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She Can Do It!



The Comical Misadventures of a Bunny in Beijing







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Beijing Folk: Xiao He of Glamorous Pharmacy sings a fool’s love song Talk About Town: Oh, the silly things you’ve done for love Scene & Heard: The social merry-go-round … plus your chance to win great prizes



Feature: Furry, hoppy things – and a look forward to China’s ecological forecast for 2011

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Bunny in the Big City … She landed on the mean streets of Beijing, seeking her fortune. The gritty days are filled with struggle, but she manages to steal a few pleasures wherever she can. Will fate crush her spirit or smile upon her? What’s New: The Kro’s Nest, Little Yunnan, Grinders, Refresh!, Ssam, Yoshi Izakaya, Jing Happiness Feature: Meatless happiness Bad for You: Cream puff taste-off Alleyway Gourmet: Authentic dandan mian




What’s New: The Loop, Fuel, Zone Club, The Pavillion Clubhouse: Oshi and Tnem of The Drop A Drink With: Leon Lee of Apothecary Mastermind: Robin Howlett of Bang! Bang! Pizza Have You Met: The Amazing Insurance Salesmen Playlist: Bian Yuan lulls us to sleep Livehouse: Re-Tros … plus reviews of Omnipotent Youth Society, Su Yang, Diddy-Dirty Money, Asobi Seksu What’s New: I.T Beijing Market, Lingyan Design, Good Goods Commune, What Inspect A Gadget: All-in-one printers Fashion 5-0: Stop trying so hard to look good Get The Look: Red is the color of auspiciousness Features: Pianist Leon Fleischer and UCCA’s “Inner Ear” photo exhibition Bookshelf: Li Tianbing, artist … plus reviews of Room, The Road Less Traveled, and La Traviata





Q&A: Beijing Ducks water polo Feature: Mashup Sports really wants you to have fun in 2011

Health Feature: Winter itch Hands On: How hard can it be to learn the tango? Q&A: JUMP! Foundation gives a boost to youth leaders


57 Long Weekend: The Philippines Feature: Taiwan’s sea caves, hot springs and forest parks

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

92 Ich Bin Ein Beijinger: Kaiser has a pitch for the venture capitalists




Nice day for kite-flying. Photo by Xiao Yi Got a Peking Pic? Send it to for a chance to win a bottle of Amherst Daisy Creek Chardonnay.

GENERATION GAP Thank you for contacting me. I will be traveling until February 9 and unable to check my messages while I’m away, but I will respond as soon as possible once I return.

EDITOR'S LETTER Hey, how’s it going?

I knew you weren’t from Beijing!

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




rowing up in a city undoubtedly colored my attitude toward animals – I wasn’t exposed to the harsh truths of the countryside. I was raised in a house with two dogs (and three other people) and the dogs were very much part of the family. This emotional attachment to dogs means that I still steadfastly refuse to eat dog meat. I consider dogs to be outside of the realm of the food chain – a list that includes goldfish, parrots, guinea pigs, monkeys, cats and for many years, rabbits. We always had rabbits. They weren’t proper pets in the way that the dogs were. They lived outside in their hutches. You had to be careful when you fed them carrots as they seemed less aware that they could maul a child’s finger than the dogs did. If you let them out, you had to carry them to another cage to play in – otherwise it would take ages to catch them. To be honest, they seemed a bit pointless. They didn’t do that much and apart from their ears being massive they were a bit boring. That’s not to say I wasn’t attached to them. I’m told that I was quite upset at the first funeral I ever attended. Take one shallow grave (dug by dad) that looks enormous, add one beloved family pet (in this case the rabbit that I had imaginatively named Ben) and cover with dirt until full. I remember that the urban foxes were blamed for Ben’s untimely demise, which is believable, but

in hindsight leaving the thing outside in the winter with hay for warmth in a wooden box seems a contributory factor. Some time after my early introduction to mortality, my dad was allowed to make dinner (an odd enough occurrence in my house at the time) and fair play to the boy, it was well-liked. It was some manner of stew or casserole. He was very tight-lipped about what the meat was. “What’s this?” “It’s your dinner, son. Get it eaten. There’s kids starving in Biafra.” “Dad, what’s Biafra?” “I’ve told you. Get your dinner eaten.” My mum got an answer out of him once we’d finished. It was rabbit. This didn’t go down well. Me and my sister didn’t even know that people ate rabbits. I’m not saying Dad dug up a dead rabbit but to this day I don’t know where it came from. For many years afterwards, it was too hard to disassociate the food from the pet. Anyway, I’m not a bleedingheart liberal or a vegetarian apologist. I know now that rabbits are tasty – so are chickens and pigeons and cows – but none of them play fetch.

Jonathan White Managing Editor




River Club and True Run Media hosted an evening of cocktails, canapes and conversation on Jan 18. Mumm Champagne provided the bubbles. Photos by Judy Zhou

Revelers rang in 2011 at the Punk New Year Party on Dec 31. Photos courtesy of The Opposite House

The Acupuncture Christmas party rocked The House on Dec 24. Photos courtesy of Acupuncture

YEN Countdown at 798 on Dec 31. Photos courtesy of o2 Culture



GENESIS 2011 drew the crowds to 798 on Dec 31. Photos courtesy of Acupuncture

The renaming ceremony of the St. Regis Beijing was held on Jan 11 at the hotel’s Garden Lounge, where it was announced that the Chinese brand name of the St. Regis Beijing is now officially “Beijing Ruiji Jiudian.” Photo courtesy of the St. Regis Beijing

The Emperor launched their Xianyukou branch on Jan 13. Photo courtesy of The Emperor

Hotel Manager Douglas Ariza Giammaria posed with Gong Li and Andy Lau when their new movie What Women Want was filmed in the hotel. Photo courtesy of the Westin Beijing Financial Street




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. Thank you for your most recent edition of the Beijinger, as soon as I saw the “healthy” theme I began looking for a copy. I appreciate your efforts to expose a healthier side to city life. My biggest challenges since working here have been working out and eating healthy on a minimal budget, and I appreciate both tips and evidence that this city is developing a more healthy perspective. I came from a job in the US that was sort of an exercise cult, so things are certainly different here! Keep up the good work! Erin Henshaw We say: Thanks for the feedback, Erin. Good luck with staying healthy. I am in a bit of a bind. I just finished reading your article, “in my office”, on the hidden cost of toilet paper and am worried that my toilet paper might not be made from recycled wood pulp. Could you please confirm what the paper in your magazine is made from? Waiting patiently for your reply. FPG We say: It’s printed on 64g Light

Weight Coated Paper, which we’re assured by our printer is made from recycled pulp and sustainable sources. It should be noted that there is currently no system in place to verify paper sources. I’d like to draw your readers’ attention to the lie that is global-warming. I’ve been living in Beijing for 6 months now and even in that short time the weather has clearly got colder, and not warmer. When I arrived in this fine city, I regularly wore T-shirts and shorts. Now, I’m wearing 2 jackets and still feel cold. Anyone who says the weather is getting warmer is a charlatan and a cad. Yours (in longjohns), Lt Col Richard Flagstaff-Johnson MBE (retired) We say: The weather doesn’t lie. Have a pizza.


If you like to eat (and you should) the only Fatburger in Beijing is a brief dash from the northeast exit. California-style burgers are not the only recommendation. Branches of Invincible Ramen, Bellagio and Quanjude are all about a five-minute stroll away.


The Laitai Flower Market is more than just a mecca for the botanically minded. They’ve wares enough to fill the largest of homes – and to keep golf, art and gadget fans occupied as well. It’s one of the only places in the city where you can buy an ‘80s-style phone. The ever-popular Sanyuanli food market is also a stone’s throw

away. If none of this is to your taste, why not buy a visa for the US or Israel at their embassies?


Beijing’s oldest Irish pub, Dur ty Nellie’s, is situated off the parking lot of the Liangma Flower Market. They’ll happily sell you a pint of Guinness as fresh as the flowers next door. The Paulaner Brauhaus in the Kempinski Hotel is another purveyor of fine beer (albeit more Germanic) while the Hard Rock Café will welcome you with open arms so long as you check your drugs and nuclear weapons at the door. If you’re more into libations of the bubbly variety, then the Westin Chaoyang’s Bubbalicious Brunch is arguably the finest in town.

BEIJING FOLK How many love songs are there on your new album? All 12 songs are love songs. Tell us more about it. I recorded it at home when my leg was broken. It’s a collection of love songs from a sickbed. Who are these love songs for? I can’t say. I’ll be in trouble if I tell. Describe your music in three phrases. Seeking the rules, building the rules, breaking the rules.



f you only have time to get to k now one Chinese musician, make it Xiao He. He came to Beijing 16 years ago with a dream of becoming a rock star, formed the experimental band Glamorous Pharmacy (美好药店) a year later, and now he’s recognized as the most avant-garde folk musician in China.



His songs are like an impressionistic painting with many layers – casual at first glance, but as you scrape off each layer, you’ll find another masterpiece hiding underneath it. Xiao He chatted with us while finishing his new album, Fool’s Love Song (傻瓜的情歌).

What are you thinking when you improvise on stage? I don’t remember most of the thoughts, only that there are peo-

When is the best time to listen to your CD? When you put the wrong disc in your player but are too laz y to change it. Are you a normal person? More normal than you people, because music actually saves me. What do you want to do but haven’t tried yet? Go walking, raise two sheep and two hens that can make eggs and build a house by myself. Go touring with no equipment. Your Chinese zodiac sign is the tiger. Did you wear red underwear last year? Yes I did, but it didn’t help. What will you do on Valentine’s Day? I don’t know.


by Michelle Dai

What inspires you? My music comes from live performance and is formed live – I’m just a conduit. “Inspiration” doesn’t exactly describe the feeling. Some things that “inspire” me are material, and some are not. Who am I to guess the rules?

ple, temperatures, freeze-frames, slow motions and wind. Sometimes while I am performing on stage, I am actually a member of the audience.




ew love can make us do some idiotic things. And why not? After all, the root meaning of the word “infatuation” is “to become stupid.” With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we sent Nick Inatey out to discover how love has made a fool of us all.

“I went vegetarian for four months and got a tattoo on my forearm.” Buck Perley, 23, US

“Followed a girl by becoming an exchange student in Turkey. She’s now my girlfriend.” Lars Christensen, 24, Denmark

“My friend flew to America from Taiwan to buy her boyfriend specific sleeping pills.” Flora Li, 19, Singapore

“I flew to Brazil to meet up with a man I had only met a few times on Skype. We’ve been dating for two years now.” Jessica Duvall, 26, US

“My friend gave up going to Cambridge for a guy. It didn’t work out. Now she is an exchange student in Columbia for another guy.” Amy Wei, 20, New Zealand

“Rudely left a KTV party with my school’s headmaster, took a long bike ride and broke into the computer lab to rush to a Skype date with my girlfriend … which she forgot about!” Greg Root, 23, Hong Kong



SILKWORM EXCREMENT PILLOW This is TCM gone mad. We tried the hot-cups-on-the-back thing, and kind of liked it. We’ve even done the penis hot pot – the benefits seemed negligible, and frankly, the broth was a bit salty. But sleeping on a pillow stuffed with silkworm feces is just too much – we can deal with insomnia, stomach problems, throat pain, eczema and anxiety ourselves, thanks. The manufacturers have at least disinfected the excrement and removed the smell,

but we’re really not convinced. As the old saying goes, you can polish a turd. But it’s still a turd.

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s was the case during the Tiger year just past, examining the new year’s zodiac animal gives us revealing perspective on our ecological relationships with




approximately 30,000 tons of rabbit meat. Persecuted pikas Meanwhile, as various forms of domestication for human profit define the lives of hundreds of thousands of rabbits throughout China, their close cousin, pikas, run wild in ways that have brought them into conflict with humans. Pikas (鼠兔, literally “mouse rabbit”) are closer kin to rabbits than to mice, despite their lack of long ears – in fact, these mouse-rabbits and rabbits share the same order (Lagomorpha). Pikas are hardy animals that thrive in cold, high-altitude climes such as mountains and steppes. Their adaptability to these harsh terrains has resulted in thriving pika populations in China’s vast western hinterlands. Unfortunately, their numbers have


Domesticated Rabbits and hares run rampant throughout much of the world, from the UK to New Zealand. Wild rabbits are Great Britain’s naughtiest invasive species, costing the UK economy more than an estimated GBP 260 million per year, including damage to crops, businesses and infrastructure. Yet here in China we are much more likely to encounter flop-eared rabbits in pet stores (or lining our jackets) than raiding our vegetable gardens.

Butchered and shaved Rabbits are a thriving business in China, farmed in high volume for their meat, fur and hair, as well as to be used in laboratory experimentation. Since the late 1970s, China has been the dominant exporter of (sheared) rabbit hair, controlling more than 90 percent of the world’s Angora rabbit hair production. China is also a major producer and consumer of rabbit meat. In 2001, China raised more than 400,000 rabbits for commercial consumption (including for both fur and meat), over 80 percent of which was geared toward the meat market. According to the Rabbit Husbandry and Marketing Service Network, in 2010 China accounted for about a fifth of global rabbit meat production (400,000 out of 2,000,000 tons). Every year, China exports


IN RECENT YEARS, AUTHORITIES IN WESTERN XINJIANG HAVE WAGED AN EXTERMINATION CAMPAIGN AGAINST THIS SPECIES also attracted blame from the authorities for erosion, desertification and environmental degradation in the ecologically sensitive Qinghai-Tibetan and Xinjiang grasslands. These pikas dig burrows in the earth, and graze on vegetation. In receding and delicate plateau grassland habitats, such behavior has caused the black-lipped plateau pikas (Ochotona curzoniae) to be branded the menacing face of desertification. In recent years, according to a report in the Guardian, authorities in western Xinjiang have waged an extermination campaign against this species. To mitigate the perceived plague of pikas, the government distributed 200kg of drugs – intended to induce abortions and prevent pregnancy – at the mouths of pika dens from 2008 to 2009. Authorities claimed that this contraceptive scattering successfully reduced the area’s plateau pika population by 10 percent, and that it would have little impact on other species. But conservationists are skeptical. They contend that these pikas are important to maintaining the biodiversity of their ecosystems. Not only does pika-digging help to moisturize the soil, say foreign zoologists, but the pika is also key prey for predator species such as eagles, Tibetan bears (Ursus arctos pruinosus) and Chinese mountain cats (Felis bieti). Past pika-poisoning campaigns have had adverse impacts on such predators. Research has shown that these pikas are more likely to reach peak population density whenever their environment is overgrazed. Therefore, foreign scientists have suggested

the best way to control pika populations and their exacerbation of grassland habitat degradation is to take stricter measures to limit overgrazing of livestock. However, this issue – whether the main cause of declining grasslands is overgrazing or climate change – is an unresolved area of contention. As no easy answers to climate change are forthcoming, and reducing grazing cuts at the livelihood of local herders, pika control has been a measure that everyone can agree on, regardless of whether it is effective. Of the 30+ recognized pika species and subspecies, over half are endemic to China, and only a handful do not have habitat range in China. A few of these species, such as the silver pika (Ochotona argentata), Ili pika (Ochotona iliensis) and Kozlov’s pika (Ochotona koslowi), are currently listed as threatened or endangered in China. However, many pika species continue to succeed so well in the wild that they are seen by humans as a threat to the wild itself. Meanwhile, pikas’ non-endemic rabbit cousins get all the zodiac cartoon and mascot glory. Unfair? Pikas may be persecuted, but at least they have their freedom.





ill this be the year of a green rabbit in China? Once this year is over, will we remember the e c o l o g i c a l l y f r i e n d l y b re a k throughs that occurred on the rabbit’s watch? Or will this be the year of the white rabbit? Not in the fun way, like the milk candies and wonderland, but as in the haze-washed hue of a perpetually polluted sky? Chances are that there will be plenty of green progress, but also dozens of the white-sky days to which Beijingers are accustomed. This rabbit year follows a tiger year during which China’s booming economy continued to growl out environmental threats. Despite signs that the country’s leadership is ready to prioritize sustainable growth, China experienced several devastating ecological collapses in 2010. Tragically, it was a year in which 260,000 people died in natural disasters (including floods, mudslides and earthquakes) throughout China, a chilling indication of the deadly magnitude of the extreme weather events that are part of climate change. Manmade disasters took their toll as well, including two whoppers in the month of July alone, when an estimated 60,000-90,000 tons of oil spilled off the coast of Dalian, and more than 9,000 cubic meters

of acid copper was leaked into Fujian province’s Ting River by a copper plant operated by Zijin Mining. Looking ahead, we see some encouraging signs for the Year of the R abbit. Creating an environment for sustainable growth was named one of the policy priorities of the Chinese government ’s 12th Five Year Plan, which is scheduled to be approved and come into

THE GOVERNMENT REPORTS THAT THEY HAVE TURNED BACK THE TIDE OF DESERTIFICATION, SLOWLY BUT SURELY RECLAIMING ERODED LANDS effect early this year. Important elements of this commitment to sustainability includes new efforts at transparency, e.g. setting concrete emissions reduc tion goals, and releasing information about pollution sources for major cities. Enforcement efforts are also targeted for improvement, as signified by the proposed levy of a carbon tax penalty on local governments that exceed their emissions allowances. In renewable energy development, China’s

push to further strengthen its status as a world leader in wind and solar power technologies will continue. According to the Chinese Renewable Energy Industries Association (CREIA), China now has the world’s largest wind power capacity, after installing 16 gigawatts of new wind energy facilities in 2010. After manufacturing 50 percent of the global share of photovoltaic cells in 2010, China’s solar power industry is poised to surge forward in 2011, with several massive domestic projects in the works. One exciting prospect is the plan to build China’s first solar thermal power plant, which would have 1,000 megawatt capacity. The construction of such a plant in western China over the next five years is the central goal of the National Alliance for Solar Thermal Energy. In other encouraging signs, the government reports that they have turned back the tide of desertification over the last ten years, slowly but surely reclaiming eroded lands. China’s forest coverage is projected to be nearing 20 percent, and should continue to grow to 21.66 percent by 2015, a dramatic improvement from a mere 12 percent two decades ago. With such environmental progress in the works, we should be cautiously optimistic about the prospects for a greener year ahead.




ECO STATS During the next five years, China plans to develop 38 gigawatts of nuclear power capacity Reuters

As part of new transparency measures for the 12th Five Year Plan, 113 Chinese cities will release information on their pollution sources Sina

The Chinese government has allotted RMB 200 billion toward improving the rural power grid By 2015, China’s forest coverage is estimated to reach 21.66%

In 1990, China’s estimated forest coverage was 12% World Bank

It may take China 300 years to recover lands currently lost to desertification The government has budgeted RMB 200 billion to anti-desertification efforts for the next decade

1.7 million

hectares of China are covered by gravel and sand from the Gobi desert – more than six times the area of the UK Guardian


Chinese cities have metro and bus rapid transit (BRT) systems in operation Between 2006-2010, during which time the national economy doubled, China reduced sulfur dioxide (an air pollutant) content by 10% World Resources Institute





Win an RMB 300 voucher for Flamme by correctly answering our Trivia Travails. Answers to

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TRIVIA TRAVAILS Each month we run a series of questions based on the content of the issue. Answer them correctly and win free stuff! This month’s prize is a voucher for dinner at Flamme (worth RMB 300). E-mail answers to

TELL US A JOKE Answers to January’s Trivia Travails: 1. a) pork-rib baozi 2. d) Champagne Bar 3. c) tattoo artist 4. a) mouse 5. a) green 6. b) the United States 7. d) Romeo and Juliet 8. c) Beijing International Ice Hockey Last month’s winner was Keith Frymark.

1. Which of the following restaurants serves edible jasmine flowers? a) Little Yunnan b) Ssam c) Kro’s Nest d) Refresh

5. Which of the following does NOT help to alleviate dry skin? a) drinking more water b) showering less c) using a humidifier d) eating more red meat

2. On February 6, Ultimate Productions pay tribute to: a) Bob Hope b) Bob Hoskins c) Bob Marley d) Bob Monkhouse

6. Which famous geological formation is located in the Philippines? a) the Broccoli Gorge b) the Chocolate Hills c) the Dandelion Lakes d) the Valley of the Yams

3. Re-Tros will open for which band’s tour in Australia? a) Maroon 5 b) Gang of Four c) Finger Eleven d) Blink 182

7. Which of Verdi’s operas can you catch a t the NCPA this month? a) Othello b) La Traviata c) Rigoletto d) Aida

4. Who curated UCCA’s “Inner Ear” photo exhibition this month? a) Li Xianting b) Ai Weiwei c) Ren Hang d) Rong Rong

8. Which brand is the Nouveau Riche pop-up store collaborating with? a) The Thing b) Pull & Bear c) Comme des Garçons d) Plastered T-shirts



Dr. Xiang Tie Li, veterinarian at ICVS Hospital Baby Rabbit: Mommy, where did I come from? Mother Rabbit: I’ll tell you when you’re older. Baby Rabbit: Oh, please tell me now. Mother Rabbit: If you must know, you were pulled from a magician’s hat. The veterinarians at ICVS Hospital definitely know where baby rabbits come from.



























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NIBBLES NEW ARRIVALS We’re still waiting for a real must-try restaurant to get excited about in Sanlitun Soho, but the number of eateries there is slowly growing. Notable recent openings include Takara Ramen and Alsatian restaurant Tonton & Tata. Look out for reviews of those next month. Students and devotees of the grape will welcome the opening of ASC’s Wine Gallery, an enormous project in Sanlitun Village North. Intended as a center for wine education, a storage facility, venue for tastings and a place where you can pick up a bottle, the Wine Gallery sets an ambitious new bar for wine culture in Beijing. Also open in Sanlitun Village North is Transit. With mapo doufu going for a bargain RMB 55, this must be one of the most expensive Sichuan restaurants in Beijing. Find out if it’s any good next month. Speyside is an Italian restaurant just south of Central Park.

ON THE WAY Arguably even more hyped, delayed and hyped again than ROOMbeijing was last year, Nobu is apparently set to open in March. Now that that’s settled, will celebrity investor Robert de Niro be in town for the opening?







omance is in the air at this time of year. The air’s so thick with it that it might choke you. If it doesn’t, it’ll at least give you a nosebleed and a headache. I got dizzy just reading through the enormous list of Valentine’s Day dinners we’ve compiled for you. Inevitably, some of you will argue that a Valentine’s Day dinner in a restaurant is about as romantic as those ridiculous mass weddings they have in football stadiums. Still, there are some outstanding set menus out there for February 14. Many restaurants will even relieve you of the need to make any effort by throwing in extras like roses, chocolates and champagne. W he re yo u g o w i l l d e p e n d entirely on your intentions and your intended other, but Terra, Alameda, Grange, Capital M, Maison Boulud and Jaan all seem like good bets,

depending on your budget. Or, if you’re both into Indian dining, Mirch Masala is offering an inexpensive set dinner for two. See Events, p62, for the full Valentine’s Day lowdown. The one thing that puzzles me is why buffet restaurants bother with Valentine’s Day dinners. As a setting in which romance can blossom, buffets seem better suited to speed dating or adultery than a special occasion. Ah well, variety is the spice of life and all that. Actually, that’s probably the tagline for a buffet restaurant somewhere. Falling on February 2 this year, Chinese New Year is all about eating. Just remember it’s mostly about eating at home. But, I ask, what home? Unlike the Chinese readers among you, I’m not obliged to go to see my parents and watch the CCT V song-and-dance show, smiling while repressing the urge

Journalist and former Stone Boat boss Jonathan Ansfield is preparing to open a Vietnamese restaurant on Qianliang Hutong, near the National Art Museum of China.

to yell “Mum, Dad, you’re great, but when will you realize that this is bloody rubbish! Every year!” Nor do I have Chinese in-laws who want me to go and learn how to make dumplings. If I wanted to learn, I could go to The Hutong. Or I could just go and eat them at Baoyuan. I f you’re staying in Beijing, remember that Spring Festival is pretty much the worst week of the year for eating out, as restaurants close to allow their migrant waiters and waitresses to go home and let their families wait on them for a change. Relax. There are still another 47 weeks left in the year for eating out, so stock up at Jenny Lou’s or Jingkelong and spend Spring Festival week indoors. Get your friends over and make some jiaozi. Just don’t watch that stupid CCTV gala. And don’t play with fireworks.

Oden, the Japanese restaurant and sake bar run by the owners of Glen, has changed its name to Iron Chef (达人食堂). Much of the menu will remain intact, but there will be a few changes after the new year. Hercules will soon be serving premade sandwiches and salads from their street-level kiosk at the entrance to Tongli Studios. Grab a bite at 1F this month to help a good cause. With the two exceptions of set lunch orders and food sold on Mondays (when all menu items are discounted by 50 percent), ten percent of the cost of all food orders will be donated to charity Morning Tears.

CLOSURES Hot on the heels of Bambu BBQ’s closure, sister restaurant Bananafish has ser ved its last robatayaki mackerel, with a sign appearing on the restaurant’s door referring to an ongoing legal battle between the owners and Tongli Studio. At the time of this issue going to print, the space appeared to be available for rent.





JING HAPPINESS 晶禧餐厅 Daily 11am-10pm. Unit 3010, 2/F, Vantone Center, 6A Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District (5907 1851/61) 朝阳区朝阳门外大街甲6号万通中心2层3010

Dominated by Hong Kong-style dishes, with occasional twists of Sichuan, Fujian, Malay and Western cuisine, this polished cafe offers attentive service and suits both business talk or intimate chat. The Sichuan-style chicken feet (RMB 25), marinated with pickled peppers, is a “cold” dish that becomes fairly hot, with the spice amped up by the underlying layers of pickled cabbage. Meanwhile, the braised sirloin in curry sauce (RMB 38) marries tender beef with equally soft chunks of fried potato. The only blemish is the uneven curry sauce, monotonously spicy with a slight aftertaste of lemongrass. Soothe your burning taste buds with zhishi ju zajun (RMB 28), a baked mix of mushroom and cream gravy, then “dim sum” up with Cantonese steamed milk (RMB 12) or a Macanese-style egg tart (RMB 6). Emily Young Also try: Charme, Lotus Garden THE TOPPING-LOADED KRO'S SPECIAL


THE KRO’S NEST 乌巢 Daily 11am-1am (kitchen closes at 11pm on weekdays and at midnight on weekends). 35 Xiaoyun Lu, Chaoyang District (8391 3131) 朝阳区霄云路35号


ro’s Nest is back. The new edition of this Beijing pizza institution is edgier in design than previous incarnations, as evinced by its black ceilings, graffiti-bombed walls and rows of

Also try: Gung Ho! Pizza, The Tree



YOSHI IZAKAYA 耀西居酒屋 Mon-Tue 5-11pm, Wed-Sun 11am-11pm. 247 Gulou Dongdajie, Xicheng District (6405 8072) 西城区鼓楼东大街247号

Think of Yoshi as the Chengdu Xiaochi of Japanese restaurants (though with better decor) – it’s perfectly serviceable if you’re in the neighborhood and not particularly picky. Portions are small, though for an extra RMB 2 a grilled mackerel (RMB 26) can become a set meal (RMB 26-68) with salad, rice and miso soup. Unfortunately, our mackerel was dry and tough, with a faint fishy whiff. The six avocado and sweet shrimp rolls (RMB 35) should have been named avocado or shrimp; the featured ingredients never appear in the same roll together. More reliable are basics such as soba noodles (RMB 35) in a miso broth with seaweed and mushrooms. There are two sakes and two plum wines (RMB 28-36), both of which you could find at 7-11. In fact, you’d be better off going to 7-11. Shelley Jiang Also try: Puan Ramen, Invincible Ramen


impassive crow doll sentinels. Yet while the first two rooms are sultry and cavern-like, the huge back room is a bright contrast, with its glass roof, balcony seating, sandy tones of wood and stone, a wall of plants, and even a mighty living tree holding court in the corner. As has always been Kro’s Nest custom, the smallest pizza pie is an enormous 18-inch “medium” (RMB 90-150). Time-honored favorites like the Kro’s Special and Kitchen Sink are available, but the menu goes beyond the pizzas to offer deep-fried jalapeños (RMB 35), pizzettes (minipizza platters, RMB 43-64), pizza sliders (RMB 45 for five), mini pizza sandwiches (RMB 50 for five) and pizza kones (RMB 25-29). You’ll even find hyper-caloric desserts like funnel cake (RMB 27) and Rocky Road Rice-Krispy Pie (RMB 45). No fewer than three all-American buckaroos at the helm of their ergonomic open kitchen are committed to using only fresh ingredients. The beverage offerings have also been expanded, with the neat list of domestic and imported beers backed up by wines, a fully stocked cocktail bar, soda floats (RMB 25), smoothies (RMB 40) and milkshakes (RMB 3034). Planned events include “Stupid Tuesdays” (100 Tsingtaos are given away free from 5.30pm), imported beer bucket Thursdays, quiz nights, and rotating drink specials on Friday and Saturday nights. All this, plus video games and Wi-Fi. Gabriel Monroe






Daily 11am-midnight. 28 Donghuang Chenggen Beijie, Dongcheng District (6401 9498) 东城区东黄城根北街28号


here is no shortage of charming courtyard restaurants in Beijing, but few are as cozy as Little Yunnan. The tiny but functioning wood stove in the center of the room keeps the space toasty and the tea kettle bubbling. Two lofts lined with couches serve as small private dining rooms, and the smattering of plants along the windowsill and books along the shelves help make this restaurant a tiny den of warmth. Portions are small, but the homestyle dishes are flavorful without being overly salty or oily. Yunnan delicacies are well-represented – there

are various wild mushroom dishes, including mushroom hot pot, and Yunnan ham is found throughout the menu. The scrambled eggs with jasmine flowers (RMB 22) have a delicate floral aroma, and it’s such an aesthetic pleasure to munch on little flower buds. Grilled tilapia (RMB 46) is crusted with a blend of fresh peppers – a very spicy Dai-style compote, so be warned – but paired with the mellow fish it goes down pleasantly. The beef stew (RMB 48) has a mintinfused broth that is intriguing and mildly shocking upon first bite.

The simple fare is the best. The ham and mustard greens (RMB 38) showcases the smoky perfection of Yunnan ham, and each grain of the pineapple glutinous rice maintained its integrity while being plump and sticky. The rice wine (RMB 18-30), a milky sweet brew that is fermented in-house, makes a refreshing accompaniment. This homey space is popular with locals, and the enjoyable dishes and amiable proprietor make clear why. Jen Leung Also try: Dali Courtyard

CA F E S & T E A H O U S E S



Daily 10am-midnight. Unit 102, Bldg 1, China View, 2A Gongti Donglu, Chaoyang District (8587 1382) 朝阳区工体东路甲2号中国红街1号楼102号

Bright, clean and faultlessly presented, this spot looks and sounds like just the kind of healthy option that Beijing still doesn’t have enough of. They’ve somehow managed to cram two floors of seating into a tiny space; taller customers who don’t want their heads to crash through the ceiling and into Hooters above are advised to stay at ground level. The menu of wraps, sandwiches and salads is reminiscent of Element Fresh, with ingredients ranging from satay garnishes to Cajun chicken. Try the house specialty Iberic ham sandwich (RMB 35) or the chicken Caesar wrap

(RMB 28). The “Sichuanese & Cheese” panini (RMB 32) is best sidestepped, unless you’re an ardent lover of chilli peppers. Refresh! is ideal for a weekend afternoon, or lunch hour if you work around Sanlitun, although the ser vice can be a little sluggish if they ’re busy, and the more junior staff need to be more familiar with what’s on the menu. Grab a ready-made sandwich – plus a bargain RMB 10 muffin – if you’re short on time. Iain Shaw Also try: Element Fresh, Hercules




SSAM Daily 11am-2pm, 5-10.30pm. B1-238, Bldg 1, Sanlitun Soho, Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District (5935 9475) 朝阳区工体北路三里屯Soho1号楼B1-238室


Ssam (“wrap” in Korean) features innovative and healthy contemporary cuisine rooted in Korean dining traditions. One trademark is their homemade sauces, made without MSG, table salt, white sugar or butter. The vegetarian seaweed roll (RMB 58), which includes minced parsnip (replacing rice), shredded turnip, carrot and broccoli sprouts, is packed with antioxidants. It gets a muchneeded kick from a cholesterol-free mayonnaise substitute made from ground pine nuts, yogur t and lemon juice. The steamed mussels (RMB 58) go great with Makkoli (RMB 65), the milk y-white Korean

tipple made from fermented rice. The freshness of the mussels is guaranteed, though they weren’t as large as we’d hoped. The ribeye steak (RMB 218) comes with a bowl of assorted raw leafy greens to wrap the beef in. Smooth and creamy taro, steamed with its skin intact, was the ideal soulmate for the well-executed steak. The one disappointment was desser t. The jellied cinnamon punch (RMB 56), encased in dried persimmons, was improved by the moist yogurt mousse and lemon granite but undone by a bed of chocolate powder. Emily Young Also try: Gori, SG Song


GRINDERS Daily 10am-2am. 3-02 Tianzhijiaozi (20m east of The Brick), 31 Guangqu Lu, Chaoyang District (8775 1847) 朝阳区广渠路31号院天之骄子3-02号


his is already an institution in the making. Firstly, Grinders is doing good business as a bar, with a great beer selection and lots of wine at under RMB 200 for a bottle. And they’re certainly hitting the spot with their signature sandwiches. Too big for one person, the BBQ pork sandwich (RMB 55) is full of flavor and packed with vegetables and mozzarella. The bacon, mushroom and cheese burger (RMB 50) was tasty if a little chewy, but has the potential to rival the best in town. The challenge lies in perfecting the bread for optimal

Also try: Bang! Bang! Pizza, Hercules











freshness. Meanwhile, the chocolate lava cake hints that desserts will be a strong suit at Grinders. There are kinks to sort out. Our soup and salad weren’t particularly memorable, though the RMB 50 soup and half-sandwich deal is a good one. The waitress serving us was cheery and friendly, but lacked menu awareness. Younger staff like her will have to learn to fly alone, but at least they’re supported by managers who take pride in their product and care about the customer. In part, Grinders’ early success reflects the hunger among expats l i v i n g i n S h u a n g j i n g fo r n e w We s t e r n d i n i n g a n d d r i n k i n g options. They’re not demanding per fection just yet; they k now Grinders needs time to get to where it’s going. But this venue is obviously on the right road, and arguably the best symbol of the change of pace that’s happened in Shuangjing over the past few months. Let’s stop talking about this area being “up and coming,” “nascent” and all the rest of it. Shuangjing is now on the map. Let’s start enjoying it. Iain Shaw




ou must have seen this guy before. If you don’t k now his face, just remember that Jordi Valles is one of Beijing’s most talented chefs, and a key player in the Spanish food revolution that has turned Nali Patio into a citadel of tapas, paella and other Iberian cuisine. We talked to him about Agua, his favorite Spanish eateries and his new food website. Do you miss the old Agua in the Legation Quarter? Of course, but for me the clear analogy is that I prefer to drive a Mercedes for the whole week than drive a Ferrari on a weekend night.

What types of food does Beijing need more of? I love Mediterranean food, good salads, perfectly cooked meats and nice seafood. I’d like to have two or three more choices for French food, but I also love Thai food. What’s one ingredient you couldn’t live without in the kitchen? Salt. We have an expression in Spain, “la sal de la vida,” which refers to a small thing that makes you feel special. Salt gives all food a special boost.

Where do you go to relax? I go to Nearby Tree for a nice “SALT GIVES ALL FOOD the Belgian beer and A SPECIAL BOOST” some food.

We hear a lot about Agua’s suckling pig, but what other dishes are you proud of? The ravioli is getting the best comments from Italian chefs. Daniel Boulud visited recently – his favorite was the codfish with green peas and sausage.


What are your favorite Spanish restaurants besides Agua? At Carmen, I love the oxtail croquettes. Niajo has esgarraet, a dish made with cod and peppers. I also like the Mediterranean rice at Migas. As a chef, what immediately tells you whether you’ll like a restaurant? I check the dishes other tables are ordering before I order. Checking the toilets gives you an idea of how the restaurant will take care of you. And I try to have a quick look at the kitchen.

Which other Beijing chefs do you respect? My fellow chefs from the Legation Quarter: Riccardo La Perna (Ristorante Sadler) and Brian Reimer (Maison Boulud). When we meet we always talk business. Also, Alex and Daniel from Mosto. At the old Agua, we did a week ly chef ’s table where we took turns to cook for each other. Many of those guys have left Beijing, but it’s a good time to start that up again. You’ve also launched your own website – what’s that about? My friend David Bach and I have launched a site,, to promote culinar y exchange between Spanish and Mediterranean cuisine and Chinese cuisine. The site is available in English, Spanish and Chinese. Share your knowledge and recipes with us and our users!











t’s easy enough to explain why eating less meat makes sense. So why don’t more of us actually cut down? One problem is our tendency to see meatless meals as self-denial rather than a vote of confidence in the savory goodness of vegetables – not surprising when you consider the pedestrian meat-free options offered up by many restaurants and food producers. In Beijing, most vegetarian eateries seem fixated on endlessly creating soy-based dishes that look and taste like meat. That’s not only repulsive to many vegans and vegetarians, it just gets dull. So what else is out there for people who are trying to cut back on meat? We asked Beijing restaurateurs and chefs to pick out the veggie-centric highlights from their menus. Owing to the influences of Hinduism and Buddhism, India is arguably the best place in the world for eating vegetarian. Beijing’s Indian restaurants are thus obvious places to seek out meat-free dishes. Ganges general manager Hetal Hemnani is proud of the extensive options on her restaurant’s menu. “For the main courses, as many as 35 of our curries are vegetarian. There are mixed vegetable curries like the vegetable kadhai or palak paneer, with others lentilbased, like the chickpea curry (chana masala).” Hemnani also recommends Ganges’ palak paneer (RMB 44), fresh cottage cheese cooked with spinach and spices. “The spinach is high in iron, good for digestion and high in vitamins, while the cheese cubes are high in protein – it’s delicious as a main course with rice or naan bread.” For vegans, she recommends her restaurant’s vegetable samosas – “cones stuffed with potatoes and green peas flavored with spices, deep-fried till golden-brown and served with mint and tamarind sauces.” For a change of scenery, Tamarind in the Beijing Marriott Northeast hotel counts among its meat-free highlights a vegetable kathi roll – an assortment of vegetables finely chopped and cooked with onion and tomato before being wrapped in a rumali roti (“handkerchief” bread). Middle Eastern cuisines also offer plenty of plant-based options. Biteapitta’s hummus and falafel sandwich is a Beijing folk legend – there are many people who’ve never ordered anything in the restaurant besides that single, satisfying item. At the higher end, Capital M offers a vegetarian platter of Lebanese meze as a starter, featuring muhammara, hummus, labneh, fattoush salad and other dishes alongside a Syrian flatbread. Moving west to North Africa, Capital M’s main courses include a Moroccan platter of, among other things, eggplant and mushroom bisteeya, and pumpkin and black olive tagine. Though better known for its suckling pig, Agua offers a vegetable tartare starter featuring cubed beetroot, snow peas, carrots, mushrooms and onions, bound with an avocado puree and lime vinaigrette. Chef Jordi Valles tells us the dish “doesn´t need too much salt, as the lime vinaigrette pushes the flavor of all the


ingredients and keeps the avocado fresh. We topped this tartare with a thin carpaccio of rare mushrooms – the flavor gives you the sensation of being in a forest. Very special for vegetarians and we sell a lot of it.” Modo manager Rani Cunningham believes that uninspiring vegetarian options are often the result of a lazy approach to menu design. “When it comes to using meat, it is easy to rely on that as the ‘hero’ of the dish. Creating a vegetarian dish is about paying careful attention to the balance and harmony of the components, rather than relying on one element to carry the dish.” Cunningham tells us that one of the restaurant’s most popular dishes is a goats’ cheese and feta tortelli with sun-dried tomatoes, butternut pumpkin foam and thyme oil (RMB 60). Says Cunningham: “The tortelli has stayed on our menu since we opened in September – it’s there due to demand. The combination of flavors that go into a dish has to be in harmony. That’s why our tortelli is such a hit – the flavors of the two cheeses, balanced with the sweetness and texture of the pumpkin foam.” SALT and Terra owner Gaby Alves also sees vegetarian options as essential to a balanced, complex menu. “Both SALT and Terra have interesting and complex vegetarian dishes – if they don´t suit due to a particular dietary requirement, they can always be made to order.” SALT’s menu is regularly rotated, but Alves takes care to ensure that at least one vegetarian option is available for each course. Terra is primarily a cevicheria, but Alves assures us that vegetarians aren’t left out: “For those who don’t eat seafood, we offer great choices including ceviche de la huerta (RMB 68), which is artichokes, mushrooms, glazed baby carrots and lemon juice, or causa solterito (RMB 88) – fava beans, feta cheese, black olives, tomato, corn, whipped potato and whipped sweet potato. For people who are trying to stick to a strictly vegetarian or vegan diet, as opposed to simply cutting back on meat, Beijing can still be an unforgiving city. However, if you’re simply looking to capitalize on the advantages of eating less meat, the capital’s coming on in leaps and bounds – you need never entertain the thought of ordering that bacon-flavored tofu again. Addresses for all venues can be found in the Dining directory, starting p71.

FIVE MORE DISHES TO TRY 绿色鱼头火锅 “green” fish-head hotpot (from RMB 28) at Macun Yutou Skip the fish, skip the dipping sauce. Just dunk veggies in the soup base (a simmering mass of diced scallions and Sichuan wild herbs) – it’s that flavorful. 芝麻菠菜 spinach with sesame paste (RMB 16) at Chynna Hotel sophistication at a jiachangcai price. Thick sesame paste mixed with yellow mustard makes a nutty, piquant dressing for the spinach. 酸菜炒豌豆尖 pea sprouts stir-fried with pickled vegetables (RMB 20) at Baoqin Daiwei

Tender and crisp wandoujian (pea sprouts) get a savory zing from Daistyle pickles. 椒丝腐乳芥蓝 peppers and Chinese kale with fermented soybean sauce (RMB 20) at Richang Seasonal vegetables stir-fried with julienned chilli peppers and the pungent furu sauce. 蔬 菜 拼 盘 assor ted vegetables platter (RMB 28) at Jubaoyuan A garden’s worth of veggies (13 types) – in a portion size big enough to confound two people – makes the mutton look irrelevant at this hot pot restaurant.



HOME COMFORTS 1. Measure the salt into the flour and mix well. 2. Add the butter to the flour and use your hands to quickly mix until it resembles coarse crumbs. 3. Add in iced water while continuing to gently mix the flour, just to the point that the whole thing holds together. Avoid handling it any more than you need to. 4. Shape the dough into a ball and wrap and refrigerate for at least an hour.

QUICHE ME by Joel Shuchat


quiche is a wonderful idea: beautiful, delicious and filled with fat. Try this recipe for a simple smoked meat, mushroom and leek tart.

The base 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 cup flour 1/2 cup butter, cold and diced A few tablespoons of ice water

The filling 150g la rou (腊肉smoked meat) 2 tablespoons cooking oil 2 cloves of garlic, minced 1 leek, sliced thin 6 mushrooms, sliced thin 4 eggs 1 cup cream 1/2 cup coconut milk 1 teaspoon salt Pinch of nutmeg, chilli powder, black pepper 1. Add the smoked meat to a pot of boiling water and cook for 5 minutes. 2. Slice the meat thinly. Discard the skin. 3. Heat the oil in a pan. Add the

garlic, meat and leek. Cook until the leek begins to brown, then add the mushrooms and continue cooking until the water has almost evaporated. Set aside to cool completely. 4. Beat the eggs until well-blended. 5. Continue beating the eggs while adding the cream, coconut milk, salt and spices. Beat until the mixture is evenly blended. The finish 1. Roll out the dough, being careful to keep the thickness down to 3-4mm. Transfer the dough to the quiche pan. Patch up any rough areas with extra dough. 2. Pre-bake the crust for 10 minutes. 3. Pour in the meat-leek-mushroom mixture; spread evenly. 4. Pour in the egg-cream filling; use a spoon to distribute it evenly. 5. Bake for roughly 25 minutes or until the top begins to brown. 6. Let the quiche set for 5 minutes. Gently cut with a sharp knife and serve. Joel Shuchat is head chef at The Hutong cooking school. For info on monthly classes and events, see







of fillings, from classic pork and cabbage to egg and tomato, are offset nicely by wine’s acidity. Even if dumplings are eaten with vinegar, soy sauce, sesame oil and chilli, wines with enough fruit and lifting acids are generally good palatecleansers. The same applies for many noodle dishes. Opt for bold wines either from w a r m e r c l i m a te s o r p ro d u c e d from distinctive grape varieties, or both. All of this month’s wine selections have been chosen to suit the Chinese New Year table! ONE TO QUAFF 2008 Umani Ronchi Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi, Marches, Italy RMB 125 (China Wines & Spirits) Available at LMPlus, L’Isola The Verdicchio grape produces exciting and age-worthy whites. This is medium green-gold with a pleasant nose of lemon citrus followed up by refreshing high acidity and a dry palate.


pring Festival, with its rounds of eating and drinking, can be something of a roller coaster – especially if you have a Chinese family to visit. However, if you want to avoid excess baijiu and the usual

bouts of ganbei-ing but still enjoy a glass of wine, what works with traditional New Year fare? Chinese dumplings, especially jiaozi, are much more wine-friendly than people think. A wide range

ONE TO DRINK 2009 Château Fontarèche, Corbières Blanc, France RMB 185 (Globus Wine) Available at Maison Boulud, Capital M From old vines, white Corbières is quite unusual. A blend of Grenache Blanc and other local varieties, this is deepish green-gold with floral white peach aromas and a full-bodied, flavor-packed palate. ONE TO SAVOR 2005 CJ Pask Gimblett Road Merlot, Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand RMB 274 (Wine Culture) Available from Wine Culture ( New Zealand Merlot is a relatively w e l l - k e p t s e c r e t . Fr o m a t o p producer, this deep purple wine oozes Merlot’s plum aromas with lovely oak and a generous palate of medium tannins and good length.

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.






t’s cheap and synthetic, but effective in achieving results. The cream puff is the ten-kuai cocktail of desserts. Like that budget drink, the puff will probably make you feel terrible the next day. You could even say cream puffs affect you the way Beijing

BEARD PAPA 贝儿多爸爸泡芙工房 Size of a … medium-sized potato Cost: RMB 8-10 per puff

does: You’ll definitely pile on the pounds. You’ll occasionally stop to consider what you’re doing to your insides. And you suspect that eventually, it will cause you some horrific illness or other. But you’ll stick around for more. Get in line behind everyone else.

Our panel says ... “Like an éclair croissant. The shell is not overwhelmed by the filling” “I can see black flecks of real vanilla pods in the silky-smooth custard. By far the best of the bunch” “It’s like a cream puff that’s gone to New York and Paris, and come back with style”

HONEY PUFF 哈尼泡芙 Size of a … tennis ball Cost: RMB 12 per 250g

Our panel says ... “The exterior has a decent texture … and a sugar-crust crunch” “ The cream is runny, like soft ice cream. Not too sweet, but it still manages to dominate the pastry” “More fragrant than the others … but not in a good way”


Our panel says ...

Size of a … small plum Cost: RMB 8 per 500g

“The cream’s aftertaste starts like fruity chewing gum and ends with chemicals”

“Greasy and soggy … the shell is a disaster”

“I’ve had many puffs on the street. This was the worst ever”

XIANG BAI LIN 香百林西点 Size of a … ping-pong ball Cost: RMB 8 per 500g

Our panel says .. “Tastes very cheap, like a birthday cake from a local bakery” “The shell is as dry as papier-mâché. The inside is like a big plug of spray whipped cream” “It’s shit, but I can’t stop eating it!”

KANG SHIFU’S LE FU QIU 康师傅乐芙球 Size of a … cherry Cost: RMB 3.9 per 60g box

Our panel says ... “The shell has the stale crunch of a dry wafer, then lingers in your mouth in eggy tatters” “The filling is overpoweringly sweet … saturated with sugar”




“Artificial flavors galore … tastes like a Taiwanese milk tea from Hebei”


J IS FOR … … jiucai 韭菜 It’s often called garlic chives, but strictly speaking, it’s not part of the garlic family. It’s also sometimes translated as leek, but it’s definitely not a leek. Got that? Jiucai has slim white stems with leaves that resemble a flat blade. It’s more pungent than onion and less bitter than scallion, but the flavor tends to vary with the season – it becomes sharp in summer, bitter in autumn and returns to its sweet and tender best only after the worst excesses of winter. The northern Chinese like to chop jiucai finely and mix it with scrambled eggs as a filling for dumplings. In the south, it’s common to see jiucai cooked with congealed pig blood. … jiaoliu 焦熘 A combination of two cook ing

methods, typically used for dishes featuring either pork fillets or minced meat. The meat is coated with batter and deep-fried until the exterior is crisp, almost burnt (jiao). A thickening mixture is then poured in and stirred briskly at a high temperature until a shiny glaze forms (liu). Flavored with ginger, scallion, soy sauce, sugar and rice wine, the dish is rich in both texture and flavor. … “Just Like Honey” 它似蜜 As the literal translation of the name suggests, ta si mi is on the sweet side. Sliced lamb is cooked in a sauce of sweet wheat paste combined with ginger juice, soy sauce, vinegar and rice wine. A few drops of sesame oil are added just before serving. Usually served at Muslim restaurants, ta si mi is an exotic alternative to the traditional Valentine’s Day staples.

YOUR CALL READER REVIEWS FROM THEBEIJINGER.COM Budapest Hungarian Restaurant European player: Best pâte in town! My favorite – it’s RMB 10 per ball for takeaway. Don’t miss it. Anyway, a decent place with decent continental food. Nice ambience, the food is tasty, and the service excellent. Drink list should be wider though. When tired of Asian food, burgers and artistic food experiments from France or Italy, I'm always coming back here for more.

Phodaiz Vietnamese baixue: If you're a fan of Vietnamese food, don't go! Any street corner in Vietnam will have food far superior to this. Not that the food is bad; it's just not good. The only thing I can recommend is the Vietnamese "latte," which is really Vietnamese coffee with sweetened condensed milk. It was nearly perfect: strong and sweet! The good news is that there is a little coffee window that opens onto the rest of the basement, so you can get your coffee to go without having to endure the food.

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CRU STEAKHOUSE Daily 11.30am-2pm, 6-10pm. 2/F, JW Marriott Hotel, China Central Place, 83 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District (5908 8530) 朝阳区建国路83号华贸中心JW万豪酒店2层

f the closure of the JW Marriott’s Pinot was a loss for quality European dining in Beijing, the upside has been the extra love given to the hotel’s elegant steak restaurant. This is the kind of place where you would go home happy if you only tried the complimentary bread, and sides like the steak fries and selection of mustards provide similarly pleasant surprises throughout. The soothing textures of the Oysters Rockefeller (RMB 198), baked with spinach, butter sauce and breadcrumb topping, start you off well. Fun as it is to share an enormous “Tomahawk” steak among several friends, I feel the smaller individual cuts offer more meaningful enjoyment. The wagyu steaks (from RMB 208) are consistent in their quality, but the baby back pork ribs (RMB 178), which seemed to melt effortlessly into the sweet bourbon barbecue sauce, are an irresistible alternative. The meaty giant prawns (RMB 288) are also worth forgoing the steak for, though you might need to order an extra side dish. There’s little for vegetarians, but for lovers of steak and seafood, CRU remains perfect for a special occasion. Prepare to splash out, but expect memorable returns. Iain Shaw






business here – ten orders within seven minutes. Among these were four dandan mian, three hot and sour potato noodles (suanla fen 酸 辣 粉 ), two hot and numbing noodles (mala xiaomian 麻辣小面), and a solitary order of pea paste noodles (wandou zajiang mian 豌 豆杂酱面). I decided to follow the majority and swipe away 15 kuai of my prepaid card on the dandan mian. I was shocked by the generous portion – almost three times a typical Chengdu serving. The black dongcai (冬菜) atop the noodles was another good omen. This preserved vegetable is an essential ingredient, one that is grown around Chongqing. As a result, many food experts have claimed dandan mian originates from the east of Sichuan, rather than Chengdu, where popular mythology tends to place the dish. Xinyudu’s dandan mian is dry,

as it should be, rather than soupy. But when the toppings (dongcai, minced pork, shredded scallion and peanut crumbs) are evenly mixed with the sauce, a sophisticated fragrance emerges. The first slurp was satisfying. A touch of nutty sesame paste strengthened the savory flavor, and the glistening red chilli oil was gentler than it looked. The second bite was well-balanced by a subtle sweetness, lingering around a numbing aftertaste from

the crushed huajiao peppercorns. I’m n o t o n e fo r p e d a n t i c notions of authenticity – taste is more important. But these dandan mian are both true to tradition and delectable. I mopped them up. Xinyudu Tantan Noodle. Daily 1 0 a m - 1 0 p m . B 1 / F, S h i n K o n g Place, 87 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District (no tel) 鑫渝都摊摊面, 朝阳区建国路87号新光 天地地下1层


lease, don’t laugh. For while many of you would never consider a stall in a basement food court worth writing about, there is always an exception. A common sight in Sichuan and Chongqing alleyways is the noodle peddler carrying a shoulder-pole (danzi 担子), essentially a mobile kitchen. The name dandan mian (担担面) comes from this piece of equipment. Some of these hawkers appear to have settled inside Shin Kong Place, where Xinyudu Tantan Noodle looks as unremarkable as any other stock food court eatery. However, a fuwuyuan’s holler of “dandan mian” – spoken in the rising tones of the Chongqing dialect rather than the standard Mandarin tones – caught my ear with its inherent promise of authenticity. A nimble Chongqing waitress and three neatly-uniformed Chongqing chefs are running a brisk


FIRST ROUNDS The Onion Glass is a bar in the lower level of Solana venue HLG. Why an existing bar would let another bar open on their premises is anyone’s guess, but on Solana Bar Street, anything can happen. Charm is a new club inside the Workers’ Stadium compound. G Loft is a new bar in Sanlitun Village South. We’d just heard about it as we went to print, but look out for more next month.

TWEAKS In the latest in a series of great value offers from steak restaurant-bar Flamme, you can enjoy half-price cocktails and other drinks during their daily 3-8pm happy hour. Well worth a visit. The Green Cap has upgraded its televised sports offerings to include North American sports in HD. Owner Pat Walsh says “We now have all sports covered – any game live at anytime. Contact us, and if it’s on, we’ll show it.” The Green Cap has also acquired the neighboring New Veranda restaurant, but they’re taking their time before doing anything dramatic with the extra space. After a brief renovation, aimed mainly at making the place cozier and warmer, The Pomegranate has reopened – and changed its name to Pomme O’Shea’s. Guess which other Beijing bar its investors are involved with.





expected a deluge of rabbitthemed parties this month, but we haven’t heard about too many just yet. Still, you know it’s going to happen. It’s easy to get people to put bunny ears on and call it a Playboy party. But rabbit-themed cocktails? That ’s what Q Bar is attempting for Chinese New Year’s Eve on February 2. If there are no carrots left in Jenny Lou’s, you know whom to blame. Somebody who obviously ate his carrots – and all the other vegetables put his way – when he was a growing boy is the lanky Stretch Armstrong, who you can see in the dark at Punk on February 2. Seems Stretch plays The Opposite House as often each year as anyone holds a decent reg-

gae party in Beijing. Fans of Jamaica’s greatest export have at least got Bob Marley Day to look forward to on February 6 this month. To help us mark the occasion, DJ S-Press from promoters Ultimate Productions picked out a few of his top Marley tunes (see Give Us a Minute, p37). Also celebrating a birthday this month are the Funk*Fever boys, who turn two with a party at Migas on February 18. Drinking in the morning is rarely socially acceptable, unless you’re at a wedding in China, in which case the exact opposite is true. Watching major North American sporting events in Beijing also gives you room for at least one or two drinks before you need to start asking questions

about yourself. No doubt there’ll be a few pints sold on the morning of February 7, with Paddy O’Shea’s, The Stumble Inn, Luga’s Villa and Frank’s Place all holding Super Bowl parties. Ask the Englishman drink ing in the corner who his favorite wide receiver is. The prize for most unusual party location of the month goes to GoaProductions. Their late-night psytrance shenanigans on February 26 will be taking place in a cinema. Arguably even more unconventional is the fact that said cinema is out west in Xisi. Oh, and if you need me to tell you where you should be drinking on Valentine’s Day, you’re a sorry pair of individuals.

This month’s highlight is set to be Pete Rock at Yugong Yishan on February 26. The party was confirmed just before we went to print, but we’re hoping to have an interview with the hip-hop hero for you on Drum & bass legend LTJ Bukem is coming to Beijing next month to head up the bill at The Syndicate’s seventh anniversary party. Patrick, the owner of The Tree, loves naming a venue. After The Hidden Tree (now long departed), The Tree and Nearby the Tree, he’s rumored to be opening another new spot just beside The Tree. Apparently it’s going to be called “By the Tree.”

BAR BRAWLS Is Beijing becoming more violent? Americans were recently warned by their embassy to avoid Club Latte. Then there have been complaints from some quarters about violence in School, and most recently another newspaper story about foreigners being beaten up in Shooters. Again, the best advice we can offer is to stay cool. And maybe stay away from Shooters as well.




ZONE CLUB Daily 10am-2am. 3/F (next to Tairyo Teppanyaki), China View, Gongti Donglu, Chaoyang District (8587 1345) 朝阳区工体东路中国红街3层 (大渔铁板烧旁)

Zone Club is a little like the youth club your teen self frequented, though probably significantly cleaner and with less chance of a fight breaking out. And, just as your illicit adolescent encounters with alcohol necessitated complex purchasing arrangements, we found that getting a drink here proved tricky – it shouldn’t take four staff to work out an order for a couple of cold bottles of beer (RMB 20-50). Cocktails are overpriced at RMB 48 upwards, but customers seem to enjoy Zone Club as a progression of the local craze for board-game cafes. Besides Settlers of Catan and suchlike, there’s pool, foosball, air hockey and electronic darts. You won’t stay for the whole night, but Zone Club is a valid stop-off point if you’re spilling out of the nearby teppanyaki joints and fancy a game of pool. Liam Connolly


Good for: Non-drinkers, a quieter night Also try: Ball House, Frank’s Place/Johnny Duck’s

THE LOOP Sun-Thu 11am-2am, Fri-Sat 11am-late. 1/F, Bldg 5, 78 Baiziwan Nan Er Lu, Chaoyang District (8772 5713) 朝阳区百子湾南二路78号5号楼1层


s you settle into one of The Loop’s leather chairs, the first thing that’s striking is the breadth of bases the venue covers. Most bars in Shuangjing have presented themselves as somewhere between drinking den and dining spot – while ticking both those boxes, The Loop is equipped for dancing, DJs, live music and regular film screenings. There’s also a dart board and what is surely the narrowest pool table in town. The owners are taking things slowly with their plans for parties and music events, but with a great daily happy hour (from 9pm-midnight, drinks are

buy-one-get-one-free), there’s every reason to pop in if you live nearby. The lack of draft beer is a weakness, though many beer drinkers will settle for Tsingtao at RMB 15. The cocktail list includes several martinis and sours, while the far-reaching food menu includes Thai curries, pizzas and brunch sets available from 11am-5pm daily. The Loop’s bow is not yet fully strung, but it hits the target with its current offerings. Iain Shaw Good for: Staying the whole day Also try: Bang! Bang! Pizza, The Brick

FUEL 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)

Good for: Delayed departures, retro gaming Also try: The Green Cap, Pomme O’Shea’s



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)

It’s not a new name, but The Pavillion has effectively resurfaced as a completely new venue. No huge surprises with the drinks – Tsingtao is RMB 35, Stella is RMB 45, and there are plenty of bottled beers – but admirers of The Pavillion’s former cozy British pub feel are in for a surprise. The owners have whitewashed the place from top to bottom, with only the side rooms featuring traces of the past. The appearance of multiple flat-screen TVs should reassure regulars of the bar’s sport-viewing credentials, with the Rugby World Cup set to be a focal point of The Pavillion’s 2011 plans. Meanwhile, the high-spec sound system and tight house band Solidaz, who play from 10pm Monday to Saturday, inject some fresh appeal. They can even play “Bohemian Rhapsody.” Iain Shaw Good for: Crowd-pleasing live music Also try: Eudora Station


The Langham Place brand is at pains to stress its technological prowess and the near-universal Internet access available throughout its plush hotel beside the airport. However, Fuel’s highlights include technological wonders from a bygone era. The bar features three tabletop arcade machines, each installed with an unbelievable selection of classic video games from the 1980s and early 1990s. The beers are naturally priced in line with other hotel bars, from Beijing draft at RMB 30 to German brew Mönchsof (RMB 60). For a stronger drink, try the Cloudbuster (RMB 80), a lethal concoction of five types of alcohol, topped with pu’er tea. The enjoyment of nostalgia-drenched joystick waggling is almost worth the trip alone. The team has clearly had similar fun creating the food menu, whose gut-busting rib challenge, tasty giant burgers and other interesting options made me wish Fuel was a bit closer to my place. I suppose at least Shunyi gets one more bar to shout about. A 15 percent service charge applies. Iain Shaw



BAR BLU R enovated as 2010 drew to a close, this long-established club now features a restyled dance floor. The neon blue lighting and 1930s-style waiters’ uniforms remain, as does the ever-popular terrace – though that too may get a new look for the summer high season. Until then, can the tweaks and cheap drinks deal bring back the glory days? The style Disco lounge saturated in blue and red neon

The punters Expats and locals looking for drinks and dancing aplenty The music Contemporary chart-toppers Go to Play the field Drink Cocktails – big, tasty and all RMB 48 Most likely celebrity customer John Travolta (circa 1977) If you like Bar Blu, you’ll probably like… Kokomo, Alfa





very February 6, the Ultimate Productions crew (DJs S-Press, Zee and O.P, and MC NorrisMan) honor Bob Marley ’s legac y. DJ S-Press talked us through what the great man’s music means to him and the rest of the team as they got ready for this year’s party. The Bob Marley song that best describes me is … “Soul Rebel” reflects the feeling of being an outsider, first as a refugee when I left Ethiopia in 1982, then in the years since, first living in the United States and then China.

The Bob Marley song that best describes life in Beijing is ... “Concrete Jungle” describes life in any big city. Masses of people all striving to get ahead by means fair or foul. The Bob Marley song that most inspires us is ... “Redemption Song.” It’s a song about the horrors of slavery, as well as a call for self-renewal. The idea of redemption is highly inspiring. Get irie for Bob Marley Day at Yugong Yishan on Feb 6.










Motto: “Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away” Voted most likely to: Get pregnant and married (but not in that order) Remember when … somebody offered them a bite of Welsh rarebit and Rabbit punched them in the face? Hangouts: Aperitivo, Wain Wain

Motto: “Live fast, die young, eat a good-looking corpse” Voted most likely to: Succeed Remember when … Dragon punk’d all those guys from Western Zodiac High? Hangouts: Getting table service at Mix or Suzie Wong’s

Motto: “Dance as if no one’s watching, love as if you’ve never been hurt” Voted most likely to: Appear on Remember when … Snake charmed her way onto Blue Ocean Network? Hangouts: Xiu, Centro, Atmosphere, Touch

Motto: “Hey, hey, hey!” Voted most likely to: Be behind the bar pouring drinks – even if they don’t work there Remember when … Horse helped himself to a carry-out from champagne brunch? Hangouts: Lush, Propaganda



Motto: “No comment” Voted most likely to: Win a pub quiz on his own while drinking aged Scotch Remember when … Ram didn’t say a word for the first four years? Hangouts: The Bookworm, Nearby the Tree, The Tree

Motto: “This is bananas. B-A-N-A-N-A-S” Voted most likely to: Go on two dates in one night (after meeting them on classifieds) Remember when … Monkey climbed onto the roof of The Tree? Hangouts: Mix, then Vics, then 1F, then 2F, then …

PIG Motto: “A waist is a terrible thing to mind” Voted most likely to: Buy the next round pretending that it’s “one for the road.” It’s not. Remember when … Pig maxed out all her cards on her birthday? Hangouts: Fubar



ROOSTER Motto: “It is better to be the head of a chicken than the rear end of an ox” Voted most likely to: Be the first one on the stripper pole Remember when … Rooster used to wake everyone up? Hangouts: Chocolate, Latte

DOG Motto: “Four legs good, two legs bad” Voted most likely to: Live outside of the Fifth Ring Road Remember when … Dog started to wear glasses without lenses to appear more intelligent? Hangouts: The Den, Paddy O’Shea’s, The Stumble Inn, 1F




Motto: “I have never let my schooling interfere with my education” Voted most likely to: Treat his staff to cocktails while shouting at the fuwuyuan for poor service Remember when … Rat tried stand-up comedy? Hangouts: Suzie Wong’s, School, open mic nights

Motto: “Don’t run around like a headless chicken” Voted most likely to: Be found on a terrace if the weather allows it (even if other people tell them that it’s too cold) Remember when … Ox won that math prize for being outstanding in her field? Hangouts: Apothecary, d Lounge, Q Bar

Motto: “IMPOSSIBLE IS NOTHING” Voted most likely to: Take on the Marines and Mongolians at armwrestling and then a drinking contest Remember when … Tiger ate all of that burger at Butcher’s Steakhouse and then did Fuel’s rib challenge after? Hangouts: The Stumble Inn, Mao Mao Chong, MAO Livehouse





Js Oshi and Tnem are the since we don’t especially produce driving force behind The the kind of music we play. Drop parties, which have created a stir this winter with their A bunch of Beijing DJs find themmesh of dubstep, drum & bass and selves in a sinking ship with electro sounds. The pair have only only one lifejacket. Who gets the done a handful of parties so far, but lifejacket? got an implicit thumbs-up from Liman or A.M.U. Amazing DJs and Beijing DJing royalty last month producers, and the future of electro when The Syndicate’s Blackie played in China. We’re sure they can manage at The Drop’s second to save their asses “ROGER RABBIT GOT with only one lifeouting. We thought it best to grab an a c k e t b e t we e n THE HOTTEST BABE” jthe interview with the two of them. lads while we still could, taking the opportunity to discuss celebrity If all the clubs in Beijing were rabbits, saving DJs from drowning suddenly condemned, but you and some sexy Valentine’s Day could save one of them, which listening. would it be? Hard question. Since we have no What is The Drop? interest in any clubs, none of them A bass- driven par ty. A drop of deserves salvation more than any dubstep, a drop of bassline, sprinkle other. We’d save the one that helps some fidget house and tropical the local scene the most, but we flavor and shake for five hours. We don’t have one in mind so far … wanted to create a party where we could play whatever we feel like. Who would you most like to see playing in Beijing? Who is The Drop? Way too many of them to name just Oshi and Tnem, with a different one, but probably Kenji Kawai, the guest DJ every month. Japanese composer of the Ghost in the Shell soundtrack. His shows are Besides DJing, have you got any absolutely breathtaking. other projects lined up for 2011? We’ve been putting mixes online It’s the Year of the Rabbit. every month for the past year, and Who’s your favorite celebrity the Night Force website is under rabbit? construction. As for production, Roger Rabbit. Such a loser, but he we’ve both been making music for got the hottest babe. ten years. However, we don’t really want to mix DJing and producing, See The Drop at Yue Bar on Feb 12. Oshi and Tnem’s Sexy Valentine’s Day Playlist “In For The Kill” (Skream’s Let’s Get Ravey Remix) by La Roux “Memories of Rain” by Naibu & Ena “Please Mr. Postman” (Dubstep Refix) by Cragga “You’ve Got the Love” (The XX Remix) by Florence + the Machine “This Way”” by Nero








pothecar y is steadfast in serving quality cocktails of a lineage dating back to Jerry Thomas’ The Bartenders’ Guide: How To Mix Drinks, published in 1862. Coowner Leon Lee spoke to us about Beijing’s scene, his bar and more. On the scene “The diversity of Beijing’s F&B scene is its greatest strength. There is something for everyone and it can all be very, very tasty. If we hold ourselves to an international standard, though, there is much to be done.” On making it better “[Beijing needs] tighter enforcement on fake alcohol and illegal imports. That drives prices up, shakes consumer confidence and gives brands considering the China market a higher barrier to entry.” On where to eat “I go to Bei for sushi. Yeah, so Max [Levy, the chef at Bei] is my business partner, but this isn’t nepotism. I go to Madame Zhu’s Kitchen maybe twice a week – it’s the best Chinese restaurant in Beijing. Brunch at Maison Boulud is something I treat myself to ... perhaps too frequently.” On getting it right “The hardest thing to get right

is consistency. Even with measured pours, it’s difficult, because usually there is more than one bartender making your drink.” On getting it wrong “Poor sanitation and hygiene are red flags I cannot ignore. An example is staff using the restroom or blowing their nose then going straight back to work without washing their hands. Just disgusting.” On favorite drinks “My go-to drinks are the Sazerac and the Old Fashioned. I make them with bourbon, rye, aged rum or tequila, or brandy with varying amounts of sugar and different types of bitters depending on the moment. These drinks have proven to be timeless formulas. It makes me feel like being a dust-sodden mortal has its perks!” On drinks not worth making “We don’t bother making drinks with cola, at least, not until we’ve had a chance to make a superior-tasting cola that can be made in quantity, keeps well, and at a cost low enough to put on the menu.” On expanding in Beijing “If we are scheming something, the Beijinger w i l l b e among the first to hear.”


How many countries have won the football World Cup? Ha ha ha! Do I get multiple choice? Eight?

What’s the only metal that is a liquid at room temperature? I’d say mercury. Yeah, I think I know that.

What does AM stand for? Ante meridiem.

Where is the world’s tallest building? Eh, Taipei? Wait, wait, wait. Dubai’s done something crazy. Dubai’s got that thing. Dubai.

Which company’s name derives from the word for the number represented by 1 followed by a hundred zeroes? Something like Infinity? Alright, Infinity.



When did China’s population pass 1 billion: 1982, 1984 or 1985? ’82, ’84, ’85 … 1 billion. I was here in

’88 and it was already over 1 billion then. I’ll go for ’84.


China was led through the 1980s by Deng Xiaoping. Which province was he born in? Sichuan.

What’s the only Chinese film to have won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival? Eh, Yellow Earth. Or maybe it was Red Sorghum. Was it? I’ll go for Yellow Earth. It’s probably neither of them. Maybe I’m wrong.


Where was China’s first Olympic gold medal won? I think it was in Hungary. Did they have the Olympics? No. Was it in ’82? Alright, Moscow. Wait, was it? Alright, I’ll just go for Moscow, ’cos I can’t think. Moscow.


And in which sport? Eh, ok, it was either shooting or … hmm. It was some guy. Or was it a girl? I’ll just go for pistol shooting or something like that. Or maybe it was Los Angeles, which was ’84 … but pistol shooting anyway. Yep. Pistol shooting.


Verdict: A solid general knowledge round sends Robin to joint first place in the Mastermind rankings. We’d dock him a point for his profane outbursts, but we forgot to write that into the rules. Now get down to Bang! Bang! and see if Robin can name all the World Cup-winning countries. The fine gents at Vandergeeten will give a Leffe gift pack to the reader who tells us Which hotel is Fuel located inside? Answers to Answers 1) Eight (Uruguay, Italy, Germany/West Germany, Brazil, England, Argentina, France, Spain) 2) Mercury 3) Ante meridiem 4) Dubai 5) Google (from “googol”) 6) 1982 7) Sichuan 8) Farewell, My Concubine 9) Los Angeles 10) 50m pistol shooting







THE AMAZING INSURANCE SALESMEN If you frequent bars like Jiang Hu and Jiangjinjiu, you’ve probably seen a fluffy-haired Frenchman singing Chinese folk songs and playing the zhongruan (中 阮 ), a weird, appleshaped four-string guitar. That’s JeanSébastien Héry (aka Zhang Si’an). He formed The Amazing Insurance Salesmen in 2009 with Chinese drummer Maomao and Dutch bass player Maikel to retouch rock & roll. The buzz They’ll be representing China in the Global Battle of Bands world final in Kuala Lumpur on Feb 26. Key tracks “In The Park,” “This Day” They say: “The more miserable your life is, the more you get inspired.” We say: Use the USD 100,000 prize wisely if you win.



See them at: Yugong Yishan on Feb 18





f you stay in Beijing during the Spring Festival holiday, you’ll discover its quiet side. The jianbing guy in your neighborhood is gone; your favorite club might be closed; the shop you always go to is having a lights-out. Almost everybody’s taking advantage of the chance to rest, including some of our hottest live music venues, such as MAO Livehouse, 2 Kolegas, D-22 and Jiang Hu Liveshow Bar. Many bars will take a four- to 11-day break, but some places like Yugong Yishan and The Bookworm will stay open as usual. If you’re planning to go out anywhere during the first week of the month, you’d better give the venue a call before you head out. So if you are away for the holiday week, you won’t be missing much. The real celebration of the Year of the Rabbit starts after the holiday. Chinese guitar masters will gather at Yugong Yishan on February 13 for

a Spring Festival party. The lineup includes guitarists from bands like the iconic Tang Dynasty and Ziyue; all of them have been assigned to create impromptu songs related to the rabbit. Another New Year’s party takes place on February 25 at MAO Livehouse, where metal-heads like Siwu and Army of Jade Kirin get together to celebrate. Two Beijing-based bands will head south to the warmth at the end of the month. Post-punk favorite Re-Tros will tour with England’s Gang of Four in Australia (see Livehouse, p42), and The Amazing Insurance Salesmen (see photo, this page) head to Kuala Lumpur to represent China in the World Final of Global Battle of the Bands. We still have time to catch up with both bands at Yugong Yishan before they leave. AIS will jam alongside last year’s GBOB champion Rustic on February 18 and Re-Tros plays there the next day.

Modern Sky may be the biggest rock record label in China, but they too are rather quiet on the performance front in February. Maybe they’re still relishing last month’s coups – signing pop-rock act Bigger Bang and absorbing local label Robust Husband (whose bands include Omnipotent Youth Society, Brain Failure and Me Guan Me). Modern Sky has also invited their longtime friend, Chinese postrock icon Yang Haisong (P.K. 14’s frontman), to make them even bigger. Yang has been tasked with discovering five talented new bands across the country so that Modern Sky can fulfill their dreams with record deals. And there’s lots more to look forward to next month. Here’s a heads-up: The Eagles, Zack Wylde and Helloween will all play in Beijing in March if everything goes well. Well, we have a whole month to find out.

THE LULLABIES OF BIAN YUAN “Riders on the Storm” by The Doors. If you happen to fall asleep with this song, it will probably bring you to a weird story. “By the Rivers Dark” by Leonard Cohen. See above. “ R a d i o a c t i v i t y ” b y K ra f t we r k . Simple and repetitive, but it can take you far away. It’s a good song to wake up with too. “Taking Tiger Mountain” by Brian Eno. It ’s a song about mountain climbing, but it gives me the feeling of floating on the sea waves, without a direction, feeling so light. “Love Theme from Blade Runner” by Vangelis. It makes me feel like I’m hovering between the stars, free but lonely. I’ve been falling asleep to his album Themes for two months. Bian Yuan (formerly of Joyside) now plays guitar in Far Side of the Moon.





LIKE A GRASS 像草一样 SU YANG 苏阳 Four years ago, Su Yang’s debut album was a phenomenon. While the musician himself sees this follow-up as more urban, Like a Grass shares the same Chinese country essence. Witty skits like “Enemy” (冤家) make the album an easy listen; welltranslated English lyrics share his jokes with foreigners too. Alongside the screaming suona (唢呐) and humming banhu (板胡), Su’s rustic, northwestern voice echoes the wind mingled with sand and dust blowing from the loess plateau. While Su Yang can sound distinguished when accompanied by bass and acoustic guitar, the lengthening drawl of his Ningxia dialect veers between Springsteen and the yells of a Chinese field hand. Not a breakthrough, just more of the same – and that’s no bad thing. Michelle Dai Standout tracks: “Like a Grass” (像草一样), “Couple’s Ballad” (夫妻小唱) Like this? Try … Buyi (布衣), Wan Xiaoli (万晓利)

OMNIPOTENT YOUTH SOCIETY 万能青年旅店 OMNIPOTENT YOUTH SOCIETY 万能青年旅店 While so many bands struggle for something new to impress the scene, Omnipotent Youth Society touches Chinese rock music lovers’ hearts right at their most sensitive nerve, using orchestral instruments like trumpet, violin and cello to make guitar, bass and drums sound nothing more than supporting roles. The quartet has avoided the limelight since they formed in the ’90s but remain one of the most influential bands in China. This debut album contains nine songs that all sound like gifts from heaven. It’s all here: grand rock epics, heartrending lyrics, sorrowful trumpet and Dong Yaqian’s inimitable voice. Compared to their live performance, the recording loses a little of the destructive power but that doesn’t stop this album from being the uncrowned best of last year in China. Michelle Dai Standout track: “Kill That Shijiazhuanger” (杀死那个石家庄人) Like this? Try … Slap (耳光)

FLOURESCENCE ASOBI SEKSU Brooklyn quartet (essentially guitarist James Hanna and exquisitely endowed vocalist/keyboardist Yuki Chikudate plus two) Asobi Seksu are readying their new album for release on Valentine’s Day, and what a lovely beast it is too. On this, their fourth album proper, they have reverted back to the sound that made them critical (if not commercial) darlings with sophomore album Citrus. Their particularly unique take on shoegaze waned on third album Hush, where they branched out into mellow electronica. Here they mix their atmospheric synths with light-speed washes of distorted guitar to startling effect. It’s a winning formula, with opener “Coming Up” doing what it says on the tin, and “Trails” coming on like the bastard offspring of Cocteau Twins and My Bloody Valentine. A perfect Valentine’s gift for your sweetheart. If you’re hipster freaks. Mike Robinson Standout track: “Trails” Like this? Try … My Bloody Valentine, School of Seven Bells, Lush


Standout tracks: “Coming Home,” “Hello Good Morning” Like this? Try … My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (Kanye West)





e -Tros, which is shor t for The past, the present or the Rebuilding the Right of future … which one does Statues, pack Beijing’s most Re-Tros belong to? popular live music venues every We hope that we will always belong time they play. Is it because they’re to the near future. influenced by bands like Bauhaus, Joy Division and Gang of Four – or Any plans for 2011? because they’ve rebuilt the postWe’ll go to some international music punk spirit in 21st century China? festivals, then to New York to record The eight-yearour new album. If old band is com“WE HOPE THAT WE WILL we have time, we posed of Nanjing will do a national ALWAYS BELONG frontman Hua tour of China after D o n g, S i c h u a n the album release. TO THE NEAR FUTURE” girl Liu M in on First, though, we’ll bass and drummer Ma Hui from be opening for Gang of Four’s tour Gansu. They tend to play songs of Australia in February. that contain very few lyrics. When it comes to interviews, it turns out that What did you feel after you got they are just as quiet. Here’s what we the invitation from Gang of squeezed out of them. Four? We all felt very excited about it, but Tell us about your new work. also a little nervous. A year ago we Recently, we have been practicing couldn’t even imagine having such new songs all the time. They sound an opportunity at all. It reminds us very different from our old works. of the incomparable passion we felt It’s hard to tell what the differences many years ago the first time that we really are. Let’s wait until it’s finished listened to Gang of Four. and then talk about it. Will this show be any different How important are lyrics to you? from the other ones? Lyrics play the role of a storyteller in You’ll see if you come. our songs; it passes along information that can’t be fully expressed by Re-Tros reveals the differences at only music. Yugong Yishan on Feb 19.


Diddy-Dirty Money’s Last Train to Paris represents an entirely new side of Sean Combs’ artistic ability, one which involves a greater mix of dance and hip-hop. The album primarily consists of collaborative works with fellow rappers including T.I. and Lil Wayne, portraying his alter ego’s love-seeking journey from London to Paris. This isn’t an album for the clubs but “Strobe Lights” and “Hello Good Morning” offer R&B-tinged dance beats perfect for pre-drink house parties before that big night. Diddy’s more emotional side even gets highlighted in the gentle ballad-pop song “Coming Home” – a tribute to Notorious B.I.G. This album isn’t industry-changing – that would be Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy – but Mr. Combs’ experiments with tech house and R&B/hip-hop are still worth exploring. Nick Inatey



LOOSE CHANGE FRESH OUT THE BOX Hey – no more excuses for not taking your vitamins. World Health Store has set up permanent mini-stores at all the April Gourmets around town. Our favorite minimalist brand Celine previewed its already much-ravedabout Spring 2011 line in early January; the stock will arrive in stores this month.

The UCCA Store, too, wants to make sure you start off the lunar year on the right foot. The rabbit’s foot, that is. Until February 28, they’re selling gift bags with rabbit toys and artistic gifts.

DEALS AND STEALS Need a classy gift for your loved one? Nali Patio jewelry store Approx has just launched its latest collection, with an 8-9% discount on all baubles.



Maybe you love Valentine’s Day so much you want to wear it on your sleeve. Literally. Lucky for you, Mango’s new collection provides plenty of red, heart-patterned dresses and scarves to choose from.




nd the fixation with the Web continues. Last month we noted how online luxury retailer YOOX would be launching websites in China for major labels all throughout 2011. Turns out the dash to tap the Chinese Internet market isn’t ending there. We’re thrilled to announce the arrival of Mr. Por ter ( this month. And as we speculated in our August 2010 issue, Net-a-Porter’s menswear store will indeed ship to China. The press release promises that Mr. Porter will offer only the “most discerning selection of men’s fashion.” Their elite list of launch partners (i.e. Burberr y, Rick Owens, Balmain) seems to attest to that. is another website we’ve been eyeing for some time. Its redesigned canvas bags and sneakers aim to celebrate the working class

of China by drawing influence from their dress style. Recently, this young label – which has already earned acclaim from the New York Times and GQ – released its first sales channel in China at http://therealospop. Still, where would all our online stores be without the fashion bloggers to help promote them? Such is the influence of blogs these days – which explains why we were so thrilled to meet Yvan Rodic, founder of Face Hunter, last month. Look for our exclusive interview with him on, in which he shares the wisdom he’s gained from traveling and observing fashion all over the world. “Back in the day, style and identity were defined by where we were born,” he began. “Nowadays, thanks to the Internet, fashion is more and more an individual choice. This could be [perceived as] something negative,

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like a loss of [cultural] identity. But it could also be an opportunity: You have more power to choose for yourself.” Even away from the computer screen, we now have more options than ever in Beijing. This month’s Atelier subject, Shumeng Ye (see p48), has opened up pop-up store Nouveau Riche, which will run until February 5. A few years ago, a temporary space selling conceptual brand products in a high-traffic shopping area would have been inconceivable. Just look at how far we’ve come. Speaking of experimental f a s h i o n , a c o - w o r k e r re fe r re d m e to MANI th e other day. Warning: The images are somewhat explicit, though the web store is worth checking out if you’re in search of some man thongs. Or … well, you’ll see. You get the idea.

But we can’t neglect China’s biggest holiday of all. Shangrila Farms is also selling Chinese New Year gift sets for 15% off until February 8, with a free bar of soap for any purchase of RMB 98 or more. If you’re aiming to stock up on tees, here’s your chance. Plastered T-shirts will give a free gift (valued at over RMB 50) to anyone who spends more than RMB 200. A co l l a b o r a t i ve e f fo r t b e t we e n Brand Nü and urban bag producer 08/15 leaves us with several themed wardrobe options for the new year, from T-shirts to messenger bags – all decked out with rabbits, of course. You can find the products at Brand Nü in Wudaoying Hutong or Palma in Sanlitun.



WHAT’S NEW SHOPS WHAT 神马玩意 Daily 10am-7.30pm. 24 Beiluogu Xiang, Dongcheng District (134 6672 1274) 东城区北锣鼓巷24号

ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM I.T BEIJING MARKET Daily 10am-10pm. N5, Sanlitun Village North, 11 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District (6416 4380) 朝阳区三里屯路11号三里屯Village北区N5楼

Standing four stories tall, this large, starkly decorated shop targets fashion nerds with slightly outré tastes and deep (albeit oddly placed and asymmetrical) pockets. I.T Beijing Market houses mostly clothing, shoes and accessories by Comme des Garçons, the Japanese label adored by the fashion vanguard since the 1970s. The first to third floors stock various Comme des Garçons collections for both men and women, including the main lines, the iconic heart-laden PLAY collection, and the diffusion line BLACK. Look for rubber necklaces (RMB 3,350-3,450), not-so-basic

Must buy: Comme des Garçons rubber necklace (RMB 3,350-3,450) Also try: Shine*, Even Penniless



Daily 10.30am-10.30pm. 141 Gulou Dongdajie, Dongcheng District (8400 2291) 东城区鼓楼东大街141号

Must buy: Silver jade stone earrings (RMB 280) Also try: Lingyan Smooth, Nicolas Favard

The name leaves no room for misinterpretation – t h e t wo - s to r y s p a c e i s i n d e e d m o re a “commune” than a store, with more “good goods” than, well, bad ones. In addition to its own brand and finds, Good Goods Commune carries items by young local designers. The result is a rich mix of clothing, accessories and gifts which cover the whole spectrum of tastes and prices. Popular buys currently include the androgynous, quirky button-downs from Louise Li’s menswear label Outside. Other lines have wool coats starting from RMB 398. Where the store succeeds most, though, is in its assortment of gifts, which start at astonishingly low prices (RMB 50-70) and consist of string jewelry and feather necklaces, mugs, wallets, postcards, laptop cases and photo albums. Look out for art and design exhibits to take place on the second floor in the future. Tiffany Wang Also try: Love Linen People, Exception de Mixmind


Beijing-based designer Wang Lingyan has an eye for delicate jewelry. This Nali Patio store marks her second venture in Sanlitun – the first being Lingyan Smooth, which resides across the street in Nali Mall. Whereas that first shop focuses on mid-range, affordable jewelry, this new one caters to the luxury market. Both pluck from jewelry collections from all over the world – which Wang cites as proof of “international quality” – but Ling Design stocks more of her own handmade designs. The glittering multicolored stones deck out the small space; we love the chunky amber rings (RMB 950) and dainty pink teardrop earrings (RMB 585). Most of the items look garish in a good way, though simpler items for the more discreet are available as well. Tiffany Wang


Must buy: Ladybug toothbrush case (RMB 6)

leather jackets (RMB 8,400) and a vending machine of graphic tees (RMB 888.88). A well-edited selection of items by edgy favorites such as Ann Demeulemeester, Maison Martin Margiela and Gareth Pugh sits primarily on the fourth floor but is also littered throughout the others. The basement floor is dedicated to the Japanese streetwear label A Bathing Ape (BAPE). Julia Zhou

Daily 10.30am-9.30pm. Unit 2, Nali Patio, 81 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District (5208 6046) 朝阳区三里屯路81号那里花园商店2号


What’s the only word that can sum up this store? Cutesy. From the peanut erasers (RMB 5) to the knit pom-pom hats (RMB 35), all of the “creative manual products” within share one thing in common: They are deliberately and affectedly adorable. Tiny smiling xiaolongbao keychain puffs dangle from the shelves in large clusters. Mini homewares are scattered here and there, but the collectible toy items, school supplies, and imported candies and snacks reign supreme. A fur tote bag (RMB 128-169) looks “normal,” until you spot the attached ears and tail. The owner – a serious, tentative-looking man who you’d never think to associate with such a sentimental vision – tells me several designer friends contributed their products. We just hope he’s not talking about the nipple balls. Tiffany Wang



How many iPod docks give you high fidelity as well as the option of running photo slideshows or watching videos on a 9-inch LCD? This multimedia device also supports DVD and USB-based devices. RMB 3,799

With its innovative flip-hinge design, you can switch from netbook to tablet in five seconds. It’s like two gadgets for the price of one! Features a 10.1-inch touchscreen, 2GB memory, a built-in 1.3MP webcam and a hard drive of up to 320GB. RMB 4,500

GRIFFIN CINEMA SEAT FOR IPAD This ought to keep the backseat drivers quiet. The adjustable strap fastens around the front-seat headrest to hold your iPad screen snugly in place. All the touchscreen action of a Beijing taxi – but without the ads. Or the cab fare. RMB 360


Not content to let you simply read a variety of text formats, this 6-inch Android-based E-ink tablet also plays music, translates, and gives you access to Baidu and Wikipedia searches with its built-in Wi-Fi connection. All in black-and-white, so you won’t get distracted by those colorful applications. RMB 3,000

HP OMNI 105 This all-in-one desktop has a 20-inch widescreen, 2GB memory, a 500GB hard drive and a Light Scribe DVD burner that allows you to laser-etch your own disc label. RMB 4,499

SMART PRINTERS by Joey Guo CANON PIXMA MP496 If you’ve been looking for an inexpensive printer that can also scan and copy, this may be the all-in-one for you. Besides all the features of a regular inkjet, it also supports direct photo printing from USB and memory cards (the 1.8-inch LCD screen lets you preview your print job), and scanned documents or photos can be saved directly onto your flash drive as a JPEG or PDF. RMB 890

EPSON STYLUS PHOTO TX800FW SONY DPP-F800 PHOTO FRAME PRINTER Is it a photo frame with ink cartridges, or a printer with an appealingly large LCD display? Either way, this device seems to have been designed for people so smitten with the digital images they display that they decide they really must have a physical copy of it after all. Like, right now. The device features an 8-inch LCD screen with auto orientation, 256MB internal memory and multiple memory card slots for external storage. You can also use built-in templates to print photos in fun and creative formats (e.g. calendar, ID photo).

This device prints, scans, copies and faxes. Its 7.8-inch touch panel provides context-sensitive options and the 4.3-inch LCD viewer allows you to do basic photo edits. You can print wirelessly from your computer using its Wi-Fi connectivity or bypass the computer altogether by inserting a memory card and printing photos from it directly. RMB 3,980 RMB 1,399

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These two look like they’re not to be trusted with an estimate for replacing a blown gasket but they’d be perfect for helping you move house. What’s not to like? Quality coats, jeans and suitable footwear finished with a selection of gloves. Now make them a cup of really strong tea.


text by Jonathan White; photos by Mattia Baldi

From the Classifieds section on “If you want to be in the coolest darn gang in all of Beijing then we’re looking for you, hip cat. Ability to turn-up jeans and wear sunglasses AT THE SAME TIME is a must. Your own retro athletics gear is a plus. Meet 1pm sharp at Sanlitun Village.”

Nothing says “I am such a rebel. You can’t possibly control me” like dyeing your hair bottle-blonde and smoking a cigarette. At least, that was the case before the Sex Pistols split up. Punk’s not dead but it’s worried about having a fall in the bath.



Buon giorno, Beijing. This pair would not look out of place on the streets of Milan. Not that Milan has a rule where your style has to be paired with a pal’s or one of them has to be ever-so-knowingly androgynous. That only happens in Shanghai. Ciao.

If you all have to wear the same drab uniform for work, that’s work’s fault. If you can’t style it out, that’s your fault. Each member of this trio has offered something unique to pluck themselves out of mundanity and for that they’re slicker than an oil massage from a BP executive.

TOP TIP: If you’re not happy with how you look when you leave the house, then sleep on it. At some point everything comes back into fashion.

Put a spring in your step with some traditional Spring Festival celebratory clobber. It’s got the lot: color, headgear and dangly, flowing bits. Stop reading now. Go to the shops. Get on Taobao. Do whatever it takes.

Style consultants are always banging on about “your colors” and coordinating your look. Look at this ensemble and then ponder why you pay thousands of kuai to a charlatan. Dark denim patched onto beige, an egg-yolk yellow cap, clashing gloves and a contrasting denim cleans up.

Green coat: (SMS) cant wait 2 meet up. my outfit is so niuB. U’ll <3 the ripped tites. my coat’s 2 die 4 2. X Blue jeans: (SMS) K, c u @ the mall l8r yeh? i got mah new kicks & fresh tee on. Grey clothes: “Nobody’s texting me. What is wrong with this thing?”

If a Mickey Mouse hat is not official Disney merchandise, does that make it a Mickey-Mouse Mickey Mouse hat? If you are cool enough to wear one, you shouldn’t care. Wasting time dwelling on philosophy’s bigger issues can wait ’til adulthood.





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by Tiffany Wang


he color of love and blood, rage and lust, danger and … good fortune? That’s right. In China, red does traditionally signify luck and prosperity – and with the Lunar New Year upon us, what better time to spotlight the look than now? Of course, wearing red is no n ove l c o n c e p t . B u t t h e a l l u re behind this evocative hue has ebbed and flowed over the years. And just when we’d written it off for good, designers from Givenchy and Marc by Marc Jacobs began unleashing fierce head-to-toe red getups on their runways. While edgy, going all-red may not be so practical for everyday life. The trick, then, is to find more discreet ways to incorporate the color into outfits – ways that feel fresh and creative, as opposed to generic and predictable. That may

mean pairing red with red, gray or camel, rather than black or white. Use your imagination. Heck, throw textured fabrics into the mix. But the easiest way to keep red tasteful is via accessories. A smoky red bag or ruby lips will make any outfit – but especially a monochromatic one – pop. Fashion writers anticipate this color will be huge for spring. Those of us in China have known that all along.

➊ OPI Chick Flick Cherry nail polish. RMB 45. Meibocheng Beauty Supplies City ➋ Duffle bag. RMB 199. Zara ➌ Bow-tie tuxedo cape. RMB 4,200. Vega Zaishi Wang ➍ Celine zip-around bag. RMB 13,500. Celine ➎ Velvet bow headband. RMB 124. Topshop ➏ Snakeskin pouch bag. RMB 499. Mega Mega Vintage

➐ Denim jeans. RMB 199. H&M


SHUMENG YE by Tiffany Wang


Being Chinese-Finnish, I come here quite often to visit my relatives. I eventually found that I wanted to bring my love for fashion here. It’s inspiring to witness all the huge changes that have been taking place in China over the last few years. I think pop-up stores are a good way to test out new ideas, plus they fit the experimental nature of this project. “Nouveau riche” has a negative connotation, I know. But I wanted to transform the meaning. For me, the term can also stand for the newcomer who comes in and tries to do things differently.



Nouveau Riche was a very spontaneous decision. I got to know the people over at The Thing when I was in Shanghai last summer. I wanted to try something fun and accessible here – something I hadn’t seen in China yet. In Finland, the style is very Scandinavian. That’s also the route we took with Nouveau Riche – we wanted to go more minimalistic. In general, I like more toned-down looks, the ones that aren’t so flashy. I think that reflects in the pop-up store’s selection. I love maxi dresses – they’re stylish without showing too much. Compared to Scandinavia, the fashion in Beijing is very colorful and vibrant. It’s interesting because it reflects a mix of a lot of different styles. I hope to see the industry supporting more local designers in the future. Nouveau Riche. Daily 9am-10pm, until Feb 5. The Thing. B1/F, Sanlitun Village South, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District (5971 6088) 朝阳区三里屯路19号三里屯Village地 下1层


eijing has been quick to catch onto the pop-up phenomenon. Just last month, Chineseborn Finnish designer Shumeng Ye launched Nouveau Riche in Sanlitun Village’s The Thing. The temporary store is a collaborative effort that involves a group of Ye’s local and international designer friends, including New York-based conceptual brand Slow and Steady Wins the Race and the eco-friendly footwear by Native. We spoke with Ye about the advantages of a pop-up store, and her faith in China’s fashion industry to succeed.


There’s much on offer this month for the serious gallery-goer. Get a photojournalistic tour of China’s past in 798 Photo Gallery ’s Historical Retrospective Part I. For an edgier take on documentary photography, see Xia Xing’s “2007/2008/2009/2010” at Galerie Urs Meile. Joining him there are the imaginative paintings of Andreas Golder in “I Wanna Be Adored.” The distinct hues in his work make his abstract portraits lovely in form, if somewhat grotesque in content. If tradition with a twist is more your thing, head to Alexander Ochs Galleries Beijing for “Shell,” a collection of calligrapher Chen Guangwu’s latest works. See Events (under “Ongoing”) for details.








emember that endless firecracker party I mentioned last month? Are you ready for it? Then again, though warmer climes and more tranquil surroundings might beckon, there is a certain draw to being in China for the raucous Spring Festival celebrations. Why duck out on something the other 5.5 billion people in the world would probably find fascinating if only they had the chance to experience it for themselves? For one thing, you get a real-time look at modern takes on a centuries-old festival. The CCTV New Year’s Gala is an institution in itself, featuring mainstays of Chinese traditional culture alongside pop stars, film and TV celebs, and the occasional M andar in-spouting Canadian. If you’re curious to see how 700 million people while away

their Chinese New Year’s Eve, cozy up at home this year and tune in on February 2. Dumpling assembly line too far from the TV? Look for CCTV’s first ever Internet Spring Festival Gala online, from February 3-8. Just try not to get flour on your laptop. For another, the global nature of Beijing’s cultural scene affords surprising options. Apparently, many Chinese families enjoyed tuning in to the Vienna Philharmonic’s Neujahrskonzert in the ’80s and ’90s, so now there’s a soft spot in Chinese hearts for a rousing Radetzky March on New Year’s Day (even if it’s Lunar). Conductor Li Ling takes us there at the Beijing Concert Hall (Feb 3). If the loud noises and constant threat of combustion have you feeling a bit over whelmed – or you’re looking to celebrate that other February holiday – fear not,

Releases this month are all about coupling (natch), so take your pick. To woo the one that got away, try Eternal Moment (Jiang Ai), based on the 1998 TV drama about unrequited campus love (Feb 14). To break the ice, go lighthearted with a superhero couple coming out of retirement in Mr. and Mrs. Incredible (Shenqi Xialü), out February 3. For a taste of Hollywood with Chinese star power, catch Andy Lau and Gong Li in a remake of What Women Want (Wozhi Nürenxin), also out February 3. If for some reason you’re looking for something heavier, Gu Changwei’s A Tale of Magic (Moshu Waizhuan) about HIV and love is also due out this month.

venues galore are opening their doors. Pianist Leon Fleisher will be performing with his wife Katherine Jacobson-Fleisher at the NCPA (Feb 4), and for a real nod to old St. Val, take your sweetie to see Verdi’s La Traviata (Feb 13-17). Who says tragedy and romance don’t mix? T h o s e fe e l i n g b o o k i s h t h i s February can satisfy their lust for literature at Capital M’s first Literary Festival in Beijing (Feb 26-Mar 6). Highlights include talks by authors Thomas Keneally, Nadeem Aslam, and Kim Young-ha, as well as an art panel hosted by Pékin Fine Arts’ Meg Maggio. See our events listings for dates and times. So, looks like Februar y is all about festivals, fireworks, Fleishers, filharmonics and more festivals. What’s that? That’s not how you spell “philharmonic”? Phrickin’ A.

If you’re looking forward to staring directly up the nostrils of authors like Peter Hessler, Leslie Chang, Bi Feiyu, and Orly Castel-Bloom, get down to The Bookworm on February 2, when tickets go on sale for the Bookworm International Literary Festival. This year’s lineup includes literary leaders whose lives have spanned the globe, from Malaysia to Australia, Borneo to Rwanda, Nigeria to the UK, and of course, China to the US. Also, pick up Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua, so you can get in on the flurry of angry conversations over her controversial mothering.


The NCPA International Piano Series gets off to a good start, with Leon Fleisher (Feb 4) and Andras Schiff (Feb 27) coming through. Meanwhile, if you’re looking to make that leap from the audience to the stage, Beijing Playhouse is hosting an open Crew Meeting (Feb 27). Hear more about their upcoming shows for 2011, and learn how to become a volunteer crew member – or actor – in Beijing’s main English-speaking theater group. Details at performance@








with candor, admitting that at his lowest point, he considered suicide: “But I didn’t. I stayed alive. And, just as I was stuck with being alive, I was stuck with my love of music … So I embarked on a quest to make a life in music, in any way I could.” By the time Fleisher’s two-handed career was resurrected in 1996, his experiences as a conductor, teacher, and celebrated left-handed soloist had led him to interact with musical styles and musicians he might never have encountered otherwise. As one can imagine, this lends both

“JUST AS I WAS STUCK WITH BEING ALIVE, I WAS STUCK WITH MY LOVE OF MUSIC” breadth and depth to his already remarkable interpretations of Bach, Brahms, and his other favorite composers. When asked what it means to him to perform in Beijing, Fleisher replied, “It holds significance for me as an emissary, as an interpreter from a different culture. I feel a particular responsibility toward Eurocentric music.” Though the world of Western classical music can indeed be very Eurocentric, this teacher who has graced hallowed practice rooms the world over is no stranger to the swells of classical

musicians coming from China. “It’s pretty competitive – I believe I read that there will be 35,000 piano graduates this year alone!” And who in China would make ideal students? What would he hope to teach them? “It all depends on how they play. When I was previously in China, I gave master classes at the conservatories in Beijing and Shanghai. I found what I thought to be an interesting general difference between the two cities: Beijing conservatory students seemed really oriented towards a kind of technical proficiency and technical brilliance, and the students in the Shanghai conservatory seemed more interested in the musical – or interpretational – aspects.” Perhaps the task facing China’s best ivory ticklers is to become obsessed with doing both. Those catching Fleisher’s first solo recital in China will be treated to some of his best work, in arrangements for anywhere from one to four hands. No, he’s not that superhuman – Fleisher’s wife, also an accomplished pianist, will join him for their much-acclaimed rendition of Dvorak’s “Slavonic Dances for Piano Four-Hands.” (Yes, they do in fact make beautiful music together.) Now, if only we could get Fleisher and Liu Wei to perform something arranged for Piano Four-Limbs ... Leon Fleisher performs at the NCPA on Feb 4.


t doesn’t take much to note China’s obsession with piano players. Whether it’s Lang Lang with his freight-train intensity, or Yuja Wang with her machine-like perfection, the nation has been plying the global rosters with ever younger and more able players for over a decade now. It’s also no secret that China is obsessed with heroes, particularly ones who overcome insurmountable obstacles to achieve international stardom. Bonus points if they achieve this stardom by playing the piano. (Case in point: Liu Wei the Armless Pianist who won China’s Got Talent.) This two-part obsession makes Leon Fleisher’s appearance in Beijing this February an event to watch. If the man who’s been called the “Obi-Wan Kenobi of music” doesn’t already have legions of admirers among China’s classical music enthusiasts, then it should be just a matter of time. Having debuted at Carnegie Hall at only 16, Fleisher’s career was set to soar. Then it took a nightmarish turn. At just 36, he began losing the use of the fourth and fifth fingers of his right hand, due to a mysterious condition later diagnosed as focal dystonia. (For those who care, yes, that’s the same condition that plagues white-collar hero Scott Adams, creator of the Dilbert comic strip.) As with any musician quieted by physical limitation, Fleisher had choices to make. In his recent memoir, My Nine Lives, Fleisher tells his can-do story



ART: “MOON IN GLASS” BY LING JIAN ULLENS CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY ART For all but the most self-assured, looking at art can be uncomfortable. Always we wonder, “What should I be seeing? What does my understanding of this (or lack thereof ) say about me?” Ling Jian’s installation filling the Middle Room at UCCA takes this discomfort even further. Fears of seeing our own inadequacies when faced with works of art are brought to the fore as viewers traverse the exhibit space. Ling’s haunting oil paintings of beautiful, waif-like women are interspersed with spheres of circular mirrors – some printed with the women’s images, others merely tinted to reflect the portraits and the viewers in turn. Ling’s distorted facial proportions, as well as his use of cool, almost ghastly colors, create new and eerie moments of self-examination. John Pullman “Moon in Glass” runs at the UCCA through Mar 9.

BOOKS: ROOM EMMA DONOGHUE Those creeped out by that Josef Fritzl incestdungeon case may assume that a novel loosely based on it would be unreadable. And that would be a shame if it kept you from picking up Emma Donoghue’s Room. The heebie-jeebie-inducing tale of a mother and son trapped in an underground shed gets a lift from the wide-eyed, sanguine disposition of its narrator, 5-year-old Jack. While some might be annoyed by the clipped sentences and unavoidable mental pictures of a fully sentient child breastfeeding, these are small flies to swat from the novel’s main course: a riveting story of maternal love and protection that also gives readers new insight on this thing we call “normal life.” Marilyn Mai Available at The Bookworm. Stay tuned for info about Donoghue’s appearance at the literary festival.

FILM: THE ROAD LESS TRAVELED DEREK CHIU Like to get yourself good and depressed on V-Day? Then this film’s for you. Hong Kong director Derek Chiu’s latest follows a truck driver who kills a restaurant owner en route to the Chinese mainland, and spends the rest of the movie trying to make it up to the victim’s pregnant widow. If that setup isn’t maudlin enough, the subdued Wong Kar-wai-style shots and muted piano music should do the trick. Actors Louis Koo and Huang Yi give decent performances despite the melodramatic plot that features – spoiler alert! – not one, not two, but three car crash scenes. At least the film gives us a moral we can all jibe with: Never drive, walk, or ride a bicycle on or anywhere near a road. Ever. Lou Waterstone



NCPA PRODUCTION The lush opulence and sweet refrains of Verdi’s classic are back. This year’s production features yet another ensemble of world-renowned performers, including Albanian soprano Inva Mula, the voice behind that blue songstress in The Fifth Element (yes, that was a real human voice), as the noble and sickly Violetta. Zhang Liping, whose lyricality is being praised the world over as we speak, also reprises her role as the heroine. The ladies are supported by allstar tenor Ding Yi and China’s most famous baritone Liao Changyong, so it’s safe to say every night of the opera’s run features mind-shattering vocals. Melt into the melismas of the courtesan with the heart of gold as she forsakes her own happiness for her love, Alfredo. Marilyn Mai Catch La Traviata from Feb 13-17 at the NCPA.



eijing Improv originally started either native Chinese speakers or in 2006 as a way for a group of those with little Chinese language (mostly expat) friends to have experience, the performance is set fun, but since then, they’ve grown to up so that even those who don’t sell out nearly every performance at understand a segment or two can their Penghao Theater. They’ve also still have a good time. gone a little more local. Nowadays, The goal isn’t just to make ’em about 70 percent of their audilaugh. The goal is to try to tell a good ence are not native English speakstory. “If you go on stage and with ers, which is why the group offers the audience’s help do a good job, bilingual comedy shows every two people will inevitably laugh,” says months. They also hold weekly workPalley. It’s a joy for the players to see shops in English college students ACTORS WHO TRIED and Chinese to next to CEOs, help bring more AMERICAN SARCASM Swedes next to improv into the Thais, all coming GOT BLANK STARES community. together to share “When we did in the experience. FROM THE AUDIENCE the shows just in After one show, a English, we found immediately that Chinese man complained that his these styles of improv don’t work,” face had never hurt this much – from says Jonathan Palley, a founding laughing. member. Actors who tried American A goal of the troupe is to teach sarcasm got blank stares from the improv as a life skill. One member, audience. Since then, the performers a teacher at a Chinese school, introhave tried playing games instead, duced some of the improv games like one where they wave their arms to his students. He was blown away around sputtering nonsense while by their new spontaneity, and saw two sets of actors provide “dubbing” no limits to what they were able in English and then Chinese. In this to do. Beijing Improv also donates way, they’ve adapted to fit a more all its proceeds to Hua Dan, an orglobal context, where universal ganization that helps migrant womcharacters and physicality work en work through problems using better than satire and culturally improv skills. Palley notes, “People specific references. are looking for creative ways to Ac t o r s s w i t c h o f f b e t w e e n express themselves, particularly in Chinese and English – and often this society that’s changing rapidly jump in on jokes together – so you from this more traditional heritage.” won’t get everything unless you’re fluent in both. Despite the fact that Catch Beijing Improv’s all-English show the audience is usually split between on Feb 26.








nner Ear ” might seem a landscape of southern China. Qiu strange title for a photography himself talks of “moist southern air exhibit, something one usually and particles in motion.” associates with seeing, not hearing. Utterly different are the photoIt features work by two rising young graphs taken by Ren Hang. Where Chinese photographers and was Qiu lends images to distant thoughts curated by Rong Rong – an acclaimed or remembrances, Ren’s subjects are photographer and the founder of pulled straight from contemporary Three Shadows Photography Centre, youth culture. As one might assume, which hosts an annual award that Ren is a post-’80s artist; here are seeks out exciting new talent. The northern Chinese kids like him, metaphor of the ear, he asserts, is captured in enhanced technicolor. appropriate to the visual content of They inhabit – sometimes listlessly, the show; just as the ear facilitates sometimes erotically, often in a hearing and balance, so these images mood of disassociation – the kinds of convey the distilled urban voices of this WITHIN HIS FRAMES LIGHT IS s e t t i n g s t o generation, which China DIFFUSED; THERE IS SMOKE, has become and at the same time reMIST, FLYING WATER THROWN accustomed tain a feeling as de velop UP BY A BREAKING WAVE of equilibrium ment sweeps amid unstable through it. forces of development and change. There is nothing residual here: All is Thus, the work heightens our senses vivid, all is now. to the contemporary moment in The work of these two photoChina. graphers is contrasting: color and Qiu is the older photographer, its absence, northern and southern, born in 1974 in Guangdong. A urban and rural, vivid and wistful. softened diction befits description Both show moments of pause, but of his work, for within his frames where Qiu’s are long and drawnlight is diffused; there is smoke, out, allowing reminiscence to seep mist, flying water thrown up by through and dust to settle, Ren’s are a breaking wave. A young man is short, filmic. One wonders where one seen wearing a feather mask in stops and the other begins, evoking a nameless landscape; a girl in a as they do moments that are passing whimsical white dress recedes away on and moments that surround us. It from the lens along a verdant path; is as if there is less time now to reflect children sit on an elegant rattan on what is seen. chair, their eyes hidden. These beautiful black-and-white photo“Inner Ear” is on show at the UCCA graphs evoke snatches of memountil Mar 9. ry, poetic pieces stolen from the


If I could have a peek at somebody’s bookshelf in Beijing, it would be Zhou Xiaochuan’s (周 小 川 ). He made it onto Foreign Policy’s annual list of the Top 100 Global Thinkers again, ranked above Ben Bernanke, chairman of the US Federal Reserve. Zhou is obviously important, but I don’t understand his “pool” theory, so I’d be curious to check out his shelf. The book I hid before you came around is What Every BODY Is Saying: An Ex-FBI Agent’s Guide To SpeedReading People. In a society where mutual trust is waning, we have to learn to protect ourselves.

The book that changed my life was The Life of Xu Beihong. My mother gave it to me as a birthday present when I turned ten. I became determined to study at a top art school in Paris, just like Xu Beihong did. And I had my dream fulfilled from 1997 to 2002. A character in a book that I’d like to be is the Tang Monk from Journey to the West. He underwent all conceivable hardships to get the sacred scriptures. And he didn’t get eaten by monsters. The last book that I read was Six Speeches About Loneliness by Jiang Xun. Lonely is a derogatory word in China. People would rather blend into groups than think independently. Actually, loneliness can bring joy and even self-improvement. Have I ever judged a book by its cover? Yes, Gui Chui Deng (鬼吹灯). Based on the cover it looks like trash, but it’s actually quite creative.

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My three all-time favorite books? Zizhi Tongjian (资治通鉴) combines history and literature and took 20 years to write, so it’s a literary paragon. The Complete Works of Osho, because Osho’s arguments about Taoism, Buddhism and dhyana are all unique, and inspirational for students of modern society. And Dream of the Red Chamber shows the emptiness of this life by depicting the rich and powerful, yet the author ’s humanistic perspective comes through in his ruminations on the beauty of each human life.

My favorite book from childhood was The Water Margin. I used to read it secretly in bed; that’s how I ended up nearsighted.


AT THE BUZZER Ding Junhui won the Masters Snooker final, beating Marco Fu. He’s the first Chinese player to lift the title. ClubFootball’s Men’s 5-a-side Leagues start up again for the spring season next month. Both individual players and teams are welcome – get in touch with them at play@wanguoqunxing. com. If you want to get a head start, they’re willing to arrange friendly matches in February. Beijing Ladies Golf is recruiting for their season too. March heralds the call to the greens and the BLG is looking for more women to play in their weekly games. To find out more, e-mail beijingladiesgolf@gmail. com. Chaps, your turn will come next month too. Xi n h u a re l e a s e d t h e i r To p Te n Ch i n e s e At h l e te s o f 2 0 1 0 a n d there were not that many surprises, especially given China’s dominance at the Asian Games. The list was headed by Liu Xiang (hurdles). The other nine were Lao Yi (100m), Sun Yang (swimming), Wang Meng (short-track speed skating), Zhou Suhong (volleyball), Lin Dan (badminton), Shen Xue and Zhao Hongbo (figure skating), Li Na (tennis), Jiang Wenwen and Jiang Tingting (synchronized swimming) and Hou Yifan (chess).






n apology: Last month I wrote in this very column the words “… but bigger news was Steve Francis signing for the CBA’s Beijing Ducks. It’s going to be an interesting year.” Well, I’m sorry. While it was a fact that Steve “The Franchise” Francis signed for the Beijing Ducks, I foolishly neglected to predict that he would only stay for a two-week holiday. Before the year was out, so was our Steve. All he left us with was a 23-second debut (in unlaced shoes while sporting an ice-pack) and an image of him giving Guangdong fans the finger. Actually, when put like that, it’s not a bad contribution to Beijing’s sporting world. Goodbye, Fu Laoda, and with him the Beijing Ducks’ winning streak. Yao Ming picked up another injury playing for the Rockets and has since undergone surgery. The

Houston center’s future is said to be on the line, depending on how he recovers. Should he make it back onto the court, the Golden State Warriors are interested in signing him – so his career looks over, one way or another. Zheng Jie pulled out of the Australian Open due to injury but her compatriot Li Na vowed to match the semi-final place they both managed last year. Those who don’t want to know if she managed it should look away now. Or not, as it finished in January. The AFC’s Asian Cup 2011 took place in Qatar last month. China’s footballers were a credit to the nation in their first match, in which they beat Kuwait 2-0. The game was not without incident; Kuwait had a perfectly good goal disallowed with the score at 0-0 and one of their defenders was sent off for kicking

Yang Xu in the second-word-of-thiscolumn’s-title. They followed up the victory with a 2-0 loss to the hosts and a 2-2 draw with Uzbekistan to crash out. It should also be mentioned that Team China’s official suits for the tournament were magpieattractingly shiny. In town, there is still plenty for you to do. The cartel is dropping the final two of its Five Gates Jams this month. There’s whatever is left of the Beijing Ducks’ season to catch – as well as their sisters in the WCBA, Beijing Great Wall. At home, you can watch the NBA All-Star Weekend on CCTV-5. But the channel has decided to drop this year’s Super Bowl after disappointing viewing figures last year. For gridiron fans without satellite, you’ll be in a bar at 7.30am on a Monday morning – the good news is that it’s a holiday. Touchdown.

China’s pole-dancing hopefuls have been in training for this year’s World Championships in Hungar y. The footage of the girls practicing has b e e n , u n s u r p r i s i n g l y, q u i te t h e Internet sensation. Tsingtao has signed an agreement with the Cleveland Cavaliers to sponsor the Quicken Loans Arena. This means that if you’re lucky, you can see the Tsingtao Dance Team when you watch the NBA. Beijing Guoan has a new coach. Jaime Pacheco is the man. The good news for him is that Guoan GM Gao Chao is only demanding a top three finish. That should be fine – Guoan finished fifth last season and have already lost Du Wenhui. Du told the media that his salary at Guoan was not even enough to pay his mortgage; he’s now joined Jiangsu Shuntian. Guoan has confirmed that contract renewals with their other out-ofcontract players will take place after the Asian Cup. Soccer is to be embraced by Chinese schools and universities as part of the CFA’s five-year plan. The head of the CFA, Wei Di, says that Under-17, U-15 and U-13 leagues at the provincial, regional and national levels will be launched next year. Hopefully, they will teach the future stars that shiny suits are not cool ...








ashup Sports has started where the Beijing Flag Football League (BFFL) left off. We spoke with founder Yoyao Hsueh about the sports leagues, trips and volunteer opportunities that they’ve planned for this year. On Mashup’s aim ”Our goal is to bring fun to adults in Beijing through sports leagues and social events. We want people to get out of the house, hang out with old friends and meet new friends, while having fun at the same time. Our slogan is: Don’t Try This at Home.”

commitment of joining a specialist c l u b. O u r s p o r t s l e a g u e s a r e basically like intramurals where people play to stay active and get fit with a splash of competitiveness thrown in. If enough members want to do something, we’ll do it because many of our members are willing to help organize activities.” On this year’s plans “We’ll be offering five sports leagues with two seasons each: basketball, bowling, dodgeball, flag football and tennis. We’re also planning to organize more than 100 social events throughout the year, so we’re hoping for a lot of non-stop fun.”

On the success of the BFFL “Watching the community formed through Beijing Flag Football was On trips and volunteering the main driving force. Over 250 “For Mashup trips, the most impeople have come out, includportant thing will be the value the ing pick-ups. But the success all travelers get for their money. Somecomes down times it’s hard to the people to find others “OUR SLOGAN IS: involved, too. to go with you DON’T TRY THIS AT HOME” If the players on a trip, but we re n’t a l l if you go with ‘good people,’no one would have Mashup, you’ll be on your way with had fun.” people your own age and with similar interests. On college “Same with volunteer oppor“Mashup wants to recreate that tunities. I’m looking at what’s around college feel. College was the best China and seeing how Mashup’s time of my life – it was about fun community can help some of the and meeting new people from all charities out there. Closer to home, over the world. That’s very similar there are plans for free spor ts to Beijing. When people arrive, programs in Beijing for kids during they’re left wondering how to meet the summer. I’m hoping that our new friends and have fun. Mashup members will come out and volunteer wants to relieve your worries by their time to coach and mentor providing an easy entry point into a kids.” variety of sports and activities without the hassle, competitiveness and Check out




ll we k ne w about water polo was that it wasn’t Ralph Lauren’s swimwear line, so we asked the Beijing Ducks to fill us in. Where do you keep the horses? They rest under water between matches. We maintain kelp beds along the bottom so they can take nibbles during practice ... and disguise themselves when predators loom. My horse’s name is Poseidon.

beginners match up with beginners and experienced players match up on each other to keep teams even. Which skills from other sports are useful? Coming from an overhand throwing sport helps with shooting skills. Basketball and soccer players intuitively understand spacing and ball movement. Being able to swim is a plus.

How often does the pool look like a scene from Jaws? Who plays? Pretty much every “BEING ABLE TO SWIM Sunday, when the The water polo team is a diverse Hungarians show IS A PLUS” g ro u p. We h a v e up. Their credo is guys and girls “No blood, no foul.” from all over the globe coming out to play: Americans, Aussies, ChiExplain water polo in four words nese, Brits, Spaniards, and Eastern or less. Europeans. Anyone and everyone’s Tread. Swim. Shoot. Score. welcome to join. Where can we buy the cool hats? Can you play if you can’t swim? A couple factories in Shenzhen Yes, we have inner tubes. In fact, produce water polo gear, but chances they ’re quite popular on days are good you’ll get a shanzhai piece that players show up to practice of headwear. Best bet is to make nice hungover ... or still drunk. If you can’t with Shane. He’s the Aquatic Director swim and you lose your inner tube, of ISB and graciously allows us to use there are plenty of us around with all the equipment and facilities. somewhat-current lifeguard training that can save you. This might result Which sport is water polo’s sworn in you ending up with a silly nickenemy? name, though, like “French Kiss.” Spearfishing. They limit the available stock of seahorses. It makes it Is the game easy to pick up? more difficult to tame an eligible sea The Beijing Ducks was formed so that companion. new players could come out to learn about a new sport and experienced Beijing Ducks practice on Sundays players can relive their trash-talkfrom 2-4 pm at ISB. For more info, ing glory days. During scrimmage, e-mail





TO YOUR HEALTH WINTER ITCH Let’s face it – Beijing’s winter climate is hardly an oasis for parched skin. We asked Dr. Faith Deng from CMS Clinic for ways to prevent and treat winter itch. What are the symptoms of dry skin? The skin will feel tight, especially after cleansing. You may also find flaking and red patches, and a greater sensitivity to environmental changes. What causes dry skin? There are many factors, from genetics to cold weather. But basically, dry skin occurs when the outer layer of skin becomes dehydrated, leaving your skin cracked, scaly and sometimes itchy. This risk increases as we get older, and is made worse by washing since hot water and soap remove the natural oils on our skin’s surface. How much does the environment impact the skin? A great deal. People residing in climates with cold dry air and strong winds are most at risk.





ne of the perks of living in Beijing is that February isn’t just about love. It’s also about red envelopes, fireworks and – in 2011 at least – bunnies. Who doesn’t adore bunnies? Especially when they come handin-hand with peace and indulgence, as the Chinese astrologers are predicting for the “ Year of the Golden Rabbit.” If you’re one of the few haters, go seek out our Dining Ed i to r i a l As s i s t a nt. Wo rd o n the street is that she knows of a place where you can sup on rabbit heads. Some of you may be moping about having to stick around in Beijing for the long break. Pals are taking off, and lots of regular events have been placed on hold till March.

But as always, there’s still plenty going on within the confines of this city, both during and after the Spring Festival (Feb 2-8). Yo u k n ow t h o s e New Year resolutions you came up with a month ago? Made any progress yet? Here’s your chance to plunge ahead without any distractions. I f yo u’ ve b e e n m e a n i n g to start working out, there’s a taiji workshop that takes place every Tuesday, and a qigong club every Sunday. Both work to strengthen the mind and body, and will give you new perspective on physical fitness in no time. Or perhaps you’ve been meaning to eat healthier. That often requires preparing your own food. Check out the cooking courses that The

Hutong and Black Sesame Kitchen have lined up, with titles ranging from Chinese vegetarian (Feb 2) to Sichuan favorites (Feb 3). But if it’s your shopping and not your cooking skills that need polishing, might we recommend the Culinary Walking Tour (Feb 1, 8)? The market trip includes tips on buying local seasonal produce. And of course, there’s the temple fairs. I’ve gone the last two years, and found it’s one of the few times when the thick masses of people feel perfectly appropriate. You may be choking for air, you may have turned for one second only to find yourself separated from all your friends, but the crowd is surging with a sense of community and festivity – and that makes all the difference.

Can you name some at-home preventative measures we can take against dry skin? • Shower less, and always use warm (not hot) water. • When bathing, lather up with a mild bar soap. Liquid soaps are more drying. Avoid glycerin soaps and those that contain deodorants. • Always apply a good moisturizing lotion after showering. Those that contain urea, shea butter and/or jojoba oil are most effective for mild to moderate cases of dry skin, whereas lighter petroleum-containing lotions (i.e. Vaseline) should be applied for slightly more severe skin conditions. • Buy a humidifier to use in your home during the winter. • Apply a moisturizer-sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or greater to all areas of the body exposed to the sun. • Drink plenty of water to keep the skin moist from the inside. At what point should we contact a medical professional? If you’ve done all of the above and are still experiencing dry skin, contact a dermatologist. They can prescribe a topical steroid and various emollient creams and lotions. They can also determine whether your symptoms are part of a more complex problem (i.e. ichthyosis, also known as “fishscale skin”) that requires special medical care. CMS Clinic. Beijing Tower (Chang’an Club Bldg) 7/F, Suite 701, 10 Dongchang’an Jie, Dongcheng District (6559 6769) 东城区长安街10号长安俱乐部7层






ntoxicated by the spirit of the new year, I deluded myself into thinking that tango would be painless – easy, even – and signed up for a class on a whim. Keep in mind that I’d never taken dance in my life, much less tango – which I associated with clenching roses between teeth. It was my friend who first gave me second thoughts.

”You’re doing tango?” she asked doubtfully. “I went once. Couldn’t take it seriously. The movements are just so unnatural.” Cue instant panic. By the time Thursday rolled around, I was a shaky mess. The instructor Michael loomed by the door, wearing tiny spectacles and a solemn smile. I stared at him skeptically. Monstrously tall and thin,


he looked more like my high school I felt a tiny surge of pride, and librarian than a tango teacher. was shocked to find I was enjoying But his gawky demeanor myself. I quickly began to grasp the vanished the moment the dramatic rhythm, and with it the beauty of tunes came on. He began gesturing the dance. It was so controlled, yet it impatiently, exuding a sudden air of flowed. So sensual, yet subtle. confidence. “Come on, pair up! Now Near the end of the hour, Michael step. And step. And step …” brought in a fellow expert dancer. I was flustered – and honestly, They twirled expertly around the tempted to bolt from the premises. room, throwing their heads back, Michael had so pushing each far explained THEY TWIRLED EXPERTLY other back and nothing. What forth – a battle AROUND THE ROOM, beat was I supof the sexes. We posed to follow THROWING THEIR HEADS watched in silent with my feet? awe, inspired BACK, PUSHING EACH Where was I to and hungry for put my arms? OTHER BACK AND FORTH more. I was just After this about ready to give up when Michael performance, we threw ourselves ordered us to form two rows in the into the dance with a new vigor. back of the room. He explained It was still easy to forget the steps, what we’d been doing wrong, and though, especially when you were repeated the steps slowly in front paired with hesitant partners. of us. It was all about keeping the Michael would swoop in upper body straight, controlling between the couples who looked the hips and pausing at the right like they were struggling. The second moments. you gave him your hand, you could We followed his lead, first without close your eyes, and just feel the and then with the music. What direction he was pulling. And all of a started out as a frustratingly impossudden you, too, would be gliding. sible task soon became manageable. After one successful round, Michael Beijing Tango offers classes every looked pointedly at me. Thursday at 8pm at the Sino-Chu Wine “I’m very impressed,” he said. Bar. Register at beijingtango@hotmail. “Some of you show promise.” com.



ounded in 2006, the JUMP! Foundation is an international non-profit organization that focuses on student leadership training, experiential education and global development. We spoke with Program Developer Roohi Gupte about their mission to inspire, empower and engage youth across the world.

What does JUMP! teach its students? Our experiential education and leadership training programs give



How does JUMP! foster such skills? Our facilitators develop an intensive curriculum for each program that incorporates interactive activities and games highlighting personal, community and global issues. We hold workshops where activities build off each other and provide the opportunity for students to apply leadership skills and tools, with space for discussion and reflection. Tell us more about your ongoing initiatives. We recently launched two new initiatives. The first is the Global Leadership Project 2011, which unites youth from five different

regions in an international conversation on youth leadership. The second is our inaugural JUMPSTART Sponsorship Campaign, which raises awareness and support for our youth-focused development projects in China, Cambodia and Haiti. We also provide travel and expedition programs that highlight the themes of outdoor adventure, responsible travel, cultural understanding, environmental education and sustainable community service.

How can we help? JUMP! operates as a social enterprise, and assigns all surplus funds from its programs to supporting our youthfocused development projects. The best way to get involved is to bring JUMP! to your school and community, or become a JUMPSTART sponsor. E-mail or visit to learn how to get involved.


How was JUMP! conceived? The JUMP! Foundation was born out of a need for youth education to address issues of leadership and global citizenship. Our office is based in Beijing due to China’s growing influence in the global sphere, and due to the unique cross-cultural environment this city provides.

participants the opportunity to grow as individuals and develop as leaders in the community and the world. In our lessons, we emphasize responsibility, personal reflection and global citizenship.



THE PHILIPPINES The cliché Boxers, cockfighting and impromptu KTV renditions of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.” The reality Due to centuries of repeated colonization, the Philippines is one of the most culturally diverse nations in the world. It’s also renowned for its natural beauty, ranging from tropical rainforests to volcanic beaches. The sights Wonder at the mountainous shorelines of El Nido, the white beaches of Boracay, the cartoonishly undulating Chocolate Hills of Bohol, and the frenetic metropolis of Manila. Top destination The entire city of Vigan is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and boasts the best-preserved colonial European architecture in Asia. The food Despite being the least spicy Southeast Asian cuisine, Filipino food won’t disappoint an adventurous palate. Influences include Spanish, C h i n e s e , M a l a y, a n d A m e r i c a n cuisines, adapted to indigenous ingredients. You’ll find an amazing variety of meat and seafood adobos (savory vinegar-based stews). Why go now? Fearsome humidity returns in May.





y Chinese reckoning, this month marks the start of a new year. So in addition to the cheek-numbing chill, there’s meant to be a general spirit of renewal in the air. And given that some of the month’s best travel opportunities are a touch frosty, I’ve resolved to embrace the awesome power of snow and ice. If you missed the ice-carving extravaganza in Harbin, both 90 Percent Travel and China Culture Center offer trips to its rival in Longqing Gorge. 90 Percent also has an exciting ice-hiking jaunt closer to home. For the truly adventurous, Blue Bandana Expeditions will take you to the Lake Khovsgol Ice Festival in Mongolia, which promises a breathtaking frozen lake and a hefty dose of northern mystery. And for those who like to mix rugged with relaxing, Beijing Hikers’ White River hike finishes up in a hot

springs spa – just the thing to thaw frostbitten fingers when you’ve lost your mittens. For details, see Events, which start on p62. The only thing moving faster than the Siberian winds whipping around our heads is the growth in Asian air travel, with the Official Airline Guide estimating a 12 percent increase in Asian flights last month. This means plenty of new options for travelers and, once we reach peak supply, some price breaks on the horizon. The Malaysian budget carrier Firefly is adding flights to ASEAN countries, Hong Kong Airlines now goes to Singapore, and China Eastern has resumed flights to Kathmandu (thrice weekly from Kunming). Air China is hopping on the in-transit city tour trend, offering free guided tours of Chengdu to passengers with long layovers there. The stopover should be just long enough

to hug a panda and snap up some mapo doufu. With the government investing RMB 700 billion in its rail network this year, there are some exciting developments on track. China’s railway minister has pushed the launch date of the Beijing-Shanghai High Speed Railway up to June of this year, bringing our dream of low-stress weekend getaways to the country’s glamorous finance capital a bit closer to fulfillment. When completed, the train will deliver you to Shanghai in five hours. In normal traffic you could spend half that just trying to get to Beijing Capital International Airport. High-speed rail service was also extended to Hainan last month, and is expected to boost nature and historical tourism there, although fans of sunshine, gorgeous landscapes and sandy beaches shouldn’t need the nudge.

Why you’ll want to stay Filipinos are quite possibly the most friendly and welcoming people in the world. Why you’ll be glad to leave If you’re spending much time in Manila, the endless crowds and record-setting air pollution will soon encourage you to move on. Exchange rate RMB 100 = 664 Philippine pesos (PHP) Need a visa? People from most countries can visit without a visa for up to 21 days. The US Embassy has warned of potential terrorist threats for Western travelers, particularly in the southern islands. Flight information Korean Air offers direct flights to Manila twice a day.









o say that Taiwan is lush would be an understatement. The island is literally teeming with plants and trees – the type of vegetation that’s only possible in a place where the sea-tinged air is constantly set on “humidify” and the saturation seeps in as soon as you step off the plane. Greenness dominates everything in sight – even along the highways and in the urban centers. The streets of Taipei are lined with an abundance of the tea, palm, bamboo and eucalyptus trees that also cover the surrounding hillsides. Indeed, Taiwan’s capital is quaint by mainland standards – only three million people live within its metropolitan area – making it easily walkable, with plenty to eat, see and do along the way. But Taiwan’s most spectacular gems lie nestled in the subtropical hillsides and along the coastal areas outside of the big city. Lying next to the Chinese mainland, the island may seem small, but it would take weeks, if not months, to thoroughly explore her many attractions. No matter how short your stay, you’ll find that getting out of Taipei and into the mountains and coastal areas is well worth it. The Yehliu Geopark is a must. Located in Wanli Township along a cape just north of the capital, this area is famous for its strange limestone formations, sea caves and fossils. Even with the hordes of snap-happy tourists, the extraterrestrial scenery is stunning. Join in the fray by climbing directly onto the rocks for some truly breathtaking shots – but careful not to cross the red lines, lest you get swept out to sea. You can drive out in the morning or go by bus from Taipei and grab a delicious seafood lunch (winters feature sailfish, oarfish and sea chub) at any of the restaurants adjacent to the main parking lot. A half-day is sufficient for a basic tour, but you can also spend the afternoon exploring the surrounding north coast area with visits to the Shimen Sea Arch, Sanzhi Township and more. Cap it off with an overnight stay in Wanli Township, where you can soak away your worries in the volcanic hot springs. Nearby Beitou, Taipei’s northernmost and most mountainous district, is yet another hot springs hotspot. This former village (and erstwhile red-light district) was developed as a resort area during colonial times and the area retains a distinctly Japanese ambience. Today it is home

FROM THE MARBLE-WALLED CANYONS OF THE TAROKO GORGE TO THE FANTASTIC SNORKELING OFF GREEN ISLAND, TAIWAN’S ATTRACTIONS ARE TOO NUMEROUS TO FIT INTO A SINGLE TRIP to the Beitou Hot Springs Park, the breathtaking Yangmingshan National Park and the Geothermal Valley – be sure to set aside a day or two to check them out. Further inland are the Chitou scenic area and picturesque Sun Moon Lake, both located in Nantou County in central Taiwan (about a 2.5hour drive south from Taipei). Chitou is one of the seven “experimental forests” of National Taiwan University, originally established by the Japanese in 1901 as a place to conduct academic research and experiments in conservation and forest management. Equal parts alpine and tropic, the forest has a Jurassic-era feel to it. Visitors can spend days hiking pristine mountain trails beneath a canopy of massive ferns, fir and cypress trees, bamboo groves, betel nut trees and more – an early morning trek along the forest paths is as

interesting as it is invigorating. Plan to stay overnight in one of several hotels in the park and don’t forget to pack warm clothing. Sun Moon Lake (Ri Yue Tan) is the area’s other main attraction. The largest body of water in Taiwan, this roughly eight-square-kilometer lake lies at an altitude of 762 meters and is the ancestral home of the Thao aboriginal tribe. It was also a favorite retreat of Chiang Kai-shek. The area reminded him of his home in Zhejiang – he built the Ci En pagoda overlooking the lake in memory of his mother. Boat tours (TWD 300 for 45min) are available to ferry guests from Shuishe Village (with its lakefront hotels and countless coffee shops) across the lake past Lalu Island, which the Thao consider a holy site, to the other side where you can climb up a hillside path to the Xuanguang Temple and Ci En Pagoda. Noisy throngs of tourists, souvenir sellers and snack vendors crowd the area around the pier, but a walk further up the trail offers a peaceful respite and pleasant photo opportunities. Bikes and electric scooters are also available for rent in Shuishe Village for around TWD 150 per half hour (up to TWD 500 for a full day). Ride to your heart’s content around the lake or on any one of the area’s many cycling trails. From the dramatic city views of Taipei 101 and the marble-walled canyons of the Taroko Gorge, to the fantastic snorkeling off Green Island and the tropical beach resort of Kenting, Taiwan’s attractions are too numerous to fit into a single article, much less one trip, so choose your itinerary wisely. Fortunately, the island’s proximity to Beijing (less than three hours away by plane and RMB 3,0004,000 roundtrip depending on dates and carrier) and the impending loosening of travel restrictions for tourists from the Chinese mainland will make repeat visits – not to mention a welcome respite from Beijing’s bone-dry winters – a breeze.

USEFUL INFORMATION • Yehliu Geopark: (for bus directions, click on the “Traffic” section) • For accommodations around Shimen Sea Arch, Sanzhi Township and Wanli Township: www.wgspa., and • For hotels around Beitou Hot Spring Park, Yangmingshan National Park and the Geothermal Valley: • For accommodations around Chitou and Sun Moon Lake:








Tue-Fri. Cirque du Soleil co-founder Guy Caron has directed a show that blends Chinese acrobatics with the fantastical circus. RMB 180-580. 7pm. Tianqiao Acrobatics Theater (6303 7449)

Tickets go on sale for the book event we’ve all been waiting for. The festival runs Mar 4-18, but if you don’t get your tickets early, you’ll be sorry. Free-RMB 250. The Bookworm (6503 2050)

Acrobatics: Magic Music Box


Super Bowl XLV CCTV won’t be screening the Super Bowl, so go to a bar and watch it – you’ve got a choice at least between Frank’s Place, Paddy O’Shea’s, The Stumble Inn and Luga’s Villa. The game starts at 7.30am.

07 Opera: La Traviata Lovely courtesans, young gentlemen, and meddling fathers just don’t mix. (Especially when tuberculosis is lurking.) RMB 100-580. 7.30pm. NCPA Opera House (6655 0000)



The Hutong’s most popular cooking class. Learn to cook the curries, breads and snacks of an authentic Pakistani meal. RMB 250, RMB 230 (members). 2-4pm. The Hutong (6404 3355)

Soak in the last quiet months of the Dutch artist’s life through this stunning biopic by Maurice Pialat. RMB 20, RMB 10 (students). 7.30pm. French Cultural Centre (6553 2627)

Pakistani Cooking Class

Film: Van Gogh



NBA All-Star Game Turn on CCTV-5 to catch the highlight of the NBA’s All-Star Weekend. 9am.


British Club Coffee Morning Nicky Luff of the British Embassy talks about the work of the Embass y. All foreign passport holders welcome. No jeans or sneakers allowed. RMB 60, RMB 40 (members). 10am-noon. Capital Club (8486 2225)

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Discussion: Hutongs in Danger Voice your opinion on the destruction of Beijing’s historical hutongs, and learn more about what you can do. Free. Time TBD. Culture Yard (8404 4166)

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Who’s afraid of a few crowds? Head to any of Beijing’s big parks to enjoy the traditional food, games and festivities.

The celebrated musician mastered the left-handed repertoire when his right hand failed him midway through his career. Catch his first solo recital in China. RMB 180-580. 7.30pm. NCPA Concert Hall (6655 0000)

Lunar New Year Temple Fair


Piano: Leon Fleisher




Make new friends and explore the secret gems of Beijing together. Register at Free. 9.30am-2pm. National Art Museum of China (6401 7076)

The chef from the wellloved Barcelona restaurant stops off in town for three days to do wonders with fresh produce. Price and time TBD. Migas (5208 6061)

INN Trekkie: National Art Gallery

10 Green Cap Quiz Night Beijing’s newest pub quiz. Free. 7.30pm. The Green Cap (186 1174 7939)

This month, the bar donates RMB 10 from every drink purchase to Couleurs de Chine, which sponsors schooling for ethnic minority children in poor regions of Guangxi. Beer Mania (6585 0786)




Drink For Charity Tuesday




Pre-sale: Bookworm International Literary Festival






El Quim de la Boqueria


The Amazing Insurance Salesmen, Rustic, Nucleus AIS warms up before heading to Kuala Lumpur for the world final of Global Battle of the Bands. RMB 60, RMB 50 (advance). Time TBD. Yugong Yishan (6404 2711)





Speakers will discuss the history of migrant workers, their plight, and the potential solutions offered by government policy. RMB 60. 7.30-9pm. China Culture Center (6432 9341)

The M Agency presents the Dim Mak Records founder for this month’s electro house mashup. Support from Saul D, Liman, A.M.U. and VJ Zhiqi. RMB 120, RMB 80 (advance). 10pm. Tango (6551 9988)

DJ Wordy back in charge. Free. 10pm. Punk (6410 5222)

Talk: China’s RuralUrban Migrant Workers


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Hot Pot




Bob Marley Day Ultimate Productions’ annual toast to Jamaica’s favorite son. For more information, call 136 9360 5284. RMB 50, RMB 30 (advance). 8pm. Yugong Yishan (6404 2711)


Nike 6.0 “Five Gates” Jam #4: The Wall Don’t hit the wall. Grind it or something. 2pm. NIKE 6.0 Nanshan Park, Nanshan Ski Village (138 1045 9745)



All Guitar Stars Party Top guitarists improvise songs about rabbits. Prizes include guitars and tickets to upcoming concerts by Helloween and Zakk Wylde. RMB 50, RMB 40 (advance, students). 8pm. Yugong Yishan (6404 2711)



Xia Xing: 2007/2008/2009/2010 Until 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)


Capital M Literary Festival: Thomas Keneally A talk with the Australian author whose book was adapted into the Spielberg film Schindler’s List. RMB 65 (includes 1 drink). 11am. Capital M (6702 2727)



Capital M Literary Festival: Nadeem Aslam Hear from prize-winning Pakistani-British author Nadeem Aslam, whose body of work is small but high-caliber. RMB 65 (includes 1 drink). 3pm. Capital M (6702 2727)






Piano: Leon Fleisher He’s worn many musical hats, including that of a left-handed soloist when his right hand failed him midway through his career. Watch as the celebrated piano genius woos the capital at his first solo recital in China. See Feature, p50.RMB 180-580. 7.30pm. NCPA Concert Hall (6655 0000)


FEB 2 DINING Chinese New Year at Jewel Eight courses of fine Cantonese cuisine to hail the Year of the Rabbit. A la carte and dim sum menus are also available at different prices. RMB 688+15%, RMB 988+15% (includes free-flow soft drinks and gift). 5.30-11.30pm. Jewel, Westin Financial Street (6606 8866 ext 7820)

Concert Take part in what might seem to be a surprising tradition in Chinese holiday celebrations: ringing in the new year with Johann Strauss’ Radetzky March. RMB 100-880. 7.30pm. Beijing Concert Hall (6605 7006)

EXPLORE Harbin Ice Lantern Festival & Snow Sculpture Expo Until Feb 5. Take in the ice festival, the Siberian tiger park and Harbin’s Russianstyle architecture. RMB 4,100. CCC (6432

LIVING Black Sesame Sichuan Favorites



Q Bar’s Chinese New Year Bartenders so skilled, they can create Year of the Rabbit-themed cocktails. But can they make them taste good? Watch the fireworks from the terrace or hide inside a heated “Q Box” and wait for the dumplings to be dished out. Free. 9pm. Q Bar (6595 9239)

The Super Bowl The finest teams in the NFL battle it out for the Vince Lombardi Trophy. Game starts at 7.30am on Feb 7 in Beijing.


Stretch Armstrong Stretch mashes up hip-hop and house as he returns for another Spring Festival show. RMB 50, free (before 11pm). 10pm. Punk (6410 5222)


FEB 3 ARTS & CULTURE Symphony: Radetzky March-World Masterpieces New Year Symphony






Chinese Vegetarian Cooking Class Learn how to create a hearty, healthy three-course meal using fresh local ingredients, including both non-meat recipes as well as traditional Chinese dishes with a vegetarian twist. RMB 240, RMB 200 (members). 10am-noon. The Hutong (6404 3355)

EXPLORE White River Hike Follow a relaxing and scenic hike in the countryside with lunch and a spa treatment at a secluded hot springs hotel. Cost is all-inclusive, but space is limited. RMB 280, RMB 170 (children under 12). 8.30am. Beijing Hikers (6432 2786) www.

Film: Electric Shadows Monthly Shorts No, not the shorts you’re wearing. Catch fiction, documentary, music videos and experimental shorts hailing from all around the world at Electric Shadows’ new venue. RMB 30. 2pm. Riverbank Café & Bar (6506 8277)

In The House: A Wild New Year Acupuncture DJs promise musical fireworks and hot dumplings at 3am. Free. 10pm. The House (6552 6661)

Pre-sale: Bookworm International Literary Festival Tickets go on sale for the book event we’ve all been waiting for. The festival runs Mar 4-18, but if you don’t get your tickets early, you’ll miss the chance to rub elbows with the likes of Peter Hessler and Emma Donoghue. Free-RMB 250. The Bookworm (6503 2050)

Neil Conway Neil Conway returns with his mix of Americana, country and swing. Free. 8pm. The Bookworm (6503 2050)

Bob Marley Day Ultimate Productions’ annual toast to Jamaica’s most famous son. Mitabe play live, with DJs from Ultimate Productions, Meiwenti Sound and Shanghai crew Solution Hi-Fi. For more information, call 136 9360 5284. RMB 50, RMB 30 (advance). 8pm. Yugong Yishan (6404 2711)

Welcome the Year of the Rabbit Chef de Cuisine Alan Yang presents an 11course set menu, each course symbolizing a traditional Chinese New Year wish. Minimum booking of ten guests is suggested. RMB 888 per person. Lunar 8, Fairmont Beijing (8507 3618)


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Spring Festival Set Meal Dumplings and Yunnan specialties to celebrate the new year. Minimum two people per reservation. RMB 120. 7pm-2am. Little Yunnan (6401 9498)


BARS & CLUBS FROM FEB 18: HISTORICAL RETROSPECTIVE PART 1 Photojournalistic views of China’s past. See photo above.


Meditate to Yu Bogong’s Eastern philosophy-inspired installations.


Eight artists take a critical look at technology. Cooking Class Learn how to cook traditional Sichuan dishes like mapo tofu, wok-fried string beans, and kungpao cashew chicken from master chefs. Reserve at RMB 250. 11am-1.30pm. Black Sesame Kitchen (136 9147 4408)

FEB 4 BARS & CLUBS Disco Fever Night Disco tunes from back in the day. Free. 8pm-late. Bar Blu (6417 4124) DJ David David Mitchell plays everything from deep soul to hip-hop. Free. 10pm. Q Bar (6595 9239)


FEB 5 BARS & CLUBS Cinco de Drinko Half price on all drinks except wine. All day. Free. Saddle Cantina (5208 6005) DJ Paul Groove-oriented mix of nu sound, soul and electronica. Free. 9pm. Q Bar (6595 9239) I Don’t Do Him, I Do G Free-flow cocktails and wine. But only for ladies. Free. 9pm-1am. Scarlett (6552 3600)


“Po Wu” Party Set fireworks off outside at 10pm before getting down to electronica with Ouyang, Eddie Lv, Suki and Donald Summer. Free. 9pm. Yugong Yishan (6404 2711) “Po Wu” Party See off the last day of Chinese New Year with Acupuncture DJs. Free. 10pm. The House (6552 6661) Super Bowl Party If you ever attended a Super Bowl party at the old Goose ‘N’ Duck, you’ll probably see some familiar faces here. Free. 7am. Frank’s Place/Johnny Duck’s (6437 8399) Super Bowl Party NFL China teams up with Paddy’s for the gridiron finale. Wear your team’s jersey for a chance at winning NFL-sponsored prizes. American breakfast and beverage deals for the game. Free. 7am. Paddy O’Shea’s (6415 6389) Super Bowl Party Luga pulls out all the stops. Free. 7am. Luga’s Villa (6416 2575) Super Bowl XLV Live HD coverage with sound. Enjoy the American-style buffet for RMB 150 (reservations highly recommended). Free. 7am. The Stumble Inn (6417 7794)

ARTS & CULTURE Book Club: Oracle Bones by Peter Hessler Beijing’s latest laidback book club meets to discuss Oracle Bones by Peter Hessler, just in time for his appearance at The Bookworm International Literary Festival next month. For more information and a copy of the book, contact Lauren at Free. 8.30pm. The Smuggler’s (138 0107 1230; see Nightlife directory)

FEB 8 LIVING Pakistani Cooking Class The Hutong’s most popular cooking class is taught by a Pakistani chef who’ll show you what an authentic home-cooked Pakistani meal tastes like. Hint: It’s full of curries, naan breads and snacks. RMB 250, RMB 230 (members). 2-4pm. The Hutong (6404 3355)

FEB 9 BARS & CLUBS 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)

ARTS & CULTURE Film: Van Gogh Soak in the last quiet months of the Dutch artist’s life through this stunning biopic by Maurice Pialat. The film is set in the early summer months of 1890, as Van Gogh recovers from his stint at the asylum and enjoys new wellsprings of creativity. RMB 20, RMB 10 (students). 7.30pm. French Cultural Centre (6553 2627)

FEB 10 MUSIC Basically Beethoven Come and join Beijing’s only classical music open-mic night. Free. 7.30pm. The Bookworm (6503 2050)

LIVING INN Trekkie: National Art Gallery Make new friends and explore the secret gems of Beijing together at this popular monthly event. Register at Free. 9.30am2pm. National Art Museum of China (6401 7076; see A&C directory)

EXPLORE Mutianyu Great Wall & Ming Tombs Tour Climb this less-commercialized section of the Great Wall, come back down by cable car or toboggan, then visit the UNESCOlisted Ming Tombs in Changping. RMB 400. 9am. CCC (6432 9341)

FEB 11 DINING El Quim de la Boqueria Chef from the well-loved Barcelona restaurant stops off to stock up on fresh produce

before cooking it over three days. Price and time TBD. Migas (5208 6061) Valentine’s at Cepe Five courses featuring ravioli, Wagyu beef and chocolate and raspberry mousse. Available at lunch and dinner. All diners have the chance to win a diamond worth USD 1,500. RMB 888+15%. Cepe, Ritz-Carlton Financial Street (6601 6666) Valentine’s at Greenfish Six courses featuring crab and lobster cakes and beef tenderloin. Available at lunch and dinner. All diners have the chance to win a diamond worth USD 1,500. RMB 888+15%. Greenfish, Ritz-Carlton Financial Street (6601 6666) Valentine’s at Mana A five-course dinner, with one cocktail included. RMB 288. Mana (6460 6721) Valentine’s at Qi Six courses of refined Cantonese-influenced dining, available at lunch and dinner. All diners have the chance to win a diamond worth USD 1,500. RMB 888+15%. Qi, Ritz-Carlton Financial Street (6601 6666) Valentine’s Week at Park Hyatt Beijing Special menus at China Grill and The Private Room, a Dom Perignon Valentine’s Day Special at China Bar, love-themed parties at Xiu, and a series of special Valentine’s cupcakes and chocolate boxes at the Coffee Bar. Park Hyatt (8567 1234)

BARS & CLUBS Revival Classic Balearic house. Free. 8pm-late. Bar Blu (6417 4124)

MUSIC Tribute to Bob Marley Not so much reggae but lots of pop punk with bands including Dude and The K. RMB 60, RMB 50 (advance). 8.30pm. MAO Livehouse (6402 5080)

ARTS & CULTURE Film: Van Gogh See Feb 9. 5pm. Film: Agnès’ Beaches A “free-floating essay film” by Left Bank director Agnès Varda, this autobiographical work follows the arc of her own career, and uses beaches throughout the meandering narrative to visually mark her life’s watershed moments. RMB 20, RMB 10 (students). 7.30pm. French Cultural Centre (6553 2627)

Valentine’s Week at Park Hyatt Beijing See Feb 11.

BARS & CLUBS Alfa’s Pure ‘80s Party Two-for-one drinks from 9-11.30pm. Free. 9pm. Alfa (6413 0086) DJ Tobi Germany’s DJ Tobi blends funk, jazz, electro, and house smoother than a cappuccino. Free. 10pm. Q Bar (6595 9239) The Drop Donkey Tonk joins The Drop founders Oshi and Tnem as they take it low with dubstep, bassline and tropical. See Clubhouse, p37. Free. 11pm. Yue (5867 0285) Let’s Get Mojitoed! Buy-one-get-one-free on everyone’s favorite minty drink. Free. 9pm-1am. Scarlett (6552 3600)

MUSIC Erez Eisenman Guitar is tuned, harmonica is set, singer/ songwriter Erez Eisenman brings you all his original folk-rock songs. Price TBD. Time TBD. Yugong Yishan (6404 2711) Jess Meider Singer/songwriter brings her soulful sound. Free. 8pm. The Bookworm (6503 2050)


EXPLORE 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) Nanshan Resort Ski Trip Join the Culture Yard’s multinational team of experts for a full day of skiing at Beijing’s best resort. Cost includes meals, transportation, equipment, entrance fees, and two hours of training. RMB 600, RMB 500 (Culture Yard students). 7am. Culture Yard (8404 4166)

FEB 13 DINING El Quim de la Boqueria See Feb 11. Valentine’s at Agua Slow-cooked Wagyu veal cheek, Maine lobster rice and Catalan cream are among the highlights. RMB 388-588. Agua (5208 6188) Valentine’s at Cepe See Feb 11. Valentine’s at Greenfish See Feb 11.

Film: Van Gogh See Feb 9. 7.30pm.

Valentine’s at Mana See Feb 11.

Film: Agnès’ Beaches See Feb 11. 5pm.

Valentine’s at Qi See Feb 11.

SPORT Nike 6.0 “Five Gates” Jam #4: The Wall Don’t hit the wall. Grind it or something. 2pm. NIKE 6.0 Nanshan Park, Nanshan Ski Village (138 1045 9745)

LIVING Cooking With Seasonal Fruit Learn how to make healthy, hearty and delicious dishes using the freshest seasonal fruits. RMB 240, RMB 200 (members). 10am-noon. The Hutong (6404 3355)

Valentine’s Week at Park Hyatt Beijing See Feb 11.

MUSIC All Guitar Stars Party Guitar China gathers top guitar players from bands like rock icon Tang Dynasty to celebrate spring festival; each guitarist will play one Chinese-style song and one song about rabbits. Prizes like guitars and tickets to Helloween and Zakk Wylde’s concerts in Beijing wait there to be taken. RMB 50, RMB 40 (advance, students). 8pm.

SPORT CBA: Beijing Ducks vs. Guangdong Hongyuan RMB 40-260. 7.30pm. Beijing Shougang Basketball Center (8829 6158)

FEB 12 DINING El Quim de la Boqueria See Feb 11. Valentine’s at Cepe See Feb 11. Valentine’s at Greenfish See Feb 11. Valentine’s at Mana See Feb 11. Valentine’s at Qi See Feb 11.

FEB 14: RAFFLES ROMANCE Heavy petalling.



EVENTS Romantically crafted tasting plates to share with your loved one. Pair with wines for extra cost. Complimentary glass of champagne or Valentine’s cocktail. 611pm. RMB 298. Terra (6591 9148) True Romance Set dinner includes two glasses of Mumm champagne, candles and roses, with live music to set the mood. RMB 888 (per couple). CRU Steakhouse (5908 8995) Valentine’s at Agua See Feb 13. Valentine’s at Aria Chef Matthew McCool presents a sixcourse gourmet set dinner menu. Enjoy a complimentary flute of Veuve Clicquot upon arrival, and take a Valentine’s gift home. RMB 658. Aria, China World Hotel (6505 2266 ext 36) Valentine’s at Cepe See Feb 11. Valentine’s at Chef Too Reservations recommended. Chef Too (6591 8676, Valentine’s at Ciro’s Pomodoro Four-course set menu featuring options including a classic seafood stew, T-bone steak and tiramisu. Cost includes two glasses of prosecco. Ciro’s Pomodoro (5208 6008) Valentine’s at Easy Kitchen A five-course degustation menu for lovers. Cost includes two glasses of sparkling wine plus free-flow beer and soft drinks. RMB 857+15% (per couple). 6-10pm. Easy Kitchen, Doubletree by Hilton (6338 1999 ext 1722)

FEB 14: VALENTINE’S AT GRANGE Even potatoes can be romantic. Yugong Yishan (6404 2711)

ARTS & CULTURE Film: Van Gogh See Feb 9. 5pm. Film: Agnès’ Beaches See Feb 11. 3pm. Opera: La Traviata Forget Moulin Rouge – let’s go back to the original to remember why courtesans, young gentlemen, and meddling fathers just don’t mix. Verdi’s favorite revisits Beijing with another renowned international cast. See Preview, p51. RMB 100-580. 7.30pm. NCPA Opera House (6655 0000)

LIVING Games Yard: Mahjong Morning (Beginners) Learn the basics of playing mahjong in a cozy hutong environment. Reserve at RMB 70. 10am1pm. Culture Yard (8404 4166) Pre-Valentines Speed Dating The stakes are higher when Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. If you’ve got no date, no plans and no desire to spend it alone, try your luck here. Chat with a prospect for six minutes, then move onto another person. You’ll have 15 people to choose from for a potential date the next evening. RMB 150 (includes a drink and appetizers). 7pm. Location TBD. Fishbowl Events (131 6122 9172)



A Very M Romance Six courses featuring lobster, beef and Yorkshire pudding and champagne. RMB 1,488 (per couple). Capital M (6702 2727, Be My Valentine! Set dinner featuring his and hers options. RMB 608 (per couple). 6.30-10.30pm. Alameda (6417 8084) Classic Valentine’s Menu Four courses of romantic dining starts with a champagne cocktail. RMB 888 (per couple). Capital M (6702 2727, Raffles Romance A romantic six-course dinner with highlights including lobster with caviar and bouillabaisse emulsion. Ladies receive La Prairie’s “caviar pearls” cream (worth RMB 1,700) as a gift. RMB 2,888 (per couple). 6.30pm. Jaan (6526 3388 ext 4186) Romantic Valentine’s Dinner Romantic buffet includes a complimentary glass of sparkling wine and free-flow wine, beer and soft drinks. RMB 521+15% (per couple). Café Noir (5907 8416) Sureño Valentine’s Menu His and Hers set menus to get you in the mood for love. Complimentary glass of champagne served. RMB 688+15%. Sureño (6410 5240) Sweet Seduction A romantic buffet laden with seafood and a fantastic selection of chocolates. Ladies receive a red rose and every couple participates in the lucky draw for a trip to Hong Kong. RMB 998+15% (per couple). 6.30pm. East 33 (6526 3388 ext 5171) Taste, Share, Pair

Valentine’s at Eudora Station Two options depending on your status. The couple’s dinner is RMB 520, with a live band providing entertainment, before a free party for single people looking for love. Reservations recommended. 5pm1am. Eudora Station (6437 8331/8334) Valentine’s at Gourmet Corner A luscious selection of homemade heartshaped chocolates, marzipan flowers with chocolate truffles and chocolate lollipops with red hearts to make your feelings known. Gourmet Corner, China World Hotel (6505 2266) Valentine’s at Grange Romantic four-course set dinner, with the chance to win an RMB 5,000 diamond or a trip to Thailand. Overnight and spa packages also available for extra cost. RMB 999+15% (per couple). Grange, Westin Chaoyang (5922 8880) Valentine’s at Greenfish See Feb 11. Valentine’s at Jewel Eight-course gourmet Chinese dinner. Cost includes a glass of champagne and soft drinks. RMB 888. Jewel, Westin Financial Street (6606 8866 ext 7820) Valentine’s at Lunar 8 Chef Alan Yang presents a romantic sharing menu for lovers featuring some of the best dishes Asia has to offer. Cost includes a complimentary glass of champagne and a rose for the lady. Price and time TBD. Lunar 8, Fairmont Beijing (8507 3618) Valentine’s at Maison Boulud Three six-course tasting menus to choose from at the Legation Quarter. RMB 1,77813,288. Maison Boulud (6559 9200) Valentine’s at Mana See Feb 11. Valentine’s at Migas Intimate five-course set meal. RMB 680 (per couple). 8.30-10.30pm. Migas (5208 6061)

Valentine’s at Mirch Masala Indian set dinner with wine, a rose and chocolates. RMB 168 (per couple). Mirch Masala (8563 6304) Valentine’s at Modo Four courses of romance. RMB 480. Modo (6415 7207) Valentine’s at Morel’s A romantic set menu includes a lovers’ drink, cream of lobster, grilled salmon or pan fried veal tenderloin, and a St. Valentine’s cake. Reservations encouraged. RMB 398 (per couple). Morel’s (see Dining Directory) Valentine’s at Mosto Champagne, candlelight and Chef Daniel’s romantic four-course dinner. RMB 420, RMB 120 (plus wine pairing). Mosto (5208 6030) Valentine’s at Prego What’s more romantic than Italian food? Cost includes a glass of champagne each and a rose. Deluxe overnight packages available for extra cost. RMB 1,999 (per couple). Prego, Westin Financial Street (6606 8866 ext 7815) Valentine’s at Qi See Feb 11. Valentine’s at Scene a Café Seafood buffet spread, with a flute of Moët & Chandon, free-flow soft drinks and handmade gourmet chocolates. RMB 398+15%. Scene a Café, China World Hotel (6505 2266 ext 35) Valentine’s at Seasonal Tastes Special Valentine’s buffet, with the chance to win an RMB 5,000 diamond or a trip to Thailand. Overnight and spa packages also available for extra cost. RMB 699+15% (per couple). Seasonal Tastes, Westin Chaoyang (5922 8880) Valentine’s at Senses A buffet for swingin’ lovers. RMB 418+15%. Senses, Westin Financial Street (6606 8866 ext 7810) Valentine’s at Summer Palace Selection of Cupid-inspired set menus priced RMB 680-1,080+15%. Summer Palace, China World Hotel (6505 2266 ext 34) Valentine’s at The Taj Pavillion A five-course set Indian meal taking you through the “five tastes of life.“ With a sweet ending, of course. RMB 110+15% service charge. The Taj Pavillion (see Dining Directory) Valentine’s at The Cut Romantic set meal. RMB 900+15% (dinner plus glass of champagne), 1,550+15% (dinner, glass of champagne plus wine pairing). The Cut, Fairmont Beijing (8507 3617) Valentine’s Candlelight Dinner Two set menus of hearty European food to choose from, each accompanied by a glass of wine. RMB 368 (per couple, four courses), RMB 468 (per couple, three courses). Cabaret (5905 1760) Valentine’s Day Candlelit Set Dinner A special Valentine’s Day set menu to enjoy either in Vasco’s or The Library, with a glass of champagne to start, a heartshaped cake to share and a rose for your lady to set the mood right. RMB 1,299+15% (per couple). Vasco’s or The Library (5812 8888 ext 8411) Valentine’s Day Dinner The meal includes aphrodisiacs like mountain yams, pine nuts, ginger and chocolate. Wine and sparkling wine included in cost. Reservations required. RMB 300. 7-10pm. Black Sesame Kitchen (136 9147 4408)

Valentine’s Day Dinner at CBD Special set menu for two complete with champagne, roses and chocolates in a romantic setting. RMB 666+15%. CBD, Grand Millennium (8587 6888) Valentine’s Day Indulgence New chef Paulo de Souza creates romance with oysters in a champagne broth, beef tenderloin with truffle sauce, and king prawn risotto. Bookings essential. RMB 388. 6-10.30pm. SALT (6437 8457) Valentine’s Dinner Romantic buffet dinner. Cost includes freeflow wine, beer and soft drinks, as well as a rose and chocolate. RMB 521+15% (per couple). Café Noir (5907 8888) Valentine’s Special Moment Buy-one-get-one-free bottles of Moet & Chandon. RMB 680+15%. Lobby Lounge, Traders Upper East (5907 8416) Valentine’s Week at Park Hyatt Beijing See Feb 11.

BARS & CLUBS Singles Party Standard drink RMB 30, cocktails RMB 50. Well, you’re only buying for yourself. Free. 9pm-1am. Scarlett (6552 3600) Valen-who? Happy hour all day, and free chocolate cheesecake to soothe lonely hearts. Free. The Stumble Inn (6417 7794) Valentine’s Day Special Cozy up beside someone special in a heated “Q Box,” get Barry White on the iPod and sip specially created cocktails with a romantic twist. Free chocolate mousse for couples. Free. 9pm. Q Bar (6595 9239) Valentine’s Groove Electronic romance is in the air. Free. 10pm. The House (6552 6661)

ARTS & CULTURE Film: Agnès’ Beaches See Feb 11. 7.30pm. Opera: La Traviata See Feb 13. Feb 14

LIVING Valentine’s Day Lunch for 8 Whether you’re single by choice or by circumstance, this holiday can hit a soft spot. Meet seven other pre-selected guests for lunch. If people hit it off, lunch can maybe lead to a one-on-one dinner that same evening. Price, time and location TBD. Fishbowl Events (131 6122 9172)

FEB 15 BARS & CLUBS Drink For Charity Tuesday This month, the bar donates RMB 10 from every drink purchase to Couleurs de Chine, who sponsor schooling and other projects for ethnic minority children (mostly girls) from poor regions of Guangxi province. Free. Beer Mania (6585 0786)

See Feb 13.

LIVING Drinks for a Better World NGO Wokai’s bimonthly event brings together likeminded people for discussion and networking. Tonight, Scott Snyder of Operation Smile will speak about the organization and his experience with running their China operations. The first 50 attendees will enjoy a 10% discount at the bar after 9pm, 5% of which will go to charity. Free. 7.30-9.30pm. Face (6551 6738; see Nightlife directory) Hand-Pulled Noodles and Dumplings Cooking Class Master the art of pulling Beijing-style thin longevity noodles, and then make dumplings (jiaozi) with two different fillings and flavors. RMB 200. 6.30-8.30pm. China Culture Center (6432 9341) 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. Free. 10am-noon. The Bookworm (6586 9507)

FEB 16 BARS & CLUBS Martini Tasting Wednesdays See Feb 9.

ARTS & CULTURE Film: Van Gogh See Feb 9. 7.30pm. Opera: La Traviata See Feb 13.

LIVING Calligraphy Beginners Course Covers everything from the meaning and evolution of the characters, to the culture, history and music of the period. No experience required; just be enthusiastic and willing to hold a brush. RMB 160. 1011.30am. China Culture Center (6432 9341) Chinese Cloth Tiger Pillows Workshop The year of the tiger is over, but that doesn’t mean tigers lose their symbolism of goodness. Learn to make a tiger pillow. RMB 150, RMB 120 (children under 12). 25pm. China Culture Center (6432 9341) Fengshui Workshop An expert will dole out advice on how to use feng shui to map out your office, home and life. Register at RMB 100, RMB 60 (register before Feb 6). 7-9pm. Embassy House (8450 1789) Wine Tour of the World: Italy Join 9 + 1 Wine Club for a comprehensive “tour” of Italian wine. Reserve at RMB 150. 7.3010pm. Culture Yard (8404 4166)

FEB 17



Film: Yi Yi This emo flick by Taiwanese director Edward Yang follows a Taipei businessman and his three-generational family through troubles in life and love. RMB 25 (includes drinks and popcorn). 7.30pm. Culture Yard (8404 4166; see Living directory)

Third Thursday #4 - Film + Music’s monthly program featuring “Making Love” (美克拉), a controversial film made by Shanghai-based director Hu Chongxi, follows live experimental band Luxinpei’s live performance. RMB 30, RMB 20 (students). 9pm. D-22 (6265 3177)

Opera: La Traviata


Opera: La Traviata See Feb 13.

LIVING INN Coffee Morning – Shunyi See Feb 15. Free. 10am-noon. Mrs. Shanen’s Bagels (8043 4301; see Dining directory)

EXPLORE Hebei Province Lantern Festival Until Feb 18. Experience the traditional folk culture of Hebei at a unique lantern parade, complete with iron fireworks. Cost includes meals, accommodation, and a guide. Meet in front of McDonald’s at Ginza Mall (southeast corner of Dongzhimen Qiao). RMB 790. 8am. Ninety Percent Travel (151 1791 6648, info@90percenttravel. com)

FEB 18 BARS & CLUBS Funk*Fever Second Anniversary Bash Beijing’s funkiest DJ team (plus drummer) celebrate with surprise guests, giveaways, drink specials and more funk than your feet can handle. Free. 11pm-late. Migas (5208 6061) Zhi Qi Former White Rabbit resident guests. Free. 10pm. The House (6552 6661)

MUSIC The Amazing Insurance Salesmen, Rustic, Nucleus AIS warms up before heading to Kuala Lumpur for the world final of Global Battle of Bands. Hear them with last year’s GBOB winner, Rustic. RMB 60, RMB 50 (advance). Time TBD. Yugong Yishan (6404 2711)

Treat yourself to an eclectic mix of jazz, funk and Latin music. Free. 8pm. The Bookworm (6503 2050) Christmas Have a listen to the happiest original Chinese pop songs from the so-called “most retarded band in Beijing.” Free. 9pm. Hot Cat Club (6400 7868) Elenore, UVB-76, Grinding Ear Check out some young rockers, they may surprise you. RMB 40, RMB 30 (students). 10pm. D-22 (6265 3177) Re-Tros Beijing’s most influential post-punk band tries something new before they head to Australia with Gang of Four. See Livehouse, p42. RMB 80, RMB 60 (advance). 9.30pm. Yugong Yishan (6404 2711)

ARTS & CULTURE Film: Tangle Liu Yonghong’s film about a police officer and the web of women in his life: his estranged mother, an unwed pregnant sister, his wife, and an old flame. Part 18 of the UCCA’s Indie Film Forum series. RMB 15, RMB 10 (with student ID). 4-6pm. UCCA Art Cinema (8459 9269)

SPORT FA Cup Fifth Round The road to Wembley gets less crowded. Times vary.

LIVING Hiking Trip: Cuan Di Xia Village Trek out to a gorgeous Ming dynasty village, which served as the backdrop for the Jet Li and Andy Lau film Warlords. Climb the surrounding mountains for a bird’s eye view of the village. Reserve at RMB 350. 8.30am-7pm. Culture Yard (8404 4166)

Guoan Fans’ Rock Party Get in the mosh pid with punks and metal heads who support Beijing Guoan Football Club. Line up includes Misandao, Soju Legion, Trash Cat and more. RMB 60, RMB 50 (advance or wear a Guoan jersey). 8.30pm. MAO Livehouse (6402 5080)

Talk: Trap-Neuter-Return A workshop on how the stray cat population can be effectively managed. Register before Feb 16. Free. 11am-12.30pm. ICVS (8456 1939)

Streets Kill Strange Animals, Low Bow, Chaos, Nakoma Avant-garde electronic tunes to hardcore beats make the night to enjoyable at Wudaokou. RMB 40, RMB 30 (students). 10pm. D-22 (6265 3177)

Longqing Gorge Ice Lantern Festival Until Feb 20. If you can’t make it to Harbin, marvel at the skill of local master ice carvers. Cost includes meals, accommodation, and a guide. Meet in front of McDonald’s at Ginza Mall (southeast corner of Dongzhimen Qiao). RMB 790. 9am. Ninety Percent Travel (151 1791 6648,

ARTS & CULTURE Film: Agnès’ Beaches See Feb 11. 5pm.

SPORT CBA: Beijing Ducks vs. Shanghai Sharks RMB 40-260. 7.30pm. Beijing Shougang Basketball Center (8829 6158)

FEB 19 BARS & CLUBS DJ Tobi See Feb 12. Midnite Clash Kid Fresh and DJ Yao play the tunes. Free. 10pm. Punk (6410 5222) Scarlett with Riviera Events Price and time TBD. Scarlett (6552 3600)

MUSIC The Ah-Q Arkestra


FEB 20 MUSIC The Big Picture, HEXA, Yan Tiao Swedish indie popsters line up with American HEXA and Chinese Yan Tiao. RMB 40, RMB 30 (students). 9pm. D-22 (6265 3177)

SPORT CBA: Beijing Ducks vs. Shanxi Menglong RMB 40-260. 7.30pm. Beijing Shougang Basketball Center (8829 6158)

EXPLORE Ancient Horse Trail Tour Explore the pine forests and villages of western Beijing’s mountainous Mentougou District, and discover historic relics. Cost includes snacks and a guide. RMB 250, RMB 150 (children under 12). 8.30am.



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EXPLORE Backstreet Beijing Walk Join this historical tour through the backstreets of Beijing, including the old Peking University’s Red Building, the Northern Cathedral, and an ancient palatial library. RMB 150. 9.30am. CCC (6432 9341) www.



DJ Paul See Feb 5. Pete Rock Hip-hop legend spins. RMB 100, RMB 70 (advance). 9pm. Yugong Yishan (6404 2711)

The military ain’t what it used to be. CCC (6432 9341) www.chinaculturecenter. org

FEB 21 SPORT NBA All-Star Game The highlight of the All-Star Weekend, apart from Shaq’s locker-room japes. Available on CCTV-5. 9am.

FEB 22 ARTS & CULTURE Film: Tears (Yanlei) Spend some time with middle-aged police detective Guo, whose daily routine is disrupted by his involvement in a brutal murder case. RMB 25 (includes drinks and popcorn). 7.30pm. Culture Yard (8404 4166; see Living directory)

LIVING British Club Coffee Morning Nicky Luff of the British Embassy will share insight about the work of the Embassy. All foreign passport holders welcome. No jeans or sneakers allowed. RMB 60, RMB 40 (members). 10am-noon. Capital Club (8486 2225) Workshop: Chinese Knots Necklace Learn how to tie auspicious knots into craft patterns, then hang them around your neck or handbag. RMB 150. 10am-noon. China Culture Center (6432 9341)

FEB 23 DINING Wine Tasting Try four newly arrived Spanish wines. RSVP to Clinton at restaurant@beijingbookwor RMB 150. 7.30pm. The Bookworm (6586 9507)

BARS & CLUBS Martini Tasting Wednesdays See Feb 9.

LIVING Introduction to Tea Tea master Jiang Jianfeng will tell you eve-



rything 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) Talk: China’s Rural-Urban Migrant Workers Speakers from the social study field will discuss the history of migrant workers, their plight, and the potential solutions offered by government policy. RMB 60. 7.309pm. China Culture Center (6432 9341)

FEB 24 BARS & CLUBS The M-Steve Aoki The M Agency presents the Dim Mak Records founder for this month’s electro house mashup. Support from Saul D, Liman, A.M.U. and VJ Zhiqi. RMB 120, RMB 80 (advance). 10pm. Tango (6551 9988)

LIVING INN Coffee Morning – Lido See Feb 15. 10am-noon. Cosy Café, Richmond Park (8457 8359)

FEB 25 BARS & CLUBS Hot Pot DJ Wordy back in charge. Free. 10pm. Punk (6410 5222)

MUSIC 2011’s First Metal Party Siwu, Army of Jade Kirin and more metal diehards gather to make the night unforgettable. RMB 80, RMB 60 (advance). 8.30pm. MAO Livehouse (6402 5080) Christmas All original, all Chinese songs, all crazy, they are Christmas. 9pm. Hot Cat Club (6400 7868) Jacky Daniel, Yes No Break, Summer Tribe, Xiao Kuai Shou Pop punk bands gather. RMB 40, RMB 30 (students). 10pm. D-22 (6265 3177) Shinichi Osawa Japanese jazz master heats up Beijing with his dance music series. RMB 100, RMB 80 (advance). 10pm. Yugong Yishan (6404

SPORT Nike 6.0 “Five Gates” Jam #5: The Gate Showdown Snowboard trickery under floodlight, then beer. Rad. 6.30pm. NIKE 6.0 Nanshan Park, Nanshan Ski Village (138 1045 9745)

Ben Huang Guest set from Chinese dance music pioneer. Free. 10pm. The House (6552 6661)


at an elderly Muslim Chinese couple’s approach to death, and Moving follows an impoverished Hui minority family. Part 19 of the UCCA’s Indie Film Forum series. RMB 15, RMB 10 (with student ID). 4-7pm. UCCA Art Cinema (8459 9269)

Psyroots GoaProductions harks back to acid house and illegal raves in unlikely venues with a party in Xisi. As ever, DJs Pete, Microgram, Gotama and Aaron are running the show. For more information, call 130 4118 0727, 158 1093 8411 or e-mail RMB 20. 10pm. Dizhi Cinema (no tel) Song Party Soul, funk, deep and classic disco from DJs Suiki and Gang. Buy two Havana Club drinks, get one free. Free. 11pm-late. Migas (5208 6061)

MUSIC Jordan Mitchell Singer/songwriter Jordan Mitchell mixes original folk with reinterpreted classics. 8pm. The Bookworm (6503 2050) Old Fashion, Double Long, The Flying Mantas, China5 Wudaokou’s punk routine continues. RMB 40, RMB 30 (students). 10pm. D-22 (6265 3177) Tribute to the Rolling Stones Young rockers from Los Crasher, Jacky Danny and OOC s show their respect. RMB 60, RMB 50 (advance). 8.30pm. MAO Livehouse (6402 5080)

ARTS & CULTURE Capital M Literary Festival: Thomas Keneally A talk with the Australian author who wrote Schindler’s Ark, later adapted into the spellbinding (and award-sweeping) Spielberg film Schindler’s List. RMB 65 (includes 1 drink). 11am. Capital M (6702 2727; see Dining directory) Capital M Literary Festival: Kim Young-ha Author Kim Young-ha is adept at telling the stories of post-modern Korea, and crossing genres, styles, and subjects in the process. RMB 65 (includes 1 drink). 3pm. Capital M (6702 2727; see Dining directory) Comedy: Beijing Improv (English) Check out the comedy troupe’s Mainstage English show for some interactive fun. For more details (including what props to bring!), see their website: www. RMB 30 (recommended donation, proceeds go to Huadan). 8pm. Penghao Theater (6400 6452) Film: Pass Away & Moving Indie director Zhao Xiaoyuan presents two of his documentaries: Pass Away looks

The BenCham X Ball The Benelux Chamber of Commerce’s annual Gala Ball is back. This time it coincides with their ten-year anniversary, with proceeds supporting charities like Handicap International and Special Commune. Reserve at RMB 988. 7pm. Renaissance Hotel (6468 9999) Burmese Cooking Class For fans of Indian, Thai and Chinese food. Burmese cuisine is a combination of all three – only with its own unique flavors and cooking styles. RMB 240, RMB 200 (members). 2-4pm. The Hutong (6404 3355) Hand-Pulled Noodles and Dumplings Class See Feb 15. RMB 200. 6-8pm. China Culture Center (6432 9341) Homemade Stuffed Pancakes Class Learn how to bake Chinese-style with the traditional xian’r bing, a thick bread packed with chives, eggs, pork and spicy tofu. RMB 240, RMB 200 (members). 10am-noon. The Hutong (6404 3355) Registering Dogs in Beijing Workshop Get a step-by-step guide on registering your dog, before the Public Security Bureau comes after you. Free. 11am-noon. ICVS (8456 1939)

EXPLORE Green House Ecology Tour Escape to desert and tropical rainforest climates without leaving Beijing, and learn about the world’s ecosystems. Cost includes admission and guide. Meet at the south gate of the Beijing Botanical Garden (contact Ninety Percent Travel for directions). RMB 190, RMB 150 (children under 16). Ninety Percent Travel (151 1791 6648,

FEB 27 MUSIC Lantern Festival, Bai Mianbao Get some plinking and twinkling new sound. RMB 30, RMB 20 (students). 9pm. D-22 (6265 3177)

ARTS & CULTURE Capital M Literary Festival: Nadeem Aslam Catch a session with prize-winning Pakistani British author Nadeem Aslam, whose body of work is small but high-caliber. RMB 65 (includes 1 drink). 3pm. Capital M (6702 2727; see Dining directory) Capital M Literary Festival: Meg Maggio The director of one of Beijing’s standout galleries hosts an art panel: “Following Chinese Contemporary Art: What We Have Learned.” RMB 65 (includes 1 drink). 3pm. Capital M (6702 2727; see Dining directory)

Feb 27 Food, Film & Friends: Thailand Learn to cook a Thai meal with The Hutong’s Lingpei Soh, then wash it down with a screening of arthouse masterpiece Tropical Malady by Apichatpong Weerasethakul. RMB 240 (non-members), RMB 200 (members), RMB 35 (screening only). 7.30pm. The Hutong (159 0104 6127; see Living directory) Piano: Andras Schiff The Hungarian pianist is renowned for his interpretations of the German and Austrian greats: Bach, Mozart, Schubert, and Schumann. RMB 180-280. 7.30pm. NCPA Concert Hall (6655 0000)

SPORT Carling Cup Final European football’s first cup final of 2011. 11pm.

thrown in. Free. 9pm-midnight. Xiu (8567 1108) Fajita and Margarita Monday Half-price fajitas, half-price margaritas. Free. Saddle Cantina (5208 6005) Happy Mondays All-day happy hour. Free. The Stumble Inn (6417 7794) Tia and the KnutZ Soul, jazz, hip-hop and R&B from the house band. Free. 9.30pm. Xiu (8567 1108)

LIVING Chinese Painting Every class consists of two parts: an explanation about the basics of Chinese painting, and a practice session in which the teacher An Ni will guide the students individually. RMB 160, RMB 150 (members).

favorite wines at 30% off. Modo (6415 7207).

BARS & CLUBS Enoterra Ladies Night Free-flow Burgundy bubbles. Free. 810pm. Enoterra (5208 6076) Irish Volunteer Quiz You’ve got how many brothers? RMB 10 per person. 7pm. The Irish Volunteer (6438 5581) Open Mic Night Because everyone’s got one great song in them. Free. 8.30pm. Paddy O’Shea’s (6415 6389) Quiz Night How many, when and where? Free. 8pm. Tim’s Texas Bar-B-Q (6591 9161)



Games Yard: Mahjong Morning (Advanced) You’ve mastered the basics – now onto the strategy and betting. You’ll visit a mahjong house to play like the locals do. Reserve at RMB 70. 10am1pm. Culture Yard (8404 4166)


Jazz Night What goes well with pad thai and green chicken curry? Jazz, obviously. Rotating musicians entertain weekly. 8pm. Purple Haze Courtyard (6501 9345) Live Music Night Wine and music. Free. 8-11pm. Enoterra (5208 6076)

BARS & CLUBS Divas & Champagne Live music and buy-one-get-one-free bottles of Moët and champagne cocktails. Free. 9pm-midnight. Xiu (8567 1108) The Hutong School Night Draft beer for RMB 10, mixed drinks for RMB 20 and 25 percent discounts on Italian food. Free. Time TBD. Beer Mania (6585 0786)

LIVING Chinese Vegetarian Cooking Class See Feb 2. 2-4pm.


Discussion: Hutongs in Danger Voice your opinion on the destruction of Beijing’s historical hutongs, and learn more about what you can do. Free. Time TBD. Culture Yard (8404 4166)

FEB 9, 11-13, 16: VAN GOGH

BARS & CLUBS Bookworm Pub Quiz Ask a silly question, get a trivial answer. Prizes to be won. Free. 7.30pm. The Bookworm (6586 9507) Cigars and Whisky Aberfeldy single malt for RMB 900 per bottle, with two Montecristo No. 4 cigars

Culinary Walking Tour An action-packed hour through a local market, where you’ll pick up tips on seasonal shopping and food combining. RMB 80, RMB 70 (members). 8.45-9.45pm. The Hutong (6404 3355)


FEB 28

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


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



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


Heilongtan Ice Sculpture Festival Hike Explore a frozen river and waterfalls, and admire the creations of expert ice carvers. Cost includes lunch at a restaurant with scenic views. RMB 400. 9am. Beijing Hikers (6432 2786, www.

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

Zoomin’ Night Discover the avant-garde and bizarre. RMB 30, RMB 20 (students). 8pm. D-22 (6265 3177)

Taiji Workshop Learn the 22-move Chen-style taiji form to strengthen your mind and body. RMB 100, RMB 80 (members). 7-8.30pm. The Hutong (6404 3355)

UCCA SciArt Series: TEDster Sharing Conference – Learn, Share, Act This series bridges the border between science and art, and explores the various artistic and scientific practices happening in both fields. UCCA is joined by TEDx to facilitate communication within the TED community in order to promote positive change. In Chinese and English. Free. 35pm. UCCA Loft (8459 9269)


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

Where Vienna and Chinese New Year traditions meet. This biopic captures the mad painter’s final months. See photo above.


Ladies’ Night House wine is on the house, gender permitting. Free. 8-10pm. Dao Le (5821 1353)

A Taiwanese cinematic take on life, love, and family.

7-8.30pm. The Hutong (6404 3355)

TUESDAYS DINING Ladies Night Free-flow sparkling wine for ladies. Free. 8-10pm. Enoterra (5208 6076) Mussels & Wine Flight Match four types of mussels with a selection of wine. RMB 98. 6-10pm. Scarlett (6552 2880) Taco Tuesdays Soft tacos for RMB 40. Saddle Cantina (5208 6005) Temptation Tuesdays Drinks on Tuesday? Why not? Enjoy your

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)

Stumble Inn Quiz Night How many beers do you have? There’s a free Tsingtao with every main course ordered, and you can play for a gallon of beer in the quiz. Free. 7.30pm. The Stumble Inn (6417 7794) 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% off on all bottles of wine. Free. 5pm. Terra (6591 9148) Tuesday Mundo Latino x Magic Tequila Latin music and promotions on tequila and Corona. Free. 9pm-2am. Xiu (8567 1108)

MUSIC Jazz Jam Session

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) Mixolo-G Night Cocktail specials. 6-10pm. Scarlett (6552 3600) Paddy’s Quiz Which quiz host swears the most? Free prizes for every round and more. Free. 8.30pm. Paddy O’Shea’s (6415 6389) Pomme O’Shea’s Which Beijing bar used to be called “The Pomegranate”? Free. 7.30pm. Pomme O’Shea’s (8046 2558) Wicked Wednesdays Buy-one-get-one-free on all classic cocktails. Free. 9pm-midnight. The Stumble Inn (6417 7794)



EVENTS Wine Wednesdays Bottles of red or white Amesbury for RMB 99. Free. Saddle Cantina (5208 6005)

MUSIC Groovy Wednesday Nights Soul music from Dominica, Africa, the US, Mongolia and China. Free. Time TBD. Punk (6410 5222)

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


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

LIVING Black Sesame Thursday Gourmet Learn the secrets of Chinese cooking at a courtyard kitchen with master chefs. The class includes a demonstration and handson cooking, plus a leisurely afternoon lunch. Reserve at RMB 250. 11am-1.30pm. Black Sesame Kitchen (136 9147 4408)


Free. 9pm. Lush (8286 3566)

Scarlett (6552 3600)

Live Music Night Robbie Hennebry entertains with a mix of covers and his own tunes. Free. 9.30pm. Paddy O’Shea’s (6415 6389)

Poker Night Two-for-one on wine by the glass. Free. 8-10pm. Dao Le (5821 1353)

Thank God It’s Friday All standard drinks for RMB 25 and standard cocktails for RMB 35 from 6-10pm. Free. 6pm. Scarlett (6552 3600) 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)

DINING Black Sesame Wine n’ Dine Ten courses of Chinese food, prepared



Black Sesame Saturday Gourmet See Thursdays. RMB 300. 1-4pm.


Spanish Jazz Enjoy live jazz and all-you-can-eat paella and sangria after work at Cabare. 7.30pmmidnight. RMB 98. Cabare (5905 1760).

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)

Wind Down at the Wine Club 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)

Americana Sundays Buy-one-get-one-free burgers and freeflow sodas! 6-10pm. Scarlett (6552 2880)


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. George’s (6553 6299) 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)

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





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)

Girls’ Night Out Free vodka drinks from 10pm-1am for the ladies, and 30 percent off all bottles. Free. 10pm. Xiu (8567 1108)

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

Indoor Field Hockey Ice hockey minus the fights and ice. For more info, e-mail bjhockeyclub@hotmail. com. 1pm. Ole Sports (6776 0608)

Live Music Night Wine and music. Free. 8-11pm. Enoterra (5208 6076)

Bar Blu Ladies Night A free bottle of bubbly for groups of four ladies or more arriving before 10pm, and free cocktails until late. Free. 8pm-late. Bar Blu (6417 4124)

Taste of Soul Soul and blues played by American house band. Free. 9pm-midnight. Ciro’s Pomodoro (5208 6008)

Hiking Get out in the great outdoors. Prices and times vary. or 136 1124 1407.


Bodega Fever All-you-can-eat tapas for RMB 88, and sangria for RMB 38 a glass. Scarlett, Hotel G (6587 1578)

Silly Saturdays Selected martinis are just RMB 20. Free. 9pm-midnight. The Stumble Inn (6417 7794)


AIS warms up before heading to the world final of Global Battle of Bands, joined by last year’s winner Rustic.


Beijing’s most influential post-punk band brings new works. See photo above.


Original Chinese pop songs from the future … in front of you and paired with two New World wines. Reservations required. RMB 250. 7-10pm. Black Sesame Kitchen (136 9147 4408) 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) Wine Fever Buy any bottle of wine and enjoy free-flow tapas. RMB 200. 8-10pm. Enoterra (5208 6076)

BARS & CLUBS 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.

SATURDAYS DINING Taste of Brazil Two or three courses at SALT’s signature lunch, or you can order feijoada, Brazil’s national dish. Traditionally eaten on Saturday, this stew features slow-cooked beans and homemade sausage with seasoned rice. RMB 148 (feijoada), RMB 178 (two courses), RMB 198 (three courses). Noon3pm. SALT (6437 8457) Black Sesame Gourmet Learn the secrets of Chinese cooking in a courtyard kitchen with the master chefs. Class includes a demonstration, hands-on cooking, plus lunch. RMB 300, RSVP required. 1-4pm. Black Sesame Kitchen (136 9147 4408)

BARS & CLUBS DJ Maxwell Resident spins tunes till late. Free. 10pm.

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 their brunch menu, which include 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. Senses, Westin Financial Street (6629 7810)

Cajun Shrimp Boil Family-style shrimp boil, where groups can share a giant feast of spicy shrimp, corn-on-the-cob, sausage, potatoes and more. 5-9pm. RMB 98. Reservations requested, four or more minimum. Tim’s Texas Bar-B-Q (6591 9161) Italian Sunday Brunch Buffet selection includes 7 breads (e.g. focaccia, ciabatta and carasau), 4 cured meats, 5 Italian cheeses, and 4 desserts (e.g. panna cotta or tiramisu). Hot dishes range from pasta, risotto and spaghetti to monkfish, eggplant terrine and the classic veal shank Ossobuco. 11.30am-3pm. RMB 248 for buffet, and RMB 338 for buffet and hot dishes. Sadler Ristorante (6559 1399) 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 388+15% (includes freeflow champagne ). 11.30am-3pm. Vasco’s, Hilton Wangfujing (5812 8888 ext 8411) Mumm is for Mums ... But Dad is also welcome. Champagne brunch with huge, fully supervised playroom to distract the kids. 360 Casual Dining, Hilton Beijing Capital Airport (6458 8888) Roasted Sundays Traditional roast for the day of rest. Includes chicken, beef and vegetarian options. RMB 80 (two courses), RMB 100 (three courses). Noon-4pm. The Stumble Inn (6417 7794) SALT Bubbly Sundays Indulge in dishes such as fig pancakes with parma ham and truffle honey, caramelized onion-cheese samosas with a roasted tomato espresso. Add to your brunch with their new wine list, or splash out with a slightly indulgent cocktail or two. RMB 148 (2 courses), RMB 168 (3 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 St (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 Sunday brunch spread with Veuve Cliquot the featured champagne. Organic station and superfood bar at this sumptious buffet means you can have your cake and eat it too. There’s also champagne risotto and fresh imported yellow fin tuna. 11.30am3pm. RMB 268+15% (includes wine and beer), RMB 368 +15% includes free-flow champagne). BLD Cafe, Renaissance Beijing (5863 8223).

BARS & CLUBS Acoustic Night Ryan Chambers and Joseph Stannard play traditional American roots and contemporary music. Free. 9pm-midnight. Bar Blu (6417 4124) 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)


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. See Q&A, p54. For more info, contact richard.andrew. 2pm. International School of Beijing

LIVING Qigong Club There are no strict rules, no strict master and no attendance requirements. The aim of the class is to give people flexibility and the opportunity to experience 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 at contact@cultureyard. net. 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. 11.30am-3pm. Celestial Court Restaurant, St. Regis Hotel (6460 6688) Luxurious Brunch at Maison Boulud Pick and choose from a large selection of delectable courses at Maison Boulud. 11am-4pm. RMB 258 (4 courses), RMB 218 (3 courses), RMB 168 (2 courses). 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 a la carte buffet at half price. 5.30-10pm. RMB 188. 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. 3.30-5.30pm. RMB 138. 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 www.


Colorful clothing comes to the subcontinent.

ONGOING DINING Alaska King Crab Feb 7-20. Alaskan king crab is at its succulent best right now. Scene a Café, China World Hotel (6505 2266 ext 35) Cheese Fondue All month. RMB 180-340. Enoterra (5208 6076) Chinese New Year at Senses All month. Buffet featuring traditional Spring Festival dishes like dumplings, rice cakes and fish, in addition to the trademark abundance of fresh seafood and desserts. RMB 248+15% (lunch), RMB 318+15% (dinner). Senses, Westin Financial Street (6606 8866 ext 7810) 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) Chocolatey Feast Chocoholics, rejoice! This alluring menu starts with chocolate foie gras, following with coffee-braised short ribs with chocolate sauce, and finishes with chocolate mousse. RMB 388. 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 created by a dim sum master at Ming Court. RMB 98. 11.30am-2.30pm. Ming Court, Langham Place (6457 5555) Chun Jie at Enoterra Feb 1-7. Platters of dumplings, chicken, beef and potato skewers along with a bottle of red wine. Suitable for two people. RMB 299. Enoterra (5208 6076) Culinary Walking Tour All month. Create your own Chinese kitchen and learn about seasonal shopping and TCM cooking concepts in a shopping tour. RMB 80, RMB 70 (members). The Hutong (159 0104 6127) Delicious Dips Until Feb 27. Enjoy a high-end hot pot. RMB 226+15%. CBD, Grand Millennium (8587 6888) Fondue Feast All month. Curb the wintry cold with fondue, featuring traditional favorites ranging from melted cheese with bread cubes to tender meats in heated olive oil. For

dessert Valrhona chocolate with seasonal fruit. Starting from RMB 280 for two. MonSat 11.30-2.30pm, 5.30-10pm. Blu Lobster (6841 2211) 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 is offering 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 It Daily. Two-course lunch with coffee or tea. RMB 88. Noon. Scarlett (6552 2880) 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. 11am-2pm. RMB 98. Terra (6591 9148) Seafood Month Mon-Tue. Enjoy 12 percent discounts on seafood. Cabare (5905 1760) Spice Trail: Authentic Sichuan Buffet All month. Turn up the heat this winter with pepper-packed Sichuan food, reknown for its spicy “tongue numbing” dishes. Experience the diversity of traditional Sichuan cuisine at this classy buffet. RMB 258+15% lunch, RMB 298+15% dinner. Scene a Café, China World (6505 2266 ext 35) Terra Winter Dinner New chef Paulo adds some fresh Peruvian twists. Reservations encouraged. RMB 178 (two courses), RMB 198 (three courses). Terra (6591 9148) 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. Daily 2.30-5.30pm. Writer’s Bar, Raffles Hotel (6526 3388 ext 4181) Valentine’s at Lobby Lounge Feb 1-24. Dip into chocolate fondue. RMB 166+15%. Lobby Lounge, Grand Millennium (8587 6888) Wagyu Beef Feast



EVENTS You Are Not a Gadget All month. Carol Yinghua Lu curates this critical look at how the Internet and technology are shaping our lives (sometimes without our awareness…dun dun DUN). Features eight artists. Free. Pékin Fine Arts (5127 3220) Spring Festival Contemporary Oil Painting Exhibition All month. Get into the Chun Jie spirit with over 30 works of various styles and approaches by young Chinese painters such as Jiang Tianyu. Free. Qin Gallery (8779 0461) Wang Min: On the Way Until Mar 2. Ordinary objects are reinterpreted under painter Wang Min’s watchful eye and patient hand. Wang is less focused on elaborate technique than on finding a pipeline from her paintings into her inner world, leaving her works saturated with a sort of lighthearted melancholy. Free. White Space Beijing (8456 2054) Inner Ear: Qiu & Ren Hang Until Mar 9. Chinese photographer Rong Rong curates this exhibit, featuring the works of two photographers whose contrasting styles comment on disparate yet resonating voices of contemporary China. See Feature, p52. Free. UCCA (8459 9269)


Japanese jazz master heats up Beijing with his dance music series. Feb 15-28. Chef Matthew McCool’s highlights include roast Wagyu oxtail soup, Wagyu beef carpaccio and Wagyu sirloin. Aria, China World Hotel (6505 2266 ext 36) Warming Food and Wine A selection of fine Chinese liqueurs priced RMB 138-998 to accompany your meal, designed to ease the winter chill. Summer Palace, China World Hotel (6505 2266 ext 34) Weekend Brunch Sat-Sun. A five-course weekend feast. Price varies according to what you want to drink. RMB 218-458. 11am-4pm. Terra (6591 9148) Wine Flight All month. Sample three wines. RMB 88. Enoterra (5208 6076) Wine Ritual All month. Unwind from a rough day in sophisticated surrounding with free-flowing wines and cocktails, including some featured wines. Canapes and snacks also provided. RMB198+15%. 5.30-7pm. Press Club Bar, St. Regis Hotel (6460 6688 ext 2360) Wine Tasting Classes Learn how to taste wines like the experts, and get your Wine & Spirit Education Trust certification. There are three levels, at various costs, but includes all study materials, exam fees, and of course, wines! Dragon Phoenix Fine Wine Consulting. 5960 4050 Zen5es 2011 Chinese New Year Package Chef Hong presents a special set of Lunar New Year menus for reunions with family, friends and associates. RMB 188-688+15%. Zen5es, Westin Chaoyang (5922 8880)

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) Live Music at Centro Mon-Sat. Live jazz and R&B from guest singers. Free. 8pm. Centro (6561 8833



ext 41) Live Music at Mix Jazz and more. Free. Tue-Thu 8.30pm, Fri-Sat 9pm. Mix, Westin Chaoyang (5922 8888) Maximum Tue-Sun. All kinds of live music. Free. 9.30pm. Xiu (8567 1108) Toast With Martini Until Feb 28. House and premium pours available as Mix showcases a huge range 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 to help you relax. Free. 8-11pm. Enoterra (5208 6076; see Dining directory) Greg Carroll and Bump City Wed-Sat. Greg 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 8813/331) 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) Solidaz Mon-Sat. Live music from a seven-piece Kiwi band, joined by a female DJ from Indonesia. Free. 9pm. The Pavillion (6507 2617)

ARTS & CULTURE Pan Dianquan: Spring Blossom and Autumn Harvest Until Feb 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) Liu Xiaodong: Hometown Boy Until Feb 20. Contemplate the complexities of homecoming with Liu Xiaodong as he travels to his old village. Exhibition includes paintings, journal entries, and a documentary by Hou Hsiao-hsien. RMB 15, free (with student ID). UCCA (8459 9269)

Ling Jian: Moon in Glass Until Mar 9. Too-perfect portraits and tinted mirrors make you look again, both at the paintings and at yourself. See Preview, p51. Free. UCCA (8459 9269) Yu Bogong: At This Present Moment Until Mar 13. Curated by Carol Yinghua Lu, this set of installations is meant to integrate the artist’s concepts of both ancient Indian esoteric Buddhism and the Chinese Five-Element theory. Sounds groovy. Free. White Space Beijing (8456 2054) Chen Guangwu: Shell Until Mar 26. Chen calls himself a pure calligrapher, but others deem him an abstract artist. Perhaps this difficulty with definition arises from the fact that he follows traditional conventions of Chinese characters on rice paper, but his final products are far from conventional. Here, his latest works are on display. Free. Alexander Ochs Galleries Beijing (8456 2054) 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)

Lavigne’s. Free. Galerie Urs Meile (6433 3393) Xia Xing: 2007/2008/2009/2010 Until 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) Acrobatics: 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) Applications: Beijing Dance Forward Festival Until Feb 28. Applications to participate in this year’s Dance Forward Festival (May 16-22) are being accepted now through the end of the month. The weeklong festival acts as a platform for modern dancers to gather and exchange ideas. To download an application, check out www.

SPORT 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. The new season starts in March. Friendly matches arranged at your request. Register by calling 5130 6893/4/5/6, or e-mail More info at English Premier League All month. The wealthiest league in the world continues despite the weather. Highlights include Manchester United vs. Manchester City (Feb 12), Fulham vs. Chelsea (Feb 14) and Tottenham vs. Arsenal (Jan 26). Times vary. NBA All month. More action than Charlie Sheen’s weekends. Times vary. NHL All month. It’s pucking violent. Times vary.

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)

Six Nations Rugby Union Every weekend. England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, France and Italy pit their big lads and tight uniforms against one another. Times vary.

Sculpture: Wang Shugang Until Mar 31. This Central Academy of Fine Arts graduate is known for his sculpted figures, clustered into groups to comment on the individual’s relationship with society. The boutique hotel’s posh yet minimalist atrium further highlights the contrasts between tradition and modernity also inherent in his work. Free. The Opposite House (6417 6688)

Cricket World Cup Feb 19-Apr 2. The finest cricketers (and those teams who have had to qualify) take to India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. Times vary.

Historical Retrospective Part I Feb 18-Mar 31. A look back at the photojournalism of 798 Photo Gallery’s best documentary photographers allows viewers a chance to visit a China of other times and places. Free. 798 Photo Gallery (6438 1784) Ongoing Andreas Golder: I Wanna Be Adored Until April 10. Abstract paintings by the Berlin-based artist return to themes of adolescent desire, though from a more mature standpoint than, say, Avril

UEFA Champions’ League Feb 15, 16, 22 and 23. The knock-out stage of the tournament begins. 3.45am. Ultimate Frisbee Every Wed & Sat. Pickup sessions have moved indoors. E-mail for info. 7pm (Wed), 2pm (Sat). Beijing City International School (8771 7171)

EXPLORE Myanmar: Ancient Realm, Tropical Seaside Every Thu & Sun. This twelve-day trip highlights Myanmar’s ancient culture and glorious tropical landscapes. RMB 14,700. TUI China (8519 8999)


DINING DIRECTORY INDEX 360 Casual Dining – Buffets 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 Bang! Bang! Pizza – Pizza Baoqin Daiwei Restaurant – Yunnan Baoyuan Jiaozi Wu – Dumplings Barolo – Italian Bellagio – Taiwan Bento & Berries – Bakeries, Delis & Candy Bianyifang – Beijing Duck Biteapitta – Middle Eastern BLD Cafe – Buffet 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 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 Grinders – American 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 Iron Chef – Japanese 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 Jubaoyuan – Hot Pot 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 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 Loving Mum’s Vegan Cuisine – Vegetarian Luga’s Banh Mi Now – Vietnamese Luga’s Pho Pho – Vietnamese Luga’s Villa – Central and South American Lunar 8 – Fusion Ma Cun Fish Head – Sichuan 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 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 Phrik Thai – Thai Pie House – Bakeries & Delis 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 Richang Cha Canting – Cantonese Ristorante Sadler – Italian


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River Club Restaurant – Italian The Roadhouse at Mutianyu – Contemporary 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 Speyside – Italian Ssam – Contemporary International 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 Tonton & Tata – French Tori Tei – Japanese Toro Bar – Japanese Takara Ramen – Japanese Transit – Sichuan Trainspotting – Contemporary Chinese Trattoria La Gondola – Italian Tribeca – Fusion The Tree – Pizza Tube Station Bistro – Cafes & Teahouses Tube Station Pizza – 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 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




STICKY RICE TREATS S U M M E R PALACE, CH I NA WORLD HOTEL Celebrate Chun Jie with niangao. Coated with a layer of coconut flakes, this pan-fried rice cake is sweetened with piantan, a brown sugar made from refined sugar cane juice. RMB 60 per six pieces; RMB 238-318 (available until Feb 17)


Tr y the sweet dumplings on the dim sum menu. The yanmai leisha tangyuan (RMB 18) is baked and coated with oat flakes, and jiangcha tangyuan (RMB 16) is served in a sweet ginger broth. Both are filled with black sesame paste, a traditional flavor in southern China.


The nice folks here will top off your meal with a complimentary dessert. Sometimes it ’s a pudding made of black sesame or pumpkin, but if you’re really lucky, you’ll get the mochi stewed with red bean.



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

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,


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 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

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 豪庭1层A101

The tofu parcel served in their stylish oden hot pot is stuffed with spicy chicken, sweetened mushroom and a meltingly satisfying cake of glutinous rice. RMB 48-88 (add RMB 5 for each additional tofu parcel)


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, 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

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

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


Legendale’s niangao, which come in caramel and turnip flavors, are auspiciously shaped like fish and golden taels. RMB 188-168 per box (available until Feb 17)

顺义区西白辛庄开发街5号 (紧邻名都园)


Chef Too Its smart interior, well-trained staff and delicious Australian steaks. The wine list showcases small American vineyards. Voted “Outstanding American,” “Outstanding Burger,” “Outstanding Brunch (non-hotel),” “Outstanding Steak” and“Outstanding Chef” in our 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. Tue-Fri 11am-2pm, 5-10pm; Sat-Sun 9.30am-3pm, 5-10pm. Chaoyang Gongyuan Xilu (north of Block 8), Chaoyang District. (6591 8676, 美西西餐厅, 朝阳区朝 阳公园西路枣营南里小区东门南侧

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

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 1980s music with these American classics. China World branch opening in March 2011. 1) 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) 2) EB103, B1/F, Bldg 1, China World Mall, 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. 1) 朝阳区东方东路19号亮

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




马乔外交公寓1号楼会所1层1号铺; 2) 朝阳区建 国门外大街1号国贸商城地下1层EB103

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 7.30am11pm. 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;

Sizzler Enjoy unlimited trips to the salad bar along with steaks, seafood, ribs and other grilled treats at this American chain. 1) Daily 11am-9pm. 2/F, Jiamao Shopping Mall, 33 Guangshun Beidajie, Wangjing, Chaoyang District. (6471 3876); 2) Daily 10am-10pm. B1-30 Glory Mall, 18 Chongwenmenwai Dajie, Chongwen District. (6714 0399); 3) Daily 11am-9.30pm. FF16, Food Forum, B1/F, The Malls at Oriental Plaza, Dongcheng District. (8518 6315); 4) Daily 11am-9pm. B1/F, Grand Pacific Mall, 133 Xidan Beidajie, Xicheng District. (6651 5283); 5) Daily 11am-10.30pm. International Club, 21 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6532 0475); 6) Daily 11am10pm. 2/F, Anzhen Hualian Department Store, Anzhen Xili, Chaoyang District. (6441 9996);

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

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

Grinders The food menu includes huge hoagies, burgers and other North American classics. A good selection of beer and affordable wine in a slick modern space with an upstairs mezzanine level. Daily 10am-2am. 3-02 Tianzhijiaozi, 31 Guangqu Lu, Chaoyang District. (8775 1847) 朝阳区广渠路31号东环18古

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



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)

Switch! This café caters to the galleryhopping crowds. The owners also operate 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 11am9pm. 8503, 798 Art District, 4 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District (5978 4916 ) 朝阳区酒仙桥路




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

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

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

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

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 carnivore-


friendly 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)

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,

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


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 Xingfuyicunxili, 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

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

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

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 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 吃, 西城区孝友胡同1号

Noodle Bar The kung-fu chefs at this hip 12-seat bar wow all-comers with their 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 院 (太平洋百货南门对面)

Nanlaishun First opened 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

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


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 广场北京东方君悦大酒店1层

Peking Duck, Private Kitchen Cozy CBD restaurant serving creditable duck for RMB 99 and other fowl-centric dishes. Daily 11am-2pm, 5pm-9.30pm. Vantone Center, 6A Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. (5907 1920) 果果私房烤鸭, 朝阳区朝阳门外大街 6A号万通中心

Quanjude Quanjude’s celebrated birds have passed through the mouths of visitors from Fidel Castro to Richard Nixon. Voted “Outstanding Beijing Duck” in our 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. 1) Daily 11am-9pm. Tower 1-3, Bldg A, Tianchuang Shiyuan, 309 Huizhong Beili, Chaoyang District. (6480 1685/6); 2) Daily 11am-3pm, 5-10pm. 57 Di’anmen Xidajie, Xicheng District. (6612 8557, 6617 1570); 3) Daily 11am-2pm, 4.30-9pm. 9 Shuaifuyuan Hutong, Wangfujing Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6525 3310); 4) Daily 10.30am-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 360 Casual Dining International buffet dining whenever you need it. Daily 24hrs. Hilton Beijing Capital Airport, Terminal 3, Capital International Airport, Chaoyang District. (6458 8888) 朝阳区首都机场3号航站希尔顿酒店 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.

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DIRECTORY / DINING 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

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

BLD Cafe International buffet restaurant featuring showpiece Sunday brunch. Renaissance Beijing Capital Hotel, 61 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (5863 8223) 朝阳区东


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


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



District. (5922 8888 ext 8102) 朝阳区东三环北

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

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


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, Xicheng District. (6601 6666 ext 6255) 四季汇, 西城区金城坊东街1号北京金融街丽思卡顿酒店

Jing Watch the chefs in action at this minimalist, open-plan restaurant serving decent Asian and Western cuisine. Daily 5.30am11.30pm. Basement of The Peninsula Beijing, 8 Jinyu Hutong, Wangfujing, Dongcheng District. (6559 2888 ext 6714) 京, 东城区王府 井金鱼胡同8号王府半岛酒店地下1层

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 斯基饭店1层

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





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 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 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 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 阳区三里屯同里2楼

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)

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

Tube Station Bistro Authentic sandwiches, appetizers and salads. Fresh squeezed juices and smoothies too. 1) Mon-Thu 11am-10pm, Fri-Sun 11am-11pm. 4-4A Xinjiekouwai Dajie (across from Beijing Normal University), Dongcheng District. (6200 4439); 2) MonThu 11am-10pm, Fri-Sun 11am-11pm. 18 Xinzhongjie (on the north side of Sun City), Dongcheng District. (8447 3949) 1) 东城区新 街口外大街甲4-4号(北师大东门斜对面); 2) 东 城区新中街18号(阳光都市北面)

Unconditional Love Coffee This small cafe next to the Today Art Museum boasts a genuine barista and some of the best coffee 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 苹果社区今日美术馆往东100米

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 里屯路11号三里屯Village1号楼瑜舍1层

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

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 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 条甲3号广州大厦5层

Horizon Good variety of Chinese dishes; classy atmosphere. Daily 11am-2.30pm, 5.3010pm. 1/F, Shangri-La’s Kerry Centre Hotel, 1 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6561 8833 ext 41) 海天阁, 朝阳区光华路1号嘉里中 心饭店1层

Jewel Well-presented authentic Cantonese cuisine and signature dishes from around China. Daily 11.30am-2.30pm, 5.30-10.30pm. 1/F, The Westin Beijing, 9B Jinrong Jie, Xicheng District. (6606 8866 ext 7820) 金城阁, 西城区 金融大街乙9号北京金融街威斯汀大酒店1层

Jin Ding Xuan Cantonese chain that specializes in fresh, steaming baskets of dim sum. Voted “Best Dim Sum” in our 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 featur-

DIRECTORY / DINING ing 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

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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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 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.

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


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 阳区三里屯北街

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


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

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


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

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

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Richang Cha Canting These bright, noisy, colorful Hong Kong-style cafe/teahouses offer an eclectic range of comfort foods, which is quick, plentiful and reasonably-priced. 1) Daily 11am-3am. Tianbao Nanjie, Shunyi District. (6780 4330); 2) Daily 10am-2am. 8 Huayuan Donglu, Haidian District. (8203 8155); 3) Daily 11am-3am. 72 Dongdan Beidajie (at the intersection of Waijiaobu Hutong), Dongcheng District. (6525 1783); 4) Daily 11am-3am. 14 Di’anmen Xidajie, Dongcheng District. (6405 8205) 日昌茶餐厅, 1) 顺义区顺义亦庄天宝南

modern industrial decor. Daily 10am-2pm, 5.30-10pm. 1-7 Haoyun Jie, 1 Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (5867 0285)


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 南路1号

CONTEMPORARY CHINESE 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 8811, 寒舍, 东城区东方广 场平台层西三办公楼W307

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

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)


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)

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 路1号朗豪酒店(T3航站楼西南)

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

Mosto Inventive, exciting contemporary food with a South American touch. Voted “Outstanding Business Lunch,” “Outstanding Wine List,” “Outstanding Chef (Daniel Urdaneta)” and “Outstanding Restaurant of the Year (Non-Chinese)” in 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 头, 朝阳区三里屯北路81号那里花园3层

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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

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( 珀丽酒店西边)



DIRECTORY / DINING Ssam Features innovative and healthy contemporary Korean cuisine based on traditional Korean dining culture. They also serve a variety of special drinks and liquors. Daily 11am-2pm, 5-10.30pm. B1-238 Tower 1, Sanlitun SOHO, Chaoyang District. (5935 9475) 朝阳区三里屯 SOHO1号楼B1-238室

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 甲7号北京极栈内

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

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

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 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

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” 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 天安门全景)

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 吧附近)

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

Morel’s Sanlitun stalwart serves Belgian-style steak tartare from locally bred beef and tasty mussels. Voted “Outstanding Steak” in our 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. 1) Mon-Sat 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)

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



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 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 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 萄院儿, 东城区五道营胡同31号

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

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 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

Tonton & Tata This French restaurant & bar features Alsatian cuisine, ranging from mauricette, flamed tarts, choucroute, baeckeoffe, to terrines and foie gras, and Alsatian apple tart. All at reasonable prices. Daily 11am-11pm. B1239 Tower 2, Sanlitun Soho, Chaoyang District. (136 8120 6738) 阿尔萨斯法式餐酒吧, 朝阳区三 里屯Soho2号楼B1-239



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

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



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

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

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 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 Wine List” and "Non-Chinese Restaurant of the Year" in our 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. Mon-Fri 11.30am-2pm, 6-10.30pm, Sat-Sun 11am-4pm, 6-10.30pm. Ch’ien Men 23, 23 Qianmen Dongdajie, Dongcheng District. (6559 9200) 布鲁宫法餐厅, 东城区前 门东大街23号

Maxim’s de Paris Classic French food in an


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


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) 婕妮璐, 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 Guizhou-style 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 11am1.30pm, 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

HOMESTYLE & PRIVATE CUISINE Xiao Wang Fu Down home Chinese food

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

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

Jubaoyuan Time-honored (laozihao) Muslim shuanyangrou (mutton hot pot) place is known for its fresh beef and mutton slices. Daily 11am-10pm. 5-2 Commercial Building 1, Niujie Xili, Xuanwu District. (83545602) 聚宝 源, 宣武区牛街西里商业楼1号5-2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 Jian-



DIRECTORY / DINING guomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6505 2266 ext 34) 夏宫中餐厅, 朝阳区建国门外大街 1号中国大饭店大堂

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

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

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. Mon 5-10.30pm; Tue-Sun 11am-2.30pm, 5pm10.30pm. Unit 130, Bldg 2, Ritan Highlife, (across from the north gate of Ritan Park), Chaoyang District. (8563 6304) 马沙拉之香, 朝阳区雅宝路日坛


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


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

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 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 比, 朝阳区朝阳公园路好运街2楼C-8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

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 楼西大街31号


Cepe Authentic northern Italian cuisine in a modern, trendy setting. Daily 11am-2.30pm, 6-10.30pm. The Ritz-Carlton Financial Street, 1 Jinchengfang Dongjie, Jinrong Jie, Xicheng District. (6629 6996) 意味轩, 西城区金城坊东街

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

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)


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)

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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

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

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

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

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


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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

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

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

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



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


Beijing Marriott Hotel Northeast, 26A Xiaoyun Lu, Chaoyang District. (5927 8888) 朝阳区霄云


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

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,

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) 朝阳区朝阳门外大街6号新城国际10号103

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 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,


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,

DIRECTORY / DINING 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)

Speyside This restaurant and bar serves a range of Italian fare and a selection of single malts. Daily 9.30am-11pm. 1/F, Tower AB, The Office Park(Yuanyang Guanghua International), 10 Jintong Xilu(near Central Park/The Place), Chaoyang District. (8590 6176) 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)

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 桥路50号凯宾斯基饭店

Va Piano Chic contemporary setting combined with freshly baked pizza, authentic pastas, delightful desserts and a long list of wines. Daily 5.30-10pm. InterContinental Beichen, 8 Beichen Xilu, Chaoyang District. (8437 1360) 朝 阳区北辰西路8号北京北辰洲际酒店

JAPANESE 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

Iron Chef 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) 达人食堂, 朝阳 区南三里屯路16号泰悦豪庭2层204室

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 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

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

Suzuki Japanese regulars flock to Mr. Suzuki’s hidden office restaurant for pickled octopus, goma-doufu and Kobe beef. Daily 11am-2pm, 5-11pm. 30 Hetao Yuan, Guandongdian Beijie, Chaoyang Beilu, Chaoyang District. (5138 9826) 铃木, 朝阳区朝阳北路关东店北街核桃 园30号

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

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

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

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 路街39号院1号楼1-09号

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, 朝阳区望京西园四区412号(近沃尔玛)

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 Takara Ramen This Japanese eatery - which originated in Kyoto and already has several chains in Tianjin - specializes in a range of ramen noodles and Japanese-influenced dandan mian. Daily 11am-11pm. B1-237 Tower 1, Sanlitun Soho, Chaoyang District. (5728 8918) 宝藤拉面, 朝阳区三里屯Soho1号楼B1-237室

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 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

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 四区北门402-2号

MEDITERRANEAN 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 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

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

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RUSSIAN 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 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 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (5208 6061) 米 家思, 朝阳区三里屯路81号那里花园6层

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Alameer This small Middle Eastern restaurant and bakery serves an assortment of Middle 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 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 里屯后街同里2层

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

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 区工体北路17号

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 区三里屯路11号三里屯Village瑜舍地下1层

Taverna Rustic-chic Mediterranean tavern specializes in paella, lamb dishes and roast suckling pig. Daily 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

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


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




midnight. 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 Bang! Bang! Pizza Bar-restaurant serving affordable pizza and other pub-style grub. Daily 11am-2am. Rm 103, Bldg 24, Hopson International Park, Shuanghuayuan Nanli Area 3 (west of Renaissance Hotel), Shuangjing, Chaoyang District. (136 0100 0343) 朝阳区双井 双花园南里3区(北京富力万丽酒店)合生国际家园 24号楼103单元

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 Huge pizzas and other calorific treats such as Kro’s Kurly fries and pizza innovations like pizza sliders. 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 (opposite Beijing Renaissance Hotel), Chaoyang District. (8391 3131) 乌巢, 朝阳区霄 云路35号(国航大厦万丽酒店对面)

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


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

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

Rumi Its plush, minimalist interior is inviting, but the savory kebabs seal the deal. Voted “Outstanding Middle Eastern” in our 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 11.30am-

Tube Station Pizza American-style pizza joint also offers onion rings, wings and lots of beer. 1) Mon-Thu 10am-10pm, Fri-Sun 10am11pm. Inside Workers’ Stadium North Gate (next to Vics), Chaoyang District. (6553 5253); 2) Mon-Thu 10am-10pm, Sat-Sun 10am-11pm. 1 Fuyuanmen (400 meters north of Beijing University West Gate, on the northwest corner of the intersection), Haidian District. (6252 8057); 3) Mon-Thu 10am-10pm, Fri-Sun 10am11pm. Bldg B, Youyan Dasha, 2 Beitaiping Zhuang Qiao, Xicheng District. (8201 4899) 站点披萨, 1) 朝阳区工 体北门内; 2) 海淀区福缘门1号 (从北大西门往 北走400米,在路口的西北角); 3) 西城区北太平 庄桥2号有研大厦B座


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

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 Zhongguan-

DIRECTORY / DINING cun Nandajie, Haidian District. (6213 0489); 3) Eastern side of Anhuili, Yayuncun, Chaoyang District. (6481 0510) 龙顺园麻辣香锅, 1) 朝阳 区望京花园河荫中路东1号(近广顺北大街); 2) 海淀区中关村南大街甲8号天厦宾馆1层; 3) 朝阳 区亚运村安慧里东(北辰购物中心东)

Mala Youhuo (Spice Spirit) 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


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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

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

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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



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 阳区三里屯路19号三里屯Village3楼S4-33室

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 11am-10.30pm. Inside the north gate of Workers’ Stadium, Chaoyang District. (6506 5166); 2) Daily 11am11pm. 1/F, Beijing Hotel (east side of Bldg A), Dongcheng District. (6528 2858) 澳拜客, 1)

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



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

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); 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)

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


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)

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

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

朝阳区工人体育场北门内东侧; 2) 东城区北京 饭店1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 Ma Cun Fish Head Chongqing natives recommend this place for its spicy, authentic fish head hot pot. 01-010 Ritan Highlife, 39 Shenlu Jie, Chaoyang District. (8569 3837) 马村鱼头,

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)


Transit This high-end restaurant offers an expensive menu of Sichuan dishes. Daily 1.30am-midnight. N4-36, Sanlintun Village North, 11 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6417 9090) 渡金湖, 朝阳区三里屯路11号三里屯


The Butcher’s Steakhouse Home of the 3-kilo 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 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

Agua Fine Spanish dining. 4/F, Nali Patio, 81 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (5208 6188) 朝

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

泰廷泰式料理, 东城区东城区金宝街88号汇 6层601室


3层(东方银座东); 2) 西城区西单北大街133号君 太百货7层; 3) 海淀区大钟寺太阳园小区西门


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

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)

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 Int’l Apartments, 38 Zaoying Beili, Chaoyang District. (6592 3159) 冈 拉梅朵, 朝阳区枣营北里38号海悦名门公寓1号

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.

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DIRECTORY / DINING–NIGHTLIFE 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 1号楼(海淀国税局西)

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 12号楼; 2) 海淀区北四环西路66号第三极3层

Pure Lotus Vegetarian Creative tofu dishes will leave you with a full stomach and a clear conscience - and a considerably lightened wallet. Daily 11am-11pm. 1) Tongguang Bldg, 12 Nongzhanguan Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (6592 3627, 8703 6669); 2) 3/F, Holiday Inn Lido, Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District. (8703 6668, 6437 6288) 净心莲, 1) 朝 阳区农展馆南路12号(通广大厦内); 2) 朝阳区丽 都假日饭店三层,首都机场将台路

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


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 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-mid-

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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




YUNNAN Baoqin Daiwei Restaurant Similar to the Golden Peacock Dai Flavor restaurant next door - serves pineapple rice, glass noodles and other Dai specialties. 11am-2pm, 5-9.30pm. 16 Minzu Daxue Beilu, Weigongcun, Haidian District. (6848 3189) 宝琴傣味餐馆, 海淀区魏公


night. 28 Donghuangchenggen Beijie, Dongcheng District. (6401 9498) 小云南, 东城


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.” Aperitivo Popular for summer drinking. Daily 10am-late. 43 Sanlitun Houjie (next to Tongli Studio), Chaoyang District. (6417 7793) 意式餐 吧, 朝阳区三里屯后街43号同里旁边

Apothecary Cocktails prepared with class and care. Also features a menu of Creole dishes prepared using house-made ingredients. Tue-Sat 7pm-late, Sun 6pm-late (kitchen closes 1am). 3/F, Nali Patio, 81 Sanlitun Beilu, Chaoyang District. (5208 6040) 朝阳区三里屯北

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)

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)

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 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

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


Ball House Pool and foosball in converted Gulou hutong home. Daily 3pm-late. 40 Zhonglouwan Hutong (directly east of the Bell Tower), Xicheng District. 6407 4051) 波楼, 西 城区旧鼓楼大街钟楼湾胡同40号

Bang! Bang! Pizza See Dining Directory under “Pizza.“ Bar Blu One of Beijing’s longest-running dancing spots, complete with terrace. Daily 6.30pm-late. 4/F, Tongli Studio, Sanlitun Houjie, Chaoyang District. (6417 4124, 蓝吧, 朝阳区三里屯后 街同里4层

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

DIRECTORY / NIGHTLIFE 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

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


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


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

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


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

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

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.


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 ext 42) 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

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

Ciro’s Pomodoro See Dining Directory under “Italian.” 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

爱尔兰老人酒吧, 朝阳区来广营东路(北京京西 学校旁边)


Nobody told Stretch they’re called “headphones“ for a reason.

Half Bar 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

2288) 五洲 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


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

D Bar 4/F, Renaissance Beijing Capital Hotel, 61 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District.



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

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

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)

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 Dizhi Cinema Yangrou Hutong (next to Xisi subway station), Xicheng District (no tel) 地质 电影院, 西城西四地铁站旁边羊肉胡同

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

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

Grinders See Dining Directory under “American.“


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)

Face An upscale bar but you can find a pint of Tetley’s. Daily 2pm-late. 26 Dongcaoyuan, Gongti Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (6551 6738) 妃思, 朝阳区工体南路东 草园26号

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

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 Flamme International Grill See Dining Directory under “Steakhouses.“ 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) 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

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 Ichikura This tiny bar packs in as good a variety of single malt whiskies as you’ll find in Beijing. 2/F (entrance via stairs at south wall of Chaoyang Theater), Chaoyang Theater, 36 Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6507 1107) 朝阳区东三环北路36号 The Irish Volunteer This Irish bar stays true to the Irish culture, Guinness included (RMB 60). This two-room saloon also offers food. Daily 9am-2am. Jiangtai Lu (opposite the east gate of the Lido Hotel), Chaoyang District. 朝 阳区高家园小区平房311号(丽都饭店东门对面)

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 See Dining Directory under “Pizza.“ 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



DIRECTORY / NIGHTLIFE 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

Latte A more localized version of the gaudy thrills found in Chocolate and its ilk, Latte features crazy, colorful decor. You’ll also find the trademark Workers’ Stadium table service. North Gate of Workers’ Stadium (behind Mix), Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6551 8881) 朝阳区工体北路工体北门内(Mix后面)

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

Long Bar Cocktails and live music by Terminal 3. Daily 4pm-1am. Hilton Beijing Capital Airport, Terminal 3, Capital International Airport, Chaoyang District. (6458 8888) 朝阳区 首都机场3号航站希尔顿酒店

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



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

普拉那啤酒坊餐厅, 朝阳区亮马桥路50号凯宾 斯基饭店

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


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 阳区三里屯路11号三里屯Village1号楼瑜舍1层

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) 朝阳区三里屯北路81号那里花园6层

Mix (Gongti) Like Vics. Daily 8pm-late. Inside the north gate of Workers’ Stadium, Chaoyang District. (6530 2889) 密克斯, 朝阳区工体北门内 Mix (Westin Chaoyang) Live jazz in the evenings and an extensive selection of champagnes, wines and whiskey. Daily 5pm-1am. 1/F, Westin Beijing Chaoyang, 7 Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (5922 8000) 朝阳区东 三环北路7号金茂北京威斯汀大饭店

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)

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) 朝阳区三里屯北街7号3.3购物中心后


Pomme O’Shea’s All about carbo-loading with the draft beer and the sports channel here. Tue-Sun 11.30am-late. 19 Kaifa Lu, Xibaixinzhuang, Houshayu, Shunyi District. (8046 2558) 石榴园, 顺义区后沙峪西白辛庄开 发路19号

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

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Vil-



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

Propaganda Expect a student-heavy atmosphere. Mon-Fri 8pm-4.30am, Sat-Sun 8pm5am. 100m north of the east gate of Huaqing Jiayuan, Wudaokou, Haidian District. (8286 3991) 海淀区五道口华清嘉园东门往北100米

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

Lucky Man Whiskey and yakitori bar with Gulou characteristics. Daily 6pm-1am. 157 Gulou Dongdajie (north side, inside second alleyway west of Nanluogu Xiang), Dongcheng District.




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)

The Pavillion Relaxed, high-end bar for the sports and late-night crowds, featuring live music Mon-Sat from tight house band Solidaz. Also features one of Beijing's outstanding terraces. Daily 10am-late. Gongti Xilu (opposite west gate of Workers' Stadium), Chaoyang District. (6507 2617) 朝阳区工体西路


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

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

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


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庄6号(朝阳门医院北门东100米)三里屯南路逸 羽连锁酒店顶楼

Ned’s Run by Aussies who love to drink. Daily 6pm-late. 84 Nanluogu Xiang, Dongcheng District. ( 东城区

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


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

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


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

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)



The Onion Glass B1/F (inside HLG), Solana Bar Street, 6 Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang District 朝阳区朝阳公园路6号蓝色

Riverbank Café & Bar 1F, FX Hotel, 39 Maizidian Xijie, Chaoyang District. (6506 8277)


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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

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

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



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



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



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)

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


School Tiny Wudaoying Hutong bar for alternative music fans and the occasional electro party. Daily 8pm-late. 53 Wudaoying Hutong, Chaoyang District. (6402 8881, 朝阳区五道营胡 同53号

Shooters Cheap drinks at your own peril. Sun-Thu 6pm-2am, Fri-Sat 6pm-4am. Bldg 40, 5 Sanlitun Houjie (opposite Fish Nation), Chaoyang District. (6416 3726) 朝阳区三里屯后 街5号40号楼鱼邦对面

Siif The basement looks like a broke frathouse dance floor, the ground level is a bar, and the upstairs is a chill-out area with a balcony. Come here to hide. Daily 1pm-2am. 67 Beiluogu Xiang, Dongcheng District. (6406 9496) 如果, 东城区鼓楼东大街北锣鼓巷67号 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)

The Stumble Inn 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

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 区建国路88号Soho现代城A座3912室

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 区地坛公园南门; 2) 朝阳区工体西路工体100保 龄球馆下面

Tao Yao Bar 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 海南沿北官房胡同(后海南沿银锭桥西300米)

Terra See Dining Directory. 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) Tim’s 熏烤房, 朝阳区东大桥路14号贵友大厦 正北200米

Tiny Salt Coffee Club Large and open space with Hollywood blockbusters after 6pm. Relax and avoid the rush with Tsingtaos for RMB 8. Weekend live music. 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 vodka-infused cocktails. Tue-Thu 9pm-1am, Fri-Sat 9pm-2am. 2/F, Westin Beijing Chaoyang, 7 Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (5922 8888 ext 8112) 朝阳区东三环北路7号金茂北京威斯汀大饭店

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

DIRECTORY / NIGHTLIFE–STYLE 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

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

Street, 1 Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (5867 0285) 悦悦餐厅酒吧, 朝阳区朝阳

and colors. Daily noon-10pm. 178-3 Gulou Dongdajie, Dongcheng District. (8123 5905)


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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

Nicolas Favard A centrally located showroom for the chic, avant-garde creations of jeweler Nicolas Favard, who has worked on commission in Beijing for several years. While you can simply drop by and pick up whatever takes your fancy, we recommend arranging a visit when Favard himself is in the store. Daily 11am-8pm. 28 Sanlitun Lu (in the alleyway just west of Sanlitun Village North), Chaoyang District. (6413 0818)

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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

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



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

Zone Club Pool, foosball, air hockey and board games are the highlights here. Daily 10am-2am. Rm 301 (next to Tairyo Teppanyaki), 3/F, China View, Gongti Donglu, Chaoyang District. (8587 1345) 理想国度, 朝阳区工体东路中国红街 3层(大渔铁板烧旁)

厅, 朝阳区三里屯路19号三里屯Village南区6号 楼3层S6-31

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 区五道营胡同13号

Vics Like Mix, albeit with a slightly more expat crowd. Daily 8.30pm-late. Inside the north gate of the Workers’ Stadium, Chaoyang District. (5293 0333) 威克斯, 朝阳

STYLE ACCESSORIES & JEWELRY 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


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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

Approx An independent designer boutique for jewelry lovers that has developed its astounding reputation via word-of-mouth. The collection is regularly updated, but always full of well-made, beautiful and unique accessories. A301, 3/F, Nali Patio, 81 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (139 1170 6284) 朝阳区



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

Brand Nü A place where you can donate your old clothes, books, magazines, trinkets and other accessories, and pick up as-good-asnew goodies of like kind. Tue-Sun, 10am10pm, closed Mon. 61 Wudaoying Hutong (just west of Vineyard Cafe), Dongcheng District. (150 1115 3421) Brand 女, 东城区东城


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 Wine Gallery Run by wine importer ASC, this three-story space includes a lounge, terrace, private VIP rooms and an educational section. There are regular classes and tastings. N3-17/28, Sanlitun Village North, 11 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6415 1910, 朝阳区三里屯路 11号院三里屯北区N3-17/28

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) 作家酒吧, 东城区 东长安街33号, 北京饭店莱佛士一层

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 外大街2号

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 2号昆仑饭店1层

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 同55号

Yue Restaurant & Bar Underground twofloor palace serves food and hosts regular parties. Daily 10am-2pm, 5.30-10pm. 1-7 Lucky


DimSum of all things Asian (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. (134 3966 4067); 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. 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

Ling Design The second jewelry branch opened by Beijing-based jewelry designer Wang Lingyan -- only this one also contains her own designs. You’ll find earrings, necklaces and rings of all kinds here, from delicate to gaudy. Daily 10.30am-9.30pm. Unit 2, Nali Patio, 81 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (5208 6046) 凌设计, 朝阳区三里屯路81号那里花园 商店2号

Love Linen People Natural fabrics take precedence at this little shop, with woollen knits for winter and airy linen for the summertime. Yarn lovers will rejoice at the selection of snuggly handmade sweaters and scarves (RMB 120-180) in a variety of unique designs


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 )

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) Mon-Thu 10am-8pm, Fri-Sat 10.30am.8.30pm, Sun 10.30am-8pm. R09A, B1/F, 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 1层2152; 2) 顺义区天竺镇裕翔路99号欧陆广场 地下1层09A

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

candy & caviar Asian American designer Candy Lin describes her line as “simplicity with a bit of madness.” She merges classic structures with bold details, producing designs that are both versatile and unique. Mon-Fri 9am-5.30pm, or call for appointment. Rm 921, Bldg 16, China Central Place, 89 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (5203 6581) 朝 阳区建国路89号华贸商务楼16号楼921号

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 Even Penniless A Hangzhou fashion school graduate, designer Gao Xin grew his brand in the cutthroat fashion world of Shanghai – yet his talent for minimalist design separated him from the rest. The clothing is high-quality and chic, but for steeper prices than one would expect, given the name. Noon-8.30pm. NLG10, B1/F, Sanlitun Village North, 11 Sanlitun Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6427 5928) www. 朝阳区三里屯北路11号三里 屯Village北区地下1层NLG10单元

Exception de Mixmind Finally, a local label that puts quality and minimalism before name brands and cheap trends. Only handcrafted, sustainable clothes – in the form of twill pants, baggy sweaters, khaki blazers and even leather jackets – can be found here, feminine and stylish, yet organic and relaxed. Daily 9.30am-9.30pm. Rm BB104, B1/F, China World Shopping Mall, 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie,, Chaoyang District. (6505 2268) 朝阳区朝阳区 建国门外大街1号国贸商城地下1层BB104

Good Goods Commune A large store by Gulou Dongdajie standards, showcasing a product 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 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

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 区三里屯路11号Village北区N5-10-40

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



DIRECTORY / STYLE 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

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


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

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 19号官舍1层

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 锣鼓巷33号

Nouveau Riche Chinese-born Finnish designer Shumeng Ye has collaborated with popular Shanghai-based label The Thing to open a pop-up shop in Sanlitun Village. The clothes, bags and shoes have a Scandinavian touch, meaning minimalist and conceptual design. Brands include NYC-based line Slow and Steady Wins the Race, as well as Native Fitzsimmons boots by Native. The store runs from January 5 to February 5. Daily 9am-10pm. The Thing, B/1F, Sanlitun Village South, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. 朝阳区三里屯 路19号三里屯Village地下1层The Thing

Palma One of the better boutiques in Nali Patio, with a selective stock of clothing and jewelry. A202-203, Nali Patio, 81 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. 朝阳区三里屯路81号那里花 园A202-203

Plastered T-shirts Daily 10am-10pm. 61 Nanluogu Xiang, Dongcheng District. (134 8884 8855) 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

Shine* Featuring brands such as Yohji Yamamoto, Comme des Garcons, and Maison Martin Margiela, Shine* will appeal to those who dress to impress. 1) Daily noon-9pm. V103, B1/F, Villa 5, Jianwai Soho, 39 Dongsanhuan ZhongLu, Chaoyang District. (5869 3496); 2) Sun-Thu midday-9pm; Fri-Sat, midday-9.30pm. C2-4, China View, Gongti Donglu, Chaoyang District. (6500 1101) 1) 朝阳区东三



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


The Australian author talks books at Capital M. 环中路39号建外Soho5号别墅地下1层103; 2) 朝 阳区工体东路中国红街丙2-4号

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 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 国际16号楼20商铺

The Thing Founded in 2005, Shanghai boutique The Thing has become a “must visit” store for local fashion followers and out-oftowners alike. 1) Daily 9am-10pm. B/1F, Sanlitun Village South, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District.; 2) Daily 10am-10pm. 4/F, Joy City, 131A Xidan Beidajie, Xicheng District. (5971 6088) 1) 朝阳区三里屯路19号三里屯Village地下 1层; 2) 西城区西单北大街131号甲大悦城4层

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 胡同81号

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

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号三里 屯Village南区2号楼1层2-19A单元

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 环中路78号

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 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


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

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 Chang & Biorck This modern Scandinavian home accessories store is stocked with colorful, environmentally-friendly products made by well-known designers who blend

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

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


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




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, 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)

海组合, 朝阳区三里屯路11号Village北区地下 1层NLG-38单

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

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 10.30am6.30pm. 806 Danshui Xiaozhen, 60 Shunhuang Lu, Chaoyang District. (6465 3388 ext 5542) 图 兰纳手工地毯, 朝阳区顺黄路60号淡水小镇806室

Villa Lifestyle They have the widest selection of BBQ’s and accessories, the Mosquito Magnet, trampolines, IQ Air Purifiers and more. Delivery and set-up are free and grills come with a one-year warranty. Daily 9am-6pm. 4/F, Euro Plaza, 99 Yuxiang Lu, Tianzhu Town, Shunyi District. (6457 1922, 8046 1260, www.; 别墅 生活方式, 顺义区顺义区天竺镇裕祥路99号欧


SHOPPING MALLS & MARKETS Beijing APM Daily 10am-10pm. 138 Wangfujing Dajie, Dongcheng District. (5817 6688) 新 东安广场, 东城区王府井大街138号

China Central Place Luxury Walk Daily 10am-10pm. A6, Xidawang Lu (beside China Central Place), Chaoyang District. 华贸购物中


0107 5843) 爱丽克美容美发, 1) 朝阳区三里屯后

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

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


Danshui Town Shopping Plaza 60 Shunhuang Lu, Chaoyang District. 淡水小镇购物广

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,

场, 朝阳区朝阳区顺黄路60号


Joy City Chaoyang Daily 10am-8pm. 101 Chaoyang Beilu (at the intersection of Qingnian Lu), Chaoyang District. (8557 9888) 大悦成

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

心, 朝阳区西大望路甲6号

China World Shopping Mall Daily 9.30am10pm. 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6505 2288) 国贸商城, 朝阳区建国门 外大街1号

潮阳北, 朝阳区朝阳北路101,青年路口东北角

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 Meibocheng Beauty Supplies City Discounted beauty products, including shampoo, OPI nail polish, wigs and makeup brush sets. Daily 8.30am-6.30pm. 20 Zhushikou Dongdajie, Chongwen District. 美博城美容美 发用品商城, 崇文区珠市口东大街20号

Nali Mall Sanlitun Lu (next to Jazz-Ya), Chaoyang District. 那里服装市场, 朝阳区三 里屯路

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

The Place Daily 10am-10pm. 9A Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6587 1188) 世贸天阶, 朝阳区光华路甲9号

Ritan Office Building 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.shinkong-place. com 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

SPAS & MASSAGE 99 Massage and Spa Center Clean, comfortable and relaxing massage. Free food, drinks and fruit. Aromatic oil massage (RMB 200-380), body/foot massage (RMB 150/100). Single and double rooms. Daily 11am-midnight. Rm 703, E-Tower C12, Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6501 0799) 99按摩中心, 朝 阳区光华路丙12号数码01大厦703室(嘉里中心与 国贸之间)

Anantara Spa Massages start from RMB 480 (60min) and facials are available from RMB 520. Daily 10am-10pm (flexible opening hours on request). The Commune, Shuiguan Great Wall, Badaling Gaosulu, Yanqing County. (8118 1888 ext 5100/01, anantaraspa@commune. 延庆县八达岭高速路水关长城出口长城 脚下的公社凯宾斯基饭店

Angel Hands Enjoy vigorous deep-tissue massage, soothing and gentle massage, or a combination of both. Daily 24 hours. Rm 1801, Bldg 2, Jianwai Soho, 39 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (8631 0801) 朝阳


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, riviera@cdefrance. com); 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 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

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


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

三环北路7号金茂北京威斯汀大饭店; 2) 西城区 西城区威斯汀大酒店金融街9B

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) 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

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

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

The Westin Beijing Chaoyang, 7 Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (5922 8888); 2) Daily 9am-10pm. The Westin Beijing Financial Street, 9B Jinrong Jie, Xicheng District. (6629 7878) 威斯汀天梦水疗中心, 1) 朝阳区朝阳区东

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

Heavenly Spa by Westin Daily 9am-10pm. 1)

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 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 moxibus-



DIRECTORY / STYLE–A&C tion. 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路

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艺术区七星东街


(At Cafe旁边)

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

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, 朝阳区来广营东路同达


Oriental Taipan Massage and Spa Relax in style among rose-scented water features, soft music and helpful, friendly staff. Private rooms are available; bring your favorite tunes or DVDs and feel those serotonin levels rise. RMB 168 buys you 90 minutes of fabulous foot massage, with healthy fruit juices and snacks included. 1) Daily 11am-12.30am. 2/F, Block 9, Lido Place, 2A Fangyuan Xilu, Chaoyang District. (6437 6299); 2) Daily 11am-12.30am. B1/F, 1 Xindong Lu (next to Shenji Best Soup), Chaoyang District. (8532 2177); 3) Daily 11am3am. 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 10am12.30am. 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) 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 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.




Mizuma & One Gallery Wed-Sun 10am-6pm. 241-15 Caochangdi Village, Cuigezhuang, Chaoyang District. (5127 3267) www.mizuma. 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

FEB 25: 2011’S FIRST METAL PARTY Well-oiled machines.

(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


sories 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 Village南 区 6 号楼

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



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 10am9pm. 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

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

Alexander Ochs Galleries Beijing 255 Caochangdi, Jichang Fulu, Chaoyang District. (8456 2054, 朝阳区机场 辅路草场地255号

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

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) 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)

Qin Gallery Tue- Sun 9.30am-6pm. Rm 1E, Bldg 1, Enjoy Paradise, Huaweili (north of Beijing Curio City), Chaoyang District. (8779 0461) 秦昊画廊, 朝阳区华 威里翌景嘉园1座1E室(北京古玩城北)

Red Gate Gallery Daily 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

Arrow Factory 38 Jianchang Hutong (Off Guozijian Jie), Dongcheng District. 箭厂空间, 东城区箭厂胡同



ArtMia Tue-Sun 10am-6pm. 261 Caochangdi, Cuigezhuang, Chaoyang District. (8457 4550) 朝阳区机场辅路崔各庄草场 地261号

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 路2号798艺术区

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




作室, 朝阳区酒仙路2号大山子艺术区

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)

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, www. 朝阳区小武基路甲8号1号院(东

Apple Flagship Store The first official Apple flagship store in China features a Genius Bar, Apple seminar, laptops, iPhones, iPods, acces-

offiCina Tue-Sun noon-7pm. Dashanzi art district, 2 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (5978 9462) 意中艺术工

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 Galerie Urs Meile, Lucerne-Beijing TueSun 11am-6.30pm. 104 Caochangdi Village, Cuigezhuang, Chaoyang District. (6433 3393, fax 6433 0203) 麦勒 画廊, 朝阳区草场地村104号

T. Art Center 798 Art District 2 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. 朝阳区酒仙桥路2号 White Space Beijing Tue-Sun noon-6pm. Airport Service Road, 255 Caochangdi, Chaoyang District. (8456 2054) 空白空间, 朝阳区机场辅 路草场地255号

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 Yanhuang Art Museum Tue-Sun 9am-4pm. 9 Huizhong Lu, Asian Games Village, Chaoyang District. (6491 0909) 炎黄艺术馆, 朝阳区亚运村慧中路9号

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, 朝 阳区大山子艺术区七星东街

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


DIRECTORY / A&C–SPORTS–LIVING 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 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 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)

French Cultural Centre 18 Gongti Xilu, Chaoyang District. (6553 2627) www.ccfpekin. org 法国文化中心, 朝阳区工体西路18号 Instituto Cervantes 1A Gongti Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (5879 9666) www.pekin. 北京塞万提斯学院, 朝阳区工体 南路甲1号

UCCA Art Cinema Tue-Sun 10am-7pm. 798 Dashanzi Art District, 4 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (8459 9269) cn 尤伦斯当代艺术中心, 朝阳区酒仙桥路4号大 山子艺术区

THEATERS Beijing Concert Hall 1 Beixinhuajie, Xicheng District. (6605 7006/5812) 北京音乐厅, 西城 区北新华街1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) 朝阳文化馆, 朝 阳区朝阳门外大街和金台西路的路口

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 门广场西侧

National Centre For The Performing Arts (NCPA) 2 Chang’an Jie, Xicheng District. (6655 0000) 国家大剧院, 西城区 西长安街2号

Peking University Hall Inside Peking University, 5A Yiheyuan Lu, Haidian District. (6276 8588) 北大百年纪念礼堂, 海淀区颐和园路甲5号北京大学内

Penghao Theater 35 Dongmianhua Hutong (south gate of the Central Academy of Drama, between Nanluogu Xiang and Jiaodaokou Nandajie), Dongcheng District. (6400 6452/72) J-芭蕾教室, 2) 朝阳区幸福村中路景绣园D座 一层西侧

Pineapple Dance Studios Mon and Thurs 7.30-9pm. 3/F, Apartment A, Beijing Fortune Plaza, Chaoyang District. Contact CiCi (135 2035 2025) 菠萝舞蹈工作室, 朝阳区北京财富中 心公寓A座3层

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

Beijing Tango (130 2195 8870, http://groups.


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 云县溪翁庄镇

Yuyang Ski Resort 8.30am-10pm. East of Dawangwu Cun, Donggao Cunzhen, Pinggu District. (5869 3355) 渔 阳滑雪, 平谷区东高村镇大旺务村东侧

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

Croakies Daily 9am-8.30pm. 5, 149 Beitucheng Xilu, Haidian District. (8202 3765, 喀纳斯体

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

O’le Football Daily 9am-11pm. 5 Dongshimencun Lu, Baiziwan Qiao, Dongsihuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (6776 0608) 朝阳

育有限公司, 海淀区北土城西路甲149号(牡丹园 环岛西100米)


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



Women's Football Contact Wenhui (8526 2420 ext 111,

GYMS & FITNESS CENTERS 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 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 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

Kerry Sports Daily 6am-11pm. Kerry Centre Hotel, 1 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6561 8833 ext 6465, kerrysportscentre@sha 嘉里健身, 朝阳区光华路1号嘉里 中心酒店

Solaris Tanning Studio Mon-Sat 10am-8pm, 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)

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

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,

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

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))

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

International Friendship Football Club (IFFC) Contact Robert (6234 7106,

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


Triathlon Beijing (TriBeijing) (


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

Tianqiao Acrobatic Theater 95 Tianqiao Shichang Jie (east end of Beiwei Lu), Xuanwu District (6303 7449)


RUNNING & TRAINING Beijing Hash House Harriers Contact Dave “Minime” White (,

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

Ganluyuan Football Ganluyuan Nanli, Chaoyang District. (8575 7236) 朝阳区甘露圆南里二区球场


Poly Theatre Poly Plaza, 14 Dongzhimen Nandajie, Dongcheng District. (6500 1188 ext 5126/5127) 保利剧院,



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

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)

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, 朝阳区四元桥1号(京密路进

MOTORSPORTS U-Speed Go-Karting Open year round, this giant indoor karting centre offers much more


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


OM Yoga 42 Rooms 9102/9103, Lido Apartment Bldg, Chaoyang District. (6437 8810) 静心堂, 朝阳区丽都 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


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 8am-10pm. Wanfotang Cun, Yongding Zhen, Mentougou District. (6980 4549/1740) 龙凤山滑雪场, 门头 沟区永定镇万佛堂村

Nanshan Ski Village Daily 8.30am-5.30pm. Shengshuitou Cun, Henanzhai Town, Miyun County. (8909 1909) 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) 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

LIVING COMMUNITY GROUPS Black Sesame Kitchen Food writer JenLin Liu’s cooking school, where students can “cook, socialize, dine and wine.” Offers weekly classs, wine tastings, as well as caters to corporate functions, birthday parties, book readings and other events. 3 Heizhima Hutong, Dongcheng District. (136 9147 4408, www. 东城区东城区黑芝 麻胡同3号

The Capital Club Private club for the senior business community. 50/F, Capital Mansion, 6 Xinyuan Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (8486 2225 ext 260, 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, 朝阳区亮马桥路 29号安家楼肯特中心院内

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 Foreign Correspondents Club of China (FCC) (8532 3807, 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, 朝阳区工体西路18号

The Hutong One of Beijing’s best informal cooking schools.1 Jiudaowan Zhongxiang Hutong (southeast of Beixinqiao subway station), Dongcheng District. (159 0104 6127,

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DIRECTORY / LIVING www.the-hutong. com 东城区九道湾中巷胡同1号(北新桥地铁站 东南边)

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

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

District. (6456 2599) 北京新 世纪荣和儿科门诊部, 顺义区北京市顺义区天竺 镇丽苑街荣和商业中心19号楼K-01

Beijing 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, on-site imaging, and laboratory and pharmacy services. 8.30am-5.30pm. 12 Tiantan Nanli, Chongwen District, 800m west of the south gate of the temple of heaven, Chongwen District. (8911 6665,, 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

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

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) 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 Intech Eye Hospital Fifteen years of eye care experience, including emergency treatment, telephone consultations, laser vision corrective surgery and preventative care. On-site shop sells frames and lenses. The VIP clinic has English-speaking staff, many of whom trained overseas. Offers direct billing to many international insurance companies. Daily 8.30am-4.30pm. 1/F, 4-5/F, Panjiayuan Plaza, 12 Panjiayuan Nanli, Chaoyang District. (6771 5558, 英智眼科医院, 朝阳区潘 家园南里12号潘家园大厦1层,4-5层

Beijing International SOS Clinic Medical services for the whole family. Daily 24hrs. Suite 105, Wing 1, Kunsha Building, 16 Xinyuanli, Chaoyang District. (6462 9112, 24hr: 6462 9100, 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 multilingual 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



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

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

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. 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 8am5pm (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)

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

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

世达诊所, 朝阳区光华路1号嘉里中心B29

Vista Medical Center Medical services including family and internal medicine, OB/GYN, pediatrics, dentistry, ophthalmology, dermatology, ENT, TCM, physiotherapy, psychiatry, imaging laboratory and pharmacy service. Also offers pre- and postnatal care and infant health check-ups. English-speaking staff onsite 24hrs a day. A consultation with a GP costs RMB 660. Direct billing with more than 40 international insurance providers. Daily 24hrs. B29, Kerry Centre, 1 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (8529 6618, fax 8529 6615, 维

Bioscor Beijing Clinic International clinic for cosmetic medicine, specializing in cosmetic surgery, skincare, hair regrowth, and antiageing 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)

Capital City Dermatology Hospital A large dermatology hospital that specializes in diagnosing and treating various skin ailments, from acne to STDs. Daily 8am-8pm. 4 Shuangquanpu, Deshengmenwai, Chaoyang District. (400 6500 877 (free), 6488 8999) 北京京城皮肤 病医院, 朝阳区德胜门外双泉堡甲4号

Chiropractic and Rehabilitation Dr. David Zhang is an American National Board Exam Certificated chiropractic doctor, a Texas licensed acupuncturist and herbalist, and a specialist in Chinese medicine. He provides chiropractic, physiotherapy, and other manual therapies for back pain, sciatica, and other conditions, as well as acupuncture and natural medicine treatments. Tue, Wed, Thur and Sat 9.30am-6.30pm,. Beijing Internal Medical Center, S110, 1/F, Lufthansa Center Office building, 50 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6464 9828, 8448 3449) 朝阳区北京国际医 疗中心中国北京朝阳区亮马桥路50号燕莎中心写 字楼一层 S110

CMS Clinic American cosmetic/aesthetic medical services including laser skin treatments, hair loss/removal, cosmetic surgeries and anti-aging therapeutics for men and women. Free consultations available. BeijingTower (Chang’an Club Bldg) 7/F, Suite 701, 10 Dongchang’an Jie, Dongcheng District. (6559 6769) 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


世达诊所, 朝阳区光华路1号嘉里中心B29

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 loca-

tions 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. (fcreception@ufh.; 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

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, 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))

DIRECTORY / LIVING–EXPLORE 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, ICVS_ 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, SatSun 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) 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 Cultural Heritage Protection Center (CHP) 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. 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



This hospital exclusively concentrates on all things skin, from acne to STDs. (6488 8999)


American cosmetic medical services clinic dedicated to improving the appearance of your skin, with a range of laser skin treatments and antiaging therapeutics. (6559 6769)


A l o n g w i t h s t a n d a r d We s t e r n diagnoses, Vista also has experienced TCM practitioners specializing in skin allergy treatment. (8529 6618)


Provides the full spectrum of medical ser vices, including international standard dermatology treatment. (6462 9112)


Though on the pricier side, their dermatology and laser skincare center not only treats skin diseases, but also offers skin disease prevention and cosmetic therapies. (5927 7000)

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 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

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

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

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 District. (8225 2046/2047, Fax 8225 2045) 北京地球村环境文化中心,

extinct. PO Box 1928, Chinese Forestry Academy, Haidian District. (6286 6588, 133 6683 5722) 拯救中国虎, 海淀区中国林业科学研究院北京1928信箱

Wokai A small, directed non-profit that works as an intermediary for microfinance in China. 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 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

EXPLORE AIRLINES 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 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


Save China’s Tigers A charity that aims to prevent the South Chinese Tiger from going


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


Dragonair 28/F, East Tower, Twin Towers, 12B Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (400 888 6628) 港龙航空, 朝阳

Finnair Rm 204, Scitech Hotel, 22 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6512 7180, fax 6512 7182)

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

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



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.


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

Prevention Through Education (PTE) NGO that aims to improve HIV/AIDS awareness and develop local school-based HIV/AIDS prevention programs.

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, Chaoyang District (400 811 6666) 中国旅行社总社有限公司,北


韩亚航空, 朝阳区东三环路霞光里18号佳程广 场A座12层


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 Beilu, 1402 Xingfu Yuan Gongyu, Chaoyang DistrictBeijing 100027 China, Chaoyang District. (chiara.

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.

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

Asiana Airlines 12/F, Tower A, Gateway Plaza, 18 Xiaguangli, Dongsanhuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (400 650 8000)

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


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

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



JUMP! Foundation An international non-profit organization that focuses on student leadership training, experiential education and global development. House of Knowledge, Victoria Gardens, Chaoyang Park, 15 Xilu, Chaoyang District. (6538 6482) www. 朝阳区朝阳公园西路15号

Beijing Citybus Tour Service Daily 9am-8pm. Rm 1207, Scitech Tower, 22 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (400 650 0760) 北京赛笛芭


Hainan Airlines 3/F, Grand China Air Plaza, 2B Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (950718) 海南航空, 朝阳区东 三环北路乙2号大新华航空大厦3层

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 空, 朝阳区朝阳门外大街乙12号昆泰国际大厦 1609-1610

Korean Air 901-3, Hyundai Motor Towers, 38 Xiaoyun Lu, Chaoyang District. (8453 8137, 40065 88888) 朝阳区霄 云路38号现代汽车大厦901-3号

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

路22号光华路SOHO 2号楼718室

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 区北三里屯南27号(雅秀市场西侧小区内)

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, www. 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)

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

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







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

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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. 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) 5706 8302. 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: 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.

CLASSIFIEDS 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)

DC Design Villa Bathroom Service Scope The art of living By studying the relationship between the body and water, we are not only able to help you create your dream bathroom, a space made of water, steam, colors and light, but also bring you the philosophy of living. All you need to do is to subscribe the DC Design Villa Bathroom Service Scope, and enjoy. 1) 1/F 30 Dongzhong Street, Dongzhimen, Dongcheng Distrct. 8:30-18:30 (010-6416 1485), or 2) 1/F Xin’an Mansion, 200 Zhenning Road, Shanghai. 8:30-18:30 (0216279 3649) 科马 DC Design 1)东城区东直门东中街30号一 层(6415 2288); 2)上海市镇宁路200号欣安 大厦西峰一层 (0216279 3

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: 400-004-1199, 13810156525(24 hours) Email: Web:

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:

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

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/ FROM CNY4888 Amsterdam/Moscow 2) Singapore/Kuala Lumpur/ FROM CNY2700 Bangkok/Manila 3) Bombay/Delhi FROM CNY4500 4) Vancouver FROM CNY3700 Tel: 51656625 Tax exclude Web: Welcome joint the expatcar motor club membership We buy your car Help you sell out your car Car license plate draw lottery registration New car sales Used car sales Mechanical first aid Change of flat tire Battery boost Towing & extrication service Long –short term leasing Contact: Tel: 81523060 AAA expatcar New car sales Second hand car sales Car license plate draw lottery registration Leasing options Car service Car insurance Contact: Tel: 81523060

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

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: Links Relocations has invested and continues to invest in our core business – moving. We have buying power, global contracts, a great business model & above all else a Friendly approach to moving that makes us the Smart choice for our clients. So wherever you are going – Call, Email or Skype. 010 8447 7496 or or skypeID links.relocations 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

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. 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



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_ SERVICES - HOME APPLIANCES

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);

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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).

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Beijing Mandarin School obtains a good reputation among foreigners. More than 60 teachers; tailor made textbooks; voted “The Professional Chinese Language School”; also recommended by BBC News by Helen Leavey on Monday, 9 January 2006. We also offer Chinese culture class, Chinese cooking class; paper-cutting class & visa service and apartment rental service. new group classes start on February 14th &21st, 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

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hanks for your time. These are my coas well as Android. This puppy’s backend has some founders, Neo, Nico – sure, coffee would serious Web 3.0 semantic architecture going on. be great, thanks. Could you get that shade We’ve got an open platform for third-party app there? Thanks. developers with our own open source SDK we We’ll skip this market opportunity slide ’cause distribute. you know it’s big … 450 million Internet users now, So as you can see in this next slide – Nico, next and nearly twice that number with mobile phones, slide – we’ll be cash-flow-positive by Q3 next year blah blah. Next slide. in this conservative scenario, and should be generI know from all the other VCs we’ve been talking ating about 10 billion RMB, again conservatively, by to how much you guys care about the team. Oh 2013 – by which time we’ll be public and I’ll be on by the way Kai-fu Lee says hi. So, our team: As you a yacht, yo. Just kidding. That should double each know, I’m a serial entrepreneur, Tsinghua double year for the next five years going forward. E, Stanford MBA, a stint at McKinsey, three years in So Nico was in the Valley all last month and I the Valley, two startups here in China – both mobile gotta tell you, there’s some serious buzz. They’re social gaming, ahead of their time though. Modesty talking about us on Sand Hill Road, saying this aside, I’m a coding master ninja: Ruby, Python, you could be seriously disruptive. I have to say we’ve name it. Our CMO Nico Chang here is a social media been flattered at the attention we’ve been getting, guru, UCLA undergrad with an EMBA from CEIBS. but of course we’re looking to bring on experienced He’s got 50,000 followers on value-add investors like you. Twitter, which tells you someSo we need you to take this SOME PEOPLE CALL IT thing! Our killer UI/UX designer to the next level. We see great “GAMIFICATION” BUT – Neo Qiu, a real rock star. Think synergies with some of your Dustin Moskovitz in The Social portfolio companies, and we I HATE JARGON Network, wired in 24-7. Smartknow you can add value. Hope est guy in the room – you and you can circle back with us your partners excepted, of course. Oh by the way, soon, but you should know we’ve got some term don’t worry, we’ve got seriously thick guanxi. sheets and the window closes fairly soon. Neo’s dad’s cousin is the head of China Mobile’s 3G We’re planning on launching at South by data division. Next slide. Southwest, which we think will give us great So the product: We’ve built, as you know, a visibility as I’m not aware of anything else in this robust, scalable Cloud-based platform delivering space using that platform. OS-agnostic social apps. But since our last talk So to recap the takeaways: 450 million we’ve been able to pivot seamlessly and extend to Internet users in China, robust and scalable, LBS, integrate a social commerce deal-of-the-day Zynga meets Groupon with virtual goods, heavy approach with strong game mechanics. Some gamification, social graph, Weibo, device-agnostic. people call it “gamification” but I hate jargon. Oh, and I forgot to mention, of course it’s also lowAnyway, think of it as a next-gen, locationcarbon and definitely, definitely sustainable. based Zynga meets Groupon. It’s like tuangou Great, so that’s it. Any questions? for Tencent-style virtual items, which couldn’t None? Not one? Well that’s actually good be more Chinese, right? We leverage the social because we need to hop to our next investor graph for k iller virality. Weibo on steroids. meeting, but thanks again for your time. We’ll be Naturally we’re rolling out an iPad and iPhone app, in touch.



the Beijinger February 2011  

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