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Beijing Folk: The man in the glass box Going Underground: Military Museum Scene & Heard: Snapshots of extroverts … plus your chance to win great prizes


08 Feature: Who’s to blame for the impending demise of the Yangtze River’s finless porpoises? The answer may surprise you.

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12 Authors tell us how to impress publishers. Publishers dish on what makes a good pitch. Plus, take a look at the fifty finalists in the “Your Beijing in Just Six Words” contest. What’s New: 4corners, Florence, Xiangtianxia Hot Pot, Da Giuseppe, Dog On Fire and Ouest Feature: Potatoes of the world, unite Taste Test: Gooey chewy local specialties A Taste of Home: Thailand What’s New: The Bar at Migas, Hidden Lounge and Offside Party Like A: Table of Contents Clubhouse: Cut Chemist Mastermind: Anthony Tao of The Kro’s Nest Have You Met: Goober Gun Playlist: Tizzy Bac Livehouse: Death Cab for Cutie … plus reviews of Mr. Graceless, Residence A and Il Divo What’s New: Luxbible, The Wellness Spa and Unianswer Inspect a Gadget: Body metrics Get the Look: Parkas Atelier: Manchit Au Features: Gary Shteyngart has done his homework on Beijing, Yu Hua thinks it’s all gotten too rowdy and Gu Dexin presents pungent art Bookshelf: Luka Lesson






49 Feature: A new season of CSL logos

51 Q&A: Jinde Charities Hands-On: Flower arranging is not as easy as it looks Playdate: Snowboarding with Alan Wong

53 Long Weekend: Macau Feature: Hong Kong

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

84 Peking Man: George pays the price for not eating his vegetables

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CITY SCENE lies, damn lies and ...

The Titles of China Memoirs

This wordcloud highlights the most common words among the titles of over 50 well-known China memoirs.

generation gap Did you enter your six words?



We are not friends. Check Weibo.

Our cover photo was shot at The Bookworm by Judy Zhou. Thanks to our models.


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y parents, having both been teachers, always encouraged me to read, though they may have regretted it occasionally. I would read the dictionary for hours at a time. (Not specifically looking for smut to peddle in hushed whispers on the playground, though I’d be lying if I said that never happened.) There was the summer holiday in Spain when I was sent out to play in the sun whenever they caught me lying on the couch studying the cards from a travel edition of Trivial Pursuit. Lord alone knows what they thought when my 12-year-old self bought the recently published biography of Jeffrey Dahmer. In fairness, it was very cheap and I’d also been brought up to value a bargain. There was always something to read in my house: shelves full of books, newspapers every day and magazines whenever they were published. Breakfasts were never so quick – nor the school day so interminable – as on the days that my magazine had arrived in the morning. All I wanted was to read the new Beano or Sega Power waiting for me at home. The very idea of magazines was fascinating; I could never get over the fact that someone would write in such depth about something that, at the time, was the most interesting thing in the world to me. My first subscription must have been to Roy of the Rovers, a football-themed comics weekly. Later, I graduated to both Match and Shoot! I always looked forward to finding

out what real footballers named as their favorite meal. The answer always being “steak and chips” was never a disappointment. I then moved on to more literary football magazines (FourFourTwo and World Soccer), music magazines (the NME, Melody Maker, Metal Hammer, Kerrang!, The Source, Hip Hop Connection), lad mags (FHM, Loaded) and outright propaganda (fanzines United We Stand and Red Issue). At some point it dawned on me that it wasn’t just the subject matter but the writing that interested me, and the writers themselves. I began to put faces and backgrounds to bylines. I found out that a fanzine editor could become a proper journalist (the excellent Andy Mitten) and bought some CDs off eBay from the HHC editor (I paid him in postage stamps). It became truly apparent that writing was something done by real people. The Internet has since changed everything. I no longer buy magazines but I’ve never lost interest in the printed word. I still can’t believe it when it feels that someone has written an article just for me. I can’t imagine anyone feeling any different. Even if print dies, words will not. This month, we’d like to help you bring yours to life.

Jonathan White Managing Editor

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Scottish electro-pop star Calvin Harris played at The One Club on Feb 18. Photos by Abdel Beldy

Hilton Beijing held its annual pancake race for Shrove Tuesday on Feb 21. Photos courtesy of Hilton Beijing

Shanghai-based DJ Conrank brought drum & bass, dubstep and more to Lantern on Feb 18. Photos by Albert Louis Albaladejo


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Belgian DJs Attar! and Mickey teamed up with Beijing’s Neon crew on Jan 14 for Take Me to Belgium at Haze. Photos courtesy of Haze

D-22 held their final Zoomin’ Night on Jan 10. Photos by Michelle Dai

The Wings of Music 2012 charity event at Millennium Residences raised funds for underprivileged children on Jan 14. Photos courtesy of the organizers Oakwood Residence Beijing held a cocktail-making class for its residents on Jan 31 in the Mediterraneo Lounge Bar. Photo courtesy of Oakwood Residence

Westin Financial Street General Manager Charlie Dang with violinist Nigel Kennedy. Photo courtesy of Westin Financial Street

China World Hotel welcomed the Year of the Dragon with a traditional lion dance on Jan 23. Photo courtesy of China World Hotel

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smashing records

The Challenge: Balancing Pencils


e’re always getting called pencil pushers by the other departments. We thought we’d show them who was a pencil pusher by breaking the Guinness World Record for Most Pencils Balanced On End In One Minute. At the very least we hoped it might be quite good practice for the inevitable return of chopsticks in one of our future record attempts. The rules are simple: Place standard-size commercially available pencils on a flat, hard surface. Pick them up and balance them one at a time on their unsharpened end using only one hand. The other hand must be behind your back at all times. The pencils must be standing for at least five seconds after the minute has expired to count towards the total. The current record is 31 and was set by Velentina Pagano in Venice on April 8, 2011. HERE’S HOW WE DID Marilyn, Arts & Culture Editor: 10 pencils Ryan, Intern: 9 pencils Lauren, Web Editor: 8 pencils Iain, Deputy Managing Editor: 7 pencils Max, Assistant Web Editor: 7 pencils Jonathan, Managing Editor: 5 pencils Tiffany, Style and Living Editor: 5 pencils Judy, Photographer: 1 pencil TIPS AND STRATEGIES • Buy new pencils. Ours were old and we found out the hard way that trying to balance a pencil on the chewed end is not easy. • Remaining calm is easier said than done. Still, the more flustered you are, the more likely you are to knock over your hard work. If you want to be part of a record attempt, then look out for an invite to The Beijinger Reader Restaurant Awards 2012 on Mar 19.

Beijing folk

Extra! Extra! Li Lei, Newspaper vendor by Max Wu


magine being physically trapped inside a tiny room for 12 hours a day with magazines and newspapers as interior decoration. On top of that, your only interaction with other people is giving them directions or selling them phone cards. For some, this would be a terrible job. For Li Lei, it means an opportunity to supply the public with what they need – not to mention free reading material forever.

What do you do with the out-ofdate magazines? Sell them to the recycling people.


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Is it inconvenient to go to the

washroom? If I have to leave the stand, I’ll just lock the door and nothing ever goes missing. In fact, in the morning, I pick up a dozen magazines, leave them on the ground outside, go for breakfast and they are still there untouched when I get back.

What’s your favorite magazine? Vista Kan Tianxia [a biweekly newsmagazine]. Which celebrity are you tired of seeing on the magazine covers? Wen Zhang. He’s been everywhere recently. Have you been robbed at night or held at gunpoint? Not really. It’s Beijing. There have been several break-ins at other newsstands recently, but not mine. I trust the People’s Police Force and the police station is right there [points across the road]. Does any one day stick out in your memory because it was a

photos: Judy zhou and max wu

Is there any publication that nobody ever buys? English-language magazines. After I get them, I put them in the room to the back here [pointing]. No one ever asks for them. Occasionally some people ask for China Daily but that’s about it.

There’s a loss of 700 kuai whenever I get rid of old magazines and newspapers. But you can’t think about the loss. That is no way to do business.

big news day? Yes. When Kim Jong-il “went to see Marx” [i.e. passed away –Ed.], all of the newspapers had his photos on the front page. I sold a lot of newspapers that day.

Going Underground

Military Museum, Line 1 SELLING POINT

Students of Chinese history can delight in the display of might at the Military Museum, though further exploration will yield a more nuanced view of the new Beijing.


For something a little less austere, head east to the Millennium Monument. It’s a mere hop across Junbo Xilu to Paul Cocksedge’s “Manuscript,” a 20m scroll installed as part of last year’s Beijing Design Week . H idden underneath the promenade, Shijitan Contemporary Art Center hopes to keep visitors upto-date on the latest creative trends.


Yuyuantan Park’s biggest event, the Cherry Blossom Festival, kicks off in mid-March and (almost) makes you forget the wintry gloom. The park also serves as a link to the Summer Palace; catch a boat at the park’s south entrance and float your way north.


Most of the passengers who alight at this station have one thing in common: They’re planning to go even further west. Catch a bus or walk south to Beijing West Railway Station, which connects the capital to Xi’an, Lhasa, and other far-flung destinations.


W is for …

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... wanzi 丸子 For all too many people, wanzi (or “round mass”) evokes only thoughts of suspiciously spongy fish balls at lowbrow hot pot restaurants. That’s a shame, because there are plenty of other ways to enjoy meat or seafood that’s been minced and made rotund. If you supersize pork wanzi and red-braise them, you’ve got “lion’s head” meatballs (狮子 头), a popular dish at Chinese New Year dinners. Wanzi tang, a noted Hui dish, features beef meatballs slow-cooked over many hours in beef-bone stock. ... wangao 碗糕 Literally translated as “bowl cake,” the round-bottomed wangao hail from Guilin. Sweet or savory flavorings are added to a fermented slush of crushed glutinous rice and then the mixture is steamed in a bowl, the vessel that gives this


dessert its name and recognizable shape. Wangao tastes best fresh and cooked to order, as it loses fragrance and fluffiness when it cools. In the Minnanese dialect, “wangao” is also slang for “situation,” as in “What’s happening?” ... wowotou 窝窝头 Even as the West has moved away from Wonder White and towards multigrain baked goods, China is revisiting some of its traditional “breads.” Conical and nubbly, wowotou are frequently made from cornmeal, water and a pinch of soybean powder. Here’s the recipe: Knead. Shape into a roughly rounded cone, and indent the base with a little dimple. Steam. Admire the cuteness. Don’t burn your fingers. Then eat! Just like mantou, they pair well with many a dish, and the name is fun to say.

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What the finless porpoise is telling us about our rivers by Kyle Mullin


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photos: gao baoyan, tang jing, masa ushioda and Jiu Qiaozai

Gone Fishing?


hang Jinzhi has been casting nets upon the Yangtze his whole life. Now the thirdgeneration carp fisherman has found himself tangled up in controversy. The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has cited overfishing as a primary cause for the finless porpoise becoming endangered in China. Some may assume the water mammals to be victims of poaching, but it’s not that simple. The truth is as murky as the river waters of their dwindling habitat. “We never catch dolphins because we believe that catching them will give us bad luck,” Zhang says in defense of the average Yangtze fisherman. “Besides, I don’t know anybody that would buy it, so we can’t sell it.” Instead, the fishermen are filling their nets with krill and crab – and thereby starving the river dolphins of their food supply. Zeng Ming, a WWF spokesperson, sympathizes

with fishermen like Zhang but emphasizes that lack of ill intent does not make their practices any less deadly. “Normally, fishermen revere this special dolphin species,” Zeng says. “Generally they

“Three or four years ago we must have had thousands of dolphins. We could see them every day. Now we don’t see any” don’t catch [the dolphins]. But illegal fishing tools, like gill-nets and electric fishing, will sometimes injure or even kill them.” Tang Jing, a volunteer in one of WWF’s recent rescue campaigns for the finless porpoise, agrees

that those fishermen’s relationship with the dolphins is far more nuanced than it appears. “Fishermen have always used porpoise appearances to predict the suitability of the river that day, while the dolphins play with them and spray them,” she says. Zhang appreciates that nuanced view, though he dismisses as naive the idea that he and other fishermen have a mythical kinship with the porpoise. “ There are stories about how dolphins can help us find clean water, but it’s not true,” he says. “We do believe the dolphins are very smart, though. It’s also true that we don’t know enough about them.” Instead, Zhang points the finger at fishermen who use illegal small-holed nets that catch the tiny fish at the bottom of the food chain. He says that laws regulating fishing tools and equipment

Porpoise facts Body length: 1.2-1.9m Weight: 30-40 kg Diet: Shrimp, prawns, fish, octopuses Lifespan: Estimated between 10-20 years IQ: The WWF says the IQ of the finless porpoise is comparable with that of a gorilla, which has been estimated at between 70 and 95. Most humans have an IQ of 90-109.

the freshwater finless porpoise has nowhere else to go

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the future is bleak for the porpoise should be better enforced because feeder species affect the survival of anything that swims in the Yangtze. At this point, he says, even an aquaculture reseeding of the river’s small-fish population could not save the porpoises’ food supply. The number of illegal nets sweep up even the tiniest fish that might serve as fodder for the dwindling dolphins. “Even if the government put new small fish in the river, the small nets will catch them all when they grow bigger next year,” he says, adding that fishermen guilty of those practices should be prosecuted. Food shortages are far from the only threat to the finless porpoises’ survival, and the WWF is taking a broad-based approach in its rescue campaigns. Aside from overfishing and last summer’s drought (which brought water levels to a record low), the NGO cites climate change, pollution from bridge and dam construction, and sand digging as contributing factors. Dredging at the river’s bottom – which literally muddies the waters and reduces visibility for the porpoises – has been somewhat stemmed by government regulation, but the WWF is pushing the Chinese government to further regulate sand digging as well as shipping routes. Zeng says their dolphin rescue campaign also includes advocating further government control of water pollution and funding to build nature reserves for the finless porpoise. But the floundering status of the WWF’s


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biggest dolphin appeal is a true indication of how little progress has been made. In recent months, the WWF has been lobbying the Chinese government to upgrade the finless porpoise from its current Grade II conservation category status to Grade I (maximum level of protection). “Because China has too many endangered species to be protected, both terrestrial and aquatic, we need to wait for the related government agency to collect all the animal lists that need to be upgraded, and go through the legislation process step by step,” Zeng says.

“The finless porpoise represents the health of the Yangtze’s ecosystem” Tang calls the lack of progress disappointing but not surprising. “An NGO’s power is limited. They don’t have a direct impact on policy and regulations,” she says. “The majority of the people may care about endangered animals, but some believe they have no relationship with us and are indifferent.” Another benchmark in the WWF’s rescue campaign may be equally difficult to attain. Zeng says the WWF hopes to lengthen the fishing ban in the Yangtze River beyond the current seasonal prohibition. Some may fear such restraints could threaten

fishermen’s livelihood. But Zhang admits that such a ban, no matter how costly, could be the only thing that saves the Yangtze’s fishing industry. “I haven’t fished yet this year, not because of any bans, but because there’s nothing there to fish,” Zhang says. “Three or four years ago we must have had thousands of dolphins. We could see them every day. Now we don’t see any. There’s not enough fish. I don’t even see birds coming seasonally to feed anymore.” Zeng says this current downward trend could turn into an economic and ecological chain reaction. “The finless porpoise represents the health of the Yangtze River ecosystem. A Yangtze River that can’t sustain them will no longer be suitable for human beings’ survival in the future. We want people to cherish this adorable and important dolphin species as much as the endangered giant panda. They represent the river ecosystem and forest ecosystem, respectively.” Tang agrees that neglecting these vulnerable creatures would be more than immoral. “These dolphins are the Yangtze’s environmental benchmark,” she says. “Its survival is a response to the state of the river and the ecological quality of lakes. It occupies one of the highest levels in the food chain, and plays an important biological role.” “ We need to protect them,” Tang adds, “because what benefits the finless porpoise also benefits humanity itself.”

porpoises must compete with humans for food An endangered species They’re famously adorable and clever, with mouths naturally upturned in sly grins. But in China they might soon become nothing more than a memory. The Yangtze River’s endangered finless porpoise population dropped by 6.8 percent in 2011, due in no small part to a summer drought that was the river’s worst in 50 years. The decline is now expected to continue by up to 15 percent per year, according to reports by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). The conservationist NGO released a statement saying: “Twenty years ago, WWF estimated that finless porpoise numbers would stay at around 2,700. By 2006, the number had dropped to 1,200 – less than the total number of wild giant pandas.” If drastic action isn’t taken, WWF spokespeople say, there will only be 200 finless porpoises left by 2035. Or worse, this vulnerable species could go the way of its close cousin, the Baiji dolphin, and disappear completely.

the race is on to save the species A river in peril Once upon a time, the Yangtze was one of only two rivers in the world that could lay claim to two species of freshwater dolphin. By 2006, however, it had lost that distinction when the Baiji dolphin was declared “functionally extinct.” The river suffered the effects of a record-breaking drought in the summer of 2011, receiving 40 percent less rainfall than the past 50-year average. Every year, 33.9 billion tons of industrial waste are dumped into the Yangtze. Nitrogen concentrates alone have doubled over the past 20 years. Environmentalists have condemned the unnatural water flow caused by the Yangtze’s massive Three Gorges Dam, aka the biggest hydroelectric plant in the world; they say it threatens wild carp and other fish that are essential links in the food chain. porpoise patrol

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Break Into Publishing Beijing is fertile ground for writers. Whether you fantasize about penning an epic tome or just the next sure-to-go-viral blog post, you love converting the thrills of all that happens on this frenzied side of the world into the written word. But how to get those words to readers? We tracked down a stable of publishing professionals: novelists, memoirists, journalists, scriptwriters, publishers and editors ranging from the globally acclaimed to those just getting their big break. In the following pages, they share tips on getting words in print. But first, let’s get to know the experts: MEET THE AUTHORS Alan Paul (APl) Columnist, The Wall Street Journal Memoir: Big in China Alison Pick (APk) Won National Magazine Award for Poetry (2003) Poetry: Question & Answer, Novel: The Sweet Edge Belinda McKeon (BM) Contributor, The Paris Review and the Guardian Debut novel: Solace Evan Osnos (EO) China correspondent, The New Yorker Book project in progress Gary Shteyngart (GS) Listed: The New Yorker’s “20 Under 40” Novels: The Russian Debutante’s Handbook, Absurdistan, Super Sad True Love Story Jen Lin-Liu (JL-L) Contributor, Newsweek Founder, Black Sesame Kitchen Memoir: Serve the People: A Stir-Fried Journey Through China Jon Campbell (JC) Writer, musician Nonfiction: Red Rock: The Long, Strange March of Chinese Rock & Roll Josh Knelman (JK) Contributor, The National Post, the Globe and Mail Nonfiction: Hot Art: Chasing Thieves and Detectives through the Secret World of Stolen Art Justin Hill (JH) Three-time nominee, Man Booker Prize Novels: Passing Under Heaven, Shieldwall


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Kjersti Skomsvold (KS) Debut author Novel: The Faster I Walk, The Smaller I Am

Mitch Moxley (MM) Contributor, The Atlantic, The Huffington Post Memoir: Tall Rice: The High & Low Adventures of a Foreigner in China (forthcoming, 2013) Paul French (PF) Columnist, China Economic Quarterly True crime thriller: Midnight in Peking Qaisra Shahraz (QS) Winner, Jubilee Award Novels: Holy Woman, Typhoon Rachel Dewoskin (RD) Faculty, Creative Writing, New York University Novel: Repeat After Me, Memoir: Foreign Babes in Beijing: Behind the Scenes of A New China Roy Kesey (RK) Short fiction in Best American Short Stories, McSweeney’s Novel: Pacazo Sally Kindberg (SK) Writer, illustrator, the Guardian Comic: The Comic Strip Big Fat Book of Knowledge Yu Hua (YH) Winner, James Joyce Award (2002) Novels: To Live, Brothers, Nonfiction: China in Ten Words MEET THE PUBLISHERS Graham Earnshaw (GE) Publisher, Hong K ong-based Earnshaw Books Harvey Thomlinson (HT) Founder, Hong Kong-based Make-Do Publishing Jo Lusby (JL) Managing Director, Penguin China Michael Tamblyn (MT) EVP, Kobo eBooks ( Scarlet He (SH) Founding Member, Apabi Digital Publishing

First, let’s hear from the authors ... JK: Not if you want to pay the bills. What is your creative routine? How do you remove distractions? PF: I write late at night – always after 10pm when email and phone nuisances are largely removed. It does rather mean that getting up in the morning is an issue!

APl: It is enough, but man cannot live on satisfaction alone. I used to say that I would have written a book about my experiences in China whether I had a deal or not, but I can’t really say that anymore, after realizing just how much work the project was. What was your big break?

JH: In terms of distractions and how to get past them, there are hundreds. Lack of confidence – fake it; children – send them out to play; hunger – starve. SK: Deadlines are imperative! Otherwise there will be much cleaning of my tiny apartment, chatting to friends on the phone and general gazing. Making to-do lists is very helpful, especially when you can tick items.

EO: A summer job in high school. I got hired as an intern to write about sports for the local paper in Connecticut, and those clippings led me to larger papers and different kinds of writing, and eventually what I do today. I wouldn’t be writing today if I hadn’t started early.

JL-L: No Internet. I wake up in the morning and pretty much go straight to the desk.

GS: My hero was the Korean-American writer Chang-rae Lee. He not only accepted me into his MFA program but gave the first 30 pages of my novel to his editor, who bought The Russian Debutante’s Handbook a few weeks later. Lucky break.

EO: My wife makes fun of me for wearing earplugs in an empty house. But it seems to help. I savor the seclusion.

Across the spectrum – from book to magazine to news to web – can publishers and editors be hard to deal with? Any crazy stories?

APk: Ideally I write first thing in the morning, going straight from my bed to my desk (with a stop in the kitchen to make a cup of coffee). My mind is (relatively!) clear in the morning, before the interruptions of the day intrude. Since having a child I’ve had to modify my routine, though. Now there are Cheerios and toothbrushes and snow suits to deal with before the precious silence of paper and pen.

SK: Several times when I was illustrating for the Guardian I had to draw pictures before the feature was even written – quite fun as I had a lot of freedom. Publishers can be cowardly and/or laz y about rejections, which is very annoying. Newspaper editors are generally much more direct, even if it’s brutal.

Why get published? Is it not enough to just write? JH: I think there’s affirmation in being published. Especially for new writers. It marks you out as being above the crowds of scribblers, or people who are always talking about the book they’re going to write. And it gives you confidence, and confidence is one of the keys to writing well. Readers can smell writers who are unconfident. It’s like dogs can smell fear. Fearful writers over-write. RK: It is enough just to write, if you’re writing a shopping list, or maybe a diary. Otherwise, one wants to see how the text will fare in the mind of another.

APl: The craziest editors I ever dealt with were at People magazine. The whole system was insane. It involved extensive reporting and turning in extremely long “notes” that were actually major feature stories. There was often at least one other reporter doing the same and then one writer or editor in New York making it all into a story. The worst was I once did a story on doggy summer camp. They wanted me to spend a day there, but the photographer could only go two days later. I realized that would be a different session and told them and they said, “Don’t worry. We need the file.” So I spent a whole day in 100-degree heat watching dogs at camp – they went swimming, played ball, had obstacle courses – and interviewing their owners. I filed my story, then a day later got a phone call from an editor: “The photographer is going to shoot different dogs and

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owners than you interviewed! You need to go back with him.” I almost tore my phone out of the wall, screaming, “I told you that days ago!”

a student to dance for him (in front of him, not with him) before he would listen to his pitch, but maybe that’s not true. I hope it’s not true …

Some experts say it’s only a matter of time before all authors are better off self-publishing (faster, better editorial control, higher royalties). Do you see yourself making the leap?

SK: I once went into a magazine office for an illustration commission and ended up being sent on a travel assignment to write about playing golf in France … sort of networking, I guess.

PF: Absolutely not – just look at what constitutes 99.99 percent of self-published work – utter and total crap that should never see the light of day. Publishers and editors are the gatekeepers – they sort out the good from the bad and the ugly. I approve of gatekeepers; I see the supposed democracy of self-publishing as a false hope. It is, of course, one that will be rigidly clung to by the mediocre and below average who can't get published. But that's literary Darwinism – you can deny it, but you'll look foolish ultimately. JH: The status quo, where publishers are the gatekeepers to the reading public, is a fairly recent phenomemon. Even in the 1920s, authors like DH Lawrence were self-publishing. I think we’re heading back there, and yes, I’m already in the process: getting a couple of my older books back into print. When you look at the economics of publishing, it doesn’t make sense to me now to take the smallest share of the publishing pie. RD: I’m not a graphic artist, don’t want to do my own covers, and am not interested in PR or marketing, so would much rather leave those tasks to others more qualified. Getting to write the nitty-gritty core lines of the book – the story, the people in it, the words – is what I love to do, and I feel ecstatic that doing just that is how I get to spend my career. APl: I am definitely open to it. I plan to approach each project as its own entity. It would be insane to rule that out at this juncture. How important is guanxi/networking to getting a book deal? JC: I don’t think it was guanxi for Red Rock, but I knew who I was pitching the idea to. I didn’t have a direct personal connection, but I knew that my interest in yaogun would appeal to Graham Earnshaw, who was one of the first foreigners in the rock scene in Beijing. JH: Irrelevant, I find. I’ve had guanxi with my publisher, but if the book is not strong enough, then it won’t fly. That is unless you are a big enough name that you can publish rubbish and get away with it. As many do. BM: I knew something of the scene before I was published, but it didn’t throw doors open for me. It just helped me not to feel too dazed or confused by the whole thing. I did an MFA in Fiction in the US, which is meant to be a great opener of doors, and the school held an annual party at which students could meet with agents. It was awkward, uncomfortable, and miserable. I can’t even remember the names of any of the agents. I would bet good money that they don’t remember our names either. There was a story about a very prominent New York agent asking


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How do you deal with rejection? RK: Bourbon. Same way I deal with acceptance, actually ... SK: Badly, but only very briefly. I’ve had many projects rejected … but quite a few get through! MM: Rejection is hard. I’ve been rejected more times than I can count, and even after about seven years of freelancing it’s still tough to get over. Ignored emails are the most grating for me. But over time it gets easier to deal with. You have to realize that it’s not personal and not every story idea is going to work for everybody. If you could go back and give your pre-published self three pieces of advice, what would they be? GS: Just relax and enjoy the process. Books aren’t as important to the culture as they used to be but getting a real copy of your work in your hands, between covers, with a nice-looking jacket … wow, that’s still something. PF: Make a lot of money doing something else first so you can write without worrying about the rent. Concentrate on the plot and the idea for ages to the exclusion of all the literary fluff – foundations first, decorating later! Read more – the best writers in my experience are also the widest and most prolific readers. SK: Don’t say no to a TV appearance – I did and regretted it. Buy that boat! I had maritime aspirations and imagined a floating studio. Be positive, but maybe not so stubborn? BM: Read Ellis Weiner’s hilarious 2009 New Yorker satire on authors and publicity, “Subject: Our Marketing Plan.” Accept that everything in that article is true and there’s not an awful lot you can do about it. Put a thousand quid on Julian Barnes to win the Man Booker Prize. KS: Read very good books for inspiration. Read very bad books to see that your writing is not so bad. Go out and look for people who can help you. When you want something bad enough, you find the people you need. YH: Just one: Don’t be a dentist, be a writer.

And now, those behind the publishing industry shed some light on the road to publication ... Why get published? Is it not enough to just write? GE: The main reason people write is it’s a play for immortality. Next comes validation of self, third would be an effort to change the world in some way. If anyone is doing it to make serious money, they are almost certainly kidding themselves. Ditto for publishers. SH: For people who want to share their work, their thoughts, their feelings with others, just writing is not enough. They must publish their work, so the world can know them and be influenced. You’ve probably seen a lot of half-baked proposals. What gives them away? GE: The best proposal is no proposal at all. Just send us the completed manuscript.

GE: Many authors appreciate the organizational framework provided by a publisher, and publishers have a stand-back view on a project and its potential that an author almost never has. An imprint also provides a means for readers to judge whether it is worth bothering with a book. I think there will always be a role for publishers. JL: Self-publishing may well be the best option for some authors. I t is import a n t , h o we ve r, to re m e m b e r t h a t publishers are distinct from printers, and even selfpublishing sensations like Amanda Hocking find themselves seeking out a traditional publisher relationship. On the other hand, some still claim “The pros do it better” and “It’s not a real book if it’s self-published.” What do you say to that?

Ever worked with an author who was unusually resistant to feedback?

MT: Books are coming out of a very long era where the only credible book came from a publisher. Certainly, what we see now is that self-publishing – which used to be done by very few authors – has become a source of some very popular books, and a large number of them. Self-published authors now represent seven percent of the overall books that we sell which, when you realize we’re selling millions of books a year … that’s huge.

GE: Yes. Angry emails, unreasonable demands, tears, ultimatums. Seen it all. Also seen the flipside – intelligent, reasonable flexibility.

If traditional publishers offer editorial suppor t, marketing, etc, what do e-publishers have to offer someone looking to get their work to an audience?

JL: A tendency towards florid literary style rather than successfully communicating the core of what the book would actually be about.

HT: The less talented the writer, the more resistant they are to editing. How important is guanxi/networking to getting a book deal? JL: Publishing is a personal business, and especially in a market like China, where there are very few agents physically on the ground, getting to know people and talking about what you’re working on is a very good way forward. HT: It’s important. But not decisive. Publishing a book is a commitment to enter into a long-term relationship, so it has to be a good match. You must become a champion for that book, so in the long-term, you can’t fake the passion. Any advice for writers on dealing with rejection? JL: It is not personal. HT: Fail. Fail again. Fail better. Have a one-night stand and then never reply to their texts. Avoid anyone who seriously tries to cheer you up by saying that JK Rowling was rejected by countless publishers.

FACE OFF: TRADITIONAL VS. E-PUBLISHING Some experts say it’s only a matter of time before all authors are better off self-publishing (faster, better editorial control, higher royalties). What’s your rebuttal?

MT: Kobo is a retailer rather than a publisher, and it’s an important distinction to make. We are not providing editorial services, we aren’t designing books. What we are doing is giving the authors who want to undertake those roles themselves direct access to our millions of customers. That’s something self-published authors have never really had before. Now they have the same kind of distribution and exposure that the largest publishers offer. Just how big is growth in the e-books industry? MT: It’s phenomenally large. When we first started Kobo, we thought e-book growth would be very, very slow – that in five years, maybe 5 percent of the books would be read in digital. Instead, what we found was that within a single year, 5 percent of books were being read in digital. In two years, almost 15 percent of books are being read digitally in the United States, and 10 percent of books in Canada and the UK. So, it’s a phenomenon that has become very large, very quickly. Anything else you want to tell us about e-publishing that you think aspiring writers never hear, but really should know? MT: An author in the United States could end up selling to a reader in Africa; an author from Australia could end up selling to a reader in South Korea. Generally, people picture their readers as being close to them or in the same country. We now live in an era of truly global reading and writing, like never before. [E-publishing] is a wonderful way for authors to find new audiences in places they didn’t expect.

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How to Pitch If you’ve ever wondered how to compose and deliver a pitch that will delight and impress editors, this is your lucky day. The key is to learn to anticipate the needs of the editor. Give him or her the facts they need, infuse it with some originality, show off your control of language by making it concise, and you’ll be doing them a huge favor. Just ask yourself the following questions: How can I summarize the proposed article in one sentence? • A summary without a verb is likely to be flabby and vague. WEAK EXAMPLE: “An overview of the river-rafting options within an hour’s drive of Beijing.” • Express what you want the article to accomplish. GOOD EXAMPLE: “I will evaluate and rank all river-rafting options within an hour’s drive of Beijing.” GOOD EXAMPLE: “Readers will be able to consult an annotated list of river-rafting options that lists pros and cons of each location.”) • Composing your headline (and subheading) is a great exercise for boiling your piece down to its essentials. GOOD EXAMPLE: “Rapids Decision-Making: The Best and Worst River-Rafting Daytrips in Beijing” How many words will this proposed article be? • Display your understanding of how the publication allocates space. • Display your understanding of how many words the proposed topic deserves. Where will it go? • If you’re pitching to a magazine, newspaper or website, name the specific column that the article is best suited for. If you’re pitching to a publishing house, identify the specific imprint that your manuscript would fit. • Be ready to offer potential alternatives – and to describe how your coverage would change to accommodate that shift in placement. Why now? Why are you pitching this today instead of tomorrow/next week/next month? When was this particular topic last featured? Not too recently, one would hope. You did study all the back issues (or the publisher’s catalog), right? Did you make sure they haven’t published anything on this topic from this particular angle in the last few months? Why you? Why are you the best person to write this piece? Do you have


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personal expertise or special access to experts? Why them? Why is this periodical (or publishing house) the best fit for your work? Why will readers care? How will you add value? How will you delight the reader? • In other words, what can you do for readers that they cannot – or will not – do for themselves? • How will your proposed article be different from (and ideally, better than) any article on the same topic? Why would a reader choose to buy your book as opposed to any other similarly themed book? FROM THE AUTHORS: Worst pitching mistakes ever? JC: As a freelancer, there were a few times that I tried fighting beyond my weight class, by going to media outlets I shouldn’t have. Not because I wasn’t good enough, but because I was nobody. PF: Name dropping people who, if ever asked, wouldn't know who the hell you were – that's embarrassing. Seriously trying to claim that what you are offering is totally original (nothing is – get over yourself ). I've heard of all of these. My worst mistakes will remain secrets to my dying breath. BM: There are quite a few agents on Twitter now, and I regularly see them quoting the first line of really dreadful cover letters. That seems kind of cruel, I suppose, until you see how arrogant and underresearched the cover letters are. MM: Pitching an article to a magazine you haven’t really read before. I once did that and the editor emailed me back and said, as politely as possible, that I should read the magazine before pitching next time. FROM THE PUBLISHERS: What do you look for in a good pitch? GE: Market awareness is top. JL: Honesty, clarity, precision. HT: The unexpected, the unlooked for, the perverse. Above all, a strange, true passion.

Start Your Own Writing Group You’ve thought about gathering some fellow writers together for everything from warm, fuzzy moral support to tearing your work apart limb from limb. What better time than now? We’ll even help you think things through:

• Whoever has no writing to share this week/month/ quarter buys everyone drinks • Limiting discussion time for each piece to five/ten/thirty minutes

The Characters If there’s one thing we know about a writers’ group, it’s that it needs people. (The stuffed animals from your childhood tea parties? Useless.) But who? Career writers? Academics? Hobbyists? Letter penners? Will your group be open to the public or by invite only? This will greatly impact what you accomplish at your meetings, so consider: Do you want excitement, freshness, high morale? If so, a more inclusive clan will work better. Or do you want everyone to break out the red pen so you emerge from your two-hour meeting with manuscripts that are at least 70 percent stronger? Maybe stick with other writing professionals, then.

Confidentiality This one’s important. Sharing what you write can be sensitive, and you’d certainly hate to see an old writing group buddy publish a book that sounds suspiciously like the one you were working on. Signed contracts or verbal agreements? That’s up to you, but be sure to address this before getting started.

The Setting Beijing has no shortage of great options for writerly gatherings. The Bookworm is an obvious spot (in fact, they already host a group Monday nights). Hutong favorites like The Veggie Table at Wudaoying or Treescape Cafe on Qianliang Hutong (near the National Art Museum) are quiet hideaways for the more softspoken. Moment Cafe or Union Bar & Grille are fun options for those who prefer their literary aspirations housed in shinier, more mod environs. We do encourage you to call ahead to whatever venues you’re considering to see if they can accommodate your group.

RD: They’ve been lovely for me, which is one of the reasons I keep teaching. I think being in a community of writers who think that art and language are important, and who follow the arc of your work over as much time as is possible – a semester, a year, a decade – is important and valuable for writers.

The Frame Here’s where you can have some fun. Well-designed rules can guide the productivity, efficiency and/or flow of creativity in a meeting. Some suggestions: • Work must be shared and read before the meeting • Nobody gets a copy, everyone just listens • No apologizing (for rough or unfinished drafts, for criticism, anything) • No positive feedback allowed • No negative feedback allowed • No talking while group members are discussing your writing • Every attendee must give feedback for every work presented

If you’re still on the fence about whether it’s worth it, here’s how other authors responded when we asked whether writing groups/classes have made their work better:

BM: They’ve made me a better editor of my work, and the deadlines were invaluable. Less than half of what I actually wrote during my MFA program made it into my novel, but the fact of there having been regular and firm deadlines for two to three years when I had started working on the book made all the difference. And the encouragement of very fine readers, students and teachers both, also helped. MM: Definitely. Simply because it forces you to write with the knowledge that other people will read it. I suspect I’ll still take creative writing classes even after my book is published. QS: Absolutely. In the early days, that is how I started, having joined other writing groups in Manchester. At the moment I am hoping to join a writer’s group for children’s books. Sharing ideas is a good learning experience.

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We are only rich in China.

Help wanted: pretend to work here

Peter Pan's Neverland Lungs dying Grey skies get or Dantè's anyways. Why under your skin. Purgatory. Great Wall

English functions still, teacher’s party! online only. See you their!

not smoke? Its been

downhill since the Olympics

"Bicycles in a jigsaw of hutongs"

Dao! Dao! Dao! Dao...Dao...Hao! Great new restaurant. Closed next week.

Ring roads wrapped around red ruins

"Faces stare at what they're not"

who needs air, pollution is delicious

Lonely. Neon. Fetid. Post-Apocolyptic. Horse burgers.

it's not alcoholism it's just Beijing

Crumbling courtyards, glittering skyscrapers, garlicky erhuayin. Fuwuyuan'r! Chuan'r! Yi Ping'r! Kuai Dian'r! 18

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Pinch me. We're at the Wall.

Came for two years. Stayed forever....

Culture worn. Charm gone. Pretension born.

"So when are you coming home?"

One twenty. One sixty. Two kuai. "Left home. Came back an expat."

Bachelor pad. Thank God for ayi.

hello new friend bag you want? Taste of Beijing? I very like i just don't understand teaching the other laowais 350 API, yuck! English. Civilised bro, fengtai is the Chaoyang? Spit I love Beijing -- Spit Beep Beep. new dongcheng

To Truly Enjoy, Hold The Meiyou

it's killing me. Black sky; gray moon; red stars.

Beige skies, gray roofs, pink lights

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e asked writerly readers of to describe their Beijing in just six words. Here are the 50 best, unedited. See all of the entries on

Stuck in traffic. Might be late. Subway snail, crushing crowds, glazed glances

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Kicks ass. Shanghai - Duffle coat kiss my ass resplendent while

You had me "Yes, Beijing's at Ni Hao changed. Get Confused but transfixed, always wanting more

500pm: blue sky with Chinese Characteristics

Parents haven't met my Chinese husband.

over it."

dumpling dependent

Got out, breathed in, threw up.

First at bus stop, last on.

but the food tastes so good

Doubt it's really lamb. Still eating.

No fortune cookies? asked the American. March 2012


FUN & GAMES old china hand

WIn stuff Look through this issue for the chance to win great prizes! Win two tickets (worth RMB 1,000 each) to the St. Patrick’s Day Irish Ball by correctly answering the questions of Trivia Travails. Be first to spot this month’s Bogus Ad and win vouchers for Paradise Massage. Also up for grabs in this issue: a Leffe gift pack, a voucher for a buffet meal at Seasoning, and a set lunch for two at Royal Smushi House. Email with your answers. Good luck!



Forbidden City, Dongcheng District. Photo by Nature Zhang. Original courtesy of Dan Lau

trivia travails Each month we run a series of questions based on the content of the issue. Answer them correctly and win free stuff! This month’s prize is a pair of tickets to the Irish Network China’s St. Patrick’s Day Irish Ball on March 17. Email answers to Answers to February’s Trivia Travails: 1. a) Albert Einstein 2. b) a printing press 3. d) Ignace Lecleir 4. d) animal bones 5. a) Aston Villa F.C. 6. c) Tango 7. b) womenswear 8. c) Rotary Club of Beijing Last month’s winner was Rob Korfage.

Tell Us a Joke 1. Conductor Daniel Harding was born in: a) Beijing b) Oslo c) Oxford d) Munich

5. Alan Wong’s very first restaurant was: a) Karaiya Spice b) Hatsune c) Kagen d) Yoshinoya

2. On a productive day, Gary Shteyngart eats: a) two pheasants b) a donkey penis c) three small bears d) a hot dog

6. Onno Schreurs is head of Beijing ... a) Restaurant Month b) Restaurant Fortnight c) Restaurant Life d) Restaurant Week

3. Macau was colonized by the: a) British b) Americans c) Venetians d) Portuguese

7. Pancake Lee was born in: a) Haiti b) Hainan c) Haidian d) Hainesport

4. Luxbible’s target client is the ... a) nouveau riche b) bargain shopper c) savvy cosmopolite d) expat student

8. Death Cab For Cutie’s lead singer is: a) Brandon Flowers b) Ben Gibbard c) Neil Innes d) Lenny Kravitz

Christoph Weidemann, F&B Manager, Hilton Beijing Capital Airport Two drunks were walking home along the railway tracks. The first drunk says, “There’s a hell of a lot of steps here.” The second drunk says, “I’ll tell you what’s worse – this handrail is bloody low down.” Christoph will keep you on the right track at Hilton Beijing Capital Airport.


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nibbles NEW OPENINGS Tong Luo Wan is a great new claypot rice restaurant, almost directly opposite Lavazza at the Silk Market. UME Cafe at Guanghualu Soho does filling pasta and sandwiches featuring decent bread. With On the Corner Cafe and this place, has Guanghualu Soho turned a corner? Indian restaurant Khajuraho is now open in Sanlitun Soho. The new Switch! is now open in a space just east of the Swissotel.

MIXING IT UP If you’re after something new at lunch, try Flamme’s pasta sets. Four types of pasta to choose from, served with a house salad and garlic bread. Prices from RMB 58. Sunday brunch is available at S.T.A.Y from March 4. Order a la carte, and add RMB 200 for free-flow champagne. Agua’s menu is now available on electronic tablets, allowing guests a digital browsing experience. You still need the wait staff to take your order. Playing on the appeal of the traditional Italian family gathering, Barolo has launched its new “Family Sunday” promotion, featuring fresh pasta, antipasti and free-flow wine.

there's nothing half-baked about the sweet spot

Capital Bites

Iain Shaw is all booked up for restaurant week

photo: courtesy of china world hotel


wo huge events going on this month in restaurants – the Beijinger has a hand in both of them, and there’s every reason for you to get involved too. First of all, if you haven’t already made your reser vations, you should k now that DiningCity’s first-ever Beijing Restaurant Week runs from March 12 to March 18. The event gives around 30 restaurants the chance to reach out to new customers, while diners get to try out and compare places they might never have considered before. Just a few of the participating restaurants are: Agua, Alameda, Cepe, The Cut, Ellingen Brauhaus, Huang Ting, Modo, Mosto, SALT and Yi House at Grace Beijing. Each restaurant charges either RMB 78 for lunch and RMB 168 for dinner, or RMB 118 for lunch and RMB 248 for dinner. The two-tier

pricing plan is not only great for its simplicity – it makes dining at some of the higher-end restaurants an absolute steal. Reservations are essential and online-only, and with many of the restaurants expected to be fully booked, you better jump if you want to be sure of getting a table. Take a look at the participating restaurants’ menus and book your spot now at Also check in on what DiningCity China’s top man, Onno Schreurs, had to say when we asked him about Restaurant Week survival tactics and the challenge of getting Chinese restaurants involved (p29). Just as that event draws to a close, we’ll be unveiling the results of the Beijinger’s 2012 Reader Restaurant Awards. As ever, it’s your annual chance to vote for the

best in Beijing dining, from the restaurants themselves to the people who run them. Cast your votes on, and look out for us blogging all the results and reactions – expect the usual powderkeg of acclaim and outrage. One more thing. If you like sandwiches and think there aren’t enough good ones in Beijing, go to The Sweet Spot, opposite Fatburger in China World Mall. Run by China World Hotel, this cafe and bakery does an amazing spit-roast chicken sandwich for a very reasonable RMB 28, as well as other sandwiches and ciabattas. There are baguettes and huge ciabatta loaves to take away, and cakes for dessert lovers – they even have sausage rolls. I’ve already been twice and will be returning.

The Westin Chaoyang are also toying with Sunday traditions at Grange G r i l l , m ov i n g t h e G re a t B r i t i s h Sunday roast midweek for Wednesday evenings filled with roast beef and leg of lamb. We say as long as they have Yorkshire puddings, they can have it on whichever day they want. Steak Exchange‘s new menu features all the red meat you’d expect, but one of the unexpected standouts is a melt-in-the-mouth pan-fried snow fish fillet.

IN THE OVEN Brian McKenna has sold his stake in ROOMbeijing and is moving on with two new projects: an exclusive ten-seat chef’s table called INO in Beijing and another project, Restaurant@The Mansion, in Tianjin.

CLOSED FOR BUSINESS Amandine has closed at Sanlitun Soho, which is a pity. On the bright side, they tell us they’ll be opening in a new location.

CONGRATULATIONS Congratulations to chef Jennifer McClelland, Beijing’s tireless champion of the virtues of a raw food diet. McClelland came second in a pack of 32 last month in the “Hot Raw Chef Sweet Valentine Video Recipe Contest,” organized by the California-based Living Light Culinary Institute.

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WHAT’S NEW restaurants

E u ropean

Ouest 西餐厅 Mon-Fri 6-10pm, Sat-Sun 11am-10pm. Inside the Drive-In Movie Theater, 21 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District (6431 8165) 朝阳区亮马桥路21号朝阳公园北门枫花园汽车电影院内

It’s somewhat heartbreaking to see good restaurants absolutely empty, due to location alone. Sadly, one recent Tuesday, this was the scene at Ouest. The upside: prompt, polite service and frequent refills of a charming, rosemary-tinged water. But will they be able to stay afloat until warmer weather brings bigger crowds, both to the cinema and 2 Kolegas? We certainly hope so. The crepes and buckwheat galettes are authentically thin, with a touch of crispiness. The Marie galette (RMB 42), sprinkled with ham, egg and cheese, was a tad underflavored, but the salted butter caramel featured in some of their sweet crepes (RMB 20-42) is absolutely phenomenal. Add a honeyed warm goat cheese salad (RMB 30) and a cracking imported cider (RMB 25-115) and Ouest begins to look like a meal worth the cab fare. Susan Sheng Standout dishes: Emilie crepe

vietnamese rolls

Four Scores S o u t h e ast As i an

A m e r i can

4corners 四角餐厅 Daily 11am-midnight. 27 Dashibei Hutong (near west end of Yandai Xiejie), Xicheng District (6401 7797) 西城区大石碑胡同27号(烟袋斜街西口附近)


ost folks agree that the lakesides of Houhai and Qianhai, blighted by tacky bars and tourist tat, are a scandalous misuse of prime real estate. But a wind of change is blowing across the waters. 4corners, the first solo project from Vietnamese-Canadian chef Jun

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Trinh, formerly of Luga’s Pho Pho and now a TV personality, has taken over what used to be the Orange Tree. According to Trinh, the concept is “food, drinks, art and people.” A bar, spot-lit stage, regular live gigs and smattering of cultural events takes care of the other stuff – we’re here for the food. A hot-and-sour fish head soup (RMB 45) was awesomely flavor-packed, zippy with lime leaves, pineapple and chilli. Trinh’s take on hongshao rou (RMB 88), with the additions of fish sauce, coconut flesh and caramelized shallots, was a gut-bustingly rich main, best eaten sparingly over rice. Of the more tapas-oriented dishes, we sampled a plate of fried strips of fish in a Southeast Asian-style sweet and sour sauce (RMB 45), and some wonderful Vietnamese rolls (RMB 50) filled with toasted rice, ultra-fine pork skin and leafy herbs. On weekends, a brunch menu features Canadian-style breakfasts and Asian options like pho, plus a range of classic “morning-after” cocktails. For now, 4corners feels more like a bar than a restaurant, making it better suited to tapas-style dining with friends rather than an intimate soiree. But with great outdoor seating options, the space should really shine this summer. Tom O’Malley

Dog on Fire 热狗店 Daily 10am-10pm. Stall 13, 1/F, Bldg 3, Sanlitun Village South, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District (6417 8568) 朝阳区三里屯路19号院三里屯 Village3号楼1层13号店

It’s strange how the salty steam rising off a freshly grilled wiener is like a homing beacon drawing Americans to the mothership. Hidden in an alcove near the Apple Store, Dog on Fire stocks all-beef franks as well as organic pork sausages. We enjoyed the original beef dog (RMB 30) for its plump, taut bite. The onions the menu promised were tucked under the sausage, while other toppings (relish, ketchup and mustard) were self-serve. Nachos (RMB 20) featured store-bought tortilla chips with a gloopy white cheese and chili that tasted a little too sweet and tangy. We wished we’d tried the honey chicken wings (RMB 15 for 3 pieces) instead. For now, any purchase of a hot dog and a side earns you a free drink – helpful if you’re splurging on the organic dogs (RMB 45). Marilyn Mai Also try: Nathan’s Famous, American Holy Fries

Standout dishes: Hot and sour fish head soup, Vietnamese rolls Also try: Va Va Voom, Susu

jumbo beef frank

photos: judy zhou

jun trinh


buckwheat galette

garlicky braised pork


Renaissance fare Taiwan e s e

Florence 翡冷翠台式餐厅 Daily 11am-11pm. Bldg 69, 4 Nansanlitun Lu (south of Casa Pagoda), Chaoyang District (6500 2216) 朝阳区南三里屯路4号院69号楼

Taiwanese-style "Oil rice"

his ambitious new Taiwanese restaurant makes wandering off the beaten Sanlitun path worth your while. Florence’s menu ranges from night market staples to pricier traditional delicacies, but especially shines when elevating the cheeky grit of Taiwan’s vibrant street food culture. The crowd-pleasing popcorn chicken (Taishi xiansu ji 台式咸酥鸡, RMB 28), with well-seasoned chunks of meat and a generous allotment of basil, stands out as the best I’ve had in Beijing. But the must-try dish is the garlicky braised pork (suanxiang hongshao rou 蒜香红烧肉, RMB 48). Its crackle-capped strips of delightfully fatty meat, accompanied by slivers of ginger and scallion, were so scrumptious we were plotting our next visit before we’d even finished it. Pork trotter is a litmus test for any self-respecting Taiwanese restaurant – and Florence aced it. The silken Wanluan pig feet (Wanluan zhujiao 万峦 猪脚, RMB 38), which came glistening on a bed of greens, tasted like braised angel’s wings. Other dishes show that Florence has a delicate side. For instance, the ginger and clam soup, with its distillation of flavors into a simple, restorative broth, lifted one dining companion on a wave of nostalgia back to childhood summers in Taiwan. Florence more than holds its own against Beijing’s popular Taiwanese chains, offering significantly better fare than Bellagio and better value than Shin Yeh. Also worth noting is the restaurant’s enthusiastic, well-trained staff. The food is definitely the star, but it’s a happy benefit that the restaurant also happens to prioritize customer service. Josh Ong Standout dishes: Garlicky braised pork, “Steamed pork Taiwan style” (Taishi lurou) Also try: Bellagio, Shin Yeh

Pi z za

Da Giuseppe

photos: judy zhou

Daily 10.30am-2.30pm, 5.30-10pm. 2/F, Bldg 6, China View, Gongti Donglu, Chaoyang District (151 0156 8183, 186 0088 2350) 朝阳区工体东路中国红街6号楼2层

chef giuseppe de stefano

Da Giuseppe replaces the twice-unsuccessful Hungarian restaurant Budapest. And with pizza, finally, this apparently cursed space has a formula that might work. Best known for his work at La Pizza, Chef Giuseppe de Stefano is in the kitchen and all over the logo. His pizza better be good. Actually, it’s great, although Italian friends tell me they still prefer La Pizza. Da Giuseppe’s pizza is much crustier, which I think is a good thing. The toppings are fresh and the flavors pop out – those basil leaves on your pizza aren’t just dressing. A 33cm Margherita is RMB 58, with most other pizzas RMB 68-88. We also tried the Diavola,

which, though spicy, wasn’t overpoweringly rich or greasy. Start your meal with the arancini (RMB 28), balls of rice mixed with tomato sauce and ground meat, rolled in breadcrumbs and deepfried. Since it’s still quiet, it’s hard to judge Da Giuseppe on atmosphere or feel. Fine. I’m happy to judge the place on its pizza. Iain Shaw Standout dishes: Margherita pizza, arancini Also try: La Pizza, Pizza by LMPlus

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


xiangtianxia dog on fire


Third Ring Road

Second Ring Road

Florence da Giuseppe


Cafe de la Poste 云游驿 Some like it hot

Pots of gold H ot Pot

Xiangtianxia 香天下 Daily 11am-midnight. 1/F, Dongcheng Cultural Center, 111 Jiaodaokou Dongdajie, Dongcheng District (6406 5996) 东城区交道口东大街111号东城文化馆1层



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in particular about the shimo heidoufu (RMB 22), Jenga-shaped bricks of dark, smoky and speckled tofu; ya chang (RMB 38), duck intestines that take about 15 seconds to cook into gorgeously chewy spirals; and cow tongue (RMB 45), surprisingly the tastiest meat we tried. The full range of warming root veggies (add them later to thicken the soup), various mushrooms and fungi, and leafy green additions are available on the tick-box menu (Chinese only) and served on little wooden trolleys. Other dishes, like the dandan mian (RMB 10), zhima shaobing (RMB 12) and the chaoshou (RMB 10), were very good indeed. A final positive (for most diners) – the entire restaurant is a no-smoking zone, and that seems to be enforced. Tom O’Malley Standout dishes: Beef tongue, duck intestines Also try: Haidilao, Chuan Cheng Yuan

This resolutely mid-range eatery manages both an easy welcome and, for regulars, the close-knit vibe of a small-town tabac. Plenty of folks come to Cafe de la Poste just for booze, bonhomie, and as the night rolls on, a teary-eyed sing-song. If you can’t be moved to join in, think of it as free entertainment with dinner. Throw in a spot of dancing – lively enough to have broken 20 tables since the restaurant opened in 2006, according to owner Christophe. The kitchen turns out simple French bistro fare made with quality ingredients (Christophe has a hand in Boucherie Michel and Chez Gerard). The hot, melting goat cheese with honey and rosemary served on crusty French bread (RMB 56) is a must-order.

Steak tartare au couteau (RMB 88) is the choice for those who like their beef beyond bleu. The “T-Rex” beef (RMB 248) is best tackled by two carnivores. For afters, the chocolate fondant cake (RMB 36) has a dark molten core. There is also the “unpasteurized milk cheese board” (RMB 138) – pair it with one of the French wines chalked up daily on a board. Or you can order the house plonk by the carafe. Go easy, though, or the restaurant’s ayi might be turfing you out in the morning. Tom O’Malley Standout dishes: Steak tartare au couteau, goat cheese with honey and rosemary Also try: Le Little Saigon, Le Petit Gourmand

steak tartare au couteau

photos: sui and TOM O'MALLEY

iangtianxia ranks as one of the most enjoyable hot pot experiences this Beijinger has had for many a winter. Located on the ground floor of the hulking “Dongcheng Cultural Center,” it’s a big, bare room of white tile, made marginally more pleasant by clever use of wooden divider screens. The soup bases (RMB 45-48) offer various ratios of spicy and non-spicy; you can even order a cauldron with nifty sunken compartments in which to keep ingredients separate, but that takes the fun out of it. When the (very helpful) fuwuyuan first delivered the amber-red broth to our table, whole islands of beef fat were bobbing about, which quickly melted into oily, unctuous slicks peppered with denglong jiao – the stubby, cherr y-shaped Sichuan chillis. This is the only Beijing branch of a Chongqing-based chain, and several of their house specialty ingredients are fantastic. I’m thinking

Daily noon-2.30pm, 6pm-midnight. 58 Yonghegong Dajie, Dongcheng District (6402 7047) 东城区雍和宫大街58号

Spring Bing

Alleyway Gourmet

Wrap up the last of winter by Marilyn Mai


you can go fancy with a variety pack (RMB 12) that includes bing infused with essence of carrot, spinach and purple rice. You can then pick from dozens of fillings. On their menu, ingredients like bean sprouts, beancurd, chive, vermicelli and egg feature prominently in various combinations. Our favorite, the “mixed vegetables wearing a hat” (hecai daimao 合菜 戴帽, RMB 16), is a stir-fry of all of them, with a tender omelet serving as the cap. The sprout, egg and shrimp filling (nongjia chao sanxian 农家炒三鲜, RMB 18) was similarly mild yet satisfying, though beware – the crustaceans can be a little pokey. Ground pork with potherb mustard greens (肉碎雪里红, RMB 12) was pleasantly spicy and acidic, but might work better on a hill of rice than in the thin wrapper. We didn’t try the stir-fried duck meat – if we’d wanted duck in pancakes we’d have

"mixed vegetables wearing a hat" gone somewhere else. Once you’ve chopsticked a generous amount of filling onto your pancake, then rolled it up nice and fat and stuffed it in your mouth, it’s hard to deny the delightful power trip of taking a bite out of spring. The doughy pancake pulls, vermicelli stretches and snaps, egg yields and

sprouts crunch until it’s devoured in two or three bites and you’re ready for another. Chunbing Jingwei Cai. Daily 10am-11pm. 153 Yonghegong Dajie (opposite Cafe de la Poste), Dongcheng District (6406 2183) 春饼京味菜,东城区雍和宫大街153号

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he world’s premiere weatherrodent, Punxsutawney Phil, saw his shadow on Groundhog Day this year, which pushes back the advent of spring to around midMarch. Surely that’s too long to wait? Time to take matters into your own hands … by having yourself some chunbing! As far back as the Jin dynasty, chunbing (“spring pancakes”) were the commoners’ way of welcoming the verdant season; they would roll an assortment of meat and vegetables into a thin doughy wrapper so they could “bite the spring” (咬春). Some say it’s a prayer for a good year of planting and harvesting. I say they were showing the earth who’s boss. At Chunbing Jingwei Cai, a lean swarthy gentleman will gladly point out the variety of ways you can pound your pancakes. A set of ten plain flour wrappers is RMB 8, but

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Spuds We Like Ten ways to taste tubers in Beijing by Tom O’Malley


hough you’re more likely to find rice or wheat on a C h i n e s e t a b l e, i t m i g h t surprise you to learn that China is the world’s biggest producer and consumer of potatoes. Partly it’s to do with food security: Spuds need less water and yield more calories per acre than other staple grains, and China has over one-fifth of the world’s bellies to fill.

Indeed, potato production is on the rise. The upshot is that we’re likely to all be eating a lot more potatoes here as time goes on. And if that’s the case, we might as well do it in style. Here are nine of the best tuber-based dishes in Beijing – plus the single weirdest. Olivier Salad (RMB 28) Traktirr Pushkin

Russians rank high when it comes to per capita consumption of potatoes. They boil them, fry them, add them to pancakes (dranniki), fried buns (pirozhki) and soups. The Russian potato salad (often called a “winter salad” or “Olivier salad”) is a muchloved party dish featuring diced potatoes, carrots, dill pickles, canned peas, onion, boiled eggs, chopped processed sausage and oodles of

mayonnaise. A Russian saying goes something like: “A New Year spread is not complete without tangerines, champagne and Olivier salad.” And vodka, no doubt. Baked Potato with Three Toppings (RMB 47) Vineyard Cafe Trust the British to have such scant culinary imagination as to simply

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throw an unpeeled potato in the oven, right? Wrong! The humble baked/jacket potato (pictured), with its dark, charred skin and fluffy flesh, is the perfect vehicle for royal toppings like Coronation chicken (boneless meat in a curried mayonnaise) or cheddar cheese with baked beans, or even American-style with Texas chili. The steamy heat from the spud melts and absorbs everything in a delightfully gunky mess.

and, like most Hunanese dishes, a few bits of pork belly. The longer it cooks, the better (and spicier) it gets, and the pork slowly melts away into crispy deliciousness. While you’re there, be sure to try their masterful fried eggs with fermented soybeans (laba doubao jidan 腊八豆爆鸡蛋). Tudou Wan 土豆丸 (Rmb 32) In and Out Southwest China’s answer to Tater Tots, this Dai minority favorite consists of marble-sized balls of mashed, fried potato. At this smart North Sanlitun restaurant, they arrive at the table non-greasy, light and fluffy with the thinnest, crispiest membrane imaginable – and served with a lime-flavored, spicy-sour dipping sauce.

Warm La Ratte Fingerling Potato with Egg Mimosa (RMB 348) Maison Boulud The ever-resourceful Brian Reimer, executive chef at Maison Boulud, has recently procured La Ratte potatoes, considered one of the world’s finest varieties. Says Reimer: “We poach them in chicken consommé, then ‘monte’ the cooking liquid with Potato Rosti (RMb 35) creme fraiche, peel the potato and Cafe Swiss allow them to cool. They’re warmed Considered something approaching when ordered, a national dish in and we sprink le Rosti are essentially Switzerland, rosti on chopped egg are essentially hash browns with hash browns with yolk, lemon zest, chives and sea salt. added Euro glamour added Euro glamThese are served o u r. Pa r b o i l e d with lemon puree, slow-poached potatoes are grated and shaped quail eggs with pumpernickel crouinto flat cakes, then fried to a crisp tons, a salad of dill and ten grams of in butter or oil, with a little salt and caviar.” ‘Nuff said. pepper. At Cafe Swiss you can order it as a side, or as a main with sliced Batata Wada (RMB 30) veal and sauce (RMB 150). Ganges A fast food-style street snack much Fried Potato with Slowloved in Mumbai, these potato fritCooked Eggs, Onion Confit and ters consist of balls of mashed potaHomemade Chorizo (rmb 108) to flavored with spices, then dipped Agua in a chickpea batter and deep-fried. Chef Jordi Valles has given this classic They’re served scalding hot out of huevos rotos dish a DIY twist, where the fryer, accompanied by a piquant diners smash and bash the eggs into spicy-sour dipping sauce. Great as an the crisp-edged potatoes and sticky appetizer or beer snack. sweet onions to form a delicious mess. “We slow-cook the onions for Hakase Tudou 哈萨克土豆 an hour in olive oil, then fry thin-sliced (RMB 20) potatoes until crisp and brown but Xinjiang Flavor Delicious fluffy in the center,” Valles explains. Restaurant “The fat from the chorizo mixes with This curious dish, roughly translating the egg yolk to make a wonderful as “Kazakh-style potato,” consists of sauce to flavor the potatoes.” potatoes sliced like French fries and wok-fried with strips of beef and Poo Funny Mud (rmb 10) a thick, gravy-like sauce. Bearing Bian Bian Manwu Fantang a vague resemblance to Canada’s Mashed potato, but not as we know it. poutine minus the cheese curds, it’s At this turd-themed eatery just south probably the last thing you’d expect of the Drum Tower, everything – to be served in a Chinese restaurant. including these creamed, oily spuds – Especially if you’re a Canadian. is served in little table-top toilets. And when we say served, we mean Ganguo Tudou Pian 干锅土豆片 sculpted into a classic cartoon spiral. (RMB 22) Elsewhere on the menu, choose Xixiangzi from dishes with names like “feces This great little Hunan restaurant, Chicago toast,”“urinal great noodles,” located in the alleys south of Houhai, and perhaps most worryingly, “two knows exactly what to do with its women one cup.” spuds. Thinly sliced, they are served in a pot over a flame, together with For venue information, see Directory. green and red chillies, onion, garlic

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Last orders The venue We’ll star t at the Great Wall at Jiankou, after a little hike. Clean air, beautiful views, and … er … it’s the Great Wall, man. The starters The cold cucumber dish from Dali Renjia. Spicy, peanuty, crunchy goodness. Then vegetarian steamed dumplings from Din Tai Fung. And spicy cold tofu from the Yunnan restaurant inside Deja Vu Hostel on Baochao Hutong. No idea what it’s called, but it rocks my socks. Madoufu (麻豆腐) from Lao Zhaiyuan – it’s perfectly Beijing and perfectly yummy. Finally, our chef Colmann makes these salty, crunchy pickled vegetables for staff meals – I eat them like candy.

Alisha Bailey Owner, Starfish by Iain Shaw


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The desserts I’m not a massive dessert fan, but the

Something from your own restaurant? Oysters, of course! I’m a big fan of strong-tasting oysters, so I’ll go for Belons, and little Olympias, and some wild Onsets. And some sweeter, buttery ones as well, like the delicate Kumamotos and lovely Yaquina Bays, to mix it up. Yummy. And we need crab cakes, too. Maryland crab cakes made by a real, live Maryland chef! The music Some funky disco beats courtesy of my friend Pete. The entertainment After a lovely meal at the Wall with some funky tunes, we return to the city for one last night of fun. The rest of the night is about lao Beijing in all its glorious forms. After a costume change, we head to Contempio for dirty martinis and a short Peking o p e r a s h ow in t h e i r bea ut iful restored theater where you feel like you’ve stepped back in time. Then we trawl the hutongs and make our own entertainment …

photo: nature zhang

Every month, we ask noteworthy Beijingers to imagine their final meal before leaving the city for good.

The main courses Hot pot! It’s the perfect meal for social gatherings. Everyone gets involved, and it’s steamy and happy. There are too many people to do just one pot, though, so we will need one from Haidilao (with dancing noodle boys!), and one from Sichuan Ren because their mushroom soup is so good it makes me cry.

warm almond milk with youtiao from Shin Yeh is so delicate and perfect that no one can say no to it.


No Reservations

beijing restaurant week’s Onno Schreurs


by Iain Shaw


nno Schreurs is the founder and head of DiningCit y China, the organizers of this month’s inaugural Beijing Restaurant Week.

How many restaurants are involved in Restaurant Week? At the moment, we have 30 restaurants confirmed. This event is going to be here in Beijing every six months, so we’ll build it slowly and add

more restaurants every time. We’ve refused a lot of restaurants as well.

wine. You always spend more than you were planning.

There aren’t many Chinese restaurants taking part. Why so few? Chinese restaurant owners normally don’t want to participate because it’s new. I’d love to see more Chinese restaurants as well, but I’m not worried. They’ll come when they see the effects.

Many people are writing off the Groupon phenomenon. What are your views on that? Groupon is totally different. Groupon is a terrible thing, absolutely not suitable for restaurants. Restaurants don’t like Groupon websites, but they love Restaurant Week.

You tell us some diners set their How do diners alarm clocks to be reserve? sure of getting the “Groupon is a Reservations have Restaurant Week terrible thing” to be made online. reservations they The online booking want. What food system is clear and works fantastiwould you set your alarm for? cally. In the US, 80 percent of all Oysters and champagne. You can restaurant reservations are made wake me up in the middle of any online. Although it’s hard to imagine, night for that. that will come to China as well. And who would you set your What strategies do people use to alarm for breakfast with? get the most out of Restaurant I would love to have dinner with Week? Ferran Adria – a mastermind in Some people only go for lunch cooking. every day. They save on cost and can still taste many restaurants. We DiningCity’s Beijing Restaurant see a lot of people actually saving Week runs Mar 12-18. Reserve at for Restaurant Week. The costs for a three-course menu may be low, but at the end you’ll spend more on

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Beijing’s specialty snacks

his month, we worked up the courage to take on perhaps the most fearsome Taste Test imaginable – Beijing’s specialty snacks (Beijing techan), a proud category of foodstuff now regularly derided even by residents of the capital. With some trepidation, we entered the fray.

“Dragon’s beard” sweets (longxu tang), peanut flavor

“Looks and tastes like paper that went through the washing machine” “When this dragon ate all the peanuts, it seems none of the peanut flavor got stuck in his beard” “Naming something you eat after facial hair hardly inspires confidence” “Drier than an outdoor swimming pool in February”


“It’s the right size. When it comes to mahua, the smaller the better” “Reminds me of a fried dough crisp drenched in syrup that I used to get from a Cantonese bakery” “It’s like crunching through 5,000 sticky years of history” “There’s an ever-present threat of dental disaster with this”

Lüdagun, osmanthus flavor

Fuling jiabing, pumpkin flavor

“I like the spongy texture. Then it starts to taste like medicine” “At least this only sticks to one part of your mouth” “Easy-to-chew taffy” “Like flower y air floating around your mouth. Lovely”

“Is this a Chinese Baptist church communion wafer?” “ Fe e l s l i k e b e i n g fo rce d to eat a Turkish Delight with the wrapper still on” “The texture of the jelly is quite nice. Fun to eat, even if it doesn’t really taste like pumpkin” “ There’s a little bit of crayon flavor there”

Pea cake (wandouhuang)

“I’ve ordered this in lao Beijing restaurants before – it’s not usually this sugary” “Has the crunch of a bad glazed donut” “As if the pea wasn’t good enough to stand up for itself” “Fortunately, it doesn’t taste like eating actual peas – just a lick of pea”


“It’s relaxing to the touch. I wouldn’t mind an armchair made from this” “The filling is a bit bland” “It’s like eating a flower” “Like a mochi with body armor”

Dried tomato

Dried, honey-coated dates

“The grainy texture just gets worse the more you chew” “Mealy. And then the grains just coat your whole mouth and throat” “It’s like it’s exfoliating your mouth” “If you wanted an edible definition of ‘cloying,’ this would be perfect”

“Another way for China to trick us into eating tomatoes like a fruit?” “Very sweet. As pleasantly surprising as a 6am walk in a Beijing park” “I think this would go well with a big pile of cashew nuts” “I’d like to tr y this in a muffin or a scone, without the sugar”

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We can see why some of these are going out of fashion, but much of what we tried was actually quite enjoyable. The matuan, lüdagun and fuling jiabing were the standouts, but for sheer originality, our outright winner was the dried tomato. Don’t write techan off just yet.

photos: sui

Products available at Wangfujing Shipin Shangchang.

Grape Press

Pinot Doubt What’s all the fuss about? by Edward Ragg


ntil 2004, Pinot Noir was cherished mostly by “Pinotp h i l e s .” T h e n t h e b l a c k comedy Sideways came out and with the virtues of Pinot Noir extolled on the big screen, sales rose. Such was the demand that giant US winery Gallo was even duped into buying a blended Languedoc red purporting to be 100 percent Pinot Noir. In truth, Pinot Noir is hard to produce cheaply. This fickle grape is difficult to grow and make into wine. Burgundy is its traditional home, but Pinots from New Zealand, Australia, the US (especially from Oregon, but also California) and Chile are increasingly in demand. Don’t be fooled by the relatively light color. Pinot Noir may lose color quickly in bottle, but when wellmade, is packed with flavor. All of this month’s selections show why Pinot is worth making a fuss over. ONE TO QUAFF 2009 Stonier Pinot Noir, Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, Australia (ASC, RMB 309) Available at Mosto, Capital M One of Australia’s top producers. Medium ruby in color, the nose offers lovely red cherry fruit with herbal aromas and delicate oak. The palate is dry and medium-bodied,

with attractive red fruits, refreshing high acidity, balanced alcohol, medium chewy tannins and impressive length. ONE TO DRINK 2010 Akarua Cadence Pinot Noir, Central Otago, New Zealand (Ruby Red, RMB 365) Available at 132 6965 2351, or email Central Otago is New Zealand’s youngest wine region, but already famous for Pinot Noir. Medium ruby in color, the nose has perfumed red cherry and strawberry fruit with cinnamon-scented oak. Dry and medium-bodied, with lifting high acidity, chewy medium tannins, abundant fruit, balanced alcohol and very good length. ONE TO SAVOR 2009 Savigny-Les-Beaune, Domaine Tollot-Beaut, Burgundy, France (Globus, RMB 655) Available at Medium ruby in color, the nose has perfumed red cherry fruit with delicate oak aromas. Dry, mediumbodied, well-integrated high acidity, silky medium tannins, balanced alcohol and very good length. An excellent vintage.

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

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Thailand Spicy treats at Patara by Iain Shaw


have a fairly bleak opinion of much Thai food in Beijing, and assumed Thais would have similar feelings. So over lunch at Patara, I’m surprised to hear Natsupang Phye Poshyananda, First Secretary at the Thai Embassy, enthuse about several local restaurants. “I like Lime Cafe,” Natsupang says. “There’s also Lotus Thai in the LG Twin Towers, Phrik Thai, and Lan Na Thai at Face.” I ask her for dish recommendations. “Oh, I go to each of them for something different,” she answers with a smile. “Lime Cafe for prawn cake, and chicken in pandan leaf. At Lotus Thai, sweet fried noodle (pad Thai), sour fried sausage, and chicken in coconut milk (tom ka gai). Lan Na Thai does northeastern Thai food, things like sticky rice, grilled chicken and traditional papaya salad.” Patara has several restaurants worldwide, with five Thai chefs staffing the kitchen in Beijing. “If I have a really good friend, and only one opportunity to show them Thai food, I’d take them here,” Natsupang explains as our starters arrive. Natsupang works her way through the starters, her speech frequently punctuated by hums of approval. “This is one of the things I miss from

home,” she says of the chicken satay (RMB 78). “Basically we’d have loads and loads of these, sitting on the street. You’d have it with beer, and chat all night.” She also reminisces about the multitudes of noodle stalls in Thailand, serving noodles with all kinds of sauces. “If you can find that outside Thailand, it’s not going to taste anything like it does at home.” Patara’s tom yam goong (hot and sour prawn soup, RMB 98), is definitely the best I’ve tried in Beijing. “Before I came back, I had this every day for a month,” Natsupang laughs. I speculate that it must be complicated to make at home. “If you want to do it from scratch, yes. But if you just buy the tom yam goong paste, it can be extremely easy.” So can she make it? “I have the chilli paste …” I ask about stocking up on the essentials of a Thai kitchen. “Coconut milk is difficult to find here,” says Natsupang. “You can find the UHT or powdered versions, but fresh milk, no. But actually, most ingredients for Thai food can be found in Sanyuanli Market. You can even find imported sauces, with Thai characters on the packaging.” The main courses are served, and the deepfried garoupa with lemongrass sauce (RMB 358), deep-fried garoupa best shared between at least three, is pretty special. As the lemongrass rises to the fore, sweet and sour flavors tingle on the tongue, forcing you to take a bite of something cooler, yet teasing you to come back for more. Appearances are important, says Natsupang. “The presentation is as much at the core of Thai food as the taste. You find lots of food carving. We like things that are small and delicate, to show that you’ve spent time to prepare it.” Natsupang reflects that even if Beijing had the best Thai restaurants in the world, the picture still wouldn’t be complete. “The things I miss are the things your mum or your granny would make. Not necessarily something to share with the rest of the world. If you’ve got a menu with ten pages, you wouldn’t put those dishes on it.” For her, it’s simple. “I miss my granny’s food the most. Then it’s street food. I think that’s it.”

泰廷泰式料理, 东城区东城区金宝街88号汇6层601室

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photos: sui and nature zhang

Patara Daily 11am-2.30pm, 5-10.30pm. 6/F Jinbao Palace, 88 Jinbao Jie, Dongcheng District. (8522 1678)

+ BARS CLUBS wee drams

FIRST ROUNDS Wudaokou pizza-and-beer joint Red House has opened on Chunxiu Lu, nearby the Holiday Inn. As an opening promotion, they’re offering free Tsingtao refills on Fridays (9-11pm) and Saturdays (10pm-midnight). NL Food & Sports Bar is replacing Beervaria in the Tianyuangang Center, just along the road from Home Plate BBQ. They tell us they’ll be showing European football, rugby and plenty of American sports. The Swan With Two Necks is the newest bar to open in Shunyi’s Pinnacle Plaza. It’s huge, spread over two levels and is well-equipped for showing live sport. S anya-based techno label Hulu Records held their first Beijing party at Lantern last month. Look out for them as they tr y to establish themselves among the big hitters of Beijing’s dance scene.

COMING UP Having parted ways with his former partners at Fubar, Chad Lager is now busy working on three projects. The first of those should be open by the beginning of March. It’s called Brussels Bar & Restaurant, and faces the west entrance of 1949 – The Hidden City in Sanlitun.

Rob swift reaches out at yugong yishan on mar 15

photo: courtesy of the organizers

Talking Pints

The first floor of Luga’s Villa is reopening as a German-themed venue called Taps. Luga tells us there will be simple German food and beer taps on tables allowing customers to pour for themselves. Opening is scheduled for April 1. We assume this is not an April Fool’s joke.

Iain Shaw plays down the Frankie Boyle comparisons



The Haze crew are kicking off a regular residents’ night with the first Haze Club Night on March 30, showcasing the club’s current musical philosophy of house and techno lightened up with touches of disco-infused sounds.

’m on some unknown hutong around Gulou. I’m absolutely freezing, absolutely alone, and pitifully lost. It’s a Monday night. I’m looking for some new bar I’ve heard about. It will turn out to be a cafe that sells Tsingtao and Erdinger. But it will still make these pages, because I need one more new place to write about. There’s at least one night like this every year around this time. My visit to Offside (p34) was the latest, although I had company on this occasion. But 2012 is starting to wake up. Besides the bars featured in this month’s What’s New reviews, we’ve already got places like Red House and Club Hao lined up for next month. I also recently discovered Pubcrawl Beijing. This group’s events seem mainly for tourists and newcomers, but are open to anyone

interested in meeting new people, being bussed around Beijing and enjoying drinks deals and free shooters. See their website (www. for details of their next crawl. Is a comedy scene about to take shape? The Chopschticks events have been bringing overseas talents to Beijing for years, but no regular comedy night has ever succeeded in proving that there are actually funny people living here. Do you know anyone in Beijing who’s funny? I thought I did, but none of them would take to the stage at Comedy Club China‘s open mic night at Paddy O’Shea’s last month. That was a hit-and-miss affair (and not necessarily in that order), but the CCC’s Carlos Ottery is optimistic that the armchair comics will come out of the woodwork soon enough. Get your jokes ready for the next open mic at Paddy’s on March 22. Take a

look at for information on other upcoming shows. And speaking of Paddy’s, March 17 brings your annual excuse to stock up on Guinness merchandise. Keep an eye on for details of St. Patrick’s Day events at all your favorite bars with Irish heritage. Great Leap’s winter shutdown continues, but they’re giving us plenty to write about. They’ll be pouring at JUE Festival at 798 (Mar 10), doing a dinner and beer tasting with Black Sesame Kitchen (Mar 14), hosting a night at Lush (Mar 15) and sampling new stouts for St. Patrick’s Day at the Black Sun (Mar 17). Then they host a “Back Alley Chili Cook-off” at Doujiao Hutong on March 24, and are planning a “Poker Run Pub Crawl” for April 7.

Slow Boat Brewery now have two beers on tap at Home Plate BBQ, and their Pacific Northwest Red Ale is available at Susu for RMB 45. Union Bar & Grille should follow suit soon, and Slow Boat expect to announce distribution to another couple of venues this month. Beijing Homebrewers’ Society’s next meeting takes place from 7-9pm on March 13 at Drei Kronen. That will involve a tour of the bar’s brewing facilities. New members are welcome. The rather under-used Yu in Sanlitun Soho is giving things a push with three hours of free-flow champagne for RMB 188. It’s not going to be top-end champagne, but if you’re the kind of person who goes to hotel brunches for the drinking, this deal’s for you.

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Hidden Lounge Daily 6pm-1am. Rm 101, Bldg 8, CBD2 Apartments (400m west of Third Ring Road), Shuanghuayuan Nanli Erqu, Shuangjing, Chaoyang District (8772 1613) 朝阳区双花园南里二区CBD2总部公寓8号楼101室

Shuangjing’s latest bar is a huge, cavernous basement inside a residential compound. Run by networking guru Brian Gale (Network Club), Hidden Lounge looks better-suited to hosting events and private parties than as a place to hang out every other night. Gale certainly has plenty of plans up his sleeve, from live music to wine tastings and beyond. And there’s nothing stopping you dropping in unannounced, s lu mpi n g de e p in to coz y ar mchairs or retreating into a shoes-off alcove with a gin and tonic (RMB 20) or Long Island (RMB 35). I don’t see Hidden Lounge building the diehard crowd of regulars that other Shuangjing spots like Bang! Bang! and The Brick enjoy. But that’s probably not the intention. Iain Shaw Good for: Private parties

it’s a gas The Bar at Migas Sun-Wed 6pm-2am, Thu-Fri 6pm-late. 6/F, Nali Patio, 81 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District (5208 6061) 朝阳区三里屯路81号那里花园6层


Good for: Dancing, practicing your Spanish Also try: Haze


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Offside Daily 11am-midnight. Chaodou Hutong, Dongcheng District (6401 8867) 东城区炒豆胡同

My heart sank a little when I reached Offside’s door. I had built myself up for an El Nido-style ray of light, ready to liven up Nanluogu Xiang’s bar scene. Offside sounds like it wants to be a fun place, with a sign declaring “rules” like “Guys no shirts no service, Girls no shirts free drinking.” But essentially, it’s a cafe in familiar Gulou style. So there are coffees, sandwiches and cakes, and some guys in the corner playing Scrabble. At least they have a few good beers, with Hoegaarden (RMB 40) and Duvel (RMB 45) as alternatives to Tsingtao (RMB 18). If you want something stronger, there’s also plenty in the way of wine and spirits. For a drink over a board game and chatting with friends, Offside is fine. But so is almost anywhere else. Iain Shaw Good for: Board games

photos: sui and nature zhang

he enormous popularity of Migas’ rooftop last summer was never going to translate to similar success on bitter winter nights. This is the response. The ever-innovative Migas team has knocked through a wall of the entrance foyer, effectively creating a third venue to add to their restaurant and rooftop. I imagine The Bar was conceived when somebody at Migas had a dream in which a siheyuan was dropped on a 798 gallery. The result is an interesting design that will delight arty, hip Beijingers. I’d go for the music more than the drinks, but the cocktails are better than your average club drinks. The classic cocktail list (RMB 55) offers martinis, mojitos (pictured), margaritas and daiquiris, with a few house specials (RMB 65-70). The classic daiquiri was good enough to justify the cost and convinced me to explore the list further next time. A small but varied beer list starts with Asahi at RMB 30. The central bar is oddly shaped, but keeps the dance floor intimately-sized, leaving the area around the entrance for sofas and standing room. On the back of Lantern’s rebirth, with Haze hitting its stride and new faces beginning to emerge, The Bar at Migas encourages the sense that Beijing’s party scene is in rude health. A packed March schedule includes nights from local stalwarts like Patrick Yu, Usami and the Funk Fever crew, with resident DJ Nassdak steadying the ship throughout. Right now, Migas is synonymous with fun times in Beijing – and I can only see this venue enhancing that reputation. Iain Shaw


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f you’re obsessive about the qualit y of your dr inks, Glen remains among the best Beijing has to offer. Whether you’re ordering a cocktail, or something on the rocks from their huge collection of spirits, it’s hard to go wrong here. The style Early 20th-centur y gentleman’s club The punters There’s usually a Japanese businessman at the end of the bar

The music Jazz piano in the background Go to Watch the bartender chip a block of ice into a crystalline sphere Drink The massive whisky selection Most likely celebrity customer Winston Churchill If you like Glen, you’ll probably like … The Ritz-Carlton Bar

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photo: sui and courtesy of the organizers

e asked French house and techno alchemist D’Julz about writing, writers and the importance of being silent. If you were a writer, what kind of books would you be doing? Probably an autobiography, or something about the history of the French electronic scene. Who are your favorite writers? And if they were DJs, what would they be playing? Bret Easton Ellis –  cold wave. Chuck Palahniuk – punk rock. Milan

Kundera – jazz. Do you enjoy silence? I need silence. To think, to meditate, and to rest my ears after many hours in a club. If Paris was reduced to a single sound, what would it be? The noise a train makes as it enters a Metro station – metal grinding and echoing in a tunnel. Definitely the sound of underground Paris. Enjoy the sound of underground Paris when D’Julz plays Lantern on Mar 10.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS The Fortunes and Misfortunes of a Young Rogue Upon His Soujourn in Peking by Jonathan White PART I: CONTAINING SCENES OF A MOSTLY FELICITOUS NATURE, IN WHICH THE HERO SETTLES INTO THE HABITS TRADITIONAL TO YOUNG PERSONS RESIDING ABROAD I. Containing as much of the Past of our Hero as is Necessary or Proper to acquaint the Reader with his Expectations upon Arrival in the Northern Capital. II. The Introduction of our Hero to the Capital’s Less-favored Districts. Locals proffer Warm, Long-necked Tsingtao. A glorious Summer spent Drinking at Plastic Tables on the Pavement. The rare Alchemy of the Aforementioned Tsingtao with Roasted Mutton both Highly Spiced and Skewer’d. III. The Odd Incidence of House Parties. An over-indulgence in Punch, spiked. Our Hero’s first Drunken Encounters with the valiant Knights of the Local Constabulary. IV. The notable Inadequacies of Language. An Initial Rash of Cultural Misunderstandings, abetted by Alcohol, and the Tall Tales thereof, as related to Friends and Family back home. V. Consisting of a Sketch of the Neighborhood of Gongti, where our Hero learns to his Chagrin of the Trapfalls of Things that do Glitter yet not Being Gold. VI. The remarkable Hospitality of The Den, a Hostelry where Man can be Fed and Watered at All Times, both Day and Night. VII.

A Memorable Foray into the Wilds of nocturnal Wudaokou and what Befell our Hero there. His encounter with Koreans in their Lush Habitat. The Humours and Dispositions of their Youth described. An account of the Women. Their multifarious Drinking Games described. A Night of Dissolution that ultimately renders our Hero as Oblivious to the Evening’s Misadventures as though he had Sipped from the Waters of Lethe.

VIII. A short Treatise on Alcohol Poisoning. IX. Wherein a Hospital is visited, Great Fears confessed, and Medical Advice duly dispensed along with the prediction of Dreadful Maladies, which May or May Not have been Blown out of all Proportion. PART II: CONTAINING THE MOST MEMORABLE SCENES FROM A MONTH OF THE TEETOTAL LIFE, WHEREIN NEW COMPATRIOTS ARE SOUGHT OUT AND SUNDRY SOBER PASTIMES ARE ATTEMPTED I. In which a Board Game Cafe finds much Favor with our Hero for its Innocent Entertainments. The Purchase of a VIP Card. A Too-Aggressive Invitation, made to a Stranger, to play at Rummikub. An awkward Denouement that renders the Continued Enjoyment of such Diversions a Stark Impossibility. II. An Excursion into the Hutongs of Peking, where our Hero must channel the Adventurous Spirit of both Aeneas and Odysseus, but not their Risks to Life and Limb, nor Acts of Derring-do, in an Attempt to Navigate a Safe Return from the Mazy Alleys. III. The Resolve of our Hero to remove himself from nocturnal Venues Cacophonous with Auto-Tune in favor of Partaking of the Live Performance of local Musical Troupes. IV. In which he is acquainted with the Tribe of Musical Gazetteers and Pamphleteers who throng the local Livehouses by Night and spend their Days upon the Web, arguing the Merits of their favored Troupes. V.

In which our Hero Resolves to try his Hand as a Satirist, reasoning that his Wit is no less Sound than his New Acquaintances.

VI. His subsequent and increasingly Violent War of Words, over many nights, with a prominent Online Diarist of the local Music Scene; with a Reprint of the Netizens’ Comments in full, including Impudent Speculation about Particulars of the Hero that Cannot Be Discussed in Polite Society. VII. A Peace finally Brokered but too Late to Sweeten the Souring of the Music Scene for our Hero. PART III: WHEN DRINK RETURNS UPON OUR HERO AND TAKES ITS HOLD 36

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Paper Cuts Story time with Cut Chemist by Iain Shaw


ormer Jurassic 5 DJ and producer Cut Chemist mak es his way back to Beijing this month. We spoke to him about his favorite reads, dreams of magazine cover stardom and the joy of the printed word. What was your favorite thing to read when you were a kid? “Choose Your O wn Adventure” stories were my favorite – the books that had different endings and the reader had to blindly choose one.

you ban? I won’t answer this one. Sorry. Presumably, you’re a lover of vinyl. Do you have a similar fondness for print media over digital forms of reading? I like books over digital. The smell of a good old book is like the smell of an old record. The old paper smell … I love it. You’re holding history in your hand. You can’t beat it.

Which will die out first: the bookstore or the “I thought the record store? I thought the record record store store already died, already died” no?

photo: courtesy of the organizers

Which magazine would you most like to see yourself on the cover of? Starlog. It was a sci-fi mag from the early 1980s. I used to read these all the time and wished I could be on the cover one day. Probably because that would mean I would have been a part of the world of science fiction. If you were forced to read only one genre of book for the rest of your life, what would you choose? Probably mystery – that’s the kind of book I can never put down. And if you were forced to ban one book or author, what would

Someone once said the pen is mightier than the sword. Is the beat mightier than both? The pen can stir up a deep range of emotions, and the beat evokes a primitive response. I’ve never known a beat to make me sad or angry. I’ll go with the beat. If your music tells a story, what’s the first line? “Forget it, it’s too risky …” Cut Chemist tells a beat-laden story at Yugong Yishan on Mar 2.

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Pancake Lee


DJ and insurance man by Iain Shaw


rom Peng to Acupuncture, and now Haze, Pancake Lee has made his name with some of Beijing’s best electronic music crews over the years. He talked to us about his school years, dual careers and which Beijing DJ will be the first to pen a memoir.

On childhood “I grew up in Haidian District. It occurred to me that children were different depending on which district of Beijing they grew up in. The main difference was between those who came from hutongs and those who grew up in residential compounds” “I was a naughty student at school, but performed well academically. I was popular with the girls. I wanted to grow up to become a mathematician or a historian” On the day job “I’m a Principal Consultant at China Insurance Group. I’m responsible mainly for presenting financial plans and family protection plans to clients” “Having a day job makes my life as a DJ easier. It means I don’t have to think about DJing to make money, just to relax and make some music” “My day job is something bigger than just selling insurance. It actually solves problems for

families who can’t afford emergencies. Every time I sell a contract, I feel happy. It’s about more than just making my commission. The same goes for music. If someone else is happy in the soul, I’ll be happy too”

On music “One musician I love is Trentemøller. His music and voice are neat, simple and beautiful – his music touches me deeply” “I started DJing at parties in Beijing in 2003 or 2004. At that time, disco was huge in Beijing. Opening a club was more risky, and the chances of success were much lower” On Haze “Haze’s Yang Bing has been one of the most important teachers I’ve had as a DJ. Because of that, getting involved with Haze was an easy decision for me. Our new Haze Club Night will be the resident DJs’ first project as a team” On books “I think Jackson Lee should be the first Beijing DJ to publish a book about the electronic scene here. He was the first Beijinger to start DJing, so he’s the best person to write a good book” Haze Club Night launches on Mar 30.

Is This Beijing’s Brainiest Bartender? Contestant: Anthony Tao, Kro’s Nest Specialist Subject: Baseball GENERAL KNOWLEDGE


How many muscles are in the human ear: six, eight or ten? Muscles, huh? Muscles in the human ear. Muscles? Let’s go … ten.

The first “modern” World Series took place in 1903. Who won? The Boston Pilgrims beat the Pittsburgh Pirates.

What’s the name of Indonesia’s national airline? The national airline. I think Jetstar is Singaporean, right? It’s not something as silly as Jakarta Air, is it? I’ll just go with Jetstar.

Who was the first President to throw the opening-day pitch: Harding, Taft or Wilson? Oh, that’s a good one. I’m gonna go with Wilson.



Name an animal that can move by jet propulsion. Hmm. Animal … jet … propulsion … Jellyfish?

Which metal is the best conductor of electricity? Boy, I should get this. Let me think. Ooh. This is where my high school science memorization isn’t helping. Electrons. Metal. Eh … copper.


Which capital city is largely powered by geothermal energy? Let’s go with Reykjavik, Iceland.


In which US state is the National Baseball Hall of Fame located? Cooperstown, New York. Unless it’s Cooperstown, Pennsylvania. Oh, boy. New York.

What is the “Green Monster”? That’s the leftfield fence in Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox.

Who wrote the words to “Take Me Out to the Ballgame”? Oh, boy. Much more difficult. Believe it or not, I knew this at one time. Oh. Take me out to the ballgame. Take me out with the crowd. Buy me peanuts and Cracker Jack. I don’t care if we never get back. No.



Verdict: OK, so Anthony isn’t a bartender, but he does oversee plenty of drinking at Kro’s Nest’s quiz night. For a quizmaster, we’d expect ten out of ten, but solid baseball knowledge gives Anthony a respectable five.


Answers 1) six 2) Garuda 3) Many cephalopods can move by jet propulsion – jellyfish and octopus are just two examples 4) silver 5) Reykjavik 6) Boston Americans/Pilgrims 7) William Howard Taft 8) New York 9) A wall at Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox 10) Jack Norworth


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Goober Gun Smell that? It’s the scent of the ’80s. These British pop rockers write frizzy riffs reeking of big hair spray. At first whiff, music snobs may turn up their noses but then they end up headbanging along. What truly stinks is the troupe’s choice of band names – they formerly went by Rat:Daddy and then Idiot 3. The buzz Arena rock revivalists who can surely recite each and every Van Halen and Def Leppard lyric they were raised on. Key tracks “1979,” “Reasons,” “Feelings” They say: In a recent interview with Brit-blog “Unplug the Jukebox,” singer Ian Hardwick admitted the band took their new name from a retro, goospewing toy squirt-gun. We say: Their goofy band name definitely fits their sound – a splash of syrupy choruses and power chords that are bound to stick in your head.

will pg.lost deliver a knockout performance on mar 30?


See them at: MAO Livehouse on Mar 11.


Badr Benjelloun hates missing out

photos: jason mellstrÖm & courtesy of the organizers


his month brings a lot of musical goodness, including the reopening of 2 Kolegas, highly anticipated warmer temperatures (hopefully), the return of JUE Festival and Voodoo Kungfu’s farewell tour. We’ll also see Jon Campbell back in town discussing his perspective of yaogun! So many things to do but so little time. In the words of the evermercurial Freddie Mercury, “I want it all”! I want the most interesting fun stuff when it comes to Beijing’s music scene. I want to hear the most interesting bands, hang out with the rock zeroes and, above all, be everywhere musicians are. Open mic nights are an easy way to connect to the scene and find like-minded people of all levels in places as diverse as Lush (rock), Raying Temple (experimental noise), CD Blues Café (blues) or Jianghu

Liveshow Bar ( jazz). More often than not though, listening to ten people butcher a classic is not my idea of fun. I feel more at home in venues that foster and encourage an openminded exchange, such as 13 Club, Jianghu, Gulou 121 or 2 Kolegas. That’s where the proverbial magic happens way after hours (think 3am). You might find yourself singing a Nirvana tune or improvising some strange lyrics alongside members of Hanggai, Cui Jian, Bad Mamasan or whichever random musician happens to be standing next to you. Surgeon’s warning: Doing this too often might have unexpected consequences on your Chinese! Do not use words you learned from a drunken Ningxia musician in a business meeting. JUE Festival also provides a great opportunity to get your foot

in the scene. The organizers take it upon themselves to provide this “fringe” atmosphere by encouraging locals to get involved, bringing together various types of arts and offering the chance to volunteer. I really like the idea. However, beware catching the virus that causes one to walk around with lensless glasses. There’s no known cure! There are many ways to get in touch with the soft, warm and non-sterile underbelly of Beijing’s underground music scene while it’s still somewhat naïve and innocent. Somehow, it always seems to end with the swallowing of copious amounts of chuan’r and lukewarm drinks. This will be especially true if the warmer days do indeed descend upon us. Badr Benjelloun is our guest music contributor; see

Tizzy Bac’s Hui-Ting Chen “This One’s for You” by Ed Harcourt. A beautiful melody, emotional lyrics, plus the appropriate brass. If you’re a sentimentalist, you’ll shed tears at this brilliant chamber pop ballad. “Mary” by Noah & The Whale. A simple song about strange affection. The strength of its sadness is increased by a gentle folk style that also makes it comforting. “No Kind Words” by The Maccabees. Sharp as a knife. Its precise and cool rhythm can pierce your heart or cut you in half. “Lonely Boy” by The Black Keys. So wild and powerful, full of black humor – it includes all the cool elements you can imagine in alternative rock. Catch Tizzy Bac’s bouncy piano/electro pop at Yugong Yishan on Mar 16.

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The Tree Ever Green Mr. Graceless At a time when nearly every young band is trying to impress everybody else with fashionable electronic technologies or the latest exotic instrument to be found only in Algeria, Mr. Graceless has done a great job with just guitar, bass and drums. This debut sounds like The Libertines plus Velvet Underground, minus the drugs. Their performance could use more practice but the songwriting is assured. Occasional vigorous riffs give away some of their eccentric thoughts, but on the whole, the songs are kept simple, neat and rather soothing. In fact, The Tree Ever Green displays the kind of peace and comfort that probably exists only in the minds of students. Whatever happens after their university graduation this summer, this album will always make them proud. Michelle Dai Standout tracks: “My Channel,” “Young Bird” (幼鸟) Like this? Try ... Velvet Underground & Nico (Velvet Underground), Carsick Cars Please Use Your Body to Break Desire To Escape

Residence A A公馆 On stage, Residence A is able to immerse you in their choice of euphoria, tangle or hysteria. On this tidy record, absent the overwhelming echoes of the livehouse, their magnetism is reduced. Suggestion: Turn it all the way up. Listening to the album straight through, you may hear the story of struggling youth. It opens softly with simple dreamy indie pop tunes, a post-punk vibe starts to make the scene ever more hysterical, suddenly an electronic track breaks the cycle, and then joy and relief at last with a few pop-rock tracks. The tracks are diverse in style but linked together by singer Zhaozhao’s penetrating voice. I found the first half fascinating, but your taste in music might lead to a different conclusion. Michelle Dai Standout tracks: “Smell” (嗅), “Wedding March” (婚礼进行曲) Like this? Try ... The Strokes, P.K. 14, Wang Feng

Wicked game il divo Popera may be a relatively new genre but the clean-cut classical crossover quartet Il Divo has already established themselves as legendar y. They may not be critically acclaimed, but then again, very few Simon Cowell acts are. This classical boy band is popular because they are manufactured, which means their sixth album, Wicked Game, brings more of the same: over-the-top reworkings of pop, classical and Broadway hits, immersed in melodrama. And that’s a good thing. This is pure indulgence – the day off from a diet, that extra hour in bed, wearing expensive underwear to work. If Il Divo can get people interested in Verdi and Puccini, who were the pop stars of their day, then maybe the world actually has something to thank Simon Cowell for. Jovan Belev Standout tracks: “Stay (Ven A Mi),” “Time to Say Goodbye (Con Te Partirò)” See Il Divo live at: MasterCard Center on Mar 1

HEAD OF THE QUEUE Roxette Marie Fredriksson and Per Gessle have been rocking the world as Roxette for over a quarter of a century. With eight albums, a tenyear hiatus and a brain tumor all behind them, they’re bringing their stadium rock to Beijing.

Reasons to avoid The crowd might be a little older than you’re used to. After the show, you wish ... You lived somewhere more suited


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to open-top car rides singing along to “Joyride.” Where? MasterCard Center When? March 12

Death Cab For Cutie are no killers by Michelle Dai


hen Death Cab For Cutie was making cassettes and selling them outside of local clubs back in Bellingham, Washington, their “wildest fantasy was to sell 40,000 records.” They’ve since sold millions and gained a worldwide fan base. We spoke to frontman Ben Gibbard before their upcoming Beijing gig as part of the JUE Festival.

And that became what I really enjoy till this day. How much do you care if people like your music or not? I have made a very concerted effort to not spend my time searching out people’s opinions of myself. We are a successful band but we are not world-famous. We are very well-known to a specific type of person. It’s not like I’m Lenny Kravitz or something. We’ve been blessed by the success of our band, while retaining vir tual anonymity for the individuals in the band.

If you had another chance to name the band, what would you call it? I made a joke about calling it The Killers in “It’s not like 1998. Now I’m kind of i’m lenny glad we had the name we had. It has never kravitz or been a trendy type of something” name. Do you think the term “indie rock” is overused these days? It’s not something that really bothers me. I guess it’s because I don’t see our band as a standard-holder to this term. What were you like in high school? I tried to be into punk rock like everybody else in high school. I went through that phase but things that I started to feel connected with when I was 13, 14 years old were more melodic and underground.

Tell us a fact about you that would surprise your fans. I have a very sour sense of humor. We’ve often said amongst the band that if people could put a microphone in our tour bus and hear the kind of crass humor that’s being thrown around, we’d probably lose fans. Is there anything you want to know about China or Beijing? Are these clubs going to be crazy smoky? How responsive are people if you put up “please don’t smoke” signs during the performance? Refrain from smoking when Death Cab plays at Tango as part of the JUE Festival on Mar 10.

photos: courtesy of the organizers

Reasons to go Listen to your heart.

Fasten Your Seatbelt


loose change FRESH OUT THE BOX After much delay, Christian Louboutin has finally opened up in Sanlitun Village North. If you don’t have RMB 4,000 to spend on a pair of heels, try 3.3 Shopping Center instead – the third floor carries tons of tributes. Nicolas Favard is hosting an exhibition at his Sanlitun boutique featuring contemporary French jewelers, starting March 10. See our events directory for more details. Hong Kong-owned boutique LMC is throwing a new womenswear collection launch party on, you guessed it, International Women’s Day (Mar 8) from 5-8pm. ELLE China has just become ELLE’s first bimonthly publication worldwide – perhaps in an effort to ramp up the competition against Vogue China. Issues will now be released on the 5th and 20th of each month, and cost RMB 10 each. Kick off JUE with the Warm Up to JUE Market on March 10, which will take place at Yuanfen Flow in 798 Art District. Expect plenty of unique arts and crafts, delectable edibles and captivating displays being touted by local vendors.



Tiffany Wang is exercising her prerogative to have a little fun

photoS: courtesy of LANE CRAWFORD AND d.i.s


re Chinese people losing taste for fakes? The Wall Street Journal seems to think so, noting that international retailers are already “rejoicing” over this longawaited shift. I say, not so fast. Sure, I detect change in the air – the emergence of Luxbible (see WNS, p42) as a thriving online and brick-and-mortar boutique being one case in point – but the prevalence of markets like Yashow and 3.3 Shopping Center suggests that we still have a long way to go. Brands like Ricostru (see Atelier, p44) and those sold at Luxbible are only appealing to a very narrow market. The majority of China’s consumers are still straining to find their own singular sartorial identity. Not that I’m complaining. The process has been a great deal of fun to document, and full of pleasant surprises. Who would’ve known that

such a progressive space like Wuhao could exist here – and stowed away deep within the hutongs, no less? Now that spring is on its way, be sure to make a trip down soon – their installations change by the season, a n d t h e Wa t e r - W i n t e r t h e m e definitely deserves viewing. For the fourth year in a row, the JUE Music + Art Festival is coming to Beijing to “celebrate the best of our local creative community.” So far we have already been tipped off about several exciting design collaborations, from ospop’s NEXT GEN Photography Competition (until Mar 3) to Nuandao’s Spring Awakening Design Expo (Mar 17). You can find out more about the first e vent at; meanwhile, the Expo consists of a preview of several local brands including Triple -Major, NLGX Design Store and Lost & Found. (Their products will be available on Nuandao’s corresponding online

store,, from Mar 10-24.) Speaking of online shopping, D.I.S (Dutch Items Shanghai) – a Shanghai-based womenswear brand designed by and for expats – currently only has shops in Shanghai and Hong Kong, but Beijing residents get free shipping on all purchases made via their online sales channel ( Starting this month, Dutch label Stills will also be stocked on their website. And if that’s not incentive enough, see details on a reader gift in Loose Change, right. O f course, March being the month of International Women’s Day (Mar 8), that deal alone won’t be enough to satisfy us ladies. Luckily, stores and spas around town are exploding with discounts and parties in honor of this holiday; stay tuned to for a full list of perks, coming soon.

For all of March, readers of the Beijinger will receive a free scarf (see below) with every purchase of RMB 250 or more on Dutch Items Shanghai’s ecommerce site, Just place your order as per usual, then send an email to webshop@ with the subject, “the Beijinger’s promotion.” Don’t forget to include the order number in the body of the email.

In honor of International Women’s Day, the spas at both Ritz-Carlton Beijing Financial Street and at H ilton B eijing Wangfujing a re offering special package deals for this month only: the Beauty Rejuvenation Treat (RMB 1,999) and the “Spa Lunch Break” (RMB 580+15%), respectively. Visit and for more information. Men, don’t worry – you get perks, too. Bring in a copy of this magazine to Spa de Feng and get a 120-minute massage and toning body scrub for half price.

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WHAT’S NEW SHOPS The Wellness Spa Daily 10am-midnight. Unit 103, Tower 26, Central Park, 6 Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District (6533 6922) 朝阳区朝阳门外大街6号新城国际26号楼103室

gospel of the rich Luxbible Daily 11am-8pm. 6 Fangyuan Xilu (inside Lido Park), Chaoyang District (6435 3855) 朝阳区芳园西路6号丽都公园内


first debuted via its e-commerce site, Founders Miao Lu and Larry Liang explain that they wanted to combine “online accessibility with offline luxury retail components.” The two make a formidable team. With years of experience in fashion and public relations in New York, Miao provides the vision and expertise behind luxury living, while Larry is the brains behind the execution. They work with freelance buyers based in London and Milan who handpick each season’s collection. Most of their products are by up-and-coming designers (i.e. MSGM, Costa Noir, Chatcwin, AVIU), many of whom have been suppliers for top fashion houses like Balenciaga and Marni – and sell like-quality constructed outerwear, denim jeans and fitted dresses for about 40 to 60 percent of the price. You’ll notice few items bear flashy emblems or even name tags. “Some people are more labelconscious,” Miao shrugs. “Our customers know what quality is, and don’t need to be defined by brands.” That is not to say established high-fashion brands aren’t available here. You’ll find vintage Gucci sunglasses and Chanel jewelry, as well as eveningwear by Lanvin and Valentino. But Miao wants her clients to be guided by their eyes and hands, rather than a fumbling desire for status. Just because you have money does not mean you have taste. Luxbible only has eyes for those who do. Tiffany Wang Indulge in: 5+1 Annapurna double-threaded wool knit (RMB 7,000) Also try: Joyce, Lane Crawford


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Also try: Oriental Taipan Massage and Spa, Dragonfly Therapeutic Retreat

Unianswer Daily 11am-9pm. Unit 101, Bldg 6, 29 Sanlitun Beijie, Chaoyang District (138 7188 2796) 朝阳区三里屯北街29号6号楼101室

Korean fashion just doesn’t garner the same admiration among expats as it does locals. The girly frills, inflated prices and small sizes can be off-putting – but that doesn’t mean they ought to be shunned altogether. Keke (who studied economics in San Francisco) and Nana (who formerly worked at Harper’s Bazaar China) opened How and What boutique in Sanlitun Soho last year. This new shop of theirs is much larger and stocks even more Korean labels, along with relatively unknown names from Tokyo, Singapore and Spain. Ultra-chic cocktail dresses, leather jackets and fur capelets do await, but most of the clothes are overpriced and border on tacky. You’ll have better luck with the accessories, which range from McNelly oxfords to a limited selection of wallets and handbags by Hermès, Prada and Céline. Tiffany Wang Indulge in: Leather studded bag by How and What (RMB 4,000) Also try: Jan & Iti, L’sn

photos: nature zhang and courtesy of luxbible and the wellness spa

uxbible is not for the nouveau riche or the bargain shopper. Only a fashion-savvy cosmopolite could fully appreciate the elite offerings of this luxury lifestyle platform. “Luxury is defined by experience, price is just a product,” Luxbible preaches. And the “experience” begins well before you’ve even entered the premises. Everything has been carefully tailored to meet the needs of China’s increasingly discerning consumers, from the secluded location (overlooking a scenic lake in tranquil Lido Park) and the unique brand portfolio (mostly international niche designers) to the top-notch customer service (complimentary product maintenance and a nohassle returns policy). This boutique took over the former Collective Luxury spa space a few months ago, but has only just finished with renovations. They carry the same exclusive range of all-natural beauty products as before, supplemented now with exquisite clothes and accessories. Like more and more incoming labels, Luxbible

Imagine a warm stream of oil dripping continuously on your forehead. Though the sensation sounds reminiscent of Chinese water torture, it’s actually a deeply pleasurable component of the Ayurvedic “Head Over Heels” treatment (RMB 480 for 60 min), an Indian hair health and scalp massage offered exclusively at Hummingbird’s new offshoot spa. The Wellness Spa is more than twice the size of its original branch, and includes extravagant additions such as an espresso bar, a VIP room and an expanded menu – all the while maintaining the same reasonable rates. Owner May Cheng is committed to providing her clients with the very best, often lugging back organic oils from abroad to ensure quality control. She hints at changes to come for the first space, and while she remains vague, it’s obvious she intends to make Hummingbird a lifestyle brand. Will she be successful? We’ll have to let our revitalized locks speak for themselves. Tiffany Wang

INSPECT A GADGET iHome iP57 Portable Stereo System Unzip this magic little case to find an iPhone/ iPod speaker system. It’s powered by a built-in rechargeable battery (as well as AC adapter) to let you enjoy your favorite tunes anywhere you want. RMB 700

Pure One Flow Internet Radio

Philips HMP7000B/93 HD Media Player Not only is it compatible with any HD video format you can name, but you can stream video from your computer wirelessly. Never leave your sofa again!

In addition to all of your FM and DAB favorites, thousands of Internet radio stations are available wherever there’s Wi-Fi. Doubles as a speaker for other music players via the Aux-in connector. RMB 1,050 RMB 1,699

B&O Play Beolit 12 It’s like an aluminum lunchbox that streams audio from your iOS devices wirelessly. Superb sound quality, as you’d expect from Bang & Olufsen. I t also doubles as an iOS device recharger via the USB connector.

Sony DEV-3 Digital Zooming Binoculars Go out and observe distant objects at up to 10x optical zoom, and then go home and watch it all over again on HDTV. Yep, these binoculars can capture 2-D and 3-D HD video and 7MP stills. RMB 5,700 RMB 9,888

body metrics by Joey Guo Withings Wi-Fi Body Scale Don’t dread the scale – let it help you track your fitness progress. This slick machine wirelessly transmits your weight data (weight, BMI, fat and lean muscle mass) to your iOS device, and graphs it over time. RMB 1,200

LARK Sleep Monitor

Withings Smart Blood Pressure Monitor If you’re trying to cut back on salt – or stress – this is how you make sure your new habits are paying off. This easy-to-use cuff displays your blood pressure on your iOS device and saves the data for easy tracking, automatic graphing and evaluation over time. RMB 950

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Only fools underestimate the value of good sleep in staying healthy. This gadget quietly detects your sleep patterns and offers custommade sleep advice accordingly. The wristband is also designed to wake you up with gentle vibrations – perfect for couples who get up at different hours. Basic and Pro models available. RMB 700 and up

February 2012


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his utilitarian jacket will help us transition from winter to spring. Give the parka some modern edge by pairing it with dresses (for ladies) and slim-cut jeans (for men), topped off with ankle boots (for both). For store addresses, see Directory. FOX FUR HOOD LEATHER SLEEVE PARKA Lane Crawford. RMB 54,200


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March 2012

What appeal does it hold for the local market? I am almost certain that the minimalism will eventually work to our advantage – people are beginning to recognize the need for classic styles and textures that are easy to mix.

Very few Chinese designers have gained international recognition. What image do you try to present to the rest of the world? Our team is super young, and so we’re adept at gauging what China’s new generation of stylish, free-thinking youth want. With everything we design, we try to inject a bit of attitude. I think our passion and commitment to authenticity make a world of difference.

Are there any textiles you try to avoid? Any fabric that has been chemically altered.

What is the concept behind the Ricostru aesthetic? Ricostru brings the emphasis back to craft and design. The visual concept is clean and comfortable – a reflection of my current mindset and living conditions.

What’s the first thing you ever sewed? Before I ever studied design, I tried to make myself my own vest.

Which celebrit y can you see wearing your designs, and why? Faye Wong. The simplicity of my designs matches her subtle taste. Name 5 things you only recently learned to love. Red wine Photography Reading maps Weibo Modern dance Browse Ricostru at BNC, Dong Liang Studio or

photos: courtesy of manchit au, zara, lane crawford, uniqlo, topman, candy & caviar and H&m

Manchit Au

icostru is continually touted a s o n e o f C h i n a’s m o s t promising emerging brands. Headed by local designer Manchit Au, the one -year- old label earns credit for its unwaveringly sleek, pared-down clothing and accessories – a refreshing departure from most of the overly embellished items seen around town. We asked Au about the privilege (and accompanying pressures) of representing China’s new era of talent.

+ ARTs CULTURE Snapshots ART

The “Art in the Enlightenment” series at the National Museum of China is coming to a close. Those who enjoy a nice dollop of 18th-century philosophy with their museum-going may want one last visit or a seat at the free closing Forum (Mar 25). Art galleries are also defrosting, with new exhibits at Pekin Fine Arts, Chambers Fine Art, Arrow Factory, White Space, Long March Space, Alexander Ochs and the UCCA. Turner Prize-winning Scottish sound artist Susan Philipsz will also come through Beijing, unveiling new work at the Mizuma & One Gallery as part of the JUE Festival.


So many books, so many choices. jean françois Rauzier's "Angelica" At galerie paris-beijing, from mar 3



Marilyn Mai is keeping her fingers in all the pages


photo: courtesy of galerie paris-beijing

ou are a lazy bum. When your bank account runs low, you start daydreaming of ways to strike it rich doing as little as possible. You’ve asked around and it looks like the best way to do this is to write a book about your unique, crazy experiences in the Middle Kingdom. It will have pandas and dragons and chopsticks on the cover. You write your first paragraph and celebrate by: • Downing a whisky at Glen. Turn to p35. • Buying a parka. Turn to p44. • Taking a nap. Turn to page … zzzz. A well-intentioned friend learns of your plans to become the next great China memoirist and badgers you into showing her what you’ve got so far. As she reads, she rolls her

eyes and mutters: “You realize this has been done before, right? Peter Hessler already wrote about trying to drive, and that Michael Levy guy did the Jewish bit. Also, your stories about fighting at Latte – not unique. My pet terrier got punted out last week and the video his poodle friend took already went viral on Youku. You need an angle.” You sigh. She’s probably right. To address this, you: • Find the nearest infographic on China memoir clichés and study up. Turn to p2. • Hear real authors talk about their work. Turn to p58. • Do some research on writing, editing, and how to get published. Turn to p12. Aha! You’ve got it: the perfect, never-been-done angle. You will actually become a Chinese person,

Naturally, a recent “holiday” means a glut of Chinese rom-coms in theaters, but that ’s not all bad news (see our review for I Do, p47). If you’re looking for something with a little more testosterone, you won’t find it in War Horse or Happy Feet 2, both of which hit theaters here at the end of last month. You will, however, probably find too much of it and nothing else in Killer Elite, which opened Feb 17 and stars Jason Statham, Robert De Niro and Clive Owen. French New Wave queen Agnes Varda brings her early photographic and video work shot in China back to town, with a lively exhibit at CAFA. Screenings of her films will also take place at the UCCA and BC MOMA, but we’ll get you those details via

through a rare and controversial racechange operation. Your observations throughout the journey will be priceless, original, tear-jerking. You begin to bawl, thinking of the meteoric fame this will bring you. Then you realize that this will involve a heck of a lot of work. You decide to give yourself one last weekend of revelry with your nonlocal countenance. This means: • Getting rowdy at the Beijinger’s “Pop-Up Magazine” event. Turn to p59. • Making an appearance at the Forbidden City so tourists can ask to take photos with you one last time. Turn to p20. • Making a quick buck as the foreign face for a Chinese company. Turn to p84.

Seven syllables for you: literary festivals. If you can’t get enough of the written word, this is the month for you. Catch the tail end of Capital M’s festival, and be sure to snatch up your tickets (or get on the right waiting lists) for The Bookworm’s blockbuster events. We highly (and shamelessly) recommend two original new events, brought to you through a dangerous BLF partnership with your favorite magazine editors. Get your tickets for the Pop-Up Magazine and Choose Your Own Adventure before we pay all the homeless people to buy them up.


It’s a good time to let your inner Irish out, and what better way than clapping along to a Celtic Song and Dance Gala (Mar 3) at the lush Forbidden City Concert Hall? Meanwhile, over at the NCPA, Oxford-born Daniel Harding conducts the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra (Mar 9) and the Zhengzhou Song and Dance Troupe make a spectacle of Luoshen, the goddess of love and beauty (Mar 1-3).

OK! Time for your first pigment injection …

March 2012



Call Me Igor

shootin’ the breeze with gary shteyngart by Marilyn Mai


e’s loved by New York’s Lower East Siders, Russian Jews and hopefully his mother, though not necessarily in that order. His novels, The Russian Debutante’s Handbook, Absurdistan and Super Sad True Love Story are send-ups of everything from post-Soviet awakenings and American credit disasters to loserish love. Here, he waxes Shteyngartian … On his fate if he’d stuck with his original name, Igor I’d be an amazing Russian oligarch. Nickel, oil, aluminum, I would have had a hand in all of it. Instead, I’m just another New York writer with lousy facial hair. Why the hell did we ever leave Russia?

On what he’s looking forward to All of it. I love food. I love duck and lamb. I love cities that are sprawling and out of control. When you fly back from, say, Hong Kong or Seoul, and land in New York, everything feels so old and


March 2012

On what he’s most anxious about Oh, I’m anxious about everything no matter where I am. Luckily, the frontiers of chemistry are shifting as we speak. On the short story he’ll write to parody his trip here Getting drunk off of baijiu, falling asleep at my own reading and then making some awful remark at a meeting of the Politburo are all things I plan to do. I mean, that Shteynfarb would plan to do.

“You have to sleep with everyone you meet in Manhattan” On the future of the US and China The jury’s still out on where China is heading, but I know where the US is going. Just look up Argentina on Wikipedia and substitute Washington for Buenos Aires. On writing more about China in the future Sure. But it’s a little too big. I’m looking for something more Korea-sized. On how autobiographical his nerdy leading men are

Not at all. Unlike my last protagonist, my bald spot is not shaped like Ohio. (It’s more West Virginia.) On how he ditched his Russian accent I practiced in front of the mirror. The diction in Baywatch is actually very helpful. As are the CPR tips. On how to go viral on YouTube Two words: James and Franco. On what’s been inspiring him lately I like that book by that guy I’d never heard of, the one set in Vietnam that took 30 years to write. [We think he means Matterhorn, by Karl Marlantes. –Ed.] On his very productive writing routine I eat a small pheasant in the morning and one at night. That plus 1.5 liters of alcohol usually does the trick. On how to get published You have to sleep with everyone you meet in Manhattan until you stumble on the right person in publishing. Try on their glasses. If they’re almost completely blind, you’re getting warmer. Try sleeping with someone at The Bookworm to get into Shteyngart’s sold out BLF appearances on Mar 9 and 11. Or just get on the waiting list.

photo: courtesy of Gary shteyngart

On what convinced him to come to Beijing China’s amazing. And insane. I’ve only been to Shenzhen on the Chinese mainland, and Hong Kong, but there’s something very addictive about the place where the future is being manufactured. Also, as a former Soviet citizen I love pollution, especially when the particles are less than 2.5 micrometers in size.

tired and small.



ART: THE NIGHTMARE GALERIE URS MEILE We all hear about the horrors of schooling in China: marathon studying, severe myopia, high-pressure tests, suicides. Artist Li Zhanyang has watched with trepidation as his 9-year-old daughter braves the academic gauntlet; now he comments on the experience in two new installations. In darkness, a fiberglass schoolgirl encased within walls of exam papers tilts her face upward as a cloud of schoolbags threatens to rain down metal blades. In a second installation, Li plays on the uplifting and damning power of the little red kerchief worn by only the most outstanding students. Well-versed in realistic sculptures meant to push the viewer’s psychological state, Li approaches this topic in a little too cut-and-dry manner for it to be conceptually stimulating. But it’ll be a chilling experience nonetheless. Marilyn Mai Break into a cold sweat at “The Nightmare” from Mar 3 to Apr 29 – part of the JUE Festival.

BOOK: JAMRACH’S MENAGERIE CAROL BIRCH Jaffy Brown is a working boy living a bleak, Dickensian life until he crosses paths with Jamrach, an exotic animals dealer. Soon, he’s swept up into a tiger’s mouth and later sent on a whaling ship to track down a dragon-like beast. Those looking for a whiff of adventure via Jaffy’s tales should be warned that there’s plenty more to sting the nostrils in this very visceral novel. From the scooping of oil from a sperm whale’s head to the ailments, insanities and excretions of men at sea, Birch is the master of in-yourface descriptions. In this work, she clothes them ever so slightly with a gauze of Victorian-era romance. Though the narration is sometimes emotionally distant, the story weaves you in slowly and tightly until you’re completely bound by its grim conclusion. Marilyn Mai Sail the seas with Jaffy via Carol Birch’s talk at The Bookworm on Mar 17.

FILM: I DO (WO YUANYI) SUN ZHOU Li Bingbing plays Tang Weiwei, a beautiful, idealistic and career-driven sheng nü (or “leftover female”) who insists on marrying for love despite pressure from friends and family to settle down. Yes, it’s been done. But a superb cast and confident script set this one apart. Issues like status, compatibility, trust, self-respect and timing play out with wit and wisdom as Weiwei finds herself caught between a rich prince from her past (Duan Yihong) and a loyal everyman who wants her future (Sun Honglei). Throughout, gorgeous saturated cinematography of Beijing’s skyline and posh locales casts the city as the glamorous global metropolis it aspires to be (or has already become?). It’s too bad the ending is mildly unsatisfying, but if you’re in the mood for a solid, grown-up romantic comedy, this is the ticket. Marilyn Mai Say I Do in theaters around town.


photos: Courtesy of the organizers

THE BOOKWORM / PUNK It’s easy to hear the description “poetry meets stand-up comedy” and groan, but trust us, this show’s worth catching. Clare first made waves at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2010, where “Death Drive” landed on many a highlight list. The performance, in which Tim shares about a botched father-son suicide challenge and his unlikely dreams, now makes its debut in Beijing. Sure, some of the poetry’s in the rhyming (flabby/Punjabi), but it’s also in the physicality of his stage presence, the way he waxes vulnerable about being a loser … and in his ukulele. (What can we say? Tiny instruments are profound.) But beyond the showmanship, Clare’s words resonate because they are dark, funny and painfully true. Marilyn Mai Take a ride with Clare as part of this year’s BLF on Mar 19 (The Bookworm) and Mar 21 (Punk).

YU HUA IN 7 Q’S THE CHINESE AUTHOR TALKS WRITING, MORTUARIES AND SLEEP by Marilyn Mai What’s been your biggest breakthrough? The best breakthrough an author can have is to forget his previous successes. Each time he sits down to write, he should imagine himself a novice again.

the stark honesty about China in your book? My attitude about writing has always been about honesty, whether in my novels or this nonfiction book. I love my country. If some have said that my work has a spirit of unyielding criticism, then I’d say this criticism arises out of my love for the country, not from anywhere else.

In China in Ten Words, you confess to faking stomach pains to avoid your father’s “We’d take deep Th e s to r i e s f ro m anger. Do you still do that? your childhood are breaths from No, there’s really no the best. Can you the exhaust” need anymore. But s h a re m o re w i t h sometimes when my us? son complains his stomach hurts, I Back then my friends and I would suspect he’s faking it … often leave our little town and walk along the beach to the public You also describe finding peace road, where we’d wait for hours and and quiet on a cool burial stone hours, then jump and holler when a in your hometown. Where can you big truck passed. We’d chase those experience that now? trucks and take deep breaths from Actually, it was the cement bed of a the exhaust – we thought it smelled mortuary. That kind of quiet was a so sweet. thing of the past. Beijing now is so rowdy. Even its mortuaries. What’s your writing routine? As long as I’m well fed and well-slept, What sparked your idea for China then I can write. But these days, the in Ten Words? former’s easier than the latter. Lately, When I toured the States to publicize I always feel like I’m missing just one the English version of my novel, hour of sleep from the night before, Brothers, Allan Barr (who translated so before I write I lie down and try that novel) invited me to speak at to get it back. Inevitably, the day will Pomona College. As I prepared two pass without me getting that hour stories titled “People” and “Leader,” I back or writing anything. I haven’t realized there was a book in this. On been very productive … our way to the beach in Los Angeles, I officially decided I’d write it and Allan Yu Hua shares more than ten words gleefully agreed to translate it. at The Bookworm on Mar 11 & 14. (His events are sold out, but get yourselves How are people responding to on the waiting list!)

March 2012







u Dexin never trained as an artist, and now he considers himself long retired. So even as the UCCA installs a seminal and ambitious retrospective celebrating his work (they hope to take it on tour afterward), he’s fine observing from afar. One of the most tight-lipped of China’s early avant-garde artists, Gu is best known for using rotting food as part of his practice – meat, bananas, apples. It’s art that performs itself, and that you can often smell before you see. But there’s more: paintings, expansive collections of plastic and ceramic toys. Here’s a sneak peek at what’s in store.

Luka Lesson Australian Poetry Slam champion The book on my shelf with the most sentimental value is The Road to Rembetika by Gail Holst. It’s about the history of a certain style of popular music, “Rembetika,” which developed in Greece during the ’30s, ’40s and ’50s. There are great old photos, lyrics and stories of days long gone of brave men and women living through hard times by expressing themselves in both overtly angst-ridden and masterfully encoded ways. My parents are both Greek so it’s very dear to me. The bookshelf I’d most like a peek at is Frida Kahlo’s. Especially her sketch and idea books. 

See “The Important Thing is Not the Meat” at the UCCA, Mar 24-May 27.


March 2012

Subway reading? Subway writing, more like. I wrote much of my piece “The New Crusades” on a train. And I like people-watching so I’m mostly reading faces and awkward public situations and writing about them, while pretending to listen to music and be unaware.

My favorite book from childhood is The BFG by Roald Dahl. The character in a book I’ve had a crush on is the protagonist, Neri, from Ocean Girl by Peter Hepworth. It also became a television series when I was growing up. I thought for sure I was the “ocean boy” she was looking for – she just hadn’t met me yet! I’m still in love with her. It’s a bit ridiculous.   The last book I read was Dying Words by Nicholas Evans, about the loss of indigenous languages worldwide. There is a great chapter about the Australian context called “Warramurrungunji’s Children.”   Favorite quote from a book: “Doubt is a pain too lonely to know that Faith is his twin brother.” – Khalil Gibran, The Prophet Luka Lesson will be performing and speaking at BLF events on Mar 11, 13, 15, 16 and 17.

photos: courtesy of mylie nauendorf and the ucca

The book I wish I hadn’t read is Sleepers by Lorenzo Carcaterra ... I love this book so so much, but I don’t think I’ll read it again. To know it’s a true story is so sad. Such a great book, but it is disturbing.

The book I hid before you came around was Lonely Planet Beijing. I’m doing terrible tourist-style research. Don’t tell anyone.


AT THE BUZZER Jeremy Lin is whatever the current slang for “really quite good” is. He’s been dropping bombs in the NBA at the New York Knickerbockers. He’s gone from “guy who was cut by the Rockets and then sent to the D-league” to “the new Yao Ming” in under a month. In fact, he’s better than Yao as he’s already been to university. Harvard, no less. In other hoop news, the NBA revealed that they drew 96 million viewers during their debut Chinese New Year Celebration. And consider how that was before Jeremy Lin got everyone’s knickerbockers in a twist. Both Mashup and Pyro Pizza are hosting beer pong tournaments in March. For those who doubt whether beer pong is a sport, it is. Just. Beijing Cricket Club star t their season this month. The highlight will be June’s Beijing International Cricket Sixes. The Beijing Guardians have started training for the Beijing-Shanghai Bowl, which takes place in May. Mashup are intermittently playing pickup football before they start their flag football season on April 13. To find out more, see

linsomnia? jeremy lin looks tired of all these puns on his name

Talking Balls Jonathan White Can’t See The Signs

photo: nBA china


et yourself some passport photos and a pen. March is the month of signing-up for sports. The international women of Beijing Ladies Golfers have their season opening luncheon on March 8 (which, fittingly enough, is also International Women’s Day). The less gender-specific Beijing Golfers get the march on them by starting their season on March 3 with their annual Polar Classic. If golfers are outside, then you know it’s warmer weather – there is a reason that they call them fairways. Everyone’s getting in on the act, including us. We’re putting a team in the ClubFootball Spring League and we need you to play for us. There’ll be news of how to sign up for Beijing’s newest five-a-side team on For fans of the 11-a-side game, the International

Friendship Football Club’s season has also resumed. According to the always reliable Wikipedia, other football codes exist. This is certainly true in Beijing. The Beijing Bombers reprise their Aussie rules training while Beijing GAA do the same for Gaelic football. They’re both readying themselves for their all-action compromise rules showdown on April 14. Hockey may not be any kind of football at all, but you’ll be willing to forgive that when the payoff for Beijing Hockey Club’s sessions is a trip to next month’s Hong Kong Sixes. If you got involved in Heyrunning last month, you must be almost ready for the 10km cross-country slog of Harrowthon 2012. The event is in aid of Fengtai Orphanage so there’s good reason to sign up. The better news is that they are willing to take runners right until the race

starts at 10am on Sunday, March 18. This means you can leave the decision until you’re still drunk from the night before. The night before is, of course, St. Patrick’s Day. The saint himself was sporty enough to have St. Patrick’s Athletic named after him, and his day is marked by two local rivals going head-to-head. The Beijing Devils and the Beijing Aardvarks reignite their rivalry by both having their registration nights for the new season on March 17. The Devils are at The Den and the Aardvarks can be found yards away in Danger Doyle’s. Both are promising you a season of rugby, related antics and a very boozy sign-up night. It’ll be a foolish man who braves the no man’s land of Gung Ho! that evening. Hopefully no one gets a wrist injury from all this signing up.

Hopefully the second-seed Beijing Ducks will still be going strong in the CBA Playoffs. The playoffs began on February 22. If the first round needs all five games, then they’ll play on March 2 in Beijing. Football comes home to Gongti as both the Chinese Super League and AFC Champions’ League kick off. The continental competition’s group stage lasts into May, so there’s a month or two to enjoy Asia’s showpiece tournament. The provisional schedule suggested home games against Shanghai Shenhua (Mar 16) and Tianjin Teda (Mar 30), but that has since vanished from the Internet. March’s Sports on TV (Beijing time) Mar 7-8 & 14-15 UEFA Champions’ League Round of 16 Mar 9 & 16 Europa League Round of 16 Mar 18 F1 Australian Grand Prix Mar 25 F1 Malaysian Grand Prix Mar 28 & 29 UEFA Champions’ League quarterfinals Mar 30 Europa League quarter-finals Every weekend RBS Six Nations Rugby

March 2012



Badges of Honor A Guide To The 2012 CSL Season Team Logos


he CSL begins this month just before the CBA concludes for the year. As befits a league that has just coaxed Nicolas Anelka to Shanghai and boasts some of the highest-paid players in the world, it has team logos as interesting as some of the club’s owners.

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Here’s a taster of the in-depth breakdown we’ve done of this season’s CBA logos. Look out for the full version on If you’d like to see the logos in the flesh, then scoot below for the details on Beijing Guoan home games this month.

Relegation has robbed us of the two logos closest to a traditional football club’s. Chendgu’s relationship with Sheffield United explains theirs but Shenzhen Ruby sail alarmingly close to the design of River Plate. Maybe among the laurels, crowns and stars nobody will notice the design influence of Lazio (newly promoted Dalian Aerbin) and Motherwell (newly relocated Guizhou Renhe) in this season’s teams. However, relegation has robbed us of the two logos closest to a traditional football club’s; Chengdu’s relationship with Sheffield United explains theirs, but Shenzhen Ruby sail alarmingly close to the design of River Plate.













Beijing Guoan


Changchun Yatai





Dalian Aerbin

Dalian Shide




Guangzhou Evergrande

Guangzhou R&F

Guizhou Renhe

Hangzhou Greentown







Henan Construction

Jiangsu Sainty

Liaoning Whowin

Qingdao Jonoon

Shandong Luneng

Shanghai Shenhua

Shanghai Shenxin*

Tianjin Teda






Footballs are the lifeblood of any football team and the CSL wears its balls on its heart when it comes to logos. This is one element where the designers seem to have been told to go for broke, although most takes are a derivation of the classic Adidas Tango matchball. Henan’s ball is notable for being the same size as waves while Qingdao’s has the ability to alter the shape of animals. M







Beijing Guoan


Changchun Yatai

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Guangzhou Evergrande

Guangzhou R&F

Hangzhou Greentown

Henan Construction

Qingdao Jonoon

Shandong Luneng

Tianjin Teda

A diverse menagerie adorns the chests of CSL players. Changhcun’s dragon and Guizhou’s monkey are notable examples of Chinese influence in the design. Guangzhou R&F has the most authentic football club badge, despite only being formed in the close season. Its crest features a pair of lions who are rampant (rearing in profile upon the hind legs with the forelegs extended).

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Changchun Yatai

Dalian Aerbin

Guizhou Renhe

Guangzhou Evergrande

Guangzhou R&F

Liaoning Whowin




Qingdao Jonoon

Shanghai Shenhua








Mar 10/11: vs. Guangzhou R&F Mar 16: vs. Shanghai Shenhua Mar 20: vs. Brisbane Roar Mar 30: vs. Tianjin Teda



(Schedule is subject to change)

* As we went to print the CSL confirrmed that Nanchang Hengyuan would be relocated to Shanghai and renamed Shanghai Shenxin CMY



March 2012

logos: courtesy of the cSL

The official site for buying Beijing Guoan tickets is Tickets go on sale 14 days before each game. You need to register your application first – if successful, your tickets will be delivered by post. Guoan will play the following CSL and AFC Champions’ League home games at the Workers’ Stadium this month.


Q&A JINDE CHARITIES Jinde Charities provides aid to all those in need, whether that entails obtaining cataract surgeries for the elderly, setting up irrigation systems in regions without clean water, or finding homes for AIDS-affected orphans. Given their commitment to so many different underprivileged communities, we wondered how they are able to effectively distribute their time and money. We asked the vice director, John Ren Dahai, to elaborate on this as well as on the honor of being a selected charity recipient for this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Irish Ball (Mar 17). How did Jinde Charities first come together? When Mother Teresa died in 1997, Fr. JB Zhang (founder of Faith Press) was reminded of the importance of social service. He founded Jinde Charities, formally known as Beifang Jinde Catholic Social Service Center, that May in Shijiazhuang. We are the first non-profit organization (NPO) of the Chinese Catholic Church for social services, and we were officially registered as a foundation in May 2011.

jinde charities helps keep spirits high after the sichuan earthquake

LIVING LA VIDA LOCAL Tiffany Wang is making Guinness cupcakes

photo: courtesy of jinde charities


s I was compiling events this month, it struck me how wide-ranging our selection has become. On top of the de rigueur Chinese cultural lectures and language classes, there are now also cooking workshops on every type of cuisine from Korean (Mar 26) to Burmese (Mar 24). Beijing is truly morphing into an international city. Which is why we can expect to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day (Mar 17) in all its gaiety. On the day, The Hutong is hosting its monthly Seasonal Gourmet Cupcake Making Class – this time in the style of Guinness cupcakes topped off with Baileys whipped cream. I’m not even a fan of cupcakes (I know, I know … frosting makes me feel ill), but this sounds like an irresistible combination. Later that evening comes the St. Patrick’s Day Irish

Ball, which was voted “Best Party of the Year” in our 2011 Reader Bar & Club Awards. You can expect a more lavish affair than ever this year, which marks the event’s 20th anniversary in Beijing. As always there will be lovely green-and-black tuxedos and gowns and free-flow alcohol all night long. Unfortunately, tickets are already sold out, so your only chance to snag a pair is through our exclusive reader giveaway (see Fun & Games, p20). Did we mention proceeds go to charity? See our inter view with Jinde Charities (right), who tell us how they plan on putting the donations to good use. But the Irish are not the only ones who get all the glor y this month. Women also enjoy perks galore on International Women’s Day (Mar 8) – read up on the spa and shopping discounts in the Style section, and on the Interna-

tional Women’s Day 2012 Charity Cocktail Reception (Mar 8) in Events. Meanwhile, innovators and think ers will be celebrated at TEDxBFU’s “Life Is Different” event (Mar 18), where they will initiate dialogue on engaging communities to participate in social enterprise and NGO work. Visit for a list of all the speakers. And finally, onto a more sober ing subjec t: health. I n our haste to immerse ourselves in the community, we too often neglect our wellbeing. Here’s a way to bring the focus back to our bodies. Beijing International SOS Clinic hosts informative talks every month; March brings us Hear t Health (Mar 6) and Exercise Do’s and Don’ts (Mar 20). Best of all, they’re free! What excuse do we have not to attend? See you there.

How do you determine which communities need the most help? Our judgment is usually based on income, location, gender, etc. It’s hard to say who we have helped out the most. In recent years, we have done lots of disaster relief work; among the victims, we’ve done more for children, those affected by AIDS and disease, and ethnic groups in remote areas. What have been some of your most successful projects so far? Disaster relief, elderly care and HIV prevention. Which ones are you struggling with? Jinde wants to implement organic farming projects, but it is not easy to market that kind of farming to peasants hoping to make more income. What do people need to know about China before lending a hand? Some people view China as rich, others say we are still poor. Jinde wants people to see the real China in all its vastness. For example, while there are billionaires in Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen, there are also many who don’t have enough food to eat in remote areas. Natural disasters occur every year, but China doesn’t have a functioning NGO system. HIV is still spreading. The list goes on. What do you plan to do with the money raised from the Irish Ball? The donations will be used for poor patients and poor students. Find out how you can help at

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Hands-on ...

Floral Fixation The sweat and tears behind the bouquet by Carleen Wang


always thought of flower arranglost. My anxiety only intensified ing as picking a bunch of different once I took a glance around the types of flowers at random, tossroom. Everyone else seemed to be a ing them into a vase, then fiddling regular! My classmates all appeared around with them until they look focused and relaxed, solemnly movnice. Of course there had to be skill ing about as if they were embarking behind the process, but I never on some kind of spiritual journey. imagined it could be so intricate. For I started with one of the most some, flower arranging is an art, for basic arrangements, using four others a meditative hobby – but for wooden branches, three sets of most, I’d argue, it’s a big old waste roses and a couple leafy twigs. At of time. the bottom of the Perhaps I just lack Where was the big flower pot there was the patience. The a block of green flovase to plop class I attended speral foam to hold the cializes in ikenobo, everything into? flowers in place. an age-old Japanese I felt my confuflower arranging technique. I peered sion mounting. Where was the big into the bucket our teacher had vase to plop everything into? With prepped for us and saw a pile of just a handful of flowers to work with, wooden branches with small furry you’d think it would be so simple buds. This wasn’t at all what I’d had to group everything together. But I in mind. had to press hard to make sure each When she began lecturing about stem was securely fastened – more how I must point certain flowers in onerous than it sounds. My strength the direction of the sun, moon and wasn’t sufficient to keep the flowers earth, I couldn’t help but feel very in place. My sticks refused to curve

in the way they were supposed to. Or to face the sun. When my teacher came by, she clicked her tongue in disapproval and, in a matter of minutes, redid the entire thing and made it look presentable. I left feeling just as lost as when I’d first arrived, only more disheartened. The good news is, if you can’t perfect your practice, you

can just buy a pre-arranged bouquet at a store nearby. For now, I’m still trying to work out how such an arduous activity is supposed to keep you feeling so zen. Sign up for an ik enobo class at 186 1138 3656 or ikenobo-beijing@


alan wong by Tiffany Wang


re you right-footed or left-footed?” asked Alan Wong, the restaurateur behind Hatsune, Kagen and Karaiya Spice House. We were standing in line at the equipment rental booth of Nanshan Nike Park.


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“What?” “Turn around,” he commanded. I obediently obliged, only to find myself shoved without warning from behind. I instinctively landed on my left foot. “You’re a lefty.”

fast attitude has served him well in life. He first moved to Beijing in 2000, opened Hatsune (his very first restaurant) in 2001, and now runs seven restaurants in China and counting. None of his success has diminished his love for snowboarding, however – one of his favorite hobbies since his teen years. “There’s that one moment when you feel like you’re flying,” he raved, a faraway look in his eyes. Inspiring words, particularly when I found I could neither turn nor brake without falling on my butt. At long last, we migrated to the high peaks where Alan could do his thing. I watched him teeter in anticipation at the very top, before skimming down with grace and precision. As he approached the jump, time seemed to stop – his body, suspended in mid-air, twirled like mad before landing in a perfect finish. He breezed up on his board, sending flakes of ice flying all around us. A Chinese instructor standing nearby stared at Alan, mouth agape. Alan simply lifted his goggles and smiled. “Ready for round two?” Entrance and equipment rental start from RMB 120 per hour. Visit w w w.nanshansk for more information.

PHOTOS: judy zhou and courtesy of

restaurateur and snowboarder

I giggled, nervously. Alan has been snowboarding for over 20 years, used to compete professionally, and currently serves as a judge at the annual Nanshan Open. Meanwhile, I’d never snowboarded in my life – so you can imagine my angst at having to hit the slopes by his side. When we finally stepped outside, the air was quiet and still, except for the sounds of skidding snow and bodies whooshing by. “Ready?” Alan grinned at me. His enthusiasm was palpable – contagious, even. He glided sinuously in front of me, instructing me to keep my legs bent and my back straight. On the ride over, he’d been somewhat evasive about what keeps him hooked on snowboarding. “Growing up, it was just kind of cool, you know?” he’d shrugged. But he was quick to deny that doing jumps and running restaurants require any of the same skills. “Maybe perseverance,” he later acknowledged, reflectively. Both just happened to be occupations he enjoyed, and had needed to hone and perfect. The same goes for race car driving and motor biking – other pastimes that satiate his thirst for thrill. So far Alan’s nonchalant yet stead-


Long Weekend

Macau The cliché The Vegas of the East The reality In terms of casino revenue, it’s now bigger than Vegas. The former Portuguese colony also has a startlingly high life expectancy. The sights Colonial architecture and winding streets on the outside. Dice, bright lights, and money on the inside. Top destination The Venetian Macao is the latest, splashiest casino – featuring canals, gondolas and a fake Piazza San Marco. The food Cantonese food predominates, but you should also sample colonial fare. The most authentic caldo verde and feijoada will only be found in pricier Portuguese restaurants, while fusion Macanese dishes worth trying include Galinha a portuguesa and minchee chow dan. Why go now Perhaps you’ll be havin’ the luck o’ the Irish this month? Go get that pot of gold. What to bring Cash and lots of it.

Wish we were there ... packing our trunks for the Jaipur Elephant Festival, India, Mar 7

TRANSIT AUTHORITY Lauren McCarthy is studying the planets

photos: tianjin metropolitan polo club, DAILYTRAVELPHOTOS.COM


f you’d rather not choose your own adventure, why not let your adventure choose you? Taobao Travel has released a report on last year’s travel numbers broken down by astrological signs. Libra? You are the top traveler out of the 12 and generally prefer somewhere in the south of China. If you’re a Taurus, you are more of a homebody. If you happen to run into a big-spending tourist on the streets of Beijing or any other northern city, chances are high that they are a Sagittarius. If you really want to connect to your destination, will guide you to the perfect location whether you need romance, like Cancers, or are a demanding Scorpio. This year Aquarians should head down to Hainan, while curious Geminis would do well with a quick break to Wuxi. If you’re looking for travel opportunities for this month, tickets for Ctrip’s 2013 Around the World

Tour are expected to go on sale. If that’s something you’d consider, act fast. This year’s trip sold out in 13 seconds. Those lucky 11 are currently in the middle of their 66day-long journey circumnavigating the globe that cost RMB 660,000, or 10,000 kuai a day. An earlier, cheaper alternative that will appeal to sport enthusiasts is Hong Kong’s Rugby Sevens (March 23-25). Look into deals being offered by Cathay Pacific. Their packages will sort out your flight as well as a ticket for a match. While down there, you’d be best not eating on the subway or discussing dogs, locusts or pregnancy. For the newest travel options, South African Airlines has just launched a 15-hour non-stop flight between Beijing and Johannesburg. Make sure to pack some translation dictionaries when you go. South Africa has 11 official languages, and while you may be set with Eng-

lish, that still leaves isiZulu, isiXhosa, Afrikaans, Sepedi, Setswana, Sesotho, Xitsonga, SiSwati, Tshivenda and isiNdebele. If you instead choose to hop on Swiss Air’s re-launched route to Zurich you’ve only a mere four national languages to worry about: German, French, Italian and Romansh. Back in China, Context Travel has recently launched their scholarled walking tours in Beijing and Shanghai. While these are a great option for tourists and visitors, expats who want to delve deeper into Beijing’s art scene or various facets of the city’s history will find that there is a lot more to learn about the capital. And as winter draws to an end, now is your last chance to hit the slopes with Culture Yard. If snow is the last thing on your mind, Great Wall hikes and camping trips are starting back up in full force with Dandelion Hiking.

What to buy A new shirt after losing the one off your back. If you have any change left, grab some almond cookies on the way out. Why you’ll want to stay Gambling is addictive. Why you’ll be glad to leave The well’s run dry. Visa info You won’t need a visa to get in. However, visitors who are here in China on a single-entry visa will need a new one to get back into the mainland. Flight information Weekend flights from Beijing start at RMB 2,000 on Air Macau. Alternatively, if you’re popping over from Hong Kong, a helicopter will get you across the bay for nearly the same amount.

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Something Concrete Hong Kong in a New Light photos by Nick Otto


sk anyone what they remember of Hong Kong and they will likely describe an overwhelming landscape of tight, winding streets filled with blinking signs, wafting scents and compressed crowds. But beneath the chaotic cacophony of trolley bells and food hawkers, it’s still possible to find a city of moody stillness and solitude.

Getting There Flights to Hong Kong start between RMB 2,000-3,000, with summer travel being more expensive. Most regional airlines fly direct from Beijing, except for China Eastern, which connects through Shanghai. Flight times are approximately three and a half hours.


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The temple holds over 200,000 woodblocks

The Parkhang Printing Temple

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See them off before they head to SXSW. RMB 100, RMB 70 (advance), RMB 60 (students, advance). 9pm. Yugong Yishan (6404 2711)

Chow down on pies and ales from around the world. Mmmm. RSVP to RMB 200 (includes 2 pies and 6 beers), RMB 150 (members). The Hutong (6404 3355)

Nova Heart, Carsick Cars, Rustic and Deadly Cradle Death


Longjin Band Nothing but reggae, mon. Free. 9.30pm. Temple (131 6107 0713)



Lush Rush Week Mar 12-18. The launchpad for a week of meeting the fresh meat. Lush (8286 3566), Pyro Pizza (8286 6240)



Gather tips from INN’s panel of relocation experts ... if you have to go. RMB 50 (includes coffee, tea and pastries). 10am-noon. The Capital Club Athletic Center (8486 2225 ext 136).

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




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

Get up, stand-up, make them laugh? For more information, see www.comedyclubchina. com. Free. 8pm. Paddy O’Shea’s (6415 6389)

The Magician saws some nuhouse in half. RMB 120, RMB 80 (advance). 11pm. Haze (5900 6128)


Open Mic Comedy


Black Sun Quiz Night

Martini Night

Prime Rib Night

Testing times at Chaoyang Park West Gate. Free. 8pm. Black Sun (6593 6909)

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

250-day Australian Stockyard prime rib. RMB 260 (includes one beer or glass of wine). The Cut, Fairmont Beijing (8507 3617)

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Lulu Galore & Sweet Leaf



INN Monthly Meeting: Leaving Beijing

The sweet sounds of ’50s swing jazz. Smooth. Free. 9.30pm. Temple (131 6107 0713)

15 Open Mic Night


Compass Box Whiskey celebrates the day with special half-price cocktails, canapés and oysters. All profits go to charity. RMB 100+ (suggested donation). 5pm-late. Starfish (186 0120 3623)

The turntablist who’s done time with Herbie Hancock, Cypress Hill and Fat Joe. RMB 100, RMB 80 (advance). 9.30pm. Yugong Yishan (6404 2711)



Rob Swift

A free multi-language film and book exchange. Free. 8pm. Modernista (136 9142 5744; see Nightlife directory)

Pies and Ales


International Women’s Day Cocktail


Laofei Independent Library




Take Me To Belgium II: The Magician


Haze Club Night Resident DJs Pancake Lee, Yang Bing, Kaize, Donald Summer and Max Feelgood launch a monthly mashup of house, disco and more. RMB 50. 10pm. Haze (5900 6128)


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Chinese Landscape Beginner’s Painting Ink-and-water painting is a thousandyear-old tradition, and this class is designed for expats. RMB 160. 10amnoon. China Culture Center (6432 9341)



Dance-punk and electro-pop from Brooklyn-based feminists. RMB 100, RMB 70 (advance). 10pm. Yugong Yishan (6404 2711)

Buy or bring a bottle and join fellow tasters in guessing each participant’s wine. Prizes for the top three tasters. Reservations essential: email beijing@ RMB 300 (non-members), free (members). 3pm. Pudao Wines (8590 3020)



Pudao Wines Blind Tasting




Tim Clare and Luka Lesson perform for a rowdy poetry posse. RMB 100. 9pm. 2 Kolegas (6436 8998)

A 10km cross-country race through Tongzhou in aid of the Fengtai orphanage. Harrowing. RMB 100. 10am. Sign up at







Ten contestants, five judges, all-local ingredients. RMB 100 for ten tastings of chili and a free beer. 4-8pm. Great Leap Brewery

HeyRunning’s monthly run is suitable for all. The first run is free if you bring a copy of the Beijinger. RMB 20. Noon. Chaoyang Park West Gate #3. See for more info.

Chili Cook-off


People’s Run


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The Bookworm International Literary Festival (Mar 9-23) All events take place at The Bookworm unless stated otherwise: The Bookworm Courtyard 4, Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District (6503 2050) 朝阳区工体 北路4号院

FICTION Mar 10 Far to Go: Alison Pick Winner of the 2011 Canadian Jewish Book Award, Pick’s latest novel Far to Go is a riveting family epic set in Czechoslovakia during World War II. RMB 65. 4pm. Friendly Fire: A.B. Yehoshua Listen to stories from one of Israel’s leading lights on his life and work, moderated by Israeli Ambassador to China Amos Nadai. RMB 80. 6pm Comedy of (Dangerous) Errors: Andrei Kurkov Kurkov discusses his fascinatingly absurd characters, the comic tragedy of post-Soviet Ukraine and why every writer should have a pet penguin. RMB 80. 8pm.

with English translation. RMB 65. 8pm.

English translation. RMB 65. 1pm.

Mar 16

The Time in Between: María Dueñas A dark tale of a Spanish dress maker goes under cover during WWII. RMB 65. 6pm.

Solace: Belinda McKeon McKeon discusses life in modern Ireland and the tension between “new” and “old” Ireland. RMB 65. 6pm.

Mar 17 From Banished to Screwed: Han Dong A major voice in Chinese literature since 1990’s, Screwed: a surreal tale of a high school student, during the Cultural Revolution. RMB 65. Noon. Foreign Concession In Shanghai author Xiao Bai’s novel, a French-Chinese photographer becomes entangled with international gunrunners and terrorists. In Chinese with English translation. RMB 65. 6pm Jamrach’s Menagerie: Carol Birch Jamrach’s Menagerie is a fast-paced adventure tale with a haunting twist. Birch talks of dangers and instincts. RMB 65. 8pm.

If you Didn’t Laugh, You’d Cry: Humor, Satire and the Absurd with Andrei Kurkov & Gary Shteyngart Greed, corruption, political scandal and corporate malfeasance run rampant. The best solution? Make a joke. RMB 80. 4pm.

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Mar 12

Men & Monsters: Albert Sánchez Piñol & Carol Birch What happens to humans when we are pushed beyond our breaking point? Birch and Sánchez Piñol discuss. RMB 65. 12pm.

Based on a True Story: Historical Fiction with Alison Pick & Justin Hill The two authors discuss where to draw the line between “history” and “fiction” when writing novels inspired by real events from the past. RMB 65. 1pm. Watch the Throne: Shieldwall with Justin Hill Back to England in 1016, where the kingdom is burning at the hands of marauding invaders. Warring factions fight over the dying king’s crown. RMB 65. 8pm.

Mar 13 Ana Clavel in Conversation The author of Shipwrecked Body discusses gender identity, the complicated labyrinth of the male body and the inspiration behind her work. RMB 65. 8pm.

Mar 14 Pig Boy: JC Burke The Australian novelist often cuts right to the heart of teenage lives and problems – relationships, identity and changing personalities. Join her as she reads from and discusses her latest book Pig Boy. RMB 50. 10am. Knifepoint – Chinese Spy Thrillers: Mai Jia China’s best-known author of spy thrillers, Mai discusses espionage, seduction and the thrill of the chase. In Chinese with English translation. RMB 65. 6pm.

Mar 15 Desire, Despair & Transformation: Janette Turner Hospital & Margo Lanagan Do old tales, tragic heroes and myths matter? These authors remind us that they do with their modern retellings. RMB 65. 6pm. City of the Dragon with Di An Di’s works explore the complexities of modern relationships in China. In Chinese


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The Holy Woman: Qaisra Shahraz The novel explores the complex relationships in Muslim society. Here, Shahraz focuses on the voice of women. RMB 65. 10am.

Better Living Through Plastic Explosives: Hung Huang, Zsuzsi Gartner “Hilarious, exuberant, apocalyptic, heartstopping.” Canadian writer Gartner discusses her latest short story collection. RMB 65. 2pm. Life to the Fullest -The Faster I Walk, the Smaller I Am: Kjersti Skomsvold Skomsvold’s novel follows a recluse nearing the end of her life who is afraid that she will die without anyone knowing she lived. RMB 65. 4pm. Bereft: Chris Womersley Womersley discusses longing, justice and the stories we tell to heal the wounds of war. RMB 65. 6pm. The Day is Dark: Scandinavian Crime Writing with Yrsa Sigurðardóttir Sigurðardóttir’s The Day is Dark is a gripping addition to the genre. RMB RMB 65. 8pm.

Mar 19 The New Generation: Belinda McKeon & Kjersti Skomsvold Listen to two of Europe’s bright new literary stars discuss their work, their process and their inspiration. RMB 65. 1pm. The Underbelly: Chris Womersley, Paul French, Yrsa Sigurðardóttir The three vastly different authors investigate the lives of thieves, murderers and drug dealers. RMB 65. 6pm.

Mar 20 Celluloid Dreams: Zhu Wen & Murong Xuecun Zhu and Murong discuss the challenges writing for the Chinese film industry – the third largest in the world. In Chinese with

Pack Men – Football, Brotherhood and Beer with Alan Blisset Three friends trapped in the madness of the 2008 UEFA Cup final in Manchester. RMB 65. 8pm.

Mar 21 Tibet: The Harmonious Land? With Fan Wen Fan talks about interactions between ethnic minorities, Han culture and foreign missionaries on the Tibetan plateau. In Chinese with English translation. 65 RMB. 6pm. Snow White and Russian Red: Dorota MasIowska The novelist talks about her work and being the voice of a restless generation burdened by violence, drugs, immigration and unemployment. RMB 65. 8pm.

Mar 22 Chick-lit with Chinese Characteristics: Jin Renshun Come hear her intriguing view on who is winning the battle of the sexes in modern China. In Chinese with English translation. RMB 65. 6pm.

Mar 23 The Maker of Heavenly Trousers A fascinating look into the Peking of old. A panel of old China hands to discuss and debate Varè’s infamous work. RMB 65. 1pm.

NONFICTION Mar 11 A Wanderer’s World – Chinese Travel Writing: Xu Zhiyuan The editor-in-chief of the Chinese edition of Business Weekly and a FT contributor is here to talk on his latest book, which chronicles his adventures and journeys around the world. RMB 65. 2pm.

Mar 13 An Eye for Eternity: Mark McKenna In his latest book, An Eye for Eternity: the Life of Manning Clark, McKenna discusses with Chris Warren of the Media Arts Alliance this massive undertaking, seven years in the making. RMB 65. 1pm. Different Realities: Writing Memoir with Hong Ying & Maria Tumarkin The stories mothers tell their daughters: Tumarkin and Hong discuss how to honestly write about the past. RMB 65. 6pm.

Mar 14 Here on Earth – the Natural History of the Planet: Tim Flannery & Jon Watts Science writer Flannery discusses the history of the planet and life on Earth with The Guardian’s Jon Watts. RMB 80. 1pm

Mar 15 Hot Art: Joshua Knelman In his latest book, this Canadian journalist brings to light the mysterious world of International art theft filled with cunning and eccentric characters. RMB 65. 1pm. The Life of Irène Némirovsky and Suite Francaise with Oliver Philip-

ponnat More than sixty years after Irène Némirovsky’s death at Auschwitz, her posthumously published Suite Française swept the international literary scene. Philipponnat gives us an intimate picture of the writer. RMB 80. 3pm.

Mar 16 Wolves Unleashed – How to Train Wolves for Film: Andrew Simpson An interesting insight in to the life of a veteran wolf whisperer. The startling story of the wolf whisperer; Simpson a 20 year veteran shares his. RMB 65. 3pm. Online Chat: Drugs, Dreams and the Making of China with Julia Lovell Though Lovell is no longer able to attend BLF due to personal reasons, you can still discuss the Opium War’s causes as well as its current resonance in China’s foreign policy with the author at a Live Chat on the festival blog. See for details.

Mar 17 The Inside Track – Predicting the Chinese Economy: David Murphy & James Kynge Kynge and Murphy try to cut through the murk to predict trends for China - and the world. RMB 80. 10am. Red Rock – Rock ‘n’ Roll in China: Jonathan Campbell Rebellious rock and roll seems at odds with modern Chinese society. Find out where this thriving underground scene is headed. RMB 80. 4pm.

POETRY Mar 16 Kids Poetry Showcase A special poetry showcase featuring local international school students. RMB 50. MB 50. 10am.

Mar 22 Performance Poetry Mixing poetry, comedy and the ukulele, British performance poet Tim Clare has a unique method of storytelling. RMB 50. 10am.

WORKSHOPS Mar 11 Children’s Books with Peter Brown Children’s books let the imagination run wild. Brown leads an adult workshop on how to use illustrations and narrative to create fun for the kids. RMB 280. 4pm. The Hutong (6404 3355; see Living directory)

Mar 13 SLAM! Children’s Workshop 2011 Australian National Slam winner Luka Lesson teaches the tools of writing slam poetry and hip-hop. RMB 50. 10am.

Mar 15 Comic Strips llustrator Sally Kindberg shows us how to use comic strips to tell stories. RMB 50. 10am.

Mar 17 Comics with Sally Kindberg Sally Kindberg teaches us how to simplify complicated information, use humour and create narrative twists to tell a story in a comic strip. RMB 280. 4pm. The Hutong

Looking for more? Tons more to do at

(6404 3355; see Living directory)

Mar 18 Food from Fiction Learn to make Turkish delight from The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, tea cakes for Alice on her adventure in Wonderland and more! RMB 420. 11 am. The Hutong (6404 3355; see Living directory) Teleplays with Qaisra Shahraz What keeps us hooked? Shahraz takes you through the steps of writing for the small screen. RMB 280. 2pm.

PANELS Mar 17 Ideas: Travel Voice A new concept rolling out at all the Word Alliance festivals, this panel invites Albert Sánchez Piñol from Catalonia, Zhang Lijia from China and Luka Lesson from Australia to debate how the writer’s role of giving voice to the voiceless takes root in different parts of the world. RMB 65. 2pm.

Mar 22 They Think It’s All Over – Sports Writing Alan Bissett, Rowan Simons and Peter Simpson discuss with The Beijinger’s Jonathan White why the narrative of sport is can be so compelling. RMB 80. 1pm.

Mar 23 New, Now, Next – A Discussion on e-Publishing in China and Abroad Michael Tamblyn of Kobo, Jo Lusby of Penguin China and Scarlet He of Apabi discuss what we can expect from e-publishing and whether 2012 will be the year of the Chinese e-book. RMB 65. 6pm.

PERFORMANCE Mar 11 Please Resist Me: a Performance 2011 Australian National Poetry Slam champion Luka Lesson brings his dynamic and powerful spoken word performance. RMB 80. 8pm. Footnotes: David Thomas Broughton English folk singer-guitarist combine improvisation, unconventional instruments radios, televisions, natural field recordings and more. RMB 50. 10pm.

Mar 13 Footnotes: Ciorras The Irish band Ciorras fuses new and old Irish music. RMB 50. 10pm.

Mar 14 Footnotes: Choose your own Adventure You are a Beijinger! – you decide what happens next. RMB 50. 10pm.

Mar 16

Tim Clare gives an encore performance of his brutally honest, hilarious and heartfelt show Death Drive. RMB 100. 7pm. Punk (6410 5222; see Nightlife directory) The Moira Monologues – a “OneWoman” Performance Alan Bissett performs his “one-woman” show, based on stories and characters from his childhood in Falkirk. RMB 50. 10pm.

TRANSLATION Mar 16 The Art of Translation Translation enables important cultural exchange and understanding. Some of the best debate the art of translation. RMB 65. 1pm.

Mar 22 PathLight Magazine Created by Paper Republic and People’s Literature Magazine, with Chinese writers translated into English. RMB 80. 8pm. Translation SLAM: Sing Me a Song! One song. Two translators. Endless possibilities. RMB 50. 10pm.

VISUAL ARTS Mar 15 Footnotes: Electric Shadows – May your Pen Grace the Page A special short film screening for top selections of submissions for BLF 2012. Includes a live performance by Lesson. RMB 50. 10pm.

SOLD OUT Mar 9 Super Sad True Love Story with Gary Shteyngart

Mar 10 Tales from the Countryside with Liang Hong Tiger Head, Snake Tails: China today, how it got there and where it is heading with Jonathan Fenby The Economist Panel A Funny Thing Happened … Beijing Improv

Mar 11 Unnatural Selection: the Consequences of a World Full of Men: Mara Hvistendahl The Death of Mao & the Birth of a New China with James Palmer

Pop-Up Magazine A live action version of this very magazine? It’s all too real. RMB 80. 8pm.

Creative Fiction with Justin Hill

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Mar 14

SLAM! Two dyanamic and powerful performance poets - Tim Clare and Luka Lesson. RMB 100. 9pm. 2 Kolegas (6436 8998; see Nightlife directory)

China in Ten Words with Yu Hua

Mar 18

Memoir with Tim Clare

Putong Hua – Animal Encounters Live storytelling event with some the best of Beijing’s pub, playhouse, classroom and street corner storytellers. RMB 50. 10pm.

Midnight in Peking with Paul French

Mar 20 Footnotes: Cabaret Join Helena, Torbjorn and Alan as they perform some of the great Cabaret songs from the past 100 years. RMB 50. 10pm.

Mar 21

China in Ten Words with Yu Hua

Mar 18 Walking Tour: Literary Beijing

Mar 20 Wolves, Rabbits & Dragons

Mar 21 Committing Journalism For information about waiting lists for sold out events, contact The Bookworm.

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JUE Music+Art Festival (Mar 6-30) This was the full list of confirmed events at the time of going to print. JUE hopes to add to this schedule: see

BARS & CLUBS Mar 9 WHALE! DJs AttacksUnicorns, Bobby Dropper and more. Free. 9pm. 4corners (6401 7797) Mar 15 Rob Swift Ace turntablist. RMB 100, RMB 80 (advance). 9.30pm. Yugong Yishan (6404 2711) Mar 17 Making a Perfect Accident The coolest electronic and new disco beats. Free. 9pm-2am. Siif (6406 9496)


Expect creative handicrafts and fashion designs, with food, art and music to match. Free. 11am-6pm. Yuanfen Flow (5978 9896) Mar 17 Nuandao Spring Design Expo Explore local brands. Free. 11am-6pm. Liang Dian Design Centre (6405 4909) Ongoing Bike to JUE Mar 10-24. Cycle to events and pick up prize vouchers for NLGX. Free. Visit www. for the full list of venues.

ARTS & CULTURE Mar 7 Film: Beijing Bastards Zhang Yuan’s free-form portrait of China’s then-nascent rock scene. RMB 40. 7.30pm. Riverbank Bar and Café (6506 8277)

Mar 9 Excess Luggage Norwegian jazz trio. RMB 50. 9pm-midnight. Hot Cat Club (6400 7868)

Mar 14 Film: I’m Not There Who’s the best Dylan? RMB 40. 7.30pm. Riverbank Bar and Café (6506 8277)

Mar 10 Bloody Woods Darkwave neoclassicists. RMB 40. 9pmmidnight. Blue Stream Bar (no tel)

Mar 16 Artist Talk: Susan Philipsz The art world’s favorite sound artist talks Scottish laments and winning the Turner Prize. Free. 4pm. UCCA (5780 0200)

Death Cab for Cutie See Livehouse, p40. Tickets at 187 0113 3908. RMB 360. 8pm. Tango (6425 5677) Mid-spring: Tea Rockers Quintet Chinese avant-garde. RMB 100. 2-5pm. He Tang Xu Guqin Studio Beisijie, 798 Art District Mar 11 Bluegrass Jam + Workshop Randy Abel Stable’s country twangs. Free. 9-11pm. Hot Cat Club (6400 7868) Mar 16 Tizzy Bac Rockers from Taiwan. RMB 200, RMB 150 (advance). 8pm. Yugong Yishan (6404 2711) Mar 17 Qu Wanting Harbin singer-songwriter. RMB 120, RMB 80 (advance). 9pm. Yugong Yishan (6404 2711) Mar 18 Courtney Wing Operatic pop or symphonic folk? RMB 30. 8-11pm. Jiang Hu Liveshow Bar (6401 5269) Mar 23 AM444 + ROM Jazzy and funked up. RMB 50. 9pm-midnight. 2 Kolegas (6436 8998) Summer Lei and Bit Sound Poetic sounds from award-bagging Taiwanese singer. RMB 260, RMB 200 (advance). 9pm. Yugong Yishan (6404 2711)

Mar 21 Film: Heima Visuals to match Sigur Rós’ sound. RMB 40. 7.30pm. Riverbank Bar and Café (6506 8277) Mar 28 Film: 24 Hour Party People Tribute to Manchester’s music scene. RMB 40. 7.30pm. Riverbank Bar and Café (6506 8277; see Nightlife directory) Mar 29 Film: Esperando el Tsunami This improvisatory film is part road movie, part music doc and part arthouse. RMB 30. 7.30pm. The Hutong (6404 3355) Ongoing Li Zhanyang: The Nightmare Mar 3-Apr 29. A little girl faces the dangers of China’s education system. Free. Galerie Urs Meile (6433 3393) Susan Philipsz: It Means Nothing To Me Mar 17-Apr 15. The Scottish sound artist has teamed up with her 80-year-old father. Free. Mizuma & One Gallery (5127 3267)

LIVING Mar 6 Live Concert Photography Tips you can use at JUE gigs. Reserve at RMB 300. 7-9pm. The Hutong (6404 3355)

Mar 24 Friend or Foe + Rainbow Danger Club Straight-up rock. RMB 50, RMB 40 (students). 9pm. 2 Kolegas (6436 8998)

Mar 20 Beyond Bibimbap: Korean Cuisine Andrew Ahn and CYJO unite food, art and culture. Reserve at events@thehutong. com. RMB 150. 7-9.30pm. The Hutong (6404 3355)

Mar 30 Pg.lost Sweet sounds. RMB 120, RMB 80 (advance). 9pm. Yugong Yishan (6404 2711)

Mar 24 Greening the Beige: Trash to Art Or art from trash. Free. 10am-6pm. Yuanfen Flow (5978 9896)


Music Video and Animation Workshop Innovative Israeli band Eatliz offers a workshop on their creative process. Free. 6-9pm. The Hutong (6404 3355)

Mar 10 Warm Up to JUE Market

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EVENTS aPr events deadline – mar 12

send events to venue info can be found in the directory starting p67. all event details correct at time of going to press.

MAR 1 MUSIC Nova Heart, Carsick Cars, Rustic and Deadly Cradle Death Some of Beijing’s finest join forces. RMB 100, RMB 70 (advance), RMB 60 (students, advance). 9pm. Yugong Yishan (6404 2711)

Dreamer See Mar 1.

RMB 100 (two-day pass, students), RMB 80 (one-day pass), RMB 60 (one-day pass, students). Venue hidden behind a roast chestnut stand, southwest corner of Di’anmen Xidajie and Di’anmennei Dajie Shaddai The Temple residents offer roots reggae for reclining and relaxing. Free. 9.30pm. Temple (131 6107 0713)



Pies and Ales Chow down on pies and ales from around the world. RSVP to RMB 200 (includes 2 pies and 6 beers), RMB 150 (members). The

Tribesmen Reggae, gypsy and flamenco get the Xinjiang treatment. Free. 9.30pm. Temple (131 6107 0713)

Irish Connections: Celebration of Irish Music, Song and Dance Piper Davy Spillane of Riverdance fame, singer/harpist Katie Targett-Adams, the Celtic Connections Choir and the Drake


Homebase Electric Electronic music series featuring local talents. Free. 10pm. Lantern (135 0134 8785) Nassdak Fresh tunes all night with the resident DJ. Free. 9pm. The Bar at Migas (5208 6061)


Ongoing from Mar 10: Beaches of Agnes Varda in China Photos of 1950s China with a New Wave twist. See photo, above.

Ongoing until Mar 25: Lee Kit – It’s Not An Easy Thing Arrow Factory becomes a 1980s music shop.

Mar 16: Artist Talk: Susan Philipsz

Find out how to convince people that sound is art. Part of JUE Festival. Hutong (6404 3355)

MAR 3 BARS & CLUBS Black Train Udance’s Dave K and rising star ESA drop techno bombs. Free. 10pm. Lantern (135 0134 8785)

Pet Conspiracy The local favorites return with a night of electro disco. RMB 80. 11pm. Haze (5900 6128)

Dim Sum Disco Enjoy dance music from disco to electro. Two-for-one drinks before midnight. Free. 10pm. Haze (5900 6128)

Sherlock Groove Eclectic beats all night. Free. 10pm. Q Bar (6595 9239)

Eddie’s Weekend Eddie Lv and Ou Yang house it up. Free. 10pm. Mo Lounge (6413 1019)

MUSIC Toy Head Band The Temple residents bring their rocksteady and ska riddims. Free. 9.30pm. Temple (131 6107 0713)

ARTS & CULTURE Dance Drama: Goddess and the


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Cut Chemist DJ Slide and No Go Die bring the former Jurassic 5 man and DJ Shadow collaborator back to Beijing. RMB 150, RMB 100 (advance). 9pm. Yugong Yishan (6404 2711)


Jundushan Ski Resort & Hot Springs Spend the day on the slopes and the afternoon in the spa. RMB 680. 9am. Culture Yard (8404 4166; see Living directory)



EXPLORE The Top Thirteen Snacks in Old Beijing Discover the delicious Beijing snacks hidden in the hutongs. Free. Time TBD. Ninety Percent Travel (151 1791 6648)

Tea Market Tour to Maliandao Beijing’s largest wholesale market offers teas from all over China and affordable teawares. RMB 250 (includes lunch). 10am3pm. The Hutong (6404 3355)

BSK Cooking Class: Shanxi Noodles Make hand-rolled noodles from scratch, plus savory sauces to go with them. RMB 300. 10am-1pm. Black Sesame Kitchen (136 9147 4408)


Painting Ink-and-water painting is a thousand-yearold tradition, and this class is designed especially for expats. RMB 160. 10am-noon. China Culture Center (6432 9341)


Dance Drama: Goddess and the Dreamer The Zhengzhou Song & Dance Theater bring us a spectacular production based on the Three Kingdoms-era story of Luo Shen, goddess of love and beauty. RMB 80-480. 7.30pm. NCPA Opera House (6655 0000)

Long Valley Village Camping Until Mar 2. Great Wall camping resumes. Pack warm clothes. RMB 850. 9am. Dandelion Hiking (156 5220 0950; see Sports directory)

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Sally Can’t Dance See Mar 3. Day two of the experimental music feast.

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Favela Latin dance rhythms from Bite-size Buddha and Nassdak. Free. 9pm. The Bar at Migas (5208 6061)

MUSIC Sally Can’t Dance D-22 is no more, but the experimental festival lives on. RMB 150 (two-day pass),

School of Irish Dance make merry. RMB 30-580. 7.30pm. Forbidden City Concert Hall (6559 8285) Dance Drama: Goddess and the Dreamer See Mar 1.

SPORTS The Polar Classic The Beijing Golfers kick off the new season at Huatang International Golf Course with a helping hand from the Wine Republic. For info on joining the club email golf@

LIVING BSK Cooking Class: Sichuan Nail the traditional spicy favorites like kungpao chicken. RMB 300. 10am-1pm. Black Sesame Kitchen (136 9147 4408) Chinese Kitchen: Dim Sum Small bites and exciting flavors. RMB 250, RMB 200 (members). 2-4.30pm. The Hutong (6404 3355) Chinese Landscape Beginner’s

British Club Coffee Morning Speaker TBD. No jeans or sneakers. RMB 70, RMB 50 (members). 10am-noon. The Capital Club (8486 2225 ext 260) Talk: Heart Health Family physician Dr. Kersemakers gives tips on preventing cardiovascular disease. Register at Free. 10am-11.30am. Beijing International SOS Clinic (6462 9112) WOW Networking Wonderful Outstanding Women and entrepreneurs of both genders welcome. Register at or 139 1109 8002. RMB 130 (includes drink and lucky draw). 7.30pm-late. The Ritz-Carlton Beijing (5908 8131)

MAR 7 MUSIC Longjin Band Nothing but reggae, mon. Free. 9.30pm. Temple (131 6107 0713)

EXPLORE Chengchiabao Hiking Trek through farmland up to a rugged section of the Wall. RMB 450. 9am. Dandelion Hiking (156 5220 0950; see Sports directory)

MAR 8 MUSIC Randy Abel Stable

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Bringing bluegrass and country to the table. Free. 9.30pm. Temple (131 6107 0713)

STYLE Get Pretty for Spring Come preview and pre-order LMC’s spring collection. Free gift with any purchase. RSVP at 5-8pm. LMC (5135 7184)

ARTS & CULTURE Film: Nine to Five In honor of Women’s Day, Dolly Parton, Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin wreak havoc in the workplace. Free. 8pm. George’s (6553 6299; see Nightlife directory)

SPORTS Season Opening Luncheon Beijing Ladies Golf launch the golf year in style. RMB 250 (lunch), RMB 400 (membership). 11am. Capital Club. Tickets at

LIVING INN Trekkie Make new friends and explore Beijing’s secret gems together. Register before Mar 6 at Free. 9.30am2pm. National Art Museum of China (6401 2252/7076; see A&C directory) International Women’s Day Cocktail Compass Box Whiskey celebrates the day with half-price cocktails, canapés and oysters. All profits go to charity. For details, contact RMB 100+ (suggested donation). 5pm-late. Starfish (6416 5499)

MAR 9 DINING Billecart Salmon Champagne Dinner Five courses paired with champagnes from one of the world’s top champagne houses. RMB 988+15%. 7.30pm. Jaan, Raffles (8500 4331)

BARS & CLUBS Boflex and Nassdak Disco and house until the small hours. Free. 9pm. The Bar at Migas (5208 6061) Eddie’s Weekend House and tech house. Free. 10pm. Mo Lounge (6413 1019) Martin Eyerer German techno master. RMB 100. 10pm. Haze (5900 6128) SheJay: QQ QQ drops the dance floor fillers. Free. 10pm. Lantern (135 0134 8785)

MUSIC 1, 2, Swing Live gypsy jazz. Free. 8-10pm. Le Petit Gourmand (6417 6095) Lulu Galore & Sweet Leaf The sweet sounds of ’50s swing jazz. Smooth. Free. 9.30pm. Temple (131 6107 0713)

ARTS & CULTURE Symphony: Daniel Harding and the Bavarian Radio Orchestra The conductor extraordinaire takes on Brahms and Buckner, with solo violin from Christian Tetzlaff. RMB 200-980. 7.30pm. NCPA Concert Hall (6655 0000) Film: Tokyo Newcomer A Chinese Go champion lands in Tokyo

and helps reunite a lonely Japanese grandmother with her estranged grandson. RMB 40, RMB 30 (seniors + students), RMB 25 (BC100 member), RMB 20 (BC V1000 member). 4pm. Broadway Cinematheque MOMA (8438 8258)

MAR 10 BARS & CLUBS D’Julz French house and techno maestro. RMB 100, RMB 60 (advance). 10pm. Lantern (135 0134 8785) Feel My Bicep Support from the Super Ayi Cleaning Team and Kaize. RMB 40. 10pm. Haze (5900 6128) Funk Fever Third Anniversary Surprise gifts and a generous serving of your favorite funk classics. Free. 9pm. The Bar at Migas (5208 6061) Infused Tunes with Eddie Lv, Mickey Zhang and Azat. Free. 10pm. Punk (6410 5222) Mashup Beer Pong Tournament Throw balls and get drunk. For information and registration, see RMB 100 (per team of two). Time TBD. Kokomo (6413 1019) Pendulum The live drum & bass team are back for more Beijing action. RMB 300, RMB 200 (advance). 10pm. Tango (6425 5677)

MUSIC MEN Dance-punk and electro-pop from Brooklyn-based feminists. RMB 100, RMB 70 (advance). 10pm. Yugong Yishan (6404 2711)

STYLE French Jewelry Exhibition The opening cocktail party for an exhibition featuring seven contemporary French jewellers. Free. 2-7pm. Nicolas Favard (6413 0818)

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

LIVING BSK Cooking Class: With Color Simple Chinese dishes that incorporate the rainbow, from three-mushroom stir-fry to three-color chicken. RMB 300. 10am-1pm. Black Sesame Kitchen (136 9147 4408) Global Kitchen: Pakistani Learn to make naan and curries at home. RMB 250, RMB 200 (members). 2-4.30pm. The Hutong (6404 3355)

MAR 11 DINING Pudao Wines Blind Tasting Buy or bring a bottle and join fellow tasters in guessing the origin, grape varietal and vintage of each participant’s wine. Prizes for the top three tasters. Reservations essential: email RMB 300 (non-members), free (members). 3pm. Pudao Wines (8590 3020)

MUSIC Homecoming, Beijing

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Local punks done good pogo their way back home. RMB 50, RMB 40 (advance). 8pm. Temple (131 6107 0713)

ARTS & CULTURE Film: Tokyo Newcomer See Mar 9.

LIVING Chinese Kitchen: Homemade Organic Tofu Transform organic soybeans into perfectly creamy tofu. RMB 250 (includes take-home materials), RMB 200 (members). 10.30am1pm. The Hutong (6404 3355) Chinese Kitchen: TCM Culinary Series Learn three recipes that follow the nutritional principles of traditional Chinese medicine. RMB 280, RMB 250 (members). 11am-1.30pm. The Hutong (6404 3355) Speed Dating Here’s your chance to woo someone in just six minutes. Reserve at www.fishbowl RMB 150 (includes drink and appetizers). 7pm-late. Ciro’s Pomodoro (5208 6008)

EXPLORE Hutong Tour: Prophets, Prostitutes and Spies Delve into the city’s sometimes seedy past. RMB 120, RMB 100 (members). 10amnoon. The Hutong (6404 3355; see Living directory) Jundushan Ski Resort & Hot Springs See Mar 4.

MAR 12 BARS & CLUBS Lush Rush Week Mar 12-18. The launchpad for a week of drinks specials and events as the new semester gets underway. Lush (8286 3566), Pyro Pizza (8286 6240)

MAR 13 LIVING Headhunter and Social Networking Opportunity knocks for career development. Register at or 139 1109 8002. RMB 130 (includes drink and canapés), RMB 90 (before Mar 12). 7.30pm-late. Flames, Hilton Wangfujing (5812 8888)

MAR 14 DINING Pudao Wines Master Class: Bordeaux and Burgundy Learn about wines, then drink them. Reservations essential: email beijing@ RMB 500 (non-members), free (members). 8.30pm. Pudao Wines (8590 3020)

MUSIC Zhang Si’an What’s French for experimental electrofolk? Free. 9.30pm. Temple (131 6107 0713)

LIVING Chinese Kitchen: Tastes of Beijing Learn more about the city you love through its traditional dishes. RMB 250, RMB 200 (members). 10.30am-1pm. The Hutong (6404 3355)

EXPLORE Panglongshan Great Wall Camping Until Mar 15. Hiking combined with an overnight at a local farmhouse at the foot of the Wall. RMB 850. 9am. Dandelion Hiking (156 5220 0950; see Sports directory)

MAR 15 BARS & CLUBS Iwanna Party Harder Bus All-you-can-drink tour around Beijing, from the Bird’s Nest to the CCTV tower. Email or call 136 8137 8153. RMB 80 (includes wine and beer). 8pm-late. Cheers Wines (6417 1796)

MUSIC End of the World Not the end of the world if you like ska and rockabilly swing. Free. 9.30pm. Temple (131 6107 0713)

LIVING BSK Cooking Class: Winter Favorites Warm up the body with braised winter bamboo shoots and hawthorn rice dumplings. RMB 300. 10am-1pm. Black Sesame Kitchen (136 9147 4408)

MAR 16 BARS & CLUBS The Drop featuring The Unik Oshi and Tnem present dubstep, drumstep, drum & bass and electro from a master engineer. RMB 40 (includes one drink). 10pm. Earl Bar (8511 6646/51) Eddie’s Weekend First Anniversary Ou Yang, QQ, Patrick Yu and friends get the party hats on to celebrate with Eddie Lv. Free. 10pm. Mo Lounge (6413 1019) Indoor Moonlighting Usami and Patrick Yu get their moon suits out to explore the musical cosmos. Free. 10pm. The Bar at Migas (5208 6061) Metrowaves Club Night Berghain regular Efdemin plays the first of a new underground series. RMB 100. 10pm. Lantern (135 0134 8785)

MUSIC We Are Not Invited No one asked them but they will bring a guest DJ along. Free. 9.30pm. Temple (131 6107 0713)

LIVING Introduction to Green Tea Get answers on how to choose it, make it and store it. Reserve at contact@culture RMB 70, RMB 50 (members). 7-9pm. Culture Yard (8404 4166)

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

MAR 17 BARS & CLUBS 1920s Chicago Charleston Party

March 2012


EVENTS Cabaret from the ladies of Moonglow Burlesque. Free. 10pm. Modernista (136 7127 4747) Hot Pot Monthly party featuring both international and local DJs. RMB 100 (includes one drink). 11pm. Punk (6410 5222) Let There Be House featuring LGBT The Pipesmokers (Italy), Donald Summer and Kaize play. RMB 50 (RMB 20 goes to LGBT). 10pm. Haze (5900 6128) Making A Perfect Accident DJ Sodapop brings the beats. Free. 9pm. Siif (6406 9496) Paul Kalkbrenner Techno from the German powerhouse. RMB 300, RMB 250 (advance). 10pm. Tango (6425 5677) Sherlock Groove See Mar 2. St. Patrick’s Day at Q Bar Enjoy a line of green cocktails. Free. 6pmlate. Q Bar (6595 9239)

Ancient Temple Zen Retreat Until Mar 18. For anyone who ever dreamt of living like a monk. Price TBD. Ninety Percent Travel (151 1791 6648)

Yunfoshan Ski Resort Spend a full day with your skis in the snow. RMB 680. 9am. Culture Yard (8404 4166; see Living directory)

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Healthy Bubbalicious The usual fun of the buffet brunch, with interactive games and nutritional information to help you give your health a kick. RMB 498+15% (includes free-flow champagne). 11.30am-3pm. Seasonal Tastes, Westin Chaoyang (5922 8880)

BSK Cooking Class: Knife Skills Improve your mincing, slicing and dicing. RMB 300. 10am-1pm. Black Sesame Kitchen (136 9147 4408)

ARTS & CULTURE Food, Film & Friends: Greece Feta cheese and Ulysses’ Gaze, by Theo Angelopoulos. RMB 240, RMB 200 (members), RMB 30 (screening only). 5pm

INN Coffee Morning: Sanlitun Meet friends in the neighborhood. Free. 10am-noon. The Bookworm (6586 9507;

Uygur Flamenco Rhythmic guitar from the west. Free. 9.30pm. Temple (131 6107 0713)



MAR 23 BARS & CLUBS Footprint Oscar Mulero, the “Spanish King of Techno,” holds court. RMB 100. 10pm. Lantern (135 0134 8785) M. Ross The Science of Sounds man hits up Migas. Free. 9pm. The Bar at Migas (5208 6061)

MUSIC The Beijing Beatles They were once known as the Beijing Quarrymen. Free. 9.30pm. Temple (131 6107 0713)

Sherlock Groove See Mar 2. Take Me To Belgium II: The Magician NEON presents nu-disco hero The Magician, with Belgian beers and giveaways. RMB 120, RMB 80 (advance). 11pm. Haze (5900 6128)


Beijing Aardvarks Registration Night Join the city’s Aardest rugby team. Pay your season dues and drink free all night. Contact Marco at 152 1059 7834. 7pm. Danger Doyle’s (6591 3337)

LIVING Chinese Kitchen: Yunnan Master China’s “in-cuisine,” chock-full of wild veggies, mushrooms and spices. RMB 250, RMB 200 (members). 10am-12.30pm. The Hutong (6404 3355) Peking Opera Workshop Grasp the history, complexity and subtleties of this famous art form. Real actors talk rituals and makeup. RMB 150. 2-4pm. China Culture Center (6432 9341) Seasonal Gourmet Cupcake Making Class St. Patrick’s Day calls for Guinness cupcakes with Bailey’s whipped cream. RMB 280, RMB 250 (members). 2-4.30pm. The Hutong (6404 3355) St. Patrick’s Day Irish Ball Beijing’s only green and black tie event – come celebrate the annual event’s 20th anniversary in Beijing. Book at RMB 1,000. Time TBD. Renaissance Beijing Capital Hotel (5863 8888)


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INN Coffee Morning: Lido Meet friends in the neighborhood. Free. 10am-noon. Maan Coffee (8457 3470; see Dining directory)

Tobias Patrick Varied beats, from Chicago house to Berlin electro. Free. 9pm. The Bar at Migas (5208 6061)



FAME and PRAMS Networking Dress to impress to meet fashion, arts and media industry types. Register at info@ or 139 1109 8002. RMB 130, RMB 90 (before Mar 19). 7.30pm-late. Zeta Bar (5865 5050)

Syndicate Sessions Kay C drops two hours of drum & bass, with Blackie, D-N and Donkey Tonk for backup. RMB 50. 10pm. Lantern (135 0134 8785)

Film: Tokyo Newcomer See Mar 9.

MAR 22 Open Mic Night Get up, stand-up. For more information, see Free. 8pm. Paddy O’Shea’s (6415 6389)

Three to See

St. Patrick’s Day Bash Discounts on green drinks, Celtic music and hourly trivia to get you thinking about the Irish. Free. 8pm. 12SQM (6402 1554)

LIVING Lecture: Daoism, Confucianism and Buddhism Learn more about the three religions that have shaped Chinese thought. RMB 70. 7.30-9.30pm. China Culture Center (6432 9341)

Mar 10: MEN

The superimposing sounds of Brooklyn. See photo, above.

Mar 17: Qu Wanting

Songs from Dongbei. Part of JUE Festival.

Mar 30: Pg.lost

Find out what an “orchestra of the heart” sounds like. Part of JUE Festival. (cooking), 7.30pm (screening). The Hutong (159 0104 6127; see Living directory)

SPORTS Harrowthon A 10km cross-country race through Tongzhou in aid of the Fengtai orphanage. RMB 100. 10am. Sign up at

LIVING Seasonal Gourmet Cupcake Making Class See Mar 17. TEDxBFU: Life Is Different The launch of TEDx’s brand new season, this time in collaboration with Beijing Forestry University. Innovators and thinkers are again brought together to stimulate eager young minds. Price TBD. 2-6pm. 5/F, BFU Library Auditorium (6233 8279)

EXPLORE Hutong Tour: Prophets, Prostitutes and Spies See Mar 11.

see Dining directory) Talk: Exercise Do’s and Don’ts Head physiotherapist Sheilagh Anderson advises on how to improve your fitness regimen. Register at Free. 10am-11.30am. Beijing International SOS Clinic (6462 9112)

MAR 21 BARS & CLUBS Open Mic Night Musicians, singers, poets, rappers and ventriloquists all welcome. No need for advanced registration, but you will need some discernible talent. BYO instruments. Free. 8pm. 12SQM (6402 1554)

MUSIC Union Bunny The music that rabbits committed to the common ownership of the means of production would make. Free. 9.30pm. Temple (131 6107 0713)

Wine Tasting Sample five South African wines. Reservations essential: email lpgourmand@yahoo. com. RMB 258 (includes dinner following wine tasting), RMB 130 (includes wine and appetizers). 7-8.30pm. Le Petit Gourmand (6417 6095) Zombie Disco Squad The Squad returns to bring an infectious house beat. RMB 100 (includes one drink). 11pm. Punk (6410 5222)

MUSIC Jungle Mico Project The project enlist a guest DJ for their drum & bass-cum-dubstep shenanigans. Free. 9.30pm. Temple (131 6107 0713) Zi You Sky Live band mixing French tunes with Chinese sounds. Free. 8-10pm. Le Petit Gourmand (6417 6095)

LIVING Wine and Woks Not your typical Chinese cooking class, nor your haughty wine tasting – this one’s got the best of both. RMB 300, RMB 250 (members). 7-9.30pm. The Hutong (6404 3355)

EXPLORE Ancient City of Xi’an Until Mar 25. See the warriors and walled city over the weekend. RMB 3,400. China Culture Center (6432 9341; see Living

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MAR 24 DINING Back Alley Chili Cook-Off Ten cooks showcase their chili-making skills. To enter, send three sentences explaining “Why you and your chili are awesome” to backalleycookoff@gmail. com before March 10. RMB 120, RMB 100 (advance). 4-8pm. Great Leap Brewery (5717 1399)

BARS & CLUBS 87 Fei 87: Taxeee Tapes Edition Get an exclusive tape custom-made for playing in Beijing taxis. RMB 20 (includes one drink). 11pm. School Bar (6402 8881) Devil and Angel Party Heaven and hell in equal measure. Themed shots available at the bar. RMB 100 (includes one free drink). 9pm. Xiu, Park Hyatt (8567 1108) Eddie’s Weekend Eddie Lv and Donmy Liu spice the weekend up. Free. 10pm. Mo Lounge (6413 1019) Henrik Schwarz Resident Advisor ranked him as their fourth best live act of 2011. How could you miss this? RMB 120, RMB 80 (advance). 11pm. Haze (5900 6128) Housing The Bar Disco and house, with Moretso on clarinet. Free. 9pm. The Bar at Migas (5208 6061) Taiwanese Party Get your qipao on for the monthly theme party. Free. 9.30pm. Modernista (136 7127 4747) Yu Dig House Patrick Yu plays with support from Weng Weng. Free. 10pm. Lantern (135 0134 8785)

LIVING BSK Cooking Class: Vegetarian Dishes like Dongbei salad and twicecooked tofu will keep your body happy and healthy. RMB 300. 10am-1pm. Black Sesame Kitchen (136 9147 4408) Global Kitchen: Burmese Abundant seafood flavors, spicy kicks and sour essences. RMB 250, RMB 200 (members). 2-4.30pm. The Hutong (6404 3355)

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

MAR 25 DINING Pudao Wines Blind Tasting See Mar 11.

ARTS & CULTURE Talk: Enlightenment and Cultures of Knowledge The ongoing “The Art of the Enlightenment” series at the National Museum comes to a close at this final dialogue session about exchanging knowledge across cultures. Free. 2-5pm. National Museum of China Theater (6512 8910)

People’s Run HeyRunning’s monthly run is suitable for all. The first run is free if you bring a copy of the Beijinger. RMB 20 (members). Noon. Chaoyang Park West Gate #3. See www. for more info.

LIVING Chinese Kitchen: Homemade Organic Tofu See Mar 11. 11am-1.30pm and 2.30-5pm. Talk: China on Climate Change WRI’s principal advisor on climate and energy in China, Deborah Seligsohn, discusses what China is doing to address pollution. Register at RMB 250, RMB 180 (members). 6.30-9pm. The Westin Beijing Chaoyang (5922 8888)

EXPLORE Hutong Tour: Prophets, Prostitutes and Spies See Mar 11. Yunfoshan Ski Resort See Mar 18.

MAR 26 LIVING Global Kitchen: Korean Far more than just kimchi. RMB 250, RMB 200 (members). 10.30am-1pm. The Hutong (6404 3355) INN Monthly Meeting: Leaving Beijing Gather tips from INN’s panel of relocation experts to ensure a smooth and stress-free departure. RMB 50 (includes coffee, tea and pastries). 10am-noon. The Capital Club Athletic Center (8486 2225 ext 136).

MAR 27 LIVING INN Night Out! Swap stories with newcomers and longterm residents about living in the nation’s capital. RSVP by Mar 25 at innbeijing@ Free. 7-9pm. Flamme International Grill (6417 8608; see Dining directory)

MAR 28 LIVING Chinese Kitchen: Tastes of Beijing See Mar 14. 2.30-5pm.

MAR 29 ARTS & CULTURE Artist Talk: Keren Cytter The Israeli artist and writer gives an inside look at her new theater work “Show Real Drama,” debuting in Beijing just two days later (at Penghao Theater). Free. UCCA Auditorium (5780 0200)

LIVING BSK Cooking Class: Baozi You won’t ever have to buy ’em off the streets again. RMB 300. 10am-1pm. Black Sesame Kitchen (136 9147 4408) Introduction to Chinese Herbs Find out how all those herbs in your local pharmacy work. RMB 150. Time TBD. The

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MAR 30 BARS & CLUBS Gunne & Zuckermann Berlin duo release “The Language Of Us.” Free. 10pm. Lantern (135 0134 8785) Haze Club Night Resident DJs Pancake Lee, Yang Bing, Kaize, Donald Summer and Max Feelgood launch a monthly mashup of house, disco and more. RMB 50. 10pm. Haze (5900 6128) Nassdak’s Birthday Bash A gathering of DJs join together to celebrate with the Migas resident. Free. 9pm. The Bar at Migas (5208 6061) Street Love Streetkids celebrate their second anniversary by donating all ticket proceeds to Guang Ai school for homeless children. Sets from Kaize, Nassdak, Saul, Blackie and Yauman. RMB 50 (after 10pm). 9pm. Punk (6410 5222)

EXPLORE Pingyao Town Until Apr 1. Visit the Ming Dynasty walled city for a glimpse of traditional culture. RMB 2,500. China Culture Center (6432 9341; see Living directory) Sichuan Panda Reserve and Leshan Buddha Until Apr 1. Explore Sichuan through its sights and food. RMB 5,500. China Culture Center (6432 9341; see Living directory)

MAR 31 BARS & CLUBS Eddie’s Weekend Eddie Lv and QQ bring the March party to a riotous end. Free. 10pm. Mo Lounge (6413 1019) The Horses Laura Ingalls and clement Pony pairing up for a back to back DJ set and production. Price and time TBD. Haze (5900 6128) Pimp Daddy Suiki A journey through genres and generations of electronic grooves. Free. 9pm. The Bar at Migas (5208 6061)

EXPLORE Huanghuacheng Wild Great Wall & Silver Pagoda Forest Step out of Beijing for a day of hiking and outdoor relaxing. RMB 370, RMB 320 (advance). 8am. Culture Yard (8404 4166; see Living directory) Wanginglou Camping Until Apr 1. A gorgeous sunrise and sunset will be well worth the effort of this challenging hike. RMB 850. 9am. Dandelion Hiking (156 5220 0950; see Sports directory)

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

BARS & CLUBS Bookworm Pub Quiz Free drinks guaranteed, cash prize conditional upon supreme intelligence. RMB 5. 7.30pm. The Bookworm (6586 9507)

LIVING Chinese Culture Workshop Get the nitty-gritty on what you really want to know, i.e. popular music and local slang. Reserve at contact@cultureyard. net. RMB 75, RMB 60 (members). 7-8.40pm. Culture Yard (8404 4166) Life Drawing Club Draw live models. Beginners welcome. Register at RMB 60, RMB 50 (members). 7.30-9.30pm. The Hutong (6404 3355) Tai Chi Class This ancient Chinese exercise promises to foster a calm and tranquil mind. RMB 150, RMB 480 (4 classes). 10am-noon. China Culture Center (6432 9341)

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

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

ARTS & CULTURE Laofei Independent Library A free multi-language independent film and book exchange. Find Crime and Punishment in Spanish or The Little Prince in Chinese. Free. 8pm. Modernista (136 9142 5744; see Nightlife directory)

SPORTS Beijing Aardvarks Rugby training. Meet from 6.30pm at Danger Doyle’s (6591 3337) Beijing Devils Rugby training. Meet from 6.30pm at The Den (6592 6290) Dodgeball Ducking, diving and the like. Register at 8.30pm. Dongsi Olympic Community Sports Culture Center

LIVING Beijing Guild Knitting Circle Knit and crochet to your heart’s content; make new friends. Free. 1-4pm. Check for locations (subject to change every week). Calligraphy Course Until Mar 20. No knowledge of Chinese characters necessary – just be enthusiastic and willing to hold a brush. RMB 160, RMB

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EVENTS 480 (4 classes). 10-11.30am. China Culture Center (6432 9341)

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

WEDNESDAYS DINING Curry Wednesday Three different curries offered. RMB 98. Village Cafe (6410 5210) Wine and Dine Free glass of wine with every three-course set dinner. Free. Terra (6591 9148) Wednesday’s Roasts Weekend tradition moves midweek, with roast beef, pork and leg of lamb, with all the traditional sides. 5.30-10.30pm. Grange, Westin Beijing Chaoyang (5922 8888) Wine Fever Buy a bottle and get free-flow tapas. RMB 200. 8-10pm. Enoterra (5208 6076)

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

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

BARS & CLUBS Lost In China Live Latin music. Free. 9.30pm-12.30am. Ciro’s Pomodoro (5208 6008) Girls’ Night Out Two free drinks for ladies, 30 percent off all bottles of Absolut. 9pm-late. Xiu, Park Hyatt (8567 1108) Green Cap Quiz Night Where did she go? Free. 7.30pm. The Green Cap (186 1174 7939) Kro’s Quiz Night Anthony and Jim rock the trivia. Free. 8pm. Kro’s Nest, Xiaoyun Lu (8391 3131)

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

Sparkling & Canapes Titular food and wine flow freely. RMB 280. 7-10pm. Terra (6591 9148)

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)

Beijing Aardvarks See Tuesdays.

Martini Night Grey Goose martinis for RMB 70. 6pm-2am. Atmosphere, China World Summit Wing (6505 2299 ext 6433) Paddy’s Quiz Which quiz host swears the most? Prizes for every round and more. Free. 8.30pm. Paddy O’Shea’s (6415 6389) The Brick Quiz Night Beijing’s only “common sense” quiz night. Free. 8pm. The Brick (139 1113 6564) Whiskey on Wednesday Discounts of 45-50% on special whiskey cocktails. There’s also a different whiskey served half-price on the rocks every week. Free. 6-9pm. Q Bar (6595 9239)

SPORTS Angels Basketball Wings not essential. Contact to play. RMB 80. 7pm. Near the Temple of Heaven. Ultimate Frisbee Pickup sessions before the upcoming season. Email for info. 7.30pm. Beijing City International School

EXPLORE Pedicab Hutong Tour Fill your day with a tour of Beijing’s alleyways, plus visits to a traditional courtyard house, an herbal pharmacy and a porcelain museum. RMB 400, RMB 300 (children 5-11). 9am-4.30pm. China Culture Center (6432 9341; see Living directory)


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SPORTS Beijing Devils See Tuesdays. Expat Squash League Squash with expats in a league format. Court rental costs shared. Email to sign up. 6.30pm. Asia Pacific Building (near Ritan Park)

LIVING Live Zen: Practice & Meditation Gain insight into the teachings and practices of Zen Buddhism. RMB 150, RMB 400 (4 classes). 7.30-9.30pm. China Culture Center (6432 9341)

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

FRIDAYS DINING Fish ‘n’ Chips Friday Soup, fish ‘n’ chips and a dessert. RMB 88. Village Cafe (6410 5210) MEAT Me! Australian tenderloin features in this meatheavy buffet. RMB 328+15%, RMB 108 extra for free-flow house wine and Stella Artois. 6-11pm. Elements, Hilton Beijing

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Seafood Grill Fridays Fresh spread of just-caught lobster, fish, crab and other underwater delights, plus the regular buffet. RMB 268+15%, RMB 398+15% (includes one lobster and access to seafood grill). 5.30-10pm. Kranzler’s, Kempinski Beijing Lufthansa Center (6465 3388)

BARS & CLUBS Basement Two-for-one drinks until midnight. Free. 10pm. Punk (6410 5222) Party Night Fun guaranteed with specials on shooters, cocktails and bottles. Free. Black Sun (6593 6909) Pink Fridays LGBT-friendly evening showcasing pink Piscos, Cosmos and daiquiris. Free. 5pm. Terra (6591 9148) Whiskey Night Get 15 percent discounts on bottles of whiskey. 6pm-2am. Atmosphere, China World Summit Wing (6505 2299 ext 6433)

SATURDAYS DINING Dim Sum Brunch All-you-can-eat dim sum. RMB 108+15%. 11am-2.30pm. Horizon, Kerry Centre Hotel (8565 2188) Feijoada Saturdays Feijoada for the weekend. RMB 128. 11.30am-3pm. Alameda (6417 8084) Mexican Saturdays Fresh tortilla wraps with meat, seafood and vegetable fillings, quesadillas, guacamole and margaritas. RMB 366+15% (regular buffet plus “Mexican Saturday” offerings), RMB 268+15% (regular buffet only). Kranzler’s Restaurant & Bar, Kempinski (6465 3388) Sureño Tapas Lunch Tapas menu of eight rotated weekly. RMB 178. 11.30am-3pm. Sureño, The Opposite House (6410 5240) Taste Brazil SALT offers feijoada, Brazil’s national dish, as well as set meal options. RMB 188 (two courses), RMB 218 (three courses), RMB 168 (feijoada, per person). Noon-3pm. SALT (6437 8457)


SUNDAYS DINING 360° Champagne Brunch Enjoy a fine brunch spread, Mumm champagne and the best homemade ice cream in town. RMB 298-368+15%. 11.30am-3pm. 360°, Hilton Beijing Capital Airport (6458 8888) A Sunday Affair Sundays don’t get better than Veuve Clicquot champagne with oysters, grilled meat, fresh cheese and luscious desserts. RMB 398-498+15%. 11.30am-3pm. Garden Court, St. Regis (6460 6688) American Sunday Roast Prime beef rib cut tableside with all the trimmings. RMB 198+15%, RMB 98+15% extra for wine buffet. Noon-3pm. One East, Hilton Beijing (5865 5030) Barolo Family Sunday Fresh pasta and risotto, with classic Italian desserts and free-flow Italian wines. RMB 388+15%. 11.30am-2pm, 6-10pm. Barolo, Ritz-Carlton Beijing (5908 8151) Bubbly Sundays Caviar, live seafood, tartare stations, make-your-own sushi rolls, teppanyaki ice cream and much more. RMB 398+15% (includes free flow of champagne), RMB 328+15% (free-flow wine and beer), RMB 168+15% (kids under 12), free (kids under 6). 11.30am-3pm. Senses, Westin Financial Street (6629 7810) Dim Sum Feast Sunday All-you-can-eat dim sum – with Dom Perignon if you like. RMB 288+15% (two people), RMB 1,998+15% (two people, includes free-flow Dom Perignon). Qi, Ritz-Carlton Beijing Financial Street (6601 6666) 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) Grand CRU Brunch One of Beijing’s most indulgent Sunday brunches, enjoy Beluga caviar, winter black truffle and live lobster. RMB 688+15% (includes free-flow champagne, wine and martinis), kids 6-12 half price. 11.30am-3pm. CRU Steakhouse, JW Marriott Beijing (5908 8995)

Bang Bitesize Buddha DJs. Free. 10pm. Punk (6410 5222)

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

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

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

Elliot Johnson and the Taste of Soul Band Authentic Chicago blues. Free. 9.30pm12.30am. Ciro’s Pomodoro (5208 6008)

ARTS & CULTURE China Through Cinema On offer this month: Four Hong Kong guys staging a fake porno to bed their favorite Japanese porn star (AV, Mar 10), Edward Yang’s take on street gangs in 1960s Taiwan (A Bright Summer Day, Mar 24) and Jiang Wen’s In the Heat of the Sun (Mar 31). Reservation required; email contact@ RMB 25 (includes soft drinks and popcorn). 7pm. Culture Yard

SALT Bubbly Sundays Two- or three-course brunches to round off a relaxing weekend. Pick from the new wine list, splash out with a slightly indulgent cocktail or two or add RMB 150 for free-flow drinking. RMB 168 (two courses), RMB 188 (three courses). SALT (6437 8457) Sunday Brunch One of the best champagne brunches in town relies on quality rather than quantity. RMB 428+15% per person (includes freeflow champagne). VIC, Sofitel (8599 6666) Sunday Brunch Bliss A feast of meats, seafood, and luscious desserts. RMB 438+15% (includes champagne), RMB 348+15% (includes wine and

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draft beer). 11.30am-3.30pm. Asia Bistro, JW Marriott (5908 8995)

(6505 2299 ext 6407) Canadian Lobster & Foie Gras Sushi Mar 1-31. Sushi goes deluxe with top-end ingredients. Honzen, Kempinski (6465 3388)

Sunday Lunch Buffet at Greenfish (Not available Mar 8-17.) 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)

Caviar and Champagne Specials Mar 19-Apr 1. A special menu featuring caviar and champagne pairings. China Grill and China Bar, Park Hyatt (8567 1838, 8567 1840)

Sureño Set Sunday Lunch Enjoy a selection of tapas dishes, a soup and one main course from the menu. RMB 198+15%, RMB 298+15% (includes Prosecco), RMB 398+15% (includes champagne). Noon-3pm. Sureño, The Opposite House (6410 5240)

Cepe Business Lunch Mon-Fri. Three courses, with a fine selection of antipasti and main courses. RMB 288+15%. 11.30am-2.30pm. Cepe, RitzCarlton Beijing Financial Street (6629 6996) Chef Jens at China Grill All month. Chef Jens Muenchenbach injects innovation into the menu with new Western dishes. China Grill, Park Hyatt Beijing (8567 1234)

Ultimate Sunday Brunch Sunday brunch with Veuve Clicquot sounds like a good idea. The organic station and superfood bar at this sumptuous buffet means you can have your cake and eat it too. 11.30am-3pm. RMB 268+15% (includes wine and beer), RMB 368+15% (includes free-flow champagne). BLD Cafe, Renaissance Beijing Capital (5863 8223)

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

SPORTS Beijing Golfers From Mar 11. Golf with fellow walk spoilers. Prizes to be won for members. Details at Beijing Guardians American football that’s more full-on than flag. Practice for the upcoming BeijingShanghai Bowl. Contact for more info. 1pm. China American Football Center, Tongzhou. Expat Squash League Squash with expats in a league format. Court rental costs shared. Email williamfrisby@ to sign up. 7pm. Dongzhimen area. HeyRunning Training Camp Running, running and pink shorts. Full details at RMB 500-700. Chaoyang Park. Heyrobics Jukebox Sessions The same punishment but with your own music. Full details at RMB 20 (members). Time TBD. Harrow International School. Hockey Outdoor field hockey starts as the ice subsides. Pitch costs shared. Details at Noon. Taiyuan Diplomatic Compound The Peloton Beijing Road Bike Cycling Club Road cycling for the serious and enthusiastic alike. Bikes are available for hire. To register, email Price TBD. 9am. Ride begins and ends at the TREK store near Chaoyang Park South Gate. Water Polo Beijing Ducks – no, not those Beijing Ducks – return to the pool for treading water and bloodshed. All are welcome. Contact or Price TBD. 3pm. International School of Beijing (carpool from Dongzhimen).

LIVING Chinese Class & Movie Nights Brush up on your Mandarin before viewing a popular Chinese film. Register at

Claypot Double-Boiled Soup Selection Mon-Thu (until Mar 29). Healthy, tasty soups complement the usual buffet spread. RMB 268+15%. 6-10pm. Elements, Hilton Beijing (5865 5020)

Mar 24: Henrik Schwarz Things are looking up. RMB 100 (class only; movie are free). 4-6pm (class), 6.30pm-late (movie). Mandarin Plus (5785 3361) Survival Chinese From small talk to ordering food, you’ll be getting by on your own in Beijing in no time. Reserve at contact@cultureyard. net. RMB 200. 10am-noon. Culture Yard (8404 4166)

WEEKENDS DINING All-You-Can-Eat Asian Buffet Dinner All month (except Tuesdays). Signature dishes and street eats from all around Asia. RMB 228. 5.30-10pm. Hawka, Marriott City Wall (5811 8266) All-You-Can-Eat Dim Sum All month. More than 60 types of dim sum. RMB 168+15%. 11.30am-2.15pm. Yao Chi, Grand Millennium Beijing (6530 9383) Aroma Gourmet Brunch Lobster, oysters, foie gras, international cheeses and a Sunday roast. Now featuring new dishes by executive chef Bruno Correa. RMB 558+15% (includes unlimited Piper Heidsieck champagne). 11.30am-3pm. Aroma, Ritz-Carlton Beijing (5908 8161) I Love Dim Sum All-you-can-eat dim sum and congee at wallet-friendly prices. RMB 99. Noon-2pm. Sun Palace, Crown Plaza Sun Palace Beijing (6429 8888 ext 6332) Luxurious Brunch at Maison Boulud Pick and choose from an array of delectable courses. RMB 258 (four courses), RMB 218 (three courses), RMB 168 (two courses). 11am-4pm. Maison Boulud (6559 9200) Pizza and Pasta Mania Unlimited pizza and pasta. RMB 189+15% (includes free-flow beer and soft drinks). Sat 11am-10pm, Sun 6-10pm. Prego, Westin Financial Street (6629 7815) 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)

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

ONGOING DINING 100% Pure Kiwi Tango Mar 12-17. Choose from three courses of New Zealand lamb, beef and seafood before finishing with petit fours. RMB 408+15%. Sureño (6410 5240) Agua Set Lunch All month. Menus rotated weekly. RMB 88 (two courses), RMB 99 (three courses). Noon-2pm. Agua (5208 6198) Alameda’s Dinner Set All month. Alameda’s gorgeous Arepa con Dolce Leche dessert is an option on their dinner set menu. Two- and threecourse set dinners. RMB 178-198. Mon-Fri 6-10.30pm, Sat-Sun 6-11pm. Alameda (6417 8084) Alameda Lunch Rapido Mon-Fri. Two- and three-course set lunches (RMB 79-98). 11.30am-3pm. Alameda (6417 8084) Alio Olio Set Lunch Mon-Fri. Five set menus offer pizza, pasta and main courses. RMB 38-78. 11.30am3pm. Alio Olio (6594 0938) Australian Beef All month. Try a 300g Australian short rib steak for RMB 168+15%, or a 200g beef fillet for RMB 198+15%. Meats served with choice of sauce, salad buffet also included. 11.30am-2pm, 5.30-10.30pm. Texan Bar & Grill, Metropark Lido Hotel (6437 6688 ext 1849) BBQ Buffet Dinner Thu-Sat. Hearty German dishes, with meat, seafood, salads and desserts. RMB 168+15% (includes beer). 6-9pm. Villa Castanea (6272 0130) Blue Sky Dining at Nadaman All month. New items include bara sushi and soup infused with medicinal herbs. Nadaman, China World Summit Wing

Colibri Set Lunch All month. Mix and match sandwiches, baked potatoes, soups, salads and quiches. RMB 48. Colibri Cafe (6417 0808) Dessert Delights at Lounge Mar 23-31. Sixteen verrine desserts to choose from, including blackberry and “Irish” varieties. RMB40-60 (all items half-price after 6pm). 2-8pm. The Lounge, China World Summit Wing (6505 2299 ext 6431) Dumpling Deluge All month. Both classics and new dim sum dishes available for a la carte or all-you-can-eat. RMB 108+15% (set menu). 11.30am-2pm. Choy’s Seafood, Beijing Marriott Hotel Northeast (5927 8888/8320) Easter Treats Mar 3-Apr 9. Order slow-roasted lamb leg (requires 24 hours advance notice), lamb confit, hot cross buns, chocolate bunnies, eggs and other delights. Kempi Deli (6465 3388) Family-Style Italian All month. Tuscan flavors and shared dishes create a warm family atmosphere. RMB 748+15%. Daccapo, The Regent Beijing (8522 1789) Feast Business Lunch Mon-Fri. Choose a main then get stuck into the fabulous buffet selection. RMB 138+15%. Feast, Sheraton Beijing Dongcheng (5798 8888) Feast Dinner Buffet Mon-Thu. New buffet restaurant Feast showcases one of Beijing’s most lavish dinner spreads for a less-lavish price. RMB 288+15%. Feast, Sheraton Beijing Dongcheng (5798 8888) Greenfish Seafood Extravaganza Fri-Sat (not available Mar 8-17). 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, RitzCarlton 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) King Crabs on the Grill All month. Alaskan king crab is the centerpiece of this month’s menu. All prices in-

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EVENTS clude 15% surcharge. Grill 79, China World Summit Wing (6505 2299 ext 6424) Korean Delights Mar 8-17. Guest chef Soon Ki-Kim prepares classic Korean dishes for buffet lunch and a la carte dinner. RMB 258+15% (lunch buffet). 11.30am-2.30pm. Greenfish, RitzCarlton Beijing Financial Street (6629 6990) Lobster Extravaganza All month. Ten ways to enjoy lobster. Qi, Ritz-Carlton Beijing Financial Street (6601 6666) Lunch Express Mon-Fri. Two or three courses of pizza, pasta and more Italian classics, plus coffee or tea – and no service charge. RMB 118168. 11.30am-2pm. Bene, Sheraton Beijing Dongcheng (5798 5888) Lunch For Life at Lunar 8 All month. Three-course business lunch to set you up for the afternoon. RMB 88 (includes donation to Special Commune). Noon-2.30pm. Lunar 8, The Fairmont Beijing (8507 3618) Lunch Pasta Set Four types of pasta to choose from, served with house salad and garlic bread. From RMB 58. 11am-3pm. Flamme (6417 8608) Modo Set Lunch All month. Fresh, creative set lunch. RMB 80, RMB 200 (free-flow sparkling and house wines). Modo (6415 7207) Mughal’s Buffet Lunch Mon-Fri. Indian and Pakistani curries, vegetable dishes and more. Noon-2.30pm. Mughal’s (6638 2160) New Menu at Yu All month. All-new a la carte selections including lobster, scallops with eggplant and Chef Ku’s Lamb Special. Yu, Ritz-Carlton Beijing (5908 8111) Olé! Business Lunch All month. A quick two-course lunch, then back to work. RMB 60, RMB 70 (includes glass of wine). 11am-3.30pm. Olé! (6595 9677) One East Set Lunch Mon-Fri. A light American set lunch. RMB 128+15% (two courses), RMB 138+15% (three courses). Noon-2pm. One East, Hilton Beijing (5865 5030) SALT Winter 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)

Tue-Fri. Two or three courses with a glass of wine, local beer, or juice. RMB 98 (two courses), RMB 128 (three courses). 11am-2pm. Terra (6591 9148) South China Oyster Specials Mar 1-31. Oysters from the south, boiled, steamed, fried and braised with abalone sauce, XO sauce and more. Dragon Palace Restaurant, Kempinski (6465 3388) Spring Party Delights Until Mar 31. Various Chinese, Western and buffet dinner packages available for parties of 50 guests and upwards. RMB 528-668+15% per person. Ritz-Carlton Beijing (5908 8950) Station-to-Station All month. Sixteen fresh gourmet stations each with its own specialization: foie gras, seafood, rotisserie, Chinese barbecue, Dim sum and more. RMB 288+15%, RMB 158+15% (kids under 12). 6-10pm. Jing, The Peninsula Beijing (8516 2888) Strawberries All month. Enjoy strawberry-themed afternoon tea featuring cheesecake, strawberry tarts and jam. RMB 76 (includes cup of coffee or tea), RMB 48 (cake only). 2.30-5 .30pm. Lobby Lounge, Grand Millennium (8587 6888) Sureño Set Lunch Mon-Fri. Two or three courses. RMB 128-158+15%. Noon-2.30pm. Sureño, The Opposite House (6410 5240) Taking Time for Lunch Mon-Sat. 11.30am-2.30pm. Luxe lunch menus, Italian-style. RMB 148+15% (2 courses), RMB 168+15% (3 courses), RMB 188+15% (4 courses). Barolo, Ritz-Carlton Beijing (5908 8777) White Valentine Mar 14-17. Two romantic set meal options. RMB 388-688 (per couple). Le Petit Gourmand (6417 6095) Wine Ritual All month. Unwind in sophisticated surrounding with free-flowing wines and cocktails. Canapes and snacks also provided. RMB 198+15%. 5.30-7pm. Press Club Bar, St. Regis Hotel (6460 6688 ext 2360) Wine Tasting Classes All month. Learn how to taste wines like the experts, and get your Wine & Spirit Education Trust certification. Class fees for each of the three levels include all study materials, exam fees, and of course, wines. Dragon Phoenix Fine Wine Consulting (5960 4050, Yum Cha Dim Sum All month. All-you-can-eat dim sum. No service charge. RMB 98. 11.30am-2pm. Yue,

Sheraton Beijing Dongcheng (5798 8888) Yummy Yum Cha Start your day off in proper Cantonese style with unlimited dim sum delicacies. RMB 108+15%. 7-10am. Jewel, Westin Beijing Financial Street (6629 7820)

BARS & CLUBS The Greg Carroll Band Wed-Sat. Rock and more. Free. 9.30pm. Eudora Station (6437 8331/8334) Sonic Mon-Sat. Varied set of crowd-pleasers from the house band. Free. 9.30pm-late. Xiu, Park Hyatt (8567 1108) Windy Barnes Tue-Sat. Jazz, pop, R&B and gospel singer. Free. 8.45pm. Mix, Westin Beijing Chaoyang (5922 8000)

STYLE Women’s Day Spa Lunch Celebrate being a lady with a 60-minute aromatic massage and sumptuous buffet lunch. RMB 580+15%. Mon-Sat 10am-2pm. The Spa at Hilton Beijing Wangfujing (5812 8888 ext 8560)

ARTS & CULTURE Chen Qingqing Mar 1-19. Look back on the last twenty years of this pioneering feminist artist’s eerie installations. RMB 20, RMB 10 (students). Today Art Museum (5876 0600) Lee Kit: It’s Not An Easy Thing Until Mar 25. The Hong Kong artist sets up shop to transport us to the eve of a music album release in 1989. Cue nostalgia, anticipation and loss. Free. Arrow Factory (no tel) Huang Ran: Disruptive Desires, Tranquility, and the Loss of Lucidity Mar 16-Apr 16. Catch this buzzy young video and installation artist’s first solo show here before it moves on to the Frieze Art Fair in New York. Free. Long March Space (5978 9768) Hong Lei: Mi Lou Until Mar 25. The provocative photographer, painter and installation artist shows new works with a more muted aesthetic. Free. Chambers Fine Art (5127 3298) Beijing-Berlin Project: Meet Again Until Apr 1. Artists from global art’s two “it” cities have formed a coop, melding their identities in layered woodcut prints. Free. Alexander Ochs Galleries Beijing (8456 2054) The Beaches of Agnes Varda in China

Huang Rui: I-Ching Together Until Mar 31. A fresh look at installation works by one of China’s longest-standing contemporary artists, based on his exploration of the Book of Changes, the ancient text that recognizes the power of chance in our lives. Free. The Opposite House (6417 6688) Inside a Book a House of Gold: Artists’ Editions with Parkett Until Apr 8. The world’s most renowned art journal sets up house across three rooms of the UCCA, displaying works by Damien Hirst, Urs Fischer and others. RMB 15. UCCA (8459 9269) Maartje Blans Until Apr 15. The Dutch mixed-media artist crafts almost-sculptural works on wood and canvas. Free. Imagine Gallery (6438 5747) Francophone Film Festival Mar 3-Apr 1 (Sat & Sun only). Films from French-speaking countries all around the world, gathered for the pleasure of those who love the language of love. Films shown mostly in French with Chinese subtitles. For more info: www.faguowenhua. com/francophonie. Free. 2-4pm. Alliance Francaise, BLCU Center (6553 2678 ext 209) Jean-François Rauzier: Hyperphotos Mar 3-Apr 18. Take a panoramic, layer it with close-up details captured by a telephoto lens and give it a shot of M.C. Escher’s puzzling visuals, and you’ve got Rauzier’s eye-catching art photography. Free. Galerie Paris-Beijing (5978 9262)

Krabi Getaway Six days soaking up the sun? Yes, please. RMB 8,880. TUI China (8519 8800) Romance on the Orient-Express Travel by train from Thailand to Malaysia. Choose from six- or nine-day packages. Prices start from RMB 22,110. Country Holidays (+21 3222 0616)

Ongoing: Women’s Day Spa Lunch Break

Nothing like an oil massage and buffet lunch to make you feel like a woman.

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DO A BOOK Until Mar 18. A bibliographic group show including works by cheeky typographist Xu Bing, homo-curious sculptor Ain Cocke and tchotchke photographer Hong Hao, among others. Free. White Space Beijing (8456 2054)


Set Winter Brunch Sat-Sun. Sets with Peruvian and Latin flair. Two courses RMB 158, RMB 328 (free-flow beer and bubbly; three courses RMB 178, RMB 358 (free-flow beer and bubbly). 11am-4pm. Terra (6591 9148)


Gu Dexin: The Important Thing is Not the Meat Mar 24-May 27. Rotting fruit, a sea of plastic and fantastic paintings make up this retrospective of one of China’s most important avant-garde artists (see Feature, p48). RMB 15, Free (students with ID, members). UCCA (5780 0200)

ClubFootball Men’s 5-a-side Leagues All month. The new league starts March 6; register before then. Players and teams welcome for all 12 divisions on weeknights. Register by calling 5130 6893/4/5/6, or email More info at

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

Set Winter Lunch

Tous Mes Voeux! Mar 17-30. Red Gate Gallery’s tireless manager Liyu Yeo is setting sail for Paris. This showing of his favorite Red Gate artists is his kiss goodbye. Free. Red Gate Gallery (6525 1005)


Sangria Special All month. Buy-one-get-one-free on pitchers or glasses of sangria. 7-9pm. Olé (6595 9677)

Set Winter Dinner Tue-Sun. Peruvian-influenced dinner sets. RMB 178 (two courses), RMB 198 (three courses). 6-11pm. Terra (6591 9148)

Mar 10-Apr 18. In 1957, Varda was invited by the government to capture China through her photography. Now, she beings those photos (and films) back. Free. CAFA Art Museum (6477 1575)

Sail the Majestic Yangtze Spend four days cruising down Asia’s longest river. RMB 5,480. TUI China (8519 8800)

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

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Reader Restaurant Awards. 1) 10am-11pm. 6 Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District. (6433 5058); 2) Mon-Fri 10am-11pm, Sat-Sun 7am-11pm. Shop 833, Bldg 8, The Village at Sanlitun, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6417 1318) 新元素, 1) 朝阳区将太路6号; 2) 朝阳区三里屯路19号The Village南区8号楼833单元

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

Chef Too Smart interior, well-trained staff, delicious Australian steaks and indie American wines. Voted “Outstanding American” in our 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. Tue-Fri 11am2pm, 5-10pm; Sat-Sun 9.30am-3pm, 5-10pm. Chaoyang Gongyuan Xilu (north of Block 8), Chaoyang District. (6591 8676) 美西西餐厅, 朝 阳区朝阳公园西路枣营南里小区东门南侧

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

Fatburger American diner serving lean Australian beef burgers, freshly ground daily and cooked to order. Burgers are accompanied by fries or homemade onion rings and hot wings. Voted “Outstanding Burger“ in our 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. 1) Daily 11am-10pm. 1-LB01, The Grand Summit, Liangmaqiao Diplomatic Compound (300 m north of the Kempinski Hotel’s main entrance), 19 East Dongfang Lu, Chaoyang District. (8532 1878) 2) EB103, B1/F, Bldg 1, China World Mall, 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6505 7789) 1) 朝阳区东方东路19号亮马乔外交 公寓1号楼会所1层1号铺; 2) 朝阳区建国门外大 街1号国贸商城地下1层EB103

Grandma’s Kitchen Sandwiches, gravybased dinners and high-powered desserts. Voted “Outstanding Family-Friendly Restau-

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DIRECTORY / DINING rant” in our 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. 1) Daily 9am-10pm. 47-2 Nanchizi Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6528 2790); 2) Daily 10am-10pm. 28 Shique Hutong, Dongcheng District. (8403 9452); 3) Daily 10am-11pm. 5/F, Wudaokou Shopping Mall, Haidian District. (6266 6105); 4) Daily 7.30am-11pm. 11A Xiushui Nanjie, Jianguomenwai, Chaoyang District. (6503 2893); 5) Daily 7.30am-11pm. 1-2/F, Bldg B, Jianwai Soho, 39 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (5869 3055/3056) 祖母厨


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

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

房, 1) 东城区南池子大街47-2号; 2) 东城区 北新桥石雀胡同28号; 3) 海淀区五道口购物中 心5层; 4) 朝阳区建国门外秀水南街甲11号(友 谊商店后面); 5) 朝阳区东三环中路39号建外 SohoB座1-2层



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

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

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

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

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

Sundays: Dim Sum Feast Sunday Champagne and steamers.

旁边); 5) 朝阳区安贞西里华联商厦2层

TGI Friday’s White collar hangout exports American-style burgers, salads and “Mexican” food.. 1) Daily 11.30am-midnight. 1/F, Grand Skylight Catic Hotel, 18 Beichen Donglu, Chaoyang District. (8497 0650); 2) Daily 11.30am-midnight. 9-2 Jinchengfang Jie, Xicheng District. (6622 0880); 3) Daily 11.30am-midnight. Bldg C, Beijing International Plaza, 19 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (8526 3388); 4) Daily 11am-11.30pm. Beijing Friendship Hotel, 1 Zhongguancun Nandajie, Haidian District. (6849 8738) 星期五 餐厅, 1) 朝阳区北辰东路18号凯迪克格兰云天大 酒店1层; 2) 西城区金城坊街9-2号; 3) 朝阳区 建国门外大街19号国际大厦C座; 4) 海淀区中关 村南大街1号北京友谊宾馆

Union Bar & Grille The grill restaurant that’s classy enough to bring a date. Mon-Fri 11am11pm,Sat-Sun 11am-12pm. S6-31, 3/F, Bldg 6, Sanlitun Village, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6415 9117) 优年美式餐厅, 朝阳区三里 屯路19号三里屯Village6号楼3层S6-31

Bakeries, Delis & candy A Food Affaire Tucked into a corner of the April Gourmet, this is convenient for grocery shoppers looking to grab some Western food to go. Daily 8am-11pm. 1/F, 5 Xingfuyicunxili, Chaoyang District. (135 0107 1114) 朝阳区幸福



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

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


CCSweets Gourmet, imported ingredients go into the cupcakes and sweets made to order. Daily 10am-8pm. Unit 109, Bldg 11, Central Park, 6 Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6533 6973) 喜喜饼,朝阳朝阳门外大街6 号新城国际11号楼109

Cheese and Wine Made In Heaven One of Beijing’s best cheese selections, and always a wine to match. Sun-Wed noon-midnight, ThuSat noon-1.30am. 1-15 Chaoyang Gongyuan Xilu (next to Jenny Lou's), Chaoyang District (6501 2901) 朝阳区朝阳公园西路1-15号 Colibri Cafe Colibri offers more than 20 flavors of cupcakes, as well as sandwiches and coffee. Daily 10am-10pm. LG51, Sanlitun Village North, 11 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6417 0808) 蜂鸟, 朝阳区三里屯路11号三里屯 Village北区地下1层

Sizzler Enjoy unlimited trips to the salad bar along with steaks, seafood, ribs and other grilled treats at this American chain. 1) Daily 11am-9pm. 2/F, Jiamao Shopping Mall, 33 Guangshun Beidajie, Wangjing, Chaoyang District. (6471 3876); 2) Daily 10am-10pm. B1-30 Glory Mall, 18 Chongwenmenwai Dajie, Chongwen District. (6714 0399); 3) Daily 11am9.30pm. FF16, Food Forum, B1/F, The Malls at Oriental Plaza, Dongcheng District. (8518 6315); 4) Daily 11am-10.30pm. International Club, 21 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6532 0475); 5) Daily 11am-10pm. 2/F, Anzhen Hualian Department Store, Anzhen Xili, Chaoyang District. (6441 9996) 时时乐, 1) 朝阳区望京广顺北大街嘉茂购物中心二层; 2) 崇 文区崇文门外大街18号 国瑞城购物中心 B1-30; 3) 东城区东方新天地1区地铁层食通天大街FF16 商铺; 4) 朝阳区建国门外大街21号(国际俱乐部


March 2012


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

Da Giuliano Baby-sized desserts with an Italian influence. 1 Sanlitun Beixiaojie, Chaoyang District (8454 4402) 朝阳区三里屯北小街1号 Flour This Sanlitun bakery specializes in cakes and light meals. Daily 9am-9pm. Store 118, B1/F, Bldg A, Sanlitun Soho, Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District (5785 3060) 朝阳区工体北路

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

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

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

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

Er Yue Er Chunbing Daily 11am-midnight. Chaoyang Park West Gate, Chaoyang District. (6460 5986) 二月二春饼, 朝阳区朝阳公园西门

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)

Fu Jia Lou Perennially packed, Fu Jia Lou is a true old-style Beijing experience, complete with low wooden tables and chairs, hollering waiters and excellent zhajiang mian. Daily 11am-2pm, 4.30-9.30pm. 23 Dongsishitiao (200m west of Poly Plaza), Dongcheng District. (8403 7831) 福家楼, 东城区东四十条23号(保利

凯宾美食廊, 朝阳区凯宾斯基饭店1层


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

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



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

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

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

Comptoirs de France Offers freshly baked rolls, baguettes, and loaves of bread alongside pastries and chocolates. Voted “Outstanding Sandwiches” in our 2011 Reader Restaurant

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

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


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

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

Hong Lu Taking a fresh look at lao Beijing cuisine, Hong Lu casts light on the true scope

DIRECTORY / DINING of this capital's cuisine. Daily 11.30am-11pm. 6 Sanlitun Nanlu (150m south of The Bookworm), Chaoyang District. (6593 8970) 朝阳区三里屯南 路6号(书虫往南150米)

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

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

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

Jing Wei Mian Da Wang This ornate, touristfriendly restaurant serves authentic dishes of lao Beijing fare - hand-pulled noodles, cold dishes, snack foods and more. 10.30am-10 .30pm. 35 Xidajie, Di'anmen (just west of the Di'anmen intersection facing Pingan Dadao), Dongcheng District. (6405 6666) 京味面大王, 东城区地安门西大街35号

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

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

Lao Beijing Kaorou Marinated beef or mutton grilled on a zhizi (Qing-style charcoal brazier) at your table. A nip of baijiu is the traditional tipple for this lao Beijing snack. Daily 11am-11pm. 4A, Longtoujing Hutong (near Prince Gong's Mansion south of Houhai Lake), Xicheng District. (8322 2217) 老北京烤肉, 西城 区龙头井胡同甲14号(近恭王府)

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

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

Longfusi Xiaochidian Old school in every sense (from the food down to the decor and gruff, cafeteria-style service), this long-running eatery serves traditional Hui dishes and snacks, including lu da gun'r (rolling donkey), bao du (boiled tripe) and the infamous dou zhi (fermented mung bean soup). Upstairs

has a sit-down restaurant with private rooms. 1) Fangjia Hutong, Andingmen Neidajie, Dongcheng District.; 2) 1 Longfusi Qianjie, Dongcheng District. (6406 0668) 隆福寺小吃 店, 1) 东城区安定门内大街方家胡同; 2) 东城 区隆福寺前街1号

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

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

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

Beijing Duck Bianyifang A Beijing duck institution with multiple branches. Daily 11am-9.30pm. www. for locations. Da Dong Roast Duck The “superlean” roast ducks are regularly hyped as the best in the city. Voted “Best Beijing Duck,” “Best Chinese Restaurant of the Year” and “Best For Impressing Visitors“ in our 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 11am-10pm. 1) 5/F, Jinbao Dasha, Jinbao Jie, Dongcheng District. (8522 1234); 2) 1-2/F, Nanxincang International Plaza, 22A Dongsishitiao, Dongcheng District. (5169 0329); 3) 3 Tuanjiehu Beikou, Dongsanhuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (6582 2892/4003) 北京大董 烤鸭店, 1) 东城区金宝街金宝大厦5层; 2) 东城 区东四十条甲22号南新仓国际大厦1~2楼; 3) 朝 阳区团结湖北口3号楼东三环路

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

Made in China This stylish joint on the first floor of the Grand Hyatt offers some of the city’s finest roast duck. Voted “Outstanding Restaurant of the Year (Chinese)” in our 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 11.30am-2 .30pm, 5.30-10.30pm. 1/F, Grand Hyatt Hotel, 1 Dongchang’an Jie, Dongcheng District. (6510 9608) 长安一号, 东城区东长安街1号东方广场北 京东方君悦大酒店1层 朝阳区东三环中 路61号北京富力万丽酒店

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

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

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

Elements Open kitchen dining experience with “pan-Asian” cuisines and other culinary styles from around the world prepared in five kitchens representing the different “elements” of cooking. Daily 6-10am, noon-2.30pm, 6-10pm. 2/F, Hilton Beijing, 1 Dongfang Lu, Chaoyang District. (5865 5000 ext 5020) 元素 阁, 朝阳区东方路1号希尔顿酒店2层

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

Feast Buffet and a la carte with live cooking stations. Sheraton Beijing Dongcheng, 36 North Third Ring Road East, Dongcheng District. (5798 8888) 东城区东城区北三环路36号 Garden Court Brasserie-style buffet featuring an extravagant Champagne brunch on Sundays. Daily 6-10am,11.30am-2pm,6-11pm. St. Regis Hotel, 21 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6460 6688 ext 2340) 景苑咖 啡厅, 朝阳区建国门外大街21号国际俱乐部饭店

Grand Cafe Indulgent buffet featuring international cuisines and homemade desserts. Daily 24hrs (buffet 6.30-10.30am, 11.30am2.30pm, 5.30-10pm). Grand Hyatt, Oriental Plaza, 1 Dongchang’an Jie, Dongcheng District. (8518 1234 ext 3628) 凯菲厅, 东城区东


Aroma Aroma’s buffet offers many distinct cuisines: Japanese, Indian, Chinese and Southeast Asian, as well as Western favorites. Daily 11.30am-2.30pm, 6-10.30pm. The Ritz-Carlton Hotel, 83A Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (5908 8161) 香溢, 朝阳区华贸中心建国路甲83号 丽思卡尔顿酒店

Asia Bistro Hotel-restaurant specializes in cuisine from Thailand and Vietnam. 11.30am-3pm on Sunday afternoons. Voted "Outstanding Hotel Brunch" in our 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 6am-midnight.. Lobby, JW Marriott Hotel, 83 Jianguo Lu, China Central Place, Chaoyang District. (5908 8511) 朝阳区建国路83 号JW万豪酒店

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

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


Seasonal Tastes Lively, cool, clean and fresh, this buffet restaurant comes with interactive cooking stations and healthful “super foods” corners that help jump start your day. On Sundays, Seasonal Tastes hosts “Bubbalicious,” which readers voted as the “Best Hotel Brunch” in our 2011 Restaurant Awards. Daily 6.30-10 .30am, 11.30am-3pm, 5.30-11pm. 2/F, Westin Beijing Chaoyang, 7 Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (5922 8888 ext 8102) 朝阳区 东三环北路7号金茂北京威斯汀大饭店2层

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

VIC International buffet dining with a smattering of Gallic touches. Mon-Fri 12pm-2.30pm, 6-10.30pm, Sat-Sun 6-10.30pm. 6/F, Sofitel Hotel, Tower C, Wanda Plaza, 93 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (8599 6666) VIC国际美食, 朝阳区建国路93号万达广场C座6层

Cafes & teahouses Cafe Noir Pan-Asian cuisine and European classics served with a garden view. Daily 6.30am-midnight. Traders Upper East Hotel, 2 Dongsihuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (5907 8888) 朝阳区东四环北路2号上东盛贸酒店 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 Milano Café Tiny eatery with decent (if standard) selection of Italian dishes. Daily 10am-11pm. Unit 108, Bldg 11, Central Park, Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District (6597 9008) 朝阳区朝阳门外大街6号新城国际 11号楼108室


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

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

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

standing Hotel Brunch” with Taste in our 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 6.30-10.30am, 11.30am-2.30pm, 5.30-10pm.. 1/F, The Westin Beijing, 9B Jinrong Jie, Xicheng District. (6629 7810) 味, 西城区金融大街乙9号北京金融街威斯

Kranzler’s This Kempinski venue’s claim to fame is their classy East-meets-West buffet with a range of German, Italian, Japanese and Chinese specialties. A live jazz band and the Kempinski’s Kids Club round out the offerings. Daily 6am-midnight. 1/F, Kempinski Hotel, 50 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District (6465 3388 ext 4222) 朝阳区亮马桥路50号凯宾斯基饭店1层 Kerry’s Kitchen Quality ingredients create South-East Asian flavors in both buffet and a la carte settings. 1/F, Kerry Hotel, 1 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6561 8833) 朝阳区光华路1号 Monsoon A contemporary buffet restaurant serving top-class seafood from around the world. Daily 6-10.30am, 11.30am-2pm, 5.30-10pm. InterContinental Beijing Financial Street, 11 Jinrong Jie, Xicheng District. (5852 5916) 季 候风, 西城区金融街11号洲际酒店

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

Senses Hosts Bubbly Sundays, one of the most lavish brunches in town. Voted “Out-

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

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

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

WasPark Cute and cheerful, this little American joint make a mean burger. Mon-Fri 11.30am-10pm, Sat-Sun 1-10pm. Unit 2369, 3/F, North Tower, Soho Shangdu, 8 Dongdaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District (5869 2884) 朝阳区东大桥路8 号Soho尚都北塔3层2369室

Cantonese Celestial Court Seafood and dim sum in

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DIRECTORY / DINING a luxurious setting for those on an expense account. Mon-Fri 11.30am-2.30pm, 6-10pm. 2/F, St Regis Hotel, 21 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6460 6688 ext 2460 or 2462) 天宝阁, 朝阳区建国门外大街21号北京国 际俱乐部饭店2层

Choy's Seafood Innovative seafood dishes inspired by the classics. Daily 11.30am-2.30pm, 5.30-10.30pm. 2/F, Marriott Beijing Northeast, 26A Xiaoyun Lu, Chaoyang District. (5927 8888) 采海轩,朝阳区霄云路甲26号海航大厦万 豪酒店2层

great clay-pot rice. Dongdaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. 朝阳区东大桥路 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

Dragon Palace Cantonese cuisine and other specialties from around China prepared to exquisite standards and served in an appropriately elegant setting. Daily 11.30am-2pm, 6-10pm. 1/F, Kempinski Hotel, 50 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6465 3388 ext 4217) 龙

Yao Chi The open kitchen is as lively as any in the city, with around 20 chefs busying themselves on preparing the dim sum and other Cantonese favorites. Daily 11am-2.30pm,5.3010pm. Grand Millennium Beijing, Fortune Plaza, 7 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (8587 6888) 瑶池中餐厅, 朝阳区东三

苑中餐厅, 朝阳区亮马桥路50号凯宾斯基饭店1层


Fook Lam Moon Legendary Hong Kong institution with one simple principle: premium ingredients should be allowed to speak for themselves. Voted “Outstanding New Restaurant (Chinese)“ in our 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. Mon-Fri 11.30am-3pm, 5.30-10.30pm. 4/F, China World Summit Wing, 1 Jianguomen Waidajie, Chaoyang District. (6505 2299 ext 6411) 福临门,朝阳区建国门外大街1号国贸大

Yu Voted “Outstanding Cantonese Restaurant (High-End)“ in our 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 11.30am-2pm, 6-10pm. 83A Jianguo Lu (inside the Ritz-Carlton Hotel), Chaoyang District. (5908 8111) 玉, 朝阳区建


Hengshan Hui Serving Hong Kong staples: dim sum, milk tea and stir-fried noodles, Daily 1 0.30am-11.30pm. 1/F, Kerry EAS Logistics Building (entrance at back of building), 21 Xiaoyun Lu, Chaoyang District (6466 1211) 朝阳 区霄云路21号嘉里大通附楼1楼

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

Huang Ting Cantonese cuisine in elegant surroundings. Daily 11.30am-2.30pm, 6-10pm. B2/F, The Peninsula Beijing, 8 Jinyu Hutong, Wangfujing Jie, Dongcheng District. (8516 2888 ext 6707) 凰庭, 东城区王府井大街金鱼胡


Yue Cantonese with mainland influences. Sheraton Beijing Dongcheng, 36 North Third Ring Road East, Dongcheng District. (5798 8888) 东城区东城区北三环路36号 ZEN Signature Cantonese dishes paired with an impressive selection of fine wines and Chinese teas. Dishes are created using the freshest ingredients available and served in a well-lit setting. 11.30am-2pm, 5.30-10pm. InterContinental Beijing Financial Street, 11 Financial Street, Xicheng District. (5852 5918)

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

salads and bouillabaisse. Daily 11.30am-midnight. 1/F, Nali Patio, 81 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (5208 6038) 朝阳区三里屯北街81号那 里花园1层


Green T. House Tea-infused fusion cuisine. Daily 11am-11pm. 6 Gongti Xilu, Chaoyang District. (6552 8310, 6552 8311) 紫云轩, 朝阳区 工体西路6号

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

IFW Managed by the Park Hyatt, IFW offers top quality cuisine from all around China, prepared at live cooking stations. Mon-Fri 7.30am-10pm, Sat-Sun 10.30am-10pm. B1/F, Park Life, Yintai Center, 2 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (8567 1568) 悦食悦 香, 朝阳区朝阳区建国门外大街2号北京银泰中心 悦·生活地下1层

Jusong Mao-themed café and restaurant in hip digs. Daily 11am-9.30pm. LG-15, Sanlitun Village North, 11 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District (6413 2275) 朝阳区三里屯路19号Village 北区B1NLG-15号

Peking Legacy More style than substance, but a good kung pao chicken. Daily 11am-11pm. Northeast corner of Beixingqiao (subway exit B), Dongzhimennei Dajie, Dongcheng District (6226 6368) 东城区东直门内大街(北新

Modo Modern wine bar serving well over a dozen wines by the glass, as well as small plates of tasty contemporary European cuisine. Also features Enomatic wine dispensers to allow people to explore different wines. Voted “Best New Retaurant (Non-Chinese)“ in our 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. SunThu noon-10pm, Fri-Sat noon-10.30pm. 3/F, Sanlitun Village South, Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6415 7207) 朝阳区三里屯路19号三里屯 Village南区3楼


Contemporary International


Zen5es A mix of authentic Cantonese supplemented by signature dishes from China’s other major regional cuisines - Beijing, Shanghai, Sichuan, Hunan, and Zhejiang. Daily 11.30am2.30pm, 5.30-10.30pm. 4/F, Westin Beijing Chaoyang, 7 Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (5922 8888 ext 8121) 朝阳区东三环北路 7号金茂北京威斯汀大饭店


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

Ming Court Headed by a master chef trained at the two Michelin-star Ming Court at the Langham Place in Hong Kong, it specializes in Cantonese and Shandong cuisine.Daily 11.30am-2.30pm, 5.30-10.30pm. 1 Er Jing Road, Langham Place, Beijing Capital Airport. Chaoyang District. (6457 5555) 明阁, 朝阳区首 都机场二经路1号朗豪酒店

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

Qi Enjoy a culinary journey that puts a modern twist on several regional cuisines. Daily 11.30am-2pm, 5.30-10pm. 2/F, The Ritz-Carlton, Financial Street, 1 Jinchengfang Dongjie, Jinrong Jie, Xicheng District. (6601 6666) 金阁, 西城区金城坊东街1号金融街丽思

Central & South American


Luga’s The tiny outpost where Luga launched his empire still does a brisk trade in burritos and cheap drinks. Daily 10am-3am. Sanlitun Houjie (opposite Aperitivo), Chaoyang District. (6413 2786) 朝阳区三里屯后街同里对面 Luga's Villa Decent beers and Mexican food ranging from enchiladas and burritos, to fajitas, nachos and more. Voted "Outstanding Mexican / Tex-Mex" in our 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 11am-3am. 7 Sanlitun Beijie (behind 3.3 Shopping Center), Chaoyang District. (6416 2575) 朝阳区三里屯北街7号3.3 购物中心后

The Saddle Cantina Voted "Best Mexican / Tex-Mex" in our 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 11am-late. Nali Patio, 81 Sanlitun Beilu (south of 3.3 Shopping Center), Chaoyang District. (5208 6005) 朝阳区三里屯北 路81号北京那里花园内西侧二层小楼


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

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

Sun Palace Offers decent dim sum, Cantonese specialties and seafood cooked by Hong Kong chefs. Daily 11.30am-2.30pm, 5.30-10pm. 4/F, Crowne Plaza Sun Palace Beijing, Yunnan Dasha, Northeast corner of Taiyanggong Qiao and Xibahe, Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6429 8888 ext 6332) 太阳宫中餐厅, 新


China Grill Get a bird’s eye view of Beijing while dining on grilled meats, seafood and classical Chinese dishes. Daily 6-10.30am, 11.30am-2.30pm, 5.30-10.30pm. 66/F, Park Hyatt Hotel, 2 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (8567 1234) 北京亮, 朝阳区建国门外大

RoomBeijing Creative contemporary dining from former Blu Lobster chef Brian McKenna. Sun-Wed 11am-midnight, Thu-Sat 11am-2am. Rm 301-302, 3/F, Park Life, Yintai Centre, 2 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District (8517 2033) 朝阳区建国门外大街2号银泰中心



Tong Luo Wan Down-to-earth spot serving



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

Ri Chang Best known for their claypot casseroles, Ri Chang will offer you a quick meal. The service is speedy and the prices are cheap, but be prepared for a line. Daily 11am-3am. 72 Dongdan Beidajie, at the corner of Waijiaobu Hutong, Dongcheng District (6525 1783) 东城

Tang Palace Some of the best dim sum in town. Daily 7.30am-10.30pm. 1/F, Haoyue Jianguo Hotel, 17 Jianguomennei Dajie, Dongcheng District (6513 1288) 东城区东城区

Alameda Contemporary fine dining with a Brazilian twist. Voted “Outstanding Business Lunch” in our 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 11.30am-3pm, 6-10.30pm. Sanlitun Beijie, Chaoyang District. (6417 8084) 朝阳区



云南皇冠假日酒店4层, 朝阳区东北三环西坝河 太阳宫桥东北角

Mosto Inventive, exciting contemporary food with a South American touch. Voted “Best Business Lunch,” “Best Steak,” “Outstanding Restaurant of the Year (Non-Chinese),“ “Outstanding For a Romantic Meal“ and “Outstanding Steak“ in our 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily noon-2.30pm, 6-10.30pm. 3/F, Nali Patio, 81 Sanlitun Beilu, Chaoyang District. (5208 6030) 摸石头, 朝阳区三里屯北路81号那

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


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

Contemporary Chinese

Grill 79 A captivating destination for international dining. Savor the delicate flavors of simple, wild and fresh ingredients that each season has to offer. Mon-Thu & Sun noon-2am; Fri-Sat noon-4am. 79/F, China World Summit Wing, China World Trade Center Phase 3, 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6505 2299 ext 6424) 朝阳区朝阳区建国门外大街 1号国贸大酒店79楼

Let’s Seafood Mussels, whole fish, seafood

SALT Innovative restaurant in a fresh modern minimalist setting has weekly two-course or three-course set meals. Voted “Outstanding Business Lunch” and “Outstanding Steak” in our 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. Mon-Sat noon-3pm, 6-10.30pm, Sun Brunch noon4pm. 2/F, 9 Jiangtai Xilu (west of Rosedale Hotel), Chaoyang District. (6437 8457) 盐, 朝 阳区将台西路9号2层(珀丽酒店西边)

Scarlett Chic wine bar and restaurant. Daily 6pm-3am. Hotel G, 7A Gongti Xilu, Chaoyang District. (6552 2880) 朝阳区工体西路甲7号北 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,

DIRECTORY / DINING 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

DELIVERIES Sherpa’s Fast, friendly and straight to your front door, Sherpa's is a third-party food delivery service. Notable restaurants on their books include Hatsune, Hercules and La Pizza. They'll also deliver additional beverages alongside your order. Daily 9.30am-10.30pm (40 0600 6209)

Dongbei Black Soil Impressions Out-of-the-way, but the go-to for homesick Dongbeiren wanting a fix. Daily 11am-10pm. Building 1, Anhuili 2nd Qu, Huizhong Lu, Chaoyang District (6498 5015) 朝阳区慧忠路安慧里二区1号楼(近北苑路)


Zhuzhong Dalian Huoshao Dumplings truly are the star here, but try their baodu. 55 Gulou Xidajie, Xicheng District (6401 2342) 铸

11.30am-2.30pm. 23 Songzhusi Temple, Shatan Beijie, Dongcheng District (8400 2232)

钟褡裢火烧, 西城区鼓楼西大街55号

The Vineleaf Sister to Wudaoying sweetheart Vineyard Café, this tiny eatery serves British gastropub food with interesting draft beers. Daily (closed Tuesdays) 11.30am-2 .45pm, 6-10.15pm. 9 Jianchang Hutong (east of Yonghe Villas), Dongcheng District (6407 6308) 东城区箭厂胡同9号(近五道营胡同))

European Aria Inventive European food from monthly changing menus. Mon-Fri 11.30am-2.30pm, 5.30-10pm; Sat-Sun 5.30-10pm. 2/F, China World Hotel, 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6505 2266 ext 38, 6505 3318) 阿郦雅, 朝阳区建国门外大街1号中国大 饭店二层

Café Swiss Serving a delectable spread of traditional Swiss specialties, European Cuisine and Asian delights. Daily 6:30am-10pm. Swissotel, 2 Chaoyangmen Bei Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6553 2288) 东城区潮阳门北大街2号 Capital M Classy European cooking and Beijing’s best view across Qianmen. Voted “Best Brunch” and “Outstanding For a Romantic Meal“ in our 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. Mon-Fri 11am-2.30pm, 6-10.30pm, Sat-Sun 11.30am-5pm, 6-10.30pm. 3/F, 2 Qianmen Pedestrian Street, Chongwen District. (6702 2727) 崇文区前门步行街2号3层


Vineyard Cafe Hip hutong cafe specializes in comfort food and hearty breakfasts. Voted “Outstanding Brunch” in our 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. Tue-Sun 11.30am-10 .30pm, closed Mon. 31 Wudaoying Hutong, Dongcheng District. (6402 7961) 葡萄院儿, 东 城区五道营胡同31号

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

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

Schindler’s Anlegestelle (Schindler’s Docking Station) The Sanlitun sister of Schindler’s Tankstelle has great sausages, pork knuckle and draft beers. Daily 11am-late. 10 Sanlitun Beixiaojie, Chaoyang District. (6463 1108) 申德勒码头餐厅, 朝阳区三里屯北

Brasserie Flo Owned by the powerful Flo Group, and now a Beijing institution. French classics include the onion soup and profiteroles. Voted “Best French (Affordable)” in our 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. 18 Xiaoyun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6595 5135) 北京福楼餐 厅,朝阳区霄云路18号

Cafe de la Poste Beijing’s French community pack in every night for steaks, salads, cheese and wine. Daily noon-3pm, 6pm-late. 58 Yonghegong Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6402 7047) 东城区雍和宫大街58号


本妮法餐厅, 东城区王府井金鱼胡同3号诺富特 和平宾馆

Le Little Saigon Cute colonial-style FrenchVietnamese bistro. Daily 11.30-midnight. 141 Jiugulou Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6401 8465) 西贡在巴黎, 东城区旧鼓楼大街141号

大街, 宝钞胡同74号


Xian Lao Man This Beijing institution doesn’t skimp on the stuffing: big chubby dumplings. Daily 10am-10pm.1) 252 Andingmennei Dajie, Dongcheng District (6404 6944); 2) 316 Dongsi Beidajie, Dongcheng District (8402 5779); 3) 7-2 Shunsha Jie, Shunyi District (5213 4777) 1) 东城区安定门内大街252 号 ; 2) 东城区东四北大街316号 ; 3) 顺义区顺 沙路商业街7-2号


普拉那啤酒坊餐厅, 朝阳区亮马桥路50号凯宾 斯基饭店

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

Old Beijing Mending Roubing Restaurant More than just roubing, try a whole host of old Beijing snacks here. Daily 10am-10pm. Xirongxian Hutong, Xicheng District (no tel) 西

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

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)

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,

Mr. Shi’s Dumplings Small hole-in-the-wall serves fried and boiled dumplings as well as jia chang cai. 74 Baochao Hutong, Gulou Dong Dajie (walk north on Baochao Hutong until the western end of Gulou Dong Dajie), Dongcheng District (8405 0399) 东城区鼓楼东

潮, 朝阳区朝阳公园路6号蓝色港湾11栋RS-17号

Morel’s Sanlitun stalwart serves Belgian-style steak tartare from locally bred beef and tasty mussels. Voted “Outstanding French (Affordble)“ in our 2011 Restaurant Awards. Mon-Sat 11.30am-1am. Gongti Beilu (opposite Workers’ Gymnasium North Gate, northwest corner of Chunxiu Lu), Dongcheng District. (6416 8802)

区中关村大街40号当代商城7层; 2) 朝阳区新源 西里中街24号; 3) 朝阳区建国路87号华贸中心新 光天地6层; 4) 西城区西单北大街133号君太百 货地下1层及1层

阳区工体北路三里屯Soho 1层5-106室

Fusion CHAO Located in Solana with an open interior, CHAO serves up a variety of fusion foods with a French touch, with daily homemade bread and an extensive wine list. Daily 11am11pm. RS-17, Bldg 11, Solana, 6 Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (5905 1778)

Ellingen Brauhaus Enjoy hearty German dishes then wash it down with some home-made German beer. Daily 11am-2am. B114-B115, Financial Street Shopping mall, Xicheng District


Green Bites Dumpling Bar Healthy steamed dumplings & slow-cooked soup delivered to your door. Daily 10.30am-9.30pm. Unit 5-106, 1/F, Sanlitun Soho, Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. (8590 0475) 绿盒子蒸饺,朝



Enoterra Unpretentious, reasonably priced wine bar in that serves good food as well.Daily 10am-2am. D405, Nali Patio, 81 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (5208 6076) 朝阳区三里屯路

Din Tai Fung Taste just one dumpling to know why they’re famous around the world. Voted “Best Dim Sum” in our 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. 1) Mon-Fri 11.30am-9 .30pm, Sat-Sun 11am-10pm. 7/F, Dangdai Shangcheng, 40 Zhongguancun Dajie, Haidian District. (6269 6726); 2) Daily 11.30am-2.30pm, 5-10pm. 24 Xinyuan Xili Zhongjie, Chaoyang District. (6462 4502); 3) Daily 11.30am-9.30pm. 6/F, Shin Kong Place, China Central Place, 87 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (6533 1536); 4) B1-1/F, Grand Pacific Mall, 133 Xidan Beidajie, Xicheng District. (6615 9028) 鼎泰丰, 1) 海淀

S.T.A.Y (Simple Table Alleno Yannick) Simple, communal-style French food by a Michelin chef. Tue-Sat 11.30am-2.30pm, 5.30-10pm, Sun 11am-4pm. Valley Wing 1/F, Shangri-La Hotel, 29 Zizhuyuan Lu, Haidian District. (8882 6727) 海淀区紫竹院路29号北京香

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)

Royal Smushi House Sushi-sized smorrebrod, a bakery and a formal dining restaurant in one space. Daily 7am-10.30pm. 12 Dongzhimenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District (6416 9664) 皇家慕喜, 朝阳区东直门外大街12号

Scene a Cafe This two-level restaurant offers a buffet with a wide selection of pastas, salads, mains and desserts made in eight differently themed open kitchens. Daily 6am1am. China World Hotel, 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6505 2266 ext 35) 咖 啡苑, 朝阳区建国门外大街1号中国大饭店

Temple Restaurant Beijing High-end French cuisine set in a fresh, modern context. Mon-Sat 11.30am-2.30pm, 6-10pm, Sun

Le Petit Gourmand Warm and cozy space with a menu featuring crepes and couscous. Sun-Thu 9.30am-midnight, Fri-Sat 9.30am1am. 3/F, Tongli Studios, Sanlitun Houjie, Chaoyang District. (6417 6095, fax 6413 0765) 小美食家, 朝 阳区三里屯后街同里3层

Le Pré Lenôtre Exudes all the pomp of fine French dining and matches it with professional service and accomplished food. Voted “Outstanding French (High-End)“ in our 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 11.30am-2 .30pm, 6.30-11.30pm. 6/F, Sofitel Hotel, Bldg C, Wanda Plaza, 93 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (8599 6666) 朝阳区建国路93号万达广 场C座6层

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


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 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

Hot Pot Chuan Cheng Yuan Sichuan-style hot pot. 1) B1 Guorui Shopping Center, 18 Chongwenmenwai Dajie, Chongwen District. (6714 7859); 2) A 106 Jianwai Soho, 39 Sanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (5869 9986); 3) 323 3/F Viva Shopping Mall, Fuli City, 65 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Shuangjing, Chaoyang District. (5903 7388); 4) B1-15A Wangjing Jiamao Shopping Center, 33 Guangshun Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6475 5385); 5) B1 Food Court, Zhongguancun Shopping Center, 15 Zhongguancun Dajie, Haidian District. (5986 3783); 6) L4-29 Jiamao Shopping Center, 1 Xizhimenwai Dajie, Xicheng District. (5830 2423); 7) 116 B1 Huamao Shopping Center, 81 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (5876 4619) 川成元麻辣香 锅, 1) 崇文区崇文区崇文门外大街18号国瑞购物 中心B1楼; 2) 朝阳区朝阳区东三环中路39号建外 SOHO A座106室; 3) 朝阳区朝阳区东三环中路 65号富力广场南区3楼323号; 4) 朝阳区朝阳区广 顺北大街33号望京嘉茂购物中心B1-15A; 5) 海 淀区海淀区中关村大街15号中关村广场购物中心 B1楼大食代内; 6) 西城区西城区西直门外大街1 号嘉茂购物中心L4-29; 7) 朝阳区朝阳区建国路 81号华贸购物中心B1楼116号

Haidilao Hot Pot This popular eatery is as famous for its hospitality as it is for its authentic Sichuan cuisine. Voted “Best Hot Pot,” “Outstanding Restaurant of the Year (Chinese),” and “Outstanding Service“ in our 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. 1) Daily 24hrs. 2A Baijiazhuang Lu, Chaoyang District. (6595 2982); 2) Daily 24hrs. 7/F, New Wedding Shopping Center, 109 Xidan Beidajie, Xicheng District.

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DIRECTORY / DINING (6617 4063); 3) Daily 10.30am-3am. 3/F, Beiyue Dasha, 2A Huixin Dongjie, Chaoyang District. (8463 9300) 海底捞火锅, 1) 朝阳区白家庄路甲 2号; 2) 西城区西单北大街109号婚庆大楼7层; 3) 朝阳区惠新东街甲2号北奥大厦3层

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

Wumingju Elaborate dishes with a distinct Jiangsu and Huaiyang flavor. Daily 11am-2pm, 5-9.30pm. 32 Zaoying Beili, Maizidian Jie, Chaoyang District. (6502 1568) 无名居,朝阳区 麦子店街枣营北里32号

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

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

up authentic Indian and Pakistani tandoori and curry dishes. Voted “Outstanding Indian/ Pakistani” in our 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 11am-3pm, 6-11pm. 4/F, Nali Patio, 81 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (5208 6082/134) 朝阳区三里屯路81号那里花园4层

Najia Xiaoguan Consistently well-executed Manchu cuisine without the swanky atmosphere. 1) Daily 11.30am-10pm. 10 Yonganli (south of the LG Twin Towers), Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District (6567 3663); 2) Daily 11.30am-10pm. 1 Yikesong (south of Botanical Gardens crossroad), Fragrant Hills, Haidian District (8259 8588) 那家小馆,1) 朝阳区建国门

Khajuraho Taking inspiration from the temple cooking of Khajuraho, this brand-new Sanlitun Soho restaurant serves healthy Indian food. Daily 11.30am-10.30pm. 1122-1-2, Bldg 1, Sanlitun Soho, Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District (8527 0464) 朝阳区工体北路三里屯 soho1号楼1122-1-2

翔路99号欧陆时尚购物中心L222室; 2) 朝阳区国 贸往西北中海广场; 3) 朝阳区首都机场路将台路 丽都假日酒店广场缤纷廊3层

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

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

Cornerstone Back-to-basics Italian-American dining. Cornerstone lets the ingredients do the talking with simple, enjoyable dishes, salads, seasonal soups, homemade desserts, freshly squeezed juices and a good wine selection. Daily 10am-11pm. Unit 105, World Financial Center, 1 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (8587 8488) 朝阳区东三环中 路1号环球金融中心105

Daccapo The Regent’s Italian restaurant comes with plenty of contemporary flair, impeccable service. The menu, designed by Michelin Star Chef Mario Cittadini, stays true to Italian regional cooking. Daily noon-2 .30pm, 6-10.30pm. 2/F, The Regent Beijing, 99 Jinbao Jie, Dongcheng District. (8522 1789) 迪卡博意大利餐厅, 东城区金宝街99号北京丽 晶酒店2层

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

Annie’s Unpretentious, affordable and popular Italian chain. Voted “Best Italian (Affordable)” and “Best Family-Friendly Restaurant” in our 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. 1) 11am-11pm. Ritan High Life 2-3-93, (across from Ritan Park North Gate), Chaoyang District. (8569 3031); 2) Daily 11.30am-11pm. 16 Dongsanhuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (6503 3871); 3) Daily 11am-11pm. West Gate of Soho New Town, 88 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (8589 8366); 4) Daily 11am-11pm. A1 Nongzhan Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (6591 1931); 5) Daily 11am-11pm. Jiuxianqiao, Jiangtai Lu, Shangye Jie, Chaoyang District. (6436 3735); 6) Daily 11.30am-11pm. Across from Western Academy Beijing, 5 Laiguangying Donglu, Chaoyang District. (8470 4768) 7) Daily 11am-11pm. 1/F, Ruisai Business Building, 2 Dongsanhuan Nanlu, Chaoyang District (6568 5890); 8) Daily 11am-11pm. 1/F, Bldg 3, Gongti Donglu, Chaoyang District (8587 1469); 9) Daily 11am-11pm. 1/F, Tower AB, The Office Park (Yuanyang Guanghua International), 10 Jintong Xilu (near Central Park/The Place) 安 妮, 1) 朝阳区神路街39号日坛上街2-3-93; 2) 朝阳区东三环路16号; 3) 朝阳区建国路88号 Soho现代城西门; 4) 朝阳区农展南路甲1号 (朝 阳公园西门南侧); 5) 朝阳区酒仙桥将台路商业 街; 6) 朝阳区来广营东路5号京西学校对面; 7) 朝阳区东三环南路2号瑞赛大厦商务楼1层; 8) 朝 阳区工体东路3号楼1层; 9) 朝阳区金桐西路10号 远洋光华国际AB座1楼(近新城国际/世贸天阶)

Fratelli Fresh The spotless open kitchen produces fresh Tuscan-fare: pastas, wood-fired pizzas, meat and fish, as well as large T-bone steaks. Daily 10.30am-2.30pm, 5-10.30pm. 1/F, Renaissance Beijing Capital Hotel, 61 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (5863 8203) 朝阳区朝阳区东三环中路61号北京 富力万丽酒店1层

Luga’s Little Italy Italian classics from Luga. Daily 11am-11pm. Above Luga’s Villa, Sanlitun Houjie, Chaoyang District. (6413 2786) 朝阳区 三里屯后街

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

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


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Japanese Bei A contemporary Asian restaurant, with a range of reinterpreted traditional dishes from Japan, Northern China and Korea. Daily 5.30-10.30pm. B1/F, The Opposite House, Bldg 1, Sanlitun Village, 11 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6410 5230) 北, 朝阳区三里屯路11号三 里屯Village1号楼瑜舍地下1层

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

Hatsune Specializes in unique sushi and hand rolls. Voted “Best Japanese” in our 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 11.30am2pm, 5.30-10pm. 1) 2/F, Heqiao Bldg C, 8A Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6581 3939); 2) S8-30 (Opposite Element Fresh), Bldg 8, Sanlitun Village, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6415 3939) 隐泉日本料理, 1) 朝阳区光华路甲8 号和乔大厦C座2层; 2) 朝阳区三里屯路19号The Village南区8号楼S8-30

Honzen Contemporary Japanese, featuring a tempting selection of sushi, sashimi, tempura and grilled dishes. Mon-Sat 11.30am-2pm, 5.30-10pm. Kempinski Hotel, 50 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6465 3388 ext 4200) 朝 阳区亮马桥路50号凯宾斯基饭店

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

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

Miyabi With live cooking stations and private rooms, Miyabi offers a range of dining experiences. Sheraton Beijing Dongcheng, 36 North Third Ring Road East, Dongcheng District. (5798 8888) 东城区东城区北三环路36号 Nadaman Enjoy the traditional taste of Japanese cuisine. Daily 11.30am-2pm. 4/F, China World Summit Wing, China World Trade Center Phase 3, 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District (6505 2299 ext 6407) 朝阳区 建国门外大街1号4层

西村餐厅, 海淀区紫竹院路29号香格里拉饭店2层

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

Obentos Healthy, fresh bento delivery service. Mon-Fri 11am-10pm, Sat-Sun 10am10pm. Unit 106-107, Bldg 9, Central Park, 6 Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District (6597 0085, 6597 0223) 本之味,朝阳区朝阳门外 大街新城国际9号楼106-107室

Bene Lively Italian restaurant with a homestyle feel. Sheraton Beijing Dongcheng, 36 North Third Ring Road East, Dongcheng District. (5798 8888) 东城区东城区北三环路36号 Cepe Authentic northern Italian cuisine in a modern, trendy setting. Daily 11am-2.30pm, 6-10.30pm. The Ritz-Carlton Financial Street,

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

Nishimura Teppanyaki, robatayaki, sushi and more in a stylish setting. Daily 11.30am-2 .30pm, 6-10pm. Shangri-La Hotel, 29 Zizhuyuan Lu, Haidian District. (6841 2211 ext 2719)

罗洛, 朝阳区建国路甲83

Mirch Masala Tasty, authentic and affordable in a pleasant, well-lit environment. Vegan friendly. Daily 11am-10.30pm. 1 Jingyang Hutong (50m west off Nanluogu Xiang) Dongcheng District. (6406 4347) 东城区景阳胡





三里屯路19号三里屯VillageS93-3; 2) 海淀区 成府路U-CENTER6层; 3) 朝阳区将台路2号海 润国际公寓底商5号; 4) 朝阳区光华路9号世贸 天阶地下1层138A; 5) 朝阳区东直门外大街28号 爱尔兰酒吧2层

Trattoria La Gondola The Kempinski’s Italian restaurant boasts elegant decor and an extensive wine list. The menu offers pasta, risotto, veal and seafood, among a host of other Italian classics. Daily 11.30am-2.30pm and 5.30-11pm. Lufthansa Center, 50 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6465 3388 ext 5707) 意大利威尼斯餐厅,朝阳区凯宾斯基饭店

Tadka Sleek décor, comfy seating and one of the richest Indian dining experiences in the city. Daily 11.30am-2.30pm, 5.30-10.30pm. 2/F, Beijing Marriott Hotel Northeast, 26A Xiaoyun Lu, Chaoyang District. (5927 8888) 朝阳区霄云 The Taj Pavilion Friendly management and some of Beijing’s finest Indian food. Voted “Outstanding Indian/Pakistani” in our 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 11.30am-2.30pm, 6-10.30pm. 1) L222, Europlaza, 99 Yuxiang Lu, Tianzhu Zhen, Shunyi District. (8046 3238); 2) China Overseas Plaza, Chaoyang District. (136 9302 8663); 3) 3/F, Holiday Inn Lido, Jiangtai Lu, Shoudu Jichang Lu, Chaoyang District. (6436 7678, 6437 6688 ext 3811) 泰姬楼印度餐厅, 1) 顺义区天竺镇裕

“Outstanding Italian (High-End)“ in our 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 11.30am-2 .30pm, 6pm-10.30pm. 2/F, The Grand Summit, Section B, Liangmaqiao Diplomatic Mansion, 19 Dongfang Donglu, Chaoyang District. (8532 5068) 塔沃拉意大利餐厅, 朝阳区东方东路19号 亮马桥外交公寓会所2层


外大街永安里10号(双子座大厦南侧); 2) 海淀区 香山一棵松29号(植物园十字路口南)

Ganges Indian Restaurant Southern and northern Indian classics like chicken tikka masala and lamb rogan josh. Voted “Best Indian/Pakistani” in our 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 11am-11pm. 1) S93-3, Sanlitun Village, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6416 0181/6121); 2) 6/F, Wudaokou U-Center, Chengfu Lu, Haidian District. (6262 7944); 3) 5/B, Hairun International Apartment, 2 Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District. (5135 8353); 4) 138A, B1/F, The Place, 9 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6587 2999); 5) 2/F, Paddy O'Shea's, 28 Dongzhimenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6417 0900) 恒河印度餐厅, 1) 朝阳区


Punjabi Indian Restaurant Serves up tasty Punjabi cuisine with a focus on tandoorroasted meats. Daily 11.15am-11.15pm. C-8, 2/F, Lucky Street, Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (5867 0221/23) 本杰比, 朝



1 Jinchengfang Dongjie, Jinrong Jie, Xicheng District. (6629 6996) 意味轩, 西城区金城坊东街

Tavola Excellent Neapolitan-style Italian cuisine in a setting that works equally well for intimate dinners or group events. Voted

Ours Boozy, meaty barbecue heaven. Daily 11am-10pm. 6 Haoyun Jie, 1-5 Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang District (5867 0206, 5246 6252) 我们的日式烧肉屋, 朝阳区朝阳公园 路1-5号好运街6号

Sunrise Noodle Restaurant Japanese-style

DIRECTORY / DINING ramen plus delicious side dishes. Daily 11am10.30pm. Intersection Jiangtai Lu and Jiangtai Shangwu Lu, Chaoyang District (6438 6892)

District (5135 8557) 叫板!比萨 1) 朝阳区工体东

日出拉面, 朝阳区将台路商业街(将台路口)

The Kro’s Nest Huge pizzas and innovations like pizza sliders. Voted “Outstanding New Restaurant (Non-Chinese)“ and “Outstanding Pizza“ in our 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. 1) Daily 10-2am (kitchen closes 11pm). Courtyard 4, Gongti Beilu (across from Salsa Caribe), Chaoyang District. (8523 6655); 2) Mon-Thu 10am-midnight, Fri-Sun 10-1am. 35 Xiaoyun Lu, Chaoyang District. (8391 3131) 乌巢, 1) 朝

Suzumei A great corner nook Japanese restaurant and bar that offer a bit of everything; eel over rice, yakitori, sashimi and more. MonSat 5pm-midnight. Mon-Sat 5pm-midnight. 1/F, Bldg 6, Sanyuanli residential compound (north side), 2 Xinyuan Jie, Chaoyang District. (6466 0204) 朝阳区新源街2号三源里小区6号 楼1层北侧

Tori Ton Yakitori and more, from the ex-manager of Tori Tei. Daily 5.30pm-1am. Alleyway opposite Workers’ Stadium East Gate (behind China View), Chaoyang District (156 9988 5500) 鸟屯, 朝阳区工体东门对面中 国红街后面

Yotsuba Incomparably fresh, traditional Japanese fare. Reservations recommended. 1) Tue-Sun 5-11pm. Next to Bldg 2, Xinyuan Xili Zhongjie (near Xindong Lu), Chaoyang District. (6467 1837); 2) Daily 11.30am-2pm, 5-10pm. 2/F, Bldg 8, Lakeview Place, Dragon Bay Villa, Shayu Huanlu, Houshayu, Shunyi District. (8042 2284) 四叶, 1) 朝阳区新源西里 中街2号楼旁(近新东路); 2) 顺义区后沙峪镇沙 峪环路8号楼2层

Mediterranean George’s Mediterranean Cuisine Owned by a Hong Kong native, this hidden gem offers some of the best Greek moussaka in town. Daily noon-3pm, 6-10pm. 1A Fangcaodi Beixiang, Chaoyang District. (8561 3357) 佐治 地中海餐厅, 朝阳区芳草地北巷甲1号

Sureño Modern Mediterranean cuisine from a beautiful open kitchen with wood-fired ovens. Voted “Best Italian (High-End)” in our 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. in our 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily noon-3 .30pm, 6-10.30pm. B1/F, The Opposite House, Sanlitun Village, 11 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6410 5240) 朝阳区三里屯路11号三里屯 Village瑜舍地下1层

Middle Eastern 1001 Nights Some of the best Middle Eastern food in Beijing plus nightly belly dancing. Voted “Outstanding Middle Eastern” in our 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 11am2am. Gongti Beilu (opposite Zhaolong Hotel), Chaoyang District. (6532 4050) 夜, 朝阳区工 体北路兆龙饭店对面

Biteapitta Falafels, hummus, sandwiches and shawarma. Voted "Best Middle Eastern” in our 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 11am11pm. 2/F, Tongli Studio, Sanlitun Houjie, Chaoyang District. (6467 2961) 吧嗒饼, 朝阳区 三里屯后街同里2层

路中国红街3号楼; 2) 朝阳区将台路2号海润国际 公寓(将台路和方园西路的十字路口)

阳区工体北路4号院 (卡利宾拉丁舞俱乐部对面); 2) 朝阳区霄云路35号

La Pizza A large brick oven in view promises for an authentic Italian feel. Daily 10.30am3pm, 6-11pm. SA-48, Bldg 3, Solana Mall, 6 Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (5905 6106); 2) 1/F, 3.3 Mall, 33 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (5136 5582) 1) 朝阳区朝阳 公园路6号蓝色港湾国际商区3号楼SA-48; 2) 朝 阳区朝阳区三里屯路33号3.3服装大厦西北角底商

Pizza by LMPlus Fantastic Italian-style pizza. Daily 11am-11pm. Unit 111, Tower 11, Central Park, Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6597 0108) 朝阳区朝阳门外 大街6号新城国际11号楼111号

The Pizza Company Speedy and reliable pizza deliveries from locations across Beijing. Delivery (4008 113 113) 1) West of Hualian department store, 2/F, 102 Lishi Beilu, Xicheng District; 2) 1/F, 40 Chongwai Daijie, Chongwen District; 3) West of Wumei department store, 3-5 Fang Zhuang Xin Shi Dai, 9 Pufang Lu, Fengtai District; 4) Unit B, Bldg 7, Huaqingjiayuan, Wudaokou, Haidian District; 5) SO801, Zone A, Soho New Town, Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District; 6) B1/F, Times Square, Changan Xiejie, Xicheng District; 7) Stall 0102, 2/F, Zone A, Jianwai Soho, 39 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District; 8) B1-25, Glory Mall, 18 Chongwai Dajie, Chongwen District; 9) B-10 U-Town, Sanfeng Beili, Chaoyang District; 10) 100m east of Caihong Xincheng, Huang Village, Daxing District; 11) 1/F Xi Rong Ge, West Fourth Ring Road North, Haidian District; 12) Bldg 5 Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District; 13) 102, Zone A, Shifengguoji Bldg, Pingfang Xiang Huangshan Mudian, Chaoyang District; 14) 14 Shunyuanli, Chaoyang District. 1) 西城 区阜成门华联商厦西侧二层 ; 2) 崇文区崇文外 搜秀商城一层; 3) 丰台区蒲方路9号方庄新世代 大厦一层; 4)海淀区五道口华清嘉圆7号楼B号; 5) 朝阳区建国路88号 现代城A区SO801 ; 6) 西 城区西长安街首都时代广场地下一层; 7) 朝阳区 东三环中路39号建外SOHO A座2层0102; 8) 崇 文区崇外大街18号国瑞购物中心地下 一层25号 商铺B1-25; 9) 朝阳区三丰北里1-3号楼悠唐生 活广场地下 一层B10 ; 10) 大兴区黄村镇彩虹 新城北门物美东100米 ; 11) 海淀区西四环北路 136号西荣阁大厦; 12) 朝阳区蒋台路商业街5号 楼; 13) 朝阳区平房乡黄杉木店世丰国际大厦A 座 102号; 14) 朝阳区顺源里14号

RUSSIAN Moscow Restaurant A spacious dining room and decently-priced vodka makes this Russian eatery a great party place. Daily 11am-2pm, 5-9pm. 135 Xizhimenwai Dajie (inside Beijing Exhibition Center), Xicheng District (6835 4454) 西城区西直门外大街135号北展中心内 Traktirr Pushkin Both traditional and contemporary Russian cuisine right next to the Russian embassy. Daily 10am-10pm. 5-15 Dongzhimennei Dajie, Dongcheng District (8407 8158) 彼得堡俄餐厅, 东城区东直门内大 街5-15号

SEAFOOD Rumi Its plush, minimalist interior is inviting, but the savory kebabs seal the deal. Voted “Outstanding Middle Eastern” in our 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 11.30ammidnight. 1A Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. (8454 3838) 入迷, 朝阳区工体北路甲1号 Turkish Mum Traditional Turkish fare and a good wine list. Daily 11.30am-11.30pm. 3 Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. (8532 3979) 土 耳其妈妈, 朝阳区工体北路3号

Pizza Gung Ho! Gourmet Pizza Factory Pizza delivery service offering gourmet pies. Voted “Outstanding Pizza“ in our 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. 1) Daily 11am-11pm. Bldg. 3, China View, Gongti Donglu, Chaoyang District. (8587 1404/1370); 2) Daily 11am-11pm. Shop 2, Hairun International Apartments, corner Jiangtai Lu and Fangyuan Xilu, Chaoyang

Starfish Great oysters, wines and house cocktails. Daily 11.30am-2.30pm, 6-10pm. 22-1 Dongzhimenwai Dajie (opposite Canadian embassy), Chaoyang District (6416 9838)朝阳 区东直门外大街22-1号(加拿大使馆对面)

Shanghai Shanghai Min (Xiao Nan Guo) Established in 1987, this restaurant chain serves traditional Shanghai cuisine in a contemporary interior. (40 0820 9777) 1) Daily 11am-2pm, 5pm-10pm. 2/F, Jinbao Plaza, 89 Jingbao Jie, Dongcheng District; 2) Rm 301, 3/F, China Life Center, 17 Jinrong Dajie, Xicheng District; 3) Stall CC16, B1/F, Oriental Plaza, Wangfujing Dajie, Dongcheng District; 4) Stall 401-A, 4/F, IFC Mall, 1-3 Xinyuan Nanlu, Chaoyang District; 5) 3/F, Bldg 1, Sanlitun Soho, 8 Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. 小南国 1)东城金宝街89号 金宝大厦; 2) 西城金融大街17号中国人寿中心3

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DIRECTORY / DINING 楼301; 3) 东城王府井大街东方新天地广场地下 一层CC18号;4)朝阳新源南路1-3号都汇天地 商场4层401-A号;5)朝阳工体北路8号三里屯 Soho一栋3层

Sichuan Chuan Ban A reputation for being the most authentic Sichuan cuisine in town. Voted “Outstanding Sichuan” in our 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. Mon-Fri 7-9am, 10.50am2pm, 4.50-9.30pm; Sat-Sun 7am-10pm. 5 Gongyuan Toutiao, Jianguomennei Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6512 2277 ext 6101) 川办 餐厅, 东城区建国门内贡院头条5号

Spring Organic Fish Restaurant Healthy Sichuan food prepared with quality ingredients. Fresh fish, seasonal vegetables, truffles and mushroom. Daily 10am-2.30pm, 5-9.30pm. 1) 23A Taiping Lu, Haidian District. (6818 1113); 2) 11 Jianhua Nanlu, Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6566 8001; 182 0165 2683 for English) 同和春野生鱼庄, 1) 海

District. (6501 9345) 紫苏庭, 东城区东四六

with a good wine selection. 6/F, Nali Patio, 81 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (5208 6061) 米


家思, 朝阳区三里屯路81号那里花园6层

Spice Factory Innovative, contemporary Thai food without the kitschy trappings. Daily 6-10pm. Courtyard 4, Gongti Beilu (above d lounge), Chaoyang District. (6585 2386) 朝阳区

Steakhouses The Astor Grill Grain-fed tenderloin steak, cigars and an extensive wine list. Mon-Fri 11.30am-2pm; daily 6-10pm. 3/F, St. Regis Hotel Apartments, 21 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6460 6688 ext 2637) 艾斯

工体北路4号院 (d lounge 楼上)

特扒房, 朝阳区建国门外大街21号国际俱乐部 饭店公寓3层

CRU Steakhouse The sleek, warm design of CRU is reflective of the rich, refined cuts served up by its open kitchen. Voted “Outstanding Steak“ in our 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 11.30am-2pm, 6-10pm. 2/F, JW Marriott Hotel, China Central Place, 83 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (5908 8530) 朝阳区建国

dishes available in the evenings. Daily 3-11pm. Radisson Blu Hotel Beijing, 6A East Beisanhuan Road, Chaoyang District. (5922 3440) 朝



Transit A high-end venue offering an expensive menu of Sichuan cuisine. Daily 6-10pm. N4-36, Sanlintun Village North, 11 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District (6417 9090) 朝阳区三里屯路

The CUT Steak & Seafood Grill Features a wide selection of prime quality imported beef, fresh seafood and poultry roasted to perfection. “Outstanding Steak” in the Beijinger 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. Tue-Sat 6-11pm. Fairmont Beijing Hotel, 8 Yong’an Dongli, Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (8507 3630) 刃, 朝阳区建国门外大街永



Steak Exchange Restaurant + Bar With an open kitchen and live entertainment, this restaurant serves 250-day, grain-fed Australian Angus steaks, charcoal grilled to perfection. There’s also a fantastic wine selection, and some incredible desserts. Daily 11.30am-2pm, 5.30-10.30pm. InterContinental Beijing Financial Street, 11 Financial Street, Xicheng District. (5852 5921) 西城区金融街11号洲际酒店

淀区太平路甲23号; 2) 朝阳区建外大街建华 南路11号

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4corners Daily 11am-midnight. 27 Dashibei Hutong (near west end of Yandai Xiejie), Xicheng District (6401 7797) 西城区大石碑胡同

Bellagio See and be seen at these Taiwanese hipster eateries, perfect for late night sweet treats. Daily 11am-4am. 35 Xiaoyun Lu, Chaoyang District. (8451 9988); 2) Daily 11am10pm. Rm 6, 5/F, 1 Dongzhimen Nandajie, Dongcheng District. (8409 8075); 3) Daily 11am-4am. 6 Gongti Xilu, south of the Gongti 100 Bowling Alley, Chaoyang District. (6551 3533); 4) Daily 11am-10pm. R-25 Zhongguancun Plaza, 15 Zhongguancun Dajie, Haidian District. (5172 1340); 5) Daily 10am-10pm. 6F-19, 131 Xidan Beidajie, Xicheng District. (5971 6529); 6) Daily 10am-10pm. 1/F, Bldg 1, 16 Guangshun Dajie, Chaoyang District. (8476 4645); 7) Daily 11am-2am. Bldg 4, Area 2 Anhui Beili, Yayuncun, Chaoyang District. (6489 4300); 8) Daily 11am-10pm. 6/F, Shin Kong Place, 87 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (6530 5658) 鹿港小镇, 1) 朝阳区霄云路35号; 2) 东


Hawka Equal parts Chinese street food, Indian delicacies, Thai and Singaporean treats. Beijing Marriott Hotel City Wall, 7 Jianguomen Nandajie, Dongcheng District (5811 8888 ext 8266) 东城区建国门南大街7号北京万豪酒店 Lau Pa Sak One of Beijing’s only joints for close-to-authentic Singaporean hawker fare. Daily 11am-11pm. Xindong Lu (opposite Canadian Embassy), Chaoyang District (6417 0952) 朝阳区新东路加拿大使馆对面 Flamme International Grill This stylish two-floor bar and grill features American steaks. Voted “Outstanding New Restaurant (Non-Chinese)“ and “Outstanding Steak“ in our 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 11am-midnight. S4-33, Sanlitun Village, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6417 8608) 朝 阳区三里屯路19号三里屯Village3楼S4-33室

Grange Grill This steakhouse serves mean and delicate cuts with dipping sauces doled out of beakers and pipettes. Mon-Fri 11.303pm (lunch), daily 5.30-11pm (dinner). 2/F, Westin Beijing Chaoyang, 7 Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (5922 8888) 朝阳区东 三环北路7号金茂北京威斯汀大饭店

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

城区东直门南大街1号5层6号; 3) 朝阳区工体西 路6号(工体100南边); 4) 海淀区中关村大街15 号中关村广场商业步行街R-25号; 5) 西城区西 单北大街131号6F-19号; 6) 朝阳区广顺大街16 号院1号楼1层; 7) 朝阳区亚运村安慧北里2区4 号楼(炎黄艺术馆斜对面); 8) 朝阳区建国路87 号新光天地6层

Shin Yeh Authentic ingredients from Taiwan. Daily 11.30am-3pm, 5.30pm-midnight. 6 Gongti Xilu (ground floor of the Gongti 100 bowling alley), Chaoyang District. (6552 5066); 2) Daily 11am-10pm. Bldg 4, Xinzhongguancun Dasha, 19 Zhongguancun Dajie, Haidian District. (8248 6288) 欣叶, 1) 朝阳区工体西路 6号(工体100一层); 2) 海淀区中关村大街19号 新中关大厦4楼


The Veggie Table Fresh, safe and sustainable vegan cuisine using high-quality ingredients. Unwind in a cozy, sunny non-smoking setting featuring comfy couches and large windows. Try their veggie burgers, organic vegan chocolate cake and signature apple-basil mojito. Twice-weekly organic vegetable pickup available. Wed-Mon 11am-11pm. 19 Wudaoying Hutong, Dongcheng District. (6446 2073) 吃素的,东城区五道营胡同19号

Vietnamese Luga’s Pho Pho This small restaurant serves authentic Vietnamese-style pho, nem and Vietnamese coffee. Daily 10am-3am. Above Luga’s, Sanlitun Houjie, Chaoyang District. (6413 2786) 朝阳区三里屯后街同里对面


Va Va Voom Classic Vietnamese fare. Daily 11am-11pm. S4-32, 3/F, Bldg 4, Sanlitun Village South, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6416 3732, 6417 2210) 越时代, 朝阳区三里屯路19号


Carmen Tapas plates, hearty salads, paella and roasted whole suckling pig. Voted “Outstanding Spanish” in our 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 11am-2am. Beside Nali Patio, 81 Sanlitun Beijie, Chaoyang District. (6417 8038) 朝阳区三里屯北街81号(


Purple Haze Restaurant & Bar Thai cuisine served amongst purple hues. Books, coffee and Wi-Fi create the perfect atmosphere for a lazy afternoon. Voted “Best Thai” in our 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 11am-11 .30pm. Opposite the north gate of the Workers’ Stadium (behind ICBC Bank), Chaoyang District. (6413 0899) 紫苏庭, 朝阳区工体北门对


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

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

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



Pho La La Convenient, bright and serves up a mean bowl of pho. Daily 11am-10pm. 2/F, Xingfucun Zhonglu, Chaoyang District (6417 7103) 朝阳区幸福村中路2层

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

Migas Restaurant & Lounge Headed by chefs from Spain, this stylish restaurant serves up a wide selection of modern Spanish tapas

Thai Express Convenience and speed are the essence here, with efficient service and a chilli-coded menu. Strengths lie in their simpler curries and a commendable Pad Thai. Daily 11am-10.30pm. 21 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District (next to the International Club) (8532-1073)朝阳区建国门外大街21号(国


The Grill Steaks and seafood grilled on an open flame with a Scandinavian twist. Chinese

Purple Haze Courtyard Authentic Thai cuisine in rustic hutong digs. Voted “Best Thai” in our 2010 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 11am-11.30pm. 1 Dongsi Liutiao, Dongcheng

Xinjiang Xinjiang Flavour Delicious Classic, cheap Xinjiang eats. Ya’er Hutong, Xicheng District. 西城区帽儿胡同

Yunnan Dali Courtyard Atmospheric decor, easygoing hospitality and delicious set menu. Voted “Outstanding Restaurant of the Year (Chinese),” “Outstanding Outdoor Dining“ and “Outstanding Yunnan“ in our 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 10am-9.30pm. 67

DIRECTORY / DINING–NIGHTLIFE 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

District. (6505 2299 ext 6433) 朝阳区光华路国 贸3期80层(中国大饭店北侧)

Dali Renjia Authentic and cheap Yunnan eats. Daily 10.30am-11pm. 80 Baochao Hutong (100m north of Gulou Dongdajie), Dongcheng District. (158 1039 2366) 大理人家, 东城区宝钞

Black Sun Bar Bargain-basement drinks, a pool table, darts, foosball, the original caipirinha recipe and a patio. Daily 5.30pm3am. West gate of Chaoyang Park, Chaoyang District. (6593 6909) 黑太阳, 朝阳区朝阳公



Haney Restaurant Opened by the proprietors of the old Dali Renjia, Haney’s offerings stick close to traditional. Daily 11am-midnight. 107 Baochao Hutong, Gulou Dongdajie, Dongcheng District (6401 3318) 东城区鼓楼东

Blue Frog See Dining Directory under “American.”


In and Out One of Beijing’s best Yunnan restaurants excels both in taste and design. Daily 11am-10pm. 1 Sanlitun Beixiaojie, Chaoyang District. (8454 0086/6467 5235) 一坐一忘, 朝 阳区三里屯北小街1号

Entero Whiskey bar that’s cool like bebop and sunglasses and bongos. Has a karaoke room and darts competitions. Daily 7pm-midnight. 1 Xinyuanli, Chaoyang District. (8451 0554) 朝 阳区新源里1号(新东路往北到左家庄桥右转50 米 见路口右转)

The Bookworm See Dining Directory under “Cafes & Teahouses” The Brick Food and cheap drink in this Shuangjing neighborhood pub where fun is the name of the game. Daily 4pm-late. Unit 2-11, Bldg 2, Tianzhi Jiaozi, 31 Guangqu Lu (northeast corner of Shuangjing Qiao), Chaoyang District. (134 2616 6677) 朝阳区双井桥东北角广

Huxley’s Shut Up and Drink: Not much more need be said. Daily 6pm-late. Yandai Xiejie (the street running diagonally between the Drum Tower and Yinding Bridge), Xicheng District. (6402 7825) 德彼酒吧, 西城区烟袋


Hudiequan Seriously comprehensive dish selection by the Dali Representative Office restaurant. Daily 7-9am, 11am-1.30pm, 5-9pm. 1/F, Hudiequan Binguan (north of Picai Hutong), 55 Xixie Jie, Xidan Beidajie, Xicheng District (6615 6583) 蝴蝶泉, 西城区西单北大街 西斜街55号(辟才胡同北边)蝴蝶泉宾馆1层

Middle 8th Restaurant Comfortable, hip Yunnan restaurant. 1) Daily 11am-11.30pm. Zhongba Lou, Sanlitun Zhongjie, Chaoyang District. (6413 0629); 2) Daily 11am-10.30pm. R17, Zhongguancun Pedestrian Mall, 15 Zhongguancun Dajie, Haidian District. (5172 1728) 中八楼, 1) 朝阳区三里屯中街中八楼; 2) 海淀区中关村大街15号中关村广场步行街R17

Rainbow Authentic Yunnan cuisine in fantastic surroundings.. Daily 11.30am-2.30pm, 5.30-10pm. 5/F, Crowne Plaza Sun Palace Beijing, Yunnan Dasha, Northeast corner of Taiyanggong Qiao and Xibahe, Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6429 8888 ext 6425) 彩云天, 新云南皇冠假日酒店5层, 朝阳区东北三 环西坝河太阳宫桥东北角

NIGHTLIFE bars & clubs 12SQM Good beer and whiskey selection. Daily noon-1am. Corner of Nanluogu Xiang and Fuxiang Hutong, Dongcheng District. (6402 1554, www. 东城区南锣鼓巷福祥1号 13 Club Hefty, dark and covered in graffiti. Featuring mostly rock, metal and punk bands, with shows almost every night. Sun-Thu 8pm-2am, Fri-Sat 8pm-3am. 161 Chengfu Lu (Lanqiying bus stop; doorway is recessed in a small alley next to Da Waguan Restaurant), Haidian District. (8261 9267) 13俱乐部, 海淀 区成府路蓝旗营车站下车,马路南边即是(瓦罐 饭馆的西边)

2 Kolegas Intimate music venue. 21 Liangmaqiao Lu (inside the drive-in movie theater park), Chaoyang District. (6436 8998, 两个 好朋友, 朝阳区亮马桥路21号(燕莎桥往东1500 米路北汽车电影院内)

4corners Daily 11am-midnight. 27 Dashibei Hutong (near west end of Yandai Xiejie), Xicheng District (6401 7797) 西城区大石碑胡同 27号(烟袋斜街西口附近)

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

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

Aria See Dining Directory under “European.” Atmosphere Bar Expect spectacular views on a good day at Beijing’s highest bar. Failing that, you can count on the drinks being good. Daily noon-2am. 80/F, China World Summit Wing, 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang

Buzz Chill out and relax in this intimate bar that features signature cocktails and an extensive collection of premium whiskeys, cognacs, wines and ports. Mon-Sat 6pm-1.30am. 1/F, The Westin Beijing, 9B Financial Street, Xicheng District. (6606 8866 ext 7825) 西城区 金融大街乙9号北京金融街威斯汀大酒店1层

CD Blues Café A loungey sit-down music venue, that allows you to float in and out of performances. Drinks are serviceable, beers range from RMB 15, cocktails from RMB 35. Daily 4pm-late. Nongzhangguan Lu (south of the Agricultural Exhibition Hall), Dongsanhuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (65068288) 朝阳区 东三环路农展馆大门往南300米

Centro A surprisingly comfortable spot to down drinks from bottled beers to blue cheese martinis. Nightly live jazz performances. Daily 24hrs. 1/F, Kerry Hotel, 1 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6561 8833 ext 42) 炫酷, 朝阳区光华路1号嘉里中心饭店1层

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

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

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

The Den Watch sports until dawn; stick around for brunch. Voted “Outstanding Late-Night Dining“ in our 2011 Restaurant Awards. Daily 24hrs. 4 Gongti Donglu (next to City Hotel’s main entrance), Chaoyang District. (6592 6290) 敦煌, 朝阳区工体东路4号城市宾 馆正门旁边

Earl Bar A combination of cheap drinks and DJs as well as regular weekend events makes for an attractive venue. Daily 6.30pm-2am. 1 Dongdan Beidajie next to Peninsula Hotel, Dongcheng District. (8511 6646/51) 伯爵酒吧, 东城区东单北大街1号王府饭店东侧胡同内

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 大街前海南沿2号楼2层

El Nido/Bar No. 59 Tiny bar, huge beer selection, and absinthe too. Daily 4pm-late. 59 Fangjia Hutong (enter from Andingmennei Dajie), Dongcheng District. (8402 9495) 东城区 方家胡同59号(丛安定门内大街往东走20米)

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

Free Smushi! To win a business set lunch for two at the Royal Smushi House, answer this question: Where did the smushi originate? Email


Eudora Station Bar and Restaurant American food, a great terrace and live music. Greg Carroll Band featuring singer Greg Carroll (who formerly performed with Robert Palmer), plays a mix of Latin-influenced blues, jazz and rock & roll Wed-Sat 9.30pm-1am. Daily 9am2am. 6 Fangyuan Xilu (opposite Lido Plaza), Chaoyang District. (6437 8331/8813) 朝阳区芳 园西路6号(丽都广场对面)

Flames Flawlessly mixed drinks. Live performances add an air of relaxation. Daily 11am1am. Hilton Beijing Wangfujing, 8 Wangfujing Dongjie, Dongcheng District. (5812 8888) 东城 区王府井东街8号北京王府井西尔顿

Fubar A speakeasy with a fine selection of drinks. Sun-Thu 2pm-2am, Fri-Sat 2pm-4am. Behind Stadium Dog, Gate 10, Workers’ Stadium, Chaoyang District. (6593 8227) 福吧, 朝 阳区工体东路工人体育场东门内10号进口

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

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

Great Leap Brewing Currently closed, but available for private events. Tue-Sat 3pm-midnight, Sun 3-8pm. 6 Doujiao Hutong (from Di’anmenwai Dajie, walk east down Fangzhuanchang Hutong until you hit Doujiao Hutong. Turn right then follow the road round to the left), Dongcheng District. (5717 1399) 大 跃, 东城区豆角胡同6号

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

Grinders A good selection of beer and affordable wine as well as huge hoagies and other North American classics. Daily 10am-2am. Unit 3-02, Bldg 2, Tianzhi Jiaozi, 31 Guangqu Lu (northeast corner of Shuangjing Qiao), Chaoyang District. (8775 1847) 朝阳区双井桥东 北角广渠路31号院天之骄子2号楼底商3-02

Gulou 121 Enjoy a clash between a saloon bar and Chinese kitsch, as well as a selection of cheap beers, whiskeys and cocktails. Daily 2pm-late. 121 Jiugulou Dajie, Dongcheng District. (8404 3430) 鼓楼121, 东城区旧鼓楼

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

Jiang Hu Liveshow Bar Live music. Daily 7pm-2am. 7 Dongmianhua Hutong, Jiaodaokou Nandajie, Dongcheng District. (6401 4611) 江湖酒吧, 东城区交道口南大街东棉花胡同7号

Kokomo Sporting a top-class terrace and superior cocktails. Sun-Thu 6pm-2am, Fri-Sat 6pm-4am. 4/F, Tongli Studios, Sanlitun Houjie, Chaoyang District. (6413 1019, 朝 阳区三里屯后街同里4层

Lantern Techno and other types of electronic music from the Acupuncture Records team. Thu-Sat 9pm-late. 100m north of Workers’ Stadium West Gate, (in the basement behind Xuxian Lou restaurant), Gongti Xilu, Chaoyang District. (135 0134 8785) 灯笼, 朝阳区工体西路 工体西门往北走100米(许仙楼后面地下1层)

Le Petit Gourmand Enjoy a warm and cozy space featuring crepes and couscous while browsing their library of over 9,000 books and wireless internet. Sun-Thu 9.30am-midnight, Fri-Sat 9.30am-1am. 3/F, Tongli Studios, Sanlitun Houjie, Chaoyang District. (6417 6095, fax 6413 0765) 小 美食家, 朝阳区三里屯后街同里3层

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

The Lounge (China World Summit Wing) Sip a martini with unrivalled views of the capital. Daily 6.30am-1am. 80/F, China World Summit Wing Hotel, 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6505 2299 ext 6431) 酒廊,



Havana Bar 22 varieties of rum. Tapas at the bar and cigars in the cigar divan. Daily 5pm1.30am. Grand Millennium Beijing, Fortune Plaza, 7 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (6530 9383) 朝阳区东三环中路7号财

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)


Haze Electronic music in the basement. Thu-Sat 9pm-late. B1/F, On the Corner Cafe, Guanghualu Soho, Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. 朝阳区光华路光华路Soho地下1层 Hot Cat Club Decent live music, dodgy drinks. Daily 10am-late. 46 Fangjia Hutong (just south of Guozijian Jie), Dongcheng District. (6400 7868) 东城区方家胡同46号艺术园 区(国子监南临)

海淀区成府路华清嘉园1号楼2层(五道口城铁 站对面)

Mako Live House Mid-sized live music and events space brings the noise to Shuangjing. Daily 5pm-late. Inside Hongdian Art Factory, Courtyard 36 (500m south of Carrefour Shuangjing, inside small alley), Guangqu Lu, Chaoyang District. (5205 1112/3) 麻雀, 朝阳区 广渠路36号院红点艺术工厂内(幸福贝贝南边)

Mao Mao Chong Great cocktails, house vodka infusions and house-designed T-shirts are this bar’s trademarks. Wed-Thu 7pm-

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DIRECTORY / NIGHTLIFE–STYLE District. (6526 3388 ext 4181) 作家酒吧, 东城区

midnight, Fri-Sat 7.30pm-1am. 12 Banchang Hutong (east off Nanluogu Xiang), Dongcheng District. (159 9264 6024) 毛毛虫, 东城区板厂胡

东长安街33号, 北京饭店莱佛士一层

Xiu A summer-friendly terrace plus much more in the luxuriant lounge. Mon-Fri 11.30am-2.30pm, 6pm-late, Sat-Sun 6pm-late. Park Hyatt (entrance across from the hotel lobby), 2 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (5867 1108) 秀, 朝阳区朝阳区建国门


Maison Camus High-end cognacs and Bordeaux and Burgundy wines for the connoisseur. Daily 4pm-midnight. 4/F, Reignwood Center, 8 Yong’an Dongli, Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (8523 5703, 8528 9518) 卡慕世家酒廊, 朝阳区建国门外大街永安


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


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


Mesh Equally at home to post-retail therapy or a night on the tiles. Daily 5pm-2am. 1/F, The Opposite House, Bldg 1, Sanlitun Village, 11 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6417 6688) 朝

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


Migas Spanish restaurant doubles as one of Sanlitun’s most popular nightlife haunts. Daily 10am-3pm, 5-11pm. 6/F, Nali Patio, 81 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (5208 6061) 米家思, 朝 阳区三里屯路81号那里花园6层

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

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

Modernista Enjoy regular live music with a glass of absinthe. Tues-Sun 3pm-3am. 44 Baochao Hutong, Gulou Dongdajie, Dongcheng District. (136 7127 4747) 东城区鼓楼东大街宝 钞胡同44号

Mokihi Intimate, atmospheric cocktail bar offers masterful drinks. Daily 6pm-3am. 3/F, C12 Haoyun Jie, Chaoyang District. (5867 0244) 朝 阳区好运街C12商铺3层


Sundays: S.T.A.Y Sunday Brunch You’ll never want to leave.


Pudao Wines Try before you buy, with wines to be sampled from multiple dispensers. Daily noon- 10pm. Unit F1-01, Tower AB, The Office Park, 10 Jintong West Road, Chaoyang District (8590 3020) 金桐西路10号远洋光华国 际AB座F1-01

Punk A mixture of urban and neo-Gothic where big name DJs spin an eclectic mix. TueSat 8pm-3am. B1/F, The Opposite House, Bldg 1, Sanlitun Village, 11 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6410 5222) 朝阳区三里屯路11号三里屯 Village1号楼瑜舍地下1层

Q Bar Quality tunes and top-notch cocktails. Nice terrace. Daily 5pm-2am. Top floor of Eastern Inn Hotel, 6 Baijiazhuang Lu (the south end of Sanlitun Nanlu), Chaoyang District. (6595 9239) 朝阳区百家庄6号(朝阳门医院北门 东100米)三里屯南路逸羽连锁酒店顶楼

R Lounge This huge hotel bar is perfect for hosting an event. 4/F, Renaissance Beijing Capital Hotel, 61 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. 朝阳区东三环中路61号北京 富力万丽酒店4层

Raying Temple Avant-garde concerts, improvisational sessions and band rehearsals. Daily 4pm-midnight. East End of Qunfang Zhongyi Jie (West Gate of Yucai Middle School), Liyuan Town, Tongzhou District. (137 1698 0276, www.nojiji. com 小雷音俱乐部, 通州区梨园镇群芳中一街东 首(育才学校西门)

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

NL Food & Sports Bar Live sports and pub grub, with a few Dutch specialties. B1/F, TYG Center, C2 Dongsanhuan Beilu (north of Xiaoyun Lu intersection), Chaoyang District. (133 1126 0980) 朝阳区东三环北路C2天元港中心 (东三环和霄云路的路口北侧)地下1层

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

Plush Filled with natural light and overlooking a modern zen garden. Daily 7am-1am. 1/F, The Westin Beijing, 9B Financial Street, Xicheng District. (6606 8866 ext 7825) 西城区 金融大街乙9号北京金融街威斯汀大酒店1层

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


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concert/festival venues MasterCard Center 69 Fuxing Lu, Haidian District (6828 6386) 万事达中心, 海淀区复兴

Redmoon Redmoon at the Grand Hyatt includes a wine bar, sushi bar and cigar lounge, all sleekly designed to cater to the executive set. Daily 5pm-1am. 1/F, Grand Hyatt Hotel, Beijing Oriental Plaza, 1 Dongchang’an Jie, Dongcheng District. (6510 9366, 8518 1234 ext 6366) 东方亮, 东城区东长安街1号东方君 悦酒店大厅

Rendez-vous Bar & Lounge Relaxing place to meet friends and clients for drinks and snacks. Kempinski Hotel, 50 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6465 3388 ext 4200) 朝阳 区凯宾斯基饭店亮马桥路50号

The Ritz-Carlton Bar Light live music and a lounge atmosphere. Daily 6pm-1am. The RitzCarlton Beijing, 83A Jianguo Road, Chaoyang District. (5908 8131) 丽思卡尔顿吧, 朝阳区朝阳 区建国路93号华贸中心

Riverbank Café & Bar 1/F, FX Hotel, 39 Maizidian Xijie, Chaoyang District. (6506 8277) 朝阳区麦子店西街39号富驿时尚酒店1层

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

School Wudaoying Hutong bar started by a consortium of Beijing and Shanghai-based events promoters serves as a “refuge for alternative music fans seeking electro fun.” Daily 8pm-late. 53 Wudaoying Hutong, Chaoyang District. (6402 8881, schoolbegins@gmail. com) 朝阳区五道营胡同53号 Siif A mixture of frat-house dance floor, a ground level bar and an upstairs chill-out area with a balcony. Daily 1pm-2am. 67 Beiluogu

Xiang, Dongcheng District. (6406 9496) 如果, 东城区鼓楼东大街北锣鼓巷67号

Spark Beautiful people and slick design at this Taipei-based nightclub’s Beijing outpost. B108, The Place, 9 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. 朝阳区光华路9号世贸天阶B108 The Stumble Inn Daily 10am-2am. S3-31, 3/F, Sanlitun Village South, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6417 7794) 朝阳区三里屯路 19号三里屯Village南区3号楼3层S3-31

The Swan with Two Necks Daily 10am-late. Pinnacle Plaza), Tianzhu Real Estate Development Zone, Shunyi District. 顺义区天竺开发 区荣祥广场

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

STYLE Accessories & jewelry Christian Louboutin French luxury shoemaker brings his renowned red-soled footwear to Beijing. N4-10, Sanlitun Village North, 11 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. 朝阳区三里屯路 11号Village北区N2-17单

D-SATA by CuR: DimSum of all things Asian Handmade couture clutches for the ethical and eco-chic fashionista. Daily 1-9pm or by appointment. Unit A116, 1/F, Nali Patio, 81 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (5208 6066, 134 3966 4067, www.d-sata. com, 朝阳区三里屯路 81号那里花园A116室

南门; 2) 朝阳区工体西路工体100保龄球馆下面

Terra A variety of food from skewers of octopus to soy-marinated pork and much more. Tue-Sun, 11-1am. 1 Sanlitun Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (6591 9148) 朝阳区三里屯南路1号 Tim’s Texas Bar-B-Q Meat-eater friendly bar-restaurant with popular quiz night. 2 for 1 happy hour every Monday-Friday from 3-7pm. Daily 9am-midnight. 14 Dongdaqiao Lu (on the corner of Guanghua Lu), Chaoyang District. (6591 9161) Tim’s 熏烤房, 朝阳区东 大桥路14号贵友大厦正北200米

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

Twilight Cocktails made with style, and hard-to-find whiskeys. Pizza, pasta and other snacks available. Mon-Sat 11.30am-2.30pm, 6pm-2am. (Behind Starbucks) 3/F, 0102, Bldg 5, Jianwai Soho, 39 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (5900 5376) 暮光, 朝阳区东 三环中路39号建外Soho5号0102单元3层

V.A. Cafe & Bar This small cafe-bar is well equipped for weekly flamenco and jazz performances. Daily 2pm-late. 13 Wudaoying Hutong, Dongcheng District. (5844 3638) 东城 区五道营胡同13号

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

Kavenna Diamond Provides high-class diamond accessories, classical engagement and wedding rings. Unique, personalized orders including re-styling are gladly accepted. Daily 10.30am-7.30pm. Unit 23, 1/F, Fortune Mall (behind the Millennium Hotel), 7 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (6533 0236, 137 0120 0304, 卡文那钻石, 朝阳区东三环中路7号北京财富购 物中心一层23号

Nicolas Favard A centrally located showroom for the chic, avant-garde creations of jeweler Nicolas Favard, who has worked on commission in Beijing for several years. While you can simply drop by and pick up whatever takes your fancy, we recommend arranging a visit when Favard himself is in the store. Daily 11am-8pm. 28 Sanlitun Lu (in the alleyway just west of Sanlitun Village North), Chaoyang District. (6413 0818) 朝阳区三里屯路28号(三里屯Village北区西侧)


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

99 Massage and Spa Center Daily 11ammidnight. Rm 703, E-Tower C12, Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6501 0799) 99按摩中心, 朝


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

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

阳区光华路丙12号数码01大厦703室(嘉里中心与 国贸之间)

DIRECTORY / STYLE 达岭高速路水关长城出口长城脚下的公社凯宾 斯基饭店

Angel Hands Enjoy vigorous deep-tissue massage, soothing and gentle massage, or a combination of both. Daily 24 hours. Rm 1801, Bldg 2, Jianwai Soho, 39 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (8631 0801) 朝阳 区东三环中路39号建外Soho2号楼1801室

Aqua Salus Urban Retreat 1) Daily noonmidnight. 1-17 Lucky Street, 1 Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (6501 6639,; 2) Taiyue Height 106, 16 Sanlitun Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (6501-2881, www. 良泉都市怡疗三里屯会馆, 1) 朝 阳区朝阳公园路1号 好运街1-17号; 2) 朝阳区 朝阳区南三里屯16号泰悦豪庭底商106


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

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

Hummingbird Therapeutic Retreat Hummingbird has a range of therapeutic massages starting at RMB 150-225, and also offers facials, waxing and manicures. Daily 10am-midnight. Unit 103, Bldg 3, Central Park, 6 Chaowai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6597 9119) 一体保健会所,



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

I.O Spa Indoor and outdoor pools abound, along with the usual spa services. Inside Workers’ Stadium East Gate (towards south), Chaoyang District. (6588 3228/82) 私人会所,

Bodhi Therapeutic Retreat Offers a variety of professional treatments, as well as complimentary food and snacks cooked up by their Thai chef. Daily 11am-12.30am. 17 Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6417 9595) www. 菩提会所, 朝阳区工体北路17号

I Spa Local spa chain with English-speaking staff offers aromatherapy massage, Thai massage, scrubs, wraps, facials, floral bath, steaming, TCM and foot reflexology. All rooms are private suites. Special packages for couples are also available. 1) Daily 11am11pm. 1/F, Yuyuanhui Club, South of Gongdesi Bridge (northwest to Summer Palace), Haidian District. (6287 9868); 2) 6/F, Hilton Beijing Capital Airport,Terminal 3, Beijing Capital International Airport, Shunyi District. (6450 4777); 3) 10am-midnight. B1/F, Traders Upper East Hotel, Lido, Dongsihuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (5907 8877); 4) 2/F, JW Marriott Hotel Beijing, China Central Place, 83 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (5908 8380); 5) 1/F, Gehua New Century Hotel, 19 Gulouwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6202 8888 ext 6666); 6) Daily noon-11pm. 5/F, Tower 2, Taiyue Suites, Sanlitun Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (6507 1517, 8595 2277 ext 5666) 泰美好, 1)

Catherine de France Hair and Beauty Salon International and local stylists, colorists and beauticians offer an holistic hair and beauty experience. Daily 10am-8pm. 2/F, Riviera Plaza, 5 Laiguangying Donglu, Chaoyang District. (8470 4639, 150 1081 6856, 朝阳区来广营东路5号 香江广场2层

db tanning Daily, 11am-9pm. Rm 307, Bldg 4, Jianwai Soho, 39 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu,, Chaoyang District. (5900 0427) db 日晒沙龙, 朝阳区东三环中路39号建外Soho4号楼307商铺

Dragonfly Therapeutic Retreat International spa brand with an exhaustive menu of spa packages. Daily 10am-1am. 1) 1/F, Grand Summit Plaza, 19 Dongfang Donglu (100m north of Lufthansa Center), Chaoyang District. (8532 3122); 2) 60 Donghuamen Ave (near The Peninsula Hotel and Oriental Plaza), Dongcheng District. (6527 9368); 3) B1/F, Eastern Hotel, Nansanlitun Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (6593 6066) 悠庭保健会所, 1) 朝阳区 朝阳区燕莎桥东方东路19号外交会所1层(燕莎中 心路北100米); 2) 东城区东城区东华门大街60 号(近王府饭店和东方广场); 3) 朝阳区朝阳区三 里屯南路逸羽酒店1层

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105106; 2) 朝阳区新源南路1-3号都汇天地商场3层 303号; 3) 朝阳区朝阳北路101号朝阳大悦城4层 15/16号; 4)朝阳区工人体育场北路8号院三里屯 Soho B座B1-228室

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


海淀区功德寺桥南御园汇会所1层(颐和园西北 角); 2) 顺义区北京首都机场3号航站楼北京机 场希尔顿酒店6层(3号航站楼附近); 3) 朝阳区 东四环北路阳光上东上东盛贸饭店地下1层; 4) 朝阳区华贸中心建国路83号北京JW万豪酒店2 层; 5) 朝阳区鼓楼外大街19号歌华开元大酒店 1层 (原华北大酒店); 6) 朝阳区三里屯南路泰 悦豪庭2座5层

I-Spa Daily 10.30am-midnight (last appointment 11pm). 6/F, InterContinental Financial Street Beijing, 11 Jinrong Jie, Xicheng District. (5852 5888 ext 5601) 西城区金融街11号金融街 洲际酒店6层

Kocoon The same quality of service as at its previous Nali Patio branch, only now in The Opposite House. Tue-Sun 10.30am-8.30pm. B1/F, The Opposite House, Sanlitun Village North, 11 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6417 6688 ext 5008) www.kocoonspalounge. com 朝阳区三里屯路11号三里屯Village北区瑜 舍地下1层

LeSpa Daily 11am-11pm. 5/F, Sofitel Beijing, Bldg C, Wanda Plaza, 93 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (8599 6666) 朝阳区建国路93号万达广场C座索菲特酒店5层

Long Island Massage & Spa Chinese and Thai-style massage and reflexology. 1) Daily 11am-2am. 14A Guanghua Lu (5/F, Nuo’an Bldg, southwest of the Kerry Centre), Chaoyang District. (5130 9718, 6591 6247); 2) Daily 11am-1am. B1/F, Jiahui Center, 6 Jiqingli, Dongcheng District. (6551 6112/13) www. 长岛健身, 1) 朝阳区光 华路甲14号(嘉里中心西南侧诺安大厦5层); 2) 东城区吉庆里6号佳汇中心地下1层

The Luxury Massage Center The Luxury Massage Center provides Chinese massage, Thai massage and aromatic oil massage. 30 percent off for first visit. Rm 2121, Van Palace Center (East Tower), Guandongdian Nanjie, Chaoyang District. (136 8335 2960) 朝阳区关东



Frost Coffee, Nails and Cocktails Nailcare, massages, facials and other spa services, with an adjoining cafe/cocktail bar serving refreshments. Mon-Fri 7:30am-2am, Sat & Sun 11am2am. 55 Xingfucun Zhonglu (in the alleyway 20m west of Argana), Chaoyang District. (6417 5430, 朝阳

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

Origin Spa Offers a smaller, more refined spa menu in a larger, airier setting. Decorated with dark wood, flowing water and plants, you’ll feel as though you’ve retreated to a Southeast Asian spa the moment you enter. The practitioners are professionally trained and educated, which shows in the firm, effective and relatively pain-free Chinese meridian massage. Most rooms come with a private shower and toilet, and many with a bathtub, the complimentary snack bar. Manicures and pedicures also available. Daily 11-12.30am. 2/F, Bldg AB, Lan Chou Ming Zuo, Jiqingli, Chaowai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6552 9599) www. 本源, 朝阳区朝外大街吉庆 里蓝筹名座AB座2层

Peninsula Spa by ESPA 12 treatment rooms and private locker facilities. 3/F, The Peninsula, 8 Jinyuhutong, Wangfujing, Dongcheng District. (8516 2888 ext 6090) 东城 区东城区王府井金鱼胡同8号2王府半岛酒店三层

Quan Spa at Marriott Beijing City Wall Daily 3pm-midnight. 7 Jianguomen Nandajie, Dongcheng District. (5811 8187) 东城区建国 门南大街7号

The Ritz-Carlton Spa China Central Place, 83A Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District (5908 8080/8081) 朝阳区建国路83号华贸中心 Salon 88 An international chain of hair salons offering consistent quality at economical prices. Daily 9am-10pm. 1) 6712 6081. 118 Carrefour Fu Gui Yuan, Block 3, South DongHuaShi, Chongwen District.; 2) 394 Zhongtancun, East Xiaokou Town, Changping District. (139 1135 2069); 3) PJWJ 103, Huacai Center, 16 Guangshun Dajie, Chaoyang District. (136 0115 0326); 4) Daily 9am-10pm. 1/F, Chuangyijia Carrefour, 6B Beisanhuan Donglu, Chaoyang District. (139 1055 3427); 5) Daily 9am-10pm. Store 310, Tongzhou Carrefour, 48 Jiukeshu Xilu, Tongzhou District. (137 0117 9323); 6) Daily 9am-10pm. 109, Shuangjing Carrefour, Jiulong Shangsha, 31 Guangqu Lu, Chaoyang District. (139 1016 9259); 7) Daily 9am-10pm. 107-108, Maliandao Carrefour, 11 Maliandao Lu, Xuanwu District. (135 0101 1627); 8) Daily 9am-10pm. B1/F, 15-16, Zhongguancun Carrefour, Zhongguancun Xiqu, Haidian District. (136 0139 2562) 1) 崇文区东花市南里三区底商 裙房富贵苑家乐福118号; 2) 昌平区东小口镇中 滩村394号家乐福购物中心No.212; 3) 朝阳区广 顺大街16号华彩中心PJWJ 103; 4) 朝阳区北三 环东路乙6号创益佳家乐福一层; 5) 通州区九棵 树西路48号通州家乐福310号; 6) 朝阳区广渠路 31号九龙商厦双井家乐福109号; 7) 宣武区马连 道路11号马连道家乐福107-108; 8) 海淀区中关 村西区中关村家乐福地下一层15&16号

Salon de France Hair and Beauty Salon With a trained team of international and local stylists, colorists and beauticians, this salon mixes French chic with modern simplicity to create a relaxed atmosphere for a wide range of image consulting, hair beauty services, manicures and pedicures, waxing, facial and body treatments, make-up and tanning. Daily 10am-8pm. Nali Mall, Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6417 3029, 159 0146 0954, 138 1037 4763, 风色云边 美容美发中心, 朝阳区三里屯路那里市场内

The Spa at Hilton Beijing Wangfujing Nine treatment suites, including a Vichy shower room where guests can lie on a bed and let the full-body cascade of water pulse away all their fatigues and pains. Daily 10am-11pm. 6/F, Hilton Beijing Wangfujing, 8 Wangfujing East Street, Dongcheng District. (5812 8888 ext 8560) 东城区王府井东大街8号北 京王府井希尔顿6层

Spa de Feng Men-only spa. Daily noonmidnight. 1) C306, Sunshine 100, 2 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (5100 1330,; 2) Binduyuan A204, 15 Zaoying Beili, Nongzhanguan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6501 6639, reservation@spadefeng.

com) 临枫男士健康会馆, 1) 朝阳区光华路2号阳光100 C306; 2) 朝阳区 农展北路枣营北里宾都苑204室 Tai Dian Massage Salon Japanese brand 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 International hair salon provides a complete range of hairstyling and beauty spa services, with an international team from England and France, China and Hong Kong. Daily 10am-10pm. Workers’ Stadium North Gate, Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. (8511 3880) 朝阳区工体北路工人体育场北门 Toni & Guy British international hair salon chain. 1) Daily 10am-10pm. 3 Units, 3/F, Tower 8, South Area, Sanlitun Village, Chaoyang District. (6417 4188); 2) Daily 10am-9pm. 1/F, Hilton Beijing, 1 Dongfang Lu, Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6461 8368); 3) Unit 303, Tower C Office Bldg, Yintai Center, 2 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (8517 1292); 4) Daily 10am-9pm. 4/F Seasons Place Shopping Centre, 2 Jinchengfang Jie, Xicheng District. (6622 0316); 5) Daily 10am9pm. Rm105-106, Block F, Sunshine 100, 2 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6585 9288); 6) Daily 10am-9pm. 1/F, Oriental Plaza, 1 Dongchang’an Jie, Dongcheng District. (8518 2646); 7) Daily 10am-10pm. Units F4-04 & 05, ECMall, 1A Danling Jie, Haidian District (8248 3435, fax 8248 3301) 托尼英盖, 1) 朝阳区三里 屯Village南区8号楼3层3单元; 2) 朝阳区朝阳区 东三环北路东方路1号希尔顿酒店大堂1层; 3) 朝 阳区建国门外大街2号银泰中心写字楼C座3层303 商铺; 4) 西城区金城纺街2号金融街购物中心四 层L404; 5) 朝阳区光华路2号阳光100国际公寓F 座105-106号; 6) 东城区东长安街1号东方广场 汇贤豪庭1层; 7) 海淀区丹棱街甲1号欧美汇购 物中心4层04-05

The Wellness Spa by Hummingbird Hummingbird Therapeutic Retreat's second branch. The Wellness Spa's facilities are twice as big as they are at the original location, boasting a 32 customer capacity, a custommade Ayurvedic massage bed and Hummingbird's first-ever VIP suite. Bldg 26, Central Park, 6 Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6533 6922) 朝阳区朝阳门外大街6号新 城国际26号楼

Willow Stream Spa Fairmont Beijing, 8 Yongan Dongli, Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. 朝阳区建国门外大街永安东 里8号北京华彬费尔蒙酒店

Wonderful Massage Center Offers a variety of treatments, including oil massage, foot massage, full body massage and Thai massage. Reliable services and convenient location. Rm 101, 1/F, Bldg 13, West Gate of Central Park, Chaowai Dajie (across from World City), Chaoyang District. (5243 7258, 133 9161 6582) 朝阳区朝外大街新城国际西门13号楼1层101室( 世界城对面)

Yishengyuan-Beijing Health Center Services include acupuncture, taiji, qigong, yoga and fitness, acu-facials, massage and diet, diagnosis and treatment by famous TCM physicians, and Daoland dynamic fitness. Mon-Wed, Sat-Sun 8.30am-5.30pm, Thu-Fri 8.30am-9.30pm. 8 Fangjiayuan Hutong, Chaoyangmennei Nanxiaojie, Dongcheng District. (6514 0806) 颐生院-中医养生保健, 东城区朝阳门内南小街 大方家胡同芳嘉园甲8号

BODY & HEALTH Elite Nutrition Center Exclusive retailer for hundreds of imported health goods. 1) Daily 7am-10pm. D-Space, Bldg 7, Richmond Park, 9 Fangyuan Xili, Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District. (8457 8258, cn); 2) Mon-Fri 10am-8pm, Sat-Sun 10.30am7.30pm. Unit 0159A, Bldg C, Chaowai Soho, 6 Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (5900 4538, www. 盈奥营养中心, 1) 朝阳区将 台路芳园南里9号院7号楼; 2) 朝阳区朝阳门外大 街6号朝外SohoC座0159A

Creation Tattoo Tattooing, body piercing and all the accessories that come with. Daily 11am-8pm. Rm 4309, 3/F, Bldg 4, Jianwai Soho, 39 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (5869 1886, www.

March 2012


DIRECTORY / STYLE–A&C 天喜莿青, 朝阳区朝阳区东三

Boutiques & specialty shops

around China and partly of items designed by the store’s owners. Daily 10.30am-8pm. 42 Guozijian Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6401 1855) 失物招领, 东城区国子监大街42号

Brand New China (BNC) Media mogul and would-be Chinese Oprah’s latest vanity project is this large space selling well-made knick-knacks, clothing and accessories by local designers. (6416 9045) 薄荷糯米葱, 朝阳

Torana Tibetan Rugs Handmade rugs and custom rugs from our own workshop in Lhasa. Antique rugs and textiles. 10am-8.30pm. Unit L1-110, 1/F, Europlaza Mall, Shunyi District. (8459 0785) 顺义区天竺镇裕翔路99号欧陆广




candy & caviar Asian American designer Candy Lin describes her line as “simplicity with a bit of madness.” She merges classic structures with bold details, producing designs that are both versatile and unique. Mon-Fri 9am-5.30pm, or call for appointment. Suite 1905, Bldg 4, China Central Place, 89 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (5203 6581) 朝阳区建国路89号 华贸商务楼4号楼1905

Dong Liang Studio This hip Wudaoying Hutong stalwart is devoted to featuring young Chinese designers, from Vega Zaishi Wang to Uma Wang. Daily 11am-9pm. 26 Wudaoying Hutong, Dongcheng District. (8404 7648) 东城 区五道营胡同26号

FEI Space Hipster trendy Chinese clothing labels, such as Boundless by Zhang Da (RMB 500-1000), can be found here, as well as an assortment of kitschy household products, like Dulton kitchen clocks and tea sets. Additionally, international brands such as Ligia Dias and Alyssa Norton are carefully curated into the selection. Tues-Sun 10.30am-5pm. B-01, Dashanzi 798 Art District, 4 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (5978 9580) 朝阳区酒仙 桥路4号798艺术区B-01

Jan & Iti The understated clothes here tend to reflect the latest Korean fashion trends. Daily 11am-9.30pm. Rm 0106A, Villa 5, Jianwai Soho, 39 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (5869 6210) 朝阳区朝阳区东三环中路39 号建外Soho5号别墅104

Joyce Lane Crawford’s more avant-garde and fashion-forward sister store. Daily 10am-9 .30pm. Shop 3L103-104, Block 3, China World Shopping Mall, 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6288 8383) www.joyce. com 朝阳区建国门外大街1号国贸商城3L103-4 L’snA Beijing chain store packed mostly with colorful, glittery clothes and accessories. Daily 10.30am-10.30pm. 1) 393 Dongsi Beidajie, Dongcheng District. (6400 3493) 塞纳.左, 1) 东城区东成区东四北大街393号

Lane Crawford Luxury brand department store from Hong Kong. Daily 10am-9pm. L130, Seasons Place, 2 Jinchengfang Jie, Financial Street, Xicheng District. (6622 0808) 西城区金 融街金城坊街2号金融街购物中心L130

LMC Founded by three Hong Kong designers, this high-end boutique targets women both young and mature who are willing to pay more money for an elegantly designed, demure and polished wardrobe. Daily 11am10pm. 2/F, Shop 2, Hairun International Apartment, 2A Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District. (5135 7184) 朝阳区将台路2号海润国际公寓商业2号2层 NLGX Design Store A Beijing-based independent apparel brand and design community. Sun-Thu 9.30am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11ammidnight. 33 Nanluogu Xiang, Dongcheng District. (6404 8088) 东城区南 锣鼓巷33号

Triple-Major Concept store renowned for its exclusive range of experimental designers. Tue-Sun 1-8pm. 81 Baochao Hutong, Dongcheng District. (840 20763) 东城区宝钞胡同81号 Wuhao This boutique-cum-art space is located in a traditional courtyard setting, featuring a curated selection of Chinese and French designers. Wed-Sun 2-8pm, or by appointment. 35 Mao’er Hutong, Dongcheng District. (6400 5435; 189 1135 5035) 五号, 东城区帽儿胡同35号

clothing American Apparel Savor the irony of buying clothes made in the USA in China. 1) Daily

Saturdays: Mexican Saturdays Wrap up for the weekend.

10am-9.30pm. B1/F, China World Shopping Mall, 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6505 5540); 2) Daily 11am-10pm. Room C101, First Floor, Nali Patio, 81 Sanlitun Beijie, Chaoyang District. (5208 6022) 1) 朝阳区建国 门外大街国贸商城地下1层; 2) 朝阳区三里屯北 街81号那里花园1层C101

H&M Fast-fashion at its best. Daily 10am10pm. 1) Xidan Joy City, 131 Xidan Beidajie, Xicheng District. (6706 0508); 2) Glory Mall, 18 Chongwenmen Dajie, Chongwen District. (6715 6676); 3) Raffles City, 1 Dongzhimen Nandajie, Dongcheng District. (8409 4199); 4) Oumeihui Shopping Mall, A1 Danling Jie, Haidian District. (8248 8976); 5) Qianmen Avenue Store, Building A16, Qianmen Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6706 0508) 1) 西城区西 单北大街131号西单大悦城; 2) 崇文区崇文门大 街18号国瑞城; 3) 东城区东直门南大街1号来福 士广场; 4) 海淀区丹棱街甲1号欧美汇购物中心

Uniqlo Japanese fast-fashion at its best. Bldg 10, South District, Sanlitun Village, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6413 1320) www. 朝阳区三里屯路19号三里屯Village 南区10号楼

Zara 1) Unit 63-65, Viva Plaza, Fulicheng, Zhong Dongsanhuan Lu, Chaoyang District.; 2) Mon-Thu 11am-9pm, Fri-Sun 11am-10pm. 1B1-6, Solana, 6 Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (5905 6100); 3) Daily 10am10pm. The Place, 9A Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6587 1341/49); 4) Daily 10am-10pm. Joy City, 131 Xidan Beidajie, Xicheng District. (5971 6350) 1) 朝阳区东三环双 井富力城63-65号; 2) 朝阳区朝阳公园路6号蓝 色港湾国际商区1B1-6; 3) 朝阳区光华路甲9号 世贸天阶; 4) 西城区西单北大街131号大悦城

Home Decor Beijing Torana Clean Air Center Air purifiers from Blueair and Alen Air, pollution masks from Totobobo. Free home assessments and delivery. 1) 10.30am-6.30pm. Unit 308, Pinnacle Plaza, Shunyi District. (8046 1091); 2) 10am-8.30pm. Unit L1-110, 1/F, Europlaza Mall, Shunyi District. (8459 0785) 1) 顺义 区天竺镇花梨坎村南“荣祥广场308室; 2) 顺义 区天竺镇裕翔路99号欧陆广场L1-110

Casa Pagoda Belgian-run furniture company combines classic European flair with Asian influences to create high-quality, environmentally-friendly furniture. MonSat 10am-8pm, Sun 11am-8pm. 6 Sanlitun Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (6591 3491) www. 朝阳区三里屯南路6号 Chang & Biorck A Scandinavian home accessories store stocked with colorful, environmentally-friendly products made by well-known designers who blend Scandinavian and Chinese concepts of style. Daily 10am-10pm. 2-19A, 1/F, Bldg 2, Sanlitun Village South, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (8400 2296) 朝阳区三里屯南路19号三里 屯Village南区2号楼1层2-19A单元

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Villa Lifestyles Villa Lifestyles has been serving the Beijing community for more than five years. Providing you with quality name brand products backed by great service, they have the widest selection of BBQs and accessories, the Mosquito Magnet, trampolines, IQAir air purifiers, Bissell Vacuums and more. Stop by their Shunyi showroom or visit their website to have a look at what's new. 4/F, Europlaza, 99 Yuxiang Lu, Tianzhu Town, Shunyi District. (8046 1260, 6457 1922, 顺义区天竺镇裕翔路99 号欧陆广场4层

shopping malls & markets IQ Air While little can be done about outdoor air pollution, you can certainly make a difference with the air you breathe in your home or office. IQAir has been the top-rated air purifier brand for more than a decade. The Health Pro 250 is their most popular product and is considered by most to be the best all-around air cleaning system available. With their HyperHEPA technology, you are guaranteed near perfect levels of efficiency for the life of your machine. IQAir China specializes in bringing clean air solutions to both residential and commercial users. 1) 5/F, Household Appliance Area, Youyi Shopping City, 52 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (158 0136 1601, info@; 2) 5/F, Shin Kong Place, 87 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (5738 2401,; 3) Rm 2201, Air China Plaza, 36 Xiaoyun Lu, Chaoyang District. (8447 5800, 400 650 1266,; 4) 4/F, 417 Seasons Place, 2 Jinchengfang Jie, Xicheng District. (6622 0179,; 5) 4/F, Europlaza, 99 Yuxiang Lu, Tianzhu, Shunyi District. (6457 1922, info@ 1) 朝阳 区亮马桥路52号燕莎友谊商城5层; 2) 朝阳区建 国路87号新光天地5层生活家电区; 3) 朝阳区霄 云路36号国航大厦2201-02室; 4) 西城区金城坊 街金融街417号四层; 5) 顺义区天竺镇裕翔路99 号欧陆广场4层

Lily’s Antiques Furniture The most famous furniture dealer in Beijing, renowned for its authentic antiques and reproductions. 1) Daily 8.30am-6pm. Gaobeidian Showroom, 69 Gaobeidian Furniture Street, Chaoyang District. Contact Lily Quan (138 0139 6309) (8579 2458); 2) Visit by Appointment. Factory and Warehouse Address, Baimiao industry area, Songzhuang town, Tongzhou District. Contact Lily Quan (138 0139 6309) www.lilysantiques. com 华伦古典家具, 1) 朝阳区高碑店家俱一条 街69号; 2) 通州区工厂地址,通州区宋庄镇白庙 村工业大院

Linfeng Tibetan Artistic Firm Sells authentic Tibetan furnitures, carpets and handicrafts, with antique pieces and reproductions. Showroom opens everyday for visiting. To visit the warehouse for more selections, call for reservation. Daily 8.30am-8.30 pm. 1) 158 Gaobeidian Furniture Street, Chaoyang District. (5167 3683,; 2) Stall 1, Row B, Panjiayuan Market, Chaoyang District. ( 5167 3683, 北京灵峰藏艺古典家具店, 1) 朝阳区高碑 店家具街158号; 2) 朝阳区潘家园市场乙排1号

Lost and Found Its stock made up in part of household odds and ends collected from

3.3 Shopping Center The 21,000sqm, fivefloor shopping center has more than 300 shops, as well as Coolth KTV, Lisa Tailor and Lily Nails. Daily 11am-11pm. 33 Sanlitun Beijie, Chaoyang District. (6417 8886) 3.3服饰大厦, 朝阳区三里屯北街33号

Yashow Market Packed with gaggles of freespending tourists and name brand knock-offs. Daily 9.30am-9pm. 58 Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6415 1726) 雅秀市场, 朝阳区工体 北路58号

Arts & Culture Bookstores The Bookworm 1) Mon-Sat 8am-8pm, Sun 8am-5pm. First courtyard, Hegezhuang Village, Shunyi District. (6431 2108, books@; 2) Daily 9am-2am. Courtyard 4, Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6586 9507) 书虫书吧, 1) 顺义区崔各庄乡,何 各庄村一号院; 2) 朝阳区工体北路4号院

Page One This addition to Beijing's bookstore scene offers the best selection under one roof (in art/design, food & wine, bestsellers, classics, etc.), with competitive prices for English-language material. 10am-9.30pm. B2/F, China World Summit Wing, 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (8535 1055, 朝阳区建国门外大街 1号国贸商城三期地下2层

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

Galleries Alexander Ochs Gallery Tues-Sun 10am-6pm. (Will be closed for Summer Aug 1-22.) 255 Caochangdi, Jichang Fulu, Chaoyang District. (8456 2054, Alliance Française de Pekin 1) 103 Deshengmennei Dajie, Xihai, Xicheng District. (6404 2643); 2) Rm 421, Block 2, Beijing Language and Culture University, 15 Xueyuan Lu, Haidian District. (8230 3619); 3) 18 Gongti Xilu, Guangcai International Mansion, Chaoyang District. (6553 2678) 北京法语培训中心, 1) 西

DIRECTORY / A&C–SPORTS 城区德胜门内大街103号; 2) 海淀区学院路15号 北京语言文化大学教学2号楼421室; 3) 朝阳区工 体西路18号光彩国际公寓

Arario Beijing Tue-Sun 10am-7pm. Inside Chaoyang Liquor Factory, Beihuqu, Anwaibeiyuan, Chaoyang District. (5202 3800, info@ 朝 阳区安外北苑北湖渠朝阳酒艺术园

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

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

Art Base 1 Area D, Shunbai Lu, Hegezhuang Village, Cuigezhuang, Chaoyang District. (6433 6920) 一号地国际艺术区, 朝阳区崔各庄乡 合各庄村顺白路一号地国际艺术园D区

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

Galerie Paris-Beijing Mon-Sun 11am-7pm. 798 Dashanzi Art District, 4 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. (5978 9262, 巴 黎•北京画廊, 朝阳区朝阳区酒仙桥路4号大山 子艺术区

Galerie Urs Meile Lucerne-Beijing TueSun 11am-6.30pm. 104 Caochangdi Village, Cuigezhuang, Chaoyang District. (6433 3393, fax 6433 0203) 麦勒

District, Chaoyang District. (159 1080 3790) 哪 里哪里艺术空间, 朝阳区草场地村319-1 艺术东 区A区内 (机场辅路由南往北五环外第一个路口 路东, 长建驾校对面路口)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


画廊, 朝阳区草场地村104号

Green T. House Gallery 1) Daily 11.30am-11 .30pm. 318 Hegezhuang Village, Cuigezhuang, Chaoyang District. (8456 4922 ext 8); 2) Daily 10.30am-2.30pm, 6pm-midnight. 6 Gongti Xilu, Chaoyang District. (6552 8310/8311) 紫云轩, 1) 朝 阳区崔各庄乡合各庄村318号; 2) 朝阳区工体 西路6号

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

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

Long March Space Tue-Sun 11am-7pm. Dashanzi art district, 4 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (5978 9768, 长征空间, 朝阳区大山子艺术区

Mizuma & One Gallery Wed-Sun 10am6pm. 241-15 Caochangdi, Cuigezhuang, Chaoyang District. (5127 3267, 朝阳区机场 辅路崔各庄草场地241-15号

O Gallery 9/F HuaLi Dasha, 58 JinBao Jie, Dongcheng District. (8520 6000) 奥美零空间画 廊, 东城区金宝街58号华丽大厦9层

Pekin 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

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

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

Where Where Art Space 319-1 East End Art (Zone A), Caochangdi Village, Chaoyang

CAFA Art Museum Tue-Sun 9.30am-5 .30pm (last ticket at 5pm). 8 Huajiadi Nanjie, Chaoyang District. (6477 1575) 中央美术学院美 术馆, 朝阳区朝阳区花家地南街8号

China Millennium Monument Museum of Digital Arts (CMoDA) B1/F, Area A, Bldg 9A, China Millennium Monument, Fuxing Lu, Xicheng District. (5980 2315) 中华世纪坛数字艺 术馆, 西城区复兴路甲9号中华世纪坛A区B1层

The National Museum of China Free to the public. Daily 8.30am-4.30pm. East side of Tian’anmen Square, Dongcheng District. (6512 8910, fax 6525 6774) 中国国 家博物馆, 东城区天安门广场东侧

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

Today Art Museum Daily 9am-5pm. Pingod Space, 32 Baiziwan Lu, Chaoyang District. (5862 1100) 今日

Mar 16: The Drop featuring The Unik Leaving other DJs in the shade.

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

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

Plato Theater 3/F, Bldg B, Oriental Media Center, 4 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (400 000 0404) 北京戏逍堂柏拉图剧场, 朝阳区 光华路4号东方梅地亚中心B座三层

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

Tianqiao Acrobatics Theater 95 Tianqiao Shichang Lu (east end of Beiwei Lu, opposite Tianqiao Theater), Xuanwu District. (6303 7449) 天桥杂技剧场, 宣武区北纬路东口天桥 市场街95号

Trojan House Theater 22 International Art Street, Pingod, 32 Baiziwan Lu, Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. (5711 0860/5711 2128) 木马剧场, 朝阳区朝阳区百子湾路32号22 院街艺术区

SPORTS Diving SinoScuba Offers safe, family scuba diving services - Underwater activities, including swimming with dolphins and full certification courses. Classes available in Chinese and English (135 0116 3629, steven@sinoscuba. com)

GOLF Beijing Golfers Club Join a great group of golfers every Sunday at different courses around Beijing. Members enjoy discounted golf rates and official USGA handicap registration. Players of all levels welcome. www. Beijing Ladies Golf (beijingladiesgolf@

GYMS & FITNESS CENTERS Health Club Daily 6am-11pm. 6/F, Beijing Marriott Hotel, 26 Xiaoyun Lu, Chaoyang District. (5927 8888) 朝阳区霄云路甲26号海航大厦 万豪酒店6层健身房

Heyrobics Also known as Jympa or Swedish gymnastics.

ski & snowboard Nanshan Ski Village Beijing Nanshan Ski Village lies in the south of Miyun County, 108km from Siyuan Bridge and is one of the area’s top ski resorts, Nanshan has ten well-groomed trails for skiers of all levels and a snowboard park (Nanshan Mellow Park) with a halfpipe, four kickers and six rails – all served by a quadruple chairlift, a double chairlift and nine Tbars. Admission RMB 20. Rental RMB 100/2hr, RMB 150/2hr (weekend) or RMB 160/2hr (holidays). Lodging available. Take the shuttle bus (RMB 40 round trip) from Dongzhimen, 8.30am every Sat and Sun. 8.30am-5.30pm. Shengshuitou Cun, Henanzhai Town, Miyun County. (8909 1909) 密云县河南寨镇圣水头村 Nike Nanshan Park Opening December 17th and located within Nanshan Ski Village, the NIKE Nanshan Park features a medium & large double kicker line, a plethora of rail & jib

美术馆, 朝阳区百子湾路32号

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

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

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

Beijing EE City Theatre 10/F, Joy City, 101 Chaoyang Beilu (at the intersection of Qingnian Lu), Chaoyang District. (5705 0707) 北京蓝 天城剧场, 朝阳区朝阳北路101号(青年路口东北 角)大悦城10层

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

Forbidden City Concert Hall Inside Zhongshan Park, Xichang’an Jie, Xicheng District. (6559 8285) 中山公园音乐堂, 西城区西长安街中山公园内

Great Hall of the People Daily 8.30am-3pm, but closed during government meetings. RMB 30, RMB 15 (children). West side of Tian’anmen Square, Dongcheng District. (6309 6156) 人民 大会堂, 东城区天安门广场西侧

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DIRECTORY / SPORTS–LIVING options, and constantly updates itself as the season progresses. As the most meticulously maintained park in China, there’s something for everyone with beginner jumps and boxes to learn on, as well more serious features that will challenge advanced riders. Nanshan Ski Village, Shengshuitou Village, Henanzhai Town, Miyun County. (8909 1909 ski resort, 138 1045 9745 park) 南山公园, 密云县河南寨 圣水头村

Qiaobo Ice and Snow World Daily 9am10pm. 6 Shunan Lu, Shunyi District. (6941 1991) 乔波冰雪世界, 顺义区 顺安路6号


workshops, training sessions and retreats with guest teachers. Mon-Thu 7.15am-9.30pm, Fri-Sun 7.15am-8pm. 6/F, Bldg 17 Gongti Beilu (across from the north gate of Workers’ Stadium), Chaoyang District. (6413 0774, info@ 瑜珈苑, 朝阳区工体北路17号楼6层工人体育场北门对面

VENUES Beijing Shougang Basketball Center 159 Fushi Lu, Shijingshan District. (8829 6158) 北京首钢篮球中心, 石景山区阜石路159号

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

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



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

Beijing Cricket ( 北京板球俱乐部 Beijing Gaelic Football Club (beijingaa@ 爱尔兰足球 Beijing Guardians (beijingguardians@ ClubFootball 9am-6pm. Unit A212, Door 3, A1 Zone, Huadeng Building, 14 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (5130 6893/4/5/6, www.clubfootball. 万国群星足球俱乐部, 朝阳区酒仙桥路14 号兆维华登大厦A1区3门212室

International Friendship Football Club (IFFC) Contact Robert (1571 005 0115, info@

YOGA & PILATES Fine Yoga Offers traditional ashtanga yoga for all levels, with experienced instructors. 16/F, Tower 2, Blue Castle International Center, 3 Xi Dawang Lu,Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. (8599 9566, 153 0008 6931) www. 梵音瑜珈, 朝阳区西大望路蓝堡 国际中心会所

Soma Hot Yoga With Huiping Mo Mainland China’s first official Bikram Yoga Studio featuring Bikram China representative Huiping Mo and Bikram certified instructor John Williams. Daily 10am-6.45pm. 5/F, Bldg E, Pacific Century Place, 2A Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6539 3434, 139 1051 3285) PCC盈科会所, 朝阳区工体北路甲2 号盈科中心E座5层

Yoga Yard They offer specialized classes such as prenatal and postnatal yoga, introduction to yoga, restorative yoga, and other

Community Groups The Beijing Guild An informal crafts group that meets weekly to knit, crochet and engage in other crafts. (

independently organized TED event. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to exchange information and ideas.

COOKING SCHOOLS Black Sesame Kitchen Food writer Jen-Lin Liu's cooking school. 3 Heizhima Hutong, Dongcheng District. (136 9147 4408, 东城区黑芝麻胡同3号 The Hutong Informal cooking school that also offers workshops focused on intercultural friendship and learning. 1 Jiudaowan Zhongxiang Hutong (southeast of Beixinqiao subway station), Dongcheng District. (6404 3355, 东城区九道湾中巷胡同1号(北新桥地铁站东南边)

CULTURAL Groups British Club of Beijing Membership RMB 100; meeting fees RMB 30 (members), RMB 50 (non-members). Meetings held at the Capital Club, where a dress code of no jeans or sneakers is enforced. (

China Culture Center (CCC) Kent Center, 29 Anjialou, Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6432 9341/1041, 朝阳区亮马桥路

Irish Network China (INC) A not-for-profit organization whose aim is to promote and encourage exchange and understanding of business, cultural and sporting ties between the Irish and Chinese communities in Beijing. ( http://www.

Culture Yard A fun environment for locals and expats alike to interact. 9am-late. 10 Shique Hutong, Dongcheng District. (8404 4166, 东城区石雀胡同10号 FC Group Previously known as the Fortune Connection Club, the FC Group is dedicated to bringing together business professionals, business managers, expatriates, human resource managers, and headhunters for its monthly events. (139 1109 8002 (Colin), colin@ Fishbowl Events Social opportunities for people to mingle.

Education Beijing Rego British School Follows on the heels of two successful schools in Tianjin and Shanghai and caters to students from the surrounding Shunyi area with its array of educational facilities and age-appropriate resources on campus. 15 Liyuan Jie, Tianzhu County, Shunyi District. (8416 7718, sarah.hancock@ 北京瑞金英国学

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

区工体北路三里屯Soho, B1-535

Rotaract Beijing Rotaract Beijing collaborates with existing volunteer organizations in order to provide the community easy access to a variety of ongoing volunteer opportunities, with the added benefits of professional development and networking.

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

Medical Services 21st Century Health Care - Beijing Glory Clinic Glory Clinic was established in 1998 and offers high standard, integrative preventive health screenings and medical care in a quiet and comfortable environment. Internationally trained doctors and nurses provide care for internal medicine, surgery, gynecology, dentistry, pediatrics, ENT, immunization, ophthalmology, Traditional Chinese Medicine and specialist appointment. The health screening department offers comprehensive customized health screenings for individuals and corporate clients. Direct billing with international insurers is provided. 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. (84446168(English/Chinese)8444 6160 (Japanese)6468 6021(Korean)) http://www. 朝阳区亮马桥路40号

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Bayley & Jackson Medical Center Founded in Hong Kong in 1958, Bayley & Jackson has grown into a comprehensive health care provider that accepts over 40 major international insurance plans. Services include (but are not limited to) Family Medicine, Dental, Health Checkups, Pediatrics, Obgyn, General Surgery, Staff Dietician and TCM. Mon-Sat 9am-6pm. 7 Ritan Donglu, Chaoyang District. (8562 9998, 庇 利积臣医疗中心, 朝阳区日坛东路7号

Beijing DCN Orthopedic Hospital A preferred medical service provider cooperating with international healthcare insurance companies. Offers a broad range of both inpatient and outpatient expert services in orthopedic surgery, spine surgery, sport medicine, trauma and fracture care, and rehabilitation. Open 24 hours a day, including clinical and pharmacy services. 19 Fushi Lu, Haidian District. (5271 3366, 5271 3366 (fax), 德尔康尼骨科医院版权所有, 海淀区阜石路19号

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Mandarin Plus Provides high quality and customized education together with unique cultural opportunities. Experienced teachers will make tailor-made study plans for you. B1-535, Sanlitun Soho, Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. (5785 3361, Contact@mandarin-plus. org) 卓一汇众, 朝阳

TEDxBeijing TEDxBeijing is the Beijing member of the worldwide TEDx family, where x =


VIVA: Beijing Professional Women’s Network Career support network for professional women. ( www.

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,

29号安家楼肯特中心院内 北京美中宜和妇儿医院, 朝阳区朝阳区

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.

Beijing HarMoniCare Women and Children’s Hospital (HMC) Beijing HarMoniCare Women and Children’s Hospital (HMC) offers medical services both Chinese and western families with JCI (Joint Commission International) standard. HMC is strategic partner of PHMI and cooperates with Teaching Hospital of Harvard Medical School—Boston Women’s Hospital, Boston Children’s Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital. Located next to Olympic Forest Park, HMC covers an area of 13,000 square meters. HMC is a medical center in Obstetrics, Gynecology and Pediatrics. A2 Xiaoguan Beili, Beiyuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (6499 0000, 朝阳区北苑路小关北里甲2号

Beijing Intech Eye Hospital Fifteen years of eye care experience, including emergency treatment, telephone consultations, laser vision corrective surgery and preventative care. On-site shop sells frames and lenses. The VIP clinic has English-speaking staff, many of

DIRECTORY / LIVING whom trained overseas. Offers direct billing to many international insurance companies. Daily 8.30am-4.30pm. 1/F, 4-5/F, Panjiayuan Plaza, 12 Panjiayuan Nanli, Chaoyang District. (6771 5558, 英智眼科医院, 朝阳区潘 家园南里12号潘家园大厦1层,4-5层

Rehabilitation Issues. World leader & Pioneer in Regenerative Medicine. Member of Asia Pacific Medicine (APMG) the leading, and the largest, International-Standard Medical Services Group in Asia. 12 Tiantan Nanli (800m west of the South Gate of the Temple of Heaven), Chongwen District. (8911 6665 (24hr hotline)) 崇文区天坛南 里12号(天坛南门往西800米)

Beijing United Family Shunyi Clinic Provides easily accessible, high-quality medical services and wellness promotion in the Beijing suburbs. Family medicine, family counseling, physical therapy, pediatrics, integrative medicine and travel medicine services are available throughout the week. Mon -Thu 9:30am - 7:30pm, Fri-Sun 9.30am-4.30pm. Unit 818, Pinnacle Plaza, Tianzhu Real Estate Development Zone, Shunyi District. (8046 5432, fax 8046 4383) www.unitedfamilyhospitals. com 北京和睦家医院诊所, 顺义区天竺开发区 荣祥广场818号

Beijing International SOS Clinic One of the world’s leading international healthcare, medical and security assistance company with 66% of the world’s Fortune 500 companies choosing International SOS. Since 1989, International SOS has led international-standard medical care in China, with a 24/7 alarm center hotline, a dedicated air ambulance, four international quality clinics staffed with expat and foreign doctors and 200+ network of medical service partners. International SOS Beijing clinic is the city’s leading family practice and specialist services clinic, represented by 15 nationalities, including English, French, Japanese, German, Spanish, Korean and Chinese-speaking doctors. Offers 24/7 Emergency Services, GP, Pediatrics, Gynecology, specialists, Pharmacy, Psychology, Physiotherapy, Dentistry and Orthodontics, Optometry. Mon-Fri 9am-6pm, Sat-Sun 9am6pm. Suite 105, Wing 1, Kunsha Building, 16 Xinyuanli, Chaoyang District. (Clinic: 6462 9112, 24hr hotline 6462 9100, china.inquiries@ www.internationalsos. com, 北京国际救援中

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Cosmetic Surgery Center Located in the Third Hospital of Beijing University, this is the earliest professional department for plastic surgery in China. Specializes in cosmeticand plastic surgeries. 38 ShangdixinxiLu, Haidian District. (8289 0216) 北医三院 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

心, 朝阳区新源里16号琨莎中心一座105室

Beijing International SOS Dental, Orthodontics Clinic Provides comprehensive dental services for the whole family, including routine cleaning, X-rays, fillings, whitening, crowns, bridges and cosmetic makeovers. Mon-Sat 9am-5pm. Suite 105, Wing 1, Kunsha Building, 16 Xinyuanli, Chaoyang District. (6462 0333) 北京国际 SOS齿科,畸齿矫正诊所, 朝阳区新源里16号琨莎 中心一座105室

Beijing New Century Harmony Pediatric Clinic As a satellite clinic of renowned Beijing New Century International Children’s Hospital, Beijing New Century Harmony Pediatric Clinic has a strong team of experienced pediatricians and nurses from China and overseas. Harmony Pediatric Clinic provides a full range of multi-lingual healthcare services on a 7x24basis (7x12. 9am to 9pm during soft opening period). K-01, Bldg 19, Harmony Business Center, Liyuan Street, Tianzhu Zhen, Shunyi District. (6456 2599) cn 北京新世纪荣和儿科门诊部, 顺义区天竺镇丽 苑街荣和商业中心19号楼K-01

Beijing Puhua International Clinic The free-standing, outpatient and primary/ specialty-care facility of the pioneering Puhua International Hospital. Located near the Jinsong Station, the Clinic is open daily from 0900-1800, and is open for urgent care, primary care, family medicine as well as specialty care in all essential areas. Puhua Clinic is unique in offering: Chiropractic Care, an American-Style Eye (Ophthalmology) Dept; and also a Podiatry Dept.Direct-Billing with all major Insurers; Membership Plan available. Mon-Sun 9am-6pm. 54 Wusheng Beilu, Dongsanhuan, Chaoyang District. (8773 5522, 8911 6665 (24hr hotline)) www.puhuaclinic. com 北京普华门诊, 朝阳区东三环武圣北路54号 Beijing Puhua International Hospital The first International-Standard Hospital in Beijing. Open in Beijing since 1994. Inpatient, Outpatient, Surgery, Inpatient Care and ICU Services. English-speaking staff on 24/7 call. Wide range of Medical, Surgical and Consulting Services. Direct-billling with International Insurance Companies. The reference-level Medical Facility in Beijing for all Neurology, Neurosurgery and

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

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

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

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

澳国际医务诊所, 东城区朝阳门北大街2号港澳中 心瑞士酒店办公楼9层

International Medical Center (IMC) Foreign doctors are on-site 24hrs a day, offering a wide range of medical services, including family medicine, psychological services, dental, Ob/Gyn, Pediatrics, TCM, etc. English, Chinese, Arabic, Russian are spoken. Drop-in service for travelers, on-site X-ray, ultrasound, laboratory. Daily 24hrs. S106, S111 Lufthansa Center, 50 Liangmahe Lu, Chaoyang District. (6465 1561/2/3, 6465 1384/28, marketing@ 北京国际医疗中心,朝阳 区亮马 桥路50号燕莎中心写字楼1层S106

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

OASIS Healthcare OASIS is a full-service private hospital. Their international medical team provides patient-centered care in a modern facility designed for comfort, safety and privacy. OASIS offers attentive service in a soothing environment and expert medicine

backed by leading technology, including the most advanced MRI and CT scans available from a private hospital in China. The hospital currently provides services in family medicine, pediatrics, gynecology, general surgery, traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), and dentistry. Direct billing is available for many insurance providers. 9 Jiuxianqiao Beilu, Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. (400 UR OASIS (876 2747)) 朝阳区朝阳区酒仙 桥北路9号

Vista Medical Center Medical services including family and internal medicine, OB/ GYN, pediatrics, dentistry, ophthalmology, dermatology, ENT, TCM, physiotherapy, psychiatry, imaging laboratory and pharmacy service. Also offers pre- and postnatal care and infant health check-ups. English-speaking staff onsite 24hrs a day. A consultation with a GP costs RMB 660. Direct billing with more than 40 international insurance providers. Daily 24hrs. 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,, 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. (fcreception@; 2) Inside Beijing United Family

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DIRECTORY / LIVING 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. (fcreception@ 北京和睦家 医院诊所, 1) 顺义区天竺开发区荣祥广场818单 元北京和睦家医院诊所内; 2) 朝阳区建国门外 大街21号北京国际俱乐部饭店公寓楼地下1层北 京和睦家健康中心内; 3) 朝阳区将台路2号北京 和睦家医院内

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

Peking University Sixth Hospital (Institute of Mental Health) A World Health Organization Collaborating Center and the top mental health institution in China with both outpatient and inpatient services. Providing evaluation, diagnoses, pharmacological and psychological therapies of various mental disorders and psychological distresses. MonFri 8-11.30am and 1.30-5pm, Sat 8-11.30am. 51 Huayuanbeilu (100m north of Peking University Third Hospital), Haidian District. (8280 1989 (English), Chinese (8280 1984), dr_tian@126. com) 北京大学第六医院(精神 卫生研究所), 海淀区花园北路51号 (北医三院 西侧100米路北)

Vista Medical Center Vista’s mental health care team includes a psychiatrist, two psychologists and a counselor. They offer counseling for interpersonal issues, including marriage, divorce and parenting, emotional disorders including depression, grief, anxiety, as well as stress and anger management. They also specialize in working with children and their families as they navigate expat life in China. They work with individuals, couples, families and groups. Our counseling services are available in English, Japanese, Persian, Hindi and Chinese. Medical prescriptions are available. Daily 24hrs. B29, Kerry Centre, 1 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (8529 6618, fax 8529 6615, 维 世达诊所, 朝阳区光华路1号嘉里中心B29

Pet Care/Animal Welfare Doggy Thoughts CBT Dennis Schenk provides private canine behavior training sessions for aspiring and/or struggling dog owners. (137 1802 7490 (English), 134 6639 7349 (Chinese),, International Center for Veterinary Services (ICVS) All services in English and Mandarin. Licensed rabies vaccines. Mon-Sat 8am-8pm; Sun 10am-7pm (by appointment).


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Kent Center, 29 Liangmaqiao Lu, Anjialou (shares a courtyard with China Culture Center), Chaoyang District. (8456 1939/40/41, www.ICVSASIA. com 北京新天地国际动物医院, 朝阳区安家楼亮 马桥路29号肯特中心院子内

Lee Pet Beijing’s largest pet store, offering not only a diverse range of imported products, but also in-house grooming, photography and kennel services. 1) Mon-Fri 10am-9pm, Sat-Sun 10am-9.30pm. Unit 3097, Bldg A, Chaowai Soho, 6 Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (5900 5499); 2) Rm 4119, 4/F, Golden Resources Shopping Mall, 1 Yuanda Lu, Haidian District. (8887 0706); 3) B118, B1/F, Longde Square Shopping Mall, 186 Litang Lu, Changping District. (8484 1916); 4) Bldg 4, Landgent Chateau, 33 Guangqu Lu, Chaoyang District. (8776 9602) www.leepet. com 乐宠, 1)朝阳区朝阳门外大街6号朝外SOHO A座3层3097; 2)海淀区远大路1号金源新燕莎4 层4119; 3)昌平区立汤路186号龙德广场地下1层 B118; 4)朝阳区广渠路33号石韵浩庭4号楼4底商

Lee Pet Animal Hospital Full-service veterinary center. Daily 24hrs. Unit 5-6, 9 Lincui Lu, Chaoyang District. (5821 3503) 乐宠丽派特动物 医院, 朝阳区林萃路9号5-6底商. 电话

RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATIONS The River of Grace Church Sunday Services begin at 10am and are open to all foreign passport holders. 2/F, Great Hotel, 1 Zuojiazhuang, Chaoyang District. (6466 1680) 朝阳区左家庄1号北 京贵国酒店二层

Volunteer and NGOs Beijing 1+1 A Chinese NGO in partnership with BBC that promotes the participation of visually impaired people in radio. Rm 604, Bldg 22, Area 2, Xiluoyuan, Fengtai District. (6725 9507, fax 6725 9407, www.oneplusone. 北京一加一文化交流中心, 丰台区西罗园 二区22号楼604室

Beijing Cultural Heritage Protection Center (CHP) CHP is a national resource center for heritage conservation, equipping local communities with awareness, strategy, organization, practical skills and training to preserve cultural heritage at local levels. Those who have tips on suspect behavior regarding cultural relics or sites should call the hotline. Rm 309, Bldg E, 46 Fangjia Hutong (just south of Guozijian Jie), Dongcheng District. (6403 6532, 6403 6632 (fax)) www. 北京文化遗产保护中心, 东城区方家 胡同46号艺术园区(国子监南临)E座309室

Beijing Fengtai Lizhi Healing Center A boarding school for mentally disabled adults that focuses on teaching vocational skills and self-care. 93 Fengxi Beili (southeast of Fengxi Tielu Dongxiaoqu), Fengtai District. (5185 6801, fax 8360 2479) 北京丰台 利智康复中心, 丰台区丰西北里93号(丰西铁路 东小区东南角)

Beijing Horizon Educational Center (BHEC) BHEC seeks to promote fair development in education by providing resources for teachers in underprivileged areas. Rm 302, Bldg 2, Liheng Mingyuan, 23 Nanbinhe Lu, Xuanwu District. (6348 0852, 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


Beijing Huiling Community Services (BJHL) Beijing Huiling Community Services for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities seeks to improve the lives of the mentally disabled. Through community-based activities, BJHL facilitates trainees' independence and teaches life skills. Unit 307, Yanle Business Bldg, 100 Yanle Hutong, Dongcheng District. (8402 9532, 东城区演乐胡同100号演乐商务楼307

Bethel China Foundation A not-for-profit organization that provides foster care, education and professional training for Chinese orphans who are blind or visually impaired. The Project’s training center, named The Love is Blind Project, is located on a 17acre property, near a small village outside Beijing. The organization was founded in 2002 by a French couple, Guillaume and Delphine Gauvain. Doudianzhen Jiaodao, Liugu Daocun, Fangshan District. (8031 0383, 8031 0683 (guest house), 8031 0483 (medical house), www. 房山区房山区窦店镇交道六 股道村

BICCO (Beijing International Committee for Chinese Orphans) A volunteer group that helps Chinese orphans with medical problems. Volunteer opportunities listed on their website. ( 北京国际援助中国孤儿委员会

Building Opportunity With Support (BOWS) A small and growing not-for-profit dedicated to providing support, informal counseling, education and a safe environment for girls and young women. (136 4125 2617, CAI Empowers the children of migrant laborers through creative arts education and team sports. Four core values – confidence, courage, commitment and care – are taught through the programs. Comprised of professionals, artists, art teachers and students, CAI is always looking for volunteers to teach at migrant schools on term-time Saturdays and at an intensive summer camp. Other opportunities are also available. (8454 9633, 儿童才艺行动

Chaoyang Library Retirees English Language Club This group of retirees meets every Sunday from 2-4pm at Chaoyang Library to practice English conversation. Volunteer English teachers welcome. ( Chi Heng Foundation CHF provides education and support for AIDS orphans in Central China and promotes AIDS awareness across the country. Rm 801, Bldg 6, Wanda Plaza, 93 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (5820 8574, 智行基金会, 朝阳区建国路93号万达广场6楼801.

China Chaoyang AIDS Volunteer Organization Chinese NGO that focuses on MSM rights protection, AIDS prevention awareness and condom marketing. Rm 1002, Chaoyang District Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 25 Huaweili, Panjiayuan, Chaoyang District. (8096 8456, 8778 9709,, 朝阳 华人AIDS干预工作组, 朝阳区潘家园华威里25号 朝阳区疾病预防控制中心1002

China HIV/AIDS Information Network (CHAIN) This GONGO is dedicated to HIV/ AIDS awareness and building a nation-wide HIV/AIDS information resource network. 7-101, Bldg 1, Courtyard 68, Fuchang Jie, Xuanwu District. (8313 3253, 中国红丝带网, 宣武区福长 街68号院1号楼7单元101室

Chinese Juvenile Rights Protection Center 4/F, Attachment Bldg, 212 Zhouzhuangzi, Fengbei Lu, Fengtai District. (6381 3995/3362, Fax 6383 5279) 中国青 少年维权中心, 丰台区丰北路周庄子212号附 属楼4层

Compassion for Migrant Children A nonprofit organization founded in early 2006 to help China’s urban migrant children primarily through social and educational programs. Mon-Fri 8.30am-5.30pm. Rm 233, 2/F, Xintai Building, 8 Xiaguangli, Chaoyang District. (6465 6100/1, volunteer@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

Crazy Bake Gives mental patients a chance to improve their lives through meaningful work. Place orders for their delicious pastries by calling 137 1821 1334 or visiting www. The Culture Development Center for Rural Women Rural women's support group. Rm 301, Bldg A, Jiali Dasha, 180 Beiyuanlu, Chaoyang District. (6498 0110, Fax 6498 3764, 北京农 家女文化发展中心, 朝阳区北苑路180号加利大 厦A座301室

Dongjen Center for Human Rights Education and Action A nonprofit organization that provides education about human rights to the public and takes action for individuals who have had human rights violations. In the past DCHREA has worked specifically with individuals and groups who have been stigmatized for being HIV/AIDS positive. 19 Dashiqiao Hutong, Jiu Gulou Dajie, Xicheng District. (8403 4803) 西城区旧鼓楼大街大石桥 胡同18号

Friends of Nature FON promotes environmental protection and sustainable development through education and advocacy. They also welcome volunteers. Rm 301, Wanbo Office Bldg, 53 Ganyu Hutong, Dongcheng District. (6523 2040, 6512 0929, Fax 6528 6069, www.fon. 自然之友, 东城区甘雨胡同53号万博写 字楼368室

Gift of Hope Gift of Hope is a social enterprise that is owned and managed by people with disabilities and empowers the disabled community. Gift of Hope provides a variety of products and services including handmade gifts and crafts, leadership training, team building, folk art workshops, motivational speeches and trips. Profits are used to empower the disabled community providing training and job opportunities to people with disabilities with the goal of improving their lives. ( 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

DIRECTORY / LIVING–EXPLORE Green Earth Volunteers (GEV) One of China's oldest local environmental NGOs, GEV aims to serve as a vehicle for grassroots public participation through encouraging volunteerism. Join them for their weekly Saturday River Walks around the city for the chance to make new friends and appreciate nature. 21 Paoju Hutong, Dongcheng District. (8403 9930, eng. 绿家园志愿者, 东城区炮局胡同21 Greenpeace This international organization promotes peace and the protection of the natural world. 19/F, Bldg E-2, Lanchou Mingzuo, Jiqingli, Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6554 6931, Fax 6554 6932) 朝阳区朝阳门外大 街吉庆里蓝筹名座E座2单元19层

Handicap International An international solidarity organization working to prevent disabilities, improve the lives of the disabled, and support their efforts to become selfreliant. (6532 0219/0221, public@handicap-int. Hua Dan Project Hua Dan works with migrants in participatory theater workshops to foster creativity and develop selfawareness. Volunteers needed. Contact Caroline Watson (8175 3894, 158 0144 7681, International Network for Bamboo and Rattan (INBAR) INBAR aims to further sustainable development through improving the social, economic and environmental implications of bamboo and rattan production and use. 8 Futong Dongdajie, Wangjing, Chaoyang District. (6470 6161, 国际竹藤组织, 朝阳区望京阜通东大街8号

JGI China – Roots & Shoots The Jane Goodall Institute in China focuses on environmental awareness and sustainable development, devoting much of its energies to Roots & Shoots, an environmental and humanitarian education program for students. Rm 1309, Beijing City International School (BCIS), 77 Baiziwan Naner Lu, Chaoyang District. (6778 3115/5802, fax 6778 2757, 珍 古道尔 / 根与芽, 朝阳区百子湾南2路77号北京 乐成国际学校1309室

Jinde Charities A Catholic non-profit that assists people needing emergency aid after natural disasters, as well as the poor, the elderly and those affected by AIDS and illness. (8686 0053, JUMP! Foundation Founded in 2006, JUMP! Foundation is an international nonprofit organization that focuses on student leadership training, experiential education and global development. They're partnered with 25 other organizations across the globe, with the mission to empower youth to grow as individuals and develop into leaders in their community and the world. House of Knowledge, Victoria Gardens, Chaoyang Park, 15 Xilu, Chaoyang District. (6538 6482) www. 朝阳区朝阳公园西路15号 维多利亚花园公寓

Kaifeng Deaf School (KDS) A project by Harmony Outreach, Kaifeng Deaf School has become home to approximately 60 children. Most of the children’s parents are poor farmers or migrant workers. Not knowing how to deal with a deaf child, many families virtually abandon their children or make them feel valueless and unloved. The goal at KDS is to provide the children with a nurturing environment where they will be loved while they are taught how to overcome their hearing disabilities. For these children, graduation is when they have been sufficiently prepared and equipped to go to regular public schools and/or to function in society. (John@harmonyoutreach. org, www. The Library Project The Library Project donates books and libraries to under financed schools and orphanages in the developing world. In 2010 they plan to complete 350 rural elementary school and orphanage library donations. Volunteers welcome. (159 2955 6183, Magic Hospital They work with sick, hospitalized, handicapped, orphaned, abused and at risk children aged 0-18 who are permanently or temporarily deprived of a carefree and fun childhood. Unit 1402,

Xingfuyuan Gongyu, 16 Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. (communications@ 朝阳区工体北路16号幸福园公寓1402

Migrant Children's Foundation (MCF) The MCF is a non-profit organization that aims to enrich the lives of disadvantaged children in China through volunteering. Their main projects currently include Beijing Buddies and The Volunteer Program. New Hope Foundation Provides care, medical treatment and a home for babies with surgically correctable deformities. 97 Zhongxin Jie, Guojiawu Cun, Shunyi District. (6142 4156 ext. 76, joyce@hopefosterhome. com) 希望, 顺义 区顺义区郭家务村中心街97号

New Life Centre A residential center for underprivileged youth in Shunyi to learn technical skills. Volunteers and donations welcome. Operation Blessing Beijing Humanitarian organization helping orphans, disabled children, and the elderly in Beijing. Rm 106, Golden Land Bldg, 32 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6466 9296, fax 6466 9256, 视博恩, 朝阳区亮马桥路32号高斓大厦106室

Operation Smile China An international medical charity that provides free cleft lip and palate repair surgeries to children worldwide. ( www., Plan China An international, non-affiliated humanitarian organization that focuses on children's issues. C-305, Baijiazhuang Business Center, 3 Baijiazhuang Lu, Chaoyang District. (6592 1333, fax 6592 8228, www.plan-international. 国际计划中国, 朝阳区白家庄路甲3号白 家庄商务中心C-305

Prevention Through Education (PTE) NGO that aims to improve HIV/AIDS awareness and develop local school-based HIV/AIDS prevention programs. Rotary Club of Beijing A cross-section of local businesses and professional leaders who come together to build lifelong friendships, promote high ethical standards and provide volunteer service to others in need of help. Meets 12.30 every Tue at the Kempinski Hotel. (139 1072 9087, www. 北京扶轮社 Rural China Education Foundation A volunteer-based organization that supports rural education in China. RCEF has many volunteer opportunities, especially for summer and year-long teachers. www. 乡村教育促进会 Save China's Tigers A charity that aims to prevent the South Chinese Tiger from going extinct. PO Box 1928, Chinese Forestry Academy, Haidian District. (6286 6588, 133 6683 5722) 拯救中 国虎, 海淀区中国林业科学研究院北京1928信箱

Shelterbox International disaster relief agency. ( http://www. The Starfish Project Founded in 2006, this socially responsible jewelry business developed in order to provide exploited women in Asia with alternate employment. Besides helping them to build sustainable livelihoods, the Starfish Project also offers them counseling, vocational training, language acquisition, family education, healthcare access as well as housing. Support the cause by buying their jewelry or donating on their website. (volunteer@starfish-project. com)

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(formerly known as the World Wildlife Fund) is working on projects to preserve and protect China’s vast and diverse environmental resources and treasures. Sign up to volunteer online. Wen Hua Gong, Working People's Cultural Palace (east of Tiananmen Square), Dongcheng District. (6511 6211) www. 世界自然基金会, 东城区天安门 东侧劳动人民文化宫东门内文华宫世界自然基金 会北京办事处

Xingfu Gongcheng (Program of Happiness) A Chinese micro-lending organization that supports impoverished mothers. 12 Dahui Donglu, Haidian District. (6217 9760, fax 6217 3494) 幸福工程, 海 淀区大慧东路12号

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

Air France Rm 1609, 16/F, Bldg 1, Kuntai International Mansion, 12A Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (400 880 8808) www. 法国航空, 朝阳区朝阳门外大

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

Korean Air 901-3, Hyundai Motor Towers, 38 Xiaoyun Lu, Chaoyang District. (8453 8137, 40065 88888) 朝阳区霄

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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

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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

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Travel Agencies Beijing Citybus Tour Service Daily 9am-8pm. Rm 1207, Scitech Tower, 22 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (400 650 0760) 北京赛笛芭 诗城市观光旅行社, 朝阳区建国门外大街22号赛 特大厦1207室


Beijing Tourism Group (BTG) 18 Chaoyangmen Nandajie, Chaoyang District (150 1008 9588) 朝阳

Wokai Wokai is a small, directed nonprofit that works as an intermediary for microfinance in China.

SOHO 2号楼718室

Ninety Percent Travel (151 1791 6648,


UNICEF 12 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6532 3131) 朝阳区三里屯 UN Volunteers (

hotel, car, and cruise reservation services. Staffed by professional travel consultants. Apt 718, Bldg 2, Guanghualu Soho, 22 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (5870 3388, fit@ www.kingdomtravel. 中侨国旅, 朝阳区光华路22号光华路

区朝阳门 南大街 18号

Context Travel (+1 215 392 0303, info@

Wuxun Education Foundation Wuxun is dedicated to improving the quality of education for rural children. As well as providing dormitory and classroom supplies, this nonprofit also works with city schools to provide training programs for rural teachers. (


WWF-China One of the world’s leading environmental organizations, the WWF

Kingdom Travel Specializes in corporate and holiday travel planning and offers airline,

Country Holidays Rm 2804, Bldg 11, Jianwai Soho, 39 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District (+21 3222 0616, www. 朝阳区东三环中路39号

A career support network for women.


A safe environment for women to come and express themselves. RMB 250/session.


The only requirements are two X chromosomes and a bottle of wine.


An inspirational platform to support the professional and personal development needs of expat-accompanying spouses.

March 2012


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 Global conference

International Wonderland - 首开幸 福广场: 1 Br, 95-120m², ¥7,500 2 Br, 125 - 140m², ¥10,000 Regentland/Worker Stadium/ DongsishItiao - 瑞士公寓: 1 Br, 80 - 95m², ¥9,500 2 Br, 125m², ¥14,000 3 Br, 140m², ¥17,000 Guangcai Int’l Apartment - 光彩国际: 3 Br. 217m², ¥20,000 4 Br. 270m², ¥25,000

see more at Build your career and CV. Join One Young World in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Oct 18-22, 2012.  This global conference attracts the brightest youth in environment, global business leadership and world health from 180 countries.  Delegates must be less than 29 yrs old and be active in their community.  Attending costs US$5,200, which covers flight, hotel, visa, food.  Contact for more info. Jobs Offered - Professional see more at MaxEn Education ( is a joint venture formed by McGraw-Hill Education ( and New Oriental Education& Technology Group(www. . It provides premier, after-school program to advance the 21st century skills of young learners between 4 and 17 years old, teaching English language, math and science in a full immersion environment. At present MaxEn has opened teaching centers in Beijing, Tianjin, Fuzhou and Chengdu. Working Location: Beijing, China Working hours: 40 hours per week  Qualification Requirements:  Native English Speakers  2 years of working experience after college graduation  Education major preferred  TEFL or TESOL preferred MaxEn Offer:  New Teacher: 13,000 RMB per month before tax  Contact: Please send your resume, first page of passport and 1 current picture to Ashley Jia (HR Staff) at 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: Dongzhimen/Sanlitun Area: Harbor City, Studio, 40m², ¥300/night or ¥3,900/month; Seasons Park - 海晟名苑: Studio, 47m² with open kitchen, ¥390/ night or ¥5,700/month; 1 Br, 75m², ¥580/night or ¥7,900/month; 2 Br, 100m², ¥10,000 2 Br, 128m², ¥13,000 2+1 Br, 140m², ¥14,000 3 Br, 160m², ¥15,000 4 Br, 250m², ¥25,000 East Avenue – 逸盛阁: 1 Br, 85m², Special Offer at ¥ 9,000 1 Br, 100m², ¥ 12,000 2 Br, 130m², ¥ 17,000 Shimao Gongsan Plaza – 世茂工三: Studio, 64 – 90 m², from ¥ 7,500 1 Br, 103 – 112 m², from ¥ 13,000 2 Br, 144 m², from ¥17,000 New MOMA - 万国城: Studio, 100m², ¥8,500 2 Br, 140m², ¥14,000 3 Br, 245m², ¥20,000 Sanlitun SOHO - 三里屯SOHO: 1 Br, 120m², ¥14,000 2 Br, 150m², ¥19,500 2 Br, 170m² ¥20,000 3+1 Br, 245m², ¥30,000 3+1 Br, 260m², ¥33,000


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Lufthansa Area: Beijing SOHO Residences - SOHO 北京公馆: 1 Br. 80m², ¥13,000 3 Br. 245m², ¥ 25,000 Gemini Grove - 星源汇 1 Br. 80m², ¥11,000 1 Br. 90m², ¥12,000

CBD Area: Central Park - 新城国际: Studio, 75m², ¥9,000 1 Br. 90m², ¥12,000 2 Br. 125m², ¥16,000 2 Br. 130m² duplex, ¥16,000 3 Br. 190m², ¥20,000 3 Br. 220m², ¥ 23,000 4 Br. 265m², ¥33,000 Windsor Avenue - 温莎大道: 1 Br. 90m², ¥9,500 2 Br. 158m², ¥14,500 3 Br. 300m², ¥25,000 Fortune Plaza - 财富中心: 1 Br. 70m², ¥8,500 2 Br. 140m², ¥14,000 3 Br. 205m², ¥19,000 Global Trade Mansion - 世贸国际: Studio. 80m², ¥9,000 2 Br. 170m², ¥17,000 3 Br. 260m², ¥19,000 CBD Private Castle - 圣世一品: 2 Br. 115m², ¥10,000 2 Br. 148m², ¥12,000 3 Br. 170m², ¥15,000

Dawanglu Area: China Central Place - 华贸中心: 2 Br. 125m², ¥14,000 3 Br. 165m², ¥16,000 Gemdale Int›l Garden - 金地国际: 2 Br. 148m², ¥15,000 3 Br. 199m², ¥20,000

Chaoyang Park Area: Palm Spring - 棕榈泉: 2 Br. 138m², ¥14,000 3 Br. 192m², ¥20,000 3 Br. 218m², ¥24,000 Park Avenue - 公园大道: 2 Br. 174m², ¥16,000 3 Br. 180m², ¥18,000 3 Br. 193m², ¥26,000 Oceanwide Int’l Residential District - 泛海国际: 3 Br. 185m², ¥15,000 4 Br. 245m², ¥22,000 Greenlake Place - 观湖国际: 3 Br. 173m², ¥13,000 3 Br. 192m², ¥15,000 4 Br. 260m², ¥25,000 Beijing Golf Palace - 高尔夫公寓: 3 Br. 270m², ¥29,000 Star River - 星河湾: 3+1 Br. 260m², ¥26,000

Courtyard for Lease: Qianmen 6 Br. 300m², Roof Terrance ¥45,000 Dongsi Vila Style plus basement, 4+2 Br. 320m², ¥55,000

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Apartment for Rent Line 2: Dongzhimen / Dongsishitiao/ Chaoyangmen/ Andingmen Unit:sqm Unit: rmb/mon. 1room(share)12-35 2,000- 4,000 1bedroom 46-80 2bedroom 55-90 2bedroom 90-120 3bedroom 90-150 Duplex 120-250


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Line 10: Sanlitun/Guomao /Taiyanggong/Sanyuanqiao/Tuanjiehu/ Chaoyang Park Studio 45-65 4500-6500 1bedroom 55-120 5500-10000 2bedroom 80-150 7000-15000 3bedroom 120-200 9000-20000 4bedroom 150-300 15000-30000 Courtyard for Rent Tian’anmen/Jingshan/Houhai/Nanluoguxiang/Gulou/Lama temple/Beixinqiao/Dongsi 1bedroom 50-80 5,000-7,000 2bedroom 80-150 7,000-15,000 3bedroom 90-250 9, 000-30,000 4bedroom 120-500 12,000-50,000 An apartment in 798 art zone, Hongyuan Apt. The apt is 133 square meters, high floor, facing the south, very comfortable and sunny, 3 big bedrooms, 2 bathrooms both with windows, and also a balcony, newly decorated and fully furnished. The location is very comfortable cause just in the entrance of 798 art zone, with a big supermarket downstairs. I prefer to rent to a family with stable job, the rental will be 7600RMB include heating fee and management fee. If you are interested, please contact me: or 13401038360. (no agent disturb) 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. JRE Corporate has rapidly expanded since its foundation into one of the largest real estate companies focusing on residential services. We boast the widest range of properties, the lowest prices and the value-added complete after-sales services throughout the whole lease term. Tel:5108 8028, 5108 8048, 13701080877 Fax: 5108 8039 Email: Joanna@joannarealestate. Services - Business Center see more at  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.

Regus is the world’s largest provider of workplace solutions, with products and services ranging from fully equipped offices to professional meeting rooms, business lounges and the world’s largest network of video communication studios. Tel: +86 400 120 1205, 1. Regus China Life Tower: 5/F China Life Tower, 16 Chaoyangmenwai Street, Chaoyang District. 中国北京朝阳区朝阳门外大街16号中 国人寿大厦5层 2. Regus China World Tower 3:15/F China World Tower 3, 1Jianguomenwai Avenue, Chaoyang District. 中国北京朝阳区建国门外大 街1号国贸中心3座15层 3. Regus IFC [New]: 10/F, IFC East Tower, 8 Jianguomenwai Avenue, Chaoyang District中国北 京朝阳区建国门外大街8号国际金融中心10层 4. Regus Kerry Centre: 11/F Kerry Centre,North Tower, 1 Guanghua Road, Chaoyang District中 国北京朝阳区光华路1号嘉里中心北楼11层 5. Regus Lufthansa Center: C203 Lufthansa Center, 50 Liangmaqiao Road, Chaoyang District中国北京朝阳区亮马桥路50号燕莎 中心C203 6. Regus NCI Tower: 15/F NCI Tower, 12 A Jianguomenwai Avenue, Chaoyang District 中国北京朝阳区建国门外大街甲12号新华保 险大厦15层 7. Regus Pacific Century Place: 14/F IBM Tower, PCP, 2A Workers Stadium Road North, Chaoyang District 中国北京朝阳区工体北路甲 2号IBM大厦14层 8. Regus Prosper Center [New]: 6/F Tower 2, Prosper Center: No.5 Guang Hua Road, Chaoyang District 中国北京朝阳区光华路5号 世界财富中心2号楼6层 9. Regus Financial Street Excel Centre: 12/F Financial Street Excel Centre,6 Wudinghou Street, Xicheng District 中国北京西城区武定 侯街6号卓著国际金融中心12层 10. Regus Zhongguancun Metropolis Tower: 7/F Metropolis Tower,2 Dongsan Street, Zhongguancun Xi Zone, Haidian District 中国北京海淀区中关村西区东三街2号欧美 汇大厦7层 11. Regus China Central Place [Coming soon] 9/F Tower 2 China Central Place, 79 Jianguo Road, Chaoyang District 中国北京市朝阳区建国路79号华贸中心(2号 楼)9层100025 12. Regus Parkview Green [Coming soon] 15/F Office Building A, Parkview Green, 9 Dongdaqiao Road, Chaoyang District 中国北京市朝阳区东大桥路8号芳草地办公楼 A座15楼100020 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

CLASSIFIEDS 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. Easy Life-Maid service Professional & reliable English speaking maid (Ayi) available. Customers’ satisfaction guaranteed. Full time & part time. Housecleaning, Babysitting, Ironing, Chinese-western cooking, Call 13811227395 www.maidservicebj. com email: JNY Home service Experienced English-speaking or non-Englishspeaking nannies (ayis) with reference letters are available for chores, babysitting etc. 24-hour translation service. www.saybeijing. cn 13426362833 Maid in China Ayi Housekeeping Service Maid in China provides services: maternity help, nanny services, babysitting, Philippine Ayi, Chinese Tutor, driver with car and Chinese Driving License. Tel: 13910672349 / 84569551/ Email: Beijing Sunnyhome Housekeeping Service Co., Ltd: Professional team provides reliable experienced Ayi Service, Driver, Car rental, tourist information, Theatre Tickets Booking ( Acrobatic, Peking opera, Kungfu) etc. Tel: 010-52884727 13621188413 (24hours) Website: We provide professional household services including nannies, babysitters, maids, daily care, housekeeping, and drivers. Insurance covered. More than 4000 clients. Contact No. 010-67083312. The Housekeeping Service Center of Beijing ( BHTIC) Do you want the liable, honest, hard-working and excellent Ayi? We can help you. Website: Tele: 010-85289532 Cell phone: 13691466053 Email: Beijing Ayi Service Company provides the experience and professional ayies (Nanny), driver and western cooking chef for foreigner families. And teach ayies western cooking etc. Contact on: 60409096, 13641137690 (24 hours) email:; website: Services - Air Purifiers see more at  IQAir: Air pollution is a major environmental concern for everyone. The air we breath effects our health and well-being. IQAir has been providing clean air solutions for more than 45 years. With a certified actual efficiency of at least 99.97%, our Health Pro 250 model has received more #1 ratings than any other product on the market. Call today for a free air quality assessment of your home or office. The IQAir Store: Room 2201-02, Air China Plaza, 36 Xiao Yun Lu, Chao Yang District, Beijing 北京 市朝阳区霄云路36号国航大厦2201-02室 Tel: 010-8447 5800 / 5488 Service Hotline: 4006501266 E-mail: info@ Services - car rental see more at Beijing Executive Services Car service - Van and car rental with English speaking drivers; Fair price with long term contract and short term sightseeing. Buick Honda Audi etc. Many choices.  Email: Cell: 138 0122 7668 Web:

SERVICE - PET CARE 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: 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 Level Car Rental Service Co,.Ltd Long term and Short term Car Leasing for business or family travel Airport pick up/ drop off Sight-seeing / Business Buick /Honda /Toyota/Faw volkswagen/ Hyundai More information please call 13911206276(24 hours) Address:Room 3005,Guangchen Building,No.16 Zuojiazhuang Road,Chaoyang District,Beijing. Services - Yoga see more at He Yoga Studio Winter Promotion Monthly: 500RMB   Trimestral: 1000RMB Body Beautification\ Vertebrate-Ovarian Care Yoga Figure Training Ballet\ Children Ballet\ Pilates Address: Oakwood, GuangMing Apartment, Sheraton Hotel 13811402080

see more at Doctors Beck and Stone Pet Health Care Center Get full, international standard, pet care with open Western and highly trained Chinese veterinarians, nurses and medical technicians. Hospitals are also emergency crisis centers. Ambulances available for collection and drop off of pets. Daily, 24 hours. Shop 0153, Tower B, Chaowai Soho, 6 Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. Daily 9am-7pm 5869 6401, 400 103 8686 (for appointments, pet pick-up and emergencies) Lee Pet PetSmart, America’s largest retailer of pet products and services, operates on this side of the globe under the name Lee Pet. Its Chaowai Soho branch is now Beijing’s largest pet store, offering not only a diverse range of imported products, but also in-house grooming,photography and kennel services. Mon-Fri 10am-9pm, Sat-Sun 10am-9.30pm. Unit 3097, Bldg A, Chaowai Soho, 6 Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District (5900 5499) 朝阳区 朝阳门外大街6号朝外SOHO A座3层3097 Leepet chain stores’ location: 1. Golden Resources Shopping Mall 4th floor; Suite: 4119 乐宠金源新燕莎MALL店: 北 京市海淀区远大路1号金源燕莎购物中心 4层西侧4119 (停车楼4层E28口) 电话: 01088870706 2. Longde Square Shopping Mall  Suite: B118,tangli road, Changpin district 龙德广场 店: 北京市昌平区立汤路186号龙德广场地下一 层B118铺位, 电话: 010-84841916 3. Land gent chateau store #4 building, guangqu road, Chaoyang district.  石韵浩庭 店: 北京市朝阳区广渠路33号石韵浩庭04号楼 04底商, 电话: 010-87769602 4. Leepet animal hospital ( 24 hours)  #9 Lincui Street, Chaoyang District 乐宠丽派特动物医 院: 北京市朝阳区林萃路9号院5-6底商, 电话: 010-58213503 Hotline:  English: 138 1029 5757 International Center for Veterinary Services (ICVS) ICVS is a professionally managed and affordable full service international standard animal hospital and pet care facility. All doctors are legally licensed in the PRC. Services include internal medicine, hospitalization, spay/ neuter, soft tissue and orthopedic surgeries, dentistry, dermatology, blood tests, laboratory diagnostics, X-rays, ultrasound, legal vaccinations, prescription pet foods, behavior counseling and obedience training, import/ export advice, pet adoption counseling and more. Boarding kennel, grooming salon, SAFE pet foods and pet shop available. All services in Mandarin and English. Licensed rabies vaccinations for export. Kent Center, 29 Liangmaqiao Lu, Anjialou (shares a courtyard with China Culture Center), Chaoyang District. Mon-Sat 8am-8pm; Sun 10am-7pm (by appointment) 010-8456 1939/1940/1941 Services - IT / Computer see more at 

Services - Relocation Firms see more at Seven Seas Worldwide Save up to 50%! We’re the first choice when it comes to moving baggage internationally from one box up to 2M3. We offer a global, door-to-door service with prices starting from RMB 999 by sea and RMB 1580 by air. Call our 24/7 multilingual hotline now on 400 181 6698 for an instant quote or book online at Asian Express is an expert in international, domestic, local household goods and office moving, storage and full relocation services. We have been servicing Mainland China since 1979, which makes us one of the most experienced moving companies. Call today and get an obligation FREE quotation from our multilingual expat staff. Tel: (010) 8580-1471 Fax: (010) 8580-1475 Email: beijing@aemovers. Website:

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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: 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, primetrans2000@ Micromice Translation: Free for First 100 Words! Staffs from China Daily offer you most reliable and qualified translation. 100 language,5000 linguistic experts, all types of files and meetings. 13801130910, Services - Language Training see more at

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. Beijing Mandarin School Founded in 1998, and also had the honor to serve over 50 corporate companies and embassies. More than 70 full-time teachers, tailor-made textbooks, IPCA training center, VISA service. New group class will start on March 5th and 13th. Intermediate & advanced group class starts just with 3 people.VIP Private Classes during 4pm-7pm, register 120 hours get 30 hours free. BMS Culture Club—42nd Event (Calligraphy), March 20th, 13:30-15:30. FREE to join, 43rd Event (Kite DIY-Making), March 29th, RMB50. E-tower: Room 904-905, 9/F Tel: 6508 1026 Fax: 6508 1126 Guangming Hotel: Room 0709, 7/F Tel: 8441 8391 /186 1173 6419 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.

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CLASSIFIEDS Fesco International Teaching Center: Mandarin and Cultural Courses 85618287 85636133 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: SERVICE - Health The Bridge School Guangming Hotel: Room503, 5/F. Tel: 84517605 Fax: 64680287. E-tower: Room903, 9/F. Tel: 65064409 Fax: 65046389. Capital Paradise Club: Tel: 80466114 Fax: 80461707. Riviera Resident Service Center: Tel: 84703587 Fax: 84308068 Sanlitun Tongguang Tower: Room 8013, Tel: 65389422 fax: 65389455 Dongzhimen Yufei Building Room 901 Tel: 15712845017, 64163990 The Bridge School has a history of 19 years and 6 locations in Beijing, has been voted the Best Chinese Language School in the City Weekend reader’s choice survey. There are about 140 committed teachers and over 60 contracted companies/ embassies. Our own textbooks including memory cards and CDs are published by Beijing Culture and Language University, and we are the official test centre for HSK and BCT exam. There are over 5000 worldwide students studying at The Bridge School annually. iHappy Mandarin School Make Chinese easy and fun! * Innovative iHappy method makes learning easy through role play, topic discussion, or music appreciation. * 1-on-2 quality course: pay one and get another one free. * Group class: maximum of 6 persons per group. * Free demo class and free after-class tutor everyday, free learning materials! * Highly competitive price. Flexible time and location. * Help your visa conversion, extension. Campus: 1. Room 3106, Building No.9, Jianwai SOHO, Chaoyang. (朝阳区建外SOHO 9号楼3106室) 2. Room 903, Peking University Resource Building, Haidian. (海淀区北京大学资源大 厦903室) 010-59002125 010-59002875 / skype: ihappychinese / The Pentagram Chinese Language Institute (PCLI) 1. Tailoring made learning plan for VIP. 2. New group class for beginner starts each month. 3. Key account plan for the companies and embassies. 4. Varied cultural activities, convenient traffic location and Chinese style classrooms, all this will impress you. 5. Visa service/ free Chinese test and pick-up service Order the courses on will get 5% discount! Tel: +86 10 6500  5755 Room 301, RuiChen International center, No.13, NongZhangGuan South Road, Chaoyang District. Dongfang Shangshu Language School • Master the curriculum by participating in a play. • Free trial opera classes on the 1st and 15th of every month. • Flexible time table to suit your schedule. • Courtyard classroom suitable for small classes of 6 to 8 students. • Internship opportunities. • Kids winter camp and summer camp. • We provide Home Tutoring! • All-include service: visa, transport from airport, accommodation and more. Contact us: Tel: 010-6400 3968/ 156 1108 3371 Address: No.12 Beixiang wazi Hutong, Beiluoguxiang. (北锣鼓巷北下洼子胡同12号院)


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The Luxury Massage Center provides Chinese massage, Thai massage, Aromatic oil massage. 30% off for first visit. Tel: 136 8335 2960 Address:Room 2121, East tower of Van Palace Center, Guandongdian Nanjie, Chaoyang district.(朝阳区关东店南街旺座中心东塔 2121室) SERVICE - Service apartment see more at

Ascott Beijing “Ascott Beijing offers luxurious serviced accommodation with comprehensive personalized services and facilities. It is centrally located to make your business travel, weekend retreat or extended stay convenient and enjoyable. Designed for discerning executives and their families, the residences are spacious and private with elegant and refined decor. Ascott Beijing serviced apartments imbues a sense of refinement and style. Neo-Asian lines inspire the elegant interior with exquisite Asian artwork adorning the hallways. Each of the residences from one to three-bedroom layouts as well as the three and four-bedroom penthouses are designed for distinguishing tastes and needs of the international traveler. Fully-equipped kitchens, home entertainment system and elegant furnishings are provided to make your stay convenient and comfortable. The twelve penthouses offer panoramic views of this majestic city.” 108B Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District 0106567 8100 Oakwood Residence Beijing Experience the comfort of a contemporary home at Oakwood Residence Beijing. Oakwood Residence Beijing offers 406 fully equipped luxury apartments ranging from

studios to four bedroom penthouse and terrace apartments, all exquisitely furnished in elegant and stylish decor. Enjoy a modern lifestyle with our fitness center, health and beauty day spa, business center and beautifully landscaped private gardens. Choose to dine in your own apartment or in our Mediterranean or Chinese restaurants or enjoy our inroom private dining service. Each apartment is fitted with a state-of-the-art air purification and air conditioning system which ensures 99.9% pure, triple filtered air, so you can trust in Oakwood and breathe easy. 8 Dongzhimenwai Xiejie, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100027, China. 010-5995 2888. www.oakwoodasia. com/oakwood-residence-beijing

Embassy House 32-story apartments boast no more than six units per floor, with spacious bedrooms, bathrooms, living rooms and kitchens. Facilities include fitness center, pool, bar, cafe, business center, playroom, library and more. Concierge service available. 18 Donzhimenwai Xiaojie, Dongcheng District 010-8449 9000 (leasing hotline), 010-6415 4724 Fraser Residence CBD “With a home at Fraser Residence CBD East, Beijing, you’ll get beauty and luxury both inside and out. The view of the modern cityscape and beautiful landscaped gardens provide a perfect backdrop for the contemporary concepts of your stylish apartment in Beijing. From the exclusive elevator access to the separate living room, dining and kitchen areas, from the tasteful furnishing to beautiful finishes, each detail is meticulously considered to create a comfortable and cosy haven for your family. Your accommodation in Beijing in this Beijing Apartment Hotel provides total comfort better than any other Beijng hotels. For recreation, you can enjoy in-house facilities such as the gymnasium with jet pool, steam and sauna, DVD movie library, all-day dining, members’ lounge and snooker lounge. The Business Centre offers a range of secretarial services and meeting spaces while round-the-clock reception, concierge and security services mean help is always at hand.” Block B, Ocean International Centre, 58 Dongsihuanzhonglu, Chaoyang District 010-5870 9188 The St. Regis Residence Built in 2001 the Residences at The St. Regis Beijing consist of 64 fully furnished units (1-4 bedrooms) boasting natural hot spring water, comfortable beds, tastefully furnished living rooms, carefully fitted bathrooms or fully equipped kitchens. Short term rate starts from CNY2,070 +15% service charge for a two-bedroom residence (maximum 4 guests), or CNY2,270 +15% service charge for a three-bedroom residence (maximum 6 guests). 21 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. 6460 6688 Millennium Residences Offers 329 Serviced Residences from the 3rd to 31st floor of the apartment building in one, two and three bedroom configurations. Each apartment is comprehensively equipped including: Large screen HDTV LCD televisions; fully equipped kitchen featuring refrigerator, full size oven, washer/dryer, microwave, kettle, toaster, rice cooker and all dining ware; luxuriously appointed, hotel style bedrooms and bathrooms with marble highlights and expansive views of the city. Three times per week room cleaning service (twice weekly refreshing of all interior linen). Residents can enjoy all restaurants and bars operated by the Grand Millennium Hotel, special membership fee to the Oxygen Health Club and preferential rates of the MTM. Beijing Fortune Plaza, Bldg 6, 7 Dongsanhuan Lu, Chaoyang District 0108588 2888 Fairmont Residence Located in Wangjing, Fairmont has 150 service apartments include furnished studios, onebedroom, two-bedroom and three-bedroom environment units. Most of the rooms include fully-equipped kitchenette, satellite TV channels, broad band internet etc. The air condition system is equipped with fresh air ventilation system in order to upgrade the air quality. Onsite restaurant includes Cafe O, featuring Western and Asian cuisines and a breakfast buffet, and facilities include a fitness center, business center, laundry and massage

center. Bldg 6, 33 Guangshun Bei Dajie, Chaoyang District. 6479 2323. http://www. Fraser Suites CBD, Beijing “The 357 Gold-Standard Beijing apartment features contemporary concepts designed for luxury living. Interior furnishings are international in appeal, complemented by Chinese motifs to reflect the rich heritage of the location. A complete range of facilities including meetings rooms, business centre, and an extensively-equipped gymnasium means you will always have everything you need at hand. Convenience is the buzzword for Fraser Suites CBD, Beijing. The Subway No. 1 line and Subway No. 9 line lie just a few minutes away, and the residence is situated in the inside road of trunk lines spanning different directions. A scenic park nearby ensures an idyllic balance between business and relaxation.” 7 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. 5908 6000, 400 817 1188 Luxury Serviced Residence The Luxury Serviced Residence Beijing is Somerset’s flagship property in the capital city of China. The spacious comfort and personalised services make your stay in Beijing convenient and comfortable. Located in central Beijing, this serviced residence is an ideal corporate housing option for executives on project assignment and interim stay. A welcome alternative to a hotel, the apartments are spacious, secure and comfortable with the benefits of superb services and facilities that you desire. Many historical destinations, dining and shopping opportunities are accessible by walking or a short drive. You can relax and enjoy the comforts of these luxury serviced apartments in Beijing while on business travel or leisure holiday. The Scandinavian interior design and the use of natural light and space give each duplex apartment a spacious and comfortable ambience. There are layout options for one to three-bedrooms. Every apartment has a fullyequipped kitchen, full-length windows for natural light, a home entertainment system and broadband Internet line. These comfortable serviced accommodation units offer comfort, privacy and space, while you explore the exciting and unique city of Beijing on business or holiday. 17 Jianhua Nanlu, Chaoyang District. 6566 2200 Marriott Executive Apartments Beijing Palm Springs Choose from 1,2, and 3-bedroom serviced apartments with stunning views of the estate garden, Chaoyang Park and the city skyline. Apartments are ideal for short or extended stay. Features on-site shopping center, weekly housekeeping and restaurants. Membersonly club featuring whirlpool with natural hot springs, sauna, indoor 55m swimming pool and 24-hour fitness center. 8 Chaoyang Gongyuan Nanlu, Chaoyang District. Metropolis Inn This high class commercial style apartment is very near to the World Trade Center business district, Sanlitun Bar Street, Secondary Embassy District. Near to Subway Line 10. Taiyue Heights, 16 Sanlitun Nanlu, Chaoyang District. 132 6168 0017. Pingod Apartments This large residential compound in the Shuangjing area features 10 apartment buildings with 1-4 bedroom units ranging in size from 80sqm to 164sqm, as well as studios, duplexes and lofts. A large garden dominates the center and just north of the compound is the 22 International Art Street, with its many galleries, cafes, boutiques and restaurants, as well as the Today Art Museum. The Pingod Service Apartments are also on the north side. The KEer Apple Kindergarten and BCIS are just adjacent to the compound. 32 Baiziwan Lu (south of Guomao Qiao and north of Shuangjing Qiao), Chaoyang District. 5876 9999 Swissotel Beijing Though the rooms are fairly small, the large swimming pool, the diverse dining options and central location of this five-star hotel appeal to both leisure and business travelers. RMB 2,755-7,180. Offers 62 serviced apartments with full amenities. 2 Chaoyangmen Beidajie, Dongcheng District. 6553 2288 The Apartments on Financial Street This five-star, all-suite accommodation provides deluxe and spacious lodgings for

CLASSIFIEDS however long you want to stay in Beijing, China. The hotel also boasts leisure facilities that guarantee a fun-filled vacation, such as a health club, sauna, and tennis court. 1 Jinchengfang Jie, Xicheng District. 6606 5588 The Westin Beijing, Executive Residences The Westin Beijing has two towers rising 26 stories high, one with 486 luxurious rooms and suites and the other with 194 Executive Residences. All units offer state-of-the-art audiovisual equipment, an abundance of natural light, and complimentary wireless High Speed Internet Access. 9B Financial Street, Xicheng District. 6606 8866 Warwick International Apartments Beijing Built way back in 1996, Warwick offer guests the space and facilities of an attractive homefrom-home, with a well-equipped kitchenette and seating area. An airport shuttle will deliver you to your home in Beijing, where there is free high-speed internet access, plus a DVD player and the choice of premium television channels. English-speaking reception staff will welcome you at all hours and will be able to assist with tours and tickets. 7A Nanshuiguan, Guangqumen, Chongwen District. 6715 1166 Warwick International Apartments Beijing Built way back in 1996, Warwick offer guests the space and facilities of an attractive homefrom-home, with a well-equipped kitchenette and seating area. An airport shuttle will deliver you to your home in Beijing, where there is free high-speed internet access, plus a DVD player and the choice of premium television channels. English-speaking reception staff will welcome you at all hours and will be able to assist with tours and tickets. 7A Nanshuiguan, Guangqumen, Chongwen District. 6715 1166

SERVICE - Library/bookstores see more at Capital Library Chinese films are shown every Wed at 2pm for free. Tickets available at 12.30pm. While its range of foreign language books is not as impressive as the National Library’s, it does offer foreigners the option of borrowing books. It costs RMB 10 to process a reader’s card and, depending on the type of card you choose, a deposit ranging from RMB 100-500. Foreign language newspapers and periodicals can also be accessed and regular lectures are organized on weekends. 88 Dongsanhuan Nanlu, Chaoyang District Daily 9am-7.30pm 6735 8114 http:// National Library This national institution has a great range of English and other foreign language editions, including periodicals and academic titles. Foreigners can only access the books at the library and are not permitted to borrow, but the selection makes it well worth the trip. Their website has a searchable online database that is available in both Chinese and English. Reader’s cards are available for RMB 5/month or RMB 20/year. 33 Zhongguancun Nandajie, Haidian District Daily 9am-9pm 8854 5593/4089 http://

minds for a stimulating meal in this relaxing comfortable refuge. Al fresco seating in the summer and wood-fired oven in the winter. Voted “Outstanding French (Affordable)” in the Beijinger’s 2011 Restaurant Awards. 3/F, Tongli Studios, Sanlitun Houjie, Chaoyang District. Sun-Thu 9.30am -midnight, Fri-Sat 9.30am-1am. 6417 6095, fax 6413 0765 Poplar Kids Republic Bookstore One of China’s first and most extensive children’s bookstores. More than 3,000 illustrated storybooks from Europe, America, Japan and China are on sale, including favorites such as The Very Hungry Caterpillar, The Giving Tree, and Badger’s Painting Gifts. The store encourages children and their parents to stop by, read together and enjoy the in-store facilities, which include a comfortable play area. On weekends, a free storytelling hour is offered and often followed up with arts and crafts activities. Rm 1362, Bldg 13, Jianwai Soho, 39 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. Daily 10am-7pm 5869 3032 Foreign Languages Bookstore For foreign language books, the aptly-named Foreign Languages Bookstore is far and away the largest and most diverse bookstore in town. Here, you’ll find locally published foreign language books on the first floor, sheet music books on the fifth floor, and on the recently-opened sixth floor, a tea shop and sale books. 235 Wangfujing Dajie, Dongcheng District. Daily 9.30am-9.30pm 6512 6903 SERVICE - Travel see more at Beijing Hikers Hikes of varying difficulty in villages near Beijing. Open to everyone. Call for info on hikes and what to bring. Prices vary for overnight hikes; weekend hikes are RMB 250/300 (adult), half price for children under 12, including round trip transport, snacks and drinks after the hike, detailed map of the hike and professional guidance. Advance reservations necessary. RMB 200/yr membership gets a 10% discount on regular hikes. Rm 601, Bldg 2, Xinhualian Ligang, 26 Jiuxianqiao Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. Mon-Fri 9am-6pm 6432 2786 Beijing Impression Based in Beijing, Beijing Impression offers flexible tours with accommodating itineraries. English-speaking guides available. Staff are Beijingers who know the city well and are ready to assist travelers at any time. In addition to offering travel services, the company also provides travel tips, information, pictures and videos. Rm 0219, Moma Building, 199 Chaoyang Beilu, Chaoyang District. 6400 0300, 139 1097 2927 Bicycle Kingdom Rents a variety of bikes and helmets. Prices range from RMB 60-120 for a single day and from RMB 35-57 per day for a week or longer, and depend on the bike rented. Reservation recommended and deposits vary. Also offers guided bike tours.34 Dong Huangchenggen Nanjie, Dongcheng District 133 8140 0738 SERVICE - Sports

Mon-Fri 7pm-midnight, Sat-Sun 24hrs. 010-8279 6405 Beijing Hash House Harriers “The drinking club with a running problem.” Easy run or walk around Beijing every Sunday afternoon followed by more beer than you could possibly drink, lots of noise and a meal. Occasional out-of-town trips. RMB 20/run, RMB 60/run and meal. Usually meets at Tim’s Texas Roadhouse. beijinghhh SERVICE - Museum see more at China National Film Museum The largest national film museum in the world has 20 exhibition halls, in which are displayed 4,000 photos that cover 1,500 movies and 450 filmmakers. Most content in Chinese. Free. Reservations required (5165 4567). 9 Nanying Lu, Chaoyang District. Tue-Sun 9am-4.30pm (last entry 4pm). 6431 9548 Capital Museum Two hundred meters east of Muxidi subway station lies the Capital Museum. This six-story building houses 11 exhibition halls displaying ancient Chinese art: bronze statues, jade utensils, ancient calligraphy and paintings, restored old Beijing city views and precious relics of old Beijing operas. Two temporary exhibition halls on the first floor and basement level display artistic and cultural exhibits from around the world. Free. Reservation is necessary. Temporary exhibitions are charged. Audio self-guided tours in Chinese and English available for rent at the entrance. 16 Fuxingmenwai Dajie, Xicheng District. Tue-Sun 9am-5pm. 6337 0491/2. Chinese Military History Museum With 5,000 years worth of war paraphernalia, this museum will curl the toes of any military buff. The collection includes AK-47s, flame throwers, US tanks captured during the Korean War, U2 wreckage, ancient weaponry and uniforms, as well as exhibits on the “War of Resistance against Japanese Aggression” and the war against the “Eight Power Allied Forces.” If your revolutionary fervor is still not ignited, then maybe the display of socialist realist artwork will do the trick. Good place to pick up military gewgaws and army souvenirs. Kids dig the place also. 9 Fuxing Lu, Haidian District. Daily 8.30am-4.30pm 6686 6244 Confucius Temple and Guozijian The Confucius Temple is located 400 meters to the southwest of Yonghegong Station. It was first built in 1302 and served as an altar where intellectuals from the Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties offered their respects to Confucius. Now it has become a museum exhibiting engraved stones, old Chinese doorbells and drums, bronze and jade utensils, paintings and calligraphic works, antique musical instruments and ancient Chinese currencies. Every September, a ritual celebrating Confucius’s birthday takes place here, in which a music and dance ceremony from the Qing dynasty is performed. 13 Guozijian Jie (near the Lama Temple’s main gate), Dongcheng District. Daily 8am-5pm (last ticket 4.30pm). RMB 10, RMB 5 (students) 8401 1977

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The Bookworm This sleek lending library and bookshop has the best selection of English language books and magazines in town and is often cheaper than Amazon et al. The bibliophile manager arranges a fabulous lecture series that features both local and international authors. Other draw cards include the rooftop terrace, comfy couches and a kitchen that serves European fare. Quiz night every Monday at 7.30pm. Courtyard 4, Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. Daily 9am-2am 010-6586 9507

Beijing Climbing Club Beijing Climbing Club runs regular weekend rock-climbing trips for aspiring climbers of all abilities to scenic locations around Beijing. They offer a safe and hassle free way for anyone based in Beijing to get out and experience this amazing sport first hand. They use qualified western/bilingual guides and operate to western safety standards. They also meet regularly during the week at climbing walls in the city, and operate a website at which provides information about our services and information about the climbing scene in general, for independent climbers in Beijing.

Le Petit Gourmand Warm, cozy and oh-so-softly-lit cosmopolitan, this French eatery not only serves some of the best crepes in town, they also boast a library of over 9,000 titles (with plans to reach 20,000). Membership will set you back RMB 150 for six months, and RMB 300 a year. Bring your appetite and your studious

ATer Tango Club ATer Tango Club is organized by bunch of Argentine Tango fans. They provide Argentine Tango classes in all levels as well as organizing traditional milongas every Tuesday and Saturday. Rm 428, Bldg C, Dongsheng Plaza, 8 Zhongguancun Donglu, Haidian District

Family Box Educational and Recreational Center Family Box is a British family centre combining education and recreation. Children ages 0-12 and their families have more than enough space to play in the 6,000sqm, three-storey building. Kids will enjoy the large scale climbing frame, Mickey Mouse play area, swimming pool, Sensory Room, Soft Island and Craft Room. They also run courses and activities based on the UK early years curriculum. Other facilities include: party hosting, catering, coffee shop, and crèche facility. Bldg 4, 51 Wangjing Beilu, Chaoyang District. Sat-Thu 9am-8pm, Fri 10am-8pm 6478 6163 Yu Kids Island The Place’s well-kitted indoor play area boasts a palm tree carousel, a bouncy slide, waterfall tunnel and a wind room filled with huge balloons – all well-padded for maximum safety. Come and go as you like with a RMB 50 day pass; frequent funners will benefit from

discount cards (RMB 500/30% discount; RMB 1000/50% discount). 4/F, South Bldg, The Place, 9 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. Daily 10am-10pm SERVICE - Theaters see more at Beijing Playhouse China’s English community theater presents contemporary live semi-professional theater productions, performed in English with Chinese subtitles. Professional acting experience not necessary and nationality not important, though ability to perform in English is required. Balizhuang (E 4th Ring Rd) 100025 Chaoyang 5 Houbalizhuang, Yew Chung Int’l School, East gate of Honglingjin Park, Chaoyang District. 13718908922 Chaoyang Culture Center/TNT Theater This center hosts over 500 performances, exhibitions and movies per every year — it’s the biggest cultural center in China. Nine Theatre, Chaoyang Art Showing Hall, Phoenix Theatre, and Puppet Museum are all located in the main building. The secondary building houses arts training: music, dancing, calligraphy, painting, and English courses. Corner of Jintai Xilu and Chaoyangmenwai Dajie (east of Jingguang Qiao), Chaoyang District. 8599 6011 China Children’s Art Theater Situated 1,500 meters northwest of Dongdan Station, this four-story playhouse presents plays and musicals for children in Chinese all year long. Every weekend, the Holiday Classic Theatre Hall on the fourth floor puts on plays starting at 10am, and performers even talk to the audience after each play. Performances include the Chinese classic Ma Lan Hua, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, and A Journey With Hans Christian Andersen, among others. The Ma Lan Hua Art School that connects to the theater offers acting, recitation and dance classes for kids ages 5-12. 64 Donganmen Dajie, west of Wangfujing, Dongcheng District. Daily 9am-9pm 6521 1425 National Theater Company of China “The National Theatre of China (NTC) is the largest state-level performing art organization of the People’s Republic of China. It was founded on Dec 25th, 2001 when the former China National Youth Theatre and China National Experimental Theatre were combined. Home to a wealth of talents across the performing arts, NTC offers a platform where tradition meets modernity and state-of-the-art performance is pursued to nurture theatrical masterpieces. NTC brings together the most talented artists and art managers in China. NTC has won almost all the national prizes for performance and has become the nation’s strongest team of creators and experienced arts managers. NTC focuses on producing original plays, and has performed many fine works of contemporary dramatists. NTC is featured in three drama series which include serious dramas, comedies and experimental forms of theatrical arts. On one hand, NTC maintains roots in the classics to demonstrate the humanity and charm of theater. On the other hand, it acts as a leader in pioneering new trends of theater as an avant-garde power for innovative creation.” NTC offers an open stage where young theatrical talents with new innovative productions. NTC maintains the highest standards of excellence for all of its stage-performances, based on a solid business foundation, and utilizing the latest in theater and research technologies. As a result, NTC has earned its status throughout the generation as the flagship theater in China. As the first-class theater in China and renowned throughout the globe, NTC is leading the way in the development of drama both at home and abroad. The president of NTC is Zhou Zhiqiang. Vice-president includes Yan Fengqi (also the secretary of the company’s Party Committee), Wang Xiaoying, Zha Mingzhe and Shi Lifen. 45 Mao’er Hutong, Di’anmen Dajie, Dongcheng District 6403 1099, 6404 3653

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Trapped in the Water Closet preschoolers of the world, unite by George Ding


y earliest memory involves me being locked in a bathroom. I was three and both my parents were studying in America, so I was left in the care of my grandmother. Every morning she led me through the hutongs of central Beijing to the preschool near her home. It was one of the better schools in the area, but its shell of dull, gray brick filled me with foreboding. Two stone lions stood guard on either side of the massive main gate. To my three-year-old self, the place seemed like a prison. The incident occurred early in the school year, during lunchtime. We students sat in rows on long metal benches as the teachers placed chopsticks, rice, and tomato and egg soup on the table in front of us. I flooded my rice with soup but left the tomatoes in the soup bowl like fish in a drained lake. I’ve never been a fan of vegetables. At the end of lunch, the teachers proceeded down each row, collecting the bowls. I didn’t know at the time that students were expected to finish every last bit of food but as I looked around at everyone else’s bowls, I noticed they were all polished to a shine. The teacher paused when she got to me. “Why didn’t you finish your lunch?” “I don’t like vegetables,” I said. “Do you know how hard farmers had to work to grow these tomatoes? And you want to just throw them away.” She placed the bowl back in front of me. “Eat them,” she growled. “No.” The teacher’s hand clamped down on my arm. She yanked me out of my chair and dragged me out of the cafeteria. My classmates regarded me like a man being led to the gallows; some scrambled to finish whatever was left of their lunch. She hauled me down the hallway to the boy’s bathroom and threw me in. The door locked behind me. My eyes, adjusting to the darkness, revealed the horrors little by little: a long trough that lined the far wall, filling the room with a smell of concentrated urea; crouch toilets caked with muddy streaks, sliding toward a dark hole gaping from the ground like the maw of Tartarus; rusted faucets that disgorged their murky contents into clogged sinks; detritus layered on a floor covered in dirt. I spun around, looking for some kind of opening – a


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vent or window perhaps – but to no avail. I tried the door but it wouldn’t budge. Through it I could hear the echo of cartoons down the hall. Then it hit me: it was naptime. I was stuck in solitary while everyone else was sleeping or watching Tom chase Jerry around with a rolling pin. At the thought of this, I broke down crying. My eyes were dry by the time the door opened again. An hour had passed. The teacher looked at me and said, “Have you learned your lesson?” After school let out, I ran outside, into the loving arms of my grandmother. I didn’t tell her what had happened. If she’d known, she would have called the school. They would have given the teacher a slap on the wrist and she would have simply treated me worse. No, my vengeance would have to take another form. The next day, carrot soup was on the menu. I finished everything but the carrots and sat quietly in my chair. My classmates begged me to eat them but I explained to them the righteousness of nonviolent protest. As the teacher dragged me away, I raised a fist to my brethren, telling them to stand strong, for the freedom to eschew healthy food was one worth dying for. I protested that day and every day thereafter. As time passed and I grew accustomed to spending my naptime locked in that bathroom, it became less frightening if no less disgusting. After a few months, I decided to see if I could get the teacher’s attention. I turned on all the faucets and watched as the water pooled and spilled over the sink. Then I walked back and forth, flushing all the toilets. I flooded Tartarus. Sure enough, the teacher burst through the door a few minutes later. She looked incredulously at the water park I had created, then hurried to shut off all the faucets. But she knew full well that if she left, I’d just turn them all on again. She had two choices: either let me go, or spend naptime with me in the boy’s bathroom from here on out. She stared at me and I stared right back. I was paroled. As fate would have it, I never finished that year of preschool. Shortly after my fourth birthday, my grandmother took me to America, where I was reunited with my parents and spent the rest of my childhood being a bad student in American schools. But during that year of preschool, I had indeed learned my lesson: Don’t eat your vegetables, and never let anyone push you around.

the Beijinger March 2012  

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