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The 2012 reader bar & Club Awards

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生态经济(英文版) 主管单位: 云南出版集团公司


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Beijing Folk: Oh, oh, oh … it’s magic Going Underground: Weigongcun, Line 4 Scene & Heard: Awards photos galore … plus your chance to win great prizes


10 Feature: Greenpeace has read the tea leaves … and they’re tainted with toxins.

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15 Who said chivalry was dead? Our Reader Bar & Club Awards proudly display the colors of the great houses of Beijing nightlife. What’s New: Brasserie Flo, Al Safir, Dali Su, Milly’s Cakes, The Angry Burger and Menya Tsubame Feature: Tastiest bar food Taste Test: Peanuts Back for More: Taiwanese snacks at Shin Yeh What’s New: XP, The Little Easy, Little Britain and Elements, e-Club Party Like A: Bar Personality of the Year Clubhouse: Soulspeak Mastermind: Wendy Yang of Q Bar Have You Met: L’Enfance Rouge Playlist: Badr Benjelloun Livehouse: Hedgehog … plus reviews of Chronmaster and Snapline What’s New: Nine Way, Vintage Store, Senz Spa and American Eagle Outfitters Inspect a Gadget: Frosty drinks and photo apps Get the Look: Sporty Atelier: Sunglasses by CHairEYES






Feature: Photography from the New Yorker Bookshelf: Vicky Mohieddeen of Electric Shadows

51 Features: White-collar Thai boxing at The Legend’s Fight Night

53 Q&A: Morning Tears on saving kids Hands-On: Face-painting for adults

55 Long Weekend: Kashgar Feature: Ruili, China’s gateway to Myanmar

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

84 Peking Man: George’s Guide to Being the King of Karaoke

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CITY SCENE lies, damn lies and ...

Locations, Locations, Locations

Geographical distribution of Reader Bar & Club Award winners, 2004-2012 Alfa Apothecary Atmosphere Bar Blu Bed Bar Blue Frog Browns CD Jazz Cafe Centro China Doll Cloud Nine D-22 d lounge Destination East Shore Live Jazz Cafe Enoteca/Enoterra First Floor Flamme Fubar Glen Goose ‘N’ Duck Huxley’s Ichikura Kai Club Kokomo La Baie Des Anges LAN Lush Mao Mao Chong Mesh Migas Nanjie Obiwan Paddy O’Shea’s Q Bar Red Yard Redmoon Saddle Cantina Scarlett Second Floor Spark Stone Boat Stumble Inn Suzie Wong’s Tango The Bookworm The Green Cap The House The Orchid The Rickshaw The Tree Together Bar Tun Twilight Vics White Rabbit White Rabbit Xiu Yugong Yishan Yugong Yishan Note: White Rabbit and Yugong Yishan appear twice because they each had locations in two different areas.

Key Sanlitun CBD Gulou/Houhai Wudaokou Chaoyang Park West Gate Wangfujing Shunyi

generation gap Just a minute ...


Show us your papers.


We went for a swordfight in the park and war photographer Judy Zhou captured it all on film.


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t was a dark and stormy night” was opening line enough to earn Edward George Bulwer-Lytton infamy well over a century after his death. The dime-novel penning aristocrat lends his name to an awards ceremony that – since 1983 – has rewarded the worst opening lines in fiction. Winning entries include 2008’s “Theirs was a New York love, a checkered taxi ride burning rubber, and like the city their passion was open 24/7, steam rising from their bodies like slick streets exhaling warm, moist, white breath through manhole covers stamped ‘Forged by DeLaney Bros., Piscataway, NJ.’” This is clearly an ironic contest but other similar celebrations of the bad are not. The Literary Review has its annual Bad Sex in Fiction award. This is not something that writers as illustrious as Norman Mailer and Sebastien Faulks have set out to win. It is presumably the worst nightmare of such outspoken critics as AA Gill and Giles Coren to take home the prize as they have both done. If you want to read examples of winning passages then you’re reading the wrong magazine. The Bookseller’s Oddest Book Title of the Year has had such winners as Proceedings of the Second International Workshop on Nude Mice, American Bottom Archaeology and The 2009-2014 World Outlook for 60-milligram Containers of Fromage Frais. What began as entertainment for the Frankfurt Book Fair in 1978 has become an annual contest

that some strive to win in order to get the trade magazine’s publicity. There is no such thing as bad publicity, they say, so it is that there are a number of full-scale stars – from Bill Cosby to Sandra Bullock – that have deigned to collect their Golden Raspberries. The Razzies, as they are better known, celebrate all that is terrible in cinema. As the Oscar-winning screenwriter of L.A. Confidential said when he received his Raspberry, “It is truly better to be ridiculed than ignored.” Even the great minds of science come in for a bit of a baiting. The Ig Nobel Prizes commemorate “achievements that first make people laugh then make them think.” Previous winners have included the papers: “Is a Sigh ‘Just a Sigh’? Sighs as Emotional Signals and Responses to a Difficult Task” and “How to Procrastinate and Still Get Things Done.” The latter is certainly thoughtprovoking. Our awards may not be as tongue-in-cheek as these examples but they’re for you to highlight where you have fun. Thanks to everyone who voted, and those of you who didn’t can now live vicariously through the voting populace. Roll on awards season 2013.

Jonathan White Managing Editor

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9th Annual Reader Bar & Club Awards


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Photos by Judy Zhou, Mitchell Masilun, Sui, Song Yang, Ricky Zhang, Abdel Beldy and Marilyn Mai

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smashing records The Challenge: Most Sweetcorn Kernels Eaten With a Cocktail Stick in Three Minutes


a s t m o n t h , we d i s p l a ye d hubris on an industrial scale by suggesting (again) that we had likely earned our place in the bestselling copyrighted book of all time. An employee of Guinness World Records even said to us, “I read that you beat a record” – at which point we had to come clean that we’d gotten it wrong. In order to make it right, we decided to identify the easiest challenge possible. We knew it was easy because a simpleton from Big Brother had once held it (but failed to reclaim it in a subsequent attempt). Yes, we would make history by gobbling down sweetcorn. If people called Bubble or men from Sunderland could do it, then why not us? The record Ian Richard Purvis of Sunderland, Tyne & Wear, UK ate 236 sweetcorn kernels in 3 minutes, using a cocktail stick on August 27, 2003.

Guidelines 1. Put the cocktail stick in the sweetcorn kernel. 2. Lift it up and put it in your mouth. 3. Eat the sweetcorn kernel in your mouth. 4. Repeat. The results Paul (Nightlife Editor): 114 Max (Assistant Web Editor): 113 Marilyn (Dining Editor): 113 Iain (Deputy Managing Editor): 112 Annachiara (Intern): 108 Tiffany (Style and Living Editor): 90 Julia (Intern): 85 We failed. Just as we have every other time we attempted a record – but boy did we have some fun doing it. No, we really did. That being said, it might be time to hang up our record-breaking gloves and to let others fight the good fight. To be continued?

Beijing folk

Abracadabra! Wei Xing, Magician by Max Wu


Tell us about your most dangerous performance. Once I had to perform a nail trick, in which the audience chooses one of


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six paper bags to hide an upwardfacing nail – and I did not sense which bag it was in. For this trick you have to smash the paper bag really hard. If I got it wrong, I would impale my hand on the nail. Normally I act as if I’m afraid but that time the fear was real. Luckily, I guessed correctly. How many types of animals do you keep for performances? Just two: white pigeons and a cockatoo. No rabbits – they don’t do anything exciting once they are out of the hat. I like pulling the parrot out of the hat. It’s quite big, with a wing span of 60-70cm. After you pull it out, it flies around the room and comes back to you. Very entertaining. This kind of parrot is hard to take care of, though; they get ill quite easily. They are also quite expensive – we’re talking at least

What Beijing building would you like to make disappear? The CCTV Tower, Yintai Centre or the Pangu building … but the first two wouldn’t be suitable due to the traffic situation. It would have to be the Pangu. Not only does it have a unique shape, but its LCD screen is super-bright, which would make the trick more challenging. What kind of magic excites the

audience most? Children like candy and birds. Older people prefer grander stage performances – nothing too extreme, though, and with less talking so they can follow along. Young people like trendy magic, the kind that gets broadcast on CCTV’s Spring Festival Gala. Guys like tricks that make pretty girls appear. If you’d like Wei Xing to perform for you, contact him at

photos: sui and courtesy of wei xing

hy are we so drawn to illusions? We all want to learn how the tricks are done and yet we worry that knowing will rob us of our ability to be entertained. We couldn’t ask Wei Xing, magician for hire, to reveal his secrets, but we can make him a little less mysterious. What’s your favorite trick to perform? If I had to narrow it down to one trick, I’d say “the death escape.” The female assistant lies on a bed of nails, and then, as the heavy block falls down upon her, she disappears. Later, she reappears in the crowd.

20,000 kuai here.

Going Underground

Weigongcun, Line 4 SELLING POINT

Sandwiched between the Beijing Institute of Technology and Beijing Foreign Studies University, Weigongcun is filled with student-friendly venues, all within walking distance of the subway stop.


From Exit D, head west down Weigongcun Lu. After a fair amount of walking, you’ll find some bars that are well worth the exercise. By now, you’ve probably worked up a powerful thirst. Check out the mixed drinks at Magic Pub, play board games at 65˚Café & Bar or just glower in the dark at Angel Bar. If you’re in the mood for coffee, Sculpting in Time or Cancha Coffee will perk you up properly.


If you’re not satisfied with the roasted hazelnuts, stinky tofu and jianbing offered by the street food vendors, head over to Shuzhengyuan Hot Pot, which is quite popular with the locals. Also in the area is The Old Bike Café, which has gotten some good press for its burgers and onion rings.


If you walk east down Xueyuan Nanlu for another ten minutes, you’ll discover a whole host of treasures. Treat your feet to a rubdown at Shenyu Foot Massage or have your hair styled at Echo.T Hair Salon. Walk south down Zhongguancun Nandajie and have a look at Let’s Coffee, a cafe and clothing/accessories shop.



photo: flickr user tolbxela

… zhu, zheng, zha 煮, 蒸, 炸 When it comes to dumplings, you have a choice: boiled, steamed or fried? For two out of the three options, the benefits may seem obvious: Frying results in crunchy, satisfying bites; steaming preserves nutrients and flavor with fewer calories. So why boil? It gets a bad rap for being boring, but sometimes there’s nothing better than a plump little guy plucked from a roiling pot. If the skin is handmade and not too thin, boiling is best for giving it that toothsome chew. Plus, now you have dumpling soup. We’re told it aids digestion. … zizhu 自助 Translated directly as “self-help,” these magical characters usually mean you’re facing an all-you-caneat situation. But beware: Not all


buffet tables are created equal. Zizhu can describe the fanciest of champagne brunches as well as the grimiest of hot-pot sauce bars. You know the type, where the stray drips of sesame sauce and chili oil threaten the integrity of your justlaundered sleeves. But there are no restrictions, so help yourself as you fill up that sauce bowl! … zhi 汁 Zhi can refer to fruit and vegetable juices, meat juices, sauces or even the salty liquid from a good braise that one is keen to ladle over rice. Naturally, the characters that precede it are pivotal. “Apple,” “carrot,” or “corn”? You have a drink coming your way. “Beef”? Expect a jus. “Gallbladder”? Yeah, that would be bile. Steer clear. Unless, of course, you’re visiting a TCM clinic …

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China’s top tea companies accused of pesticide abuse by Kyle Mullin


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photoS: Courtesy of Greenpeace and Charlene Wang

Bitter Brew


hat’s brewing in your kettle? It could be toxins. Eco-NGO Greenpeace recently finished investigating major tea brands like Lipton, Tenfu Tea, Wuyutai and China Tea King, finding a slew of banned pesticides in their leaves. The toxins included methomyl, which affects human fertility, and bifenthrin, which can interfere with male hormone production. Most of the companies did not respond to our requests for an interview. Only Lipton provided us with an official statement stating: “To date, all testing of our products has confirmed full compliance to Chinese regulatory requirements.” But Greenpeace isn’t satisfied with that answer, and they aren’t alone. We asked some experts for their take on the situation.

“For tea farmers, it is much easier to grow and tend to crops when they use pesticides. I don’t think it is the tea farmer’s fault. If all of these companies advertised their tea as pesticide-free … then it would be clearer who was ‘at fault.’ However, it isn’t clear to me anywhere that these tea companies’ customers even expected that.” – Charlene Wang, founder and owner of Tranquil Tuesdays

“I wasn’t shocked by the Greenpeace report. If you eat Chinese food or vegetables, it’s safe to assume it has pesticides. The Chinese market place needs a competitive reason to keep cleaner products. Customers will demand that after more public education. It’s not a problem limited to one industry; it applies to all Chinese products.” – Joel Shuchat, tea exporter

“Having residues of pesticides in tea or other food products is a normal situation. It’s not possible to find no residues. What’s important is that the residue level is under the legal limit.” – Zhijun Zhou, department head of Occupational Health and Toxicology at Fudan University “There are pesticide-free teas – ones that grow wild. But if you’re shopping for organic tea and the leaves are all bug-bitten, you’ll assume it’s low quality. Usually the opposite is the case, because companies use pesticides to keep the insects off and make leaves look ‘perfect.’ Also, a tea plantation farmer tries to produce such huge volumes that he can’t afford to have any bug-bitten leaves, so he’ll use pesticides. These companies need to be more stringent about which farmers they buy from.” – Warren Peltier, author of The Ancient Art of Tea “The manufacturing and processing standards are so bad here in China. Those companies just care about earning more money, not improving food safety.” – Bliss Kwo, server at Laoshe Teahouse

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The Tea Audit is Greenpeace overreacting? by Kyle Mullin


ipton, the world’s top-selling brand, was an obvious choice for Greenpeace’s tea audit. All the tested leaves were found to be saturated in pesticide residue at levels exceeding the European Union’s legal limits. The worst samples featured pesticides banned altogether by the EU, including bifenthrin, a possible human carcinogen. Greenpeace says Lipton’s violations are alarming for a multinational corporation. But in an earlier study, nine other major brands in China were also found to be pesticide-addled. Wang Jing, Greenpeace China’s food and agriculture campaigner, says those results reflect the practices of an industry that is putting billions of tea drinkers at risk. We asked her what should be done to remedy China’s tea dilemma.


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Critics of your study say that pesticides are common in Chinese products. Is Greenpeace blowing this issue out of proportion? Pesticides have been found in China’s fruits and vegetables for years. But many consumers will be surprised to find these chemicals in tea because it’s more expensive, and it’s considered a healthy

“The world’s largest tea seller lowered its standard for Chinese consumers” drink. We wanted to put the tea companies under pressure so that they’ll find it necessary to change their practices. What are the specific flaws in those practices? Small-scale farmers lacking knowledge are spraying all kinds of harmful chemicals. But these corporate tea sellers don’t invest to help the farmers use less pesticide. On the contrary, they’re using their market power to get cheaper products, dealing with pesticide problems in the worst ways. In its public statement, Lipton says, “All testing of our products has confirmed full compliance to Chinese regulatory requirements.” Doesn’t

that mean they’re meeting the standard? No. It means the world’s largest tea seller lowered its standard for Chinese consumers. We found that Lipton’s green tea, jasmine tea and Iron Buddha tea contained illegal pesticides. And all the samples exceed the EU’s MRL standards. This shows Lipton is taking advantage of the loose pesticide-control measures in China. What specific corrective steps should Lipton and the other companies take? There needs to be more control of the supply chains. They should effectively manage the pesticide usage by creating inventories, training the farmers, regulating what should and shouldn’t be used, and determining the threshold for using pesticides. If they care enough, this can happen soon, which will move China’s agriculture towards more sustainable practices and guaranteeing much safer tea for consumers. Lipton’s statement also says, “We have invited Greenpeace to discuss the results of tests they have conducted … We always take test results seriously and are committed to the utmost level of consumer protection.” Have you met with them yet? We shared the testing results with them, informing and communicating the underlying problem. We have yet to discuss how they can make progress, expanding practices in places like Yunnan, which has a sustainable development program. Planning policies and timelines to reduce the pesticide usage have not happened yet. We hope it will happen soon.

photo: Courtesy of Greenpeace

What is the risk for consumers? Can one cup be hazardous or is the real danger cumulative? We found highly toxic pesticides, such as methomyl and omethoate. A low dose of those can still cause damage. Methomyl, after all, is a neurological toxin. Even the widely used pesticides we found, such as carbendazim and flusilazole, have longterm effects. Exposure to these kinds of pesticides at a low dose may impact fertility, harm unborn children or cause heritable genetic damage. There are a lot of standards to determine chemicals’ dangerous levels, but none can guarantee safety. One common standard is MRL, or maximum residue levels. MRLs are calculated based on agricultural practices, not by toxicological certainty, so they aren’t a sign of safety. Another

index called ADI is calculated by body weight. Neither of these gauges is absolute. Instead of discussing what levels of residue are harmful, the best way to guarantee the safety of our food and drinks is to reduce pesticide usage in the field.

Teas to Avoid T

he following brands of teas have all tested positive for at least one pesticide. Some were tainted with substances that are illegal for use on tea in China; others show traces of toxins that may affect fertility, harm unborn children or cause heritable genetic damage.


number of pesticides

Richun 803 Tieguanyin Tea


Richun 802 Tieguanyin Tea


Eight Horses Qiangxin Tianhan Tieguanyin Tea


Lipton Green Tea


Lipton Iron Buddha tea


Richun 805 Tieguanyin Tea


Eight Horses Jasmine Tea


Tenfu’s Famous Bi Luo Chun Tea


Lipton Jasmine Tea


Zhu Ye Qing Best Quality Tea


Zhu Ye Qing Tea


Zhang Yiyuan Jasmine Cloud Tea


Zhang Yiyuan Lion Peak Dragon Well Tea


Wuyutai Jasmine Zhenluo Tea


China Tea King Dragon Well Tea


China Tea Jasmine Tea


China Tea King Guapian Tea


Hainan State Farms Baisha Green Tea


China Tea West Lake Dragon Well Tea


Tenfu’s Famous Dragon Well Tea


Wuyutai West Lake Dragon Well Tea


Lipton Black Tea


includes illegal pesticides

includes dangerous pesticides


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FUN & GAMES old china hand

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Look through this issue for the chance to win great prizes! Win a voucher (valued at RMB 500) for Sui Yuan Chinese Restaurant in DoubleTree by Hilton 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, a dim sum buffet for two at Dragon Palace Chinese Restaurant in Kempinski Hotel, a dinner buffet for two at Salt & Pepper Restaurant in Holiday Inn Beijing Central Square. and a buffet meal at Seasoning in Holiday Inn Beijing Focus Square. Email with your answers. Good luck!

2008 Jackhammering at Tanzhe Temple. Photo by Sui. Original courtesy of Jeff Hinson.

trivia travails Each month we run a series of questions based on the content of the issue. Answer them correctly and win free stuff! This month’s prize is a voucher (valued at RMB 500) for Sui Yuan Chinese Restaurant in DoubleTree by Hilton. Email answers to

Tell Us a Joke 1. Which Wagner opera will close the NCPA Opera Festival? a) Tannhäuser b) Der Fliegende Holländer c) Tristan und Isolde d) Das Rheingold 2. The first dish that Khajuraho’s head chef ever cooked was: a) lamb rogan josh b) instant noodles c) aloo gobi d) grilled cheese sandwich 3. Jason Mraz’s latest album is called: a) Mr. A-Z b) We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things c) Love is a Four Letter Word d) Waiting for my Rocket to Come

Answers to May’s Trivia Travails: 1. c) Alexander Wang 2. d) Trainspotting 3. b) Bai 4. c) architecture 5. d) Galicia 6. b) Jay Chou 7. a) Into Thin Air 8. b) Last month’s winner was Dave Wilson.


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4. CHairEYES is a ______ brand. a) furniture b) eyewear c) clothing d) baijiu

5. Morning Tears was founded in what year? a) 1998 b) 1992 c) 2002 d) 2012 6. What is the name of the Bar Personality of the Year? a) Stephanie Rokku b) Stephanie Rococo c) Stephanie Rocard d) Stephanie Rocha 7. According to her, what is the best infused vodka available at Mao Mao Chong? a) alien fetus disguised as ginseng roots b) snake’s teeth disguised as ginger root c) tiger tail disguised as honeycomb d) dog’s tongue disguised as lemon wedges 8) See Jane Score is a book about: a) basketball b) standardized testing c) ice hockey d) a young composer

Alberto Michieli, Manager, Cepe, Ritz-Carlton Financial Street Q: How do you fit five elephants in a Fiat 500? A: Two in the front and three in the back. You can catch Alberto packing the customers in at Cepe.

Knight Life

The 2012 Reader Bar & Club Awards


he war has been waged for nine years, and its horrors show no sign of abating. For near a decade, the might of the ruthless empire of Sanlitun has only grown more formidable. Once a colony of choleric exiles, this shining citadel has thrived, cacophonous with the tongues of many lands and tribal cultures. Her enemies, ever envious, accuse her of harboring scoundrels and lunatics, the downtrodden and the downright insane. Yet none can deny that years of tireless renovation have left her fortifications more impressive than ever, her armies more professional, their weaponry knowing no parallel. In this land, Sanlitun still reigns. And yet for all her majesty, she is haunted by the rising kingdoms at her periphery. Brave Gulou, fallen warrior of antiquity, has adapted to the new modes of warfare. Across once-uncharted lands lie the new kingdoms. Shuangjing’s once-nomadic hordes have settled, building a fiefdom no man dare attack. In Lido are the realms of the old knights. The walled cities of remote Shunyi marshal their strength. And from the wild northwest, one can hear the cries of the barbarian tribes of Wudaokou. Every night at sundown, the great houses of each realm prepare for battle. They gird their loins, raise their colors aloft and strive to conquer Beijing’s hearts and minds (and livers). THE RULES OF THE TOURNAMENT We hath started with a panel of nominator folks, numbering 200 from all shires and parishes of olde Beijing. Given ballots blank, the elect panel hath indicated their preferences pertaining to over threescore categories of tavern, public house and watering hole. With all nominations accounted for, categories hath been expunged, save only those 36 most savagely contested. The tavernes ranked most popularly in each category hath been included on the main ballot, promoted post haste via our periodical pamphlet, webbe-site and at public houses concerned. Subsequent to three weeks of balloting, several hunnerd ballots were deemed foul, their disqualification ensuing. Upon this were we able to determine the victores in each category.

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Migas bar of the year best new bar – the bar at migas best place to bring a date best outdoor drinking outstanding beautiful people If you're only going to win two awards outright, make it two of the biggies. Migas' victories are testimony both to the all-conquering success of their rooftop last summer, and in the case of "Best New Bar" for The Bar at Migas, the team's relentless drive to keep innovating.

First Floor best cheap drinks best value outstanding bar of the year outstanding bartender – jack zhou outstanding personality – jack zhou outstanding place to find a date Jack Zhou's team go home this year with two "Best" awards. That's less impressive than the five they bagged last year, but with repeat wins for "Best Cheap Drinks" and "Best Value," they could be on the way to establishing a stranglehold in the value-for-money stakes.


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Spark club of the year best place for dancing outstanding beautiful people Thus far, Spark has triumphed where several before failed – namely, in making a success of a club located in The Place. But a warning from history: Of the three previous winners of the "Best Place For Dancing" award, only one (Vics) is still open. We hope Spark follows in the Gongti behemoth's footsteps, rather than those of White Rabbit and The House.

Xiu Best Regular Event – Xiu Ladies' Night Most Beautiful People Best Hotel Bar Outstanding Club of the Year Outstanding Decor Outstanding Place to Find a Date Only three bars have won more "Best" awards than Xiu's 13. Those three (Centro, Suzie Wong's and The Tree) have a combined age of over 20 years. Xiu has just celebrated its third anniversary. We'd bet on the Park Hyatt's club mounting a serious assault on Centro's record 25 in the years to come.

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Mao Mao Chong Best Gulou/NLGX/Houhai Best Personality – Stephanie Rocard Outstanding Bar of the Year Outstanding Bar Food Outstanding Bartender – Stephanie Rocard Outstanding Cocktail Selection Outstanding Cocktails Outstanding Value With "Best" and "Outstanding" awards combined, Mao Mao Chong won more plaques than any other bar this year. Stephanie Rocard's win in the "Personality of the Year" category, and runner-up award for "Bartender of the Year," marks her arrival as one of the leading figures of the city's bar scene.

Apothecary best cocktail selection best cocktails outstanding for whiskey outstanding place to bring a date outstanding service Having won both of our cocktail-related awards this year, Apothecary looks to have dislodged four-time "Best Cocktails" winner Q Bar as your favorite venue for a martini or Manhattan.


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Blue Frog Best Happy Hour Best Bar Food Best for Daytime Drinking Best Service Blue Frog has now been voted "Best Happy Hour" three years in a row. The last bar to achieve this feat was Bar Blu, from 2005-2007. Greg Dover was among the management at Bar Blu during those glory years - he's now Blue Frog's general manager. Coincidence?

Lush Best Wudaokou/Haidian Best for Students Outstanding Regular Event – Open Mic Outstanding Quiz Night In the nine-year history of these awards, very few categories have been gripped as tightly by a single venue as that of "Best For Students." Lush has won it every single time. Not bad for a bar that sheds a significant segment of its clientele every six months.

Paddy O’Shea’s Best Quiz Night Best Sports Bar Outstanding Personality – Karl Long The great game of "What's Beijing's best-ever sports bar?" is now tied at 4-4. The Goose 'N' Duck ruled the roost from 2005-2008, but Irish eyes have been smiling ever since.

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Ichikura best for whiskey best japanese bar The bar on the side of Chaoyang Theater steals the "Best for Whiskey" award back from Glen this year, as well as proving a point by winning our inaugural "Best Japanese Bar" award. An oldie but still a goodie.

The Bookworm Best Cafe Outstanding Quiz Night Notable as the only venue ever to usurp Centro for the "Best For Business" award (in 2010), the foreign correspondents' favorite was a safe winner of the "Best Cafe" award this year. Dependable Wi-Fi and a solid events calendar are a lethal combination.

Flamme Best Bartender – Paul Mathew Outstanding Happy Hour Were it not located next to titans like Union and Blue Frog, Flamme's package of food and drinks promotions might get more acclaim. That said, an "Outstanding Happy Hour" award is a fair nod for their daily drink deals, and Paul Mathew is a well-deserved winner of the "Bartender of the Year" award.


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Centro Best for Business The Kerry Hotel's cocktail lounge is the Real Madrid or New York Yankees of the Reader Bar & Club Awards, with 25 wins over nine years. They only won a single prize this year, but it was their eighth win in the "Best For Business" category.

d lounge Best Decor It was about time somebody put an end to Lan's dominance of the "Best Decor" category. We've long thought d lounge the most handsome bar in town, so it was fitting that they should be the one to knock the Philippe Starck-designed tourist trap from its fauxornate throne.

Enoterra Best for Wine The Nali Patio wine bar secured a third consecutive "Best for Wine" award this year, but they're also still one of the only out-and-out wine bars in town. With a number of new wine venues on the way this year, Enoterra's campaign for four-in-a-row will be more tightly-fought.

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Green Cap Best Lido/Shunyi The first Shunyi bar ever to win a "Best" award in the Reader Bar & Club Awards. Having a "Best Lido/Shunyi" category was probably a factor in this. Call it positive discrimination if you must, but The Green Cap deserves your recognition.

Intro Music Festival

at 751 D-Park (May 2011) Best Party of the Year Acupuncture's electronic music spectacular triumphed, snatching the "Best Party of the Year" award from the green tuxedo pocket of the St. Patrick's Day Ball. Then again, 2011's two-day INTRO festival did last about three times as long as each of the other contenders.

The Orchid Unsung Hero The boutique hotel with the reception bar put itself on the nightlife map just enough to be elected your "Unsung Hero" this year. Now that they are no longer unsung, can they continue to build and get a place among the victors next year?


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The Tree Best Beer Selection Four times since 2004 has "Best Beer Selection" had a place on the ballot, and every time, The Tree has won. Considering the challenge presented by newcomers El Nido, Great Leap Brewing, The Stumble Inn and others, the resilience of The Tree is all the more impressive.

Vics Best Place to Find a Date Once upon a time, people went to Vics to dance. From 2004-2007 the Gongti megaclub dominated categories like "Best Place for Dancing" and "Best Dance Club." Meanwhile, Suzie Wong's was enjoying a six-year purple patch as the unchallenged "Best Place to Find a Date." Suzie Wong's hasn't picked up a "Best" award since 2009, but Vics is still hanging in there – even if you only go for one thing.

Yugong Yishan Best Live Music Venue The only thing they've ever won in the Reader Bar & Club Awards is "Best Live Music Venue," but they've now won it eight years on the trot.

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Outstanding Mentions in Their Field El Nido

Beer Selection Cheap Drinks Value


Atmosphere, Summit Wing


For Business

For Dancing

Bang Bang Pizza


Bed Bar

Luga’s Villa

Beer Mania

Maison Boulud

Unsung Hero

New Bar of the Year Service Live Music Venue

Place to Bring A Date

Drum & Bell

Beer Selection

Bar Food

Sports Bar For Wine

Outdoor Drinking Daytime Drinking

Bridge Cafe

Great Leap Brewing


For Wine

Cafe Zarah

Park Side Bar & Grill

Fatboy Slim at The Great Wall

HotPot at Punk, The Opposite House

Daytime Drinking Gulou/NLGX/Houhai

Helen’s Café

For Students Wudaokou/Haidian


Party of the Year

Mesh, The Opposite House

Frank’s Place


For Whiskey

For Business Hotel Bar

For Students Wudaokou/Haidian

Q Bar

Cocktails Cocktail Selection

The Den

Sports Bar Happy Hour

2 Kolegas

Live Music Venue



Regular Event



New Bar of the Year


Salsa Caribe


For Dancing


Club of the Year


Heaven Supermarket

Scarlett, Hotel G

Cheap Drinks


Outdoor Drinking

Kura Kura

Hotel Bar


Unsung Hero


Japanese Bar

Japanese Bar

Lan Club

Yen Fetish Halloween


Party of the Year

EDITORS’ PICKS Most Drunken Quiz Night

The Brick

Best House Band

Eudora Station

Union Bar & Grille

Best Oktoberfest

Irish Volunteer

Maison Camus

Paulaner Brauhaus, Kempinski Beijing

Best for Rum

Best New Bar (tie)

Best for Whiskey

Ritz-Carlton Bar, Ritz-Carlton Beijing Best Service

Press Club Bar, St. Regis Beijing

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Best Happy Hour

Aria, China World Hotel

Best for Cognac



Best Wine List

Mai Bar Modernista 4corners Best Pool Party

DoubleTree by Hilton Beijing

Best For Hockey Best Bar Food


Best Peanuts

Great Leap Brewing Best Value Cocktails

Second Floor Best Live Jazz

Mix, Westin Beijing Chaoyang


nibbles NEW OPENINGS Those bummed by the closing of French bakery Amandine in Sanlitun Soho will be pleased to learn that the same team has now opened Augustin by Amandine in the Gate City Mall in Zhongguancun. More points for the westside: Italian gelateria Deliziefollie has set up shop in the EC Mall (right across from Gate City). Read more about them in our new “Just Desserts” column on p36. Max Levy’s café Radio finally opens in Caochangdi on June 1. The village digs will afford him space to smoke his own bacon and grow his own herbs. Yunnan restaurant Lost Heaven, a favorite in Shanghai, has now taken up residence in Chi’en Men 23, at the space formerly occupied by Meat & Wine Company. We’ll have a review for you soon.

IN THE OVEN Chef Too’s William Bolton plans to have his latest venture, Pavillion Grille, up and running by mid-June. Keep an eye on for more details about the menu and the actual opening date.

surf's up for dad at aroma, ritz-carlton beijing. for more father's day deals, turn to p63.

Capital Bites

Marilyn Mai is still working on that fapiao machine

photo: courtesy OF ritz-carlton beijing


hat is it with Beijing and soft openings? Sure, in other major food cities, restaurants – especially smaller neighborhood joints – might take a week or two to ramp up to full service. But in most cases, people know what this means: invite-only parties with set menus or samplers where they’ll be charged for drinks but not food. In our fair city, the “soft open” is like a mutant shape-shifter. It’s taken so many forms that no one knows what it means anymore. With the new Bamiyan restaurant (brought to you from the folks behind Punjabi), the soft-opening phase consists of private parties so they can get their ducks in a row before doors open to the public. Last year, Japanese restaurant Nobu was soft-opened (evenings only, by invitation) for a whole five weeks –

though we suspect it was mostly so the real opening party could line up with Jackie Chan’s birthday. But private soft openings in this town are rare. Usually, the restaurant will open to the public but with certain restrictions: drinks without food (or food without drinks), limited rooms, limited menu options, no décor. Sometimes, when there’s no difference between the soft launch and the restaurant’s normally planned operations, we’re convinced it’s just code for “Cut us some slack, will ya?” And of course, there’s always the “technical soft open” when a nonChinese-owned venue still lacks the proper licensing. Now, I’m not complaining here. Sure, these “soft” habits pose a challenge when we’re working tirelessly to keep you, our dear readers, up to date on the newest spots where you can fill your bellies. But on the other

hand, this roll-with-it attitude creates a collaborative culture among restaurant owners, chefs and diners that’s a huge part of what makes eating in Beijing fun. Soft openings can be a golden time when owners devour your feedback and implement your suggestions. This also means that we as eaters have a responsibility to give honest feedback. If service wasn’t great, tell the manager so they can address it. Beijing’s not going to become one of the world’s best food destinations if we all just whine anonymously on Weibo. Several restaurants are getting their acts together this month. Look for the likes of Q Mex, Pavillion Grille, Lost Heaven, Radio, Bamiyan and more. Then of course, there’s me, diving into my role as the new Dining Editor here at the Beijinger. Just give me a few weeks while I get my fapiao sorted out.

Echo Sun is shooting to open Q Mex on June 21, serving up gourmet Mexican cuisine and of course, great cocktails. It’ll be just beneath Kro’s Nest and across from d lounge off Nansanlitun Lu. Afghan restaurant Bamiyan will be ready to open once they have good service staff trained. If you’re eager to try their food, send your favorite fuwuyuan their way. Shanghai soup/sandwich/salad shop Wagas have told us they’ll be opening somewhere between June 8 and 15, though even that seems to be a moving target.

MIXING IT UP SALT is refreshing their wine list with more New World selections for summer. Feast at Sheraton Beijing Dongcheng will be starting their new champagne brunch this month. S.T.A.Y., Bene, Flamme and IFW are all sporting new seasonal menus.

CLOSED for business Popular Hakka restaurant Han Cang has closed its Houhai location, while the Dongbeiren near Dongzhimen is healthily in mid-demolition. No need for despair, though: Dongbeiren’s new location on Xiaoyun Lu seems off to a good start.

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WHAT’S NEW restaurants

Ja pa n e s e

Menya Tsubame 燕屋面 Daily 11am-1.30am. Unit 2-4, Bldg 1, Guandongdian (opposite World Financial Center), Chaoyang Lu, Chaoyang District (6501 1389) 朝阳区朝阳路关东店1号楼2-4室

Guandongdian has never been one of Beijing’s most fashionable neighborhoods, but it’s on the way to becoming a treasure trove of Japanese gems. Of the several new restaurants in the area, this ramen spot is surely the smallest. There’s only one table, taking up almost the entire room, although they do find space for a shelf of whiskey and sake. The restaurant’s signature ramen (RMB 38-48) is served in a rich, earthy tonkotsu (pork bone) broth with marinated bamboo, scallions, bean sprouts, cabbage, a soft-boiled egg and slices of luscious pork. As with the best ramen, each ingredient stands out on its own, and the noodles themselves are taut and tasty. The “salt” ramen in chicken broth (RMB 38) is a smoother, more delicately-flavored alternative. I’ll go back to try the fried chicken (RMB 18) or gyoza dumplings (RMB 18) – unless I’m full from exploring Guandongdian’s other Japanese restaurants. Iain Shaw Also try: Umami Ramen, Invincible Ramen

Flo Rides Again French tonkotsu ramen

Brasserie Flo Daily 11am-11pm. King’s Garden Villa,18 Xiaoyun Lu, Chaoyang District (6595 5135) 朝阳区霄云路18号京润水上花园

A m e r i can


Daily 10am-9.30pm. 5/F, Wangjing Novo, 41 Wangjing Xilu, Chaoyang District (5977 8622) 朝阳区望京西路41号望京NOVO潮流百货5楼达人食堂内

ith all due respect, Brasserie Flo’s new location at Xiaoyun Lu is badass. They were already one of the city’s finest restaurants at their old Rainbow Plaza spot, but the place was beginning to suffer from the years. The new venue’s gorgeous confluence of wood and glass feels like a steampunk time machine set to transport us to an era before traffic and smog.


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Standout dishes: Australian beef tenderloin, Gillardeau No. 2 oysters Also try: Maison Boulud, Temple Restaurant Beijing, Café de la Poste

I am mildly offended that American fast food chain Carl’s Jr. has yet to make its way from Shanghai to Beijing. The Angry Burger’s Western bacon cheeseburger (RMB 25) will tide me over for at least a few months before I resume my clamoring. After I extracted the raw onions, the burger was a decent copycat, though nitpickers should know that the bacon was hard and the onion ring sad. The mushroom Swiss burger (RMB 28) was an enjoyable melty mess, even if the shiitake mushrooms were an odd (though not unwelcome) choice. You can add two sides to a burger or pasta order for RMB 12, but the four onion rings and chewy fries we got weren’t very palatable. The exacting among us should probably steer clear of this fast food clone, but the forgiving can drop in for a taste. Either way, come quickly, Carl – come quickly. Josh Ong Also try: Fat Burger, Burger King

western bacon cheeseburger

photos: judy zhou and courtesy of brasserie flo

tuna belly tartar

Menu-wise, the focus remains on the traditional brasserie strengths of seafood and steak. The Gillardeau No. 2 oysters (RMB 58 each) called to mind a refreshing sea breeze as we slurped them down, while a rare-cooked Australian tenderloin (RMB 288) was meltingly sublime. We also tried a luscious foie gras duo (RMB 136) that sang and danced its way down with the accompanying slice of fig bread. The staff have taken well to the new surroundings. Service remained attentive and well-trained without being fussy or pretentious. The new space accommodates an in-house bakery that produces baguettes, sourdough and, eventually, croissants. A terrace is also forthcoming, which will no doubt be a fantastic setting for their new a la carte weekend brunch. Between brunch and their well-priced business lunch (RMB 88-118), Flo will remain one of the best values in town. Flo’s months-long hiatus appears to have done it more good than bad – their old regulars are back in full force, and it looks like they’ve brought their friends. We recommend making a reservation, as once you’re there, you won’t want to walk away empty-stomached. Josh Ong

The Angry Burger

falafel frenzy M i dd le Easte r n

Al Safir 阿拉伯餐厅 Daily 10.30am-10.30pm. 35 Xiaoyun Lu courtyard (from Dongsanhuan Beilu, head 20m north of Xiaoyun Lu intersection and take the first right), Chaoyang District (5130 4243) 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)



ust 200 meters east of Home Plate, Al Safir is another delightful anomaly on a backstreet dominated by Chinese restaurants. Resolutely down-to-earth, it seats only around 15 diners inside, and the nearest bathroom is the public facility just along the road. But if the decor is sparse, the food is full of heart. I’d rank the falafel (RMB 20) with the best in town. Fried to a dark, crisp crunch, the coating gives way to a warm crumble of chickpea inside. Wrapped in pita, or used to mop up one of the dipping dishes, it’s unmissable. There’s more flavorful baba ganoush (RMB 20) elsewhere, but Al Safir’s is creditable enough. It’s served in traditional style with red and green bell peppers, so if you want your mashed aubergines straight up, order the moutabal (RMB 20) instead. Aside from the regular hummus (RMB 20), there are numerous alternative twists on the chickpea dip. The qodsiyah (RMB 25) introduces the pungent flavor of stewed fava beans, while the mosabaha is hummus deconstructed: unmashed chickpeas with tahini and olive oil (RMB 25). One portion of thin pita pouches is enough for two, but extra orders are only RMB 5. Two can share the mixed BBQ: chicken, beef and lamb on a bed of onions and flatbread (RMB 80). For meat with more subtle, warming flavors, order the mandy (RMB 50), spiced roasted chicken or lamb served on a bed of cardamom-infused rice. If you’re eating alone, try the chicken shawarma or snack on meat, cheese or spinach patties (RMB 5). Catering services are also available. Iain Shaw Standout dishes: Falafel, mandy chicken Also try: Cedar’s, Dareen Coffee


Bak e r i e s , D e li s & Ca n dy

Milly’s Cakes

photos: judy zhou

Mon-Fri 11am-midnight, Sat-Sun 11am-2am. C308, 3/F, Nali Patio, 81 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District (5208 6071) 朝阳区三里屯路81号那里花园3层C308

carrot cupcake

The story behind Milly’s sounds like a Korean soap opera. Owner Emily Long quit her job as a marketing exec and studied at Le Cordon Bleu. When her family began pressuring her to settle down, opening a bakery in Beijing was her best escape route. The shop combines three of her loves: sweets, alcohol and brunch. The gourmet menu prepared by the chef, formerly of Mosto and Niajo, is admittedly no match for its Nali Patio neighbors. However, the all-day brunch is a draw, with well-prepared classics like eggs benedict (RMB 68) and corned beef hash (RMB 72) alongside champagne-based

cocktails. The sweet and savory afternoon tea set (RMB 98) is also worth trying. We enjoyed the carrot cake and tiramisu cupcakes (RMB 25), but their moistness varied between visits. Milly’s custom cakes will likely be the main attraction. They don’t come cheap (RMB 600 and up), but the look on your friend’s face when you bring out an edible rendering of her head on a panda body will be priceless. Josh Ong Also try: CC Sweets, Colibri Café

June 2012


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

Brasserie Flo Al safir

dali su milly's

Take Two

Third Ring Road

Second Ring Road

shuizhu yu

menya tsubame


C o nt e m po r ary C h i n e s e

Dali Su 大里素 Daily 11.30am-2pm, 6-10pm. 1 Beixiawazi Hutong, Dongcheng District (8404 6913) 东城区北下洼子胡同1号 (走小经厂胡同)


t makes sense that Dali Courtyard would try to replicate its formula: alfresco hutong atmosphere + set Yunnanese menu + foreigners = chaching! But as any music producer will tell you, it’s the sophomore effort that’s tricky. Dali Su sticks with the set menu concept (RMB 228 per person), but it aims to be higher-end. The menu also strays beyond the borders of Yunnan for Shandong, Sichuan, Beijing and even Thailand. Our cold starters were good opening numbers. A “worm grass” fungus and cilantro salad dressed with peppery oil buzzed with freshness; a layered loaf of soft beancurd and preserved olive greens was mild and comfort-

Standout dishes: “Worm grass” and cilantro salad, chicken-infused tofu Also try: Dali Courtyard, Wangjing Yihao


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qiezai rice noodles

Ta i wa n e s e

Shin Yeh Daily 11am-10pm. 1/F, 6 Gongti Xilu (below Gongti 100 bowling alley), Chaoyang District (6552 5066) 朝阳区工体西路6号(工体100楼下)


s the city floods with Taiwanese offerings, old favorites can get lost in the deluge. We wanted to remind ourselves why Shin Yeh wowed when it first came to town, so we showed up to make a meal of some of their less-talked-about xiaochi. We started with a pork belly sandwich, called guabao (刈包, RMB 18). A soft, fluffy bun wraps together chunks of fatty meat and pickled mustard leaf in a mildly sweet sauce. We continued down that road with some pork knuckles (RMB 40 for two). If you’re one to enjoy gnawing silky fat off a bone, then in you go. For the rest, the soft boiled peanuts that stud the dish are a treat.

Deep-fried taro and shrimp rolls (RMB 30 for two) were as good as we remembered, while the traditionally roadside qiezai (切仔) noodles (RMB 18) were underseasoned, but refreshingly so in their quiet, shalloty broth. For dessert, the almond milk with fried cruller (RMB 18) is a warm treat, while the red bean ice (RMB 15) is the inverse of Bellagio’s: less quantity, more quality. Westsiders take note: I’m convinced that both service and food are a couple notches higher at the Zhongguancun location. But either way, you’ll get solid, comforting Formosan fare. Marilyn Mai Also try: Florence, Taipei Kitchen

photos: sui and judy zhou

ing. After that came a trail of hits and misses. The fragrant shuizhu yu was the city-slicker cousin to the bumpkin variety usually served in a giant pot of oil. The chicken-infused tofu was like biting into a succulent chicken leg – if it were a pillow. The fried goat cheese that’s a star at the original Dali Courtyard gets its day in the sun here, too. On the other hand, lettuce wraps featured slightly tough beef, a plate of snow peas felt like a filler track, and the zhajiang mian sauce lacked dimension. Individual servings of basi baishu (caramel sweet potato) closed out the meal on a high – if humble – note. The owners told us they’re still tweaking the menu, and it shows. With fewer tables, zen decor and a dramatic tree inside the courtyard, you’re set up for a rarefied meal. If you brought an out-of-town visitor now, they’ll still be impressed. But at this price point, the rest of us might wait until the food catches up with the surroundings. Marilyn Mai

Alleyway Gourmet

Cold Skin?

Rice noodles to help you chill out by Marilyn Mai

PHOTO: Marilyn mai


he name itself is unsettling at first. But then you realize that “cold skin” (liangpi 凉皮) simply describes the thin sheets of mashed and steamed rice paste that eventually get cut into noodles ... and you relax. Liangpi originated in Shaanxi province, and it seems almost every county (Huxian), city (Hanzhong and Xi’an) or small historic town (Qinzhen) has its own version. Noodles range from the squarish and udon-sized to the generously broad and flat, and can be mixed with any combination of garlic, chilli oil, soy sauce, cucumber slivers, bean sprouts, peanuts, green onions, wheat gluten squares (mianjin) and more. According to legend, during Emperor Qin Shihuang’s reign, the farmers were commanded to pay a grain tax to the government. One year, the wheat crop was excellent, but the rice crop was not, so the people shuddered with fear as they approached the ruler with their paltry offerings. Luckily, one enterprising man named Li Shier mashed up his rice, spread it in a thin layer and steamed it, creating silken sheets of rice that were cut into noodles. Li fed it to the emperor and lo, everyone escaped punishment. In order to imagine ourselves in Qin Shihuang’s shoes, we sought out a liangpi that would closely resemble the earliest incarnation of the dish. Dianping users raved about the “simple, refreshing” flavor of the dami liangpi (大米凉皮) at Yellow River Noodles, so away we went. Basic indeed. The noodles were

dressed mostly in chilli oil and vinegar, without too much salt. Hidden among the noodles’ white strands was a handful of pale bean sprouts, adding crunch but no color. The dish was chewy, bouncy and refreshingly tart, but I can’t see it wowing an emperor. It might, however, satisfy one of his low-ranking generals – especially if it were teamed with a crunchy-shelled rou jiamo (肉 夹馍). Liangpi is ubiquitous around Beijing and personal preferences run the gamut, so we won’t be prescriptive about where to get yours. But if you’ve had a late night at the Gongti clubs and fancy capping the night off with a pared-down version of these famous chilled rice noodles, Yellow River is open 24 hours. Your table is set, Emperor. Yellow River Noodles. Daily 24hrs. North of Gate 6, east side of Workers’ Stadium, Chaoyang District (5842 6260) 黄河水陕西小吃. 朝阳区工人体育场东门 内6号看台北侧

June 2012



the burger at frost nails

Diamonds in the Rough Hidden gems of Beijing’s bar food by Josh Ong


hem … Hello. This thing on? I’d like to propose a toast. For repeatedly rescuing me from meals of stale chips, peanuts and pretzels. For all those times you kept my dry friends company on a night out. Here’s to good bar food no one knows about – the truly unsung heroes of our fair city’s nightlife. [Clink.]


June 2012

El Nido The cheese platter (RMB 50) at this Fangjia Hutong bar is a surprisingly classy snack, great for sharing over drinks with friends. It comes with

four types of cheese, salami and Serrano ham, bread, olives and sundried tomatoes. For those too lazy to assemble their own snacks, the Serrano ham sandwich (RMB 35) is more or less a one-handed version of the cheese platter. If the bread isn’t exactly out-of-the-oven fresh, keep in mind it’s because this tiny hutong bar isn’t doling out high volumes of cuisine. And frankly, you probably won’t notice after you’ve washed it down with a shot of their signature Sichuan Fire infusion. Black Sun The fajita-style tortilla wraps (RMB 40) at this Chaoyang Park pub have

a sweet sauce that gives way to a peppery kick. Choose from beef, chicken, tuna or vegetarian and add in a caipirinha while you’re at it. If you’re on a budget, stick with the beer sausage (RMB 20). MAINS Frost Nails Alpha males around town were skeptical of Frost Nails’ salonplus-bar concept when it opened late last year at Xingfucun, but at least some of them seem to have warmed up to the idea. The heat coming off proprietor Jeff Powell’s grill may have something to do with that. A few months

photo: judy zhou

STARTERS Aperitivo The tomato sauce, mozzarella, gorgonzola and Speck ham bruschetta (RMB 40) arrives on a cutting board with generous helpings

of ham and cheese. With eight slices, there’s definitely enough to share with friends, but if you decide that you want to keep it to yourself, I wouldn’t judge you. Aperitivo serves a total of seven different kinds of bruschetta, so even picky eaters should be able to find something to like. As for drinks, try the “Aperitivo Cocktail.” The mix of white wine and tonic is almost its own Sanlitun Houjie fixture.

ago, Powell started making burgers and sausages – with meat customground to his own recipe – to keep customers happy. The beer sausage (RMB 39) put up just enough resistance as I bit through the casing into a juicy burst of flavor. The burger, also RMB 39, is fantastic, but it’s on the small side. You’ll want to savor every bite, or just give into temptation and order a second. Squeeze on some of the house habanero chilli sauce for extra zing. You can always quench the heat with one of their cold ones – like their Vedett White on tap. Kura Kura This Sanlitun whisky bar has a wide selection of Japanese curries (RMB 38) that are a draw in their own right. I started with their signature pork curry, with tender chunks of meat and a sauce so silky that I wanted to take a bath in it. I’m very much looking forward to eating my way down the rest of the list, which includes a beef curry, a chicken soup curry and a vegetable curry. Meanwhile, rice croquettes (RMB 38) will take you on a satisfying textural journey from their crunchy exterior through soft rice to a gooey cheese center.

PHOTO: tom o'malley

Mokihi Lucky Street’s Mokihi gets a bit of a leg up because it’s tucked inside a restaurant, but we’re the ones who win out in this case. The sirloin (RMB 98 per 150g) is a gentleman’s steak that comes topped with a pat of butter and sizzling on an iron plate. Pair it with an Old Fashioned for an extra dose of anachronism, or try their surprisingly smooth wasabi martini. Bring a friend on a Sunday, when steaks are two for the price of one. If you prefer surf to turf, spaghetti vongole (RMB 68) is like a seafood party with clams, scallops and anchovies on the guest list. I’ve also heard great things about the anchovy garlic French fries (RMB 42).

Twilight Breakfast in pizza form may sound like it was invented by a spoiled 8-year-old, but it’s still a damn good idea. Biting into Twilight’s English breakfast pizza (RMB 70) is nothing short of glorious. The centerpiece of the pie is an egg with an oozy yolk, surrounded by bacon, sausage, mushroom, cherr y tomato and mozzarella. Pair it with one of their exceptional cocktails – their Bloody Mary comes with bacon flecks – for the full epicurean experience. The French fries here are another worthy snack. A light dusting of corn starch before frying makes the outside crust crispy-chewy and irresistible. With its Jianwai Soho location, Twilight isn’t nearly as crowded as it deserves to be. But don’t be surprised if you find me in a corner hovering over pizza and fries on a Saturday, when their food is half-price. DESSERT Lagoon I w a s s u r p r i s e d by h ow g o o d Lagoon’s house-made rum raisin ice cream (RMB 20) was, considering that I’m not a fan of the flavor. The ice cream alone isn’t quite worth the trip to the backside of Chaoyang Theater, but if you like mojitos, the 85 variants on Lagoon’s menu might tip your scales, and you’ll be happy to have a creamy dessert option on the side. Modernista The coffee granita (RMB 35) at this cheeky old-time bar in Gulou provides a pleasant segue from dinner into drinking. Served in a martini glass, it’s a heap of dusky ice-pebbles that walks the line between bitter and sweet like a goth gymnast girlfriend. If you still need some help transitioning, a pour or two from their absinthe stock should help you dive right in. For venue information, see Directory.


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Last orders Tower. You can ride camels, feed peacocks, and storm a pirate ship wearing a polyester monstrosity that is equal parts Little Bo Peep and gutter wench. Our party would tour the grounds in the park’s golf carts, dining at a different monument for each course.

Kadi Hughes

Director, Bookworm International Literary Festival

Every month, we ask noteworthy Beijingers to imagine their final meal before leaving the city for good. The venue World Park. I love that there are major buildings and monuments from around the globe – built with

absolutely no attention to scale or geography. The White House is on the island of Manhattan and Stonehenge is as big as the Eiffel

The starters We’d begin this epic feast with the spicy eggplant skin with chillis and burnt rice (guoba 锅巴) and some purple cabbage dumplings from Baoyuan on Maizidian. Then the banana leaf and mushroom salad from Middle 8th, which is full of that Yunnan flavor that tastes like a mix between lemongrass and Pop Rocks. The main courses For the main event, we would do a mala xiangguo from that hole-inthe-wall on the south side of Gulou Dongdajie – next to the shop that only sells ferrets. The pot would be loaded with lotus root, all the tubers that really soak up the chilli oil, tons of tofu skins, broccoli and the green leafy vegetables I love – kongxincai. And of course cilantro, garlic and so many chillis and numbing peppers that everyone cries. My guests will be weeping profusely at my leaving,

so this way they can blame their sobs on the spice and save face. The dessert The peanut ice cream from Bellagio that comes in a mini-mountain the size of your head. I could happily eat an entire one and I do not feel gross about that at all. Something from your own venue? About 90 percent of my meals are some sort of take on a Niçoise salad and The Bookworm does a nice hearty one with real meaty pieces of tuna. The music I would gather all the DJs in Beijing for a big DJ-off. They would go headto-head Thunderdome-style, with the dinner guests choosing the victor in each round until there is only one left. Because let’s be honest, the DJ situation in this city is getting out of control. The entertainment That goose that takes leisurely strolls along NLGX would come chill for a bit. I’m sure he’s seen a lot and would have good stories to tell.

photo: Vivian wang


June 2012

Grape Press

viva los vinos spain’s new generation by Edward Ragg


preserving both its vinous heritage and embracing the winemaking know-how of the nominal New World. This has meant improved wines in traditional regions such as Rioja and a widening of interest outside

ONE TO QUAFF 2011 Torres Viña Sol, Catalunya, Spain (Everwines, RMB 133) Available from Middle 8th, Xu Xian Lou Torres may be no stranger to Chinese consumers, but Miguel Torres led the way for the current Spanish revolution. From the Parellada grape, this is medium green in color with attractive green apple and lemon citrus fruit. A refreshing palate of medium-high acidity with good length. Very food-friendly.

ONE TO DRINK 2007 Abadal Crianza, Plà de Bagés, Spain (Ruby Red, RMB 198) An intriguing blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot from this tiny Catalonian region. Deep ruby in color with attractive black and red plum, with distinct vanilla and clove-scented oak. The palate is ripe, medium to full-bodied with medium acidity, ripe fruits and good length. ONE TO SAVOR 2009 Pagos del Moncayo Syrah, Campo de Borja, Spain (DS Wines, RMB 210) Available from Niajo, Loaf Cafe Very modern in style and, again, made from a non-Spanish grape, Syrah. Deep purple color with very ripe black cherry and prune fruit as well as vanilla and coconut oak. The palate is full-bodied with lovely ripe fruits, medium acidity and very good length.

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

PHOTO: courtesy of the suppliers

hough Spain may be the subject of Eurozone woes, since it joined the EU in 1986, its vineyards and wineries have experienced a quality revolution. In fact, Spain is one of the most exciting of the so-called Old World countries,

the likes of Ribera del Duero and Priorat (much trumpeted by Robert Parker Jr. in the 1990s). Thus, you’re just as likely today to hear wine lovers enthuse about such regions as Bierzo, Rueda, Toro, Jumilla or Monsant as some of the betterknown areas. Mercifully, a fair number of these clean, fruity, modern wines are reaching China’s shores. This month’s selections all demonstrate what “The New Spain” can offer.

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Peanut Gallery

When bad flavors happen to good nuts


eanuts are the ultimate snack when you’re throwing back a beer or three, as well as great fuel when you’ve missed lunch. Luckily, flavor choices here are endless. We were happy to heckle our way through the gamut.

Wang Wang Tiao “Dou” Crispy Coating Peanuts 旺旺挑“豆”脆皮花生 (RMB 4.90, 95g)

Baishi Xing Drunkard Peanuts (original flavor) 百世兴原味酒鬼花生 (RMB 4.60, 100g)

“These peanuts got a case of the mumps” “The texture’s very fragile, like biting into a light bulb” “I think they got rolled around in peanut butter and then dried up” “Tastes like a breakfast cereal, only some very particular child has picked out all the cornflakes”

Tong Garden Coated Peanuts (shrimp flavor) (RMB 4.10, 50g) “The fluorescent coating is just using the peanut as a vehicle. And it’s on a joyride” “Reminds me of the flavor balls at the bottom of a bag of Cheetos” “Yeah, except those taste good”

“These remind me of GORP: good ol’ raisins and peanuts” “Yeah, these are the ones I’d take on a hike” “It’s the peanut high-school sweetheart. You’d probably leave it for something a little more interesting” “Ooh, I just got a nice bright salty piece, though”

Wal-Mart Brand Bulk Peanuts 散香酥果 (RMB 4.65, 150g)

Huang Fei Hong Mala Peanuts 黄飞红麻辣花生 (RMB 5.80, 76g)

“It’s the Abominable Snowpeanut” “This coating isn’t even using the peanut as a vehicle. It’s using it as an excuse” “It tastes like a meringue that you found under the couch from last Christmas” “The Nutrasweet flavor brings to mind the worst excesses of China’s economic miracle”

“This makes me miss Carl Setzer. Someone get me a warm beer” “Not good if you’re on a train. The spice goes straight to the back of your throat” “I’ve heard the Sichuan peppercorn is a member of the citrus family. Now I understand why” “I’d eat these in a safe environment with liquid available”

Dongbao Seaweed-Coated Peanuts 东宝紫菜花生 (RMB 5.60, 90g)

Dongbao Coffee-Coated Peanuts 东宝咖啡花生 (RMB 5.60, 108g)

“Looks like a dinosaur egg. Or a mini potato” “Great crunch and consistency of shape” “It’s a little too smooth, though, like a marble. It might just go flying down your throat” “If it’s an egg, I wonder if it was laid by a super peanut”

“These look like angry peanuts. Or something you’d find on a forest floor” “If you suck really hard and breathe out, you get the coffee taste” “Not as crunchy as you’d expect” “I imagine these could be bullets, too. To be used against fascists”

The Verdict


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Not surprisingly, the mala peanuts were a clear winner, followed closely by the ones affectionately termed “the mumpy peanuts” (the Wang Wang ones). After the official taste test, our colleagues devoured all of the leftovers, but the abominable snowpeanuts are still sitting on the table.

photos: sui

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Masala Master Khajuraho chef Sarvan singh by Iain Shaw


hajuraho may be one of Beijing’s newest Indian restaurants, but having already opened restaurants in Russia, their team knows all about bringing their cuisine to new markets. We met Sarvan Singh, Khajuraho Beijing’s head chef, to ask about dish recommendations and more.

PHOTO: judy zhou

Where did you learn to cook? The first lesson is always at home. It was my mom. I always wanted to cook like her, but the first thing I ever cooked in my life was instant noodles. I was 9 years old and I made a mess, “It was haha!

If you could have anyone visit the restaurant for one meal, who would you choose? I have Jackie Chan and Andy Lau on my list as my Chinese favorites, since I’m in China. And if you opened a Chinese restaurant, what dishes would you serve? That would be like a dream come true to open a Chinese restaurant. I’d serve my favorite shredded lamb in black bean sauce and kung pao chicken – and many others that I would keep secret difficult until I open!

to work with a What’s the first Who was your first lesson you give to retired army boss? new staff? officer” My first boss was Rtd. Learn from your Col. Malkeet Singh. It heart. was really difficult to work with a retired army officer, as he was a good And if you were going to evalucook and very strict and punctual. ate a chef’s ability by examining Still, his sincerity about work made their kitchen, what specific areas a lasting influence on me. would you look at as a test? Safety of the personnel, quality of What food from India do you equipment, hygiene and a safe envimiss in Beijing? ronment that you can breathe in. My mom’s special mutton curry, which she makes as soon as she What one item of clothing best knows I’m coming. sums up your personality? My favorite costume is my uniform. What’s your favorite dish on the It’s what I am and it’s what I do. menu at Khajuraho? My all-time favorite would be the What character in a film would lamb rogan josh – not only popular you like to be? in our Beijing branch, but in all other I would like to play Mr. Bean, because locations of Khajuraho. that’s how I am in life. Funny. June 2012




hen you first get a look at the velvety spools of gelato glistening in Deliziefollie’s bins, you can only hope the lush hues and warm creamy tones mean they’re not skimping on ingredients. Take them up on their offer to try a flavor before you order, and all suspicions will disappear. It’ll be like popping the best version of that ingredient into your mouth, only to have it magically transmute into a cold, smooth bite. A small cup (RMB 38) or cone (RMB 48) offers a scoop each of two flavors, so it’s easy enough to sample a range if you go with a friend. The Pistachio gelato costs an extra RMB 5 because it’s sourced from Sicily’s Bronte region, but the deep yet subtle nuttiness is worth every mao. The Creme Caramel and Cubano (rum chocolate) were also good, but the After Eight (mint with chocolate chunks) has us making up excuses to go back to Zhongguancun. We’ll be trying the Black Currant, Amaretto Cookie and Tiramisu next. The owners are actively seeking out space in Sanlitun and Guomao. We wholeheartedly wish them good luck in this endeavor.

Gelato Gem Small batches, big flavor by Marilyn Mai

Deliziefollie. Daily 10am-10pm. B103, B1/F, EC Mall, 1A Danling Jie, Zhongguancun, Haidian District (no tel) 疯狂得利滋, 海淀区中关村丹棱街甲1号 欧美汇购物中心地下1层B103

p.s. we ate you

staff recommendations Every month, we’ll shine a spotlight on some of the most delicious dishes we’ve stumbled upon recently. Dig in!

fried chicken and waffles Nola, RMB 58 This classic Southerner combo is only available on their brunch menu (Sat-Sun, 11am-4pm), but it’s a great deal – and a great excuse to while away a weekend afternoon on their terrace. su hongdou 酥红豆 Aimo Town, RMB 28 The live music can be unbearably loud and there’s often that awkward


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couple making out in a nook, but these lightly coated, deep-fried red beans with preser ved olive greens will make up for just about anything.

GL’s around-the - clock business hours are a godsend. This sharp, not-too-oily dish will satisfy after an especially late night at the office.

fish & chips Village Café, RMB 88 Sometimes Beijing’s best deals sit out in plain sight, and we still don’t hit them up like we should. Village Café on a Friday means great fried fish at a great price.

yangrou chuan’r 羊肉串 Great Leap Brewing (actually, around the corner … ask for the guy’s number at the bar), RMB 2 The beerhounds among us claim these lamb skewers are better than most of the Xinjiang places in town.

chilli pepper and beef fried rice 指天椒扁豆牛肉炒饭 GL Café, RMB 36

tea-smoked duck 樟茶鸭 Chuan Ban, RMB 32 Sometimes the non-spicy dishes at

Sichuan restaurants get overlooked, and in this case, that’s a crying shame. homemade bean and hambone soup Kiosk (Fridays only), RMB 45 Hearty, wholesome and enough to last you another meal or two. corn dog Home Plate Bar-B-Que, RMB 12 Everyone raves about the pulled pork sandwich, so now’s our chance to say, “Hot, crunchy corn dog for 12 kuai? Why aren’t more people talking about this?!”

+ BARS CLUBS wee drams

FIRST ROUNDS Bali Bar is the latest venue to occupy the space that was formerly Zhongyu Hanging Gardens and latterly Miss Saigon. We don’t know a lot about it yet, but if the name is anything to go by, they’re taking the Southeast Asian theme even further than their most recent predecessor. Hopefully the fine terrace will remain intact. Two new bars, Loading Lounge and The House of Jomo, have opened up along the road from Bang! Bang! Pizza in Shuangjing.

COMING UP With a new wine bar soon to open in 1949–The Hidden City, and distributors Torres and California Grapes International also launching venues in Sanlitun, there’s a lot of wine coming our way this summer. When Luga first told us he’d have a German-themed bar open by April 1 on the ground floor of the Luga’s Villa building, we had every reason to believe him. After all, he had recently completed a significant renovation of two of his other venues in less than ten days. However, the diminutive nightlife tycoon looks to have been overly optimistic. We’re still waiting for Taps to open. Perhaps this month …


shinichi osawa returns to tango on jun 8, a year after his last sellout beijing show

Talking Pints PAUL RYDING diagnoses DANCE FEVER

photo: courtesy of the organizers


une is set to be noteworthy for several things on the Bars & Clubs beat. It’s prime time for new openings and with a host of new venues already serving, it could be a busy month of reconnaissance work. Kris Ryan, Luga and friend of the Beijinger Badr Benjelloun are all set to introduce new watering holes around town. Benjelloun’s bar, his first foray into the business, is a sports bar along Xiguan Hutong (between Beixinqiao and Zhangzizhong Lu) to be named Cu Ju, referencing China’s claim to have invented soccer. Controversial. El-Mar’s Great Aircraft Carrier Party returns for its fourth voyage on June 30. The landing decks of that Tianjin-based Soviet-era ship won’t have borne witness to a tearup like it since … well, last year. Get

your tickets early to make a saving. ’Tis the season for a dance-off, and in that spirit Beijing welcomes a pair of house heavyweights to town. Steve Aoki makes a triumphant return to Tango on June 2 as part of his “Dead Meat” tour. Also returning to Tango is Japanese super DJ Shinichi Osawa (Jun 16). A little closer to home, DJ Wordy & Soulspeak make a highly anticipated return to the fold at Yugong Yishan on June 15. With Slow Boat winding their tentacles into more and more of our favorite tap houses and Great Leap reopening, it could be a summer of expansion for Beijing’s craft breweries. Said expansion will be aided in no small way by the Beijing Craft Beer Festival on June 2, which will feature crafty concoctions from several Chinese cities

including Qingdao and Shanghai. Holding up our end will be Great Leap Brewing, Slow Boat Brewery, Drei Kronen, Hopfenstube and Westin Kronenbrau. Still with the amber nectar, Beer Mania will host a Belgian Beers Competition with the qualifying rounds being held over June 7-8. Belgian beer aficionados will be tested on their taste buds and their knowledge of a host of drops from limbic to Flemish red. The grand champion will snare a trip to Belgium. On top of all that, football fans have the European Championships in Poland and Uk raine to look forward to from June 8. Check out closer to the curtain-raiser for a comprehensive roundup of where your home patch will be.

If you’ve not been to Atmosphere for a while, now is the time to get on that elevator. They have just taken on Henning Neufeld as a bartender. Herr Neufeld was previously a finalist in the Diageo Reserve World Class Finals, which means he’ll be making mind-blowing drinks to match Atmosphere’s view. Paul Mathew, the man you voted “Bartender of the Year,” has introduced some new cocktails to accompany the new summer menu at Flamme. Those are sure to be worth checking out.

LAST ORDERS Beijing nightlife paused for a moment last month to reflect on the passing of the long-running CD Blues Cafe (née CD Jazz Cafe), the first-ever winner of our “Best Live Music Venue” award back in 2004. Rumors are that the owners plan to reopen in a new location. The Loop has closed its Shuangjing doors for the last time. However, the owners plan to relaunch in Sanlitun. The new location, down the road from Nearby the Tree, will focus more on the restaurant side of the venue’s offerings. Punk has also gone the way of Sid Vicious. Management say it isn’t the end for that space, though. More when we have news.

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The Little Easy Daily 11am-late. 54 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District (6417 4643) 朝阳区三里屯路54号

Something’s stirring on Sanlitun Bar Street. A stone’s throw away from the seemingly continual redevelopment of Sanlitun Houjie, you may hear the sound of jazz sax. That will be The Little Easy. There’s a distinct Chad Lager feel to his latest consultancy project: good quality drinks and good value prices. With Slow Boat craft beers on tap (RMB 40) and high-quality spirits on the shelves (RMB 30-50), there are the foundations of a good bar here among the bars-by-numbers opposite Sanlitun Village. The upper terrace is the most distinctive feature post-refurbishment; it provides a nice vantage point from which to watch the comings and goings of the Sanlitun shopping set. Chad’s involvement may not last too much longer, but he’s certainly stamped his mark on The Little Easy. Here’s hoping the staff follow his blueprint. Paul Ryding

The New D-22?

Good for: A safe haven from Bar Street Also try: Kokomo, Nola

XP Daily 9pm-late. Intersection of Di’anmen Dajie and Di’anmennei Dajie, Xicheng District 西城区地安门大街和地安门内大街


he first performer holds a blank piece of A4 paper to his face and repeatedly wails “Hello” into the microphone while the discord of an oscillator shrills around him. The next group features a bespectacled youth who swings his guitar in front of the speaker, creating a sort of pendular reverb-infused five-minute warning. Welcome to Experimental Night at XP. Though honestly, this could have been any night at XP. Managers Charles Saliba and Michael Pettis (formerly of D-22) are aiming to make this Gulou’s musical laboratory – to give a voice to the disenfranchised of the city’s music scene. Though most of us will, of course, go for the entertainment on

offer, the menu offers Spanish Rioja, Slow Boat craft beers (RMB 40) and bottled Tsingtao (RMB 15), along with the usual selection of mixed drinks. A coffee bar, merchandise shop and second-floor smoking room with glass flooring that overlooks the stage will be the main attraction during the daylight hours, before the city’s musical Frankensteins take to the stage to perform their aural experiments after dark. Paul Ryding Good for: Disciples of experimental music, Slow Boat devotees Also try: Yugong Yishan, Blue Stream

Little Britain Daily 10am-2am. 4 Jiangtai Lu Shangye Jie (northeast of Metropark Lido Hotel), Chaoyang District (186 1174 0582) 朝阳区将台路商业街4号楼 (丽都饭店东北角)

Good for: People-watching, hiding out Also try: The Irish Volunteer, Frank’s Place


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Wed-Sun 9pm-late. Gongti Xilu (100m north of Workers’ Stadium West Gate, next to Lantern), Chaoyang District (135 0134 8785) 朝阳区工体西路(工体西门往北走100米)

Cocktails start from RMB 40, but let’s be honest. No one comes here for the drinks. Bottle service (from RMB 1,500) is more like it. Elements has sprung up just as Beijing’s young expats were starting to get antsy again. Like Latte, Elements is impressively gaudy, with a grand lit-up staircase, blue scaly walls and a private back room with plush throne-like chairs. As with its neighbor Lantern, you have to go underground to reach the dance floor. But it’s Elements’ resemblance to Spark that is uncanny; both clubs play a popular mix of electronic and hip-hop tunes, and draw a hip fresh-faced crowd. It’s too early to tell whether this newcomer will generate the same enthusiasm as Spark, but location-wise, Elements wins. Tiffany Wang Good for: Finding dates, dancing Also try: Spark, Latte

photos: sui and judy zhou

“And what should they know of England who only England know?” asked Kipling. It seems he had a point. Little Britain’s owner, Olivia, was inspired by the British pubs that she grew accustomed to while living in New Zealand. Her bar is all cozy wooden paneling with a sign from Harry Potter here, the requisite pictures of The Beatles there and, inexplicably, a poster of Che Guevara. Food is portioned as generously as a northern barmaid (and, at RMB 48 for bangers and mash, just as cheap) while the drinks list is no-nonsense, competitively priced and subject to a weekday happy hour from 3-8pm. Upcoming plans include a pub quiz; they already offer live music and TV sport. Though the Lido’s latest local may not be all warm bitter and cricket on the village green, it has got certain things spot on – for example, the bar is completely no smoking. Jonathan White

Elements, E-Club


Drum & Bell P ossibly the only venue in Beijing whose address you could pinpoint based on the bar’s name alone – plus a rudimentary knowledge of the city’s tourist sights. The style Hutong bar with rooftop that overlooks the Drum and Bell Towers The punters Local hipsters, foreigners who remember Gulou before it was famous

The music A grab bag of classics from the past 20 years Go to Dip your toes in lao Beijing Drink Beer, whether local draft or an Erdinger Most likely celebrity customer Ge You If you like Drum & Bell, you’ll probably like … Ball House, Alba

Give us a Minute ...

Henning Neufeld Mixing magician By Paul Ryding


photo: sui and courtesy of the organizers

e ask ed the new head bartender at Atmosphere for his thoughts on Beijing’s mixology scene. Which city is the hottest in the world for mixology? At the moment, I think it’s Berlin. It will take time until Beijing can compare with the big cities, but the time will come. When’s the last time somebody ordered a drink and you didn’t know what it was?

Last week. Unfortunately we can’t know all recipes, but we can try to make something similar. What’s your favorite drink? At the moment, it’s a Gin Fizz: gin, fresh lemon juice, simple syrup and soda. Easy but refreshing on a warm day. Do you ever just want a Tsingtao? After a long day, I won’t say no. Head along to Atmosphere and check out Henning’s work.

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Party like aN ...

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CHAD LAGER, THE LITTLE EASY If you could grow hair again, what style would you wear? Mullets are always in style in my book.

he night is dark and full of terrors but luckily for us there are knights-errant to stop nightmares such as your mead getting roofied by a warlock . These fair maidens (ok ay, only one is a maiden) were set the quest to find out the darkest secrets of their fellow innkeeps. We took our quill and recorded it for posterity. Here’s the saga of this year’s bar personalities.

Are you a little easy? Way too easy. Is there anything the Little Easy finds big and difficult? Smartphones are my nemesis.

TREVOR METZ, GRINDERS Who would win a fight to the death, you or an ostrich? I would obviously win a fight with an ostrich. While it possesses speed, strength and reach, I have a secret weapon. Plus I have many years of repressed anger.

JACK ZHOU, FIRST FLOOR Is there any other job you’d like to have? Yes! To be a policeman. It was my dream! What percentage of your customers do you actually like? Fifty percent. 


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What’s the earliest in the day you’ve beaten someone up? Just before my fifth birthday at about 9am. I wouldn’t let Jason Wallace play on my new swing set so he held his fist out as I was swinging by. When I came to, he was running for his house but I caught him at the fence line. He was more sorry than the ostrich would be. True story.

Where are you going next? Whoever pays for me gets me. But I would really like to have my own place with a contract that is binding.

When did you start losing your hair? Losing my hair??

CARL SETZER, GREAT LEAP BREWING Warm beer vs. cold beer: who would win in a cage match? Beer is a liquid and cages are porous by nature so I don’t think it would be a long fight for either of the opponents.

Have you made a gin and tonic yet? Yes, since winning Barman of the Year [in 2010] I have learned that there is more to being a barman than opening bottles. I’m planning on learning the art of the “rum and coke” next year.

What was your nickname in homeschool? There was no one there to give me a nickname ... I was homeschooled.

GREG DOVER, BLUE FROG How many dislocated jaws has the Montana Burger notched up over the years? Haha, good question. Guess you’re speaking from experience. It is a big burger and requires a special approach. We suggest the customer either apply a bit of pressure to the top of the burger bun or remove one of the onion rings. What was your favorite childhood toy? Millennium Falcon.

Have you ever dyed your hair? I attempted to dye my hair gray in college, but apparently that’s impossible when you are starting with blonde hair and the best I got was singed hair which was followed by a buzz cut.

ANDY BRIGHT, UNION BAR & GRILLE What kind of music do you like? AC/DC’s “It’s a Long Way to the Top.” Burger or cocktail? Cocktail every time. What do you say to people who complain about your Wi-Fi? “We’re getting it fixed, Jim.” Warren Pang of d lounge opted not to par ticipate. Trevor Metz missed the photo shoot. To hear from Stephanie Rocard of Mao Mao Chong, who was voted Best Personality of the Year, turn to p42.

photos: judy zhou

Man, bear, pig. Your thoughts. A man has to be a real MAN! The bear is a cute animal. Pig! We call stupid people pigs all the time! A man needs to bear pigs!!! Especially as a barman! Haha!

KARL LONG, PADDY O’SHEA’S If you could fight one person, who would it be? I am not much of a violent person and enjoy as much peace and tranquility as possible, but if it’s a must, I’d love to slap the sh*t out of Chuck Norris.


Turbo-Handed Turntablist A chat with Jeff “Soulspeak” Liang by Paul Ryding


eff “Soulspeak” Liang is known for being DJ Wordy’s other half, and he’s cool with that. We recently asked him about musical soulmates, James Brown and dirty massage. How did you and DJ Wordy first get together? Did you instantly like the same music? I met Wordy at Yugong Yishan. We clicked through talking about obscure music. He was one of the only other people I met in Beijing that liked everything from obscure jazz to Los Angeles “Low End Theory” beat music. After that I took my MPC [sampler] over to his house and we jammed for about two hours without even “I would saying a single word.

of your worldview has shifted in a way. It’s communication through invisible channels. James Brown is the Godfather of Soul. What is your position in the soul mafia? I would be his bastard child or his roadie. I’m a child of hip-hop and funk, which of course without James and Clyde Stubblefield (his drummer) would never exist. You’re pretty fast with your hands. What other jobs do you think you’d be good at? Sushi chef, dirty masseur, professional typewriter operator, kung fu master, or professional be his video game player.

photo: courtesy of the organizers

bastard child or his roadie”

Why has your upcoming live show at Yugong Yishan been such a long time coming? We put out an instrumental album last year and since then have been preparing for the live show. We wanted to make sure that our show at Yugong Yishan was quality – musically and visually. We want it to be both a good listening experience and also entertaining as well.

How is it possible to speak to someone’s soul? I’m not sure really. I guess it’s those moments that occur via some sort of communication, whether music, art or conversation, you feel like a part

Is there anyone else in Beijing you’d like to work with? I’d like to work more with musicians that have very different styles than me. Maybe more Chinese folk musicians. I am definitely looking for singers who have their own distinct voice. Does it bother you that Wordy is more famous than you? Nope. He is a talented DJ and is also good at hustling. He deserves the fame. I’m not a DJ by any means. I am a musician and a music producer. Plus, I’m a recluse. Soulspeak and DJ Wordy play at Yugong Yishan on Jun 15.

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Stephanie Rocard


2012 Bar Personality of the Year by Paul Ryding


ady Stephanie of Mao Mao Chong was crowned the readers’ favorite at our recent awards bash. We caught up with her to hear about her journey thus far and what she’s planning for the future.

On getting into the bar industry When we first moved to Beijing, we set up a T-shirt shop. Then we moved to another location, selling T-shirts and drinks, because having a place you can shop, drink and eat has long been my dream. On Mao Mao Chong’s evolution My husband Stephen is the artist; I’ve been focusing on drinks since the day we opened. The success of our first infused vodka at Wudaoying led us to expand. We slowly stopped selling our T-shirts, and began to focus more on infusions and creative cocktails. It’s like an addiction – once you start creating, you can’t stop. On the future Being a bartender or mixologist was not my first choice of work, but surprisingly, I enjoy it very much. I have my own business now, and with the experience I have gained, I might become a consultant or a brand ambassador in the future. If you could change one thing

about yourself, what would it be? I would like to be able to say “no” to people at the right time and in the right circumstances. On being considered a cocktail expert I think I’m more of an adventurer. I love creating something new and interesting. But being called a cocktail expert means I’m doing something right. Especially given that I don’t drink – I only taste drinks. What do you think when someone returns one of your cocktails? I think that they have no taste. What is the best infused vodka you guys carry? Alien fetus disguised as ginseng roots. Gin vs. vodka. Who would win in a tug-o-war? Gin is an English-made spirit, vodka is Russian-made. I always support the underdog. Lions or tigers? A tiger, because women are tigers. How many people does it take to find Mao Mao Chong? If there are hipsters, one or two. If there are no hipsters, five or ten. 

Is This Beijing’s Brainiest Bartender? Contestant: Wendy Yang, Q Bar Specialist Subject: Fashion Design GENERAL KNOWLEDGE


Who is the new president of France? New president … I don’t pay too much attention to these things … Sorry, I forgot. Is it Hollande?

Which designer was murdered in Miami in 1997? Gucci?

Which hairdressing icon died in May at the age of 84? I don’t know. When do I have time to read the news?


Which luxury car brand caused an uproar when one of its cars was filmed driving on Nanjing’s city wall? Lamborghini. Or … Ferrari? It was a spor ts car, right? I’ll go with Ferrari.

Which element is number 1 in the Periodic Table? Number 1 … should be … number 1 … number 1 …


Which recent Hollywood movie smashed box office records in its opening weekend? Titanic? I really don’t know.


Which city’s Fashion Week is the oldest: Milan, Paris or London? I think Milan.


In which decade was model Kate Moss born: 1960s, 1970s or 1980s? 1980s. She’s not that old.


Which Chinese supermodel is the face of Estee Lauder? Lv Yan. Or is it that other one … Meng Guangmei?


Who was the only fashion designer to be named among Time magazine’s list of the 100 most important people of the 20th century? I don’t know. Louis Vuitton? Gucci? No. Wait. Or Chanel?



Verdict: Wendy fell slightly flat on fashion, but pulled enough correct answers out of the bag to avoid embarrassment. A respectable three for Mastermind’s first female contestant.


Answers 1) François Hollande 2) Vidal Sassoon 3) Ferrari 4) hydrogen 5) The Avengers 6) Gianni Versace 7) Paris 8) 1970s 9) Liu Wen 10) Coco Chanel


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L’ENFANCE ROUGE The French-Italian avant-rock band is here to promote their new compilation album, which spans their 17-year history. Currently dividing their time between Reykjavik and Borj el-Khadra in Tunisia, the globetrotting trio has performed in the refugee camps of some of the world’s most war-torn regions. The buzz They ’ve entertained crowds from the former Yugoslavia to Tunis. Now they’re launching their latest offering, Swinousjcie-Beijing, in the Chinese capital. Key tracks “Grande -Sur vie,” “G abès Le Soir, Maribor Le Matin,” “Nada. Nothing. Gar Nicht. Rien.” They say: “Without boundaries, either musical or geographical.” We say: It may not be the easiest show you’ll see this year, but their uniquely bombastic sound and meticulously crafted soundscapes are well worth checking out.

japanese hard rockers crossfaith hit mao livehouse on jun 16


See them at Yugong Yishan on Jun 29



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une provides us with a full range of marquee musical events: album releases, notable anniversaries, rare acoustic sets, music festivals and of course, big-name foreign acts. Proof indeed that the city’s musical heart pumps stronger than ever. It’s those big-name foreign acts who are the prime source of disappointment, when they arrive at all. But it’s hard to imagine saccharine crooner Jason Mraz underwhelming when he hits Beijing on June 12 as part of his Asia jaunt. His summery strumming could even be enough to stir the historically static Beijing Workers’ Gymnasium crowd. If anyone can provide enough poptastic glee to get the kids on their feet in the cavernous hall, Jason can. L’Enfance Rouge tick two boxes as the French/Italian avant-rock

trio use their stop in Beijing as an opportunity to launch their new album, the aptly titled SwinousjcieBeijing, on June 29 at Yugong Yishan. Two of Beijing’s biggest local bands are also officially releasing new material at Yugong Yishan this month. Snapline launches their new album Phenomena on June 2. A couple of weeks later, on June 16, Hedgehog unleashes their latest offering, Sun Fun Gun. From within our own backyard, rock veterans Buyi celebrate their 17th birthday this month with an anniversary show at 2 Kolegas on June 9. Many happy returns. School Bar will host two nights of rare acoustic sets. Helen Feng’s Nova Heart gives an unplugged show on June 6, and veteran Beijing rocker Wang Wei gives his own

acoustic take on June 7. Music festivals continue to come thick and fast, if slightly less-lauded than the cavalcade we saw throughout May. We can thank the French for World Music Day, or Fête de la Musique, as it’s more commonly known. On June 21, the greater Gulou area will host a swathe of mostly local talent across all her stages as the Beijing music scene fully embraces the Franco-Sino musical partnership. Two days later, ‘dazeFEAST 2012 goes ahead at 2 Kolegas, featuring a selection of Beijing bands to mark three years of Also on June 23, the Duanwu Folk Festival marks the Dragon Boat holiday at Hot Cat Club. So go forth and enjoy all Beijing’s musical offerings this month. It rarely shows its colors so well.

BADR BENJELLOUN “Don’t Stop My Music” by Miserable Faith. I’ll never forget being at MIDI singing along to this in the rain. Magical! “Maybe I Died Last Night” by ColdBlooded Animals. I see it as a modern grungy version of “Nothing to My Name.” “Able & Virtuous” by Su Yang. Great lyrics, beautiful melodies and great delivery by one of the better folksters in China. “The Huntsman” by Spring & Autumn. If there’s a better song where East meets West in a metal arena, I have yet to find it. “Beautiful Wine and Coffee” by Teresa Teng. In a bar, at karaoke or home, it brings a smile to my face. My guilty pleasure. Check out ‘dazeFEAST 2012 at Yugong Yishan on June 23.

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Phenomena Snapline It can be difficult to fully enjoy things you can’t quite classify. Along with fluid dynamics and Jaffa Cakes, Snapline definitely falls into the category of things I labor to nail down. And yet, their industrial rock/new wave/experimental sound is at times surprisingly accessible on Phenomena. As a reworking of their 2010 release Future Eyes, there are enough recognizable elements in the record to make it worthwhile. For instance, there’s the occasional Joy Division flavor to the bass riffs as well as the staccato Ian Curtis-like delivery of Chen Xi. But in the end, the struggle to define Snapline’s sound is all too apparent at times as the record vacillates from a more cultivated sound to an exploratory one. It’s not an easy listen, but then, they likely didn’t want it to be. Paul Ryding Standout tracks: “Flu,” “Party Is Over” Like this? Try … Nova Heart, Joy Division

Glitter, Shimmer, Die Chronmaster Jordan Thomas Mitchell is a man of many musical faces. He earns a living by producing and teaching music around Beijing. In his own time, he’s part experimental-popper, sometime folk-rocker, and in his latest incarnation, an all-encompassing electro rapper who goes by the alias Chronmaster. His maiden release is imbued with neat hooks, witty humor, and a tight flow – enough of the ingredients required for a solid first outing. When the album was first released earlier this year on SoundCloud, it quickly earned Mitchell admiring glances. An unerring resemblance to Joaquin Phoenix circa I’m Still Here shouldn’t put you off; looks is about all Mitchell has in common with the semi-fictional hapless wannabe. It’s still early days, but the hardworking Chronmaster knows his craft. Paul Ryding Standout tracks: “Chronmaster Spirit,” “Sun Shower” Like this? Try … Asher Roth, Mickey Avalon

Love is a Four Letter Word Jason Mraz In a slight departure from his usual effervescent and (some might say annoyingly) upbeat view on the world, Mraz gets all brooding in his fourth offering. At one point he sings about a failed relationship, yet somehow still manages to make it sound like it was the best thing to ever happen to him. The album simultaneously took a pounding in the musical press and was hailed as his best work. The mixed reception suggests that he has strayed a little too far into the realm of adult contemporary for some – namely the 13-year-old girls who have eaten up his CDs voraciously so far. But it seems Mraz’s slightly more earnest take appeals to bigger kids. As he teeters on the cusp of 35, maybe that’s the market he should pursue. Paul Ryding Standout tracks: “Living in the Moment,” “Frank D. Fixer” See Jason Mraz live at: Workers’ Gymnasium on June 12


Reasons to go Gulou is glorious in summer, there are some top acts on the bill, and best of all, it’s free! Reasons to avoid Some of the more “intimate” Gulou


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music venues are sure to be swarming. After the show you’ll wish … Yo u ’d w o r n s h o r t s instead of squeezing into those skinny jeans in an effort to blend in with the hipsters. When? Jun 21 Where? In 14 venues across Gulou. For more information, check out

Beijing’s prickliest rockers by Kyle Mullin


y night, they gig and record like indie rock superheroes, but their daytime alter egos are more mild-mannered. Hedgehog may be one of Beijing’s most successful and beloved bands, but they can’t quit their day jobs just yet. Guitarist Zo (aka Zhao Zijian) tells us what’s keeping his rock career extracurricular.

played together for years; we know each other too well. Our style has already become very mature. It’ll be fun to start something from the beginning.

Would such a break be healthy for Hedgehog, to help avoid the kind of tensions that caused [your bassist] Box to quit? After our big tour in 2009, I had a long talk with Box about the future Why is Hedgehog only a partof the band. He kept mentioning The time gig for you? Flowers, the first pop-punk band in I’m planning to quit my job [as a China to sign to a major label. We computer programmer with Sina] in realized we couldn’t two years. Hedgehog can make money – “Maybe I can BE work together any longer. Box joined just not enough yet. a 100 percent other bands, and he’s The situation is better famous now. We still than before. But we rocker” t a l k a n d a re g o o d spent a lot of money friends, but our idea for Hedgehog on equipment and to record our was completely different. latest record. If the album does well, maybe I can be a 100 percent How has your idea of Hedgehog rocker. evolved on your new album, Sun Fun Gun? Does being in a band make your We don’t like to play anything from day job more bearable? our previous album, Honeyed and For Sina, I have to program sh*tty Killed. It just wasn’t us – we’re very applications that users won’t even strong and powerful people, and like. When I designed the Hedgehog that was just pop-rock. So the new website, it was to help the band. It album is very in-your-face rock ‘n’ roll. was so much better. That’s why it’s our favorite. Which artist do you dream of Hedgehog launches its album at collaborating with? Yugong Yishan on June 16. For details, Actually, I would like to star t a visit side project soon. Hedgehog has

photos: courtesy of the organizers

The annual celebration o f Wo r l d M u s i c D a y makes its debut in Beijing this year. The multigenre jamboree is set to feature well over 20 acts. The Fête de la Musique, which originated in France in 1982, is now held in more than a hundred countries.

Hedging Their Bets


loose change FRESH OUT THE BOX The following stores are already upand-running in new Lido shopping mall Indigo: Gap, bla bla bra, Jack & Jones, Vero Moda, Crocs, OPI, C.P.U. and Shanghai Vive. Chang & Biorck is also bringing its eco-friendly homewares to Indigo this summer. In the meantime, check out their latest arrival: a collection of blueand-gold cups by Swedish designer Kerstin Tillberg.

By the time we go to print, NLGX Design Store will have opened up its second store in Beijing Capital International Airport, this time in Terminal 2. Art-and-retail space Wuhao unveiled its Spring 2012 set last month. The butterflies are back, this time joined by squirrels. (You’ll understand what we mean when you visit.)

a man can never have too many purses. rfactory spring 2012


Tiffany Wang encourages you to drink and shop

photos: courtesy of rfactory, d-sata and chang & biorck


he biggest news this month? Indigo, Swire’s new mall by 798, finally seems to be making some progress. While announced launch dates in Beijing should all be taken with a grain of salt, Toni&Guy has actually moved in already, and local home décor brand Chang & Biorck seems to be following suit. We have high hopes that this shopping complex will attract more fêted brands than Shimao Department Store was able to. Speak ing of budding areas, neighboring city Tianjin is turning into quite the fashion mecca. I recently became acquainted with Ken Li of Gar-de (now stocked all around the world, from Beijing’s BNC to New York’s Barneys) and Richard Willas, who both get their designs manufactured in Tianjin but often travel to Beijing. Florentia Village, the luxury outlet mall located con-

veniently in between the two cities, is what first put Tianjin on the radar; then, last month, Tianjin Fashion Week made its debut. Certainly we see lots of room to grow, and their success will inevitably influence what we see in China’s capital. On a much smaller scale, the narrow alley to the west of Yashow Market also appears to be “blowing up.” As much as it ever can, anyway. Just in the last year, there was the opening of a bar (Revolution), then a Lebanese restaurant (Cedar’s) and now a vintage store. The last was the most surprising development. In terms of both style and price the shop looks better suited for Gulou, but as I mention in my What’s New Shop review (see p46), that’s no reason to complain. They also have cold imported beers to drink at tables outside; no doubt a hipster crowd will start congregating over

there soon. Flea markets have yet to take off in this city, but Jam Market is intent on changing that. Since March, Jam Bar has been organizing mini bazaars on the second Saturday of every month from 2-6pm. The event features some Gulou stalwarts like Mega Mega Vintage and Underground Kidz, but also “fresh faces” like Planet No. 239 and Neva & Roy. Most importantly, prices start dirt-cheap. Anyone can sell their wares there, so if you’re interested in doing so, email hello@theotherjam. com to reserve a booth. We’d like to see more sartorial collaborations with bars, please. Then maybe we could include some style-related categories in our Reader Bar & Club Awards. Best-dressed bar, anyone? Maybe we’ll have the answer to that for you next year.

Michael Kors finally made his Beijing debut last month in Shin Kong Place. At 2,400 square feet, it’s the American fashion designer’s fifth store in China and his largest. D-SATA is celebrating its third birthday with a new shop in Sanlitun Village North this month. Also opening in the Village is Hong Kong multi-brand boutique medium rare. Look out for our review on

DEALS & STEALS Expect pre-launch sales of up to 30 percent on D-SATA’s latest collections at its Nali Patio and 798 boutiques throughout June.

Eric Paris Salon is offering special deals this month to celebrate Dragon Boat Festival and Father’s Day. Women’s and men’s haircuts (including hair treatment and 20-minute head massage) are over 25 percent off at their Sanlitun branch. Peninsula Spa by ESPA has launched its spring spa treatment (80-minute aromatherapy detoxifier and 30minute facial) to cleanse and revitalize the skin. Call 8516 2888 ext 6090 for pricing details.

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WHAT’S NEW SHOPS Senz Wellness & Spa Therapy Daily 10am-11pm. Unit 109, 1/F, Block 1, 1 Baijiazhuang Lu, Chaoyang District (5967 0458) 朝阳区白家庄路1号院1号楼1层109

nine lives Nine Way Daily 11.30am-9.30pm. 89-4 Gulou Dongdajie, Dongcheng District (186 1139 4458) 东城区鼓楼东大街89-4

Very rarely do I stumble upon good Chinese brands with so little public recognition – and no obvious desire to promote themselves, either. But Nine Way, a menswear label designed and manufactured in Guangzhou, seems intent on creating a quiet presence in Beijing. I was drawn inside based on the appearance of its sign alone: subtle, stark and clean. Inside, a webbed light fixture hanging from the ceiling adds the only touch of decorative flair. The gray floor and walls keep the focus where

it belongs: on the clothes. Button-downs and jeans are available in bulk, but only in muted tones and natural fabrics. Girls, feel free to borrow from the boys here – the sizes run small. With linen shirts starting from just RMB 150, we see Nine Way paving the way to a more sartorially inclined summer for all. Tiffany Wang

As with every proper TCM spa, there’s a wise and wizened TCM master at the helm here. Under his guidance, Senz has concocted an herbalinfused menu of massages and facials, all designed to reinvigorate the body and soul as a whole. The essential oils are organic and hail from Germany (Primavera) and Paris (Bernard Cassiere), an encouraging reminder of the spa’s commitment to health. While manicures and spa treatments are available, Senz specializes in traditional Chinese cloud massages (aimed at improving the flow of qi) from RMB 198 and hot stone therapy (for treating ailments from menstrual cramps to gastrointestinal discomfort) from RMB 398, combining the best of Western and local techniques. This is Senz’s first branch, with two more already on the way; needless to say, don’t expect these bargain prices to last long. Tiffany Wang Also try: The Meridian, Herborist Spa

indulge in: Denim shirt (RMB 230) Also try: Exception de Mixmind, Croquis

Vintage Store Wed-Sun 4-9pm. West side of Yashow Market, Chaoyang District (130 0109 0247) 朝阳区雅秀市场西边

Indulge in: Studded leather jacket (RMB 400) Also try: Lazy Sunday


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Daily 10am-10pm. SA-36B, Solana Mall, 6 Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang District (5905 6252) 朝阳区朝阳公园路6号蓝色港湾国际商区SA-36B

American Eagle Outfitters has a reputation for casual American fashion, a formula it hasn’t altered for its Beijing debut. The two-floor store is massive but simple, with floor-length posters of healthy young people grinning at you from the walls. The shelves are stuffed with printed shorts (from RMB 369), tank tops and T-shirts (from RMB 99) and more jumpers than you could ever imagine (from RMB 245). Boys now have ready access to short-sleeved checked shirts (from RMB 399) and colorful board shorts (from RMB 399). Sure, the clothes are rather preppy and may look foolish on anyone over 25, but they made me think of wide green fields, barbecues and teen spirit – and frankly, I’d have been disappointed if they hadn’t. Annachiara Biondi Indulge in: Navajo print sundress (RMB 469) Also try: Hollister, Gap

photos: judy zhou and sui

At first glance, all the usual elements of a vintage store are there: a neon sign, antique cameras as décor, and a collection of dusty treasures. The only thing is, this shop isn’t in Gulou, and it carries more designer eyewear than apparel. The display cases are piled high with Ray-Ban aviators (RMB 1,500), Ksubi retro frames (RMB 1,280) and Karen Walker tortoise sunglasses (RMB 1,400). What little space there is for clothing is allotted to Hawaiian shirts (RMB 150) and denim jeans. The few pieces of jewelry show a proclivity for the American Midwest (worn leather, turquoise beading) and British memorabilia (mainly the Union Jack). Even more randomly, a battered fridge behind the cash register is stocked full of imported beers, which you can sip away at on the tables out front. If this heralds the beginning of a new brand of vintage store, we’re not complaining one bit. Tiffany Wang

American Eagle Outfitters

INSPECT A GADGET Happy Hour at Home Philips Lumiware Bottle Cooler Add pizzazz to your wine tasting by illuminating ice cubes, wine bottles and the table with a range of LED colors. Wireless charging makes it ideal for outdoor use too – perhaps a romantic evening on the terrace. RMB 999

Callista Lemon Squeezer This stainless steel device fits pleasantly in your hands and allows you to extract maximum juice with minimum effort and waste. Ideal for making refreshing summer drinks. RMB 300

Penguin Soda Maker

This two-speed juicer features a cyclone function that pulls more liquid out of the excess pulp. Other highlights include a design that allows large glasses to fit under the spout and a drip-stop design to keep your counter clean.

Make fresh soda drinks at home with this sleek bird-shaped gadget. It comes with two glass carafes and a carbonator that allows you to control the fizz level. This will be the talk of your next dinner party. RMB 500 RMB 1,500 and up

Bistro Juicer

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photo-editing Apps by Joey Guo Meituxiuxiu 美图秀秀

For those who constantly share photos on Weibo This photo editing app (Chinese-only) is simple and fun to use. Besides the basic functions (brightness, contrast, saturation, crop, rotate) and a wide array of filters for special effects, Meituxiuxiu makes it easy to create photo collages and to share your pictures on Weibo and other Chinese social networking sites. Available for: Windows, Mac, iPhone, iPad, Blackberry and Android Free


For photographers who want Photoshop-quality editing on the go


For those who want an alternative to Instagram Retro comes in countless flavors, as you’ll find when you play with this vintage darkroom app. With over two million combinations of filter effects, overlays and borders, your photos will be utterly distinctive.

This photo-enhancing app offers a robust set of effects and filters. Unlike most other apps in this category, Snapseed allows you to make adjustment to a selected area of an image. Even within each effect, you can choose from a numbers of presets and adjust the details to achieve your preferred look. Available for: Windows, Mac, iPhone, iPad, Android (coming soon) RMB 30

Available for: Chrome web app, iOS and Android Free

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Get the Look

Sporty Spirit by Tiffany Wang

For store addresses, see Directory. HI-TOP TRAINERS RMB 280 Hip-hop kicks add a touch of rebellion to silk shirts or denim cut-offs.

MESH TANK TOP H&M. RMB 149 Simple, breezy and far too cool to wear to the gym.

JERSEY MUSCLE DRESS T by Alexander Wang. Price TBD Cut like a muscle tee to give your shoulders room to breathe.

RAY-BAN AVIATORS Pull & Bear. RMB 199 Pilot, cop or war hero? Either way, you’ll look ready for action.

MESH CARRY-ALL BAG RMB 316 Thick straps and utility buckles. It’s all in the details.

LETTERMAN JACKET Zara. RMB 599 Channel your inner jock (or just poke fun at him).


BASEBALL SHIRT Uniqlo. RMB 99 It’ll always have that allAmerican boyish appeal.


I started collecting vintage frames when I was working as a stylist in 2004. Then in 2008, I got to know a buyer from Shanghai boutique The Gloss. We really wanted to launch a brand together, and when he asked me what I would like to make, I instantly said glasses. From there, CHairEYES was born.

CHAIREYES by Tiffany Wang


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Glasses must suit the face. That’s what we set out to do at CHairEYES; we make frames designed specifically for Asian bone structure. Of course, style is also essential. We always try to find a happy medium between retro and modern. Glasses have been around for at least a few thousand years in China, first as a luxury item that only imperial families could afford and more recently as an everyday item for or-

dinary people. In ancient times, they were treasured by the courts and traded between intellectuals. Today, they play an even greater role, not only correcting eye defects but also serving as eye-catching accessories. They’ve become an indispensable wardrobe item for all stylish men and women. The ‘60s and ‘70s had the most beautiful frames. The styles were not only adventurous, but modern! I get most of my inspiration from the fashion photography of that time period. What makes the perfect pair of frames? Sturdy materials, thoughtful details and the perfect polish. Glasses without lenses are ridiculous, but there are still many people who wear them. If you like to wear sunglasses at night, then we recommend the yellow, light blue or green lenses, so that they don’t affect your line of sight! [Laughs] We offer all kinds of styles. Every person should own five to ten pairs of glasses. Available at Dong Liang Stud i o, B N C , t h e U CC A S t o r e a n d

photos: judy zhou and courtesy of H&M, Zara, ASOS, Uniqlo,, Alexander Wang, Pull and Bear and Topshop

n a market dominated by European fashion houses, CHairEYES has wrangled its way to the front, becoming one of China’s first successful eyewear labels. All of founder Zhou Yuan’s designs are handmade by a small team of craftsmen based in Fukui, Japan, and sold at the hippest multi-brand shops in town. We asked the young designer to tell us about lensless glasses and wearing stunna shades at night.

Rag & Bone Spring 2012

+ ARTs CULTURE Snapshots ART

While some galleries might be reserving their energies to run booths at Art HK or Art Basel, others are still putting on some great shows here in town. As part of the UK Now Festival (a cultural exchange in tandem with this year’s London Olympics), the National Museum of China will be exhibiting porcelain works from the British Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum, starting June 22. The UCCA’s also opening two new exhibits early in the month, featuring painters Ji Yunfei and Song Kun.


I must say I was skeptical about whether the odds would ever be in its favor, but it looks like The Hunger Games is scheduled to hit theaters on June 14. If you’re not into the teen thing, you could go younger with animated films The Pirates (from the producers of Wallace & Gromit) or Madagascar 3. Or, you could catch Men in Black 3 in 3-D. Yes, they are a little old to be chasing aliens. And yes, we’ll probably still go see it. For those who crave a good scare, the Chinese horror movie sequel Painted Skin 2: The Resurrection will scratch that itch for you, starting June 28. Lastly a reminder for regulars of the Riverbank Cine Club: Screenings will be on hold from June through August and will resume in September.

here's placido domingo's front. he shows you his back at the operalia finals on june 10


Marilyn Mai is not getting on a plane

photo: courtesy of placido domingo


his is when it hits: vacation envy. The looming stickiness of the Beijing summer is even harder to face when friends are bouncing off to more comfortable climes. At least Beijing is getting better at keeping those of us who are sticking around well entertained. For one thing, the updated foreign film quota means a more generous roster of Hollywood blockbusters on Chinese screens this summer. So Iron Man and Captain America coming to town doesn’t mean we have to miss out on Katniss Everdeen’s archery skills. If you like your movies a little more classic, the “Summer Cinema” series on The Bookworm’s rooftop provides a nice evening escape. This month, you can catch Marilyn Monroe’s star turn in The Seven-Year Itch (Jun 7), as well as Cary Grant and Katherine

Hepburn in the screwball comedy Bringing Up Baby (Jun 21), brought to you by Electric Shadows. Opera fans are in luck this month as Placido Domingo’s Operalia competition unfurls its 20th edition here at the NCPA, after having graced the great theaters of Paris, Los Angeles, Milan and Tokyo over the years. Tickets are available for the quarterfinals (Jun 4-5) and semifinals (Jun 7), but the real show will be the final round (Jun 10), in which the contestants will be backed by a full orchestra conducted by Maestro Domingo himself. The competition includes singers of all tessituras, and you can bet they’ll be bringing out the big, showpiece arias. It’s sure to be epic. If you prefer music without all those vocals getting in the way, the Philadelphia Orchestra is also

in town and will be performing Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons (Jun 2), among other works. With global art fairs in Hong Kong and Basel drawing the blue chip galleries away, June can be a dismal month for the art scene. Luckily, there are a couple of bright spots. Affordable Ar t Beijing comes around again on June 2-3, offering us another chance to shop cuttingedge contemporary art at a fraction of the price. Later in the month, on June 24, the UCCA will open “Indian Highway,” the largest exhibit of Indian contemporary art to ever show in China. Not too many details yet on which artists or what kind of work will be shown, but we’re excited about the possibilities. Options like this almost make me glad I’m not going anywhere this summer. Almost.


For anyone who’s fascinated by China’s rapid race towards building the next biggest airport or producing the greatest number of Boeings and Airbuses, the latest book by James Fallows will give you plenty to think about. China Airborne follows the breakneck pace of the country’s aerospace industry while getting down to the nitty-gritty with the entrepreneurs and factory workers who make it all happen. In a similar vein, author Judith Shapiro will be giving a talk about China’s environmental challenges (Jun 6). In Chinese literature news, cult darling Anni Baobei has finally launched an English translation of her short-story collection. The Road of Others is available at The Bookworm.


Also part of the UK Now festival, the all-male cast of the Propeller Company performs two Shakespeare plays this month: Henry V (Jun 7-8) and The Winter’s Tale (Jun 9-10). Apart from hosting the Operalia this year, the NCPA is closing out its own opera season with another Wagnerian work, Tannhäuser (Jun 27-29). In other news, Beijing Playhouse’s production of Oklahoma! has changed venues. Call their ticket line (6538 4716) for details.

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Juergen Teller, Smiling Ed, 2005, 40.6 x 30.5cm. Courtesy of Lehman Maupin Gallery

Mary Ellen Mark, Coretta Scott King, Atlanta, Georgia, 1996, 40.6 x 50.8cm. Courtesy of Mary Ellen Mark

Ruven Afanador, Mario Batali, 2002, 50.8 x 40.6cm. Courtesy of the Ruven Afanador

Simon Roberts, Market Seller, Bilibino, Siberia, 2004, 56 x 70cm. Courtesy of Simon Roberts

Show & Tell Photos from the New Yorker


he New Yorker is known for its long-form journalism – which means lots and lots of words. But in recent decades, it began bringing stories to readers in a way

that champions the visual alongside the textual. The UCCA is exhibiting a collection of over 100 images published from 1992-2010, giving us a look at the scope and depth of the

stories they’ve told over the years. For more about the exhibit and an interview with the magazine’s editors, see

“Beyond Words: Photography in the New Yorker” will be on show at UCCA until Jun 10.

The books on my shelf with the most sentimental value are the Discworld novels by Terry Pratchett. They remind me of home, partly because they ’re very British but also because my mum is a huge fan of the series. Whenever I go back I always sneak a paperback or two into my suitcase, which used to drive her insane but in these post-Kindle times, she’s a lot more forgiving. If you only ever read one book about film, make it Living in Oblivion and Eating Crow by Tom DiCillo. I was given this by a man pal just before I started studying film and it’s the one I recommend most often to filmmaking friends. It’s the screenplay of a film-about-a-film accompanied by the director’s diary ... awesome prep for the absolute nightmare that is the film industry and film festival circuit.   Subway reading? I was very much enjoying No god but God by Reza Aslan when last I rode the subway. There’s nothing quite like immersing yourself in pre-Islamic Arabia whilst attempting to stabilize yourself by wedging limbs into the ample tummies of the people surrounding you. But last September I went on a subway strike and it’s a lot harder to

read a book on a bicycle. I’m still only halfway through it. The book I hid before you came around was See Jane Score by Rachel Gibson. It’s part of a series and let me tell you, these books are trash – badly written ice hockey soft-porn trash – but they are very distracting and therefore good to read on scary, turbulent flights.   My favorite book from childhood is Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild. I was ruined by Noel Streatfeild books ... all waifs and strays and orphans with glamorous backgrounds scrimping and saving to study dance or acting or skating. No wonder I grew up to be absolutely insufferable.


Founder, Electric Shadows 50

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photos: sui and Courtesy of the New Yorker

Vicky Mohieddeen

The book I’d like to see adapted as a film is The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver, although I loved it so much that I’m a little scared they might completely mess it up. If they can get half as much of the emotional power into a film version, it would be extraordinary.   Ever judged a book by its cover?  Yes, but not as often as I judge people by their faces.


AT THE BUZZER The Beijing Devils will be taking on Seoul as they defend the Yellow Sea Cup at Dulwich on June 16. If they win, The Den will be the place to be on that Saturday night. If they lose … Also taking place that day: the AFL China Cup. The Beijing Bombers host the Shanghai Tigers for Aussie bragging rights at Xiaowuji playing fields. Beijing Sailing Centre’s new season is well underway. They have something going on at their Qinhuangdao HQ every weekend (and sometimes during the week). It’s fun for all the family. Beijing Aofan Sailing Club has two free taster sessions (Jun 10 & 17) at the Olympic Rowing Park in Shunyi. Celebrate the final weigh-in of the World Health Store’s 12-Week Challenge next month with a party at Zeta Bar on July 21. You’ve enough gym days to get ripped enough to blend in with the competitors. Heyrobics are expanding inversely to participant waistlines yet again. This month they’ve launched another barefoot running camp as well as sessions in Lido and at Tsinghua. Look out for yet more expansion but don’t mention the word “cult.”

will the spanish prevail at euro 2012?

Talking Balls Jonathan White is in the Euros Zone

photo: whoateallthepies


he biggest sporting spectacle of the year starts in July, but there’s plenty of ways to keep yourselves entertained before the London Games. The European Championships might not be as exciting as the World Cup (there’s no wondering if Leo Messi will actually perform, for a start) but it does feature the teams who contested the last World Cup final and one of the beaten semi-finalists. The tournament kicks off in Poland and Ukraine on June 8. Matches start at midnight and 2.45am (Beijing time) so it’s late nights but good preparation for the Olympics. One thing that may prevent the carnival atmosphere of two summers past, apart from the absence of face-painted USA fans, is the current focus on foreigners. If you’re here legally, you have nothing

to worry about. Still, if bars are getting checked every night, then even the friendliness of football followers may not be enough to draw a crowd. The good news is that CCTV will be showing it all live (and no doubt on regular repeats) so there’s no reason to miss out. Back in Beijing, when you’re not on the phone trying to get tickets to watch Manchester City’s megabucks megastars take on Arsenal at the Bird’s Nest next month, there is lots to do. Players and spectators alike will be delighted with the new and niche sports events this month. The Beijing Bombers AFL team will be holding their annual Ladies Day at the June 3 round of the Beijing Cricket League. Head over to Dulwich to find out if Aussies really do say “throw another shrimp on

the barbie.” Later in the month, the Beijing Cricket Club holds their fourth annual sixes tournament with teams coming from all over the world to play six-on-six cricket. Elsewhere, Gaelic Football teams will be visiting Beijing from across the country for the All-China Games. The tournament marks ten years of the Beijing GAA. Also celebrating a decade this month are the Beijing Celtics. Congratulations to both. It’s times like these, much like the crackdown on foreigners before the last Olympics, that make you appreciate how much work foreigners have put into establishing sporting frameworks here. The likes of ClubFootball, the IFFC and the Beijing Devils spring to mind but there are countless more. Raise a glass to them, even if it is in your apartment. Here’s to many more years.

If you are a woman and like to run (especially in distances of 5,000 meters), then girl, are you in luck. Nike (the brand, not the goddess) bring their women-only race to China for the first time on June 17. They’re expecting 5,000 women. To be one of them, inquire at the Sanlitun store. We’re not sure if hiking is a sport or not – no one wins, you see – but it’s peak rambling season right now. Beijing Hikers, Dandelion and U-DO Adventure, among others, have increased the number of treks in the wilds beyond the city. The coolest kids in town are the Beijing Walkers but you’ll need to ask the right questions to the right people to join their secret society. Beijing Climbing Club wants to help you to hang off the top of things both indoors and out. They organize something at short notice every weekend, so get yourself on the mailing list at Beijing Guoan play t wo home games at the Workers’ Stadium this month: against Qingdao (Jun 16) and Jiangsu (Jun 23). Both games kick off at 7.30pm.

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Fight! Fight! Fight! blood and beer at The Legend’s Fight Night text and photos by Mary Dennis


ight Club made it look so glorious – spilling another man’s blood in the name of … actually, I’m not sure. Whatever it was, Ed Norton and Brad Pitt spent months practicing taekwondo and boxing to prepare for their roles. To which I say: Seriously? Taekwondo? Taekwondo is the Diet Coke of martial arts. If you want to see a bunch of white-collar workers unleashing their printer-jam-induced wrath upon each other, you might as well make it a group that has been trained in the most vicious striking art of them all – Muay Thai. But let’s keep it underground


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(literally), for the sake of drama, and 80 people come to watch. It got very let’s involve alcohol, for the sake of … loud inside.” obviously. Welcome to The Legend’s Matchups in both Muay Thai and Fight Night. Western boxing will pit The LegThe Legend is end’s team of fightabout as plush as boxers, men and women The fighters ing gyms come. With of all weight classes will beat in each the excellent acousand abilities, against tics, frosty air, couchother’s faces fighters from other es, T Vs, wall-to-wall across Beijing. with all eight gyms mirrors, and dudes in Ole Prabpramlek Sittight shirts checking of their limbs santad, head trainer themselves out, it’s got at The Legend, is a a bit of a swanky bar atmosphere to five-time Rajadamnern Stadium it. And then there’s the boxing ring champion, which is basically the Thai in the middle. “Last year’s Fight Night equivalent of saying you are the fiveturned out really well,” says Alex Ng, time ping-pong champion of China. owner of The Legend. “We had about For The Legend’s team, it means they

have one of the deadliest men in the world teaching them how to hit. For the crowd, if the event is anything like last year’s, it means be prepared for a TKO or two. As the fighters beat in each other’s faces with all eight of their limbs (fists, elbows, knees and shins), your only job is to stay clear of the spray of sweat and blood, to drink beer and to cheer. Are you not entertained? The Legend’s Fight Night takes place on June 30 from 3-6pm. Tickets are RMB 100. Spectators are entitled to a 50% discount on a trial Muay Thai class at The Legend.


Q&A Morning Tears Over 600,000 children in China have parents in prison. Their parents’ criminal status makes them ineligible for state care, leaving them to fend for themselves even as they cope with severe social stigma and p s yc h o l o gi c a l t ra u m a . M o r n i n g Tears, which was founded in 1998 and has since expanded to over 13 countries, provides children of convicts with the love and care they need to heal. We asked its founder, Koen Sevenants, about creating a world where all children can grow up with dignity. What kinds of stigma do these children face? Children of criminals are very often considered criminals themselves. People believe they have a bad influence on other children. What is the biggest misconception the public has about them? Children cope with feelings of guilt; they believe that it is because of them that their parents are convicted. The public does not understand the complexity of those feelings.

dragon boat festival on jun 23: a sticky race to the sticky rice

LIVING LA VIDA LOCAL Tiffany Wang is obsessed with zongzi


eems like just weeks ago when we were complaining about the bitter cold. Now the season for outdoor barbecues and racing dragon boats is already upon us. Health-minded folks can get a head start at OASIS Healthcare’s Summer Sizzle (Jun 2). Expect tasty eats, cool refreshments and outdoor games. Doctors will be on site to provide tips on staying healthy in Beijing. Local NGO Morning Tears will also be hosting its annual barbecue on June 9 from noon-5pm at the Embassy of Belgium. While the fare (Belgian waffles and beer) and entertainment (music, animated games and a maze) should be enticing enough, the real draw is that all proceeds go to charity. Read our interview with the founder to get a better sense of the work they do (see right). Presale tickets are now

available for RMB 220 (email info@ or you can buy at the door for RMB 250. Later in the month, you can look forward to all the fun that accompanies the Dragon Boat Festival. We’re sure more events will come up as we approach the actual date (Jun 23), but in the meantime, there are Beijing Mandarin School’s Dragon Boat Festival Party (Jun 21) and The Hutong’s Gourmet Zongzi Class (Jun 22, Jun 23). In case you’re unfamiliar with the holiday, it consists of eating and preparing zongzi, drinking wine and racing boats. Though both events will shed light on these traditions and teach you how to make the sticky rice snack, the first is free while the second will cost you RMB 250. One issue that doesn’t receive as much attention as it should is d o m e s t i c v i o l e n c e. Peace for Humanity, a charity dedicated to

offering aid to abuse victims, is launching a photo exhibition by Spanish artist Pere Ibañez on June 16 to generate awareness, start a dialogue and raise funds to alleviate their suffering. Visit to make a donation or to learn about their other causes. Last month the International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO) encouraged the public to rally against discrimination based on sexual orientation. Now June (Jing Pride Month) celebrates being out and proud. Keep an eye out for the return of the Gay Homo Party Bus on June 2, as well as for queer film screenings and parties in our events listings. You can also find the most up-to-date information on Pride events on the Beijing LGBT Center’s blog ( cn/bjlgbtcenter).

How does Morning Tears provide for these children? Besides food, housing, clothes, schooling and security, we also give psychological assistance, leisure activities and, above all, a loving and caring environment where they can heal from their trauma. What day-to-day obstacles do they encounter? Many children have been physically or sexually abused. Others have witnessed intense violence. Nearly all of them suffer from severe emotional traumas. This causes nightmares, bedwetting and self-destructive behavior. If these children are not properly assisted in coping with these feelings, they might reject society and all its norms, leading to criminal behavior. What are your long-term goals? We want all children to be properly protected and cared for. Right now in China, people can freely visit child protection centers and projects involving children. This is not right, and this is not good for the children. Projects for children are not a zoo. We want the government to take action to stop this. Tell us something that we wouldn’t find on your website. We put children first – not donors. The people who donate value the professionalism of Morning Tears and they accept that visits to children are limited. This is child protection. Learn more at www.morningtears.

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Hands-on ...

Two-Faced Learning to paint faces by Jonathan White



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going to be awkward. Nina seemed pleased with my progress, or at least pleased enough to let me have a stab at someone’s face. Let me rephrase that: I would be trusted to paint a pattern on someone’s face. Nina asked me which templates I wanted to learn. I picked “pirate” and “tiger,” as “pirate tiger” was not an option. We sat the two interns side by side; Nina and I stood facing them. She asked me to follow her lead as best as I could. I was initially uncomfortable with the fact that I would have to touch the faces of people who I had made a concerted effort not to touch at all. I started off at arm’s length, but my long-range, pinkieless dabbing looked increasingly hamfisted. “To hell with it,” I thought. Using my (still-reluctant) little finger did add stability and in the end I did manage to make a decent fist of it. Ultimately, this is what I learned: that not only is it not weird to touch kids on the face if you are painting it, it’s impossible not to; that face painters can rotate sponges in their hands; and that face painting is not an exact science (there are no spray cans or stencils). I also learned that interns aren’t really allowed to say no.

To arrange a lesson, contact Nina Griffee at

PHOTOS: judy zhou

ace painting is like peanut butter – something that children, Americans and American children seem to like. Personally, I’ve always preferred normal butter and proper painting. I’ll admit that I have drawn on a few people, but that was never at their request and they were never children. Still, if I ever build up the confidence to enter the Mr. Laowai China pageant, I will need a talent. So it was that professional face painter Nina Griffee came in to teach me how to transform fairlooking young women into something more suitable for a bouncy castle than a workplace. First of all, I was assured that hygiene was imperative to being a proper face painter and told to wash my hands. The next task was to try out various dabbing techniques on myself. I tapped, dappled and dragged a sponge across my left arm until we found out I was neither allergic to the paint nor unable to color in an arm. Finally, I had to practice painting with a brush. The oddest part of this was not painting florid strokes on my forearm but learning that I would have to use my little finger to keep the skin on the paintee’s face taut. This was


Long Weekend

Kashgar The cliché Troubles in the desert. The reality Located in the far west of Xinjiang, this oasis city offers extreme cultural diversity thanks to its proximity to Pakistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan. The sights Mosques and Mao statues along the ancient Silk Road. Top destination The old city is considered to be one of the best preserved traditional Islamic cities in central Asia. The food Lovers of Xinjiang food will be in heaven – everywhere you look, you’ll find mutton skewers, flatbreads, meat pies and noodles. If you’re traveling later in the summer, savor some of the just-harvested fruits and melons. Why go now Summer in China is hot anywhere; at least in Kashgar it’s dry. The heat is also much preferable to the inhospitable chill of the wintertime. What to bring Leave the heels at home and bring some modest clothing for mosque visits. Or grow a beard.

Wish we were there ... celebrating native culture at the Red Earth Festival, Oklahoma, USA, Jun 8-10

TRANSIT AUTHORITY Lauren McCarthy is enjoying the outdoors

photos: ashley mckee


egardless of what the calendar might say, summer has unofficially begun. It’s time to start planning a getaway or at least a way to stay cool. One of the best things about summer – as was evident at our recent Reader Bar & Club Awards party – is that drinking always makes things better. Some people’s idea of fun is sipping out of a rum-filled coconut on the beach; for others, it’s knocking back an icecold beer on a sun-drenched terrace (in which case, try Migas, voted Best Outdoor Drinking, or Blue Frog, voted Best for Daytime Drinking). Either way, we advise you to get out and enjoy the blue skies while they’re around. If you’re planning a beach holiday this summer, the Philippines may not be your best option. China’s National Tourism Administration issued a travel warning in mid-May advising Chinese citizens to refrain from traveling to the island nation

because of potential safety issues. At time of press, most Chinese tour agencies have canceled all scheduled tours to the Philippines and promised not to accept new bookings until the situation improves. If you’re willing to wait a few more months, though, you can head down to the Xisha Islands, China’s newest tropical destination. The island group, located off the south coast of Hainan, has been off-limits to tourists. Now a few of the islands are being opened up to visitors, but don’t expect posh resorts or late-night parties on the sand. The unspoiled, white sand beaches will be accessible mainly by boat, and tourists will be expected to eat and sleep offshore – on the cruise ships that brought them – so as to keep the island pristine. Another month, another Chinese holiday. This month we finally get a normal three-day weekend without having to earn those midweek breaks

at the expense of a Saturday or Sunday. Plan a short excursion from Friday, June 22 until Sunday, June 24, courtesy of the Dragon Boat Festival. If you don’t want to do the legwork yourself, choose from one of several itineraries offered by the China Culture Center. Should you want to extend the short break into a proper vacation, CCC would be happy to guide you to several areas of Tibet, while Snap Adventures has tents packed for a camping trip in Xinjiang. If you dislike the idea of straying too far from your favorite weekend watering hole, The Hutong is offering a couple of tours offering insight into Beijing’s past. Spend the day learning about the old city’s disreputable (Jun 3, 24), eccentric (Jun 8) or magical (Jun 24) hotspots – and then have your own magically disreputable evening at a cozy hutong bar. May we suggest Mao Mao Chong, voted Best Gulou/ NLGX/Houhai Bar?

What to buy Head down to the Sunday market, where you can purchase anything from spices and musical instruments to carpets and tourist kitsch. Why you’ll want to stay You’ll want to keep exploring the sights and sounds of the old city – and the stunning environment beyond. Why you’ll be glad to leave Once you’ve gotten your fill of the city, the isolation of the vast surroundings may start to sink in. Flight info Air China offers flights to and from Kashgar on Tuesdays and Fridays; roundtrip airfare starts around RMB 6,000.

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Frontier own T FEATURE

Living on the edge in Ruili text and photos by Mary Dennis


t the end of a dusty road, reachable only by bus, lies Ruili, Yunnan – China’s gateway to Myanmar. This border town doesn’t draw many Western tourists, but if you’re up for an off-thebeaten-track adventure, you’ll find it here. Until recent decades, Ruili was best known as the birthplace of the Dai minority, but the area has long been a hub of multiethnic traditions. Since the 1990s, the city has developed a reputation for its “wild west” entrepreneurialism and restlessness, attracting a steady influx of individuals hoping to strike it rich on the frontier. While the growing city has begun encroaching on the surrounding landscape, visitors can still escape to lush forests and waterfalls just outside Ruili. The bounty from this mineral-rich land – teak, gems and jade – abounds in the local shops and markets. For those able to get visas, Myanmar awaits across the border.

Getting There

First, make your way to Kunming; roundtrip flights from Beijing start at just over RMB 2,000. From Kunming, you have two options: Take a long-distance bus from the west bus station (12-15 hours) or fly from Kunming to Mangshi, which is two hours away from Ruili by minibus.


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Exhibition: Rock Archive John and Paul and Mick and Keith and more. Free. Liangdian Design Center (8950 8996/97)


Rum Tasting Find out why the the Caribbean is famous. RMB 180. 8pm. Más (6405 4337)



British Club Coffee Morning Properly mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. No jeans or sneakers. RMB 70, RMB 50 (members). 10am-noon. The Capital Club (8486 2225 ext 260)



China’s Environmental Challenges – Judith Shapiro Sit down for this one … it’s gonna be a long talk. RMB 30, RMB 20 (members). 7.30pm. The Bookworm (6586 9507)



Drama: Henry V The Propeller Company turns their all-male cast to conquering France. RMB 120-480. 7.30pm. NCPA Theatre (6655 0000)


Photography Workshop: Smartphone


15 Discounts on beer, spirits and cigars all day. Bring proof of your paternity. (Would that be a child?) Free. 12SQM (6402 1554)

Digital Storytelling Project LGBT youth around China share their lives in a series of short interviews. RMB 30, RMB 20 (members). 7.30pm. The Bookworm (6586 9507)


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Opera: Tannhäuser Wagner’s tale of profane lust and pure love closes this year’s NCPA Opera Festival. RMB 100580. 7.30pm. NCPA Opera House (6655 0000)


08 An MPC master and a DMC champ combine. RMB 50, RMB 100 (including DVD). 9pm. Yugong Yishan (6404 2711)

Father’s Day Party


Immortals, enchantment and a donkey. 6pm. The Hutong (6404 3355)

DJ Wordy & Soulspeak

Make those snaps better. Smartphones not provided. RMB 35. 7-8pm. Culture Yard (8404 4166)


Poets, Prime Ministers and the Immortal Donkey







Reggae Party featuring Meiwenti Beijing’s finest reggae upstarts? Decide for yourself. Free. 9.30pm. What Bar (133 4112 2757)




Meet the green fairy in a hutong near you. RMB 200. 7pm-9pm. Modernista (136 9142 5744)

A bit of this and a bit of that from the globetrotting trio. RMB 60, RMB 40 (advance). 9pm. Yugong Yishan (6404 2711)

Absinthe Tasting Night


L’Enfance Rouge






Strong drinks and stronger dancing. Proceeds go to Beijing LGBT Center. Register at Beijing.gaybus@gmail. com. RMB 150 (includes free-flow beverages, transportation and entertainment). 7.30pm-late. Beijing LGBT Center (5903 3730)

Join the Chinese art boom without going bust. Free. 11am-6pm. 798 Space (6438 4862, 6437 6248)

Gay Homo Party Bus


Jam Market There’ll be no fleas on you if you shop here. If you’re interested in selling your wares, email Free. 2-6pm. Jam Bar (6424 8218)


Hedgehog Album Release Sun Fun Gun is launched on the Gulou crowd. RMB 80, RMB 60 (advance). 9pm. Yugong Yishan (6404 2711)


Duanwu Folk Festival Top-class local folkies celebrate the traditional Dragon Boat Festival. Free. 9.30pm. Hot Cat Club (6400 7868)


Affordable Art Beijing


Placido Domingo´s Operalia: Finals Arias-a-go-go, with contestants accompanied by full orchestra. RMB 160-880. 7.30 pm. NCPA Concert Hall (6655 0000)

10 It’s Father’s Day! If you are anything like the Beijinger, then you’ll want to celebrate your pops. Check the listings for special brunches and deals.


The Phoenix, The Devil Number Six and The Center of The Universe ... walked into a bar. Find out what happened next. RMB 120, RMB 100 (members). 4pm. The Hutong (6404 3355)



Great Aircraft Carrier Party Permission for fly-by? Nope, but you can have a dance. Ticket includes transport to the venue. RMB 350, RMB 300 (before Jun 27). Time TBD. Binhai Aircraft Carrier, Tianjin (136 8126 3981)

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EVENTS JULY events deadline – JUNE 11

hit Hot Cat Club. Free. 8pm. Hot Cat Club (6400 7868)

send events to venue info can be found in the directory starting p69. all event details correct at time of going to press.


RMB 200. Noon-6pm. Beijing Shijingshan Electrical Relay Factory


Dim Sum Disco #8 DJ Saul D and the Dim Sum Disco crew join forces for another edition of the popular electro night. RMB 80. Time TBD. Haze (5900 6128)

Children’s Day Bring out your inner child with the big kids at Haze to celebrate International Children’s Day. RMB 80, RMB 50 (advance), free (if you wear a Chinese red school scarf). Time TBD. Haze (5900 6128)

Funk Fever’s Mustache Party Beijing’s funkiest DJ crew returns with

Cuban Sound Session – Bolero and Rum Chill out Cuban-style while sampling a selection of rum infusions. Price TBD. 7pm. Terra (6591 9148)

Noise Revival Orchestra Visiting from Austin, Texas, the ten-piece orchestral pop outfit continues a world tour. RMB 50 (includes one free beer), RMB 30 (advance). 9pm. Temple (131 6107 0713) Reggae Party Meiwenti Sound hosts a night of reggae at the drive-in. RMB 50. 10pm. 2 Kolegas (6436 8998) Reloadz A night of psychedelic garage. Free. 9.30pm. Hot Cat Club (6400 7868) Snapline Album Launch Party

Three to See

day-by-day weekly ongoing

See Jun 1.

LIVING Cooking Class: Beijing Dishes Learn more about the city you love through its delicious cuisine. RMB 300. 10am-1pm. Black Sesame Kitchen (139 9147 4408) Chinese Kitchen: Dim Sum & Tapas Find out how to get exciting flavors in small bites. RMB 250, RMB 200 (members). 2-4.30pm. The Hutong (6404 3355) Summer Sizzle Fun-filled barbeque with tasty eats and cool refreshments, raffle drawings and outdoor games for kids. Doctors will also be on site to give tips on staying healthy. Free. 11am-4pm. OASIS Healthcare (5985 0431)



Adventure Weekend in Shidu Until Jun 3. Raft, bungee and zipline the weekend away in the Guilin of the north. RMB 400. 10pm. Snap Adventures (150 1036 4340)

Underground Rebel Bingo Club The latest in the series of late night dance debauchery. Details at RMB 80 (entry before 10.30pm). Lantern (135 0134 8785)




Devils at the Crossroad Devils + blues + punk + hard rock = one of the most energetic shows you’ll see. Free. 9.30pm. Temple (131 6107 0713)

Jubilee Garden Party Mark the Queen’s Jubilee with an allEnglish affair. Free. Black Sun (6593 6909)

Gang of Gin: Tribute to Dee Dee Ramone Dead Johnny’s Pistols, Dr. Liu & The Human Centipede, Bedstars and Rolling Bowling come together to pay tribute to the Ramone. RMB 30. 9.30pm. Hot Cat Club (6400 7868) Mademoiselle et son Orchestre Gypsy jazz band brings their unique French flavor to the drive-in. RMB 50. 10pm. 2 Kolegas (6436 8998) Hitweek China 2012 The second of two nights of sounds from Italy and China featuring Shanren, Negrita and La Fame de Camilla. RMB 200, RMB 160 (advance). 8pm. Tango (6428 2288)

ARTS & CULTURE Concert: Philadelphia Orchestra Symphonies from Prokofiev, Shostakovich and the world premiere of “An Interrupted Dream” by Du Wei, the winner of a nationwide competition. RMB 280-1,080. 7.30pm. NCPA (6655 0000) Exhibition: Rock Archive UK rock legends (you know who they are) through photography. Free. Liangdian Design Center (8950 8996/97) Musical: Oklahoma! Yeehaw! Beijing Playhouse presents this charming classic about the American frontier. To reserve, email performance@ 7.30pm. Western Academy of Beijing (8456 4155)

JUN 2 BARS & CLUBS Beijing Craft Beer Festival A host of top craft beer producers from across China come together for the inaugural Beijing Craft Beer Festival. Contact for more information.


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MUSIC Isbells Pensive Belgian singer/songwriter provides a night of acoustic mastery. RMB 60. 8.30pm. Yugong Yishan (6404 2711)

Ongoing Jun 9-Jul 8: Irit Tamari

And you thought chicken feet couldn’t get any weirder. See photo, above.

Ongoing Until Jun 12: Bring Me the Head Of …

You get to eat pâte shaped like a teddy bear’s head – and call it “art.”

Ongoing Until Jun 17: Frederik Foert: The Sun’s Not Yellow, It’s Chicken Installations made of common household appliances. a trunk full of bump for your rumps, and the facial hair to match. Free. 10pm. Migas (5208 6061) Gay Homo Party Bus To kick off this year’s Jing Pride Month, a party bus will be touring all of Beijing’s finest LGBT-friendly venues. Proceeds go to Beijing LGBT Center. Register at Beijing. RMB 150 (includes free-flow beverages, transportation and entertainment). 7.30pm-late. Beijing LGBT Center (5903 3730) Steve Aoki That Japanese son-of-a-wrestler Steve Aoki returns to Beijing as part of his Dead Meat tour. RMB 300, RMB 250 (advance), RMB 200 (early bird). 10pm. Tango (6425 5677, 6428 2288)

MUSIC Cloud Choir Let the ambient duo relieve you of the stresses of the big city. RMB 30. 9.30pm. What Bar (133 4112 2757) Hugh Reed and the Magic Band Rock legend Hugh Reed (formerly of “and the Velvet Pants”) and his Magic Band

Beijing stalwarts officially release their latest offering. RMB 80, RMB 60 (advance and students). 9.30pm. Yugong Yishan (6404 2711)

ARTS & CULTURE AAB 2012 If you’ve been aching to get into the Chinese art market, here’s your chance to do it for cheap(er). Free. 11am-6pm. 798 Space (6438 4862, 6437 6248) Chamber Music Concert: Art Meets Music The Philadelphia Orchestra’s chamber music ensemble plays a concert in celebration of ink painter Ji Yunfei’s new solo show, “Water Works.” 4pm. UCCA (8459 9269) Chamber Orchestra: Philadelphia Orchestra Brassy crowd-pleasers from Mozart and Vivaldi, including The Four Seasons. RMB 280-1,080. 7.30pm. NCPA (6655 0000) Exhibition: Rock Archive See Jun 1. Musical: Oklahoma!

Thick as Blood American hardcore band Thick as Blood continues their China tour. RMB 80, RMB 60 (advance). 8.30pm. MAO Livehouse (6402 5080)

ARTS & CULTURE AAB 2012 See Jun 2. Exhibition: Rock Archive See Jun 1. Musical: Oklahoma! See Jun 1. 2pm.

SPORT Beijing Bombers Ladies Day The Aussie Rules cricket team treat the sheilas to a barbie. Info at beijingfooty@ Free. 11am-5pm. Dulwich College HeyRunning Camp 2 Swedish running club open to all. RMB 150. Chaoyang Park.

LIVING Introduction to Chinese Calligraphy Workshop Try your hand at one of China’s oldest art traditions. RMB 120. 9.30am-12.30pm. Culture Yard (8404 4166)

EXPLORE Griddha Kuta Temple Hike Explore the ruins of a thousand-yearold temple. RMB 180. 8am-5pm. Ninety Percent Travel (5242 1949)

Looking for more? Tons more to do at


Prophets, Prostitutes and Spies Delve into the city’s semi-seedy past. 10am. The Hutong (6404 3355; see Living directory)

DINING Global Cuisine Dinner Buffet: Singapore Chef Jeffery Siew brings delights from the food-obsessed city-state. RMB 98. 5.30pm. Senses, DoubleTree by Hilton Langfang (+316 555 9999)

JUN 4 ARTS & CULTURE Placido Domingo´s Operalia: Quarterfinals Contestants vie against each other with the world’s most beloved arias. RMB 100200. 5pm. NCPA Concert Hall (6655 0000)

BARS & CLUBS Off The Latch! DJ Party Quality electronic dance music with the resident DJs providing an eclectic party soundtrack. Free, RMB 20 (after midnight). 10.30pm. School Bar (6402 8881)


Swisskiss: Rizzoknor Swiss combo fuse rock and dance as part of the SwissKiss series. RMB 80, RMB 50 (advance). 10pm. Haze (5900 6128)

BARS & CLUBS Rum Tasting Try a selection of añejo, dark and special rums from around the Caribbean. RMB 180. 8pm. Más (6405 4337)

ARTS & CULTURE Ballet: Romeo and Juliet The star-crossed lovers are at it again. RMB 80-360. 7.30pm. NCPA Theatre (6655 0000) Placido Domingo´s Operalia: Quarterfinals See Jun 4. 4pm.

LIVING “All For One” Networking Gives people from all professions the chance to schmooze. Register at info@ RMB 130 (includes drink and canapes), RMB 90 (pre-registered). 7.30pm. JW Marriott (5908 8906) Global Kitchen: Thai Cuisine Learn how to make favorites like pad thai and curry. RMB 250, RMB 200 (members). 7-9.30pm. The Hutong (6404 3355)

EXPLORE Royal Canal Boat Tour to the Summer Palace Travel like an emperor to the perfect summertime retreat. RMB 250, RMB 180 (kids 5-11). 9am-4.30pm. China Culture Center (6432 9341; see Living directory)

JUN 6 MUSIC King Salami and The Cumberland A Japanese guy, a Frenchman, a guy from the Caribbean, and a Spaniard walk into a temple … and play music. That’s all. Free. 9.30pm. Temple (131 6107 0713) Unplugged Night – Nova Heart An acoustic session from Helen Feng, formerly of Pet Conspiracy. RMB 40. 10pm. School Bar (6402 8881)

ARTS & CULTURE Book Talk: Judith Shapiro on China’s Environmental Challenges Sit down for this one … it’s gonna be a long talk. RMB 30, RMB 20 (members). 7.30pm. The Bookworm (6586 9507)

JUN 7 BARS & CLUBS Belgian Beers Competition – Opening Round Beer lovers come together for the opening exchanges of the Belgian Beer Competition. Price TBD. 8pm. Beer Mania (6500

Euro 2012 Opening Party Opening party and outdoor bucket drinks deals in front of six big screens as the football extravaganza kicks off. Free. 6pm. Black Sun (6593 6909)

Jun 9: Jam Market

A flea market to jump at. See Jun 7.


MUSIC Super Bad Men & Be-gin Local punk rockers hit What Bar. Free. 9.30pm. What Bar (133 4112 2757) Unplugged Night – Wang Wei Another acoustic session at School Bar, this time featuring veteran rocker Wang Wei. RMB 30. 10pm. School Bar (6402 8881)

ARTS & CULTURE Drama: Henry V The Propeller Company turns their all-male cast to conquering France. RMB 120-480. 7.30pm. NCPA Theatre (6655 0000) Film: The Seven-Year Itch Catch Marilyn Monroe’s notorious updraft dress scene. Free. 7.30pm. The Bookworm (6586 9507) Placido Domingo´s Operalia: Semifinals The field has been narrowed down to twenty semi-finalists. RMB 80-500. 4pm. NCPA Concert Hall (6655 0000)

LIVING Beijing Playhouse Drama Workshop Improve your acting skills. Free. 6.30pm. Hot Cat Club (6400 7868; see Nightlife directory) Cooking Class: Sichuan Master mala dishes and more. RMB 300. 10am-1pm. Black Sesame Kitchen (139 9147 4408) Chinese Culture Club: Making Suanmei Tang Learn to make sour plum juice, a refreshing traditional drink. Free. 1.30-3.30pm. Beijing Mandarin School, E-Tower (6508 1026)

EXPLORE 4-Day Tour to Guilin, Yangshuo & Longsheng Rice Terraces Until Jun 10. Karsts and rice paddies beckon. RMB 7,100, RMB 6,800 (book before May 31). China Culture Center (6432 9341; see Living directory)

JUN 8 BARS & CLUBS Belgian Beers Competition – Opening Round

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The Horses French duo mix house and disco jams with Donald Summer. RMB 50. 10pm. Haze (5900 6128)

DJane Gayle San Gayle San, resident at the legendary Omen in Frankfurt, comes to delight Beijing. RMB 100, RMB 60 (advance), free (before midnight). 10pm. Lantern (135 0134 8785)

Shinichi Osawa Japanese house super DJ Shinichi Osawa arrives in the capital to showcase some of his new collaborations. RMB 200, RMB 150 (advance). 10pm. Tango (6428 2288)

Tenth Anniversary of the Beijing Gaelic Association The Beijing Beatles play a set marking the 10th birthday of the Beijing GAA. RMB 100. 9.30pm-12.30am. Beer Mania (6500 0559)

Technow – Beijing Edition The Austro-German techno crew Mushido and Acupuncture Records bring the highly-acclaimed Technow event to Beijing. RMB 80. 10pm. Lantern (135 0134 8785) The Three Discoteers Boflex, Metro Tokyo and Tobias Patrick return for another night of disco magic. Free. 9.30pm. Migas (5208 6061)

MUSIC Lame Goat & Skipskip Benben Improvised psychedelica and noise-pop are sure to provide a night of surprises. Free. 9.30pm. Hot Cat Club (6400 7868) Mama Funker Brazilian funksters provide jazzy funk fusion. Free. 9.30pm. Temple (131 6107 0713) Trouble Trouble & The Planets Straight-up rock from Trouble Trouble, while The Planets provide a fix of grunge rock. RMB 40 (includes one free drink). 9.30pm. What Bar (133 4112 2757)

ARTS & CULTURE Shakespeare’s Henry V by Propeller See Jun 7.

LIVING Introduction to Tea: Green Find out how to buy it, brew it and store it. RMB 70 (includes tea tasting), RMB 50 (Culture Yard students). 7-9pm. Culture Yard (8404 4166)

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

MUSIC Li Dong Ningxia folk outfit Li Dong migrates to Tiananmen. RMB 30. 9.30pm. What Bar (133 4112 2757) The Amazing Insurance Salesmen Beijing’s post-punk rockers draw on modern influences. Free. 9.30pm. Temple (131 6107 0713) Buyi Anniversary Party Buyi celebrate 17 years together with a celebration at their spiritual home. RMB 100. 9.30pm. 2 Kolegas (6436 8998)

Style Jam Market A regular indoor flea market featuring affordable items from local Gulou shops as well as independent vendors. If you’re interested in selling your wares, email Free. 2-6pm. Jam Bar (6424 8218)

ARTS & CULTURE Drama: The Winter´s Tale The UK’s all-male Propeller Company on pregnancy and a suspect love triangle. Part of the UK Now Festival. RMB 120-480. 7.30pm. NCPA Theatre (6655 0000)

SPORT GAA: All China Games The finest of North Asia’s Gaelic footballers convene in Beijing. More info at Free. 10am. Dulwich College

LIVING Cooking Class: Homestyle Dumplings Learn how to make both meat and vegetarian-style dumplings from scratch. RMB 300. 10am-1pm. Black Sesame Kitchen (139 9147 4408) Global Kitchen: Pakistani Cuisine Learn how to make curries and naan at

June 2012


EVENTS home. RMB 250, RMB 200 (members). 2-4.30pm. The Hutong (6404 3355)

scratch. RMB 250, RMB 200 (members). 7-9.30pm. The Hutong (6404 3355)

Talk: Reviving the Ancient Tea Trail Scholar-explorer Dr. Ed Jocelyn takes you into the ethnography and drinking cultures of the people who lived along Yunnan’s legendary Tea and Horse Trail. RMB 100, RMB 50 (members). 3-5pm. The Hutong (6404 3355)

Green Drinks Join Beijing’s green community at their monthly meet-and-greet. Happy hour promotions apply. Free. 7.30pm. The Bookworm (6586 9507; see Dining directory)

JUN 10 DINING Global Cuisine Dinner Buffet: Singapore See Jun 9.

ARTS & CULTURE Drama: The Winter´s Tale See Jun 9. Placido Domingo´s Operalia: Finals The ten finalists each perform one aria, accompanied by full orchestra. RMB 160-880. 7.30 pm. NCPA Concert Hall (6655 0000)

Headhunter and HR Networking Connects people looking for jobs with people looking for staff. Register at info@ RMB 130, RMB 90 (preregistered). 7.30pm. Flames, Hilton Beijing Wangfujing (5812 8888)

JUN 13

Bronte novel, and it’s back for another run. RMB 180-580. 7.30pm. NCPA Theatre (6655 0000)

LIVING Cooking Class: Savory Sweet Dishes Pick up recipes for dishes that require sugar to balance out the flavors. RMB 300. 10am-1pm. Black Sesame Kitchen (139 9147 4408) INN Trekkie: Lama Temple Make new friends and explore the secret gems of Beijing together. RSVP by Jun 12 to Free. 9.30am2pm. Lama Temple (no tel)

JUN 15

MUSIC Toy Head Beijing ska outfit Toy Head draw on their jazz pop influences. Free. 9.30pm. Temple (131 6107 0713)

BARS & CLUBS DJ Wordy & Soulspeak

Three to See



Hiking the “Impregnable Great Wall” Conquer a new section of Wall. RMB 180. 9am-6pm. Ninety Percent Travel (5242 1949)

JUN 12 MUSIC Jason Mraz American singer-songwriter of “I’m Yours” fame hits Beijing as part of his massive Asian tour. RMB 380-880. 8pm. Workers’ Gymnasium (400 610 3721)

LIVING British Club Coffee Morning Come celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. No jeans or sneakers. RMB 70, RMB 50 (members). 10am-noon. The Capital Club (8486 2225 ext 260) Chinese Kitchen: Gourmet Baozi Learn the story behind the classic Chinese steamed buns and how to make them from


June 2012

Charity Fashion Show Designers Daniel Rebecca and Anthony Or will be showing their latest collections in an all-you-can-drink extravaganza. All dresses and accessories will be auctioned off that evening, with proceeds going to charity. RMB 600, RMB 500 (pre-registered). 6.30-11pm. Park 16, Solana (6431 8289 ext 901)

Brand New, You’re Retro #4 The exploration of world folk music . RMB 50, RMB 30 (advance). 9.30pm. Temple (131 6107 0713) Hedgehog Album Release Widely regarded as one of the top bands in the city, Hedgehog unleash Sun Fun Gun on the Gulou crowd. RMB 80, RMB 60 (advance). 9pm. Yugong Yishan (6404 2711)

Chinese Through Songs Workshop Improve your language skills by learning popular Chinese tunes. RMB 40. 6.30pm8pm. Culture Yard (8404 4166)

Biking, Boating and Dumplings Tour Work up a sweat and reward yourself with doughy pockets of deliciousness. RMB 380, RMB 280 (kids under 12). 3pm-7.30pm. China Culture Center (6432 9341; see Living directory)


DJ Fu The Syndicate welcomes award-winning drum and bass turntable wizard DJ Fu as he makes his Lantern debut. RMB 60. 10.30pm. Lantern (135 0134 8785)

Free Sailing Taster Join the Aofan Sailing Club for a taster session on the Omega sailing boat with their coach, no membership necessary. Book in advance at 139 1046 5950. Free. Noon, 12.30pm, 1pm, 2pm and 2.30pm. Beijing Olympic Rowing-Canoeing Park, Shunyi


Thruoutin/Nucleus/Pork/Dwaas Ferocious rockers Nucleus feature on a bill which also includes post-grunge punk outfit Pork. RMB 40 (includes one free drink). 9.30pm. What Bar (133 4112 2757)


Barefoot Running Learn to run with proper technique. Book at RMB 50. 10.30am. Chaoyang Park North

Speed Dating What do you have to lose? Each date lasts just six minutes. RSVP at RMB 150 (includes a drink & appetizers). 7pm. Location TBD

Special Gypsy Night The Hot Club of Beijing are among the gypsy swingers on hand to make a night to remember. Free. 9.30pm. Temple (131 6107 0713)

JUN 16



Hot Cat Third Anniversary Party Help them celebrate their third birthday. Free. 9.30pm. Hot Cat Club (6400 7868)


Thank France for all the free performances in Gulou. See photo, above.


The Virginian strummer takes on the Workers’ Gymnasium.


See Helen Feng and her Nova Heart in a different, less electric, light.

ARTS & CULTURE Book Talk: Escape from Hong Kong Tim Luard’s dramatic tale of escape during Hong Kong’s surrender to the Japanese in 1941. RMB 30, RMB 20 (members). 7.30pm. The Bookworm (6586 9507)

LIVING Photography Workshop: Smartphone Join Peter Carney in a quick session on easy techniques to maximize your photographs. RMB 35. 7-8pm. Culture Yard (8404 4166)

JUN 14 MUSIC Le Comptoir des Fous The irrepressible French jazz swingers continue their tour of China. Free. 9.30pm. Temple (131 6107 0713)

ARTS & CULTURE Drama: Jane Eyre The NCPA were the first to stage this

Hip-hop, dubstep, and electronic from the city’s favorite house music duo. RMB 50, RMB 100 (including DVD). 9pm. Yugong Yishan (6404 2711) Djang San with Jurat Improvised electro folk set from Djang San in collaboration with Xinjiang’s Jurat. RMB 40. 9.30pm. XP (6404 9947) House Gangster Mysterious German duo Snuff Crew brings the muscle, with Yang Bing Demon and Kaize enforcing the mobster jive. RMB 150, RMB 80 (advance), RMB 50 (early bird). 10pm. Haze (5900 6128) Los Residentes featuring M. Ross Resident DJs Nassdak and Bite-Size Buddha provide a dose of house, spiced with the stylings of Barcelona beat scientist M. Ross. Free. 10pm. Migas (5208 6061) Alexander Kowalski Techno producer and DJ Alexander Kowlaski makes his Beijing debut. RMB 100, RMB 60 (advance). 10pm. Lantern (135 0134 8785)


Ska Party featuring Skarving Skarving front a ska celebration at What Bar, melding blues, surf and reggae stylings. Free. 9.30pm. What Bar (133 4112 2757) Red Pirates & Zakka Haidian hard-rockers Red Pirates get help from Zakka. Free. 9.30pm. Hot Cat Club (6400 7868) Crossfaith Japanese hard rock on offer as Crossfaith perform supported by New Breed and The Falling. RMB 120, RMB 90 (advance). 8pm. MAO Livehouse (6402 5080) Forest Magic 2 Goa Productions present a dance party in beauty spot Shengtangyu featuring an international lineup including Psytrance Pete (UK), Microgram (Ireland) and Gotama (Belgium). RMB 200 (including transportation). 1pm. Shengtangyu Park (158 1093 8411) Hot Club of Beijing The gypsy swing combo presents a night of hot jazz. 9.45pm. Free. Beer Mania (6500 0559)

SPORT Yellow Sea Cup Tournament The Beijing Devils take on Seoul for the cup. Free. 3pm. Dulwich College AFL China Cup Our very own Beijing Bombers take on the Shanghai Tigers for Aussie pride. Free. 2pm. Xiaowuji Sports Fields


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EVENTS Cooking Class: Shanxi Noodles Learn to make delicious noodles and savory sauces to go with them from scratch. RMB 300. 10am-1pm. Black Sesame Kitchen (139 9147 4408) Chinese Kitchen: Yunnan See how you fare at cooking Beijing’s “in-cuisine.” RMB 250, RMB 200 (members). 10am-12.30pm. The Hutong (6404 3355) INN Coffee Morning – Sanlitun Meet people who live nearby. Free. 10amnoon .The Bookworm (6586 9507; see Dining directory)

EXPLORE Royal Canal Boat Tour to the Summer Palace See Jun 5.

JUN 17

The “V” Shape Great Wall What goes up, must come down … on this section of the Wall. RMB 180. 8am-6pm. Ninety Percent Travel (5242 1949)

JUN 19 LIVING Cooking Class: Back-to-Basics Chinese Dive right into Chinese cooking with a few simple but tasty dishes. RMB 300. 10am-1pm. Black Sesame Kitchen (139 9147 4408) FAME, PRAMS and Luxury Social Networking A chance for fashion and PR professionals to schmooze. Register at info@fcgroup. org. RMB 130, RMB 90 (pre-registered). 7.30pm. Zeta Bar, Hilton Beijing (5865 5050; see Nightlife directory)

BARS & CLUBS DJing Workshop Presented by Guava Want to know how to get that killer bass riff, and what kind of EQ or compression to use and when? Take your chance with Beijing’s very own Howie Lee. For more information, visit Guava. Free. 7.30pm-9.30pm. Modern Sky office Dragon Boat Festival Party Acupuncture resident DJs Weng Weng, ELVIS.T, and Jackson Lee bring you techno @ Lantern Space, while DJane BB Deng spins electro and mashup @ Lantern Box. Price TBD. 10pm. Lantern (135 0134 8785) Father’s Day Discounts on beer, spirits and cigars all day. Bring proof of your paternity. Free. 12SQM (6402 1554) Slow Motion The Wednesday staple moves to Thursday

DINING arts & culture

Asado Argentina South American BBQ Chimichurri and chorizo in the garden. All day. Terra (6591 9148)


Father’s Day Champagne Brunch Treat Dad to seafood and bubbly. Price TBD. 11.30am-3pm. The Garden Court, St. Regis (6460 6688 ext 2340)

Short films of interviews with over 80 LGBT youth across China.

LIVING Mahjong Workshop Learn the history and rules of the game. RMB 200 for 2 sessions (next session on Jun 24), RMB 160 (Culture Yard students). 09.30-12.30pm. Culture Yard (8404 4166)


MUSIC Reggae Party featuring Meiwenti The Meiwenti Sound Project hosts another reggae jamboree at What Bar. Free. 9.30pm. What Bar (133 4112 2757)

Introduction to Tea: Oolong See Jun 8.

Jun 7: Film: The Seven-Year Itch

Free Sailing Taster See Jun 10.

Tobi Neumann German house and techno stalwart Tobi Neumann descends on Sanlitun. RMB 30. 10pm. Migas (5208 6061)


Father’s Day Wine Dinner at Cepe Doesn’t Dad deserve some classy Italian wining and dining? RMB 688+15%. Cepe, Ritz-Carlton Beijing Financial Street (6601 6666)


Donald Summer Birthday Party Don’t forget to bring a gift for the Haze resident. RMB 50. 10pm. Haze (5900 6128)

Dragon Boat Festival Special: Gourmet Zongzi Learn how to make this traditional rice snack with new mouthwatering fillings. RMB 250, RMB 200 (members). 2.30-5pm. The Hutong (6404 3355)

Father’s Day at FIZZtastic Celebrate at the award-winning brunch, with liquid giveaways. RMB 458+15% (free-flow champagne, red/white wine, select cocktails), RMB 368+15% (free-flow soft drinks). 11.30am-3pm. Vasco’s, Hilton Wangfujing (5812 8888 ext 8411)

Concert: The Little Prince The charmingly precocious story set to orchestra sounds. RMB 160-240. 7.30pm. NCPA Multi-Functional Theatre (6655 0000)


Modern Dance: Letter to My Father Dancer-choreographer Apple Yang explores the limits of filial piety. RMB 180. 7.30pm. China Shijitan Contemporary Arts Center (5980 2222)

Barolo Father’s Day Brunch Three-course set lunch, plus Dad gets to take home a whole bottle of wine. RMB 388+15%. 11.30am-2pm. Barolo, RitzCarlton Beijing (5908 8151)


JUN 22


Barbeque with Dad For the dad who loves fighting fire with meat. And cigars. Price TBD. 6-10.30pm. Astor Grill, St. Regis (6460 6688 ext 2637)

Father’s Day Wine Dinner Italian delicacies and wine by candlelight. Price TBD. 6-10pm. Danieli’s, St. Regis (6460 6688 ext 2441)

INN Coffee Morning – Shunyi See Jun 13. Starbucks Pinnacle Plaza, Shunyi (8046 4360)

Wang Wei and the Rock Rhinos & VHR Veteran hard rocker brings his Rock Rhinos and their French friends VHR down to the hutongs. Free. 9.30pm. Hot Cat Club (6400 7868)

Three to See

Aroma Father’s Day Brunch Take your father on a gastronomic tour of the world. RMB 558+15%. 11.30am-3pm. Aroma, Ritz-Carlton Beijing (5908 8161)

Mandarin School, Guangming (8441 8391)

The old-fashioned way to see up a girl’s skirt. See photo, above.

Jun 17: Concert: The Little Prince

Symphony for those who can tell it’s a snake eating an elephant.

Jun 26: Digital Storytelling Project

EXPLORE Royal Canal Boat Tour to the Summer Palace See Jun 5.

JUN 20 LIVING INN Coffee Morning – Chaoyang Park See Jun 16. Rug Bagel and Cafe (8550 2722; see Dining directory) Photography Workshop: Portraits See Jun 13.

JUN 21 DINING Blissful Summer Breeze at Raffles Scallop carpaccio, foie gras and wagyu beef short rib paired with Lawson’s Dry Hills signature wines. RMB 588+15%. 7pm. Jaan, Raffles Beijing (6526 3388 ext 4186)

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for one week only, with Tobias Patrick lowering the tempo. RMB 20. 10pm. Haze (5900 6128)

MUSIC Fête de la Musique Celebrate World Music Day across Beijing’s musical heartland as Gulou’s venues host more than 20 performances to mark China’s debut celebration of Fête de la Musique. Free. 6pm. Gulou

ARTS & CULTURE Film: Bringing Up Baby Cary Grant and Katherine Hepburn babysit a leopard. Free. 7.30pm. The Bookworm (6586 9507)

LIVING Cooking Class: Homestyle Dumplings See Jun 9. Beijing Playhouse Drama Workshop See Jun 7. Dragon Boat Festival Party Learn how to prepare rice dumplings while making new friends. Free. 6-8pm. Beijing

Pingyao Ancient Walled Town Until Jun 24. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of China’s last walled cities. RMB 2,700, RMB 2,500 (book before Jun 1). China Culture Center (6432 9341; see Living directory) Inner Mongolian Grasslands, Erguna Wetland & Russian Village Until Jun 24. Ride like a nomad across the plain before making your way to the Russian border. RMB 5,600, RMB 5,500 (book before Jun 5). China Culture Center (6432 9341; see Living directory) Sichuan Panda Natural Reserve & Leshan Buddha Until Jun 24. Spice things up while checking out animals and architecture. RMB 6,000, RMB 5,900 (book before Jun 5). China Culture Center (6432 9341; see Living directory) Gansu’s Xiahe and Monasteries Until Jun 25. Discover the spiritual traditions of the northwest of China. RMB 6,500, RMB 6,300 (book before Jun 5). China Culture Center (6432 9341; see Living directory) Seven Days in Tibet Until Jun 28. Start in Lhasa, then explore the vast surrounding landscape plus additional cities and towns. RMB 12,800, RMB 12,600 (book before Jun 5). China Culture Center (6432 9341; see Living directory) Camping in Xinjiang Until Jul 1. Tackle the Tianshan Mountains.

June 2012


EVENTS 280, RMB 220 (members). 7-9.30pm. The Hutong (6404 3355)

RMB 9,800. Snap Adventures (150 1036 4340)

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JUN 23



Haze Resident Night More homely beats from the Haze gang. RMB 50. 10pm. Haze (5900 6128)

Ellen Allien Don’t miss this set from the head of Berlin’s epic BPitch Control label. RMB 250, RMB 200 (advance), RMB 150 (early bird). 10pm. Haze (5900 6128)

Louis La Roche UK nu-disco/French house wonder-kid Louis La Roche kicks off the first rooftop party of the year. RMB 30. 9.30pm. Migas (5208 6061)

Kollection DJ Steven Miller, Ouyang and the Acupuncture crew host a night of electro. RMB 50, free (before midnight). 10pm. Lantern (135 0134 8785)

The Drop A night of dubstep, electro bass, and mashup brought by OSHI and TNEM featuring guest DJ and producer Howie Lee. RMB 50, free (before midnight). 10pm. Lantern (135 0134 8785)

Boflex DJ Boflex returns to Migas with his unique blend of house and disco sounds. Free. 10pm. Migas (5208 6061)


MUSIC Beijing Punk Gathering Early Bus, Trouble Trouble and Discord get together to rain a storm of punk . RMB 30. 9.30pm. What Bar (133 4112 2757) Brand New You’re Retro #5 The exploration of world folk music. RMB 50, RMB 30 (advance). 9.30pm. Temple. (131 6107 0713) Duanwu Folk Festival Ma Di, Song Dongye and Liang Zi feature in a line-up marking the traditional Dragon Boat Festival. Free. 9.30pm. Hot Cat Club (6400 7868) Olivier Roussel Duo & Li Daiguo Jazz duet and multi-instrumentalist Li Daiguo combine for what’s sure to be a jaw-dropping show. RMB 50, RMB 30 (advance). Time TBD. Temple. (131 6107 0713) ’dazeFEAST 2012 The third annual ’dazeFEAST goes ahead with a host of top local acts set to mark the anniversary. Free. Time TBD. 2 Kolegas (6436 8998)

LIVING Chinese Kitchen: Dim Sum & Tapas See Jun 2. 10.30am-1pm. Dragon Boat Festival Special: Gourmet Zongzi See Jun 22. 2-4.30pm. Full-Day Photography Workshop Join Peter Carney for a day of shooting and editing sessions in the hutongs. SLR required. RMB 500. 10am-6pm. Culture Yard (8404 4166)

JUN 24 MUSIC Opening Party for “Cosmic Fantasy” Exhibition Electronic acts Cam Norton and Nostalgia for the Stars combine to mark the opening of James S. Chen’s “Cosmic Fantasy” art exhibition. Free. 8.30pm. Hot Cat Club (6400 7868)

SPORT People’s Run Running fun with the Swedish exercise mob. RMB 30. 3pm. Chaoyang Park (West Gate 3)

LIVING Chinese Through Songs Workshop See Jun 10. Mahjong Workshop


June 2012

Jun 13: Photography Workshop – Smartphone So you don’t take photos like this. See Jun 17.

EXPLORE Prophets, Prostitutes and Spies See Jun 3. The Hutong (6404 3355; see Living directory) The Phoenix, The Devil Number Six and The Center of The Universe. Get literary on The Hutong’s latest tour. RMB 120, RMB 100 (members). 4pm. The Hutong (6404 3355; see Living directory)

JUN 25 LIVING INN Monthly Meeting: Summer Fun Discover amusement parks, recreation and sports centers, and ideas for day trips and weekend getaways. RMB 50 (includes coffee and pastries). 10am-midnight. Capital Club Athletic Center (8486 2225)

JUN 26 ARTS & CULTURE Digital Storytelling Project
 LGBT youth around China share their stories. RMB 30, RMB 20 (members). 7.30pm. The Bookworm (6586 9507)


The Intrepid Adventurers & Elephant Fresh Bluesy funk combines with disco rock. An interesting collision at Temple. Free. 9.30pm. Temple (131 6107 0713)

LIVING VIVA Monthly Meeting: Nothing Is As It Seems Teacher and author Joan Pittman unpacks eight common myths about China. RMB 250, RMB 180 (members). 6.30-9pm. Westin Beijing Chaoyang (5922 8888)

ARTS & CULTURE Opera: Tannhäuser Wagner’s tale of a young singer’s choice between lust and love. RMB 100-580. 7.30pm. NCPA Opera House (6655 0000)

JUN 28 BARS & CLUBS Absinthe Tasting Night Meet the green fairy in a hutong near you. RMB 200. 7pm-9pm. Modernista (136 9142 5744) Favela A patchwork of Latin-infused dance music from electrified cumbia to sambafied House and baile funk, brought by Nassdak and Bite-Size Buddha. Free. 10pm-late. Migas (5208 6061)

BEEF & I Social Networking A supportive environment to talk business. Register at RMB 130, RMB 90 (pre-registered). 7.30pm. Loong Bar, JW Marriott (5908 8906; see Nightlife directory)

Zhang Si’an Experimental folk rock with Djang San. Free. 9.30pm. Temple (131 6107 0713)

Cooking Class: Savory Snacks Learn how to make everyone’s favorite Beijing nibbles. RMB 300. 10am-1pm. Black Sesame Kitchen (139 9147 4408)

Opera: Tannhäuser See Jun 27.

INN Night Out! Meet up with newcomers and long-time residents to swap stories about living in Beijing. RSVP by Jun 24 to innbeijing@ Free. 7-9pm. Saddle Cantina (5208 6005; see Dining directory)



ARTS & CULTURE LIVING Cooking Class: Back-to-Basics Chinese See Jun 19. INN Coffee Morning – Lido See Jun 13. Maan Coffee (8457 3470; see Dining directory) Seasonal Mixology: Summer Special Mix up refreshing punches and sparkling party drinks with Paul Mathew. RMB

L’Enfance Rouge Globetrotting French/Italian trio touch down o mark the release of SwinousjcieBeijing. RMB 60, RMB 40 (advance). 9pm. Yugong Yishan (6404 2711) Pangbianr presents INTernationaL noise eXchange (INTLX) #2 A pan-Pacific lo-fi noise exchange with School Girl Report among a set of local acts. RMB 30 (includes one free drink). 9.30pm. Hot Cat Club (6400 7868) Reloadz, 16 Minutes + VHR Punk and rock are the order of the evening at What Bar. RMB 40 (includes one free drink). 9.30pm. What Bar (133 4112 2757) Whai & DJ Mickey Zhang Experimental rockers Whai team up with DJ Mickey Zhang at Temple. Free. 9.30pm. Temple (131 6107 0713) The Amazing Insurance Salesmen Djang San and his band give a night of original experimental rock. RMB 60. 9.30pm. Yugong Yishan (6404 2711)

ARTS & CULTURE Opera: Tannhäuser See Jun 27.

SPORT Sixes Cricket Until Jul 1. Beijing’s finest take on sides from overseas. Free. 2pm. Dulwich College (6454 9150)

LIVING Global Kitchen: Vietnamese Cuisine Try making the cuisine that bears so many colonial influences. RMB 250, RMB 200 (members). 10am-12.30pm. The Hutong (6404 3355)

JUN 30 BARS & CLUBS Great Aircraft Carrier Party A selection of the city’s finest DJs prepares to grace the flight deck of a disused aircraft carrier in Tianjin. Ticket includes transport to venue. RMB 350, RMB 300 (before Jun 27). 8pm. Binhai Aircraft Carrier, Tianjin (136 8126 3981) DJ Saul D Former Punk resident DJ Saul D brings his eclectic sounds up to the Migas terrace with a unique blend of house, disco and techno. Free. 10pm. Migas (5208 6061) Homebase Electric Volume 5

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EVENTS An intimate lineup of local talent offers a night of electro stylings. RMB 50, free (before 11pm). 10pm. Lantern (135 0134 8785)

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

Belgian Beers Competition – Final Round The grand champions of Beer Mania’s Belgian beers contest is determined and the winner picks up their trip to Belgium. Price TBD. Time TBD. Beer Mania (6500 0559)

Paddy’s Quiz Which quiz host swears the most? Prizes for every round and more. Free. 8.30pm. Paddy O’Shea’s (6415 6389) Slow Motion Jun 6, Jun 13 and Jun 27. Demone and Yang Bing bring down the BPM for a midweek session. Free. 10pm. Haze (5900 6128)

MUSIC Kick Ass Hard rockers Kick Ass stick the boot in . Free. 9.30pm. Hot Cat Club (6400 7868)

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

Brand New You’re Retro #6 The exploration of world folk music. RMB 50, RMB 30 (advance). 9.30pm. Temple (131 6107 0713)

Wednesday Cocktails Enjoy half-priced cocktails between 5pm and midnight. Free. 5pm. Brussels (6591 9525)

Misandao Old-style punk from veteran rockers Misandao. Free. 9.30pm. What Bar (133 4112 2757)

All You Can Drink Take advantage of Hidden Lounge’s night of excess where guys pay RMB 100, while gals get in half-price. 9pm-midnight. Hidden Lounge (8772 1613)

LIVING Cooking Class: Summer Stir-Fries Learn to make light stir-fries that are perfect for summer. RMB 300. 10am-1pm. Black Sesame Kitchen (139 9147 4408)

EXPLORE Experience Inner Mongolia’s Xilin Gol Grassland Until July 1. Roll around in the grass at this National Nature Reserve. RMB 3,200, RMB 3,100 (booking before Jun 13). China Culture Center (6432 9341; see Living directory)

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)


JUNE 30: GREAT AIRCRAFT CARRIER PARTY Tell your grandkids that you once partied like a sailor. Tuesday Half-Price All food at the Belgian eatery is half-price. 5-10pm. Brussels Bar & Restaurant (6591 9525)

BARS & CLUBS Black Sun Quiz Night Testing times at Chaoyang Park West Gate. Free. 8.30pm. Black Sun (6593 6909) Mesh Cocktail Tuesday Two-for-one on both passion fruit and lychee martinis. Free. Mesh (6417 6688) Quiz Night How many, when and where? Free. 8pm. Tim’s Texas Bar-B-Q (6591 9161) 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)

Gaelic Football Beijing GAA’s training session. Open to all. Free. 8pm. Si’de Park

LIVING Culinary Walking Tour: Creating Your Own Chinese Kitchen An action-packed hour in a local market filled with details on food combining, seasonal shopping and TCM-approved ingredients. RMB 100, RMB 80 (members). 9-10.30am. The Hutong (6404 3355) Exploring Chinese Social Trends Discuss new trends and improve your conversational Chinese. RMB 40 (discounted for month of June from RMB 75). 7-8.40pm. Culture Yard (8404 4166) Free Chinese Corner Practice your Chinese and make new friends. Free. 1-3pm. Beijing Mandarin School, E-Tower (6508 1026)

Bookworm Pub Quiz Free drinks guaranteed, cash prize conditional upon supreme intelligence. Free. 8pm. The Bookworm (6586 9507)

Happy Hour at Más Spanish-themed bar offers RMB 30 mojitos, caipirinhas and daiquiris and RMB 10 Beijing draft. 6pm. Más (6405 4337)


Couples Night Guys and girls coming together, buy-twoget-two-free (classics, house wine, frozen special, local beer and mystery cocktail). 9pm-midnight. Hidden Lounge (8772 1613)

Networking Night Make business contact at Hidden Lounge where RMB 380 buys admission for four people. RMB 50 pays for any additional networkers. 10pm-midnight. Hidden Lounge (8772 1613)

Curry Wednesday Three different curries offered. RMB 98. Village Cafe (6410 5210)

All You Can Drink RMB 100 gets you all-you-can-drink draft Stella with free-flow potato chips. All night. Flamme (6417 8608)

LIVING Bilingual Tango Classes See if you have what it takes to tango. RMB 70 (includes one drink), RMB 120 (couple). 7.30pm. Hot Cat Club (6400 7868; see Nightlife directory) Life Drawing Club Meet others and draw live models. Beginners encouraged. Register at RMB 60, RMB 50 (members). 7.30-9.30pm. The Hutong (6404 3355)

TUESDAYS DINING Steak Night Buy-one-get-one-free on Flamme’s house steak. Free. Flamme (6417 8608)

MUSIC Live Music at Migas Everything from jazz to R&B, blues to reggae, as well as funk and soul, up on the terrace as the long summer nights roll around. Free. 9pm-11.30pm. Migas (5208 6061)

SPORT Beijing Aardvarks Rugby training. Meet from 6.30pm at Chaoyang Park (South Gate). Call Stu for details at 134 3670 1915 or see www.


Wednesday’s Roasts Weekend tradition moves midweek. Roast beef, pork and leg of lamb, with all the traditional sides. RMB 498+15%. 5.30-10.30pm. Grange Grill, Westin Beijing Chaoyang (5922 8888) Wine and Dine Free glass of wine with every three-course set dinner. Free. Terra (6591 9148)

BARS & CLUBS Divas’ Wednesday Buy-one-get-one-free on bottles of Moet & Chandon and champagne cocktails. Free. 9pm-midnight. Xiu (8567 1108)

Beijing Devils Rugby training. Meet from 6.30pm at The Den (6592 6290)

Ladies’ Night at Ciro’s Two-for-one cocktails and jazz. Free. 6pm-midnight (band starts 9.30pm). Ciro’s Pomodoro (5208 6008)

Dodgeball Ducking, diving and the like. 8.30pm. Dongsi Olympic Community Sports Culture Center. More details at www.

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 Daniels. Free. 8pm. Lush (8286 3566)

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Hutong School Nights Wind back the clock to your school days aided by RMB 20 Stella and mixed drinks. Time TBD. Beer Mania (6500 0559)

MUSIC Live Music at Migas See Tuesdays.

SPORT Ultimate Frisbee Pickup sessions move outside. Open to all. Field is located near the southeast exit of Zhichunlu subway station (Lines 10 and 13). 8pm. For more info, email or

LIVING Culinary Walking Tour: Creating Your Own Chinese Kitchen See Tuesdays.

EXPLORE Beijing Hikers Midweek treks every week to various locations around Beijing. Prices vary by hike. See for specific trips. Beijing Hikers (6432 2786; see Sports directory) Dandelion Hiking Join for weekly excursions to the Wall or other locations. See for specific hikes and to make reservations. Dandelion Hiking (131 2478 8581; see Sports directory)

THURSDAYS DINING Prime Rib Night Enjoy 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)

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% off all bot-

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EVENTS tles of Absolut. 9pm-late. Xiu, Park Hyatt (8567 1108)

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)

Green Cap Quiz Night Where did she go? Free. 7.30pm. The Green Cap (186 1174 7939) Ladies Night Ladies get all the luck. Half-price on all drinks between 5pm and midnight. Free. 5pm. Brussels (6591 9525)

Champagne Brunch Sundays don’t get better than Veuve Clicquot champagne with oysters, grilled meat, fresh cheese and luscious desserts. RMB 428-528+15%. 11.30am-3pm. Garden Court, St. Regis (6460 6688)

Ladies’ Night Free for ladies. 9pm-midnight. Hidden Lounge (8772 1613) Lindemans Ladies Nights Buy two Lindemans Fruit Beers and get a free Belgian ice cream. Beer Mania (6500 0559)

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)

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. 7pm-10pm. Terra (6591 9148)

MUSIC Music Open Mic All comers welcome to take to the mic. Free. 9.30pm. Hot Cat Club (6400 7868)

SPORT Angels Basketball Wings not essential. Venue is located near the Temple of Heaven. RMB 80. 7pm. Contact to play. Beijing Aardvarks Rugby training in the CBD. 7.20pm. Call Stu at 134 3670 1915 for details. www. Beijing Devils See listings for Tuesdays. Beijing Ladies Golf Play with the ladies at some of the best courses of the city. Email for more details. Expat Squash League Squash with expats in a league format. Court rental costs shared. Email to sign up. 6.30pm. Asia Pacific Building (near Ritan Park)

LIVING Chinese Through Media Class Discuss a new piece of current global media. For intermediate/advanced learners. RMB 500 for 4 sessions (first class is free). 7-9pm. Culture Yard (8404 4166) Free Chinese Corner See Tuesdays.


Jun 1-30: Dragon Boat Festival at the ritz-carlton Real dragon boaters fuel up on zongzi. Piscos, Cosmos and daiquiris. Free. 5pm. Terra (6591 9148)

LIVING Chinese Through Media Class See Thursdays.

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) Sunken Garden Tapas Tapas await as Sureño opens their summer terrace. RMB 158 and up. Noon-3pm. Sureño, The Opposite House (6410 5240) 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)



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)

Champagne Cocktails Special cocktails made from fruit purees, and 15% discounts on bottles of bubbly. 6pm-2am. Atmosphere, China World Summit Wing (6505 2299 ext 6433)

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 Pink Fridays LGBT-friendly evening showcasing pink


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Elliot Johnson and the Taste of Soul Band Chicago blues. Free. 9.30pm-12.30am. Ciro’s Pomodoro (5208 6008)

ARTS & CULTURE China through Cinema: The Aging Society China’s wrinkles are starting to show, and these films will tell you all about it. Catch Ang Lee’s Pushing Hands (Jun 2), two of Ann Hui’s films (Jun 9 and 16) and Ning Ying’s For Fun (Jun 23). RMB 25. 7pm.

Culture Yard (8404 4166)

SPORT Flag Football League Coed and men’s football for those who shy from contact. Price TBD. 1pm. Ditan Sports Stadium. Full details at www.mashupasia. com The Peloton Beijing Road Bike Cycling Club Road cycling for the serious and enthusiastic alike. Bikes are available for hire. To register, email Price TBD. 7am. Ride begins and ends at the TREK store near Chaoyang Park South Gate.

LIVING Culinary Walking Tour: Creating Your Own Chinese Kitchen See Tuesdays. 12.30-2pm.

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) All-You-Can-Eat Italian Aperitivo Fill up on classic fare from the bar’s Italian chef. RMB 80. 6pm-9pm. Modernista (136 9142 5744) 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) 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) 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) Bubbalicious

FIZZtastic Champagne Brunch Mumm Champagne on free-flow and a lip-smacking array of international gastronomy, including lobsters and assorted goodies brought direct to your table. RMB 458+15%. 11.30am-3pm. Vasco’s, Hilton Wangfujing (5812 8888 ext 8411 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. 11.30am-3pm. CRU Steakhouse, JW Marriott Beijing (5908 8995) “Hot and Wet” BBQ Pool Party Burgers, grilled meats and seafood and a full salad bar for those in bikinis. Free-flow drinks to boot. RMB 268. Noon-4pm. Doubletree by Hilton Beijing (6338 1999 ext 1628) Latin Brunch Enjoy a seafood platter and choose up to six dishes from a selection with Latin, European and Asian influences. RMB 288 (free-flow prosecco, red & white wine), RMB 228 (free-flow non-alcoholic drinks). Noon-4pm. Alameda (6417 8084) Luce Sunday Brunch Choose two, three or four courses of fresh, flavorful Italian cuisine. RMB 110-150. 11am-4pm. Luce (8402 4417) 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) 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) 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

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EVENTS 218+15% (includes soft drinks, coffee and tea). 11.30am-2.30pm. Greenfish, RitzCarlton Beijing Financial Street (6629 6990)

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)

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. RMB 268+15% (includes wine and beer), RMB 368+15% (includes freeflow champagne). 11.30am-3pm. BLD Cafe, Renaissance Beijing Capital (5863 8223)

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)

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

The Big Blue All month. Generous 4-course lunch or dinner set menu with wine pairing options starting at an additional RMB 248. RMB 688+15%. Le Pré Lenôtre, Sofitel (8599 6666 ext 6528)

Sunday Session: Free Flow Beer and bubbly till you drop. RMB 200. 5-8pm. Terra (6591 9148) Beat the Heat Cool down on Sunday nights with RMB 10 frozen drinks or try a mystery cocktail. 9pm-midnight. Hidden Lounge (8772 1613)

SPORT Badminton League Sign up as an individual or in a team of two. Costs TBD. 4pm. Chaoyang Gymnasium. Full details at Beijing Golfers Golf with fellow walk-spoilers. Prizes to be won for members. Details at golf@ Beijing Guardians American football that’s more full-on than flag. Practice for the upcoming BeijingShanghai Bowl. For more info contact beijingguardians@ for more info. Free for new players. 1pm. China American Football Center, Tongzhou Expat Squash League Squash with expats in a league format. Court rental costs shared. Email to sign up. 7pm. Dongzhimen area Field Hockey Outdoor field hockey for all levels. Pitch costs shared. Noon. Pitch is either Taiyuan Diplomatic Compound or Olympic Training Center. Details at bjhockeyclub@ Water Polo The Beijing Ducks return to the pool for treading water and bloodshed. All are welcome. Contact or Price TBD. 3pm. International School of Beijing (carpool from Dongzhimen)

LIVING Survival Chinese Learn the vocabulary essential for day-today survival in Beijing. RMB 200, RMB 600 (advance payment for 4 sessions). 10amnoon. Culture Yard (8404 4166)

WEEKENDS DINING All-You-Can-Eat Dim Sum How many bites will it take to fill your bottomless stomach? RMB 128+15%. 10.30am-2.30pm. Sui Yuan Chinese Restaurant, DoubleTree by Hilton Beijing (6338 1999 ext 1726) Aroma Gourmet Brunch Lobster, oysters, foie gras, international cheeses and a Sunday roast. RMB 558+15%

Jun 7-8: Drama: Henry V

Conquer France with the UK’s all-male Propeller Company. (includes unlimited Piper Heidsieck champagne). 11.30am-3pm. Aroma, Ritz-Carlton Beijing (5908 8161)

Beijing’s Aardvarks, Brothers, Devils and more. For details, see and

Dim Sum Brunch More than 40 kinds of dim sum, plus a buffet of cold appetizers, congee and desserts, with free-flow tea. RMB 128+15%. 10.30am-2.30pm. Sui Yuan Restaurant, DoubleTree by Hilton Beijing (6338 1999 ext 1726)

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. More details at

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 All-you-can-eat dim sum and congee at wallet-friendly prices. RMB 99. Noon-2pm. Sun Palace, Crowne Plaza Sun Palace Beijing (6429 8888 ext 6332) 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) 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) Set Summer Brunch Escape for the weekend in the middle of the city. 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) Summer Barbeque Spend your Saturday or Sunday afternoon hanging out on the deck, with a selection of sausages, lamb, steaks, ribs and grilled vegetables on the menu and Stella Artois on tap. Village Cafe, The Opposite House (6410 5210) Tea at Tiananmen Enjoy a luxurious afternoon – nibble on an array of freshly baked scones, finger sandwiches, delectable cakes and pastries. RMB 138. 3.30-5.30pm. Capital M (6702 2727)

SPORT Beijing Sailing Center Lots of chances to learn to sail or touch up your yardarm skills. Info at beijingsailing. com. Beijing Sailing Center (5900 0276) Men’s Rugby The Beijing Cup is contested between

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IFFC 11-a-side League Beijing’s biggest expat-friendly full-size football tournament. Games take place at Chaoyang Stadium and Si’de Park. More details at

EXPLORE Beijing Hikers Choose from two Saturday and two Sunday treks to suit all levels. Prices vary by hike. See for specific trips. Beijing Hikers (6432 2786; see Sports directory) Dandelion Hiking Join them for weekend excursions to the Wall or other locations. Saturday hikes and Sat-Sun camping trips available. See for specific hikes and to make reservations. Dandelion Hiking (131 2478 8581; see Sports directory)

ONGOING DINING Afternoon Deals on the Terrace Monday-Saturday. Enjoy a dessert and coffee combo (RMB 69) or a main plus draft beer combo (RMB 98) out on the deck. 3-6pm. SALT (6437 8457) 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 Lunch Rapido Mon-Fri. Two- and three-course set lunches. RMB 79-98. 11.30am-3pm. Alameda (6417 8084) Alluring Spring Bamboo All month. Welcome spring by tasting from a bamboo-centric menu. Summer Palace,

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 All month. 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 6092/93) Business Lunch Mon-Fri. Choose from two different menus, including crepes, desserts, drinks and espressos. RMB 55-75. Crepanini (5208 6092/93) California Prune Savor Jun 25-Jul 31. The dried plum goes upscale with pumpkin soup, salmon and beef tenderloin. RMB 268+15%. Hilton Beijing (5865 5020) 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) 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) Dragon Boat Festival Gift Hampers Until Jun 23. Celebrate the Duanwu Festival with an impressive selection of rice dumplings. RMB 199-499. Hilton Beijing (5865 5070) Dragon Boat Festival at the RitzCarlton Jun 1-30. Enjoy traditional rice puddings by Chef Ku. Yu, Ritz-Carlton Beijing (6601 6666) Dragon Boat Festival at Kerry Hotel All month. A great selection of zongzi packages for your celebration. RMB 198438. Horizon, Kerry Hotel (8565 6865) 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) Dumplings and Dragons

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EVENTS Jun 11-23. Rice dumplings galore. RMB 188 (box with six flavors), RMB 228 (box with eight flavors). Yao Chi, Grand Millennium Beijing (6888 5360) Feast Business Lunch Mon-Fri. Choose a main course, then go wild with 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) Ganges All-You-Can Eat Lunch Buffet Tue-Thu. Gorge on butter chicken and naan. Only available at The Place and Dongzhimenwai branches. RMB 60. 11.30am-1.30pm. Ganges (6587 2999, 6417 0900) 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)

The Royal Treat at One East All month. Dine on white asparagus, the ingredient of kings, complete with wine pairings (for an extra RMB 148 per person). RMB 428+15%. One East, Hilton Beijing (5865 5030) SALT Summer 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). Noon-3pm. SALT (6437 8457) Seafood Fascination Fri-Sat. Indulge in seafood to ease yourself into the weekend. Dinner only. RMB 328+15%. Feast, Sheraton Beijing Dongcheng (5798 8888) 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) Seasoning All-Day Dining International Buffet All month. Enjoy fish, scallops, lamb chops, chicken and beef hot off the grill, along with other international options. RMB 198+15%. 6-9.30pm. Holiday Inn Beijing Focus Square (6473 3333 ext 6310)

Hungry for Hummus? Mon-Fri. Middle Eastern favorite Rumi offers a lunch buffet featuring many of their most popular menu items. RMB 88. 11.30am-2.30pm. Rumi (8454 3838)

Set Summer 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)

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)

Shangri-La Dragon Boat Festival Until Jun 23. Rice dumplings, with flavors from steamed conpoy to Thai-style chicken. Shang Palace, Shangri-La (6841 2211 ext 6732)

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 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 Happy Hour Dinner Set All month. The perfect excuse to have an early dinner. RMB 148 (2 courses), RMB 168 (3 courses). 6-7pm. Modo (6415 7207) Mosto at 6 All month. Dine al fresco as the sun sets over Nali Patio. RMB 218 (2 courses), RMB 258 (3 courses). 6-7pm. Mosto (5208 6030) Mughal’s Buffet Lunch Mon-Fri. Indian and Pakistani curries, vegetable dishes and more. Noon-2.30pm. Mughal’s (6638 2160) Olé! Business Lunch All month. A quick two-course lunch. RMB 60, RMB 70 (includes glass of wine). 11am3.30pm. 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) Qi Dragon Boat Festival All month. Cantonese-style rice dumplings in delicate gift packaging. Full hamper for RMB 368. Qi, Ritz-Carlton Beijing Financial Street (6601 6666) The Royal Treat at Elements Sat-Thu. Enjoy this spring’s white asparagus offerings as part of the excellent dinner buffet. RMB 288+15%. Elements, Hilton Beijing (5865 5020)


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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) 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) Sureño Set Lunch Mon-Fri. Two or three courses. RMB 128-158+15%. Noon-2.30pm. Sureño, The Opposite House (6410 5240)

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)

almost glow – showing off her extraordinary sensitivity to light and color. RMB 10, free (Thu). Tue-Sun 10am-7pm. UCCA (8459 9269)

Ven Pronto All month. A bargain four-course set menu for early diners – as long as you finish by 7.30pm. Reservations essential. RMB 248. Agua (5208 6188)

Water Work Jun 3-Jul 17. Ju Yunfei’s first solo exhibition explores historical memory using Chinese in painting and scrolls. RMB 10, free (Thu). UCCA (8459 9269)

Vino & Tostas Mon-Fri. Free special toast tapas with purchase of any bottle of wine. Noon10.30pm. Niajo (5208 6052)

Irit Tamari: Haojiu Bujian Le (Long Time No See) Jun 9-Jul 8. A new hutong gallery showcases the Israeli artist’s photographs – dioramas of Beijing unrealities she created while longing for China after her return to Israel. Free. Jiali Gallery (8402 5613)

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) 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, 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 Draft Beer Special Fri-Sat. Two for RMB 30. 9pm-midnight. Hidden Lounge (8772 1613) Weekly Happy Hours Mon-Thu. Cocktails for 40-45% off. 6-9pm. Q Bar (6595 9239) Windy Barnes Tue-Sat. Jazz, pop, R&B and gospel singer. Free. 8.30pm. Mix, Westin Chaoyang (5922 8000)


A Sweet Temptation All month. Wuliangye chocolate ice cream, lychee mousse, Sichuan pepper chocolate pudding, handmade chocolates and corn creme brulee round out their dessert sampler. Made in China, Grand Hyatt Beijing (8518 1234 ext 6024)

Beyond Words: Photography from the New Yorker Until Jun 10. Images from 1890-2010 that have decorated the pages of one of the world’s most-read magazines. Part of Caochangdi PhotoSpring. RMB 15. UCCA (8459 9269)

Taking Time for Lunch Mon-Sat. 11.30am-2.30pm. Luxe lunch menus, Italian-style. RMB 148+15% (two courses), RMB 168+15% (three courses), RMB 188+15% (four courses). Barolo, RitzCarlton Beijing (5908 8777)

Bring Me the Head Of … May 12-Jun 12. Artist Serkan Ozkaya has created a pate shaped like a little bear’s head. You order it off Capital M’s menu, then consume the “artwork” you’ve just purchased. Available at lunch and dinner only. Capital M (6702 2727; see Dining directory)

A Taste of Malaysia at Scene a Café May 14-27. Authentic Malaysian dishes steal the show at the buffet. RMB 298+15% (excludes Friday night dinner and Sunday brunch). Scene a Café, China World Hotel (6505 2266 ext 35) Thai Food Festival Jun 22-Jul 1. Traditional dishes, fruit carving demonstrations and a chance to win a trip to Thailand. Walk-in parties of four only pay for three. RMB 218 (lunch), RMB 248 (dinner). Citrus Restaurant, Novotel Beijing Xinqiao (6513 3366 ext 2001) Tomahawk

Luo Mingjun: Dust Until Jul 3. Earthy yet ethereal new works from the woman who’s brought you huge paper boats and text printed on shot glasses. Free. Pekin Fine Arts (5127 3220) I See China Until Jul 3. Colin Chinnery, Zhao Liang, Wang Chuan and a host of others join in for Caochangdi PhotoSpring. Free. Pekin Fine Arts (5127 3220) A Thousand Kisses Deep Jun 3-Jul 15. Song Kun’s deep sea paintings

Passion for Porcelain: Masterpieces of Ceramics Jun 22-Jan 6. The story of China’s porcelain capturing minds, hearts and pocketbooks in Europe, told through the finest pieces from the British Museum and Victoria and Albert Museum. Part of the UK Now Festival. Free. National Museum of China (6512 8910) Qiu Shihua Until July 8. New oil paintings and earlier works by one of China’s revered older artists. Free. Galerie Urs Meile (6433 3393) Frederik Foert: The Sun’s Not Yellow, It’s Chicken Until Jun 17. Foert’s out-of-the-box creativity turns kitchen appliances into kinetic machines , shown alongside video works, drawings and collages. Free. Alexander Ochs (8456 2054) Guo Hongwei, Painting is Collecting Until Jun 23. Watercolors for the botanists and birdwatchers among you. Free. Chambers Fine Art (5127 3298) Face Contact Beijing Until Jun 24. Portraits by Spanish photographers, as part of the PhotoEspaña Festival. Free. Iberia Center For Contemporary Art (5978 9530) Break the Silence Jun 16-Jul 15. Spanish artist Pere Ibanez creates works in the theme of domestic violence for this fundraising exhibit. Free. La Plantation Gallery (6433 6920) Shi Zhiying: Between Past and Future Jun 23-Jul 30. Stay tuned for details about this solo show, from the artist known for her sublime photorealistic paintings of the sea. Free. White Space Beijing (8456 2054)

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@ More info at www.

EXPLORE Guizhou Villages Discover minority cultures through crafts, architecture and the surrounding countryside. See for various trip lengths and prices. Beijing Tourism Group (150 1008 9588) Japan – Samurai, Sumo and Sushi Making Discover Japan’s culture from the antiquated to the edible on this six-day trip. RMB 15,380 and up. Country Holidays Travel (5869 1781/2, 5869 1769) Northern Thailand Explore the culture and landscape of the northern mountain jungles on this six-day trip. RMB 18,080. Country Holidays Travel (5869 1781/2, 5869 1769)

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Ri Chang – Cantonese Ristorante Sadler – Italian The Roadhouse at Mutianyu – Beijing RoomBeijing – Contemporary International Rug Bagel & Café – Cafés and Teahouses Rumi – Middle Eastern The Saddle Cantina – Central and South American San Yang Cai – Sichuan SALT – Contemporary International Scarlett – Contemporary International Scene a Café – European Schindler’s Anlegestelle (Schindler’s Docking Station) – German Seasonal Tastes – Buffets Seasoning - Buffets Senses (Westin Beijing) – Buffets Senses (DoubleTree by Hilton Langfang) – 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 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 Sureño – Mediterranean Susu – Vietnamese Suzumei – Japanese The Sweet Spot – Bakeries, Delis & Candy Switch! Grill - Steakhouses

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) 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 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

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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 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) 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

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

Element Fresh American salads, smoothies,

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

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DIRECTORY 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 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) 朝阳区双 井桥东北角广渠路31号院天之骄子2号楼底商3-02

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, 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)

Daily 11.30am-midnight. 9-2 Jinchengfang Jie, Xicheng District. (6622 0880); 3) Daily 11.30am-midnight. Bldg C, Beijing International Plaza, 19 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (8526 3388); 4) Daily 11am-11.30pm. Beijing Friendship Hotel, 1 Zhongguancun Nandajie, Haidian District. (6849 8738) 星期五 餐厅, 1) 朝阳区北辰东路18号凯迪克格兰云天大 酒店1层; 2) 西城区金城坊街9-2号; 3) 朝阳区 建国门外大街19号国际大厦C座; 4) 海淀区中关 村南大街1号北京友谊宾馆

Union Bar & Grille The grill restaurant that’s classy enough to bring a date. 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

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

Augustin by Amandine A nice selection of affordable French-style breads, pastries and sandwiches. Unit B1-07, The Gate City Mall, Zhongguancun Dajie, Haidian District. 海淀区

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 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

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


Radio Light, simple menu focuses on sandwiches and salads using homegrown herbs and house-smoked bacon. Unit H-1, 2 Caochangdi, Hegezhuang Village, Chaoyang District (5206 0774) 朝阳区崔各庄乡草场地红 2号院H-1号

Sizzler Enjoy unlimited trips to the salad bar along with steaks, seafood, ribs and other grilled treats at this American chain. 1) Daily 11am-9pm. 2/F, Jiamao Shopping Mall, 33 Guangshun Beidajie, Wangjing, Chaoyang District. (6471 3876); 2) Daily 10am-10pm. B1-30 Glory Mall, 18 Chongwenmenwai Dajie, Chongwen District. (6714 0399); 3) Daily 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)


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


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 a variety of freshly baked rolls, baguettes, and loaves of bread alongside tempting pastries and chocolates. Voted “Outstanding Sandwiches” in the Beijinger’s 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. 1) Daily 8.30am-9pm. Stalls 1 & 2, 1/F, Silk Market (east side), 8 Xiushui Dongjie, Chaoyang District. (5169 9298); 2) Daily 7am8.30pm. Daily 7am-8.30pm. Beijing United Family Hospital and Clinics Shop Number 1, Chaoyang District. (5927 7597); 3) Daily 7am8.30pm. (opening soon) Beijing United Family Hospital and Clinics Shop Number 2, 2 Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District.; 4) Daily 7am-8.30pm. 1/F, Bldg 5, Hairun International Apartment, 2B Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District. (5135 7645); 5) Daily 7am-8.30pm. 55-1, Xingfucun Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (6416 2853); 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) www.comptoirsdefrance. com 法派, 1) 朝阳区秀水东街8号秀水大厦东区 一层1,2号; 2) 朝阳区将台路2号北京和睦家医院 店; 3) 朝阳区将台路2号北京和睦家医院2店; 4) 朝阳区将台路乙2号海润国际公寓商业5号楼1层; 5) 朝阳区幸福村中路55-1号; 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

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

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)


Le Fromager De Pekin 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

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 区潮阳门北大街2号港澳中心瑞士酒店1层

BEIJING Baodu Jinshenglong Enjoy a full tripe experience at this venerable lao Beijing eatery. Daily 11am-10.30pm. 65-8 Lipukang, Ande Lu, Xicheng District. (133 0111 8396) 爆肚金生隆, 西城区安德路六铺炕65-8

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

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. for locations. Da Dong Roast Duck The “superlean” roast ducks are regularly hyped as the best in the 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 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

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 货南门对面)

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

east 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. 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

Citrus Restaurant Offers Asian and Western cuisine. Daily 24hrs (buffet 11.30am-2pm, 5.3010pm). Novotel Beijing Xinqiao (lobby west side), 1 Chongwenmen Xidajie, Chongwen District. (6513 3366 ext 2001) 春晓西餐厅, 崇文 区崇文门西大街1号北京新侨诺富特饭店大堂西侧

Doubletree by Hilton Popular pool party venue with a large buffet. 11.30-4.30pm (food and beverage service goes from noon-4pm). 168 Guang’anmenwai Dajie, Xuanwu District, Xuanwu District. (6338 1999 ext 1628) 宣武区宣 武区广安门外大街168号

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 阁, 朝阳区东方路1号希尔顿酒店2层

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

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

Utopia Chinese Restaurant Excellent Beijing Duck alongside cuisine from Sichuan and Shandong, with 14 private rooms on offer. Daily 11am-2pm, 5.30-9.30pm. 4/F Novotel Beijing Xinqiao, 1 Chongwenmen Xidajie, Dongcheng District. (6513 3366 ext 2401/2402)

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

蓬莱阁中餐厅, 东城区崇文门西大街1号北京新侨 诺富特饭店4层


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 South-

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.

DIRECTORY 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

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 (Westin Beijing) 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, 5.3010pm.. 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

Senses (DoubleTree by Hilton Langfang) Senses offers an international buffet and a la carte selections of Chinese and contemporary Western cuisine. The Wake Up DoubleTree Breakfast is the signature event, but the cafe is also open for lunch and dinner. DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Langfang, Bldg A, Wanda Plaza, 50 Xinhua Lu, Guangyang District, Langfang, Hebei province (+316 555 9999 ext 6001, www.langfang. 逸咖啡, 河北省廊坊 市广阳区新华路50号万达广场A座廊坊万达希尔 顿逸林酒店

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

Seasoning An all-day international buffet. Holiday Inn Beijing Focus Square, Bldg 3, 6 Futong Dongdajie, Chaoyang District. (6473 3333 ext 6310) 朝阳区通东大街6号院3号 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) 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 Street) Relax after a hard day’s work in this upscale lounge. 1 Jinchengfang Dongjie, Financial Street, Xicheng District. (6601 6666) 西城区金城坊东街1号.

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 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)

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

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


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 卡顿酒店2层

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

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

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 建国门内大街17号好苑建国商务酒店1楼

Wu Li Xiang Authentic Cantonese and regional cuisines. Hong Kong-style dim sum served daily. Mon-Fri 11am-2pm, 5-10pm,SatSun 9am-4pm,5-10pm. Traders Upper East Hotel, Beijing, 2 Dongsihuan Beilu (intersection of Xiaoyun Qiao and Fangyuan Xilu near Upper East Side), Chaoyang District (5907 8406) 朝阳 区东四环北路2号(霄云桥和芳园西十字路口)北京 上东盛贸饭店 2-3 层

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

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

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

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

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 路81号北京那里花园内西侧二层小楼


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

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

海天阁, 朝阳区光华路1号嘉里中心饭店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



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)


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. 宣武区广安门外大

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


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


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

Contemporary Chinese Chynna Serving Northern Chinese cuisine and a range of other regional classics with a modern twist. Daily 10.30am-2pm.5.30-11pm. 5/F Hilton Hotel Wangfujing, 8 Wangfujing Dongjie, Dongcheng District. (5812 8888) 东城 区王府井希尔顿酒店王府井东街8号

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 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 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

Contemporary International

ZEN Signature Cantonese dishes paired with 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) 西城区金融街11号洲际酒店

Zen5es A mix of authentic Cantonese supplemented by signature dishes from China’s other major regional cuisines - Beijing, Shanghai, Sichuan, Hunan, and Zhejiang. Daily 11.30am2.30pm, 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 7号金茂北京威斯汀大饭店

Alameda Contemporary fine dining with a Brazilian twist. Voted “Outstanding Business Lunch” in our 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards.

June 2012


DIRECTORY Daily 11.30am-3pm, 6-10.30pm. Sanlitun Beijie, Chaoyang District. (6417 8084) 朝阳区 三里屯北街

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

drinks. Daily 9am-1am. Crowne Plaza Park View Wuzhou, Bldg 28, 8 Beichen Donglu, Chaoyang District. (6481 7000) 黄玉石, 朝阳


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





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

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

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


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)

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

阳区工体北路三里屯Soho 1层5-106室

European 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 阳区将台西路9号2层(珀丽酒店西边)

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



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



DELIVERIES 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 alongside your order. Daily 9.30am-10.30pm (40 0600 6209)


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, Sanlitun Village South, Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6415 7207) 朝阳区三里屯路19号三里屯

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)


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 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

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 号(珀丽酒店对面)

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)

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


June 2012

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 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


The Vineleaf Sister to Wudaoying sweetheart Vineyard Café, this tiny eatery serves British gastropub food with interesting draft 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

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, 朝阳区三里屯北路81号那里花园1层酒吧街对面

Jaan A light and innovative interpretation of classic French cuisine in a regal period setting. Daily noon-2pm, 6.30-10pm. Raffles Beijing Hotel, 33 Dongchang’an Jie, Dongcheng District. (8500 4186, 6526 3388 ext 4186) 家安, 东城区东长安街33号北京饭店莱佛士

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 本妮法餐厅, 东城区王府井金鱼胡同3号诺富特 和平宾馆

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 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) 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 11am-

DIRECTORY 11pm. RS-17, Bldg 11, Solana, 6 Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (5905 1778) 潮, 朝阳区朝阳公园路6号蓝色港湾11栋RS-17号

Lunar 8 Lunar 8's menu is a blend of all-things Asian - choose from Chinese, Japanese, Southeast Asian and Indian dishes, including sashimi, chicken tikka, sweet and sour prawns and more. 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

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

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 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


德南面包房, 朝阳区枣营路29号好运街27号

guizhou & guangxi Three Guizhou Men Smoky meat and spices from the southwestern province. Bldg 2, Nalisha Dasha, 1 Guangshun Nandajie (near Capita Retail Mall), Chaoyang District. (6470 7288, 6470 5008) 朝阳区广顺南大街1号娜丽莎大 厦2楼(近凯德Mall)

Hot Pot 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

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

Khajuraho Taking inspiration from ancient town 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 friendly. Daily 11am-10.30pm. 1 Jingyang Hutong (50m west off Nanluogu Xiang) Dongcheng District. (6406 4347) 东城区景阳胡 同1号(南锣鼓巷往东50米)

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 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

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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 Annie’s Voted “Best Family-Friendly Restaurant” and “Best Italian (Affordable)” in our 2012 Reader Restaurant Awards. 1) 1/F Ruisai Business Building (opposite Ascott Beijing), Chaoyang District. (6568 5890); 2) Daily 11am-11pm. 2/F Daimler Tower, 8 Wangjing Jie, Chaoyang District. (8476 0398); 3) Daily 11am-11pm. 1/F, Tower AB, The Office Park (Yuanyang Guanghua International), 10 Jintong Xilu (near Central Park/The Place), Chaoyang District.; 4) 105, Bldg 3, China View, 2C Gongti Donglu, Chaoyang District. (8587 1469); 5) Daily 11am-11pm. West Gate of Soho New Town, 88 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (8589 8366); 6) Daily 11am-11pm. Chaoyang Gongyuan Xilu (next to Chaoyang Park West Gate), Chaoyang District. (6591 1931); 7) Daily 11am-11pm. Across from Western Academy Beijing, 5 Laiguangying Donglu, Chaoyang District. (8470 4768); 8) 11am-11pm. Unit 2-3-93, Ritan Highlife, (opposite north gate of Ritan Park), 39 Shenlu Jie, Chaoyang District. (8569 3031); 9) Daily 11am-11pm. Jiuxianqiao, Jiangtai Lu, Shangye Jie, Chaoyang District. (6436 3735) 安妮意大 利餐厅, 1) 朝阳区瑞赛大厦商务楼一层(北京雅 诗阁服务公寓对面); 2) 朝阳区望京街8号利星行 广场奔驰展厅2层; 3) 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); 4) 朝阳区工体东路丙2号中国红街大厦3号楼105室; 5) 朝阳区建国路88号Soho现代城西门; 6) 朝阳 区朝阳公园西路(朝阳公园西门); 7) 朝阳区来 广营东路5号京西学校对面; 8) 朝阳区神路街39 号日坛公园北门对面日坛上街2-3-93号; 9) 朝 阳区酒仙桥将台路商业街

Barolo Casual yet upscale Italian with a gleaming open kitchen and superior service. Mon-Sat 11.30am-2pm, 6-10pm. 2/F, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel, China Central Place, 83A Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (5908 8151) 巴


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 大利餐厅, 东城区金宝街99号北京丽晶酒店2层

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 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

罗洛, 朝阳区建国路甲83

Luce Italian food, lovely views of Gulou. Sun-Thu noon-2am; Fri-Sat noon-4am. 138 Jiugulou Dajie, Dongcheng District. (8402 4417) 路溪, 东城区旧鼓

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

Luga’s Little Italy Italian classics from Luga. Daily 11am-11pm. Above Luga’s Villa, Sanlitun Houjie, Chaoyang District. (6413 2786) 朝阳区

Cepe Authentic northern Italian cuisine in a modern, trendy setting. Daily 11am-2.30pm, 6-10.30pm. The Ritz-Carlton Financial Street,

Prego A modern Italian restaurant serving authentic regional home-style dishes pre-




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



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

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


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)

七叶香山, 海淀区万安东路普安店266号

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

Xixiangzi Spicy Hunan cuisine. 36 Dingfu Jie, Xicheng District. (no tel) 西城区定阜街36

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

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)

1 Jinchengfang Dongjie, Jinrong Jie, Xicheng

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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

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DIRECTORY pared 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


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

Kagen Stainless steel tables and cool electronica music accompany tasty marinated meat grilled fresh at each table. Daily 10.30am-2pm, 5.30-9.30pm. B1/F, Bldg C, Heqiao Dasha, 8 Guanghua Donglu, Chaoyang District. (6583 6830) 火源, 朝阳区光华东路8号 和乔大厦C座地下1层

11pm. 2/F, Tongli Studio, Sanlitun Houjie, Chaoyang District. (6467 2961) 吧嗒饼, 朝阳区


Cedar’s Lebanese-style falafel, salads, hummus and eggplant dips. Excellent value. West side of Yashow Market, Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. (6417 9048) 松树咖啡, 朝

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 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


Dareen Coffee Delicious salads, sandwiches, hummus and falafel, as well as great coffees and cakes. Daily 7am-midnight. 29 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6415 0557) 达琳咖啡, 朝阳区三里屯路29号

Kura Kura Fully-stocked Japanese bar offering a short menu of curries and other Westernized Japanese food such as croquettes and milk pudding. Daily 10.30am-1am. Unit 1-101, 29 Sanlitun Beijie, Chaoyang District. (6415 1550) 藏藏, 朝阳区三里屯路29号楼1-101 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

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 亮马桥外交公寓会所2层

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

Geba Geba Contemporary Japanese cuisine in a simple but elegant setting. Daily 11.30am2pm, 5.30-11pm. 23 Guandongdian Beijie, Chaoyang District. (6592 4305) 朝阳区关东店 北街23号

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 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

Hinode Ramen is the star attraction here. Fangyuan Xilu (50m northeast of Fangyuan Xilu and Jiangtai Lu intersection), Chaoyang District. (6438 6892) 日出拉面, 朝阳芳园西路( 芳园西路和将台路路口往东北50米)

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


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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 日餐厅, 朝阳区建国门外大街1号国贸大酒店4楼

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)

Khatoon Persian restaurant serving hearty, traditional fare. Daily 11am-4pm, 6-11pm. North side of Waijiao Apartments, 1 Xindong Lu, Chaoyang District. (8532 1071, 8532 5335) 朝阳区新东路1号 外交公寓亮马河南岸

西村餐厅, 海淀区紫竹院路29号香格里拉饭店2层

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


Timezone 8 Sushi Bar The new space now offers 25 rolls designed by Hatsune’s Alan Wong. Daily 11.30am-11.30pm. 4 Jiuxianqiao Lu (across from the UCCA), 798 Art District, Dashanzi, Chaoyang District. (5762 6208, 东八时区创作日本

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

料理, 朝阳区酒仙桥路4号,798工厂院内,尤仑 斯艺术中心对面


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 Beixiang, Chaoyang District. (8561 3357) 佐治 地中海餐厅, 朝阳区芳草地北巷甲1号

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 Village瑜舍地下1层

SEAFOOD 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

Middle Eastern

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

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

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


Biteapitta Falafels, hummus, sandwiches and shawarma. Voted "Best Middle Eastern” in our 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 11am-

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

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


Umami Ramen Satisfying bowls of thick noodles in good broth, prepared without MSG. 7 Guanghualu (near Silk Market 2), Chaoyang District. 旨味拉面, 朝阳区光华路7

11, Central Park, Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6597 0108) 朝阳区朝阳门外


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

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)

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

San Yang Cai Excellent Sichuan food at any hour of the day. Daily 24hrs. North Gate of Workers’ Stadium (beside Latte), 8 Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6552 3499; 6552 6499) 三样菜, 朝阳区工体北路8号工人体育 场北门

Wangjing Yihao Spicy fare in a lovely Ming-style compound. Daily 11am-11pm. 1 Da Wangjing Cun, Dongxindian (near the side road of Wuyuan Qiao), Chaoyang District.

DIRECTORY (6432 0332) 望京一号, 朝阳区东辛店大望京村1 号(近五元桥辅路)

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)

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

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 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

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 阳区三里屯路19号三里屯Village3楼S4-33室

Malacca Legend Elaborate Malaysian restaurant boasts serene water views (Luoma Lake location) and zesty Southeast Asian cuisine. Daily 11am-10pm. 1) 1/F Building B, Ocean International Center, 58 East 4th Ring Road, Chaoyang District. (5908 0075); 2) On the banks of Luoma lake, Houshayu, Shunyi District. (8049 8902) 马六甲传奇, 1) 朝阳区朝 阳区东四环路58号远洋国际中心B座1层; 2) 顺义 区后沙峪镇罗马湖畔

Nyonya Kitchen Peranakan cuisine at its finest. B1/F (near the Line 10 Subway entrance), China World Mall, 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6505 0376) 娘惹厨房, 朝阳 区建国门外大街1号国贸商城B1楼

Spanish 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 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 路83号华贸中心JW万豪酒店2层

The CUT Steak & Seafood Grill Features

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 Switch! Grill Made-to-order grill menu offers a wide range of meats, seafoods, marinades, sauces and flavored butters. 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

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

Florence Well-executed Taiwanese delicacies served by an enthusiastic and well-trained staff. Daily 11am-11pm. Bldg 69, 4 Nansanlitun Lu (south of Casa Pagoda), Chaoyang District. (6500 2216) 翡冷翠台式餐厅, 朝阳区南三里屯 路4号院69号楼

Shin Yeh Authentic ingredients from Taiwan. Daily 11.30am-3pm, 5.30pm-midnight. 6 Gongti Xilu (ground floor of the Gongti 100

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DIRECTORY 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

Taipei Kitchen Down-home atmosphere and solid Taiwanese cuisine. Try the Taiwanese sausage, braised oyster with black bean and Hakka stir-fry. Daily 11am-2pm, 5-9.30pm. 9 Yonganli Xijie (behind the New China Insurance Building), Chaoyang District. (5717 4863) 台北厨坊, 朝阳区永安里西街9号(新华保险后)


Try the organic mixed salad, organic pakora, and organic vegan chocolate cake. 25% off on all cake and drinks after 10pm (Sun-Thu). 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 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

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 区地安门外大街甲131号

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

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

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 胡同19号(近银锭桥)

Xinjiang Flavour Delicious Classic, cheap Xinjiang eats. Ya’er Hutong, Xicheng District. 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 鼓楼东大街小经厂胡同67号

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, 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)

Alba Cute, cozy and cool. While away the hours between breakfast and last call with superior cocktails and fresh salads. Daily 8am2am. 70 Gulou Dongdajie (east of Nanluogu Xiang), Dongcheng District. (6407 3730) 东城 区鼓楼东大街70号

Aperitivo Shrub-lined patio, continental atmosphere and Italian-themed drinks menu. Daily 10am-late. 43 Sanlitun Houjie (next to Tongli Studio), Chaoyang District. (6417 7793)

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, 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

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,

意式餐吧, 朝阳区三里屯后街43号同里旁边


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

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


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)

Ball House Pool and foosball in a converted Gulou hutong home. Daily 3pm-late. 40 Zhonglouwan Hutong (directly east of the Bell Tower), Xicheng District. (6407 4051) 西城区旧


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 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 里屯北路81号那里花园4层


Beer Mania Simple and solidly furnished, with a great glistening refrigerator packed with dozens of Belgian beers. Daily 2pm-late. 1/F, Taiyue Fang, Nansanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6500 0559) 欧月啤酒吧, 朝阳区南三里

工体北路4号院 (d lounge 楼上)


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

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)


Lost Heaven A hip new Yunnan restaurant and bar with crowd-pleasing ethnic minority cuisine and great drinks. Daily, noon-2pm, 5pm-1am (kitchen closes at 10.30pm). Ch’ien Men 23, 23 Qianmen Dongdajie, Dongcheng District. 花马天堂, 东城区前门东大街23号 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 fantastic 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

NIGHTLIFE bars & clubs The Veggie Table Award-winning, fresh, safe, and sustainable vegan cuisine using high-quality ingredients. New seasonal organic menu to go along with old favorites.


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12SQM Good beer and whiskey selection. Daily noon-1am. Corner of Nanluogu Xiang and Fuxiang Hutong, Dongcheng District. (6402 1554, www. 东城区南锣鼓巷福祥1号 13 Club Hefty, dark and covered in graffiti.

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 园西门

Blue Frog See Dining Directory under “American.” 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

Brussels Bar & Restaurant This Belgianinspired bar offers classic drinks and a decent selection of beers. 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)

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

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

Frank’s Place Sports bar from John Harkness, the man behind the Goose ‘n’ Duck. Daily 24hrs. Jiangtai Xilu, west of Rosedale Hotel, Chaoyang District. (6437 8399) 朝阳区 丽都将台西路

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

DIRECTORY 20m west of Argana), Chaoyang District. (6417 5430, 朝阳 区幸福村中路55

ou Nandajie, Dongcheng District. (6401 4611)


Chaoyang District. 朝阳区东三环中路61号北京

江湖酒吧, 东城区交道口南大街东棉花胡同7号

Más Enjoy the terrace, or the Florida tiki décor within. Daily happy hour and a selection of well-made cocktails. 25 Beixinqiao Toutiao (near Beixinqiao subway Exit B), Dongzhimenwai Dajie, Dongcheng District (131 4684 0989)


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

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, 朝



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

Kura Kura This fully-stocked Japanese bar offers a short menu of curries and other Westernized Japanese food including croquettes and milk pudding. Daily 10.30am-1am. Unit 1-101, 29 Sanlitun Beijie, Chaoyang District. (6415 1550) 藏藏, 朝阳区三里屯路29号楼1-101


Great Leap Brewing Thu-Fri 7pm-midnight. 6 Doujiao Hutong (from Di’anmenwai Dajie, walk east down Fangzhuanchang Hutong until you hit Doujiao Hutong. Turn right then follow the road round to the left), Dongcheng District. (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.

Lagoon Japanese-run cocktail bar featuring a massive mojito selection. Mon-Sat 6pm-2am. 3/F (above Ichikura), south side of Chaoyang Theater, 36 Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6507 1013) 朝阳区东三环北路36号朝 阳剧场南侧3层

爱尔兰老人酒吧, 朝阳区来广营东路(北京京西 学校旁边)

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

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

Latte Crazy, colorful decor – a local version of the gaudy thrills found in Chocolate and its ilk. North Gate of Workers’ Stadium (behind Mix), Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District (6551 8881) 朝 阳区工体北路工体北门内(Mix后面)

双井桥东北角广渠路31号院天之骄子2号楼底 商3-02

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


Le Petit Gourmand Enjoy a warm and cozy space featuring crepes and couscous while browsing their library of over 9,000 books. Sun-Thu 9.30am-midnight, Fri-Sat 9.30am1am. 3/F, Tongli Studios, Sanlitun Houjie, Chaoyang District. (6417 6095, fax 6413 0765) 小美食家, 朝



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

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

Hidden Lounge Huge, cavernous basement bar offers drinks and regular events. Daily 6pm-1am. Rm 101, Bldg 8, CBD2 Apartments (400m west of Third Ring Road), Shuanghuayuan Nanli Erqu, Shuangjing, Chaoyang District. (8772 1613) 朝阳区双花园南里二区

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


Hot Cat Club Decent live music, dodgy drinks. Daily 10am-late. 46 Fangjia Hutong (just south of Guozijian Jie), Dongcheng District. (6400 7868) 东城区方家胡同46号艺术园 区(国子监南临)

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

The 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, 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) 海淀区成府路华清嘉园1号楼2层(五道口城铁 站对面)

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


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)

Jam One of Gulou’s most dependable cocktail bars. Vedett on tap, and a menu of “Japanesestyle Italian” dishes. Daily 7pm-2am. 2/F, Bldg C, 206 Gulou Dongdajie, Dongcheng District. (6424 8218) 东城区鼓楼东大街206号C座2层 Jiang Hu Liveshow Bar Live music. Daily 7pm-2am. 7 Dongmianhua Hutong, Jiaodaok-

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 三环北路7号金茂北京威斯汀大饭店

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 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


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

MAO Livehouse The capital’s premier music venue. Daily 4pm-late. 111 Gulou Dongdajie, Dongcheng District. (6402 5080) 光芒, 东城区


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

School Bar This 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) 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 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



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


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


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

Nola This New Orleans-themed restaurantbar is ideal for a quiet evening of wine, conversation and people-watching. Mon-Fri 8am-11pm, Sat-Sun 10.30am-11pm. 11A Xiushui Nanjie, Chaoyang District. (8563 6215) 朝阳区秀水南街11号

Paddy O’Shea’s The best Guinness in town at Beijing’s first genuine Irish pub. Quiz nights every Wed from 8pm, with well-sponsored prizes. Daily 10am-late. 28 Dongzhimenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6415 6389) www. 朝阳区东直门外大街28号 Paulaner Brauhaus One of Beijing’s best choices for authentic, if pricey, German food, the Paulaner brews its own beer. Daily 11am-1am. Kempinski Hotel, 50 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6465 3388 ext 5732) 普拉那啤酒坊餐厅, 朝阳区亮马桥路50号凯宾 斯基饭店

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 金融大街乙9号北京金融街威斯汀大酒店1层

Press Club Bar Nixon drank here, you know. Daily 5pm-1am. 1/F, St. Regis Hotel Beijing, 21 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6460 6688 ext 2360) 记者吧, 东城区建国门外 大街21号北京国际俱乐部饭店1层

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) 东城区地坛公园南门; 2) 朝阳区工体西路工体 100保龄球馆下面

Temple Live music venue with a better drinks selection than most of its peers. Daily 7pmlate. B202, 206 Gulou Dongdajie, Dongcheng District. (131 6107 0713) 东城区鼓楼东大街206 号B202

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 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

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




R Lounge This huge hotel bar is perfect for hosting an event. 4/F, Renaissance Beijing Capital Hotel, 61 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu,

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

V.A. Cafe & Bar This small cafe-bar is well equipped for weekly flamenco and jazz performances. Daily 2pm-late. 13 Wudaoying Hutong, Dongcheng District. (5844 3638) 东城

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DIRECTORY District. (133 4112 2757) 什么酒吧, 西城区北长 街72号(故宫西门往北)

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

Zuiyuefang Bar Rock and folk bands every weekend. Daily 4.30pm-late. 18 Andingmen Xidajie (30m east from north end of Beiluogu Xiang), Dongcheng District. (6405 4482) 醉 乐坊, 东城区安定门西大街18号(北锣鼓巷北口 东侧30米)

concert/festival venues 751 D-Park Venue for the INTRO electronic music festival. 798 Art District, 2 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District 朝阳区酒仙桥路2号798 艺术区

MasterCard Center 69 Fuxing Lu, Haidian District (6828 6386) 万事达中心, 海淀区复 兴路69号

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) 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, 朝阳区光华路丙12号数码01大厦703室(嘉里中心 与国贸之间)

Anantara Spa Daily 10am-10pm (flexible opening hours on request). The Commune, Shuiguan Great Wall, Badaling Gaosulu, Yanqing County. (8118 1888 ext 5100/01, 延庆县八 达岭高速路水关长城出口长城脚下的公社凯宾 斯基饭店

Angel Hands Enjoy vigorous deep-tissue massage, soothing and gentle massage, or a combination of both. Daily 24 hours. Rm 1801, Bldg 2, Jianwai Soho, 39 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (8631 0801) 朝阳 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,; 2) Taiyue Height 106, 16 Sanlitun Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (6501-2881, www. 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 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

Shunyi Olympic Water Park Venue for the 2012 Midi Festival. Beixiaoying Town (Take Jingshun Lu and turn east onto Baima Lu, about 24km from Wuyuan Qiao; follow signs and keep driving for about 4km, Shunyi District. 顺义奥林匹克水上公园, 顺义区(走京 顺路,在距离五元桥大约24公里的白马路路口右 转,前行4公里即到

Tongzhou Canal Park A park built by the Grand Canal. Tongzhou District (close to Tongzhou Beiyuan on Batong Line). (8952 3044) 通州运河公园. 通州区(近城铁八通线上 通州北苑站)

STYLE Accessories & jewelry D-SATA by CuR: DimSum of all things Asian For the ethical & eco-chic fashionista, D-SATA’s pieces are hand-crafted using natural and upcycled materials from Asian metropolises to minority villages to create fabulously designed eco-luxe bags and accessories. Featured in fashion magazines such as Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar, D-SATA has also been selected as one of the world’s top shopping destinations by Travel+Leisure and recently Elle Italia’s Shopping Guide. Daily 1-9pm or by appointment. Unit A116, 1/F, Nali Patio, 81 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (5208 6066, 134 3966 4067,, 朝阳区三 里屯路81号那里花园A116室

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) 画间沙龙, 朝阳 区工体西路18号光彩国际公寓S106

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. 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, 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


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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

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) 朝阳 区光华路2号阳光100国际公寓F座1层105-106; 2) 朝阳区新源南路1-3号都汇天地商场3层303 号; 3) 朝阳区朝阳北路101号朝阳大悦城4层 15/16号; 4)朝阳区工人体育场北路8号院三里屯 Soho B座B1-228室

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 D2001-1店铺

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, 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) 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) 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. 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

The Meridian Traditional Chinese medicine spa treatments on hand here include Chinese tuina and physiotherapy, cupping and scraping, herbal medicine bath, medical moxibustion and acupuncture. Daily 10am-11pm. 9-10-A, Si’de Park, Fangyuan Xilu, Dongsihuan, Chaoyang District. (8456 7010) 朝阳区东四环芳 园西路四得公园9-10-A

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 11am-12 .30am. 2/F, Block 9, Lido Place, 2A Fangyuan Xilu, Chaoyang District. (6437 6299); 2) Daily 11am-12.30am. B1/F, 1 Xindong Lu (next to Shenji Best Soup), Chaoyang District. (8532 2177); 3) Daily 11am-3am. Sunjoy Mansion, 6 Ritan Lu, Chaoyang District. (6502 5722); 4) Daily 10am-12.30am. B/1-3F, Shuncheng Hotel, 26A Financial Street, Xicheng District. (6621 8622); 5) Daily 10am-12.30am. Bldg 25, Central Park Phase 3, 6 Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6597 0015); 6) Daily 11am-1am. Rm 101, Bldg B, Winterless Center, 1 Xidawang Lu, Chaoyang District. (6538 8086) 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) 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

DIRECTORY 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, 1516, 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, 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 noon-midnight. 1) C306, Sunshine 100, 2 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (5100 1330, reservation@; 2) Binduyuan A204, 15 Zaoying Beili, Nongzhanguan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6501 6639, reservation@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 brings 25 years of expertise to town with this massage spa, with Thai-style therapeutic treatments and complimentary food and drink. Daily 10am-2am. Rm 305, Bldg 6, Jianwai Soho, 39 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (5869 8200, 5869 0707) 泰殿养生会馆, 朝阳区东三环中路39号建外Soho6号楼305室

TATA 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, cn); 2) Mon-Fri 10am-8pm, Sat-Sun 10.30am7.30pm. Unit 0159A, Bldg C, Chaowai Soho, 6 Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (5900 4538, www. 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) 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 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

Croquis This men’s line is pitched towards twenty-to thirtysomething guys who like their clothes simple and artless. 1) 117 Qianmen Dajie, Dongcheng District.; 2) Daily 10am-10pm. The Place, 9 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District.; 3) Store 14, 4/F, Raffles City, 1 Dongzhimennei Nandajie, Dongcheng District. (8409 8536) 速 写, 1) 东城区前门大街117号; 2) 朝阳区光华路 9号世贸天阶; 3) 东城区东城区东直门内大街1号 来福士购物中心4层14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

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) 东城区南 锣鼓巷33号

Lazy Sunday One-of-a-kind items are the specialty here, from vintage black frame glasses and handmade wooden frames to gift boxes printed with funky graphics. 1) Daily 11am–10pm. 423 Dongsi Beidajie, Dongcheng District. (6404 6418); 2) Daily 10.30am-10pm. Rm 104, Villa 5, Jianwai Soho, Chaoyang District. (5900 2568) 1) 东城区东四 北大街423号; 2) 朝阳区建外Soho5号别墅104室

Mega Mega Vintage Widely regarded as one of the best vintage stores in the city. 241 Guloudong Dajie, Dongcheng District. (8404 5637) 东城区鼓楼东大街241号 NLGX Design Store A Beijing-based independent apparel brand and design community. 1) Daily 6.30am-8.30pm. Terminal 3 (next to Gate E29), Beijing Capital International Airport, Shunyi District. (info@nlgx. com); 2) Sun-Thu 9.30am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11ammidnight. 33 Nanluogu Xiang, Dongcheng District. (6404 8088, www. 1) 顺义区首都机场3号航站; 2) 东城 区南锣鼓巷33号


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

Uniqlo This Japanese fast-fashion store offers simple, colorful designs at cheap prices. Bldg 10, South District, Sanlitun Village, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6413 1320) www. 朝阳区三里屯路19号三里屯Village 南区10号楼

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) 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

Underground Kidz A massive collection of all things retro. Daily 10am-10pm. 147 Gulou Dongdajie, Dongcheng District. 东城区鼓楼

世贸天阶; 4) 西城区西单北大街131号大悦城


Alexander Wang Cult-favorite designer with special pull among young trendsetters around the world. Daily 10am-10pm. Unit 15-25, Bldg 3, Sanlitun Village North, 11 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6416 5108) www. 朝阳区三里屯路11三里屯

Wuhao This boutique-cum-art space is located in a traditional courtyard setting, featuring a curated selection of Chinese and French designers. Wed-Sun 2-8pm, or by appointment. 35 Mao’er Hutong, Dongcheng District. (6400 5435; 189 1135 5035)

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American Apparel Savor the irony of buying clothes made in the USA in China. 1) Daily 11am-10pm. Room C101, 1/F, Nali Patio, 81 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (5208 6022); 2) Daily 10am-9.30pm. B1/F, China World Shopping Mall, 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6505 5540) 1) 朝阳区三里屯路81号

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) 1) 顺义

那里花园1层C101; 2) 朝阳区建国门外大街国贸 商城地下1层

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

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. com 1) 西城区西单北大街131号; 2) 东城区王

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. 朝阳区三里屯南路6号

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

Chang & Biorck A Scandinavian home accessories store stocked with colorful, environmentally-friendly products made

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

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 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

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DIRECTORY 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

158 Gaobeidian Furniture Street, Chaoyang District. (139 1173 9981, 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

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

8am-5pm. First courtyard, Hegezhuang Village, Shunyi District. (6431 2108, books@; 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

Page One 10am-9.30pm. B2/F, China World Summit Wing, 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (8535 1055, page1_cwtc@ www.pageonegroup. com 朝阳区建国门外大街1号国贸商城三期地 下2层

Cinemas Broadway Cinematheque MOMA (BC MOMA) North area of Dongzhimen MOMA, 1 Xiangheyuan Lu, Dongzhimen, Chaoyang District. (8438 8258) 当 代MOMA百老汇电影中心, 朝阳区东直门香河园 路1号, 万国城北区(二环路东北角)

Galleries 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@; 2) 5/F, Shin Kong Place, 87 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (5738 2401,; 3) Rm 2201, Air China Plaza, 36 Xiaoyun Lu, Chaoyang District. (8447 5800, 400 650 1266,; 4) 4/F, 417 Seasons Place, 2 Jinchengfang Jie, Xicheng District. (6622 0179,; 5) 4/F, Europlaza, 99 Yuxiang Lu, Tianzhu, Shunyi District. (6457 1922, info@ 1) 朝阳 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,; 2)

798 Space Daily 11am-9pm. Dashanzi art district, 4 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6438 4862, 6437 6248) 798 时态空间, 朝阳区酒仙桥路4号798大山子 艺术区

Villa Lifestyles Villa Lifestyles has been serving 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, 顺义区天竺镇裕翔路99 号欧陆广场4层

shopping malls & markets Indigo Swire Properties’ new fashionable mega-mall. 18 Jiuxianqiao Road, Chaoyang District. 颐堤港, 朝 阳区酒仙桥路18

Shimao Department Store Sanlitun’s newest mall is just a short walk away from The Village, housing a variety of venues from Y-3 to China’s first Hello Kitty Restaurant. Daily 10am-10pm. Yard 13, Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. (8405 9033, 8405 9063) 世茂百货, 朝阳区工体北路13号院 Shin Kong Place This Hong Kong-style luxury megamall boasts a prestigious roster of tenants. Daily 10am-10pm. 87 Jianguo Lu (beside China Central Place), Chaoyang District. (6530 5888) 新光天 地, 朝阳区建国路87号 (华贸中心旁边)

Yashow Market A good selection of “brandname” underwear, jeans, jackets, shoes, sports equipment, bags and souvenirs. Don’t forget to bargain ruthlessly. 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

Alexander Ochs Gallery Tues-Sun 10am-6pm. 255 Caochangdi, Jichang Fulu, Chaoyang District. (8456 2054, 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 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

Arario Beijing Tue-Sun 10am-7pm. Inside Chaoyang Liquor Factory, Beihuqu, Anwaibeiyuan, Chaoyang District. (5202 3800, info@ 朝

阳区崔各庄乡合各庄村318号; 2) 朝阳区工体 西路6号

Imagine Gallery Tue-Sun, 10.30am-5.30pm. 8 Feijiacun Yishu Gongzuoshi, Feijiacun, Laiguangying Donglu, Chaoyang District. (6438 5747, 139 1091 7965, laetitia.gauden@ www.imagine-gallery. com 想象画廊, 朝阳区来广营东路同达生态园对 面费家村东路8号艺术工作室

Instituto Cervantes 1A Gongti Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (5879 9666) www.pekin. 北京塞万提斯学院, 朝阳区工体 南路甲1号

Jiali Gallery Thu-Sat, 2-7pm, and by appointment. 4 Beijixiang Hutong, Dongcheng District. (8402 5613), www. 家里画廊, 东城区 北吉祥胡同4号

La Plantation Gallery Tue-Sun 10am-7pm; Bar Tue-Sun 10am-11pm; Art Shop Tue-Sun 10am-7pm. D Area, Art base 1, Hegezhuang Village, Cuigezhuang Township, Chaoyang District. (6433 6920, 6433 6913, 朝阳区D区,1号 地艺术园,和各庄村,崔各庄乡

Liangdian Design Center Mon-Fri 9am-6pm. 94 Dongsishitiao, Dongcheng District. (8950 8996/97, www.lddc. 东城区东四十条94号 Long March Space Tue-Sun 11am-7pm. Dashanzi art district, 4 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (5978 9768, 长征空间, 朝阳区大山子艺术区


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

O Gallery 9/F HuaLi Dasha, 58 JinBao Jie, Dongcheng District. (8520 6000) 奥美零空间画



廊, 东城区金宝街58号华丽大厦9层

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

Pekin Fine Arts Wed-Sun 10am-6pm. 241,Caochangdi, Cuigezhuang,, Chaoyang District. (5127 3220)


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

Babu Space 10.30am-9pm. N2-40, Sanlitun Village North, 11 Sanlitun Beilu, Chaoyang District., Chaoyang District. (6415 8616) www. Babu泛视觉空间, 朝阳区朝阳 区三里屯北路11号三里屯Village北区N2-40单元

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 城区前门东大街23号

Chambers Fine Art Tue-Sun 10am-6pm. Red No.1-D, Caochangdi, Chaoyang District. (5127 3298, www. 前波画廊, 朝阳区草场 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, 艺术文化仓库, 朝阳区机 场辅路草场地村南皋派出所对面(机场辅路由南往 北五环外第一个路口)

C-Space Tue-Sun 11am-6pm. C1 and C2, Red No.1,Caochangdi, Chaoyang District. (5127 3248, C-空间, 朝阳区草场地艺术 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, 巴 黎•北京画廊, 朝阳区朝阳区酒仙桥路4号大山 子艺术区

Galerie Urs Meile Lucerne-Beijing TueSun 11am-6.30pm. 104 Caochangdi Village, Cuigezhuang, Chaoyang District. (6433 3393,

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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) 紫云轩, 1) 朝

Mizuma & One Gallery Wed-Sun 10am6pm. 241-15 Caochangdi, Cuigezhuang, Chaoyang District. (5127 3267, 朝阳区机场



fax 6433 0203) 麦勒 画廊, 朝阳区草场地村104号

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) 红门画廊, 崇文区崇 文门东大街东便门角楼楼上

Tang Contemporary Gallery Tue-Sun 10.30am-6.30pm. Dashanzi art district, 2 Jiuxianqiao Road, Chaoyang District. (6436 3518/3658, 当代唐人艺术中 心, 朝阳区酒仙桥路2号, 大山子艺术区

Three Shadows Photography Art Centre Tue-Sun 10am-6pm. 155 East End Art, Caochangdi Village (Next to Platform China), Chaoyang District. (6432 2663) www. 三影堂摄影艺术中心, 朝阳区 草场地艺术东区155号(站台中国旁)

Where Where Art Space 319-1 East End Art (Zone A), Caochangdi Village, Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. (159 1080 3790) 哪 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)

White Space Beijing Tue-Sun noon-6pm. Airport Service Road, No. 255 Caochangdi, Chaoyang District. (8456 2054) 空白空间, 朝阳区机场辅 路草场地255号

XYZ Gallery Daily 10.30am-6.30pm. Dashanzi art district, 2 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (8459 9299) 朝阳区酒仙桥路2号大山 子艺术区

Yuanfen Flow Qixing Donglu (off 4 Jiuxianqiao Lu, near At Cafe), Chaoyang District. 缘分汇, 朝阳区4酒仙桥 路合七星东路(近爱特咖啡)

miscellaneous Beijing American Center Jingguang Center, Suite 2801, Chaoyang District. 朝阳区京广中 心,2801室

DIRECTORY Gallery Hotel Inside the north gate of Workers’ Stadium, Chaoyang District (no tel) 瑞居酒 店, 朝阳区工人体育场北门内

Landgent Center 20 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (8771 5506) 乐成中心, 朝阳 区朝阳区东三环中路20号

Mandarin Plus B1-535, Sanlitun Soho, Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. (5785 3361, contact@ 卓一汇众, 朝阳区工体北路三里屯Soho, B1-535

The Opposite House Bldg 1, Sanlitun Village North, 11 Sanlitun Lu (north of 3.3 Shopping Center), Chaoyang District. (6417 6688, 朝阳区三里屯路11号三里屯 Village北区1号楼


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 光华路4号东方梅地亚中心B座3层

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

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 术馆, 西城区复兴路甲9号中华世纪坛A区B1层

Iberia Center for Contemporary Art Tue-Sun 10am-6pm. Dashanzi art district, 4, Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (5978 9530, 伊比利亚 当代艺术中心, 朝阳区酒仙桥路4号大山子艺术区


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.

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) 中国国

Beijing Ladies Golf (beijingladiesgolf@

家博物馆, 东城区天安门广场东侧

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

Si Shang Art Museum By appointment until Feb 2012. Huosi Lu Dong, Zhangxizhuang, Shunyi District. (6949 1028) http://www. 寺上美术馆, 顺义区张喜庄火寺路东 寺上美术馆

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

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

White Box Museum of Art B07, 2 Jiauxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (5978 4800) http:// 白盒子艺术馆, 朝阳区 朝阳区酒仙桥路2号798艺术区路B07号

Theaters Beijing Concert Hall 1 Beixinhuajie, Xicheng District. (6605 7006/5812) 北京音乐厅, 西城区 北新华街1号

Beijing Exhibition Theater 135 Xizhimenwai Dajie, Xicheng District. (6835 4455) 北京展览馆 剧场, 西城区西直门外大街135号

Forbidden City Concert Hall Inside Zhongshan Park, Xichang’an Jie, Xicheng District. (6559 8285) 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) 国家大剧院, 西 城区西长安街2号

Peking University Hall Inside Peking University, 5A Yiheyuan Lu, Haidian District. (6275 1278) 北大百年纪念礼堂, 海淀区颐和园路甲5号北京大学内

COOKING SCHOOLS Black Sesame Kitchen Food writer Jen-Lin Liu's cooking school. 3 Heizhima Hutong, Dongcheng District. (136 9147 4408, 东城区黑芝麻胡同3号





Heyrobics Also known as Jympa or Swedish gymnastics.

HIKING & camping Beijing Hikers Suite 1907, Bldg 107, Jiangfu Jiayuan, Tuofangying Lu, Jiuxianqiao, Chaoyang District. (6432 2786, 朝阳区 酒仙桥驼房营路将府家园107号楼1907

Dandelion Hiking (131 2478 8581) www. 蒲公英远足

Prana Vikasa Yoga Shala The only noncommercial yoga school in Beijing that is dedicated to teaching the traditional and pure form of Indian yoga. Their yogi masters help pave the way to better understanding yourself and your potential for happiness and health. Special courses include: Ashtanga, Hatha, Pranayama, Meditation, Kriyas, P.V. Back Bends, Prana Yoga and P.V. therapy class. Mon-Fri 9am-9pm, Sat-Sun 9am-6.30pm. Rm 2409, North Tower, Soho Shangdu, 8 Dongdaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (5869 6438, info@ 朝阳 区东大桥路8号Soho尚都北塔楼2409

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) PCC盈科会所, 朝阳区工体北路甲2 号盈科中心E座5层

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@ 瑜珈苑, 朝阳区工体北路17号楼6层工人体育场北门对面


TEAM SPORTS Aardvarks Rugby Club Contact Dave (135 2224 8133, 地豚橄

Beijing Shougang Basketball Center 159 Fushi Lu, Shijingshan District. (8829 6158) 北京


首钢篮球中心, 石景山区阜石路159号

Beijing Devils Rugby Football Club ( www.

Workers’ Stadium Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6501 6655 ext 5033) 工人体育场, 朝

Bejiing Bombers Xiaowuji Football Ground, Xiaowuji Lu, just east of Xiaowuji Qiao on the East Fourth Ring Road, Chaoyang District. ( 小武基足球场, 朝 阳区东四环路小武基桥往东

Beijing Cricket ( 北京板球俱乐部 Beijing Gaelic Football Club (beijingaa@ 爱尔兰足球 Beijing Guardians (beijingguardians@ ClubFootball 9am-6pm. Unit A212, Door 3, A1 Zone, Huadeng Building, 14 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (5130 6893/4/5/6, www.clubfootball. 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@

senzory pleasures Bring in this month’s copy of the Beijinger to Senz Spa and get 50 percent off all massage services, including TCM spa treatments, facials and manicures.

Fishbowl Events Social opportunities for people to mingle.


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

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)

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@

International Newcomers’ Network Function Rm, 3/F, Athletic Center, Capital Mansion, 6 Xinyuan Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (8486 2225 ext 110, www. 朝阳区新源南路6号京城大厦康


馆, 海淀区复兴路甲9号

术馆, 朝阳区朝阳区花家地南街8号


Tianqiao Acrobatics Theater 95 Tianqiao 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

Beijing World Art Museum Daily 9am- 6pm. 9A Fuxing Lu, Haidian District. (5980 2222) 中华世纪坛世界艺术 CAFA Art Museum Tue-Sun 9.30am-5 .30pm (last ticket at 5pm). 8 Huajiadi Nanjie, Chaoyang District. (6477 1575) 中央美术学院美

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. 梵音瑜珈, 朝阳区西大望路蓝堡


LIVING Community Groups Beijing LGBT Center A non-profit, community-based organization that empowers the Beijing lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) community through providing social services and organizing advocacy programs. Rm 302, Unit C, Bldg 3, Guangxi Jiayuan, Liufang Beijie, Chaoyang District. (5903 3730, 150 0114 5911, cn/bjlgbtcenter 北京同志中心, 朝阳区柳芳北

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, 东城区九道湾中巷胡同1号(北新桥地铁站东南边)

Education 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) 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) 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) 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. 北京美中宜和妇儿医院, 朝阳区朝阳区 芳园西路9号


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, China Culture Center (CCC) Kent Center, 29 Anjialou, Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6432 9341/1041, 朝阳区亮马桥路 29号安家楼肯特中心院内

Culture Yard A fun environment for locals and expats alike to interact. 9am-late. 10 Shique Hutong, Dongcheng District. (8404 4166, 东城区石雀胡同10号 FC Group Previously known as the Fortune

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

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DIRECTORY Checkups, Pediatrics, Obgyn, General Surgery, Staff Dietician and TCM. Mon-Sat 9am-6pm. 7 Ritan Donglu, Chaoyang District. (8562 9998, 庇 利积臣医疗中心, 朝阳区日坛东路7号

Beijing 21st Century Hospital Beijing 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)) 朝阳区亮马桥路甲40号21世纪大 厦1-2楼

Beijing Aier-Intech Eye Hospital 15 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 trained overseas. Can direct bill to many international insurance companies. Daily 8.30am-4.30pm. 1,4,5/F Panjiayuan Plaza, 12 Panjiayuan Nanli, Chaoyang District. (6773 2700, 英 智眼科医院, 朝阳区潘家园南里12号潘家园大 厦1,4,5层

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), 德尔康尼骨科医院版权所有, 海淀区阜石路19号

sachusetts 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, 朝阳区北苑路小关北里甲2号


Beijing United Family Shunyi Clinic Provides easily accessible, high-quality medical services and wellness promotion in the Beijing suburbs. Family medicine, family counseling, physical therapy, pediatrics, integrative medicine and travel medicine services are available throughout the week. Mon -Thu 9:30am - 7:30pm, Fri-Sun 9.30am-4.30pm. 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

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

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) cn 北京新世纪荣和儿科门诊部, 顺义区天竺镇丽 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


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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

Cosmetic Surgery Center Located in the Third Hospital of Beijing University, this is the earliest professional department for plastic surgery in China. Specializes in cosmeticand plastic surgeries. 38 Shangdi Xinxi Lu, Haidian District. (8289 0216) 北医三院 上地门诊部医学美容中心, 海淀区上地信息路38 号上地数码大厦B座

Hong Kong International Medical Clinic, Beijing Beijing’s first joint-venture medical organization operates according to international standards, has a high-quality international administration system and highly trained medical staff. Daily 9am-9pm (after 9pm minimal staff on duty). 9/F, office tower of the Swissotel, 2 Chaoyangmen Beidajie, Dongcheng District. (6501 4260, 6553 2288 ext 2345/6/7) 北京港澳国际 医务诊所, 东城区朝阳门北大街2号港澳中心瑞士 酒店办公楼9层


New Century International Children’s Hospital (NCICH) China’s premier international children’s hospital provides affordable pediatric care at international standards. Claims to have Beijing’s most qualified doctors and nurses, with private, safe family rooms and imported state-of-the-art equipment. Their English-speaking staff offer a full range of children’s healthcare services. Daily 8am5pm (full services), daily 24hrs (A+E services). 56 Nanlishi Lu (next to the east gate of the Beijing Children’s Hospital), Xicheng District. (6802 5588) 北京新世纪国 际儿童医院, 西城区南礼士路56号 (北京儿童医 院东门南侧)

心, 朝阳区新源里16号琨莎中心一座105室

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) 北京国际

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

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@ 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@ www.internationalsos. com, 北京国际救援中


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, Mas-

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 Heaven), Chongwen District. (8911 6665 (24hr hotline)) 崇文区天坛南

Beijing United Family Hospital International-standard hospital with inpatient and outpatient services. Wide range of medical and surgical specialties provided, emergency room and ICU open 24 hours. Mon-Sat 8.30am-5.30pm. 24-hour emergency care. 2 Jiangtai Lu (in the Lido area), Chaoyang District. (5927 7000, 5927 7120 (ER ), fax 5927 7200) 北京和 睦家医院, 朝阳区将台路2号

Bioscor Beijing Clinic International clinic for cosmetic medicine, specializing in cosmetic surgery, skincare, hair regrowth, and anti-ageing techniques. Appointments with an Australian surgeon and physician available. Rm 1008, E-Tower, 12 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6503 5706/7, cn) 澳保加医疗美容诊 所, 朝阳区光华路12号数码01大厦1008室(嘉里 中心对面)

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

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

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)) 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. 3/F, Kerry Centre, 1 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (8529 6618, fax 8529 6615, 维 世达诊所, 朝阳区光华路1号嘉里中心3层

Mental Health Services Beijing International SOS Clinic Family Counseling Center Two counselors offer services that include individual therapy, couple relations, family dynamics, parent and child relations and stress management. Suite 105, Bldg 1, Kunsha Building, 16 Xinyuanli, Chaoyang District. (6462 0333, china. www., 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

DIRECTORY standards of mental health care. Their very experienced staff of multicultural, multilingual psychologists and psychiatrists can respond to personal, relationship, family and children’s issues. BJU’s counseling services are available in three locations in the city. For further information and appointments call 5927 7067. 1) Inside Beijing United Family Shunyi Clinic, Unit 818, Pinnacle Plaza, Tianzhu Real Estate Development Zone, Shunyi District. (; 2) Inside Beijing United Family Jianguomen Health & Wellness Center, B1/F, The St. Regis Residence, St. Regis Hotel, 21 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (fcreception@; 3) Inside Beijing United Family Hospital, 2 Jiangtai Lu (in the Lido area), Chaoyang District. ( 北京和睦家 医院诊所, 1) 顺义区天竺开发区荣祥广场818单 元北京和睦家医院诊所内; 2) 朝阳区建国门外 大街21号北京国际俱乐部饭店公寓楼地下1层北 京和睦家健康中心内; 3) 朝阳区将台路2号北京 和睦家医院内

IMC Psychological and Family Counseling Services English-speaking Adult and Child Psychologist, licensed to practice in China, offers individual, couple, marriage and family therapy. He also conducts psychological, neuropsychological / educational testing, biofeedback therapy and hypnosis. He offers treatment for depression, anxiety, insomnia, eating disorders, sexual difficulties, alcohol and substance abuse, ADD, ADHD, autism, and learning problems in children. Speaks Chinese, Farsi and conversational Japanese. Daily 24hrs. S106, 1/F, Lufthansa Center, 50 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (158 0131 9796, 6465 1561/2/3) 朝阳区亮马桥 路50号燕莎中心写字楼1层S106

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), 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)

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),; 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),; 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@ 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, 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) 乐宠, 1)朝阳区朝阳门外大街 顺义区北京顺义国际学校东门的 对面,安华街10号

EXPLORE Airlines Air Canada Rm C201, Lufthansa Center, 50 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (400 811 2001) 加拿大航空, 朝阳区 亮马桥路50号燕莎中心C201

Air France Rm 1609, 16/F, Bldg 1, Kuntai International Mansion, 12A Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (400 880 8808) 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) 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) 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) 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) 朝阳 区朝阳门 南大街 18号

Context Travel (+1 215 392 0303, info@ Country Holidays Rm 2804, Bldg 11,

Jianwai Soho, 39 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District (+21 3222 0616, www. 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, www. 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, 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, www. Wan Lin Tours See the real Beijing from a bike. (186 0112 6254, www. Sunflower Travel Specializes in leisure and business travel, offering international and domestic trips, and customized trips to create a unique travel experience. 22D, Bldg B, Ginza Mall, 48 Dongzhimenwai Dajie (8447 6361), Dongcheng District. (8447 6361) 东城区东直门 外大街48号东方银座B座22D)

TUI China Travel Co. Ltd. Travel services from an international team. Offers city tours, tour packages with special interest groups and individual travel arrangements all over China, as well as to Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and other Asian countries. Unit 921-926, Bright China Chang An Bldg, Tower 2, 7 Jianguomennei Dajie, Dongcheng District. (8519 8800, 途易, 东城 区建国门内大街7号光华长安大厦2座921-926

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) 朝阳区左家 庄1号北京贵国酒店二层

Volunteer and NGOs

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, 维世达诊所, 朝阳区光华路1号嘉里 中心B29

MOVING AND LOGISTICS Koala Mini Storage Beijing’s first professional self-storage provider. Bldg 10, Unit 3, Qingnian Lu Xili, Chaoyang District. (5969 9390, 考拉 迷你仓, 朝阳区青年路西里2号院10号楼

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) Morning Tears An international charity which provides aid for children whose parents are in prison or have been executed. Unit 7I, Bldg 7, Julong Garden, 68 Xinzhong Jie, Dongcheng District. (8406 2467, 晨露 国际, 东城区新中街68号聚龙花园7号楼7I室

Peace for Humanity A charitable non-profit organization that strives to promote world peace and harmony via various creative programs. Roundabout is a non-profit organization run by volunteers that accepts donations from the community and distributes them to people in need. They accept donations of almost anything: clothing, furniture and much more. Mon-Sat 9.30am-5.30pm. Opposite the East Gate of the International School of Beijing, 10 Anhua Jie, Shunyi District. (137 1801 1124 (English), 137 1805 3814 (Chinese only), www.rounda-

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Seasons Park - 海晟名苑: Studio, 47m² with open kitchen, ¥399/ night or ¥5,900/month; 1 Br, 75m², ¥580/night or ¥8,000/month; 2 Br, 100m², ¥10,000 2 Br, 128m², ¥13,000 2+1 Br, 140m², ¥14,000 3 Br, 160m², ¥15,000 4 Br, 250m², ¥28,000 East Avenue – 逸盛阁: 1 Br, 85m², ¥ 10,000 1 Br, 100m², ¥ 12,000 2 Br, 130m², ¥ 15,000 Shimao Gongsan Plaza – 世茂工三: Studio, 64 – 90 m², from ¥ 8,500 1 Br, 103 – 112 m², from ¥ 13,000 2 Br, 144 m², from ¥18,000 Tunsanli/Yongli International - 屯三 里/永利国际: Studio, 64-70m², from ¥7,500 1 Br LOFT, 110m², from ¥11,000 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, ¥33,000 3+1 Br, 260m², ¥35,000 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, ¥22,000 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, ¥10,000 2 Br. 158m², ¥14,000 3 Br. 300m², ¥25,000 Fortune Plaza - 财富中心: Studio, 70m², ¥9,000 1 Br. 90m², ¥12,000 2 Br. 140m², ¥15,000 3 Br. 205m², ¥19,000 Global Trade Mansion - 世贸国际: Studio. 80m², ¥9,000 2 Br. 170m², ¥17,000 3 Br. 260m², ¥20,000 CBD Private Castle - 圣世一品: 2 Br. 115m², ¥10,000 2 Br. 148m², ¥12,000 3 Br. 170m², ¥15,000 Chaoyang Park Area: Palm Spring - 棕榈泉: 2 Br. 138m², ¥15,000 3 Br. 192m², ¥20,000 3 Br. 218m², ¥25,000 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: Dongsi, 350m², Courtyard 350m², ¥50,000 Dawanglu Area: China Central Place - 华贸中心: 1 Br. 90m², ¥9,000 2 Br. 125m², ¥14,000 3 Br. 165m², ¥17,000 Gemdale Int›l Garden - 金地国际: 2 Br. 148m², ¥16,000 3 Br. 199m², ¥20,000 Service - Agents: Real Estate see more at

2. Virtual office Package Domiciliation service---a business address that’s just like being there yourself; Bilingual telephone answering support; Fax and Mail handling service 3. Hot-desking Package 1-week lease: 1500 RMB/workstation; 2-weeks up lease: 1500 RMB/workstation for 1st week, followed by 1000 RMB since the 2nd week 4. Conference room service Well-equipped with audio-visual facilities, projector and IT infrastructure, give your meetings a new dimension in comfort. (50 % discount for the tenants) 5. Technology transfer business development support Technology showcase: LCD display, panel display, prototype show; Chinese Biz Guide: Newsletter Circulation on tech request and business opportunity in Chinese market; B2B Online System; Networking and partnering support. 6. One-Stop Solution service Registration, accounting, translation, HR & logistic, legal and IPR expertise, and administrative support

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: Website: www. 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. Services - Business Center see more at 

ITTN Business Center, based on E-Top Electronic City in China Silicon Valley Zhongguancun Innovation Zone, occupying 2,000sqm on 20th floor, is scheduled to expand to the whole building(F1-F20) by the end of 2013. * Neighbored with top academic and research institutes, including Peking University, Qinghua University, China Academy of Science, etc… * Highly accessible by subway lines 4 and 10, 30 mins to the airport and walking distances to hotels. * A flexible and cost effective way to have your Full time office, Virtual office, and Hotdesking, sign today, start tomorrow. * Practical, hands-on support service for tenants, including tech showcase, China business guide, B2B online system access, networking and partnering, market research, due diligence, business development, etc… * Government subsidy for rental & funding available for successful tech transfer deal 1. Office standard Package 7 RMB /sqm per day leasing for tenant (including property management fee)

Regus is the world’s largest provider of workplace solutions, with products and services ranging from fully equipped offices to professional meeting rooms, business lounges and the world’s largest network of video communication studios. Tel: +86 400 120 1205, 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

CLASSIFIEDS 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: 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. Tel: 010 8804 7200,5905 5905

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 Beijing Ayi Service Company Beijing Ayi Service Company provides the experienced and professional ayis, drivers and western chefs for expatriate families. Western cooking lessons are also available.(6040 9096, 13641137690) 24 hours., Services - Air Purifiers see more at  IQAir: Air pollution is a major environmental concern for everyone. The air we breath effects our health and well-being. IQAir has been providing clean air solutions for more than 45 years. With a certified actual efficiency of at least 99.97%, our Health Pro 250 model has received more #1 ratings than any other product on the market. Call today for a free air quality assessment of your home or office. The IQAir Store: Room 2201-02, Air China Plaza, 36 Xiao Yun Lu, Chao Yang District, Beijing 北京 市朝阳区霄云路36号国航大厦2201-02室 Tel: 010-8447 5800 / 5488 Service Hotline: 4006501266 E-mail: info@ Services - General see more at

Services - Ayi / Housekeeping see more at  Beijing Ex-PATS Service Healthy, reliable, experienced, Englishspeaking housemaid/ nanny. Free agency and 24- hour English service. Medical and Accident insurance covered. EXPATS Life Group also serves with Mandarin, car leasing, Visa, English-speaking driver, driving license, vehicle registration. Tel: 64381634, 13501237292, service@ 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: 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: 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: We provide professional household services including nannies, babysitters, maids, daily care, housekeeping, and drivers. Insurance covered. More than 4000 clients. Contact No. 010-67083312. We are BTHIC International Service Center. Our ayi have been trained professionally and can offer excellent service to you. Website: Tele: 010-85289532 cell phone: 13691466053 Email:

DishHD provides the ultimate television experience. Rediscover television with DishHD! More and more TV users are switching from dream satellite TV or local cable TV to DishHD! Why choose DishHD? 1.It has the most HD channels in Asia, with 6 times the picture quality of cable TV or dream satellite TV; 2. With 50+ English TV channels, it is the best choice for expats in Beijing; 3. Dishnetwork (US) offers the most stable satellite TV system; 4. User-friendly EPG keeps track of your viewing schedule; 5. With DVR, you don’t need to be worried about missing your favorite show; With only a 0.45 metre dish installation, you will have access to HBO HD, FOX Movies HD, Star Movies HD, CNN HD, Fox News HD, Sky News, Channel News Asia, Bloomberg, ASN, Golf HD, NBA HD, NHL, Star World HD, FOX, FX HD, Fashion HD, Discovery HD, Nat Geo HD, Fox Crime, Disney, Playhouse Disney, Nickelodeon, DW TV, Australia Network. More info at ; Mobile: 133 716 00100 or Mobile: 139 1188 5499 Services - car rental see more at Beijing TOP-A Vehicle Service Co., Ltd Beijing TOP-A Vehicle Service provides: ﹡English-speaking driver ﹡Long-short term leasing ﹡Airport-Pick up/Drop off ﹡Sedan, Van and Bus We, EX-PATS Life Group, also serves with Mandarin, housemaid, Visa, driver, driving license, vehicle registration service. Tel: 64381634, 13501237292, service@

First Choice Car Rental Service Co., Ltd. * Long term leasing for family or business. * Short term leasing for travelling, RMB200-RMB800/day * English-speaking drivers * Airport-Pick up/ drop off. * Sedan (Audi, Passat, Elantra etc.), Van (Buick Gl8, JinBei, Ford, Benz), Bus Tel: 400-004-1199, 13810156525(24 hours) Email: Web:

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. Website: SERVICE - PET CARE see more at

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: E-mail: 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  www.carservicecn. com 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) 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: Cell: 138 0122 7668 Web: Services - Yoga see more at He-Yoga Studio Promotion 100RMB per class Monthly: 500RMB   Trimestral: 1000RMB * Body Beautification * Vertebrate-Ovarian Care Yoga * Figure Training Ballet * Children Ballet * Pilates * Maternity Yoga Address: Oakwood, GuangMing Villa, Sheraton Hotel 13811402080 Services - Relocation Firms see more at 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

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 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 Services - IT / Computer see more at 

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

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CLASSIFIEDS The Pentagram Chinese Language Institute (PCLI) 1. Tailoring made learning plan for VIP. 2. New group class for beginner starts each month. 3. Key account plan for the companies and embassies. 4. Varied cultural activities, convenient traffic location and Chinese style classrooms, all this will impress you. 5. Visa service/ free Chinese test and pick-up service Order the courses on will get 5% discount! Tel: +86 10 6500  5755 Room 301, RuiChen International center, No.13, NongZhangGuan South Road, Chaoyang District.

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) SERVICE - Photography studio

PrimeTrans offers comprehensive translation services that help you overcome your business barriers. Quality, prompt and worry-free! Call George: 010 81732035, 13501089053, primetrans2000@

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.

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,

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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 Services - Translation/Writing see more at 

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Beijing Mandarin School Mandarin is a difficult language so doesn’t make it any harder. Join the team that knows how to make learning easier. Our effective teaching methods have students speaking 60% of the time in class and communicating more in the everyday world. 15 years of history, 1000 of students from over 50 countries and more than 70 companies and embassies have successfully learned with us each year. Join us now. New beginner group classes start on June 11th and 18th; VIP private classes start anytime. Call us to get more information or for a free trial lesson. VISA service and accommodation E-tower: Room 904-905, 9/F Tel: 6508 1126 Guangming Hotel: Room 0709, 7/F Tel: 8441 8391 /186 1173 6419 Skype ID: beijingmandarinschool1998 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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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 SERVICE - Health see more at

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 /

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 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

Berlitz is for people who are serious about speaking a new language. Join us for a free demonstration ad experience the Berlitz Method of over 131 years. Sign Up now! Add: Suit 801, Sunjoy Mansion, No.6 Ritan Road Contact person:  Tel:6593 0478. Website: The Bridge School 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 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.

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

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George’s Guide to Being the King of Karaoke by George Ding

Step #1: Take the time to prepare Memorize all the lyrics to your songs, and I mean all of them – every backing vocal, every fleeting expletive and impromptu “yeah.” Practice every chance you get. Sing in the shower instead of pleasuring yourself. Sing in the rain instead of pleasuring yourself. Really, sing any time you would otherwise pleasure yourself. DID YOU KNOW? 98% of people who attempt “Empire State of Mind” end up reading the words half a beat behind the music. If your song is associated with iconic dance moves, commit them to memory. “Crank That” has Soulja Boy’s eponymous dance, “Party Rock Anthem” the Melbourne Shuffle, and “U Can’t Touch This” the confusion of the early 90s. Practice your routine in front of the mirror. Know it backwards and forwards, like a soldier who can field strip and reassemble his rifle blindfolded. Run through your routine until you’re so familiar with it you wake up in the middle of the night mid-Dougie. If you really can’t sing, don’t even try. Plan to turn the leading vocals on and lip sync. If you don’t know how to lip sync, rewatch the Beijing Olympics opening ceremonies. Step #2: Craft the experience Karaokeing with you should be an unforgettable experience, like losing one’s virginity or being robbed at gunpoint. But to create this experience you’ve got to do the legwork. Choosing the right venue is critical. Party World serves food and free non-alcoholic beverages until late. Melody has an ex-

tensive English song selection. Ibiza offers posh themed rooms. (I prefer the bondage one, but maybe that’s just me?) Whatever you do, never buy drinks at the venue. If you’re a man, ask the women in your group to stash drinks in their handbags. If there are no women with you, really think about why you’re going to KTV in the first place. FACT! Karaoke is an integral part of making Chinese friends, sealing business deals and finding affordable companionship. Step #3: Control the console Controlling the karaoke machine might be the closest you come in this life to playing God. The power to decide which songs are played and which are quietly forgotten is one that must be closely guarded. Take a seat by the machine and move only to let other people choose songs or when it’s your turn to sing. Constantly check the upcoming song list. Make sure that while you were singing, some guy didn’t put in the entire Justin Bieber catalog. Let everyone sing one song before you make your move. Once you’ve decided who the worst singer is (you’ll know by the number of people who excuse themselves to go to the bathroom during his song), program your songs to follow his. If he asks why your songs are always after his, tell him you have no idea. After all, you were just in the bathroom. For most people, singing ability varies inversely with inebriation, so get everyone drunk without getting drunk yourself. A baijiu bottle filled with water works well. Don’t forget to pretend like you’re drunk – stumble around, hit on your best friend. If people are still suspicious, start sobbing uncontrollably. Step #4: Leave it all on the floor This is it. The moment you’ve been training for. Stand up straight. Grin. Don’t hold the mic like you’re about to do something inappropriate to it. Your first song selection should be something light. Once you’re warmed up, move into songs that display your vocal range. Break out the screamers only when you’re ready to go home. If you can talk the next day, then you held back. Shame on you.


June 2012

DID YOU KNOW? Scientific studies have shown that falsetto is an aphrodisiac. Choosing obscure songs at KTV is taboo but choosing familiar songs has its own dangers. Just try to sing “Don’t Stop Believin’” without everybody chiming in. If your companions are overzealous, they can drown out your voice. If this happens, sidle over to the wall and discreetly unplug their microphone. If someone notices, feign surprise but leave it unplugged. Method karaoke always wins fans. Though it can be as simple as channeling the original performer’s gestures, using props and costumes show that you’re playing to win. Bringing an umbrella for “Umbrella” is forgettable, but people will talk if you sing “Single Ladies” in a black leotard and titanium roboglove. TIP! Lady Gaga should be left to method karaokers with extensive wardrobe budgets. Perform at least one Chinese song, the cornier the better. “Pengyou” (朋友) is a perennial favorite. If you do it right, by the end of the song everyone should be swaying to the music with their arms around each other’s shoulders. There is no better time than karaoke to impress your boss or renegotiate rent with your landlord. If, on the off chance, you encounter someone who can actually sing, cut their song after the chorus and make it look like an accident. Do not do this more than twice. If they continue to sing, then it’s time to swallow your pride. Take turns singing backup for each other. Offer to sing a duet. But, if the opportunity arises, do not hesitate to unplug their microphone.

the Beijinger June 2012  

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