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Beijing Folk: Sun Yuan knows what robots eat for lunch Talk About Town: What kind of food are you? Scene & Heard: Reader Restaurant Awards … plus your chance to win great prizes Feature: As the Yunnan golden monkey population teetered on the brink of extinction, an ambitious scientist rushed to their rescue. When you see the photos of these impossibly adorable monkeys, you’ll want to write him a thank-you note. You voted, we tabulated, and here are the results: Beijing’s best restaurants! We also convened an expert panel to opine on Beijing’s dining scene … and we offer our own picks What’s New: Nobu, Compass Grill, Scarlet Blue, Nadaman, Alio Olio, Shaorou Ren, SG Song Feature: Skewers to bring out your inner caveman Taste Test: Cheesecake vs. cheesecake Back for More: Brunching at South German Bakery What’s New: My Life, Beervaria, Maiden Voyage Give Us a Minute: Dirty Vegas answers the eternal questions A Drink With: Ethan Perk of ASC Fine Wines Master Mind: Karl Long of Paddy O’Shea’s Have You Met: Digger & The Pussycats Playlist: World’s End Girlfriend Livehouse: Joseph Arthur pens a few verses for us … plus reviews of Noah and the Whale, and Peter Bjorn and John What’s New: Thaiv, Belita Jewelry, För, Tai Dian Massage Salon Inspect A Gadget: Size up these smart scanners Get The Look: Is lace innocent or risqué? You decide. Atelier: Wang Lei is no wallflower Features: Peter Lingbergh shoots supermodels, Hsieh Ying-chun ponders sustainable architecture, Caochangdi Photospring showcases shutterbugs Bookshelf: Meg Maggio of Pékin Fine Arts









65 Q&A: Andy Clayton faces down the North Face 100

67 Health Feature: How high is your cholesterol? Hands On: Torrid tension at hot yoga Q&A: Who are the English? Find out at the St. George’s Day Charity Dinner


Long Weekend: South Korea Feature: Xinjiang

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

100 Ich Bin Ein Beijinger: Kaiser isn’t sure what to make of his neighbor

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China’s Honor Guard stand tall during the Lantern Festival. Photo by Matus Serdula Got a Peking Pic? Send it to for a chance to win an RMB 300 voucher for Flamme.

GENERATION GAP Annie’s? Really? Who the <bleep> votes Annie’s? Hello? Yes. I’d like to place an order. I want a large Annie’s pizza ...

This month’s cover was created by the artiest of art directors, Susu Luo.


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he weirdest thing I ate in the last month was a whole apple, horizontally sliced. Any man is free to slice an apple as he sees fit, but I was one of 700 people being served the dish at the same time. Needless to say, the apple was browner than a freshly holidayed George Hamilton. No one really questioned it. We don’t because here in Beijing we’re too busy getting sucked into the latest fad. Every restaurant in town seems to want to outdo each other at the same dish. This month, it’s black cod – and who’s a sucker now? After trying Nobu’s work-of-art (Japan’s finest export since Super Mario), I have no choice now but to go and see how those at Nadaman, Compass Grill and SG Song compare (see p38-40). And before black cod, the flavor of the month was suckling pig, cupcakes, tapas, gourmet burgers, gourmet hot dogs, “English-style” afternoon tea and “sliders.” I know we magazines are partly to blame in this rash of faddishness but it doesn’t stop me hating them. Especially sliders. Just make a full-size burger. (What’s that, little kid? You can’t fit your mouth around a Whopper? You shouldn’t be eating burgers anyway. Eat some peas.) Even Burger King tried to sell sliders (in 1987) and binned them after just a few months. But Burger Bundles, as the King called them, were not the worst of the fast-food disasters. That would

be the Hula Burger. McDonald’s founder Ray Kroc wanted to keep profits up during Lent (apparently abstinence meant something as recently as 1962). He came up with a sandwich that involved the bun of a burger, the cheese of a burger and in place of the beef, a pineapple ring ... like some sick joke by the fruitarian fringe. Kroc’s unholy union was not taken up by his practicing customers. (He already had what they wanted: the bizarrely successful Filet-O-Fish.) Thankfully there are no fast-food Frankensteins experimenting on the local palate these days ... apart from, well, all of them. The other thing about food is that we’re eating it all, and we don’t seem to care. Fish stocks are dwindling, meat takes up too much arable land to raise and biofuels are competing with food crops. If you want to eat with a clear conscience, turn to “invasiovorism” – the practice of eating the invasive species that are ruining the local food chain. In Florida that’s lionfish, in Britain it’s grey squirrels and in China – well, it’s certainly not Yunnan golden monkeys (see p12). The best I could come up with? Expats who write books on their China experience.*

Jonathan White Managing Editor *See p63.

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8th Annual Reader Restaurant Awards


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Got an opinion? We’d sure like to hear it. E-mail us at Published letters will get you a free large pizza, salad or pasta, and bottle of New Zealand wine from the lovely fellas at Gung Ho! Pizza. Dear Editor, Page 22’s station translation of this March does make me burst to tears, 泪 流 满 面 啊 !tears trickling full-faced!haha! :) East pole~West pole, geili! – Jackie We say: Gosh. Have a tissue. Dear the Beijinger, On page 16 of this month’s the Beijinger it says that you can win prizes from Gung Ho! I love Gung Ho! Pizza, so I’ve been looking to find the question. I haven’t been able to find it. Have I been looking with my nose (Dutch expression), or is it simply not there? – Kim van Rijssen We say: Looking with your nose should please your stomach – you’ve managed to inadvertently win the prize. Dear the Beijinger, As a native of Beijing who moved abroad at a young age, I’ve now become an expat in Beijing. I’ve always been wary of being regarded to as a “laowai” in what I consider my home, but the Beijinger has demonstrated

to me that the expat community is just as knowledgeable about and active within the Beijing community at large. Through my daily dose of the Beijinger’s expat-centric witty and informative articles – be it food, culture, or the recent infographics, I have begun to see Beijing through the lens of my diasporic upbringing and now expatriate early-adulthood. (49???) – 望舒Viii We say: Glad you liked it. We certainly aim to delight our readers. If you disagree with anything that your fellow readers voted for in the Reader Restaurant Awards, then feel free to send us your rant. E-mail with your feedback.


It’s close to everything – a mere stroll away from Guomao, the Kerry Centre, the CCTV Headquarters and Tuanjiehu Park.


The southwest exit deposits you at the mouth of Guandongdian Beijie, a peaceful narrow street. Kitchen Igosso and Geba Geba, located in an inconspicuous brick house on that street, serve gourmet Italian and Japanese delicacies, respectively. If your wallet allows, head over to Suzuki, a high-end Japanese restaurant hidden in an office building on the north side of Chaoyang Beilu.


If you happen to emerge from the

southeast exit, you’ll see an oldfashioned building perennially packed with tourist buses. That would be Chaoyang Theater, a laozihao of Chinese acrobatics. Go watch the bendy young children spin plates, jump through hoops and do startling things with bicycles.


To the southwest of the subway station is Jing Guang Center. It’s now only the sixth-tallest building in town, but for 17 glorious years (1990-2006) it held the title as Beijing’s loftiest structure – and the views from the panoramic windows are still fantastic. (If you’re the competitive type, you can peer down at Jing Guang from China World Summit Wing Hotel, just a stone’s throw away.)

BEIJING FOLK Subway! Although we would need to change the menu to include various k inds of batter y bread, engine oil sauce plus some screws or nail cookies. How does a Ph.D. student find time to eat? One wonderful meal makes a lasting energetic study. If you were going to write your dissertation on Dianping, what would the title be? “Searching vs. Browsing vs. Sharing: ‘Dianping’ From a Meal to the Whole Life.”



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computer technology. We caught up with the busy Beijinger recently to ask her about food and robots. What’s your research topic? Robotic eyes and machine learning (i.e. artificial intelligence). Which Beijing restaurant would be most suitable for robots?

Which Chinese restaurant in Beijing would you recommend to impress visitors? Only one? M aybe M an Fu Lou (满福楼), which serves lamb hot pot in an authentic and elegant way. The lively atmosphere and the service

If Dianping disappeared, what would you do with your spare time? Build another Dianping? I guess I’d need time to get used to being without this space and to become comfortable with another. Is there anything that you would not eat? As long as I can confirm that it’s food, even if it’s unhealthy, I will try it at least once. Will artificial intelligence ever evolve to the point that human restaurant reviewers would be rendered obsolete? What happens in a restaurant is not just eating … it’s the beginning of feelings and thoughts on our lives, love and society. Reviewers become popular on Dianping not simply because they provide useful information, but also for their humor and their amazing imagination. Artificial intelligence could bring precision to judging restaurants, but it could never create fun.



i a n p i n g . c o m i s C h i n a’s biggest forum for usergenerated restaurant reviews. Sun Yuan is one of their “diamond-level users.” That means she’s written nearly a thousand restaurant reviews – in just over six years. Sun is also a doctoral candidate at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, studying integrated

What do you like best about Beijing? The Beijing personality. As the saying goes: “Beijing gals are naïve, chatty and kindhearted.” (北京大妞, 人傻, 话多, 心眼好)

will delight your guests.





he healthy eating lobby are fond of whispering “You are what you eat” accusingly into our ears. If they applied that mantra to themselves, they’d be a boring, skinny old stick of celery. But if you could determine your own foodstuff alter-ego, what would you be? We sent Michael Connors to the streets to ask you.

“Chips and curry sauce – a mix of Indian and British culture.” Selina, 25, UK

“Apple. Hard outside, sweet inside.” Catherine, 35, New Zealand

“Good meal from meat. Lots of meat, some cheese maybe.” Ilhom, 33, Uzbekistan

“An apricot – I’m a redhead and I’m summery.” Hadar, 32, Israel “Steak, entrecot with lots of fat.” Yoni, 30, Israel

“Shark. I’m a swimmer.” Falko, 22, Germany

“Banana. Everyone loves bananas.” Vanessa, 26, Peru



wings are too flabby and Fabergé has got eggs on lock. The right choice is the drumstick. It ain’t white meat and as sure as eggs is eggs, it’s the best part of a chicken. (As long as it’s not from a Chinese KFC.) Make it in jade. Make sure the jade is yellow. Make suckers green.


magine you’re a jeweler. You’re determined to make a splash on the international jewelry scene. But how? With chicken. The only stumbling block for creators of objets de poulet is what part of the bird to immortalize. Chicken heads are for chickenheads,

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igh in the snow-covered mountains of in China. “It is just a small thing, but it is quite northwest Yunnan, a large black and different from anything anyone else has done.” white monkey with pink, smiling lips sits perched on the branch of a fir tree, A Jumble of Bones munching on lichen. Dr. Long’s work did not begin as an effort to save The Yunnan golden monkey is famously cute – these monkeys – it began as an effort to find but it’s also an adventurous, compassionate, their bones. In 1987, while Long was working at playful and peaceful creature. It rarely fights. the Kunming Institute of Zoology’s (KIZ) Primates Young male monkeys prefer to band together, Research Office, he casually asked an old friend disappearing into the forest for group adventure who lived in northwest Yunnan to keep an eye out until they are old enough to look after a family. for specimens of the rare monkey. He had never The females are more seen one, as no photofocused on their families, graphs of the animal “THE FIRST WORDS BLURTED raising their young and existed at the time. The OUT OF MY MOUTH WHEN I SAW monkey was so rare, in lavishing a little extra grooming and attention fact, that many scientists HIM WERE, ‘GO TAKE ME TO on any family member had considered it extinct THOSE SKELETONS’” who is sick or seems to since the 1960s. need it. His friend soon wrote These beautiful, gentle monkeys are also lucky him back, saying he had purchased 12 skeletons to be alive. Their plight may seem all too familiar: that might be those of the Yunnan golden monkey. In a region where both jobs and food are scarce, Dr. Long was incredulous. “Even researchers like the Yunnan golden monkey had been hunted to us who spent a long time out in the field had only the brink of extinction. Unlike many less-fortunate seen the monkeys once or twice by chance,” Dr. endangered species, however, these monkeys got Long writes in his soon-to-be-published book, lucky. As they teetered at the point of no return, The Most Adorable Faces in the World: Twenty Years an ambitious, energetic scientist named Dr. Long With the Pink-Lipped Men. Yongcheng rushed to their rescue. “Was I being naïve in believing that Yu had “It is just a small thing I have done,” Dr. Long been able to buy 12 skeletons of this elusive says modestly, smiling below a large photo of a animal this easily? As soon as I got off the bus Yunnan golden monkey mounted on the wall I dashed to Yu’s. The first words blurted out of of his office in Kunming, where he is now the my mouth when I saw him were, ‘Go take me to chief scientist of The Nature Conservancy (TNC) those skeletons.’” Sure enough, the 12 skeletons,




still stinking and covered in worms, bore the distinctive snub nose of the Yunnan golden monkey. The next day, Long visited a nearby Chinese medicine factory, where he found three more Yunnan golden monkey skeletons mixed in with a pile of common monkey bones. “It was then I realized that, even though these monkeys were a ‘protected species,’ they had no real protection,” says Long. “Their bones were for sale right outside of a ‘protected’ park!” At this time, endangered species protection in China simply meant being included on the list of animals that hunters were not allowed to kill. As there was no enforcement of these laws, the list of endangered species often ser ved a reverse

purpose – to indicate to hunters where these rare, valuable species could be found. If hunting of the Yunnan golden monkeys continued at its current rate, Dr. Long realized, the species was doomed. A Map of Monkeys The young scientist felt he had an obligation to take action. The first step to saving the monkeys would be to determine the species’ range and distribution, Long decided, so that they could be protected effectively. The KIZ endorsed Long’s proposal to map the monkey’s entire habitat. At the time, he had no idea how long this important first step would take. He spent much of the next decade hiking

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ECOLOGY through mountains and primary forests, often alone for months on end, searching for the Yunnan golden monkey. Sometimes, he would walk for weeks on end, camping in the snow, without catching sight of a single monkey. Other times, he would find them within hours of arriving at a new location. In his travels to and from the wilderness, Long also got harassed by drunken cops, rode precariously atop trucks driving through Tibet, and was swarmed by remote village women hoping for a marriage proposal. In the end, it was all worth it. By 1994, he had completed the first distribution map of all existing groups of Yunnan golden monkeys, showing a total of 1,750 monkeys living in 20 separate populations. The Monkey Patrol Long’s work achieved another purpose. His search for the monkey put him in close contact with the people who knew the monkeys most intimately, and upon whose actions their existence hinged – the hunters. Long often employed an area’s best monkey hunter as his guide. Given the chance, some hunters were happy to hang up their guns to become a “monkey guard” instead, educating other hunters about the reality of the anti-poaching laws, steering hunters towards other jobs and turning in poachers to the authorities. Long singles out a former hunter named Zhang for praise. “Zhang … knows all the hunters, where their favorite hunting grounds are, and he has intimate knowledge of what animal lives where on the mountain,” says Long. “He does a terrific job in the fight against poaching … It seems like he is in multiple places at once, always working.” Seeing that some of the monkey ’s worst enemies could be turned into their most valuable protectors, Dr. Long and The Nature Conservancy went on to create a patrol to follow each monkey group across its range and keep poachers at bay. By 2005, these patrollers covered the monkeys’ entire range with a force of 90 men. Their work is paying off. The total population of monkeys has grown from 1,750 in 1994 to an estimated 2,600 this year. The Fight Ahead The Yunnan golden monkeys are still far from safe. They remain on the list of the most endangered primates in the world. Aside from the threat from poachers, they are also facing a struggle against


habitat loss caused both by government logging and local communities who need firewood from the forests. Others have stepped up to join Dr. Long’s fight. In 1995, a photographer named Xi Zhinong risked his job – perhaps even prison time – by writing a letter to a former State Councilor begging him to cancel a logging project slated for an important part of the monkey’s habitat. He soon experienced a groundswell of support. The Chinese environmental NGO Friends of Nature wrote a letter of

“YUNNAN GOLDEN MONKEYS ARE ONE OF THE ONLY MONKEYS WHO HAVE A SMILING MUSCLE” appeal on his behalf, and the media, the scientific community, and the ever-growing university environmental movement rallied around Xi’s letter. In the end, the government agreed that Mr. Xi had raised valid concerns, and the forest was spared. As the movement to save the Yunnan golden monkey and its habitat gathers momentum, Dr. Long nears retirement. His thick shock of black hair is peppered with grey, but his face remains animated and bright-eyed when he talks about his monkeys. He flips through photos, showing



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them off like a proud father. “See this one?” he says happily. “He is smiling! Yunnan golden monkeys are one of the only monkeys who have a smiling muscle.” Dr. Long puts on a grin, playfully mimicking the monkey in the picture. Sitting in his office, with a lifetime of hard work behind him and a monkey-business smile dancing across his face, Dr. Long is the image of a true champion. For more about Dr. Long’s work, visit his blog ( and microblog ( For more on Friends of Nature, see Help Save the Monkeys Donations of warm coats and other winter gear are being collected for the TNC Monkey Patrol. Due to scarce funding, patrol members lack proper clothing to protect them from the 4,000m-elevation winters; on average, they wear out three pairs of rubbersoled shoes a month and make only RMB 10/day. Donations can be sent to: Dr. Long Yongcheng, Rm B, 23/F, Zhiyuan Building, 389 Qingnian Lu, Kunming, Yunnan 650021 云南省昆明市五华区青年路389号志远大厦23层B室

Go See the Monkeys The China Yunnan Golden Monkey Field Research Base at Baima Snow Mountain Nature Reserve includes a population of 86 monkeys which are fed – not caged – in order to keep them close to the base for observation. The public is welcome to come observe the monkeys.


ECO STATS Yunnan golden monkeys live at elevations of

3,000 to 5,000 meters, making them the highest-dwelling primate on the planet (aside from humans) There are

4 different species of golden monkey.

The Yunnan subspecies is the only one that has black and white coloring Communities of Yunnan golden monkey always

group nap every day after lunch, at around 2pm take a

Family groups consist of about

8 monkeys

(1 male, 3-4 females, and their children), which live together in communities of 80 to 500 The Yunnan golden monkeys have a mutually beneficial symbiotic relationship with the fir trees they live in.

90% of their diet consists of the

lichen that grows parasitically on the firs Adult males can grow to be over


Yunnan golden monkeys give birth every


years â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and do so in the middle of winter to avoid natural predators Baby monkeys stay with their mothers for about

3 years

The oldest known golden monkey died during childbirth in captivity at the age of

30. Since

serious research on these monkeys has only just begun, their lifespan is unknown, but scientists estimate it to be around

60 years

Thanks to the work of the patrollers, the total population of Yunnan golden monkeys has

1,750 in 20 populations to about 2,600 in 15 populations today grown from

Monkey facts provided by Dr. Long Yongcheng

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370,000 tons sold

As hysteria peaked over the threat posed by radiation from partial meltdowns at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, China was gripped by a salt-buying frenzy.


Win a voucher (worth RMB 200) for Mughal’s by correctly answering our Trivia Travails. Send us a Peking Pic for a chance to win an RMB 300 voucher for Flamme. Be first to spot this month’s Bogus Ad and win two vouchers (worth RMB 700) for Dragonfly Therapeutic Retreat. and there’s a large pizza, pasta/salad and a bottle of New Zealand wine from Gung Ho! for all letters that we publish Also up for grabs this issue are:

tons sold

a Hoegaarden gift pack, an RMB 200 voucher for Ganges Indian Restaurant, Dinner for two, which includes a bottle of house wine, at Hilton Beijing Capital Airport’s Compass Grill,


and a bottle of KISS vodka

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E-mail with your answers. Good luck!

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Sources:, China Daily, China National Industry Salt Corp

TRIVIA TRAVAILS 1. Thaiv stocks all of the following local labels except: a) rechenberg couture b) Bei Style c) Elisabeth Koch Millinery d) Everard + Wang 2. Martin Budzinski calls St. George’s Day a celebration of all things ____________. a) Scottish b) English c) Polish d) Irish 3. The Wine Gallery is run by: a) ASC b) ABC c) BBC d) OPP 4. The North Face 100 was China’s first what? a) 100km swim b) 100km cycle

TELL US A JOKE c) 100km triathlon d) 100km run 5. Which celebrity chef has a new restaurant in Beijing? a) Gordon Ramsay b) Jamie Oliver c) Nobu Matsuhisa d) Dong Daqiao 6. Which famous shopping area in Beijing is the subject of a play at the NCPA? a) Wangfujing b) Xidan c) Silk Street d) Zoo Market 7. Photographer Peter Lindbergh is known for his black-and-white shots of: a) monkeys b) supermodels c) Paris Hilton’s dog d) the Chinese landscape

Each month we run a series of questions based on the content of the issue. Answer them correctly and win stuff! This month’s prize is an RMB 200 voucher for Mughal’s. Email answers to Answers to March’s Trivia Travails: 1. b) Dane 2. d) Frank Sinatra 3. c) pianist 4. b) problems 5. b) Raise the Red Lantern 6. c) 80 7. d) Argentina 8. a) paper on a cultural business analysis of China since the ’70s. Last month’s winner was Francoise Chu.


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Vincent Thong, general manager of Sheraton Beijing Dongcheng Hotel At 3am a desk clerk at a hotel gets a call from a drunk guy asking what time the bar opens. “It opens at noon,” answers the clerk. About an hour later, he gets a call from the same guy, sounding even more intoxicated. “What time does the bar open?” he asks. “Same time as before – noon,” replies the clerk. Another hour passes and he calls again, plastered. “Whatjoo shay the bar opins at?” The clerk then answers, “It opens at noon, but if you can’t wait, I can have room service send something up to you.” “No! I don’t wanna get in, I wanna get out!” Find out when the bar at the Sheraton Beijing Dongcheng opens when they cut the ribbon in July.



design by Susu Luo, photographs at UCCA by Judy Zhou


wards are like modern art: where some people see an insightful representation of the Truth, others see a conspiracy to defraud – the Emperor’s New Clothes, if you will. Regardless of which camp you’re in, we can all agree that the debate they inspire makes life more interesting. This is the eighth year we’ve been stirring up controversy with our Reader Restaurant awards. We couldn’t have done it without you.


With the broadest coverage and biggest reader participation, our awards are the most trusted in town. the Beijinger’s 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards were determined in a two-step process. Step one: A nomination panel of 100 Beijing food writers, gourmands and F&B professionals, along with a randomly selected list of 100 voters from last year’s balloting, were provided a blank ballot and asked to name their favorite restaurants in each of over 60 categories. We tabulated the results and drew up shortlists of nominated restaurants in the 45 most competitive categories. Step two: The public voted online for six weeks, with over 7,000 ballots received. Each was examined thoroughly for eligibility. Duplicated ballots were discarded, as were numerous attempts at ballot stuffing. The remaining ballots were verified, tabulated and each restaurant ranked accordingly. The top vote-getter in each category was named Best, while the second and third highest vote-getters (joint third, in the case of ties) were named Outstanding.

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READERS' CHOICE OUTSTANDING MENTIONS Restaurant of the Year (Non-Chinese) Capital M, Mosto Restaurant of the Year (Chinese) Made in China (Grand Hyatt), Haidilao, Dali Courtyard New Restaurant (Non-Chinese) Kro’s Nest, Agua, Flamme New Restaurant (Chinese) Fook Lam Moon(China World Summit Wing), Yan Can Cook Afternoon Tea The Ritz-Carlton Traditional Afternoon Tea (Ritz-Carlton Beijing), Afternoon Tea at Raffles (Raffles Beijing Hotel), Afternoon Tea at The Lounge, Park Hyatt Beijing American Blue Frog, Chef Too Beijing Duck Quanjude, Duck de Chine

Décor Maison Boulud, Capital M

Late-Night Dining Jin Ding Xuan, The Den

Dim Sum Jin Ding Xuan, Lei Garden

Mexican/Tex-Mex Peter’s Tex-Mex Grill, Luga’s Villa

Family-Friendly Restaurant Element Fresh, Grandma’s Kitchen, The Orchard

Middle Eastern Rumi, 1001 Nights

For Impressing Visitors Capital M, Maison Boulud For a Romantic Meal Capital M, Mosto French (High-End) Capital M, Le Pre Lenotre (Sofitel Wanda) French (Affordable) Le Petit Gourmand, Morel’s, Café de la Poste Hot Pot Little Sheep, Ding Ding Xiang

Outdoor Dining Dali Courtyard, Element Fresh Pizza Kro’s Nest, Gung Ho! Pizza Russian Elephant, White Nights Sandwiches Panino Teca, Comptoirs de France Service Haidilao, Capital M, Mosto Sichuan Chuan Ban, Spice Spirit

Brunch Vineyard Café, The Orchard

Hotel Brunch Bubbly Sundays at Senses (Westin Beijing Financial Street), Fizztastic Champagne Brunch at Vasco's (Hilton Beijing Wangfujing)

Burger Blue Frog, Fatburger

Indian/Pakistani Taj Pavilion, Mughal’s

Business Lunch Alameda, SALT

Italian (High-End) Assaggi, Tavola

Vegetarian Element Fresh, Lily Vegetarian

Cantonese (High-End) Summer Palace (China World Hotel), Yu (Ritz-Carlton Beijing).

Italian (Affordable) La Pizza, Metro

Vietnamese Va Va Voom, Le Little Saigon

Japanese Tairyo Teppanyaki, Matsuko

Wine List Enoterra, W Dine & Wine, Sureño (The Opposite House).

Brunch (High-End) Maison Boulud, Fennel

Cantonese (Affordable) Crystal Jade, Lei Garden Culinary Event of the Year Oktoberfest 2010 at Paulaner Brauhaus (Kempinski Hotel Beijing), 7 Courses*6 Maestros*5 Stars*1 Night Only (Hilton Beijing Wangfujing).

Korean Han Na Shan, Ai Jiang Shan Kung Pao Chicken South Beauty, Bellagio

Spanish Carmen, Migas Steak Flamme, CRU Steakhouse (JW Marriott Beijing), SALT Thai Serve the People, Very Siam

Yunnan Dali Courtyard, In & Out

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They cast votes and told us why




Panelist #1 Joel Shuchat Teaches cooking classes at The Hutong, and runs The Orchid hotel



“They have a quiet outdoor seating area. I recommend the signature noodles, for the thick, clean broth and flavor ful beef tendon and tripe.” Gao Kang

“The decor is outstanding, the service and dishes full of Shanghai flavor. My top recommendation is the longjing xiaren (stir-fried shrimps and longjing tea). When crab is in season, their crab dishes are also very good.” Gao Kang


LMPLUS “Despite having a minuscule kitchen, LMPlus dishes out elegant versions of Italian favorites. The food is simple and lovely, but the real charm lies in the chic low-key atmosphere, the friendly owner, and the excellent selection of wines by the glass.” Jen Leung




“ This branch of the famous Hong Kong restaurant chain delivers all the Cantonese classics of the original in a smart setting, with much better service than Beijing diners are used to getting in a Chinese restaurant. The dim sum is probably the best in the city.” Jen Leung

“Their timing is spot-on when baking their pizzas – not a hint of burnt spots at all. The cheese is especially terrific. I recommend the margherita pizza.” Gao Kang

Panelist #2 Dong Menghao A critic for Chinese food magazines and influential food blogger


LET’S BURGER “Two words: sauce bar. That and the fantastic cranberr y-brie burger.” Jen Leung


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“It can be pretty hard to respect restaurants with amazing decor but less than inspiring food. Fortunately, Capital M combines a stunning environment with an excellent menu and impressive wine list. Overlooking Qianmen with an open, spacious feel and plenty of light, Capital M is immediately cheering. The restaurant has created an atmosphere in which lunch, dinner and even afternoon tea all make sense – not an easy feat.” Edward Ragg

“Classic French cuisine with an American twist and presented in an immaculate environment is not necessarily easy to translate for a local audience, however well done. But on weeknights and weekends, not least with the popular brunch menu, Maison Boulud continues to maintain very high standards, attracting a wide-ranging local clientele.” Edward Ragg


YOTSUBA “This cozy sushi joint always satisfies my craving for fresh fish in an unadulterated Japanese environment, complete with a knife-wielding chef who only speaks Japanese, the sake selection and sunken tables and bars.” Jen Lin-Liu

Panelist #3 Zhang Ning The creative chef behind Ning Space, a private restaurant and gallery




“Chuan Ban continues to produce affordable, classic Sichuan dishes prepared by teams of visiting chefs from the province. Whilst the restaurant features many more dishes than gongbao jiding, Chuan Ban is generally consistent, producing an intense but not heavy version of a much-copied, but sometimes average dish. Gongbao jiding at Chuan Ban does not disappoint.” Edward Ragg

PURE LOTUS “Visits to Pure Lotus have prompted me to think about going vegetarian, which says a lot given my love of pork! Always a hit when I have veggie friends in town.” Jen Lin-Liu


MAISON BOULUD “Chef Brian Reimer has brought international fine dining to Beijing. With its classy atmosphere, outstanding service, and Daniel Boulud’s French “soul” cuisine touch, Maison Boulud is one of Beijing’s finest choices for special occasions and weekend brunch.” Jen Lin-Liu

Panelist #4 Richard Xu Editor-in-chief of New Western Cuisine magazine and a Fellow at The Culinary Institute of America




“This little bistro doesn’t serve the fanciest or most authentic French food, but the bottles of wine are cheap, the cheese plate glorious, and the largely French clientele creates the perfect vibe for pretending you’re anywhere but Beijing.” Jen Leung

CASA LATINA “A bit off the radar, but Casa Latina keeps turning out truly authentic eats.” Jim Boyce

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BELLAGIO “Modern and trendy decor, bright lighting and an extensive menu attract those spilling out of KTVs or bars and looking to eat and chat with friends. The Taiwanese stir-fries and shaved ices are pretty outstanding.” Dong Menghao




Panelist #5 Gao Kang A legend on food website, with thousands of devoted fans


“Quality, not quantity, distinguishes the Maison Boulud brunch. Almost every item on the seasonal menu is tantalizing, from quail-egg buckwheat crepes to house-made merguez sausage. The freshbaked bread and pastries are delicious, but be sure to save room for the desserts and mignardises – almost reason alone to come for brunch.” Shelley Jiang

“A one-stop shop for gastronomy. Every dish is a unique presentation of technique and craftsmanship. Da D o n g h a s f u s e d t h e e s s e n ce o f food, place, and art on the plate to provide unforgettable gastronomic journeys. Da Dong is among the very few who strive for culinary excellence by thinking outside the box.” Ricky Xu


NAM NAM “The dark-wood decor and green plants make you feel like you’re dining in Vietnam. Unlike other Vietnamese restaurants, the environment is elegant and comfortable. Meanwhile, the dishes are authentic without any unnecessary t wists, mak ing this unpretentious restaurant quite popular.” Dong Menghao





“While Beijing has many nice courtyard cafes, there’s nothing quite like Capital M’s beautiful terrace. You are at once part of Qianmen and beyond it – greenery screens out the tourist hubbub below, and the wide-open views of the stately watchtowers and blue skies are entrancing on a sunny afternoon.” Shelley Jiang

“This restaurant keeps being nominated and winning awards year in, year out because of its rare and commendable consistency. A simple decor of white and woody hues makes diners feel comfortable and relaxed – even better when the afternoon sunshine floods in through the glass roof. The Mediterranean-style business lunch is tasty and good value for money.” Dong Menghao

Panelist #6 Shelley Jiang Former editor at True Run Media’s Immersion Guides and food blogger (


CHEF TOO “Chef Too is a successful translation of the concept of a good and homey neighborhood restaurant. The brunch has always been a sumptuous, welcoming and value-for-money treat. Portions are big, with honest-to-goodness ingredients. No frills, just simple, tasty dishes.” Ricky Xu


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“It’s hard to find aged beef in Beijing, regardless of whether it’s imported. It’s best to enjoy CRU’s three- to five-year aged beef, which is really full of flavor and melts in your mouth. Start with some oysters and a glass of white wine.” Dong Menghao

“When you want wine and superb food, Maison Boulud is hard to beat. Modo’s Enomatic machines and Cafe Europa’s often quirk y menu also deserve mentions.” Jim Boyce


LA PALETA “La Paleta lures me back with its Cantonese barbecue dishes – like crisp cubes of roast pork – creative stir-fries, sweet soups and fresh mango cubes wrapped in cream.” Shelley Jiang

Panelist #7 Jen Lin-Liu



Author of Serve the People: A Stir-Fried Journey Through China and the founder of Black Sesame Kitchen



“The menu is expansive, wonderfully varied, and it’s all fantastic. There are enough options to satisfy any foodie, from total vegetarians to carnivores. It’s also a far cry from the over-oily Chinese food we’re all used to. It’s hard to not have at least ten favorite dishes, and you’ll definitely come back – trying all the menu options will take at least a couple of trips.” Xixi Cheng

“Capital M opens out to reveal a breathtak ing view of Tiananmen Square, and each section of the interior features dramatic design and decor. The eye-catching bar, patio and private areas are all unique – and the service is near excellent.” Ricky Xu


GANGES “Consistency is hard to come by in Beijing, but it doesn’t matter which branch of Ganges you’re at – the experience is always the same. You can feel secure that your meal won’t be great on one visit and a train wreck the next. Dishes are well-priced and served in decent portions. Also, the branches are all in super-convenient locations – an added bonus.” Xixi Cheng


BRIAN MCKENNA, ROOMBEIJING “Brian has successfully tailored his Western culinary creations to suit the palate and taste of the East. His approach to dining delivers the genuine pleasure of sharing – the Chinese styles of gathering with Western flair.” Ricky Xu

Panelist #8 Jen Leung A former dining editor at the Beijinger and food blogger (


NOLA “Nola is a super-cute eatery that is sure to please. It feels like a homey holiday cabin you could relax for hours in. New Orleansstyle cuisine is the theme here, and dishes like po’ boy sandwiches are sure to make diners from “The Big Easy” pine for home. I also love their brunch options and the eggs Benedict. The poached egg is always cooked to perfection and drizzles delicious yolk goodness at the first cut.” Xixi Cheng

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Panelist #9 Shu Qiao Renowned local food columnist and published essayist

“Mosto got my vote because I think it really set the standard for casual fine dining in the city. The brick wall and candlelit setting, tip-top friendly service and food always create a great experience for foodies. It’s an easy place to break the ice and their amazing desserts are perfect for sharing with a special someone.” Xixi Cheng

DA DONG “The skin of Da Dong’s Beijing duck is less oily and more crispy than usual – an evolution based on the traditional approach to preparing Beijing duck.” Zhang Ning


RIVER CLUB* “Chef Marco Sacco brings popular specials from River Club’s Italian home base at Piccolo Lago in Verbania. Some of their dishes rank among the best you can find in Italian restaurants in Beijing, and the decor combines purity with simplicity.” Ye Jun *River Club was closed at time of going to print.





“ The waitstaff here surprise with just how considered their service is. However, they also know how to make you feel comfortable – you don’t get any unwanted attention here. Delightfully, they have kept the standard up.” Ye Jun

Panelist #10 Ye Jun Chief food writer at China Daily

“Typical Sichuan-style food. The fuqi feipian (beef cold cuts 夫 妻 肺 片 ) and mao xue wang (tripe and pig’s blood stew 毛血旺) are my favorites. You don’t go to Chuan Ban for the decor or environment – it’s all about the food.” Zhang Ning


SADLER “When two-star Michelin chef Claudio Sadler is not there, Executive Chef Riccardo La Perna still turns out delectable wonders. The taste and presentation are as good as Italian restaurants in Milan. Great sunlight through the glass windows at lunchtime.” Ye Jun

Panelist #11 Jim Boyce Influential blogger who opines on nightlife and dining (BeijingBoyce. com) and wine (


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“The service is exceptional, especially when compared to other Chinese restaurants within the same price range. The quality of food and variety of ingredients and condiments all make the visit worthwhile.” Ye Jun

“No doubt, this is the closest thing to an authentic British afternoon tea in town. Both the sandwiches and sweets are of an outstanding quality. Meanwhile, the diverse selection of tea is sure to please all tastes.” Shu Qiao


RUMI “ The only Persian restaurant in town, Rumi enjoys a great location. If you like to dine outdoors, and also hope to enjoy large chunks of meat, Rumi can satisfy all your needs.” Shu Qiao





“Lei Garden has brought tried-andtested Hong Kong dim sum and other Cantonese dishes to China’s far north. As a Canto by ethnic heritage, I always look forward to weekend dim sum here.” Jen Lin-Liu

“It’s a good brand, clean and well-managed. The dumplings are refined and taste good.” Zhang Ning

Panelist #12 Xixi Cheng Founder of BJ Foodies, whose charity dinners have raised over RMB 100,000 for good causes


BOCATA “Great mix of taste and value. Beef and blue cheese seems to be the favorite.” Jim Boyce



AGUA “The flavors of the lobster risotto, roast pork and veal shank are unforgettable. Chef Jordi is creative and comes equipped with solid skills. The sommelier here is also considerate, taking care that his recommendations of Spanish wines match each diner’s food perfectly.” Shu Qiao

FOOK LAM MOON “With elegant Chinese-style design, Fook Lam Moon combines the classic and contemporary well. Fresh and refined ingredients, and the chef ’s skilled culinary art, make the food here delicious.” Zhang Ning

Panelist #13 Edward Ragg Co-founder, with Fongyee Walker, of Dragon Phoenix Fine Wine Consulting and an associate professor at Tsinghua University


SHIN YEH “Three-cup mushroom and chicken, fried taro, and soft sticky rice in peanut powder – these guys excel on a whole range of Taiwanese eats.” Jim Boyce

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OK, we just couldn’t resist getting involved ourselves and lavishing some attention on a few restaurants that missed out elsewhere, but deserve credit for their sterling work over the past 12 months. Maybe next year you’ll agree ... BEST CHAMPAGNE BRUNCH















































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NIBBLES NEW ARRIVALS Robert Conte is the new executive chef at the St. Regis. Conte brings experience gained in hotels from Mumbai and Singapore to the five-star Jianguomen hotel. Eatalia is a new Italian restaurant in Wudaokou. Run by Italians, the place specializes in pizza and ravioli, and has already been given the thumbs up from one of our team. We’ll have a full review next month. There’s a new Sichuan restaurant next to Latte at the Workers’ Stadium. San Yang Cai is opened by the folks who brought us Laburnum and Shuangliu Laoma.

IN THE OVEN The new branch of Fatburger in China World should be open by the end of April – keep an eye on TheBeijinger. com for more information. The Taj Pavillion’s China World branch will relocate in May to China Overseas Plaza, just 200m north of its current location. The new space will be larger and feature private rooms. The neighboring Häagen-Dazs store has already closed, and KFC is set to go as well. To find out who’s moving in, see p57.






ou’ve seen the results of our Reader Restaurant Awards, so I won’t dwell on them other than to say thanks to all the readers and expert panelists who took part this year. Also, shame on anyone who tried to rig the vote by turning in multiple ballots – we’re catching you out, so it’s your own time you’re wasting. We’d love to hear your thoughts on the results. Though if you didn’t vote, you’ve no right to complain – get involved next year. Or get behind Beijing’s restaurant scene by voting in The Miele Guide 2011 poll of Asia’s best restaurants. Da Dong has made The Miele Guide Top 20 for the past two years, but it’s time Beijing started challenging the likes of Hong Kong and Singapore for supremacy. OK, we’re still some way off, but we can at least make some noise for China’s capital. Voting

closes on May 16 – cast your ballot at Parkview Garden, the massive construction with the ski-slope roof near The Place, is nearing completion. The project will feature a mall, offices and a hotel, with the first openings scheduled for September. The biggest news so far is that “Iron Chef” Masaharu Morimoto is set to open a restaurant there, with a new branch of Element Fresh also on the way. The Japanese earthquake and its aftermath has raised various food-related concerns. With many local Japanese restaurants sourcing from Japan, there have been fears about the possibility of imports being contaminated by radiation. The Chinese government has made the right noises about Japanese food imports being tested rigorously, but it ’s ner vy times

nonetheless for restaurateurs and consumers alike. Then there were chaotic scenes as panic-stricken Chinese citizens emptied stocks of salt from supermarkets. One man even died after overdosing on salt in a bid to protect himself against radiation poisoning, a tragic consequence of media-driven hysteria and scaremongering. Not to mention individual stupidity. The craze for enormous “tomahawk” steaks continues to spread through five-star hotel land, with the Westin Chaoyang the latest to unveil a hefty slab of meat for shared consumption. See how it sizes up with the gigantic steaks on offer at The Cut and CRU Steakhouse. Ending on a lighter note, it’s Easter time again, and as ever there are special egg-themed brunches going on all over town. See the event listings for all the details.

Former Maison Boulud general manager Ignace Lecleir is opening his own fine dining restaurant in an old courtyard north of the Forbidden City. The new restaurant is to be called Temple, and should be open within the next few months. One to watch out for. A phoenix rises from the Super Bar Street ashes – Jewish restaurant Dini’s is reopening at the south gate of Si’de Park on Fangyuan Xilu. It may even be open by the time you read this.

STIRRING THINGS UP Redmoon in the Grand Hyatt has launched a new izakaya Japanese snack menu. Dishes start from around RMB 40 and feature beef tatak i, poached whelk, yakitori and more.

CLOSURES Blue Frog’s Europlaza branch closed last month, but it’s a case of one step back, two steps forward – the burger chain recently announced plans for another two Beijing branches. One will be at Chaoyangmen (near U-Town), the other in Shunyi, and both should be open within a few months.

COMPLIMENTS 1F’s charity month in February raised a grand total of RMB 7,584 for children’s charity Morning Tears. 1F manager Jack tells us the charity month will now become an annual initiative.

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SHAOROU REN 烧肉人 Daily 5.30-10.30pm. Room 2203, Bldg B, Sanlitun Soho, Chaoyang District (6403 7626) 朝阳区三里屯Soho商场B座2203室

This grill restaurant (formerly of Nanluogu Xiang) injects some much-needed energy into Sanlitun Soho. Their new location in a dark corner of a mall could have been a drawback, but it’s worked into an advantage – the thrill of discovery. Inside, it looks and feels like a Gulou restaurant, which is another plus. Begin with some corn on the cob (RMB 10), then choose some meats to grill up. The “pork jowl miso” (RMB 28) was particularly good, but there are also bone-free short ribs (RMB 48), lots of vegetables and rice soups. The food is tasty, but Shaorou Ren’s real selling point is the infectiously fun atmosphere stirred up by lead waiter Xiao Wei, hollering into a megaphone to entice couples to kiss for ten seconds. If you need some Dutch courage, try the electric pink “Shaorou Ren Anger” cocktail (RMB 25). Iain Shaw Also try: Suzumei, Tori Tei






Mon-Sat 6-11pm. 1/F, JW Marriott Hotel, China Central Place, 83 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District (5969 6988) 朝阳区建国路83号华贸中心华茂万豪酒店1层

Daily 11.30am-2.30pm, 5-10pm. 2/F, Bldg AB, Vantone Center, 6A Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District (5907 1879) 朝阳区朝阳门外大街甲6号万通中心AB座2层


he highlight of Nobu Matsuhisa’s Beijing menu, perhaps predictably, is his signature black cod, saikyo yaki (RMB 280). Paired with a sweet, nutty sauce, the cod was simply beautiful – layers of fish that peeled away with ease, skin browned for a sweet, crisp counterpoint. I think my pupils dilated. I made a mental note to find out whether cod has any opiate qualities. Save your money and try this at least once.


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Standout dishes: Black cod (saikyo yaki) Also try: Nadaman, Nishimura

You’ll find no MSG here – that’s because SG Song’s owner allegedly hates the stuff. So rest assured that the flavor of their spicy kimchi and tofu stew (RMB 48) comes from 100 percent not-faking-it funkiness. Not every dish will win you over – you may find fault with the panfried chicken with cheese (somewhat chewy) or the oyster pancakes (rather oily). However, SG scores highly for its Japanese-influenced black cod (RMB 98); marinated in soy sauce and braised until tender and savory, the generous portion is paired with candied lotus root. And don’t miss the grilled pork belly (RMB 68), which is redolent of ginger, and accompanied by aromatic perilla leaves for wrapping. For dessert, try the warm purple yam paste with soft ginkgo nuts, or homemade sesame ice cream. Emily Young Also try: Ssam, Sorabol



While the black cod was an instant hit, the fluke sashimi (RMB 70) requires a few minutes to reach maximum potency. The initially powdery spices ally with the dressing and soak up moisture from the fish for an irresistible balance of flavors. Imagine executive chef Oyvind Naesheim as a dramatist, creating characters and giving them room to develop as the larger plot unfolds. Enter stage right: the tuna salad (RMB 280). The spicy Korean-style dressing, lightened with lemon, is the key. Like the rhythm section of a great band, it provides consistency, allowing the other players to rise to the top of the mix. The smoke-free dining area is stylish but understated, with nods to Japanese art. A small team of chefs mans the sushi bar, while the busy open kitchen provides a lively backdrop. Service is efficient, though the sense of experience would be heightened if the staff gave more detailed introductions to dishes. As a landmark event, Nobu may not be as significant as Maison Boulud’s opening in 2008. However, in Nobu’s finer moments, the ingredients fade away to the point that all you're aware of is a taste. Or better – an emotion. If that’s one mark of a great restaurant, this one is off to a fine start. Iain Shaw


COMPASS GRILL Daily 6-11pm. 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


he good? Beijing has a smart new highend grill. The bad? It’s all the way out at Terminal 3. Never theless, she’s a fine looking restaurant. Tables rest on a boundless sea of gleaming marble like neatly laid islands, and the leather-bound menus are inset with old-fashioned nautical compasses. Our culinary voyage took a while to get moving. Our salad of endives with blue cheese and oranges (RMB 52) was at least bold and substantial, but the French onion soup (RMB 32), while good value, wasn’t nearly gutsy enough.

Mutiny, however, was put down by a welltimed cry of “Mains ho!” The signature wagyu burger (RMB 198), layered up with foie gras and truffle shavings, was very good; the wagyu ribeye (RMB 468) certainly did its price tag no disservice; and there were sticky thumbs up all round for the tandoori lamb cutlets (RMB 128). However, the undisputed high point was the blackened cod (RMB 158), crisp-skinned and peeling away in perfect ivory flakes, with a beautifully balanced sea urchin cream and tomato sauce. After all that VIP beef, the desserts bring

welcome wallet relief. A huge cubic dollop of cheesecake with raspberries and a macaroon is just RMB 32, as is a triple-chocolate broadside of nutty brownie, ice cream and gooey mousse. The wine list, another plus, is an exercise in vinous disambiguation – cleverly color-coded, wellwritten and fun. We disembarked wobbly but well-satiated. Tom O’Malley Standout dishes: Blackened cod, wagyu ribeye Also try: Grange, The Cut



ALIO OLIO Daily 10am-11pm. 1 Chaoyang Park West Gate (next to Black Sun), Chaoyang District (6594 0938) 朝阳区朝阳公园西门1号(黑太阳旁边)


Annie’s has triumphed yet again in our awards, but they just might have some competition next year – not least because the Italian boss of this smart new restaurant used to be Annie’s right-hand man. Professional amore might be in short supply, but there’s plenty gone into the design at Alio Olio, with atmospheric lighting, framed Lamborghini prints, a roaring pizza oven and a funky spiral staircase leading to a cozy second floor ideal for parties and small events. The menu covers all the usual bases at prices even Annie’s can’t match. Smiles all round for the pizzas – they’re a steal at RMB 36 for a large margherita. Salads, soups,

antipasti and mains – try the lamb chops (RMB 78) – are similarly generous, and a glass of imported house wine is just RMB 20. Owner Giuseppe plans to open for breakfast soon, serving cappuccinos and pastries at a standing counter just like in Italy. We’re not sure if local residents will take to that, but they’ll be pleased to hear that delivery to nearby apartments should soon be available. Jeff Wode Standout dishes: Pepperoni pizza, lamb chops Also try: Annie’s, L’Isola

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NADAMAN 滩万日餐厅 Daily 11.30am-2pm, 2.30-10pm. 4/F, China World Summit Wing, 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District (6505 2299 ext 6407) 朝阳区建国门外大街1号国贸大酒店4层

Relocating from the China World Hotel to China World Summit Wing has given Nadaman a more contemporar y look and a new team of Japanese chefs. Manager Matsuzawa Shu remains, ensuring the restaurant’s offerings – still featuring quality kaiseki sets (RMB 580-1,200 per person) – retain their traditional spirit. The daikon mizuna salad (RMB 40) combines crispy radish, peppery greens and sheets of seaweed, with dried fish bringing waves of oceanic flavor, offset by a nutty sesame sauce. The black cod (RMB 140) was oh-so-well executed, the sophisticated miso sauce luring

a seductive tenderness from the fish. Thinly coated in batter and fried crisp in quality cooking oil, the tempura moriawase (RMB 180) is an expertly prepared assortment of prawns and vegetables. If you want to taste the highestquality udon from Japan, ask nicely. Inaniwa udon (RMB 120) is not listed on the menu, but it’s an epiphany of simplicity: gracefully thin, flat noodles served in steaming, clear bonito soup. Suddenly, “less is more” seemed perfectly true. Emily Young Standout dishes: Daikon mizuna salad, inaniwa udon


SCARLET BLUE 兰佳人音乐餐厅 Daily 10am-late. Bldg 17, Solana, 6 Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang District (5905 1909) 朝阳区朝阳公园路6号蓝色港湾17号楼



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(RMB 88-588). The cheapest appears a particularly good deal, featuring Caesar salad, a soup, a pasta dish, daily dessert and a glass of Shiraz. The chef, a veteran of the Shanghai luxury hotel circuit, is a little too generous with the salt and pepper, but rightly proud of his accomplished bresola appetizer (on the RMB 298 set menu). The pizzas (from RMB 48) and cheeseburgers (RMB 70 with fries) are about mid-table in the Beijing rankings. In time, a large-scale nightclub will open upstairs, and they have some 800sqm of outdoor space to play with. There’s no lack of ambition here, and with slick service and free nightly entertainment, Scarlet Blue could be a hit with Chaoyang revelers. Tom O’Malley Standout dishes: Pumpkin and coconut soup, bresola appetizer Also try: Chocolate, ROOMbeijing







carlet (not to be confused with Hotel G’s Scarlett) is a Nanjing nightclub. Blue Marlin is a south China-based Western restaurant chain. They’re both run by the same group, and together these provincial big hitters make Scarlet Blue that rare beast: the party restaurant. With a name like a ’70s adult movie actress, it’s no surprise this restaurant has had some work done to enhance its charms. Clearly, buckets of cash have changed hands over the design and furnishing. Scarlet Blue is vast, classically lit – think Radio City Music Hall – with quality furniture, a Cheers-style bar under a glam chandelier and some very impressive water closets. Nightly (except Mondays) a Xiu-type band pumps out live tunes, and from about 10pm, ex-China Doll DJs take the reins until late. The restaurant offers several European-influenced set menus






ou voted Maison Boulud “Best Restaurant of the Year” in 2010. You voted it number one again this year, giving the Ch’ien Men 23 restaurant a total of five awards in our 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. We asked Executive Chef Brian Reimer about what it takes to cook up an award-winning restaurant.


Tell us something about yourself that few people know. I applied to both West Point (United States Military Academy) and the United States Naval Academy. This had been a dream of mine growing up.

What does it take to maintain those high standards? It’s a daily repetition of staff training, be it food knowledge or sequence of service. The one trait needed is the ability to learn. What’s your favorite Chinese word or character? Ren (忍) or “patience.” The character combines the characters for the blade of a knife and for “heart.” The truth of practicing this virtue is tiring, often painful and more commonly thankless. But in the end it’s truly the only way to strive towards one’s goals.

“IT TOOK ME A WHILE What dish on What were your favorite dishes as your menu are TO ENJOY BLOOD a kid? you most proud SAUSAGE” My mother would of? make fresh potato We have had the bread – the smells that came out of baby pig paired with daikon sauthe kitchen were amazing. My father erkraut and green apple coleslaw and I would pull fresh tomatoes on the menu since we opened. It from the vine. And my grandfather’s has never changed, and perhaps black pepper-smoked bacon. never will. Everything you needed to make the best sandwich of the year. And what are your three favorite dishes at other restaurants in And something you hated but Beijing? later grew to love? Tough to name just three, but the It took me a while to enjoy blood chilled spinach leaves with sesame sausage. We would take a pig at and mustard oil at Made in China, auction every year, and take it back the simple sushi and sashimi at to the ranch to slaughter. Without Bei, and the salmon gravlax at being too descriptive, I will say it Capital M. was graphic. We hear that Daniel Boulud is What distinguishes a great planning a Shanghai project. restaurant? He has been looking to expand in Details. It’s the attention to detail Asia – we recently opened a db and the follow-up to ensure the Bistro Moderne in Singapore. If the standards put forth are maintained opportunity comes to progress with and never compromised. Shanghai, we will certainly do so. APRIL 2011






atch sight of a looping trail of red neon on any Beijing street and odds are it’ll be spelling out chuan’r. The Chinese character for “food on a stick” (串) is Beijing’s favourite xiangxing wenzi – a character that resembles its meaning. In this case,


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skewered sustenance. Like Gotham City’s bat symbol, the chuan’r sign is a call to arms for hungry Beijingers. Easy to grill, hold, eat and throw away, the food skewer represents a brilliant bit of prehistoric problemsolving. Picture the scene around the campfire, perhaps that of the

Peking Man. “Meat burnt,” exclaims one apeman. Cue scratching of tiny Stone Age head. “Turn meat!” “Ow, burnt.” More scratching. Then, suddenly: “Use stick!” These days, whether it’s a chuan’r,

shashlik, kebab or yakitori, there’s something about the informality of skewered food that makes for a whole lot of fun. It’s a cross-cultural leveler, no etiquette required, the ideal street eat. Roll your sleeves up and get gnawing.

THE BEIJING CLASSIC Yangrou chuan’r, 羊肉串儿 Xibei Youmiancun Restaurant You’re probably less than 25 feet from a yangrou chuan’r right now, but for a truly special mutton skewer, you’ll have to travel a bit. The Xibei chain of restaurants – the Sanyuanqiao branch will be the most accessible for many readers – sells giant skewers of young, tender mutton that arrive bound in foil, with a perfect ration of meat to fat. Not cheap at RMB 7 per stick, but you get what you pay for. Hongliu yangrou chuan’r, 红柳 羊肉串儿 Bingtuan Dasha Even pricier (RMB 8) are the Jurassicsized skewers at Bingtuan Dasha, a restaurant run by the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps, and located near Maliandao tea street in southwest Beijing. Dark chunks of lamb are speared onto fragrant sticks of willow – you could imagine the fat kid at Hogwarts having a magic wand like this.

SICHUAN STICKS Bobo ji, 钵钵鸡 Zhang Mama This skewer-centric chicken dish is a Chengdu specialty. Diners select various chicken pieces on sticks (pre-cooked) along with veggie skewers, mala tang style, then soak them in a table-top clay pot (the bobo) which is filled with a thin soup of chicken stock and Sichuan spices. The dish is served cold in summer and warm in winter. SKEWERS OF THE WORLD Chicken heart skewers, Tori Tei Grab a stool at the wooden counter to watch the busiest grill in town – goodness knows how the blackclad chefs keep track of when to turn what. Chicken is the mainstay, and it’s nose-to-tail dining all the way, with everything but the feet getting the grill treatment. Don’t pass up on the soft, juicy chicken hearts – the livers are also lovely. Those of gentler palate should try the bacon-wrapped tomato, charred corn cobs or the skewered ginkgos that look like little shallots.

LEG OF LAMB THE FOOD SKEWER Kao yangtui, 烤 Tandoori platter, 羊腿 Indian Kitchen REPRESENTS A Xinjiang Meishi OK, it’s no longer BRILLIANT BIT OF Fengwei Canting on a skewer when Barbecued mutton it gets to your PREHISTORIC forelegs are all the table, but at PROBLEM-SOLVING rage in town right least it saves you now. This humble from scalding place near Houhai grills up a storm, your tongue on hot metal. Indian with limbs (RMB 12) of soft meat Kitchen’s platter of tandoor-blasted that tumbles willingly off the bone. meats (RMB 115) stars juicy chunks Skewered onto two big sticks, they’re of succulent Malai Murgh chicken, what we polite English like to call plump shrimp and spicy fillets of caveman food. Great fun. fish. It’s a fact that everything tastes great out of a tandoor, and this dish WINGS AND THINGS is no exception. Chicken wings, Wu Ge This ramshackle, earthy courtyard Beef rump, Latin Grillhouse hidden in the Dongsi hutongs is so Beijing’s favorite Brazilian beef-fest popular that you have to book one crams them in on evenings for of three seating slots nightly (6pm, the RMB 98 dinner buffet. Servers 8pm and 10pm). Spicy or regular, in gaucho outfits slice beef rump, the wings are some of the best in tenderloin and various cuts of pork, town, and a bargain at RMB 4.5 for a chicken, lamb and more from giant skewer. You can order them “double skewers. Meanwhile, a Latin band spicy,” seasoned with chilli on both relentlessly pumps out the tunes. sides for a fierce kick. Sultan’s Platter, Rumi Psycho wings, Kuan Dian For the kebab junkie on the bender These volcanic hot wings truly of a lifetime (or a table of about six are the stuff of nightmares – and to ten), this giant platter of skeweruncomfortable mornings after. But gr illed goodies should do the everyone at this rowdy, graffitibusiness. RMB 888 gets you beef ridden dive seems to order a few fillet, jujeh chicken kebabs marinated chuan’r, if only to save face. It gets in lemon and saffron, ground beef so busy here that surly servers warn koobideh kebab, chicken and lamb customers they can only order once shish, salmon kebab, shrimp and – be sure to order more sticks than more. you can possibly finish. (You will finish them.) Don’t miss out on the For addresses of restaurants, see spicy mashed potato. directory listings.

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ushrooms and asparagus both are at their best at this time of year, so I like to combine them in a rich, earthy salad, accompanied by a poached egg and peppery mizuna leaves, and finished with a light dressing. Enjoy the salad with your favorite chilled white wine! Asparagus and wild mushroom salad with poached egg

SALAD DAYS by Richard Hilton

Ingredients 10ml white wine vinegar 1 egg 40g brioche 30g asparagus 30g butter 10g shallot, finely diced 9g garlic, finely diced 40g Portobello mushrooms 40g oyster mushrooms 20g porcini mushrooms 20g button mushrooms 5ml white wine 30g spinach 10g parsley 10g oregano 5g pine nuts 10ml olive oil 30g mizuna greens 20ml French dressing Method 1. Boil a pan of water with a few

drops of vinegar. 2. Poach the egg in the boiling water and cook until soft (about 3 minutes). Take the egg out to drain and remove excess water. 3. Next, butter the brioche and toast on both sides until golden. Place on a plate. 4. Blanch the asparagus in salted boiling water until tender, then cool in iced water. 5. Heat a non-stick pan, add a little oil and lightly sautĂŠ the shallots and garlic. Add the mushrooms and caramelize. 6. Deglaze the pan with white wine and set aside. 7. Wash the spinach and mix with parsley and oregano. 8. Add salt and pepper to taste and pour the mushroom mixture onto the spinach. Sprinkle pine nuts on top. 9. Set the mushroom salad on the toast and place egg on top. 10. Take the asparagus and toss in olive oil, salt and pepper. Arrange around the mushroom salad. 11. Finally, dress the mizuna with French dressing and season to taste. Place on top of salad. Richard Hilton is executive sous chef at the Ritz-Carlton Financial Street.



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Under RMB 100 Star wine: 2009 Lo Tengo Torrontés (RMB 80, ASC) Close contenders: Mont-Besson Syrah-Grenache (RMB 88, Globus), Uxmal Malbec (RMB 95, Summergate) RMB 100-200 Star wine: 2009 Yalumba Y Series Viognier (RMB 165, Summergate) Close contenders: Mannenberg Pinotage (RMB 110, Jebsen), Grace Vineyard Chardonnay (RMB 118, Torres), Umani Ronchi Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi (RMB 125, CWS), Furstbach Riesling (RMB 185, Mercuris) plague prices. This month’s recommendations all represent good value. These are personal selections, gleaned from trawling through scores of importer lists, opening hundreds of bottles each year for classes and tasting hundreds more. But they are only a cross-section of what is now available.

RMB 200-300 Star wine: 2007 Chinon les Pensées de Pallus (RMB 228, Globus)

Close contenders: Clos de los Siete (RMB 220, Jebsen), Shaw + Smith Sauvignon Blanc (RMB 230, Links China), Markus Molitor Wehlener Klosterberg Riesling Kabinett (RMB 239, Wine Culture), Marcarini Barbera d’Alba (RMB 247, Aussino), Momo Pinot Noir (RMB 250, The Wine Republic) RMB 300-400 Star wine: 2005 Mauro Molino Nebbiolo Langhe (RMB 319, Wine Culture) Close contenders: Angove’s McLaren Vale Shiraz (RMB 360, Mercuris), Isole e Olena Chianti Classico (RMB 384, The Wine Republic) RMB 400-500 Star wine: 2005 Howard Park Leston Shiraz (RMB 405, Aussino) Close contenders: Châteauneufdu-Pape Vigne du Regent Chateau Gigognan (RMB 415, EMW), Marchese Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva (RMB 490, Summergate)

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


s this month’s restaurant awards demonstrate, Beijing is fast becoming one of the world’s more exciting culinary destinations. The capital’s wine market, however, remains a challenge. While the range of imported wines has improved, the sizeable margins levied by importers, distributors and retailers continue to

There aren’t really any wines in the world worth much more than RMB 500. Above this price, you are usually paying for prestige, packaging or rarity value. The RMB 100-300 mark is where the real value lies.

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t last count, the Beijinger’s resident cheesecake fanatic had sampled a bewildering 83 different versions. We asked her to recommend her favorite slices – and then we threw in a few bargain options just to balance things out. Here are the results.

Pekotan Cost: RMB 20

“The baker must be a crème brûlée expert (or fancy himself as one)” “This is the working man’s cheesecake – earthy and a bit rustic. You could take this down a mine” “Finally, the graham cracker effect!” “Don’t like this glaze on top – it’s like somebody wearing a beret in an attempt to look sophisticated”

7-11 Cost: RMB 10.8

“Tasteless cream cheese on a flavorless spongecake base. It’s like cousins marrying each other” “Imagine a cheesecake committing suicide by jumping onto a sponge sidewalk” “Clarty. Just mucky” “Like an expressionless co-worker who ignores everybody”

City Shop Cost: RMB 18

“I feel like I just took a bite of Philadelphia” “It tastes like a cake mix before you put it in the oven” “Seems like they used Angel Delight as a substitute for cream cheese” “I feel guilty for liking it, but I do like it”

Gourmet Corner, China World Hotel Cost: RMB 25

“It feels rewarding to slide your fork through this one” “It tastes like butter melted on toast” “Somebody who knows pastry was involved with that crust” “Mmm, so much more complex on the second taste”

Bread Talk Cost: RMB 12

“It’s got a really good bottom. Wait, that’s the top? That’s rubbish” “The whole thing is just sponge cake.” “Cream cheese is supposed to dominate, but here it barely has a cameo role” “If that other one (7-11) was like cousins marrying, this would be the offspring”


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“Tastes like a lemon square. Good, but not exactly the cheesecake I wanted” “Really good, apart from the crust, which is a little soggy” “The lemon flavor emerges slowly. Like a faded memory ... so true, but so long ago” “There’s a lovely meltiness to it” “It’s like a shooting star – it’s there, it impresses, then it vanishes”

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THE VERDICT Several of our tasters went into this challenge blind, but the results weren’t a huge surprise. Bread Talk’s joke-shop cheesecake gets the dunce cap, with 7-11 faring slightly better thanks to a credible filling. For guys with a rep to protect, Pekotan is the cheesecake your mates won’t laugh at. City Shop scored on value for money, and won praise for its light, sunny flavors. However, Gourmet Corner and Kempi Deli shone through with greater complexity and a more refined harmony of pastry and filling. The winner by a shade: Kempi Deli.

Kempi Deli, Kempinski Cost: RMB 35


L IS FOR … … lao 烙 This cooking method usually relates to unleavened flatbreads like bing and mo. Lao originated from the practice of heating rice on the surface of scalding stones. Out of this, three separate techniques developed. The first, ganlao (干烙) involves baking bread dry, without oil or water; the second, youlao (油烙), is to pan-fry the bread with a little bit of oil; and shuilao (水烙) involves pouring water on the hottest part of the pan, placing the dough on it and covering it with a lid until the base of the bread is crispy. … liangban 凉拌 Used to create a range of salad-style


cold dishes. Unlike preparing a salad, however, “cool mixing” involves first blanching the leafy greens in hot water or salting them to remove excess water, then slicing, shredding or dicing the leaves. MSG is usually used in a liangban dressing to enhance the flavor. … lu 卤 Involves stewing meat or offal in a deeply aromatic “gravy” until it soaks up all the flavors: soy sauce, salt, sugar, rice wine, scallion and ginger, plus spices like aniseed, cloves, cinnamon and black cardamom. The flavor of the lu varies slightly from region to region; as the Chinese saying goes, “Sweet south and savory north, spicy east and sour west.”

YOUR CALL READER REVIEWS FROM THEBEIJINGER.COM Divina Cakes Bakeries and Delis killer: These cakes are just gorgeous. My favorite has to be the thousand layers with chocolate chips and cream. Wow. The crispy layers and light cream are a match made in heaven. If you want to impress someone, you have to order one of their cakes! Bali Papaya Southeast Asian MAM: I just came back from Indonesia and I can say that Bali Papaya does not serve Indonesian food. In Indonesia, RMB 10 Mie Goreng tasted better than RMB 48 Mie Goreng from Bali Papaya. Is it so complicated to make it good? I miss Indonesian food so bad! Unfortunately, there is no place in Beijing to eat it! Got an opinion about a restaurant? Register at to have your say.

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SOUTH GERMAN BAKERY Daily 8.30am-10pm. 27 Lucky Street, Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang District (5867 0201) 朝阳区朝阳公园路好运街27号


outh German Bakery is a little like the city of Zion in The Matrix Reloaded. Stay with me. Zion was the last bastion of human life in a derelict, grey world (i.e. Lucky Street) full of youngish people having a fun old time. Unlike Reloaded, however, South German Bakery is highly digestible, and there’s next to no chance of killer robot squid showing up and spoiling your brunch. A successful brunch depends on a few things. Hot coffee arriving quickly, eggs with runny yolks, great bread and a buzz y atmosphere. All boxes ticked. Hungry? Try the “Franken breakfast” (RMB 72) with its trio of Nürnberger sausages, two eggs, a fabulous bread basket,

sautéed potatoes and good coffee. Throw in a salty, chewy pretzel for an extra RMB 8. The “German breakfast” (RMB 72) is similar to that at Cafe Zarah – salami, ham, cheese, and a boiled egg – though the ratio of bread to goodies is a bit dough-centric. More cheese, please. For high-rollers, the “Luxury breakfast” (RMB 120) is a Teutonic treasure trove of cold cuts, salmon, crispy bacon, scrambled eggs, yet more yummy dark bread, and orange juice. Brunching runs until 3pm daily, giving you every excuse to make an afternoon of it. And should you laze until late, forget dinner and pick up a big slice of German cheesecake to go. Tom O’Malley





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for cookies range from RMB 20-35 per jin. Some are already packed into bags and piled on the shelves, but you’re welcome to choose your own assortment. The apple pie is a real bargain. Covered with solid pastry rather than a lattice design, the double-crust pie seals in moisture and fragrance for maximum flavor. The filling, made from fresh fruit, is slightly sweet and subtle with cinnamon. The crunchy, cookie-like edge is another pleasure. Picky customers might complain that the butter y taste is not as satisfying as the aroma, but at RMB 36 for a whole pie – which managed to feed over eight people – can you really demand perfection? A regal ayi with a white uniform and blue apron is the sole employee; she seems not overly concerned about maximizing business. Customers come in, and are dealt with – no smile, just a series of crisp, clinical movements. Three rules to remember: Don’t touch, don’t peek,


and don’t ask too much. Now that you know about this shop, you’ve become a specialist too – so don’t go around acting like a spy. Zhongguancun Tea Snack Shop. Daily 8.30am-6.30pm. Zhongguan-

cun Beiyijie (opposite the west gate of the National Science Library at the Chinese Academy of Science), Haidian District (6255 2328) 中关村茶点, 海淀区中关村北一街(中科 院国家科学图书馆西侧门对面)


n this little bakery, a combination of factory and retail space, the air is almost saturated with the scent of butter. You almost sense yourself being coated in a golden, buttery halo, and you wonder if that sense was shared by the Russian “foreign experts” who, over half a century ago, were the store’s first customers. Between 1949 and 1960, over 20,000 Soviet specialists and advisers were based in China, helping rebuild the country’s economy following the establishment of the People’s Republic. Some of those specialists lived and worked in the Zhongguancun area. For them, the lack of Western-style butter-based snacks seemed the most pressing problem to solve. Thus it was that in April 1957, Zhongguancun Tea Snack Shop was born. Butter-filled pastries and cookies dominate the shelves. Curry puffs, cream cakes and apple pies are among the most popular items. Prices


FIRST ROUNDS Amilal owner Aluss finally launched h i s n e w c a fe - b a r a t 1 4 1 G u l o u Dongdajie. After red tape thwarted his original plan to call the venue Amilana, he simply named the place after himself. Another new bar has opened in Shuangjing, on the same strip as Grinders and The Brick. The bar is called Zhuang, and is run by two former Grinders staff. A new place called “Wan’r Bar” (玩吧) has opened on Dajingchang Xixiang, a hutong just west of Nanluogu Xiang where a few restaurants and bars are opening up. We hear Wan’r Bar is “a bit like Siif,” but we’ll take a proper look ourselves before passing judgment. If it’s any good, you’ll know about it next month. Souk is open again, rever ting somewhat to its original Middle Eastern concept. We shall see how this turns out.



Flamme’s happy hour has to be one of the best around at the moment – all drinks are half-price from 3-7.30pm every day.





big month lies ahead for fans of electronic music, with a few visitors from overseas to look forward to. The highlights will include house trio Dirty Vegas on April 4; Golden Bug, Jorid Voorn and Technasia, all on April 15; UK garage pioneer MJ Cole on April 22; and German techno producer Rober t Babicz closing out the month on April 30. The buildup to the third INTRO festival also begins this month, with a party on April 22 setting things in motion. All being well with permits and the like, the festival itself will take place on May 21 at Tongzhou Canal Park – the site of Modern Sky’s Strawberry Festival – and will be bookended by two nights of parties at The House. INTRO’s original site at 798 made a great setting for

dancing to techno outdoors, but clearly had its limitations in terms of capacity, so it’ll be interesting to see what the organizers can do with the more spacious Tongzhou Canal Park. Our advice: Start working out bus routes for getting to the park. The House is about to get another makeover. The club’s entrance will be moved, partly to create space for a bigger cloakroom. Look out also for the venue’s excellent rooftop bar opening on April 15. More terrace action is on the way in April – by the end of the month, Migas, Enoterra, Bar Blu and Q Bar should all be ripe for a summer of sipping outdoors. Agua has also announced that it will revive Fez on its rooftop in May – the cocktail bar was one of the best things about the original Agua at

IFW in the Park Hyatt has just rela u nched with a n a l l - Ch i n e s e menu, and the food is among the best we’ve tried in recent months, but most exciting for barflies is the buyone-get-one-free happy hour from 9-10.30pm Monday to Friday. Sure, it’s not a bar, but the happy hour does include Guinness (regular price RMB 50) and other quality imported beers. Working late nights around Guomao just got a little more palatable.

BRANCHING OUT the Legation Quarter, so expectations are high. There’s not too much news yet on how far the new Fez will resemble the original, but it should be something special. More on this next month. Irish drinkers longing for a taste of home that isn’t Guinness or Kilkenny have one more choice, with the arrival of Murphy’s draft at Paddy O’Shea’s. The poseur’s cider of choice, Magners, may also be available soon in Beijing, but more on that when the time comes. Finally, with restaurant awards season over, it’s time for Beijing’s bars to take center stage – voting will soon get underway in our annual Reader Bar & Club Awards. Keep an eye on for all the updates.

Apothecary is opening a second branch, but don’t expect demand for tables at the original Nali Patio location to ease up any – the new bar is in Shanghai. Still no news on when we can expect popular Shanghai cocktail bar Constellation to return the favor and open a Beijing branch, though we’ve been hearing murmurs on the subject again recently.

COMING UP DJ El-Mar tells us this year’s Great Aircraft Carrier Party is likely to take place at the end of June, so start looking out for those sailors’ uniforms again. El-Mar is also hoping to bring former Housemartin and DJ Norman Cook, aka Fatboy Slim, to play a festival by the Great Wall in June, though there’s no confirmation on that just yet.

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BEERVARIA Daily 9am-late. B1/F, TYG Center, C2 Dongsanhuan Beilu (north of Xiaoyun Lu intersection), Chaoyang District (135 0113 2467) 朝阳区东三环北路C2天元港中心(东三环和霄云路的路口 北侧)地下1层

Given the location, this cheery bar-restaurant is most likely to appeal to people either living or working around the TYG Center. If I was based there, I’d be looking for a good Beervaria happy hour and other promotions to entice me in regularly. However, with local draft beer (RMB 20) and Stella (RMB 35) at standard prices, and a Tree-style choice of Belgian beers (average RMB 45-55), I’d be sure to visit once in a while anyway. Food is available throughout the day, and laowai staff Joao and An-Sofie put a friendly face on proceedings. The only other reason to visit the TYG Center is the RMB 20 double cheeseburger at Hollywood, the Korean fast-food joint. A night of Delirium Tremens at Beervaria gives you a ready-made excuse to head for that late-night snack. Iain Shaw Good for: Belgian beer without seeing everyone you know Also try: The Tree, Beer Mania

START TO FINNISH MY LIFE Daily 10am-2am. Unit 27, Bldg C, The Office Park, 10 Jintong Xilu (east of The Place), Chaoyang District (8590 6488) 朝阳区金桐西路10号远洋光华国际大厦C座27单元(世贸天阶东侧)


t seems ever more clear that the CBD was planned by a complete sociopath. All those apartment complexes and office buildings, but hardly any sign of life after 8pm. No taxis. So much commercial space, so much of it seemingly

Good for: After-work drinks Also try: Westside, Centro


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Daily 7pm-2am. B2/F, Lucky Street (entrance by Edomae Sushi), 1 Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang District (5867 0247) 朝阳区朝阳公园路好运街地下2层(江户前寿司旁边)

The old White Rabbit space is now home to three separate venues. Basement level two presents you with a choice of two doors. On the left is Salon Bubble. This place sounds like a hairdresser, and isn’t far removed from the type of Beijing barber shop routinely staffed by scantily clad women. Avoid. Instead, take the door to your right, where you’ll find Maiden Voyage, an appealing closet of a whiskey bar. Jazz fans will enjoy flicking through the CD collection and choosing what gets played on possibly the largest speakers ever seen in a bar of this size. The choice of whiskey (average RMB 60) isn’t bad, and the cocktails (average RMB 60-80) are fine, but with strong competition on Lucky Street, Maiden Voyage’s greatest asset is the novelty of its subterranean setting. Iain Shaw Good for: Wannabe jazz DJs Also try: Mokihi, Nashville PHOTOS: SUI, JUDY ZHOU AND COURTESY OF MY LIFE

willfully hidden away from view. None of this makes it easy to run a bar in the CBD. Indeed, few have succeeded. Owned by a Finnish businessman, My Life is the latest bar to take up the challenge. On a quiet night, the heavily white space looks rather forlorn and sterile. However, picture the bar even half full, and you can see the design’s “woodland” touches – streams of running water and leaves draped overhead – coming alive. With the right tweaks, it’s possible to imagine My Life drawing a healthy after-work crowd. A good value happy hour is the key. A livelier soundtrack than the soft-rock balladry playing when I visited would also help matters. But there are definite positives. The service was much better than is normal for a new bar. The management is clearly engaged in making things work, and drinks like the martini (RMB 50) show promise. Import beers like Asahi and Corona (both RMB 22) are actually cheaper than the local brews (RMB 26). For something more distinctive, try the handful of Finnish drinks. The Kiinaviina (RMB 50) is a sickly-sweet mint liqueur; for the British among you, it’s like a liquidized Fox’s Glacier Mint. Maybe a Finnish bar is just what the CBD needs. Iain Shaw



ICHIKURA P rove you know all the coolest places in town simply by dropping this name. “How did you know there was a bar in the side of Chaoyang Theater?” people will ask. Those already in the know will recoil, perhaps betraying a hint of resentment that you’ve discovered their secret place. The whiskey selection is famously vast, but they also make a mean cocktail – ask owner Koji Kuroki for recommendations. The style Classic Japanese cocktail bar The punters Japanese regulars and anyone else

who appreciates a good drink The music Tink ling jazz piano and double bass Go to Impress the orienteering enthusiast of your dreams Drink Gin martini with Tanqueray No. Ten (RMB 70) Most likely celebrity customer Humphrey Bogart If you like Ichikura, you will probably like … Glen, Twilight




e were pretty sure somebody else would ask house trio Dirty Vegas “Are you excited about coming to China?” – so instead we invited them to mull over the bigger questions posed in songs by other artists.


What is love? A pain, a gift, a kiss, a punch, a weapon, a healer.

How can you be sure? By trusting yourself. Who wants to live forever? Not me. Too sad seeing loved ones come and go. Do they owe us a living? Yes, they do! How blue can you get? Depends how cold it is.

What becomes of the brokenhearted? They heal their wounds and find love again.

Life on Mars? I certainly hope so. Would be a shame if we’re God’s only experiment.

Where did you sleep last night? Under one million stars.

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Nobody knew that anything went together like Caffrey’s and keema nan, Guinness and gulab jamun, and Bailey’s and butter chicken until they had a proper combination of two world cuisines: chips and curry sauce. Fusion at its finest.

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One of the few Italian bars in Beijing, this Sanlitun stalwart has been knocking out Aperol-based cocktails since before some of the readers of beijingkids were parents. Thankfully, Aperitivo also serves bruschettas galore to get that weird taste out of your mouth.

We found this a particularly tough category to call. It had to be pizza from a bar, but then we realized that we only ate pizza at our desks; by the time we get out of the office, the pizza ovens have closed. We did the only fair thing to do in a vote and went for the one we remembered from when we used to go out.





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Despite being upset in the “Best Pizza” category by The Tree, The Den canters away with this inaugural combination award. It’s worth staying in the bar for 24 straight hours if you can manage it. Start with a Den breakfast, watch the circle of life, and end with a Den breakfast. That’s living.

Everywhere has nuts. Some are strange and modern (not peanuts), some are noticeably cheap (peanuts) and some are a happy medium. The Great Leap Brewery knows how to make its customers thirst after those organic beers – chilli peanuts. Genius. For addresses of venues, see directory listings.


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Pies are an ideal bar snack – they only require one hand so the other can concentrate on your martini (or, more likely in this hostelry, your can of Nigeria’s Star Lager). West African pasties cooked more authentically than other local stockists.




ver the past year, we’ve often asked local DJs to name the Beijing DJ they rate most highly. The name “Eddie Lv” has come up on more than one occasion, so when we heard about his new weekend parties at Kokomo’s Mo Lounge, we decided to ask him Eddie a few questions.

like to spend a weekend with? Any DJ who doesn’t know how to mix but still calls themselves a DJ. How can I hang out with people with nothing to chat about? Which McDondald’s menu item is most like your music? Coca-Cola is quite similar to my music. Coke contains a lot of caffeine to give people energy – just like me when I’m playing music.

Why did you choose the name “Eddie”? I am the second child in my family. If Beijing’s electronic music People around me all call me “erzi,” scene was a meal it would be ... which begins with an “e.” I am a A Chinese bansimple person quet with cuiand wanted a “COCA-COLA IS QUITE sines from all simple name, so I SIMILAR TO MY MUSIC” over China. The chose “Eddie.“ best selection of a variety of tastes and styles. Tell us about your “Eddie’s Weekend” parties at Mo Lounge. If you were a chef, what would I’ve been DJing for 16 years, and you be cooking? have experienced the whole Actually, I often compare my music development of Chinese electo cooking. The music has five tronic music. I spend most of my tunes, and cooking has five tastes. time working on music, and want My music is House, and my cookto share my music with people, ing is homestyle. my friends, and my DJ friends. I always wanted to find a proper The first Eddie’s Weekend is on Apr 9 time to play music for them ... to at Kokomo’s Mo Lounge. gain natural happiness in a natural atmosphere, and give people a relaxed weekend.

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Eddie’s 5-track playlist

Except for family and friends, who would you most like to spend a weekend with? I only have beer and music on the weekends, because that’s what I know.

JT Donaldson and Tim K – “Voice of Reason (Phil Weeks remix)” Daniel Steinberg – “Funktastic” Allen & Luca Marano – “I’ll House U” Sascha Sonido – “Lima” Da Sunlounge & Inland Knights – “Little Bit More”

Which local DJ would you least

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h e n E t h a n Pe r k c a m e to China as a student in 1992, “white wine” meant little more than baijiu. But today’s generation of wine-savvy consumers prefers Merlot or Malbec to Moutai – and as general manager at ASC’s Wine Gallery, Perk sees China’s wine boom from the frontline. Here are his insights and tips on enjoying wine in Beijing. On tips for newcomers “For someone new to wine, I’d recommend simple fruit-forward var ietals lik e Shiraz or ShirazCabernet from southeast Australia. Don’t start out on wines that are too tannic or heavy in body.” “Buy three or four bottles of the same grape variety from different regions to compare geographical differences. Also, buy wines from two different price levels – spend a little more to get a much better wine. And use good glasses.” “What vocabulary can an amateur deploy to sound more knowledgeable than they actually are? Try ‘tannin,’ ‘palate,’ ‘mouth-feel’ and ‘residual sugar.’” On wine likes and dislikes “My favorite wine available in Beijing is E. Guigal Côte-Rôtie La Landonne. The flavor, finesse and style are incredible.” “One wine I do avoid is White Zinfandel. Easy-drinking, but too sickly sweet.” On Beijing’s wine scene “It’s amazing how many restaurants now have great wine lists. Some of the top lists are those at Aria, Sureño, Maison Boulud, China World Summit Wing, Capital M and the Westin Chaoyang’s Grange.” “I’m constantly impressed by the ever-

growing number of Chinese people who are interested in wine. I’m routinely attending private, casual dinners with wine lovers who are experimenting as a group – it’s so refreshing to see this.” On counterfeiting “As any product becomes more popular, you’ll see more counterfeits. In China, our Penfolds and recently acquired DBR Lafite brands are two of the most popular wines that are counterfeited.” “We guarantee that ASC wines come direct from the chateau cellar to China. Our customers are willing to pay more for this sense of security.” On The Wine Gallery “It’s an avenue allowing top wine connoisseurs and private collectors to gather, and a center for wine culture promotion, education and events. This project allows us to put all of ASC’s strengths on a platform.” “ Th e n a m e ‘ G a l l e r y ’ i s ve r y deliberate. One would go to an art gallery to experience, learn, and appreciate – we’re offering the same for wines.” On unusual pairings “ Three unusual wine and food p a i r i n g s : Maojia hongshao rou with Chateau Ste. Michelle Merlot, gongbao jiding with Peter Lehmann Barossa Chardonnay or Trimbach Gewurztraminer, and Beijing duck with La Crema Pinot Noir.” Ethan’s Top 5 wines under RMB 100 ∙ Grace Vineyard (China) ∙ Two Oceans Cabernet-Merlot (South Africa) ∙ Doña Paula Malbec (Argentina) ∙ Wolf Blass Red Label ShirazCabernet Sauvignon (Australia) ∙ Santa Rita Cabernet Sauvignon (Chile)



In which Spanish city is the Alhambra? Are you recording this? The what? I don’t know. North or south of Spain? Let’s say south. OK … Let’s go with Madrid. Madrid. No, let’s change that to Barcelona.

What was the date of the Munich air disaster? 1958. The exact date? I cannot think at the moment. Is 1958 not good enough? Oh … February 6.


Who is the world’s richest man? Oh. Carlos Slim. He’s 71 years old. His parents are from Lebanon. And he bought his first stock in the company when he was 12.

How many letters are in the Russian alphabet? How many letters … I actually know this. Ermm … 28. About 28.


Which animal ’s name comes from the Greek words for “river horse”? [Repeats question] … Hippo! Hippo.

What medical affliction is also known as “the disease of kings”? Gout!

Who came off for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the 1999 European Cup Final? Ohh. Ermm. It was either Sheringham or … a striker … Let’s go with Andy Cole.

What was Manchester United’s first name in full? Newton Heath. Newton Heath LYR Football Club.

How many players have United bought for more than GBP 20 million? 20 million? Right. Kriss Akabusi? No, Rio. Rio Ferdinand. Who else? Veron. And … Berbatov. Three.


Which four players won the Ballon D’Or while at United? Georgie Best. Ronaldo? Dunno. Rooney and … Roy Keane.



Verdict: Despite regularly appearing unsure of the answers at his own quiz night at Paddy’s, Karl managed six points. Frighteningly, that puts him joint top of the Mastermind league table alongside Rich Akers of Lush. Why he’s so proud of knowing as much as he does about Carlos Slim, we’ve no idea.

WIN BEER! The fine gents at Vandergeeten will give a Hoegaarden gift pack to the reader who answers this: The owner of My Life is from which country? Answers to Answers 1) Granada 2) Carlos Slim 3) 33 4) hippopotamus 5) gout 6) February 6, 1958 7) Andy Cole 8) Newton Heath LYR (Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway) FC 9) four (Dimitar Berbatov, Rio Ferdinand, Juan Sebastian Veron, Wayne Rooney) 10) Denis Law, George Best, Bobby Charlton, Cristiano Ronaldo

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DIGGER & THE PUSSYCATS What do you need to tour the world? Drummer Andy and guitarist Sam showed us that, with a six-string, minimal drum kit and a never-give-a-damn attitude, they could conquer the US, Korea and Europe. Well, not exactly. They once drew over 2,000 people in Berlin, but also performed for a crowd of two in Milan. Who knows how China will react to their nasty garage punk? The buzz Down-and-dirty street-punk Key tracks “A-Holic,” “I Want To Be Your Slut” They say: Australia’s worst export since UGG boots and uranium. We say: Have they ever been sober? See them at: MAO Livehouse on Apr 13.





orkers’ Gymnasium. April 6. Bob Dylan. I’ve been informed over and over again, but still find it so hard to believe. Let’s go back about 40 years in time, to when Bob Dylan was distributing bootlegs, producing masterpieces, and defining the term rock & roll … Gongti was the place where thousands of agitated and brainwashed people gathered during the Cultural Revolution to see “anti-revolutionists” and “rightwingers” getting inter rogated, humiliated and even executed. How do we connect these things? But that’s how time works. Four decades have gone by and at the end of the month, thousands of people (probably the children or grandchildren of those Red Guards and revolutionaries) will gather simply for great music, for sometimes-warmbut-still-enjoyable beers, and to make

their own bootlegs. Both the Midi Music Festival and Strawberry Music Festival will start on April 30.With a juicy international lineup including hard-rocking Mr. Big, Canadian alternativists Your Favorite Enemies, and support from outstanding local bands, Midi celebrates 12 years of rock spirit. Meanwhile, Strawberry assembles 129 bands – dance rockers Queen Sea Big Shark, local post-rock icons Re-Tros, and many more – in their aim to throw the biggest party of the year. Over on the far east side of town, the local government of Pinggu is convinced they have Avril Lavigne, Ladytron and Hot Hot Heat playing a music festival that starts on the same day. Check out our website for up-to-the-minute updates. JUE Festival closes down with Japanese electro geek Katsuhiko Maeda, better known as World’s

End Girlfriend (see Playlist, right), and leaves its music-echoing-art shoes for Ephemerals’ Festival to fill. Ephemeral’s grand opening at Yugong Yishan (Apr 8) will have multitalented Joseph Arthur (see Livehouse, nex t page) playing music live and painting live; avantgarde improv master Xiao He will be there too. There’s not much room left, so I’ll have to make it brief. Metalheads, 13 Club is the place to go, but don’t miss Bad Mamasan at Yugong Yishan (Apr 2) and Scream Records’ metal night at MAO Livehouse (Apr 14). D-22 is still punk’s favorite bar, but jazz, folk, and electro musicians have been known to invade. We’ve waited so long for the debut album from punk kids Rustic and noise pop Hedgehog’s new album – both of them launch on April 22. For more, turn to the event listings. Rock on.

WORLD’S END GIRLFRIEND “Hurt” by Johnny Cash. Great song. A wonderful expression of his own life and of the scenery of the modern world. “Le Notti di Cabiria” by Nino Rota. The soundtrack to the last scene of the film Le Notti di Cabiria by Federico Fellini. It is the most beautiful scene ever. It’s my favorite. “You Are My Sister” by Antony and the Johnsons. His voice is amazing. I t has the power to change the atmosphere when he starts singing. “Get Out of My House” by Kate Bush. Breathtaking perfection and madness. Also, her voice is everchanging. It’s great. “ H a l l e l u j a h” b y J e f f B u c k l e y . There’s no need to explain anything. Hallelujah! Katsuhiko Maeda presents his post-rock project World’s End Girlfriend at Tango on Apr 3.

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LIGHTING OF TOMORROW VOL. 2 VARIOUS ARTISTS In Beijing’s underground rock industry, Pilot Records is the middle kid who has a successful big sister and a cool, rebellious little brother. This youngster is trying to keep on the straight-and-narrow path, but is also scared of losing its rocker cred. Despite this disc being a showcase of ten young bands, the producer’s song choice reveals this awkwardness – “Wonderwall” is covered as a dissatisfactory jazz song – though decent rock tunes shine through. There’s even an “iPad band.” If you look up videos of “Play Go” by Damaimai (大买卖), you’ll see the group of five finishing the song all sitting down on a couch with their tablet “instruments” lying on their knees. It’s fair to say that these bands still have some way to go before finding their own way. Same goes for the label. Michelle Dai Standout tracks: “Play Go” (Damaimai), “Maybe” (Alt Senior) Like this? Try … Lighting of Tomorrow Vol. 1

THE TOWN AND CITY VARIOUS ARTISTS Can any Chinese city compete with Tianjin when it comes to producing city-themed albums? Following the Tianjin Crazy Taste (天津疯味) series, the Through Underground (透过地下) series and last year’s Who is Sagy, this is at least the seventh to represent their current rock scene. Tianjinese rockers have struggled to emerge from Beijing’s shadow and write their own chapter in China’s rock & roll history. The Town and City is determined – to be unreconciled. A dozen tracks from eight bands covers at least seven different genres, from hardcore punk’s explosive force to acoustic folk to the pleasant oddness of the experimental songs. The point is made: Goubuli steamed buns are not the only reason to go to Tianjin. Michelle Dai Standout tracks: “Jing” (精), “A Little R” Like this? Try … Through Underground (透过地下), Underground Chongqing (地下重庆)

GIMME SOME PETER BJORN & JOHN Did Peter Bjorn & John write this album on a treadmill? It would explain how the rhythms bounce vigorously across the tunes all the way through, barely breaking stride. The twinkling guitar ramblings and multi-percussion beats don’t just run – they jog in groups, dance with Peter’s high-pitched voice, and do all sorts of odd moves like in OK Go’s music video for “Here It Goes Again.” With this sixth album, after having “Young Folks” hitting every coast the world over and then trying to be avant-garde, PB&J has gotten back to what they are good at. Gimme Some probably won’t make a huge impact, but isn’t that what indie pop bands want – just the right amount of fame? Michelle Dai Standout tracks: “Dig A Little Deeper,” “May Seem Macabre” Like this? Try ... Oh No (OK Go), The Drums (The Drums)


Standout tracks: “Wild Thing,” “Give It All Back” Like this? Try ... Brothers in Arms (Dire Straits), Some Cities (Doves), Full Moon Fever (Tom Petty)


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e’s a son of Akron, Ohio. He grew up, he had to go. He failed at sales Yet is still acclaimed Because of tunes, poems and paints. Nominated for a Grammy, Established Lonely Astronauts Records. His words don’t always rhyme.

I was the worst employee in the history of Clark Music, Or so said the manager. But when I left they said I could have my job back. I never went back. And now it’s a pawn shop. The customers were there to ignore. I had songs to write.

Are words in your mind as poetic as they sound in your songs? Sometimes it slips thru the cracks, Sometimes words run like roaches out of the cracks of your mind looking for a light, So that they can hope to one day be butterflies, And betray all their brothers left looming in the dark.

Any idea how to make astronauts less lonely? Get ’em in a room together and make them play some rock n roll!

If aliens ever come to Earth, who would they first make contact with? First I made contact with my mother and took it from there. The rest is just a dream. THE WORST

Back in 2008, “I WAS how did you EMPLOYEE IN THE HISTORY How’s your manage to release four new album OF CLARK MUSIC” EPs and one coming album in six along? months? It’s done and mastered. I have so much music piled up, Early signs are quite good that Like strange animals in a cosmic people might like it. cage begging for release. One can only hope. You do your The jails were overcrowded. thing, put it out and move on. I had to let some of them go. Artists and sharks are the same. How did you get Lou Reed in the audience before you were signed to any label? Dumb luck. How many guitars did you sell at Clark Music Store?

What can’t we miss at your gig? Your soul. Joseph Arthur hums verses at Yugong Yishan on Mar 8. Some of his songs are available on


Noah and the Whale’s sophomore album, The First Days of Spring, was like a depressing afternoon with a recently dumped friend: a test in patience. Thankfully, their third album isn’t as painful. Last Night on Earth is a resurrected, hope-filled soul that’s desperate for new departures. It twangs just like the old joy anthems of Tom Petty and Dire Straits, with songs like “Wild Thing” and “Life Goes On” showing a well-executed blend of production, heart and experience. It’s dad-rock to call your own, which makes it inherently unfashionable, but the optimism it spews is refreshing – like a country drive with the top down, into that goddamn sunset. Michael Connors



LOOSE CHANGE FRESH OUT THE BOX Prada has just come out with “minimal baroque” sunglasses. That sounds like a contradiction, and the final product is indeed confusing – in a Lady Gaga way.

To celebrate its opening, Fairmont Spa is offering its special spa experience “Personal Energy Blend” for two for the price of one (RMB 1,666). Lido residents want their vitamins and protein powder too. Elite Nutrition Center now has a second branch in Richmond Park at the D-Space Club., one of the only highfashion online retailers to ship to China for free, has just launched its Wedding Boutique of gowns and lingerie. German designer Helen Rechenberg o f rechenb erg couture w i l l b e showing her Spring/Summer 2011 collection on Apr 17. See events listings for details.






ven before I ever followed style, Diane von Furstenberg’s name seemed to pop up everywhere. The woman is a legend. Her god-like status in the industry puts her above trends, above competition and even above fashion. Fellow designers quote her constantly. From what I’ve read, she has a wealth of wise sayings and leads the perfect fairytale life. (She married a prince, for god’s sake. Admittedly, that relationship ended in divorce, but then she shacked up with her longtime sweetheart and raised two normal kids, all the while building a booming women’s clothing empire.) And now she plans to bring some of that magic to China. As I wrote before on, DVF has declared it her mission to “sell every Chinese a T-shirt.” Ambitious, very ambitious – but if anyone could do

it, it’s the woman who invented the iconic wrap dress. Of course, she’ll have to earn the trust of Chinese consumers first – and that requires entering the market with a splash. With the help of famous artists, she is illustrating the story of her career in an exhibition titled “DVF: Journey of a Dress,” to be held at the 798 art district all this month (see our events listings, under Ongoing). Brilliant move, isn’t it? Here’s her way of educating the public on her own terms. By the way, have I mentioned who her travel buddy is? None other than shoe designer Christian Louboutin. That’s right, folks – you heard it here first. Our sources tell us he’s planning on opening up stores in Beijing this summer. I’m guessing he’s here early to scout out the scene for himself. While European designers are

scrambling East, our local designers have won over hearts in the West. The hats of Beijing-based brand Elisabeth Koch Millinery have been worn by the likes of Zhang Ziyi and Li Bingbing, but also royaltyto-be Kate Middleton. One of our What’s New stores, Thaiv, carries all of Koch’s latest designs. Flip to the next page to read more. M e a n w h i l e , Tr i p l e - M a j o r ’s first house line debuted successfully at Paris Fashion Week last month. The playful clothing, which draws influence from “video games, food, grammar and other typically disregarded motifs from daily life,” is now available for purchase at the store. And now, I’d like to leave you with these wise words: “ You’re always with yourself, so you might as well enjoy the company.” Amen, DVF. Amen.

Louis Vuitton is taking over several stories of China World Shopping Mall’s west wing – that means The Taj Pavilion, Häagen-Dazs and KFC will be pushed out. Goodbye, food. Hello, name-brand wallets and bags. Eager to spruce up your home? Age -old Spanish furniture brand Girones now touts its European-style furniture in Nali Patio. H&M introduces its Conscious Collection for men and women on Apr 14. Not only are the clothes made out of sustainable fabrics, but they ’re stylish, too – we dig the minimalist cuts adorned with romantic lace, frills and draping.

DEALS & STEALS UCCA Store’s spring sale provides a generous 30% off some of our favorite designers, including (Na)too, Boundless, The Thing, Meaning & Meaningless and ShuLong. Anyone who registers for an account on this month will automatically be entered into a drawing to win a USD 50 gift voucher, available for use on the following websites:,, or All teachers with work IDs qualify for a 50% discount on all treatments (except waxing and hair services) at Aqua Salus’ CBD spa on Tuesdays and Chaoyang Park branch on Wednesdays.

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WHAT’S NEW SHOPS BELITA JEWELRY Daily 10am-7pm. 1/F, Eric Paris Salon, Sanlitun Houjie, Chaoyang District (8576 8836) 朝阳区三里屯后街巴黎爱丽克美发沙龙1层

THAIV 太屋 Daily 10.30am-9pm. Unit 105, Bldg 1, Central Park, 6 Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District (6533 6769) 朝阳区朝阳门外大街6号万通新城国际1号楼105室

Gone are the days when stores simply functioned as retailers; now, they double as museums or galleries. Take Thaiv, for instance. The piles of scarves (RMB 700-1,000) up front look exquisite – that might be why you reach for them. Only then would you spot the informational booklet detailing the brand (Norlha), its specialty (Tibetan yak wool) and its fans (Natalie Portman). The owners recognize the growing buying power of a not-yet-informed market, and intend to step in as both teacher and supplier. Other popular local labels abound, including

Elisabeth Koch Millinery, Bei Style and rechenberg couture. Cordoned off in the back room is Thaiv’s own brand, which specializes in pearls, from Tahitian black rings to Malaysian white-and-gold necklaces. The VIP seating area features a modest art exhibit, which is updated on a monthly basis. Best of all? No entry fees required. Tiffany Wang

Ever wonder why the market value for gold is so high? Jewelers like it because it’s so malleable, buyers because it’s durable. For Elizabeth Genetti, founder of Belita, it’s in her blood – her family has specialized in making gold jewelry by hand for generations. As a result, her pieces reflect an intuitive craft, one that appreciates the human touch and the art behind gems and metals. The entire collection is melded from sterling silver, plated in gold, platinum and rhodium, and bedecked with semi-precious stones and pearls from around the world. But Genetti’s aesthetic stays true to her Californian roots: chic insouciance punctuated by various “trendy” bohemian and tribal influences. The prices, meanwhile, are as diverse as the state’s terrain: earrings start from RMB 300, necklaces go up to RMB 6,500. As the song goes, “You can travel the world / But nothing comes close / To the golden coast.” Tiffany Wang Must buy: Silver cut-out bangle (RMB 1,890) Also try: Ling Design, Approx

Must buy: Textured tea silk dress by rechenberg couture (RMB 2,500) Also try: Pig Balance, Eldi

FÖR Tue-Sun 10am-6pm. 50m south of UCCA, 798 Dashanzi art district, 4 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District (5162 3036) 朝阳区酒仙桥路4号大山子艺术区(尤伦斯当代艺术中心以南 50米)

Must buy: Umbrellas in the shape of trucks and trains (RMB 168) Also try: Old-Toxin Tin Toys, Good Goods Commune


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Daily 10am-2am. Bldg 4, Area 3, Shuanghuayuan Nanli (100m west of Melody KTV), Chaoyang District (8751 6223) 朝阳区双花园南里3区4号楼 (双井麦乐迪向西100米华夏 银行北侧)

Tai Dian’s second branch again targets CBDdwellers. The spa chain’s specialty is the Thai massage (RMB 150 for 60 min), an intense Pilates class for the semi-lazy. Throw on the provided Thai fisherman pants and enter the maze of wooden bungalows, where carefully draped curtains, mood lighting and soft music lull you into a short-lived state of relaxation. You’ll find a flat mattress in lieu of a typical massage bed, where you’ll be stretched, wrestled and tenderized; expect a few bones to crack. For a more passive experience, choose the aromatic massage (RMB 150 for 60 min). After your “workout,” meander to the café area for some much-needed light but nourishing refreshments, including complimentary teas, salads, pastas and desserts. Hannah Leung Also try: Oriental Taipan, Bodhi Sense


Imagine a Japanese retro wonderland made up entirely by Chinese designers. The results are not as disastrous as you’d expect. Here, plastic robots, panda tees, Spiderman action figures and trendy footwear cohabit in blissful harmony. Clanging music switches on and off erratically, while several attendants patter around looking bored – the only ones not impressed by the chaotic mishmash of kitsch. Men’s clothing occupies a few racks in the back, ranging from the surprisingly stylish to the faintly ridiculous – we’d advise staying away from the sequined and leopard-print blazers (RMB 2,399). Even though we’re a fan of their threetoned ankle oxfords (RMB 1,158), all their wearable items tend towards the unjustifiably expensive. Why not stick to the rabbit keychains (RMB 88), Elmo wallets and artsy postcards (RMB 45)? Where För excels is in the random. Tiffany Wang



Although the lack of a Retina display will disappoint some Apple fanatics, the iPad 2 will please most others by being thinner, lighter and faster. It’s powered by a dual-core A5 chip, features faster graphics performance, and has front and back cameras for HD video and Facetime. Available in white and black. Availability in China TBD

MACBOOK PRO Recent upgrades include dual-core i5 or quad-core i7 Intel processors, Facetime HD camera, 4GB memory and up to 750GB hard drive. Even under heavy usage (i.e. Wi-Fi websurfing), the battery life lasts up to 7 hours. The new Pro also features the Thunderbolt interface that supports highresolution displays and extremely fast data transfer (20 times faster than USB 2.0) through a single, compact port. RMB 8,998-18,998

LEICA D-LUX 5 Classic design but compact in size, this Leica features a 10MP sensor, 24-90mm (35mm equivalent) lens and a 3.0-inch LCD. Its f2 aperture makes it easier to get decent shots in challenging lighting conditions. It also records 1280x720 video. There’s a slew of automatic functions for less-experienced users as well as full manual control to capture perfectly exposed images. RMB 7,900

SAMSUNG GALAXY S II Although a little big for a shirt pocket, this business-friendly handheld is by far the thinnest Android smartphone on the market. It sports a dual-core 1GHz CPU, 4.27-inch touchscreen with 800x480 resolution, built-in Wi-Fi connection, 8MP camera with 1080p video recording and a 2MP front camera. Galaxy S II also features a customizable user interface in a stylish magazine-style layout. RMB 5,500

BOWERS & WILKINS P5 HEADPHONES With their sheepskin-leather earpads, these noise-isolating headphones will cradle your ears and deliver rich and natural sound. It comes with an iPod/ iPhone cable that allows easy track switching and volume control and a built-in microphone that facilitates iPhone calls. RMB 2,500


CANON CANOSCAN LIDE 700F Compact and speedy, this flatbed scanner will digitize your documents, prints and 35mm film at resolutions up to 9600dpi. Set it to Auto Scan mode, and it’ll detect the format of what you’re scanning, crop the image to proper size and save it in the appropriate file format.

Clear your desk of all those loose papers – this portable gadget not only scans receipts, business cards and documents but then extracts info to generate expense reports, searchable digital contacts and PDF documents; it can also export the data to applications like Excel and Quicken. RMB 2,800 RMB 1,200

EPSON PERFECTION V330 I t ’ l l s c a n p h o to t o s, p r i n t s, 35mm film and documents, of course, but this machine’s high-rise 180-degree lid also makes it easy to digitize images from thick books and photo albums. Its easy-touse features include Scan-nStitch, which automatically rotates, aligns and stitches together multiple images. Expect its 4800dpi resolution to deliver outstanding clarity and detail. RMB 900

All featured items also available on MARCH 2011



LACE AGE by Tiffany Wang


Coral lace pleated skirt dress. RMB 446. Topshop

Hanky Panky bralette. RMB 315. Shopbop

or being so delicate, lace – the stuff of doilies, tights and lingerie – can sure stir up trouble. On the one hand, it invokes sweet, girlish romance; think antique tablecloths and peasant dresses. On the other, it teases out thoughts of seduction and rebellion. And the line between the two extremes is just as tenuous as the cut of the cloth. That doesn’t mean you should dismiss this classic textile. On the contrar y, here’s your opportunity to play with sex appeal, manipulate it to your advantage. Our general rule is to limit your outfit to one lacy item and accessorize minimally. With white or bright-colored lace – more prevalent now that spring is here – you can experiment more freely without drawing unwanted attention. If you’ve the guts to go more risqué, you can balance out the suggestiveness of the fabric by pairing it with decidedly more desexualized items, such as wide-leg trousers or maxi skirts. Most important of all, don’t overthink it. More sunshine means a lighter take on fashion; ergo it’s now easier than ever to make lace feel clean, playful and pretty.


WANG LEI by Tiffany Wang

Lace tank. RMB 439. Mango

Lace tee. RMB 199. H&M Nude lace cut-out purse. RMB 299. Pull and Bear

Lace effect cuff. RMB 265. Topshop


e’ve had our eye on this designer for ages. Her edgy jewelry line, Everard + Wang, sells at all the hottest boutiques in town, and makes regular appearances in local fashion editorials. A former dancer from Wuhan, Wang Lei cites her graceful upbringing and her penchant for the eccentric as the main influences that guide her work.

Ever since I was five years old, I’d hide out in my mother’s room mak ing jewelr y out of random things I found in the house. It seems a natural thing, for women to love jewelry. We didn’t really expect Everard + Wang to sell in China. When we first started targeting the Chinese market two years ago, there were no shops here selling Chinese designers. It’s only recently that there’s been any demand for local talent. When I design, I follow what I’m feeling and what I understand. I have a lot of crazy ideas; I need to


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There’s a definite connection between dance and jewelry. My old collection, “Spring,” is all about dance – the ballet spins and twirls. I like to show movement in my pieces. A cuff might be able to twist 360 degrees, or be flipped and worn on both sides. I’ve made jewelry out of anything from plastic nametags to antique furniture from Panjiayuan. I like to use unexpected materials, stuff you wouldn’t typically associate with jewelry, and find a totally different way to present them. The woman who wears Everard + Wang is no wallflower. She’s a fashion leader who can make her own decisions about fashion, and doesn’t need to follow what she reads in the magazines. When I’m not wearing jewelry, I can’t quite feel confident. It’s kind of like forgetting to wear your underwear – something is missing. For a list of local retailers, visit


If I wasn’t a jewelry designer, I’d still be working in fashion – maybe with bags and shoes? I can’t see myself doing anything else.

be selective about which ones I use. I have to keep thinking – is that possible? Is that wearable?


Two large international art fairs are happening in April: Art Beijing (Apr 29-May 2) and the China International Galler y Exposition (Apr 21-24). Between the two, they’ll be inviting galleries from five cities throughout Greater China, as well as Korea, Japan, Indonesia, Singapore, the US, the UK, Germany, France, Austria, Italy, Finland, Russia, the Czech Republic, New Zealand, Australia, and Chile. Whew. So whether you’re jonesing for some high ar t from home or wanderlusting, get your fix at one of these fairs. Also, Caochangdi PhotoSpring takes place this month; you’ll be surprised how much visual variation there is in photography. (For a sneak peek, see Feature, p62.)








y nerdy but lovable friend compares watching indie films and going to ar t shows to eating her vegetables. If so, watching back-to-back episodes of America’s Best Dance Crew must be like eating jelly beans for lunch – which I may or may not be doing as I write this. Both have their place in our lives, but I’d like to make a case for the vegetables. Here’s the thing: The investment banker in London goes to the Tate. In Los Angeles, surfers might hit up the LACMA. And in Tokyo, some grade-school kid is catching an arthouse flick. But in Beijing, there is an assumption that only academics, reporters, and aspiring artists go to 798. It’s like thinking that only vegetarians eat vegetables, and that’s just crazy talk. If you’ve somehow decided you’re not “the type to do artsy things” in Beijing, I’m asking you to reconsider. Here’s why. In the visual arts, venues big (UCCA, Today Art Museum) and small (Pékin Fine Arts, Galerie Urs

Meile) are giving us quality exhibits and programming, with a growing cache of art-house movie screens ( B C M O MA , Pe n g h a o T h e a t re ) providing respite from blockbusters and rom-coms. Meanwhile, the BBC recently reported that China has surpassed the UK to become the world’s second-largest art market. This means more world-class artists will be dying to get in on the action, which also means bigger and better exhibits. And the great thing about our city’s two primary art districts, 798 and Caochangdi – they’re rife with history, interesting architecture, even great food. That’s like eating vegetables, but stir-fried with meat and garlic. In book news, the energy surrounding Beijing’s two recent literary festivals was palpable. Peter Hessler remarked on Dave Egger’s appearance in Beijing, “ That ’s China now – people are interested, they want to make the effort to get there.” So, here’s to more high-profile authors and literary geniuses coming

The very first Beijing International Film Festival takes place April 23-28 in venues across town. No details at time of print, but we’ll keep you posted at Also, a week of French films awaits as part of the 2011 Croisements Festival. If you’re a Franco-film fan, park yourself at BC MOMA from Apr 5-9. In theaters, Jurassic Park star Sam Neill is facing another ancient reptile in the ChinaAustralia coproduction The Dragon Pearl (Xun Long Duo Bao). You can also watch the City of Angels defend itself from an alien attack in Battle: Los Angeles (Luoshanji Zhi Zhan).

through. In the meantime, you can join a book club, like the ones that meet regularly at The Bookworm and The Smuggler’s. Because eating your veggies isn’t so bad if your friends are eating theirs too. Finally, there’s no debate about Beijing’s stage scene. Name the world’s top acts – most have been here. If you’ve never set foot in the NCPA’s eggy vicinity, here’s your chance. Bizet’s Carmen is showing (Apr 9-15), and it’s the world’s most popular opera. Go. Not one to sit still during a per formance? Beijing Improv is h os t i n g i ts f i r s t- e ve r Comedy Improv Festival (Apr 20-24), with groups from all over Asia hamming it up. Comedy! That’s like dousing your vegetables in ketchup. Me, I’ll do everything I can to get Beijingers to eat your vegetables and enjoy them: I’ll season them, deep-fry them, puree them with butter and cream. You’ll be having an art attack in no time.

Those book clubs I mentioned? The Book Smugglers meet April 4 at 8.30pm at The Smuggler’s in Sanlitun. This month, they’re going youngadult apocalyptic with the Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins. The Bookworm’s book club meets April 24 at 7.30pm, and they’ll be delving into Eileen Chang’s seductive, scandalous Lust, Caution. Meanwhile, there’s been a recent flood of expat memoirs, featuring silly shenanigans (see Review, p63) as well as battles with cancer (The Foremost Good Fortune) and juggling family, music and sports (Big in China). So if expat life has you down, read up on how to turn things around.


Also as part of the 2011 Croisements Festival, Dominique Boivin presents a fascinating solo performance, taking us through the history of dance and battling the notion that humor and dance don’t mix. It starts with him on all fours and a caption that reads, “The origins of dance are not very clear.” (Maybe this is the more refined take on the “Evolution of Dance” video on YouTube.) Chinese pianist Yundi Li’s also here this month at the NCPA (Apr 23), as is the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (Apr 26).

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FEATURE Fans of quirky will appreciate Bernard Pras’ installations of famous images using found items like trash and household objects.

Pair the Arles 88 photos with this year’s Three Shadows Photography Award and you have a great look at the “then and now” of China’s photoscape. Above, photos by Zhou Wei (left) and Zhang Hui (right).



hina is a snap-happy place, which makes sense when we think about how quickly things change, how strong the impulse is to record any and everything before it disappears. In this climate, the Second Annual Caochangdi PhotoSpring (co-hosted by international powerhouse the Arles Photography Festival and our own Three

Shadows Photography Centre) provides an excellent chance not only to review the documentation happening here, but also to see how it interacts with photography from all over the world. It’s the slideshow at your cousin’s wedding, but with less infant nudity, and much better framing. We bring you the highlights.

This year’s festival brings a rare treat: Arles hosted China’s very first entrée on the global photography scene through a special exhibit in France in 1988, and now they’re reuniting those photographs – and their takers – right here in Beijing. Below is Zhang Haier's "Night Scene With the Photographer's Left Hand."

Shi Guorui sits in a dark tent (often for 6-8 hours) as a tiny pinprick of light slowly imprints the view outside onto a sheet of photo paper. This image was created on Alcatraz Island, San Francisco in Oct 2006.


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French filmmaker Chris Marker was less known for his fabulous still photography, like this portrait of actress Alexandra Stewart. The festival will also screen the films of Jesper Just.



ART: “MEMORY_IDENTITY” MK2 GALLERY Beijing-based Italian artist Alessandro Rolandi curates this collection of pieces by 27 international artists. “Memory” and “identity” are so broad as to almost render the show concept-less, though this might be the curator’s intention. He calls on participants to anchor themselves through their work, to pull back against a consumer-driven world where everyone – and therefore no one – is unique. Some pieces, like Fortune Noel’s gallery of portraits and sketches connected from wall to wall by brittle branches, are a bit literal (though quite beautiful), while others, like Rolandi’s own garishly painted rifle, are so un-literal they’re puzzling. Still, the show works as a whole, with the artists’ varied backgrounds giving us the freedom to look past cultural interpretation to more closely assess the personal. Marilyn Mai “Memory_Identity” is on exhibit at MK2 Gallery until Apr 16.

BOOK: SEX, RICE & ROCK’N’ROLL T.K. CHUSTER Rowdy foreigner + idiot friends + thinks he’s a rock star + “I know, I’ll write a book!” = obnoxious reading experience we all want to hate. Thankfully, his tales actually read more like fables, warnings to the douchebag laowai subsisting solely off chuan’r, baijiu and hubris. The moral of the stories: Get your facts straight before flying off the handle, never trust a man offering booze and prostitutes, and watch those Mandarin tones! So is Chuster an undercover sage, or an opportunistic co-reveler? Your guess is as good as ours, but you might consider gifting his mini-book – which doubles as a street language primer – to that friend who always seems just one poor decision away from disaster. Or deportation. Marilyn Mai Sex, Rice & Rock’n’Roll is available on Amazon, or directly from the author at

FILM: BUDDHA MOUNTAIN LI YU Film snobs complain a lot about Beijing’s big screen offerings: too much stuff blowing up, kung fu, cartoons, and cheap romance. Well, now you can quit your whining. Writer/director Li Yu’s latest art house darling, Buddha Mountain, rides into Chinese cinemas off the momentum of its success at the Tokyo International Film Festival. The movie about three slacker friends (Fan Bingbing, Chen Bolin and Fei Long) who failed their gaokao and find themselves shacking up with a cranky retired opera singer (played by Sylvia Chang) is largely carried by the strikingly deft performances. The unlikely housemates slowly become surrogate family to one another, and the blooming relationships allow for subtle shifts of emotion and deepening maturity. And fortunately, nothing blows up. Lou Waterstone Buddha Mountain is currently showing in cinemas around town.



NCPA Beijing’s most famous pedestrian walkway wasn’t always luxury stores and kitschy exotic snacks. Hard to imagine? This new NCPA production can fill you in on the details. Two years in the making, the drama zeroes in on a humble hat store, Ludinghong, and the sweeping changes it encounters on the famed street from 1910 to 1948, just before the founding of the PRC (Part II will cover 1949-2010). It’s a romantic idea: a Beijing laozihao serving as the axis for the changes swirling around it. The stage design reflects this sentiment, with a panoramic set that rotates 360 degrees to accommodate the shifting scenes. We suggest making friendly wagers on which characters will show up first: the conniving haggler, the scorpion-skewer hawker, or the rickshaw boy? (Next month: Xidan, the Musical!) Marilyn Mai Take a stroll through Wangfujing (Part I) at the NCPA, Apr 19-May 3.



eter Lindbergh is known interand in this case, on influential eras nationally for his black-andin our past. white portraits of Kate Moss, Lindbergh’s shots work best Cindy Crawford and other models, when he combines movie or editorial and for singlehandedly setting the magic with human emotion. One stage for the “supermodel” phenomsuch shot focuses on a model enon of the 1990s. In “The Unknown,” in a phone booth, the dim blue his exclusive exhibit for the Ullens and green fluorescent light highCenter, Lindbergh strikingly melds lighting the anxiety in her face. together the worlds of fashion Another shot then shows her sitting and cinema to show how both art in a kitchen doorway, her back to forms let us revel in fantasy – and the camera, allowing us to focus on at the same time better understand her fashionable striped dress and reality. sagging posture. The exhibit’s Both of these WE IDENTIFY WITH 52 large-format shots make us “ f i l m s t i l l s” i nidentify with her HER ANGUISH ... clude a portrait anguish, while AND WONDER WHETHER of actress Chrisalso mak ing us tina Applegate, wonder whether WE COULD EVER highlighting we could ever LOOK LIKE HER h e r p o re s a n d look like her, wear the bags under what she wears her eyes as much as her green and inhabit a world as visually i r i s e s, t h e re b y p o r t r ay i n g h e r appealing as hers. flaws as beautiful. Another shot, I n “ T h e U n k n o w n ,” P e t e r of a model standing in a spotLindbergh makes beautiful use of light against an old European city the scenes, symbols, and characters backdrop, creates the same that commonly make up an old glamour and intrigue that permeHollywood film. This is a great ates a classic film. opportunity for Beijing residents, Yet another still features a ’60sChinese and foreign alike, to enjoy era peace protest dropped onto not only the fantastical worlds that an empty lot, the models frozen in cinema and fashion photography awkward positions like wax figures. create, but also both mediums’ The image draws attention to the ability to illuminate our emotions meticulous staging behind the and flaws in the best possible light. scenes of a movie or fashion editorial, and how those choices influence Peter Lindbergh’s “The Unknown” will our perspectives on what we see – show at the UCCA Apr 1-May 22.

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n 2009, three architects found a principles in practice, because nice spot amidst towering skysustainability is simply at odds with scrapers, gathered some bamboo our current reality. For example, we and recycled concrete, and built a know reducing energy consumption sleekly silhouetted but stubbornly requires using simple materials, but earthy structure called the Bug everyone really wants flashy materiDome, complete with a stage and als that are bad for the environment. communal fire pit. No, it wasn’t We try to use mud, grass, wood and some architect-cult camping ritual, bamboo as much as we can. but rather an acclaimed project for We want an urban quality of life, the Shenzhen Hong Kong Biennale, but this can happen in the countryproof that today’s mod glass curtains side too. The problem is that the have a more humble counterpoint. countryside has been entirely overThe team, called WEAK!, included looked; no one cares about it. If we Taiwanese architect Hsieh Yingwere to put our efforts into improvchun, who br ings his wor k to ing rural areas, it would solve a Beijing this month host of problems. through an “SUSTAINABILITY IS The need for exhibit called SIMPLY AT ODDS WITH investment in the “People’s Archicountryside is far, tecture.” We asked OUR CURRENT REALITY” far greater than him about sustainthat of cities. ability and raising the standard of living in China’s The reconstruction we did in the rural areas. wake of the flooding in Taiwan last year is probably the best example of It was never about putting the our work. We spent a while on the idea of one individual first. WEAK! project, and received much public is a three-person team, and it’s attention, so I’d say it stands as an hard to come to consensus; we all archetype for our practice. participate in the process, but none I’ve never really been conscious of us can impose our ideas on the of how my Taiwanese background others. We should never insist on the influences my work. But I guess I’d absolute expression of one person’s say that it’s harder to do what I do in will, since that also strips power from Taiwan. On the Chinese mainland, it’s the people who occupy our spaces. easier to take on large-scale projects, Instead, we want incorporation, because rural traditions have been inclusion. better preserved here. I can probably convince the average person of the value of “People’s Architecture” will be on sustainability in theory, but that display at Studio-X until Apr 20. person will probably violate the

MEG MAGGIO DIRECTOR, PÉKIN FINE ARTS The book on my shelf with the most sentimental value is my Chinese-English dictionary: a big hardback one I bought at Xinhua Bookstore on Wangfujing. I’ve relied on it since 1986.

by Steve Martin, Your Republic is Calling You by Kim Young-Ha, You Are Not A Gadget by Jaron Lanier and Off The Wall: Robert Rauschenberg and the Art World of Our Time by Calvin Tomkins.

Another sentimental one is The Affair: The Case of Alfred Dreyfus, the English translation of the work of Jean-Denis Bredin. It was a gift from an ex.

A book that changed my life is Ulysses by James Joyce.

The book I pretend to have read is The Affair: The Case of Alfred Dreyfus, the English translation of the work of Jean-Denis Bredin.

Have I ever judged a book by its cover? Sure, many times – I love good book cover design.

If you only ever read one book about China, make it any and all books on the Long March, and Ambassador James Lilley’s book, China Hands.

The book I’d like to see adapted as a film is Your Republic is Calling You by Kim Young-Ha.

The last book I read? I read several simultaneously: An Object of Beauty

Fiction or non-fiction? Both. Why choose? The book I’ll bring on my next travels is Losing Mom and Pup by Christopher Buckley. My favorite line from a book is a Sicilian proverb: “Only your real friends will tell you when your face is dirty.” Pékin Fine Arts’ exhibit “You Are Not A Gadget” will be on display until Apr 18.


My favorite books from childhood are Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë and Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë. And the poems of Emily Dickinson.

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The book I wish I hadn’t read is Yakuza Moon: Memoirs of a Gangster Daughter by Shoko Tendo.

The bookshelf in Beijing I’d most like a peek at is Ambassador Jon Huntsman’s.

My three all-time favorite books? Rabbit Run by John Updike, all books by Phillip Roth, any of the writings of Joseph Brodsky, and One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn.


The characters in a book I’d like to meet are anyone in a novel by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn.


AT THE BUZZER The CBA campaign concludes this month. Beijing Ducks finished eighth and were rewarded with a match-up against #1 seed Xinjiang Flying Tigers in the playoffs. The best-of-five series tipped off on March 23 and if the Ducks are lucky enough to make it to the fifth game, it will happen in Xinjiang on April 1 – no joke. We’d like to be positive but chances are that Beijing’s march to the CBA title will have finished in March. Peng Shuai and Li Na met at the WTA Tour event at Indian Wells. Shockingly, it was Li who was defeated in straight sets. Peng lost her quarterfinal to Maria Sharapova. Z h a n g “ Th e M o n g o l i a n Wo l f ” Tiequan kicked off his UFC career with a dramatic start. He fought the Brazilian Jason Reinhardt at UFC 127 and knocked him out in 48 seconds (well, to be precise, he choked him with a guillotine drop). Will the success of the fighter from Inner Mongolia kickstart the sport in China? The media seems to think so.





f you gave up sport for Lent this year, you’re going to have a tough time this month. Bumper doesn’t quite cut it. It’s bigger than lies about the Easter Bunny. Starting April 10, Beijing Guoan is back to delight you with their silky skills. The CSL team is also playing in a cleaned-up Workers’ Stadium. If sense has been seen and the ground now stocks beer, then Chinese football might get a few more fans at its very reasonably priced games. The club has sold 16,000 season tickets, which bodes well for the season – until Guoan loses, that is. The start of the month features the end of the China Open Snooker. Watch Ding and the like set the baize ablaze at Beijing University Students’ Gymnasium until April 3. The cheap tickets start at just RMB 20. Playing sport is a lot easier than in the months just past and there are

extra incentives. Beijing GAA is in training for the Asia Gaelic Games in Shanghai on April 30. Training takes place ever y Tuesday and Sunday, and the first session is free. Beijing Hockey Club are preparing for their Easter Hong Kong 6s tour (Apr 21-23). Pick up a stick with them every Saturday. Just as exciting but right here, Beijing Ultimate are hosting this year’s China Nationals next month. To play with them, email for info on pickup games. Football – in all its forms – is huge this month. Mashup’s flag football league starts on the 24th. Register before the draft on April 17 to play. The Beijing Guardians launch their 55League, a five-on-five contact version of the gridiron game. Potential linebackers should register at In normal five-on-five football fun,

ClubFootball’s leagues continue; they’re looking for more teams and players for the next tournament. And it would just not be cricket to not mention that Beijing Cricket Club will begin its new season. Their 35over and Twenty20 formats begin this month. The Cricket World Cup ends on April 2, but there’s plenty more topclass TV sport for you to watch when you’re not playing spor t, going to spor t or reading interesting, topical spor ts commentar y on April brings with it the quarter-finals and first semi of the UEFA Champions’ League, the playoffs for the NBA and NHL [Go Nucks! – Canadian Ed.] and the beginning of the end of European soccer’s leagues and cups. Oh, yeah, there’s also something about rich people and flash motor cars in Shanghai. What’s new?

C a r s o n Ye u n g ’s i n v e s t m e n t i n Birmingham City paid off remarkably quickly as the Blues ended a 48-year wait for a trophy. The feat was all the more remarkable as they were playing the London media’s darlings, the Barcelona of the North, the thinking man’s footballers: Arsenal. Shenzhen Ruby’s new manager, Philippe Troussier, has taken to the country like a duck to Da Dong’s oven. Five days after he signed, Shenzhen were 4-0 down at halftime in a friendly against Qingdao. Troussier yelled to the players that he had “never seen a game so bad ... Even the players in the third league in Japan are better.” He followed that up with another soundbite: “Chinese players love sleeping on the field – I have to wake them up and find new, more suitable people.” Coach of the year? The Bird’s Nest was sought out by the Chinese football team for two games last month but the grass was not up to scratch – perhaps a winter of snowboarding was a factor? Finally, the age-changing scandal has gone further than we ever could have imagined. Even weiqi (chess) players in China are repor ted as having the filthy habit. Trust no one. Look out for world class pool, shotgun shooting and curling tournaments in April. Details on Like running? You can sign up for the Beijing Int’l Long Distance Running Festival and North Face 100 until Apr 6 and 10 respectively.

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FEATURE increasing speed; this improves my anaerobic performance, and increases my speed. Distance runs (usually 20-30km) increase stamina, and get my body prepared for the race. Stair work (i.e. running up and down stairs) is important, as this race includes mountain ascents up stairs, which exercises a different muscle set. I also eat less in order to get my weight to target race weight. Will that change from last year? Last year I didn’t do the stair work, and really suffered on the mountains. How many pairs of sneakers will you go through? One pair of sneakers, many Snickers. Can you prepare for the varied terrain? For this race, not par ticularly. I have done mountain marathons in the UK that involve tramping through bogs, and running in blizzards, so equipment for the terrain and weather were crucial. Beijing spring tends to be reliably warm and dry, so the off-road terrain is firm and solid. How far into the 50km does it feel like a bad idea? Last year, when I thought I was halfway through, I asked a steward how far we’d gone. When she said “About 12km,” I got a really, really bad feeling.




hina’s third North Face 100 takes place on May 7 in Changping District. The endurance event combines its flagship 100km, China’s only 50km and a 10km race. We spoke to runner Andy Clayton about his upcoming 50km. Why on earth are you running 50km? For a good cause. I visited the orphaned babies at Little Flower, and thought they could do with all the help they can get.

Why aren’t you running the 100km? I did the 50km event last year, and it was very


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“THERE ARE SEVERAL VICIOUS ASCENTS, FLIGHTS OF STAIRS WINDING UP TO DISTANT PEAKS” What inspires someone to get into distance running? Running is an important part of my life. Like meditation, it allows me to clear my mind, put life into perspective, and burn off negative emotions. It also keeps me physically fit and healthy. Over time, my performance has improved, and I can run faster and further. Of these two limits, speed and distance, distance is the only one you can really push as you get older. What kind of training do you do to prepare? I have three types of training for this race, which I mix up. Speed relays are laps run in a cycle of

What do you do when you hit it? Not much choice. Slow down. Walk, if necessary. Think about the last 100m. Drink steadily, and try and eat energy food. Do you think that 100m runners are cowards? My personal heroes are the distance runners: people who do 100-mile or 24-hour races or folks who do extreme marathons on seven different continents. It’s inspiring to watch people push their limits in that way, feats of endurance I could only dream of. What’s a time that you’ll be happy with? Six hours would be great. So … 50km involves a lot of chafing, right? How do you prepare for that? Vaseline – nipples, armpits, thighs and balls. Bleeding from any of these is unpleasant. If you were to run 50km in any direction from Beijing, where would you like to end up? Straight up – the view would be great. For details, visit I f yo u’d l i ke t o s p o n s o r A n d y, e m a i l u s a t and we’ll make that happen. If you’d like to support the North Face 100’s charity partner, Friends of Nature, please see


Why that charity in particular? I was very moved by my visit there. Poor families who have babies with disabilities (such as premature birth, club foot, or cleft palate) sometimes abandon them, as they cannot afford the medical expenses, and these babies have no place to go. Little Flower offers a place where they are safe, cared for, and receive the medical attention they need, until an adoptive family can be found. Anyone can visit to offer these babies some dearly needed love and attention. It is set up and run by good people, whose only intent is to help those less fortunate than themselves.

painful – I discovered my limits, and well before the finish line. I’m in pretty much the same shape this year as last, so I know the 100km would be too much.

When do you hit the wall in such a race? In this race, the wall hits you. There are several vicious ascents, flights of stairs winding up to distant peaks. Normally, in a marathon, I hit the wall around kilometer 35, and try and squeeze through the pain of the last 6-7km; my friend calls it the “survival shuffle.” In this race last year, though, few of my memories beyond the first 10km are either clear or pleasant.


TO YOUR HEALTH HIGH CHOLESTEROL We asked Dr. Ibrahim Salahat of the International Medical Center how to distinguish between “good” and “bad” cholesterol, and which local foods can help us achieve the proper balance. How can cholesterol be both good and bad for you? Cholesterol can’t dissolve in the blood; it must be transported to and from our body cells by “carriers,” which together with the cholesterol molecules form the so-called lipoproteins. But low-density lipoprotein (LDL), also known as “bad” cholesterol, transfers mostly fat from the liver to store in other parts of the body; meanwhile, high-density lipoprotein (HDL), “good” cholesterol, helps to move cholesterol out of your body. What happens if I don’t watch my “bad” cholesterol? LDL can slowly build up in the inner walls of the arteries that feed the heart and brain to form plaque, a thick hard deposit that can narrow the arteries and make them less flexible. All this greatly increases your risk of hypertension, heart attack or stroke.





y fingers fly across the keyboard, no longer stunted by cold. Even without my Uniqlo heat-tech shirt, I was able to easily survive today’s walk from cab to office. I’m well aware that March marks the official dawning of spring. Call me stubborn, but I prefer to listen to my body. When I can once again smell nature – that familiar mix of earth, dew and flowers – and feel inclined to take long strolls, then I can tentatively concede that the seasonal transition is complete. It looks like Beijing’s community organizers agree. This month sees a healthy growth in spring-themed events, many of which take place in the great outdoors. None sounds more intriguing than the Heyrobics Challenge (Apr 17). Here’s your chance to form a human Heyrobics train all the way

from Ditan to Beixinqiao. Haven’t a clue what Heyrobics is? Think of this Swedish form of exercise as just like regular aerobics, only with more strength training, music and fun. According to a coworker, Heyrobics has already developed a local cult following. And this event just might be its biggest yet. Speaking of jumping around, there will be a bouncy astro jump castle at Care for Children’s Spring Fun Fair on April 23. Sounds fun, plus CFC promises plenty of other family-friendly activities, including a delicious BBQ and shadow puppet show. Read more about why this English charity deserves our support in this month’s Q&A (see p68). Hankering after something more hardcore? Look no further than the Bohai or Bust Charity Bike Event on April 3. BYOB (that’s “B” for bike, not beer) and choose from four

guided routes along the Great Wall. Registration starts at just RMB 150, and all proceeds benefit a good cause. Visit to reserve your place. If you’ve missed that deadline, check out China’s third North Face 100, to take place on May 7. Half the Beijinger staff is already on board. Meanwhile, our Sports Editor asks one participant about what motivates him to run for charity. See p66 for the full interview. Even though we’re spending less time at home, though, that doesn’t mean we should neglect our comfort level indoors. Why not sew your own traditional tuoxie at China Culture Center’s Decorative House Slippers course (Apr 9)? Afterwards, you can bring the indigo-dyed cloth shoes home with you – a reward for your crafting efforts, and a fancy way to sashay into the new season.

So it’s not just a problem for the middle-aged? Adults as young as 20 years old need to pay attention to their cholesterol because unhealthy levels may already be slowly and quietly damaging their arteries. Name some local foods we ought to avoid. Beijing duck, animal organs (especially liver and brain) and all deep-fried dishes. But the rest of the traditional Chinese vegetable-based diet is very low in cholesterol and even beneficial in fighting bad cholesterol – foods like kidney beans, barley, oat bran, ginger and steamed fish. How can we lower our cholesterol? By eating healthier, losing weight, exercising consistently, quitting smoking, and even taking medication. Some foods to incorporate into your diet are anything high in soluble fiber (i.e. apples, pears, prunes), nuts (to help prevent the hardening of arteries) and baked or grilled fish (for omega-3 fatty acids). How can I find out my cholesterol levels, and how often should I get checked? Take a blood test. According to the American Preventative Medicine Society, everyone over 20 years of age should have a blood cholesterol test at least once every five years. If you’ve been diagnosed with high cholesterol and are controlling it with diet, you should be tested every year.

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team hissed from the ceiling. Bare skin, glossy with sweat, lay heaving all around me. No, I wasn’t on the set of some porn film. I was at hot yoga, feeling faint. And the class hadn’t even begun yet. Too late to back out now. I dabbed uselessly at my forehead with a single small towel. Minutes

before, I’d tucked away the spare in my locker. “ I ’m n o t o n e t o s w e a t ,” I ’d informed my friend confidently. She’d shaken her head but said nothing, a knowing smile on her lips. I discovered soon enough that here, stickiness is as inevitable as fate. You see, the heat and humidity in the studio is intended to simulate

shamefacedly. the conditions in which traditional I eyed our teacher – petite, graceful yoga was practiced. Advocates and scarily thin – with wonder. argue that in temperatures of 90She’d hardly even broken a sweat, 105 degrees Fahrenheit, your body her perfect eyeliner hadn’t budged becomes more pliable, reducing and she continued to call out gentle your risk of injury and releasing the corrections and encouragement as build-up of toxins. necessary. Cer tainly, I felt my muscles Nothing will compare to the melting. Ever y small movement moment I was finally given sapped my energy and left me permission to leave that room. That feeling wan and weak. Even raising shock of cool air, the relief from my arm was no small feat. dampness. I’d never felt so gratified This, of course, was a problem in my life to breathe in Beijing when we were expected to perform pollution. absurdly complex poses, which I spotted the included folding one leg under EVERY TIME I GLANCED teacher changing in the space the other while AT THE CLOCK I WAS next to me. “I’m remaining up right, bending GRIPPED BY MORE PANIC s o g l a d y o u finished,” she told your body backme breezily, still looking as unsweaty wards into an upside-down “U,” and as ever. “The first class is never easy. lunging for excruciatingly long Great job.” periods of time. I glowed. (Or was it the sweat?) I Did I mention the class is 90 stumbled dizzily outside. That night, minutes long? Every time I glanced I passed out at 9pm and slept for 10 at the clock I was gripped by more straight hours. The next morning panic. Thank god for the reminders to I felt thin and lithe, my skin babycarry on with slow, deep breathing. smooth and my body wholly It kept the hyperventilation at bay. replenished. I almost felt tempted to We repeated the same positions try again. Almost. over and over with seemingly no time to rest in between. Puddles of Sweat it out at Pacific Century Club. perspiration splashed onto my yoga See mat. (No one cared. It was happening for the weekly schedule of classes. to them too.) Two people walked out





nly 15 attendees turned up to Beijing’s first St. George’s Day Charity Dinner in 2007; in the last couple years, that number has ballooned to over 100. This year, proceeds will benefit Care for Children, a charity that works to place orphaned children in families. We spoke with Martin Budzinski, cofounder of the Dinner, and Robert Glover, CEO of Care for Children, about eating and laughing for a good cause.

Do you set off any fireworks? MB: Nope. We typically just wear red roses and wave St. George’s flag around.


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What does “a celebration of allthings English” entail? MB: Well, we’ve invited the British s c h o o l c h o i r a n d t wo E n g l i s h comedians to come in and do their thing. As for refreshments, we’ll have Pimm’s, gin and tonics and a fivecourse dinner prepared by English chefs at the Westin Chaoyang. English cuisine doesn’t have the best reputation. MB: You’ll be surprised – the quality of English food is far better than the publicity it gets. Why else should we attend? RG: By going to St. George’s, you’re doing good for the community. I


think everyone’s here for various reasons. A lot of people are here because they’re making money or furthering their career. But we’re all getting something from China, and we all have an obligation to give back. There’s no better way to do that than to help some of the most disadvantaged people on this planet. And the best gift you can give an orphan child is a family. Can we go if we’re not English?

MB: Absolutely. We’re not Scottish, Irish or Welsh – come and find out what we really are. RG: Yes, come and experience English culture. Does anyone know what it is? The only thing anyone really knows about England is the football team. What else? Oh, and the Queen. Get your limey on at the St. George’s Day Charity Dinner on Apr 23. See events listings for details.


Just to clarify for the non-Brits – what’s St. George’s Day? RG: We actually have to educate some of the Brits as well. MB: The national day of England (as well as other countries). Our dinner is a celebration to publicize the holiday in England rather than group us in amongst the Brits.

So how’d the dinner get started? MB: A group of us were sitting at the Irish Ball wondering why we’d been to Irish, Scottish, British and Welsh events, but had never attended anything in Beijing organized by the English. And as St. George’s is now a celebration of all-things English …



SOUTH KOREA The cliché Home to 24-hour online RPG parlors, boy bands and the world’s longestrunning cross-border staring contest. The reality South Korea is a modern nation at the height of an economic, technological and cultural renaissance. The sights The pristine mountains in Seoraksan National Park and the dramatic cliffscapes of Jeju Island beckon nature lovers, while the coastal cit y of Gyeongju boasts a wealth of UNESCOlisted temples, tombs, and grottoes. Top destination Seoul is a 21st-century capital with cutting-edge architecture, world-class art museums and enviable dining. It’s been called “the world’s most connected city” for its high-tech mobile, Wi-Fi and transit infrastructure. The food Kimchee is everywhere and worth sampling in its many varieties. Spicy and healthful, Korean food makes extensive use of chillies, pickled vegetables, garlic, and ginger. You can expect your bibimbap (veggies, egg and meat mixed with rice) to be served with plentiful side dishes called banchan.





ith warm weather in full effect, ever y corner of China is competing to lure travelers with its own characteristic charms. The biggest blip on the radar is Xi’an. Following Beijing’s Olympics and Shanghai’s Expo, Xi’an is next in line for a massive, media-drenched coming-out party. The International Horticultural Exposition (Apr 28-Oct 22), will showcase the cit y ’s expansive horticultural gardens, the glassy new Chang’an Tower, plus some striking greenhouses and pavilions that seem to merge with the landscape. I only hope we can manage to get out without an armload of Xi’an 2011 licensed knickknacks. Xi’an isn’t the only place blooming and buzzing, though. This time every year, travelers flock to Luoping County in Yunnan to have their jaws dropped by vast fields of golden rapeseed flowers, punctuated by

black mountains. You might even spot one of the region’s endemic nature photographers. If you’re headed to southwest China, be sure to stop off in Longgong, Guizhou province, and see the 80,000sqm character for “dragon” (written in Tang dynasty calligraphy) that locals have created in one of the valleys. Some exciting improvement projects are on the horizon, too. In Chongqing, restoration is about to begin on an 800-year-old Buddhist statue, part of the famed Dazu Rock Carvings religious site. I challenge anyone to deny the awesomeness of giant ancient statues in caves. China’s also trying to add to its c o l l e c t i o n o f U N E S CO Wo r l d Heritage Sites, with applications pending for the West Lake in Hangzhou, the site of the Yuan dynasty capital, and the Chinese section of the Silk Road (China

already ranks third in the world for the total number of World Heritage Sites within its borders, following Italy and Spain). Meanwhile, Tibet has announced plans for three new national parks, which are expected to boost tourism and help preserve the region’s ecology. Local travel-wise, it’s a great time of year to take advantage of China Culture Center’s architecture tour of Tianjin. They’re also going to Pingyao this month, northern China’s ancient center of banking, and a breathtaking walled city. Ninety Percent Travel has an intriguing night walk along Beijing’s central axis, aka “the dragon’s backbone,” and a trek to the Silver Mountain Pagodas. Finally, newcomer Trekiz is offering customized travel itineraries and pre-designed trips throughout China, and they’ve got a cash prize promotion to accompany their launch. For info, see

Why go now? Cherry blossoms bloom nationwide in early April. Why you’ll want to stay Korea is enjoying an unprecedented period of national pride and success. It will be hard not to get caught up in all the positive energy. Why you’ll be glad to leave Korea is also getting increasingly expensive. Your wallet will thank you when you get back on the plane. Exchange rate 100 RMB = 17,170 Korean won (KRW) Need a visa? Travelers from most countries can get a short-term visa on arrival. See www. for exceptions. Flight information Korean Air runs several nonstop flights to Seoul every day.

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TWO WHEELS GOOD text and photos by Lauren Wang and Mem Aziz


aking on China’s largest province on a pair of motorcycles would be daunting enough for the average traveling duo. But as the final leg of a 7,000km two-wheeled journey across six provinces, this trip through Xinjiang was a grueling, thrilling and unforgettable climax to the journey of a lifetime. These are just a few snapshots revealing Xinjiang’s heartstopping natural beauty, richly woven culture and diverse people. To read more about the authors’ open-road adventures, see THE INCREDIBLY FINE SANDS OF THE DUNES AT SHANSHAN, EASTERN XINJIANG



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Dirty Vegas Live set from UK house trio. See p51. RMB 100, RMB 70 (advance). 9pm. Yugong Yishan (6404 2711)


Thai Cuisine Cooking Class It’ll be like a tropical vacation in your mouth. RMB 240, RMB 200 (members). 10am-noon. The Hutong (6404 3355)


Three Weddings and a Divorce: Beijing Women in the 20th Century This talk covers the lives of three women, touching on everything from bound feet to women’s education. RMB 70. 5pm. The Yin Yang Community Center (6431 2108)



Drama: Wangfujing, Part I The history of the famous street from the perspective of a humble hat shop. See Preview, p63. RMB 120-480. 7.30pm. NCPA Theatre (6655 0000)





We probably should have put this on April 1. Tickets at 400 610 3721. RMB 280-1962. 8pm. Workers’ Gymnasium (6501 6300)

Learn how to eat according to the rules of traditional Chinese medicine. RMB 150. 10am-noon. The Hutong (6404 3355)

Bob Dylan


Eat Well: TCM Balance




Ephemerals’ Festival Opening Night Electro-rock from Stranded Horse, folk improv from Xiao He, and singer-songwriterartist Joseph Arthur does it all. See Livehouse, p56. RMB 130, RMB 120 (advance), RMB 90 (under 25). 8pm. Yugong Yishan (6404 2711)




The nasty garage punk duo claims to be “Australia’s worst export since UGG boots and uranium.” What do you think? See p41. RMB 50, RMB 40 (advance). 8pm. MAO Livehouse (6402 5080)

Techno from Dutch producer and veteran duo. Support from Mickey Zhang, El-Mar and others. RMB 150, RMB 100 (advance), RMB 400 (VIP). 9pm. Tango (6551 9988)

Digger & The Pussycats

Joris Voorn & Technasia





All month. IFW celebrates its second anniversary with an all-new menu of fantastic dishes that blend classic and contemporary Chinese tastes. IFW (8567 1568)

UK Garage forefather. RMB 50, free (before 11pm). 10pm. Punk (6410 5222)

MJ Cole

A New Taste of China






The footballing powerhouse comes to town. Tickets at 400 610 3721. Price TBD. 7.30pm. Workers’ Stadium

Puccini’s only comic opera, inspired by a passage from Dante’s Divine Comedy. RMB 280. 7.30pm. NCPA Multi-functional Theater (6655 0000)

Weng Weng, Pancake Lee and comrades in techno back at the controls. RMB 50. 10pm. The House (6552 6661)

Beijing Guoan vs. Dalian Shide

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Opera: Gianni Schicchi

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Acupuncture Records Label Night






Binkaibi, which means “no one should bite another,” brings you a taste of African roots jazz, Afro-Caribbean funk and of course, “highlife music.” RMB 50, RMB 40 (advance). 9pm. Jiang Hu Liveshow Bar (6401 4611)

Drums, beats, music, and you … rocking out for the wee kiddies. Proceeds will fund heart surgery for an orphan. RMB 100. 8pm. Yugong Yishan (6404 2711)



Caribbean Cuisine Cooking Class Make jerk chicken, rice and peas, coconut bread, ackee, salt fish, plaintains and more. RMB 240, RMB 200 (members). 10am-noon. The Hutong (6404 3355)


Tree Planting in the Village with 72 Wells Help out local villagers with their annual tree-planting. Includes tools, guide, lunch and transportation. RMB 350. 8am. Ninety Percent Travel (151 1791 6648)


I Rock For Orphans


Opera: Carmen Bizet’s game-changing opera about the fiery gypsy and her naïve lovetoy comes to Beijing. RMB 160-880. 7.30pm. NCPA Opera House (6655 0000)


Heyrobics Challenge Form a human Heyrobics train all the way from Ditan to Beixinqiao. See p67. RMB 50. 10am-noon. The Hutong (6404 3355)




IFC’s opening concert for the 2011 season, with guest performers from Europe. RMB 300 (includes round-trip transport from downtown Beijing). International School of Beijing (6535 3701, 136 5134 6314)

Roast lamb, hot cross buns and other holiday treats will feature at the usual Sunday brunches. Eggs will be painted, kids will hunt them down and the Easter bunny will look on approvingly. Good times. See events for details.

Choral Music: Bach’s St. John Passion


Easter Brunches and Egg Hunts



Midi Music Festival It might not happen, but if it does, then it will start today. Check for updates and detailed line-up. Price TBD. 1-10pm. Haidian Park (6285 0569)

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Dragon’s Backbone Night Walk Enjoy an evening stroll along Beijing’s historic central axis and learn a bit about the city’s past. Free. Ninety Percent Travel (151 1791 6648)


MAR 28-APR 3 SPORT China Open Snooker Local heroes take on the best in the world. RMB 20-3,280. Times vary. Tickets available from at 400 610 3721. Beijing University Students’ Gymnasium (8209 9320)

Peking Man Site and Marco Polo Bridge See the caves where the first inhabitants of Beijing lived, then visit the famed Marco Polo Bridge and the walled town of Wanping. Cost includes transportation, lunch, and tickets. RMB 350, RMB 250 (children under 12). 9am. CCC (6432 9341) www.

Another night of rock & roll in Fangjia Hutong. Price TBD. 9pm. Hot Cat Club (6400 7868) Raymond & Tato This unique duo mixes East and West, folk and classical music. Free. 8pm. The Bookworm (6503 2050) Residence A, CAssette, Double Long, Yes No Break





Miss Freak, Nakoma, Not There Rock it, swing it. Price TBD. 9pm. Hot Cat Club (6400 7868)

BARS & CLUBS Dirty Vegas Live set from UK house trio. See p51. RMB 100, RMB 70 (advance). 9pm. Yugong Yishan (6404 2711)


Radek Schwidt Varied genres from Shanghai-based DJ. RMB 50. 10pm. The House (6552 6661) Wasabi Sound Night Spicy sounds from Shen Yue, Kaize and PIPI. Free. 10pm. Kokomo (6413 1019)

MUSIC Bad Mamasan Genuine old-school metalheads launch their new album. Local metal giants Spring & Autumn and SAW join in. RMB 80 (includes a free CD). 9pm. Yugong Yishan (6404 2711) Christmas Sometimes the pop group gets the menstrual cramps real late at night. This is one of those times. RMB 30. VA Cafe & Bar (5844 3638) Maizi Underground rock pioneer Maizi launches his new album with his band. RMB 60. 9pm. MAO Livehouse (6402 5080) Power Powder, Raymond


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Qing Ming Pastry Class Learn about Tomb-Sweeping Festival, then make authentic Shan’xi pastries. RSVP to RMB 250/family of 3. 2-5pm. The Fig Tree (139 1056 6742)



One Step Forward Ultimate Productions and Meiwenti Sound DJs play reggae. RMB 50. 9pm. 2 Kolegas (6436 8998)

LIVING Bohai or Bust Charity Bike Event Bike in the name of charity through the beautiful countryside at Mutianyu Great Wall. Proceeds benefit the elderly of Bohai Township. Register online at www. RMB 200 (includes bus transport), RMB 150 (with own transport). Time TBA. The Schoolhouse at Mutianyu (6162 6506; see Dining directory)

Mutianyu Great Wall and Olympic Venues Tour Climb this less-commercialized section of the Great Wall, descend by cable car or toboggan, then visit Beijing’s Olympic buildings and park. Cost includes transportation, lunch, and tickets. RMB 280, RMB 200 (children under 12). 9am. CCC (6432 9341)

Mirror, Lin Mo Make a fool of yourself with some folksters. RMB 30. 9pm. Jiang Hu Liveshow Bar (6401 4611)


heart surgery for an orphan. RMB 100. 8pm. Yugong Yishan (6404 2711)


Back to ‘80s Rustic’s Ricky Sixx, young powers Hippies and Jacky Danny brings you classic works from Mötley Crüe. RMB 50, RMB 40 (advance, students). 10pm. 2 Kolegas (6436 8998)

Sicilian Passion Four-course meal paired with Italian wines from Firriato Winery. RMB 618+15%. 7.30pm. Ristorante Sadler (6559 1399)

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Speed Dating Chat with prospects for six minutes, then move on to another person. RSVP at www. RMB 150 (includes a drink and appetizers). 7pm. Twilight (5900 5376; see B&C directory)


April Fool’s Metal Night Beijing metal bands assemble. RMB 50. 8.30pm. MAO Livehouse (6402 5080)



Flamingoes on bicycles and other realist photo-imagery. See photo, above.

FROM APR 20: KORYO STUDIO PROPAGANDA ART SHOW Propaganda posters, for make benefit glorious nation of North Korea.


SPORT Cricket World Cup Final The two best one-day teams take on each other and the weather for the trophy. 5pm.

LIVING Adopting a Pet in Beijing All you need to know about adopting a pet and keeping it healthy. Free. 11am-noon. ICVS (8456 1939/40/41) Beijing Book Swap and Board Games Liven up your book collection. Free. 26pm. Sequoia Café (6501 5503; see Dining directory) Roundabout Charity Book Sale All types of books. 100% of the proceeds will benefit those in need. 10am-1pm. Etonkids International Kindergarten, Lido (6436 7368)




Dongzi Northwest folk musician brings a tombsweeping concert. RMB 60, RMB 50 (advance). 9pm. Jiang Hu Liveshow Bar (6401 4611)

Bubbalicious Two-Year Anniversary Celebrate the anniversary with champagne and an incomparable buffet spread. RMB 328-398+15%. 11.30-3pm. Seasonal Tastes, Westin Beijing Chaoyang (5922 8880)

Innisfallen Indie rockers from Hong Kong invades Gulou Dongdajie. German skate punks Noopinion and local rockers join in. RMB 60, RMB 50 (advance). 8.30pm. MAO Livehouse (6402 5080)

Wine Tasting With Pudao Wines Sip on eight wines from the Americas. Reservations at or RMB 200. 5-7pm. Alameda (6417 8084)

The Amazing Insurance Salesmen Winner of last year’s Global Battle of The Bands China rocks your night. Price TBD. Time TBD. 2 Kolegas (6436 8998)

Beijing’s demolition, documented.

Ready to meet some future rock stars? RMB 50, RMB 40. 10pm. D-22 (6265 3177)

Zhi Qi Tech house from former White Rabbit resident. RMB 50. 10pm. The House (6552 6661)

BARS & CLUBS Ou Yang Yugong Yishan boss plays all sorts of electronic. RMB 50. 10pm. The House (6552 6661)

MUSIC I Rock For Orphans Drums, beats, music and you … rocking for the wee kiddies. Proceeds will fund

ARTS & CULTURE Book Club: Hunger Games Trilogy Read, discuss, slam down a beer or two. Good times. Free. 8.30pm. The Smuggler’s (138 0107 1230; see Nightlife directory)


Thai Cuisine Cooking Class Make classics like pad thai and curry. RMB 240, RMB 200 (members). 10am-noon. The Hutong (6404 3355)

EXPLORE Temple of Heaven, Tiananmen Square, and Forbidden City Tour Experienced guides take you through the history and architecture of Beijing’s most famous sights. RMB 380, RMB 250 (children under 12). 9.30am. CCC (6432 9341) www.

APR 6 BARS & CLUBS Whisky Wednesday Sip peaty malts like Bowmore and Laphroaig. RMB 150. 7.30pm. The Bookworm (6586 9507)

MUSIC Bob Dylan I still don’t believe this is really happening. Tickets at 400 610 3721. RMB 280-1962. 8pm. Workers’ Gymnasium (6501 6300)

LIVING Chinese Vegetarian Cooking Class Learn classic meatless dishes as well as “meat” dishes with a vegetarian twist. RMB 240, RMB 200 (members). 10am-noon. The Hutong (6404 3355)

APR 7 DINING Become a Sushi Samurai A sushi class and dinner party with Hatsune owner Alan Wong. RSVP essential: contact 132 4011 4868 or email RMB 300 (includes sushi class, dinner and equipment for making sushi at home). 7-10pm. Hatsune, Guanghua Lu (6581 3939)

LIVING Eat Well: TCM Balance Learn how to eat according to the rules of traditional Chinese medicine. RMB 150. 10am-noon. The Hutong (6404 3355)

EXPLORE Mutianyu Great Wall and Ming Tombs Climb this less-commercialized section of the Great Wall, descend by cable car or toboggan, then visit the Ming Tombs in Changping. RMB 400, RMB 300 (children under 12). 9am. CCC (6432 9341) www. Pedicab Hutong, Courtyard House, and Summer Palace Tour Tour Beijing’s historic hutongs by pedicab, meet the residents of some traditional courtyard houses, and visit the Summer Palace. RMB 380, RMB 250 (children under 12). 9.30am. CCC (6432 9341) Xuanwumen North Walking Tour Amble through the backstreets of old Beijing and learn about historic cultural sites and residences. RMB 120. Cost includes all fees. 10am. CCC (6432 9341)


Hot Pot DJ Wordy and Soul Speak keep pushing the button with this monthly crowdpleaser. RMB 50, free (before 11pm). 10pm. Punk (6410 5222) Shin Nishimura Electronica from Japanese producer. RMB 80. 10pm. The House (6552 6661) Wasabi Sound Night Spicy sounds from Eric Lee, Johnny Z and Huang Weiwei. Free. 10pm. Kokomo (6413 1019)

MUSIC DVD Launch of Joyside’s Last Live Six bands, including Me Guan Me and Candy Monsters, come to pay tribute to the punk legend. RMB 60, RMB 50 (advance). 8.30pm. MAO Livehouse (6402 5080) Dustin O’Halloran American pianist brings classical melodies. RMB 100, RMB 80 (advance). 8pm. The One Club (5914 8087) Ephemerals’ Festival Opening Night European electro-rockers Stranded Horse opens the show. Experimental folk legend Xiao He improvises music for Zhang Yuedong’s film of ephemeral moments. And to wrap it all up, singer-songwriterartist Joseph Arthur brings live music and live painting. See Livehouse, p56. RMB 130, RMB 120 (advance), RMB 90 (under 25). 8pm. Yugong Yishan (6404 2711) Love’s Tourettes From punk to hip hop, from neo-soul to Aussie “pirate rock.” RMB 30. 9pm. Jiang Hu Liveshow Bar (6401 4611) Mademoiselle et son Orchestre Original and classic gypsy jazz. RMB 30. 9.45pm VA Cafe & Bar (5844 3638) Oak One of the oldest underground rock bands from Tianjin is back to the scene. RMB 40. 10pm. 2 Kolegas (6436 8998) Ricky Sixx Band, Summer Tribe, Chaos, Pork Punk, hardcore and other things to accelerate your heartbeat. RMB 50, RMB 40. 10pm. D-22 (6265 3177)

APR 9 BARS & CLUBS Eddie’s Weekend Donald Summer visits for electronica. Free. 10pm. Kokomo (6413 1019) No Go Die Slide and Steve Barker play everything from afrobeat to funkstep. Free. 10pm. Siif (6406 9496)

MUSIC Blackwater The most authentic Irish music to be found in Beijing. RMB 80-380. Time TBD. National Library Music Hall (6848 5462) Ephemerals’ Festival Jiang Hu Session Mongolian khoomei professional Gangzi, traditional Chinese folkie Li Daiguo and Stranded Horse are all here. Where are you? RMB 130, RMB 120 (advance), RMB 90 (under 25). 8.30pm. Jiang Hu Liveshow Bar (6401 4611) French Horn Rebellion Fake Music Media presents the “irresistible, panting synth-pop” duo. The New York Times calls them “the next big thing.” RMB 100, RMB 80 (advance), RMB 70 (students), RMB 300 (four tickets + a CD). 9pm. Yugong Yishan (6404 2711)

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EVENTS Liveshow Bar (6401 4611; see Nightlife directory) Opera: Carmen See Apr 9.

LIVING British Club Coffee Morning Jewelry-making demonstration by Charlotte Borgen. Open to all foreign passport holders. No jeans or trainers. Free. RMB 60, RMB 50 (members). 10am-noon. The Capital Club (8486 2225 ext 260) Chinese Landscape Painting Class (Beginners) One of the oldest artistic traditions in the world. RMB 160/class. 7-9pm. CCC (6432 9341) Cooking Class: Hand-Pulled Noodles and Dumplings First pull dough into Beijing-style longevity noodles, then make jiaozi with two different fillings and flavors. RMB 200. 6.30-8.30pm. CCC (6432 9341)


Just wait till she turns around. Then you can see the pretty clothes. Reflector These pop punks have a growing fan base around the country, but don’t play in Beijing so often anymore. Seize your chance! RMB 80, RMB 60 (advance). 9pm. Tango (6551 9988) Purple Smog Jimi Hendrix’s echo in Beijing. RMB 30. 9.45pm. VA Cafe & Bar (5844 3638) Soju Legion, Hell City, Trash Cat, Why Reason Come follow up with the punk updates. RMB 50, RMB 40. 10pm. D-22 (6265 3177) Young Guns New rock sound from the UK takes over Gulou Dongdajie. RMB 120, RMB 80 (advance). 8pm. MAO Livehouse (6402 5080) Zac Courtney Sax Trio One of the brightest jazz trios in Beijng. Free. 8pm. The Bookworm (6503 2050)

ARTS & CULTURE Opera: Carmen Bizet’s game-changing opera about the fiery gypsy and her naïve lovetoy comes to Beijing. RMB 160-880. 7.30pm. NCPA Opera House (6655 0000)

LIVING Caribbean Cuisine Cooking Class Make jerk chicken, rice and peas, coconut bread, ackee, salt fish, plaintains and more. RMB 240, RMB 200 (members). 10amnoon. The Hutong (6404 3355) Hands-on: Decorative House Slippers Sew and wear your own traditional slippers, made from indigo-dyed cloth. RMB 150. 2-4.30pm. CCC (6432 9341) Registering Dogs in Beijing Registration licenses for dogs expire on Apr 20. Beat the rush and learn what you must do to keep your dog legal in Beijing. Free. 11am-noon. ICVS (8456 1939/40/41)

EXPLORE Peach Blossoms and the Silver Mountain Pagodas Explore Chinese pagoda architecture and relax in a valley full of peach and apricot blossoms. Cost includes guide, lunch, water, snacks, transportation, and insurance. RMB 350, RMB 290 (children under 16). Ninety Percent Travel (15117916648,


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APR 10 ARTS & CULTURE Opera: Carmen See Apr 9.

SPORT Beijing Guoan vs. Hangzhou Greentown The greens get their home campaign underway against the other greens. Tickets at 400 610 3721. Price TBD. 7.30pm. Workers’ Stadium F1 Malaysian Grand Prix Kuala Lumpur welcomes careful drivers. 4pm.

LIVING Pizza-Making Class and Party Make everything from the sauce and crust. RSVP to RMB 550/person, RMB 700/two. 10am-2pm. The Fig Tree (139 1056 6742)

EXPLORE Wild Great Wall Hike: Gubeikou Visit a farmhouse, and learn the history and chronology of the Great Wall. Reserve before Apr 8 at RMB 320 (includes transportation, guides, entrance and lunch). 8.30am-7pm. Culture Yard (8404 4166) Tanzhe Monastery and Yangpoyuan Village Hike Discover an ancient Buddhist monastery, a forest of pagodas, and an abandoned village, all just two hours from Beijing. RMB 300, RMB 150 (children 11 and under). 8.30am. CCC (6432 9341)

APR 11 ARTS & CULTURE Opera: Carmen See Apr 9.

APR 12 ARTS & CULTURE Film: Touch of Zen, Part I Love, lies, and deception in a true wuxia classic. See Apr 26. Free. 7pm. Jiang Hu

Green Drinks Monthly meet-and-greet for those interested in environmental, social and development issues in China. Happy hour promotions apply. Free. 7.30pm. The Bookworm (6586 9507) Three Weddings and a Divorce: Beijing Women in the 20th Century The story of three women living in Beijing. Touches on everything from bound feet to women’s education. RMB 70. 5pm. The Yin Yang Community Center (6431 2108)

APR 13 MUSIC Digger & The Pussycats The nasty garage punk duo claims to be “Australia’s worst export since UGG boots and uranium.” What do you think? See p41. RMB 50, RMB 40 (advance). 8pm. MAO Livehouse (6402 5080)

ARTS & CULTURE Opera: Carmen See Apr 9.

LIVING Thai Cuisine Cooking Class See Apr 5. 7.15-9.15pm.


See Apr 9.

APR 15 BARS & CLUBS Golden Bug Live set of robotic disco-funk. Support from Metro Tokyo and Helen Feng. RMB 50. 11pm-late. Migas (5208 6061) Joris Voorn & Technasia Techno from Dutch producer and veteran duo. Support from Mickey Zhang, El-Mar and others. RMB 150, RMB 100 (advance), RMB 400 (VIP). 9pm. Tango (6551 9988) Orange Storm Oshi and Tnem join A.M.U for electro, dubstep and ghetto house. RMB 100, RMB 80 (advance). 9pm. Yugong Yishan (6404 2711) Rooftop Terrace Opening Party Who knew Gongti looked so good from a rooftop bar? RMB 50. 10pm. The House (6552 6661) Wasabi Sound Night Spicy sounds from Sean C and Edmund. Free. 10pm. Kokomo (6413 1019)

MUSIC Ataraxia Italian medieval neo-folksters embrace you with darkness. RMB 150, RMB 120 (advance). 8.30pm. MAO Livehouse (6402 5080) Buyi Unique folk-rockers make it a pleasant night. RMB 50, RMB 40 (advance). 9pm. Jiang Hu Liveshow Bar (6401 4611) Christophe Jazz Quintet Christophe brings his sketches of jazz musicians. RMB 50. 9.45pm. VA Cafe & Bar (5844 3638) Nakoma, Christmas Hardcore encounters indie pop. Price TBD. 9pm. Hot Cat Club (6400 7868) Zuo Wei, Wanderlust, Fat City Wanderlust’s Zuo Wei lauches his solo album. Have a avant-garde night out. RMB 50, RMB 40. 10pm. D-22 (6265 3177)

ARTS & CULTURE Opera: Carmen See Apr 9.


Jess Meider A rock session from Beijing’s songbird. Price TBD. Time TBD. Yugong Yishan (6404 2711)

Caipirinha Festival A day of Brazilian food, drinks and entertainment. Free. Noon-6pm. Terra (6591 9148)

Juglemico Project Get dancy with live drum & bass, dubstep, dub broken beat, deep techno and more. RMB 50, RMB 40 (students). 10pm. 2 Kolegas (6436 8998)

Black Train Dave K keeps you dancing. RMB 50. 10pm. The House (6552 6661)

Metal Night Scream Records presents their second metal night of the year with Siwu, Nower and more. RMB 60, RMB 40 (advance, students). 8.30pm. MAO Livehouse (6402 5080) N.M.L.K, The Urbis, Xiao Kuai Shou Browse the latest products of Beijing’s rock scene. RMB 30, RMB 20 (students). 9pm. D-22 (6265 3177)

ARTS & CULTURE Opera: Carmen


Eddie’s Weekend Zhi Qi and Eddie Lv play the tunes. Free. 10pm. Kokomo (6413 1019) Kid Fresh & Esno Hip-hop and more. RMB 50, free (before 11pm). 10pm. Punk (6410 5222)

MUSIC Bedstars, Flyx, Me Guan Me, Zebra Run Wudaokou’s punk routine keeps kicking. RMB 50, RMB 40. 10pm. D-22 (6265 3177)

Black Cat Bone The Beijing blues band with an international cast. RMB 50. 10pm. 2 Kolegas (6436 8998)

Shanghai welcomes more people entirely suited to the city. Time TBD.

Dafay & Skyscraper Simple world, simple lyrics, simple tunes. RMB 40. 9.45pm. VA Cafe & Bar (5844 3638)

2011 Columbia Community Outreach Event Special family fundraising brunch with pizza, beverages and raffle draws with The Library Project. RSVP by Apr 11 to RMB 200 adults), RMB 100 (under 10). 11am-2pm. The Kro’s Nest (8391 3131)

Ephemerals’ Festival Closing Night An international ensemble of folk: Xiao He and Li Tieqiao from China, Mattieu Ha from France, Tato from Mexico and many more. RMB 130, RMB 120 (advance), RMB 90 (under age 25). 7.30pm. Yugong Yishan (6404 2711) Hoochie Coochie Gentleman Blues and folk-rock band celebrates its second birthday. RMB 40, RMB 30 (advance). 9pm. Jiang Hu Liveshow Bar (6401 4611) Jordan Thomas Mitchell The guitarist is back with his take on bluegrass and indie folk. Free. 8pm. The Bookworm (6503 2050)


Heyrobics Challenge Form a human Heyrobics train all the way from Ditan to Beixingqiao. See p67. RMB 50. 10am-noon. The Hutong (6404 3355) Spring Fayre Taste a variety of dishes from around the world. Free. 11am-3pm. The Hutong (6404 3355)

perspective of a humble hat shop. See Preview, p63. RMB 120-480. 7.30pm. NCPA Theatre (6655 0000)

LIVING INN Coffee Morning – Sanlitun Meet people who live nearby. Free. 10amnoon. The Bookworm (6586 9507) Talk: Chinese Foot-Binding Uncover the history, process, custom and appeal behind this notorious tradition. RMB 50. 10.30am-noon. China Culture Center (6432 9341)

APR 20 DINING Singles Mixer



Funk*Fever Beijing’s funkiest DJs and drummer get down. Free. 10pm-late. Migas (5208 6061) INTRO Ignition Party Month-long buildup to the outdoor electronic festival starts here. RMB 50. 10pm. The House (6552 6661) MJ Cole UK Garage forefather. RMB 50, free (before 11pm). 10pm. Punk (6410 5222) Temptation Dress in lace and leather. Reservations at 138 1112 3770. RMB 100. 9pm. Suzie Wong’s (6500 3377)

APR 17

STYLE Spring/Summer 2011 Collection Launch See the German designer’s latest high-end collection. Free. 10am-5pm. rechenberg couture (6463 1788)

SPORT Beijing International Long-distance Running Festival Sweat all across the city. Register before Apr 6, only 8,000 spots available. RMB 50. 7.30am. Register at Amrita Fitness Center (6508 6606) F1 Chinese Grand Prix

INN Coffee Morning – Shunyi See Apr 19. Free. 10am-noon. Mrs Shanen’s Bagels (8046 4301; see Dining directory)


Tree Planting in the Village with 72 Wells Participate in the age-old rhythms of life in China by helping local villagers with their annual tree-planting. Includes tools, guide, transportation, and lunch. RMB 350. 8am. Ninety Percent Travel (151 1791 6648)

Swamp New work from Guangdong post-rock legends. RMB 50, RMB 40 (advance, students). 8.30pm. MAO Livehouse (6402 5080)


Eddie’s Weekend Mickey Zhang comes to play. Free. 10pm. Kokomo (6413 1019)


Salty Candy Quintet They’ll show you what real freedom is ... with traditional and contemporary jazz tunes. RMB 40. 9pm. Jiang Hu Liveshow Bar (6401 4611)

ARTS & CULTURE Drama: Wangfujing, Part I See Apr 19.

Fish for Good Friday Feast on seafood. Reservations encouraged. RMB 198 (two courses), RMB 228 (three courses). 6-10.30pm. SALT (6437 8457)

Love Affairs With a Mac Are you getting the most out of your Mac? They’ll show you all the tips and tricks to optimize your relationship. RMB 340. 10.30am-12.30pm. The Hutong (6404 3355)

Mr. Freeman, He Wenyuan Folk and world music accompanies you for an easy night. RMB 30, RMB 20 (students). 9pm. D-22 (6265 3177)

The World of Chinese Launch Party The magazine celebrates its new design with free drinks (first 150 guests) and music from Zhang Si’an’s folk group. Free. 7pm. Salud (6402 5086)


Hands-on: Making Traditional Kites A popular Beijing tradition. RMB 150. 2-5pm. CCC (6432 9341)


Sohojazza A mixture of standard and modern jazz. RMB 30. 9.45pm. VA Cafe & Bar (5844 3638)

APR 22


Cooking with Tea Learn a side of tea you never imagined. RMB 240, RMB 200 (members). 10amnoon. The Hutong (6404 3355)

Who Let some new rock sounds surprise you. RMB 30, RMB 20 (students). 9pm. D-22 (6265 3177)

APR 4: BOOK SMUGGLERS BOOK CLUB Read, discuss, chug.

APR 22: BEIJING IMPROV INTERACTIVE ARTS FESTIVAL See if they laugh the same in Tokyo, Seoul, and Shanghai.

APR 28: CASTLE IN THE SKY: JOE HISAISHI’S WORKS Miyazaki’s movie music magic. See photo, above.

EXPLORE Cuandixia Village Hike Hike through the Ming dynasty village where Jet Li and Andy Lau’s Warlords was filmed, and climb the surrounding mountains for a bird’s eye view. Cost includes transportation, guides, entrance, and lunch. RMB 350. 8.30am. Culture Yard (8404 4166)

APR 19 DINING EMW Champagne Dinner East Meets West presents a gourmet dinner featuring five types of Duval-Leroy champagne. RMB 988+15%. 6.30-10pm. Dragon Palace (6465 3388 ext 4217)

ARTS & CULTURE Drama: Wangfujing, Part I The history of the famous street from the

Drinks, canapés and the prospect of love. RMB 258. 7pm. Terra (6591 9148)

ARTS & CULTURE Drama: Wangfujing, Part I See Apr 19.

LIVING INN Coffee Morning – Liangmaqiao See Apr 19. Free. 10am-noon. Starbucks, Grand Summit (8532 2208)

APR 21 DINING Terroir Night Executive Chef Paulo de Souza presents five courses paired with five wines. RMB 418. 7pm. Terra (6591 9148)

MUSIC Red Pirates, Strange July, Maggie

MUSIC Bingyong, Los Crasher, Dong Chang, Purple Smog metal, hardcore and some blues. RMB 40. 10pm. 2 Kolegas (6436 8998) Buyi, Chiren Chinese folk rock leaders offer you a feast of good sounds. RMB 90 (buy two get one free), RMB 70 (students). 8.30pm. The One Club (5914 8087) Cold Case, Discord, Gumbleed, No Words Enjoy being punk at Wudaokou. RMB 50, RMB 40. 10pm. D-22 (6265 3177) Heartbreak & Horror After winning Global Battle of Bands in 2010, Rustic finally finished their debut album, The City of Heartbreak & Horror. Birdstriking joins in. RMB 60, RMB 40. 9.30pm. Yugong Yishan (6404 2711) Wu & The Side-Effects, Lidong Psychedelic, some acid, some crossover and a folk-rock band. RMB 40. 9pm. Jiang Hu Liveshow Bar (6401 4611) Red Pirates A shorty, a fatty and a girl rock it out. Free. 9pm. Hot Cat Club (6400 7868) The Hot Club of Beijing Echoes of Django Reinhardt’s Hot Club de

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EVENTS France in the ‘30s. RMB 30. 9.45pm. VA Cafe & Bar (5844 3638)

ARTS & CULTURE Beijing Improv Interactive Arts Festival Laugh it up with performers from Seoul, Tokyo, Shanghai and Beijing. Two shows. Proceeds go to Hua Dan. Prices TBD. 7pm, 9pm. Penghao Theater (6400 6452/72) Drama: Wangfujing, Part I See Apr 19.

LIVING Seminar: The History of Childbirth Dr. Michael Odent discusses Caesarean sections, water births and breastfeeding. Price and time TBA. Beijing Antai Maternity Hospital (6773 5551)

APR 23

Drama: Wangfujing, Part I See Apr 19. Piano: Yundi Li Another famous Chinese pianist? Yeah, but this one has performed with Jay Chou before. Booyah, Lang Lang. RMB 200-1,200. 7.30pm. NCPA Concert Hall (6655 0000)

wildflowers and a lake view to boot. Cost includes guide, lunch, water, snacks, transportation, and insurance. RMB 330, RMB 290 (children under 16). 9am. Ninety Percent Travel (151 1791 6648)

APR 24

LIVING Photography Workshop: Peter Carney An introduction to the fundamentals, followed by shooting and editing sessions in surrounding hutongs. Reserve at RMB 500. 10am-6pm. Culture Yard (8404 4166) Spring Cooking: Jeffrey Powell Follow Beijing’s top chef on a tour through Beijing’s main market, then head back to the class kitchen to cook. RMB 350, RMB 300 (members). 9.30am-1.30pm. The Hutong (6404 3355)

DINING 360° Easter Brunch Full-on Easter brunch spread and the best homemade ice cream in town. Price and time TBD. 360°, Hilton Beijing Capital Airport (6458 8888) A Fizztastic Easter Easter egg fun for the kids, champagne brunch fun for the grown-ups. RMB 388+15%. 11.30am-3pm. Vasco’s, Hilton Beijing Wangfujing (5812 8888) An Eggs-tra Easter Bubbalicious


DINING Spring Fling A one-off cooking class and market trip led by Flamme’s Jeffery Powell. RSVP to 9.30am-1.30pm. The Hutong (159 0104 6127)



Future Bass Dubstep, drum & bass, grime, garage, house and electro from the Basskake boys. Free. 11pm. School (6402 8881)

Acid Live Two-Year Anniversary A grand party of jazz, funk, trip-pop, blues and electro. RMB 80, RMB 60 (advance). 9pm. Yugong Yishan (6404 2711) Chiren Chiren rocks in their own unique style. RMB 40. 9.45pm. VA Cafe & Bar (5844 3638)


Friend of Foe These Shanghai laowai think that they are half-demon. Glow Curve and Streets Kill Strange Animals rock along. RMB 50, RMB 40. 10pm. D-22 (6265 3177)

Irresistible, panting, synth-pop. See photo, above.

ARTS & CULTURE Beijing Improv Interactive Arts Festival See Apr 22. 4pm, 6pm. Choral: Bach’s St. John Passion IFC’s opening concert for the 2011 season, with guest performers from Europe. Reserve at RMB 300 (includes round-trip transport from downtown Beijing). International School of Beijing (6535 3701, 136 5134 6314)


APRIL 2011

Easter Sunday Brunch Five courses with champagne and cocktail options. RMB 238-488. 11am-4pm. Terra (6591 9148) Easter Sunday Champagne Brunch A lavish spread of seafood and champagne, with Easter egg painting and an Easter egg hunt for the kids. RMB 488+15% (including free-flow champagne). 10.45am (Easter egg hunt), 11.30-2.30pm (brunch). Greenfish, Ritz-Carlton Beijing Financial Street (6601 6666 ext 6255)

Easter Sunday Lunch Enjoy a lazy buffet lunch and chocolate Easter bunnies by the airport. RMB 290+15% (includes champagne). 11.30am3pm. The Place, Langham Place (6457 5555)


Punk Girls’ Glamorous Time Hang On The Box’s punk tunes cross over with Chun Shu’s poem-reading. RMB 60, RMB 50 (advance). 8.30pm. MAO Livehouse (6402 5080)

Easter Sunday Brunch A special Easter menu including roast lamb and tasty desserts. RMB 188-428. Noon-4pm. SALT (6437 8457)

Easter Sunday Lunch Seven courses of fine Mediterranean cuisine, with live music from Fabio & Mirlan. RMB 588+15% (includes one glass of champagne). Sureño, The Opposite House (6410 5240)

ELVIS.T Birthday Party Techno and cakes. RMB 50. 10pm. The House (6552 6661)

No Name Trio The best gypsy jazz in Beijing keeps alive the spirit of Django Reinhardt. Free. 8pm. The Bookworm (6503 2050)

Easter Egg Hunt Buy an easter egg at Comptoirs de France for a chance to win an invitation to this large-scale Easter Sunday hunt at East Lake Villas. Children aged 2-10 only. Comptoirs de France

Easter Sunday Delights Special Easter edition of the popular brunch featuring slow-roasted lamb cut tableside and sumptuous desserts. RMB 198+15%, RMB 296+15% (includes wine buffet). Noon-3pm. One East, Hilton Beijing (5865 5030)

Acid Live Two-Year After-Party Eric Lee, Shen Yue and Leslie Jaycee play the tunes. Free. 10pm. Kokomo (6413 1019)

Hanggai Classic Mongolian khoomei crossover withrock & roll. RMB 60. 10pm. 2 Kolegas (6436 8998)

Easter Brunch at Kranzler’s Massive spread with fun for the kids. RMB 524+15% (includes champagne, beer and wines). 11.30am-3pm. Kranzler’s, Kempinski (6465 3388 ext 4222)

I still don’t believe this is going to happen.


Are you going to Midi, Strawberry or Pinggu?

Spring Fun Fair Fun in the sun with a bouncy astro-jump castle, shadow puppets, talent show and BBQ. RMB 10 (adults), free (kids). 11am4pm. Care for Children (8470 2735) St. George’s Day Charity Dinner The fifth anniversary of this dinner includes a five-course meal of traditional English fare, plus performances by a school choir and two UK comedians. Proceeds benefit Care for Children. See Q&A, p68. RMB 888/ticket, RMB 8,888/ table. 6pm-late. Westin Beijing Chaoyang (5922 8888) Taste of Beijing Cooking Class Learn more about the city you love through delicious local dishes. RMB 240, RMB 200 (Beijing Cultural Heritage Protection Center and The Hutong members). 3-5.30pm. The Hutong (6404 3355)

EXPLORE “Iron and Boiling Water” Great Wall Hike An informative Great Wall hike with

Brunch The usual impressive buffet, with added Easter fun and an egg hunt to keep the kids amused. RMB 368-468+15%. 11.303pm. Seasonal Tastes, Westin Beijing Chaoyang (5922 8880) Beijing Bistro’s Edible Easter Roast lamb, baked fish, hot cross buns and plenty of drinks. RMB 328+15% (includes sparkling wine). 10am-3pm. Beijing Bistro, Beijing Marriott Hotel Northeast (5927 8888) BLD Easter Brunch A special Easter brunch, with egg-related fun for the kids. Price and time TBD. BLD, Renaissance Beijing Capital (5863 8223) Easter at Raffles A traditional champagne brunch at East 33 features fantastic seafood and Easter egg painting for the kids. Meanwhile, Jaan offers a classy six courses of the finest seafood and some luscious desserts. RMB 328-998 +15% (includes free-flow champagne). 11.30am-3pm. Raffles Beijing (6526 3388)

Pasqua Al Italiana The heartiest of hearty Easter meals features lobster, beef rib, suckling pig and sumptuous desserts. Kids can take part in the hotel’s Easter egg hunt. RMB 488+15%. 10.45am (Easter egg hunt), 11.30-2.30pm (lunch). Cepe, Ritz-Carlton Beijing Financial Street (6601 6666 ext 6255) When Brazil Flirts With Portugal A four-course dinner with Portuguese wine pairings from Summergate ensues. RMB 298. 7pm. Alameda (6417 8084)

MUSIC Cosmos Experimental Folk Legendary Xiao He and Li Daiguo blow your mind. RMB 60, RMB 50 (advance). 9pm. Jiang Hu Liveshow Bar (6401 4611) DC Bros, Headmaster, Noise & Noise Electronica night in the punk base. RMB 30, RMB 20 (students). 9pm. D-22 (6265 3177) The Radio Dept Swedish indie popsters rewrite your dreams. RMB 150, RMB 120 (advance), RMB 100 (students advance). 8pm. The One Club (5914 8087)

ARTS & CULTURE Book Club: Lust Caution Talk over the scandalous, sexy novel with some wine in hand. Free. 7.30pm. The Bookworm (6503 2050) Drama: Wangfujing, Part I See Apr 19. Food, Film & Friends: Jamaica

Electric Shadows’ mashup event for foodies and film lovers gets island fever. RMB 240 (non-members), RMB 200 (members), RMB 35 (screening only). 7.30pm. The Hutong (159 0104 6127; see Living directory)

LIVING Charity Talk: Life in an Indian Ashram A rooftop yoga session, Indian tapas, and a raffle and silent auction with donations from Beijing’s top yoga studios. Proceeds benefit CAI and the Japanese Red Cross Society. RSVP to RMB 50. 3-5.30pm. The Hutong (6404 3355)

APR 25 LIVING Chinese Vegetarian Cooking Class See Apr 6. RMB 240, RMB 200 (members). 2-4pm. The Hutong (6404 3355) INN Monthly Meeting: Market Talk Guest culinary experts, gourmet chefs and food writers demystify the exotic fruits found at our local markets. RMB 50 (includes coffee, tea and pastries). 10amnoon. The Capital Club (8486 2225 ext 136)

SPORT Beijing Guoan vs. Dalian Shide The footballing powerhouse comes to town. Tickets at 400 610 3721. Price TBD. 7.30pm. Workers’ Stadium

APR 25-MAY 1 SPORT World Pool-Billiard Beijing Open The world’s best ranked 64 men and 48 women get their hustle on. Price and time TBD. Yuetan Stadium (6802 0342)

APR 26 ARTS & CULTURE Brass Quintet: Chicago Symphony Orchestra One of America’s “Big Five” orchestras blows through town. RMB 80-480. 7.30pm. NCPA Concert Hall (6655 0000) Drama: Wangfujing, Part I See Apr 19. Film: Touch of Zen, Part II More love, lies, and deception in wuxia land. See Apr 12. Free. 7pm. Jiang Hu Liveshow Bar (6401 4611; see Nightlife directory)

LIVING INN Night Out Swap fun stories with other newcomers and long-term residents. RSVP by Apr 24 at Free. 7-9pm. Venue TBA

APR 27 MUSIC Mamer Have a taste of some tunes inspired by old Kazak folk songs. RMB 60, RMB 50 (advance). 9pm. Jiang Hu Liveshow Bar (6401 4611)

ARTS & CULTURE Drama: Wangfujing, Part I See Apr 19.

APR 28 ARTS & CULTURE Castle in the Sky: Joe Hisaishi’s Works The creator of the musical magic behind most of Miyazaki’s works – including My Neighbor Totoro and Spirited Away – directs his own compositions. RMB 180-580. 7.30pm. Forbidden City Concert Hall (6559 8285) Drama: Wangfujing, Part I See Apr 19. Opera: Gianni Schicchi Puccini’s only comic opera, inspired by a passage from Dante’s Divine Comedy. RMB 280. 7.30pm. NCPA Opera House (6655 0000)

LIVING INN Coffee Morning – Lido See Apr 19. Free. 10am-noon. Maan Coffee (8457 3470; see Dining directory)



Or grey wool if you’re one of the chaps. D-22’s 5th Anniversary Pioneering Snapline, Streets Kill Strange Animals, The Offset: Spectacles and Golden Driver open for the 3-day celebration. RMB 60, RMB 50 (students). 10pm. D-22 (6265 3177)

Acupuncture Records Label Night Weng Weng, Pancake Lee and comradesin-techno back at the controls. RMB 50. 10pm. The House (6552 6661)

Go Chic Screw sad songs and slow jams, this is electro punk from Taiwan. RMB 60, RMB 40 (students). 2 Kolegas (6436 8998)

Wasabi Sound Night Ben Huang guests. Free. 10pm. Kokomo (6413 1019)

Kinnara, Out of Contral, Z18, Forced Pose Young rockers gather for a music festival after-party. RMB 50. 8pm. MAO Livehouse (6402 5080)

MUSIC DH & Chinese Hellcats, Skarving Just swing. RMB 50. 10pm. 2 Kolegas (6436 8998) The Ah-Q Jazz Arkestra An eclectic mix of straight-ahead, modern, funk and Latin jazz. RMB 40. 9.45pm. VA Cafe & Bar (5844 3638)

ARTS & CULTURE Drama: Wangfujing, Part I See Apr 19. Opera: Gianni Schicchi See Apr 28.

EXPLORE Tengger Desert Lakes Expedition Until May 2. Experience life in the Gobi desert, hike and camp on the Alashan Plateau, and visit the Western Xia Imperial Tombs. Cost is all-inclusive. RMB 6,935. Beijing Hikers (6432 2786)

APR 30 BARS & CLUBS Eddie’s Weekend Ou Yang stops by for electronic fun. Free. 10pm. Kokomo (6413 1019) Robert Babicz Acclaimed Cologne techno producer. RMB 80. 10pm. The House (6552 6661) Section 6 The monthly hip-hop party returns. Price TBD. 9pm. Yugong Yishan (6404 2711) Solo Hip-hop, breakbeat and “midget” house from Italian DJ. RMB 50, free (before 11pm). 10pm. Punk (6410 5222)


Love’s Tourettes From punk to hip hop, from neo-soul to Aussie “pirate rock.” RMB 30. 9.45pm. VA Cafe & Bar (5844 3638)

ARTS & CULTURE Drama: Wangfujing, Part I See Apr 19. Opera: Gianni Schicchi See Apr 28.

LIVING Cooking Class: Hand-Pulled Noodles and Dumplings See Apr 12. RMB 200. 6-8pm. China Culture Center (6432 9341)

EXPLORE Grand Magic Festival in the DPRK Until May 6 (short) or May 8 (long). In addition to the usual May Day celebration, Pyongyang will also be staging its first-ever Grand Magic Festival. RMB 1,490 (short tour), RMB 1,690 (long tour). Koryo Tours (6416 7544) TCM Forest Trek Until May 1. Spend the weekend at a mountain resort, hiking in the forest and learning about Chinese medicinal plants. RMB 690, RMB 590 (children under 16). 8am. Ninety Percent Travel (151 1791 6648)

APR 30-MAY 2 MUSIC Midi Music Festival The one to pick for rock & roll spirit. Celebrating their 12th year, Midi assembles talent from around the world. Updates at Price TBD. 1-10pm. Haidian Park (6285 0569)

Strawberry Music Festival A diverse music culture reveals itself. Rock and pop music representatives gather for good music and good fun. Updates at RMB 80 (per day), RMB 60 (per day, advance) RMB 180 (three days). 1-9.30pm. Tongzhou Canal Park (8952 3044) Pinggu Music Festival Avril Lavigne, Ladytron, Hot Hot Heat, KT Tunstall and many international acts will reportedly rock the northeast suburbs. Updates at Price TBD. Time TBD. Venue TBD

MONDAYS DINING Pizza Night Buy-one-get-one-free pizza. Free. 6pmmidnight. Ciro’s Pomodoro (5208 6008) Temptation Mondays Get over the Monday blues with 30% off any bottle of wine. Mosto (5208 6030)

BARS & CLUBS Bookworm Pub Quiz Ask a silly question, get a trivial answer. Win drinks. Free. 7.30pm. The Bookworm (6586 9507) Happy Mondays All-day happy hour. Free. The Stumble Inn (6417 7794)

EVERY MON & WED LIVING Feng Shui Course Starting Apr 18. Alvin Ang instructs you on how to “activate” wealth and luck. RMB 1,500 (8 sessions). 10am-noon. CCC (6432 9341)

TUESDAYS DINING Hot Sangria That’s Spanish for “punch.” RMB 20 per glass. 5-8pm. Ciro’s Pomodoro (5208 6008) Ladies Night Free-flow sparkling wine for ladies. Free. 8-10pm. Enoterra (5208 6076) Temptation Tuesdays Drinks on Tuesday? Why not? Enjoy your favorite wines at 30% off. Modo (6415

APRIL 2011


EVENTS SPORT Badminton Shuttlecock shenanigans. 7-10pm. Contact John at

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

THURSDAYS DINING Bodega Fever All-you-can-eat tapas for RMB 88, and sangria for RMB 38 a glass. Scarlett, Hotel G (6587 1578) Live Music Night See listings for Wednesdays.


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BARS & CLUBS Enoterra Ladies Night Free-flow Burgundy bubbles. Free. 810pm. Enoterra (5208 6076) Irish Volunteer Quiz Who, what, why? RMB 10 per person. 7pm. The Irish Volunteer (6438 5581) Open Mic Night Because everyone’s got one great song in them. Free. 8.30pm. Paddy O’Shea’s (6415 6389) Quiz Night How many, when and where? Free. 8pm. Tim’s Texas Bar-B-Q (6591 9161) Stumble Inn Quiz Night How many beers do you have? Free. 7.30pm. The Stumble Inn (6417 7794) Terra-fic Tuesdays Two-for-one Stellas, imported beers for RMB 28 (or RMB 100 for a bucket), RMB 38 caipirinhas and mojitos, RMB 48 for a glass of champagne and 20% off all bottles of wine. Free. 5pm. Terra (6591 9148) Wine Promotion Tuesdays Buy a bottle of wine for the price of two glasses. R Lounge, Renaissance Beijing Capital (5863 8221)

MUSIC Jazz Jam Session Jazz lovers gather – maybe you can jam too. Free. 9pm. Jiang Hu Liveshow Bar (6401 4611) Liveshow Bar (6401 4611) Zoomin’ Night A weekly showcase for the pioneering and bizarre. RMB 30, RMB 20 (students). 8pm. D-22 (6265 3177)

through their evolution. RMB 100. 7-9pm. The Hutong (6404 3355)

WEDNESDAYS DINING Jazz Night What goes well with pad thai and green chicken curry? Jazz, obviously. Rotating musicians entertain weekly. 8pm. Purple Haze Courtyard (6501 9345) Ladies’ Night Buy-one-get-one-free cocktails for the ladies. Free. 6pm-midnight. Ciro’s Pomodoro (5208 6008) Live Music Night Wine and music. Free. 8-11pm. Enoterra (5208 6076)

BARS & CLUBS Flashdance ’80s Party and Ladies’ Night Michael Jackson, Madonna and free drinks for ladies. Free. 10pm. The House (6552 6661) The Knutz Live music from a multinational band. Free. Time TBD. Punk (6410 5222)

APRIL 2011

BARS & CLUBS Cocktail Night RMB 40 cocktails all night. 9pm-2am. R Lounge, Renaissance Beijing Capital (5863 8221) Girls’ Night Out Free vodka drinks from 10pm-1am for the ladies, and 30% off all bottles. Free. 10pm. Xiu (8567 1108) Green Cap Quiz Night Where did she go? Free. 7.30pm. The Green Cap (186 1174 7939)

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

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


Wind Down at the Wine Club Discover wine regions of the world with sommelier Julia Zhu. Includes five wines, expert commentary and canapés. RMB 150+15%. 6.30pm. One East, Hilton Beijing (5865 5030)

Lush Pub Quiz How many students does it take to change a light bulb? Come early for a seat. Winners take home a bottle of Jack. Free. 8pm. Lush (8286 3566)


Decoding Chinese Characters University lecturer Leo Fu shares his scientific learning system that explains the underlying structure of Chinese characters

Thursday Specials Buy one get one free on salads, burgers or sandwiches at lunchtime, prime rib specials for dinner. Flamme (6417 8608)

Jubbly Bubbly Two-for-one on champagne by the glass. Free. 5pm. Terra (6591 9148)

Gaelic Football Learn how to play the game. First session is free for newcomers. RMB 20. 8pm. Meet at the Jianwai Soho football pitches.


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

Ladies’ Night at R Lounge Free cocktails all night, ladies. 9pm-2am. R Lounge, Renaissance Beijing Capital (5863 8221)

Martini Wednesdays Beijing’s best martinis? Possibly. Ten of them buy-one-get-one-free? Definitely. Free. 6-10pm. Q Bar (6595 9239)

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

One Kilo o’ Brisket ‘n Ribs Slow-cooked brisket and ribs, courtesy of Louisiana chef Max Levy. RMB 300 (2-3 people can share). 6pm-midnight. Apothecary (5208 6040)

Pomme O’Shea’s Quiz Which Beijing bar used to be called “The Pomegranate”? Free. 8pm. Pomme O’Shea’s (8046 2558) Wicked Wednesdays Buy-one-get-one-free on all classic cocktails. Free. 9pm-midnight. The Stumble Inn (6417 7794)

Tightarse Thursdays Carlsbergs for RMB 20, Tsingtaos for RMB 10, and the excitement of the Beijing Darts League for free. Free. 9pm-midnight. The Stumble Inn (6417 7794)


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

LIVING Live Zen: Practice and Meditation Insight into the teachings and practices of Zen Buddhism. RMB 150 (class), RMB 400 (4 classes). 7.30-9.30pm. China Culture Center (6432 9341) Thursday Gourmet Master chefs lead a demonstration with hands-on cooking and lunch. Reservations required. RMB 250. 11am-1.30pm. Black Sesame Kitchen (136 9147 4408)

FRIDAYS DINING Black Sesame Wine ‘n’ Dine Ten courses of Chinese food, prepared in front of you and paired with two New World wines. Reservations required. RMB 250. 7-10pm. Black Sesame Kitchen (136 9147 4408) Seafood Carnival Dive into king crabs, oysters, lobster, caviar and salmon – have it steamed, fried or roasted to your taste. RMB 328+15% (including beer and wine). 6-10pm. Elements, Hilton Beijing (5865 5020) Wine Fever Buy any bottle of wine and enjoy free-flow tapas. RMB 200. 8-10pm. Enoterra (5208 6076)

BARS & CLUBS Alfa Gay Night Two-for-one drinks before midnight at Beijing’s biggest weekly gay party. Free. 9pm. Alfa (6413 0086) Basement Two-for-one drinks until midnight. Free. 10pm. Punk (6410 5222) Champagne Night A weekly bubbly night in association with Perrier-Jouet. Brut is RMB 128 per glass, RMB 638 per bottle. 6pm-late. Fresco Bar, Maison Boulud (6559 9200) Destination Fridays Buy one ticket and bring a friend in for free. You’ll both get a free drink. Buy-oneget-one-free on all drinks below RMB 60. RMB 60 (includes one drink). Until 11pm. Destination (6552 8180) Latino Fever! Latin dancing party with teachers to show you the way. RMB 50 (includes glass of wine or beer). 8-11pm. Zeta Bar (5865 5050) Live Music Night Robbie Hennebry entertains with a mix of covers and his own tunes. Free. 9.30pm. Paddy O’Shea’s (6415 6389)

Anna Stamburg Group Live jazz. Free. Time TBD. Ciro’s Pomodoro (5208 6008)

T.F.I. Fridays Classic tunes from DJ Tipsy, and free shots on the hour, every hour, from 8pm-1am. Free. 8pm. The Stumble Inn (6417 7794)

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

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


Yak-Tipping Party RMB 50 gets you free-flow selected drinks until 2am. Free. 9.30pm. Tao Yao Bar (8322


MUSIC Anna Stamburg Group Live soul and R&B for the weekend. Free. Time TBD. Ciro’s Pomodoro (5208 6008) Xia Jia Piano Trio Jazz pianist operates on his keyboards. Free. 10pm. East Shore Live Jazz Cafe (8403 2131)

SATURDAYS DINING Dim Sum Brunch All-you-can-eat brunch featuring some of Beijing’s finest 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) Taste of Brazil SALT offers Brazil’s national dish, feijoada. Traditionally eaten on Saturday, this stew features slow-cooked beans and homemade sausage with seasoned rice. RMB 148. Noon-3pm. SALT (6437 8457)

BARS & CLUBS ’80’s Plus Two-for-one drinks before midnight. Free. 9pm. Alfa (6413 0086) Bang Bitesize Buddha DJs. Free. 10pm. Punk (6410 5222) DJ Maxwell Resident spins tunes till late. Free. 10pm. Scarlett (6552 3600) Silly Saturdays Selected martinis are just RMB 20. Free. 9pm-midnight. The Stumble Inn (6417 7794)

MUSIC Liu Yuan Saxophone Quartet China’s jazz forefather keeps the Houhai shores smooth. Free. 10pm. East Shore Live Jazz Cafe (8403 2131) Noise Rock Night Noise from the world in Tongzhou. Price TBD. 8pm. Raying Temple Taste of Soul Live blues and rock. Free. Time TBD. Ciro’s Pomodoro (5208 6008)

SPORT Field Hockey Ice hockey minus the fights and ice. For more info, e-mail bjhockeyclub@hotmail. com. 2pm. Olympic Training Center (6491 2233) Hiking Get out in the great outdoors. Prices and times vary. or 136 1124 1407.

LIVING Chinese Calligraphy Workshop Practice making your own brushstrokes. Reserve at RMB 720 (6 sessions), RMB 600 (advance). 10am-noon. Culture Yard (8404 4166) Saturday Gourmet Master chefs lead a demonstration with hands-on cooking and lunch. Reservations required. RMB 300. 1-4pm. Black Sesame Kitchen (136 9147 4408)

SUNDAYS DINING American Sunday Roast Prime beef rib cut tableside with all the trimmings, plus traditional desserts. RMB 198+15%, RMB 98+15% extra for wine buffet. Noon-3pm. One East, Hilton Beijing (5865 5030) Americana Sundays Buy-one-get-one-free burgers and freeflow sodas. 6-10pm. Scarlett, Hotel G (6552 2880) Apothecary Fried Chicken Share a whole fried chicken with ’slaw and buttermilk biscuits, courtesy of Louisiana chef Max Levy. RMB 200, RMB 100 (for half). Apothecary (5208 6040) Aroma Gourmet Brunch Lobster, oysters, foie gras, international cheeses and a Sunday roast. RMB 398+15% (includes unlimited Piper Heidsieck champagne). 11.30am-2.30pm. Aroma, Ritz-Carlton Beijing (5908 8161) Bellini Brunching What’s better than champagne? Bellinis! Free-flow orange, passionfruit, or lychee bellinis and other wines with unlimited orders off their brunch menu, which include eggs Benedict and Singaporean laksa. RMB 279, RMB 198 (no alcohol). 11.30am2.30pm. Fennel (6436 1818) Bubbalicious An array of cold and hot dishes and desserts, along with juice and smoothie stations. A kids’ corner entertains the young’uns. RMB 368+15% (includes unlimited champagne), RMB 149+15% (kids 6-12). 11.30am-3.30pm. Seasonal Tastes, Westin Beijing Chaoyang (5922 8880) Bubbly Sundays Caviar, live seafood, tartare stations, makeyour-own sushi rolls, teppanyaki ice cream and much more. RMB 368+15% (includes free flow of Pommery Pop champagne), RMB 148+15% (kids younger than 12), free (kids under 6). 11.30am-3pm. Senses, Westin Financial Street (6629 7810) Cajun Shrimp Boil Family-style shrimp boil, where groups can share a giant feast of spicy shrimp, cornon-the-cob, sausage, potatoes and more. RMB 98. 5-9pm. Reservations requested, four or more minimum. Tim’s Texas Bar-BQ (6591 9161) Dim Sum Brunch See listings for Saturdays. English Sunday Roast Three roast-of-the-day options to choose from. RMB 138. 11am-5pm. Scarlett, Hotel G (6552 2880) FIZZtastic Champagne Brunch Premium Taittinger Champagne on free-flow and a lip-smacking array of international gastronomy, including lobsters and assorted goodies brought direct to your table. RMB 388+15%. 11.30am-3pm. Vasco’s, Hilton Wangfujing (5812 8888 ext 8411) Hot About Herbs Mar 14-27. Healthy, herbal Cantonese soups to pep you up for spring. Scene a Cafe, China World Hotel (6505 2266 ext 35) Huaiyang Cuisine Until Mar 6. Guest chef John Xiao of Doubletree by Hilton Wuxi Lingshan demystifies southern cooking. A la carte menus available for both lunch and dinner. Chynna, Hilton Beijing Wangfujing (5812 8888 ext 8411) Italian Sunday Brunch

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EVENTS 50 (members). 6-7pm. The Hutong (6404 3355)

WEEKENDS DINING All-You-Can-Eat Weekend Kitchen Party Sat-Sun. All-you-can-eat menu of classic Chinese dishes with free-flow wines and imported draft beers. RMB 328. IFW (8567 1568) Dim Sum Madness Dim sum buffet menu featuring 20 gourmet essentials, as well as baby abalone and chilled teas. RMB 199 for two. 11.30am-3pm. Celestial Court Restaurant, St. Regis Hotel (6460 6688)


Shin excelled at hide-and-go-seek. Buffet selection includes seven breads, four cured meats, five Italian cheeses, and four desserts. Hot dishes range from pasta, risotto and spaghetti to monkfish, eggplant terrine and the classic veal shank ossobuco. RMB 248 (buffet), RMB 338 (buffet and hot dishes). 11.30am-3pm. Sadler Ristorante (6559 1399) New Discovery at Yu All month. Chef Ku blends his new creations with Yu’s classic Cantonese delicacies. Yu, Ritz-Carlton Beijing (5908 8111) SALT Bubbly Sundays Try their fig pancakes with Parma ham and truffle honey, or caramelized onion-cheese samosas with a roasted tomato espresso. Pick from their new wine list, or splash out with a slightly indulgent cocktail or two. RMB 168-318. SALT (6437 8457) Sunday Champagne Brunch Get your bubbly on at Greenfish’s lavish Sunday brunch featuring pan-fried foie gras, seared beef medallion and grilled lobster served tableside. RMB 348+15%. 11.30am-3pm. Greenfish, Ritz-Carlton Financial Street (6601 6666 ext 6255) Sundays at St. Regis Sundays don’t get better than champagne with oysters, grilled meat, fresh cheese and luscious desserts. RMB 458+15% (includes champagne). 11.30am-3pm. Garden Court, St. Regis (6460 6688) Sureño Set Sunday Lunch Enjoy a selection of tapas dishes, a soup and one main course from the menu. RMB 188+15%, RMB 298+15% (including champagne). Noon-3pm. Sureño, The Opposite House (6410 5240) Roasted Sundays Traditional roast for the day of rest. Includes chicken, beef and vegetarian options. RMB 80 (two courses), RMB 100 (three courses). Noon-4pm. The Stumble Inn (6417 7794)

BARS & CLUBS CD Blues Wine Night 10% off on all bottles of wine. Free. CD Blues Cafe (6506 8288) Groove Terrapy Happy hour drinks and tunes from DJs Suiki and Bitesize Buddha to chill you out. Free. 4-7pm. Terra (6591 9148) Lush Open Mic Show off your talents for 15 minutes of fame and a free beer. Past acts have ranged from freestyle rap battles to tap dancing. RMB 10. 9pm. Lush (8286 3566)


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Open Jazz Impromptu jazz for all to enjoy. Free. 9.45pm. VA Cafe & Bar (5844 3638) Pierre Pardat Piano Trio French pianist takes over the Sunday session. Free. 9.30pm. East Shore Live Jazz Cafe (8403 2131) Taste of Soul Jam session open to all. Free. Time TBD. Ciro’s Pomodoro (5208 6008)

SPORT Badminton A more organized game than the one outside your office. 10am-noon. Contact John at The Beijing Golfers Club The Beijing Golfers start another season. Tee times vary. Register for events at www. Flag Football Pickups for those not involved in the league. Time and venue TBD. See www. for more. Gaelic Football Learn how to play the game. The first session is free for newcomers. RMB 20. 3pm. Western Academy of Beijing. Bus leaves from Paddy O’Shea’s at 2.15pm. Hash House Harriers Run, then drink like it’s a speakeasy. Meet at Tim’s Texas Bar-B-Q at 1pm. Runs usually last an hour, covering about 7-8km. Each run is RMB 20 and includes beer and water along the way. Water Polo Beijing Ducks play most Sundays. All skill levels welcome. For more info, contact 2pm. International School of Beijing

LIVING Mahjong Workshop A 2-session workshop. First learn the history behind the game, then master the rules, and finally visit a local parlor to play as the locals do. Reserve at contact@cultureyard. net. RMB 140 (2 sessions). 10am-1pm. Culture Yard (8404 4166) Survival Chinese Learn the vocabulary essential for day-to-day life in China, including small talk, ordering food, asking for directions and shopping. Reserve at RMB 200. 10amnoon. Culture Yard (8404 4166) Qigong Club Improve your flexibility and practice qigong on your own terms. RMB 60, RMB

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

SPORT The TREK Peloton Road Bike Cycling Club Rental bikes are available. Riders are divided into groups based on fitness levels and speed. More information at or at www.

ONGOING DINING A New Taste of China All month. IFW celebrates its second anniversary this month by unveiling an allnew menu of fantastic dishes from around China. IFW (8567 1568) After-work Winedown Mon-Thu. Buy one bottle of wine, enjoy 50% off your second of equal or lesser value. 6-8pm. Modo (6415 7207) Agua Set Lunch Menus rotated weekly. RMB 88 (two courses), RMB 99 (three courses). Noon2pm. Agua (5208 6198) Alameda Business Lunch Mon-Fri. Two-course set lunch. RMB 68. 11.30am-3pm. Alameda (6417 8084) Cepe Business Lunch Mon-Fri. Three courses, with a fine selection of antipasti and main courses. RMB 288+15%. 11.30am-2.30pm. Cepe, Ritz-Carlton Beijing Financial Street (6601 6666 ext 6255) Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou Promotion Until Apr 30. Three elite wines from this French producer available at exclusive prices. Shangri-La Beijing (6841 2211 ext 6572) Chef Lam Hock Hin Apr 14-24. Specially designed lunch and dinner menus with Chef’s Lam’s signature creations, including honey-glazed boneless chicken with crispy ginger flakes, and superior shark’s fin broth. RMB 288-488+15%. Chynna, Hilton Wangfujing (5812 8888 ext 8411) Colibri Set Lunch All month. Baked potato option at RMB 48 or soup, sandwich and cupcake

for RMB 48. Colibri Cafe (6417 0808) Flamme Afternoon Tea All month. Relax with coffee or tea and a dessert. RMB 50. 2pm-5pm. Flamme (6417 8608) Greenfish Seafood Extravaganza Fri-Sat. Get wrecked in a briny sea of crabs, scallops, oysters and lobster, where the wine flows like the tide. RMB 328+15% (including free-flowing wine and soft drinks), kids half-price. 5.30-9.30pm. Greenfish, Ritz-Carlton Beijing Financial Street (6601 6666 ext 6255) Fondue Feast Mon-Sat. Traditional favorites ranging from melted cheese with bread cubes to tender meats in heated olive oil. For dessert, it’s Valrhona chocolate with seasonal fruit. Starting from RMB 280 for two. Blu Lobster (6841 2211) Hungry for Hummus? Mon-Fri. Middle Eastern favorite Rumi is offering a lunch buffet that includes many of their most popular menu items. RMB 88. 11.30am-2.30pm. Rumi (8454 3838) Kempi Deli’s Easter Treats Apr 20-24. Bunny-themed hot-cross buns, chocolates, cakes and pastries. Kempi Deli, Kempinski (6465 3388 ext 4222) Late Supper All month. A selection of dishes with special wine pairings selected by owner Gaby Alves. Perfect for late-night gourmet munchies. 11pm-1am. Terra (6591 9148) Lunch It All month. Two-course lunch with coffee or tea. RMB 88. Noon. Scarlett, Hotel G (6552 2880) Lunch Rapido Tue-Fri. Can’t decide what to have for lunch? Enjoy two daily specials and a glass of wine, local beer, or juice. RMB 98. 11am2pm. Terra (6591 9148) Mana Business Lunch Mon-Fri. Two courses RMB 68, three courses RMB 88. 11.30am-2.30pm. Mana (6460 6721) Melon & Squash Special Apr 15-24. A series of special menus featuring winter melon and pumpkin dishes. The Private Room, Park Hyatt (8567 1118) The Modo Set All month. Two or three-course set lunch. Top off with free-flow wines on the weekend. RMB 80-215. Noon-3pm. Modo (6415 7207) Olé! Business Lunch A quick two-course lunch, then back to work. RMB 60, RMB 70 (includes glass of wine). Time TBD. Olé! (6595 9677) One East Set Lunch Mon-Fri. A light American set lunch. RMB 128+15% (two courses), RMB 158+15% (three courses). Noon-2pm. One East, Hilton Beijing (5865 5030) Pasta: Your Own Creation Fri-Sun (until May 29). Mix and match pastas, sauces and condiments. RMB 88+15%. Café Noir (5907 8416) Paying Tribute to That Special Assistant Apr 25-29. Special Secretaries’ Week menus available at lunch and dinner in Cepe, Qi and Greenfish. From RMB 218+15%. Ritz-Carlton Beijing Financial Street (6601 6666) Purely Vitaminised! Apr 1-30. Two “purity” menus featuring organic ingredients packed with goodness. RMB 458-658. Aria, China World Hotel (6505 2266 ext 6644)

Rebirth Remedies Apr 17-30. Easter treats including chocolate eggs, chocolate bunnies and more. Gourmet Corner, China World Hotel (6505 2266 ext 43)

study materials, exam fees, and of course, wines. Dragon Phoenix Fine Wine Consulting (5960 4050,

Saddle Social Set Lunch Mon-Fri. A starter, two tacos and a drink. RMB 60, RMB 75 (includes glass of wine). Free. 11am-2pm. The Saddle Cantina (5208 6005)

Allie Webb Mon-Sat. LA singer belts out pop and jazz tunes. Free. 8pm-midnight (Mon-Thu), 9pm-1am (Fri-Sat). Aria (6505 2266 ext 6644)

SALT Spring Days Mon-Fri. Add RMB 30 to your set lunch for a glass of wine or beer. RMB 98 (two courses), RMB 118 (three courses). Noon3pm. SALT (6437 8457)

Blue Velvet Argentinean band plays Latin jazz. Free. Tue-Thu 8.30pm-12.15am, Fri-Sat 9pm12.45am. Mix, Westin Chaoyang (5922 8888)

Spring Taste at Shang Palace Until Apr 30. Fresh, light and healthy Chinese dishes for the new season. Shang Palace, Shangri-La Beijing (6841 2211 ext 6732)

Cocktail Fever Sun-Wed. Buy one-get-one-free cocktails. Free. 5-8.30pm. George’s (6553 6299)

Spice Trail: Authentic Sichuan Buffet All month. Turn up the heat with pepper-packed Sichuan food, renowned for its spicy “tongue-numbing” dishes. RMB 258+15% (lunch), RMB 298+15% (dinner). Scene a Café, China World (6505 2266 ext 35) Steak Challenge Fri-Sat (until Apr 30). Finish a 1kg steak and two side dishes alone within an hour and they’ll tear up the bill. 5.30-10pm. Yellow Stone, Crowne Plaza Park View Wuzhou (6481 7000) Steak Deals Mon-Tue. Buy one get one free on house steaks. Flamme (6417 8608) Taco Discounts Mon-Fri. Tacos for just RMB 10 on the Saddle Cantina’s lower level. Free. 4-6pm. The Saddle Cantina (5208 6005) Taste Malaysia Apr 8-23. Classsic Malaysian dishes from visiting chefs. RMB 328+15%. 5.30-10pm. Seasonal Tastes, Westin Beijing Chaoyang (5922 8880) Terra Spring Dinner Daily. Chef Paulo’s special set menus. RMB 178 (two courses), RMB 198 (three courses). Noon-6pm. Terra (6591 9148) Traditional English Tea All month. Indulge in tea and scones as well as other dainty delights in an elegant setting. RMB 268. 2.30-5.30pm. Writer’s Bar, Raffles Hotel (6526 3388 ext 4181) Village Cafe Set Dinner All month. Three-course set dinner. RMB 128+15% (includes glass of wine or beer). 6.30-10pm. Village Cafe, The Opposite House (6410 5210) Warming Food and Wine All month. A selection of fine Chinese liqueurs (priced RMB 138-998) to accompany your meal. Summer Palace, China World Hotel (6505 2266 ext 34) Weekend Brunch Sat-Sun. A five-course weekend feast. Price varies according to what you want to drink. RMB 218-458. 11am-4pm. Terra (6591 9148) Wine Flight All month. Sample three wines. RMB 88. Enoterra (5208 6076) Wine Ritual All month. Unwind in sophisticated surrounding 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 Taste like an expert, and get your Wine & Spirit Education Trust certification. Class fees for each of the three levels include all


Live Music at Centro Mon-Sat. Live jazz and R&B from guest singers. Free. 8pm. Centro (6561 8833) Sabrina Montgomery Daily. Jazz, funk and soul. Free. 8pm (SunThu), 9pm (Fri-Sat). China Bar (8567 1234) Scotched Until Apr 30. Taste a range of malt whiskies. Aria (6505 2266 ext 36) The Jackson Twinz and Zero Tue-Sat. Funk and soul band lock it down. R Lounge, Renaissance Beijing Capital (5863 8221)

MUSIC Micki Murphy & CJW Jazz Band All month. An American singer with a powerful and sensuous voice. Free. 9.20pm. CJW (6587 1222) Solidaz Mon-Sat. Seven-piece Kiwi band with female DJ from Indonesia. Free. 9pm. Pavillion (6507 2617)

STYLE DVF: “Journey of a Dress” Exhibition Apr 2-May 14. Famous artists contribute their portraits of the legendary Diane von Furstenberg. Free. Tue-Sun 11am-7pm. Pace Beijing (5978 9781; see A&C directory)

ARTS & CULTURE Memory_Identity Until Apr 16. Twenty-seven international artists examine … themselves. See Review, p63. Free. MK2 Art Space (6431 1567) Hsieh Ying-chun: People’s Architecture Until Apr 20. A collection of the Taiwanese social architect’s conceptual designs. See Feature, p64. Free. Studio-X (6402 8684) Peter Lindbergh: The Unknown Until May 22. The German fashion photographer goes artsy. See Feature, p63. RMB 15. UCCA (8459 9269) Through the Looking Glass Apr 17-May 17. Surrealist photographs in a hip new art space at Sanlitun Village North. Art that’s easy to get to? Sign me up. Free. Babu Space (6415 8616) Koryo Studio Propaganda Art Show Apr 20-Sep 30. Pyongyang’s billboards in hand-painted poster form. Free. Koryo Tours and Gallery (6416 7544) Africa: See You, See Me Apr 23-May 22. Africa, seen from inside and out. More info at Free. Li Space (5127 3272) Les Rencontres d’Arles 2010 Apr 23-May 31. The international festival’s

Discovery Award nominees are on show. More info at Free. Three Shadows Photography Art Centre, Exhibition Hall 3 (6432 2663) Eikoh Hosoe: Photographic Scrolls Apr 23-May 31. The internationally renowned Japanese photographer’s works are transcendent, provocative, and here for us to ponder. More info at www. Free. Three Shadows Photography Art Centre, Multifunction Hall (6432 2663) Reappearance: The Arles 1988 China Exhibition Apr 23-May 31. Go way back in time and get another first peek at China’s earliest contemporary photographers. More info at See Feature, p62. Free. Three Shadows Photography Art Centre, Exhibition Hall 3 (6432 2663) Impossible Exhibition Apr 23-May 31. Rescue the Polaroids! More info at Free. Galerie Paris-Beijing (5978 9262) San Bengzi, Part 2 Apr 23-May 31. Ruminations on the threewheeled motorbike. More info at www. Free. MK2 Art Space (6431 1567) Through the Lens: The World of Bernard Pras Apr 23-May 31. Toys, pieces of rubber and other random objects become works of art. See Feature, p62. More info at www. Free. China Art Archives and Warehouse (8456 5152) reGeneration2 Apr 23-May 31. A world-class survey of young international artists at the start of their photography careers. More info at Free. Pèkin Fine Arts (5127 3220) Rong Rong’s Ruin Pictures 1996-1998 Apr 23-Jun 5. Beijing’s father of photography captured the city’s fallen buildings in moment of demolition. More info at www. Free. Chambers Fine Art (5127 3298) Shi Guorui: Scenes Apr 23-Jun 20. Modern landscapes using primitive photographic technique: the camera obscura. See Feature, p62. More info at Free. F2 Gallery (6432 8831) Three Shadows Photography Award 2011 Exhibition Apr 23-Jun 30. See works by today’s young Chinese contemporary photographers. See Feature, p62. More info at www. Free. Three Shadows Photography Art Centre, Exhibition Halls 1 & 2 (6432 2663)

SPORT Basketball All month. Hang with the Beijing Overseas Students Basketball League. E-mail for times and locations. Beijing Softball League All month. The BSL is looking for swingers for its spring season. All ages, genders and abilities are welcome to join in the fun. The season starts in late March. To register, e-mail Beijing Hikers Every Wed, Sat & Sun. Join the club for rated rambles over varied picturesque terrain outside the city. Call ahead to inquire about the hike’s degree of difficulty. RMB 250 and upwards, RMB 150 (kids under 12). Leave 8.30am sharp from the Starbucks at the Lido Holiday Inn. (6432

2786, www. ClubFootball Men’s 5-a-side Leagues All month. The new season has started. Players and teams welcome for all 12 divisions. Register by calling 5130 6893/4/5/6, or e-mail More info at English Premier League All month. It’s becoming what Sir Alex Ferguson calls “squeaky bum time.” Unmissable at both ends of the table. Times vary. Flag Football League Register before the draft on Apr 17. League kicks off on Apr 24. See www. for more. The Masters Apr 7-10. Georgia is on the mind of the world’s top golfers as they aim to best Shooter McGavin. Times vary. NBA Playoffs All month. Playoffs start April 14. Watch some teams beat the Cleveland Cavaliers. Times vary. NHL Playoffs All month. Playoffs start Apr 11. Toothless northerners fight for the trophy that Lord Stanley of Preston donated back in 1892. Times vary. Major League Baseball All month. Take me out to the ball game. Go pajamas! Times vary. Snooker World Championships Apr 16-May 2. Follow Ding Junhui in his quest to win a major trophy. Times vary. UEFA Champions’ League Apr 5, 6, 12, 13, 26 & 27. The second leg of the quarter-finals and the first leg of the semis. Wembley beckons for the winners. 2.45am. Ultimate Frisbee Wed & Sat. Pickup sessions are back outdoors. E-mail anthonytao13@gmail. com for info. 7pm (Wed), 2pm (Sat).

LIVING Hutong Exploration by Bike All month. An experienced guide will lead you on a bike tour around old Beijing. Call ahead of time for availability. RMB 150. 1pm. Cycle China (6402 5653)

EXPLORE Beijing by Bike Bike through the ancient alleyways of Beijing, do some shopping at a local market, and learn to play mahjong. Cost includes transportation, guide, fees, lunch, and bike rental. USD 68.50. 8am. Beijing Urban Adventures (6406 8022) Qinghai-Tibet Rail Experience Embark on a 12-day rail journey to Lhasa, across steppes, past lakes and valleys, and through mountain passes. USD 1,200. Shangrila Adventure (+28 8508 2770) com Shaolin Temple and the Longmen Grottoes Take a 3-day adventure to the ancient stronghold of the Shaolin monks, and see ancient Buddhist sculptures in the spectacular Longmen Grottoes. RMB 3,280. TUI China (8519 8999)

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DINING DIRECTORY INDEX 360 Casual Dining – Buffets 1001 Nights – Middle Eastern A Food Affaire – Bakeries, Delis & Candy Agua – Spanish Ai Jiang Shan – Korean Alameda – Contemporary International The American Cafe – American Annie’s – Italian Aria – European Aroma – Buffets Asia Bistro – Buffets Assaggi – Italian The Astor Grill – Steakhouses Bali Papaya – Southeast Asian Barolo – Italian Bellagio – Taiwan Bento & Berries – Bakeries, Delis & Candy Bingtuan Dasha – Xinjiang & Muslim Biteapitta – Middle Eastern BLD Cafe – Buffet Blu Lobster – Contemporary International Blue Frog – American Bocata – Cafes & Teahouses Bonbon Bins – Bakeries, Delis & Candy The Bookworm – Cafes & Teahouses Brasserie Flo – French Brazillian Churrascos – Central & South American Bread Talk – Bakeries, Delis & Candy Cabare – European Cafe Cha – Buffets Cafe de la Poste – French Cafe Europa – European Cafe Noir – Cafes & Teahouses Capital M – European Carmen – Spanish CBD International Cuisine – Buffets Celestial Court – Cantonese Cepe – Italian Chao – Fusion Chef Too – American China Grill – Contemporary International Chuan Ban – Sichuan Chynna – Contemporary Chinese Ciro’s Pomodoro – Italian City Shop – Supermarkets Compass Grill - Contemporary International Comptoirs de France – Bakeries, Delis & Candy Crescent Moon Muslim Restaurant – Xinjiang & Muslim CRU Steakhouse – Steakhouses Crystal Jade – Cantonese The CUT Steak & Seafood Grill – Steakhouses Da Dong Roast Duck – Beijing Duck Dali Courtyard – Yunnan Danieli’s – Italian Di Napoli Ristorante – Italian Din Tai Fung – Dumplings Ding Ding Xiang – Hot Pot Dragon Palace – Cantonese Duck de Chine – Beijing Duck East 33 – Buffets Eatalia – Italian Element Fresh – American Elements – Cantonese Enoterra – European Essence – Buffets Fatburger – American Fennel Bistro – European Flamme International Grill – Steakhouses Fook Lam Moon – Cantonese Fratelli Fresh – Italian Fuel - Contemporary International Ganges Indian Restaurant – Indian/Pakistani Garden Court – Buffets German Food Center – Bakeries, Delis & Candy Gourmet Corner – Bakeries & Delis Grand Cafe – Buffets Grandma’s Kitchen – American Grange – Steakhouses Greenfish – Buffets Grill 79 – Contemporary International Gung Ho! Gourmet Pizza Factory – Pizza Haidilao Hot Pot – Hot Pot Haoji Jiujia– Zhejiang Haru Teppanyaki and Sushi Bar – Japanese Hatsune – Japanese Hercules – Cafes & Teahouses Horizon – Cantonese IFW – Contemporary Chinese In & Out – Yunnan Indian Kitchen – Indian/Pakistani Invincible Ramen – Japanese


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Isshin – Japanese Jaan – French Jewel – Cantonese Jin Ding Xuan – Cantonese Jing – Buffets Kafe Peranakan – Southeast Asian Kagen – Japanese Kamat’s – Indian/Pakistani Karaiya Spice House – Hunan & Hubei Kashgar Restaurant – Xinjiang & Muslim Kempi Deli – Bakeries, Delis & Candy Khan Baba – Indian/Pakistani Kranzler’s – Buffets The Kro’s Nest – Pizza Kuan Dian – Barbecue and Teppanyaki L’Isola – Italian La Sushi – Japanese Lan Club – Contemporary International Latin Grillhouse – Barbecue and Teppanyaki Le Little Saigon – Vietnamese Le Petit Gourmand – French Le Pre Lenotre – French Lei Garden – Cantonese Let’s Burger – American Let’s Seafood – Contemporary Lily’s American Diner – American Lily Vegetarian – Vegetarian Little Yunnan – Yunnan LMPlus – Italian Luga’s Banh Mi Now – Vietnamese Luga’s Pho Pho – Vietnamese Luga’s Villa – Central and South American Lunar 8 – Fusion Made in China – Beijing Duck Maison Boulud – French Mala Youhuo (Spice Spirit) – Sichuan Malacca Legend – Southeast Asian Mare– Spanish Matsuko – Japanese Metro – Italian Middle 8th Restaurant – Yunnan Migas Restaurant & Lounge – Mediterranean Ming Court – Cantonese Mirch Masala – Indian/Pakistani Modo – Contemporary International Monsoon – Buffets Morel’s – European Mosto – Contemporary International Mrs Shanen’s Bagels – American Mughal’s Beijing – Indian & Pakistani Muse Parisian Vietnamese Brasserie – Vietnamese My China – Contemporary Chinese Nadaman – Japanese Nam Nam – Vietnamese Nishimura – Japanese No Name Restaurant – Yunnan Noble Court – Cantonese Nola – American Noodle Bar – Beijing Olas Tapas Cafe – Spanish Olé Spanish Restaurant – Spanish One East – American Orange Tree Bistro – European The Orchard – European Papa John’s – Pizza Park Side Bar & Grill – European Patara – Thai Paulaner Brauhaus – German Pekotan – Bakeries, Delis & Candy Peter’s Tex-Mex Grill – American Prego – Italian Punjabi Indian Restaurant – Indian & Pakistani Pure Lotus Vegetarian – Vegetarian Purple Haze Courtyard – Thai Purple Haze Restaurant & Bar – Thai Quan Ju De – Beijing Duck Raj Indian Restaurant and Bar – Indian & Pakistani Refresh! – Cafes & Sandwiches Ristorante Sadler – Italian ROOMbeijing – European Rumi – Middle Eastern The Saddle Cantina – Central and South American SALT – Contemporary International San Yang Cai – Sichuan Saveurs de Corée – Korean Scarlett – Contemporary International Scene a Café – European Schindler’s Tankstelle – German Schoolhouse Canteen – European Seasonal Tastes – Buffets

Senses – Buffets Serve the People – Thai SG Song – Korean Shin Yeh – Taiwan The Side Saddle – Central & South American Sizzler – American Sorabol – Korean South German Bakery, Cafe Konstanz and Bodenseestube – German South Silk Road – Yunnans Ssam – Contemporary International Steak Exchange – Steakhouses Summer Palace – Huaiyang Switch! – American Tairyo Teppanyaki – Japanese The Taj Pavilion – Indian/Pakistani Tamarind (Marriott Northeast) – Indian/Pakistani Tavola Italian Dining – Italian Terra – Central & South American TGI Friday’s – American Tori Tei – Japanese Traktirr Pushkin – Russian The Tree – Pizza Tumaris – Xinjiang & Muslim

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


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Union Bar & Grille – American Va Piano – Italian Va Va Voom – Vietnamese Vasco’s – Buffets VIC – Buffets Villa Castenea – German Village Cafe – Cafes & Teahouses Vineyard Cafe – European Water – Contemporary International W Dine & Wine – European White Nights – Russian Wu Ge Kaochi – Barbecue and Teppanyaki Xiao Wang Fu – Homestyle Xibei Youmiancun Restaurant – Northwestern China Xiao Nan Guo – Shanghai Xiao Wang Fu – Homestyle & Private Cuisine Yan Can Cook Beijing – Contemporary Chinese YellowStone Restaurant & Bar – European Yotsuba – Japanese Yu – Cantonese ZEN – Cantonese Zen5es – Cantonese Zest – Cafes & Teahouses Zhang Mama – Sichuan brunch menu. Voted “Best American,” "Best Non-Hotel Brunch," "Outstanding Family-Friendly" and “Best Sandwiches” in our Reader Restaurant Awards. 1) 10am-11pm. 6 Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District. (6433 5058); 2) Mon-Fri 10am-11pm, Sat-Sun 7am-11pm. Shop 833, Bldg 8, The Village at Sanlitun, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6417 1318); 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

Blue Frog Chow down on the signature burgers or opt for a salad. Voted “Outstanding Burger” in our 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. 1) Daily 10am-1am. L312, Europlaza, 99 Yuxiang Lu, Tianzhu Zhen, Shunyi District. (8046 6337); 2) Daily 10am-2am. S4-30, 3/F, Bldg 4, Sanlitun Village, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6417 4030) www.bluefrog. 蓝蛙, 1) 顺义区天竺镇欲翔路99号北京 欧陆时尚购物中心(欧陆广场)L312室; 2) 朝阳区 三里屯北路19号三里屯Village4号楼3层S4-30

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

Element Fresh American salads, smoothies, sandwiches and more. Popular weekend

Fatburger American diner serving lean Australian beef burgers, freshly ground daily and cooked to order. Burgers come in singles, doubles or triples and are accompanied by skinny fries. fat fries or homedmade onion rings and hot wings, hot dogs and imported ice cream shakes. Enjoy 1980s music with these American classics. China World branch opening in March 2011. 1) Daily 11am-10pm. 1-LB01, The Grand Summit, Liangmaqiao Diplomatic Compound (300 m north of the Kempinski Hotel’s main entrance), 19 East Dongfang Lu, Chaoyang District. (8532 1878) 2) EB103, B1/F, Bldg 1, China World Mall, 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. 1) 朝阳区东方东路19号亮 马乔外交公寓1号楼会所1层1号铺; 2) 朝阳区建 国门外大街1号国贸商城地下1层EB103

Grandma’s Kitchen Sandwiches, gravy-based dinners and high-powered desserts from middle America. Voted “Outstanding American” and“Outstanding Family Friendly” in our 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. 1) Daily 9am-10pm. 47-2 Nanchizi Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6528 2790, com); 2) Daily 10am-10pm. 28 Shique Hutong (across from Beixinqiao subway exit C), Dongcheng District. (8403 9452,; 3) Daily 10am-11pm. 5/F, Wudaokou Shopping Mall, Haidian District. (6266 6105, bj.grandmas.; 4) Daily 7.30am11pm. 11A Xiushui Nanjie, Jianguomenwai, Chaoyang District. (6503 2893, bj.grandmas.; 5) Daily 7.30am11pm. 1-2/F, Bldg B, Jianwai Soho, 39 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (5869 3055/3056, com) 祖母厨房, 1) 东城区南池子大街47-2号;

DIRECTORY / DINING 2) 东城区北新桥石雀胡同28号(地铁五号线 北新桥站C出口); 3) 海淀区五道口购物中心 5层; 4) 朝阳区建国门外秀水南街甲11号(友 谊商店后面); 5) 朝阳区东三环中路39号建外 SohoB座1-2层

二层; 2) 崇文区崇文门外大街18号 国瑞城购物 中心 B1-30; 3) 东城区东方新天地1区地铁层食 通天大街FF16商铺; 4) 西城区君太百货地下一 层; 5) 朝阳区建国门外大街21号(国际俱乐部旁 边); 6) 朝阳区安贞西里华联商厦2层

Let’s Burger Gourmet creations like the Mexicano or Wagyu beef. Voted “Best Burger” in our 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 11.30am-midnight. D101A, Nali Patio, 81 Sanlitun Beijie, Chaoyang District. (5208 6036)

TGI Friday’s White collar hangout exports American-style burgers, salads, “Mexican” food and desserts. Gargantuan cocktails and regular ladies’ night specials. 1) Daily 11.30am-midnight. 1/F, Grand Skylight Catic Hotel, 18 Beichen Donglu, Chaoyang District. (8497 0650); 2) Daily 11.30am-midnight. 9-2 Jinchengfang Jie, Xicheng District. (6622 0880); 3) Daily 11.30am-midnight. Bldg C, Beijing International Plaza, 19 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (8526 3388); 4) Daily 11am-11.30pm. Beijing Friendship Hotel, 1 Zhongguancun Nandajie, Haidian District. (6849 8738) 星期五餐厅, 1) 朝阳区


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

Union Bar & Grille The grill restaurant that’s classy enough to bring a date for steaks, wings, burgers and more. Nice brunch too. Mon-Fri 11am-11pm,Sat-Sun 11am-12pm. S6-31, 3/F, Bldg 6, Sanlitun Village, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6415 9117) 优年美式 Lily’s American Diner Classical North American and Tex-Mex fare like cheeseburgers, roast beef subs, fajitas and all-day breakfasts. Wi-Fi and delivery available. Daily 8am-midnight. 2-18 Tianzhijiaozi, 31 Guangqu Lu, Chaoyang District. (6592 5548) 朝阳区广渠

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Mrs Shanen’s Bagels Beijing’s best bagels, as well as burgers, salads and an extensive breakfast menu. Daily 7.30am-8pm. 5 Kaifa Jie, Xibaixinzhuang (next to Capital Paradise), Shunyi District. (8046 4301) 单太太贝谷面包房, 顺义区西白辛庄开发街5号 (紧邻名都园)

Nola Sip on wine and feast on Cajun dishes including boudin balls, po’ boys and gumbo at this bar and eatery. Daily 10.30am-11pm. 11A Xiushui Nanjie, Chaoyang District. (8563 6215) 朝阳区秀水南街11号 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 顿酒店2层

Peter’s Tex-Mex Grill 1) Daily 7.30am11.30pm. Hairun International Apartment, 2B Jiangtai Lu (southeast of Holiday Inn Lido), Chaoyang District. (5135 8187, 8627 3734); 2) Mon-Fri 9.30am-11pm, Sat-Sun 7.30am-11.30pm. 88A International Club, 21 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (8532 2449) 彼德西餐, 1) 朝阳区将台路乙2号 海润国际公寓公建2号(丽都假日酒店东南边); 2) 朝阳区建国门外大街21号国际俱乐部88A

A Food Affaire Tucked into a corner of the April Gourmet, this is a convenient spot for grocery shoppers looking to grab some Western food to go. The selection includes dips like hummus and duck pate; ready-made salads; homemade pumpkin, lemon, and apple pies; and many lasagnas. Individual lunch and dinner sets range from RMB 35-88. Daily 8am-11pm. 1/F, 5 Xingfuyicunxili, Chaoyang District. (135 0107 1114) 朝 阳区幸福一村西里5号绿叶子食品店

Bonbon Bins American-branded candies, sweets, chocolates, and accessories for the confectionary-crazy. Stockists located all over town include grocery stores, gift shops, bars, hotels and restaurants. Or shop online for delivery to your door. (8525 3566) www. Boulangerie Nanda A European-style artisanal bakery. The selection of muffins rotates daily. Daily 9.30am-7.30pm. 1/F, 52 Jingshun Lu, Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. 朝阳 区朝阳区京顺路52号乐活城1层

Bread Talk Singapore-based bakery offers a wide range of bread, cakes, buns and pastries. Many branches around town. Daily 10am-10pm. 1004, B1/F, Shin Kong Place, China Central Place, 87 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. 朝阳区建国路87号华贸中心新光天地 B1-1004

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

Comptoirs de France Offers a variety of freshly baked rolls, baguettes, and loaves

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DIRECTORY / DINING of bread alongside tempting pastries and chocolates. Voted “Outstanding Sandwiches” in our 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 7am-8.30pm. 1) 2/F, 5 Laiguangying Donglu, Chaoyang District. (8470 2347); 2) 4 Ritan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (8562 3355); 3) L-111, Europlaza, 99 Yuxiang Lu, Tianzhu Zhen, Shunyi District. (8046 6309); 4) 1/F, Bldg 5, Hairun International Apartment, 2B Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District. (5135 7645); 5) 1/F, East Lake Club, 35 Dongzhimenwai Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6461 1525); 6) Rm 102, 1/F, Bldg 15, China Central Place, 89 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (6530 5480); 7) Daily 7am-10.30pm. Unit 102, Pacific Century Place, 2A Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6539 2005); 8) 55-1, Xingfucun Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (6416 2853) www.comptoirsdefrance. com 法派, 1) 朝阳区来广营东路5号2楼东侧; 2) 朝阳区日坛北路4号; 3) 顺义区裕翔路99号天 竺镇欧陆广场L111室; 4) 朝阳区将台路乙2号海 润国际公寓5号楼1层; 5) 东城区东直门外大街 35号东湖俱乐部1层; 6) 朝阳区建国路89号华贸 中心15号楼102; 7) 朝阳区工体北路甲2号盈科中 心商场102单元; 8) 朝阳区幸福村中路55-1号

Gourmet Corner Takeaway counter features a tempting array of sandwiches, pasta, salads, confectionery and chocolates. Daily 8am-8pm. 1/F, China World Mall (next to Starbucks), 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6505 2266 ext 43) 美食店, 朝阳区建国 门外大街1号国贸西楼1层(星巴克对面)

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 Pekotan 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 Swiss Deli Offers an extensive range of cakes, bakery items, freshly prepared sandwiches and salads, and homemade Swiss chocolate, as well as delicious coffee. 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

BARBECUE AND TEPPANYAKI Kuan Dian Daily 11am-midnight. 135 Jiugulou Dajie, Xicheng District. (8404 0523) 宽店, 西城区旧鼓楼大街135号

Latin Grillhouse Daily 11am-3pm, 5-11pm. C1-11, Block 1, Solana, 6 Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (5905 6126/8) 朝阳区朝 阳公园路6号蓝色港湾国际商区1号楼C1-11

Wu Ge Kaochi Daily 3pm-11pm. 5 Nanbanqiao Hutong (between Dongsi Batiao and Jiutiao), Dongcheng District. (6400 1626) 五哥 烤翅, 东城区南板桥胡同5号(东四八条之间)

BEIJING Hot Bean Cooperative Run by a group of hip youngsters, the chicken wings are the main draw here. Daily 10am-10pm. Just inside Chaodou Hutong (50m north of Jiaodaokou Nandajie and Kuan Jie intersection), Dongcheng District. (8401 6165) 炒豆合作社, 东城区交道口南大街炒豆胡同

Noodle Bar The kung-fu chefs at this hip 12-seat bar wow all-comers with their noodlepulling skills. Daily 11am-10pm. 1949–The Hidden City, Courtyard 4, Gongti Beilu (behind Pacific Century Place), Chaoyang District. (6501 1949) 面吧, 朝阳区工体北路4号 院 (太平洋百货南门对面)

BEIJING DUCK Da Dong Roast Duck The “superlean” roast ducks are regularly hyped as the best in the city, but don’t overlook Da Dong’s other creations. Voted “Best Beijing Duck”, “Best Contemporary Chinese” and Chinese Restaurant of the Year” in our 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 11am-10pm. 1) 5/F, Jinbao Dasha, Jinbao Jie, Dongcheng District. (8522 1234); 2) 1-2/F, Nanxincang International

Plaza, 22A Dongsishitiao, Dongcheng District. (5169 0329); 3) 3 Tuanjiehu Beikou, Dongsanhuan Lu (southeast corner of Changhong Qiao), Chaoyang District. (6582 2892/4003) 北 京大董烤鸭店, 1) 东城区金宝街金宝大厦5层; 2) 东城区东四十条甲22号南新仓国际大厦1~2楼 (立交桥西南角); 3) 朝阳区团结湖北口3号楼东 三环路(长虹桥东南角)

Duck de Chine Delectable roast duck in a hip, romantic setting. Voted “Outstanding Beijing Duck” in our 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards.Daily 11.30am-2.30pm, 5.30-10.30pm. 1949–The Hidden City, Courtyard 4, Gongti Beilu (opposite the south gate of Pacific Century Place Mall), Chaoyang District. (6501 8881) 全鸭季, 朝阳区工体北路4号院 (太平洋 百货南门对面)


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 Contemporary Chinese” and “Outstanding Restaurant of the Year (Chinese)” in our 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 11.30am2.30pm, 5.30-10.30pm. 1/F, Grand Hyatt Hotel, 1 Dongchang’an Jie, Dongcheng District. (6510 9608) 长安一号, 东城区东长安街1号东方

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,


Quanjude Quanjude’s celebrated birds have passed through the mouths of visitors from Fidel Castro to Richard Nixon. Voted “Outstanding Beijing Duck” in our 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. 1) Daily 11am-9pm. Tower 1-3, Bldg A, Tianchuang Shiyuan, 309 Huizhong Beili, Chaoyang District. (6480 1685/6); 2) Daily 11am-3pm, 5-10pm. 57 Di’anmen Xidajie, Xicheng District. (6612 8557, 6617 1570); 3) Daily 11am-2pm, 4.30-9pm. 9 Shuaifuyuan Hutong, Wangfujing Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6525 3310); 4) Daily 10.30am-9pm. 1/F, Jingxin Dasha, 2A Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6466 0896) 全聚德, 1) 朝 阳区慧忠北里309号天创世缘A座1-3楼; 2) 西 城区地安门西大街57号; 3) 东城区王府井大街 帅府园胡同9号; 4) 朝阳区东三环北路甲2号京 信大厦1层


Garden Court Brasserie-style buffet featuring an extravagant Champagne brunch on Sundays. Daily 6-10am,11.30am-2pm,6-11pm. St. Regis Hotel, 21 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6460 6688 ext 2340) 景 苑咖啡厅, 朝阳区建国门外大街21号国际俱乐 部饭店

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

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

BUFFETS 360 Casual Dining International buffet dining whenever you need it. Daily 24hrs. Hilton Beijing Capital Airport, Terminal 3, Capital International Airport, Chaoyang District. (6458 8888) 朝阳区首都机场3号航站希尔顿酒店 Aroma Aroma’s buffet offers many distinct cuisines: Japanese, Indian, Chinese and Southeast Asian, as well as Western favorites. Daily 11am-2.30pm, 6-10.30pm. The Ritz-Carlton Hotel, 83A Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (5908 8777) 香溢, 朝阳区华贸中心建国路甲83号 丽思卡尔顿酒店

Asia Bistro Hotel-restaurant specializes in cuisine from Thailand and Vietnam, with the key event being the RMB 388/288 brunch buffet (with flowing champagne and wine/with beer) 11.30am-3pm on Sunday afternoons. Voted "Outstanding Hotel Brunch" in our 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. 11.30am-3pm on Sunday afternoons. Daily 6am-midnight.. Lobby, JW Marriott Hotel, 83 Jianguo Lu, China Central Place, Chaoyang District. (5908 8511) 朝阳区建国路83号JW万豪酒店 BLD Cafe International buffet restaurant featuring showpiece Sunday brunch. Renaissance Beijing Capital Hotel, 61 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (5863 8223) 朝阳区东 三环中路61号北京富力万丽酒店

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

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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 (grilling, roasting, steaming, boiling, baking, frying, tossing and pouring). Daily 6-10am, noon-2.30pm, 6-10pm. 2/F, Hilton Beijing, 1 Dongfang Lu, Chaoyang District. (5865 5000 ext 5020) 元素阁, 朝阳区东方路1号



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

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

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

Monsoon A cafe-style restaurant offering an innovative selection of Asian and Western cuisines. Daily 6-10.30am, 11.30am-2pm, 5.3011pm. InterContinental Hotel, 11 Jinrong Jie, Xicheng District. (5852 5888 ext 5916/5917) 季 候风, 西城区金融街11号洲际酒店

Senses Hosts Bubbly Sundays, one of the most lavish brunches in town. Tied for “Best Brunch (hotel)” with Taste in our 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 6.30-10.30am, 11.30am-2.30pm, 5.30-10pm.. 1/F, The Westin Beijing, 9B Jinrong Jie, Xicheng District. (6629 7810) 味, 西城区金融大街乙9号北京金融街威 斯汀大酒店1层

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

Vasco’s International and Chinese culinary hits with a Portuguese twist. On Sundays it hosts FIZZtastic, voted “Outstanding Brunch (Hotel)” in our 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 6.30-10am, 11.30am-2.30pm, 6-11pm. 5/F, Hilton Beijing Wangfujing, 8 Wangfujing Dongjie, Dongcheng District. (5812 8888) 东城区王府井东街8号希尔顿北京王 府井酒店5层

VIC International buffet dining with a smattering of Gallic touches. Mon-Fri 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 Bocata Lunch favorite for embassy staff. The well-made paninis and terrace hideaway make this a pleasant retreat when the climate is congenial. Daily 10am-midnight. 33 Sanlitun Lu (3.3 Shopping Center), Chaoyang District. (6417 5291) 朝阳区三里屯路33号3.3大厦对面 The Bookworm Light sandwiches, salads and pastas as well as heartier fare. 1) Mon-Sat 8am-8pm,Sun 8am-5pm. The First Courtyard, Hegezhuang Village, Shunyi District. (6431 2108, books@beijingbookworm. com, kidsclub@beijingbookworm. com); 2) Daily 9am-2am. Courtyard 4, Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6586 9507,, www. 书虫书吧, 1) 顺义区 崔各庄乡,何各庄村一号院; 2) 朝阳区工体北 路4号院

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 Hercules Smart design makes you feel right at home, while the sandwiches, served on freshly baked bread, are excellent. Free refills on caffeinated drinks from 2-5pm, and 2-for-1 sandwiches on Tuesdays. Daily 11am-midnight. 2/F, Tongli Studio, Sanlitun, Chaoyang District. (6415 0299) 荷加斯餐吧,朝阳区三里 屯同里2楼

Refresh! Serves light fare in the form of sandwiches and paninis, baked goods, smoothies and coffee. Daily 10am-midnight. 102, Bldg 1, 2 Zhongguohong Jie, Chaoyang District. (8587 1382) 朝阳区工体东路甲2号中国 红街1号楼102号

Village Cafe Straightforward European and Southeast Asian cuisine in a breezy, boutique space. Good lunch deals. Daily 24hr. 1/F, The Opposite House, Bldg 1, Sanlitun Village, 11 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6410 5210, 朝阳区三 里屯路11号三里屯Village1号楼瑜舍1层

Zest Little coffee shop serving daily selection of sandwiches, paninis, salads and more. Offers products from the kitchens of SALT and TERRA, as well as goods from Lollipop Bakery, IF Juice and – soon – Hegel’s Bagels. Mon-Fri 7am-7pm. 1/F, Volkswagen Group Building, 3A Sanlitun Xiliujie, Chaoyang District. 朝阳区三里 屯西六街甲3号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

Crystal Jade High quality Cantonese food and good service in an opulent atmosphere. Voted “Outstanding Dim Sum” in our 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards 1) Daily 11am4pm, 5-10pm. Store BB82, Oriental Plaza, 1 Dongchang’an Jie, Dongcheng District. (8515 0238); 2) Daily 11am-10pm. 6/F, Shin Kong Place, 87 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (6533 1150/70) 翡翠皇宫酒家, 1) 东城区东长安街1号 东方广场地铁层BB82店铺; 2) 朝阳区建国路 87号新光天地6层

Dragon Palace Cantonese cuisine and other specialties from around China prepared to exquisite standards and served in an appropriately elegant setting. Try their Beijing duck. 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 A legendary Hong Kong institution that aims to remain true to the traditions of Cantonese cuisine with one simple principle: premium ingredients should be allowed to speak for themselves. Mon-Fri 11.30am-3pm, 5.30-10.30pm. 4/F, China World Summit Wing, 1 Jianguomen Waidajie, Chaoyang District. (6505 2299 ext 6411) 福临 门,朝阳区建国门外大街1号国贸大酒店4楼

Horizon Good variety of Chinese dishes; classy atmosphere. Daily 11am-2.30pm, 5.30-

DIRECTORY / DINING 10pm. 1/F, Shangri-La’s Kerry Centre Hotel, 1 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6561 8833 ext 41) 海天阁, 朝阳区光华路1号嘉里中 心饭店1层

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

Jin Ding Xuan Cantonese chain that specializes in fresh, steaming baskets of dim sum. Voted “Best Dim Sum” in our 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 24hrs. 1) 77 Hepingli Xijie, Dongcheng District. (6429 6888); 2) 1/F, Entrance B03, north corner of Jinyuan Shopping Mall, 1 Yuanda Lu, Haidian District. (8887 1155); 3) Yiyuan No.15, Anhuibeili, Yayuncun, Chaoyang District. (6497 8978); 4) 16 Pufang Lu, across from Carrefour, Fengtai District. (6761 7161); 5) 15 Tuanjiehu Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (8596 8881) 金鼎轩酒楼, 1) 东城区和

ranging from enchiladas and burritos, to fajitas, nachos and more. Set lunches available Mon-Fri. Daily happy hour 11am-8pm. Voted "Outstanding Mexican" in our 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 11am-2am. 7 Sanlitun Beijie (behind 3.3 Shopping Center), Chaoyang District. (6416 2575) www. 朝阳区三里屯北街7号3.3购 物中心后

The Saddle Cantina The Saddle Cantina's small ground-floor bar calls to mind Saddle's roots, while the upstairs is a spread-out dining and drinking area with a 200sqm outdoor balcony. Voted "Best Mexican" in our 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 11am-late. West wing, Nali Patio, 81 Sanlitun Beilu (south of 3.3 Shopping Center), Chaoyang District. (5208 6005) 朝阳区三 里屯北路81号北京那里花园内西侧二层小楼

平里西街77号; 2) 海淀区远大路1号金源时代购 物中心北侧1层B03入口; 3) 朝阳区亚运村安慧北 里逸园15号; 4) 丰台区方庄蒲芳路16号 (家乐福 对面); 5) 朝阳区团结湖南路15号

Lei Garden Flawlessly presented haute Cantonese – abalone, shark’s fin, bird’s nest – and dim sum (11.30am-2.15pm) that many critics hail as Beijing’s best. Voted “Outstanding Dim Sum” in our 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 11.30am-2.30pm, 5.30-9.30pm. 3/F, Jinbao Tower, 89 Jinbao Jie, Dongcheng District. (8522 1212) hk/~design/leigarden/beijing.html 利苑, 东 城区金宝街89号金宝大厦3楼

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

Noble Court Fine Cantonese cuisine featuring dim sum as well as seafood dishes. MonFri 11.30am-2.30pm, Sat-Sun 10.30am-2.30pm; daily 5.30-10pm. B1/F, Grand Hyatt Beijing Hotel, Oriental Plaza, 1 Dongchang’an Jie, Dongcheng District. (8518 1234 ext 3822) 悦庭, 东城区东长 安街1号东方广场北京东方君悦大酒店地下1层

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

Yu Daily 12am-2pm, 6-10pm. 83A Jianguo Lu (inside the Ritz-Carlton Hotel), Chaoyang District. (5908 8888) 玉, 朝阳区建国路甲83号 ZEN Revamped Si Chou Lu reinvents the dynasty look with golden opulent tones and traditional Cantonese cuisine by Chef Mark Ko from Hong Kong. 11.30am-2.30pm, 5.3010.30pm. Intercontinental Hotel, 11 Financial Street, Xicheng District. (5852 5888) 西城区金

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

Luga's Villa Decent beers and Mexican food

Alameda Contemporary fine dining with a Brazilian twist. Voted“Best Business Lunch”

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DIRECTORY / DINING in our 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 11.30am-3pm, 6-10.30pm. Sanlitun Beijie (beside the Nali Mall), Chaoyang District. (6417 8084, 朝

dumplings have had their dough dyed with spinach, carrot, blueberry and grape. Daily 11am-10pm. North of 6 Maizidian Jie, Chaoyang District. (6586 4967) 宝源饺子屋, 朝阳区麦子店



Blu Lobster Professional service and state of the art cooking techniques at this five star restaurant. Mon-Sat 5.30-11pm. Valley Wing 1/F, Shangri-La Hotel, 29 Zizhuyuan Lu, Haidian District. (6841 2211 ext 6727 / 6728) 蓝韵, 海

1) 东城区莫劳龙玺西餐, 工体北路春秀路西北角 工人体育馆北门对面; 2) 朝阳区莫劳洪玺西餐, 亮马桥路27号东座1层


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 街2号柏悦酒店66层

Compass Grill Fine steak and seafood served in elegant surroundings complete with six private rooms. Daily 5.30-11pm. Hilton Beiing Capital Airport. (6458 8888 ext 8901) 北

Din Tai Fung Taste just one dumpling to know why they’re famous around the world. Voted “Outstanding Restaurant of the Year (Chinese)” in our 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. 1) Mon-Fri 11.30am-9.30pm, Sat-Sun 11am-10pm. 7/F, Dangdai Shangcheng, 40 Zhongguancun Dajie, Haidian District. (6269 6726); 2) Daily 11.30am-2.30pm, 5-10pm. 24 Xinyuan Xili Zhongjie, Chaoyang District. (6462 4502); 3) Daily 11.30am-9.30pm. 6/F, Shin Kong Place, China Central Place, 87 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (6533 1536) 鼎


Grill 79 A captivating destination for international dining. Savor the delicate flavors of simple, wild and fresh ingredients that each season has to offer. One of the most extensive wine lists in Beijing includes premium selections of New World wines. Mon-Thu & Sun noon-2am; Fri-Sat noon-4am. 79/F, China World Summit Wing, China World Trade Center Phase 3, 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6505 2299 ext 6424) 朝阳

Mosto Inventive, exciting contemporary food with a South American touch. Voted “Outstanding Business Lunch,” “Outstanding Wine List,” “Outstanding Chef (Daniel Urdaneta)” and “Outstanding Restaurant of the Year (Non-Chinese)” in our 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards.Daily noon-2.30pm, 6-10.30pm. 3/F, Nali Patio, 81 Sanlitun Beilu, Chaoyang District. (5208 6030) 摸石 头, 朝阳区三里屯北路81号那里花园3层

Lan Club Voted “Best Decor” and “Outstanding for Impressing Visitors” in our 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 9am-11pm. 4/F, LG Twin Towers, 12B Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (5109 6012/13) 兰会所, 朝阳区建国门外大街乙12号

泰丰, 1) 海淀区中关村大街40号当代商城7层; 2) 朝阳区新源西里中街24号; 3) 朝阳区建国路87号 华贸中心新光天地6层

EUROPEAN Aria Inventive European food from monthly changing menus. Daily 11.30am-2.30pm, 6-10pm; bar 11am-midnight. 2/F, China World Hotel, 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6505 2266 ext 38, 6505 3318) 阿郦雅, 朝阳区建国门外大街1号中国大饭店二层

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

SALT Innovative restaurant in a fresh modern minimalist setting has weekly two-course or three-course set meals. Voted “Outstanding Business Lunch,” “Outstanding Steak,” “Outstanding Service,” “Outstanding Restaurant of the Year (Non-Chinese)” and “Chef of the Year (Ana Esteves)” in our 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. Mon-Sat noon-3pm, 6-10.30pm, Sun Brunch noon-4pm. 2/F, 9 Jiangtai Xilu (opposite the Japanese School, west of Rosedale Hotel), Chaoyang District. (6437 8457) 盐, 朝阳区将台西路9号2层( 珀丽酒店西边)

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

Capital M Classy European cooking and Beijing’s best view across Tiananmen Square. Voted “Outstanding for Impressing Visitors” and “Outstanding for a Romantic Meal” in our 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. Mon-Fri 11am2.30pm, 6-10.30pm, Sat-Sun 11.30am-5pm, 6-10.30pm (afternoon tea between 2.30-5pm). 3/F, 2 Qianmen Pedestrian Street (southeast of Qianmen, overlooking Tian’anmen Square), Chongwen District. (6702 2727) 崇文区前门步行街2号3层 (尽览

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



Enoterra Unpretentious, reasonably priced wine bar now in Nali Patio that serves good food as well. Voted “Outstanding Wine Selection” in the Beijinger’s 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 10am-2am. 405, Nali Patio, 81 Sanlitun Beijie, Chaoyang District. (6587 1578)

ROOMbeijing Restaurant and bar from former Blu Lobster chef Brian McKenna. Rm 301-302, 3/F, Park Life, Yintai Centre, 2 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District (8517 2033) www. ROOM北京,


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


Modo Modern wine bar serving well over a dozen wines by the glass, as well as small plates of tasty contemporary European cuisine. The team behind the popular Mosto created this space and brought in Enomatic wine dispensers to allow people to explore different wines. Daily 11am-11pm. 3/F, Sanlitun Village South (close to Element Fresh),

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

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

DUMPLINGS Baoyuan Jiaozi Wu These tasty and colorful

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The Orchard Difficult to find, but worth the journey for continental cuisine served in a charming country setting. Tue-Sun noon2.30pm (Sun lunch until 3pm), 2.30-6pm (coffee), 6-9pm (dinner). From Jingshun Lu, exit at Sunhe Market (we recommend calling for directions), Shunyi District. (6433 6270) 果

Cabare Offers contemporary European cuisine with a Mediterranean flair, featuring tapas, fresh oysters and an assortment of cakes and desserts. Daily 9am-2.30am. 15-1, Bldg 15, Solana, 6 Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (5905 1760) 朝阳区朝阳公园路6号蓝色港


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

橘子树西餐, 西城区大石碑胡同27号(后海烟袋 斜街附近)

朝阳区三里屯路19号三里屯Village南区3楼(近 新元素)

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

路10号远洋光华国际AB座1楼 (近新城国际/世 贸天阶)

Orange Tree Bistro Fetching Houhai courtyard serves Italian appetizers, pizza, sandwiches and grilled meats, with a good selection of bottled beers and wine. Daily 11am-11.30pm. 27 Dashibei Hutong (near Yandai Xiejie, north of Houhai lake), Xicheng District. (6401 7797)

Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6415 7207)


Gori An international eatery with everything from Thai to terriyaki opened by the much-loved Igosso/Pekotan team. Daily 11am-midnight. 1/F, Tower AB, The Office Park (Yuanyang Guanghua International), 10 Jintong Xilu (near Central Park/The Place), Chaoyang District. (8590 6266) 朝阳区金桐西

steak tartare from locally bred beef and tasty mussels. Voted “Outstanding Steak” in our 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. 1) Mon-Sat 11.30am-1am. Gongti Beilu (opposite Workers’ Gymnasium North Gate, northwest corner of Chunxiu Lu), Dongcheng District. (6416 8802); 2) Tue-Sun 11.30am-11.30pm. East block, 27 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6437 3939)

Morel’s Sanlitun stalwart serves Belgian-style

Vineyard Cafe Hip hutong cafe specializes in comfort food and hearty breakfasts. Voted “Outstanding Brunch (non-hotel)” in our 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. Tue-Sun 11.30am-10.30pm, closed Mon. 31 Wudaoying Hutong (just north of the Confucius

DIRECTORY / DINING temple), Dongcheng District. (6402 7961, 葡 萄院儿, 东城区五道营胡同31号

W Dine & Wine Daily 11.30am-2.30pm, 6-11pm. 22-1 Dongzhimenwai Dajie (next to Jingkelong), Dongcheng District. (6416 9838) 万杰福咖啡厅, 东城区东直门外大街22-1

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


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



Bleu Marine Long-established French bistro run by Danes. Try the steak with pepper sauce. Daily 10.30am-10.30pm. 5 Guanghua Xili (100m north of Silk Market), Chaoyang District. (6500 6704) 蓝玛利, 朝阳区光华西里 5号(秀水往北100米左右)

Brasserie Flo Owned by the powerful Flo Group, and now a Beijing institution. French classics include the onion soup, steak au poivre and profiteroles. Voted “Outstanding French” in our 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. Delivery available. Daily 11am3pm, 5.30-11pm. Rainbow Plaza (Longbo Guangchang), 16 Dongsanhuan Beilu (south of the Great Wall Sheraton), Chaoyang District. (6595 5135/9) 北京福楼餐厅, 朝阳区东三环北路16号隆博广场二层

Cafe de la Poste Beijing’s French community pack in every night for steaks, salads, cheese and wine. Voted “Outstanding French” in our 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily noon-3pm, 6pm-late. 58 Yonghegong Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6402 7047) 东城区雍和宫大街58号 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 Petit Gourmand Good value French fare and a library of over 9,000 books. Sun-Thu 9.30am-midnight, Fri-Sat 9.30am-1am. 3/F, Tongli Studios, Sanlitun Houjie, Chaoyang District. (6417 6095, fax 6413 0765) www. 小美食家, 朝阳区三

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

Schindler’s Tankstelle Hearty sausages and frosty steins of beer blend with a nice view of Ritan Park’s greenery. 1) 10 Sanlitun Beixiaojie, Chaoyang District. (6463 1108); 2) Daily 11.30am-10pm. 1 Houshayu Zhen, Shayu Lu, Shunyi District. (8042 2291); 3) Daily 11amlate. 15A Guanghua Lu (200m east of Ritan Park South Gate), Chaoyang District. (8562 6439) 申德勒加油站, 1) 朝阳区三里屯北小街 10号; 2) 顺义区沙峪路后沙峪镇1号; 3) 朝阳区 光华路甲15号(日坛南门往东200米)

South German Bakery, Cafe Konstanz and Bodenseestube Provides a variety of German and European rye, wheat and white breads, along with tasty homemade cakes and sweets. Restaurant daily 9am-10pm. Bakery daily 7am-10pm. 27 Haoyun Jie (Lucky Street), 29 Zaoying Lu, Chaoyang District. (5867 0201, 德 南面包房, 朝阳区枣营路29号好运街27号

Villa Castenea Located next to the Summer Palace, this restaurant has one of the largest private gardens in Beijing – suitable for a variety of outdoor commercial activities and weddings. It serves German and Western fare, including home-brewed beer and crispy pork knuckle. Daily 11am-10pm. 266 Wan’an Donglu, Pu‘an Dian, Haidian District. (6272 0130; 6272 0131) 七叶香山, 海淀区万安东路普 安店266号


Le Pré Lenôtre Exudes all the pomp of fine French dining and matches it with professional service and accomplished food. Daily 11.30am-2.30pm, 6.30-11.30pm. 6/F, Sofitel Hotel, Bldg C, Wanda Plaza, 93 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (8599 6666) 朝阳区建国路 93号万达广场C座6层

Maison Boulud Famous New York chef Daniel Boulud brings his take on French food to Beijing. Excellent food and service. Voted “Best French,” "Outstaning Decor," "Best Service," "Best for a Romantic Meal," “Best Wine List” and "Non-Chinese Restaurant of the Year" in our 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. Mon-Fri 11.30am-2pm, 6-10.30pm, Sat-Sun 11am-4pm, 6-10.30pm. Ch’ien Men 23, 23 Qianmen Dongdajie, Dongcheng District. (6559 9200) 布鲁宫法餐厅, 东城区前 门东大街23号


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

GROCERY STORES Jenny Lou’s These Western grocery stores have, along with the usual staples, fresh meat and cheese, unusual pasta shapes, unsweetened yogurt, fresh herbs ... we could go on and on. 1) Bldg 5, Grasse Town, Songzhuang, Tongzhou District. (8951 6858); 2) Beijing Euro Village Branch, Shunyi District. (8046 2316, 8046 3302); 3) Yosemite Branch, Shunyi District. (8041 7063); 4) 8-9.30pm. Chateau Regalia Branch, Shunyi District. (6450 8108); 5) 9am-8pm. River Garden, Shunyi District. (8046 5109); 6) Daily 8am-10pm. Laiguangying Donglu (opposite Heping Hospital), Chaoyang District. (8470 1557); 7) Daily 7.30 am-10pm. Pinnacle Plaza, Shunyi District. (8046 2316/3302); 8) Daily 8am-10pm. Bldg 4, Jianwai Soho, 39 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (5869 2253); 9) Daily 8am-9pm. Inside East Lake Villa Clubhouse, Chaoyang District. (6467 8018); 10) Daily 8am-midnight. 4 Ritan Beilu (opposite to Fancaodi Primary School), Chaoyang District. (8563 0626); 11) Daily 8am-10pm. 6 Sanlitun Beixiaojie, Chaoyang District. (6461 6928); 12) Daily 8am-midnight. South of Chaoyang Park’s West Gate, Chaoyang District. (6501 6249); 13) Daily 8am-midnight. Hairun International Apartment, 2 Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District. (5135 8338)

(Ritan). Also serves crisp-skinned roast duck. Voted “Outstanding Kung Pao Chicken” in the Beijinger’s 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. 1) Daily 11.30am-2pm, 5.30-10pm. Inside the North Gate of Ritan Park, Ritan Lu, Chaoyang District. (8561 5985); 2) Daily 11am-10.30pm. Bldg 2, Guanghua Lu Dongli, Chaoyang District. (6591 3255); 3) Daily 5.30pm-1am. 15 Qianhai Beiyan, Xicheng District. (6617 5558) 小王府, 1) 朝阳区日坛路日坛公园北门

dian/Pakistani” in our 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 11am-11pm. 1) S93-3, Sanlitun Village, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6416 0181/6121); 2) Sancaitang Xiezi Lou, 160 Chengfu Lu, Haidian District. (6262 7944); 3) 5/ B, Hairun International Apartment, 2 Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District. (5135 8353); 4) 138A, B1/F, The Place, 9 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6587 2999) www.ganges-restaurant. com 恒河印度餐厅, 1) 朝阳区三里屯路19号三

内; 2) 朝阳区光华路东里2号楼; 3) 西城区前 海北沿15号

里屯VillageS93-3; 2) 海淀区成府路160号三才 堂写字楼1层13号; 3) 朝阳区将台路2号海润国 际公寓底商5号; 4) 朝阳区光华路9号世贸天阶 地下1层138A

HOT POT Ding Ding Xiang Popular hot pot place has delicious, savory sesame dipping sauce to accompany lots of lamb. Voted “Outstanding Hot Pot” in our 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. 1) Daily 11am-10pm. 2/F, Yuanjia International Apartments, Dongzhimenwai, Dongzhong Jie (opposite East Gate Plaza), Dongcheng District. (6417 9289); 2) Daily 11.30am-11pm. 1/F, 14 Dongzhong Jie, Dongzhimenwai, Dongcheng District. (6417 2546); 3) Daily 11am-10pm. Bldg 7, Guoxing Jiayuan, Shouti Nanlu, Haidian District. (8835 7775/7779); 4) Daily 11am-10pm. 6/F, Shin Kong Place, 87 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (6530 5997/7172) 鼎鼎香, 1) 东城区东直门外

Indian Kitchen An assortment of spicy subcontinent specialties, but the indecisive can check out the weekday buffet lunch. Voted “Outstanding Indian/Pakistani” in our 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 11.30am-2.30pm, 5.30-11pm. 2 Sanlitun Beixiaojie (opposite Korean embassy), Chaoyang District. (6462 7255) 北京印度小厨, 朝阳区三 里屯北小街2号

Kamat’s Indian Restaurant Quality Indian fare. Irish pub downstairs offers convenient outlet for post-curry pints. Second floor of Paddy O’Shea’s, 28 Dongzhimenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. 朝阳区东直门外大街28号(爱 尔兰酒吧2层)

东中街东环广场对面元嘉国际公寓2层; 2) 东城 区东直门外东中街14号1层; 3) 海淀区首体南路 国兴家园7号楼1-2层; 4) 朝阳区建国路87号新 光天地6楼D6006号

Haidilao Hot Pot This popular eatery is as famous for its hospitality as it is for its authentic Sichuan cuisine. Voted “Best Hot Pot,”“Outstanding Service” and “Outstanding Restaurant of the Year (Chinese)” in our 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. 1) Daily 24hrs. 2A Baijiazhuang Lu (next to No. 80 Middle School), Chaoyang District. (6595 2982); 2) Daily 24hrs. 7/F, New Wedding Shopping Center, 109 Xidan Beidajie, Xicheng District. (6617 4063); 3) Daily 10.30am-3am. 3/F, Beiyue Dasha, 2A Huixin Dongjie, Chaoyang District. (8463 9300) 海底捞火锅, 1) 朝阳区白家庄路 甲2号 (八十中学西侧); 2) 西城区西单北大街 109号婚庆大楼7层; 3) 朝阳区惠新东街甲2号 北奥大厦3层 宝源, 宣武区牛街西里商业楼1号5-2号

HUAIYANG Summer Palace Light and delicious Huaiyang and Cantonese cuisine cooked with flair. Check out their daily tea cocktails and French Bordeaux selections. Daily 11.30am-2pm, 6-10pm. Lobby, China World Hotel, 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6505 2266 ext 34) 夏宫中餐厅, 朝阳区建国门外大街 1号中国大饭店大堂

HUNAN & HUBEI Karaiya Spice House Well-executed Hunan fare, sound service and a laidback ambience. Daily 11.30am-2pm, 5.30-10pm. Bldg 8, Sanlitun Village, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6415 3535) 朝阳区朝阳区三里屯路19号 The Village南区8号楼

INDIAN/PAKISTANI Ganges Indian Restaurant Southern and northern Indian classics like chicken tikka masala and lamb rogan josh. Tied for “Best In-

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

Mirch Masala Tasty, authentic and afford-

婕妮璐, 1) 通州区通州区宋庄镇葛渠村格拉斯小 镇5号楼底商; 2) 顺义区顺义区欧陆苑别墅区对 面; 3) 顺义区顺义区优山美地别墅区; 4) 顺义 区顺义区丽高王府别墅区; 5) 顺义区裕京花园别 墅区内; 6) 朝阳区来广营东路和平医院对面; 7) 顺义区荣祥广场; 8) 朝阳区东三环中路39号建外 Soho4号楼; 9) 朝阳区东湖别墅会所里; 10) 朝 阳区日坛北路4号(芳草地小学对面); 11) 朝阳区 三里屯北小街6号; 12) 朝阳区朝阳公园西门南 侧; 13) 朝阳区将台路2号海润国际公寓底商

HOMESTYLE & PRIVATE CUISINE Xiao Wang Fu Down home Chinese food of consistent quality in atmospheres ranging from humble (Guanghua Lu) to elegant

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DIRECTORY / DINING Haru Teppanyaki and Sushi Bar Simple, elegant collection of small private rooms each featuring a teppenyaki grill as the centerpiece. Costly but delicious. Daily 11.30am-2pm, 5.30pm-10pm. 1) Unit N4-30, 3/F, Sanlitun Village North, 11 Sanlitun Road, Chaoyang District. (6415 2112); 2) 902 Pinnacle Plaza, Jingshun Lu, Shunyi District. (8046 5112) 尚

able in a pleasant, well-lit environment. Vegan friendly. Delivery also available. Mon 5-10.30pm; Tue-Sun 11am-2.30pm, 5pm10.30pm. Unit 130, Bldg 2, Ritan Highlife, (across from the north gate of Ritan Park), Chaoyang District. (8563 6304) 马沙拉之香, 朝阳区雅宝路日坛 公园北门日坛上街2号楼130号

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

Mughal's Beijing Friendly staff serve up authentic Indian and Pakistani tandoori and curry dishes. Also offers weekdays set lunch and summertime terrace seating. Voted "Outstanding Indian/Pakistani" in our 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 11am-3pm, 6-11pm. 4/F, Nali Patio, 81 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (5208 6082/134 , 6638 2160, www. 朝阳区三里屯路81号那里

Hatsune Alan Wong’s first Beijing restaurant specializes in unique sushi and hand rolls. Voted “Best Japanese” and “Outstanding Decor” in our 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 11.30am-2pm, 5.30-10pm. 1) 2/F, Heqiao Bldg C, 8A Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6581 3939); 2) S8-30 (Opposite Element Fresh), Bldg 8, Sanlitun Village, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6415 3939) 隐泉日本料理, 1) 朝阳区


Punjabi Indian Restaurant The Beijing branch is the seventh store of this nationwide chain and serves up tasty Punjabi cuisine with a focus on tandoor-roasted meats. Buffet specials on Tue, Fri and Sat nights. Daily 11.15am-11.15pm. C-8, 2/F, Lucky Street, Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (5867 0221/23) 本杰 比, 朝阳区朝阳公园路好运街2楼C-8号

The Taj Pavilion Friendly management and some of Beijing’s finest Indian food in an authentic setting. Tied with Ganges for“Best Indian/Pakistani” in our 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 11.30am-2.30pm, 6-10.30pm. 1) L222, Europlaza, 99 Yuxiang Lu, Tianzhu Zhen, Shunyi District. (8046 3238); 2) 1/F, West Wing, China World Shopping Mall (next to KFC), Chaoyang District. (6505 5866); 3) 3/F, Holiday Inn Lido, Jiangtai Lu, Shoudu Jichang Lu, Chaoyang District. (6436 7678, 6437 6688 ext 3811) 泰姬楼印度餐厅, 1) 顺义 区天竺镇裕翔路99号欧陆时尚购物中心L222室; 2) 朝阳区国贸西楼1层肯德基旁边; 3) 朝阳区首 都机场路将台路丽都假日酒店广场缤纷廊3层

Tamarind (Marriott Northeast) Rich variety of south Asian food and four brass tandoor ovens turning out delicious kebabs and nan breads. Daily 11am-2.30pm, 7.30-10pm. 2/F, Beijing Marriott Hotel Northeast, 26A Xiaoyun Lu, Chaoyang District. (5927 8888) 朝阳区霄云

光华路甲8号和乔大厦C座2层; 2) 朝阳区三里屯 路19号The Village南区8号楼S8-30

Invincible Ramen All the elements combine for Beijing’s most divine ramen. Daily 11am10.30pm. 32 Xiaoyun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6467 7688) 无敌家 浜骨汤创作面坊, 朝阳区

ONGOING: TASTE MALAYSIA Next up, the durians.

and home-made bread. Voted “Outstanding Italian” in our 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily noon-2.30pm, 6.30-11pm. 1 Sanlitun Beixiaojie, Chaoyang District. (8454 4508) 尝 试, 朝阳区三里屯北小街1号

Barolo Casual yet upscale Italian with a gleaming open kitchen and superior service. Mon-Sat 11.30am-2pm, 6-10pm. 2/F, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel, China Central Place, 83A Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (5908 8888) 巴 罗洛, 朝阳区建国路甲83

Cepe Authentic northern Italian cuisine in a modern, trendy setting. Daily 11am-2.30pm, 6-10.30pm. The Ritz-Carlton Financial Street, 1 Jinchengfang Dongjie, Jinrong Jie, Xicheng District. (6629 6996) 意味轩, 西城区金城坊东街 1号北京金融街丽思卡顿酒店大堂



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

Isshin Fans rave about the delicious tonkatsu, served with lashings of plum sauce, shredded cabbage, rice and miso. 1) Daily 11am-1.30pm, 5-9.30pm. 2/F, Bldg 1, Overseas Student Dormitory, Beijing Normal University, Haidian District. (5880 9785); 2) Sun-Thu 11am-2pm, 5-10pm, Fri-Sat 11am-2pm, 5-11pm. Door 3, Bldg B, Ziguang Development Plaza, 11 Huixin Dongjie, Chaoyang District. (6482 3600); 3) Sun-Thu 11am-2pm, 5-10pm, Fri-Sat 11am2pm, 5-11pm. 35 Chengfu Lu (30m north of the traffic lights next to Wudaokou subway station), Haidian District. (8261 0136); 4) Daily 11.30am-2pm, 5.30-10pm. Rm 1501, Bldg 15, Jianwai Soho, 39 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (5869 5769) 一心日本料理,

客, 朝阳区工体北路甲2号盈科中心2层201

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

Metro One of Beijing’s oldest Italian restaurants, where diners can match sauces and freshly made pastas. Mon-Fri 11.30am-2pm, 5.30-10pm; Sat-Sun 11.30am-10pm. 9 Gongti Xilu, Chaoyang District. (6552 7828) 美特柔, 朝




Prego A modern Italian restaurant serving authentic regional home-style dishes prepared by an Italian chef. Daily 11am-11.30pm. 1/F, The Westin Beijing, 9B Jinrong Jie, Xicheng District. (6606 8866 ext 7815) 意大利餐厅, 西城区金融 大街乙9号北京金融街威斯汀大酒店1层

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

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


Annie’s Unpretentious, affordable and popular Italian chain. Voted“Best Italian,” “Best Family-Friendly Restaurant” and “Outstanding Pizza” in our 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. Free delivery. 1) 11am-11pm. Ritan High Life 2-3-93, (across from North Gate of Ritan Park), Chaoyang District. (8569 3031); 2) Daily 11.30am-11pm. 16 Dongsanhuan Lu (next to CD Jazz Club), Chaoyang District. (6503 3871); 3) Daily 11am-11pm. West Gate of Soho New Town, 88 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (8589 8366); 4) Daily 11am-11pm. A1 Nongzhan Nanlu (near the west gate of Chaoyang Park), Chaoyang District. (6591 1931); 5) Daily 11am-11pm. Jiuxianqiao, Jiangtai Lu, Shangye Jie, Chaoyang District. (6436 3735); 6) Daily 11.30am-11pm. Across from Western Academy Beijing, 5 Laiguangying Donglu, Chaoyang District. (8470 4768) 7) Daily 11am-11pm. 1/F, Ruisai Business Building (opposite the Ascott Beijing), 2 Dongsanhuan Nanlu, Chaoyang District (6568 5890) 安妮, 1) 朝阳区神路街 39号日坛上街2-3-93; 2) 朝阳区东三环路16号 (农展馆正门南侧); 3) 朝阳区建国路88号Soho现 代城西门; 4) 朝阳区农展南路甲1号 (朝阳公园 西门南侧); 5) 朝阳区酒仙桥将台路商业街; 6) 朝阳区来广营东路5号京西学校对面; 7) 朝阳 区东三环南路2号瑞赛大厦商务楼1层(雅诗阁服 务公寓对面)

Assaggi Don’t miss their tasty fresh pasta


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Danieli’s Elegant Italian restaurant in the St. Regis hotel offers classic Italian fare, including freshly made pasta and a selection of Italian wines. Set business lunch menus are more appealing for diners on a budget. Mon-Fri 11.30am-2pm, 6-10pm, Sat-Sun 6-10pm. 2/F, St Regis Hotel, 21 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6460 6688 ext 2441) 丹尼


Eatalia Wudaokou’s first Italian-run restaurant specializes in pizza and ravioli. Daily 11.30am-midnight. 10-12 Huaqing Jiayuan, Haidian District. (151 1026 2017) 海淀区华清 嘉园10-12号

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

Kagen Stainless steel tables and cool electronica music accompany tasty marinated meat grilled fresh at each table. Daily 10.30am2pm, 5.30-9.30pm. B1/F, Bldg C, Heqiao Dasha, 8 Guanghua Donglu, Chaoyang District. (6583 6830) 火源, 朝阳区光华东路8号和乔大厦C座 地下1层

La Sushi Cozy, upscale sushi restaurant specializing in the ecologically thorny bluefin tuna. Daily 11.30am-midnight. 2/F, Nali Patio, 81 Sanlitun Beilu, Chaoyang District. (5208 6120) 朝阳区三里屯北路81号那里花园2层 Matsuko Great lunchtime buffet with sushi, sashimi, noodles and more. Voted “Outstanding Japanese” in our 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. Mon-Fri 11.30am-2pm, 5-10.30pm, Sat-Sun 11am-2.30pm, 5-10.30pm. 1) 39 Liangmaqiao Lu (opposite 21st Century hotel), Chaoyang District. (8453 4062); 2) Baijiazhuang (south east corner of Changhong Qiao), Chaoyang District. (6582 5208); 3) 2/F, Jinglong Dasha, 225 Chaoyang Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6509 8999) 松子, 1) 朝阳 区亮马桥39号(21世纪饭店对面); 2) 朝阳区星 期五餐厅对面松阪屋; 3) 朝阳区朝阳北路225号 京龙大厦2层

Nadaman Refined Japanese cuisine, including kaiseki sets, sushi, sashimi and more. 4/F, China World Summit Wing, 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6505 2299 ext 6407)

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

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

1) 海淀区北京师范大学留学生公寓二层; 2) 朝 阳区惠新东街11号紫光发展大厦B座3单元; 3) 海 淀区城府路35号院(五道口城铁站旁信号灯往北 30米路西院内); 4) 朝阳区东三环中路39号建外 Soho15号楼1501

滩万日餐厅, 朝阳区建国路外大街1号国贸大 酒店4层

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

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


Nishimura Teppanyaki, robatayaki, sushi and more in a stylish setting. Daily 11.30am2.30pm, 6-10pm. Shangri-La Hotel, 29 Zizhuyuan Lu, Haidian District. (6841 2211 ext 2719) 西村餐厅, 海淀区紫竹院路29号香格里拉饭店2层

Tairyo Teppanyaki All-you-can-eat beef, lamb chops, seafood and more, expertly sliced, diced and grilled by knife-wielding chefs. Voted "Outstanding Japanese" in our 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. 1) S2-32, 3/F, Sanlitun Village South, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6416 8075, 6416 0075); 2) 15 Wanliu Zhonglu, Haidian District. (8256 6044); 3) Building E, Shenggu Jiayuan, Anzhen Qiao, Chaoyang District. (6444 8855/66); 4) 305 China View, Gongti Donglu, Chaoyang District. (8587 1180/1); 5) 2/F, Yaxing Mansion, Maizidian Jie, Chaoyang District. (6461 2336) 大渔铁板烧, 1) 朝阳区三里屯路

DIRECTORY / DINING 19号 Sanlitun Village 南区3层S2-32; 2) 海淀 区万柳中路15号; 3) 朝阳区安贞桥胜古家园E座; 4) 朝阳区工体东路中国红街305号; 5) 朝阳区麦 子店街亚星大厦2层

ed “Best Middle Eastern” in our 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 11am-2am. Gongti Beilu (opposite Zhaolong Hotel), Chaoyang District. (6532 4050) 1001

Tori Tei This raucous Japanese BBQ restaurant does a tasty line in chicken, beef and vegetable skewers, washed down with ice-cold Kirin beer and pots of sake. Daily 11am-midnight. 8, Xinyuanli Zhongjie, Chaoyang District. (6461 4513) 朝阳区新源里中街8号

夜, 朝阳区工体北路兆龙饭店对面

Yotsuba Incomparably fresh, traditional Japanese fare. Call ahead several days for reservations; large parties are not recommended. 1) Tue-Sun 5-11pm. Next to Bldg 2, Xinyuan Xili Zhongjie (near Xindong Lu), Chaoyang District. (6467 1837); 2) Daily 11.30am-2pm, 5-10pm. 2/F, Bldg 8, Lakeview Place, Dragon Bay Villa, Shayu Huanlu, Houshayu, Shunyi District. (8042 2284) 四叶, 1) 朝阳区新源西里

Biteapitta Falafels, hummus, sandwiches and shawarma. Set meals available. Good value for money. Voted "Outstanding Middle Eastern" in our 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 11am-11pm. 2/F, Tongli Studio (same block as Le Petit Gourmand), Sanlitun Houjie, Chaoyang District. (6467 2961, 吧嗒饼, 朝阳区三 里屯后街同里2层

中街2号楼旁(近新东路); 2) 顺义区后沙峪镇沙 峪环路8号楼2层

KOREAN Ai Jiang Shan This upscale Korean barbecue and seafood restaurant in the Lido area proves that char-grilling and composure can go together. Choose from octopus, sashimi and various cuts of beef. Daily 11am-10pm. North Gate of Si’de Park, 39 Jiangtai Xilu, Chaoyang District. (8456 9511) 爱江山, 朝阳区将台西路四德公园北门

Saveurs de Corée Daily noon-10.40pm. 29 Nanluogu Xiang, Dongcheng District. (6401 6083) 韩香馆, 东城区南锣鼓巷29号

Rumi Its plush, minimalist interior is inviting, but the savory kebabs seal the deal. Voted “Outstanding Middle Eastern” in our 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 11.30ammidnight. 1A Gongti Beilu (opposite Zhaolong Hotel), Chaoyang District. (8454 3838) www. 入迷, 朝阳区工体北路甲1号兆 龙饭店对面

NORTHWESTERN CHINESE Xibei Youmiancun Restaurant Daily 11.30am-2pm 5.30-9pm. B1/F, Xinhua Hangkong Dasha, Sanyuanqiao, Chaoyang District. (6345 3535) 西贝莜面村, 朝阳区三元桥大新华 航空大厦B1楼


SG Song This contemporary Korean restaurant focuses on light, healthy dishes, and does not use MSG. Daily11.30am-2.30pm 5-10pm. 2/F, Building AB, Vantone Center, 6 Chaoyangmenwai Dajie,Chaoyang District (5907 1879) 朝

Gung Ho! Gourmet Pizza Factory Pizza delivery service offering ten “gourmet” toppings featuring wine-soaked blackcurrants, fresh pesto and New Zealand mozzarella. Daily 11am-midnight. Bldg. 3, China View, (rear side, opposite City Hotel), Gongti Donglu, Chaoyang District. (8587 1404/1370) www. 叫板!比萨, 朝阳区工体东路



Sorabol High-priced chain of Korean restaurants serves standards like bulgolgi, banfan and delicious raw beef. 1) Daily 9am-10pm. 2/F, Landmark Towers, 8 Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6590 0630); 2) Daily 10am10pm. Basement, Lufthansa Centre, Chaoyang District. (6465 3388 ext 5720) 萨拉伯尔, 1) 朝

The Kro’s Nest Huge pizzas and other calorific treats such as Kro’s Kurly fries and pizza innovations like pizza sliders. The bar stays open late. Mon-Thu 11am-1am (full menu served until 11pm), Fri-Sun 11am-2am (full menu served until midnight). 35 Xiaoyun Lu (opposite Beijing Renaissance Hotel), Chaoyang District. (8391 3131) 乌巢, 朝阳区霄

阳区东三环北路8号亮马河大厦二层; 2) 朝阳区 燕莎地下一层

MEDITERRANEAN Fennel Bistro Chef Christian Hoffman has created a seafood bistro specializing in Mediterranean cuisine where you can enjoy fresh, high-quality food in a stylish and relaxed environment. Daily 11.30am-2.30pm, 6pm-midnight. Hotel Yi, 2 Jiuxianqiao Lu, 798 Yishu Qu, 706 Houjie 1, Chaoyang District. (6436 1818) 朝阳区酒仙桥路2号院798艺术区706后街1号

Migas Restaurant & Lounge Headed by chefs from Spain and decorated with Miroesque paintings, this stylish restaurant serves up a wide selection of modern Spanish tapas with a good wine selection. Enjoy the views from the terrace on white egg-shaped seats surrounded by green cactus. 6/F, Nali Patio, 81 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (5208 6061) 米 家思, 朝阳区三里屯路81号那里花园6层

Sureño Modern Mediterranean cuisine from a beautiful open kitchen with wood-fired ovens. Voted “Best Mediterranean” in our 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily noon-3.30pm, 6-10.30pm. B1/F, The Opposite House, Sanlitun Village, 11 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6410 5240) 朝阳 区三里屯路11号三里屯Village瑜舍地下1层

MIDDLE EASTERN 1001 Nights Some of the best Middle Eastern food in Beijing plus nightly belly dancing. Vot-


The Tree Popular thin-crust pies, best washed down with Belgian beer. Voted “Best Pizza” in our 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily noon-2am. 43 Sanlitun Beijie (100m west of Sanlitun North Bar street, Youyi Youth Hostel, behind Poachers Inn), Chaoyang District. (6415 1954) 隐蔽的树, 朝阳 区三里屯北街以西100米Poachers后面三里屯 医院旁

RUSSIAN White Nights Get your ruble’s worth with succulent peppercorn beef tenderloin accompanied by a working man’s serving of creamy mashed potato. Daily 10.30am-midnight. 13A Beizhong Jie (off Dongzhimennei Dajie), Dongcheng District. (8402 9595) 白夜西餐, 东 城区东直门内大街北中街甲13号

Traktirr Pushkin Daily 10am-10pm. 1) 1 Xiyangguan Hutong, Dongzhimennei Zhongjie, Chaoyang District. (6403 1690); 2) 5-15 Dongzhimennei Dajie, Dongcheng District. (8407 8158, 6403 1896) 彼得堡俄餐厅, 1) 朝阳 区东直门内北中街西羊管胡同1号; 2) 东城区东 直门内大街5-15号

SICHUAN Chuan Ban Its location in the first floor of Sichuan province’s Beijing rep office fuels its reputation as the most authentic Sichuan cuisine in town. Voted “Outstanding Sichuan”

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DIRECTORY / DINING in our 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. Mon-Fri 7-9am, 10.50am-2pm, 4.50-9.30pm; Sat-Sun 7am-10pm. 5 Gongyuan Toutiao, Jianguomennei Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6512 2277 ext 6101) 川办餐厅, 东城区建国门内贡院头条5号

soup) that offers the perfect blend of spicy, sour and sweet. Voted “Outstanding Thai” in our 2010 Restaurant Awards. Daily 11am10.30pm. 1 Sanlitun Xiwujie (next to Athena), Chaoyang District. (8454 4580) 为人民服务, 朝

Mala Youhuo (Spice Spirit) Imaginatively decorated chain of restaurants catering to a young, affluent crowd. Voted “Outstanding Sichuan” in our 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. 1) Daily 11am-midnight. 3/F, Sky Plaza, Dongzhimenwai Dajie, Dongcheng District. (8460 8558); 2) Daily 11am-10pm. 7/F, Grand Pacific Mall, 133 Xidan Beidajie, Xicheng District. (8265 6688); 3) Daily 11am-10.30pm. West gate of the Taiyang Yuan Xiaoqu, Dazhong Si, Haidian District. (8211 9966) www.spicespirit. com 麻辣诱惑, 1) 东城区东直门外大街天恒大厦

阳区三里屯西五街1号 9号西藏驻京办事处

VEGETARIAN Pure Lotus Vegetarian Creative tofu dishes will leave you with a full stomach and a clear conscience - and a considerably lightened wallet. Daily 11am-11pm. 1) Tongguang Bldg, 12 Nongzhanguan Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (6592 3627, 8703 6669); 2) 3/F, Holiday Inn Lido, Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District. (8703 6668, 6437 6288) 净心莲, 1) 朝

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

阳区农展馆南路12号(通广大厦内); 2) 朝阳区丽 都假日饭店三层,首都机场将台路

San Yang Cai Daily 11am-11pm. 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

VIETNAMESE Le Little Saigon Cute colonial-style FrenchVietnamese bistro in the midst of Gulou hutongs. Daily 11.30-midnight. 141 Jiugulou Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6401 8465) 西贡在


Zhang Mama Daily 10am-11pm. 4 Fensiting Hutong (west off Andingmennei Dajie), Dongcheng District. 张妈妈特色川味馆, 东城区 分司厅胡同4号(安定门内大街西侧)

SOUTHEAST ASIAN Bali Papaya Authentic Indonesian and Thai cuisine in an environment designed to transport you to the tropics: wood furniture, bright colors, a smattering of Indonesian and Thai art and contemporary gamelan music. Daily 11am-11pm. 2/F, Nali Patio, 81 Sanlitun Beilu, Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. (5208 6029) 朝阳区三里屯北路81号那里花园2层


Tapas” in our 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. Noon-11.30pm. 1/F, E-Tower, 12C Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6595 4178/2890) 古老海西 Olas Tapas Café Offers a warm ambiance, inexpensive drinks and good food. Voted “Best Tapas” in our 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 10am-10pm. S9-10 Sanlitun Village, Sanlitun Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6417 5657) 朝阳区三里屯北路三里屯Village南区S9-10


STEAKHOUSES The Astor Grill Grain-fed tenderloin steak, cigars and an extensive wine list. Lovely terrace. Mon-Fri 11.30am-2pm; daily 6-10pm. 3/F, St. Regis Hotel Apartments, 21 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6460 6688 ext 2637)

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

SPANISH Agua Fine Spanish dining. 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

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 the JW Marriott’s steak restaurant is reflective of the rich, refined cuts served up by its open kitchen. Daily 11.30am-2pm, 6-10pm. 2/F, JW Marriott Hotel, China Central Place, 83 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (5908 8530) 朝阳区建国 路83号华贸中心JW万豪酒店2层

The CUT Steak & Seafood Grill This stylish, contemporary grill house features an open-flame kitchen offering a wide selection of prime imported beef, market-fresh seafood and poultry. Tue-Sat 6-10.30pm. Fairmont Beijing Hotel, 8 Yong’an Dongli, Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (8511 7777) 朝阳区建

Carmen Tapas plates, hearty salads, paella and roasted whole suckling pig. Voted “Outstanding Tapas” in our 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 11am-2am. Nali Patio (opposite north entrance of Let’s Burger), 81 Sanlitun Beijie, Chaoyang District. (6417 8038) 朝阳区三




Flamme International Grill This stylish twofloor bar and grill features American steaks. Lava chocolate cake is a special delight. Daily 11am-midnight. S4-33, Sanlitun Village, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6417 8608) 朝 Grange This steakhouse serves mean and delicate cuts with dipping sauces doled out of beakers and pipettes. Mon-Fri 11.30-3pm (lunch), daily 5.30-11pm (dinner). 2/F, Westin Beijing Chaoyang, 7 Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (5922 8888) 朝阳区东三环北 路7号金茂北京威斯汀大饭店

Outback Steakhouse Not Australian, but made up to feel like it. Yankee-sized portions with prices to match. Their signature appetizer is a massive onion thrown in the deep fryer. 1) Mon-Thu 5-10.30pm, Fri-Sun 11am10.30pm. Inside the north gate of Workers’ Stadium, Chaoyang District. (6506 5166); 2) Daily 11am-11pm. 1/F, Beijing Hotel (east side of Bldg A), Dongcheng District. (6528 2858) 澳 MARE Nice atmosphere. Go for tapas every day and paella on weekends. Both English and Spanish menu available. Voted “Outstanding


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11.30am-2.30pm, 5.30-10pm. InterContinental Hotel, 11 Financial Street, Xicheng District. (5852 5888 ext 5916) 西城区金融街11号洲际酒店

Lily Vegetarian 1) Daily 11am-10pm. 23A Caoyun Hutong, Dongzhimennei Beixiaojie, Dongcheng District. (6405 2082); 2) Daily 10am-10pm. South Gate of Yiheyuan (Xinjian Gongmen), Haidian District. (6287 8726) 百


合素食, 1) 东城区东直门内北小街,草园胡同甲 23号; 2) 海淀区颐和园南门(新建宫门)

餐厅, 朝阳区光华路丙12号数码01大厦1层

Ole Spanish Restaurant This Spanish restaurant.consists of three floors: the first is a bar and lounge, the second is for tapas, and the top floor focuses on fine dining. Delivery service now available. Sun-Wed 11am-midnight, Thu 11am-2am, Fri- Sat 11am-4am. Courtyard 4, Gongti Beilu (next to Salsa Caribe), Chaoyang District. (6595 9677) 朝阳区

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

巴黎, 东城区旧鼓楼大街141号

He’ll have his eye out if he’s not careful.

拜客, 1) 朝阳区工人体育场北门内东侧; 2) 东 城区北京饭店1层

Steak Exchange A wide variety of steaks in a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere. Daily

City Shop A grocery store imported from Shanghai, with slightly hiked up prices but a more expansive selection. Daily 8am-10pm. B/1, The Grand Summit, Liangmaqiao Diplomatic Compound (in the same building as Tavola), Chaoyang District. (8532 3488) 朝阳区 东方东路19号亮马桥外交公寓1号楼会所

TAIWAN Bellagio Moneyed hipsters satisfy their midnight munchies at this hip Taiwanese eatery. Don’t miss the stunning shaved ice desserts. Voted“Outstanding Kung Pao Chicken” in our 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards.1) Daily 11am10pm. 6/F, Shin Kong Place, 87 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (6530 5658); 2) Daily 11am5am. 6 Gongti Xilu, south of the Gongti 100 Bowling Alley, Chaoyang District. (6551 3533); 3) Daily 11am-4am. 35 Xiaoyun Lu, Chaoyang District. (8451 9988); 4) Daily 11am-2am. Bldg 4, Area 2 Anhui Beili, Yayuncun, Chaoyang District. (6489 4300) 鹿港小镇, 1) 朝阳区建国 路87号新光天地6层; 2) 朝阳区工体西路6号(工 体100南边); 3) 朝阳区霄云路35号; 4) 朝阳区 亚运村安慧北里2区4号楼(炎黄艺术馆斜对面)

Shin Yeh Authentic Taiwanese food with imported foodstuff from the island itself. Check out the seasonal dishes and drinks as well. 1) Daily 11.30am-3pm, 5.30pm-midnight. 6 Gongti Xilu (ground floor of the Gongti 100 bowling alley), Chaoyang District. (6552 5066); 2) Daily 11am-10pm. Bldg 4, Xinzhongguancun Dasha, 19 Zhongguancun Dajie, Haidian District. (8248 6288) 欣叶, 1) 朝阳区工体西路 6号(工体100一层); 2) 海淀区中关村大街19号 新中关大厦4楼

THAI Patara Uber-posh, globe-trotting Thai chain serves delectable renditions of Thai specialties using premium ingredients. Daily 11am-2.30pm, 5-10.30pm. 6/F Jinbao Palace, 88 Jinbao Jie, Dongcheng District. (8522 1678) 泰廷泰式料理, 东城区东城区金宝街88号汇 6层601室

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

Purple Haze Courtyard Authentic Thai cuisine in rustic hutong digs. Voted “Best Thai” in our 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 11am-11.30pm. 1, Dongsi Liutiao (east exit), Dongcheng District. (6501 9345) 紫苏庭, 东城 区东四六条1号

Serve the People Popular restaurant with a large laowai fan base and pleasant terrace. Fans laud the tom kha gai (coconut chicken

Luga’s Banh Mi Now This small restaurant serves authentic Vietnamese-style sandwiches garnished with pate, pickled carrot and daikon, and your choice of meat. Pho also on the menu. Daily 10am-11pm. Above Luga’s (opposite Tongli Studio), Sanlitun Houjie, Chaoyang District. (6413 2786) 朝阳区三里屯 后街同里对面

Luga’s Pho Pho Pho and other Vietnamese dishes from the ever-cheerful Luga. Daily 24hrs. Above Luga’s (opposite Tongli Studio), Sanlitun Houjie, Chaoyang District. (6413 2786) 朝阳区三里屯后街同里对面

Muse Parisian Vietnamese Brasserie Modish Indochine eatery with bowls of pho, spring rolls, soups and coffees of both Vietnamese and French persuasion. Voted “Best Vietnamese” in our 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. 1) 10pm-4am. 1/F. Tongli Studios (next to Kokomo entrance), 43 Sanlitun Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6415 6388); 2) Daily 11am11pm. 1 Chaoyang Gongyuan Xilu, Chaoyang District. (6586 3188) 妙, 1) 朝阳区三里屯北路 43号同里1层; 2) 朝阳区朝阳公园西路一号

Nam Nam This two-story space offers fine Vietnamese cuisine, including Lavong Fish and beef pho. Voted “Outstanding Vietnamese” in our 2010 Restaurant Awards. Daily 10.30am10.30pm. 7 Sanlitun Lu (next to the Friendship Supermarket), Chaoyang District. (6468 6053) 那么那么, 朝阳区三里屯北路7号小友谊超市旁

Va Va Voom Classic Vietnamese in a designer environment. Voted“Outstanding Vietnamese” in our 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 11am-11pm. S4-32, 3/F, Bldg 4, Sanlitun Village, 19 Sanlitun Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6416 3732, 6417 2210) 越时代, 朝阳区三里屯北 路19号三里屯Village南区4号楼3层S4-32

XINJIANG & MUSLIM Bingtuan Dasha Daily 10am-9pm. Bldg 1, Courtyard 6 Maliandao Nanjie (near Carrefour), Xuanwu District. (5836 3888) 兵团大厦, 宣武区宣武区马连道南街6号院1楼(近家乐福)

YUNNAN Dali Courtyard Atmospheric decor, easy-going hospitality and delicious food. Set menu only. Voted “Outstanding Yunnan” in our 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 10am9.30pm. 67 Xiaojingchang Hutong, Gulou Dongdajie, Dongcheng District. (8404 1430) 大 理, 东城区鼓楼东大街小经厂胡同67号

In & Out The seasonally rotating menu boasts Dai favorites such as fried potato balls and rice with pineapple, along with a mish-mash of Naxi, Bai, and Wa minority staples including Xishuangbanna roast fish bundled with lemongrass, and rich, leathery Shangri-La dried beef. Daily 11am-10pm. 1 Sanlitun Beixiaojie, Chaoyang District. (8454 0086/6467 5235) 一坐一忘, 朝阳区三里屯北小街1号 Little Yunnan Located in a well-preserve courtyard near the old imperial wall, this little

DIRECTORY / NIGHTLIFE restaurant provides Yunnan dishes in a cozy atmosphere, perfect for friendly gatherings or a romantic night out. It also serves great home-brewed rice wine. Daily 11am-midnight. 28 Donghuangchenggen Beijie, Dongcheng District. (6401 9498) 小云南, 东城 区东黄城根北街28号

Middle 8th Restaurant Comfortable, hip Yunnan restaurant. Try the Yunnan-style spare ribs and the dragon beans. Voted “Best Yunnan” in our 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. 1) Daily 11am-11.30pm. Zhongba Lou, Sanlitun Zhongjie, Chaoyang District. (6413 0629); 2) Daily 11am-10.30pm. R17, Zhongguancun Pedestrian Mall, 15 Zhongguancun Dajie, Haidian District. (5172 1728) 中八楼, 1) 朝阳 区三里屯中街中八楼; 2) 海淀区中关村大街15号 中关村广场步行街R17

No Name Restaurant Burrowed within Houhai’s hutongs, this stylish Yunnan eatery attracts trendsetters eager to escape Yinding Qiao’s neon, noise and tourists. Daily 10.30am-2am. 1 Dajinsi Hutong, Xicheng District. (8328 3061) 无名云南餐吧, 西城区大 金丝胡同1号

South Silk Road Opened by a Beijing-based artist, this super-hip restaurant offers a minimalist interior, down-home Yunnan specialties and their own brand of rice wine. Voted “Outstanding Yunnan” in our 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. 1) Daily 11am-10.30pm. 3/F, Bldg D, Soho New Town, 88 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (8580 4286); 2) Daily 10.30am-10pm. 5/F, APM Mall, Wangfujing Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6526 8401); 3) Daily 10.30am-10.30pm. 2-3/F, North Bldg 4, Area 2, Anhuili, Chaoyang District. (6481 3261) 茶马古道, 1) 朝阳区建国路88号Soho现代城D座 3层会所; 2) 东城区王府井大街新东安广场5层; 3) 朝阳区安慧里2区4号北楼3层

NIGHTLIFE BARS & CLUBS 13 Club Hefty, dark and covered in graffiti. Featuring mostly rock, metal and punk bands, with shows almost every night. Sun-Thu 8pm-2am, Fri-Sat 8pm-3am. 161 Chengfu Lu (Lanqiying bus stop; doorway is recessed in a small alley next to Da Waguan Restaurant), Haidian District. (8261 9267) 13俱乐部, 海淀 区成府路蓝旗营车站下车,马路南边即是(瓦罐 饭馆的西边)

2 Kolegas Intimate music venue. 21 Liangmaqiao Lu (inside the drive-in movie theater park), Chaoyang District. (6436 8998, 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)

1F Large beer selection and bar food make this an ideal after-work hangout. Sun-Thu 11am-2am, Fri-Sat 11am-4am. 1/F, Tongli Studio (southwest of 3.3 Shopping Mall), Sanlitun Houjie, Chaoyang District. (6413 0587) 朝阳区 三里屯后街同里1层

2F Cozy spot serves ample measures and has hourly drinks specials on the chalkboard. Sun-Thu 6pm-2am, Fri-Sat 6pm-4am. Sanlitun Houjie (south of 3.3 Shopping Center), Chaoyang District. (6416 4549) 贰楼, 朝阳区三


Chaoyang District. (8511 7777) 朝阳区建国门外

Aria See Dining Directory under “European.” Daily 11.30am-2.30pm, 6-10pm; bar 11am-midnight. 2/F, China World Hotel, 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6505 2266 ext 6644) 阿郦雅, 朝阳区建国门外




Atmosphere Bar Expect spectacular views on a good day at Beijing’s highest bar. Failing that, you can count on the drinks being good. Mon-Fri noon-2am, Sat & Sun noon-4am. 80/F, China World Summit Wing, 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6505 2299 ext 6433)

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


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

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

Bed Minimalist decor is centered around beds (obviously), and cement. Daily 3pm1.30am. 17 Zhangwang Hutong, Xicheng District. (8400 1554) 床吧, 西城区旧鼓楼大街 张旺胡同17号

Beer Mania Spacious it ain't, but this simply and solidly furnished place has a great glistening refrigerator packed with dozens of Belgian beers, a few from other countries, as well as Belgian beer on tap. Daily 2pm-late. 1/F, Taiyue Fang, Nansanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6585 0786, 麦霓啤酒吧, 朝 阳区南三里屯路泰乐坊1层

Beervaria Powerful Belgian beers as well as Stella and Hoegaarden on top at this cheerful basement beer bar. B1/F, TYG Center, C2 Dongsanhuan Beilu (north of Xiaoyun Lu intersection), Chaoyang District. (135 0113 2467) 朝阳区东三环北路C2天元港中心(东三环和 霄云路的路口北侧)地下1层

Beijing Okhotsk Beer Microbrewery with four types of beer on tap, as well as decent pizzas. All you can drink deals on Tuesdays. Daily 11.30am-12.30am. 7 Shangye Jie, Phoenix City, 5 Shuguang Xili, Chaoyang District. (5866 8552) 北京欧可啤酒, 朝阳区曙光西里甲

Dao Le Wine bar. Daily 11am-1.30am. 2-012, 22 International Art Plaza, Pingod, 32 Baiziwan Lu, (east of the Today Art Museum), Chaoyang District. (5821 1353) 到了, 朝阳区百子湾路 32号苹果社区二十二院街艺术区2-012(今日美 术馆东侧)

The Den Watch sports until dawn; stick around for brunch. Daily 24hrs. 4 Gongti Donglu (next to City Hotel’s main entrance), Chaoyang District. (6592 6290) 敦煌, 朝阳区 工体东路4号城市宾馆正门旁边

Destination Men frequent this disco, and women who don’t want to be hit on do too. Daily 8pm-late. 7 Gongti Xilu, Chaoyang District. (6552 8180) 目的地, 朝阳区工体西路7号 East Shore Live Jazz Cafe The decor’s nothing special, but this is one of the best jazz venues in town. Daily 2.30pm-2am. 2/F, 2 Qianhai Nanyanlu (just to the west of the post office on Di’anmenwai Dajie), Xicheng District. (8403 2131) 东岸咖啡, 西城区地安门外大街前 海南沿2号楼2层

Enoterra Wine bar that serves good food as well. Voted “Outstanding Wine Selection” in the Beijinger’s 2010 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

Eudora Station Bar and Restaurant American food, a great terrace and live music. Bump City, featuring singer Greg Carroll (who formerly performed with Robert Palmer), plays a mix of Latin-influenced blues, jazz and rock & roll Wed-Sat 9.30pm-1am. Daily 9am2am. 6 Fangyuan Xilu (opposite Lido Plaza), Chaoyang District. (6437 8331/8813) 朝阳区芳 园西路6号(丽都广场对面)

Flames Flawlessly mixed drinks. Live performances add an air of relaxation. Daily 11am-1am. Hilton Beijing Wangfujing, 8 Wangfujing Dongjie, Dongcheng District. (5812 8888) 东城区王府井东街8号北京王府井西尔顿 Flamme International Grill See Dining Directory under “Steakhouses.“ Fuel Live music and sports, two KTV and Playstation-equipped private rooms and dishes including pizzas, gigantic ribs and a huge hamburger to share. Daily 11am-late. 1/F, Langham Place, 1 Er Jing Lu, Beijing Capital International Airport (southwest of Terminal 3), Chaoyang District. (6457 5555) 朝阳区首 都机场二经路1号朗豪酒店(T3航站楼西南)

George’s Smart cocktail bar from Beijing bar veteran George Zhou. Daily 3pm-2am. Near Gate 12, east side of Workers’ Stadium, Gongti Donglu, Chaoyang District. (6553 6299) 朝阳区

The Bookworm Bright, airy and filled with books. Wine list features 40 options. Daily 9am-2am. Courtyard 4, Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6586 9507) 书虫书吧, 朝阳区工体北路 4号院


Alfa A mix of young expat professionals, students and local club-goers. Daily 6pm-3am. 6 Xingfu Yicun (in the alley opposite the north gate of Workers' Stadium), Chaoyang District. (6413 0086) 阿尔法, 朝阳区幸福一村6号工体北

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

Amilal Well-priced whiskeys, good beers and tiny living room-style ambiance make this one of Beijing’s best bars. Daily 2pm-late. 48 Shoubi Hutong (southeast of 66 Gulou Dongdajie), Dongcheng District. (8404 1416)




Aperitivo Popular for summer drinking. Daily 10am-late. 43 Sanlitun Houjie (next to Tongli Studio), Chaoyang District. (6417 7793) 意式餐

Centro A surprisingly comfortable spot to down drinks from bottled beers to blue cheese martinis. Nightly live jazz performances. Daily 24hrs. 1/F, Shangri-La’s Kerry Centre Hotel, 1 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6561 8833 ext 42) 炫酷, 朝阳区光华路

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

D-22 A venue for new and experimental music. Tue-Sun 7pm-2am. 242 Chengfu Lu (two doors west of 13 Club), Haidian District. (6265 3177, www. 海淀区成府路242号

蛙, 1) 顺义区天竺镇欲翔路99号北京欧陆时尚购 物中心(欧陆广场)L312室; 2) 朝阳区三里屯北路 19号三里屯Village南区4号楼3层S4-30


吧, 朝阳区三里屯后街43号同里旁边

爵士酒吧, 朝阳区世贸天阶 L-137 光华路9号

Blue Frog The Sanlitun branch features a cocktail-heavy drinks menu and a patio. 1) Daily 10am-1am. L312, Europlaza, 99 Yuxiang Lu, Tianzhu Zhen, Shunyi District. (8046 6337); 2) Daily 10am-2am. S4-30, 3/F, Bldg 4, Sanlitun Village South, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6417 4030) 蓝

Alanting 1/F, Forte International Apartment, 235 Chaoyang Beilu, Chaoyang District. (8571 5168) 阿兰亭咖啡, 朝阳区朝阳北路235号复地


CJW Cigars, jazz, wine. Daily 11.30am-2am. L-137, The Place, 9 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6587 1222) 雪茄


The Brick Food and cheap drink in this Shuangjing hostelry where fun is the name of the game. Daily 4pm-late. 1/F, Tianzhi Jiaozi building (northeast corner of Shuangjing Qiao), Chaoyang District. (139 1113 6564) 朝阳


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

CD Blues Cafe & Bar Live music venue. Daily 4pm-late. Nongzhanguan Lu (south of the Agricultural Exhibition Hall), Dongsanhuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (6506 8288) 朝阳


Champagne Bar Molecular mixology comes to town, plus bubbles. Daily 6pm-midnight. 2/F, Fairmont Beijing, 8 Yong’an Dongli,

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Great Leap Brewery Microbrewery in a siheyuan serves ales, pale ales, porters and other beers. Thu-Sat 5pm-midnight. 6 Doujiao Hutong (from Di'anmenwai Dajie, walk east down Fangzhuanchang Hutong until you hit Doujiao Hutong. Turn right then follow the road round to the left), Dongcheng District. (187 1007 7331) 大跃, 东城区豆角胡同6号

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

Punk A mixture of urban and neo-Gothic where big name DJs spin an eclectic mix. TueSat 8pm-3am. B1/F, The Opposite House, Bldg 1, Sanlitun Village, 11 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6410 5222, www. 朝阳区三里屯路11号三里屯Vil-

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.


Purple Haze Courtyard See Dining Directory under “Thai.“

爱尔兰老人酒吧, 朝阳区来广营东路(北京京西 学校旁边)

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

Hard Rock Cafe Burgers, pastas, desserts, cover bands and those ubiquitous T-shirts at this restaurant that saw its heyday in the 1990s. Daily 11.30am-2am. 1/F, Landmark Towers, 8 Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6590 6688 ext 2571) 硬石餐厅, 朝阳区

庄6号(朝阳门医院北门东100米)三里屯南路逸 羽连锁酒店顶楼


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

R Lounge This huge hotel bar is perfect for hosting an event. 4/F, Renaissance Beijing Capital Hotel, 61 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. 朝阳区东三环中路61号北京


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The House Two-floor electronic music mecca. Daily 9pm-6am. Workers' Stadium North Gate, Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6551 3936) 朝阳区工体北路工人体育场北门 Ichikura This tiny bar packs in as good a variety of single malt whiskies as you’ll find in Beijing. 2/F (entrance via stairs at south wall of Chaoyang Theater), Chaoyang Theater, 36 Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6507 1107) 朝阳区东三环北路36号 The Irish Volunteer This Irish bar stays true to the Irish culture, Guinness included (RMB 60). This two-room saloon also offers food. Daily 9am-2am. Jiangtai Lu (opposite the east gate of the Lido Hotel), Chaoyang District. 朝 阳区高家园小区平房311号(丽都饭店东门对面)

Jiang Hu Liveshow Bar Live music. Daily 7pm-2am. 7 Dongmianhua Hutong, Jiaodaokou Nandajie, Dongcheng District. (6401 4611) 江湖酒吧, 东城区交道口南大街东棉花胡同7号

Jiangjinjiu Bar This intimate space offers laid-back jam sessions and often hosts ethnic minority bands. Daily 2pm-2am. 2 Zhongku Hutong, (between Drum and Bell towers on the west side, a few doors south of The Drum and Bell), Dongcheng District. (8405 0124) 将



The Loop Shuangjing events space and cafe-bar serving fusion dishes, brunch and a wide selection of wine, beer and cocktails. Daily 11am-2am. 1/F, Bldg 5 (just north of Carrefour), 78 Baiziwan Nan Er Lu, Chaoyang District. (8772 5713) 回路咖啡馆, 朝阳区百子湾

Mix (Gongti) Like Vics. Daily 8pm-late. Inside the north gate of Workers’ Stadium, Chaoyang District. (6530 2889) 密克斯, 朝阳区工体北门内


Luga’s Burritos, beer, tequila, chips and salsa, and frozen Margaritas. Daily 24hrs. Opposite Tongli Studio, Sanlitun Houjie, Chaoyang District. (6416 5154) 朝阳区三里屯后街同里对面 Luga’s Basement Australian and American beers and bar snacks including fried chicken and hot dogs. Daily 6pm-late. 1/F (below Luga’s Villa), 7 Sanlitun Beijie (behind 3.3 Shopping Center), Chaoyang District. 朝阳区三

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

My Life Unit 27, Bldg C, The Office Park, 10 Jintong Xilu (east of The Place), Chaoyang District. (8590 6488) 朝阳区金桐西路10号远洋光 华国际大厦C座27单元(世贸天阶东侧)

Redmoon Redmoon at the Grand Hyatt includes a wine bar, sushi bar and cigar lounge, all sleekly designed to cater to the executive set. Daily 5pm-1am. 1/F, Grand Hyatt Hotel, Beijing Oriental Plaza, 1 Dongchang’an Jie, Dongcheng District. (6510 9366, 8518 1234 ext 6366) com/hyatt/hotels/entertainment/lounges/index.jsp 东方亮, 东城区东长安街1号东方君悦 酒店大厅

Renaissance Beijing Five-star hotel. 61 Daongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (5863 8223) 朝阳区东三环中路61号北京富力 万丽酒店

The Ritz-Carlton Bar Light live music and a lounge atmosphere. Daily 5pm-1am. The RitzCarlton Beijing, 83A Jianguo Road, Chaoyang District. (5908 8131) 丽思卡尔顿吧, 朝阳区朝阳 区建国路93号华贸中心


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

Luga’s Villa Cheap drinks and Mexican food. Set lunches available Mon-Fri. Daily happy hour 11am-8pm. Voted “Outstanding Mexican” in the Beijinger’s 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 11am-2am. 7 Sanlitun Beijie (behind 3.3 Shopping Center), Chaoyang District. (6416 2575)


进酒吧, 东城区钟库胡同2号 (鼓楼北门)


The Saddle Cantina Tacos downstairs, a fuller range of Tex-Mex upstairs, and arguably Beijing’s strongest margaritas. Daily 11am-late. Nali Patio, 81 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (5208 6005) 朝阳区三

Kokomo The lower level Mo Lounge is a minimalist bar with bed-style seats, the upper level one of Beijing’s best terraces. Sun-Thu 6pm-2am, Fri-Sat 6pm-4am. 4/F Tongli Studios, Sanlitun Houjie, Chaoyang District. (6413 1019, www. 朝阳区三里屯后街同里4层

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

Salud Fine rums. Mon-Fri 3pm-late, Sat-Sun noon-late. 1) Opposite Tongli Studio, Sanlitun Houjie, Chaoyang District.; 2) 66 Nanluogu Xiang, Dongcheng District. (6402 5086) 老

The Kro’s Nest See Dining Directory under “Pizza.“ Lan Club This opulently decorated bar was voted “Outstanding for Impressing Visitors” in the Beijinger’s 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 11am-10.45pm. 4/F, LG Twin Towers, 12B Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (5109 6012/13) 兰会所, 朝阳区建国门外大街乙12号LG双子座4层

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

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


M Bar This sleek, elegantly decorated lounge features a circular central bar and a selection of well-mixed cocktails. Daily 6pm-2am. 6/F, Sofitel Beijing, Bldg C, Wanda Plaza, 93 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (8599 6666 ext 6525) 朝 阳区建国路93号万达广场C座索菲特酒店6层

Maggie’s Legendary hot dogs. No joke. SunWed, 7.30pm-4.30am; Thu-Sat, 7.30pm-5am. South Gate of Ritan Park, Chaoyang District. (8562 8142/8143) 美琪, 朝阳区日坛公园南门

MAO Livehouse The capital’s premier music venue. Daily 4pm-late. 111 Gulou Dongdajie, Dongcheng District. (6402 5080) 光芒, 东城区鼓楼东大街111号 MasterCard Center Hosts sport events and concerts. 69 Fuxing Lu, Haidian District. (6828 6386) 海淀区复兴路69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



Migas Spanish restaurant with impressive top-floor terrace and lounge bar offering stunning Sanlitun views. 6/F, Nali Patio, 81 Sanlitun Beilu, Chaoyang District. (5208 6061) 朝阳区三

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

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Nanjie Two floors packed with exchange students. Low prices. Daily 5pm-5am. Courtyard 4, Gongti Beilu (opposite to Banana Leaf), Chaoyang District. (6413 0963) 南街, 朝阳区工

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





Portal Around-the-clock bar and internet hub. Daily 24hrs. 1/F, Langham Place, 1 Er Jing Lu, Beijing Capital International Airport (southwest of Terminal 3), Chaoyang District. (6457 5555) 朝阳区首都机场二经路1号朗豪酒店

伍, 1) 朝阳区三里屯后街同里对面; 2) 东城区 南锣鼓巷66号

Scarlett A chic, intimate wine bar with a fine selection of imported cheese and tapas. Daily 6pm-3am. Hotel G, 7A Gongti Xilu, Chaoyang District. (6552 2880) 朝阳区 工体西路甲7号北京极栈内

Siif The basement looks like a broke frathouse dance floor, the ground level is a bar, and the upstairs is a chill-out area with a balcony. Come here to hide. Daily 1pm-2am. 67 Beiluogu Xiang, Dongcheng District. (6406 9496) 如果, 东城区鼓楼东大街北锣鼓巷67号 The Stumble Inn Daily 10am-2am. S3-31, 3/F, Sanlitun Village South, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6417 7794) 朝阳区三里屯路19号三里屯 Village南区3号楼3层S3-31

Tango Karaoke at both locations, with a nightclub and concert/party space at Yonghegong. Daily 24hrs. 1) South Gate of Ditan Park (next to Jin Ding Xuan restaurant), Dongcheng District. (6428 2288); 2) Gongti Xilu (beneath Gongti 100 bowling alley), Chaoyang District. (6551 9988) 糖果, 1) 东城 区地坛公园南门; 2) 朝阳区工体西路工体100保 龄球馆下面

Tao Yao Bar Tibetan-themed bar offers a pleasant hangout. Daily 1pm-midnight. Beiguanfang Hutong (southwest of Houhai Nanyan, 300m west of Yinding Bridge), Xicheng District. (8322 8585, 桃之夭夭, 西城区后海南沿北官房胡同(后海南沿 银锭桥西300米)

Terra See Dining Directory. Tim’s Texas Bar-B-Q Meat-eater friendly bar-restaurant with popular quiz night. 2 for 1

DIRECTORY / NIGHTLIFE–STYLE happy hour every Monday-Friday from 3-7pm. Daily 9am-midnight. 14 Dongdaqiao Lu (on the corner of Guanghua Lu), Chaoyang District. (6591 9161) Tim’s 熏烤房, 朝阳区东大桥路14号贵友大厦正北200米

Tiny Salt Coffee Club Large, open space with film screenings and weekend live music. Tue-Sun 11.30am-late. Rm 2308, Bldg B, North Tower, Soho Shangdu, 8 Dongdaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (5900 0969) 朝阳区东大桥路 8号Soho尚都北塔B座3层2308

Tonic Lounge A modern, cozy bar offering a selection of mixed drinks, wine by the glass and aperitifs. The bar is well designed with a stunning bar counter, a low ceiling and comfortable lounge seating. Daily 10am-12.30am. Lobby Level of Hilton Beijing, 1 Dongfang Lu, Chaoyang District. (5865 5000 ext 5060) 汤尼酒 廊, 朝阳区北京希尔顿酒店大堂

Touch A cutting-edge lounge with 88 kinds of vodka, and a wide selection of vodka-infused cocktails. Tue-Thu 9pm-1am, Fri-Sat 9pm-2am. 2/F, Westin Beijing Chaoyang, 7 Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (5922 8888 ext 8112)


Yue Restaurant & Bar Underground twofloor palace serves food and hosts regular parties. Daily 10am-2pm, 5.30-10pm. 1-7 Lucky Street, 1 Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (5867 0285) 悦悦餐厅酒吧, 朝阳区朝阳 公园路1号好运街1-7

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



The Tree This long-running Beijing pub specializes in Belgian beers and wood oven fired pizzas. Voted “Best Pizza” in the Beijinger’s 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily noon-2am. 43 Sanlitun Beijie (100m west of Sanlitun North Bar street, Youyi Youth Hostel, behind Poachers Inn), Chaoyang District. (6415 1954) 隐蔽的 树, 朝阳区三里屯北街以西100米Poachers后面 三里屯医院旁

Twilight Cocktails made with style, and hard-to-find whiskeys. Pizza, pasta and other snacks available. Mon-Sat 11.30am-2.30pm, 6pm-2am. (Behind Starbucks) 3/F, 0102, Bldg 5, Jianwai Soho, 39 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (5900 5376) 暮光, 朝阳区东 三环中路39号建外Soho5号0102单元3层

Union Bar & Grille Sit around the bar and watch sport on the multiple flat-screen TVs. Get the cheapest pint of Guinness in town during the 4-8pm daily happy hour. Mon-Fri 11am-11pm,Sat-Sun 11am-midnight. S6-31, 3/F, Bldg 6, Sanlitun Village South, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6415 9117) 优年美式餐 厅, 朝阳区三里屯路19号三里屯Village南区6号 楼3层S6-31

V.A. Cafe & Bar This small cafe-bar is well equipped for weekly flamenco and jazz performances. Daily 2pm-late. 13 Wudaoying Hutong, Dongcheng District. (5844 3638) 东城 区五道营胡同13号

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

What Bar Tiny bar hosting local rock bands. Daily 4pm-late. 72 Beichang Jie (just north of the west gate of the Forbidden City), Xicheng District. (133 4112 2757) 什么酒吧, 西城区北长 街72号(故宫西门往北)

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

The World of Suzie Wong Club Part 1930’s Shanghai opium den and part postmodern lounge. Daily 8.30pm-late. 1A Nongzhanguan Lu (west gate of Chaoyang Park), Chaoyang District. (6500 3377, 苏西黄, 朝阳区农展馆 路甲1号朝阳公园西门

Writers Bar Caviar and oysters complement the wide selection of cocktails and cigars. Daily noon-midnight. Raffles Beijing Hotel, Main Lobby, 33 Dongchang’an Jie, Dongcheng District. (6526 3388 ext 4181) 作家酒吧, 东城区 东长安街33号, 北京饭店莱佛士一层

Xiu A summer-friendly terrace plus much more in the luxuriant lounge. Mon-Fri 11.30am-2.30pm, 6pm-late, Sat-Sun 6pm-late. Park Hyatt (entrance across from the hotel lobby), 2 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (5867 1108) 秀, 朝阳区朝阳区建国门 外大街2号

Yishu 8 CBD-area “creative“ district hosts occasional events. Daily 11.30am-6pm. Cable 8, 8 Langjiayuan, Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (6581 9058) 艺术8, 朝阳区

ACCESSORIES & JEWELRY Elisabeth Koch Millinery This Beijingbased milliner offers custom-made hats for all occasions. By appointment only. Rm 3607, Bldg 13, Central Park, 6 Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (139 1043 1832) www. 朝阳区朝外大街6号新城国 际13座3607室

Old-Toxin Tin Toys Vintage tin toys. Windup robots, animals and marching soldiers. 46 Fangjia Hutong (just south of Guozijian Jie), Dongcheng District. (138 1091 6465, 东城区方家胡同46号艺 朝阳区三里屯南路6号


CLOTHING DVF (Diane Von Furstenberg) M3006, 3/F, Shin Kong Place, 87 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (5738 2502) 朝阳区建国路87号新光天 地3层M3006

Eldi Shanghai-born designer Dana Li steers clear of cheap fabrics and over-embellishment, opting instead for classic structures with updated detailing. Daily 11am-7pm. B1/F, NLG-21, Sanlitun Village North, 11 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6416 1762) 朝阳区三里屯路 11号三里屯Village北区地下一层NLG-21单元

Good Goods Commune A large store showcasing a product mix of their own brand as well as up-and-coming local designers. Clothes, jewelry and gift items are affordable and vast in selection. 141 Gulou Dongdajie, Dongcheng District. (8400 2628) 东城区鼓楼 东大街141号


Mango 1) Daily 10am-9pm. EB 104, B1/F, China World Shopping Mall, 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6505 1608); 2) Daily 9am-10.30pm. BB53, B1/F Oriental Plaza, 1 Dongchang’an Jie, Dongcheng District. (8518 6918) 芒果, 1) 朝阳区建国门外大街1号国贸商

Pig Balance Half the store is devoted to cute vintage finds, the other half to her own designs -- classy apparel with a hint of sex appeal. Daily 11am-11pm. 63 Wudaoying Hutong, Dongcheng District. (8403 5498) 东城

BEAUTY & HEALTH PRODUCTS 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

Shangrila Farms Sustainable items made in Yunnan, including organic coffee, honey and botanical beauty products. Daily 10am10pm. 1/F, EC Mall, Bldg 1 (east entrance), 1 Danlingjie, Zhongguancun, Haidian District. (8454 9514, www. 海淀区中关村丹棱街1号 欧美汇购物中心3层(地铁4号线和10号线海淀黄 庄站直达)

World Health Store 1) Mon-Fri 10.30am8pm, Sat-Sun 10am-7.30pm. Rm 2152, 1/F, Section A, North Tower, Soho Shangdu, 8 Dongdaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (5900 2209,; 2) Mon-Thu 10am-8pm, Fri-Sat 10.30am.8.30pm, Sun 10.30am-8pm. R09A, B1/F, Euro Plaza, 99 Yuxiang Lu, Tianzhu Zhen, Shunyi District. (8046 2524, 世界健康品 店, 1) 朝阳区东大桥路8号Soho尚都北塔A座 1层2152; 2) 顺义区天竺镇裕翔路99号欧陆广场 地下1层09A

BODY ART Creation Tattoo Offers tattooing, body piercing, microdermal treatments and tattoo removal. Daily 11am-8pm. Rm 4309, 3/F, Bldg 4, Jianwai Soho, 39 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (5869 1886, www.tianxiciqing. com 天喜青, 朝阳区朝阳区东三环中路39号建

汇展精品馆, 东三环爱家世界家居汇展中心1层; 2) 朝阳区北京东三环Soho馆, 东三环中路10号; 3) 朝阳区北京东三环Soho馆, 东三环中路10号; 4) 海淀区京西四环生活馆, 西四环北路63-1号; 5) 朝阳区北京东四环生活馆, 东四环南路9号; 6) 朝阳区北京旗舰馆, 金盏乡志港路1号

Louis Vuitton Daily 10am-9pm. L201, 1/F, China World Shopping Mall, 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6505 6213) www. 路易.威登, 朝阳区建国门外大

城地下1层EB104; 2) 东城区东长安街东方新天 地地下1层BB53


Ilinoi Home 1) 1/F, Aijia Shijie Furniture Exhibition Center, Dongsanhuan, Chaoyang District. (6431 7153); 2) 10 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (8771 2597); 3) 10 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (8771 2597); 4) 63-1 Xisihuan Beilu, Haidian District. (8846 5238); 5) 9 Dongsihuan Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (6730 5375/6 /7); 6) 1 Zhigang Lu, Jinzhanxiang, Chaoyang District. (8433 4969/4189) 伊力诺依, 1) 朝阳区北京爱家

北大街131号西单大悦城; 2) 东城区东直门南大 街1号来福士广场

Paloma Sanchez Run by a certified gemologist and jewelry designer who produces high-quality pieces out of white and yellow gold. A115, Nali Patio, 81 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (136 6130 0554) www. 朝阳区三里屯路81号那 UCCA Store Limited edition original design products, merchandise and art books. Tue-Sun 10am-7pm. Dashanzi Art District, 4 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (8459 9715, 尤伦斯艺术商店, 朝阳区


H&M Daily 10am-10pm. 1) Xidan Joy City, 131 Xidan Beidajie, Xicheng District. (6706 0508); 2) Raffles City, 1 Dongzhimen Nandajie, Dongcheng District. (8409 4199) 1) 西城区西单

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Girones Spanish home décor brand with European-style furniture. Daily 10am-7pm. A307-308, 3/F, Nali Patio, 81 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (5208 6195/6) 朝阳区三里屯


Prada 1) 9.30am-9pm. L106, 1/F, China World Shopping Mall, 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6505 2288 ext. 8106); 2) Shop M1017, 1/F, Shin Kong Place, 87 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (6530 7528); 3) Daily 10.30am-9.30pm. Palace Hotel, 8 Jinyu Hutong, Dongdan Beidajie, Dongcheng District. (6559 2888 ext 3648) 1) 朝阳区建外大

IQ Air IQ Air has been providing air-cleaning solutions for more than 45 years. 1) 4/F, 417 Seasons Place, 2 Jinchengfang Jie, Xicheng District. (6622 0179,; 2) Rm 2201-02, Air China Plaza, 36 Xiaoyun Lu, Chaoyang District. (8447 5800, 400 650 1266,; 3) 2LY1-05, Solana Lifestyle Shopping Center, 6 Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (5905 6768,; 4) 4/F, Europlaza, 99 Yuxiang Lu, Tianzhu, Shunyi District. (6457 1922, www.iqair-china. com 1) 西城区金城坊街金融街417号四层; 2) 朝 阳区霄云路36号国航大厦2201-02室; 3) 朝阳区 朝阳公园路6号蓝色港湾购物中心2LY1-05; 4) 顺义区天竺镇裕翔路99号欧陆广场4层

街1号国贸商城1层L106; 2) 朝阳区建国路87号新 光天地1层M1017; 3) 东城区东单北大街金鱼胡 同8号王府饭店

Pull and Bear Daily 10am-10pm. 1) SM1/16, Solana Mall, 6 Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (5905 6940); 2) 137A-137B, U-town Lifestyle Center, Sanfeng Bell, Chaoyang District. (5977 5650) 1) 朝阳区朝阳 公园路6号蓝色港湾SM1/16; 2) 朝阳区朝阳区三 丰北里悠唐生活广场137A-137B

rechenberg couture German Designer Kathrin von Rechenberg creates made-to measure high-end garments with a range of fine natural fabrics. By appointment only. Xinyuanxili Dongjie (yard behind building 12), Chaoyang District. (64631788) 朝阳区朝阳区新 源西里东街12号楼后院

Triple-Major Concept store renowned for exclusively stocking a number of experimental, avant-garde designers. Tue-Sun 1-8pm. 81 Baochao Hutong, Dongcheng District. (840 20763) 东城区宝钞胡同81号 Uniqlo Affordable basics galore. Bldg 10, South District, Sanlitun Village, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6413 1320) 朝阳区三里屯路 19号三里屯Village南区10号楼

HOME DECOR 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.

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, 6 Gaobeidian Furniture Street, Chaoyang District. Contact Lily Quan (6572 9746, 138 0139 6309) (8579 2458); 2) Visit by appointment. Baimiao industry area, Songzhuang, Tongzhou District. (6572 9746, 138 0139 6309) 华伦古典家具, 1) 朝阳区高碑店 家俱一条街69号; 2) 通州区工厂地址,通州区宋 庄镇白庙村工业大院

Meyer Gourmet Store Find all kinds of hardanodized, bottoms, stainless steel clad, nonstick cookware, tools and gadgets made by world-renowned brands. Unit B125, B1/F, China Central Place, 77-81 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (5969 5283) 朝阳区建国路77-81号,华

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Shanghai Trio Home décor and clothing items influenced by Chinese culture and technique. Mon-Fri 9am-6pm, Sat-Sun 11am7pm. B1/F, NLG-38, Sanlitun Village North, 11 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6417 3606) 上

The Meridian Traditional Chinese medicine spa treatments. 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

海组合, 朝阳区三里屯路11号Village北区地下 1层NLG-38单

Nan Nan Nail & Hair Salon Hairdressers from Hong Kong, plus OPI products for your nails. Daily 10am-10pm. 4A/5A, Hairun International Apartment, 2 Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District. (5135 7977, 139 1091 7477) 楠楠, 朝阳


The New Cottage Shop A furniture shop that specializes in Asian and European-style antiques. 4 Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District.


(8561 1517) 朝阳区工体路4号院内

Oriental Taipan Massage and Spa Relax in style among rose-scented water features, soft music and helpful, friendly staff. Healthy fruit juices and snacks included. 1) Daily 11am12.30am. 2/F, Block 9, Lido Place, 2A Fangyuan Xilu, Chaoyang District. (6437 6299); 2) Daily 11am-12.30am. B1/F, 1 Xindong Lu (next to Shenji Best Soup), Chaoyang District. (8532 2177); 3) Daily 11am-3am. Sunjoy Mansion, 6 Ritan Lu, Chaoyang District. (6502 5722); 4) Daily 10am-12.30am. B/1-3F, Shuncheng Hotel, 26A Financial Street, Xicheng District. (6621 8622); 5) Daily 10am-12.30am. Bldg 25, Central Park Phase 3, 6 Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6597 0015); 6) Daily 11am-1am. Rm 101, Bldg B, Winterless Center, 1 Xidawang Lu, Chaoyang District. (6538 8086) 东方大班保健休闲会所,

SPAS & MASSAGE 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

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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

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

朝阳区燕莎桥东方东路19号外交会所1层(燕莎 中心路北100米); 2) 东城区东城区东华门大街 60号(近王府饭店和东方广场); 3) 朝阳区朝阳区 三里屯南路逸羽酒店1层

Angel Hands Enjoy vigorous deep-tissue massage, soothing and gentle massage, or a combination of both. Daily 24 hours. Rm 1801, Bldg 2, Jianwai Soho, 39 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (8631 0801) 朝阳 区东三环中路39号建外Soho2号楼1801室

Aqua Salus Urban Retreat A high-end day spa brand of SPA de Feng Group. 1) Daily noon-midnight. 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

Beijing Salon Vajra Catering to clients who demand very personal service. Mon-Sat 10am8pm. S106, Glory World Apartments, 18 Gongti Xilu, Chaoyang District. (6551 6461/2/3) www. 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.bodhi. 菩提会所, 朝阳区工体北路17号 Catherine de France Hair and Beauty Salon International and local stylists, colorists and beauticians offer an holistic hair and beauty experience. Daily 10am-8pm. 1) 2/F, Riviera Plaza, 5 Laiguangying Donglu, Chaoyang District. (8470 4639, 150 1081 6856,; 2) Nali Mall, Sanlitun Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6417 3029, C美发沙龙, 1) 朝阳 区来广营东路5号香江广场2层; 2) 朝阳区三里 屯北路那里商城内

db tanning 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


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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

Eric Paris Salon International hairstyling service. Daily 10am-8pm. 1) 43 Sanlitun Houjie, Chaoyang District. (135 0137 2971); 2) Stall 123, Kerry Centre Shopping Mall, 1 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (139 1179 8376); 3) Lido Hotel, 112 Jichang Lu, Chaoyang District. (135 0107 5843) 爱丽克美容美发, 1) 朝阳区三里屯后


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

街43号; 2) 朝阳区光华路1号嘉里中心商场123; 3) 朝阳区机场路112号丽都饭店

essensuals Sister 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 Day Spa and Wellness Center Daily 11.30-midnight. 2/F, Jiezuo Dasha, above O Sole Mio, Xingfucun Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (6417 9148) 朝阳区幸福村中路杰座大厦2层 Healing Touch Massage Center 1) Room 808, Bldg 3, Jianwai Soho, Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (5869 7706); 2) Rm 1511, East Tower, Van Palace Residences, 2 Guandongdian Nanjie (near China World, 50m from Kerry Centre), Chaoyang District. (5131 6428, 5131 6433, 135 2191 4149) 1) 朝阳区东 三环中路建外Soho,3号楼808室; 2) 朝阳区关东 店南街2号(嘉里中心和中国大饭店附近)旺座中 心东塔1511室

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

I Spa Local massage chain with Englishspeaking 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 11am-11pm. 1/F, Yuyuanhui Club, South of Gongdesi Qiao (northwest corner of Summer Palace), Haidian District. (6287 9868); 2) 6/F, Hilton Beijing Capital Airport, Terminal 3, Beijing Capital International Airport, Shunyi District. (6450 4777); 3) Daily 10am-midnight. B1/F, Traders Upper East Hotel, Lido area, Dongsihuan Beilu (near Xiaoyun Qiao), 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) 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) 朝阳区建国路83号华贸中心北京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; 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 Daily 11am-9.30pm (last appointment). Rm C301,3/F, North Bldg, Nali Patio, 81 Sanlitun Beijie (west side), Chaoyang District. (5208 6068) 朝阳 区三里屯北街西侧81号那里花园北楼3层C301室 世贸国际公寓地下1层

LeSpa 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)

Salon 88 An international chain of hair salons offering consistent quality at economical prices. Daily 9am-10pm. 1) 6712 6081. 118 Carrefour Fu Gui Yuan, Block 3, South DongHuaShi, Chongwen District.; 2) 394 Zhongtancun, East Xiaokou Town, Changping District. (139 1135 2069); 3) PJWJ 103, Huacai Center, 16 Guangshun Dajie, Chaoyang District. (136 0115 0326); 4) Daily 9am-10pm. 1/F, Chuangyijia Carrefour, 6B Beisanhuan Donglu, Chaoyang District. (139 1055 3427); 5) Daily 9am-10pm. Store 310, Tongzhou Carrefour, 48 Jiukeshu Xilu, Tongzhou District. (137 0117 9323); 6) Daily 9am-10pm. 109, Shuangjing Carrefour, Jiulong Shangsha, 31 Guangqu Lu, Chaoyang District. (139 1016 9259); 7) Daily 9am-10pm. 107-108, Maliandao Carrefour, 11 Maliandao Lu, Xuanwu District. (135 0101 1627); 8) Daily 9am-10pm. B1/F, 15-16, Zhongguancun Carrefour, Zhongguancun Xiqu, Haidian District. (136 0139 2562) 1) 崇文区东花市南里三区底商 裙房富贵苑家乐福118号; 2) 昌平区东小口镇中 滩村394号家乐福购物中心No.212; 3) 朝阳区广 顺大街16号华彩中心PJWJ 103; 4) 朝阳区北三 环东路乙6号创益佳家乐福一层; 5) 通州区九棵 树西路48号通州家乐福310号; 6) 朝阳区广渠路 31号九龙商厦双井家乐福109号; 7) 宣武区马连 道路11号马连道家乐福107-108; 8) 海淀区中关 村西区中关村家乐福地下一层15&16号

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

Tai Dian Massage Salon Japanese brand with 25 years of expertise. 1) Daily 10am-2am. Rm 305, Bldg 6, Jianwai Soho, 39 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (5869 8200, 5869 0707) ; 2) Daily 10am-2am. Bldg 4, Area 2, Shuanghuayuan Nanli (100m west of Melody KTV), Chaoyang District. (8751 6223) 1)泰殿养 生会馆, 朝阳区东三环中路39号建外Soho6号楼 305室 2) 朝阳区双花园南里三区四号楼 (双井麦 乐迪向西一百米华夏银行北侧)

TATA Swanky salon in Gongti. Daily 10am10pm. Workers’ Stadium North Gate, Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. (8511 3880) 朝阳区工 体北路工人体育场北门

Toni & Guy British international hair salon chain. 1) Daily 10am-10pm. 3 Units, 3/F, Tower

DIRECTORY / A&C–SPORTS–LIVING 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

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

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) 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

District. (5127 3220)

trict. (6505 2266 ext 33) 朝阳区建国门外大街1号

艺门画廊, 朝阳区崔各庄乡草场地村241号

CSI Bally Total Fitness 1) Daily 7am10.30pm. Bldg 210, Lize Xiyuan, Wangjing, Chaoyang District.; 2) Daily 7am-10.30pm. B101, Raycom Infotech Park, 2 Kexueyuan Nanlu, Haidian District. (8286 1881); 3) Bldg D, Sunshine 100, 2 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6585 9991); 4) Daily 7am-10.30pm. B1/F, Guanghua Chang’an Bldg, 7 Jianguomennei Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6518 1666) www. 中体倍力, 1) 朝阳区望京利泽西

Studio-X Mon-Fri 10am-7pm (open weekends 11am-7pm during exhibitions). A103, 46 Fangjia Hutong, Andingmen Naidajie, Dongcheng District. (6402 8682, www.arch. 东城区安定门内大街方 家胡同46号A103

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)

MUSEUMS National Art Museum of China Daily 9am4pm. 1 Wusi Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6401 2252/7076) 中国美术馆, 东城 区五四大街1号

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

BOOKSTORES The Bookworm 1) Mon-Sat 8am-8pm, Sun 8am-5pm. First courtyard, Hegezhuang Village, Shunyi District. (6431 2108,; 2) Daily 9am2am. Courtyard 4, Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6586 9507, books@beijingbookworm. com, 书虫书吧, 1) 顺 义区崔各庄乡,何各庄村一号院; 2) 朝阳区工 体北路4号院

TECHNOLOGY Apple Flagship Store Daily 10am-10pm. Bldg 6, Sanlitun Village South, 19 Sanlitun Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6419 8900) 朝阳区三 里屯北路19号院三里屯 Village南区 6 号楼

Sony Store Daily 10am-10pm. L330, 3/F, South Bldg, The Place, 9 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6587 1350) 索尼探梦, 朝阳

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)


ARTS & CULTURE GALLERIES Babu Space N2-40, Sanlitun Village North, 11 Sanlitun Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6415 8616) 朝阳区三里屯北路11号三 里屯Village北区N2-40单元

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 地红一号D座

China Art Archives and Warehouse WedSun 1-6pm, or by appointment. Opposite the Nangao Police Station, Caochangdi (take the Airport Service road one exit past Wuhuan Lu, then take the first right past the Chang Jian Driving School), Chaoyang District. (8456 5152/5153, www. 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)

F2 Gallery Wed-Sun 10am-6pm. 319 Caochangdi, Chaoyang District. (6432 8831) F2画廊, 朝阳区朝阳区草 场地319号

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

Koryo Tours and Gallery Mon-Fri 10am-6pm or by appointment. East yard, 27 Beisanlitun Nan, Chaoyang District. (6416 7544, www., 朝阳 区北三里屯南27号东侧院

Li-Space Red No. 1-F, Caochangdi, Chaoyang District. (5127 3272, www. 荔空间,朝阳区草场地红一号F座 MK2 Art Space 11am-6pm. 255 Caochangdi, Chaoyang District. (6431 1567, info@mk2art. com) MK2 艺术空间, 朝阳 区朝阳区机场辅路草场地255号

Pékin Fine Arts Wed-Sun 10am-6pm. 241,Caochangdi, Cuigezhuang,, Chaoyang

THEATERS Beijing LDTX Modern Dance Company Dongcheng Cultural Center, 111 Jiaodaokou Dongdajie, Dongcheng District. (6405 4842/4292) 北京雷动 天下现代舞团, 东城区交道口东大街111号东城 区文化馆

Forbidden City Concert Hall Inside Zhongshan Park, Xichang'an Jie, Xicheng District. (6559 8285) 中山公园音乐堂,

园3区210号楼; 2) 海淀区科学院南路2号融科 资讯中心C座B101; 3) 朝阳区光华东路2号阳光 100公寓D座会所; 4) 东城区建国门内大街7号长 安大戏院B1

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

Pacific Century Club Five-star facilities and services. Mon-Fri 6am-10pm, Sat-Sun 7am10pm. 2A Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6539 3434, 盈科会所, 朝阳区工体北路甲2号

Solaris Tanning Studio Mon-Sat 10am-8pm, Sun noon-8pm. Sanlitun Lu, Nali Mall (next to Alameda), Chaoyang District. (6417 0398) 日光 浴, 朝阳区三里屯北路那里商场(ALAMEDA旁 边)

World Health Store 1) Mon-Fri 10.30am8pm, Sat-Sun 10am-7.30pm. Rm 2152, 1/F, Section A, North Tower, Soho Shangdu, 8 Dongdaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (5900 2209,; 2) MonThur 10am-8pm, Fri & Sat 10.30am.8.30pm, Sun 10.30am-8pm. R09A, LB1, Euro Plaza, 99 Yuxiang Lu, Tianzhu Zhen, Shunyi District. (8046 2524, 世界健康品 店, 1) 朝阳区东大桥路8号SOHO尚都北塔A座一 层2152; 2) 顺义区天竺镇裕翔路99号欧陆广场 地下一层09A

HIKING & CAMPING Beijing Hikers Suite 1907, Building 107, Jiangfu Jiayuan, Tuofangying Lu, Jiuxianqiao, Chaoyang District. (6432 2786, www. 朝阳区酒仙桥驼房营路将府家 园107号楼1907

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


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

Penghao Theater 35 Dongmianhua Hutong (south gate of the Central Academy of Drama, between Nanluogu Xiang and Jiaodaokou Nandajie), Dongcheng District. (6400 6452/72) 蓬蒿剧场, 东城区东棉花胡同35号(中央戏剧学院 南门, 南锣鼓巷和交道口南大街之间)

SPORTS FOOTBALL ClubFootball 9am-6pm. Unit A212, Door 3, A1 Zone, Huadeng Building, 14 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (5130 6893/4/5/6, 万国群星足球俱乐部, 朝阳区酒 仙桥路14号兆维华登大厦A1区3门212室

Ganluyuan Football Ganluyuan Nanli, Chaoyang District. (8575 7236) 朝阳区甘露圆南里二区球场 International Friendship Football Club (IFFC) Contact Robert (6234 7106, O’le Football Daily 9am-11pm. 5 Dongshimencun Lu, Baiziwan Qiao, Dongsihuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (6776 0608) 朝阳 区东四环中路百子湾桥东石门村路5号

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

GYMS & FITNESS CENTERS China World Fitness Center Daily 6am11pm. 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang Dis-

MOTORSPORTS U-Speed Go-Karting Open year round, this giant indoor karting centre offers much more than its choice of four-stroke, 160cc and 200cc go-karts. The centre also offers VIP rooms, a games room – with pool, table football and arcades – and a bar-restaurant. Ideal for conferences, team building and celebrations. Mon-Fri 1pm-1am, Sat-Sun 11am-1am. 1 Siyuan Qiao, Jingshun Lu (near Courtyard by Marriott Beijing Northeast Hotel), Chaoyang District. (136 0128 1318, 朝阳区四元桥1号(京密路进 京方向辅路,四元桥旁)

RUNNING & TRAINING Beijing Hash House Harriers Contact Dave “Minime” White (, Triathlon Beijing (TriBeijing) ( 龙滑雪场, 河北省张家口市崇礼县红花梁

YOGA & PILATES Alona Pilates Studio 7.30am-9.30pm. 5/F, Heavenly Spa, Westin Beijing Chaoyang Hotel, 1 Xinyuan Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (139 1029 0260, 朝阳区新源南路1号北京威斯汀 朝阳大饭店5层天梦水疗内

Nirvana Yoga Center Daily 9.30am-9pm. 2A, Unit 5, Shijicheng, Yuanda Lu (100m south of the Golden Resource Shopping Mall), Haidian District. (5198 0591) 青鸟瑜伽, 海淀区远大路世 纪城5单元2A(世纪金源购物中心南100米)

OM Yoga 42 Rooms 9102/9103, Lido Apart-

ment Bldg, Chaoyang District. (6437 8810) 静心堂, 朝阳区丽都 公寓9102-9103

Yoga Yard Mon-Thu 7.15am-9.30pm, Fri-Sun 7.15am-8pm. 6/F, Bldg 17 Gongti Beilu (across from the north gate of Workers' Stadium), Chaoyang District. (6413 0774, info@yogayard. com) 瑜珈苑, 朝阳区工体 北路17号楼6层工人体育场北门对面

LIVING COMMUNITY GROUPS Black Sesame Kitchen Food writer Jen-Lin Liu’s cooking school, where students can “cook, socialize, dine and wine.” 3 Heizhima Hutong, Dongcheng District. (136 9147 4408, www. 东城区东城区黑芝 麻胡同3号

The Capital Club Private club for the senior business community. 50/F, Capital Mansion, 6 Xinyuan Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (8486 2225 ext 260, 朝阳区新源南路6号 京城大厦50层

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

Culture Yard 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 Foreign Correspondents Club of China (FCC) (8532 3807, French Cultural Centre A public library, reading club, movie theater and cafe, which also offers French language classes. Library membership (RMB 200/year) gives you unlimited access to over 20,000 French books, CDs and DVDs. 18 Gongti Xilu, Chaoyang District. (6553 2627) 法国文化中心, 朝阳区工体西路18号

The Hutong One of Beijing’s best informal cooking schools. 1 Jiudaowan Zhongxiang Hutong (southeast of Beixinqiao subway station), Dongcheng District. (159 0104 6127, www.the-hutong. com 东城区九道湾中巷胡同1号(北新桥地铁站 东南边)

International Newcomers’ Network 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


The drinks come thick and fast with the two-for-one deals. Free. 9pm. Alfa (6413 0086)


Bubbles to forget your troubles. Brut is RMB 128 per glass, RMB 638 per bottle. 6pm-late. Fresco Bar, Maison Boulud (6559 9200)


Get drunk. Read books. Listen to jazz. Anything goes. They’re easy. Free. 8-11pm. The Bookworm (6586 9507)


Nothing says Friday like after-work beers. Nothing says good like free keg. Free. 8pm. Pyro (8286 6240)


Robbie rocks out his regular playlist. Free. 9.30pm. Paddy O’Shea’s (6415 6389)

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DIRECTORY / LIVING and anti-aging therapeutics for men and women. Free consultations available. BeijingTower (Chang’an Club Bldg) 7/F, Suite 701, 10 Dongchang’an Jie, Dongcheng District. (6559 6769) 北京西美斯医疗美容


The Yin Yang Community Center Nonprofit dedicated to physical and spiritual rejuvenation through classes, therapy, support groups and healing. Mon-Sat 8am-8pm, Sun 8am-5pm. The First Courtyard, Hegezhuang Village (across from The Orchard; call for directions), Chaoyang District. (6431 2108) www. 易阴阳社区中心, 朝阳区崔

诊所, 东城区东城区长安街10号长安俱乐部7层

Cosmetic Surgery Center Located in the Third Hospital of Beijing University, this is the earliest professional department for plastic surgery in China. Specializes in cosmeticand plastic surgeries. 38 ShangdixinxiLu, Haidian District. (8289 0216) 北医三


FURTHER EDUCATION Raffles Education Beijing Offers first-class tertiary education and training programs in Design and Business. All classes taught in English by foreign teachers. Term starts : Jan, Apr, Jul and Oct. 1/F, Bldg A, Ziguang Towers, 11 Huixin Dongjie, Chaoyang District. (6482 3499, 朝阳区惠新东街 11号紫光发展大厦A座1层

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


Our worst nightmare: creepy resin creatures take over. uan Xilu, Chaoyang District. (6434 2388 24hr hotline, 800 610 6200) 北 京美中宜和妇儿医院, 朝阳区朝阳区芳园西路9号

Beijing Children’s Hospital Daily 6.30am10.30pm. 56 Nanlishi Lu, Xicheng District. (6802 8401) 北京儿童医院, 西城区南礼士路56号 Beijing Emergency Medical Center 103 Qianmen Xidajie, Xuanwu District. (6609 8114) 北京市急救中心, 宣武区前门西大街103号

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 Fangy-


VETS INTERNATIONAL CENTER FOR VETERINARY SERVICES (ICVS) Owned by US vets, this expatoriented hospital offers both English and Chinese services. (8456 1939/40/41)


Partnered with US pet chain Petco, with 24/7 emergency care. (5821 3503)


International standard pet health services. Branches in both CBD and Shunyi. (8776 6346; 8046 2886/2235)

AI KANG VETERINARIAN CENTER Both Dr. Liu Xi and Dr. Zhang Zhihong have won quite a following. (6504 2085)


US-trained vet who makes house calls. Pet owners call him gentle and competent. (139 0100 5145)


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

Beijing International SOS Clinic Medical services for the whole family. Daily 24hrs. Suite 105, Wing 1, Kunsha Building, 16 Xinyuanli, Chaoyang District. (6462 9112, 24hr: 6462 9100, 北京国际救援中心, 朝阳区新源里16号琨莎中心一座105室

Beijing New Century Harmony Pediatric Clinic As a satellite clinic of renowned Beijing New Century International Children’s Hospital, Beijing New Century Harmony Pediatric Clinic has a strong team of experienced pediatricians and nurses from China and overseas. Harmony Pediatric Clinic provides a full range of multilingual healthcare services on a 7X24basis (7X12. 9am to 9pm during soft opening period). K-01, Building No. 19, Harmony Business Center, Liyuan Street, Tianzhu Zhen, Shunyi District. (6456 2599) 北京新 世纪荣和儿科门诊部, 顺义区北京市顺义区天竺 镇丽苑街荣和商业中心19号楼K-01

Beijing Puhua International Clinic Beijing Puhua International Clinic is an internationalstandard facility, dedicated to providing the best in Western-model healthcare. Puhua International Clinics include family medicine, OB&GYN, internal medicine, eye clinic, ENT, TCM, neurology, neurosurgery, psychological counseling, cosmetic and plastic surgery, podiatry, pediatric, dental and integrative medicine. Mon-Sun 9am-6pm. 54 Wusheng Beilu, Dongsanhuan, Chaoyang District. (8773 5522) 北京普华门诊, 朝 阳区东三环武圣北路54号

Beijing Tiantan Puhua International Hospital A private, international standard hospital offering emergency services as well as outpatient care. It is the first choice in hospital referral for head and spinal cord trauma. English-speaking staff on call 24-hours a day. Medical services include: neurology and neurosurgery, pediatrics, occupational and physical therapy, plastic surgery, hand surgery, orthopedics, ENT, oncology, check-ups, onsite imaging, and laboratory and pharmacy services. 8.30am-5.30pm. 12 Tiantan Nanli, Chongwen District, 800m west of the south gate of the temple of heaven, Chongwen District. (8911 6665,, 北京天坛普华医院, 北京天坛普华体检中心, 崇 文区天坛南里12号

Beijing United Family Shunyi Clinic Pro-

vides easily accessible, high-quality medical services and wellness promotion in the Beijing suburbs. Family medicine, family counseling, physical therapy, pediatrics, integrative medicine and travel medicine services are available throughout the week. Mon -Thu 9:30am - 7:30pm, Fri-Sun 9.30am-4.30pm.. ss: Unit 818, Pinnacle Plaza, Tianzhu Real Estate Development Zone, Shunyi District. (8046 5432, fax 8046 4383) 北京和睦家医院诊所, 顺义区天竺开发区荣祥 广场818号

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 8.30am5.30pm. 24-hour emergency care. 2 Jiangtai Lu (in the Lido area), Chaoyang District. (5927 7000, 5927 7120 (ER ), fax 5927 7200) www. 北京和睦家医院, 朝 阳区将台路2号

Beijing Vista Clinic Medical services including family and internal medicine, OB/GYN, pediatrics, dentistry, ophthalmology, dermatology, ENT, Chinese Traditional Medicine, physiotherapy, psychiatry, imaging laboratory and pharmacy service. Urgent care with English-speaking staff on site 24 hours a day. Daily 24hrs. B29, Kerry Centre, 1 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (8529 6618, fax 8529 6615, 维 世达诊所, 朝阳区光华路1号嘉里中心B29

Best Vision Taiwanese run eye clinic and optometrist that specializes in treating myopias and boasts cutting edge laser surgery. Mon-Sat 9am-10pm, Sun 9am-5pm. 8/F, Blue Castle International Center Bldg 2, Xidawang Lu, Chaoyang District. (8599 9110, 133 7015 7172) 好好眼科, 朝阳区朝阳区西大望路蓝堡国 际中心2座8层

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, www. 澳保加医疗美容诊所, 朝阳区光 华路12号数码01大厦1008室(嘉里中心对面)

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

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

CMS Clinic American cosmetic/aesthetic medical services including laser skin treatments, hair loss/removal, cosmetic surgeries

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

International Medical Center (IMC) Foreign doctors are on-site 24hrs a day, offering a wide range of medical services, including family medicine, psychological services, dental, Ob/Gyn, Pediatrics, TCM, etc. English, Chinese, Arabic, Russian are spoken. Drop-in service for travelers, on-site X-ray, ultrasound, laboratory. Daily 24hrs. S106, S111 Lufthansa Center, 50 Liangmahe Lu, Chaoyang District. (6465 1561/2/3, 6465 1384/28, 北京国际医疗中 心,朝阳 区亮马桥路50号燕莎中心写字楼1层S106

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

Prof. Lin Dental Clinic Headed by Prof. Lin, a 1956 graduate from the Faculty of Dental Surgery of Paris Medical Institute. Employees are among the best in China and equipment is first-class. They offer a full range of dental services to both adults and children. Daily 9am-5pm. Room 303, 305, Bldg A, Jia Hui International Center, Chaoyang District (6553 8893, 6553 0988) 朝阳区吉庆里14号佳汇国际中 心A座303-305

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

Viv International Medical Beauty Clinic Offers cosmetic surgery, professional skin care, dentistry and Chinese health and beauty treatments. Tue-Sun 9.30am-6.30pm. 2/F, Bldg D, Global Trade Mansion, 9 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6530 2348, fax 6586 9965) 名会红国际医疗美容诊所, 朝阳区光华路9号世贸国际公寓D座2层

MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES Beijing International SOS Clinic Family Counseling Center Two counselors offer services that include individual therapy, couple relations, family dynamics, parent and child relations and stress management. Suite 105, Bldg 1, Kunsha Building, 16 Xinyuanli, Chaoyang District. (6462 0333, china.inquirie 北京国际救援中心, 朝阳区新源里16号 琨莎中心一座105室

Beijing United Psychological Health Center BJU’s mental health professionals are all licensed in their home countries and have the

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

(shares a courtyard with China Culture Center), Chaoyang District. (8456 1939/40/41,

16/F, Bldg 1, Kuntai International Mansion, 12A Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (400 880 8222) 荷兰皇家航

3388, www. 中侨国旅, 朝阳区光华

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

空, 朝阳区朝阳门外大街乙12号昆泰国际大厦 1609-1610

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

Korean Air 901-3, Hyundai Motor Towers, 38 Xiaoyun Lu, Chaoyang District. (8453 8137, 40065 88888) 朝阳区霄

Koryo Tours and Gallery The leaders in travel to the DPRK (North Korea), Koryo organize group tours and independent travel. Also offer trips to Turkmenistan and Russia. 27 Beisanlitun Nan (compound to west side of Yashow Market), Chaoyang District. (6416 7544, www., 朝阳

朝阳门外大街6号朝外SOHO A座3层3097; 2)海 淀区远大路1号金源新燕莎4层4119; 3)昌平区立 汤路186号龙德广场地下1层B118; 4)朝阳区广渠 路33号石韵浩庭4号楼4底商

Lee Pet Animal Hospital Full-service veterinary center. Daily 24hrs. Unit 5-6, 9 Lincui Lu, Chaoyang District. (5821 3503) 乐宠丽派特动物 医院, 朝阳区林萃路9号5-6底商. 电话

VOLUNTEER AND NGOS CAI Empowers the children of migrant laborers through creative arts education and team sports. (8454 9633, www. 儿童才艺行动 Care for Children SEN School A small, focused charity that helps place orphans in loving homes in China. The Centre, Beijing Riviera, 1 Xiangjiang Beilu, Jingshun Lu, Chaoyang District. (8470 2735, meryl@careforchildren. 朝阳区京顺 路香江北路1号香江花园英国关爱儿童

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

Roundabout Charity Distribution Store Beijing’s answer to the Salvation Army. Downtown dropboxes at Links Moving (C 10-A Oriental Kenzo) and Istanbul Restaurant (Jianguomenwai) Volunteers welcome. MonSat 9.30am-6pm. Roundabout, Kaifa Jie, Xi Baixinzhuang, Houshayu, Shunyi, near Mrs Shannen’s Bagels, Shunyi District. (137 1877 7761 English, 137 1805 3814 Chinese) 顺义区开 发街后沙峪顺义区

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

世达诊所, 朝阳区光华路1号嘉里中心B29


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

Air France Rm 1609, 16/F, Bldg 1, Kuntai International Mansion, 12A Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (400 880 8808) www. 法国航空, 朝阳区朝阳门外大


The Wellness Centre Professionally qualified and registered psychologist offers consultation, psychotherapy and hypnotherapy to individuals, couples, families and groups. Extensive experience working with small children. Text Rina at 150 1008 0947 or e-mail

PET CARE/ANIMAL WELFARE Doctors Beck & Stone Pet Health Care Center With both western-trained and Chinese veterinarians, the center also provides 24/7 emergency pet care services. Unit 104, Tower B, Bldg 3, Houxiandaicheng, BaiziwanLu, Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. (8776 6346, 135 0103 0572 (emergencies)) 思威(北京)国际动物医 院有限公司, 朝阳区北京市朝阳区百子湾路后现 代城3栋B座104底商

International Center for Veterinary Services (ICVS) All services in English and Mandarin. Licensed rabies vaccines. Mon-Sat 8am-8pm; Sun 10am-7pm (by appointment). Kent Center, 29 Liangmaqiao Lu, Anjialou


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


SAS Scandinavian Airlines Rm 430, Beijing Sunflower Tower, 37 Maizidian Street, Chaoyang District. (8527 6100) www.flysas. com 北欧航空, 朝阳区麦子店街37号盛福大 厦430室

Turkish Airlines W103, Lufthansa Center, 50 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6465 1867) 土耳其航空, 亮马桥路50号 燕莎中心W103

United Airlines C/D1, 15/F, Tower A, Gateway Plaza, 18 Xiaguangli, Dongsanhuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (8468 6666) www.united. com 美国联合航空, 朝阳区东三环路霞光里18号 佳程广场A座15层C/D1

TRAVEL AGENCIES Asialive Travel Tailored tours of domestic and Asia destinations. A2306, Zhaowei Huadeng Plaza, 14 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (5823 7217, 朝阳区朝阳区酒仙桥路14号 兆维华灯大厦A2区3门A2306室内

Beijing Citybus Tour Service Daily 9am-8pm. Rm 1207, Scitech Tower, 22 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (400 650 0760) 北京赛笛芭 诗城市观光旅行社, 朝阳区建国门外大街22号赛 特大厦1207室

Country Holidays Travel English-speaking tour consultants specializing in travel around China and to other parts of Asia. Mon-Fri 9.30am-6.30pm, Sat 9.30am-1pm. Rm 2804, Bldg 11, Jianwai Soho, 39 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (5869 1781/82, 5869 1769, 朝阳区东三环中 路39号建外Soho11号楼2804

Global Easy Tour A professional and reliable travel agency with a team of experienced travel professionals. Offers travel and ticketing consultation services, tailored tour packages, leisure trips, cruise bookings, special ticketing, hotel deals, and more. Mon-Fri 9am-6pm, Sat 10am-4pm. A611, Freetown Center, 58, Dongsanhuan Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (5867 2900/1/2/3, 135 0115 6019, 和平国旅, 朝阳区东三环南路58号富顿 中心A座611室

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

路22号光华路SOHO 2号楼718室


Mercurius World Travel Services A personalized and friendly travel agent that will provide continued English-language support for all of your international and domestic travel needs. 16G, Bldg B, Ginza Mall, 48 Dongzhimenwai Dajie, Dongcheng District. (5139 6161, www. 东城区东直门外大街48号东 方银座B座16G

Ninety Percent Travel Tours in and around Beijing from a group who strive to take you under the skin of Chinese culture. (151 1791 6648, Shangrila Adventure Travel to Yunnan, Sichuan, Tibet and Xinjiang. (158 2802 9486, www. Sunflower Travel Specializes in leisure and business travel, offering international and domestic trips, and customized trips to create a unique travel experience. 22D, Bldg B, Ginza Mall, 48 Dongzhimenwai Dajie(8447 6361, , www., Dongcheng District. (8447 6361) 东城区东直门外大街48号东方银座 B座22D)

Travel-Stone A travel agency catering specifically for foreigners, they offer services in English, Chinese and French. TravelStone organize everything from flights & hotels to tailored packages and large group trips. 1) Daily 9am-7pm. Rm 2001, Tower A, Chaowaimen Xiezi Zhongxin, 26 Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (8565 8008,; 2) Inside April Gourmet, 55 Xinfucun Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (booking@travel-stone. com) 1) 朝阳区朝阳门 外大街26号朝外门写字中心A座2001室; 2) 朝 阳区幸福村中路55号杰座大厦底楼对面 (绿叶 子食品店)

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

韩亚航空, 朝阳区东三环路霞光里18号佳程广 场A座12层

Cathay Pacific 28/F, East Tower, Twin Towers, 12B Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (10800 852 1888/10800 152 1888) www. 朝阳区建国门外大街乙12号双 子座大厦东塔28楼

Continental Airlines Rm 1708, Richen International Center, 13 Nongzhanguan Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (8527 6696) 美国大陆航空, 朝阳区农展馆南路13号瑞 辰国际中心1708室

Dragonair 28/F, East Tower, Twin Towers, 12B Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (400 888 6628) 港龙航空, 朝阳 区建国门外大街乙12号双子座大厦东塔28楼

Ethiopian Airlines Rm 203, China World Tower 2, 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6505 0314/0315/9692, 137 0128 1105, 139 1021 0370, fax 6505 4120) www. 朝阳区建外大街1号国贸 大厦2座203室

Finnair Rm 204, Scitech Hotel, 22 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6512 7180, fax 6512 7182) Hainan Airlines 3/F, Grand China Air Plaza, 2B Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (950718) 海南航空, 朝阳区东 三环北路乙2号大新华航空大厦3层

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Rm 1609-1610,

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CLASSIFIEDS Commercial and service classifieds cost RMB 300 for the first 20 words, and RMB 15 for each additional word. To submit a classified ad: 1) e-mail:; 2) submit your ad directly on line at www.; 3) fax to 5820 7895. Free ads will be placed on a space-available basis and at the discretion of the editor. Deadline: the 15th of each month. For more information on how to place a classified advertisement in The Beijinger call our new number: 5820 7700-822 JOBS OFFERED - PROFESSIONAL see more at Full-time writer/editor with good commercial sense wanted for foreign investment/advisory firm in Beijing. High-level writing skills required. Native English speaker preferred. Main tasks are drafting and finalising reports. Ability to use formatting and layout software helpful.Email: Professional hair stylists are needed: Yadia is an international hair salon, the company is currently seeking creative, professional native-speaking hair stylists for its flagship store located in Shang Du Soho. Required: Rich hair- style experience is essential and working experience in international company is advantageous. Excellent Customer service skills. If you are interested and qualified, please call 5900 5020 or email your CV to EUDORA STATION Now Hiring Assistant Chef Chefs (Western cuisine) Sales Manager Add: 6# Fang Yuan West Rd. Chao yang District, Beijing Tel: 010-64378813/59789960 E-Mail: JOBS OFFERED - SALES & MARKETING see more at Fullhome Real Estate Skills and qualifications: Previous property leasing/sale experience in Beijing is preferred but not essential; A strong command of English is required; Outstanding communication and negotiation skills; Self-motivated, hardworking, ready for pressure and challenge; Bachelor degree or above; Candidates with other language skills are welcome; Interested candidates should send CV to SERVICES - ACCOUNTING FIRMS see more at Wright & Kou Accountants Our licensed company provides these services: • Accounting and bookkeeping • Tax filing for corporations and individuals • HR and payroll • Banking and cashier • Business and tax advisory • Annual inspections • Setup and windup WFOE, Representative Office Tel: 8591-0295 Cell: 1590-148-8529 Email: Jenny @ SERVICE - ACCOMMODATION see more at Beijing Service Apartment for Rent Daily/Monthly/Yearly @ Sublet.CN FULL SERVICE: 24H Hotline: 008610-6493-8285, 6491-2993 Email: Website:


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Dongzhimen/Sanlitun Area: Harbor City, Studio, 40m², ¥300/night or ¥3,600/month; Seasons Park - 海晟名苑: Studio, 47m² with open kitchen, ¥390/ night or ¥4,800/month; 1 Br, 75m², ¥580/night or ¥6,800/month; 2 Br, 100m², ¥9,000 2 Br, 128m², ¥12,000 2+1 Br, 140m², ¥14,000 3 Br, 160m², ¥15,000 4 Br, 250m², ¥25,000 New MOMA - 万国城: Studio, 100m², ¥6,500 2 Br, 140m², ¥11,000 3 Br, 245m², ¥20,000 Sanlitun SOHO - 三里屯SOHO: 1 Br, 120m², ¥10,000 2 Br, 150m², ¥13,000 2 Br, 170m² special offer ¥12,000 3+1 Br, 245m², ¥23,000 3+1 Br, 260m², ¥28,000 International Wonderland - 首开幸 福广场: 1 Br, 95-120m², ¥6,500 2 Br, 125 - 140m², ¥8,000 Regentland/Worker Stadium/DongsishItiao - 瑞士公寓: 1 Br, 80 - 95m², ¥8,500 2 Br, 125m², ¥12,000 3 Br, 140m², ¥15,000 Guangcai Int’l Apartment - 光彩国际: 3 Br. 217m², ¥20,000 4 Br. 270m², ¥25,000

Lufthansa Area: Beijing SOHO Residences - SOHO北 京公馆: 1 Br. 80m², ¥11,000 3 Br. 245m², ¥ 22,000 Gemini Grove - 星源汇 1 Br. 80m², ¥8,000 2 Br. 90m², ¥9,000 Chaoyang Park Area: Palm Spring - 棕榈泉: 2 Br. 138m², ¥12,000 3 Br. 180m², ¥16,000 3 Br. 218m², ¥22,000 Park Avenue - 公园大道: 2 Br. 174m², ¥15,000 3 Br. 180m², ¥17,000 3 Br. 193m², ¥20,000 Oceanwide Int’l Residential District - 泛海国际: 3 Br. 185m², ¥13,000 4 Br. 245m², ¥18,000 Greenlake Place - 观湖国际: 3 Br. 173m², ¥10,000 3 Br. 192m², ¥13,000 4 Br. 260m², ¥22,000 Beijing Golf Palace - 高尔夫公寓: 3 Br. 270m², ¥27,000 Star River - 星河湾: 3+1 Br. 260m², ¥24,000 CBD Area: Central Park - 新城国际: Studio, 75m², ¥8,000 1 Br. 90m², ¥9,000 2 Br. 125m², ¥12,000 2 Br. 130m² duplex, ¥13,000 3 Br. 190m², ¥19,000 3 Br. 220m², ¥ 23,000 4 Br. 265m², ¥33,000 Windsor Avenue - 温莎大道: 1 Br. 90m², ¥7,500 2 Br. 158m², ¥12,000 3 Br. 300m², ¥23,000 Fortune Plaza - 财富中心: 1 Br. 70m², ¥7,000 2 Br. 140m², ¥11,000 3 Br. 205m², ¥16,000 Global Trade Mansion - 世贸国际: Studio. 80m², ¥7,000 2 Br. 170m², ¥14,000 3 Br. 260m², ¥18,000 CBD Private Castle - 圣世一品: 2 Br. 115m², ¥10,000 2 Br. 148m², ¥12,000 3 Br. 170m², ¥15,000

Dawanglu Area: China Central Place - 华贸中心: 2 Br. 125m², ¥12,000 3 Br. 165m², ¥13,000 Gemdale Int’l Garden - 金地国际: 2 Br. 148m², ¥13,000 3 Br. 199m², ¥18,000

Courtyard For Lease: Houhai 4 Br. 420m², Lake Side, ¥75,000 Dongsi 4 Br. 300m², ¥44,000 Sublet.CN FULL SERVICE: 24H Hotline: 008610-6493-8285, 6491-2993 Email: Website: Good View Property is an international real estate consultancy and investment advisory company. Consultants specialize in the leasing and purchasing of residential, retail and office properties in Beijing to provide clients with one-stop individualized solutions to their real estate needs. Please visit us at, call our hotline direct at 01065616166/13810684468 or email us at for a free consultation. SERVICE - AGENTS: REAL ESTATE see more at Savills is a leading international property services group providing comprehensive, yet personalized residential leasing services. As part of the relocation package, orientation, home and school searches, immigration services, lease negotiation and preparation, tenancy management, and renewals can all be provided. Our team of highly-experienced and dedicated consultants is committed to providing exceptional and uncompromised customer service. JRE Corporate has rapidly expanded since its foundation into one of the largest real estate companies focusing on residential services. We boast the widest range of properties, the lowest prices and the value-added complete after-sales services throughout the whole lease term. Tel:5108 8028, 5108 8048, 13701080877 Fax: 5108 8039 Email: Joanna@joannarealestate. NCL Real Estate Services NCL Commercial services focus on the office leasing service for foreign companies. provides international clients with customer-orientated, attentive and responsible value-added residential services. NCL offers a complete stress free relocation service to expatriates. 汇盛行房地产经纪公司 Lease & rent : Apartments, Villas, Offices, etc. ROOM120606 JIANWAI SOHO 建外SOHO12号楼606室 Tel: 58691028; 13911758308 Fudou, The most considerate consultant in real estate. Beijing’s first “housekeeper-style” real estate consultancy. Thinks about what you may ignore. Deals with what you have no time to do. Helps manage your extra-money over budget. We provide one-stop service solutions including house purchasing and renting, house cleaning, moving, and house renovation, to meet your various needs. We aim to help you find the ideal residence in Beijing, enabling you to enjoy the wonderful environment of Beijing that is getting for the Olympic Games. Office: Room 1108, Building 12,Wanda Plaza, 93# Jianguo Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing Tel:8610-5820 4845 Real Estate Law 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.

Waveland Realty is a leading residential and commercial property consulting company specializing in providing leasing and sale of superior properties, property management and investment consultation in the Beijing metropolitan area. Waveland Realty is one of the first and the best-known real estate companies in Beijing. Tel: 85805609/10/11 or 13901098016 Fax: 85805612 E-mail: SERVICES - BUSINESS CENTER see more at Vantone Commercial Center provides tenants a fully serviced office and conference center environment in the heart of both Chaoyang Business District and Financial Street. Our center located on the top floors of Vantone Center Tower D offers you fantastic panoramic views with professionally trained staff to support all your daily business needs. New World Vantone Business Center is ideally situated along the 2nd Ring Rd inside a landmark building. In addition, we have inhouse catering available to offer you the convenience of hosting events without seeking outside vendors. The Center is outfitted with high-end telecommunication, conference audio, video, lighting and office equipment ensuring unsurpassed quality and efficiency. Tel: 010 8804 7200,5905 5905 SERVICES - AIR PURIFIERS see more at

IQAir: Air pollution is a major environmental concern for everyone. The air we breath effects our health and well-being. IQAir has been providing clean air solutions for more than 45 years. With a certified actual efficiency of at least 99.97%, our Health Pro 250 model has received more #1 ratings than any other product on the market. Call today for a free air quality assessment of your home or office. The IQAir Store: Room 2201-02, Air China Plaza, 36 Xiao Yun Lu, Chao Yang District, Beijing 北 京市朝阳区霄云路36号国航大厦2201-02室 Tel: 010-8447 5800 / 5488 Service Hotline: 400-6501266 E-mail: SERVICES - AYI / HOUSEKEEPING see more at Beijing Ex-PATS Service Healthy, reliable, experienced, English-speaking housemaid / nanny. Free agency and 24- hour English service. Medical and Accident insurance covered. EXPATS Life Group also serves with Mandarin, car leasing, Visa, English-speaking driver, driving license, vehicle registration. Tel: 64381634, 13501237792 ada. Beijing Sunnyhome Housekeeping Service Co., Ltd Services: Cleaning, Ironing, Cooking, Baby-care. Etc. Tel: 010-87863691 www., E-mail:home@bjayiservice. com Add: Room3022 ShiYi Hotel No.1 JiuXianQiao Lu Chaoyang District Beijing China Ayi Housekeeping Services is a branch of Shanghai Xun En Home Services, providing the advanced and professional, full time and part time home services: Housekeeping; Baby-sitter; Driver; Chinese & English tutor; Massage; Martial; Arts; Filipino Ayi, etc. Contact us: Tel: 010-65476698; 010-87016095; Mobile: 15201217243 / 131 4104 2715. 24 Hours. Email:; Beijing Ayi Service Company provides the experience and professional ayies (Nanny), driver and western cooking chef for foreigner families. And teach ayies western cooking etc. contact on: 60409096, 13641137690 (24 hours), email: website:

CLASSIFIEDS SERVICES - CARPETS see more at Khawachen’s Beijing store is brand new. However their hand-woven carpets made of pure Tibetan highland sheep wool, ornamented with exquisite Tibetan designs and symbolism have been widely acclaimed domestically and internationally since 1994. Enjoy your leisurely shopping at KhawachenPioneer of Tibetan rugs, in the beautiful Chaoyang park. Tel: 5905 6311 E-mall: Website: www. 3-2 FA, Solana Park, No.6, Chaoyang Park Road, Chaoyang District. SERVICES - DECORATION/DESIGN see more at DURAVIT Almost 190 years ago Duravit’s history began in Hornberg in the Black Forest in Germany. George Friedrich Horn founded a small factory, initially producing earthenware crockery and giving way vto the manufacture of sanitary ceramics at the beginning of the 20th century. Since then Duravit has been solely dedicated to “Living Bathrooms” and today offers complete bathroom solutions with ceramic sanitaryware, bathroom furniture and the recently established Bathtubs + Wellbeing product segment. More information? Please contact Duravit(Chin a)Sanitaryware Co., Ltd - Shanghai Sales Center, Unit A-D,10/F Jiushi Tower,28 Zhongshan Road(S),Shanghai(02163309922)

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

Boloni Experience Center As the biggest macro-home provider in China, Boloni has retained famous Italian designer Lino Codato to create an impressive new showroom. Covering 8,000 square meters, it will show the company’s “post minimalism” and European fashion trends. Featuring Kebao and Boloni decoration、 along with Tellmach villa decoration for different styles of house and apartment. 100 meters north of Easyhome Mall on the North Fourth Ring Road (8489 9001 / 5134 8917) SERVICES - GENERAL see more at Beijing TOP-A Vehicle Service Co., Ltd Beijing TOP-A Vehicle Service provides: *English-speaking driver *Long-short term leasing *Airport-Pick up/Drop off *Sedan, Van and Bus We, EX-PATS Life Group, also serves with Mandarin, housemaid, Visa, driver, driving license, vehicle registration service Tel: 64381634, 13501237792 ada.

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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: International Beijing Roundtrip flight promotion Beijing-Ho Chi Minh from RMB2200 Beijing-Bangkok/Kuala Lumpur from RMB2100 Beijing-Singapore from RMB2400 Beijing-Dubai/Jakarta/Yangon from RMB3000 Beijing-Manila from RMB2000 Beijing-Vancouver from RMB3500 More Destinations and Domestic tickets on sale!! Note: Taxes excluded. Get a quote and more details please contact us. Tel: 010-51656625 Web: Welcome joint the expatcar motor club membership We buy your car Help you sell out your car Car license plate draw lottery registration New car sales Used car sales Mechanical first aid Change of flat tire Battery boost Towing & extrication service Long –short term leasing Contact: Tel: 81523060 AAA expatcar New car sales Second hand car sales Car license plate draw lottery registration Leasing options Car service Car insurance Contact: Tel: 81523060 SERVICES - BUSINESS see more at A & L consulting provides urgent business services: Work permit, Resident permit, Business registration, Market penetration. Call: 8610-51286183 13701381127 13811627864 E-mail:

AsiaBS & B.String Professional accountant and Corporation forming 1. Setting-up Hongkong, BVI and other offshore company 2. Setting-up the WFOE, Joint Ventures, Representative Offices in China 3. Opening the bank a/c Tel: 8610 5869 6579 Website:; www. E-Mail: Austen Morris Associates provide independent financial advice for expatriates, including children’s education planning, retirement planning, protfolio management and tax efficient investments. Call for an initial consultation. Mon-Fri 9am-5.30pm, Ste 2509, Beijing Silver Tower, 2 Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. 64107030.

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DB Schenker is a German freight forwarding company with more than 2,000 offices in more than 130 countries worldwide which provides a wide scope of services. The relocation department professionally handles international, domestic and local household removals around the world door to door. For inquiries and consultations please contact our multilingual staffs: Email: relocations.; Tel.: +86 10 8042 0416; Fax: +86 10 8048 0115; web: www.dbschenker. we make moving enjoyable! CIM is located 50 metres away from Chaoyang Customs Office. CIM can provide a full range of moving, storage, record management and expatriate documentation services. Multilingual and professional staff know what you expect and what makes you happy. Wherever you move, whenever you move, call CIM.Email: Web:

Asian Express is an expert in international, domestic, local household goods and office moving, storage and full relocation services. We have been servicing Mainland China since 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:

Seven Seas Worldwide If you pay the moving yourself, WE ARE ABSOLUTELY YOUR BEST CHOICE. Within 3m³(=24 large boxes) unbeatable price and safe service quality. More than 20,000 happy customers a year. PLUS: 1 month free storage in China. 24h hotline: 400 881 6698. More lovely price, more safety, more flexibility. SERVICE - PET CARE see more at

ASIAN TIGERS K. C. DAT (CHINA) Ltd. Is an international Relocation management specialist with twelve offices in China. We are ISO9002 and FAIM certified, members of OMNI and FIDI providing us worldwide representation in 1,000+locations. Our client base includes multinational companies, financial institutions and embassies. Tel: (010) 6415 1188 general. Links Relocations has invested and continues to invest in our core business – moving. We have buying power, global contracts, a great business model & above all else a Friendly approach to moving that makes us the Smart choice for our clients. So wherever you are going – Call, Email or Skype. 010 8447 7496 or or skypeID links.relocations SILVERWAY RELOCATIONS Door to Door Moving/Packing Materials/Packing Assistance Domestic Trucking/Local Moving/Office Moving/Wooden Crating/ International Freight Forwarding/Pet Handling/Customs Clearance Tel: 010-65485508. Email: AGS Since 1974, the AGS Group assists clients with their relocation needs, enabling them to move with complete peace of mind. AGS offers a worldwide network of 125 branches ISO 9001:2008 certified and uses overseas agents, members of the major international organisations of the moving industry (FIDI, IAM.) Tel: 8532 5288 email: AGS Depuis 1974, le Groupe AGS offre à ses clients toute une gamme de services permettant de déménager en toute sérénité. AGS c’est un réseau mondial de 125 agences certifiées ISO 9001:2008 et qui travaille avec des agents membres des grandes organisations internationales de l’industrie (FIDI, IAM ) Tel : 8532 5288 email

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 SERVICES - TRANSLATION/WRITING see more at Mag Translation has a professional team of translators and interpreters for nearly thirty languages. Services include: Document Translation / Interpretation /Certified Translation (officially recognized stamps) / Business Liaison / Voice Over /Transcription. Quality and Punctuality are conscientiously guaranteed! Contact: magtranslation@gmail. com, 86-10-51663597, 86-13811295972, www. PrimeTrans offers comprehensive translation services that help you overcome your business barriers. Quality, prompt and worry-free! Call George: 010 81732035, 13501089053, SERVICE - IMPORT & EXPORT see more at CTH (Beijing) Import & Export offers professional import export service. • Custom clearance • Import Export agency • Sourcing in China • Air/Sea transportation Tel: (010)67980408 or 15801308466 Email:

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CLASSIFIEDS SERVICES - HOME APPLIANCES see more at Smeg's clever combinations of features, technology and style have produced the truly versatile series of Opera Range Cookers. The serious cook can select a beautiful design object to enhance the kitchen, which can reflect the skill of its owner by providing excellent culinary results from its wealth of functions and features. Smeg Appliances are constantly in line with the latest design trends. All features, from control knobs to handles, are designed to combine ease of use with innovation and research. These cookers are appealing, practical yet distinctive and styled to enhance the appearance of modern kitchens. All models are easy to use, easy to clean, reliable and manufactured to meet stringent safety and quality standards. EUROIDEA’s showroom:1)Rm 1-003,Tower 2 ,Easy Home,65 Beisihuandonglu,Chaoyang District, Beijing(13401091092),or 2)No.3033,Kai xuanlu,Xuhui District,Shanghai (02154258960). 展厅1)北京市朝阳区北四环居然之家2号厅 1-003(13401091092);2)上海市徐汇区凯旋路 3033号甲(021-54258960).

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 - PRINTING


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Beijing Mandarin School obtains a good reputation among foreigners. More than 60 teachers; tailor made textbooks; voted “The Professional Chinese Language School”; also recommended by BBC News by Helen Leavey on Monday, 9 January 2006. We also offer Chinese culture class, Chinese cooking class; paper-cutting class & visa service and apartment rental service. Free Chinese Connor will start on April 9 th &12th. New group classes start on April 11th &25th, 2011.E-tower: Room 904-905, E-tower, Guanghua Road, Chaoyang District. (数码01大厦9层904室) Tel: 6508 1026 Fax: 6508 1126 Guangming Hotel: Room 0709, 7/F, Guangming Hotel office building, Liangmaqiao Road, Chaoyang District (光明饭店7层0709室) Tel: 84418391/ 186 1173 6419 www.

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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.

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Qianmen Carpet Co. One of the city’s most reputable rug merchants sells antique carpets from Tibet, Qinghai, Xingjiang and Inner Mongonlia, as well as reproductions and contemporary creations. B&Q, This UK-based company stocks around 40000 different products in its Beijing superstore, including flooring, bathroom and kitchen material, doors, windows, paints, hardware, tools, curtains, fabrics, furniture and a fabulous drill section. Mon-Fri 9.00am-9.00pm, Sat-Sun 9.00am-9.30pm 1) Maliandao Store, 10 Maliandaolu, Xuanwu District, (6331 6611); 2) Golden Season Srore,117 xisihuan Beilu, Haidian District, (8846 6611); 3) Jianxiang Store, 200m south of Jianxiangqiao on eastern side of the street, Chaoyang District. (6235 6611); 4) Nine Dragons Store, 1km east of Shuangjiangqiao, Chaoyang District, (8776 8811);

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The Bridge School has a history of 18 years and 5 locations in Beijing. There are about 100 comitted teachers and over 40 contracted companies/embassies. Our own textbooks including memory cards and cds are published by Beijing Culture and Language University, and we are authorized as test centre for HSK and BCT exam. Since March 2010, we have been broadcasting the column “Chinese Studio” in FM91.5 MHz China Radio International. Guangming Hotel: Room503, 5/F.Tel:84517605 Fax: 64680287. E-tower: Room903, 9/F.Tel:65064409 Fax: 65046389. Capital Paradise Club: Tel: 80466114 Fax: 80461707. Reviera Plaza Furniture Building: Room 701, Tel: 84308068 Fax: 84703587. Sanlitun Tongguang Tower: Room 8013, Tel 65389422 E-mail: Cangjie Mandarin School 1. Spoken Chinese, HSK, BCT, YCT, business Chinese, Chinese Character, Pronunciation 2. The special price for new private students: rmb1200/20lessons 3. Group class:960yuan/month (only one person can start) 4. Free trial class: Chinese culture class, pronunciation class, calligraphy 5. Fild trip: to visit handwork museum; to see performance at Tea house Tel: 6591-0933 1324-174-0100 Room 703, Heng’an Building South of the Pacific Center Place (D,Tuanjiehu station, Subway line 10) 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:

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hao’s father and my father knew one another as boys, from the War years they spent together in Chongqing. On my first visit to Beijing in 1981, when we were both gangly teenagers, I sat with Xiao Zhao at a tedious banquet in the Friendship Hotel. I can still hear him practicing English with me: “A cup of coffee,” he would say over and over again. About six years ago, we reconnected, and in 2009 he helped Fanfan and me get a great rental deal at our apartment, where he owns a unit next to ours. He had originally been renting it out, but a year or so ago, he sold his other apartment in Fengtai and moved in next door. I like Zhao, though I’m not sure we could ever be close friends. It’s as much out of respect for him as out of obligation, or old family ties, or just plain neighborliness, that we’ve made him a part of our lives. He drops in often, and is unfailingly generous with appropriate holiday foods: mooncakes, sticky rice in lotus leaf, rice flour dumplings, what have you. He’s an engineer by training, and a talented one I gather, based on his exalted position at his company. Magazine pieces praise his business acumen and his work ethic. He’s also very good with his hands. Before he moved in, he worked night and day renovating the place top to bottom, and he’s justifiably proud of the efficient use of space in his design and the clever cabling, even if some of the fixtures and furnishings border on the ostentatious. “My old neighborhood was very local,” he told me once as we surveyed his handiwork, “without all these foreigners around.” He paused, and smiled at me: “Did you imagine a Chinese could live like this 30 years ago?” he asked, pride and awkward status-consciousness both in evidence. Zhao is either widowed or divorced. There’s evidence for both surmises, and I’ve not quite


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gotten up the nerve to ask him directly. Actually, he brings up his late (or ex-) wife with some frequency, and it’s clear that he’s conflicted and still tormented by her. He’s by turns spiteful and warmly nostalgic when he speaks of her. In one breath, and with no awareness of any irony, he’ll wax admiringly about her deep knowledge of traditional Chinese medicine and laugh contemptuously about her superstition. Whatever happened between them, or whatever happened to her, it seems to have involved a foreigner. At times you’d think she ran off with one; at others, you’d be forgiven for thinking that she’d been raped and murdered by one. A relation of his – an adult male cousin of his mysterious erstwhile wife, I’m given to believe – lives with Zhao. He’s stone-faced, with the erect posture of a military man. He’s almost freakishly muscular. In the early mornings, when we happen to share an elevator, he stares at himself in the mirror and flexes as we descend, completely unselfconsciously. He practices wushu in the commons outside the building. Many of the neighborhood boys stop on their way to school to watch, and some to imitate, this unsmiling man. He speaks no English and Zhao has intimated that he has no interest in, or particular liking for, the foreigners who live in our compound. The problem with living next to Zhao is that the walls are thin, and we can hear Zhao when he disciplines his son – a not infrequent occurrence. It’s painful to listen to, but I don’t know the full context and try not to judge him. Still, my own children hear it and recently in their games, Zhao shushu and his scary cousin (who can sometimes be heard loudly repeating Zhao’s chastisements) have become bogeymen. My foreigner neighbors certainly talk about it with me when we’re at the playground watching the kids, and they don’t shirk from the word “abuse.”

One couple even knocked on the Zhaos’ door one night, and Zhao lost it, letting fly a torrent of invective we could hear with embarrassing clarity. The whole subject of parenting and the exercise of parental authority is now one that I’m loath to bring up with him. He can be very thin-skinned; I’ve learned that there are topics you simply don’t broach with him unless you’re ready to meet the pugnacious beast beneath that thin skin. As for Zhao’s 13-year-old son, he’s hard to read. He’s a high-achiever, plays violin well (thank God, given the thin walls) and has always gotten into good schools, and while he’s unfailingly polite to me, I see the devil in that kid’s eyes – which I find myself thinking wouldn’t be there but for Zhao’s “tiger mother” parenting style. Zhao’s interested in dating, he told me recently. He’s got some money, he’s dressing better, he’s been hitting the gym, and he’s trying to quit smoking. Zhao is plenty erudite. He can spend a whole evening talking history (as long as it’s China’s), or the finer points of Tang and Song poetry, or Romance of the Three Kingdoms. This can, alas, get tedious at dinner parties when some of my expat friends are there, too – and it generally doesn’t help when I’m trying to set him up with a woman. He tells me he’s not at all interested in dating foreign women, but then he’s obviously resentful when they show no interest in him. Although he’s clearly a very proud man, and one of no mean accomplishment, somehow around women – Chinese or foreign alike – he simply fails to project confidence. He’s stiff, defensive, and shows none of the easy, often earthy humor that comes so naturally to him when it’s just us. “Don’t try so hard,” I tell him. “Be yourself.” “Actually,” he answers, “I’m being exactly myself.” And I worry that he’s right.

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