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Beijing Folk: A pastry chef who is obsessed with healthy cupcakes Talk About Town: Your picks for immortality Scene & Heard: They primp, they prink, they preen … plus your chance to win great prizes Feature: Wipe away that smirk – toilet paper is no laughing matter, not when it comes to Indonesia’s disappearing rainforests



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Editorial Planning Manager Jonathan White Deputy Editorial Planning Manager Iain Shaw Style and Living Editorial Planner Tiffany Wang Dining Editorial Planner Jen Leung Music Editorial Planner Michelle Dai Arts & Culture Editorial Planner Marilyn Mai Dining Editorial Assistant Emily Young Copy Editor Lilly Chow Visual Planning Joey Guo Contributors Mattia Baldi, Jovan Belev, Brandon Chemers, Dan Edwards, Nikolaus Fogle, Shelley Jiang, Kaiser Kuo, Sophia Mansbridge, Jennifer McClelland, Gabriel Monroe, Edward Ragg, Pete Reilly, Mike Robinson, Alex Tan, Michelle Tsai, Iona Whittaker 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


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Room 2801, Building 10, Wanda Plaza, 93 Jianguo Lu, 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, Li Xing, Li Yang HR Manager Grace Wang HR Executive Alice Huang Reception Viola Li Marketing Manager Skott Taylor Senior Marketing Executive Cindy Kusuma Marketing Executives Cao Yue, Lyn Zhao Finance Manager Alex Wang Accounting Lisa Ji, Judy Zhao IT Manager James Wang IT Support Engineer Kavin Liu Web Designer Eve Liu Web Managing Editor Dan Edwards Web Deputy Managing Editor Lauren McCarthy Web Editor Chelsea Wang Photographers Judy Zhou, Sui Sales Manager Elena Damjanoska Account Executives Geraldine Cowper, Lynn Cui, Keli Dal Bosco, Sally Fang, Gloria Hao, Ashley Lendrum, Vincent Liu, Maggie Qi, Hailie Song, Jackie Yu, Sophia Zhou Sales Assistants Phoebe Li, Veronica Li, 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:;;;;;


Tony Nicholson wants to pump you up, we use TCM to figure out why we feel so bad all the time, and you’re invited to play our board game – “Survivor: Beijing” What’s New: Gori, Khan Baba, Cornerstone, Du, Bao Dingding, Cage’s Crab House, Xixia Fengqing Feature: Superfood – new ways to eat soy Good for You: Foods to fight the flu Alleyway Gourmet: Shandong-style pork-rib baozi What’s New: The House, Great Leap Brewing, The Other Half, Factory Give Us a Minute: Housemeister Master Mind: Steven Rocard of Mao Mao Chong Q&A: Carl Setzer of Great Leap Brewing Have You Met: East Brunswick All Girls Choir Playlist: Jonny Hutong Livehouse: Yaksa … plus reviews of Queen Sea Big Shark, Namo, Robyn and Ryan Adams What’s New: Mouse Ji, Shanghai Memory, New Vantage, Change & Insect 100 Inspect A Gadget: Big screens for the visually greedy Fashion 5-0: Hot damn, it’s cold outside Get The Look: 1950s redux







Feature: Together, a behind-the-scenes documentary about the upcoming Zhang Ziyi film Feature: Romeo and Juliet en pointe at the NCPA Bookshelf: Wu Wenguang, underground filmmaker

53 Q&A: Beijing International Ice Hockey Feature: Sporting events to look forward to in 2011

Health Feature: Why is tea good for you? Hands On: Why do people make such a big fuss about pouring tea? Q&A: Crazy Bake – baking pretzels and bagels as a kind of therapy



Long Weekend: Guam Feature: Malaysian Borneo

60 WHAT’S HAPPENING: The month at a glance EVENTS: Day-by-day listings for January THE DIRECTORY: Venues, venues, venues

92 Ich Bin Ein Beijinger: Kaiser salutes the not-so-common expat

Complimentary copy, not for sale. 部分非卖品,仅限赠阅




The winning entry from The People’s Beijing in the Eyes of Foreign Friends competition. Photo by Mikhail Pomerantsev. Got a Peking Pic? Send it to for a chance to win a bottle of Amherst Daisy Creek Chardonnay.

GENERATION GAP Are you excited about the Year of the Rabbit?

I would be if I could figure out how I’m supposed to put on red underwear.

This month’s cover was created by photographer Judy Zhou and designer Susu Luo.





’ve always liked tests. They were always preferable to homework (or its even more imposing cousin, coursework). Why would anyone want to spend months working away on something when it could be over in a couple of hours and then forgotten? I guess psychologists would suggest my nerdier side likes the competitive aspect of testing. This goes some way to explain my fondness for pub quizzes and, worse still, quiz machines – the mainstay of any saloon bar. Enter the “Living to 100 Life Expectancy Calculator.” It seemed innocuous enough: take an online test to get an idea of how long you’ll live. What is your marital status? That’s an easy one. But surely, this can’t affect my lifespan too much [insert your own joke about mothers-in-law –1970s Ed.]. How do you cope with stress? How would you characterize your sleep habits? Number of hours you work (including commute)? Do these people not know what living in Beijing is like? Are you optimistic or pessimistic about your aging? How can I be optimistic when every answer I check seems to be the worst of the options presented? How is the air quality where you live? Oh. How often do you wear a seat belt when you are in a car? Haha. How many cups of caffeinated coffee do you drink a day? Zero! Finally, I claw back a few years of life. How many cups of tea do you drink a day? Being British wins me back

more life. Do you smoke or are you exposed to secondhand smoke? Yes, and everywhere I go. How many days a week do you drink alcohol? I’m drinking at my desk as I answer. This isn’t looking good. Sunscreen? Nope. Do you floss everyday? Like I said, I’m British. What is your weight? Fuck. Off. How many servings of processed meats do you eat per week? Bloody hell. Sweets? Crikey. Carbohydrates? No comment. How much do you exercise? The medical questions don’t even bear thinking about. The family history questions are worse: How many members of your immediate family have diabetes or have had a heart attack? How old is/was your mum? How old is/was your dad? Does cancer run in the family? Have any of your grandparents lived past the age of 98? ... and then you click on the button that says “Calculate my life expectancy.”* Knowledge is power, they say, and this is food for thought. Beijing isn’t the healthiest city in the world but that doesn’t mean you can’t live more healthily. This is the year to do it.

Jonathan White Managing Editor * I’ll be pretty upset if I don’t reach 78.




The House enjoyed a crazy opening weekend in December. Photos courtesy of Acupuncture Records

o2’s Cosmo party at 798 on Nov 27. Photos courtesy of o2 Culture

the Beijinger Charity Super Quiz at Hard Rock Cafe on Dec 5. Photos by Judy Zhou

Hilton Beijing’s Christmas train launch and tree lighting ceremony. Photos courtesy of Hilton Beijing

Doubletree by Hilton played host to the “Champagne and Caviar Club Men’s Night” on Oct 24. Photo courtesy of Doubletree by Hilton



Hilton Beijing Wangfujing welcomed renowned Japanese composer Joe Hisaishi on Nov 30. Photo courtesy of Hilton Beijing Wangfujing

Hilton Wangfujing welcomed five Michelinstarred chefs for a night of the finest dining. Photos courtesy of Hilton Beijing Wangfujing

Award-winning designers and performers at the “Ray-Ban Rare Prints China Campaign“ party at The One Club. Photos courtesy of Ketchum

Founders of wedding website The Knot, Carley Roney and David Liu, launched their China website at JW Marriott Beijing. Photo courtesy of Redefine PR

Jet Li and Hublot CEO Jean-Claude Biver at the launch of Hublot’s Oriental Plaza store on Nov 29. Photo courtesy of Ketchum

Media mogul Hung Huang and music producer Zhang Yadong at Sanlitun Village’s Christmas tree lighting ceremony on Dec 8. Photos courtesy of Sanlitun Village

Discovery and BMW joined hands to produce Portraits: China – Profiling the Chinese Dream, which will highlight five iconic Chinese figures. Photo courtesy of Ketchum

Olympic champion Shaun White at Oakley’s press conference at Punk. Photo courtesy of Oakley




READER LETTERS Got an opinion? We’d sure like to hear it. E-mail us at Published letters will get you a free large pizza, salad or pasta, and bottle of New Zealand wine from the lovely fellas at Gung Ho! Pizza.

To the editor – What is the deal with all these new cupcake stores? Beijingers, have you lost your minds? That trend is so two years ago. The original bakery in New York City where it all started is now a tourist attraction – people from Idaho go there to feel like they’re in Sex and the City. That’s how over this trend is. And cupcakes, I mean, what are they? Nothing but a glorified spongecake. If I see another one, I swear I will throw it at somebody. Sachertorte, tiramisu, Napoleon slice … now those are proper desserts – something to celebrate. The fact that Beijingers are cooing over cupcakes just shows that this is a city of upstarts who have no compass about what’s worthy. But what do you expect from people who get TV shows two years late. Or who show up to afternoon tea at Capital M wearing pearls and hats, pretending they’re English nobility. C. Shaughnessy We say: Thank you for sharing. Please don’t turn to p73.

Dear the Beijinger, For many years I have enjoyed reading Beijing Boyce’s unbiased take on the BJ nightlife scene but unfortunately that renowned nonpartisanship is in doubt. I entered his Gung Ho! Beijingstyle pizza competition with what was quite obviously by far the best suggestion for a Beijing-themed pizza (the two seasons), but out of 17 entries this didn’t fall into the top ten. Please check out the other answers to see how poor the winning responses were. In light of this obvious travesty, please can you do the right thing and send me a pizza? Cheers, Zbj We say: Relax. Enjoy your pizza.


It’s a new year, and a fresh chance to better yourself. If you believe education is the tarmac on the road to selfimprovement, hop off the subway at Peking University’s East Gate.



On the campus’ northern side, the buildings concede to the dense trees and walkways surrounding Weiming Lake. January temperatures usually permit skating on the frozen lake, with skates and mini-sleds available for hire.

You disembark right outside China’s most revered seat of learning, Peking University (aka Beida). Equally illustrious rival Tsinghua University is just across the road. Broadly speaking, Tsinghua is known for attracting scholars of science, while Beida touches all bases of intellectual curiosity. If it’s time you were brushing up on the old Putonghua, both schools offer Chinese language programs for foreign students.


to English-language songs while making cakes. Just leave me alone in the kitchen.

in the future, but not right now. I’m patient, not in a hurry.

Exit Beida via the west gate, and trek up Yiheyuan Lu to the Old Summer Palace (Yuanmingyuan). The park’s signage barely conceals its appeal to patriotic zeal – British and French visitors in particular should bring all the humility they can muster. However, Yuanmingyuan is a good walk, and in winter, the bare trees and chill air cast a somber note befitting the sad sight of the park’s ruins.


SCENT FROM HOME by Emily Young


astry expert Zhang Juhua of Homaroma wants you to be able to enjoy healthy, homemade baked goods. (She’ll even make them gluten-free.) As she put the finishing touches on a pumpkin pie, Zhang talked with us about why Beijing needs another dessert delivery service.

16, and I’m now 30. All those years, I’ve been cooking for families as their housekeeper. Philippa Kelly, who comes from Austria, hired me six years ago and taught me how to bake.

Where did you learn to bake? To be honest, I used to have no idea what a boucheé (bite-sized dessert) was. I came to Beijing when I was

Do you have any personal baking rituals? I won’t talk when I’m working. I need concentration. Usually I listen



For now, Homaroma pastries are still only available via delivery? Yes. Maybe we will open a real shop

Homaroma. Free delivery within 3km of Gongti Beilu. (152 0117 3409 English, 135 2226 7314 Chinese)


Briefly introduce your products and team. Our cakes are made to order, even the same day, and delivered by my two assistants. They also do simple decorations under my guidance. We offer nut cakes, light cheesecakes, tarts, cupcakes, cookies and bars, as well as a selection of petites boucheés.

And your pastries are healthy? I see cupcakes on your product list. Haha, yeah. I wanted to use natural substitutes to make my cupcakes colorful. I bought fresh fruits and berries from Sanyuanli market and locked myself in the kitchen to experiment with making them into jams and mixing them with cupcake ingredients. Finally, I succeeded in making a range of cupcakes with colorful bases and frostings – but all-natural!




ome view it as a gift, others as a curse. But if you could wish everlasting life upon a fellow human, who would it be? We sent the unquestionably mortal Sophia Mansbridge out roaming the streets, armed with the Beijinger’s elixir to grant your request. “Batman, so he can keep fighting crime like a badass.” Koblar Jackson, 21, US

“I'd choose Trotsky, as he was never able to achieve his goal. Together we could achieve ultimate greatness. If not him, then somebody who I hate, to make them have to watch everyone around them die.” Cecilia Norberg, 18, Sweden

“Jesus Christ, but wait, haven’t you all heard the news? He is alive and forever will be. Repent or you will not be saved!” Todd Radons, 24, Canada

“My dog – she’s ace!” Georgia Barker, 26, England “The creator of my Chinese dictation class.” Alex Sherr, 18, Hong Kong

“Marx, to put everyone back in check.” Vivian Yeung, 27, Hong Kong



PAO PAO JIAO SPACE BALLOON Ever wondered why you only see bubble gum in music videos? Bubble gum is sexy, that’s why. At least it is if you’ve never got it in your hair and had your friend’s mum give you an emergency haircut. ( Worst yearbook photo ever, by the way.) But a ny w ay, t h i s s p a c e balloon stuff is cool for giving to your niece. It’s not gum. You have to blow the bubbles through a straw. Take that, Humbert Humbert. The only downside – and it is a worry – is that it smells like epoxy resin.

Available at grocery stores.








uch of the world is culturally united by the determination not to go back to using leaves and corncobs. But when choosing a toilet paper in Beijing, there is much more at stake than softness and absorption. Tragically, wiping with many of China’s most widely available brands of toilet paper supports a business that wipes out some of the earth’s most important rainforests.




serve not only as habitats for threatened species such as Sumatran tigers and orangutans, but are also one of Asia’s last viable carbon-absorption sinks. Deforestation has been the major factor in Indonesia becoming the world’s third-most prolific carbon emitter. China’s increasing consumption and importation of wood products has paralleled Indonesia’s increasing pace of deforestation. According to the UN, China is now the second-largest wood Pernicious paper trail importer in the world. Several of China’s most As the largest paper “PAPER PROUCTS IN CHINA, popular toilet paper products company in ESPECIALLY EVERYDAY-USE brands, including Breeze the Indonesian market, (清 风 ), Virjoy (唯 洁 雅 ) which has signifiPRODUCTS OF APP SUBSIDIARY APP, and Zhenzhen (真 真 ), cant business interests in BRANDS, ARE ALL MADE WITH are subsidiaries of the China, is an active agent Singaporean- operated in converting IndoneINDONESIAN WOOD PULP” Asia Pulp and Paper (APP, sian forests into Chinese aka 金光集团). Owned by paper products – like the the Indonesian conglomerate Sinar Mas Group, rolls of toilet tissue lining the aisles of most Beijing APP is notorious for one of the most dismal grocery stores. environmental records of any company in the Greenpeace China has been campaigning to world, in large part due to persistently unsustainraise awareness of this link. “We have confirmed able lumber sourcing practices. APP was discovthat APP subsidiary brands in China all use their ered to be logging illegally in Yunnan province own wood pulp,” says Ma Lichao, spokesman for as recently as 2005, but the core of its lumber Greenpeace China’s forest protection campaign. sourcing operation is in Indonesia, where wide“Paper products in China, especially everydayspread and rapid deforestation has devastated use paper products of APP subsidiary brands millions of hectares of tropical rainforests dur(including Zhenzhen, Virjoy and Breeze), are all ing the last few decades. Indonesian rainforests made with Indonesian wood pulp.”

PT INDAH KIAT PULP AND PAPER PLANT IN PERAWANG, OWNED BY THE APP GROUP Bad wood in the blend A 2009 Greenpeace report found that Breeze brand produc ts sold in China’s mainland contained traces of tree species native to tropical rainforests. “These products’ raw materials were definitely sourced from direct exploitation of tropical rainforests,” says Ma. Even the trees that are not sourced directly from virgin rainforests have a destructive environmental footprint, he explains. Evidence of human-planted tree species from Indonesia was also found. But the mere fact that these trees were not from natural-growth forests was no guarantee that they were being farmed sustainably. “In fact,” says Ma, “using these trees is also fundamentally problematic, because they are to a large extent cultivated on ruined land, or planted in forest clearings. This is forest that has endured severe punishment, but if you institute sustainable protection measures, it can still recover to its natural state, and then serve as habitat for endangered wildlife or absorb large amounts of carbon. But once this sort of exploitation is continued, the possibility of recovering to its original state is significantly reduced, and all of the carbon it had contained will be released. “So when we find evidence of either of these two kinds of wood pulp in their paper products, we see them as being a direct output of environmental damage.” Wipe with what? So, should conscientious consumers in China sim-





ply switch to Vinda (维达)? Unfortunately, it is not quite that easy. “As for other brands,” says Ma, “we have seen customs records showing their wood pulp to be imported directly from Indonesia. The same problems exist with other paper product companies that do business in China – not just the direct subsidiaries of APP. Some are supplied by APP-owned companies and some are not.” Sustainable options do exist, but consumers must be discerning to avoid buying environmentally destructive paper products. Kleenex (舒洁), owned by Kimberly-Clark (金佰利), sells a box tissue in Beijing grocery stores that has Forest Security Council (FSC) certification. But the vast majority of the brands on the market lack such certification.



WHAT YOU CAN DO Aside from leading consumer awareness against APP brands and expressing demand for paper products made from recycled wood pulp, what else can we do to help mitigate the destruction involved with paper production? • First, minimize paper consumption. In the office, consider printing documents double-sided, or avoid printing whenever possible. • Second, sort and recycle garbage and waste. This is especially meaningful in China, which has a relatively low wastepaper recycling rate of only around 38 percent (as compared to other countries, like the US, that achieve around 70 percent). China has immense room for improvement in this area, and we can all help. • By recycling, being mindful of the paper products we purchase and helping to pressure the industry, we can ensure that our daily business does not make us complicit in truly dirty business. Wipe clean. GREENPEACE CHINA PROTEST DEMONSTRATIONS AT A SUPERMARKET IN BEIJING, JULY 2010


Virgin sin But even most Kleenex brands of toilet paper available in Beijing claim to be made of 100 percent virgin wood pulp (原生木浆). Does this mean that every sheet of tissue was once part of a shelter for biodiversity? “Not necessarily,” says Ma. “The wood pulp used to make paper products might be a wood pulp that is used for the first time. This wood pulp may come from man-made forests; it might also come from natural forests.” Happily, then, for those prone to gruesome fantasies, the floor-to-ceiling stacks of sanitary tissue in grocery aisles do not necessarily represent, roll-for-roll, the literal legacy of tropical deforestation. On the other hand, with nearly every available brand trumpeting its 100 percent virgin pulp composition, are there any rolls that consumers can be certain are not by-products of deforestation? Although it can be difficult to track down, toilet paper made from recycled wood pulp (再 生木浆) is available in Beijing’s more upmarket grocery stores. (However, a recent research trip to the Jenny Lou’s at Chaoyang Park found only a full shelf of virgin pulp.) Recycled paper products are more commonly available in the US and Europe than in China, but just as useful as products

derived from virgin wood pulp. “From an environmental awareness standpoint,” Ma says, “this is a better choice.”

Turning up the pressure Even if conscientious consumers are able to track down one of Beijing’s rare packs of recycled wood pulp toilet paper, what can be done to change the industry before it is too late? The Greenpeace strategy is to apply pressure to APP, the industry leader, and force them to change the way that they conduct their business. “We hope that consumers will first stop buying APP subsidiary brand paper products,” Ma says. “Through this method we hope to be able to make APP aware that their practices are unsustainable. Our market does not accept it. Eventually, in the mid- to long-term, there will be more paper producers that pursue sustainability certifications such as FSC, which will allow consumers to have more choices as to brands and products that reflect consciousness of environmental protection.” Despite APP’s increasingly aggressive “greenwashing” counter-offensive, Greenpeace’s campaign against the pulp giant has already had some important successes. Several high-profile APP global business partners, such as Carrefour, Wal-Mart, Nestle and Unilever, have either ceased or drastically reduced their partnerships over sustainability concerns. Even HSBC promptly sold off their APP holdings when informed of the company ’s environmental disregard. APP is increasingly isolated for their incorrigible practices, but their business still booms here in China.

ECO STATS It requires 140 liters of water to produce a single roll of toilet paper Worldwatch Institute

12-15 million of hectares of global forest are lost annually

Deforestation causes 15% of global greenhouse gas emissions The world’s tropical forests hold of carbon

210 gigatons

Since 1994, over 540 new species have been discovered in the Borneo rainforest (including a frog with no lungs, the world’s longest insect, and a slug that fires love darts at its mate) WWF

The number of Burmese snub-nosed monkeys remaining in the wild is 300 Fauna and Flora International

In China, 100 billion fewer plastic bags have been thrown out as a result of the ban on free plastic bags initiated in 2008 GOOD

It’s estimated that 60% of plastic bags in China are still given out by retailers for free, due to poor enforcement of the ban

Of the 50 nuclear power plants currently under construction worldwide, 30 are in China China’s central government has committed USD 17 billion to producing 5 million new energy (including electric and fuel cell) vehicles and 15 million fuel-efficient conventional vehicles by 2020


of the world’s solar photovoltaic (PV) systems are manufactured in China US Department of Energy

By 2020 , renewable energy is projected to constitute 18-20% of China’s total energy consumption The Guardian




LIES, DAMNED LIES AND ... In Beijiing, one out of every five children of school age is obese. obese

Win two vouchers for a goodie bag from the Beijinger for correctly answering this month’s Trivia Travails. Answers to

Be first to spot this month’s Bogus Ad and win two vouchers for Oriental Taipan spa (worth RMB 438 each). Answers to

Also up for grabs this issue are: a Hoegaarden gift pack, an RMB 300 voucher for Ganges Indian Restaurant, a large pizza, pasta/salad and a bottle of New Zealand wine from Gung Ho!, and a bottle of Amherst Daisy Creek

Chardonnay (worth RMB 200) To win these prizes, look out for the competition questions throughout this month’s issue!


TRIVIA TRAVAILS Each month we run a series of questions based on the content of the issue. Answer them correctly and win free stuff!

TELL US A JOKE Answers to December’s Trivia Travails:

This month’s prize is a goodie bag from the Beijinger.

1. c) traditional Chinese medicine 2. c) DJ Craze 3. d) Greeks 4. b) networking 5. a) milk 6. b) Hungry Kids of Hungary 7. a) Oakley 8. b) the Impossible Black Tulip

E-mail answers to

Last month’s winner was James Learnard.

1. Which of the following is a specialty of Longkou? a) pork-rib baozi b) soup dumplings c) lamb noodles d) shrimp wonton 2. Anthony Evangelista works at: a) Candy Bar b) Sushi Bar c) Baijiu Bar d) Champagne Bar

5. Which type of tea has the most caffeine? a) green b) jasmine c) pu’er d) black tea 6. Guam is an overseas territory of: a) the United Kingdom b) the United States c) the United Colors of Benetton d) United Dairies

3. Hu Song, lead singer of Yaksa, is also a: a) professional soccer player b) acupuncturist c) tattoo artist d) PE teacher

7. Which of Shakespeare’s plays is being performed as a ballet this month? a) Hamlet b) Antony and Cleopatra c) Troilus and Cressida d) Romeo and Juliet

4. What is designer Ji Pingsheng’s Chinese zodiac sign? a) mouse b) dog c) rabbit d) rooster

8. The acronym BIIH stands for: a) Beijing International Igloo Hire b) Beijing International Internship House c) Beijing International Ice Hockey d) Beijing Intercity Ice Harvest



Pauline Tan, Beijing Vista Clinic A couple brings their newborn son to a pediatrician for a checkup. When the doctor is done, he tells the couple, “You have a cute baby.” Though pleased, the mother says to the doctor, “I bet you say that to all new parents.” “No,” he replies. “Just to those whose babies really are good-looking.” “So what do you say to the others?” “He looks just like you.” Beijing Vista Clinic’s doctors unanimously agree that laughter is the best medicine.



by Jonathan White



ony’s was a name that I kept hearing. He was a young man, I was told, who had turned his life around and was now helping others do the same. They said that I wouldn’t believe his story. So I made arrangements to take a training session with him. When Tony greets me at the Human in Motion gym, I fear I may have bitten off more than I can chew. From the photos, I expect that he’ll be in good shape, but in person he looks like a cage fighter. Yet he’s unerringly polite, well-spoken and has the posture that your mother used to clip you around the ear for slouching out of. It’s the air of someone who rose to be the head of the school in a British military academy. I’m told that I will start with some running, which leads me to expect a jog outside. Instead, Tony leads me to a five-meter strip and gets me sprinting and lunging. He wants to study my technique – and to see where my body is imbalanced – so as to devise a program for me. After spending an hour battling gravity, resistance bands and my own body weight, I realize that getting the body of an Adonis is sweaty, nauseous work. That isn’t the only thing I’m learning. For every exercise, Tony explains the science behind it with a clarity and enthusiasm that communicates not just knowledge but a desire to educate.



Seeing Tony with the kids at the afterschool physical-fitness sessions that he runs at the Western Academy of Beijing (WAB), it’s obvious that he’s a natural leader. The dozen or so kids, who are at that stage where hormones have more hold over you than anything except your peers, are excited to see him. At once in charge and at ease, Tony slips into work mode and starts handing out high-fives before asking the kids what they’ve been eating for lunch. “Annie’s,” say a few kids. Tony’s response is a quizzical raised eyebrow. The other members of the group fall silent until a healthy answer presents itself. “I had pasta,” volunteers one girl. “Which sauce?” Tony demands. Another awkward pause. “Meat ...” “Good.” Such an approach might seem strange with teenagers but the students are responding to it.



Not only is attendance at these voluntary fitness classes sky-high, but the kids participate in the workouts – which comprise group circuits using the participants’ own body weight or high-tempo sparring with pads – with unbridled vigor. Tony’s enthusiasm is contagious. He’s passionate to the point where you feel that you’d be embarrassed if you gave less than 100 percent. Most of all, he’s got what they want: a physique that most of us think only achievable with an airbrush. He didn’t always look like this. It was last summer when Tony realized that he needed to change his life. After completing his Chinese studies at Tsinghua, he – like most of his peers – faced the problem of how to make ends meet. Unlike most new graduates, however, he was drained emotionally. In 2009, Tony had made a trip to Dubai to visit his father David, who worked as a football and swimming coach. On the last day of his stay, his dad suffered a cardiac arrest in front

of him. Not only did Tony have to rush his father to the nearest hospital, but it was a private facility and the costs soon spiraled. Tony extended his stay in the Emirate, raising funds from the parents of David’s pupils to cover the medical bills as well as the cost of repatriating his father to the UK. Three months and thousands of dirams later, Tony finally managed to bring him home on life support, but doctors told the family that he would never recover. A week later, David passed away. Af ter returning to Beijing to finish his studies, Tony chose a path that most of us wouldn’t be able to survive: working 16- to 20-hour days spread over a variety of jobs. The hours between 9pm and 6am were spent in a call center; daylight hours were spent on a combination of teaching Chinese, coaching sports, substitute teaching and even babysitting. It was a far cry from his goal of joining the British Royal Marines as an officer. Tony’s sleep, diet and his home life suffered. “What I gained in money I was losing in spirit,” he says of that time. “Each day I wasn’t just fighting exhaustion, I was fighting grief.” “I found myself overworked, overstressed and feeling like I was trapped in a never-ending cycle. At 113kg with 24 percent body fat, I had no energy and little motivation. I asked myself when I had been happiest – it was when I was healthy and when I was a leader. None of my jobs were offering that,” Tony says. “I started to do some real soul-searching.” Epiphanies are all well and good but they are worthless if you don’t act upon them. Fate stepped in when Tony saw an advertisement for the World Health Store’s 12-Week Challenge. For some reason that was the day that the words “Transform Your Body & Life!” resonated. And the promise of a cash prize didn’t hurt. Tony set himself the goal of looking like Gerard Butler in the film 300. His devotion to that goal was Spartan. With his assortment of jobs, it would not have

been practical for him to spend all day at the gym, so he maintained his work schedule and somehow managed to squeeze in two hours of training each day, six days a week. He always started with 20 minutes of high-intensity cardio, followed by 15 minutes of core exercises, and then mini-circuits without resting – alternating days on the upper and lower body – split equally between weights, machines (if he could make it to the gym) and body-weight exercises. At the end of each month, he tackled the “300 Workout,” a grueling 300-rep routine used by the cast of the movie. He also changed his eating habits completely. “I only drank water and I ate every three hours – I consumed about 25 egg whites, broccoli, vegetable soup, chicken and four protein shakes each day.” It wasn’t easy. Tony struggled to hold down all his jobs while keeping focused on his training regimen. “During the 12 weeks, I continually told myself, ‘As long as I am committed to my goals, I will find a way,’” he said. “I didn’t think about anything else.” About halfway through the three months, things began to change. Not so much in Tony – although his physique was growing ever-more chiseled – but in other people. People started to ask him exactly what he was doing. “Do you think I can do that too?” they asked him. Tony found himself with a following – and a burgeoning sense of responsibility toward them.

When we meet for a second session, Tony has decided that my hips need to be balanced and my core strengthened. Apparently, years of playing football have left me lopsided. He leads me through more resistance work, this time even more tailored to my needs. In that hour, I discover exactly how much my legs can bend. “They might feel like they are going to break, but the human body is strong,” Tony tells me before he bends me like Stretch Armstrong. Every stretch brings the feeling that something must snap – but through the pain comes relief. Afterwards, I can reach well under my toes from a standing position. The next day, my legs feel brand-new. B y t h e e n d o f t h e 1 2 - We e k Challenge, Tony was 16 kilos lighter. He had trimmed eight inches from his waist. His body fat was down to eight percent. This transformation was enough to win him the prize for Best Male and Best Overall Competitor. Despite the fact that he’d initially been attracted to the prize money, Tony found that his new lifestyle was what he valued most. “By becoming healthy again, I didn’t just gain fitness,” he says. “My dedication and focus brought me the respect of my friends, colleagues and the community. My attitude and new healthy lifestyle conveyed the image and manners of someone to follow, someone to lead.” After his victory, the requests from staff and kids to be trained came in even more thick and fast. Tony put together his own

training system, Four Point Fitness, based on the four principles that underscored his own regime: discipline, focus, commitment and momentum. It’s these principles that are guiding the pupils at WAB, that are guiding the regimes set for Tony’s adult clients, and that have earned this fledgling fitness company an expanding roster that already includes, in collaboration with the Human in Motion gym, two Chinese Olympic gold medalists. “I’ve realized that I want to inspire others to be their best,” Tony says. “To find the discipline within themselves to focus on their goals. To commit to a plan and with each success, no matter how small, they build momentum that carries them to their ultimate goals – whatever they may be.” Tony’s story would have been inspiring enough if he had merely transformed his body, but people are responding to him because they see a man who transformed his life as well – and is eager to help others achieve their potential. It’s a tale that is as fleshed out as his physique. The focus he learned under the tutelage of the military is no longer used for catching five-minute naps between shifts. He’s using it now to do what he knows and loves. In December, he even found himself seated at the top table of the British Chamber of Commerce’s annual Christmas party, having been invited to introduce Four Point Fitness to an audience that included the British Ambassador. Tony is as surprised as anyone by the speed at which it has all taken off, but that doesn’t mean he’s slowing down. He won’t be pinned down on where it’s going, though. “When I look at where I was – and where I am now ...” He grins and shakes his head. Whatever the future holds, he’s not losing sleep over it. For more information about Four Point Fitness, contact Tony Nicholson at






Instructions: Players take turns rolling one die; the first to reach the final square wins.

Unlike your old apartment, your new flat is located away from the main road. Go forward 5.

The jianbing diet: cheap, convenient and great for weight-loss, no? Go back 2. Swear off bikes after your fifth one is stolen. What is the point of locks?

“I’ll just check my work emails before going to bed.” Go back 2.

Your nation’s president offends China. Lie low. Go back 2.

Skip the elevator and take the stairs. Go forward 3.

HONK! Texting while walking nearly gets you run over. Go back 3.

Get horticultural. Buy an areca palm to purify the air. Go forward 3.



Boss: “We see outstanding possibilities for you elsewhere.” Go back 8.

Adopt the practice of hara hachi bu (only eating until you’re 80% full). Go forward 5.

Install water filter. Roll again.

Quit smoking. Go forward 10.

Street vendor causes a scene when you unwittingly try to pay with a fake 50 kuai bill. A crowd stares. Lose face, laowai.

Cabbie claims garlic is great for the heart. Well, he would know. Go forward 1. Visit Beijing United for checkup. Receive all-clear. Go forward 3.

Sign up for a team sport. Go forward 3.

Eat super-spicy food. Feel your metabolism revving up.

You never belt up when riding shotgun. Have you seen the traffic mortality statistics? Go back 6.

Co-worker pratfall sets off massive belly laugh. Go forward 2.

All the taxis have their lights on, but none will pick you up. Keep waiting.

“An hour on the Third Ring Road, and we only moved three blocks. Arrrgh!” Go back 5.

Rescue a cat. Go forward 3.

US Embassy ranks today’s air pollution as “crazy bad.” Go back 5.

Get “trapped” in jam-packed subway, miss your stop. Go back 3.

“Did the sun set, like, at 3pm today?” Cry in the dark at home.

Upcoming holiday week means you’re working the weekend. Bummer. Stay at your desk.

Vinegar helps lower blood sugar levels after a high-carb meal? Bring on the jiaozi.

Cut soda out of your diet. Roll again.

Set up weekly Skype chats with family and friends back home. Go forward 3.

Beijing Railway Station at Spring Festival. You get caught in a stampede and survive – only to find your wallet missing. Ouch. Go back 3.

Start flossing. Enjoy moral high ground. Start taking lunchtime yoga class. Go forward 9.

Start snacking on a handful of nuts every day. Roll again.

Wake up in The Den. Go back 2.

“So any orange-colored veggie will improve my eyesight?” Hi there, sweet potato vendor.

Develop smoker’s cough ... and you don’t even smoke. Go back 7.

Third attempt to register your dog at the PSB. Count to ten and breathe deeply.

Find out that your favorite street-side stall has been making its yogurt out of cardboard. Go back 3.

Work visa renewal inexplicably delayed. You begin feeling sharp stomach pains. Go back 2.

Eat breakfast regularly. Go forward 2.

Landlord announces he’s selling the flat – you have one week to find a new place. Go back 1.

Sooty snot. Keep blowing your nose.

Ah, so that’s what goji berries taste like. Go forward 1.

Spicy hot-pot-flavored potato chips are amazing! Decide to eat them for lunch every day. Go back 2.

Discover that grilled mackerel is freakin’ delicious. Go forward 3.

La duzi. Spend three days in bathroom. Miss a turn.

Elderly Beijinger pokes you in the belly: “You’re too young to be this fat.” Go back 1.

Whaddya know, blackout curtains actually do help you fall asleep faster. ZZZZZZ.

“Ewww, did you see that? The cook is re-using the cooking oil!” Go back 2.

Hit the gym after work. Roll again.

Why’s the sky yellow? Oh, it’s a sandstorm. Go back 8.

Enjoy 10 kuai cocktails in dive bar; wake up with million-dollar headache. Go back 4. Learn to meditate. Go forward 2.

Friend talks you into trying out colonic irrigation. Can’t ... stop ... whimpering.

Too much late-night eating. And you’ve got McDonald’s on speed dial. Go back 2.

Get married. If you’re a man, go forward 2. If you’re a woman, stay right there.

Start wearing a face mask. Why is everybody laughing at me?

“I just can’t function without my morning coffee …” Actually, as it turns out, you can.

Ayi steals from you and then skips town. Go back 6.

Fall asleep during massage. And sleep soundly that night too. Go forward 1.

YOU’VE PLAYED THE GAME, NOW FACE REALITY ... You’ve taken up smoking? You stink. Go back to the start.


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NIBBLES NEW ARRIVALS At the World Financial Center in the CBD, Cornerstone is a stylish new Italian (see What’s New, p26) serving pizzas and more. In nearby Central Park, there’s a new branch of Jenny Lou’s, and just south of that you’ll find Gori, an international eatery from the muchloved Igosso/Pekotan team; their menu offers everything from Thai to teriyaki. Comptoirs de France has opened an eighth location in Xingfucun, following on the heels of their new Pacific Century Place store. Another new p atisserie is Waffle Boy in Sanlitun Soho, baking up some superbly aromatic pastries. Right downstairs, Tribeca now offers diners international cuisine and set menu deals. There will be no shortage of cheap burgers in the CBD. Burger King in Shin Kong Place is finally open, so those of us on the eastside can enjoy Whoppers with ease. N e a r b y, i n C h i n a W o r l d M a l l , Fatburger will be opening a second location in March. A little further south, Grinders is a new restaurant a n d b a r i n S h u a n g j i n g, s e r v i n g sandwiches, beer and more.



Following the popular Dali Courtyard set-menu model, Life List features Hunan food in a spacious courtyard setting.




t’s January, a new year and we’ve all just put a month of holiday festivities behind us, but Chinese New Year banquets and vacations are just around the corner. I t ’s tempting to just plow ahead with the feasting, but why not take a little breather and start this year eating a little healthier? To go with the theme of reinvention, here are some ways you can be a little kinder to your body. Organic food has become much more widespread in Beijing; stores such as Lohao City stock an impressive number of organic goods, from fresh produce and juices to grains and oils. A more limited selection has also started to appear at Jenny Lou’s and other foreign supermarkets. Local organic farms such as God’s Grace Garden and De Run Wu will even deliver right to your

door anything from seasonal greens and grains to chickens and eggs. For those who fear melamine and other unknowns, dairy farms such as Green Yard deliver organic dairy products that are not only free of harmful additives, but also taste far better than mass market brands (see p91). This month, TCM practitioner Alex Tan provides advice on natural ways to treat and prevent colds (see p32). Beijing is also home to Tongrentang, the largest producer of TCM remedies in China. Whether you’re looking for natural remedies for winter sicknesses or just interested in perusing Chinese health foods, this is a great place to start your explorations. TCM newbies might want to try Nin Jiom cough syrup and watermelon-frost lozenges to help alleviate that hacking Beijing

Over in the Gulou neighborhood, there’s a smattering of cute new dining options. Yoshi Izakaya offers a variety of affordable Japanese fare in a spare setting; Guitar Bar and Restaurant has also opened up in its new location.

cough we all succumb to at this time of year. Both are made from natural ingredients and work far better than most Western medicines. We’re also featuring a recipe for vegan macaroons (see p31) from raw food chef Jennifer McClelland, whose classes teach Beijingers how to make tasty but healthy substitutes for fatty favorites like burgers and pizzas. If raw foodism is a little too much to handle this early in the year, check out other cooking classes at The Hutong or Black Sesame Kitchen. By learning how to cook more of your favorite dishes, you can control the amount of oil and salt in your food and eliminate additives such as MSG. Besides, in this cold weather, hibernating is so tempting – learning to cook well for yourself may be your best bet to make it to spring a healthier you.

A little further south, down by the National Art Museum, Little Yunnan likewise offers a coz y hutong atmosphere, with Yunnan specialties and home-brewed rice wine. The latest news on the long-awaited Nobu has it set to open this month. Let’s cross our fingers.

OTHER NEWS Le Petit Gourmand, which shut for renovations, has reopened in time to celebrate its tenth anniversary with a new look and a new attached bar, Le Zinc. Kiosk has closed its Nali Patio location, but the Serbian sandwich shop’s other location in Gongti remains open. Swagat has closed its doors as well. Award-winning SALT and Terra are starting the New Year with a new chef, Paulo de Souza. This Peruvian chef arrived recently from Spain, where he worked at a Michelin-starred restaurant. He’s already put his personal touch on the menus at both SALT and Terra.





BAO DINGDING 鲍顶顶会所 By reservation only. H12, King’s Garden Villa, 18 Xiaoyun Lu, Chaoyang District (6461 5918) 朝阳区霄云路18号京润水上花园别墅H12

Bao Dingding’s kitchen is supposedly headed by the former personal chef to Li Ka-shing, Hong Kong’s richest man. Restaurants here are prone to gushing about their chefs, with words like “Michelin” and “celebrity” readily tossed about. The Cantonese-dominated menu hits enough high points to suggest the chef kept Mr. Li happy. Intended mainly as a venue for receptions, Bao Dingding is also available by reservation for regular diners. It’s reminiscent of the stately homes where detectives solve crimes of passion committed by aristocrats. The minor offender here was an oversized (but tasty) slab of foie gras. But the deliciously crisp asparagus, pan-seared sea bass and fluffy, dainty egg tarts? It was the chef, with the market-fresh ingredients, in the kitchen. Iain Shaw Also try: Ah Yat Abalone, Crystal Jade RITZY DINING WINNING CHICKEN CURRIES AND MORE


KHAN BABA PAKISTANI RESTAURANT 汗巴巴巴基斯坦餐厅 Daily 11am-3pm, 6-10.30pm. Courtyard 4 (southeast of Nanjie), 4 Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District (6506 0976) 朝阳区工体北路4号院


t’s not much to look at. Despite being newly opened, the carpet is worn – and dusty plastic vines dangling overhead rarely inspire confidence for a fine dining experience. When we wandered

Standout dishes: Lahori samosa, chicken hot karahi Also try: Mughal’s, Yadgar



DU 渡 Daily 11.45am-2pm, 5.30-10pm. E110-E112, World City, 10 Dongdaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District (8590 7466) 朝阳区东大桥路10号世界城E110-E112

With a head chef from Edomae Sushi, a favorite with the local Japanese community, Du features lunch sets (RMB 25-80) so popular that Club Du downstairs is occasionally used to seat the overflow. The 24 bento-box options range from ramen to sushi to pork; all are balanced out with salad, soup and fruit. Try the roasted eel (RMB 35) or roasted mackerel (RMB 30) over rice, both of which are cooked perfectly: the former soft and sweet, the latter juicy but properly salted. Dinner traffic languishes due to higher prices, but if you hang out at Du before a screening at Stellar International Cineplex – which is located a few doors down and shares an owner – you may see Chinese directors and movie stars downing a seaweed cocktail (RMB 28), a shooter including sweet vinegar and raw quail egg, served in a champagne flute. Emily Young Also try: Hatsune, Isshin



in at lunchtime, the bargain RMB 38 buffet looked lusterless, and even the menu was disheartening, featuring an oddly large list of Chinese dishes. Turn a blind eye to all this and focus on the flavors. As my charming lunch companion Pablo noted, the Lahori samosa (RMB 22) is the Pakistani version of Canadian poutine. Take something fried (a samosa rather than fries) and smother it with something saucy (curry instead of gravy) and something delicious (mango chutney subs for cheese curds). The result was marvelous – Pablo licked the bowl. The other dishes were nearly as praiseworthy, and made us ashamed of our snap judgment. After all, it’s China – shouldn’t we be used to delectable dishes emerging from the most humble of settings? The chicken hot karahi (RMB 56) was enjoyably unusual, flavorful and spicy from the whole pickled peppers which burned pleasantly but retained tartness. The Lahori mutton choole is a mild sweet Punjabi curry featuring black chickpeas (RMB 58). Retaining the texture and chew of the lentils, the spinach daal (RMB 40) was likewise bowl-scrapingly delightful, and rounded off our feast in high form. The low point was the naan (RMB 15), a dense Xinjiang-style bread rather than the fluffy tandoori flatbread we were expecting. In short, skip the buffet, skip the Chinese food, ignore the chintzy décor and just enjoy Khan Baba’s excellent curries. Jen Leung




GORI Daily 11.30am-10pm. 1/F, Bldg AB, The Office Park, 10 Jintong Xilu (east of The Place), Chaoyang District (8590 6266) 朝阳区金桐西路10号远洋光华国际AB座1层


amed for a knuckle-walking primate, this gourmet wine bar/cafeteria is the latest evolution for the team behind Kitchen Igosso and Pekotan bakery. Gori combines central elements of both: the excellent bread and a wall of wine from Pekotan complement the expertly made Japanese-style Italian cuisine of Igosso. But these are just the basics at Gori, which offers a veritable smorgasbord of quality international eats. Two walls of windows, stretching from floor to high ceiling, create a bright, open and casual executivecanteen environment. The menu provides healthful

and flavorful business lunches of pastas, rice dishes, soups, salads and sandwiches (all RMB 48-98 from 11.30am-2pm), as well as a “for wine” selection of dishes geared towards the after-work crowd. The cuisine draws from all over the culinary map, including pho, laksa, hot dogs, nasi goreng, risotto, chicken rendang, Thai curries and an entire page of paellas (RMB 98-178). Don’t bet against innovative offerings such as dandan mian with organic udon noodles (RMB 48) or penne with Thai green curry (RMB 58). This crew has the expertise to excel with such tantalizing

fusion dishes. Case in point – the teriyaki pork sandwich (RMB 58) features tender slices that are expertly saturated with sweet saucy flavors, while the rustic bread is testament to the fact that the owners run one of Beijing’s best bakeries. Factoring in the fresh juices, coffees, cocktails, draft beers, obligatory Wi-Fi, and friendly, professional service, Gori should become a favorite for discerning primates of all walks of life. Gabriel Monroe Standout dishes: Paella, teriyaki pork sandwich Also try: Pekotan, Kitchen Igosso




Daily 10am-9pm. 28 Xiguan Hutong (west off Dongsi Beidajie), Dongcheng District (6407 9782) 东城区东四北大街西侧细管胡同28号


Ningxia is often (undeservedly) overlooked when it comes to China’s regional cuisines. That’s a pity, for a bowl of piping-hot Ningxia noodles is exactly what you want on a cold night. Fortunately, friendly musician Sijia has opened Xixia Fengqing in time for us to take some of the chill off winter. Anyone with a fondness for al dente pasta should try the toothsome handmade noodles (RMB 12-15). We loved the hearty banmian (拌 面 mixed noodles), with toppings ranging from vegetarian options to a deeply flavorful lamb and eggplant.

All the lamb comes from Ningxia, and can be ordered in scrumptious dishes such as labao yanggaorou (辣爆羊羔肉 chilli pepper-fried lamb, RMB 36) and fentang yangpai (粉汤羊排 RMB 48), a warming mutton broth with potatoes and wide mung-bean noodles. These dishes need to be ordered 24 hours in advance but are well worth the forethought. With a mug of hot eight-treasure tea (RMB 16-26) and a Xixia beer (RMB 10), I’m ready for winter’s worst. Shelley Jiang Also try: Huanghe Shui Shaanxi Mianguan




CAGE’S CRAB HOUSE 凯奇螃蟹屋 Daily 5-11.30pm. A102, 1/F, Shifanghaoting, 16 Xinyuanli Nanlu, Chaoyang District (8453 1376) 朝阳区新源里南路16号世方豪庭1层A101

A cartoon crustacean beckons you into this casually decorated restaurant, which serves genuine giant crabs imported from Alaska, Australia, the UK and Canada. These big guys, all around one kilo each, are held in an aquarium next to the entrance. Pick one and it will be brought to your table 20 minutes later, well-steamed and ready to be cracked with a wooden hammer. If you’re overwhelmed by the variety, choose the bread crab over the Canadian Dungeness (both RMB 398) – it’s plumper, has better flavor

and the crab cream butters the interior, enhancing its sweetness and tenderness. Dips include melted butter, but the ginger-flavored vinegar is even more pleasing. Highrollers should try the pricey Alaska King (RMB 1,180), which needs to be reserved one day in advance. The more prudent will opt for set menus (ranging from RMB 498 for two to RMB 1,680 for six), which include soup, crab salad, crab cakes, fried fish and dessert. Emily Young Standout dish: Bread crab



CORNERSTONE 薏 Daily 10am-11.30pm. W-105, World Financial Center, 1 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu (southeast corner of Jingguang Qiao), Chaoyang District (8587 8488) 朝阳区东三环中路1号环球金融中心W-105号(京广桥西南角)


n the former dining dead zone of the CBD, where diners seeking Western fare were once forced into pricey hotel restaurants, snazzy little places are popping up – for example, the lovely LMPlus in Central Park. Cornerstone is likewise a smart Italian restaurant; if it’s less cozy and less consistent, it also offers a larger menu and better-than-average takeout pizzas to boot. The food is hit or miss, but the portions are commendably enormous so there is no danger of leaving hungry. The braised beef ravioli (RMB 48) disappeared quickly; the porcini cream sauce was earthy and rich. But nearly untouched was the tagliolini (RMB 48) tossed with mealy frozen seafood and infused with a






Standout dishes: Ravioli al brasato, Parma ham pizza Also try: LMPlus, L’Isola





mysterious funky flavor. Topped with spicy rocket and generous chunks of parmesan, the Parma ham pizza (RMB 68) is undeniably good, if not spectacularly authentic. Th e c o r n e r l o c a t i o n a l l ow s sunlight to stream into the highvaulted dining room; the restaurant’s location in the World Financial Center makes it a logical lunch stop for business people nearby. The ambitious menu ranges from pizzas to homemade pastas, with a wide selection of soups, starters and meats. Only the wine list is limited; sadly, there is but one wine available by the glass. I t ’s not the most authentic Italian, but Cornerstone offers CBDdwellers another decent mid-range Italian option. The service verged on overattentive, but the soothing setting combined with lunch deals (three courses at RMB 68) gives you good reason to drop by if you’re in the neighborhood. Jen Leung




e grew up in the town of Bergamo in the Lombardy region of I taly, but Chef Marino began his career training to be a pastry chef in Toulouse, France. Eventually, he found his way back to northern Italy – specifically, the kitchen of the Michelin-starred restaurant La Fermata. After working as Chef de Cuisine for the Shangri-La in Guangzhou, Chef Marino now cooks up Mediterranean fare at Sureño in The Opposite House. Recently, he took a few minutes to chat about his favorite places to eat around town.

and hanging with Giuseppe is like being in Italy … I find going there always gives me a few good relaxing moments from a busy day.

FAVORITE CHINESE Made in China I love going out to eat in the evening because the variety of Chinese food here is really unlimited, but when I really want to savor something unique, I go to Made in China. I am guaranteed a satisfying experience each time I go there.

GUILTY PLEASURE McDonald’s Sometimes I wake up early and I don’t even think about where I am going and find that my legs automatically take me to the big McDonald’s in Sanlitun Village South. By then I realize that it’s too late to change my mind and so I don’t even feel guilty; I even order double. McDonald’s is something I should stay away from because I am on a diet, but I just can’t resist.


BEST VALUE Jin Ding Xuan One place I go to late at night is Jin Ding Xuan. It is perfect for everything from dim sum to soups to fresh seafood. Often my friends and I end up there to eat dandan mian and dim sum at very affordable prices. A QUICK BITE La Pizza Whenever I have a quick break from working, I go have a coffee or a pizza at La Pizza. It’s very close to Sureño,

SPECIAL OCCASION River Club When I want to celebrate something I love to go for dinner with my girlfriend in a nice Italian restaurant. Most recently, we’ve been very much enjoying the River Club, for the good ser vice by Simone (the manager) and the excellent Italian food prepared by Andrea (the chef ).

TASTE OF HOME Mama’s spaghetti Nothing is better for an Italian than home cooking, especially when you are 10,000km from Mom, so my solution is spaghetti with garlic, olive oil and chillies. You can make it in ten minutes, and then I feel like I’m sitting in my family’s dining room and that’s a great thing.



FEATURE dishes. For Western fare, Jing Fun Veggie Cafe offers a panini (RMB 22) stuffed with tofu, cucumber, cheese and basil.



he humble soybean is considered one of the world’s “superfoods.” It’s a great source of protein and fiber but low in calories; moreover, it’s cheap and easy to grow. When processed, soybeans can be transformed into dozens of food products, the most popular being tofu. But this health food has often (and undeservedly) been branded bland and tasteless, a chore to eat rather than something to savor. Well, it’s January – a time for new starts and following through on that New Year’s resolution of eating healthier, so why not give it another shot? Here are some ways to enjoy this superfood anytime of the day. BREAKFAST Soymilk is ubiquitous in China, a n d m a ny B e i j i n g e r s e n j o y i t w i t h f r i e d youtiao for breakfast. The drink is good for you, the deep-fried accompaniments not so much. Should you want the delicious healthiness of soymilk paired with something substantial, try a fresh-ground soyshake (xianmo doujiang 鲜磨豆浆), available at food stands that blend up fresh soymilk with fruits (e.g. dates or hawthorn berry), five grains, nuts, corn or beans. The result is a thick, warm shake both hearty and good for you. Pop in a straw and you’ve got an ideal breakfast on the go. Though you may never have noticed them before, these stands can be spotted all around town; one popular chain is Douhao Soyshake.



DESSERT Soybean has even snuck into desserts. Although soy-based sweets may sound dodgy, don’t dismiss them without a taste – a friend’s homemade tofu chocolate mousse made me a convert. When made with quality ingredients, these desserts will win over even disbelievers with their velvety texture. The Internet is flooded with recipes for them, and silken tofu (the main ingredient) is easy to come by. But if you don’t feel like cooking, drop by Vegan Hut for some soymilk ice cream. As for Chinese desserts, the smooth and soothing tofu pudding (doufu hua 豆腐花) is a southern delicacy – slippery slices of the softest curd are scooped into a bowl and traditionally topped with sugar syrup flavored with ginger or osmanthus. Honeymoon Dessert even offers newfangled toppings, such as coconut milk with mango chunks. Addresses for all venues can be found in the Dining directory, starting p71.


LUNCH You can find some great lunch specials at vegetarian restaurants, where tofu is transformed into main-course delicacies. Samadhi Vegetarian Tea House has set menus starting at RMB 168, including items such as braised tofu in pumpkin soup featuring Japanese egg tofu. In the Lama Temple neighborhood, numerous Buddhist restaurants dish up wonderful soy-based entrees. Xu Xiang Zhai is rightly famous for it (they also serve up fake chuan’r and sushi made from wheat gluten and agar-agar, other healthier-than-meat alternatives). Around the corner, Fairy Su has a bargain lunch buffet featuring delectable tofu

DINNER Nothing warms you up in the wintertime like hot pot, but diners on a diet may be deterred by the copious amounts of fatty meat eaten in the name of hot pot. Did you know there are at least half a dozen types of tofu you can toss into the pot? Yunnan hot pot specializes in bean curd varieties from around the province, and they are bound to keep your taste buds interested. Baojiang doufu (包浆豆腐) means “wrapped liquid,” and the bean curd inside the skin is indeed supremely soft and watery. Jianshui (建水豆腐) and Shiping tofu (石屏豆腐) are named for two cities in south Yunnan. The bean curd ferments for a few days, then is roasted to a golden brown, after which they puff up into tofu pockets the size of a mantou. And the list goes on. Xiangcao Xiangcao Yunnan Hotpot is a popular chain where you can explore these specialty tofus – after stuffing yourself on a tofu platter, you may not even miss the meat. For real soy-lovers, Wu House’s Tofu specializes in tofu dishes – they make it in-house and even offer free soymilk. Their namesake dish, yikuai doufu (一块豆腐) is simply a hunk of luscious fresh tofu topped with scallions and bean sauce. Other notable dishes include stinky tofu (chou doufu 炸臭豆腐), tofu with crab cream (xiehuang doufu 蟹黄豆腐) and tofu with fish head (yutou doufu 鱼头豆腐).





lifetime tea fanatic who also holds top -secret US government security clearance, Charlene Wang gave up her work as a diplomat to focus on her true love. This obsession has taken her to tea fields in India, Bangladesh and Sri Lank a and innumerable historical tea shops all over the world. After six years in the Foreign Service, she started up Tranquil Tuesdays in Beijing, a social enterprise selling premium Chinese teas as well as artisan teaware made by Chinese artists. We chatted with Charlene about what motivates her, and what we should be sipping.

being more impor tant than my mission of quality and sincerity. But if you look hard enough you can find people who share your business philosophy. I must say, though, that quitting a cushy government job and its glam lifestyle was hard and I probably wouldn’t have done it if I hadn’t met Tony (my fiancé), who inspired me to just do it.

What is your favorite product? Tough question – it’s like asking a parent who their favorite kid is. I would say two teas stand out. First, our organic ancient-tree raw pu’er because it converted me into a pu’er fan. It feels like the embodiment of What made you decide to start a clean, fresh tree; also, our pu’er is up Tranquil Tuesdays? raw so the flavors are more subtle I wanted to star t a kick-ass tea and chilled out. Also our Tieguanyin. company to fill the gaping hole It’s from this fall’s harvest and superi n t h e p re m i u m fresh; it has such tea industry for a an amazingly “IT SEEMED SILLY luxury brand out enchanting aroma. of China. Up until THERE WASN’T A now, premium What do you COOL CHINESE tea companies hope to do with have had colonial Tranquil Tuesdays BRAND OFFERING relationships to tea, the future? HIGH-QUALITY TEAS” in but tea is such an I hope we will be essentially Chinese a b l e to a c h i e ve thing that it seemed silly there our goal of being a sustainable wasn’t a cool Chinese brand offering platfor m to offer women true high-quality teas. Moreover, I wanted empowerment through job training to create a sustainable-living entity and employment, thus making an that could become a platform for impact in as many lives as possible. women’s empowerment in a way Our inventory and accounts manager that I believe needed to be done. is a migrant worker from rural Dongbei. When you see her talents, What was it like to start up a drive and capabilities, you can’t help business in China? but wonder what her life would I would say the maxim “everything is be like if she had been born into difficult but anything is possible” is different circumstances. And of especially true about starting a course, I want to introduce great business in China. I’ve been Chinese teas and teaware in a fresh encouraged by this amazing way to the world market. entrepreneurial energy here, but a big challenge is dealing with the Hear Charlene Wang talk tea on general mindset of volume/profit Jan 18. See Events for details.






ew Year’s resolutions often focus on self-improvement; for lovers of alcoholic beverages, they usually involve the pledge to imbibe less come January. In China, moderation may seem even more important for those accustomed to toasting both the Western New Year as well as the Chinese New Year that follows shortly. So, how can you consume fewer alcoholic units without giving up your favorite vinous tipples? By drinking lower-alcohol wines. Alcohol by volume (ABV) for wines ranges between 5-20%, from lowalcohol sparkling wines to fortified wines at the top of the scale. White wines are typically lower in alcohol than reds, but 14% ABV Chardonnays from warmer climates obviously outstrip cooler climate reds at 12.5% ABV. This month’s selections all involve lower-alcohol wines, including one at an extraordinarily low 0.5% ABV. You can ganbei that to your heart’s content! ONE TO QUAFF 2009 Torres “Natureo” Muscat, Catalunya, Spain RMB 158 (Torres China) Available at ROOMbeijing, Wish With a mere 0.5% alcohol, this Muscat is nonetheless very much a

wine! Light green in color, the nose has attractive grapey aromas – very Muscat – followed by a dry palate with refreshing acidity. ONE TO DRINK 2009 Marcarini Moscato d’Asti, Piemonte RMB 222 (Aussino) Available at W Dine & Wine The classic medium-sweet and slightly sparkling Piemonte wine, also produced from Muscat, is around 5% ABV. This example from the reliable Marcarini is medium green-gold in color with an orange blossom and citrus nose. Make sure to get as young a vintage as possible. ONE TO SAVOR 2007 J. J. Prümm Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Kabinett, Mosel, Germany RMB 513 (ASC) Available at River Club, Xiao Nan Guo, Ole Supermarket Mosel Valley Riesling is classically low in alcohol (around 7-9% ABV). From a famous vineyard and top producer J. J. Prümm, this one is light green-gold in color with gorgeous aromas of green apple and mineral slate notes. Off-dry, light in body, with great length and a very age-worthy wine.

Edward Ragg is co-founder, with Fongyee Walker, of Dragon Phoenix Fine Wine Consulting, China’s leading independent wine consultancy and education service ( They write for the world’s wine magazines and several publications in China.






THEY’RE NOT COOKIE-CUTTER by Jennifer McClelland



an we have our cake and eat it too? Can’t desserts be b o t h h e a l t hy a n d t a s t y ? Yes. Natural, nutrient-dense and vitamin-packed whole foods in their unprocessed and unrefined states can contain more flavor and richness than their overprocessed counterparts, in which high-heat baking and frying have all too often decreased or destroyed the enzymes, antioxidants and micronutrients the body needs for optimal health. Take chocolate, for example. In its natural state (i.e. raw cacao), it’s a rich source of antioxidants, magnesium, iron, zinc and Vitamin C. Another example is the coconut; its meat and oil are wonderfully nourishing. (Just don’t mistake this luscious “good fat” for hydrogenated coconut oil.) To give raw foods a baked taste and texture, one can use a food dehydrator, a machine that mimics how the sun dries food in nature. Alternatively, you can try using your oven at a very low temperature. This new year, try these healthy, low-fat and delicious cookies – I bet you won’t even miss the sugar.

Note: For a vegan-friendly cookie, use raw agave nectar instead of honey.

Chocolate Orange Macaroons Ingredients 2 cups raw coconut flakes 1/2 cup raw honey 1/2 cup raw cacao powder 1/4 cup fresh orange juice 2 tablespoons cold-pressed coconut oil 2 tablespoons orange zest 1/2 teaspoon natural vanilla extract 1/4 teaspoon mineral sea salt 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon 1. Combine all ingredients. Mix together well. 2. Spoon into one inch-size balls and flatten onto wax paper. 3. Transfer to a food dehydrator tray and bake for 5 hours at 105°F (40°C). Remove the cookies from the wax paper, place them directly onto the dehydrator tray and dry for another two hours. 4. If using a conventional oven, set at the lowest temperature with the oven door open. Bake for about 15 minutes. 5. Serve warm or cool. Makes 16 to 18 cookies. Jennifer McClelland is a raw gourmet chef and private instructor. Details at and







lthough it is at times of greatest climatic instability – spring and autumn – when the flu strikes hardest, the cold of deep winter can easily seep into our bodies and lower our immunity. In other words, the extreme cold and wind of Beijing winter can indeed increase your susceptibility to flu symptoms. Modern medicine blames viruses for colds and flu. While traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) recognizes these bugs, it has a different method of analysis and treatment. When the flu strikes, TCM looks at the effects of the elements – wind,

A BODY STRUGGLING TO KEEP WARM WILL DIVERT ITS RESOURCES AWAY FROM IMMUNITY heat, cold, damp, dryness – on the body. The cold/flu is named according to which elements are storming though our bodies (e.g. Wind-Heat or Wind-Cold). While wind is the “spearhead of disease,” it seldom attacks alone – a body struggling to keep warm will divert its resources away from immunity, rendering it vulnerable to other elements. Thus common flu types include WindCold and Wind-Damp.


the cold and speed up recovery. Prevention, of course, is key. Strengthening the body to resist infection in the first place is always preferable to treating disease. Eating warm foods like soups creates warmth, supports the yin and yang of your kidneys and encourages qi. Try leek or ginger soup – or add these ingredients to congee – to strengthen immunity. Herbal tonics made from ganoderma mushroom (灵 芝 lingzhi) and astragalus (黄芪 huangqi) also build immunity. For hot phlegm (yellow or green), eat watercress, radish, daikon radish and seaweed. For cold phlegm (white), use fennel, cayenne, garlic, onions, mustard greens, horseradish and ginger. Other phlegm-clearing foods include potato, pumpkin, linseed, turnip, Job’s tears (薏 仁 yiren), tuna and mushrooms. In the cold of winter, keeping your feet warm will help the qi flow p ro p e r l y a n d b u i l d re s i l i e n c e. Winter is also the season to partake of medicinal liqueurs. Small amounts of wine – or even better, glögg or Glühwein – enliven the spleen, warm the digestive system, expel wind and cold, promote blood circulation, improve appetite and dispel fatigue. Don’t forget that a strong immune system is built upon the foundation of regular habits, good digestion and rest. Enough sleep and three balanced meals a day will do wonders for your immunity and your spirit. Alex Tan is a TCM practitioner and educator at The Hutong and Kocoon Spa Lounge. Details at



Western medicine generally treats isolated symptoms (e.g. dr ying up a runny nose, suppressing a cough) regardless of the underlying condition. TCM, on the other hand, will categorize and treat the same illness differently depending on individual factors. For example, in TCM, flu symptoms of fever, sore throat and nasal congestion means Wind-Heat flu, but strong chills, body aches and runny nose means Wind-Cold. The prescriptions are very different: Wind-Heat treatment will focus on clearing heat, and WindCold treatments warm the body. The key in TCM is to understand the pattern of the symptoms so that appropriate treatments can restore harmony in the body. TCM cures often involve raw or prepared herbs. For example, Wind-Heat flu can be treated with honeysuckle and forsythia powder (银翘散 yin qiao san), available in most p h a r m a c i e s . Te a r e m e d i e s include mint, chrysanthemum or mulberry leaf infusions that encourage sweating and thus cool the body. For Wind-Cold flu, try raw ginger, cinnamon twigs, schizonepeta (荆芥 jing jie) or magnolia flowers to heat up the body. The traditional remedy for stopping a cold is to treat it early, before it takes root. At the first sign of sickness, make a broth by simmering the white par t of three spring onions and two slices of ginger in two cups of water. After it reduces by half, add a bunch of mint and drink. Then hop into bed, tuck yourself in tightly to enhance perspiration and prepare to sweat the cold out. Timing is critical in TCM. The treatment must change as symptoms change and as the disease progresses. For example, if early-stage Wind-Cold herbs are used after the cold has set in, they will only drain the body – not helpful. If you are already sick with the flu, buy medicines from the TCM pharmacy to treat later-stage issues such as phlegm or cough. The most common Chinese medicine that I recommend is ganmao zhi ke (感 冒止咳) granules, whose main ingredient of thorowax root (chai hu 柴胡) helps transform


I IS FOR … … Ice smoothie 冰沙 Taiwan. These chill smoothies (baobing) are created by putting fresh fruit, roasted nuts or sweetened beans, milk and ice into a blender. The result has a fine consistency between snow and slush. Or, instead of using a machine to break up an ice block, you could make these smoothies the artisanal way : by slowly stirring sugar water in an ice-cold vessel until it crystallizes. Flavors vary from mango, mocha, green beans, red beans to peanut or black sesame. … Imperial concubine chicken 贵妃鸡 Shandong. After marinating, a whole chicken is first deep-fried, then steamed in a ceramic vessel; the steaming liquid (chicken broth

mixed with rice wine) lends the dish a beautiful fragrance. Yang Guifei, one of the Four Great Beauties of China, was the favorite concubine of the Tang dynasty emperor Xuanzong and famously fond of rice wine. Because this dish is strongly redolent of rice wine, it’s named after her. … “in the air” noodles 空中揪片 Shanxi. Noodle pieces are pinched off a large ball of dough and thrown through the air into a cauldron of boiling water. Similar to daoxiao mian, but because this type of pasta is snipped with the fingers, they’re not as long or thick as knife-cut noodles. In Shanxi, it was traditional for a bride and groom to eat a bowl of these on their wedding day, with the number of noodles corresponding to their age.

YOUR CALL READER REVIEWS FROM THEBEIJINGER.COM Hegel’s Bagels Bakeries and Delis serrot: Jordan schlepped all the way out to Lido to deliver his batamt bagels. What a mensch! We tried both the sesame and rosemary-garlic bagels. Both were fantastic – so full we had to lay down. If you’ve ever wondered why people get so defensive over New York-style bagels, do yourself a favor and order from Hegel’s.


Grandma’s Kitchen American HB sur fer: There were only two customers when I went there and they made me wait 15 minutes to order the food. It took them 30 minutes to “cook” a cheese omelet, but the cheese was crap and cold, just grated, not melted at all. The milkshake was more milk than anything else and the service was lousy. If you like cold crap to eat, go for it. The place is pure crap.

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ARIA 阿丽雅 Daily 11.30am-2.30pm, 6-10pm. 2/F, China World Hotel, 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District (6505 2266 ext 6644) 朝阳区建国门外大街1号中国大饭店2层


t’s the same classy space with earthy murals, stuffed armchairs and dim lighting. What’s new at Aria then? Matthew McCool and Matthew Lance (the new chef and new manager, respectively),

who are charged with breathing n e w l i fe i n t o a n o l d f a vo r i te. The revamped menu belies the old-school setting with modern twists and playful dishes, including additions from the trendy realm of

molecular gastronomy. A hands-down winner was the cured egg (RMB 120). A yolk is cured for two days in white wine, vinegar and herbs, laid upon a crisp potato nest and asparagus tips, finished

with olive liquorice and tomato essence. The yolk is silky yet tart and makes an astonishing dressing for this smartly textured dish. The slices of a near-rare Wagyu sirloin roast (RMB 500) were flawless alone, but the ar tfully arranged accoutrements – a scoop of marrow, foie gras and porcini powder, beetroot cubes and coffee – created sophisticated flavors. The coffee/beetroot combination in particular is a gem. Other mains are also promising, if less swoonworthy. Desserts are less inventive but still served with flair. The chocolate terrine consists of a jug of hot salted caramel poured onto white chocolate mousse, creating a melty, heavenly sludge. The cheesecake topped with caramel popcorn and pistachio is equally luscious but less likely to send you into sugar shock (RMB 70). The menu balances classics (Caesar salad) with distinctive new items (crisp goat cheese cannelloni). The thoughtful and substantial amuse-bouches (Wagyu steak tartare and open lobster ravioli among others) are only the icing atop the cake that is the new Aria. If you’ve never been, go. If it’s been a while, go expecting something new. Jen Leung






sauce for a whole day. While the Shandong mom mixed up the meat with freshly shredded cabbage and scallion, her husband, a chatty exserviceman, explained their origin. Pork-rib baozi are a specialty of their hometown, Longkou, a small county in Shandong province – a birthday treat. When these two moved to Beijing, they made these steamed buns for home parties; a friend fell in love with the taste and encouraged them to open a restaurant. Unlike with baozi that have a minced filling, when you use whole chunks of ribs, you can’t try to sneak by with low-quality meat. And the juices released from the bone help make these buns supersucculent. The dough is also special, involving a traditional leavening

process. Instead of dr y yeast, a laomian (老 面 ) star ter (dough reserved from an earlier batch) is used to rise the dough. These baozi are even socially conscious. “For every baozi sold, two fen is donated to a local pension fund. And the elderly enjoy a 20 p e rc e n t d i s c o u n t ,” t h e o w n e r explained. “Confucius was from Shandong, you know. So Shandong people have a long tradition of respecting the aged.” Finally, I got to taste a baozi from the piping-hot batch. They were

juicy – and yes, more work than your average steamed bun. But lots of people prefer bone-in steak to finechopped burger meat, right? So why couldn’t pork-rib baozi become a new trend? People of Beijing, maybe it’s time to investigate this possibility for yourselves. Tr y it: Shandong Mom’s Pork Rib Baozi. Daily 24hrs. Waiguan Xiejie (200m north of Daoxiangcun), Chaoyang District (6425 6505) 山东大娘排骨包子, 朝阳区外馆斜街 (稻 香村以北200米)


he rumors are true: A Shandong mom is serving baozi stuffed with pork ribs. That means every customer has to expend extra effort to extract and spit out the bones. Could these baozi possibly be worth the bother? I went to investigate. When I arrived, the batch was almost sold out, leaving three half-cooled buns. They were leafshaped and neatly pleated, typical of Shandong-style wrapping. Cute – but lukewarm wasn’t going to cut it. I insisted on trying one from the next hot batch, and prepared myself for the 40-minute wait. Restless, I slipped into the kitchen to check out the progress. Luckily, the hospitable Shandong owners showed me their secret: a basin of inch-long ribs that marinate in homemade



Wi t h t h e o p e n i n g o f G r i n d e r s , Shuangjing now has enough bars to make it a viable night out for a change from Sanlitun or Gulou. Try their Japanese Oedo beer (RMB 40/bottle), which comes in four tasty varieties. Adding to the Shuangjing explosion is The Loop, just north of Carrefour. It’s a cafe-bar with a pool table and more. Review next month. Next door to Kokomo, the tiny space formerly used by members’ club The Apar tment is now called McQueen’s.


Bar Blu reopened in mid-December with a new look featuring a large central bar. More next month. The Pavillion has been renamed Solidaz, which is coincidentally also the name of the band who’ll be adding a new focus on live music to this long-running Gongti Xilu bar. The first floor at Saddle Cantina has reopened under the name Saddle Social, offering tacos, affordable drinks and happy hour specials.





he Year of the Tiger is drawing to a close. No more big-catthemed parties and free drinks for wearing animal print. And since it won’t help you get free drinks, I’m also hoping for a moratorium on animal print in fashion. I sense the leopard print scarves are here to stay, but if nothing else, let’s see no more of those ridiculous tiger print onepieces generally sported in shopping malls whose names include the word “Place.” All this being the jurisdiction of our Style Editor, however, I’ll say no more. Farewell to tiger parties then, but the pointy ears of the Year of the Rabbit are already sticking up over the horizon. Still no concrete news on when we can anticipate the triumphant return of White Rabbit, though the hunt for a new warren continues. What is certain is that there will be Playboy bunny parties galore. Suzie Wong’s (Jan 14)

and Bling (Jan 7 and Jan 28-29) are so excited they’re getting the rabbit ears on early. Fans of The Smiths may like the sound of a night called “Hang the DJ,” but there are unlikely to be any benoosed decksmen or gladioli at School on January 1. Not to worry, Morrissey lovers, there are worse things than another night in with Strangeways, Here We Come on repeat. Also at School this month is local icon Helen Feng. Best known as the former singer of scene darlings Pet Conspiracy, Feng brings her Hit FM rock show to Wudaoying Hutong with a DJ set on January 27 to help launch FakeMusicMedia’s website. If you’re into nostalgia, January 15 offers plenty of outlet for wallowing. Prodigal son DJ Keza returns to cheer up Bling diehards, while those who still haven’t gotten over the 1980s can hit up Alfa’s paean to the Thatcher years. Last but by no means

at all least, people who spent their final year of high school drinking alcopops and dancing to the Vengaboys in provincial clubs should be aware that the same people responsible for the Dutch popsters are now bringing Dash Berlin to Yugong Yishan for a night of trance action. This month’s standout events are also on January 15, with visitors Zombie Disco Squad at Punk and Housemeister and DJ Edotronic burning up The Star Live. Finally, if you want to have any chance of seeing what a comedy film set in a Beijing adult shop looks like, get down to Salud on January 22 for the Red Light Revolution fundraiser. The film won’t be screened that night, but if they raise enough money you just might see it in multiplexes around town before too long. Ah, the optimism a new year brings. With that, I bid you a happy new year.

Beer Mania has introduced a new charity initiative with Drink for Charity Tuesdays. Each month, a collection box for a given charity will be placed at the bar. Customers can donate freely, but on the third Tuesday of the month RMB 10 from each drink sold will be donated to that month’s selected charity. This month, the m o n e y ’s g o i n g t o C h i l d r e n o f Madaifu – stop by on Jan 18. Quiz fans have two new choices. Owner Pat Walsh asks the questions at The Green Cap quiz night every Thursday. Meanwhile, Anthony Tao will be teaming up with Jim Kirchhoff to host the trivia night at the new Kro’s Nest on Xiaoyun Lu, although details had yet to be confirmed as we went to print. Soho New Town bar-with-a-view Surprise is offering customers their first beer for free throughout January.


One of Beijing’s longest-running drinking spots, Mexican Wave, closed down last month after a run of just over 20 years. In its glory days the venue drew big crowds from the old US Embassy, though more recent arrivals to Beijing may never even have heard of the place. Nanluogu Xiang’s infamous Ten Kuai Bar has bitten the dust. The purveyor of cheap yet highly dubious drinks is just one more victim of the spiraling rents demanded by landlords in that area. Here Bar closed, offer ing more evidence that the market for bars with terraces overlooking the Third Ring Road remains limited.




THE OTHER HALF Daily 2pm-late. At the back of International Wonderland, 39 Xingfu Ercun, Chaoyang District (8444 4484) 朝阳区幸福二村39号首开广场后面

Destination’s dominance of its niche faces a challenge this month with the arrival of two cozier alternatives. Sanlitun regulars might have heard about or stumbled across McQueen’s – it’s next door to Kokomo. Meanwhile, The Other Half is located in an unlikely spot at the back of the International Wonderland complex. The first-floor lounge looks and feels good, with comfy sofas and moody lighting. Drinks are fairly standard and average RMB 30-50, though service is still getting up to speed. A happy hour would also be a wise addition. The rainbow flag on the upstairs dance floor sends a clear message, but the crowd was noticeably diverse when I stopped by. Perhaps Xingfu Ercun residents of all persuasions are just glad there’s a bar across the road. Iain Shaw Good for: Guys Also try: McQueen’s, Mesh

HOUSE PROUD THE HOUSE Daily 9pm-6am. Workers’ Stadium North Gate, Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District (6551 3936) 朝阳区工体北路工人体育场北门

The House has now “opened” twice in a little over six months. The Mix-backed club’s first outing was, as many observed, embryonic at best. Mix had the money, but lacked the sense of what made groundbreaking underground venues like White Rabbit and Lantern tick. The arrival of the Acupuncture team injected the essential creative spark. With this unlikely collaboration established, The House was promptly closed, ripped up and remade. The new-look first floor is home base for Acupuncture’s trademark techno sound, with visuals on an enormous screen behind the bar. The second floor, which will host genres ranging from drum & bass to house, is arguably the highlight: open plan, sparsely lit

by red chandelier-style lamps and with windows overlooking Gongti. Of the old design, only the rooftop remains intact – for now, at least. The service and drinks list are reminiscent of the Gongti mainstream, with mixed drinks from RMB 35 and plenty of bottle service. The Mix influence is still tangible, but low-key. Much will depend on the durability of the Mix-Acupuncture partnership, but the right elements are in place. The House has the potential; it may just live up to the hype and become the club Beijing’s electronic scene has been waiting for. Iain Shaw Good for: Electronic music fans, DJs Also try: Yue, Siif

GREAT LEAP BREWING 大跃 Thu-Sat 5pm-midnight. 6 Doujiao Hutong (turn west off Nanluogu Xiang onto Jingyang Hutong and follow the street onto Doujiao Hutong), Dongcheng District (187 1007 7331) 东城区豆角胡同6号

Good for: Beer connoisseurs Also try: Okhotsk, Paulaner Brauhaus



Daily 9pm-late. West side of Yashow Market, Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District (6417 9048) 朝阳区工体北路雅秀市场西侧

The side roads of Yashow have been among Sanlitun’s most colorful over the years, but they’ve been missing a genuine bar for some time. No longer. Factory has opened to offer an even more off-the-beaten-track option than Nearby the Tree (though that track is but a few yards). While far from the old factories of 798, there is something decidedly industrial about the bar ’s decor – black-and-white photographs, red lights and exposed brick – which somehow makes the two rooms and small bar feel cozily secluded. The drinks are nothing special – there’s no mixology or infusion – but they are generous and cheap, which, combined with the welcoming arms of lovely owner Rebecca, is a solid reason to hide from the elements in here. Pete Reilly Good for: A quick nightcap after Nearby the Tree Also try: Cafe Zarah, Fubar


Not so much a bar as a home brewing operation that opens for retail three days a week, Great Leap is what German-American Carl Setzer calls a hobby. To taste the product, you’d think it was his sole preoccupation. Four beers are on tap at any given time. The Pale Ale No. 6 and Oatmeal Porter are permanent fixtures at RMB 25 (330ml), with the other two options rotated at RMB 35 (330ml). If you bring a bottle or flask, you can take some home (from RMB 60 per liter). The beers have real flavor, and you won’t wake up with a headache (unless you drink 20, that is). My picks were the pale ale and the Honey Ma Blonde (made with Sichuan peppercorns). With interest in this venture sure to exceed the tiny capacity of the hutong space, it seems likely that you’ll soon be seeing Great Leap beers in other Beijing bars. Iain Shaw



MO LOUNGE L ike everyone else, you probably love Kokomo in the summer. But you’ve never been there in the winter. The owners wondered why, and decided their lower level needed a revamp. And a separate n a m e. L a d i e s a n d g e n t l e m a n , welcome to the Mo Lounge. The style Minimalist lounge with bed-style seating and whitewashed walls The punters Young, attractive, ebullient

The music Loungey, low-key house Go to Relax after climbing the stairs Drink Strong cocktails like the Planter’s Punch, or a mojito pitcher (RMB 168) Most likely celebrity customer Brüno If you like Mo Lounge, you’ll probably like … Bed, The House




er man elec tro star Boys Noize’s show at The Star Live in October was one of 2010’s highlights. This month, it’s labelmate Housemeister who’s on the way and set to start Beijing’s 2011 off with a bang. Did Boys Noize give you any tips about Beijing? He gave me a red Beijing jacket as a birthday present. I wear it all the time. Cool. So do you play any musical instruments? I have a hundred-year-old piano at home, but it’s really hard to learn.

Sometimes I think , “ Why didn’t anybody teach me that when I was younger?” If your music were the soundtrack to an imaginary movie, what would that movie be like? 1960s science fiction. Something with time machines. Finally, who would play you in the film of your life? The Brain from Pinky and the Brain. Or maybe Pinky. Housemeister plays The Star Live on Jan 15.



PARTY LIKE A ... That’s it, love, finish your drink and then we’ll go back to my place.



votre santé! Slainte! Iechyd da! Na Zdrowie! Egészségedre! Most traditional toasts can literally be translated as “To your health!” Should we take that to mean that the answer to your health concerns is to be found at the bottom of a bottle? Apparently so. Research has found that alcohol in moderation can help prevent against strokes, arthritis and various types of cancers. Here are some more reasons to drink and some non-scientific suggestions about where to do so. SAVE YOUR HEART The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) reported that moderate drinking is beneficial to heart health – it can result in a 20-40 percent decrease in risk of coronary heart disease as compared to non-drinkers. Try Atmosphere or d lounge DRINK WINE Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin found that moderate drinkers (people who imbibe no more than two drinks per day) of wine were more likely to live longer than both binge drinkers and those who abstain completely. Try Cheese & Wine or Palette Vino



AFTER-WORK DRINKS WITH PALS Research by the Harvard School of Public Health found that those with an active social life experienced less than half the memory loss of the lonely as they got older. That’s not license to drink yourself stupid, but you now have empirically based reasons to stop by the bar for happy hour on the way home. Try The Stumble Inn or The Den GET THE COCKTAILS IN The US Dental Association has found that the natural goodness of berries is increased when they are soaked in booze. Steeping the fruit in rum or vodka supercharges their antioxidant levels. To reap the berry benefits, find a bar that infuses their own spirits. Try Apothecary or Touch IT PAYS TO GET THE BOSS ONE A study at Stirling University has concluded that moderate drinkers earn 17 percent more on average than their teetotal colleagues. Drinkers also boost their chances of promotion by using the social lubricant to cozy up to the boss. Try Centro or Aperitivo

BE THE DUDE Feeling stressed? Alcohol may be the best-known of all depressants and not to be put into the hands of those who drink away their worries, but there is a drink that has been proven to be relaxing: Bailey’s Irish Cream. The whiskey does the alcohol bit handsomely but the magnesium in the cream also relaxes muscles and calms the heartbeat. For the more macho, a White Russian made with real cream will do the trick. Try Blue Frog or Union Bar & Grille HAVE A REAL PINT Drinking real ale (hint: if it says Yanjing on it, keep looking) confers health benefits that other alcohols do not. For a start, ale has zero fat and zero cholesterol, plus it is full of vitamins and minerals. It includes protein – wine contains none – and the soluble fibers act the same as those in your breakfast cereal. If you’re drinking a darker ale, smile – the malt has been known to aid the fight against tooth decay. Try Great Leap Brewing or Beer Mania Remember that the only thing worse than not drinking at all is drinking too much. Keep an eye out for fake alcohol and look after yourself.





arl Setzer is the beer fanatic behind Great Leap Brewing, producing a range of craft beers in an old siheyuan near Nanluogu Xiang. We stopped in for an ale and asked Carl a few questions.

brew kits? My partners and I are starting a very basic home brew supply company that will vend ingredients, limited but essential equipment and maybe even some instructional classes via our friends at The Hutong. We’ll announce our Home Brew Co-operative sometime in January.

Tell us how you got started with Great Leap Brewing. Which beers have been most My wife laughed when I told her popular so far? I wanted to brew in China. The The Pale Ale No. 6 concept of beer and the Oatmeal as a craft didn’t “A LOT OF CHINESE Porter. We’ll be mak e sense to excited to see her until we went PEOPLE THINK IT’S how our two to Laos for our SOME FORM OF newest batches – honeymoon two an Imperial years ago. She JUICE OR OAT TEA” Pumpkin Ale drank one bottle (8.5% ABV ) and a Chocolate Stout of Beer Lao and was hooked. Any (7.7% ABV) – are received. married man can tell you that after you get your wife excited about Have other bars expressed something, you’re good to go. interest in buying your beers? You’ll probably be able to find our Have your neighbors been in for beer in select bars starting in 2011, a beer? but we aren’t aiming to flood the Our neighbors have been great. market – it’s saturated enough. They like the smell. Mostly, people are just curious – they don’t feel the Are you doing beer tastings? need to try anything just yet. Yes. Whenever we tap a new batch we’ll invite friends and regulars to There’s a lot of reconstruction have the first taste. We’d also like to going on around you – do you do more educational beer tastings. see yourself needing to move in the future? Who would you most like to take We love this space, and as long as on in a beer-drinking competition? it stands we’ll be here. Our landlord Ernest Hemingway. I try to live a life was born and raised in this hutong – that he wouldn’t criticize. his father used to own the entire side of the block we are in. And three people you’d pick to join you for a serious session? Any funny experiences while Jesus – we all know he would be an you were working on getting the excellent drinking partner. Zhang beer right? Xueliang – a hero in more than one A lot of Chinese people think it’s way. And my dad, Robert W. Setzer, some form of juice or oat tea. because I’ve never drank with him, but I’ve always wanted to. Where can we get our own home








e doesn’t yet have the public profile enjoyed by some Beijing bar tenders, but Anthony Evangelista is among the city’s most capable and experienced cocktail specialists. We interrupted Evangelista on duty at the Fairmont’s Champagne Bar to ask a few questions.

On Champagne Bar “We want people to know we have a serious champagne list, but we also want to call attention to our cocktails, especially those with a local spin, like the Chinese Five-Spice Fizz and the Spiced Asian Pear.” “A top- class bar tender can’t live without his bitters. I always say bitters are like salt and pepper for a chef – adding just the right amount elevates the drink. Take a gin – or any spirit – on the rocks, throw in a dash or two of bitters, and you have a completely new drink with a unique, interesting taste.”

On drinks “The best drink I’ve ever had was a Louis XIII Classic cognac we had the opportunity to taste after a recent event. I’ve had a few sips of it in my time, but never a proper drink of my own. Now, after all the hard work and success of the dinner, I sat back and cherished every moment of it with my team. It was truly amazing.” “One drink I’d never touch is the Louis XIII Black Pearl, which we have here. At RMB

19,000 per shot, I try to stay away as much as I can!”

On dream drinking buddies “If I could share a bottle of champagne with anyone, it’d be Sirio Maccioni, the greatest restaurateur living today. The man worked his way up the ranks and now has Le Cirque, one of the most recognizable names in restaurants. I’d love to sit back and listen to all his stories. I wouldn’t mind sitting with Anthony Bourdain either – he seems to understand the industry like no other.”

On champagne “If I hear the word ‘champagne,’ the first person that comes into my head is Giuseppe Cipriani. Although he’s famous for his Bellinis with prosecco, we make ours with champagne. Cipriani may have invented the Bellini, but we’ve perfected them!” “If ‘champagne’ was a band, it would be equal parts Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones and Frank Sinatra.”

On New Year’s resolutions “ C h a m p a gn e B a r ’s N e w Ye a r ’s resolutions are firstly to change the cocktail menu to coincide with spring. Next is a molecular cocktail project I’m trying to put into action. It won’t be techie, but rather fun and interesting ways to enjoy your drinks. Finally, we’ll be looking at hosting bartending lessons in Champagne Bar.”



Which country has the lowest population density in the world? Hmm. Bangladesh.

Which ancient people are credited with the invention of glassblowing? I’ll say the Romans?


What determines the sex of a crocodile embryo: humidity, genetics or temperature? Hmm. I’ll go with temperature.

What is the lightest organ in the human body? The lightest? As in weight? Let’s see, we’ve got quite a lot of skin. The brain, the heart … I’ll go with the skin. No, the kidneys.



Which planet has an 88-day year: Saturn, Mercury or Mars? Mars.


What does C.I.A. stand for? C . I . A . . . . n o. N o. Wa i t . Ce n t r a l Intelligence Agency.


Which Chinese city is known as the “capital of porcelain”? Eh, Jingdezhen.

In weaving, what are the names given to either of the two sets of threads which are woven together? The weft and the warp.

What is the Chinese name for paper-cutting? Oh, good one. Hmm. I dunno. Eh, is it zhizhang?


The term “sericulture” is related to which craft? Ah. Sericulture. Not much idea, but I’ll go with weaving. Actually, I might change that to ceramics.



Verdict: Hardly an impressive result, but by comparison with recent efforts, Stephen’s four out of ten puts him among the intelligentsia of the Beijing bar scene. Stop in at Mao Mao Chong to try one of the bar’s hot winter cocktails. The fine gents at Vandergeeten will give a Hoegaarden gift pack to the reader who tells us How many beers are on tap at Great Leap Brewing? Answers to 1) Mongolia 2) Temperature 3) The lungs 4) Mercury 5) Central Intelligence Agency 6) The Phoenicians 7) Jingdezhen 8) Warp and weft 9) Jianzhi 10) The production of silk Answers








Never trust an Aussie band’s name. Nope, none of these folks are from East Brunswick, they aren’t a choir and they are definitely not all girls. I n f l u e n ce d by p o s t- gr u n g e a n d slow-core from the early ’90s, three emotional young nerds and one hippie got together and pulled off a modern version of grunge. The Buzz They keep it “real,” they keep it “loose.” Key Tracks “Thanks for the F**king Job,” “Essendon 1986” They say: “EBAGC is made up of a mini-golf course curator, a pool shark-ninja, a gaming pizza cooking nerd and one failed cricketer.” We say: Old school, new trend See them at: D-22 on Jan 9 and Jiang Hu Liveshow Bar on Jan 10





o this is the New Year, and I don’t feel any different.” As much as I love the song by Death Cab for Cutie, it doesn’t fit this time. Beijing’s music scene gained focus like never before in 2010. We had unstoppable music festivals, more competitive record labels and a thriving tour schedule. Forget about the downsides – it’s our time to make the most out of it and our favorite bands haven’t stopped delivering. Some of the best bands formed back in the “dark age” – regardless of the great songs they’ve written, every time you look at them you still see the struggles they had when nobody noticed them. Three such bands have picked the same lucky date to celebrate their pasts, presents and futures: January 8.

On that day, 15-year-old metal dark angels Yaksa assemble ten top metal bands at Yugong Yishan; Tookoo throws a party for their past decade at D-22 with their hardcore friends; and Perdal, the best combination of rock music and positivity in Beijing, has a national tour starting from MAO Livehouse. Or, if metal and hardcore is too stressful for you, how about some reggae? We have Long Shen Dao, the best-looking dreads-guys (look at the picture above and tell me if I’m lying), releasing their debut album on New Year’s Day. If the New Year is not enough to cheer you up, maybe Christmas can help. When I say “Christmas,” I mean the band – they play at Hot Cat Club on Januar y 7 and 22. And don’t forget our guests from

abroad: Aussie indie geeks East Brunswick All Girls Choir show their gentleness at D-22 (Jan 9) and Jiang Hu (Jan 10). Free jazz shows across town are available as always: all week long at CJW; Thursday to Sunday at East Shore Live Jazz Café; and Jiang Hu, our favorite hutong hideaway, starts a free jazz session on Tuesdays this month. If this isn’t enough for you, have a glance at my weekly blog post on every Friday. Last but not least, remember Edison Chen, the Chinese singer/ actor who played the leading role in that photo scandal two years ago? He claims to be close friends with Lady Gaga’s manager and indicated on his microblog that he’s planning to bring the Lady to China. No comment.


“Sprawl II” by Arcade Fire. Grandly epic in scope and has a hint of the ’80s with all the swirling synths and Régine Chassagne’s pleading vocal. “Not In Love” by Crystal Castles featuring Robert Smith. Because Robert Smith repeatedly makes everything he touches 80% more awesome. “Enter the Ninja” by Die Antwoord. These South African rave-hoppers are weird in all the right ways. This track gets stuck in my head, especially the quiet little girl-voiced Yo-Landi’s exclamation of “GO NINJA!!!!” “Cold War” by Janelle Monae. Not only is it catchy but have you seen the video for this track? Damn. It was shot at an abandoned insane asylum – powerful stuff. “Fairytale of New York” by The Pogues. Not only is it a beautiful/ tragic story of love found and then destroyed but I always try to play it for my mom at Christmastime. Jonny Hutong hosts “The Pulse” on EZFM 91.5 everyday from 8-10pm.





WAVE 浪潮 QUEEN SEA BIG SHARK QSBS’s second album has finally landed, spaceship-style – get ready to be dragged into a black-and-white sciencefiction world. Wave starts with a prologue of synth sounds rising and falling like a wailing siren. The third track opens with a desperate man’s voice shouting “rock & roll” but ends up a party of amps and synthesizers. Songs like “E Ocean” and “Comxxpuda” trap you on a sound train of sharp keyboard notes where a digital voice keeps broadcasting all your secret feelings. While the “robot sound” is ubiquitous, ’70s punk and experimental tunes remain the core, matching perfectly. Which brings you to the title track – even as you wonder why vocalist Fu Han has never sung in Chinese before, her echoing chant of “wave” washes over you and moves you back from the future. Michelle Dai Standout tracks: “C.B.D.” “Glow in the Dark,” “Back to the Future,” “Wave,” “Starz” Like this? Try… CSS, Yellow Magic Orchestra

NAMO NAMO Does it ever bother you that nearly all the popular Chinese bands have Western ancestors? Although Buddhist folk-rock sextet Namo do plug in before a gig, when the Chinese flute starts its sweet silver song and the clok-clok of the wooden fish catches up with the rhythm, you think not of Guns & Roses or Radiohead but rather the guy passing by your hutong window every morning, touting his wares with his slender and devious voice. This debut album’s improvement from 2009’s home-recorded EP comes as a surprise. With their instruments and Mandarin lyrics, though, one wonders if they may be too Chinese for the Chinese crowd. Considering that “Namo” is part of the Buddhist prayer for peace or success, maybe their name is very apt. Michelle Dai Standout tracks: “Dark Night” (黑夜), “Lonely” (孤独) Like this? Try… Nancheng Erge (南城二哥)

III/IV RYAN ADAMS & THE CARDINALS So here we have a double album of outtakes from the increasingly erratic and legendarily prolific Ryan Adams. A cause for celebration? Well, no, not really. Routinely, Adams feels he has to unleash his inner rock beast (he also dropped the death metal concept album Orion this year on a bemused audience). Clearly, his dire 2003 Rock N Roll album was no two-fingered salute to his record company, as he claimed at the time. This is almost identical, and it’s frankly baffling that these songs are from the 2007 Easy Tiger sessions, a return to the more country-inflected songwriting of old. He has literally hundreds of unreleased songs lying around. Quite why he chose to release this set of songs is a mystery. III/IV? Not all bad, but nein, danke. Mike Robinson Standout track: “Stop Playing With My Heart” Like this? Try… Jesse Malin, Whiskeytown, Wilco


Standout tracks: “Hang With Me,” “Dancing on My Own” Like this? Try… Annie, The Knife, Lykke Li





aksa formed at the end of the last big wave of rock music’s expansion in China. The band has struggled on the underground scene for 15 years, venturing from grunge to nu-metal via heavy metal to define their sound. With more competition in rock than ever, it’s becoming hard for them to defend their position, but nothing hides the fact that they’ve always been one of the “niubi-est” bands in town. Here’s how they see it.

Many bands used to live in the suburbs of Beijing – was that a difficult time? Actually, it was not tough. For a young student who had just left school, who didn’t have to share a room with five other people anymore, and was meeting all these people with common interests … talking about music and playing music together with them was really happy. You had to be a part of it to understand it.

The past or Your lead “YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE singer, Hu Song, the present – which do you TO PEOPLE WHO LISTEN is also a tattoo like better? artist. What’s TO YOUR MUSIC” The past. It’s not the strangest that we don’t like spot he ever the present, we just feel that music had to tattoo? fans in the past were more simple The inside of the lips and a man’s and sincere, like at Midi Music butt. Once there was an actor who Festival. And now some people dress got his butt tattooed and then went up to go to music festivals just to straight from there to film a horsetake photos. They have no passion riding scene. for music. All of your band members have Describe the band in three or had dreadlocks. Do they help words. you attract girls? Responsible, real and original. They help attract more strange gazes “Responsibility” is a song of ours. In and certain girls who like this style. the beginning, playing rock music Hu Song had dreads for six years and was only for fun, but after 15 years, just got them shaved and now he you find out that you are responsible feels very relaxed. to people who listen to your music and for the ideas you pass on. Maybe Yaksa releases their greatest hits we see it too seriously. album, Tonggensheng, at Yugong Yishan on Jan 8.


Why Robyn still remains a cult concern – while the likes of Lady Gaga, Cheryl Cole and Katy Perry straddle the global stratosphere of pop – is incredible. Here, then, is the Swedish pop siren’s Body Talk Pt. 3, which is five tracks apiece from parts 1 and 2 plus five new tracks. Some people are complaining that they’ve been shortchanged, as she promised three separate albums, but as a standalone album, this is peerless stuff, with cutting-edge production, dancefloor-friendly ass-shakers and, more importantly, tunes to die for. There’s not a duff track on here, which is a rare thing in the age of singles-oriented pop artists, and it’s probably a bit condescending to call it the pop album of the year, when it is one of the best albums of the year, period. Mike Robinson



LOOSE CHANGE FRESH OUT THE BOX Burberry, which bought back control of its 50 China locations in 2010, just opened up its ninth Beijing branch at the Sparkle Roll Plaza (north of Shin Kong Place). The new flagship will be the British luxury brand’s largest in all of Asia. Vega Zaishi Wang is supplementing her 2011 “First Love, Last Rites” series with a new capsule cape collection. The results are sleek and avant-garde, a mix of boy (collared shirts and workpants) and girl (long full skirts), and available in versatile colors like royal blue, black and red. Good Goods Commune recently joined the block of shops on Gulou Dongdajie. Look out for our review next month. It looks like one Toni & Guy salon in Sanlitun was not enough. A second branch just popped up in Sanlitun Soho. If Japan, a newer Nali Patio store of homeware items and accessories, is introducing handmade jewelry by Japanese designer Takeuchi Minoru this month.







’ve mentioned time and again that China is the world’s secondbiggest luxury goods market. But did you know that this country is home to the highest population of Internet users as well? Well … you might’ve guessed. But what do some geeky netizens have to do with style, you may wonder. Think of it this way: What do you get when you merge technology with a growing appetite, wallet and sensibility for expensive material items? The most formidable online retail market to date, that’s what. Don’t think that major global retailers haven’t taken notice, either. Along with powering luxury outlet web stores like, YOOX Group is also responsible for the exclusive online shopping destinations of over 20 major fashion houses, including Diesel and Valentino. And it is planning on

bringing several of those labels over to China this year. Emporio Armani already m a d e i t s o n l i n e d e b u t ( w w w. here in late November. Other YOOX brands are slated to roll out throughout the first half of 2011. For those of us who can’t afford such products – and certainly not at full price – we can look forward to the second half of the year, when YOOX will launch its discounted multi-brand boutique Of course, virtual developments alone are not an indication of progress in the retail world. Both the fast-fashion and high-fashion brick-and-mortar stores around town have been pulling their weight as well. H&M reported exceptionally strong sales in China for its temporary Lanvin collection. We all know local taste is often driven by the name.

Versace has settled on Beijing for its third jewelry boutique in the world (after Rome and Dubai). You can find the gaudy rocks at China Central Place.

Speaking of which, the doors to that 19,000-square-foot emporium in Sanlitun Village North will finally be open by the time we go to print. Our sources tell us that I.T Commes d e s G a rço n s w i l l b e s t o c k e d with Comme des Garçons lines, as well as other brands like Ann Demeulemeester and Yves Saint Laurent. If you’re already exhausted from all the Christmas gift shopping, though, at least you can just shop for Chinese New Year presents from home. Which brings us back to our first point. Sure, you can dish out the standard hongbao, but why not purchase a Wokai gift card online ( instead? Your recipient will derive the same use from it, plus 100 percent of the proceeds goes towards helping the poor in rural China – not a bad way to start off the new year.

Jazz up your current music gear with Pull & Bear’s new customized headphones (RMB 299) for iPods, MP3 players and cell phones.

Jacky Jewelry’s latest collection, “Brielliant,” a collaborative effort by Jacqueline Rabenberg and ar tist Clemens Briels, is being unveiled this month at Touch Bar on Jan 20. See event listings for more details.

CONGRATS TO ... Celine designer Phoebe Philo was named “Best Designer of the Year” at the British Fashion Awards. NLGX Design Store was awarded the 2010 DFA Merit Recognition Award by the Hong Kong Design Centre in the category “Identity and Branding – Communication Design.”



WHAT’S NEW SHOPS NEW VANTAGE 新优势 Daily 10am-9.30pm. Shop 2-28, Fortune Mall, 7 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District (6530 8606) 朝阳区东三环中路财富购物中心2-28号店

THE MOUSE THAT ROARED MOUSE JI Daily 10.30am-7.30pm. NLG-39, B1/F, Sanlitun Village North, 11 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District (6417 6276) 朝阳区三里屯路11号三里屯Village北区地下1层NLG-39单元

Named after the designer’s Chinese zodiac sign and surname, Mouse Ji – which first gained its foothold in Paris before expanding to the rest of the world – is returning to its roots at last. The man behind this women’s clothing brand, Ji Pingsheng, is still the only Chinese designer to be sold at Galeries Lafayette, France’s top luxury department store. Sanlitun Village North now claims his first store in the mainland. Signs plastered all over the walls communicate his abstract vision: His creations are intent on being

modern and imperfect. Unfortunately, that means they all start to look alike (and for a hefty price, too). But you can’t condemn the man for staying consistent – and he does have a talent for highlighting simplicity and texture. We say, we’re glad to have you home. Tiffany Wang

Daily 10am-7pm. 27 Guozijian Hutong, Dongcheng District (136 8369 8283) 东城区国子监胡同27号

Must buy: Phonograph (RMB 2,600), luggage trunk (RMB 1,850) Also try: Lost and Found, Panjiayuan Antique Market

CHANGE & INSECT 100 百变虫 Daily 10.30am-10.30pm. Unit 2129, Tower B, Sanlitun Soho, Chaoyang District (5935 9403) 朝阳区三里屯Soho办公B座2129

After trying out its wings in Hong Kong and Shanghai, Change & Insect 100 recently alighted upon Beijing’s budding Sanlitun Soho. Think of the store as Steve Madden’s younger Asian sister – the shoes are super-trendy, high-quality and comfortable, but occasionally overblinged. Unfortunately, this also means that sizes are somewhat limited – men’s range from 39-44, women’s from 35-39 – but larger pairs can be shipped in upon request. Women’s real leather oxford shoes sell for just RMB 488, suede ankle booties for RMB 588 – a real bargain, considering the workmanship. The men’s selection is even better, since it swaps the sparkle for spiky studs and fringe. We look forward to seeing this young store evolve. Tiffany Wang Must buy: Men’s horsehair ankle boots (RMB 598) Also try: Deal, Steve Madden


A lone bench outside hints at the air of abandonment wafting within. All the items, dusty yet full of appeal, hark back to old Shanghai – an era when the lines between East and West had grown hazy. A bamboo farmer hat hangs on one wall, alongside a row of antique clocks and stained oil lamps. When the shopgirl starts briefing me on the story behind each piece – from an old-school refrigerator (RMB 3,600) to a stack of aged vinyl records (RMB 50) – I forget for a moment that I’m in a store and not a museum. Here, though, you’re allowed to touch everything, so run your hands over the velvet fainting couch and embossed leather chairs (RMB 3,000) and squeeze the vintage car horn (RMB 60). Shanghai Memory gives these discarded tokens from the last century a temporary place to stay before we happily reclaim them. Tiffany Wang


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Must buy: Mandarin collar black wool coat (RMB 2,980) Also try: Even Penniless, Triple-Major



The “body composition analysis” made for grim reading. Not only did I fall into the “obese” category, I had the physique of a man three years older than myself. Stupid machines. I visited this men-only spa, which specializes in machine-assisted slimming techniques, to try their body toning treatments (from RMB 380). In a two-hour session, I lay on my back watching TV while various machines were attached to my abs – at least, what currently passes for abs – working them out to “break down” the flab. It all ended with a grueling 30 minutes of sweating below heated panels covering almost my entire body. Back on the scales, I was 0.7kg lighter. Not a bad start. New Vantage also offers traditional spa standbys such as massages (from RMB 480; 20 percent discount currently offered) and facials (from RMB 180). Iain Shaw

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text by Jonathan White; photos by Mattia Baldi

Warm is not only a comfortable temperature at which to keep soup; it also applies to feelings. This siren has explored both meanings of the word by accenting her warm coat with an anatomically inaccurate heart, perky balloon and I-suppose-they-make-sense-becausehell-is-hot devil horns.

You might be keeping warm but that doesn’t mean you can’t stay cool. Oh, no. Rock some of that big hair, bigwig/dictator-chic: bejeweled specs, matching earrings, a fur collar and a cane. And you thought power-dressing was just shoulder pads.



It’s a known fact that Superman is never any hotter than when he is getting changed. Copy that by getting your own glass booth. Remember to layer as there is no guarantee that Beijing boxes will be draft-free.

Down-filled bubble jackets are a recent innovation and an ugly one at that. In the way-backwhen, you could keep your core temperature and your style quotient up at the same time. Look at the patterns and textures – it even looks good in Braille.

Sometimes you have to go against the grain when it comes to style and opt for comfort. What could be warmer than walking around in what is, in essence, a sleeping bag? Nothing. That’s why he’s smug and you’re shivering.

If you only have that cartoon sheep outfit in the wardrobe, then pull it on. Just make sure to watch out for predators on those mean streets.

This jacket immediately brings to mind toy poodles that have been coiffed to within an inch of their lives. The playful print, dyed hair and cheeky nail polish make it forgivable – like when you see toy poodles get their own back.

Three generations of the same luxurious look. The verdict? Winner, winner, winner. Interesting fact: As time goes by, ’80s-tastic hair volume increases. That’s the real winner.

Trends are like friends. Good ones are hard to find and too many will make you look like a boy band. Just pick one or else run the risk of looking like Simon Cowell sent you home without even letting you sing.




Trilby hat with grosgrain trimming and jay feather décor. RMB 2,200. Elisabeth Koch Millinery

‘50s REDUX by Tiffany Wang


tuds and leather? Yawn. The sartorial influence of punk is on the wane – and being ousted by a most unlikely opponent. Armed with bows and frills, the ladylike look is flouncing back onto the scene, accompanied by her gentlemanly counterpar t. Here comes the resurgence of 1950s fashion – a welcome respite after last year’s barrage of grungewear. Naturally, the decade of strict roles and formalities turned out more traditionally gendered clothing. But the updated versions of these old classics feel refreshing and rebellious in their own right. Women are once again being e n c o u r a g e d to e m b r a c e t h e i r curves. Demure skirts are no longer matronly but subversively sexy, especially when paired with tight bustier corsets. Back in the day, skirts would fall no higher than the knees, yet now they appear in a variety of lengths, textures and colors – from shin-grazing swing skirts to knee-

Peter Pan-collar sheer shirt. RMB 433. American Apparel

Lady Danger red lipstick. RMB 150. M.A.C

length pencil skirts. Men, too, have been presented with a neater d r e s s c o d e . Ta k e a cue from our favorite fictional TV character, Don Draper, who sticks to trilby hats, cuffed pants, loafers and sack suits (newly revitalized by M ichael K ors and Ralph Lauren). But the outfit isn’t complete, of course, without the gelled hair. And yes, rules are rules, but these days there is a little more overlap between men’s and women’s clothing. Brogues and fedoras work well for both sexes, as do vintage prints like florals and checks. Looks lik e we’re playing by new rules now.

Gingham checkered button-down shirt. RMB 199. H&M

Michael Kors A-line skirt. RMB 11,254. Net-a-porter

Bustier top. RMB 266. Topshop

Loafers. RMB 699. Zara


CINDY MA by Tiffany Wang


All our clothes have Asian detailing. It can be something as subtle as batwing sleeves – inspired by traditional Chinese robes – or the way a sweater wraps, like a kimono. Hong Kong’s fashion scene is not as vibrant as you’d think. I remember the city for its production. It’s more commercial – there’s not much space for creativity. The “Chinese spirit” can’t just be captured by a qipao – which you may only wear once, like on Chinese N e w Ye a r o r s o m e t h i n g . N o ,



depending on how you combine different styles, textures and cuts, Asian-influenced clothing can be worn daily. When in doubt, wear all black. Mix and match some accessories. You can never go wrong and you’ll always look elegant. The longer you live here, the more you can appreciate the way Beijingers dress. They have a great sense of personal style. That’s why we picked Beijing – it has its own unique character. I’ve been here on and off for five years, and I can still feel the energy. We want to prove that Asianinfluenced designs can be easy to wear, stylish and versatile. We firmly believe that Chinese cuts and concepts will soon dominate the international fashion market. LMC. Daily 11am-10pm. 2/F, Shop 2, Hairun International Apartment, 2A Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District (5135 7184) 朝阳区将台路2号海润国际公寓商业2号2层


MC’s three designers – whose initials make up the label’s name – hail from Hong Kong. Though the Beijing-based label’s first-and-only boutique is only a few months old, they’ve already received funding to host trade shows in Paris and the US later this year. With a brand-new website up and running, co-founder Cindy Ma was eager to divulge store-related news, from why they chose Beijing over Hong Kong to how they infuse Asian design into modern clothing.


All month, enjoy the striking images of Peter Gardiner’s “Temple Drum” oil paintings, on display at Imagine Gallery. The works, which comprise his first solo exhibition in China, were produced following a recent trip the Australian artist took through Chengdu, Pingyao, Xi’an, Chongqing and several other cities. If you prefer to ponder art with a more argumentative bent, head to the Beyond Art Space “Fabriqué en Chine” group exhibit, featuring 12 Chinese artists wrestling with the prejudice, hyper-production and admittedly hackneyed tropes associated with the “Made in China” label.


This month, one of China’s national treasures makes an exciting debut. No, not the panda (though a handdrawn animated feature called Panda Story will premiere this month also). We’re talking about word-slurring hit-master Jay Chou, set to blow up the Hollywood scene for the first time alongside funnyman Seth Rogen in Michel Gondry’s The Green Hornet. It’s not entirely clear whether he has the chops (kung fu or otherwise) to pull it off, so we’ll just have to wait and see. For some real kung fu, look out for Shaolin (Xin Shaolinshi) starring Canto kings Jackie Chan and Andy Lau (Jan 19).






or us multiculturals living in Beijing, January is a bit of a no-man’s-land. “It’s the new year! Then again it’s sorta not…” Since December was a whirl of activity, and we’re looking forward to an endless firecracker party that’s fun for maybe about the first, oh … eight seconds, perhaps this offers us an opportunity to slow things down a bit and survey our surroundings. The Noughties were a big era for China culturally, with Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon sitting pretty on the Telegraph’s list of 100 defining films of the last decade, scores of books waxing poetic on the formerly sleeping giant, countless performers making debuts on Beijing’s stages, and works by Chinese artists gracing the halls of MOMA and 798 (and everywhere in between). Now it’s a new year, a new decade,

and things will only get more interesting from here. Our plan is to cover Beijing’s cultural scene like stink on tofu, and keep you busy in the process. S o t h i s m o n t h , w h e n yo u r favorite local eatery gets boarded up for the dreaded Festival break, console yourself with any number of new art exhibits or performances, as well as film screenings galore. For lovers of tragedies, be they populated by pubescent Shakespearean socialites, boorish American naval officers, or leaders of slave uprisings, this is shaping up to be a good month. The UK’s beloved Northern Ballet presents their versions of Romeo and Juliet (Jan 1-3) and Madame Butterfly (Jan 4-5). Both productions take place early in the month, so don’t dilly-dally. Missing them would be such sweet sorrow. (Apologies. I couldn’t resist.)

Mid-month, the Moscow Classical Ballet brings us Spartacus (Jan 16), whose postcoital fate really ranks up there as far as sad endings go. Meanwhile, bolster your indie film cred by catching up on Finnish New Wave cinema at the UCCA. Aki Kaurismäki: A Retrospective features eight of the director’s best, with styles spanning from black comedy to bleak neo-realism, road movie to existential drama, sometimes all in one film. See our event listings for screening times. And don’t forget to just sit back and dwell on how hip it is to be in Beijing right now (oops, is it unhip to say that?). With so much going on, it’s almost guaranteed we’ll be privy to some of the coolest cultural happenings of the 2010s. Er, the Tensies? The Tennies? The Tweenies? OK, that last one just sounded wrong.


Lads and lassies are in for a wee treat this month as the most famed of Scots is celebrated with boiled meat, scotch and verse. That’s right: it’s Burns’ Night again already. Get to The Bookworm on Jan 21. Skir ts are co m p u l s o r y fo r a l l. Al s o at Th e ‘Worm this month is David Sedaris. He’ll be featured at their Festival Prologue (Jan 27 & 29), with Dave Eggers also making an appearance. If you like festivals, don’t miss out on this chance to help out at them – check with Kadi at kadi@chinabookworm. com for the next volunteer meetings. Finally, get to The Smuggler’s on Jan 10 to join a new book club. This month’s subject is Uzma Aslam Khan’s Trespassing.


While Lao She’s longer works are no stranger to the stage, the writer’s short fiction is less familiar in the theater scene. Luckily, this won’t be the case for much longer in Beijing. This month, catch Five Acts of Life, a medley of five of the classic Chinese novelist’s short stories. The performance promises to be both comedic and sobering, in true Lao She form. And if you just didn’t get enough Christmas last month, relive the season with a performance of The Nutcracker at the Poly Theater, brought to you by the Russian National Ballet.








tion exists because people lack knowledge and mainstream media stigmatizes the disease.” If Together illustrates Zhao’s point by showing us the prejudices HIV carriers suffer, his documentary also highlights the positive effects of education. Through a series of information sessions in which the cast and crew talk with medical experts about their concerns, and the sense of community fostered by the pressures of film production, close bonds gradually develop between the HIV-positive volunteers and the others on set. When the lighting

WHEN INFORMED THAT THE LIGHTING STAND-IN HAS THE VIRUS, ONE EXTRA IS SO TERRIFIED THAT HE CANNOT EVEN BEAR TO LOOK AT HIM stand-in is forced to leave the shoot due to his deteriorating condition, his tearful farewell makes clear he is no longer a faceless “HIV carrier,” but a friend whose emotional and physical pain the crew share. The broader social context of HIV is also traced in Together, as Zhao Liang delves into online chat rooms set up by HIV sufferers. Zhao’s conversations play out as text scrolling across the screen in real time, as if we are sitting with the filmmaker in front of his computer. This stripped-back approach makes the pain woven into the simple lines on screen all the more heartbreaking.

Although these scenes make clear the fear and discrimination endured by HIV-positive people, the very act of reaching out to them and putting their stories on screen is a small step towards lifting the veil of ignorance around the disease. The fact that Together is showing in local cinemas is also a step in the right direction, since this is the first of Zhao’s films to have an official release on the Chinese mainland. Zhao’s last documentary, Petition, was a shocking portrait of the life of petitioners living on the outskirts of Beijing. The film, which debuted at Cannes in 2009 and earned Zhao the Humanitarian Award for Documentaries at the 2010 Hong Kong International Film Festival, has rarely been seen on China’s mainland. When asked if working within the system on Together necessitated any changes in his approach, Zhao replies cautiously, “This film was really different to my old films. Because this was a not-for-profit movie, I needed to consider a lot of social factors. But to me, if the film has social value then it’s worth making.” If that makes Together sound like a dry public education advertisement, fear not. Although there are moments when Zhao’s gritty style clashes with the more mainstream-friendly touches, Together offers a thoughtful, highly emotional look into one of China’s most pressing social concerns. By bringing us face to face with HIV sufferers, Zhao makes it clear that the virus is not just the concern of a marginalized subculture – it’s a disease that affects every one of us. Zhao Liang’s Together will be screened at BC MOMA throughout January. Gu Changwei’s Life is a Miracle is scheduled for release in March-April.


he most important thing is that this film gives hope to other people,” says Zhao Liang of his new documentary Together – but it’s a hope balanced by the unflinching critical eye for which Zhao is famous. The end credits, for example, tell us there are an estimated 740,000 HIV sufferers in China. Of these, around 400,000 are possibly unaware of their condition. It’s this vast vacuum of public knowledge that Zhao, one of China’s leading contemporary documentary filmmakers, is looking to fill with Together. And it’s not just the audience he wants to inform. “Before the shoot I had no knowledge at all of HIV,” Zhao admits. “I gradually learned through preparing and shooting the film.” Together was conceived by veteran director Gu Changwei (And the Spring Comes, Peacock) as a companion piece to his new feature Life is a Miracle, described by Zhao as “a film about the nature of people in the face of disaster.” The characters in Gu’s drama suffer from a strange disease referred to only as “the fever,” an appropriate metaphor for a condition that for many in China remains shrouded in mystery. Several HIV-positive volunteers worked with Gu on his shoot, including a young child called Hu Zetao, who plays one of the film’s central characters. Zhao Liang’s documentary captures the shifting relationships between the HIVpositive volunteers and the rest of the cast and crew, which includes stars like Zhang Ziyi. Initially, ignorance among the crew is high – when informed that the lighting stand-in has the virus, one extra is so terrified that he cannot even bear to look at him. “Actually, Chinese people are very tolerant,” Zhao comments. “But discrimina-



ART: “HOMETOWN BOY” BY LIU XIAODONG ULLENS CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY ART You’ve seen the posters everywhere. Now, you can get into the spirit of Beijing’s yearly mass exodus (you know, where everyone and their mothers board trains, planes, and automobiles back to their laojia) by finally checking out Liu Xiaodong’s “Hometown Boy” exhibit. A collection of paintings and diary entries capped off with a documentary by the Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao-Hsien, the exhibit weaves a tapestry of quiet stories. On his first extended trip home in 30 years, Liu reconnects with this world he left behind, painting portraits of people and places that manage to exude both haunting loneliness and worn comfort through no-frills textures and colors. His trip home to paint becomes a story in itself, with a surprise ending to boot. Marilyn Mai “Hometown Boy” runs at the UCCA through Feb 20.

BOOKS: SQUIRREL SEEKS CHIPMUNK DAVID SEDARIS Memoir maestro and NPR favorite David Sedaris’ newest short story collection is something of a departure – not from the characteristic brand of satire that has won him legions of fans, but from the dull convention of writing about members of the human species. Well, maybe not quite. Because despite Sedaris’ “modest bestiary” being populated entirely by critters of “forest, field and dairy,” this literary ploy only allows the author to sink his claws more deeply into our own pathetic, hilarious, and all-too-human species. Highlights include the ups and downs of interspecies dating (the title piece), a stork’s anxiety over explaining to her child where babies come from, and the cagey race-relations among a group of migrating warblers (Beijing expats might recognize themselves a little here). Nikolaus Fogle Available at The Bookworm. Sedaris will give readings at The Bookworm on Jan 27 and 29.

FILM: IF YOU ARE THE ONE 2 (非诚勿扰2) FENG XIAOGANG Currently starring in three major releases, Ge You is hard to miss – but he’s most eagerly awaited in If You Are the One 2. Feng Xiaogang’s sequel to his 2008 Spring Festival box office smash reunites stars Ge You and Shu Qi for a failed Great Wall proposal. Ge’s consolation is Shu agreeing to give their relationship a “test drive” at a villa in sunny Sanya but the plan goes awry and they return to Beijing. Circumstances, both real and contrived, conspire to bring the two together again at a funeral, which invokes the rom-com trope: Will they finally be together? This film sticks to the formula but delivers on the laughs, and its star wattage is sure to pack the theaters. Brandon Chemers



MOSCOW CLASSICAL BALLET Orgies, harems and war. The Moscow Classical Ballet brings them all with its performance of Spartacus. Performed to Aram Khachaturian’s timeless score, the Thracian king leads the serfs in graceful fury against the Roman Empire in order to free his queen, Phrygia. The work dates from the height of Communist Russia and its theme of working-class uprising against decadence and servility are rooted firmly in the era. Unusually for ballet, this is a vehicle for a male lead and the bloodlust of battle provides the audience with the unapologetically macho athleticism of its eponymous hero. Spartacus has been one the most popular of ballets in Russia for decades – now its convention-defying ensemble and rugged subject matter offers the Beijing stage something new. Jovan Belev Catch Spartacus on Jan 16 at the Beijing Exhibition Theater.




ustralian Sam Voutas is the director behind Red Light R e vo l u t i o n , C h i n a’s f i r s t comedy to be set in an adult shop. After a production process so drawnout that Red Light Revolution won an award for “Best Unfilmed Screenplay,” the film is finally finished. But you still can’t see it. We asked Voutas why, and what you can do to help.

did well on the overseas festival circuit, and that gave them the legitimacy for a local cinema release. We’ll see. We’re looking at every possible distribution option – Greater China cinema, DVD, iTunes, you name it.

How did you deal with issues like permits and censorship? We tried to do everything by the book . The problem was that it became increasingly clear that the cover of the book was Super-Glued and we couldn’t open it.

Any other ways in which readers can help out? Plastered has teamed up with us for an official T-shirt. Proceeds from that go to support the film. In the meantime, let us know if you want to see the film via one of our social networking sites, and we’ll keep you plugged in for its release.

Does the film address serious questions surrounding the subject of sex in China, such as HIV/AIDS? Where did the idea for the film Unfortunately we didn’t get a chance come from? to address issues like STDs. That’s Basically, every an incredibly street corner. important “FUNDING AND PERMITS For me, having topic, but it lived here for really deserves BOTH PROVED TO BE parts of the its own film. FRUSTRATINGLY EVASIVE” ‘80s and ‘90s, the sudden Why do you emergence of these adult stores need events like the one at Salud was a real eye-opener. on January 22? This art auction is a really unique Why did Red Light Revolution way to get the word out about the remain unfilmed for so long? hurdles we’re facing. Can’t currently Two reasons: funding and permits. see our film in a cinema? Why not Both proved to be frustratingly buy a prop from the film? By doing evasive. They evaded us completely, so, you’re helping us to get the film now that I think about it. to you later in 2011.

I don’t suppose we’ll be seeing Red Light Revolution in the mainstream cinemas. I’m always an optimist. There have been other Chinese indie films that

The Red Light Revolution fundraiser takes place on Jan 22 at Salud. More info at








omeo and Juliet. Everyone will be performed by a live orchestra knows the infamous story of against an opulent architectural the star-crossed lovers, but setting by stage designer Lez how often does one actually go to Brotherston. Some may find it see it performed? Northern Ballet’s refreshing that no attempt has staging this January promises to been made here to create a selfbring to Beijing a sumptuous take consciously “cool” contemporary on the timeless tragedy, and at the image. The story is summoned amid NCPA, no less. robustly classical scenery featuring First founded in 1969, the Roman columns, plinths and cracked Nor ther n Ballet company rose inscriptions, all of it dramatically to prominence under the artistic lit. “If you’re going to do a narrative directorship of the late Christopher work like this,” David Nixon, the Gable, who was awarded a CBE company’s current artistic direcfor his services to British dance. It tor, has said, “it’s important that is now one of the audience the UK’s foreunderstand THE STORY IS SUMMONED most dance what’s going AMID ROBUSTLY CLASSICAL on, not some companies, famous for abstract SCENERY FEATURING its striking a p p r o a c h .” ROMAN COLUMNS, PLINTHS The costumes, revivals and i m a gi n a t i v e AND CRACKED INSCRIPTIONS too, are richly stor ytelling. re n d e re d i n Their production of Romeo and traditional Italianate styles and Juliet, created in 1991 by Gable and colors; of particular note are the choreographer Massimo Morricone, cat and bird guises designed to has become one of the company’s highlight the tension between the signature pieces. Gable said of his feuding Montague and Capulet work that he wanted to create not families during the masked ball traditional ballet but “dance theatre.” scenes, a unique idea which belies Hence this remains one of the most Brotherston’s comment that “there is impressive adaptations of Shakeno secret to designing ballet.” speare’s tale, as it aims to deliver D ebuting in Beijing on the not only skillful ballet but also great first day of 2011, Romeo and Juliet acting. Scenes like the masked ball, offers to kick-start Beijing’s new in which the other dancers freeze to cultural calendar with a sophisticated, reveal glimpses of the young lovers’ emotive and timeless tale, vibrantly first sightings of each other, are composed. testimony to Gable’s vision. Serge Prokoviev’s 1935 score – Northern Ballet performs Romeo and initially dismissed as “undanceable” Juliet from Jan 1-3 at the NCPA. by those who commissioned him –



WU WENGUANG INDEPENDENT DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKER The book that has the most sentimental value for me is Border Town (边城) by Shen Congwen. I have always cherished it. Every time I see the cover of the book, I can still feel how my emotions were agitated 30 years ago. If you only ever read one book about China, make it Tombstone (墓碑) by Yang Jishang. The reason is simple – it documents the “famine tragedy” of 50 years ago, recording the dust-laden part of history in accurate detail. Ordinary people’s misery during the famine was like that, and 50 years later, it has finally been written down. Reading it will show you how Chinese people struggled on the verge of death due to starvation, and you’ll understand that it’s our common fault that history was forgotten.

and Ku Dou (苦斗). I certainly don’t value them so much anymore, but of the limited “revolutionary books” in my childhood, they are the ones. The book that changed my life was The Life of Vincent van Gogh. I read it in 1982 when I had just graduated from college and started my career as a Chinese teacher in a high school. It was not because I didn’t want to be a teacher but I was afraid of living my entire life in only one city – it would be boring and dreary, with no hope or new possibility. That book made me realize the importance of a free life and to make choices; it helped me make the decision to quit my job to go to Xinjiang a year later in my hope of finding a free life.

My three all-time favorite books? According to my taste in recent years, they are Path to the Civil Society by Adam Michnik, The Story of Dingxi O rphanage ( 定 西 孤 儿 院 纪 事 ) by Yang Xianhui and What Reason Do People Have to Remember? (人以 什么理由来记忆) by Xu Ben.

A character in a book that I’ve always wanted to be? I read about Pavel Korchagin in How the Steel Was Tempered when I was a teenager. In the ’60s it was a classic book in our Communist education. He’s a hero of the USSR, ambitious and strongwilled, but he also had a romantic love story. He’s certainly the person I want to be.

My favorite books from childhood are Wanderings of San Mao (三毛流浪 记), Guerilla on a Plain (平原游击队)

The documentary series, “My Memories and Me,” curated by Wu Wenguang, screens at the UCCA on Jan 7.


THE BUZZER The brains behind the Beijing Flag Football League have expanded to become Mashup Spor ts and Social. That means they’ll be bringing you bowling leagues, dodgeball, kickball, beer Olympics, a water balloon fight, beach volleyball, tennis and basketball in addition to the flag gridiron. That’s a whole lot of college-style sports fun to be had. Good luck to them and keep your eyes on for more. The Beijing Shougang Ducks’ CBA campaign is underway. Now that they have added Steve “The Franchise” Francis to the roster, fans should flock to games. The most interesting matchup will be when he comes headto-head with former New York Knicks te a m m a te Ste p h o n “St a rb u r y “ Marbury when Beijing host Foshan on January 7. There are six home games this month, so you’ve no excuse for not getting down to one.






appy New Year! Before we get carried up in that (and the even Newer Year we celebrate next month), let’s have a look back at 2010 in sports. Last year started off as this one does – cussing freezing – and that means snow sports. The 8th RedBull Nanshan Open was held by the good folk at; Juuso Lavisto took the crown. Last January was also the high point of Chinese tennis. The Australian Open played host to two of the finest ever performances from China’s women, which just so happened to take place at the same time, as Li Na and Zheng Jie both reached the semi-finals for the first time ever. Li then made the position of number one her own as she followed up with a quarter-final appearance at Wimbledon in the summer. Just as the Year of the Tiger roared off to a start, the 2010 Winter Olympics took place in Vancouver.

Team China finished a very creditable seventh on the medal table with a haul of five golds, two silvers and four bronzes. Tubby potter Ding Junhui came into the year winning his own body weight in Pukk a Pies at the UK Championship but that didn’t slow him down as he managed a secondplace finish in March’s China Open before a silver medal in the singles at the Asian Games (losing to Hong Kong’s Marco Fu). The most dominant event of last summer was the FIFA World Cup. Beijing streets were packed and there was more face paint than a clown convention as the international community united in a desire to see if a mystical octopus could keep predicting football results. Watching the World Cup in Beijing was like the ’60s – if you can remember it, you weren’t there. The World Cup winners were meant to turn up in their Barcelona

shirts to play Beijing Guoan. Their reserves bested Beijing 3-0, and a visiting Birmingham City side did the same by a single goal. Those mid-season friendlies didn’t help. The reigning champions finished the season in fifth place, outside of the AFC Champions’ League places and below Tianjin. Meanwhile, at the China Open tennis tournament, Novak Djokovic and Caroline Wozniacki justified their star billing by taking the singles titles. As the year drew to a close, Team China then destroyed the idea of competition at the Asian Games in Guangzhou. The hosts topped the medal table with more than the second and third place countries combined. In the last event of the year, Air & Style Beijing was won by Sebastien To u t a n t b u t b i g g e r n e w s w a s Steve Francis signing for the CBA’s Beijing Ducks. It’s going to be an interesting year.

This month is also the 9th RedBull Nanshan Open. The homegrown slopestyle competition will feature invited international pros, local Chinese riders and – if you play your snowboarding cards right – maybe even you. The final places for the event (Jan 22-23) are up for grabs at the 9th RedBull Nanshan Open Local Qualifier on January 15. The Australian Open is also taking place this month. After last year’s heroics from Li Na and Zheng Jie, hopes are high that the Chinese women can at least reproduce the form that took them to the semi-finals. Team China has not been given much hope for their AFC Asian Cup quest in Qatar by coach Gao Hongbo. That could be gamesmanship from the former star as China faces a relatively easy group containing Kuwait (Jan 8), hosts Qatar (Jan 12) and Uzbekistan (Jan 16). Netizens will expect a place in the second round at the very least in the face of such lowly opposition. The Asian Para Games, the paralympic arm of the recent Asiad, took place in Guangzhou last month. China looked to perform as strongly as it did in the main event with the early highlight a 3-0 win over Japan in the men’s 5-a-side blind football event. Fi n a l l y, k e e p a n e ye o u t o n for a peek at the Beijing Vikings official team song and its video. We’re going to be launching a competition this month to find the best team song and music video produced by a local sports team. Time to get creative, sports folks. S end your songs and videos to, if you’re brave enough.



Q&A What if you don’t skate? If you can’t skate, you can’t play, but that doesn’t mean you can’t be part of the sport. When the guys go on tour, they’re always looking for a coach.

What kind of social activities surround the sport? Conveniently, pops are included in the league fees, so we tend to socialize before and after games. Our sponsors usually throw a couple of parties a year.

How hard is it for newcomers? It’s not tough to take up, it just takes a lot of time and dedication. If you can drink beer, that’s a good start.

If ice hockey was a food, what would it be? Poutine. The best comes from Canada, and What skill “THE REAL PASSION – ALONG it tends to get level do you sloppy, WITH SKILL – FALLS WITHIN asolittle need? you should The skill level wear protectTHE CANADIAN BLOOD” v a r i e s. M o s t ive clothing. important is to know your role out there – if you can contribute to the Describe ice hockey in four words. team’s success, you’re alright. Beer me! Beer me!



or those who didn’t grow up in the frozen north, hockey is all clipped accents, short skirts and summer Olympics. For those who think that the word “ice” is redundant in ice hockey, it’s something else entirely. Pads, helmets, blades, sticks and animal emblems – Beijing International Ice Hockey has it all.

What do you think of field hockey? If I’m going to be outside playing hockey, it’s going to be on the pond with the boys. Who plays with BIIH? Anyone can play. We’ve got Brazilian brothers and a Kiwi, but the real passion – along with skill – falls within the Canadian blood.

How difficult is it to get hold of equipment? We have an equipment room at the rink with some leftover gear. Do people get hurt? Not often. We had a tough one last year where a guy lost his teeth. Normally I would say chicks dig scars, but that guy’s girl pulled him out of hockey. We haven’t seen him since.

Are your skating skills used for more genteel ice-based sports? Well, rumor has it that Disney on Ice is in China, and we haven’t seen much of my line mate. His tight turns are great, passes are usually off, and he tends to throw his hands in the air a lot. All signs point to a figure skater, but he’ll never admit it. For more on the BIIH, go to



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F1 Shanghai Grand Prix (Shanghai)

UCI Track Cycling World Cup

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Great Wall Marathon


FIVB Beach Volleyball

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FINA World Championship (Shanghai)

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TO YOUR HEALTH THE BENEFITS OF TEA For centuries, Chinese people have turned to tea to treat a variety of ailments. Dr. Michele Ball of the Beijing University of Chinese Medicine advises us on the what, when and why of tea, and how to drink our way to tip-top shape. What is the history of tea in China? Tea has influenced so many areas of Chinese society, including diet, social etiquette, philosophy, politics and economics. According to legend, its medicinal purposes were discovered by Shennong (the father of TCM) as early as 2737 BC. Since then, tea has also been used for money exchange, eaten cooked, etc. It wasn’t until the Ming and Qing dynasties that we began drinking tea the way we do now – with the leaves roasted and served in loose fashion.





eah, I know we seem fixated on tea this month. But why not? B esides having potentially magical health benefits, the immediate gains are also clear. Tea is warm. (Been outside lately? It’s frigid). Tea is soothing. (For both the throat and the nerves.) Tea is delicious. (Especially with milk and honey.) And finally, tea contains caffeine. (Who doesn’t need a little pick-me-up in the mornings?) But the intricacies of this t r a d i t i o n a l b re w a re f a r m o re advanced than you can imagine. It does, after all, have a history that traces back nearly 5,000 years. If you’re as fascinated as we were, you’re in luck, as there are plenty of tea-related events to attend this month. There’s The Hutong’s Tea Market Tour (Jan 9) to Maliandao, Beijing’s largest wholesale tea market; Tranquil Tuesday’s Chinese Tea Workshop (Jan 18),

with samples and a brief overview on the history of tea; and of course, Culture Yard’s Introduction to Tea Workshop (Jan 19), which we attended. Flip the page to read about our enlightening experience. This country’s biggest holiday of the year is fast approaching. China Culture Center’s Spring Festival Talk (Jan 21) will brief you on all the traditional preparations, from the annual housekeeping to the worshipping of the kitchen god. When you’re in China, you might as well learn how to celebrate Chinese New Year properly. Sadly, though, this month isn’t all about opportunities for learning and growing. Roundabout Charity Store owner Leslie Simpson recently informed us that her building is being torn down – a possibility she was aware of two years ago when she decided to rent the space. “I took a gamble … and am very grateful that I did. It proved to be

a wonderful location. Due to the generosity of our community we have been able to help hundreds upon hundreds of people in need,” Simpson wrote. For now, they’re located at the Eton school building in Pinnacle Plaza, but they’re still searching for a new home. Donations will still be accepted as usual. In fact, Roundabout is not missing a beat, proceeding full speed ahead with their plans to distribute the donations collected from Rotaract Beijing’s second Annual Clothes Drive (Jan 10-30). Our advice? Start the year off on a good note. Dig up any “nearly new and gently used clothing” you’re willing to part with, find a convenient drop-off point (www. and make your contribution. Then go home and reward yourself with a nice, steaming cup of tea. To fresh beginnings.

What are the health benefits of drinking tea? There are six basic kinds of tea: white, yellow, green, oolong, black and pu’er. They’re all harvested from the same species, but selected and processed with varying levels of fermentation, which impact the human body in different ways. Green tea has been linked to preventing cancer and stroke, lowering cholesterol and increasing cognitive function. In fact, if you want to lose weight, drink more green and white teas – studies show they’re great at reducing fat absorption. White tea has the highest antioxidant levels, which is key for anti-aging and optimal health. Black and pu’er teas have been found to decrease risk of heart disease and cancer, increase control over diabetes, aid digestion, and improve eyesight and blood circulation. There are also herbal teas, which are not made from tea leaves, but rather flowers, roots, leaves, fruits and berries. Juhua (chrysanthemum flower), for instance, is cooling and can help the body recover from the second stage of the common cold (i.e. mild fever and sore throat). Which teas are most advantageous for your health, and when is the best time to drink them? For optimal health results, first understand your body’s needs, and then drink accordingly. During the wintertime, it’s healthier to drink fermented teas like black or aged pu’er. In the summer, drink the less-fermented teas like white, yellow and green as they’re cooling and detoxifying. If you have any questions or would like a consultation, contact Dr. Michele Ball at






tall, dignified-looking man sat before a wooden tray, busily sloshing hot water on the cups, spoons and teapots over and over again. We all watched, transfixed. His

movements were so methodical, so practiced – who would’ve known that the preparation of tea was such an art? But more importantly, what was he doing? Suddenly he stopped and

grinned, revealing a mouthful of stained brown teeth. I couldn’t help wondering … is this my fate if I, too, commit to a lifetime of tea? At that moment, the translator Jason jumped in to assuage my fears. He introduced the tea master as Jiang Jianfeng, describing him as a “true professional” and the owner of a Sanlitun tea shop. Mr. Jiang readied the first pack of leaves – a green Longjing tea – and, in a voice brimming with knowledge, began rattling off facts about tailoring water temperatures and steeping times to specific leaves. No aspect of tea went undiscussed, from the histor y to the fermentation process to the proper storage method. He continually emphasized that Chinese people drink tea not to quench thirst, but rather to socialize and reinvigorate the mind. Maybe it was his tone, or the way he used both hands to navigate the utensils, but Mr. Jiang exuded a natural sense of authority. He rarely hesitated when responding to questions. The tea with the most caffeine? Green. The one most

effective for losing weight? Raw pu’er. The priciest tea in the world? Tieguanyin, an expensive variety of oolong. At one point a British man asked, quite earnestly, why we were brewing and drinking tea in such small containers. (Mr. Jiang had had to refill the same teapot several times, as the vessel was no bigger than the size of his palm.) “In England,” the man said, “We drink from very large cups.” Mr. Jiang paused before his eyes crinkled up in the corners. By now I’d grown to like his smile. “In China, we say people ought to be able to finish a cup of tea in three sips,” Mr. Jiang began. “If you gulp it down in one sip, we call that yin (饮) – ‘guzzling.’ If you drink it in two, we call it he (喝) – ‘drinking.’ And if you sip it slowly in three, we call it pin (品) – ‘drinking with appreciation.’ “So you see, it’s not about how much you drink. It’s about how you drink it.”

So how do patients become bakers? Our first bakers took a long time to train as they were completely unfamiliar with the whole baking process and the products. Now we train one or two new bakers at a time and they learn a lot by seeing how the others do it.

is our biggest logistical obstacle and so group orders are encouraged.

Culture Yard hosts tea workshops and other cultural events every month. Details at




ounded in 2004 by two expat women, Crazy Bake sprouted from the idea of giving the patients at Chaoyang Mental Health Service Center a chance to improve their lives through work. We spoke with co-founder Yvonne Gerig to get the story behind those delicious baked goods.

What’s the goal of Crazy Bake? Crazy Bake started with the idea of giving the mentally ill something to do. Baking was ideal because it does not need to involve knives and it was something I could teach them. Natascha Prigge [the co-founder]



What are the immediate and longterm benefits for patients? When they have something to do, it completely changes their selfperception. They now consider themselves bakers – bakers with a mental illness, but leading a productive life. In the long run, they are happier and more positive; they have fewer bouts of depression and psychotic episodes.

Where can we buy the bread? We make three kinds of breads, along with bagels, cinnamon rolls and pretzels. We sell every Monday at Embassy House, and some schools and kindergartens. Bread can always be ordered online as well. Delivery

How can we help? Buy the bread! Crazy Bake believes in trade, not aid – and by buying our bread you empower the mentally ill to improve their lives through meaningful work. We also urgently need help with delivery, so anyone with a driver that they can spare for a few hours each week would be greatly appreciated. To order, visit or call 137 1821 1334.


What’s the public attitude towards mental illness in China? The mentally ill here are viewed no differently than in other countries – they’re the forgotten population. Media has done nothing to break down stereotypes, often portraying them as violent, completely out of touch with reality and unable to lead a productive life. While this is true for some, it certainly is not true for all.

raised the money to make one of the rooms into a bakery and we bought the necessary equipment. The goal was to establish assisted living, which we have done but would like to expand. Crazy Bake is not just focused on baking, though. We currently have about 60 people employed doing different tasks. Some women are doing needlework and handicrafts which we sell at bazaars, some are packing screws for Boloni Kitchen, and others staff a small kiosk which has been established in the hospital. As more patients have an income, they can spend it on small luxuries such as ice cream or noodle soups.



GUAM The cliché The usual “idyllic Pacific island” tropes apply. The reality In a topsy-turvy history of invasion a n d c o u n t e r - i nv a s i o n , G u a m i s currently an overseas territory of the United States, housing a significant US military base. With coral reefs, white sandy beaches and clear waters, it’s also a fine place for a vacation. The sights Relax on the beaches of tourist hotspot Tumon Bay, learn the starcrossed-Pacific-island-lovers tale behind Two Lovers’ Point, and hike up Mount Lamlam. For history buffs, there are the latte stones on which the indigenous Chamorro people built their homes, and numerous World War II-related sights, including Yokoi’s Cave, where a Japanese sergeant hid out until 1972. Top destination Guam is a divers’ paradise, with Japanese shipwrecks and coral reefs waiting to be explored. Guam’s Blue Hole is an unforgettable dive into an ocean shaft, only for the most experienced. The food S e e k o u t i n d i g e n o u s C h a m o r ro cuisine, which often features barbecued meats or seafood flavored with coconut, peppers and citrus.





istor ians may look back on 2010 and identify it as the year when the Chinese tourist emerged. Purely based on my own observations of the people around me, Chinese people traveled more and traveled further than ever before in 2010. They might still be inclined to go home for Spring Festival, but any other opportunity they (at least, the middle classes) get, whether that be national holidays or time off work, and they ’ll be packing a bag and leaving Beijing. The Chinese are traveling more domestically, but they’re also packing their passports more often. This year, international media have devoted ever more generous column inches and airtime to facts and figures on how many Chinese tourists came, how much they spent and where they spent it. It goes both ways, with China increasingly popular

among foreign tourists. With that, I had a look and compiled a few of the more notable China travel statistics to have emerged in 2010. How many traveled? The China National Tourism Administration (CNTA) forecast that the number of Chinese traveling overseas would exceed 52 million in 2010 – a seven percent increase from 2009. How much did they spend? The China Tourism Academy estimated that outbound Chinese travelers spent as much as USD 48 billion o v e r s e a s l a s t y e a r. B a i n & C o predicted the voracious appetite of Chinese travelers for luxury goods like jewelry, watches and high-end clothing could account for around USD 10 billion of the total figure. What about inbound tourism? The UN World Tourism Organization announced in December that China may have displaced Spain in 2010

as the third-most visited country in the world. The UN body expects China to place at least fourth, behind France, the United States and Spain. The final figures will be announced this month. While you digest those, a look at what the local travel agencies have in store. China Culture Center and Country Holidays are offering trips to Harbin for the ice sculpture festival. If it’s sun, sea and sand you’re after, TUI’s tour to Sanya will be more your style, while if you just want a wander around Beijing, 90 Percent Travel have arty tours around 798 and Songzhuang. Finally, you’re probably well aware of Koryo Tours’ trips to North Korea, but they also run tours to Turkmenistan, and this year expand their portfolio with a Siberian tour. Full details of their 2011 itineraries are available at

Why go now? Average temperature in Januar y : 27 degrees Celsius. Why you’ll want to stay It’s an island. In the Pacific. And you’ve come so far. Why you’ll be glad to leave Typhoons. Not common, but you don’t want to be around when one hits. Exchange rate RMB 6.68 = USD 1 Need a visa? You’ll need a US visa. Apply at the US Embassy (4008 872 333, http://beijing. Citizens of 36 territories, including most EU nations, Australia, New Zealand and Switzerland, can travel visa-free under the US Visa Waiver Program. Flight information Korean Air flies to Guam via Seoul daily.






lessed with breathtaking nature and surprisingly accessible wildlife, Malaysian Borneo is an ideal destination for both the ambitious and the lazy. At 4,095.2m, Mt. Kinabalu in the state of Sabah is one of Southeast Asia’s highest peaks. But the climb, starting in the jungle and winding through forests with pitcher plants and endemic orchids before the final ascent over naked granite, requires no technical climbing skills. Afterwards, head to Kuching in the state of Sarawak to replenish your body with a bowl of laksa and seek out Borneo’s famous proboscis monkey.









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Bubbalicious New Year Recovery Recuperate by savoring fresh seafood and healthy soups and enjoy special therapy sessions with on-site doctors and nurses. RMB 428+15% (includes free-flow champagne). 11.30am-3pm. Seasonal Tastes, Westin Chaoyang (5922 8880)

01 Local rockers start a new tour. RMB 70, RMB 50 (advance). 9pm. MAO Livehouse (6402 5080)


Story by Shakespeare. Music by Prokofiev. Twirls by Northern Ballet. RMB 80-1,280. 7.30pm. NCPA Opera House (6655 0000)

It’s La Boheme, filtered through the sensibility of a Finnish New Wave filmmaker. In French with Chinese and English subtitles. RMB 15. 7pm. UCCA (8459 9269)

Sushi and Sashimi Class Chef Tani will teach you genuine Japanese cooking, from cutting fresh sushi-grade fish to making rolls. Includes meal and wine. RMB 398+15%. 4-7pm. Kempinski Hotel (6465 3388 ext 4200)



9th Red Bull Nanshan Open Local Qualifier Open to all comers. This is your last chance to take a remaining spot in China’s biggest slopestyle contest. 10am. NIKE 6.0 Nanshan Park, Nanshan Ski Village (138 1045 9745)

15 Red Light Revolution Art Auction and Party Bid for adult toys and other merchandise at this fundraiser to help “China’s first sex shop comedy” get released on local screens. RMB 50. 6-10pm. Salud, Nanluogu Xiang (6402 5086)


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Annual Clothes Drive Until Jan 30. Rotaract Beijing is collecting all nearly new and gently used clothing for those in need throughout China. Visit to find a drop-off point near you.



Film: Woman Basketball Player No. 5 (Nülan Wuhao) This 1957 sports movie comes complete with rivalries on and off the court, accordion singalongs, and fiendish American villains! Free. 7.30pm. Jiang Hu Liveshow Bar (6401 4611)


Ballet: Spartacus

Drink For Charity Tuesday

Orgies, harems and more. RMB 180-1,280. 7.30pm. Beijing Exhibition Theater (6835 4455)

The bar donates RMB 10 from every drink purchase to Children of Madaifu, a charity helping orphaned and abandoned children in Shaanxi, Gansu and Hebei. Free. Beer Mania (6585 0786)





The biggest snowboard event in China returns. Pros, locals and the lucky qualifiers compete for TTR ranking points and a prize purse. 10am. NIKE 6.0 Nanshan Park, Nanshan Ski Village (138 1045 9745)

Alan Wong of Hatsune and Brian McKenna of ROOMbeijing cook up an eight-course dinner. All the kitchen hijinks will be displayed on screens for diners to enjoy. RSVP to 132 4011 4868. RMB 488-RMB 588. 7-10pm. Hatsune, Sanlitun Village (6415 3939)

9th Red Bull Nanshan Open



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Ballet: Romeo & Juliet







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CBA: Beijing Ducks vs. Dongguan Steve Francis and the boys try to restore some pride to the capital’s hoops team. RMB 40-260. 7.30pm. Beijing Shougang Basketball Center (8829 6158)


AFC Asian Cup: China vs. Qatar China takes on the hosts in the continent’s showpiece. 12.15am.


Kamilla Quartet Brazilian jazz covers and originals. Free. 9pm. Salud, Nanluogu Xiang (6402 5086)


20th Anniversary Preview Exhibition All month. Red Gate Gallery gets ready to celebrate two decades in business with a preview exhibit. Free. Red Gate Gallery (6525 1005)



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Hip-hop to close out the month. RMB 30. 9pm. Yugong Yishan (6404 2711)

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Wine & Woks Workshop Fine wines without the pretension. Just cook up a storm, and learn how to pair the right dishes with the right wines. RMB 350, RMB 300 (members). The Hutong (6404 3355)

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Join the cheeky show and have fun with some impromptu fun. RMB 30, RMB 20 (students). 9pm. D-22 (6265 3177)

Slap who? Authority, they say. The last show for the folk-rock band before Chinese New Year. RMB 50. 9pm. MAO Livehouse (6402 5080)

Cheeky Monkey Improv


Green Cap Quiz Night Beijing’s newest pub quiz. Where did she go? Free. 7.30pm. The Green Cap (186 1174 7939)




Film: Leningrad Cowboys Go America Hopeless European rock musicians journey to the New World. In the words of the UCCA: “Ugly actors, good feelings. Yeah.” In Finnish and English with Chinese and English subtitles. RMB 15. 7pm. UCCA (8459 9269)




Pick a tropical cocktail to go with your reggae. Free. 9pm. Q Bar (6595 9239)

Partake in poetry, haggis and copious quantities of whisky to toast Scotland’s bard. Price and time TBD. The Bookworm (6586 9507)

Reggae Thursday


Bookworm Burns Supper



Helen Feng & Metro Tokyo FakeMusicMedia celebrates the launch of its website with a DJ set from local icon Helen Feng and electro and disco from DJ Metro Tokyo. Free. 9pm. School (6402 8881)




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JAN 1 DINING Bubbalicious New Year Recovery Recuperate from your holiday partying at the Bubbalicious Recovery Brunch. Munch on fresh seafood and healthy soups and enjoy the special therapy sessions with on-site doctors and nurses. RMB 428+15% (includes free-flow champagne). 11.30am-3pm. Seasonal Tastes, Westin Chaoyang (5922 8880)

Facehunter Party and Photo Exhibition Opening Until Jan 2. Meet the man behind the style blog Facehunter, Yvan Rodic, and check out his exhibition featuring photos of emerging designers from all over the world. He’ll be available to sign copies of his new book, Facehunter. The exhibition will be available to the public until the 19th. Free. 8-10pm. Triple-Major (8402

come to the stage. This adaptation debuted in Hong Kong to immense critical acclaim. RMB 180-680. 7.30pm. NCPA Theater (6655 0000)

EXPLORE Harbin Ice Lantern Festival & Snow Sculpture Expo Until Jan 2. Take in the ice festival, the Siberian tiger park and Harbin’s Russianstyle architecture. RMB 4,000. CCC (6432 9341) Tianjin Architecture Tour A tour around the highlights of Beijing’s neighboring city. Cost includes train tickets, bus in Tianjin, guide and lunch.


Wang Yuqi and Band The former guitarist of Second Hand Rose starts a new daydream slowly. RMB 30. 9pm. Jiang Hu Liveshow Bar (6401 4611)



Drama: Five Acts of Life See Jan 1.


Drama: Five Acts of Life See Jan 1.

JAN 4 ARTS & CULTURE Ballet: Madame Butterfly Northern Ballet follows up Shakespeare with their take on Puccini’s classic. RMB 180-1,080. 7.30pm. NCPA Opera House (6655 0000)


Rudeness, Old Fashion, The Film Rock out your hangover and swing it away. RMB 40, RMB 30. 10pm. D-22 (6265 3177)

Ballet: Romeo & Juliet See Jan 1.

Ballet: Romeo & Juliet See Jan 1.

New Year’s Day Party An electronic start to the new year. Free. 10pm. The House (6552 6661)

Long Shen Dao The best Chinese reggae band finally drops their debut album. Let’s ska with Tai Chi Reggae. RMB 60 (first 100 at the door get a free CD). 9pm. Yugong Yishan (6404 2711)

ARTS & CULTURE Absolute Distance See Jan 1.


New Year Party Cheap drinks to welcome 2011. RMB 5 for local beer, RMB 15 for imported beer and all mixed drinks, and RMB 25 for draft Hoegaarden, Stella and all cocktails. Free. 8.30pm. Luga’s Villa (6416 2575)

Fruit Salad, Lao Zhang, Lao He Brit-pop and Chinese folk, hum along. Free. 9pm. Hot Cat Club (6400 7868)

Will & Band, Kun British folk vs. Chinese folk, which one touches you more? Free. 9pm. Hot Cat Club (6400 7868)

Absolute Distance See Jan 1.


Army of Jade Kirin, Chiren, Bolan Tonghua, Nuclear Fusion - G, Los Crasher From metal to experimental, from punk to folk. Who says you can’t handle all of them in one night? RMB 60, RMB 50 (advance). 8.30pm. MAO Livehouse (6402 5080)

MAO Livehouse (6402 5080)


Hang the DJ Music from iLoop, AMU, Guzz, ZuGe and Howie Lee. Free. 11.30pm. School (6402 8881)

24 Hours, Rustic, SUBS Grab some energy, enthusiasm and creativity from the best of the young powers. RMB 50, RMB 40 (advance). 10pm. 2 Kolegas (6436 8998)

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Great Wall and Silver Pagoda Forest Hike to the “Wild Wall” at Huanghuacheng and the Silver Pagoda Forest, before lunch in a local village. Reservation required. RMB 220. 7.30am. Culture Yard (8404 4166,


New Year’s Day Brunch at Kranzler’s Get the year off to a gourmet start with a feast for the entire family – including freshly baked breads and pastries, fresh juices and their signature Bloody Mary. Foot-tapping live jazz and an exciting lucky draw start the year off right. RMB 458+15% (includes free-flow sparkling wine). 11.30am-3pm. Kranzler’s, Kempinski Hotel (6465 3388 ext 4222)



One of the best local rock bands starts a new tour. See photo above.


Drama: Five Acts of Life See Jan 1.

It’s always merry with the band Christmas.



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ARTS & CULTURE Absolute Distance Several artists examine the notion of distance in the context of rural HIV positives, first through photo essays of visits to the villages, and second through the artists’ artworks. Free. White Space Beijing (8456 2054) Ballet: Romeo & Juliet Britain’s much-loved Northern Ballet brings their adaptation of the star-crossed lovers, set to Prokofiev’s score. RMB 801,280. 7.30pm. NCPA Opera House (6655 0000) Drama: Five Acts of Life Five of Lao She’s celebrated short stories

Film: Bohemian Life This modern adaptation of La Vie de Bohème follows three penniless artists as they become friends in Paris. Part of Aki Kaurismäki: A Retrospective, celebrating the acclaimed Finnish New Wave filmmaker. In French with Chinese and English subtitles. RMB 15. 7pm. UCCA (8459 9269)

Meet at entrance 20 of Beijing South Railway Station. RMB 490, RMB 390 (kids under 16). 9am. Ninety Percent Travel (151 1791 6648,

JAN 2 DINING Bubbalicious New Year Recovery See Jan 1.

MUSIC The Emitter, Joker, Namo, Not There Listen to the very Chinese Namo and get lost in Not There’s electric experiment. RMB 50 (include free snacks). 8pm.

BARS & CLUBS Tristan Traditional French tunes. Free. 9pm. Salud, Nanluogu Xiang (6402 5086)

MUSIC Zhang Jing Singer-songwriter-poet-painter Zhang Jing welcomes you to his world with a glass of wine or a cup of tea. Free. 9pm. Jiang Hu Liveshow Bar (6401 4611)

STYLE Launch: “Brielliant” Jewelry Collection Jacky’s Jewelry will showcase its latest collection “Brielliant,” a collaborative

design effort by Jacqueline Rabenberg and artist Clemens Briels. Free. 5-8pm. Touch, The Westin Beijing (5922 8888 ext 8112; see Nightlife directory)

ARTS & CULTURE Ballet: Madame Butterfly See Jan 4. Drama: Five Acts of Life See Jan 1. Film: Leningrad Cowboys Go America Hopeless European rock musicians journey to the New World. In the words of the UCCA: “Ugly actors, good feelings. Yeah.” Part of Aki Kaurismäki: A Retrospective, celebrating the acclaimed Finnish New Wave filmmaker. In Finnish and English with Chinese and English subtitles. RMB 15. 7pm. UCCA (8459 9269)

SPORT CBA: Beijing Ducks vs. Dongguan Leopards Steve Francis and the boys try to restore some pride to the capital’s hoops team. RMB 40-260. 7.30pm. Beijing Shougang Basketball Center (8829 6158)

LIVING Chinese Vegetarian Cooking Class Learn to cook a hearty three-course meal of well-known Chinese dishes with a vegetarian twist. RMB 240, RMB 200 (members). 10am-noon. The Hutong (6404 3355)

JAN 6 DINING Black Sesame Cooking Class: Shanxi Noodles Learn how to make delicious noodles (cat’s ear, knife-grated and hand-rolled) from scratch, as well as the savory sauces that go with them. RMB 250. 11am1.30pm. Black Sesame Kitchen (136 9147 4408)

MUSIC Christophe Lier Trio Enjoy the French jazz session at Dongmianhua Hutong. RMB 30. 9pm. Jiang Hu Liveshow Bar (6401 4611)

ARTS & CULTURE Beijing International New Short Play Festival 2011: Fish Out of Water Hosted by the Beijing Innovative Theater Experience, this third annual festival plays on the humor and poignancy of living outside one’s culture. Features plays about foreigners in China (natch), the oldest love story as told by Mark Twain, passengers trapped on a train, and even South American melodrama. Tickets at 135 2045 0019. RMB 80-120 for three nights. Time TBD. Penghao Theater (6400 6452) Cheeky Monkey Improv Join the cheeky show and have fun with some impromptu. RMB 30, RMB 20 (students). 9pm. D-22 (6265 3177) Drama: Five Acts of Life See Jan 1. Film: Drifting Clouds A neo-realist yet comical look at Finnish unemployment. Part of Aki Kaurismäki: A Retrospective, celebrating the acclaimed Finnish New Wave filmmaker. In Finnish with Chinese and English subtitles. RMB 15. 7pm. UCCA (8459 9269)


BARS & CLUBS Acupuncture Records Label Party Techno from the local boys. Free. 10pm. The House (6552 6661) Bunnies at The Bling Mansion The Year of the Rabbit is going to mean a lot of Playboy bunnies; Bling gets started early. RMB 2,000 cash prize for the sexiest bunny. Table reservations recommended; call Hill at 138 1085 8776 to book. Free. 9pm. Bling (5905 6999) XXX With Wasabi Wasabi Sound boys Eric Lee, Sean C, Shen Yue and VJ Acid hook up with guest DJ Suki. Free (if you take a bite of wasabi). 10pm. Yue (5867 0285)

MUSIC Chiren These Beijingers tell their old stories in the hutongs. RMB 40, RMB 30 (advance). 9pm. Jiang Hu Liveshow Bar (6401 4611) Christmas Forget about all the unhappiness, just dance with Christmas. Free. 9pm. Hot Cat Club (6400 7868) Hell Savior The Hell Savior shows you the traditional metal with their new album. Some “extremists” join in. RMB 50 9.30pm. 13 Club (8261 9267) Slap Slap who? Authority, they say. The last show for the folk-rock band before Chinese New Year. RMB 50. 9pm. MAO Livehouse (6402 5080) Streets Kill Strange Animals, Carpet of Let, Chaos Forget about final exams – join the electric party at Wudaokou. RMB 40, RMB 30 (students). 10pm. D-22 (6265 3177)

ARTS & CULTURE Documentary Series: My Memories and Me UCCA joins with Caochangdi Workstation to shed some light on the darker corners of contemporary Chinese history. Curated by Wu Wenguang (see Bookshelf, p52). RMB 15. Times TBA. UCCA (8459 9269) Drama: Five Acts of Life See Jan 1. Film: Lights in the Dusk A sad-sack night-watchman finds himself fancied by an attractive young blond. Too good to be true? You betcha. Part of Aki Kaurismäki: A Retrospective, celebrating the acclaimed Finnish New Wave filmmaker. In Finnish and Russian with Chinese and English subtitles. RMB 15. 5pm. UCCA (8459 9269)

Alfa’s House of Funk Replace “of” with “and” and you’ve got the idea. Free. 9pm. Alfa (6413 0086) Huang Weiwei Local DJ guests at Gongti. Free. 10pm. The House (6552 6661) I Don’t Do Him, I Do G Free-flow cocktails and wine. But only for ladies. Free. 9pm-1am. Scarlett (6552 3600) The Drop Oshi and Tnem welcome special guest DJ Blackie for late-night dubstep, drum & bass and electro. Free. 11pm. Yue (5867 0285)

MUSIC Joe’s Heart, Paper Tiger Jamboree, Streets Kill Strange Animals Young pioneers show us some creation. RMB 20. 9pm. What Bar (159 0123 6743) O.N.E Come and ska with them at Fangjia Hutong. Free. 9pm. Hot Cat Club (6400 7868) Perdel Local rockers start a new tour. RMB 70, RMB 50 (advance). 9pm. MAO Livehouse (6402 5080) Tookoo Tookoo gathers their hardcore friends to celebrate a new decade. RMB 40, RMB 30 (students). 9pm. D-22 (6265 3177) Yaksa Metal leader Yaksa assembles ten top metal bands to celebrate their 15th anniversary and the release of three music videos. See Livehouse, p42. RMB 80, RMB 60 (advance/students). 8pm. Yugong Yishan (6404 2711) Ye Er Bo Li Have a taste of the Kazakh spirit. RMB 40, RMB 30 (advance). 9pm. Jiang Hu Liveshow Bar (6401 4611)

ARTS & CULTURE Documentary Series: My Memories and Me See Jan 7. Drama: Five Acts of Life See Jan 1. Film: Making Plans for Lena See Jan 7. 3pm.

Film: The Man Without a Past A nameless man arrives in Helsinki and is promptly beat to a bloody pulp. He develops amnesia, and must begin to put his life back together. Part of Aki Kaurismäki: A Retrospective, celebrating the acclaimed Finnish New Wave filmmaker. In Finnish with Chinese and English subtitles. RMB 15. 7pm. UCCA (8459 9269)

SPORT AFC Asian Cup: China vs. Kuwait China begins their quest for regional dominance in Qatar. 9.15pm English FA Cup The oldest football competition in the world begins with Arsenal vs. Leeds United. 8.45pm. Nike 6.0 “Five Gates” Jam #3: The Post Jam session #3 to celebrate the unveiling of the third “unique” obstacle of the NIKE 6.0 Nanshan Park. 2pm. NIKE 6.0 Nanshan Park, Nanshan Ski Village (138 1045 9745)

LIVING Beijing Book Swap and Board Games Tired of your current collection? Swap your English, French, Dutch and Portuguese books. The only rules are: no textbooks, classics or Chinese-language titles. Several lively board games will also be taking place, from Settlers of Catan to Monopoly. Free. 2-6pm. Sequoia Café, Jianguomenwai Diplomatic Compound (6501 5503) Hiking Trip: Cuandixia Village This gorgeous Ming dynasty village – which also served as the setting of the Jet Li and Andy Lau film Warlords – is worth the hike. Reserve at contact@cultureyard. net. RMB 350. 8.30am-7pm. Culture Yard (8404 4166) Pakistani Cuisine Cooking Class Wondering whether curries must always be so spicy? Love naan but don’t know how to make it at home? Join cooking classes taught by a Pakistani chef. RMB 250, RMB 230 (members). 2-4pm. The Hutong (6404 3355)

EXPLORE Harbin Ice Lantern Festival & Snow Sculpture Expo Until Jan 9. See Jan 1 listing.

Film: Making Plans for Lena In this comedy, Lena tries to get on with life after her breakup with Nigel. But her family insists on making her happy by any means necessary. Directed by Christophe Honoré. In French with Chinese and English subtitles. RMB 20, RMB 10 (students). 5pm. French Cultural Centre (6553 2627)

SPORT CBA: Beijing Ducks vs. Foshan Liyuan The Ducks look to come in from the basketball wilderness. RMB 40-260. 7.30pm. Beijing Shougang Basketball Center (8829 6158)


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MUSIC East Brunswick All Girls Choir Slow-core quartet from Down Under rocks around China before they relocate to Germany. Price TBD. 9pm. Jiang Hu Liveshow Bar (6401 4611)

ARTS & CULTURE Book Club: Trespassing by Uzma Aslan Khan Book Smugglers, Beijing’s “latest and most laid-back book club,” welcomes new members, who should come ready to discuss the assigned book in a fun setting more intent on enjoyment than stuffy criticism. This month, they’ll be discussing Trespassing, by Uzma Aslan Khan. For more information and a copy of the book, contact Lauren at Free. 8.30pm. The Smuggler’s (138 0107 1230) Film: Making Plans for Lena See Jan 7. 7.30pm.

LIVING Annual Clothes Drive Until Jan 30. Rotaract Beijing’s second annual clothes drive is collecting all nearly new and gently used clothing for those in need throughout China. The clothes will be distributed via the clothing charity Roundabout. Visit www.rotaractbeijing. org to find a drop-off point near you.

DINING La Cuchara Three courses featuring cuisines from different regions in Spain, served with a glass of Spanish red. RMB 250-450 (depends on dishes selected). 8-10.30pm. Migas (5208 6061)

BARS & CLUBS Beijing Beatles Tribute Band All you need is covers. Free. 9pm. Salud, Nanluogu Xiang (6402 5086)

ARTS & CULTURE Cold War Winter Nick Bonner, owner of one of the world’s most extensive North Korean art collections, displays his Pyongyang winter scene linocuts for the first time. Free. Opening 7-9pm (exhibit runs through March, 10am6pm). Koryo Studio (6416 7544) Film: Lights in the Dusk See Jan 7. 7pm Film: The Man Without a Past See Jan 8. 5pm

SPORT AFC Asian Cup: China vs. Qatar China takes on the hosts in the continent’s showpiece. 12.15am.

JAN 11 JAN 11: WOMAN BASKETBALL PLAYER NO. 5 (NÜLAN WUHAO) Will No. 5 beat the fiendish American villains? Ice Hiking Walk on (frozen) water amidst spectacular scenery. Cost includes equipment, guide, ice hiking tutorial and lunch. Meet in front of McDonald’s at Ginza Mall (southeast corner of Dongzhimen Qiao). RMB 350, RMB 290 (children under 16). 8am. Ninety Percent Travel (151 1791 6648,

JAN 9 DINING Sushi and Sashimi Class Chef Tani will teach you genuine Japanese cooking, from cooking rice to cutting fresh sushi-grade fish to making sushi rolls. Includes meal and wine. RMB 398+15%. 4-7pm. Kempinski Hotel (6465 3388 ext 4200)

MUSIC China5 “Nu-pop band brings their new EP.” RMB 50, RMB 40 (students). 9pm. MAO Livehouse (6402 5080) East Brunswick All Girls Choir, The Big Picture Have fun with some slow-core Aussies. RMB 10, RMB 5 (students). 9pm. D-22 (6265 3177) Goumao He says acoustic guitar can also be punk. Have a listen and let us know if he’s right. Free. 9pm. Jiang Hu Liveshow Bar (6401 4611)




Drama: Five Acts of Life See Jan 1.

Film: Ariel Part poetic realism, part black comedy, this film follows a Finnish coal miner to jail and back again. Part of Aki Kaurismäki: A Retrospective, celebrating the acclaimed Finnish New Wave filmmaker. In Finnish with Chinese and English subtitles. RMB 15. 7pm. UCCA (8459 9269)

Film: Juha A simple peasant couple has their lives thrown asunder when a city man comes and lures the wife away. Part of Aki Kaurismäki: A Retrospective, celebrating the acclaimed Finnish New Wave filmmaker. With Chinese and English subtitles. RMB 15. 7pm. UCCA (8459 9269)

Film: Woman Basketball Player No. 5 (Nülan Wuhao) Take a breather with this 1957 sports movie directed by Xie Jin. Complete with rivalries on and off the court, accordion sing-a-longs, and fiendish American villains! Free. 7.30pm. Jiang Hu Liveshow Bar (6401 4611; see Nightlife directory)

Documentary Series: My Memories and Me See Jan 7.

Film: Making Plans for Lena See Jan 7. 5pm.

SPORT English FA Cup The oldest football competition in the world heats up with Manchester United vs. Liverpool. 9.30pm.

LIVING Games Yard: Mahjong Morning (Beginner) Learn the rules of mahjong, then put your newfound knowledge to the test. Reserve at RMB 70. 10am-1pm. Culture Yard (8404 4166) Tea Market Tour Explore Beijing’s largest wholesale tea market, Maliandao, in southwest Beijing. You can taste teas from all over the country, shop for affordable teaware and enjoy a delicious southern Chinese lunch. RMB 220 (including lunch). 10am-2pm. The Hutong (6404 3355)

LIVING British Club Coffee Morning The first coffee morning of the new year. All foreign passport-holders welcome. No jeans or sneakers allowed. E-mail for more info. RMB 60, RMB 40 (members). 10am-noon. Capital Club (8486 2225) Green Drinks Join Beijing’s green community for their informal drinks at their monthly meet-and-greet. Happy hour promotions apply. All welcome. Contact Jenny at for more details. Free. 7.30pm. The Bookworm (6503 2050; see Nightlife directory) Headhunter Social Networking Evening Opportunity knocks for career development. You might find the new challenge you’ve been looking for. Professionals from all industries welcome. Register at or 139 1109 8002. RMB 130 (includes free drink and canapés), RMB 80 (register before Jan 10). Flames, Hilton Wangfujing (5812 8888; see

LIVING Hands-on: Embroidered Purse Looking for a new hobby? Try your hand at making Chinese purses with embroidered patterns. RMB 150. 2-5pm. China Culture Center (6432 9341) Talk: Night Photography Ever have trouble capturing photos at night? Get tips and insight from professional photographer Peter Carney. No cameras necessary. Reserve at RMB 35. 7.308.30pm. Culture Yard (8404 4166)

JAN 13 MUSIC Ciqin They tell you stories about ancient China in rock styly. RMB 20. 9pm. Hot Cat Club (6400 7868) Fury Pyle, Miss Freak, Qing Jiang, MMLK Aggressive young bands bring you a night of fun, get ready to jump. RMB 30, RMB 20 (students). 9pm. D-22 (6265 3177)

ARTS & CULTURE Film: Crime and Punishment In this modern adaptation of the Dostoyevsky novel, a young slaughterhouse worker faces the machinations of society. Part of Aki Kaurismäki: A Retrospective, celebrating the acclaimed Finnish New Wave filmmaker. In Finnish with Chinese and English subtitles. RMB 15. 5pm. UCCA (8459 9269) Film: Juha See Jan 9. Modern Dance: Salome For the first time, the classic story of Salome is being interpreted by Chinese modern dance choreography, brought to us by the youthfully energetic Nine Dance

Theater. Tickets at 8599 1188. RMB 50-380. 7.30pm. Chaoyang Culture Center/TNT Theater (8599 6011)

LIVING Reiki Share This spiritual practice is based on the belief that you can transfer healing energy through the palms. After a brief meditation to unwind, you’ll move onto Reiki. No previous experience necessary. RSVP at kocooninfo@kocoonspalounge. com. RMB 50 (includes tea and homemade cookies). Kocoon (5208 6068)

JAN 14 BARS & CLUBS Acupuncture Records Three Year Album Release Party How do you cram three years of techno into a single album? The Acupuncture crew shows you how, with the chance to pick up a free CD. Free. 10pm. The House (6552 6661) BassKake Harikiri, Kimurahh, Mikey D and Verktyget play the tunes. Free. 11.30pm. School (6402 8881) Bunny Year Party Warm up for the Year of the Rabbit a la Suzie Wong. Expect bunny costumes. RSVP to 138 1112 3770. RMB 100. 9pm. Suzie Wong’s (6500 3377) Candyland Special shots all night, along with cotton candy and lollipops. Table reservations recommended; call Hill at 138 1085 8776 to book. Free. 9pm. Bling (5905 6999) DJ Tobi Germany’s DJ Tobi blends funk, jazz, electro, and house smoother than a cappuccino. Free. 10pm. Q Bar (6595 9239)

MUSIC Me guan Me, The Flying Mantas, The Redundant Seconds, Xiao Quai Shou Punk regulars have their favorite routine. RMB 40, RMB 30 (students). 10pm. D-22 (6265 3177) Ugly Dumplings Have a rock night with the Dumplings. Free. 9pm. Hot Cat Club (6400 7868)

ARTS & CULTURE Film: Bohemian Life See Jan 4. 5pm. Film: Leningrad Cowboys Go America See Jan 5. 7pm.

SPORT CBA: Beijing Ducks vs. Jilin Longruncha Beijing’s star signing looks to win over the crowd. RMB 40-260. 7.30pm. Beijing Shougang Basketball Center (8829 6158)

EXPLORE Ice World of Harbin Until Jan 16. Visit the ice festival. RMB 7,420. Country Holidays (021 3222 0616,

JAN 15 BARS & CLUBS Alfa’s Pure ’80s Party You know what to expect. Two-for-one

drinks before midnight. RMB 30. 9pm. Alfa (6413 0086) Dash Berlin Trance and dance from the creators of the Vengaboys. Price and time TBD. Yugong Yishan (6404 2711) DJ Paul Groove-oriented mix of nu sound, soul and electronica. Free. 9pm. Q Bar (6595 9239) No Go Die Lazka (aka DJ Harikiri) unleashes his own funkstep and afrostep productions on the basement. No Go Die chief DJ Slide supports. Free. 10pm. Siif (6406 9496) Return of DJ Keza Bling’s original resident is back with his trademark dance tunes. Table reservations recommended; call Hill at 138 1085 8776 to book. Free. 9pm. Bling (5905 6999) Scarlett with Riviera Events Price and time TBD. Scarlett (6552 3600) The M – Boysnoize Records Tour with Housemeister and DJ Edotronic If you saw Boys Noize in October you’ll want to see this pair. RMB 150, RMB 100 (advance). 10pm. The Star Live (6425 5677) We Play House Terry Tu plays house with guest DJs Ludo V and Patrick Yu. VJ Hanabitheo provides the visuals. Free. 10pm. The House (6552 6661) Zombie Disco Squad House duo reflect their multiple influences – everything from African rhythms to Baltimore. RMB 50, free (before 11pm). 10pm. Punk (6410 5222)

MUSIC Don’t Eat Friends A charity event sponsored by … you! Buy your ticket from, or Folk musicians Liusiwu and Shay come to play. RMB 40, RMB 30 (if you wear a DEF bracelet). 9pm. Jiang Hu Liveshow Bar (6401 4611). Megea Who, Out of Control It’s a hardcore night. RMB 40. 9.30pm. 13 Club (8261 9267) P.K.14 , Mr. Graceless China’s post rock legends back. Buy your ticket in advance, it will be packed. RMB 100, RMB 70 (advance). 9pm. Yugong Yishan (6404 2711) Red Pirates What can a powerful girl drummer and an emotional laowai vocal bring you? Check it out. Free. 9pm. Hot Cat Club (6400 7868) Soju Legion, Discord, Hell City Punk party continues at Wudaokou. RMB 40, RMB 30 (students). 10pm. D-22 (6265 3177)

ARTS & CULTURE Film: Family Resemblances In one birthday meal at a restaurant, a French family relives a smorgasbord of history, tensions, grudges and delights. Directed by Cédric Klapisch. In French with Chinese and English subtitles. RMB 20, RMB 10 (students). 3pm. French Cultural Center (6553 2627)

SPORT 9th Red Bull Nanshan Open Local Qualifier Open to all comers. This is your last chance to take a remaining spot in China’s biggest slopestyle competition. 10am. NIKE 6.0 Nanshan Park, Nanshan Ski Village (138 1045 9745)


Burmese Chinese Cooking Class Fans of Indian, Thai and Chinese food will love this class, since Burmese cuisine is a combination of all three cuisines – with its own fresh flavors and cooking style. RMB 240, RMB 200 (members). 2-4pm. The Hutong (6404 3355) Introduction to Chinese Calligraphy Practice painting spring couplets to decorate your home for the new year, while gaining a better understanding of the history, meaning and noble art of calligraphy painting. Brushes, ink and paper provided. Reserve at RMB 60. 10am-noon. Culture Yard (8404 4166)


own versions of the classic Pesto alla Genovese for International Italian Cuisine Day. Sureno, L’Isola, La Tavola and River Club chefs (p71) are participating. See Dining directory for individual venues.

JAN 18 BARS & CLUBS Drink For Charity Tuesday The bar donates RMB 10 from every drink purchase to Children of Madaifu, a charity helping orphaned and abandoned children in Shaanxi, Gansu and Hebei. Free. Beer Mania (6585 0786)


798 Art District Tour An “insider’s view” of the factory complex that became the hub of contemporary Chinese art. Cost includes guide, tea break and gallery tickets. Meet at west gate of 798 Art District. RMB 190, RMB 170 (children under 16). 1.30-6pm. Ninety Percent Travel (151 1791 6648,

Dance: Fuego! Dance sensation Carmen Mota debuts her theatrical dance spectacular in China. The performance combines Spanish and modern dance with explosive color, staging, and lights. RMB 180-980. 7.30pm. Beijing Exhibition Theater (6835 4455)

Duolemeidi Ski Resort Until Jan 16. Weekend trip to Nanshan’s out-of-town cousin, which features better and longer slopes. Price includes transport, accommodation, dinner, entrance fees, and equipment. All levels welcome. Reservation required. RMB 1,500 (RMB 1,300 if paid in advance). 7.30am. Culture Yard (8404 4166,

Chinese Tea Workshop Sample the Tranquil Tuesdays fall and winter tea collection of premium Chinese teas for free, and get a brief overview on the world of Chinese tea. See Food Hero, p29. Register at info@tranquiltuesdays. com. Free. 10.30am. Secrets from Africa (137 1795 5973)

Harbin Ice Lantern Festival & Snow Sculpture Expo Until Jan 16. See Jan 1 listing.

JAN 16 ARTS & CULTURE Ballet: Spartacus The Moscow Classical Ballet celebrates the Soviet spirit with this Khachaturian work. See Preview, p51. RMB 180-1,280. 7.30pm. Beijing Exhibition Theater (6835 4455) Film: Ariel See Jan 11. Film: Family Resemblances See Jan 15. 7.30pm

SPORT AFC Asian Cup: China vs. Uzbekistan Will China qualify for the second round? 12.15am CBA: Beijing Ducks vs. Liaoning Panpan Beijing basketball hopes to get on the map with a strong win. RMB 40-260. 7.30pm. Beijing Shougang Basketball Center (8829 6158)

LIVING Speed Dating Chat with a prospect for six minutes, then move onto another person. No need for an awkward exit strategy. It’s a brilliant way to meet new people – and if you’re lucky, to land that all-important first date. Reserve at RMB 150 (includes a drink and appetizers). 7pm. Location TBD. (131 6122 9172)

JAN 17 DINING Pesto Party Italian chefs in Beijing will be creating their


Creative Industries Networking Evening Dress glamorously to impress those who decide what’s hot and what’s not. Register at or 139 1109 8002. RMB 150 (includes free drink and canapés), RMB 90 (register before Jan 17). 7.30pm. Zeta Bar, Hilton Beijing (5865 5050; see Nightlife directory) INN Coffee Morning – Sanlitun The International Newcomer’s Network hosts Neighborhood Coffee Mornings, purely social events in local cafes where you can meet people who live nearby. Details at Free. 10am-noon. The Bookworm (6586 9507) Pakistani Cuisine Cooking Class See Jan 8. 10am-noon.

JAN 19 DINING Australian Celebrity Chef Join Josh Emett, protege of Gordon Ramsay and one of Australia’s premier chefs, for a one-night-only event. Chef Josh will be preparing specials from Down Under. RMB 988. Astor Grill, St. Regis (6460 6688)

BARS & CLUBS Kamilla Quartet Brazilian jazz covers and originals. Free. 9pm. Salud, Nanluogu Xiang (6402 5086) Martini Tasting Wednesdays Try three new creations and vote on your favorite. You may even get the chance to name one of them. RMB 100. 9pm. Q Bar (6595 9239)

MUSIC Zhang Jing Second session of the tasty folk artist. Free. 9pm. Jiang Hu Liveshow Bar (6401 4611)

ARTS & CULTURE Dance: Fuego!



EVENTS CBA: Beijing Ducks vs. Xinjiang Guanghui The Ducks take on the best from the far West. RMB 40-260. 7.30pm. Beijing Shougang Basketball Center (8829 6158)

LIVING Talk: Spring Festival Familiarize yourself with the traditional preparations for Chinese New Year, which involve the annual housekeeping and the worshipping of the kitchen god. This talk will explain the history, symbolism and customs of the entire first month of the lunar new year. Price TBD. 10-11.30am. China Culture Center (6432 9341)

EXPLORE Snow Village & Forest Until Jan 23. Journey into thick forest to bask in the snow and sunshine of Northeast China’s winter. RMB 5,950. CCC (6432 9341)


JAN 22

Fresh seafood, healthy soups and special therapy sessions to help you recover. See Jan 18.

LIVING INN Trekkie Make new friends and explore the secret gems of Beijing together every month. RSVP by Jan 15 at innbeijing@hotmail. com. Meeting location and times will be sent to confirmed RSVPs. 9.30am-2pm. Introduction to Tea Workshop Everything you need to know about tea, from taste to storage to preparation. Reserve at RMB 50, RMB 40 (advance). 7.30-9.30pm. Culture Yard (8404 4166)

JAN 20 BARS & CLUBS Reggae Thursday Pick a tropical cocktail to go with your reggae. Free. 9pm. Q Bar (6595 9239) The M – Make The Girl Dance Wall of Death Tour French electro duo come supported by local DJs Saul D, Donald Summer and Liman. Visuals from Zhiqi. RMB 100, RMB 80 (advance). 9pm. Yugong Yishan (6404 2711)

MUSIC Third Thursday #3 – Film + Music’s monthly program. Watch the underground rock scene on the big screen and rock it with Joe’s Heart. RMB 30, RMB 20 (students). 9pm. D-22 (6265 3177)

ARTS & CULTURE Dance: Fuego! See Jan 18.

LIVING INN Coffee Morning – Shunyi See Jan 18. Free. 10am-noon. Mrs. Shanen’s Bagels (8046 4301; see Dining directory)

JAN 21 BARS & CLUBS Beats Rock ‘n’ Roll Night DJ Ed rocks and rolls. Free. 11.30pm. School (6402 8881)



Bookworm Burns Supper Partake in poetry, haggis and copious quantities of whiskey to toast Scotland’s bard. Price and time TBD. The Bookworm (6586 9507) DJ David David Mitchell plays everything from deep soul to hip-hop. Free. 10pm. Q Bar (6595 9239) Hot Pot DJ Lomang has left town, but Wordy is still here to keep the popular monthly night as eclectic as ever. Free. 10pm. Punk (6410 5222) In3 Rhyming and beats from the local hip-hop legends. RMB 100, RMB 80 (advance), RMB 60 (students). 9pm. Yugong Yishan (6404 2711) Wasabi Sound First Anniversary Local DJs get together to toast Eric Lee, Shen Yue, Sean C and VJ Acid’s regular party. Guests include Donald Summer, Eddie LV, Jackson Lee, Ou Yang, El-Mar and Patrick Yu. Free. 10pm. The House (6552 6661)

MUSIC Ego Falls, Junxiesuo Dime Record’s new years metal party. RMB 50 9.30pm. 13 Club (8261 9267) The Big Picture, Soul Doctor Get some genuine Swedish indie pop. Free. 9pm. Hot Cat Club (6400 7868) The Hot Club of Beijing Let’s see how hot you can get in January’s gypsy jazz. RMB 30. 9pm. Jiang Hu Liveshow Bar (6401 4611)

STYLE Exhibition: “Brielliant” Jewelry Collection Until Jan 23. If you missed the launch, syou can still view the jewelry at the exhibition in the Symphony Room. Free. 10.30am-6pm. Kempinski Hotel (6465 3388)

ARTS & CULTURE Dance: Fuego! See Jan 18. Film: Family Resemblances See Jan 15. 5pm


BARS & CLUBS A Goaproductions Showcase The Goaproductions crew is back, with DJs Microgram, Gotama and friends. For more info, call 130 4118 0727 or e-mail Free. 11pm. Yue (5867 0285) Blingywood Dress up as any Hollywood star past, present or animated. RMB 2,000 cash prize for the best-dressed “celebrity.” Table reservations recommended; call Hill at 138 1085 8776 to book. Free. 9pm. Bling (5905 6999) DJ Paul See Jan 15. Let’s Get Mojitoed! Buy-one-get-one-free on everyone’s favorite minty drink. Free. 9pm-1am. Scarlett (6552 3600) Red Light Revolution Art Auction and Party Bid for adult toys and other merchandise at this fundraiser to help Red Light Revolution, “China’s first sex shop comedy,” get a release on local screens. RMB 50 (includes one glass of wine or beer). 6-10pm. Salud, Nanluogu Xiang (6402 5086) Tomoki Tamura Respected London-based DJ, producer and promoter brings a powerful dose of house and techno. RMB 50. 10pm. The House (6552 6661)

MUSIC Christmas It’s always merry with the band Christmas. Free. 9pm. Hot Cat Club (6400 7868) Dirty Beaches, Fat City, Lu Xin Pei, The Offset: Spectacles Electric pioneers gather for cassette work shop Rose Mansion Analog. RMB 40, RMB 30 (students). 10pm. D-22 (6265 3177)

ARTS & CULTURE Dance: Fuego! See Jan 18. Here and Now: Documentary Photography in Contemporary Spain Fourteen photographers capture new looks at Spain through honest first-person perspectives. Price TBD. 9-6pm. Instituto Cervantes (5879 9666)


9th Red Bull Nanshan Open The biggest snowboard event in China returns. Pros, locals and the lucky qualifiers take on the Nanshan park for TTR ranking points and a prize purse. 10am. NIKE 6.0 Nanshan Park, Nanshan Ski Village (138 1045 9745)

EXPLORE Harbin Ice Lantern Festival & Snow Sculpture Expo Until Jan 23. See Jan 1 listing. Songzhuang Artist’s Village Tour Visit the art district that’s rougher and rawer than 798, and get hands-on in an artist’s studio. Cost includes lunch and guide. Meet in front of McDonald’s at Ginza Mall (southeast corner of Dongzhimen Qiao). RMB 390, RMB 350 (children under 16). 9am. Ninety Percent Travel (151 1791 6648,

JAN 23 DINING Pastry Cooking Class Discover the art of gourmet baking with French pastry chef Jean-Luc Vasseur. Includes dinner and wines at Trattoria La Gondola. RMB 398+15%. 3-6pm. Kempinski Hotel (6465 3388 ext 4200)

ARTS & CULTURE Dance: Fuego! See Jan 18. Film: Family Resemblances See Jan 15. 7.30pm

SPORT 9th Red Bull Nanshan Open See Jan 22.

JAN 24 STYLE Exhibition: “Brielliant” Jewelry Collection Until Jan 26. If you missed the launch and the other exhibition, you can still view the jewelry at this final exhibition. Free. 10.30am-6pm. Yan Club (6590 3690; see Nightlife directory)

LIVING Chilli Paste-Making Class Learn to make two types of homemade chilli paste from scratch. RMB 240, RMB 200 (members). 10am-noon. The Hutong (6404 3355)

JAN 25 DINING Hatsroomie Dinner Two of Beijing’s best-known restaurateurs, Alan Wong of Hatsune and Brian McKenna of ROOMbeijing, will join forces to cook an eight-course dinner featuring original recipes. Wong and McKenna will each cook four courses, and all hijinks will be displayed on screens for diners to enjoy. See also Jan 26. RSVP required; call Kristen Lum at 132 4011 4868. RMB 488, RMB 588 (includes free-flow wine). 7-10pm. Hatsune, Sanlitun Village (6415 3939)

ARTS & CULTURE Film: Scenes of City Life

(Chengshi Fengguang) Street Angel director Yuan Muzhi created this rarely seen surrealist musicalcomedy, which features 1930s street footage, Charlie Chaplin tributes, and an appearance by Jiang Qing. Free. 7.30pm. Jiang Hu Liveshow Bar (6401 4611; see Nightlife directory)

LIVING Asian Tapas Cooking Class Every good dinner party comes with tasty tapas. But very few have mastered the art of Asian-style appetizers – here’s your chance to become the winning host. RMB 240, RMB 200 (members). 7.159.15pm. The Hutong (6404 3355) BEEF Social Networking Evening Meet with 120 likeminded Businesspeople, Entrepreneurs, Executives and Finance professionals, and exchange thoughts over a buffet meal. Register at or 139 1109 8002. RMB 200 (includes free drink and food), RMB 150 (register before Jan 24). 7.30pm. St. Regis Beijing (6460 6688)

JAN 27 BARS & CLUBS Helen Feng & Metro Tokyo FakeMusicMedia celebrates the launch of its website with a DJ set from local icon Helen Feng and electro and disco from DJ Metro Tokyo. Free. 9pm. School (6402 8881) Reggae Thursday See Jan 20.

ARTS & CULTURE Ballet: The Nutcracker It may be a bit late for Christmas, but really, it’s always a good time for giant rodents, sugar plum fairies, and a prince whose day job is to crack nuts. Right? Brought to you

Welcome the Year of the Rabbit with drinks deals and a lion dance performance. Dress code: qipaos. Table reservations recommended; call Hill at 138 1085 8776 to book. Free. 9pm. Bling (5905 6999) ELVIS.T Album Pre-Release Party The Acupuncture man readies Beijing for his second long-player. Mix CD giveaways on the night. Free. 10pm. The House (6552 6661) WHALE! Chinese New Year Party Big electro/rock tunes from Low B, Bobby Dropper, Lord Cheeses, Gore Tex – The Musical, Infinite Mana, Assassin Eyes and DJ Fun Party. Free. 11pm. School (6402 8881)

MUSIC Dark Haze, Crack Thrash, Die From Sorrow



LIVING Talk: Spring Festival See Jan 21. Wine & Woks Workshop This class comes with all the sampling of fine wines, and none of the pretension. Just cook up a storm, and learn how to pair the right dishes with the right wines. RMB 350, RMB 300 (members). The Hutong (6404 3355)



Ugly Dumpling Rock pop covers from across the decades. Free. 9pm. Salud, Nanluogu Xiang (6402 5086)

“Small Spring Festival” Dumpling-Making Class Make dumplings with an old Beijinger and his family as they celebrate the “small Spring Festival,” then learn about New Year’s traditions from locals. Meet at Exit B of Gulou Dajie subway station. RMB 190, RMB 150 (children under 16). 5-9pm. Ninety Percent Travel (151 1791 6648,

Section 6 Hip-hop to close out the month. RMB 30. 9pm. Yugong Yishan (6404 2711)

JAN 30

Martini Tasting Wednesdays See Jan 19.


Samba Night! Buy-one-get-one-free on selected cocktails, with Brazilian performers giving you something to look at. Free. 9pm-1am. Scarlett (6552 3600)

Harbin Ice Lantern Festival & Snow Sculpture Expo Until Jan 30. See Jan 1 listing.

ROOMsune Dinner Two of Beijing’s best-known restaurateurs, Alan Wong of Hatsune and Brian McKenna of ROOMbeijing, will join forces to cook an eight-course dinner featuring original recipes. Wong and McKenna will each cook four courses, and all hijinks will be displayed on screens for diners to enjoy. See also Jan 25. RSVP required; call Lisa Zhao at 8517 2033. RMB 488, RMB 588 (includes free-flow wine). 7-10pm. ROOMbeijing (8517 2033)


Ou Yang Local DJ guests. Free. 10pm. The House (6552 6661)



US Taxation Seminar Many American expats wonder what tax laws apply to them while abroad. This joint presentation by LehmanBrown and Hutson Associates will cover all the basic information you need to know to potentially reduce future tax burden. Reserve at RMB 75/person (includes wine, canapés and 20% off dinner orders), RMB 100/two people. 7pm. Tim’s Texas Bar-B-Q (6591 9161; see Nightlife directory)

Down the Rabbit Hole: Chinese New Year Party See Jan 28.

White+ Go back to the West Berlin in the ‘80s. Price TBD. 9.30pm. D-22 (6265 3177)

La Cuchara See Jan 12.


DJ Tobi See Jan 14.

O.N.E, Soul Doctor Join the biggest party at Fangjia Hutong before the Chinese New Year. Free. 9pm. Hot Cat Club (6400 7868)

JAN 26

Film: Family Resemblances See Jan 15. 7.30pm



Burger Burger Mondays Come hungry. Two-for-one on all signature burgers. 4pm. Blue Frog (6417 4030)


Temptation Mondays Get over the Monday blues with 30% off any bottle of wine. Mosto (5208 6030)

Fantastical oil paintings by Australian artist Peter Gardiner based on temples enflamed. See photo above. A group of 12 Chinese artists examine the “Made in China” stigma.


The art collections of Telefónica serve as proof that Picasso wasn’t the only cubist painter, in the works of Juan Gris and others.

by the Russian National Ballet. RMB 501000. 7.30pm. Poly Theater (6500 1188)

LIVING INN Coffee Morning – Lido See Jan 18. Free. 10am-noon. Cosy Cafe, Richmond Park (8457 8359) Reiki Share See Jan 13.

JAN 28 BARS & CLUBS DJ Paul See Jan 15. Down the Rabbit Hole: Chinese New Year Party


How about a new year with Dark Metal? RMB 40. 9.30pm. 13 Club (8261 9267)

Bookworm Pub Quiz Ask a silly question, get a trivial answer. Prizes to be won. Free. 7.30pm. The Bookworm (6586 9507)

Love’s Tourettes, Yes No Break, CNDY, Syringe Young bands mix punk up with electronic. RMB 40, RMB 30. 10pm. D-22 (6265 3177)

Movie Night Flicks on the screen. Free dessert if you buy dinner between 7-9pm. Free. 8pm. Lush (8286 3566)

Ugly Dumpling, Kun Are rock and flamenco warm enough for you? Free. 9pm. Hot Cat Club (6400 7868)

SPORT CBA: Beijing Ducks vs. Fujian SBS Basketball. Slam dunk. High five. RMB 40-260. 7.30pm. Beijing Shougang Basketball Center (8829 6158)

JAN 29

LIVING Chinese Language and Culture Club The Chinese teachers will teach you the stuff you really want to know, like slang and cursing, pick-up lines, what the popular music is nowadays and more. Register at RMB 75/workshop, RMB 250/month (4 workshops). 7-8pm. Culture Yard (8404 4166)



EVENTS DINING Mussels & Wine Flights Experience four different flavors of mussels with selected wines. RMB 98. 6-10pm. Scarlett, Hotel G (6587 1578) Temptation Tuesdays Drinks on Tuesday? Why not? Enjoy your favorite wines at 30% off. Modo (6415 7207)

BARS & CLUBS Irish Volunteer Quiz What does quizzical mean? RMB 10 per person. 7pm. The Irish Volunteer (6438 5581) Enoterra Ladies Night Free-flow Burgundy bubbles. Free. 8-10pm. Enoterra (5208 6076) NFL at Luga’s Watch the NFL with bottles of Coors or Sol (six for RMB 98), or RMB 20 mixed drinks. Free. 8pm. Luga’s Villa (6416 2575)

Pyro (8286 6240) Jazz and Martini Night Buy-one-get-one-free martinis for ladies. Men in suits and ties are also eligible for the discount. Free. George’s (6553 6299) Ladies’ Night House wine is on the house, gender permitting. Free. 8-10pm. Dao Le (5821 1353) 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? Possibly. Ten of them buy-one-get-one-free? Definitely. Free. 6-10pm. Q Bar (6595 9239) Mixolo-G Night Price and time TBD. Scarlett (6552 3600) Paddy’s Quiz

RMB 120 (class), RMB 400 (8 classes). 6.30-8.30pm. The Hutong (6404 3355)

THURSDAYS DINING Bodega Fever All-you-can-eat tapas for RMB 88, and sangria for RMB 38 a glass. Scarlett, Hotel G (6587 1578) One Kilo o’ Brisket ‘n Ribs Slow-cooked brisket and ribs, courtesy of Louisiana chef Max Levy. RMB 300 (2-3 people can share). 6pm-midnight. Apothecary (5208 6040) Spanish Jazz Enjoy live jazz and all-you-can-eat paella and sangria after work. RMB 98. 7.30pm-midnight. Cabare (5905 1760) Wind Down at the Wine Club


Open Mic Night Because everyone’s got one great song in them. Free. 8.30pm. Paddy O’Shea’s (6415 6389)


Stumble Inn Quiz Night How many beers do you have? Free. 7.30pm. The Stumble Inn (6417 7794)

Jazz Night What goes well with pad thai and green chicken curry? Jazz, obviously. Rotating musicians entertain weekly. 8pm. Purple Haze Courtyard (6501 9345)

BARS & CLUBS Bling’s Got Talent Open Mic Night Sing your heart out to win an RMB 700 Bling gift card. RMB 2,000 cash prize available on the last Wednesday of the month. Table reservations recommended; call Hill at 138 1085 8776 to book. Free. 9pm. Bling (5905 6999) Hump Day Mid-week drinks discounts. Free. 9pm.




Chill Out Out with the laptops, in with the cocktails and jazz. Free. 8-11pm. The Bookworm (6586 9507) Live & Direct Live music takes you into the weekend. Free. 9pm. Lush (8286 3566)

Zoomin’ Night Your weekly chance to discover the pioneering and bizarre. RMB 30, RMB 20 (students). 8pm. D-22 (6265 3177)

Buy One Burger, Get One Free From steakhouse to swiss & ’shrooms – double your fun. 4pm. All-Star Sports Bar & Grill (5905 6999)

Handball All are welcome to come and try the game. Contact Marcus at m.wachtmeister@ or Severine at sjeulin@yahoo. Full details at 7pm. Beijing City International School

Basement Two-for-one drink specials until midnight. Free. 10pm. Punk (6410 5222)




Alfa Generations Hits from down the decades to current-day classics. Free. 9pm. Alfa (6413 0086)

Jazz Jam Session Jazz lovers gather. Maybe you can have a jam too. Free. 9pm. Jiang Hu Liveshow Bar (6401 4611)


MUSIC Liu Yue Guitar Trio Jazz lines read by classic guitar. Free. 9.30pm. East Shore Live Jazz Cafe (8403 2131)


Terra-fic Tuesdays Two-for-one Stellas, imported beers for RMB 28 (or RMB 100 for a bucket), RMB 38 caipirinhas and mojitos, RMB 48 for a glass of champagne and 20 percent off on all bottles of wine. Free. 5pm. Terra (6591 9148)

Volleyball Competitive volleyballers play once a week near Houhai. 7pm. Details at

No Ties After Five Discounts on beer and selected cocktails. Join the No Ties Club and collect stamps to receive free buckets of beer, wine and spirits. 5pm. Mix, Westin Chaoyang (5922 8888)

Seafood Carnival Dive into king crabs, oysters, lobster, caviar and salmon – have it steamed, fried or roasted to your taste at live cooking stations. RMB 328+15% (including beer and wine). 6-10pm. Elements, Hilton Beijing (5865 5020)

Quiz Night How many, when and where? Free. 8pm. Tim’s Texas Bar-B-Q (6591 9161)


George’s (6553 6299)

Live Music Night Robbie Hennebry entertains. Free. 9.30pm. Paddy O’Shea’s (6415 6389)


He discusses his modern bestiary, Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk. See photo above.


The Smuggler’s gets literary. All are welcome.


A night of verse, drink and plans going awry. Which quiz host swears the most? 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)

SPORT Badminton Shuttlecock shenanigans. 7-10pm. Contact John at Basketball Play with the Angels. 6.30pm. General Administration of Sport of China Training Center.

LIVING Jeet Kune Do Class This form of martial arts was founded by Bruce Lee himself. Try your hand at Jeet Kune Do, which teaches you not to adhere to any one style, but rather to absorb what’s useful from all combat systems.

Discover some of the world’s wine regions with sommelier Julia Zhu. Includes five wines, expert commentary and canapés. RMB 150+15%. One East, Hilton Beijing (5865 5030)

BARS & CLUBS 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, and 30 percent off all bottles. Free. 10pm. Xiu (8567 1108) Green Cap Quiz Night Where did she go? Free. 7.30pm. The Green Cap (186 1174 7939) Jubbly Bubbly Two-for-one on champagne by the glass. Free. 5pm. Terra (6591 9148) Martini Night All martinis are RMB 40 all night, and there’s free pizza from 9-10pm. Free.

Thank Funk It’s Friday Half-price drinks from 6-9pm. Free. 6pm. Zeta Bar (5865 5050) Yak-Tipping Party RMB 50 gets you free-flow selected drinks until 2am. Free. 9.30pm. Tao Yao Bar (8322 8585)

MUSIC Xia Jia Piano Trio Jazz pianist operates on his keyboards. Free. 10pm. East Shore Live Jazz Cafe (8403 2131)

SATURDAYS DINING Taste of Brazil SALT offers Brazil’s national dish, feijoada. Traditionally eaten on Saturday, this stew features slow-cooked beans and homemade sausage with seasoned rice. RMB 148. Noon-3pm. SALT (6437 8457) Black Sesame Gourmet Learn the secrets of Chinese cooking from master chefs in a courtyard kitchen. Class includes a demonstration, hands-on cooking, plus lunch. RSVP required. RMB 300. 1-4pm. Black Sesame Kitchen (136

9147 4408)

Senses, Westin Financial Street (6629 7810)


Italian Sunday Brunch Buffet selection includes seven breads (e.g. focaccia, ciabatta and pane carasau), four cured meats, five Italian cheeses, and four desserts (e.g. panna cotta, tiramisu). Hot dishes range from pasta, risotto and spaghetti to monkfish, eggplant terrine and the classic veal shank ossobuco. RMB 248 (buffet only), RMB 338 (buffet and hot dishes). 11.30am-3pm. Sadler Ristorante (6559 1399)

Bang DJ Bitesize Buddha and Saul D smash the basement. Free. 10pm. Punk (6410 5222) DJ Maxwell Resident spins tunes till late. Free. 9pm. Scarlett (6552 3600) NFL at Luga’s See Tuesdays. 2.30pm. Luga’s Villa (6416 2575)

MUSIC Liu Yuan Saxophone Quartet China’s jazz forefather keeps the Houhai shores smooth. Free. 10pm. East Shore Live Jazz Cafe (8403 2131)

SPORT Hiking Get out in the great outdoors. Prices and times vary. or 136 1124 1407. Indoor Field Hockey Ice hockey minus the fights and ice. For more info, e-mail bjhockeyclub@hotmail. com. 1pm. Ole Sports (6776 0608)

LIVING Salsa Dance Classes A teacher from New York teaches salsa to students of all levels. No partner necessary. RMB 1,990 (4 classes). 11-11.50am. Golden International Dance Academy (6708 0167 x15)

SUNDAYS DINING American Sunday Roast Prime beef rib cut tableside with all the trimmings, plus traditional desserts. RMB 178+15%, RMB 98+15% extra for wine buffet. Noon-3pm. One East, Hilton Beijing (5865 5030) Apothecary Fried Chicken Share a whole fried chicken with ’slaw and buttermilk biscuits, courtesy of Louisiana chef Max Levy. RMB 200, RMB 100 (for half). Apothecary (5208 6040) Aroma Gourmet Brunch Lobster, oysters, foie gras, international cheeses and a Sunday roast. RMB 398+15% (includes unlimited Piper Heidsieck champagne). 11.30am-2.30pm. Aroma, Ritz-Carlton Beijing (5908 8161) Bellini Brunching What’s better than champagne? Bellinis. Free-flow orange, passionfruit, or lychee bellinis and other wines with unlimited orders off the brunch menu, which includes eggs benedict and Singaporean laksa. RMB 279, RMB 198 (no alcohol). 11.30am2.30pm. Fennel (6436 1818) 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 champagne), RMB 149+15% (kids 6-12). 11.30am-3.30pm. Seasonal Tastes, Westin Beijing Chaoyang (5922 8880) Bubbly Sundays Caviar, live seafood, tartare stations, makeyour-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.

FIZZtastic Champagne Brunch Premium Taittinger Champagne on free-flow and a lip-smacking array of international gastronomy, including lobsters and assorted goodies brought direct to your table. RMB 258+15% (freeflow soft drinks), RMB 368+15% (freeflow wine), RMB 388+15% (free-flow champagne). 11.30am-3pm. Vasco’s, Hilton Wangfujing (5812 8888 ext 8411) SALT Bubbly Sundays Indulge in dishes such as fig pancakes with Parma ham and truffle honey or caramelized onion-cheese samosas with a roasted tomato espresso. Try a bottle from their new wine list, or splash out with a slightly indulgent cocktail or two. RMB 148 (two courses), RMB 168 (three courses). SALT (6437 8457) Sunday Champagne Brunch Get your bubbly on at Greenfish’s lavish Sunday brunch featuring pan-fried foie gras, seared beef medallion and grilled lobster served tableside. RMB 348+15%. 11.30am-3pm. Greenfish, Ritz-Carlton Financial Street (6601 6666 ext 6255) Sureño Set Sunday Lunch Enjoy a selection of tapas dishes, a soup and one main course from the menu. RMB 188+15%, RMB 298+15% (including champagne). Noon-3pm. Sureño, The Opposite House (6410 5240) Ultimate Sunday Brunch The organic station and superfood bar at this sumptuous buffet make healthy eating simple. There’s also champagne risotto and fresh imported yellowfin tuna. RMB 268+15% (beer and wine), RMB 368 +15% (champagne). 11.30am-3pm. BLD, Renaissance Beijing (5863 8888)

BARS & CLUBS Lush Open Mic Show off your talents for 15 minutes of fame and a free beer. Past acts have ranged from free-style rap battles to tap dancing. RMB 10. 9pm. Lush (8286 3566)

MUSIC Pierre Pardat Piano Trio French pianist Pierre Pardat takes over the Sunday session. Free. 9.30pm. East Shore Live Jazz Cafe (8403 2131)

SPORT Badminton Shuttlecock shenanigans. 10am-noon. Contact John at Basketball Play with the Angels. 2pm. General Administration of Sport of China Training Centre. 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. Water Polo Beijing Ducks play most Sundays. All skill


levels welcome. For more info, contact 2pm. International School of Beijing

LIVING Qigong Club No strict rules, no strict master and no attendance requirements. The aim of the class is to help people improve their flexibility and practice qigong on their own terms. RMB 60, RMB 50 (members). 6-7pm. The Hutong (6404 3355) Survival Chinese Workshop This four-part workshop, aimed at expats and travelers of all Chinese levels, covers transportation and directions, small talk, shopping and bargaining, and ordering food. Reserve by e-mailing RMB 200. 10am-1pm. Culture Yard (8404 4166)

WEEKENDS DINING Dim Sum Madness Dim sum buffet menu featuring 20 gourmet essentials, as well as baby abalone and chilled teas. RMB 199 (for two people). 11.30am-3pm. Celestial Court Restaurant, St. Regis Hotel (6460 6688) Luxurious Brunch at Maison Boulud Choose from a large selection of delectable courses. RMB 258 (four courses), RMB 218 (three courses), RMB 168 (two courses). 11am-4pm. Maison Boulud (6559 9200) Red Rib and Rip Short ribs presented in six flavors (including Korean and Sichuan styles) with free-flow red wine. Ladies can enjoy the a la carte buffet at half-price. RMB 188. 5.30-10pm. Café Noir, Traders Upper East Hotel (5907 8416) Tea at Tiananmen Enjoy a luxurious afternoon – nibble on an array of freshly baked scones, finger sandwiches, delectable cakes and pastries. RMB 138. 3.30-5.30pm. Capital M (6702 2727)

SPORT 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 or at


DINING Alaskan Treat Jan 1-15. Salmon, king crabs and snow crabs imported from the pure, icy waters of the Alaskan wilderness. Monsoon, Intercontinental Beijing Financial Street (5852 5716) Cajun Shrimp Boil All month. Family-style shrimp boil, where groups can share a giant feast of spicy shrimp, corn-on-the-cob, sausage, potatoes and more. Reserve one day in advance; minimum of four diners. RMB 98. 5-9pm. Tim’s Texas Bar-B-Q (6591 9161) Champagne at Kranzler’s Starting Jan 9. Let the good times freeflow. Premium Duval Leroy champagne accompanies a lavish food spread and live jazz for the grown-ups, while the little ones frolic in the House of Knowledge playroom. RMB 328 (free-flow sparkling wine), RMB 448 (free-flow Duval Leroy). Kranzler’s, Kempinski Hotel (6465 3388 ext 4222) Chinese New Year Buffet Jan 22-28. Elements serves up a special buffet menu featuring Spring Festival classics such as dumplings and niangao (rice cake). RMB 248+15%. Elements, Hilton Beijing (5865 5020) Chinese Regional Cuisine All month. Discover the art of chopping, marinating and stir-frying. Featured cuisines include Cantonese, Hunan, Sichuan and Beijing homestyle. RMB 220, RMB 200 (members). The Hutong (159 0104 6127) Chill Chasers at Aria Jan 3-31. A steaming bowl of hot and nourishing soup is the ultimate winter comfort food. Aria’s Matthew McCool serves up hearty winter soups including smoked lobster consommé, and ham hock and split pea soup. Aria, China World Hotel (6505 2266 ext 36) Chocolatey Feast All month. Chocoholics, rejoice! This alluring menu starts with chocolate foie gras, proceeds to coffee-braised short ribs with chocolate sauce, and finishes with chocolate mousse. RMB 388+15%. 6-10.30pm. One East, Hilton Beijing (5865 5030) Chow Down on Dim Sum All month. Stuff yourself at lunch with an all-you-can-eat a la carte dim sum. RMB 98. 11.30am-2.30pm. Ming Court, Langham Place (6457 5555) Culinary Walking Tour All month. Create your own Chinese kitchen and learn about seasonal



EVENTS of martinis in a special promotion. Free. 5pm-midnight. Mix, Westin Chaoyang (5922 8888)

MUSIC Blues and Jazz Nights Wed-Thu. Live blues, folk and jazz performances ease your nerve. Free. 8-11pm. Enoterra (5208 6076) Greg Carroll and Bump City Wed-Sat. Carroll performs his combination of jazz, R&B, blues and rock & roll with a bit of authentic Latin music in between. Free. 9.30pm. Eudora Station (6437 8813/8331) Micki Murphy & CJW Jazz Band All month. American singer Micki brings her powerful and sensuous voice to The Place. Free. 9.20pm. CJW (6587 1222)

ARTS & CULTURE Magic Music Box Every Tue-Fri. Cirque du Soleil co-founder Guy Caron has directed a show that promises to blend Chinese acrobatics with the fantastical and performance-driven circus concept. Features music by composer Ella Louise Allaire. RMB 180-580. 7pm. Tianqiao Acrobatics Theater (6303 7449)


You see, everyone has “nearly-new” and “gently-used” clothing to donate. Where’s yours? shopping and TCM cooking concepts. RMB 80, RMB 70 (members). The Hutong (159 0104 6127) Fondue Feast Mon-Sat. Curb the wintry cold with cheese fondue. For dessert, it’s Valrhona chocolate with seasonal fruit. Starting from RMB 280 for two. 11.30-2.30pm, 5.3010pm. Blu Lobster (6841 2211) Get Wrapped in Rumali All month. Tamarind delivers a new twist to the traditional wrap sandwich. From Northern India comes Rumali Roti, or handkerchief bread. 11am-2.30pm, 5.30-10.30pm. Tamarind, Beijing Marriott (5927 8328) Greenfish Seafood Extravaganza Fri-Sat. Get wrecked in a briny sea of crabs, scallops, oysters and lobster, where the wine flows like the tide. RMB 328+15% (including free-flowing wine and soft drinks), kids half-price. 5.30-9.30pm. Greenfish, Ritz-Carlton Beijing Financial Street (6601 6666 ext 6255) Hungry for Hummus? Mon-Fri. Middle Eastern favorite Rumi offers a lunch buffet that includes many of their most popular menu items. RMB 88. 11.30am-2.30pm. Rumi (8454 3838) Late Supper All month. Perfect for those wanting latenight gourmet munchies, Terra is offering a selection of dishes with special wine pairings selected by owner Gaby Alves. 11pm-1am. Terra (6591 9148) Lunch Rapido Tue-Fri. Can’t decide what to have for lunch? Enjoy two daily specials and a glass of wine, local beer, or juice. RMB 98. 11am-2pm. Terra (6591 9148) Risotto Madness Jan 2-31. Indulge in Chef Paolo Ascani’s best-loved risottos, prepared with the freshest ingredients. Smoked duck and orange risotto with foie gras, lobster and scallop risotto with saffron, black ink risotto with fried baby squid … the list goes on, but all are from his family recipes. RMB 98-128+15%. Trattoria La Gondola, Kempinski Hotel (6465 3388 ext 5707)



Spice Trail: Authentic Sichuan Buffet All month. Turn up the heat this winter with pepper-packed Sichuan food, renowned for its spicy “tongue-numbing” dishes. RMB 258+15% lunch, RMB 298+15% dinner. Scene a Café, China World (6505 2266 ext 35) Traditional English Tea All month. Indulge in tea and scones as well as other dainty delights in the elegance of Writer’s Bar at Raffles. RMB 268. 2.30-5.30pm. Writer’s Bar, Raffles Hotel (6526 3388 ext 4181) Wine Tasting Classes All month. Learn how to taste wines like the experts, and get your Wine & Spirit Education Trust certification. Class fees for each of the three levels include all study materials, exam fees, and of course, wines. Dragon Phoenix Fine Wine Consulting (5960 4050, Wine Ritual All month. Had a rough day? Unwind in sophisticated surroundings with freeflowing wines and cocktails, including some featured wines. Canapes and snacks also provided. RMB 198+15%. 5.30-7pm. Press Club Bar, St. Regis Hotel (6460 6688 ext 2360)

BARS & CLUBS Allie Webb Mon-Sat. LA singer belts out pop and jazz tunes. Free. 8pm-midnight (Mon-Thu), 9pm-1am (Fri-Sat). Aria (6505 2266 ext 6644) Cocktail Fever Sun-Wed. Buy one-get-one-free on all cocktails. Free. 5-8.30pm. George’s (6553 6299) Live Music at Centro Mon-Sat. Live jazz and R&B from guest singers. Free. 8pm. Centro (6561 8833) New Band at Mix Details TBD. Mix, Westin Chaoyang (5922 8888) Toast With Martini Until Feb 28. House and premium pours available as Mix showcases a huge range

Cubism Times – Art Collections of Telefónica Until Jan 9. Catch the flagship Cubist works of the Telefónica Collection, created on a foundation of Juan Gris works salvaged in the ’80s. Tickets at 6400 6326. RMB 20. National Art Museum of China (8403 3500) Pan Dianquan: Spring Blossom and Autumn Harvest Until Jan 15. Pan displays a series of oil paintings in two exhibition rooms, creating an indoor tribute to the great outdoors. Free. XYZ Gallery (8459 9299) Fei Jun: Stranger Until Jan 16. Playing on the ubiquity of strangers and the unease we feel while among them, Fei Jun uses new media technologies to create an exhibit that fuses virtual and physical space. Free. 11am-6pm. offiCina Beijing (5978 9462)

Gate Gallery (6525 1005) Fabriqué en Chine Until Mar 27. Featuring 12 Chinese artists, the exhibit plays on the loaded notion of things being “Made in China.” Free. Beyond Art Space (5978 9561) Peter Gardiner: Temple Drum Until Mar 30. The Australian artist’s solo exhibition features dramatic oil paintings of temples in various states of conflagration. Free. Imagine Gallery (6438 5747) Beijing Dance Forward Festival Jan 16-May 22. The weeklong festival acts as a platform for modern dancers to gather and exchange ideas. The event takes place in May, but applications for works are being accepted through the end of February. To learn more and to download an application, check out

SPORT Australian Open Jan 17-30. The first of the season’s Grand Slams from Down Under. Can China’s women perform even better than last year? Times vary. Beijing Hikers Every Wed, Sat & Sun. 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, ClubFootball Men’s 5-a-side Leagues All month. Friendly matches arranged at your request. Register by calling 5130 6893/4/5/6, or e-mail play@ More info at English Premier League All month. The biggest league in the world continues despite the weather. Highlights include Arsenal vs. Manchester City (Jan 5), Sunderland vs. Newcastle (Jan 16) and Liverpool vs. Everton (Jan 16). Times vary.

Liu Ding’s Store Until Jan 16. Is it a utilitarian economic model (aka a “shop”) to establish a platform for thinking and discussion centered around the creation of value? Or an art practice that expresses the artist’s visions and imagination of politics? Free. Galerie Urs Meile (6433 3393)

The Masters Jan 9-16. Top tier snooker action from London. Will Ding Junhui go one step further and win the tournament? Times vary.

The Third Party Jan 7-24. The third and final part of The Third Party trilogy. Curated by Beatrice Leanza. Free. Platform China (6432 0091)

NFL All month. The Super Bowl is next month so the play-offs wrap-up. Divisional finals (Jan 15 & 16) and Championship finals (Jan 23) are the highlights. Times vary.

Liu Xiaodong: Hometown Boy Until Feb 20. Contemplate the complexities of the homecoming with Liu Xiaodong as he travels to his old village to paint people and places. Exhibition includes paintings, journal entries, and a documentary by Hou Hsiao-hsien. See Preview, p51. RMB 15 (free with student ID). UCCA (8459 9269) Xia Xing: 2007/2008/2009/2010 Jan 29-Apr 10. Founded in photographic journalism and the concept of news, Xia’s work examines the creation and consumption of news media. Free. Galerie Urs Meile (6433 3393) 20th Anniversary Preview Exhibition All month. Red Gate Gallery gets ready to celebrate their 20th anniversary with a preview exhibit. Features works by Chen Yufei, Han Qing, Island 6, Jiang Weitao, Su Xinping, Shi Zhongying, Xie Guoping, and Zhou Jun, and includes oil and acrylic paintings, LED displays, installations, and print. Curated by Brian Wallace. Free. Red

NBA All month. More action than the CBA’s new star draw. Times vary.

NHL All month. The long road to the Stanley Cup continues. Times vary. Ultimate Frisbee All month. Ultimate Frisbee pickup sessions have moved indoors, to Beijing City International School. E-mail for latest day and time details. BCIS (8771 7171)

EXPLORE Sanya: Sun Worshippers’ Haven All month. Five-day trip to China’s tropical island offers a welcome getaway from the Beijing chill. RMB 4,680. TUI China (8519 8999, Ski Japan: Club Med in Sahoro All month. Skip the local slopes and go all out for eight days on the powder of Hokkaido. RMB 16,380. TUI China (8519 8999,


DINING DIRECTORY INDEX 1001 Nights – Middle Eastern A Food Affaire – Bakeries, Delis & Candy Agua – Spanish Ah Yat Abalone Restaurant – Cantonese Ai Jiang Shan – Korean Alameda – Contemporary International Alameen – Middle Eastern Alameer – Middle Eastern Alba – Cafes & Teahouses All-Star Sports Bar & Grill – American Alla Osteria – Italian The American Cafe – American American Steak & Eggs – American Amigo – Central & South American Annie’s – Italian Apothecary – American Argo – Mediterranean Aria – European Aroma – Buffets Asia Bistro – Buffets Asian Star – Southeast Asian Assaggi – Italian The Astor Grill – Steakhouses Athena – Mediterranean Awfully Chocolate – Bakeries, Delis & Candy The Bak Kut Teh Specialist – Southeast Asian Bali Papaya – Southeast Asian Baoyuan Jiaozi Wu – Dumplings Barolo – Italian Bellagio – Taiwan Loving Mum’s Vegan Cuisine – Vegetarian Bento & Berries – Bakeries, Delis & Candy Bianyifang – Beijing Duck Biteapitta – Middle Eastern BLD Cafe – Contemporary International Blu Lobster – Contemporary International Blue City – European Blue Frog – American Bocata – Cafes & Teahouses Bonbon Bins – Bakeries, Delis & Candy The Bookworm – Cafes & Teahouses Boucherie Michel – Bakeries, Delis & Candy Boulangerie Nanda – Bakeries & Delis Brasserie Flo – French Brazillian Churrascos – Central & South American The Bridge Cafe – Cafes & Teahouses Budapest Hungarian Restaurant – European The Butcher’s Steakhouse – Steakhouses Cabare – European Cafe Cha – Buffets Cafe de la Poste – French Cafe Europa – European Cafe Noir – Cafes & Teahouses Cafe Sambal – Southeast Asian Cafe Zarah – Cafes & Teahouses Cage’s Crab House – American Capital M – European Carmen – Spanish CCSweets – Bakeries & Delis Celestial Court – Cantonese Cepe – Italian Chao – Fusion Chao Dian – Cantonese Charcoal Bar – Korean Charme – Cantonese Chef Too – American China Grill – Contemporary International Chongqing Fandian – Sichuan Chuan Ban – Sichuan Chynna – Contemporary Chinese Ciro’s Pomodoro – Italian Collagen Hotpot – Hot Pot Cornerstone – Italian Compass Grill - Contemporary International Comptoirs de France – Bakeries, Delis & Candy CourtYard – Contemporary International Crepanini – French Crescent Moon Muslim Restaurant – Xinjiang & Muslim CRU Steakhouse – Steakhouses Crystal Jade – Cantonese The CUT Steak & Seafood Grill – Steakhouses Da Dong Roast Duck – Beijing Duck Da Dongbei – Dongbei Dali Courtyard – Yunnan Danieli’s – Italian Dareen Coffee – Middle Eastern Di Napoli Ristorante – Italian Din Tai Fung – Dumplings Ding Ding Xiang – Hot Pot Domus – French

Drum and Gong Fusion Restaurant – Sichuan Du – Japanese Duck de Chine – Beijing Duck East 33 – Buffets El Wahj – Middle Eastern Element Fresh – American Elements – Cantonese Enoterra – European Essence – Buffets Fairy Su – Vegetarian Fangshan Restaurant – Imperial Fatburger – American Fennel Bistro – European Fish Nation – European Flamme International Grill – Steakhouses Fook Lam Moon – Cantonese Fratelli Fresh – Italian Fuel - Contemporary International Ganges Indian Restaurant – Indian/Pakistani Ganglamedo – Tibetan Gaon Korean Restaurant – Korean Garden Court – Buffets Geba Geba– Japanese German Food Center – Bakeries, Delis & Candy Gin – Japanese Gold Barn – Sichuan Gori – Contemporary International Grandma’s Kitchen – American Grange – Steakhouses Greek Delicacy – Mediterranean Greenfish – Buffets Grill 79 – Contemporary International Guanghe Chaxuan – Cantonese Gung Ho! Gourmet Pizza Factory – Pizza Haidilao Hot Pot – Hot Pot Haoji Jiujia– Zhejiang Haru Teppanyaki and Sushi Bar – Japanese Hatsune – Japanese Hegel’s Bagels – Bakeries & Delis Hercules – Cafes & Teahouses Honeymoon Desserts – Bakeries, Delis & Candy Horizon – Cantonese Hot Bean Cooperative – Beijing Hua Jia Yi Yuan – Beijing Huanghe Shui Shaanxi Mianguan – Shanxi & Sha’anxi Hutong Pizza – Pizza I Rock My Pot – Hot Pot Ibn Battouta – Middle Eastern IFW (International Food Warehouse) – Contemporary International In & Out – Yunnan Indian Kitchen – Indian/Pakistani Invincible Ramen – Japanese Invito – Italian Irresistible Cafe – Cafes & Teahouses Isshin – Japanese Jaan – French Jade Garden – Zhejiang Jerusalem – Middle Eastern Jewel – Cantonese Jin Ding Xuan – Cantonese Jin Yang Restaurant – Shanxi & Sha’anxi Jing – Buffets Jing Fun Veggie Café – Vegetarian JingZun Peking Duck Restaurant – Beijing Duck Jiumen Xiaochi – Beijing Kafe Peranakan – Southeast Asian Kagen – Japanese Kamat’s – Indian/Pakistani Karaiya Spice House – Hunan & Hubei Kashgar Restaurant – Xinjiang & Muslim Kempi Deli – Bakeries, Delis & Candy Khan Baba – Indian/Pakistani Kong Yiji – Zhejiang Korean Goryeo – Korean Kranzler’s – Buffets The Kro’s Nest – Pizza Kura Kura – Japanese L’Isola – Italian La Cascina – Italian La La Rib Hotpot – Korean La Sushi – Japanese La Taverne – French La Vin – French Laijin Yuxuan Fanzhuang – Imperial Lan Club – Contemporary International Lanzhou Hotel Restaurant – Qinghai, Ningxia and Gansu cuisines Le Little Saigon – Vietnamese Le Manege – French Le Petit Gourmand – French

Le Pre Lenotre – French Lei Garden – Cantonese Let’s Burger – American Let’s Seafood – Contemporary Li Jia Cai – Imperial Life List – Hunan & Hubei Lijiang Spareribs Hot Pot – Hot Pot Lily’s American Diner – American Liqun Roast Duck Restaurant – Beijing Duck Little Sheep – Hot Pot Little Yunnan – Yunnan Liujia Guo – Hunan & Hubei LMPlus – Italian Longshun Yuan Mala Xiangguo – Sichuan Lotus Garden – Cantonese Lotus in Moonlight – Vegetarian Luga’s Banh Mi Now – Vietnamese Luga’s Pho Pho – Vietnamese Luga’s Villa – Central and South American Lunar 8 – Fusion Made in China – Beijing Duck Maison Boulud – French Makye Ame – Tibetan Mala Youhuo (Spice Spirit) – Sichuan Malacca Legend – Southeast Asian Mana – Mediterranean Mare– Spanish Matsuko – Japanese Matsushin – Japanese Maxim’s de Paris – French Mei Wei Zhen – Imperial Metro – Italian The Mexican Kitchen – Central & South American Miao Minority Restaurant – Guizhou & Guangxi Middle 8th Restaurant – Yunnan Migas Restaurant & Lounge – Mediterranean Ming Court – Cantonese Mirch Masala – Indian/Pakistani Modo – Contemporary International Monsoon – Buffets Morel’s – European Mosto – Contemporary International Mrs Shanen’s Bagels – American Mughal’s Beijing – Indian & Pakistani Muse Parisian Vietnamese Brasserie – Vietnamese My China – Contemporary Chinese My Humble House - Contemporary Chinese Nadaman – Japanese Nam Nam – Vietnamese Nanlaishun – Beijing Naoki – Japanese Niajo – Spanish Nishimura – Japanese Niu Xuan An – Japanese No Name Restaurant – Yunnan Noble Court – Cantonese Nola – American Noodle Bar – Beijing Noodle Loft – Shanxi & Sha’anxi Olas Tapas Cafe – Spanish Olé Spanish Restaurant – Spanish The Olive – Mediterranean One East – American Orange Tree Bistro – European The Orchard – European The Orient Kitchen – Southeast Asian Outback Steakhouse – Steakhouses Panino Teca – Cafes & Teahouses Paomo Guan – Shanxi & Sha’anxi Papa John’s – Pizza Park Side Bar & Grill – European Patara – Thai Paulaner Brauhaus – German Peking Duck Private Kitchen – Beijing Duck Peter’s Tex–Mex Grill – American Phrik Thai – Thai Pie House – Bakeries & Delis Possible Cafe – Cafes & Teahouses Prego – Italian Punjabi Indian Restaurant – Indian & Pakistani Pure Lotus Vegetarian – Vegetarian Purple Haze Courtyard – Thai Purple Haze Restaurant & Bar – Thai Pyro Pizza – Pizza Qomolangma – Tibetan Quan Ju De – Beijing Duck Raj Indian Restaurant and Bar – Indian & Pakistani Ras Ethiopian Cuisine – African Red Capital Club – Imperial Refresh! – Cafes & Sandwiches Ristorante Sadler – Italian River Club Restaurant – Italian The Roadhouse at Mutianyu – Contemporary


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Chinese ROOMbeijing – European Rumi – Middle Eastern The Saddle Cantina – Central and South American Sake Manzo – Japanese SALT – Contemporary International Scarlett – Contemporary International Scene a Café – European Schindler’s Tankstelle – German Schoolhouse Canteen – European Seasonal Tastes – Buffets Seijo Teppanyaki – Japanese Senses – Buffets Sequoia Bakery and Cafe – Cafes & Teahouses Serve the People – Thai SG Song – Korean Shin Yeh – Taiwan The Side Saddle – Central & South American Sizzler – American Sorabol – Korean South German Bakery, Cafe Konstanz and Bodenseestube – German South Silk Road – Yunnans Stadium Dog – American Steak Exchange – Steakhouses Sukhothai – Thai Summer Palace – Huaiyang Sushi Bar – Japanese Suzuki – Japanese Suzumei – Japanese Switch! – American Tairyo Teppanyaki – Japanese The Taj Pavilion – Indian/Pakistani Tamarind (Marriott Northeast) – Indian/Pakistani The Tandoor – Indian/Pakistani Taverna – Mediterranean Teahouse of Fu – Cafes & Teahouses Terra – Central & South American TGI Friday’s – American Three Guizhou Men – Guizhou & Guangxi Tim’s Texas Bar-B-Q – American Tori Tei – Japanese Toro Bar – Japanese Trainspotting – Contemporary Chinese Trattoria La Gondola – Italian Tribeca – Fusion The Tree – Pizza Tumaris – Xinjiang & Muslim Tunmalu Rib and Potato Soup – Korean Unconditional Love Coffee – Cafes & Teahouses Union Bar & Grille – American Va Piano – Italian Va Va Voom – Vietnamese Vasco’s – Buffets VIC – Buffets Villa Castenea – German Village Cafe – Cafes & Teahouses Vineyard Cafe – European Waffle Boy – Bakeries & Delis Water – Contemporary International White Nights – Russian Wuhouse’s Tofu – Dongbei Xiangcao Xiangcao Yunnan Hotpot – Yunnan Xiang Man Lou – Beijing Duck Xiang Ming Yuan – Hunan & Hubei Xiao Che’s Dessert Shop – Cantonese Xiao Wang Fu – Homestyle Xu Xiang Zhai – Vegetarian Xiao Nan Guo – Shanghai Xiao Wang Fu – Homestyle & Private Cuisine Xinjiang Islam Restaurant – Xinjiang & Muslim Xinjiang Red Rose – Xinjiang & Muslim Xuxian Lou – Zhejiang Yadgar – Indian/Pakistani Yan Can Cook Beijing – Contemporary Chinese Yaoji Chaogan Dian – Beijing YellowStone Restaurant & Bar – European Yoshi Izakaya – Japanese Yotsuba – Japanese Yue Restaurant & Bar – Contemporary Chinese Yunteng Shifu – Yunnan Z.Y.X. HYC – Huaiyang ZEN – Cantonese Zen5es – Cantonese

AFRICAN Ras Ethiopian Cuisine Sit at a child-friendly mesab, and eat injera bread dipped in kitfo and other Ethiopian stews. There is also a large outdoor barbecue and garden area. Mon-Thurs 5pm-midnight, Fri 5pm-2am,



DIRECTORY / DINING Sat-Sun 11am-2am. 21 Liangmaqiao Lu (inside the drive-in movie theater park), Chaoyang District. (6436 8998) 埃塞俄比亚餐厅, 朝阳 区亮马桥路21号(燕莎桥往东1500米路北汽车 电影院内)

AMERICAN The American Cafe No-nonsense American-style diner serves up hearty burgers, a selection of Tex-Mex favorites, sizeable salads and breakfast plates in a cozy environment. Free delivery. Daily 7am-10.30pm. 1/F (behind Ozone Fitness), Blue Castle Apartments, 3 Xidawang Lu, Chaoyang District. (8599 7428) 博平咖啡, 朝阳区西大望路3号蓝

“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, 美西西餐厅, 朝阳区朝 阳公园西路枣营南里小区东门南侧

11pm. 1-2/F, Bldg B, Jianwai Soho, 39 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (5869 3055/3056, 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


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 District. (6582 2065); 2) Daily 6.30ammidnight. Xiushui Nanjie, Jianguomenwai (directly north of the Friendship Store, one traffic light west of Silk Market), Chaoyang District. (6592 8088/8788); 3) Mon-Fri6.30am8pm, Sat-Sun7am-8pm. 6 Wudinghou Jie, Financial Street, Xicheng District. (6629 0008/0006) 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

All-Star Sports Bar & Grill Many plasma screens plus fine burgers, tacos, pastas and steaks make this a popular sports bar. Mon-Fri 5pm-2am, Sat-Sun 11am-2am. Bldg 5, 1/F, Solana Shopping Mall, 6 Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (5905 6999) 全明星运动餐厅, 朝阳区朝阳公园


Element Fresh This sunny Shanghai import showcases a healthier side of American food, with elaborate salads, smoothies and sandwiches. Popular weekend brunch menu. Voted “Best American,” "Best Non-Hotel Brunch," "Outstanding Family-Friendly" and “Best Sandwiches” in our 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); www. 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

Apothecary Fried chicken, jambalaya and gumbo from Bei’s Max Levy pair with throwback US cocktails. Tue-Sun 7pm-late. 3/F, Nali Patio, 81 Sanlitun Beilu, Chaoyang District. (5208 6040) 酒术,朝阳区三里屯北路81号那

Fatburger American diner serving lean Australian beef burgers, freshly ground daily and cooked to order. Burgers come in singles, doubles or triples and are accompanied by skinny fries. fat fries or homedmade onion rings and hot wings, hot dogs and imported ice cream shakes. Enjoy 80s music with these American classics. Daily 11am-10pm. 1-LB01, The Grand Summit, Liangmaqiao Diplomatic Compound (300 m north of the Kempinski Hotel’s main entrance), 19 East Dongfang Lu, Chaoyang District. (8532 1878) www. 朝阳区东方东路19号亮马乔外交 Grandma’s Kitchen Sandwiches, gravy-based dinners and high-powered desserts from middle America. Voted “Outstanding American” and“Outstanding Family Friendly” in our 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. 1) Daily 9am-10pm. 47-2 Nanchizi Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6528 2790, com); 2) Daily 10am-10pm. 28 Shique Hutong (across from Beixinqiao subway exit C), Dongcheng District. (8403 9452,; 3) Daily 10am-11pm. 5/F, Wudaokou Shopping Mall, Haidian District. (6266 6105, bj.grandmas.; 4) Daily 7.30am11pm. 11A Xiushui Nanjie, Jianguomenwai, Chaoyang District. (6503 2893, bj.grandmas.; 5) Daily 7.30am-

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Mrs Shanen’s Bagels Beijing’s best bagels, as well as burgers, salads and an extensive breakfast menu. Daily 7.30am-8pm. 5 Kaifa Jie, Xibaixinzhuang (next to Capital Paradise), Shunyi District. (8046 4301) 单太太贝谷面包房,

One East Modern American cuisine with a large selection of US wines. Their set lunch (two courses RMB 100, three courses RMB 130) consists of light dishes that won’t make you sleepy when you head back to work. Mon-Fri noon-2pm, 6-10.30pm. 2/F, Hilton Beijing, 1 Dongfang Lu, Chaoyang District. (5865 5000 ext 5030) 东方路一号, 朝阳区东方路1号希尔


Chef Too Its smart interior, well-trained staff and delicious Australian steaks. The wine list showcases small American vineyards. Voted


Nola Sip on wine and feast on Cajun dishes including boudin balls, po’ boys and gumbo at this bar and eatery. Daily 10.30am-11pm. 11A Xiushui Nanjie, Chaoyang District. (8563 6215) 朝阳区秀水南街11号

Blue Frog Chow down on their self-proclaimed “Best Burger in China” and see for yourself whether bigger is indeed better. Voted “Outstanding Burger” in our 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) 蓝蛙, 1) 顺义区天竺


Lily’s American Diner Classically greasy North American and Tex-Mex fare like cheeseburgers, roast beef subs, fajitas and all-day breakfasts. Wi-Fi and delivery available. Daily 8am-midnight. 2-18 Tianzhijiaozi, 31 Guangqu Lu, Chaoyang District. (6592 5548) 朝阳区广渠

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Cage’s Crab House With crabs imported from Alaska, Australia, the U.K. and Canada, this restaurant features crab dishes served in a casual setting. Prices for set menus range from RMB 398-1680 for 2-6 people. Daily 5-11.30pm. A102 1/F, Shifanghaoting, 16 Xinyuanli Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (8453 1376) 凯奇螃蟹屋, 朝阳区新源里南路16号世方

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

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


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

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 11am10pm. 2/F, Anzhen Hualian Department Store, Anzhen Xili, Chaoyang District. (6441 9996);


Peter's Tex-Mex Grill The mighty Lone Star state rises again! With a menu offering burritos, fajitas and enchiladas, this eatery pays tribute to Texas' enduring popularity. Voted "Outstanding Mexican" in the Beijinger’s 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 7.30am-11.30pm. 88A International Club, 21 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (8532 2449) 彼德西餐, 1) 朝阳区将台路乙2号海

Switch! With its mod furnishings, lofted floor-to-ceiling windows, wooden deck, and street-facing entrance, this café caters to the gallery-hopping crowds. The owners also operate the catering company Culinary Capers, and the menu offers a number of sandwiches, salads, and pizza as well as a cheerful selection of fried appetizers. A great stop for anyone who wants a nibble or a drink on the gallery circuit. Tue-Wed, Sun 11am-6pm; Thu-Sat 11am-9pm. 8503, 798 Art District, 4 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District (5978 4916 ) 朝阳区酒仙桥路4号798艺术区8503

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

Tim’s Texas Bar-B-Q This carnivorefriendly restaurant is packed with authentic high-plains kitsch flown in from the Lonestar State. Daily 9am-midnight. 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)

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


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

Sizzler Enjoy unlimited trips to the salad bar along with steaks, seafood, ribs and other grilled treats at this American chain. 1) Daily 11am-9pm. 2/F, Jiamao Shopping Mall, 33 Guangshun Beidajie, Wangjing, Chaoyang District. (6471 3876); 2) Daily 10am-10pm. B1-30 Glory Mall, 18 Chongwenmenwai Dajie,

A Food Affaire Tucked into a corner of the April Gourmet, this is a convenient spot for grocery shoppers looking to grab some Western food to go. The selection includes dips like hummus and duck pate; ready-made salads; homemade pumpkin, lemon, and apple pies; and many lasagnas. Individual lunch and dinner sets range from RMB 35-88. Daily 8am-11pm. 1/F, 5 Xingfuyi-

DIRECTORY / DINING cunxili, Chaoyang District. (135 0107 1114) 朝 阳区幸福一村西里5号绿叶子食品店

Awfully Chocolate Their scrumptious chocolate cakes are to die for – rich in taste yet moist and light. Take your time and try all three flavors. 1) Daily 10am-10pm. Rm 05A. Bldg 1, Raffles City, Dongcheng District. (8409 8452, cn); 2) Daily 9am-9.30pm. Bldg 2, Carrefour Shopping Center, Zhongguancun Plaza, Haidian District. (5172 2511); 3) Daily 10am-9pm. Rm 108, Bldg 2, Wanda Plaza, 93 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (5820 5826) 1) 东城区东直门来福士广 场B1-05a (Raffles City); 2) 海淀区中关村 家乐福购物中心B2楼(肯德基旁); 3) 朝阳区建 国路93号万达广场2号楼108

Bento & Berries This combination bakery, cafe and deli-takeout is one of the city’s best. Mon-Fri 7am-11pm, Sat-Sun 7am-7pm. 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

Bonbon Bins American-branded candies, sweets, chocolates, and accessories for the confectionary-crazy. Stockists located all over town include grocery stores, gift shops, bars, hotels and restaurants. Or shop online for delivery to your door. (8525 3566) www. 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, 米歇尔肉店, 朝阳区幸福村中路杰座大厦底层

Boulangerie Nanda A European-style artisanal bakery, the selection of muffins rotates daily, with orange, blueberry, and almond whole-wheat in hot demand (RMB 10). Take home a multigrain foccacia (RMB 16) or sour rye bread (RMB 15). Daily 9.30am-7.30pm. 1/F, 52 Jingshun Lu, Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. 朝阳区朝阳区京顺路52号乐活城1层 CCSweets Artisanal cupcakes, cakes, cookies. CC is an artist, jewelry designer, chocolatier & cake designer. 1) Daily 10am-6pm. Village North, NLG09A, Sanlitun Lu, Sanlitun, Chaoyang District; 2) Daily 10am-8pm. Central Park, Tower 11, Shop 109, CBD, Chaoyang District, 喜喜饼房, 1) 朝 阳区三里屯北区 NLG09A; 2) 朝阳区朝外大街 6号,新城国际T11.109店

German Food Center The name says it all. Think sausages and sauerkraut. Daily 9.30am7pm. 105 Binduyuan Mansion, 15 Zaoying Beili, Maizidian (800m east of Nongzhanguan Beilu), Chaoyang District. (6591 9370) 德国食品

of laozihao snack stalls; most relocated from Dashilan’r when the Qianmen area underwent renovation. Daily 10am-10pm. 1 Xiaoyou Hutong, Xicheng District. (6402 5858) 九门小

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)

Noodle Bar The kung-fu chefs at this hip 12-seat bar wow all-comers with their noodlepulling 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

Hegel's Bagels A young New Yorker is making bagels at home and delivers them by the dozen (RMB 45/6, RMB 80/dozen). Choose from sesame, cinnamon raisin and garlic rosemary. Free delivery within 3rd Ring and Wudaokou for orders of a dozen or more, RMB 10 otherwise. Honeymoon Desserts This Hong Kong chain serves addictive HK-style desserts. Choose from creative and classic combinations of mango, black sticky rice, papaya, coconut milk, black sesame, almond soup and even durian. 1) Daily 10am-10pm. B1-13B, B1/F, Raffles City, 1 Dongzhimen Nandajie, Dongcheng District. (8409 4228); 2) Daily 10am-10pm. B120 in the basement of Huamao Shopping Center, 81 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (5969 5436); 3) Daily 10am-9.30pm. 2/F, Beijing Department Store, 253 Wangfujing Dajie, Dongcheng District. (8529 1634) 满 记甜品, 1) 东城区东直门南大街1号来福士购 物中心B1层B1-13B商铺; 2) 朝阳区华贸购物 中心B120; 3) 东城区王府井大街253号北京百 货大楼2层

Kempi Deli Some of the best bread, cakes and desserts in town. Discounts after 8pm (9pm weekends). Daily 7am-10pm. 1/F, Kempinski Hotel, Chaoyang District. (6465 3388 ext 5741) 凯宾美食廊, 朝阳区凯宾斯基饭店1层 Pie House Pie House’s “fillings are loaded with fresh fruit, fresh nuts, and premium imported chocolate” and all pies are baked fresh every day. Free delivery within the Fourth Ring Road or Wudaokou. Order five hours in advance, ordering and delivery hours 9am-9pm. 9am-9pm. (5166 4464) http://www. 派悦坊 The Swiss Deli The Swissotel's bakery and deli is a popular stop for Dongsishitiao commuters and offers an extensive range of cakes, bakery items, freshly prepared sandwiches and salads, homemade Swiss chocolate, as well as with a full range of beverages and delicious coffee. Great for a quick takeaway breakfast or snack. Daily 7am-10pm. 1/F Swissotel, 2 Chaoyangmen Bei Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6553 2288 ext. 2127) 东城区潮阳门北 大街2号港澳中心瑞士酒店1层

Waffle Boy This bakery expanded to Beijing from Shanghai and provides baked goods from chocolate cakes to tiramisu and croissants. Daily 8am-10pm. 1-108, Sanlitun Soho, 8 Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. (8590 0266) 窝夫小子. 朝阳区工体北路8号三里屯 SOHO底商1-108号

BEIJING 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

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. 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); 7) Daily 7am-10.30pm. Unit 102, Pacific Century Place, 2A Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6539 2005); 8) 55-1, Xingfucun Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (6416 2853) 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5号楼1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; 7) 朝阳区工体北路甲2号盈科中 心商场102单元; 8) 朝阳区幸福村中路55-1号

Hua Jia Yi Yuan This Guijie stalwart dishes up dependably delicious Beijing and Sichuan fare in a swanky setting with comfortable private rooms. Popular favorites include the spareribs, kao mantou (roasted buns) and mala xie (spicy crayfish). Both Guijie branches have great food, but the decor at the east location is more modern, while the west branch offers a choice between a large rowdy tarptopped dining room with nightly acrobatic performances, or intimate courtyard merriment. 1) Daily 24 hours. 235 Dongzhimennei Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6405 1908); 2) Daily 10.30am-2.30am. 5 Dongzhimennei Dajie, Dongcheng District. (8407 8281/88); 3) Daily 10am-10pm. 3 Dangxiao Lu, Jing'anli, Chaoyang District. (8451 8809); 4) Daily 10.30am-11pm. 5/F, West Tower, Shangdu Soho, 8 Dongdaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (5900 3055); 5) Daily 10am-10pm. Shimao Tower, 92A Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (8580 9010) 花家怡园, 1) 东城区东直门内大街 235号; 2) 东城区东直门内大街5号; 3) 朝阳区 静安里党校路3号(家乐福对面); 4) 朝阳区东大 桥路8号Soho尚都西塔5层; 5) 朝阳区建国路甲 92号世贸大厦

Jiumen Xiaochi Taste some of the best of Beijing’s traditional snacks at this collection

吃, 西城区孝友胡同1号

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Nanlaishun First opening in 1937, Nanlaishun features over 200 different types of old Beijing snack foods, including authentic hot pot. Daily 6am-9pm, 11am-2pm, 4.30-9pm. 12 Nancaiyuan Jie, Xuanwu District. (6353 4720) 南来顺饭庄, 宣武区南菜园街12号

Yaoji Chaogan Dian This old Beijing style restaurant specializes in chaogan, a breakfast dish of pork liver and intestines served in a mushroom broth thickened with mung bean starch and topped with crushed raw garlic. Daily 6am-10.30pm. 331 Gulou Dongdajie, Dongcheng District. (8401 0570) 姚记炒肝店, 东城区鼓楼东大街331号

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, 5-9.30pm; 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) 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

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)

JingZun Peking Duck Restaurant An urbane spot that will impress business contacts and foreign guests with its traditional furniture, soigné presentation, and skillfully carved duck. Daily 11am-10pm. Bldg 6, Taipingzhuang Nanli, Chunxiu Lu (north of Xingfucun Zhonglu), Chaoyang District. (6417 4075) 京尊烤鸭, 朝阳区朝阳区春秀路太平庄南 里6号楼北侧

Liqun Roast Duck Restaurant Ex Quanjude chef Li Qun serves quality ducks in a rundown but rustic courtyard - worth the trek out to Qianmen. Daily 10am-10pm. 11 Beixiangfeng, Zhengyi Lu (northeast of Qianmen), Dongcheng District. (6705 5578) 利群烤鸭店, 东城区前门东大街正义路南口北翔凤胡同11号

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 11.30am2.30pm, 5.30-10.30pm. 1/F, Grand Hyatt Hotel, 1 Dongchang’an Jie, Dongcheng District. (6510 9608) 长安一号, 东城区东长安街1号东方


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 10.30am-9pm. 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 11am4.20pm,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’s buffet offers many distinct cuisines: Japanese, Indian, Chinese and Southeast Asian, among other Western favorites. Daily 11am-2.30pm, 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 Hotel Brunch" 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 Cafe Cha A sumptuous buffet featuring a sushi and sashimi station, pasta, pizza, Malaysian laksa and tandoori specialties. Daily 6-10am, 11.30am-2.30pm, 5.30-9.30pm. Shangri-La Hotel, 29 Zizhuyuan Lu, Haidian District. (6841 2211 ext 2715) 咖啡Cha, 海淀区 紫竹院路29号香格里拉饭店

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

Elements This restaurant features an open kitchen dining experience with “pan-Asian” cuisines and other culinary styles from around the world prepared in five kitchens representing the different “elements” of cooking (grilling, roasting, steaming, boiling, baking, frying, tossing and pouring). Daily 6-10am, noon-2.30pm, 6-10pm. 2/F, Hilton Beijing, 1 Dongfang Lu, Chaoyang District. (5865 5000 ext 5020) 元素阁, 朝阳区东方路 1号希尔顿酒店2层

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,6-11pm. St. Regis Hotel, 21 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6460 6688 ext 2340) 景 苑咖啡厅, 朝阳区建国门外大街21号国际俱乐 部饭店

Greenfish Floor-to-ceiling windows and “flexitarian” cuisine – fresh and tasty food with a focus on vegetable and seafood dishes. Seafood buffet every Friday and Saturday. Daily 6.30am-11pm. The Ritz-Carlton Financial Street, 1 Jinchengfang Dongjie, Jinrong Jie,



DIRECTORY / DINING Xicheng District. (6601 6666 ext 6255) 四季汇,

the only place in Beijing that serves dim sum from Hong Kong-style wheel carts (before 11am). A la carte dishes are served in the afternoons. Daily 7am-midnight. 5/F, Guangzhou Dasha, 3A Heng Er Tiao, Xidan, Xicheng District. (5855 9988) 广和茶轩, 西城区西单横二


Jing Watch the chefs in action at this minimalist, open-plan restaurant serving decent Asian and Western cuisine. Daily 5.30am11.30pm. Basement of The Peninsula Beijing, 8 Jinyu Hutong, Wangfujing, Dongcheng District. (6559 2888 ext 6714) 京, 东城区王府


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


Kranzler’s This Kempinski venue’s claim to fame is their classy East-meets-West buffet with a range of German, Italian, Japanese and Chinese specialties. A live jazz band and the Kempinski’s Kids Club round out the offerings. Daily 6am-midnight. 1/F, Kempinski Hotel, 50 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District (6465 3388 ext 4222) 朝阳区亮马桥路50号凯宾


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


Monsoon A cafe-style restaurant offering an innovative selection of Asian and Western cuisines. Daily 6-10.30am, 11.30am-2pm, 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 Senses Hosts Bubbly Sundays, 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, 11.30am-2.30pm, 5.30-10pm.. 1/F, The Westin Beijing, 9B Jinrong Jie, Xicheng District. (6629 7810) 味, 西城区金融大街乙9号北京金融街威 斯汀大酒店1层

Seasonal Tastes Lively, cool, clean and fresh, this buffet restaurant comes with interactive cooking stations and healthful “super foods” corners that help jump start your day. On Sundays, Seasonal Tastes hosts “Bubbalicious,” which readers voted as the cowinner of “Best Hotel Brunch” in the Beijinger’s 2010 RestaurantAwards. Daily 6.30-10.30am, 11.30am-3pm, 5.30-11pm. 2/F, Westin Beijing Chaoyang, 7 Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (5922 8888 ext 8102) 朝阳区东三环北 路7号金茂北京威斯汀大饭店2层

Vasco’s International and Chinese culinary hits with a Portuguese twist. On Sundays it 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

VIC International buffet dining with a smattering of Gallic touches. Mon-Fri 12pm2.30pm, 6-10.30pm, Sat-Sun 6-10.30pm. 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 Alba Cute, cozy and cool, Alba (formerly e.a.t) invites you to while away the hours between breakfast and last call on its couches, bar stools or terrace with superior cocktails and fresh salads, sandwiches and pasta. Daily 10am-2am. 70 Gulou Dongdajie (east of Nanluogu Xiang), Dongcheng District. (6709 1383) 东城区鼓楼东大街70号

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,, www. 书虫书吧, 1) 顺义区 崔各庄乡,何各庄村一号院; 2) 朝阳区工体北 路4号院

The Bridge Cafe Popular student cafe offers a completely American menu, with 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 Noir Pan-Asian cuisine and European




ALL MONTH: SPICE TRAIL – AUTHENTIC SICHUAN BUFFET Turn up the heat with tongue-numbing spicy dishes at Scene a Café. classics served with a garden view. Daily 6.30am-midnight. Traders Upper East Hotel, 2 Dongsihuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (5907 8888) 朝阳区东四环北路2号上东盛贸酒店

in town. Daily 8am-midnight. Today Art Museum, Pingod, 32 Baiziwan Lu, Chaoyang District. (5826 3652) 朝阳区朝阳区百子湾路32号

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) 东城区鼓楼东大街42号

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, 朝阳区三

Hercules The sleek stone and wood design of this Tongli eatery make an excellent backdrop for their hand-crafted sandwiches. Served on freshly baked bread with a side of tortilla chips and sweet salsa, sandwiches run the gamut of traditional deli favorites. Free refills on caffeinated drinks from 2-5pm, and 2-for-1 sandwiches on Tuesdays. Daily 11am-midnight. 2/F, Tongli Studio, Sanlitun, Chaoyang District. (6415 0299) 荷加斯餐吧,朝



Irresistible Cafe This courtyard cafe holds a monthly Czech dinner including Central European goulash beef stew, Czech Budvar beer and Becherovka, the famous Czech liqueur. They also serve organic food and salads, crepes and soups. Daily 11am-8pm. 14 Mao’er Hutong (west of Nanluogu Xiang), Dongcheng District. (139 1001 6827) 东城区帽 儿胡同14号(南锣鼓巷西侧)

Panino Teca This casual-chic cafe bakes 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S2-11; 2) 朝阳区三里屯北小街1号

Possible Cafe A cafe offering good-value standard coffee, tacos and desserts. Daily 11am-1am. 30 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6416 5598) 可能咖啡, 朝阳区三里屯路30号 Refresh! Serves light fare in the form of sandwiches and paninis, baked goods, smoothies and coffee. Daily 10am-midnight. 102, Bldg 1, 2 Zhongguohong Jie, Chaoyang District. (8587 1382) 朝阳区工体东路甲2号中国 红街1号楼102号

Sequoia Bakery and Cafe Serves up deli-style 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.; 2) Daily 7am-8pm. 44 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6501 5503, 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

Unconditional Love Coffee This small cafe next to the Today Art Museum boasts a genuine barista and some of the best coffee


CANTONESE Ah Yat Abalone Restaurant The extensive selection of dishes here suits all manner of palates and bank accounts, from cheap dim sum (RMB 16-30) and sweet and sour pork (RMB 55) to the highest-quality abalone from South Africa (RMB 1,980). A selection of intelligently balanced set meals should leave you happily overfed. Daily 10.30am-10pm. 4-40, 4/F, Bldg 4, Sanlitun Village North, 11 Sanlitun Lu (behind Opposite House), Chaoyang District. (6507 9256) 阿一鲍鱼酒家, 朝阳区三里 屯路11号三里屯Village北区4号楼4层4-40

Celestial Court Seafood and dim sum in a luxurious setting for those on an expense account. Mon-Fri 11.30am-2.30pm, 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

Charme The two Beijing branches of this Shanghai-based Hong Kong-style cafe are known for its bustling atmosphere, nutritious Cantonese soups and tasty desserts, including their signature "honey toast" that comes topped with ice cream. Daily 11am-10pm. 1) Store 1, 6/F, Joy City (Dayue Cheng), 131 Xidan Bei Dajie, Xicheng District. (5971 6022); 2) Store 8-9 World City, 8-9 Jinhui Lu, Chaoyang District. (8590 6088) 港丽餐厅, 1) 西城区西城 区西单北大街131号大悦城6楼01号; 2) 朝阳区朝 阳区金汇路8-9号世界城商业街102号铺

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 9am3am. 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 11am4pm, 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

Fook Lam Moon A legendary Hong Kong institution that aims to remain true to the traditions of Cantonese cuisine with one simple principle: premium ingredients should be allowed to speak for themselves. Mon-Fri 11.30am-3pm, 5.30-10.30pm. 4/F, China World Summit Wing, 1 Jianguomen Waidajie, Chaoyang District. (6505 2299 ext 6411) 福临 门,朝阳区建国门外大街1号国贸大酒店4楼

Guanghe Chaxuan Part of the Guangdong Provincial Government Beijing Office, this is

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

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 11.30am-2.30pm, 5.30-9.30pm. 3/F, Jinbao Tower, 89 Jinbao Jie, Dongcheng District. (8522 1212) hk/~design/leigarden/beijing.html 利苑, 东 城区金宝街89号金宝大厦3楼

Lotus Garden Boasting a large menu featuring dim sum, roast meats, soups and fresh vegetables, Lotus Garden offers a spacious, comfortable setting for traditional Guangdong cuisine. The quality dim sum and service is appreciated. Dim sum (RMB 10-22) is available during lunch hours (11am-3.30pm). Daily 11am-3.30pm, 5-11pm. 1-2/F, Beijing INN, 11 Dongshuijing Hutong, Dongcheng District. (5905 1760) 悦荷酒家, 东城区东水井 胡同11号,北京INN楼盘1-2层

Ming Court Headed by a master chef trained at the two Michelin-star Ming Court at the Langham Place in Hong Kong, it specializes in Cantonese and Shandong cuisine served in palatial surrounds. Must-try dishes include dim sum along with barbecue meats from the purpose-built barbecue kitchen. Chinese teas handpicked by the resident Beijing tea master and a top-drawer selection of wines and Chinese spirits accompany the feast. Seven suites for private dining, some with staggering views of the runway. Daily 11.30am-2.30pm, 5.30-10.30pm. 1 Er Jing Road, Langham Place, Beijing Capital Airport. Chaoyang District. (6457 5555) 明阁, 朝阳区首都机场二经路1号 朗豪酒店

Noble Court Fine Cantonese cuisine featuring dim sum as well as seafood dishes. MonFri 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) 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

Wu Li Xiang Authentic Cantonese and regional cuisines. Hong Kong-style dim sum served daily. Mon-Fri 11am-2pm, 5-10pm,SatSun 9am-4pm,5-10pm. Traders Upper East Hotel, Beijing, 2 Dongsihuan Beilu (intersection of Xiaoyun Qiao and Fangyuan Xilu near Upper East Side), Chaoyang District (5907 8406) 朝阳区东四环北路2号(霄云桥和芳园西十 字路口)北京上东盛贸饭店 2-3 层

Xiao Che’s Dessert Shop The freshest rice rolls (changfen) in town, with fillings that include beef and barbecued pork. Daily 10am9.30pm. 52 Jiaozi Hutong, Dongsi Beidajie, Dongcheng District (6401 6981) 小彻甜品店, 东城区东四北大街轿子胡同52号

ZEN Revamped Si Chou Lu reinvents the dynasty look with golden opulent tones and

DIRECTORY / DINING traditional Cantonese cuisine by Chef Mark Ko from Hong Kong. 11.30am-2.30pm, 5.3010.30pm. Intercontinental Hotel, 11 Financial Street, Xicheng District. (5852 5888) 西城区金 融街11号洲际酒店

Zen5es A mix of authentic Cantonese supplemented by signature dishes from China’s other major regional cuisines - Beijing, Shanghai, Sichuan, Hunan, and Zhejiang. Daily 11.30am-2.30pm, 5.30-10.30pm. 4/F, Westin Beijing Chaoyang, 7 Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (5922 8888 ext 8121) 朝阳区 东三环北路7号金茂北京威斯汀大饭店

CENTRAL & SOUTH AMERICAN 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

Brazillian Churrascos Latin-style grill restaurant at the lobby level of the hotel. Daily 11.30am-2.30pm, 5.30-10pm. 1/F, Crowne Plaza Wuzhou, 8 Beisihuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (8498 2288) 朝阳区北四环中路8号五洲皇冠假日酒店1层

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) www. 朝阳区三里屯北街7号3.3购 物中心后

The Mexican Kitchen Serves generous portions of flavorful Tex-Mex faves such as burritos, fajitas, and tacos. Daily 11am-9.30pm. 705 Pinnacle Plaza, Tianzhu Real Estate Development Zone, Shunyi District. (8046 4558/59) 墨

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The Roadhouse at Mutianyu Fantastic Great Wall views and hearty Chinese country food including fresh rainbow trout. Weekends and holidays 11am-3pm, or by prior appointment. Sat-Sun and holidays 11am-3pm, or by prior appointment. 12 Mutianyu Village, Huairou District. (6162 6506) 大路馆儿, 怀柔区慕田峪村12号 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)

Yan Can Cook Beijing A place where people can experience not only Chinese flavors, but also the process of making Chinese food. Headed by celebrity chef Martin Yan, the menu stretches the cuisines of China, featuring pig-shaped dim sum, succulent duck skin, and classic noodles with sesame paste and Peking duck. Daily 11am-10pm. 201, World Financial Center, 1 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (5981 7578/9) 盐色, 朝阳 区东三环中路1号环球金融中心WFC201单元(近 京广中心)

Yue Restaurant & Bar This underground two-floor palace serves as both a restaurant and bar, serving Chinese cuisine under influence from Sichuan & Hunan cuisine, with a modern industrial decor. Daily 10am-2pm, 5.30-10pm. 1-7 Haoyun Jie, 1 Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (5867 0285) 悦悦餐厅酒吧, 朝阳区朝阳公园路1号好运街1-7


Fuel Fun, funky restaurant serving pizzas, gigantic ribs and one of Beijing’s biggest hamburgers. Daily 11am-late. 1/F, Langham Place, 1 Er Jing Lu, Beijing Capital International Airport (southwest of Terminal 3), Chaoyang District. (6457 5555) http://beijingairport. 朝阳区首都机场二经

“Outstanding Business Lunch,” “Outstanding Wine List,” “Outstanding Chef (Daniel Urdaneta)” and “Outstanding Restaurant of the Year (Non-Chinese)” in our 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards.Daily noon-2.30pm, 6-10.30pm. 3/F, Nali Patio, 81 Sanlitun Beilu, Chaoyang District. (5208 6030) 摸石


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Gori An international eatery with everything from Thai to terriyaki opened by the much-loved Igosso/Pekotan team. Daily 11am-midnight. 1/F, Tower AB, The Office Park (Yuanyang Guanghua International), 10 Jintong Xilu (near Central Park/The Place), Chaoyang District. (8590 6266) 朝阳区金桐西 路10号远洋光华国际AB座1楼 (近新城国际/世 贸天阶)

Grill 79 City, Grill 79 is a captivating destination for international dining. Savor the delicate flavors of simple, wild and fresh ingredients that each season has to offer. One of the most extensive wine lists in Beijing includes premium selections of New World wines. Mon-Thu & Sun noon-2am; Fri-Sat noon-4am. 79/F, China World Summit Wing, China World Trade Center Phase 3, 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6505 2299 ext 6424) 朝阳 区朝阳区建国门外大街1号国贸大酒店79楼

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 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) 兰会所, 朝阳区建国门外大街乙12号 LG双子座4层

Let’s Seafood Offers mussels, six varieties of whole fish, seafood salads and specials like bouillabaisse or Atlantic lobster, all served with rice, potatoes, fish soup and freshly baked bread. Daily 11.30am-midnight. 1/F, Nali Patio, 81 Sanlitun Beijie, Chaoyang District. (5208 6038) 朝阳区三里屯北街81号那

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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

BLD Cafe International buffet restaurant featuring showpiece Sunday brunch. Renaissance Beijing Capital Hotel, 61 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (5863 8223) 朝阳区东 三环中路61号北京富力万丽酒店

Chynna Serving Northern Chinese cuisine and a range of other regional classics with a modern twist. Daily 10.30am-2pm.5.30-11pm. 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

My China Classic Beijing and spicy Sichuan and Hunan cuisine cooked authentically by chefs from the region. Daily 11.30am-2.30pm, 5.30pm to 10pm. 2/F, Hilton Beiing Capital Airport. (6458 8888 ext 8901) 北京首都机场希 尔顿酒店2层

My Humble House Professional, friendly service complements a fusion of Chinese cuisines in an impressively stunning and romantic setting. Daily 11.30am-2.30pm, 5.30-10.30pm. W307 Oriental Plaza, 1 Dongchang’an Jie, Dongcheng District. (8518


Water Fusion cuisine by the lakeside. Specials on set meals during the week plus afternoon tea until 5pm daily. Solana 15-4, 6 Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (5905 6008, 137 0113 1533 English) 子水,朝阳区朝阳公园路 6号蓝色港湾国际商区15-4



East is Red Offers nightly song and dance routines straight out of the cultural revolution. Great decor and spicy fish options. Daily 10am9.30pm. 266 Dongwuhuan Baijialou (outside Pingfang Qiao), Chaoyang District. (6574 8289/8290) 红色经典, 朝阳区东五环白家楼266号



Scarlett Chic wine bar and restaurant with Beijing’s best cheese selection. Daily 6pm-3am. Hotel G, 7A Gongti Xilu, Chaoyang District. (6552 2880) 朝阳区工体西路

Da Dongbei Dongbei da lapi, cold glass noodles served with a range of vegetables and shredded pork in a peanut sauce, deserves a special mention. 352 Gulou Dongdajie, Dongcheng District. (6404 1375) 大东北, 东城 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, 朝





TERRA Cevicheria and bar by the team behind SALT. Offering contemporary Peruvian cuisine and innovative cocktails. Tue-Sun 11am-1am. 1 Sanlitun Nan Lu, Beijing, Chaoyang District. (6591 9148) 朝阳区三里屯

SALT Innovative restaurant in a fresh modern minimalist setting has weekly two-course or three-course set meals. 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 noon-4pm. 2/F, 9 Jiangtai Xilu (opposite the Japanese School, west of Rosedale Hotel), Chaoyang District. (6437 8457) 盐, 朝阳区将台西路9号2层

Blu Lobster Professional service and state of the art cooking techniques at this five star restaurant. Mon-Sat 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 6-10.30am, 11.30am-2.30pm, 5.30-10.30pm. 66/F, Park Hyatt Hotel, 2 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (8567 1234) 北京亮, 朝阳区建国门外大

Modo Modern wine bar serving well over a dozen wines by the glass, as well as small plates of tasty contemporary European cuisine. The team behind the popular Mosto created this space and brought in Enomatic wine dispensers to allow people to explore different wines. Daily 11am-11pm. 3/F, Sanlitun Village South (close to Element Fresh), Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6415 7207) 朝阳区三里屯路19号三里屯Village南区3楼(近 新元素)

Wu House’s Tofu Specializes in tofu dishes – they make it in-house and offer free soymilk. Notable dishes include stinky tofu, tofu with crab cream and tofu with fish head. Daily 10am-2pm, 4.30-9.30pm. West side of 1/F Hailun Hotel, 18 Jiangtai Xilu, Chaoyang District (6433 7826) 吴府一块豆腐. 朝阳区将台 西路18号海伦宾馆1楼西侧

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


Compass Grill Fine steak and seafood served in elegant surroundings complete with six private rooms. Daily 5.30-11pm. Hilton Beiing Capital Airport. (6458 8888 ext 8901) 北 京首都机场希尔顿酒店

CourtYard Modern European by top consultant chef Dan Segall matched with Beijing’s prettiest view across the Forbidden City’s moat. 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)

Mosto Inventive, exciting contemporary food with a South American touch. Voted

Din Tai Fung Taste just one dumpling to know





Price per cupcake: RMB 15/22/28 Free delivery with orders above RMB 460 around the Third Ring Road. Also available at CCSweets’ Central Park shop.


Price per cupcake: RMB 10-12 (minimum order of 12) Free delivery within 3km of Gongti Beilu; other wise, the round-trip taxi fee will be charged.


Price per cupcake: RMB 4 (minimum order of 5; buy five get one free) Free delivery within 3km of the shop or for orders over RMB 60; otherwise, a RMB 15 delivery cost applies.

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 2.30-5pm). 3/F, 2 Qianmen Pedestrian Street (southeast of Qianmen, overlooking Tian’anmen Square), Chongwen District. (6702 2727) 崇文区前门步行街2号3层 (尽览

selection of Western food including European, Australian and South American cuisines. They also stock Switzerland’s Muller beer. Daily 10am-2am. Unit 567, Bldg 15, Bar Street, Solana, 6 Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (5905 1780 ext 804) 瑞士吧西餐厅, 朝

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

阳区朝阳公园路6号蓝色港湾国际商区酒吧街15号 楼567商铺



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, 葡

Enoterra Unpretentious, reasonably priced wine bar now in Nali Patio that serves good food as well. Voted “Outstanding Wine Selection” in the Beijinger’s 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 10am-2am. 405, Nali Patio, 81 Sanlitun Beijie, Chaoyang District. (6587 1578) 朝阳区三里屯北街81号那里花园405室

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) 鱼邦, 朝阳区三里屯后街(青年酒

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Blue City Beijing’s first Polish restaurant serves up polish soup, dumplings, chicken rolls and other polish specialties. Daily noon-9.30pm. Rm 2322, 3/F, North Tower, Soho Shangdu, 8 Dongdaqiao, Chaoyang District. (5945 4837) 兰城北塔西餐厅, 朝阳区东大桥8号SohoO尚都 北塔2322室


Price per dozen: RMB 110/220/390 (minimum order of 12) Free delivery to Sanlitun and CBD area or for orders over two dozen; otherwise, a delivery fee applies. Also available at Crepanini, Fisheye Café and Secrets From Africa.

why they’re famous around the world. Voted “Outstanding Restaurant of the Year (Chinese)” in our 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. 1) Mon-Fri 11.30am-9.30pm, Sat-Sun 11am-10pm. 7/F, Dangdai Shangcheng, 40 Zhongguancun Dajie, Haidian District. (6269 6726); 2) Daily 11.30am-2.30pm, 5-10pm. 24 Xinyuan Xili Zhongjie, Chaoyang District. (6462 4502); 3) Daily 11.30am-9.30pm. 6/F, Shin Kong Place, China Central Place, 87 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (6533 1536) 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-2.30pm, 6-10pm; bar 11am-midnight. 2/F, China World Hotel, 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6505 2266 ext 38, 6505 3318) 阿郦雅, 朝阳区建国门外大街1号中国大饭店二层

Budapest Hungarian Restaurant Beijing’s first Hungarian restaurant serves goulash and other Magyar specialties. 2/F, Bldg 6, China View, Gongti Donglu, Chaoyang District. (8587 1270) 朝阳区工体东路中国红阶大厦6号楼202室 Cabare Offers contemporary European cuisine with a Mediterranean flair, featuring tapas, fresh oysters and an assortment of cakes and desserts. Daily 9am-2.30am. 15-1, Bldg 15, Solana, 6 Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (5905 1760) 朝阳区朝阳公园路6号蓝色港 湾15号楼15-1号

Cafe Europa Authentic Italian and European cuisine with an international wine bar. Features popular business lunch menu, regular wine tastings and catering. Daily 10.30am-10pm. Rm 1113, Bldg 11, Jianwai Soho, 39 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (5869 5663) www. 朝阳区东三环中路39号建外 Soho11号楼1113

Capital M Classy European cooking and Beijing’s best view across Tiananmen Square. Voted “Outstanding for Impressing Visitors”



朝阳公园路6号蓝色港湾国际商区C1-20/21; 2) 崇文区崇文门西大街2号


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 11am3pm, 5.30-11pm. Rainbow Plaza (Longbo Guangchang), 16 Dongsanhuan Beilu (south of the Great Wall Sheraton), Chaoyang District. (6595 5135/9) 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) 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


Price per cupcake: RMB 25 (5 per box) Free delivery within the Fourth Ring Road. Also available at Jenny Lou’s.

YellowStone Restaurant & Bar A relaxed atmosphere for informal dining and casual drinks. Daily 9am-1am. Crowne Plaza Park View Wuzhou, Bldg 28, 8 Beichen Donglu, Chaoyang District. (6481 7000) 黄玉石, 朝阳

Maxim’s de Paris Classic French food in an opulent atmosphere. The Solana location, which is the better of the two, has very reasonably priced à la carte mains and prix fixe options. 1) Daily 11am-2pm, 6-10pm. C1-20/21 Solana, 6 Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (5905 6204); 2) Daily 11am-2pm, 5-10pm. 2 Chongwenmen Xidajie, Chongwen District. (6512 1992) 马克西姆餐厅, 1) 朝阳区

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

Orange Tree Bistro Fetching Houhai courtyard serves Italian appetizers, pizza, sandwiches and grilled meats, with a good selection of bottled beers and wine. Daily 11am-11.30pm. 27 Dashibei Hutong (near Yandai Xiejie, north of Houhai lake), Xicheng District. (6401 7797) 橘子树西餐, 西城区大石碑胡同27号(后海烟袋 斜街附近)

The Orchard Difficult to find, but worth the journey for continental cuisine served in a charming country setting. Tue-Sun noon2.30pm (Sun lunch until 3pm), 2.30-6pm (coffee), 6-9pm (dinner). From Jingshun Lu, exit at Sunhe Market (we recommend calling for directions), Shunyi District. (6433 6270) 果 园, 顺义区京顺路孙河市场出口(建议给餐馆打电 话问详细地址)

ROOMbeijing Restaurant and bar from former Blu Lobster chef Brian McKenna. Rm 301-302, 3/F, Park Life, Yintai Centre, 2 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District (8517 2033) www. ROOM北京, 朝阳区建国门外大街2号银泰中心301-302室

Scene a Cafe This two-level restaurant offers a buffet with a wide selection of pastas, salads, mains and desserts made in eight differently themed open kitchens. Daily 6am-1am. China World Hotel, 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6505 2266 ext 35) 咖啡苑, 朝阳区建国 门外大街1号中国大饭店

Schoolhouse Canteen The Schoolhouse at Mutianyu Great Wall serves casual Western food and affords great views of the Great Wall from its outdoor terrace. Mon-Fri 9am-6pm, Sat-Sun 9am-8pm. 12 Mutianyu Village, Huairou District. (6162 6506/6287) 小园, 怀柔区慕田峪村12号 Swiss Bar The sister restaurant of neighboring Cafe Bellissimo, this spot offers a wide


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. 东城区南池子大街115号 Jaan A light and innovative interpretation of classic French cuisine in a regal period setting. Daily noon-2pm, 6.30-10pm. 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

La Vin Somewhat awkwardly located French restaurant serves classic French cuisine paired with fine regional wines. Also features a wine shop.Daily 11.30am-2pm, 6.30-10pm. 6 Beisihuan Donglu (opposite IKEA), Chaoyang District. (8457 2839) 佳酩汇, 朝阳区北四环东 路6号宜家对面

Le Manege French restaurant offers a reasonably-priced weekday lunch buffet and set menus in the evening and on weekends. Fortune Mall, 7 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (6533 0191) 木马餐厅, 朝阳 区东三环中路7号财富购物中心

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. 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

Maison Boulud Famous New York chef Daniel Boulud brings his take on French food to Beijing. Excellent food and service. Voted “Best French,” "Outstaning Decor," "Best Service," "Best for a Romantic Meal," “Best

CHAO Located in Solana with an open interior, CHAO serves up a variety of fusion foods with a French touch, with daily homemade bread and an extensive wine list. Daily 11am-11pm. RS-17, Bldg 11, Solana, 6 Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (5905 1778) 潮, 朝阳区朝阳公园路6号蓝色港湾 11栋RS-17号

Lunar 8 The Fairmont's Lunar 8's menu is a blend of all-things Asian - choose from Chinese, Japanese, Southeast Asian and Indian dishes, including sashimi, chicken tikka, sweet and sour prawns and more. The venue contains a sushi bar where chefs prepare your meals before your eyes. 11.30am-2.30pm, 6-10.30pm. The Fairmont Beijing, 8 Yong'an Dongli, Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (8507 3618) 朝阳区建国门外大街,永 安东里8号

Tribeca Offers diners international cuisine, from sushi to steaks, as well as some solid set menu deals. Daily 11am-10pm. B1-329, Sanlitun Soho, Chaoyang District (5935 9823) 朝阳区三里屯SOHOB1-329

GERMAN Paulaner Brauhaus One of Beijing’s best choices for authentic (if pricey) German food. The Paulaner brews its own beer. Daily 11am-1am. Kempinski Hotel, 50 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6465 3388 ext 5732) 普拉那啤酒坊餐厅, 朝阳区亮马桥路50号凯宾 斯基饭店

Schindler’s Tankstelle Hearty sausages and frosty steins of beer blend with a nice view of Ritan Park’s greenery. 1) 10 Sanlitun Beixiaojie, Chaoyang District. (6463 1108); 2) Daily 11.30am-10pm. 1 Houshayu Zhen, Shayu Lu, Shunyi District. (8042 2291); 3) Daily 11amlate. 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)

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, 德 南面包房, 朝阳区枣营路29号好运街27号

Villa Castenea Located next to the Summer Palace, this restaurant has one of the largest private gardens in Beijing – suitable for a variety of outdoor commercial activities and weddings. It serves German and Western fare, including home-brewed beer and crispy pork knuckle. Daily 11am-10pm. 266 Wan’an

DIRECTORY / DINING Donglu, Pu‘an Dian, Haidian District. (6272 0130; 6272 0131) 七叶香山, 海淀区万安东路 普安店266号


HOMESTYLE & PRIVATE CUISINE 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 the Beijinger’s 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. 1) Daily 11.30am-2pm, 5.30-10pm. 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


Jenny Lou’s These Western grocery stores have, along with the usual staples, fresh meat and cheese, unusual pasta shapes, unsweetened yogurt, fresh herbs ... we could go on and on. 1) Bldg 5, Grasse Town, Songzhuang, Tongzhou District. (8951 6858); 2) Beijing Euro Village Branch, Shunyi District. (8046 2316, 8046 3302); 3) Yosemite Branch, Shunyi District. (8041 7063); 4) 8-9.30pm. Chateau Regalia Branch, Shunyi District. (6450 8108); 5) 9am-8pm. River Garden, Shunyi District. (8046 5109); 6) Daily 8am-10pm. Laiguangying Donglu (opposite Heping Hospital), Chaoyang District. (8470 1557); 7) Daily 7.30 am-10pm. Pinnacle Plaza, Shunyi District. (8046 2316/3302); 8) Daily 8am-10pm. Bldg 4, Jianwai Soho, 39 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (5869 2253); 9) Daily 8am-9pm. Inside East Lake Villa Clubhouse, Chaoyang District. (6467 8018); 10) Daily 8am-midnight. 4 Ritan Beilu (opposite to Fancaodi Primary School), Chaoyang District. (8563 0626); 11) Daily 8am-10pm. 6 Sanlitun Beixiaojie, Chaoyang District. (6461 6928); 12) Daily 8am-midnight. South of Chaoyang Park’s West Gate, Chaoyang District. (6501 6249); 13) Daily 8am-midnight. Hairun International Apartment, 2 Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District. (5135 8338) www.�妮璐, 1) 通州区通州区宋 庄镇葛渠村格拉斯小镇5号楼底商; 2) 顺义区 顺义区欧陆苑别墅区对面; 3) 顺义区顺义区优 山美地别墅区; 4) 顺义区顺义区丽高王府别 墅区; 5) 顺义区裕京花园别墅区内; 6) 朝阳 区来广营东路和平医院对面; 7) 顺义区荣祥 广场; 8) 朝阳区东三环中路39号建外Soho4号 楼; 9) 朝阳区东湖别墅会所里; 10) 朝阳区日 坛北路4号(芳草地小学对面); 11) 朝阳区三里 屯北小街6号; 12) 朝阳区朝阳公园西门南侧; 13) 朝阳区将台路2号海润国际公寓底商

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 10am-2pm, 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)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 10am-10pm. 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

Collagen Hotpot Chinese women believe that collagen promotes beautiful skin. Eying this belief to be a viable business market, Collagen Hotpot serves high-quality hot pot at a cost. Popular choices include the Chinese caterpillar fungus and cattle tail broth, snow saussurea and blackened chicken broth, Japanese kombu seafood broth and green papaya and abalone broth. Daily 11am -2am. Station 1 of Workers’ Stadium, Gongti Bei Lu, Chaoyang District. (6553 9997) 旬鲜胶原蛋白火锅, 朝阳 区朝阳区工体北路工人体育场北门内1号

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 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

Z.Y.X. HYC Don’t miss the “lion head” meatballs and wild mountain greens, a native specialty. Daily 9.30am-2pm, 4.30-10pm. 5 Haoyun Jie, 29 Zaoying Lu, Chaoyang District. (5867 0276) 南国紫钰轩, 朝阳区枣营路29号 好运街5号

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

Life List A cozy Hunnan courtyard restaurant with rattan furniture. The menu is prix fixe (RMB 100 per person) with an assortment of Hunan standards prepared by chefs native to the region. Daily 10am-10pm. 14 Dajingchang Xixiang, Gulou Dongdajie, Dongcheng District. (8402 8460) 东城区鼓楼东大街大经厂 西巷14号

Liujia Guo Hunan restaurant famous for its bu er guo – a fish soup served in a huge clay pot that can feed four. Daily 10am-11pm. 19 Nanheyan Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6524 1487) 刘家锅, 东城区南河沿大街19号 Xiang Ming Yuan Xiangcai favorites like hongshaorou (braised pork in claypot) and duojiao yutou (fish heads with sweet peppers). Daily 9.30am-2pm, 4.30-11pm. 1 Gongti Nanlu, Workers’ Stadium south gate, Chaoyang District. (6552 5493) 湘明园, 朝阳区工体南路1号

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

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

Red Capital Club The courtyard setting capitalizes on nostalgic kitsch and well-known Beijing dishes. Daily 6pm-midnight. 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 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)

Khan Baba Pakistani Restaurant This Pakistani restaurant features a bargain buffet lunch. The "Chinese" portion of their menu is a little more extensive than you'd expect. Daily 11am-3pm, 6-10.30pm. Southwest corner of Pacific Century Plaza, 4 Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6506 0976) 汗巴巴巴基 斯坦餐厅, 朝阳区工体北路4号院 (太平洋百货 南门对面)

Mirch Masala Tasty, authentic and affordable in a pleasant, well-lit environment. Vegan friendly. Delivery also available. 1) Mon 5-10.30pm; Tue-Sun 11am-2.30pm, 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) 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, www. 朝阳区三里屯路81号那里 花园4层

Punjabi Indian Restaurant The Beijing branch is the seventh store of this nationwide chain and serves up tasty Punjabi cuisine

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 10.30am-2pm, 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 10.30am-10.30pm. 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 Reader Restaurant Awards. 1) Daily 10am-midnight. 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

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



DIRECTORY / DINING with a focus on tandoor-roasted meats. Buffet specials on Tue, Fri and Sat nights. Daily 11.15am-11.15pm. C-8, 2/F, Lucky Street, Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (5867 0221/23) 本杰

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

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Raj Indian Restaurant and Bar Authentic Indian cuisine at reasonable prices. Situated in a charming courtyard the restaurant boasts a charming view. Daily 11am-11pm. 31 Gulou Xidajie (west of the Drum Tower), Xicheng District. (6401 1675, 8403 7462, cn) 拉兹印度餐厅, 西城区鼓

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LMPlus Run by Massimo Masili from L'Isola's, LMPlus offers a simple decor for about 20 people at four tables. It serves simple but tasty Italian fare and has a great by-the-glass wine selection. A wine room favoring Italian bottles with a table can seat 10 people. Daily 10am11pm. 103, Tower 10 Central Park, 6 Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6533 6366)


The Taj Pavilion Friendly management and some of Beijing’s finest Indian food 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, 7.30-10pm. 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

The Tandoor Good food, mirrored walls and Indian dancers are just enough to distract from the high prices and overly formal service. Daily 11.30am-2pm, 5.30-10.30pm. 1/F, Zhaolong Hotel, 2 Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6597 2211, 6597 2299 ext 2112) 天都里印度餐 厅, 朝阳区工体北路2号兆龙饭店1层

Yadgar This small Sanlitun dive specializes in Indian snack food, including highly recommended samosas. North Sanlitun South Building 42, Chaoyang District. (6416 1877) 朝 阳区三里屯南42


Ciro’s Pomodoro This spacious Italian diner has nightly performances, DJs, live bands, a long extended bar, and alfresco seating. Daily 11am-3am. 81 Sanlitun Beilu, Chaoyang District. (5208 6008) 波莫多洛, 朝阳区三里屯 北路81号

Cornerstone With family-friendly service, this trendy place specializes in Italian “feelgood food”, a designation that includes thincrust pizzas, homemade pasta, and a variety of entrees, from codfish to grilled chicken, as well as bargain set lunches. Daily 11am1.45pm 5-8.45pm. Unit 105, World Financial Center, 1 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (5981 7578/79) 薏, 朝阳区东三环中路 1号环球金融中心105

Danieli’s Elegant Italian restaurant in the St. Regis hotel offers classic Italian fare, including freshly made pasta and a selection of Italian wines. Set business lunch menus are more appealing for diners on a budget. Mon-Fri 11.30am-2pm, 6-10pm, Sat-Sun 6-10pm. 2/F, St Regis Hotel, 21 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6460 6688 ext 2441) 丹尼 艾丽意大利餐厅, 朝阳区建国门外大街21号国际 俱乐部饭店2层

ITALIAN Alla Osteria A solid choice for Piemontesestyle 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

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; 7) 朝阳 区东三环南路2号瑞赛大厦商务楼1层(雅诗阁服 务公寓对面)

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 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

Cepe Authentic northern Italian cuisine in a modern, trendy setting. Daily 11am-2.30pm,



Metro One of Beijing’s oldest Italian restaurants, where diners can match sauces and freshly made pastas. Mon-Fri 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 11am-11.30pm. 1/F, The Westin Beijing, 9B Jinrong Jie, Xicheng District. (6606 8866 ext 7815) 意大利餐厅, 西城区金融 大街乙9号北京金融街威斯汀大酒店1层

Ristorante Sadler Owned by two-star Michelin chef Claudio Sadler, this restaurant delivers well-executed dishes in a contemporary fine-dining setting. Daily noon-2pm, 6.30-10.30pm. Ch’ien Men 23, 23 Qianmen Dongdajie, Dongcheng District. (6559 1399) 东 城区前门东大街23号

River Club Restaurant This stylish highclass Italian restaurant serves up well-plated Italian dishes with some European influences. It is owned by the Sacco Family, who also own a two-Michelin star restaurant in Italy. Daily 11.30am-10.30pm. 53 Maizidian Xijie (East Side of FX Hotel), Chaoyang District. (6508 0667) 中意汇北京餐厅, 朝阳区麦子店西街53号 (富驿时尚酒店东侧)

Tavola Excellent Neapolitan-style Italian cuisine in a setting that works equally well for intimate dinners or group events. Business set lunch RMB 108-138. Daily 11.30am-2.30pm, 6pm-10.30pm. 2/F, The Grand Summit, Section B, Liangmaqiao Diplomatic Mansion, 19 Dongfang Donglu, Chaoyang District. (8532 5068) 塔沃拉意大利餐厅, 朝阳区东方东路19号亮马桥外交公寓会所2层

Trattoria La Gondola Typical Italian entrees include pastas, pizzas, seafood and veal. Elegant décor, quality service and the welldeveloped wine list could almost convince you that you’re in Venice. Daily 11.30am2.30pm and 5.30-11pm. Lufthansa Center, 50 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6465 3388 ext 5707) 意大利威尼斯餐厅, 朝阳区亮马


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 11.30am-11pm. 16 Dongsanhuan Lu (next to CD Jazz Club), Chaoyang District. (6503 3871); 3) Daily 11am-11pm. West Gate of Soho New Town, 88 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (8589 8366); 4) Daily 11am-11pm. A1 Nongzhan Nanlu (near the west gate of Chaoyang Park), Chaoyang District. (6591 1931); 5) Daily 11am-11pm. Jiuxianqiao, Jiangtai Lu, Shangye Jie, Chaoyang District. (6436 3735); 6) Daily 11.30am-11pm. Across from Western Academy Beijing, 5 Laiguangying Donglu, Chaoyang District. (8470 4768) 7) Daily 11am-11pm. 1/F, Ruisai Business Building (opposite the Ascott Beijing), 2 Dongsanhuan Nanlu, Chaoyang District (6568 5890) 安妮, 1) 朝阳区神路街

understated 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


Di Napoli Ristorante With imported pasta noodles and liquor lining the shelves, this two-floor restaurant offers food made from high-quality ingredients from thin-crust pizzas to homemade pastas. A private wine room is available with free sommelier service. Daily 10.30am-10:30pm. C-10, Lucky Street, 1 Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang District.(5867 0263) 拿波里餐厅, 朝阳区朝阳公 园路好运街C-10号

Fratelli Fresh The spotless open kitchen produces fresh Tuscan-fare: pastas, woodfired pizzas, meat and fish, as well as large T-bone steaks. Daily 10.30am-2.30pm, 5-10.30pm. 1/F, Renaissance Beijing Capital Hotel, 61 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (5863 8203) 朝阳区朝阳区东三环中路 61号北京富力万丽酒店1层

Invito Stylish Italian restaurant good for both a shopping spree rest stop and a romantic evening meal. Daily 11am-10.30pm. 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

La Cascina The bold and funky colors will lift any mood. The menu offers grilled fish, pizzas, appetizers, soups, pastas, risottos, and desserts. Lunch specials (RMB 58-78). Daily 11am-11pm. Shop 101, Bldg 4, China Central Place, 89 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (5203 6809) 卡思契纳意大利餐厅, 朝阳区建国路89号 华贸公寓4号楼101号

L'Isola Decent Italian food in a stylishly-

Va Piano Newly renovated, this hotel eatery serves freshly baked pizza, authentic pastas, sinful sweets and a long list of wines. Daily 11.30am-2.30pm, 5.30-10pm. InterContinental Beichen, 8 Beichen Xilu, Chaoyang District. (8437 1188) 朝阳区北辰西路8号

JAPANESE Du The first floor is an oriental red-and-black themed bar while upstairs features an exquisitely designed Japanese restaurant offering good-quality sashimi and rolls with a sushi bar as well as traditional Nipponese low tables and sunken seating. Daily 11.45am-2pm; 5.3010pm. E110-E112 World City, 10 Dongdaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (8590 7466) 朝阳区东大 桥路10号世界城E110-E112

Geba Geba Contemporary Japanese cuisine in a simple but elegant setting. Sushi and sashimi are done with style by an authentic Japanese chef. Daily 11.30am-2pm, 5.30-11pm. 23 Guandongdian Beijie, Chaoyang District. (6592 4305) 朝阳区关东店北街23号 Gin Chow down on some of Japan’s best bar snacks in the sleek dining room of this izakaya. Daily 6pm-2am. 501, E-Tower, 12C Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6592 6198) 呤, 朝阳区 光华路12号丙数码01大厦501室

Haru Teppanyaki and Sushi Bar Simple, elegant collection of small private rooms each featuring a teppenyaki grill as the centerpiece. Costly but delicious. Daily 11.30am-2pm, 5.30pm-10pm. 1) Unit N4-30, 3/F, Sanlitun Village North, 11 Sanlitun Road, Chaoyang District. (6415 2112); 2) 902 Pinnacle Plaza,

Jingshun Lu, Shunyi District. (8046 5112) 尚 水长廊铁板烧餐厅, 1) 朝阳区三里屯路11号院 (Village北区)能号楼3层N4-30单元; 2) 顺义区 天竺镇开发区荣祥广场902

Hatsune Alan Wong’s first Beijing restaurant 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

Invincible Ramen All the elements combine for Beijing’s most divine ramen. Daily 11am10.30pm. 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

Isshin Fans rave about the delicious tonkatsu, served with lashings of plum sauce, shredded cabbage, rice and miso. 1) Daily 11am-1.30pm, 5-9.30pm. 2/F, Bldg 1, Overseas Student Dormitory, Beijing Normal University, Haidian District. (5880 9785); 2) Sun-Thu 11am-2pm, 5-10pm, Fri-Sat 11am-2pm, 5-11pm. Door 3, Bldg B, Ziguang Development Plaza, 11 Huixin Dongjie, Chaoyang District. (6482 3600); 3) Sun-Thu 11am-2pm, 5-10pm, Fri-Sat 11am2pm, 5-11pm. 35 Chengfu Lu (30m north of the traffic lights next to Wudaokou subway station), Haidian District. (8261 0136); 4) Daily 11.30am-2pm, 5.30-10pm. Rm 1501, Bldg 15, Jianwai Soho, 39 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (5869 5769) 一心日本料理, 1) 海淀区北京师范大学留学生公寓二层; 2) 朝 阳区惠新东街11号紫光发展大厦B座3单元; 3) 海 淀区城府路35号院(五道口城铁站旁信号灯往北 30米路西院内); 4) 朝阳区东三环中路39号建外 Soho15号楼1501

Kagen Stainless steel tables and cool electronica music accompany tasty marinated meat grilled fresh at each table. Daily 10.30am2pm, 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

Kura Kura Run by the owner of Ichikura, this space is a fully-stocked Japanese bar offering a short menu of curries and other Westernized Japanese food such as croquettes and milk pudding. Daily 10.30am-1am. Unit 1-101, 29 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6415 1550) 藏 藏, 朝阳区三里屯路29号楼1-101

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 11am-2.30pm, 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

Matsushin This Shin Kong Place Japanese restaurant serves authentic Japanese cuisine in a sleek, modern environment (think glass, metal and mood lights) and is packed at lunch - but worth the wait. Daily 11.30am-2pm, 5.3010pm. 2/F, West Area, Hanwei Plaza, 7 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6561 2535) 松伸日 本料理, 朝阳区光华路7号汉威大厦西区2层

Morio Chef Morio Sakayori offers traditional Japanese cuisine and modern updates. Fusion sashimi, fusion sushi and fatty carpaccio are signature dishes. Daily 10am-2.30pm, 5.3010.30pm. 1/F, Hotel G, 7 Gongti Xilu, Chaoyang District (6551 6999) 朝阳区工体西路7 Nadaman Nadaman was founded in Osaka, and their high-class, high-priced outposts specialize in kaiseki, or multi-course small dishes using only the freshest ingredients (RMB 260-450 per person). Daily 11.30am-2pm, 5.30-7.30pm. 1) 4/F, China World Summit Wing, China World Trade Center Phase 3, 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6505 2299 ext 6407); 2) 3/F, China World Hotel, 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6505 2266 ext 39) 滩万日本料理, 朝阳区建国门

DIRECTORY / DINING 外大街1号中国大饭店3楼

Naoki Located in the resplendent courtyard setting of the Aman Resort and serving French Kaiseki fare which combines French technique with a Japanese artistry. Daily 12-2.30pm, 610.30pm. Aman Resort at the Summer Palace, 1 Gongmenqianjie, Summer Palace, Haidian District. (5987 9999) 海淀区海淀区颐和园宫门 前街1号

Nishimura Teppanyaki, robatayaki, sushi and more in a stylish setting. Daily 11.30am2.30pm, 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

Niu Xuan An This tiny hidden eatery, tucked behind the curtains of a Japanese butchery, fills up by 7.30pm with a savvy Nippon crowd. Skip the bland shabu shabu and opt for a curry or miso nabe or sukiyaki. Daily 11.30am1.30pm, 5-10.30pm. 1/F Class Hotel, 19 Xinyuanli Xi, Chaoyang District. (6464 3383) 牛 玄庵, 朝阳区新源里西19号格纳斯主题酒店1楼

Oden Hearty Japanese stew and luscious sushi. The affordable sake sets are a great introduction to Japan’s national drink. Daily 6pm-late (reservations essential before 10pm). Rm 204, Taiyue Suites, 16 Nansanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6506 6700) 关东煮, 朝阳区 南三里屯路16号泰悦豪庭2层204室

Sake Manzo This small “dining bar” has a terrific home-style menu and a huge sake (Liangmaqiao) and shochu (Panjiayuan) selection. 1) Daily 11.30am-2pm, 6pm-midnight. 27 Liangmaqiao Lu, Anjialou, Chaoyang District. (6436 1608); 2) Mon-Fri 6pm-midnight; Sat-Sun 11.30am-2pm, 6pm-midnight. 1/F, Yilongfang, Yilongtai Apartment, 28 Panjiayuan Nanli, Chaoyang District. (8770 8767) 慢走日本 烧灼餐厅, 1) 朝阳区安家楼亮马桥路27号; 2) 朝阳区潘家园南里28号漪龙台公寓伊龙坊1层

Seijo Teppanyaki This pricey Japanese restaurant offers teppanyaki, sushi, sashimi and some Western fare like steak and foie gras. The decor boasts a zen garden. An eight-course set menu (RMB 400-500) is available, as well as lunch set menus starting at RMB 48. Daily 11.30am-2.30pm, 5.30pm-10pm. L21 Avenue de Luxe (south of Huaomao center), Chaoyang District. (6533 1570) 成城, 朝阳区华贸中心商 业街L21号

Sushi Bar This Japanese eatery‘s surprisingly extensive menu offers a range of Japanese standards, including sushi sets, hand rolls, salmon sashimi and an excellent range of set lunches with a feeling of cozy refinement. 11am-10pm. 17 Bldg 2, Pingod 22 Art Street, 32 Baiziwan Lu, Chaoyang District. (5876 9193) 盆 赏寿司吧, 朝阳区朝阳区百子湾路32号苹果社区 二是二院艺术街2号楼17房

sushi, sashimi, barbecue and a range of sake and Japanese beers. Daily 11.30am-2.30pm, 6-11pm. 1949–The Hidden City, Courtyard 4, Gongti Beilu (opposite the south gate of Pacific Century Place Mall), Chaoyang District. (6501 1949) 鱼吧, 朝阳区工体北路4号院 (太平 洋百货南门对面)

Yoshi Izakaya Offers a variety reasonablypriced Japanese fare in a spare and cute setting. Mon-Tue 5-11pm, Wed-Sun 11am-11pm. 247 Gulou Dongdajie, Xicheng District. (6405 8072) 耀西居酒屋, 西城区鼓楼东大街247号 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 Ai Jiang Shan This upscale Korean barbecue and seafood restaurant in the Lido area proves that char-grilling and composure can go together. Choose from octopus, sashimi and various cuts of beef. Daily 11am-10pm. North Gate of Si’de Park, 39 Jiangtai Xilu, Chaoyang District. (8456 9511) 爱江山, 朝阳区将台西路四德公园北门



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 11am11pm. 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

Fennel Bistro Chef Christian Hoffman has created a seafood bistro specializing in Mediterranean cuisine where you can enjoy fresh, high-quality food in a stylish and relaxed environment. Daily 11.30am-2.30pm, 6pm-midnight. Hotel Yi, 2 Jiuxianqiao Lu, 798 Yishu Qu, 706 Houjie 1, Chaoyang District. (6436 1818) 朝阳区酒仙桥路2号院798艺术区706后街1号

Greek Delicacy All your Greek favorites served fast and easy. 1) Mon-Fri 11am-9pm, 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

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

Sureño Modern Mediterranean cuisine from a beautiful open kitchen with wood-fired ovens. Voted “Best Mediterranean” in our 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily noon-3.30pm, 6-10.30pm. B1/F, The Opposite House, Sanlitun Village, 11 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6410 5240) 朝阳






Taverna Rustic-chic Mediterranean tavern specializes in paella, lamb dishes and roast suckling pig. Daily 11am-10.30pm. 1949–The Hidden City, Courtyard 4, Gongti Beilu (behind Pacific Century Place), Chaoyang District. (6501 8882) 塔瓦娜, 朝阳区工体北路

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

La La Rib Hotpot Specializes in kimchiflavored pork rib stew. Daily 24 hrs. 412, No.4 Area, Wangjing Xiyuan (Near Wal-mart), Chaoyang District. (6471 4748) 喇喇排骨火锅,

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 10.30am-10.30pm. 17 Gongti Beilu (opposite north gate of Workers’ Stadium), Chaoyang District. (6417 9669) 朝阳


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家思, 朝阳区三里屯路81号那里花园6层

Argo Technically sound Greek fare in a beautifully restored hutong setting. Daily 11.30am11pm. 59 Wudaoying Hutong (100 meters west of Vineyard Café), Dongcheng District. (8403 9748) 东城区五道营胡同59号

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

Korean Goryeo This place specializes in Korean-style hotpots, with large chunks of beef, potato and tofu stewed in a thick soybean paste soup base. Daily 11am-10pm. 1-09, Bldg 1, 39 Courtyard, Shenlu Jie, Chaoyang District. (8561 2577) 高丽王朝牛排酱汤小火锅, 朝阳区神

Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (5208 6061) 米

Mana An intimate Mediterranean eatery in the sleepier side of Sanlitun. The dishes were well presented, tasty and playful in their use of ingredients. 11.30am-10.30pm. 2 Sanlitun Beixiaojie, Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. (6460 6721) 朝阳区朝阳区三里屯北小街2号 Migas Restaurant & Lounge Headed by chefs from Spain and decorated with Miroesque paintings, this stylish restaurant serves up a wide selection of modern Spanish tapas with a good wine selection. Enjoy the views from the terrace on white egg-shaped seats surrounded by green cactus. 6/F, Nali Patio, 81

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) 1001 夜, 朝阳区工体北路兆龙饭店对面

Alameen This unassuming but welcoming Middle Eastern haven is owned and managed by a Palestinian/Lebanese pair. The hummus and baba ganoush are good and customers here tend to stick around after meals chatting, sipping coffee and smoking from the hookah. Daily 9am-midnight. 2 Sanlitun Xiwu Lu, Chaoyang District. (8451 7489) 朝阳区朝阳区三 里屯西五街西2号

Alameer This small Middle Eastern restaurant and bakery serves an assortment of Middle


Suzumei Eel over rice, curry udon, yakitori, sashimi and more at this corner nook Japanese restaurant and bar in Sanyuanli. Mon-Sat 5pmmidnight (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 Tairyo Teppanyaki All-you-can-eat beef, lamb chops, seafood and more, expertly sliced, diced and grilled by knife-wielding chefs. Voted "Outstanding Japanese" in our 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. 1) S2-32, 3/F, Sanlitun Village South, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6416 8075, 6416 0075); 2) 15 Wanliu Zhonglu, Haidian District. (8256 6044); 3) Building E, Shenggu Jiayuan, Anzhen Qiao, Chaoyang District. (6444 8855/66); 4) 305 China View, Gongti Donglu, Chaoyang District. (8587 1180/1); 5) 2/F, Yaxing Mansion, Maizidian Jie, Chaoyang District. (6461 2336) 大渔铁板烧, 1) 朝阳区三里屯路 19号 Sanlitun Village 南区3层S2-32; 2) 海淀 区万柳中路15号; 3) 朝阳区安贞桥胜古家园E座; 4) 朝阳区工体东路中国红街305号; 5) 朝阳区麦 子店街亚星大厦2层

Tori Tei This raucous Japanese BBQ restaurant does a tasty line in chicken, beef and vegetable skewers, washed down with ice-cold Kirin beer and pots of sake. Daily 11am-midnight. 8, Xinyuanli Zhongjie, Chaoyang District. (6461 4513) 朝阳区新源里中街8号 Toro Bar This smart sushi joint showcases

SG Song This contemporary Korean restaurant focuses on light, healthy dishes, and does not use MSG. Daily11.30am-2.30pm 5-10pm. 2/F, Building AB, Vantone Center, 6 Chaoyangmenwai Dajie,Chaoyang District (5907 1879) 朝 阳区朝外大街甲6号万通中心AB座二层

Sorabol High-priced chain of Korean restaurants serves standards like bulgolgi, banfan and delicious raw beef. 1) Daily 9am-10pm. 2/F, Landmark Towers, 8 Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6590 0630); 2) Daily 10am10pm. Basement, Lufthansa Centre, Chaoyang District. (6465 3388 ext 5720) 萨拉伯尔, 1) 朝 阳区东三环北路8号亮马河大厦二层; 2) 朝阳区 燕莎地下一层

Tunmalu Rib and Potato Soup This Wangjing restaurant is famous for its namesake – pork rib and potato stew. Daily 11am-midnight. 402-2, North Gate of No.4 Area, Wangjing Xiyuan, Chaoyang District. (6474 4658) 豚玛露脊骨土豆汤, 朝阳区望京西园



DIRECTORY / DINING Eastern staples (hummus, falafel etc.) as well as a variety of baked good and desserts. Daily 8am-midnight. East side of the Class Fotel, 19 Xinyuanli Xi (north of International SOS/Kunsha Center on Xindong Lu), Chaoyang District., Chaoyang District. (8451 6888 ext 8116) 安米

太百货7层; 3) 海淀区大钟寺太阳园小区西门

SOUTHEAST ASIAN Asian Star This long-running restaurant serves a mishmash of Indian, Thai, Singaporean and Malaysian cuisines. Daily 11am2.30pm, 5-10.30pm. 26 Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6582 5306) 亚洲之星新马

尔, 朝阳区朝阳区新源里西19号格纳斯主题酒店 东侧(新东路昆莎中心以北)

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 District. (6467 2961, 吧嗒饼, 朝阳区三

印, 朝阳区东三环北路26号

The Bak Kut Teh Specialist Reminiscent of a lao Beijing hole in the wall, the eponymous dish here is a Malaysian stew of pork ribs cooked for several hours in a soup of medicinal herbs and served with a chili and garlic dip. Daily 10am-10.30pm. 7-6 Xingguang Dadao, Fulicheng, Shuangjing, Chaoyang District. (134 0114 7715) 美味肉骨茶, 朝阳区双井富力城星光


Dareen Coffee This Sanlitun spot serves up delicious salads, sandwiches, hummus and falafel, as well as great coffees, beer and cakes. The small terrace is usually filled up in the summertime. Daily 7am-midnight. 29 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6415 0557) 达琳咖啡, 朝阳 区三里屯路29号

El Wajh The aromatic flavors of lamb, chicken, or fish tagines are the highlight of Face Beijing’s Moroccan dining area. Fri-Sat 5.30-11pm, Sun-Thu 5.30pm-10.30pm. Face Beijing, 26 Gongti Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (6551 6788) 朝阳区工体南路26号

Jerusalem This small Muslim butcher shop sells an assortment of fresh meats (beef, lamb, chicken and fish) and a wide range of related dishes based on the owner Jordanian background, Daily 11am-9pm. Rm 102, Bldg 4, 29 Sanlitun Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6416 3569) 耶路撒冷, 朝阳区三里屯北路29号4门102室

Ibn Battouta Delicious and inexpensive regional specialties, including lamb couscous, tagines and hariar soup. End your meal with traditional mint tea. 4-103 China View Building (in the alley north of Danger Doyle’s across from Pullman Steak), 2 Gongti Donglu, Chaoyang District. (8587 1255, 139 1141 5052) 摩洛哥餐厅, 朝阳区朝阳区工体东路甲2号红街 大厦4-103

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Savor Tamarind’s Rumali Roll, a Northern Indian “handkerchief bread” used to wrap chicken tikka, lamb or vegetarian dishes. Pyro Pizza Classic thin-crust pizza served up with a good selection of affordable draft beers. Daily 11am-3am. B1/F, Bldg 12, Huaqing Jiayuan, Wudaokou (5 min from Wudaokou subway station), Haidian District. (8286 6240) 海淀区五道口华清嘉园12号楼地下1层

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

QINGHAI, NINGXIA & GANSU Lanzhou Hotel Restaurant Gansu natives swear by this place for its authentic, fresh ingredients sourced from the northwestern province, as well as “outstanding cold noodles (niangpi) and jiu bei zi, a regional sweet wine made from grains and wheat. Bldg 5 (inside the Jing Hui Jia Yuan complex), 58 Xizhimen Wai Dajie, Xicheng District. (8229 1133 ext 108) 兰州宾馆餐厅, 西城区西城区西直门北大街 58号院金晖嘉园小区5号楼


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

PIZZA Gung Ho! Gourmet Pizza Factory Pizza delivery service offering ten “gourmet” toppings featuring wine-soaked blackcurrants, fresh pesto and New Zealand mozzarella. Daily 11am-midnight. Bldg. 3, China View, (rear side, opposite City Hotel), Gongti Donglu, Chaoyang District. (8587 1404/1370) www. 叫板!比萨, 朝阳区工体东路 中国红街3号楼

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 Kro’s Nest Soft opening from mid-December. Kro returns with a “re-hatched“ menu including ten new specialty pizzas, Kro’s curly fries and other innovations. The bar stays open late. Mon-Thu 11am-1am (full menu served until 11pm), Fri-Sun 11am-2am (full menu served until midnight). 35 Xiaoyun Lu (50m northeast of Bellagio), Chaoyang District. (no tel) www. 鸟巢,朝阳区霄云路35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 10.30am-midnight. 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

SHANGHAI Mei Wei Zhai Specializes in xiaolong bao and other Shanghainese specialties (including crab rice cakes) at agreeable prices. 35 Baiguang Jie (southwest corner of Niujie), Xuanwu District. (6356 7321) 美味斋, 宣武区白广路35号牛街 西南边

Xiao Nan Guo This Shanghai chain serves traditional Shanghai cuisine in a contemporary interior. Daily 11am-9.45pm. 4/F City Mall, 1 Xinyuan Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (40 0820 9777) 小南国, 朝阳区新源南路1号都汇天 地商场4层

SHANXI & SHA’ANXI Huanghe Shui Shaanxi Mianguan This 24-hour restaurant serves hand-pulled Sha’anxi noodles, dumplings, rou jia mo and more. The Gongti location is nicer than the Meishuguan location, but both are great for no-nonsense late night eats. Daily 24 hours. 1) 24 Meishuguan Dongjie, Dongcheng District. (6404 4526); 2) 6 Workers’ Stadium East Gate (inside the east gate on the north side of the stadium), Chaoyang District. (5842 6260) 黄河 水陕西面馆, 1) 东城区美术馆东街甲24号; 2) 朝阳区工人体育场东门内6号看台北侧

Jin Yang Restaurant The first Shanxi restaurant to open up in Beijing after the revolution. The noodles are still very impressive but most people come for the signature duck. Daily 10.30am-2pm, 5-9pm. 241 Zhushikou Xidajie,

Xuanwu District. (6303 1669) 晋阳饭店, 宣武区 珠市口西大街241号

Noodle Loft Homestyle Shanxi dishes and noodles in a posh environment. Try the youmian, a steamer basket full of shotgun shell-shaped noodles. Daily 11am-10pm. 1) 18 Baiziwan Lu (south of Soho New Town), Chaoyang District. (6774 9950/ 5372) 面酷, 1) 朝阳区百子湾路18号(Soho现代城往南

Paomo Guan An assortment of perfect, fluffy noodles with a lively, traditional ambiance. Daily 11am-2.30pm, 5-10pm. 53 Chaonei Nanxiaojie, Dongcheng District. (6525 4639) 泡馍馆, 东城区朝内南小街53号

SICHUAN Chuan Ban Its location in the first floor of Sichuan province’s Beijing rep office fuels its reputation as the most authentic Sichuan cuisine in town. Voted “Outstanding Sichuan” in our 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. Mon-Fri 7-9am, 10.50am-2pm, 4.50-9.30pm; Sat-Sun 7am-10pm. 5 Gongyuan Toutiao, Jianguomennei Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6512 2277 ext 6101) 川办餐厅, 东城区建国门内贡院头条5号 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 Gold Barn Genuine Sichuan set meals in a classical setting – all the furniture is for sale. 1) Daily 10.30am-1.30am. 1 Sanlitun Beixiaojie, Chaoyang District. (6463 7389); 2) Daily 10.30am-2am. 52 Sanlitun Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (6502 5142) 金谷仓, 1) 朝阳区三里屯 北小街1号; 2) 朝阳区三里屯南路52号

Longshun Yuan Mala Xiangguo Long Shun Yuan’s knack for impossibly potent spice has won it a devoted following. Calling ahead is recommended. Daily 9am-midnight. 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

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 noon-midnight. 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)

Malacca Legend Elaborate Malaysian restaurant boasts serene water views (Luoma Lake location) and zesty Southeast Asian cuisine. Daily 11am-10pm. 1) 1/F Building B, Ocean International Center, 58 East 4th Ring Road, Chaoyang District. (5908 0075); 2) On the banks of Luoma lake, Houshayu, Shunyi District. (8049 8902) 马六甲传奇, 1) 朝阳区朝 阳区东四环路58号远洋国际中心B座1层; 2) 顺义 区后沙峪镇罗马湖畔

The Orient Kitchen Affordable Asian crowdpleasers (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

SPANISH Agua Fine Spanish dining. 4/F, Nali Patio, 81 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (5208 6076) 朝 阳区三里屯路81号那里花园4层

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. Noon-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) 朝阳区三里屯北路81号那里 花园3层

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) Imaginatively decorated chain of restaurants catering to a young, affluent crowd. Voted “Outstanding Sichuan” in our 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. 1) Daily 11am-midnight. 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

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

DIRECTORY / DINING 3) Daily 11am-4am. 35 Xiaoyun Lu, 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, 5.30pm-midnight. 6 Gongti Xilu (ground floor of the Gongti 100 bowling alley), Chaoyang District. (6552 5066); 2) Daily 11am-10pm. Bldg 4, Xinzhongguancun Dasha, 19 Zhongguancun Dajie, Haidian District. (8248 6288) 欣叶, 1) 朝阳区工体西路 6号(工体100一层); 2) 海淀区中关村大街19号 新中关大厦4楼

Ole Spanish Restaurant This Spanish restaurant.consists of three floors: the first is a bar and lounge, the second is for tapas, and the top floor focuses on fine dining. Delivery service now available. Sun-Wed 11am-midnight, Thu 11am-2am, Fri- Sat 11am-4am. Courtyard 4, Gongti Beilu (next to Salsa Caribe), Chaoyang District. (6595 9677) 朝阳区 工体北路4号院(卡利宾旁边)

STEAKHOUSES The Astor Grill Grain-fed tenderloin steak, cigars and an extensive wine list. Lovely terrace. Mon-Fri 11.30am-2pm; daily 6-10pm. 3/F, St. Regis Hotel Apartments, 21 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6460 6688 ext 2637) 艾斯特扒房, 朝阳区建国门外大街21号国际俱乐 部饭店公寓3层

The Butcher’s Steakhouse Home of the 3kilo burger, this restaurant also offers burgers, steaks, lamb chops and more, along with a selection of fine meats for sale. Daily 11am11pm. 8 Dongzhimenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6413 0577; 150 1082 1675) 朝阳区东

THAI Patara Uber-posh, globe-trotting Thai chain serves delectable renditions of Thai specialties using premium ingredients. Daily 11am-2.30pm, 5-10.30pm. 6/F Jinbao Palace, 88 Jinbao Jie, Dongcheng District. (8522 1678) 泰廷泰式料理, 东城区东城区金宝街88号汇 6层601室

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, 5pm-10.30pm. 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


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


Grange This steakhouse serves mean and delicate cuts with dipping sauces doled out of beakers and pipettes. Mon-Fri 11.30-3pm (lunch), daily 5.30-11pm (dinner). 2/F, Westin Beijing Chaoyang, 7 Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (5922 8888) 朝阳区东三环北 路7号金茂北京威斯汀大饭店

Outback Steakhouse Not Australian, but made up to feel like it. Yankee-sized portions with prices to match. Their signature appetizer is a massive onion thrown in the deep fryer. 1) Mon-Thu 5-10.30pm, Fri-Sun 11am10.30pm. Inside the north gate of Workers’ Stadium, Chaoyang District. (6506 5166); 2) Daily 11am-11pm. 1/F, Beijing Hotel (east side of Bldg A), Dongcheng District. (6528 2858) 澳 拜客, 1) 朝阳区工人体育场北门内东侧; 2) 东 城区北京饭店1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

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 11am10pm. 6/F, Shin Kong Place, 87 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (6530 5658); 2) Daily 11am5am. 6 Gongti Xilu, south of the Gongti 100 Bowling Alley, Chaoyang District. (6551 3533);

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 Loving Mum’s Vegan Cuisine This cozy restaurant features organic vegetarian cuisine. Signature dishes include papaya salad and stir-fried Matsutake mushroom. Also offers western-style sweets made without egg or diary. Daily 9.30am-9pm. Courtyard 4, Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6500 1747) 妈妈咪呀蔬食料理, 朝阳区工体北路4号院

Fairy Su The first floor offers simple but nutritious set meals and fresh juices for a quick stop after a Lama Temple tour. The second floor serves a fancier menu of fake meat options which are cooked fast, portioned generously, and served competently. Daily 10am-10pm. 30 Yonghegong Dajie, Dongcheng District (no tel) 素精灵. 东城区雍和宫大街30号 Jing Fun Veggie Café Serves international vegetarian cuisine using no artificial ingredients or MSG in a clean and sleek environment. The menu features dishes made from mushrooms and other pure and natural ingredients. They also make their own tempeh and eggless cakes. 1 Bishui Yuntian, Wanliu Zhonglu, Haidian District. . Daily 10am-10pm. (8256 5205) 净饭, 海淀区万柳中路碧水云天底商 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 11am9.30pm. 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

The CUT Steak & Seafood Grill This stylish, contemporary grill house features an open-flame kitchen offering a wide selection of prime imported beef, market-fresh seafood and poultry. Tue-Sat 6-10.30pm. Fairmont Beijing Hotel, 8 Yong’an Dongli, Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (8511 7777) 朝阳区建


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Flamme International Grill This stylish twofloor bar and grill features American steaks. Lava chocolate cake is a special delight. Daily 11am-midnight. S4-33, Sanlitun Village, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6417 8608) 朝

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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, 紫苏庭, 朝阳区工体北门对面胡同工商银行后

Purple Haze Courtyard 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

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 11am10.30pm. 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

Sukhothai From the decor to the food, Sukothai is pure Thai splendor. Exotic options like Thai-style lobster alongside more traditional staples. Mon-Fri 10.30am-2.30pm, 5pm-midnight; Sat-Sun 10.30am-midnight. 19 Haoyun Jie, Zaoying Lu, Chaoyang District. (5867 0211) 粟库泰泰式餐吧, 朝阳区枣营路好运街19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

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

Xu Xiang Zhai Vegetarians will delight in the all-you-can-eat buffet (RMB 68): offerings include veggie twists on Chinese classics, sushi, dumplings, hot pot and more. Monk sightings are common. Daily 10am-9pm; lunch buffet 11.30am-2pm, dinner buffet 5.30-9pm. 26 Guozijian Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6404 6568) 叙香斋, 东城区国子监大街甲26-1号

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

Luga’s Banh Mi Now This small restaurant serves authentic Vietnamese-style sandwiches garnished with pate, pickled carrot and daikon, and your choice of meat. Pho also on the menu. Daily 10am-11pm. Above Luga’s (opposite Tongli Studio), Sanlitun Houjie, Chaoyang

District. (6413 2786) 朝阳区三里屯后街同里对面 Luga’s Pho Pho Pho and other Vietnamese dishes from the ever-cheerful Luga. Daily 24hrs. Above Luga’s (opposite Tongli Studio), Sanlitun Houjie, Chaoyang District. (6413 2786) 朝阳区三里屯后街同里对面

Muse Parisian Vietnamese Brasserie Modish Indochine eatery with bowls of pho, spring rolls, soups and coffees of both Vietnamese and French persuasion. Voted “Best Vietnamese” in our 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. 1) 10pm-4am. 1/F. Tongli Studios (next to Kokomo entrance), 43 Sanlitun Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6415 6388); 2) Daily 11am11pm. 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

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 10.30am10.30pm. 7 Sanlitun Lu (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

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 10.30am-11pm. 16 Dongsi Liutiao (alley number six, 100m west of Chaonei Beixiaojie), Dongcheng District. (6400 5281) 弯弯的月亮, 东城区东四六条16号

Kashgar Restaurant One of the best Uygur restaurants in the city offers a variety of cumin-spiced roast mutton, hand-pulled noodles, freshly baked nang and a variety of other authentic Kashgar-style snacks. 10am-9.30pm. 60 Pen’er Hutong, Xuanwu District. (6358 2243) 喀什饭庄, 宣武区盆儿胡同60号

Tumaris Fine food and Uyghur-speaking staff and customers attest to this smart restaurant’s authenticity. Daily 11am-11pm. 3/F Fuxing Guoji Zhongxin (100 m south and across the street from the east gate of Chaoyang Hospital), 237 Chaoyang Beilu, Chaoyang District. (8571 5191/2) 突玛丽斯新疆餐厅, 朝阳区朝阳北 路237号复星国际中心三层

Xinjiang Islam Restaurant Hearty Xinjiang cuisine from the people who know it best in Beijing: the staff of Xinjiang province’s Beijing representative office. Daily 11am-10pm. Xinjiang Provincial Government Office, 7 Sanlihe Lu, Xicheng District. (6830 1820) 新疆伊斯兰饭 庄, 西城区三里河路7号

Xinjiang Red Rose The rowdy Red Rose packs ‘em in with nightly music and belly dancing performances. Good for kebabs, but no place for the quiet conversationalist. Voted “Best Xinjiang” in our 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, easy-going hospitality and delicious food. Set menu only. Voted “Outstanding Yunnan” in our 2010 Reader Restaurant 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

In & Out The seasonally rotating menu boasts Dai favorites such as fried potato balls and rice with pineapple, along with a mish-mash of Naxi, Bai, and Wa minority staples including Xishuangbanna roast fish bundled with

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DIRECTORY / DINING – NIGHTLIFE lemongrass, and rich, leathery Shangri-La dried beef. Daily 11am-10pm. 1 Sanlitun Beixiaojie, Chaoyang District. (8454 0086/6467 5235) 一坐一忘, 朝阳区三里屯北小街1号 Little Yunnan Located in a well-preserve courtyard near the old imperial wall, this little restaurant provides Yunnan dishes in a cozy atmosphere, perfect for friendly gatherings or a romantic night out. It also serves great home-brewed rice wine. Daily 11am-midnight. 28 Donghuangchenggen Beijie, Dongcheng District. (6401 9498) 小云南, 东城

interior, this place offers a list of Hangzhou specialties, but thrown into the mix are non-sequiturs like baked seafood with pastis cream. Also serves as a lounge, with a long list of sweets and beverages. After 9.30pm, the rooftop garden becomes a pleasant bar. Daily 11am-2pm, 5-10pm. Gongti Xilu (north side of the Gongti West Gate courtyard), Chaoyang District. (6551 8812) 许仙楼, 朝阳区工体西门 院内北侧s



Xiangcao Xiangcao Yunnan Hotpot This Yunnan-style hot pot chain specializes in mushroom hotpot and tofu platters. The Haidian store is called the “Dali branch,” while the large, CBD location is called the “Lijiang Branch.” Daily 10am-11pm. 1) 2/F Mingshang Building, 55 Suzhou Jie(near west gate of People’s University), Haidian District. (8262 1976); 2) 2/F Xiashing Guoji Zhongxin (below Tumaris), 237 Chaoyang Beilu (south of and across the street from Chaoyang Hospital East Gate), Chaoyang District. (6585 1976) 香草香 草云南原生态火锅, 1) 海淀区海淀区苏州街55号 名商大厦2楼(近人民大学西门); 2) 朝阳区朝 阳区朝阳北路237号复星国际中心2楼(朝阳医院 东门斜对面)

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

No Name Restaurant Burrowed within Houhai’s hutongs, this stylish Yunnan eatery attracts trendsetters eager to escape Yinding Qiao’s neon, noise and tourists. Daily 10.30am-2am. 1 Dajinsi Hutong, Xicheng District. (8328 3061) 无名云南餐吧, 西城区大 金丝胡同1号

South Silk Road Opened by a Beijing-based 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 10.30am-10pm. 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

BARS & CLUBS 12SQM If my home were a pub with a huge selection of liquor, this place would feel just like home. Daily 5.30pm-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 Hefty, dark and covered in graffiti. Featuring mostly rock, metal and punk bands, with shows almost every night. Sun-Thu 8pm-2am, Fri-Sat 8pm-3am. 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)

1F Like 2F, but with draft beer, large food menu and a terrace. Sun-Thu 11am-2am, FriSat 11am-4am. 1/F, Tongli Studio (southwest of 3.3 Shopping Mall), Sanlitun Houjie, Chaoyang District. (6413 0587) 朝阳区三里屯 后街同里1层

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, 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)

751 Tank D-Park Events space inside a disused industrial water tank. Dashanzi art district, 4 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (no tel) 朝阳区酒仙桥路4号798大山子艺术区 798 Art District 4 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (no tel) 798大山子艺术区, 朝阳区酒 仙桥路4号

Alfa A mix of young expat professionals, students and local club-goers. Daily 6pm-3am. 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 5pm2am, Sat-Sun 11am-2am. Bldg 5, 1/F, Solana Shopping Mall, 6 Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (5905 6999) 朝阳区朝阳公园 路6号蓝色港湾国际商区 5-1

Aperitivo 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

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

Kong Yiji They do brisk business with their zuixia (drunken shrimp), dongporou (Dongpo Pork) and huangjiu liquor. 1) Daily 10am-2pm, 4.30-10.30pm. South shore of Shichahai, Deshengmennei Dajie, Xicheng District. (6618 4915/17); 2) Daily 10am-2pm, 4.30-10pm. 322 Dongsi Beidajie, Dongcheng District. (6404 0507); 3) Daily 11am-2pm, 4.30-10.30pm. 6 Zhushikou Dongdajie, Chongwen District. (6707 5151/5252); 4) Daily 11am-2pm, 5pmmidnight. South side of No. 8 Apartments on Chaoyang Gongyuan Xilu, Chaoyang District. (6508 2228); 5) Daily 10am-2pm, 5-10pm. 54A Anli Lu, Chaoyang District. (8480 3966/3977) 孔乙己, 1) 西城区德内大街什刹海后海南岸; 2) 东城区东四北大街322号; 3) 崇文区珠市口东大 街6号(两广路与祈年大街口); 4) 朝阳区朝阳公 园西门8号公馆内南侧; 5) 朝阳区安立路甲54号

Xuxian Lou With a beautiful courtyard and



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 6644) 阿郦雅, 朝阳区建国门外 大街1号中国大饭店二层

Atmosphere Bar Expect spectacular views on a good day at Beijing’s highest bar. Failing that, you can count on the drinks being good. Mon-Fri noon-2am, Sat & Sun noon-4am. 80/F, China World Summit Wing, 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6505 2299 ext 6433) 朝阳区光华路国贸3期80层(中国大饭店北侧)

Bed Minimalist decor is centered around beds (obviously), and cement. Daily 3pm1.30am. 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 this simply

and solidly furnished place has a great glistening refrigerator packed with dozens of Belgian beers, a few from other countries, as well as Belgian beer on tap. 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

Bling Hip-hop club with a Rolls Royce Phantom DJ booth. Exclusive selection of premium single malts, cognacs, and cigars. Wed-Sat 9pm-late. Solana 5-1, 6 Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (5905 6999) 朝阳区朝阳 公园路6号蓝色港湾国际商区 5-1

Blue Frog The Sanlitun branch features a 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 Bookworm Bright, airy and filled with books. Wine list features 40 options. Daily 9am-2am. Courtyard 4, Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6586 9507) 书虫书吧, 朝阳区工体北路 4号院

The Box Find Moosehead, poutine and live ice hockey at this Canadian-run bar. Daily noon-late. 5A Qianmachang Hutong (opposite Cafe Sambal), Jiugulou Dajie, Xicheng District. (6401 3293) 西城区旧鼓楼大街前马厂 胡同甲5号

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

Buzz Chill out and relax in this intimate bar that features signature cocktails and an extensive collection of premium whiskeys, cognacs, wines and ports. Mon-Sat 6pm-1.30am. 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

Café Zarah See Dining directory. Centro A surprisingly comfortable spot to down drinks from bottled beers to blue cheese martinis. Nightly live jazz performances. 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 6pm-midnight. 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

Cheese & Wine Made In Heaven Sun-Wed noon-midnight, Thu-Sat noon-1.30am. 1-15 Chaoyang Gongyuan Xilu (next to Jenny Lou's), Chaoyang District. (6501 2901) 朝阳区朝 阳公园西路1-15号

皇冠假日酒店, 朝阳区北四环中路8号

D-22 A venue for new and experimental music. Tue-Sun 7pm-2am. 242 Chengfu Lu (two doors west of 13 Club), Haidian District. (6265 3177, www. 海淀区成府路242号 Dao Le Wine bar offering everything from wine and food pairing recommendations to bottle and glass storage. Daily 11am-1.30am. 2-012, 22 International Art Plaza, Pingod, 32 Baiziwan Lu, (east of the Today Art Museum), Chaoyang District. (5821 1353) 到了, 朝阳区百 子湾路32号苹果社区二十二院街艺术区2-012(今 日美术馆东侧)

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. Destination packs in a rowdy crowd and is bursting with testosterone on weekends. Daily 8pm-late. 7 Gongti Xilu, Chaoyang District. (6552 8180) 目的地, 朝阳区工体西路7号 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

Drum and Bell The rooftop patio is a great place to catch some sunshine. Daily 1pm2am. 41 Zhonglouwan Hutong, Dongcheng District. (8403 3600) 鼓钟咖啡馆, 东城区钟楼 湾胡同41号

Du Bar with Japanese restaurant on the second floor. Bar currently closed; scheduled to reopen early 2011. Daily 11.45am-2pm, 5.30-10pm (restaurant); 5.30pm-late (bar). E110-E112 World City, 10 Dongdaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (8590 7466) 朝阳区东大桥路 10号世界城E110-E112

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

El Nido/Bar No. 59 Ramshackle little hutong bar where beer selection dwarfs seating capacity by around ten to one. Daily 4pm-last customer leaves. 59 Fangjia Hutong (enter from Andingmennei Dajie), Dongcheng District. (8402 9495) 东城区方家胡同59号(丛安 定门内大街往东走20米)

Enoterra Unpretentious, reasonably priced wine bar that serves good food as well. Voted “Outstanding Wine Selection” in the Beijinger’s 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 6pm2am (until Oct 9); daily 10am-2am (Oct 10 onwards). 4/F, Nali Patio, 81 Sanlitun Beilu, Chaoyang District. (5208 6076) 朝阳区三里屯北 路81号那里花园4层

China Bar With one of the best views in town, this is 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 11.30am-2am. L-137, The Place, 9 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6587 1222) 雪茄 爵士酒吧, 朝阳区世贸天阶 L-137 光华路9号

Coco Banana Coco Banana features a square bar and lounge areas around the dance floor with its modern and shining decor and go-go dancers. Beers start from RMB 30. Daily 9pmlate. 8 Gongti Xilu, Chaoyang District. (8599 9999) 朝阳区工体西路8号 Collage Live jazz from local luminaries at this chilled bar just outside central Lido. Daily 3pm-late. 1/F, Traders Upper East Hotel, 2 Dongsihuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (5907 8432) 客来之, 朝阳区东四环北路2号上东盛贸 酒店1层

Crowne Plaza Wuzhou Five-star hotel. Beisihuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (8498 2288) 五洲

Eudora Station Bar and Restaurant American food, a great terrace and live music. Bump City, featuring singer Greg Carroll (who formerly performed with Robert Palmer), plays a mix of Latin-influenced blues, jazz and rock & roll Wed-Sat 9.30pm-1am. Daily 9am2am. 6 Fangyuan Xilu (opposite Lido Plaza), Chaoyang District. (6437 8331/8813) 朝阳区芳 园西路6号(丽都广场对面)

Factory Bar in the backstreets of Sanlitun. Daily 9pm-late. West side of Yashow Market, Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6417 9048) 朝阳区工体北路雅秀市场西侧

DIRECTORY / NIGHTLIFE 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

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, 7 Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (5922 8000) 朝阳区东三环北路7号金茂北京威

Frank’s Place/Johnny Duck’s Sports bar soon to be rebranded purely as Johnny Duck’s. Daily 24hrs. Jiangtai Xilu, west of Rosedale Hotel, Chaoyang District. (6437 8399)


Molly Malone’s Features everything you’d expect from an Irish pub, from Guinness and folk music to a sushi bar. Daily 10am-2am. Legendale Hotel, 90 Jinbao Jie, Dongcheng District. (6522 7258) 东城区金宝街90号

Fubar A speakeasy with a fine selection of drinks. Sun-Thu 6pm-2am, Fri-Sat 6pm-4am. 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

Fuel Live music and sports, two KTV and Playstation-equipped private rooms and dishes including pizzas, gigantic ribs and a huge hamburger to share. Daily 11am-late. 1/F, Langham Place, 1 Er Jing Lu, Beijing Capital International Airport (southwest of Terminal 3), Chaoyang District. (6457 5555) 朝阳区首 都机场二经路1号朗豪酒店(T3航站楼西南)

George’s Smart cocktail bar from Beijing bar veteran George Zhou. Daily 3pm-2am. Near Gate 12, east side of Workers’ Stadium, Gongti Donglu, Chaoyang District. (6553 6299) 朝阳区 工体东路工人体育场东门内12号进口

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

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, www. 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

Goose ‘n’ Duck Ranch Daily 24hrs. Huairou Beizhai, Huairou District. (6067 1097) www. 鹅和鸭, 怀柔区北寨 Great Leap Brewing Microbrewery in a siheyuan serving home brewed ales, pale ales, porters and other beers. Thu-Sat 5pm-midnight. 6 Doujiao Hutong (from Di'anmenwai Dajie, walk east down Fangzhuanchang Hutong until you hit Doujiao Hutong. Turn right then follow the road round to the left), Dongcheng District. (187 1007 7331) 大跃, 东 城区豆角胡同6号

Green Cap Bar, The Irish-run bar for the Lido-Shunyi crowd. Live sports, Irish bar food and more. Tue-Sun noon-late. Beside Western Academy of Beijing, Laiguangying Donglu (off the Airport Expressway), Chaoyang District. 爱尔兰老人酒吧, 朝阳区来广营东路(北京京西 学校旁边)

Grinders A good selection of beer and affordable wine in a slick modern space with an upstairs mezzanine level. The food menu includes huge hoagies, burgers and other North American classics. Daily 10am-2am. 3-02 Tianzhijiao, 31 Guangqu Lu, Chaoyang District. (8775 1847) 朝阳区广渠路31号东环 18古柏家居二期工程北区3-02号

Han's Bar Bar inside a hutong hotel. Daily 6pm-late. Han's Royal Garden Hotel, 20 Qinlao Hutong, Jiaodaokou Nandajie, Dongcheng District. (8402 5588) 东城区交道口南大街 秦老 胡同20号涵珍园国际酒店

Hard Rock Cafe Burgers, pastas, desserts, cover bands and those ubiquitous T-shirts at this restaurant that saw its heyday in the 1990s. Daily 11.30am-2am. 1/F, Landmark Towers, 8 Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6590 6688 ext 2571) 硬石餐厅, 朝阳区 东三环北路8号亮马河大厦西大堂

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)

The House Two-floor electronic music mecca. Daily 9pm-6am. Workers' Stadium North Gate, Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6551 3936) 朝阳区工体北路工人体育场北门

JAN 22: RED LIGHT REVOLUTION ART AUCTION AND PARTY “Yeah, hold that – you look just like her!” 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)

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) 将 进酒吧, 东城区钟库胡同2号 (鼓楼北门)

Kokomo The lower level Mo Lounge is a minimalist bar with bed-style seats, the upper level one of Beijing’s best terraces. Sun-Thu 6pm-2am, Fri-Sat 6pm-4am. 4/F Tongli Studios, Sanlitun Houjie, Chaoyang District. (6413 1019, www. 朝阳区三里屯后街同里4层 The Kro’s Nest Does pizza taste better when it’s baked by a Beijing folk hero? Probably. 35 Xiaoyun Lu, Chaoyang District. 鸟巢,

lou 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 Provides the simple pleasures sought by bar-goers everywhere: burritos, beer, tequila, chips and salsa, and frozen Margaritas. 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 Basement Televised sports, Australian and American beers and bar snacks including fried chicken and hot dogs. Daily 6pm-late. 1/F (below Luga’s Villa), 7 Sanlitun Beijie (behind 3.3 Shopping Center), Chaoyang District. 朝阳区三里屯北街7号3.3购 物中心后

Luga’s Villa Cheap drinks and Mexican food. Set lunches available Mon-Fri. Daily happy hour 11am-8pm. Voted “Outstanding Mexican” in the Beijinger’s 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 11am-2am. 7 Sanlitun Beijie (behind 3.3 Shopping Center), Chaoyang District. (6416 2575)



Kura Kura Run by the owner of Ichikura, this space is a fully-stocked Japanese bar offering a short menu of curries and other Westernized Japanese food such as croquettes and milk pudding. Daily 10.30am-1am. Unit 1-101, 29 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6415 1550) 藏

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)

藏, 朝阳区三里屯路29号楼1-101

Lan Club This opulently decorated bar was voted “Outstanding for Impressing Visitors” in the Beijinger’s 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 11am-10.45pm. 4/F, LG Twin Towers, 12B Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (5109 6012/13) 兰会所, 朝阳区建国门外大街乙12号LG双子座4层

Lantung By night, the large lakeside seating and plush couches are perfect for a drink or two. Daily 10.30am-2am. 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

Le Petit Gourmand See Dining directory. Link Star Beijing Well-designed house club for comfortable drinking and dancing. Daily 6pm-late. Unit 258, 2/F, Bldg E, World City, 8 Jinhui Lu, Chaoyang District. (8590 7430) 朝阳 区金汇路8号世界城E座2层258号

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

The Loop Shuangjing events space and cafe-bar serving fusion dishes, brunch and a wide selection of wine, beer and cocktails. Daily 11am-2am. 1/F, Bldg 5 (just north of Carrefour), 78 Baiziwan Nan Er Lu, Chaoyang District. (8772 5713) 回路咖啡馆, 朝阳区百子湾

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. SunWed, 7.30pm-4.30am; Thu-Sat, 7.30pm-5am. South Gate of Ritan Park, Chaoyang District. (8562 8142/8143) 美琪, 朝阳区日坛公园南门

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 Some of Beijing’s best cocktails. Daily 5.30pm-late (closed Tuesday). 12 Banchang Hutong (east off Nanluogu Xiang), Dongcheng District. (159 9264 6024) 毛毛虫, 东城 区板厂胡同12号(南锣鼓巷往东走)

M Bar This sleek, elegantly decorated lounge features a circular central bar and a selection of well-mixed cocktails. Daily 6pm-2am. 6/F, Sofitel Beijing, Bldg 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座索菲 特酒店6层

McQueen's Tiny bar aimed mainly at the Destination crowd. 4/F, Tongli Studios, Sanlitun Houjie, Chaoyang District. 朝阳区三 里屯后街同里4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) 朝

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

Nearby the Tree Sister venue of The Tree has a good selection of Belgian beers. Live music on Saturday nights. Daily 11am-midnight (restaurant closes at 10pm). Xingfu Sancun 3 Xiang (behind Yashow, west of Tongli), Chaoyang District. (6413 1522 / 87) 树旁边酒 吧, 朝阳区幸福三村三巷三里屯南33号院内(雅秀 后边同里西边)

Ned’s Run by Aussies who love to drink. Daily 6pm-late. 84 Nanluogu Xiang, Dongcheng District. ( 东城区 南锣鼓巷84号

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

Beijing Okhotsk Beer Microbrewery with four types of beer on tap, as well as decent pizzas. All you can drink for RMB 50 on Tuesdays. Daily 11.30am-12.30am. 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

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. (5914 8087) 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)

The Other Half Two-story bar with a dance floor upstairs. Daily 2pm-late. At the back of International Wonderland, 39 Xingfu Ercun, Chaoyang District. (8444 4484). 朝阳区幸福二 村39号首开广场后面

Paddy O’Shea’s The best Guinness in town at Beijing’s first genuine Irish pub. Quiz nights every Wed from 8pm, with well-sponsored prizes. Daily 10am-late. 28 Dongzhimenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6415 6389) www. 朝阳区东直门外大街28号 Palette Vino Oenophiles recommend this siheyuan wine bar. Daily 11am-10pm. 5 Dongsi Shiyitiao, Dongcheng District. (6405 4855) 派乐坊, 东城区东四十 一条5号

Paulaner Brauhaus One of Beijing’s best choices for authentic, if pricey, German food, the Paulaner brews its own beer. Daily 11am-1am. Kempinski Hotel, 50 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6465 3388 ext 5732)



普拉那啤酒坊餐厅, 朝阳区亮马桥路50号凯宾 斯基饭店

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

Lotus Blue Bar and Restaurant Tintininspired 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)

Migas Spanish restaurant with impressive top-floor terrace and lounge bar offering stunning Sanlitun views. 6/F, Nali Patio, 81 Sanlitun Beilu, Chaoyang District. (5208 6061)

Plush Filled with natural light and overlooking a modern zen garden. Daily 7am-1am. 1/F, The Westin Beijing, 9B Financial Street, Xicheng District. (6606 8866 ext 7825) 西城区

The Irish Volunteer This Irish bar stays true to the Irish culture, Guinness included (RMB 60). This two-room saloon also offers food.

Lucky Man Whiskey and yakitori bar with Gu-

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 (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


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,



DIRECTORY / NIGHTLIFE–STYLE Houshayu, Shunyi District. (8046 2558) 石榴园, 顺义区后沙峪西白辛庄开发路19号

Portal Around-the-clock bar and internet hub. Daily 24hrs. 1/F, Langham Place, 1 Er Jing Lu, Beijing Capital International Airport (southwest of Terminal 3), Chaoyang District. (6457 5555) 朝阳区首都机场二经路1号朗豪 酒店(T3航站楼西南) Press Club Bar Nixon drank here, you know. Daily 5pm-1am. 1/F, St. Regis Hotel Beijing, 21 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6460 6688 ext 2360) 记者吧, 东城区建国门外 大街21号北京国际俱乐部饭店1层

Punk A mixture of urban and neo-Gothic where big name DJs spin an eclectic mix. TueSat 8pm-3am. B1/F, The Opposite House, Bldg 1, Sanlitun Village, 11 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6410 5222, www. 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 10pmmidnight, RMB 25 pitchers and RMB 15 mixed drinks, 6 tequila shooters for RMB 50. Daily 11am-3am. B1/F, Bldg 12, Huaqing Jiayuan, Wudaokou (5 min from Wudaokou subway station), Haidian District. (8286 6240) 海淀区五

Daily 10am-2am. Gongti Xilu (opposite west gate of Workers' Stadium), Chaoyang District. (6507 2617) 朝阳区 工体西路(工人体育场西门对面)

The Smuggler’s Daily 8pm-late. 43Sanlitun Beijie (opposite Kai), Chaoyang District (138 0107 1230) 朝阳区三里屯后街43号开吧对面 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) 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 Party on a fake boat. MonFri 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 Stumble Inn Over 100 beers, a pool table, darts and menu of pub grub make this one of the Village’s best bars. Daily 10am-2am. S3-31, 3/F, Sanlitun Village South, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6417 7794) 朝阳区三里 屯路19号三里屯Village南区3号楼3层S3-31


The Ritz-Carlton Bar Light live music and a lounge atmosphere. Daily 5pm-1am. The RitzCarlton Beijing, 83A Jianguo Road, Chaoyang District. (5908 8131) 丽思卡尔顿吧, 朝阳区朝阳 区建国路93号华贸中心

The Saddle Cantina Tacos downstairs, a fuller range of Tex-Mex upstairs, and arguably Beijing’s strongest margaritas. Daily 11am-late. Nali Patio, 81 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (5208 6005) 朝阳区三 里屯路81号那里花园2层

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. 卡利宾拉丁舞俱乐部, 朝阳区 工体北路4号院(藏酷斜对面)

Salud Fine rums. Mon-Fri 3pm-late, Sat-Sun noon-late. 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) 朝阳区 工体西路甲7号北京极栈内

School Wudaoying Hutong bar started by a consortium of Beijing and Shanghai-based events promoters serves as a “refuge for alternative music fans seeking electro fun.” Daily 8pm-late. 53 Wudaoying Hutong, Chaoyang District. (6402 8881, schoolbegins@gmail. com) 朝阳区五道营胡同53号 Showboat Party on a real boat. Have a drink on the upstairs deck, dance downstairs in the cabin. 8 Liangmahe Nanlu (west of Sanlitun Beijie), Chaoyang District. (6467 6877) 朝阳区 亮马河南路8号(三里屯北街西边)

Siif The basement looks like a broke frathouse dance floor, the ground level is a bar, and the upstairs is a chill-out area with a balcony. Come here to hide. Daily 1pm-2am. 67 Beiluogu Xiang, Dongcheng District. (6406 9496) 如果, 东城区鼓楼东大街北锣鼓巷67号 Solidaz Relaxed, high-end bar for the sports and late-night crowds, featuring regular live music from an experienced band. Also features one of Beijing's outstanding terraces.




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

Yugong Yishan This live music venue is a perfect spot for more discriminating drunken debauchery. Daily 7pm-late. 3-2 Zhangzizhong Lu (100m west of Zhangzizhong Lu subway station), Dongcheng District. (6404 2711, 愚公移山, 东

Vineyard Wine Experience Designed for parties, wine tastings and corporate events. It claims to be the first “DIY” winemaking facility in Beijing. Daily 9am-9pm. Unit 1030, 3/F, Bldg 10, Jianwai Soho, 39 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (5128 9169) www.vwe99. com 梵雅红酒体验坊, 朝阳区东三环中路39号建 外Soho西区10号楼商铺三层1030

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. Tue-Sun 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 vodkainfused cocktails. Sun-Thu 6pm-2am, Fri-Sat 6pm-3am. 2/F, Westin Beijing Chaoyang, 7 Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (5922 8888 ext 8112) 朝阳区东三环北路7号金茂北京

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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

Zuiyuefang Bar Rock and folk bands every weekend. Daily 4.30pm-late. 18 Andingmen Xidajie (30m east from north end of Beiluogu Xiang), Dongcheng District. (6405 4482) 醉 乐坊, 东城区安定门西大街18号(北锣鼓巷北口 东侧30米)

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Tim’s 熏烤房, 朝阳区东大桥路14号贵友大厦 正北200米

Yue Restaurant & Bar Underground twofloor palace serves food and hosts regular parties. Daily 10am-2pm, 5.30-10pm. 1-7 Lucky Street, 1 Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (5867 0285) 悦悦餐厅酒吧, 朝阳区朝阳

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Tao Yao Bar Tibetan-themed bar offers a pleasant hangout, except when Friday’s Yak-Tipping party brings all-you-can-drink chaos and riotous tunes from the amiable DJ. Daily 1pm-midnight. Beiguanfang Hutong (southwest of Houhai Nanyan, 300m west of Yinding Bridge), Xicheng District. (8322 8585, 桃之夭夭, 西城区后

Tim’s Texas Bar-B-Q Meat-eater friendly bar-restaurant with popular quiz night. 2 for 1 happy hour every Monday-Friday from 3-7pm. Daily 9am-midnight. 14 Dongdaqiao Lu (on the corner of Guanghua Lu), Chaoyang District. (6591 9161)

Yes Bar Bar featuring drinks, hookah and a gallery space. Daily 6pm-late. 55 Fangjia Hutong, Dongcheng District. (131 4675 1815, 好吧, 东城区方家胡


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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


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) 糖果, 1) 东城

Yan Club Wine and cocktails, cigars, live music and all-day dining. Daily 11.30am2.30am. 1/F, Kunlun Hotel, 2 Xinyuan Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (6590 3690) 朝阳区新源南路


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) 威克斯, 朝阳





Surprise Around 150 different cocktails, with sushi also on the menu. First beer is on the house. Daily happy hour 6-9pm throughout the month features half-price cocktails. Rm 3912, Bldg A, Soho New Town, 88 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (8580 3169) 二马酒食, 朝阳

Xiu A summer-friendly terrace plus much more in the luxuriant lounge. Mon-Fri 11.30am-2.30pm, 6pm-late, Sat-Sun 6pm-late. 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

Twilight Cocktails made with style, and hard-to-find whiskeys. Pizza, pasta and other snacks available. Mon-Sat 11.30am-2.30pm, 6pm-2am. (Behind Starbucks) 3/F, 0102, Bldg 5, Jianwai Soho, 39 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (5900 5376) 暮光, 朝阳区东

V.A. 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

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The Tree This long-running Beijing pub specializes in Belgian beers and wood oven fired pizzas. Voted “Best Pizza” in the Beijinger’s 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) 隐蔽的树, 朝阳区三里屯北街以西

厅, 朝阳区三里屯路19号三里屯Village南区6号 楼3层S6-31

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) 朝阳区百家

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) com/hyatt/hotels/entertainment/lounges/ index.jsp 东方亮, 东城区东长安街1号东方君


Wain Wain A Japanese karaoke bar set up perfectly with private rooms for a great party. They also serve food. 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

Westin Beijing Financial Street Daily 24hrs. 9B Jinrong Jie (Financial Street), Xicheng District., Xicheng District. (6606 8866) 威斯汀大酒店, 西城区金融街乙9号 What Bar Tiny bar hosting local rock bands. Daily 4pm-late. 72 Beichang Jie (just north of the west gate of the Forbidden City), Xicheng District. (133 4112 2757) 什么酒吧, 西城区北长 街72号(故宫西门往北)

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, 苏西黄, 朝阳区农展馆 路甲1号朝阳公园西门

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) http://www. 作家酒吧, 东城区东 长安街33号, 北京饭店莱佛士一层

a&! The designer of this Hong Kong label take safety belts from old automobiles and transform them into functional, stylish bags. B161 B1/F, New Gate City Mall, 19 Zhongguancun Dajie, Chaoyang District. (8575 2170) 朝阳 区海淀区中关村大街19号新中关大厦新中关购物 中心地下一层

DimSum of all things Asian Also known as D-SATA, Korean-Canadian designer Currie Lee’s store showcases bags and jewelry of sophisticated design, all made from 100% natural and recycled material that she collected on her travels throughout Asia. Daily 1-9pm or by appointment. 1) E District, Qixing Xijie, 798 Art District, Dashanzi, Chaoyang District. (5978 9605); 2) Unit A116, 1/F, Nali Patio, 81 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (8559 1587) 亚点亚心, 1) 朝阳区酒仙桥路4号七星西街E区; 2) 朝阳区 三里屯路81号那里花园A116室

Elisabeth Koch Millinery It may no longer be the Victorian Era, but at Elisabeth Koch you can still get a custom-designed hat handmade from 100% natural materials. Expect to pay RMB 1,000-3,000. By appointment only. Rm 3607, Bldg 13, Central Park, 6 Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (139 1043 1832) 朝阳区朝外大街6号新 城国际13座3607室

Fengguo Box Upcoming designers and artisans rent space to display (and sell) the fruits of their creative labors – an arrangement that serves both talented designers and their fans.



No unexpected explosions, just good pizza, cheap draft beer and affordable cocktails. (136 0100 0343)

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. 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


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

New contenders have emerged, but the godfather of the Shuangjing bar scene still commands a loyal following. (159 0149 7008)

Domingo Hair Salon Japanese hair stylists in a relaxing salon on Nanluogu Xiang. All of the hair products in the salon are imported from Japan. Tue-Sun 10am-9pm. Inside Jingyang Hutong, 89 Nanluogu Xiang, Dongcheng District. (8402 6578) 东城区南锣鼓


This Pingod wine bar is good for daytime coffee and snacks or evening drinks. (5821 1353)



Plenty of wines below RMB 200, a good – and growing – beer selection, and hearty helpings of all-American grub. (8775 1847)


This cafe-bar just north of Carrefour is good for everything from playing pool to watching live music. (8772 5713) Inventive accessories and trinkets abound. Daily 10am-9pm. G13, Zhongguancun Mall, 12 Zhongguancun Nandajie, Haidian District. (5172 1793) 海淀区中关村南大街12号中关村广 场步行街G13

UCCA Store Features a "China Design" line of limited edition original design products, merchandise and art books. Tue-Sun 10am7pm. Dashanzi Art District, 4 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (8459 9715, edition@ucca. 尤伦斯艺术商店, 朝阳区酒仙桥路4号 大山子艺术区

Versace Jewelry Boutique Versace’s third jewelry boutique in the world, after Rome and Dubai. In line with the style of the brand, the jewelry is showy and expensive. China Central Place, 87 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. 朝阳区 建国路87号华贸中心

BEAUTY & HEALTH PRODUCTS Elite Nutrition Center The ENC CBD flagship store is the exclusive retailer for hundreds of imported health goods, such as sports nutrition products, vitamins, baby products, essential oils, organic products, home gym accessories, etc. Bilingual staff (English & Chinese). Delivery available throughout China. Mon-Fri 10am-8pm, Sat-Sun 10.30am-7.30pm. Unit 0159A, Bldg C, Chaowai Soho, 6 Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (5900 4538, www.chinaenc. 盈奥营养中心, 朝阳区朝外Soho6号朝阳 门外大街C座0159A

M.A.C The flagship store of this well-known brand is sleek, modern and boasts a vast range of products. Daily 10am-10pm. L120, 1/F, Bldg C, The Place, 9 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6587 1598) 魅可, 朝阳区光华路9号 C座L120

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

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,

leaves ample room for relaxation and solace – something that its large-scale competitors cannot guarantee. Chinese, shiatsu and foot massages start at RMB 150 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 290. 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

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

Aqua Salus Urban Retreat Sanlitun A high-end day spa brand of SPA de Feng Group, it offers a variety of treatments such as massages, facials, body care, waxing, hair style, hair spa, etc. Outcall available. Taiyue Height 106, 16 Sanlitun Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (6501-2881) 良泉都市怡疗三里屯会馆, 朝阳区朝阳区南三里屯16号泰悦豪庭底商106

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) 画 间沙龙, 朝阳区工体西路18号光彩国际公寓S106

Bodhi Sense Like the original branch of Bodhi on Gongti, Bodhi Sense draws inspiration from both Thai and Chinese culture, but boasts an added touch of luxury. 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 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. 菩提会所, 朝阳区工体北路17号 Catherine de France Hair and Beauty Salon 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,; 2) Nali Mall, Sanlitun Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6417 3029, 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

Dragonfly Therapeutic Retreat Dragonfly’s boutique operation avoids rowdy groups and

Eric Paris Salon Well-trained international stylists and colorists provide hair styling and a wide-range of beauty products. Also offer beauty, nails, waxing and tanning services. Daily 10am-8pm. 1) 43 Sanlitun Houjie, Chaoyang District. (135 0137 2971); 2) Stall 123, Kerry Centre Shopping Mall, 1 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (139 1179 8376); 3) Lido Hotel, 112 Jichang Lu, Chaoyang District. (135 0107 5843) 爱丽克美容美发, 1) 朝阳区三里屯 后街43号; 2) 朝阳区光华路1号嘉里中心商场 123; 3) 朝阳区机场路112号丽都饭店

essensuals Sister company to TONI&GUY, Essensuals offers pretty much the same quality services, from hair and skin to nails and makeup. 1) Daily 10am-10pm. Rm. 105106, Tower F, Sunshine 100, 2 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District (6585 9288, fax 6585 9388); 2) Daily 10am-9pm. Unit 303, 3/F, IFC Mall, 1-3 Xinyuan Nanlu, Chaoyang District (8444 2388, fax 8444 2488); 3) Daily 9am-10pm. Unit 15/16, 4/F, Chaoyang Joy City, Chaoyang Beilu,Chaoyang District (8551 5800); 4) Daily 10am-9pm. Unit 228, B1, Tower B, Sanlitun Soho, 8 Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District (5935 9717) 彩秀, 1) 朝阳区光华路2号阳光100国际公 寓F座1层105-106; 2) 朝阳区新源南路1-3号都 汇天地商场3层303号; 3) 朝阳区朝阳北路101号 朝阳大悦城4层15/16号; 4)朝阳区工人体育场北 路8号院三里屯Soho B座B1-228室

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) 弗洛拉, 朝阳区建国路89号华 贸中心4号楼1707

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 10am10pm. 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

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 10am-10pm. 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

Healing Touch Massage Center Experience Chinese massage, Thai massage, aroma oil massage and other services. Reservations required. 1) Room 808, Bldg 3, Jianwai Soho, Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (5869 7706); 2) Rm 1511, East Tower, Van Palace Residences, 2 Guandongdian Nanjie (near China World, 50m from Kerry Centre), Chaoyang District. (5131 6428, 5131 6433, 135 2191 4149) 1) 朝阳区东三环中路建外Soho,3号 楼808室; 2) 朝阳区关东店南街2号(嘉里中心和 中国大饭店附近)旺座中心东塔1511室

Herborist Spa Offers the time-honored traditional Chinese health and beauty care system. Daily 10am-10pm. S9-30, Sanlitun Village South, 19 Sanlitun Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6416 5179, 6416 5962, 400 888 2155) 朝阳区三里屯Village 南区9号楼 S9-30

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) 2/F, JW Marriott Hotel Beijing, 83 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (5908 8380); 2) 6/F, Hilton Beijing Capital Airport,Terminal 3, Beijing Capital International Airport, Daxing District. (6450 4777); 3) 10am-midnight. B1/F, Traders Upper East Hotel, Upper East Side, Dongsihuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (5907 8877); 4) 1/F, Gehua New Century Hotel, 19 Gulouwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6202 8888 ext 6666); 5) Daily 11am-11pm. Napa Valley, 68 Shashun Lu, Xiaotangshan, Changping District. (6178 7795, 61787711); 6) Daily noon-11pm. 5/F, Tower 2, Taiyue Suites, Sanlitun Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (6507 1517, 8595 2277 ext 5666) www. 泰美好, 1) 朝阳区华贸中心建国路83号 北京JW万豪酒店2层; 2) 大兴区北京首都机场 3号航站楼北京机场希尔顿酒店6层; 3) 朝阳区东 四环北路阳光上东上东盛贸饭店地下1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) 昌平区小汤山沙顺路68号纳帕溪 谷会所(九华山庄对面); 6) 朝阳区三里屯南路 泰悦豪庭2座5层

I-Spa Rooms each focus 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, 81 Sanlitun Beijie (west side), Chaoyang District. (5208 6068) 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

LeSpa Luxurious spa combining the finest in pampering from Western and Eastern cultures. There’s also a fitness center, sauna and heated swimming pool. Daily 11am-11pm. 5/F, Sofitel Beijing, Bldg C, Wanda Plaza, 93 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (8599 6666) 朝阳区建国路93号万达广场C座索菲特酒店5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. 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, 7 Yuyang Road, Houshayu, Shunyi District. (6458 0603/4); 2) Taiyue Suites, Nansanlitun 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



DIRECTORY / STYLE uct mix of Chinese labels and luxury Western brands. 141 Gulou Dongdajie, Dongcheng District. (8400 2628) 东城区鼓楼东大街141号

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 Chinese Massage Treatment Centre Health and spa services supported by top Chinese medical research institutions. After a consultation by medical physicians, your treatments include Chinese tuina and physiotherapy, cupping and scraping, herbal medicine bath, medical moxibustion. The luxurious private environment offers a physical and mental retreat. Daily 10am-11pm, 9-10-A, Si’de Park, Fangyuan Xilu, Dongsihuan, Chaoyang District. (8456 7010) 朝阳区东四环芳园西

H&M A Swedish retailer well-known for its stylish, moderately priced clothing that appeals to young urban hipsters. Daily 10am10pm. 1) Xidan Joy City, 131 Xidan Beidajie, Xicheng District. (6706 0508); 2) Glory Mall, 18 Chongwenmen Dajie, Chongwen District. (6715 6676); 3) Raffles City, 1 Dongzhimen Nandajie, Dongcheng District. (8409 4199); 4) Oumeihui Shopping Mall, A1 Danling Jie, Haidian District. (8248 8976); 5) Qianmen Avenue Store, Building A16, Qianmen Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6706 0508) 1) 西城区西


单北大街131号西单大悦城; 2) 崇文区崇文门大 街18号国瑞城; 3) 东城区东直门南大街1号来福 士广场 ; 4) 海淀区丹棱街甲1号欧美汇购物中心

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

I.T Comme des Garcons This 19,000square-foot emporium will be stocked with various Comme des Garcons lines, along with a mix of brands like Ann Demeulemeester and Yves Saint Laurent. N5-10-40, Sanlitun Village North, 11 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. 朝阳


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 11am12.30am. 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. 东方大班保健休闲会所, 1) 朝阳区芳 园西路甲2号丽都广场9号公寓2层; 2) 朝阳区新 东路1号沈记靓汤旁; 3) 朝阳区日坛路6号新族 大厦院内; 4) 西城区西城区金融街甲26号顺成 饭店地下一层; 5) 朝阳区朝外大街6号新城国际 公寓三期25号楼; 6) 朝阳区西大望路1号温特莱 中心B座101

Peninsula Spa by ESPA Offers a luxurious, sophisticated and timeless spa retreat with an Asian Tea Lounge, heat experiences, 12 treatment rooms and private locker facilities. 3/F, The Peninsula, 8 Jinyuhutong, Wangfujing, Dongcheng District. (8516 2888 ext 6090) 东城 区东城区王府井金鱼胡同8号2王府半岛酒店三层

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

Roots Beauty Salon A full-service beauty salon offering sugaring, a form of hair removal that’s safe and less painful than waxing. TueSat 10am-7pm. B1/F, Bldg 1, Parkview Tower (west gate of Chaoyang Park), Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang District (6538 1626, 137 0125 3148) 碧俏丽形象设计中心, 朝阳区朝 阳公园西门景园大厦1栋B-1

Salon 88 An international chain of hair salons offering consistent quality at economical prices. Cuts RMB 38 and color package RMB 188. Daily 9am-10pm. 1) 6712 6081. 118 Carrefour Fu Gui Yuan, Block 3, South DongHuaShi, Chongwen District.; 2) 394 Zhongtancun, East Xiaokou Town, Changping District. (139 1135 2069); 3) PJWJ 103, Huacai Center, 16 Guangshun Dajie, Chaoyang District. (136 0115 0326); 4) Daily 9am-10pm. 1/F, Chuangyijia Carrefour, 6B Beisanhuan Donglu, Chaoyang District. (139 1055 3427); 5) Daily 9am-10pm. Store 310, Tongzhou Carrefour, 48 Jiukeshu Xilu, Tongzhou District. (137 0117 9323); 6) Daily 9am-10pm. 109, Shuangjing Carrefour, Jiulong Shangsha, 31 Guangqu Lu, Chaoyang District. (139 1016 9259); 7) Daily 9am-10pm. 107-108, Maliandao Carrefour, 11 Maliandao Lu, Xuanwu District. (135 0101 1627); 8) Daily 9am-10pm. B1/F, 15-16, Zhongguancun Carrefour, Zhongguancun Xiqu, Haidian District. (136 0139 2562) 1) 崇文区东花市南里三区底商 裙房富贵苑家乐福118号; 2) 昌平区东小口镇中 滩村394号家乐福购物中心No.212; 3) 朝阳区广 顺大街16号华彩中心PJWJ 103; 4) 朝阳区北三 环东路乙6号创益佳家乐福一层; 5) 通州区九棵 树西路48号通州家乐福310号; 6) 朝阳区广渠路 31号九龙商厦双井家乐福109号; 7) 宣武区马连 道路11号马连道家乐福107-108; 8) 海淀区中关



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If the sock cap fits …

区三里屯路11号Village北区N5-10-40 村西区中关村家乐福地下一层15&16号

The Spa at Hilton Beijing Wangfujing Of the nine treatment suites at The Spa at Hilton Beijing, the most indulgent is a Vichy shower room, where guests can lie on a bed and let the full-body cascade of water pulse away all their fatigues and pains, with a rebalancing organic body wrap to finish it off. Daily 10am-11pm. 6/F, Hilton Beijing Wangfujing, 8 Wangfujing East Street, Dongcheng District. (5812 8888 ext 8560) 东城区王府井东大街8号北 京王府井希尔顿6层

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

TATA With its eye-catching, panoramic floorto-ceiling windows, this swanky salon in Gongti is the perfect stop for doing up your hair and nails before clubbing. Daily 10am10pm. Workers’ Stadium North Gate, Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. (8511 3880) 朝阳区工 体北路工人体育场北门

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); 7) Daily 10am-10pm. Units F4-04 & 05, ECMall, 1A Danling Jie, Haidian District (8248 3435, fax 8248 3301) 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1层; 7) 海淀区丹棱街甲1号欧美汇 购物中心4层04-05

Viv International Medical Beauty Clinic Offers cosmetic surgery, professional skin care, dentistry and Chinese health and beauty treatments. Tue-Sun 9.30am-6.30pm. 2/F, Bldg D, Global Trade Mansion, 9 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6530 2348, fax 6586 9965) 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

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

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, 朝阳区小武基路甲8号1号 院(东四环南路15号出口)

BODY ART Creation Tattoo Beijing’s first professional body art studio boasts top-notch professional tattoo artists, equipment and hygiene. Offers tattooing, body piercing, microdermal treatments and tattoo removal. Daily 11am8pm. Rm 4309, 3/F, Bldg 4, Jianwai Soho, 39 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (5869 1886, www. 天喜青, 朝阳区朝阳区东三环 中路39号建外Soho4号楼3层4309号

CLOTHING American Apparel Savor the irony of buying clothes made in the USA in China. The Beijing stores of this popular chain sells basic, solid T-shirts (RMB 200), miniskirts (RMB 300), and every hipster accessory imaginable. 1) Daily 10am-9.30pm. B1/F, China World Shopping Mall, 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6505 5540); 2) Daily 11am-10pm. Room C101, First Floor, Nali Patio, 81 Sanlitun Beijie, Chaoyang District. (5208 6022) 1) 朝阳区建国 门外大街国贸商城地下1层; 2) 朝阳区三里屯北 街81号那里花园1层C101

Bread n Butter Paris-based chain brand Bread n Butter specializes in classic girly items, with frilly dresses and skirts, silk pants and even bowtie shoes. Daily 10am-10pm. Unit 13-15, Bldg 6, Sanlitun Village South, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. 朝阳区工体北路 三里屯The Village南区6号楼13-15号

Burberry British luxury fashion house renowned for its distinctive tartan pattern. 1) Unit 1801, 18/F, Bldg 1, Sparkle Roll Plaza, 81 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District.; 2) Store A305, 1/F, Oriental Plaza, 1 Dongchang’an Jie, Dongcheng District. (8515 2278) 博柏利, 1) 朝 阳区建国路81号华贸中心1号写字楼18层1801; 2) 东城区东长安街1号东方新天地1层A305

Celine French luxury house Celine is designed by the famed Phoebe Philo. Classic yet stylish clothing and accessories. Daily 9.30am-10pm. L102, 1/F China World Shopping Mall, 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6505 4147) 朝阳区建国门外大街1号国贸商城1楼L102 Dong Liang Studio Appropriately located in the hip Wudaoying Hutong, Dong Liang Studio features chic clothing made only by Chinese designers, including Vega Zaishi Wang, Liu2 and (Na)too. Daily 11am-9pm. 26 Wudaoying Hutong, Dongcheng District. (8404 7648) 东城区五道营胡同26号 Elisabeth Koch Millinery This Beijingbased designer offers custom-made hats for all occasions. Pieces from the vintage collection are available for hire. By appointment only. Rm 3607, Bldg 13, Central Park, 6 Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (139 1043 1832) 朝阳

Kim’s Closet Fans of Korean fashion can get their fix here, where all the clothes are imported from Korea, including boyish thermals, floral dresses and denim blazers. Daily 10am-10pm. Rm 0910, Bldg 9, Jianwai Soho, 39 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (5869 5787) 小金衣橱, 朝阳区朝阳区东三环中路 39号建外Soho9号楼0910

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 gift boxes printed with funky graphics. 1) Daily 11.30am-9pm. Unit 108, 1/F, 2B Sanlitun Soho, Chaoyang District. (5935 9673); 2) Daily 11am-10pm. 423 Dongsi Beidajie, Dongcheng District. (6404 6418); 3) Daily 10.30am-10pm. Rm 104, Villa 5, Jianwai Soho, Chaoyang District. (5900 2568) 1) 朝阳区三里屯 Soho2号 商场B座1层108号; 2) 东城区东四北大街423号; 3) 朝阳区建外Soho5号别墅104室

LMC This Hong Kong-based fashion brand targets women in their 20’s and 30’s willing to pay more money for an elegantly designed, demure and polished wardrobe. Daily 11am10pm. 2/F, Shop 2, Hairun International Apartment, 2A Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District. (5135 7184) 朝阳区将台路2号海润国际公寓商业2号2层 Mango This Iberian fashion house sells sexy clothes and must-have accessories, including pants, leather belts, leather coats . 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

Mega Mega Vintage Known as one of the best vintage stores in the city, with a wellvaried selection of plaid shirts, retro dresses, distressed denim and leather bags and shoes that just can’t be beat. 241 Guloudong Dajie, Dongcheng District. (8404 5637) 东城区鼓楼 东大街241号

NC.Style Sells imported brands like A.P.C, Paul & Joe, Zara, Burberry Blue, Prada, Custo, Miu Miu, Marc Jacobs etc. Daily 10am-6.30pm. E109, Bldg 8, 46 Fangjia Hutong (just south of Guozijian Jie), Dongcheng District. (8404 8268/6908) 东城区方家 胡同46号艺术园区 (国子监南临)

NE.Tiger Specializes in fine mink furs, evening gowns, wedding dresses, and accessories. 10am-10pm. AA31, 1/F, The Malls at Oriental Plaza, 1 Dongchang’an Jie, Dongcheng District. (8518 6397) 东北 虎, 东城区东长安街1号东方广场AA31铺

NLGX Design Store A Beijing-based independent apparel brand and design community. Sun-Thu 9.30am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11ammidnight. 33 Nanluogu Xiang, Dongcheng District. (6404 8088) 东城区南



Good Goods Commune A large store by Gulou Dongdajie standards, showcasing a prod-

Plastered T-shirts Plastered takes the diversity and beauty of everyday Beijing life, and

DIRECTORY / STYLE–A&C turns 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. 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

Pull and Bear Part of the Zara clothing empire. Daily 10am-10pm. 1) SM1/16, Solana Mall, 6 Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (5905 6940); 2) 137A-137B, U-town Lifestyle Center, Sanfeng Bell, Chaoyang District. (5977 5650) 1) 朝阳区朝阳公园路6号蓝 色港湾SM1/16; 2) 朝阳区朝阳区三丰北里悠唐 生活广场137A-137B

Stradivarius Zara’s smaller sister brand Stradivarius is breaking into the Beijing scene with its first store in U-Town Lifestyle Center. It offers Zara’s same edgy styles, but with quality and prices more on par with Bershka’s. 101, Bldg 1, U-Town Shopping Center, Chaoyangmen Wai Dajie, 2 Sanfeng Beili, Chaoyang District. 朝阳区三丰北里2号楼 1楼101单元

Ikea Daily 10am-10pm. 1 Taiyang Gonglu, Dongbahe (northwest corner of Siyuan Qiao), Chaoyang District. (800 810 5679) www.ikea. 宜家家居, 朝阳区东坝河太阳宫路1号 (四元桥西北角)

Ilinoi Home 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

with a one-year guarantee and delivery. 1) Daily 8.30am-6pm. Gaobeidian Showroom, 6 Gaobeidian Furniture Street, Chaoyang District. Contact Lily Quan (6572 9746, 138 0139 6309) (8579 2458); 2) Visit by appointment. Baimiao industry area, Songzhuang, Tongzhou District. (6572 9746, 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

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77-81号,华贸购物中心地 下1层B125单元

Original Design Circle A platform for local creatives to exhibit and retail their designs. Daily 9.30am-10pm. B1/F, Bldg 10, Sanlitun Village South, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6415 2472) 三里屯原创界, 朝阳区三里 Shanghai Trio French native Virginie Fournier, the brains behind Shanghai Trio, turns out simple structured bags, clutches, and home decor accessories that are influenced by traditional Chinese craftwork and feature offbeat details and unique materials. Mon-Fri 9am-6pm, Sat-Sun 11am7pm. B1/F, NLG-38, Sanlitun Village North, 11 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6417 3606) 上


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Uniqlo Throw some color into your wardrobe with Uniqlo – their puffy jackets, cardigans and jeans will help you stand out in style. This Japanese brand has ten stores in Beijing. Bldg 10, South District, Sanlitun Village, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6413 1320) 朝阳区三里 屯路19号三里屯Village南区10号楼

Vega Zaishi Wang Make a statement with the original and exclusive pieces of this edgy fashion boutique-cum-studio run by young up-and-coming designer Vega Zaishi Wang. Daily 10am-7pm. Unit 662, B/1F, Bldg 6, Jianwai Soho, 39 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (5900 2279) 朝阳区三环中路建外 Soho6号楼B/1层662店

Zara This popular Spanish chain store is stocked with the latest chic apparel, shoes and accessories for both men and women (including a smaller section for children), with most items within the RMB 199-699 range. 1) Unit 63-65, Viva Plaza, Fulicheng, Zhong Dongsanhuan Lu, Chaoyang District 朝阳区东 三环双井富力城63-65号

HOME DECOR Casa Pagoda Imagine high-quality furniture dashed with history, color and European memorabilia. Some of the leather sofas and pine dressers cost tens of thousands of kuai, but there are also many affordable accessories. Mon-Fri 10am-8pm, Sat-Sun 11am-8pm. 6 Sanlitun Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (6591 5922) 朝阳区三里屯南路6号

IQ Air While little can be done about outdoor air pollution, we can certainly have an impact on the air we breathe inside our homes and offices. 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,; 3) 2LY1-05, Solana Lifestyle Shopping Center, 6 Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (5905 6768,; 4) 4/F, Europlaza, 99 Yuxiang Lu, Tianzhu, Shunyi District. (6457 1922, 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


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 9am6pm. 4/F, Euro Plaza, 99 Yuxiang Lu, Tianzhu Town, Shunyi District. (6457 1922, 8046 1260,; 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 Daily 10am-10pm. 138 Wangfujing Dajie, Dongcheng District. (5817 6688) 新


Khawachen Sells high-end Tibetan rugs and offers made-to-order service. Daily 10am10pm. 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

Ritan Office Building 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 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 Daily 10am-10pm. 87 Jianguo Lu (beside China Central Place), Chaoyang District. (6530 5888) www. 新光天地, 朝阳区建国路 87号 (华贸中心旁边)

Silk Market 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) 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

Sony Store Digital toys for big boys and girls: video cameras, notebook computers, DVD players, high-definition plasma TVs – the list goes on. Bring a fat bankroll or a credit card if you plan to splurge. Daily 10am-10pm. L330, 3/F, South Bldg, The Place, 9 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6587 1350) 索尼探梦, 朝阳区光华路9号世贸商业中心南街3层L330号

ARTS & CULTURE GALLERIES 798 Photo Gallery Daily 10am-6pm. Dashanzi art district, 4 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6438 1784, 6437 5284) 百年印象摄影画廊, 朝阳区酒仙桥路4号798大山子艺术区

Alliance Française de Pékin 1) Rm 421, Block 2, Beijing Language and Culture University, 15 Xueyuanlu, Haidian District (8230 3619); 2) 103 Deshengmennei Dajie (behind Jinjiang Hotel), Xicheng District (6404 2643; 1) 海淀区学院路

China Central Place Luxury Walk Daily 10am-10pm. A6, Xidawang Lu (beside China Central Place), Chaoyang District. 华贸购物中

Arrow Factory 38 Jianchang Hutong (Off Guozijian Jie), Dongcheng District. www. 箭厂空间, 东城区箭厂胡同

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China World Shopping Mall Daily 9.30am10pm. 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6505 2288) 国贸商城, 朝阳区建国门

ArtMia Tue-Sun 10am-6pm. 261 Caochangdi, Cuigezhuang, Chaoyang District. (8457 4550) 朝阳区机场辅路崔各庄草场



Danshui Town Shopping Plaza 60 Shunhuang Lu, Chaoyang District. 淡水小镇购物广

Beyond Art Space Tue-Sun 11am-6pm. 4 Jiuxianqiao Lu, 798 art district, Chaoyang District. (5978 9561, beyondartspace@gmail. com) 朝阳区酒仙桥

场, 朝阳区朝阳区顺黄路60号

Kerry Mall Daily 10am-9pm. 1 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (8529 8418) 嘉里商场, 朝阳区光华路1号 Lufthansa Center 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 1 Dongchang’an Jie, Dongcheng District. (8518 6363) 东方新天地, 东城区东长安街1号 Nali Mall Sanlitun Lu (next to Jazz-Ya), Chaoyang District. 那里服装市场, 朝阳区三 里屯路

Lily’s Antiques Furniture The most famous furniture dealer in Beijing, offering quality Chinese antiques, but also imported traditional and modern styles from all over the world, from Ming chairs and Tibetan rugs to Indian trunks, Spanish design and Italian sofas. The service is the best in town,

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15号北京语言文化大学教学2楼421; 2) 北京法语 培训中心西海分校, 西城区德胜门内大街103号 (德胜桥洗车房右转50米,锦江之星宾馆后院)

成潮阳北, 朝阳区朝阳北路101,青年路口东北角

Home Depot Products range from kitchen, bath, flooring, soft décor, plumbing, electrical and millwork as well as professional design and installation services. 1) 2, Chengshousi Lu, Fengtai District. (8761 0606); 2) 78 Middle West Fourth Ring Road, Fengtai District. (6822 0606) 1) 丰台区成寿寺路2号; 2) 丰台区西四

TECHNOLOGY Apple Flagship Store The first official Apple flagship store in China features a Genius Bar, Apple seminar, laptops, iPhones, iPods, accessories and more. Repair service available. Daily 10am-10pm. Bldg 6, Sanlitun Village South, 19 Sanlitun Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6419 8900) 朝阳区三里屯北路19号院三里屯

东安广场, 东城区王府井大街138号

Joy City Chaoyang Daily 10am-8pm. 101 Chaoyang Beilu (at the intersection of Qingnian Lu), Chaoyang District. (8557 9888) 大悦


If Japan A small store of home decor items and accessories by Japanese designers, from paper models of animals to wooden tableware to handmade jewelry. Daily 2-9pm. A215, Nali Patio, 81 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (5711 9211) 朝阳区三里屯路81号那里花园商店A215号

Torana Gallery This popular carpet shop deals exclusively in carpets made of wool from Tibetan highland sheep and decorated with traditional regional motifs. 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

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 10.30am8.30pm. 1/F, Grand Summit, 19 Dongfang Donglu, Chaoyang District. (8595 8668, urban. 朝阳区亮马桥东方东路

Chang & Biorck This modern Scandinavian home accessories store is stocked with colorful, environmentally-friendly products made by well-known designers who blend Scandinavian and Chinese concepts of style. Daily 10am-10pm. 2-19A, 1/F, Bldg 2, Sanlitun Village South, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (8400 2296) 朝阳区三里屯南路19号三




Surfin’ Bird 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. Daily 12.30am-8pm. Store 20, Bldg 16, Central Park, Guangdongdian Nanjie, Chaoyang District. (151 1693 2575) 朝阳区关东店南街新城 Triple-Major A high-quality vintage store that stocks local and international brands, with regular flea markets and art and fashion events. Tue-Sun 1-8pm. 81 Baochao Hutong, Dongcheng District. (840 20763) 东城区宝钞

The Place Daily 10am-10pm. 9A Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6587 1188) 世贸天阶,

Pacific Century Place 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 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


Chang Art Tue-Sun 10am-6pm. Next to Beijing Tokyo Art Projects (BTAP), 4 Jiuxianqiao Lu, 798 art district, Chaoyang District (5978 9898/9) 朝阳区酒仙桥路 4号 798艺术区

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, 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

Clubhouse No. 21 21 Baiziwan Lu, Chaoyang District (no tel) 21号会所, 朝阳区百子湾路21号 Fun Art Space Tue -Sun11am-7pm. 2 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Dashanzi art district, Chaoyang District. (8459 9257, 方音空间, 朝阳区酒仙 桥路2号入口300米

Galerie Urs Meile, Lucerne-Beijing TueSun 11am-6.30pm. 104 Caochangdi Village, Cuigezhuang, Chaoyang District. (6433 3393,



DIRECTORY / A&C–SPORTS fax 6433 0203) 麦勒

Nanlu, Haidian District. (8286 1881); 3) Bldg D, Sunshine 100, 2 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6585 9991); 4) Daily 7am-10.30pm. B1/F, Guanghua Chang’an Bldg, 7 Jianguomennei Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6518 1666) www. 中体倍力, 1) 朝阳区望京利泽西

画廊, 朝阳区草场地村104号

Hadrien de Montferrand Gallery Tue-Sun 11am-6pm. Qixing Dongjie (next to At Café), 4 Jiuxianqiao Lu, 798 art district, Chaoyang District. (139 1165 1353) 朝阳区酒仙桥路4号798艺术区七星东

园3区210号楼; 2) 海淀区科学院南路2号融科 资讯中心C座B101; 3) 朝阳区光华东路2号阳光 100公寓D座会所; 4) 东城区建国门内大街7号 长安大戏院B1

街(At Cafe旁边)

Imagine Gallery Tue-Sun, 10.30am5.30pm. 8 Feijiacun Yishu Gongzuoshi, Feijiacun, Laiguangying Donglu, Chaoyang District. (6438 5747, 139 1091 7965, laetitia. 想象画廊, 朝阳区来广营东路

Fusion Fitness Center 2/F, Yifu Fitness Bldg, inside Beijing Language and Culture University, 15 Xueyuan Lu, Haidian District. (8230 0591) 凝酷健身中心, 海淀区学院路15号北京语 言大学逸夫健身楼二层


HA-Sports Fitness Center Mon-Fri 8am10pm, Sat-Sun 9am-9pm. B2/F, Bldg 7, Wanda Plaza, 93 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (5820 7788) 朝阳区建国路93号万达广场7号楼地下2层

Mizuma & One Gallery Wed-Sun 10am-6pm. 241-15 Caochangdi Village, Cuigezhuang, Chaoyang District. (5127 3267) 三潴画廊, 朝阳区崔各 庄草场地村241-15号

Mountain Art 4 Jiuxianqiao Lu, 798 art district, Chaoyang District. (6431 9498) www. 朝阳区朝阳区酒仙桥路四 号798艺术区

offiCina Tue-Sun noon-7pm. Dashanzi art district, 2 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (5978 9462) 意中艺术工 作室, 朝阳区酒仙路2号大山子艺术区

Pace Beijing Tue-Sun 11am-7pm. 2 Jiuxianqiao Road, 798 art district, Chaoyang District (5978 9781) 朝阳区酒仙 桥路2号大山子艺术区

Paris-Beijing Photo Gallery Daily, 10am6pm. Dashanzi art district, 4 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (5978 9262 / 3,, 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)

JAN 1-2: FACEHUNTER PARTY AND PHOTO EXHIBITION OPENING Mm hm. He’s not too impressed with you.


健身中心, 东城区东中街9号东环广场地下1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))

Human in Motion 2/F, Riviera Square, 5 Laiguangying Donglu, Chaoyang District (8595 9159)

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)

J-芭蕾教室, 2) 朝阳区幸福村中路景绣园D座 一层西侧


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

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

义区崔各庄乡,何各庄村一号院; 2) 朝阳区工 体北路4号院

CINEMAS Broadway Cinematheque MOMA (BC MOMA) North area of Dongzhimen MOMA, 1 Xiangheyuan Lu, Dongzhimen, Chaoyang District. (8438 8258) 当

Instituto Cervantes 1A Gongti Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (5879 9666) www.pekin. 北京塞万提斯学院, 朝阳区工体 南路甲1号


艺门画廊, 朝阳区崔各庄乡草场地村241号

Platform China Tue-Sun 11am-6pm. 319-1 East End Art (Zone A), Caochangdi Village, Chaoyang District. (6432 0169/0091) www. 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)

Red Gate Gallery Daily 9am-5pm. 1/F & 4/F, Dongbianmen Watchtower, Chongwenmen Dongdajie, Chongwen District. (6525 1005) 红门画廊, 崇文区崇 文门东大街东便门角楼楼上

T. Art Center 798 Art District 2 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. 朝阳区酒仙桥路2号

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

Capital Theater 22 Wangfujing Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6524 9847) www.bjry. com 首都剧场, 东城区王府井大街22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)

Chaoyang Culture Center/TNT Theater Corner of Jintai Xilu and Chaoyangmenwai Dajie (east of Jingguang Qiao), Chaoyang District. (8599 6011) 朝阳文


Pussycat Dance Mon-Thu 11am-9pm, SatSun 1-4pm. Rm 906, Bldg 3, Jianwai Soho, 39 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (5900 0835, Eng: 139 1165 6059, www.pussycat-dance. com 朝阳区东三环中路39号建外Soho3号楼906室

FOOTBALL ClubFootball 9am-6pm. Unit A212, Door 3, A1 Zone, Huadeng Building, 14 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (5130 6893/4/5/6, 万国群星足球俱乐部, 朝阳区酒 仙桥路14号兆维华登大厦A1区3门212室

Ganluyuan Football Ganluyuan Nanli, Chaoyang District. (8575 7236) 朝阳区甘露圆南里二区球场

化馆, 朝阳区朝阳门外大街和金台西路的路口

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

International Friendship Football Club (IFFC) Contact Robert (6234 7106,

Great Hall of the People Daily 8.30am-3pm. West side of Tian’anmen Square, Dongcheng District. (6309 6156) 人民大会堂, 东城区天安

Yanhuang Art Museum Tue-Sun 9am4pm. 9 Huizhong Lu, Asian Games Village, Chaoyang District. (6491 0909) 炎黄艺术馆,


O’le Football Daily 9am-11pm. 5 Dongshimencun Lu, Baiziwan Qiao, Dongsihuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (6776 0608) 朝阳




National Centre For The Performing Arts (NCPA) 2 Chang’an Jie, Xicheng District. (6655 0000) 国家大剧院, 西

Yuanfen New Media Art Space WedSun 11am-7pm. Qixing Dongjie, Dashanzi art district, Chaoyang District. (5978 9896, 缘分新媒体艺术空间,




MUSEUMS Iberia Center for Contemporary Art Tue-Sun 10am-6pm. Dashanzi art district, 4, Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (5978 9530, 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) 中国美术馆, 东城 区五四大街1号

Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA) Tue-Sun 10am-7pm. Dashanzi Art District, 4 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (8459 9269) 尤伦斯当代艺术 中心, 朝阳区酒仙桥路4号大山子艺术区

BOOKSTORES The Bookworm 1) Mon-Sat 8am-8pm, Sun 8am-5pm. First courtyard, Hegezhuang Village, Shunyi District. (6431 2108,; 2) Daily 9am2am. Courtyard 4, Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6586 9507, books@beijingbookworm. com, 书虫书吧, 1) 顺



Hosa Fitness Centre Daily 9am-9.30pm. B1/F, East Gate Plaza, 9 Dongzhong Jie, Dongcheng District. Contact 158 1033 1851 (6418 1088) 浩沙

Peking University Hall Inside Peking University, 5A Yiheyuan Lu, Haidian District. (6276 8588) 北大百年纪念礼堂, 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)

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

Tianqiao Acrobatic Theater 95 Tianqiao Shichang Jie (east end of Beiwei Lu), Xuanwu District (6303 7449)

SPORTS DANCING Beijing Tango (130 2195 8870, http://groups. Golden International Dance Academy 10/F, Chongwen Culture Center, 7 Chongwenmenwai Dajie, Chongwen District. Contact Mary (6708 9567/3267, cn) 金池舞蹈学院,

Women's Football Contact Wenhui (8526 2420 ext 111,

GYMS & FITNESS CENTERS Alexander Health Club Daily 7am-10.30pm. Bldg 8, Central Park, 6 Chaowai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6597 0088) http://www. 亚力山大会馆, 朝阳区 朝外大街6号新城国际8号楼

Amrita Fitness Daily 6am-10.30pm. Swissotel Beijing, 2 Chaoyangmen Beidajie, Dongcheng District. (6553 2288) 港澳中心健身 房, 东城区朝阳门北大街2号港澳中心瑞士酒店

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

Beijing YMCA Fitness Center Nolita Branch Daily 10am-9.30pm. Bldg 13, Nolita Center, Guangqumennei Dajie, Chongwen District. (6719 5151) 幸福家 园YMCA生活会所, 崇文区广渠门内大街幸福 家园13号楼

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

China World Fitness Center Daily 6am11pm. 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6505 2266 ext 33) 朝阳区建国门外大街1号 CSI Bally Total Fitness 1) Daily 7am10.30pm. Bldg 210, Lize Xiyuan, Wangjing, Chaoyang District.; 2) Daily 7am-10.30pm. B101, Raycom Infotech Park, 2 Kexueyuan

Kerry Sports Daily 6am-11pm. Kerry Centre Hotel, 1 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6561 8833 ext 6465, kerrysportscentre@sh 嘉里健身, 朝阳区光华路1号嘉 Mani’s Body Combing Daily 8.30am8.30pm. 3/F, Yiduge Shopping Centre, 1A Xizhimen Beidajie, Haidian District. (5129 5066) 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

Nirvana Fitness Center Daily 8am-10pm. Zhaolong Hotel West Suite, 2 Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6597 2008) cn 青鸟健身, 朝阳区工体北路2号兆龙饭店西楼 Ozone Fitness 1) Tower D SOHO Modern City, 88 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (8580 6900); 2) Wanxiangxintian, 300 meters from Chaoyang Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6578 8116); 3) 56, C Section, Upper Eastside, Zhonghuan, Business Square, 6 Dong Sihuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (5130 3330); 4) L501, No. 5 Street, Zhongguancun Street, 19 Xin Zhongguan Dasha, Haidian District. (8248 8899); 5) Jiamao Shopping Center, 33 Guangshun Bei Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6475 8959); 6) China Central Place B1 No.19 building China Central Place, Jianguo Road., Chaoyang District. (65305100); 7) Asian Games Village 2F Tower A,60 Anli Road., Chaoyang District. (64827005); 8) Bldg 2, 6/F, Zhubang 2000 Building, 99 Balizhuang Xili, Chaoyang District. (8586 5583) cn 奥力健身, 1) 朝阳区北京朝阳区建国路88号 SOHO现代城D座会所; 2) 朝阳区北京市朝阳区 朝阳北路北300米万象新天社区; 3) 朝阳区北京 市朝阳区东四环北路6号上东中环商业广场C区 56号; 4) 海淀区北京市海淀区中关村大街19号 新中关大厦.第5街 L501; 5) 朝阳区北京市 朝阳区广顺北大街33号嘉茂购物中心; 6) 朝阳 区北京市朝阳区建国路89号华贸中心19号楼B1; 7) 朝阳区北京市朝阳区安立路60号润枫德尚A座 2层; 8) 朝阳区八里庄西里99号住邦2000商务中 心二号楼六层

Pacific Century Club Mon-Fri 6am10pm, Sat-Sun 7am-10pm. 2A Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6539 3434, 盈科会所, 朝 阳区工体北路甲2号

Powerhouse Gym 1) Mon-Fri 7am-10pm, Sat-Sun 10am-10pm. 3/F, West Tower, LG Twin Towers, Twin Towers, 12B Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (5828 7718,; 2) Mon-Fri 10am-7pm, Sat-Sun 10am-10pm. C/F, Oriental Kenzo Office Bldg, 48 Dongzhimenwai Dajie, Dongcheng District. (8447 6980, www. 宝力豪健身, 1) 朝阳 区建外大街乙12号LG双子座西塔3楼; 2) 东城区 东直门外大街48号东方银座写字楼C层

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)

Verve Wellness Art Mon-Fri 8am-10pm, Sat-Sun 10am-8pm. Rm 0201, Unit 2, Bldg 4, 6 Dongsihuan Beilu, Upper East Side, Chaoyang District. (5130 7001/7008) 非梵健康艺术工作室, 朝阳区东四环北路6号阳 光上东底商

DIRECTORY / SPORTS–LIVING World Health Store 1) Mon-Fri 10.30am8pm, Sat-Sun 10am-7.30pm. Rm 2152, 1/F, Section A, North Tower, Soho Shangdu, 8 Dongdaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (5900 2209,; 2) MonThur 10am-8pm, Fri & Sat 10.30am.8.30pm, Sun 10.30am-8pm. R09A, LB1, Euro Plaza, 99 Yuxiang Lu, Tianzhu Zhen, Shunyi District. (8046 2524, 世界健康品 店, 1) 朝阳区东大桥路8号SOHO尚都北塔A座 一层2152; 2) 顺义区天竺镇裕翔路99号欧陆广 场地下一层09A

HIKING & CAMPING Beijing Hikers Suite 1907, Building 107, Jiangfu Jiayuan, Tuofangying Lu, Jiuxianqiao, Chaoyang District. (6432 2786, www. 朝阳区酒仙桥驼房营路将府 家园107号楼1907

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, 崇文区东花市南里东区8号楼2-502 Dandelion Hiking (131 2478 8581) www. 蒲公英远足

tougou 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) 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

NIKE 6.0 Nanshan Park Nanshan Ski Village, Shengshuitou Village, Henanzhai Town, Miyun County., www. 密云县河南寨圣水头村 Qiaobo Ice and Snow World Daily 9am10pm. Inside Chaobai River National Forest Park, Mapo, Shunyi District. (8497 2568) www. 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) 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

MOTORSPORTS U-Speed Go-Karting Open year round, this giant indoor karting centre offers much more than its choice of four-stroke, 160cc and 200cc go-karts. The centre also offers VIP rooms, a games room – with pool, table football and arcades – and a bar-restaurant. Ideal for conferences, team building and celebrations. Mon-Fri 1pm-1am, Sat-Sun 11am-1am. 1 Siyuan Qiao, Jingshun Lu (near Courtyard by Marriott Beijing Northeast Hotel), Chaoyang District. (136 0128 1318, rockqoffroad@yahoo. 朝阳区四元桥1号 (京密路进京方向辅路,四元桥旁)

RUNNING & TRAINING Beijing Hash House Harriers Contact Dave “Minime” White (, Triathlon Beijing (TriBeijing) ( 龙滑雪场, 河北省张家口市崇礼县红花梁


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) 云佛山滑雪场, 密


Hebei Saibei Ski Resort Daily 8am9pm. North of Xiqueliang, Chongli County, Zhangjiakou City, Hebei province. (0313 477 2012, 477 2053) 河北塞北滑雪场, 河北省张家口 市崇礼县喜鹊梁北

Huaibei International Ski Resort Daily 8am-9.30pm. 548 Hefangkou Cun, Huaibei Zhen, Huairou District. (8969 6677) www. 怀北国际滑雪场, 怀柔区怀北镇河防 口村548号

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, 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) 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, Men-


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, 朝阳区新源南路6号京城大厦康乐中心3层

CULTURAL AND NATIONAL GROUPS AustCham Kooka Networking Australia and New Zealand Association (ANZA) ( www.

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

渔阳滑雪, 平谷区东高村镇大旺务村东侧

Goethe Institute 1/F, Building C, Haixing Mansion, southwest corner of Haidian Zhonglu and Haidian Nanjie Intersection, Haidian District. (8251 2909, 歌德学院北京分院, 海

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, 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)


Duolemeiti Ski Resort Xiqueliang, Sitaizui Village, Chongli County, Zhangjiakou City, Hebei province. (0313 461 2381) 多乐美地度假山庄, 河北省张家口市崇礼

The Hutong One of Beijing’s best informal cooking schools.1 Jiudaowan Zhongxiang Hutong (southeast of Beixinqiao subway station), Dongcheng District. (159 0104 6127, www.the-hutong. com 东城区九道湾中巷胡同1号(北新桥地铁站

Yuyang Ski Resort 8.30am-10pm. East of Dawangwu Cun, Donggao Cunzhen, Pinggu District. (5869 3355)

Croakies Daily 9am-8.30pm. 5, 149 Beitucheng Xilu, Haidian District. (8202 3765, 喀纳斯体




OM Yoga 42 Rooms 9102/9103, Lido Apartment Bldg, Chaoyang District. (6437 8810) 静心堂, 朝阳区丽都

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

French Cultural Centre A public library, reading club, movie theater and cafe, which also offers French language classes. Library membership (RMB 200/year) gives you unlimited access to over 20,000 French books, CDs and DVDs. 18 Gongti Xilu, Chaoyang District. (6553 2627) 法国文化中心,

Canadians in China Network for Canadians and friends of Canada. (promote@canadiansi

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

育有限公司, 海淀区北土城西路甲149号(牡丹园 环岛西100米)

Foreign Correspondents Club of China (FCC) (8532 3807,

Yoga Yard Mon-Thu 7.15am-9.30pm, Fri-Sun 7.15am-8pm. 6/F, Bldg 17 Gongti Beilu (across from the north gate of Workers' Stadium), Chaoyang District. (6413 0774, info@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


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. 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@irishnetworkchina. com)

FURTHER EDUCATION Raffles Education Beijing Offers first-class 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, 朝阳区惠新东街 11号紫光发展大厦A座1层

COMMUNITY GROUPS The Capital Club Private club for the senior business community. 50/F, Capital Mansion, 6 Xinyuan Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (8486 2225 ext 260, 朝阳区新源南路6号 京城大厦50层

China Culture Center (CCC) Kent Center, 29 Anjialou, Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6432 9341/1041, info@chinaculturecenter. org) 朝阳区亮马

Fishbowl Events Fishbowl founders share a vision for creating social opportunities for people from different backgrounds to mix and mingle. Some of their most popular events include monthly speed dating, Hook ‘n Cook and speed networking. ( fishbowlevents. com


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

Beijing Children’s Hospital Daily 6.30am10.30pm. 56 Nanlishi Lu, Xicheng District. (6802 8401) 北京儿童医院, 西城区南礼士路56号 Beijing Emergency Medical Center 103 Qianmen Xidajie, Xuanwu District. (6609 8114) 北京市急救中心, 宣武区前门西大街103号

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@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. 北京新世纪荣和儿科门诊部, 顺义区北京 市顺义区天竺镇丽苑街荣和商业中心19号楼K-01

Beijing Tiantan Puhua International 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, check-ups, onsite 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,, 北京天坛普华医院, 北京天坛普华体检中心, 崇 文区天坛南里12号

Beijing United Family 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) 北京和睦家医院诊所, 顺义区天竺开发 区荣祥广场818号


Culture Yard Located inside an old hutong, Culture Yard helps foreigners with Chinese language and culture lessons, and provides a fun environment to interact with locals and other expats. 9am-late. 10 Shique Hutong, Dongcheng District. (8404 4166, www.cultureyard. net 东城区石雀胡同10号

sionals 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) 新泽西州立大学EMBA项目, 朝

Rutgers EMBA Program Rutgers offers a fully accredited 14-month Executive MBA (EMBA) program designed for working profes-

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) 北京和 睦家医院, 朝阳区将台路2号

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DIRECTORY / LIVING 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, 维 世达诊所, 朝阳区光华路1号嘉里中心B29

Bioscor Beijing Clinic International clinic for cosmetic medicine, specializing in cosmetic surgery, skincare, hair regrowth, and anti-ageing techniques. Appointments with an Australian surgeon and physician available. Rm 1008, E-Tower, 12 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6503 5706/7, cn) 澳保加医疗美容诊 所, 朝阳区光华路12号数码01大厦1008室(嘉里 中心对面)

Chiropractic and Rehabilitation Dr. David Zhang is an American National Board Exam Certificated chiropractic doctor, a Texas licensed acupuncturist and herbalist, and a specialist in Chinese medicine. He provides chiropractic, physiotherapy, and other manual therapies for back pain, sciatica, and other conditions, as well as acupuncture and natural medicine treatments. Tue, Wed, Thur and Sat 9.30am-6.30pm,. Beijing Internal Medical Center, S110, 1/F, Lufthansa Center Office building, 50 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6464 9828, 8448 3449) 朝阳区北京国 际医疗中心中国北京朝阳区亮马桥路50号燕莎中 心写字楼一层 S110

CMS Clinic American cosmetic/aesthetic medical services including laser skin treatments, hair loss/removal, cosmetic surgeries and anti-aging therapeutics for men and women. Free consultations available. BeijingTower (Chang’an Club Bldg) 7/F, Suite 701, 10 Dongchang’an Jie, Dongcheng District. (6559 6769) 北京西美斯医疗美容 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) 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

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) 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

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) 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)

Prof. Lin Dental Clinic Headed by Prof. Lin, a 1956 graduate from the Faculty of Dental Surgery of Paris Medical Institute. Employees are among the best in China and equipment is first-class. They offer a full range of dental services to both adults and children. Daily 9am-5pm. Room 303, 305, Bldg A, Jia Hui International Center, Chaoyang District (6553 8893, 6553 0988) 朝阳区吉庆里14号佳汇国际中 心A座303-305

Viv International Medical Beauty Clinic Offers cosmetic surgery, professional skin care, dentistry and Chinese health and beauty treatments. Tue-Sun 9.30am-6.30pm. 2/F, Bldg D, Global Trade Mansion, 9 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6530 2348, fax 6586 9965) 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.inquirie 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 Psychological Health Center BJU’s mental health professionals are all licensed in their home countries and have the credentials to practice legally in China. This team is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of Beijing’s diverse community and practice only the highest standards of mental health care. Their very 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 three locations in the city. For further information and appointments call 5927 7067. 1) Inside Beijing United Family Shunyi Clinic, Unit 818, Pinnacle Plaza, Tianzhu Real Estate Development Zone, Shunyi District. (; 2) Inside Beijing United Family Jianguomen Health & Wellness Center, B1/F, The St. Regis Residence, St. Regis Hotel, 21 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (; 3) Inside Beijing United Family Hospital, 2 Jiangtai Lu (in the Lido area), Chaoyang District. ( 北京和睦家医院诊所, 1) 顺义 区天竺开发区荣祥广场818单元北京和睦家医院诊 所内; 2) 朝阳区建国门外大街21号北京国际俱乐 部饭店公寓楼地下1层北京和睦家健康中心内; 3) 朝阳区将台路2号北京和睦家医院内

International Medical Center (IMC) Foreign doctors are on-site 24hrs a day, offering a wide range of medical services, including family medicine, psychological services, dental, Ob/Gyn, Pediatrics, TCM, etc. English, Chinese, Arabic, Russian are spoken. Drop-in service for travelers, on-site X-ray, ultrasound, laboratory. Daily 24hrs. S106, S111 Lufthansa Center, 50 Liangmahe Lu, Chaoyang District. (6465 1561/2/3, 6465 1384/28, 北京国 际医疗中心,朝阳 区亮马桥路50号燕莎中心写 字楼1层S106

New Century International Children’s Hospital (NCICH) China’s premier international children’s hospital provides affordable pediatric care at international standards.



Beijing Vista Clinic Vista’s mental health care team includes a psychiatrist, two psychologists and a counselor. They offer counseling for interpersonal issues, including marriage, divorce and parenting, emotional disorders including depression, grief, anxiety, as well as stress and anger management. They also specialize in working with children and their families as they navigate expat life in China. They work with individuals, couples, families and groups. Our counseling services are available in English, Japanese, Persian, Hindi and Chinese. Medical prescriptions are available. Daily 24hrs. B29, Kerry Centre, 1 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (8529 6618, fax 8529 6615, www. 维世达诊所, 朝阳区光华路1号 嘉里中心B29

IMC Psychological and Family Counseling Services English-speaking Adult and Child Psychologist, licensed to practice in China, offers individual, couple, marriage and family therapy. He also conducts psychological, neuropsychological /educational testing, biofeedback therapy and hypnosis. He offers treatment for depression, anxiety, insomnia, eating disorders, sexual difficulties, alcohol and substance abuse, ADD, ADHD, autism, and learning

problems in children. Speaks Chinese, Farsi and conversational Japanese. Daily 24hrs. S106, 1/F, Lufthansa Center, 50 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (158 0131 9796, 6465 1561/2/3) 朝阳区亮马桥路 50号燕莎中心写字楼1层S106

Side by Side A wholly foreign-owned and run center providing special education and learning support for children with special needs and learning difficulties. Capital Paradise 3336, Shunyi Distrcict, Shunyi District. (8046 3858) 顺义 区后沙浴名都园3336

The Wellness Centre Professionally qualified and registered psychologist offers consultation, psychotherapy and hypnotherapy to individuals, couples, families and groups. Extensive experience working with small children. Text Rina at 150 1008 0947 or e-mail

ORGANIC FARMS Dancing Harvest Unit 917, Asia Games Village, China Wukuang Dasha, Chaoyang District (5166 8871 x804) 朝阳区亚运村中国五 矿大厦917

Green Cow Organic Farm Donggezhuan (10 min north of the new International Exhibition Center), Houshayu Zhen, Shunyi District. (8046 4301, 135 0113 6920, 6433 4435 (fax), 绿牛有机农 庄, 顺义区北京绿牛有机农场(北京京承高速与机 场北线交汇处的东北方向董各庄附近)

Little Donkey Farm West of Houshajian Village, Sujiatuo Zhen, Haidian District. (138 1095 6036, 186 0102 2820, littledonkeyfarm@163. com) 海淀区海淀 区苏家坨镇后沙涧村西

Organic Farm .Just call 6173 2247 (English & Chinese) or visit their website to place an order. ( www., cn 有机农庄 Theresa’s Farm (1370 1277 398,

PET CARE/ANIMAL WELFARE 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)) 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

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, 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

Lee Pet Beijing’s largest pet store, offering not only a diverse range of imported products, but also in-house grooming, photography and kennel services. 1) Mon-Fri 10am-9pm, Sat-Sun 10am-9.30pm. Unit 3097, Bldg A, Chaowai Soho, 6 Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (5900 5499); 2) Rm 4119, 4/F, Golden Resources Shopping Mall, 1 Yuanda Lu, Haidian District. (8887 0706); 3) B118, B1/F, Longde Square Shopping Mall, 186 Litang Lu, Changping District. (8484 1916); 4) Bldg 4, Landgent Chateau, 33 Guangqu Lu, Chaoyang District. (8776 9602) www.leepet. com 乐宠, 1)朝阳区朝阳门外大街6号朝外SOHO A座3层3097; 2)海淀区远大路1号金源新燕莎4层 4119; 3)昌平区立汤路186号龙德广场地下1层 B118; 4)朝阳区广渠路33号石韵浩庭4号楼4底商

Lee Pet Animal Hospital Full-service veterinary center. Daily 24hrs. Unit 5-6, 9 Lincui Lu, Chaoyang District. (5821 3503) 乐宠丽派特动物 医院, 朝阳区林萃路9号5-6底商. 电话

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

Beijing Cultural Heritage Protection Center (CHP) CHP is a national resource center for heritage conservation, equipping local communities with awareness, strategy, organization, practical skills and training to preserve cultural heritage at local levels. 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) 北京文化遗产保护中 心, 东城区方家胡同46号艺术园区(国子监南 临)E座309室

Beijing Fengtai Lizhi Healing Center A boarding school for mentally disabled adults that focuses on teaching vocational skills and self-care. 93 Fengxi Beili (southeast of Fengxi Tielu Dongxiaoqu), Fengtai District. (5185 6801, fax 8360 2479) 北京丰台 利智康复中心, 丰台区丰西北里93号(丰西铁路 东小区东南角)

Beijing Foundation Beijing Foundation promotes transparent philanthropy and is working to create a philanthropic network to benefit Northern China. Beijing Horizon Educational Center (BHEC) BHEC seeks to promote fair development in education by providing resources for teachers in underprivileged areas. Rm 302, Bldg 2, Liheng Mingyuan, 23 Nanbinhe Lu, Xuanwu District. (6348 0852, yangfanhd@yahoo. 北京泓德中育文化发展中心, 宣武区南 滨河路23号立恒名苑23号楼302室

BICCO (Beijing International Committee for Chinese Orphans) A volunteer group that helps Chinese orphans with medical problems. Volunteer opportunities listed on their website. ( 北京国际援助中国孤儿委员会

CAI Empowers the children of migrant laborers through creative arts education and team sports. Four core values – confidence, courage, commitment and care – are taught through the programs. (8454 9633, 儿童才艺行动 Care for Children SEN School A small, focused charity that helps place orphans in loving homes in China. The Centre, Beijing Riviera, 1 Xiangjiang Beilu, Jingshun Lu, Chaoyang District. (8470 2735, 朝阳区京顺路香江北路1号香江 花园英国关爱儿童

Chi Heng Foundation CHF provides education and support for AIDS orphans in Central China and promotes AIDS awareness across the country. Rm 801, Bldg 6, Wanda Plaza, 93 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (5820 8574, 智行 基金会, 朝阳区建国路93号万达广场6楼801

China Chaoyang AIDS Volunteer Organization Chinese NGO that focuses on MSM rights protection, AIDS prevention awareness and condom marketing. Rm 1002, Chaoyang District Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 25 Huaweili, Panjiayuan, Chaoyang District. (8096 8456, 8778 9709,, 朝阳 华人AIDS干预工作组, 朝阳区潘家园华威里25号 朝阳区疾病预防控制中心1002

China HIV/AIDS Information Network (CHAIN) This GONGO is dedicated to HIV/ AIDS awareness and building a nation-wide HIV/AIDS information resource network. 7-101, Bldg 1, Courtyard 68, Fuchang Jie, Xuanwu District. (8313 3253, 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) 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) Provides both educational and community assistance to the children of migrant workers in Beijing. Contact for volunteer opportunities. Rm 233, 2/F, Xintai Bldg, 8 Xiaguang Li, Chaoyang District. (6465 6100/01, Fax 6465 6101, www.cmc-china. org 打工子弟爱心会, 朝阳区霞光里8号鑫泰大 厦2层233室

Global Village Beijing Environmental protection NGO. Rm 301, Bldg C, Huazhan International Department, 12 Yumin Lu, Chaoyang

DIRECTORY / LIVING–EXPLORE District. (8225 2046/2047, Fax 8225 2045) 北京地球村环境文化中心, 朝阳区裕民路12号华展国际公寓C座301室

Greenpeace This international organization promotes peace and the protection of the natural world. 19/F, Bldg E-2, Lanchou Mingzuo, Jiqingli, Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6554 6931, Fax 6554 6932) 朝阳区朝阳门外大 街吉庆里蓝筹名座E座2单元19层 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. MonSat 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

Handicap International An international solidarity organization working to prevent disabilities, improve the lives of the disabled, and support their efforts to become self-reliant. (6532 0219/0221,


Magic Hospital They work with sick, hospitalized, handicapped, orphaned, abused and at risk children aged 0-18 who are permanently or temporarily deprived of a carefree and fun childhood. 16 Gongti Bei Lu, 1402 Xingfu Yuan Gongyu, Chaoyang DistrictBeijing 100027 China, Chaoyang District. (chiara.

Save China’s Tigers A charity that aims to prevent the South Chinese Tiger from going extinct. PO Box 1928, Chinese Forestry Academy, Haidian District. (6286 6588, 133 6683 5722) 拯救中国虎,

New Life Centre A residential center for underprivileged youth in Shunyi to learn technical skills. Volunteers and donations welcome. Prevention Through Education (PTE) NGO that aims to improve HIV/AIDS awareness and develop local school-based HIV/AIDS prevention programs. Rotaract Beijing Rotaract Beijing collaborates with existing volunteer organizations in order to provide the community easy access to a variety of ongoing volunteer opportunities, with the added benefits of professional development and networking. www.rotaract-


Rent out your own plot and choose what plants you want to grow. You can either harvest them by yourself or delegate the foundation to help you manage your farm. (5166 8871) Price calculated per 50sqm


Rural China Education Foundation A volunteer-based organization that supports rural education in China. RCEF has many volunteer opportunities, especially for summer and yearlong teachers.


The Library Project The Library Project donates books and libraries to under financed schools and orphanages in the developing world. In 2010 they plan to complete 350 rural elementary school and orphanage library donations. Volunteers welcome. (159 2955 6183,

Weekly deliveries of seasonal, organic produce from Bejiing’s first farm with a self-sustaining ecosystem, and the first organic farm in China to be certified both in cultivation and animal feeding. (137 0127 7398) RMB 1,000 upfront; future orders deducted from this amount



Wokai A small, directed non-profit that works as an intermediary for microfinance in China.

Finnair Rm 204, Scitech Hotel, 22 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6512 7180, fax 6512 7182)

WWF-China One of the world’s leading environmental organizations, the WWF (formerly known as the World Wildlife Fund) is working on projects to preserve and protect China’s vast and diverse environmental resources and treasures. Sign up to volunteer online. Wen Hua Gong, Working People’s Cultural Palace (east of Tiananmen Square), Dongcheng District. (6511 6211) 世界自

Hainan Airlines 3/F, Grand China Air Plaza, 2B Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (950718) 海南航空, 朝阳区东

然基金会, 东城区天安门东侧劳动人民文化宫东 门内文华宫世界自然基金会北京办事处

Xingfu Gongcheng (Program of Happiness) A Chinese micro-lending organization that supports impoverished mothers. 12 Dahui Donglu, Haidian District. (6217 9760, fax 6217 3494) 幸福工程, 海淀区 大慧东路12号




Dragonair 28/F, East Tower, Twin Towers, 12B Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (400 888 6628) 港龙航空, 朝阳



Has its own shuttles which deliver 100 percent certified organic groceries to your doorstep, with a high-quality selection of organic import foods. (6173 2247) Call for prices


UNICEF 12 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6532 3131) 朝阳区三里屯

Air Asia Daily 8am-9pm. (95013 9000 0200)


Beyond Nanshan.

Continental Airlines Rm 1708, Richen International Center, 13 Nongzhanguan Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (8527 6696) www. 美国大陆航空, 朝阳区农展馆

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. 朝阳区建外大街1号国贸

Founded and run by Lejen Chen of Mrs. Shanen’s Bagels. This sixhectare, closed-system organic farm in Shunyi grows more than 25 types of fruit and vegetables – all pesticide- and herbicide-free. (8046 4301, 135 0113 6920) RMB 300 for weekly fee

Beijing’s only Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm delivers produce to your door once or twice a week, depending on your preference. (138 1095 6036) RMB 2,000-4,000 for membership


Air Canada Rm C201, Lufthansa Center, 50 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (400 811 2001) 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) 中国国际航空, 西城区西长安 Air France Rm 1609, 16/F, Bldg 1, Kuntai International Mansion, 12A Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (400 880 8808) www. 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

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

Asiana Airlines 12/F, Tower A, Gateway Plaza, 18 Xiaguangli, Dongsanhuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (400 650 8000) www. 韩亚航空, 朝阳区东三环路霞光里 18号佳程广场A座12层

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

British Airways Rm 2112, Bldg 1, Kuntai Int’l. Mansion, 12B Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6459 0081/2/3) www. 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. 朝阳区建国门外大街乙12号 双子座大厦东塔28楼


KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Rm 1609-1610, 16/F, Bldg 1, Kuntai International Mansion, 12A Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (400 880 8222) 荷兰皇家航

Chaoyang District (400 811 6666) 中国旅行社总社有限公司,北 京市东三环北路38号院1号楼28-31层

Country Holidays Travel English-speaking tour consultants specializing in travel around China and to other parts of Asia. Mon-Fri 9.30am-6.30pm, Sat 9.30am-1pm. Rm 2804, Bldg 11, Jianwai Soho, 39 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (5869 1781/82, 5869 1769, 朝阳区东三环中 路39号建外Soho11号楼2804

Global Easy Tour A professional and reliable travel agency with a team of experienced travel professionals. Offers travel and ticketing consultation services, tailored tour packages, leisure trips, cruise bookings, special ticketing, hotel deals, and more. Mon-Fri 9am-6pm, Sat 10am-4pm. A611, Freetown Center, 58, Dongsanhuan Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (5867 2900/1/2/3, 135 0115 6019, 和平国旅, 朝阳区东三环南路 58号富顿中心A座611室

Korean Air 901-3, Hyundai Motor Towers, 38 Xiaoyun Lu, Chaoyang District. (8453 8137, 40065 88888) 朝阳区霄

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, www. 中侨国旅, 朝阳区光华


路22号光华路SOHO 2号楼718室

Qantas Airlines Units 7-8, 10/F, West Tower, Twin Towers, 12B Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (400 888 0089) www. 澳洲航空, 朝阳区建国门外大街

Koryo Tours and Gallery The leaders in travel to the DPRK (North Korea), Koryo organize group tours and independent travel. Also offer trips to Turkmenistan and Russia. 27 Beisanlitun Nan (compound to west side of Yashow Market), Chaoyang District. (6416 7544, www., 朝阳

空, 朝阳区朝阳门外大街乙12号昆泰国际大厦 1609-1610


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

Turkish Airlines W103, Lufthansa Center, 50 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6465 1867) 土耳其航空, 亮马桥路50号 燕莎中心W103

United Airlines C/D1, 15/F, Tower A, Gateway Plaza, 18 Xiaguangli, Dongsanhuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (8468 6666) www.united. com 美国联合航空, 朝阳区东三环路霞光里18号 佳程广场A座15层C/D1

TRAVEL AGENCIES Asialive Travel Tailored tours of domestic and Asia destinations. A2306, Zhaowei Huadeng Plaza, 14 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (5823 7217, 朝阳区朝阳区酒仙桥路14号 兆维华灯大厦A2区3门A2306室内

Beijing Citybus Tour Service Daily 9am-8pm. Rm 1207, Scitech Tower, 22 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (400 650 0760) 北京赛笛芭 诗城市观光旅行社, 朝阳区建国门外大街22号赛 特大厦1207室

China Odyssey Tours Provides private tours and customized itineraries for English speakers. No strangers or visits to places you’re not interested in. Tours include Englishspeaking tour guide, private air-conditioned vehicle and licensed driver. (0773 585 4000, www. China Travel Service (CTS) State-run travel service brings decades of experience and a network of over 100 offices worldwide to offer travelers a comprehensive range of packages. 28-31/F, Blog A, 38 Dongsanhuan Beilu,


Mercurius World Travel Services A personalized and friendly travel agent that will provide continued English-language support for all of your international and domestic travel needs. 16G, Bldg B, Ginza Mall, 48 Dongzhimenwai Dajie, Dongcheng District. (5139 6161, 东城区东直门外大街 48号东方银座B座16G

Ninety Percent Travel Tours in and around Beijing from a group who strive to take you under the skin of Chinese culture. (151 1791 6648, Shangrila Adventure Travel to Yunnan, Sichuan, Tibet and Xinjiang. (158 2802 9486, www. Sunflower Travel Specializes in leisure and business travel, offering international and domestic trips, and customized trips to create a unique travel experience. 22D, Bldg B, Ginza Mall, 48 Dongzhimenwai Dajie(8447 6361, , www., Dongcheng District. (8447 6361) 东城区东直门外大街48号东方银座 B座22D)

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, 途易, 东城区建国门 内大街7号光华长安大厦2座921-926



CLASSIFIEDS Commercial and service classifieds cost RMB 300 for the first 20 words, and RMB 15 for each additional word. To submit a classified ad: 1) e-mail:; 2) submit your ad directly on line at www.; 3) fax to 5820 7895. Free ads will be placed on a space-available basis and at the discretion of the editor. Deadline: the 15th of each month. For more information on how to place a classified advertisement in The Beijinger call our new number: 5820 7700-822 JOBS OFFERED - PROFESSIONAL see more at Dragonomics Research is looking for analysts to join our research team in Beijing: 1) Energy analyst 2) Financial markets analyst 3) Technology analyst 4) Consumer markets analyst Requirements include: 1) native-level Chinese speaker 2) Strong spoken and written English 3) At least five years research, analysis or reporting experience on Chinese energy issues, financial markets (banks, stock mar kets and/or bond markets), China’s technol ogy industries (IT, telecoms, and/or inter net) or Chinese consumer markets 4) Ability to compile and maintain databases in Excel and to prepare well-organized PowerPoint presentations We need a thinker with independent ideas, initiative and an eagerness to get information by talking to people as well as through data analysis. We offer a competitive salary, a friendly working environment, and good opportunities for career advancement including short- or long-term postings in our Hong Kong office. To apply, please send a CV and brief cover letter explaining your interest to Alanis Qin Recruiting sales representative Must have good interpersonal skill, English / Chinese fluent work under pressure. Team spirit, prior experience preferred. Competitive remuneration: high commission, basic salary, social insurance. Please contact ann@sionrealestate. 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 JOBS OFFERED - SALES & MARKETING see more at 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 Be a BeijingKids Intern Beijing’s essential expat family resource is looking for an editorial intern to help write, research and edit for the magazine and website. This is an excellent opportunity if you’re looking for hands-on experience in the media industry. Either native English or Chinese speakers are suitable, but must be quick to learn, proactive, outgoing and willing to network extensively with schools, businesses and parents around town. Please send your cv and at least three English writing samples to




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 @ SERVICE - ACCOMMODATION see more at Beijing Service Apartment for Rent Daily/Monthly/Yearly @ Sublet.CN FULL SERVICE: 24H Hotline: 008610-6493-8285, 6491-2993 Email: Website: Dongzhimen/Sanlitun Area: Harbor City, Studio, 40m², ¥300/night or ¥3,600/month; Seasons Park - 海晟名苑: Studio, 47m² with open kitchen, ¥390/ night or ¥4,800/month; 1 Br, 75m², ¥580/night or ¥6,800/month; 2 Br, 100m², ¥9,000 2 Br, 128m², ¥12,000 2+1 Br, 140m², ¥14,000 3 Br, 160m², ¥15,000 4 Br, 250m², ¥25,000 New MOMA - 万国城: Studio, 100m², ¥6,500 2 Br, 140m², ¥11,000 3 Br, 245m², ¥20,000 Sanlitun SOHO - 三里屯SOHO: 1 Br, 120m², ¥10,000 2 Br, 150m², ¥13,000 2 Br, 170m² special offer ¥12,000 3+1 Br, 245m², ¥23,000 3+1 Br, 260m², ¥28,000 International Wonderland - 首开幸 福广场: 1 Br, 95-120m², ¥6,500 2 Br, 125 - 140m², ¥8,000 Regentland/Worker Stadium/DongsishItiao - 瑞士公寓: 1 Br, 80 - 95m², ¥8,500 2 Br, 125m², ¥12,000 3 Br, 140m², ¥15,000 Guangcai Int’l Apartment - 光彩国际: 3 Br. 217m², ¥20,000 4 Br. 270m², ¥25,000 Lufthansa Area: Beijing SOHO Residences - SOHO北 京公馆: 1 Br. 80m², ¥11,000 3 Br. 245m², ¥ 22,000 Gemini Grove - 星源汇 1 Br. 80m², ¥8,000 2 Br. 90m², ¥9,000 Chaoyang Park Area: Palm Spring - 棕榈泉: 2 Br. 138m², ¥12,000 3 Br. 180m², ¥16,000 3 Br. 218m², ¥22,000 Park Avenue - 公园大道: 2 Br. 174m², ¥15,000 3 Br. 180m², ¥17,000 3 Br. 193m², ¥20,000 Oceanwide Int’l Residential District - 泛海国际: 3 Br. 185m², ¥13,000 4 Br. 245m², ¥18,000 Greenlake Place - 观湖国际: 3 Br. 173m², ¥10,000 3 Br. 192m², ¥13,000 4 Br. 260m², ¥22,000 Beijing Golf Palace - 高尔夫公寓: 3 Br. 270m², ¥27,000 Star River - 星河湾: 3+1 Br. 260m², ¥24,000

CBD Area: Central Park - 新城国际: Studio, 75m², ¥8,000 1 Br. 90m², ¥9,000 2 Br. 125m², ¥12,000 2 Br. 130m² duplex, ¥13,000 3 Br. 190m², ¥19,000 3 Br. 220m², ¥ 23,000 4 Br. 265m², ¥33,000 Windsor Avenue - 温莎大道: 1 Br. 90m², ¥7,500 2 Br. 158m², ¥12,000 3 Br. 300m², ¥23,000 Fortune Plaza - 财富中心: 1 Br. 70m², ¥7,000 2 Br. 140m², ¥11,000 3 Br. 205m², ¥16,000 Global Trade Mansion - 世贸国际: Studio. 80m², ¥7,000 2 Br. 170m², ¥14,000 3 Br. 260m², ¥18,000 CBD Private Castle - 圣世一品: 2 Br. 115m², ¥10,000 2 Br. 148m², ¥12,000 3 Br. 170m², ¥15,000 Dawanglu Area: China Central Place - 华贸中心: 2 Br. 125m², ¥12,000 3 Br. 165m², ¥13,000 Gemdale Int’l Garden - 金地国际: 2 Br. 148m², ¥13,000 3 Br. 199m², ¥18,000 Courtyard For Lease: Houhai 4 Br. 420m², Lake Side, ¥75,000 Dongsi 4 Br. 300m², ¥44,000 Sublet.CN FULL SERVICE: 24H Hotline: 008610-6493-8285, 6491-2993 Email: Website:

Good View Property is an international real estate consultancy and investment advisory company. Consultants specialize in the leasing and purchasing of residential, retail and office properties in Beijing to provide clients with one-stop individualized solutions to their real estate needs. Please visit us at, call our hotline direct at 01065616166/13810684468 or email us at for a free consultation. JOBS OFFERED - TEACHING see more at 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 SERVICE - AGENTS: REAL ESTATE see more at 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.

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.

NCL Real Estate Services NCL Commercial services focus on the office leasing service for foreign companies. provides international clients with customer-orientated, 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. ROOM120606 JIANWAI SOHO 建外SOHO12号楼606室 Tel: 58691028; 13911758308 Fudou, The most considerate consultant in real estate. Beijing’s first “housekeeper-style” 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 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. Tel: (8610) 8523 7766 ext. 125 or 126. Email: realestate@jtnfa. com. Website: 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: SERVICES - BUSINESS CENTER see more at Vantone Commercial 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 inhouse 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. Tel: 010 8804 7200,5905 5905 SERVICES - AIR PURIFIERS see more at 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: 400-6501266 E-mail:

CLASSIFIEDS SERVICES - AYI / HOUSEKEEPING see more at 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: Website: www.

Beijing Ex-PATS Service Healthy, reliable, experienced, 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, English-speaking driver, driving license, vehicle registration. Tel: 64381634, 13501237792 ada. Beijing Sunnyhome Housekeeping Service Co., Ltd Services: Cleaning, Ironing, Cooking, Baby-care. Etc. Tel: 010- 64333473 www., E-mail:home@bjayiservice. com Add: B523, No.26 Yard, Jiuxianqiao Zhong Lu, Chaoyang District. 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 / 131 4104 2715. 24 Hours. Email:; Beijing Ayi Service Company provides the experience and professional ayies (Nanny), driver and western cooking chef for foreigner families. And teach ayies western cooking etc. contact on: 60409096, 13641137690 (24 hours), email: website: SERVICES - CARPETS see more at 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 KhawachenPioneer of Tibetan rugs, in the beautiful Chaoyang park. Tel: 5905 6311 E-mall: Website: www. 3-2 FA, Solana Park, No.6, Chaoyang Park Road, Chaoyang District. SERVICES - DECORATION/DESIGN see more at 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 vto 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(Chin a)Sanitaryware Co., Ltd - Shanghai Sales Center, Unit A-D,10/F Jiushi Tower,28 Zhongshan Road(S),Shanghai(02163309922)


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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) SERVICES - GENERAL see more at Beijing TOP-A Vehicle Service Co., Ltd Beijing TOP-A Vehicle 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, 13501237792 ada.

First Choice Car Rental Service Co., Ltd. * Long term leasing for family or business. * Short term leasing for travelling, RMB200-RMB800/day * English-speaking drivers * Airport-Pick up/ drop off. * Sedan (Audi, Passat, Elantra etc.), Van (Buick Gl8, JinBei, Ford, Benz), Bus Tel: 8610-64340778, 13810156525(24 hours) Email: Web: Beijing Auto Service Center We are based in the Shunyi Villa district enabling us to quickly provide outstanding car-related services such as: * Car or Van Rental or Leasing * Selling/Buying Cars * Auto Insurance * Much more… Please visit our web site to learn more or E-mail us at: For assistance you can also call: (8610)-5128-0902 or (86) 158-0161-4480. Special Fares & Roundtrip Flight from Beijing to: 1) London/Rome/Melbourne/Paris/ CNY4888 Amsterdam/Moscow 2) Singapore/Kuala Lumpur/ CNY3600 Bangkok /Manila/ Tokyo 3) Budapest/Brussels/Berlin CNY5900 4) Toronto CNY5500 Tel: 51656625 Web: AAA expatcar The #1 solution for enjoyable driving in China New car sales Used car sales Leasing options Car service Driver license Car insurance Contact: Tel: 81523060

Welcome joint the expatcar motor Club membership 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: Tel: 81523060 SERVICES - BUSINESS see more at A & L consulting provides urgent business services: Work permit, Resident permit, Business registration, Market penetration. Call: 8610-51286183 13701381127 13811627864 E-mail:

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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. E-Mail: Austen Morris Associates provide independent financial advice for expatriates, including children’s education planning, retirement planning, protfolio management and tax efficient investments. Call for an initial consultation. Mon-Fri 9am-5.30pm, Ste 2509, Beijing Silver Tower, 2 Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. 64107030. SERVICES - RELOCATION FIRMS see more at

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 general. 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.; Tel.: +86 10 8042 0416; Fax: +86 10 8048 0115; web: www.dbschenker. we make moving enjoyable!

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) 8580-1475 Email: beijing@aemovers. Website: CIM is located 50 metres away from Chaoyang 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: Web: Seven Seas Worldwide If you pay the moving yourself, WE ARE ABSOLUTELY YOUR BEST CHOICE. Within 3m³(=24 large boxes) unbeatable price and safe service quality. More than 20,000 happy customers a year. PLUS: 1 month free storage in China. 24h hotline: 400 881 6698. More lovely price, more safety, more flexibility.

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: 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 SILVERWAY RELOCATIONS Door to Door Moving/Packing Materials/Packing Assistance Domestic Trucking/Local Moving/Office Moving/Wooden Crating/ International Freight Forwarding/Pet Handling/Customs Clearance Tel: 010-65485508. Email:



CLASSIFIEDS SERVICE - IMPORT & EXPORT see more at CTH (Beijing) Import & Export offers professional import export service. • Custom clearance • Import Export agency • Sourcing in China • Air/Sea transportation Tel: (010)67980408 or 15801308466 Email: cth_ SERVICE - PET CARE see more at Lee Pet PetSmart, America’s largest retailer of pet products and services, operates on this side of the globe under the name Lee Pet. Its Chaowai Soho branch is now Beijing’s largest pet store, offering not only a diverse range of imported products, but also in-house grooming,photography and kennel services. Mon-Fri 10am-9pm, Sat-Sun 10am-9.30pm. Unit 3097, Bldg A, Chaowai Soho, 6 Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District (5900 5499) 朝阳区 朝阳门外大街6号朝外SOHO A座3层3097 Leepet chain stores’ location: 1. Golden Resources Shopping Mall 4th floor; Suite: 4119 乐宠金源新燕莎MALL店: 北 京市海淀区远大路1号金源燕莎购物中心 4层西侧4119 (停车楼4层E28口) 电话: 01088870706 2. Longde Square Shopping Mall Suite: B118,tangli road, Changpin district 龙德广场 店: 北京市昌平区立汤路186号龙德广场地下一 层B118铺位, 电话: 010-84841916 3. Land gent chateau store #4 building, guangqu road, Chaoyang district. 石韵浩庭 店: 北京市朝阳区广渠路33号石韵浩庭04号楼 04底商, 电话: 010-87769602 4. Leepet animal hospital ( 24 hours) #9 Lincui Street, Chaoyang District 乐宠丽派特动物医 院: 北京市朝阳区林萃路9号院5-6底商, 电话: 010-58213503 Hotline: English: 138 1029 5757

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. (6464 3530) 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 10.00am9.00pm,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 / 8463 9988) 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); SERVICES - PRINTING


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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,Kai xuanlu,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 - TAX see more at 1040 US & CHINA TAX SERVICES Licensed & personalized US and China individual income tax specialists with over 15 years experiences. For tax return preparation and consultation services, please contact us: 1040 Consulting Service Co., Ltd. / M: 139-1131-4957 / P: (86 10) 5923-1099 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: SERVICES - LANGUAGE TRAINING see more at

Beijing Mandarin School obtains a good reputation among foreigners. More than 60 teachers; tailor made textbooks; voted “The Professional Chinese Language School”; also recommended by BBC News by Helen Leavey on Monday, 9 January 2006. We also offer Chinese culture class, Chinese cooking class; paper-cutting class & visa service and apartment rental service. new group classes start on January10th and 17th, 2011. E-tower: Room 904-905, E-tower, Guanghua Road, Chaoyang District. (数码01大厦9层904室) Tel:6508 1026 Fax:6508 1126 Guangming Hotel: Room 0709, 7/F, Guangming Hotel office building, Liangmaqiao Road, Chaoyang District(光明 饭店7层0709室) Tel: 84418391/ 186 1173 6419 www.

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SERVICES - TRANSLATION/WRITING see more at 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. PrimeTrans offers comprehensive translation services that help you overcome your business barriers. Quality, prompt and worryfree! Call George: 010-81732035, 13683581705, SERVICES - HOME ACCESSORIES see more at Qianmen Carpet Co. One of the city’s most reputable rug merchants sells antique carpets from Tibet, Qinghai, Xingjiang and Inner Mongonlia, as well as reproductions and contemporary creations.



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 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:

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The Frontiers School- Makes Chinese Easy Founded in 2003 by a team of dedicated language teachers, we offer full and part time courses as well as programs tailored specifically to you or your company’s requirements – backed up by after-course support and competitive pricing in Beijing’s most accessible location. Make the right choice for your Chinese Language Journey – choose The Frontiers School (next to Dongzhimen subway station) 3rd Floor, Building 30, Dongzhong St. Dongzhiwai St. Mandarinzone School----Mandarin made easy Intensive Course over Spring Festival Holidays Group/Private Chinese classes are seeking more students Free Trial: 6538-0023 Margaret: 135-2168-0097(English) Room1208, Tongguang Building (In Sanlitun area; B,Tuanjiehu Station, Subway Line 10; Nearby Chaoyang Park)

The Pentagram Chinese Language Institute (PCLI) 1. Tailoring made learning plan for VIP. 2. New group class for beginner starts each month. 3. Key account plan for the companies and embassies. 4. Varied cultural activities, convenient traffic location and Chinese style classrooms, all this will impress you. 5. Visa service/ free Chinese test and pick-up service Order the courses on will get 5% discount! Tel: +86 10 6500 5755 Room 301, RuiChen International center, No.13, NongZhangGuan South Road, Chaoyang District.

New Concept Mandarin School The choice of many Embassies and Fortune 500 companies around China. Discover how effective and enjoyable Mandarin language learning can be. Proven Methodology specially developed for Western Expats. Full-time professional trainers. In-house developed training materials including Online Study Tools and DVDs to help you review between classes. Take 1-2 lessons per week, or our intensive classes when you have more time. Private, Small Group and Corporate Training courses can be arranged based on your availability. 20,000 clients have been empowered with Mandarin communication skills through NCM centers all around China. Call us to book a one-hour free demo lesson. Intensive Chinese course with Gaoli Chinese School Follow our steps, help you realize your purpose! Step1: join in our tailor made class (comprehension +basic HSK prep) (take 4months) Result from step 1: Speak Chinese fluently+ Pass new HSK level 4 Step2: comprehension + HSK prep (take 3 months) Result from step2: Pass new HSK level 5 in both oral and writing tests. Pre university course is available! Please contact us for detailed information of Chinese courses. Address: 2nd floor Block A, Haisheng Group No. 45 Chengfu Rd, Wudaokou Haidian district. Tel: 010-62550017/62635535 Email: Web: www. Berlitz is for people who are serious about speaking a new language. Join us for a free demonstration ad experience the Berlitz Method of over 131 years. Sign Up now! Add: Suit 801, Sunjoy Mansion, No.6 Ritan Road Contact person: Tel:6593 0478. Website:


The Bridge School, voted as “the best Chinese language school” by city weekend’s readers’ survey, has a history of 18 years and 4 locations in Beijing. There are about 100 professional teachers and over 40 contracted companies/embassies. Our own textbooks including memory cards and cds are published by Beijing Culture and Language University, and we are authorized as test centre for HSK and BCT exam. Since March 2010, we have been broadcasting the column "Chinese Studio" in FM91.5 MHz China radio international. 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. New branch : No.5 Laiguangying East Road Room 701, Chaoyang District (Near Land Bridge Villa and Reviera Garden) Tel: 84703587 80461707 (Vivian)

SBC Business Service (Beijing) Co., Ltd. Hotline: +86 10 59231166 Http: SBC was founded in 1995 as a leading business service and company register agency in Hong Kong. SBC is your best partner in setting up your representative office and in looking for instant office or virtual office services. In Beijing, SBC provides 52 offices to you, with over 2300sqm space. At SBC, our mission is to facilitate you to open the door to the world of maximum possibilities with minimum cost. Top Product: 1. Instant Office, 2. Virtual Office , 3. Conference Service, 4. Registration Support. Add: 11/F, Tower A, Gateway, No. 18 Xiaguangli, North Road, East Third Ring, Chaoyang District, Beijing. APBC Offices is a premium boutique serviced office offering a unique mix of cuttingedge design and state-of-the-art technology. Each centre is one of a kind to fit the needs of the discerning business executive who demands the best and is looking to impress that prospective client. apbcOffices is all about the details and experience. Be it meeting space, serviced or virtual office, our professional, bilingual and experienced team of international service standard service will go the extra mile to ensure all your requirements are met. APBC Offices is fast expanding with strategically located serviced offices in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Beijing and Shanghai. Tel: 010 5920 8333

TailorMade Chinese Center Get concrete results right from the start! •Trained accredited teachers all graduated in Teaching Chinese as Second Language • Practical and efficient methodology • Tailor- made training programs • International management team • Clean & relaxing environment. Private Lessons, Group Lessons, HSK, Online and others... Get a Free Lesson to make your mind up! Beijing CBD Location: 0810, Shangdu Soho, North Tower B, Chaoyangqu, Dongdaqiao Lu 8 hao, 010-5900 5420, Mandarin Tutor Experienced tutor with a proven track record is committed to delivering high quality tutoring to students of all levels. Able to customize both long-term studying plan and intensive travel, business programs. RMB 80 at flexible schedule and location. Chad Jiang: 136-7113-1173

Servcorp is recognized as the world’s finest serviced offices and Virtual Office provider. We are located in the prestigious addresses of Beijing surrounded by most of the major 5-star Hotels and shopping malls. Our professional team, state of the art technology and multi-function meeting rooms provide a total business solution and mobility. Oriental Plaza, W2, L6 and E2 L19, East Chang’an Avenue, Dongcheng District, Tel: 6810-8520 0000; China Central Place, Tower 3, L24, No.77 Jianguo Road, Chaoyang District Tel: 68108588 0033 SERVICES - OUTDOOR LIFESTYLE see more at

Fesco International Teaching Center: Mandarin and Cultural Courses 85618287 85636133 www.fescomandarin. Cangjie Mandarin School 1. Spoken Chinese, HSK, BCT, YCT, busi ness Chinese,Chinese Character, Pronunciation 2. Learning Chinese on a “Beijing Life Tour” combines the subject of the tour and practical Chinese: every weekend 3. Short-term private course: rmb1200/ 20lessons 4. Group class: 960yuan/month 5. Free Chinese culture class and free pronunciation class Tel: 6591-0933 1324-174-0100 Room 703, Heng’an Building South of the Pacific center (D, Tuanjiehu station, Subway line 10)

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






e’s been there at pretty much every rock show I’ve seen in Beijing in the last couple of years. He bobs his head, always covered in a baseball cap, in appreciation, occasionally lifting a point-andclick digital camera to snap a picture for his blog. I probably knew to come see this show because of that blog – or perhaps because of a plug for the show he’s posted on Twitter. Badr’s at 2 Kolegas to see The Amazing Insurance Salesmen – which, by the way, is the best Beijing band I’ve seen in years, I shit you not. They absolutely deserved their recent victory in the China leg of the Global Battle of the Bands. “I’ve been telling people about them for a year!” Badr shouts at me as the trio nails insanely tricky passages with machineper fect precision. Badr ’s way out in Haidian at D-22 watching Rustic, or at 13 Club a few doors down to catch M iserable Faith. He’s at MAO by the Drum Tower to see legendary San Francisco Thrash Metal band Exodus, or watching The Face rock Yugong Yishan. Doesn’t matter if it’s blues or bluegrass, Metal or folk, or even me and my visiting bassplaying college buddy playing Rush covers. I f there’s decent live music, chances are that Badr Benjelloun is there. It’s not just music, either. Badr’s latest project is to eat his way around China by dining at the restaurant of every provincial rep office here in the capital. So far, by his reckoning, he’s done about three-quarters of them. The Xinjiang rep offices – three of them, in fact, from the Autonomous Region’s government and from two of its larger cities – number among his recommendations. Chuanban is fine (I’ve eaten there with him, and he was clearly digging the lazi ji) but the “little Chuanban” – the Chengdu municipal rep office’s restaurant, a “hidden gem down a little hutong that seats about 30 people and makes amazing dishes” – is even better. Stay away from the Anhui rep office restaurant, he gravely warns. Badr, 32 and vexingly thin despite his passion




for eating, is doing Beijing right. B or n in M orocco and raised in France, he moved to the US at 17. His cultural reference points are mostly American, but he’s called China home since February 2004, and Beijing since early 2006. By day, he’s worked as a teacher of Chinese to foreigners, and as a software guy in the travel sector. By night, he’s dedicated himself to sucking the marrow out of life in Old Chokey, and has been unswer vingly determined to experiencing all that’s best in Beijing. Badr told me once that he can’t conceive of how anyone could find themselves bored in this town, what with so much to do – the art scene,

the music scene, all the places to explore, the food. He can’t understand why so many expats just sit around sullenly downing drinks to loud canned music. “I don’t like to just go to a bar to get drunk,” he tells me. “There needs to be a purpose for going, whether that’s to have a conversation or to see live music.” His earnestness is far from off-putting. At first I felt personal shame, for not keeping that attitude alive in myself. But that’s changed to flat-out inspiration. There are other expats in Bejiing whom I salute for making the place more fun. There’s Jim Boyce, the Canadian guy who has selflessly sacrificed his precious liver so that the rest of us can read on his blog where the best drinks in town are to be had. And there’s Jaime Welton, the guitarist and soundman extraordinaire and a noble savage if ever there was one. Jaime’s probably done more to improve the sound systems of Beijing’s live venues than anyone else. Hell, I’d say he’s among the best thing ever to happen to the music scene. Jaime fronts classic Metal outfit Bad Mamasan, plays guitar in blues band Black Cat Bone, and occasionally even sings in an AC/DC tribute band. He’s the apotheosis of Metal. Or possibly Satan in human fo r m . I n e i t her case he deserves a column devoted to him, but Badr’s the object of this paean. B a d r ’s t h e g u y w h o’s reawakened my commitment to really enjoying Beijing, who got me reading the expat magazines (like this one) again, so I can keep up with at least some of what’s happening. Why had I stopped in the first place? There are the children, sure, and all the work, and the easy comforts of home, and the horrors of crossing town in traffic. But none of these are reasons for me to have fallen into ruts, to slouch heavily and inevitably into old fartdom. So here’s to you, Badr Benjelloun. See you out there this weekend. Horns up!

the Beijinger January 2011  
the Beijinger January 2011  

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