 8776 to book. RMB 50, free (before 11pm). 9pm. Bling (5905 6999) Ole! Ole! Latino zest to go with Latino music. Buy-one-get-one-free mojitos, sangria and caipiroskas. Free. 9pm. Scarlett (6552 3600) SOS presents Sistema Spanish DJ celebrates his EP release. Free. 10pm. Lantern (135 0134 8785) The Social Music from guest DJs. Give them a chance. Free. 10pm. Obiwan (8322 1231) The Syndicate Sessions Your monthly dose of drum & bass returns. The newly Syndicated DJ Skywalker leads the way, with support from Blackie, Slide and Elemental. RMB 50. 10pm. White Rabbit (no tel) Apr 15 Chicks on Decks Ladies rock Lantern. Free. 10pm. Lantern (135 0134 8785) Kentaro Japanese master scratches his way back to Beijing. DJ Wordy supports. See photo, p69. Tickets at NLGX and Cafe Zarah. RMB 80, RMB 50 (advance). 9pm. Yugong Yishan (6404 2711) Apr 16 DJ Cable Dubstep and thugstep from the UK. RMB 70. 10pm. The Boat (6460 5512) PSB Pubcrawl 2010 Join Public Sound Bureau on a tour of Beijing clubs featuring great DJs and live music. Price includes transport on the PSB party bus and a drink at each venue. RMB 120 (after Apr 13), RMB 100 (before Apr 13). Tickets at Lush, Pyro Pizza and Kokomo, or call 136 8126 3981, 136 7130 4233. 9pm (bus leaves from Pyro Pizza) The Verse Anniversary Party Why were all these funk collectives born in April? RMB 80. 10pm. The One (8578 8853) Weng Weng and M. Ross Acupuncture godfather welcomes a special guest. Free. 10pm. Lantern (135 0134 8785)

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here’s always some anniversary party or other going on in Beijing nightlife, but in April, there are tons of them. The Funk Fever crew celebrates their first year of funking up Beijing at 2 Kolegas on April 2. Sonic alchemists Acid Live also hit the 365-day milestone with a party on April 9 at Yugong Yishan. Completing a trio of funk-related birthdays is The Verse, whose big day is on April 16. And The Boat turns two this month with a ship-shape schedule of events – their anniversary party is on April 10. It’s not just DJ crews, funk bands and maritime vessels – even some actual people are having birthdays. Everyone’s welcome at DJ ELVIS.T’s bash at Lantern on April 23. And if the birthday boy wants a quieter affair, there’s a bottle of sparkling wine waiting for him at Hotel G’s Scarlett. The bar is treating all April babies to a bottle of fizz as part of its own … first anniversary celebrations. I better start writing those birthday cards. Hopefully, none of them are expecting gifts. Fubar is still some way off its first anniversary, and they’re already giving us gifts. On April 1, Chad Lager’s increasingly popular bar launches its new “Fu Fu Fool’s Day” promotion, which means RMB 1 “mojito martinis” on the first day of every month. If you think it sounds crazy, you’re probably right. If you think it sounds like an April Fool’s prank, I hope you’re wrong. For Chad’s sake. Jin and the 2F team are opening a new bar this month in the space recently abandoned by Juliette’s. It’s called 1F, imaginatively enough. Jin tells us to expect great food and beer selection rather than 2F’s trademark cocktails. Meanwhile, CD Jazz Cafe has closed, but is set to reopen as ... a blues club. Also this month, Kentaro returns, Paul van Dyk is here for the umpteenth time, and the electronic music hotspots have packed their schedules with visiting DJs and solid regular events. And May is already looking promising. With MIDI and Modern Sky set to return with festivals to get us outdoors again, Acupuncture will keep the electronic flag flying with their second INTRO party on May 22. And there’ll be at least one indoor show to get excited about. The word “legend” isn’t one that you should be reading in Beijing’s listings magazines on a monthly basis. And yet it pops up often. Sometimes even in these pages. But I’ll stick my neck out and say that Bob Sinclar is a legend. He’s playing at Chef Brian McKenna’s soon-to-open ROOMbeijing on May 27. Keep your calendar free. Iain Shaw

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Red Carpet Night Suzie rolls out the red carpet for a night of Hollywood glamour. The champagne will flow, and the people will be beautiful, so dress to impress. RMB 100. 9pm. Suzie Wong (6500 3377) Happy Birthday ELVIS.T Lantern resident gains a year. Free. 10pm. Lantern (135 0134 8785) Redial Australian producer spins. RMB 70. 10pm. The Boat (6460 5512) Sonja Moonear and Michael Fresh Moonear impressed when she visited last year. She’s back, with one of the organizers of the original Great Wall parties. See photo, p71. RMB 70. 9pm. White Rabbit (no tel) Apr 24 3+2 Ouyang and Eddie Lv Local DJs stop by. Free. 10pm. Lantern (135 0134 8785) Beat Off Electronic music of all descriptions, from ghetto tech to mashup. Free. 10pm. Club Le Zazou (6417 2708) Brazilian Night Samba sounds downstairs, films and art from Brazil upstairs. RMB 30. 9pm. Obiwan (8322 1231) DJ Reflex Hip-hop from LA. Buy-one-getone-free drinks until midnight. Table reservations recommended; call 138 1085 8776 to book. RMB 50. 9pm. Bling (5905 6999) Peaches Pop-flecked electronica. See Clubhouse, p72. RMB 260, RMB 200 (advance). 9pm. Yugong Yishan (6404 2711) Swedish Fish and Nassdak Local heroes Patrick Yu and Donald Summer play house, Spaniard Nassdak spins tech house. RMB 50, free (before midnight). 9pm. White Rabbit (no tel) Apr 25 Soul Kitchen Soul on the rooftop, with the barbecue sizzling. Free. 4pm. Obiwan (8322 1231) Apr 29 Massive Drum & Bass Live sets from Meng Qi and Delacrew; support from Thome Tomato and Syndicate’s

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Yang Bing, Will, Ouyang White Rabbit boss Yang Bing has some old friends over. RMB 50. 9pm. White Rabbit (no tel) Apr 17 Cosmo Red Mickey Zhang and Ben Huang make you dance. RMB 50. 9pm. White Rabbit (no tel) Dance Dangereux featuring Munk Munk brings the disco from Germany. Support from DJ Otra, Nadine and Metro Tokyo. Drinks specials all night. RMB 50 (includes free drink before 11pm), RMB 40 (advance). 9pm. Lan (5109 6012) French Kiss DJ Keza and a special guest DJ lead the Gallic celebrations. Buy-oneget-one-free drinks until midnight. Table reservations recommended; call 138 1085 8776 to book. Free. 9pm. Bling (5905 6999) I Am Robot and Proud Indie electronica from Canadian video game enthusiast. Sulumi supports with his Gameboy techno. Tickets at NLGX and Cafe Zarah. RMB 60. 9pm. Yugong Yishan (6404 2711) Udance Black Train Dave K and Mia come from Shanghai to keep the wheels turning. Mix CDs for the first 200 guests. Free. 10pm. Lantern (135 0134 8785) Apr 18 Baby Loves Disco Clubbing for the kids. Parents, bring your toddlers to dance. RMB 50. 2-5pm. Club Le Zazou (6417 2708) Mei Wenti Reggae Sunday Just like Apr 4. Free. 4pm. Obiwan (8322 1231) Apr 22 Eco=Chic Celebrate Earth Day with Greening the Beige and Acupuncture. Tonight’s theme is vintage clothing. One free drink for vintage outfits. Free. 9pm. Lantern (135 0134 8785) Apr 23 Beats Royale All the hip-hop you won’t hear at Gongti. RMB 30. 10pm. Obiwan (8322 1231)

Apr 15: Kentaro Champion sounds. See listings, p68.

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Tang Club 唐会迷城 Daily 8.30pm-4am. 8 Chaoyang Gongyuan Xilu, Chaoyang District (6500 8888)

朝阳区朝阳公园西路8号

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When Tang first launched in early 2007, our reviewer described it as having “all the subtlety of a crashed camp spaceship.” That much still holds true with this reopening, but the new management has upped the ante in pursuing a foreign set. They’ve hired several laowai waitresses, and Venezuelan band F4 Ache plays nightly from 10.30pm. An aggressive events bombardment – different theme nights, drink specials, live dancers and competitions – will draw club rats looking for flash and glitz on a budget. However, the effort to cover all bases leaves Tang with a slightly schizophrenic feel. Flitting from hip-hop and reggaeton to electro and a band belting out back-to-back Ricky Martin, Queen and Cher, the playlist epitomizes Tang’s jacking of all trades – and mastery of none. Tiffany Ap

VA Cafe & Bar Daily 2pm-late. 13 Wudaoying Hutong, Dongcheng District (5844 3638)

东城区五道营胡同13号

Former Quasimodo member Qi Bin wants VA Cafe to be a place where musicians, jazzy ones in particular, will congregate. Rather than luring musos with flashy drinks (beers from RMB 15, cocktails RMB 35) or brash design, Qi Bin has equipped his little bar with a stage, drum kit and piano, and what he claims to be one of Beijing’s best sound systems. No similarly sized Beijing venue is set up quite so sincerely for live music. Performances are currently limited to Fridays and Saturdays, with film screenings on other nights. Even without the music, VA feels different from the many hutong cafe-bars that threaten to spread Wi-Fi addiction and hipster listlessness to the general population. That can only be a good thing. Iain Shaw

Fri-Sat 7pm-late, Sun 2pm-midnight. 4 Xihai Xiyan (300m from Jishuitan subway station), Xicheng District (8322 1231)

Box Club

西城区西海西沿4号

Daily 11.30am-1.30am. Rm 3105, 31/F, Bldg 6, Jianwai Soho, 39 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District (5869 1798)

朝阳区东三环中路39号建外Soho 6号31层3105室

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Like many bars recently, Obiwan has eyed the competition, looked in the mirror and seen room for improvement. For now, the terrace remains untouched, but a lick of paint and dangling clusters of light bulbs have freshened up the interior. A new stage downstairs signals a new emphasis on music. Tag Team artists are playing a new series of acoustic nights, while DJs continue to feature heavily. Q Bar’s Echo Sun and Ralph Ziegenhorn have upgraded the cocktail list to include apple martinis (RMB 50) and three absinthe cocktails (RMB 50-60). The drinks still need some work, but the Q Bar connection should bear consistent fruit. Winter will be the true test of Obiwan’s makeover, but the new look – complete with chic accessories – should turn heads this summer. Iain Shaw

PHOTOS: SONG YANG AND COURTESY OF OBIWAN

What Houhai is to connoisseurs of Carpenters’ cover bands, Jianwai Soho is fast becoming to fans of Japanese cocktail bars. Soho is a jungle of tower blocks, lonely corridors and anonymous doorways, where spots like Bar Promise, Yao Xin and Twilight can hide, serving only those in the know. Box Club now brings late-night vibes and 31st-floor views to the scene. At RMB 45-50 for cocktails, a gin and tonic here is relatively expensive, a martini slightly less so, when compared with Beijing averages. For the money laid down, the gin and tonic is more impressive. The beer selection is tiny, but caters to all spending habits. You might surprise friends by plucking this place from among Jianwai Soho’s mysteries; with some finetuning, Box has potential to impress them enough that they’ll return. Iain Shaw

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Events continued from p69 those of the correct gender, with lucky draw prizes to be won. Free. 9pm. Touch, Westin Beijing Chaoyang (5922 8888 ext 8112) Cosmopolitan The eponymous cocktail is free for girls all night. 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) Hump Day Mid-week drinks discounts. Free. 9pm. Pyro (8286 6240) 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 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 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) 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) 33 45 Underground Disco Project Yang Bing and a rotating crop of DJ talent keep the ladies happy.

The buy-one-get-two-free drinks deal keeps them happier. Free. 9pm. White Rabbit (no tel) Every Fri Basement Two-for-one drinks specials until midnight. Free. 10pm. Punk (6410 5222) Free Keg Night The first keg of beer is free. By the time it’s done, you’ll be ready for happy hour. Free. 8pm. Pyro (8286 6240) Friday Wine Fever Free-flow tapas when you buy an RMB 200 bottle of wine. Free. 8-11pm. Enoteca (6587 1578) Live & Direct Live music takes you into the weekend. Free. 9pm. Lush (8286 3566) 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)

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. Daily 4.30pm-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 pub with a huge selection of liquor, this place would feel just like home. Daily noon-1am. Corner of Nanluogu Xiang and Fuxiang Hutong, Dongcheng District. (6402 1554) 东城区南锣鼓巷福祥1号 13 Club Featuring mostly rock, metal and punk bands, with shows almost every night. Sun-Thu 8pm-2am, Fri-Sat 8pm3am. 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) 2F Cozy spot serves ample measures and has hourly drinks specials on the chalkboard. Sun-Thu 6pm-2am, Fri-Sat 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 2 Kolegas Intimate music venue. 21 Liangmaqiao Lu (inside the drive-in movie theater 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)

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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

Apr 23: Sonja Moonear This is not a horror movie. See listing, p69.

Amilal This quaint but nice Mongolianowned bar presents scotch, imported beers, and an impressive selection of Latin American wines. Entertainment: Mongolian and Kazakh bands playing folk tunes. Daily 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 Aperitivo Shrub-lined patio, continental

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Every Fri & Sat Bartending Flair Show Alcohol and fireworks … watch out. Shows at 8.30pm and 9pm. Free. 8.30pm. All-Star (5905 6999) Every Sat Crackhouse House on the lower deck, retro disco upstairs. Free. 10pm. The Boat (6460 5512) Punk X Beijing Zoo Get animal with DJ Lomang’s hip-hop throwdown. Free. 10pm. Punk (6410 5222) Every Sun 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) INTRO Workshops Learn about DJing, VJing and producing electronic music. Free. 4-6pm. Lantern (135 0134 8785) All month Scarlett First Anniversary Scarlett turns one this month. If your birthday is in April, get a complimentary bottle of bubbles. Just prove it with some ID. Scarlett (6552 3600) 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 Apothecary Cocktails prepared with class and care. Also features a menu of Creole dishes prepared using house-made ingredients. Tue-Sat 7pm-late, Sun 6pm-late (kitchen closes 1am). 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 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 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. Daily 2.30pmlate. 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 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 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 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 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 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 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

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Kay C. Free. 10pm. Lantern (135 0134 8785) Apr 30 A Skillz Scratching and mixing, mixing and scratching. Two-for-one drinks. Free. 10pm. Punk (6410 5222) DJ Chamber Hip-hop with flair on the decks. RMB 50. 10pm. The Boat (6460 5512) Donald Summer, Eddie Lv, Maxime and Flo Residents spin house. RMB 50, free (before midnight). 9pm. White Rabbit (no tel) INTRO 2010 Ignition Party Pre-party for the second edition of the electronic music festival. Free. 10pm. Lantern (135 0134 8785) Prom Party Back to school. Couples dressed for the ball get buy-one-get-onefree drinks until midnight. Table reservations recommended; call 138 1085 8776 to book. Price TBD. 9pm. Bling (5905 6999) Reggae Party Jamaica at the drive-in. RMB 40. 10pm. 2 Kolegas (6436 8998) Every Mon Bookworm Pub Quiz Ask a silly question, get a trivial answer. Prizes to be won. Free. 7.30pm. The Bookworm (6586 9507) Movie Night Flicks on the screen. Free dessert if you buy dinner between 7-9pm. Free. 8pm. Lush (8286 3566) Every Mon-Sat Songs at Centro Jazz standards entertain the cocktail crowd. Free. 8pm. Centro (6561 8833) Every Tue The East is Pink Comrades unite over two-for-one cocktails between 9pm-midnight before dancing into the early hours. RMB 5 tapas too. Free. 9pm. White Rabbit (no tel) Open Deck Tuesdays Submit a demo and sign up for a two-hour slot. Free. 10pm. Lantern (135 0134 8785) Open Mic Night Brave a demanding crowd and get a drink for your efforts. Free. 8.30pm. Paddy O’Shea’s (6415 6389) Quiz Night How many, when and where? Free. 8pm. Tim’s Texas Bar-B-Q (6591 9161) Every Wed Coquin Ladies Night Males entertain, females enjoy. Free cocktails from 9pm-1am for


CLUBHOUSE 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 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

Peaches and Cream Tantalize your sound buds

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by Lisa Liang

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t’s not easy being Peaches. Electroclash, glamrock, synthetic punk, rap, retro and futuristic all at the same time – and that’s not even getting into her self-described male-female dual identity. Fortunately, all of the above makes the Canadian singer, songwriter and producer one of the most innovative and interesting artists out there. Before her April 24 show at Yugong Yishan, this Goddess of Shock Value shares a few words of wisdom.

the Beijinger: Can you describe a Peaches show to people who haven’t seen one before? Peaches: Well, I can’t say what will blow people’s minds at the show, but I know that I always give my audience 500 percent, and I have a gift for performing! tbj : Where did the name Peaches come from? P: The name came from a Nina Simone song called “Four Women.” At the end of the song, Nina says the name of the fourth woman, Peaches, with such passion that I wanted her to be singing that to me. I knew she wouldn’t change the lyrics, so instead I changed my name.

“All I eat is vegetables” tbj : Three words you love to use on a daily basis? P: Satisfied, sexy and hot. tbj : And three words you overuse on a daily basis? P: F*%#, sh!? and a*#@+#*. tbj : What’s one thing your fans don’t know about you? P: They don’t know that all I eat is vegetables.

tbj : You’re reported to have “hermaphrodite envy” and believe all people have both male and female in them. What’s your own ratio of male-female? P: Oh, it varies. Right now, I would say it’s 63-37, female-male. Taste Peaches at Yugong Yishan on Apr 24. See listing, p69.

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Blue Frog Cocktail-heavy drinks menu. And a patio. 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, Sanlitun Village South, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6417 4030) 蓝蛙, 1) 顺义区天竺 镇欲翔路99号北京欧陆时尚购物中心(欧陆广 场)L312室; 2) 朝阳区三里屯北路19号三里 屯Village南区4号楼3层S4-30 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) 朝阳区亮马河南路8号 Buzz Chill out and relax in this intimate bar that features signature cocktails and an extensive collection of premium whiskeys, cognacs, wines and ports. Daily 7pm-1am. 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 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 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 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 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 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

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 Le Zazou A bar of two rooms: One a stylish lounge featuring live jazz, the other a club room. Daily 8pm-3am. S1-30, 3/F, Bldg 1, Sanlitun Village South, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6413 2708) 乐, 朝阳区三里屯路19号三里屯Village南区 1号楼3层S1-30 Coco Banana GT Banana-lite. Daily 9pmlate. 8 Gongti Xilu, Chaoyang District. (8599 9999) 朝阳区工体西路8号 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 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 Destination Men frequent this disco, and women who don’t want to be hit on do too. Daily 8pm-late. 7 Gongti Xilu, Chaoyang District. (6552 8180) 目的地, 朝 阳区工体西路7号 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 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 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 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

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Directory continued from p72 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 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 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 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

Goose ‘n’ Duck Pub Beijing’s biggest sports bar. Daily 24hrs. S1, Green Lake International Tower (east side of Chaoyang Park), 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 G-Zou Tiny Japanese bar serving shochu and the coldest beer in Beijing, although there’s an RMB 40 cover charge. Daily 7pm-1am. 1/F, Bldg C, east side of Sunshine 100, 2 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (5100 3038) 朝阳区光华路2号阳光 100东侧C座1层 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 Hei Hei Club Neon, hip-hop, ornate chandeliers and super strong cocktails. Daily 9.30pm-late. Northeast corner of Workers’ Stadium (next to Kro’s Nest), Chaoyang District. (6553 2228) www.heiheiclub.com. cn 嘻嘻, 朝阳区工人体育场东北角 Helen’s Cafe Backpacker cafe featuring some of the cheapest Western food and drink in town. Daily 11am-late. 200m south of Wudaokou subway station intersection, Chengfu Lu, Haidian District. (8286 7558) 海淀区成府路五道口城铁站路 口往南走200米 Hooters Waitresses in short shorts and tank tops squeal with enthusiasm while delivering beer and good American diner fare. Daily 11am-1am. Rm 201, Bldg 1,

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) 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), Chaoyang Theater, 36 Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6507 1107) 朝阳区东三 环北路36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 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) 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 Ku-18 Hosts mostly live music and electronica shows. Daily 2pm-late. 18 Originality Square, 798 Art District, 2 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (138 1077 8398) 18库, 朝阳区酒仙桥路798创意广场18号 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 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 Lantern Club run by techno team Acupuncture. Daily 9pm-late. B1/F, 3.3 Shopping Center, 33 Sanlitun Beilu, Chaoyang District. (135 0134 8785, gm@clublantern. com) www.clublantern.com 朝阳区三里屯 北路33号3.3服饰大厦地下1层 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 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

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 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)

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 Molly Malone’s Features everything you’d expect from an Irish pub, from Guinness and folk music to a sushi bar. Daily 10am2am. Legendale Hotel, 90 Jinbao Jie, Dongcheng District. (6522 7258) 东城区金 宝街90号

Luce Italian restaurant by day, hosts everything from networking events to techno parties by night. Sun-Thu noon-2am; Fri- Sat noon-4am. 138 Jiugulou Dajie, Dongcheng District. (8402 4417) www.luceluna.com 路溪, 东城区旧鼓楼大街138号 Lucky Man Whiskey and yakitori bar with Gulou characteristics. Daily 6pm-1am. 157 Gulou Dongdajie (north side, inside second alleyway west of Nanluogu Xiang), Dongcheng District. 东城区鼓楼东大街 157号 Luga’s The burnt sienna-toned barroom provides the simple pleasures sought by bar-goers everywhere: burritos, beer, tequila, chips and salsa, and frozen Margaritas. Basic in mission and modest in size, it shows an attention to detail missing in many a Sanlitun dive. 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 Cheap drinks and Mexican food (ranging from enchiladas and burritos, to fajitas, nachos and more). Voted “Outstanding Mexican” in our 2009 Restaurant Awards. Daily happy hour 11am-8pm. Daily 11am-2am. 7 Sanlitun Beijie (behind 3.3 Shopping Center), Chaoyang District. (6416 2575) www. lugas-beijing.com/ 朝阳区三里屯北街7号 3.3购物中心后 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) 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 Mako Live House Mid-sized live music and events space brings the noise to Shuangjing. Daily 5pm-late. Inside Hongdian Art Factory, Courtyard 36 (500m south of Carrefour Shuangjing, inside small alley), Guangqu Lu, Chaoyang District. (5205 1112/3, makolive@163.com) www. mako001.com 麻雀, 朝阳区广渠路36号院红 点艺术工厂内(幸福贝贝南边) MAO Livehouse The capital’s premier music venue. Daily 4pm-late. 111 Gulou Dongdajie, Dongcheng District. (6402 5080) 光芒, 东城区鼓楼东大街111号 Mao Mao Chong House vodka infusions, themed music nights and house-designed T-shirts are this bar’s trademarks. Daily 5.30pm-late (closed Tuesday). 12 Banchang Hutong (east off Nanluogu Xiang), Dongcheng District. (159 9264 6024) www. maomaochongstore.com 毛毛虫, 东城区板 厂胡同12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. 6/F, Tower C, Wanda Plaza, 93 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (8599 6666 ext 6525) 朝阳区建国路93号万达广场C座六层 Mesh Equally at home to post-retail therapy or a night on the tiles. Daily 5pm-2am. 1/F, The Opposite House, Bldg 1, Sanlitun Village, 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 Mix (Gongti) Like Vics. Daily 8pm-late. Inside the north gate of Workers’ Stadium, Chaoyang District. (6530 2889) 密克斯, 朝 阳区工体北门内

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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 This sister venue of The Tree has De Koninck and Hoegaarden on tap, while the downstairs bar serves some of Beijing’s tastiest pizzas. Daily 11ammidnight (restaurant closes at 10pm). Xingfu Sancun 3 Xiang (behind Yashow, west of Tongli), Chaoyang District. (6413 1522 / 87) http://nearbythetree.com/ 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 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 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 Palace Club This dance club is like a tour of old Beijing on acid. Flair bartending shows every night. Daily 8.30pm-2am. Unit 0119, Bldg A, Chaowai Soho, 6B Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (8592 6666) 宫俱乐部, 朝阳区朝阳门外大街乙6号朝外 Soho A座0119 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 Palette Vino Oenophile recommended. Daily 11am-10pm. 5 Dongsi Shiyitiao, Dongcheng District. (6405 4855) 派乐坊, 东城区东四十一条5号 Pavillion Relaxed, high-end bar for the sports and late night crowds. Daily 10am2am. Gongti Xilu (opposite west gate of Workers’ Stadium), Chaoyang District.

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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

China View, intersection of Gongti Bei and Donglu, Chaoyang District. (6585 8787) 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


(6507 2617) 万龙腾飞, 朝阳区工体西路(工 人体育场西门对面)

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

Phil’s Pub High ceilings and flowery sofas, German beers and cocktails. Daily 10am2am. 1Y31, Bldg 2, Ritan Guoji (in the pedestrianized street directly opposite Ritan Park North Gate), 17 Ritan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (8569 4651) 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)

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

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 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

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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 Press Club Bar Tasteful live music complements the soft lighting, warm brass rails and soft leather chairs that together imbue a hush-hush ambiance. Half-price drinks with complimentary canapes during daily happy hour, 5.30-7pm. Nixon drank here, you know. Daily 4.30pm-late. 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, Sanlitun Village, 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) http://www.lushbeijing.com/pyro/index.htm 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 Red House Pizza and Belgian beer. 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, 8518 1234 ext 6366) 东方亮, 东城区东长安街1号东方君悦酒店大厅 The Ritz-Carlton Bar Light live music and a lounge atmosphere. Daily 5pm-1am. The Ritz-Carlton Beijing, 83A Jianguo Road,

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The Saddle Cantina Tex-Mex, a pool table and onsite microbrewery keep ‘em coming back for more. 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, SatSun noon-late. 1) Opposite Tongli Studio, Sanlitun Houjie, Chaoyang District.; 2) 66 Nanluogu Xiang, Dongcheng District. (6402 5086) 老伍, 1) 朝阳区三里屯后街同 里对面; 2) 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 Sex and Da City This cocktail lounge features DJs spinning house and hip hop and a floor show with scantily clad pole dancers grinding to the beat on Tue, Thu and Sat. Mon-Thu 4pm-2am, Fri-Sun 2pm-3am. 19 Lotus Lane, Houhai, Xicheng District. (6612 5046) 欲望城市, 西城区什刹 海前海西沿甲19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 Souk Lounge Combines a large craft beer selection, Middle Eastern shisha cafe cool and big screens for sport. Darts and pool too. 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. 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 There’s not a more peaceful spot for a drink. Mon-Fri 10am-11pm, Sat-Sun 10am-1am. Lakeside, southwest corner of Ritan Park, Chaoyang District. (6501 9986) 石舫, 朝阳区日坛公园西南 角,湖边 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 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

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The Astral Bar and Restaurant Stocks 17 beers, including five Aussie brews. The bar is shaped like a boomerang, and you can eat kangaroo. G’day. Daily 5pm-1am. B1/F, Tangla Hotel, 19 Fuxingmenwai Dajie, Xicheng District. (5857 6688 ext 6611) 悦 筵, 西城区复兴门外大街19号唐拉雅秀酒 店地下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 骄子底商2-11 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) 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 Meat-eater friendly restaurant. 2 for 1 Happy Hour every Monday-Friday from 3-7pm. Daily 9ammidnight. 14 Dongdaqiao Lu (on the corner of Guanghua Lu), Chaoyang District. (6591 9161) Tim’s 熏烤房, 朝阳区东大桥 路14号贵友大厦正北200米 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 A cutting-edge lounge with 88 kinds of vodka, and a wide selection of vodka-infused 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. Daily noon-2am. 43 Sanlitun Beijie (100m west of Sanlitun North Bar street, Youyi Youth Hostel, behind Poachers Inn), Chaoyang District. (6415 1954) 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 Uhland Bier Salon Mock Bavarian bierhaus serving five imported German beers as well as light and dark beers brewed on the premises, available in 1 liter glasses. Daily 10am-2pm, 5pm-late. Next to Metro supermarket, 1 Xinjian Gongmen Lu, Haidian District. (6288 2696) 普兰达啤酒 沙龙, 海淀区新建宫门路1号 (麦德龙超市 旁边) Union Bar & Grille Sit around the bar and watch sport on the multiple flat-screen TVs. Get the cheapest pint of Guinness in town during the 4-8pm daily happy hour. Mon-Fri 11am-11pm,Sat-Sun 11am-midnight. S6-31, 3/F, Bldg 6, Sanlitun Village

South, 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Village南区6号楼3层S6-31 VA Cafe & Bar This small cafe-bar is well equipped for weekly flamenco and jazz performances. Daily 2pm-late. 13 Wudaoying Hutong, Dongcheng District. (5844 3638) 东城区五道营胡同13号 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 Wain Wain A Japanese karaoke bar set up perfectly with private rooms for a great party. They also serve food (similar to Cash Box). Daily 11am-2.30am. 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 What Bar Regularly hosts local bands, and is an excellent place to get acquainted with Beijing rock. Daily 4pm-late. 72 Beichang Jie, 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 Yin Bar From Yin’s patio you can see from the rooftops of the Forbidden City to Jingshan Park and Beihai’s White Dagoba. Daily 11am-1am. 33 Qihelou Jie (on the roof of the Emperor Hotel), Dongcheng District. (6523 6877) 饮, 东城区骑河楼街 33号(皇家驿栈顶层) Yugong Yishan This live music venue features a variety of local and international bands, and film screenings. 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 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


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Apr 1 Self Sound Orchestra, Empire of the Golden Egg Experimental rock for gloomy Thursday. RMB 30, RMB 20 (students). 9pm. D-22 (6265 3177) Apr 2 Mamer, Wu Junde, Song Yuzhe, Zhou Laoer Uygur musician Mamer joins up with fellow folkies. RMB 50, RMB 40 (advance, students). 9pm. Mako Live House (5205 1112) Apr 3 Arrows Made of Desire, Kodiak Island, jrg_one, Richard Todd Tag Team Records launch a new cassette, with a classic rock and experimental session. RMB 45. 10pm. 2 Kolegas (6436 8998) Bai Shui He pays the capital a rare visit with original folk songs from Sichuan. See photo, this page. RMB 50, RMB 40 (advance, students). 9pm. Mako Live House (5205 1112) Kaiser Kuo, Yang Meng, Kou Zhengyu, Xia Tian Members of metal band Spring Autumn go acoustic in the courtyard. RMB 50, RMB 40 (advance). 9pm. Jiang Hu Liveshow Bar (6401 4611) No Name Trio Django Reinhardt covers and all. RMB 30. 9.30pm. VA Cafe & Bar (5844 3638) Olafur Arnalds Neo-classical musician from Iceland defines his sound on keyboards and strings. RMB 100, RMB 70 (advance), RMB 50 (students), RMB 150 (VIP). 9pm. The Star Live (6425 5677) Sulumi, Brain Failures, Bigger Bang!, Re-TROS, DH&Chinses Hellcats, New Pants, DJ Shen Yue, Ozi Electronica, punk rock, disco punk, swing dance, post punk, and DJ sets … just as much as you can take on a Saturday night. RMB 120, RMB 80 (advance). 9pm. Yugong Yishan (6404 2711) Four Five Industrial metal soldiers release their studio debut. RMB 40, RMB 30 (students). 10pm. 13 Club (8261 9267) Apr 4 Bai Shui Sichuan folk concert in the campus. See photo, this page. RMB 40-50. 7pm. Peking University Hall (6275 1278) Excess Luggage Norwegian trio wraps up their second China tour in Houhai. Free. 9.30pm. East Shore Live Jazz Cafe (8403 2131) Katun Luc, Ubuli Berlin classical guitarist Katun Luc collaborates with Xinjiang percussionist. RMB 30. 9.30pm. VA Cafe & Bar (5844 3638) Mamer & Friends Uygur folk in a siheyuan’r. RMB 40. 9pm. Jiang Hu Liveshow Bar (6401 4611) The Gray, New Perfume, Pork, Arrows Made of Desire, Nucleus Beijing bands pay tribute to Kurt Cobain. RMB 50. 8.30pm. MAO Livehouse (6402 5080) Apr 5 Charity Concert for Yunnan Xiao He, Zhou Yunpeng, Zhang Weiwei and Shanren... Beijing’s allstar folkies sing for the droughty Yunan. RMB 70, RMB 60 (advance,

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students). 8pm. Mako Live House (5205 1112) Apr 6 Liu Yue, Xia Jia, Bei Bei A jam session with some of China’s finest jazz musicians. RMB 50, RMB 40 (advance). 9pm. Jiang Hu Liveshow Bar (6401 4611) Apr 7 M’beewan Reggae, Rock, Dub, Rap and Soul – bit much for a Wednesday night? Free. 9pm. Salud, Nanluogu Xiang (6402 5086) Apr 9 Acid Live Electro jazz group joined by guest musicians to celebrate the band’s anniversary. RMB 80, RMB 60 (advance). 9pm. Yugong Yishan (6404 2711) Bigger Bang!, The Reason, The Double Harvestman Electro punk vs. emo rock. See who’s tough enough to win the stage. RMB 40, RMB 30 (students). 10pm. D-22 (6265 3177) Kodiak Island Electronic rockers live in concert. RMB 30. 9.30pm. Obiwan (8322 1231) Apr 10 Buyi, Nucleus, Wu & The Side Effects The “Made In Ningxia” series continues with grunge, indie rock and blues. RMB 40, RMB 30 (students). 10pm. 2 Kolegas (6436 8998) Reflector China’s ska punk forefathers return to the stage. RMB 60. 9pm. The Star Live (6425 5677) Unsafe, Flyx, Cold Case, Hell City Punk rock never takes a break in Wudaokou – just look at all the graffiti. RMB 40, RMB 30 (students). 10pm. D-22 (6265 3177) Wang Wen, Maze Post-rockers Wang Wen drop their new album. RMB 60, RMB 50 (advance, students). 9pm. MAO Livehouse (6402 5080) Apr 11 Lamb of God Heavy metal legends arrive at Yonghegong. RMB 350-550, RMB 790 (VIP). 8pm. The Star Live (6425 5677) Li Daiguo East meets West with pipa, viola and mbira. RMB 40. 9.30pm. Jiang Hu Liveshow Bar (6401 4611) Apr 13 Lamb of God See Apr 11 listing. RMB 300-500, RMB 790 (VIP). 7.30pm. The Star Live (6425 5677) Apr 14 Michael Dallin Project Michael Dallin tells you about mellow rock. Free. 9pm. Salud, Nanluogu Xiang (6402 5086) Apr 14, 21, 28 Dawanggang Song Yuzhe and friends play collected and self-composed songs as part of their regular folk gigs. RMB 30. 9.30pm. 2 Kolegas (6436 8998) Apr 15 Black Cat Bone Beijing’s blues cats pay a rare visit to Haidian. RMB 30, RMB 20 (students). 9pm. D-22 (6265 3177) Apr 16 Afrokoko Roots Beijing’s Afrobeats collective

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n an ideal world, we were supposed to meet Jimmy Page, Lady Gaga and the Black Eyed Peas at the Show of Peace concert at the Birds’ Nest this month. But surprisingly, they decided to move it to October 10 (great – remember Modern Sky last year?). We also heard that Bob Dylan would sing for us in April, and felt even more shocked to learn that his show has been postponed (indefinitely) as well. This won’t affect the mood for metal though, as Lamb of God (the metal band) is scheduled to hit The Star Live twice, on April 11 and 13, and according to Kerrang!, they are still “a band firmly on top of their game.” Another musician who’s playing two shows in a row is less famous but highly recommended: Sichuan folk singer Bai Shui (see photo, above) brings his traditional instruments and soulful melodies to our gloomy capital. Catch him at Mako Live House (Apr 3) and Peking University Hall (Apr 4). Remember Mojave 3? I have this strange admiration for anyone from 4AD, probably because Chinese music magazines juxtaposed them against all major labels, back when I first got into Western music. To be fair, though, Neil Halstead does have a voice that makes radio presenters speak with a creepy intonation after playing his songs. Starting from April 16 at Yugong Yishan, he’s on the road for a China tour across six cities. Good luck with that. Post-rockers Wang Wen pay a visit from their hometown Dalian on April 10; they’ll be celebrating the release of their new album at MAO Livehouse. And Tag Team Records releases its monthly limited-edition cassette, Reverse<<<Polarity, at 2 Kolegas on April 3, featuring Arrows Made of Desire, Kodiak Island, Jackson Garland and Richard Todd. Another release takes place on April 18 at Three Shadows Photography Art Centre in Caochangdi, where Xiao He, Shouwang and The Offset: Spectacles play outdoors to support Matthew Niederhauser’s book launch of Sound Kapital. World music shines at 2 Kolegas as experimental folk group Dawanggang sets up camp there to perform every Wednesday, starting April 14. On the avant side, guzheng experimenter Wu Fei works in concert with folksy master Xiao He, saxophonist Li Tieqiao and sound artist Yan Jun; watch them improvising on April 18 at Star Theater (near Xuanwumen). D-22 celebrates its birthday on April 30 (with P.K.14, The Molds, Ourself Beside Me and 24 Hours), and so does Obiwan (with Jess Meider). This reminds us that outdoor music festivals will fill the month of May: Midi in Haidian, Modern Sky Strawberry in Tongzhou and the faraway Zebra Festival in Chengdu … Are you ready to, you know, rock and low? Wang Ge

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throws a funky party. RMB 60, RMB 50 (advance). 9pm. MAO Livehouse (6402 5080) Latyr Sy, Ekber Turdi, Hoochie Coochie Gentleman Senegalese percussionist jams with Uygur singer/guitarist and Beijing’s blues gentlemen. RMB 50. 9pm. Tiny Salt Coffee Club (5900 0969) Lonely China Day Drop that coin for the Chinese Radiohead. RMB 49.9. 10pm. 2 Kolegas (6436 8998) Neil Halstead The Mojave 3 frontman sings his folk to our city. RMB 100, RMB 80 (advance). 8pm. Yugong Yishan (6404 2711) The Redbucks Bluegrass echoes in hutongs. RMB 40. 9pm. Jiang Hu Liveshow Bar (6401 4611) Xiao He, Matthieu Ha Folksy improviser jams with a Parisian kindred spirit. Price TBD. 10pm. D-22 (6265 3177) Apr 17 Arrows Made of Desire, RandomK(e) Rockers unplug their guitars and go acoustic. RMB 40. 10pm. Obiwan (8322 1231) Birdstriking, The Molds, B-Side Lovers, Wu & the Side Effects Post-punk, rockabilly and bluesrock. RMB 40, RMB 30 (students). 10pm. D-22 (6265 3177) Hanggai Beijing’s long-term Mongolian band performs home tunes. RMB 40, RMB 30 (students). 10pm. 2 Kolegas (6436 8998) Puressence, Perdel, The Tumbleweed Alternative rockers from Manchester, supported by local Brit-pop lovers. RMB 140, RMB 120 (advance). 9pm. MAO Livehouse (6402 5080) Apr 18 Hell Savior, Noiz Mob, Blud Thirsty, DengeL, G.O.U.M Thrash metal supported by gothic rock. RMB 40, RMB 30 (students). 8pm. 13 Club (8261 9267) Xiao He, Shouwang, The Offset: Spectacles Folkster and alt rockers support the book launch of Matthew Niederhauser’s Sound Kapital, with photo projections on display. Free. 8.30pm. Three Shadows Photography Art Centre (6432 2663) Apr 22 Jil Caplan French singer-songwriter covers the classics. Tickets available at Alliance Française. Free. 8pm. CD Jazz Cafe (6506 8288) Slap, Sound Fragment, Nanwu Folk rock encounters Brit-pop. RMB 60, RMB 50 (advance). 9pm. MAO Livehouse (6402 5080) Apr 23 ETC, Wu Fei, Xiao He, Li Tieqiao, Yan Jun Musicians turn daily routine sound into music pieces. RSVP at etc.startheater@gmail.com. RMB 80, RMB 50 (students). 8pm. Star Theater (6601 6549) Liquid Architecture French electro rock band launches their China tour. RMB 120, RMB 100 (advance). 9.30pm. MAO Livehouse (6402 5080) Ourself Beside Me, The Offset: Spectacles, Wanderlust, Ice Seller Garage trio takes the alt-undergrounds, joined by alternative rockers from Tianjin. RMB 40, RMB 30 (students). 10pm. D-22 (6265 3177) S.A.Ws, Unregenerate Blood, The Falling, Last Chance Of Youth, Final Message

Metal heats emo core. RMB 50. 9pm. 13 Club (8261 9267) Apr 24 DH & Chinese Hellcats, SUBS, Steely Heart, 24 Hours Sing that swing and rock that garage. RMB 50, RMB 40 (students). 10pm. 2 Kolegas (6436 8998) ETC, Wu Fei, Yan Jun Sub Jam experimental session at 798 on a Saturday afternoon. RMB 50, RMB 25 (students). 4pm. UCCA (8459 9269) Peaches, Dr. Feelgood, Pet Conspiracy Who doesn’t love Peaches? Just see Clubhouse, p72. RMB 260, RMB 200 (advance). 9pm. Yugong Yishan (6404 2711) Apr 27 Birdstriking, White April “Zoomin’ Night” ends postpunk and experimental rock. RMB 30, RMB 20 (students). 9pm. D-22 (6265 3177) Apr 28 Jess Meider Beijing-based New Yorker sings her acoustic compositions. Free. 9pm. Luce (8402 4417) Apr 29 The Inspector Cluzo, Wu & the Side Effects French funky rockers meet Wu Kejia and his band of brothers. RMB 30, RMB 20 (students). 9pm. D-22 (6265 3177) Apr 30 Jess Meider Obiwan starts its birthday with New York songstress. RMB 40. 9.30pm. Obiwan (8322 1231) P.K.14, Ourself Beside Me, 24 Hours, The Molds Maybe Mars celebrates D-22’s fouryear-young birthday. Price TBD. 10pm. D-22 (6265 3177) Every Thu Liu Yue Guitar Trio Jazz lines read by classic guitar. Free. 9.30pm. East Shore Live Jazz Cafe (8403 2131) Every Fri Xia Jia Piano Trio Jazz pianist operates on his keyboards. 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) May 1-3 Modern Sky Strawberry Music Festival Xiu Xiu, Does It Offend You, Yeah?, Pet Conspiracy and Re-TROS ... Beijing’s eastern suburb welcomes its biggest event of the year. RMB 80 (per day), RMB 180 (three days, limited 3,000, register at www.mlive.me). 1-9.30pm. Tongzhou Canal Park (8952 3044) May 1-4 Midi Festival “China’s Woodstock” keeps rocking after a decade. This year it’s back to Beijing for outdoor fun on four stages: British punk heroes Sham 69 returns to China, joins bands/artists from more than ten countries, as well as local acts including Free The Birds, X.T.X, Muma & Third Party, Xiao He, Xie Tianxiao, Brain Failure, SUBS and many more. Tickets at 6417 7845, 400 610 3721 or www.piao.com.cn. RMB 80 (per day), RMB 240 (four days). 1-10pm. Haidian Park (6285 0569) www.midifestival.com


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ART – NEW OPENINGS Apr 7-May 23 Maryn Varbanov Newly opened space HT Gallery exhibits sketches and small works by seminal artist Maryn Varbanov (1932-1989). The Bulgarian-born Varbanov was a hugely influential artist both in China and abroad, where he pioneered the sculptural use of thread, fabric and natural materials. Following a major retrospective at the China Academy of Art in Hangzhou last year, this show brings a glimpse of his epic imagination to Beijing. HT Gallery (5978 9830) Apr 10-May 6 Morocco at Heart This show, which will be introduced and opened by the Moroccan ambassador to Beijing, presents work by French photographer Christian Jacques, who has explored Morocco in a series of breathtaking journeys. Café Zarah (8403 9807) Apr 11-17 Liao Zhenwu: Monument Liao started work on this massive installation on the day that the 2008 Sichuan earthquake hit. At its center are two giant paintings (5x12 meters), which attempt to sum up some of his experience of horror and loss in the wake of the disaster. After its debut in Bejiing, the work will travel to Chengdu, Shanghai, Shenzhen and the US. Today Art Museum (5862 1100) Apr 17-May 17 3 plus 1 Performance and video artist Xi Jian Jun gets together with three Jiangsu friends, including Zuoxiao Zuzhou, to create this exhibition. Should be one not to miss. Sackler Museum (6275 1667) Apr 17-Jun 3 Caochangdi PhotoSpring A ten-week long not-to-be-missed festival devoted to the power of photography and the artistic community of Caochangdi. See Art Feature, p82. At galleries around Caochangdi. Details at www.ccdphotospring.com.

ART – ONGOING SHOWS Until Apr 8 Tibetans Drink Coke Too “Urban researcher” Hai Yin-Kong photographs Tibet’s “everyday spaces” in an attempt to get past the usual clichés of life on the plateau. Café Zarah (8403 9807) Until Apr 10 Aiting Wang: Aiting Park Bucolic paintings by a young artist unafraid to work with sentimental subjects in her lushly textured canvases. XYZ Gallery (8459 9299) The Secret Language of Women Group show of Chinese and international new media artists inspired by nüshu, a secret script invented by and for women. Yuanfen New Media Art Space (5978 9896) Still Life: Chinese Contemporary Photography Beautiful survey show of Chinese contemporary photography. Artists include Adou, Hong Hao, Hong Lei, Huang Lei, Li Yongbin, Ling Hua, Mo Yi, Qiu, RongRong & Inri, Ruan Xiaorong, Xiong Wenyun and Zhao Liang. Three Shadows Photography Art Centre (6432 2663)

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Until Apr 11 Ye Nan: Phosphorous Red & Yuan Yuan: A World of Yesterday and Tomorrow Ye Nan’s paintings depict a world of stone and fire, rendering the world in natural hues, while Yuan Yuan’s paintings follow a path of fantasy and nostalgia. Chambers Fine Art (5127 3298) Spread by MadeIn Xu Zhen’s alter-ego MadeIn (as in Made in China) sends up art, politics, himself and us in this first solo outing in Beijing. ShanghART Beijing (6432 3202) Woody van Amen: Language as a Medium for Art C-Space specializes in introducing the work of significant European artists to the Chinese scene. Here, they present work by Dutch artist Woody van Amen, who first became known as a Pop Artist in the 1960s. C-Space (5127 3248) Zhang Yuan: Unspoiled Brats Zhang is best known as a filmmaker who has anatomized the new China in works like Beijing Bastards. Here, he presents the lives of ten young people, in their own words direct to camera, and in sets of photographs that aim to capture the spirit of their lives. He chose the participants by putting out the call on Twitter for youth “with a restless heart who are not satisfied with reality” and the resulting self-portraits are captivating. UCCA (8459 9269) 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 distill that change in mesmerizing sound and vision. Pékin Fine Arts (5127 3220) Until Apr 15 Laura Matei: Solo Show Manuela Lietti curates this solo outing by Matei, a Romanian-born mixed media artist now residing in Italy. Expect jungle scenes constructed from plastic wrap and string. Fun Art Space (8459 9257) Until Apr 16 Linger: Yu Xiao, Liu Xiaofang and Song Shimin This exhibition features the work of three young photographers all concerned with the loss of their childhood. Each has a different perspective on growing up: nostalgic, absurd and in the case of Yu Xiao’s creepy Never Grow Up, outright denial. 798 Photo Gallery (6438 1784) Until Apr 18 Zhou Jun: Control Lost Zhou’s latest meditations on the rapid developing landscape of China, rendered in his trademark black-and-white photographs tinged with red. Zhou has a masterly technique that creates evocative images of great power out of what would seem to be the least promising materials, a nation under construction. Red Gate Gallery (6525 1005) Until Apr 19 Jungle – A Close-Up Focus on Chinese Contemporary Art Trends This riotous group show by Platform China is definitely worth

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hen you’ve lived in Beijing a while, you know that spring is extremely short. When it comes, though, it brings warm weather, a fresh feeling, and cultural festivals galore. Following last year’s debut, the National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA) launches its Second NCPA Opera Festival on April 15 (see Feature, p81), while France’s Croisements Festival returns for the fifth time. Elsewhere, the recital series known as Chopin Cycle brings the young Israeli pianist Dorel Golan to the Forbidden City Concert Hall. Spring also brings Affordable Art Beijing at Sanlitun Village. AAB offers us a cornucopia of works, from artists who range from the unknown to the eminent, all at price tags under RMB 10,000. See our Art Feature on p83 and www.affordableartbeijing.com. Meanwhile, Penguin celebrates that city we all love to hate, in Shanghai: A History in Photographs, 1842-Today. Edited by Pulitzer-winning photographer HS Liu and leading curator Karen Smith, it features a fascinating array of old photographs, many ferreted out of international archives, complemented by shots taken specially for the book (see photo, p79). Debate is warming up with the weather. Zhou Guoping, a retired researcher with the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, astonished many recently with his comment that the success of pianist Lang Lang “has set a negative example for Chinese parents who force their children to learn skills. It’s like gambling with little possibility of winning.” Zhou may be right, but Lang Lang’s concert with the China Philharmonic Orchestra (Apr 25) will still be sold out. Avatar’s huge success has turned up the pressure on Chinese filmmakers. The premiere of Future X-Cops (starring Andy Lau) was postponed to March 30 so the filmmakers could improve its special effects. Feng Xiaogang, who’s been working on If You Are The One II, claims to be undaunted, telling Sina.com, “Although its box office receipts may not compare with Avatar screening by screening, I believe the film can make a breakthrough by taking 100 million dollars in a year.” Feng’s next film will be Tangshan Earthquake, slated for release in July. Tang Wei from Lust, Caution is changing gears by returning to the screen in a rom-com, Crossing Hennessy (April 20). Hong Kong’s Echoes of the Rainbow, fresh from winning a Crystal Bear at the Berlin Film Festival will premiere here April 16. Finally, BC MOMA is promoting new work by young Chinese filmmakers in special screenings this month. Liu Jie’s Judge examines the death penalty, while Shen Zhiming shows social values varying across the generations in Bliss. Cecily Huang

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profession, but are free of conventional “news” imagery. Curated by Fei Dawei. Xin Dong Cheng Space for Contemporary Art (5978 9356)

STAGE EVENTS Apr 15-18 Drama: A Toi, Pour Toujours, Ta Marie-Lou Théâtre des Lanternes, the Beijngbased Francophone theater, brings together both amateur and professional actors. As part of Croisements Festival 2010, this new play depicts the reunion of two orphaned sisters. In French with Chinese and English subtitles. Price and venue TBD. Apr 15-Jul 3 The Second NCPA Opera Festival Twelve operas, including NCPA’s original productions Xi Shi (Apr 15-19), Carmen (May 13-17), La Traviata (Jun 1-6), L’elisir d’amore (Jun 25-28), A Young Peasant’s Marriage, (Apr 30-May 4), and Gianni Schicchi (May 27-Jun 1). Also featured are The Song of Youth (Jun 10-11) by Peking University Opera Researching Center, Rigoletto (Jun 16-19) by Teatro Regio di Parma, Eugene Onegin (Jun 25-28) by the Bolshoi Theater, and Sun Snow (Jul 1-3) by the PLA Opera Theater, as well as two opera concerts, The White-Haired Girl (Jun 5) by China National Opera House, and a solo concert by Leo Nucci (Jun 20). In original language with both English and Chinese subtitles. See Stage Feature, right. Tickets at www.chncpa. org. 7.30pm. NCPA Opera House (6655 0000) Apr 15-18 Drama: Shakespeare Reveries The characters and stories of Shakespeare’s plays come to life. Imported from New York City’s International FRINGE Festival, and performed by International Theatre Experience. Tickets at www.beijinghomedelivery/ shakespearereveries. RMB 80-120. 7.30pm. Penghao Theatre (6400 6452) Apr 15-19 Opera: Xi Shi Set in the Warring States Period, this opera depicts the legend of the beauty Xi Shi, who was used as a pawn by rival kingdoms. Starring top Chinese opera singers Duan Yuqiang and Zhang Liping. RMB 100-500. 7.30pm. NCPA Opera House (6655 0000) Apr 23-25 Drama: Macbeth TNT revives their highly acclaimed

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fter an inauspicious launch three years ago, featuring a propaganda-as-musical opening show and a leaky roof, the NCPA has certainly gotten its act together. The theater has consistently brought top international artists like Zubin Mehta and Erich Kunzel to Beijing, and in 2009 established the NCPA Opera Festival. The festival returns for its second outing this month, and is sure to be one of the highlights of a festival-packed spring on Beijing’s stages. This year’s festival features 12 operas encompassing a multitude of styles. Among the highlights is the Bolshoi Theatre’s presentation of Tchaikovsky’s classic Eugene Onegin (pictured above). And Teatro Regio di Parma is back with a reprise of Rigoletto, which was hugely popular last summer.

Bizet’s Carmen is notoriously difficult to both perform and direct But not all of the focus will be on the visiting acts. Xi Shi is notable not only for being the festival’s opening show – it’s also the first original opera to be produced by the NCPA. Telling the story of one of the “four great beauties” of Chinese history, Xi Shi gathers a cast and crew from the top ranks of Chinese opera. Renowned singers Duan Yuqiang and Zhang Liping will star; stunning costume design and an ancient form of Chinese dance make Xi Shi doubly compelling. As NCPA project manager Wu Nan tells us, the opener is a statement of the NCPA’s intention that its own productions should be a cornerstone of the opera festival. Wu says “This year, we put a lot of effort into making our own operas. Besides Xi Shi, we will also present Carmen, La Traviata and L’Elisir d’Amore.” Bizet’s Carmen is notoriously difficult to both perform and direct, with its long acts and complex flamenco scenes. The NCPA has brought leading American director Francesca Zambello on board to ensure that performance quality remains at the requisite high standards. In addition to the local talent at her disposal, Zambello is backed by an international production team and a cast that features soprano K irstin Chávez – acclaimed as one of the “definitive” Carmens – and tenor Richard Troxell. The Second NCPA Opera Festival runs from Apr 15-Jul 3. All operas will be performed in the original language with both Chinese and English subtitles. See listings, left. For detailed program, see www.chncpa.org. www.thebeijinger.com

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catching, as it brings together both established names and up-andcomers with a refreshing lack of pretension. Platform China (6432 0169) Until May 8 Filter Window: Young Chinese Artists Group Exhibition The name says it all – here’s a chance to see some of the most interesting artists of the younger generation under one roof at 798. Participating artists: Chen Ke, Han Yajuan, Huang Yan, Jia Aili, Li Hui, Li Jikai, Liu Ren, Mu Lei, They, Tu Hongtao, Unmask, Yang Na and Ye Nan. Beyond Art Space (5978 9561) Yin Xiuzhen: Second Skin Yin is known for her use of secondhand clothing, which she renders into installations that evoke all sorts of diverse associations and memories. In her hands, old clothes have been transformed into everything from fighter jets to cities packed away in suitcases. Even as she is being honored with a solo show at MOMA in New York, Yin shows us 20 new works. Pace Beijing (5978 9781) Until May 10 My Serene Spring Three Chinese women artists – Xin Luoting, Zhao Yi’nan and Zhou Xuan – meditate on the meaning of spring. Yan Club (5978 9172) Seven Young Artists Group show introduces us to the work of Hu Xiaoxiao, Hu Xiaoyuan, Lu Yang, Ma Qiusha, Pan Xiaorong, Wang Guangle and Zhao Yao. Beijing Commune (8456 2862) Until May 28 Erotic Exhibition This group show presents erotic drawings by a slate of important Chinese artists including Huang Rui, Sui Jianguo and Lin Yilin. Hadrien de Montferrand Gallery (139 1165 1353) Until May 30 Tony Oursler: Number 7, Plus or Minus 2 Oursler is an internationally renowned video artist who previously has created a number of stunning installations around the world. This retrospective is one not to miss. Faurschou Gallery (8459 9316) Until May 31 Wang Ningde: Let There Be Light Wang is one of Chinese art’s most influential photographers, whose moody black-and-white studies are strangely evocative of both a past and present China. The images of this working journalist are informed by his experiences in that


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f you eschew the airport expressway that hurtles past 798 and instead take the tree-lined airport side-road ( Jichang Fulu) that winds its way beside it, you will eventually come upon a blueand-white cluster of signs that point you to the many and diverse corners of the “artist village” of Caochangdi. Caochangdi is 798’s upstart brother. As the latter settles into premature middle age, Caochangdi is in the first flush of youth, a little bit edgy (not least because it’s hard to find) and a little bit romantic (perhaps because it’s destined to die young). Right now, Caochangdi is the art district of choice for galleries and artists alike. Once its dusty lanes hosted only the low grey walls of the pioneering China Art and Archive Warehouse (CAAW) and its artistic director Ai Weiwei, but then leading players entering the Beijing scene started choosing the village, turning their backs on the high rents and teeming traffic of 798. Relative pioneers like Pékin Fine Arts, F2 and Boers-Li were joined by high-profile defectors

Arles, whose Rencontres d’Arles is the world’s oldest photography festival, to bring exhibitions of leading international photographers like Pierre Gonnord, Lucien Clergue and Araki Nobuyoshi to the streets of the village, while galleries around the district will hold associated shows. The opening week will be particularly busy as VIP guests from the world of photography fly in to sit on Three Shadows’ prize panel, talk up a storm with the locals and review the portfolios of aspiring photographers. At the same time, highprofile artistic residents of Caochangdi, such as Ai Weiwei, Li Songsong, RongRong & Inri, Wang Qingsong and Zeng Fanzhi, will hold open studios. Nights will be devoted to shows by local acts like The Offset: Spectacles and Xiao He, accompanied by open-air screenings and slide shows. Rather than being left bemused, the original village residents have embraced the festival and plan to re-style Caochangdi in the image of Arles. The village head is promising cobbled streets and new signage in time for opening day and there is talk of fleets of bicycles to help visitors get around. Hanging over all the fun, however, is one creeping shadow – the relentless development of Beijing’s northeast. Once, the land around 798/ Dashanzi was despised, but the development of Wangjing, the popularity of 798 and the inexorable urban sprawl has turned it into prime real estate. This winter, many artists who’d taken up comfortable residence in one or other of the villages that make up this part of Beijing woke up to eviction notices, followed hard upon by demolition crews. The once-thriving artistic communities of Suojiacun, Changdian and 008 stand empty, with many of the artist studios of Zhengyang, Heiqiao and Huantie to be gone soon too. In this landscape, Caochangdi looks increasingly isolated. Many fear that despite its international residents and increasing reputation, it too may fall to the wrecking ball. In Beijing one learns to accept the inevitability of change, but let’s at least try to appreciate what we’ve got before it’s gone. You’ve got ten special weeks to appreciate Caochangdi’s charms this spring. Make sure you get there.

IT’S A LITTLE BIT EDGY AND A LITTLE BIT ROMANTIC – PERHAPS BECAUSE IT’S DESTINED TO DIE YOUNG

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Caochangdi PhotoSpring runs from Apr 17-Jun 3. For full schedule and a map, see www.ccdphotospring.com.

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from 798 like White Space, Primo Marella and Platform China. Today, Caochangdi remains home to its original “peasant” residents, who continue to assay a life on Beijing’s urban fringe, but is now dotted with elegant outposts of high art and hutong-like rows of artist studios, which sprawl across the old Huantie railway line and up and down its low slopes. At Caochangdi’s artistic heart is the old CAAW and its Ai Weiweidesigned neighbor, the Three Shadows Photography Art Centre. Three Shadows is the creation of artist couple RongRong and Inri, and under their gentle direction has in a mere three years become the foremost center for photography in China. Two years ago they launched a prize aimed at flushing out Chinese photographic talent from around the world. This year, the prize will be the centerpiece of a bold new venture, one that’s hoped will become an annual fixture in Beijing’s artistic calendar, a ten-week-long arts festival called Caochangdi PhotoSpring. PhotoSpring sees Caochangdi partnering with the French city of


Penghao Theater (6400 6452/72) Apr 25 Lecture: Modern Dance in China LTDX artistic director Willy Tsao discusses the history and the development of modern dance in China. In addition to directing three dance companies, Tsao has founded annual international dance festivals in Beijing and Guangdong. Free. In both English and Chinese. 7.30pm. NCPA Opera House (6655 0000) Apr 30-May 4 Opera: A Young Peasant’s Marriage This love story between a warmhearted girl and a sharpshooter in the remote Shanxi village reflects how young Chinese people in the 1940s fought against patriarchy and for the freedom to marry. The music is inspired by popular folk songs. RMB 200-360. 7.30pm. NCPA Opera House (6655 0000)

CONCERT EVENTS Apr 1 Symphonic Wind Ensemble Conducted by Dr. Thomas O’Neal, this Missouri-based ensemble plays selections from West Side Story, Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini, Clarinet Concerto, and “The StarSpangled Banner.” RMB 30-380. 7.30pm. Forbidden City Concert Hall (6559 8285) Apr 3 Piano Recital: Forgotten Treasures Bach and Chopin, yes, but also works by lesser-known composers, such as Sonata M from Nuzio Clementi, Nocturne from Clara Schumann and Rondo from Hummel. Performers include Fu Sihao, Zhang Xin and Jin Yuan. RMB 10-100. 2pm. Forbidden City Concert Hall (6559 8285) Apr 7-8 China National Symphony Orchestra Chorus The acclaimed conductor Vijay Upadhyaya collaborates with China National Symphony Orchestra Chorus to present a series of classic songs, including “Night Song” by Joseph Gabriel; “Praying the 23rd Psalm,” “Serenade,” and “Miriams Siegesgesang” by Schubert; “Gondola Barcarolle” by Rossini; and the “Hallelujah” from Handel’s Messiah. Tickets at 6417 7845. RMB 80-680. 7.30pm. Beijing Concert Hall (6605 7006) Apr 10 Jazz Piano: David Braid European classical music meets American jazz in Braid’s quiet, lyrical works. The composerpianist recognized as Canada’s

2009 Jazz Pianist of the Year returns to Beijing, where he will present Jerome Kern’s works along with his own. RMB 80-280. 7pm. Peking University Hall (6275 1278) Apr 16 Piano Duo Four hands play Gershwin’s Rhapsody In Blue, a couple of Brahms’s Hungarian Dances, Dvorak’s Slavonic Dances, Erik Satie’s Trois Morceaux En Forme De Poire and Faure’s Dolly. Performed by French pianists Melisande Chauveau and Suzanne Fournier. RMB 30-380. 7.30pm. Forbidden City Concert Hall (6559 8285) Apr 18 Piano Recital: Chopin Cycle II To celebrate the 200th anniversary of Chopin’s birthday, the Forbidden Concert Hall is hosting a series of world-class pianists. The Israeli pianist Dorel Golan is scheduled to perform various scherzi, nocturnes, polonaises, a ballade and Variations on Mozart’s “La ci darem la mano.” RMB 30-380. 7.30pm. Forbidden City Concert Hall (6559 8285) Apr 25 Lang Lang and the China Philharmonic Orchestra The collaboration between Lang Lang, one of the hottest pianist stars in China, and the conductor Yu Long, famous for his passionate style, will feature the works of Tchaikovsky: Francesca da Rimini and Piano Concerto No. 1. Tickets at 6417 7845. RMB 80-880. 7.30pm. Poly Theatre (6500 1188 ext 5126) Apr 29 Vladimir Ashkenazy and the Philharmonia Orchestra The UK’s Philharmonia Orchestra, under the baton of Vladimir Ashkenazy, presents Brahms’ Violin Concerto in D major and Rachmaninov’s Symphony No 2. The featured soloist is violinist Lu Siqing, the first Chinese to win the Paganini Competition. RMB 280-1,280. 7.30pm. NCPA Concert Hall (6655 0000)

IN PRINT EVENTS Apr 24-27 The Fifth Poetry Spring Festival Two celebrated French authors, Claude Jeancolas, a specialist in Arthur Rimbaud’s work, and Serge Pey with Chiara Mulas, a poetperformer, have been invited to give lectures, writing classes, a poetry show and discussions with readers. In French and Chinese. Free. www.ccfpekin.org. Free. French Cultural Centre (6553 2627)

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Apr 11, 14, 17, 18, 23: Judge Judge for yourself. See listing, this page.

Until Apr 11 Zhang Yuan’s Film Exhibition In conjunction with a photo exhibition of Zhang’s work, Art Cinematheque presents his famous films, including Mum, Sons, Crazy English, Miss Jin Xing, The Square, Beijing Bastard and Dada’s Dance. In Chinese with English subtitles. Details at www.ucca.org.cn. RMB 15. 7pm. UCCA (8459 9269) Apr 1 Documentary: Afghan Star After 30 years of Taliban and warlord rule, pop culture is creeping back into Afghanistan. Director Havana Marking has made an inspired documentary about an American Idol-type contest in Afghanistan. In English with Chinese subtitles. Free. 7pm. Channel Zero Salon (8855 0623) Apr 1-30 7th Annual French Film Panorama The selection of 13 recently released feature films and 12

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short films will be presented in this film festival, followed by Q&A sessions with directors or actors. The program includes: Alternate Weeks (and Half the Vacation), directed by Ivan Calbérac; Eleonore’s Dream, directed by Dominique Monféry; The Father of My Children, directed by Mia Hansen-Løve; Little Nicholas, directed by Laurent Tirard; Mademoiselle Chambon, directed by Stéphane Brizé; Please Please Me, directed by Emmanuel Mouret; Tomorrow at Dawn, directed by Denis Dercourt; Welcome to the Sticks, directed by Dany Boon; The Bed By the Window, directed by Michaël Barocas; Masques, directed by Jérôme Boulbès. In Chinese with English subtitles. Screenings at Mega Box, Star City Cinema, and BC MOMA. Details at www.faguowenhua.com. Apr 2-10 Chilean Film Festival Featuring Luis Buñuel’s film of the 1950s, the festival continues here with Travels By Streetcar (Apr 2-3), about two municipal transit workers who try to steal a streetcar, and Nazarin (Apr 9-10), about a Mexican priest who begins to question his Christian principles after helping a prostitute. In Spanish with English and Chinese subtitles. Free. 7pm. Instituto Cervantes (5879 9666) Apr 2, 14, 19, 23, 25 Last Year in Marienbad In April, the French Cultural Centre screens selected films from awarded French director Alain Resnais. A stranger tries to persuade a married woman to run away with him, but she appears not to remember the affair they may have had in Marienbad. In French with Chinese and English subtitles. RMB 20. Times vary; schedule at www.ccfpekin.org. French Cultural Centre (6553 2627) Apr 3, 4, 17, 25, 28 Hiroshima Mon Amour While shooting an international movie in Hiroshima, a married French actress has a torrid one-night stand with a married Japanese architect. In French with Chinese and English subtitles. RMB 20. Times vary; schedule at www.ccfpekin.org. French Cultural Centre (6553 2627) Apr 4, 18, 23, 25, 26 Same Old Song Two sisters, Odile and Camille, live in Paris. While Odie is frustrated by her dull marriage, Camille, who is studying for a doctorate in an arcane subject, suffers from a panic disorder. In French with Chinese and English subtitles. RMB 20. Times vary; schedule at www.ccfpekin.org. French Cultural Centre (6553 2627) Apr 7, 17, 21, 30 Mélo This romantic drama entwines pain with romance as a concert violinist falls in love with the wife of his old friend, driving his friend ill. In French with Chinese and English subtitles. Times vary; schedule at www.ccfpekin.org. RMB 20. French Cultural Centre (6553 2627) Apr 8 Rembrandt’s J’Accuse Discover how and why Rembrandt’s famous painting, The Nightwatch, is a criticism of Amsterdam’s oligarchy and the plutocracy of the Golden Age. In English with Chinese subtitles. Free. 7pm.Channel Zero Salon (8855 0623) Apr 11, 14, 17, 18, 23 Judge Set in a small town in the north of China, this is the true story of

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version of Shakespeare’s darkest tragedy. This production has toured over 20 countries. Now it’s Beijing’s turn to revel in the “Scottish play.” RMB 120-380. 7pm. Peking University Hall (6275 1278) Apr 24 International Festival Chorus: African Sanctus IFC and IFC children’s choir present African Sanctus , David Fanshawe’s thrilling choral tour de force, accompanied by African drumming and multimedia. Tickets at www. beuhubgufc.org. RMB 50-580. 7.30pm. Century Theater (6466 4805, 6468 3311 ext 3126) Apr 24-27 Opera: Eugene Onegin The venerable Bolshoi Theater presents Tchaikovsky’s acclaimed lyric opera. An arrogant dandy lives to regret his rejection of a young women’s love. RMB 2801,280. 7.30pm. NCPA Opera House (6655 0000) Apr 30-May 2 Ballet: Pharaoh’s Daughter Premiered in 1862 and choreographed by Marius Petipa, Pharaoh’s Daughter depicts many wild and exotic scenes in ancient Egypt as well as characters that include an English aristocrat traveler, his servant, a Nubian king and an American merchant. Performed by the Bolshoi Theater. RMB 280-1,280. 7.30pm. NCPA Opera House (6655 0000) Apr 21-22 Kunqu Opera: The Peony Pavilion One of the most ancient forms of Chinese opera, Kunqu traces its roots back to the Yuan dynasty and Zhejiang province. This reworked version of the literary classic, a mythical tale of true love under conservative feudal ethics, is one of its definitive pieces. Performed by Northern Kunqu Theatre. RMB 80-380. 7.30pm. NCPA Opera House (6655 0000) Apr 23 Magic: Lu Chen Lu Chen is one of the most popular magicians in China. His unique humor adds spice to the performance. RMB 180-1,280. Tickets at 6417 7845. 7.30pm. Beijing Exhibition Theater (6835 4455) Apr 24-25 Beijing Improv Interactive Arts Festival Take part in creating fashion, photos, art – and participate in workshops on improvised theater, music and dance. Your creations may come alive on stage with Beijing Improv’s Mainstage Players. Details at www.beijingimprov.org. Free.


CINEMA FEATURE

Dying To Be a Good Guy

Actor/stuntman Ian Powers gets paid to be psychotic by Rian Dundon

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ver the past decade, Ian Powers has found success as an actor, stuntman, choreographer, and director in the Chinese film industry. This month you can see him face off against Andy Lau in the sci-fi epic Future X-Cops, where Powers plays an evil assassin with the arms of a praying mantis. We asked him what it’s like to risk life and limb for laughs.

the Beijinger : What was your craziest stunt? Ian Powers: A Ford commercial filming in Taiwan. I had to jump from the 11th story roof of one building to a ledge about half a floor down on another building. If I’d made a mistake I would have fallen to my death. There was no net. If you choose this profession you have to be of a certain kind of character. That character is what most people call psychotic.

“Dying would look pretty bad on my resume” tbj : Was there ever been a stunt that was too dangerous? IP: One time they told me to jump a car across a ravine. I had to ask the producer if he was smoking crack. Yes, it would look really cool in the film to have a car fly through the air and blow up with me in it. But no, because dying would look pretty bad on my resume.

a young man who is sentenced to death for stealing two cars. A change in the law creates an opportunity for him to avoid the death penalty, but he finds that the people who are interested in him as an organ donor won’t give up easily. See photo, p83. Director Liu Jie will be on hand for a Q&A at the April 11 screening. In Chinese with English subtitles. Details at www.bc-cinema.cn. RMB 30. BC MOMA (8438 8258) Apr 13 Koryo Films Presents Football Films A double bill of football films from behind the veil of North Korea. Centre Forward focuses on a footballer placed under extreme pressure to succeed. The Game of Their Lives is based on the 1966 North Korean team, which made it to the quarterfinals of the World Cup. See photo, below. RMB 20. 7.30pm. The Bookworm (6586 9507) Apr 15 Documentary: Earth Keepers This documentary by Sylvie Van Brabant introduces Mikael Rioux, the young Québécois activist who founded Échofête, Quebec’s first environmental festival, as well as his son, who plans to carry on Rioux’s mission. In English with Chinese subtitles. Free. 7pm. Channel Zero Salon (8855 0623) Apr 16 The Goodbye Kiss After fleeing to Central America, the terrorist and former left-wing activist Giorgio Pellegrini has lived there for 15 years. With the hope of becoming a “respectable” citizen, he returns to his country, but the way back home is more difficult than he can imagine. In Italian with English subtitles. Free. 7pm. Italian Embassy Cultural Office (6532 5015) Apr 18, 24, 28 Bliss A typical Chinese-style family drama reveals the different values regarding love and life across three generations and their intricate relationships. Director Sheng Zhimin will be on hand for a Q&A at the April 18 screening. In Chinese with English subtitles. Details at www.bc-cinema.cn. RMB 30. BC MOMA (8438 8258) Apr 22 Documentary: Invisible City Turning his camera on the often-ignored inner city, Oscarnominated director Hubert Davis depicts the disconnection of urban

poverty and race from the mainstream through the story of Regent Park, a housing project in Toronto. In English with Chinese subtitles. Free. 7pm. Channel Zero Salon (8855 0623) Apr 29 Documentary: The Strangest Dream The story of Joseph Rotblat and the efforts of the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs, which he co-founded to halt nuclear proliferation. The film takes us from New Mexico, the site of the first nuclear test, to Cairo, where Pugwash scientists meet under the cloud of nuclear proliferation, and finally to Hiroshima, where we meet survivors of the first atomic attack. In English with Chinese subtitles. Free. 7pm. Channel Zero Salon (8855 0623) Apr 30 PA-RA-DA This is the true story of FrenchAlgerian clown Miloud Oukili, who created a company in Bucharest to help street children escape a life of petty theft, begging and prostitution. In Italian with English subtitles. Free. 7pm. Italian Embassy Cultural Office (6532 5015)

AT CINEMAS ACROSS TOWN All Month Future X-Cops To save a important scientist from murder, the government sends a super cop who can transcend time and space. Starring Andy Lau and Fan Bingbing. See Feature, left. Apr 2 Crossing Hennessy A sweet love story about a stubborn girl and a straightforward young boss from an electrical appliance shop. Starring Tang Wei and Jacky Cheung. Apr 8 Clash of the Titans This fantasy depicts the mortal son of Zeus as he starts his journey to fight evil and rescue other gods. Stars Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes. Apr 16 Echoes of the Rainbow Based on director Alex Law’s childhood memories, this film depicts the joys and struggle of a workingclass family in 1960s Hong Kong. It won a Crystal Bear award at the 2010 Berlin Film Festival. Starring Simon Yam and Sandra Ng.

tbj : How has stunt work changed over the years? IP: It’s come a long way from the old days, when you used your body like a sandbag. They’d throw a guy off a building and it would look great on film but then he’d be in the hospital for three months.

tbj : Worst injury as a stuntman? IP: I pulled my shoulder doing Lucha Libre wrestling for a TV show. I couldn’t raise my right arm for a year after that. tbj : What was it like to spar with Andy Lau? IP: I was really shocked and surprised. You don’t imagine that he’s an amazing screen fighter. Fighting him was like dancing with a trained partner. Then he squishes me like a bug. Future X-Cops will be playing in cinemas around town starting Mar 30.

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Apr 13: Centre Forward The DPRK’s net-busting front line. See listing, this page.

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tbj : Who is the most intense fighter you’ve worked with? IP: It was a Japanese wrestler I worked with on a cult film named Ah! My Zombie Mermaid Girlfriend’s House of Pro Wrestling Has Collapsed, or something like that. Unfortunately he had a heart attack and passed away a few years later.


ART FEATURE GALLERIES 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 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 Tokyo Art Projects Tue-Sun 10am6.30pm. 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. 1) , Chaoyang District. (beyondartspace@gmail.com); 2) 798 art district, 4 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (5978 9561, beyondartspace@gmail. com) www.beyondartspace.com 2) 朝阳区 朝阳区酒仙桥路2号798艺术区8502信箱

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 WedSun 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) China Blue Gallery Daily 9.30am-5.30pm. 2-3/F, Bldg 7, Ego Center, 16A Baiziwan Lu (just south of Dawanglu subway station), Chaoyang District. (8774 6332/6339, chinabluegallery@yahoo.com.cn) www. chinabluegallery.com 环碧堂画廊, 朝阳区 百子湾路甲16号易构空间7号楼2-3层 China Visual Arts Center Tue-Sun 10am6pm. Zone D, Artistic Area,1, Hegezhuang Village,Cuigezhuang, Chaoyang District. (137 0107 8774, info@chinavarts.com) www.chinavarts.com 威诺里萨艺术中心, 朝阳区崔各庄乡何各庄村一号地艺术园区D区

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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 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

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 Fa Fa Gallery Daily 10.30am-8pm. 4 Yuyang Lu, Houshayu Town, Shunyi District. (84302587, fafagallery@sohu.com, fafagallery@yahoo.com.cn) www. fafagallery.com 发发画廊, 顺义区后沙峪镇榆阳路 4号(优山美地俱乐部) Fake Space Rm 111, Bldg 3B, Pingod (North Zone), 32, Baiziwan Lu (next to Today Art Museum), Chaoyang District. (5826 3132) 朝阳区百子湾32号苹果社区北区 3B-0111(今日美术馆旁) Faurschou Gallery Beijing Tue-Sun 10am6pm. 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 Fun Art Space Tue -Sun11am-7pm. 2 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Dashanzi art district, Chaoyang District. (8459 9257, info@funartspace. com) www.funartspace.com 方音空间, 朝 阳区酒仙桥路2号入口300米 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 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 Hadrien De Montferrand Gallery Dashanzi art district, 4 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (139 1165 1353) www.hdemontferrand.com 朝阳区北京市朝阳区酒仙桥路 4号798艺术区内 Highland Gallery Tue-Sun 11am-6pm. Dashanzi art district (northeastern corner, west of the big pot), 2 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6437 7177) www.highlandgallery.cn 高地画廊, 朝阳区798大山子 艺术区酒仙桥路2号(东北角大罐西侧) HT Gallery Dashanzi art district, 4 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (5978 9830) htgallery.bj@gmail.com HT 化浪潮阳区酒仙 桥路4号798大山子艺术区 Imagine Gallery Tues-Sun, 10:30am5:30pm. No 8 Feijiacun Yishu Gongzuoshi, Feijiacun, Laiguangying Donglu, Chaoyang District. (64385747 / 13910917965, laetitia.gauden@imaginegallery.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 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 Joy Art Tue-Sun 10am-6pm. Dashanzi art district, 2, Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (5978 9788) 卓越艺术, 朝阳区酒仙桥 路2号大山子艺术区 Keumsan Gallery Tue-Sun 11am-6pm. B-0024 Dashanzi Huantienei art district, Chaoyang District. (6436 6176, beijingqinshan@yahoo.com.cn) www. chinakeumsan.com 琴山画廊, 朝阳区大山 子环铁内艺术城B0024 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)

Pocket-Friendly Picasso Affordable Art Beijing returns by Athena Lu

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rt is to be enjoyed, not branded – this is the thinking behind Affordable Art Beijing (AAB). For the past five years, the art fair’s co-founder and director, Tom Pattinson, has worked to bring art back to the most important question: Do you like it? For most people, this simple question tends to be eclipsed by the opinion of experts, which is why words like “stuffy,” “pretentious” and “irrelevant” tend to come to mind when we think about contemporary art. When Pattinson worked in an office in the 798 art district during the boom years for Chinese contemporary art, he found himself growing more and more annoyed at how prohibitively expensive the art had become. “There was nothing really I could afford,” he explained, “and I realized there were a lot of people who wanted art, who had disposable income, but there was no way to buy good, original and unique works of art.” Pattinson had a meeting of the minds with Tamsin Roberts, a friend and gallery owner, and Affordable Art Beijing was born in 2006. In every subsequent year, the contemporary art fair has expanded, both in terms of attendees and the number of works available. This year, with 600 works (selected from over 4,000 submissions) in mediums ranging from ceramics and paintings to prints and photography, it’s no exaggeration to say there’s something for everyone. In keeping with AAB’s goal of fairness and transparency, artists set the prices and receive a 15 percent commission for each piece sold. Prices are capped at RMB 10,000, but the majority of artworks fall well under the RMB 5,000 mark. Whether the artist is an amateur or highly established, AAB makes no distinction in how the artworks are displayed, meaning that buyers can stumble upon exciting new talent or great deals on works from renowned artists. Last year, Pattinson reveals, a painting by Sheng Qi didn’t sell for hours – which is remarkable, considering that Sheng’s pieces regularly command tens of thousands of dollars at auction. Sometimes there are pieces worth much, much more than RMB 10,000,” Pattinson mused. “And I like that.” Affordable Art Beijing runs from Apr 24-25 at The Orange in Sanlitun Village. To enter a competition to win a painting by Liu Zhonghua (pictured above), go to www.affordableartchina.com. www.thebeijinger.com

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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

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


朝阳区酒仙桥路4号大山子艺术区 Paris-Beijing Photo Gallery Daily, 10am6pm. 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 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 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 Platform China Tue-Sun 11am-6pm. 3191 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) Primo Marella Gallery Tue-Sun 10am-6pm. N. C01 Beigao, Cuigezhuang Country, Chaoyang District. (6433 4055) www. marellabeijing.com 朝阳区崔各庄乡北皋 甲C01号 PYO Gallery Beijing 1) 9.30am-6.30pm. Dashanzi art district, 4 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (5978 9014); 2) Daily 9.30am-6.30pm. Liquor Factory, Beihuqu Lu, Anwaibeiyuan, Chaoyang District. (5202 3814) www.pyoart.com 表画廊, 1) 朝阳区酒仙桥4号798大山子艺术区; 2) 朝阳 区安外北苑北湖渠酒厂艺术区

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Pyongyang Art Studio Call for appointment. 43 Sanlitun Beijie (100m west of Sanlitun North Bar street, Youyi Youth Hostel, behind Poachers Inn), Chaoyang District. (6416 7544) www.pyongyangartstudio.com 朝阳区三里屯北街以西100米 Poachers后面三里屯医院旁 Qin Gallery Tue- Sun 9.30am-6pm. Rm 1E, Bldg 1, Enjoy Paradise, Huaweili (north of Beijing Curio City), Chaoyang District. (8779 0461) www.qingallery.com 秦昊画 廊, 朝阳区华威里翌景嘉园1座1E室(北京 古玩城北) 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 Red Star Gallery Tue-Sun 10am-7pm. Dashanzi art district, 2, Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6437 0781, redstar. gallery@gmail.com) www.chinaredstargallery.com 红星画廊, 朝阳区酒仙桥路2号大 山子艺术区 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 Soka Art Centre/Soka Modern Tue-Sun 10am-9pm. Rm 101, Bldg B, Tianhai Shangwu Dasha, 107 Dongsi Beidajie, Dongcheng District. (8401 2377) www. soka-art.com 索卡(北京)艺术中心, 东城区 东四北大街107号天海商务大厦B座101房 Star Gallery Tue-Sun 11am-6pm. Dashanzi art district, 2 Jiuxianqiao Lu (inside 3818 Cool Gallery warehouse), Chaoyang District. (5978 9224) www.stargallery. cn 星空间艺术中心, 朝阳区酒仙桥路2号院 内,3818库 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 Taikang Top Space Call for hours. 1) 2, Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6438 8443); 2) 11/F, Taikang Life Bldg.156, Fuxingmennei Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6642 9988 ext 8302, 138 0132 6510) www. taikangtopspace.com 泰康顶层空间, 1) 朝 阳区酒仙桥路2号; 2) 朝阳区复兴门内大街 156号,泰康人寿大厦11层

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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 Thinking Hands Tue-Sun 10.30am-6.30pm. Dashanzi art district, 4 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (5978 9189) www. thinkinghands.org 思想手, 朝阳区酒仙桥 路4号798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) 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 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 Wan Fung Art Gallery Mon noon-6pm, Tue-Sun 10am-6pm. 136 Nanchizi Dajie, Dongcheng District. (8523 3320) www. wanfung.com.cn 云峰画苑, 东城区南池子 大街136号 White Space Beijing Tue-Sun noon-6pm. Airport Service Road, No. 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 XYZ Gallery Daily 10.30am- 6.30pm. Dashanzi Art District, 2 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (8459 9299) 朝阳区酒仙 桥路2号大山子艺术区 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 Yishu 8 Daily 11.30am-6pm. 8 Langjayuan, Jianguo Road, Chaoyang District. (6581 9058) www.yishu-8.com 艺术8, 朝阳区建国 路郎家园8号尚8创意产业园

BOOKSTORES 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 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, onewa ystreetlibrary@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

CINEMAS Broadway Cinematheque MOMA (BC MOMA) North area of Dongzhimen MOMA, 1 Xiangheyuan Lu, Dongzhimen, Chaoyang District. (8438 8258) www.sagacinema.com 当代MOMA百老汇电影中心, 朝阳区东直门香河园路1号, 万国城北区(二 环路东北角) 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 路33号美林花园4号楼7G

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

Cherry Lane Movies Screens at Yugong Yishan, 3-2 Zhangzizhong Lu (100m west of Zhangzizhong Lu subway station), Dongcheng District. (6404-2711) www. cherrylanemovies.com.cn 北京电影发行公 司, 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)

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CNEX Salon Cafe Tue-Sun 1.30-9.30pm. 3 Guangqu Donglu (inside Imagebase Beijing), Chaoyang District. (8721 5576, contact@cnex.org.cn) www.cnex.org.cn/ index.php 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

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 TueSun 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 9am4pm. 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 Sackler Museum Daily 9am-5pm, last ticket 4.30pm. 75 Haidian Lu, inside the west gate of Peking University, Haidian District (6275 1667) www.sackler.org/china/amschina.htm 北京赛克勒考古与艺术博物馆, 海淀区海淀路75号北京大学西门内 Ullens Center for Contemporary Art TueSun 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

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Space for Imagination Daily 9am-1.30am. 5 Xiwangzhuang, Shuangqing Lu, Haidian District. (6279 1280) http://www.douban. com/group/hz_cafe/ 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 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座三层

THEATERS 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 Central Academy of Drama Theater 39 Dongmianhua Hutong, Dongcheng District. (6407 4406) 中央戏剧学院实验小剧场, 东城区东棉花胡同39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 Haidian Theater 28 Zhongguancun Dajie, Haidian District. (6255 8026) 海淀剧院, 海 淀区中关村大街28号 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

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

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)

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

Poly Theatre Poly Plaza, 14 Dongzhimen Nandajie, Dongcheng District. (6500 1188 ext 5126/5127) www.polytheatre.com 保利 剧院, ���城区东直门南大街14号保利大厦1层

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

Tianqiao Theater 30 Beiwei Lu, Xuanwu District. (8315 6300) 天桥剧场, 宣武区北 纬路30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)

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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Apr 2 The Dragon Backbone Night Walk Discover the central axis of Beijing, known as “the Dragon’s Backbone,” on a night walk. Free. Ninety Percent Travel (151 1791 6648) www.90percenttravel.com Apr 4 Rural Beijing Village by the Wall Walk in rural Beijing to see an “authentic” village in the mountains near the Great Wall. RMB 350 (includes lunch and transportation). 8.30am6.30pm. CCC (6432 9341) www.chinaculturecenter.org Apr 13 Peking Man Site and Marco Polo Bridge Travel to the UNESCO-listed site of the caves where the earliest Beijingers lived, and visit the museum at the Peking Man site. Then drive to Marco Polo Bridge and revel in its lion carvings. RMB 350. 9.30am-5.30pm. CCC (6432 9341) www.chinaculturecenter.org Apr 15-18 Miao Minority “Sister Festival” Fly to Guizhou and take part in this Miao festival showcasing that minority’s culture. RMB 5,500 (includes return flight, hotel and homestay, English-speaking guide, private transport, meals, entrance tickets and visit to a local home). WestChina Adventure Tours (135 8168 2703) www.westchina.net.cn Apr 17 Botanical Gardens and Wofosi Temple Escape from the city for a day to enjoy a picnic lunch in the midst of the botanical gardens, then visit Wofosi Buddhist Temple. To register, e-mail eventbj@fcclub. com or call 139 1109 8002. RMB 290. 8.45am. Great Wall Architecture Trip Hike on the Great Wall and see the wild flowers. Meet in front of McDonald’s at the Ginza Mall, on the southeast corner of Dongzhimen Qiao. RMB 330. 8am-7pm. Ninety Percent Travel (151 1791 6648) www.90percenttravel.com Apr 19-27 Meili Snow Mountain To Cizhong On this nine-day hike, follow the same trail that pilgrims take on their way to Mt. Kawagebo. Start from Kunming and travel to the northwestern part of Yunnan

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province on the Tibetan plateau and visit the isolated village of Yubeng. Sign up at least two weeks in advance. RMB 9,900 (without airfare). CnAdventure (5166 9102) www.cnadventure.com Apr 24-25 Herbal Medicine Hunt A two-day hiking tour takes you back to nature, where you’ll learn about all kinds of local plants and traditional Chinese methods of converting grasses into medicine. Meet in front of McDonald’s at the Ginza Mall, on the southeast corner of Dongzhimen Qiao. RMB 330. 8am-7pm (the next day). Ninety Percent Travel (151 1791 6648) www.90percenttravel.com 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, gold-mining 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. From RMB 6,750

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obody’s really going far this month. We’re all settled into the daily grind, the Spring Festival break is a pleasant but fading memory, and summer vacations are still a few months off. Still, it’s around this time that just staying put starts to feel like a journey from one world to another. April is the bridge from the Beijing of massive coats, bare trees, hot pot and musty grey skies over to the sweltering city of flip-flops, terrace bars, outdoor chuan’r and musty yellow skies. If you’re not sure how to plug the ever-so-brief gap between those two dimensions and the regimes their extremities impose on us, get out and discover a bit more of Beijing. Ninety Percent Travel offers the pick of this month’s events around Beijing – you might even learn something from their “Dragon Backbone Night Walk” and “Herbal Medicine Hunt.” See the event listings for details. Having friends and family over to visit is always great, but it’s equally challenging. Shepherding your group into multiple taxis. Giving directions to each driver. Explaining to the waitress that your sister’s friend doesn’t eat salt. Persuading your sister’s friend that she really should eat salt. Cringing at your elderly relative’s mildly racist comments. The responsibility can get just a little too much, especially when you’re holding down a day job. Bespoke Beijing (www.bespoke-beijing.com) is a new concierge service that aims to take the burden off your hands. Travelers are given a mobile phone programmed with useful contact numbers, including emergency contacts, a helpline for dealing with language difficulties and numbers for recommended restaurants, bars and other places of interest. Founder Sarah Keenlyside says, “We’re categorically not a luxury concierge. Our prices are deliberately reasonable and we don’t require membership from users. We’re basically your buddy in Beijing if you don’t have one, or if they’re busy getting on with their own lives while you’re here!” In other travel news, Emirates Airlines will upgrade its existing Dubai-Beijing service as of August 1. Passengers will fly on the 517-seat Airbus A380 – the world’s largest commercial passenger jet. Mark that, planespotters. On the ground, Starwood Hotels celebrates the launch of their latest property this month. The Sheraton Qiandao Lake Resort in Hangzhou opens on April 2. Closer to home, Yi House, a boutique hotel featuring 30 rooms, a Mediterranean restaurant and a bar, opens on April 20 in, of all places, 798 art district. I suppose 798 is almost far enough away to justify staying the night. Iain Shaw

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(includes round-trip airfare, minimum two people). Asialive Travel (5823 7217, contact@asialive.net. cn) www.asialive.net.cn Daily 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 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 martial arts show. RMB 2,920. TUI China (8519 8999, private-tours@tui.cn) www.tui.cn Jiuzhaigou Valley and Chengdu With colorful forests, green lakes, snowcapped mountains and waterfalls, Jiuzhaigou is regarded as one of China’s most beautiful places. Experience traditional Tibetan culture, then travel to Chengdu to visit the

AIRLINES 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

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 Bangkok Airways Rm 412, Lido Office Bldg, 6 Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District. (6430 1517/1206) www.bangkokair.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 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6512 7180, fax 6512 7182) www.finnair. com 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

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All Nippon Airways N200, Fortune Building, 5 Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (800 820 1122, 6590 9191) www. ana.co.jp 全日空, 朝阳区东三环北路5号发 展大厦N200

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 the village of Baisha. RMB 5,780. Mercury International Travel (8454 9420, enquiry@mercurytravel.com.cn) www.mercurytravel.com.cn Northern Vietnam This five-day trip includes sight-seeing 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

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

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he southern tip of a troubled, divided peninsula, hemmed in by two regional superpowers and an awkward sibling, South Korea is neglected by tourists. Few people fly longhaul just for South Korea. On the backpacker trail, the country is as awkward a detour as a Fengtai bar on a Beijing pub crawl. And there are people who’ve lived in Beijing for years and never considered paying a visit. Truth is, it helps if you’re fascinated by the place. Fortunately, I am. A year lunch ing on dolsot bibimbap in northeast China’s Jilin province, which borders North Korea and is home to China’s ethnic Korean minority, the Chaoxianzu, got me started. Living in Wudaokou, I took the Korean food fix further, discovered soju and learned Chinese alongside Koreans. I fumbled with learning Korean, partially so I could fumble with a Korean in her native tongue. There’s only so much of the above I’d recommend. A trip to Seoul allows you to discover this incredible country without making quite such a fool of yourself. Prices for the 90-minute flight to Seoul can dip low enough to make the city a viable destination for a weekend away. Most tourists base themselves in Insadong, close to major sights and offering varied dining options alongside some of Seoul’s liveliest nightlife. Hongik is student town and home to abundant restaurants and bars. Apgujeong is luxury Seoul, home to designer brands and high-end dining. Some tourists camp out in Itaewon, Seoul’s Sanlitun.

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in a single generation – no room to plan, no time to find space, just do it, now! Then the streets bounce with people as you hit the city center. In South Korea, everyone moves to Seoul – close to half of the population is here. Colorful signs, clashing typefaces, “Open” signs on doorways, packed subway cars. Seoul’s that kind of city, where the new appears to have bludgeoned the old out of existence. On the surface. Traces of Tears Though Seoul’s architecture is relentlessly modern (albeit dull), the city’s physical appearance masks a staunchly Confucianist heart. For all the youthful energy, the elderly rule, and they know it. You encounter waves of pensioners dressed in Gore-Tex, backpacks slung over crooked backs, marching slowly against the grain of their years. Some look so frail, you wonder if they’ll make it home. But then you see them shove and elbow their way onto the subway. Seoul’s metro has seats designated for elderly and infirm passengers. And you don’t sit there. You just don’t. Most travelers prioritize a visit to the demilitarized zone (DMZ), just a couple of hours north of Seoul. The US military runs the most highly regarded tours – book at least one week in advance through USO (www.uso.org/korea). Dress formally, or you won’t be allowed on the bus. The DMZ takes up most of a day, but apart from that Seoul’s

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Concrete Jumble Coming into town on the airport shuttle bus, you attempt to begin making sense of Seoul. First impressions are not great. Just try picking out any interesting or unique detail from among the flat, blocky buildings that occupy every last available inch of real estate. There’s not much to look at, certainly nothing equivalent to Beijing’s old quarters. But you sense vibrancy in details like the clamor of signs and ads, piled up like Jenga tiles on the sides of the buildings, vying for your attention. Businesses are squeezed into the strangest spaces. Seoul bears the scars of dragging a nation from poverty to wealth

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don’t discuss in public – down to frivolous things that we outsiders can spot. Just look how uniform Korean style can be – the suited men knocking off work at midnight, the girls with short denim skirts or Jackie Kennedy coats, the boys with big hair and Adidas tops. It seems that South Korea issues all citizens a Von Dutch cap on their 16th birthday as a matter of national policy. There’s a f l ipside to South Korea’s tragic past. Those old people on the subway remembe r t he hu m i l i at ion of be i n g forced to spea k a r ut h less i nvader ’s language. They remember death. The young people know they’ve grown up in a better era. Times may be tough now, but it’s not like it was then.

not a city where sightseeing need take up a huge amount of your time. Still, visiting the historical sites is revealing. L ike Desheng men i n Beiji ng, Seou l ’s ancient city gates of Dongdaemun and Namdaemun now sit on roundabouts, historical rel ics marooned among the modern it y. T he former royal palaces, Gyeongbokgung and Changdeokgung, are impressive, but above all they’re impressive restorat ions, bot h hav i ng succu mbed to successive misfortunes. Each sightseeing trip tells a similar story. The palaces, temples, the city wall and its gates – all burned, rebuilt and destroyed again. Most recently, the iconic Namdaemun gate was practically burned to the ground by an aggrieved retiree in February 2008. The remains of Seoul’s past are a link to what shapes the city’s mindset. Korea has always been an isolated, insular nation, marked by ethnic and social homogeneity. Repeated traumas, culminating in a horrific 20th century of invasion, war and partition, entrenched that tendency. A fudged peace has left the bitter scars of division, a permanent threat of conflict with the North, and compulsory national service for all males. The intensity of this shared experience binds the South Korean people tightly, resulting in a tangible positive energy and a remarkable sameness of values. This trickles down from the big issues – the things you

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THE CITY’S PHYSICAL APPEARANCE MASKS A STAUNCHLY CONFUCIANIST HEART

Making Up for Lost Time Seoul wants to have fun. There are plenty of clubs where you can go to dance, and there’s a noraebang – that’s KT V to us Beijingers – on every block. But most drinking in Seoul is done in restaurants, or bars that at least serve food. Koreans tend not to drink without eating, and many bars don’t serve alcohol without a food order, so prepare for several mini-meals throughout the night if you’re exploring multiple venues. Social hierarchies are visible even on a night out. When bar-hopping in Insadong or Hongik, you’ l l see the young pour shots of soju for their elders (a seniority of even one year counts), the girls turn their heads away to drink, and even the direction in which a lit cigarette is pointed can cause offence. Etiquette aside, however, any notion of “order” is swept away as bottles of beer and soju accumulate on the table. At around 20 percent ABV, soju is more palatable to most Westerners than

baijiu. Still, be wary of knocking back one shot too many – soju can be just as vengeful as its Chinese cousin. Over the course of a night out in Seoul, you’ll see suited office workers degenerate into crimson-faced lunatics, shouting and slurring at each other. Immaculately demure women start looking capable of starting a brawl. Someone will fall asleep with their head balanced on an upright chopstick. It’s fantastic. But where Seoul really gets you is with its food. Without reading a book on the intricacies of Korean cuisine, you’ll find the food as homogeneous as the society that created it. Like a relative who turns out the same anecdotes at every family reunion, Korean cuisine can risk becoming boring. But when the story’s good, you don’t mind hearing it again. A bowl of jigae (a soup typically featuring cabbage, tofu and slices of meat) or dolsot bibimbap (rice, vegetables and chilli paste mixed in a hot stone pot) makes a perfect lunch. And at dinner, Seoul comes into its own. Be sure to seek out a restaurant specializing in dakgalbi (chicken stir-fried with cabbage and rice cakes in a tangy, spicy sauce). And, of course, make time for a barbecue feast. Insadong bulges with busy restaurants serving bulgogi (thin-sliced cuts of beef) and galbi (generally beef or pork ribs) grilled at your table. Wrap the meat into parcels with lettuce, garlic and chilli, pick at the spread of side dishes that are topped up throughout your meal, and indulge in the obligatory bottle of soju. Look around at your fellow diners. They’ve come through a lot. They work hard, and come out at night to play harder. They live in the present, because nobody knows what tomorrow might bring. That’s Seoul.


Directory continued from p89 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 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 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 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

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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. (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 Imperial Impressions Organizes Englishlanguage tours for expats. Also offers private tours inside and outside of Beijing. (137 1770 9623, info@imperialimpressions. com) 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, Guanghualu 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 Qu Travel Offers flight and hotel booking and package deals for travel around Asia. Inside April Gourmet, 1/F, Jiezuo Mansion, Xingfucun Zhonglu, Sanlitun, Chaoyang District. (booking@qutravel.com) www. qutravel.com 朝阳区三里屯幸福村中路杰作 大厦1层(绿叶子食品店内) 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

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Apr 1 Sanyuan Foods China Open Snooker action from the second round of matches. Tickets at 6417 7845 or 800 810 3721. RMB 50-150. 2.30pm. Beijing University Student Gymnasium (8209 9320) Sanyuan Foods China Open The evening session concludes the second round. Tickets at 6417 7845 or 800 810 3721. RMB 100-480. 7.15pm. Beijing University Student Gymnasium (8209 9320) Apr 2 Sanyuan Foods China Open: Quarter-final Ding, Ding, Ding. Tickets at 6417 7845 or 800 810 3721. RMB 50-280, RMB 2,080 (whole day package). 2.30pm. Beijing University Student Gymnasium (8209 9320) Sanyuan Foods China Open: Quarter-final Quiet, please. Tickets at 6417 7845 or 800 810 3721. RMB 100-480, RMB 2,080 (whole day package). 7.15pm. Beijing University Student Gymnasium (8209 9320) Apr 3 David Haye vs. John Ruiz The Hayemaker swings into Manchester to defend his WBA title against Puerto Rico’s John Ruiz. 4am. NCAA Final Four: Semi-finals College basketball’s best ball out in Indianapolis. 7am. Sanyuan Foods China Open: Semi-final Who’ll take a cue from Ding’s win? Tickets at 6417 7845 or 800 810 3721. RMB 100-400, RMB 1,480 (whole day package). 2.30pm. Beijing University Student Gymnasium (8209 9320) Sanyuan Foods China Open: Semi-final Gosh, how does he keep his gloves so white? Tickets at 6417 7845 or 800 810 3721. RMB 100-580, RMB 1,480 (whole day package). 7.15pm. Beijing University Student Gymnasium (8209 9320) Apr 4 Beijing Guoan vs Shenzhen Ruby Former Guoan scorer Tiago attacks his green teammates. Tickets at 5905 9082 or Workers’ Stadium. RMB 30-100. 7.30pm. Workers’ Stadium (6501 6655) F1 Malaysian Grand Prix Men driving cars in a glorified

circle. Strap on your seatbelts. 9am. Sanyuan Foods China Open: Final For those watching in black-andwhite, it could get complicated. Tickets at 6417 7845 or 800 810 3721. RMB 200-2,010. 2.30pm. Beijing University Student Gymnasium (8209 9320) Apr 5 NCAA Final Four: Final The biggest deal in college sports, providing you’re into basketball. 10am. Apr 6 UEFA Champions’ League: Quarter-final The second leg of Bayern Munich vs. Man United and Lyon vs. Bordeaux. Who’ll be one step closer to Madrid in May? 3.45am. Apr 7 UEFA Champions’ League: Quarter-final The second leg of Arsenal vs. Barcelona and Inter vs. CSKA. Who’ll be one step closer to Madrid in May? 3.45am. Apr 8-11 The Masters Tiger Woods makes his return to Augusta. Can he get another green jacket? 10pm. Apr 10 FA Cup Semi-final Aston Villa take on Chelsea in the world’s oldest cup competition. 1am. Heineken Cup The quarter-final of European club rugby’s premier competition. Biarritz vs. Ospreys, Leinster vs. Clermont Auvergne, Munster vs. Northampton and Toulouse vs. Stade Francais. 10pm. Apr 11 FA Cup Semi-final Fulham or Tottenham battle Portsmouth in the world’s oldest cup competition. 1am. Apr 17 Beijing Ducks vs. Shanghai Sea Dragons Expat water polo at its finest. There may well be blood in the pool by the final whistle. Info at beijing-water-polo@googlegroups. com. 2pm. International School of Beijing. Apr 18 Beijing Guoan vs Shaanxi Chanba

Apr 28: AFC Champions League: Beijing Guoan vs. Kawasaki Frontale Daddy, what are the crowd shouting? See listing, p95.

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hope that by the time that you read this, all of the snow has thawed. If it hasn’t, then the rest of this is going to make little sense. Spring means but one thing to Beijing’s sport scene and that is the rebirth of team sports. Let’s have a look at who your new friends might be. First up, and for no reason in particular, is Women’s Social Netball. I’ll ignore the fact that this seems sexist, as netball is a great game and social netball sounds better still. The one drawback is that it takes place over at Dulwich Legend Gardens at 10am on a Sunday morning. That’s not an easy time to be social, especially when you’re racked with guilt about missing Mass. Next in line is flag football. This has nothing to do with football, unless you’re an American and understand the term to mean “having little or nothing to do with the contact of foot on ball.” Their league starts on April 4 and for the lucky 64 who are selected, it should be more fun than a really fun thing. For the rest of us, the good news is that they have a post-game party at Blue Frog in Sanlitun every week. There’s a projector with highlights, so if you aren’t selected to play, save up to buy a laser pointer and show them where they are going wrong. Or you could prove them wrong at their Sunday pick-up games. Touchdown. Aussie. Rules. Two words that are known to strike fear into the hearts of mortal men. When combined, they make for a jolly interesting game that at first glance makes less than no sense. Give it time and you’ll realize that getting punched in the face, being unable to read the ball’s bounce and getting rechristened with a really short nickname is what Saturdays are made for. Join them and the Gaelic Footballers on Saturdays. Water polo – what’s that all about then? A quick Google search tells me that it has nothing to do with horses (or making obvious jokes) but is rather a game for the tough and the buff. If you want to see for yourself, get along to the International School of Beijing on April 17 to catch Beijing’s Ducks take on Shanghai’s Sea Dragons. I can’t promise you a punch up, but I can guarantee young men in trunks and perhaps natty swimcaps with earflaps. If you prefer your sports with a lot more sitting, then maybe bowling’s your bag. It’s indoor work, there’s no heavy lifting and you can do it with a beer in hand. The International Friendship Bowling League tell you all about it on p95. When you’re tired of all that sweating, there’s plenty more sport on the gogglebox. Watch it with your new friends. Jonathan White

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beijingflagfootball.com for more. 1pm. Ditan Sports Stadium 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. 3pm. WAB (8456 4155) 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 Golf Happy Hour Free golf lessons, for free. Free. 2-3pm. SGA (400 650 5169) 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. 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 Hash House Harriers Run every Sunday, then drink like a sailor on leave. Meet at Tim’s Texas Bar-B-Q 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 The Odds and Ends are Beijing’s only amateur 11-a-side football team for women. Suitable for all skill levels, from beginners to World Cup winners. Matches or practice every week. 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 Major League Baseball If you build it up, they will come. Starts April 4. Times vary. NBA Basketball Regular slam dunks until April 14, then glamour and glitz in the playoffs from April 17. Times vary. NHL Hockey The regular season wraps up like a cross-checked forward on April 11. Then it’s the excitement of the playoffs. Times vary. Premier League It’s a two-horse race, it’s a threehorse race. There are no horses but lots of football. Highlights include Man Utd vs. Chelsea (Apr 3), Spurs vs. Arsenal (Apr 10) and Man City vs. Man Utd (Apr 24). Times vary.

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he International Friendship Bowling League (IFBL) began as the Beijing Diplomatic League in the early ’90s. These days it’s open to all – yes, even the diplomats – and there are 15 teams battling it out at Gongti 100 every week. With their new season already rolling, we figured there was no better time to find out about bowling.

the Beijinger : Is bowling just for fat people and the Amish? IFBL: The players come in all sizes: fat, fit, lean, thin. Some are so thin, they give Kate Moss a run for her money (and that’s the guys). Players come from all over the world but there aren’t any Amish. You are free to come in any style of outfit from Gothic to grunge to Western. Hopefully, they go with the shoes that you rent, which are usually red, white and green. tbj : How serious is it – do we need our own shoes and balls? IFBL: There’s actually a good mix. A few have their own shoes and balls – the ones who average over 150. No fear, though – it’s all balanced out with a handicap system where you get a max of 60 if your average is below 120. This means if you score 100, your final score counts as 160. There are a few who average 180 and up, and they are pressured by having no handicap. A game of 120 should keep your teammates from whining.

“It’s probably the most active sport where you can drink and play” tbj : How competitive is this bowling business? IFBL: Some people play to fight boredom. Some people play to drink. Some people play to WIN! tbj : Who’s better: Fred Flintstone or Homer Simpson? IFBL: I’d say Fred Flintstone. I hear the conditions in Bedrock are tougher than those in Springfield. tbj : What does bowling cost in this day and age? IFBL: RMB 100 for three games per playing night. That covers sthe lanes and the rest goes to the league fund, which we use to throw a big awards night end-of-season party. This party’s loads of fun; there’s free food, free booze and even lucky draws. tbj : What’s the IFBL’s view on enjoying a beer with a bowl? IFBL: Encouraged. Many of us are fueled by it. It’s probably t he most a c t i ve sp or t whe re you c a n d r i n k a nd pl ay. Games are played Tuesdays in Gongti 100. New players are welcome to practice with the IFBL in preparation for next season. Call Marco at 139 0120 9361 to join in. www.thebeijinger.com

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Q&A Mohamed Kallon and Sun Jihai - that’s European standard Guoan has to beat. Tickets at 5905 9082 or Workers’ Stadium. RMB 30-100. 7.30pm. Workers’ Stadium (6501 6655) F1 Chinese Grand Prix Shanghai welcomes even more playboys and model-types. 8am. Women’s Social Netball Netball for women – and social netball at that. Individuals and teams welcome. No experience necessary. Contact joanne. preston@dulwich-beijing.cn. 10am. Dulwich Legend Gardens. Apr 25 Women’s Social Netball Social like April 18. Contact joanne. preston@dulwich-beijing.cn. 10am. Dulwich Legend Gardens. Apr 27 UEFA Champions’ League: Semi-final Two matches separate the teams from a date with destiny. 3.45am. Apr 28 AFC Champions League: Beijing Guoan vs. Kawasaki Frontale Beijing won 3-1 in Japan – can they repeat the feat? Tickets at 5905 9082 or Workers’ Stadium. RMB 30-100. 7.30pm. Workers’ Stadium (6501 6655) UEFA Champions’ League: Semi-final Two matches separate the teams from a date with destiny. 3.45am. 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. 7pm. 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, 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. (6432 2786, info@beijinghikers.com) www.beijinghikers.com Every Wed & Sun Badminton Shuttlecock shenanigans. 7-10pm (Wed), 10am-noon (Sun). Contact John at johnsk_ho@hotmail.com. Basketball Play with the Angels. 6.30pm (Wed), 2pm (Sun). General Administration 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 Field Hockey Ice hockey minus the fights and ice. For more info, e-mail bjhockeyclub@hotmail.com. 1pm. Beijing Olympic Center Flag Football League Hail Mary, twenty-five, hup. Or something. Then there’s a party in Blue Frog (Sanlitun). See www.


BIKING Beijing Windspeed Bike Shop Daily 10am7pm. 1/F, 10 Ritan Jinghua (behind the North Korean Embassy and southeast of the Chaoyang Government building), Chaoyang District. (8562 2509) 行如风自行 车专卖店, 朝阳区日坛晶华10号1层 Cycle China Opposite the East Gate of Jingshan Park, Dongcheng District. (6402 5653, 139 1188 6524) www.cyclechina.com 东城区景山公园东门对面 Mountain-bikers of Beijing (The MOB) (beijingmob-owner@googlegroups.com) groups.google.com/group/beijingmob Natooke Gear bike shop with cycling accessories and selection of juggling equipment made in Europe, US and Asia. 19-1 Wudaoying Hutong, Dongcheng District. (8402 6925, info@natooke.com) 东城区东 城区五道营胡同甲19-1号 The Bicycle Kingdom Tours & Rentals Co.,Ltd. 34 Donhuang Chenggen South Street, Beiheyan Dajie East., Dongcheng District. (133 8140 0738, kingdom@m165. com) www.bikebeijing.com 北京康多自行 车租赁有限公司 Trek 1) 10am-8pm. Room 805, Pinnacle Plaza, Shunyi District. (8046 5538); 2) Daily 10am-7pm. 66 Di’anmen Dongdajie (100m west of Nanluogu Xiang on the south side of Ping’an Dadao), Dongcheng District. (8403 6967) 崔克, 1) 顺义区日祥广场805单 元; 2) 东城区地安门东大街66号(南锣鼓巷 往西100米平安大街路南)

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

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

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 2152, North Tower, Soho Shangdu, 8 Dongdaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (info@worldhealthstore.com.cn) www.worldhealthstore.com.cn 世界健康品 店, 朝阳区东大桥路8号Soho尚都北塔2152

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

Beijing Hikers Suite 1907, Building 107, Jiangfu Jiayuan, Tuofangying Lu, Jiuxianqiao, Chaoyang District. (6432 2786, info@beijinghikers.com) www. beijinghikers.com 朝阳区酒仙桥驼房营路将 府家园107号楼1907

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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 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

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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

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Beijing Tango (130 2195 8870, beijingtango@hotmail.com) http://groups. yahoo.com/group/TangoRen

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

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

BILLIARDS

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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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

Beijing U-DO Adventure Daily 9.30am-6pm. Rm 2-502, Bldg 8, Dong Hua Shi Nanli Dongqu, Chongwen District. (8710 3045, 139 1199 1873, udoadventure@hotmail. com) www.udoadventure.com 崇文区东花 市南里东区8号楼2-502 Dandelion Hiking (131 2478 8581) www. chinahiking.cn 蒲公英远足

RUNNING & TRAINING Beijing Hash House Harriers Contact Dave “Minime” White (beijinghhhowner@yahoogroups.com) www.hash. cn, www.groups.yahoo.com/groups/beijinghhh Triathlon Beijing (TriBeijing) (tribeijing@gmail.com) www.tribeijing.org

SKATING & HOCKEY Beijing International Ice Hockey (peking_ puck@yahoo.com) www.beijinghockey. com Beijing Street Hockey Sat 2-5pm. Ta Yuan Diplomatic Compound, 1 Xindong Lu (located one block north of the Canadian Embassy), Chaoyang District. Contact Darren (damooreasia@yahoo.com) 朝阳区新东 路1号塔园外交公寓 Ezone Club Daily 1-7pm. Fangzhuang Sport Center, west of Carrefour, Fengtai District. (6763 14510 ext 8007, 136 0119 0802, 3863@vip.sina.com) www.ezonesk8.com 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

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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

TEAM SPORTS Beijing Gaelic Football Club (beijingaa@yahoo.com) www.beijinggaa. org Beijing Hockey Club (bjhockeyclub@hotmail.com) beijingfieldhockeyclub.spaces.live.com Beijing Overseas Students Basketball League (136 2118 7727, dingrenhai@163. com) Brothers in Baseball Contact Walker (139 1066 8946, walker@march3.com.cn) International Friendship Football Club (IFFC) Contact Robert (8471 8365, info@iffc1994.com) www.iffc1994.com Women's Lacrosse Contact Fiona (135 5203 8947)

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

YOGA & PILATES Alona Pilates Studio 7.30am-9.30pm. 5/F, Heavenly Spa, Westin Beijing Chaoyang Hotel, 1 Xinyuan Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (139 1029 0260, voselena@hotmail. com) www.alonastudiobeijing.com 朝阳 区新源南路1号北京威斯汀朝阳大饭店5层天 梦水疗内 Nirvana Yoga Center Daily 9.30am-9pm. 2A, Unit 5, Shijicheng, Yuanda Lu (100m south of the Golden Resource Shopping Mall), Haidian District. (5198 0591) 青鸟瑜 伽, 海淀区远大路世纪城5单元2A(世纪金源 购物中心南100米) OM Yoga 42 Rooms 9102/9103, Lido Apartment Bldg, Chaoyang District. (6437 8810) www.omyoga42.com.cn 静心堂, 朝阳区丽 都公寓9102-9103 Yoga Yard Mon-Thu 7.15am-9.30pm, FriSun 7.15am-8pm. 6/F, Bldg 17 Gongti Beilu (across from the north gate of Workers' Stadium), Chaoyang District. (6413 0774, info@yogayard.com) www.yogayard.com 瑜珈苑, 朝阳区工体北路17号楼6层工人体 育场北门对面


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Apr 1, 24 Chinese Grass Weaving Learn to make grass-woven crafts so you have something to sell on the street in case you lose your job. RMB 150, RMB 120 (children under 12). 2.30-4.30pm (Apr 1), 10am-noon (Apr 24). China Culture Center (6432 9341) Apr 3 Meandering Mandarin – Flower Market In groups of 3-5, students will spend two hours in the classroom learning key words, phrases and some cultural background, and then spend 1.5 hours outside of the classroom practicing their new vocabulary. RMB 150. 1.30-4.30pm. China Culture Center (6432 9341) Coding for Fun The Beijing Linux User Group brings together developers and users of free software in an informal way to encourage them to share their projects and experience. You may work on your own project or join others. Details at www.beijinglug.org. Free. 11am-7pm. Exoweb (6591 8490) Apr 8 The History of Chinese Medicine Trained acupuncturist Sylvie offers a simple but complete presentation of Chinese medicine, including the assimilation, production and distribution of energy and the different energies in the body. RMB 250. 9.30-11.30am. Yin Yang Community Center (6431 2108) Apr 10 Registering Your Dog A step-by-step guide on how and why to register your dog in Beijing. Official dog registration renewal for 2010/2011 starts May 1. Free. 11am-noon. ICVS (8456 1939) www.icvsasia.com Apr 13 Headhunter Networking Evening Normally attended by 140-180 people seeking career development and companies looking for employees. Professionals from all industries welcome. Canapés and happy hour until 10pm. To register, e-mail eventbj@fcclub.com or call 139 1109 8002. RMB 80 (includes one drink), RMB 50 (pre-register before Apr 12). 7.30pm. Flames, Hilton Wangfujing (5812 8888) Linux User Group Meeting Join the Beijing Linux User Group for its regular monthly meeting. Details at www.beijinglug.org. Free. 7pm. Traktirr Pushkin (6403 1896) Apr 14 CPR-AED Training Learn how to recognize sudden cardiac arrest, perform Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), use an automated external defibrillator (AED) in a correct and safe manner, and how to combine both CPR and AED efficiently to optimize recovery rate. Hands-on practice of CPR-AED will ensure that participants will be able to provide efficient and correct intervention during emergencies. Reserve a spot by e-mailing seminar@internationalsos.com. Free (RSVP essential). 9am-noon (1st session), 2-5pm (2nd session). Beijing International SOS Clinic (6462 9112) Apr 15 INN Coffee Morning – Shunyi The International Newcomers

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Network hosts a purely social event where you can meet people who live close by. Details at www.innbeijing.org. Free. 10am-noon. O’Brien’s (6450 8588) Apr 17 AustCham Black & White Masquerade Ball The 2010 Australian Gala Ball is a night to celebrate and enjoy! Proceeds will be donated to 12 not-for-profit microfinance, environment, local community and children’s groups. Tickets at tickets@austcham.org. RMB 1,200, RMB 990 (members). 6.30pm-late. China World Hotel (6505 2266) YCIS Global Community Day A day of entertainment and activities for a better community and a better planet. This year the theme is Green: Harmony. All proceeds will be donated to green charities. Contact info@bj. ycef.com. RMB 10. 11am-2pm. Yew Chung International School of Beijing Apr 20 Creative Networking Evening A special FC Club to meet the creative and talented people from the media, marketing, advertising, PR, glamour, fashion and creative industries. To register, e-mail eventbj@fcclub.com or call 139 1109 8002. RMB 130, RMB 80 (register before Apr 19). 7.30pm. Zeta Bar, Hilton Beijing (5865 5050) INN Coffee Morning – Sanlitun Same game as the 15th, different hood. Details at www. innbeijing.org. Free. 10am-noon. The Bookworm (6586 9507) Apr 21 Talk: The Evolution & Destruction of Old Beijing Retrace the history of Beijing from 3,000 years ago to the present day. The talk will cover the evolution of the city and its layout and architecture: the Ming and Qing dynasties’ walls, the inner nine gates and outer seven gates, the architecture along the central axis, the nine altars, and many gardens and parks. RMB 60. 7.30-9.30pm. China Culture Center (6432 9341) Apr 22 INN Coffee Morning – Lido Grab a brew with the neighborhood crew. Details at www.innbeijing.org. Free. 10am-noon. Cosy Café, Richmond Park (8457 8359) Apr 25 Ayurvedic Yoga Flow Focus on various breathing techniques along with a series of yoga postures designed to release toxins and massage digestive organs. Class will cater to all levels, allowing each individual to work at their own pace. RMB 140. 10.30-11.45am. Yin Yang Community Center (6431 2108) Speed Dating Chat for six minutes with each of your dates – that should be just enough time to figure out who you’d like to see again. Unlike a blind date, there’s no pressure – and everyone gets a free hot dog. Info at www.fishbowlevents. com or by calling 159 1090 8891. RMB 150 (includes a cocktail and a hotdog). 7pm (sharp). Fubar (6546 8364) Apr 26 Beijing Theatresports Competition TSC presents Beijing's funniest

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here’s nothing that makes my eyes glaze over more than someone asking me how long I’ve been in China, why I came to China, or what I’m doing in China. I would much prefer to open a conversation with a question about whale sharks, or how bombs detonate, or why ducks can’t swim backwards. Alas, this is considered weird. And these someones that I speak of, they are in fact almost everyone. Maybe I could make my life less bitter and lonely by letting the INSPIRED crew help me create the perfect “elevator pitch” on April 27. Or, I could start telling people I came to China for the free CPRAED course offered by Beijing International SOS Clinic. Do you have any idea how much the Red Cross charges for this course in the US? Lots. It’s just like getting extra pages sewn into your passport: lots in the US, free in China. How’s that for an elevator pitch? “I came to China to learn how to properly resuscitate and defibrillate a human being who is recently dead, and to get extra pages added to my passport. For free.” In the opposite-of-free category (i.e. quite pricey, but with the entertainment value rising accordingly), we have the AustCham Black & White Masquerade Ball on April 17. There are few occasions during which grown-ups are allowed to wear masks without being suspected rapists or bank robbers. But this is one of them. Dance the night away incognito and feel good about it, not only because there will be free-flow alcohol, but also because you’ll be helping raise money for a number of worthwhile causes, like the environment and children in need. And for my art therapy recommendation of the month, a grassweaving class is being offered on April 1 and 24. Grass weaving! Finally, we can stop depending on the man in the blue jacket in Sanlitun for our supply of woven frogs and grasshoppers. Speaking of Sanlitun, remember when that Soho monstrosity was a grassy field filled with stray cats and the odd abandoned minivan, and TunSanLi was a beautiful alcoholic parking lot? Maybe it’s time to put these seemingly massive changes into perspective with a talk on “The Evolution & Destruction of Old Beijing.” On April 21, hear what Beijing’s cityscape has undergone in the past 3,000 years: the gates, walls, altars and parks of various dynasties, what’s come crumbling down and what has weathered the storm of time. And dog owners, don’t forget to get that registration before the PSB comes and confiscates your wild renegade of a dog. ICVS will hold your hand through it on April 10. Mary Dennis

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For a comprehensive directory, see www.thebeijinger.com high school students competing for comedy supremacy. RMB 25. 6.308.30. BISS Annex (6443 3151) Apr 27 Business Networking Evening Brings together about 100-120 expat and English-speaking Chinese entrepreneurs, businesspeople, global mobility professionals and people who work in finance, banking, consulting, real estate, and investment-related industries. Appetizers and happy hour until 10pm. To register, e-mail eventbj@fcclub. com or call 139 1109 8002. RMB 130 (includes one drink), RMB 80 (preregister before Apr 26). 7.30pm. Molly Malone’s Irish Bar, Legendale Hotel (6522 7258) Create Your Perfect Elevator Pitch Do you dread questions such as “What do you do?” or “Tell me about yourself?” Learn how to make a good first impression by introducing yourself in a concise, compelling and conversational manner. Each participant will leave with a 15-second sound bite/ message hook. Register at www. inspiredbeijing.com or by calling 136 2113 2201. RMB 200. 10amnoon. German Centre for Industry & Trade, Landmark Tower 2 Apr 29 Ayi and Driver First Aid Training

COMMUNITY GROUPS 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 Fig Tree Specializes in pastry making courses and catering events. 202, Bldg A, Chaowai Soho, Chaowai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (139 1056 6742) 朝阳区朝阳区朝外 大街朝外Soho702室A座 Foreign Correspondents Club of China (FCC) (8532 3807, fcccadmin@gmail.com) www.fccchina.org Green Cow Organic Farm This six-hectare, closed-system organic farm in Shunyi works with volunteers and paying members to operate the farm in exchange for fresh, organic produce. Donggezhuan (10 min north of the new International Exhibition Center), Houshayu Zhen, Shunyi District. (8046 4301, 135 0113 6920, 6433 4435 (fax), thelovelygreencow@gmail. com) 绿牛有机农庄, 顺义区北京绿牛有机农 场(北京京承高速与机场北线交汇处的东北 方向董各庄附近) The Hutong One of Beijing’s best informal cooking schools.1 Jiudaowan Zhongxiang Hutong (southeast of Beixinqiao subway

Basic first aid, fundamentals of health and hygiene, and how to react in an emergency. RMB 380. 9am-5pm. Beijing International SOS Clinic (6462 9112) Every Tue & Thu Tuina Massage Course Learn the basic acupoints and manipulations for relaxing the muscles and veins, either for treatments of common diseases or to maintain a state of general health. Eight-session class begins Apr 6. RMB 1,200 (8 sessions). 7.30-9.30pm. China Culture Center (6432 9341) Every Thu Zen Practice & Meditation A journey of self-discovery guided each week by a Buddhist layman, with occasional visits by real Zen Buddhist monks. RMB 400 (4 consecutive classes). 7.30-9.30pm. China Culture Center (6432 9341) Flying Stars Feng Shui For Beginners Gain insight into the theoretical fundamentals and practical application of Flying Stars feng shui. Learn how to plot, read and interpret a chart of any house, and how to activate wealth and luck without the placement of “lucky items.” Course begins Apr 6. RMB 1,000 (8 sessions). 1-3pm. Yin Yang Community Center (6431 2108) station), Dongcheng District. (159 0104 6127, info@the-hutong.com) www.thehutong.com 东城区九道湾中巷胡同1号(北 新桥地铁站东南边) 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 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

发街后沙峪顺义区 The Yin Yang Community Center Also home to a cafe and The Bookworm. MonSat 8am-8pm, Sun 8am-5pm. The First Courtyard, Hegezhuang Village (across from The Orchard; call for directions), Chaoyang District. (6431 2108) www.yinyangbeijing.com 易 阴阳社区中心, 朝阳 区崔各庄乡何各庄村一号院(果园对面)

CULTURAL AND NATIONAL GROUPS AustCham Kooka Networking www.austcham.org/home/events/kookaburrapub. html Australia and New Zealand Association (ANZA) (anzabeijing@hotmail.com) www. anzabeijing.com Canadians in China Network for Canadians and friends of Canada. (promote@canad iansinchina.com) www.canadiansinchina. com 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 Network China News and events for the Irish in Beijing and for those interested in all things Irish. (contact@irishnetwor kchina.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

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

MEDICAL SERVICES AmAsia International Medical Center Staffed by English-speaking doctors experienced in the fields of obstetrics and gynecology. Nurses and midwives also speak English and the center can provide language services in both Japanese and Russian. Provides direct billing with most major international insurance providers, as well as allowing direct payments. Daily 24hrs. 218 Xiaoguan Beili, Anwai Dajie, east of Olympic Center, Chaoyang District. (6496 8888/5151) www.asog-beijing.com 东方美华医院, 朝阳区安外大街小关北里 218号( 奥体中心东) Amcare Women’s & Children’s Hospital 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, 朝阳区朝阳区芳园西路9号 Bayley & Jackson Medical Center Provides comprehensive medical and dental services 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

Roundabout Charity Distribution Store Beijing’s answer to the Salvation Army. 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. (137 1877 7761 English, 137 1805 3814 Chinese) 顺义区开

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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

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Beijing Actors Workshop If you can act, write, or direct, Beijing Actors Workshop wants to hear from you. 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 Linux User Group (BLUG) Meeting on the second Tuesday of every month,

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 Children’s Hospital Daily 6.30am10.30pm. 56 Nanlishi Lu, Xicheng District. (6802 8401) 北京儿童医院, 西城区南礼士


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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

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

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

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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

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

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)

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

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

New Century International Children’s Hospital (NCICH) China’s premier international children’s hospital provides affordable pediatric care at international standards. Claims to have Beijing’s most qualified doctors and nurses, with private, safe family rooms and imported state-of-the-art equipment. Their English-speaking staff offer a full range of children’s healthcare services. Daily 8am-5pm (full services), daily 24hrs (A+E services). 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) 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 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 BJU’s mental health professionals are all licensed in their home countries and have the credentials to practice legally in China. Their experienced staff of multicultural, multilingual psychologists and psychiatrists can respond to personal, relationship, family and children’s issues. BJU’s counseling services are available in 3 locations in the city. 1) Beijing United Family Hospital: # 2 Jiangtai Lu in the Lido area, Chaoyang District. 2) United Family Jianguomen Health and Wellness Center: St. Regis Hotel, 21 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. 3) United Family Shunyi Clinic: Pinnacle Plaza, Unit 818 Tianzhu Real Estate Development Zone, Shunyi District. For further information and appointments: 5927 7067 or fcreception@ufh.com.cn. www. unitedfamilyhospitals.com 1) Mon-Fri 9.30am-6.45pm, Sat 9am-3.30pm. B1/F, The St. Regis Residence, St. Regis Hotel, 21 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (8532 1221, liaison@ufh.com.cn); 2) Mon noon-7.30pm, Tue-Thu 9am-7.30pm, Fri 10.30am-9.30pm, Sat 9am-5pm. Pinnacle Plaza, Unit 818, Tianzhu Real Estate Development Zone, Shunyi District. (8046 5432, fax 8046 4383, liaison@ufh.com.cn) www. unitedfamilyhospitals.com 北京和睦家医院

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International Center for Veterinary Services (ICVS) 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

VOLUNTEER AND NGOS Beijing Cultural Heritage Protection Center (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 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 CAI (8454 9633, info@cai-china.org) www. cai-china.org 儿童才艺行动 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) 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 Chinese Juvenile Rights Protection Center 4/F, Attachment Bldg, 212 Zhouzhuangzi, Fengbei Lu, Fengtai District. (6381 3995/3362, Fax 6383 5279) www.chinachild.org 中国青少年维权中心, 丰台区丰北路 周庄子212号附属楼4层 Compassion for Migrant Children (CMC) 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.cmcchina.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

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Beijing United Family Jianguomen Health & Wellness Center Located in the heart of the Central Business District in the St. Regis Hotel complex, the United Family Jianguomen Health and Wellness Center is ideally situated to serve Beijing’s embassy and business communities. Family counseling, immigration health check-ups and integrative medicine are available. Mon-Fri 8.30am-3.30pm. B1/F, the St. Regis Residence, the 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

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

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

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 United Family Shunyi Clinic Provides easily accessible, high-quality medical services and wellness promotion in the Beijing suburbs. Family medicine, family counseling, physical therapy, pediatrics, integrative medicine and travel medicine services are available throughout the week. Mon -Thu 9:30am - 7:30pm, Fri-Sun 9:30am - 4:30pm.. ss: 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

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Jobs Offered - Professional see more at www.thebeijinger.com Professional hair stylists are needed: Yadia is an international hair salon, the company is currently seeking creative, professional native-speaking hair stylists for its flagship store located in Shang Du Soho. Required:Rich hair- style experience is essential and working experience in international company is advantageous. Excellent Customer service skills. If you are interested and qualified, please call 5900 5020 or email your CV to hadty0203@yahoo.com.cn. Head of School Secretary Strong English literacy skills required in verbal, reading and writing communication situations. Good understanding of basic math and accountancy skills and the ability to type 60 wpm. Knowledge of Microsoft Office and telephone protocol. Computer literate with the ability to learn new software applications. Visibility of work requires attention to detail, excellent organizational skills, and discretion with confidential information. The candidate is normally acquired through a combination of the completion of a suitable degree and three to five years of secretarial experience as an executive secretary. Please refer to our website www.bcis. cn for more recruitment information. Interested parties, please contact Eva at jobs@bcis.cn. Academic Consultant Good interpersonal and strong sales skills; Resourceful, self-motivated and results oriented; Experience in the Education field is a plus; Applicants are not required to be Mandarin speakers. Part-time advertiser With great skills in operating computer system; enough spare time; Hold lots of resources concerning foreign affairs, preferred overseas students. Interested candidates should submit a comprehensive resume, and contact number to: beijingmandarinschool@yaho o.com.cn Tel: 65081126

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Jobs Offered - Teaching see more at www.thebeijinger.com Be part of our NEW programme of course, talks and workshops. Do you have an idea for a course, talk or workshop? Do you own a unique or interesting business? Are you an expert in an area of interest? If so then we are currently recruiting for passionate people to share their skills and experience with the rest of the expatriate community. The CrossBorder Expat Resource Centre provides language training, tutoring and personal learning for adults, children, ayis and drivers. We are looking for people with expertise in arts, crafts, music, food & wine, computer skills, job skills, cooking and much more to teach adults, children, ayis and drivers. If you have a passion for something then tell us! To share your ideas, skills, passion and experience please email FionaM@crossborder.com.cn Beijing City International School 1. Nursery Teacher (3 - 4 year olds) & Elementary School Counselor. PYP experience preferred. Please send your letter of application and CV, including 3 reference contacts (one of whom must be a current employer) to jobs@bcis.cn 2. MYP Sciences & Mathematics (G6-8) Teacher & MYP Technology (Design Technology & Information Technology) Teacher. MYP & DP experience preferred. Experience with a 1:1 Apple laptop programme an advantage. Please Submit your CV, letter of application and 3 reference contacts to jobs@bcis.cn Happy Growth Language Center English Teacher Want Native English speakers Available full or part time Humorous and friendly people who love kids preferred French teachers are also wanted For more information, please reach us at Tel: 15712968935, E-mail: happygrowthclub@126.com

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Fullhome Real Estate Skills and qualifications: Previous property leasing/sale experience in Beijing is preferred but not essential; A strong command of English is required; Outstanding communication and negotiation skills; Self-motivated, hardworking, ready for pressure and challenge; Bachelor degree or above; Candidates with other language skills are welcome; Interested candidates should send CV to hr-bj@fullhomechina. com

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Wright & Kou Accountants Our licensed company provides these services: • Accounting and bookkeeping • Tax filing for corporations and individuals • HR and payroll • Banking and cashier • Business and tax advisory • Annual inspections • Setup and windup WFOE, Representative Office Tel: 8591-0295 Cell: 1590-148-8529 Email: Jenny @ wrightandkou.com

JCK Corporate Services Group www.jckinfo.com Our 5 offices offer boutique services at an effective rate. Providing bookkeeping, tax filing services in Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Hong Kong, Taiwan and how to have a business presence in China / Hong Kong / Taiwan. Taking advantage of the China / HK Double tax treaty by using a HK holding co Offshore company set-ups in BVI, Cayman, Seychelles and others and maintenance of these structures Beijing Tel: (86) 10 5879 3535 Shanghai Tel: (86) 21 5206 8989 Hong Kong Tel: (852) 2528 9298 Email: fz@jckprc.com.cn

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Beijing Service Apartment for Rent Daily/Monthly/Yearly! Locate Near Dongzhimen Subway, Sanlitun. Opposite Australia, Canada Embassy. New, Luxurious Decoration, Full Furniture, LCD TV, Wireless ADSL Internet, Fridge, Microwave, 24 hours Hot Water, Security, Cleaning Service. From CNY 300/night for Studio in Harbor City; CNY 360/night for studio with modern kitchen in Seasons Park, include utility cost. Also have studio, 1 - 4 bed room apartments in Seasons Park and other compounds in Beijing, from CNY 3,800/month for studio and CNY 5,800/month for 1 bedroom apartment (1 Year Contract). Email ( subletcn@gmail.com) or Phone (0086139-0101-8181) for Discount Rate! Website: http://www.sublet.cn

Service - Agents: Real Estate see more at www.thebeijinger.com Savills is a leading international property services group providing comprehensive, yet personalized residential leasing services. As part of the relocation package, orientation, home and school searches, immigration services, lease negotiation and preparation, tenancy management, and renewals can all be provided. Our team of highly-experienced and dedicated consultants is committed to providing exceptional and uncompromised customer service. www.savills-china.com

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Fudou,The most considerate consultant in real estate. Beijing’s first “housekeeperstyle” real estate consultancy. Thinks about what you may ignore. Deals with what you have no time to do. Helps manage your extra-money over budget. We provide one-stop service solutions including house purchasing and renting, house cleaning, moving, and house renovation, to meet your various needs. We aim to help you find the ideal residence in Beijing, enabling you to enjoy the wonderful environment of Beijing that is getting for the Olympic Games. Office: Room 1108, Building 12,Wanda Plaza, 93# Jianguo Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing Tel:8610-5820 4845 lydia@fdzygw.co JRE Corporate has rapidly expanded since its foundation into one of the largest real estate companies focusing on residential services. We boast the widest range of properties, the lowest prices and the value-added complete after-sales services throughout the whole lease term. Tel:5108 8028, 5108 8048, 13701080877 Fax: 5108 8039 Email: Joanna@joannarealestate. com.cn Website: www.jrecorporate.com Real Estate Law Services Our experienced real estate attorneys provide quality legal services to help foreign citizens to purchase and sell real properties in China. 406, CYTS Plaza, 5 Dongzhimen South Avenue, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100007. Tel: (8610) 5815 6467. Email: realestate@kingfieldlaw.com. Website: www.kingfieldlaw.com NCL Real Estate Services NCL Commercial services focus on the office leasing service for foreign companies. provides international clients with customerorientated, attentive and responsible value-added residential services. NCL offers a complete stress free relocation service to expatriates. 汇盛行房地产经纪 公司 Lease & rent : Apartments, Villas, Offices, etc. ROOM12-0606 JIANWAI SOHO 建外SOHO12号楼606室 Tel: 58691028; 13911758308 www.bjncl.com Waveland Realty is a leading residential and commercial property consulting company specializing in providing leasing and sale of superior properties, property management and investment consultation in the Beijing metropolitan area. Waveland Realty is one of the first and the best-known real estate companies in Beijing. Tel: 85805609/10/11 or 13901098016 Fax: 85805612 E-mail: sales@wavelandrealty.com Website: www. wavelandrealty.com

Services - Business Center see more at www.thebeijinger.com Vantone Business Center provides tenants a fully serviced office and conference center environment in the heart of both Chaoyang Business District and Financial Street. Our center located on the top floors of Vantone Center Tower D offers you fantastic panoramic views with professionally trained staff to support all your daily business needs. New World Vantone Business Center is ideally situated along the 2nd Ring Rd inside a landmark building. In addition, we have in-house catering available to offer you the convenience of hosting events without seeking outside vendors. The Center is outfitted with high-end telecommunication, conference audio, video, lighting and office equipment ensuring unsurpassed quality and efficiency. www.VantoneBusinessCenter. com Tel: 010 8804 7200,5905 5905

Services - Air Purifiers see more at www.thebeijinger.com IQAir: Air pollution is a major environmental concern for everyone. The air we breath effects our health and well-being. IQAir has been providing clean air solutions for more than 45 years. With a certified actual efficiency of at least 99.97%, our Health Pro 250 model has received more #1 ratings than any other product on the market. Call today for a free air quality assessment of your home or office. The IQAir Store: Room 2201-02, Air China Plaza, 36 Xiao Yun Lu, Chao Yang District, Beijing 北京市朝 阳区霄云路36号国航大厦2201-02室 Tel: 010-8447 5800 / 5488 Service Hotline: 4006501266 www.theiqairstore.com E-mail: info@theiqairstore.com

Services - Ayi / Housekeeping see more at www.thebeijinger.com Beijing Ayi housekeeping Service Company: Experienced or trained Ayi are provided for foreign families in Beijing, all Ayi of our company have annual physical checkups and accidental insurance and can be changed by your request if not suitable for you. Call at 64345647, 64345648, or 13601307542 Email: service@bjayi.com Website: www. bjayi.com China Ayi Housekeeping Services is a branch of Shanghai Xun En Home Services, providing the advanced and professional, full time and part time home services: Housekeeping; Baby-sitter; Driver; Chinese & English tutor; Massage; Martial; Arts; Filipino Ayi, etc. Contact us: Tel: 010-65476698; 010-87016095; Mobile: 15201217243. 24 Hours. Email: chinaayi@yahoo.cn; www.chinaayi.com Angel Company Need a well trained and reliable english-speaking full-time or part-time Chinese ayi or Filipno? just contact us! 010-64320695(MonSun) 13439096661(24-hour) Email: enjiao@angelbj.com www.angelbj.com Beijing Ex-pats Service Healthy,reliable,ex perienced English-speaking housemaid/ Nanny, Free agency and 24-hour English service, Medical and Accident insurance covered. EXPATS Life Group also serves with Mandarin, car leasing, Visa, Englishspeaking driver, driving license, vehicle registration. Tel:64381634, 13501237792 ada.han@expatslife.com www.expatslife. com

Services - Business see more at www.thebeijinger.com www.alchinabiz.com A & L consulting provides urgent business services: Work permit, Resident permit, Business registration, Market penetration. Call: 8610-51286183 13701381127 13811627864 E-mail: info@alchinabiz.com

AsiaBS & B.String Professional accountant and Corporation forming 1. Setting-up Hongkong, BVI and other offshore company 2. Setting-up the WFOE, Joint Ventures, Representative Offices in China 3. Opening the bank a/c Tel: 8610 5869 6579 Website: www.AsiaBS.com; www. Stringbc.com E-Mail: info@stringbc.com

Services - Carpets see more at www.thebeijinger.com Khawachen’s Beijing store is brand new. However their hand-woven carpets made of pure Tibetan highland sheep wool, ornamented with exquisite Tibetan designs and symbolism have been widely acclaimed domestically and internationally since 1994.Enjoy your leisurely shopping at Khawachen- Pioneer of Tibetan rugs, in the beautiful Chaoyang park. Tel: 5905 6311 E-mall: khawachenrugs@hotmail. com Website: www.innerasiarugs.com 3-2 FA, Solana Park, No.6, Chaoyang Park Road, Chaoyang District.

Services - Decoration/Design see more at www.thebeijinger.com Rainbow’s Art & Framing Gallery is located in Sanlitun,Ya Show Market, east side of building, No. 58 Gongtibei Road, Chaoyang District Tel: 6416 2718; 13051348866 Open: 10am - 8pm E-mail: rainbowyan18@yahoo.com


DURAVIT Almost 190 years ago Duravit’s history began in Hornberg in the Black Forest in Germany. George Friedrich Horn founded a small factory, initially producing earthenware crockery and giving way to the manufacture of sanitary ceramics at the beginning of the 20th century. Since then Duravit has been solely dedicated to “Living Bathrooms” and today offers complete bathroom solutions with ceramic sanitaryware, bathroom furniture and the recently established Bathtubs + Wellbeing product segment. More information? Please contact Duravit(China)Sanitaryware Co., Ltd - Shanghai Sales Center, Unit A-D,10/F Jiushi Tower,28 Zhongshan Road(S),Shanghai(021-63309922) www.duravit.cn

Boloni Experience Center As the biggest macro-home provider in China, Boloni has retained famous Italian designer Lino Codato to create an impressive new showroom. Covering 8,000 square meters, it will show the company’s “post minimalism” and European fashion trends. Featuring Kebao and Boloni decoration、along with Tellmach villa decoration for different styles of house and apartment. 100 meters north of Easyhome Mall on the North Fourth Ring Road (8489 9001 / 5134 8917) www.boloni.com.cn

DC Design Villa Bathroom Service Scope The art of living By studying the relationship between the body and water, we are not only able to help you create your dream bathroom, a space made of water, steam, colors and light, but also bring you the philosophy of living. All you need to do is to subscribe the DC Design Villa Bathroom Service Scope, and enjoy. 1) 1/F 30 Dongzhong Street, Dongzhimen, Dongcheng Distrct. 8:30-18:30 (010-6416 1485), or 2) 1/F Xin’an Mansion, 200 Zhenning Road, Shanghai. 8:30-18:30 (021-6279 3649) www.dcdesign.com.cn 科马DC Design 1)东城区东直门东中街30号一层(6415 2288); 2)上海市镇宁路200号欣安大厦西 峰一层 (0216279 3 Hunter Asia Pacific is a professional Australian design and construction firm, the design team is headed by the famous Australian Architect Jason Marriott, whom was the lead architect designed the Beijing 2008 Olympic Village. The interior design and construction team work on projects all over China, project such as individual houses and apartments, modern offices, restaurants and bars, commercial spaces, hotels, large property developments. Hunter’s design style are flamboyant and modern, construction work quality are high above local standard, very professional services. www. hunterasiapacific.comTel – 010-6558 8829 Suite 705, Tower B1, Golden Tower No.82, Chaoyang District. Beijing PRC,. 100024. 北京市朝阳区东四环中路82号金长安B1座 705室.100024. Mon-Fri, 9am – 6pm.

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 AAA expatcar www.expatcar.com The #1 solution for enjoyable driving in China New car sales Used car sales Leasing options Car service Driver license Car insurance Contact: sales@expatcar.com Tel: 81523060

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Silverway Packing Assistance/Packing Materials Home/Office Moving/Piano Handling Wooden Casing/Long Distance Trucking Air/Sea Freight Forwarding Tel: 010-65485508, Email: beijing@silverway-china.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

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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

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

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 DB Schenker is a German freight forwarding company with more than 2,000 offices in more than 130 countries worldwide which provides a wide scope of services. The relocation department professionally handles international, domestic and local household removals around the world door to door. For inquiries and consultations please contact our multilingual staffs: Email: relocations.bjs@dbschenker.com; Tel.: +86 10 8042 0416; Fax: +86 10 8048 0115; web: www.dbschenker.com.cn we make moving enjoyable!

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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 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

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

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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 9.00am7.00pm. 9 Dingcheng Road, Beisihuan, 100m north of Northern EasyHome, Chaoyang District. (8984 9001)

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AAA expatcar www.expatcar.com AAA expatcar saves you from the worry and Expense of breaking down anyplace, anytime. Mechanical first aid Change of flat tire Battery boost Towing& extrication service New car sales Used car sales Long-short term leasing Contact: service@expatcar.com Tel: 81523060

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

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

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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

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


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 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)

Services - Printing see more at www.thebeijinger.com 10 YEARS OF HIGH QUALITY Production Printing experience and Marketing Promotion in all fields ranging from corporate adaptation to simple business brochures / pamphlet / leaflet / flyers. Clients include many corporate 500 companies as well as over 10 Five Star Hotels.

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) IT is so easy – CenturyTang provide IT Outsourcing Service from ¥300/ month for enterprise, IT Outsourcing include: Server maintenance & troubleshooting; PC maintenance & troubleshooting; Software troubleshooting & update; Printer & Network equipment maintenance; Enterprise level Anti-virus; Weekly/ Monthly backup/restore. Contact Eric Wu at 1350 120 8862 or 010-5979 5301. Website: www.100tang.cn

Services - Tax see more at www.thebeijinger.com 1040 US & CHINA TAX SERVICES: Licensed & personalized US and China individual income tax specialists with over 10-years experiences. For tax return preparation and consultation services, please contact us: 1040 Consulting Services Co., Ltd. www.1040-cn.com / contact@1040-cn.com / Mobile: 1590-161-9688 Shanghai: (86 21) 6267-0393 / Beijing: (86 10) 5923-1099

The Bridge School was authoritized as HSK and BCT exam centers .Our own Spoken Chinese book was also published in 2009.Having 17 years history as a Chinese language training school with 100 teachers. We have long-term training contracts with corporate clients, including Air Bus, The Canadian Embassy and so on. HSK training class is available. Free Chinese character for all foreigners on every Wednesday1:00-2:30. Free Chinese talking salon in Shunyi, the first start time is Thursday, April 8th. Location is the first floor of Capital Paradise Club .Booked with Vivan: 80461707 80466114. 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 E-mail: info@bridgeschoolchina. com www.bridgeschoolchina.com

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

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. Our main course: Spoken Chinese (maximum 5 people in a class); Intensive course(4hours/day; 6hours/day); HSK preparation course; HSK oral &writing test preparation; BCT(Business Chinese Test) preparation Time table for HSK preparation: Mar,15~April,16; April,19~May,14; May,17~June,18; June,21~July,16; July,19~Sept,03; Sept,06~Oct,15; Oct,18~Nov,12; Nov,15~Dec,10; Dec,20~Jan,25,2011 Time table for BCT preparation: Feb,22~April,09; April,12~June,04; Aug,16~Oct,15; Oct,18~Dec,03 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.

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Services - Translation/Writing see more at www.thebeijinger.com Mag Translation has a professional team of translators and interpreters for nearly thirty languages. Services include: Document Translation / Interpretation /Certified Translation (officially recognized stamps) / Business Liaison / Voice Over /Transcription. Quality and Punctuality are conscientiously guaranteed! Contact: magtranslation@gmail.com, 86-10-51663597, 86-13811295972, www. magtranslation

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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

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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. Cangjie Mandarin 1. Spoken Chinese, HSK, BCT, YCT, business Chinese. Chinese Character, pronunciation 2. Small group: 30yuan/lesson, Private class: 59.5yuan/lesson 3. New group classes start anytime every month with one person 4. Two free trial lessons with different teachers 5. We’re looking for studying volunteers (you can take free lessons) Tel: 6591-0933 1324-174-0100 Room 703, Heng’an Building South of the Pacific center (D, Tuanjiehu station, Subway line 10)

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT THE EVOLUTION OF EATERIES by Kaiser Kuo

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pungent baijiu stench, and outsize glass Lazy Susans, milky from occasional, half-hearted wipes with greasy rags. Even t hese, t hou gh , a re a hu ge improvement on what used to be. In the late 1980s, when I fi rst lived in Beijing, there were already good privately run restaurants, but still I mostly ate at a large, nondescript staterun place just down the hutong from my family’s home in Xisi. I learned to get there on time if I expected to eat. After 1.30pm, the staff in their blue vests would already be down for their siesta, and after 7.30pm they’d be gathered around some costume drama on the tiny television on the cashier’s counter and couldn’t be bothered to take your order. T he t h ick , v i nyl-bou nd menu promised a variety the kitchen could never make good on. A surly waitress would saunter over, impatiently wait for me to order, and reflexively snarl “Meiyou! ” to just about everything I asked for. Half the time I’d grudgingly settle on garlic shoots (suanmiao) with pork and gulao rou, a sweet-and-sour pork whose batter-fried exterior and sugary sauce spared me from really having to taste the odd bits of meat within. Decent beef was out of the question. If I was lucky, they’d have a leafy g reen l ike rape or bok choy, but usu a l ly it was kongx inca i (water spinach), youmaicai (Chinese lettuce), and haoziganr (crown daisy chrysanthemum), none of which really did it for me then and still don’t today. The veggies weren’t bad, though, once you drained off the preposterous amounts of oil in which they were stir-fried. Spinach was available in season, but

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broccoli, snow peas and asparagus didn’t start appearing with much frequency until the early ’90s. It was the rare restaurant that offered cold beverages; after a while, I just came to accept that, except in the winter months, my beer or Coke would be served warm. Happily, those weren’t the only choices in drink. There was coconut milk – still available in most Chinese eateries – and an odd sort of orange beverage called either “Snappy C” or “Pulpy C,” for which I still get nostalgic longings. Tea, if you were lucky, was your basic Beijing jasmine brew; usually, though, it was a kind of rusty, slightly earthy decoction of brick-tea scraps. Then there was the rice. I really can’t fathom why the rice was so uniformly awful back then. Somehow, no matter what time of day I ordered, my rice would arrive cold, stale and hard. But it was the sand, and occasionally the BB-sized pieces of gravel, that really ruined the rice for me. After that fi rst jarringly audible crunch, no pleasure was possible for the rest of the meal, which I spent chewing timidly and with intense concentration out of fear that a visit to the dentist – truly a frightening prospect back then – would be necessary. But woe bet ide the customer who’d think to complain about rocks in the rice to the waitress. Today the tables have completely been turned, and the customers, once cowed by ill-tempered wait staff, now bark at them and bitch if their orders aren’t on the table within five minutes. Superabundance, hypercompetition, and unconscionable waste: Is there a better symbol of the changes China’s undergone than Beijing’s restaurants?

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mong the expats of Beijing are some old-timers who’ll wax with baff ling fondness about food back in the day, 20 or even 30 years ago. They are of course mostly full of shi – the capital today offers an embarrassment of gastronomic riches, while back in the earlies it was, well, just an embarrassment. But lest we take for granted the city’s astonishing Chinese culinary offerings – rivaled nowhere in the world for regional diversity, and only perhaps by Taipei for sheer quality – it’s instructive to remember just how far things have come in such a short span of time. It wasn’t a l l awfu l, of course. Home-cooked meals were great, owing perhaps to produce which, even if more constrained by the season, was usually fresh and flavorful. You could eat well in the fancy hotel restaurants, but only if you could afford it and had some FEC – the Foreign Exchange Cer t if icates needed to pu rchase certain goods. Alternatively, if you had privileged connections, strong liver function and an inordinate fondness for sea cucumber, there was always a banquet to be had. I had none of those – not the FEC, the guanxi, the liver nor sea cucumber love. So for me, the quintessential dining experience of my early days here was the good old state-run restaurant. Old-school state-run joints aren’t all that easy to fi nd nowadays, though t hei r d ispi r ited descendents l ive on in the employee shitang of office buildings, and in the neighborhood dives in Beijing’s less fashionable quarters. You know the places: cheap and less than cheerful, with their drab exteriors, harsh fluorescent lighting,



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