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生态经济(英文版) 主管单位: 云南出版集团公司 主办单位: 云南教育出版社


Beijing Folk: The Frog Man of Sanlitun Talk About Town: You drank what?! Scene & Heard: Snaps from our 2011 Reader Bar & Club Awards … plus your chance to win great prizes



Feature: Is your drinking habit ruining the planet?

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Editorial Planning Manager Jonathan White Deputy Editorial Planning Manager Iain Shaw Style and Living Editorial Planner Tiffany Wang Music Editorial Planner Michelle Dai


Arts & Culture Editorial Planner Marilyn Mai Dining Editorial Assistant Emily Young Contributing Editors Tom O’Malley (Dining), Nikolaus Fogle (Explore) Copy Editor Lilly Chow


Visual Planning Joey Guo Contributors Raymond Braun, Carlly Chun, Michael Connors, Mary Dennis, Kaiser Kuo, Gabriel Monroe, Josh Ong, Elizabeth Parke, Edward Ragg Advertising Agency True Run Media 全国广告总代理: 深度体验国际广告(北京)有限公司


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17 From the hutong to the high-rise, the streets have spoken. Who got the props in the Reader Bar & Club Awards? We’ve dropped the graphs for graf, so let us break it down for you ... What’s New: Dini’s Kosher Restaurant, Kok Saroy, Bar Code, Kiko, Eatalia, Backyard Café, Izakaya Koi Feature: Party restaurants Taste Test: Orange juice face-off Dining Q&A: Claudio Sadler

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What’s New: Fez, Paddy’s Pitstop, VS Lounge Party Like A: Cocktail rap battle Clubhouse: Patrick Yu Mastermind: Jack Zhou of First Floor Have You Met: Envy Playlist: Hanggai Livehouse: Pet Conspiracy … plus reviews of Rustic, Maizi and Hugh Laurie What’s New: Girones, Teddy Family, Cawö, Pink Beauty Inspect A Gadget: Meet the Androids Get The Look: That ’70s look Atelier: Kathrin von Rechenberg Features: Husband-and-wife artists play with chopsticks, Rachel DeWoskin’s new novel, and that German operetta about a bat … plus reviews and previews of The Foremost Good Fortune, The Lost Bladesman and Chinese Orphan





Q&A: Hash House Harriers Feature: A guide to watching sports on TV … the pub vs. couch dilemma is answered

61 Health Feature: Lose weight … the TCM way! Hands-On: Bartender class Q&A: Beijing Community Dinner brings together foodies and do-gooding

63 Long Weekend: Send yourself to Siberia Feature: China’s Waterworld – experiencing the Three Gorges on a riverboat

Sales Assistants Phoebe Li, Veronica Li Distribution Jenny Wang, Victoria Wang


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

Ich Bin Ein Beijinger: But Kaiser, why didn’t you buy an apartment when it was cheap? Don’t you realize how much it would be worth now? What were you thinking?

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GENERATION GAP Nice tracksuits, grannies.

Less of the backchat. You are now about to witness the strength of hutong knowledge. Mount up, grannies ...



ho goes to pub quizzes? I’ll tell you.

Loners who quiz are a strange bunch. They’re usually smart enough to compete but if invited to join a team, they never pay for a round and they won’t let go of the pen. Typical quote: [mumbling] “Shut up – I can’t hear the question.” Newcomers to quizzes are always good value. They often mistakenly believe that it is open mic night and everyone has come to hear them. Typical quote: “Hurry up! Next question!” You know you’re a regular when you hate at least one other team that you see every week. Typical quote: “Look, they have a new guy. He’s very fat – he might be smart.”


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Specialists are like Marmite. In the sense that they are rubbish. If you sell yourself as a geography expert, nobody’s going to listen to you when you offer answers on other rounds. Typical quote: “Trust me, you guys – I majored in this.” Showoffs are like heels in wrestling. Don’t be surprised if the quizmaster is paying them off to be that obnoxious. Because when they don’t win, everybody else wins. Typical quote: [at the top of their voice for the seventh time that round] “High five! Come on!”

But nothing compares to quizmasters who attend other quizzes on their night off. Be on their team if you want to watch a car crash – just don’t believe them if they tell you that the cassowary is the biggest bird in the world. It’s not. That would be Big Bird. Typical quote: “Pretty sure it’s a cassowary.” Recognize yourself? Don’t feel bad. At one point or another, I have filled each of those roles. Hats off to Josh at Lush for winning Best Quiz this year and to Karl at Paddy’s for his Outstanding Award (although I wonder where he gets his questions, hmm). Most of all, well done to anyone who has ever been daft enough to stand up and test the knowledge and patience of an increasingly drunk mob. It’s appreciated.

Jonathan White Managing Editor


This month’s cover was a b-boy battle between the Beijing Hip-Hop Grannies and the Chocolate dancers, shot by Judy Zhou. We won’t tell you who won.

Arguers contest everything. They definitely got raised with a sense of entitlement and it’s nice to see a baying crowd shout them down. Typical quote: “Can we get some clarification on the Pluto question, please? We have four possible answers, and they’re all technically correct.”

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SCENE & HEARD 8th annual reader bar&club awards


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READER LETTERS Got an opinion? We’d sure like to hear it. Email us at editor@thebeijinger. com. Published letters will get you a free bottle of vodka from the lovely fellas at KISS Vodka. Greetings, I read your article “For Crumb the Bell Tolls” [May 2011, p32]. I was taken aback that your “experts” didn’t venture into Comptoirs de France, where your panelists would have been smitten with the taste of the regular or rustic baguettes, both of which have outstanding flavour, texture and the right mix of all ingredients necessary for a baguette to be called une vraie baguette. The ones illustrated, as well as the “winners,” in your article are mere pretenders to the venerated name. – David Fieldman We say: Mmmjfmrr mmffjjrr ... Sorry, we’re too busy eating our Pekotan baguette. I usually enjoy Kaiser Kuo’s column but last month’s just made me feel dirty, and not in a good way. It’s not the concept that I minded, as it could have been quite funny or even poignant if done right. This one lacked class and imagination. It provides readers with at least five different ways to track down

prostitutes in this city (although I guess the ones who didn’t already know probably wouldn’t want to know anyway ...), and it uses the word “chubby,” not referring to a cute little grade school boy who hasn’t lost his baby fat. Good God, at least I hope not. Couldn’t he have thought up some more interesting ones? I don’t know, things that deal with losing the purity of your soul. Like giving in to not queuing, or stealing a subway seat from a granny. Now that’s classy. If nothing else, Kaiser, please just never use the word “chubby” like that again. – Roberta G. Kaiser says: Okay, I do so promise. You won’t see the word “chubby” appear in the column again.


Hiding in the shadow of the majestic Drum and Bell Towers and Lama Temple, Andingmen appears trivial but its proximity to hip hutongs and the Gulou area make it anything but.


Clothes shops line the street from the south of the station all the way down Gulou Dongdajie. Towards the north end of Nanluogu Xiang, more “up to date” designs can be found hanging on the racks. Bargain hard – you might surprise yourself by how many lovely pieces you can get with 100 kuai. This is also the area to get bikes, musical instruments, video games and even some ink in your skin.


At dawn, walk northeast to see people practicing taijiquan in Ditan Park; at dusk, step southwest and you’ll see middle-aged locals gathering in the garden next to the Second Ring Road chanting old Chinese songs about the revolution. It’s a slice of “real” Beijing.


Why venture beyond the Fourth Ring to play football with your mates when Ditan Gymnasium (built for the Asian Games in 1990) is open to the public? With a full-size football pitch, three basketball courts, an indoor swimming pool and facilities for table tennis, badminton and bowling, it ’s a great downtown option for keeping fit.




hat man in his 70s would go to Sanlitun Bar Street every night and only go home after 1am? That could only be Xiao Bao, who has been crafting frogs from palm leaves and cheerfully selling them in Sanlitun for the past decade and a half. We couldn’t get him to sit down for a chat at night, since that’s when he makes a living, so we caught up with him on a bright afternoon. You’re known as the Frog Man, but you don’t just make frogs. What else do you make? Look, here’s a grasshopper, a dragonfly. Dragons, phoenixes, turtles, cranes, chickens – I can make them all.


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Do you eat frogs? How about dragonflies? Frogs … I’ve never eaten that thing. People from the south eat them. Dragonflies? I’ve never seen people eating that.

What would you do if another Frog Man appeared on your turf?

About five or six years ago, another guy came to sell crafts too, but he left after two nights. He couldn’t sell much. After the interview, the “old artist” s t o o d u p, s h o o k m y h a n d a n d arranged his crafts tidily. Before he walked away, he said: “I will try to sell one or two now, and then dinner will be sorted.”

Do you mind being called the Frog Man? Is there another name you’d prefer? What? Frog Man? I’ve never heard anybody calling me that – that’s impolite. They call me “old artist” or “craftsman.” I actually have an artist certification from the China Federation of Literary and Art Circles. Please imitate the sound of a frog. Sound of a frog? I’ve never done that. Ehm … eng-ah, eng-ah…


How do you feel about toads? Toads are frogs, frogs are toads. They are the same animal – the ones in the water are frogs, the ones walking

on land are toads.

Have you ever witnessed any bar fights? Yeah, loads. The youngsters fight a lot. Foreigners fight foreigners, Chinese fight Chinese, Chinese fight foreigners. There were lots of fights a few years ago – now it’s much better.





hatever the reason – a birthday punishment, an initiation gone awry or nothing left in your liquor cabinet but a bottle from someone’s trip to Greece – drinkers have been known to swallow some awful things. We sent Raymond Braun to ask you about the weirdest thing you ever drank.

“Ketchup.” Prentice, 25, US “In Vegas, my buddies and I had just turned 21, so we emptied one of those coin cups and filled it with anything we could find – Jack Daniels, coke, wine, beer – it didn’t matter whether it was alcoholic or not. We ended up passed out on the Strip.” Jeremy, 34, Canada “An insect cocktail. Part of a drinking game.” Loan, 22, France

“Vinegar, soy sauce and rice mixed with baijiu.” Xing, 23, China

“In Spain, I drank a shot that had a live worm in it.” Michael, 31, US

“Soy sauce, as part of a dare.” Dean, 26, US




h, man, I hate working in an office – y’nahmean? Like, it’s just a way for me to make beer tokens so I can go out proper raging on the weekend. I can’t wait for Friday. I spend hours staring at the clock. I just totally live for the weekend. I’m a weekend warrior. I love the weekend, me. Raving it up, dancing till the sun comes up. Love it!”

should probably be the first sacked i n t h o s e u p c o m i n g c u t b a c k s. It’s either that or your Simpsons tie. Or your constant lateness. Available at Wal-Mart

If this sounds like you, this mouse pad will announce to all your colleagues that you love DJs and nightlife and partying. And it might make work a little more bearable. It also might point out that you

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rinks are thirsty. According to the Water Footprint Network, a liter of beer requires an average of 300 liters of water to produce. A bottle of wine requires more than 700 liters of water. Yet, as China continues to battle endemic water shortages to support one-fifth of the world’s population on only seven percent of the world’s freshwater, the nation’s taste for alcoholic beverages continues to rise quickly (along with most


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everything else). To meet this demand, China’s beer industry pumped more than nine billion liters of suds onto the market in the first quarter of 2011 alone. While Beijing is one of China’s most parched cities, it is also at the head of the field in beer consumption. Beijing guzzled 90 liters of beer per person in 2010, according to a report published by the China National Commercial Information Center. At this pace, Beijingers imbibe about three


by Gabriel Monroe

times China’s national average, exceeding the consumption rates of Japan and the US. Troubled brewing? Can we afford to drink this much? Perhaps our livers will be fine if we balance out our libations with clean living, but what about our water table (currently about 24 meters below sea level and dropping)? Each time we open a brew, are we sipping our way toward sucking the earth dry? Are our merry bacchanalians a vampiric blight upon the life of the land?

CHINA’S BEER INDUSTRY PUMPED MORE THAN NINE BILLION LITERS OF SUDS ONTO THE MARKET IN THE FIRST QUARTER OF 2011 ALONE China has had its share of ecologically damaging alcohol production operations in recent years. One notorious episode was the foul practice of Yunnan’s Dali Beer, which was found in 2008 to be dumping wastewater measuring seven times the allowed chemical concentration level into local waterways. Dali Beer is now owned by Carlsberg, which insists that the problem has been addressed. In 2009 in Anhui province, another case of polluting alcohol producers came to light, in which several Gujing Village distilleries were closed by the government for failure to meet environmental regulations.

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The yellow standard However, recently, many of China’s leading alcohol producers have worked hard to establish sustainable environmental practices. Beijing’s own Yanjing Beer, for example, one of China’s top brands and among the top ten beer producers by volume worldwide, prides itself on operating high-tech, energy-efficient facilities with international-standard waste treatment systems. Other leading national beer brands, including Tsingtao, increasingly show similar eco-friendly ambitions. Harbin Beer, now owned by global giant InBev, has come a long way in this regard. Before the end of 2002, their Harbin-area brewery directly dumped its wastewater into the adjacent Majiagou River, but by 2007 the same facility was properly processing 4,800 tons of wastewater daily.

Whiskey leads the biofuel charge But while many of us might find it difficult to afford the all-Maotai diet, other noble beverages are making portentous ecological progress -


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MIGHT THE ALCOHOL DRINKERS AMONG US COME TO BE CONSIDERED HEROES? to construct a 7.2MW power plant – capable of providing electricity for about 9,000 homes – at Rothes in Speyside; it will create energy by burning the spent grain from whisky production along with wood chips. Scheduled to commence operation in 2013, this project is emblematic of the local government’s ambitious goal of converting to 100 percent renewable energy by 2020. The future: booze to batteries Could similar renewable energy initiatives be on the horizon for some of China’s major alcohol producers? According to a 2009 New Yorker article, Tsinghua University engineers have also been working on “a biofuel based on the process of producing Chinese moonshine.” Now that similar technology has matured elsewhere, can green aspirants like Maotai and Yanjing be far behind? Such innovative approaches to developing renewable energy sources are likely to find only increasing

support throughout markets around the world in the years to come. Might the best and brightest in the alcoholic beverages industr y not only clean up their act by giving water back as clean as they get it, but become net energy producers? A few short years from now, might the alcohol drinkers among us come to be considered heroes for our tireless support of these industries that would literally brighten our nights? There would be no such thing as having one too many, as each pint of Guinness consumed would power a child’s reading lamp. Until then, let us pray for science and Scotland to blaze a trail for the world to follow. The Beijing Ecoholic An appreciator of alcohol with eco-friendly aspirations in Beijing might keep the following points in mind: • Don’t drink Bambi. Watch out for medicinal alcoholic beverages which involve the steeping of endangered animals or animal parts. There are many better ways to enhance your virility. Consider a good night’s sleep or a cup of coffee. • Drink local. Although producing organic alcohols is admirable, choosing locally produced alcoholic beverages (e.g. Yanjing in tall recycled bottles) over imports minimizes your carbon footprint. • Drink fresh. Now that you’re only allowed to drink Erguotou, mix it with fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables. Yum. • Drink in bulk. Box wines or larger-sized bottles of alcohol amount to fewer resources devoted to packaging. Instead of a case of half-bottles, order a case of Jeroboams (i.e. 3L), and share with the neighbors. Incidentally, natural cork is far less carbon-intensive than plastic stoppers and screw caps.


Maotai’s green revolution Meanwhile, in the heartland of Chinese alcohol production – Guizhou province’s Maotai Village – the makers of China’s prestigious national spirit are also preening themselves green. Having fortified Mao Zedong and his followers on the Long March through their darkest hours, Maotai’s revolutionary tradition is aptly suited to pushing eco-friendly alcohol production in China to the next level. As retail prices for Maotai have risen steeply in recent years, Maotai Group can afford to pursue state-of-the-art environmental protection standards. Over the years they have invested more than RMB 160 million in environmental protection initiatives, including RMB 70 million for upgrades of their waste treatment facilities. Installing quality and environmental protection assurances along their supply chain from the sorghum and wheat fields to the bottle and box, the group is pursuing both organic and ISO 14000 environmental management certification.

on the far side of the globe. In the storied distilling districts of both Scotland and Kentucky, distilleries have had impressive successes incorporating renewable energy technology into their production processes. In Kentucky, bourbon producer Maker’s Mark converts its grain byproduct waste into biogas that has reduced their natural gas consumption by 30 percent. According to a Guardian report, Scotland’s whisky distilleries have already gone much farther down this path, cooperating on a project that would go beyond just offsetting their own electricity use. Contracts have been approved

ECO STATS In a controlled study of monkey alcohol drinking,


of vervet monkeys were identified as steady drinkers, preferring their alcohol either undiluted or diluted with plain water rather than sweeteners. These steady drinkers were seen to be good leaders, keep order competently and thrive in groups. Human DNA shares


similarity with that of vervet monkeys. Guardian

56.7 million tons of alcoholic beverages in 2010, including 4,483 tons of beer. China produced

China National Sugar and Alcohol Trade Fair

According to an industry market report, Beijingers

90 liters of beer per person in 2010, far exceeding the national yearly average of about 30 liters. consumed

China National Commercial Information Center

From January through March of this year, China’s total

9.15 billion liters, representing an increase of 7.75% over the national beer production exceeded

same period in 2010. China International Beer Network

In 2010, Guizhou Maotai purchased of organic sorghum,

52,000 tons

66,750 tons of wheat and

19,000 tons of packaging materials.

As many as

9,000 homes could be powered by an

electricity facility under construction in Speyside, Scotland that will use the energy produced by burning waste matter from the whisky-making process. Aside from powering homes, biofuel derived from whisky chaff could also power cars and even aircraft, according to scientists at Edinburgh’s Napier University. Guardian

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WIN STUFF 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 bottle of KISS vodka for all reader letters that we publish. Also up for grabs in this issue: an RMB 200 voucher for Ganges Indian Restaurant, a Hoegaarden gift pack, a voucher (worth RMB 1,100) for The Peninsula Spa by ESPA a place at an “Into the Frying Pan“ cooking party at Westin Chaoyang, two tickets to Centro’s closing party, a Hard Rock Cafe 40th anniversary T-shirt brunch for two (valued at RMB 600) at Agua Email with your answers. Good luck!

Taking that “rabbit ears” thing one step too far. Photo by Erin Henshaw Got a Peking Pic? Send it to for a chance to win an RMB 300 voucher for Flamme. Source: Hanloon Tailors

TRIVIA TRAVAILS 1. Rachel DeWoskin’s favorite John Hughes moment comes from which of his movies? a) Ferris Bueller’s Day Off b) Sixteen Candles c) The Breakfast Club d) Home Alone 2 2. Which Chinese actor is moonlighting this month at the NCPA? a) Chen Peisi b) Ge You c) Jiang Wen d) Jackie Chan 3. Which bar is located on the rooftop of Agua? a) Face b) Fizz c) Floss d) Fez 4. Claudio Sadler’s Michelin-starred restaurant is located in: a) Rome

TELL US A JOKE b) Milan c) Florence d) Naples 5. Who will be performing at the Kama Love Music Festival? a) Yoko Ono b) Lisa Ono c) Shinji Ono d) Yuki Ono 6. You can achieve a ‘70s look with: a) a tight pencil skirt and fitted collared shirts b) acid-wash skinny jeans and slashed tees c) a short bob and flapper dress d) wide-leg jeans and platform wedges 7. This month’s “Hands-On” compares bartending work to that of a: a) mad scientist b) brothel owner c) gourmet chef d) racecar driver

Each month we ask questions based on the content of the issue. Answer them correctly and win free stuff! This month’s prize is a RMB 200 voucher from Mughal’s E-mail answers to Answers to May’s Trivia Travails: 1. b) Tosca 2. c) a diplomat from Luxembourg 3. c) DJ Wordy 4. c) Bruce Springsteen 5. a) Hangzhou Operation Smile Charity Hospital 6. c) Gioia Pan 7. d) A big bearded guy Last month’s winner was Ellen Smith.


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Luke Haggett, KISS Vodka Mushroom walks into a bar. He says to the barman, “I’ll have a KISS vodka and coke, please!” Barman responds, “Sorry, mate – we don’t serve your kind in here.” Mushroom responds: “But why not? I’m a fungi!” KISS insist that fun guys are always welcome to sample their vodka, whatever the bartender tells you. Order it at

Susu Luo was here "It's like a jungle, sometimes it makes me wonder how I keep from going under." That was Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five on the tribulations of life in a rather different world from Beijing, but plenty of budding bar owners in this city have found themselves agreeing with the sentiment. In seven previous installments of the Beijinger's Reader Bar & Club Awards, bars like Cloud Nine, Browns and The Rickshaw have walked proudly away with big prizes, only to subsequently sink amidst the cutthroat competition of Beijing's unforgiving nightlife scene. It's that time again. Since last June, a new generation of bars has risen to take on the city, young bucks out to write over the achievements of the old guard. So who made the biggest imprint? We asked, and you spoke. Read on to see who made their mark.

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Outstanding The Stumble Inn Beer Mania Editors’ Pick El Nido

Outstanding Paddy O'Shea's Great Leap Brewing Editors’ Pick Great Leap Brewing

Outstanding Nanjie Mao Mao Chong Editors’ Pick First Floor


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Outstanding Modo Maison Boulud Outstanding Aria, China World Hotel Atmosphere, China World Summit Wing

Editors’ Pick Palette Vino

Editors’ Pick Aria

Outstanding Q Bar Mao Mao Chong Editors Pick Atmosphere

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Outstanding Ichikura Atmosphere, China World Summit Wing Editors’ Pick Ichikura

Outstanding Mala Mule, Mao Mao Chong The Terminator, The Brick Editors’ Pick Kafka Haze , Maison Boulud

Outstanding Punk, The Opposite House d lounge Editors’ Pick The Beach


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Outstanding First Floor The Stumble Inn Editors Pick Paddy O ’ Shea ’ s

Outstanding Paul Mathew, Flamme Stephanie Rocard, Mao Mao Chong Editors’ Pick Ah Jian, 2F

Outstanding Jackson Twinz (R Lounge, Renaissance Beijing Capital Hotel) Solidaz (The Pavillion) Editors’ Pick Hurrican e , Hard Rock Cafe

NOTE: Solidaz are no longer based at The Pavillion; you can see them five nights a week at Bar Blu

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Outstanding Tun Helen’s Cafeé Propaganda Editors Pick Juicy

Outstanding Atmosphere, China World Summit Wing Punk, The Opposite House Editors’ Pick Press Club Bar , St . Regis Beijing

Outstanding Alfa Mesh, The Opposite House Editors’ Pick The Half


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Outstanding Chocolate Punk, The Opposite House Editors Pick The House

Outstanding Salud Bed Editors’ Pick Amilal

Outstanding The Stumble Inn The Den Editors Pick Paddy O ’ Shea ’ s

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Outstanding MAO Livehouse D-22 Editors’ Pick 2 Kolegas

Outstanding The Den, (daily 5-10pm) The Stumble Inn, (daily 3-9pm) Editors’ Pick Union Bar & Grille, (daily 4 -8pm )

Outstanding Atmosphere, China World Summit Wing Mesh, The Opposite House The Bookworm Editors’ Pick Aria


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NOTE: Centro closes temporarily for renovations as of June 11.

Outstanding The Bookworm Paddy O’Shea’s

Outstanding Bridge Cafe Cafe Zarah

Editors’ Pick the Beijinger’2010 Charity Super Quiz

Editors’ Pick The Bookworm

Outstanding Punk, The Opposite House Vics Editors’ Pick Salsa Caribe

Outstanding Juicy The World of Suzie Wong's Editors Pick Touc h , Westin Chaoyang

c l ap dj booty bond” “word is july coming

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Outstanding Bed Q Bar Editors’ Pick George ’ s

Outstanding Maggie’s Destination Editors’ Pick Vic s / Mix

Outstanding INTRO 2010 YEN Fetish Halloween Editors’ Pick Syndicate 7th Anniversary,


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Outstanding The Stumble Inn Lush Editors’ Pick Park Side Bar & Grill

Outstanding 12SQM Pomme O'Shea's Editors Pick The Green Cap

Outstanding Capital M Drum and Bell Editors Pick China Bar , Park

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Outstanding Mao Mao Chong Fubar Editors’ Pick 2F

Outstanding The Den Fubar Editors’ Pick The Den


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Outstanding Mao Mao Chong Atmosphere, China World Summit Wing Editors’ Pick T he Green Cap

Outstanding d lounge Xiu, Park Hyatt Beijing Amilal Editors’ Pick d lounge

Outstanding Migas Q Bar Editors Pick The Beach

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Outstanding Paddy O'Shea's Mao Mao Chong

Outstanding Atmosphere, China World Summit Wing The House How We Roll 200 peeps nominated bars and clubs in 60 write-in categories. Only the most competitive categories survived, with the big dogs in each category representing on the public ballot. In three weeks, over 1,400 votes were received. Several hundred weak-ass attempts at ballot-stuffing got capped.


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NIBBLES NEW OPENINGS The Filling Station is open in the space adjoining The Green Cap in Shunyi. It’s an American diner-style joint serving burgers, steaks and other classics. Ssam and Shaorou Ren remain the best reasons to visit Sanlitun Soho, but there are a few new openings to report: Danshui Agei, Flour, Green Bites Dumpling Bar and Meat Shop Murayama. Pizza joint Lakers has opened next to The Box on Jiugulou Dajie. Not far away, Mirch Masala is back again on Nanluogu Xiang. Vietnamese restaurant Susu is now open on Qianliang Hutong Xixiang, just east of the National Art Museum. Two chefs from Saigon are in the kitchen whipping up banh mi, banh xeo and La Vong grilled fish. And pho, naturally. There are also cocktails and Vietnamese coffee. Wine store Vinolia opened last month in the basement of the Yintai Centre. They stock mostly higher-end wines, but there are some affordable bottles to be picked up. A new Middle Eastern restaurant named Georges (not to be confused with George Zhou’s cocktail bar) is open behind Lan Dao Plaza at Dongdaqiao Lu.







s Sanlitun Soho finally coming to life? Not quite – still too many unremarkable cafes and gaifan fast food restaurants – but Moment Café is another step in the right direction. This Serbian-run sandwich shop gives Hercules a real run for its money, with good ciabattas, interesting combinations of fillings, and most importantly, their sauces. I’m a big fan of Hercules – who, incidentally, should have their streetlevel kiosk open by early June – but their sandwiches could use more garnish. We’ll have a proper review next month, but for now I’ll just say that Moment’s spicy chicken and pepper sandwich is excellent. You can try out Moment’s offerings, as well as those of innovative Korean restaurant Ssam and Alsatian bistro Tonton and Tata, for just RMB 120 at the Sanlitun Soho Food Festi-

val on June 10. I had lunch in Ssam last month and was fairly impressed. You won’t find the big, hearty portions of traditional Korean restaurants, but the presentation is great and the food fresh and flavorful. After May’s Mother’s Day festivities, it’s time for Dads to take center stage, with Father’s Day coming up on June 19. For some reason, male parents get less love from Beijing restaurants, with only a handful of places offering Father’s Day specials. Among those making the effort are IFW (their weekend all-you-can-eat deal is also a great alternative to the champagne brunches), Beijing Bistro at Marriott Northeast, and One East, whose Sunday roast will keep the old man happy. Time is running out for Blu Lobster at the Shangri-La. Threestar Michelin chef Yannick Alléno

This month’s most curious opening has to be Pelé’s Cup in Fulllink Plaza. A coffeeshop filled with memorabilia relating to the slightly mad Brazilian footballing genius? Better believe it.

is lending his name and talents to a new concept, S.T.A.Y. – which stands for “Simple Table Alléno Yannick” – scheduled to open in the Blu Lobster space this September. Alléno’s involvement in the restaurant will mainly be from overseas, but he’ll be sending his own team to manage the restaurant and will be making seasonal visits to Beijing a la Daniel Boulud and Claudio Sadler. Finally, many involved in Beijing’s dining scene were saddened to hear of the death last month of food writer Pam Shookman, a respected and valued former contributor to publications including Time Out Beijing and our own Insider’s Guide to Beijing. Pam died in London after a battle with cancer. I didn’t know her personally, but by all accounts, she was just the type of person Beijing needs more of.

A second branch of award-winning 1949–The Hidden City restaurant Duck de Chine is to open just off Jinbao Jie, not far from Da Dong‘s restaurant in Jinbao Place. Luga has been off the radar for some time, but is set to open a new restaurant to replace Luga’s Pho Pho. It’s going to be called Little Italy.

FRESH PICKINGS As if all that champagne wasn’t enough, free-flow Grand Marnier cocktails have been added to the ever-expanding list of drinks on offer at the Westin Chaoyang’s “Bubbalicious” brunch. Pomme O’Shea’s has launched a new menu in collaboration with Caribbean cuisine caterer Private Kitchen. Former Banh Mi Now chef and TV star Jun Trinh is spicing up the menu at Bar Blu with Samoan-style roast meats and more.

CLOSURES Auntie Anne’s has closed its Zhongguancun pretzel outlet. Our Arts & Culture editor is dismayed.

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BACKYARD CAFE 后院咖啡 Mon-Fri 8am-9.30pm, Sat-Sun 10am-9.30pm. 2 Sanlitun Beixiaojie, Chaoyang District (6464 7642) 朝阳区三里屯北小街2号

This neat, peaceful café offers an alternative to nearby Panino Teca for embassy staff and health freaks. Every item reflects the healthconscious philosophy of the Chinese owner, who studied nutrition in Canada for six years. Simply tossed with olive oil, black pepper and dried basil, the well-balanced baked vegetables (RMB 29) ought to satisfy a medium-sized lady. Sandwiches come wrapped in whole wheat bread – rustic and fluffy. The apple tuna sandwich (RMB 29) with black olive, celery chunks and low-fat mayo is packed with antioxidants; for something more filling, try the mustardseasoned chicken sandwich (RMB 29). Snack on eggy spinach frittata (RMB 23) or gluten-rich whole wheat muffins (RMB 6) while relaxing on the terrace. Wash all that goodness down with a flaxseed smoothie (RMB 23). Emily Young Also try: Panino Teca, Hercules





IZAKAYA KOI 鲤居酒屋 Daily 10am-2am. Rm 101, 1/F, Bldg 15, China Central Place, 89 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District (157 1111 4810) 朝阳区建国路89号华贸中心15号楼101号

BAR CODE Daily 3pm-midnight. World City (north of The Place), 10 Dongdaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District (8590 7855) 朝阳区东大桥路10号世界城商业街(世贸天阶北面)


t’s usually a bit of a cop-out to begin a restaurant review by commenting on its name, but Bar Code? Bafflingly, it’s not a “Chinglish” blooper. A flashy logo of wine bottles lined up supermarket scanner-style shows that the folks in charge meant the joke, tragically. Taking over where Spanish restaurant Mosaico left off, the new management has put much of the emphasis on wine, shifting the culinary focus to reflect their Basque roots. This means pinchos –

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essentially tasty, tapas-type things like jamon iberico and smoked salmon on toast. The roasted piquillo peppers with sardines (RMB 38) was a great flavor combo, and a big portion for the price. The beef tenderloin with blue cheese sauce (RMB 38) was similarly generous – though disappointingly, the wickedly pungent cheese and good bread was betrayed by overdone beef. So close. Garlic prawns (RMB 58), recommended by the English-speaking waitress, didn’t disappoint. A tuna pie (RMB 22) was nicely spiced and seasoned, but the soft pastry spoke of hurried reheating. I also didn’t care for the thematic criss-cross drizzle of tar-hued balsamic vinegar on most dishes – such earthy fare doesn’t need sexing up. Bar Code is certainly a treat for serious oenophiles. The boss, a wine importer, has sourced an impressive list of Spanish rosé, aperitifs and sweet wines (RMB 180 and up). There are sections for Spanish “new wave” wines and “classic” Spanish wines, with Rioja firmly in charge. But if drinking isn’t your thing, there’s probably not quite enough on offer here to drag you away from the Spanish restaurants around Sanlitun. Tom O’Malley Standout dishes: Pinchos, garlic prawns Also try: Olé Spanish Restaurant, Carmen

With the exception of a few tea-based cocktails (RMB 35), the offerings here are pretty mediocre. The Western-influenced sushi rolls (RMB 48-68) with thick sauce and rich condiments could be considered tasty, though certainly not by traditional standards. The sweet and spicy burdock (RMB 18), accented with soy sauce and white sesame, was a nice beginning. However, the grilled scallops and avocado with cheese (RMB 45) was terribly executed on my visit: withered, stale scallops, raw avocado, and grated cheese that was clumpy and underbaked. The okonomiyaki (RMB 35) was better, but slightly overdosed with cooking oil; the pancake was flavorful, but more pickled ginger was needed to balance out the grease. Similarly, the grilled cod with saikyo miso (RMB 68) would be good value – with less oil. Emily Young Standout dishes: Green tea liqueur milk Also try: Tori Tei, Isshin








KOK SAROY 蓝色宫殿 Daily 11am-midnight. 2 Dongzhimenwai Xiaojie (near River View Hotel), Chaoyang District (8447 9906) 朝阳区东直门外小街2号(近雍景台酒店)


n darkest Dongzhimen, this little corner of Uzbekistan shines brightly. Really brightly, in fact. Dozens of glass chandeliers illuminate a brilliant interior of sky blue and white, the walls adorned with hand-painted murals depicting stories of Islam. We couldn’t wait to try Uzbekistan’s signature palov (RMB 98) – a one-pot dish of rice cooked together with chickpeas, dried fruit, grated carrots, spices and mutton. Maybe Beijing’s better Xinjiang restaurants have spoiled us, but this was a tad disappointing. The fruitiness and spices were there, but it was a little dry and underflavored – like a Persian pilaf without the pizzazz. Breads are a big part of the cuisine here. Don’t pass up on the traditional Uzbek lamb-filled samsas (RMB 28), or the handsomely pleated kerman loaf (RMB 10). Made with milk and sugar, the latter is softer and altogether more cake-like than tandoor-baked flatbreads. A middling selection of soups includes borscht (RMB 12) – nicely seasoned if a little watery – and Tashkent-style pulled noodles in broth (RMB 18). Of the starters, the special salad (RMB 20) with well-dressed slivers of tomato, peppers and chicken was our favorite. The skewers were a mixed experience. Chicken kebabs (RMB 12) were the best dish of the night – succulent, juicy and rich, with a pleasing tandoor char. On the downside, the beef iulia kebab (RMB 15) was dry and flavorless. The second half of the menu comprises standard Xinjiang dishes like dapanji and mutton chuan’r. There’s also a range of cakes and pastries, including baklava, which were unavailable on our visit. In any case, we won’t be rushing back to try them. Tom O’Malley Standout dishes: Chicken kebab, special salad Also try: Turkish Mum, 1001 Nights




Daily 10.30am-10pm. 3 Nanluogu Xiang, Dongcheng District (8402 0603) 东城区南锣鼓巷3号

Izakayas are the tapas bars of Japan, a tieloosening mix of alcohol and eats in an atmosphere of buzz and banter. It’s fair to say nobody at Kiko has read the brief. No welcome yell; instead, an easy listening CD on loop. Twitchy staff positioned around the room survey diners like embassy guards. It’s a pity because the food isn’t bad. Even with a recent Hatsune visit fresh in mind, I’d give Kiko’s California rolls (RMB 38) a creditable B-minus. And chicken cutlet curry with salad, pickles and miso soup (RMB 36) is a bargain lunch set I’d eat again in a pinch. The restaurant has a

prime perch at the top end of Nanluogu Xiang, so where are all the diners? Maybe it ’s an unwarranted fear of uranium-enriched fish keeping customers away; steer clear of the seafood and grab some tempura (RMB 35) or a big heap of fried udon noodles (RMB 28) instead. Tom O’Malley Standout dishes: California rolls, curry rice Also try: Hatsune, Ichigo Ichie


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EATALIA Daily 11.30am-midnight. 10-12 Huaqing Jiayuan (near Propaganda), Wudaokou, Haidian District (151 1026 2017) 海淀区五道口华清嘉园10-12号

You’ll probably think what I thought when I passed Eatalia the first time: “Another crappy Wudaokou restaurant hoping to cheat me out of a few kuai before shutting down.” But then the rumors started circulating: a family operation, run by real Italians! Handmade ravioli! Imported ingredients! The rumors are all true, folks. Go get your butts in those seats. Owner Mario Zaccagnini hails from Rome and is passionate about getting things right. He sources key ingredients straight from “The Boot,” and makes the dough fresh by hand every day. The pizzas are done quite well, but it was the ravioli (RMB 21-

63) that made me crave a return visit. Dough, fillings and sauce (particularly the creamy tomato) all good. Por tions are decent enough, especially considering the quality of the ingredients. If you’re going with friends, consider ordering a whole pizza with a variety of toppings. The bar is stocked with Italian offerings like Sambuca Vaccari, amaretto and limoncello – some of which make a cameo appearance in the desserts. Marilyn Mai Standout dishes: Speck and taleggio ravioli, salsiccia pizza Also try: Alio Olio, Scott’s Family Italian Cuisine



DINI’S KOSHER RESTAURANT Daily 11am-10pm. 9-12 Fangyuan Xilu (next to the south gate of Si’de Park), Chaoyang District (139 1074 0109) 朝阳区芳园西路9-12号 (四得公园南门旁)



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More Jewish dishes are on the way, including sautéed chicken shawarma, savory potato kugel, falafel and stuffed cabbage, as well as a range of kosher sushi and Western fare. Interestingly, several tables are named after Chinese cities with a Jewish connection. In fact, something approaching a Sino-Judaic museum is woven into every room, with old letters, holy items and news journals in display cases relaying the story of Jewish history in China. Upstairs is Café Miniature (also run by the Chabad), named after a joint that a century ago served the Russian Jews shivering way up north in Harbin. Miniature has a more natural cafe vibe than Dini’s, but if you’re not Jewish, its perch adjoining the synagogue might feel just a little too reverent. Tom O’Malley Standout dishes: Chicken schnitzel and fries, kung pao chicken Also try: Biteapitta





urious to know what kosher kung pao chicken tastes like? Rather like the non-kosher version, though considerably more expensive at RMB 110. But you can eat it safe in the knowledge that one of two certified Lubavitch rabbis operating in Beijing has personally approved the chicken, peanuts and scallions – as well as everything else on Dini’s menu of Western, Jewish and Chinese fare. Occupying most of the ground floor of the newly opened Beit Yaakov Chabad House, a slick Jewish community center, Dini’s is spacious, sunny and functional – clearly designed to stage events and gatherings for Jewish residents and visitors. The food was still fairly rudimentary when I visited. A tuna sandwich (part of the RMB 95 set lunch) was just sliced white bread with canned tuna, onions and lettuce. Katz’s Deli in NYC it’s not, though the chewy, slightly sweet challah rolls are worth a try.






laudio Sadler, the twoMichelin-starred chef and owner of Sadler Ristorante, was in Beijing recently on one of his twice-yearly visits to check in on his Ch’ien Men 23 project. We caught up with him to talk about the lengths he’d go for a great meal, the burden a Michelin star brings, and why he’s got more chance of achieving the elusive third star in Beijing than in Milan.

No, not really. I didn’t know him when I opened here, so we’ve never talked business. We’ve each got our own thing. Any plans to open another restaurant in China? No. At least not for now. You’ve got a two Michelin-star restaurant in Milan. What do those stars mean to you? It’s a big honor for me – the Michelin guides are among the most professional gourmet guides in the world.

Which chefs or restaurants do you most admire? There’s Ferran Adrià. I like what he does, but it’s not my Do you feel i d e a o f w h a t a “WHEN I WAS YOUNG, pressure because kitchen should be. of the Michelin I’D TAKE A PLANE And then Enoteca stars? Pinchiorri in Florence JUST FOR DINNER” S u r e , i t ’ s v e r y – very good. One of difficult. You have my favorite restaurants is L’Osier, to maintain the restaurant’s high a Michelin three-star restaurant standards day by day. You train in Tokyo, though it ’s closed for people up, then when they ’ve renovations at the moment. learned everything, they’ll leave. Then you have to start all over again How far would you travel for a with new people. great meal? Usually I don’t go far to eat. I’ll visit So when will the third Michelin one of Boulud’s restaurants while star come? I’m in New York. When I was young, I don’t think my restaurant in Milan I’d take a plane just for dinner in a could be a three-star. It doesn’t special restaurant. But not now – I’m have the ambiance – it doesn’t too busy these days! have enough space. It only has 35 seats. Possibly here in Beijing, With both of you involved at though! There’s a lot of space, more Ch’ien Men 23, do Daniel Boulud facilities, and more comfort. What and yourself ever talk business? do you think?

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t’s no secret that bars (and clubs) are still a fairly new invention in Beijing. Until as recently as the mid-1990s, Hard Rock Cafe was about the only place in town where a mixed drink didn’t mean tea leaves and hot water. Beijingers have traditionally done their serious drinking in restaurants, and most still do. Party restaurants make a whole heap of sense. You’re guaranteed somewhere to sit. You can chat with your friends. The food takes the edge off the alcohol, not to mention your hangover in the morning. And with a one-stop nightlife solution, there’s less time wasted in taxis, on sidewalks or in the gutter. The restaurants are also kept happy by the healthy margin made on your boozy excesses. Everyone’s a winner, in fact … except for bars. But they’ve already done a lot of winning this issue, so hey, it’s only fair. Here’s our guide to Beijing’s party restaurants. Café de la Poste There are few restaurants in Beijing


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that combine the twin pleasures of dinner and dancing. Even fewer where both occur on the same table. And they don’t mind if you take a nap to recharge the batteries. Is it the free schnapps at the end of the meal that’s the catalyst for carnage? Or are the shenanigans here spurred on by the loyal French regulars who’ve ordered one too many bottles of RMB 98 vin rouge? Whatever the reason, the rumors of bikini-clad men dancing about are completely founded, according to reliably sober eyewitnesses. Party night: Bastille Day (July 14) – traditionally the day when le silliness reaches new heights. Flamme When the GM of a restaurant is also a celebrated bartender, you know you’re in for a good night. Paul Mathew stands behind the stick at one of Beijing’s best happy hours, with all cocktails and beers half-price between 3-7.30pm. In fact, there’s almost no night of the week when it doesn’t make prudent financial

sense to guzzle cocktails with your steak. This time of year, Paul recommends a jug of Pimm’s or one of his signature sparkling wine cocktails, like Ruby Shoes, made with berry syrup and rum. “These drinks are light and

YES, MOST OF THE MEN HAVE THEIR SHIRTS OFF summery, so at least you can last a bit longer and not get drunk too quickly.” That’s not really in the spirit of the article, Paul, but thanks anyway. Party night: Wednesdays – martinis and Manhattans are half-price all night. Tairyo Teppanyaki This all-you-can-eat (and drink) restaurant combines captivating food theater, piles of tender grilled meat and endless bottles of ice-cold Asahi beer and little jugs of sake. Tairyo is a firm favorite for birthday parties and sports team celebrations, with

groups squeezing in around the grills at sundown to make the most of the free-flow booze. At RMB 198 per person, thoughts of “I can get almost 200 chuan’r for that” tends to encourage making the most of it, with revelers imbibing far more than they ordinarily would. The result? What should be a place to kick off the party can end up as the last stop of the night. Party night: Thursdays and Fridays, with the China View branch getting the most rowdy. Jin Ding Xuan There’s something delightfully surreal about leaving Tango at 4am, dancedout from some visiting Berlin DJ, and popping next door into a four-story, faux-Qing dynasty building for dim sum at daybreak. At all hours of the night, the place will be packed out with a cross-section of blistered revelers, hoarse KTV chanteuses and more than a few shady characters with questionable lady-friends tottering about on too-high heels. To let you in on a secret … the food is average at

TAIRYO TEPPANYAKI best. No one ever seems to remember this fact. I wonder why? Party night: Saturday into Sunday morning – it’s when all the ne’er-dowells come out to play. Dahuaishu Grill The nightly grilled meat BBQ at this hipster dive beside the National Art Museum is a red-hot, greased-up lao Beijing love fest. With dozens of heavy tabletop grills heaving under chilli-doused pork, lamb, squid and kidney, the sweaty dining room is a maelstrom of spitting fat and man flesh. Yes, most of the men have their shirts off. And everybody is blearyeyed as the baijiu flows and the grill sizzles. Stay sober and you’ll notice how startlingly dangerous the place actually is, with staff racing through the packed dining room across greasy floors holding flaming braziers of white-hot coals. The moral? You might as well get sozzled. Party night: Midweek – otherwise you’ll have to queue.

Dali Renjia A major problem here is your food getting cold. Why? Because the owners interminably insist on toasting each new table that sits down. At first it seemed little more than a gesture to celebrate the opening of this excellent Yunnan restaurant. Maybe it’s a Dali thing, but several months in, these antics haven’t abated. Perhaps the reason why proceedings can get so out of hand is the drink of choice, qing meijiu (Yunnan plum liquor, RMB 10) that comes in little cups with peel-off lids. It tastes like smoky Kool-Aid, goes down like water and packs a punch way above wine at about 20 percent ABV. Proper party fuel. Party night: Wednesdays – the Daliborn owners and their pals like to sit down for a group meal in the middle of the week, and it always ends up lasting well into Thursday. For venue information, see directory listings.

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MASTER CHEF Method 1. Season the cod and baby squid with salt and pepper and white wine. 2. Heat the olive oil in a frying pan. Pan-fry the cod until golden-brown on both sides. 3. Preheat the oven to 160째C. Roast the cod for about five minutes. 4. Bring a large saucepan of lightly salted water to the boil. Add the spaghetti and bring back to the boil; cook for about five minutes until the pasta is tender but still firm to the bite. 5. Heat more olive oil in a frying pan. Add the onion, bell pepper, X.O. sauce and baby squid until the squid curls up. Strain the pasta and return it to the pan. Season with salt and pepper and cook for one minute.

COD PIECE by Kerry Hui


his recipe combines X.O. sauce with fresh squid and South American cod. The contrasting textures and flavors add up to a fresh summer dish.

Ingredients 150g cod 150g baby squid 5g black pepper, cracked 1 tbsp white wine

3 tbsp olive oil 50g spaghetti (dried) 20g onion, chopped 9g assorted bell peppers, shredded 100g X.O. sauce

6. Arrange the spaghetti in the middle of the plate and place the cod on top. Kerry Hui is a chef at Chao.



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ONE TO QUAFF 2009 De Martino Legado Reserva Chardonnay, Limari Valley, Chile RMB 312 (Jebsen Fine Wines) Sparkling wines are a fun starting point, but the high acidit y of Champagne can turn stomachs. Make sure you serve ample food that is easy to eat while holding a glass of wine – this can counter the effects of acidity. Or, choose sparkling wines

Available at 1949-The Hidden City, One East An attractive gold in color, this wine has ripe lemon citrus with distinct oak and a rich palate, and is not too high in acidity. ONE TO DRINK 2005 Simon Hackett Shiraz, McLaren Vale, South Australia RMB 218 (Wine Culture) Available at Aria, Invito Textbook McLaren Vale Shiraz with attractive black cherry and blueberry fruit, not too much tannin, medium acidity and lovely length. ONE TO SAVOR 2004 Trefethen Estate Merlot, Napa Valley RMB 368 (Watson’s Wine) Available from Watson’s Wine ( A wine to savor may not sound like a party wine, but this packs premium quality and high drinkability! Fully ripe, classy Merlot.

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.


he most basic rule – never to be broken – for a serious party: Do not run out of booze! But with the very wide range of wines out there, the kind of wine you choose and how it is served make a real difference.

like Prosecco, Cava or Asti that are lower in acid. For white wines, it’s best to go for something crowd-pleasing. Oaked Chardonnay or Viognier can be attractive. Also, New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, although higher in acid, can be a popular option. With reds, avoid wines with very high levels of tannins – Barolo is not a good party wine. Grapes like Syrah/Shiraz, Merlot or Gamay offer generally softer palates. Coming from warmer countries, they’re also generously fruity, which tends to be a hit with guests. A final tip: If you are serving i n e x p e n s i v e w h i t e w i n e, c h i l l it as low as it can go. All of this month’s selections make great party options.

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t’s got pulp in it. Color’s right. But is it orange juice? We grabbed anything labeled “orange juice,” got the blindfolds out, and put our enamel on the line to seek out the tastiest OJ around.

Cyprina RMB 15.6 (1L)

Huiyuan C-Ta V-Ta 汇源C她V他 RMB 16.9 (1L)

“Looks like orange juice with a fake tan” “I feel like it sneaked in a friend to help it pass the test” “It’s almost meaty – like a base for making carnitas” “It’s like it’s been surgically enhanced. She didn’t realize she was already quite pretty, so she went and got a boob job”

“It tastes like it came from a box. Definitely made from a recipe” “Made from concentrate, but not a cartoon cordial concentrate” “Not as virtuous as the freshly squeezed ones, but there’s quality control” “Like a really good politician delivering a very good speech. Just relax and let yourself be manipulated”

Früt Actually 纯真果味 RMB 39 (large size) “More pulp than a Yorkshire indie night in 1996” “So chewy. It’d be good for regularity” “I think they threw the entire orange in a blender. They made an example of it, just to warn the other oranges” “Reminds me of my hand-juicing mother”

Minute Maid 美汁源果粒橙 RMB 2.5 (450ml) “Full of fake pulp. Gross” “This tastes like Barbie made it” “This is like all of the recent food scares, but happening all at once” “Not so much for thirsty people as for those dying of thirst”

iF Juice 如果果汁店 RMB 18 (300ml) “It’s cloudy – several different colors there” “Wholesome like a Will Smith film” “It’s not perfect, but good”

Xian Cheng Duo 鲜橙多 RMB 2.4 (450ml) “If someone served me this with breakfast in bed, I’d know I was about to be dumped” “This is the kind of thing you’d be served in a church hall. Or at Scout camp” “There’s no orange in this at all” “This is what lying to your children tastes like”


“Freshly squeezed for sure. But squeezed from Jingkelong oranges” “Prison orange juice. It tastes like punishment for a felony” “If this was on the news, it’d be Juicegate’” “This is like a housewife who’s given her best years to an unloving husband – it gets more bitter every time you go back to it” “You mean this is the taste of Betty Draper’s soul?”

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The less said about Minute Maid and Xian Cheng Duo, the better. OK, we saw that coming. On another day, the freshly squeezed Eden and Früt Actually might have fared better, but consistency is obviously an issue. iF set the standard for freshly squeezed, impressing with its full-bodied flavor. But our shock winner was Huiyuan’s taut, flavorful and tangy juice.

Eden Juice Bar 益等水果吧 RMB 21 (large size)

WOKIPEDIA … numbness 麻 Unlike sweetness, bitterness, sourness, saltiness, and umami (savory), numbness does not belong to the basic five taste categories. A numbing feeling in your mouth is usually caused by Sichuan pepper, which leaves a lingering tactile sensation. Should you accidentally chew a whole kernel of this peppercorn, you can feel (and almost picture) numerous tiny dots hopping around your tongue. The Sichuanese love to combine numbing pepper with chilli to tame fiery flavors and bring out an extra aromatic layer – sophistication in place of simple, abrupt spiciness.


Whenever you exclaim “Hao nen a!” (“It’s so tender!”), your tongue should touch your upper teeth. Be careful not to bite your tongue – it’s also fairly nen.

READER REVIEWS FROM THEBEIJINGER.COM Cheese and Wine Made In Heaven European francky: I was really surprised with their choice of cheese. I found some (such as maroilles and chaource) that I thought were impossible to get in China, as they're even hard to find in France. It’s an original concept, just a shame they don’t make other meals with cheese – that’s why they don’t get five stars. For those who complain about prices, you are not driving a Ferrari for the same price as a QQ!

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… nen 嫩 What is nen? Tenderness. Think baby pigeon, veal, pea sprouts and spring bamboo shoots. All are harvested very young to preserve their tenderness, not to mention market value.


… nuo 糯 Most commonly used to describe the glue-like texture of sticky shortgrain Asian rice – nuomi (糯 米 ). Some people even use nuomi to seal envelopes! Slow-stewed collagenrich pork skin also has a nuo texture. That slightly adhesive, gelatinous mouthfeel is widely appreciated by the Chinese, who find pleasure in the chewing. In contrast, Westerners usually prefer pig skin to be crisp as crackers – there’s nothing nuo about the suckling pig at your friendly neighborhood Spanish restaurant.


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SUZUMEI 居酒屋 Mon-Sat 5pm-midnight (or until last customer leaves). 1/F, Bldg 6, Sanyuanli residential compound (north side), 2 Xinyuan Jie, Chaoyang District (6466 0204) 朝阳区新源街2号三源里小区北侧6号楼1层


uzumei is to the phrase “bestkept secret” what Quanjude is to “tourist trap.” Just finding this tiny Japanese restaurant makes you feel part of an elite club. The reward? A wooden board plated up with beautifully carved raw fish, Jimi Hendrix on the stereo and a bottle of sake big enough to christen a warship. A selection of five basic types of sashimi costs RMB 150, but they’ll steer you toward the finest cuts of the day. Recently, I dined on some almighty scallops (RMB 38), served with coral (that’s the orange bit) and all. Truly mollusks of distinction. There’s little else on the menu I’d hesitate to big up. Yakitori chicken skewers (RMB 7) are dark, sticky

and succulent – easily the equal of anything at the better-known Tori Tei. And the tempura exemplifies finesse. Especially one dish the menu calls “sand boner” (RMB 28) – a delicate flat fish in a light, finespun batter, it’s an altogether more pleasant experience than the name would suggest. Green asparagus (RMB 18) is charred on the grill and served in a light soy dressing. So simple, so tasty. The only wobble was a tragically overdone grilled mackerel (RMB 26). But it’s easily forgivable when the welcome is this warm, the vibe this cool, and the sake bottles so big they write your name on them to save for next time. I’ll be back. Tom O’Malley

would recommend the stewed spicy rabbit (泉水兔 RMB 30/jin) for its firm and fresh meat. Should you want the challenge of something much spicier, tr y the Chongqing lazi ji (重庆辣子鸡 RMB 72). For something green, try the cucumber and basil leaf salad (苏 子叶拍黄瓜 RMB 10), or cabbage stir-fried with strings of young green

peppers (鲜花椒圆白菜 RMB 12). Homemade red bean buns (RMB 15/dozen) are a lovely sweet staple to soothe the stomach.




elieve it or not, a reliable way of discovering a nice Chinese restaurant can be to ask your non-Chinese friends. When a renowned Belgian restaurant owner – a man who doesn’t eat spicy food – told me that one of his favorites is a Sichuan restaurant, I was instantly intrigued. That’s how I discovered Wangjing Yihao, a hidden fairyland in northeast Beijing. This courtyard was once a post house for Qing emperors – it was the stop closest to the Forbidden City. On one visit, Empress Cixi

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Wangjing Yihao. Daily 11am-11pm. 1 Dawangjing Village, Dongxindian (near the side road of Wuyuan Qiao), Chaoyang District (6432 0332) 望京一号, 朝阳区东辛店大望京村1号 (近五元桥辅路)



announced: “I can almost see the gate tower at Dongzhimen.” Hence the name Wangjing – “overlook Beijing.” The sense of history manifests in two 200-year-old crabapple trees, stood like giant umbrellas in the yard. They bloom in early April, with pink petals adding an extra note of flavor when the wind picks up. Imagine a table of pungent Sichuan food, flavors offset by flower-scented air. That was how we enjoyed a lunchtime escape from the city. That dreamy scene only lasts for a week every year, but the dishes are popular all year round. Their catfish in chilli oil (水煮鲶鱼 RMB 78) is one of the best shuizhu yu around, fragrant but not overly oily or spicy. As a river fish, catfish needs strong seasonings – if not heavily marinated before cooking, it can taste too earthy. The highlight is the texture of the fish slices, with a layer of slippery, jelly-like skin and transparent fish oil underneath. If you prefer your protein land-based, I


FIRST ROUNDS Lots of excitement surrounding Zajia, which recently opened to the north of the Bell Tower, next to Contempio. We’ll be looking into it next month. New German beer bar Quadriga opened last month in the East Lake Villas complex beside the Australian Embassy. Cour tyard hotel The Orchid has opened in Baochao Hutong, with a bar featuring two beers from Great Leap Brewery – one is a tea-inspired brew created by The Orchid’s tea-crazed coowner Joel Shuchat and Great Leap’s Carl Setzer. We reckon this is the first time Great Leap’s beer has been sold officially in another bar. That boat thing just across from George’s is finally being put to use as “Story Ship,” a large venue featuring a bar-restaurant area and an openair deck. Maritime-themed venues haven’t traditionally been successful in Beijing, so we’ll see if this one turns out differently. A new Czech bar has opened over at Ritan Highlife. The exterior looks a little rough around the edges, but they do seem to serve Staropramen, which is always a bonus. Sanlitun Pakistani restaurant Yadgar is now a bar called Destiny. Pity.







hat a difference the smoking ban has made. Or not. Despite media reports about a full ban in public places, it’s been as easy for smokers to light up as ever. Only a handful of bars, including The Den and Paddy O’Shea’s, have reported receiving visits from officials informing them of a “ban.” Those bars have erred on the side of caution and asked customers not to light up – punters have been generally cooperative – but in most bars it’s a case of “Ban? What ban?” El-Mar and Suki are back with a bang this month, with two of their trademark “Great” parties coming up. First is the Great Wall Music Festival on June 11, which takes place at the “Secret Great Wall” near Badaling. The festival’s not on the Wall itself,

but you can climb up during the afternoon while DJs blast out tunes below. The boys have pulled off a bit of a coup in securing Fatboy Slim as the headliner, with a strong lineup of Beijing DJs supporting. If you don’t have your own transport, you can buy a ticket including a return-trip on coaches from either Wudaokou or Chaoyang Park. Three weeks later, you can do it all over again with the Great Aircraft Carrier Party on July 2. The party was originally scheduled for June 25 but has been postponed until the next weekend. If you haven’t been before, it’s an all-night party on a Soviet-era aircraft carrier docked in Tianjin. Other big events this month include The M Agency’s parties with A-Trak and Congorock (Jun 10) and Le Castle Vania (Jun 25-26), Yuksek

at Yugong Yishan on June 2, Africa Day on June 3 and Centro’s “goingaway“ party on June 11. If you’ve already got one successful bar, the next logical step is to get yourself another one. It seems more and more Beijing bar owners are looking to expand their empires, both with new bars in the capital and in second-tier cities. Apothecary recently opened a Shanghai outlet, The Tree’s owner Patrick de Smet is – eventually – going to open By the Tree in Sanlitun, and Paddy’s Pitstop has extended the Republic of Paddy’s to Pinnacle Plaza. Even Luga is at it again. A couple of weeks back, I spotted him for the first time in months, and days later heard the news that he’s replacing Luga’s Pho Pho with an Italian restaurant called Little Italy. Mamma mia!

Popular yuppie cider Magners should be available in Beijing in June. That’s “should be.” The people at Grand Marnier have been busy of late, setting up drinks promotions with bars all over town. Ladies get free cocktails served in Grand Marnier ’s iconic red bulb glasses every Wednesday at Suzie Wong’s. At Destination on Thursdays, the boys (and girls if they’re around) get buy-one-get-one-free cocktails, also in those little red glasses. China Bar has a daily buy-one-getone-free offer on wines from 4-8pm. Centro is closing this month. Don’t panic! The Ker r y Centre Hotel ’s award-winning bar is taking a two-tothree-month break for a well-earned renovation, part of the massive makeover that the hotel is undergoing. Say goodbye to Centro’s present look on June 11 – to win tickets to the party, see the Directory. We’ll let you know when they reopen. Winners of “Outstanding House Band” in the Reader Bar & Club Awards, Kiwi band Solidaz have ended their stint at The Pavillion to take up a five-nighta-week residency at Bar Blu.

LAST ORDERS? Just over one month after launching, Sim Sim Lounge was gutted by a fire in May.

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PADDY’S PITSTOP Mon-Wed 11.30am-9pm, Thu-Sun 11.30am-11pm. Pinnacle Plaza (next to The Mexican Kitchen), Tianzhu Real Estate Development Zone, Shunyi District (153 0106 9454) 顺义区天竺开发区荣祥广场705号

The Pitstop is like a Scrabble travel-pack version of its elder sibling, Paddy O’Shea’s. It doesn’t have the space or traditional pub feel of the original, but the team has crammed in the essential elements Shunyi residents need to enjoy the Paddy’s spirit. Dads can sneak away from family shopping trips and enjoy a pint of Guinness (RMB 50) or Stella (RMB 30) while watching sport on the TV. There’s music courtesy of iTunes (if you’re nice to the staff, they’ll let you pick the soundtrack) and fish and chips (RMB 55) from perhaps Beijing’s smallest kitchen. As with most other venues at Pinnacle Plaza, there’s no bathroom, so plan for a short walk to public toilets. Then come back and enjoy the terrace – almost as big as the bar itself. Overall, a great add-on for Shunyi. Iain Shaw Good for: Sport and a sneaky pint Also try: The Green Cap, Pomme O’Shea’s

FEZ TRANSPLANT FEZ Sun-Thu 5pm-1am, Fri-Sat 5pm-2am. 6/F, Nali Patio, 81 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District (5208 6188, 5208 6198) 朝阳区三里屯路81号那里花园6层


hen Agua moved from Ch’ien Men 23 to Nali Patio, the original four-venue concept had to be slimmed down. Few tears were shed for the Hex lounge. Japanese restaurant Shiro Matsu was beautifully designed, but always seemed a bit of a white elephant. However, many will cheer the timely revival of Fez on Agua’s rooftop. Inevitably, the new Fez is a more modest creature. The only catwalk shows here will be if someone smuggles their pet feline in for a drink. And where the original Fez had Bedouin-style

Good for: Chilling out after Migas Also try: Atmosphere, Q Bar


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Daily 10am-2am. West side of Victoria Gardens, 15 Chaoyang Gongyuan Xili Nanqu, Chaoyang District (6538 4707) 朝阳区朝阳公园西里南区15号维多利亚花园公寓西侧

So you hear that the VS stands for “Victoria Secrets.” Your eyes roll as you picture some lo-fi dive lounge. The truth is anything but. Victoria Secrets is a well-executed lounge with chill decor and an uptempo vibe. The French owners obviously love the ladies – photos of lingerie models hang tastefully around the bar – but they obviously have as much time for good mixology. Proof? The drinks are top-shelf. The “$$ Martini” (RMB 70) slides out a perfect balance of vodka, pear, cucumber and lime, while the Strawberry Collins (RMB 50) has serious repeat-order potential. There are also burgers on the menu, a pool table, happy hour and Friday specials (RMB 1,000 for three bottles of liquor, free drinks for ladies). Michael Connors Good for: Private parties Also try: George’s, Factory


booths to chill in, the Nali bar is restricted to more traditional table-and-chair arrangements, though I like the tableside lamps. Many will accept the compromises in return for the accessibility that Sanlitun brings. Most importantly, the drinks remain of a high quality. Bartending consultant and cocktail master Bob Louison is on hand several nights a week, training staff and keeping a watchful eye on proceedings. The house specialty cocktails (RMB 75) are drawn from drinks lists at the Aqua group’s Hong Kong and London venues. Try the Zacapa Pear, made with 23-year-old rum, Spanish sherry, bitters and fresh pear. The Basilico, combining vodka, lemon, basil and blackberry liquor, looks so good you almost regret drinking it. Almost, I said. A selection of infused rums and vodkas (RMB 55) will be launched over the next month. The view of 3.3’s adver tising hoardings may only be a small improvement on being indoctrinated into the cult of Apple on the Blue Frog terrace, but sitting at the bar and watching bartenders deftly mixing cocktails against the backdrop of Sanlitun Village and beyond is intoxicating. It’s what Lost in Translation might have turned out like if Tom Cruise had been Bill Murray’s bartender. Iain Shaw



BEER MANIA B eijing’s original beer bar is taking over the SPR Coffee next door. The bar will more than double in size, offering a bigger beer selection, table football, live music and – we hope – a proper bathroom. The style European-style café-bar

Go to Find out why the bar’s called “Beer Mania” Drink Delirium Tremens and Baltika 9. But not at the same time Most likely celebrity customer Jacques Brel, Django Reinhardt If you like Beer Mania, you’ll probably like … El Nido, The Tree

The punters Laidback Europeans and anyone who loves beer

Beer Mania reopens in late June.

The music French-accented folk and jazz




e asked French producer a n d D J Yu k s e k a b o u t Lou Reed, remixes and t h e s o u n d o f 2 0 1 1 ’s d r a m a t i c headlines.


Your bio refers to your “svelte, supple physique.” Three tips for staying in shape? Smoking and drinking, but waking up early. You grew up playing piano. Favorite piano line? Maybe Chopin’s “ Tristesse” or the piano version of the “Pie Jesu” from Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem. You’ve described Lou Reed’s Transformer as “the unequalled summit of modern music.” Really? It’s one of my favorites. Incredible

vocal lines, perfect arrangements and top-level production by Lou Reed and David Bowie. Which Lou Reed song would you most like to remix? “Satellite of Love,” “Sunday Morning” and “Perfect Day.” What’s been your favorite track to remix? Phoenix ’s “Listzomania” – I love them. What song best sums up the turbulent events of 2011 so far? The Horrors’ “Sea Within a Sea.” Totally dark, like a nightmare, but suddenly halfway through the light comes and it’s full of hope. Yuksek plays Yugong Yishan on Jun 2.

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AKA: Sir William Casanova IV Most likely to holler: “Come along, dear fellow” ‘Hood: Flamme Influences: Hendrick’s Gin, fresh passion fruit, homemade apple syrup (reduced apple juice), fresh lemon juice If not a rapper, would be: Career politician Green: RMB 50

AKA: The Peruvian Screwface Most likely to holler: “Say hi to my lil’ friend” ’Hood: Apothecary Influences: Campanario Pisco brandy, simple syrup, lemon juice, egg whites, Angostura bitters If not a rapper, would be: Attorney/ crimefighter Cheddar: RMB 70

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Mala Mule Kafka Haze

Ten Beijing cocktails. One opportunity. You only get one shot. (In some of these drinks, you get multiple shots.) These freestyling drinks went headto-head for the Best Creative Cocktail crown in our 2011 Reader Bar & Club Awards. This is the 411 on the big ten.

AKA: Dr. Ponderosa Fly Most likely to holler: “I’m the Jay-Z of this China biz” ’Hood: Atmosphere, China World Summit Wing Influences: 80 percent gin, lemon, lime cordial, sage and lemongrass If not a rapper, would be: Businessman Bank: RMB 75

passion fruit lychee martini

by Jonathan White

The Jing Fling


Lemongrass Gimlet

Pisco Sour

AKA: Rocky Concrete Fist Most likely to holler: “You looking at me?” ’Hood: The Brick Influences: Double Long Island Iced Tea with cider, beer, and blackcurrant syrup If not a rapper, would be: Security for a rapper Dinero: RMB 88

AKA: Fire & Spice Most likely to holler: “This is why I’m hot” ’Hood: Mao Mao Chong Influences: Chilli-infused vodka, Sichuan pepper-infused vodka, lime, ginger ale If not a rapper would be: Fashion designer Money clip: RMB 35

AKA: Sabre-Toothed Franz Most likely to holler: “It was just a dream” ’Hood: Maison Boulud Influences: Green absinthe, apple liqueur, passion fruit syrup, fresh lime If not a rapper, would be: Web entrepreneur Cash money: RMB 98

AKA: MC Martin Lightfoot Most likely to holler: “Would you like to see my etchings?” ’Hood: Mesh, The Opposite House Influences: Belvedere vodka, lychee liqueur, fresh passion fruit juice, red grapefruit juice If not a rapper, would be: Model/actor (and part-time architect) Scrilla: RMB 70 (+15% service charge)

AKA: DJ Loafy Loaf Most likely to holler: “Wanna take a ride in my sidecar?” ‘Hood: Mao Mao Chong Influences: Baijiu, cinnamon-infused vodka, sour plum-infused vodka, plum juice, anise If not a rapper, would be: Web designer Cheese: RMB 30



The Terminator

the dizzy buddha

AKA: Grandmaster Pork Liquor Most likely to holler: “What you know about the Dirty South?” ’Hood: Apothecary Influences: Don Lee of PDT in NYC. Bacon, maple syrup, Jim Beam bourbon If not a rapper, would be: Blind bluesman Dead presidents: RMB 70

The Passionate Englishman

AKA: Eightfold Pathfinder Most likely to holler: “Can’t we all get along” ’Hood: Fubar Influences: Vodka, coconut rum, amaretto and tropical juices, free mug If not a rapper, would be: Yoga teacher Benjamins: RMB 100

Bacon Bourbon Old-Fashioned





atrick Yu’s been DJing around Beijing since as long as anyone can remember. Some say longer. We asked him to put Beijing nightlife in a time capsule and to assemble a cast of stars to play Beijing DJs. When you first arrived in Beijing in 2004, where did people party? The first two places I played were Bed Bar and Lush. Back then Lush had a pretty fun Thursday night, and Bed was – and still is – a cool, chilled-out spot. The Yen parties were picking up about that time as well. It was a pretty fun, grassroots scene back then.

What would you do with it? You’ll have to wait and find out when I get around to opening a club. But I think it would involve things like brunch, random outings and fire. You’re asked to cast a movie about Beijing nightlife in 2011. Who would play some of the main characters? I’d definitely cast Zach Galifianakis as Thomas Gaestadius from White Rabbit. And Jean-Claude van Damme as El-Mar Bengel from Kokomo/Mo Lounge – they can both do the splits between a set of chairs. What three items would you put in a time capsule to sum up Beijing nightlife right now? Dice, a KTV microphone and Chivas with green tea. Is that four?


What’s changed since then? Yo u h a v e m o r e people involved in the scene now. There are more opportunities to find funding and sponsors for events – not to say it’s that much easier these days. But you get a bigger crowd, especially for the big parties and festivals. One thing that has changed for the worse is fewer people going the old-school route of using two decks to play. Call me oldfashioned …


What’s the best party you’ve ever been to in Beijing? I had a pretty fun Easter Sunday. A hodgepodge of brunch, random outings and fire. Good times. A party is looking dead on its feet – what’s your standby track for getting things moving? I wouldn’t say I have a go-to track, but definitely something with a bit of soul, maybe something with a vocal that people can focus on. Somebody puts you in charge of a club, with unlimited budget.

What are you most ashamed of having on your iPod? Probably the Memoirs of a Geisha soundtrack. What do you sing in the shower? Right Said Fred – “I’m Too Sexy.” Patrick Yu plays the Great Wall Music Festival on Jun 11 and Great Aircraft Carrier Party on Jul 2. Patrick’s summer chillout playlist “Norway” by Beachhouse “The Long Way Home” by Lindstrøm “D-A” by Discodeine (featuring Baxter Dury) “Velocity of Love (Hot Toddy Mix)” by D-Pulse “Kaleidoscopic Ecstasy” by Space Dimension Controller

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espite growing up in “a strictly controlled family environment” in Singapore, Jimmy Hoon soon discovered the power of rock. Or “rawk,” as he’d probably call it. Hard Rock Café’s general manager is leading the Beijing celebrations as the Hard Rock brand celebrates its 40th anniversary around the world this month. Here’s what happened when we riffed with him over a pint. On background “When I was a child, if somebody had told me that my future would be in China, my dad would have stopped me from going – he went from Fuzhou to Singapore to seek a better living. But then, during the 1970s, few people foresaw the way China was going to develop.” On drinks “My favorite drinks are mojitos, Moscow mules, and any kind of bourbon with Coke.” “If I’m hanging out with friends, I’ll go to Ichikura, the Japanese bar. A real hidden gem. They serve good cocktails, and it’s a good place to drink and chat. Another bar on my list is Centro [which closes for renovations on June 11 –Ed.].” “What drink sums up Hard Rock? Beer! The authentic ‘American’ choice, which is what Hard Rock is about – authentic experiences that rock!”

On Hard Rock Beijing “If Hard Rock Beijing was a band from rock history, it’d be Bon Jovi. Most of our customers love it when Bon Jovi songs are played. But the house band’s best songs are when they play Queen and Pink Floyd.” “I think it will take a while before we can see memorabilia from Chinese artists on our Beijing location’s walls. To be honest, we started collecting Chinese memorabilia two years ago. When the right time comes, you’ll see it hanging on our walls.” “We’re working on featuring local rock bands, providing them with space to jam, and on hosting Battle of the Bands competitions for local bands. I think this will happen soon. From time to time I visit the local rock bars to check out the scene.” On Hard Rock’s 40th anniversary celebrations “We’ve got 40 days of promotions and events kicking off on May 18 and running through to June 26. The band will start with ten days of performances featuring music from the 1970s, then change decades every ten days, taking us up to the 21st century. The main event is our ‘Founder’s Day’ party on June 14. Come dressed like it’s the 1970s and we’ll give you two free Tiger beers!” Play air guitar with Jimmy at Hard Rock Café’s Founder’s Day party on Jun 14.



Which country hosts the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics? Russia. I’ve forgotten.

Founded in 1892, what is the oldest of China’s modern wine companies? Changyu.


Beijing has two “official flowers.” Name one of them. I’ve got a feeling one might be chrysanthemum. I used to be a tour guide.

How many ribs does an adult human have? I’ll guess 72. No! I’ll count them – no, that won’t work. I’ll guess 22.


According to the 2010 census, which Chinese province has the largest population? Sichuan. Oh, no no no! Henan! Henan.


Sixty percent of all tigers on Earth are found in which country? Hmm. It’s probably in Africa. I don’t know. I’ll guess China.


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In which city was it established? Yantai? According to a 2007 survey, how much of the wine consumed in China is red: 55 percent, 70 percent or 90 percent? 90 percent. I know this.

China drinks more wine per head of population than South Korea: True or false? False. It’s got to be South Korea. Definitely South Korea.


Which country produces more wine by volume than any other country on Earth? Italy.


Verdict: Your votes may have elevated Jack above all other bartenders in Beijing, but his “Best Bartender” award counts for little in the battle of great bar minds. Still, after a decent showing, Jack is tied for third place.


Answers 1) Brazil 2) chrysanthemum and “Chinese rose” 3) 24 4) Guangdong 5) India 6) Changyu 7) Yantai 8) 90 percent 9) true 10) Italy


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The fine gents at Vandergeeten will give a Hoegaarden gift pack to the reader who answers this: Where is Hard Rock Café manager Jimmy Hoon from? Answers to



ENVY Post-rock-hardcore crossover? Naw, save it – call them emo. That word wouldn’t be so disparaged if all “emo” bands were as terrific as Envy. This Japanese quintet made their name with fast and intense songs but the infusion of melodic post-rock has made them masters. When singer Tetsuya Fuk agawa’s screaming soaks the floating guitar strums, it creates a whole new level of harmonization. The buzz Japanese noise-monsters Key tracks “A Warm Room,” “Scene” They say: See the hope through the darkness We say: Get out of my mind! See them at: Yugong Yishan on June 12.





f I asked you to describe an ideal night out in Beijing, what would it look like? Did your mind start filling with a long list of bars and types of alcohol? Sanlitun? Houhai? And maybe some baijiu? You are so horrible. How about you make yourself look a little better by including some live music in your nightlife planning? No? You philistine. Flip back to the Bars & Clubs section or the Cover Feature. Yes? Read on. Personally, I tell people to warm up around Gulou, primarily at MAO Livehouse, where you stand a very good chance of catching a decent show by local or international bands. And their sound system is quite bearable. But MAO can only be the start of a night out because the shows always start early and cold

beers run out really fast. This June, you can lose yourself in SambAsia’s (Jun 11) Brazilian beats and catch many more local rockers. So you walk out of MAO and it’s only 10.30pm. What’s next? If it’s a Wednesday, why not walk south for five minutes and catch a free show at Salud? If it’s the weekend, you can drop in on a gathering of Chinese folksters at Jiang Hu Liveshow Bar, Gulou 121 or Zuiyuefang Bar – all are within walk ing distance. Or if you’re lucky enough to flag a taxi to Zhangzizhong Lu, then you might be right in time to see an album launch at Yugong Yishan. Punks Rustic (Jun 10), indie rocker Wu Zhuolin (Jun 11) and poprock Life Journey (Jun 24) are all unveiling their new works there this month. Not to mention the

ZHOU NAIREN Japanese noise monsters Envy (Jun 12) and some electronic sounds from Europe worth checking out. And there are some numbers hanging around the edges of the city that we also love: D-22 and its problematic sound system and punk spirit over in Wudaok ou, with metalhead favorite 13 Club p r a c t i c a l l y r i g h t n e x t d o o r, 2 Kolegas with its variety of acts north of Chaoyang Park, and The One Club outside the East Fourth Ring Road. I could mention a few more names, but by the time 2am rolls around, your ears will have been pretty much damaged by the extraordinary speakers of Beijing’s live music venues, and you shall return to the flames of Sanlitun and forget about everything else afterwards.

“Nothing Ever Happened” by Deerhunter. One of my favorite songs. There’s nothing unnecessary in it; the flowing bassline always creates magical feelings. “Mirrors” by Crocodiles. I like this because of its smooth bassline too – it sounds a bit like Deerhunter and it is just as good. “My Girls” by Animal Collective. The music is so exquisite, and it gets you mellow. “The Freed Pig” by Sebadoh. The b a n d h a s t h e b a s s p l aye r f ro m Dinosaur Jr. Sebadoh is one of my favorite bands – totally another version of Dinosaur Jr. I like this kind of lo-fi sound a lot. “Don’t Be a Jerk, Jonny” by The Drums. A guitar pop band that’s become quite popular. The melody’s very cheerful and appealing – listening to it relaxes you. Zhou Nairen plays bass in Birdstriking. Catch them at Yugong Yishan on Jun 10.

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CITY OF HEARTBREAK ’N HORROR 伤心恐怖城 RUSTIC They were crowned in the Global Battle of Bands, but they’re still not even that well-known by most Beijingers. However, neither that nor the recent postponement of their album launch should worry the trio too much. Listen to those wild, playful notes and nasty lyrics in songs like “Rock & Roll for Money & Sex” … it could only be written by people who fear nothing. Four years after forming up, Rustic finally have their nicely polished debut, although having the iconic Yang Haisong as producer has gone some way to setting back the punks’ boldness. Despite the monumental meaning of City Of Heartbreak ’N Horror, these maniacs are still best experienced in the flesh. Michelle Dai Standout tracks: “Erotic Films,” “Rock & Roll for Money & Sex” Like this? Try ... Joyside, Subs

POEM YOUR YOUTH 诗了你的青春 MAIZI 麦子 Maizi has a foot in almost anything that’s art-related: he paints, acts, directs, writes, does performance art and, of course, makes music. And it would be really difficult to find a more typical starving artist. He’s an acclaimed unknown – his work is like a secret diary that the sensitive share among themselves. It’s been 11 years since Maizi and his Micro Band first shocked the music world with their debut album, which was soaked with misery. The once-angry young man has grown up. In Poem Your Youth’s folk acoustic songs, he combines the frankest concepts with the simplest tunes and the most common words, and it is still surprisingly effective. In place of misery, he now tells stories calmly – the power never left him. Michelle Dai Standout tracks: “Five Seasons” (五季), “Poem Your Youth” (诗了你的青春) Like this? Try ... Through The Time (Xu Wei), Zhou Yunpeng

LET THEM TALK HUGH LAURIE Listening to classic blues songs is like opening the vintage biscuit tin in which you keep your childhood keepsakes – old lovely memories burst in your head and make you feel so mild and warm again. And that makes Hugh Laurie (better known to many as the star of House, M.D.) one smart cookie. In this debut album of blues standards, the actor shows off his proficiency with piano, guitar, drums, harmonica and saxophone and reveals a tremulous Southern drawl. Let Them Talk may not compare to the blues masters, though tracks like “Whinin’ Boy Blues” earn Laurie the right to be seen as a musician. Between this record and House, you’d be forgiven for not believing that this über-Brit is an Old Etonian. Michelle Dai Standout tracks: “Whinin’ Boy Blues,” “Let Them Talk” Like this? Try ... The Delivery Man (Elvis Costello & The Imposters)


Reasons to go Eels, Cowboy Junkies, Nouvelle Vague and Lisa Ono. Decent weather and easy transportation, plus a Chinese


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supermodel singing Reasons to avoid Overpriced and under-supplied beer, too many animal ears Bring … Friends, sunglasses, a picnic blanket and snacks Where? South Square, National Olympic Sports Center (near Anzhenmen on Line 10) When? June 5-6



et Conspiracy ranks among the craziest of Beijing bands, with their marriage of rock & roll with electronica and with outrageous stage shows that have more costume changes than a schizophrenic superhero. But after three years, they still had no debut album to show for it. So they took a hiatus from the live shows and spent several months in the studio. Before their album launch, we had a chance to sit down with them to chat about gigs, secrets and the breakup with their iconic co-founder Helen Feng.

drunk. Mary: Yeah, just don’t interview Edo while he’s sober. But he’s never sober. Edo (holding a big can of beer): Actually, right now I’m sober. If the album were a movie, what kind would it be? Huzi: An erotic, violent and romantic movie.

Would you ever consider performing a show in the nude? Huzi: If it were acceptable by law and local ordinances, it’s totally possible. EROTIC, VIOLENT AND Mar y : What?! Really?! Not ROMANTIC MOVIE” me.

What are the “AN biggest and the smallest crowds you’ve played for? Huzi: The biggest one was about 30 to 40 thousand people. Mary: Yeah, last year at Zebra, in Chengdu. And the smallest crowd … 798, I think. Huzi: Actually, I think it was at the Song Music Bar & Kitchen in 2009. There were only 30 to 40 people.

If you could eliminate just one thing about your gigs, what would it be? Huzi: Too hard to answer ; our bottom line is so low. Oh, one thing – no payment from the organizers. That should not happen. Mary: Objection! I don’t agree! That’s Huzi’s personal opinion. Edo: Interviews before the concert. You get so nervous. Huzi: But it doesn’t matter if Edo’s

How’s your relationship with Helen now, post-breakup? Mary: The decision was made by everybody. She was very cool in the band – we loved each other. The breakup was difficult for everybody. In the end, each of us accepted that we would go off in our own directions. After the first month, all of us were a little bit sad and angry, but we understood. Now we’ve moved on. She also has her own projects. We don’t have any problems. Tell us a secret about Pet Conspiracy. Edo: I want to have sex with my manager and have babies with him. Pet Conspiracy’s first studio album launches on Jun 4 at Yugong Yishan.


Despite last year ’s controversial criticisms of the wildly expanded music festival options, the festival fight has become even more intense this year. Yet another player enters the field this month.



LOOSE CHANGE FRESH OUT THE BOX French fashion house Lanvin is diving headfirst into China with a new Beijing flagship store – the largest in all of Asia – in Sanlitun Village North. Ivanka Trump, daughter of real estate mogul Donald Trump, recently announced plans to expand her luxury jewelry line into Asia. Expect to see her baubles around town by 2012.

American label Tory Burch opened its 50th global boutique in Shin Kong Place last month, marking its official launch into the Chinese mainland. Will Tianjin be the next big shopping mecca? Well, Tianjin definitely has its eye on Beijing’s big spenders. Florentia Village, an Italian designer outlet mall wedged between the two cities, will open its doors to the public on June 9.



NLGX Design Store is expanding to Beijing Capital International Airport this month. Both branches are located in Terminal 3, and come equipped with custom-designed box packaging for travelers. Paloma Sanchez’s summer collection features a palette of hues that evoke the beauty of a summer sky. Drop by if you fancy a creamy turquoise ring or rainbow moonstone pendant.




his last month, shopping took an ugly turn. Glass was shattered, blood spilled and hateful invectives spewed – and that’s on top of the long lines, hordes of scalpers and jacked-up prices. Yet public demand for the productto-blame has prevailed. I’m referring, of course, to the iPad 2. According to cn, over 500 people were waiting outside the Sanlitun store by 4am on the first day of its launch. Where did all this capital come from? Analysts have found that Chinese consumers will save for months to splurge on brand-name items ordinarily out of their budgets. Apparently, Apple has successfully convinced the market that its wares connote status. It’s no coincidence that Apple’s sales have tripled domestically in the last year, spurring plans to add several more retail locations

around the country. Italian fashion house Ermenegildo Zegna and American luxury label Coach experienced similar surges in profit. B o t h c o m p a n i e s h ave a l re a d y outlined strategies committed to further expansion in the East. Gap, which first entered the mainland last year, doesn’t show any signs of slowing down either. Although the wor ld ’s secondlargest clothing retailer has just sacked its chief designer, Patrick Robinson, no trouble seems to be brewing on the home front. In fact, Gap recently opened its fifth flagship store in Beijing’s CARE City Shopping Center – a testament to their current faith in growth. But let ’s tak e a break from commercialized fashion for a moment. The scramble for profit can be exhausting, even to read about. At Wuhao, the focus is on creative vision rather than profit. Our favorite

concept boutique unveiled its spring 2011 art installation in mid-May, following in its tradition of adapting the environment and collection ever y season. Don’t let the byappointment-only hours deter you. Ask anyone who’s been – Wuhao is well worth the trouble. If neither art nor fashion bring you reprieve, then it ’s time to turn to summer spa packages. In warmer weather, massages are designed to revive and invigorate, as well as help you unwind. Are you feeling sluggish? Try the Heavenly Spa by Westin’s Jet Lag Revival treatment (until June 30), a full-body oil massage that promises to reset your body clock. If you want your skin taut and luminous, you’re better off with the Peninsula Spa by ESPA’s new Contour & Firm treatment. Now, if you’ll excuse me. I’m off to see about those scalped iPads …

DEALS & STEALS Not a member of Frost Day Spa and Wellness Center? No matter. Just bring a copy of the Beijinger and get member prices on all manicures and pedicures for the month of June. Do the same at either of the Aqua Salus locations and enjoy a complimentary hand and foot paraffin care with any chosen treatment. Until June 21, purchase any two jewelry items at Belita Jewelry this month and receive 15% off. Treat yourself to the Ritz Fusion massage after work at the CBD-based Ritz-Carlton Spa. RMB 1,080 isn’t so pricey when “body rapture” is the promised end result.

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WHAT’S NEW SHOPS GIRONES Daily 10am-7pm. Units A307-308, 3/F, Nali Patio, 81 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District (5208 6195/6) 朝阳区三里屯路81号那里花园3层A307-308

PINK BEAUTY 红妆美颜馆 Daily 11am-8pm. Shop 102, 1/F, Bldg 6, Huaqing Jiayuan, Wudaokou, Haidian District (186 0003 4980) 海淀区五道口华请嘉园6号楼102

Wudaokou isn’t the first place that comes to mind for buying legitimate cosmetics, but that may soon change. Pink Beauty sells genuine branded cosmetics, skincare and perfumes, all imported from Hong Kong, the US and the UK. And to allay any doubts you might have, the owner Hugo has the receipts to show for them. Hard-to-find brands like Laura Mercier and Bare Escentuals are in stock, along with Benefit, Burt’s Bees, Kiehl’s, Guerlain and Bliss; you can also order other products and

pick them up within seven to ten days. Prices are kept low because the shop is in a small residential area. Sure, it sounds too good to be true, but go and find out for yourself … you might just come back with a little Bobbi Brown. Carlly Chun

Hold that trip to Muxiyuan – there’s now a fabric market in Nali Patio. Of course, the selection is narrower and the prices non-negotiable, but at least it’s more accessible. Don’t be put off by the size of the space, either, for Girones has countless books of swatches to pore over. This nearly 80-year-old Spanish home décor brand specializes in high-end natural materials with unique flair and style; think pure cottons and linens that avoid chemical fibers (roughly RMB 100/m to RMB 1,500/m). Their spring collection – a flurry of bright hues and ornate floral patterns – is aptly suited for wealthier clientele looking to upgrade their curtains, upholstery and cushions. In the past, owner Javier Girones tells me, they dealt more with interior designers or fabric importers. But now the company is working on “evolving and making fabric more fun for everyone.” Tiffany Wang Also try: Muxiyuan Fabric Market

Also try: Sephora, SaSa Must buy: YSL’s Touche Éclat (RMB 170), bareMinerals foundation (RMB 240)

TEDDY FAMILY 泰迪家族 Daily 10am-10pm. Units 102-103, Bldg 2, Nali Patio, 81 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District (5289 7854) 朝阳区三里屯路81号那里花园2号楼102-103

Also try: Sanrio, Decide Must buy: Graphic T-shirt (RMB 280)


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Daily 10am-9.30pm. B1/F, Unit 506, Sanlitun Soho, 8 Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District (5935 9443) 朝阳区工体北路8号院三里屯Soho地下1层506

Some of us attach great value to bathroom comfort and hygiene. Unfortunately, that means we’re often disappointed by the absence of maintenance (and toilet paper) in Beijing’s public restrooms. At least we can avoid that issue at home, with the help of high-end German bath linen brand Cawö, accompanied by its sister labels JOOP! and s.Oliver. Multicolored, environmentally friendly terrycloth faces you at every turn in the form of bathmats (RMB 1,600-1,800), towels (from RMB 138) or bathrobes (RMB 1,000-4,000). Though the price tags may deter, owner Lina Li guarantees that her long-lasting products only become comfier with use. Indeed, they all feel soft and fluffy to the touch, but with a firm core – and we can only imagine such deliciousness wrapped around our skin. Now if only we could afford it. Tiffany Wang Also try: Ikea, Aussino


Besotted with cute cuddly animals? So is rising actress Huo Siyan, who wants to spread the love amongst Chinese youth. Her brand’s flagship store, which snuggled into Sanlitun last month, is stuffed with denim, toys, hats and shirts affixed with – what else? – teddy bears. Design collaborations are already underway; Spanish artist Jaime Hayon’s limited-edition graffiti tees are on sale now, with proceeds to benefit animal protection charities. The glittering diamond-cut exterior, loopy doorways and clash of hyper colors may briefly distract you from Huo’s true mission, but readers, take note: Teddy Family, she says, is not just about running a business, it’s about assembling a “family” with a social conscience. A warm, fuzzy, fashion-for ward family, that is. Tiffany Wang


INSPECT A GADGET BEATS BY DR. DRE SOLO HD HEADPHONES Natural sound with incredible detail, plus easy on-cable control for iPod or iPhone playback. The noise-isolating technology and built-in microphone let you hear and be heard clearly. RMB 1,788

SONY BDP-S380 BLU-RAY PLAYER An affordable player for your Blu-ray discs as well as HD video in most formats (even RMVB) from a USB device or a disc. Sony used to be known as a pricey brand, but now they’re starting to offer budget options. What’s going on? RMB 1,199


Th i s speaker This s p e a k e r system s ys te m stream s t re a m s m u s i c wirelessly from your iPhone, iPod or iPad. And a downloadable app will turn your iWhatever into a remote control. But it also has an aux-in jack for other audio devices. RMB 2,250

SONY BLOGGIE 3D A portable camcorder that shoots full HD video? Yawn. OK, how about one that films in 3-D? Oooh. With 8GB of internal memory, you can store up to four hours of high-definition footage that will really pop. The built-in USB arm connects to PC or Mac for file transfer and battery charging. RMB 2,500 ➎


A 7-inch tablet that’s light enough to slip into your jacket pocket or a handbag. Access mail, contacts and messages from your BlackBerry smartphone and view them on the 1024x600 pixel touchscreen. It features a 1GHz processor and 1GHz RAM, front and back cameras (3MP and 5MP respectively). Take a break from work to lose yourself in multimedia. Or vice versa. RMB 4,500 (16GB)


If you love smartphones that can capture full HD videos and big images, you’ll probably want to propose to the Optimus 2X with its 8MP camera. This Android smartphone features a 4-inch touchscreen with 800x480 resolution, a front-facing webcam for video chat, a single LED flash on the back and is powered by 1GHz dual-core processor and 512MB memory. The HDMI port lets you connect it to HDTV so you can view your content on a bigger screen. Storage: 1GB built-in, supports up to 32GB microSD Connectivity: Micro-USB, Wi-Fi, 3G, Bluetooth, HDMI, Edge, GPRS RMB 4,998


Ideal for those who keep dropping their phones into the toilet – the contoured design on the back gives you good grip. Incredible S features a 4-inch touchscreen with 800x480 pixel resolution and is equipped with a 1GHz processor and 768MB RAM, an 8MP camera and a webcam for video chat. The camera records 720p HD video and has two LED flashes for taking pictures in dim lighting – that’s pretty decent for a smartphone. Storage: 1GB built-in, supports up to 32GB microSD Connectivity: Micro-USB, Wi-Fi, 3G, Bluetooth, Edge, GPRS RMB 3,500

At the moment, if you’re looking for top-of-the-line hardware configuration, it’s Atrix vs. Optimus in head-to-head competition. It’s true, the Atrix can’t really compete when it comes to cameras or video capture; it only has a 5MP camera in the back and a webcam up front, and though it supports 1080p video playback, it can only capture 720p video. But the look is sleeker and the resolution is superior (960x540); it also wins out with twice as much RAM (1GB), a faster network (4G) and longer battery life. Storage: Up to 16GB built-in, supports up to 32GB microSD Connectivity: Micro-USB, Wi-Fi, 3G, 4G, Bluetooth, Edge, GPRS RMB 4,998

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Floppy hat. RMB 292. Asos


Natural chunky platform espadrilles. RMB 646. Topshop

by Tiffany Wang


he ’70s were a decade of revolution, bristling with anti-war fervor and sexual liberation. Men and women alike grew out their locks and let them hang free. Their clothes also embodied a sense of rebellion and nonconformity – all loose, unrestrictive draping played up by decadent fabrics. Anything skin-tight became akin to taboo. Though many distinct styles emerged, they were tied together by an underlying insouciance. Flowy pieces gained sex appeal in sheer silk or lamé, and quirkiness in velvet, lace or denim. Floppy hats channeling Old Hollywood looked artfully ironic alongside wide-leg jeans and fringed ponchos. And now this free-spirited sensibility is enjoying an enthusiastic revival. The major forces driving this trend – Derek Lam, Anna Sui, Marc by Marc Jacobs – have readily swapped prim skirts and pointy stilettos for breezy chiffon blouses, crochet knits and platform wedges. When in doubt, just strive for easygoing, ethereal and eccentric. The standout prints (geometric, floral, tribal) and accessories (feather earrings, oversized sunglasses, patterned headscarves) will have you feeling groovy in no time.


Emilio Pucci blouse. RMB 17,132. Net-a-Porter

Tan leather woven satchel. RMB 485. Topshop Black asymmetrical dress. RMB 349. Bershka

Camel leather skirt. RMB 999. Zara


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erman-born designer Kathrin von Rechenberg apprenticed in Munich, trained in Paris under top couturiers like Dior and Chanel, then set off to China in search of tea silk. Ten years later, she’s still here, and that special material has become the basis for her label. She unveiled her 17th collection just a few months ago. We pressed her to share her take on love, natural textiles and elegant simplicity.

enhance or improve them.

Designing clothes to underline the personality of the wearer, not to hide it, is very important to me. One should not see the clothes first, but the woman wearing them. She looks good when she feels comfortable and makes the clothing her own.

What do I love about tea silk? Its texture and papyrus-like rustle, its inimitable black metallic sheen, its look of leather. Tea silk is never quite the same color from one batch to the next, which makes every piece unique.

I prefer the functional, yet beautifully executed. Many of the rechenberg designs are born out of the search for functional solutions (e.g. different fastening solutions and edgings, integrating or eliminating darts and seams) along with the possibility of wearing the same garment in different ways or reversibly. If something is only decorative, it is not artful. The simpler you want to do things, the more complicated they are to do. When the cut is perfect, you don’t need to add decorative elements to

In Paris, I picked up haute couture techniques like draping, cutting on the mannequin, the perfect cut-andfit of a garment and, of course, a love for beautiful fabrics. I prefer to design independently but I regret that I did not have the chance to work with Yves Saint Laurent for his perfectly cut jackets.

Tea silk brought me to Beijing, then my future husband caused me to stay. Other than the “little black dress,” every woman should own a pair of rechenberg tea silk pants. They are timelessly elegant, simple and easy to wear at any time of day and any season of the year. rechenberg couture. Xinyuanxili Dongjie (yard behind Bldg 12, close to Yuyang Hotel), Chaoyang District (6463 1788) w w 朝阳区新源西里东街12号楼后院



Knitted crochet dress. RMB 647. Topshop


As June kicks off, many Beijing-based galleries will make their way back from ART HK 2011 (Hong Kong’s biggest international art fair). In town, art power couple Song Dong and Yin Xiuzhen premiere new works for their “Chopsticks” series (see Feature, p56), marking their first-ever Beijing premiere, despite both being based here. At the UCCA, see new exhibits by Swiss artist Not Vital and Chinese neon/laser artist Li Hui, and await a new project by social artist Weng Fen. Also look for new products in the UCCA Store developed by artists Liu Xiaodong, Zhang Xiaogang and Ma Liang, to name a few.


The summer blockbuster rush begins. First up is Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, the fourth in the series and our chance to decide who’s better: Keira Knightley or Penelope Cruz. (Personally, I’d rather Johnny Depp just play the female lead.) Next up is Kung Fu Panda 2: The Kaboom of Doom, where you can encounter an array of digestive humor amid animated martial arts and Jack Black’s signature self-deprecation. If you’re seeking a full lobotomy, Fast Five will be playing here, too. Chinese releases include A Beautiful Life (Bu Zai Rang Ni Gudan) starring Shu Qi (from If You Are the One).






icture a wall, gleaming pearly white, the smell of fresh paint rising off it like a morning dew. You stand with a fresh can of spray in your hand, a slick Montana 94 in matte Stereo Pink, perhaps? You tighten your mask; this wall is your oyster. Imagine the impulse, the magnetic tug of the bare surface, as if the pigments in your can are conspiring to form a million electric cords, and the wall is an endless sea of roving outlets. You want to plug them in, turn them on, see what happens when the electricity flows. Is this the urge that takes hold of a tagger? That spurs them on despite shouts of “vandal!” or “sellout!”? Let’s ponder this psychology in the context of Beijing. Sure, some of the thrill of artists like SOOS and his Beijing Penzi crew, or the newer Kwanyin Clan, might be dampened

because they’re backed by corporations like Adidas. But there’s also newness. A chance to lay claim to virgin walls, no matter whether it’s illegal or commissioned. And somehow, this impulse to make one’s mark isn’t just in the minds of the graffiti artists who roam the streets. Really, it’s everywhere. I’ve seen the gleam in so many eyes, from businesspeople to students, opera directors to migrant workers. As dirty as Beijing can be, it’s also a fresh, white wall. So who’s spraying in? The NCPA’s only four years old, but its reputation already circles the globe as one of the hottest performing arts destinations. That’s why I’m always hearing about some “first production by such and such hotshot director.” This month, Stephen Lawless from the UK gets his writing on the wall with Johann Strauss Jr.’s

Die Fledermaus. Even better, he’s getting Chinese comedian Chen Peisi involved, for a localized twist on the operetta. See our Feature, p57. Kevin Spacey and Christian Bale are shaking their cans at the domestic film industry. We eagerly await release dates for Inseparable a n d The 13 Women of Nanjing, respectively. Meanwhile, Rachel DeWoskin was one of our city’s first big expat celebs, winning Chinese hear ts through her role on a soap opera. She’s since turned out a memoir and two novels, and is rolling back through town for a repeat tag. See p58. And so it’ll go – people from all over the world flowing in to leave their masterpieces. Some will endure, others will get buffed, until layer by layer, this fresh white wall becomes a gritty but beautiful palimpsest.


Aspiring novelists should take note: The deadline for applications to the 2012-2013 M Literary Residency is July 1, 2011, so this is the last month to submit your samples. The residency offers two three-month slots – one in Shanghai and the other off the beaten path in Bangalore, India – and covers transportation costs, housing and meals. On June 1, The Bookworm brings back one of our favorite events from the Literary Festival: the Translation Slam. This time, Jonathan Rechtman faces off against Canaan Morse to translate a Chinese text by news columnist Li Haipeng.


Fans of lush ivory-tickling, this is the month for you. Piano aux Jacobins (part of the ongoing Festival Croisements) features two French pianists playing Beethoven, Chopin and Liszt, followed by a French jazz pianist (Jun 3-5). At the NCPA, a new production of the Orphan of Zhao story comes to fruition in Chinese Orphan (Jun 20-23). We’re confident the opera itself won’t be nearly as bland as the title (though I guess it wouldn’t take much). Later in the month, catch a startling blend of hip-hop dance, ballet and taijiquan in a show called Modern (June 24-25), directed and choreographed by Anthony Egéa.

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central axis. Other than the dimensions of the chopsticks, the artists hadn’t consulted each other about what they were creating. Outside of this series of exhibits, Song and Yin are inspired by each other and work together in their shared studio, but their end products reveal marked material, conceptual and aesthetic distinctions. For example, in her series “Traveling Cities” Yin creates models of cities that are fashioned from found scrap fabric and old suitcases. The cities to which she’s alluding aren’t always recognizable in

SONG AND YIN CREATE WORKS INDEPENDENTLY AND IN SECRET her childlike sculptings, but hidden clues affixed to the suitcase hint at the various locales. Fabric and found objects are a consistent theme in Yin’s work. She focuses on the embodied and the present, choosing to exhibit detritus that through her interventions continue to exist even after the original owner has discarded it. Yin’s use of material objects sits in contrast to Song’s more fleeting and performative works. Explorations of the changing states of water run continually through his art. In one piece from January, he breathed for 40 minutes until he

formed a patch of ice. He also keeps a diary, one he writes in water. Due to the secrecy of the projects, even the exhibit’s organizers don’t know what to expect, which quite frankly demonstrates a staggering amount of trust. The only detail the artists have discussed is that the project will be broken into 12 parts, with each artist creating three pairs of chopsticks. One pair will be given to their daughter as a gift for her eighth birthday. This upcoming exhibit gives weight and a sense of arrival to the idealistic tone of the earlier shows. During the 2002 exhibit Song and Yin celebrated their tenth wedding anniversary. Now, nine years later, the couple has endured. In fact, they have thrived in the viciously competitive contemporary art world. And both have secured international praise: Song Dong will show work at the upcoming Venice Biennale and Yin has a solo show at Alexander Ochs Galleries Berlin this summer. The June exhibit, featuring all new works, is an exceptional chance to see what these hometown art stars will produce. Don’t let the cute factor of their “chopstick-dom” keep you away. “Chopsticks” is on show at Chambers Fine Art Beijing from Jun 11 to Jul 30.


t sounds like the beginning of a bad joke: “What do you get with only one chopstick?” [Hungry? –Ed.] Yet at the hands of two of today’s most acclaimed artists, Song Dong and Yin Xiuzhen, it’s not a joke, but rather a clear statement of their artistic practices. The husbandand-wife pair claim that, like chopsticks, each of them is useless without the other. Chambers Fine Art, a pioneer in exhibiting Chinese contemporary art in New York, exhibited Song and Yin’s works in 2002 and 2006, both shows using “chopsticks” as their themes. This month, the Chambers Beijing gallery, which opened in 2007, will premiere the third incarnation of “Chopsticks.” Though Beijing serves as their base and is a consistent and central focus in both artists’ practice, this exhibit actually presents a unique opportunity to see new works by the artists in their home city. One of the most intriguing aspects of this series is that Song and Yin create works independently and in secret; when the shows premiere, the artists themselves are seeing each others’ pieces for the first time. Often they unveil work both vastly different and eerily similar. For example, in 2006 Song’s metal chopstick investigated the north-south axis of Beijing. In contrast, Yin’s chopstick was made of stockings stuffed with foam, but it too examined the city’s



ART: LIU QINGHE RED GATE GALLERY For the first time, Liu Qinghe fuses his style of painting, rooted in classical Chinese methods, with a Western printmaking technique to produce a series of etchings. These works primarily feature his signature motif: partially naked female bodies, configured vaguely through minimalist calligraphic brushstrokes. Though hinting at an ethereal eroticism, these figures can instead appear lewd. His stronger works center less on bizarre naked figures and more on exploring the face as a palette for a blend of emotions. A highlight is “Dike,” an etching of ten ambiguously gendered children, their bodies submerged in water. In their exposed faces, Qinghe crafts a spectrum of melancholy, from gripping fear to disgust to quiet resignation and vulnerability. This paradigmatic work showcases his ability to imbue each rare brushstroke with an expressive, poetic spirit. Raymond Braun Liu Qinghe’s new works are on display at Red Gate Gallery from June 4-26.

BOOKS: THE FOREMOST GOOD FORTUNE SUSAN CONLEY You’ve seen Susan Conley before. At Jenny Lou’s with a cartload of imported cereals, or at Yashow paying too much for fake shoes. You’ve overheard her conversations and thought: There she goes, another expat wife rushing back to her posh high-rise apartment. But here’s a conversation you missed: As she prepares to have a lump removed from her breast, her 5-year-old son hands her a drawing and says, “Imagine you’re this butterfly during the surgery, OK? Then, whenever you want, you can just fly away.” Told in bare yet vivid writing, moments like this disarm us, drawing us into Conley’s brutally frank memoir. Far from your typical expat vanity project, TFGF offers surprising depth and clarity on just what it means to live outside our comfort zones. Marilyn Mai Susan Conley appears at The Bookworm on June 14. Look for a full interview in the June issue of beijingkids.

FILM: THE LOST BLADESMAN ALAN MAK + FELIX CHONG The good news: This latest historical action epic, written and directed by the duo that brought you Infernal Affairs, is more “bladesman” than “lost.” Hong Kong badass Donnie Yen plays Guan Yu, the noble general from Romance of the Three Kingdoms who takes down six generals through five mountain passes using his iconic weapon, the guan dao. It starts slow, but it’s worth the wait to watch Yen face a barrage of assorted Chinese weaponry. The bad news: Living up to the legacy of the now-deified Guan Yu proves too much for Yen at times, though Jiang Wen, cast as the conflicted warlord Cao Cao, helps carry the trickier scenes. Some will deem this a worthy entry for the martial arts canon, though true aficionados may cry foul. Josh Ong The Lost Bladesman (Guan Yunchang) is playing in cinemas around town.



NCPA This Yuan dynasty drama begins with a massacre of the entire aristocratic Zhao clan, then details the plans of the lone survivor to exact revenge on his family’s killers. Its epic political and filial themes have made it a favorite for adaptations by the likes of Voltaire and the folks at the Lincoln Center. Last year, Chen Kaige presented a severely muddled take in his film Sacrifice (proof that Ge You’s face does not automatically a good movie make). Luckily, playwright Zou Jingzhi’s staged version is here to offer the Orphan of Zhao some redemption. Expect a more classicist Chinese approach, since this production is part of a celebration for the Communist Party’s 90th anniversary. (No pressure though, Zou.) Marilyn Mai Chinese Orphan will be performed at the NCPA on June 20-23.




wo guys meet for some drinks and one of them finds himself abandoned on the street in an embarrassing bat costume. A year later, “The Bat” seeks revenge on his ignoble friend through an elaborate hoax that ends in jail time and a dissolved marriage. No, it’s not The Hangover, Part II. It’s the plot of Johann Strauss Jr.’s Die Fledermaus, staged this month by British director Stephen Lawless. This production has been localized for the Beijing audience, with the operetta’s arias sung in German but the dialogue spoken in Chinese. Even more exciting, Chinese comedian Chen Peisi – known for his deliciously visceral noodle-slurping in several CCTV Spring Festival Gala skits – has been cast as the scenestealing jailer Frosch in the last act. Read on as director Lawless tells us more about the challenges of bilingual comedy and makes a case for Beijing’s rise as a global performing arts destination. “Humor, like a good wine, doesn’t last a centur y, doesn’t last for decades. Humor changes ver y quickly. So I’m trying to be loyal to the piece but still trying to make the comedy work for right now – that’s the tricky part.” “[Chen Peisi is] wonderful. His way of performing is very physical. It reminds me of some of the great

commedia dell’ar te ac tors from Italy. This is the third production of Fledermaus I’ve done, and he’s very possibly the best Frosch we’ve had.” “I remember seeing a Fledermaus in Vienna not so long ago, and the old people in the theater laughed at maybe 12 jokes, which were the same 12 jokes they’ve always laughed at and for the rest of the time it was silence. And I hope – I’m sure – that’s not the case with this one, because Peisi tells me it’s not the case.” “In the original German script there are a lot of phrases involving puns. Which is something I’ve just discovered happens a lot in Chinese! So that’s what we’re trying to use.” “With Fledermaus, you have to try and get what makes it special, which is this interplay between music and dialogue. Opera houses have tried to turn it into an opera, but it was originally intended to be more anarchic, much more innovative than that.” “God, the food’s good here. I mean, that’s got to be a plus. I’m doing Der Rosenkavalier at the Bolshoi in Moscow next year … trust me, the food won’t be nearly as good.“ Die Fledermaus goes to bat Jun 3-6 at the NCPA.

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PHILIP TINARI EDITOR-IN-CHIEF, LEAP MAGAZINE The book on my shelf with the most sentimental value is our first volume of LEAP – six issues and 1,312 pages of blood, sweat and brains.



achel DeWoskin made a name for herself as a sex goddess on a Chinese soap opera, then parlayed that into a sharp, funny memoir followed by two nuanced novels. The latest, Big Girl Small, traverses the perils of high school from the “shorter” perspective of singer Judy Lohden. Read on as DeWoskin shares her thoughts.

… and her favorite John Hughes scene “How about that beautiful part in Breakfast Club when Ally Sheedy asks Molly Ringwald, ‘Why are you being so nice to me?’ And Molly Ringwald says, ‘Because you’re letting me.’”

Th e l a s t b o o k I b o u g h t w a s Sam Lipsyte’s The Ask, a Brooklyn novel about a failed-artist-turned college-development-officer veering toward middle age. He’s wittier than Shteyngart, and less grating. (Although I bought Super Sad True Love Story too …) The book I pretend to have read is Dream of the Red Chamber, albeit not actively. We all need a few good gaping holes in our cultural literacy, right? My favorite book from childhood is The Guinness Book of World Records. The illusion of comprehensiveness was so much easier to convey on paper before the Internet came along. The book that changed my life was Joan Didion’s Slouching Towards Bethlehem. Realizing as a college sophomore that you could write essays like that was pretty huge.

The last book I read was Just Kids by Patti Smith, a shameless but

On what dish her new book resembles “Hot pot, because it’s crazy and spicy and complicated; because it’s do-it-yourself; and because it’s feasting for hours with friends, listening, watching the color of cooking crawl up individual slices of food. I’d hope my book is as delicious, as full of contradiction and heat. But hold the duck blood, please.”

On Beijing, then vs. now “I tr y not to noble savage my Chinese friends by begrudging China its modernity or Frappuccinos. To me there's something unsavory about Westerners pining for a version of China that was less shufu and free for its citizens. I loved Beijing in the 1990s, even before you could get MAC make-up and new releases in fiction, and I love it now. More art, more books by Chinese writers distributed globally, more freedom, more access, more exchange programs for kids, onward with our engagement!”

On her book being compared to John Hughes’ movies “I’ll take it!”

Rachel DeWoskin appears at The Bookworm on Jun 28 to discuss Big Girl Small.

On how Judy Lohden’s character came to her “I watched The Wizard of Oz so many times with my 4-year-old, and felt tremendous empathy for the little people in that movie. I wondered what it would feel like for my daughter if she were a dwar f. What if she wanted to be Judy Garland, but involuntarily identified with the little people? This thought plagued me, so I wrote a book about a girl who is small, wildly talented, different from everyone else and brave.”


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The character in a book I’d like to be? I Am Adam Gellin. Have I ever judged a book by its cover? Bill Brown’s delectable illustrations for the Back Bay editions of Evelyn Waugh are among the best reasons for doing so.

The book I’d like to see adapted as a film is Jonathan Spence’s The Memory Palace of Matteo Ricci, starring Roberto Benigni as Ricci, Jiang Wen as Xu Guangqi, and the rehabilitated Zhang Ziyi as a literati Jesuit-temptress. The book I’ve enjoyed having with me on my travels? Reading Deleuze and Guattari’s A Thousand Plateaus on the Mongolian steppe (smooth not striated, baby) was an intellectual high, albeit in a very undergraduate, 1999 sort of way. These days, an issue of Brooklyn literary journal n+1 or Berlin style bible 032c makes the EWR-PEK hop fly by, even in economy. The fictional world I’d most like to be part of is David Lodge’s Small World. Jet-setting was so much sexier back when deconstruction was a new idea. The book I’d most like to see translated into Chinese is Tom Wolfe’s From Bauhaus to Our House, an antidote to the trickle-down modernism that pollutes so many contemporary Chinese interiors. The passage about Yale architecture students using their diaper money to buy Barcelona chairs is priceless. Fiction or non-fiction? Dichotomies are sooo last century. LEAP is the international art magazine of contemporary China. Size them up at


On reaching a Chinese audience “I would love Chinese versions of my books. China gave me a place to grow up, taught me a new language and a million new ways of looking at the world. (Not to mention fed me fabulous food and provided an endless supply of life experience and pirated DVDs). I just signed up for a Weibo account, so I can be in written touch with Chinese readers of all sorts of books.”

gratifying art-world tearjerker.


AT THE BUZZER If you fancy yourself as a budding Li Na or Peng Shuai, sign up for Mashup’s mixed doubles every Tuesday. See for details on how to get involved in the racket. The real Li Na and Peng Shuai will be busy this month at the All England Championships (or Wimbledon, as most people call it). Li will be looking to better her quarter-final of last year. Both Li and Peng have been playing some good tennis this season but failing to deliver in the latter stages of tournaments. Disgraced gymnastics judge Shao Bin has been allowed back into the fold. He appeared at a Chinese national meet – the decision from the international governing body was still pending at the time. Swimming fans will be able to see the cream of the crop at the World Championships next month. The downside is that you’ll have to go overland to Shanghai to do so. The competition takes place July 16-31. There are over 600 golf courses in China. Good news if you like playing golf. Bad news if you like water and preserving land, as many of them are said to be built illegally.



JONATHAN WHITE IS MENTIONING THE UNMENTIONABLE oney. USD 1.8 billion of it, to be precise. That’s what former gymnast Sang Lan is suing for in her lawsuit relating to her paralysis at the 1998 Goodwill Games. The case has gotten the Internet talking. Chinese netizens – two words that are often followed by some choice examples of the least-balanced commentary that the web has to offer – have been busy singling out her attorney Hai Lin as masterminding the claim for his own publicity or financial gain. Luckily for those who live on the ’net, they will have some years to discuss this case as it struggles through the US legal system. Money, more than anything else, is what’s most likely to get sports fans talking – especially when sports stars are not performing on the pitch but are being rewarded handsomely off it. Yao Ming’s season has been

one to forget, through injury more than anything else, but he can be happy in the fact that he is Shanghai’s youngest billionaire. He might add a little more to that fortune as he sues Wuhan shoe company Yunhe Dashayu Sportswear Co. Ltd. for using his likeness without his permission. Money is what lures foreign stars to China sports. Some are playing the short game and want a big payday; others are more canny and see the opportunities of the world’s largest market. None more so than Stephon Marbury, who has settled into the CBA and taken to the culture. Marbury has it easier than Xinjiang’s imports Quincy Douby and James Singleton. The American pair have to adhere to the rules of their coach: no TV or cell phones during the season, lights out by 10pm, no alcohol plus needing permission

for press interviews or to leave the team compound. Fair play to them for their commitment – and commiserations on losing the CBA final to Guangdong. Again. Money doesn’t always favor the athlete – for every overpaid star, there are countless competitors who don’t get their rightful share of the cash that is quite obviously flowing into the game. China Sports Review recently pointed out the situation in the China X Games. They quote an anonymous source as saying, “Sportswear maker X-Step pours seven million yuan into the China X Games competition every year. But an athlete can get only about RMB 15,000 of prize money at most if he wins all the champions [sic] from its 10 races, a sum one can barely compensate his travel expenses.” Money’s power in sport is not in question – its transparency is.

Ding Junhui’s season ended but there was no glory for him, just another semi-final at the World Championships. Before enjoying his holiday, though, he did give a great interview to China Daily. The pick of the quotes: “Life was harder when I first went to the UK. Now I can buy almost everything I need without worrying about budget.” Ding’s supposed fortune? Over GBP 1 million but “he doesn’t deal with the money side of things.” Another month, another foreign football coach highlighting things about the CSL that everyone knows. This time it was Arie Haan, former Team China head coach. The Dutchman offered this: “Players are all showmen in China. The players cheat all of the time. They get one little push and they fall down and the referee blows the whistle and then they stand up.” Fair point, Arie. Haan then bettered his own quote with this utter gem: “In China I have seen people shouting at policemen, which is not done in Europe. And I have seen the same thing in soccer. When the referee does something, the players turn around and shout and abuse him.” Guangzhou Evergrande boss Xu Jayin has spent an estimated half a billion yuan – including EUR 3.2 million (a CSL record) signing Cleo – in an attempt to take this year’s league title. He’s vowed to win the AFC Champions’ League within five years.

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Q&A big thing over it, then the name gets worse and worse. In the circle after the run, we use many different toys and drinking implements to accuse each other with. The toys include [completely unprintable –Ed.]. Many years ago we had the “Bu Hao” award which was a necklace of goat horns that made running rather difficult. That evolved into handcuffs, which was equally as dangerous! Why should people join the hash? The Constitution of the Hash House Harriers is recorded on a club registration card dated 1950, and remains the same to this day: • To promote physical fitness among our members • To get rid of hangovers • To acquire a good thirst and to satisfy it in beer • To persuade the older members that they are not as old as they feel It’s also a great way to meet people, as it is a “super social group.”



he Hash – or Hash House Harriers, as their mother might call them – is a “drinking club with a running problem.” Why are you called the Hash? The Hash House Harriers (aka HHH or H3) were formed in the late 1930s in Kuala Lumpur by a bunch of colonial officers and expats who wanted an excuse to go out for a run and have a few beers. Now there are about 2,000 Hash kennels/clubs/chapters around the world.

What type of people hash? There are three Hashes in Beijing – the Beijing Hash, the Boxer Hash and the Full Moon Hash – and although we do get a crossover of people attending each one, they appeal to different types. The Beijing Hash started them all; it has been going every single week since the late 1970s. It’s a city hash with relatively short runs and a walking group.

In the winter it can be a little low, but in the summer we can swell to well over 50 people a week

Do you need to be able to run? On the Beijing hash, there is a walking trail for the “hard of running” and brutally hungover.

We’ve heard rumors about nicknames and forfeits. People get names for something they’ve said or done that a fellow hasher has been witness to. We’ve got guys and girls with names like Dirt Box, Rear Entry, Spastic Mountie, and Pays for Sex. [These are the ones we could print. –Ed.] If someone doesn’t like their name or makes a

How many people turn up to a typical event?

Do you need to be able to drink? Yes. And hold it. We’ve seen many a time when a hasher has had far too much to drink but braves onwards into almost certainly regrettable circumstances!




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Basketball: NBA Motorsport: Formula 1, Dakar Rally Track and Field: IAAF Diamond League Snooker and Pool: Tournaments featuring Chinese players Cycling: Tour de France

CCTV 5 also tends to televise the world championships of football, volleyball, basketball, field hockey, badminton, table tennis, swimming, gymnastics, curling, speed skating and beach volleyball (plus any other sport where China may win).


Football: Premier League & FA Cup (Eng), La Liga (Spa), Bundesliga (Ger), Serie A (Ita), Ligue 1 (Fra), UEFA Champions’ League Tennis: Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon, US Open, ATP Masters


TO YOUR HEALTH TCM WEIGHT LOSS Uh oh. All that fat that accumulated in our bodies over winter is not looking so hot in our summer tanks and shorts. If your usual diet and workout routines aren’t working, maybe it’s time to turn to traditional Chinese medicine. According to Dr. Xing Zhao, TCM attributes “being over weight ” to “overeating and inadequate exercise, just like in Western medicine.” But unlike Western medicine, TCM also emphasizes the role that emotions play in weight loss and overall health. You can track your mental condition through qi, your body ’s internal energy and “the driving power behind your metabolism,” says Dr. Xing. When your qi is imbalanced, your body can’t perform its regular functions, such as promoting a proper metabolism. In turn, you’ll “experience extraordinary food cravings or an enormous appetite.”





s expats, we can invent countless reasons, illnesses and emergencies to explain our lack of involvement in the Beijing community. It’s a temporary home! (So what?) I don’t speak the language! (You’ve gotten this far.) I’m too busy! (Puh-lease.) I don’t know how to help! (Well, you’re off to a good start, now that you’re reading the Beijinger.) This month, there’s no more room for excuses. The Bookworm’s biannual NGO & Charity Networking Day is calling your name on June 11. Fifteen charities, from migrant schools to environmental agencies, are setting up booths to provide relevant information and recruit volunteers. The Bookworm’s events manager, Kadi Hughes, tells me: “There are so many Beijingers who have the time and the desire to give back. With this event, we provide the space for these groups to come together.” No word yet on whether The

Starfish Project ( will be participating. But the nonprofit, which supports women who are surviving in or have escaped lives of exploitation, will be commemorating its fifth anniversar y ( Jun 11) this year with live music, original artwork, a charity auction and more. Email for advance tickets to the event. In our January issue, we mourned the loss of a home for Roundabout Charity Store, which took refuge temporarily at the Eton school. But now owner Leslie Simpson is delighted to share that she has found a “new, bright, spacious, fully stocked retail area,” directly opposite the east gate of the International School of Beijing. It officially opened for business on May 14. Look for the full address in our directory. Don’t you love it when charity, music and drinks all come together to form one event? The I Rap for Orphans Charity Concert (Jun 12)

at 2 Kolegas features performances by Beijing rap artists and hip-hop dance troupes in the name of raising money for Shunyi Ophanage. Drink specials include ten-kuai beer. Turn to our event listings for more information. Speaking of beer, The Hutong is introducing a new workshop this month: Introduction to Craft Homemade Brewing 101 (Jun 5). Our Bars & Clubs Editor interviewed the man behind Great Leap Brewery a few months ago; now, brewmaster Carl Setzer is leading this sure-tobe -popular course. We suggest you reserve your spot early on at I realize we seem a little fixated on alcohol this month. Hopefully you had fun at our Reader Bar & Clubs Awards. If you weren’t able to attend, you can still nurse your sorrows with your own homemade beer or cocktail. What’s that? You don’t know how to make a cocktail, either? Flip the page.

The Traditional Chinese Medicine World Foundation points out that “ Western methods focus almost exclusively on external factors – it’s all about the weight and the food,” while “TCM addresses the root cause of weight conditions.” Pe r h a p s t h e m o s t f u n d a m e n t a l difference is that “TCM does not see and treat your body, mind, emotions and spirit as separate, but rather as an interrelated whole” (TCM World Foundation). Weight gain is simply a symptom of a greater health problem. When your mental and physical state are balanced, “normal weight will be maintained.” So what can we do, besides improve mental health? (Easier said than done.) Depending on which foods you crave, the TCM World Foundation claims that doctors will be able to understand which organs need additional qi: “Food is just one of a variety of healing resources used in TCM treatment, along with herbs, acupuncture and acupressure.” D r. X i n g r e c o m m e n d s t r y i n g a c u p u n c t u r e a n d m ox i b u s t i o n , along with ingesting Chinese herbs like lotus leaf and hawthorn. But your best bet, he says, is consulting a TCM doc tor to analyze your individual bodily constitution and qi imbalance. Set your appointment with Dr. Xing at 21st Century Health Care – Beijing Glory Clinic. Mon-Fri 8am-7pm, SatSun 9am-6pm. 40 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District (8444 6168)

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h, gin. You’re my go-to liquor at every bar, whether you’re lur k ing in dir t y mar tinis o r gi n a n d to n i c s. S o m e t h i n g about your musky flavor, that clean bitterness and dry aftertaste has me hooked. That – and you don’t give

me hangovers. So it felt like fate that Beefeater 24 was the designated subject of Spirit It! chief Bob Louison’s April cocktail-making class. A bartending consultant by trade, French expat Louison has concocted drinks at

some of the poshest bars in London, here, garnished with a cucumber or New York and Paris, and now earns macaroon. his living demystifying mixology for Though I lacked such panache, the public. and may have overdone the lemon Myself included. I couldn’t wait juice (albeit to suit my own pento finally dissect the workings of chant for sour tartness), I was havmy favorite poison. The venue was ing a great deal of fun. I was proud the darkly lit Swiss Restaurant and of my first efforts – a mishmash of Bar, where a long winding table ingredients ranging from ginger to speckled with individual stations lavender syrup – and more aware of awaited. As I slipped anxiously the nuances of booze than ever. onto a bar stool, I examined the Th e re a l te s t c a m e a t t h e tools – a mixer, a “Boston” glass, a end, though. Just as we were all bar spoon, a strainer and a double preparing to pat one another on strainer – in all their gleaming glory. the back – bloated with alcohol and If you're lost, self-satisfaction – so was I. I’d never Bob announced a I FELT MORE AKIN TO mixed, shak en competition: to or stirred a single A MAD SCIENTIST THAN A come up with our drink in my own cocktail, REAL BARTENDER entire life. M y using only the bartending experience was limited remaining ingredients. to decanting dubiously measured I think you can guess how I shots of vodka or tequila. fared. The clues are all above, from And I soon discovered that I was my inability to absorb Bob’s instrucno suave mixologist. I struggled tions to my unshared enthusiasm for to retain Bob’s directions while lemon juice. While I didn't place first painstakingly measuring, pouring (or even second or third), I savored and asking for clarification, over and my own creation – which I’d adapted over again. I felt more akin to a mad to suit my taste buds – immensely. scientist than a real bartender. And isn’t that all that matters? Meanwhile, Bob was whisking, twirling and free -pouring from Mix it up at Bob Louison’s next class on bottles with ease. A splash of Grand Jun 25. Email Marnier here, two dashes of bitters for more details.




ver y fortnight, Beijing Community Dinner invites a local charity to speak about its work at a regional Chinese restaurant. We spok e with co founders Mark Godfrey and Tzyy Wang about the premise behind fusing social responsibility with a love for food. How did BCD get started? We started a few years ago as a small group of local and international friends with three aims: catch up for dinner, try regional Chinese cooking and do something about the social issues affecting us all.


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How do you find the restaurants? We’ve a big pool of friends now, so they’ll all know good places and we then try the restaurant before deciding if it’s suitable. We need places with private rooms but also the per-person price tag should average about RMB 50 so it’s accessible to all. What types of people attend? We have a fairly even split between expats and locals. All age groups come but we usually have a big turnout of people in their 20s and 30s, some of them keen to work with NGOs and some of them

lawyers, journalists and others interested in these issues. Clearly, word has gotten around. When we had China’s best known anti-smoking campaigner speak recently, we had a few local newspapers, including China Daily, call us asking if they could report on the “news event”! We had to explain it was an informal dinner, not a press conference.

based people to these organizations working on important issues. We make a modest donation from each dinner, but more importantly, many of the guests will have skills useful for these NGOs and will often vo l u n te e r a f te r a t te n d i n g o u r dinner. So it’s like a platform for NGOs to share their issues while meeting those who can help.

How do BCD events serve the community? The big thing is introducing locally

Email bcd@beijingcommunitydinner. org or visit to join their mailing list.


What qualities do you look for in a speaker? We’ve had about 50 organizations at this stage, from the big ones like Greenpeace to local NGOs like the Green Beagle, as well as interesting international groups like Handicap International, Morning Tears and Chi Heng (which works with AIDS patients in China). Sometimes speakers

come recommended by previous speakers, but we tend to work well ahead by identifying issues that people would want to know about, and then finding organizations working on those issues. It usually takes a few months to get the speakers, given their schedules. We welcome experts on issues as well as NGOs; in June we’ll have the UN World Food Programme, for instance.



SIBERIA The cliché When you were little, your parents would threaten to send you to the Siberian salt mines if you didn’t behave. The reality Siberia is an enormous place, and accordingly diverse. Populated by ethnic Russians, Eastern European transplants and dozens of distinct indigenous groups, its landscape ranges from desert to tundra, with huge swaths of boreal forest in between. The sights Go wandering in the enchanting Altai Mountains, romp through the unspoiled taiga forests around Irkutsk, or muck about in the Amur valley wetlands. The cities, with few exceptions, are distinctively underwhelming. Top destination Lake Baik al is a geological and aesthetic singularity. It’s the world’s oldest and deepest lake, and teems with biodiversity. Locals and ecologists alike regard it as sacred. The food Most folks don’t go for the cuisine, although pelmeni (pan-fried dumplings stuffed with spiced meat) are a hearty local favorite. Why go now? Summer brings perennial life back to this cold part of the world.





here is a clean squat toilet at Tango, by the south gate of Ditan Park. I haven’t been there, but my phone already knows. The app is called SitOrSquat, and it’s a user-generated database of toilets around the world, with maps and ratings. I’m not a particularly tech-savvy person, but when I found out about this, my personal quality of life shot up by about nine percent. So please download this app, use it and add to it – for my sake. While you’re at it, there are plenty of other apps kicking around that can help streamline your summer travels. FlightBoard and FlightTrack are great for keeping tabs on your flight status. Google Translate comes in a portable version now, and there’s one called Word Lens, which translates signs for you using your camera. Maybe someone should design an

app with a Geiger counter, though. Despite the fact that Japanese travel has been down following the Fukushima disaster, the event has given an unexpected boost to tourism at Chernobyl. Folks are flocking to the infamous Ukrainian post-meltdown ghost town, where they can take a guided tour of its environs, and have lunch in the nuclear plant’s cafeteria. Radiation levels are carefully monitored, though I’m not sure about common sense. Jiangsu province’s Huaxi Village has purchased two helicopters in a bid to attract tourists. Visitors will be taken on an aerial tour of Huaxi’s pic turesque hinter land, which includes an assortment of lakes and pagodas, though the real fascination of the trip will be the village itself, purported to be the wealthiest in China. Every one of its residents lives in a spacious suburban “villa,”

Why you’ll want to stay The things of man are greatly overrated. You’ll be surprised how fast you forget them. Why you’ll be glad to leave After a few days, the green receptors in your eyes will have burnt out. Exchange rate RMB 100 = 430.62 rubles (RUB)

drives one or more imported cars, and partakes of other local perks like free healthcare and cooking oil. The helicopters will be able to dock atop a skyscraper in the city center, which also aims to be the 15th tallest building in the world. Be sure to check out one of Huaxi’s high-tech greenhouses, where t h e y ’ v e b e e n k n o w n t o g ro w squashes of improbable size, purple chilli peppers, and trees bearing both eggplants and tomatoes. This month, China Culture Center has a couple of terrific trips close by – to the imperial summer villa at Chengde in Hebei, and to the grottoes and hanging monasteries at Datong. If you really need to beat the heat, the folks at AsiaObscura. com have organized a trip to the beach. Only … it’s the fake one called Crab Island, famed for its “wellmaintained sand.”

Need a visa? Almost everyone needs a visa, but before that, you’ll need an official tourist invitation letter and tourist voucher, furnished by your travel agency, tour company or hotel. The process can take up to two months. Flight information Rail is a popular option, though flights from Beijing to Novosibirsk, Irkutsk, and other cities can be booked through S7 Airlines.

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ost people seem to operate under the assumption that the Three Gorges was a better place to visit before the dam was built. Turns out they’re absolutely right. But I have a sort of sick curiosity – I wanted to see China’s Waterworld, the inland ocean that hides countless drowned towns, roads, KFCs, and river dolphins beneath its silent, glassy green sheen. So I got on the boat. We set off into the darkness early one night, the dam visible as nothing more than a line of bright white floodlights suspended in a black void. All around us are the lights of other boats: little passenger vessels like ours, and a few massive cruise ships with walls of lights lit up like glowing Tetris games. Staring over the bow across the black water, seeing the vague shadows of cliffs in the distance, I get this strange sense of vertigo, like we’re cruising through the middle of the sky and could come crashing down to the earth below at any moment. If the boats on this river were cars, the zippy little hydrofoils would be Priuses, the international cruise ships Cadillac SUVs, and a passenger ship


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like mine would be a garlic sweat funk 1997 black taxi QQ. Stuffing is poking out of holes in my mattress, the pillow has a brown ring of dirt on it, the door to the bathroom doesn’t lock and keeps slamming shut. “Want some seeds?” My bunkmate is a young man in shiny dress shoes thrusting a paper bag of sunflower seeds at me. He’s watching the tiny fuzzy TV perched in the two-foot gap between our beds.

I HADN’T REALIZED HOW MUCH IT WOULD HURT MY LITTLE HIPPIE HEART TO LOOK AT ALL THIS CLOAKED MAJESTY The shadows of the surreal landscape outside mix with the crusty conditions of the boat to create a recipe for bad dreams. I wake up with a start from one in which I’ve jumped into the river, and am underwater punching a shark. It’s still pitch-dark out. I can hear my bunkmate beside me, noisily crunching through a midnight snack

of seeds in the dark. The next morning I see that someone has eaten almost an entire tea egg, half a mantou, my sunflower seeds, and taken an inquisitive gnaw of my raw sugarcane stick. Either my bunkmate is a real jerk, or we weren’t alone last night. We’d been joined by a rat – a carefree, swashbuckling Yangtze river rat named Peevus, who runs from room to room each night wearing a tiny felt pirate’s hat, a cutlass swinging easily from his hip. At least this is how I’ve pictured him to try and make myself less murderously angry at having been left snackless. You might think that an egg, a bread roll, and 500g of sunflower seeds is a large meal for a rat, but not Peevus. He is the size of a beaver. The boat pulls in at Wushan, where I decide to upgrade to the domestic tour boat. I hate to go squishycore, but let’s face it: My name is Mary, and if I want to be rollin’ on a river with pride, I better do it in style or just piss on my entire collection of Creedence albums right there. The tour boat is a definite improvement. I head to the outdoor top deck, which is covered in plastic lawn chairs and tourists playing cards and




sipping tea. I slide into a lawn chair, kick my legs onto the railing and feel the smooth, green water slide beneath me. Not too shabby. The gorges, however, do not make much of an appearance. They really filled these suckers straight to the brim. I hadn’t realized what a hippie I am, and how much it would hurt my little hippie heart to look at all this cloaked majesty. Drowning trees line the shore like they’re cult members headed in for a suicidal swim, water lapping at their branches. It’s a tour boat, which of course means a woman with a megaphone is standing on deck pointing and yelling. “HEY THAT ROCK LOOKS LIKE PIGSY FROM JOURNEY TO THE WEST HEY THAT ROCK IS SUPER-SPECIAL TOO CHECK IT OUT AND HEY WE ARE NOW ENTERING QUTANG GORGE THE MOST IMPOSING OF THE THREE THIS IS A WONDERFUL PLACE TO FIGHT LIKE SEAGULLS FOR A PHOTO POSITION IN FRONT OF THE FLAG.” I look around, but don’t really see much in the way of gorges. The cliffs look like giant seals curiously peeking their heads above the water. I wake up the next morning to the sound of soft elevator jazz filtering in through the sound system. It’s still dark out. The music grows louder and louder, until by 7am it’s blaring in my ear, and the PA comes on. “Attention, guests,” a voice declares. “It’s breakfast time. Breakfast is being served in the dining hall on the second floor.” The voice says this 12 times in a row, then lets us hear another elevator song, then gives us the announcement 12 more times. Until 8am. It’s like they installed wheelchair ramps for people with no short-term memory. By this time I’m up on the upper deck , dejectedly substituting powdered chocolate milk tea for coffee, watching the grey-green landscape pass by as the boat plows on through the stagnant water. We pull into port at around 8.30am. We’re at some tourist sight and poof, the boat is empty. We sit docked with the engine running, gas fumes swirling the upper deck. For three hours. The gas fumes begin to detract heavily from my lazy scenic voyage. At 11am, the boat pulls out again. The scenery begins to change from rolling wooded hills to terraced rice fields melting into the water. It really is nice, in a nature-reshaped-by-the-willof-mankind kind of way. At 2pm, the boat pulls into port again. “How long this time?” “Another three hours,” says a woman sweeping nutshells in black stilettos. OK. I’m done. This is not my Mark-Twain-strawhat-barefoot-a-whittlin’-a-fishin’-rod riverboat fantasy. Instead it is my Chinese tourist trap hell. She tells me I can catch a ferry across the river, where I can get a three-hour bus to Chongqing. So I disemboat – or whatever it’s called – throwing a leftover mantou into the engine room for Peevus on my way out.

USEFUL INFORMATION • It is possible to travel in either direction through the Three Gorges. can help you book a ticket. • Tickets from Chongqing to Yichang: RMB 2,699 (international cruise ship), RMB 330/460/560/850 for different classes on passenger ships. Better still, don’t even bother with the river cruise through the Three Gorges.

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A night of linguistic nerdiness pitting two translation experts against each other. RMB 30, RMB 20 (members). 7pm. The Bookworm (6586 9507)

Beijing debut for the French DJ and producer. See p50. RMB 180. 9pm. Yugong Yishan (6404 2711)

Translation Slam

Operetta: Die Fledermaus Comedian Chen Peisi is featured in this production of Johann Strauss Jr.’s musical play. Chinese dialogue with German singing. See Feature, p57. RMB 160-680. 7.30pm. NCPA Opera House (6655 0000)










Jun 5-6. The lineup includes Eels, Cowboy Junkies, Lisa Ono and more. Tickets at 400 610 3721. RMB 260 (one-day pass), RMB 180 (one-day pass; advance), RMB 300 (both days; advance). 1-9.30pm. National Olympic Sports Center

All month. Get into the kitchen and work with the chefs to create a four-course dinner party. Reservations for parties of 6-10 guests. RMB 588+15% per person (includes free-flow beer and soft drinks). 5.30pm. Grange, Westin Beijing Chaoyang (5922 8880)

Every Wednesday. Buy-oneget-one-free on bottles of Moët & Chandon and champagne cocktails. Free. 9pm-midnight. Xiu (8567 1108)

Buy-one-get-one-free Grand Marnier cocktails served in attractive spherical glasses. Destination (6552 8180)

Kama Love Music Festival

Into the Frying Pan

Divas & Champagne

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Beijing rap artists and hip-hop dance troupes including KorElement, Felix MC, RIDA-B and MC Malabo of Slim Records. All proceeds benefit Shunyi Orphanage. RMB 60, RMB 30 (students). 3-9pm. 2 Kolegas (6436 8998)

The memoirist discusses The Foremost Good Fortune, a soul-baring account of her experiences raising kids in Beijing while battling cancer. See Review, p57. RMB 30, RMB 20 (members). 7.30pm. The Bookworm (6586 9507)

The male trailing-spouse on his expat memoir, with some music thrown in besides. RMB 30, RMB 20 (members). 7.30pm. The Bookworm (6586 9507)

Jun 10-Jun 26. Produced by the Tate Modern in London and sponsored by Unilever, this exhibit invites classes from the French International School in Beijing to create cross-cultural art pieces. Free. Imagine Gallery (6438 5747)



I Rap for Orphans Charity Concert

Book Talk: Susan Conley


Every Wednesday. 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) bcwinner.pdf 2011.5.19 2:02:26 PM

Cooking lesson, followed by Guy Maddin’s My Winnipeg. RMB 240 (non-members), RMB 200 (members), RMB 35 (screening only). 5pm (cooking), 7.30pm (screening). The Hutong (159 0104 6127)



Life Drawing Club Make new friends as you sketch live models. Beginners welcome. Register at info@thehutong. com. RMB 60, RMB 50 (members). 7.30-9.30pm. The Hutong (6404 3355)

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Chef Igor Macchia Wine Dinner Michelin-starred chef Igor Macchia presents six exquisite courses paired with Luce della Vite wines. RMB 1,288. Time TBD. Aria, China World Hotel (6505 2266 ext 6644)



20 Food, Film & Friends: Canada

Collaboration: Turbinegeneration


Lush Pub Quiz

Jun 20-23. A new original production by the NCPA. Will this redeem the classic Orphan of Zhao story that was butchered by Chen Kaige in his film Sacrifice? See Review, p57. RMB 100-580. 7.30pm. NCPA Opera House (6655 0000)


Book Talk: Big in China by Alan Paul


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Book Talk: Rachel Dewoskin The original foreign babe in Beijing chats about her novel, Big Girl Small, which follows the misadventures of a 3’ 9” girl with a very big voice. See Feature, p58. RMB 30, RMB 20 (members). 8pm. The Bookworm (6586 9507)









Beijing Ladies Golf Every Thursday. Golf with the ladies. Contact For more information, see






Afro beats from China’s Mitabe and Binkabi from Ghana. RMB 50, RMB 30 (advance). 9pm. Yugong Yishan (6404 2711)

The launch of the Pets’ first studio album. Get ready for wild glamour. See Livehouse, p50. RMB 100, RMB 80. Time TBD. Yugong Yishan (6404 2711)

Africa Day


Pet Conspiracy




The launch of the band’s debut album, City of Heartbreak ’N Horror. See Review, p49. RMB 60, RMB 40 (advance). 9.30pm. Yugong Yishan (6404 2711)

“I got chills! They’re multiplyin’ …” Break into song with Sandy, Danny and the crew at this outrageous interactive screening. Prizes for best costumes and singing. RMB 30. 8pm. The Half (8444 4464)



Film: Grease Sing-A-Long


Step-by-Step Guide: Registering Dogs in Beijing Keep your dog legal. Free. 11am-noon. ICVS (8456 1939/40/41)



Afrosoul Caribbean Party

Cocktail Class: The Art of Mixology

Dancehall, soca, calypso, zouk and reggae. RMB 30. 10pm. HLG (5905 6370)

Pretend you’re a bartender for the evening. Reserve at com. See Hands-On, p62. RMB 180. 6.30-8.30pm. Venue TBD



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JUN 1 ARTS & CULTURE Translation Slam A night of linguistic nerdiness pitting two translation experts (Jonathan Rechtman and Canaan Morse) against each other as they tackle the Chinese writing of news columnist Li Haipeng. RMB 30, RMB 20 (members). 7pm. The Bookworm (6586 9507)


Honeymoon Fashion Show A wedding and honeymoon fashion show and musical production featuring wedding gowns and resort-wear by Filipino fashion designer Renee Salud. Free. 11am, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm. Jinyuan Yansha Shopping Mall (8887 4625)


Piano aux Jacobins Three nights with French pianists, featuring Liszt, Beethoven and Chopin as well as jazz. Part of Festival Croisements and one of Beijing’s premiere annual piano events. RMB 30-380. 7.30pm. Forbidden City Concert Hall (6559 8285)

JUN 4 BARS & CLUBS The Drop Dubstep and more from Steffunn, Kay C,

Drama: Le Bourgeoise Gentilhomme


Africa Day Afro beats from China’s Mitabe and Binkabi from Ghana. RMB 50, RMB 30 (advance). 9pm. Yugong Yishan (6404 2711) Die Die Die New Zealand punkers visit Wudaokou, supported by B-Side Lovers and Birdstriking. RMB 50, RMB 40 (students). 10pm. D-22 (6265 3177) Lonely Drifter Karen Indie group from Austria. RMB 150, RMB 120 (advance), RMB 100 (students advance). 8.30pm. The One Club (5914 8087) Mademoiselle, Lidong Band, Zhang Si’an A night with some of the finest folk in Beijing. RMB 50. 10pm. 2 Kolegas (6436 8998)

STYLE “Romantic Philippines” Wedding &


JUNE 2011

Operetta: Die Fledermaus See Jun 3.



Wild Great Wall and Silver Mountain Hike Hike the wild Wall, eat in a local farmhouse, and see pagodas dating from the 15th century. RMB 260. 8am. Culture Yard (8404 4166)

Pink Party Wine expert Sacha Alexis Lichine presents fine rosé wines from the renowned Chateau d’Esclans range. Price TBD. 7-10pm. Maison Boulud (6559 9200)


ARTS & CULTURE Drama: Le Bourgeoise Gentilhomme See Jun 3. 2.30pm.

Ancient Horse Trail Tour Explore pine forests and villages in western Beijing’s mountainous Mentougou District, and discover historic relics. Cost includes snacks and a guide. RMB 250, RMB 150 (children under 12). 8.30am. CCC (6432 9341)



Pet Conspiracy The launch of the Pets’ first studio album. See Livehouse, p50. RMB 100, RMB 80. Time TBD. Yugong Yishan (6404 2711)

Global Kitchen: Indian Cuisine All spices, curries and deliciousness. RMB 240, RMB 200 (members). 10am-noon. The Hutong (6404 3355)

Overview of Chinese Painting Try your hand at landscape or bird-andflower painting. RMB 160. 10am-noon. CCC (6432 9341)

Yuksek Beijing debut for the French DJ and producer. RMB 180. 9pm. Yugong Yishan (6404 2711)

Gypsy jazz to take you back to the 1930s and Le Hot Club de France. Free. Time TBD. Alanting (8571 5168)

The Chinese Kitchen: Ethnic Minority Cuisine With 55 ethnic minority groups scattered across China, just imagine the possibilities for flavor. RMB 240, RMB 200 (members). 2-4pm. The Hutong (6404 3355)


The Chinese Kitchen: Sichuan Bringing the best of Sichuan spice to your kitchen. RMB 240, RMB 200 (members). 7.15-9.15pm. The Hutong (6404 3355)


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Book Swap and Board Games Liven up your book collection over a game of Monopoly. Free. 2-6pm. Sequoia Café (6501 5503; see Dining directory)


The Chinese Kitchen: Chinese Vegetarian The classic meatless dishes as well as “meat” dishes with a vegetarian twist. RMB 240, RMB 200 (members). 10amnoon. The Hutong (6404 3355)



Muji art director Kenya Hara shows us his creative process. See photo, above.


Chinese and Australian artists go screen to screen.



Doubles as a place to stash your empty water bottle. Molière’s play with singing, dance and music gets some hip-hop and Chinese opera mixed in, courtesy of Théâtre des Lanternes. Performed in French with Chinese subtitles. Part of Festival Croisements. RMB 70-200. 7.30pm. Dongcheng Cultural Center (6401 5552) Film: The King of Ping Pong Two brothers duke it out in the north of Sweden in this funny, quirky and touching film. Definitely for the underdogs. RMB 40, RMB 30 (students and seniors, RMB 25 (members). 7.30pm. BC MOMA (8438 8258) Operetta: Die Fledermaus Comedian Chen Peisi is featured in this production of Johann Strauss Jr.’s musical play. Directed by British great Stephen Lawless and featuring Chinese dialogue with German singing. See Feature, p57. RMB 160-680. 7.30pm. NCPA Opera House (6655 0000)

JUN 3-5


Clir, MC Dub and others. Free. 11pm. Earl Bar (8511 6646/51) One Step Forward Reggae party. RMB 50. 9pm. 2 Kolegas (6436 8998)

MUSIC 10, Soviet Pop, Golden Driver, White+ The inimitable Seoul-based “electric video game psychedelic music duo,” joined by three of Beijing’s finest experimental duos. RMB 50, RMB 40 (students). 10pm. D-22 (6265 3177) Brain Failure The punk group’s acoustic set is not to be missed. RMB 50. 9pm. Jiangjinjiu Bar (8405 0124) Chiren, Pb33, Organic Bomb, Poshangcun, Mang Rock out with local influences. RMB 60, RMB 50 (advance, students). 8.30pm. MAO Livehouse (6402 5080) Hot Club of Beijing

10, Little Small & Smaller Red, Ice Seller A night of electronic experiments. Free. 9pm. Hot Cat Club (6400 7868) Purple Smog The echo of Jimi Hendrix in Beijing. RMB 30. 9.45pm. VA Cafe & Bar (5844 3638) Rush Hour Hard rock and metal riffs with six Beijing bands. RMB 60, RMB 50 (advance, students). 8.00pm. MAO Livehouse (6402 5080)

ARTS & CULTURE Book Club: Chinese Literature This month, the Smugglers will be discussing Chinese literature. Sounds like it could be a long night. Free. 8.30pm. The Smuggler’s (138 0107 1230; see Nightlife directory) Drama: Le Bourgeoise Gentilhomme See Jun 3. 6pm. Film: The Sun Also Rises Jiang Wen’s much-touted 2007 film tells three different but loosely connected storylines in a magical-realist style. RMB

40, RMB 30 (students and seniors, RMB 25 (members). 4pm. BC MOMA (8438 8258) Operetta: Die Fledermaus See Jun 3.

Livehouse (6402 5080) The Vibe Original guitar grooves to chill out to. Free. 9pm. Salud, Nanluogu Xiang (6402 5086)



Intro to Craft Homemade Brewing 101 Learn to brew your own beer with the man behind Beijing’s Great Leap Brewery. RMB 240, RMB 200 (members). 11am-noon. The Hutong (6404 3355)

Global Kitchen: Thai Cuisine Master the classics like pad thai and curries. RMB 240, RMB 200 (members). 10amnoon. The Hutong (6404 3355)

Tea Market Tour to Maliandao Sample teas and shop for affordable teaware at Beijing’s largest wholesale tea market. RMB 250 (includes lunch). 10am3pm. The Hutong (6404 3355)

EXPLORE Biking, Boating, and Dumplings Tour Enjoy the views from the Drum Tower, bike through Beijing’s historic hutongs, and take a wooden-boat tour of Houhai. Cost includes bike and boat rentals, plus tickets and a traditional meal. RMB 380. 3pm. CCC (6432 9341)

JUN 5-6 MUSIC Kama Love Music Festival New competitor joins the music festival fight; the lineup includes Eels, Cowboy Junkies, Lisa Ono and more. Tickets at 400 610 3721. RMB 260 (one-day pass), RMB 180 (one-day pass; advance), RMB 300 (both days; advance). 1-9.30pm. National Olympic Sports Center

JUN 6 ARTS & CULTURE Operetta: Die Fledermaus See Jun 3.

LIVING The Chinese Kitchen: Tastes of Beijing Taste the city you love through its delicious dishes. RMB 240, RMB 200 (members). 7.15-9.15pm. The Hutong (6404 3355)

JUN 7 EXPLORE Pedicab Hutong Tour, Family Visit, Forbidden City, and Tian’anmen Tour Beijing’s alleyways by pedicab, visit residents of a traditional courtyard house, and visit the iconic sights of Beijing. RMB 350, RMB 250 (children 5-11). 9.30am. CCC (6432 9341)

JUN 8 MUSIC Acid Live Acid jazz reunites with newly returned KorElement. RMB 70, RMB 50 (advance). 9.30pm. Yugong Yishan (6404 2711) Chicks On Speed Germany-based art punkers whip art, fashion and music together into a whirlwind of audio and visual brilliance. RMB 60, RMB 40 (advance). 9pm. MAO

Photography Talk: Composition Improve the framing of your pictures. No cameras needed. Reserve at RMB 35. 7.308.30pm. Culture Yard (8404 4166) Talk: Chinese Foot Binding Discover the history, process, custom and appeal behind this horrifying tradition. RMB 60. 7.30-9.30pm. CCC (6432 9341)

EXPLORE Royal Canal Boat Tour to the Summer Palace Take a unique boat ride and walking tour of historical sights and everyday life in Beijing. Cost includes boat charter, all tickets, snacks, drinks, and guide. RMB 420, RMB 280 (children 5-11). 9.30am. CCC (6432 9341)

JUN 9 MUSIC Ajinai A Mongolian band with songs about horses, love, life and nature. RMB 60, RMB 50 (advance). 9pm. Yugong Yishan (6404 2711)

LIVING INN Trekkie Explore the secret gems of Beijing and make new friends. RSVP by Jun 7 to Free. 9.30am2pm. Confucius Temple & Imperial College

JUN 10 DINING Sanlitun Soho Food Festival Contemporary Korean restaurant Ssam, new sandwich stop Moment Gastronomy Café and Alsatian diner Tonton and Tata join forces. Go and taste their offerings. RMB 120. 7-10pm. Sanlitun Soho (no tel)

BARS & CLUBS A-Trak and Congorock Wild scratching and more. Price and time TBD. Tango (6425 5677) Dance Dangereux Mike Simonetti plays the tunes. Price TBD. 10pm. Migas (5208 6061)

MUSIC Candy Monster, The Amazing Insurance Salesmen, The Ghost Spardac, K362 Just rock it. RMB 50. 10pm. 2 Kolegas (6436 8998) Hang On The Box, Cha Cha, Pacalolo Girls rock out with punk, rock and electro. RMB 50, RMB 40 (advance, students). 9.30pm. MAO Livehouse (6402 5080) Rustic The launch of the band’s debut album City of Heartbreak ’N Horror. See Review, p50. RMB 60, RMB 40 (advance). 9.30pm. Yugong Yishan (6404 2711)

Vom All-girl punk quartet from Denmark show off their love of rock, dresses, men and food. RMB 50, RMB 40 (students). 10pm. D-22 (6265 3177)

JUN 11 BARS & CLUBS Centro Going-Away Party Don’t worry – it’s just going for a makeover. Centro’s three-day farewell party (Jun 9-11) wraps up. Free. 7-10pm (invite only), 10pm (open to public) Centro (6561 8833) Great Wall Music Festival with Fatboy Slim The former Housemartin headlines, with support from local DJs. For more information and ticket sales, contact 136 8126 3981. RMB 200 (no transport included), RMB 300 (before Jun 8, includes coach), RMB 380 (after Jun 8, includes coach). 2pm-late. Badaling Guchang Cheng Scarlett on the Beach Selected summer cocktails for RMB 35. Free. 9pm-1am. Scarlett (6552 3600)

MUSIC Bad Apples A combination of rock & roll and blues. RMB 30. 9.45pm. VA Cafe & Bar (5844 3638) Blossom In The Summer Indie vocalist unveils her new works. RMB 50, RMB 40 (advance). 9pm. Yugong Yishan (6404 2711) Buyi The folk-rock band celebrates their 16th anniversary. RMB 100. 9.30pm. 2 Kolegas (6436 8998) Christophe Lier Trio Lier brings his Parisian sound back. Free. 8pm. The Bookworm (6503 2050) Russian Red Indie girl from Madrid. RMB 100, RMB 70 (advance), RMB 60 (students advance). 8.30pm. The One Club (5914 8087) Sambasia’s 5-Year Anniversary Ooh, shake it, shake it – a night of nonstop Brazilian music. RMB 60, RMB 50 (students). 9pm. MAO Livehouse (6402 5080) The Vibe Jazz and eclectic plus rock. Free. Time TBD. Alanting (8571 5168) Vom Didn’t catch the Danish girls last night? Here’s another chance. Price TBD, Time TBD. What Bar (159 0123 6743)

ARTS & CULTURE Film: Grease Sing-A-Long “I got chills! They’re multiplyin’ …” Break into song with Sandy, Danny and the crew at this outrageous interactive screening (prizes for best costumes and singing). RMB 30. 8pm. The Half (8444 4464; see Nightlife directory)

LIVING Capital Conversations: China’s Cultural Connections Join Beijing’s language, fashion and architecture experts to hear their personal insights on China’s unique and evolving culture. Register at events.chp@gmail. com. RMB 65 (includes drink). 3-5pm. Capital M (6403 6532) Global Kitchen: Caribbean Cuisine Popular dishes include jerk chicken, rice and peas, coconut bread and curry mutton. RMB 240, RMB 200 (members). 10am-

noon. The Hutong (6404 3355) Global Kitchen: Pakistani Cuisine After this, you’ll be able to make naan at home. RMB 250, RMB 230 (members). 2-4pm. The Hutong (6404 3355) Hands-on: Tie Chinese Knots Learn to tie threads into tiny “lily shoes,” handy hanging crafts or decorations for your bags. RMB 150. 2-5pm. CCC (6432 9341) NGO & Charity Networking Day Looking to get more involved in the community? This annual event connects NGOs with volunteers. Free. 10am-noon. The Bookworm (6503 2050; see Nightlife directory) The Starfish Project 5th Anniversary Celebration Live music, original artwork, a charity auction and more. Proceeds will go towards supporting exploited women in Asia. Reserve at For details, see RMB 50. 7.30-11pm. First Sound Gallery (5978 9888; see A&C directory) Step-by-Step Guide: Departing from China with Pets Everything you need to know about taking your pets overseas. RSVP by June 9 to Free. 11am-noon. ICVS (8456 1939/40/41)

EXPLORE Camping on the Jinshanling Great Wall Until Jun 12. Sleep under the stars on the Great Wall, or in a tent on one of the centuries-old guard towers. Cost includes transportation, all meals and tickets. RMB 1,200, RMB 850 (children 5-11). 3pm. CCC (6432 9341) Crab Island Trip Partake in an “absurd urban holiday” to Beijing’s favorite fake beach. Free (participants pay own taxi fare and beach admission). Meet at the Starbucks on Gongti Beilu, outside the Dongsishitiao subway. 12pm. (

JUN 12 DINING Brazilian Valentine’s Day This has to be good. A romantic threecourse meal with a twist of Brazilian passion. RMB 238. Alameda (6417 8084)

MUSIC Envy Noisy monsters from Japan. See p49. RMB 200, RMB 180 (advance). 9pm. Yugong Yishan (6404 2711)

LIVING I Rap for Orphans Charity Concert Performances by Beijing rap artists and hip hop dance troupes including KorElement, Felix MC, RIDA-B and MC Malabo of Slim Records. All proceeds will go to Shunyi Orphanage. RMB 60, RMB 30 (students). 3-9pm. 2 Kolegas (6436 8998)

EXPLORE 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) www.chinacul-

JUNE 2011


EVENTS The M – French Fete de la Musique “Big French international acts” are promised. Price and time TBD. Tango (6425 5677)

MUSIC ANT The Swedish folkster takes over. RMB 100, RMB 70 (advance), RMB 60 (students advance). 8.30pm. The One Club (5914 8087) Discord, Hell City, Trash Cat, Soju Legion Punk night out at Wudaokou. RMB 50, RMB 40 (students). 10pm. D-22 (6265 3177)

Michelin-starred chef presents six courses paired with Luce della Vite wines.


JUN 13 LIVING The Chinese Kitchen: Cantonese Quick stir-frying and steaming. RMB 240, RMB 200 (members). 7.15-9.15pm. The Hutong (6404 3355)


Book Talk: Big in China by Alan Paul The male-trailing spouse on his expat memoir, with some music thrown in besides. RMB 30, RMB 20 (members). Time TBD. The Bookworm (6586 9507)

LIVING INN Coffee Morning – Liangmaqiao Meet people who live nearby. Free. 10amnoon. Grand Summit Starbucks (8532 2208) The Chinese Kitchen: Cantonese See Jun 13. 10am-noon.

Founder’s Day Party Celebrate 40 years of Hard Rock Cafe. Dress ‘70s-style and you’ll get two free Tiger beers. RMB for a Tiger and burger set. Free. Hard Rock Cafe (6598 6688 ext 2571)

Talk: Medical Services in China Insight into the current healthcare system in China, including the mixed feelings between doctors and patients. RMB 60. 7.30-9pm. CCC (6432 9341)


JUN 16

Book Talk: Susan Conley The memoirist discusses her latest book, The Foremost Good Fortune, a soul-baring account of her experiences raising kids in Beijing while battling cancer. See Review, p57. RMB 30, RMB 20 (members). 7.30pm. The Bookworm (6586 9507)

LIVING Cookery: Hand-pulled Noodles & Dumplings Turn a clump of dough into thin “longevity” noodles and jiaozi. RMB 200, RMB 150 (children under 12). 6.30-8.30pm. CCC (6432 9341) Green Drinks Join Beijing’s green community at their monthly meet-and-greet. Happy hour promotions apply. Free. 7.30pm. The Bookworm (6503 2050; see Nightlife directory) Raw Food Workshop Detox and purify with delightful new tastes. RMB 240, RMB 200 (members). 10am-noon. The Hutong (6404 3355)

JUN 15 MUSIC Joyce Jonathan French singer-songwriter embraces you with her talent. Free. 9pm. Yugong Yishan (6404 2711).


JUNE 2011

MUSIC Curry & Coco The wild French electronic duet is back in Beijing. Price TBD. Time TBD. Yugong Yishan (6404 2711) Pangbianr DJ Night P.K. 14’s frontman Yang Haisong spins, followed by Chuiwan and Acoelomate Goat’s live sessions. RMB 30, RMB 20 (students). 9pm. D-22 (6265 3177)

ARTS & CULTURE Summer Cinema: Casablanca A rooftop showing of the film classic, with bespoke Moroccan cocktails (RMB 20) to boot. Free. 7.30pm. The Bookworm (6586 9507)

LIVING INN Coffee Morning – Shunyi See Jun 15. Mrs Shanen’s Bagels (8046 4301; see Dining directory)

JUN 17 BARS & CLUBS Eddie’s Weekend House with Eddie Lv and Ou Yang. Free. 10pm. Mo Lounge (6413 1019)

Step-by-Step Guide: Registering Dogs in Beijing Keep your dog legal. Free. 11am-noon. ICVS (8456 1939/40/41)


Mademoiselle Quartet A unique French “chanson” and American jazz project. RMB 30. 9.45pm. VA Cafe & Bar (5844 3638)

BJ Foodies Dine and support a charity. RSVP essential: email RMB 100 (includes dinner and drink). 7.30-9.30pm. Hatsune, Guanghua Lu (6581 3939)

JUN 18

Brasserie Flo Father’s Day One homemade aperitif and a special gift with your meal. Brasserie Flo (6595 5135/9)


Hutong Walking Tour Dig deep into the past, the character and the legends of China’s capital. RMB 120, RMB 100 (members). 11am. The Hutong (6404 3355)

Funk*Fever: Hawaii Funk-O Get it on the good foot. Giveaways for those dressed Hawaiian-style. Free. 9pm. Migas (5208 6061) House Nation 3rd Anniversary Taku Takahashi and DJ Kyoko. RMB 100, RMB 70 (advance). 9pm. Tango (6428 2288) Infused Electronica from Eddie Lv, Yang Bing and X. Lee. Free. 10pm. Punk (6410 5222) Pitchtuner Electro insanity. Price and time TBD. Yugong Yishan (6404 2711) The M – French Fete de la Musique See Jun 17. Wasabi Sound Dio in command. Free. 10pm. Mo Lounge (6413 1019)

MUSIC Dafay & Skyscrapers Simple music for a simple life. RMB 40. 9.45pm. VA Cafe & Bar (5844 3638) Hard Rock Night Rock hard and be fun. Lineup includes Red Pirates, Kick Ass Jacky Danny and more. RMB 70, RMB 50 (advance). 8.30pm. MAO Livehouse (6402 5080) Pierre Pradat Trio Follow the jazz route. Free. Time TBD. Alanting (8571 5168) Pitchtuner German electronic group venture out onto the creative edge. Price TBD. Time TBD. Yugong Yishan (6404 2711) Zac Courtney Jazz Trio One of the best and brightest groups in Beijing. Free. 8pm. The Bookworm (6503 2050)

LIVING The Chinese Kitchen: Cooking With Tea The side of tea you never imagined possible. RMB 240, RMB 200 (members). 10amnoon. The Hutong (6404 3355) Full-Day Photography Workshop Peter Carney leads shooting and editing sessions in the surrounding hutongs. Bring your SLR. Reserve at contact@cultureyard. net. RMB 500. 10am-6pm. Culture Yard (8404 4166) Hands-On: Chinese Paper-cutting Craft traditional folk patterns and decorations with a trained folk artist. RMB 120, RMB 100 (children under 12). 2-4pm. CCC (6432 9341)

Cheers to Dad Father’s Day special. All main dishes ordered at lunch or dinner come with a complimentary beer, wine or soft drink. 11.30am-midnight. Beijing Bistro, Beijing Marriott Northeast (5927 8888) Father’s Day at IFW A special Father’s Day feast of all-you-caneat dishes, free-flow sparkling wine and beer. RMB 328. IFW (8567 1838/40) Father’s Day Sunday Roast What dad doesn’t love roast beef? The meat is carved tableside, and there’s free-flow wine and beer for an extra RMB 98. Noon-3pm. One East, Hilton Beijing (5865 5030) Father’s Day Brunch Treat your dad to brunch. RMB 498+15% service charge (includes free-flow champagne). 11.30am-3pm. Aroma, Ritz-Carlton Beijing (5908 8777) Jewel Dim Sum Brunch Feast on dim sum. RMB 328+15% (includes champagne). Jewel, The Westin Financial Street (6606 8866 ext 7820) Jewel Set Dinner Six courses of Cantonese food. RMB 228+15%. Jewel, The Westin Financial Street (6606 8866 ext 7820) Prego Set Dinner Four courses of fine Italian food. RMB 348+15%. Prego, The Westin Financial Street (6606 8866 ext 7815) SALT Father’s Day Brunch Thank your Dad with a boozy brunch. Various options including free-flow champagne. RMB 168-338. Noon-4pm. SALT (6437 8457) Senses Father’s Day Brunch Thank your father with champagne brunch. RMB 398+15% (includes champagne). Senses, The Westin Financial Street (6606 8866 ext 7810) Terra Father’s Day Brunch Various five-course brunch options to treat your old man. RMB 218 upwards, RMB 358 upwards (includes free-flow sparkling wine, beer and cocktails). 11am-4pm. Terra (6591 9148)

ARTS & CULTURE Modern Circus: Cinématique Dancing, juggling, music, drama and digital arts all combine to produce a dreamlike show. Part of Festival Croisements. Price TBD. 8-9.30pm. Dongcheng Cultural Center (6401 5552)

LIVING Mahjong Workshop: Part 1

Grasp the history and symbolism behind the game. Reserve at contact@cultureyard. net. RMB 140 (2 sessions). 10am-1pm. Culture Yard (8404 4166) Speed Dating Meet the love of your life in just under six minutes. Reserve at www.fishbowlevents. com. RMB 150 (includes drink and appetizers). 7pm. Venue TBD Tea Market Tour to Maliandao See Jun 5.

EXPLORE Huanghuacheng Great Wall and Little West Lake Hike Enjoy a rugged but moderate hike through yellow-flowered countryside, and see a lakeside section of the Great Wall. Cost includes lunch, transportation, and admission. RMB 250. 9.30am. CCC (6432 9341)

ARTS & CULTURE Opera: Chinese Orphan See Jun 20.

LIVING INN Coffee Morning – Lido See Jun 15. Maan Coffee (8457 3470; see Dining directory)

EXPLORE Mutianyu Great Wall and Ming Tombs Tour Climb this less-commercialized section of the Great Wall, alight by cable car or toboggan, then visit the UNESCO-listed Ming Tombs in Changping. RMB 420, RMB 300 (children under 12). 9am. CCC (6432 9341)

DH & Chinese Hellcats, Skarving Get your dance shoes ready – you know you want to swing. RMB 50. 10pm. 2 Kolegas (6436 8998) Life Journey The influential local pop-rockers present their new album. RMB 80, RMB 60 (advance). 9pm. Yugong Yishan (6404 2711) Me Guan Me, Residence A, Streets Kill Strange Animals, Zebra Run! Some of Beijing’s best young rock bands. RMB 50, RMB 40 (students). 10pm. D-22 (6265 3177) Tribute To Beyond Young rockers cover the masterworks of the iconic Hong Kong band. RMB 70, RMB 50 (advance). 8.30pm. MAO Livehouse (6402 5080) Trio B

Opera: Chinese Orphan A new original production by the NCPA. We hope this will redeem the classic Orphan of Zhao story that was butchered by Chen Kaige in his last film, Sacrifice. See Review, p57. RMB 100-580. 7.30pm. NCPA Opera House (6655 0000)

BARS & CLUBS The M – Le Castle Vania (Part 2) Disco on the terrace. Free. 4pm-late. Migas (5208 6061)

LIVING INN Coffee Morning – Sanlitun See Jun 15. The Bookworm (6586 9507; see Nightlife directory)

MUSIC Metal Night Death metal and metal core lovers assemble. RMB 40. 8pm. MAO Livehouse (6402 5080).


Wine Tour of the World: Argentina Enhance your knowledge of wine. Reserve at RMB 150, RMB 120 (advance). 7.30-10pm. Culture Yard (8404 4166)

JUN 23 DINING Chef Igor Macchia Wine Dinner Michelin-starred chef Igor Macchia presents an unforgettable dining experience. Six exquisite courses paired with Luce della Vite wines. RMB 1,288. Time TBD. Aria, China World Hotel (6505 2266 ext 6644) Terroir Nights Chef Paulo’s five-course degustation menu paired with wines from The Wine Republic. RMB 418. 7pm. Terra (6591 9148)

MUSIC Ember Swift, Jess Meider Two of Beijing’s most talented ladies. RMB 50. 10pm. 2 Kolegas (6436 8998)

Cocktail Class: The Art of Mixology Pretend you’re a bartender for the evening. Reserve at com. See p62. RMB 180. 6.30-8.30pm. Venue TBD

JUN 26




Global Kitchen: Pakistani Cuisine See Jun 11.

Opera: Chinese Orphan See Jun 20.

The Chinese Kitchen: Sichuan See Jun 1. 2-4pm.

Daze Feast Beijing Daze assembles the niubi-est laowai bands. Free. 4pm. 2 Kolegas (6436 8998)

Cookery: Hand-pulled Noodles & Dumplings See Jun 14. 6-8pm.

JUN 21

Opera: Chinese Orphan See Jun 20.

Brain Failure, The Lones, Dancers, Casino Demon The most “Beijing” rock spirit sets up at Gulou Dongdajie. RMB 100, RMB 80 (advance). 9pm. MAO Livehouse (6402 5080)




Bedstars, Chaos, Flyx, Nucleus Fresh grunge and punk from the Beijing underground. RMB 50, RMB 40 (students). 10pm. D-22 (6265 3177)

Hip-Hop Ballet: Modern See Jun 24.


JUN 20

MUSIC Beatles Beijing Tribute Relive those fab years. Free. Time TBD. Alanting (8571 5168)



Summer lovin’, happened so fast ... See photo, above.

JUN 26-27: AUDITIONS FOR LOVE, SEX, AND THE IRS Your big chance to get “dragged” onstage.


Writer/rocker Alan Paul discusses his new book.

JUN 24 BARS & CLUBS Afrosoul Caribbean Party Dancehall, soca, calypso, zouk and reggae. RMB 30. 10pm. HLG (5905 6370) Bartending Course Learn the basics of mixology on this sixsession course. Price TBD. 6-8pm. Champagne Bar, Fairmont Beijing (8511 7777) Eddie’s Weekend Eddie Lv and Zhi Qi play house. Free. 10pm. Mo Lounge (6413 1019) Havana Night Rum cocktails, cigars and live Cuban music. Xiu (8567 1108) Hot Pot DJ Wordy rocks Punk. RMB 50, free (before 11pm). 10pm. Punk (6410 5222)


One of the most creative jazz bands in Beijing. RMB 30. 9.45 pm. VA Cafe & Bar (5844 3638)

ARTS & CULTURE Hip-Hop Ballet: Modern Choreographer Anthony Egéa brings back his well-received blend of styles, this time incorporating hip-hop, ballet, and taijiquan. RMB 100-480. 7.30pm. Tianqiao Theater (8315 6300)

JUN 25 BARS & CLUBS Havana Night See Jun 24. The M – Le Castle Vania (Part 1) Atlanta-born Daft Punk remixer smashes it with electro. Price and time TBD. Tango (6428 2288)

Audition: Love, Sex, and the IRS Beijing Playhouse seeks eight actors for the September production of this New York farce about two men feigning marriage to dodge taxes. For details, contact Free. 6.30pm. Trojan House Theater (5711 0860) Food, Film & Friends: Canada Cross your fingers: Maybe The Hutong’s chefs will teach you to make poutine. A screening of Guy Maddin’s My Winnipeg will follow. RMB 240 (non-members), RMB 200 (members), RMB 35 (screening only). 5pm (cooking), 7.30pm (screening). The Hutong (159 0104 6127; see Living directory)

LIVING Mahjong Workshop: Part 2 See Jun 19. Now master the rules and play like the locals do. Reserve at RMB 140 (2 sessions). 10am-1pm. Culture Yard (8404 4166)

EXPLORE Beijing Amblers: The Dragon Gate Gorge Escape the summer heat at this deep gorge southwest of Beijing, complete with natural springs, streams, and waterfalls.

JUNE 2011


EVENTS Cost includes transportation and ticket. RMB 250, RMB 150 (children under 12). 8.30am. CCC (6432 9341)

JUN 27 DINING 4 Courses * 3 Maestros * 5 Stars * 1 Night Only A host of Michelin-starred chefs team up to wow diners. Reservations essential. Price TBD. 6.30pm. Hilton Beijing Wangfujing (5812 8888)

LIVING INN Monthly Meeting: Summer Fun in Beijing Pick up ideas on fun outdoor activities, from hiking and water sports to weekend getaways. 10am-noon. The Capital Club (8486 2225 ext 136)

special deal on live Boston lobster with a glass of bubbly. RMB 388. CRU Steakhouse, JW Marriott (5908 8995) 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) Hoegaarden Night Half-price Hoegaarden all night, with freeflow bar snacks. Free. 7.30pm. Flamme (6417 8608) Hoppy Hour Buy-one-get-one-free on house-brewed

(5908 8995)

D-22 (6265 3177)

Mediterranean Night A plate of fresh honey melon and Parma ham with a bottle of rosé. RMB 198. 6-10pm. Scarlett, Hotel G (6552 2880) Steak Night Buy-one-get-one-free on Flamme’s house steak. Free. Flamme (6417 8608) Taco Tuesdays Three tacos for RMB 40, five shots of tequila for RMB 100. Saddle Cantina (5208 6005) Temptation Tuesdays Drinks on Tuesday? Why not? Enjoy your favorite wines at 30% off. Modo (6415 7207)

BARS & CLUBS Mundo Latino x Magic Tequila Latin music. Tequila shots for RMB 30, five bottles of Corona for RMB 180. Free. 9pm-


JUN 28



Chinese Medicine Class An 8-session course that covers all the basics. RMB 1,200 (8 classes). 1.30-3pm. CCC (6432 9341)

Global Kitchen: Southeast Asian Cuisine Three different dishes and cuisines in one meal (Malaysian, Vietnamese, Thai). RMB 240, RMB 200 (members). 10am-noon. The Hutong (6404 3355)

Contemporary Chinese History Deals with China’s transformation since 1840. RMB 1,200 (6 classes). 10am-noon. CCC (6432 9341)

INN Night Out! Meet other newcomers to trade raucous stories about the capital. RSVP by Jun 7 to Free. 7-9pm. Venue TBD

DINING Paella Party Choose paella or black rice with three drink options. RMB 90. 7.30-9.30pm. Ole (6595 9677)

LIVING The Chinese Kitchen: Chinese Vegetarian See Jun 1. Introduction to Tea Workshop All you need to know about tea and more. Reserve at RMB 50, RMB 40 (advance). 7.30-9.30pm. Culture Yard (8404 4166) Talk: History & Evolution of China’s Capital Find out why Beijing became the capital city of China. RMB 60. 7.30-9pm. CCC (6432 9341)

MONDAYS DINING Fajita and Margarita Night Half-price fajitas and margaritas. Saddle Cantina (5208 6005) Lobster and Champagne Night Bring this copy of the Beijinger to enjoy a


JUNE 2011


Jeet Kune Do Class Learn to kick ass like JKD’s founder, Bruce Lee. RMB 120, RMB 400 (8 classes). 6.308.30pm. The Hutong (6404 3355)

Book Talk: Rachel Dewoskin The original foreign babe in Beijing chats about her new novel, Big Girl Small, which follows the high school misadventures of a 3’ 9” girl with a very big voice. See Feature, p58. RMB 30, RMB 20 (members). 8pm. The Bookworm (6586 9507)

JUN 29

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

Culinary Walking Tour Info on food combining and seasonal shopping. RMB 80, RMB 70 (members). 9-10am. The Hutong (6404 3355)



ARTS & CULTURE China Through Cinema Catch those classics you’ve been meaning to see this month, like Wang Xiaoshuai’s Beijing Bicycle (Jun 14) and Jiang Wen’s In the Heat of the Sun (Jun 28). Both explore disaffected youth, Wang’s in the hutongs of post-reform China and Jiang’s during the lesser-examined moments of the Cultural Revolution. Reservation required: RMB 25 (includes soft drinks and popcorn). 7pm. Culture Yard (8404 4166)


Beijing’s young punk favorites launch their debut (again). See photo, above.


Noisy monsters from Japan.

Ladies’ Night Two-for-one cocktails. Free. 6pm-midnight. Ciro’s Pomodoro (5208 6008) Wine Fever Buy a bottle and get free-flow tapas. RMB 200. 8-10pm. Enoterra (5208 6076)


Beijing Daze assembles the niubi-est laowai bands.

BARS & CLUBS beer all night. Free. 5pm. Hopfenstube (5909 6683)

LIVING Chinese Language and Culture Workshop The stuff you really want to know about China. Reserve at contact@cultureyard. net. RMB 75 (workshop), RMB 250 (4 workshops). 7-8.30pm. Culture Yard (8404 4166) Life Drawing Club Meet others and draw live models. Beginners welcome. Register at RMB 60, RMB 50 (members). 7.30-9.30pm. The Hutong (6404 3355)

TUESDAYS DINING Beef and Burgundy Night Bring this copy of the Beijinger to get a 30 percent discount on any steak with a glass of Burgundy. CRU Steakhouse, JW Marriott

2am. Xiu (8567 1108) Quiz Night How many, when and where? Free. 8pm. Tim’s Texas Bar-B-Q (6591 9161)

Divas & Champagne Buy-one-get-one-free on bottles of Moët & Chandon and champagne cocktails. Free. 9pm-midnight. Xiu (8567 1108)

R Lounge Tuesdays Buy a bottle of wine for the cost of two glasses. Free. R Lounge (5863 8112)

Ladies Night Free cocktails for the girls. Free. 9pm. R Lounge (5863 8112)

Stumble Inn Quiz Night How many beers do you have? Get a free Tsingtao with every main course ordered, and play for a gallon of beer in the quiz. Free. 7.30pm. The Stumble Inn (6417 7794)

Ladies Night Free Grand Marnier drinks. 8.30pm-midnight. Suzie Wong’s (6500 3377)

Terra-fic Tuesdays Happy hour all night and 20% off all bottles of wine. Free. 5pm. Terra (6591 9148)

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

Lush Pub Quiz How many students does it take to change a light bulb? Come early for a seat. Winners take home a bottle of Jack. Free. 8pm. Lush (8286 3566) Martini & Manhattan Night Half-price on all martinis. Free. 7.30pm. Flamme (6417 8608) Paddy’s Quiz Which quiz host swears the most? Prizes for every round and more. Free. 8.30pm. Paddy O’Shea’s (6415 6389) Pomme O’Shea’s Quiz Which Beijing bar used to be called

“The Pomegranate”? Free. 8pm. Pomme O’Shea’s (8046 2558)

MUSIC Groovy Wednesday Nights Soul music from Dominica, Africa, the US, Mongolia and China. Free. Time TBD. Punk (6410 5222) Jazz Night Talents from Beijing and beyond play classical and original tunes. Free. 7.30pm. Purple Haze Courtyard (6501 9345) University Rock Night Student bands shoot for the stars. RMB 20, RMB 10. 8pm. D-22 (6265 3177)

SPORT Badminton Shuttlecock shenanigans. 7-10pm. Contact John at Ultimate Frisbee Open pickup sessions have moved outdoors. 8-10 pm. Zhichunlu Fields (southeast exit of Zhichunlu subway station). Contact

LIVING Culinary Walking Tour See Tuesdays. Taiji Workshop Strengthen both mind and body through this ancient type of kung fu. RMB 100, RMB 80 (members). 7-8.30pm. The Hutong (6404 3355)

THURSDAYS DINING Bodega Fever All-you-can-eat tapas for RMB 108, and sangria for RMB 38 a glass. 6-10pm. Scarlett, Hotel G (6587 1578)

SPORT 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 Salsa for Beginners Heat up the dance floor at Noche Latina, then enjoy drink specials, guest performances and the best mix of Latin music after your class. Free. 9pm. Scarlet Blue Restaurant & Disco (5905 1908/9)

LIVING Black Sesame Thursday Gourmet Master chefs lead a demonstration with hands-on cooking and lunch. Reservations required. RMB 300. 11am-1.30pm. Black Sesame Kitchen (136 9147 4408) Live Zen: Practice & Meditation A Buddhist layman offers guidance on your journey to self-discovery. RMB 150, RMB 400 (4 classes). 7.30-9.30pm. CCC (6432 9341)

FRIDAYS DINING Pimm’s Friday Two-for-one on Pimm’s. Colibri (6417 0808) Seafood Carnival Dive into king crabs, oysters, lobster, caviar and salmon – have it steamed, fried or roasted to your taste. RMB 368+15% (including beer and wine). 6-10pm. Elements, Hilton Beijing (5865 5020)


Prime Rib Night Discounts on rotisserie prime rib. RMB 188248. 6pm. Flamme (6417 8608)

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

Prime Rib Thursday Enjoy a slow-roasted rib carved tableside with Yorkshire pudding. RMB 288 (includes pint of beer or glass of wine). The Cut, Fairmont Beijing (8507 3630)

House Of Decadence DJ Chozie spins sexy house. Free. 7pm. The Beach (135 2188 2889)

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

BARS & CLUBS Green Cap Quiz Night Where did she go? Free. 7.30pm. The Green Cap (186 1174 7939) Jubbly Bubbly Two-for-one on champagne by the glass. Free. 5pm. Terra (6591 9148) Grand Marnier Red Balls Buy-one-get-one-free Grand Marnier cocktails served in attractive spherical glasses. Destination (6552 8180) You Make the Price! Pay whatever you think is fair for some great cocktails. Free. 6-9pm. Champagne Bar, Fairmont Beijing (8511 7777)

MUSIC Acoustic Thursdays Get intimate with Beijing acoustic musicians. Free. 9pm. Hot Cat Club (6400 7868) Liu Yue Guitar Trio Jazz on classic guitar. Free. 9.30pm. East Shore Live Jazz Cafe (8403 2131)

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) TGIF and Saturday All-you-can-drink house-brewed beer. RMB 88. 6.30-9pm. Hopfenstube (5909 6683) 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)

MUSIC Spanish Live Music Agus brings Spanish pop music. Free. 9.30pm. Olé (6595 9677; see Dining directory)

SATURDAYS DINING Dim Sum Brunch All-you-can-eat dim sum. RMB 108+15%. 11am-2.30pm. Horizon, Kerry Centre Hotel (8565 2188) Feijoada Saturdays Feijoada for the weekend. RMB 128. 11.30am-3pm. Alameda (6417 8084)


Ssam, Moment Café, and Tonton and Tata join forces. Sureño Tapas Lunch Tapas menu rotated every week. RMB 178. 11.30am-3pm. Sureño, The Opposite House (6410 5240) Taste Brazil SALT offers Brazil’s national dish and set meal options. RMB 168 (feijoada, per person), RMB 188 (two courses), RMB 218 (three courses). Noon-3pm. SALT (6437 8457)

BARS & CLUBS Bang Bitesize Buddha DJs. Free. 10pm. Punk (6410 5222) Flamenco Night “La Perlita de Hunan” is said to be “the best flamenco dancer in China.” Catch her moves tonight. Free. 9.30pm, 10.30pm. Olé (6595 9677; see Dining directory) TGIF and Saturday See Fridays.

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

SPORT Field Hockey Ice hockey minus the fights and ice. Email 2pm. Olympic Training Center (6491 2233) Hiking Get out in the great outdoors. Prices and times vary. or 136 1124 1407.

LIVING Black Sesame 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) Culinary Walking Tour See Tuesdays. 12.30-1.30pm. Jeet Kune Do Class See Tuesdays. 2-4pm. TCM Program: Eat, Sleep, Breathe Better understand the philosophy behind Asian health and lifestyle practices. RMB 1,000 (5 sessions). 10am-noon. The Hutong (6404 3355)


DINING 360° Champagne Brunch Enjoy a fine brunch spread, Mumm champagne and the best homemade ice cream in town. RMB 298-368+15%. 11.30am-3pm. 360°, Hilton Beijing Capital Airport (6458 8888) A Sunday Affair Sundays don’t get better than Veuve Clicquot champagne with oysters, grilled meat, fresh cheese and luscious desserts. RMB 398-498+15%. 11.30am-3pm. Garden Court, St. Regis (6460 6688) 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) 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) Bubbalicious Free-flow champagne and Grand Marnier cocktails, an array of cold and hot dishes and desserts, along with juice and smoothie stations. A kids’ corner entertains the young’uns. RMB 328-398+15%. 11.30am3.30pm. 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) Dim Sum Brunch See Saturdays. 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) Italian Sunday Brunch Buffet bar and an a la carte selection of hot dishes. RMB 248 (buffet), RMB 338 (buffet and hot dishes). 11.30am-3pm. Sadler Ristorante (6559 1399) Prime Rib Night Discounts on rotisserie prime rib. RMB 188248. 6pm. Flamme (6417 8608)

JUNE 2011


EVENTS 11.30am-3pm. Celestial Court Restaurant, St. Regis Hotel (6460 6688) Enoterra Brunch Choose from French, American or “Enoterra” brunch options. Add RMB 50 for freeflow sparkling wine. RMB 75-130. 11-4pm. Enoterra (5208 6076) 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)



“Can the last person to leave switch the lights off?” 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 the new wine list, splash out with a slightly indulgent cocktail or two or add RMB 150 for free-flow drinking. RMB 168 (two courses), RMB 188 (three courses). SALT (6437 8457) Sunday Lunch Buffet at Greenfish Appetizers and seafood from the buffet plus your choice of main course. RMB 218+15% (includes soft drinks, coffee and tea). 11.30am-2.30pm. Greenfish, Ritz-Carlton Beijing Financial Street (6629 6990) Sureño Set Sunday Lunch Enjoy a selection of tapas dishes, a soup and one main course from the menu. RMB 188+15%, RMB 298+15% (including champagne). Noon-3pm. Sureño, The Opposite House (6410 5240)

BARS & CLUBS Groove Therapy Happy hour drinks and tunes from DJs to chill you out. Free. 4-7pm. Terra (6591 9148)

SPORT Badminton A more organized game than the one outside your office . 10am-noon. Contact John at 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. 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


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)

Qigong Club Practice on your own terms – without a strict master, strict rules or attendance requirements. RMB 60, RMB 50 (members). 6-7pm. The Hutong (6404 3355)

Move On Up Bitesize Buddha and friends drop fresh tunes on the roof from across the musical spectrum. Free. 3pm-late. Migas (5208 6061)

Sambasia Barefoot Percussion Workshop Anyone can be a drummer. RMB 80, RMB 50 (students). Noon-2pm. UCCA Loft (8459 9269; see A&C directory)

MUSIC 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; see Dining directory)

ARTS & CULTURE Culture Yard Cinema Club Love it or hate it, Orson Welles’ Citizen Kane is here (Jun 5). Also catch Darren Aronofsky’s head trip Pi (Jun 26). Reservation required: RMB 25 (includes soft drinks and popcorn). 6.30pm. Culture Yard (8404 4166)


JUNE 2011

Survival Chinese Workshop All you need are the essentials. Reserve at RMB 200, RMB 600 (advance for 4 sessions). 10am-noon. Culture Yard (8404 4166)

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.

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. Beijing Bombers Australian Rules Football Club The Bombers train most weekends and welcome newcomers, regardless of age or ability. Xiaowuji football grounds (East Fourth Ring Road). Email to confirm training time and location. See www. for details.

ONGOING DINING 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) All-You-Can-Eat Dim Sum All month. More than 60 types of dim sum. RMB 156+15%, RMB 182+15% (includes chef’s soup of the day). 11.30am-2.30pm. Yao Chi, Grand Millennium Beijing (6530 9383) Alio Olio Set Lunch Mon-Fri. Five set menus offer pizza, pasta and main courses. RMB 38-78. 11.30am3pm. Alio Olio (6594 0938) BBQ Buffet Dinner Tue-Sun, until Sep 15. Hearty German dishes, with meat, seafood, salads and desserts. RMB 138+15% (Sun-Thu), RMB 168+15% (Fri-Sat). 6-9pm. Villa Castanea (6272 0130) 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) Chef Culinary Promotion An all-new seasonal menu featuring poached trout, beef carpaccio and herbcrusted Mongolian lamb fillet. Brasserie Flo (6595 5135/9) Chef Igor Macchia Dinner Jun 24-30. Five starters, five main courses and three desserts from a Michelin-starred chef, along with award-winning chef Matthew McCool’s regular menu items. Aria, China World Hotel (6505 2266 ext 6644) Chef Igor Macchia Set Lunch Jun 24-30. Three courses of Michelinstarred cuisine. RMB 188. Aria, China World

Hotel (6505 2266 ext 6644) Chef Rene Meilleur Jun 23-30. Chef Meilleur brings his two Michelin stars to dazzle diners with two set menu options. RMB 688+15% (five courses), RMB 1,088+15% (seven-course degustation menu). Le Pre Lenotre, Sofitel (8599 6666 ext 6528) Colibri Set Lunch All month. Mix and match sandwiches, baked potatoes, soups, salads and quiches. RMB 48. Colibri Cafe (6417 0808) Das Biergarten All month. BBQ and international beers outside. Can’t beat it. Price TBD. 4pm-midnight. Swissotel (6553 2288 ext 2160) Dragon Boat Dumplings All month. Get your zongzi orders in early. RMB 178-1,188. 10am-9pm. Horizon, Kerry Centre Hotel (8565 2188) Dragon Boat Festival Until Jun 6. Elegantly packaged zongzi gift sets for Dragon Boat festival. RMB 118-198. Hotel Lobby, Traders Upper East (5907 8405) Dragon Boat Festival Celebration Until Jun 6. A selection of rice dumpling gift hampers for Dragon Boat Festival. RMB 198-498. Hilton Beijing (5865 5070) Flamme Afternoon Tea All month. Relax with two coffees or teas and a dessert. RMB 60. 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 388+15% (including free-flowing wine and soft drinks), kids half-price. 5.30-9.30pm. Greenfish, Ritz-Carlton Beijing Financial Street (6601 6666 ext 6255) Hungry for Hummus? Mon-Fri. Middle Eastern favorite Rumi is offering a lunch buffet that includes many of their most popular menu items. RMB 88. 11.30am-2.30pm. Rumi (8454 3838) Into the Frying Pan All month. Get into the kitchen and work with the chefs to create a four-course dinner party. Reservations for parties of 6-10 guests. RMB 588+15% per person (includes free-flow beer and soft drinks). 5.30pm. Grange, Westin Beijing Chaoyang (5922 8880) Japanese Food Promotion Jun 23-Jul 2. Visiting chef Hidetomo Watanabe prepares his trademark sushi, sashimi and more. Ritz-Carlton Beijing Financial Street (6629 6990) Late Supper All month. A selection of dishes with special wine pairings selected by owner Gaby Alves. Perfect for late-night gourmet munchies. 10pm-1am. Terra (6591 9148) Luce Brunch All month. A range of light continental breakfast sets. From RMB 40. Noon. Luce (8402 4417) Luce Set Dinner All month. Choose two, three or four courses of Italian cuisine. RMB 100-150. Luce (8402 4417) Luga’s Villa Set Lunch Grand Marnier-sponsored set lunch includes one free margarita. RMB 55. Time TBD. (6416 2575) 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)

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) Mughal’s Buffet Lunch Mon-Fri. Indian and Pakistani curries, vegetable dishes and more. Noon-2.30pm. Mughal’s (6638 2160) Mumbai Beach Snacks Jun 15-Aug 31. Beach eats Mumbai-style, featuring pakora, samosas and more. 5.30-10.30pm. Tamarind, Beijing Marriott Northeast (5927 8888) Olé! Business Lunch A quick two-course lunch, then back to work. RMB 60, RMB 70 (includes glass of wine). 11am-3.30pm. Olé! (6595 9677) One East Set Lunch Mon-Fri. A light American set lunch. RMB 128+15% (two courses), RMB 138+15% (three courses). Noon-2pm. One East, Hilton Beijing (5865 5030) Park Hyatt-Style Zongzi Until Jun 6. The Private Room and IFW offer a variety of zongzi to celebrate Dragon Boat festival. Park Hyatt (8610 8567 ext 1838/1840) SALT Summer Days Mon-Fri. Add RMB 30 to your set lunch for a glass of wine or beer. RMB 98 (two courses), RMB 118 (three courses). Noon3pm. SALT (6437 8457) SALTastation Mon-Sat. Five tasting courses paired with new and old world wines. RMB 518 (food and wine), RMB 318 (food only). SALT (6437 8457) Sangria Promotion All month. Buy-one-get-one-free on sangria by the pitcher or glass. 7-9pm. Ole (6595 9677) Say Cheese All month. A gourmand’s paradise – fine cheeses from Australia, China, France and Spain meet fine wines from southern France. Grange, Westin Beijing Chaoyang (5922 8880) Spartans Are Coming to Town Jun 20-26. A Greek father-and-son chef team guest, presenting a special Greek menu. Sureño, The Opposite House (6410 5240) Springtime Flavors All month. Special seafood creations. Price TBD. Choy’s Seafood, Beijing Marriott Northeast (5927 8888) Sunny Afternoon Tea Daily (until Oct 31). Relax in pleasant surroundings with cookies, Chinese and English teas, coffee, fresh juice and more. 2-4.30pm. Villa Castanea (6272 0130) Tasting Summer All month. This month’s featured cocktail is the “Star Vibe,” a mix of rum, fresh strawberry, coconut and vanilla. Plush, Westin Financial Street (6606 8866 ext 7825) Tomahawk All month. Get your friends together and get your teeth into an enormous, 30cmlong slab of 70-day-old grain-fed beef. Grange (5922 8880) 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 Café BBQ All month. Enjoy a BBQ set menu out on the deck. RMB 158+15%. 6.30-10.30pm. Village Café, The Opposite House (6410 5210)

Wagyu Month All month. Six-course wagyu tasting menu. Reservations essential. RMB 788+15%. Bei, The Opposite House (6410 5250) 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)

Red Gate Gallery (6525 1005) Collaboration: Turbinegeneration Jun 10-Jun 26. Produced by the Tate Modern in London and sponsored by Unilever, this exhibit invites classes from the French International School in Beijing to create cross-cultural art pieces. Free. Imagine Gallery (6438 5747)

Wim Delvoye Until Jul 31. The Belgian artist known for tattooing pigs is back with intensely intricate carvings of neo-gothic cement trucks, concrete mixers, and car tires. Free. Galerie Urs Meile (6433 3393)


White Asparagus Season at One East Until Jul 3. Asparagus is the star of a fourcourse dinner menu. RMB 428+15%. One East, Hilton Beijing (5865 5030)

Kenya Hara: Designing Design Jun 11-Jul 15. The art director of adored Japanese brand Muji gives us a backstage pass to his creative process. Free. Beijing Center for the Arts (6559 8008)

Basketball All month. Hang with the Beijing Overseas Students Basketball League. Email for times and locations.

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)

Song Dong & Yin Xiuzhen: Chopsticks Jun 11-Jul 30. The power couple of the Chinese contemporary art world shows us their chops…ticks. See Feature, p56. Free. Chambers Fine Art (5127 3298)

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, email

Wine Tasting Classes Learn how to taste wines like the experts, and get your Wine & Spirit Education Trust certification. Class fees for each of the three levels include all study materials, exam fees, and of course, wines. Dragon Phoenix Fine Wine Consulting (5960 4050,

New Age: New Media Jun 12-Jul 30. Chinese and Australian artists come together for a joint large-scale exhibit of digital media works. Includes new work by animator Bu Hua. Free. Songzhuang Art Museum (8957 8575)

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,

BARS & CLUBS Allie Webb Mon-Sat. Singer belts out the tunes. Free. 8pm-midnight (Mon-Thu), 9pm-1am (FriSat). Aria (6505 2266 ext 6644) Blue Velvet Tue-Sat. Latin jazz. Free. Tue-Thu 8.30pm12.15am, Fri-Sat 9pm-12.45am. Mix, Westin Chaoyang (5922 8888) Enoterra Terrace Opening Promotion Mon-Fri. Free-flow red or white wine. RMB 100. 4-8pm. Enoterra (5208 6076) Hard Rock Café 40th Anniversary Until Jun 26. The main party is on June 14, but house band Hurricane plays decadethemed sets every night. If your birthday falls during this period, give them a call and see what they have to offer. Hard Rock Cafe (6598 6688 ext 2571) Moonlight Bar Daily (until Sep 30). Sip cocktails, wine or German beer and enjoy blues music for summer nights. 9pm-midnight. Villa Castanea (6272 0130) Wind Down at China Bar All month. Buy-one-get-one-free wines picked by sommelier Meiyu Li. 4-8pm. China Bar (8567 1234)

MUSIC Anna Stamburg Band Wed-Thu. Jazz, blues and funky soul. Free. 9pm. Ciro’s Pomodoro (5208 6008; see Dining directory)

John Portman: Art & Architecture Until Jun 12. He’s responsible for most of the Atlanta skyline, as well as Beijing’s Yintai Centre. See a retrospective of one of America’s most prolific architects. Free. Capital Museum (6337 0491) Shi Guorui: Scenes Until Jun 20. Modern landscapes using primitive photographic technique: the camera obscura. More info at www. Free. F2 Gallery (6432 8831) Recycling Art Until Jun 30. The International Recycling Art Festival of Catalonia presents its best artwork in China for the first time. See imaginative works – by Chinese artists Bai Yiluo, Sun Jiaxin and Li Xiaofeng – made of everyday goods and garbage. Free. Instituto Cervantes (5879 9666) Three Shadows Photography Award 2011 Exhibition Until Jun 30. See works by today’s young Chinese contemporary photographers. More info at Free. Three Shadows Photography Art Centre, Exhibition Halls 1 & 2 (6432 2663) Li Hui: V Until Jul 10. Lasers, fog, mirrors. Like a David Bowie show but with less eyeliner. RMB 15. UCCA (8459 9269) Not Vital: Full On Until Jul 10. The Swiss artist known for his nouveau sculptures unveils his first foray into painting. RMB 15. UCCA (8459 9269)

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 email More info at Ultimate Frisbee Wed & Sat. Pickup sessions are back outdoors. Email for info. 7pm (Wed), 2pm (Sat).

EXPLORE Four-Day Tour to Zhangjiajie Visit the world of Avatar – hike in a remote but welcoming mountain region in the western corner of Hunan province. RMB 3,600. China Holidays (6409 6567) www. Panda and Sichuan Cooking Day Tour of Chengdu Spend a morning communing with pandas, then visit the Sichuan Cuisine Museum for a mapo doufu cooking lesson. RMB 880. China Holidays (6409 6567) Beijing Electric Bike Tour An eco-friendly tour of the capital’s sights. RMB 900 (full day), RMB 500 (half day). Group rates available. Beijing Electric Bike Tours (186 0120 1141, bjebiketours@gmail. com)

Blues and Jazz Nights Wed-Thu. Live blues, folk and jazz performances ease your nerves. Free. 8-11pm. Enoterra (5208 6076; see Dining directory) Greg Carroll and Bump City Wed-Sat. Greg Carroll performs jazz, R&B, blues and rock & roll. Free. 9.30pm. Eudora Station (6437 8813/8331) Solidaz Wed-Sun. Seven-piece Kiwi band with female DJ from Indonesia. Free. 9pm. Bar Blu (6417 4124)

ARTS & CULTURE Liu Qinghe Jun 4-26. Known for his juxtaposition of contemporary subjects with traditional calligraphic technique, the man with the minimalist brushstrokes is back with all new works. See Review, p57. Free.


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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 Alio Olio – Italian The American Cafe – American Annie’s – Italian Aria – European Aroma – Buffets Asia Bistro – Buffets The Astor Grill – Steakhouses Backyard Cafe – Cafes & Teahouses Bar Code – Spanish Barolo – Italian Bellagio – Taiwan Bento & Berries – Bakeries, Delis & Candy Biteapitta – Middle Eastern BLD Cafe – Buffet Blu Lobster – Contemporary International Blue Frog – American Bonbon Bins – Bakeries, Delis & Candy The Bookworm – Cafes & Teahouses Brasserie Flo – French Brazillian Churrascos – Central & South American Cabare – European Cafe Cha – Buffets Cafe de la Poste – French Cafe Noir – Cafes & Teahouses Capital M – European Carmen – Spanish CBD International Cuisine – Buffets Celestial Court – Cantonese Cepe – Italian Chao – Fusion Cheese & Wine Made In Heaven – European Chef Too – American China Grill – Contemporary International Choy’s Seafood – Cantonese Chuan Ban – Sichuan Chynna – Contemporary Chinese Ciro’s Pomodoro – Italian Cocolol – Southeast Asian Compass Grill - Contemporary International Comptoirs de France – Bakeries, Delis & Candy Cosy Café – Cafes & Teahouses CRU Steakhouse – Steakhouses Crystal Jade – Cantonese The CUT Steak & Seafood Grill – Steakhouses Da Dong Roast Duck – Beijing Duck Dahuaishu Grill – Beijing Dali Courtyard – Yunnan Dali Renjia – Yunnan Danieli’s – Italian Di Napoli Ristorante – Italian Dianke Dianlai – Yunnan Din Tai Fung – Dumplings Dini’s Kosher Restaurant – Middle Eastern Dragon Palace – Cantonese East 33 – Buffets Eatalia – Italian Element Fresh – American Elements – Cantonese Enoterra – European Essence – Buffets Fatburger – American Fennel Bistro – European The Filling Station – American Flamme International Grill – Steakhouses Fook Lam Moon – Cantonese Fratelli Fresh – Italian Frut Actually – Cafes & Teahouses Fuel - Contemporary International Ganges Indian Restaurant – Indian/Pakistani Garden Court – Buffets Georges – Mediterranean German Food Center – Bakeries, Delis & Candy Gori – Contemporary International Gourmet Corner – Bakeries & Delis Grand Cafe – Buffets Grandma’s Kitchen – American Grange – Steakhouses Greenfish – Buffets Green T. House – Contemporary Chinese Grill 79 – Contemporary International Gung Ho! Gourmet Pizza Factory – Pizza Haidilao Hot Pot – Hot Pot Haoji Jiujia– Zhejiang Hard Rock Cafe – American Haru Teppanyaki and Sushi Bar – Japanese


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Hatsune – Japanese Hercules – Cafes & Teahouses Hopfenstube – German Horizon – Cantonese IFW – Contemporary Chinese Inagiku – Japanese Indian Kitchen – Indian/Pakistani Invincible Ramen – Japanese Jaan – French Jenny Lou’s – Grocery Stores Jenny Wang – Grocery Stores Jewel – Cantonese Jing – Buffets Kagen – Japanese Karaiya Spice House – Hunan & Hubei Kempi Deli – Bakeries, Delis & Candy Khan Baba – Indian/Pakistani Kranzler’s – Buffets The Kro’s Nest – Pizza L’Isola – Italian La Sushi – Japanese Lan Club – Contemporary International Lau Pa Sak – Southeast Asian Le Cabernet – French Le Petit Gourmand – French Le Pre Lenotre – French Lei Garden – Cantonese Lime Cafe – Thai L’infusion – Cafes & Teahouses Little Branch – American LMPlus – Italian Luce – Italian Luga’s Banh Mi Now – Vietnamese Luga’s Pho Pho – Vietnamese Luga’s Villa – Central and South American Lunar 8 – Fusion Maan Coffee – Cafes & Teahouses Made in China – Beijing Duck Maison Boulud – French Malacca Legend – Southeast Asian Mare– Spanish Matsuko – Japanese Mei King Restaurant – Cantonese Metro – Italian Middle 8th Restaurant – Yunnan Migas Restaurant & Lounge – Mediterranean Ming Court – Cantonese Mirch Masala – Indian/Pakistani Modo – Contemporary International Moment Cafe – Cafes & Teahouses Monsoon – Buffets Morel’s – European Mosto – Contemporary International Mughal’s Restaurant – Indian & Pakistani My China – Contemporary Chinese Nadaman – Japanese Nishimura – Japanese Noble Court – Cantonese Nola – American Oak Chateau – Cafes & Teahouses Olas Tapas Cafe – Spanish Olé Spanish Restaurant – Spanish One East – American 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 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 Seasonal Tastes – Buffets Senses – Buffets SG Song – Korean Shaorou Ren – Japanese Shunxing Chuancai – Sichuan Sizzler – American South German Bakery, Cafe Konstanz and

Bodenseestube – German Spring Organic Fish Restaurant – Sichuan Ssam – Contemporary International Steak Exchange – Steakhouses Summer Palace – Huaiyang Sushi kNami Royale – Japanese Susu – Vietnamese 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 Tonton & Tata Alsace – France The Tree – Pizza Union Bar & Grille – American Va Piano – Italian

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

Blue Frog Chow down on the signature burgers or opt for a salad. Voted “Outstanding American” in our 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. 1) Daily 10am-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


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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 Xiao Wang Fu – Homestyle Xiao Nan Guo – Shanghai Xiao Wang Fu – Homestyle & Private Cuisine YellowStone Restaurant & Bar – European Yotsuba – Japanese Yu – Cantonese ZEN – Cantonese Zen5es – Cantonese Zest – Cafes & Teahouses Zhang Mama – Sichuan sandwiches and more. Popular weekend brunch menu. Voted “Best American,” “Best Brunch (Affordable),” “Best Sandwiches,” “Outstanding Family-Friendly Restaurant,“ “Outstanding Outdoor Dining“ and “Outstanding Vegetarian“ in our 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. 1) 10am-11pm. 6 Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District. (6433 5058); 2) MonFri 10am-11pm, Sat-Sun 7am-11pm. Shop 833, Bldg 8, The Village at Sanlitun, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6417 1318); www. 新元素, 1) 朝阳区将太路 6号; 2) 朝阳区三里屯路19号The Village南区 8号楼833单元

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Chef Too Its smart interior, well-trained staff and delicious Australian steaks. The wine list showcases small American vineyards. Voted “Outstanding American” in our 2011 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

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 soon. Voted “Outstanding Burger“ in our 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. 1) Daily 11am-10pm. 1-LB01, The Grand Summit, Liangmaqiao Diplomatic Compound (300 m north of the Kempinski Hotel’s main entrance), 19 East Dongfang Lu, Chaoyang District. (8532 1878) 2) EB103, B1/F, Bldg 1, China World Mall, 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6505 7789) 1) 朝阳区东方东路19号亮马乔外交 公寓1号楼会所1层1号铺; 2) 朝阳区建国门外大 街1号国贸商城地下1层EB103

The Filling Station An American dinerstyle joint serving burgers, steaks and other classics. Daily 11am-9.30pm. Beside Western Academy of Beijing (next door to The Green Cap), Laiguangying Donglu (off the Airport Expressway), Shunyi District. (8470 3821) 顺义 区来广营东路(北京京西学校旁边)

Element Fresh American salads, smoothies,

Grandma’s Kitchen Sandwiches, gravybased dinners and high-powered desserts from middle America. Voted “Outstanding Family-Friendly Restaurant” in our 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. 1) Daily 9am-10pm. 47-2 Nanchizi Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6528 2790, bj.grandmas.; 2) Daily 10am-10pm.

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DIRECTORY / DINING 28 Shique Hutong (across from Beixinqiao subway exit C), Dongcheng District. (8403 9452, com); 3) Daily 10am-11pm. 5/F, Wudaokou Shopping Mall, Haidian District. (6266 6105,; 4) Daily 7.30am-11pm. 11A Xiushui Nanjie, Jianguomenwai, Chaoyang District. (6503 2893,; 5) Daily 7.30am-11pm. 1-2/F, Bldg B, Jianwai Soho, 39 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (5869 3055/3056, bj.grandmas. 祖母厨房, 1) 东城区

can / Tex-Mex” in our 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. (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

南池子大街47-2号; 2) 东城区北新桥石雀胡同 28号(地铁五号线北新桥站C出口); 3) 海淀区五 道口购物中心5层; 4) 朝阳区建国门外秀水南街 甲11号(友谊商店后面); 5) 朝阳区东三环中路 39号建外SohoB座1-2层

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

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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. Voted “Outstanding Mexi-

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

Hard Rock Cafe Burgers, pastas, desserts, cover bands and those ubiquitous T-shirts at this restaurant and bar. Daily 11.30am-2am. 1/F, Landmark Towers, 8 Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6590 6688 ext 2571) 硬石餐 Little Branch An American-style café-bar serving bargain dishes and drinks. Daily 11.30am-2am. Bldg 12, Dongshengyuan (300m south of Wudaokou subway station intersection), Wudaokou, Haidian District. (8286 3798) 海淀区五道口东升园12号楼

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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);

餐厅, 朝阳区三里屯路19号三里屯Village6号楼 3层S6-31

BAKERIES, DELIS & CANDY A Food Affaire Tucked into a corner of the April Gourmet, this is 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.

Comptoirs de France Offers a variety of freshly baked rolls, baguettes, and loaves of bread alongside tempting pastries and chocolates. Voted “Outstanding Sandwiches” in our 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 7am-8.30pm. 1) (opening soon) Daily 7am-8.30pm. Beijing United Family Hospital and Clinics Shop Number 2, 2 Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District.; 2) Daily 7am-8.30pm. Beijing United Family Hospital and Clinics Shop Number 1, 2 Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District. (5927 7597); 3) Daily 7am-8.30pm. 1/F, Bldg 5, Hairun International Apartment, 2B Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District. (5135 7645); 4) Daily 7am-8.30pm. 55-1, Xingfucun Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (6416 2853); 5) Daily 7am-10.30pm. Door 102, Pacific Century Place Department Store, 2A Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6539 2005); 6) Daily 7am-8.30pm. 2/F, Riviera Plaza, 5 Laiguangying Donglu, Chaoyang District. (8470 2347); 7) Daily 7am8.30pm. 1/F, East Lake Club, 35 Dongzhimenwai Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6461 1525); 8) Daily 7am-8.30pm. 4 Ritan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (8562 3355); 9) Daily 7am-8.30pm. L-111, Europlaza, 99 Yuxiang Lu, Tianzhu Zhen, Shunyi District. (8046 6309); 10) Daily 7am8.30pm. Rm 102, 1/F, Bldg 15, China Central Place, 89 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (6530 5480) 法派, 1)

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

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 This deli has a decent selection of meats, cheeses, ready-made salads and appetizers. Match it up with the onsite bakery’s hearty breads, pastries, and a few shelves of wine and groceries. Bakery and deli goods are half-price 8-9pm. Daily 7am-10pm. Store 21-22, Bldg 12, Central Park, 6 Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6533 6605) 配 口堂, 朝阳区朝阳门外大街6号新城国际12号 楼21-22号

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

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

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


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

BEIJING Dahuaishu Grill Specializes in tasty lao Beijing tabletop grills of chilli-doused pork, lamb, squid and kidney in a sweaty dining room. Daily 11am-10pm. 23 Meishuguan Dongjie (north of National Art Museum), Dongcheng District. (6400 8891) 大槐树烤肉馆, 东城区美 术馆东街23号(美术馆北侧)

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 Chinese Restaurant of the Year” and “Best For Impressing Visitors“ in our 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 11am-10pm. 1) 5/F, Jinbao Dasha, Jinbao Jie, Dongcheng District. (8522 1234); 2) 1-2/F, Nanxincang International Plaza, 22A Dongsishitiao, Dongcheng District. (5169 0329); 3) 3 Tuanjiehu Beikou, Dongsanhuan Lu (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)



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

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

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

Made in China This stylish joint on the first floor of the Grand Hyatt offers some of the city’s finest roast duck. Voted “Outstanding Restaurant of the Year (Chinese)” in our 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 11.30am2.30pm, 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




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

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, 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

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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

Wudaoying Hutong, Dongcheng District. (6407 6526) 东城区雍和宫大街五道营胡同53号 Maan Coffee Daily 9am-midnight. 7 Jiangtai Xilu, next to the entrance gate for Side Park, across from Rosedale Hotel, Chaoyang District. (8457 3470) 漫咖啡, 朝阳区将太西路7号

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. Voted “Outstanding Hotel Brunch” with Taste in our 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 6.3010.30am, 11.30am-2.30pm, 5.30-10pm.. 1/F, The Westin Beijing, 9B Jinrong Jie, Xicheng District. (6629 7810) 味, 西城区金融大街乙9号 北京金融街威斯汀大酒店1层

Seasonal Tastes Lively, cool, clean and fresh, this buffet restaurant comes with interactive cooking stations and healthful “super foods” corners that help jump start your day. On Sundays, Seasonal Tastes hosts “Bubbalicious,” which readers voted as the “Best Hotel Brunch” in the Beijinger’s 2011 Restaurant Awards. Daily 6.30-10.30am, 11.30am-3pm, 5.30-11pm. 2/F, Westin Beijing Chaoyang, 7 Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (5922 8888 ext 8102) 朝阳区东三环北路7号金茂北京威 斯汀大饭店2层

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

VIC International buffet dining with a smattering of Gallic touches. Mon-Fri 12pm2.30pm, 6-10.30pm, Sat-Sun 6-10.30pm. 6/F, Sofitel Hotel, Tower C, Wanda Plaza, 93 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (8599 6666) VIC国 际美食, 朝阳区建国路93号万达广场C座6层


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

Backyard Cafe This small and quiet cafe serves light, healthy fare from homemade whole wheat sandwiches and baked vegetables to frittata and smoothies. Mon-Fri 8am9.30pm, Sat-Sun 10am-9.30pm. 2 Sanlitun Beixiaojie, Chaoyang District. (6464 7642) 后院

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

咖啡, 朝阳区三里屯北小街2号


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

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

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 Cosy Café Enjoy a variety of coffees and homemade pastries and cakes in a comfortable environment. 1) Daily 10am-10pm. 30-31, 40-41, Bldg N3, Sanlitun Village North, 11 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6417 6186); 2) 1/F, Leisure Fitness Center, Bldg 7, Richmond Park, Yard 9 Fangyuan Nanli, Chaoyang District. (8457 8359) 1) 朝阳区三里屯路11号院三里屯 Village北区N3楼30-31, 40-41号; 2) 朝阳区芳 园南里9号院7号楼丽都水岸会所1层

Früt Actually Serves freshly squeezed juices and smoothies rich in antioxidants, without any nasty preservatives or added sugar. Try the pomegranate juice. Rooibos tea is available. Sun-Thu 11am-8pm, Fri-Sat 11am-10pm. NLG41, B1/F, Sanlitun Village North, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6415 8385) 朝阳区 三里屯路19号三里屯Village北区地下1层NLG41

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

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Choy's Seafood Innovative seafood dishes inspired by the classics. Daily 11.30am2.30pm, 5.30-10pm. 2/F, Marriott Beijing Northeast, 26A Xiaoyun Lu, Chaoyang District. (5927 8888) 采海轩,朝阳区霄云路甲26号海航 大厦万豪酒店2层

Crystal Jade High quality Cantonese food and good service in an opulent atmosphere. Voted “Outstanding Cantonese (Affordable)” in our 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. 1) Daily 11am-4pm, 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. Voted “Outstanding New Restaurant (Chinese)“ in our 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. Mon-Fri 11.30am-3pm, 5.30-10.30pm. 4/F, China World Summit Wing, 1 Jianguomen Waidajie, Chaoyang District. (6505 2299 ext 6411) 福临 门,朝阳区建国门外大街1号国贸大酒店4楼

Horizon Good variety of Chinese dishes;

DIRECTORY / DINING classy atmosphere. Daily 11am-2.30pm, 5.3010pm. 1/F, Shangri-La’s Kerry Centre Hotel, 1 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6561 8833 ext 41) 海天阁, 朝阳区光华路1号嘉里中 朝阳区北四环中路8号五洲皇冠假日酒店1层

taurant. 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

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

Luga's Villa Decent beers and Mexican food ranging from enchiladas and burritos, to fajitas, nachos and more. Set lunches available Mon-Fri. Daily happy hour 11am-8pm. Voted "Outstanding Mexican / Tex-Mex" in our 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 11am-2am. 7 Sanlitun Beijie (behind 3.3 Shopping Center), Chaoyang District. (6416 2575) 朝阳




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 “Best Cantonese (High-End)” and “Outstanding Dim Sum“ in our 2011 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

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 / Tex-Mex" in our 2011 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

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




Mei King Restaurant Elegant and spacious Cantonese restaurant serving good-value dim sum and tasty roast goose, headed by a Hong Kong chef who used to work at Lei Garden. 1) Daily 10am-2pm, 5-10pm. Unit 405, Full Link Plaza, Chaoyang District. (6588 8877); 2) Daily 11am-2.30pm, 4.30-9pm. 5/F, U-Town Shopping Center, Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (5977 5798); 3) Daily 10am10pm. 3/F, Jiangsu Dasha, 88D Andingmenwai Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6426 6355) 美京


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


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. Voted “Outstanding Cantonese Restaurant (High-End)“ in our 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. (5908 8888) 玉, 朝阳区建


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


Fuel Fun, funky restaurant serving pizzas, gigantic ribs and one of Beijing’s biggest hamburgers. Daily 11am-late. 1/F, Langham Place, 1 Er Jing Lu, Beijing Capital International Airport (southwest of Terminal 3), Chaoyang District. (6457 5555) http://beijingairport. 朝阳区首都机场二经 路1号朗豪酒店(T3航站楼西南)

锦苑, 1) 朝阳区朝阳门外大街18号丰联广场 405号; 2) 朝阳区朝阳门外大街悠唐生活广场5楼 (近丰联广场); 3) 东城区安定门外大街丁88号 江苏大厦3层

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

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

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

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

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. Voted “Best New Retaurant (Non-Chinese)“ in our 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 11am-11pm. 3/F, Sanlitun Village South (close to Element Fresh), Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6415 7207) 朝阳区三里屯路 19号三里屯Village南区3楼(近新元素)

路10号远洋光华国际AB座1楼 (近新城国际/世 贸天阶)

Green T. House This suburban establishment is a meticulously designed fusion of architectural styles, colors and sculptures. 1) Daily 11am-2.30pm, 6-11.30pm. 6 Gongti Xilu, Chaoyang District. (6552 8310); 2) Daily 11.30am-11.30pm. 318 Hegezhuang Village, Cuigezhuang, Chaoyang District. (8456 4922 ext 8, 136 0113 7132, 136 0113 7232) www. 紫云轩, 1) 朝阳区工体西 路6号; 2) 朝阳区崔各庄乡合各庄村318号

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

Mosto Inventive, exciting contemporary food with a South American touch. Voted “Best Business Lunch,” “Best Steak,” “Outstanding Restaurant of the Year (Non-Chinese),“ “Outstanding For a Romantic Meal“ and “Out-

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



ZEN Revamped Si Chou Lu reinvents the dynasty look with golden opulent tones and traditional Cantonese cuisine by Chef Mark Ko from Hong Kong. 11.30am-2.30pm, 5.3010.30pm. Intercontinental Hotel, 11 Financial Street, Xicheng District. (5852 5888) 西城区金 融街11号洲际酒店

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

CENTRAL & SOUTH AMERICAN 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)

Alameda Contemporary fine dining with a Brazilian twist. Voted “Outstanding Business Lunch” in our 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 11.30am-3pm, 6-10.30pm. Sanlitun Beijie (beside the Nali Mall), Chaoyang District. (6417 8084, 朝 阳区三里屯北街

Blu Lobster Professional service and state of the art cooking techniques at this five star res-

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DIRECTORY / DINING standing Steak“ in our 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily noon-2.30pm, 6-10.30pm. 3/F, Nali Patio, 81 Sanlitun Beilu, Chaoyang District. (5208 6030) 摸石

Chaoyang District. (6533 1536) www.dintaifung. 鼎泰丰, 1) 海淀区中关村大街40号当代商

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

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

头, 朝阳区三里屯北路81号那里花园3层



Le Cabernet French bistro opens its summer terrace, serving wine, juice cocktail, beer and ice creams. Daily 9am-midnight. Novotel Peace Beijing, 3 Jinyu Hutong, Wangfujing, Dongcheng District. (6512 8833 ext 7621) 卡本妮法餐厅, 东城区王府井金鱼

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

SALT Innovative restaurant in a fresh modern minimalist setting has weekly two-course or three-course set meals. Voted “Outstanding Business Lunch” and “Outstanding Steak” in our 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. Mon-Sat noon3pm, 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 甲7号北京极栈内

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


Capital M Classy European cooking and Beijing’s best view across Tiananmen Square. Voted “Best Brunch (High-End),” “Best Afternoon Tea,“ “Best Outdoor Dining,” “Outstanding Restaurant of the Year (NonChinese),“ “Outstanding Decor,” “Outstanding For Impressing Visitors,“ “Outstanding For a Romantic Meal,“ “Outstanding French (HighEnd)“ and “Outstanding Service“ in our 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. Mon-Fri 11am2.30pm, 6-10.30pm, Sat-Sun 11.30am-5pm, 610.30pm (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

Le Petit Gourmand Good value French fare and a library of over 9,000 books. Voted “Outstanding French (Affordble)“ in our 2011 Restaurant Awards. Sun-Thu 9.30am-midnight, Fri-Sat 9.30am-1am. 3/F, Tongli Studios, Sanlitun Houjie, Chaoyang District. (6417 6095, fax 6413 0765) 小美食家, 朝阳区三里屯后街同里3层

Le Pré Lenôtre Exudes all the pomp of fine French dining and matches it with professional service and accomplished food. Voted “Outstanding French (High-End)“ in our 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 11.30am2.30pm, 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


Cheese & Wine Made In Heaven Boasts an impressive selection of stinky French farm cheeses imported every week. All can be consumed in-store, complemented by a good wine selection. Sun-Wed noon-midnight, ThuSat noon-1.30am. 1-15 Chaoyang Gongyuan Xilu (next to Jenny Lou’s), Chaoyang District. (6501 2901) 朝阳区朝阳公园西路1-15号 Enoterra Unpretentious, reasonably priced wine bar now in Nali Patio that serves good food as well. Voted “Outstanding Wine Selection” in the Beijinger’s 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 10am-2am. 405, Nali Patio, 81 Sanlitun Beijie, Chaoyang District. (6587 1578) 朝阳区三里屯北街81号那里花园405室



Park Side Bar & Grill This family-friendly restaurant featuring a pleasant garden terrace is ideal for both dating or family dining. Burgers, steaks, wings, salads, sandwiches, steaks and other Western fare, complemented by a healthy wine list. Daily 10am-late. 9-6 Jiangtai Xilu (opposite Rosedale Hotel), Chaoyang District. (6444 6555, 园景, 朝阳区将台西路 9-6号(珀丽酒店对面)

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

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

Maison Boulud Famous New York chef Daniel Boulud brings his take on French food to Beijing. Excellent food and service. Voted “Best French (high-end),” “Best Service," "Best for a Romantic Meal,” “Best Wine List,” “NonChinese Restaurant of the Year,” “Outstanding Brunch (High-End),“ “Outstanding Decor” and “Outstanding For Impressing Visitors“ in our 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. Mon-Fri 11.30am-2pm, 6-10.30pm, Sat-Sun 11am-4pm, 6-10.30pm. Ch’ien Men 23, 23 Qianmen Dongdajie, Dongcheng District. (6559 9200) 布 鲁宫法餐厅, 东城区前门东大街23号

Tonton & Tata Alsace This French restaurant and bar features Alsatian cuisine, ranging from mauricette, flamed tarts, choucroute and baeckeoffe to terrines, foie gras and Alsatian apple tart. Daily 11am-11pm. B1-239 Tower 2, Sanlitun Soho, Chaoyang District. (136 8120 6738) 阿尔萨 斯法式餐酒吧, 朝阳区三里屯Soho2号楼B1-239



Din Tai Fung Taste just one dumpling to know why they’re famous around the world. Voted “Best Dim Sum” in our 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. 1) Mon-Fri 11.30am-9.30pm, Sat-Sun 11am-10pm. 7/F, Dangdai Shangcheng, 40 Zhongguancun Dajie, Haidian District. (6269 6726); 2) Daily 11.30am-2.30pm, 5-10pm. 24 Xinyuan Xili Zhongjie, Chaoyang District. (6462 4502); 3) Daily 11.30am-9.30pm. 6/F, Shin Kong Place, China Central Place, 87 Jianguo Lu,

Morel’s Sanlitun stalwart serves Belgianstyle steak tartare from locally bred beef and tasty mussels. Voted “Outstanding French (Affordble)“ in our 2011 Restaurant Awards. 1) Mon-Sat 11.30am-1am. Gongti Beilu (opposite Workers’ Gymnasium North Gate, northwest corner of Chunxiu Lu), Dongcheng District. (6416 8802); 2) Tue-Sun 11.30am-11.30pm. East block, 27 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6437 3939) 1) 东城区莫劳龙玺西餐, 工体北路春 秀路西北角工人体育馆北门对面; 2) 朝阳区莫劳 洪玺西餐, 亮马桥路27号东座1层

Vineyard Cafe Hip hutong cafe specializes in comfort food and hearty breakfasts. Voted “Outstanding Brunch” in our 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. Tue-Sun 11.30am-10.30pm, closed Mon. 31 Wudaoying Hutong (just north of the Confucius temple), Dongcheng District. (6402 7961, 葡萄院儿, 东城区五道营胡同31号 W Dine & Wine Currently closed for renovations. Voted “Outstanding Wine List” in the Beijinger’s 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. 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, 朝阳区北辰东 路8号

FRENCH Brasserie Flo Owned by the powerful Flo Group, and now a Beijing institution. French classics include the onion soup, steak au poivre and profiteroles. Voted “Best French (Affordable)” in our 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. Delivery available. Daily 11am-3pm, 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 (Affordable)” in our 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily noon-3pm, 6pm-late. 58 Yonghegong Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6402 7047) www. 东城区雍和宫大街58号


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

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

GERMAN Hopfenstube Large German-style restaurant and microbrewery featuring live music and open cooking stations. Daily 11am-midnight. 3 Sanfeng Beilu (opposite Cashbox KTV), Chaoyang District. (5909 6666/5909 6622) 慕尼 黑啤酒屋, 朝阳区三丰北里3号(钱柜KTV对面)

Paulaner Brauhaus One of Beijing’s best choices for authentic (if pricey) German food. The Paulaner brews its own beer. Daily 11am1am. Kempinski Hotel, 50 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6465 3388 ext 5732) http://

DIRECTORY / DINING 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 Castanea 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

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) 8am-10pm. 101, Bldg 17, Central Park International Apartments, Chaoyang District. (6533 6792); 2) Daily 8am-10pm. Laiguangying Donglu (opposite Heping Hospital), Chaoyang District. (8470 1557); 3) Daily 8am-10pm. Bldg 4, Jianwai Soho, 39 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (5869 2253); 4) Daily 8am-9pm. Inside East Lake Villa Clubhouse, Chaoyang District. (6467 8018); 5) Daily 8ammidnight. 4 Ritan Beilu (opposite to Fancaodi Primary School), Chaoyang District. (8563 0626); 6) Daily 8am-10pm. 6 Sanlitun Beixiaojie, Chaoyang District. (6461 6928); 7) Daily 8ammidnight. South of Chaoyang Park’s West Gate, Chaoyang District. (6501 6249) dwt 婕妮璐, 1) 朝阳区朝阳区新城国际17号楼 101; 2) 朝阳区来广营东路和平医院对面; 3) 朝 阳区东三环中路39号建外Soho4号楼; 4) 朝阳区 东湖别墅会所里; 5) 朝阳区日坛北路4号(芳草地 小学对面); 6) 朝阳区三里屯北小街6号; 7) 朝 阳区朝阳公园西门南侧

Jenny Wang Grocery chain run by Jenny Lou’s sister. 1) Daily 8am-midnight. Hairun International Apartment, 2 Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District. (5135 8338); 2) Daily 7.30 am-10pm. Pinnacle Plaza, Shunyi District. (8046 2316/3302); 3) Daily 9am-8pm. River Garden, Shunyi District. (8046 5109); 4) Yosemite Branch, Shunyi District. (8041 7063); 5) 8am-9.30pm. Chateau Regalia Branch, Shunyi District. (6450 8108); 6) Bldg 5, Grasse Town, Songzhuang, Tongzhou District. (8951 6858); 7) Beijing Euro Village Branch, Shunyi District. (8046 2316, 8046 3302) 1) 朝阳区将台路2号海润

Pot,” “Outstanding Restaurant of the Year (Chinese),” and “Outstanding Service“ in our 2011 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

HUAIYANG Summer Palace Light and delicious Huaiyang and Cantonese cuisine cooked with flair. Check out their daily tea cocktails and French Bordeaux selections. Voted “Outstanding Cantonese Restaurant (High-End)“ in our 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 11.30am2pm, 6-10pm. Lobby, China World Hotel, 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6505 2266 ext 34) 夏宫中餐厅, 朝阳区建国门外大街 1号中国大饭店大堂

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. Voted “Best Indian/Pakistani” in our 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 11am-11pm. 1) S93-3, Sanlitun Village, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6416 0181/6121); 2) Sancaitang Xiezi Lou, 160 Chengfu Lu, Haidian District. (6262 7944); 3) 5/B, Hairun International Apartment, 2 Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District. (5135 8353); 4) 138A, B1/F, The Place, 9 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6587 2999) www.ganges-restaurant. com 恒河印度餐厅, 1) 朝阳区三里屯路19号三 里屯VillageS93-3; 2) 海淀区成府路160号三才 堂写字楼1层13号; 3) 朝阳区将台路2号海润国 际公寓底商5号; 4) 朝阳区光华路9号世贸天阶 地下1层138A

Indian Kitchen An assortment of spicy subcontinent specialties, but the indecisive can check out the weekday buffet lunch. Voted “Outstanding Indian/Pakistani” in our 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 11.30am2.30pm, 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

国际公寓底商; 2) 顺义区荣祥广场; 3) 顺义区 裕京花园别墅区内; 4) 顺义区优山美地别墅区; 5) 顺义区丽高王府别墅区; 6) 通州区通州区宋 庄镇葛渠村格拉斯小镇5号楼底商; 7) 顺义区欧 陆苑别墅区对面

HOMESTYLE & PRIVATE CUISINE Xiao Wang Fu Down home Chinese food of consistent quality in atmospheres ranging from humble (Guanghua Lu) to elegant (Ritan). Also serves crisp-skinned roast duck. Voted “Best Kung Pao Chicken” in the Beijinger’s 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. 1) Daily 11.30am2pm, 5.30-10pm. Inside the North Gate of Ritan Park, Ritan Lu, Chaoyang District. (8561 5985); 2) Daily 11am-10.30pm. Bldg 2, Guanghua Lu Dongli, Chaoyang District. (6591 3255); 3) Daily 5.30pm-1am. 15 Qianhai Beiyan, Xicheng District. (6617 5558) 小王府, 1) 朝阳区日坛路日 坛公园北门内; 2) 朝阳区光华路东里2号楼; 3) 西城区前海北沿15号

HOT POT Haidilao Hot Pot This popular eatery is as famous for its hospitality as it is for its authentic Sichuan cuisine. Voted “Best Hot

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.

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DIRECTORY / DINING Daily 11am-3pm, 6-10.30pm. Southwest corner of Pacific Century Plaza, 4 Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6506 0976) 汗巴巴巴基 斯坦餐厅, 朝阳区工体北路4号院 (太平洋百货 南门对面)

Mirch Masala Tasty, authentic and affordable in a pleasant, well-lit environment. Vegan friendly. Delivery also available. 1) Mon 5-10.30pm; Tue-Sun 11am-2.30pm, 5pm10.30pm. Unit 130, Bldg 2, Ritan Highlife, (across from the north gate of Ritan Park, Chaoyang District. (8563 6304); 2) Daily 11am-10.30pm. 1 Jingyang Hutong, Nanluogu Xiang, Xicheng District. (6406 4347) 1) 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; 2) 西城区南锣鼓巷景阳胡同1号

Mughal's Restaurant 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 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 11am3pm, 6-11pm. 4/F, Nali Patio, 81 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (5208 6082/134 , 6638 2160, www. 朝阳区三里屯路81号那里 花园4层

popular Italian chain. Voted “Best Italian (Affordable)” and “Best Family-Friendly Restaurant” in our 2011 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

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

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

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

Inagiku Time-honored Tokyo brand delivering traditional Kyoto-style fine dining created with top-end ingredients from around the world. Daily 11am-3pm, 6-10.30pm. Rm 315, 3/F, Park Life, Yintai Centre, 2 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (8517 2838) 稻菊, 朝

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)

Metro One of Beijing’s oldest Italian restaurants, where diners can match sauces and freshly made pastas. Voted “Outstanding Italian (Affordable)“ in our 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. Mon-Fri 11.30am-2pm, 5.30-10pm; Sat-Sun 11.30am-10pm. 9 Gongti Xilu, Chaoyang District. (6552 7828) 美特柔, 朝

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


Luce Italian restaurant by day, hosts everything from networking events to techno parties by night. Sun-Thu noon-2am; Fri-Sat noon-4am. 138 Jiugulou Dajie, Dongcheng District. (8402 4417) 路溪, 东城区旧鼓楼大街138号

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

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


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 2011 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) 滩万日餐厅, 朝阳区建国路外大街1号国贸大 酒店4层

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

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

Shaorou Ren This hip little hibachi offers free beef tongue slices if you kiss for ten seconds – the staff will take your picture and dish up your prize. Daily 5-11.30pm. Rm 2203, Bldg B, Sanlitun Soho, Chaoyang District. (6403 7626)

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The Taj Pavilion Friendly management and some of Beijing’s finest Indian food in an authentic setting. Voted “Outstanding Indian/Pakistani” in our 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 11.30am-2.30pm, 6-10.30pm. 1) L222, Europlaza, 99 Yuxiang Lu, Tianzhu Zhen, Shunyi District. (8046 3238); 2) China Overseas Plaza (northwest of China World Shopping Mall), Chaoyang District. (136 9302 8663); 3) 3/F, Holiday Inn Lido, Jiangtai Lu, Shoudu Jichang Lu, Chaoyang District. (6436 7678, 6437 6688 ext 3811) 泰姬楼印度餐厅, 1) 顺义 区天竺镇裕翔路99号欧陆时尚购物中心L222室; 2) 朝阳区国贸往西北中海广场; 3) 朝阳区首都 机场路将台路丽都假日酒店广场缤纷廊3层

Tamarind (Marriott Northeast) Rich variety of south Asian food and four brass tandoor ovens turning out delicious kebabs and nan breads. Daily 11am-2.30pm, 7.30-10pm. 2/F, Beijing Marriott Hotel Northeast, 26A Xiaoyun Lu, Chaoyang District. (5927 8888) 朝阳区霄云 路甲26号海航大厦万豪酒店2层

ITALIAN Alio Olio Classic, tasty and affordable Italian cuisine. West gate of Chaoyang Park, Chaoyang District. (6594 0938) 朝阳区朝阳 公园西门

烧肉人, 朝阳区三里屯Soho商场B座2203室

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

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

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

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 61号北京富力万丽酒店1层

Annie’s Unpretentious, affordable and


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L'Isola Decent Italian food in a stylishlyunderstated atmosphere. Extensive drinks selection, attentive yet discreet service and great homemade bread. Voted "Outstanding

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. Voted “Outstanding Italian (High-End)“ in our 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 11.30am-2.30pm, 6pm-10.30pm. 2/F, The Grand Summit, Section B, Liangmaqiao Diplomatic Mansion, 19 Dongfang Donglu, Chaoyang District. (8532 5068) www. 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

JAPANESE Haru Teppanyaki and Sushi Bar Simple, elegant collection of small private rooms each featuring a teppenyaki grill as the centerpiece. Costly but delicious. Daily 11.30am-2pm, 5.30pm-10pm. 1) Unit N4-30, 3/F, Sanlitun Village North, 11 Sanlitun Road, Chaoyang District. (6415 2112); 2) 902 Pinnacle Plaza, Jingshun Lu, Shunyi District. (8046 5112) 尚 水长廊铁板烧餐厅, 1) 朝阳区三里屯路11号院 (Village北区)能号楼3层N4-30单元; 2) 顺义区 天竺镇开发区荣祥广场902

Hatsune Alan Wong’s first Beijing restaurant specializes in unique sushi and hand rolls. Voted “Best Japanese” in our 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 11.30am-2pm, 5.3010pm. 1) 2/F, Heqiao Bldg C, 8A Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6581 3939); 2) S8-30 (Opposite Element Fresh), Bldg 8, Sanlitun Village, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6415 3939) 隐泉日本料理, 1) 朝阳区光华路甲8号和乔大厦 C座2层; 2) 朝阳区三里屯路19号The Village南 区8号楼S8-30

Sushi Nami Royale This Canadian-chained Japanese restaurant features sashimi, sushi, tempura and other classics with a modern touch. Daily 11am-10pm. 85A, Tonglinge Lu, Xicheng District (6606 3996) 奈米露料理, 西城 区佟麟阁路甲85号

Tairyo Teppanyaki All-you-can eat teppanyaki by knife-wielding chefs who slice and dice everything from beef and lamb chops to cod filets and shrimp in front of you. RMB 198 for all-you-can-eat-and-drink. Voted “Outstanding Japanese” in the Beijinger’s 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. 1) Daily 10am-1pm, 5-11pm. 305 China View, Gongti Donglu, Chaoyang District. (8587 1180/1); 2) Daily 11am-2pm, 5-11pm. 2/F, Yaxing Mansion, Maizidian Jie, Chaoyang District. (6461 2336); 3) Mon-Fri 10am-1pm, 5-11pm. Bldg E, Shenggu Jiayuan, Anzhen Qiao, Chaoyang District. (6444 8855/66); 4) Daily 11am-10pm. 15 Wanliu Zhonglu, Haidian District. (8256 6044); 5) Daily 11.30am-3pm, 5.30-11pm. S2-32, 3/F, Sanlitun Village South, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6416 8075, 6416 0075) 大渔铁板烧, 1) 朝阳区工体东路中国红街305号; 2) 朝阳区麦子店街亚星大厦2层; 3) 朝阳区安贞 桥胜古家园E座; 4) 海淀区万柳中路15号; 5) 朝 阳区三里屯路19号三里屯Village南区3层S2-32

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

KOREAN Ai Jiang Shan This upscale Korean barbecue and seafood restaurant in the Lido area proves

DIRECTORY / DINING that char-grilling and composure can go together. Choose from octopus, sashimi and various cuts of beef. Voted “Outstanding Korean” in the Beijinger’s 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 11am-10pm. North Gate of Si’de Park, 39 Jiangtai Xilu, Chaoyang District. (8456 9511)

“Outstanding Middle Eastern” in our 2011 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

Haidian District. (6818 1113); 2) 11 Jianhua Nanlu, Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6566 8001; 182 0165 2683 for English)


Shunxing Chuancai Well-established highend catering brand from Chengdu. The extensive menu features typical Chengdu snacks and hot dishes. Daily 11am-9.30pm. Bldg 3, Courtyard 16A, Xi Dawang Lu, Chaoyang District. (8795 8288) 顺兴川菜, 朝阳区西大望路


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 SG Song This contemporary Korean restaurant focuses on light, healthy dishes, and does not use MSG. Daily11.30am-2.30pm 5-10pm. 2/F, Building AB, Vantone Center, 6 Chaoyangmenwai Dajie,Chaoyang District (5907 1879) 朝 阳区朝外大街甲6号万通中心AB座二层

Gung Ho! Gourmet Pizza Factory Pizza delivery service offering ten “gourmet” toppings featuring wine-soaked blackcurrants, fresh pesto and New Zealand mozzarella. Voted “Outstanding Pizza“ in our 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 11am-midnight. Bldg. 3, China View, (rear side, opposite City Hotel), Gongti Donglu, Chaoyang District. (8587 1404/1370) 叫 板!比萨, 朝阳区工体东路中国红街3号楼

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. Voted “Outstanding Brunch (HighEnd)“ in our 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. 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

Georges Serving Mediterranean cuisine and dishes from other European regions, from hummus, baked whole fish and paella to risotto and pasta. Daily noon-3pm, 6-10pm. 1A, Fangcaodi Beixiang, Chaoyang District. (8561 3357) 佐治地中海餐厅, 朝阳区芳草地北巷甲1号 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 Italian (High-End)” and “Outstanding Wine List” in our 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. in our 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily noon-3.30pm, 6-10.30pm. B1/F, The Opposite House, Sanlitun Village, 11 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6410 5240) www. 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. Voted “Outstanding Middle Eastern” in our 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 11am-2am. Gongti Beilu (opposite Zhaolong Hotel), Chaoyang District. (6532 4050) 1001 夜, 朝阳区工

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. Voted “Outstanding New Restaurant (Non-Chinese)“ and “Outstanding Pizza“ in our 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. Mon-Thu 11am-1am (full menu served until 11pm), Fri-Sun 11am-2am (full menu served until midnight). 35 Xiaoyun Lu (opposite Beijing Renaissance Hotel), Chaoyang District. (8391 3131) 乌巢, 朝阳区霄云路35号(国航大厦

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SOUTHEAST ASIAN Cocolol This small restaurant offers a tantalizing reminder of what Southeast Asia has to offer beyond Thai curries. Daily 11am-10pm. Silk Market 2, Courtyard 14, Dongdaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6500 5860) 我爱南洋菜, 朝 阳区东大桥路14号院秀水2号

Lau Pa Sak This Singaporean outlet serves street food indoors: noodles, satay and more. Try their condensed milk coffee. Daily 11am-11pm. Xindong Lu (opposite Canadian Embassy), Chaoyang District. (6417 0952) 老巴

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. Voted “Outstanding Steak“ in our 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 11.30am-2pm, 6-10pm. 2/F, JW Marriott Hotel, China Central Place, 83 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (5908 8530) 朝阳区建国路83号华贸中心 JW万豪酒店2层

The CUT Steak & Seafood Grill 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 国门外大街永安东里8号北京华彬费尔蒙酒店

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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

SICHUAN Chuan Ban Its location in the first floor of Sichuan province’s Beijing rep office fuels its reputation as the most authentic Sichuan cuisine in town. Voted “Outstanding Sichuan” in our 2011 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 San Yang Cai The signatures in this Sichuan restaurant are based on eels, loachs and bullfrogs, three typical Sichuan ingredients. 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号工人体育场北门

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

SPANISH Agua Fine Spanish dining. Voted "Best Spanish Restaurant" and “Outstanding New Restaurant (Non-Chinese)“ in our 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. 4/F, Nali Patio, 81 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (5208 6188) 朝阳区三里屯路81号那里花园4层

Bar Code A great selection of wines and some tasty tapas. Daily 3pm-midnight. World City (north of The Place), 10 Dongdaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (8590 7855) 朝阳区东大桥路


Biteapitta Falafels, hummus, sandwiches and shawarma. Set meals available. Good value for money. Voted "Best Middle Eastern” in our 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 11am11pm. 2/F, Tongli Studio (same block as Le Petit Gourmand), Sanlitun Houjie, Chaoyang District. (6467 2961, ilovepitta@biteapitta. com) 吧嗒饼, 朝阳区三里屯后街同里2层


Carmen Tapas plates, hearty salads, paella and roasted whole suckling pig. Voted “Outstanding Spanish” in our 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 11am-2am. Nali Patio (opposite north entrance of Let’s Burger), 81 Sanlitun Beijie, Chaoyang District. (6417 8038)

Dini’s Kosher Restaurant Beijing’s only kosher restaurant. Sun-Thu 11am-10pm, Fri 11am-noon. 9-12 Fangyuan Xilu, South gate of Si’de Park, 300m east of Xiaoyun Qiao (north side of the road), Chaoyang District. (139 1074 0109) 蒂妮犹太

Flamme International Grill This stylish twofloor bar and grill features American steaks. Lava chocolate cake is a special delight. Voted “Outstanding New Restaurant (NonChinese)“ and “Outstanding Steak“ in our 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 11ammidnight. S4-33, Sanlitun Village, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6417 8608) 朝阳区三里 屯路19号三里屯Village3楼S4-33室

Grange This steakhouse serves mean and delicate cuts with dipping sauces doled out of beakers and pipettes. Mon-Fri 11.30-3pm (lunch), daily 5.30-11pm (dinner). 2/F, Westin Beijing Chaoyang, 7 Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (5922 8888) 朝阳区东三环北 路7号金茂北京威斯汀大饭店

Outback Steakhouse Not Australian, but made up to feel like it. Yankee-sized portions with prices to match. Their signature appetizer is a massive onion thrown in the deep fryer. 1) Mon-Thu 5-10.30pm, Fri-Sun 11am10.30pm. Inside the north gate of Workers’ Stadium, Chaoyang District. (6506 5166); 2) Daily 11am-11pm. 1/F, Beijing Hotel (east side of Bldg A), Dongcheng District. (6528 2858) 澳 拜客, 1) 朝阳区工人体育场北门内东侧; 2) 东 城区北京饭店1层

Steak Exchange A wide variety of steaks in a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere. Daily 11.30am-2.30pm, 5.30-10pm. InterContinental Hotel, 11 Financial Street, Xicheng District. (5852 5888 ext 5916) 西城区金融街11号洲际酒店


MARE Nice atmosphere. Go for tapas every day and paella on weekends. Both English and Spanish menu available. Voted “Outstanding Tapas” in our 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. Noon-11.30pm. 1/F, E-Tower, 12C Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6595 4178/2890) 古老海西

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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

Rumi Its plush, minimalist interior is inviting, but the savory kebabs seal the deal. Voted

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)

Spring Organic Fish Restaurant Healthy Sichuan food prepared with quality ingredients, from fresh fish and seasonal vegetables to truffles and mushroom, all imported from Yunnan, Guizhou, Sichuan and Tibet. Daily 10am-2.30pm, 5-9.30pm. 1) 23A Taiping Lu,

Ole Spanish Restaurant This Spanish restaurant consists of three floors: the first is a bar and lounge, the second is for tapas, and the top floor focuses on fine dining. Delivery service now available. Sun-Wed 11am-midnight, Thu 11am-2am, Fri- Sat 11am-4am. Courtyard 4, Gongti Beilu (next to Salsa Caribe), Chaoyang District. (6595 9677) 朝阳区 工体北路4号院(卡利宾旁边)


TAIWAN Bellagio Moneyed hipsters satisfy their midnight munchies at this hip Taiwanese eatery. Don’t miss the stunning shaved ice desserts. Voted“Best Late-Night Dining” and “Outstanding Kung Pao Chicken“ in our 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards.1) Daily 11am-10pm. 6/F, Shin Kong Place, 87 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (6530 5658); 2) Daily 11am-5am. 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)

THAI Lime Cafe This vibrant cafe offers classic Thai dishes, with a few inspired twists such as the spicy tuna salad. Daily 11.30am-9.30pm. Store 103, Bldg 15, Central Park, 6 Chaoyangmenwai

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The Brick Food and cheap drink in this Shuangjing neighborhood pub where fun is the name of the game. Daily 4pm-late. Unit 2-11, Bldg 2, Tianzhi Jiaozi, 31 Guangqu Lu (northeast corner of Shuangjing Qiao), Chaoyang District. (139 1113 6564) 朝阳区双井桥东北角广


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)


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The Bridge Cafe A popular student hangout. Daily 24hrs. Rm 8, Bldg 12, Huaqing Jiayuan, Chengfu Lu (west of Wudaokou subway station), Haidian District. (8286 7026) 桥咖啡, 海 淀区成府路五道口华清嘉园12号楼8号(五道口 城铁站西边)

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


Every father gets one homemade aperitif and a very special gift. Purple Haze Restaurant & Bar Thai cuisine served amongst purple hues. Books, coffee and Wi-Fi create the perfect atmosphere for a lazy afternoon. Voted “Best Thai” in our 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 11am-11.30pm. Opposite the north gate of the Workers’ Stadium (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

VEGETARIAN Pure Lotus Vegetarian Creative tofu dishes will leave you with a full stomach and a clear conscience - and a considerably lightened wallet. Voted “Best Vegetarian Restaurant“ in our 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 11am11pm. 1) Tongguang Bldg, 12 Nongzhanguan Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (6592 3627, 8703 6669); 2) 3/F, Holiday Inn Lido, Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District. (8703 6668, 6437 6288) 净心 莲, 1) 朝阳区农展馆南路12号(通广大厦内); 2) 朝阳区丽都假日饭店三层,首都机场将台路

VIETNAMESE 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

Susu New Vietnamese restaurant staffed by two chefs from Saigon and run by the people from Tuk Tuk Thai and the Stone Boat. Tue-Sun 11am-11pm. 10 Qianliang Hutong Xixiang, Dongcheng District. (8400 2699, 苏苏会, 东城区钱粮 胡同西巷10号

Va Va Voom Classic Vietnamese in a designer environment. Voted“Outstanding Vietnamese” in our 2011 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

YUNNAN Dali Courtyard Atmospheric decor, easygoing hospitality and delicious food. Set menu only. Voted “Outstanding Restaurant

of the Year (Chinese),” “Outstanding Outdoor Dining“ and “Outstanding Yunnan“ in our 2011 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

Dali Renjia Authentic and cheap Yunnan eats. No English menu (yet). Daily 10.30am11pm. 80 Baochao Hutong (100m north of Gulou Dongdajie), Dongcheng District. (158 1039 2366) 大理人家, 东城区宝钞胡同80号(鼓 楼东大街往北走100米)

Dianke Dianlai A fantastic courtyard restaurant offering two innovative set menus (RMB 99 or RMB 198) including dishes like Jingpominority roasted chicken and multicolored glutinous rice. Daily 11am-11pm. 8 Dafangjia Hutong (off Chaoyangmen Nanxiaojie), Dongcheng District. (6512 0930) 滇客滇来, 东 城区大方家胡同8号(朝阳门地铁站南)

Middle 8th Restaurant Comfortable, hip Yunnan restaurant. Try the Yunnan-style spare ribs and the dragon beans. Voted “Best Yunnan” in our 2011 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

NIGHTLIFE BARS & CLUBS 12SQM Tiny pub with a huge selection of beer and liquor. Daily noon-1am. Corner of Nanluogu Xiang and Fuxiang Hutong, Dongcheng District. (6402 1554, www.twelvesqm. com 东城区南锣鼓巷福祥胡同路口 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)

2F Cozy spot serves ample measures and has hourly drinks specials on the chalkboard. Sun-Thu 6pm-2am, Fri-Sat 6pm-4am. Sanlitun Houjie (south of 3.3 Shopping Center), Chaoyang District. (6416 4549) 贰楼, 朝阳区三 里屯北街3.3服装大厦南侧

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235 Chaoyang Beilu, Chaoyang District. (8571 5168) 阿兰亭咖啡, 朝阳区朝阳北路235号复地 国际公寓1层

Alfa A mix of young expat professionals, students and local club-goers. Daily 6pm-3am. 6 Xingfu Yicun (in the alley opposite the north gate of Workers' Stadium), Chaoyang District. (6413 0086) 阿尔法, 朝阳区幸福一村6号工体北 门对面的胡同里

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) 东城区鼓楼东大街66号东南侧寿比胡同48号院内

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

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

Aria See Dining Directory under “European.” Daily 11.30am-2.30pm, 6-10pm; bar 11am-midnight. 2/F, China World Hotel, 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6505 2266 ext 6644) 阿郦雅, 朝阳区建国门外 大街1号中国大饭店2层

Atmosphere Bar Expect spectacular views on a good day at Beijing’s highest bar. Failing that, you can count on the drinks being good. Mon-Fri noon-2am, Sat & Sun noon-4am. 80/F, China World Summit Wing, 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6505 2299 ext 6433) 朝阳区光华路国贸3期80层(中国大饭店北侧)

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

The Beach Sand-laden summer rooftop venue. Daily 7pm-late. 4/F, Block 8, 8 Chaoyang Gongyuan Xilu, Chaoyang District. (135 2188 2889) 朝阳区朝阳公园西路8号公馆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 Closed for renovations until late June. Daily 2pm-late. 1/F, Taiyue Fang, Nansanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6500 0559, www. 朝阳区南三里屯路泰乐坊1层 Blue Frog The Sanlitun branch features a cocktail-heavy drinks menu and a patio. Voted “Outstanding Burger“ in our 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 10am-2am. S4-30, 3/F, Bldg 4, Sanlitun Village South, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6417 4030) www.bluefrog. 蓝蛙, 朝阳区三里屯北路19号三里屯 Village南区4号楼3层S4-30

The Bookworm Bright, airy and filled with books. Wine list features 40 options. Daily 9am-2am. Courtyard 4, Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6586 9507) www.china-


By The Tree From the same owners as The Tree and Nearby the Tree. Inside Youyi Youth Hostel, Next to The Tree, 43 Sanlitun Beijie (100m west of Sanlitun North Bar street, behind Poachers Inn), Chaoyang District. 朝 阳区三里屯北街以西100米Poachers后面三里 屯医院内

Cafe Zarah A hipster cafe that serves German/Austrian fare. Daily 9.30am-midnight. 42 Gulou Dongdajie, Dongcheng District. (8403 9807) 东城区鼓楼 东大街42号

Capital M See Dining directory under “European.” Centro A surprisingly comfortable spot to down drinks from bottled beers to blue cheese martinis. Nightly live jazz performances. Daily 24hrs. 1/F, Shangri-La’s Kerry Centre Hotel, 1 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6561 8833 ext 42) 炫酷, 朝阳区光华路 1号嘉里中心饭店1层

Champagne Bar Molecular mixology comes to town, plus bubbles. Daily 6pm-midnight. 2/F, Fairmont Beijing, 8 Yong’an Dongli, Chaoyang District. (8511 7777) 朝阳区建国门外 大街永安东里8号北京华彬费尔蒙酒店2层

China Bar With one of the best views in town, this is definitely a place to impress. Daily 5pm-1am. 65/F, Park Hyatt, 2 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (8567 1234) 朝阳区建 国门外大街2号

Chocolate Join Napoleon through his conquests in this Russian bar and squat on the gold-tiled squatters. Live music and drinks at RMB 38-48. Daily 7pm-6am. 19 Ritan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (8561 3988) 朝阳区日坛 北路19号

Ciro’s Pomodoro See Dining Directory under “Italian.” Contempio Temple Bar Cool cafe-bar set in annex of a former temple. The temple space itself - a protected cultural heritage site - is available for private parties. Daily 9am-1am. Doufuchi Hutong, east side of the Hong’enguan Temple (100m east of Cafe Sambal), Xicheng District. (6407 6778) 西城区东城 区豆腐池胡同(Cafe Sambal 向东100迷)

d lounge Beautiful place, beautiful drinks, beautiful people all converge at this sleek venue south of Sanlitun. Daily 8pm-late. Courtyard 4, Gongti Beilu (across from Rock & Roll Club), Chaoyang District. (6593 7710) 朝阳 区工体北路4号

The Den Watch sports until dawn; stick around for brunch. Voted “Outstanding LateNight Dining“ in our 2011 Restaurant Awards. Daily 24hrs. 4 Gongti Donglu (next to City Hotel’s main entrance), Chaoyang District. (6592 6290) 敦煌, 朝阳区工体东路4号城市宾 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 Drum and Bell The rooftop patio is a great place to catch some sunshine. Daily 1pm2am. 41 Zhonglouwan Hutong, Dongcheng District. (8403 3600) 鼓钟咖啡馆, 东城区钟楼 湾胡同41号

East Shore Live Jazz Cafe Great for jazz with a view of Houhai. Daily 2.30pm-2am. 2/F, 2 Qianhai Nanyanlu (just to the west of the post office on Di’anmenwai Dajie), Xicheng District. (8403 2131) 东岸咖啡, 西城区地安门外


El Nido/Bar No. 59 Ramshackle little hutong bar where beer selection dwarfs seating capacity by around ten to one. Daily 4pm-last customer leaves. 59 Fangjia Hutong (enter from Andingmennei Dajie), Dongcheng District. (8402 9495) 东城区方家胡同59号(丛安

Maison Boulud, Ch’ien Men 23, 23 Qianmen Dongdajie, Dongcheng District (6559 9200) 东 城区前门东大街23号

Fubar A speakeasy with a fine selection of drinks. Sun-Thu 2pm-2am, Fri-Sat 2pm-4am. Behind Stadium Dog, Gate 10, Workers’ Stadium, Chaoyang District. (6593 8227) 福吧, 朝



Enoterra Wine bar that serves good food as well. Voted “Outstanding Wine List” in the Beijinger’s 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 10am-2am. 4/F, Nali Patio, 81 Sanlitun Beilu, Chaoyang District. (5208 6076) 朝阳区三

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


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)


George’s Smart cocktail bar from Beijing bar veteran George Zhou. Daily 3pm-2am. Near Gate 12, east side of Workers’ Stadium, Gongti Donglu, Chaoyang District. (6553 6299) 朝阳区 工体东路工人体育场东门内12号进口

Factory Bar in the backstreets of Sanlitun. Daily 9pm-late. West side of Yashow Market, Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6417 9048)

Glen The finest collection of single malts in the city. Luxurious. Daily 6pm-2am. 203, Taiyue Suites, 16 Nansanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6591 1191) 格兰高地, 朝阳区南三里屯



Fez Bar Bar on Agua’s rooftop. 4/F, Nali Patio, 81 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (5208 6188, 5208 6198) 朝阳区三里屯路81号那里花园4层

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

First Floor Large beer selection and bar food make this an ideal after-work hangout. SunThu 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 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.“ Fresco Bar Classical design and excellent cocktails. Mon-Fri 11.30am-2pm, 6-10pm; Sat-Sun (brunch) 11am-4pm, 6-10pm. Inside



Green Cap Bar, The Irish-run bar for the Lido-Shunyi crowd. Live sports, Irish bar food and more. Tue-Sun noon-late. Beside Western Academy of Beijing, Laiguangying Donglu (off the Airport Expressway), Chaoyang District. 爱尔兰老人酒吧, 朝阳区来广营东路(北京京西 学校旁边)

Grinders A good selection of beer and affordable wine, with food including huge hoagies, burgers and other North American classics. Daily 10am-2am. Unit 3-02, Bldg 2, Tianzhi Jiaozi, 31 Guangqu Lu (northeast corner of Shuangjing Qiao), Chaoyang District. (8775 1847) 朝阳区双井桥东北角广渠路31号院

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

Juicy Three-story Chaoyang Park venue offers Latin flavored-fun with class and a rooftop terrace. Daily 6pm-late. 2-3/F, 2 Chaoyang Xilu (30m south of Chaoyang Park West Gate), Chaoyang District. (6593 0610) 朝阳区朝阳公园西路2号楼2-3层 (朝阳公园西 门往南30米)

Kokomo The lower level Mo Lounge is a minimalist bar with bed-style seats, the upper level one of Beijing’s best terraces. SunThu 6pm-2am, Fri-Sat 6pm-4am. 4/F Tongli Studios, Sanlitun Houjie, Chaoyang District. (6413 1019, 朝阳 区三里屯后街同里4层

LAN Club Luxury venue with a restaurant, jazz lounge, oyster bar, a cocktail bar, a cigar room and 45 private VIP rooms. Voted “Best Decor” in our 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 11am-10.45pm. 4/F, LG Twin Towers, 12B Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (5109 6012/13) www.lan-global. com 兰会所, 朝阳区建国门外大街乙12号LG双 子座4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 国路83号JW万豪酒店2层

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 三里屯北街7号3.3购物中心后

Luga’s Villa Cheap drinks and Mexican food. Set lunches available Mon-Fri. Daily happy hour 11am-8pm. Voted “Outstanding Mexican” in the Beijinger’s 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 11am-2am. 7 Sanlitun Beijie (behind 3.3 Shopping Center), Chaoyang District. (6416 2575) 朝阳区三里屯北街7号3.3购物 中心后

Lush A caffeinated study spot by day and by night a place to cut loose. Daily 24hrs. 2/F, Bldg 1, Huaqing Jiayuan, Chengfu Lu (across from the Wudaokou light-rail station), Haidian District. (8286 3566) www.lushbeijing. com 海淀区成府路华清嘉园1号楼2层(五道口 城铁站对面)

M Bar This sleek, elegantly decorated lounge features a circular central bar and a




The kiosk serves fresh takeaway sandwiches (RMB 20-35) daily from noon, on rye and white bread, plus paninis and wraps. Try the super spicy sandwich with beef, mushroom and lettuce. (8567 1568)

Ichikura This tiny bar packs in as good a variety of single malt whiskies as you’ll find in Beijing. 2/F (entrance via stairs at south wall of Chaoyang Theater), Chaoyang Theater, 36 Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6507 1107) 朝阳区东三环北路36号朝阳剧场南侧

Lobby Lounge (Grand Millennium) 1/F, Grand Millennium Beijing, Fortune Plaza, 7 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (6530 9383) 朝阳区东三环中路7号财富中心

The Half Two-story bar with a dance floor upstairs. Similar crowd to Destination. Daily 7pm-late. International Wonderland, 39 Xingfu Ercun, Chaoyang District. (8444 4464, 朝阳 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



Le Petit Gourmand/Le Zinc See Dining directory.


The nutritionist chef offers healthy sandwiches on whole wheat bread made from scratch. The mushroom sandwich (RMB 29) is worth a shot. (6464 7642) Quality bread baked in-house and a dazzling range of fillings (RMB 25-42). Everybody sings the praises of the pastrami (RMB 42). Great soup/salad combo deals too. (6417 8608)

late. Yandai Xiejie (the street running diagonally between the Drum Tower and Yinding Bridge), Xicheng District. (6402 7825, 德彼酒吧, 西城

Helen’s Cafe Backpacker cafe featuring some of the cheapest Western food and drink in town. Daily 11am-late. 200m south of Wudaokou subway station intersection, Chengfu Lu, Haidian District. (8286 7558) 海淀 区成府路五道口城铁站路口往南走200米

HLG Sparkly dance club. Daily 10am–2am. Bar Street, Solana, 6 Chaoyang Gongyuan Xilu, Chaoyang District. (5905 6370) 朝阳区朝阳公园 西路6号蓝色港湾酒吧街

Hopfenstube See Dining Directory under “German.” 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


Seven warm sandwich options (RMB 33-46) featuring fresh ingredients and abundant sauces. Chow down on the Gusto Perfetto – focaccia stuffed with spinach, blue cheese and sour cheese. (8590 0724)


Fresh ingredients and generous portions (RMB 25-38). Lots of Mediterranean-style fillings, along with spicy Thai and Mexican options. A 50% discount after 9.30pm. (8587 1382)

Huxley’s Shut Up and Drink: Not much more need be said, really. Daily 6pm-

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DIRECTORY / NIGHTLIFE selection of well-mixed cocktails. Daily 6pm2am. 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

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


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

The Smuggler’s Cheap drinks and tavernstyle decor. 43 Sanlitun Houjie, Chaoyang District. (138 0107 1230) 朝阳区三里屯后街43号 Story Ship A large venue with a bar-restaurant area and an open-air deck. Southeast side of Workers’ Stadium complex (opposite George’s), Gongti Donglu, Chaoyang District.

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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


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


Mesh Equally at home to post-retail therapy or a night on the tiles. Daily 5pm-2am. 1/F, The Opposite House, Bldg 1, Sanlitun Village, 11 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6417 6688) 朝阳区三里屯路11号三里屯Village1号


Tango Karaoke, with a nightclub at Yonghegong. Daily 24hrs. 1) South Gate of Ditan Park (next to Jin Ding Xuan restaurant), Dongcheng District. (6425 5677/6428 2288); 2) Gongti Xilu (beneath Gongti 100 bowling alley), Chaoyang District. (6551 9988) www. 糖果, 1) 东城区地坛公园南门;


Migas Spanish restaurant with impressive top-floor terrace and lounge bar offering stunning Sanlitun views. Voted “Oustanding Spanish“ in our 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. 6/F, Nali Patio, 81 Sanlitun Beilu, Chaoyang District. (5208 6061) 朝阳区三里屯 北路81号那里花园6层

Mix (Gongti) Like Vics. Daily 8pm-late. Inside the north gate of Workers’ Stadium, Chaoyang District. (6530 2889) 密克斯, 朝阳 区工体北门内

Mix (Westin Chaoyang) Live jazz in the evenings and an extensive selection of champagnes, wines and whiskey. Daily 5pm-1am. 1/F, Westin Beijing Chaoyang, 7 Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (5922 8000) 朝阳区东三环北路7号金茂北京威 斯汀大饭店

Mo Lounge A laid-back lounge downstairs from Kokomo. Sun-Thu 6pm-2am, Fri-Sat 6pm-4am. 4/F, Tongli Studios, Sanlitun Houjie, Chaoyang District. (6413 1019, 朝阳区三里屯后街同里4层 Modo See Dining directory under “Contemporary International.” 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)


Bake your own dinner party with Westin Chaoyang chefs. Pinnacle Plaza, Tianzhu Real Estate Development Zone, Shunyi District. 顺义区天竺开发 区荣祥广场

Palette Vino Oenophiles recommend this siheyuan wine shop and restaurant for its gregarious and knowledgeable staff, wide selection of bottles divided by grape variety and pleasant adjoining wine bar. They also offer set menus from 5-10pm, and appetizers all day. Daily 11am-10pm. 5 Dongsi Shiyitiao, Dongcheng District. (6405 4855) 派乐坊, 东城区东四十一条5号 Park Side Bar & Grill Watch sport on the 55-inch screens in this polished, upscale gastropub. Hit the terrace in summer. Daily 10am-late. 9-6 Jiangtai Xilu (opposite Rosedale Hotel), Chaoyang District. (6444 6555, www. 园景, 朝阳区将台西路 9-6号(珀丽酒店对面)

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

The Pavillion Whitewashed bar for the sports and late-night crowds. Features one of the best sound systems in Beijing, with regular live music from a band who’ve been on the Asian circuit for over a decade. The beer garden is great. Daily 10am-2am. Gongti Xilu (opposite west gate of Workers’ Stadium), Chaoyang District. (6507 2617) 朝阳区工体西路(工 人体育场西门对面)

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 Nanjie Two floors packed with exchange students. Low prices. Daily 5pm-5am. Courtyard 4, Gongti Beilu (opposite to Banana Leaf), Chaoyang District. (6413 0963) 南街, 朝阳区工体北路4号院蕉叶对面

The Orchid A modern Hutong hotel with beers from Great Leap Brewery. Daily 7ammidnight. 65 Baochao Hutong, Guloudong Dajie, Dongcheng District. (8404 4818) www. 东城区鼓楼东大街宝 钞胡同65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) 朝阳区东 直门外大街28号

Paddy’s Pitstop Beer, simple pub grub and outdoor seating from the Paddy’s posse.


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

Portal Around-the-clock bar and internet hub. Daily 24hrs. 1/F, Langham Place, 1 Er Jing Lu, Beijing Capital International Airport (southwest of Terminal 3), Chaoyang District. (6457 5555) 朝阳区首都机场二经路1号朗 豪酒店(T3航站楼西南)

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

Propaganda Expect a student-heavy atmos-

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phere. Mon-Fri 8pm-4.30am, Sat-Sun 8pm5am. 100m north of the east gate of Huaqing Jiayuan, Wudaokou, Haidian District. (8286 3991) 海淀区五道口华清嘉园东门往北100米 Punk A mixture of urban and neo-Gothic where big name DJs spin an eclectic mix. Tue-Sat 8pm-3am. B1/F, The Opposite House, Bldg 1, Sanlitun Village, 11 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6410 5222, 朝阳 区三里屯路11号三里屯Village1号楼瑜舍地下1层

Purple Haze Courtyard See Dining Directory under “Thai.“ Q Bar Quality tunes and top-notch cocktails. Nice terrace. Daily 5pm-2am. Top floor of Eastern Inn Hotel, 6 Baijiazhuang Lu (the south end of Sanlitun Nanlu), Chaoyang District. (6595 9239) 朝阳区百家庄6号(朝阳门医院北门东100米)三 里屯南路逸羽连锁酒店顶楼

Quadriga German beer bar. East Lake Club, 35 Dongzhimenwai Dajie, Dongcheng District. 东城区东直门外大街35号东湖别墅 R Lounge This huge hotel bar is perfect for hosting an event. 4/F, Renaissance Beijing Capital Hotel, 61 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. 朝阳区东三环中路61号北京 富力万丽酒店4层

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

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Terra See Dining Directory. Tim’s Texas Bar-B-Q Meat-eater friendly bar-restaurant with popular quiz night. 2 for 1 happy hour every Monday-Friday from 37pm. Daily 9am-midnight. 14 Dongdaqiao Lu (on the corner of Guanghua Lu), Chaoyang District. (6591 9161) Tim’s 熏烤房, 朝阳区东大桥路14号贵友大厦 正北200米

Tonic Lounge A modern, cozy bar offering a selection of mixed drinks, wine by the glass and aperitifs. The bar is well designed with a stunning bar counter, a low ceiling and comfortable lounge seating. Daily 10am-12.30am. Lobby Level of Hilton Beijing, 1 Dongfang Lu, Chaoyang District. (5865 5000 ext 5060) 汤尼酒廊, 朝阳区北京希尔顿 酒店大堂

Touch A cutting-edge lounge with 88 kinds of vodka, and a wide selection of vodkainfused cocktails. Tue-Thu 9pm-1am, Fri-Sat 9pm-2am. 2/F, Westin Beijing Chaoyang, 7 Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (5922 8888 ext 8112) 朝阳区东三环北路7号金茂北京 威斯汀大饭店

The Tree This long-running Beijing pub specializes in Belgian beers and wood oven fired pizzas. Voted “Best Pizza” in the Beijinger’s 2011 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


The Ritz-Carlton Bar Light live music and a lounge atmosphere. Daily 5pm-1am. The Ritz-Carlton Beijing, 83A Jianguo Road, Chaoyang District. (5908 8131) 丽思卡尔顿吧, 朝阳区朝阳区建国路93号华贸中心

Riverbank Café & Bar 1/F, FX Hotel, 39 Maizidian Xijie, Chaoyang District. (6506 8277) 朝阳区麦子店西街39号富驿时尚酒店1层 The Saddle Cantina Tacos downstairs, a fuller range of Tex-Mex upstairs, and arguably Beijing’s strongest margaritas. Daily 11am-late. Nali Patio, 81 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (5208 6005) 朝阳区三里屯路81号那里花园2层 Salsa Caribe Located behind the Pacific Century Plaza at Changhong Qiao east of Sanlitun, this is Beijing’s best place to go for Latin music lovers and salsa aficionados, featuring a large dance floor, high-tech DJ booth, and house Latin band – a raucous blend of sweat, sin and extremely tight pants. Daily 6pm-2am. Courtyard 4, Gongti Beilu (across from The Loft), Chaoyang District. (6507 7821) 卡利宾拉丁舞俱乐部, 朝 阳区工体北路4号院(藏酷斜对面)

Salud Fine rums. Mon-Fri 3pm-late, SatSun noon-late. 1) Opposite Tongli Studio, Sanlitun Houjie, Chaoyang District.; 2) 66 Nanluogu Xiang, Dongcheng District. (6402 5086) 老伍, 1) 朝阳区三里屯后街同里对面; 2) 东城区南锣鼓巷66号

Tun A large, cavernous space with a sofa-equipped mezzanine and two big screens for watching sports. Daily 6pm-late. Courtyard 4 (20m south of Salsa Caribe), Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6585 5866, 屯, 朝阳区工体北路4号院 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 Eat ribs and burgers, drink pints and watch sport on the TV. 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

DIRECTORY / NIGHTLIFE–STYLE 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

Vineyard Wine Experience DIY wine. Daily 9am-9pm. Unit 1030, 3/F, Bldg 10, Jianwai Soho, 39 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (5128 9169) 梵雅红 酒体验坊, 朝阳区东三环中路39号建外Soho西区 10号楼商铺三层1030

VS Lounge A lounge with chill decor and an uptempo vibe. Daily 10am-2am. West side of Victoria Gardens, 15 Chaoyang Gongyuan Xili Nanqu, Chaoyang District. (6538 4707) 朝阳区 朝阳公园西里南区15号维多利亚花园公寓西侧

The Wine Republic Mon-Fri 9am6pm. Rm 303, Bldg 11, Jianwai Soho, 39 Dongsanhuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (5869 7050, www. 朝阳区东三环路39号建外 Soho11座303室

What Bar Tiny bar hosting local rock bands. Daily 4pm-late. 72 Beichang Jie (just north of the west gate of the Forbidden City), Xicheng District. (133 4112 2757) 什么酒吧, 西城区北长 街72号(故宫西门往北)

The World of Suzie Wong Club Part 1930’s Shanghai opium den and part postmodern lounge. Daily 8.30pm-late. 1A Nongzhanguan Lu (west gate of Chaoyang Park), Chaoyang District. (6500 3377) 苏西黄, 朝阳区农展馆路甲1号朝阳公园西门

Writers Bar Caviar and oysters complement the wide selection of cocktails and cigars. Daily noon-midnight. Raffles Beijing Hotel, Main Lobby, 33 Dongchang’an Jie, Dongcheng District. (6526 3388 ext 4181) 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 6pmlate. Park Hyatt (entrance across from the hotel lobby), 2 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (5867 1108) 秀, 朝阳区朝 阳区建国门外大街2号

Yugong Yishan This live music venue is a perfect spot for more discriminating drunken debauchery. Daily 7pm-late. 3-2 Zhangzizhong Lu (100m west of Zhangzizhong Lu subway station), Dongcheng District. (6404 2711) 愚公移山, 东城区平安大道张自忠路3-2号 (地铁五号线张自忠路站往西100米)

Zajia Daily 11am-1am. Doufuchi Hutong next door to Contempio Temple Bar, Xicheng District. (8404 9141) 西城区豆腐池胡同(在 Contempio的旁边)

Zeta Bar Boasts style, chrome cages that house the extensive wine collection hang from the high ceiling. Mon-Thu 6pm-2am, Fri-Sun 6pm-3am, Sun close. 2/F, Hilton Beijing, 1 Dongfang Lu, Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (5865 5050) 颐达吧, 朝阳 区东三环北路东方路1号希尔顿饭店2层


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 里花园A115

Sanrio 1) 1 Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6505 6350); 2) 133 Xidan Beidajie, Xicheng District. (6616 6498); 3) Beijing APM, 138 Wangfujing Dajie, Dongcheng District. 1) 朝阳区朝阳门外大街1号; 2) 西 城区西单北大街133号; 3) 东城区王府井大街 138号北京新东安广场

Tory Burch Section B, 2/F, Shin Kong Place, 87 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (6598 1986) 朝阳区建国路87号2层新光天地

SaSa Cosmetic Store Largest cosmetics specialty store chain in Asia, with branches in Hong Kong, Macau, Malaysia, Singapore and mainland China. AA09, 1/F, Sunlight Department Store, Oriental Plaza, 1 Dongchang’an Jie, Dongcheng District. (8518 6072) www. 莎莎化妆品, 东城区东长安街1号东方

Wuhao Elegant, playful and cutting-edge art, clothing and accessories beyond your wildest dreams, strewn about a traditional Chinese courtyard setting. By appointmently only. 35 Mao’er Hutong, Dongcheng District. (6400 5435; 189 1135 5035)

Coach 1) 88 Xichang’an Jie, Xicheng District. (8391 4606); 2) 87 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (6533 1746) 1) 西城区西长安街88号; 2) 朝阳区建国路87号

Paloma Sanchez Run by a certified gemologist and jewelry designer who



五号, 东城区帽儿胡同35号

Sephora The brightly lit aisles of this French cosmetics store are filled with upscale makeup and skincare products. 1) 10am-9pm. 1F-23, Joy City, 131 Xidan Beidajie, Xicheng District. (5971 6211); 2) SA31, SOLANA Lifestyle Shopping Park (next to Zara), Chaoyang District. (5905 6200); 3) Daily 10am-10pm. NB128, B1/F, China World Shopping Mall, 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6505 6726); 4) Daily 8.30am-10pm. Store 28, 29, Zhongguancun Carrefour Shopping Center, Haidian District. (5172 1136) www. 丝芙兰, 1) 西城区西单北大街

Zara 1) Unit 63-65, Viva Plaza, Fulicheng, Zhong Dongsanhuan Lu, Chaoyang District.; 2) Mon-Thu 11am-9pm, Fri-Sun 11am-10pm. 1B1-6, Solana, 6 Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (5905 6100); 3) Daily 10am-10pm. The Place, 9A Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6587 1341/49); 4) Daily 10am-10pm. Joy City, 131 Xidan Beidajie, Xicheng District. (5971 6350)

131号大悦城1F-23; 2) 朝阳区蓝色港湾国际商 区SA31店铺,Zara旁边.; 3) 朝阳区建国门外大 街1号国贸商城地下1层NB128; 4) 海淀区中关村 广场地下28&29

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, 天喜青, 朝阳区朝阳区东三环中路 39号建外Soho4号楼3层4309号


Ikea Daily 10am-10pm. 1 Taiyang Gonglu, Dongbahe (northwest corner of Siyuan Qiao), Chaoyang District. (800 810 5679) 宜家家居, 朝阳区东坝河太 阳宫路1号(四元桥西北角)

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, 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2LY105; 4) 顺义区天竺镇裕翔路99号欧陆广场4层

1) 朝阳区东三环双井富力城63-65号; 2) 朝阳 区朝阳公园路6号蓝色港湾国际商区1B1-6; 3) 朝阳区光华路甲9号世贸天阶; 4) 西城区西单北 大街131号大悦城

HOME DECOR Aussino Good quality, no-nonsense linens and towels. 1) 2) 8.30am-10.30pm. 1/F, Shuangjing Carrefour, 31 Guangqu Lu, Chaoyang District. (5190 9459); 3) Daily 8.30am-9.30pm. B1/F, Zhongguancun Carrefour, Haidian District. (5172 1231) 澳西奴, 1)朝阳区广渠路31号双井家乐福一层; 2) 海淀 区中关村家乐福超市地下一层

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

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)

Bershka Zara’s more youthful-style sister label. Daily 10am-10pm. B1/F, Solana Mall, 6 Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (5905 6923) 朝阳区朝阳公园路6号蓝色港湾 地下1层


阳区高碑店古家具一条街1608; 2) 朝阳区三里 屯北街南43号楼巴黎爱丽克美发沙龙1层

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 (behind Bldg 12, close to Yuyang Hotel), Chaoyang District. (6463 1788) 朝阳区新源西里东街12号楼后院(12号楼

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



Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (6591 3491) www. 朝阳区三里屯南路6号

NLGX Design Store A Beijing-based independent apparel brand and design community. Sun-Thu 9.30am-10pm, FriSat 11am-midnight. 33 Nanluogu Xiang, Dongcheng District. (6404 8088) www.nlgx. org 东城区南锣鼓巷33号

Roundabout Charity Distribution Store Beijing’s answer to the Salvation Army. Roundabout collects gently used clothing and household items for redistribution to communities in need across the country. Goods can be donated there or at their downtown drop-off location at Links Moving (9B, Tower D, Ginza Mall at Dongzhimen). Mon-Sat 9.30am-5.30pm. Opposite the East Gate of the International School of Beijing, 10 Anhua Jie, Shunyi District. (137 1801 1124 (English), 137 1805 3814 (Chinese only)) 顺义区北京顺义

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

Decide Where urban and hipster street style meld into one. Find American brand clothing like Stussy and Danner, plus vintage adidas sneakers. Daily noon-9pm. 107 Gulou Dong Dajie, Dongcheng District. (159 1114 2894) 东

Belita Jewelry Beijing-based line of contemporary women’s jewelry and accessories. 1) Daily 10am-6pm. 1608 Gaobeidian Furniture Street, Chaoyang District. (137 1826 4242); 2) Daily 10am-7pm. 1/F, Eric Paris Salon, South Bldg 43, Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (8576 8836) 1) 朝




National Olympic Sports Center A sports center with Olympic standard facilities and a park open to public. 1 Anding Lu, Chaoyang District. (6491 2233) 奥体中心, 朝阳区安定


District. 朝阳区三里屯路11号

Ermenegildo Zegna Leading Italian fashion house specializing in men’s clothing. 1) 88 Xi Chang’an Jie, Xicheng District. (8391 3137); 2) Seasons Place, 2 Jincheng Fangjie, Xicheng District. (6622 0625) 1) 西 城区西长安街88号; 2) 西城区金城坊街2号金 融街购物中心

Gap San Francisco-based clothing retailer Gap brings its all-American apparel to Beijing. Daily 10am-10pm. 1) Unit 136A-140, Beijing APM, 138 Wangfujing Dajie, Dongcheng District.; 2) Unit 1101, 1/F, Joy City Chaoyang, 101 Chaoyang Beilu (at the intersection of Qingnian Lu), Chaoyang District. com 1) 东城区王府井大街138号北京新东安广场 136A-140; 2) 朝阳区朝阳北路101 (青年路口 东北角) 朝阳北路大悦城1层1101

Lanvin The oldest French couture house, currently under the direction of the famed artistic director Alber Elbaz. N2-11-21-31, Sanlitun Village North, 11 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang

JUNE 2011


DIRECTORY / STYLE 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

Beijing, China Central Place, 83 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (5908 8380); 5) 1/F, Gehua New Century Hotel, 19 Gulouwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6202 8888 ext 6666); 6) Daily noon-11pm. 5/F, Tower 2, Taiyue Suites, Sanlitun Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (6507 1517, 8595 2277 ext 5666) 泰美好, 1)

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


海淀区功德寺桥南御园汇会所1层(颐和园西北 角); 2) 顺义区北京首都机场3号航站楼北京机 场希尔顿酒店6层(3号航站楼附近); 3) 朝阳区 东四环北路阳光上东上东盛贸饭店地下1层; 4) 朝阳区华贸中心建国路83号北京JW万豪酒店 2层; 5) 朝阳区鼓楼外大街19号歌华开元大酒店 1层 (原华北大酒店); 6) 朝阳区三里屯南路泰 悦豪庭2座5层

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

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

达岭高速路水关长城出口长城脚下的公社凯宾 斯基饭店


Kocoon The same quality of service as at its previous Nali Patio branch, only now in The Opposite House. Tue-Sun 10.30am-8.30pm. B1/F, The Opposite House, Sanlitun Village North, 11 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6417 6688 ext 5008) www.kocoonspalounge. com 朝阳区三里屯路11号三里屯Village北区瑜



Win a prize for guessing what A-Trak’s hiding in his jacket. Beijing Salon Vajra Catering to clients who demand very personal service. Mon-Sat 10am-8pm. S106, Glory World Apartments, 18 Gongti Xilu, Chaoyang District. (6551 6461/2/3) 画间沙龙, 朝阳 区工体西路18号光彩国际公寓S106

Angel Hands Enjoy vigorous deep-tissue massage, soothing and gentle massage, or a combination of both. Daily 24 hours. Rm 1801, Bldg 2, Jianwai Soho, 39 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (8631 0801) 朝阳 区东三环中路39号建外Soho2号楼1801室

Aqua Salus Urban Retreat 1) Daily noonmidnight. 1-17 Lucky Street, 1 Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (6501 6639,; 2) Taiyue Height 106, 16 Sanlitun Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (6501-2881, www. 良泉都市怡疗三里屯会馆, 1) 朝阳 区朝阳公园路1号 好运街1-17号; 2) 朝阳区朝阳 区南三里屯16号泰悦豪庭底商106

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 The Brickyard Inn and Retreat Center at Mutianyu Great Wall 100m South of Yingbeigou Cun, Huairou District. (6162 6506, www. 瓦厂, 怀柔区怀柔区 营北沟村南100米


This old-timer is enjoying something of a revival, partly thanks to the addition of a new rooftop terrace a whole floor above the original outdoor area. (6417 4124)


Classy cocktails and a stairway straight up to Migas if you fancy a dance. (5208 6198)


The place to be this summer, at least for those of you who take crowds as your barometer. Party late on Friday and Saturday, chill on those long Sunday afternoons. (5208 6061)


Another old favorite, with a mazestyle rooftop layout that offers more privacy than other terrace bars. And the martinis are still spot on. (6595 9239)


Escape the mayhem indoors and chill on the sixth-floor with drinks and something from the barbecue. Or beat the crowds and visit in the early evening. (5867 1108)


JUNE 2011

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 District. (8532 3122); 2) 60 Donghuamen Ave (near The Peninsula Hotel and Oriental Plaza), Dongcheng District. (6527 9368); 3) B1/F, Eastern Hotel, Nansanlitun Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (6593 6066) 悠庭保健会所, 1) 朝阳区 朝阳区燕莎桥东方东路19号外交会所1层(燕莎 中心路北100米); 2) 东城区东城区东华门大街 60号(近王府饭店和东方广场); 3) 朝阳区朝阳区 三里屯南路逸羽酒店1层

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 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 Nail treatments, plus facials, tanning, herbal face and breast lifts, etc. Daily 11.30-midnight. 2/F, Jiezuo Dasha, above O Sole Mio, Xingfucun Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (6417 9148) 朝阳 区幸福村中路杰座大厦2层

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 spa chain with English-speaking staff offers aromatherapy massage, Thai massage, scrubs, wraps, facials, floral bath, steaming, TCM and foot reflexology. All rooms are private suites. Special packages for couples are also available. 1) Daily 11am-11pm. 1/F, Yuyuanhui Club, South of Gongdesi Bridge (northwest to Summer Palace), Haidian District. (6287 9868); 2) 6/F, Hilton Beijing Capital Airport,Terminal 3, Beijing Capital International Airport, Shunyi District. (6450 4777); 3) 10am-midnight. B1/F, Traders Upper East Hotel, Lido, Dongsihuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (5907 8877); 4) 2/F, JW Marriott Hotel

LeSpa Daily 11am-11pm. 5/F, Sofitel Beijing, Bldg C, Wanda Plaza, 93 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (8599 6666) 朝阳区建国路93号万达广场C座索菲特酒店5层

Long Island Massage & Spa Chinese and Thai-style massage and reflexology. 1) Daily 11am-2am. 14A Guanghua Lu (5/F, Nuo’an Bldg, southwest of the Kerry Centre), Chaoyang District. (5130 9718, 6591 6247); 2) Daily 11am-1am. B1/F, Jiahui Center, 6 Jiqingli, Dongcheng District. (6551 6112/13) www. 长岛健身, 1) 朝阳区光 华路甲14号(嘉里中心西南侧诺安大厦5层); 2) 东城区吉庆里6号佳汇中心地下1层

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, 1) 朝阳区芳园西路甲2号丽都广场9号公寓2层; 2) 朝阳区新东路1号沈记靓汤旁; 3) 朝阳区日坛 路6号新族大厦院内; 4) 西城区西城区金融街甲 26号顺成饭店地下一层; 5) 朝阳区朝外大街6号 新城国际公寓三期25号楼; 6) 朝阳区西大望路 1号温特莱中心B座101

Peninsula Spa by ESPA 12 treatment rooms and private locker facilities. 3/F, The Peninsula, 8 Jinyuhutong, Wangfujing, Dongcheng District. (8516 2888 ext 6090) 东城区东城区王府 井金鱼胡同8号2王府半岛酒店三层

Quan Spa at Marriott Beijing City Wall Daily 3pm-midnight. 7 Jianguomen Nandajie, Dongcheng District. (5811 8187) 东城区建国 门南大街7号

The Ritz-Carlton Spa China Central Place, 83A Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District (5908 8080/8081) 朝阳区建国路83号华贸中心 Salon 88 An international chain of hair salons offering consistent quality at economical prices. Daily 9am-10pm. 1) 6712 6081. 118 Carrefour Fu Gui Yuan, Block 3, South DongHuaShi, Chongwen District.; 2) 394 Zhongtancun, East Xiaokou Town, Changping District. (139 1135 2069); 3) PJWJ 103, Huacai Center, 16 Guangshun Dajie, Chaoyang District. (136 0115 0326); 4) Daily 9am-10pm. 1/F, Chuangyijia Carrefour, 6B Beisanhuan Donglu, Chaoyang District. (139 1055 3427); 5) Daily 9am-10pm.

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DIRECTORY / STYLE–A&C–SPORTS 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 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

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 区光华路9号世贸商业中心南街3层L330号

ARTS & CULTURE GALLERIES 798 Space Dashanzi art district, 4 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6438 4862, 6437 6248) 798 时态空间, 朝阳区酒仙 桥路4号798大山子艺术区

Alliance Française de Pekin French Cultural Center: 18 Gongti Xilu, Chaoyang District. (6553 2678); BLCU Center: Rm 421, Block 2, Beijing Language and Culture University, 15 Xueyuanlu, Haidian District. (8230 3619) 北京 法语培训中心, 1) 朝阳区工体西路18号; 2) 朝 阳区三里屯东三街法国学校内; 3) 海淀区学院路 15号北京语言文化大学教学2楼421

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

Beijing Center for the Arts Daily 10am10pm. 23, Qianmen Dongdajie, Dongcheng District. (6559 8008) 天安时间当代艺术中心, 东 城区前门东大街23号

Chambers Fine Art Tue-Sun 10am-6pm. Red No. 1-D, Caochangdi, Chaoyang District. (5127 3298, www. 前波画廊, 朝阳区草场地 红一号D座

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

First Sound Gallery Tue-Sun 9.30am6.30pm. Dashanzi art district, 2 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (5978 9888, www. 先声画廊, 朝阳区酒仙桥路 2号798艺术区

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

Imagine Gallery 8 Feijiacun Yishu Gongzuoshi, Feijiacun, Laiguangying Donglu, Chaoyang District. (6438 5747, 139 1091 7965, www. 想象画廊, 朝阳区来广营 东路同达生态园对面费家村东路8号艺术工作室

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

Jing Yi Art Space 319 Caochangdi Village, Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. (8456 7945, 静艺空间, 朝 阳区朝阳区草场地村319号

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

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)

THEATERS Dongcheng Cultural Center 111 Jiaodaokou Dongdajie, Dongcheng District. (6401 5552) 东城文化馆, 东城区交道口东大街111号

Forbidden City Concert Hall Inside Zhongshan Park, Xichang'an Jie, Xicheng District. (6559 8285) 中山公园音乐堂, 西城区西长安街中山公园内

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

National Indoor Stadium Olympic Green, Beichen Lu (Inside Olympic Green, northwest corner of the Datun Lu and Beichen Donglu intersection), Chaoyang District. (6669 9185) 国家体育馆, 朝阳区北辰路奥林匹克公园 (奥林 匹克公园内,大屯路和北辰东路十字路口西北角)

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

Tianqiao Theater 30 Beiwei Lu, Xuanwu District. (8315 6300) 天 桥剧场, 宣武区北纬路30号

Trojan House Theater 22 International Art Street, Pingod, 32 Baiziwan Lu, Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. (5711 0860/5711 2128) 木马剧场, 朝阳区朝阳区百子湾路32号 22院街艺术区

Workers’ Gymnasium Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6501 6300) 工人体育馆, 朝 阳区工体北路

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,

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

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

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

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.

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 Pékin Fine Arts Wed-Sun 10am-6pm. 241,Caochangdi, Cuigezhuang,, Chaoyang District. (5127 3220) 艺门画廊, 朝阳区崔各庄乡草场地村241号

Red Gate Gallery Daily 9am-5pm. 1/F & 4/F, Dongbianmen Watchtower, Chongwenmen Dongdajie, Chongwen District. (6525 1005) 红门画廊, 崇文区崇 文门东大街东便门角楼楼上

Songzhuang Art Museum Songzhuang Art Village in Tongzhou, Tongzhou District. (8957 8575/9897/8040) 通 州区宋庄画家村

SHOPPING MALLS & MARKETS Muxiyuan Fabric Market A galaxy of textiles for cheap. Dahongmen Lu (south of Muxiyuan long-distance bus station), south of Muxiyuan Qiao on South Third Ring Road, Fengtai District. 木樨园纺织品市场, 丰台区南三环木樨园桥 往南大红门路木樨园长途汽车站南侧

Jinyuan Yansha Shopping Mall 1 Yuanda Lu, Haidian District (8887 4625) 海淀区远大路1号

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

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 Capital Museum 9am-5pm. 16 Fuxingmenwai Dajie, Xicheng District. (6337 0491/2) 首都博物馆, 西城 区复兴门外大街 16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

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DIRECTORY / LIVING plastic surgeries. 38 ShangdixinxiLu, Haidian District. (8289 0216) 北医三

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

院上地门诊部医学美容中心, 海淀区上地信息路 38号上地数码大厦B座


Hong Kong International Medical Clinic, Beijing Beijing’s first joint-venture medical organization operates according to international standards, has a high-quality international administration system and highly trained medical staff. Daily 9am-9pm (after 9pm minimal staff on duty). 9/F, office tower of the Swissotel, 2 Chaoyangmen Beidajie, Dongcheng District. (6501 4260, 6553 2288 ext 2345/6/7) 北京港

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) 东城区东城区 黑芝麻胡同3号

The Capital Club This private club caters to Beijing’s senior business community. 50/F, Capital Mansion, 6 Xinyuan Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (8486 2225 ext 260,

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

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 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, innbeijing@hotmail. com) 朝阳区新源南路6号 京城大厦康乐中心3层



This month, a trip down the hutongs with Beijing Bicycle (Jun 14). 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, customerserv 英

援中心, 朝阳区新源里16号琨莎中心一座105室


MEDICAL SERVICES 21st Century Health Care – Beijing Glory Clinic Established in 1998 and offers high standard, integrative preventive health screenings and medical care in a quiet and comfortable environment. Languages spoken: English, Japanese, Korean, German, Chinese. Mon-Fri 8am-7pm, Sat-Sun 9am-6pm; 24-hour house call service. 40 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (8444 6168 English/Chinese, 8444 6160 Japanese, 6468 6021 Korean) 朝阳区亮马桥路40号 Amcare Women’s & Children’s Hospital Offers high-quality medical services with a focus on maternity care, women’s health and pediatrics. Foreign language support program available on request. 8am-4.30pm. 9 Fangyuan Xilu, Chaoyang District. (6434 2388 24hr hotline, 800 610 6200) www.amcare. 北京美中宜和妇儿医院, 朝阳区朝阳区 芳园西路9号


Beijing New Century Harmony Pediatric Clinic As a satellite clinic of renowned Beijing New Century International Children’s Hospital, Beijing New Century Harmony Pediatric Clinic has a strong team of experienced pediatricians and nurses from China and overseas. Harmony Pediatric Clinic provides a full range of multi-lingual healthcare services on a 7X24basis (7X12. 9am to 9pm during soft opening period). K-01, Building No. 19, Harmony Business Center, Liyuan Street, Tianzhu Zhen, Shunyi District. (6456 2599) 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 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

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

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.



The battle is on every week. Free. Wednesdays, 8pm. Souk (6506 7309)


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


北京天坛普华医院, 北京天坛普华体检中心, 崇 文区天坛南里12号

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


医疗美容诊所, 东城区东城区长安街10号长安 俱乐部7层


Beijing United Family Shunyi Clinic Provides easily accessible, high-quality medical services and wellness promotion in the Beijing suburbs. Family medicine, family counseling, physical therapy, pediatrics, integrative medicine and travel medicine services are available throughout the week. Mon -Thu 9:30am - 7:30pm, Fri-Sun 9.30am4.30pm. Unit 818, Pinnacle Plaza, Tianzhu Real Estate Development Zone, Shunyi District. (8046 5432, fax 8046 4383) www. 北京和睦家医院诊 所, 顺义区天竺开发区荣祥广场818号

JUNE 2011

心,朝阳 区亮马桥路50号燕莎中心写字楼1层S106

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, china.inquiries@internationalsos. com) 北京国际救

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

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

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

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

Several lively board games take place at this monthly event, from Settlers of Catan to Monopoly. Free. Jun 4 (2-6pm). Sequoia Café (6501 5503)


First familiarize yourself with the history of the game, then play with the locals. RMB 140 (2 sessions). Jun 19 (10am-1pm). Culture Yard (8404 4166) Open to all levels, BCG focuses on teaching and playing the ancient Chinese game of weiqi. Free. Tuesdays (7.30pm). L’infusion (132 4181 1145) Sure to satisfy your board game cravings any night of the week, but beware – the drinks are somewhat overpriced. (8587 1345)

DIRECTORY / LIVING–EXPLORE 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)

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

MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES Beijing International SOS Clinic Family Counseling Center Two counselors offer services that include individual therapy, couple relations, family dynamics, parent and child relations and stress management. Suite 105, Bldg 1, Kunsha Building, 16 Xinyuanli, Chaoyang District. (6462 0333, china.inquirie 北京国际救援中心, 朝阳区新源里16号 琨莎中心一座105室

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

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

Chaoyang District. (6465 6100/01, Fax 6465 6101, www.cmc-china. org 打工子弟爱心会, 朝阳区霞光里8号鑫泰大 厦2层233室

Global Village Beijing Environmental protection NGO. Rm 301, Bldg C, Huazhan International Department, 12 Yumin Lu, Chaoyang District. (8225 2046/2047, Fax 8225 2045) 北京地球村环境文化中心, 朝阳区裕民路12号华展国际公寓C座301室

Greenpeace 19/F, Bldg E-2, Lanchou Mingzuo, Jiqingli, Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6554 6931, Fax 6554 6932) www. 朝阳区朝阳门外大街吉庆



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

Magic Hospital They work with sick, hospitalized, handicapped, orphaned, abused and at risk children aged 0-18 who are permanently or temporarily deprived of a carefree and fun childhood. 16 Gongti Beilu, 1402 Xingfu Yuan Gongyu, Chaoyang DistrictBeijing 100027 China, Chaoyang District. (chiara.


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

International Center for Veterinary Services (ICVS) All services in English and Mandarin. Licensed rabies vaccines. Mon-Sat 8am-8pm; Sun 10am-7pm (by appointment). Kent Center, 29 Liangmaqiao Lu, Anjialou (shares a courtyard with China Culture Center), Chaoyang District. (8456 1939/40/41, 北京新天地国际动物医院, 朝阳区安家楼亮马桥 路29号肯特中心院子内

Lee Pet Beijing’s largest pet store, offering not only a diverse range of imported products, but also in-house grooming, photography and kennel services. 1) Mon-Fri 10am-9pm, Sat-Sun 10am-9.30pm. Unit 3097, Bldg A, Chaowai Soho, 6 Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (5900 5499); 2) Rm 4119, 4/F, Golden Resources Shopping Mall, 1 Yuanda Lu, Haidian District. (8887 0706); 3) B118, B1/F, Longde Square Shopping Mall, 186 Litang Lu, Changping District. (8484 1916); 4) Bldg 4, Landgent Chateau, 33 Guangqu Lu, Chaoyang District. (8776 9602) 乐宠, 1)朝阳区


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

Air France Rm 1609, 16/F, Bldg 1, Kuntai International Mansion, 12A Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (400 880 8808) www. 法国航空, 朝阳区朝阳门外大 街甲12号昆泰国际大厦1号楼1609室

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

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

Lee Pet Animal Hospital Full-service veterinary center. Daily 24hrs. Unit 5-6, 9 Lincui Lu, Chaoyang District. (5821 3503) 乐宠丽派特动物


医院, 朝阳区林萃路9号5-6底商. 电话

VOLUNTEER AND NGOS Beijing Fengtai Lizhi Healing Center A boarding school for mentally disabled adults that focuses on teaching vocational skills and self-care. 93 Fengxi Beili (southeast of Fengxi Tielu Dongxiaoqu), Fengtai District. (5185 6801, fax 8360 2479) 北京丰台 利智康复中心, 丰台区丰西北里93号(丰西铁路 东小区东南角)

Beijing Horizon Educational Center (BHEC) Promotes fair development in education by providing resources for teachers in underprivileged areas. Rm 302, Bldg 2, Liheng Mingyuan, 23 Nanbinhe Lu, Xuanwu District. (6348 0852, 北京泓 德中育文化发展中心, 宣武区南滨河路23号立恒 名苑23号楼302室

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) KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Rm 1609-1610, 16/F, Bldg 1, Kuntai International Mansion, 12A

Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (400 880 8222) 荷兰皇家航 空, 朝阳区朝阳门外大街乙12号昆泰国际大厦 1609-1610

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

SAS Scandinavian Airlines Rm 430, Beijing Sunflower Tower, 37 Maizidian Street, Chaoyang District. (8527 6100) www.flysas. com 北欧航空, 朝阳区麦子店街37号盛福大 厦430室

Turkish Airlines W103, Lufthansa Center, 50 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6465 1867) 土耳其航空, 亮马桥路50号 燕莎中心W103

United Airlines C/D1, 15/F, Tower A, Gateway Plaza, 18 Xiaguangli, Dongsanhuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (8468 6666) www.united. com 美国联合航空, 朝阳区东三环路霞光里18号 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

Kingdom Travel Specializes in corporate and holiday travel planning and offers airline, hotel, car, and cruise reservation services. Staffed by professional travel consultants. Apt 718, Bldg 2, Guanghualu Soho, 22 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (5870 3388, www. 中侨国旅, 朝阳区光华 路22号光华路SOHO 2号楼718室

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

Sunflower Travel Specializes in leisure and business travel, offering international and domestic trips, and customized trips to create a unique travel experience. 22D, Bldg B, Ginza Mall, 48 Dongzhimenwai Dajie(8447 6361), Dongcheng District. (8447 6361) 东城区东直门外大街48号东 方银座B座22D)

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

CAI Empowers the children of migrant laborers through creative arts education and team sports. (8454 9633, www. 儿童才艺行动

Vista Medical Center Vista’s mental health care team includes a psychiatrist, two psychologists and a counselor. They offer counseling for interpersonal issues, including marriage, divorce and parenting, emotional disorders including depression, grief, anxiety, as well as stress and anger management. They also specialize in working with children and their families as they navigate expat life in China. They work with individuals, couples, families and groups. Our counseling services are available in English, Japanese, Persian, Hindi and Chinese. Medical prescriptions are available. Daily 24hrs. B29, Kerry Centre, 1 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (8529 6618, fax 8529 6615, 维 世达诊所, 朝阳区光华路1号嘉里中心B29

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

China HIV/AIDS Information Network (CHAIN) Dedicated to HIV/AIDS awareness and building a nationwide HIV/AIDS information resource network. 7-101, Bldg 1, Courtyard 68, Fuchang Jie, Xuanwu District. (8313 3253, cn 中国红丝带网, 宣武区福长街68号院1号楼 7单元101室

Compassion for Migrant Children (CMC) Provides both educational and community assistance to the children of migrant workers in Beijing. Contact for volunteer opportunities. Rm 233, 2/F, Xintai Bldg, 8 Xiaguang Li,


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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 The Beijing office of Flanders Investment & Trade, based in the Embassy of Belgium in Sanlitun, is looking for a full-time assistant to the commercial counselor. Besides general office duties, the assistant will do market surveys, collect general market information, prepare appointment programs for visiting businesspeople or delegations, visit trade shows, make reports etc. The candidate will need at least a relevant bachelor degree, be a Mandarin-speaker, read, write and speak good English and master the most popular IT-applications. Having some idea of an international environment will be a plus and knowledge of Dutch an asset. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. Employment will commence on 1st August 2011. If you are interested, send a mail to to request a standard application/CV form. Applications should be in by 17th June 2011 Australian cultural Tour Operator is seeking China-based Experts/Specialists as Tour Leaders for Garden, Food, Art, Architecture, Music and Ballet tours. Excellent English required. Visit au for company details. If interested, please call James CAO 13141454724 (until 05 July), or email: Personal assistant position Boutique foreign investment advisory office seeks dynamic, loyal and organized PA for the Managing Director. At least 3 years PA experience, excellent verbal and written English and Mandarin, and computer literacy required. Candidate must be a PRC citizen and Beijing resident. Please send application to Professional hair stylists are needed: Yadia is an international hair salon, the company is currently seeking creative, professional native-speaking hair stylists for its flagship store located in Shang Du Soho. Required: Rich hair- style experience is essential and working experience in international company is advantageous. Excellent Customer service skills. If you are interested and qualified, please call 5900 5020 or email your CV to JOBS OFFERED - SALES & MARKETING see more at Fullhome Real Estate Skills and qualifications: Previous property leasing/sale experience in Beijing is preferred but not essential; A strong command of English is required; Outstanding communication and negotiation skills; Self-motivated, hardworking, ready for pressure and challenge; Bachelor degree or above; Candidates with other language skills are welcome; Interested candidates should send CV to SERVICES - 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:


JUNE 2011

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 ¥5,300/month; 1 Br, 75m², ¥580/night or ¥7,300/month; 2 Br, 100m², ¥9,500 2 Br, 128m², ¥12,000 2+1 Br, 140m², ¥14,000 3 Br, 160m², ¥15,000 4 Br, 250m², ¥25,000 East Avenue –逸盛阁: 1 Br, 83m², CNY 8,500 1 Br, 100m², CNY 10,000 2 Br, 120m², CNY 13,000 New MOMA - 万国城: Studio, 100m², ¥7,000 2 Br, 140m², ¥12,000 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 ¥13,000 3+1 Br, 245m², ¥23,000 3+1 Br, 260m², ¥28,000 International Wonderland - 首开幸 福广场 1 Br, 95-120m², ¥7,000 2 Br, 125 - 140m², ¥9,000 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 CBD Area: Central Park - 新城国际 Studio, 75m², ¥8,000 1 Br. 90m², ¥9,000 2 Br. 125m², ¥13,000 2 Br. 130m² duplex, ¥14,000 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 Chaoyang Park Area: Palm Spring - 棕榈泉 2 Br. 138m², ¥12,000 3 Br. 192m², ¥18,000 3 Br. 218m², ¥23,000 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

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, ¥9,000 2 Br. 90m², ¥10,000 Courtyard for Lease: Houhai 4 Br. 420m², Lake Side, ¥75,000 Dongsi 4 Br. 300m², ¥44,000

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. 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 - AGENTS: REAL ESTATE see more at 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. 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. 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

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:

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 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: 010-52884727, Add: Room3022 ShiYi Hotel No.1 JiuXianQiao Lu Chaoyang District Beijing 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 Rated Car Rental Service Co. Ltd. We will provide you with: * Long/Short term leasing * Daily car service * Sight-seeing car service, Tailor-made car service * Airport-Pick up / Drop off * Sedan (AudiA6, AudiA6L, Passat , Accord ,Lacross2.4 ,BenzMB100,Benz Vito, Hyundai ) and Buses * Native drivers with good English More information please: Tel.: 86-10-65047266 / 65047256 Tel. For free: 400-004-1910, 13031160727(Eng) Web: E-mail: Address: Room 1012 Huaye Center Building B Mid East 4th Ring Road 39 Chaoyang District Beijing

Beijing TOP-A Vehicle Service Co., Ltd Beijing TOP-A Vehicle Service provides: *English-speaking driver *Long-short term leasing *Airport-Pick up/Drop off *Sedan, Van and Bus We, EX-PATS Life Group, also serves with Mandarin, housemaid, Visa, driver, driving license, vehicle registration service Tel: 64381634, 13501237792 ada.

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

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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

SERVICE - PET CARE see more at Lee Pet PetSmart, America’s largest retailer of pet products and services, operates on this side of the globe under the name Lee Pet. Its Chaowai Soho branch is now Beijing’s largest pet store, offering not only a diverse range of imported products, but also in-house grooming,photography and kennel services. Mon-Fri 10am-9pm, Sat-Sun 10am-9.30pm. Unit 3097, Bldg A, Chaowai Soho, 6 Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District (5900 5499) 朝阳区 朝阳门外大街6号朝外SOHO A座3层3097 Leepet chain stores’ location: 1. Golden Resources Shopping Mall 4th floor; Suite: 4119 乐宠金源新燕莎MALL店: 北 京市海淀区远大路1号金源燕莎购物中心 4层西侧4119 (停车楼4层E28口) 电话: 01088870706 2. Longde Square Shopping Mall Suite: B118,tangli road, Changpin district 龙德广场 店: 北京市昌平区立汤路186号龙德广场地下一 层B118铺位, 电话: 010-84841916 3. Land gent chateau store #4 building, guangqu road, Chaoyang district. 石韵浩庭 店: 北京市朝阳区广渠路33号石韵浩庭04号楼 04底商, 电话: 010-87769602 4. Leepet animal hospital ( 24 hours) #9 Lincui Street, Chaoyang District 乐宠丽派特动物医 院: 北京市朝阳区林萃路9号院5-6底商, 电话: 010-58213503 Hotline: English: 138 1029 5757 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). SERVICES - TRANSLATION/WRITING see more at PrimeTrans offers comprehensive translation services that help you overcome your business barriers. Quality, prompt and worry-free! Call George: 010 81732035, 13501089053, 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.

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CLASSIFIEDS MicroMice Translation, a member of TAC(中国译协),provides document& website translation, escort & conference interpreting. Multilingual, Affordable, Guaranteed Quality. Hotline: 400-625-1518, www.micromice. SERVICES - HOME ACCESSORIES see more at Rouge Baiser-Elise The French designer Elise de Saint-Guilhem creates very exclusive collections using beautiful linen and handmade embroideries: bedding, tablecloths, cushions, curtains... Also available in the boutique her collection of children bedding, clothes and nightwear, and tunics and pyjamas for adults. Mon-Sat 10:00am-7:00pm, Sunday 11:30am-5pm. (6464 3530) Duravit with a history of almost 200 hundred years, Duravit is a German company that specializes in offering complete bathroom solutions. They stock ceramic sanitary ware, bathroom furniture and also boast a recently established bathtubs and wellbeing product range, Duravit Shanghai Sales Center, Blag B-D, 10/F, Jiushi Tower, 28 Zhongshan Nanlu, Shanghai (021-6330 9922) Easy Home Enormous selection of paint, tiles, doors, windows, false ceilings, wallpapers, stone slabs, tiles, wood flooring, carpeting, light fixtures and more. Daily 10.00am9.00pm,1) Golden Resources Outlet, Yuanda Lu, Haidian District, (8887 3558) 2).Yuquanying Outlet, 58 Nansanhuan Xilu, Fengtai District, (8367 9622) 3). Shilihe Outlet, 106 Dayangfang Lu, Shibaili Dian, Chaoyang District, (6730 5322 / 8463 9988) B&Q, This UK-based company stocks around 40000 different products in its Beijing superstore, including flooring, bathroom and kitchen material, doors, windows, paints, hardware, tools, curtains, fabrics, furniture and a fabulous drill section. Mon-Fri 9.00am-9.00pm, Sat-Sun 9.00am-9.30pm 1) Maliandao Store, 10 Maliandaolu, Xuanwu District, (6331 6611); 2) Golden Season Srore,117 xisihuan Beilu, Haidian District, (8846 6611); 3) Jianxiang Store, 200m south of Jianxiangqiao on eastern side of the street, Chaoyang District. (6235 6611); 4) Nine Dragons Store, 1km east of Shuangjiangqiao, Chaoyang District, (8776 8811); SERVICES - IT / COMPUTER see more at

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

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


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SERVICES - PRINTING see more at 10 YEARS OF HIGH QUALITY Production Printing experience and Marketing Promotion in all fields ranging from corporate adaptation to simple business brochures / pamphlet / leaflet / flyers. Clients include many corporate 500 companies as well as over 10 Five Star Hotels. SERVICES - TAX see more at 1040 US & CHINA TAX SERVICES Licensed & personalized US and China individual income tax specialists with over 15 years experiences. For tax return preparation and consultation services, please contact us: 1040 Consulting Service Co., Ltd. / M: 139-1131-4957 / P: (86 10) 5923-1099 US Tax Return Preparation US CPA with more than 15 years of experience preparing US tax returns for expatriates working overseas. Tel.10-8559 1772/ 136 0133 6223. Email: SERVICES - LANGUAGE TRAINING see more at

Beijing Mandarin School founded in 1998, and also had the honor to serve over 50 corporate companies and embassies. More than 60 full-time teachers, tailor-made textbooks, IPCA training center. Provide Visa service. The new beginner group classes start on 8th June, Mon./Wed./Fri. from 1:00-3:00pm. Free trail lesson on every Thursday, call to book in advance. E-tower: Room 904-905, E-tower, Guanghua Road, Chaoyang District. (数码01大厦9层 904室) Tel: 6508 1026 Fax: 6508 1126 Guangming Hotel: Room 0709, 7/F, Guangming Hotel office building, Liangmaqiao Road, Chaoyang District (光明饭店7层0709室) Tel: 84418391/ 186 1173 6419

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.

The Frontiers School- Makes Chinese Easy Founded in 2003 by a team of dedicated language teachers, we offer full and part time courses as well as programs tailored specifically to you or your company’s requirements – backed up by after-course support and competitive pricing in Beijing’s most accessible location. Make the right choice for your Chinese Language Journey – choose The Frontiers School Tel: 10-6413 1548/ 1547,, 3rd Floor, Building 30, Dongzhong St. Dongzhimenwai St. (Next to Dongzhimen subway station) Email:

The Bridge School has a history of 18 years and 5 locations in Beijing. There are about 100 committed 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 fax: 65389455 New Concept Mandarin School The choice of many Embassies and Fortune 500 companies around China. Discover how effective and enjoyable Mandarin language learning can be. Proven Methodology specially developed for Western Expats. Full-time professional trainers. In-house developed training materials including Online Study Tools and DVDs to help you review between classes. Take 1-2 lessons per week, or our intensive classes when you have more time. Private, Small Group and Corporate Training courses can be arranged based on your availability. 20,000 clients have been empowered with Mandarin communication skills through NCM centers all around China. Call us to book a one-hour free demo lesson. 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: Fesco International Teaching Center: Mandarin and Cultural Courses 85618287 85636133 www.fescomandarin.

TailorMade Chinese Center Get concrete results right from the start! • Professional teachers all university graduates with a major in Teaching Chinese as Second Language • A clear, practical and up-to-date method developed by our team • Tailormade training programs • International management team and stress-free environment Private Lessons, Group Classes, HSK, Online and others... Get a Free Lesson to make your mind up! Beijing Location: Shangdu Soho, CBD 010-5900 5420,

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 culture class: pronunciation class, caligraphy, learn Chinese from film 5. Free Chinese Proficiency Speaking Test: June 12 and 19th (from Preliminary to Advanced) Tel: 6591-0933 1324-174-0100 Room 703, Heng’an Building South of the Pacific Center Place (D, Tuanjiehu station, Subway line 10) iMandarin School Sign up before 31st May and receive:1000RMB off of your tuition for any class of at least one level or more! iMandarin is an officially certified education center. We have superb locations in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Dalian, 11 branches altogether. We create our own study materials, which are published and used by schools worldwide. iMandarin focuses on small size group class with an average 4-6 students per class, providing plenty of teacher-student “face time”. Web: Email: Tel: +8610 6568 5866 Add: 4 Floor Merchants Bureau Builiding No.118 Jianguo Road Chaoyang District Quick Chinese Language School Since being founded in 2003, we have taught over 2000 students. We use the distinctive QuickChinese curriculum and multi-media materials that were specially created for a unique “language sense” teaching method; the combination of visual impact, audio stimuli and Q&A exercises – and intensive listening and speaking training – has proved very effective in accelerating the ability of learners to communicate in Chinese in a short period of time. Individual lessons, HSK, group classes, Business Chinese, and e-learning. Book your two free trial lessons now! Tel: 5169 0833 ext 109, or 13436822134 Fax: 5169 0873 Web: cn, Email: Headquarters: 1522B, Block B, Nanxincang International Tower, Dongsishitiao, Dongcheng District. Wudaokou: Room 603B, Dongsheng Plaza, 8 Zhongguancun East Road, Haidian District; Tel: 8237 3098; Room 230, Wudaokou Hotel, 23 Chengfu Road, Haidian District Jinganzhuang: 1 Xibahe Dongli (very close to China International Exhibition Centre); Tel: 134 3682 2134

Mandarin Tutor Experienced tutor with a proven track record is committed to delivering high quality tutoring to students of all levels. Able to customize both long-term studying plan and intensive travel, business programs. RMB 80 at flexible schedule and location. Chad Jiang: 136-7113-1173 Intensive Chinese course with Gaoli Chinese School Follow our steps, help you realize your purpose! Step1: join in our tailor made class (comprehension +basic HSK prep) (take 4months) Result from step 1: Speak Chinese fluently+ Pass new HSK level 4 Step2: comprehension + HSK prep (take 3 months) Result from step2: Pass new HSK level 5 in both oral and writing tests. Pre university course is available! Please contact us for detailed information of Chinese courses. Address: 2nd floor Block A, Haisheng Group No. 45 Chengfu Rd, Wudaokou Haidian district. Tel: 010-62550017/62635535 Email: Web: SERVICES - OFFICE LEASING see more at Oakwood Apartments Beijing with 236 residences, offering stylish and contemporary interiors, in studio, One/Two and Three Bedroom floor plans between 58-171 m2, Located within the Ocean Express commercial and residential complex and nestled within landscaped gardens, The floor to ceiling windows afford wide views over the city or garden area and gives each apartment plenty of natural light and space. Major commercial buildings are just moments away. Facilities include coffee corner, 24 hours reception and concierge service and fully equipped fitness center, Tel: 8446 5888 Fax: 8446 7259

prospective client. apbcOffices is all about the details and experience. Be it meeting space, serviced or virtual office, our professional, bilingual and experienced team of international service standard service will go the extra mile to ensure all your requirements are met. APBC Offices is fast expanding with strategically located serviced offices in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Beijing and Shanghai. Tel: 010 5920 8333 St. Regis Residences Beijing, 21 Jian Guo Men Wai Da Jie, STREGIS.COM /Beijing with 70 apartment residences, ranging from one to four bedrooms, the ideally situated fully serviced St. Regis apartments provide residents with unparalleled levels of service and beautiful facilities with numerous ben-efits including complimentary St. Regis Spa & Club Membership, breakfast buffet at the legendary St. Regis butler service and much more. Tel: 86. 10. 6460 6688 or 13501351113 The Westin Beijing, Financial street executive residences 9b financial street, Xi Cheng District Beijing 100032 PRC China Tel: 86 10 6606 8866, Fax: 86 10 6606 8899 website: The executive residences offer a combina¬tion of studio, one, two and three bedroom apartments. Each apartment is contemporary in design and features the Westin signature products. The residence also provides complimentary high speed Internet and con¬tinental breakfast. For more information or to make a reservation please visit www. or call 86 10 6606 8866 The Executive Center located in the heart of Beijing’s new 3rd embassy district, im¬mediately adjacent to the new US, French and Korean embassies. Facilities include 32 full fur¬nished and equipped offices, small meeting room, Boardroom, and a 50 person capacity training facility, video and teleconferencing facilities, secretarial and IT support services on-site. 5-star hotel facilities in the vicinity in-clude the Renaissance and Hilton and Beijing International Airport is only a 15minute drive away. 1701 Millennium Tower, 38 Xiaoyun Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing SERVICES - OUTDOOR LIFESTYLE see more at

SBC Business Service (Beijing) Co., Ltd. Hotline: +86 10 59231166 Http: SBC was founded in 1995 as a leading business service and company register agency in Hong Kong. SBC is your best partner in setting up your representative office and in looking for instant office or virtual office services. In Beijing, SBC provides 52 offices to you, with over 2300sqm space. At SBC, our mission is to facilitate you to open the door to the world of maximum possibilities with minimum cost. Top Product: 1. Instant Office, 2. Virtual Office , 3. Conference Service, 4. Registration Support. Add: 11/F, Tower A, Gateway, No. 18 Xiaguangli, North Road, East Third Ring, Chaoyang District, Beijing. Servcorp is recognized as the world’s finest serviced offices and Virtual Office provider. We are located in the prestigious addresses of Beijing surrounded by most of the major 5-star Hotels and shopping malls. Our professional team, state of the art technology and multi-function meeting rooms provide a total business solution and mobility. Oriental Plaza, W2, L6 and E2 L19, East Chang’an Avenue, Dongcheng District, Tel: 6810-8520 0000; China Central Place, Tower 3, L24, No.77 Jianguo Road, Chaoyang District Tel: 6810-8588 0033

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ear everyone who’s ever told us, “You should have bought a place” … Kindly shut your collective pie holes. Yes, I know too goddamn well that I should have bought a place, and that I’m pissing away money in rent that could have been piling up in equity. Yes, I’m fully aware of how much property values have gone up in Beijing in the last five years and how I could have made a killing. Yes, it pains me deeply. A pile of steaming good it does me now, right? In the hope that this missive will reduce by even one the number of people who bedevil me with this utterly pointless reminder of my lack of financial foresight, I offer a simple explanation for why it is that I have not bought property: I couldn’t afford it. That’s it. A down payment on a decent-sized place even four or five years ago was still a hefty chunk of cash, and I’ve just never had that kind of money. And now that I do make a decent living, with prices what they are, I still can’t afford it. It may come as a surprise to you I did not accrue vast wealth in my many years spent as a freelance writer who played the occasional show in a Beijing club with a relatively obscure rock


JUNE 2011

band. I hate to crush the dreams of the many who would follow in those footsteps. But there it is – the naked truth. Writing gigs at one (and occasionally two) kuai a word, plus a five-way split of the band take of the door at 40 kuai a ticket maybe twice a month – that didn’t do much even when decent places were only 7,000 yuan a square meter. In my years here I’ve been many things, but “rich” is not one of them. So I beseech you, my ceaseless tormentors, and you know who you are, you cruel cab drivers, you insensitive co-workers, you smug rental agency jerks, you subtly boastful parents of other kids at the playground: For the love of God, please stop rubbing it in. Instead, pity me. I’m the schmuck who came to Beijing in the mid-’90s and was heard many times to say, “You know what I like about this place? The low cost of living and the slow pace of life.” Ha! It’s been with a strange admixture of pride and envy that I’ve watched my Beijing friends turn hard work and frugality (and generous loans from their parents) into prosperity, with all the material trappings of the new middle class: nice apartments, gym memberships, nice cars, well-stocked wine racks. So far, I’ve been able to pass off my conspicuous lack of things like a car as owing to my deep commitment to a low-carbon lifestyle,

and have explained my perpetual renter status as an outgrowth of either my rugged individualism or filial piety, each of which prevents me from borrowing money from my folks. Let’s see how long I can get away with that. Truth is, I can’t help but feeling – as yet another landlord decides to sell yet another rented apartment and we prepare to move for the sixth time in less than eight years of marriage – like I screwed up somewhere. Badly. At least this will be the last move for the next five years. Fortune has smiled on us, and Fanfan and I have found a nice place with a landlord eager to sign a nice long lease, for a fixed rent that’s surprisingly affordable. When she married me, I was – as I remain – unmarriageable by today’s standards: no car, no apartment. Bless Fanfan for a romantic idealism that would get her laughed off one of those Chinese dating game shows. She’s still smiling on the back of a bicycle (well, at least it’s electric), and if everyone around her would rather cry in the back of a BMW, then it just proves to me that I married the right woman. Still, I’d love to give her what she’s always wanted: A place of our own with a little garden, a home that she could pour her love into and fix up just the way she’s always wanted. Anyone wanna lend me 14 million yuan?

the Beijinger June 2011  

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