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Beijing Folk: A gym rat speaks Going Underground: Renmin University, Line 4 Scene & Heard: We know why you flip straight to this part of the magazine … plus your chance to win great prizes

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Feature: What do bikes have to do with pollution? You may well be surprised.

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The Reader Restaurant Awards, our experts’ panel, editors’ picks and snaps from the big awards bash. The Restaurant Personalities of the Year interview each other, and we illustrate the history of Beijing’s dining trends with infographics galore. What’s New: Switch! Grill, The Sweet Spot, Khajuraho, Chef Hung’s Beef Noodle Soup, Green Tea, V-Sub Feature: Chinese fast food Taste Test: Snack cakes A Taste of Home: United States What’s New: Red House, The Swan With Two Necks, Yuan Chao, Brussels Bar & Restaurant Party Like A: Drunken mathster Clubhouse: Zed Bias Mastermind: Jeff Ji of Mai Have You Met: King Ly Chee Playlist: La Souris Déglinguée Livehouse: Marky Ramone … plus previews of Strawberry Festival and Midi Festival

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What’s New: Hollister, Wukan and Underground Kidz Inspect a Gadget: Devices to help you cook better Get the Look: Animal motifs Atelier: Fan Ran Features: Dayyan Eng dishes on directing Kevin Spacey in Inseparable, Caochangdi Photospring shows us a different way of seeing, and The Flying Dutchman brings a bit of Bayreuth to Beijing Bookshelf: Mark Huetsch of Pie House

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Feature: If you’re looking to train under a real warrior, accept no substitutes Q&A: Squash

Q&A: Care for Children Hands-On: “As easy as pie”? We put the proverb to the test Playdate: Out at the shooting range with DJ Chozie

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

Peking Man: Are Tomb Sweeping Day traditions wreaking havoc on the afterlife economy? George’s hard-hitting journalistic investigation

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PERENNIALLY PEACHY Reader Restaurant Award categories that have stood the test of time

We’ve scrapped a fair number of categories over the years, but ten have featured in every single installment of the Reader Restaurant Awards, from 2004 to 2012.

Restaurant of the Year (Non-Chinese) Best Beijing Duck Best Indian/Pakistani Best French Best Italian Best Japanese Best For A Date/Romantic Dinner Best Business Lunch Best Service Best For Impressing Visitors For more infographics relating to the Reader Restaurant Awards, turn to p18.

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We sent Max Wu to a distant village to meet a master woodburner. Judy Zhou shot the photo.

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he first job I ever had in the F side of the F&B industry was during my gap year. I spent a year in Australia finding myself. No, sorry, that’s what I tell prospective employers. I actually spent six months drinking very heavily, making inappropriate passes at soap stars and generally wasting a 12-month working holiday visa. I did dally with earning a dollar – the one day I worked was as a caterer. That meant I was up cockerelbotheringly early, dressed in polyester slacks and a billowing white shirt (neither mine) and buttering hundreds of bread rolls with a plastic knife. The event was in a school, the food was an unrepentantly meaty spitroast and there may have been free Bibles from those chipper folks at the Gideons. Strewth it was hard yakka – and after having to serve people (with a smile) it was money well spent in the bar that night. It made me sure of one thing: I was not going to get a job that had anything to do with making food. In hindsight, I should have known then that teenagers don’t get to make statements like that. I had to get a job and it turned out to be in an airside bar during “unsociable hours.” In the 1950s, flying may have been glamorous, with stewardesses who looked like moonlighting models and airports that were sparkling monuments to the future. Half a century later, though, flying seemed to be the sole preserve of libidinous recidivists who struggled to keep all of their Bacardi Breezer inside. I was asked to clear tables. That meant

clearing hundreds of plates containing the remnants of the full English. Every day. It was a pleasure to get back behind the bar and get through the morning serving cider. This made me sure of one thing: I was not going to get a job that had anything to do with cleaning up food. I liked the B side of F&B well enough. So as a student, I took a job in a chain bar during the holidays. This meant earning minimum wage, doing split shifts and being patronized by some recently graduated out-of-towner in a cheap suit. That was alright. Then I found out that they’d kept quiet about the “& Restaurant” part of their name. I was in and out of the kitchen day and night for one reason or another. Which meant I came into constant contact with the chef – working-class, fluent in industrial language, wild-eyed, predatorily homosexual. I liked him. But the wildness in his eyes would burn brightest when customers took issue with his food. This was when I resolved never to work with food, full stop. There are some things you can’t unsee. Don’t forget to be nice to your waiter.

Jonathan White Managing Editor PS: Congratulations to all of the winners at the 2012 Reader Restaurant Awards


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SCENE & HEARD DHL-Manchester United 19th Champion Trophy Tour at Park Hyatt Beijing. Photos courtesy of DHL

the Beijinger presented “Pop-Up Magazine” on Mar 16 as part of The Bookworm Literary Festival. Photos courtesy of The Bookworm

Sanlitun Italian restaurant Ciro’s Pomodoro celebrated their fourth anniversary on Feb 28. Photos by Nature Zhang

Brooklyn-based band and art performance collective MEN brought dance-punk and electro-pop to Yugong Yishan on Mar 10. Photos by Suzanne Hazelzet

Pet Conspiracy took the stage at Haze, where they offered a blend of rock and electronica on Mar 2. Photo by Albert Louis Albaladejo

Former Jurassic 5 man and DJ Shadow collaborator Cut Chemist played Yugong Yishan on Mar 2. Photos courtesy of No Go Die

Khajuraho celebrated the opening of their Sanlitun Soho restaurant on Feb 21. Photo by Nature Zhang

SingCham held a farewell dinner for Singapore Ambassador Chin Siat Yoon at the Grand Millennium. Photo courtesy of Grand Millennium

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EO Beijing hosted business guru Verne Harnish for a “Mastering the Rockefeller Habits� workshop from Feb 29-Mar 1 at Renaissance Beijing Capital and Gung Ho! Pizza. Photos by Zhang Lei

Tadka Restaurant kicked off their Rajasthan Festival on Feb 17. Photos courtesy of Beijing Marriott Northeast

Ramada Beijing North held a donation drive headed by GM John Li to benefit a sick staff member. Photo courtesy of Ramada Beijing North

Radisson Blu held a welcome party for its new GM Fabien Gentou on Feb 17. Photos courtesy of Radisson Blu Hotel Beijing

OOPS! In our February issue we wrongly stated that Faqueer S. Amad was promoted to be General Manager of the Marriott Beijing Northeast Hotel. He is, of course, the new General Manager of the Courtyard by Beijing Marriott Northeast Hotel. We regret the error.

Neeraj Govil General Manager Marriott Beijing Northeast

Faqueer S. Amad General Manager Courtyard by Marriott Beijing Northeast

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smashing records

The Challenge: peeling a boiled egg

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t’s been a while since any of you lovely readers had a go at challenging a Guinness World Record with us. We’re sure that you have been breaking them left, right and center in your own time but are just too modest to say. Knobs to that, we thought, we’ll drag you kicking and screaming into immortality. And so it was that on the night of the Beijinger “Pop-Up Magazine” event, we made three unwitting members of the audience come on stage and take the shell off a hard-boiled egg. What fun. But what of glory? The glorious Guinness World Record that we were trying to beat was 5.59 seconds, achieved by Matthew Mark Mason, in Wilmington, North Carolina, USA, on January 15, 2012.

GUIDELINES 1. The egg used for the attempt must be a medium-sized hen’s egg. 2. The egg must be hard-boiled and cooled before the attempt. 3. Only the hands can be used to shell the egg. 4. All shelling must be removed from the egg; if any shell is left on, the attempt is disqualified. 5. The egg must be unbroken and must retain the original shape as much as possible throughout. THE LIVE RESULTS Deborah: Disqualified (for starting before she was told to. Shame.) Iris: Disqualified (for disfiguring the egg’s natural shape) Amanda: Disqualified (for breaking the egg clean in half ) TIPS AND STRATEGIES • Practice. Why would anyone be able to do this the first time? • Cracking the shell properly is key. The rest is easy. If you want to join us for a challenge or would like to suggest a world record that we should take on next, email editor@thebeijinger.com.

Beijing folk

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what I was like before I started training. With a body like this, you get a lot of attention on the street.

by Max Wu

How much can you bench? I can lift 170kg. The average Chinese guy can bench-press … maybe 60kg-80kg?

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n Beijing, amazing food is a given. We eat and we eat some more! Some of us occasionally think about our body image but then we always end up reselling those gym membership cards. We asked Li Abao, a gym membership consultant (and private trainer), to share some of the secrets to his success. When did you start to focus your life on fitness? 2008. My muscles were well developed back then, but I lost an arm wrestling match that year, which made me realize I wanted more. I wanted to be stronger.

Do you dine out often? I cook for myself. I try not to dine out, so I would say once or twice per month. Carbs make everything difficult so I don’t overindulge in them. I also stay away from greasy dishes. What are some of the benefits of being so muscular? Clothing looks really good on you. In the summer, especially.

Tell us about your daily diet. I eat two kilos of vegetables and four kilos of chicken breast a day. One bowl of rice per meal.

Have you ever gotten compliments from strangers? Yes, I’ve had guys come up to me and ask me how I achieved it and

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How often do you exercise now? Six days per week, 1.5 hours a day.

Are girls fans of the muscles? Young girls are fine with guys being fit, but not over-the-top. Middleaged women are very fond of guys in great shape, seriously. Women in general like guys with great abs and great arms.

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What would you bench-press to impress a girl? A car? A panda?

I wouldn’t do that. I’m a private person. I like lifting without being watched, and I always ask anyone who is watching to stop because I don’t like it. Definitely not a car, though. No one can lift a car – that’s 700kg at least. As for a panda, even if it were a small one, how could you lift it? It’s not a stick …


Going Underground Renmin University, Line 4 SELLING POINT

Want all the glamour of being a student without all the homework? Take the subway to Renmin University (aka “Renda,” aka the People’s University of China). Just look for the swarms of loud, heavy-set Chinese women, always carrying a baby – and a purse full of fake student IDs.

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Take a peek in Renda’s libraries (old and new) and grab a seat in a study room if you’re looking to get some work done in a comfortable environment without the pressure of having to buy a coffee or scone. Their selection of novels and magazines is quite decent. If reading doesn’t suit you, check out Huaxing UME Cineplex for the latest movies. There’s good shopping to be found at hole-in-thewall places a few steps away from

Exit A2 of the subway station. Eric Ge and Sijia Wardrobe both stock vintage designs and classy looks at low costs.

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Shuangyushu San Jie offers you Mistica Pizza, a courtyard of several eateries where you can find some fine dumplings. Drink some milk tea from the ICCI stand next door and try out Wangji Donkey Meat Huoshao or Gobi Rice Noodles.

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Lost in translation or in need of a confidence boost? Seek out the university ’s “English Corner ” on Fridays from 7-10pm. If you stop to smile and chat, the Chinese students will be more than happy to laugh at any joke you have to tell.

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… xing 腥 This versatile word usually describes the fishy smells found in non-fresh or poorly prepared seafood. But the faint of heart will also use the word to decr y the gaminess of lamb, the unctuousness of pork or the uddery origins of dairy. To them, whole milk may have a nai xing wei’r (奶腥味儿), while others of us are pleased with how well it coats our Honey Nut Cheerios. To be fair, though, the word can be used by just about everyone when animal products go awry. … xiaomi 小米 Millet is not the world’s most glamorous grain. It is, however, pleasingly simple, comforting, and fun to slurp in the form of xiaomi zhou (小米粥). To make this porridge, the tiny-eyed

grains are usually toasted on a pan until nutty aromas develop, then simmered in water. Its best application: washing down any variety of Chinese “burger” (you know, braised meat encased in bread or bun). … xiangcai 香菜 Oh, cilantro. Sorry, I meant coriander. Or did I? By nomenclature alone, this leafy herb divides the masses, and xiangcai is even more polarizing when it comes to the taste. Soap, bedbug infestations, hand lotion, grass … haters spin out offensive analogies with no lack of creativity. The lucky ones who are not genetically predisposed against it, however, can simply enjoy a fresh handful of xiangcai on anything from beef noodle soup to hot pot’s accompanying sesame sauce.

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Ecology

Biking for Better Air

Cyclists weigh the merits of pedal power

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n Beijing’s worst days, it’s so thick and grey you have to squint to see. The municipal government may be working to cut the city’s infamous air pollution by 30 percent in the next eight years, but many local cyclists insist that the onus is on us. Others feel that cycling’s ecological potential only goes so far. “There is a great sticker that I saw on a bike many years ago. It read: ‘One less car.’ I think that sums up best how bikes can reduce pollution.” – Shannon Bufton, co-founder of Serk Cycling “Beijing Vice-Mayor Hong Feng said earlier this year that 22 percent of the city’s air pollution comes from motor vehicle emissions. In this case, promotion of biking will lead to less car driving and help reduce air pollution. And biking has become part of a more sustainable lifestyle in cities like Copenhagen and Amsterdam, which have been able to reduce pollutants and climate emissions in the process. Copenhagen is aiming to have 40 percent of its commuter traffic on bikes this year, and Amsterdam already has over 450,000 bikes in the city. Yes, everybody can do their share to help and biking will help reduce pollution – but it won’t be enough without major pollution sources being regulated.”

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– Wang Ying, Greenpeace climate and energy campaigner “More biking does mean fewer cars. But there will always be pollution and waste from industrial production. Maybe if people built their bikes from the ground up, without factories, there might be a slight curve in pollution control. I don’t know if it would make any difference, given the number of bikes that need to be produced to fit the growing need of the even faster-growing Chinese population.” – Ryan “Brick” O’Neal, owner of The Drive-Thru custom design and service bike shop

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How Virtuous are E-Bikes?

Are electric-powered bicycles dirtier than the biggest gas guzzlers? by Kyle Mullin

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ars are not the only reason that traditional cycling no longer dominates China’s roads. National sales of electric bikes sped up to ten million in 2005 as more bike and public transit users switched to this mode, according to Christopher Cherry, a professor of environmental engineering who researched the juiced two-wheelers during his tenure at UC Berkeley’s Institute of Transportation Studies. We asked both Cherry and Ed Benjamin, the managing direc tor of consulting firm eCycleElectric, to cycle through the pros and cons of conventional and high-volt bikes.

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Why are these e-bikes outlawed in Chinese cities like Shenzhen? CC: E-bikes are getting faster and the speed regulations are almost unenforceable, but the banning policy seems shortsighted, from the media reports I’ve seen. Cars mixing with bike and pedestrian traffic are very dangerous. The cars are the dangerous element, not the pedestrians. But pedestrians are the ones killed so they are categorized as “dangerous.” This argument is ludicrous. Adding more cars by prohibiting other modes like e-bikes

is not going to help. EB: It is not correct to say simply that e-bikes are outlawed in some Chinese cities. Some have banned e-bikes that do not meet the regulations because they are too heavy or too fast. But generally, e-bikes are not banned, and when they are, it is for a good reason and for a short time until the problem is fixed. What are the other drawbacks of e-bikes? CC: The coal burned to charge batteries is a problem. They also use a lot of lead-acid batteries over the vehicle’s life. The spate of lead poisoning cases is alarming and a problem for the entire lead production industry, of which e-bikes are a significant part. On top of that, the production and recycling emissions are high. EB: There is some talk that because China burns a lot of coal for electricity, e-bikes are simply moving the air pollution from the tailpipe to the smoke stack. E-bikes are very efficient and air pollution has greatly declined by replacing motorcycles, mopeds and even cars with them. This is easy to see. But the electricity to recharge or manufacture e-bikes comes from a variety of sources that can vary greatly between dirty and clean.

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What are the main benefits of electric bikes? Christopher Cherry: They are extremely energyefficient, affordable, and provide better-than-carlike mobility in congested Chinese cities. They have capacity to carry a load and emit no local pollution. Since they’re energy-efficient, they don’t require a lot of electricity to charge, meaning they don’t need dedicated charging infrastructure. Ed Benjamin: Electric bikes mean less air pollution than the motorcycles and mopeds that they replace. And less noise.

Why are e-bikes better than traditional pedal bikes? CC: They’re not, from an environmental perspective. Traditional bicycles are still the most efficient mode of transportation out there, and also the most affordable. You’re not gaining much if you shift from a bicycle to an e-bike in terms of environmental impacts. But compared to [petropowered] cars and taxis, e-bikes are making a positive impact. EB: Manual bicycles require the rider to be strong, in good condition, and willing to get sweaty. I am old, fat, and a bit lazy, so a manual bicycle is not very attractive to me. There are a lot of old, fat, lazy people. E-bikes are easier.


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f cyclists want to push Beijing toward cleaner, greener standards they’ll have to be careful; without taking proper precautions, they could succumb to the very smog they’re trying to fight. We asked Greenpeace campaigner Wang Ying and Serk Cycling’s Shannon Bufton for tips on how to breathe easy while biking in Beijing. In a nutshell, they said: COVER UP Exercise and exertion raise our air intake to 10-20 times the resting level, meaning you’ll gasp and gulp up all the more toxins on a smoggy day. When the pollution is visible, strap on a special filter mask, from brands like N95, Respro or Totobobo, in order to stem the amount of smog you inhale. STAY INFORMED Even when the sky seems clear, Beijing’s air is often laced with pollutants like the infamous PM2.5s. These microscopic particles, less than 2.5 micrometers in diameter, slip straight into the lungs and bloodstream, where they can cause respiratory diseases or worse. The US Embassy releases easy-to-read pollution updates that factor in these PM2.5 levels (www.twitter.com/beijingair). When that index reaches “unhealthy,” leave the bicycle at home. CHECK THE CLOCK Traffic, pollution and PM2.5 readings all peak around dawn and dusk rush hours. Avoid pedaling during those times.

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ESCAPE THE CONGESTION If you want to truly breathe clearly while biking, take a much more rustic route. The air on the outskirts of Beijing, especially near the mountains, is as fresh as the view is beautiful.

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FUN & GAMES old china hand

WIn stuff Look through this issue for the chance to win great prizes! Win five vouchers for beer at Paulaner Brauhaus by correctly answering the questions in Trivia Travails. Be first to spot this month’s Bogus Ad and win a voucher for a Chinese full body massage or foot massage at Origin Spa. Also up for grabs in this issue: a Hoegaarden gift pack,

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a pair of three-day tickets (each worth RMB 240) to Strawberry Festival, a pair of three-day tickets to Midi Festival, a voucher for a buffet seafood dinner or Sunday brunch at Aroma, a voucher for two sweet crepes at Crepanini, and a voucher for a buffet meal at Seasoning. Email win@thebeijinger.com with your answers. Good luck!

2012 The founders of NLGX Design Store in front of the original space. Photo by Nature Zhang. Original courtesy of Ed Hung

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 are five vouchers for beer at Paulaner Brauhaus. Email answers to win@thebeijinger.com.

Tell Us a Joke 1. Who wrote The Flying Dutchman? a) Mozart b) Wagner c) Puccini d) Pavarotti

5. Kungfu restaurant’s logo features … a) Jackie Chan b) Bruce Lee c) Chuck Norris d) Jet Li

2. Kevin Spacey has partied with … a) Daniel Wu b) Gong Beibi c) both of the above d) neither of the above

6. What clothing size does Hollister stock in surplus? a) S b) XS c) XL d) XXL

3. Qingming Festival is also called … a) May Day b) October holiday c) Tomb Sweeping Festival d) Dragon Boat Festival

Answers to March’s Trivia Travails: 1. c) Oxford 2. a) two pheasants 3. d) Portuguese 4. c) savvy cosmopolite 5. b) Hatsune 6. d) Restaurant Week 7. c) Haidian 8. b) Ben Gibbard Last month’s winner was Christopher Clausen.

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4. Jacob Wickham is president of Beijing’s … a) Homeowners Society b) Homebaking Society c) Homebrewing Society d) Homeschooling Society

7. How many years old is Modern Sky? a) 7 b) 15 c) 3 d) 19 8. We watched DJ Chozie shoot a … a) bazooka b) rifle c) shotgun d) handgun

Laurent Bourgeois, Resident Manager of Kerry Hotel A lawyer, a little boy and a priest were on a small plane. Suddenly, it developed engine trouble. The pilot grabbed a parachute and bailed, leaving just two parachutes. The lawyer said, “Lawyers are the smartest people in the world. I deserve to live.” He grabbed a parachute and jumped. The priest, looking at the little boy, said, “My son, I’ve lived a full life. You are young and have your whole life ahead. Take the last parachute.” The little boy said, “Not to worry, Father. The ‘smartest man in the world’ just took my backpack.” Laurent Bourgeois won’t be letting the Kerry Hotel freefall.


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READERS' CHOICE

AWARDS PHOTOS

INFOGRAPHICS

COOKSHELF

EXPERTS’ panel

Q&A

EDITORS’ PICKS

Who did readers decide made the cut this year?

The sharpest styles from the Reader Restaurant Awards ceremony.

We’ve diced the awards stats to come up with an incisive look back at dining trends.

A slice of foodie life in Beijing.

The knives are out. The fiercest critics in town have their say.

We asked the “Restaurant Personalities of the Year” to grill each other.

Our own hacks have the last word with a few additional highlights.

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Readers’ Choice BEST RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR (NON-CHINESE) Readers’ Choice Home Plate Bar-B-Que Outstanding • Hatsune • Maison Boulud

BEST RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR (CHINESE) Readers’ Choice Da Dong Outstanding • Din Tai Fung • Duck de Chine

BEST NEW RESTAURANT (NON-CHINESE) Readers’ Choice Home Plate Bar-B-Que Outstanding • Susu • Temple Restaurant Beijing

BEST NEW RESTAURANT (CHINESE)

Readers’ Choice Nanjing Impressions Outstanding • Green Bites To Go Dumpling Bar • IFW, Park Hyatt Beijing

BEST AMERICAN Readers’ Choice Home Plate Bar-B-Que Outstanding • Blue Frog • Union Bar & Grille

BEST BEIJING DUCK Readers’ Choice Da Dong Outstanding • Duck de Chine • Quanjude

BEST BREAD

Readers’ Choice Comptoirs de France Outstanding • Kempi Deli, Kempinski Hotel Beijing Lufthansa Center • South German Bakery

BEST BRUNCH (STANDALONE) Readers’ Choice Vineyard Café Outstanding • Chef Too • Element Fresh

How We Did It

BEST BURGER Readers’ Choice Blue Frog Outstanding • Fatburger • Let’s Burger Plus

BEST BUSINESS LUNCH Readers’ Choice Mosto Outstanding • Alameda • Hatsune

BEST CAFÉ

Readers’ Choice The Bookworm Outstanding • Comptoirs de France • Vineyard Café

BEST DÉCOR (CHINESE)

Readers’ Choice LAN Club Outstanding • Duck de Chine (Jinbao Jie location) • Pure Lotus (Changhong Qiao location)

BEST DÉCOR (NON-CHINESE)

Readers’ Choice Hatsune (Sanlitun location) Outstanding • Capital M • Temple Restaurant Beijing

BEST DIM SUM Readers’ Choice Jin Ding Xuan Outstanding • Crystal Jade • Lei Garden

BEST DINNER ENTERTAINMENT Readers’ Choice Haidilao Outstanding • 1001 Nights • Chocolate

BEST DUMPLINGS Readers’ Choice Bao Yuan Jiaozi Outstanding • Lao Beijing Jiaozi Guan • Xian Lao Man

MOST FAMILY-FRIENDLY RESTAURANT Readers’ Choice Annie’s

Outstanding • Element Fresh • Grandma’s Kitchen • The Orchard

BEST FOR A ROMANTIC MEAL Readers’ Choice Maison Boulud Outstanding • Capital M • Mosto

BEST FRENCH Readers’ Choice Maison Boulud Outstanding • Brasserie Flo • Café de la Poste

BEST HOTEL BRUNCH

Readers’ Choice Bubbalicious, Seasonal Tastes, Westin Beijing Chaoyang Outstanding • Aroma, Ritz-Carlton Beijing • Bubbly Sundays, Senses, Westin Beijing Financial Street

BEST FOR IMPRESSING VISITORS (CHINESE) Readers’ Choice Da Dong Outstanding • Duck de Chine • Haidilao

BEST FOR IMPRESSING VISITORS (NON-CHINESE) Readers’ Choice Capital M Outstanding • Maison Boulud • Temple Restaurant Beijing

BEST INDIAN/PAKISTANI Readers’ Choice Ganges Outstanding • Indian Kitchen • Taj Pavilion

BEST ITALIAN (AFFORDABLE) Readers’ Choice Annie’s Outstanding • Alio Olio • La Pizza

BEST ITALIAN (HIGH-END) Readers’ Choice

With the broadest coverage and biggest reader participation, our awards are the most trusted in town. the Beijinger’s 2012 Reader Restaurant Awards were determined by a two-step process.

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Sureño, Opposite House Outstanding • Cepe, Ritz-Carlton Financial Street • Tavola

BEST JAPANESE Readers’ Choice Hatsune Outstanding • Matsuko • Tairyo Teppanyaki

BEST KOREAN Readers’ Choice Saveurs de Coree Outstanding • Ai Jiang Shan • Han Na Shan

BEST LATE-NIGHT DINING Readers’ Choice Haidilao Outstanding • Bellagio • Jin Ding Xuan

BEST MEXICAN/TEX-MEX Readers’ Choice Luga’s Villa (tie) Peter’s Tex-Mex (tie) Outstanding • The Saddle Cantina

BEST MIDDLE-EASTERN Readers’ Choice Biteapitta Outstanding • 1001 Nights • Rumi

BEST OUTDOOR DINING Readers’ Choice Capital M Outstanding • Blue Frog • Dali Courtyard

BEST PIZZA

Readers’ Choice Kro’s Nest Outstanding • Gung Ho! Pizza • The Tree

BEST PLACE FOR A CELEBRATION Readers’ Choice Tairyo Teppanyaki Outstanding • Maison Boulud • SALT

BEST PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT RESTAURANT Readers’ Choice Chuan Ban (Sichuan Provincial Government Restaurant) Outstanding • Xinjiang Islam (Xinjiang Provincial Government Restaurant) • Yunteng Shifu (Yunnan Provincial Government Restaurant)

RESTAURANT PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR

Readers’ Choice Seth Grossman, Home Plate Bar-B-Que Outstanding • Alan Wong, Hatsune/Kagen • Ignace Lecleir, Temple Restaurant Beijing

BEST RUSSIAN Readers’ Choice Traktirr Pushkin Outstanding • Chocolate • Elephant

BEST SALADS Readers’ Choice Element Fresh Outstanding • Annie’s • Gung Ho! Pizza

BEST SANDWICHES Readers’ Choice Element Fresh Outstanding • Bocata • Comptoirs de France

BEST SERVICE (CHINESE) Readers’ Choice Haidilao Outstanding • Da Dong • Din Tai Fung

BEST SERVICE (NON-CHINESE) Readers’ Choice Maison Boulud Outstanding • Annie’s • SALT

BEST STEAK (HOTEL)

Readers’ Choice CRU Steakhouse, JW Marriott Beijing Outstanding • Grange Grill, Westin Beijing Chaoyang • The Cut, Fairmont Beijing

BEST STEAK (STANDALONE) Readers’ Choice Flamme International Grill Outstanding • Chef Too • SALT

BEST SPANISH Readers’ Choice Agua Outstanding • Carmen • Migas

BEST THAI

Readers’ Choice Purple Haze Outstanding • Serve the People • Very Siam

BEST VALUE FOR MONEY Readers’ Choice Annie’s Outstanding • Home Plate Bar-B-Que • SALT

BEST VEGETARIAN Readers’ Choice Pure Lotus Outstanding • Biteapitta • The Veggie Table

BEST VIETNAMESE

Readers’ Choice Susu Outstanding • Le Little Saigon • Muse Parisian Vietnamese Brasserie

BEST WINE LIST

Readers’ Choice Maison Boulud Outstanding • Aria, China World Hotel • Enoterra

BEST XINJIANG

Readers’ Choice Crescent Moon Outstanding • BLCU Muslim Restaurant • Xinjiang Red Rose

BEST YUNNAN Readers’ Choice Middle 8th Outstanding • Dali Courtyard • In & Out

Step one: A nomination panel (100+ Beijing gourmands and 100 voters randomly selected from last year’s balloting) was asked to name their favorite restaurants in more than 60 categories. Based on those results, we drew up shortlists of nominees in the 50 most competitive categories. Step two: The public had a three-week window to vote online. Each vote was examined thoroughly for eligibility. Duplicate ballots and ballot-stuffing attempts were discarded; the remaining ballots were verified and tabulated. The top vote-getter in each category was named “Best,” while the second and third highest vote-getters (joint third, in the case of ties) were named “Outstanding.”

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Who’s won the most awards? Who used to win the most awards? Whose star is burning brightest? Whose glory days are over? Who shows no signs of burning out?

One-Hit Wonders: Award Categories That Lasted One Year

Best Tapas Best Afternoon Tea Best Chef Best Contemporary Chinese Best Culinary Event of the Year Best Southeast Asian Best Fast Food Best Healthy/Light Fare Best Contemporary Best Mediterranean

As the awards have grown, we’ve added new categories every year. Some have become stalwarts, while others have been scrapped. These are the categories that didn’t get a second chance.

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Reader Demographics: What These Awards Say About You According to this year’s results, it seems that reader preferences differ depending on how long you’ve lived in Beijing. These are the top picks of new arrivals (0-2 years in Beijing) vs. old-timers (8+ years).

BEST LATE-NIGHT MEXICAN 0-2 Lush 0-2 Luga's Villa 8+ Bellagio 8+ Peter's Tex-Mex PERSONALITY ITALIAN (AFFORDABLE) 0-2 Seth Grossman ALL Annie (popularity 8+ Ignace Lecleir increases the longer you've been here) BEST NEW CHINESE 0-2 Green Bites PIZZA 8+ IFW 0-2 Kro's 20.1 8+ The Tree 23.6 DECOR (CHINESE) 0-2 Duck de Chine 8+ LAN Club

ho doesn’t have tales from the kitchen? We asked some of our F&B friends and 2012 nominators to share theirs. Th e n i ce s t co m p l i m e n t I e ve r received was from a young man doing a budget trip in China, with no friends who could help him. I served him a cold cuts assortment and homemade sausages with tomato bread (typical food from Catalonia). He said, “Thanks, Jordi – is this what I think it is?” He was eating and crying at the same time. I gave him a hug. The usual staff meal at my restaurant is noodles, dumplings, egg and tomato soup, cabbage with pork, chicken with ginger and soy sauce ...

In some categories, Chinese readers voted quite differently in comparison to the readership at large.

SPANISH 1 Saffron 2 Olas 3 Carmen NEW (NON-CHINESE) 1 Susu 2 Nobu 3 Royal Smushi House VIETNAMESE 1 Pho 88 2 Susu 3 Little Saigon/Nam Nam (tie)

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IMPRESSING VISITORS (NON-CHINESE) 1 China Grill 2 Vineyard Cafe 3 Maison Boulud DECOR (CHINESE) 1 Najia Xiaoguan/ Pure Lotus (tie) 2 Da Dong BEST RESTAURANT (CHINESE) 1 Da Dong 2 In & Out 3 Najia Xiaoguan

The bestsellers on our menu are suckling pig, lobster rice is second and then homemade sausages. Jordi Valles Claverol Executive chef, Agua Recently I am amazed by the smells from fresh organic products we use at Greenfish. I grabbed one organic apple and placed it in my office for an evening snack. When I got back to the office, the room was full of the aroma of apple, and it lasted for three days! My favorite kitchen slang? In China, I like to say “Kuai, kuai” all the time, which means, “Hurry up!” I like to use the local dialogue to get closer to my team …

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The bestsellers on our menu are Wagyu beef, cold fish, scallops, and our classic New York cheesecake.

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The most demanding person I’ve ever cooked for is Mariah Carey.

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The nicest compliment I’ve ever received from a diner is when they follow me from country to country. For example, a few have followed me from Singapore to Beijing. I guess that’s more than a compliment.

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The raw ingredient that smells the best is Italian tomatoes from my small farm back home.

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The ingredient with the texture I most love to touch is bread dough.

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My favorite kitchen slang is “Oui Chef!” During a service there’s no time to lose. This is the only answer when your chef asks you to do something. You want to say that you understand, that you are following the service and you will prepare the order.

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horses in the race: 2012 Winners, Number of Branches vs. awards Annie’s Biteapitta Blue Frog Capital M Comptoirs de France Da Dong Element Fresh Ganges Haidilao Hatsune Home Plate Jin Ding Xuan Kro’s Nest Peter’s Tex-Mex Maison Boulud Middle 8th Mosto Nanjing Impressions

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Does opening more branches give you a better chance of winning in the Reader Restaurant Awards? Not necessarily, as this year’s results show.

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Always the Bridesmaid, Never the Bride: Perennial Runners-Up Time and time again, these restaurants have missed the top spot. It’s nice to be recognized as Outstanding, but when will they get their special day in the sun?

Made in China Assaggi Indian Kitchen Matsuko Dali Courtyard Yuxiang Renjia Hutong Pizza Yotsuba The Den 20

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Monopoly: Restaurants That Own a Category

The craziest person I’ve ever cooked with is my dad. He dances while he cooks and once chased after a headless chicken.

Only four restaurants have dominated a category to the extent that nobody else has ever won.

The ingredient with the texture I most love to touch is cheese, because it’s just too versatile, like clay. The bestseller on our menu is seafood pasta.

Annie's best Italian

Hatsune best Japanese

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Beverly Xu Marketing manager, Blue Frog The food trend Beijing could do without is eating food out of plastic bags. The thing in my kitchen with the m o s t s e nt i m e nt a l va l u e i s my blender, because it’s the only thing I use on a daily basis. Making a fruit smoothie every morning is one of the highlights of my day.  Kristen Lum Blogger, LumDimSum.com

Restaurants in Peace: Award-Winning Venues That Closed Be There Or Be Square Café

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Meat & Wine Company Inevitably, a few award-winners from years gone by have fallen by the wayside.

Something I keep in the kitchen but shouldn’t is easy-squeeze lemon and lime.

Changing of the Guard: Shifts in Reader Preference Beijing Duck Indian/Pakistani French Thai Vegetarian Romantic Meal Decor Value Yunnan Hot Pot

The unique things I make at home are soy-based yoghurt, bread with patiently self-made leaven (needs at least 3 days), marmalades, tofu and self-grown sprouts – all of them based on organic fruit/seeds/grains. And also, crazy cake! Corinne Bricmaan Professor

What kitchen ingredients do you wish for in Beijing? I wish more places had fresh rice noodles like you can get in southern China and Hong Kong. They’re just better than wheat noodles.

Da Dong Quanjude Taj Pavillion Ganges Brasserie Flo Maison Boulud Serve the People Purple Haze Lotus in Moonlight Pure Lotus The CourtYard Maison Boulud Green T. House LAN Club Steak & Eggs Annie’s South Silk Road Middle 8th Ding Ding Xiang Haidilao

David Friesen Writer/editor My most exciting food discoveries in Beijing are Yen Cha (rock tea) in Maliandao, real corn syrup at the Korean snack stores, tahini in Sanyuanli, freshly made dried fruit and nut powders made at Maizidian market and Greek food at Qi Yuan. What I make at home that’s unique: energy bars made from the leftover barley in Great Leap Brewing’s beer!

Over the years, we’ve seen the balance of power shift in a number of categories. Will it shift back?

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Restaurant of the Year Winners (2004-2012), by price point (RMB)

The type of restaurant that I think Beijing needs most is Laotian – the flavors are fantastic. Portuguese as well, for seafood. Finally, I miss cheesesteaks from Philadelphia so I’d love if we had a true Philly steak joint. Something I keep in the kitchen but shouldn’t is Epoisses – delicious rawmilk French cheese which stinks up the entire kitchen. The one kitchen implement that fits in my hand like none other is my Microplane grater. A close second is my Zyliss ice cream scoop.

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experts’ panel Restaurant of the Year (Non-Chinese)

Best For a Romantic Meal

Best Provincial govt. Restaurant

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Best French

Restaurant Personality of the Year

Temple Restaurant Beijing

Da Dong

Best New Restaurant (Non-Chinese) Temple Restaurant Beijing

Best New Restaurant (Chinese) Nanjing Impressions

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Jaan, Raffles Beijing

Best Hotel Brunch

Bubbly Sundays, Senses, Westin Beijing Financial Street

Best for Impressing Visitors (Chinese) Da Dong

Best American

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Best Beijing Duck

Best Indian/Pakistani

Best Bread

Kempi Deli, Kempinski

Best Italian (Affordable)

Best Brunch (standalone)

Best Italian (high-end)

Union Bar & Grille Da Dong

Maison Boulud/Vineyard

China Grill, Park Hyatt Beijing Mughal’s

Annie’s

Cepe, Ritz-Carlton Financial Street

Best Burger

Best Japanese

Best Business Lunch

Best Korean

Best Cafe

Best Late-Night Dining

Best Decor (Chinese)

Best Mexican/Tex-Mex

Union Bar & Grille Alameda

Café Zarah

Duck de Chine (Jinbao Jie location)

Yotsuba Ssam

Bellagio

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Rumi

Best Dim Sum

Best Outdoor Dining

Best Dumplings

Best Pizza

Best Family-Friendly Restaurant

Best Place for a Celebration

Lei Garden

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Capital M

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Ignace Lecleir, Temple Restaurant Beijing

Best Russian Kiev

Best Salads Element Fresh

Best Sandwiches Element Fresh

Best Service (Chinese) Haidilao

Best Service (Non-Chinese) Maison Boulud

Best Steak (Hotel) The Cut, Fairmont Beijing

Best Steak (Standalone) Morel’s

Best Spanish Agua

Best Thai Spice Factory

Best Value for Money Mosto

Best Vegetarian Samadhi

Best Vietnamese Susu

Best Wine List

Aria, China World Hotel

Best Xinjiang Ju Bao Yuan

Best Yunnan In & Out


Meet the Experts Dong Keping

Michael Crain

Emily Young

Zhao Ziyun

Tom O’Malley

Richard Xu

Xixi Cheng

Shu Qiao

Jim Boyce

Jen Lin-Liu

Edward Ragg

Ye Jun

A renowned Chinese food critic with years of industry experience and unique opinions about Chinese and Western food. He also consults for many Beijing restaurants and Beijing chefs

A former assistant dining editor for the Beijinger, Emily now covers the local food scene for DailyVitamin.cn.

A former dining editor and contributing writer to the Beijinger, Tom is a battle-scarred defender of British food and cooking.

Xixi is the founder of Beijing Foodies, whose charity dinners with food-crazed Beijingers have raised over RMB 100,000 for good causes.

Putting up with bad service daily so we don’t have to, Jim wields great influence through his nightlife and dining blog, BeijingBoyce.com. He is also the founder of Grapewallofchina.com, one of China’s best wine blogs.

Edward Ragg is co-founder, with Fongyee Walker, of Dragon Phoenix Fine Wine Consulting and an associate professor at Tsinghua University. He writes for the world’s top wine magazines and a number of prominent wine sites.

The founder of Chi Fan For Charity.

The food editor at the Beijing News, Zhao is always looking for great food news, great restaurants, and even better experiences.

Xu is Editor-in-Chief of New Western Cuisine magazine and a Fellow at the Culinary Institute of America (CIA).

Shu is among the most renowned food columnists in China, having published several collections of her essays and even a novella, which was made into a food- and revenge-themed motion picture.

Lin-Liu is the author of Serve the People and founder and owner of Black Sesame Kitchen. Her upcoming book details a culinary journey along the Silk Road.

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

Vincent Tung

This top food blogger, also the owner of Cafe de Sofa at Houhai, reviews Beijing restaurants using his own rating system, bestows his own annual awards, and has thousands of followers.

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his year we initiated the "Restaurant Personality of the Year" category as a nod to some of the people who make Beijing's dining scene what it is. We thought it'd be fun to have these personalities "interview" each other, so we invited each of the 13 nominees to contribute

questions, and tossed a few in ourselves for good measure. Turns out Da Dong's personality is in such demand that he couldn't get back to us in time, but here’s what the other nominees had to say ...

ALEX MOLINA, MODO/MOSTO Why can’t we dance like you? Come with me to South America, have a few rhums and believe me, you will be dancing! What one item of clothing best sums up your personality? You’ve never seen my socks? I’ll let you figure that out … What character in a film would you like to be? Harrison Ford as Han Solo in Star Wars, navigating the Millennium Falcon. He’s the coolest character ever! When you were a kid, what job did you think you would grow up to do? I wanted to become a pilot. Turns out I only got to wear the Ray-Bans. Is there any aspect of your own personality you don’t like to see in your staff? I’m very happy my staff is timely!

ALAN WONG, HATSUNE/KAGEN/KARAIYA Which thing in your kitchen has the most sentimental value for you? My carbon-steel fish knife, because it’s the only thing that weighs more than my platinum Rolex. Name the fictional chef you’d like to meet or cook with. Elmer Fudd, because I’d like to know what he plans to do when he finally catches Bugs Bunny. What kitchen sound makes you the happiest? The jet engine roar of Chinese stoves. Who’s the craziest person you’ve ever cooked with? Brian McKenna, because he complained for three hours about how small my kitchen was. What’s your favorite kitchen slang? The inside joke between me and sushi chefs is we say “chu cai”(出菜) whenever a hot girl walks in. It’s their cue to look up.

DANIEL URDANETA, MODO/MOSTO What’s the greatest lesson a chef has ever taught you? Teamwork creates the best meals. Do you ever have a bad hair day? Have you ever seen me wearing a cap? What single value do you try to instill in your staff above all others? Honesty. That will be reflected in many ways in a kitchen. If you were going to evaluate another chef’s ability by examining their kitchen, what specific areas would you look at? The cooler. You can see a lot from that – for example, if a chef is organized and hygienic. Is there any aspect of your own personality you don’t like to see in your staff? I wouldn’t want all of them to show up with the same hairstyle!

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My mother tells my wife that I used to cook a mean omelet when I was 3 years old. I even remember my parents giving me a two-sided, non-stick omelet pan when I was something like 5. I mean, what the hell was that? I wanted a Star Wars light saber, but I got a damn omelet pan!

SETH GROSSMAN, HOME PLATE BAR-B-QUE Which dinosaur would you be? I am probably more like a Sasquatch or Sleestack, that weird in-between period with unicorns and dragons. What one item of clothing best sums up your personality? A good pair of Levi’s jeans: versatile, casual, strong and fun. When you were a kid, what job did you think you would grow up to do? I imagined that I would not make it past 27 like Jimi Hendrix or Kurt Cobain (“It’s better to burn out than to fade away”), but well, I am way past that now so my dream of being a rock star does not seem to be working out. Is there any aspect of your own personality you don’t like to see in your staff? I get distracted easily, with so many things going on at every minute, so I like them to stay focused and sharp. If you were going to evaluate another chef’s ability by examining their kitchen, what specific areas would you look at as a test? Well, I am not a chef but I love watching them work. I just love to see a passion for what they are doing. Seeing a chef’s toolbox tells a lot about who they are.

WILLIAM BOLTON, CHEF TOO What one item of clothing best sums up your personality? How? Khaki pants. Classic, fits well, easy to wear and goes with most other things. Only thing is, they’re easy to get soiled. If you were a superhero, who would you be? Astro Boy … is he a superhero? Why Astro Boy? He’s still cool after such a long time. What’s the first lesson you give to new staff? Why? Go check, check again and when you think everything is OK, go check again. What’s the one thing that makes your restaurant different from all the rest? Authenticity. Anyone can make a grilled cheese, but very few can make it like Mom did – unless you grew up eating them and making them. Do you look to hire people who have the same personality as you? The most important trait I look for in my staff is heart. You can teach skill but you can’t teach personality.

ANDY BRIGHT, UNION BAR & GRILLE If you were a superhero, who would you be? It has to be Superman. X-ray vision to see from the bar through to the kitchen, laser eyes to heat up the coffee refills and the ability to fly food to tables would definitely make for a memorable visit to Union. If you opened a Chinese restaurant, what kind of food would you be serving and why? “Western” Chinese foods like you get back home, because it also tastes great. Beef and green peppers in black bean sauce, chicken and cashew nuts, things like that. What character in a film would you like to be? Why? I would be Happy Gilmore. I swing a golf club as erratically as he does. Pizzas or burgers? Pizza is better for sharing and the chance for more variety of tastes. Besides the usual things like quality of food and service, what’s the one thing that distinguishes your restaurant from all others? A lot of regular customers tell me it has an atmosphere like the US sitcom Cheers. That’s pretty unique for Beijing.

I don’t know about unique, but one of my favorite “signature dishes” is what I call the Arabic Bus-Stop sandwich, inspired by my days working in Jordan. At the bus stations, men would pull large, golden rings of beautifully baked bread from the baskets on their heads, smear them with the cheap Jordanian equivalent of Laughing Cow spreadable processed cheese, smash a hard-boiled egg inside, and top with coarse Dead Sea salt, and a sprinkle of za’atar, which is an Arabic spice mix of dried thyme, sesame seeds, and sumac. I make a variation of that using different types of bread from Pekotan bakery, poached egg, either Laughing Cow or some artisanal cheese, chives, and a squirt of slightly reduced balsamic glaze (which we make and keep in bottles from Dongjiao Market). The type of restaurant Beijing needs most is taco trucks! Granted, to reciprocate, I think LA could use some good jianbing carts. But I’ve also just read that a new hutong taco bar recently opened up, so I’m excited to give that a try! Ramsey A. Rayyis Regional representative, American Red Cross The food trend that Beijing could do without is putting huajiao in everything, from sprinkling it as powder or stuffing it whole into cooked dishes to desserts to mixed drinks – ew! My first kitchen memory was when my dad ordered a whole cow from a local ranch. When I came home from school one day the carcass was sitting in its entirety on the kitchen floor. We ate a lot of beef that winter. Toni Chan Senior PR associate I get into food arguments about: – the dangers/myths of MSG – the closest English equivalent to the Chinese word “香” (xiang) – the fact that chicken feet are actually delicious My first kitchen memory is cooking tomato and egg and then paying my 5-year-old brother 25 cents to do the dishes. What food trend does Beijing need? Cheap yet delicious 24-hour Vietnamese pho restaurants. 24-hour pizza by the slice. 24-hour anything that’s not Chinese food or McDonald’s. Danni Zheng Project Manager/Account Manager, Split Works The type of restaurant Beijing needs most is upscale African or Caribbean dining and nice Western vegetarian restaurants. The unique thing I make at home is food from Barbados; there are not that many of us here! Dionne Holder

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IGNACE LECLEIR, TEMPLE RESTAURANT BEIJING When you were a kid, what job did you think you would grow up to do? I used to do do competitive swimming. When I was a kid, my dream was to become a professional athlete and travel around the world. If you opened a Chinese restaurant, what kind of food would you be serving? Definitely Sichuan food. I find Sichuan cuisine very tasty. Who’s the craziest person you’ve ever cooked with? I once worked with a chef who required an extremely high standard of skills from everyone working in the kitchen. I did my best to follow him, but one time he was not happy with my knife skills and thought that my julienne of vegetables which I sliced was not thin enough. In order to show me how thin it should be, he decided to take my hand and slice a thin piece of skin off the top of my finger. What would you say are the top three things you need to do going forward to be successful in the future? The first one is training, the second one is training, and the third one is training. There is never an end to training, because we receive new experiences every day, and we learn from these every day.  If you had to evaluate another chef’s ability by asking them questions, what would you ask them? I’m fortunate enough to have worked with Daniel Boulud, who was a great mentor in this field. Most of the time, he would have a meal with the potential chef and have a casual conversation about food. At one stage, he would always ask the potential chef to make a simple dish such as a salad, omelet or roast chicken.

NICOLAS SOCQUET, MAISON BOULUD What one item of clothing best sums up your personality? My tie must be Hermès. The bright colors would reflect a trendy and young attitude. What’s the one thing that makes your restaurant differ from all others? Our people! We teach them how to care about every guest, creating an unforgettable experience by providing an attitude straight from their hearts. Why do the French do it better? French cuisine is the only one recognized by UNESCO. Food and beverage for us is not simply fuel; it is life. What’s your list of five must-try wines? Jacques Selosse Substance Champagne Didier Dagueneau Asteroide 2006 Domaine de La Romanée Conti 1945 Château Cheval Blanc 1947 Château Lafite 1961 Which Beijing restaurant personality would you most trust to save the day in an emergency? Brian Reimer.

RETO KISTLER, SUREÑO, THE OPPOSITE HOUSE Where do you plan to be in 3-5yrs? On a big leather chair. What one item of clothing best sums up your personality? Sweatbands. Because they’re disco. When you were a kid, what job did you think you would grow up to do? Fireman. Cool guys don’t look at explosions. What single value do you try to instill in your staff above all others? It’s not about how good you are – it’s about how good you want to be. If your restaurant were a person, what would it be like? Well-dressed Italians whistling at a pretty girl. Rustic with aesthetics.

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MAX LEVY, APOTHECARY/RADIO If you were a superhero, who would you be? It has always been Batman. He has no superpowers, only a conscience. What one item of clothing best sums up your personality? Socks. For some they’re a necessity, for others they are the key point of the wardrobe. What inspires you to be innovative amongst such strong competition? It’s not about being innovative amongst the competition, but pushing yourself to innovate regardless of the surroundings. What’s the staff meal in your restaurant? The same food that we serve to customers, so that they learn to appreciate and understand that food. If they like it, than they will serve it well. What single value do you try to instill in your staff above all others? Honesty and trust. If this isn’t present, nothing really gets done.


The most recent thing I bought for my kitchen was a simple mesh griller for over the stove.  The raw ingredient that smells the best is dried scallop. Joseph Tong Financial controller The most shocking thing that’s ever happened to me during a meal was being ogled and kissed on the hand by a semi-intoxicated man. He then slipped me his phone number. I programmed him in as “don’t answer.” The kitchen sound that makes me happiest is the sound of turning off the exhaust fan over the stove. It’s the most wonderful non-sound in the world. It makes me feel like the chaos is over.

GABY ALVES, SALT/TERRA What one item of clothing best sums up your personality? Workwise: a suit. Outside of work: white T-shirt and jeans. Comfortable and appropriate to the event. What character in a film would you like to be? Angelina Jolie as Evelyn Salt – a daredevil undaunted by any obstacle. There’s so much we never find out about her character (or anyone she encounters) that it leaves a bit of an emotional void. When you were a kid, what job did you think you would grow up to do? Firefighter. Because I always thought that the greatest reason to be alive is to be able to save lives. Is there any aspect of your own personality you don’t like to see in your staff? At times I can be a bit short-tempered and I think in the workplace it is really unsuitable. What should we do to have more women in this category? Look around more carefully. There are plenty of great women in the industry; they just don’t have massive egos like some of the men.

The ingredient with the texture I most love to touch is raw chicken breasts. Especially with marinade on them. It makes me sickeningly happy to shove my hands in a giant pan of cold meat. Marissa Louise Kennedy Professional voice recorder, Beijing University Press The thing in my kitchen with the most sentimental value is my rolling pin. When I was a girl I made pies with my mother at Thanksgiving, and she could never resist eating bits of the pie crust dough when she was rolling it out. My mother passed away from cancer very unexpectedly a few years ago, and I can’t roll out pie crusts now without crying a little at the bittersweet memory – and of course eating the edge bits of the dough. The most recent (non-edible) thing I bought for my kitchen is a deep cast iron frying pan. Nothing beats a properly seasoned cast iron pan – it never burns, adds flavor to the dish, is easy to clean and nothing toxic can flake off into your food. The one thing I know I can’t touch is Lollipop Bakery’s cupcakes. Those are amazing, and I’ve actually stopped making cakes for birthdays to get their cupcakes instead. For me, that’s huge. The raw ingredient that smells the best is fresh vanilla bean, just sliced open and seeded. Miriam Fisher Editor

BRIAN REIMER, MAISON BOULUD What one item of clothing best sums up your personality? How? My clogs, I would have to say. I spend more time in them than anything else I own. They are always black and must be comfortable. When you were a kid, what job did you think you would grow up to do? I grew up in a rural city; my father is a farmer of sorts. I always knew I wanted to see things grow, be it an herb in the garden or helping to rebuild a fence. How things would go wrong or seamlessly right, each would always teach me something new.  What single value do you try to instill in your staff above all others? Understanding what the guest wants. The feeling of knowing you can turn someone around to have a wonderful evening on a bad day. What’s the one thing that makes your restaurant differ from all others? Teamwork, a sense of family. It’s amazing to be able to watch your staff grow with you. My sous-chef, for example, has been with me over four years. To see someone continue to get better is a wonderful feeling.  What would you tell Colonel Sanders if you met him? “Love to get that spice blend ... ah wait, I think I just found it on Google Alert.”

My first kitchen memory: I was 10 years old, coming home late from playing outside after school. Everyone else had eaten, so my mother said “There’s the fridge, there’s the stove. You want to eat, you cook.” I think it was lamb loin chops, mashed potatoes and peas. The most shocking thing that’s ever happened to me during a meal: sitting in a Chinese restaurant in Beijing years ago and copping half a plate of food that some irate wife had thrown at her husband. She missed. The kitchen sound that makes me the happiest is the sound of the cork coming out of the bottle of wine that I am going to sip while I cook. Ray Kelly Branch manager, Gilt Edge International

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Editors’ picks Best for a Special Occasion

Best Decor

Best Pasta

Best Outdoor Dining

Best Ice Cream

Best Brunch

Best Ribs

Best Japanese

Best Events

Best Sandwiches

Best Indian

Best Teppanyaki

Best Desserts

Best Cantonese

Best Design

Best View

Best Espresso

Best American

Astor Grill, St. Regis Beijing

Bene, Sheraton Beijing Dongcheng Hotel 360°, Hilton Beijing Capital Airport Fuel, Langham Place, Beijing Capital Airport Hilton Beijing

Tadka, Beijing Marriott Hotel Northeast S.T.A.Y, Shangri-La Hotel Beijing Kerry’s Kitchen, Kerry Hotel Beijing Fratelli Fresh, Renaissance Beijing Capital Hotel

Best Afternoon Tea Raffles Beijing Hotel

Best Steak

Steak Exchange Restaurant + Bar, InterContinental Beijing Financial Street

Best Fusion

Vasco’s, Hilton Beijing Wangfujing

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JE Mansion

Park Side Bar and Grill

Yi House, Grace Beijing Nobu

Moment Cafe

Haru Teppanyaki and Sushi Huang Ting, The Peninsula Grill 79, China World Summit Wing Hotel Nola

Best South American Terra

Best Beijing Duck

Made In China, Grand Hyatt Beijing

Best Sichuan San Yang Cai

Best Bakery Pekotan


Dining

nibbles NEW OPENINGS Brasserie Flo is finally back in business, with their new restaurant now open at 18 Xiaoyun Lu. We’ll have a full review next month, but with a bakery, terrace and 220-seat capacity, it ought to be pretty impressive. Mercante is a new Italian restaurant in Fangzhuanchang Hutong. We hear the food is spot-on and the atmosphere supremely relaxed, so much so that they don’t even bother with having a menu. We’ll be looking into this place for you. Malaysian restaurant Little Nyonya is now open on Laiguangying Donglu in Shunyi. Gao Gao, a new Taiwanese hot pot restaurant from the same people who own Cornerstone, has just opened in Sanlitun Soho. A new cake shop called Milly’s has opened on the third floor of Nali Patio.

bunny business at kempi deli until apr 9

Capital Bites

MIXING IT UP

Iain Shaw is clearing his plate

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s anyone surprised by Home Plate Bar-B-Que’s success in this year’s Reader Restaurant Awards? It seems so, from some of the cries of conspiracy I’ve heard since we announced the results in midMarch. How could a tiny, backstreet restaurant win the Restaurant of the Year award ahead of more rarified establishments? There’s no mystery. Firstly, I didn’t hear any of these complaints from the restaurants who were challenging Home Plate for the top prize. Many restaurant industry professionals, from five-star hotels to hole-in-the-wall eateries, immediately recognize the elements that make Home Plate a success. It’s a restaurant run by two guys who work enormously hard. One has spent nights sleeping in the restaurant to keep an eye on the meat smoker. The other spends about 99 percent of his working (or even waking) hours out front, talking to customers. Adam Murray and Seth Grossman are vis-

ible and accountable to customers, and people appreciate that. Home Plate offers a great product, but value is equally important. In a city where SPR Coffee thinks RMB 36 is a reasonable price to pay for a damp Spam sandwich, good value is becoming a rare asset. I didn’t say Home Plate is good because it’s cheap. Good value can mean spending RMB 800 on dinner at Maison Boulud or Capital M and walking away feeling you had an experience that you couldn’t have gotten anywhere else in Beijing. Boulud’s success in particular reflects that. But a great meal, made with heart, that costs a little over 100 kuai for two? That’s a powerful combination, and one that’s accessible to anyone reading this magazine. Ultimately, it’s the Reader Restaurant Awards. These awards aren’t judged by a panel deciding who has the best knife skills or which chef is most creative with truffles. That kind of contest can take place elsewhere,

Max Levy’s new cafe, Radio, is softopened in Caochangdi. They’re keeping the menu simple – coffee, sandwiches and the like – but making up for it with plans to smoke their own bacon, stuff their own sausage and grow ingredients on a rooftop garden. Look out for our review in next month’s issue.

and Home Plate probably won’t win it. This one is about the paying customer. It’s not perfect, but it means something. We’re not telling you which restaurants to like. We’re asking you which restaurants you actually like. And this year, a huge number of you like Home Plate. Incidentally, a lot of you also like Hatsune and Maison Boulud. Good product. Value for money. Hard work. It’s not easy, but it’s that simple. There are many other award winners that I’ve neglected to mention here, and for that I apologize. Congratulations to each of those restaurants and the people who make them great. There are also fine restaurants who never win – we all have our own favorites who we feel don’t get the recognition they deserve. But finally, thanks to everyone who voted and helped make this year’s awards a success. Keep eating.

Grinders launched their new brunch menu last month, complete with fouregg omelets, breakfast burritos, and a full breakfast featuring three eggs, two sausages, two rashers of bacon, two slices of French toast and home fries. Mimosas for RMB 40 make this doubly worth rolling out of bed for.

IN THE OVEN Yunnan restaurant Lost Heaven is a stage closer to opening at Ch’ienmen 23, although no opening date has been confirmed yet. Shopping and dining complex Parkview Green is also inching towards confirming an opening date, with venues expected to start opening over the next few months. These will include Element Fresh, Din Tai Fung, the Japanese katsudon restaurant Saboten, a wine bar called Bar Veloce, a branch of London-based whiskey bar and restaurant Albannach (Beijing’s first Scottish restaurant?) and Alfie Bar & Restaurant, the Dunhill group’s fifth restaurant worldwide. Besides all this, there’ll be a food court and cinema in the basement. Ganges should be opening soon in Shimao Department Store. We expect that to be a roaring success. Will it attract queues to rival Nanjing Impressions and Green Tea?

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WHAT’S NEW restaurants

Vi etnam ese

V-Sub 巴米 Daily 10am-8pm. Unit W113 (next to TGI Friday’s), World City, 9 Jinhui Lu, Chaoyang District (8590 7769) 朝阳区金汇路9号世界城W113

Properly managed expectations are essential to happy eating in Beijing. This new fast-food chain, specializing in Vietnamese sandwiches, is a case in point. These banh mi (Vietnamese for “bread”) rely heavily on the strength of the baguette. Sadly, V-Sub’s bread is tough and lackluster. As for fillings, the necessary flavors are there, but they lack the pop that makes Vietnamese subs an international hit. With sandwiches priced at RMB 15-32, V-Sub’s halfhearted subs merit closer comparison with Subway than Beijing’s other Vietnamese restaurants. Other items such as spring rolls, pho and iced coffee suffer from execution issues that render them just passable. V-Sub’s daily half-off specials are worth taking advantage of, though. The discounts may lower your expectations just enough to give you a fighting chance at coming out happy. Josh Ong Also try: Pho La La, Luga’s Pho Pho

vietnamese sub Z h ej iang poached beef tenderloin salad

High Steaks St eak h o us e

Switch! Grill Daily 11am-10pm. 1/F, Regent Land, 66 Gongti Beilu (east of the Swissotel), Chaoyang District (6553 5691) 朝阳区工体北路66号瑞士公寓西侧1层

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the occasional misstep. During the day, Switch! Grill hopes to court nearby office workers with an affordable, rotating “Lunch Express” menu (two courses RMB 68, three courses RMB 78) that runs from 11am to 1.30pm Monday through Friday. A takeaway cookie bag dessert option should easily elicit envy from that annoying cubicle mate who works through lunch. Switch! is quirkily eclectic in its influences, drawing from Indian, Thai, Vietnamese and Japanese cuisines in its appetizer menu alone. At heart, though, its style is guided by expert hands that understand how to make soul-satisfying food. Josh Ong Standout dishes: BBQ Pork Ribs, Switch! Grilled Hamburger, Slow Cooked Salmon Also try: Flamme, The Cut

Lines two hours long are common at this popular Zhejiang cafe-restaurant, with queues that skew towards younger diners. The appeal lies in a crucial combination of qualities: sweet decor, reasonable prices, decent eats and seats aplenty. With dishes perfect for sharing, you’ll want to try the crispy-skinned chubby prawns in fermented soybean sauce (RMB 45). Skip the overhyped barbecued pork (RMB 38) and opt for fragrant stone-pot rice, doctored up with plenty of vegetables (RMB 38). Finish with their star dish, a deconstructed dessert sandwich known as the “Bread Allure” (RMB 28), made from white bread, butter and vanilla ice cream. Deceptively simple, it’s the sort of thing you’d deny loving in polite company, yet scarf down privately. It’s not worth a two-hour wait, so be tactical – arrive as soon as they open for lunch or dinner. Susan Sheng Also try: Bellagio

worth the wait?

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hile hungry art connoisseurs mourn the loss of Culinary Capers’ Switch! diner from the 798 art district, meat lovers can themselves caper at the arrival of the catering crew’s new steakhouse and grill venture. Switch! Grill preserves its predecessor’s signature modern American dishes alongside a made-to-order grill menu (available after 5pm) that lets diners choose from various meats and seafoods, marinades, sauces and flavored butters. The entry-level oyster blade steak (RMB 120) had a rich flavor to its chewy heft that was brought out by the house rub and a confident sauce béarnaise. Tender BBQ pork ribs (RMB 140) from Spain come swathed in a sweet and tangy barbecue sauce and are a high point of the all-day menu. Switch! Grill also offers a range of salads, pastas and flatbread pizzas for the less carnivorously minded. Seasoning was inconsistent at times, but the flavors were bold enough to compensate for

Green Tea Restaurant 绿茶餐厅 Daily 11am-3pm, 4.30-10pm. 4/F, Shimao Department Store, 13 Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District (8895 8388) 朝阳区工体北路13号世茂百货4层


Bake Sale B a k e r i e s, D e li s & Can dy

The Sweet Spot Daily 8am-9pm. EB118, B1/F, China World Mall, 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District (6505 0885) 朝阳区建国门外大街1号国贸商城地下1层EB118

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un by China World Hotel, this bakery in the basement of China World Mall offers some of the best sandwiches in Beijing. Dusted with flour, The Sweet Spot’s ciabatta reminds you of what bread should taste like, and there’s butter where many cafes in Beijing don’t even bother. But it’s the fillings, like roast beef and cheddar or hummus and grilled vegetables, that make the difference. The best of the bunch is the spit-roast chicken sandwich (RMB 28). Stuffed with shreds of slightly smoky meat, it’s amazingly simple – one of the best things I’ve had for lunch this year. Most of the sandwich fillings also come in panini format, and there are salad boxes ready for takeaway convenience. Move along to the pastries, and British customers will find it hard to resist the sausage rolls (RMB 30), which just may be the only one of their kind in the city. There are also freshly baked croissants (RMB 10) for the mornings. Beyond that, the selection leans towards the sweeter flavors of pain au chocolat and fruit pastries. The biggest criticism you can level at The Sweet Spot is that with only three tables, there isn’t much space to linger. But there’s plenty to take home, with cheap baguettes and huge ciabatta loaves. Hotel-run bakeries usually excel in the cake department, and The Sweet Spot will delight anyone who likes cheesecakes, tiramisu and other indulgences. I tried a slice of cheesecake, and it was very impressive. But the thing I’ll return again and again for is that spit-roast chicken sandwich. Iain Shaw Standout dishes: Spit-roast chicken sandwich, sausage roll Also try: Kempi Deli

Berry Mascarpone cake

Tai wan es e

Chef Hung's beef noodle soup 洪师父牛肉面

photos: iain shaw and courtesy of the sweet spot

Daily 10am-10pm. Unit 536-539, 5/F, APM Mall, 138 Wangfujing Dajie, Dongcheng District (6528 1012) 东城区王府井大街138号新东安广场5层536-539号

beef shank noodle soup

One of the laws of expat living is that the longer you stay in Beijing, the less need you have for Wangfujing. I try to avoid the place completely, mainly to shut out memories of the time I fell for the infamous teahouse scam. (Admit it, so did you.) If you obsessively keep records of the merits and demerits of Beijing noodle houses, put Chef Hung near the top of your to-do list. The four types of “Champion” beef noodles (RMB 58) combine tasty shank, brisket and tendon in a rich, slightly spicy broth. Depending on your textural preferences, you can choose from “thin”

or “flat” noodles; shallots, bok choy and preserved vegetables (suancai) add extra flavor. They’ll add extra noodles free of charge, and the no-MSG policy is encouraging. A cheaper range of noodles is also available (RMB 19-35), there are tempting sides like beef wrapped in crisp pancakes, and you can wash it all down with frothy milk tea (RMB 7-11) and cocoa (RMB 10-11). Iain Shaw Standout dishes: Beef shank noodle soup Also try: Noodle Bar, Noodle Loft

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WHAT’S NEW restaurants what's new: restaurants ... where they are

Green Tea Restaurant switch! grill khajuraho

Third Ring Road

Second Ring Road

v-sub

the sweet spot

Chef hung’s

BACK FOR MORE T i b e ta n

Makye Ame 玛吉阿米西藏风情餐吧 Daily 10am-midnight. 11A Xiushui Nanjie, Chaoyang District (6506 9616) 朝阳区秀水南街甲11号

rogan josh and bengali fish curry

Soho Spice I n d i a n / Pak i stan i

Khajuraho 克久拉霍印度餐厅 Daily 11.30am-10.30pm. Unit 1122-1-2, Sanlitun Soho, Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District (8527 0464) 朝阳区工体北路三里屯Soho 1122-1-2室

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the Bengali fish curry: mild, creamy and just slightly fruity. Chewy, overly fatty lamb made for a somewhat disappointing rogan josh (RMB 48), though the curry sauce itself was about right. There’s a good selection of roti, naan and paratha, although the portions were a little small. Unusually, Khajuraho offers seven combination meals (RMB 48-68), each served with a set rice dish and bread. Though the prescribed pairings limit your options, the sets do offer significant savings for solo diners. Considerations like this (and the RMB 36 weekday set lunch) make Khajuraho one to watch, even if they’re not fully up to speed yet. Iain Shaw Standout dishes: Dal makhani, Bengali fish curry Also try: Ganges, The Taj Pavillion

tongue (from RMB 60). Do try the traditional yak steak fried with potatoes (RMB 118); thick with gravy, it comes in a sizzling stone bowl, featuring chunks of toothsome meat with a layer of melt-in-yourmouth fat. The traditional staple food of barley tsampa dumplings (RMB 38) are squat, sweet and dense, and serve as a nice vessel for the accompanying curry or any leftover gravy. After filling up, sit back with a cup of yak butter tea or, less adventurously, refreshing green barley beer (RMB 25). Accept the offered white scarf, or khatag, and enjoy the haunting, tribal sounds and singing. Lauren McCarthy Standout dishes: Traditional yak beef steak, vegetable malai kofta

himalayan charm

photos: judy zhou and courtesy of makye ame

his new Indian restaurant, which has several branches overseas, already has plans to expand in Beijing. First, though, their challenge will be to establish a foothold in a market dominated by heavyweights like Ganges, The Taj Pavillion and Tadka. Khajuraho is smaller and cozier than these other Indian restaurants – more living room than dining room. Fittingly, perhaps, there’s a TV blazing out Bollywood movies to accompany your meal. The menu doesn’t have the subcontinental spread of the market leaders, but there are some interesting dishes, like the Goanese prawn curry (RMB 62) and pork vindaloo (RMB 50). The creamy dal makhani (RMB 38) was pleasant, though it needed more pulses. Poor, gentle souls who don’t normally venture beyond a chicken korma should try

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nquire about hearty regional cuisine supplemented by dinner entertainment, and you’ll most likely be recommended one of Beijing’s bigger Xinjiang restaurants. This Tibetan restaurant offers an alternative (and arguably better) option. Their Yonganli branch offers an intimate dinner-and-a-show experience. The richly colored room quickly envelops you with warm, mouth-watering smells while a large prayer wheel, kept spinning by seekers of good fortune, guards the entrance. The menu focuses on foods from the Tibetan highlands; novices can look to the staff for honest recommendations. Unique ingredients do mean some high prices. Songrong mushroom dishes start at RMB 98. Yak dominates the meat options, with jerky (RMB 45) and


Alleyway Gourmet

taro rice balls

Taro Factory

Chewy delights from the Taiwan coast by Marilyn Mai

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n hour outside of Taipei proper, a fishing-village turned-gold-mining-townturned-tourist-site called Jiufen beckons visitors with its charming lanterns, steep walkways and maze of food stalls. If you can tear yourself away from the fishball soups and peanut assortments, you might find yourself climbing to the top of a hill, where a fabled taro rice ball vendor serves the icy, chewy treats overlooking a sea of scattered lights and a faint shoreline. Here in Beijing, the best way to recreate that experience (minus the view of the East China Sea) is to go to Xianyu Xian, the Taiwanese dessert chain that serves up the taro rice balls along with other treats like red bean ice and tapioca milk tea. The sweets purveyors just pulled into Beijing about half a year ago, so you haven’t missed out on too much taro rice balling just yet. Extreme taro enthusiasts be warned: The little guys don’t taste a whole lot like the purply root. In fact, the lighter balls are taro-based, and the orangey balls are sweet potato-based. Both taste much like your typical unfilled tangyuan, made with glutinous rice flour and water, with just a touch of extra softness and give. At Xianyu Xian, you have the option of getting them hot,

drowning in a semi-sweet red bean soup – but you’ll find the iced variety retains more chew (or “Q-ness,” as some might say). Whether you like them hot or cold, you can adorn your taro rice balls with various combinations of red bean, green bean, boiled peanuts, lotus seeds, herbal grass jelly, tapioca pearls, and chunks of real taro or sweet potato. The iced versions are a tad sweeter than the hot ones, but in general – as would be expected – the desserts are not for the sweet of tooth. While Xianyu Xian’s Beijing locations can’t quite compete with the atmosphere of Jiufen, you have a couple of options for reconciling that. Taiwanese filmmaker Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s landmark film A City of Sadness was set there, and Hayao Miyazaki modeled the town in Spirited Away after Jiufen’s downtown area. So why not pick up an order or two of the glutinous globules, slip in either of those DVDs and fake a quick island getaway? Xianyu Xian. Daily 10am-9pm. Units 1-8, Bldg 1, Huaqing Jiayuan, 35 Chengfu Lu, Haidian District (8286 3032) 鲜芋仙, 海淀区成府路35号华清嘉园1 号楼1-8号

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FEATURE

Not all haste makes waste by Josh Ong

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ou’re surrounded. The old man’s blocking your way for ward again, his face etched by shadow. Behind you, the “little dragon” awaits with raised fists threatening a one-inch punch, while a circular creature chomps impatiently on your right. To your left, a manic little girl beams at you with scrunched-up eyes. No, you haven’t fallen into some kind of psychedelic video game. You’re just overwhelmed by the Chinese fast-food options at a local food court. As Sun Tzu says, the time has come to “know thy enemy.” Read on for a quick survey of Beijing’s most ubiquitous kuaican chains.

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Kungfu 真功夫 Most expats know it as “that Bruce Lee place,” but Kungfu claims to have created modern Chinese fast food 15 years ago with the invention of an “automatic steam cabinet.” The chain’s attempts at healthy cooking are hit-and-miss – you’re better off sticking with the simpler items on the menu. It’s hard to go too wrong with just meat and sauce, so you’re safe with their “fragrant sauce” pork rib rice (xiangzhi paigu fan 香汁排骨 饭, RMB 16.5) and a side order of broccoli (RMB 6.5). Avoid the xiefen

shizitou fan (蟹粉狮子头饭, RMB 16) at all costs; fatty pork meatballs speckled with crab roe might be a winner in the hands of a capable chef, but Kungfu’s version is inedible. Hehegu 和合谷 Their rice-bowl menu looks suspiciously like Yoshinoya’s, with the same sodium-laden beef and teriyaki chicken, but Hehegu does offer a few unique rice toppings. Try the spicy fish fillets (ganshao shuizhu yu fan 干烧水煮鱼饭, RMB 20) or the surprisingly good vegetarian option

of “Buddha’s Feast” (luohan shangsu fan 罗汉上素饭, RMB 17.5). Mr. Lee 李先生 For years, Mr. Lee attracted local diners with the promise of “authentic” California beef noodle soup, but the chain has since dialed down its claims to West Coast street cred, rebranding itself simply as Mr. Lee. That grandfatherly visage has kept watch over legions of newly landed expats lacking the language skills and iron stomachs required for more adventurous food explorations. You’re best off sticking to what


Lee knows best – the rice dishes lack the steady consistency of the noodle soups. Yippin 一品三笑 This chain’s specialty is Taiwanese -style braised pork rice (jinpai lurou fan 金 牌 卤肉饭, RMB 13.5). They also ser ve a standard curry chicken leg rice (gali jitui fan 咖 喱 鸡 腿 饭 , RMB 12.5). Meat, potatoes, carrots – what’s not to like? Stay away from Yippin’s non-sequitur “Italian meat sauce” noodles (yishi roujiang mian 意式肉 酱面, RMB 14). As the kids on Sesame Street will tell you, “One of these things is not like the others.”

cuisine, this chain’s food tilts towards sour and spicy. You’ll want to ask them to tame the hotness if you’re not used to it. The classic Qishan saozimian (岐山臊子面, RMB 18.9) is a good bet. The rice with beancurd, celery and pork (dougan xiangqin rousi fan 豆干香芹肉丝饭, RMB 19) and the assorted vegetable mix (suzaban素杂拌) are also pleasant options. Tian Laoshi 田老师红烧肉

Locals don’t think much of Tian Laoshi, at least according to review site Dianping.com, but you can’t argue with the convenience of its 24-hour schedule. Stick with their specialty: red-braised meat on rice (hongshaorou fan 红烧肉饭, RMB 9).

Yonghe Dawang 永和大王 Yonghe is a minefield of dishes that promise one thing Malan Noodles 马兰拉面 but deliver another, If you crave northernb u t t h e f r a gr a n t st yle hand-pulled spicy beef noodle noodles in a hurry, soup (xiangla niurou mian, 香辣牛肉 Malan’s beef noodle 面) is a safe choice. This chain’s main soup (niurou lamian 牛肉拉面, RMB selling points are its opening hours 14) will satisfy with their excel(most branches are open 24 hours) lent texture. The broth, though, is and its all-day breakutilitarian – not up fast. Yonghe is one of par with rival Mr. “You’re better off to the few places in the Lee. We’d advise you city where you’ll find sticking with the against branching fried cruller (youtiao out into Malan’s rice simpler items” 油 条 , RMB 3) after dishes. 9am. Try it dunked in a cup of sweetened soy milk Chengdu Xiaochi 成都小吃 (doujiang 豆浆, RMB 3). As far as we know, Chengdu Lao Shanghai 老上海城隍庙小吃 Xiaochi locations aren’t operating in concert, but with their common branding and consistThis cafeteria-style chain specializes ent menus, they might as well be. in Shanghainese snacks, but it also These Sichuan joints represent more carries a few hearty staples as well. of a risk when it comes to sanitation, The drumstick rice (jitui fan 鸡腿 but they’re hard to resist. Dry-fried 饭, RMB 17) and pork rib noodles green beans (ganbian sijidou 干煸四 (dapai mian 大排面, RMB 12) serve 季豆) are a favorite. Vegetarians can as a filling base for a meal that can always fill up on di sanxian (地三鲜), be further supplemented by simple an earthy trio of potatoes, eggplant dim sum offerings like barbecue and bell peppers. pork buns (chashao bao 叉 烧 包 , RMB 5) or soup dumplings (xiaolong Shaxian Xiaochi 沙县小吃 bao 小笼包, RMB 8). Let’s be honest, H a i l i n g f ro m Fu j i a n Lao Shanghai’s soup dumplings province, these Shaxian don’t stand a chance next to Din Xiaochi chain restauTai Fung’s, but they’re a cheap hit if rants churn out an asyou’re jonesing for a slurp. Locations sortment of affordable rotate their smaller dishes dependdumplings and wontons. The willow ing on availability, so you’ll need to leaf dumplings (liuyue zhengjiao 柳 read the wooden tablets hanging 叶蒸饺, RMB 5/steamer) are notable. behind the counter to see what they Also worth a try is the piaoxiang have in stock. banmian (飘香拌面, RMB 5) with its slippery knot of noodles in a nutty, Shunkouliu 顺口溜 spicy sauce. With their exceptional value, these shops will keep your tastebuds from languishing while you await your next paycheck. With its focus on traditional Shaanxi

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Joel Shuchat Co-owner, The Orchid by Iain Shaw Every month, we ask noteworthy Beijingers to imagine their final meal before leaving the city for good. The venue Home, outside in the courtyard. It feels and smells like Beijing, and without a view onto the horizon all you can see is the blue sky above. The starters Ma doufu (麻豆腐) and zhima shaobing (芝麻烧饼) from the Long Xingsheng Snack Shop (隆兴盛名优小吃) at Ya’er Hutong. The perfect brunch food, with a healthy covering of chilli oil and lamb fat to get things started properly. And crispy beef cakes from the Gongting Xiangsu Niuroubing (宫廷香酥牛肉饼) off of Di’anmenwai Dajie. I’d seriously miss them after a few weeks away. The main courses I should really mention Duck de Chine. Not because it’s the best duck (after a certain level, such high-end Beijing roast duck is all pretty great and yet still unimpressive on its own), but mostly because only here can you get such a fine duck paired with a few bits of excellent dim sum. I like that.

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Something from your own restaurant? We make labneh (well-strained yogurt “cheese”) daily from fresh organic yogurt. We also do our own Chinesestyle ma chilli oils. Normally we’d serve the cheese topped with a healthy dose of high-quality olive oil, but if you mix it up with Chinese chilli oil you get a weird mix of heaven! I’d serve it with white, slightly seasoned shaobing from any of the nearby bakeries. The music Beijing opera – obviously? The entertainment I’d serve a few plum wines supplied by our Yunnan friends. Not because they taste good, but because everyone only ever half-remembers the nights that involve drinking the stuff, yet everyone is always far beyond happy, and I’m sure it requires no outside help. Fire the DJ, plug in anyone’s music and ganbei the night away.

photo: judy zhou

The desserts Really? Mentioning favorite Beijing desserts is like reaching for favorite Beijing breakfasts. You have to be really creative with your standards.

Skip this and grab a barbecue lamb shank. Or for fun, the dousha bao on Gulou Dongdajie are definitely up to standard, and the queue is more than enough to remind you that you still don’t understand this city.


Viennese Swirl

Austrian wines in red and white by Edward Ragg

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n 1985, the Austrian wine industry was shaken by the revelation that some producers had added diethylene glycol (a toxic component of antifreeze) to their wines. This dubious practice was designed to enhance the wines’ body. Since 1993, Austria has instituted some of the toughest wine laws in the world. The red and white “banderole” on the neck of each bottle is proof that the wine has been tested for quality and origin. In the late 1990s, Austria’s signature white grape, Grüner Veltliner, often sealed under screw-cap, catapulted the country’s wines back into the limelight. Dubbed “Gru Ve” (i.e. “groovy”), the grape became fashionable with sommeliers and now covers one-third of Austria’s vineyards. The current buzz is for Austrian dry reds. Grapes like Zweigelt and Blaufränkisch may be hard to pronounce, but are capable of producing excellent reds in various styles. Some of Austria’s greatest sweet wines, often from Riesling and the unrelated Welschriesling, hail from the Burgenland region. Not many importers handle Austrian wines here. The Wine Republic leads the way in selections. ONE TO QUAFF 2010 Nigl “Freiheit” Grüner Veltliner, Kremstal (The Wine Republic, RMB 270)

Available at Mosto, Nola Textbook Grüner Veltliner. Medium green color with a nose of green apple, white pepper and mineral aromas. Medium-bodied with intense fruit, medium acidity and satisfying length. ONE TO DRINK 2008 Heinrich Zweigelt, Burgenland (The Wine Republic, RMB 297) www.thewinerepublic.com One of the most respected Austrian producers. Deep garnet with an attractive nose of red cherry, plum, berry fruits and various spices. Medium-bodied with integrated medium tannins, lifting moderate acidity with good balance and attractive length. ONE TO SAVOR 2008 Schloss Gobelsburg Riesling Trockenbeerenauslese, Kamptal (375 ml) (EMW, RMB 1,150) www.emw-wines.com Trockenbeerenauslese, an intensely sweet wine handpicked from nobly-rotten grapes, is rare and highly prized. This Riesling example is deep green-gold with candied apple, honey and botrytis aromas. Lusciously sweet on the palate with high acidity, huge complexity and stunning length.

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

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TASTE TEST

Take the Cake T

What’s baked in those pies?

his month, we set out with the hypothesis that all those spongy snack cakes you see in the supermarket were not created equal. There had to be one that clearly trumped all the others. One hour later, it was back to the drawing board …

Orion Panda Paipaifu (strawberry flavor) 熊猫派派福好丽友派 RMB 8.70 (box of five; RMB 1.74 per unit) “Tastes like industrial strawberry milkshake. Milkshake with no milk” “The sponge is drier than a Beijing winter” “A lunatic would give this to you on a train. ‘Do you like pandas? Pandas are China’s national animal!’” “If pandas actually ate this, they’d really be in trouble”

Bimbo Italian layer cake (chocolate flavor) 宾堡蛋糕特意浓

RMB 3.50 (box of two; RMB 1.75 per unit) “They want this to taste like something you find in Vienna, but the sponge tastes like a sponge you’d find in the bath” “There’s a certain pull-apart charm. But I don’t think that was intentional” “This would be a dream for OCD snackers who have elaborate rituals for eating” “This reminds me of drinking whiskey”

Lotte Cocoa Bouchée (cappuccino flavor) 乐天可可布司派

RMB 17.80 (box of 12; RMB 1.48 per unit) “I feel like this is making my hair smell like coffee” “The toy feel of it is appealing. You could play with it for a while” “It could be a wheel on a cappuccino bus” “This dusty taste goes right to the back of the throat”

Gao Le Gao (orange flavor) 高乐高卷卷心 RMB 6.90 (box of four; RMB 1.73 per unit) “Another one for the OCD snacker …” “This is everything a Jaffa Cake is not” “Food like this makes me want to give up my sense of smell” “Didn’t we ban chocolateorange flavor combinations?”

Orion Pie 好丽友派

Lotte Strawberry Pie 乐天草莓派

RMB 9.10 (box of six; RMB 1.52 per unit) “You can tell with your fingers alone how this chocolate will taste” “Looks like it wants to be a Wagon Wheel” “No bite. Who really wants marshmallow in a biscuit?” “But I like how the marshmallow pulls the crumbs together”

RMB 9.50 (box of six; RMB 1.58 per unit) “The marbling they promise isn’t there at all” “The surface is like Grandma’s face after she forgot to use the humidifier” “Like an only child, the sugary strawberry flavoring demands your attention, even if you’d rather ignore it” “Type 2 diabetes waiting to happen”

Huiyi Custard Pie 惠宜派蛋黄派

RMB 9.70 (box of 20; RMB 0.49 per unit) “The cream has the texture and taste of butter” “Not that there’s much cream to be had” “Tastes like a dead cake. A cake corpse” “At this price, though, you can’t afford not to eat it”

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Let’s not beat around the bush. Every one of these was pretty dreadful, from lifeless sponge to factory-flavored cream. But there has to be a winner, and Orion Pie is the least bad of this bunch.

photos: sui

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Q&A

bruno’s brunch JW Marriott Chef Bruno Correa by Susan Sheng

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What are the essential elements of brunch? Eggs, pasta, bakery items, protein … basically breakfast dishes at lunch. But it’s best to start early! What’s an atypical brunch food that you think would be a great addition? Lobster Benedict! Or caviar scrambled eggs!   Eggs. How do you like them? Soft, warm and juicy! What makes the new CRU   brunch great? How much champagne should The selection of high quality and one consume at brunch? unique products – and the great Really depends g u e s t s we h ave. I t ’s about luxur y, “Stop when you feel on the body mass, but my guideline quality and relaxed slightly high” would be to stop ambiance. when you feel slightly high but not intoxicated. You The format of the CRU brunch don’t want to destroy the fun! combines a la carte and buffet. Why have you chosen to do it Best thing to do after a big this way? brunch? This is an upscale brunch, and we Some outdoor activities could be a want to serve the best. To do so, you good choice – or just enjoying the can’t have warm food on a buffet, as sun in your backyard. quality won’t be great. We prefer to prepare the warm dishes a la minute What’s better and why: breakfor our clients. fast in bed, or brunch?   Breakfast in bed sounds good, but Brunch has become a massive it’s not practical. It’s actually very unphenomenon. But do you think comfortable (at least for one). With other portmanteau meal conbrunch, you won’t have to change cepts would take off? the bed sheets! Linner? Dunch? Not too sure about these two. Afternoon tea can be very CRU Steakhouse offers the Grand popular, and some people could CRU brunch every Sunday. take that as “linner” or “dunch.”  

PHOTO: courtesy of jw marriott

t ’s tough enough being the executive chef of a single restaurant. If you’re employed by a hotel, you might even be overseeing three or four kitchens. But what if you’re executive chef for two hotels? Bruno Correa is just that man, running all things food at both Ritz-Carlton Beijing and the JW Marriott, where he recently helped launch CRU Steak house’s new “Grand CRU” brunch.

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A TASTE OF HOME

United states Southern comforts at Apothecary by Iain Shaw

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verything’s better fried,” chuckles Joanna Crain. I’m sure she’s at least partly joking. Crain and her husband Michael, the founder of Chi Fan For Charity, have brought me to Apothecary for the Sunday fried chicken special, which for them epitomizes the best of American cuisine in Beijing. I begin by wondering out loud how the Crains define American cuisine, especially in a country where McDonald’s and KFC are often held up as the best the US has to offer. “It really depends on where you’re raised,” explains Michael. “In the South, you have barbecue and roasted meats. The Northeast has clam chowder and things like that. The West Coast was organic before that was cool, and there’s the Asian influence there as well.” As Texans, Michael and Joanna have an affinity with the food of the South. “The Southern way of living is all about hospitality,” Michael explains. “Making people feel comfortable, making them feel part of your family. The food plays a big part in that.” Although Apothecary’s menu features other American soul food staples like po’ boys, brisket sandwich and gumbo, the Crains are fans of the venue’s fried chicken Sundays. “There was a

period when we came here every Sunday, for about five weeks in a row,” says Joanna. “The consistency is really good here,” she adds. “We kept coming back because we had a friend who loved the fried chicken – it was the same every time.” A whole chicken (RMB 250) comfortably serves three, with four fluffy buttermilk biscuits and a hefty dollop of coleslaw on the side. If you’re in a smaller group, or you want to try other dishes, order a half-chicken (RMB 125). There’s a lot of enjoyment to be had from gnawing and peeling the meat away from the bones, but the real difference is in the crisp, peppery batter coating the chicken. “You can tell they’ve put some thought into it,” Michael enthuses. “From the seasoning in the batter, which is great, down to the corn bread and the biscuits, both of which are very traditionally Southern.” We also order the black-eyed pea and tasso ham soup (RMB 60), a traditional New Year dish with obvious resonance for Southerners like the Crains. “For people in the South, black-eyed peas symbolize prosperity and wealth. We’d eat this on January 1, and the more you eat, the more prosperous you’re supposed to become.” The tradition might be lost on outsiders like myself, but it’s a great soup, smoky and just a little spicy. I’ve always thought of Apothecary as a venue

serving down-to-earth dishes in an attractive, but more “serious” environment than that found at places like Nola or Home Plate. For Michael, however, the ambiance at Apothecary complements the feelings he associates with the home comforts on the menu. “The atmosphere makes you think you’re in the South. It’s easy, comfortable. You could plop this down in the States. OK, so the design is maybe a bit more New York, but the overall comfort of everything is nice.” Michael adds that both Home Plate and Nola “do a really good job” with their own takes on American cuisine, but it’s Apothecary’s combination of good food and a familiar ambiance that wins the day for him. What about American-style pizza? “We love Gung Ho!,” Michael begins, “And we order from them regularly, but sometimes you have a craving for things like Papa John’s.” Joanna dives in with a Kro’s Nest endorsement. “That’s the place for American pizza, at least the way I think of it – big pizza, lots of toppings, really saucy.” The Crains readily acknowledge that not everything is available in Beijing, but say they’ve adjusted. “Actually,” says Joanna, “When we go home now I’m amazed at how much choice there is. Who needs so many different kinds of ketchup?”

酒术, 朝阳区三里屯路81号那里花园3层

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Apothecary. Daily 6pm-1am. 3/F, Nali Patio, 81 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (5208 6040)


+ BARS CLUBS wee drams

FIRST ROUNDS Zhou Bar opened in the same yard as music venue Temple and cocktail bar Jam last month. The bar has over 30 bottled beers, with the likes of La Chouffe on tap. Yuan Chao, a new Mongolian-themed bar, has opened in Sanlitun Soho, next to Moment Cafe. They have horse milk liquor and a live band complete with traditional folk instruments and a throat singer. Keep the Maggie’s jokes to yourself. See our review, p42. Blue Stream is a new live music venue just southwest of the Drum Tower. We’ll have a review next month, but it sounds like it’s going to be a hit with music fans.

COMING UP Distributors Dxcel have secured a deal with Jim Beam that will enable them to expand their portfolio of American whiskeys. Look out for those popping up at Home Plate and the like over the coming months. Agua’s Fez Bar will reopen on April 20, ready for a summer of cocktails on the Nali Patio rooftop. Between the music festivals at the end of the month and Beijing’s promoters firing on all cylinders right now, there’s a great month of events ahead. Highlights include Grandmaster Flash, Mos Def, Lil Jon and Zed Bias, but see the Events section for full details.

see eye-to-eye with fritz kalkbrenner at haze on apr 14

Talking Pints

TWEAKS

Iain Shaw is in awards limbo

photo: courtesy of the organizers

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f you hadn’t realized by now, Chad Lager has left Fubar, following a dispute between the bar’s partners. Some once-loyal customers have sworn to never again darken the bar’s electronic doorway. For others, it’s Hendricks gin and tonics as usual. While it’s sad to see Lager out of the picture at Fubar, it does mean that we can look forward to him being involved in a number of new projects over the next few months. Lager has been busy consulting on Brussels (see What’s New, p42), and tells us he’s working on another new venue called The Little Easy, a New Orleans-themed venue on Sanlitun Bar Street. Coincidentally, Chad’s one-time cohorts at the legendary Rickshaw also have new venues in the works. The irrepressible Luga is converting the ground floor of the Luga’s Villa building into a bar-restaurant called

Taps, which he says will be opening in early April. The new venue will feature German food, and customers will be able to pour their own beer from taps installed on tables. Meanwhile, Kris Ryan, not satisfied with the success of The Saddle Cantina, is reported to be planning two new Sanlitun venues named The Big Smoke and Uncle Otis. You might disagree with me, but I felt that by the end of last year, Gulou’s nightlife scene was beginning to look a bit stagnant. Not that the crowds ever went away, but with a few exceptions I felt the area was running out of ideas. However, the last few months have been encouraging. Mai is not only offering some of the best-value cocktails in Beijing at the moment, but manager Jeff Ji is always looking for ways to improve the experience for customers. Jam is another cocktail bar worth a visit, and

Looking ahead to next month: INTRO, Beijing’s biggest electronic music festival, looks set to return on May 26.

Modernista is building a following with its quirky events and absinthe selection. And Mao Mao Chong is back with a fresh look and more seating to go with their standardsetting cocktails. All we need now is Great Leap to reopen and we’ll be all set for an excellent summer. In the meantime, most of the bars mentioned above feature in the Great Leap-sponsored Gay-Mazing Race on April 7, which will raise funds for the LGBT Center of Beijing. As if all that wasn’t enough, music festival season dawns with Midi and Modern Sky’s Strawberry kicking off at the end of the month. And, with the Reader Restaurant Awards now in the past, the Reader Bar & Club Awards are just around the corner. Keep an eye on TheBeijinger. com for all the news on that.

Lantern has renovated to add a new island bar, ripping out the mezzanine level near the entrance and allowing the club to open seven nights a week. The music policy has also opened up in recent months, and we’re looking forward to some great nights there this month. Q Bar’s terrace is open and ready for the warmer weather, even if we’re not quite out of the wintry woods just yet. Modo has launched a new happy hour featuring eight wines from their Enomatic machines. From 6-8pm every Monday through Thursday, all sizes of pour will be half-price. The cheapest of the tasting pours will be RMB 10 during happy hour, but jump straight to a full glass for some great savings. Slow Boat Brewery’s American Pale Ale and Red Ale are both now on tap in Terra. Later this month, the Sanlitun ceviche spot will also be welcoming Slow Boat’s Citra IPA, which is said to feature “a unique flavor profile with hints of mango, subtle malt notes, and a small bite of bitterness.”

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WHAT’S NEW BARS & CLUBS

The Swan With Two Necks Daily 11am-late. Pinnacle Plaza (adjacent to Jenny Lou’s), Tianzhu Real Estate Development Zone, Shunyi District (8046 7057) 顺义区天竺开发区荣祥广场

There’s something warmly comforting about the recent upsurge of real pubs in Beijing. Nowhere is this phenomenon more evident than in the countryside. Shunyi, home of The Green Cap, has a new cygnet on the block. The Swan With Two Necks is housed in a building that, were this a different country, would be more suited to a youth club than a pub. However, it embodies the spirit of what a pub should be. It’s a focal point for the community, somewhere to leave the kids more or less unsupervised, and somewhere to hide from the husband. It’s a proper boozer (draft beer, TVs, mildly Irish decor, a pool table) with a proper name, and it’s worth going halfway to the airport for. Dogs welcome. Jonathan White Good for: Getting out of Beijing Also try: The Green Cap

seeing red Red House Daily noon-1am. Shizipo Jie (20m west of Chunxiu Lu and Xingfucun Zhonglu intersection), Chaoyang District (6415 9982) 朝阳区十字坡街(春秀路幸福村中路路口往西20米)

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eaders who live in Wudaokou will already be familiar with this pizza-and-beer bar. Now they’ve opened near Sanlitun, where comparisons with The Tree seem more obvious than ever. The very thin-crust pizzas (RMB 50-70) do the job, but there are better choices in Sanlitun. A small glass of draft Tsingtao is just RMB 5, but you can double that and upgrade to a small Carlsberg. They save their best deal for the time when you need it most: Friday (9-11pm) and Saturday nights (10pm-midnight). During these two-hour sessions, pay RMB 20 for your first Tsingtao and you’ll get

free refills until the clock beats you. There’s plenty of time to make your money back if you get there early enough. If you prefer drinking a strong beer slowly, there’s a small selection of Belgian beers, and mixed drinks are RMB 15. Unfortunately, the house stout is Guinness Surger, but I can almost forgive them that. Red House is a decent bar, if not a great one, and I think it’ll prove popular. Iain Shaw Good for: Starting the night Also try: Nearby the Tree

Brussels Bar & Restaurant Daily 6pm-2am. Courtyard 4 (opposite west entrance of 1949 – The Hidden City), Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District (6591 9525) 朝阳区工体北路4号院 (1949西门对面)

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When words fail the seasoned China-watcher, he can always fall back on the trusty “It’s the Chinese version of ...” construction. Like roujiamo (aka “the Chinese hamburger”) and Sina Weibo (“the Chinese Twitter”), the Mongolian-themed bar may one day be “the Chinese Irish bar.” Build a drinking establishment in tribute to a people who enjoy a drink, add a dose of folk music, some wooden furniture, and throw the doors open. The band here is certainly pretty great. And besides the gregarious throat-singer, the staff is a friendly bunch. Horsemilk liquor is a harder sell than Guinness, but there’s always Tsingtao or vodka. It’s hard to see Yuan Chao becoming a huge hit, but it’s one of the only places in Sanlitun Soho worth drinking in. Now what’s Mongolian for “craic”? Iain Shaw Also try: Jiangjinjiu

photos: sui, judy zhou and nature zhang

t’s hard to predict this Belgian-inspired bar’s destiny. It’s not in the best location for walk-ins, but with First Floor now regularly overcrowded, there’s room for a bar offering a similar blend of pretense-free fun and decent drinks. The question is whether Brussels is that bar. One good sign is the consulting hand of former Fubar boss Chad Lager, who packed out a “difficult” location during his time at Tun. Lager plans to add booths and a pool table to make the first-floor space friendlier, and there’s a large second floor to play with. Drinks like the Hendricks Tonic (RMB 45) and Old Fashioned (RMB 40) come with generous 50ml-plus pours, though quality isn’t yet up to speed. The beer selection is still small in comparison with Beer Mania, but there’s enough; a 500ml Stella is RMB 30, there’s Chimay Red on tap at RMB 35 and a few Belgian beers from RMB 40 upwards. Iain Shaw

Yuan Chao 阿希达原生态音乐酒吧 Daily 11am-2.30am. B1502, Bldg 5, Sanlitun Soho, Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District (159 0102 4799) 朝阳区工体北路三里屯Soho5号商场B1502室


BAR OF THE MONTH

George’s F

or two years, George Zhou’s elegant bar has seemed like the default venue for every birthday, leaving party and goinghome-for-two-weeks party in town. But at last, George’s also appears to be getting the regular following it deserves.

value of a good drink

The style As classy a cocktail bar as you could expect to find in a football stadium

Most likely celebrity customer Justin Timberlake

The punters Discerning drinkers who know the

The music Uptempo dance tracks Go to Discover your new favorite drink Drink Classic martini

If you like George’s, you’ll probably like … Apothecary, d lounge

Give us a Minute ...

Metro Tokyo Disco deity by Iain Shaw

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e asked disco champion Metro Tokyo about sounds, moving homes and inventing new musical genres. What’s the first sound you remember hearing? “Maaaamaaaa …” Which one sound makes you think of home? I’m from a small city called Haan, in Germany. I started my music career as a guitar player in a punk band called Hi-Density. We had a song called “My Dog,” which I wrote. I definitely think of Haan and my dog

(R.I.P.) when I hear this song. Who’s exciting you right now musically? I’m quite excited by the fact that a credible disco scene has emerged in Beijing. If you had to live in a place you’ve never been before, where would you choose? North Korea or Burma, since these seem to be the most isolated countries in the world. I´m sure that disco could make a big impact there. Metro Tokyo plays Dance Dangereux at The Bar at Migas on Apr 13.

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Party like a ...

DRUNKEN MATHSTER Foods to get tipsy on by Jonathan White

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hat’s more fun than maths? Arguing over whether it should have an “s” on the end of it? Not on your nelly. Well, drinking is more fun. As is eating. Now imagine you could live in a world where some manner of genius could add drink to food. Here are nine of the best dishes that Beijing chefs have cooked up that are heavy on the liquor.

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(river shrimp x Shaoxing rice wine) > river shrimp

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2. crab ñ dignity =

drunken crab

3. (duck eggs + rice wine + salt) x 120 days = pickled eggs

Korean herb-infused fermented rice + wine + ladyfingers + mascarpone + Korean dates + cocoa powder Ssam Tiramisu

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boiled chicken liquor ginger heat drunken chicken

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baijiu + honey + Coca-Cola + garlic + pepper chicken wings flames

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(Tiramisu ñ rum) + Chinese characteristics Wuliangye Tiramisu

= alcohol-fragrant chicken wings

Tomato + pasta + Go3 Vodka Tomato pasta

9. pastry + (branded stout + meat) Guinness π

Where to get drunk on food: 1. Drunken Shrimp, Fuchunjiang Restaurant 2. Drunken Crab, Kongyiji 3. Pickled Eggs, Daoxiangcun 4. Ssam Tiramisu, Ssam 5. Drunken Chicken, Jade Garden 6. Alcohol-fragrant Chicken Wings, Fengliuchi 7. Wuliangye Tiramisu, Kerry’s Kitchen 8. Vodka Tomato Pasta, Gung Ho! Pizza 9. Guinness Pie, Paddy O’Shea’s For venue information, see TheBeijinger.com

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clubhouse forward to Bias’ gig with No Go Die on April 28, we asked him about remixes, names and neighbors. Who lives in your neighborhood? I live in South Manchester, and within a couple of square miles of me live Jenna G, Mr. Scruff, Marcus Intalex, Chimpo, MRK1, Fallacy, Virus Syndicate, Broke N’English and Dub Physix. A lot of good music lives in my neigh“I try borhood.

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A chat with Zed Bias by Jonathan White

garage producer has also been credited with helping to lay the low-end foundations of dubstep. Looking

Who do you want to remix? I’m lucky to have remixed a lot of artists over the last 14 years. I’d still love to remix some Stevie Wonder classics or some Herbie Hancock. Who do you still want to work with? I’d like to work with Ian Brown, Quincy Jones and Bob James before I die. Also, I was listening to Jasmine Chen earlier on YouTube and thought she would be a good artist to work with.



Tell us some of your biases. I try not to be biased! If you were American, would your name be “Zee Bias”? Wow, I didn’t know the letter “Z” had a nationality! I don’t think of the name in this way, I suppose. The name represents my music, not me personally.
 Do you ever get mistaken for any other Dave Jones? No, not really, although there are a lot of them! Zed Bias plays Haze on Apr 28.

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ed Bias, aka Dave Jones, is still best known for his 2000 track “Neighbourhood,” but the UK

What are you listening to at the moment? Lots of different music, from jazz to grime.

What’s next? I have a new album being released in July 2012 on Tru with UK not to Thoughts rappers Rodney P and Fallacy. The project is biased” called Sleepin’ Giantz.


What makes you feel good, good, good? Good music, good food, good company.


Garage Man

Do you miss garage? It never left. It’s still alive and well.


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A DRINK WITH ...

Jacob Wickham

Mastermind

Homebrewing Hero by Iain Shaw

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acob Wickham is the president of Beijing Homebrewing Society, who meet once a month to share beer-making tales and tips. We asked Wickham how to get started with brewing.

in our ranks. Yin Hai was one of our founding members and is our official translator. He keeps a blog on Weibo to record our activities, and it’s developing a following. We’re optimistic more Chinese will join.”

On the appeal of homebrewing “Learning how to brew, and utilizing the nearly unlimited list of ingredients out there to make the different styles, really enhances your beer literacy and appreciation for real beer. Brewing different beers at home gives you a sense of freedom, and at the same time gives you something great to share with others.” “The hobby came naturally to me because I’m a scientist, but it doesn’t take a scientist to make great beer.”

On beginners’ brewing “The first thing I would do is shadow a homebrewer. After that, the old adage goes: ‘Relax, don’t worry, have a homebrew.’ And sanitize, sanitize, sanitize.” “All you need to get is some basic beginner equipment (brew kettle, fermentation/bottling bucket, a thermometer, and a siphon) and a beginning brew kit (malt extract, 0.51kg of specialty grains for steeping, hops, and yeast). Our homebrewing club is trying to source malt extracts to introduce beginners to the brewing process.”

On the Beijing Homebrewing Society “In addition to our monthly gathering, where we sample a style of the month and have a presentation on a technical topic, we have a few events tentatively planned. These include ‘Beer Boats at the Summer Palace’ (bring your own keg and cruise around like an emperor), a Slow Boat Brewery tour and barbecue, and beginners’ homebrewing classes.” “You don’t need to take a test nor be able to drink a lot to join. We’re an educational organization, not a drinking club.” “Although the membership is dominated by expats, we do have a few Chinese

On sourcing materials in Beijing “The only reliable option now is acquiring all-grain kits through Great Leap Brewing (see www.greatleapbrewing.com). The other option is DIY. I built my all-grain system in China for under USD 200 using some simple items found at a hardware store, and I’m experimenting with ingredients I bought on Taobao.” Beijing Homebrewing Society’s next meeting is on Apr 10 at Great Leap Brewing. For more, see http://weibo. com/brewinbeijing and http://blog. sina.com.cn/brewinbeijing.

Is This Beijing’s Brainiest Bartender? Contestant: Jeff Ji, Mai Specialist Subject: Cocktails GENERAL KNOWLEDGE

SPECIALIST SUBJECT

Which college did Jeremy Lin attend? New York. I don’t know. That’s it, I think.

Mix gin, vermouth and Campari: what’s the cocktail? Caipirinha. No, no, no. Sorry, sorry. It’s a Negroni. Definitely.

According to known historical records, which Chinese emperor enjoyed the longest reign? Kangxi.

True or false: The Tom Collins is named after the person who created it. True, I think.

Which film won “Best Picture” at the 2012 Oscars? I don’t know. Do you have some choices you can give me?

What’s the difference between rum & coke and a Cuba Libre? I think it’s the same cocktail, but the Cuba Libre also has something else. Something cultural. Is it the same cocktail, but the name symbolizes Cuba’s resistance to America?

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What is the capital of Sweden? Stockholm.

Which Chinese company is currently involved in a dispute with Apple over the iPad trademark? I know the company. I know, I know. Of course. Let me think about that. Something “-hua”? Hong Kong, Taiwan and Shenzhen. But the name is … I don’t know.

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True or false: Angostura bitters are named after a town in Venezuela. Oh. I heard … I think it’s false. Is it true? Or is it false? I’ll say true.

What is the flavor of Triple Sec? Orange. It’s an orange liqueur.

FINAL SCORE: 5/10

Verdict: A strong, well-balanced performance gives Jeff a creditable five points, making him the joint top-scoring Chinese bartender on the Mastermind leader board, alongside Jack Zhou of First Floor.

WIN BEER!

Answers 1) Harvard 2) Kangxi 3) The Artist 4) Stockholm 5) Proview/Weiguan 6) Negroni 7) false 8) You add lime juice to a Cuba Libre 9) true 10) orange

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photos: sui and nature zhang

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Music

Have YOU MET

King Ly Chee Hong Kong’s hardcore ambassadors, King Ly Chee, claim to be the first band to play authentic heavy hits in the Far East. They’ve extended that screamodiplomacy even further with Time Will Prove, a double album with Chinese and English versions of each song. The buzz China’s heavy-hitting hardcore forefathers. Key tracks “Scream for Life,” “This Song is Our Weapon,” “Time Will Prove” They say: Frontman Riz has said he loves to play Singapore. “Every time we go there and play songs that we have only released online – people are singing the words back to us!” We say: It’s not easy singing along to Riz’s screamo lyrics, but it’s fun to go hoarse trying. See them at: MAO Livehouse on Apr 6.

the PLAYLIST

sum 41: kind of wonderful on apr 4

NEVER MISS A BEAT Badr Benjelloun says Gulou is the heart of rock

photos: courtesy of the organizers

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here’s no doubt about it: The greater Gulou area is the epicenter of music in Beijing. Over the past few years, live houses in this part of town have seemed to pop up faster than new Internet memes. Sure, MAO Livehouse made some noise when they opened, but the phenomenon started way before that. Jiangjinjiu was hailed as the heir apparent to the mythical River Bar of old Sanlitun South Street. Jiang Hu is celebrating six years of warm alleyway melodies. Zuiyuefang, Hot Cat Club and Blue Stream are hopping. Gulou 121 has a little niche in experimental folk. Temple is carving itself one huge chunk of the pie, getting packed

houses for their free shows. Even smaller places get in on the action: Salud, Beiluo Cafe, Tushuguan 98, Modernista, the old Reef Bar and the Guitar Bar are all set up to host various bands, albeit on a more intimate scale. If this concentration weren’t enough, within a two-kilometer radius lies Xinjiekou, which is littered with music shops, Yugong Yishan, Tango, V.A. Bar and the new incarnation of D-22. I’d say that’s about 80 percent of the city’s musical mass right there. This tiny little area is the heart of Beijing’s underground music community, and it’s beating right now like it’s never done before! April is packed with reasons to go

check out all these venues: Sound of the Xity (Apr 1-3) kicks things off with an unprecedented three-day takeover of all major venues in town. Sum 41 (Apr 4) are finally making it to the capital, Manafest (Apr 15) will bring his brand of hip-hop, and Marky Ramone (Apr 20) launches his second all-out blitzkrieg on MAO Livehouse. The knockout punch will be delivered by the trifecta of festivals: Ditan Folk (dates TBD), MIDI (Apr 29-Mar 1) and Strawberry (Apr 29-Mar 1), all scheduled for the end of the month. I’m not even bringing up the Lady Gaga rumors. And you thought March was busy. Badr Benjelloun is our guest music contributor. See BeijingDaze.com.

Tai-Luc of La Souris Déglinguée “They Don’t Understand” by Sham 69. This is punk rock for real. Catchy little tune, nervous guitar chords and good English lyrics. “Money in My Pocket” by Dennis Brown. Emotional reggae music, not digital at all, with a kind of “riddim” that even makes the non-dancers dance. “ Wild Wild Women” by Johnny Carroll. Pure rockabilly, furious vocals, the sound of the American fifties. “Upside Down” by Diana Ross. Excellent soul music with a sexy, funky beat. My R&B fave of 1979. “Looking for a Kiss” by The New York Dolls. A fabulous American protopunk song from the mid-seventies. Wall of guitars and the sort of snare drum pattern we still like to listen to now. Catch La Souris Déglinguée’s unique punk-country blend at Yugong Yishan on Apr 22.

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REVIEWS

LIVEHOUSE HEAD OF THE QUEUE 2012 Beijing Midi Festival many of whom are returning to rock Beijing one more time. Reasons to go Seeing Mos Def, even if he does have a new name. Reasons to avoid You don’t like the risk of hearing electronic music.

The Beijing Midi School of Music has been planning festivals for quite a while. This year, they continue in that fine tradition by bringing the star names that you want. Yasiin Bey (or Mos Def, as we used to know him) is among the acts,

After the show, you’ll wish ... That you hadn’t tried to go for that swim. When? Apr 29-May 1 Where? Haidian Park Get advance tickets and three-day passes at www.damai.cn.

win tickets to midi Those nice people at Midi have given us a pair of three-day tickets to Midi Festival! To win them, all you need to do is tell us: In the music industry, what does MIDI stand for? Email your answer to win@thebeijinger.com. The competition ends on April 15. Good luck.

Strawberry Music Festival 2012 Jansen, Jeans Team, Pitchtuner and The On Fires. Reasons to go Support Beijing’s local rock scene and watch lesser-known foreign acts. Also, it may only be Tongzhou but you’ll feel like it’s a holiday. Reasons to avoid The bands are not as big-name as you’d like. And it’s in Tongzhou. Modern Sky, China’s largest indie label, celebrates its 15th anniversary by putting together another festival for us Beijingers. Pray for three days of sun and they’ll provide the fun. There will be both local bands and international acts performing, such as Blonde Red­h ead, Goose, Tahiti 80, Laura

After the show, you’ll wish ... You knew where the last three days went. When? Apr 29-May 1 Where? Tongzhou Canal Park For ticket information, see http://festival.modernsky.com.

win tickets to strawberry Those fine chaps at Modern Sky have given us a pair of three-day tickets to Strawberry Festival!

The competition ends on April 15. Good luck.

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drummer Marky Ramone talks history by Kyle Mullin

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ost of us would be intimidated by anyone brazen enough to scream “beat on the brat with a baseball bat” into a microphone. But most of us are not Marky Ramone. This is a man who says that “joining the Ramones wasn’t daunting at all” because he was already a pro. Marky told us about botching his first big audition, and holding his own with the rest of the Ramones.

Johnny lived in L.A. and Joey was in the hospital in New York. It was Johnny’s choice. What do you think of Joey Ramone’s latest posthumous release, Ya Know? His brother asked me to play on it, but I didn’t want to. They are basically songs Joey rejected for his CD Don’t Worry About Me. 

Who was the best guest that you ever invited on your Sirius XM What was it like to audition for radio show? the New York Dolls? Billy Joe Armstrong Their first drummer, Billy Murcia, died in “Johnny Ramone f r o m G r e e n D a y was one of the 1972 and I went to was right-wing, best guests. I love the audition. They liked my drumming but he never mixed b e i n g a D J , b u t sometimes it’s chalbut were friendlier his politics with lenging to get guests with Jerry Nolan and to be themselves he was a better fit, so the music” and not just promote I didn’t get it. their project of the moment. Johnny Ramone shocked What records do you like to spin everyone by announcing he on the show? was Republican. Did you worry “Be My Baby,” by the Ronettes, he was alienating fans? because the production is perfecJohnny was right-wing but he never tion even though it was only done mixed his politics with the music. on two tracks. And I love playing And besides, Joey and Dee Dee were our version of “What a Wonderful the songwriters. World.” It was one of the last times I recorded with Joey and we had a The Ramones was blighted by great time together. infighting. Did you lose respect for Johnny when he refused to Mark y Ramone’s Blitzkrieg plays visit Joey in the hospital? Yugong Yishan on Apr 20.

photos: courtesy of the organizers

To win them, all you need to do is tell us: How many seeds does the average strawberry have? Email your answer to win@thebeijinger.com.

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Style

loose change FRESH OUT THE BOX ELLA Boutique is bringing high-end equestrian clothes and accessories to China Central Place. Many local designers released their Spring 2012 collections last month before Beijing Fashion Week (Mar 2531). This includes the likes of Luvon by Liu Lu (see photo, left), Kathrin von Rechenberg, Bei and Fan Ran, to name a few. See Atelier, p52, to find out where to get Fan Ran’s latest designs. Shouke, a Chinese luxury e-commerce site established by one of the founders of Joyce Group, has recently been acquired by Net-a-Porter. Watch out for developments at both of these online shopping destinations. Violet Li (wife of Ed Hung, co-founder of NLGX Design Store) has been selling her wedding dress designs in Japan and the US for years, but just opened up her first Beijing shop last Christmas. Look out for a proper write-up on Bihe Bridal Gowns and Weddings sometime in the next couple of months. Speaking of wedding wear, Vera Wang is reportedly weighing its move into China. The fashion house will focus primarily on selling and renting bridal gowns. NLGX Design Store ’s Nanluogu Xiang branch finally has received its shipment of Totobobo masks and 96 percent replacement filters.

luvon by liu lu calls her latest collection "lolita-inspired"

STYLE-PHILE

Tiffany Wang is eyeing that pulled pork sandwich

photo: courtesy of alexander wang

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hen foodies think of fashion, they shiver at the deprived lives they imagine models to be leading. Likewise, fashionistas are horrified by the idea of weight gain. As Kate Moss once said, “Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels.” Of course, when our annual Reader Restaurant Awards rolls around, both parties win. Fashionistas love a good excuse to dress up and be seen, while foodies simply enjoy chowing down and chitchatting about food. And everyone wants to give credit where it’s duly deserved. How ill-timed, then, that my most disheartening news this month concerns an extraordinary shop located inside a restaurant – a recipe for disaster, no doubt. The Monocle Shop shut its doors for good a few

weeks ago. When the exclusive boutique first opened at the Royal Smushi House last September, many people expressed incredulity over the brand’s decision to settle in Beijing. Unfortunately, their concerns appear to have been well-founded. But it’s hard to stay pessimistic when so many designers are announcing serious plans for expansion in mainland China. Both Alexander Wang and Michael Kors promise at least 14 new stores in Asia by the end of 2012. While Michael Kors already has 231 shops worldwide, though, Alexander Wang only has one. Wang explains he wants to stay true to his roots – and as proof of his commitment, he will celebrate his Sanlitun Village North store opening in person this month. Meanwhile, homegrown brands are still making headway abroad.

China-based retailer PEAK Sports j u s t d e b u t e d i n Lo s A n g e l e s , relying on American designers and an endorsement deal with Miami Heat to bolster its reputation. Shang Xia, a Chinese luxury brand launched and developed by Hermès, has already enjoyed enough success in its one-year existence in Shanghai to move to Paris. No exact date or address has been released yet, but rumors say it will be happen by the end of this year. We Beijingers can also expect a branch of our own by this September. By the way, lest you get confused, I do not endorse Kate Moss’ statement. How can I, when pulled pork sandwiches and pizza are in such ready supply in this city? See our Cover Feature, p13, for places to grab fare that tastes just as good, if not better than skinny feels.

The new UCCA Store, slated to replace the old Switch! Café space, is still in the works. We originally heard rumors of a March opening, but that looks to have been postponed until May 1. Stay tuned to TheBeijinger.com for updates. Plastered T-shirts closed for renovations in late March but should be reopened by the time we go to print. Italian shoe designer Sergio Rossi opened his third Beijing boutique in Sanlitun Village North last month.

DEALS & STEALS In a special reader exclusive, Eric Paris Salon is offering a 15 percent discount on evening makeup (RMB 300, originally RMB 350), as well as a complimentary head massage for any men’s haircut with a senior and master stylist (from RMB 215). In honor of Belita Jewelry’s one-year anniversary, all jewelry is 15 percent off from April 1-15. Bring in a copy of the Beijinger and you can take an additional RMB 50 off any purchase. M e a nw h i l e, Aq u a S a l u s U r b a n Retreat celebrates its seventh anniversary this month. For every twohour treatment, get a one -hour treatment free of charge. Reserve at 6501 2881.

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WHAT’S NEW SHOPS Underground Kidz Daily 10am-10pm. 147 Gulou Dongdajie, Dongcheng District (8401 2346) 东城区鼓楼东大街147号

Thrift stores come and go, but not Underground Kidz – this Gulou stalwart has been in business for over six years. They’ve simply moved down the street, into a new space that is bigger, badder and more grown-up than before. Whereas the last shop was distinguishable by its bright blue exterior, this one relies on more rustic décor detailing: sleek wood panels, a striped awning, a recessed entryway. Inside, the rock tunes on blast and the familiar collection of all things retro remind us that the management remains the same. Ever wonder how rock stars dress? Even if you’ve never met owner Liu Hao (also the bassist of Beijing band Joyside), you can easily grasp his aesthetic – the man knows what he likes and carries it in bulk: flannel shirts (from RMB 99), trefoil tracksuit tops (from RMB 150), vintage tees (from RMB 49) and denim jackets (from RMB 199). Tiffany Wang Indulge in: Denim jacket (RMB 199) Also try: Bye Bye Disco, Tiger Vintage

california dream Hollister Daily 10am-9.30pm. Shop L120, Galleria Shopping Center, 5 Shuguangxili Lu (northeast of Sanyuan Qiao), Chaoyang District (5638 3006) 朝阳区曙光西里路5号(三元桥东北角)凤凰汇购物中心L120

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So far it seems to be a package that works. Hordes of fresh-faced shoppers mill in and out of Hollister, looking like they’re having a heck of a time. (Meanwhile, the surrounding stores – including Uniqlo, H&M and Ochirly – stand mostly empty.) The surplus of XS sizes, designed especially for young teens in the US, will suit the local population here equally well. Yet bigger men and women can rest assured, too – the Chinese mainland branches stock the same range of sizes as the ones in the US. Prices have been adjusted slightly, as with all foreign retailers. The ubiquitous skin-tight tank top costs RMB 190, while collared shirts start from RMB 500. Miniskirts are as mini as they go – same with the bikini tops and the “athletic” shorts. A simple tee emblazoned with the words “lifeguard” or “Malibu” is RMB 220. SoCal “glamour” doesn’t come cheap, after all – even if it does consist mainly of sandals, sweatpants and beachwear. Tiffany Wang Indulge in: Schoolboy cardigan (RMB 500) Also try: Forever 21, Gap

Wukan衎衎 Daily 11am-late. East of Beixinqiao intersection (Exit C of Beixinqiao subway station), Dongcheng District (138 0135 2593) 东城区北新桥十字楼路口东南角

Wukan is no ordinary hair salon. Natural sunlight spills in from the tall glass windows. A DJ booth is parked in the corner, sitting atop stacks of old record albums and home decor glossies. The concrete floor and unfinished ceiling bear closer resemblance to the refurbished factories in 798 – but perhaps that is precisely the point. The sign outside identifies the space as a “Hair Design Bureau.” Owner Daczong (who studied in Japan and previously worked at C. de France and Franck Provost) explains that they don’t just snip hair here – they provide individually tailored services to help clients “design” new looks, if they so desire. He openly scorns trends, instead encouraging people to trust their instincts and be willing to experiment. Haircuts start from RMB 260, but are currently half-off for soft opening. Tiffany Wang Also try: Bangs Hair Salon

photos: Judy zhou, Nature zhang and courtesy of hollister

hat’s up!” hollered a young man wearing flip-flops and a blindingly white smile. Beijing’s first Hollister temporarily lulls you into forgetting you’re in China. The local staff addresses you in English. The storefront is not made up of display windows, but rather TV screens playing nonstop footage of bronzed youth frolicking in the waves. Dim lighting and dark woods juxtaposed with teeny-tiny colorful clothing is a sexy combination. That, and the shirtless men (“lifeguards” flown in from all over the world) posing outside the store for a few hours a day, for the sole purpose of increasing traffic. In typical fashion, the store employees fit the all-American prototype of “hotness” – tall, muscular and tan. Only in this case, they’re all Chinese. Other than that, Hollister has stuck closely to its original brand image, making few concessions for the Asian market. Unlike Gap, which created entirely new ad campaigns featuring local celebrities, this Abercrombie & Fitch offshoot label intends to capitalize on its Californian roots.


INSPECT A GADGET JBL OnBeat Air Speaker This speaker dock wirelessly streams your iTunes library from any Mac or any AirPlay-equipped iPad, iPod or iPhone (and simultaneously charges the docked iOS device). Use the IR remote for playback control. www.jbl.com RMB 1,750

Urbanears Medis PLUS Headphones

Soulo Digital Wireless Mic Designed for karaoke enthusiasts, this magic mic works wirelessly with  the iPad or iPhone. The bundled app will record your performance with various voice effects. In fact, why not use your device’s camera to record your own music video? Soulo makes it ridiculously easy to share your performance on YouTube or Facebook.

It’s eye candy for your ears. The ingenious ergonomic design comes with four interchangeable silicone earpads to fit securely so that you can listen for hours in comfort. Its fabric cord is tangle-resistant. www.urbanears.com RMB 450

http://soulo.com RMB 650

SeagateGoFlex Satellite Mobile Wireless Storage HiPPiH iEagle Wireless Keyboard Foldable and Bluetooth-enabled, this full-sized keyboard makes it easier to get work done with your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch. It comes with convenient iTunes controls and a protective pouch. http://hippih.com RMB 700

Always running out of space on your tablets? This portable 500GB hard drive can stream files to as many as three Wi-Fi enabled devices, letting you access movies, music, photos and documents from your tablets wirelessly.  www.seagate.com RMB 1,699

What’s Cooking? by Joey Guo

iGrill Thermometer Instead of hovering over the stove, checking constantly for doneness, you can monitor the cooking temperature from your iOS devices – up to 200 feet away via Bluetooth connection. Go ahead, chat with your dinner guests; this gadget’s timer will alert you when your food is ready to be served.

Philips Lumiware LED Platter

www.igrillinc.com RMB 560

Let your fruit arrangement or fancy dessert call attention to themselves with a softly glowing aura. Battery-operated but cool to the touch. www.philips.com.cn RMB 1,800

Bodum Bistro Table Grill Set up a mini-jianbing stand at your dinner table. The reversible grilling surface features a flat side for pancakes and crepes and a wavy side for cooking meats and vegetables. Comes with a double-ended heat-resistant spatula. www.bodum.com RMB 700

All featured items also available on www.taobao.com

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Get the Look

Animal Motifs by Tiffany Wang

For store addresses, see Directory.

TIGER RING Bershka. RMB 69 Instant ferocity. Add some roar to your punch.

WOLF T-SHIRT Yashow. RMB 35 So what if you look like an 8-year-old boy? Wear it with irony.

SHEER CHEETAH PRINT BLOUSE Topshop. RMB 378 This classic print is now more relevant than ever. The sheer sleeves: on-trend and ideal for spring. SKYLARK CHIFFON TOP H&M. Price TBD You can practically hear the birds warbling when you put this on.

JIL SANDER F/W 2012 MEN’S COLLECTION Lane Crawford. DUCK PRINT SWEATSHIRT Topman at FEI Space. RMB 275 A grown-up version of your favorite childhood garment.

STARFISH PLATFORM WEDGE SANDALS Yves Saint Laurent at Joyce. RMB 10,900 These will make you feel like a star. The must-buy shoe style of the season.

atelier Garment Association and CCTV, and her creations were featured in Vogue Italia last year. Along the way, she somehow also found the time to have a baby. Her Spring 2012 collection will be available for purchase this month. We asked her about making children’s clothing and why she’s so fond of leather.

Fan Ran by Tiffany Wang

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an Ran has a soft, sweet face – one that you might not associate with cutting-edge designs. But this local designer, who studied at Central Saint Martins and founded

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her eponymous label in 2009, has already picked up numerous awards in the last few years. She was elected Designer of the Year (2010) by Cosmopolitan China, China National

Did your pregnancy affect the direction of your designs? Not my designs so much as the silhouettes. Before, all my clothes were slim-fit, but now that I myself am curvier, I’ve started incorporating more A-line cuts. What’s new about your Spring 2012 collection? I use a lot more leather. Leather skirts and jackets. Last season, I experimented with denim, so this time I wanted to play with something new. Who are your favorite designers? I love Phillip Lim. In terms of local de-

Who do you view as your greatest competitor? I have yet to meet her. Right now all the local designers are still very different. Many Chinese designers are being educated abroad. How will this affect the future of China’s fashion industry? I think it’s an essential eye-opening experience. Wearing clothes to represent your individual style is still a novel concept in China. Our industry has really only started to take off in the last few years. Many Western countries, on the other hand, have long histories of fashion, and more experience and resources to offer. If you were a type of cuisine, what would you be? A mix between Beijing duck and something French. Fan Ran’s Spring 2012 collection launches this month at BNC and Dong Liang Studio.

photos: judy zhou and courtesy of Bershka, topshop, topman, h&m, lane crawford, joyce and fan ran

Will you start designing children’s clothes any time soon? No! They’re super cute, but once they’re worn once or twice, you have to throw them away. There’s no fun in designing clothes like that.

signers, I’m a huge fan of Uma Wang. All the local designers are pretty supportive of one another. We’ve got a great community vibe and try to help one another out whenever we can.


+ ARTs CULTURE Snapshots ART

The core of Caochangdi PhotoSpring has always been the Three Shadows Photography Award, and this year’s winner will be announced on April 21. Also don’t miss the UCCA’s comprehensive exhibit of pioneering (and now retired) artist Gu Dexin, which opened at the end of March. Fair warning: The sooner you go, the better you can enjoy his works without being assaulted by the fragrance of his rotting fruit installation.

CINEMA

eat up! tran anh hung's the scent of green papaya (apr 22)

ART ATTACK

IN PRINT

Marilyn Mai has hungry eyes

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espite the cliché of the starving artist, you might be surprised how easy it is to connect artistic pursuits with food. When checking out the latest at the Arrow Factory space on Jianchang Hutong, I find it hard not to include a visit to Chez Gérard. I’ll probably develop a Pavlovian tendency for detecting whiffs of cheese whenever I hear the words “post-modern installation.” In Caochangdi, I’ve had some of the best fruit, eggy breakfasts and grilled mantou in all of Beijing. Keep that in mind when you head out there in a few weeks for this year’s Caochangdi PhotoSpring (starting Apr 21). It’s becoming quite the community event – which means it’s also great timing for Max Levy to open his new café, Radio, in the red brickyard area (near Chambers Fine

Art and Li-Space). For more on that, turn to our Dining section, p29. As for the photography itself, get a sneak peek on p54, then find details about exhibits in our Events section. Those browsing books at Page One and attending author talks at The Bookworm are surrounded by food options, so that doesn’t need much discussing. This means we can move on to the problem areas: moviegoing and the NCPA. If you frequent Beijing’s cineplexes, you’ll have encountered the disappointing lack of salty popcorn. We hear Megabox staffers will sometimes offer the savory variety, but only if you look like a foreigner. ( We have yet to properly put this rumor to the test.) Meanwhile, indie film lovers don’t have it much better. There are options enough in 798 if you’re catching something

The Beijing International Film Festival (BJIFF) debuted last year and returns for its sophomore effort this month. Again, little is confirmed as we go to print, but Variety says James Cameron is coming to town, and we can all wonder why there’s a photo of Keanu Reeves on the website’s front page. So far, approved films include this year’s Oscar favorites The Artist, The Descendants and A Separation, as well as rural health documentary Restoring the Light. We’ll keep you posted on TheBeijinger.com as more films are announced. As for general releases, there’s Joyful Reunion, the slick-looking sequel to Ang Lee’s Eat Drink Man Woman – though purists will probably just be offended. Better go watch Titanic in 3-D instead. In more heartening news (for film snobs, anyway), director Jia Zhangke has announced he’ll be opening an art house theater in Beijing next year. Will there be salt on his popcorn? Stay tuned.

at UCCA’s Art Cinema, but has anyone else ever gotten stuck out at BC MOMA feeling hungry, cab-less and extremely grumpy? Not a good scene. At least their concession counter has hot dogs. One bright spot in the cinema scene: Electric Shadows’ “Food, Film & Friends” series at The Hutong. This month’s featured region is Vietnam, that bastion of postcolonial delectables. Now, on to the NCPA. Sure, if you have the cash and time to dine senior citizen-early at Ch’ien Men 23 before the symphony, good for you. All I’m asking for is a good dumpling spot where I can shove a few dough-wrapped balls of meat down the gullet before waddling to the Egg for some opera. Is that too much to ask? Readers: Any recommendations?

If you’re still hungr y for literar y engagement after the two festivals that just raged through the city, you’re lucky the folks at The Bookworm are not taking a much-deserved break in April. Their lineup this month features a celebrity photographer (Andy Gott) and LGBT hero (Dr. Charles Silverstein). We also stumbled across Rare Earth, the debut novel by BBC editor Paul Mason. It follows a washed-up journalist tracking down a story in northwest China. Julia Lovell’s Guardian review analyzes the authenticity of a Mongolian horse-backed tryst. Yes, we’re work ing on getting a review copy.

STAGE

The NCPA kicks off its 2012 Opera Festival this month, and they’re going big by producing the city’s first-ever Wagner opera (Apr 3-8; see Feature, p48). The center’s crowd-pleasing take on Puccini’s Tosca will also hit the stage one more time (Apr 19-22), while the following month will bring La Boheme back through town. Ballet enthusiasts can catch the perennial Swan Lake (Apr 28-May 1).

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Three Cheers Caochangdi PhotoSpring’s third is bigger and better by Charisma Lee

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aochangdi PhotoSpring is heading into its third year, having become one of Beijing’s most highly anticipated cultural events with equal parts street cred, art scene legitimacy and just plain fun. Here, cofounder Berenice Angremy opens up about … … China’s young photographers “They are not self-conscious about a work’s size or medium, so they don’t look at production as a limitation, but rather as a potential creative outlet. Thanks to the Internet, they have broadened their horizons, looking constantly for new sources of inspiration.”

… how PhotoSpring shields Caochangdi from demolition “Because of the festival, Caochangdi arrived on the Beijing map. The PhotoSpring team also used its diplomatic relationships with Germany, France, Australia and other countries to lobby for the protection of Caochangdi.” … the clout of the Three Shadows Photography Award “It is a precious opportunity for young photographers. Gallerists and other professionals now count on this event to help them discover new talent. Just by looking at the crowds present at

the award ceremony, you can see the influence that the Three Shadows Award now has on photography in China.” … advice for budding photographers “First, always remain independent; great photography comes from true independence of spirit. Second, open your eyes and your soul at the same time. Third, come to the festival to meet other photography lovers!” For our full interview with Angremy, check out TheBeijinger.com, and don’t miss PhotoSpring’s opening day festivities on Apr 21.

Clockwise from top: Adrian Paci'S "Centro di permanenza temporanea, 2007" from the frac collection, Wang Lin'S "The Tulip in the Clouds" from the three shadows photography award, jean-christian bourcart'S "camden" SERIES, AND Stefen chow and Lin hui-yi's "the poverty line – china" 54 TWO PHOTOS FROM April 2012


REVIEWS

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ART: TONY CRAGG CAFA ART MUSEUM The famed British sculptor opens his first museum show in China with a collection of sculptures and drawings that reflect his dynamic approach to materials. While traditional Chinese art features its share of rocks, Cragg answers with his own wood and marble pieces that call to mind the age-old canyons and rock formations of the American Southwest. Other pieces, like one made entirely of sixsided dice, point to the cheeky use of found materials in much of his work. Of course, these elegant and dramatic monuments fill CAFA’s cavernous halls quite appropriately, but visitors should be sure to enjoy the five sculptures featured on the museum’s outdoor grounds. The show is a perfect excuse to make the trip to Wangjing if you’ve never been. Marilyn Mai Tony Cragg’s “Sculptures and Drawings” are on show until Apr 15.

BOOKS: A TIGER IN THE KITCHEN CHERYL TAN The author of this food-based memoir was raised for success by her Singaporean family, which meant steering clear of the kitchen. Years later, when she’s writing for the Wall Street Journal in New York, she’s hit by the pang of homesickness and the drive to alleviate it by learning her grandmothers’ recipes. So begins her year of frenzied cooking – a blur of ginger, duck, pandan leaves and coconut shreds. This makes for fun, mouthwatering reading, though some skimming is at hand when Tan takes one of her many detours through bread-making, dinners at Thomas Keller restaurants and other mildly self-indulgent stories. Then again, she’s a Tiger woman, so a little horn-tooting is expected. I’m just mad she left out the Chicken Rice recipe. Marilyn Mai A Tiger in the Kitchen is available at www.amazon.cn.

FILM: A SIMPLE LIFE (TAO JIE) ANN HUI Deannie Yip plays Tao Jie, an elderly domestic helper who suffers a stroke, then moves into a nursing home to live out the remainder of her days. Her employer, Roger (Andy Lau), whom she helped raise, is an unmarried middle-aged film director who finds himself caring for her in a bittersweet role reversal. The movie’s not exactly a barrel of monkeys, but the script is surefooted and honest, and the acting absolutely masterful (the duo swept the Best Actor/Actress categories at the Golden Horse Awards). What could have been a guilt-tripping, emotionally manipulative sobfest is instead a calm, artful study of the hopes and fears behind China’s aging population. And, if you can brave the depressing premise, you’ll be surprised how often you find yourself chuckling. Marilyn Mai

photos: Courtesy of the organizers and fantawild films/colordance pictures

A Simple Life is currently showing in cinemas around town.

STAGE: UNLIMITED NCPA What can a professional dancer do if she loses a leg? Join the Candoco Dance Company. Founded in 1991, Candoco presents modern dance and dazzling choreography performed by non-disabled and disabled dancers sharing a stage. Those who wonder how such endeavors escape schmaltz or just plain ineffectuality will be happy to know the group’s work, which can include elements like wheelchairs and prosthetic arms, has been called “phenomenally muscular” and “a real pleasure to watch.” This new production is commissioned by the 2012 London Cultural Olympiad, and invites dancers from past and future Olympic host cities Beijing and Rio de Janeiro to participate. Watch as disabled choreographers Marc Brew and Claire Cunningham unfold powerful pieces celebrating arts, culture, disability and sports – themes as diverse as the performers themselves. Marilyn Mai Be floored by “Unlimited” at the NCPA Theater Apr 20 & 21.

a few pointers Kevin Spacey’s chinese cinematic debut by Marilyn Mai

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irector Dayyan Eng’s work The first night Kevin arrived in is hard to categorize – in a Guangzhou, we had dinner, then good way. His debut short Daniel, Beibi and I went out with him film, Bus 44, had a strong Sixth to some local clubs and bars, just to Generation aesthetic, won awards show him what modern China looks at Venice and Sundance, and starred like. Man, that guy has energy! He a breakout Gong Beibi. Waiting was having a great time, listening to Alone, a fun Beijing-based rommusic, chatting with people. The rest com, became a cult hit with young of us were already getting droopyChinese viewers. Now he’s getting eyed by midnight, since we’d been ready to release Inseparable – better shooting during the day. Cut to 3 or k nown as “that Chinese movie 4am and Kevin, still full of energy, instarring Kevin Spacey.” In fact, it was vites us over to his suite at the hotel actually the first Chinese-backed for some ping-pong! Very random film to sign a Hollywood star. It’ll and surreal, playing ping-pong with also star Daniel Wu, as the disgrunOscar-winner Kevin Spacey at 4am tled Chinese whitein Guangzhou. Talk “Bale does the about a weird Twitter c o l l a r wo r k e r b e friended by Spacey’s Mr. Roboto, then update. expat character. We a semi-failed recently had a chat I f Christian Bale, with the director. Adrien Brody, Tim moonwalk” Robbins and Kevin What do you think sold Kevin Spacey were to have a dance-off Spacey on your film? for the King of Chollywood crown, He said it was the script that athow would it all go down? tracted him. Also, Kevin really digs Kevin wins. Though I know Adrien working with actors everywhere, Brody’s got moves. Bale does the Mr. and this was a chance to work with Roboto, then a semi-failed moonan all-Asian cast, which he hadn’t walk. Brody does some popping and done before. ends with a split, though his groin is pulled ’cause he forgot to warm Will we see Daniel Wu using his up. Robbins looks for someone to bilingual skills? Does he have to ballroom-dance with. Not finding fake an accent? anyone, he raises his arms and does Yes, he’s bilingual in the film. In fact, a twirl, smiles ominously, then sits though Daniel is American and he’d down. Kevin will bust out with a done like 50 films, Inseparable was breakdance routine mixed with a tap the first time he acted in English. dance, and finish off with a song in a His character doesn’t speak with an Bobby Darrin/Frank Sinatra style. accent, but it’ll all make more sense when you watch the movie. For the full interview and updates on the movie’s upcoming release, dance Can you regale us with a story on over to TheBeijinger.com. from the set?

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Sink or Sail

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Beijing’s first stab at Wagner by Marilyn Mai

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he National Centre for the they’re actually saying.” Performing Arts is opening As usual, two separate casts this season’s Opera Festival (one international, one Chinese) will with Wagner ’s The Flying Dutchperform the show. Most of these man, a dark oceanic tale about a performers are experienced in singghost ship’s damned captain and ing German, but the language will his search for love. Nothing says be new to soprano Sun Xiuwei, who “gunning for world dominance” like plays the female lead, Senta. Prized a Wagnerian opera, but this is an globally for her turns in Madame especially ambitious endeavor for Butterfly, Turandot and Tosca, Sun is the NCPA. relishing the opportunity to finally Why? For one, it’s being pulled perform Wagner: “On Chinese New together in a very short time. OpYear’s Eve, all my family was gathera consultant Giuseppe Cuccia ered, but I spent 16 hours that day admits: “Most opera houses de learning the libretto. I’ve loved the cide on a production two to three challenge and believe I’ve learned years in advance, but the NCPA it well. I hope the audience enjoys just decided a few months ago my Senta.” NCPA program director to do Wagner. This is ver y risky Li Zhixiang followed by saying that because you can’t this will mark always find the the first-ever “I spent 16 hours right performers performance of learning the libretto a Wagner opera s o q u i c k l y. We were able to asby an all-Chinese on Chinese New semble an excelcast anywhere in Year’s Eve” lent cast, thank the world. God … So we are And how will being rewarded for our courage.” del Monaco and his team bring the Staging The Flying Dutchman also raging sea to the NCPA stage? With means taking on a new language film, projectors, lighting and hunand tradition. Apart from Bizet’s dreds of yards of silk. “We want the Carmen and the operetta Die Flederaudience to feel they’ve walked into maus, the NCPA has focused mainly a movie theater. We’re taking a very on Italian opera. Director Giancarlo cinematic narrative approach.” del Monaco delighted crowds with All this promises a dramatic his production of Tosca last year, but opening night. The NCPA is taking Wagnerian opera is a different beast. quite the leap of faith, and if things True to form, the celebrity director is go swimmingly, we’ll be catching a embracing the challenge. He jokes, historic operatic spectacle. “I’m not a Wagner specialist, but that’s good, because they are danSet sail with The Flying Dutchman at gerous. The more they understand the NCPA Apr 3-8. Wagner, the less they know what

MARK HUETSCH CO-OWNER, PIE HOUSE The book on my shelf with the most sentimental value is The Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. One of the main characters is a space pioneer who builds his own spaceship. Characters with that type of individualism helped inspire me to start my own business. In fact, I would really like to be able to leave Earth’s atmosphere at some point in my life, but I’ll have to sell a lot of pies to be able to do that! On the subway I read QQ messages on the phones of strangers. The book I wish I’d written is A Pie on Every Laz y Susan: How Pie Became a Traditional Chinese Icon. [FYI, readers: this book does not yet exist. Sounds interesting though, huh? –Ed.] I’d like to be Nightcrawler from the X-Men comic books because he can instantly teleport to any location he pleases. No more traffic jams! You know, I haven’t read those comic books for almost 20 years, but I literally think about that guy at least twice a day since I’ve moved to Beijing.

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The last book I read was Delivering Happiness by Tony Hsieh, who

The book I’ll bring on my next travels is Debt: The First 5,000 Years. I like to understand things from a historical perspective, so hopefully this will be able to shed some light on how the world’s financial system functions. Mark Twain frequently ate half a pie with a quart of milk as his lunch and would finish off the second half with his dinner. His alleged favorite was “apple mush” pie, which was something like apple sauce in a double crust, with whipped cream. That flavor and texture pairing seems a little off to me, but to each his own. My favorite quote from a book: “It is a mistake to think you can solve any major problems just with potatoes.” – Douglas Adams, Life, the Universe and Everything If all this reading makes you hungry, check out www.piehouse.com.cn.

photos: sui and the ncpa

Naturally, the character in a book I’ve had a crush on is Rogue from the X-Men comic books.

founded an online shoe store called Zappos. The book is all about Zappos’ fanatic obsession with good customer service. I’m really trying to internalize the lessons of the book with Pie House since Beijing’s average level of customer service is ... uhhh ... perhaps a little lacking, and I really want our bakery to stand out.


Sports

AT THE BUZZER Beijing Ducks and Shanxi Brave Dragons went to game five in their CBA playoff semi-final. The game was originally set for March 14, but was postponed until March 18 so that everyone could enjoy St. Patrick’s Day. No, actually it was put back because of a near-riot in game four. Shanxi’s fans also took that meeting as an opportunity to shower the court with debris. They’ve been fined nine times for similar incidents. You stay classy, Shanxi. Beijing Guoan’s AFC Champions’ League campaign started with a setback. They lost 1-0 away to Ulsan Hyundai. Their CSL season didn’t start much better; they lost 3-1 to the newly promoted Guangzhou Fuli. LeBron James is the new brand ambassador for Dunkin’ Donuts. They are expanding in China so expect to see more of King James on advertising near you. Jeremy Lin’s meteoric rise to superstardom may have policy implications here in China. It was reported that the NPC & CPPCC were looking at Chinese sports development with an eye to getting more kids involved in sport. Jeremy Lin’s powers truly know no bounds. Apart from he gives up more turnovers than a baking philanthropist.

beijing rejected shanxi in the cba playoff final four to make it to the finals

Talking Balls

Jonathan White is your rival, not your lover

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ne of the most compelling reasons to love sport is its rivalries. The most interesting of sports stories are colored by the bad blood and grudge matches of head-to-head competition: Ali and Frazier, Revie and Clough, England and Australia, the Yankees and the Red Sox. Nancy Kerrigan can tell you that rivalries can go too far, but is there any better feeling than watching your side get stuck into the team you hate with every fiber of your being? In a word, no. Even sports in which you have little emotional investment are made better by a classic rivalry like that of Borg and McEnroe. We’re not advocating all-out war (El Salvador and Honduras) but sporting animosity has its place. In China it doesn’t really come much bigger than Beijing vs. Shanghai. Beijing hates Shanghai. And, unsurprisingly, Shanghai hates

Beijing back. For better or worse, that’s the way it is. Beijing Guoan’s Chinese Super League home campaign kicked off last month against Shanghai Shenhua. The Shanghainese are better funded (by flamboyant chairman Zhu Jun), have the league’s star attraction (Nicolas Anelka) and recently signed Beijing’s Joel Griffiths. These are all reasons for Guoan fans to despise their southern cousins. Last year, Beijing finished second while Shenhua were 11th. This is a reason for deriding them. The game finished 3-2. This intercity rivalry also permeates amateur sport. Thankfully, it is much friendlier. This month, Beijing Cricket Club and the Beijing Devils venture to Shanghai for the China Cup and Yellow Sea Cup, respectively. We hope that they return to Beijing holding silverware aloft. I ntercity competition is not confined to us wanting to best

Shanghai. No, our sports teams are willing to go anywhere with sun and alcohol to defend the city’s honor. Beijing Hockey Club is off to the Easter Hong Kong Sixes and the Beijing Vikings are jetting to Jakarta for the Vikings Cup. Looking forward, there are other upcoming tournaments which pit our current home against someone else’s ... and they’re on home turf. In May, Beijing Guardians host the first of “several international rivals,” Beijing GAA host the North Asian Games and Beijing Ultimate play host to the China Nationals. We all know that Beijing plays host to intra-city rivalries all year round. Healthy competitions (and unhealthy post-games) are currently underway in rugby, football, cricket and a large variety of American “sports.” Whatever you play, it’s time to get out there and get stuck in.

China is getting big in the big game hunting game. It turns out that the country’s newly minted are keen on shooting bullets into unsuspecting animals. Charming. Liu Xiang only managed second in the Men’s 60m hurdles at the recent IAAF World Indoor Championships. Beijing Guoan will be playing four home games this month: FC Tokyo (Apr 4), Shandong Luneng (Apr 13), Liaoning Whowin (Apr 22) and Shanghai Shenxin (Apr 27). Snooker’s China Open ends on April 1. Someone will leave the table over RMB 700,000 richer. That’s no joke. April’s Sports on TV (Beijing time) Apr 3-4 Champions League quarter-final second legs Apr 5, 19 &26 Europa League Apr 6-9 The Masters Apr 14 Grand National Apr 15 F1 Shanghai Grand Prix Apr 18, 19, 25 & 26 UEFA Champions’ League Apr 22 F1 Bahrain Grand Prix

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Q&A

Off the Wall A smashing sport

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The way of the Warrior Learn from the masters by Lulu Johnson

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he link between stealthy may, however, perch cross-legged warriors and the Internet is atop fence poles as they watch you obvious. Warriors want to practice your forms. stay hidden, and the Internet is the Master Chen Fusheng is currently world’s most anonymous locale. accepting students to his academy, Fighters have long used the World located two hours outside Beijing. Wide Web to track their prey, learn He specializes in bagua, qigong, about cool new accessories and and Praying Mantis, among other watch YouTube videos of their varieties. “His knowledge is vast and competitors. Now they’re using it’s real combative and internal stuff. it to recruit You’ll learn to “They may perch novices. defend yourself One mysteriquite quick ly,” cross-legged atop ous Irish warrior says Kelly. fence poles as they by the name of Real warriors David Kelly is put down their watch you practice busy scouring video game your forms” the fringes of consoles and Beijing for capawake up at 6am ble grandmasters who train their to do tai chi. They do hours of conapprentices in the ancient arts. So ditioning and reflex drills, and spend if you’re done daydreaming about their mental energy meditating martial arts prowess, it’s time to in the gardens or practicing their stop giggling at the absurdities on Chinese in the nearby village. Real Realultimatepower.net and head to warriors don’t read about being a real warrior’s website: Studymara badass; they book a tiny, dusty tialarts.org. Here, you’ll find all the room in an authentic Chinese vilinfo that Kelly has compiled on the lage, sequester themselves in their city’s best independent masters and martial arts study, and live, breathe grandmasters. and sleep their art – just like Van True to the spirit of kung fu’s Damme in Blood Sport. It’s warriors most epic films, these warriors train like these, and like Kelly, who you’ll novices and professional fighters in find late at night punching mung the great arts of Wing Chun, qigong bean-filled burlap sacks at Master and taijiquan, among other styles. Chen’s with an oddly serene smile Some of Beijing’s grandmasters on their lips. have even invented their own arts. Unlike the grandmaster in Kill Bill, Find Master Chen they display no ridiculously long and others at beards or villainous chuckles. They www.studymartialarts.org.

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quash is best known as something business types do in their lunch hour. That’s not entirely inaccurate, but it doesn’t do justice to a sport whose speed provides such a fantastic workout for both brain and brawn. When we asked the Beijing Expat Squash League a few questions, the answers came back rapid-fire from all directions … Who plays squash? There’s an old saying: “You don’t play squash to get fit; rather, you have to be fit to play squash.” But in reality, you can do whatever the hell you like. As long as you can stand and swing your arms about and are, let’s say, human.

Squash is strategic – place the ball where your opponent is not. Unlike tennis, your skill in squash is not necessarily measured by how hard you can hit. Our game obviously relies on the ability to make cutthroat deals with the Wall Street bankers. Squash is better because it’s simply more fun to play, you increase your fitness more quickly and, as it’s easier to reach a reasonably good level, it increases anyone’s selfconfidence.

What’s the difference between squash and racquetball? Racquetball has bigger balls but shorter handles, and we have longer handles but smaller balls, but “We have longer What if we’ve ultimately we’re handles but never played the same on the before? court. It’s a tricky smaller balls” We’ve had many one, ladies – beginners come along, just wanting choose carefully. to try it, and of course all the other members pitch in to try to get them What would you like to squash? up to standard. But that’s not to Old people. Really old people that say don’t come along if you’re excelcan’t drive – the kind that thinks that lent. We want all the competition because they have 60 years of “expewe can get. rience” they know better, despite the fact they can’t technically see. Do we need to own our own squash gear? Doubles squash is ... Not really. We have a few dedicated Great fun! Technically the court members who always bring along is meant to be a little wider, but a few racquets. Sports shoes would you can do it on a normal court. be a good idea, though. Playing in Eye protection for this one is really business shoes is much more sliprecommended! pery than you’d imagine. If you had to rename the sport Isn’t squash just Wall Street after another vegetable, which bankers on lunch break cutting would it be? big deals? Bulbous turnip. Haha, that’s exactly what it is. In fact, (“Hello, good chap, care for a game no one really knows how to play at of bulbous turnip?” all. But seriously, Rio Tinto is on the “Why, don’t mind if I do...”) rise (wink, wink). The Expat Squash League plays on Why is squash better than the Thursdays and Sundays. To join, email other racquet sports? williamfrisby@yahoo.co.uk.


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Q&A Care for Children Care for Children seeks to find longterm family placement for abandoned and orphaned children in Asia, as an alternative to institutional care. Since 1998, the charity has placed over 250,000 children in foster homes. We spoke with the founder, Robert Glover, about the importance of growing up with the support of a mother and father. What are the benefits of long-term foster care over orphanages? Nothing can replace the love of a mother and father. Foster care enables orphaned and abandoned children to have a family life with ordinary families from the community who are willing to raise the children as their own. Family life gives the child a chance to learn life skills and a foundation for sharing joys and sorrows. Describe the selection process for both families and children. First, the word is spread in the community that there is a need for families to care for children. Then there are in-depth interviews and assessments with both the families and children. Then the children are carefully matched with suitable families. Once a child has been placed in a family, both the child and family will have regular follow-up visits.

robert glover (right) with bill clinton, a longtime supporter of care for children

LIVING LA VIDA LOCAL Tiffany Wang is no longer hiding her muffin top

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uring the bleak winter months, it ’s easy to find justification for inactivity. It’s too cold to wait outside for a cab, so you can’t go anywhere. It’s too cold to walk down to the grocery store, so you can’t start eating healthier. It’s too cold to work out, so you might as well find new ways of hiding that muffin top. Suddenly, the sun peeks out, the wind isn’t so biting, and tons of opportunities for self-improvement open up. (That, and your go-to excuse just doesn’t fly anymore.) You can start with familiarizing yourself with your organic options in this city. This month, INN’s Going Organic in Beijing (Apr 30) invites a panel of organic farmers, dairy producers and organic food movement leaders to discuss what “organic” really means in China. Most opportune, seeing as how International Earth Day is coming up on April 22.

But perhaps you’re more of a business-minded person. The Hutong is hosting Dominic Johnson-Hill of Plastered T-shirts to divulge his Super Powers of Entrepreneurship (Apr 12). If you’re interested in learning how to transform your weaknesses into strengths, then this is the talk for you. Or, of course, you can tackle the most ambitious goal of them all: improving your Chinese. If you’ve already exhausted your options (i.e. intensive language program, private tutor, language partner), consider a more creative approach: Culture Yard’s Chinese Through Songs Workshop (Apr 1), where you learn the lyrics of popular local tunes. At the very least, you’ll pick up some new ballads to impress your KTV pals with. Taking up yoga may be a more manageable task . One exciting development is Yoga Yard’s Film Se-

ries, which commences this month. We’ve had our eye on this studio ever since we heard about their Community Yoga classes, which operate on a donation basis. Now they plan on hosting monthly yoga-related film viewings as well. The first is YOGAWOMAN (Apr 28), a documentary that reveals how yoga has radically transformed the lives of millions of overworked, depressed and/or sick women all over the world. Light snacks will be provided and raffle tickets sold, with all profits to benefit the Surmang Foundation. If self-improvement just isn’t in the cards for you this season, at least go get sloshed for a good cause. The St. George’s Day Charity Dinner (Apr 28), now in its fourth year, is a fine compromise. Look out for our interview on TheBeijinger.com with co-founder Martin Budzinski, or see our Q&A with their beneficiary, Care for Children (right).

How have the children changed after their placement? They are happier, more caring, more independent and confident. A few years ago, I visited one of our project sites in a village in southwest China. When we got out of the car, a little boy with a stick in his hand approached me looking really angry and threatening me. The staff explained that he thought I was going to take him back to the orphanage. He told me, “I have my own mum and dad, my friends and even my own dog here. I don’t want to go back. This is my home.” This boy had found an identity with the support of a new family, and was prepared to fight me with a stick to stay where he was. What’s the greatest transformation you have seen? Li Li always stands out in my mind. At her orphanage, Li Li was very weak due to a life-threatening heart disease and she desperately needed surgery. But after spending six months in a foster home, she went back to the doctor for tests and they discovered that her heart had healed! There was a lot of coverage in the press about how a mother’s love had literally healed her broken heart. For information on how to help, visit www.careforchildren.com or email friends@careforchildren.com.cn.

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A Is for Apple How easy is pie? by Michelle Toh

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could feel the warmth of the pastries before I could see them. “ Take a seat,” Haollee said, gesturing to the large wooden dining table and handing me a recipe that he’d kindly translated into English. The man is an award-winning dessert chef who had previously taught abroad and now earns his keep as a local TV celebrity. A few years ago, he opened this namesake studio to give interested pupils a proper introduction to the art of Western baking. Prior to this experience, the only thing I had ever baked successfully was Betty Crocker brownie mix. Though nervous, I felt a burst of pleasure when I saw the words “apple pie” on the top of the page. Who can stay upset when you know you’re about to whip up some hearty apple goodness? Haollee began by going through

the recipe in detail on a projected PowerPoint, encouraging us to experiment. “Don’t overmix,” he warned, while we all diligently jotted notes. But enough with the lecturing. It was time to start baking! After sampling the tantalizingly saccharine chocolate truffles and raspberry mousse they’d prepared the day before, I found myself flustered in carrying out what appeared to be the simplest of tasks – say, separating the egg white from the yolk, or using a knife to peel away residual crust from the pie tin. My classmates appeared to be dedicated bakers from all over China, all eager to learn from the seasoned expert himself in the hopes of applying that knowledge to their own coffee shops and businesses. At first I hung back a little, intimidated by both the language barrier and their experience. But everyone made an

PLAYDATE

DJ CHOZIE DJ and Shooter by Tiffany Wang

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newfound power. I felt emboldened and dangerous, faint and jumpy. “Exhilarating, isn’t it?” Timothy Ma, better known as DJ Chozie, asked me with a devilish grin. This Beijing fixture – once voted “Asia’s Most

I couldn’t help but snap a picture – evidence for anyone who had ever called me a klutz in the kitchen. Haollee offers classes on pastry arts and traditional home pastries in both English and Chinese. For more information, visit www.haollee.com or email haollee@hotmail.com.

Popular DJ” by Channel V, part-owner right mind frame.” of Suzie Wong’s and founder of Bang Chozie was the picture of calm Entertainment Producers – has been when we stepped onto the premises. handling firearms since he was just Meanwhile, I was fraught with 14 years old. anxiety, so terrified was I to be gripping Back in his native Australia, hunta weapon designed to kill. Yet even ing is a common hobby, and Chozie I couldn’t help but marvel at the has taken down much game in his assortment of rifles, handguns and lifetime. Here in Beijing, his main even bazookas in the display room. residence since 2003, he is restricted Being familiar with most of the to the shooting range, but he has few models, Chozie rattled off his firearms complaints. of choice with ease, before we finally At 200,000sqm, the China North headed outside for target practice. International Shooting Range boasts I watched him sidle confidently one of the largest Olympic-standard up the lane, nestle the shotgun facilities in the world, into his arm and as well as the widest then, pressing his I was TERRIFIED range of shooting cheek up against TO BE GRIPPING equipment. the stock, let loose But its biggest a splash of bullets. A WEAPON draw? The sport helps Clay pigeon DESIGNED TO KILL after clay pigeon him to de-stress. “When you’re dealing with shattered in midlarge-scale VIP events, your clients air, sending uneven shards soaring are very particular. You have to nail all over the glass lawn. it, or they won’t come back,” he exEarlier, Chozie had told me that plained. “I work in such a competitive “shooting was like anything else in game where if we don’t do it, another life – if you want something, you have agency will.” to aim and shoot to get it.” And as with DJing or organizing If that was the case, I was learning parties, firing off bullets requires a the value of dedication indeed. strong sense of composure and acute concentration. “It’s all about breathBullets start from RMB 12 (minimum ing,” he said firmly. “When you hold of 10 rounds). Visit www.tour-beijing. your breath, your line of sight will stay com/blog/tag/beijing-shootingstill. You must be very calm, and in the range for directions.

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steadied my gun, wrapped my fingers around the trigger and fired. Instantly, there was a roaring in my ears, despite the noise-cancelling headphones. My heart thrashed with

effort with me, offering encouraging advice and friendly support. “Let’s try one more time,” Haollee urged patiently. “Hold your knife this way, not that way.” A few precarious attempts later, I wanted to cry out, “By George, she’s got it!” Adorning my near-perfect pie with little dough hearts and leaves,


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Long Weekend

Dalian The cliché They call themselves the “Romantic City.” For everyone else, the city’s synonymous with seafood. The reality There are lots of pretty sights to see if you look up from your plate. The sights Wander through the numerous parks and squares in the city or see the peninsula in a coastal drive down Binhai Road. Top destination Visit Long Wangtang just outside the city to see the cherry blossoms. Head to Fujiazhuang Beach for a swim if you’re feeling adventurous or stroll along the shore to Tiger Beach. The food As expected, this city on the sea loves its seafood. To dine like the locals, head to the shore, drop a line and have your catch cooked at a nearby restaurant. Why go now Cherry trees start blossoming in late April and early May. And local seafood isn’t fished for in the summer. What to bring A light jacket and a camera.

Wish we were there ... searching for an oasis at the Marathon des Sables, the Sahara Desert, Morocco, Apr 6-16

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pril starts and ends in the best way possible, with holidays. Qingming Jie, the Tomb Sweeping Festival, gives us three days off (Apr 2-4), but at the cost of having to spend the entire previous weekend at work. For the Labor Day holiday (Apr 29-May 1), we only have to sacrifice a Saturday. While there’s more than enough going on in Beijing during those breaks, it’s also a great time to move beyond the city bounds. Public holidays are great for short trips that won’t use up any of your paid vacation days. The China Culture Center has lots of trips lined up for April’s holiday weekends that will allow you a chance to quickly explore Xi’an, Sichuan, Inner Mongolia or sacred Wudang Mountain. If you’re willing to part with a few extra vacation days, Snap Adventures will bring you down to Xi’an and Shaolin or out to Tibet. If you want to stay close to home, join them for their Great Wall camping expedition at the end of

the month. By the way, according to a new travel survey by China’s National Tourism Administration and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, annual leave is still a foreign concept for most Chinese workers. More than half of the respondents claimed to have never taken advantage of their paid holidays and only a measly 22 percent use their set leave each year. On the other end of the spectrum are Chinese who do take vacations. Chinese tourists abroad are spending nearly RMB 10 billion more on their travels than their international counterparts spend when in China. Not surprisingly, a number of markets are vying for their attention. Places like Dubai are taking a practical approach; shops have been hiring Mandarin speakers and stocking up on favored goods. Meanwhile, other destinations are opting for a more creative strategy. Tourism Australia is hoping to lure

visitors Down Under with an Internet drama (available on Tudou) featuring Taiwanese pop stars in a suspenseful love story set amidst the country’s breathtaking landscapes. But it’s not just the international markets that are hungry for tourist cash. The first Chinese -owned luxury cruise ship was launched last month. The six-star, 12-deck China Star set sail from Hong Kong harbor for its inaugural two-day voyage with 200 passengers and a crew member for each. The highend liner has plans to start four- to five-day trips to Taiwan, Japan, Korea and Vietnam. Then there are the companies that fail miserably at enticing travelers. Like Starbucks, with their coupon for a complimentar y 12- ounce drink – only purchasable in certain Chinese cities by travelers flying from Beijing to Tokyo between April and July but who register before June 15. Quite the deal.

What to buy No need to go through customs, so bring back some dried seafood. Why you’ll want to stay Maybe the rumors are true and you’ll fall in love with the relaxed vibe of the city. Why you’ll be glad to leave Dalian caters more to domestic tourism. You may find yourself homesick for Beijing’s Western-friendly Chaoyang bubble. Flight info Roundtrip flights to Dalian can usually be found for RMB 700, if you purchase tickets early enough. Train info Overnight trains to and from Dalian run 10-12 hours depending on train type. Soft-sleeper fares range from RMB 374-409 each way.

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FEATURE

The Elephant Whisperers Life in Northern Thailand’s Karen hill tribe text and photos by Mary Dennis

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estled in the northeast corner of Thailand, Chiang Mai province is an area of natural beauty and culturally diverse tribes. One of these highland tribes, the Karen, are some of Thailand’s original elephant caretakers, having trained the animals to pull lumber from the jungle. When logging was banned in 1989, this close personal bond between people and pachyderms began to disintegrate. Many of the elephants have been leased to tourist trekking camps outside Chiang Mai. Members of the Karen tribe have also been left searching for new forms of employment. Some villages, such as those in Doi Inthanon National Park in northern Chiang Mai, have opened their doors to ecotourism.

Getting There

Thai Airways offers flights from Beijing into Chiang Mai (the city) connecting through Bangkok. Prices start at RMB 4,000; flight itineraries start at eight hours. Eco-adventure treks into the mountainous jungles can be booked though various travel companies such as Eaglehouse.com.

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WHAT’S HAPPENING SUN

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Beijing Cricket Club Open Friendly Match Play the sport so then you can tell people exactly what is “just not cricket.” Game is at Dulwich College Legend Gardens. 11am. Bus leaves from The Den an hour before. See www.bjcticketclub.org for more.

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Mr. Graceless The soon-to-be graduates delight shoegazers. Price and time TBD. Modernista (136 7127 4747)

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One Step Forward A reggae session like back a yard. Big up Ultimate Sound System and One Drop. RMB 50. 10pm. 2 Kolegas (6436 8998)

Dr. Charles Silverstein helped declassify homosexuality as a mental illness in the 1970s and shares his pearls of LGBT wisdom. RMB 30, RMB 20 (members). 7.30pm. The Bookworm (6431 2108)

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BSB Jumble Sale

Photography Festival: Caochangdi PhotoSpring

Ride the white elephant. Proceeds go to Roundabout. Free. 10am-2pm. British School of Beijing Sanlitun (8532 3088)

Works by photographers from China, Japan, Singapore, France, Spain and more. Three Shadows Photography Art Centre (6432 2663)

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The Hutong Heyrobics: Health Rave Bring together the best of four worlds – exercise, food, music and drinks. Starts at Ditan Park East Gate at noon. RMB 100. The Hutong (6404 3355)

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Strawberry Aftershow Keep on going after the sun sets on the festival. Pitchtuner, Blonde Redhead, Jeans Team and Mike Brandon of The Mystery Jets rock the DJ booth. RMB 80, free (with Strawberry Festival wristband). Migas (5208 6061)

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Three bands cover Seattle’s most famous. Free. 9.30pm. Temple (131 6107 0713)

03 Join Beijing’s green community at their monthly meet-and-greet. This time around, there is special cause for celebration. Happy hour promotions apply. Free. 7.30pm. The Bookworm (6586 9507; see Dining directory)

Book Talk: The Joy of Gay Sex

Nirvana Tribute

The NCPA tackles Wagner for the first time in this tale of ghostly seaborn love. The much-anticipated spectacle opens their 2012 Opera Festival (see Feature, p56). RMB 160-680. 7.30pm. NCPA Opera House (6655 0000)

Green Drinks: 4-Year Anniversary

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Opera: The Flying Dutchman

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Get a handle on capturing the picturesque. Reserve at contact@cultureyard.net. RMB 35. 7.30-8.30pm. Culture Yard (8404 4166)

Interested in starting your own business? Dominic from Plastered T-shirts talks about how to transform your weaknesses into strengths. Free. Time TBD. The Hutong (6404 3355)

Landscape Photography Workshop

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Beijing Postcards: Central Axis The city’s north-south axis is responsible for so many of our transportation woes. What gives? Find out at this enlightening historical talk. RMB 30, RMB 20 (members). 7.30pm. The Bookworm (6431 2108)

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Talk: Super Powers of Entrepreneurship

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Nancy J. Brown The lovely Nancy sings a diverse range, from jazz to electronica. RMB 40. 9pm. V.A. Bar (5844 3638)

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For a description, pick any five words from a Scrabble dictionary. Uber-hipster sonic delights in association with Wang Ba Records. RMB 50, RMB 30 (advance). 9.30pm. Temple (131 6107 0713)

Covers of Ringo and the boys. Free. 9.30pm. Temple (131 6107 0713)

Brand New, You’re Retro

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Scampi Dips Chips & Campari Norwegian garage punk chicks. Best band name ever. RMB 50, RMB 40 (advance). 9.30pm. Temple (131 6107 0713)

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Nova Heart An EP release party with support from Residence A and Metro Tokyo. RMB 80, RMB 60 (advance), RMB 50 (student). 9pm. Yugong Yishan (6404 2711)

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St. George’s Day Charity Dinner Celebrate all things English. Reserve at saintgeorgebeijing@gmail.com. RMB 938, RMB 8,888 (table of 10). 6.15pm. Westin Beijing Chaoyang (5922 8888)

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EVENTS May events deadline – apr 9

send events to listings@thebeijinger.com venue info can be found in the directory starting p75. all event details correct at time of going to press.

APR 1 DINING Easter Chocolate Cooking Class Learn how to make eggs, bunnies and more in a special Easter class, before enjoying a three-course, wine-paired meal with the chef. RMB 498+15%. Kempinski Beijing (6465 3388 ext 4200)

BARS & CLUBS

days a week. Free. 9pm. Lantern (135 0134 8785)

Cui Wenqin Part of Sound of the Xity. RMB 40, RMB 30 (advance). 9pm. Gulou 121 (8404 3430)

Shenggy, Jackie, Billy Starman RMB 20 (includes a beer). 11pm. School (6402 8881)

Mr. Graceless The soon-to-be graduates delight shoegazers. Price and time TBD. Modernista (136 7127 4747)

Songzhuang Village Tour Get an inside look into the studios and work of the resident artists. RMB 250. 9.30am-4.30pm. China Culture Center

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Three to See

Billy Starman, Howie Lee,Guzz, Sulumi Electronic sounds. Free. 11pm. School (6402 8881)

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LIVING BSK Cooking Class: Spring Favorites Delicious dishes to complement the new season. RMB 300 (cash only). 10am-1pm. Black Sesame Kitchen (136 9147 4408)

MUSIC

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Buyi Local rockers. Part of Sound of the Xity. RMB 60. 10pm. 2 Kolegas (6436 8998)

SPORT Beijing Cricket Club Open Friendly Match Play the sport so then you can tell people exactly what is “just not cricket.” Game is at Dulwich College Legend Gardens. 11am. Bus leaves from The Den an hour before. See www.bjcticketclub.org for more.

LIVING

DINING From Apr 14: Beyond Words: Photography from the New Yorker From the magazine’s pages to the UCCA’s white walls.

From Apr 21: Three Shadows Photography Award

China’s next generation of photographers. See photo, above.

Until Apr 24: Xie Fan: The Layers

(6432 9341; see Living directory)

APR 2 BARS & CLUBS Agoria Release tour for the French DJ’s Impermanence album lands in Beijing. RMB 100, RMB 60 (advance), RMB 30 (early bird). 9pm. Lantern (135 0134 8785) Hibiki, Naxx, Funky Dash! RMB 20 (includes a beer). 11pm. School (6402 8881) The Horses Laura Ingalls and Clement Pony pairing up for house music, spaced-out disco, jams and heavy techno. RMB 50. 10pm. Haze (5900 6128)

Chinese Kitchen: Organic Tofu Transform organic soybeans into perfectly creamy tofu. RMB 250 (includes take-home materials), RMB 200 (members). 11am1.30pm. The Hutong (6404 3355)

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330 Metal Festival Part of Sound of the Xity. RMB 100, RMB 80 (advance). 8pm. Tango (6551 9988) Abominati Rock metal for the more illuminated

Hatsune Chef’s Dinner Alan Wong serves a ten-course menu of all-new dishes. Only 20 places, so RSVP to Kristen at 186 1004 6093 or kristen@ lumdimsum.com. RMB 380. 7.30-9.30pm. Hatsune, Guanghua Lu (6581 3939)

MUSIC

The only time it’s good to get oil on silk.

Chinese Through Songs Workshop Improve your language skills through learning popular Chinese songs. Reserve at contact@cultureyard.net. RMB 40. 6.308pm. Culture Yard (8404 4166)

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Nucleus/Wu & The Side Effects Part of Sound of the Xity. RMB 50. 10pm. 2 Kolegas (6436 8998)

ARTS & CULTURE

Slow Boat Sunday Enjoy beer from Slow Boat and rum from Terra’s bar. 1-4pm. Terra (6591 9148)

Rustic This is not a joke. Join the boys for April Fool’s. RMB 60, RMB 50 (student). 9pm. MAO Livehouse (6402 5080)

JVK Band Presenting the Kelstone, a new musical interface. Also featuring 16 Mins. RMB 40. 9pm. V.A. Bar (5844 3638)

Opera: The Flying Dutchman A tale of ghostly sea-born love. The muchanticipated spectacle opens the NCPA’s 2012 Opera Festival (see Feature, p56). RMB 160-680. 7.30pm. NCPA Opera House (6655 0000)

Mad Stupid Party Party hard with French DJ Fete Du Poisson. Free. 9pm. Lantern (135 0134 8785)

Metal Battle Wild Stallyns do not rule, as they aren’t Chinese, but someone has to in this final. Organized by Wacken Open Air and Painkiller. RMB 50. 8.30pm. 13 Club (8261 9267)

MUSIC Jon Zatkin Americana in the folk and blues style. Free. 9pm. Hot Cat Club (6400 7868)

Pet Conspiracy The Pets are supported by We Are Not Invited. RMB 100, RMB 80 (advance). 10.30pm. Yugong Yishan (6404 2711)

Haze April Fool’s Day Club Night Celebrate with tech house and dance sounds played by Yang Bing, Donald Summer, Pancake Lee, Kaize and MaxFeelgood. RMB 80 (includes CD mix by Yang Bing). 10pm. Haze (5900 6128)

Hao Yun Improv noise supported by Shannon and HGC. RMB 100, RMB 80 (advance). 8.30pm. Mako Live House (5205 1112/3)

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snowman. Price and time TBD. 13 Club (8261 9267)

Low Wormwood Part of Sound of the Xity. RMB 60, RMB 50 (advance). 9pm. Mako Live House (5205 1112/3)

Qingming Festival Trip to Xi’an and Shaolin Until Apr 5. Travel by train to some of China’s most iconic sights. Prices from RMB 3,500. Snap Adventures (150 1036 4340)

day-by-day weekly ongoing

Ancient City of Xi’an Until Apr 4. See the warriors and walled city over the weekend. RMB 3,400. China Culture Center (6432 9341; see Living directory) Sichuan Panda Reserve and Leshan Buddha Until Apr 4. Explore Sichuan through its sights and food. RMB 5,500. China Culture Center (6432 9341; see Living directory) Xianmen and Hakka Buildings Until Apr 4. Taking you from a seaside city to mountain villages. RMB 5,900. China Culture Center (6432 9341; see Living directory)

APR 3 BARS & CLUBS Bright Side Vol.2 Real house music played by tons of talented DJs. RMB 50. 10pm. Haze (5900 6128) Lantern Reopening Party New bar, new drinks and new atmosphere as the electronic fans’ favorite goes seven

Sum 41 Canada’s pop-punk pioneers play. Tickets at www.piao.com.cn. RMB 180-1,280. 7.30pm. MasterCard Center (6828 6386)

ARTS & CULTURE Opera: The Flying Dutchman See Apr 3.

LIVING Mahjong Workshop: Part 1 Familiarize yourself with the history and symbolism behind the game. Reserve at contact@cultureyard.net. RMB 200 (2 sessions), RMB 160 (members). 9.30am12.30pm. Culture Yard (8404 4166)

APR 5 MUSIC Nirvana Tribute Three bands cover Seattle’s most famous. Free. 9.30pm. Temple (131 6107 0713)

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DINING

ing, egg painting and other fun for kids. 11.30am-3pm. RMB 498+15% (includes free-flow champagne). BLD Cafe, Renaissance Beijing Capital (5863 8223)

La Noche Pescadora Fresh fish and seafood. Sureño, The Opposite House (6410 5240)

Easter Sunday Brunch at VIC Indulge in an extra-special Easter brunch. RMB 498+15% per person (includes freeflow champagne). VIC, Sofitel (8599 6666)

BARS & CLUBS Eddie’s Weekend 3+2 House with Eddie Lv and Ou Yang. Free. 10pm. Mo Lounge (6413 1019)

Easter Sunday Champagne Brunch The brunch includes champagne, red and white wines, soft drinks and fresh juices. Kids can take part in the hotel’s Easter egg hunt. RMB 498+15%. 11-11.30am (Easter egg hunt), 11.30am-2.30pm (brunch). Greenfish, Ritz-Carlton Beijing Financial Street (6629 6990)

Favela Latin-infused dance music played by Nassdak and Bite-Size Buddha. Free. 10pm. The Bar at Migas (5208 6061) Indie Night Sets from two DJs. Free. 10pm. Modernista (136 7127 4747) INTRO 2012 Ignition Party The countdown to May’s electronic music festival begins. The line-up for INTRO 2012 will be revealed tonight. RMB 50, free (with INTRO 2012 ticket). 9pm. Lantern (135 0134 8785) Manik New York DJ drops all kinds of genres, from deep house to disco. RMB 100, RMB 80 (advance). 10pm. Haze (5900 6128)

MUSIC Brand New, You’re Retro For a description, pick any five words from a Scrabble dictionary. Uber-hipster sonic delights in association with Wang Ba Records. RMB 50, RMB 30 (advance). 9.30pm. Temple (131 6107 0713) JVK Band and Abominati Belgian indie pop and some hard rockers. Free. 9pm. Hot Cat Club (6400 7868) Nancy J. Brown The lovely Nancy sings a diverse range, from jazz to electronica. RMB 40. 9pm. V.A. Bar (5844 3638)

ARTS & CULTURE Opera: The Flying Dutchman See Apr 3. Film: Follow Follow Chinese youth take a rock & roll journey spurred on by the spirit of Kurt Cobain. Followed by director Q&A (Apr 6 & 14 only). RMB 40, RMB 30 (students and seniors), RMB 25 (members). 4pm. BC MOMA (8438 8258)

EXPLORE Hutong Tour: Poets, Prime Ministers, and the Immortal Donkey What do an ostracized poet, a patriotic prime minister, the oldest of the eight immortals, and an enchanted donkey have in common? RMB 120, RMB 100 (members). 6pm. The Hutong (6404 3355; see Living directory)

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Eggciting Easter Bubbalicious Brunch The usual impressive buffet plus an egg hunt and some extra Easter fun. RMB 42898+15%. 11.30am-3pm. Seasonal Tastes, Westin Beijing Chaoyang (5922 8880)

Apr 28: Grandmaster Flash

Cutting faster since before most of us were lewd thoughts. Cocktail-making competition. Reservation required. RMB 188, RMB 338 (includes four-course meal following the class). 7.309.30pm. Le Petit Gourmand (6417 6095)

twist. RMB 588+15% (includes unlimited Piper Heidsieck champagne), free (kids under 12). 11.30am-3pm. Aroma, Ritz-Carlton Beijing (5908 8161)

Cut & Paste Launch Party First of a series featuring DJs with different styles. Enjoy Weng Weng’s techno sounds mixed with Oshi’s minimal electro. RMB 50, free (before midnight). 9pm. Lantern (135 0134 8785)

Asia Bistro Super Brunch A feast of meats, seafood, and luscious desserts, with a visit from the Easter Bunny, egg hunts and other Easter twists. RMB 688+15% (includes champagne), free (kids under 12). 11.30am-3.30pm. Asia Bistro, JW Marriott (5908 8995)

Funk Fever Beijing’s funkiest DJ collective brings the beats. Free. 10pm. The Bar at Migas (5208 6061) The Gay-Mazing Poker Race Charitable race which includes barhopping, card-playing and free beers. RMB 400/team. 2pm. Meet at Great Leap Brewing (5717 1399) Reggae Party Music from the One Drop Band, Meiwenti Sound and Ultimate Productions, with food from Rose’s Private Kitchen. RMB 50. 10pm. 2 Kolegas (6436 8998)

MUSIC The New Vibe Time to get funky. Free. 9.30pm. Temple (131 6107 0713) Randy Abel Stable The hicks with licks bring the bluegrass. RMB 80, RMB 50 (advance). 9pm. Yugong Yishan (6404 2711) VHR, Wang Wei and Rock Rhino Rockers delight. Free. 9.30pm. Hot Cat Club (6400 7868)

ARTS & CULTURE Opera: The Flying Dutchman See Apr 3.

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Easter Chocolate Afternoon Tea Hand-crafted Easter eggs and freshly made cakes. RMB 188+15%. Lobby Lounge, China World Hotel (6506 2266 ext 37)

Gubeikou Wild Great Wall Join them for a relaxed walk along one of the oldest parts of the Wild Great Wall, then grab lunch in a local village. RMB 370, RMB 320 (advance). 8am. Culture Yard (8404 4166; see Living directory)

BARS & CLUBS Carlos Gibbs Dim Sum Disco presents the San Franciscoborn DJ as he returns with old-school disco and contemporary house. RMB 50. 10pm. Haze (5900 6128) Cocktail Master Class: Absinthe Edition

APR 8 DINING Aroma Easter Brunch The usual excellent brunch with an Easter

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Chocolate Egg Hunt at Easter Brunch Egg-searching fun for kids, Veuve Clicquot fun for adults. Price TBD. 11.30am-3pm. Garden Court, St. Regis (6460 6688) Comptoirs de France Easter Egg Hunt Buy an easter egg at Comptoirs de France before April 7 for a chance to win an invitation to this large-scale Easter Sunday hunt at East Lake Villas. Children aged 2-10 only. 9am. Comptoirs de France Easter Brunch Fun-filled brunch celebration featuring egg painting and an Easter Bunny appearance for the young ones. RMB 488+15%, RMB 244+15% (children). Scene a Café, China World Hotel (6505 2266 ext 35) Easter Brunch Mediterranean-style Easter brunch. RMB 688+15% (includes glass of champagne and a Lindt chocolate rabbit). Time TBD. Sureño, The Opposite House (6410 5240) Easter Chocolate Afternoon Tea See Apr 7. Easter Egg Hunt at The Fairmont Search for eggs inside and outside the hotel. An appearance from the Easter Bunny is highly likely. Brunch and afternoon tea options available respectively before and after the egg hunt. 1pm. Fairmont Beijing (8507 3630) Easter Sunday at SALT Two or three courses for Easter. Reservations essential. RMB 428-458 (includes free-flow champagne or beer), RMB 228-258 (no alcohol). Noon-4pm. SALT (6437 8457) Easter Sunday at Terra Enjoy two or three courses of South American-flavored Easter. Reservations essential. RMB 408-438 (includes free-flow champagne or beer), RMB 208-238 (no alcohol). 11am-4pm. Terra (6591 9148) Easter Sunday Brunch at BLD Cafe The usual sumptuous spread, accompanied by a special area for Easter egg hunt-

Feast Easter Brunch A great Easter buffet selection. RMB 368+15% (includes free-flow champagne). 11am. Feast, Sheraton Beijing Dongcheng (5798 8888) Kranzler’s Grand Easter Brunch An Easter feast for all the family, with roast baby lamb, Australian rib eye beef, decadent desserts and an Easter egg hunt. RMB 498+15%. Kranzler’s, Kempinski Beijing (6465 3388 ext 4222)

BARS & CLUBS Afrojack Dutch producer who’s worked with Beyonce, Pitbull and Snoop. Price and time TBD. Spark (6587 1501)

MUSIC Folk and Blues Sunday Jon Zatkin and Liu Yusi bring the folk. Free. 9pm. Hot Cat Club (6400 7868)

ARTS & CULTURE Opera: The Flying Dutchman See Apr 3.

EXPLORE Hutong Tour: Prophets, Prostitutes and Spies Delve into the city’s sometimes seedy past. RMB 120, RMB 100 (members). 10am. The Hutong (6404 3355; see Living directory)

APR 9 LIVING Chinese Kitchen: TCM Culinary Series Learn three TCM-approved recipes. RMB 280, RMB 250 (members). 11am-1.30pm. The Hutong (6404 3355)

APR 10 LIVING Green Drinks: 4-Year Anniversary Join Beijing’s green community at their monthly meet-and-greet – this time around, there is special cause for celebration. Happy hour promotions apply. Free. 7.30pm. The Bookworm (6586 9507; see Dining directory)

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EVENTS See Apr 4. Visit a local playhouse and play like the locals do. Reserve at contact@ cultureyard.net. RMB 200 (2 sessions), RMB 160 (members). 1-4pm. Culture Yard (8404 4166)

APR 12 DINING Opera@D An operatic evening of Italian cuisine and wine. RMB 888+15%. 6-10pm. Danieli’s, St. Regis (6460 6688)

MUSIC The Rocktigers These Seoul men are on their first China tour. Support from Rolling Bowling, The Manta Rays and DJ B.O. RMB 40. Time TBD. 2 Kolegas (6436 8998) Whai Rock, Chinese folk and the experimental avant-garde. Free. 9.30pm. Temple (131 6107 0713)

expect something spooky. Free. 9.30pm. Hot Cat Club (6400 7868)

LIVING Global Kitchen: Korean Cuisine Far more than just kimchi. RMB 250, RMB 200 (members). 10.30am-1pm. The Hutong (6404 3355)

ARTS & CULTURE Electric Shadows Third Anniversary Party Celebrate Beijing’s indie film stalwarts by playing “film games” (nope, we don’t know that that means either), watching movies and enjoying drink specials all night. Free. 8pm. The Bookworm (6431 2108) Film: Follow Follow See Apr 6.

APR 14 BARS & CLUBS Eddie’s Weekend: Made in Tianjin Eddie Lv, Ya Dong and Johnny Z pay homage to their hometown. Free. 10pm. Mo Lounge (6413 1019) Fritz Kalkbrenner German techno hits Beijing. RMB 120, RMB 80 (advance). 11pm. Haze (5900 6128)

Free Book Swap Swap old books with other readers. Free. Noon-4pm. 12SQM (6402 1554)

SPORT Barefoot Running Workshops HeyRunning run a pair of workshops on nude feet. Register at heyrunning@ heyrobics.com. RMB 100. 10.30am. Chaoyang Park, West Gate 3

Syndicate Sessions

APR 15 DINING Masters of Food and Wine: Portuguese The Douro Boys, five Portuguese wine producers, visit for a six-course wine-paired dinner. RMB 1,288+15%. 6pm. Park Hyatt Beijing (8567 1841)

BARS & CLUBS 1950s Rockabilly Night Live swing and rockabilly by DH & Chinese Hellcats. RMB 70. 9pm. Yugong Yishan (6404 2711) Titanic Trivia Steven Schwankert of SinoScuba hosts a quiz marking the 100-year anniversary of the historical event that ultimately inspired Celine Dion’s greatest song. Free. 8pm. 12SQM (6402 1554)

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LIVING

Breathe in fresh springtime air outside of the city. RMB 380, RMB 320 (children under 16). 9am. Ninety Percent Travel (151 1791 6648)

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Chinese Kitchen: TCM Culinary Series See Apr 9. 10.30am-1pm.

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Chinese Kitchen: Vegan Cuisine Now vegans can eat local, too. RMB 280, RMB 220 (members). 7-9.30pm. The Hutong (6404 3355)

Manafest Canadian Christian rapper can rhyme if not spell. Price and time TBD. MAO Livehouse (6402 5080)

INN Trekkie: Cherry Blossom Festival Make new friends and explore the secret gems of Beijing together. RSVP by Apr 10 to innbeijing@hotmail.com. Free. 9.30am2pm. Yuyuantan Park (no tel)

Rockabilly Night Rockabilly music. At night. To celebrate the end of the Great Wall Swing Out. Expect DH & Chinese Hellcats. RMB 70. 9pm. Yugong Yishan (6404 2711)

Talk: Super Powers of Entrepreneurship Interested in starting your own business? Dominic from Plastered T-shirts talks about how to transform your weaknesses into strengths. Free. Time TBD. The Hutong (6404 3355)

ARTS & CULTURE

APR 13 BARS & CLUBS 1920s Dance Party Live swing and gypsy jazz by Hot Club of Beijing. More information at www. greatwallswingout.com. RMB 70. 8.30pm. Workers’ Gymnasium Ballroom Caoker Launch Party New music, art and fashion website launches. Free. 9.30pm. Modernista (136 7127 4747) Dance Dangereux featuring Daniel Wang Disco visitor comes to town, with support from local boys Metro Tokyo, Tobias Patrick and Boflex. RMB 60. 10pm. The Bar at Migas (5208 6061) Homebase Electric Eddie Lv and QQ play. RMB 50, free (before midnight). 9pm. Lantern (135 0134 8785) SWISSKiss featuring Cheesebeat Swiss electro collective launch a new Swiss-themed series. Price TBD. 10pm. Haze (5900 6128)

MUSIC Ah-Q Jazz Arkestra Noah’s favorite jazz combo. RMB 40. 9pm. V.A. Bar (5844 3638) Brand New, You’re Retro See Apr 6. Pangbian’r The lineup might not be decided yet but

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Book Talk: The Joy of Gay Sex Dr. Charles Silverstein helped declassify homosexuality as a mental illness in the 1970s and shares his pearls of LGBT wisdom. RMB 30, RMB 20 (members). 7.30pm. The Bookworm (6431 2108)

APR 29-MAY 1: MIDI FESTIVAL Three days of musical festivities, including Mos Def. See photo, above. APR 29-MAY 1: STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL Three days of similarly musical festivities, but in Tongzhou.

Chinese Through Songs Workshop See Apr 1.

APR 1-3: SOUND OF THE XITY Rockers explore cultural exchange at venues around the city. DJ Donkey Tonk will play everything from two-step to grime-step. RMB 50. 10pm. Lantern (135 0134 8785) M. Ross x Nassdak The Barcelona-born DJ and resident Nassdak join forces to bring you seriously eclectic dance music. Free. 10pm. The Bar at Migas (5208 6061) Off The Latch Expect electronic from drum & bass to synth pop. RMB 20 (includes free shot). 11pm. School (6402 8881) Traffic Light Party Wear a sticker to indicate your availability. RMB 100 (includes one free drink). Xiu, Park Hyatt (8567 1108)

MUSIC Not There Electro rock and “livetonic” for the kids, and the kids’ kids. Free. 9.30pm. Hot Cat Club (6400 7868) The Beijing Beatles Covers of Ringo and the boys. Free. 9.30pm. Temple (131 6107 0713)

LIVING Beginners’ Digital Photography See Apr 14.

Mashup Beer Pong Tournament Ping pong balls and pijiu. Good times. Register at Mashupasia.com. RMB 100 (per team). Time TBD. Kokomo (6413 1019)

LIVING Beginners’ Digital Photography Mitchell Masilun teaches you how to really use your camera and understand its functions. RMB 880, RMB 800 (members). 10am-6pm. The Hutong (6404 3355) Talk: Special Needs Adoption A brief introduction to the adoption process and the truth about orphans with special needs. Reserve at njkerwin@gmail. com. RMB 100 (includes lunch). 10am. The Orchard (6433 6270)

EXPLORE Huanghuacheng Wild Great Wall & Silver Pagoda Forest Step out of Beijing for a day of hiking and outdoor relaxing. RMB 370, RMB 320 (advance). 8am. Culture Yard (8404 4166; see Living directory)

Speed Dating Get out of your winter funk and meet some fresh faces. RSVP at www.fishbowlevents. com. RMB 150 (includes drink and appetizers). 7pm. Venue TBD Tea Market Tour to Maliandao Taste teas from all over China and shop for affordable teaware. RMB 250 (includes lunch). 10am-3pm. The Hutong (6404 3355)

EXPLORE Shangyuan Village Tour Peek into this private area that is home to older, established artists. RMB 250, RMB 150 (children under 12). 9.30am-4.30pm. China Culture Center (6432 9341; see Living directory)

APR 16 LIVING Chinese Peony Painting Workshop Let your interest in traditional Chinese arts blossom. Free. 1.30-3.30pm. Beijing Mandarin School (6508 1026)

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APR 19

DINING

MUSIC

ELVIS.T Birthday Party Celebrate by dancing to ELVIS.T’s new album. RMB 50, free (before midnight). 9pm. Lantern (135 0134 8785)

Chi Fan for Charity: Napa Valley Style Chi Fan and the Napa Valley Vintners Association team up for five wine dinners across the city. Participating restaurants include Brasserie Flo, Grange Grill at Westin Chaoyang, Maison Boulud, Temple Restaurant Beijing and Vasco’s at Hilton Wangfujing. RMB 800 (RMB 500 goes to charity Children’s Hope). Reservation information at www.chifanforcharity.org.

Borbetomagus New York’s free improv/harsh noise legends plus support from Wang Ziheng. RMB 60. Time TBD. 2 Kolegas (6436 8998)

Nubeat Society Donald Summer, Harry He, Mathew and Juliana Lima play varied tunes. RMB 50. 10pm. Haze (5900 6128)

MUSIC One Step Forward A reggae session like back a yard. Big up Ultimate Sound System and One Drop. RMB 50. 10pm. 2 Kolegas (6436 8998)

ARTS & CULTURE

LIVING BSK Cooking Class: Shanxi Noodles Make noodles and sauces from scratch. RMB 300 (cash only). 10am-1pm. Black Sesame Kitchen (136 9147 4408) Chinese Kitchen: Vegan Cuisine See Apr 12.

MUSIC Brand New, You’re Retro See Apr 6. Devils at the Crossroad Something about swapping a fiddle for being hard rockers? Free. 9.30pm. Hot Cat Club (6400 7868)

APR 20 DINING

Photography Talk: Andy Gotts He demands absolute privacy with his celebrity photo subjects (you name ’em, he’s shot ’em). Here, he opens up about his process. RMB 30, RMB 20 (members). 7.30pm. The Bookworm (6431 2108)

YEN White Eddie Lv, Donald Summer, QQ, Bobby and Donkey Tonk get the Persil out. RMB 150, RMB 100 (advance). 9pm. UCCA

Laurent Maur Jazz Quintet

Three to See arts & culture

ARTS & CULTURE

APR 18 Apr 6, 14, 28: Film: Follow Follow

SPORT

Indie Chinese rock film channels Kurt Cobain.

Apr 14: Electric Shadows Third Anniversary Party What would the city’s cinephiles do without them?

Apr 22: Laofei Library SecondHand Book Fair Got books to swap?

MUSIC

ARTS & CULTURE Beijing Postcards: Central Axis The city’s north-south axis is responsible for so many of our transportation woes. What gives? Find out at this enlightening historical talk. RMB 30, RMB 20 (members). 7.30pm. The Bookworm (6431 2108) Piano: Jean-Efflam Bavouzet The master takes on the dreamy sounds of Claude Debussy. RMB 30-580. 7pm. Forbidden City Concert Hall (6559 8285)

LIVING Chinese Kitchen: Sichuan Inject some mala into your kitchen. RMB 250, RMB 200 (members). 10.30am-1pm. The Hutong (6404 3355)

MUSIC Hifana Japanese breakbeat duo and their fellow countrymen VJs. RMB 150, RMB 100 (advance). 9pm. Yugong Yishan (6404 2711)

Photography Festival: Caochangdi PhotoSpring Opening Week Beijing’s bombshell of a photo festival features works by photographers from China, Japan, Singapore, France, Spain and more. For more information about specific exhibits, consult the “Ongoing” section of these event listings and stay tuned to TheBeijinger.com. Free. Three Shadows Photography Art Centre (6432 2663)

INN Coffee Morning – Sanlitun Meet people who live nearby. Free. 10amnoon. The Bookworm (6586 9507; see Dining directory)

Randy Abel Stable Country tunes. RMB 25. 8pm. 12SQM (6402 1554)

Let There Be House featuring LGBT Enjoy guest DJ Patrick Yu, with a set from regular The Pipesmoker. RMB 50. 10pm. Haze (5900 6128)

Zac Courtney Trio In the mood for something a little more jazzy? Free. 9.30pm. Hot Cat Club (6400 7868)

BSK Cooking Class: Back to Basics Learn all the Chinese classics like fried rice, spinach and peanut salad and more. RMB 300 (cash only). 10am-1pm. Black Sesame Kitchen (136 9147 4408)

Borbetomagus New York’s free improv/harsh-noise legends, plus support from Li Jianhong. RMB 60. Time TBD. What Bar (133 4112 2757)

Kollection Launch Party Azat, Eric Lee, Jackson Lee and other DJs unite for a new series celebrating the best in Chinese electronic music. RMB 50, free (before midnight). 9pm. Lantern (135 0134 8785)

Scampi Dips Chips & Campari Norwegian garage punk chicks. Best band name ever. RMB 50, RMB 40 (advance). 9.30pm. Temple (131 6107 0713)

British Club Coffee Morning Speaker TBD. No jeans or sneakers. RMB 70, RMB 50 (members). 10am-noon. The Capital Club (8486 2225)

BARS & CLUBS

Housing The Bar The third edition of the series pairs disco and house DJs with live music. Free. 9pm. The Bar at Migas (5208 6061)

Music Souls (Danadri) The sound of the islands, from Barbados to Cape Verde. RMB 30. 9pm. V.A. Bar (5844 3638)

LIVING

Rum Master Class Taste five rums and rum cocktails while learning about pouring, glassware and more. Maximum ten participants. Reservations essential. RMB 288. 7-9pm. Terra (6591 9148)

Miss Vulva and Nadia Spanx entertain with the art of drag. Free. 10pm. Modernista (136 7127 4747)

Vegetarian Turns Twenty The Veggie Table’s head chef celebrates 20 years of a meat-free lifestyle with an evening of free tapas and vegan jello shots. Free. 9.30pm. The Veggie Table (6446 2073)

BARS & CLUBS The Art of Wine: Italian Edition A guided wine tasting open to all levels. Reservations required. RMB 130 (includes wine plus appetizers), RMB 258 (includes three-course dinner following the tasting). 7-8.30pm. Le Petit Gourmand (6417 6095) Bartending Class Learn bartending basics techniques from a real expert. RMB 150+15%. Champagne Bar, Fairmont Hotel (8511 7777) Cassian Nu-disco and house remix genius. RMB 80, RMB 50 (advance). 9.30pm. The Bar at Migas (5208 6061) Eddie’s Weekend Eddie Lv and Donmy Liu spice the weekend up. Free. 10pm. Mo Lounge (6413 1019)

Five guys, one named Maur. Sounds like a hit musical evening. RMB 40. 9pm. V.A. Bar (5844 3638) Marky Ramone’s Blitzkrieg Hot Pot Music brings the famous drummer as well as the former singer of The Misfits, Michael Graves. RMB 240, RMB 180 (advance), RMB 400 (VIP). Yugong Yishan (6404 2711) Sub Jam’s Miji Concert No. 8 Two of the best in Japanese improv music perform. RMB 60. 8.30pm. 2 Kolegas (6436 8998)

LIVING Full-Day Photography Workshop Join photographer Peter Carney for a shooting and editing session in the hutongs. Reserve at contact@cultureyard. net. RMB 500. 10am-6pm. Culture Yard (8404 4166)

APR 21 BARS & CLUBS

Thomas Marechal Corporate Tournament Beijing’s French LE organize a corporate tournament in memory of a former teammate. 9am. Chaoyang Park East Gate. Register your five-a-side team with Sylvain at sylvainoudin@gmail.com

LIVING BSK Cooking Class: Spring Favorites See Apr 3. Chinese Kitchen: Yunnan Master Beijing’s “in-cuisine.” RMB 250, RMB 200 (members). 2-4.30pm. The Hutong (6404 3355)

APR 22 BARS & CLUBS Lil Jon Hip-hop star comes to town – expect a hit-filled set. Tickets at Sendmetickets. com. RMB 400 (includes glass of Mumm champagne). ROOMBeijing (8517 2033) Saint George’s Day Party The Catalonian Social Club of Beijing presents three live bands, Catalan food and a book and flower exchange in honor of the man they call Saint Jordi. Call Jordi on 139 0124 4546 for more information. RMB 50. 5pm. 2 Kolegas (6436 8998)

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EVENTS ARTS & CULTURE

MUSIC

Books in Film: Bloody Morning Li Shaohong adapts Yu Hua’s northern Chinese version of Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s Chronicle of a Death Foretold. Whew. Free. 6.30. Modernista (136 9142 5744; see Nightlife directory)

Grandmaster Flash The pioneering DJ still has the skills to pay the bills. RMB 150, RMB 100 (advance). 9pm. Yugong Yishan (6404 2711) The Red Pirates, Kill Killers and Cactus Hard rock times three. Excellent names also. Free. 9.30pm. Hot Cat Club (6400 7868)

Food, Film & Friends: Vietnam Breathe in the fish sauce, basil and lime before catching beautifully idyllic The Scent of Green Papaya. RMB 240, RMB 200 (members), RMB 30 (screening only). 5pm (cooking), 7.30pm (screening). The Hutong (159 0104 6127; see Living directory)

ARTS & CULTURE Film: Follow Follow See Apr 6.

Laofei Library Secondhand Book Fair They provide the spot, you bring used books and DVDs to sell or exchange. Free. Noon-midnight. Modernista (136 9142 5744; see Nightlife directory)

LIVING St. George’s Day Charity Dinner Expect plenty of gin and Pimm’s at the annual event that celebrates all things English. Proceeds benefit Care for Children. Reserve at saintgeorgebeijing@gmail.com. RMB 938, RMB 8,888 (table of 10). 6.15pm. Westin Beijing Chaoyang (5922 8888)

Photography Festival: Caochangdi PhotoSpring Opening Week See Apr 21.

LIVING BSB Jumble Sale Browse a mishmash of goodies. Proceeds go to Roundabout. Free. 10am-2pm. British School of Beijing Sanlitun (8532 3088) Chinese Kitchen: Organic Tofu See Apr 1. The Beijing Chocolate Chronicles Explore the wonders of chocolate fusion cuisine. RMB 280, RMB 220 (members). 4-6.30pm. The Hutong (6404 3355)

APR 23 ARTS & CULTURE Photography Festival: Caochangdi PhotoSpring Opening Week See Apr 21.

APR 24 ARTS & CULTURE Photography Festival: Caochangdi PhotoSpring Opening Week See Apr 21.

LIVING INN Night Out! Meet up with newcomers and long-time residents to swap stories about Beijing. RSVP by Apr 22 to innbeijing@hotmail. com. Price TBD. 7-9pm. Kashgar Restaurant (6358 2243; see Dining directory)

APR 25 DINING Secretaries’ Day at VIC Two sittings for secretaries. RMB 228+15% per person (lunch), RMB 298+15% per person (dinner). Noon-2.30pm, 6-10pm. VIC, Sofitel (8599 6666)

BARS & CLUBS Open Mic Night Musicians, singers, poets, rappers and ventriloquists all welcome. No need for advanced registration, but you will need some discernible talent. Bring your own instruments. Free. 8pm. 12SQM (6402 1554)

LIVING VIVA: China on Climate Change An expert on domestic climate policy talks about how China is handling its pollution

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Sundays: S.t.a.y Sunday Brunch

How many of these could you down in one sitting? changes. RMB 250, RMB 180 (members). 6.30-9pm. Westin Beijing Chaoyang (5922 8888)

APR 26 MUSIC La Souris Déglinguée French punkabilly. RMB 100, RMB 70 (advance). 9pm. Yugong Yishan (6404 2711) Toy Head Band Rocksteady. ‘Nuff said. Free. 9.30pm. Temple (131 6107 0713)

ARTS & CULTURE Veggie Table Movie Night Watch Forks Over Knives, a pro-vegetarian documentary. Contact Mia on 138 1122 4998 for more information. Free. 9.30pm. The Veggie Table (6446 2073; see Dining directory)

LIVING Chinese Kitchen: Vegan Cuisine See Apr 12. INN Coffee Morning – Lido See Apr 17. Maan Coffee (8457 3470) Introduction to Chinese Herbs Find out the history and uses behind the herbal medicines at your local pharmacy. RMB 150. Time TBD. The Hutong (6404 3355)

APR 27 BARS & CLUBS Clubbed to Death Resident DJs Pancake Lee, Kaize and Max Feelgood. RMB 50 (includes one drink). 10pm. Haze (5900 6128) Pathway Remix Release Party ELVIS.T’s album gets switched up. RMB 80 (includes CD). 9pm. Lantern (135 0134 8785) Terrace Opening Weekend Discover the new expanded terrace and expect some surprises. Free. 9pm. The Bar at Migas (5208 6061)

MUSIC Backyard Surgeons

Aussie punk rockers rock Beijing before Midi Festival. Support from The Flyx and Subs. Price and time TBD. 2 Kolegas (6436 8998) Nova Heart The Chinese rockers release their debut EP. Support by Residence A and Metro Tokyo. RMB 80, RMB 60 (advance), RMB 50 (student). 9pm. Yugong Yishan (6404 2711) Shaddai Roots reggae for the socially conscious. Free. 9.30pm. Temple (131 6107 0713)

LIVING Wine and Woks Create a contemporary Chinese menu revolving around select wines. RMB 300, RMB 250 (members). 7-9.30pm. The Hutong (6404 3355)

EXPLORE Hutong Tour: Poets, Prime Ministers, and the Immortal Donkey See Apr 6.

APR 28 DINING Planata Winemaker Dinner Wines from Planata and fabulous steaks. Price TBD. 7pm. The Cut, Fairmont Beijing (8507 3617)

BARS & CLUBS Deetron Warm techno directly from Switzerland. RMB 100, RMB 60 (advance). 9pm. Lantern (135 0134 8785) Eddie’s Weekend Eddie Lv and Mickey Zhang tech it to the next level. Free. 10pm. Mo Lounge (6413 1019) Flowing to Proportion Exhibition launch party with music from DJ Ba’Al, aka artist Anibal Maillo. Free. 8.30pm. Modernista (136 7127 4747) Terrace Opening Weekend See Apr 27. Zed Bias The UK garage pioneer is ready to make you dance. RMB 100, RMB 80 (advance). 10pm. Haze (5900 6128)

Yoga Yard Film Series: YOGAWOMAN Watch a documentary on women who have changed the face of yoga for good. Proceeds go to charity. RSVP at info@ yogayard.com. Free (donations requested). 7-9pm. Yoga Yard (6413 0774)

EXPLORE Seven Days in Tibet Tour Check out Potala Palace, ride a yak, and visit a Tibetan family. Prices from RMB 6,200. Snap Adventures (150 1036 4340)

APR 29 BARS & CLUBS Haze Club Night Resident night include all-time favorites Pancake Lee, Yang Bing, Donald Summer, Kaize and Max Feelgood. RMB 50. 10pm. Haze (5900 6128) Strawberry Festival Afterparty Ou Yang and Eric Lee keep the party going. RMB 50, free (before midnight). 9pm. Lantern (135 0134 8785)

MUSIC Riots We predict that they’re Swedish punks. RMB 50, RMB 40 (advance). 9.30pm. Temple (131 6107 0713) Skaidi Who’d fuse folk, jazz and world music? Norwegians would. RMB 40, RMB 30 (students). 9.30pm. Hot Cat Club (6400 7868)

LIVING Chinese Through Songs Workshop See Apr 1. The Hutong Heyrobics: Health Rave Bring together the best of four worlds – exercise, food, music and drinks – into one unforgettable extravaganza. Starts at Ditan Park East Gate at noon. RMB 100. The Hutong (6404 3355)

EXPLORE Griddha Kuta Temple Hike Explore the ruins at a 1,000-year-old temple. RMB 380, RMB 320 (children under 16). 8am. Ninety Percent Travel (151 1791 6648) Hutong Tour: Prophets, Prostitutes and Spies See Apr 8. Ningxia and Sand Dunes Until May 1. Muslim culture and Inner Mon-

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golia’s desert. RMB 5,600. China Culture Center (6432 9341; see Living directory)

(8286 3566) Martini Night Grey Goose martinis for RMB 70. 6pm-2am. Atmosphere, China World Summit Wing (6505 2299 ext 6433)

Sichuan Panda Reserve and Leshan Buddha Until May 1. Explore Sichuan through its sights and food. RMB 5,500. China Culture Center (6432 9341; see Living directory)

Paddy’s Quiz Which quiz host swears the most? Prizes for every round and more. Free. 8.30pm. Paddy O’Shea’s (6415 6389)

Wudang Mountain Until May 1. Soak up the serenity. RMB 4,600. China Culture Center (6432 9341; see Living directory)

The Brick Quiz Night Beijing’s only “common sense” quiz night. Free. 8pm. The Brick (139 1113 6564)

Xianmen and Hakka Buildings Until May 1. Taking you from a seaside city to mountain villages. RMB 5,900. China Culture Center (6432 9341; see Living directory)

Whiskey on Wednesday Discounts of 45-50 percent on special whiskey cocktails. There’s also a different whiskey served half price on the rocks every week. Free. 6-9pm. Q Bar (6595 9239)

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MUSIC

BARS & CLUBS May Holiday Party Celebrate with techno and house DJs Yang Bing, Donald Summer, Kaize, Pancake Lee and Max Feelgood. Free. 10pm. Haze (5900 6128) Nic Faniculli Techno and house from the Saved Records boss. RMB 100, RMB 80 (advance). 9pm. Lantern (135 0134 8785) Strawberry Festival Afterparty Keep dancing with DJ sets by Blonde Redhead and Pitchtuner. Free. 10pm. The Bar at Migas (5208 6061)

MUSIC Devils At The Crossroad See Apr 20. Little Fish Garage rock from the UK, not to be confused with UK Garage. Lame Goat are special guests. RMB 40, RMB 30 (students). 9.30pm. Hot Cat Club (6400 7868) Strawberry Aftershow Keep going after the sun sets on the festival. Pitchtuner, Blonde Redhead, Jeans Team and Mike Brandon of The Mystery Jets rock the DJ booth. RMB 80, free (with Strawberry Festival wristband). Migas (5208 6061)

LIVING INN Monthly Meeting: Going Organic in Beijing What does “organic” really mean in the Middle Kingdom? RMB 50 (includes coffee, tea and pastries). 10am-noon. The Capital Club Athletic Center (8486 2225 ext 136)

EXPLORE Great Wall Camping Expedition Until May 1. Climb the challenging Jiankou section of the Wall before falling asleep under the stars. RMB 350. Snap Adventures (150 1036 4340)

MONDAYS DINING Alameda Specials Night Live bossa nova and jazz. Buy a bottle of wine and get a free plate of finger foods. Alameda (6417 8084) Temptation Mondays Get over the Monday blues with 30% off any bottle of wine. Mosto (5208 6030)

BARS & CLUBS Bookworm Pub Quiz Free drinks guaranteed, cash prize condi-

Open Mic Night Samuel and Tavey make sure there’s no fighting. Free. 9pm. V.A. Bar (5844 3638)

ARTS & CULTURE Apr 7: Gay-mazing Poker Race

The queens have it.

tional upon supreme intelligence. RMB 5. 7.30pm. The Bookworm (6586 9507)

MUSIC Open Jazz Jam Session Open mic but jazz only. Free beer for all who play on stage. Free. 9pm. V.A. Bar (5844 3638)

TUESDAYS DINING Steak Night Buy-one-get-one-free on Flamme’s house steak. Free. Flamme (6417 8608) Temptation Tuesdays Drinks on Tuesday? Why not? Enjoy your favorite wines at 30% off. Modo (6415 7207)

BARS & CLUBS Black Sun Quiz Night Testing times at Chaoyang Park West Gate. Free. 8pm. Black Sun (6593 6909) Mesh Cocktail Tuesday Two-for-one on both passionfruit and lychee martinis. Free. Mesh (6417 6688) Quiz Night How many, when and where? Free. 8pm. Tim’s Texas Bar-B-Q (6591 9161) Stumble Inn Quiz Night How many beers do you have? Get a free Tsingtao with every main course ordered, and play for a gallon of beer in the quiz. Free. 7.30pm. The Stumble Inn (6417 7794) Tightass Tuesdays Happy hour all day – and all of the night. Two-for-one drinks, two-for-one on ceviches if you get hungry. Free. Terra (6591 9148)

SPORT Beijing Aardvarks Rugby training. Meet from 6.30pm at Chaoyang Park South Gate (134 3670 1915) www.beijingaardvarks.org Beijing Devils Rugby training. Meet from 6.30pm at The Den (6592 6290) www.beijingdevils.com Dodgeball Ducking, diving and the like. 8.30pm.

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Dongsi Olympic Community Sports Culture Center. More details at www.mashupasia.com

EXPLORE Temple of Heaven, Tai Chi, Tea and Summer Palace A full day of Chinese sites and culture. RMB 450, RMB 350 (children under 12) + RMB 150 (optional acrobatics show). 9am. China Culture Center (6432 9341; see Living directory)

WEDNESDAYS DINING Black Sesame Wine ‘n’ Dine Ten courses of Chinese food, prepared in front of you and paired with two New World wines. Reservations required. RMB 300. 7-10pm. Black Sesame Kitchen (136 9147 4408; see Living directory) www. blacksesamekitchen.com Curry Wednesday Three different curries offered. RMB 98. Village Cafe (6410 5210) Wednesday’s Roasts Weekend tradition moves midweek. Roast beef, pork and leg of lamb, with all the traditional sides. 5.30-10.30pm. Grange, Westin Beijing Chaoyang (5922 8888) Wine and Dine Free glass of wine with every three-course set dinner. Free. Terra (6591 9148) Wine Fever Buy a bottle and get free-flow tapas. RMB 200. 8-10pm. Enoterra (5208 6076)

BARS & CLUBS Divas’ Wednesday Buy-one-get-one-free on bottles of Moët & Chandon and champagne cocktails. Free. 9pm-midnight. Xiu (8567 1108) Ladies’ Night at Ciro’s Two-for-one cocktails and jazz. Free. 6pm-midnight (band starts 9.30pm). Ciro’s Pomodoro (5208 6008) 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

Riverbank Ciné Club Raise a glass to Europe’s disaffected youth with This is England (Apr 4), An Education (Apr 11), Fishtank (Apr 18) and La Haine (Apr 25). RMB 40 (includes coffee or tea). 7.30pm. Riverbank Bar and Café (6506 8277; see Nightlife directory)

EXPLORE Beijing Hikers Mid-week treks every week at different locations around Beijing. Prices vary by hike. See beijinghikers.com for specific trips. Beijing Hikers (6432 2786; see Sports directory) Pedicab Hutong Tour Fill your day with a tour of Beijing’s alleyways plus visits to a traditional courtyard house, an herbal pharmacy and a porcelain museum. RMB 400, RMB 300 (children 5-11). 9am-4.30pm. China Culture Center (6432 9341; see Living directory)

THURSDAYS DINING Prime Rib Night 250-day Australian Stockyard prime rib. RMB 260 (includes one beer or glass of wine). The Cut, Fairmont Beijing (8507 3617) Steak Thursday Enjoy tenderloin with a bowl of soup. RMB 148 (includes glass of house wine), RMB 108 (no wine). Village Cafe (6410 5210) Weekly Canape Night Enjoy snacks as you sip wines from the wine machines. RMB 100 (non-members), free (members). Pudao Wines (8590 3020) Wind Down at the Wine Club Discover wine with sommelier Julia Zhu. Includes five wines, expert commentary and canapés. RMB 150+15%. 6.30pm. One East, Hilton Beijing (5865 5030)

BARS & CLUBS Lost In China Live Latin music. Free. 9.30pm-12.30am. Ciro’s Pomodoro (5208 6008) Girls’ Night Out Two free drinks for ladies, 30 percent off all bottles of Absolut. 9pm-late. Xiu, Park Hyatt (8567 1108) Green Cap Quiz Night Where did she go? Free. 7.30pm. The Green Cap (186 1174 7939)

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EVENTS Ladies Night Ladies get all martinis and margaritas for RMB 30. Free. 8pm-midnight. 12SQM (6402 1554)

Bubbalicious Free-flow champagne and Grand Marnier cocktails, an array of cold and hot dishes and desserts, along with juice and smoothie stations. A kids’ corner entertains the young’uns. RMB 468+15% (includes free-flow champagne). 11.30am-3.30pm. Seasonal Tastes, Westin Beijing Chaoyang (5922 8880)

Kro’s Quiz Night Anthony and Jim rock the trivia. Free. 8pm. Kro’s Nest, Xiaoyun Lu (8391 3131) Sparkling & Canapes Titular food and wine flow freely. RMB 280. 7-10pm. Terra (6591 9148)

Dim Sum Feast Sunday All-you-can-eat dim sum – with Dom Perignon if you like. RMB 288+15% (two people), RMB 1,998+15% (two people, includes free-flow Dom Perignon). Qi, Ritz-Carlton Beijing Financial Street (6601 6666)

MUSIC Open Mic Night Could be anything. You have been warned. Free. 9.30pm. Hot Cat Club (6400 7868)

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%. 11.30am-3pm. Vasco’s, Hilton Wangfujing (5812 8888 ext 8411)

SPORT Beijing Aardvarks Rugby training in the CBD. 7.20pm. Call Stu at 134 3670 1915 for details. www.beijingaardvarks.org Beijing Devils See listings for Tuesdays. Beijing Ladies Golf Play with the ladies at some of the best courses of the city. Join at your first event. Email beijingladiesgolf@gmail.com for more details. Expat Squash League Squash with expats in a league format. Court rental costs shared. Email williamfrisby@yahoo.co.uk to sign up. 6.30pm. Asia Pacific Building (near Ritan Park) Angels Basketball Wings not essential. Contact dingrenhai@163.com to play. RMB 80. 7pm. Near the Temple of Heaven. Ultimate Frisbee Pickup sessions before the upcoming season. Email alicia.sy.lui@gmail.com for info. 7.30pm. Beijing City International School

EXPLORE Great Wall at Mutianyu and Ming Tombs Climb this less-commercialized section of the Great Wall, alight by cable car or toboggan, and visit the Ming Tombs in Changping. RMB 480, RMB 300 (children under 12). 9am. China Culture Center (6432 9341; see Living directory)

FRIDAYS DINING Black Sesame Wine ‘n’ Dine See Wednesdays. Fish ‘n’ Chips Friday Soup, fish ‘n’ chips and a dessert. RMB 88. Village Cafe (6410 5210) MEAT Me! Australian tenderloin features in this meatheavy buffet. RMB 328+15%, RMB 108 extra for free-flow house wine and Stella Artois. 6-11pm. Elements, Hilton Beijing (5865 5020) Seafood Grill Fridays Fresh spread of just-caught lobster, fish, crab and other underwater delights, plus the regular buffet. RMB 268+15%, RMB 398+15% (includes one lobster and access to seafood grill). 5.30-10pm. Kranzler’s, Kempinski Beijing Lufthansa Center (6465 3388)

BARS & CLUBS Basement Two-for-one drinks until midnight. Free. 10pm. Punk (6410 5222)

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Ongoing: Nicole Berke Sofa, so good.

Party Night Fun guaranteed with specials on shooters, cocktails and bottles. Free. Black Sun (6593 6909) Pink Fridays LGBT-friendly evening showcasing pink Piscos, Cosmos and daiquiris. Free. 5pm. Terra (6591 9148) Whiskey Night Get 15% discounts on bottles of whiskey. 6pm-2am. Atmosphere, China World Summit Wing (6505 2299 ext 6433)

LIVING Community Yoga Do good, do yoga. Proceeds will go to charity. RMB 50 (minimum requested). 11am-12.30pm. Yoga Yard (6413 0774)

SATURDAYS DINING Dim Sum Brunch All-you-can-eat dim sum. RMB 108+15%. 11am-2.30pm. Horizon, Kerry Centre Hotel (8565 2188) Feijoada Saturdays Feijoada for the weekend. RMB 128. 11.30am-3pm. Alameda (6417 8084) Mexican Saturdays Fresh tortilla wraps with meat, seafood and vegetable fillings, quesadillas, guacamole and margaritas. RMB 366+15% (regular buffet plus “Mexican Saturday” offerings), RMB 268+15% (regular buffet only). 5.30-10pm. Kranzler’s Restaurant & Bar, Kempinski (6465 3388)

6pm-2am. Atmosphere, China World Summit Wing (6505 2299 ext 6433 Elliot Johnson and the Taste of Soul Band Authentic Chicago blues. Free. 9.30pm12.30am. Ciro’s Pomodoro (5208 6008)

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Luce Sunday Brunch Choose two, three or four courses of fresh, flavorful Italian cuisine. RMB 110-150. 11am-4pm. Luce (8402 4417)

Flag Football League From April 14. Mashup’s coed’s and men’s football for those who shy from contact. Costs TBD. 1pm. Ditan Sports Stadium. Full details at www.mashupasia.com

Mosto Brunch Add RMB 158 to the cost of your brunch for free-flow sparkling wine, house wines, bellinis and mimosas. Noon-3pm. Mosto (5208 6030)

The Peloton Beijing Road Bike Cycling Club Road cycling for the serious and enthusiastic alike. Bikes are available for hire. To register, email tomlanhove@gmail.com. Price TBD. 7am. Ride begins and ends at the TREK store near Chaoyang Park South Gate. www.beijingpeloton.com

S.T.A.Y Sunday Brunch Order a la carte, and add RMB 200 for free-flow champagne. RMB 468+15%. 11am-4pm. S.T.A.Y, Shangri-La (6841 2211 ext 6727)

SUNDAYS DINING 360° Champagne Brunch Enjoy a fine brunch spread, Mumm champagne and the best homemade ice cream in town. RMB 298-368+15%. 11.30am-3pm. 360°, Hilton Beijing Capital Airport (6458 8888) A Sunday Affair Sundays don’t get better than Veuve Clicquot champagne with oysters, grilled meat, fresh cheese and luscious desserts. RMB 398-498+15%. 11.30am-3pm. Garden Court, St. Regis (6460 6688)

Sureño Tapas Lunch Tapas menu of eight rotated weekly. RMB 178. 11.30am-3pm. Sureño, The Opposite House (6410 5240)

American Sunday Roast prime beef rib cut tableside with all the trimmings. RMB 198+15%, RMB 98+15% extra for wine buffet. Noon-3pm. One East, Hilton Beijing (5865 5030)

Taste Brazil SALT offers feijoada, Brazil’s national dish, as well as set meal options. RMB 188 (two courses), RMB 218 (three courses), RMB 168 (feijoada, per person). Noon-3pm. SALT (6437 8457)

Barolo Family Sunday Fresh pasta and risotto, with classic Italian desserts and free-flow Italian wines. RMB 388+15%. 11.30am-2pm, 6-10pm. Barolo, Ritz-Carlton Beijing (5908 8151)

BARS & CLUBS Bang Bitesize Buddha DJs. Free. 10pm. Punk (6410 5222) Champagne Cocktails Special cocktails made from fruit purees, and 15% discounts on bottles of bubbly.

Grand CRU Brunch One of Beijing’s most indulgent Sunday brunches, enjoy Beluga caviar, winter black truffle and live lobster. RMB 688+15% (includes free-flow champagne, wine and martinis), kids 6-12 half price. 11.30am3pm. CRU Steakhouse, JW Marriott Beijing (5908 8995)

Bubbly Sundays Caviar, live seafood, tartare stations, make-your-own sushi rolls, teppanyaki ice cream and much more. RMB 398+15% (includes free flow of champagne), RMB 328+15% (free-flow wine and beer), RMB 168+15% (kids under 12), free (kids under 6). 11.30am-3pm. Senses, Westin Financial Street (6629 7810)

SALT Bubbly Sundays Two- or three-course brunches to round off a relaxing weekend. Pick from the new wine list, splash out with a slightly indulgent cocktail or two or add RMB 150 for free-flow drinking. RMB 168 (two courses), RMB 188 (three courses). SALT (6437 8457) Sunday Brunch One of the best champagne brunches in town relies on quality rather than quantity. RMB 428+15% per person (includes freeflow champagne). VIC, Sofitel (8599 6666) Sunday Brunch Bliss A feast of meats, seafood, and luscious desserts. RMB 438+15% (includes champagne), RMB 348+15% (includes wine and draft beer). 11.30am-3.30pm. Asia Bistro, JW Marriott (5908 8995) Sunday Lunch Buffet at Greenfish Appetizers and seafood from the buffet plus your choice of main course. RMB 218+15% (includes soft drinks, coffee and tea). 11.30am-2 .30pm. Greenfish, RitzCarlton Beijing Financial Street (6629 6990) Sureño Set Sunday Lunch Enjoy a selection of tapas dishes, a soup and one main course from the menu. RMB 198+15%, RMB 298+15% (includes Prosecco), RMB 398+15% (includes champagne). Noon-3pm. Sureño, The Opposite House (6410 5240) Ultimate Sunday Brunch Sunday brunch with Veuve Clicquot sounds like a good idea. The organic station and superfood bar at this sumptuous buffet means you can have your cake and eat it too. 11.30am-3pm. RMB 268+15% (includes wine and beer), RMB 368+15% (includes free-flow champagne).

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6092/93) Business Lunch Mon-Fri. Choose from two different menus, including crepes, desserts, drinks and espressos. RMB 55-75. Crepanini (5208 6092/93)

BARS & CLUBS Sunday Night Jam Session The Taste of Soul Band play out the weekend. Free. 9.30pm-midnight. Ciro’s Pomodoro (5208 6008)

Cepe Business Lunch Mon-Fri. Three courses, with a fine selection of antipasti and main courses. RMB 328+15%. 11.30am-2.30pm. Cepe, RitzCarlton Beijing Financial Street (6629 6996)

Sunday Session: Free Flow Beer and bubbly till you drop. RMB 200. 5-8pm. Terra (6591 9148)

Chef Jens at China Grill All month. Chef Jens Muenchenbach injects innovation into the menu with new Western dishes. China Grill, Park Hyatt Beijing (8567 1234)

SPORT Badminton League From April 8. Sign up as an individual or in a team of two. Costs TBD. 4pm. Chaoyang Gymnasium. Full details at www.mashupasia.com

Chef Jimmy’s Seafood Specials All month. Following the success of Qi’s recent lobster promotions, the seafoodthemed enjoyment continues. Qi, RitzCarlton Beijing Financial Street (6601 6666)

Beijing Golfers Golf with fellow walk-spoilers. Prizes to be won for members. Details at golf@beijinggolfers-club.org.

Ongoing until Apr 8: Lobster and Seafood

Beijing Guardians American football that’s more full-on than flag. Practice for the upcoming BeijingShanghai Bowl. Contact beijingguardians @gmail.com for more info. Free for new players. 1pm. China American Football Center, Tongzhou

All-you-can-eat dim sum and congee at wallet-friendly prices. RMB 99. Noon-2pm. Sun Palace, Crown Plaza Sun Palace Beijing (6429 8888 ext 6332)

Expat Squash League Squash with expats in a league format. Court rental costs shared. Email williamfrisby@yahoo.co.uk to sign up. 7pm. Dongzhimen area

Luxurious Brunch at Maison Boulud Pick and choose from an array of delectable courses. RMB 258 (four courses), RMB 218 (three courses), RMB 168 (two courses). 11am-4pm. Maison Boulud (6559 9200)

Hockey Outdoor field hockey for all levels. Pitch costs shared. Details at bjhockeyclub@ hotmail.com. Noon. Taiyuan Diplomatic Compound

Pizza and Pasta Mania Unlimited pizza and pasta. RMB 189+15% (includes free-flow beer and soft drinks). Sat 11am-10pm, Sun 6-10pm. Prego, Westin Financial Street (6629 7815)

Water Polo Beijing Ducks – no, not those Beijing Ducks – return to the pool for treading water and bloodshed. All are welcome. Contact edmunds.alex@gmail.com or richard.andrew.young@gmail.com. Price TBD. 3pm. International School of Beijing (carpool from Dongzhimen).

Tea at Tiananmen Enjoy a luxurious afternoon – nibble on an array of freshly baked scones, finger sandwiches, delectable cakes and pastries. RMB 138. 3.30-5.30pm. Capital M (6702 2727)

LIVING Sambasia Barefoot Percussion Workshop Drum with your feet. RMB 80, RMB 240 (4 classes). Noon-2pm. UCCA Loft (8459 9269; see A&C directory) Survival Chinese Pick up enough vocabulary to get by. Reserve at contact@cultureyard.net. RMB 200. 10am-noon. Culture Yard (8404 4166)

WEEKENDS DINING Aroma Gourmet Brunch Lobster, oysters, foie gras, international cheeses and a Sunday roast. RMB 558+15% (includes unlimited Piper Heidsieck champagne). 11.30am-3pm. Aroma, Ritz-Carlton Beijing (5908 8161) Dim Sum Brunch More than 40 kinds of dim sum, plus a buffet of cold appetizers, congee and desserts, with all the free-flow tea you can drink. RMB 128+15%. 10.30am-2.30pm. Sui Yuan Restaurant, DoubleTree by Hilton Beijing (6338 1999 ext 1726) Grinders Brunch Four-egg omelets, breakfast burritos, champagne specials and Expee’s Hungry Dog Breakfast. 10.30am-2.30pm. Grinders (8775 1847) I Love Dim Sum

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BARS & CLUBS Live Music With Overtone Xiu’s Sunday band eases you through the weekend’s end. Free. 9.30pm. Xiu, Park Hyatt (8567 1108)

SPORT Men’s Rugby The Beijing Cup is contested between Beijing’s Aardvarks, Brothers, Devils and more. See www.beijingaardvarks.org and www.beijingdevils.com for more. Beijing Cricket Club League Where you want to be at sixes not sevens. Games at Dulwich College Legend Gardens. Matches start at 11am and 2pm. Bus leaves from The Den an hour before. See www.bjcticketclub.org for more. IFFC 11-a-side League Beijing’s biggest expat-friendly full-size football tournament. Games take place at Chaoyang Stadium and Side Park. More details at www.iffc1994.com

EXPLORE Beijing Hikers Choose from two Saturday and two Sunday treks to suit all levels. Prices vary by hike. See Beijinghikers.com for specific trips. Beijing Hikers (6432 2786; see Sports directory)

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Afternoon Tea at The Library All month. Three menus to choose from, from the chocolatey indulgence to the tradition of scones. There’s even a healthy option. 2.30-5.30pm. The Library, Hilton Wangfujing (5812 8888 ext 8406) Agua Set Lunch All month. Menus rotated weekly. RMB 88 (two courses), RMB 99 (three courses). Noon-2pm. Agua (5208 6198) Alameda’s Dinner Set All month. Alameda’s gorgeous Arepa con Dolce Leche dessert is an option on their dinner set menu. Two- and threecourse set dinners. RMB 178-198. Mon-Fri 6-10.30pm, Sat-Sun 6-11pm. Alameda (6417 8084) Alameda Lunch Rapido Mon-Fri. Two- and three-course set lunches (RMB 79-98). 11.30am-3pm. Alameda (6417 8084) Alio Olio Set Lunch Mon-Fri. Five set menus offer pizza, pasta and main courses. RMB 38-78. 11.30am3pm. Alio Olio (6594 0938) Alluring Spring Bamboo Welcome spring by tasting from a bamboo-centric menu. Summer Palace, China World Hotel (6505 2266 ext 34) Australian Beef All month. Try a 300g Australian short rib steak for RMB 168+15%, or a 200g beef fillet for RMB 198+15%. Meats served with choice of sauce; salad buffet included. 11.30am-2pm, 5.30-10.30pm. Texan Bar & Grill, Metropark Lido Hotel (6437 6688 ext 1849) BBQ Buffet Dinner Thu-Sat. Hearty German dishes, with meat, seafood, salads and desserts. RMB 168+15% (includes beer). 6-9pm. Villa Castanea (6272 0130) Bene Easter Menu Apr 2-8. A special Easter menu featuring Torta Pasqualina and Agnello Brodettato. Bene, Sheraton Beijing Dongcheng (5798 5888) Blue Sky Dining at Nadaman All month. New items include bara sushi and soup infused with medicinal herbs. Nadaman, China World Summit Wing (6505 2299 ext 6407) Breakfast at Crepanini Choose a croissant or a jam crepe, one fresh juice and an espresso or tea for an RMB 38 start to the day. Crepanini (5208

Chef’s Menu All month. Six-course tasting menu from Chef Daniel Urdaneta. RMB 338, RMB 458 (includes free-flow sparkling and house wines). Modo (6415 7207) Chocolicious All month. Afternoon tea with desserts featuring Valrhona French and Felchlin Swiss fine chocolate. Add RMB 100 for a glass of champagne. RMB 298+15% (two people, tea included). 3-6pm. Lobby Lounge, RitzCarlton Beijing Financial Street (6601 6666) Colibri Set Lunch All month. Mix and match sandwiches, baked potatoes, soups, salads and quiches. RMB 48. Colibri Cafe (6417 0808) Dumpling Deluge All month. Both classics and new dim sum dishes available for a la carte or all-you-can-eat. RMB 108+15% (set menu). 11.30am-2pm. Choy’s Seafood, Beijing Marriott Hotel Northeast (5927 8888/8320) Easter Afternoon Tea Apr 6-8. Relax with hot cross buns, chocolate Easter bunnies and tea and coffee. RMB 138+15%. 2.30-6pm. Rendez-vous Bar & Lounge, Kempinski Beijing (6465 3388 ext 4225) Easter Treats Until Apr 9. Order slow-roasted lamb leg (requires 24 hours advance notice), lamb confit, hot cross buns, chocolate bunnies, eggs and other delights. Kempi Deli (6465 3388) Easter Treats at Kempi Deli Until Apr 9. Chocolate eggs and bunnies, hot cross buns and slow-roasted leg of lamb (order 24 hours in advance). Kempi Deli, Kempinski Beijing (6465 3388 ext 4227) Family-Style Italian All month. Tuscan flavors and shared dishes create a warm family atmosphere. RMB 748+15%. Daccapo, The Regent Beijing (8522 1789) Feast Business Lunch Mon-Fri. Choose a main then get stuck into the fabulous buffet selection. RMB 138+15%. Feast, Sheraton Beijing Dongcheng (5798 8888) Feast Dinner Buffet Mon-Thu. New buffet restaurant Feast showcases one of Beijing’s most lavish dinner spreads for a less-lavish price. RMB 288+15%. Feast, Sheraton Beijing Dongcheng (5798 8888) Give Me a Break Mon-Fri. Pamper yourself with healthy dinner options at this Secretaries’ Week event. RMB 158+15% (includes glass of wine). 6-10pm. Greenfish, Ritz-Carlton Beijing

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EVENTS Financial Street ( 6601 6666) Greenfish Seafood Weekend Buffet Fri-Sat. Get wrecked in a briny sea of crabs, scallops, oysters and lobster, where the wine flows like the tide. RMB 398+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) Hakka Treats All month. Try traditional and innovative Hakka dishes made by Chef Chan Wai Kueng. Zen5es, Westin Beijing Chaoyang (5922 8880)

SALT Spring Days Mon-Fri. Add RMB 30 to your set lunch for a glass of wine or beer. RMB 98 (two courses), RMB 118 (three courses). Noon3pm. SALT (6437 8457) SALTastation Mon-Sat. Five tasting courses paired with New and Old World wines. RMB 518 (food and wine), RMB 318 (food only). SALT (6437 8457) Sangria Special All month. Buy-one-get-one-free on pitchers or glasses of sangria. 7-9pm. Olé (6595 9677)

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)

Seafood Fascination Fri-Sat. Indulge in seafood to ease yourself into the weekend. Dinner only. RMB 328+15%. Feast, Sheraton Beijing Dongcheng (5798 8888)

King Crabs on the Grill All month. Alaskan king crab is the centerpiece of this month’s menu. All prices include 15% surcharge. Grill 79, China World Summit Wing (6505 2299 ext 6424)

Season of Rebirth All month. Dishes perfectly suited to spring themes of rejuvenation and restoration, including healthy congees, asparagus, mushrooms and more. Chynna, Hilton Wangfujing (5812 8888 ext 8411)

La Gondola Lobster Apr 2-15. A delightful menu featuring Canadian lobster. La Gondola, Kempinski Beijing (6465 3388 ext 4215) Lobster and Seafood Promotion Until Apr 8. Lobsters, prawns, oysters and other seafood with an Italian twist. Fratellifresh, Renaissance Beijing Capital (5863 8203) Lunch Express Mon-Fri. Two or three courses of pizza, pasta and more Italian classics, plus coffee or tea – and no service charge. RMB 118168. 11.30am-2pm. Bene, Sheraton Beijing Dongcheng (5798 5888) Lunch For Life at Lunar 8 All month. Three-course business lunch to set you up for the afternoon. RMB 88 (includes donation to Special Commune). Noon-2.30pm. Lunar 8, The Fairmont Beijing (8507 3618) Lunch Pasta Set Four types of pasta to choose from, served with house salad and garlic bread. From RMB 58. 11am-3pm. Flamme (6417 8608) Lunch Set Menu Simple but classy for lunch. RMB 128+15% (two courses), RMB 158+15% (three courses). Grange Grill, Westin Beijing Chaoyang (5922 8880) Modo Set Lunch All month. Fresh, creative set lunch. RMB 80, RMB 200 (free-flow sparkling and house wines). Modo (6415 7207) Morel Mushroom Month Apr 2-30. Chefs work wonders with Yunnanese mushrooms. Dragon Palace, Kempinski Beijing (6465 3388 ext 4217) Mughal’s Buffet Lunch Mon-Fri. Indian and Pakistani curries, vegetable dishes and more. Noon-2.30pm. Mughal’s (6638 2160) New Menu at Yu All month. All-new a la carte selections including lobster, scallops with eggplant and Chef Ku’s Lamb Special. Yu, Ritz-Carlton Beijing (5908 8111) Olé! Business Lunch All month. A quick two-course lunch, then back to work. RMB 60, RMB 70 (includes glass of wine). 11am-3.30pm. Olé! (6595 9677) One East Set Lunch Mon-Fri. A light American set lunch. RMB 128+15% (two courses), RMB 138+15% (three courses). Noon-2pm. One East, Hilton Beijing (5865 5030)

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Set Spring Brunch Sat-Sun. Sets with Peruvian and Latin flair. Two courses RMB 158, RMB 328 (free-flow beer and bubbly; three courses RMB 178, RMB 358 (free-flow beer and bubbly). 11am-4pm. Terra (6591 9148) Set Spring Dinner Tue-Sun. Peruvian-influenced dinner sets. RMB 178 (two courses), RMB 198 (three courses). 6-11pm. Terra (6591 9148) Set Spring Lunch Tue-Fri. Two or three courses with a glass of wine, local beer, or juice. RMB 98 (two courses), RMB 128 (three courses). 11am-2pm. Terra (6591 9148) Simply Dim Sum All month. Endless samples for dim sum lovers. RMB 118+15% (per person, weekdays), RMB 218+15% (two people, weekends). 11.30am-2pm. Zen5es, Westin Beijing Chaoyang (5922 8880) South China Oyster Specials Mar 1-31. Oysters from the south, boiled, steamed, fried and braised with abalone sauce, XO sauce and more. Dragon Palace Restaurant, Kempinski (6465 3388) Station-to-Station All month. Sixteen fresh gourmet stations each with its own specialization: foie gras, seafood, rotisserie, Chinese barbecue, Dim sum and more. RMB 288+15%, RMB 158+15% (kids under 12). 6-10pm. Jing, The Peninsula Beijing (8516 2888) Strawberries All month. Enjoy strawberry-themed afternoon tea featuring cheesecake, strawberry tarts and jam. RMB 76 (includes cup of coffee or tea), RMB 48 (cake only). 2.305.30pm. Lobby Lounge, Grand Millennium (8587 6888) Sureño Set Lunch Mon-Fri. Two or three courses. RMB 128-158+15%. Noon-2.30pm. Sureño, The Opposite House (6410 5240) Taking Time for Lunch Mon-Sat. 11.30am-2.30pm. Luxe lunch menus, Italian-style. RMB 148+15% (2 courses), RMB 168+15% (3 courses), RMB 188+15% (4 courses). Barolo, Ritz-Carlton Beijing (5908 8777) Tantalising Japanese Taste Apr 9-22. Authentic Japanese buffet dinner. RMB 328+15% (includes free-flow Syo Chiku Bai sake), RMB 298+15% (dinner only). Scene a Café, China World Hotel (6505 2266 ext 35) Tomahawk

All month. Get your teeth into an enormous, 30cm-long slab of 70-day-old grain-fed beef. Grange Grill, Westin Beijing Chaoyang (5922 8880) Ven Pronto All month. Bargain four-course set menu for early diners – you’ve got to be in and out by 7.30pm. Reservations essential. RMB 248. Agua (5208 6188) Wagyu Beef Heaven All month. Set dinner menu focused on Wagyu beef. RMB 1,588+15% (includes one glass of champagne). Aria, China World Hotel (6505 2266 ext 36) We Heart Wagyu Beef Apr 24-May 6. Chef Paride presents a menu of Wagyu treats. La Gondola, Kempinski Beijing (6465 3388 ext 4215) Wine Ritual All month. Unwind in sophisticated surroundings with free-flowing wines and cocktails. Canapes and snacks also provided. RMB 198+15%. 5.30-7pm. Press Club Bar, St. Regis Hotel (6460 6688 ext 2360) Wine Tasting Classes All month. Learn how to taste wines like the experts, and get your Wine & Spirit Education Trust certification. Class fees for each of the three levels include all study materials, exam fees, and of course, wines. Dragon Phoenix Fine Wine Consulting (5960 4050, info@longfengwines.com) Yum Cha Dim Sum All month. All-you-can-eat dim sum. No service charge. RMB 98. 11.30am-2pm. Yue, Sheraton Beijing Dongcheng (5798 8888) Yummy Yum Cha Start your day off in proper Cantonese style with unlimited dim sum delicacies. RMB 108+15%. 7-10am. Jewel, Westin Beijing Financial Street (6629 7820)

BARS & CLUBS The Greg Carroll Band Wed-Sat. Rock and more. Free. 9.30pm. Eudora Station (6437 8331/8334) Aria Classic and Modern Cocktails All month. A journey through a selection of classic and modern cocktails. Aria, China World Hotel (6505 2266 ext 36) Live Music at The Bar Tue-Wed. Local musicians play everything from jazz to hip-hop. Free. 9pm. The Bar at Migas (5208 6061) Modo After-Work Happy Hour Mon-Thu. Half-price on eight wines from the Enomatic. 6-8pm. Modo (6415 7207) Nicole Berke Mon-Sat. Jazz, latin, soul and blues performance backed by Mike Null and The Soulcasters. Free. 8pm (Mon-Thu), 9pm (Fri-Sat). Centro, Kerry Hotel (6561 8833) Risk Competition All month. Month-long Risk competition. The winner will receive a plaque at the bar and a gift certificate. Free. Time TBD. 12SQM (6402 1554) Strawberry Lush Apr 15-30. A menu of creative strawberry cocktails, each priced at RMB 68+15%. Zeta Bar, Hilton Beijing (5865 5050)

Gu Dexin: The Important Thing Is Not the Meat Until May 27. Rotting fruit, a sea of plastic and fantastic paintings make up this retrospective of one of China’s most important avant-garde artists (see Feature, p48). RMB 15, free (students with ID, members). UCCA (5780 0200) Xie Fan: The Layers Until Apr 24. Oil on silk that looks like nature photography. How does he do it? Free. White Space Beijing (8456 2054) Li Zhanyang: The Nightmare Until Apr 29. A little girl faces the dangers of China’s education system. Free. Galeris Urs Meile (6433 3393) Transcendence: The 2012 Three Shadows Photography Award Apr 21-Jun 15. Hundreds of young photographers submitted nearly 10,000 works. See the finalists and find out this year’s winner at the opening on Apr 21. Part of Caochangdi PhotoSpring (see Feature, p54). Free. Three Shadows Photography Art Centre (6432 2663) FRAC Collection: 30th Anniversary Apr 21-May 31. France’s Regional Fund for Contemporary Art celebrates 30 years of crucial art funding with a special exhibit of photos and videos from its rare collection. Part of Caochangdi PhotoSpring (see Feature, p54). Free. China Art Archives and Warehouse (8456 5152) Jean-Christian Bourcart: Camden Apr 21-May 31. A closer look at Camden, New Jersey – the most dangerous city in America. Part of Caochangdi PhotoSpring (see Feature, p54). Free. C-Space (6432 2663) Beyond Words: Photography from the New Yorker Apr 15-Jun 10. Images from 1890 up to 2010 that have decorated the pages of one of the world’s most-read magazines. Part of Caochangdi PhotoSpring (see Feature, p54). RMB 15. UCCA (5780 0200) Stefen Chow and Lin Hui-Yi: The Poverty Line Apr 21-May 31. Photographs of what a day’s wages can buy in different parts of the world in an exploration of global poverty. Part of Caochangdi PhotoSpring (see Feature, p54). Free. Three Shadows Photography Art Centre (6432 2663)

SPORT ClubFootball Men’s 5-a-side Leagues All month. Players and teams welcome for all 12 divisions on weeknights. Register by calling 5130 6893/4/5/6, or email play@ wanguoqunxing.com. More info at www. clubfootball.com.cn.

EXPLORE Hong Kong Four days of fun in a world-class city. From RMB 4,830. TUI China Travel (8519 8800) Guilin with a Twist Spend five days among the stunning karst peaks of the famed Li River. From RMB 5,500. TUI China Travel (8519 8800)

Whiskey Challenge All month. Drink through the entire whiskey list and win free drinks. Free. 12SQM (6402 1554)

Guizhou Villages Discover minority cultures through crafts, architecture and the surrounding countryside. See Travelingislife.com for itineraries of various durations and prices. Beijing Tourism Group (BTG) (150 1008 9588)

Windy Barnes Tue-Sat. Jazz, pop, R&B and gospel singer. Free. 8.30pm. Mix, Westin Beijing Chaoyang (5922 8000)

Taipei Essential A four-day introduction to Taiwan’s most popular sites. RMB 11,880. Country Holidays (+21 3222 0616)

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DIRECTORY DINING

Dining Directory Index 360 Casual Dining – Buffets 4corners – Southeast Asian 1001 Nights – Middle Eastern A Food Affaire – Bakeries, Delis & Candy Agua – Spanish Alameda – Contemporary International Alio Olio – Italian Annie’s – Italian Aria – European Aroma – Buffets Asia Bistro – Buffets The Astor Grill – Steakhouses Baozi Pu – Beijing Barolo – Italian Bei – Japanese Bellagio – Taiwanese Bene – Italian Bian Bian Man Wu Fangtang – Beijing Biteapitta – Middle Eastern Black Soil Impressions – Dongbei BLD Cafe – Buffet Blue Frog – American Bonbon Bins – Bakeries, Delis & Candy The Bookworm – Cafes & Teahouses Brasserie Flo – French Brazillian Churrascos – Central & South American Cafe Cha – Buffets Cafe de la Poste – French Cafe Noir – Cafes & Teahouses Café Swiss – European Capital M – European Carmen – Spanish CBD International Cuisine – Buffets CCSweets – Bakeries, Delis & Candy Celestial Court – Cantonese Cepe – Italian Chao – Fusion Cheese & Wine Made In Heaven – Bakeries, Delis & Candy Chef Too – American China Grill – Contemporary International Choy’s Seafood – Cantonese Chuan Ban – Sichuan Chuan Cheng Yuan - Hot Pot Chun Bing Jing Wei Cai – Beijing Chynna – Contemporary Chinese Ciro’s Pomodoro – Italian Colibri Cafe – Bakeries, Delis & Candy Compass Grill - Contemporary International Comptoirs de France – Bakeries, Delis & Candy Cornerstone – Italian Crepanini – French CRU Steakhouse – Steakhouses The CUT Steak & Seafood Grill – Steakhouses Da Dong Roast Duck – Beijing Duck Da Giuliano – Bakeries, Delis & Candy Daccapo, The Regent Beijing – Italian Dahuaishu Grill – Beijing Daily Treats – Bakeries, Delis And Candy Dali Courtyard – Yunnan Dali Renjia – Yunnan Danieli’s – Italian Din Tai Fung – Dumplings Donghuamen Night Market – Beijing Dragon Palace – Cantonese Duck de Chine – Beijing Duck East 33 – Buffets Element Fresh – American Elements – Cantonese Ellingen Brauhaus – German Enoterra – European Er Yue Er Chunbing – Beijing Essence – Buffets Exchange – Cafes & Teahouses Fatburger – American Feast – Buffets Flamme International Grill – Steakhouses Flour – Bakeries, Delis & Candy Fook Lam Moon – Cantonese Fratelli Fresh – Italian Fu Jia Lou – Beijing Fuel - Contemporary International Ganges Indian Restaurant – Indian/Pakistani Garden Court – Buffets Gongting Xiangsu Niuroubing – Xinjiang and Muslim Gori – Contemporary International Grand Cafe – Buffets Grandma’s Kitchen – American Grange Grill – Steakhouses Green Bites Dumpling Bar – Dumplings

Greenfish – Buffets The Grill – Steakhouses Grill 79 – Contemporary International Grinders – American Gui Wei – Beijing Gung Ho! Gourmet Pizza Factory – Pizza Haidilao Hot Pot – Hot Pot Han Wan Ju – Beijing Haney Restaurant – Yunnan Hard Rock Cafe – American Haru Teppanyaki & Sushi Bar - Japanese Hatsune – Japanese Hawka – Southeast Asian Hengshan Hui – Cantonese Home Plate Bar-B-Que – American Hong Bin Lou – Beijing Hong Lu – Beijing Honzen – Japanese Horizon – Cantonese Hot Bean Cooperative – Beijing Huang Ting – Cantonese Huazai Chuan Bar – Barbecue & Teppanyaki Hudiequan – Yunnan Huoguosi Xiaochidan – Beijing IFW – Contemporary Chinese In and Out – Yunnan Invincible Ramen – Japanese Jaan – French Jewel – Cantonese Jing – Buffets Jing Wei Lou – Beijing Jing Wei Mian Da Wang – Beijing Jiumen Xiaochi – Beijing Jusong – Contemporary Chinese Kagen – Japanese Kao Rou Le Kaorou Wang – Beijing Karaiya Spice House – Hunan & Hubei Kempi Deli – Bakeries, Delis & Candy Kerry’s Kitchen – Buffets Kerry’s Pantry – Bakeries, Delis and Candy Khajuraho – Indian/Pakistani Kranzler’s – Buffets The Kro’s Nest – Pizza Kuan Dian – Beijing La Gondola, Kempinski Beijing – Italian La Pizza – Pizza Lao Beijing Kaorou – Beijing Lao Beijing Zhajiangmian – Beijing Lau Pa Sak – Southeast Asian Le Cabernet – French Le Little Saigon – French Le Petit Gourmand – French Le Pre Lenotre – French Let’s Burger Plus – American Let’s Seafood – Contemporary International The Library, Hilton Wangfujing – Cafes and Teahouses Linhuxuan Restaurant – Beijing Lobby Lounge, China World Hotel – Cafes and Teahouses Lobby Lounge, Ritz-Carlton Beijing Financial Street – Cafes and Teahouses Long Xingsheng Snack Shop – Xinjiang and Muslim Longfusi Xiaochidian – Beijing Luce – Italian Luga’s – Central and South American Luga’s Little Italy – Italian Luga’s Pho Pho – Vietnamese Luga’s Villa – Central and South American Lunar 8 – Fusion Maan Coffee – Cafes & Teahouses Made in China – Beijing Duck Maison Boulud – French Malacca Legend – Southeast Asian Middle 8th Restaurant – Yunnan Migas Restaurant & Lounge – Spanish Milano Café – Cafés and Teahouses Ming Court – Cantonese Mirch Masala – Indian/Pakistani Miyabi - Japanese Modo – Contemporary International Moment Cafe – Cafes & Teahouses Monsoon – Buffets Morel’s – European Moscow Restaurant – Russian Mosto – Contemporary International Mr Shi’s Dumplings – Dumplings Mughal’s Restaurant – Indian & Pakistani My China – Beijing Nadaman, China World Summit Wing –

Japanese Najia Xiaoguan – Imperial Nathan’s Famous – American Nishimura – Japanese Noble Court – Cantonese Nola – American Noodle Bar – Beijing Obentos – Japanese Old Beijing Mending Roubing Restaurant – Dumplings Olé Spanish Restaurant – Spanish One East – American Ours – Japanese Park Side Bar & Grill – European Paulaner Brauhaus – German Peking Legacy – Contemporary Chinese Pekotan – Bakeries, Delis & Candy Peter’s Tex-Mex Grill – American Pho La La – Vietnamese Pizza by LMPlus – Pizza The Pizza Company – Pizza Prego – Italian Punjabi Indian Restaurant – Indian & Pakistani Purple Haze Restaurant & Bar – Thai Qi – Cantonese Rainbow – Yunnan Red Capital Club – Imperial Red Capital Residence – Cafes & Teahouses Red Orange – Buffet Rendez-vous Bar & Lounge, Kempinski Beijing – Cafes and Teahouses Ri Chang – Cantonese Ristorante Sadler – Italian The Roadhouse at Mutianyu – Beijing RoomBeijing – Contemporary International Royal Smushi House – European Rug Bagel & Café – Cafés and Teahouses Rumi – Middle Eastern The Saddle Cantina – Central and South American SALT – Contemporary International Scarlett – Contemporary International Scene a Café – European Schindler’s Anlegestelle (Schindler’s Docking Station) – German Seasonal Tastes – Buffets Senses – Buffets Shanghai Min (Xiao Nan Guo) – Shanghai Sherpa’s – Deliveries Shin Yeh – Taiwanese Sizzler – American South German Bakery, Cafe Konstanz and Bodenseestube – German Spice Factory – Thai

American Blue Frog Chow down on the signature burgers or opt for a salad. Voted “Outstanding American” in our 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. 1) Daily 10am-2am. S4-30, 3/F, Bldg 4, Sanlitun Village, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6417 4030); 2) 1/F Bldg 1, U-Town, Sanfeng Beili, Chaoyang District. (8561 2665)

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Spring Organic Fish Restaurant – Sichuan S.T.A.Y (Simple Table Alleno Yannick) – French Starfish – Seafood Steak Exchange + Bar – Steakhouses Sui Yuan Restaurant, DoubleTree by Hilton Beijing – Cantonese Summer Palace – Huaiyang Sun Palace – Cantonese Sunrise Noodle Restaurant – Japanese Sureño – Mediterranean Susu – Vietnamese Suzumei – Japanese The Sweet Spot – Bakeries, Delis & Candy Symphony – Bakeries, Delis & Candy Tadka – Indian/Pakistani The Taj Pavilion – Indian/Pakistani Tang Palace – Cantonese Tavola Italian Dining – Italian Temple Restaurant Beijing – European Terra – Central & South American Texan Bar & Grill, Metropark Lido Hotel – American TGI Friday’s – American Thai Express – Thai Tong Luo Wan – Cantonese Tori Ton – Japanese Transit – Sichuan Trattoria La Gondola – Italian Turkish Mum – Middle Eastern UME Café – Cafes and Teahouses Union Bar & Grille – American Va Piano – Italian Va Va Voom – Vietnamese Vasco’s – Buffets The Veggie Table – Vegetarian VIC – Buffets Villa Castanea – German Village Cafe – Cafes & Teahouses The Vineleaf – European Vineyard Cafe – European WasPark – Cafés & Teahouses Water - Contemporary International Xian Lao Man – Dumplings Xinjiang Flavour Delicious – Xinjiang Xixiangzi – Hunan Yao Chi – Cantonese YellowStone Restaurant & Bar – European Yotsuba – Japanese Yu – Cantonese Yue – Cantonese ZEN – Cantonese Zen5es – Cantonese Zhuzhong Dalian Huoshao – Dumplings

wines. Voted “Outstanding American” in our 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. Tue-Fri 11am2pm, 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

蓝蛙,1) 朝阳区三里屯北路19号三里屯Village4 号楼3层S4-30; 2) 朝阳区三丰北里悠唐生活广 场1号楼1层

Chef Too Smart interior, well-trained staff, delicious Australian steaks and indie American

Element Fresh American salads, smoothies, sandwiches and more. Popular weekend brunch menu. Voted “Best American,” “Best Brunch (Affordable),” “Best Sandwiches,” “Outstanding Family-Friendly Restaurant,“ and “Outstanding Vegetarian“ in our 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. 1) 10am-11pm. 6

Free Head Massage! Sit down for a haircut with a senior stylist (from RMB 215) at Eric Paris Salon and get a free head massage when you bring in a copy of the Beijinger.

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DIRECTORY / DINING 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) 新元素, 1)

北京和睦家医院2店; 2) 朝阳区将台路2号北京 和睦家医院店; 3) 朝阳区将台路乙2号海润国际 公寓商业5号楼1层; 4) 朝阳区幸福村中路55-1 号; 5) 朝阳区工体北路甲2号盈科中心商场102 单元; 6) 朝阳区来广营东路5号2楼东侧; 7) 东 城区东直门外大街35号东湖俱乐部1层; 8) 朝阳 区日坛北路4号; 9) 顺义区裕翔路99号天竺镇欧 陆广场L111室; 10) 朝阳区建国路89号华贸中 心15号楼102

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

Da Giuliano Baby-sized desserts with an Italian influence. 1 Sanlitun Beixiaojie, Chaoyang District (8454 4402) 朝阳区三里屯北小街1号 Daily Treats A deli and bakery shop selling healthy local food items and high-quality chocolates, cakes and pastries. Gourmet lunch boxes are perfect for guests on the go. Daily 6.30am-8pm. The Westin Beijing Chaoyang, 7 Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (5922 8888 ext 8191) 朝阳区东三环北路7号金茂北京 威斯汀大饭店

Fatburger American diner serving lean Australian beef burgers, freshly ground daily and cooked to order. Burgers are accompanied by fries or homemade onion rings and hot wings. Voted “Outstanding Burger“ in our 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. 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. (6505 7789) 1) 朝阳区东方东路19号亮马乔外交 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, gravybased dinners and high-powered desserts. Voted “Outstanding Family-Friendly Restaurant” in our 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. 1) Daily 9am-10pm. 47-2 Nanchizi Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6528 2790); 2) Daily 10am-10pm. 28 Shique Hutong, Dongcheng District. (8403 9452); 3) Daily 10am-11pm. 5/F, Wudaokou Shopping Mall, Haidian District. (6266 6105); 4) Daily 7.30am-11pm. 11A Xiushui Nanjie, Jianguomenwai, Chaoyang District. (6503 2893); 5) Daily 7.30am-11pm. 1-2/F, Bldg B, Jianwai Soho, 39 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (5869 3055/3056) 祖母厨

Flour This Sanlitun bakery specializes in cakes and light meals. Daily 9am-9pm. Store 118, B1/F, Bldg A, Sanlitun Soho, Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District (5785 3060) 朝阳区工体北路 三里屯SohoA座地下1层118铺

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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 顿酒店2层

Peter’s Tex-Mex Grill Voted “Outstanding Mexican / Tex-Mex” in our 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. Mon-Fri 9.30am-11pm, Sat-Sun 7.30am-11.30pm. 88A International Club, 21 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (8532 2449) 朝阳区建国门外大街21号

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Hard Rock Cafe Burgers, pastas, cover bands and those ubiquitous T-shirts. Daily 11.30am2am. 1/F, Landmark Towers, 8 Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6590 6688 ext 2571) 硬石餐厅, 朝阳区东三环北路8号亮马河大厦西 大堂1层

Home Plate Bar-B-Que Offering American Southern classics from ribs to pulled pork and brisket. Daily 11am-10pm. 35 Xiaoyun Lu courtyard (from Dongsanhuan Beilu, head 20m north of Xiaoyun Lu intersection and take the first right), Chaoyang District. (5128 5584, seth@homeplatebbq.com) 本垒美国餐, 朝阳 区霄云路35号院(东三环北路,过霄云路路口,往北 走20米,到第一个路口右转)

Let’s Burger Plus Takes the original Let’s Burger formula but with additions like pizza burgers, pita sandwiches and croissants. LG46B, Sanlitun Village North, 11 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District 朝阳区三里屯路11号三里屯 Village北区地下1层

Nathan’s Famous American-style hot dogs. Daily 9.30am-9.30pm. 1) B107, B1/F, Raffles City, 1 Dongzhimen Nandajie, Dongcheng District. (8409 8960); 2) Wanli Shopping Center, 2 Bagou Lu (exit from Bagou station), Haidian District. (8256 6163) www.nathanschina.com. cn 东城区东直门南大街1号来福士购物中心B107; 2) 海淀区巴沟路2号 北京华联万柳购物中心

Nola Feast on Cajun dishes including boudin balls, po’ boys and gumbo. Daily 10.30am-11pm. 11A Xiushui Nanjie, Chaoyang District. (8563 6215) 朝阳区秀水南街11号 One East Modern American cuisine with a large selection of US wines. Their set lunch

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餐厅, 1) 朝阳区北辰东路18号凯迪克格兰云天大 酒店1层; 2) 西城区金城坊街9-2号; 3) 朝阳区 建国门外大街19号国际大厦C座; 4) 海淀区中关 村南大街1号北京友谊宾馆

Union Bar & Grille The grill restaurant that’s classy enough to bring a date. Mon-Fri 11am11pm,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

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Bakeries, Delis & candy A Food Affaire Tucked into a corner of the April Gourmet, this is convenient for grocery shoppers looking to grab some Western food to go. 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

Bonbon Bins American-branded candies, sweets & chocolates for the confectionarycrazy. (8525 3566) www.bonbonbins.com

房, 1) 东城区南池子大街47-2号; 2) 东城区 北新桥石雀胡同28号; 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

Grinders North American classics. Daily 10am-2am. Unit 3-02, Bldg 2, Tianzhi Jiaozi, 31 Guangqu Lu (northeast corner of Shuangjing Qiao), Chaoyang District. (8775 1847) 朝阳区

Beijing Friendship Hotel, 1 Zhongguancun Nandajie, Haidian District. (6849 8738) 星期五

CCSweets Gourmet, imported ingredients go into the cupcakes and sweets made to order. Daily 10am-8pm. Unit 109, Bldg 11, Central Park, 6 Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6533 6973) 喜喜饼,朝阳朝阳门外大街6 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 11am9.30pm. FF16, Food Forum, B1/F, The Malls at Oriental Plaza, Dongcheng District. (8518 6315); 4) Daily 11am-10.30pm. International Club, 21 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6532 0475); 5) Daily 11am-10pm. 2/F, Anzhen Hualian Department Store, Anzhen Xili, Chaoyang District. (6441 9996) 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) 朝阳区建国门外大街21号(国际俱乐部 旁边); 5) 朝阳区安贞西里华联商厦2层

Texan Bar and Grill Cowboys and cowgirls serve a variety of Australian rib eye, sirloin and T-bone steaks fresh from the grill. A selection of burgers and Mexican dishes are also available. Weekday set lunches (11.30am-2pm, two-courses) are RMB 98 plus 15% service charge. Daily 11.30am-2pm, 5.30-10.30pm. 1/F, Metropark Lido Hotel, Jichang Lu, Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District. (6437 6688 ext 1971/1975) 德克萨斯扒房, 朝阳区机场路将台路丽都大酒 店1层

TGI Friday’s White collar hangout exports American-style burgers, salads and “Mexican” food.. 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.

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

Kerry’s Pantry Salads, sandwiches and absolutely decadent desserts. 1/F, Kerry Hotel, 1 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6561 8833) 朝阳区光华路1号

Pekotan This deli and bakery offer amazing products, with a half-price offer at 8-9pm. Daily 7am-10pm. Store 21-22, Bldg 12, Central Park, 6 Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6533 6605) 配口堂, 朝阳区朝阳门外大 街6号新城国际12号楼21-22号

Rug Bagel & Cafe Small but authentic-tasting bagels and a range of light meal choices. Daily 11.30am-10pm. Bldg 4, Lishui Jiayuan, Chaoyang Gongyuan Nanlu (opposite south gate of Chaoyang Park), Chaoyang District (8550 2722) 朝阳区朝阳公园南路丽水嘉园4号楼 (朝阳公园南门对面)

The Sweet Spot Great sandwiches, sweets and bread from this China World Hotel bakery. Daily 9am-11.30pm. EB118, B1/F, China World Mall, 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6505 0885) 朝阳区建国门外大街1号国 贸商城地1层EB118

The Swiss Deli Offers an extensive range of cakes, deli items and sweets. Daily 7am-10pm. 1/F Swissotel, 2 Chaoyangmen Bei Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6553 2288 ext 2127) 东城

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区潮阳门北大街2号港澳中心瑞士酒店1层

Cheese and Wine Made In Heaven One of Beijing’s best cheese selections, and always a wine to match. Sun-Wed noon-midnight, ThuSat 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

Symphony Wi-Fi, afternoon tea and breakfast are all offered at this petite Central Park bakery. Daily 8am-10pm. 105, Bldg 26, Central Park, 6 Chaowai Dajie, Chaoyang District (6533 6956) 味感烘焙屋,朝阳区朝外大街6号新城国际

Colibri Cafe Colibri offers more than 20 flavors of cupcakes, as well as sandwiches and coffee. Daily 10am-10pm. LG51, Sanlitun Village North, 11 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6417 0808) 蜂鸟, 朝阳区三里屯路11号三里屯 Village北区地下1层

Comptoirs de France Offers freshly baked rolls, baguettes, and loaves of bread alongside pastries and chocolates. Voted “Outstanding Sandwiches” in our 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 7am-8.30pm. 1) Daily 7am-8 .30pm. Beijing United Family Hospital and Clinics Shop Number 2, 2 Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District.; 2) Daily 7am-8.30pm. Beijing United Family Hospital and Clinics Shop Number 1, 2 Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District. (5927 7597); 3) Daily 7am-8.30pm. 1/F, Bldg 5, Hairun International Apartment, 2B Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District. (5135 7645); 4) Daily 7am-8.30pm. 55-1, Xingfucun Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (6416 2853); 5) Daily 7am-10.30pm. Door 102, Pacific Century Place Department Store, 2A Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6539 2005); 6) Daily 7am-8.30pm. 2/F, Riviera Plaza, 5 Laiguangying Donglu, Chaoyang District. (8470 2347); 7) Daily 7am-8.30pm. 1/F, East Lake Club, 35 Dongzhimenwai Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6461 1525); 8) Daily 7am-8.30pm. 4 Ritan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (8562 3355); 9) Daily 7am-8.30pm. L-111, Europlaza, 99 Yuxiang Lu, Tianzhu Zhen, Shunyi District. (8046 6309); 10) Daily 7am-8.30pm. Rm 102, 1/F, Bldg 15, China Central Place, 89 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (6530 5480) 法派, 1) 朝阳区将台路2号

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BARBECUE & TEPPANYAKI Huazai Chuan Bar Good for a post-booze chuan’r fest, with a good alcohol selection. Daily 24hrs. 14 Xindong Lu (next to The James Joyce), Chaoyang District (no tel) 华仔串吧, 朝 阳区新东路14号

BEIJING Baozi Pu Fuel up with a steaming bowl of daoxiao mian – rustic shaved noodles topped with pork, fresh cilantro and a ladle of spicy broth (RMB 5). Or grab a takeout bag of fluffy pork baozi (RMB 4). Daily 6.30am-9pm. 108 Gulou Dongdajie (at the entrance to Nanluogu Xiang), Dongcheng District. (no tel) 包子铺, 东 城区鼓楼东大街108号

Bian Bian Manwu Fantang This turdthemed restaurant is one of Beijing’s strangest dining experiences. Daily 10am- 9.30pm. 91 Dianmenwai Dajie, Xicheng District. 西城区地 安门外大街91号(地安门商场南)

Chun Bing Jing Wei Cai Yonghegong Dajie (across the street and to the south of Cafe de la Poste), Dongcheng District. (64-6 2183) 春饼京 味菜, 东城区东城区雍和宫大街

Dahuaishu Grill Specializes in tasty lao Beijing tabletop grills of chilli-doused pork, lamb, squid and kidney in a sweaty dining room. Daily 11am-10pm. 23 Meishuguan Dongjie (Northwest off National Art Museum), Dongcheng District. (6400 8891) 大槐树烤肉馆,


DIRECTORY / DINING 东城区美术馆东街23号(美术馆路口西北角)

Donghuamen Night Market If you’re peckish and strolling the Wangfujing area of an autumn evening, stop by this lively strip of stalls for a snack. Donghuamen night market only emerged in the early ‘80s, since when it has gathered more and more food stalls complete with screaming vendors and hungry crowds of both locals and foreign travelers. The food has to be seen to be believed. Almost anything you’d want (or in some cases, wouldn’t want) to try is on show, from innards and scorpions to silkworms and sea horses. The food comes cheap – most chuan’r (kebabs) cost only RMB 2-10. Just daring yourself to try out the odder items is a lot of fun in itself. Daily 4-10pm. Donghuamen Dajie (west of Wangfujing Pedestrian Street), Wangfujing, Dongcheng District. 东华门夜市, 东城区东城区王府井大街 往西东华门大街

Er Yue Er Chunbing Daily 11am-midnight. Chaoyang Park West Gate, Chaoyang District. (6460 5986) 二月二春饼, 朝阳区朝阳公园西门 Fu Jia Lou Perennially packed, Fu Jia Lou is a true old-style Beijing experience, complete with low wooden tables and chairs, hollering waiters and excellent zhajiang mian. Daily 11am-2pm, 4.30-9.30pm. 23 Dongsishitiao (200m west of Poly Plaza), Dongcheng District. (8403 7831) 福家楼, 东城区东四十条23号(保利

.30pm. 35 Xidajie, Di'anmen (just west of the Di'anmen intersection facing Pingan Dadao), Dongcheng District. (6405 6666) 京味面大王, 东城区地安门西大街35号

Jiumen Xiaochi Taste some of the best of Beijing’s traditional snacks at this collection of laozihao (time-honored brand) snack stalls, most of which were originally located in Qianmen but have been forced by redevelopment to move from their historic location. Daily 10am-10pm. 1 Xiaoyou Hutong, Xicheng District. (6402 5858) 九门小吃, 西城区孝友胡同1号 Kaorou Wang This laozihao restaurant specializes in Hui-style grilled beef and dishes, lauded by the likes of Puyi and Guo Moruo. 1) 10.30am-9.30pm. 32B Zizhuyuan lu, Haidian District. (6848 7031/7035); 2) Daily 10.30am9.30pm. 185 Yonghegong Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6406 9729); 3) Daily 10.30am-9.30pm. 58 Nanlishi Lu, Xicheng District. (6802 8180); 4) Daily 10.30am-9.30pm. 69 Wanquanhe Lu, Haidian District. (6257 6888) 烤肉宛, 1) 海淀 区紫竹院路乙32号; 2) 东城区雍和宫大街185 号; 3) 西城区南礼士路58号; 4) 海淀区万泉 河路69号

Kuan Dian Hip youth chow down on chicken wings on the rooftop terrace of this Drum Tower-area restaurant all throughout the year. Daily 11am-midnight. 135 Jiugulou Dajie, Xicheng District. (8404 0523) 宽店, 西城区旧

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Gui Wei An almost upscale restaurant by barbecue standards. Only 80 skewers of wings are marinated here everyday, which shows how much care goes into the process. 5-10pm. 20 Heizhima Hutong, Dongcheng District. (6407 5931) 鬼味烤翅, 东城区南锣鼓巷黑芝麻

Lao Beijing Kaorou Marinated beef or mutton grilled on a zhizi (Qing-style charcoal brazier) at your table. A nip of baijiu is the traditional tipple for this lao Beijing snack. Daily 11am-11pm. 4A, Longtoujing Hutong (near Prince Gong's Mansion south of Houhai Lake), Xicheng District. (8322 2217) 老北京烤肉, 西城

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Hai Wan Ju 1) Daily 10.30am-10.30pm. 36 Songyu Nanli, Chaoyang District. (8731 3518); 2) Daily 11am-11pm. 11 Zengguang Lu (southwest corner of Ganjiakou Department Store), Haidian District. (8837 4993) 海碗居, 1) 朝阳 区松榆南里36号; 2) 海淀区增光路11号(甘家口 商场西南角)

Hong Bin Lou This time-honored Hui restaurant serves the standards of halal Beijing cuisine, including halal Peking duck (prepared according to Muslim dietary law), shuan yangrou (scalded lamb) and feiniu huoguo (succulent beef crock-pot). Daily 11am-2pm, 5-9pm. 11 Zhanlanguan Lu (at the intersection of Baiwanzhuang), Xicheng District. (6899 2569/4560) http://www.hongbinlou.com.cn/ hqfw.html 鸿宾楼, 西城区展览馆11号(百万 庄路口)

Hong Lu Taking a fresh look at lao Beijing cuisine, Hong Lu casts light on the true scope of this capital's cuisine. Daily 11.30am-11pm. 6 Sanlitun Nanlu (150m south of The Bookworm), Chaoyang District. (6593 8970) 朝阳区三里屯南 路6号(书虫往南150米)

Hot Bean Cooperative Run by a group of hip youngsters, the whimsical hand-painted walls and a big old tree in the middle of their courtyard make for a pleasant place to chill, but it’s the chicken wings that are the main draw. Daily 10am-10pm. Just inside Chaodou Hutong (50m north of Jiaodaokou Nandajie and Kuan Jie intersection), Dongcheng District. (8401 6165) 炒豆合作社, 东城区交道口南大街炒豆胡同

Huguosi Xiaochidian Traditional Beijing snacks served by this popular, hygienic, laozihao (historical brand). 1) Daily 5.30am-9pm. 93 Huguosi Dajie, Xicheng District. (6618 1705); 2) Daily 6am-8pm. 180 Di'anmenwai Dajie, Xicheng District. (6404 2946) 护国寺小吃 店, 1) 西城区护国寺大街93号; 2) 西城区地安 门外大街180号

Jing Wei Lou Traditional Beijing food like miancha (a millet flour gruel), zha gezhi (fritters made from mung bean flour) and roast duck. 1) Daily 11am-2pm, 5-9pm. 99 Fuxingmennei Dajie, Xicheng District. (5839 9511); 2) Daily 11am-2pm, 5-9pm. 181A Di’anmen Xidajie, Xicheng District. (8322 6514); 3) Daily 11am-2pm, 5pm-11.30pm. 1/F, Fuyou Binguan, 21 Taipusi Jie, Xicheng District. (6605 2277); 4) Daily 10am-2pm, 5-9pm. 1/F, Unit 1, Wudongdalou A, courtyard 9, Chegongzhuang Dajie, Xicheng District, Xicheng District. (8839 5246) 京味楼, 1) 西城区复兴门内大街99号; 2) 西城区地安门 西大街甲181A号; 3) 西城区太仆寺街21号府右宾 馆1楼; 4) 西城区西城区车公庄大街9号院五栋大 楼A栋1单元1楼

Jing Wei Mian Da Wang This ornate, touristfriendly restaurant serves authentic dishes of lao Beijing fare - hand-pulled noodles, cold dishes, snack foods and more. 10.30am-10

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Lao Beijing Zhajiangmian Charming wait staff efficiently attend to diners as they slurp on delicious, saucy noodles enough to feed three people without burning a hole in your wallet. Daily 11am-2pm, 5-9pm. 29 Chongwenmenwai Dajie, Chongwen District. (6705 6705) 老北京炸酱面, 崇文区崇文门外大街29号

Linhuxuan Restaurant 11am-2pm, 5-9.30pm. 1-8 Huangsi Ave (near Andingmenwai, Jiangzhaikou), Liuyin Park Lakeside, Dongcheng District. (8412 2679) 东城区安定门 外蒋宅口柳荫公园湖畔黄寺大街甲8号

Longfusi Xiaochidian Old school in every sense (from the food down to the decor and gruff, cafeteria-style service), this long-running eatery serves traditional Hui dishes and snacks, including lu da gun'r (rolling donkey), bao du (boiled tripe) and the infamous dou zhi (fermented mung bean soup). Upstairs has a sit-down restaurant with private rooms. 1) Fangjia Hutong, Andingmen Neidajie, Dongcheng District.; 2) 1 Longfusi Qianjie, Dongcheng District. (6406 0668) 隆福寺小吃 店, 1) 东城区安定门内大街方家胡同; 2) 东城 区隆福寺前街1号

My China Dine in the relaxed and friendly atmosphere of My China at the Hilton Beijing Capital Airport hotel, where you can sample classic Beijing cuisine at its most exquisite, or try some distinctive and authentic dishes from the famous culinary regions of Sichuan and Hunan. Daily 11.30am-10pm. Hilton Beijing Capital Airport, Terminal 3, Capital International Airport, Chaoyang District. (6450 4889, 6458 8888 ext 8901) 腾香居, 朝阳区首都机场3 号航站希尔顿酒店

Noodle Bar This hip 12-seat bar is not your everyday mianguan’r. The ingredients are excellent, food prices reasonable (drinks less so). The menu is limited, but what they do they do very well indeed. Daily 11am-10pm. 1949 – The Hidden City, Courtyard 4, Gongti Beilu (behind Pacific Century Place), Chaoyang District. (6501 1949) 面吧, 朝阳区工体北路4号 院 (盈科中心南面)

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

Beijing Duck Bianyifang A Beijing duck institution with multiple branches. Daily 11am-9.30pm. www. bianyifang.com for locations. Da Dong Roast Duck The “superlean” roast ducks are regularly hyped as the best in the

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DIRECTORY / DINING city. Voted “Best Beijing Duck,” “Best Chinese Restaurant of the Year” and “Best For Impressing Visitors“ in our 2011 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, Chaoyang District. (6582 2892/4003) 北京大董

Street) Relax after a hard day’s work in this upscale lounge. 1 Jinchengfang Dongjie, Financial Street, Xicheng District. (6601 6666) ww.ritzcarlton.com/hotels/beijing_financial 西城区金城坊东街1号.

Maan Coffee Daily 9am-midnight. 7 Jiangtai Xilu, next to the entrance gate for Side Park, across from Rosedale Hotel, Chaoyang District. (8457 3470) 漫咖啡, 朝阳区将太西路7号

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; 3) 朝 阳区团结湖北口3号楼东三环路

Milano Café Tiny eatery with decent (if standard) selection of Italian dishes. Daily 10am-11pm. Unit 108, Bldg 11, Central Park, Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District (6597 9008) 朝阳区朝阳门外大街6号新城国际

Duck De Chine Voted "Outstanding Beijing Duck" in our 2011 Restaurant Awards. Daily 11am-2.30pm, 5.30-10.30pm. 1949, Courtyard 4, Gongti Beilu (opposite the south gate of Pacific Century Place Mall), Chaoyang District (6501 8881) 朝阳区工体北路4号院 (太平洋百

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Moment Cafe Offers a variety of coffees, salted and sweet crepes, hot sandwiches and salads all made with fresh, high quality ingredients. Daily noon-10pm. B1-525, Sanlitun Soho, Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. (8590 0724) 朝阳区工体北路三里屯Soho B1-525

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Made in China This stylish joint on the first floor of the Grand Hyatt offers some of the city’s finest roast duck. Voted “Outstanding Restaurant of the Year (Chinese)” in our 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 11.30am-2 .30pm, 5.30-10.30pm. 1/F, Grand Hyatt Hotel, 1 Dongchang’an Jie, Dongcheng District. (6510 9608) 长安一号, 东城区东长安街1号东方广场北 京东方君悦大酒店1层

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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, as well as Western favorites. Daily 11.30am-2.30pm, 6-10.30pm. The Ritz-Carlton Hotel, 83A Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (5908 8161) 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. 11.30am-3pm on Sunday afternoons. Voted "Outstanding Hotel Brunch" in our 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. 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

Beijing Bistro Buffet dining at its best. 2/F, Beijing Marriott Hotel Northeast, 26A Xiaoyun Lu, Chaoyang District. (5927 8888) 朝阳区霄云 路甲26号海航大厦万豪酒店2层

BLD Cafe International buffet restaurant featuring showpiece Sunday brunch. Renaissance Beijing Capital Hotel, 61 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (5863 8223) www. renaissancebeijingcapital.com 朝阳区东三环中 路61号北京富力万丽酒店

Cafe Cha A sumptuous buffet featuring a sushi and sashimi station, pasta, pizza, Malaysian laksa and tandoori specialties. Daily 6-10am, 11.30am-2.30pm, 5.30-9.30pm. Shangri-La Hotel, 29 Zizhuyuan Lu, Haidian District. (6841 2211 ext 2715) 咖啡Cha, 海淀区紫竹院路29号 香格里拉饭店

CBD International Cuisine Buffet restaurant featuring open kitchens and a combination of Western and Asian favorites. Daily 6.30am-11pm. Grand Millennium Beijing, Fortune Plaza, 7 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (6530 9383) 朝阳区东三环中路7号财富中心北京 千禧大酒店

East 33 International buffet restaurant featuring Asian and Western treats plus a weekend seafood buffet featuring live Boston lobster. Daily 6.30am-10.30pm. Raffles Beijing Hotel, 33 Dongchangan Jie, Dongcheng District. (6526 3388 ext 5171) 东三十三, 东城区东长安街33号 北京饭店莱佛士

Elements 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. Daily 6-10am, noon-2.30pm, 6-10pm. 2/F, Hilton Beijing, 1 Dongfang Lu, Chaoyang District. (5865 5000 ext 5020) 元素

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

Feast Buffet and a la carte with live cooking stations. Sheraton Beijing Dongcheng, 36 North Third Ring Road East, Dongcheng District. (5798 8888) 东城区东城区北三环路36号 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

Grand Cafe Indulgent buffet featuring international cuisines and homemade desserts. Daily 24hrs (buffet 6.30-10.30am, 11.30am2.30pm, 5.30-10pm). Grand Hyatt, Oriental Plaza, 1 Dongchang’an Jie, Dongcheng District. (8518 1234 ext 3628) 凯菲厅, 东城区东 长安街1号东方广场东方君悦大酒店

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

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

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 Kerry’s Kitchen Quality ingredients create South-East Asian flavors in both buffet and a la carte settings. 1/F, Kerry Hotel, 1 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6561 8833) 朝阳区光华路1号 Monsoon A contemporary buffet restaurant serving top-class seafood from around the world. Daily 6-10.30am, 11.30am-2pm, 5.30-10pm. InterContinental Beijing Financial Street, 11 Jinrong Jie, Xicheng District. (5852 5916) 季 候风, 西城区金融街11号洲际酒店

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Red Orange Seasonal menus of Asian and Western dishes, with an open kitchen for cooking-to-order around the clock. Daily 24 hrs. 1/F, Crowne Plaza Sun Palace Beijing, Yunnan Dasha, Northeast corner of Taiyanggong Qiao and Xibahe, Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6429 8888 ext 6328) 红橙, 新云南皇冠假日酒店1层, 朝阳区东北三环西坝河 太阳宫桥东北角

Senses Hosts Bubbly Sundays, one of the most lavish brunches in town. Voted “Outstanding Hotel Brunch” with Taste in our 2011 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 “Best Hotel Brunch” in our 2011 Restaurant Awards. Daily 6.30-10 .30am, 11.30am-3pm, 5.30-11pm. 2/F, Westin Beijing Chaoyang, 7 Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (5922 8888 ext 8102) 朝阳区 东三环北路7号金茂北京威斯汀大饭店2层

Vasco’s International and Chinese culinary hits with a Portuguese twist. On Sundays it hosts FIZZtastic, voted “Outstanding Hotel Brunch” in our 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 6.30-10am, 11.30am-2.30pm, 6-11pm. 5/F, Hilton Beijing Wangfujing, 8 Wangfujing Dongjie, Dongcheng District. (5812 8888) 东城 区王府井东街8号希尔顿北京王府井酒店5层

VIC International buffet dining with a smattering of Gallic touches. Mon-Fri 12pm-2.30pm, 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 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 Exchange Cafe and bar serving coffee, tea, and soft drinks during the day, then in the evenings it’s champagne, wine and long drinks. Daily 8am-midnight. 1/F, The Westin Beijing Chaoyang, 7 Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (5922 8888 ext 8191) 朝阳区东三环北路 7号金茂北京威斯汀大饭店1层

The Library Lovely for afternoon tea or a drink. Hilton Beijing Wangfujing, 8 Wangfujing Dongjie, Dongcheng District. (5812 8888) www.pentabeijing.com 书 阁, 东城区王府井东 街8号希尔顿北京王府井酒店

Lobby Lounge (China World Hotel) Drinks in the lobby. 1/F, China World Hotel, 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6505 2266) 朝阳区建国门外大街1号中国大饭店1层 Lobby Lounge (Ritz-Carlton Financial

Red Capital Residence This boutique hotel also offers refreshments and snacks by day and night. The underground bomb shelter bar features an unbeatable nostalgia trip complete with mini-movie theater. Daily 10am-midnight. 9 Dongsi Liutiao, Dongcheng District. (8403 5308) 新红资客栈, 东城区东四六条9号 Rendez-vous Bar & Lounge Relaxing place to meet friends and clients for drinks and snacks. Kempinski Hotel, 50 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6465 3388 ext 4200) 朝阳区 凯宾斯基饭店亮马桥路50号

Rug Bagel & Café Bagels, play area and free Wi-Fi make this a great addition to Chaoyang Park. Tue-Sun 11.30am-10pm. Bldg 4, Lishui Jiayuan, Chaoyang Gongyuan Nanlu (opposite South Gate of Chaoyang Park) Chaoyang District (8550 2722) 朝阳区朝阳公园南路丽水嘉 园4号楼(朝阳公园南门对面)

UME Café Filling pasta and sandwiches featuring decent bread. Guanghualu Soho, Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. 朝阳区光华 路光华路Soho

Village Cafe European and Southeast Asian cuisine in a boutique space. 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

WasPark Cute and cheerful, this little American joint make a mean burger. Mon-Fri 11.30am-10pm, Sat-Sun 1-10pm. Unit 2369, 3/F, North Tower, Soho Shangdu, 8 Dongdaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District (5869 2884) 朝阳区东大桥路8 号Soho尚都北塔3层2369室

Cantonese Celestial Court Seafood and dim sum in a luxurious setting for those on an expense account. Mon-Fri 11.30am-2.30pm, 6-10pm. 2/F, St Regis Hotel, 21 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6460 6688 ext 2460 or 2462) 天宝阁, 朝阳区建国门外大街21号北京国 际俱乐部饭店2层

Choy's Seafood Innovative seafood dishes inspired by the classics. Daily 11.30am-2.30pm, 5.30-10.30pm. 2/F, Marriott Beijing Northeast, 26A Xiaoyun Lu, Chaoyang District. (5927 8888) 采海轩,朝阳区霄云路甲26号海航大厦万 豪酒店2层

Dragon Palace Cantonese cuisine and other specialties from around China prepared to exquisite standards and served in an appropriately elegant setting. Daily 11.30am-2pm, 6-10pm. 1/F, Kempinski Hotel, 50 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6465 3388 ext 4217) 龙 苑中餐厅, 朝阳区亮马桥路50号凯宾斯基饭店1层

Fook Lam Moon Legendary Hong Kong institution with one simple principle: premium ingredients should be allowed to speak for themselves. Voted “Outstanding New Restaurant (Chinese)“ in our 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. 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

Hengshan Hui Serving Hong Kong staples: dim sum, milk tea and stir-fried noodles, Daily 1 0.30am-11.30pm. 1/F, Kerry EAS Logistics Building (entrance at back of building), 21 Xiaoyun Lu, Chaoyang District (6466 1211) 朝阳 区霄云路21号嘉里大通附楼1楼

Horizon Good variety of Chinese dishes; classy atmosphere. Daily 11am-2.30pm, 5.3010pm. 1/F, Shangri-La’s Kerry Hotel, 1 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6561 8833 ext 41)


DIRECTORY / DINING 海天阁, 朝阳区光华路1号嘉里中心饭店1层

Huang Ting Cantonese cuisine in elegant surroundings. Daily 11.30am-2.30pm, 6-10pm. B2/F, The Peninsula Beijing, 8 Jinyu Hutong, Wangfujing Jie, Dongcheng District. (8516 2888 ext 6707) 凰庭, 东城区王府井大街金鱼胡 同8号王府半岛酒店地下2层

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

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.Daily 11.30am-2.30pm, 5.30-10.30pm. 1 Er Jing Road, Langham Place, Beijing Capital Airport. Chaoyang District. (6457 5555) 明阁, 朝阳区首 都机场二经路1号朗豪酒店

Noble Court Fine Cantonese cuisine featuring dim sum as well as seafood dishes. Mon-Fri 11.30am-2.30pm, Sat-Sun 10.30am-2.30pm; daily 5.30-10pm. B1/F, Grand Hyatt Beijing Hotel, Oriental Plaza, 1 Dongchang’an Jie, Dongcheng District. (8518 1234 ext 3822) 悦 庭, 东城区东长安街1号东方广场北京东方君悦 大酒店地下1层

Qi Enjoy a culinary journey that puts a modern twist on several regional cuisines. Daily 11.30am-2pm, 5.30-10pm. 2/F, The Ritz-Carlton, Financial Street, 1 Jinchengfang Dongjie, Jinrong Jie, Xicheng District. (6601 6666) 金阁, 西城区金城坊东街1号金融街丽思

an impressive selection of fine wines and Chinese teas. Dishes are created using the freshest ingredients available and served in a well-lit setting. 11.30am-2pm, 5.30-10pm. InterContinental Beijing Financial Street, 11 Financial Street, Xicheng District. (5852 5918)

Central & South American 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 The tiny outpost where Luga launched his empire still does a brisk trade in burritos and cheap drinks. Daily 10am-3am. Sanlitun Houjie (opposite Aperitivo), Chaoyang District. (6413 2786) 朝阳区三里屯后街同里对面 Luga's Villa Decent beers and Mexican food ranging from enchiladas and burritos, to fajitas, nachos and more. Voted "Outstanding Mexican / Tex-Mex" in our 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 11am-3am. 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

路81号北京那里花园内西侧二层小楼

区东单北大街72号外交部口内

Sui Yuan Sui Yuan has plenty of Cantonese favorites on the menu, but mixes the usual routine up with dishes from Beijing and Sichuan thrown in for good measure. Daily 11.30am-2.30pm,5.30-10pm. 3/F, Doubletree by Hilton, Beijing, 168 Guang’anmenwai Dajie, Xuanwu District. (6338 1888) www.beijing. doubletreebyhilton.com 宣武区广安门外大

区东四环北路2号(霄云桥和芳园西十字路口)北京 上东盛贸饭店 2-3 层

Yao Chi The open kitchen is as lively as any in the city, with around 20 chefs busying themselves on preparing the dim sum and other Cantonese favorites. Daily 11am-2.30pm,5.3010pm. Grand Millennium Beijing, Fortune Plaza, 7 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (8587 6888) 瑶池中餐厅, 朝阳区东三 环中路7号

Yu Voted “Outstanding Cantonese Restaurant (High-End)“ in our 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 11.30am-2pm, 6-10pm. 83A Jianguo Lu (inside the Ritz-Carlton Hotel), Chaoyang District. (5908 8111) 玉, 朝阳区建

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

RoomBeijing Creative contemporary dining from former Blu Lobster chef Brian McKenna. Sun-Wed 11am-midnight, Thu-Sat 11am-2am. Rm 301-302, 3/F, Park Life, Yintai Centre, 2 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District (8517 2033) 朝阳区建国门外大街2号银泰中心 301-302室

街2号柏悦酒店66层

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

二经路1号朗豪酒店

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 Guoji), 10 Jintong Xilu (near The Place), Chaoyang District. (8590 6266) 朝阳区金桐西路10号远洋光华国际AB座1 楼(近世贸天阶)

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

SALT Innovative restaurant in a fresh modern minimalist setting has weekly two-course or three-course set meals. Voted “Outstanding Business Lunch” and “Outstanding Steak” in our 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. Mon-Sat noon-3pm, 6-10.30pm, Sun Brunch noon4pm. 2/F, 9 Jiangtai Xilu (west of Rosedale Hotel), Chaoyang District. (6437 8457) 盐, 朝

Grill 79 A captivating destination for international dining. Savor the delicate flavors of simple, wild and fresh ingredients that each season has to offer. 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

阳区将台西路9号2层(珀丽酒店西边)

1号国贸大酒店79楼

京极栈内

Let’s Seafood Mussels, whole fish, seafood salads and bouillabaisse. Daily 11.30am-midnight. 1/F, Nali Patio, 81 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (5208 6038) 朝阳区三里屯北街81号那

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

里花园1层

Scarlett Chic wine bar and restaurant. Daily 6pm-3am. Hotel G, 7A Gongti Xilu, Chaoyang District. (6552 2880) 朝阳区工体西路甲7号北

号蓝色港湾国际商区15-4

区王府井希尔顿酒店王府井东街8号

Green T. House Tea-infused fusion cuisine. Daily 11am-11pm. 6 Gongti Xilu, Chaoyang District. (6552 8310, 6552 8311) 紫云轩, 朝阳区

DELIVERIES

工体西路6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

IFW Managed by the Park Hyatt, IFW offers top quality cuisine from all around China, prepared at live cooking stations. Mon-Fri 7.30am-10pm, Sat-Sun 10.30am-10pm. B1/F, Park Life, Yintai Center, 2 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (8567 1568) 悦食悦

国路甲83号

香, 朝阳区朝阳区建国门外大街2号北京银泰中心 悦·生活地下1层

Yue Cantonese with mainland influences. Sheraton Beijing Dongcheng, 36 North Third Ring Road East, Dongcheng District. (5798 8888) 东城区东城区北三环路36号

Jusong Mao-themed café and restaurant in hip digs. Daily 11am-9.30pm. LG-15, Sanlitun Village North, 11 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District (6413 2275) 朝阳区三里屯路19号Village

ZEN Signature Cantonese dishes paired with

三里屯北街

里花园3层

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

Sun Palace Offers decent dim sum, Cantonese specialties and seafood cooked by Hong Kong chefs. Daily 11.30am-2.30pm, 5.30-10pm. 4/F, Crowne Plaza Sun Palace Beijing, Yunnan Dasha, Northeast corner of Taiyanggong Qiao and Xibahe, Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6429 8888 ext 6332) 太阳宫中餐厅, 新

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

Alameda Contemporary fine dining with a Brazilian twist. Voted “Outstanding Business Lunch” in our 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 11.30am-3pm, 6-10.30pm. Sanlitun Beijie, Chaoyang District. (6417 8084) 朝阳区

Mosto Inventive, exciting contemporary food with a South American touch. Voted “Best Business Lunch,” “Best Steak,” “Outstanding Restaurant of the Year (Non-Chinese),“ “Outstanding For a Romantic Meal“ and “Outstanding Steak“ in our 2011 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

机场希尔顿酒店

街168号

Tong Luo Wan Down-to-earth spot serving great clay-pot rice. Dongdaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. 朝阳区东大桥路

Contemporary International

7号金茂北京威斯汀大饭店

The Saddle Cantina Voted "Best Mexican / Tex-Mex" in our 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 11am-late. Nali Patio, 81 Sanlitun Beilu (south of 3.3 Shopping Center), Chaoyang District. (5208 6005) 朝阳区三里屯北

建国门内大街17号好苑建国商务酒店1楼

桥地铁B出口)

Zen5es A mix of authentic Cantonese supplemented by signature dishes from China’s other major regional cuisines - Beijing, Shanghai, Sichuan, Hunan, and Zhejiang. Daily 11.30am2.30pm, 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

Ri Chang Best known for their claypot casseroles, Ri Chang will offer you a quick meal. The service is speedy and the prices are cheap, but be prepared for a line. Daily 11am-3am. 72 Dongdan Beidajie, at the corner of Waijiaobu Hutong, Dongcheng District (6525 1783) 东城

Tang Palace Some of the best dim sum in town. Daily 7.30am-10.30pm. 1/F, Haoyue Jianguo Hotel, 17 Jianguomennei Dajie, Dongcheng District (6513 1288) 东城区东城区

Sanlitun Village South, Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6415 7207) 朝阳区三里屯路19号三里屯 Village南区3楼

西城区金融街11号洲际酒店

卡顿酒店2层

云南皇冠假日酒店4层, 朝阳区东北三环西坝河 太阳宫桥东北角

Peking Legacy More style than substance, but a good kung pao chicken. Daily 11am-11pm. Northeast corner of Beixingqiao (subway exit B), Dongzhimennei Dajie, Dongcheng District (6226 6368) 东城区东直门内大街(北新

北区B1NLG-15号

Modo Modern wine bar serving well over a dozen wines by the glass, as well as small plates of tasty contemporary European cuisine. Also features Enomatic wine dispensers to allow people to explore different wines. Voted “Best New Retaurant (Non-Chinese)“ in our 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. SunThu noon-10pm, Fri-Sat noon-10.30pm. 3/F,

Sherpa’s Fast, friendly and straight to your front door, Sherpa's is a third-party food delivery service. Notable restaurants on their books include Hatsune, Hercules and La Pizza. They'll also deliver additional beverages

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DIRECTORY / DINING alongside your order. Daily 9.30am-10.30pm (40 0600 6209) www.sherpa.com.cn

Dongbei Black Soil Impressions Out-of-the-way, but the go-to for homesick Dongbeiren wanting a fix. Daily 11am-10pm. Building 1, Anhuili 2nd Qu, Huizhong Lu, Chaoyang District (6498 5015) 朝阳区慧忠路安慧里二区1号楼(近北苑路)

Dumplings

沙路商业街7-2号

Zhuzhong Dalian Huoshao Dumplings truly are the star here, but try their baodu. 55 Gulou Xidajie, Xicheng District (6401 2342) 铸 钟褡裢火烧, 西城区鼓楼西大街55号

European Aria Inventive European food from monthly changing menus. Mon-Fri 11.30am-2.30pm, 5.30-10pm; Sat-Sun 5.30-10pm. 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

Café Swiss Serving a delectable spread of traditional Swiss specialties, European Cuisine and Asian delights. Daily 6:30am-10pm. Swissotel, 2 Chaoyangmen Bei Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6553 2288) 东城区潮阳门北大街2号 Capital M Classy European cooking and Beijing’s best view across Qianmen. Voted “Best Brunch” and “Outstanding For a Romantic Meal“ in our 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. Mon-Fri 11am-2.30pm, 6-10.30pm, Sat-Sun 11.30am-5pm, 6-10.30pm. 3/F, 2 Qianmen Pedestrian Street, Chongwen District. (6702 2727) 崇文区前门步行街2号3层 Din Tai Fung Taste just one dumpling to know why they’re famous around the world. Voted “Best Dim Sum” in our 2011 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); 4) B1-1/F, Grand Pacific Mall, 133 Xidan Beidajie, Xicheng District. (6615 9028) 鼎泰丰, 1) 海淀

Enoterra Unpretentious, reasonably priced wine bar in that serves good food as well.Daily 10am-2am. D405, Nali Patio, 81 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (5208 6076) 朝阳区三里屯路 81号那里花园D405室

Morel’s Sanlitun stalwart serves Belgian-style steak tartare from locally bred beef and tasty mussels. Voted “Outstanding French (Affordble)“ in our 2011 Restaurant Awards. Mon-Sat 11.30am-1am. Gongti Beilu (opposite Workers’ Gymnasium North Gate, northwest corner of Chunxiu Lu), Dongcheng District. (6416 8802) 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

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; 4) 西城区西单北大街133号君太百 货地下1层及1层

beers. Daily (closed Tuesdays) 11.30am-2 .45pm, 6-10.15pm. 9 Jianchang Hutong (east of Yonghe Villas), Dongcheng District (6407 6308) 东城区箭厂胡同9号(近五道营胡同)) Vineyard Cafe Hip hutong cafe specializes in comfort food and hearty breakfasts. Voted “Outstanding Brunch” in our 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. Tue-Sun 11.30am-10 .30pm, closed Mon. 31 Wudaoying Hutong, 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 区北辰东路8

French Brasserie Flo Owned by the powerful Flo Group, and now a Beijing institution. French classics include the onion soup and profiteroles. Voted “Best French (Affordable)” in our 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. 18 Xiaoyun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6595 5135) 北京福楼餐 厅,朝阳区霄云路18号

Cafe de la Poste Beijing’s French community pack in every night for steaks, salads, cheese and wine. Daily noon-3pm, 6pm-late. 58 Yonghegong Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6402 7047) 东城区雍和宫大街58号 Crepanini Serves sweet and savory crepes. Sun-Thu 9am-midnight, Fri-Sat 9am-2am. Unit A110, 1/F, Nali Patio, 81 Sanlitun Beijie, Chaoyang District. (5208 6092/93) 可百尼尼,

Mr. Shi’s Dumplings Small hole-in-the-wall serves fried and boiled dumplings as well as jia chang cai. 74 Baochao Hutong, Gulou Dong Dajie (walk north on Baochao Hutong until the western end of Gulou Dong Dajie), Dongcheng District (8405 0399) 东城区鼓楼东 大街, 宝钞胡同74号

Old Beijing Mending Roubing Restaurant More than just roubing, try a whole host of old Beijing snacks here. Daily 10am-10pm. Xirongxian Hutong, Xicheng District (no tel) 西 城区,西绒线胡同

Xian Lao Man This Beijing institution doesn’t skimp on the stuffing: big chubby dumplings. Daily 10am-10pm.1) 252 Andingmennei Dajie, Dongcheng District (6404 6944); 2) 316 Dongsi Beidajie, Dongcheng District (8402 5779); 3) 7-2 Shunsha Jie, Shunyi District (5213 4777) 1) 东城区安定门内大街252 号 ; 2) 东城区东四北大街316号 ; 3) 顺义区顺

号(珀丽酒店对面)

皇家慕喜, 朝阳区东直门外大街12号

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 6am1am. 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

Temple Restaurant Beijing High-end French cuisine set in a fresh, modern context. Mon-Sat 11.30am-2.30pm, 6-10pm, Sun 11.30am-2.30pm. 23 Songzhusi Temple, Shatan Beijie, Dongcheng District (8400 2232) 东城区沙滩北街嵩祝寺23号

The Vineleaf Sister to Wudaoying sweetheart Vineyard Café, this tiny eatery serves British gastropub food with interesting draft

seasoning’s greetings! To win a voucher for a buffet meal at Seasoning, tell us: “To season and to flavor are not the same thing,” according to which famous cookbook? Answers to win@thebeijinger.com.

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Schindler’s Anlegestelle (Schindler’s Docking Station) The Sanlitun sister of Schindler’s Tankstelle has great sausages, pork knuckle and draft beers. Daily 11am-late. 10 Sanlitun Beixiaojie, Chaoyang District. (6463 1108) 申德勒码头餐厅, 朝阳区三里屯北 小街10号

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) Villa Castanea Located next to the Summer Palace, this restaurant has one of the largest private gardens in Beijing – suitable for 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 Donglu, Pu‘an Dian, Haidian District. (6272 0130; 6272 0131)

东城区东长安街33号北京饭店莱佛士

Royal Smushi House Sushi-sized smorrebrod, a bakery and a formal dining restaurant in one space. Daily 7am-10.30pm. 12 Dongzhimenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District (6416 9664)

普拉那啤酒坊餐厅, 朝阳区亮马桥路50号凯宾 斯基饭店

德南面包房, 朝阳区枣营路29号好运街27号

Le Little Saigon Cute colonial-style FrenchVietnamese bistro. 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

阳区工体北路三里屯Soho 1层5-106室

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)

朝阳区三里屯北路81号那里花园1层酒吧街对面

本妮法餐厅, 东城区王府井金鱼胡同3号诺富特 和平宾馆

Green Bites Dumpling Bar Healthy steamed dumplings & slow-cooked soup delivered to your door. Daily 10.30am-9.30pm. Unit 5-106, 1/F, Sanlitun Soho, Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. (8590 0475) 绿盒子蒸饺,朝

German Ellingen Brauhaus Enjoy hearty German dishes then wash it down with some home-made German beer. Daily 11am-2am. B114-B115, Financial Street Shopping mall, Xicheng District

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, Le Cabernet French bistro opens its summer terrace, serving wine, juice cocktail, beer and ice creams. Daily 9am-midnight. Novotel Peace Beijing, 3 Jinyu Hutong, Wangfujing, Dongcheng District. (6512 8833 ext 7621) 卡

Park Side Bar & Grill This family-friendly restaurant featuring a pleasant garden terrace is ideal for both dating or family dining. Burgers, steaks, wings, salads, sandwiches, steaks and other Western fare, complemented by a healthy wine list. Daily 10am-late. 9-6 Jiangtai Xilu (opposite Rosedale Hotel), Chaoyang District. (6444 6555) 园景, 朝阳区将台西路9-6

Asian - choose from Chinese, Japanese, Southeast Asian and Indian dishes, including sashimi, chicken tikka, sweet and sour prawns and more. 11.30am-2.30pm, 6-10.30pm. The Fairmont Beijing, 8 Yong'an Dongli, Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (8507 3618) 朝阳区建国门外大街,永安东里8号

Le Petit Gourmand Warm and cozy space with a menu featuring crepes and couscous. Sun-Thu 9.30am-midnight, Fri-Sat 9.30am1am. 3/F, Tongli Studios, Sanlitun Houjie, Chaoyang District. (6417 6095, fax 6413 0765) www.lepetitigourmand.com.cn 小美食家, 朝 阳区三里屯后街同里3层

Le Pré Lenôtre Exudes all the pomp of fine French dining and matches it with professional service and accomplished food. Voted “Outstanding French (High-End)“ in our 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. 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 (high-end),” “Best Service," "Best for a Romantic Meal,” “Best Wine List” and “Non-Chinese Restaurant of the Year” in our 2011 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

S.T.A.Y (Simple Table Alleno Yannick) Simple, communal-style French food by a Michelin chef. Tue-Sat 11.30am-2.30pm, 5.30-10pm, Sun 11am-4pm. Valley Wing 1/F, Shangri-La Hotel, 29 Zizhuyuan Lu, Haidian District. (8882 6727) 海淀区紫竹院路29号北京香 格里拉饭店新阁一层

Fusion 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 11am11pm. RS-17, Bldg 11, Solana, 6 Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (5905 1778) 潮, 朝阳区朝阳公园路6号蓝色港湾11栋RS-17号

Lunar 8 Lunar 8's menu is a blend of all-things

七叶香山, 海淀区万安东路普安店266号

Hot Pot Chuan Cheng Yuan Sichuan-style hot pot. 1) B1 Guorui Shopping Center, 18 Chongwenmenwai Dajie, Chongwen District. (6714 7859); 2) A 106 Jianwai Soho, 39 Sanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (5869 9986); 3) 323 3/F Viva Shopping Mall, Fuli City, 65 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Shuangjing, Chaoyang District. (5903 7388); 4) B1-15A Wangjing Jiamao Shopping Center, 33 Guangshun Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6475 5385); 5) B1 Food Court, Zhongguancun Shopping Center, 15 Zhongguancun Dajie, Haidian District. (5986 3783); 6) L4-29 Jiamao Shopping Center, 1 Xizhimenwai Dajie, Xicheng District. (5830 2423); 7) 116 B1 Huamao Shopping Center, 81 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (5876 4619) 川成元麻辣香 锅, 1) 崇文区崇文区崇文门外大街18号国瑞购物 中心B1楼; 2) 朝阳区朝阳区东三环中路39号建外 SOHO A座106室; 3) 朝阳区朝阳区东三环中路 65号富力广场南区3楼323号; 4) 朝阳区朝阳区广 顺北大街33号望京嘉茂购物中心B1-15A; 5) 海 淀区海淀区中关村大街15号中关村广场购物中心 B1楼大食代内; 6) 西城区西城区西直门外大街1 号嘉茂购物中心L4-29; 7) 朝阳区朝阳区建国路 81号华贸购物中心B1楼116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 Restaurant of the Year (Chinese),” and “Outstanding Service“ in our 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. 1) Daily 24hrs. 2A Baijiazhuang Lu, 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; 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

Huaiyang Summer Palace Light and delicious Huaiyang and Cantonese cuisine cooked with flair. Check out their daily tea cocktails and French Bordeaux selections. Voted “Outstanding Cantonese Restaurant (High-End)“ in our 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 11.30am2pm, 6-10pm. Lobby, China World Hotel, 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6505 2266 ext 34) 夏宫中餐厅, 朝阳区建国门 外大街1号中国大饭店大堂


DIRECTORY / DINING Wumingju Elaborate dishes with a distinct Jiangsu and Huaiyang flavor. Daily 11am-2pm, 5-9.30pm. 32 Zaoying Beili, Maizidian Jie, Chaoyang District. (6502 1568) 无名居,朝阳区

friendly. Daily 11am-10.30pm. 1 Jingyang Hutong (50m west off Nanluogu Xiang) Dongcheng District. (6406 4347) 东城区景阳胡

麦子店街枣营北里32号

Mughal's Restaurant Friendly staff serve up authentic Indian and Pakistani tandoori and curry dishes. Voted “Outstanding Indian/ Pakistani” in our 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 11am-3pm, 6-11pm. 4/F, Nali Patio, 81 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (5208 6082/134) 朝阳区三里屯路81号那里花园4层

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

Xixiangzi Spicy Hunan cuisine. 36 Dingfu Jie, Xicheng District. (no tel) 西城区定阜街36 号(庆王府旁)

同1号(南锣鼓巷往东50米)

Punjabi Indian Restaurant Serves up tasty Punjabi cuisine with a focus on tandoorroasted meats. 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 Najia Xiaoguan Consistently well-executed Manchu cuisine without the swanky atmosphere. 1) Daily 11.30am-10pm. 10 Yonganli (south of the LG Twin Towers), Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District (6567 3663); 2) Daily 11.30am-10pm. 1 Yikesong (south of Botanical Gardens crossroad), Fragrant Hills, Haidian District (8259 8588) 那家小馆,1) 朝阳区建国门 外大街永安里10号(双子座大厦南侧); 2) 海淀区 香山一棵松29号(植物园十字路口南)

Red Capital Club From Qing-style decor to revolutionary artifacts, this is nostalgia at its best. Daily 6-11pm. 66 Dongsi Jiutiao, Dongcheng District. (8401 6152) 新红资俱乐部, 东城区东四九条66号

Indian/Pakistani Ganges Indian Restaurant Southern and northern Indian classics like chicken tikka masala and lamb rogan josh. Voted “Best Indian/Pakistani” in our 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 11am-11pm. 1) S93-3, Sanlitun Village, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6416 0181/6121); 2) 6/F, Wudaokou U-Center, 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); 5) 2/F, Paddy O'Shea's, 28 Dongzhimenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6417 0900) 恒河印度餐厅, 1) 朝阳区

Tadka Sleek décor, comfy seating and one of the richest Indian dining experiences in the city. Daily 11.30am-2.30pm, 5.30-10.30pm. 2/F, Beijing Marriott Hotel Northeast, 26A Xiaoyun Lu, Chaoyang District. (5927 8888) 朝阳区霄云 路甲26号海航大厦万豪酒店2层

The Taj Pavilion Friendly management and some of Beijing’s finest Indian food. Voted “Outstanding Indian/Pakistani” in our 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 11.30am-2.30pm, 6-10.30pm. 1) L222, Europlaza, 99 Yuxiang Lu, Tianzhu Zhen, Shunyi District. (8046 3238); 2) China Overseas Plaza, Chaoyang District. (136 9302 8663); 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 贸往西北中海广场; 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

Italian Alio Olio Classic, tasty and affordable Italian cuisine. West gate of Chaoyang Park, Chaoyang District. (6594 0938) 朝阳区朝阳 公园西门

三里屯路19号三里屯VillageS93-3; 2) 海淀区 成府路U-CENTER6层; 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; 5) 朝阳区东直门外大街28号 爱尔兰酒吧2层

Annie’s Unpretentious, affordable and popular Italian chain. Voted “Best Italian (Affordable)” and “Best Family-Friendly Restaurant” in our 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. 1) 11am-11pm. Ritan High Life 2-3-93, (across from Ritan Park North Gate), Chaoyang District. (8569 3031); 2) Daily 11.30am-11pm. 16 Dongsanhuan Lu, 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, 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, 2 Dongsanhuan Nanlu, Chaoyang District (6568 5890); 8) Daily 11am-11pm. 1/F, Bldg 3, Gongti Donglu, Chaoyang District (8587 1469); 9) Daily 11am-11pm. 1/F, Tower AB, The Office Park (Yuanyang Guanghua International), 10 Jintong Xilu (near Central Park/The Place) 安

Khajuraho Taking inspiration from the temple cooking of Khajuraho, this brand-new Sanlitun Soho restaurant serves healthy Indian food. Daily 11.30am-10.30pm. 1122-1-2, Bldg 1, Sanlitun Soho, Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District (8527 0464) 朝阳区工体北路三里屯 soho1号楼1122-1-2

Mirch Masala Tasty, authentic and affordable in a pleasant, well-lit environment. Vegan

妮, 1) 朝阳区神路街39号日坛上街2-3-93; 2) 朝阳区东三环路16号; 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; 8) 朝 阳区工体东路3号楼1层; 9) 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)

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 8151) 巴 罗洛, 朝阳区建国路甲83

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DIRECTORY / DINING Bene Lively Italian restaurant with a homestyle feel. Sheraton Beijing Dongcheng, 36 North Third Ring Road East, Dongcheng District. (5798 8888) 东城区东城区北三环路36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 1号北京金融街丽思卡顿酒店大堂

国门外大街21号国际俱乐部饭店2层

Fratelli Fresh The spotless open kitchen produces fresh Tuscan-fare: pastas, wood-fired 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

La Gondola Elegant decor and an extensive wine list. The menu offers pasta, risotto, veal and seafood, and recommended dishes include endives and bell pepper salad of grilled Wagyu beef, and artichoke, tomato and asparagus-stuffed rolls. Daily 11.30am-2.30pm and 5.30-11pm. Lufthansa Center, 50 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6465 3388 ext 5707) 意大利威尼斯餐厅, 朝阳区凯宾斯基饭店 亮马桥路50号

Luce Italian food, lovely views of Gulou. Sun-Thu noon-2am; Fri-Sat noon-4am. 138 Jiugulou Dajie, Dongcheng District. (8402 4417) www.luceluna.com 路溪, 东城区旧鼓 楼大街138号

Luga’s Little Italy Italian classics from Luga. Daily 11am-11pm. Above Luga’s Villa, Sanlitun Houjie, Chaoyang District. (6413 2786) 朝阳区 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 Back-to-basics Italian-American dining. Cornerstone lets the ingredients do the talking with simple, enjoyable dishes, salads, seasonal soups, homemade desserts, freshly squeezed juices and a good wine selection. Daily 10am-11pm. Unit 105, World Financial Center, 1 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (8587 8488) 朝阳区东三环中

三里屯后街

Prego A modern Italian restaurant serving authentic regional home-style dishes prepared by an Italian chef. Daily 11am-11.30pm. 1/F, The Westin Beijing, 9B Jinrong Jie, Xicheng District. (6606 8866 ext 7815) 意大利餐厅, 西 城区金融大街乙9号北京金融街威斯汀大酒店1层

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

路1号环球金融中心105

Daccapo Stays true to Italian regional cooking, and features a range of seafood, pastas, gourmet pizzas (prepared in a brick oven) and more. A special set lunch menu with choices of appetizers, pastas or pizzas and desserts is available on weekdays. Daily noon-2.30pm, 6-10.30pm. 2/F, The Regent Beijing, 99 Jinbao Jie, Dongcheng District. (8522 1789) 迪卡博意

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 Specializes in unique sushi and hand rolls. Voted “Best Japanese” in our 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 11.30am2pm, 5.30-10pm. 1) 2/F, Heqiao Bldg C, 8A Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6581 3939); 2) S8-30 (Opposite Element Fresh), Bldg 8, 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

Honzen Contemporary Japanese, featuring a tempting selection of sushi, sashimi, tempura and grilled dishes. Mon-Sat 11.30am-2pm, 5.30-10pm. Kempinski Hotel, 50 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6465 3388 ext 4200) 朝 阳区亮马桥路50号凯宾斯基饭店

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

Nadaman Specializes in kaiseki, or multicourse menus with small dishes, using only the freshest ingredients and making use of the full spectrum of cooking methods. Daily 11.30am-2pm, 2.30-10pm. 4/F, China World Summit Wing, 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6505 2299 ext 6407) 滩万 Nishimura Teppanyaki, robatayaki, sushi and more in a stylish setting. Daily 11.30am-2 .30pm, 6-10pm. Shangri-La Hotel, 29 Zizhuyuan Lu, Haidian District. (6841 2211 ext 2719) 西村餐厅, 海淀区紫竹院路29号香格里拉饭店2层

Obentos Healthy, fresh bento delivery service. Mon-Fri 11am-10pm, Sat-Sun 10am10pm. Unit 106-107, Bldg 9, Central Park, 6 Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District (6597 0085, 6597 0223) 本之味,朝阳区朝阳门外

Blue Frog

Everyone’s favorite Sanlitun spot for dining outside with a cold beer and a burger. (Sanlitun location; 6417 4030)

Capital M

The gorgeous view prompted you to vote Capital M “Best Outdoor Dining” in our awards. (6702 2727)

Dali Courtyard

Yunnan food in a leafy hutong courtyard – an essential Beijing dining experience. (8404 1430)

Home Plate Bar-B-Que

Start the spring with an outdoor table at this year’s big awardwinner. (5128 5584)

Nola

Trattoria La Gondola The Kempinski’s Italian restaurant boasts elegant decor and an extensive wine list. The menu offers pasta, risotto, veal and seafood, among a host of other Italian classics. Daily 11.30am-2.30pm and 5.30-11pm. Lufthansa Center, 50 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6465 3388 ext 5707) 意大利威尼斯餐厅,朝阳区凯宾斯基饭店 亮马桥路50号

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 Bei A contemporary Asian restaurant, with a range of reinterpreted traditional dishes from Japan, Northern China and Korea. Daily 5.30-10.30pm. B1/F, The Opposite House, Bldg 1, Sanlitun Village, 11 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6410 5230) 北, 朝阳区三里屯路11号三 里屯Village1号楼瑜舍地下1层

Slip away from the Beijing bustle on Nola’s peaceful, shaded terrace. (8563 6215)

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Haru Teppanyaki and Sushi Bar Simple, elegant collection of small private rooms each featuring a teppenyaki grill. Daily 11.30am-2pm, 5.30pm-10pm. 1) Unit N4-30, 3/F, Sanlitun Village North, 11 Sanlitun Road, Chaoyang

Middle Eastern 1001 Nights Some of the best Middle Eastern food in Beijing plus nightly belly dancing. Voted “Outstanding Middle Eastern” in our 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 11am2am. Gongti Beilu (opposite Zhaolong Hotel), Chaoyang District. (6532 4050) 夜, 朝阳区工 体北路兆龙饭店对面

Biteapitta Falafels, hummus, sandwiches and shawarma. Voted "Best Middle Eastern” in our 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 11am11pm. 2/F, Tongli Studio, Sanlitun Houjie, Chaoyang District. (6467 2961) 吧嗒饼, 朝阳区 三里屯后街同里2层

Miyabi With live cooking stations and private rooms, Miyabi offers a range of dining experiences. Sheraton Beijing Dongcheng, 36 North Third Ring Road East, Dongcheng District. (5798 8888) 东城区东城区北三环路36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. 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

OUTDOOR DINING

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大利餐厅, 东城区金宝街99号北京丽晶酒店2层

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Sureño Modern Mediterranean cuisine from a beautiful open kitchen with wood-fired ovens. Voted “Best Italian (High-End)” in our 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. in our 2011 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

Kagen Stainless steel tables and cool electronica music accompany tasty marinated meat grilled fresh at each table. Daily 10.30am-2pm, 5.30-9.30pm. B1/F, Bldg C, Heqiao Dasha, 8 Guanghua Donglu, Chaoyang District. (6583 6830) 火源, 朝阳区光华东路8号

日餐厅, 朝阳区建国门外大街1号国贸大酒店4楼

Tavola Excellent Neapolitan-style Italian cuisine in a setting that works equally well for intimate dinners or group events. Voted “Outstanding Italian (High-End)“ in our 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. 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

Beixiang, Chaoyang District. (8561 3357) 佐治 地中海餐厅, 朝阳区芳草地北巷甲1号

Ours Boozy, meaty barbecue heaven. Daily 11am-10pm. 6 Haoyun Jie, 1-5 Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang District (5867 0206, 5246 6252) 我们的日式烧肉屋, 朝阳区朝阳公园 路1-5号好运街6号

Sunrise Noodle Restaurant Japanese-style ramen plus delicious side dishes. Daily 11am10.30pm. Intersection Jiangtai Lu and Jiangtai Shangwu Lu, Chaoyang District (6438 6892) 日出拉面, 朝阳区将台路商业街(将台路口)

Suzumei A great corner nook Japanese restaurant and bar that offer a bit of everything; eel over rice, yakitori, sashimi and more. MonSat 5pm-midnight. Mon-Sat 5pm-midnight. 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

Tori Ton Yakitori and more, from the ex-manager of Tori Tei. Daily 5.30pm-1am. Alleyway opposite Workers’ Stadium East Gate (behind China View), Chaoyang District (156 9988 5500) 鸟屯, 朝阳区工体东门对面中 国红街后面

Yotsuba Incomparably fresh, traditional Japanese fare. Reservations 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

Mediterranean George’s Mediterranean Cuisine Owned by a Hong Kong native, this hidden gem offers some of the best Greek moussaka in town. Daily noon-3pm, 6-10pm. 1A Fangcaodi

Rumi Its plush, minimalist interior is inviting, but the savory kebabs seal the deal. Voted “Outstanding Middle Eastern” in our 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 11.30ammidnight. 1A Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. (8454 3838) 入迷, 朝阳区工体北路甲1号 Turkish Mum Traditional Turkish fare and a good wine list. Daily 11.30am-11.30pm. 3 Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. (8532 3979) 土 耳其妈妈, 朝阳区工体北路3号

Pizza Gung Ho! Gourmet Pizza Factory Pizza delivery service offering gourmet pies. Voted “Outstanding Pizza“ in our 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. 1) Daily 11am-11pm. Bldg. 3, China View, Gongti Donglu, Chaoyang District. (8587 1404/1370); 2) Daily 11am-11pm. Shop 2, Hairun International Apartments, corner Jiangtai Lu and Fangyuan Xilu, Chaoyang District (5135 8557) 叫板!比萨 1) 朝阳区工体东 路中国红街3号楼; 2) 朝阳区将台路2号海润国际 公寓(将台路和方园西路的十字路口)

The Kro’s Nest Huge pizzas and innovations like pizza sliders. Voted “Outstanding New Restaurant (Non-Chinese)“ and “Outstanding Pizza“ in our 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. 1) Daily 10-2am (kitchen closes 11pm). Courtyard 4, Gongti Beilu (across from Salsa Caribe), Chaoyang District. (8523 6655); 2) Mon-Thu 10am-midnight, Fri-Sun 10-1am. 35 Xiaoyun Lu, Chaoyang District. (8391 3131) 乌巢, 1) 朝 阳区工体北路4号院 (卡利宾拉丁舞俱乐部对面); 2) 朝阳区霄云路35号

La Pizza A large brick oven in view promises for an authentic Italian feel. Daily 10.30am3pm, 6-11pm. SA-48, Bldg 3, Solana Mall, 6 Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (5905 6106); 2) 1/F, 3.3 Mall, 33 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (5136 5582) 1) 朝阳区朝阳 公园路6号蓝色港湾国际商区3号楼SA-48; 2) 朝 阳区朝阳区三里屯路33号3.3服装大厦西北角底商

Pizza by LMPlus Fantastic Italian-style pizza. Daily 11am-11pm. Unit 111, Tower 11, Central Park, Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6597 0108) 朝阳区朝阳门外 大街6号新城国际11号楼111号

The Pizza Company Speedy and reliable pizza deliveries from locations across Beijing. Delivery (4008 113 113) 1) West of Hualian department store, 2/F, 102 Lishi Beilu, Xicheng District; 2) 1/F, 40 Chongwai Daijie, Chongwen District; 3) West of Wumei department store, 3-5 Fang Zhuang Xin Shi Dai, 9


DIRECTORY / DINING Pufang Lu, Fengtai District; 4) Unit B, Bldg 7, Huaqingjiayuan, Wudaokou, Haidian District; 5) SO801, Zone A, Soho New Town, Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District; 6) B1/F, Times Square, Changan Xiejie, Xicheng District; 7) Stall 0102, 2/F, Zone A, Jianwai Soho, 39 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District; 8) B1-25, Glory Mall, 18 Chongwai Dajie, Chongwen District; 9) B-10 U-Town, Sanfeng Beili, Chaoyang District; 10) 100m east of Caihong Xincheng, Huang Village, Daxing District; 11) 1/F Xi Rong Ge, West Fourth Ring Road North, Haidian District; 12) Bldg 5 Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District; 13) 102, Zone A, Shifengguoji Bldg, Pingfang Xiang Huangshan Mudian, Chaoyang District; 14) 14 Shunyuanli, Chaoyang District. 1) 西城 区阜成门华联商厦西侧二层 ; 2) 崇文区崇文外 搜秀商城一层; 3) 丰台区蒲方路9号方庄新世代 大厦一层; 4)海淀区五道口华清嘉圆7号楼B号; 5) 朝阳区建国路88号 现代城A区SO801 ; 6) 西 城区西长安街首都时代广场地下一层; 7) 朝阳区 东三环中路39号建外SOHO A座2层0102; 8) 崇 文区崇外大街18号国瑞购物中心地下 一层25号 商铺B1-25; 9) 朝阳区三丰北里1-3号楼悠唐生 活广场地下 一层B10 ; 10) 大兴区黄村镇彩虹 新城北门物美东100米 ; 11) 海淀区西四环北路 136号西荣阁大厦; 12) 朝阳区蒋台路商业街5号 楼; 13) 朝阳区平房乡黄杉木店世丰国际大厦A 座 102号; 14) 朝阳区顺源里14号

Transit A high-end venue offering an expensive menu of Sichuan cuisine. Daily 6-10pm. N4-36, Sanlintun Village North, 11 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District (6417 9090) 朝阳区三里屯路 11号三里屯Village北区N4-36号

路83号华贸中心JW万豪酒店2层

Southeast Asian 4corners Daily 11am-midnight. 27 Dashibei Hutong (near west end of Yandai Xiejie), Xicheng District (6401 7797) 西城区大石碑胡同 27号(烟袋斜街西口附近)

Hawka Equal parts Chinese street food, Indian delicacies, Thai and Singaporean treats. Beijing Marriott Hotel City Wall, 7 Jianguomen Nandajie, Dongcheng District (5811 8888 ext 8266) 东城区建国门南大街7号北京万豪酒店

The CUT Steak & Seafood Grill Features a wide selection of prime quality imported beef, fresh seafood and poultry roasted to perfection. “Outstanding Steak” in the Beijinger 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. Tue-Sat 6-11pm. Fairmont Beijing Hotel, 8 Yong’an Dongli, Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (8507 3630) 刃, 朝阳区建国门外大街永 安东里8号华彬费尔蒙酒店

Lau Pa Sak One of Beijing’s only joints for close-to-authentic Singaporean hawker fare. Daily 11am-11pm. Xindong Lu (opposite Canadian Embassy), Chaoyang District (6417 0952) 朝阳区新东路加拿大使馆对面

Purple Haze Restaurant & Bar Thai cuisine served amongst purple hues. Books, coffee and Wi-Fi create the perfect atmosphere for a lazy afternoon. Voted “Best Thai” in our 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 11am-11 .30pm. Opposite the north gate of the Workers’ Stadium (behind ICBC Bank), Chaoyang District. (6413 0899) 紫苏庭, 朝阳区工体北门对 面胡同工商银行后

RUSSIAN Moscow Restaurant A spacious dining room and decently-priced vodka makes this Russian eatery a great party place. Daily 11am-2pm, 5-9pm. 135 Xizhimenwai Dajie (inside Beijing Exhibition Center), Xicheng District (6835 4454) 西城区西直门外大街135号北展中心内 Traktirr Pushkin Both traditional and contemporary Russian cuisine right next to the Russian embassy. Daily 10am-10pm. 5-15 Dongzhimennei Dajie, Dongcheng District (8407 8158) 彼得堡俄餐厅, 东城区东直门内大 街5-15号

SEAFOOD Starfish Great oysters, wines and house cocktails. Daily 11.30am-2.30pm, 6-10pm. 22-1 Dongzhimenwai Dajie (opposite Canadian embassy), Chaoyang District (6416 9838)朝阳 区东直门外大街22-1号(加拿大使馆对面)

Flamme International Grill This stylish two-floor bar and grill features American steaks. Voted “Outstanding New Restaurant (Non-Chinese)“ and “Outstanding Steak“ in our 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 11am-midnight. S4-33, Sanlitun Village, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6417 8608) 朝 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

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Shanghai Shanghai Min (Xiao Nan Guo) Established in 1987, this restaurant chain serves traditional Shanghai cuisine in a contemporary interior. (40 0820 9777) 1) Daily 11am-2pm, 5pm-10pm. 2/F, Jinbao Plaza, 89 Jingbao Jie, Dongcheng District; 2) Rm 301, 3/F, China Life Center, 17 Jinrong Dajie, Xicheng District; 3) Stall CC16, B1/F, Oriental Plaza, Wangfujing Dajie, Dongcheng District; 4) Stall 401-A, 4/F, IFC Mall, 1-3 Xinyuan Nanlu, Chaoyang District; 5) 3/F, Bldg 1, Sanlitun Soho, 8 Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. 小南国 1)东城金宝街89号 金宝大厦; 2) 西城金融大街17号中国人寿中心3 楼301; 3) 东城王府井大街东方新天地广场地下 一层CC18号;4)朝阳新源南路1-3号都汇天地 商场4层401-A号;5)朝阳工体北路8号三里屯 Soho一栋3层

Sichuan Chuan Ban A reputation for being the most authentic Sichuan cuisine in town. Voted “Outstanding Sichuan” in our 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. Mon-Fri 7-9am, 10.50am2pm, 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

Spring Organic Fish Restaurant Healthy Sichuan food prepared with quality ingredients. Fresh fish, seasonal vegetables, truffles and mushroom. Daily 10am-2.30pm, 5-9.30pm. 1) 23A Taiping Lu, Haidian District. (6818 1113); 2) 11 Jianhua Nanlu, Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6566 8001; 182 0165 2683 for English) 同和春野生鱼庄, 1) 海 淀区太平路甲23号; 2) 朝阳区建外大街建华 南路11号

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served up by its open kitchen. Voted “Outstanding Steak“ in our 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. 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. Voted "Best Spanish Restaurant" and “Outstanding New Restaurant (Non-Chinese)“ in our 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. 4/F, Nali Patio, 81 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (5208 6188) 朝阳区三里 屯路81号那里花园4层

Carmen Tapas plates, hearty salads, paella and roasted whole suckling pig. Voted “Outstanding Spanish” in our 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 11am-2am. Beside Nali Patio, 81 Sanlitun Beijie, Chaoyang District. (6417 8038) 朝阳区三里屯北街81号( 哪里花园边)

Ole Spanish Restaurant Three floors: the first is a bar and lounge, the second is for tapas, and the top floor focuses on fine dining. 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) Migas Restaurant & Lounge Headed by chefs from Spain, this stylish restaurant serves up a wide selection of modern Spanish tapas with a good wine selection. 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

Steakhouses The Astor Grill Grain-fed tenderloin steak, cigars and an extensive wine list. Mon-Fri 11.30am-2pm; daily 6-10pm. 3/F, St. Regis Hotel Apartments, 21 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6460 6688 ext 2637) 艾斯 特扒房, 朝阳区建国门外大街21号国际俱乐部 饭店公寓3层

CRU Steakhouse The sleek, warm design of CRU is reflective of the rich, refined cuts

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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, Dongcheng District. (6501 9345) 紫苏庭, 东城区东四六 条1号

Spice Factory Innovative, contemporary Thai food without the kitschy trappings. Daily 6-10pm. Courtyard 4, Gongti Beilu (above d lounge), Chaoyang District. (6585 2386) 朝阳区 工体北路4号院 (d lounge 楼上)

阳区三里屯路19号三里屯Village3楼S4-33室

Grange Grill This steakhouse serves mean and delicate cuts with dipping sauces doled out of beakers and pipettes. Mon-Fri 11.303pm (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

The Grill Steaks and seafood grilled on an open flame with a Scandinavian twist. Chinese dishes available in the evenings. Daily 3-11pm. Radisson Blu Hotel Beijing, 6A East Beisanhuan Road, Chaoyang District. (5922 3440) 朝 阳区北三环东路甲6号,北京皇家大饭店

Steak Exchange Restaurant + Bar With an open kitchen and live entertainment, this restaurant serves 250-day, grain-fed Australian Angus steaks, charcoal grilled to perfection. There’s also a fantastic wine selection, and some incredible desserts. Daily 11.30am-2pm, 5.30-10.30pm. InterContinental Beijing Financial Street, 11 Financial Street, Xicheng District. (5852 5921) 西城区金融街11号洲际酒店

Taiwanese Bellagio See and be seen at these Taiwanese hipster eateries, perfect for late night sweet treats. Daily 11am-4am. 35 Xiaoyun Lu, Chaoyang District. (8451 9988); 2) Daily 11am10pm. Rm 6, 5/F, 1 Dongzhimen Nandajie, Dongcheng District. (8409 8075); 3) Daily 11am-4am. 6 Gongti Xilu, south of the Gongti 100 Bowling Alley, Chaoyang District. (6551 3533); 4) Daily 11am-10pm. R-25 Zhongguancun Plaza, 15 Zhongguancun Dajie, Haidian District. (5172 1340); 5) Daily 10am-10pm. 6F-19, 131 Xidan Beidajie, Xicheng District. (5971 6529); 6) Daily 10am-10pm. 1/F, Bldg 1, 16 Guangshun Dajie, Chaoyang District. (8476 4645); 7) Daily 11am-2am. Bldg 4, Area 2 Anhui Beili, Yayuncun, Chaoyang District. (6489 4300); 8) Daily 11am-10pm. 6/F, Shin Kong Place, 87 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (6530 5658) 鹿港小镇, 1) 朝阳区霄云路35号; 2) 东 城区东直门南大街1号5层6号; 3) 朝阳区工体西 路6号(工体100南边); 4) 海淀区中关村大街15 号中关村广场商业步行街R-25号; 5) 西城区西 单北大街131号6F-19号; 6) 朝阳区广顺大街16 号院1号楼1层; 7) 朝阳区亚运村安慧北里2区4 号楼(炎黄艺术馆斜对面); 8) 朝阳区建国路87 号新光天地6层

Shin Yeh Authentic ingredients from Taiwan. 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

Thai Express Convenience and speed are the essence here, with efficient service and a chilli-coded menu. Strengths lie in their simpler curries and a commendable Pad Thai. Daily 11am-10.30pm. 21 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District (next to the International Club) (8532-1073)朝阳区建国门外大街21号(国 际俱乐部旁边)

Vegetarian The Veggie Table Fresh, safe and sustainable vegan cuisine using high-quality ingredients. Unwind in a cozy, sunny non-smoking setting featuring comfy couches and large windows. Try their veggie burgers, organic vegan chocolate cake and signature apple-basil mojito. Twice-weekly organic vegetable pickup available. Wed-Mon 11am-11pm. 19 Wudaoying Hutong, Dongcheng District. (6446 2073) 吃素的,东城区五道营胡同19号

Vietnamese Luga’s Pho Pho This small restaurant serves authentic Vietnamese-style pho, nem and Vietnamese coffee. Daily 10am-3am. Above Luga’s, Sanlitun Houjie, Chaoyang District. (6413 2786) 朝阳区三里屯后街同里对面 Pho La La Convenient, bright and serves up a mean bowl of pho. Daily 11am-10pm. 2/F, Xingfucun Zhonglu, Chaoyang District (6417 7103) 朝阳区幸福村中路2层 Susu New Vietnamese restaurant staffed by two chefs from Saigon and run by the people from Tuk Tuk Thai and Stone Boat. Tue-Sun 11am-11pm. 10 Qianliang Hutong Xixiang, Dongcheng District. (8400 2699) 苏苏会, 东城 区钱粮胡同西巷10号

Va Va Voom Classic Vietnamese fare. Daily 11am-11pm. S4-32, 3/F, Bldg 4, Sanlitun Village South, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6416 3732, 6417 2210) 越时代, 朝阳区三里屯路19号

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DIRECTORY / DINING–NIGHTLIFE East Shore Live Jazz Cafe Great for jazz with a view of Houhai. 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

三里屯Village南区4号楼3层S4-32

Xinjiang AND muslim Gongting Xiangsu Niuroubing Muslimstyle savory pies wrap minced beef in a crisp, golden dough. 131 Di’anmenwai Dajie, Xicheng District (no tel) 宫廷香酥牛肉饼, 西城

大街前海南沿2号楼2层

El Nido/Bar No. 59 Tiny bar, huge beer selection, and absinthe too. Daily 4pm-late. 59 Fangjia Hutong (enter from Andingmennei Dajie), Dongcheng District. (8402 9495) 东城区

区地安门外大街甲131号

Long Xingsheng Snack Shop Try the cold beef slices (jiang niurou) sandwiched in hot shaobing and the songrou (松肉), a popular Hui speciality made from dates, tofu and nuts. Daily 5.30am-9pm. 19 Ya’er Hutong (near Yinding Qiao), Houhai, Xicheng District. (8403 1024) 隆兴盛名优小吃, 西城区西城区后海鸦儿

方家胡同59号(丛安定门内大街往东走20米)

Enoterra Wine bar that serves good food as well. Voted “Outstanding Wine List” in the Beijinger’s 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 10am-2am. 4/F, Nali Patio, 81 Sanlitun Beilu, Chaoyang District. (5208 6076) 朝阳区三

胡同19号(近银锭桥)

里屯北路81号那里花园4层

Xinjiang Flavour Delicious Classic, cheap Xinjiang eats. Ya’er Hutong, Xicheng District.

Entero Whiskey bar that’s cool like bebop and sunglasses and bongos. Has a karaoke room and darts competitions. Daily 7pm-midnight. 1 Xinyuanli, Chaoyang District. (8451 0554) 朝

西城区帽儿胡同

Yunnan Dali Courtyard Atmospheric decor, easygoing hospitality and delicious set menu. Voted “Outstanding Restaurant of the Year (Chinese),” “Outstanding Outdoor Dining“ and “Outstanding Yunnan“ in our 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 10am-9.30pm. 67 Xiaojingchang Hutong, Gulou Dongdajie, Dongcheng District. (8404 1430) 大理, 东城区

阳区新源里1号(新东路往北到左家庄桥右转50 米 见路口右转)

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鼓楼东大街小经厂胡同67号

Dali Renjia Authentic and cheap Yunnan eats. Daily 10.30am-11pm. 80 Baochao Hutong (100m north of Gulou Dongdajie), Dongcheng District. (158 1039 2366) 大理人家, 东城区宝钞 胡同80号(鼓楼东大街往北走100米)

Haney Restaurant Opened by the proprietors of the old Dali Renjia, Haney’s offerings stick close to traditional. Daily 11am-midnight. 107 Baochao Hutong, Gulou Dongdajie, Dongcheng District (6401 3318) 东城区鼓楼东

tastic surroundings.. Daily 11.30am-2.30pm, 5.30-10pm. 5/F, Crowne Plaza Sun Palace Beijing, Yunnan Dasha, Northeast corner of Taiyanggong Qiao and Xibahe, Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6429 8888 ext 6425) 彩云天, 新云南皇冠假日酒店5层, 朝阳区东北三 环西坝河太阳宫桥东北角

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大街宝钞胡同107号

In and Out One of Beijing’s best Yunnan restaurants excels both in taste and design. 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

Hudiequan Seriously comprehensive dish selection by the Dali Representative Office restaurant. Daily 7-9am, 11am-1.30pm, 5-9pm. 1/F, Hudiequan Binguan (north of Picai Hutong), 55 Xixie Jie, Xidan Beidajie, Xicheng District (6615 6583) 蝴蝶泉, 西城区西单北大街 西斜街55号(辟才胡同北边)蝴蝶泉宾馆1层

Middle 8th Restaurant Comfortable, hip Yunnan restaurant. 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

Rainbow Authentic Yunnan cuisine in fan-

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bars & clubs 12SQM Good beer and whiskey selection. Daily noon-1am. Corner of Nanluogu Xiang and Fuxiang Hutong, Dongcheng District. (6402 1554, twelvesqm@yahoo.com) www. twelvesqm.com 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)

2 Kolegas Intimate music venue. 21 Liangmaqiao Lu (inside the drive-in movie theater park), Chaoyang District. (6436 8998, 2kolegas@163.com) www.2kolegas.com 两个 好朋友, 朝阳区亮马桥路21号(燕莎桥往东1500 米路北汽车电影院内)

4corners Daily 11am-midnight. 27 Dashibei Hutong (near west end of Yandai Xiejie), Xicheng District (6401 7797) 西城区大石碑胡同 27号(烟袋斜街西口附近)

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Alanting 1/F, Forte International Apartment, 235 Chaoyang Beilu, Chaoyang District. (8571 5168) 阿兰亭咖啡, 朝阳区朝阳北路235号复地

12SQM

国际公寓1层

You don’t need a big voice to fill up this small bar. April 25, 8pm. (6402 1554)

BeiLuo Cafe and Bar

Sing us a song. Tuesdays, 8pm. (159 0112 4820)

The Bookworm

Basically Beethoven is the only classical music open mic in Beijing. April 12, 7.30pm. (6586 9507)

Ciro’s Pomodoro

Wow the crowd with some Verdi at this Italian restaurant. Mondays, 9pm. (5208 6008)

Paddy O’Shea’s

Get up to sing and receive a free drink. Tuesdays, 8pm. (6415 6389)

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

Aria See Dining Directory under “European.” Atmosphere Bar Expect spectacular views on a good day at Beijing’s highest bar. Failing that, you can count on the drinks being good. Daily noon-2am. 80/F, China World Summit Wing, 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6505 2299 ext 6433) 朝阳区光华路国 贸3期80层(中国大饭店北侧)

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Blue Stream Live music venue. 183 Jiugulou Dajie (Intersection of Gulou Xidajie and Jiugulou Dajie), Xicheng District. (6403 2597) 蓝溪酒吧,西城区旧鼓楼大街183号(旧鼓楼大街 和鼓楼西大街路口

The Bookworm See Dining Directory under “Cafes & Teahouses” The Brick Food and cheap drink in this Shuangjing neighborhood pub where fun is the name of the game. Daily 4pm-late. Unit 2-11, Bldg 2, Tianzhi Jiaozi, 31 Guangqu Lu (northeast corner of Shuangjing Qiao), Chaoyang District. (134 2616 6677) 朝阳区双井桥东北角广 渠路31号院天之骄子2号楼底商2-11

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

CD Blues Café A loungey sit-down music venue, that allows you to float in and out of performances. Drinks are serviceable, beers range from RMB 15, cocktails from RMB 35. Daily 4pm-late. Nongzhangguan Lu (south of the Agricultural Exhibition Hall), Dongsanhuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (65068288) 朝阳区 东三环路农展馆大门往南300米

Centro A surprisingly comfortable spot to down drinks from bottled beers to blue cheese martinis. Nightly live jazz performances. Daily 24hrs. 1/F, Kerry 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

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

d lounge Beautiful place, beautiful drinks, beautiful people all converge at this sleek venue south of Sanlitun. 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

The Den Watch sports until dawn; stick around for brunch. Voted “Outstanding Late-Night Dining“ in our 2011 Restaurant Awards. 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

Beiluo Cafe and Bar With far more than just coffee, Beiluo offers photographic exhibitions, video projections and comfortable couches. 9-2am. 70 Beiluogu Xiang, Dongcheng District. (8402 1126) 北锣咖啡, 东城区北锣鼓巷甲70号

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Black Sun Bar Bargain-basement drinks, a pool table, darts, foosball, the original caipirinha recipe and a patio. Daily 5.30pm3am. West gate of Chaoyang Park, Chaoyang District. (6593 6909) 黑太阳, 朝阳区朝阳公

Earl Bar A combination of cheap drinks and DJs as well as regular weekend events makes for an attractive venue. Daily 6.30pm-2am. 1 Dongdan Beidajie next to Peninsula Hotel, Dongcheng District. (8511 6646/51) 伯爵酒吧,

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Blue Frog See Dining Directory under “American.”

东城区东单北大街1号王府饭店东侧胡同内

Eudora Station Bar and Restaurant American food, a great terrace and live music. Greg Carroll Band 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)

Exchange Cafe and bar serving coffee, tea, and soft drinks during the day, then in the evenings it’s champagne, wine and long drinks. Daily 8am-midnight. 1/F, The Westin Beijing Chaoyang, 7 Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (5922 8888 ext 8191) 朝阳区东三环北路 7号金茂北京威斯汀大饭店1层

Fez Summer cocktails on Agua’s rooftop. SunThu 5pm-1am, Fri-Sat 5pm-2am. 6/F, Nali Patio, 81 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (5208 6188, 5208 6198) 朝阳区三里屯路81号那里花园6层 Flames Flawlessly mixed drinks. Live performances add an air of relaxation. Daily 11am1am. 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

Fubar A speakeasy with a fine selection of drinks. Sun-Thu 2pm-2am, Fri-Sat 2pm-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

George’s Smart cocktail bar from Beijing bar veteran George Zhou. Daily 3pm-2am. Near Gate 12, east side of Workers’ Stadium, Gongti Donglu, Chaoyang District. (6553 6299) 朝阳区 工体东路工人体育场东门内12号进口

Glen One of the finest collections of single malts in the city. Daily 6pm-2am. 203, Taiyue Suites, 16 Nansanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6591 1191) 格兰高地, 朝阳区南三里屯16号泰 悦豪庭2层203

Great Leap Brewing Currently closed, but available for private events. Tue-Sat 3pm-midnight, Sun 3-8pm. 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. (5717 1399) 大 跃, 东城区豆角胡同6号

Green Cap Bar, The Irish-run bar for the Lido-Shunyi crowd. Live sports, Irish bar food and more. Tue-Sun noon-late. Beside Western Academy of Beijing, Laiguangying Donglu (off the Airport Expressway), Chaoyang District. 爱尔兰老人酒吧, 朝阳区来广营东路(北京京西 学校旁边)

Grinders A good selection of beer and affordable wine as well as huge hoagies and other North American classics. Daily 10am-2am. Unit 3-02, Bldg 2, Tianzhi Jiaozi, 31 Guangqu Lu (northeast corner of Shuangjing Qiao), Chaoyang District. (8775 1847) 朝阳区双井桥东 北角广渠路31号院天之骄子2号楼底商3-02

Gulou 121 Enjoy a clash between a saloon bar and Chinese kitsch, as well as a selection of cheap beers, whiskeys and cocktails. Daily 2pm-late. 121 Jiugulou Dajie, Dongcheng District. (8404 3430) 鼓楼121, 东城区旧鼓楼 大街121号

Havana Bar 22 varieties of rum. Tapas at the bar and cigars in the cigar divan. Daily 5pm1.30am. Grand Millennium Beijing, Fortune Plaza, 7 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (6530 9383) 朝阳区东三环中路7号财 富中心


DIRECTORY / NIGHTLIFE Haze Electronic music in the basement. Thu-Sat 9pm-late. B1/F, On the Corner Cafe, Guanghualu Soho, Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. 朝阳区光华路光华路Soho地下1层

Mai Good cocktails, lots of beer and whiskey in pleasant hutong setting. Sun-Thu 6pm1am, Fri-Sat 6pm-2am. 40 Beiluogu Xiang, Dongcheng District. (138 1125 2641) 麦, 东城

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

区北锣鼓巷40号

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Mako Live House Mid-sized live music and events space brings the noise to Shuangjing. Daily 5pm-late. Inside Hongdian Art Factory, Courtyard 36 (500m south of Carrefour Shuangjing, inside small alley), Guangqu Lu, Chaoyang District. (5205 1112/3) 麻雀, 朝阳区 广渠路36号院红点艺术工厂内(幸福贝贝南边)

Mao Mao Chong Great cocktails, house vodka infusions and house-designed T-shirts are this bar’s trademarks. Wed-Thu 7pmmidnight, Fri-Sat 7.30pm-1am. 12 Banchang Hutong (east off Nanluogu Xiang), Dongcheng District. (159 9264 6024) 毛毛虫, 东城区板厂胡 同12号(南锣鼓巷往东走)

Maison Camus High-end cognacs and Bordeaux and Burgundy wines for the connoisseur. Daily 4pm-midnight. 4/F, Reignwood Center, 8 Yong’an Dongli, Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (8523 5703, 8528 9518) 卡慕世家酒廊, 朝阳区建国门外大街永安 东里8号华彬中心4层

Huxley’s Shut Up and Drink: Not much more need be said. Daily 6pm-late. Yandai Xiejie (the street running diagonally between the Drum Tower and Yinding Bridge), Xicheng District. (6402 7825) 德彼酒吧, 西城区烟袋 斜街16号

Ichikura This tiny bar packs in as good a variety of single malt whiskies as you’ll find in Beijing. 2/F (entrance via stairs at south wall of Chaoyang Theater), Chaoyang Theater, 36 Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6507 1107) 朝阳区东三环北路36号朝阳剧场南侧 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

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

Lantern Techno and other types of electronic music from the Acupuncture Records team. Thu-Sat 9pm-late. 100m north of Workers’ Stadium West Gate, (in the basement behind Xuxian Lou restaurant), Gongti Xilu, Chaoyang District. (135 0134 8785) 灯笼, 朝阳区工体西路

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

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 doubles as one of Sanlitun’s most popular nightlife haunts. Daily 10am-3pm, 5-11pm. 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

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

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

The Swan with Two Necks Daily 10am-late. Pinnacle Plaza), Tianzhu Real Estate Development Zone, Shunyi District. 顺义区天竺开发 区荣祥广场

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

Tango Karaoke, with a nightclub at Yonghegong. Daily 24hrs. 1) South Gate of Ditan Park (next to Jin Ding Xuan restaurant), Dongcheng District. (6425 5677/6428 2288); 2) Gongti Xilu (beneath Gongti 100 bowling alley), Chaoyang District. (6551 9988) 糖果, 1) 东城区地坛公园

大街21号北京国际俱乐部饭店1层

南门; 2) 朝阳区工体西路工体100保龄球馆下面

Pudao Wines Try before you buy, with wines to be sampled from multiple dispensers. Daily noon- 10pm. Unit F1-01, Tower AB, The Office Park, 10 Jintong West Road, Chaoyang District (8590 3020) 金桐西路10号远洋光华国

Terra A variety of food from skewers of octopus to soy-marinated pork and much more. Tue-Sun, 11-1am. 1 Sanlitun Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (6591 9148) 朝阳区三里屯南路1号

金融大街乙9号北京金融街威斯汀大酒店1层

际AB座F1-01

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) 朝阳区三里屯路11号三里屯 Village1号楼瑜舍地下1层

Q Bar Quality tunes and top-notch cocktails. Nice terrace. Daily 5pm-2am. Top floor of Eastern Inn Hotel, 6 Baijiazhuang Lu (the south end of Sanlitun Nanlu), Chaoyang District. (6595 9239) 朝阳区百家庄6号(朝阳门医院北门 东100米)三里屯南路逸羽连锁酒店顶楼

R Lounge This huge hotel bar is perfect for hosting an event. 4/F, Renaissance Beijing Capital Hotel, 61 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. 朝阳区东三环中路61号北京 富力万丽酒店4层

Raying Temple Avant-garde concerts, improvisational sessions and band rehearsals. Daily 4pm-midnight. East End of Qunfang Zhongyi Jie (West Gate of Yucai Middle School), Liyuan Town, Tongzhou District. (137 1698 0276, nojijichina@gmail.com) www.nojiji. com 小雷音俱乐部, 通州区梨园镇群芳中一街东

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

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

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 三环中路39号建外Soho5号0102单元3层

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

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

后街同里4层

Modernista Enjoy regular live music with a glass of absinthe. Tues-Sun 3pm-3am. 44 Baochao Hutong, Gulou Dongdajie, Dongcheng District. (136 7127 4747) 东城区鼓楼东大街宝 钞胡同44号

Mokihi Intimate, atmospheric cocktail bar offers masterful drinks. Daily 6pm-3am. 3/F, C12 Haoyun Jie, Chaoyang District. (5867 0244) 朝 阳区好运街C12商铺3层

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Rendez-vous Bar & Lounge Relaxing place to meet friends and clients for drinks and snacks. Kempinski Hotel, 50 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6465 3388 ext 4200) 朝阳 区凯宾斯基饭店亮马桥路50号

The Ritz-Carlton Bar Light live music and a lounge atmosphere. Daily 6pm-1am. The RitzCarlton Beijing, 83A Jianguo Road, Chaoyang District. (5908 8131) 丽思卡尔顿吧, 朝阳区朝阳 区建国路93号华贸中心

Riverbank Café & Bar 1/F, FX Hotel, 39 Maizidian Xijie, Chaoyang District. (6506 8277) 朝阳区麦子店西街39号富驿时尚酒店1层

Salud Infused rums. Mon-Fri 3pm-late, Sat-Sun noon-late. 1) Opposite Tongli Studio, Sanlitun Houjie, Chaoyang District.; 2) 66 Nanluogu Xiang, Dongcheng District. (6402 5086) 老伍, 1) 朝阳区三里屯后街同里对面; 2) 东城区南锣鼓巷66号

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

朝阳区建国门外大街1号国贸大酒店80层

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

首(育才学校西门)

Lobby Lounge (Grand Millennium) 1/F, Grand Millennium Beijing, Fortune Plaza, 7 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (6530 9383) 朝阳区东三环中路7号财富中心

路83号JW万豪酒店2层

19号三里屯Village南区3号楼3层S3-31

Redmoon Redmoon at the Grand Hyatt includes a wine bar, sushi bar and cigar lounge, all sleekly designed to cater to the executive set. Daily 5pm-1am. 1/F, Grand Hyatt Hotel, Beijing Oriental Plaza, 1 Dongchang’an Jie, Dongcheng District. (6510 9366, 8518 1234 ext 6366) 东方亮, 东城区东长安街1号东方君

美食家, 朝阳区三里屯后街同里3层

The Lounge (China World Summit Wing) Sip a martini with unrivalled views of the capital. Daily 6.30am-1am. 80/F, China World Summit Wing Hotel, 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6505 2299 ext 6431) 酒廊,

普拉那啤酒坊餐厅, 朝阳区亮马桥路50号凯宾 斯基饭店

三环北路7号金茂北京威斯汀大饭店

Le Petit Gourmand Enjoy a warm and cozy space featuring crepes and couscous while browsing their library of over 9,000 books and wireless internet. Sun-Thu 9.30am-midnight, Fri-Sat 9.30am-1am. 3/F, Tongli Studios, Sanlitun Houjie, Chaoyang District. (6417 6095, fax 6413 0765) www.lepetitigourmand.com.cn 小

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

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

Mo Lounge A laid-back lounge downstairs from Kokomo. Sun-Thu 6pm-2am, Fri-Sat 6pm-4am. 4/F, Tongli Studios, Sanlitun Houjie, Chaoyang District. (6413 1019) 朝阳区三里屯

工体西门往北走100米(许仙楼后面地下1层)

首都机场3号航站希尔顿酒店

food, the Paulaner brews its own beer. Daily 11am-1am. Kempinski Hotel, 50 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6465 3388 ext 5732)

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

NL Food & Sports Bar Live sports and pub grub, with a few Dutch specialties. B1/F, TYG Center, C2 Dongsanhuan Beilu (north of Xiaoyun Lu intersection), Chaoyang District. (133 1126 0980) 朝阳区东三环北路C2天元港中心 (东三环和霄云路的路口北侧)地下1层

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. paddyosheas.com 朝阳区东直门外大街28号 Paulaner Brauhaus One of Beijing’s best choices for authentic, if pricey, German

School Wudaoying Hutong bar started by a consortium of Beijing and Shanghai-based events promoters serves as a “refuge for alternative music fans seeking electro fun.” Daily 8pm-late. 53 Wudaoying Hutong, Chaoyang District. (6402 8881, schoolbegins@gmail. com) 朝阳区五道营胡同53号 Siif A mixture of frat-house dance floor, a ground level bar and an upstairs chill-out area with a balcony. 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

Spark Beautiful people and slick design at this Taipei-based nightclub’s Beijing outpost. B108, The Place, 9 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. 朝阳区光华路9号世贸天阶B108

街72号(故宫西门往北)

The World of Suzie Wong Club Part 1930’s Shanghai opium den and part postmodern lounge. Daily 8.30pm-late. 1A Nongzhanguan Lu (west gate of Chaoyang Park), Chaoyang District. (6500 3377) 苏西黄, 朝阳区农展馆路甲 1号朝阳公园西门

Writers Bar Caviar and oysters complement the wide selection of cocktails and cigars. Daily noon-midnight. Raffles Beijing Hotel, Main Lobby, 33 Dongchang’an Jie, Dongcheng District. (6526 3388 ext 4181) 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

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, 东城区平安大道张自忠路3-2号 (地铁五号线张自忠路站往西100米)

Zeta Bar Boasts style, chrome cages that house the extensive wine collection hang from the high ceiling. Mon-Thu 6pm-2am, FriSun 6pm-3am, Sun close. 2/F, Hilton Beijing, 1 Dongfang Lu, Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (5865 5050) 颐达吧, 朝阳区东三环北路 东方路1号希尔顿饭店2层

Zhou Bar Big beer selection in the hutongs. Gulou Dongdajie, Dongcheng District. 东城区 鼓楼东大街

Zuiyuefang Bar Rock and folk bands every weekend. Daily 4.30pm-late. 18 Andingmen Xidajie (30m east from north end of Beiluogu

Discounts on Baubles! Bring in a copy of the Beijinger and get an additional RMB 50 off any purchase at Belita Jewelry.

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DIRECTORY / NIGHTLIFE–STYLE Xiang), Dongcheng District. (6405 4482) 醉 乐坊, 东城区安定门西大街18号(北锣鼓巷北口 东侧30米)

concert/festival venues MasterCard Center 69 Fuxing Lu, Haidian District (6828 6386) 万事达中心, 海淀区复兴

Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6597 0579) 朝阳区朝 阳门外大街6号新城国际4号楼101号

Beijing Salon Vajra Catering to clients who demand very personal service. Mon-Sat 10am-8pm. S106, Glory World Apartments, 18 Gongti Xilu, Chaoyang District. (6551 6461/2/3) www.vajra.com.hk 画间沙龙, 朝阳区 工体西路18号光彩国际公寓S106

路69号

STYLE Accessories & jewelry Belita Jewelry A distinctive line of contemporary women’s jewelry and accessories. Products are handcrafted using 925 Silver, with plating in 18K gold Vermeil, finished with an assortment of semi-precious gemstones from around the world. Daily 10am-8pm. 1) 1/F, Eric Paris Salon, South Bldg 43, Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (157 1112 8542); 2) Lily’s Antiques Furniture, 69 Gaobeidian Furniture Street, Chaoyang District. (157 1112 8542) lizamjewelry.com 1) 朝阳区三里屯北街南43号 楼巴黎爱丽克美发沙龙一层; 2) 朝阳区高碑店家 俱一条街69号华伦古典家具

D-SATA by CuR: DimSum of all things Asian Handmade couture clutches for the ethical and eco-chic fashionista. Daily 1-9pm or by appointment. Unit A116, 1/F, Nali Patio, 81 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (5208 6066, 134 3966 4067, cur@d-sata.com) www.d-sata. com, www.dsataboutique.com 朝阳区三里屯路 81号那里花园A116室

Bodhi Sense Just like its original Gongti branch, but more private. Daily 11am-12 .30am. 2/F, Somerset Grand Fortune Garden, 46 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (8440 1495) 朝阳区亮马桥路46号盛捷副景苑公寓2层 Bodhi Therapeutic Retreat Offers a variety of professional treatments, as well as complimentary food and snacks cooked up by their Thai chef. Daily 11am-12.30am. 17 Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6417 9595) www. bodhi.com.cn 菩提会所, 朝阳区工体北路17号 Catherine de France Hair and Beauty Salon International and local stylists, colorists and beauticians offer an holistic hair and beauty experience. Daily 10am-8pm. 2/F, Riviera Plaza, 5 Laiguangying Donglu, Chaoyang District. (8470 4639, 150 1081 6856, riviera@cdefrance.com) 朝阳区来广营东路5号 香江广场2层

db tanning 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 International spa brand with an exhaustive menu of spa packages. Daily 10am-1am. 1) 1/F, Grand Summit Plaza, 19 Dongfang Donglu (100m north of Lufthansa Center), Chaoyang District. (8532 3122); 2) 60 Donghuamen Ave (near The Peninsula Hotel and Oriental Plaza), Dongcheng District. (6527 9368); 3) B1/F, Eastern Hotel, Nansanlitun Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (6593 6066) 悠庭保健会所, 1) 朝阳区 朝阳区燕莎桥东方东路19号外交会所1层(燕莎中 心路北100米); 2) 东城区东城区东华门大街60 号(近王府饭店和东方广场); 3) 朝阳区朝阳区三 里屯南路逸羽酒店1层

Kavenna Diamond Provides high-class diamond accessories, classical engagement and wedding rings. Unique, personalized orders including re-styling are gladly accepted. Daily 10.30am-7.30pm. Unit 23, 1/F, Fortune Mall (behind the Millennium Hotel), 7 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (6533 0236, 137 0120 0304, kavenna@163.com)

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) 5/F, Westin Beijing Financial Street, 9B Jinrong Jie (Financial Street), Xicheng District. (139 1162 6051); 2) 43 Sanlitun Houjie, Chaoyang District. (135 0137 2971); 3) Lido Hotel, 112 Jichang Lu, Chaoyang District. (135 0107 5843) 爱丽克美容美发, 1) 西城区西城区金融大街乙9号威斯汀大酒店5层; 2) 朝阳区三里屯后街43号; 3) 朝阳区机场路 112号丽都饭店

阳区光华路丙12号数码01大厦703室(嘉里中心与 国贸之间)

essensuals Sister brand to Toni & Guy. 1) Daily 10am-10pm. Rm. 105-106, 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)

Anantara Spa Daily 10am-10pm (flexible opening hours on request). The Commune, Shuiguan Great Wall, Badaling Gaosulu, Yanqing County. (8118 1888 ext 5100/01, anantaraspa@commune.com.cn) 延庆县八

朝阳区光华路2号阳光100国际公寓F座1层105106; 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

达岭高速路水关长城出口长城脚下的公社凯宾 斯基饭店

Franck Provost World-famous hair salon with highly trained stylists and colorists. 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

卡文那钻石, 朝阳区东三环中路7号北京财富购 物中心一层23号

BEAUTY PARLORS & SPAS 99 Massage and Spa Center Daily 11ammidnight. Rm 703, E-Tower C12, Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6501 0799) 99按摩中心, 朝

Angel Hands Enjoy vigorous deep-tissue massage, soothing and gentle massage, or a combination of both. Daily 24 hours. Rm 1801, Bldg 2, Jianwai Soho, 39 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (8631 0801) 朝阳 区东三环中路39号建外Soho2号楼1801室

Aqua Salus Urban Retreat 1) Daily noonmidnight. 1-17 Lucky Street, 1 Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (6501 6639, reservation@aquasalus.cn); 2) Taiyue Height 106, 16 Sanlitun Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (6501-2881, reservation@aquasalus.cn) www. aquasalus.cn 良泉都市怡疗三里屯会馆, 1) 朝 阳区朝阳公园路1号 好运街1-17号; 2) 朝阳区 朝阳区南三里屯16号泰悦豪庭底商106

Bangs Hair Salon Clean white walls keep the focus on hairstyling at this minimalist salon, staffed by Japanese stylists versed in the latest Tokyo trends. A cut is RMB 320, moisturizing treatment RMB 350, and perms start at RMB 200. Tue-Sun 10am-9pm. Stall 101, Bldg 4, Central Park, 6 Chaoyangmenwai

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Frost Coffee, Nails and Cocktails Nailcare, massages, facials and other spa services, with an adjoining cafe/cocktail bar serving refreshments. Mon-Fri 7:30am-2am, Sat & Sun 11am2am. 55 Xingfucun Zhonglu (in the alleyway 20m west of Argana), Chaoyang District. (6417 5430, buzzculinaryconcepts@gmail.com) 朝阳 区幸福村中路55

Heavenly Spa by Westin Daily 9am-10pm. 1) 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 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) www.herborist-spa.com 朝阳区三里屯Village 南区9号楼 S9-30

Hummingbird Therapeutic Retreat Hummingbird has a range of therapeutic massages starting at RMB 150-225, and also offers facials, waxing and manicures. Daily 10am-midnight. Unit 103, Bldg 3, Central Park, 6 Chaowai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6597 9119) 一体保健会所, 朝阳区朝外大街6号新城国际3号楼103

I.O Spa Indoor and outdoor pools abound, along with the usual spa services. Inside Workers’ Stadium East Gate (towards south), Chaoyang District. (6588 3228/82) 私人会所, 朝阳区工体东南边茉莉餐厅旁边

I Spa Local spa chain with English-speaking staff offers aromatherapy massage, Thai massage, scrubs, wraps, facials, floral bath, steaming, TCM and foot reflexology. All rooms are private suites. Special packages for couples are also available. 1) Daily 11am11pm. 1/F, Yuyuanhui Club, South of Gongdesi Bridge (northwest to Summer Palace), Haidian District. (6287 9868); 2) 6/F, Hilton Beijing Capital Airport,Terminal 3, Beijing Capital International Airport, Shunyi District. (6450 4777); 3) 10am-midnight. B1/F, Traders Upper East Hotel, Lido, Dongsihuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (5907 8877); 4) 2/F, JW Marriott Hotel Beijing, China Central Place, 83 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (5908 8380); 5) 1/F, Gehua New Century Hotel, 19 Gulouwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6202 8888 ext 6666); 6) Daily noon-11pm. 5/F, Tower 2, Taiyue Suites, Sanlitun Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (6507 1517, 8595 2277 ext 5666) www.ispa.cn 泰美好, 1) 海淀区功德寺桥南御园汇会所1层(颐和园西北 角); 2) 顺义区北京首都机场3号航站楼北京机 场希尔顿酒店6层(3号航站楼附近); 3) 朝阳区 东四环北路阳光上东上东盛贸饭店地下1层; 4) 朝阳区华贸中心建国路83号北京JW万豪酒店2 层; 5) 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); 6) 朝阳区三里屯南路泰 悦豪庭2座5层

I-Spa 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 The same quality of service as at its previous Nali Patio branch, only now in The Opposite House. Tue-Sun 10.30am-8.30pm. B1/F, The Opposite House, Sanlitun Village North, 11 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6417 6688 ext 5008) www.kocoonspalounge. com 朝阳区三里屯路11号三里屯Village北区瑜 舍地下1层

LeSpa 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 Chinese and Thai-style massage and reflexology. 1) Daily 11am-2am. 14A Guanghua Lu (5/F, Nuo’an Bldg, southwest of the Kerry Centre), Chaoyang District. (5130 9718, 6591 6247); 2) Daily 11am-1am. B1/F, Jiahui Center, 6 Jiqingli, Dongcheng District. (6551 6112/13) www. longislandspa.com.cn 长岛健身, 1) 朝阳区光 华路甲14号(嘉里中心西南侧诺安大厦5层); 2) 东城区吉庆里6号佳汇中心地下1层

The Luxury Massage Center The Luxury Massage Center provides Chinese massage, Thai massage and aromatic oil massage. 30 percent off for first visit. Rm 2121, Van Palace Center (East Tower), Guandongdian Nanjie, Chaoyang District. (136 8335 2960) 朝阳区关东 店南街旺座中心东塔2121室

Oriental Taipan Massage and Spa Relax in style among rose-scented water features, soft music and helpful, friendly staff. Healthy fruit juices and snacks included. 1) Daily 11am12.30am. 2/F, Block 9, Lido Place, 2A Fangyuan Xilu, Chaoyang District. (6437 6299); 2) Daily 11am-12.30am. B1/F, 1 Xindong Lu (next to Shenji Best Soup), Chaoyang District. (8532 2177); 3) Daily 11am-3am. Sunjoy Mansion, 6 Ritan Lu, Chaoyang District. (6502 5722); 4) Daily 10am-12.30am. B/1-3F, Shuncheng Hotel, 26A Financial Street, Xicheng District. (6621 8622); 5) Daily 10am-12.30am. Bldg 25, Central Park Phase 3, 6 Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6597 0015); 6) Daily 11am-1am. Rm 101, Bldg B, Winterless Center, 1 Xidawang Lu, Chaoyang District. (6538 8086) www.taipan.com.cn 东方大班保健休闲会所, 1) 朝阳区芳园西路甲2号丽都广场9号公寓2层; 2)

朝阳区新东路1号沈记靓汤旁; 3) 朝阳区日坛路6 号新族大厦院内; 4) 西城区西城区金融街甲26号 顺成饭店地下一层; 5) 朝阳区朝外大街6号新城 国际公寓三期25号楼; 6) 朝阳区西大望路1号温 特莱中心B座101

Origin Spa Offers a smaller, more refined spa menu in a larger, airier setting. Decorated with dark wood, flowing water and plants, you’ll feel as though you’ve retreated to a Southeast Asian spa the moment you enter. The practitioners are professionally trained and educated, which shows in the firm, effective and relatively pain-free Chinese meridian massage. Most rooms come with a private shower and toilet, and many with a bathtub, the complimentary snack bar. Manicures and pedicures also available. Daily 11-12.30am. 2/F, Bldg AB, Lan Chou Ming Zuo, Jiqingli, Chaowai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6552 9599) www. benyuan2011.com 本源, 朝阳区朝外大街吉庆 里蓝筹名座AB座2层

Peninsula Spa by ESPA 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 Daily 3pm-midnight. 7 Jianguomen Nandajie, Dongcheng District. (5811 8187) 东城区建国 门南大街7号

The Ritz-Carlton Spa China Central Place, 83A Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District (5908 8080/8081) 朝阳区建国路83号华贸中心 Salon 88 An international chain of hair salons offering consistent quality at economical prices. 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

Salon de France Hair and Beauty Salon With a trained team of international and local stylists, colorists and beauticians, this salon mixes French chic with modern simplicity to create a relaxed atmosphere for a wide range of image consulting, hair beauty services, manicures and pedicures, waxing, facial and body treatments, make-up and tanning. Daily 10am-8pm. Nali Mall, Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6417 3029, 159 0146 0954, 138 1037 4763, salondefrance.bj@gmail.com) 风色云边 美容美发中心, 朝阳区三里屯路那里市场内

The Spa at Hilton Beijing Wangfujing Nine treatment suites, including 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. Daily 10am-11pm. 6/F, Hilton Beijing Wangfujing, 8 Wangfujing East Street, Dongcheng District. (5812 8888 ext 8560) 东城区王府井东大街8号北 京王府井希尔顿6层

Spa de Feng Men-only spa. Daily noonmidnight. 1) C306, Sunshine 100, 2 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (5100 1330, reservation@spadefeng.com); 2) Binduyuan A204, 15 Zaoying Beili, Nongzhanguan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6501 6639, reservation@spadefeng. com) www.spadefeng.com 临枫男士健康会馆, 1) 朝阳区光华路2号阳光100 C306; 2) 朝阳区 农展北路枣营北里宾都苑204室

Tai Dian Massage Salon Japanese brand with 25 years of expertise. 1) Daily 10am-2am. Rm 305, Bldg 6, Jianwai Soho, 39 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (5869 8200, 5869 0707) ; 2) Daily 10am-2am. Bldg 4, Area 2, Shuanghuayuan Nanli (100m west of Melody KTV), Chaoyang District. (8751 6223) 1)泰殿养


DIRECTORY / STYLE 生会馆, 朝阳区东三环中路39号建外Soho6号楼 305室 2) 朝阳区双花园南里三区四号楼 (双井麦 乐迪向西一百米华夏银行北侧)

TATA International hair salon provides a complete range of hairstyling and beauty spa services, with an international team from England and France, China and Hong Kong. Daily 10am-10pm. 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. 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

The Wellness Spa by Hummingbird Hummingbird Therapeutic Retreat's second branch. The Wellness Spa's facilities are twice as big as they are at the original location, boasting a 32 customer capacity, a custommade Ayurvedic massage bed and Hummingbird's first-ever VIP suite. Bldg 26, Central Park, 6 Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6533 6922) 朝阳区朝阳门外大街6号新 城国际26号楼

Willow Stream Spa Fairmont Beijing, 8 Yongan Dongli, Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. 朝阳区建国门外大街永安东 里8号北京华彬费尔蒙酒店

Wonderful Massage Center Offers a variety of treatments, including oil massage, foot massage, full body massage and Thai massage. Reliable services and convenient location. Rm 101, 1/F, Bldg 13, West Gate of Central Park, Chaowai Dajie (across from World City), Chaoyang District. (5243 7258, 133 9161 6582) 朝阳区朝外大街新城国际西门13号楼1层101室( 世界城对面)

Yishengyuan-Beijing Health Center Services include acupuncture, taiji, qigong, yoga and fitness, acu-facials, massage and diet, diagnosis and treatment by famous TCM physicians, and Daoland dynamic fitness. Mon-Wed, Sat-Sun 8.30am-5.30pm, Thu-Fri 8.30am-9.30pm. 8 Fangjiayuan Hutong, Chaoyangmennei Nanxiaojie, Dongcheng District. (6514 0806) http://english.hcpcm.com 颐生院-中医养生保健, 东城区朝阳门内南小街 大方家胡同芳嘉园甲8号

BODY & HEALTH Elite Nutrition Center Exclusive retailer for hundreds of imported health goods. 1) Daily 7am-10pm. D-Space, Bldg 7, Richmond Park, 9 Fangyuan Xili, Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District. (8457 8258, info@chinaenc.com. cn); 2) Mon-Fri 10am-8pm, Sat-Sun 10.30am7.30pm. Unit 0159A, Bldg C, Chaowai Soho, 6 Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (5900 4538, info@chinaenc.com.cn) www. chinaenc.com.cn 盈奥营养中心, 1) 朝阳区将 台路芳园南里9号院7号楼; 2) 朝阳区朝阳门外大 街6号朝外SohoC座0159A

Creation Tattoo Tattooing, body piercing and all the accessories that come with. Daily 11am-8pm. Rm 4309, 3/F, Bldg 4, Jianwai Soho, 39 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (5869 1886, contact@tianxiciqing.com) www. tianxiciqing.com 天喜莿青, 朝阳区朝阳区东三 环中路39号建外Soho4号楼3层4309号

Boutiques & specialty shops Bihe Bridal Gowns and Weddings The Zara of the bridal apparel market. Unit 1338, 3/F, Bldg 13, Jianwai Soho (West), Chaoyang District. (5900 1923, heranvioletli@gmail.com) www.bihewedding.com 碧禾婚纱, 朝阳区建外

SOHO西区13号楼3层商铺1338室

Brand New China (BNC) Media mogul and would-be Chinese Oprah’s latest vanity project is this large space selling well-made knick-knacks, clothing and accessories by local designers. (6416 9045) 薄荷糯米葱, 朝阳 区三里屯Village北区地下1层NLG-09

Bye Bye Disco The best of‘80s vintage wares. Daily 11am-10pm. 38-2 Nanluogu Xiang, Dongcheng District. (6402 5581) 东城区 南锣鼓9巷38-2号

Dong Liang Studio This hip Wudaoying Hutong stalwart is devoted to featuring young Chinese designers, from Vega Zaishi Wang to Uma Wang. Daily 11am-9pm. 26 Wudaoying Hutong, Dongcheng District. (8404 7648) 东城 区五道营胡同26号

ELLA Store Stands for Equestrian Lifestyle Leisure Art. L315, 3/F, Bldg 1, China Central Place, 81 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (5969 5877) 朝阳区建国路81号华贸购物中心1号楼3 层L315

FEI Space Hipster trendy Chinese clothing labels, such as Boundless by Zhang Da (RMB 500-1000), can be found here, as well as an assortment of kitschy household products, like Dulton kitchen clocks and tea sets. Additionally, international brands such as Ligia Dias and Alyssa Norton are carefully curated into the selection. Tues-Sun 10.30am-5pm. B-01, Dashanzi 798 Art District, 4 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (5978 9580) 朝阳区酒仙

Home Decor Beijing Torana Clean Air Center Air purifiers from Blueair and Alen Air, pollution masks from Totobobo. Free home assessments and delivery. 1) 10.30am-6.30pm. Unit 308, Pinnacle Plaza, Shunyi District. (8046 1091); 2) 10am-8.30pm. Unit L1-110, 1/F, Europlaza Mall, Shunyi District. (8459 0785) www.toranacleanair.com/index.html 1) 顺义 区天竺镇花梨坎村南“荣祥广场308室; 2) 顺义 区天竺镇裕翔路99号欧陆广场L1-110

Casa Pagoda Belgian-run furniture company combines classic European flair with Asian influences to create high-quality, environmentally-friendly furniture. MonSat 10am-8pm, Sun 11am-8pm. 6 Sanlitun Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (6591 3491) www. casapagoda.com 朝阳区三里屯南路6号 Chang & Biorck A Scandinavian home accessories store stocked with colorful, environmentally-friendly products made by well-known designers who blend Scandinavian and Chinese concepts of style. Daily 10am-10pm. 2-19A, 1/F, Bldg 2, Sanlitun Village South, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (8400 2296) 朝阳区三里屯南路19号三里 屯Village南区2号楼1层2-19A单元

锣鼓巷33号

Tiger Vintage Their specialty are leather jackets, retro midi dresses and faded tees. Daily 11am-10pm. 62 Gulou Dongdajie, Dongcheng District. 虎古着屋, 东城区鼓楼东大街62号

clothing CHAINs Bershka Spanish streetwear label Bershka offers a wide collection of playful tailored T-shirts, funky party dresses and sparkly bling. Daily 10am-10pm. B1/F, Solana Mall, 6 Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (5905 6923) 朝阳区朝阳公园路6号蓝色港湾地 下1层

Gap San Francisco-based clothing retailer Gap brings its all-American apparel to Beijing. Daily 10am-10pm. 1) 131 Xidan Beidajie, Xicheng District.; 2) Unit 136A-140, Beijing APM, 138 Wangfujing Dajie, Dongcheng District.; 3) Unit 1101, 1/F, Joy City Chaoyang, 101 Chaoyang Beilu (at the intersection of Qingnian Lu), Chaoyang District. www.gap. com 1) 西城区西单北大街131号; 2) 东城区王

区亮马桥路52号燕莎友谊商城5层; 2) 朝阳区建 国路87号新光天地5层生活家电区; 3) 朝阳区霄 云路36号国航大厦2201-02室; 4) 西城区金城坊 街金融街417号四层; 5) 顺义区天竺镇裕翔路99 号欧陆广场4层

Lily’s Antiques Furniture The most famous furniture dealer in Beijing, renowned for its authentic antiques and reproductions. 1) Daily 8.30am-6pm. Gaobeidian Showroom, 69 Gaobeidian Furniture Street, Chaoyang District. Contact Lily Quan (138 0139 6309) (8579 2458); 2) Visit by Appointment. Factory and Warehouse Address, Baimiao industry area, Songzhuang town, Tongzhou District. Contact Lily Quan (138 0139 6309) www.lilysantiques. com 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

Linfeng Tibetan Artistic Firm Sells authentic Tibetan furnitures, carpets and handicrafts, with antique pieces and reproductions. Showroom opens everyday for visiting. To visit the warehouse for more selections, call for reservation. 1) Daily 8.30am-8.30 pm. Stall 1, Row B, Panjiayuan Market, Chaoyang District. (139 1173 9981, lf@lftibetanart.cn); 2) 158 Gaobeidian Furniture Street, Chaoyang District. (139 1173 9981, lf@lftibetanart.cn) www.lftibetanart.cn 北京灵峰藏艺古典家具店, 1) 朝阳区潘家园市场乙排1号; 2) 朝阳区高碑 店家具街158号

桥路4号798艺术区B-01

Joyce Lane Crawford’s more avant-garde and fashion-forward sister store. Daily 10am-9 .30pm. Shop 3L103-104, Block 3, China World Shopping Mall, 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6288 8383) www.joyce. com 朝阳区建国门外大街1号国贸商城3L103-4 Lane Crawford Luxury brand department store from Hong Kong. Daily 10am-9pm. L130, Seasons Place, 2 Jinchengfang Jie, Financial Street, Xicheng District. (6622 0808) 西城区金 independent apparel brand and design community. Sun-Thu 9.30am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11ammidnight. 33 Nanluogu Xiang, Dongcheng District. (6404 8088) www.nlgx.org 东城区南

Jie, Xicheng District. (6622 0179, info@iqairchina.com); 5) 4/F, Europlaza, 99 Yuxiang Lu, Tianzhu, Shunyi District. (6457 1922, info@ iqair-china.com) www.iqair-china.com 1) 朝阳

Lost and Found Its stock made up in part of household odds and ends collected from around China and partly of items designed by the store’s owners. Daily 10.30am-8pm. 42 Guozijian Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6401 1855) 失物招领, 东城区国子监大街42号

IQ Air While little can be done about outdoor air pollution, you can certainly make a difference with the air you breathe in your home or office. IQAir has been the top-rated air purifier brand for more than a decade. The Health Pro 250 is their most popular product and is considered by most to be the best all-around air cleaning system available. With their HyperHEPA technology, you are guaranteed near perfect levels of efficiency for the life of your machine. IQAir China specializes in bringing clean air solutions to both residential and commercial users. 1) 5/F, Household Appliance Area, Youyi Shopping City, 52 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (158 0136 1601, info@ iqair-china.com); 2) 5/F, Shin Kong Place, 87 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (5738 2401, info@iqair-china.com); 3) Rm 2201, Air China Plaza, 36 Xiaoyun Lu, Chaoyang District. (8447 5800, 400 650 1266, info@iqair-china.com); 4) 4/F, 417 Seasons Place, 2 Jinchengfang

Torana Tibetan Rugs Handmade rugs and custom rugs from our own workshop in Lhasa. Antique rugs and textiles. 10am-8.30pm. Unit L1-110, 1/F, Europlaza Mall, Shunyi District. (8459 0785) 顺义区天竺镇裕翔路99号欧陆广 场L1-110

Villa Lifestyles Villa Lifestyles has been serv-

府井大街138号北京新东安广场136A-140; 3) 朝 阳区朝阳北路101 (青年路口东北角) 朝阳北路 大悦城1层1101

H&M Fast-fashion at its best. 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

Zara 1) Unit 63-65, Viva Plaza, Fulicheng, Zhong Dongsanhuan Lu, Chaoyang District.; 2) Mon-Thu 11am-9pm, Fri-Sun 11am-10pm. 1B1-6, Solana, 6 Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (5905 6100); 3) Daily 10am10pm. The Place, 9A Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6587 1341/49); 4) Daily 10am-10pm. Joy City, 131 Xidan Beidajie, Xicheng District. (5971 6350) www.zara.com 1) 朝阳区东三环双 井富力城63-65号; 2) 朝阳区朝阳公园路6号蓝 色港湾国际商区1B1-6; 3) 朝阳区光华路甲9号 世贸天阶; 4) 西城区西单北大街131号大悦城

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DIRECTORY / STYLE–A&C ing the Beijing community for more than five years. Providing you with quality name brand products backed by great service, they have the widest selection of BBQs and accessories, the Mosquito Magnet, trampolines, IQAir air purifiers, Bissell Vacuums and more. Stop by their Shunyi showroom or visit their website to have a look at what's new. 4/F, Europlaza, 99 Yuxiang Lu, Tianzhu Town, Shunyi District. (8046 1260, 6457 1922, info@villalifestyles.cn) www.villalifestyles.cn 顺义区天竺镇裕翔路99 号欧陆广场4层

shopping malls & markets Yashow Market Packed with gaggles of freespending tourists and name brand knock-offs. Daily 9.30am-9pm. 58 Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6415 1726) 雅秀市场, 朝阳区工体 北路58号

Arts & Culture Bookstores The Bookworm 1) Mon-Sat 8am-8pm, Sun 8am-5pm. First courtyard, Hegezhuang Village, Shunyi District. (6431 2108, books@ beijingbookworm.com); 2) Daily 9am-2am. Courtyard 4, Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6586 9507) 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

Guozijian Jie), Dongcheng District. www.arrowfactory.org.cn 箭厂空间, 东城区箭厂胡同38

Chaoyang District. (5127 3267, info@mizumaone.com) www.mizuma-one.com 朝阳区机场

号(国子监街内)

辅路崔各庄草场地241-15号

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

O Gallery 9/F HuaLi Dasha, 58 JinBao Jie, Dongcheng District. (8520 6000) 奥美零空间画

261号

Art Base 1 Area D, Shunbai Lu, Hegezhuang Village, Cuigezhuang, Chaoyang District. (6433 6920) 一号地国际艺术区, 朝阳区崔各庄乡 合各庄村顺白路一号地国际艺术园D区

城区前门东大街23号

文门东大街东便门角楼楼上

Chambers Fine Art Tue-Sun 10am-6pm. Red No.1-D, Caochangdi, Chaoyang District. (5127 3298, bj@chambersfineart.com) www. chambersfineart.com 前波画廊, 朝阳区草场

Tang Contemporary Gallery Tue-Sun 10.30am-6.30pm. Dashanzi art district, 2 Jiuxianqiao Road, Chaoyang District. (6436 3518/3658, info@tangcontemporary.com) www.tangcontemporary.com 当代唐人艺术中

地红一号D座

China Art Archives and Warehouse WedSun 1-6pm, or by appointment. Opposite the Nangao Police Station,Caochangdi, (take the Airport Service road one exit past Wuhuan Lu, then take the first right past the Chang Jian Driving School), Chaoyang District. (8456 5152/5153, mail@caaw.com.cn) www.archivesandwarehouse.com 艺术文化仓库, 朝阳区机 场辅路草场地村南皋派出所对面(机场辅路由南往 北五环外第一个路口)

1号国贸商城三期地下2层

黎•北京画廊, 朝阳区朝阳区酒仙桥路4号大山 子艺术区

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)

Galleries Alexander Ochs Gallery Tues-Sun 10am-6pm. (Will be closed for Summer Aug 1-22.) 255 Caochangdi, Jichang Fulu, Chaoyang District. (8456 2054, info@alexanderochs-galleries.de) www.alexanderochs-galleries.com Alliance Française de Pekin 1) 103 Deshengmennei Dajie, Xihai, Xicheng District. (6404 2643); 2) Rm 421, Block 2, Beijing Language and Culture University, 15 Xueyuan Lu, Haidian District. (8230 3619); 3) 18 Gongti Xilu, Guangcai International Mansion, Chaoyang District. (6553 2678) 北京法语培训中心, 1) 西

区红1号C1,C2座

Galerie Paris-Beijing Mon-Sun 11am-7pm. 798 Dashanzi Art District, 4 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. (5978 9262, galerieparisbeijing@gmail.com) 巴

White Box Museum of Art B07, 2 Jiauxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (5978 4800) http:// www.798whitebox.com 白盒子艺术馆, 朝阳区

里哪里艺术空间, 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)

朝阳区酒仙桥路2号798艺术区路B07号

White Space Beijing Tue-Sun noon-6pm. Airport Service Road, No. 255 Caochangdi, Chaoyang District. (8456 2054) www.alexanderochs-galleries.de 空白空间, 朝阳区机场辅

Beijing Concert Hall 1 Beixinhuajie, Xicheng District. (6605 7006/5812) 北京音乐厅, 西城区

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 Yuanfen Flow Qixing Donglu (off 4 Jiuxianqiao Lu, near At Cafe), Chaoyang District. http://yuanfenflow.org 缘分汇, 朝阳区4酒仙桥

Gallery Hotel Inside the north gate of Workers’ Stadium, Chaoyang District (no tel) 瑞居酒

Imagine Gallery Tue-Sun, 10.30am-5.30pm. 8 Feijiacun Yishu Gongzuoshi, Feijiacun, Laiguangying Donglu, Chaoyang District. (6438 5747, 139 1091 7965, laetitia.gauden@ imagine-gallery.com) www.imagine-gallery. com 想象画廊, 朝阳区来广营东路同达生态园对

店, 朝阳区工人体育场北门内

阳区安外北苑北湖渠朝阳酒艺术园

长征空间, 朝阳区大山子艺术区

Mizuma & One Gallery Wed-Sun 10am6pm. 241-15 Caochangdi, Cuigezhuang,

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中心, 朝阳区酒仙桥路4号大山子艺术区

阳区崔各庄乡合各庄村318号; 2) 朝阳区工体 西路6号

Arrow Factory 38 Jianchang Hutong (Off

寺上美术馆

Where Where Art Space 319-1 East End Art (Zone A), Caochangdi Village, Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. (159 1080 3790) 哪

心,2801室

Long March Space Tue-Sun 11am-7pm. Dashanzi art district, 4 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (5978 9768, lm@longmarchspace.com) www.longmarchspace.com

Si Shang Art Museum By appointment until Feb 2012. Huosi Lu Dong, Zhangxizhuang, Shunyi District. (6949 1028) http://www. sisam.cc 寺上美术馆, 顺义区张喜庄火寺路东

草场地艺术东区155号(站台中国旁)

Green T. House Gallery 1) Daily 11.30am-11 .30pm. 318 Hegezhuang Village, Cuigezhuang, Chaoyang District. (8456 4922 ext 8); 2) Daily 10.30am-2.30pm, 6pm-midnight. 6 Gongti Xilu, Chaoyang District. (6552 8310/8311) www.greenteahouse.com.cn 紫云轩, 1) 朝

Arario Beijing Tue-Sun 10am-7pm. Inside Chaoyang Liquor Factory, Beihuqu, Anwaibeiyuan, Chaoyang District. (5202 3800, info@ arariobeijing.com) www.arariobeijing.com 朝

家博物馆, 东城区天安门广场东侧

Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA) Tue-Sun 10am-7pm. Dashanzi Art District, 4 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (8459 9269) www.ucca.org.cn 尤伦斯当代艺术

路合七星东路(近爱特咖啡)

南路甲1号

The National Museum of China Free to the public. Daily 8.30am-4.30pm. East side of Tian’anmen Square, Dongcheng District. (6512 8910, fax 6525 6774) www.nmch.gov.cn 中国国

Three Shadows Photography Art Centre Tue-Sun 10am-6pm. 155 East End Art, Caochangdi Village (Next to Platform China), Chaoyang District. (6432 2663) www. threeshadows.cn 三影堂摄影艺术中心, 朝阳区

画廊, 朝阳区草场地村104号

面费家村东路8号艺术工作室

术馆, 西城区复兴路甲9号中华世纪坛A区B1层

Today Art Museum Daily 9am-5pm. Pingod Space, 32 Baiziwan Lu, Chaoyang District. (5862 1100) www.todayartmuseum.com 今日

子艺术区

Instituto Cervantes 1A Gongti Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (5879 9666) www.pekin. cervantes.es 北京塞万提斯学院, 朝阳区工体

China Millennium Monument Museum of Digital Arts (CMoDA) B1/F, Area A, Bldg 9A, China Millennium Monument, Fuxing Lu, Xicheng District. (5980 2315) 中华世纪坛数字艺

心, 朝阳区酒仙桥路2号, 大山子艺术区

Galerie Urs Meile Lucerne-Beijing TueSun 11am-6.30pm. 104 Caochangdi Village, Cuigezhuang, Chaoyang District. (6433 3393, fax 6433 0203) www.galerieursmeile.com 麦勒

城区德胜门内大街103号; 2) 海淀区学院路15号 北京语言文化大学教学2号楼421室; 3) 朝阳区工 体西路18号光彩国际公寓

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艺门画廊, 朝阳区崔各庄乡草场地村241号

Red Gate Gallery Daily 9am-5pm. 1/F & 4/F, Dongbianmen Watchtower, Chongwenmen Dongdajie, Chongwen District. (6525 1005) www.redgategallery.com 红门画廊, 崇文区崇

C-Space Tue-Sun 11am-6pm. C1 and C2, Red No.1,Caochangdi, Chaoyang District. (5127 3248, info@c-spacebeijing.com) www.cspacebeijing.com C-空间, 朝阳区草场地艺术

Broadway Cinematheque MOMA (BC MOMA) North area of Dongzhimen MOMA, 1 Xiangheyuan Lu, Dongzhimen, Chaoyang District. (8438 8258) www.sagacinema.com 当

Pekin Fine Arts Wed-Sun 10am-6pm. 241,Caochangdi, Cuigezhuang,, Chaoyang District. (5127 3220) www.pekinfinearts.com

Beijing Center for the Arts Daily 10am10pm. 23, Qianmen Dongdajie, Dongcheng District. (6559 8008) 天安时间当代艺术中心, 东

Page One This addition to Beijing's bookstore scene offers the best selection under one roof (in art/design, food & wine, bestsellers, classics, etc.), with competitive prices for English-language material. 10am-9.30pm. B2/F, China World Summit Wing, 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (8535 1055, page1_cwtc@pageonegroup.com) www.pageonegroup.com 朝阳区建国门外大街

Cinemas

廊, 东城区金宝街58号华丽大厦9层

.30pm (last ticket at 5pm). 8 Huajiadi Nanjie,

Chaoyang District. (6477 1575) 中央美术学院美 术馆, 朝阳区朝阳区花家地南街8号

miscellaneous Beijing American Center Jingguang Center, Suite 2801, Chaoyang District. 朝阳区京广中

Landgent Center 20 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (8771 5506) 乐成中心, 朝阳

美术馆, 朝阳区百子湾路32号

Theaters 北新华街1号

Beijing EE City Theatre 10/F, Joy City, 101 Chaoyang Beilu (at the intersection of Qingnian Lu), Chaoyang District. (5705 0707) 北京蓝 天城剧场, 朝阳区朝阳北路101号(青年路口东北 角)大悦城10层

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

Forbidden City Concert Hall Inside Zhongshan Park, Xichang’an Jie, Xicheng District. (6559 8285) www.fcchbj.com 中山公园音乐堂, 西城区西长安街中山公园内

Great Hall of the People Daily 8.30am-3pm, but closed during government meetings. RMB 30, RMB 15 (children). 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) www.chncpa.org 国家大剧院, 西

区朝阳区东三环中路20号

城区西长安街2号

Mandarin Plus B1-535, Sanlitun Soho, Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. (5785 3361, contact@ mandarin-plus.org) www.mandarin-plus.org

Peking University Hall Inside Peking University, 5A Yiheyuan Lu, Haidian District. (6275 1278) www.pku-hall.com 北大百年纪念礼堂,

卓一汇众, 朝阳区工体北路三里屯Soho, B1-535

海淀区颐和园路甲5号北京大学内

The Opposite House Bldg 1, Sanlitun Village North, 11 Sanlitun Lu (north of 3.3 Shopping Center), Chaoyang District. (6417 6688, answers@theoppositehouse.com) www.theoppositehouse.com 朝阳区三里屯路11号三里屯

Plato Theater 3/F, Bldg B, Oriental Media Center, 4 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (400 000 0404) 北京戏逍堂柏拉图剧场, 朝阳区

Village北区1号楼

Museums CAFA Art Museum Tue-Sun 9.30am-5

光华路4号东方梅地亚中心B座三层

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

Tianqiao Acrobatics Theater 95 Tianqiao


DIRECTORY / A&C–SPORTS–LIVING Shichang Lu (east end of Beiwei Lu, opposite Tianqiao Theater), Xuanwu District. (6303 7449) 天桥杂技剧场, 宣武区北纬路东口天桥 市场街95号

Trojan House Theater 22 International Art Street, Pingod, 32 Baiziwan Lu, Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. (5711 0860/5711 2128) 木马剧场, 朝阳区朝阳区百子湾路32号22 院街艺术区

SPORTS Diving SinoScuba Offers safe, family scuba diving services - Underwater activities, including swimming with dolphins and full certification courses. Classes available in Chinese and English (135 0116 3629, steven@sinoscuba. com) www.sinoscuba.com

GOLF Beijing Golfers Club Join a great group of golfers every Sunday at different courses around Beijing. Members enjoy discounted golf rates and official USGA handicap registration. Players of all levels welcome. www. beijing-golfers-club.org Beijing Ladies Golf (beijingladiesgolf@ gmail.com) www.beijingladiesgolf.org

lage lies in the south of Miyun County, 108km from Siyuan Bridge and is one of the area’s top ski resorts, Nanshan has ten well-groomed trails for skiers of all levels and a snowboard park (Nanshan Mellow Park) with a halfpipe, four kickers and six rails – all served by a quadruple chairlift, a double chairlift and nine Tbars. Admission RMB 20. Rental RMB 100/2hr, RMB 150/2hr (weekend) or RMB 160/2hr (holidays). Lodging available. Take the shuttle bus (RMB 40 round trip) from Dongzhimen, 8.30am every Sat and Sun. 8.30am-5.30pm. Shengshuitou Cun, Henanzhai Town, Miyun County. (8909 1909) 密云县河南寨镇圣水头村 Nike Nanshan Park Opening December 17th and located within Nanshan Ski Village, the NIKE Nanshan Park features a medium & large double kicker line, a plethora of rail & jib options, and constantly updates itself as the season progresses. As the most meticulously maintained park in China, there’s something for everyone with beginner jumps and boxes to learn on, as well more serious features that will challenge advanced riders. Nanshan Ski Village, Shengshuitou Village, Henanzhai Town, Miyun County. (8909 1909 ski resort, 138 1045 9745 park) 南山公园, 密云县河南寨 圣水头村

Qiaobo Ice and Snow World Daily 9am10pm. 6 Shunan Lu, Shunyi District. (6941 1991) www.qbski.com 乔波冰雪世界, 顺义区 顺安路6号

GYMS & FITNESS CENTERS Health Club Daily 6am-11pm. 6/F, Beijing Marriott Hotel, 26 Xiaoyun Lu, Chaoyang District. (5927 8888) 朝阳区霄云路甲26号海航大厦

TEAM SPORTS Aardvarks Rugby Club Contact Dave (135 2224 8133, aardvarksrfc@yahoo.com) 地豚橄

万豪酒店6层健身房

榄球俱乐部

Heyrobics Also known as Jympa or Swedish gymnastics. heyrobics.com

Beijing Devils Rugby Football Club (beijing_rugby@yahoo.com) www. beijingdevils.com

shooting ranges China North International Shooting Range Be sure to call ahead to make reservations. Bus: Take long distance bus 919 from Deshengmen to Nankou (1.5 hours), then take minibus 11 (RMB 1) or taxi (RMB 10). The bus runs from 6am until 6pm, about every 15 minutes. RMB 10 for air-conditioned buses, RMB 4 for non. Car: Take the Badaling/Changping Expressway to Nankou and follow the signs. Approx distance: 40 km Daily 8.30am-4pm. Mafang Village 1, Nankou Town, Changping District. (6977 1368) www.tour-beijing.com/ blog/tag/beijing-shooting-range 北方国际射 击场, 昌平区南口镇马坊村1号

ski & snowboard Nanshan Ski Village Beijing Nanshan Ski Vil-

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Lovely Nails

The high-end option for more discerning clients. Manicures from RMB 90. (6502 5989)

The Wellness Spa

English-language beauty glossies available. Manicures from RMB 100. (6533 6922)

Frost Coffee, Nails and Cocktails

Eat and drink while getting your nails done. Manicures from RMB 30. (6417 5430)

Zigzag

Complimentary fresh fruit in a hutong setting. Manicures from RMB 68. (8404 0020)

Bejiing Bombers Xiaowuji Football Ground, Xiaowuji Lu, just east of Xiaowuji Qiao on the East Fourth Ring Road, Chaoyang District. (beijingfooty@yahoo.com) 小武基足球场, 朝 阳区东四环路小武基桥往东

Beijing Cricket (info@bjcricketclub.org) www.bjcricketclub.org 北京板球俱乐部 Beijing Gaelic Football Club (beijingaa@ yahoo.com) www.beijinggaa.org 爱尔兰足球 Beijing Guardians (beijingguardians@ gmail.com) ClubFootball 9am-6pm. Unit A212, Door 3, A1 Zone, Huadeng Building, 14 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (5130 6893/4/5/6, coaching@wanguoqunxing.com) www.clubfootball. com.cn 万国群星足球俱乐部, 朝阳区酒仙桥路14 号兆维华登大厦A1区3门212室

International Friendship Football Club (IFFC) Contact Robert (1571 005 0115, info@ iffc1994.com) www.iffc1994.com

YOGA & PILATES Fine Yoga Offers traditional ashtanga yoga for all levels, with experienced instructors. 16/F, Tower 2, Blue Castle International Center, 3 Xi Dawang Lu,Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. (8599 9566, 153 0008 6931) www. fine-yoga.com 梵音瑜珈, 朝阳区西大望路蓝堡 国际中心会所

LIVING Community Groups The Beijing Guild An informal crafts group that meets weekly to knit, crochet and engage in other crafts. (contact@beijingguild.com) www.beijingguild.com The Capital Club This private club caters to Beijing’s senior business community. 50/F, Capital Mansion, 6 Xinyuan Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (8486 2225 ext 260, member@thecapitalclub.com) www.thecapitalclub.com China Culture Center (CCC) Kent Center, 29 Anjialou, Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6432 9341/1041, info@chinaculturecenter.org) www.chinaculturecenter.org 朝阳区亮马桥路 29号安家楼肯特中心院内

Culture Yard A fun environment for locals and expats alike to interact. 9am-late. 10 Shique Hutong, Dongcheng District. (8404 4166, contact@cultureyard.net) www.cultureyard.net 东城区石雀胡同10号 FC Group Previously known as the Fortune Connection Club, the FC Group is dedicated to bringing together business professionals, business managers, expatriates, human resource managers, and headhunters for its monthly events. (139 1109 8002 (Colin), colin@ fcgroup.org) Fishbowl Events Social opportunities for people to mingle. fishbowlevents.com International Newcomers’ Network Function Rm, 3/F, Athletic Center, Capital Mansion, 6 Xinyuan Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (8486 2225 ext 110, innbeijing@hotmail.com) www. innbeijing.org 朝阳区新源南路6号京城大厦康 乐中心3层

Rotaract Beijing Rotaract Beijing collaborates with existing volunteer organizations in order to provide the community easy access to a variety of ongoing volunteer opportunities, with the added benefits of professional development and networking. www.rotaractbeijing.org TEDxBeijing TEDxBeijing is the Beijing member of the worldwide TEDx family, where x = independently organized TED event. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to exchange information and ideas. tedxbeijing.com VIVA: Beijing Professional Women’s Network Career support network for professional women. (membership@vivabeijing.org) www. vivabeijing.org

COOKING SCHOOLS Black Sesame Kitchen Food writer Jen-Lin Liu's cooking school. 3 Heizhima Hutong, Dongcheng District. (136 9147 4408, blacksesamekitchen@gmail.com) www.blacksesamekitchen.com 东城区黑芝麻胡同3号

餐艺术, 朝阳区北苑路.红军营南路,傲城融富 中心B座

号盈科中心E座5层

东城区九道湾中巷胡同1号(北新桥地铁站东南边)

Yoga Yard They offer specialized classes such as prenatal and postnatal yoga, introduction to yoga, restorative yoga, and other workshops, training sessions and retreats with guest teachers. 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) www.yogayard.com 瑜珈苑,

British Club of Beijing Membership RMB 100; meeting fees RMB 30 (members), RMB 50 (non-members). Meetings held at the Capital Club, where a dress code of no jeans or sneakers is enforced. (britclubbj@yahoo.com)

VENUES Beijing Shougang Basketball Center 159 Fushi Lu, Shijingshan District. (8829 6158) 北京 首钢篮球中心, 石景山区阜石路159号

Workers’ Stadium Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6501 6655 ext 5033) 工人体育场, 朝 阳区工体北路

Education Beijing Rego British School Follows on the heels of two successful schools in Tianjin and Shanghai and caters to students from the surrounding Shunyi area with its array of educational facilities and age-appropriate resources on campus. 15 Liyuan Jie, Tianzhu County, Shunyi District. (8416 7718, sarah.hancock@ bjrego.org) www.bjrego.org 北京瑞金英国学 校, 2) 顺义区顺义区天竺镇丽苑街15号

Beijing Mandarin School Beijing Mandarin School offers a range of courses for Chinese learners of all levels. Also has children’s lessons, HSK lessons, and specialty classes focusing on character learning and business vocabulary. Beginners and intermediate level students pay RMB 3,600/60 hours. Intensive lessons are RMB 5,600/120 hours. Private lessons start at RMB 80/hour. Rm 904, 9/F, ETower, Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6508 1026) www.beijingmandarinschool.com 北京 普通话学校, 朝阳区光华路数码01大厦9层904

Mandarin Plus Provides high quality and customized education together with unique cultural opportunities. Experienced teachers will make tailor-made study plans for you. B1-535, Sanlitun Soho, Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. (5785 3361, Contact@mandarin-plus. org) www.mandarin-plus.org 卓一汇众, 朝阳 区工体北路三里屯Soho, B1-535

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

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

Haollee Who says you can't learn how to bake in China? Here, they teach Europeanstyle home baking and professional pastry arts in both Mandarin and English. Bldg B, Fortune Center Ao City, Hongjunying Nanlu, Beiyuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (136 0111 6303, haochef@126.com) www.cookingart.net 西

Soma Hot Yoga With Huiping Mo Mainland China’s first official Bikram Yoga Studio featuring Bikram China representative Huiping Mo and Bikram certified instructor John Williams. Daily 10am-6.45pm. 5/F, Bldg E, Pacific Century Place, 2A Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6539 3434, 139 1051 3285) somahotyoga.com PCC盈科会所, 朝阳区工体北路甲2

朝阳区工体北路17号楼6层工人体育场北门对面

encourage exchange and understanding of business, cultural and sporting ties between the Irish and Chinese communities in Beijing. (mccormack.fiona@gmail.com) http://www. irishnetworkchina.com

The Hutong Informal cooking school that also offers workshops focused on intercultural friendship and learning. 1 Jiudaowan Zhongxiang Hutong (southeast of Beixinqiao subway station), Dongcheng District. (6404 3355, info@the-hutong.com) www.thehutong.com

CULTURAL Groups

Irish Network China (INC) A not-for-profit organization whose aim is to promote and

Bayley & Jackson Medical Center Founded in Hong Kong in 1958, Bayley & Jackson has grown into a comprehensive health care provider that accepts over 40 major international insurance plans. Services include (but are not limited to) Family Medicine, Dental, Health Checkups, Pediatrics, Obgyn, General Surgery, Staff Dietician and TCM. Mon-Sat 9am-6pm. 7 Ritan Donglu, Chaoyang District. (8562 9998, billing@ikang.com) www.bjhealthcare.com 庇 利积臣医疗中心, 朝阳区日坛东路7号

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DIRECTORY / LIVING 21st Century Hospital is a comprehensive healthcare facility, providing health screening services, medical care and health management for the international community in Beijing. This hospital’s team of internationally experienced physicians and nurses provides world-class medical care in a comfortable, clean and quiet setting. The hospital uses a Japanese management style, modern medical equipment and supporting electronic data systems to continuously improve quality and efficiency of health care services. Beijing 21st Century Hospital also works closely with different hospitals and their medical specialists in China and Japan, providing tele-medicine and international medical transfer. Direct billing with international insurers is provided. Languages spoken: English, Japanese, Korean, German, Chinese. Mon-Fri 9am-7pm, Sat-Sun 9am-6pm; 24-hr house call service. 1-2/F, 21st Century Plaza, A40 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (8444 6168 (English/Chinese), 8444 6169 (Japanese/Korean)) http://www.21hospital.com 朝阳区亮马桥路甲40号21世纪大 厦1-2楼

Beijing DCN Orthopedic Hospital A preferred medical service provider cooperating with international healthcare insurance companies. Offers a broad range of both inpatient and outpatient expert services in orthopedic surgery, spine surgery, sport medicine, trauma and fracture care, and rehabilitation. Open 24 hours a day, including clinical and pharmacy services. 19 Fushi Lu, Haidian District. (5271 3366, 5271 3366 (fax), health@dcn.org.cn) www.dcn.org.cn 德尔康尼骨科医院版权所有, 海淀区阜石路19号

家园南里12号潘家园大厦1层,4-5层

Heaven), Chongwen District. (8911 6665 (24hr hotline)) www.puhuachina.com 崇文区天坛南 里12号(天坛南门往西800米)

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. Unit 818, Pinnacle Plaza, Tianzhu Real Estate Development Zone, Shunyi District. (8046 5432, fax 8046 4383) www.unitedfamilyhospitals. com 北京和睦家医院诊所, 顺义区天竺开发区 荣祥广场818号

Beijing HarMoniCare Women and Children’s Hospital (HMC) Beijing HarMoniCare Women and Children’s Hospital (HMC) offers medical services both Chinese and western families with JCI (Joint Commission International) standard. HMC is strategic partner of PHMI and cooperates with Teaching Hospital of Harvard Medical School—Boston Women’s Hospital, Boston Children’s Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital. Located next to Olympic Forest Park, HMC covers an area of 13,000 square meters. HMC is a medical center in Obstetrics, Gynecology and Pediatrics. A2 Xiaoguan Beili, Beiyuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (6499 0000, contact@hmcare.org) www.hmcare.net 朝阳区北苑路小关北里甲2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, customerservice@intecheye.com) www.intecheye.com 英智眼科医院, 朝阳区潘

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Beijing New Century Harmony Pediatric Clinic As a satellite clinic of renowned Beijing New Century International Children’s Hospital, Beijing New Century Harmony Pediatric Clinic has a strong team of experienced pediatricians and nurses from China and overseas. Harmony Pediatric Clinic provides a full range of multi-lingual healthcare services on a 7x24basis (7x12. 9am to 9pm during soft opening period). K-01, Bldg 19, Harmony Business Center, Liyuan Street, Tianzhu Zhen, Shunyi District. (6456 2599) www.ncich.com. cn 北京新世纪荣和儿科门诊部, 顺义区天竺镇丽 苑街荣和商业中心19号楼K-01

Beijing Puhua International Clinic The free-standing, outpatient and primary/ specialty-care facility of the pioneering Puhua International Hospital. Located near the Jinsong Station, the Clinic is open daily from 0900-1800, and is open for urgent care, primary care, family medicine as well as specialty care in all essential areas. Puhua Clinic is unique in offering: Chiropractic Care, an American-Style Eye (Ophthalmology) Dept; and also a Podiatry Dept.Direct-Billing with all major Insurers; Membership Plan available. Mon-Sun 9am-6pm. 54 Wusheng Beilu, Dongsanhuan, Chaoyang District. (8773 5522, 8911 6665 (24hr hotline)) www.puhuaclinic. com 北京普华门诊, 朝阳区东三环武圣北路54号 Beijing Puhua International Hospital The first International-Standard Hospital in Beijing. Open in Beijing since 1994. Inpatient, Outpatient, Surgery, Inpatient Care and ICU Services. English-speaking staff on 24/7 call. Wide range of Medical, Surgical and Consulting Services. Direct-billling with International Insurance Companies. The reference-level Medical Facility in Beijing for all Neurology, Neurosurgery and Rehabilitation Issues. World leader & Pioneer in Regenerative Medicine. Member of Asia Pacific Medicine (APMG) the leading, and the largest, International-Standard Medical Services Group in Asia. 12 Tiantan Nanli (800m west of the South Gate of the Temple of

Hong Kong International Medical Clinic, Beijing Beijing’s first joint-venture medical organization operates according to international standards, has a high-quality international administration system and highly trained medical staff. Daily 9am-9pm (after 9pm minimal staff on duty). 9/F, office tower of the Swissotel, 2 Chaoyangmen Beidajie, Dongcheng District. (6501 4260, 6553 2288 ext 2345/6/7) www.hkclinic.com 北京港 澳国际医务诊所, 东城区朝阳门北大街2号港澳中 心瑞士酒店办公楼9层

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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) www.ncich.com.cn 北京新世纪国 际儿童医院, 西城区南礼士路56号 (北京儿童医 院东门南侧)

心, 朝阳区新源里16号琨莎中心一座105室

SOS齿科,畸齿矫正诊所, 朝阳区新源里16号琨莎 中心一座105室

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

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, marketing@ imcclinics.com) 北京国际医疗中心,朝阳 区亮马

Beijing International SOS Clinic One of the world’s leading international healthcare, medical and security assistance company with 66% of the world’s Fortune 500 companies choosing International SOS. Since 1989, International SOS has led international-standard medical care in China, with a 24/7 alarm center hotline, a dedicated air ambulance, four international quality clinics staffed with expat and foreign doctors and 200+ network of medical service partners. International SOS Beijing clinic is the city’s leading family practice and specialist services clinic, represented by 15 nationalities, including English, French, Japanese, German, Spanish, Korean and Chinese-speaking doctors. Offers 24/7 Emergency Services, GP, Pediatrics, Gynecology, specialists, Pharmacy, Psychology, Physiotherapy, Dentistry and Orthodontics, Optometry. Mon-Fri 9am-6pm, Sat-Sun 9am6pm. Suite 105, Wing 1, Kunsha Building, 16 Xinyuanli, Chaoyang District. (Clinic: 6462 9112, 24hr hotline 6462 9100, china.inquiries@ internationalsos.com) www.internationalsos. com, www.clinicsinchina.com 北京国际救援中 Beijing International SOS Dental, Orthodontics Clinic Provides comprehensive dental services for the whole family, including routine cleaning, X-rays, fillings, whitening, crowns, bridges and cosmetic makeovers. Mon-Sat 9am-5pm. Suite 105, Wing 1, Kunsha Building, 16 Xinyuanli, Chaoyang District. (6462 0333) www.clinicsinchina.com 北京国际

surgery in China. Specializes in cosmeticand plastic surgeries. 38 ShangdixinxiLu, Haidian District. (8289 0216) www.sar.com.cn 北医三院

Beijing United Family Hospital International-standard hospital with inpatient and outpatient services. Wide range of medical and surgical specialties provided, emergency room and ICU open 24 hours. Mon-Sat 8.30am-5.30pm. 24-hour emergency care. 2 Jiangtai Lu (in the Lido area), Chaoyang District. (5927 7000, 5927 7120 (ER ), fax 5927 7200) www.unitedfamilyhospitals.com 北京和 睦家医院, 朝阳区将台路2号

Bioscor Beijing Clinic International clinic for cosmetic medicine, specializing in cosmetic surgery, skincare, hair regrowth, and anti-ageing techniques. Appointments with an Australian surgeon and physician available. Rm 1008, E-Tower, 12 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6503 5706/7, beijng@bioscor.com. cn) www.bioscor.com.cn 澳保加医疗美容诊 所, 朝阳区光华路12号数码01大厦1008室(嘉里 中心对面)

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

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

OASIS Healthcare OASIS is a full-service private hospital. Their international medical team provides patient-centered care in a modern facility designed for comfort, safety and privacy. OASIS offers attentive service in a soothing environment and expert medicine backed by leading technology, including the most advanced MRI and CT scans available from a private hospital in China. The hospital currently provides services in family medicine, pediatrics, gynecology, general surgery, traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), and dentistry. Direct billing is available for many insurance providers. 9 Jiuxianqiao Beilu, Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. (400 UR OASIS (876 2747)) www.oasishealth.cn 朝 阳区朝阳区酒仙桥北路9号

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, vista@vista-china.net) www. vista-china.net 维世达诊所, 朝阳区光华路1号 嘉里中心B29

Mental Health Services Beijing International SOS Clinic Family Counseling Center Two counselors offer services that include individual therapy, couple relations, family dynamics, parent and child relations and stress management. Suite 105, Bldg 1, Kunsha Building, 16 Xinyuanli, Chaoyang District. (6462 0333, china. inquiries@internationalsos.com) www. internationalsos.com, www.clinicsinchina. com 北京国际救援中心, 朝阳区新源里16号琨 莎中心一座105室

Beijing United 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


DIRECTORY / LIVING–EXPLORE children’s issues. BJU’s counseling services are available in three locations in the city. For further information and appointments call 5927 7067. 1) Inside Beijing United Family Shunyi Clinic, Unit 818, Pinnacle Plaza, Tianzhu Real Estate Development Zone, Shunyi District. (fcreception@ ufh.com.cn); 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.com.cn); 3) Inside Beijing United Family Hospital, 2 Jiangtai Lu (in the Lido area), Chaoyang District. (fcreception@ ufh.com.cn) www.unitedfamilyhospitals.com 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

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) www.imcclinics.com 朝阳区亮马桥 路50号燕莎中心写字楼1层S106

Peking University Sixth Hospital (Institute of Mental Health) A World Health Organization Collaborating Center and the top mental health institution in China with both outpatient and inpatient services. Providing evaluation, diagnoses, pharmacological and psychological therapies of various mental disorders and psychological distresses. Mon-Fri 8-11.30am and 1.30-5pm, Sat 8-11.30am. 51 Huayuanbeilu (100m north of Peking University Third Hospital), Haidian District. (8280 1989 (English), Chinese (8280 1984), dr_tian@126.com) www.pkuh6.cn 北京 大学第六医院(精神卫生研究所), 海淀区花园 北路51号 (北医三院西侧100米路北)

Vista Medical Center 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, vista@vista-china.net) www.vistachina.net 维世达诊所, 朝阳区光华路1号嘉里 中心B29

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. 1) Unit 104, Tower B, Bldg 3, Hou Xiandai Cheng, BaiziwanLu, Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. (8774 8653, 135 0103 0572 (emergencies), info@drbns.com); 2) Daily 9am-7pm. Shop 0153, Tower B, Chaowai Soho, 6 Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (5869 6401, 400 103 8686 (for appointments, pet pick-up and emergencies), info@drbns.com); 3) Daily 9am-9pm. Unit 104, Bldg 7, Compound 9,Fangyuan Nanli, Chaoyang District. (8457 8233, 400 103 8686 (for appointments, pet pick-up and emergencies), info@drbns. com); 4) Shop LB05, Euro Plaza,99 Yu Xiang Lu, Shunyi District, Shunyi District. (8046 2886, 135 0103 0572 (emergencies), info@ drbns.com) www.doctorsbeckandstone.com 思威(北京)国际动物医院有限公司, 1) 朝阳 区百子湾路后现代城3栋B座104底商; 2) 朝阳区 朝阳门外大街6号朝外SohoB号楼0153; 3) 朝阳 区芳园南里9号院7号楼104; 4) 顺义区顺义区天 竺镇 裕祥路99号欧陆广场LB05

International Center for Veterinary Services (ICVS) All services in English and

Mandarin. Licensed rabies vaccines. Mon-Sat 8am-8pm; Sun 10am-7pm (by appointment). Kent Center, 29 Liangmaqiao Lu, Anjialou (shares a courtyard with China Culture Center), Chaoyang District. (8456 1939/40/41, ICVS_CHINA@yahoo.com) www.ICVSASIA. com 北京新天地国际动物医院, 朝阳区安家楼亮 马桥路29号肯特中心院子内

Lee Pet Beijing’s largest pet store, offering not only a diverse range of imported products, but also in-house grooming, photography and kennel services. 1) Mon-Fri 10am-9pm, Sat-Sun 10am-9.30pm. Unit 3097, Bldg A, Chaowai Soho, 6 Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (5900 5499); 2) Rm 4119, 4/F, Golden Resources Shopping Mall, 1 Yuanda Lu, Haidian District. (8887 0706); 3) B118, B1/F, Longde Square Shopping Mall, 186 Litang Lu, Changping District. (8484 1916); 4) Bldg 4, Landgent Chateau, 33 Guangqu Lu, Chaoyang District. (8776 9602) www.leepet.com 乐宠, 1)朝阳区朝阳门外大街 6号朝外SOHO A座3层3097; 2)海淀区远大路1 号金源新燕莎4层4119; 3)昌平区立汤路186号龙 德广场地下1层B118; 4)朝阳区广渠路33号石韵 浩庭4号楼4底商

Lee Pet Animal Hospital Full-service veterinary center. Daily 24hrs. Unit 5-6, 9 Lincui Lu, Chaoyang District. (5821 3503) 乐宠丽派特 动物医院, 朝阳区林萃路9号5-6底商. 电话

RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATIONS The River of Grace Church Sunday Services begin at 10am and are open to all foreign passport holders. 2/F, Great Hotel, 1 Zuojiazhuang, Chaoyang District. (6466 1680) www.theriverofgrace.com 朝阳区左家 庄1号北京贵国酒店二层

Volunteer and NGOs Beijing Cultural Heritage Protection Center (CHP) A national resource center for heritage conservation. Those who have tips on suspect behavior regarding cultural relics or sites should call the hotline. Rm 309, Bldg E, 46 Fangjia Hutong (just south of Guozijian Jie), Dongcheng District. (6403 6532, 6403 6632 (fax)) www.bjchp.org 北京文 化遗产保护中心, 东城区方家胡同46号艺术园区 (国子监南临)E座309室

Beijing Huiling Community Services (BJHL) Seeks to improve the lives of the mentally disabled. Through communitybased activities, BJHL facilitates trainees' independence and teaches life skills. Unit 307, Yanle Business Bldg, 100 Yanle Hutong, Dongcheng District. (8402 9532, info@ huiling-bj.org) www.huiling.org.cn东城区演乐 胡同100号演乐商务楼307

Bethel China Foundation Provides foster care, education and professional training for Chinese orphans who are blind or visually impaired. Doudianzhen Jiaodao, Liugu Daocun, Fangshan District. (8031 0383, 8031 0683 (guest house), 8031 0483 (medical house), info@bethelchina.org) www.bethelchina.org 房山区房山区窦店镇交 道六股道村

Care for Children Dedicated to relieving hardship, distress and sickness in abandoned and orphaned children in Asia by the introduction of strategic initiatives in local family placement care as an alternative to institutional care. 1 Xindong Lu, Chaoyang District. (8470 2735) www.careforchildren. com 朝阳区新东路1号 Chaoyang Library Retirees English Language Club They meet every Sunday from 2-4pm at Chaoyang Library to practice English conversation. Volunteer English teachers welcome. (beijingirishconnections@ gmail.com) Chi Heng Foundation CHF provides education and support for AIDS orphans in Central China and promotes AIDS awareness across the country. Rm 801, Bldg 6, Wanda Plaza, 93 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (5820 8574, beijing@chiheng.org) www. chiheng.org 智行基金会, 朝阳区建国路93号万 达广场6楼801.

Compassion for Migrant Children Founded in early 2006 to help China’s urban migrant children primarily through social and educational programs. Mon-Fri 8.30am5.30pm. Rm 233, 2/F, Xintai Building, 8 Xiaguangli, Chaoyang District. (6465 6100/1, volunteer@cmc-china.org) www.cmc-china. org 打工子弟爱心会, 朝阳区霞光里8号鑫泰大

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Crazy Bake Gives mental patients a chance to improve their lives through meaningful work. Place orders for their delicious pastries by calling 137 1821 1334 or visiting www. crazybake.com. The Culture Development Center for Rural Women Rural women's support group. Rm 301, Bldg A, Jiali Dasha, 180 Beiyuanlu, Chaoyang District. (6498 0110, Fax 6498 3764, njnbst@263.net) www.nongjianv.org 北京农

Wokai Wokai is a small, directed nonprofit that works as an intermediary for microfinance in China. www.wokai.org Wuxun Education Foundation As well as providing dormitory and classroom supplies, this nonprofit also works with city schools to provide training programs for rural teachers. (Clare.Pearson@dlapiper.com)

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Gift of Hope A social enterprise that is owned and managed by people with disabilities and empowers the disabled community. Gift of Hope provides a variety of products and services including handmade gifts and crafts, leadership training, team building, folk art workshops, motivational speeches and trips. (service@giftofhope-ysy. com) http://www.giftofhope-ysy.com Green Earth Volunteers (GEV) One of China's oldest local environmental NGOs, GEV aims to serve as a vehicle for grassroots public participation through encouraging volunteerism. 21 Paoju Hutong, Dongcheng District. (8403 9930, g84039930@126.com) eng.greensos.cn 绿家园志愿者, 东城区炮局 胡同21

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) www.greenpeace.org/china 朝阳区朝阳门外大 街吉庆里蓝筹名座E座2单元19层

Kaifeng Deaf School (KDS) Provides deaf children with a nurturing environment where they will be loved while they are taught how to overcome their hearing disabilities. (John@harmonyoutreach.org, njkerwin@ gmail.com) www.harmonyoutreach.org The Library Project Donates books and libraries to under financed schools and orphanages in the developing world. (159 2955 6183, jason@library-project.org) www. library-project.org 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. Unit 1402, Xingfuyuan Gongyu, 16 Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. (communications@ magichospital.org) magichospital.org 朝阳区工体北路16号幸福园公寓1402

Migrant Children's Foundation (MCF) Aims to enrich the lives of disadvantaged children in China through volunteering. Their main projects currently include Beijing Buddies and The Volunteer Program. www. mcfchina.org New Hope Foundation Provides care, medical treatment and a home for babies with surgically correctable deformities. 97 Zhongxin Jie, Guojiawu Cun, Shunyi District. (6142 4156 ext. 76, joyce@hopefosterhome. com) www.hopefosterhome.com 希望, 顺义 区顺义区郭家务村中心街97号

Operation Smile China An international medical charity that provides free cleft lip and palate repair surgeries to children worldwide. (ssnyder@operationsmile.org) www.operationsmile.org, operationsmile. org.hk Rotary Club of Beijing A cross-section of local businesses and professional leaders who come together to build lifelong friendships, promote high ethical standards and provide volunteer service to others in need of help. Meets 12.30 every Tue at the Kempinski Hotel. (139 1072 9087, chrisverrill@ yahoo.com) www.beijingrotary.org 北京 扶轮社

Rural China Education Foundation A volunteer-based organization that supports rural education in China. RCEF has many volunteer opportunities, especially for summer and year-long teachers. www. ruralchina.org 乡村教育促进会 The Starfish Project Founded in 2006, this socially responsible jewelry business developed in order to provide exploited women in Asia with alternate employment. (volunteer@starfish-project.com) www. starfish-project.com

Airlines Air Canada Rm C201, Lufthansa Center, 50 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (400 811 2001) www.aircanada.cn 加拿大航空, 朝阳区 亮马桥路50号燕莎中心C201

Air France Rm 1609, 16/F, Bldg 1, Kuntai International Mansion, 12A Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (400 880 8808) www.airfrance.com.cn 法国航空, 朝阳区朝阳 门外大街甲12号昆泰国际大厦1号楼1609室

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

Turkish Airlines W103, Lufthansa Center, 50 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6465 1867) www.thy.com 土耳其航空, 亮马桥路50 号燕莎中心W103

United Airlines C/D1, 15/F, Tower A, Gateway Plaza, 18 Xiaguangli, Dongsanhuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (8468 6666) www.united. com 美国联合航空, 朝阳区东三环路霞光里18号 佳程广场A座15层C/D1

Travel Agencies Beijing Citybus Tour Service Daily 9am-8pm. Rm 1207, Scitech Tower, 22 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (400 650 0760) www.citybustour.com 北京赛 笛芭诗城市观光旅行社, 朝阳区建国门外大街22 号赛特大厦1207室

Beijing Tourism Group (BTG) 18 Chaoyangmen Nandajie, Chaoyang District (150 1008 9588) www.travelingislife.com 朝阳 区朝阳门 南大街 18号

Context Travel (+1 215 392 0303, info@ contexttravel.com) www.contexttravel.com Country Holidays Rm 2804, Bldg 11, Jianwai Soho, 39 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District (+21 3222 0616, beijing@countryholidays.com.cn) www. countryholidays.com.cn 朝阳区东三环中路39 号建外Soho11号楼2804

Kingdom Travel Specializes in corporate and holiday travel planning and offers airline, hotel, car, and cruise reservation services. Staffed by professional travel consultants. Apt 718, Bldg 2, Guanghualu Soho, 22 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (5870 3388, fit@kingdomtravel.com.cn) www. kingdomtravel.com.cn 中侨国旅, 朝阳区光华 路22号光华路SOHO 2号楼718室

Ninety Percent Travel (151 1791 6648, info@90percenttravel.com) www.90percenttravel.com Snap Adventures A local company offering tours from one-day Beijing tours to epic Tibetan journeys. Choose from a range of daytime, nighttime, weekend and weeklong trips to satisfy all interests and budgets. (150 1036 4340, info@snapadventures.com) www. snapadventures.com Wan Lin Tours See the real Beijing from a bike. (186 0112 6254, wanlin@xs4all.nl) www. wanlinbicycletours.com 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.sunflowertravel-cn.com, Dongcheng District. (8447 6361) 东城区东直门 外大街48号东方银座B座22D)

TUI China Travel Co. Ltd. Travel services from an international team. Offers city tours, tour packages with special interest groups and individual travel arrangements all over China, as well as to Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and other Asian countries. Unit 921-926, Bright China Chang An Bldg, Tower 2, 7 Jianguomennei Dajie, Dongcheng District. (8519 8800, private-tours@tui.cn) www.tui.cn 途易, 东城 区建国门内大街7号光华长安大厦2座921-926

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Shimao Gongsan Plaza – 世茂工三: Studio, 64 – 90 m², from ¥ 7,500 1 Br, 103 – 112 m², from ¥ 14,000 2 Br, 144 m², from ¥18,000 New MOMA - 万国城: Studio, 100m², ¥8,500 2 Br, 140m², ¥14,000 3 Br, 245m², ¥20,000 Sanlitun SOHO - 三里屯SOHO: 1 Br, 120m², ¥14,000 2 Br, 150m², ¥19,500 2 Br, 170m² ¥20,000 3+1 Br, 245m², ¥30,000 3+1 Br, 260m², ¥33,000 International Wonderland - 首开幸 福广场: 1 Br, 95-120m², ¥7,500 2 Br, 125 - 140m², ¥10,000 Regentland/Worker Stadium/ DongsishItiao - 瑞士公寓: 1 Br, 80 - 95m², ¥9,500 2 Br, 125m², ¥14,000 3 Br, 140m², ¥17,000 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, ¥13,000 3 Br. 245m², ¥ 25,000 Gemini Grove - 星源汇 1 Br. 80m², ¥11,000 1 Br. 90m², ¥12,000

CBD Area: Central Park - 新城国际: Studio, 75m², ¥9,000 1 Br. 90m², ¥12,000 2 Br. 125m², ¥16,000 2 Br. 130m² duplex, ¥16,000 3 Br. 190m², ¥20,000 3 Br. 220m², ¥ 23,000 4 Br. 265m², ¥33,000 Windsor Avenue - 温莎大道: 1 Br. 90m², ¥9,500 2 Br. 158m², ¥14,500 3 Br. 300m², ¥25,000 Fortune Plaza - 财富中心: 1 Br. 70m², ¥8,500 2 Br. 140m², ¥14,000 3 Br. 205m², ¥19,000 Global Trade Mansion - 世贸国际: Studio. 80m², ¥9,000 2 Br. 170m², ¥17,000 3 Br. 260m², ¥19,000 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, ¥14,000 3 Br. 165m², ¥16,000 Gemdale Int›l Garden - 金地国际: 2 Br. 148m², ¥15,000 3 Br. 199m², ¥20,000 Chaoyang Park Area: Palm Spring - 棕榈泉: 2 Br. 138m², ¥14,000 3 Br. 192m², ¥20,000 3 Br. 218m², ¥24,000 Park Avenue - 公园大道: 2 Br. 174m², ¥16,000 3 Br. 180m², ¥18,000 3 Br. 193m², ¥26,000 Oceanwide Int’l Residential District - 泛海国际: 3 Br. 185m², ¥15,000 4 Br. 245m², ¥22,000 Greenlake Place - 观湖国际: 3 Br. 173m², ¥13,000 3 Br. 192m², ¥15,000 4 Br. 260m², ¥25,000 Beijing Golf Palace - 高尔夫公寓: 3 Br. 270m², ¥29,000 Star River - 星河湾: 3+1 Br. 260m², ¥26,000

Courtyard for Lease: Jiaodaokou 2+2 Br. 200m², ¥32,000 Lama Temple 2 Br New Renovate. 130m², ¥26,000 Forbidden City, 2 Br Modern Style, 131m², ¥26,000 Dongsi Courtyard Office, 350m², ¥55,000 Arkyard Real Estate 北京方舟雅度房地产经纪有限公司 Hotline: +8610- 8407 7007 / 8007 13366288719 (24h) Email: alsd2008@hotmail.com WWW.ARKYARD.NET Apartment for Rent Line 2: Dongzhimen / Dongsishitiao/ Chaoyangmen/ Andingmen Unit:sqm Unit: rmb/mon. 1room(share)12-35 2,000- 4,000 1bedroom 46-80 2bedroom 55-90 2bedroom 90-120 3bedroom 90-150 Duplex 120-250

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Line 10: Sanlitun/Guomao /Taiyanggong/Sanyuanqiao/Tuanjiehu/ Chaoyang Park Studio 45-65 4500-6500 1bedroom 55-120 5500-10000 2bedroom 80-150 7000-15000 3bedroom 120-200 9000-20000 4bedroom 150-300 15000-30000 Courtyard for Rent Tian’anmen/Jingshan/Houhai/Nanluoguxiang/Gulou/Lama temple/Beixinqiao/Dongsi 1bedroom 50-80 5,000-7,000 2bedroom 80-150 7,000-15,000 3bedroom 90-250 9, 000-30,000 4bedroom 120-500 12,000-50,000 Service - Agents: Real Estate see more at www.thebeijinger.com Real Estate Law Service Our experienced real estate attorneys provide quality legal services to help foreign citizens to purchase and sell real properties in China. We also do related litigations. 10th Floor, China World Tower, No.1 Jianguo Menwai Avenue,Beijing 100004. Tel: (8610) 5706 8302. Email: realestate@jtnfa.com. Website: www. jtnfa.com JRE Corporate has rapidly expanded since its foundation into one of the largest real estate companies focusing on residential services. We boast the widest range of properties, the lowest prices and the value-added complete after-sales services throughout the whole lease term. Tel:5108 8028, 5108 8048, 13701080877 Fax: 5108 8039 Email: Joanna@joannarealestate. com.cn Services - Business Center see more at www.thebeijinger.com 

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Tel: +86 400 120 1205, www.regus.cn 1. Regus China Life Tower: 5/F China Life Tower, 16 Chaoyangmenwai Street, Chaoyang District. 中国北京朝阳区朝阳门外大街16号中 国人寿大厦5层 2. Regus China World Tower 3:15/F China World Tower 3, 1Jianguomenwai Avenue, Chaoyang District. 中国北京朝阳区建国门外大 街1号国贸中心3座15层 3. Regus IFC [New]: 10/F, IFC East Tower, 8 Jianguomenwai Avenue, Chaoyang District中国北 京朝阳区建国门外大街8号国际金融中心10层 4. Regus Kerry Centre: 11/F Kerry Centre,North Tower, 1 Guanghua Road, Chaoyang District中 国北京朝阳区光华路1号嘉里中心北楼11层 5. Regus Lufthansa Center: C203 Lufthansa Center, 50 Liangmaqiao Road, Chaoyang District中国北京朝阳区亮马桥路50号燕莎 中心C203 6. Regus NCI Tower: 15/F NCI Tower, 12 A Jianguomenwai Avenue, Chaoyang District 中国北京朝阳区建国门外大街甲12号新华保 险大厦15层 7. Regus Pacific Century Place: 14/F IBM Tower, PCP, 2A Workers Stadium Road North, Chaoyang District 中国北京朝阳区工体北路甲 2号IBM大厦14层 8. Regus Prosper Center [New]: 6/F Tower 2, Prosper Center: No.5 Guang Hua Road, Chaoyang District 中国北京朝阳区光华路5号 世界财富中心2号楼6层 9. Regus Financial Street Excel Centre: 12/F Financial Street Excel Centre,6 Wudinghou Street, Xicheng District 中国北京西城区武定 侯街6号卓著国际金融中心12层 10. Regus Zhongguancun Metropolis Tower: 7/F Metropolis Tower,2 Dongsan Street, Zhongguancun Xi Zone, Haidian District 中国北京海淀区中关村西区东三街2号欧美 汇大厦7层 11. Regus China Central Place [Coming soon] 9/F Tower 2 China Central Place, 79 Jianguo Road, Chaoyang District 中国北京市朝阳区建国路79号华贸中心(2号 楼)9层100025 12. Regus Parkview Green [Coming soon] 15/F Office Building A, Parkview Green, 9 Dongdaqiao Road, Chaoyang District 中国北京市朝阳区东大桥路8号芳草地办公楼 A座15楼100020

SBC Business Service (Beijing) Co., Ltd. Hotline: +86 10 59231166 Http: www.sbc.com.hk SBC was founded in 1995 as a leading business service and company register agency in Hong Kong. SBC is your best partner in setting up your representative office and in looking for instant office or virtual office services. In Beijing, SBC provides 52 offices to you, with over 2300sqm space. At SBC, our mission is to facilitate you to open the door to the world of maximum possibilities with minimum cost. Top Product: 1. Instant Office, 2. Virtual Office , 3. Conference Service, 4. Registration Support. Add: 11/F, Tower A, Gateway, No. 18 Xiaguangli, North Road, East Third Ring, Chaoyang District, Beijing. 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. www.VantoneCommercialCenter.com Tel: 010 8804 7200,5905 5905

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CLASSIFIEDS Services - Ayi / Housekeeping see more at www.thebeijinger.com  Easy Life-Maid service Professional & reliable English speaking maid (Ayi) available. Customers’ satisfaction guaranteed. Full time & part time. Housecleaning, Babysitting, Ironing, Chinese-western cooking, Call 13811227395 www.maidservicebj. com email: info@maidservicebj.com JNY Home service Experienced English-speaking or non-Englishspeaking nannies (ayis) with reference letters are available for chores, babysitting etc. 24-hour translation service. www.saybeijing. cn 13426362833 Maid in China Ayi Housekeeping Service Maid in China provides services: maternity help, nanny services, babysitting, Philippine Ayi, Chinese Tutor, driver with car and Chinese Driving License. Tel: 13910672349 / 84569551/ Email: nina@maid-inchina.com Beijing Sunnyhome Housekeeping Service Co., Ltd: Professional team provides reliable experienced Ayi Service, Driver, Car rental, tourist information, Theatre Tickets Booking ( Acrobatic, Peking opera, Kungfu) etc. Tel: 010-52884727 13621188413 (24hours) Website: www.bjayiservice.com E-mail:bjayiservice@163.com We provide professional household services including nannies, babysitters, maids, daily care, housekeeping, and drivers. Insurance covered. More than 4000 clients. Contact No. 010-67083312. www.coleclub.com We are BTHIC International Service Center. Our ayi have been trained professionally and can offer excellent service to you. Website: www.tianxey-honda.com Tele: 010-85289532 cell phone: 13691466053 Email: bthic@sohu.com Services - Air Purifiers see more at www.thebeijinger.com  IQAir: Air pollution is a major environmental concern for everyone. The air we breath effects our health and well-being. IQAir has been providing clean air solutions for more than 45 years. With a certified actual efficiency of at least 99.97%, our Health Pro 250 model has received more #1 ratings than any other product on the market. Call today for a free air quality assessment of your home or office. The IQAir Store: Room 2201-02, Air China Plaza, 36 Xiao Yun Lu, Chao Yang District, Beijing 北京 市朝阳区霄云路36号国航大厦2201-02室 Tel: 010-8447 5800 / 5488 Service Hotline: 4006501266 www.theiqairstore.com E-mail: info@ theiqairstore.com Services - car rental see more at www.thebeijinger.com 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: fccars@live.cn Web: www.fccars.cn Beijing Top Level Car Rental Service Co,.Ltd Long term and Short term Car Leasing for business or family travel Airport pick up/ drop off Sight-seeing / Business Buick /Honda /Toyota/Faw volkswagen/ Hyundai More information please call 13911206276(24 hours) Email:wmtxcars@163.com Address:Room 3005,Guangchen Building,No.16 Zuojiazhuang Road,Chaoyang District,Beijing.

Beijing Executive Services Car service - Van and car rental with English speaking drivers; Fair price with long term contract and short term sightseeing. Buick Honda Audi etc. Many choices. Email: jinke@beijing-es.com Cell: 138 0122 7668 Web: www.beijing-ES.com Beijing Top Rated Car Rental Service Co. Ltd. We will provide you with: * Long/Short term leasing * Daily car service * Sight-seeing car service, Tailor-made car service * Airport-Pick up / Drop off * Sedan (AudiA6, AudiA6L, Passat, Accord, Lacross2.4 ,BenzMB100,Benz Vito, Hyundai) and Buses * Native drivers with good English More information please: Tel.: 86-10-65047266 / 65047256 Tel. For free: 400-004-1910, 13031160727(Eng) Web: www.sxsdcar.com E-mail: Car-rentl@live.com Address: Room 1012 Huaye Center Building B Mid East 4th Ring Road 39 Chaoyang District Beijing Beijing CYTS car rental service group Luxury car rental promotion Big car rental brand, unbeatable price  Brand new vehicle fleet, full insurance Professional, experienced staff, local trained English-speaking driver Multi-language tour guide Tailor-made solution 24*7 standing by Contact us for more discount information   T: 57458067, 13718943926 info@carservicecn.com  www.carservicecn. com Services - Yoga see more at www.thebeijinger.com He Yoga Studio Winter Promotion Monthly: 500RMB   Trimestral: 1000RMB Body Beautification\ Vertebrate-Ovarian Care Yoga Figure Training Ballet\ Children Ballet\ Pilates Address: Oakwood, GuangMing Apartment, Sheraton Hotel 13811402080

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 International Center for Veterinary Services (ICVS) ICVS is a professionally managed and affordable full service international standard animal hospital and pet care facility. All doctors are legally licensed in the PRC. Services include internal medicine, hospitalization, spay/ neuter, soft tissue and orthopedic surgeries, dentistry, dermatology, blood tests, laboratory diagnostics, X-rays, ultrasound, legal vaccinations, prescription pet foods, behavior counseling and obedience training, import/ export advice, pet adoption counseling and more. Boarding kennel, grooming salon, SAFE pet foods and pet shop available. All services in Mandarin and English. Licensed rabies vaccinations for export. Kent Center, 29 Liangmaqiao Lu, Anjialou (shares a courtyard with China Culture Center), Chaoyang District. Mon-Sat 8am-8pm; Sun 10am-7pm (by appointment) 010-8456 1939/1940/1941

SERVICE - PET CARE see more at www.thebeijinger.com Doctors Beck and Stone Pet Health Care Center Get full, international standard, pet care with open Western and highly trained Chinese veterinarians, nurses and medical technicians. Hospitals are also emergency crisis centers. Ambulances available for collection and drop off of pets. Daily, 24 hours. Shop 0153, Tower B, Chaowai Soho, 6 Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. Daily 9am-7pm 5869 6401, 400 103 8686 (for appointments, pet pick-up and emergencies) 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

The Frontiers School- Makes Chinese Easy Founded in 2003 by a team of dedicated language teachers, we offer full and part time courses as well as programs tailored specifically to you or your company’s requirements – backed up by after-course support and competitive pricing in Beijing’s most accessible location. Make the right choice for your Chinese Language Journey –choose The Frontiers School. 3rd Floor, Building 30, Dongzhong St. Dongzhiwai St. (next to Dongzhimen subway station)

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Asian Express is an expert in international, domestic, local household goods and office moving, storage and full relocation services. We have been servicing Mainland China since 1979, 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. com.hk. Website: www.aemovers.com.hk

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Seven Seas Worldwide Save up to 50%! We’re the first choice when it comes to moving baggage internationally from one box up to 2M3. We offer a global, door-to-door service with prices starting from RMB 999 by sea and RMB 1580 by air. Call our 24/7 multilingual hotline now on 400 181 6698 for an instant quote or book online at www.sevenseasworldwide.com.

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

Beijing Mandarin School Founded in 1998. More than 60 full-time teachers, tailor-made textbooks, International professional Chinese teacher training center. Offer Visa and accommodation service. Various courses meet your needs at different levels. Free BMS CLUB (The 44th Event) Chinese Painting-Peony (牡丹), You will learn Chinese Painting and culture about it. Date: April 17th (13:30-15:30) Please book in advance. 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: 8441 8391/ 186 1173 6419 beijingmandarinschool@yahoo.com.cn www.beijingmandarinschool.com

IT is so easy – CenturyTang provide IT Outsourcing Service from ¥300/ month for enterprise, IT Outsourcing include: Server maintenance & troubleshooting; PC maintenance & troubleshooting; Software troubleshooting & update; Printer & Network equipment maintenance; Enterprise level Anti-virus; Weekly/Monthly backup/restore. Contact Eric Wu at 1350 120 8862 or 010-5979 5301. Website: www.100tang.cn Services - Translation/Writing see more at www.thebeijinger.com  PrimeTrans offers comprehensive translation services that help you overcome your business barriers. Quality, prompt and worry-free! Call George: 010 81732035, 13501089053, primetrans2000@ gmail.com Micromice Translation: Free for First 100 Words! Staffs from China Daily offer you most reliable and qualified translation. 100 language,5000 linguistic experts, all types of files and meetings. 13801130910, steven.zhang@micromice.com.cn

The Pentagram Chinese Language Institute (PCLI) 1. Tailoring made learning plan for VIP. 2. New group class for beginner starts each month. 3. Key account plan for the companies and embassies. 4. Varied cultural activities, convenient traffic location and Chinese style classrooms, all this will impress you. 5. Visa service/ free Chinese test and pick-up service Order the courses on www.pentagramchinese.com will get 5% discount! info@pentagram-chinese.com Tel: +86 10 6500  5755 Room 301, RuiChen International center, No.13, NongZhangGuan South Road, Chaoyang District.

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CLASSIFIEDS Fesco International Teaching Center: Mandarin and Cultural Courses 85618287 85636133 www.fescomandarin.com.cn yxz@fescobusiness.com.cn fss@fescobusiness.com.cn Berlitz is for people who are serious about speaking a new language. Join us for a free demonstration ad experience the Berlitz Method of over 131 years. Sign Up now! Add: Suit 801, Sunjoy Mansion, No.6 Ritan Road Contact person: Helen.li@em.berlitz.com  Tel:6593 0478. Website: www.berlitz.com.cn SERVICE - Health see more at www.thebeijinger.com The Bridge School Guangming Hotel: Room503, 5/F. Tel: 84517605 Fax: 64680287. E-tower: Room903, 9/F. Tel: 65064409 Fax: 65046389. Capital Paradise Club: Tel: 80466114 Fax: 80461707. Riviera Resident Service Center: Tel: 84703587 Fax: 84308068 Sanlitun Tongguang Tower: Room 8013, Tel: 65389422 fax: 65389455 Dongzhimen Yufei Building Room 901 Tel: 15712845017, 64163990 E-mail:info@bridgeschoolchina.com www.bridgeschoolchina.com The Bridge School has a history of 19 years and 6 locations in Beijing, has been voted the Best Chinese Language School in the City Weekend reader’s choice survey. There are about 150 committed teachers and over 60 contracted companies/ embassies. Our own textbooks including memory cards and CDs are published by Beijing Culture and Language University, and we are the official test centre for HSK and BCT exam. There are over 5000 worldwide students studying at The Bridge School annually. iHappy Mandarin School Make Chinese easy and fun! * Innovative iHappy method makes learning easy through role play, topic discussion, or music appreciation. * 1-on-2 quality course: pay one and get another one free. * Group class: maximum of 6 persons per group. * Free demo class and free after-class tutor everyday, free learning materials! * Highly competitive price. Flexible time and location. * Help your visa conversion, extension. Campus: 1. Room 3106, Building No.9, Jianwai SOHO, Chaoyang. (朝阳区建外SOHO 9号楼3106室) 2. Room 903, Peking University Resource Building, Haidian. (海淀区北京大学资源大 厦903室) 010-59002125 010-59002875 / skype: ihappychinese / www.ihappychinese.com New Concept Mandarin School The choice of many Embassies and Fortune 500 companies around China. Discover how effective and enjoyable Mandarin language learning can be. Proven Methodology specially developed for Western Expats. Full-time professional trainers. In-house developed training materials including Online Study Tools and DVDs to help you review between classes. Take 1-2 lessons per week, or our intensive classes when you have more time. Private, Small Group and Corporate Training courses can be arranged based on your availability. 20,000 clients have been empowered with Mandarin communication skills through NCM centers all around China. Call us to book a one-hour free demo lesson. www.newconceptmandarin.com Dongfang Shangshu Language School • Master the curriculum by participating in a play. • Free trial opera classes on the 1st and 15th of every month. • Flexible time table to suit your schedule. • Courtyard classroom suitable for small classes of 6 to 8 students. • Internship opportunities. • Kids winter camp and summer camp. • We provide Home Tutoring! • All-include service: visa, transport from airport, accommodation and more. Contact us: Tel: 010-6400 3968/ 156 1108 3371 Address: No.12 Beixiang wazi Hutong, Beiluoguxiang. (北锣鼓巷北下洼子胡同12号院)

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Ascott Beijing “Ascott Beijing offers luxurious serviced accommodation with comprehensive personalized services and facilities. It is centrally located to make your business travel, weekend retreat or extended stay convenient and enjoyable. Designed for discerning executives and their families, the residences are spacious and private with elegant and refined decor. Ascott Beijing serviced apartments imbues a sense of refinement and style. Neo-Asian lines inspire the elegant interior with exquisite Asian artwork adorning the hallways. Each of the residences from one to three-bedroom layouts as well as the three and four-bedroom penthouses are designed for distinguishing tastes and needs of the international traveler. Fully-equipped kitchens, home entertainment system and elegant furnishings are provided to make your stay convenient and comfortable. The twelve penthouses offer panoramic views of this majestic city.” 108B Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District 0106567 8100 Fraser Residence CBD “With a home at Fraser Residence CBD East, Beijing, you’ll get beauty and luxury both inside and out. The view of the modern cityscape and beautiful landscaped gardens provide a perfect backdrop for the contemporary concepts of your stylish apartment in Beijing. From the exclusive elevator access to the separate living room, dining and kitchen areas, from the tasteful furnishing to beautiful finishes, each detail is meticulously considered to create a comfortable and cosy haven for your family. Your accommodation in Beijing in this Beijing Apartment Hotel provides total comfort better than any other Beijng hotels. For recreation, you can enjoy in-house facilities such as the gymnasium with jet pool, steam and sauna, DVD movie library, all-day dining, members’ lounge and snooker lounge. The Business Centre offers a range of secretarial services and meeting spaces while round-the-clock reception, concierge and security services mean help is always at hand.” Block B, Ocean International Centre, 58 Dongsihuanzhonglu, Chaoyang District 010-5870 9188 http://www.frasershospitality.com/

Angel Hands Enjoy vigorous deep-tissue massage, soothing and gentle massage, or a combination of both. Daily 24 hours. Rm 1801, Bldg 2, Jianwai Soho, 39 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (8631 0801) 朝阳 区东三环中路39号建外Soho2号楼1801室 SERVICE - Photography studio see more at www.thebeijinger.com

Imagine Photography Studio is a children-oriented photography studio, and we have gained a lot of popularity among the foreign families in Shunyi Villa areas over the 4 years since our establishment. Beside the family photos, we also have business relations with many international school.10am-6pm, Unit 503, Pinnacle Plaza, Shunyi District. 84727478 info@imaginestudio imaginephotographystudio@yahoo.com www.imaginestudio.cn SERVICE - Service apartment see more at www.thebeijinger.com Oakwood Residence Beijing Experience the comfort of a contemporary home at Oakwood Residence Beijing. Oakwood Residence Beijing offers 406 fully equipped luxury apartments ranging from studios to four bedroom penthouse and terrace apartments, all exquisitely furnished in elegant and stylish decor. Enjoy a modern lifestyle with our fitness center, health and beauty day spa, business center and beautifully landscaped private gardens. Choose to dine in your own apartment or in our Mediterranean or Chinese restaurants or enjoy our inroom private dining service. Each apartment is fitted with a state-of-the-art air purification and air conditioning system which ensures 99.9% pure, triple filtered air, so you can trust in Oakwood and breathe easy. 8 Dongzhimenwai Xiejie, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100027, China. 010-5995 2888. www.oakwoodasia. com/oakwood-residence-beijing

The St. Regis Residence Built in 2001 the Residences at The St. Regis Beijing consist of 64 fully furnished units (1-4 bedrooms) boasting natural hot spring water, comfortable beds, tastefully furnished living rooms, carefully fitted bathrooms or fully equipped kitchens. Short term rate starts from CNY2,070 +15% service charge for a two-bedroom residence (maximum 4 guests), or CNY2,270 +15% service charge for a three-bedroom residence (maximum 6 guests). 21 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. 6460 6688 The Beijing CBD has emerged as one of the most dynamic and vibrant districts in Asia and The Millennium Residences @ Beijng Fortune Plaza are placed at its very core. With stunning views of the CCTV Building to the East, World Financial Center to the north, Fortune Plaza to the South and Ritan Parkand surrounds to the West. The Millennium Residences @ Beijng Fortune Plaza will have direct underground access to subway Line 10 and Line 14 as well as being a 25 minute drive to Beijing Capital International Airport. Restaurants, shopping, recreational facilities, embassies, corporate offices and international school are all within easy reach. Opened in mid-January 2009, the Millennium Residences @ Beijing Fortune Plaza are 329 luxuriously furnished and equipped apartments on the 3rd to 31st floor of the Fortune Heights building. Spacious one to three bedroom apartments from 75~180 sqm with views to Beijing’s bustling CBD skyline located adjacent to the Grand Millennium Hotel Beijing where Residents enjoy complimentary membership to the Resident’s Gym and special privileges at all restaurants& bars. Metropolis Inn This high class commercial style apartment is very near to the World Trade Center business district, Sanlitun Bar Street, Secondary Embassy District. Near to Subway Line 10. Taiyue Heights, 16 Sanlitun Nanlu, Chaoyang District. 132 6168 0017. http://www.metropolisinn.com

Fairmont Residence Located in Wangjing, Fairmont has 150 service apartments include furnished studios, onebedroom, two-bedroom and three-bedroom environment units. Most of the rooms include fully-equipped kitchenette, satellite TV channels, broad band internet etc. The air condition system is equipped with fresh air ventilation system in order to upgrade the air quality. Onsite restaurant includes Cafe O, featuring Western and Asian cuisines and a breakfast buffet, and facilities include a fitness center, business center, laundry and massage center. Bldg 6, 33 Guangshun Bei Dajie, Chaoyang District. 6479 2323. http://www. fairmontresidence.com.cn Fraser Suites CBD, Beijing “The 357 Gold-Standard Beijing apartment features contemporary concepts designed for luxury living. Interior furnishings are international in appeal, complemented by Chinese motifs to reflect the rich heritage of the location. A complete range of facilities including meetings rooms, business centre, and an extensively-equipped gymnasium means you will always have everything you need at hand. Convenience is the buzzword for Fraser Suites CBD, Beijing. The Subway No. 1 line and Subway No. 9 line lie just a few minutes away, and the residence is situated in the inside road of trunk lines spanning different directions. A scenic park nearby ensures an idyllic balance between business and relaxation.” 7 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. 5908 6000, 400 817 1188 Luxury Serviced Residence The Luxury Serviced Residence Beijing is Somerset’s flagship property in the capital city of China. The spacious comfort and personalised services make your stay in Beijing convenient and comfortable. Located in central Beijing, this serviced residence is an ideal corporate housing option for executives on project assignment and interim stay. A welcome alternative to a hotel, the apartments are spacious, secure and comfortable with the benefits of superb services and facilities that you desire. Many historical destinations, dining and shopping opportunities are accessible by walking or a short drive. You can relax and enjoy the comforts of these luxury serviced apartments in Beijing while on business travel or leisure holiday. The Scandinavian interior design and the use of natural light and space give each duplex apartment a spacious and comfortable ambience. There are layout options for one to three-bedrooms. Every apartment has a fullyequipped kitchen, full-length windows for natural light, a home entertainment system and broadband Internet line. These comfortable serviced accommodation units offer comfort, privacy and space, while you explore the exciting and unique city of Beijing on business or holiday. 17 Jianhua Nanlu, Chaoyang District. 6566 2200

Embassy House 32-story apartments boast no more than six units per floor, with spacious bedrooms, bathrooms, living rooms and kitchens. Facilities include fitness center, pool, bar, cafe, business center, playroom, library and more. Concierge service available. 18 Donzhimenwai Xiaojie, Dongcheng District 010-8449 9000 (leasing hotline), 010-6415 4724 Marriott Executive Apartments Beijing Palm Springs Choose from 1,2, and 3-bedroom serviced apartments with stunning views of the estate garden, Chaoyang Park and the city skyline. Apartments are ideal for short or extended stay. Features on-site shopping center, weekly housekeeping and restaurants. Membersonly club featuring whirlpool with natural hot springs, sauna, indoor 55m swimming pool and 24-hour fitness center. 8 Chaoyang Gongyuan Nanlu, Chaoyang District. The Apartments on Financial Street This five-star, all-suite accommodation provides deluxe and spacious lodgings for however long you want to stay in Beijing, China. The hotel also boasts leisure facilities that guarantee a fun-filled vacation, such as a health club, sauna, and tennis court. 1 Jinchengfang Jie, Xicheng District. 6606 5588 http://www.hotelstyleapartment.com

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CLASSIFIEDS Pingod Apartments This large residential compound in the Shuangjing area features 10 apartment buildings with 1-4 bedroom units ranging in size from 80sqm to 164sqm, as well as studios, duplexes and lofts. A large garden dominates the center and just north of the compound is the 22 International Art Street, with its many galleries, cafes, boutiques and restaurants, as well as the Today Art Museum. The Pingod Service Apartments are also on the north side. The KEer Apple Kindergarten and BCIS are just adjacent to the compound. 32 Baiziwan Lu (south of Guomao Qiao and north of Shuangjing Qiao), Chaoyang District. 5876 9999 Swissotel Beijing Though the rooms are fairly small, the large swimming pool, the diverse dining options and central location of this five-star hotel appeal to both leisure and business travelers. RMB 2,755-7,180. Offers 62 serviced apartments with full amenities. 2 Chaoyangmen Beidajie, Dongcheng District. 6553 2288 The Westin Beijing, Executive Residences The Westin Beijing has two towers rising 26 stories high, one with 486 luxurious rooms and suites and the other with 194 Executive Residences. All units offer state-of-the-art audiovisual equipment, an abundance of natural light, and complimentary wireless High Speed Internet Access. 9B Financial Street, Xicheng District. reservation.beijing@westin.com 6606 8866 Warwick International Apartments Beijing Built way back in 1996, Warwick offer guests the space and facilities of an attractive homefrom-home, with a well-equipped kitchenette and seating area. An airport shuttle will deliver you to your home in Beijing, where there is free high-speed internet access, plus a DVD player and the choice of premium television channels. English-speaking reception staff will welcome you at all hours and will be able to assist with tours and tickets. 7A Nanshuiguan, Guangqumen, Chongwen District. 6715 1166 Warwick International Apartments Beijing Built way back in 1996, Warwick offer guests the space and facilities of an attractive homefrom-home, with a well-equipped kitchenette and seating area. An airport shuttle will deliver you to your home in Beijing, where there is free high-speed internet access, plus a DVD player and the choice of premium television channels. English-speaking reception staff will welcome you at all hours and will be able to assist with tours and tickets. 7A Nanshuiguan, Guangqumen, Chongwen District. 6715 1166

SERVICE - Library/bookstores see more at www.thebeijinger.com Capital Library Chinese films are shown every Wed at 2pm for free. Tickets available at 12.30pm. While its range of foreign language books is not as impressive as the National Library’s, it does offer foreigners the option of borrowing books. It costs RMB 10 to process a reader’s card and, depending on the type of card you choose, a deposit ranging from RMB 100-500. Foreign language newspapers and periodicals can also be accessed and regular lectures are organized on weekends. 88 Dongsanhuan Nanlu, Chaoyang District Daily 9am-7.30pm 6735 8114 http:// www.clcn.net.cn National Library This national institution has a great range of English and other foreign language editions, including periodicals and academic titles. Foreigners can only access the books at the library and are not permitted to borrow, but the selection makes it well worth the trip. Their website has a searchable online database that is available in both Chinese and English. Reader’s cards are available for RMB 5/month or RMB 20/year. 33 Zhongguancun Nandajie, Haidian District Daily 9am-9pm 8854 5593/4089 http:// www.nlc.gov.cn The Bookworm This sleek lending library and bookshop has the best selection of English language books and magazines in town and is often

cheaper than Amazon et al. The bibliophile manager arranges a fabulous lecture series that features both local and international authors. Other draw cards include the rooftop terrace, comfy couches and a kitchen that serves European fare. Quiz night every Monday at 7.30pm. Courtyard 4, Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. Daily 9am-2am 010-6586 9507 http://www.chinabookworm.com

ATer Tango Club ATer Tango Club is organized by bunch of Argentine Tango fans. They provide Argentine Tango classes in all levels as well as organizing traditional milongas every Tuesday and Saturday. Rm 428, Bldg C, Dongsheng Plaza, 8 Zhongguancun Donglu, Haidian District Mon-Fri 7pm-midnight, Sat-Sun 24hrs. 010-8279 6405 http://www.atertango.cn

Le Petit Gourmand Warm, cozy and oh-so-softly-lit cosmopolitan, this French eatery not only serves some of the best crepes in town, they also boast a library of over 9,000 titles (with plans to reach 20,000). Membership will set you back RMB 150 for six months, and RMB 300 a year. Bring your appetite and your studious minds for a stimulating meal in this relaxing comfortable refuge. Al fresco seating in the summer and wood-fired oven in the winter. Voted “Outstanding French (Affordable)” in the Beijinger’s 2011 Restaurant Awards. 3/F, Tongli Studios, Sanlitun Houjie, Chaoyang District. Sun-Thu 9.30am -midnight, Fri-Sat 9.30am-1am. 6417 6095, fax 6413 0765

Beijing Hash House Harriers “The drinking club with a running problem.” Easy run or walk around Beijing every Sunday afternoon followed by more beer than you could possibly drink, lots of noise and a meal. Occasional out-of-town trips. RMB 20/run, RMB 60/run and meal. Usually meets at Tim’s Texas Roadhouse. http://www.groups.yahoo.com/groups/ beijinghhh

Poplar Kids Republic Bookstore One of China’s first and most extensive children’s bookstores. More than 3,000 illustrated storybooks from Europe, America, Japan and China are on sale, including favorites such as The Very Hungry Caterpillar, The Giving Tree, and Badger’s Painting Gifts. The store encourages children and their parents to stop by, read together and enjoy the in-store facilities, which include a comfortable play area. On weekends, a free storytelling hour is offered and often followed up with arts and crafts activities. Rm 1362, Bldg 13, Jianwai Soho, 39 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. Daily 10am-7pm 5869 3032 Foreign Languages Bookstore For foreign language books, the aptly-named Foreign Languages Bookstore is far and away the largest and most diverse bookstore in town. Here, you’ll find locally published foreign language books on the first floor, sheet music books on the fifth floor, and on the recently-opened sixth floor, a tea shop and sale books. 235 Wangfujing Dajie, Dongcheng District. Daily 9.30am-9.30pm 6512 6903 SERVICE - Travel see more at www.thebeijinger.com Beijing Hikers Hikes of varying difficulty in villages near Beijing. Open to everyone. Call for info on hikes and what to bring. Prices vary for overnight hikes; weekend hikes are RMB 250/300 (adult), half price for children under 12, including round trip transport, snacks and drinks after the hike, detailed map of the hike and professional guidance. Advance reservations necessary. RMB 200/yr membership gets a 10% discount on regular hikes. Rm 601, Bldg 2, Xinhualian Ligang, 26 Jiuxianqiao Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. Mon-Fri 9am-6pm 6432 2786 Bicycle Kingdom Rents a variety of bikes and helmets. Prices range from RMB 60-120 for a single day and from RMB 35-57 per day for a week or longer, and depend on the bike rented. Reservation recommended and deposits vary. Also offers guided bike tours.34 Dong Huangchenggen Nanjie, Dongcheng District 133 8140 0738 http://www.bikebeijing.com SERVICE - Sports see more at www.thebeijinger.com Beijing Climbing Club Beijing Climbing Club runs regular weekend rock-climbing trips for aspiring climbers of all abilities to scenic locations around Beijing. They offer a safe and hassle free way for anyone based in Beijing to get out and experience this amazing sport first hand. They use qualified western/bilingual guides and operate to western safety standards. They also meet regularly during the week at climbing walls in the city, and operate a website at www.beijingclimbingclub.com which provides information about our services and information about the climbing scene in general, for independent climbers in Beijing. http://www.beijingclimbingclub.com

SERVICE - Museum see more at www.thebeijinger.com China National Film Museum The largest national film museum in the world has 20 exhibition halls, in which are displayed 4,000 photos that cover 1,500 movies and 450 filmmakers. Most content in Chinese. Free. Reservations required (5165 4567). 9 Nanying Lu, Chaoyang District. Tue-Sun 9am-4.30pm (last entry 4pm). 6431 9548 Capital Museum Two hundred meters east of Muxidi subway station lies the Capital Museum. This six-story building houses 11 exhibition halls displaying ancient Chinese art: bronze statues, jade utensils, ancient calligraphy and paintings, restored old Beijing city views and precious relics of old Beijing operas. Two temporary exhibition halls on the first floor and basement level display artistic and cultural exhibits from around the world. Free. Reservation is necessary. Temporary exhibitions are charged. Audio self-guided tours in Chinese and English available for rent at the entrance. 16 Fuxingmenwai Dajie, Xicheng District. Tue-Sun 9am-5pm. 6337 0491/2. Chinese Military History Museum With 5,000 years worth of war paraphernalia, this museum will curl the toes of any military buff. The collection includes AK-47s, flame throwers, US tanks captured during the Korean War, U2 wreckage, ancient weaponry and uniforms, as well as exhibits on the “War of Resistance against Japanese Aggression” and the war against the “Eight Power Allied Forces.” If your revolutionary fervor is still not ignited, then maybe the display of socialist realist artwork will do the trick. Good place to pick up military gewgaws and army souvenirs. Kids dig the place also. 9 Fuxing Lu, Haidian District. Daily 8.30am-4.30pm 6686 6244 Confucius Temple and Guozijian The Confucius Temple is located 400 meters to the southwest of Yonghegong Station. It was first built in 1302 and served as an altar where intellectuals from the Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties offered their respects to Confucius. Now it has become a museum exhibiting engraved stones, old Chinese doorbells and drums, bronze and jade utensils, paintings and calligraphic works, antique musical instruments and ancient Chinese currencies. Every September, a ritual celebrating Confucius’s birthday takes place here, in which a music and dance ceremony from the Qing dynasty is performed. 13 Guozijian Jie (near the Lama Temple’s main gate), Dongcheng District. Daily 8am-5pm (last ticket 4.30pm). RMB 10, RMB 5 (students) 8401 1977 SERVICE - play center see more at www.thebeijinger.com Family Box Educational and Recreational Center Family Box is a British family centre combining education and recreation. Children ages 0-12 and their families have more than enough space to play in the 6,000sqm, three-storey building. Kids will enjoy the large scale climbing frame, Mickey Mouse play area, swimming pool, Sensory Room, Soft Island and Craft Room. They also run courses and activities based on the UK early years curriculum. Other facilities include: party hosting, catering, coffee shop, and crèche facility. Bldg 4, 51 Wangjing Beilu, Chaoyang District. Sat-Thu 9am-8pm, Fri 10am-8pm 6478 6163

Yu Kids Island The Place’s well-kitted indoor play area boasts a palm tree carousel, a bouncy slide, waterfall tunnel and a wind room filled with huge balloons – all well-padded for maximum safety. Come and go as you like with a RMB 50 day pass; frequent funners will benefit from discount cards (RMB 500/30% discount; RMB 1000/50% discount). 4/F, South Bldg, The Place, 9 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. Daily 10am-10pm SERVICE - Theaters see more at www.thebeijinger.com Beijing Playhouse China’s English community theater presents contemporary live semi-professional theater productions, performed in English with Chinese subtitles. Professional acting experience not necessary and nationality not important, though ability to perform in English is required. Balizhuang (E 4th Ring Rd) 100025 Chaoyang 5 Houbalizhuang, Yew Chung Int’l School, East gate of Honglingjin Park, Chaoyang District. 13718908922 Chaoyang Culture Center/TNT Theater This center hosts over 500 performances, exhibitions and movies per every year — it’s the biggest cultural center in China. Nine Theatre, Chaoyang Art Showing Hall, Phoenix Theatre, and Puppet Museum are all located in the main building. The secondary building houses arts training: music, dancing, calligraphy, painting, and English courses. Corner of Jintai Xilu and Chaoyangmenwai Dajie (east of Jingguang Qiao), Chaoyang District. 8599 6011 http://www.cyqwhg.com China Children’s Art Theater Situated 1,500 meters northwest of Dongdan Station, this four-story playhouse presents plays and musicals for children in Chinese all year long. Every weekend, the Holiday Classic Theatre Hall on the fourth floor puts on plays starting at 10am, and performers even talk to the audience after each play. Performances include the Chinese classic Ma Lan Hua, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, and A Journey With Hans Christian Andersen, among others. The Ma Lan Hua Art School that connects to the theater offers acting, recitation and dance classes for kids ages 5-12. 64 Donganmen Dajie, west of Wangfujing, Dongcheng District. Daily 9am-9pm 6521 1425 National Theater Company of China “The National Theatre of China (NTC) is the largest state-level performing art organization of the People’s Republic of China. It was founded on Dec 25th, 2001 when the former China National Youth Theatre and China National Experimental Theatre were combined. Home to a wealth of talents across the performing arts, NTC offers a platform where tradition meets modernity and state-of-the-art performance is pursued to nurture theatrical masterpieces. NTC brings together the most talented artists and art managers in China. NTC has won almost all the national prizes for performance and has become the nation’s strongest team of creators and experienced arts managers. NTC focuses on producing original plays, and has performed many fine works of contemporary dramatists. NTC is featured in three drama series which include serious dramas, comedies and experimental forms of theatrical arts. On one hand, NTC maintains roots in the classics to demonstrate the humanity and charm of theater. On the other hand, it acts as a leader in pioneering new trends of theater as an avant-garde power for innovative creation.” NTC offers an open stage where young theatrical talents with new innovative productions. NTC maintains the highest standards of excellence for all of its stage-performances, based on a solid business foundation, and utilizing the latest in theater and research technologies. As a result, NTC has earned its status throughout the generation as the flagship theater in China. As the first-class theater in China and renowned throughout the globe, NTC is leading the way in the development of drama both at home and abroad. The president of NTC is Zhou Zhiqiang. Vice-president includes Yan Fengqi (also the secretary of the company’s Party Committee), Wang Xiaoying, Zha Mingzhe and Shi Lifen. 45 Mao’er Hutong, Di’anmen Dajie, Dongcheng District 6403 1099, 6404 3653

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nflation in the Chinese netherworld jumped this week following the burning of trillions of yuan in paper money on Tomb Sweeping Day, exacerbating the already high inflation in the afterlife. Official numbers from the netherworld finance ministry put the rate of inflation in April at 10.2%, far above the nether government’s annual target of 4%. However, some deceased financial experts say that the netherworld government’s numbers are understated, and that actual afterlife inflation could be as high as 12%. “This issue directly impacts the netherworld’s social stability and must be dealt with carefully,” Liu Shuquan, the late finance minister, said at a recent press conference. He said that some ideas under consideration include printing a new “gazillion-yuan bill” and abolishing currency altogether in favor of a barter system. He emphasized to those present that “the netherworld government is committed to creating a peaceful and harmonious afterlife for everyone.” The Deceased People’s Bank of China recently raised interest rates for the third

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time in as many months in an attempt to curb inflation. Netherworld stocks dipped following the announcement, reflecting concerns about lack of liquidity and possible market stagnation. The cost of unliving has steadily increased over the past few years. In 1990, a bottle of netherworld water cost only 2 yuan, but today that same bottle costs several million. The problem stems from the flood of “hot” cash that materializes in the netherworld every year as aboveground families burn stacks of fake paper money at funerals and on memorial days in the belief that the departed can use the money in the afterlife. The trend began to accelerate in 2008, when Tomb Sweeping Day was reinstated as a national holiday. As the amount of burnt offerings rises, the value of netherworld money has rapidly declined, driving inflation. Netherworld economists agree that educating the living to slow the influx of hot money is the only way to manage inflation, but so far, no one has been able to get the message across. “We’ve tried sending ghosts to warn the

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living,” netherworld commerce minister Zhang Min wrote in an internal report, “but the relatives just end up getting spooked and burning more money.” As a result, few living people know the disastrous effects of burning exorbitant amounts of fake money; many still believe that they are helping the departed. On Tomb Sweeping Day this year, Gao Mingyuan, a 73-year-old grandmother from Henan, burned ten million yuan in paper money for her grandson, a former Foxconn employee. Holding tears back, she confessed, “I was unable to give him a good life here, so I can only try to give him a better one over there.” But her deceased grandson, Gao Yong, was less than grateful. “I killed myself so I could be rich in the afterlife,” he fumed, “but I can hardly afford anything here!” He had a message for his grandmother: “Burn me some food, burn me a Lexus, but for the love of god, do not burn me any more money.” When asked what he was going to do with his windfall, he replied, “I don’t know … buy a bottle of water?”


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