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August 2013 Making Waves Diving into Bejing’s best swim clubs

Every Trick in the Book How to keep up holiday reading habits

Home, Suite Home Staycations to cap off the summer

Smells like Tween Spirit Everything you need to know about supporting kids aged 10-12

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Every Trick in the Book How to keep up holiday reading habits Making Waves Diving into Bejing’s best swim clubs

Home, Suite Home Staycations to cap off the summer

Smells like Tween Spirit Everything you need to know about supporting kids aged 10-12

August 2013 Contents



Feature 56

Tween a Rock and a Hard Place

Dining 28

Support your tween while maintaining parental sanity


“Mom, I’m Bored!”

Life is but a dream at Nuage


Places and activities to keep your tweens occupied

Eater’s Digest Editor reviews of Beijing’s delicious noshes


Food for Thought Beet root salad from Hilton Beijing

Living 17

Dining Out

Talking Shop


Wear Beijing on your sleeve with Plastered T-Shirts


Birthday Bash


Sing like you mean it at Party World


Noticeboard Updates, recommendations, and new openings


Indulge Xiaomi Salon amps up Sharee Hebert’s look

22 23

On the Blog Q&A with Arman Darbo, 11-year-old action star Three ISB juniors establish design firm Studio Accord

Health 24

Doing Shots


The Natural Path


The Doc Is In

A guide to recommended vaccinations for kids and adults Melissa Rodriguez’s guide to tween nutrition Dr. Richard goes over the basics of hydration

What’s Fun In Eats, shopping, and relaxation in Liangma Qiao

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Family Travels


Weekend Warrior

Philippine fun for the Flanders family The Thomas family says “Aloha” to Sanya

Playing Inside

A guide to Beijing’s best swim clubs Send off the summer with a staycation

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Learning 48

Learning Nurture kids’ reading skills during the summer holiday


The Roundtable British School of Beijing students on China’s food scandals


Blank Canvas Artwork from students at Ivy Academy

Directories 66 67 69 71 73 75 77 80

Family Dining Family Health Family Life Family Travel Fun Stuff Schools Shopping Sports

Parenting 54

Beijing Baba Christopher Lay’s search for the “perfect” primary school


The Echo Chamber English and Chinese clash at Ember Swift’s home


Essentials 9 10 12 14 16

Editor’s Note August Calendar Top 10 Things to Do in August August Events New Arrivals


The Circuit

Say hello to Beijing’s smallest Happenings in the Beijing family scene


Family Favorites The Kandathil family

Ella Flanders (age 11) is originally from Seattle, US. This year, she’ll be starting middle school at The British School of Beijing’s Shunyi campus. Ella has a long list of interests, which include singing, listening to pop music, reading, hanging out with friends, Instagram, swimming, skiing, tennis, animals, art, and fashion. She has lived in Beijing with her family since August 2012 and has a little brother, William (age 9), who also attends BSB. Photo by Mishka Family Photography.


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Now They Make Tot-Sized Facemasks, Too ( Protecting younger children against that asthma-causing pollution has been difficult outdoors, as many masks are too large, but now Vogmask makes kid-sized oness. They’ll be available this month at BJU and Torana Clean Air stores. Check out our interview with the director of Vogmask China for info on the masks and the future of air filtration.

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Editor's Note

The Great Pursuit


n the summer of 2002, my family moved from Canada to southern China for my dad’s job. My little sister, Nancie, started Grade 4 at the International School of Nanshan Shenzhen, then known as the International School of Sino-Canada (ISSC). Despite skipping a grade and being 9 years old in a class full of 10-year-olds, she settled in quickly. Soon, a boy called Spencer burst into her life. He tried repeatedly to give her things, especially money. One day, he managed to slip one past her in Ms. Relano’s art class, in which the students were doing a gift-wrapping module. When my sister got home, she noticed something extra in her backpack: a wrapped gift with a considerable sum of money inside. Nancie was floored at Spencer’s slyness; my mom was highly amused. The next day, Nancie turned over the package to Ms. Relano, who had to explain to Spencer that money was perhaps not the most appropriate way to woo girls. One evening, at an ISSC Thanksgiving event, he and Nancie were assigned door duty. When my mom and my grandmother arrived, Spencer quickly deduced who they were and sprang into action. He addressed them in the most polite manner he could muster and offered to take the dishes my mom had brought to the right classroom. When Nancie begrudgingly told my mom who he was, she laughed: “So that’s Spencer? He’s so polite!” And yet, it wasn’t completely one-sided. Despite my sister’s aversion to Spencer’s attentions, she freely admitted to sitting with him on the school bus. He had a handheld game console, which Nancie would watch him play in companiable silence on their way home. It became a nice kind of calm at the end of the day. Other times, they acted just like kids, bantering and blocking each other’s way in the hallway. Halfway through Grade 5, we moved back to Montreal; Nancie and Spencer didn’t get to say any special farewells before she left. Last month, my sister (now 20) and I had a chance to catch up when

she visited Beijing. We sat outside in a courtyard on a balmy summer evening, laughing long and hard about Spencer’s schoolboy attentions. Eventually, we settled into a more wistful mood. “Now that the years have passed, I can look back on those times with a certain fondness,” she said. “I’d be lying if I said I didn’t wonder about him from time to time. If Spencer is with the girl of his dreams, and if he is anything like he was 10 years ago, I’m sure she would be a very happy girl.” It was hard not to admire Spencer’s spirit. At a time when most of his peers were struggling with their own insecurities, this 10-year-old boy pursued the girl he liked with a conviction that some people twice (or even three times) his age don’t have. This month, we give tweens the attention they deserve with a feature on how to support their physical, emotional, and psychological needs (p57). To liven things up, we’ve also got a roundup of ageappropriate activities for tweens in Beijing (p60). We hope that these tips will help your family navigate the tumultuous pre-teen years. And wherever you are, Spencer, we hope that you’re wrapping up a storm for the girl of your dreams. (Preferably not money, though.)

Sijia Chen Managing Editor August 2013





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7 8 9 1314 1516 212223 26 2829 2 4 Happy Valley Carnival

Ages 7+. Head to Happy Valley amusement park for a day of music and dance performances, plus your favorite park rides. See Aug 7 listing.

Chinese Valentine’s Day

Ocean Beach Carnival at Chaoyang Park

All ages. Fancy yourself on the seaside with an artificial beach, swimming pool, marine animals, and samba. See Ongoing listings.

Keeping Healthy in China at SOS

For adults. Dr. Michael Couturie talks about health risks, medical issues, the China healthcare system, and emergency preparation at International SOS. See Aug 21 listing.

Update Your Vaccinations

All ages. Are you kids’ vaccinations up to date for the new school year? See Health (p24) for info on the most important vaccines they’ll need.

Like White on Rice



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Tölz Boys’ Choir Concert

All ages. Satisfy your Vietnamese food cravings at Nuage in Houhai, with Southeast Asian delicacies like pho. See Dining Out (p28).

All ages. The German Tolzer Knabenchor perform at the Forbidden City Concert Hall in their first China tour. See Aug 16 listing.

Swim Like a Fish

Don’t Miss a Beet

All ages. Even when school’s back in session, kids can make swimming a regular thing. Find out where with our list of Beijing’s swim clubs. See Playing Inside (p40).

All ages. Cool down Friday night dinner with a refreshing beetroot salad for lunch or dinner. See Food For Thought (p30).

YCIS Beijing Welcome Barbecue

For adults. David Bopp leads a two-day workshop on disaster preparedness, including identifying local hazards, developing an emergency plan, and more. See Aug 28 listing.

All ages. Join YCIS Beijing teachers, parents, and students for an evening barbecue. Open to the whole community. See Aug 29 listing.

All ages. Find out why the Mongolians build Beijing’s first hutongs and many more old Beijing secrets with The Hutong. See Sep 4 listing.

Ages 0-5. Every Friday, head to The English Tearoom for games, songs, tea, and a 15 percent discount on food and drinks.

All Pho One

Disaster Survival Skills at OASIS

Hutong and Lama Temple Adventure

All ages. September is national rice month, so you’re in the right country to celebrate. Crank up the rice cooker or head to your favorite restaurant to celebrate.

Help Roots & Shoots support shark conservation by pledging to cease eating shark fin soup. See Aug 8 listing.

Tea Room Tots

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All ages. Have a romantic parents-only date night or take a family staycation at Beijing’s finest hotels. See Weekend Warrior (p44).

No Shark Fin Project at Sanlitun SOHO









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beijingkids Back to School Summer Pool Party

All ages. Join beijingkids and make a splash in The Westin Beijing Chaoyang’s pool and stuff yourself at their Bubbalicious buffet brunch. See Aug 10 listing.

Childbirth Preparation with HypnoBirthing (Saturday Morning Course)

For expecting moms. Head to BJU to learn everything you need to know about hypnobirthing. See Aug 17 listing.

In Theaters Now: You

All ages. August is a steamy month; cool off in one of Beijing’s comfortable and air conditioned movie theaters. See Directories under Fun Stuff.

HeyRunning Camp

Ages 7+. Join the HeyRunning Camp and train for fun or the Beijing Marathon under the tutelage of eight running coaches. All levels welcome. See Aug 18 listing.

The Magic School for Wizards

Curl Up With a Book

Ages 7+. Feel the magic at this interactive show featuring famous magician Arnie Kolodner and a stage show of Hogwarts-style fun. See Aug 24 listing.

All ages. Snuggle with your kids and a book to reinforce good reading habits. Though they’re back in school, keep nurturing their reading skills at home. See Learning (p52).

Join the Girl Scouts

Keep Your Tween Entertained

Ages 5-18. Want your daughter to develop great leadrship skills and give back the community? Sign her up for Girl Scouts USA. See Aug 31 listing.

Ages 9+. Keep your tweens busy at some of the best tween-friendly spots in the city. Aren’t sure where those spots are? See Feature (p60).

Glimpse Life Under the Sea

Get with LittleReacquainted Jeep (in Chinese) Liangma Qiao The Little For ages 3-12.

All ages. Visit one Blue Zoo Beijing or the Beijing Aquarium to get a taste of the world’s aquatic animals. See Directories under Fun Stuff.

Jeep is the Chinese of Thomas the Tank EnAll ages.version There’s always something gine. In Chinese only. See Janin1 listin exciting and family-friendly

Liangma Qiao. Explore and relax the day away in this hotspot. See What’s Fun In (p32).

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Don your goggles and swim trunks, then cannonball into The Westin Chaoyang Beijing’s pool at the beijingkids Back to School Summer Pool Party. On Saturday, August 10, get in a last hurrah before schools kicks in by splashing around in the pool, playing games with the beijingkids team, and overdoing it at the hotel’s Bubbalicious buffet. Details on p14.

Scout’s Honor


It’s registration time for the Beijing chapter of Girls Scouts. Girls Scouts helps girls foster leadership skills, as well as community and environmental involvement. Registration takes place at the Western Academy of Beijing on Sunday, August 31 at 10am. The organization is also looking for parent volunteers. For more information, email Details on p15.

Take a second shot at Valentine’s Day with qixi or Chinese Valentine’s Day, which falls on Tuesday, August 13. It may not be the best time to go on a romantic getaway, but you can always take a romantic (or family) staycation. Check out our ideas in Weekend Warrior (p44).

Accio, Hogwarts!


Kids (and – who are we kidding? – adults) wish that Hogwarts was real, but the next best thing that Muggles can do this summer is check out The Magical School for Wizards. On August 24 and 25, dust off your wand for this interactive magic show with American magician Arnie Kolodner. Detail on p15.


Take in a Picture

What better way to spend a sticky, hazy summer day than by kicking back in an air-conditioned cinema and watching a film? Both Jurassic Park 3D and Monsters University hit theaters this month, on August 20 and August 23 respectively. See Directories under Fun Stuff for a list of cinemas.



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Stay In and Get Out

Top 10 Essentials

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Bond with your Tween

Tweens can be a misunderstood age group. It sometimes feels like Beijing has less to offer kids aged 10 to 12, but take heart: We have a number of age-appropriate sections this month in Feature (p60). The best part? You don’t necessarily have to leave your house.

Fengtai Fun

With a majestic mountain backdrop, Qinglonghu Park makes for a family adventure that is just far-flung enough. Head to this scenic Fengtai District destination and enjoy a day of picking fruit, lazing about the park’s sandy beach, boating on the lake, and partaking in all sorts of games and activities. Daily 7.30am-6pm. Wangzuo Township, Fengtai District (8221 0645, 丰台区王佐镇

The Happiest Place in Beijing

Head out to Beijing Happy Valley Carnival, which runs until August 25. With over 200 performers from around the world and access to tons of roller coaster rides, it’s a guaranteed thrill for all ages. Details on p15.

Sun, Sand, and Samba

What Beijing lacks in coastlines, it makes up for in the Ocean Beach Carnival. Dance performances, seals balancing balls on their noses, and a Brazilian samba theme turn Chaoyang Park into a colorful summer celebration until September 1. Details on p15.

August on Ice

Beijing is entering the dog days of summer. Do something unseasonable and whimsical by ice skating at the height of the heat. China World Mall and Solana both have ice skating rinks with decent rates. If you go the rink at Solana, spend the rest of the day reacquainting yourself with the Liangma Qiao area. For more ideas, see What’s Fun In on p32.

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Readers are encouraged to double-check event details with the organizers, as dates and locations may change. and Elwood Blues (John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd). Jake, just out of prison, brings together his old band to save the Catholic home that he and Elwood were raised in. RMB 50 (RMB 40 for members). 8-10pm. The Bookworm (6586 9507)

Tue, Aug 6 Beijing Playhouse Drama Club Workshop: How to Audition All ages. Instructor David Nields gives actors of all ages, experience levels, and backgrounds tips on how to audition for a stage play. Both native and non-native English speakers welcome. Free. 7pm. Nearby the Tree (

Fri, Aug 23 Childbirth Preparation with Hypnobirthing (Friday Night Course)

Fri, Aug 8

See Aug 16 listing.

The Roots & Shoots No Shark Fin Project For teens and adults. Support shark conservation by pledging to avoid eating shark fin soup. To raise awareness for Shark Week, Roots & Shoots is hosting an informational event at Sanlitun SOHO. Free. 5.306pm, 7-7.30pm. Sanlitun SOHO (6778 3155/5802,

Sat, Aug 10 beijingkids Back to School Summer Pool Party All ages. Looking for a way to cool off before heading back to class? Wrap up the summer with the beijingkids Back to School Summer Pool Party at The Westin Beijing Chaoyang. As in previous years, families can have fun at the hotel’s stunning indoor pool, then feast to their heart’s content at the indulgent Bubbalicious brunch. beijingkids staff will be on hand with games, toys, and activities for the kids. RMB 300/adult (beijingkids Club members: RMB 250), RMB 200/child aged 3-12 (beijingkids Club members: RMB 150), RMB 50 for kids under 3. 10am-2.30pm. The Westin Beijing Chaoyang (5922 8888)

Tue, Aug 13 Chinese Valentine’s Day at Barolo For adults. Today is Qixi, or Chinese Valentine’s Day. Ditch the kids and book a romantic table for two at Barolo, which includes five courses, a glass of Perrier Jouet Champagne, flowers, and chocolate. RMB 2,188 per couple (subject to 15% surcharge). 11.30am-2pm (lunch), 6-10pm (dinner). The Ritz-Carlton, Beijing (5908 8151)

Romance Heats Up at One East



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surcharge). Hilton Beijing (5865 5030,

Thu, Aug 15 INN Neighborhood Coffee Morning: Shunyi All ages. The International Newcomer’s Network (INN) hosts Neighborhood Coffee Mornings, social events that bring together newcomers and longterm residents all over town. Shunyi Coffee Mornings are held on the third Thursday of each month. Free. 10amnoon. Comptoirs de France Europlaza (

Fri, Aug 16 Childbirth Preparation with Hypnobirthing (Friday Night Course) For expecting parents. Hypnobirthing is founded on the belief that hypnotherapy techniques such as visualization, meditation, and relaxation can help with labor-related pain. The course includes four classes (Aug 16, Aug 23, Aug 30, and Sep 6). Registration required. RMB 2,500 per couple. 7-10pm. Beijing United Family Hospital (187 4168 3072,

Tölz Boys’ Choir First China Tour Ages 10+. The Tolzer Knabenchor is a Munich-based German boys’ choir founded in 1956. Ranked among the best boys’ choirs in the world, it is still led by Founder and Director Gerhard Schmidt-Gaden. Watch them perform at the historic Zhongshan Park. RMB 180/280/380/480/680/880. 7.30-9pm. Forbidden City Concert Hall (6559 8285)

Sat, Aug 17 Childbirth Preparation with Hypnobirthing (Saturday Morning Course) For expecting parents. As with the Friday night courses, the program includes

four classes (Aug 17, Aug 24, Aug 31, and Sep 7). Registration required. RMB 2,500 per couple. 9am-noon. Beijing United Family Hospital (187 4168 3072,

Tue, Aug 20 INN Neighborhood Coffee Morning: Sanlitun All ages. The Sanlitun edition of INN’s Neighborhood Coffee Mornings takes place on the third Tuesday of every month. Free. 10am-noon. The Bookworm (

Wed, Aug 21 Keeping Healthy in China For adults. Designed to help newcomers to Beijing understand the healthcare system, Family Practitioner Dr. Michael Couturie covers topics such as key health risks in China, common medical issues, the Chinese healthcare system, and preparing for emergencies. Registration required. Free. 10-11.30am. International SOS (

INN Neighborhood Coffee Morning: Chaoyang Park All ages. The Chaoyang Park edition of INN’s Neighborhood Coffee Mornings takes place on the third Wednesday of every month. Free. 10am-noon. Chaoyang Park South Gate (

Thu, Aug 22 INN Neighborhood Coffee Morning: Lido All ages. The Lido edition of INN’s Neighborhood Coffee Mornings takes place on the fourth Thursday of every month. Free. 10am-noon. Maan Coffee Lido (

Open-Air Cinema: Blues Brothers Ages 14+. As part of its ongoing Thursday night movie screenings, The Bookworm presents Blues Brothers. The movie is about two brothers, Jake

Sat, Aug 24 The Magical School for Wizards All ages. Performed by the New Yorkbased Arnie Kolodner Magic Theater, The Magical School for Wizards is an interactive magic show similar to Hogwarts School from the Harry Potter books. Magician Arnie Kolodner will be the headmaster while young audience members will be his students. The acts include floating in the air, ring magic, guessing playing cards, and more. In English with Chinese translation. RMB 80/120/180/280/320/480/580/600. Various times. Oriental Pioneer Theatre (6527 6911, 6559 7394)

New School Year Sidecar Exploration Ages 7+. Close off the summer with a Saturday afternoon ride in a motorcycle sidecar with Beijing Sideways. Booking required. Kids under 13 must be accompanied by a parent. RMB 400/person, 10 percent off for kids under 13. 5-7pm. Worker’s Stadium North Gate (6417 7717,

Childbirth Preparation with Hypnobirthing (Saturday Morning Course) See Aug 17 listing.

Sun, Aug 25 The Magical School for Wizards See Aug 24 listing.

Mon, Aug 26 INN Monthly Meeting: Arrival Survival For adults. INN’s biggest monthly meeting of the year is back. “Arrival Survival: Living Smart in Beijing” is the event for newcomers in Beijing. Volunteers and expat experts help participants navigate the task of settling into life in the capital. Topics include culture shock, personal safety, food and water safety, transportation basics, where to shop for household items, bicycles, and more. Price TBC. 10am-noon. Capital Mansion (

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For adults. For Chinese Valentine’s Day, Hilton Beijing has two ways to celebrate. The first is a five-course set dinner with two glasses of champagne, red roses, and chocolates from One East. The second includes the same dinner, a bottle of Mumm champagne, a one-night stay in a Junior Suite room (Aug 13 only) with in-room breakfast, and a 30-minute couples massage at Jing Chen Spa. 6-10.30pm. RMB 1,699 or 2,999 per couple (subject to 15%

Join the YCIS community for their annual summer barbecue

Tue, Aug 27 INN Night Out: Dacha For adults. Held on the last Tuesday of every month, INN’s Night Out events are for those who can’t attend INN events during the daytime. This month’s edition takes place at Dacha, a new Russian restaurant near Ritan Park. Free to attend. 7-9pm. Dacha (

Wed, Aug 28 Health Course: Disaster Survival Skills For adults. Disaster preparedness expert David A. Bopp teaches participants about a variety of topics, including identifying hazards that affect your local area, developing and maintaining an emergency communications plan, and readying a disaster supplies kit. Once trained, IDRN members will receive an IDRN badge to indicate the level of training received. In addition, this badge will allow members to gain access through checkpoints and meetings. RMB 380 (lunch included). 9am-5pm. OASIS International Hospital (5986 0413, 135 2240 2867,

Free Medical Seminar by OASIS International Hospital All ages. Dr. Jin Xinlian from OASIS International Hospital gives a medical seminar on “Children’s Diseases during the Summer.” The event is hosted by Twinkle Twinkle Play and Learning Center and is open to all parents of

current students and summer camp attendees. Free. 10.30-11.30am. Twinkle Twinkle Play and Learning Center (8457 4060)

Thu, Aug 29 YCIS Beijing Welcome BBQ All ages. Join YCIS Beijing teachers, parents and students for a summer evening barbecue to ring in the new academic year. Meet and talk to the YCIS community while enjoying a variety of barbecued meat and vegetables. This event is open to the whole Beijing community. Free. 6-8.30pm. Yew Chung International School of Beijing (8583 3731,

Health Course: Disaster Survival Skills See Aug 28 listing.

Fri, Aug 30 Childbirth Preparation with Hypnobirthing (Friday Night Course) See Aug 16 listing.

Sat, Aug 31 Girl Scout USA Open House and Registration Session Ages 5-18. If you want your daughter to make friends, discover the outdoors,

develop leadership skills, give back to the community, and learn about the environment, learn more about Girl Scouts USA. Parents are encouraged to volunteer with the organization, too. Open to girls aged 5-18 who hold foreign passports and attend international schools, as well as homeschooled American girls. Free. 10am-noon. Western Academy of Beijing (

Childbirth Preparation with Hypnobirthing (Saturday Morning Course) See Aug 17 listing.

Fri, Sep 6 Childbirth Preparation with Hypnobirthing (Friday Night Course) See Aug 16 listing.

the Bubbalicious Sunday Brunch cooperates with F1’s champagne sponsor, Mumm, for a special edition of the brunch. The restaurant will be decorated with F1 championship memorabilia and models in F1 gear will serve champagne. Diners can take photos on the F1 podium in the lobby and have a chance to win Paddock VIP tickets to Shanghai in 2014. RMB 458/488/528 (subject to 15% surcharge). 11.30am-3.30pm. The Westin Beijing Chaoyang (5922 8880)

2013 Beijing Ocean Beach Carnival All ages. Until September 1, have fun at Chaoyang Park’s 20,000sqm artificial beach and 5,000sqm Olympic-sized swimming pool as part of a beach carnival. The event features a Brazilian samba theme and performances from marine animals. RMB 50/80/120. 9am9pm. Chaoyang Park (www.chinaticket. com/beijing/view/11924.html)

HeyRunning Camp

Sat, Sep 7 Childbirth Preparation with Hypnobirthing (Saturday Morning Course) See Aug 17 listing.

Ongoing F1 Themed Bubbalicious Sunday Brunch

All ages. Designed for runners of all skill levels, the HeyRunning Camp is suitable for both athletes training for the Beijing Marathon and those who just want to run for fun. The next camp starts on Aug 18. Coaches include Heyrobics Founder Linus Holmsäter (eighth among Swedes at the 2013 Stockholm Marathon) and Neil Fraser (winner of the 2013 Great Wall International Marathon). RMB 30/session. 10-11.30am. Chaoyang Park (187 1014 4679, heyrunning@

All ages. Every Sunday in August,

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Essentials New Arrivals

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Alma Rubi D anninger German/Aus trian. Born on Jul 3 to Julia and Mar kus Danning er at Beijing Unite d Family Hos pital.

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Alana Marie Martuneac Kang

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Shaoheng Liu

Chinese. Born on Jun 12 to Xiaojie Luo and Guangzhong Liu at New Century Women’s and Children’ s Hospital.

Talking Shop/Birthday Bash Living

T-Shirt Revolution Plastered T-Shirts defies hackneyed imagery


even years ago, Dominic Johnson-Hill (pictured to the left) started Plastered T-Shirts to defy tourist T-shirts depicting stereotyped images of pandas and the Great Wall. He bought a 13sqm space in a quiet alleyway and did whatever it took to build his business, including going to comedy nights with a briefcase full of shirts to sell. It took five years of hard work for Plastered T-Shirts to become a household name. Now, sales have reached an international level. Johnson describes his shirts as “playful, fun, colorful, iconic, and celebratory.” Or, more succinctly: “F*cking cool.” Designs range from fine art to Chinese imagery, just text, and works by tattoo artists. Elements include old subway tickets, retro brands, old Chinese sayings, propaganda imagery, and everyday items like liquid detergent. Plastered makes shirts for men, women, and children. All adult T-shirts cost RMB 149 and kids’ tees cost RMB 129. One bestseller is the “Magic 8” T-shirt, which features a number “8” made up of hundreds of images from the Qing Dynasty. Another bestseller is the “Na’er Liangkuai Na’er Daizhe” (哪儿凉快哪儿呆着) tee. This old Beijing saying literally translates to “Go where it’s cool,” a polite way of telling someone to get lost. One of the kids’ bestsellers is “Ping Pong Boy,” a retro-style design depicting a boy wearing split pants and playing ping pong. Plastered also carries polo shirts, hoodies, zip-ups, shoes, and accessories like mirrors, notebooks, key chains, and pins. Plastered currently has two locations; Johnson-Hill is looking for a place to open his third. Talia Jin

1) Daily 10am-10pm. 61 Nanluogu Xiang, Dongcheng District (6407 8425) 东城区南锣鼓巷61号; 2) Daily 10am-6pm. Zhongyi Jie, 798 Art District, 4 Jiuxian Qiao Lu, Chaoyang District (136 7137 9896) 朝阳区酒仙桥路4号798艺术区中一街

Teenage Dream How to “Live like We’re Young” at Party World

photos: sui ; illustration: sun zheng


arty World, also known as Cashbox, is one of the oldest karaoke (or KTV) places in the city. The first branch opened in Taiwan in 1989, and the chain expanded to Beijing in the late 1990s. Now, there are 18 branches in China, four of which are in Beijing. Party World is a great place for teens who love to sing. There is a wide selection of songs featuring pop artists like Katy Perry, One Direction, and Taylor Swift as well as classics like Elton John, Bon Jovi, Guns and Roses, and Andrea Bocelli. The rooms are equipped with Japanese touch-screen karaoke machines. Users can adjust the settings to sing with or without backup vocals or even change the song pitch to fit their vocal range. Standard features include air conditioning, disco lights, and big comfortable booths. Party packages range from RMB 400 to RMB 1,000, depending on whether you get a small, medium, or large room. Small rooms are suitable for five to six people, medium rooms are suitable for seven to eight people, and large rooms are suitable for 11 to 12 people. There is also a party deal for 25 people and over, which starts from RMB 2,000 (price varies according to food sets). Each package is valid for five hours and includes fruit, snacks, non-alcoholic drinks, and food. Party World offers mostly Chinese cuisine, but customers also have the option of ordering in Western food.Talia Jin 1) Daily 11am-2am. 1/F, East Tower, Yonghe Dasha, 28 Andingmen Dongdajie, Dongcheng District (5811 3888) 东城区安定门东大街28号雍和大厦东楼1层; 2) Daily 11am-2am. Tengda Dasha, 168 Xizhimenwai Dajie, Haidian District (8857 6566) 海淀区 西直门外大街168号腾达大厦; 3) Daily 11am-2am. 4 Huixin Dongdajie, Chaoyang District (5963 9666) 朝阳区惠新东街4号; 4) Daily 11am-2am. 1/F, Fanli Dasha, 22 Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District (6588 3333) 朝阳区朝阳门外大街22号泛利大厦 August 2013



Living Noticeboard

What’s Happening in Beijing

BJU Opens Rehab Hospital On June 19, United Family Healthcare announced the official opening of Beijing United Family Rehabilitation Hospital (BJU Rehab Hospital). The new hospital is a sprawling 172,000sqft facility that aims to restore function and quality of life to patients recovering from serious injuries, surgeries, or debilitating illnesses. Key services include neurological, orthopedic, postnatal, cardiopulmonary, and pediatric rehabilitation. Additionally, the hospital provides physical, occupational, and speech therapy; prosthetics and orthotics; and features an ICU, a hydrotherapy pool, and hyperbaric and atmospheric oxygen chambers. Daily 24hrs. 1 Yaojiayuan Bei Erlu, Chaoyang District (8558 1800, 朝阳区朝阳区姚家园北二路1号

Late Summer Camp at Twinkle Twinkle

Exceptional IB Results at DCB Dulwich College Beijing’s class of 2013 was the school’s largest graduating group of students. In addition, the 92 graduates achieved an overall average score of 36.4 on this year’s IB exams; the world average is 29.81. Biko Mizuno, Benjamin Tan, Christina Lin, and Sharmaine Wong all achieved a perfect score of 45 out of 45. In the class, 70 percent of students achieved a top score in Mandarin, and 27 percent of students achieved 40 points or more.

YCIS Student Gets Scholarship to IB Conference Yew Chung International School of Beijing student Junting Yeung (pictured, center) is one of 10 students worldwide to receive a full scholarship to the International Baccalaureate (IB) Student Conference at University of Warwick in the UK. The conference runs from August 4 to 9, and this year’s topic is Employing the Arts for Social and Political Change. “I hope to take something out of the conference and apply it to my own community in Beijing,” says Yeung.



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Regent Beijing Launches Kids’ Club Program The Regent Beijing is launching a new kids’ club for hotel guests aged 5 to 12. In addition to being welcomed by name upon check-in, children will receive a variety of surprises while filling out their own colorful registration card. Regent Beijing Managing Director George Benney says, “We are excited to offer our youngest guests this fantastic new program and provide kids with fun and educational experiences to further enrich their stay.”

photos: courtesy of bju, dcb, regent beijing, ycis beijing, and twinkle

From August 19-30 on weekdays, Lidobased Twinkle Twinkle Play and Learning Center is hosting a summer camp open to all. There are options for full or half day courses for one or two weeks. Camp tuition ranges from RMB 1,500 to 3,000. Activities include arts, science, math, and, role play. Snacks and lunch are provided. For more information, call 8457 4060 or email

Noticeboard Living Keystone Leaders Arrive in Beijing The leaders of Keystone Academy, Beijing’s new international boarding school, arrived in Beijing in July. Set to begin full-time preparations for the school’s fall inaugural 2014 opening, the team, which is composed of well-respected and experienced educators, is led by Malcolm McKenzie, who was most recently Head of School at The Hotchkiss School in the US. Keystone will hold information sessions and begin accepting applications for Grades 1-9 this September. For more information about Keystone or to request a school prospectus, visit

BISS Receives Top Honors in Young Entrepreneur Competition

photos: courtesy of keystone, oasis, biss, art Bug, and brbs

OASIS Welcomes New Physicians

Beijing BISS International School took top honors in the third annual Young Entrepreneur Competition on May 23. BISS Team Aqua Wagon won the competition with their idea to launch a new concept of water filters in economically underdeveloped countries. BISS team Relique won second place for Best Pitch and first place for Best Poster; team Yumster won second place for Best Commercial, and team Lighk 1 won third place for Best Commercial and second place for Best Poster.

OASIS International Hospital welcomes two new physicians to the team: Dr. Frank Huang and Jason Tam. Dr. Tam (pictured) is from Hong Kong, and has a degree in physiotherapy from the University of Manchester in the UK. He is a registered physiotherapist in Hong Kong and specializes in treating musculoskeletal conditions with focus on neck, back, and sports injuries. Dr. Tam speaks Mandarin, Cantonese, and English. Dr. Huang is the hospital’s new TCM physician. Originally from Taiwan, Dr. Huang graduated from the Beijing University of Chinese Medicine and holds a Master’s degree in TCM. He has eight years of experience treating acute and chronic medical conditions with herbal medicine, acupuncture, and therapeutic massage. He speaks English and Chinese.

Art Bug Debuts Little Groovers Course Art Bug, an art center that offers a wide range of art programs for children, has introduced a new course called Little Groovers. The course is designed for children aged 3 to 7 to develop their creativity through dance. Dance teachers Roberto and Janine will lead the class, which will be taught in English and will have a maximum of 12 students per class. For more information, call 5900 0270 or email

BRBS to Offer Pre-Nursery Program Beginning this fall, Beijing Rego British School (BRBS) will offer half-day and full-day programs for children aged 18 months to 3 years. The program will use the Montessori teaching method, which invites exploration, offers opportunities for language development, and features a classroom environment that encourages independence. Children will have access to custom indoor and outdoor play areas, as well as healthy snacks. For more information, contact or call 8416 7718. August 2013



Living On the Blog

Q&A with Arman Darbo, 11-Year-Old Action Star

From left: Cast members Chyna McCoy, Tiger Chen, Vanessa Branch, and Arman Darbo (then 8)


n many ways, 11-year-old Arman Darbo is just like other kids his age. Born in Paris and raised in Beijing, he attended the Lycée Français, speaks fluent Mandarin, and enjoys playing soccer. However, not many 11-year-olds can say they’ve met Keanu Reeves and starred in a film with rising Chinese action star Tiger Chen (陈虎). The kicker? Arman was only 8 years old at the time. He plays a central character in Kung Fu Man, a Keanu Reevesproduced film about a kidnapped American boy who gets rescued by a Chinese man. The film was released across China on July 19 and co-stars Vanessa Branch, Jiang Mengjie, and Chyna McCoy. This summer, Arman will attend the Lee Strasberg Young Actors Institute in Los Angeles. beijingkids caught up with Arman and his dad, Igor, to find out what it was like to star in Kung Fu Man. Igor, how did Arman get involved with Kung Fu Man? The producers auditioned kids in Los Angeles, but could not find the right person. Then, they got the idea to audition foreign kids living in Beijing. Since Arman had done commercials and TV series, a few agents introduced him to the casting director. Then he auditioned, got a call back, did another test with Tiger, and finally got the part! What kind of projects has Arman done in the past? Arman acted in various CCTV Kids youth series, such as My DV Diary and 3 Crazy Girls. After Kung Fu Man, he played the role of a Jewish refugee boy in 1942 Shanghai in a Sino-Australian coproduction entitled Deep Sleep No More.

What did you worry about? Safety was a big one, as Arman’s role was pretty physical and demanding. He found himself running and jumping on rooftops, in the middle of fierce kung fu fights, wire-cabled in the air. Arman, what was your favorite part of being in Kung Fu Man? Flying with cables when I had to fall from high up! What was your biggest challenge? Crying for real in a car that was heading off a cliff. It was really hard because we filmed it in the very first days of the shooting, and I had to cry at the same time as the other actress. Were you nervous before meeting Tiger? I am never really nervous before I meet anyone. The best thing about Tiger is that he is very nice. He taught me not to complain and to believe in myself. Do you want to continue acting? Yes, that and becoming a professional soccer player! I hope I get more chances to play in good movies with Tiger and maybe other actors too. I like action and comedy. What advice do you have for other aspiring young actors? I think that when you are a young actor, it is better to actually feel the emotions in real life instead of pretending to cry, feel mad, or be extra happy.

This article was modified from a post by Sijia Chen entitled, “Local Hero: Q&A with Arman Darbo, 11-Year-Old Action Star.”



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photo: courtesy igor darbo

When did filming begin? We first arrived on set in November 2009. We shot in Yunnan for about two months, then wrapped up principal photography in March 2010 with a week of shooting onboard a cruise ship from Hong Kong to Taiwan. Then began the long process of post-production and planning for the release date of the film [on July 19].

As a parent, what did you enjoy the most about the experience? Seeing Arman getting into character and having a blast. Being at the center of this big complicated machine and learning from actors from different backgrounds, Arman definitely gained a lot in maturity.

On the Blog Living

Decent by Design: Three ISB Juniors Start Non-Profit Studio


here’s a new kid on the block in the Beijing design scene – and it was started by three teens. Studio Accord is the brainchild of Vivian Zhang, Emily Chung, and Rikki Liu, three soon-to-be juniors at the International School of Beijing (ISB). Rikki and Vivian are originally from the US, while Emily is from Canada. Studio Accord is a “non-profit design studio” that provides pro bono work to non-profit organizations and commercial work for socially-conscious businesses, with profits to be donated to worthy causes. beijingkids recently spoke to Vivian to find out more about Studio Accord. How did Studio Accord come about? Studio Accord is a joint project between all three co-founders. We are all proficient at design, but split roles to keep things efficient. Emily is the art director; she makes the calls about our own brand identity, color schemes, and graphics. Rikki is the communications director and manages emails with clients. I manage the website and the business aspect of the organization. Originally, all three of us were all executives of ISB’s internal design organization, Draxonic Design Studio (DDS). Outside organizations began approaching us and we were given the option to either focus on school projects or to branch out professionally. Because it was impossible for DDS to dabble in both options, we were inspired to create an entirely new entity to give us the opportunity to work with real clients and impact the community in a more lasting and profound way. What’s the process of coming up with a design for a nonprofit? So far we’ve only worked with Bethel China, and it’s been a great pleasure. The first project we received from them was the sponsorship flyer; they provided a few photos and text, and gave us some rough requirements. Design is a visual means of solving a problem. We first went on their website and familiarized ourselves with their work and history. We then asked Chloe Banks (their development manager) questions about the flyer’s purpose and target audience. From this, we tailored the entire design around the needs of the organization.

You also did a design for United Family Healthcare, right? UFH is starting a new residency and family medicine program, and the logo we created for them is meant to be used as a decorative header for their official documents. We were contacted by Dr. Setsuko Hosoda to create a simple graphic and typography logo to brighten up their documents. The final concept is very simple: a medical cross that doubles as a stylized “U” and “F” featuring two human figures in the center to represent family and health. Bethel China is still an ongoing project, and the only graphic that’s been finalized is the sponsorship flyer. However, we’re working on numerous other projects, including a web infographic, a vision collage, visitor cards, and more. What do you hope to accomplish with Studio Accord? Our mission is to promote visual design as an important means of communication; we’ve noticed that there is very little emphasis on this in China, especially in non-profits. We’d also like to make a contribution to the community and gain valuable experience in return. Right now, we’re still in the process of setting up the infrastructure to operate correctly. Ultimately we’d like to do pro bono work for nonprofits and commissioned work for socially-minded business owners. However, we’re still trying to navigate various options for the second part of that plan; we’re also trying to gain serious credibility before taking that plunge, so services will likely be “free” (or, in other words, priceless!) until we figure that out. Do you see this project carrying on past your school years? Definitely. This isn’t something meant to just last us through high school – but we don’t have any concrete plans as to what we’ll do with it after we graduate yet. We have some pretty lofty visions for it, but let’s just see where this takes us in the next two years.

Studio Accord is currently looking to expand its portfolio by providing free work to non-profits, businesses, and community organizations. To contact the founders or find out more, visit

photo: courtesy of vivian zhang

This article was modified from a post by Sijia Chen entitled, “Decent by Design: Three ISB Juniors Start Non-Profit Studio.”

From left: Studio Accord Co-Founders Rikki Liu, Emily Chung, and Vivian Zhang

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Living Indulge

Here Comes the Sun Sharee Hebert brightens up her look photos by Littleones Kids & Family Portrait Studio



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Get the Look:


Sharee’s hair was too flat, so Cao Chong added layers for texture. Then, he wrapped her hair into large rollers and blowdried it out for some extra oomph.


Hebert, before


ouston, Texas native Sharee Hebert has lived in Beijing for a total of eight years. She teaches secondary school math at Yew Chung International School of Beijing. Her husband, Daniel Hebert, is a brewer and the co-founder of Slow Boat Brewery. In late May, they welcomed a daughter called Lorelai born at Beijing HarMoniCare Women and Children’s Hospital. One rainy afternoon, Sharee brought her along to Xiaomi Salon for some much-needed pampering. Located at Solana, Xiaomi also features a cafe with English-language children’s books and ceramic mugs for kids to paint. As editors, photographers, and salon staff took turns fussing over Lorelai, Sharee consulted with Training Director Cao Chong, Senior Technician Carmen Zhang, and freelance Makeup Artist Lucas Song about a new look. Sharee had dyed her hair two weeks before with L’Oréal highlights from a box. She usually gets her hair cut every three to four months and trims off one to two inches. Her only request was to keep her hair longer than shoulder length. By the end, even the pouring rain couldn’t dampen her new look. Sijia Chen

Xiaomi Salon 小米沙龙 Daily 10am-9.30pm. Shop 8-3/8-8, Left Bank, Solana Lifestyle Shopping Park, 6 Chaoyang Gongyuan Nanlu, Chaoyang District (5905 1800) 朝阳区朝阳公园南路6号 蓝色港湾8-3/8-8店铺

Makeup List • Foundation: Vivianus Flawless Cream Foundation in C52 • Eyeshadow: MAC Eyeshadow in Black Tied • Blush: MAC Powder Blush in Cubic • Lipliner: Davis 2 in 1 Eyeshadow and Lipgloss Pencil in #18

Senior Technician Carmen Zhang corrected the unevenness of Sharee’s highlights by using a combination of three dyes by L’Oréal: light blonde, dark blonde, and a chestnut shade that was closer to Sharee’s natural hair color. Zhang used the foil method to create highlights.


Sharee normally uses Mary Kay products from the US; she explained that the whitening foundations sold in China tend to wash her out. To start, Makeup Artist Lucas Song applied a cream foundation, got Sharee to tilt her head back, and gently laid a wet tissue over her face. This moisturizes the skin and gives the foundation a dewy effect. He followed up with a terra cotta eyeshadow over the eyelids and a dark brown eyeshadow closer to the lashline (both from MAC’s professional line). Song then used a thin brush to apply a consumer-grade black shade for definition. For color, he used a pinkish blush on Sharee’s cheekbones and a mix of lip colors from MAC’s professional line. Lastly, Song defined her lips further with a combination eyeshadow and lipgloss pencil. August 2013




Doing Shots Putting your vaccine questions out to Pasteur text by Ellis Friedman; photo by Littleones Kids & Family Portrait Studio


he world of immunizations has changed a lot since Edward Jenner invented the smallpox vaccine in 1796, but the need for those vaccines hasn’t. Arguably the single most important factor in decreasing human mortality, immunization has virtually eradicated several infectious diseases. Most children receive routine vaccinations from the time they’re born, but there are some outside the regular schedule that kids – and adults – living in Beijing should consider getting. beijingkids spoke to Dr. Thilan Fellay, a family physician and pediatrician at International SOS, and Dr. Pauline Tan Ngo, chief of pediatrics at Vista Medical Center, for advice on vaccines. As always, it’s important to speak to your doctor for personalized advice. Dr. Fellay stresses that vaccination schedules can be complicated. If you’re trying to plan which ones to get and when, consulting with your doctor is a must – especially if you want imported vaccines.

Rabies “I really insist on the rabies vaccine,” says Dr. Fellay. Because doctors in the West do not routinely prescribe this vaccine, most do not mention it to patients who are leaving for China. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), China has the second highest number of reported rabies cases in the world. The good news is, it’s also the world’s largest administrator of rabies vaccines. Dr. Fellay insists on the vaccine not only because of the disease’s prevalence, but also because of the damage it causes. Without the pre-exposure vaccine, a person who contracts rabies through an animal bite immediately requires a series of time-sensitive injections, as well as a course of rabies immunoglobulin. If left untreated, rabies is fatal. In China, dogs are the most frequent rabies transmitters. However, Dr. Tan Ngo notes that the likelihood of contracting rabies in Beijing is fairly low, as most cases present in rural areas in the south. However, rabies is present elsewhere in Asia, and other countries are not as vigilant about vaccinating their animals. The most troublesome aspect of rabies is that there’s no way to tell that a person has contracted it until the onset of the virus, well past the point of treatment. If the animal is present, it can be tested for rabies within a few hours. While Dr. Fellay recommends the vaccine to parents and kids alike, she says that kids are more at risk of getting rabies since they are more likely to touch animals without thinking and may not report a scratch, lick, or bite. The pre-exposure vaccine is a series of three shots administered over the course of one month. After an animal bite, get to the doctor



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within 24 hours regardless of prior vaccination. An immunized person will require two shots after exposure; an unvaccinated person requires four shots and a dose of rabies immunoglobulin. However, only locallymanufactured rabies immunoglobulin is available in China. Among the international hospitals in Beijing, only Beijing United Family Hospital (BJU) carries the rabies vaccine. Patients can also visit Chinese disease control centers across Beijing. Ask your health provider for the address of the center closest to you.

Hepatitis A Dr. Tan Ngo and Dr. Fellay both recommend the Hepatitis A (HAV) vaccine. HAV is transmitted via fecal-oral route – or, more bluntly, when fecal matter enters the mouth, usually via food handled by a carrier who did not wash their hands. “As with rabies, the Hepatitis A vaccine is one that doctors in the West [often] forget to advise,” says Dr. Fellay. “It is rarely fatal, but can cause severe illness in pregnant women.” She recommends that all travelers and expatriates in China consider vaccination, but especially women who are planning to get pregnant while in Beijing. “HAV is generally mild,” explains Dr. Tan Ngo, especially in comparison to rabies. “It’s usually a few weeks of diarrhea and nausea, but it can lead to liver failure – which is why the vaccine is important.” Other symptoms include fever and jaundice, and can last from three weeks to six months in some cases. The HAV vaccine is a series of two shots six to 18 months apart. In China, it is only available as a domestic vaccine. If you only feel

Health comfortable with imported vaccines, get yourself or your child vaccinated when visiting home or another country. However, be sure to plan ahead to get the second dose within 18 months.

Meningitis There are many types of meningitis, a severe bacterial disease, but there are only vaccines for four: A (typically found in Asia and Africa), C (found in Western countries), W, and Y (both typically found in Middle Eastern countries). In the US, there is a meningococcal vaccine that protects against all four strains; in other countries, this is not the case. In China, children are routinely vaccinated against meningitis from a young age, but these vaccines only protect against types A and C. “The risk of contracting meningitis in China is rather low, as China has a high level of meningococcal immunization,” says Dr. Fellay. It’s still a good idea to get vaccinated, especially for teenagers heading off to university. In fact, many universities in the US require students be vaccinated before attending. “The disease is most prevalent in young people,” Dr. Tan Ngo explains. “I usually advise that a child get vaccinated if he hasn’t [already], as meningitis is debilitating.” In China, the shot that prevents against both A and C may be available in limited quantities as an imported vaccine, but the type that protects against A, C, W, and Y, is not available. The number of shots and followup boosters depend on which type of vaccine you’re getting.

Japanese Encephalitis Though there is generally a low risk of contracting Japanese encephalitis in Beijing, the disease is endemic to China. Both doctors agree it is worth considering. This mosquito-borne illness is an infection of the brain covering. There is no treatment for the disease itself, only for its symptoms, which include high fever, disorientation, coma, and tremors. “It’s a severe disease that can result in physical and mental disabilities,” says Dr. Fellay, though it is fatal in one in four cases. The vaccine is available as a local immunization. The American CDC recommends it for travelers who are planning to spend more than one month in an area with endemic Japanese encephalitis, especially if they will be traveling outside of urban centers. Additionally, those visiting forests, fields, or pastures during the summer tick season in China should consider vaccination against tick-borne encephalitis.

Parents: Get Your Updates Dr. Fellay recommends that adults around the age of 30 get an update on their pertussis (or whooping cough) vaccine, especially if they are around infants. Dr. Tan Ngo concurs. She explains that the Td vaccine, which covers tetanus and diphtheria, used to be given as a routine immunization. Now, children are routinely inoculated with Tdap, which includes pertussis. Pertussis is highly contagious and causes serious, occasionally life-threatening complications in infants younger than 1. In the US, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices now recommends that pregnant women receive the Tdap vaccine. If you’re planning to have a baby soon, talk to your doctor about whether you need a Tdap update. Dr. Tan Ngo recommends that prospective parents also ensure they are up-to-date on their rubella vaccine, which is given in conjunction with the MMR vaccine (the immunization for measles and mumps). Rubella is dangerous for pregnant women and can cause a host of birth defects. Prospective mothers and pregnant women should get their rubella antibody tested to see if they require a booster, continues Dr. Tan Ngo.

Imported Vaccines In China, regulations over imported vaccines have become very strict. The list of available imported vaccines can change rapidly from day to

day. Vaccine manufacturing practices have improved vastly in recent years, but talk to you doctor if you have any concerns about available vaccines. If you’re worried about domestic vaccines, the last thing you should do is try to sneak some back from your home country. Not only is this illegal, it’s also forbidden for doctors in Beijing to inject anyone with unofficially-imported vaccines.

“The controversy surrounding vaccines is as old as vaccines themselves” The Anti-Vax Movement The controversy surrounding vaccines is as old as vaccines themselves. Some believe that vaccines are not safe and can cause developmental delays or even autism. However, Dr. Tan Ngo points out that there is no study linking vaccines to autism, and that autism has no known single cause. A famous 1998 article by Dr. Andrew Wakefield linked the MMR vaccine to autism and bowel disease, but was later proven to be grossly falsified. Wakefield had been paid to find evidence against the vaccine and had a financial stake in his findings. His study was retracted and labeled an “elaborate fraud” by The British Medical Journal. A later study by the US Institute of Medicine found that “the MMR vaccine doesn’t cause autism, and the evidence is overwhelming that it doesn’t.” Vaccines can cause adverse reactions. Usually, these reactions present as a low fever and soreness and swelling at the site of injection. Serious adverse reactions, however, like anaphylactic shock, are extremely rare. If you are worried, talk to your doctor and be sure to inform them if you or your child have ever had an adverse reaction to a vaccine.

Resources International SOS 国际救援中心 Daily 9am-6pm. Suite 105, Wing 1, Kunsha Building, 16 Xinyuanli, Chaoyang District (Clinic 6462 9112, 24hr hotline 6462 9100,, 朝阳区新源里16号琨 莎中心座105室 Vista Medical Center 维世达诊所 Daily 24hrs. 3/F, Kerry Center, 1 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District (8529 6618, 朝阳区 光华路1号嘉里中心3层 Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) World Health Organization (WHO) The History of Vaccines The Institute of Medicine: Adverse Effects of Vaccines: Evidence and Causality My Health Beijing – Vaccines Review: Few Major Side Effects – and No Autism

August 2013



Health The Natural Path


Don’t Talk the Talk, Walk the Walk

s they exit childhood, tweens often start to assert their independence. Sometimes, what they want doesn’t align with what their bodies need. A philosophy of “Do as I say and not as I do” will have little to no effect on them. The best thing parents can do is to lead by example, which also provides an opportunity to improve our own diets. Growth spurts are just around the corner, so ensure that your tween is getting enough calcium. Calcium-rich foods include sesame seeds, blackstrap molasses, raw almonds, and dark leafy greens. In terms of dairy, I prefer plain natural yogurt or kefir; they are easier to digest than milk. Calcium-enriched soy milk can also be found in supermarkets that carry foreign brands. The sweetness and fizziness of soft drinks is an irresistible combination to many kids. However, soda pop is high in sugar and has zero nutritional value. The drink’s acidity actually leaches calcium, damaging teeth and bones. This is especially harmful to growing children; opt for freshly-squeezed juices instead. If kids are really hooked on pop, buy carbonated water and add your own fruit juice. Try adding cranberry, peach, or grape juice and buy sugar-free juice whenever possible.

Note how your child’s behavior or condition is affected by what they eat Children enjoy intense flavors, salty and sweet being at the top of the list. I’m a big believer in moderation; kids shouldn’t be forbidden from eating junk food, but there should be a limit. Junk food can be restricted to weekends, when watching a movie, or attending a birthday party. That being said, too much can lead to nutritional deficiencies; it’s best to avoid having junk food at home. Each person’s body reacts differently to different foods. If your tween has behavioral issues like ADD or health concerns like acne, pay close attention to their diets. For example, acne has been linked to dairy sensitivities. Children with ADD or ADHD are often sensitive to food additives, artificial colors, and artificial flavors. Note how your child’s behavior or condition is affected by what they eat. Try eliminating the suspected offending food for six weeks and see what happens. With all this talk about modeling healthy eating, it’s essential to go back to where it all begins: the kitchen. If you’ve never cooked with your kids, the tween years are the perfect time to begin. While your child is still a willing partner, invite them to whip up a meal together. Don’t worry if you’re not a great cook; just dust off that old cookbook and give it a try. Cooking is a great way to bond with your child and work on communication skills.

Got a question? Melissa Rodriguez is a mom of two and a wellness consultant. She also works as a naturopath at International Medical Center. Check out her website at



2013 August

Health The Doc Is In


Just Add Water

hat’s the best treatment for a stomach infection and dehydration from diarrhea and poor eating? Most infections in children are viral, not bacterial. The majority are mild and do not require any antibiotics or hospitalization. Conversely, babies and toddlers can get dehydrated after a couple of days of severe diarrhea and inadequate fluid and food intake. The basics of hydration include continuing to breastfeed your child during an infection and having them eat normal foods (if possible). Many parents think that their child automatically needs intravenous hydration at the hospital, but in reality, the majority of cases can be treated orally and at home. The American Academy of Pediatrics’ official position paper on gastroenteritis ( states that “oral rehydration was found to be as effective as intravenous therapy in rehydrating children with mild to moderate dehydration.” A 2006 meta-analysis ( m3rkjcp) by the Cochrane Collaboration, which collected data from the best studies, concluded “no clinically important differences between oral rehydration therapy and intravenous therapy.”

Sodium is the single most important mineral for hydration What is the best way to ensure proper rehydration at home? The WHO-approved Oral Rehydration Salts (WHO-ORS), which are sold over the counter in pharmacies worldwide, including China. WHO-ORS have been exhaustively studied worldwide and provide the right balance of water, sugar and salts. Pure water is not the best treatment, as it contains none of the sodium salts and sugars needed to replenish cells. Sports drinks and sodas are also not ideal. They usually contain a lot of sugar and other ingredients that make their osmolarity much higher than what the body can handle. This actually pulls more liquid from your cells, worsening diarrhea and dehydration. Coke’s osmolarity is very high and in some sports drinks, it’s even higher. The Japanese drink Pocari Sweat is closer in composition to ORS, but still contains more glucose and – critically – less sodium. Sodium is the single most important mineral for hydration; a major imbalance, whether too high or too low, can cause great harm. At home, many parents resort to clear liquids like chicken soup or juices. However, chicken soup often contains an enormous amount of sodium and the osmolarity of apple juice and ginger ale is so high that consumption can significantly worsen diarrhea. Parents should always resort to WHO-ORS first for diarrhea and vomiting – not water, sports drinks, teas, or juices. The Academy of Family Practice (AFP) has more specific advice in their article on managing acute gastroenteritis in children ( m8c75jn).

Need more info? Dr. Richard Saint Cyr is a family doctor at Beijing United Family Hospital, and the director of clinical marketing and communications. He runs the blog

August 2013



Dining Dining Out

Head in the T Clouds Nuage offers spectacular views in a dreamy ambiance

he area around Houhai forms a bustling tableau during the summer. Rickshaw drivers beckon loudly to tourists, young couples amble along the banks of the lake, and flocks of amateur photographers set up on Yinding Bridge. Right around the corner is Nuage, one of Beijing’s most underrated spots for rooftop dining. Although Nuage isn’t new to the dining scene, this Vietnamese restaurant is worth revisiting for its French colonial atmosphere (complete with rickshaw-inspired tables and waitresses dressed in aodai) and stellar view of Houhai. There are plenty of kid-friendly dishes on the menu, including the ever-popular Classic Vietnamese Spring Rolls (RMB 42 for six), Coconut Onion Beef (RMB 78) – served in an actual coconut – and Sweet Sugarcane Prawn (RMB 88 for three), easy-to-grasp shrimp drumsticks wrapped around sugarcane stalks. The menu also includes soups, salads, vegetables, seafood and meat dishes, Vietnamese standards like pho, and a small selection of desserts. However, Nuage isn’t cheap; a meal for a family of three will cost at least RMB 300. In addition, there’s a 15 percent surcharge for patio eating and drinking. That being said, you’d be hard-pressed to find a more romantic spot to watch the sunset. Sijia Chen

Mon-Fri 11am-10pm, Sat-Sun 11am-10.30pm. Nuage, 22 Qianhai Dongyan, Xicheng District (6401 9581) 庆云楼,西城区前海东沿22号

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Aldo Pires (age 3, attends the Western Academy of Beijing) tucks into Sweet Sugarcane beijingkids 2013 August Prawn, Classic Vietnamese Spring Rolls, and fresh-squeezed strawberry juice


Dining Eater’s Digest Roast Half Chicken Paulaner Brauhaus is known for its beer and brats, but sometimes there’s nothing more comforting than a savory roast chicken. With spiced skin on the outside and tender meat on the inside, the roast half chicken with French fries (RMB 138 plus 15 percent surcharge) pairs just as well with beer as any brat.

King Prawns There’s a reason why “shrimp” is a derogatory word for a person of small stature. Eschew those wimpy little crustaceans in favor of the mighty king prawn, delicious grilled or roasted. FEAST (Food by EAST) has roasted king prawns marinated in citrus and fennel seed served alongside a salad of green olives and herb fennel. RMB 78 for a small portion (three prawns) or RMB 128 for a large portion (six prawns).

Crispy Chicken Salad If you like your salads filling, then this gigantic plate of Crispy Chicken salad (RMB 62) from Hungry Horse in Shunyi definitely fits the bill. Breaded chicken fingers on top of crisp greens, tomatoes, black olives, cheddar cheese, and a sweet honey mustard dressing are tossed together and served on a such a large plate that you’ll be having it as your entire lunch or dinner. You may even find there’s enough to split between both meals.

Almond Croissant Morning, late afternoon or after dinner, the almond croissant is a pastry that tantalizes the senses of sight, smell and taste. A decadent creation from Comptoirs de France, the almond croissant (RMB 18) contains just the right amount of chocolate, which does not over power the buttery taste of the pastry. The almond toppings gives the moist croissant a slight crunch.

Tried-and-trued dishes by Ellis Friedman, Sijia Chen, Dana CosioMercado, and Nimo Wanjau. Want to take a bite for yourself? See Directories for restaurant listings. Got a suggestion? Send us a photo and a description at

August 2013



Beet the Heat Hilton Beijing whips up a refreshing beetroot salad

Beetroot Salad Serves 1 100g beetroot 100克甜菜根 250mL orange juice 250毫升桔子汁 1 teaspoon honey 1茶匙蜂蜜 5mL red wine vinegar 5毫升红酒醋 20mL olive oil 20毫升橄榄油 2g lemon zest 2克柠檬皮 Half of an avocado, pitted and sliced 半只鳄梨,去核切片 10g tomato, diced 10克番茄,切丁 30g arugula 30克芝麻菜 20g endive 20克莴苣

Note: The ingredients can be found at local markets like Sanyuanli or Dongjiao. 提示:原料可在当地市场购买,如三源里或 东郊。


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India Smith (age 6, attends Dulwich College Beijing) and Hilton Beijing Executive Chef Jeffery Siew Khoon Poh show off their classy creation beijingkids 2013 August

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Simmer the beetroot, orange juice, honey, and red wine vinaigrette in a pot for two hours. Separate the beetroot and cut into 1cm slices. Set the juice aside. 把甜菜根,桔子汁,蜂蜜, 红酒醋放入锅内炖煮两小 时。之后取出甜菜根并将 其切成1厘米的小段。

Grate the lemon zest. Pit and slice the avocado. Dice the tomato. 磨碎柠檬皮。去核并将鳄梨 切片。将番茄切丁。


4 Arrange the beetroot and avocado on a plate. Add the endive, salad, and diced tomato. Sprinkle lemon zest, beetroot juice, and extra virgin olive oil as desired. 将甜菜根和鳄梨放在盘子 上。加入莴苣、沙拉、番茄 丁。再撒些柠檬皮、甜菜根 汁,也可依据个人口味再来 点橄榄油

Using a spoon, drip some olive oil and beetroot juice onto the arugula. Toss the salad well. 用勺子在芝麻菜上滴少许 橄榄油和甜菜根汁。充分 拌匀沙拉。

Renowned for blending East and West ingredients and techniques, Jeffery Siew Khoon Poh is the executive chef at Hilton Beijing. He has over 20 years of experience working in top hotels and restaurants in Singapore and New York, including Marina Mandarine Hotel, Swissotel Merchant Court Hotel, Fullerton Hotel, Raffles Hotel, New Asia Gourmet Kitchen, Star’s Restaurant of San Francisco in Singapore, and Café Yola in New York. He has been living in Beijing for almost three years. When not working, he enjoys swimming and testing out new dishes of his own creation.

August 2013



Playing What's Fun In

Liangma Qiao Horsing around in one of Beijing’s most family-friendly neighborhoods by Emily Thomas

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beijingkids 2013dining, August Solana is a popular family shopping, and playing destination

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ranslating literally to “bright horse bridge,” Liangma Qiao is one of Beijing’s most popular expat neighborhoods. Located on subway Line 10, Liangma Qiao offers shopping, eating, and playing in equal measures. Families can relax by the water at Chaoyang Park, bargain with shopkeepers on Ladies’ Street, pick up imported groceries at the newly-renovated Sanyuanli Market, or catch a movie at Solana – Liangma Qiao’s got it all. This self-guided tour is best done on a bicycle or with lots of time, energy, and comfortable shoes if you’re walking. Start your day from exit C of Liangma Qiao subway station. Walk northeast along Liangma Qiao Lu for about 10 minutes, turn right on Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, and breeze by Lucky Street. Don’t be put off by the gaudy décor; Lucky Street is home to a number of family-friendly restaurants, including lots of Japanese fare and brunch favorite South German Bakery. The latter offers freshbaked baskets of German bread with every breakfast platter, highchairs, and takeaway deli options. You can also pick up pizza or ice cream (only RMB 10) at Elisa’s Italian Restaurant right next door. For something really decadent, there’s also The Westin Beijing Chaoyang’s Bubbalicious Sunday brunch with a mega spread of fresh seafood, Asian and Western hot dishes, free-flow champagne, and an entire room reserved for desserts. The hotel is located just outside exit A of Liangma Qiao subway station. Once you’re sated, cross the street to arrive at family mainstay Solana Lifestyle Shopping Park. This village-style mall is known for having popular stores like Zara, H&M, and American Eagle Outfitters, as well as a huge selection of baby- and child-related retail outlets (Mothercare, Motherswork, Okaidi, Leyou, and more). Recently, a slew of new restaurants have opened up at Solana. Riverside dining now includes Let’s Burger, Element Fresh, Va Va Voom, Lavagna, and more. Escape the heat by taking in an English-language movie at Saga Cinema or head to All Star Champion Skating Club to practice those figure eights. Chaoyang Park, another family staple, is located just southeast of Solana. Once the site of a former imperial palace, the park features paddle boat rides, a fairground with kiddie rides and roller coasters, a treetop obstacle course, a science museum, and a huge Lego store. On a hot day, visit the artificial beach – the site where beach volleyball games were played during the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics. The sand is famed for its softness and was

imported from Hainan Province. You can practice volleyball with the kids or take a dip in the outdoor pool. On Sundays, you can also sweat it out with Heyrobics’ outdoor sessions or a HeyRunning camp in a large clearing near West Gate 3. If you’re not up for going to Chaoyang Park, head back up Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu from Solana, turn left at the traffic lights, then make a right at the first light on to Tianze Lu. About 400m up the road is the open-air market, Ladies’ Street (also known as Nv Ren Jie). You’ll know you’re there when you spot pastel banners waving over outdoor stalls and hear playful music coming from the rows of shops. Vendors sell everything from women’s clothing to toys, children’s shoes, and mobile phones. Adjacent to Ladies’ Street is Laitai Flower Market, which sells potted plants, fresh flowers, and seeds of all types. Be sure to bargain; some vendors will cave in quickly, while others will remain steadfast and stubborn. Hold your ground, and as a last resort, walk away. Luckily, there are many shops that sell similar items at different prices; if a shopkeeper won’t bargain, simply go to one that will. From Ladies’ Street, head left to Xiaoyun Lu for a bite at gargantuan-pizza favorite Kro’s Nest, which features not only delicious curly fries and salads, but also an arcade for the young or young-at-heart. Or, head back down Tianze Lu, make a right on Anjialou Lu, and turn left on Dongfang Donglu. On the right, next to Israeli Embassy, is The Grand Summit. Have burgers and fries at Fatburger or

a sophisticated family meal at Tavola Italian Dining. Tavola stops serving lunch every day at 2.30pm and doesn’t reopen for dinner until 6pm, so plan your day accordingly. Finally, pick up some imported groceries from City Shop. Located in the basement of The Grand Summit, City Shop features a deli, fresh breads, and a large selection of imported goods, some of which cannot be found in stores like Jenny Lou’s or April Gourmet. Parents, older kids, and teens will also enjoy Dragonfly Therapeutic Retreat, a Shanghai-based spa chain that offers massages (a foot massage start at RMB 150), spa services, and nail treatments. Book your place ahead of time to be safe. You can also head back west on Xiaoyun Lu, past Third Ring Road to the newlyreopened Sanyuanli Market. It’s a bit tricky to find the first time around, but it’s simple once you know where to turn. From Xiaoyun Lu, turn right on Xinyuan Jie (新源街) and right again on Shunyuan Jie (顺源街). Sanyuanli Market will be on your right. The renovated premises feature glass-encased stalls selling fruits, vegetables, nuts, fish, meat, and imported products. Sanyuanli Market is one of the most reliable places in Beijing to find more exotic fruits, such as Thai limes, avocadoes, lemongrass stalks, tamarind, and more. You’ll also find reasonablypriced homemade peanut butter, cheese, Norwegian salmon, big bags of frozen berries, hardto-find spices, and more. There’s a bit of room for negotiation in the produce sections, but not every vendor is willing to lower their prices.

Boating is but one of many activities at Chaoyang Park

August 2013



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2013place August The atrium atbeijingkids Kro’s Nest is the ideal to enjoy the ambience of al fresco dining without exposure to the elements




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South German Bakery 德南面包房 Daily 9am-10pm (restaurant), 7am-10pm (bakery). 27 Lucky Street, 1 Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang District (5867 0201, 朝阳区 朝阳公园路1号好运街27号 Elisa’s Italian Restaurant DATUNLU26EAST Daily 11am-11pm. Lucky Street, 1 Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang District (5867 0291) 朝阳区朝阳公园路 1号好运街26号 The Westin Beijing Chaoyang 金茂北京威斯汀大饭店 Sun 11.30am-3pm (brunch). 7 Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District (5922 8888) 朝阳区东三环北路7号 Solana Lifestyle Shopping Park 蓝色港湾 HUIXINXIJIE BEIKOU Daily 10am-10pm. 6 Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang District (5905 6565/68) 朝阳区朝阳公园南路6号

Saga Cinema SA-42, Solana, 6 Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang District (5905 6868) 朝阳区朝阳公园路6号蓝色港湾商业区 SA-42 Chaoyang Park 朝阳公园 RMB 5. Daily 6am-10pm (last entry 9pm). Nongzhanguan Nanlu, Chaoyang District (6506 5409) ྭ৙ဇ 朝阳区农展馆南路1号 WANGJING XI Ladies Street 女人街 Daily 9am-7pm. Tianze Lu, Chaoyang District (6462 4488) 朝阳区天泽路 Laitai Flower Market 莱太花卉市场 Mon-Thu 9am-6pm, Fri-Sun 9am-6.30 pm. 9 Maizidian Xilu, Chaoyang District (6463 6145) 朝阳区麦子店西路9号 Kro’s Nest 鸟巢 Fri-Sun 10am-1am, Mon-Thu 10am12am. 35 Xiaoyun Lu, Chaoyang District (8391 3131) 朝阳区霄云路35号

All Star Champion Skating Club Fatburger Daily 10am-10pm. 1/F, Solana Lifestyle Daily 11am-10pm. B1/F, 1-LB01, The Shopping Park, 6 Chaoyang Gongyuan Grand Summit, Liangmaqiao Diplomatic SHAOYAOJU Lu, Chaoyang District (5905 6328) HUIXINXIJIE NANKOU Compound (in the same building as 朝阳区朝阳公园路6号蓝色港湾国际商 Tavola and Starbucks, across the street 区首层 and 300 m north of the Kempinski Hotel’s


Tavola Italian Dining 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) 朝阳区东方东路19号亮马 桥外交公寓会所2层 City Shop B1/F, The Grand Summit, 19 Dongfang Donglu, Chaoyang District (8532 3488,朝阳区燕莎桥东方东路19 号外交会所地下1层 Dragonfly Therapeutic Retreat 悠庭保健会所 Daily 10am-1am. 1/F, The Grand Summit, 19 Dongfang Donglu, Chaoyang District (8532 3122) 朝阳区燕莎桥东方东路19 号外交会所1层 Sanyuanli Market Daily 5am-7pm. Shunyuan Jie (opposite Jingkelong Supermarket, west of Sanyuan Dongqiao), Chaoyang District 朝阳区 顺源街(三元东桥往西京客隆超市对 面)




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main entrance), 19 Dongfang Donglu, Chaoyang District (8532 1878) 朝阳区 朝阳区东方东路19号亮马桥外交公寓1 号楼会所1层1号铺








Playing Family Travels

Tricked-out Jeepneys provide island transportation

Ella Flanders (age 11) shows off her woven accessories

Philippine Dream

A remote paradise awaits the Flanders family in Apulit by Tricia Flanders

A bird’s-eye view of island paradise

The Flanders Family



2013 August

Apulit Island can only be accessed by boat from Palawan Island

photos: courtesy of Tricia flanders

Travelers: Chris and Tricia Flanders and their kids Ella (age 11) and William (age 9), who both attend the British School of Beijing. Destination: Apulit, Philippines Dates: September 27-October 5, 2012 Cost: About RMB 38,700. Four roundtrip flights to Manila on Philippines Airlines cost about RMB 12,300, and flights to Palawan cost about RMB 5,000. The family stayed at El Nido’s Apulit Island Resort for seven nights, which cost USD 440 (RMB 2,700) per night and included roundtrip transportation from Palawan to Apulit, and all meals, activities, and excursions. Each of the two nights at the Manila Shangri-la cost USD 210 (RMB 1,288). Tour company: The Flanders family booked their flights to Manila themselves on Expedia, but they booked their flight from Manila to Palawan through El Nido (, which they decided on based on reviews from Trip Advisor.

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Ella and her brother William (age 9) chill at the resort


e moved to Beijing in August 2012 and were tired from packing, moving, and starting a new school and job, so we wanted an easy vacation for our first October holiday six weeks later. We wanted somewhere warm and beachy, with some culture and city life. Just over two weeks in advance, we settled on the Philippines, as there were more reasonably-priced direct flights. Friends recommended Boracay, but we wanted something a bit more secluded and ended up spending seven nights on Apulit, a tiny island off of the larger southwest island of Palawan. On the advice of a colleague, we left on the Thursday before October holiday and came back the Friday before the end of the holiday to save on ticket prices. We flew from Beijing to Manila, then took a small flight on ITI Airlines to Palawan Island. Once on Palawan, we took a 15-minute Jeepney (a kind of tricked-out bus) ride to the river and a hour and a half-long boat ride to Apulit Island. The river ride was scenic, with mangroves and marine and land wildlife. The locals often see longtailed macaques (monkeys) in the mangrove forests along the river. Unfortunately we didn’t see any, but had a lot of fun trying to spot them. On first impression, we found the Philippines to be a colorful and diverse country, with both impoverished, underdeveloped sections and modern conveniences and spectacular natural beauty. The islands were gorgeous, with incredibly beautiful natural seascapes and landscapes, but we were nervous that we would be bored by the lack of things to do. However, there were plenty of activities: kayaking, snorkeling, scuba diving, sailing, cave exploring, nature hikes, lounging by the pool and beach, and volleyball. The kids engaged in some of the weaving activities offered by the resort staff and learned to make woven hats and sea creatures. Guests are welcomed on arrival with singing and guitar playing, and each child receives a booklet of wildlife to look out for on the island. William brought the sheet with him everywhere, but we didn’t expect to find half the animals while standing on the balcony of our cottage. The water was so clear that you could spot the most abundant marine life without even getting wet, and the limestone rocks made interesting hiding places for other creatures on the island. Apulit’s caves were incredible. We hiked into two different caves to see bats and limestone formations, and even had a private family

dinner in one of them. Throughout dinner, the moon shone through an opening at the top of the cave. When we first arrived, it only had a little bit of water in it; as the evening went by, more and more water flowed in, which was exciting (and a little scary) for the kids. William went scuba diving twice in Taytay Bay with divemaster Dante. He had previously been a little leery of snorkeling and other water activities, but Dante was a natural at making him feel safe. William became PADI-certified and is now passionate about scuba diving. Ella befriended two Dutch girls and had a blast roaming the property and swinging from the banyan tree vines. We spent a day and half in Manila on our way out. The day we flew there, a big storm came through Palawan and the plane ride out was really scary. In Manila, we intended to visit several different historical sites, but it was pouring rain, so we only drove by some beautiful Spanish-influenced cathedrals and buildings and visited a market to shop for local handicrafts. The most interesting part for the kids was seeing the armed guards clad with machine guns and dogs that checked the car inside and out at the entrance to the driveway of the hotel, and then again before entering the hotel. There were also many armed guards standing on street corners with very prominent machine guns. It made the kids feel safe, but of course made us a little wary.

Travel Tips • Apulit is great for people who want to relax in a breathtaking setting and get away for a while, but if you want a more energetic, happening spot, this probably isn’t it. • You don’t need money on the island, as extras like cocktails or private dinners are put on your bill and paid by credit card at the end of the stay. They ask you not to tip individual staff, but instead to leave one tip upon checkout to be divided amongst staff. However, tipping is not expected or required. • The island is in the middle of the Tropic of Cancer and the equator, so it has a tropical to sub-tropical climate and gets hit hard by rainstorms from June to October. • The island is very steep and great for hiking, but if you’re a runner, a long run will be difficult to do.

August 2013



Playing Family Travels

Smita relaxes in the lower infinity pool

The tropical view from the Thomas’ hotel room

George and Saachi (age 3) spash around in the upper infinity pool

Aloha, Sanya The Thomas family heads to the Hawaii of China by Smita Chandra Thomas

The Thomas Family



2013 August

One of Saachi’s favorite areas to play in was the pool with a sand beach

photos: courtesy of smita chandra thomas

Travelers: George and Smita Chandra Thomas and their daughter Saachi Eva (age 3), who attends The British School of Beijing’s Sanlitun campus. Destination: Sanya, Hainan Dates: June 8-11, 2013 Cost: About RMB 28,000. The hotel came to RMB 14,000 and included a three-night package (RMB 6,000) at the Mandarin Oriental, which came with complimentary shuttle service to and from the airport, daily breakfast for two, an RMB 500 credit to resort restaurants or spa, and late checkout. That also included charges for room service, poolside food and drinks, laundry, and more. Plane tickets for three cost RMB 14,000, with flights from Beijing to Hong Kong for RMB 9,000 and flights from Hong Kong to Sanya for RMB 5,000. Tour company: The Thomas family booked their flights through Ms. Jin at David Tour (, 131 4131 1165). They researched hotels on Trip Advisor and decided on the Mandarin Oriental Sanya (

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Smita, George, and Saachi in front of one of the Mandarin’s many pools


illed as “China’s Hawaii,” Sanya has grown into a tourist destination only in the last decade or so. The island is kept pristine by design – it boasts clean air, blue skies, white sand, and crystal clear water on its shores. We decided to make a long weekend out of the mid-June Dragon Boat Festival, to “Escape to Sanya,” as our hotel package was called. We were picked up at the airport by a complimentary personal hotel shuttle with a thoughtful driver who promptly handed us chilled towels and water bottles on that hot summer day. The Mandarin Oriental Hotel lies at the end of a narrow coastal road on a triangular tip of land jutting prominently into the sea. The resort occupies one side of a crescent-shaped, lush green hill and is dotted with sloping grey-tiled roofs peeping through treetops. The buildings are set back against a hill that slopes down to a pristine shoreline. Entering the stone-clad gate columns, you feel transported to another world – a verdant, beautifully laid out, and well-maintained world. Golf cart-style buggies run along the narrow winding pathways between the buildings and villas, carting around guests as well as room service and housekeeping staff. Artful lighting design gave the resort a romantic glow in the evenings. The true highlight of our vacation was the impeccable service; we started to mistake ourselves for royalty by the end. But the highlight of the resort itself is the myriad of pools in the middle of the complex. Decorative pools around the central building pavilions led to tropical outdoor showers, which in turn led to a series of interconnected outdoor swimming pools. For sea swimmers, there are designated swimming areas and beach sections as well. Our family’s favorite was a shallow heated pool with a sand bed. Shaded by large trees (including an old banyan tree), this pool was designed as an extension to an artificial beach lounging area. Werelaxed under beach umbrellas and enjoyed drinks and snacks served while our daughter played in the shallow water right in front of us. This pool is connected to other deeper pools: a hangout pool with a built-in wet bar, an active pool with a water slide and basketball

hoops, and a long pool for leisurely laps. Cross over to a raised infinity pool fitted with Jacuzzi jets and you can see that there are still more tranquil infinity pools at the lower level. They’re outfitted with built-in stone beds with massaging water jets where you can lie and listen to the waves lapping on the shore. The sandy pool was perfect for toddlers, and there was also a stockpile of beach toys available. For kids, there was picture-taking by the pool every morning and free ice cream at the pool bar every afternoon. The resort also has an indoor, air-conditioned kids’ club with various activities. Babysitting service was available, but it was quite expensive at RMB 120 an hour. The hotel has a lovely spa, and other activities offered on the daily calendar included free Shaolin Kung Fu demonstrations, tai chi and yoga classes, cooking classes, Saturday movies on the lawn, and for an extra charge, paragliding with a boat, jet skiing, and night-time deep sea fishing. Overall, there was enough to do that you may not discover it all in one stay, and you never had to leave the resort complex.

Travel Tips • Sanya has a balmy, tropical climate. Mid-June isn’t the worst of summer, but it was still hot! July and August are the hottest and most humid months. September to October is typhoon season. The coolest, driest months are from November to April, though Chinese public holidays draw large crowds. May and June are warmer, but have fewer people, decent weather, and lower hotel rates. • Sanya has lots of mosquitoes. Be sure to bring DEET-free mosquito repellant. Some resorts provide insect repellant spray, but it may not be safe for kids. • If you’re staying at a resort, bring snacks, as resorts only have expensive restaurants. • Bring an extra swimsuit. Don’t count on being able to buy swimwear unless you want to spend USB 150-300 on swim trunks at the resort. If you’re in a pinch, there is an outlet mall in Sanya.

August 2013



Playing Inside

Going the distance with Beijing’s best swim clubs by Dana Cosio-Mercado



2013 August

photos: courtesy of mookey swim club

Come on In, the Water’s Fine!

Inside Playing


wimming has a long list of benefits: it’s suitable for all ages, promotes fitness, and develops coordination, strength, and endurance. Swimming can be done individually or in teams. It teaches lifelong lessons about sportsmanship, listening to your coach, working in a team, and winning (and losing) gracefully. As with other sports, swimming can motivate kids to set a goal and achieve it, building a positive attitude and self-esteem in the process. Last but not least, swimming can be a life-saving skill. Whether you have a baby whom you would like to introduce to the water or an older child with aspirations to be the next Michael Phelps, Beijing has options to suit every requirement.

Aqua Warriors currently trains around 300 swimmers

photo: courtesy of aqua warriors

Mookey Swim Club (Ages 3 Months-3 Years) First things first: You’ll want to make sure that your child grows to like water from a young age. Not a difficult task, if you consider that newborns just came from the warm pool that was their mother’s womb. Being in water has a calming effect on babies. In addition, our bodies have an inborn buoyancy that helps keep us afloat before notions of fear set in. To preserve this instinct, babies as young as three months and toddlers up to 3 can attend swimming classes at Mookey Swim Club. Established in 2010 by husband-and-wife team Shane and Sunny Novak, the earliest version of the program featured their own son, now 4 years old. Classes consist of parent and child immersing themselves in water together. If you’re not a swimmer, there’s no need to fear; the pools are shallow. What’s more, it’s important for one parent to be present in order to calm and hold their child. The classes also offer an opportunity

to bond through frequent eye contact and skin-to-skin contact. In addition, being in the water allows babies to move freely and engage in actions that they otherwise wouldn’t be able to manage. Even though it’s gentle exercise, the movements provide a complete physical workout and help strengthen developing inner organs. Regular participation can also help babies improve eating and sleeping patterns. Hygiene is paramount at Mookey Swim Club. Pool sizes are kept small to limit participants and regulate the amount of chlorine needed to keep the water clean. Whereas most pools in Beijing are chlorinated every 24 hours, Mookey’s pools are disinfected with a proprietary mix of salt and chlorine three times a day to avoid the usual skin and eye irritation associated with regular chlorine. Recently, Mookey installed toddler-sized shower rooms. They’re regularly cleaned by ayis who are also on hand to assist moms. Towel service is included, saving parents the trouble of lugging wet towels home. August 2013



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Michelle Lee (age 9) and her Aqua Warriors instructor, Kim

Sports Beijing (Ages 5-15)



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of coaching equipment, including poolside video analysis. Admission into the program is decided by a head coach and starts from RMB 1,200 for 10 sessions of 60 minutes each.

Aqua Warriors (Ages 5 and older) Founded two years ago, Aqua Warriors currently trains more than 300 swimmers. The club’s motto is “Belief, Teamwork, Commitment” and is very clear about its core objectives: Building swimmers’ interest in the sport, providing individualized training, and promoting wellness in the international school community. Aqua Warriors partners with schools and extracurricular organizations such as Sports Beijing and Boy Scouts Beijing to offer training in water safety, even teaching scouts how to assist in emergency rescue. Aqua Warriors also involves parents of their club members by providing information on training nutrition and free swimming lessons. The club frequently organizes training camps and swim meets, ensuring that there are enough classes to meet demand. Classes for all levels are held at different locations throughout the week, and swimmers who make the cut for the swim team are sent to different competitions. One such student is 9-year old Michelle Lee, who has won several awards – including a trophy at an invitational swim meet in Taipei. Though she was already a competent swimmer by the time she joined the club, Michelle was still intimidated by the swimmers who could

photo: courtesy of aqua warriors

As children age, they’ll graduate to lessons that are geared towards teaching competitive swimming strokes (freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly) and proper technique. Sports Beijing, the non-profit multi-sports organization, has a number of programs to help your little swimmer along their way. The basic Learn to Swim program is appropriate for beginner swimmers. It includes activities that familiarize kids with water to alleviate fears and apprehensions. Kids also cover flotation and buoyancy skills, basic movements and stroke development, and water safety. Prices start from RMB 1,350 for 15 sessions of 45 minutes each. Once a child exhibits confidence in the water and can perform two or three swimming strokes, they are able to move up to intermediate level. Here, they learn stroke technique and efficiency, undergo drills, and participate in activities that boost fitness and health. They are also introduced to competitive swimming skills such as turns, dives, and breakouts. Again, water safety skills are emphasized. Lessons start from RMB 1,500 for 15 sessions of 60 minutes each. If your child is serious about improving their technique, they may be eligible for the advanced-level program. Aspiring swimmers must be able to swim 100m using at least three strokes, as well as execute complex training routines. Swimmers are trained in stroke technique, flip turns, starts, and racing strategy. The program uses a wide range

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Dragon Fire has over 300 swimmers ranging in age between 4 and 17

“swim like a dolphin.” Wanting to be as good as them, she pushed herself hard; when she was tired, she would pretend that a shark was chasing her and swam as fast as she could. Training was rigorous, but Michelle says her coaches helped keep things fun. Her dream? To be the best swimmer in the world.

photo: courtesy of dragon fire

Dragon Fire Swim Club (Ages 4-17) Dragon Fire, the longest-running international swim club in Beijing, started out in 1994 with just 20 swimmers. In nearly 20 years, they increased their numbers over tenfold, presently counting more than 300 swimmers as members. Currently, the club is preparing to bring its training programs to Shanghai. Dragon Fire is also expanding to include not only international students, but local students and even their parents. Of the various swim clubs, Dragon Fire has the largest coaching team, with 10 experienced and qualified coaches, and offers the most classes per week. In addition to weekly training, team members compete at national and international events and monthly inter-team meets. To further foster a team spirit, Dragon Fire also arranges for kids to be involved in fundraising activities. For instance, the club raised nearly RMB 30,000 in 2007 for the Special Olympics in Shanghai. Dragon Fire founder and head coach Kevin Hua believes that joining a team also brings a lot of benefits for the swimmers in the club. The children, aged from 4 to 17, learn how to overcome obstacles and understand the value of persistence. And because swimming is a lowimpact sport, it is considered a relatively safe one with little chances for injury by collision. Beyond helping develop the children into competent swimmers, Dragon Fire knows that they are helping grow the spirit of their members. Once a young person joins a sport, they learn how to work towards a target and compete, therefore bringing out the best in themselves.

Resources Aqua Warriors 泳者 Zhongjia Palace Hot Spring Hotel Village, Shunyi District (136 8352 7243 Arthur, 136 0110 2151 Sandy, 134 8877 8089 Amanda) 顺义区后沙峪古城村东中 家鑫园温泉酒店 Dragon Fire Swimming 龍火 Canadian International School of Beijing, 38 Liangma Qiao Lu, Chaoyang District (6465 7788) 朝阳区亮马桥路38号北京加拿 大国际学校 Western Academy of Beijing, 10 Laiguangying Donglu, Chaoyang District (5986 5588) 朝阳区来广营东路10号 Contact: Kevin Hua (136 0106 4534), dragonfireswimming@gmail. com,, Mookey Swim Club 亲子游泳 Tue-Sun 9am-6pm. Rm H101, Chateau Regency, Chaoyang District (next to Beijing United Family Hospital), Chaoyang District (400 879 9086, 158 1009 8275, 朝阳区芳园西路和乔丽晶H101室 Sports Beijing Contact: 6430 1370/1176,,

August 2013



Playing Weekend Warrior

No Roaming Charges Late summer getaways and staycations in Beijing by Sijia Chen





2013 August


photos: courtesy of china world hotel, shan li retreats, ritz-carlton beijing, kerry hotel beijing


Weekend Warrior Playing China World Hotel Since mid-June, the hotel has offered a “School’s Out, Fun’s In” staycation package designed for students and teachers to make the most out of the summer break. The promotion includes daily breakfast for three (two adults and one student), movie tickets to Cinema Palace, ice skating tickets, an extra bed for the third person, and a room upgrade for teachers. A valid student or teacher ID card is required at check-in.

Shan Li Retreats Located about 100km away from Beijing, Shan Li Retreats offers serene countryside stays in beautifully-renovated traditional houses. There are five properties in total, all located near each other in Huangyankou Village: Poshang, Banpo, Qianjia, Shanjiaoxi, and Stone House. The houses range in size from one to three bedrooms and feature courtyards, modern amenities, lots of natural light, and spectacular views of the surrounding mountains. The flagship house, Po Shang, has not one, but two gardens from which to admire nature. Except for the Stone House, all of the properties have a living room, fireplace, coffee press or espresso maker, oven, stove, microwave, and barbecue.

Good for: Students, teachers, and their families Valid period: Until August 31 Prices: From RMB 1,850 per night Local attractions: If it’s a clear day, check out the spectacular views from Atmosphere Bar on the 80th floor of China World Summit Wing. (You can even spot beijingkids’ offices at Wanda Plaza!) The hotel is located just south of China World Mall, which home to the popular Le Cool ice skating rink. Central Park is also a stone’s throw away, so drop by The Wellness Spa by Hummingbird for some mother-daughter nail pampering, or leave the kids behind and get a well-deserved couples massage. West of Guomao, you can also visit Ritan Park and have Russian food for dinner. Contact: 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District (6505 2266, 中国大饭店, 朝阳区建国门外大街1号

Good for: Multi-family groups Prices: RMB 4,500 per night (Poshang); RMB 1,500 per night (Banpo); RMB 3,500 per night (Qianjia); RMB 2,800 per night (Shanjiaoxi); RMB 900 per night per room (Stone House) Local attractions: It’s all about exploring nature at Shan Li; a 20-minute hike from the Stone House will take you to a set of Great Wall watchtowers, while Qianjia is located right next to a reservoir. There are several hiking trails around the properties, which are marked on Shan Li’s website. Contact: Huangyankou Village, Beizhuang Township, Miyun County (133 0136 9311) 山里逸居, 密云县北庄镇黄岩口村

1 2 Kerry Hotel Beijing Kerry Hotel Beijing has two staycation packages: the Weekend Experience and the Ultimate Staycation. The former includes a buffet breakfast at Kerry’s Kitchen, free mini-bar upon arrival (excluding hard liquor and wine), free in-room Internet and Wi-Fi, and late checkout until 4pm. The latter includes a food and beverage credit of RMB 1,000 net per day (which can be used at all four of Kerry’s properties), late checkout until 4pm, free Internet and Wi-Fi access, a complimentary extra bed for a child under age 12, access to the Club Lounge and facilities, free ice skating for two people per stay, and free movie tickets at Cinema Palace for two people per stay. In addition, guests can upgrade to the next room category starting from RMB 300. Good for: Families with kids under 12 Valid period: Until December 31 (Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and public holidays only) for both packages Price: RMB 1,350 per night (Weekend Experience); RMB 2,188 per night (Ultimate Staycation) Local attractions: Kerry Hotel Beijing is located near Central Park and The Place. Central Park has a large green space for kids to play in and lots of family-friendly restaurants, while The Place offers mid-range and high-end shopping next to the largest LCD screen in the world. China World Shopping Mall lies to the south, but expect to pay much higher prices for some retail therapy. Further west lies Ritan Park, a popular hangout for families who want a quiet escape from the CBD gridlock. Contact: 1 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District (6561 8833) www. 北京嘉里大饭店,朝阳区光华路1号

3 4 The Ritz-Carlton, Beijing Until the end of the year, The Ritz-Carlton Beijing has a Discover with You promotion with daily American breakfast for two, a USD 50 hotel credit per night, and a Today Art Museum tour good for four hours. All rooms include Ritz-Carlton linens, feather beds, high-speed Internet access, iPod docking stations, and 42-inch flat screen LCD televisions. We’ve been told that Jackie Chan and other Chinese stars are regulars at the hotel’s Club Lounge. Good for: Art fans Valid period: Until December 31 (Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays only) Price: From RMB 3,100 per night Local attractions: The staycation package includes a visit to Today Art Museum, which is located on 22 Art Street in Shuangjing. The area can be seen as a commercial response to 798 Art District; where 798 has old factories, 22 Art Street has slick architecture. Shaungjing is also home to Viva Plaza and Panjiayuan Market; the latter is a great place to pick up faux antiques and kitschy souvenirs, while the former has a cinema. In addition, Shuangjing has family-friendly restaurants like Lily’s American Diner, Iki, and Bang Bang Pizza. Contact: 83A Jianguo Lu, China Central Place, Chaoyang District (5908 8888) 北京丽思卡尔顿酒店,朝阳区建国路甲 83号华贸中心

August 2013



Playing Weekend Warrior



photos: courtesy of East beijing, westin beijing financial street, ritz-carlton financial street, westin beijing chaoyang

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Weekend Warrior Playing EAST Beijing Located in Dashanzi, EAST Beijing is one of the newer hotels in town. This Swire property is home to contemporary restaurant FEAST, Japanese restaurant Hagaki, cafe Domain, bar Xian, and health club BEAST. Though EAST Beijing is ideal for business travelers, its proximity to 798 Art District and Indigo Mall make it a family-friendly spot as well. The hotel doesn’t have any staycation packages per se, but is running a number of promotions throughout the summer. Good for: Art lovers Valid period: All promotions valid until December 31 (except for the Upstairs Special, which is valid until August 31) Promotions: The 3 Days Advance Purchase gets you a 15 percent discount on all rooms if you book at least three days in advance. The 14 Days Advance Purchase gets you a 25 percent discount on all rooms if you book at least 14 days in advance. The Stay and Save promotion offers a 25 discount percent to guests who stay at least two nights. An extra bed can be added for a child, but only for Corner Rooms and Park Studios at an extra charge of RMB 300 plus 15 percent surcharge.

The Upstairs Special allows you to upgrade to an executive floor room for RMB 200 per night. Benefits include free breakfast (including room service), all-day complimentary snacks and soft drinks in the lounge, happy hour (free snacks and drinks from 6pm to 8pm), a free mini-bar (excluding wine), use of a Nespresso coffee machine, daily turndown service, and Elemis toiletries. Local attractions: EAST Beijing is located right next to Indigo Mall; the latter can be accessed through a door on the ground floor of the hotel. The mall tends to be quiet during the week and offers free weekend shuttle buses to various parts of Beijing. Dining options include Element Fresh, Blue Frog, Flamme, and Muse. There’s also a cinema on the top floor showing English-language movies. Further north, there’s 798 Art District and Caochangdi. Sign up for one of UCCA’s weekend children’s art workshops or drop by The Familier if you have younger kids. Teens and older kids might like exploring Caochangdi, 798’s grittier and less commercialized cousin. You can also head south to Lido for a stroll through Si’de Park. Contact: 22 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District (6417 6688) 北京东隅,朝阳区酒仙桥路22号

5 8 The Westin Beijing Chaoyang Until the end of August, up to two guests can receive a 20 percent discount on standard rooms for a weekend stay at The Westin Beijing Chaoyang. The promotion includes a complimentary breakfast at Seasonal Tastes.

The Ritz-Carlton Beijing, Financial Street The Ritz-Carlton Beijing, Financial Street offers a weekend staycation package that includes free Wi-Fi and high-speed Internet access; breakfast for two at Greenfish; access to the gym, steam room, sauna, and indoor swimming pool; and a cash credit of RMB 1,000 per night to be used towards all hotel restaurants, Crystal Bar and Lounge, The Ritz-Carlton Spa, and laundry services.

Good for: Families or parents who need a break Valid period: Until August 31 (Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays only) Prices: From RMB 1,120 per night (subject to 15 percent surcharge). An extra bed can be added for RMB 450. Local attractions: The Westin Beijing Chaoyang is located in Liangma Qiao, one of Beijing’s most popular expat neighborhoods. For a self-guided tour, turn to What’s Fun In (p32). Contact: 7 Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District (5922 8888) 金茂北京威斯汀大饭店,朝阳区东三环北路7号


The Westin Beijing Financial Street The Westin Weekend staycation promotion includes a 30 percent discount on room rates, breakfast for up to two people, extended brunch hours on Saturday and Sunday, and late checkout until 3pm. Good for: Parents who need a break Valid period: Until December 31 (Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays only) Prices: Starting from RMB 1,000 per night (subject to 15 percent surcharge). The offer is applicable to Westin Rooms, Deluxe Rooms, and Renewal Rooms. Local attractions: See The Ritz-Carlton Beijing, Financial Street Contact: 9B Jinrong Jie (Financial Street), Xicheng District (6606 8866) 北京金融街威斯汀大酒店,西城区金融街乙9号


Good for: Young families or parents in need of a break Valid period: Until August 31 (Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and public holidays only) Prices: RMB 1,788+ per night (Deluxe Room), RMB 2,188+ per night (Premier Room), RMB 2,588+ per night (Executive Club Room), RMB 4,188+ per night (Premier Suite), RMB 4,888+ per night (Executive Suite). An extra bed can be added starting from RMB 405, and baby cots are free of charge. Local attractions: Xidan, a huge shopping area packed with cheap markets and shiny malls, is located just east of Financial Street. Take your time weaving through the various retail hubs or make a beeline for the large Xinhua Bookstore in the main square. Further east lies Beihai Park, one of Beijing’s most iconic and picturesque parks. You’ll find stroller-friendly paths, a sea of lotus flowers, old-growth trees, and priceless historical relics. To the west of Financial Street, there’s also Yuyuantan Park. The best time to visit is in early spring, when the park’s many cherry trees are in bloom. However, this one’s a good choice if you’d rather eschew the crowds and go to a more local park. Contact: 1 Jinchengfang Dongjie, Financial Street, Xicheng District (6601 6666) 北京丽嘉饭店, 西城区金融街金城坊东街1号

August 2013




Summer Slide Maintaining reading skills over the summer by Ellis Friedman

photo: courtesy of eliott’s corner


beijingkids 2013 Speech Therapist Ellen Schuett leadsAugust a speech therapy activity with a young charge


“Without daily practice, children are at risk for losing the skills they worked so hard to build during the previous school year”


hough most kids anticipate the fun and lack of structured learning that summer brings, teachers and education experts know all too well the backslide in reading skills that can occur with this extended time off. Dubbed “summer slide” or “summer loss,” the regression in reading and math skills over the summer can set kids back as much as two or three months. In addition, a child who already struggles with reading is at greater risk of losing the reading skills they’re fighting to recover. Though school starts up again this month, it’s not too late to get a child back in the habit of reading to recover or maintain reading comprehension skills. “Children who struggle with developing phonological awareness are at an especially high risk of losing their emerging reading skills during breaks from school, as these skills are build through intensive repetition and practice,” says Dr. Jacqueline Wolf, a licensed clinical psychologist at Eliott’s Corner. “Without daily practice, these children are at risk of losing the skills they worked so hard to build during the previous school year.” Dr. Wolf explains that a child’s age is not a predictor of reading skill loss, but rather the child’s reading skill level. Precisely how much a child falls behind depends on the skills they have already developed and their reading situation at home, but the number generally falls between one and three months of loss. Studies have shown that a child who starts behind is likely to stay behind without intervention, and that a child who can’t read at grade level by fourth grade is likely to face an ongoing learning battle. Catching up is difficult, and the cumulative effect of that loss can put kids at a disadvantage that can be overcome only with extreme difficulty. This, however, is the worstcase scenario; the good news is that, with active parent involvement, the situation won’t come to that. First, parents must know what to look out for in a child’s reading skills. “A key sign that your child is struggling to read is a general lack of progression despite typical learning experiences and instruction,” explains Dr. Wolf. “A struggling reader will have a hard time remembering concepts that were previously taught. Thus, repetition and frequency is key.” Dr. Wolf, who offers reading support at Eliott’s Corner, specializes in identifying children with learning differences. She notes that dyslexia, the most common learning disability, involves the acquisition of reading skills. “Struggling readers begin to have challenges in other subject areas [starting from] the third grade, when curriculum changes from ‘learning to read’ to ‘reading to learn,’” she says. If parents suspect that a child’s reading difficulty is linked to a learning difference, early identification is crucial. If a parent notices that a child’s reading level seems to be regressing or that they’re struggling with a concept that was already learned, it’s time to up the reading sessions. Or better yet, keep the reading sessions consistent regardless of whether school is in session. For children struggling with the foundation of reading skills, Dr. Wolf recommends practicing reading skills at least four to five times per week in order to regain ground. Whether a child is struggling or not, it’s important that they consistently remain engaged with reading. “The best way to keep a child’s interest in reading over the summer is to make it a daily routine and make it fun,” says Dr. Wolf. “Fifteen minutes of reading each day, no matter what type of reading material, is an excellent way to build reading fluency over the summer.”

Melissa Pierce, a speech language pathologist at Eliott’s Corner, recommends that parents take an active approach to their child’s reading by making the experience an interactive one. “Instead of passively reading while children listen, talk about the book and what is happening. Ask the child to make predictions and inferences, and discuss the characters. Talking while reading helps children develop their language skills.” Pierce and Dr. Wolf both suggest coordinating real-life activities that correspond with the reading material. For example, if a child is reading about animals, take a trip to the zoo. This can also boost a child’s vocabulary by making reading more relevant and meaningful. Pierce also suggests arts and crafts projects to develop descriptive vocabulary and concept knowledge. She recommends No Time for Flash Cards, a site that provides craft ideas and related children’s books. Dialogue remains important even with older children who can read on their own, reminds Pierce. Talking about the book can help reinforce narrative structure, and asking an older independent reader to read aloud can help increase fluency. “The best books for independent readers are those that include mostly words so they can read fluently, but also some challenging words that they need to sound out,” she says. “A book that is too easy can provide a break, but one that is too difficult may reduce motivation. It is important to find the ‘sweet spot’ of difficulty.” It is also essential for parents to set a good example of reading for fun, and joining kids during daily reading time can help reinforce a reading habit. A child’s reading material doesn’t have to be limited to books; magazines and newspapers that are level-appropriate can help expose kids to new writing styles and vocabulary. Give your children the freedom to choose their own books, and then read along and discuss the book.

Eliott’s Corner will continue to offer reading support sessions during the fall. To find out more, contact the center directly or visit their website (see Resources).

Resources Eliott’s Corner Mon-Fri 9am-6pm. Rm 19-05, Block 2, Kandu International, 10 Dongsihuan Beilu, Chaoyang District (6461 6283, contact@ ) 朝阳区东四环北路10号 瞰都国际2号楼19-05室 No Time for Flash Cards

Stop Summer Academic Loss by Malbert Smith III and Dee Brewer

August 2013



A Bite of Scandal Students from The British School of Beijing discuss China’s food safety issues


beijingkids Augustart project based on the works of Swiss sculptor Alberto Giacometti The students pose with a Year2013 9 collective

photo: mitchell pe masilun

Clockwise from bottom left: Justin Ni, 15, US/China, has lived in Beijing for one year Zoe Lilou Reemer, 15, Germany, has lived in Beijing for 10 months Kelvin Wang, 16, US, has lived in Beijing for 11 years Julia Mannes, 15, Germany, has lived in Beijing for 15 years

The Roundtable Learning

“Every single food has a scandal. You just have to live with it”


at meat sold as lamb. Cadmium-tainted rice. Melaminetainted milk. Gutter oil. Glow-in-the-dark pork. What food hasn’t been tainted by scandal here? With poultry tentatively back on the menu after the avian flu scare and a continuing furor for imported milk powder, it seems a new food safety scandal emerges every month. Four Year 10 students from The British School of Beijing (BSB) gave us their thoughts on eating and drinking in a time of continued uncertainty. Ellis Friedman

Which food scandals have you heard about recently? Julia: [Ikea’s] horsemeat scandal [in Sweden], but that wasn’t in China. Kelvin: Milk is not safe. Zoe: Because they put antibiotics in milk. I wouldn’t buy meat in China because they sell it really cheap, it’s not organic, and they don’t keep it sanitary. I don’t eat meat at all. Julia: Often, there are meat scandals in Chinese restaurants where you can’t see the foods, like the meat in dumplings. Some foreigners say that they use rat meat, but surely not all places [do]; some have to be telling the truth. Sometimes, I think it’s just [an urban legend].

What other foods do you avoid in China? Kelvin: Chinese milk. I drink Korean milk or milk from the US or other countries, so it’s more expensive. Justin: I try to avoid things from vendors on the street, because you’re not sure where that’s been, so it’s better to go to supermarkets. I think the food is better in restaurants. Julia: But you don’t know what they’re doing in restaurants. Kelvin: At least you feel better about it. Zoe: I don’t eat fruits here because they’re imported. Like strawberries; they don’t grow here and they probably spray them with pesticides.

What do you eat? Zoe: Chinese vegetables, rice, and pasta. Justin: I don’t think you can really do much about it, because every single food has a scandal. It’s impossible to keep track of everything. You just have to live with it. Kelvin: If you want to avoid every single scandal, you can’t eat anything in China. Everything has a bad side to it, or it has chemicals in it. You don’t know which one is good or not. My family doesn’t avoid anything, but we try to get imported foods. I don’t think [unsafe foods] will damage you that much. Julia: When my mom buys vegetables, she doesn’t buy them in the supermarkets, but from a lady in our compound. I don’t think those vegetables are treated [with chemicals], and they’re more local. Zoe: The longer you live here, [the more] you get to know different restaurants and bakeries so you get comfortable with your choices.

Do your parents worry a lot about food safety? Zoe: Yes, mine do. My mom taught me how to watch out with meat. Julia: My parents don’t really like going to restaurants because you can’t watch them prepare the food. My mom cooks most of our food. If you know what’s in the food, you’ll be safe. Justin: For fruits and vegetables, we take off the skin because we’ve heard that all the chemicals and pesticides are concentrated in the skin. Julia: We do that too, except for tomatoes.

Recently, there was the avian flu scare. Did that affect the way your family prepared poultry? Justin: Yes, a lot. We kept away from chicken and stuck to pork and beef. Julia: I don’t eat meat, so it didn’t affect me. Only people who were in direct contact with birds were in danger. Zoe: Everyone told me different things. My French teacher said that, as long as you cook the meat, you can eat it, and my mom said to stay away from pork and chicken. We didn’t eat eggs either. It’s better to take care and avoid chicken for a while. Kelvin: Around that time, I wasn’t really paying attention to the news. I only heard about [avian flu] once the school started checking our temperatures before we got on the bus each day. It wasn’t a big deal, but I think there were more reports about it in other countries. Zoe: It was fear and pressure from the media.

How do you feel about the food at school? Julia: Our school buys all its vegetables from one farm, but the cheese is very processed, so I sometimes worry about eating that; I don’t know how many chemicals are in it. Justin: I think the school tries to keep us pretty safe. During the bird flu [scare], they took all chicken and eggs off the menu. Kelvin: The school takes more precautions with their food than we do at home because they don’t want their students to get sick from lunch. Julia: They have our best interests at heart and try to provide a balanced diet.

Do you think bottled water is safe? Kelvin: Some brands are not. With Nongfu Spring, there has been a small scandal about their water quality. My dad knows the owner of that brand, so it wasn’t a big deal [to us] because their water is the cleanest in Beijing; you can taste it. Justin: It’s psychological; drinking bottled water makes you feel better about it. People think bottled water is better. Julia: A lot of my friends don’t even drink water in Beijing. They say the water tastes strange, so they just drink Gatorade, soft drinks, and juice. These [factories] must have regulators and inspectors coming; they can’t just sell their product without people testing it beforehand. August 2013



Learning Blank Canvas

Students from

Ivy Academy fill August’s Blank Canvas

Alexandra Lynn Mackinnon, 3, Canada

Qingmai Li, 3, China

Shiyui Tamura, 5, Japan Max Huang, 4, US



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Ekaansh Bharti, 4, India

Yi-Hsuan Lu, 6, China

Gloria Mai, 4, China

Mingfei Zhuang, 4, China

Kaiden Mu, 5, US

Emma Yu, 3, US August 2013



Parenting Beijing Baba

Growing Pains

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A dad struggles with primary school choices


by Christopher Lay

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wouldn’t have to individually school our kids. We seriously contemplated the idea; it was more affordable than any “international” option and provided a huge amount of flexibility. However, I could foresee many potential problems and decided that I wouldn’t be the best teacher for my child.

I came to one, overarching conclusion: There’s no such thing as the perfect school In the end, we agreed that a bilingual international school was the best option for our family. Although we focused on Daystar, we continued to debate the idea past the application deadline. However, a space opened up for Reina and she was admitted as the last student entering first grade this fall. Thinking back on the whole thing, it would’ve been simpler if we’d just followed our gut feeling and gone with Daystar in the first place. However, I don’t have time to think about it now; Reina will be entering middle school in just six years’ time and I have to start researching. Wish me luck.

Christopher Lay comes from the sleepy town of Ashland, Oregon, USA. Father to 6-year-old Reina and twins Bryson and Ryder (born August 2012), Christopher has worked in Beijing for five years as a photographer and writer. View his work at

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ver since Reina started “kindergarten” at the tender age of three, we’ve debated what would come next. Three years gave us ample time to get a feel for Beijing’s educational landscape and solicit feedback from friends. I’ve heard praise and complaints from parents, teachers, administrators, and even students at the dozen of schools I’ve visited. I have come to one, overarching conclusion: There’s no such thing as the perfect school. There are great schools, but each one has its own issues. Still, I figured that deciding where to send our darling daughter would be a simple process. Boy, was I wrong. Since last fall, even our Chinese neighbors have been asking us where we’re sending Reina. More than one has pushed her to go with this friend or that one to one school or the other. Most of her classmates will attend a Chinese elementary school. I thought about how easy this process must have been for my parents. Father: “Where will the boy go to school?” Mother: “The elementary school, of course. Did you think he was ready for college?” I didn’t ponder where to go to school until university, and I gave that decision way less thought than Reina’s elementary choices. We narrowed down our choices to the local Chinese school, a homeschooling hybrid, or Daystar Academy. I was pulling for the local school. It would’ve been the simplest and cheapest solution; Reina could continue to walk to school and be with children she had already known for years. However, that plan got derailed this year. Girl-child has voiced a desire to go to school in English after realizing how different she was from the other kids in her class. So much for simple. The local school also wanted a one-time fee of RMB 70,000. So much for cheap. After writing off homeschooling for kindergarten, I once again delved into this community in search of a viable solution. I discovered two possible curricula: K12 and Calvert. Both were being championed by supermoms looking to round up four to five children so that we


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The Echo Chamber Parenting

A Tale of Two Languages English takes on Chinese (and wins) by Ember Swift

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speak to my 18-month-old daughter, Echo, exclusively in English. My husband and my mother-in-law (who is her primary caregiver) speak to her in Chinese. English is being double-teamed at our house (let alone by the society in which we live), so I talk a lot. I tell my daughter everything about my day. I report our plans and daily schedule. I describe the view. You could say I’ve become a very chatty mommy. One day, when I was picking up my daughter at my MIL’s house, I spoke to her about what we were going to have for dinner. “What is your Mommy saying?” my MIL said to my daughter with a guffaw. “You don’t understand, do you, Echo?” I was shocked by the comment. “Of course she understands!” I said to my MIL sharply in Chinese. “Does she understand you when you speak to her in Chinese?” “Of course she does!” she said dismissively, taking the bait. “Watch this!” From across the room, she directed Echo to bring her one of the blocks she was playing with, which my daughter obediently did. I followed up with this: “What makes you think she understands you, but doesn’t understand me? The problem is that you don’t understand, but trust me – Echo is completely aware of what I’m saying!” Then the games were on. I stood up and sat by my MIL across the room. I pointed to the crackers on the table and asked my daughter in English to bring Mommy a cracker. Again, obediently (and with a slightly bemused expression that perhaps belied her understanding of the cultural arm wrestle taking place), my daughter stood up and toddled toward the crackers. She grabbed one and walked over to Mommy with an outstretched hand. Predictably, my victory was celebrated with nothing but a quick change of subject. The Chinese people in my life don’t typically admit defeat or acknowledge their error, but I knew recognition would come. Eventually. The next time we visited my husband’s hometown in Shandong, while sitting in his extended relatives’ living room, I noticed a fruit knife lying on the coffee table. Echo was circling the table to everyone’s delight, and noticed the knife almost at the same time I did. We simultaneously lunged for it. I shouted in English: “No, baby, don’t touch that! Mommy says you can’t touch knives, remember? Those are very dangerous!” She froze mid-reach, and I got to the knife in time. My MIL witnessed this exchange and spoke about her granddaughter’s inherent genius. “Did you see that? She already understands English and Chinese!” she said. The other family members nodded approvingly, repeating the age-old belief that mixed babies are naturally more intelligent than Chinese babies. That was my acknowledgement of victory. These subtle moments can be easily missed if I’m not paying attention, but they are golden nuggets of recognition from my Chinese family. After five years, my ears have become keenly attuned to their glint. Nowadays, my MIL has taken her pride one step further. She recently proclaimed: “I don’t need to learn English! I’ll always have a real-life translator by my side!” I had to laugh; we’ll see how willing her granddaughter is to translate when she’s a teenager …

These subtle moments can be easily missed if I’m not paying attention, but they are golden nuggets of recognition from my Chinese family Ember Swift is a Canadian musician and writer who has been living in Beijing since late 2008. She and her husband Guo Jian (国 囝 ) , who is also a musician, have expanded their family to include a daughter born on January 2, 2012. Her name is Echo Swift (国如一).

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The Young and the Listless photo by Mishka Family Photography


omething peculiar happens to kids between the ages of 10 and 12. They start spending more time with friends, developing crushes, and testing the limits of parental control. You may have trouble talking to the sullen creature living in your house – but in fact, they need you more than ever. Pre-teens aren’t quite children, but they’re not full-blown teens either. As a parent, it’s crucial to keep the lines of communication open. This month, beijingkids speaks to health professionals and parenting experts on how to provide emotional support for your developing tween. In addition, we spotlight age-appropriate activities that won’t break the bank. Whether you choose to bond over the activities or allow your tween to exercise their independence, your influence as a parent will be crucial during this time – as much as your kids would hate to admit it.



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Tween a Rock and a Hard Place Guiding your pre-teen through adolescence (without losing your mind) by Ellis Friedman


h, the pre-teen years – the time between being a kid and becoming a full-fledged teenager. Being a tween comes with a lot of confusing and embarrassing changes, which yield a host of frustrating – and frankly terrifying – changes for the parents. Tween puberty is more than just physical changes. They are neurological, social, and emotional – the descent into the dark years of parenting a teenager. One of the most frustrating aspects for parents is that it’s impossible to control tweens once they’ve started to assert their independence and identity. The most important thing to remember is to never, ever stop trying to communicate. Though a tween can’t be controlled, boundaries and communication give parents a fighting chance. No matter how repugnant a tween’s behavior is, remember the words of Dr. Tad Pu, a child psychiatrist at Beijing United Family Hospital’s Psychological Health Center: “As soon as you cut off the lines of communication, you’re finished.”

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What’s Happening? Kids go through a lot of physical changes when they hit their tweens. Hormones and oil production increase, bodies grow and develop hair, and even brain structure changes. Up until a decade ago, the general belief was that an increase in hormone production was responsible for mood swings. However, neurologists noticed that the brain begins a massive reorganization around 11 or 12 years of age, around the same time that reproductive organs are busy becoming fertile. The prefrontal cortex, which is responsible for executive function, decisions, and reasoning, undergoes a reconstruction process characterized as “pruning and blossoming,” which trains neuron connections and weeds out those that are unnecessary. While the prefrontal cortex is busy pruning itself (it usually doesn’t finish until ages of 22 to 24), the limbic system – which hosts functions like emotion, behavior, and motivation and is usually controlled by the prefrontal cortex – takes over. This makes kids emotional, moody, rude, and self-centered. While dealing with such behavior is not generally considered one of the highlights of parenthood, take comfort in the fact that these changes are both normal and temporary. A child’s moodiness is no excuse to stop communicating. In addition to changes in their brains, tweens’ bodies also undergo massive change, including growth, breast development, and menstruation for girls, and facial hair and voice changes for boys. Tween boys and girls will both need to learn the importance of good hygiene when they

enter puberty. In addition to acne, tweens develop body odor. Many parents will notice their tween’s very distinct scent, which the tween may not even realize they’re giving off. They’ll need to establish a new hygiene routine to counteract hormonal changes, and parents are key to helping form these good habits. Tweens should bathe or shower every day, and always after exercise. Tweens may be loath to do so, but parents should explain the importance of showering. Many parents of tweens and teens find it difficult to make sure their child showers every night. It may turn into a constant battle, but it’s usually a phase that they will outgrow. Establishing a routine and letting a child know that not showering is not an option can help, but parents may have to fight the battle for a long time. Kids may also have to start using deodorant, but may not realize the need for it. It’s up to the parent to breach the topic of deodorant usage tactfully and without judgment. It’s absolutely necessary for parents to educate their kids about the changes they will go through before they undergo puberty. Topics like menstruation or nocturnal emissions (read: spontaneous ejaculation) can be fraught with embarrassment for both parent and child, but this makes talking about them all the more necessary. The best way to cover puberty-related issues is to sit down with your child before they enter puberty to explain basic anatomy and sexual reproduction. The talks should occur frequently and with digestible amounts of information offered each time, instead of one formal sitdown in which all information is unloaded and never spoken of again. Kids need time to process and ask questions, and a formal one-off talk will make them tune out or feel embarrassed. Keep in mind that girls generally begin menstruation around the same age as their mothers, so parents can anticipate the change and arm themselves with information, tips, and pads or tampons. Boys will need talks from male figures about changes to the sexual reproductive system, especially around sensitive topics like wet dreams, which often result in feelings of shame and confusion. According to Dr. Pu, testosterone can increase in boys by up to 1,000 percent during puberty, leading to sexual urges and more dominant and territorial behavior. Regardless of your child’s sex, emphasize that the changes their bodies are undergoing are both normal and temporary, and encourage them to continue asking questions. Talk openly about what’s happening to their bodies and remain judgment-free. Kids can sense if you are nervous or embarrassed; they take cues on how to feel about their bodies from parents. August 2013




“As soon as you cut off the lines of communication, you’re finished”

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Feature Consistent dialogue is also important for their mental health. Dr. Pu points out that only 10 to 20 percent of teens report being happy most of the time. Have plenty of empathy for your child, make an effort to understand what they’re feeling, and guide them through tough times. A major factor in keeping the lines of communication open is establishing a routine in which the family converses, whether it’s at dinner every night or a designated time in the evening.

Wading In Deeper All the physical changes that tweens go through have a significant impact on their behavior and psychological state. Dr. Pu points out that “before [tweens hit puberty], everyone their age was physically the same. But when puberty hits, there are big differences and they are more aware of their bodies.” If a child grows faster or slower, gets facial hair earlier or later, develops smaller or larger breasts, these can seem like dramatic differences that make the tween feel overly sensitive and self-conscious. When it comes to deeper topics like sexuality and desire, it’s murkier territory. Each family has its own values. Naomi Taylor, a counselor and parent effectiveness training (PET) teacher, recommends that parents take cues from their tween about what they feel comfortable talking about. Taylor also suggests being aware of what you feel comfortable discussing and use books to support the conversation if needed. “Do not underestimate the power of playground talk,” she cautions. “These conversations will definitely take place in school among peers.” If a tween doesn’t learn from a parent, they’ll learn it from their peers – and peer information can be utterly false or completely at odds with the family’s values. When it comes to going out with friends (and potentially being exposed to situations involving drugs, sex, or negative peer influences), parents may need to step in right away. Parents must accept that kids lie, says Dr. Pu. There’s no need to call them out on every falsehood; parents need to assess whether the lie is of great consequence. Before the behaviors surface, topics like drug use or sexual behaviors need to come up in regular communication. “You do not want to turn sensitive topics into taboo subjects, otherwise you run the risk of your child not feeling able to share their concerns with you,” says Taylor. Dr. Pu suggests using third party examples to make a point, such as reaching out to a family acquaintance who has dealt with drug use or bringing up a scene in a movie. “As parents, we often fear the worst may happen,” says Taylor. “If you can be honest [about what] specifically concerns you, you may find yourself surprised when your tween talks openly.” If a tween asks if a parent has ever tried drugs, Dr. Pu advocates parental honesty and suggests using your experience as a learning tool. Taylor prefers a more cautious approach. “Parents should consider whether they would like their child knowing certain details of their past,” she suggests. It’s also important to account for what a tween can handle emotionally. “Some tweens may feel overwhelmed by too much information too soon, while others may feel comfortable knowing that their parents were not always sensible.” Combining insecurity with the media’s definitions of beauty ideals can prove a rough combination for tweens who are just starting to establish their identities and looking to become sexually attractive. According to Dr. Pu, 50 percent of girls and 25 percent of boys engage in disordered eating behaviors like fasting, skipping meals, using diet pills, inducing vomiting after eating, or using laxatives. Monitoring your child’s behavior again comes down to communication. Because kids start taking advice from their peers during the tween years, they need to hear from their parents what a healthy body needs and what a healthy body image is. As their bodies change, tweens will also experiment with clothing and will have to learn what is appropriate. Dr. Pu suggests being a

role model by enforcing a dress code at home or when the kids are with their family. It will be more difficult (or nearly impossible) to stop kids from wearing what parents consider to be inappropriate clothing when they’re out of the house, but continuing to set boundaries and model appropriate dress will lay the foundation for how your tween dresses. When there is a clash of values, Taylor recommends discussing concerns directly. If a tween wears something that the parent deems inappropriate, the parent should voice their concerns, including their feelings on the situation and the potential impact on the tween. Taylor recommends staring the conversations with: “I am worried that wearing such a short skirt may attract attention that will place you in a difficult situation.” Parents should keep talking, even though “most of the time the teens won’t listen. Parents have to get the message out, keep the channels open, and avoid being too harsh or pushing their teen out,” suggests Dr. Pu. Though it may be that tweens won’t always listen, keep talking to catch them when they are.

For Parents Dealing with the typically unpleasant behavior of teens and tweens will test every parent’s patience. Dr. Pu offers some tips to dealing with a teen’s mood swings, anger, or all-around bad attitude. To remain effective, parents must strive to maintain thoughtful control by seeking a balance point between being permissive and authoritarian. He suggests that parents maintain high warmth: not cold or disengaged, but not too enmeshed. Remain empathetic and care about the tween’s feelings. Finally, maintain communication and encourage exchanges that are calm and respectful. Taylor agrees that communication is the key to a successful relationship with your tween. “Talk openly, do not blame, and do not pass judgment,” she says. “If your child is behaving in an unacceptable way, then you can almost guarantee that they have a need that is not being met. Your job is to help them find out what this need is without assuming you already know what it is.” When a tween acts out, parents should avoid engaging in similarly rash behavior. Dr. Pu recommends the CALM strategy: Cool down, Assess your options, Listen with empathy, and Make a plan. As the adult with the fully-developed brain, it’s up to the parent to be in control of their emotions. Once both sides have calmed down, step in with some suggestions, but listen closely and work together to form a plan. It’s not always easy, but training yourself not to react to crazy emotions and continuing to listen are the best ways to maintain effective communication.

Resources Dr. Pu recommends these books: •. G . etting to Calm: Cool-Headed Strategies of Parenting Tweens and Teens by Laura Kastner and Jennifer Wyatt •. .Yes, Your Teen is Crazy – Loving Your Kid without Losing Your Mind by Michael Bradley •. The Whole Brain Child by Daniel Siegel Taylor recommends: •. .L et’s Talk About Sex by Robie H. Harris and Michael Emberly •. .National Institute on Drug Abuse (

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“Mom, I’m Bored!” Affordable and age-appropriate activities for tweens by Dana Cosio-Mercado


e still, your heart; there’s a tweener in the house. It used to be that she and Dora the Explorer were inseparable. In the past, he and Bob the Builder would go on adventures together. But now, the exploring and building days are over. Their former heroes have been replaced by One Direction and Katy Perry. They talk about music you’ve never heard of. You may even have to pick up a (gulp!) training bra at the department store. Coined to describe children between the ages of 10 and 12, the term “tween” is a portmanteau of the words “teen” and “between.” That’s precisely what these kids are, caught between childhood and adolescence. No matter parents may wish they’d stay small, cuddly, and in need of their approval for a while longer, your kids’ old hobbies and interests will suddenly seem childish to them. They’ll be testing their independence by pushing the boundaries towards more grown-up pursuits, but in many ways, tweens aren’t ready for the uglier things in this world. Beijing has a notorious dearth of activities for older kids and teens, but we’ve come up with a list of age-appropriate pursuits that won’t break the bank. Some are designed for parents and kids to do together, while others provide a safe avenue for tweens to hang out with their friends.




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Feature Make or Share Music Get to know the music your tweens like and introduce them in turn to your favorites. If you’re a vinyl enthusiast, teach them why. If you have cassette tapes stashed away, break them out and allow them to laugh at your prehistoric tastes. Play music historian together; they may be surprised to discover that something they enjoy is actually a remake of something from your own time. For instance, Pitbull and Christina Aguilera’s “Take on Me” is an oldie by A-Ha from the 80s. If they’re not interested in sharing music, point them to Tween Pop Radio ( This online streaming site spotlights popular artists among tweens and teens, including wellknown acts like Bruno Mars, Justin Bieber, and Demi Lovato. Review the song selection in the Tween Top 40 if you’re concerned about the appropriateness of the lyrics. Teach your child an instrument or take classes together. Hire a private instructor to come to your house or opt for a music school. My Little Mozart offers keyboard instruction for older kids, while Claire’s Music Studio in Shunyi has classes for a variety of instruments. Both schools also have child-adult duet classes so you can practice for that KTV night. In addition, there are always free online video classes for any instrument you can think of.

photo: littleones kids & family portrait studio and marmella (flickr)

Watch a Movie This one’s a classic. Whether with friends or family, movies are an affordable and entertaining way to wile away a couple of hours. Mega Box Cinema at Sanlitun Village is one of the most popular venues, followed by Saga Cinema at Solana and the CGV Xing Xing chain at various locations in Beijing. Membership at Mega Box is well worth the price at only RMB 20 per year (with RMB 10 renewal fee), which gets you half-price tickets from Monday to Thursday and 30 percent off from Friday to Sunday. If your tween’s a budding film snob, consider Broadway Cinematheque at the new MOMA for alternative and arthouse movies. However, make sure to find out ratings for these films ahead of time; some of them can be quite risqué. The cinema is smaller-scale, with a maximum capacity of fewer than 200 viewers. Membership entitles you to ticket discounts on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. As a bonus, members can also borrow from the huge selection of books, magazines, DVDs and music at the BC MOMA library. Titles can be taken out for two weeks at a time. Films buffs should visit China National Film Museum to see the movie production process from beginning to end. Wander through nearly 3km worth of stills, dioramas, and storyboards from Chinese films spanning the last 100 years. Don’t worry about the Chinese-only text; the visual displays are largely self-explanatory. Alternatively, cozy up at home with a DVD or allow your tween to host a sleepover. Unless your tween has a large and tight-knit group of friends, five is the maximum number of people you want to have over. It’s a good idea to stock up on disposable toothbrushes in case someone forgets theirs.

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Take Up a Sport Go hiking. More challenging hikes are appropriate for ages 10 and up – perfect for active tweens. You’ll finally be able to hike the wild portions of the Great Wall, such as Jiankou, Huanghuacheng, Gubeikou, Simatai, and Qilianguan. These sections often include unrestored passages with steep climbs and crumbling battlements. You might even have to climb up a rickety wooden ladder manned by an irate Chinese farmer (who may or may not charge you) to reach the wall. If you don’t want to risk going by yourself, many groups offer organized hikes of varying intensities. Beijing Hikers rates its hikes by difficulty; aim for Level 2 (5-8km) or Level 3 if your family’s very active. For more off-the-beaten-path adventures, go with Dandelion Hiking. They offer hiking as well as two-day camping trips to the Great Wall. For a different kind of challenge, you can also go on long-distance cycling trips with Cycle China or Beijing Outdoor Club. Tweens who want to make friends, have fun, and do good should consider Girl Scouts Beijing (which starts accepting applications on August 31 at WAB) or 1st Beijing Scout Group (email for more info). For something closer to home, try Heyrobics. The classes are led by energetic, pink-shorted instructors who design their own playlists. Heyrobics is based on a series of 300 basic movements and their variations that don’t require any equipment beyond mats. Each session includes warm-up, cardio, strength, and agility segments. Your tween may feel a bit self-conscious at first, but Heyrobics boasts a welcoming community; no one cares if you make a mistake or two. With 13 locations across Beijing (including three in Shunyi) and at only RMB 30 per session (or RMB 200 for 11 sessions), it’s easier than ever to “sweat like a Swede.” Scuba diving is appropriate for kids aged 10 and older. SinoScuba’s Shark Interaction Program allows inexperienced divers to interact with sharks and fish at Blue Zoo Beijing. Should your tween wish to pursue their PADI Open Water diving certification, they can choose between doing the qualifying dive at a submerged part of the Great Wall or on a family beach holiday. The certification process also involves theory tests and practical dives at Blue Zoo Beijing. Open Water certification costs RMB 3,800 with the Great Wall dive and RMB 2,800 without. Skateboarding and BMX are also popular tween activities. Woodward Beijing is located all the way in Daxing District, but it’s the largest skate park in China. Facilities include two bowls, two half pipes, a mini-ramp, and indoor and outdoor plazas. Woodward Beijing is accessible through subway Line 4 (Qingyuanlu station), followed by bus 841 to Xingming Lake Resort. Or, pile your tween and their friends into a van and pay a driver to take them. Admission costs only RMB 68 per day. Still undecided? Have your tween try a bit of everything with multi-sports organizations like Sports Beijing and Flips & Kicks Plus.

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Visit a Museum Now that the kids are older, you can leave play centers behind in favor of museums. That being said, it’s worth doing a bit of homework beforehand. Map out the best way to get there, identify the exhibitions that are most interesting to your kids, and find out if the museum offers English-speaking tours or cheaper admission on specific weekdays. It’s also a good idea to pack snacks or even a light lunch; food options at museums are often limited to pricey cafes or ill-stocked gift shops. For tweens who love maps and urban design, Beijing Planning Exhibition Hall features a 300sqm 3D scale model of Beijing, complete with lights that indicate the gradual expansion of city limits over the decades. Art fans should visit the multitude of galleries dotting 798 Art District. There’s also Caochangdi to the north, Songzhuang Artist Village in Tongzhou, 22 Art Street in Shuangjing, and Art Base 1 in Hegezhuang. For budding scientists, there’s China Science and Technology Museum. This massive 48,000sqm museum near the Olympic Village has hands-on scientific displays and an immersive 4D cinema.

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Feed the Foodie



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photo: courtesy of the hutong and wwworks (flickr)

The tween years are a great time to develop cooking skills, as kids have the capacity to safely handle sharp knives and hot gas ranges. If you’re not much of a cook yourself, sign up for cooking classes together at The Hutong, Black Sesame Kitchen, or Hias Gourmet. You can also leave the kitchen and get inspiration from a Beijing Food Walk. This four-hour food tour includes local tastings and cultural tidbits. Participants wind through hutongs and along the banks of Houhai sampling breakfast items, hearty lunch at a Muslim restaurant, and a selection of desserts to cap off the day. Classes and tours are also a great way to start discussing issues like nutrition, food safety, and community-supported agriculture. Once your tween is ready to pick out their own groceries, take them to popular Sanyuanli Market. This is the place to pick up imported ingredients, fresh herbs, and hard-to-find items like limes and avocadoes. Allow them to invite their friends over for a cooking party. One easy recipe is beef or chicken burritos. The kids can prep the ingredients (try bell peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, refried beans, and grated cheese) and tortilla shells, and lay them out on the table for everyone to assemble their own burrito. The only ingredient that really requires cooking is the meat. Once they’re done eating, don’t forget to make them clean up the mess!

Feature Discover the City

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Design your own adventure by taking the subway to discover new and random places. Aim for off-peak hours, such as a Sunday morning. Hop on the subway and get off wherever their fancy strikes, or look up an itinerary ahead of time. However, it’s not always about the destination. Encourage your tween to keep their eyes wide open during the ride; people watching is one of life’s simplest pleasures. While you’re at it, take the opportunity to teach them about staying safe on public transport by keeping valuables out of sight, not talking in a loud voice, and never traveling alone. And don’t forget to dress comforably, wear sensible shoes, and stay hydrated. Central Beijing, especially the area around the Drum and Bell Towers, is rife with iconic rickshaws. Haggle for an acceptable price and tour duration, then allow yourselves to be swept away into lao Beijing. Some enterprising residents may even offer a private hutong tour; don’t worry about finding them, your driver is likely to suggest this right off the bat. You’ll get to peek inside a real siheyuan for a small fee (not included in the price of the rickshaw ride). Usually, there’s a young, English-speaking member of the family who speaks about the traditional courtyard architecture. For something faster, try a sidecar tour. You and your tween will be chauffered around town on a motorcycle and sidecar. Choose from tours within the city or out in the suburbs. Beijing Sideways, which offers tours in English and French, can even take participants on camping trips to the Great Wall. Throughout all this, encourage your tween to take pictures. Photography is a powerful medium for self-expression. If you find yourself with a budding photographer on your hands, sign them up for classes at The Hutong or Atelier, then join Beijing Photo Walks to meet other amateur photographers and put their skills into practice.

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August 2013




Family Dining

Family Dining

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Navena Cafe 10am-11pm. Bldg 12, Central Park, 6 Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. 朝阳区朝阳门外大街6号新城国际12号楼

Pinotage Probably the only South African restaurant in town, Pinotage is in the Lane Bridge Compound on northeast Fifth Ring Road and offers dishes like Cape Malay bobotie (a type of casserole made from meat and rice) and South African wines. 1) Sun-Thu 12am-9pm, Fri-Sat 12am-10pm. Lane Bridge Villa Compound, Laiguangying Donglu (Take the Airport Expressway and exit at Beigao (Exit 4). At the first light, turn left and keep going until the next light, where you turn right into a complex. The restaurant is across the bridge in the Clubhouse.), Chaoyang District. (6430 7010); 2) Sun-Thu 12am-10.30pm, Fri-Sat 12am-11.30pm, bar opening hours: daily 12am-2am. Unit 2-105, Bldg 2, Sanlitun Soho, 8 Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. (5785 3538/9) 1) 朝阳区 来广营东路9号; 2) 朝阳区工体北路8号三里屯 Soho2号商场2-105室

Bakeries, Delis & Desserts Black Swan Luxury Cakes This nationwide chain offers European style gourmet cakes delivered to your home or office. Order online at their website or by phone. (400 700 1399) 黑天鹅蛋糕 Caochangdi Club Daily 11am-midnight. 158 Caohangdi Village, Chaoyang District. (64319573) 朝阳区草场地村158号 Colibri CafeNestled in the trendy entertainment destination alongside creative labels and high end boutiques, this Café offers more than 20 flavors of cupcakes (RMB 23), all handcrafted with fine ingredients and topped with soft butter cream, designed by award-winning San Francisco-based studio Eight Inc, who embodies the vibrant spirit of the Hummingbird to Colibri. Sandwiches and coffee would complement the colorful spread of mid-day snack. Daily 9am-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 Green Coffee Daily 9am-7pm. Unit 3117, Bldg 3, Sanlitun Soho, 8 Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. (8527 0405/7) 绿春坊, 朝 阳区工体北路8号三里屯Soho 3号楼E座3117号 The Lollipop Bakery UK Cupcake connoisseur bakes her sweet creations and delivers by the dozen. Choose from chocolate, vanilla and other flavors. Custom cakes upon request. Also available at Crepanini, Fisheye Café, and Secrets From Africa. Reserve 24 hrs in advance. also available at Crepanini, Fisheye Café, and Secrets From Africa, Chaoyang District. (135 5277 2683, 朝阳区可百尼尼,鱼眼 咖啡和亦有售

The Olive Cafe Daily 10.30am-10.30pm. 17 Gongti Beilu (opposite north gate of Workers’ Stadium), Chaoyang District. (6417 9669) 朝 阳区工体北路17号

Buffets Asia Bistro A place to go for Asian fusion, this hotel-restaurant specializes in cuisine from Thailand and Vietnam, with the key event being the RMB 388/288 brunch buffet (with flowing champagne and wine/with beer) 11.30am-3pm on Sunday afternoons. Mon-Sat 6am-midnight, Sun 11.30am-3pm. 1/F, 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 Kerry’s Kitchen A stylish all-day dining restaurant with a la carte breakfast and dinner, plus buffet breakfast and lunch options. Pan-Asian flavors dominate, but the chicken wings are not to be missed, nor the fabulous dessert spread. 6-1am. 1/F, Kerry Hotel, 1 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (8565 2088) 朝阳区光华路1号,嘉利酒店1层 Kranzler’s This Kempinski venue’s claim to fame is their classy East-meets-West buffet, featuring a daily lunch buffet (RMB 198, plus 15% service charge), semi-open kitchens in the evenings and the Sunday Family Brunch (RMB RMB 288, includes unlimited fruit juices and soft drinks; RMB 338 includes unlimited bubbly, white or red wine and Paulaner Beer, plus 15% service charge, 11.30am-3pm) with a range of German, Italian, Japanese and Chinese specialties, as well as New Zealand oysters, live lobster, foie gras and Swiss cheese fondue. 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) BEIJING/RESTAURANTS%20AND%20BARS/ RESTAURANTS/Pages/restaurant2.aspx 客来思 乐餐厅, 朝阳区亮马桥路50号凯宾斯基饭店1层

Cafes & Sandwiches Central Perk The enduring popularity of the 1990s sitcom Friends lives on this Chaowai Soho cafe that has recreated the cafe setting from the show right down to the last detail – the handwritten menu on the wall, the brick interior, and of course, the iconic orange couch. TV screens continually show episodes of Friends and coffee is at equally friendly prices (the most expensive on the menu is RMB 20). Ste 0616, Bldg A, Chaowai SOHO, 6 Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. 朝 阳区朝阳门外大街,朝外SOHO,A区0616室

Grandma’s Kitchen 1) Daily 7.30am-11pm. 0103, Bldg B, Jianwai Soho, 39 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (5869 3055/6,; 2) Daily 10am-11pm. 5/F, Wudaokou U Center, 28 Chengfu Lu, Haidian District. (6266 6105,; 3) Daily 7.30am-11pm. 11A Xiushui Nanjie, Jianguomenwai, Chaoyang District. (6503 2893, 祖母的厨房, 1) 朝阳区东三环中路39号建外SohoB座0103; 2) 海 淀区成府路28号五道口购物中心5层; 3) 朝阳区 建国门外秀水南街甲11号(友谊商店后面)

Jing Daily 5.30am-11.30pm. Basement of The Peninsula Beijing, 8 Jinyu Hutong, Wangfujing, Dongcheng District. (6559 2888



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Cantonese and Dim Sum Crystal Jade 1) Daily 11am-10pm. 6/F, Shin Kong Place, 87 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (6533 1150/70); 2) Daily 11am4pm, 5-10pm. Store BB82, Oriental Plaza, 1 Dongchang’an Jie, Dongcheng District. (8515 0238) 翡翠皇宫酒家, 1) 朝阳区建国路87号新 光天地6层; 2) 东城区东长安街1号东方广场地 铁层BB82店铺 Herbal Cafe This Hong Kong cafe doesn’t drench their food in oil, MSG and salt, serves herbal teas, soups, dim sum, and stir-fries in a comfortable atmosphere. Dishes RMB 1058. 1) Daily 8am-midnight. B02, 17 Wanda Plaza, 93 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (5820 4679); 2) Daily 11am-11pm. S6-33, 3/F, Sanlitun Village South, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6416 0618) 泰和草本工 坊, 1) 朝阳区建国路93号万达广场10号楼B02; 2) 朝阳区三里屯路19号三里屯Village南区6号 楼3层s6-33 Macau Street 1) Unit A108, Heqiao Dasha (north of Wanda Plaza), 8A Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6581 3058); 2) B02, B/1F, U-Town Shopping Center, 2 Sanfeng Beili, Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (5977 5633) 澳门街茶餐厅, 1) 朝阳区光华路 甲8号和乔大厦A108(万大广场对面); 2) 朝阳区 朝外大街三丰北里2号优唐生活广场地下1层B02

Catering 40 Dongsi Liutiao This Singaporean owned and operated venue caters to private functions and events in a renovated courtyard space. 40 Dongsi Liutiao, Dongcheng District. (6407 6889, 东四六条40 号, 东城区东城区东四六条40号 A Food Affaire Daily 8am-11pm. 1/F, 5 Xingfuyicunxili (on the ground floor of Lianbao Apartments next to Yu Xin restaurant), Chaoyang District. (135 0107 1114) 朝阳区绿 叶子食品店, 幸福一村西里5号一层 Pantry’s Best Daily 9am-9pm. (5166 4464) 派悦坊

Chinese Causeway Bay 11am-2pm, 5pm-10pm. B1 Level, Prosper Center, 5 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6562 8555) 铜锣湾茶 餐厅, 朝阳区朝阳区光华路5号院世纪财富中 心B1层 Celestial Court Mon-Fri 11.30am2pm, 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 Xiangcao Xiangcao Yunnan Hotpot 10am-11pm. 1) 2/F Mingshang Building, 55 Suzhou Jie (near west gate of People’s University), Haidian District. (8262 1976, 8261 8299); 2) 2/F Xiashing Guoji Zhongxin (below Tumaris), 237 Chaoyang Beilu (south of and across the street from Chaoyang Hospital East Gate), Chaoyang District. (6585 1976) 香草香草云南原生态火锅, 1) 海淀区海 淀区苏州街55号名商大厦2楼(近人民大学西门); 2) 朝阳区朝阳区朝阳北路237号复星国际中心2 楼(朝阳医院东门斜对面)

Breakfast and Brunch

Greenfish Daily 6.30am-11pm. 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

6 Xiangjiang Lu, Chaoyang District. (8430 8682) 朝 阳区香江路6号(观唐广场)1号楼1层

Switch! Cafe This family friendly café seats 38 with additional seating on the large terrace and specially designed play areas for the children. An extensive kids’ menu accompanies an all-day menu that consists of breakfast items, sandwiches, salads, and pastas, as well as a changing selection of seasonally inspired comfort foods in the evening. 10am-9pm. 1/F, No 1 Bldg,

Yao Chi Daily 11am-2.30pm,5.30-10pm. Grand Millennium Beijing, Fortune Plaza, 7 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (8587 6888) http://www.millenniumhotels. com/cn/grandmillenniumbeijing/index.html 瑶 池中餐厅, 朝阳区东三环中路7号

Delivery Daojia Meishi Hui This Chinese-only food delivery service is one of the lesser-known ones in Beijing. The company charges a delivery fee of RMB 6, which is waived for orders of RMB 200 and more. Delivery zones

cover the Second to Fourth Ring Road. Delivery hours are daily 11am-2.30pm, 5-9.30pm and hotline hours are daily 9am9pm. (6608 0101) 到 家美食会 KK Rabbit Food Delivery Service KK Rabbit delivers a wide variety of cuisine, including Chinese, American, Italian, and more. They charge RMB 15km delivery fee for restaurants within 3km of your location and an extra RMB 7 for every kilometer after that. Customers can order online through their website, delivery hotline, or even on MSN/ Skype. Their areas of delivery are Guomao, Sanlitun and Liangmaqiao. KK Rabbit’s hotline is open from 10.30am to 10.30pm every day. (400 720 1717) Sherpa’s This food delivery service offers a wide variety of cuisine with a starting delivery fee of RMB 10-15. The company delivers mainly to Dongcheng and Chaoyang District. There’s a live chat too, but response can be slow. The hotline operates daily from 10.30am-10.30pm. Closed during holidays, including Chinese New Year. (400 600 6209)

European Aria This elegant restaurant with live jazz performances serves inventive European food from monthly changing menus. Though the kitchen can be uneven, when they’re really on, it’s bliss. Voted “Outstanding Wine List” in our 2009 Restaurant Awards. Daily 11.30am2.30pm, 6-10pm; bar 11am-midnight. 2/F, China World Hotel, 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6505 2266 ext 6644) 阿丽 雅, 朝阳区建国门外大街1号中国大饭店二层 Capital M Mon-Fri 11am-2.30pm, 6-10.30pm, Sat-Sun 11.30am-5pm, 6-10.30pm (afternoon tea between 2.305pm). 3/F, 2 Qianmen Pedestrian Street (southeast of Qianmen), Chongwen District. (6702 2727) 崇文 区前门步行街2号3层 Carmen Daily 11am-2am. Nali Patio (opposite north entrance of Let’s Burger), 81 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6417 8038) 朝阳区三里屯路81号(哪里花园边) Rosewood Bar and Grill Daily 8am-3am. 25-101 Pinnacle Avenue, Liyuan Jie, Tianzhu Town, Shunyi District. (1043 4540, booking@ www.rosewoodbeijing. com SALT Mon-Sat noon-3pm, 6-10.30pm, Sun Brunch noon-4pm. 2/F, 9 Jiangtai Xilu (opposite the Japanese School, west of Rosedale Hotel), Chaoyang District. (6437 8457) 盐, 朝 阳区将台西路9号2层(珀丽酒店西边) The Pavillion Grill Steaks, an abundance of seafood and antipasti-style openers are among the hallmarks of this fine dining restaurant from Chef William Bolton. There’s a good wine selection, and the bar offers a well-considered cocktail list combining classic drinks and the venue’s own appealing signatures. The dining room can be adapted to host events, and the outdoor garden is gorgeous. Mon-Fri 11am-11pm, Sat-Sun 11am-11pm. Gongti Xilu (opposite west gate of Workers’ Stadium), Chaoyang District. (6551 6680) 朝阳区工体西路(工体西门对面) Vineyard Cafe This hutong cafe, specializing in comfort food and comfy couches, is both hip and sensible, and their hearty English breakfasts are excellent weekend brunch fare. Good pizza and excellent beer selection. Voted “Outstanding Brunch (Affordable)” in the Beijinger’s 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. Tue-Sun 11.30am-11.30pm. 31 Wudaoying Hutong (just north of the Confucius temple), Dongcheng District. (6402 7961, info@ 葡萄院 儿, 东城区五道营胡同31号 Vineyard Cafe on the River Waijiao Apartment, 1 Xindong Lu, Chaoyang District. 朝阳区新东路1号外交公寓亮马河南岸

Family Health French Cafe de la Poste Daily noon-2:30pm, 6pm12am. 58 Yonghegong Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6402 7047) 云游驿, 东城区雍和宫大街58号 Crepanini Run by two Bretons, this small cafe features a variety of savory and dessert crepes (including a buckwheat Breton Crepe and the ever-popular Nutella and Banana Crepe). In addition, they offer a selection of paninis and waffles and drinks include coffee, smoothies, cider and pastis. Set breakfast and lunch menus on offer. Local delivery available. Sun-Thu 9am-midnight, Fri-Sat 9am-2am. Unit A110, 1/F, Nali Patio, 81 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (5208 6093) 可百尼尼, 朝阳区三里屯 路81号那里花园1层酒吧街对面

German German Food Center The answer to all your sandwich needs can be found at this long-running Maizidian deli selling domestic and imported meats, sausages, bread, coffee, cakes and other imported items. Daily 9.30am-7pm. 105 Binduyuan Mansion, 15 Zaoying Beili, Maizidian (800m east of Nongzhanguan Beilu), Chaoyang District. (6591 9370) 德国食品店, 朝阳区麦子店枣营北 里15号宾都苑公寓105号(长城饭店南侧,农展馆 北路往东走800米路北)

Ice Cream Cherry House Frozen Yogurt Cherry House Frozen Yogurt is a relatively unknown DIY frozen yogurt place. Prices are calculated according to weight. At about RMB 10 for 100g, expect to pay around RMB 20 for a bowl of frozen yogurt. SA-36A (beside American Eagle Outfitters), Solana Lifestyle and Shopping Park, 1 Chaoyang Gongyuan Xilu, Chaoyang District. (5905 6228) 朝阳区朝 阳区朝阳公园路6号蓝色港湾国际商场区SA-36A Haagen-Dazs Super-premium frozen treats for the well-to-do. 1) Unit R29, Zhongguancun Plaza Pedestrian Street, 15 Zhongguangun Dajie, Haidian District. (5172 1606); 2) 1/F, Raffles City, 1 Dongzhimen Nandajie, Dongcheng District. (8409 8790); 3) 1/F, Beijing APM, 138 Wangfujing Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6559 6277); 4) 1/F, Wangjing Jiamao Shopping Center, 33 Guangshun Beidajie, Chaoyang District. (8472 9478); 5) Unit L05b, Huamao Shangye Jie (north of Shin Kong Place), 89 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (6530 7045); 6) Unit 130, 1/F, Viva Mall, 65 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (5903 7061); 7) 1/F, Beijing International Club, 21 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6532 6661) 哈根达 斯, 1) 海淀区中关村大街15号中关村广场步行街 R29室; 2) 东城区东直门南大街1号来福士购物中 心1层; 3) 东城区王府井大街138号北京APM 1层 (近长安街); 4) 朝阳区广顺北大街33号嘉茂购物 中心1层(近大西洋新城); 5) 朝阳区建国路89号 华贸商业街1层L05b铺(近新光天地); 6) 朝阳区东 三环中路65号富力广场1层130商铺(双井桥西北); 7) 朝阳区建国门外大街21号北京国际俱乐部饭店 1层(近日坛路) Hui Lau Shan Hong Kong-style desserts featuring ice cream, sticky rice, puddings, and lots of mango. Daily 10am-10pm. B1/F, U-Town Shopping Center, 2 Sanfeng Beili, Chaoyang District., Chaoyang District. (131 4654 8259) 许留山, 朝阳区朝阳区三丰北里2号 悠唐生活广场地下1层

Italian Algrammofono RM 110, Tower A, International Finance Center, 87 Xisanhuan Beilu, Haidian District. (8882 4280) 海淀区海 淀区西三环北路87号国际财经中心A座110室 Isola N3-47, 3/F, Bldg 3, Sanlitun Village North, 11 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. 朝 阳区三里屯路11号三里屯Village北区3号楼3层 N3-47号 Loft Eatalicious Daily 10.30am-11pm. Unit 101, Bldg A1, ULO Park, 605 Wangjing Yuan,


Guangshun Nandajie, Chaoyang District. (8870 0868) 朝阳区广顺南大街望京园605号楼 悠乐汇A1座101室 Lydia’s Cafe 4pm-midnight. 70 Beixinqiao Santiao (150m north of Beixinqiao subway station), Dongcheng District. (6400 8173) 大牛比萨, 东城区北新桥三条70号北新桥站 北150米 Meeting Point Relocated from the Shuangjing location, this Italian restaurant specializes in cucina Italia with an Abruzzese touch. Suitable for dinner dates and family meals, with delivery and takeout available. Daily 11.00am-10pm. 2208, 2/F Soho Shangdu, 8 Dongdaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (5869 9469) 朝阳区朝阳区东大桥路8 阿訇SOHO尚都2层2208 Shree Kanchan’s Pizza, Pasta and BBQ The name pretty much says it all about this place. River Garden Villa, Chaoyang District. (8046 1738, 8046 1739) 朝阳区裕京花园内 Tavola Italian Dining Excellent Neapolitanstyle Italian cuisine in a setting that works equally well for intimate dinners or group events. Business set lunch RMB 108-138. Voted “Outstanding Italian” in the Beijinger’s 2011 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

Japanese Freshness A store that stocks semi-finished Japanese food such as sushi, sashimi, beverage and snacks. Daily 9am-10pm. 1) 2/F, Longbao Dasha, 36 Maizi Dian, Chaoyang District. (6591 9262); 2) Inside of Longtou Gongyu, 8 Nanxinyuan Lu(behind Nation Library), Chaoyang District. (8732 8650) 生 鲜馆, 1) 朝阳区朝阳区麦子店36号龙宝大厦2 楼; 2) 朝阳区朝阳区南新园西路8号龙头公寓 内(首图后) Hatsune Reservations recommended at this American-style Japanese joint with a hip, minimalist decor. Standouts include the multitextured butterfly roll, as well as the popular “Motorola,” drizzled with wasabi mayonnaise. Weekday lunch bento box set meals are a fine deal at RMB 75. Voted “Best Japanese” in the Beijinger’s 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 11.30am-2pm, 5.30-10pm. 1) 2/F, Heqiao Bldg C, 8A Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6581 3939); 2) S8-30 (opposite Element Fresh), Bldg 8, Sanlitun Village South, 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号三里屯Village南区8号楼S8-30 Toyo Jazz Daily 11am-10pm. Shop 258, 2/F, Indigo Mall, 18 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (8426 0898) 鯟沢亭, 朝阳区酒仙桥路 18号颐堤港商业中心2层L258底商

Mediterranean Ammo Daily 11am-2am. Units 16-17, Bldg 11, Solana, 6 Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (5905 6812) 朝阳区朝阳公 园路6号蓝色港湾11号楼16-17号 Argo Situated in a beautifully restored courtyard building, this Greek restaurant represents another stride in Wudaoying Hutong’s quest to become the next Nanluogu Xiang. Try authentic sharing platters of baba ghanoush, tzatziki and hummus, huge moussaka portions and a large selection of grilled meats and fish, all cooked by a genuine Greek chef. Daily 11.30am-11pm. 59 Wudaoying Hutong (100 meters west of Vineyard Café), Dongcheng District. (8403 9748) 东城区五道营胡同59号 Napoli/Casablanca Daily 11am-2pm, 5-11pm. B1/F, Prosper Center, 5 Guanghua Lu (west of Kerry Centre), Chaoyang District. (6562 8576) 意大利那布勒斯比萨, 朝阳区朝阳 区光华路5号世纪财富中心地下1层

The Olive Cafe Salads, sandwiches, dinner, health food, juice and desserts. Outdoor dining on warm days. Also serving weekend brunch. Daily 10.30am-10.30pm. 17 Gongti Beilu (opposite north gate of Workers’ Stadium), Chaoyang District. (6417 9669) 朝 阳区工体北路17号

四角餐厅, 西城区大石碑胡同27号 (烟袋斜街 西口附近)


Malacca Legend This elaborate Malaysian restaurant boasts serene water views and zesty Southeast Asian cuisine. Also offers catering services and delivery in the Shunyi area. 1) Daily noon-10pm. 1/F Building B, Ocean International Center, 58 Dongsihuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (5908 0075); 2) Daily 11am-10pm. On the banks of Luoma lake, Houshayu, Shunyi District. (8049 8902) 马六 甲传奇, 1) 朝阳区东四环路58号远洋国际中心B 座1层; 2) 顺义区后沙峪镇罗马湖畔

Dacha A one-of-a-kind, family oriented, selfindulging relaxation experience that cannot be found anywhere else in the capital. Dacha is a restaurant that offers spectacular and exquisite Russian and Japanese cuisine in one of the most luxurious locations. Its soothing atmosphere, polished guest services and mellow earthy ambiance are definitely the reasons to come and enjoy. Their smokefree environment will ensure that any trip to Dacha is a health conscious one. In addition to that, our cute kids room is full of toys and well equipped for young babies and their mothers. Come to Dacha and have some gourmet food , drinks and shisha with fresh air around you. Daily 10am-3am. 1 Ritan Lu (on the north side of Ritan Hotel), Chaoyang District. (8563 5765,

Southeast Asian 4corners 4corners is the first solo project from Vietnamese-Canadian chef Jun Trinh, formerly of Luga’s Pho Pho. The hot-and-sour fish head soup with lime leaves, pineapple and chilli stands out for its rich flavor. Of the tapas-oriented dishes, try the Vietnamese rolls filled with toasted rice, pork skin and leafy herbs. On weekends, a brunch menu features Canadian-style breakfasts and Asian options, plus a range of “morning-after” cocktails. Sun-Thu 11am-2am, Fri-Sat 11amlate. 27 Dashibei Hutong (near west end of Yandai Xiejie), Xicheng District. (6401 7797)

Indocentre Pick up only, no delivery. Contact Bobo 159 1077 6675 (Chinese) before going. Rm1204, Bldg1, Huaqing Jiayuan Apartments, Haidian District. (159 1077 6675) 海淀区华清家园1号楼1204室

Nuage Worth visiting for its chic, French colonial atmosphere – complete with dim lighting, rickshaws and waitresses in stylish ao dai – and its stunning lakeside location. Voted “Outstanding Vietnamese” in our 2009 Restaurant Awards. Daily 11am-11pm. 22 Qianhai Dongyan, Xicheng District. (6401 9581) 庆云楼, 西城区前 海东沿22号 The Yard This sister restaurant of Nyonya Kitchen oozes colonial elegance and polished charm. The menu, featuring specailty dishes like ki hokkien mee (yellow noodles in hokkien dark sauce with seafood and pork) and yam kueh (steamed yam cake garnished with minced pork and fried shallots) satisfies even the most traditional of Malaysian palates, and weekends feature an all-youcan-eat brunch (RMB 68 for adults, RMB 48 for kids, free for tots under 3). Daily 11am10pm. 3 Kaifa Jie, Xibaixinzhuang, Houshayu, Shunyi District. (8049 9449, theyardbeijing@ 庭院 餐厅, 顺义区后沙峪西白辛庄开发街3号

Family Health Clinics & Hospitals Beijing United Family Hospital Rehabilitation Hopsital Beijing United Family Hospital’s newest facility offers everything from physical and occupational therapy to pediatric, neurological, cardiopulmonary rehabilitation and TCM in a state-of-the-art facility featuring hydrotherapy facilities, an ICU, individual therapy rooms, hyperbaric and atmospheric oxygen chambers and an international team of specialists. 24 Hours. 1 Yaojiayuan Bei Erlu (South gate of Dongfeng Park, northwest corner of

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Yaojiayuan North 2nd Road and Qingnian North Road intersection), Chaoyang District. (8558 1800, http:// 北京和睦家康复医院, 朝阳区朝阳区 姚家园北二路1号(姚家园北二路与青年北路交 叉口西北角,东风公园南门) Amcare Women’s & Children’s Hospital This newly opened hospital near the Lido focuses on maternity services, women’s health and pediatrics. Foreign language support is available upon request.24-hr appointment service. 1) Daily 8am-4.30pm. 9 Fangyuan Xilu, Chaoyang District. (6434 2399 24hr hotline, 800 610 6200); 2) 9-9 Jiangtai Xilu, Chaoyang District. 北京美中宜和妇儿医院, 1) 朝阳区芳园西路9 号; 2) 朝阳区将台西路9-9号 American-Sino OB/GYN/Pediatrics Services (ASOG) American-Sino OB/GYN/ Pediatrics Services provides a comprehensive array of services for women and children by certified specialists from overseas and China. The hospital’s multicultural healthcare team consists of staff members from Chinese, the US, Australia, Sweden, Poland, Israel, and Taiwan. They are dedicated to providing value-added and custom-tailored healthcare for women and children. ASOG cooperates with Harvard University in order to better understand and accommodate cultural differences, as well as improve safety and quality of care. In a nutshell, the hospital is committed to high-quality, compassionate, and personalized care that meets international standards. Daily 24hrs. 1) Outpatient Service: 18 Anyuan Lu,Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. (8443 9666); 2) Inpatient Service: 218 Xiaoguan Beili, Anwai, Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. (8443 9595) 北京东方美华妇 儿医院, 1) 朝阳区安苑路18号门诊部; 2) 朝阳 区安外小关北里218号 Beijing Aier-Intech Eye Hospital 15 years of eye care experience, including emergency treatment, telephone consultations, laser vision corrective surgery and preventative care. On-site shop sells frames and lenses. The VIP clinic has English-speaking staff, many trained overseas. Can direct bill to many international insurance companies. Daily 8.30am-4.30pm. 1,4,5/F Panjiayuan Plaza, 12 Panjiayuan Nanli, Chaoyang District. (6773 2700, customerservice@intecheye. com) 英智眼科医院, 朝 阳区潘家园南里12号潘家园大厦1,4,5层 Beijing Antai Maternity Hospital Founded in 2003, Beijing Antai Maternity Hospital is the first hospital in Beijing with a water birth center to allow natural births. The hospital also researches male and female infertility, recurrent miscarriage, endometriosis, and more. Daily 8.30am-5pm. Building 18, Court 1, Xingheyuan, Jiayuan Road, Fengtai District. (67735551, 67537768) www.antaihospital. com 北京安太妇产医院, 丰台区北京丰台嘉园 路星河城1号院18号楼 Beijing Chaoyang Hospital Beijing Chaoyang Hospital, Affiliate of Capital University of Medical Sciences, was established on February 25, 1958. The Hospital, subordinated to Beijing Bureau of Public Health, is the third clinical college of Capital University of Medical Sciences. As a hospital officially identified to be at the top grade in China, it conducts medical treatment, teaching, scientific research and disease prevention. 8 Gongti Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (8523 1000, http://www. 北京朝阳医院, 朝阳区 工体南路8号 Beijing Children’s Hospital Daily 6.30am10.30pm. 56 Nanlishi Lu, Xicheng District. (59616161) 北京儿童医院, 西城区南礼士 路56号 Beijing Friendship Hospital This public hospital has direct billing arrangements with some insurers. The basic consultation fee is RMB 70, 100, or 200 according to the doctor’s level of expertise. Daily 6.30am-4.30pm, 24hr



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emergency care. 95 Yong’an Lu, Xuanwu District. (6301 4411 ext 3482) cn 北京友谊医院, 宣武区永安路95号 Beijing HarMoniCare Women and Children’s Hospital (HMC) Beijing HarMoniCare Women and Children’s Hospital (HMC) is a strategic partner of PHMI and cooperates with Teaching Hospital of Harvard Medical School, Boston Women’s Hospital, Boston Children’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. Located in a 13,000 sqm facility next to the Olympic Forest Park it offers JCI (Joing Commission International)standard medical services to Chinese and Western families. Also offers Gynecology and Pediatric services. Daily 8am-5pm. A2 Xiaoguan Beili, Beiyuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (6499 0000, www. 和美妇儿医院, 朝阳区北苑路小 关北里甲2号 Beijing Hongyitang Traditional Chinese Medicine Hospital Daily 7am-9pm. 2 Tuanjiehu Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6582 7850, www. 北京弘医堂中医医院, 朝阳区 团结湖北路2号 Beijing Massage Hospital Specializes in tui na therapy (about half of the massage doctors are blind) for necks, shoulders, backs and arthritis. Also performs acupuncture, cupping, scraping, moxibustion, physiotherapy and X-rays. 7 Baochan Hutong, Xicheng District. (6616 8880, www.massage-hospital. com 北京按摩医院, 西城区宝产胡同7号 Beijing Maternity Hospital 1) 251, Yaojiayuan Lu, Chaoyang District.; 2) East: 17 Qihelou, Dongcheng District. (6507 2971) 北 京妇产医院, 1) 朝阳区姚家园路251号; 2) 东 城区东院:骑河楼17号 Beijing New Century Harmony Pediatric Clinic As a satellite clinic of renowned Beijing New Century International Children’s Hospital, Beijing New Century Harmony Pediatric Clinic has a strong team of experienced pediatricians and nurses from China and overseas. Multilingual services are offered on a 24hr basis, consultations 9am-9pm. Harmony Business Center, Liyuan Street, Tianzhu Zhen, Shunyi District. (6456 2599) 北京新世纪荣和儿科门诊 部, 顺义区天竺镇丽苑街荣和商业中心 Beijing New Century Women’s and Children’s Hospital (NCWCH) With stateof-the-art park side facility, New Century Women’s and Children’s Hospital (NCWCH) is established to operate with international standards. Backed by strong ties to Beijing Children’s Hospital and Beijing Obstetrics & Gynecology Hospital, the experienced and friendly medical staff of NCWCH provide fi¬rst-class gynecology, obstetrics, pediatric, NICU and urgent care services for women and children (0-18 years old). 51 Wangjing Beilu (Wanghu Park south gate), Chaoyang District. (5178 3366) 北京 新世纪妇儿医院, 朝阳区朝阳区望京北路51号院 (望湖公园东门南) Beijing Obstetrics and Gynecology Hospital 1) 8am-4pm. 17 Qihelou, Dongcheng District. (6525 0731); 2) 251 Yaojiayuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (8597 6699) 北京妇产医院, 1) 东城区骑河楼17号; 2) 朝阳区姚家园路251号 Beijing Orient Care Clinic Offering international families high quality medical services, including family medicine, internal medicine, OB/GYN, TCM, pediatrics, Emergency Room services, specialist consultation, radiology and ultrasonography, laboratory and pharmacy services with English-speaking staff. Provides direct billing services with international insurance providers. Mon-Sun 9am-6pm. Unit 102, Business Building 16, China Central Place, 89 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (Chi/Eng 6598 1887, Jpn 6598 1823, service@rentaimedical. com) 北京仁泰门诊 部, 朝阳区建国路89号华贸中心16号商务楼102

Beijing United Family Hospital (BJU) Beijing United Family Hospital and Clinics (BJU) offers international-standard care to thousands of Beijing’s expatriate and Chinese families. BJU features an international team of doctors from more than 20 countries and since 2005, it has been consistently re-accredited by Joint Commission International (JCI) and the College of American Pathologists (CAP). Since 1997, BJU’s multilingual staff has provided professional expertise with heartfelt care. The hospital and clinics offer a full range of medical services. In addition to departments of family medicine, surgery, pediatrics, and dentistry, BJU has attracted top medical professionals in cardiology, neurology, internal medicine, dermatology, psychological health, obstetrics and gynecology, emergency medicine, integrative medicine, ophthalmology and ENT. Mon-Sat 8.30am-5.30pm. 24-hour emergency care. 2 Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District. (5927 7000, 5927 7120 (ER ), fax 5927 7200) www. 北京和睦家医院, 朝阳区将台路2号 Children Counseling Services by Dr. Mike Mehrvarz Dr. Mike Mehrvarz, PhD, is a child and adult psychologist trained in the US and licensed to practice in China since 1998. He uses a holistic approach to evaluate and treat children and teens. His specialties include eating difficulties, learning and behavior problems, anger, depression, bedwetting, ADD/ADHD, and more. Dr. Mehrvarz speaks English, Chinese, Farsi, and Japanese. International Medical Center (IMC), Rm S106, Lufthansa Center, 50 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (158 0131 9796, 6465 1561/2) 朝阳区亮马桥路50号燕莎中心写字 楼1层S106 Chiropractic and Rehabilitation with Dr. David Zhang Dr. David Zhang is an American National Board Exam Certificated chiropractic doctor, a Texas licensed acupuncturist and herbalist and a licensed Chinese Medical Doctor in China. Dr. David Zhang has developed post-childbirth recovery program for conditions such as back pain, heel pain, weight-loss, C-session scar reduction, etc. Medical services 24hrs; Dental services 8.30am-6pm (Mon-Fri), 8.30am-12pm (Sat); Integrated medical service 8.30am-5.30pm (Mon-Fri). 3/F, 32 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (64336232) 北京国际医疗中心, 朝阳区金佰健康会 馆, 亮马桥路32号高斓大厦附楼三层 Haidian Hospital Cheap and conveniently located for university students, this general hospital specializes in internal medicine and neurosurgery. Registration fee RMB 3.5-13; cash only. Clinic hours Mon-Fri 7.30-11.30am and 1-4.30pm, Sat-Sun 7.30-11.30am. 24hour emergency. 29 Zhongguancun Dajie, Haidian District. (6258 3042, emergency 6258 3093) 海淀医院, 海淀区 中关村大街29号 International SOS 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 internationalstandard 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 9am-6pm. Suite 105, Wing 1, Kunsha Building, 16 Xinyuanli, Chaoyang District. (Clinic: 6462 9112, 24hr hotline 6462 9100, www., 北京国际救援中心, 朝阳区新源里16号琨莎中 心一座105室

James Charles Optometrist Australian optometrist providing international optometry service to adults and children. Mon-Sat 9am6pm. Room 105, Kunsha Center, 16 Xinyuanli, Chaoyang District. (6410 5850, 139 1080 0717) 验光配镜服 务, 朝阳区新源里16号琨莎中心105室 Jia Yue Eye Surgery Centre This eye clinic offers an affordable and comprehensive range of eye screenings and treatments in a luxurious setting. Services include eye exams, myopia treatments, cataract surgery, Implantable Contact Lenses (ICL), and treatment of pediatric eye problems. Rm 306A, 3/F, Bldg B, Gateway Plaza, 18 Xiaguangli, Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (8447 4747, bj-doctor@jiayueeye. com) 嘉悦眼科, 朝阳区东 三环北路霞光里18号佳程广场 B座3层 306A Sino-Japanese Friendship Hospital A state-run hospital with a foreigners’ wing that’s very pleasant. Medical staff speak English, but don’t always have overseas training. Registration is RMB 100-300. Inpatient services require a minimum RMB 10,000 deposit. Mon-Fri 8am-noon, 1.305pm, Sat 8-11.30am. 24hr emergency care. Yinghua Dongjie, Heping Jie Beikou, Hepingli, Chaoyang District. (6428 2297, 8420 5122 (both numbers are valid for International Dept.)) 北京中日友好医 院, 朝阳区和平里和平街北口樱花东街 Smart Health Medical & Dental Center Offers medical services ranging from general consultations, family medicine and cardiology to pediatrics and more. Dental services available include: family dentistry, orthodontics, implant dentistry and teeth whitening. Also provides inpatient referral, mobile medical services and overseas consultations. Daily 9am-6pm.. Rm 102/215, Lido Place, 6 Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District. (6437 6898, 136 9921 5851) www.hmmp., 北京维健医疗中 心, 朝阳区将台路6号丽都广场102/215室 Tongrentang Traditional Chinese Medicine Clinic Tongrentang dates back to the Qing dynasty and is one of the most famous TCM pharmacies and clinics in China. No appointment necessary. Daily 8.30am5pm. Jianwai Soho, Guomao, Chaoyang District. (5869 1171/2, 135 2287 3781) 同 仁堂施小墨中医馆, 朝阳区国贸建外SOHO7号 楼底商 Tony Clinic Dr. Tony works as a psychological consultant, a traditional Chinese medicine doctor as well as a general practitioner. V313, East Lake Villas, Dongzhimenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (135 2018 8386) 朝阳区东直门外大街北京东 湖别墅V313 United Family Jianguomen Health and Wellness Center United Family Jianguomen Health and Wellness Center is a satellite clinic of BJU located in the St. Regis complex in the heart of Beijing’s Central Business District. The clinic makes high-quality healthcare accessible to CBD residents and employees. It offers integrative medicine, family counseling services, and provides health checkups for immigration purposes. Mon-Fri 8.30am12pm,1pm-3.30pm. B1/F, The St. Regis Residence, St. Regis Hotel, 21 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (8532 1221; 8532 1678 (immigration clinic)) 和睦家建国门保健中心, 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 United Family Liangma Clinic United Family Liangma Clinic serves Beijing’s diplomatic area, providing internationallyaccredited Family Medicine services. A multinational clinic staff of experienced doctors and bilingual nurses will ensure that you and your family receive the highest quality medical care available. Mon-Fri 8.30am-5pm. 2/F, Grand Summit, 19 Dongfang Donglu, Chaoyang District. (5927 7005) 和睦家亮马诊所, 朝阳 区东方东路19号1号楼会所27号(外交人员公寓 B区官舍16号)

Family Life United Family Shunyi Clinic United Family Shunyi Clinic serves Beijing’s suburban area and international school district with internationally-accredited family medicine, pediatrics, rehabilitation (physical therapy), psychological counseling, Traditional Chinese Medicine, laboratory, and pharmacy services. A multinational clinic staff of experienced doctors and bilingual nurses will ensure that you and your family receive the highest quality medical care available. The Shunyi Clinic is a satellite facility of BJU. Like other BJU satellite facilities, the Shunyi Clinic strictly adheres to Joint Commission International (JCI) and international infection control standards. Mon-Thu 9.30am-7.30pm, Fri-Sun 9.30am-4.30pm. Unit 806, Pinnacle Plaza, Tianzhu Real Estate Development Zone, Shunyi District. (8046 5432, fax 8046 4383) 和睦家顺义诊所, 顺义区天竺 开发区荣祥广场806号

International (JCI) standards, which enables the Shunyi Dental Clinic to be officially recognized as an international-standard dental clinic. Mon-Thu 9am-7.20pm, Fri-Sat 9am-5.30pm. 818 Pinnacle Plaza, Tianzhu Real Estate Development Zone, Shunyi District. (8046 1102) 和睦家 顺义牙科诊所, 顺义区天竺开发区荣祥广场818

Longxi Wenquan Golf Club In addition to the golf course, Longxi features indoor and outdoor spas, a large swimming pool, relaxation room, salt scrub area and a buffet. Daily 8am-11pm. 8 Shunjing Lu, Panggezhuang., Daxing District. (8928 2288) 龙熙温泉俱乐部, 大兴区庞各庄顺景路8号 Shunjing Spa Hotel Daily 24 hours. 2 Beisihuan Donglu (oppposite Ikea), Chaoyang District. (5827 1888, 5865 3888) 顺景温泉酒 店, 朝阳区北四环东路2号(宜家家居斜对面)

Dentists Beijing 21st Century Hospital Dentistry Beijing 21st Century Hospital Dentistry provides general dentistry (cleaning, crowns, fillings, etc.), periodontal disease treatment, children’s dental care, implants, orthodontics, and cosmetic dentistry. Experienced, multilingual specialists from Japan and China provide world-class care, consultations and treatment for various dental problems, using imported and modern dental equipment. Mon-Fri 9am-7pm, Sat-Sun 9am-6pm; 24hour house call service. 1-2/F, 21st Century Plaza, A40 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (84446168(English/Chinese)8444 6160 (Japanese)6468 6021(Korean)) http:// 朝阳区亮马桥路甲40号 21世纪大厦1-2楼 Beijing United Family Hospital Dental Clinic Provides comprehensive dental services for families, including cleaning, crown and bridges, dental implants, fillings, tooth whitening and more. 2 Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District. (5927 7058) www.ufh. 北京和睦家医院牙科, 朝阳区将台路2号 IMC Dental Clinic IMC-Beijing has the longest history of expatriate dental service in Beijing, state of the art equipment, and certified well-trained dentists. Services include: cleaning, filling, fluoride treatment, implants, canal therapy, orthodontics, crowns and bridges, tooth extraction, Invisalign, periodontics, space maintainers, and X-ray. Mon-Sat 9am-5pm. S111, Lufthansa Center, 50 Liangmahe Lu, Chaoyang District. (6465 1384, 6465 1328, marketing@imcclinics. com), http://www. 北京国际医疗中心牙科诊所, 朝 阳区亮马桥路50号燕莎中心写字楼1层S111 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) 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 OASIS Dental Clinic OASIS Dental provides complete dental care for families through internationally-trained dentists. Services include routine cleaning, fillings, root canals, crowns and bridges, veneers, whitening, orthodontics, prevention orthodontics, periodontics, and implants. Mon-Sat 6am9pm. 9 Jiuxianqiao Beilu, Chaoyang District. (5985 0305) 朝阳区酒仙桥北路9号 United Family Shunyi Dental Clinic United Family Shunyi Dental Clinic is located in Pinnacle Plaza, just around the corner from the United Family Shunyi Clinic. A multinational clinic staff of experienced doctors and bilingual nurses will ensure that you and your family receive the highest quality dental care available. Like other BJU satellite facilities, the Shunyi Dental Clinic strictly adheres to Joint Commission

a modern twist. 1) Daily 10am-10pm. Shop 39, Subway Level, Indigo Mall, 18 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (8426 0455); 2) Bldg 9, Sanlitun Village South, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6416 5179) 佰草集汉方 SPA, 1) 朝阳区酒仙桥路18号颐堤港商场地铁 层店铺号LG39; 2) 朝阳区三里屯路19号三里屯 Village南区8号楼S8-33

Vista Medical Center Medical services including family and internal medicine, OB/ GYN, pediatrics, dentistry, ophthalmology, dermatology, ENT, TCM, physiotherapy, psychiatry, imaging laboratory and pharmacy service. Also offers pre- and postnatal care and infant health check-ups. English-speaking staff onsite 24hrs a day. A consultation with a GP costs RMB 660. Direct billing with more than 40 international insurance providers. Daily 24hrs. 3/F, Kerry Centre, 1 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (8529 6618, fax 8529 6615, 维 世达诊所, 朝阳区光华路1号嘉里中心3层

Prenatal & Postnatal Yoga Fine Yoga Kids’ yoga on Sundays 2-3pm. 1) Mon-Fri 7am-8.30pm, Sun-Sat 8am-6pm. 16/F, Tower 2, Blue Castle International Center, 3 Xi Dawang Lu, Chaoyang District. (8599 9566, 139 1120 9563); 2) 2/F, East Tower, Van Palace Apartment, 1 Jinghua Nanjie, Chaoyang District. (139 1120 9563) 梵音瑜珈, 1) 朝阳区西大 望路蓝堡国际中心会所2号楼16层; 2) 朝阳区景 华南街1号旺座中心东塔2层 The Yurt at BJU Body libria is a new form of exercise that combines tai chi, yoga and pilates and replaces prenatal and motherbaby yoga classes at Beijing United Family Hospital. Instruction is in English. Call for details about class times. 2 Jiangtai Lu (at Beijing United Family Hospital, in the Lido area), Chaoyang District. (Contact 139 1050 3032) 北京和 睦家医院, 朝阳区将台路2号

Spas Bodhi Therapeutic Retreat A range of luxuriant massage options in stylish, minimalist surroundings. Offers aromatherapy massage, Thai massage, foot massage and Chinese body massage. Bodhi’s Chinese therapist is trained in TCM. Daily 11am12.30am. 17 Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6417 9595) 菩提会所, 朝 阳区工体北路17号 CHI CHI, The Spa at China World Summit Wing, Beijing is the highest spa retreat in the city, located on Level 77. Experience the Amber Charm Facial or Asian therapies like Chi Balance and Hilot Massage. The CHI Gallery features an exclusive range of skincare products and special spa gifts. Daily 10am12.30pm. 77/F, China World Summit Wing Hotel, 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6505 2299 ext 6666, cwsw@ en/property/beijing/chinaworldsummitwing/ health/chispa/intro 氣, 朝阳区朝阳区建国门外 大街1号国贸大酒店77层 Herborist Spa Shanghai’s popular cosmetics brand has opened up a TCM-style spa in Beijing, offering traditional treatments with

Spaview Hot Spring World Claiming to be the world’s biggest spa, Shunjing features an indoor section with a variety of hot pools for soaking and outdoor spas.All-you-can-eat buffet is RMB 60 and RMB 198 gets you in the door. Shunjing Wenquan Jiu Dian (across from Ikea), 2 Beisihuan Donglu, Chaoyang District. (5827 1888, 5865 3888) http://www. 顺景温泉酒店, 朝阳区 北四环东路2号顺景温泉酒店

Family Life Adoption Bridge of Love Adoption Service This government-run agency facilitates travel to the adoption site, as well as consulting, document translation and travel arrangements within China. Zhongmin Mansion, 7 Baiguang Lu, Xuanwu District. (6357 5792, 6358 9988 ext 1207) www. 爱之桥收养中心, 宣武区白广路 7号中民大厦 China Center of Adoption Affairs The government agency responsible for adoptions. The agency usually prefers to work with adoption agencies rather than with individual applicants, and does not talk to adoptive parents directly. Their website, however, is a good resource. 7 Baiguang Lu, Xuanwu District. (6357 5785) www.china-caa. org/frames/index_unlogin_en.jsp 中国收养中 心, 宣武区白广路7号中民大厦


International Newcomers’ Network A networking and information resource for all newcomers to Beijing. Meetings are held on the last Monday of each month except December. Function Rm, 3/F, Athletic Center, Capital Mansion, 6 Xinyuan Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (8486 2225 ext 110, innbeijing@ 朝阳区新源 南路6号京城大厦康乐中心3层 Studio Accord Started by International School of Beijing student Vivian Zhang, Studio Accord is a “non-profit design studio” that aims to empower non-profit organizations by providing pro bono design work and donating proceeds made from commercial commissions. Recent clients include Bethel China and United Family Healthcare’s residency program. www.

Domestic Help Beijing Ayi Service Company Beijing Ayi Service Company provides experienced and professional ayis, drivers and western chefs for expatriate families. Western cooking lessons are also available. (6040 9096, 136 4113 7690 (24 hours), Beijing Ex-pat Housemaid Service Serving over 2,000 families in Beijing, this service offers a supply of English-speaking ayis trained to cook, clean, babysit and more. Price range: RMB 1,600 per month for 8-10 hours per day, 5-6 days per week. (6438 1634) 北京易杨家美信息 咨询有限公司 Beijing Huijia Ayi Housekeeping Service Company Daily 8am-10pm. 16 Qianquhe, Gaoliying Zhen, Shunyi District. (136 4113 7690) 北京 汇佳家政, 顺义区高丽营镇前渠河16号 Beijing Merry Home Consulting Large pool of ayis available to perform a multitude of services. Price range: RMB 15 per hour; RMB 1,500 per month. (8205 0311) ( 北京其美嘉咨 询服务有限公司 Beijing Nanny Domestic Service Rm 208, Bldg 104, Qingnian Hui, Chaoyang Beilu, Chaoyang District. (beijingnanny@hotmail. com) 朝阳区朝阳区朝 阳北路青年汇104楼208室

Families with Children from China Network of foreign families who have adopted or seek to adopt orphans in China. (,

Beijing North Car Rental Co., Ltd MonFri 8.30am-5.30pm. Rm1031, New Fortune International, 71 Chaoyang Lu, Chaoyang District. (5136 8096) 北京北方汽车租赁有限公 司, 朝阳区朝阳路71号锐城国际1031室

Karen Friedman Karen Friedman works with expats from around the world to facilitate adoption within China, conducting home study evaluations and assisting families throughout the adoption process. (5130 3107, 134 3900 9391,

China Youth Union This service hires out ayis for both one-time service as well as regular service. Live-in ayis are also available. Ayis can all speak simple English. One-time service requires reservations. Price range: RMB 6-15 per hour; live-in up to RMB 2,000 per month.(6732 4406/2353) 北京华夏中青家政服务有限公司

OCDF Adoption This division of Our Chinese Daughters Foundation provides initial consultation, assistance throughout the process, and help with travel plans and proceedings at the time of adoption.(8403 4979,, adoption Sheperd’s Field Children’s Village Established by Americans Tim and Pam Baker, this orphanage in Anwei on the outskirts of Beijing near Tianjin houses 100 orphans on a six-acre facility and helps arrange medical services, surgery and adoptions for their charges. 放 羊地儿童村

Community Groups and Organizations AmCham-China Mon-Fri 9am-4.35pm. The Office Park, 6/F, Tower AB, 10 Jintongxi Lu, Chaoyang District. (8519 0800) www. 中国美国商会, 朝阳区金桐 西路10号 远洋光华国际 AB座6层

Expat Car Daily 24 hours. Beigao Lukou, Jichangfu Lu, Chaoyang District. (8152 3060, 朝 阳区机场附路北皋路口

Hair & Beauty Salons Christian Ravaglioli Daily 10am-10pm. 5/F, Shin Kong Plaza, Xidawang Lu, Chaoyang District. (6533 1584) 朝阳区西大望路新光 天地5层 Claire’s Music Studio 5/F Europlaza, 99 Yuxiang Lu Tianzhu Town, Shunyi District (8046 1368, 188 1075 5578) 顺义区天竺镇裕 翔路99号欧陆广场5层 Hair & Beauty by Hummingbird Formerly Hummingbird spa, this revamped boutique hair salon will continue to provide beauty and spa treatments, but now also specializes in haircuts and styling, with celebrity stylist Tom Yuen at the helm. Daily 10am-8pm. Unit 103, Bldg 3, Central Park, 6 Chaoyangmenwai

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Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6597 9119) www. 朝阳区朝阳门外大街6号新 城国际3号楼103 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. Rm 1108, B/1F, Block A, Sanlitun Soho, Chaoyang District. (6417 3029, 风色云 边美容美发中心, 朝阳区三里屯Soho A座,地 下一层B1102号 Toni & Guy Beijing branches of the worldrenowned UK hair salon. If you want to give your locks the five-star treatment, book a cut with director Frankie (RMB 780). His assistants charge considerably less (RMB 120 and up). Perms and colorings cost RMB 380 to 580. Surprisingly little English spoken. 1) Daily 11am-8pm. Shop 41, 1/F, Indigo Mall, 18 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (8426 0688); 2) Daily 10am-9pm. Unit 303, Tower C Office Bldg, Yintai Center, 2 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (8517 1292); 3) Daily 10am-10pm. Shop 404-405, 4/F, ECMall, 1A, Danling Jie, Haidian District. (8248 3435); 4) Daily 10am-9pm. 4/F, Seasons Place Shopping Centre, 2 Jinchengfang Jie, Xicheng District. (6622 0316); 5) Daily 10am9pm. 1/F, Hilton Beijing, 1 Dongfang Lu, Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6461 8368); 6) Daily 10am-9pm. 1/F, Oriental Plaza, 1 Dongchang’an Jie, Dongcheng District. (8518 2646) 托尼英盖, 1) 朝阳区酒 仙桥路18号颐堤港商场地铁层店铺号LG41; 2) 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; 3) 海淀区丹棱街甲1号欧美汇购物中 心4层404-405; 4) 西城区金城纺街2号金融街购 物中心四层L404; 5) 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; 6) 东城区东长 安街1号东方广场汇贤豪庭一层

Religious Organizations & Places of Worship Beijing Baptist Church Sunday school begins at 10am and is followed by 11am service. Sunday evening service begins at 5.30pm. Meet on the third floor of the CTS Plaza. Foreign passport holders only. 3/F, CTS Hotel, 2 Beisanhuan Donglu, Chaoyang District. Contact Joe Kappel (8721 7449, http:// 北京浸信会教堂, 朝 阳区北三环东路2号中旅大厦3层 Capital Community Church An interdenominational church gathering for foreign passport holders. Sunday morning services at 10am at the Art Center next to Beidong Flower Market on Shunhuang Lu. Small groups meet throughout the week and we have mid week student activities. 1A Shunhuang Lu, Sunhe Xiang, Shunyi District. (capital@ www.capitalcommunitychurch. net 顺义区孙河乡顺黄路甲1号 Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception (South Cathedral) Catholic Mass in English at 10am and 4pm (singing Mass). 141 Qianmen Xidajie, 10 meters from Xuanwumen subway station, Xicheng District. (6602 6538) 南堂, 西城区前门西大街141号 Congregation of the Good Shepherd Diverse, interdenominational Christian congregation that welcomes all foreign passport holders. Liturgically-based worship Sunday mornings at 10am at the Capital Club Athletic Center. 3/F, Athletic Club, Capital Mansion, 6 Xinyuan Nanlu, Chaoyang District. ( 朝阳区 新源南路京城俱乐部3层 Guangji Temple Though somewhat overshadowed by neighboring Baita Temple, Guangji boasts some serious credentials as the headquarters of the Chinese Buddhist Association. In the two beautiful tree-filled courtyards, worshippers and monks kneel



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side-by-side in prayer. The relatively new temple halls, rebuilt after a huge fire in 1934, are closed to the public. Although there is a guest center, this active temple is comfortably free from tourists and maintains the austerity of a place of worship. Somber does not imply silent, though, as the sound of prayer bells, chanting and even faint street noise drifts through the air. Several friendly Buddhist shops next door sell incense, books, CDs and statues. Daily 6am-4.30pm, guest center 9-11.30am and 2-3.50pm.. Xisi, Fuchengmennei Dajie, Xicheng District. (6616 0907) 广济寺, 西城区西四阜成门内大街 St. Joseph’s Wangfujing Church (Dongtang Cathedral) Originally built in 1655, this centrally located cathedral offers services in Chinese and Latin for Chinese citizens and foreigners. 74 Wangfujing Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6524 0634) 东堂, 东城 区王府井大街74号 St. Michael’s (Dongjiaomin Church) Built in 1902 as the French embassy church in the foreign Legation Quarter, St. Michael’s now welcomes Chinese and foreigners to its Chinese-language service.Service hours: Sun 7, 8am, 6pm. Contact Father Gao Yang (8511 5405, 137 0130 5933) 13A Dongjiaominxiang, Dongcheng District. (8511 5405, 137 0130 5933) 东交民巷天主教堂, 东城区东城区东交 民巷甲13号 The Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints Foreign passport-holders only. A separate branch for Chinese citizens meets in the afternoon. Sun 9.30am-12.30pm. 4/F, Golden Tower, Hepingli Beijie (near the Liufang light rail station), Chaoyang District. 朝阳区和平里北街金泰大厦4层 Xiapo Mosque 129 Chaoyangmenwai Ertiao (about 1km south of Fulllink Plaza), Chaoyang District. (8562 6316) 下坡礼拜寺, 朝阳区朝外 二条129号 (丰联广场向南1公里)

Relocation Services Allied Pickfords The largest international moving company in the world with corporate owned offices in over 40 countries and 800 offices. Offers online estimates for small shipments; otherwise a physical survey can be booked online. (021 6332 0088) www. Asian Express Started in 1979 in mainland China, Asian Express is an international company that offers household goods, office moving, storage and a full range of relocation services. Quotes available upon request in several languages. Rm 1612, Tower D, SOHO New Town, 88 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (8580 1471, hk) 朝阳区建国路88号 SOHO现代城D座1612室 Asian Tigers K.C. Dat (China) Ltd. 19 Shunchi Lu, Konggang Wuliu Jidi, Shunyi District. (6415 1188) www.asiantigersgroup. com 顺义区空港物流基地顺驰路19号 CIM Continental International Moving CIM can provide a full range of moving, storage, record management and expatriate documentation services. Professional staff is multilingual. 26B, Tower B, Zhonghai Haoting, 30 Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (8762 5110) 北京和乔百 丽居货运代理有限公司, 朝阳区东三环北路30号 中海豪庭b座26b CityWise Property Solutions CityWise Property Solutions provides tailored relocation serves with a focus on families. The company has access to a large real estate database that includes houses, apartments, serviced apartments, courtyard homes, and villas. Services are offered in English and French. Rm C203, Beijing Lufthansa Center, 50 Liangma Qiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6410 5353, 186 0192 9308, corentin.jegou@ www.citywiseproperty. com 朝阳区亮马桥路50号燕莎购物中心C203室 Globy Pet Relocation The leading pet transportation service company in China,

Globy Pet Relocation has five domestic offices and a widespread agent network. Globy is equipped to help transport pets anywhere in the world, arrange pet relocation planning (including required papers), international airline arrangements and door-to-door pickup and delivery. Rm 26B, Block 2, Bauhinia Court, 30 Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (8762 5020, mary@globypetrelo. com) 朝阳区东三环北 路30号紫荆豪庭2座26B Links Moving Beijing Wholly owned moving company established in Hong Kong in 1997 with full range of household moving services and storage options. Now handles over 3,000 international moves worldwide each year. Great website, offering information including freight container sizes and details, online quotes available for smaller shipments. Keep an eye out for specials, such as free air freight with certain container sizes or percentage discounts for early booking during peak seasons. (8447 7496) Santa Fe 2 Ba Jie, Beijing Capital Airport Logistics Zone, Shunyi District. (6947 0688) 顺义区顺义区首都机场 物流中心8街2号 Seven Seas Worldwide International moving company that will ship your belongings by air or sea freight. Prices start from RMB 1,200 by sea and RMB 1,580 by air. The service includes free packing cartons delivered & collected from your address, shipment of your own bags, boxes or suitcases and free export customs declaration. Get an instant quote, book, pay and track online (CHNINFO@ www. 七海国际

Supermarkets BHG Market Place Taiwan chain of upscale supermarkets has an extensive, albeit pricey, selection of goods and produce, including alcohol and organic products. Daily 10am10pm. 1) Shop 1, B1/F, Indigo Mall, 18 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (8426 0299); 2) B1, Shin Kong Place, 87 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (6530 5888); 3) SLG00, The Village at Sanlitun, Chaoyang District. (6415 8226); 4) SMM06, SOLANA Lifestyle Shopping Park, Chaoyang District.; 5) B2/F, Legend Center, Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. 北京华联高级超市, 1) 朝阳 区酒仙桥路18号颐堤港商场地铁层店铺号LG01; 2) 朝阳区建国路87号新光天地B1层; 3) 朝阳区 三里屯VillageSLG00号商铺; 4) 朝阳区蓝色港湾 国际商区SMM06号; 5) 朝阳区东三环中路乐成 中心地下二层 Carrefour French hypermarket offers a vast selection of imported wine, cheese, coffee, canned goods and much more. Wonderful variety – especially at the Guangqumenwai location – but the crowds can be thick. The Sanyuan Qiao store offers free delivery for purchases over RMB 500 – order by email 1) Daily 8.30am10.30pm. 56A Zhongguancun Plaza, Haidian District. (5172 1516/7); 2) B1/F, Bldg 3, Dinghui Jiayuan (southeast of Dinghuibei Qiao), Xisihuan Zhonglu, Haidian District. (5296 3511); 3) Daily 8.30am-10.30pm. 31 Guangqu Lu, Chaoyang District. (5190 9508); 4) 8.30am-10pm. 48 Jiukeshu Xilu, Tongzhou District. (5167 8911 ext.55); 5) Daily 8.30am10.30pm. 6B Beisanhuan Donglu (beside the International Exhibition Center), Chaoyang District. (8460 1043); 6) Daily 8am-10pm. 15, 2 Zone, Fangchengyuan, Fangzhuang, Fengtai District.; 7) Daily 8am-10pm. 54A Baishiqiao Lu (east of Beijing Zoo), Xicheng District. (8836 2729); 8) Daily 8am-10pm. 11 Malian Dao, Xuanwu District., 家乐福, 1) 海淀区中关村 广场甲56号; 2) 海淀区家乐福, 海淀区西四环中 路定慧家园3号楼地下1层 (定慧 北桥东南角); 3) 朝阳区广渠路31号; 4) 通州区九棵树西路48 号; 5) 朝阳区北三环东路乙6号(中国国际展览中 心正门旁); 6) 丰台区方庄芳城园二区15号; 7) 西城区白石桥路甲54号; 8) 宣武区马连道11号

Friendship Supermarket Stock up on cheese, lunchmeat and peanut butter. The selection of coffee, olive oil, chocolate and other Western imports is comparable to Haidian’s Carrefour, minus the mobs. Daily 8.30am-8.30pm. 7 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6532 1871) 友谊超市, 朝阳区三里 屯路7号 Jenny Lou’s These Western grocery stores have, along with the usual staples, fresh meat and cheese, unusual pasta shapes, unsweetened yogurt, fresh herbs … we could go on and on. 1) 8am-10pm. 101, Bldg 17, Central Park International Apartments, Chaoyang District. (6533 6792); 2) Daily 8am-10pm. Laiguangying Donglu (opposite Heping Hospital), Chaoyang District. (8470 1557); 3) Daily 8am-10pm. Bldg 4, Jianwai Soho, 39 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (5869 2253); 4) Daily 8am-9pm. Inside East Lake Villa Clubhouse, Chaoyang District. (6467 8018); 5) Daily 8am-midnight. 4 Ritan Beilu (opposite to Fancaodi Primary School), Chaoyang District. (8563 0626); 6) Daily 8am-10pm. 6 Sanlitun Beixiaojie, Chaoyang District. (6461 6928); 7) Daily 8am-midnight. South of Chaoyang Park’s West Gate, Chaoyang District. (6501 6249) 婕妮璐, 1) 朝阳区新 城国际17号楼101; 2) 朝阳区来广营东路和平医 院对面; 3) 朝阳区东三环中路39号建外Soho4号 楼; 4) 朝阳区东湖别墅会所里; 5) 朝阳区日坛 北路4号(芳草地小学对面); 6) 朝阳区三里屯 北小街6号; 7) 朝阳区朝阳公园西门南侧 Lohao City This organic goods and health food store sources most of its produce from its organic ranch in Miyun County, with the remainder (tropical fruits) imported from Taiwan. Highlights include 100% organic homemade soymilk, pickled vegetables and imported dry goods, including muesli, cookies and pasta, as well as organic and dairy-free chocolates. Check out the flower and plant shop with cute baby cacti and bonsai, as well as a corner devoted to an assortment of hi-tech Japanese pillows. 1) Daily 8am10pm. B1/F, Yinzuo Mall, 48 Dongzhimenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6415 0104); 2) Daily 9am-10pm. 1-19 Haoyun Jie, Chaoyang District. (5867 0270/0265); 3) Daily 8am9pm. 608 Pinnacle Plaza, Tianzhu, Shunyi District. (8046 6242 ext 801); 4) Daily 8am-10pm. 52 Jingshun Lu (Near Sunhe Qiao), Shunyi District. (8459 0134); 5) Daily 8am-10pm. 103, Building 15, China Central Place, 6A Xidawang Lu, Chaoyang District. (6530 5181); 6) Daily 8am-10pm. Shop 101, Bldg 17, Central Park International, 6 Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6533 6465); 7) Mon-Thu 8am-10pm, FriSun 8am-11pm. Bldg 5, 10A, 76 Baiziwan Nan Er Lu, Chaoyang District. (8772 4133 ext 806/807); 8) Daily 10am-9.30pm. 13104B, Beichen Lifestyle Plaza, No.8 courtyard, Beichen Donglu, Chaoyang District. (8498 5950) 乐活城, 1) 朝阳区 东城区东直门外大街48号银座MALL地下一层; 2) 朝阳区好运街乙1-19; 3) 顺义区天竺荣祥广 场608号; 4) 顺义区京顺路52号(靠近孙河桥); 5) 朝阳区西大望路甲6号华贸公寓15号楼103号; 6) 朝阳区朝外大街6号新城国际二期17号楼101; 7) 朝阳区百子湾南二路76号5号楼10A; 8) 朝阳 区北辰东路8号院北辰生活广场131-04B My Local Store My Local Store is an online grocery store specializing in quality and organic products from around the world. Contact their English-speaking customer service team for more information and to arrange a delivery. Daily 9am-6pm. (400 820 8025, www. Olé Supermarket French chain sells groceries, wine and household items at premium prices. 1) 10am-10pm. B203, B2/F, Beijing Shoudu Shidai Guangchang, 88 Xichang Anjie, Xicheng District. (8391 5006); 2) 10am-10pm. Xindongan Guangchang, 135 Wangfujing Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6512 4855); 3) 10am-9pm. B1/F, Jinrongjie Gouwu Zhongxin, 2 Jincheng Fangjie, Xicheng District. (6622 0461); 4) 10am-

Family Travel 10pm. B1/F, Ginza Mall, 48 Dongzhimenwai Dajie, Dongcheng District. (8447 7668); 5) 10am-10pm. B101,B1/F,Shimao Tianjie, 9 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6587 1509); 6) 9am-9pm. B1/F, Donghuan Guangchang, 29 Dongzhongjie, Dongcheng District. (6418 1006); 7) 东方新天地商场地 铁层BB01A号, Dongcheng District.; 8) B1/F, China World Shopping Mall, Jianwai Dajie, Chaoyang District.; 9) B1, Seasons Place, 2 Jinchengfang Jie, Xicheng District. (6622 0389/0491) 1) 西城 区西长安街88号北京首都时代广场地下二层B203 室; 2) 东城区王府井大街135号新东安广场; 3) 西城区金城坊街2号金融街购物中心地下一层; 4) 东城区东直门外大街48号银座Mall地下一层; 5) 朝阳区光华路9号世贸天阶地下一层B101; 6) 东城区东中街29号东环广场B座地下一层; 7) 东 城区BB01A, The Malls at Oriental Plaza; 8) 朝阳 区建外大街国贸商城地下一层; 9) 西城区金城 坊街2号金融街购物中心B1 Sanyuanli Market This excellent market is where many western restaurants and international grocery stores buy wholesale; it is also a dear friend to many amateur chefs. Many of the items available at Sanyuanli are difficult to find elsewhere in Beijing. There are exotic fruits and vegetables like mangoes, star fruit, lemongrass, brussel sprouts and porcini; fresh seafood; cheeses; fresh herbs and imported condiments like herbs, thyme, oregano, rosemary, parsley and fish sauce; frozen goods like burritos, pies and berries; and dry goods like coffee, beans, spices and pasta, bulk chocolate. The prices can be very wholesale-like, but these vendors know they are popular with foreigners and quote their prices accordingly. A half kilo of mint only costs RMB 7, and RMB 30 can get you a good-sized bag of basil. Daily 5am7pm. Shunyuan Jie (opposite Jingkelong Supermarket, west of Sanyuan Dongqiao), Chaoyang District. 三源里市场, 朝阳区顺源街 (三元东桥往西京客隆超市对面) Wal-Mart The big box retailer you know and love (or know and hate). Drum up a little odium as you cruise the uncharacteristically wide aisles looking for low, low prices on home decorating items along with groceries, clothing, electronics, sporting goods and more. Daily 7.30am-10.30pm. 1) B1-2/F A48 Zhichun Lu, Haidian District. (5873 3666); 2) Fuzhuohuayuan Plaza, Xuanwai Dajie, Xuanwu District. (6316 8905); 3) B1/F, Block B, Wanda Plaza, 93 Jianguo Road, Chaoyang District. (5960 3566) 沃尔玛超市, 1) 海淀区 知春路甲48号地下1-2层; 2) 宣武区宣外大街 富卓花园广场; 3) 朝阳区建国路93号万达广 场B座 B1层 Watson’s This Western-style drugstore sells health and beauty products, diapers, confectionery, stationery, condoms, overthe-counter medications and more. Several other outlets in Beijing including Oriental Plaza, China World and Full Link Plaza. Daily 9.30am-9.30pm. Jiangtai Lu (in Lido Place), Chaoyang District. (6436 7651) 屈臣氏, 朝阳 区将台路(丽都内) World Health Store 1) Mon-Fri 10.30am8pm, Sat-Sun 10am–7.30pm. Rm 2152, 1st Floor, Section A, North Tower, Soho Shangdu, 8 Dongdaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (5900 2209, info@worldhealthstore.; 2) Mon-Thur 10am-8pm, Fri & Sat 10.30am.8.30pm, Sun 10.30am-8pm. R09A, LB1, Euro Plaza, 99 Yuxiang Lu, Tianzhu Zhen, Shunyi District. (8046 2524, www. 世界健康品店, 1) 朝阳区东大桥路8号SOHO尚都北塔A座一层 2152; 2) 顺义区天竺镇裕翔路99号欧陆广场地 下一层09A

Veterinarians Aikang Veterinary Hospital Daily 9am10pm. 45 Tianshuiyuan Dongli, Chaoyang District. (6501 8605) 爱康动物医院, 朝阳区甜 水园东里45号楼底商 Baolaifu Animal Hospital Daily 9am-9pm. Inside the swimming venue (200m east

of the south gate of Worker’s Stadium), Worker’s Stadium, Gongti Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (6593 6074/6593 1344) 宝来富动物医 院, 朝阳区工体南路工人体育馆游泳场(工体南 门向东200米) Beijing Entry/Exit Inspection & Quarantine Bureau Mon-Fri 8.30-11.30am, 1.30-4pm. 2/F, 7 Beisanhuan Zhonglu (300 meters West of An Hua Qiao, on the north side of the street), Chaoyang District. (6204 9631, 6237 1359, callers should ask to be transferred) 北京出入境检验检疫局, 朝阳区北 三环中路7 号二层(安华桥往西三百米路北) Beijing KPK Veterinarian Hospital World Offers vaccinations and emergency care. 8.30am-9pm. 34 Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6552 5829) 北京KPK动物医院, 朝阳 区朝阳区工体北路34号 Chaoyang District Center for Animal Disease Control 1) Daily 9am- 9pm. Nan Hejiafen, Shuangqiao, Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. (8536 1301); 2) Daily 9am-9pm. Nongguang Nanli, Dongsanhuan Fulu, Chaoyang District. (6735 8970); 3) Daily 24 hours. A8 Tuanjiehu Beisantiao, Chaoyang District. (8597 5507); 4) Daily 9am-9pm. Administration office: 150m southwest of Chaoyang Gongyuan Qiao, Chaoyang District. (6508 3873, 6500 2890) 朝阳区动物疫病预防 控制中心, 1) 朝阳区双桥南何家坟; 2) 朝阳区 东三环辅路农光南里; 3) 朝阳区团结湖北三条 甲八号; 4) 朝阳区朝阳公园桥西南150米 China Inspection and Quarantine C11 Jianxiang Villa, A1 Huayanbeili, Chaoyang District. ( http://en.ciqcid. com/ 朝阳区华严北里甲1号健翔山庄C11座 Fangzhuang Banlü Veterinary Hospital Daily 8.30am-10pm. 23 Nansanhuan Donglu, Fengtai District. (6760 5989) 方庄伴侣动物医 院, 丰台区南三环东路23号 Guan Shang Animal Hospital Daily 8.30am-10.30pm. 1/F, 7 North Third Ring Road (300 meters West of An Hua Qiao, on the north side of the street), Chaoyang District. (6237 1359 ext 8037, 6205 1944 ext 8037 Chinese only) 北京观赏动物医院, 朝阳区 北三环中路7 号一层(安华桥往西三百米路北) 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 & pet shop available. All services in Mandarin and English. Licensed rabies vaccinations for export. Soft opening hours: 9am-8pm Tue&Thu, 9am-6pm Mon, Wed, Fri-Sun. 1316 Rongke Ganlan Chengshang Jie, Futongxi Dajie, Wangjing, Chaoyang District. (8456 1939/40/41, www. 北京新天地国际动物医院, 朝阳 区望京阜通西大街, 融科橄榄城商街13-16号 Naughty Pet Hospital 9am-9pm. No. 5-7, Bldg 6, Heping Xincheng, Hepingli Dongjie, Dongcheng District. (6448 1199, 6422 2848) 北京顽皮动物医院, 东城区和平里东街民旺丙19号 Wangjing Veterinary Hospital Open 24hrs. 7A Huajiadi, Chaoyang District. (6475 2626) 望京宠物医院, 朝阳区花家地甲7号

Family Travel Hotels, Hostels and Resorts 365 Inn The life of the party, this lively hostel attracts travelers from several nearby hostels to its restaurant/bar on the ground floor. The rooms are clean and well decorated with new wood furniture. The inn is a 10-min.

walk to the Qianmen subway station. Friendly English-speaking staff provide travel planning assistance. Free Internet and laundry services available. Book in advance – rooms fill up fast, especially during peak season. 4-bed dorms RMB 50; singles RMB 180; doubles RMB 180. 55 Dashilan Xidajie, Xuanwu District. (6308 5956) 安宜之家宾馆, 宣武区大 栅栏西大街55号 Beijing Hutongren Courtyard Hotel This boutique hotel and teahouse occupies a hundred-year-old renovated courtyard home, with more than 10 uniquely decorated rooms and a peaceful garden terrace. Rooms start from RMB 780 while tea courses from RMB 70. 71 Xiao Ju’er Hutong, Nanluogu Xiang, Gulou Dongdajie, Dongcheng District. (8402 4218/5238, www. 北京胡同仁庭院酒店, 东城 区鼓楼东大街南锣鼓巷小菊儿胡同71号 Beijing Marriott Hotel NortheastLocated near the Liangmaqiao embassy district, subway Line 10, and the Airport Expressway, this five-star hotel offers 1,600sqm of meeting and banquet facilities. Rooms are equipped with LCD TVs, high-speed Internet access, and a full range of first-class amenities. Other features include a health club, heated indoor pool, full-service spa, and five restaurants. 26A Xiaoyun Lu, Chaoyang District. (5927 8888) com/hotels/travel/bjses-beijing-marriotthotel-northeast/ 北京海航大厦万豪酒店, 朝阳 区霄云路甲26号海航大厦万豪酒店 Beijing Marriott West Corporate travelers with projects in Zhongguancun or meetings on Financial Street make up the bulk of this swanky hotel’s clientele. After a day of deal-making and telecommuting via in-room high-speed Internet and dual line phones, guests can unwind in the large indoor pool or 24-hour bowling center. RMB 950-10,000. 98 Xisanhuan Beilu, Haidian District. (6872 6699) 北京金域万豪 酒店, 海淀区西三环北路98号 Changfugong New Otani Hotel New Otani Chang Fu Gong, a large-scale fivestar business-style hotel, is located on the south side of Chang’an Dajie, two miles away from Tian An Men Square and the People’s Congress Hall, and right next to the the Beijing Railway Station.The hotel features 500 guestrooms and suites, including standard rooms, deluxe rooms and executive suites, and restaurants including the Peony Garden Chinese Restaurant, Sakura Japanese Restaurant, Grill Western Restaurant and Orchid Terrace Café, as well as 12 multifunctional halls for banquets and conferences. The business center is available in the Hotel for 24 hours, 7 days a week. The fitness facility is also on-site and well equipped. Daily 5pm-2am. 26 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6512 5555) http:// 朝阳区北京长富 宫饭店, 建国门外大街26号 China Countryside Hotels Mutianyu Village, Huairou District. (6162 6506, www. 中国乡村酒店, 怀 柔区怀柔区慕田峪 China World Hotel With bragging rights to being the first super luxury hotel in town, the 716 room China World is an oldie but still a goodie thanks to its attentive service, location in the heart of the CBD and quality food outlets - especially Aria. The lobby is opulent and marble-laden enough for even the most discriminating Carraran and it leads, via an escalator, to the restaurants, offices and luxury retailers of the China World Trade Center. China World Hotel’s health club features a heated indoor swimming pool and state-of-the-art gymnasium. The gym is equipped with exercise studios, cardio-fitness machines, squash and indoor tennis courts, and steam rooms and jacuzzis. Also, the affiliated Traders Hotel (Guomao Fandian) just behind the China World Hotel is a lessexpensive alternative for business travelers.


Daily 6am-11pm. 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6505 2266, 中国大饭店, 朝 阳区建国门外大街1号 China World Summit Wing Hotel “China World Summit Wing, Beijing comprises 278 guest rooms and suites, four designer restaurants, two bars and a lounge and four exclusive venues devoted to private dining, one of which is an observation deck on level 81. Accommodations with guest room sizes averaging 65 square metres are the most spacious in the city. The hotel also houses the city’s highest spa retreat with CHI, The Spa - Shangri-La’s signature spa brand - on level 77, a health club with a Life Fitness-equipped gymnasium, and an indoor infinity swimming pool overlooking the city.Ideally suited for exclusive celebrations and high-level meetings, China World Summit Wing has a designer’s collection of sumptuous venues with breathtaking views from the three Chairman Rooms on Level 79 and The Peak on Level 81. The Summit Ballroom, one of the largest in the city and 12 elegantly appointed function rooms with natural daylight are located on Level 3 to 5.” 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6505 2299, http:// chinaworldsummitwing 北京国贸大酒店, 朝阳 区建国门外大街1号 Comfort Inn & Suites Occupying the 9th11th floors of a large business tower, the Comfort Inn is ideally located for shoppers and partiers. Grab some dim sum at the Deluxe Restaurant on the third floor. RMB 650-960. 6 Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. (8523 5522) 凯富酒 店, 朝阳区工体北路6号 Crowne Plaza Beijing Popular with tourists and foreigners adopting kids in China, the recently renovated Crowne Plaza’s appeal lies chiefly in its location just north of the main Wangfujing drag and within walking distance of the Forbidden City and Tian’anmen. Rooms overlooking the streets are preferable to those on the atrium. RMB 2,760-6,610. 48 Wangfujing Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6513 3388) 国际艺苑皇冠假 日酒店, 东城区王府井大街48号 Crowne Plaza Beijing Chaoyang U-Town Crowne Plaza Beijing Chaoyang U Town boasts over 3000 square meters of flexible event space with 11 fully-equipped meeting rooms, including the Crowne ballroom with 1,029 square meters of space. OPENING JANUARY, 2011. 3 Sanfeng Beili, U-Town, Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (5909 6688, 400 886 2255) http://www. pegut?rpb=hotel&crUrl=/h/d/cp/1/en/ hotelsearchresults 北京朝阳悠唐皇冠假日酒店, 朝阳区朝阳区三丰北里3号 EAST Beijing 22 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6417 6688) 北京东隅, 朝阳区酒仙桥路22号 East Gate Plaza East Gate’s 2 bedroom Service Apartments provide space that is adequate for 4 people while the 3 bedroom has space for 6 people. Each unit is set up with furniture imported from Italy, along with complete sets of kitchen utensils, washer/ dryer, and other necessities. TV satellite, broadband, and the fitness center are also included in the rental.The Business Service Apartments are equipped with plasma screen TV, fax machine, study room and other essentials. 19 Dongzhong Jie, Dongcheng District. (6417 1188) http://eastgate.yinda. com/ 东环广场, 东城区东城区东中街19号 Far East Int’l Youth Hostel Located in an engaging hutong south of Liulichang that retains an essence of the former “Chinese city” - Far East has (for now) avoided the wrecking ball, and teems with activity. Slightly insalubrious, this friendly hostel is divided into two compounds. The south building is an ugly, tile-fronted creation, while the north compound is built around a pleasant

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traditional courtyard. Amenities include onsite dumpling restaurant and nearby bike rental shop and travel agency. Free use of the kitchen. Laundry RMB 20 per load. Dorm beds (RMB 45-60), single (RMB 238), doubles (RMB 298-398). 90 Tieshu Xiejie, Xuanwu District. (5195 8561, 5195 8562) www. 远东国际青年旅店, 宣武区铁 树斜街90号 Grand Hyatt Though it will always be overshadowed by the more glamorous Grand Hyatt Shanghai (in the Jinmao Tower), this hotel remains one of the most upscale in China - with prices to match. Great for shopping, business and sightseeing, with comfortable, sleekly lit and furnished rooms, the Grand Hyatt now also has a stunning new meeting venue, The Residence, in addition to their award-winning Chinese restaurant (Made in China) and indoor pool done up like a tropical grotto. RMB 3,500-34,200. 1 Dongchang’an Jie, Dongcheng District. (8518 1234) 东方君悦 大酒店, 东城区东长安街1号 Grand Millennium This 521-room luxury hotel in the shadow of the CCTV Tower boasts contemporary rooms, a residential complex (Millenium Residences), a Cantonese restaurant (Yao Chi), brasserie and two jazz bars. 7 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (8587 6888) www. 北京千禧大酒店, 朝阳区东三环中路7号 Great Wall Sheraton One of Beijing’s oldest five-star establishments, the Sheraton has seen a lot of history from its location near the business and diplomatic districts. For RMB 1,500 per night, guests enjoy standard luxury with Internet access and fitness facilities, including an indoor pool. While the lobby and hallways seem a bit dim, the restaurants and multilingual staff liven the atmosphere. Suites and Starwood Preferred Guest rooms available. 10 Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6590 5566) 喜 来登长城饭店, 朝阳区东三环北路10号 Hilton Beijing Located along the east Third Ring Road, the Hilton Beijing offers easy access to Sanlitun, the CBD and the embassy district, as well as the Airport Expressway. Experience a higher realm of pampering and prestige with exclusivity, personalized service and upgraded amenities in the newly built nine-story Executive Tower and relax in the Executive Lounge. There are also 12 meeting rooms, as well as a fully equipped Business Center. Also has five restaurants and bars, including Pan-Asian cooking at Elements restaurant, contemporary American cuisine in One East or creative cocktails in Zeta Bar. Daily 24hrs.. 1 Dongfang Lu, Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (5865 5000) http:// 北京希尔顿酒店, 朝阳区东三环北路东方路1号 Home Inn While this hotel chain may be nothing ravishingly special, it will meet the basic needs and be quite comfortable for the weary traveler. Even though these hotels were built quite recently, their decor is reminiscent of ‘70s motel chic. Home Inns are typically equipped with a restaurant, a cafe, a KTV, and tennis courts. 16 locations across town. RMB 148-299. 1) A2 Xinzhongjie, Dongcheng District. (5120 3288, 800 820 3333); 2) Bldg 5, Yong’an Hotel, 5A Nongzhanguan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6595 4488); 3) 11A Dongfang Donglu, behind the Hilton north of Yansha Qiao, Chaoyang District. (8451 2288) www.bbgh. 如家酒店, 1) 东城区新中街甲2号; 2) 朝阳区农展馆北路甲5号永安宾馆5号; 3) 朝阳 区东方东路甲11号(燕莎桥北希尔顿饭店) InterContinental Beijing Beichen Recognized as the only award-winning international luxury hotel in the northern part of Beijing, InterContinental Beijing Beichen is connected to the China National Convention Center (CNCC), one of Asia’s largest convention centers. The hotel



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stands out for its scenic location next to the National Stadium and the Water Cube, with easy access to Beijing International Capital Airport, the Great Wall, historical sightseeing spots, and major business centers. Bldg 4, 8 Beichen Xilu, Chaoyang District. www. 北京北辰洲际 酒店, 朝阳区朝阳区北辰西路8号院4号楼 Kerry Hotel Beijing This Shangri-La property is noted for its modern design, business-friendly amenities, kid-friendly restaurant (Horizon) as well as the city’s most popular cocktails (at Centro). The Horizon Club’s executive floor will be upgraded in the coming months The Kerry’s sports center wins kudos for its big pool, two indoor tennis courts, basketball court and rooftop track. RMB 1,300-23,000. 1 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6561 8833) 北京嘉里大饭店, 朝阳区光华路1号 Legendale Hotel Located on Jingbao Jie near Wangfujing, the opulent Legendale boasts a 390-room hotel, 79 full service apartments and 126 private residential apartments. F&B venues include Camoes Portuguese restaurant, Le Pont wine bar, Macau Chinese Restaurant and Petrus French restaurant. 90-92 Jinbao Jie, Dongcheng District. (8511 3388, http:// 励骏酒店, 东城区东城 区金宝街90-92号 Marriott Beijing City Wall Located by the remnants of Beijing’s old city wall just east of the Beijing Railway Station, The Marriott Beijing City Wall hotel is the largest Marriott Hotel outside the USA with 1,312 elegantly decorated rooms, over 4,000 sqm of banquet and meeting space with flexible facilities and services, and an array of restaurants and bars. 7 Jianguomen Nandajie, Dongcheng District. (5811 8187) com/hotels/hotel-information/travel/bjscwbeijing-marriott-hotel-city-wall/ 东城区建国 门南大街7号 Raffles Hotel Beijing Ideally situated at the crossroads of famous Chang An Avenue and the district of Wangfujing, Raffles Beijing Hotel is in the heart of the prestigious business and commercial districts and a few minutes from the mystical Forbidden City, historical Tiananmen Square, the Silk Market and other famous sights. It is also a short 15-minute walk from Beijing railway station and less than five minutes from Wangfujing subway station. Raffles Beijing Hotel epitomises elegance and exclusivity, as guests luxuriate in 171 beautifully appointed guest rooms and suites, which are some of the most expansive and decadent in Beijing. The inimitable Raffles experience is taken a step further with sumptuous culinary creations to delight every palate, state-of-the-art meeting and banquet facilities and a Fitness Centre complete with its own indoor swimming pool. Raffles’ afternoon tea service was voted “Outstanding Afternoon Tea” in the Beijinger’s 2011 Restaurant Awards. 33 Dong Chang’an Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6526 3388) en_ra/property/rbj, en_ra/property/rbj 东城区东长安大街33号 Renaissance Beijing Capital Hotel The five star hotel in the Shuangjing area south of the China World Trade Center (Guo Mao) “offers 2,300 sqm of modern, innovative and well equipped meeting space and 531 stylish and spacious guest rooms, including 41 luxuriously appointed suites, each equipped with a plug-in connectivity panel that allows guests to turn their 42-inch flat-screen LCD into a personal entertainment center.” Wining and dining options include Fat Duck, Fratelli Fresh, The Lounge and D Bar. 61 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu (north of Viva Mall by Fuli City), Chaoyang District. (5863 8888) 北京富力万 丽酒店, 朝阳区朝阳区东三环中路 61 号 Shangri-La Hotel Haidian District’s most upscale hotel is distinguished by its gorgeous garden, spacious rooms and arguably the

west side’s fanciest bar (Cloud 9). Cafe Cha serves a bountiful buffet, with an accent on pan-Asian specialties – wear your stretch pants. RMB 1,208-15,000. 29 Zizhuyuan Lu, at Xisanhuan Lu, Haidian District. (6841 2211) 北京香格里拉饭 店, 海淀区西三环紫竹院路29号 Sheraton Beijing Dongcheng Hotel Opening in July of 2011, the Sheraton Beijing Dongcheng Hotel features 441 contemporary guest rooms, suites ranging from 43 to 240 square meters, four restaurants, spa and fitness center, swimming pool and meeting facilities. 36 Dongcheng Beilu, Global Trade Center, Dongcheng District. (5957 5184) 北京金 隅喜来登酒店, 东城区东城区北三环路36号, 环球贸易中心 Sleepy Inn This hostel on the banks of Xihai has much to recommend it: large size, reasonable prices, traveler-friendly amenities, atmospheric location and friendly ambiance. Centered on a courtyard, the three-story building has 27 rooms with 87 beds. The bathrooms are clean and the beds have nice comforters. Guests can surf the Internet (RMB 5 per hour) in the lounge or browse books in the small library. The rooftop deck allows for grand views of the nearby lake and alleys. Bicycle rental RMB 20 per day. Dorms RMB 60-80; private rooms RMB 298. 103 Deshengmennei Dajie (on Xihai), Xicheng District. (6406 9954) cn 丽舍什刹海国际青年酒店, 西城区德胜门内 大街103号 Sofitel Wanda Despite an ominous exterior, Sofitel’s new Asia flagship hotel is sure to dazzle with its sophisticated blend of modern comfort and classical Chinese elegance. Floor-to-ceiling windows profit iconic CBD skyline views from west side rooms, specially designed feather beds, Wi-Fi, broadband and flat screen TVs complete a high-tech vision of luxury. The hotel’s F&B outlets include Le Pré Lenôtre and Farm House (see Restaurants). Rooms RMB 1,088-4,986. Tower C, Wanda Plaza, 93 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (8599 6666) 北京万达索菲特大饭店, 朝阳区建 国路93号万达广场C座 Spaview Hot Spring World Shunjing Wenquan Jiu Dian (across from Ikea), 2 Beisihuan Donglu, Chaoyang District. (5827 1888, 5865 3888) http://www. 顺景温泉酒店, 朝阳区 北四环东路2号顺景温泉酒店 DoubleTree by Hilton Langfang Bldg A, 50 Xinhua Lu, Guangyang District, Langfang, Hebei, Outside Beijing. (0316 555 9999 ext 6019, www. 琅坊中餐厅, 北京市外河北省廊坊市广阳区新华路50号万达广 场A座希尔顿逸林酒店 The China Club “Situated once in a quiet hutong on Xirong Xian Hutong near the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square is a royal modest palace built in the 17th Century for a prince descended from Emperor Kang Xi of the Qing Dynasty. Due to careful preservation over the centuries, the architectural features and character of the traditional palace remain intact. 10 newly decorated suites with hand painted and embroidered designs on silk wallpaper are available to members. The fully equipped suites with wifi and broadband facilities enable members to keep in touch with their offices around the world and the limousine service provides convenient access to and from airport and other parts of the city.” 19 Xirongxian Hutong, Xicheng District. (6603 8855) 中国会, 西城区西绒线胡同19号 The Classic Courtyard Located a short walk from Line 2 and 5, The Classic Courtyard offers clean and comfortable accommodations within a traditional Chinesestyle courtyard. Nearby attractions include Lama Temple, Ghost Street, Confucius Temple, and Nanluogu Xiang. Facilities

include air conditioning, ensuite bathrooms, free Internet access, washing machines, and bike rentals. Guests can mix with others and watch films in the lounge, while a bar and restaurant serve Chinese and Western dishes (including an American breakfast). The English-speaking hotel staff can help make ticket, transport, and tour arrangements at the front desk. Daily 24hrs. 31 Beixin Hutong, Yonghegong Dajie, Dongcheng District. (135 2144 4656, 经典的四合 院酒店, 东城区雍和宫大街北新胡同31号 The Library DoubleTree by Hilton Langfang, Bldg A, Wanda Plaza, 50 Xinhua Lu, Guangyang District, Langfang, Hebei, Outside Beijing. (0316 555 9999 ext 6001, Langfang.sales@ www.langfang.doubletreebyhilton. com 典•醇, 北京市外河北省廊坊市广阳区新华 路50号万达广场A座希尔顿逸林酒店 The Westin Beijing Chaoyang Fantastic location and first class amenities make the Westin Chaoyang one of Beijing’s premiere luxury hotels. All 550 guest rooms and suites are oversized and feature quality contemporary furnishings including the signature Heavenly Bed® and rainforest shower as well as wireless High Speed Internet Access. The Westin Executive Club Floor guest rooms and suites provide the ultimate comfort and convenience.The Heavenly Spa by Westin™ offers a range of treatments for the renewal of the body, soul, and mind. Facilities include an indoor pool, hydrotherapy centre, and WestinWORKOUT® gym. The business centre, located on Level 3, provides secretarial and business support while the gift shop features a selection of premium souvenirs and gift items.Find a journey of culinary delights and moments to savor in our restaurants, bars, and lounges as you enjoy offerings from China, Europe, and Asia. With a total of 1,100 square meters of function space, our hotel has the capacity to accommodate events of various sizes. The Jinmao Ballroom and seven meeting rooms feature the latest in audiovisual technology and five-star service. 7 Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (5922 8888) 金茂北京威斯 汀大饭店, 朝阳区东三环北路7号 Traders Hotel, Beijing Well situated and connected to the China World Mall, the Traders Hotel (Guomao Fandian) is a lessexpensive alternative for business travelers than its sister establishment, the China World Hotel. Traders Hotel, 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6505 2277) 国贸饭店, 朝 阳区建国门外大街1号 Traders Upper East Hotel With a modern, contemporary design, this Beijing hotel has 392 guest rooms and 27 suites, including a large, luxurious Traders Suite. With a Grand Ballroom suitable for up to 400 persons supported by a boardroom and 14 breakout rooms of varying sizes, the hotel is also ideally suited for meetings and banquet events. 2 Dongsihuan Beilu (southeast of Xiaoyun Qiao), Chaoyang District. (5907 8888) 朝阳区东四环北 路2号 (霄云桥东南角) The Westin Beijing Financial Street This mega-hotel on Financial Street (West Second Ring Road) has spared no expense in meeting the high expectations of its well-heeled clientele, from its vast lobby and elegantly appointed rooms to its opulent spa and pool. The Westin also boasts seven restaurants and bars – including Senses, which offers what many cognoscenti consider to be Beijing’s most decadent Sunday brunch. RMB 1,50021,100. 9B Jinrong Jie (Financial Street), Xicheng District. (6606 8866) 北京金融街威斯 汀大酒店, 西城区金融街乙9号 Xinjiang Hotel 7 Sanlihe Lu (inside the Xinjiang Provincial Government Office), Haidian District. (6833 5599) 海淀区新疆饭店 海淀区三里河路7号新疆驻京办事处院内 Yanxiang Hotel 2A Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District. (5138 9988) 燕翔饭店, 朝阳区将台 路甲2号

Fun Stuff Youyi Youth Hostel Attached to raucous Poachers Inn, this hostel is a favorite of visiting party animals. It has 20 twin rooms and 15 quad dormitory rooms. Although the rooms are a bit stark, you still get TV, phone and A/C and since you’re right in the middle of the action, you probably won’t be spending too much time inside anyway. Double RMB 200. 43 Sanlitun Houjie, Chaoyang District. (6417 2632) 友谊青年 酒店, 朝阳区三里屯后街43号

Travel Agencies AChinaTours AChinaTours offers “bespoke designer vacations” to China and Southeast Asia. They can tailor wild adventures, romantic getaways, relaxing vacations, and sightseeing tours alike. Rm 1108, Jintaixinqiao Building, Xizhimenwai, Xicheng District. (8837 1104 , (cell#) 1074 6078, www.achinatours. com 西城区金泰鑫侨大厦1108室 Beijing Baosheng Air Service Co. Ltd. Professional and full travel service company. Well-known as largest air ticket wholesaler in China, offer domestic and international tickets and packages not only to corporate clients, but also tailor-made to meet individual needs. Floor 9, Tower B, Jia Hui International Center Jiqingli, Chaoyang District. (400 888 0589, www.baosheng-air. com 北京保盛易行航空服务有限公司, 朝阳区 朝外吉庆里6号佳汇中心B座901室 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 Easy Travel Travel service with a decade of experience offering domestic and international packages to foreigners in Beijing. 1/F, Boutique 17, Hairun International Apartment, 2B Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District. (5126 7266,, 朝阳区将台路乙2号海润国际公寓商业1-17 Cheapest Beijing Tour Cheapest Beijing Tour doesn’t have the most inspiring name or well-written website, but at least they’re to the point. Specializing in day trips and excursions in and out of Beijing, the company claims to charge “only USD 40” for their tours. ( www. China Holidays Beijing Branch of Londonbased award-winning British tour operator with over 16 years’ experience in dealing exclusively with China. Specializes in creating tailored itineraries around China. A1106, Nanxincang Shangwu Dasha, 22A Dongsishitiao, Dongcheng District. (6409 6567, www. 东城区东城区东四十条甲22 号 南新仓商务大厦A1106 China Peace International Tourism Co. Ltd. (FESCO Travel) Fesco travel specializes in individual and group tours, they also offer specials on international and domestic air tickets and hotels. Room 502, 46 Dongzhong Jie, Dongcheng District. (8563 6720/30, 外企服务集团, 东 城区东城区东中街46号鸿基大厦502室 China Travel Service CTS, has over 100 branches around the world and has ranked first in China’s Top 100 International Travel Agencies for successive years. 28-31/F Bldg A, 38 Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (400 811 6666) 中国旅行社总社有限公司, 朝阳区东三环北路38 号院1号楼28-31层 CnAdventure Offer treks to K2, Mt. Everest and Mt. Muztag-Ata, Great Wall Hiking/ Camping, Inner Mongolia Horse-riding, Silk Road, 4WD Tibet and adventure tours all over China. Sightseeing tours to Xian, Pingyao, Datong, Guilin and Chengde. Room 208-F, Daxiang Touzi Building, 1A Dongbinhe Lu,

Dongcheng District. (5166 9102, assistant@ 太 和旅行社, 东城区东滨河路甲1号大象投资大 厦208-F Country Holidays Travel English-speaking tour consultants specializing in travel to China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, India, Thailand, Nepal, Bhutan and other areas of Asia. Also specialize in providing tours suitable for families with children. Mon-Fri 9.30am-6.30pm, Sat 9.30am-1pm. Unit 1003, Tower 3, Beijing International Center, 38 Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (5869 1781/82, 5869 1769, www. 朝阳区东三环北路38号 院北京国际中心3号楼(安联大厦)1003室 A group organizing events around the city, the surrounding countryside, and villages, with the aim of introducing people to more of the capital’s culture. Events include camping, hiking, and language exchange. ( www. Global Easy Tour This travel agency features a team of experienced travel professionals and offers solutions for a wide variety of travel plans, from international airline tickets to ground transportation, accommodations, tours, beach vacations, and more. With destinations ranging from China to Southeast Asia, Global Easy Tour is committed to providing the best travel services. Mon-Fri 9am-6.30pm, Sat 10am-4pm. A611, Freetown Center, 58, Dongsanhuan Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (5867 2900/1/2, 和平国旅, 朝阳区东 三环南路58号富顿中心A座611室 Happy Holiday Travel Service Happy Holiday Travel Service offers personalized service. Specialists in providing domestic/ international air tickets, hotel reservations, and business travel and family trip arrangements. Rm 1702, E-Tower, 12 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6501 1747, 6595 8819, 137 0102 8301, happyday@ 朝阳区光华路12号数码01 大厦1702室 H.I.S. Established in 1979, this Japanese travel agency just opened a branch in Beijing. Get a Japan Rail Pass and roundtickets to Japan at a low price from here. Rm 105B, Pacific Century Place, 2 Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6539 1518, info-staff@ 北京新 日国际旅行社, 朝阳区工体北路甲2号盈科中 心105B Kingdom Travel This bilingual outfit arranges domestic and business air tickets, family vacation packages and weekend escapes. Suite 601, Bldg A, SOHO Shangdu, 8 Dongdaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (5870 0033, www. 中侨国旅, 朝阳区东大 桥路8号尚都国际中心A座601 Mercurius World Travel Services 16G, Bldg B, Oriental Kenzo Plaza, 48 Dongzhimenwai Dajie, Dongcheng District. (5139 6161, 东城区东城区东直门 外大街48号东方银座B座16G Newman Tours (138 1777 0229, info@ PixieAdventures PixieAdventures organizes tailor-made outdoor activities including hiking, trekking and biking trips around Beijing. This service also hosts opera-mask painting lessons, kite-making and lanternmaking. Tours offer hikes to unrestored Great Wall areas. Schedule an appointment for hutong exploring any day or partake in the set departure times each weekend. For more information, check or send an e-mail to phyllis@pixieadventures. com. 7-2 Jingshan Dongjie, Dongcheng District. 东城区景山东街7-2号(景山公园东门 斜对面200米)

Planet Travel Planet Travel provides quality service for leisure family holidays and business trips at reasonable prices. Rm 2090, Bldg 5, Shoukaibojun, Yard 8, Xindong Lu, Chaoyang District. (6409 4255, info@ 星球旅 行社, 朝阳区新东路8号院首开铂郡5号楼2090 SinoTour Founded in 1986, SinoTour offers hundreds of China tour packages, hotels, and cruises. Save up to 80 percent. 3/F, 10 Anhuili Sanqu, Chaoyang District. (8483 1380, tour@, 朝阳 区安慧里三区10号3层 Sunflower Travel 22D, Bldg B, Ginza Mall, 48 Dongzhimenwai Dajie(8447 6361, www., Dongcheng District. (8447 6361) 东城区东直门外大街48号东方银 座B座22D) The China Guide Mon-Fri 9am-6pm. Rm 81, 8/F, Bldg 7-1, Jiangguomenwai Diplomatic Residence Compound, 1 Xiushui Jie, Chaoyang District. (8532 1860/5002, book@ 北京飞兔旅游顾问有限公司, 朝阳区秀水街1号 建外外交公寓7-1坐8层81室 Travel-Stone A travel agency catering specifically for foreigners, they offer services in English, Chinese and French. Travel-Stone organize everything from flights & hotels to tailored packages and large group trips. Daily 9am-7pm. Rm 1001, Dongwai Gongguan, 3 Xinzhong Jie, Dongcheng District. (5670 7458, www. 东城区新中街乙3号东外公馆 办公楼1001室 Trekiz | DIY Travel Site is a one stop shop for all things travel. Create and book DIY travel itineraries online with Trekiz’s patented trip planner. Choose from hundreds of activities (and tours and treks and classes and cruises!) in countries and cities around the world. Book China flights and China hotels, too! Trekiz takes the headache out of travel planning with its great prices, wide selection and user-friendly interface. ((+86) 4001-873549) TUI China Travel Co. Ltd. With its extensive international network, this German-Chinese joint venture can arrange personalized tours to destinations both domestic and worldwide. Unit 921-926, Bright China Chang An Bldg, Tower 2, 7 Jianguomennei Dajie, Dongcheng District. (8519 8800, cn 途易, 东城区建国门内大街7号光华长安大 厦2座921-926 WildChina Wild China’s family travel experts can help you craft a unique, personalized family vacation and are happy to program kid-centric activities like visits to schools or family homes, and arts and crafts workshops. Or, sign up for one of their family-friendly standard tours (trips to the Sichuan panda reserve are a popular choice). Rm 801, Oriental Place, 9 Dongfang Donglu, Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6465 6602, www.wildchina. com 中旅特种旅游部, 朝阳区东三环北路东方 东路9号东方国际大厦801室 Sells everything from sporting events, concert and performance tickets to air tickets. (Note: No train tickets.) Rm.1305, Bldg C, Haojing Building, 108 Zhichun Lu, Haidian District. (6210 1991, 800 810 4321, 590 590 66) http://www.51piao. com/ 中国票务中心, 海淀区知春路108号豪景 大厦C座1305室

Fun Stuff Animal Attractions Beijing Aquarium Modern, well-equipped and recently restocked, the aquarium features thousands of freshwater and saltwater fish from around the world, including huge Amazonian arapaima, giant sturgeon and many sharks. The piece de resistance may


be the enormous tank containing an entire coral reef – with sea turtles, manta rays and garoupa. There are also several Sea World-style shows every day, featuring seals and dolphins. RMB 120 (includes zoo), RMB 60 (kids less than 18 years old), free (kids under 1.2m). Daily 9am-5pm (Apr-Oct), 9am5.30pm (Nov-Mar), last ticket sold at 4.30pm. 18B Gaoliangqiao Xiejie, Haidian District. (6217 6655) 北京海洋馆, 海 淀区高粱桥斜街乙18号 Blue Zoo Beijing Not to be confused with either the Beijing Aquarium or the Beijing Zoo, the Blue Zoo is actually an aquarium with an enormous coral reef tank containing eels, tuna, shark, stingrays and (we swear we’re not making this up) the occasional underwater marriage ceremony. RMB 90, RMB 60 (kids under 12 years old), free (kids under 1m). Daily 8am-7.30pm (summer), daily 8.30am-6.30pm (winter). Workers’ Stadium South Gate, Chaoyang District. (6591 3397) 富国海底世界, 朝阳 区工人体育场南门

Art Schools 3iart Center Offers a range of art classes for children, teenagers and adults such as drawing, painting, clay modeling, needlework, Chinese calligraphy, knot making and paper cutting. 1) 2/F, Block A, Hairun International Apartment, Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District. (186 0135 0776,; 2) 1/F, Bldg 3, Shidai Zhiguang Xiaoqu, 45 Xizhimen Beidajie, Haidian District. (134 3983 3280, www.3iart. 爱立方艺术中心, 1) 朝阳区将台海润国 际公寓A座2层; 2) 海淀区西直门北大街45号时 代之光小区3号楼一层

ArtBug Singaporean art center ArtBug aims to make art accessible for everyone, with programs catering to children from ages 2-12. ArtBug focuses on nurturing a child’s creativity, communication skills, and self-confidence through the arts. The center offers courses in a wide variety of subjects, including drawing, sculpture, photography, speech and drama, and performance arts. Rm 753, Tower A, Chaowai SOHO (north of Central Park), 6 Chaowai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (5900 0270) 朝 阳区朝阳区朝外大街乙6号朝外SOHO写字楼A座 753 (新城国际北侧) Miller/Reis Art Studios Miller/Reis Art Studios provides an alternative to the typical children’s art class. Students can have individualized and enjoyable activities as well as sculpting, drawing and painting. 5 Xiyuan, Yishu Gongshem, Xianggelila, Feijia Cun, Cuigezhuang Xiang, Chaoyang District. ( 朝阳区崔各 庄乡费家村香格里拉艺术公社西园5号

Cinemas Broadway Cinematheque MOMA (BC MOMA) Beijing’s first art house cinema hosts screenings by independent Chinese filmmakers, with a young filmmaker series to support up-and-coming artists. Often filmmakers are present for Q+A. Also screens pictures for general release. North area of Dongzhimen MOMA, 1 Xiangheyuan Lu, Dongzhimen, Chaoyang District. (8438 8258)

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Fun Stuff 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) CGV Xingxing International Cinema Mon-Fri 10.30am-12.30pm; Sat-Sun 9.30am12.30pm. 4/F, Indigo Mall, 18 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (8426 0800) 希界维星星国 际影城, 朝阳区酒仙桥路18号颐堤港商场4层 Drive-in Cinema Car-less? Rent a vehicle for RMB 100. International and domestic movies show on five screens nightly after 7pm. 2 Liangmaqiao Lu (1,500m east of Yanshaqiao), Chaoyang District. (6431 9595, 5165 2832) 汽车影院, 朝 阳区燕莎桥东1500米路北, 亮马桥2号 Mega Box One of the more popular cinemas in Beijing, Mega Box screens both the latest Hollywood blockbusters and Chinese films. For RMB 20 per year, their membership program is well worth it. Non-members pay RMB 80 for regular tickets and RMB 120 for 3D tickets. With the discount, members get 50 percent off on weekdays and 30 percent off on weekends and holidays. 1) B1/F, Sanlitun Village South, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6417 6118); 2) 3/F, Area C, Zhongguancun Mall (West of Dinghao Mall), Haidian District. (5986 3777) www. 美嘉欢乐影城, 1) 朝阳区三里 屯路19号三里屯Village南区地下1层; 2) 海淀区 中关村广场购物中心C区三层(鼎好西侧) UME International Cineplex The fivefloor building is famed for its state-of-the-art equipment, clean environment and screening of recent foreign movies. It’s open all day, but half-price tickets can be snagged before 8.30pm. Nosh on the standard array of popcorn flavors or head to the nearby Pizza Hut, Subway or Haagen-Dazs to fuel up pre-show. The Cineplex’s biggest claim to fame – literally – is a 430-meter-tall screen. Tickets RMB 50 and 60. 1) 5th floor, Fuli Plaza, Shuangjing Qiao Bei, Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (5903 7171); 2) 44 Kexueyuan Nanlu, Shuangyushu, Haidian District. (8211 5566) 华星影 院, 1) 朝阳区东三环中路双井桥北富力广场5 层; 2) 海淀区双榆树科学院南路44号

Concert Hall & 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 China Puppet Theater The theater puts on Chinese language puppet shows every Saturday and Sunday. Times vary. RMB 50100/show. 1A Anhua Xili, Beisanhuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (6425 4847, 6424 3698) 中国木偶剧院, 朝阳区 北三环路安华西里甲1号 Chinese Shadow Puppet Cultural Club Established in 2007, this is one of the few places in Beijing where shadow plays are performed. The 2,000-year-old tradition is a form of ancient storytelling and entertainment. Catch the shadows on a lit backdrop and watch the shadows transform into a myriad of images. This club holds camps in the winter for children to learn the history and crafting of shadow puppets. Chinese language only, although they are planning on a bilingual show. TueSun 10am-noon, 2-6pm, 7-9pm. 28 Qinghua Xilu (100m west of Yuanmingyuan’s south gate, next to Tongrentang), (8656 9350)., Haidian District. (8656 9350) http://blog., http://www. 龙在天皮影文化俱乐部, 海淀区中华皮影文化艺术城: 海淀区清华西路28 号(圆明园南门西100米,同仁堂旁边) National Centre For The Performing Arts (NCPA) Adjacent to the monolithic Great Hall of the People, French architect Paul Andreu’s space-age conception attracted a fair amount of criticismfor its cost (RMB 490,000 a seat) and dust-gathering capabilities (maintenance of the glass dome and surrounding moat is said to run up to hundreds of thousands of RMB daily). Since its opening in December



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2007 though, praise for the stunning design, particularly beautiful at sunset, and the superb in-house acoustics has drowned out these criticisms. Continuing the trend of giving monikers to new monuments, the NCPA has been dubbed the ‘Egg’. Entrance to the three performance venues housed under the dome is via a passageway running under the moat, and the vast central atrium features stones from every region in China. Presently, attracting a string of world-class performers appears to be less of a problem than finding the appreciative local audiences that this venue deserves. 2 Chang’an Jie, Xicheng District. (6655 0000) www.chncpa. org 国家大剧院, 西城区西长安街2号 Universal Theater (aka Heaven and Earth Theater) Is your youngster reluctant to bid adieu to her training wheels? Make haste to this nightly acrobatics show. The tumbling, contortionists and juggling will keep the family entertained, but the mind-blowing highlight is the bicycle act: at one point, more than 12 girls balanced on a single (moving!) bike. RMB 180, 280, 380, 480, 680. Shows daily 7.10pm. 10 Dongzhimen Nandajie, Dongcheng District. (6416 9893) 天地剧场, 东城区东直门南大街10号 Xindong’an Cinema Shows the newest flicks in town – both Chinese and foreign. RMB 25-50 (foreign films); RMB 15-25 (local films). All tickets half-price on Tuesdays. 5/F, 138 Wangfujing Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6528 1988/1898) com, 新东安影城, 东城区王府井大街138号5层

Excursions Badaling Wild Park Wolves, lions, tigers, bears and assorted other large animals roam (not quite) free here, but certainly with a great deal more liberty than you’ll see elsewhere in China. Tour the park from the comfort of a vehicle (your own or one of the buses available at the park). RMB 90, RMB 45 (students), free (kids under 1.2m). MonFri 7am-5pm and Sat-Sun 8.30am-5.30pm (summer), daily 9am-4pm (winter). South across the highway from Badaling Great Wall Center, Yanqing County. (6912 1842/2591) 八达岭野生动物园, 延庆 县八达岭长城南 Schoolhouse Canteen Mon-Fri 9am-6pm, Sat-Sun 9am-8pm. 12 Mutianyu Village, Huairou District. (6162 6506/6287) www. 小园, 怀柔区慕田 峪村12号

Major Attractions Houhai The area commonly referred to as “Houhai” actually covers two lakes: Houhai and Qianhai. Popular with families, Houhai is worth visiting especially in winter, when the frozen lake looks like a scene by some modern-day Brueghel, with families and couples skating, playing ice hockey, and jubilantly riding on ice chairs and other fantasmagoric contraptions. There’s an old school amusement area with trampolines, electric cars and a dragon train on the southwest bank, near Kong Yiji. Dianmenwai Dajie (aka Ping’an Dadao), across from the north gate of Beihai Park, Xicheng District. 后海地区, 西城区地安门外大街(北海公园北 门对面)

Museums & Education 798 Space The namesake of the 798 area and a factory space that once produced weapons, now you can catch an occasional exhibit in between high couture product launches that draw crowds at night. Daily 11am-9pm. Dashanzi art district, 4 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6438 4862, 6437 6248) 798 时 态空间, 朝阳区酒仙桥路4号798大山子艺术区 Art Base 1 A three-floor art gallery complex with theater, design shop and French cafe. 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 Art Museum of Beijing Fine Art Academy The first and second floors exhibit more than 4,000 watercolor paintings from the Song dynasty to modern times, including such greats as Xu Beihong, Zhang Daqian, Fu Baoshi, Li Kuchan, Wu Guanzhong and Huang Zhou. The museum also hosts fine arts events and lectures throughout the year. Daily 9am-4pm. 1 Liulitun, Chaoyang District. (6502 5171) 北京画院美术馆, 朝阳区六里屯 北里1号 Beijing Planning Exhibition Hall Sounds desperately boring, but this place has a lot to offer for kids. The biggest draw is a huge scale model of Beijing that spreads across the floor for more than 300 square meters of exquisite, light-up detail – Godzilla fantasies must be reined in. Bring a pair of binoculars and head to an upstairs floor so you can view the model from above and see if your kids can spot your house. Also features interactive games for kids and a multitude of miniature models. RMB 30, RMB 15 (students), free (kids under 1.2m). Tue-Sun 9am-5pm (last ticket at 4pm). 20 Qianmen Dongdajie (just east of the old railroad station), Chongwen District. (6702 4559) 北京 市城市规划展览馆, 崇文区前门东大街20号 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). Tue-Sun 9am-4.30pm (last entry 4pm). 9 Nanying Lu, Chaoyang District. (6431 9548) www.cnfm. 中国电影博物馆, 朝阳区南影路9号 China Science and Technology Museum Mammoth 48,000 sqm facility features five themed exhibition rooms (the Children’s Science Paradise, The Glory of China, Exploration and Discovery, Science, Technology and Life and Challenges and the Future) and an array of hands-on scientific exhibitions, a science playground and displays of Chinese exhibitions. Also boasts four state-of-the-art “4D” and 3D cinemas, and an array of dining options. Tue-Sun 9am4.30pm, extended hours for special events (ticket selling 8.30am- 3.30pm). 5 Beichen Donglu (ten minutes east of the south gate of the Olympic Forest Park), Chaoyang District. (5904 1188) 中国科技馆, 朝阳区朝阳区北辰东路5号 Chinese Museum of Women and Children As the first women and children themed national museum, Chinese Museum of Women and Children opened on Oct 1, 2010 with an area of 35,000 square meters. It includes 11 exhibition halls containing more than 30,000 exhibits depicting ancient, modern and contemporary women, celebrating international friendship and women’s art, and showing changes and contrasts through the ages in women’s apparel. Daily 9am-5pm. 23 Jianguomennei Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6526 9678, 6526 9456) 中国妇女儿童博物 馆, 东城区建国门内大街23号 International 22 Art Place 3-B-110 Pingod, 32 Baiziwan Lu, Chaoyang District (5876 0101) 朝阳区百子湾路32号3号楼B座 110室 National Art Museum of China (NAMOC) Located in Dongsi, the National Art Museum of China holds large-scale revolving exhibitions of mostly Chinese classical and contemporary art. Right across from the museum, there’s a row of popular art supplies stores that sell paints, brushes, frames, canvases, stationary, and more. Daily 9am4pm. 1 Wusi Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6401 2252/7076) 中国美术馆, 东 城区五四大街1号 Songzhuang Art Museum Large gallery in Tongzhou’s Songzhuang Art District

showcases local talent. Songzhuang Art Village in Tongzhou, Tongzhou District. (8957 8575/9897/8040) html 通州区宋庄画家村 Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA) UCCA frequently holds kid-friendly exhibitions, classes, and workshops with local and international artists. Check the events listings and their website for details. RMB 10, free on Thursdays and for students, members, kids under 1.3m, disabled visitors, and seniors. Tue-Sun 10am-7pm. 798 Dashanzi Art District, 4 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (5780 0200, visitor@ucca. 尤伦斯当代艺术中 心, 朝阳区酒仙桥路4号大山子艺术区

Parks & Gardens Beihai Park This park is a good example of a classic Yuan dynasty imperial garden and has the benefit of being good to visit in all seasons. Ticket: RMB 10 (April-Oct); RMB 5 (Nov-March). Half-price for students. Daily 6.30am-8pm (Nov-March); 6am-9pm (April, May, Sept, Oct); 6am-10pm (June-Aug). 1 Wenjin Jie, Xicheng District. (6403 1102) 北海公园, 西城区 文津街1号 Liuyin Park Liuyin is one of Beijing’s most picturesque parks, with a duck- and lotusfilled lake surrounded by reeds, weeping willows and pavilions. Kids will prefer the play area with the usual kit (electric cars, trampoline, arts & crafts stand, playground with Little Tikes gear, shoot-the-duck-withwater-cannons arcade game) as well as bumper cars and paddleboats. Visit the charming outdoor tea garden on the island, which serves beer, soft drinks and snacks as well as tea. RMB 1. Daily 6am-9pm. Jiangzhaikou, Andingmenwai, Dongcheng District. (8411 3699) 柳荫公园, 东城区安定 门外蒋宅口 Longtanhu Park The park boasts a popular outdoor playground with many slides and swings, as well as a trampoline, an indoor playground and several rides including hovercraft-type bumper cars. There’s a roller skating area on the island, lots of gym equipment, badminton courts and boats in which you can explore the lake. Older kids may enjoy the climbing wall in the park’s southwest corner. Other things to discover include an old MiG fighter jet. Fun to visit during Chinese New Year, when the park becomes a giant fairground. RMB 2 for park entry, additional fees for rides. Daily 6am10pm. 8 Longtanhu Lu, Chongwen District. (6714 4336) 龙潭湖公园, 崇文区龙潭湖路8号 Olympic Forest Park Beijing’s Olympic Forest Park is a large, man-made nature park at the north end of the Olympic Green. Built for the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics, the park is oval in shape and features lake Wa Biancun in the center. The park features many walking and jogging paths. Several small islands in the lake are linked by bridges. The southeast end of the lake has a handful of carnival rides for children. The south gate of Olympic Forest Park is accessible through South Gate of Forest Park station (森林公园 南门) on Line 8. Daily 6am-8pm (summer), daily 7am-7pm (winter).. 15 Beichen Donglu, Chaoyang District. (Southern Garden: 6452 9060, Northern Garden: 6452 9090) 奥林匹克 森林公园, 朝阳区朝阳区北辰东路15号‎ Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) The crowds that cluster predictably around the buildings and ruins in this imperial abode may dissuade you from visiting with the kids, especially on a spring day in cherry blossom season. The key to a happy family outing is to explore the little known corners of this vast park. Walk around the far lakes, rent a boat and then sit in the shade of a weeping willow and enjoy a picnic. RMB 30 (Apr-Oct), RMB 20 (Nov-Mar), students half price. Daily 6.30am-8pm (last ticket 6pm); 7am-7pm (Nov-Mar: last ticket 5pm). Yiheyuan Lu, Haidian District. (6288 1144) 颐和园, 海淀区颐和园路

Schools Play Centers Cheer Kids Play Park Manufactured by American teachers, child psychologists and engineers, Cheer kids Play Park provides kids a motion and body-building environment and relieves parents from worries about kids safety. 1) 2/F, Fangheng Shopping Mall, Bldg 4, 6 Futong Dongdajie, Wangjing, Chaoyang District. (5119 3019); 2) West Gate of International Sculpture Park, Yuquan Lu, Shijingshan District. (159 1108 3533); 3) West Gate of International Sculpture Park, Yuquan Lu, Shijingshan District. (159 1108 3533); 4) 3/F, Bldg C, Wanda Plaza, Shijingshan, Shijingshan District. (8869 6929); 5) 4/F, Beidianshidai Plaza, Huilongguan, Haidian District. (8075 0939); 6) Stall 135, B2/F, 136 Huashi Dajie, Glory Mall, Chongwenmen, Chongwen District. (8755 5250); 7) 3/F, Huolidongfang Outlets, 1 Yaojiayuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (5119 3019) 奇乐儿儿童主题公园, 1) 朝阳区望京阜 通东大街6号院4号楼方恒购物中心2楼; 2) 石景 山区玉泉路国家雕塑公园西门; 3) 石景山区玉 泉路国家雕塑公园西门; 4) 石景山区石景山万 达广场C座3层; 5) 海淀区回龙观北店时代广场 四层; 6) 崇文区崇文门花市大街136号国瑞购物 中心B2-135; 7) 朝阳区姚家园路1号活力东方 奥特莱斯三层

Playgroups & Activities Hutong Cuisine Trained chef Zhou Chunyi can adapt her lessons in traditional Guangdong and Sichuan cooking for families or kids. Classes size: 1-6 people. RMB 220/person. Market tour: RMB 70/person. Daily class: Tue-Sun, 10am-2pm; Market tour: 9-10am. Courtyard 3, West Bldg, Shajing Hutong, Nanluogu Xiang, Dongcheng District. (8401 4788, 134 2631 7097, www. 东城区南锣鼓巷沙井胡同3 号楼西房 Kexue Communications Provides science shows, workshops, parties and functions forchildren and adults. Apt 1262, Door 1, Bldg 1, 7Hao Yuan, Taiyanggong Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (8415 5034, 134 3938 8329, www. 朝阳区太阳宫南街7 号院1号楼1单元26层1262 Lego Education Department These lego programs are designed to help children of different ages to discover their creativity, develop problem solving ability and language skills. Classes are one hour long for 3-6 years, RMB 180; two hours long for ages 7-16, RMB 200. 207, Bldg 529, The Atlantic City’s Chamber , Nanhu Nan Lu, Chaoyang District. (6471 2077, 6471 7585) 乐高工作室, 朝阳区南湖南路10号大 西洋新城中心会所二层207室(529号楼) My Little Mozart Studio Comprehensive music program offering keyboard, violin, guitar, vocal and other instrumental lessons. Group and private classes taught by qualified and experienced teachers. Music and movement classes for ages 0-4. Curriculum focuses on providing a well balanced music education for every student. Harmony Road music course is offered at the studio. Musical birthday parties can also be arranged. Room 108, Building 5, Lishui Jiayuan, Liulitun, Chaoyang District. (135 2256 3767, www. 朝阳区六里屯丽水嘉 园5号楼108室 Youth Choir Youth Choir auditions for kids ages 13-18 will be held at the start of the school year at the Western Academy of Beijing. For more information and to register for an audition, e-mail Kenna George at kgeorge@isb. ( www.

Theme Parks Happy Valley Amusement Park Beijing’s best amusement park sprawls out across a square kilometer of land outside the East Fourth Ring Road and offers 40 rides, an IMAX theater, more than 100 games and seven cinemas. The park is divided into a number of themed


areas inspired by such civilizations as Mayan Central America, Minoan Greece and Shangrila – the little kiddies play in Ant Kingdom. The roller coasters are world class, the park is well maintained, and the lines for rides are fairly reasonable. RMB 160 (April 1-Nov 14); RMB 120 (Nov 15-March 31). Half price for kids 1.21.4m, free for kids under 1.2m. Daily 8.30am10pm. Wuji Beilu, Dongsihuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (6738 9898 ext 0, 6205 0088, http://bj.happyvalley. 北京欢乐谷, 朝阳区东四环路小 武基北路

Water Parks Merry Waterworld Itching for a dip? This indoor pool emporium located in the Tulip Hot Spring Garden Resort allows for year-round swimming fun. Adventurous swimmers will rush for one of the six tall waterslides, while the less energetic family members can stick to the lazy river. There’s also a large wave pool, a children’s area, a lap pool and several hot tubs. Weekdays: RMB 98, RMB 60 (kids under 1.4m), free (kids under 1.2m). Weekends: RMB 138, RMB 60 (kids under 1.4m), free (kids under 1.2m). Daily 1pm-10.30pm, holidays 9am10.30pm. Jinzhan, Dongweilu (Take the Airport Expressway to the Weigou exit. Turn left at the first stoplight, right at the second, and then go straight), Chaoyang District. (5166 6846) www. 摩锐水世界, 朝阳区东苇路金盏 Splash Recreation Club Boasts a large outdoor/indoor pool, a sand volleyball court, a playground, a gym, pingpong tables, a poolside bar and restaurant. The hotel also has squash and tennis courts as well as a sauna. Mon-Fri: RMB 80, RMB 40 (children); Sat-Sun: RMB 140, RMB 70 (children). Free for children under 1m. Daily 6am-10pm. Sino-Swiss Hotel, 9 Xiao Tianzhu Nanlu, Shunyi District. (6456 5588 ext 1217) 浪花俱 乐部, 顺义区小天竺南路9号国都大饭店 Tuanjiehu Park Tuanjiehu is home to downtown Beijing’s best and most hygieneconscious water park, which is great fun on weekdays but crowded on weekends. Tuanjiehu also features a roller-skating park, several rides and boats. Beach: RMB 20, RMB 15 (kids). Pleasure boats: RMB 30-60/hr, RMB 50-100 (deposit). Roller-skating: RMB 5 (entrance), RMB 10 (skate rental). Daily 10am-9pm. 16 Tuanjiehu Nanli, Chaoyang District. (8597 4677) 团结湖公园, 朝阳区团结湖南里16号

Schools Educational Services Eliott’s Corner A therapy center, offering speechtherapy, occupational therapy and physical therapy for children from 0-12 years of age. Experienced therapists work with children, helping a wide range ofissues - from communication and articulation to handwriting to balance and coordination. Eliott’s Corner is a division of Olivia’s Place, Shanghai’s premier pediatric therapy clinic. Mon-Fri 9am-6pm. Rm 19 - 05, Block 2, Condo 360, 10 Dongsihuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6461 6283, 胡宝小屋, 朝阳区东四 环北路10号瞰都国际2号楼19-05室 (东风北 桥东北角) MY Chinese Study Offers everything you need to learn Chinese in China, from visa arrangements and residential services to internship placements and Chinese classes. Both private lessons and group study sessions are available. Specialized training in business and office Chinese provide a great way to learn about Chinese culture and business practices. They also organize frequent cultural activities, field trips, day trips in Beijing and travel outside of Beijing to expand your Chinese cultural experience. Rm 901, Block B, Sanlitun Soho, 8 Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. (8590 0698, 156 0134 5153, info@ www.mychinesestudy. com 麦芽汉语, 朝阳区工体北路8号三里屯SOHO B座901室

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Side by Side Side by Side provides support for individuals with special needs and learning difficulties through music therapy, learning support, and a daytime special education program. Side by Side’s team members are fully qualified and experienced professionals who conduct services in English. Music therapy is also available in German. We also offer community support such as workshops for schools, community groups, parents and other members of the community, arranging vocational training within the community, support with life skills such as basic finances, shopping, cooking, personal hygiene or social skills, support with parenting skills, advocacy, family and school support with transition and/ or behaviour issues, support for those dealing with a new diagnosis and work experience for high school students or new graduates. We also provide support with finding organizations and professionals to assist in the development, diagnosis and assessment of children with special needs, or suspected special needs. Mon-Fri 8am-6pm (after hours by appointment). Capital Paradise 3336, Shunyi Distrcict, Shunyi District. (8046 3858, info@ www.sidebysidebeijing. com 顺义区后沙浴名都园3336号

Schools School fees listed are for one academic year unless otherwise. Specified.Abbreviations: IB = International Baccalaureate; ESOL = English as a Second or Other Language Beijing City International School (BCIS) The school motto of BCIS is “Empowering and inspiring throughchallenge and compassion.” This non-profit, independent co-educational day school is accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the Western Associationof Schools and Colleges (WASC). BCIS offers an international curriculum for Nursery through Grade 12 students under the International Baccalaureate (IB) World School system and isauthorized to teach all three IB programs (Primary Years, Middle Years and Diploma). The campus culture is characterized by a warm and inclusive nature and an emphasis on personalized rigorousacademic inquiry through the extensive use of information technology in the classroom. Age range: 3-18. Tuition fees (2012-2013 Academic Year): RMB 2,000 (registration fee); RMB 5,000 (new student fee); RMB 132,600 (Nursery); RMB 144,500 (Pre-K); RMB 154,000 (Kindergarten); RMB 186,300 (Grade 1-2); RMB 188,700 (Grade 3-5); RMB 195,300 (Grade 6-8); RMB 199,100 (Grade 9-10); RMB 206,600 (Grade 11-12) 77 Baiziwan Nan Er Lu, Chaoyang District. (8771 7171, 北京乐 成国际学校, 朝阳区百子湾南二路77号 Beijing No. 4 High School Beijing No. 4 High School is a pilot middle school and high school, a member of UNESCO,and one of the oldest key schools in Beijing. Since it was founded more than 100 yearsago, the school has taught 35,000 Chinese and foreign students. The internationaldivision was established in 2002 and currently has more than 200 students from SouthKorea, Japan, the US, the UK, Canada, and more. The department offers Chinese languagecourses, diploma courses, and prep courses for higher education. Foreign students who passHSK level 6 have the option of integrating into the schools Chinese curriculum.Age range: 12-18. Tuition fees (2013-2014 Academic Year): RMB 25,000/ semester (tuition); RMB 10,000/semester (accommodations). For other fees (lodging deposit, weekend management fee, insurance, etc.), contact the school. A2 Xihuangchenggen Beijie, Xicheng District. (6653 9752, 6617 3886, 北京市第四中学, 西城区西皇城根北街申2号 Beijing Rego British School One of the newest schools in the city, 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 ageappropriate resources on campus. Coursework



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is based on the UK national curriculum with the addition of Chinese Culture and Mandarin courses for all year groups. Rego places strong emphasis on close cooperation between parents, students and teachers and aims to create an educationally comfortable but truly challenging atmosphere for students to “be their best” and explore their talents and abilities to the fullest. Age range: 3 ½-18 years old. Tuition:Registration Fee RMB 2,000; Deposit RMB 15,000; Nusery (Full Day) RMB 130,000/ year; Reception (Full Day) RMB 130,000/year; Years 1-6 RMB 160,000/year; Years 7-9 RMB 170,000/year; Years 10-11 RMB 192,000/ year; Years 12-13 RMB 202,000 15 Liyuan Jie, Tianzhu County, Shunyi District. (8416 7718, www. 北京瑞金英国学校, 顺义区顺义区天 竺镇丽苑街15号 Daystar Academy Daystar Academy, a Kindergarten-Grade 6 school, offers a balance of Montessori-based English education and the Chinese National Curriculum. Students spend half of their day in each language environment. As part of their curriculum, they are developingan integrated, capabilitiesbased character education program that unites all areas of the school and community. This approach connects two cultures and implements the strongest attributes of both Western and Eastern teaching methodologies. Sibling discounts availabe. Age range: 3-12. Tuition fees (2013-2014 Academic Year): RMB 105,000 (Kindergarten full day); RMB 57,000 (half-day, for 3-year-olds only); RMB95,000 (3 years old); RMB 105,000 (4-5 years old) RMB 110,000 (Elementary, Grade 1-6); RMB 10,000-30,000 (additional one-time entry fee) 2 Shunbai Lu, Chaoyang District. (8430 2654 ext 8009 or 5603 9446 (Heather Zhao in Admissions), www. 启明星双语学校, 朝阳区顺 白路2号 Dulwich College Beijing (DCB) Dulwich College first opened its doors to students in Beijing in August of 2005. Since then, the school has grown to include approximately 1,400 students ranging in age from 12 months to 18 years. DCB is a 21st-century school that couples outstanding ICT facilities with a modern approach. The school features a one-to-one laptop policy for students in Year 8 and above and utilizes a Virtual Learning Environment for the entire faculty. DCB is accredited by the Council of International Schools and Western Association of School and Colleges, and was named International School of the Year in 2011. The school aims to provide students with a well-rounded environment to grow, develop, and learn in. Ages: 12 months – 18 years. Application Fee: RMB 2000 – non-refundable; Placement Deposit: RMB 18,000 – refundable subject to terms and conditions; Early Years: RMB 66,200-168,000; Grades 1-12: RMB 168,000-219,200 1) Legend Garden Campus and Legend Early Years Campus: Legend Garden Villas, 89 Capital Airport Road, Shunyi District. (6454 9000,; 2) Beijing Riviera Campus: 1 Xiangjiang Beilu, Jingshun Lu, Chaoyang District. (8450 7676, www.dulwich-beijing. cn 北京德威英国国际学校, 1) 顺义区机场路 89号丽京花园; 2) 朝阳区京顺路香江北路1号 香江花园 Fangcaodi International School Fangcaodi is a state-run primary school that has been accepting foreign students for over 40 years. Classes are in Chinese, with the exception of English language classes. The school uses the same textbooks as other Chinese schools in the municipality and places a strong emphasis on math and Chinese. Fee-based after-school activities include badminton, arts and crafts, wushu and rollerblading. Grades: 1 to 6. Price range: RMB 16,000-48,000 plus RMB 20,000 capital levy. 1 Ritan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (8563 9140, www.fcd. 芳草地国际学校, 朝阳区日坛北路1号 Ganeinu International School Follows a Montessori curriculum and aims to “provide a warm, secure, Jewish environment where

children can feel comfortable exploring and learning.” Coursework consists of math, sensorial, language, art and music, geography, Jewish studies and special events. Nursery, kindergarten and elementary classes available. Tuition ranges from RMB 66,000-130,000 a year. Bus and lunch service available. 18 Xiaoyun Lu, Chaoyang District. (8470 8238) 朝阳区朝阳区 霄云路18号 Highscope International Kindergarten Located on the grounds of the Potter’s Wheel Tennis Academy, this school has five clean classrooms with modern facilities, an art room and a dance studio as well as lush green grass and gardens. Their main curriculum is mostly based on the American High Scope program. Games are also used to provide an environment in which the children can develop at their own pace and according to their interests. Each class has a bilingual head teacher, at least one native English speaking teacher and other local teachers. Options include half day or whole day, meals, and a bus service. Daily 7.30 am - 5.30 pm. 1 Langxinzhuang Lu, Chaoyang District. (8538 2775, 朝阳 区郎莘庄路1号 Honey Republic An early educational center specializing in “Mommy and Me,” language, and art classes. Each class has a maximum of six students. Memberships include private party hosting, kids’ photography and weekend activities. For kids ages 6 months to 6 years. oldClasses start from RMB 158. Daily, 9am7.30pm. Upper East Side (to the back of Paris Baguette), Lido, Chaoyang District, Beijing (behind Paris Baguette), Lido, Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. (5130 3145) 朝阳区 朝阳区东四环霄云桥东南阳光上东东环广场底商 B-03(华润万家超市旁) Ivy Academy Ivy Academy is a pre-school and kindergarten created in collaboration with the Harvard Graduate School of Education Researchers. The school offers an English environment with a “specialized focus on the customized development of every child” based on Harvard Professor Dr Howard Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences Theory and a convenient Dongzhimen area location. Age range: 2-6 years old. Tuition fees for East Lake Villas Campus (2013-2014 Academic Year): Deposit RMB 8,000 (non-refundable, to be credited toward tuition); Material fee RMB1,500; Halfday RMB105,140/year; Full day RMB 146,030/ year. Tuition fees for Central Park Campus (2013-2014 Academic Year): Deposit RMB 8,000 (non-refundable, to be credited toward tuition); Material fee RMB 1,500; Half-day RMB97,000/year; Full day RMB 145,500/ year 5738 4559. 1) East Lake Villas Campus: Rm C101, East Lake Villas, 35 Dongzhimen Waidajie, Dongcheng District. (8451 1380, East Lake Villas Campus:, Central Park Campus: Info-CP@ivyschools. com); 2) Central Park Campus: Bldg 24, Central Park, 6 Chaoyangmen Waidajie (Information Center: Rm 103, Bldg 20, Central Park), Chaoyang District. (East Lake Villas Campus:, Central Park Campus: 艾毅国际幼儿园, 1) 东城区东湖校园:东直门外 大街35号东湖别墅C座101室; 2) 朝阳区新城国际 校园:大街6号新城国际公寓24号楼(接待中心地 址:新城国际公寓20号楼103室) Ivy Bilingual School (IBS) 1) Orchid Garden Campus: 18 Xinjin Lu, Cuigexiang (Airport Expressway, Beigao Exit), Chaoyang District. (8439 7080, Ocean Garden Campus:, Ocean Express Campus:; 2) Ocean Express Campus: Bldg E, Ocean Express, 2 Dongsanhuan Beilu (north of Kempinski), Chaoyang District. (8446 7287/6, Ocean Garden Campus:, Ocean Express Campus: 艾毅双语幼儿园, 1) 朝阳 区卓锦校园:崔各乡新锦路18号卓锦万代; 2) 朝 阳区远洋校园:东三环北路2号远洋新干线E座 Keystone Academy Keystone Academy will open in Shunyi District in the fall of 2014. Keystone promises to be a unique and exciting

school option for families in China – offering Chinese and American instructional techniques of inquiry-based learning, critical-thinking, and creative problem solving in a rigorous intellectual environment. The academic program will be international in scope, with a central curriculum thread that focuses on Chinese identity, language, culture, and history. Keystone will serve students grades 1 through 12, with a bilingual curriculum in the primary years and more intensive instruction in English as students progress through the program. There will be a boarding school option for Grade 7 and 8, and mandatory boarding in Grade 9-12. Houshayu Town, Shunyi District. (5825 6008, 北京鼎石国际学校, 顺义区后沙峪镇 New Garden International Kindergarten Located in Fulicheng just south of the China World Trade Center, New Garden International Kindergarten has both Chinese and native English-speaking teachers on staff and a fun-based, enriching curriculum that will enable your child to flourish in both Chinese and Western education systems. Equipped with a children’s kitchen, library, inside and outside play areas, the school offers a warm and peaceful child-centered environment for students to develop and learn. New Garden accepts children from the ages of 2-6, with extracurricular classes available for children up to 12. Age range: 2-6 years old. Tuition fees (2010-2011 Academic Year): RMB 33,600/ year (for all children from ages 2-6) Bldg 61, Area D,Fulicheng (north of Shuangjing Qiao), Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (5876 1319, 新园双语幼儿 园, 朝阳区富力城新园双语幼儿园,东三环双井 桥北富力城D区西门61号楼 Oxford Baby Bilingual Kindergarten This long-standing Chinese kindergarten offers a Chinese-style bilingual curriculum at four separate locations. Much of the instruction is in Chinese, with native-English teaching staff responsible for English instruction. A significant number of children board at the school. Age range: 1.5 to 6. Price range: RMB 31,600-41,600. 1) 88 Jianguo Lu, Soho New Town, Chaoyang District. (8589 7363); 2) 308 Huizhongli, Yayuncun, Chaoyang District. (6493 6636); 3) 10 Anhuili, Section 4, Yayuncun, Chaoyang District. (6489 5533); 4) 6 Nanxinyuan, Chaoyang District. (8731 1098) 北京小牛津双语幼儿园, 1) 朝阳区建国路88号Soho现代城; 2) 朝阳区亚运 村慧忠里308号楼; 3) 朝阳区亚运村安慧里4区10 号; 4) 朝阳区南新园6号楼 Renda Middle School and High School The combined middle school and high school attached to Renmin University, Renda Fuzhong is known in Chinese circles for its high standards and gaokao results. The school’s language of instruction is Chinese, and it offers A-level qualifications. International students take a Chinese assessment exam that determines whether they are placed directly into regular classes with Chinese students or into an intensive Chinese program. A total of 4,000 students attend this large school, of which approximately 180 are international students. Ages: 12 to 16. Price range: RMB 50,000 (standard program), RMB 21,800/ semester (intensive Chinese program). 37 Zhonguancun Dajie, Haidian District. (6251 3962/2094) 人大附中, 海淀区中关村大街37号 Sanlitun Kindergarten This local kindergarten enrolls international students. Instruction is in Chinese and the school places a strong focus on physical exercise. Special classes for children ages 2.5 and accompanied by a parent are offered every week; the standard kindergarten program runs daily. Ages: 2 to 6. Price Range: RMB 500-1000/month (children under 3), RMB 5000-10,000 (plus RMB 450/month childcare fee) (children ages 3-6). 3 Jiqingli, Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6551 0877) 三里屯幼儿园, 朝阳区朝阳门外 大街吉庆里3号

Shopping Smile International Kindergarten (Smile IK) This international, multilingual kindergarten features a three-year program designed to foster students’ social, intellectual, emotional, and physical development. The curriculum focuses on practical life skills, sensorial development, and basic knowledge of math, geography, science, art, and music. Foreign languages (English, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Italian) are taught by qualified native speakers, and the recently-renovated facilities include two teaching buildings and an outdoor playground. Additional features include extended day care, after school activities, and regular field trips. The kindergarten also hosts birthday parties, seasonal celebrations, and an English summer camp that runs from June to August. Each week of the summer camp explores a different topic and is open to both expats and locals. The school welcomes new students at any point during the year; families can register during the week at Smile IK’s main office. Age range: 3-6 years old. Unit 29-30, King’s Garden Villa, 18 Xiaoyun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6468 1227/1012, 182 0122 3702, cn/u/2695180955 朝阳区霄云路18号京润水上花 园别墅29-30号 Twinkle Twinkle Play and Learning Center Located in Lido, Twinkle Twinkle is a Japaneseowned and –managed kindergarten with small groups of up to 10 children each. The school caters to kids aged 1.5 to 5, with lots of activities, half day, and full day programs. An in-house chef prepares lunch fresh for the students daily and Twinkle Twinkle celebrates each student’s birthday. A full-day program costs approximately RMB 69,000 for 11 months. 2B Greenland Garden, 1 Jiangtai Xilu, Chaoyang District. (8457 4060, 星熠宝宝, 朝阳区将台西 路嘉林花园别墅2B Yew Chung International School of Beijing Located within the scenic Honglingjin Park in the heart of downtown Beijing, Yew Chung International School of Beijing celebrates its 15th year of educating students of the Beijing expatriate community. YCIS Beijing, an IB World school, is fully accredited by CIS, NEASC and NCCT, and is a part of the larger network of schools with over 5,000 students across campuses in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Chongqing, Qingdao, and Silicon Valley, US. Providing K2 – Year 13 students with a quality curriculum based on the National Curriculum for England and a research-based Chinese Language Program that equips students to be bilingual, competitive, and globally-minded citizens. Age range: 2-18 years old. Tuition fees (2011/2012 Academic Year): Application Fee RMB 1,660 (non-refundable); Placement Deposit RMB 5,000–14,000 (year level dependent); K2 (half day) RMB 60,800; K2 (full day) RMB 102,000; K3 RMB 136,000; K4 RMB 142,000; Year 1-3 RMB 168,000; Year 4-6 RMB 172,000; Year 7-9 RMB 191,000; Year 10-11 RMB 204,000; Year 12-13 RMB 210,000 Honglingjin Park, 5 Houbalizhuang, Chaoyang District. (8583 3731, 北京耀中国际学校, 朝阳区后 八里庄5号红领巾公园东门 Yew Wah Arts and Language Centre This professional training center for arts, music and languages offers a specialized exam training session for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music. Aspiring musicians learn composure and style in their choice of instrument while using high quality facilities and instruments for superior musicianship. Age: 4-18. Price range: RMB 75-500/class. Bld F, East gate of Honglinjin Park, 5 Houbali Zhuang, Chaoyang District. (8581 8466, yalc@bj.ycef. com) 朝阳区朝阳区后八里庄5 号红领巾公园东门F楼二层 Yew Wah Infant and Toddler Education Centre (YWITEC) YWITEC’s reputation is founded upon decades of experience offering international education in Hong Kong and mainland China through the Yew Chung Education Foundation. YWITEC offers a childfriendly, nurturing, and multicultural setting


for learning and development, which allows students to experience different cultures from both Chinese and Western teachers. The curriculum draws from advanced research, as well as local and international early childhood education practices. YWITEC adheres to a child-centered philosophy, values the individual development and interests of each child, and plans a fun but challenging experience with age-appropriate learning goals. Age range: 1.5-6 years old. Tuition fee (20122013 Academic Year): RMB 53,000. Block F, Honglingjin Park, 5 Houbalizhuang, Chaoyang District. (8583 9223, 8581 8466 ext 817, itec@ 耀华婴幼儿教育 中心, 朝阳区后八里庄5号红领巾公园东门F楼 Yew Wah International Education School Built upon Yew Chung’s 80 years of experience in providing quality education, YWIES offers a full spectrum of programs to students in China. The unique Co-Principals and CoTeaching models combine East and West to create an international learning environment. YWIES takes a holistic approach to nurturing students with positive characters and global perspectives, along with a deep understanding of Chinese culture. Students can be admitted to schools around the world at any level of study. BP International Education Park, Beijing Economic-Technological Development Area, Daxing District. (8581 4299, enquiry@bj.ywies. com) 北京耀华国际教育 学校, 大兴区亦庄经济技术开发区的保华国际 教育园内

Shopping Arts & Crafts Ikebana Class by Lily Every Thursday and Friday from 10.30am-12.30pm, Lily Vittot offers ikebana (Japanese flower arranging) classes. Vittot studied the Ichiyo style of ikebana in Japan starting from 2007. In Tokyo, she participated in exhibition exhibitions in 2010 and 2012. She now holds an associate master status with the Ichiyo school of ikebana. Flowers and plants are provided in class, but students are asked to bring their own scissors (which can be bought in class) and vases. The cost is RMB 200 per class. Thu-Fri 10.30am-12.30pm. Rm B1803, Concordia Plaza, 32 Xiaoyun Lu, Chaoyang district, Chaoyang District. (135 0128 1587, 朝阳区霄云路32号嘉 和丽园B1803室 Zian Print and Graphics Whether you’re re-decorating your place or looking for a unique gift for someone special, Zian has a wide range of unique artwork available, including original graphics, limited edition prints by Chinese and European artists covering themes of Chinese minorities, Buddhism, the streets of old Hong Kong, Peking Opera and more. Tue-Sun, 2.308.30pm. 30 Fangjia Hutong, Dongcheng District. (131 4649 3917, ziangraphics@gmail. com, 子安方家胡同店, 东 城区东城区方家胡同30号

Home Accessories and Gear Aika Cheap, modern-ish furniture of every make and model as well construction materials and interior decoration companies. 1) Mon-Fri 9.30am-6.30pm, Sat-Sun 9.30am7pm. Wangjing outlet, 66 Beixiangbin Lu, Guangshun Qiao, Guangshun Beidajie, Chaoyang District. (8490 4696); 2) Mon-Fri 9am-6pm, Sat-Sun 9am-6.30pm. Yansha outlet, 36A Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6432 1125); 3) Daily 9am-9pm. Xisihuan outlet, 119 Xisihuan Beilu, 200m south of Sijiqing Qiao, Haidian District. (8845 7900/2); 4) Mon-Fri 9am-6.30pm, Sat-Sun 9am-7pm. Nansanhuan outlet, 75 Chengshousi Lu, Fengtai District. (6765 7187) 爱家家居, 1) 朝阳区望京 店, 广顺北大街香宾路66号; 2) 朝阳区燕莎店, 亮马桥路甲36号; 3) 海淀区西四环路店, 西四 环北路119号(四季青桥南200米); 4) 丰台区南 三环店, 成寿寺路75号

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Apple Experience Centre Sells groovy Apple computers, laptops and iPods as well as software, accessories and printers. 1) Daily 10am-10pm. Bldg 6, Sanlitun Village, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6419 8900); 2) Daily 10am-9pm. 106A 1/F Oriental Plaza, Dongcheng District. (8518 0002) 苹果体验中心, 1) 朝阳区三里屯路 19 号院 三里屯 Village 6 号楼; 2) 东城区东方 新天地106A Beyuls This furniture store specializes in high-end furniture and housewares: wood furniture made from solid piece of woods (not made with veneer or composite woods), porcelain and ceramic pieces made by masters in the trade, as well as high quality stones and crystals (natural color, no radiation). Other items sold include hand woven linen table runners and raw silk cushions. Daily 9.30am-6.30pm. Stall 2311, Chaoyuan Huahui, Chaoyang Gongyuanxi Lu, Chaoyang District. (135 2228 3751) 天地人, 朝阳区朝阳公园西路朝园花卉二楼2311 Biorck & Co Mon-Thur 11am-6pm; Fri-Sun 11am-9pm. Shop 250, 2/F, Indigo Mall, 18 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (8426 0415) 朝阳区酒仙桥路18号颐 堤港商场2层店铺号250 Cuccina Founded in 2011, Cuccina is a retailer specializing in quality kitchen furnishings and gourmet cookware. Brands include Le Creuset, Swissmar, Microplane, Joseph Joseph, Typhoon, Eva Solo, Lékué, and more. 1) Daily 10am-9pm. Shop 55, B1/F, Indigo Mall, 18 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (8420 0971); 2) 17 Gongti Beilu (across from north gate of Workers’ Stadium, in the same building as Bodhi), Chaoyang District. (6413 0223) 品厨, 1) 朝阳区酒仙桥 路18号颐堤港商场地铁层店铺号LG55; 2) 朝阳 区工体北路17号(工体北门对面) Dazhong With 41 stores across Beijing, it’s easy to find a branch of this reliable chain, which stocks domestic and foreign brands of household appliances, TVs, DVD players, PCs and more. Visit asp for a map showing all store locations. Or call toll-free 800 810 9110 for further information. Daily 9.30am-7pm. 1) (First floor of Carrefour) Guangqu Lu, Chaoyang District.; 2) 200 meters west of Dawang Qiao, Jianguo Lu (across from Wanda Plaza), Chaoyang District. (8884 9522) 大中电器连锁店, 1) 朝 阳区广渠路,家乐福楼下; 2) 朝阳区大望桥店, 建国路大望桥往西200米万达广场对面

Taiyanggong, Bldg 1, 12 Qi Sheng Zhongjie, Chaoyang District, Beijing, Chaoyang District. (157 1286 8454,; 5) Daily 10am-10pm. 5/F, Shin Kong Place, 87 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (5738 2401,; 6) Daily 9am-6pm. Rm 1801-03, Air China Plaza, 36 Xiaoyun Lu, Chaoyang District. (8447 5800,; 7) Daily 10am-9pm. 4/F, 417 Seasons Place, 2 Jinchengfang Jie, Xicheng District. (6622 0179,; 8) Mon-Thu 10am-9pm, Fri-Sun 10am-10pm. B1/F, Golden Resources New Yansha Mall, 1 Yuanda Lu, Haidian District. (157 1286 9044,; 9) 10am-10pm. B2/F, Scitech Plaza, 22 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Beijing, Chaoyang District. (188 1020 5987, 1) 顺义区天竺镇裕翔路99号欧陆广场地下一层 03A; 2) 朝阳区亮马桥路52号燕莎友谊商城5层; 3) 西城区复兴门内大街101号6层百盛复兴门店 家电部; 4) 朝阳区七圣中街12号院1号楼B1百盛 太阳宫店生活家电区; 5) 朝阳区建国路87号新 光天地5层生活家电区; 6) 朝阳区霄云路36号国 航大厦1801-03室; 7) 西城区金城坊街金融街 417号四层; 8) 海淀区远大路1号金源新燕莎商 城地下1层; 9) 朝阳区建国门外大街22号赛特购 物中心地下二层 New China Children’s Store Offers some good deals on China-made gear: Angel strollers, Geoby wood cribs with a bassinet and mosquito net, and Angel travel cots with changing mats and colorful plastic fourdrawer dressers. Head up to the second floor for essentials like diapers, basins and thermometers. Also features various play possibilities. Daily 10am-9.30pm. 168 Wangfujing Street, Dongcheng District. (6528 1774) 新中国儿童用品商店, 东城区王府井 大街168号 Torana Tibetan Rugs Handmade rugs and custom rugs from the owners own workshop in Lhasa. Antique rugs and textiles. Daily 10.30am-8.30pm. Unit L1-110, 1/F, Europlaza Mall, Shunyi District. (8549 0785) 图兰纳 手工地毯, 顺义区天竺镇裕翔路99号欧陆广 场,L1-110. Torana Tibetan Rugs Handmade rugs and custom rugs from our own workshop in Lhasa. Antique rugs and textiles. Daily 10am-8.30pm. Unit LB09, 1/F, Europlaza Mall, Shunyi District. (8459 0785) 顺义区天竺镇裕 翔路99号欧陆广场LB09

Ikea Stocks a wide range of children’s gear, including extendable beds, high chairs, changing tables, cupboard units and Patrull safety equipment (cabinet/door locks, safety gates, corner bumpers, window catches, etc.). Save your skin by paying to have Ikea technicians assemble your purchases at home. Daily 10am-10pm. 1 Taiyang Gonglu, Dongbahe (northwest corner of Siyuan Qiao), Chaoyang District. (800 810 5679) www.ikea. 宜家家居, 朝阳区东坝河太阳宫路1号( 四元桥西北角) 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) B1/F, 03A Europlaza, 99 Yuxiang Lu, Tianzhu, Shunyi District. (6457 1922,; 2) Daily 10am10pm. 5/F, Household Appliance Area, Youyi Shopping City, 52 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (158 0136 1601, info@iqair-china. com); 3) 10am-8pm. 6/F, Parkson Plaza, 101 Fuxingmennei Dajie, Xicheng District. (157 1286 8485,; 4) Daily 10am-10pm. B1/F, Parkson Plaza



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They also have accessories galore, and random stuff like toilet fixtures or swords. You’ll also find tea, shoes, toys, camping gear, spy equipment and electronics. Definitely haggle. Laofanjie Shichang, Yabao Lu (south of Fulllink Plaza), Chaoyang District. 老番街 市场, 朝阳区雅宝路 Huaxiang Used Car Market 111B, Nansihuan Zhonglu, Fengtai District. (135 2050 6800) 花乡二手车交易市场, 丰台区南四 环中路B区111 Liangma Flower Market This store sells almost every variety of cut flower or potted plant you could want at very reasonable prices. There are loads of individual vendors, so variety is good and bargaining is the norm. Delivery by flatbed bicycle costs between RMB 10-30, depending on the distance and your haggling skills. Daily 8.30am6.30pm. South bank of Liangma River, 758 Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6504 2446) 亮马花卉市场, 朝阳区东三环北路758号, 燕莎商城南, 亮马河南岸 Panjiayuan Antique Market The mother of all “antique” markets is home to over 3,000 dealers who scour the countryside in search of antiques, family heirlooms and curios. This is the place to go for life-size terracotta warriors, vintage photographs, porcelain vases and figurines, Qing-style furniture and much, much more. The best bargains are offered early on weekend mornings, between 6 and 8.30am. Best on weekends, 4.30am6pm (but open on weekdays as well). Mon-Fri 8.30am-6pm, Sat-Sun 4.30am-6pm. West of Panjiayuan Qiao, Chaoyang District. (6775 2405) 潘家园旧货市场, 朝阳区潘家园桥西边 Yashow Market Spoiled by the gaggles of free-spending tourists who come for bargain shopping, the stall owners here are less amenable to offering deep discounts to residents than their counterparts in other markets. Nevertheless, teen after teen told us they enjoy shopping here for copies of recent fashionable clothes: low-slung jeans, branded T-shirts, baggy pants and oversized athletic wear. Daily 9.30am-9pm. 58 Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6415 1726) 雅秀市场, 朝 阳区工体北路58号 Zoo Clothing Market This incredible indoor market, and the similarly laid out buildings around it (Jinkaili and Tianqi), have mazes of shops and stalls with wonderfully inexpensive clothes, shoes, and accessories (with heavy haggling, of course). You can find “brand name” goods, but also tons of non-branded trendy Chinese styles. A favorite of the locals, and apparently unknown to tourists, the shopping experience here is hectic but exciting, and with such low prices it’s hard not to walk away with something ... or a whole new wardrobe. Daily 6am-5pm. Xizhimenwai Dajie (south of Beijing Zoo), Xicheng District. (8837 8056) 动物园服装批发 市场, 西城区西直门外大街(北京动物园路南)

Musical Instruments and Education Villa Lifestyle They have the widest selection of BBQ’s and accessories, the Mosquito Magnet, trampolines, IQ Air Purifiers and more. Delivery and set-up are free and grills come with a one-year warranty. Daily 9am-6pm. 4/F, Euro Plaza, 99 Yuxiang Lu, Tianzhu Town, Shunyi District. (6457 1922, 8046 1260,; 别墅生活方式, 顺义区 顺义区天竺镇裕祥路99号欧陆广场4层

Markets Alien Street Market One of Beijing’s most pleasant markets: sellers are polite, prices are fair, and the selection defies our powers of description. Since they cater to Russian shuttle traders, the stalls here generally carry more ample sizes – notably for bras, stockings and pants. Particularly worthy of attention are the coats, pants, and belts.

Ao Yue Piano Center Offers all kinds of pianos for sale and rent, lessons, and practice space. For RMB 180/month you can rent a locally made piano; an import can temporarily grace your living room for RMB 500/month. The center’s tutors, all hailing from the prestigious Central Conservatory of Music, can schedule lessons onsite (RMB 100/ hour) or at your home. Practice rooms can be rented by the hour (RMB 10), or buy a monthly card (RMB 300/month for two hours of practice a day, RMB 450/month for three hours of practice a day). Daily 9am-7.30pm. Northeast corner of Jianxiang Qiao, Beisihuan Lu (300m east of Zhongguo Yinyue Xueyuan), Chaoyang District. (6492 4835) 奥乐钢琴中 心, 朝阳区北四环路健翔桥东北角中国音乐学 院往东300米 Toning Drum Toning Drum supplies hand percussion instruments and music education material. Instruments on sale include African

djembe, dunun, Latin percussion instruments, conga, bongo, shakers, and timbale. For young children, there’s the Early Music Makers brand of percussion instruments. Toning Drum carries two bilingual Chinese/ English music curriculum books for Latin and African instruments. To find out more, visit Toning Drum’s trade show by appointment. Wholesale prices are available for schools. By appointment only. Rm W03-04, B1/F, Beijing Worker’s Gymnasium, Gongti Beilu, Dongcheng District. (8447 2638, info@ 托宁 鼓, 东城区工人体育馆地下1层W03-04

Organic Goods Beijing Dream Farm (5255 0910) www. BHG Market Place Daily 10am-10pm. 1) Shop 1, B1/F, Indigo Mall, 18 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (8426 0299); 2) B1, Shin Kong Place, 87 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (6530 5888); 3) SLG00, The Village at Sanlitun, Chaoyang District. (6415 8226); 4) SMM06, SOLANA Lifestyle Shopping Park, Chaoyang District.; 5) B2/F, Legend Center, Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. 北 京华联高级超市, 1) 朝阳区酒仙桥路18号颐堤 港商场地铁层店铺号LG01; 2) 朝阳区建国路87 号新光天地B1层; 3) 朝阳区三里屯VillageSLG00 号商铺; 4) 朝阳区蓝色港湾国际商区SMM06号; 5) 朝阳区东三环中路乐成中心地下二层 Dancing Harvest An organic farm from Tongzhou district (the administrative office is in Yayuncun), which has plots available for rent. You choose your own three plants to grow every season. You can either grow and harvest the fruits and vegetables yourself, or delegate the foundation to manage the farm for you. Unit 917, Asia Games Village, China Wukuang Dasha, Chaoyang District. (5166 8871 x804) 朝 阳区亚运村中国五矿大厦917 Green Cow Organic Farm Donggezhuang (10 min north of the International Exhibition Center), Houshayu Zhen, Shunyi District. (8046 4301, 135 0113 6920, 6433 4435 (fax), http://www. 绿牛有机农庄, 顺义区北 京绿牛有机农场(北京京承高速与机场北线交汇 处的东北方向董各庄附近) Helekang Branding itself as “The Largest Organic and Healthy Online Store in China,” Helekang provides a comprehensive selection of organic food and other product brands from all over China, such as Zhenyuan Organic Milk from Anhui Province. The website also provides more eccentric products, such as alter­native cigarettes. 和乐康 Shangrila Botanicals Shangrila Farms produces items made in Yunnan, including organic coffee, honey, and some botanical beauty products. Proceeds help to support the Yunnan Mountain Heritage Foundation. Daily 10am-10pm. 1/F, EC Mall, Bldg 1 (east entrance), 1 Danlingjie, Zhongguancun, Haidian District. (8454 9514, info@ www.shangrilafarms. com 海淀区中关村丹棱街1号欧美汇购物中心3 层(地铁4号线和10号线海淀黄庄站直达) Sunlin Farm Sunlin Farm is one of Beijing’s best-known Community Supported Agri­ culture (CSA) farms, and specializes in poultry and egg delivery. The organic vegetables grown on the farm go mostly towards feeding the chickens, ensuring that the meat and eggs that come from this farm are safe and healthy. 100 Lüzhang Lu, Zhangzhen Lübu Tun, Shunyi District. (6148 8091, 圣林生态农庄, 顺义区顺义 区张镇吕布屯吕张路100号

Photography Studios & Services The Age of Innocence Photo Studio Daily 9am-6pm. 21 LiangmaqiaoLu,Fenghuayuan

Shopping Drive-in Movie Theater, Chaoyang District. (6438 7680, 130 5108 3601) www.mycznd. com 纯真年代摄影工作室, 朝阳区亮马桥路21 号, 枫花园汽车电影院 Baby Angel Photography 9am-5.30pm. Rm. 0102, 2/F, 2 Jianwai SOHO, 39 Donsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (5869 3503, 宝贝 天使专业儿童摄, 朝阳区朝阳区东三环中路39号 建外SOHO 2号楼2层0102室 Littleones Kids & Family Portrait Studio This Western photography studio specializes in newborn, children, family, and maternity photos. Photo shoots are tailored to each family. Daily 9am-6pm. Swan Bay Building 16, suite 2203, Chao Yang Bei Lu, Chaoyang District. (8577-9987, cn) 美国乐童万色儿 童摄影机构, 朝阳区朝阳北路天鹅湾南区16号 楼2203 Lynn’s Photography Studio Shunyi based boutique photography studio offering western-style family, kid and maternity portraits. Sat-Thu, 9.30am-5.30pm. 9 Riverville Square, 1 District One, Tianzhu, Shunyi District. (6450 8674) 北京印象摄影, 顺义区天竺丽宫别墅一区一号温榆广场9号 Memory & Joy Photography Offers photography services both in Chinese and English for kids, families, weddings. Different styles and packages available. Daily 9am-6pm. A306, Piaoliang Sunshine Plaza, Yayuncun, Chaoyang District. (8436 6626 / 130 5127 0531,, 彩虹堂摄影工坊, 朝阳区亚运村漂亮阳光A306 Mishka Family Photography This husband and wife team speak Russian, English and Chinese. Offers professional portraits, actions shots, and specializes in photographing children. 1) C3, Fuli City, Shuangjing Qiao, Chaoyang District. (; 2) Rm 1910, CAMEO Center, Guangshunnan Dajie, Chaoyang District. (maxim@mishka. pro), 1) 朝 阳区双井桥富力城C3; 2) 朝阳区广顺南大街嘉 美中心1910 Rickcemaamn Imaging Professionals A China-based company offering basic and advanced digital photo editing services. Its team of imaging professionals can deliver your job overnight or in time-bounded fashion irrespective of job size. Its main digital services include:1. Photo Cutout2. Photo Enhancement3. Photo Retouching4. Vector Conversion5. Pop Art6. Images Masking7. Clipping Path8. Photo Restoration 9. Web Design ( Smile Photography Studio Smile Photography Studio does commercial shoots, advertising, product shoots, events, portraits, video, and more. Rm 101, Unit 1, Bldg 1, Qingfeng Huajinyuan, Xueyuan Lu, Haidian District, Haidian District. (183 0104 7315) 永乐摄影, 海淀区海 淀区学院路青枫华锦园1号楼1单元101室 StudioStruttura Studiostruttura offers creative photography and video solutions. Our goal is to become pioneers in the brave new world of creative visual communication. Which makes Studiostruttura clients pioneers as well. They have the visions to enrich, excite and challenge our artistic expertise. Together we succeed in breaking new ground, exploring new possibilities of photo and video interaction media technology. The Bloom Family Photography Recently relocated to Sihui East, frequent beijingkids collaborator The Bloom Family Photography provides high-quality photography services to families. Featuring candid and customized photography, Bloom aims to capture the uniqueness and personality of its subjects. The studio is a member of Professional Photographers of America (PPA), and is also available for local and domestic travel. Daily 10am-6pm. Rm 28A, Bldg 4, Chaoyang Yuan, Qingnian Lu, Chaoyang District. (8559 1851, 155 1061 6900, www.

Directories 花开摄影机构, 朝阳区青年路朝 阳园4号楼28A室 VivaXiao Photography Studio Formerly known as Small World Photo Studio, VivaXiao is a professional photography studio based in Shunyi. Providing services both in and out of the studio, VivaXiao aims to create memorable photos that evoke emotions, capture memories, and awaken the imagination. Tue-Sun 10am7pm. Rm 509-510, 5/F, Euro Plaza, 99 Yuxiang Lu, Shunyi District. (80461603 (Chinese), 13691091046 (English)) 小 小世界专业摄影, 顺义区天竺镇裕翔路99号欧陆 广场五层509-510

Services Beijing Debonair Design Studio Offers design consulation and manufacturing. With overseas educated designers, they provide clients with Chinese, American, modern, European and rustic interior design, interior accessories, design, sale of curtain fabrics and sofa fabrics, upholstered furniture making, sale of ornaments. 8459 3667. B1-18 Diplomatic Residence Compound, 19 Dongfang Donglu, Chaoyang District. ( 北京轻松元素艺术设 计工作室, 朝阳区东方东路19号官舍(外交公 寓会所)B1-18 Beijing Lanzijing Glasses Store Located in Chongwenmen, Beijing Lanzijing Glasses Store features 300sqm of frames, lenses, and sunglasses. The store can provide vision tests, cleaning, adjustments, maintenance, delivery, and service in English, French, and German via interpreters. Lanzijing’s equipment is from Japan. 9am-9pm. No.30,East Damochang Road,Chongwen District, Chongwen District. (6708 3246, www. 北京蓝紫晶眼镜中心, 崇文 区崇文区东打磨厂路30号 Beijing Telecom Installation of both regular landlines and ISDN lines costs RMB 200. Daily 9am-7pm. 1 Chaoyangmen Beidajie, Dongcheng District. (10000, 5950 3000) 中国 电信北京公司, 东城区朝阳门北大街21号 Koala Mini Storage Koala Ministorage is the first professional self-storage provider in Beijing. Its expat-friendly services are ideal for moving, renovating or travel; freeing up space in your home; keeping art and valuables in a safe and temperaturecontrolled environment; and storing files and equipment for companies outgrowing their offices. Currently they have one store open at Joy City Chaoyang, and are in the process of opening additional locations in Wangjing, Shuangjing and Haidian. Bldg 10, 3 Qingnian Lu Xili, Chaoyang District. (5206 2430, www. 考拉迷你仓, 朝阳区青 年路西里3号院10号楼 Manjusaka Translation Service Manjusaka Translation is run by a registered and published translator based in Beijing. The company provides translating services from Chinese to English and English to Chinese (both traditional and simplified). Areas of focus include literature and fiction, movie subtitles, children’s books, professional documents, advertisements, and websites. Fapiao and work samples are available upon request. Xingtaicang Hutong, Dongcheng District. (manjusakaservices@gmail. com) 东城区新太仓胡同 Pinyin Studio Pinyin Studio is a graphic design company active within the fields of publishing, web design, advertising, visual identity creation and photography.Based in Beijing and employing art directors from ESAG Penninghen in Paris, the world’s top school for graphic design, Pinyin is specialized in offering a French style of design adapted to the Chinese market.Their international aspirations are reflected by their company name. The name Pinyin is derived from the system used to transcribe Chinese characters into roman letters and stands for versatility.Being composed of an international team, Pinyin Studio is able to assist in English and Chinese as well as French

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and Swedish. Daily 9am-7pm. Office 19A, Bldg B, Ginza, Dongzhimenwai Dajie, Dongcheng District. (5817 4013, zhang.juanjuan@ 拼音工作室, 东城区东直门外 大街东方银座b座19层A

Shopping Centers & Malls Bainaohui Computer Shopping Mall If you don’t feel like trekking out to Zhongguancun, this mall is a good place to pick up computers, printers, hard drives, wi-fi equipment, gaming equipment, software, blank CDs and more – both foreign and domestic brands. Prices might be a bit higher than Zhongguancun, but warranties are more reliable. Daily 9am-8pm. 10 Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6599 5912) 百脑汇电脑商场, 朝阳区朝阳门 外大街10号 Sanlitun Soho Consists of five shopping malls and nine office/apartment buildings with outdoor spaces for skating, strolling, wining and dining. Designed by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma. South side of Gongti Beilu (across from The Village at Sanlitun), Chaoyang District. (5878 8888) Soho三里屯 Sanlitun Village One of Beijing’s biggest expat attractions, this combination indoor/ outdoor shopping and food center is home to the Uniqlo, Adidas and Apple flagship stores, Element Fresh, Hatsune, Blue Frog, Ganges, Union Bar and Grille and more. The basement level has a Megabox cinema and toy stores. The outdoor fountain is a hit with the kids in the summer. Sanlitun Village, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6417 6110) 三里屯Village, 朝阳区三里屯路19号 Sanlitun Village North The more luxurious side of The Village, with stores such as Diesel, Emporio Armani and Theory, as well as Chinese high-fashion brands like Mouse Ji and Eldi. Sanlitun Village North, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6417 7110) www. 三里屯Village北区, 朝阳 区三里屯路11号Village北区 Solana Located inside Chaoyang Park, Solana Lifestyle Shopping Park has a fine collection of shops, restaurants, cafes and sporting facilities. Venues include British baby shop Mothercare, the perfect place to stock up on all things related to kids, pregnancy and moms. Other highlights include Banana Leaf Thai Restaurant, Romana Ice Cream, Cold Stone Creamery, a cinema, an ice rink and much more. Daily 10am-10pm. 6 Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (5905 6565/68) http://www. 蓝色港 湾, 朝阳区朝阳公园路6号蓝色港湾国际商区

Toys Kids Plus Is your child looking for something to go with her magic wand? Many a Beijing parent has made an emergency trip to this Shunyi toy store to pick up a fairy or Batman costume (RMB 190) to reward junior for staying dry all night. Wide selection for a small shop but toys can be a bit pricey. If you are looking for Little Tikes gear, Kids Plus can order from an extensive catalogue with a turnaround of a few weeks. Daily 9am-7pm. 701 Pinnacle Plaza, Tianzhu Real Estate Development Zone, Shunyi District. (8046 4572) 顺义区天竺房地产开发区 荣祥广场701号 Kookidz Find an extensive line of Legos available in China and familiar names like Transformers, Siku, Schleich, Phebeo, Revensburger, Becks Plastilin, Pustefix and Gigo etc, and new toys that just came to China, like Wowwee robots for big kids and Joylight safe balls for young ones. Suite L511, Europlaza, 99 Yuxiang Lu, Tianzhu Zhen, Shunyi District. (5165 3670) 顺义区天竺镇裕 翔路99号欧陆广场5层L511单元 Lego Enthusiasts can buy classic sets of 30 to 1,000 pieces, while those with less imagination can purchase themed Lego sets, such as Star Wars, Harry Potter, Alpha Team and Jack Stone. 1) 10am-10pm. Rm 4100, Jinyuan Shopping



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Mall, 1 Yuanda Lu, Haidian District. (8886 4036); 2) B/1 Solana, 6 Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang District.; 3) Daily 9am-10pm. Lufthansa Shopping Center, 52 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District.; 4) Daily 9am-9pm. NB134A, B1/F, China World Shopping Mall, 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District.; 5) Daily 10am-10pm. 5/F Pacific Century Place, A2 Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6448 2105) 乐 高, 1) 海淀区远大路一号金源购物中心4100; 2) 朝阳区朝阳公园路6号蓝色港湾国际商区B1层; 3) 朝阳区亮马桥路52号燕莎购物中心; 4) 朝阳区建 国门外大街1号国贸商城NB134A; 5) 朝阳区工体 北路甲2号太平洋百货5楼 Sanrio Bringing Japanese “cute” culture to Beijing, one Hello Kitty at a time. 1) 1 Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6505 6350); 2) 133 Xidan Beidajie, Xicheng District. (6616 6498); 3) Beijing APM, 138 Wangfujing Dajie, Dongcheng District. 1) 朝阳 区朝阳门外大街1号; 2) 西城区西单北大街133 号; 3) 东城区王府井大街138号北京新东安广场 Sanshizhai Kite Store Each of the store’s kites are handmade out of bamboo, silk or paper, and painted by the owners themselves. Choose from a variety of goldfish, butterfly or eagle kites - all available in different sizes - and different types, including “hard wing” (which can fly 1,000 meters high) and “soft wing” kites (that fly up to 500 meters), as well as dragon or centipede kites, which have long bodies composed of dozens of segments connected by strands of twine.According to Liu Bin, even the smallest and simplest kites take three days to make, hence the steep prices ranging from RMB 100-800 (factory printed kites usually cost only RMB 20 each). The store guarantees quality and offer repair service. Daily 10am8.30pm. 25A Di’anmen Xidajie, east of Lotus Lane, Xicheng District. (8404 4505, 6403 0393) 三石斋风筝店, 西城区地安门西大街甲25号 Tot to Teen This clothing store also stocks a small selection of board games (RMB 4570), art supplies, wands, butterfly wings and temporary tattoos (RMB 48). Daily 9am-7pm. 703 Pinnacle Plaza, Tianzhu Real Estate Development Zone, Shunyi District. (8046 4419, 红马车儿童用品商店, 顺义区天竺房地产开发区荣祥广场703号 Toys R Us The stores are stocked with over a thousand types of toys, including Lego, Gundam, Transformers. Educational toys, covering language and geography as well as other subjects, are also available.Toys “R” Us, headquartered in New Jersey, made its foray into the China market in 2006 by opening the flagship store in Super Brand Mall in the Shanghai Pudong New Area. It now has 38 stores in 24 cities on the Chinese mainland and two online stores, among its 1,600 stores around the globe. The retailer plans to further expand the mainland market by having 50 stores by the end of 2013, and 100 stores by 2015. Daily 10am-10pm. 1) 52-B1, Kaide Mall, Taiyanggong Zhonglu 12, Chaoyang District. (8429 7072); 2) 10-5F, Chaoyang Joy City, Chaoyang Beilu 101, Chaoyang District. (8552 2898); 3) L4716, 4F, Huarun Dreamland, 68 Qinghe Zhongjie, Haidian District. (8281 0750); 4) C12-B1, Golden Resource Shopping Mall, Yuanda Lu 1, Haidian District. www.toysrus. 玩具反斗城, 1) 朝阳区太阳宫中路12 号楼凯德广场B1层52号; 2) 朝阳区朝阳北路101 号朝阳大悦城5F-10; 3) 海淀区清河中街68号华 润五彩城购物中心二期4层L4716号商铺; 4) 海 淀区远大路1号北京世纪金源购物中心地下1层 C12号商铺

Sports Basketball Basketball World Basketball World is a program that aims to develop the skills of young basketball players within Beijing and throughout China. Sharing a facility with the International School of Beijing, BW’s training programs for ages 7 to 15 focuses on both individual and team skills. The club’s programs are offered at three different levels: ASAs (after school activities), community

programs, and developmental teams. Programs are available in English. (186 0717 4318, Dongdan PE Center You and the rest of the crew can rent indoor or outdoor, full- or halfcourts here. RMB 500/hr (full-court), RMB 300/ hr (half-court, 30 players or fewer), RMB 15/ person (outdoor courts, 15 players or fewer), RMB 10/person/hr (indoor courts). Daily 8am10pm. 108 Chongwenmennei Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6512 9377) 东单体育中心, 东城区崇 文门内大街108号 East Gate Plaza Fitness Center RMB 50 will get you an hour on a half-court and one basketball (to be returned!). Daily 8am-10pm. B1/F, Bldg A, East Gate Plaza, 29 Dongzhong Jie, Dongcheng District. (6417 1188 ext 5070) 东环广场健身中心, 东城区东中街29号东环广 场A座B1 MasterCard Center (Wukesong Arena) 69 Fuxing Lu, Haidian District. (6828 6386) 海淀 区复兴路69号 Sports Beijing Sports Beijing is a nonprofit organization that provides sports and recreational activities to the children of Beijing. Modeled after North American and European community sports organizations, Sports Beijing offers more than 15 sports and recreational programs, including baseball, basketball, flag football, floor ball, gymnastics, ice hockey, martial arts, rugby, skiing, soccer, swimming, tennis, track and field/athletics. Available for young athletes (ages 4-18) and their families. Mon-Fri 10am6pm. Lido Country Club 2/F, Holiday Inn Lido Hotel, 6 Jiang Tai Road, Chaoyang District. (6430 1370) 朝阳区将台路6 号丽都饭店丽都乡村俱乐部2层

Climbing Beijing Climbing Club Beijing Climbing Club runs regular weekend rock-climbing trips for aspiring climbers of all abilities to scenic locations around Beijing. They offer a safe and hassle free way for anyone based in Beijing to get out and experience this amazing sport first hand. They use qualified western/bilingual guides and operate to western safety standards. They also meet regularly during the week at climbing walls in the city, and operate a website at www. which provides information about our services, and information about the climbing scene in general, for independent climbers in Beijing. 北京攀岩俱乐部 O’le Climbing O’le Climbing is the city’s premier indoor climbing gym, as well as the meeting place and events center for the Beijing climbing community. Opened in 2008, they are one of China’s longest-running climbing centers. Whether it’s your family’s first time or not, O’le’s friendly, nationally-certified, and bilingual staff will “show you the ropes.”O’le’s top-roping and lead climbing wall is 12.5m high and features 7 roped climbing stations with numerous professionally-set routes suitable for novices and experts alike. Staff members frequently change the holids and routes, so there’s something new every time. The center also has one of the best indoor bouldering rooms in China, with 150sqm of verticals, slabs, bulges, and a 45° overhanging wall.O’le Climbing offers private lessons for children or groups and has an O’le Kids Climbing Club that meets every Saturday morning to train and have fun.O’le Climbing also hosts birthday parties, offering climbing and other activities for kids, like box climbing, slacklining, and indoor soccer.Directions: If you’re coming from Baiziwan Lu, turn south on Shimencun Lu and walk around 200m until you see a hotel on your right. There will be a toll booth with a traffic gate; walk around the gate and head down the small road behind it. After about 100m, take the first left; O’le Sports will be on the righthand side. Mon-Sat 10am-10pm, Sun 10am8pm. 5 Shimencun Lu, Baiziwan Qiao Dong, Dongsihuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (186 1846 1002, www. 奥莱攀岩, 朝阳区朝阳区东四环 中路百子湾桥东石门村路5号

Cycling Bike Beijing Trips to the Great Wall start at RMB 950 (adult) and RMB 600 (child). 34 Donghuangchenggen Nanjiewww., Dongcheng District. (133 8140 0738) 东城 区东皇城根南街34 Cycle China Cycle China is a Beijing based tour group providing organized cycling tours and hiking trips to the Great Wall. Bike hire available from RMB 60 a day. People can also get helpful information about accommodation, sights, bike hire or booking tours through their Tourist Information Centre & Cycle China Booking office. Opposite the East Gate of Jingshan Park, Dongcheng District. (6402 5653, 139 1188 6524) 东城区景 山公园东门对面 Natooke Deals in fixed gear and single speed bikes with cycling accessories and selection of juggling equipment made in Europe, US and Asia. Daily 10am-7pm. 19-1 Wudaoying Hutong, Dongcheng District. (8402 6925, info@ 东城区五道营胡同甲19-1号

Hiking Beijing Outdoor Adventure Club The Beijing Outdoor Adventure Club is a group of enthusiastic explorers of all ages and fitness levels who want to experience something new and amazing every time they head out of town! Sponsored by Cycle China, the Beijing Outdoor Adventure Club organizes regular free, split-cost, and paid bicycle tours, hiking excursions and outdoor adventures mostly in and around Beijing, but sometimes throughout China. Members are encouraged to organize their own trips, and can contact Cycle China to help arrange at-cost transportation if need be. Beijing-Outdoor-Adventure-Club

Ice Skating Ice Breaker ICE BREAKERS figure skating classes, synchronized skating, team building on ice. Provided by Camilla Ojansivu, a Swedish former professional figure skater. Times: flexible for both groups, team building and private classes. Levels: ages 6 years to adults. Beginners all the way to advanced. Team building programs on ice for companies – it is not about learning to skate! Taught in English All Star Ice Rink, Solana shopping mall, Chaoyang District. (camilla@team-icebreakers. com) 朝阳区全明星 滑冰场,蓝色港湾 New World Champion Skating Rink An excuse to go to Chongwen District. All fees include 90 mins of ice time and skate rentals. Weekdays: RMB 40 (10am-5pm), RMB 50 (5-9.30pm).Weekends: RMB 50. Daily 10am9.30pm. B1/F, New World Shopping Mall, Chongwen District. 新世界冠军溜冰场, 崇文区 新世界商场地下1层 Woodward Beijing Xingming Lake Resort, Weishanzhuang, Daxing District, Daxing District. (8923 2289) 大兴区 魏善庄(星明湖度假村内)

Martial Arts BLCU Muay Thai Club Muay thai training from a Thai trainer with 20 years experience. Monthly 500 RMB, private class 100 RMB per hour. Daily 2pm-5pm. Beijing Language & Culture University, Chengfu Lu, Haidian District. (15910777158, 海淀 区成府路18号北京语言文化大学 Do Taekwondo Studio Do Taekwondo Studio is a professional training organization with qualified instructors. The studio follows training guidelines from the International Taekwondo Federation. Prices: RMB 800/month (ages 4-8), RMB 450/month (ages 9-15), RMB 640/month (ages 16 and up). All rates reflect the prices for 20 classes. 4/F, Unit 2, Bldg 28 (60m north of

Sports Chaoyang Experimental Primary School), Xingfu Ercun, Sanlitun, Chaoyang District. (5613 8097, 138 1141 4076, 道跆 拳道工作室, 朝阳区三里屯幸福二村28号2单元4 层(朝阳实验小学北行60米处)

RMB 300 registration fee. Training is offered at various times and locations, seven days a week.To register, contact Coach Hua. (136 0106 4534, www.

Flips & Kicks Plus Formerly known as Beijing Sports Plus, Flips & Kicks Plus specializes in providing gymnastics and martial arts coaching to Beijing’s international community. Kids can improve their physical condition, co-ordinaton, concentration, self-esteem and confidence in a stimulating, challenging, safe and fun environment. Programs are taught in English by qualified international staff. (Kai: 151 1021 8649, Fredrik: 183 1146 2632, info@ www.flipsandkicksplus. com

Friendship Hotel To many swimmers’ regret, this former outdoor pool has a newly erected roof – but that means it’s now open all year long. RMB 100, RMB 50 (kids under 1.2m). Daily 7am-11pm. 1 Zhongguancun Nandajie, Haidian District. (6849 8888 ext 32) www. 北京友谊宾馆, 海淀区中 关村南大街1号

Flips & Kicks Plus (18311462632 Fredrik, 15110218649 Kai, beijingsportplus@yahoo. com)

Xie’s Martial Arts Academy (XMA) Xie’s Martial Arts Academy (XMA) was founded in 2005 by Master Xie, a 32nd generation disciple of the Shaolin Temple with a Masters of Education from Beijing Sport University. Xie’s Shaolin Kung Fu Style is a unique mixed martial arts system that combines traditional Shaolin Kung Fu, Karate and Western martial art styles. XMA’s wide range of self-defense styles creates a well-rounded, disciplined martial art. Age: 3 and above. Classes are offered after school and on weekends. Private classes are available. Venue: Beijing City International School, Western Academy of Beijing, The British School of Beijing (Sanlitun) and International School of Beijing. Rm 306, Duhui Huating, Shilipu, Chaoyang Lu, Chaoyang District (131 4676 0944, www.xmabj. com 朝阳区十里铺都会华亭甲三号院306室

Scuba Diving SinoScuba Offers safe, family scuba diving services! Kids aged 10 and up Underwater activities, including swimming with dolphins and full certification courses for ages 10 and up. Classes available in Chinese and English. (186 1113 3629, www.

Swimming Ditan Swimming Pool RMB 30 for unlimited pool use. Mon-Fri 8.30am-3.30pm, 6.30-10pm, Sat-Sun noon-10pm. 8 Hepingli Zhongjie, Dongcheng District. (6426 4483) 地坛游泳馆, 东城区安外和平里中街8号 Dongdan Indoor Swimming Pool Tootsies need soaking? This centrally located pool is open all day long. RMB 30, RMB 20 (students), RMB 10 (children under 1.2m). Daily 10am9pm. A2 Dahualu, Dongcheng District. (6523 1241) 东单室内游泳馆, 东城区大华路甲2号 Dragon Fire Swim Team Nearly 130 international students receive training in competitive swimming under the tutelage of founder and head coach Kevin Hua. Instruction is offered for kids ages 4-18 at the beginning (able to swim 10m), intermediate and advanced levels. The team has competed in races in Singapore and Hong Kong, and also competes with local Chinese teams. RMB 60-90 per lesson, RMB 1,200-4,500 per season (depends on the level, number of times a week, etc), plus


Holiday Inn Lido Health Club Jacuzzi, pool, sauna, gym included in ticket price. RMB 16,800 for a year round membership. Daily 4.30am-11pm. 6 Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District. (6437 6688 ext 1871, 北京丽 都假日饭店游泳馆, 朝阳区将台路6号 MultiSport This organization is wellestablished in Shanghai and Hong Kong and operate theirgymnastics, trampolining and swimming coaching programs at various schools and clubs around Beijing.MultiSport’s foreign coaches are specialists in their fields and all lessons are conducted in English. Children may progress from Parent and Baby classes through to swimming confidently in the four principal strokes and to eventually advance through the Amateur Swimming Association badge award scheme. Lessons are available for adults upon request. RMB 240/30min, 300/45min, 360/1hr for private lessons (6507 2971, Splash Recreation Club Boasts a large outdoor/indoor pool, a sand volleyball court, a playground, a gym, pingpong tables, a poolside bar and restaurant. The hotel also has squash and tennis courts as well as a sauna. Mon-Fri: RMB 80, RMB 40 (children); Sat-Sun: RMB 140, RMB 70 (children). Free for children under 1m. Daily 6am-10pm. Sino-Swiss Hotel, 9 Xiao Tianzhu Nanlu, Shunyi District. (6456 5588 ext 1217) 浪花俱 乐部, 顺义区小天竺南路9号国都大饭店 Water Cube (Happy Magic Water Cube Waterpark) Daily 10am-9pm. Olympic Park, 11 Tianchen Donglu, Chaoyang District. (8437 8086) english/index.aspx 朝阳区奥林匹克公园天辰东 路11号水立方嬉水乐园

Tennis 6th Sense Tennis Academy International tennis camp franchise offers lessons for adults and kids in a facility that includes the Potters-Wheel center, a swimming pool, fitness room, numerous courts and more. 1 Langxinzhuang Lu, Chaoyang District. (8538 1073/3875, http:// 朝阳区郎辛庄路1号 GS Academy GS Academy is a High Performance Tennis Academy. Their unique Tennis program combine the best of the American, Australian, and European national tennis programs bringing to you a truly unique program. Their experienced and passionate coaches provide a perfect blend of serious commitment and a positive teaching style to enhance your tennis development. They will help build your on-court self-confidence and give you enough valuable instruction to last a lifetime. 1) Central Forest Tennis and Badminton Center: Houshayu County, 200meters east of Sugar Bay Community, Chaoyang District. (5727 9817,; 2) Huakang T&B Fitness Center: Shunhuang Lu, Sunhe Town, Chaoyang District. (8459 1367/0156, info@; 3) Crab Island Indoor Tennis Center (Xie Dao): 1 Xiedao Road, Chaoyang District. (8433 5608,; 4) Golden Luck Age Tennis Center, 2 Dongwei Xilu, Chaoyang District. (8431 8217, info@ 1) 朝 阳区顺义区中央林间网羽中心:顺义区后沙峪 镇香蜜湾东侧200米; 2) 朝阳区华康羽网健身中 心:孙河乡顺黄路; 3) 朝阳区蟹岛室内网球中 心:蟹岛路1号; 4) 朝阳区金运时代网球中心: 东苇西路2号

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The Circuit The Circuit is a chance to sneak a peek at what’s happening on the family and school scene. Want to see your event on these pages? Send an email with the date of your past event and a brief description to by August 12. Nike ClubFootball Junior Cup On June 1 and 2, ClubFootball hosted its biannual Nike ClubFootball Junior Cup at the International School of Beijing with over 1,000 ClubFootball kids from all over Beijing.

WAB Graduation On June 1, the Western Academy of Beijing celebrated its seventh graduating class at the Confucius Temple.

photos: courtesy of clubfootball and wab



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The Circuit Children’s Day Party at Radisson Blu On May 28, Radisson Blu Hotel Beijing held its annual Children’s Day Party for the Shunyi Children’s Village (Sun Village). More than 100 children attended.

photos: courtesy of radisson blu hotel beijing and rdfz

RDFZ Hosts Chinese Culture Activities On May 31, students from the international section of the High School Affiliated to Renmin University (RDFZ) went to Zhongguanchu Institute and took part in Chinese culture activities like cooking, painting, and a tea ceremony.

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The Circuit AIAB Holds Multicultural Fair On May 31, students and families from American International Academy of Beijing attended a multicultural fair at Beijing Honeshee International Golf Club with performances, international foods, and arts and crafts.

CISCA Summer School Performance On June 9, the Conservatory of International Style and Cultural Arts held the summer school performance of Les Études de Ballet in the Founder’s Theater at the Western Academy of Beijing.

photos: courtesy of aiab and cisca



2013 August

The Circuit BIBA’s Dance Revolution On June 26, elementary school students at Beijing International Bilingual Academy took to the stage for the annual end-of-year concert. This year’s theme reflected the comeback of dance as an art form.

photos: courtesy of biba and ycis beijing

YCIS Beijing Class of 2013 Graduates On June 5, the Yew Chung International School of Beijing class of 2013 had their graduation ceremony in the school auditorium.

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The Circuit Art Bug Visits NAMOC On June 29, Art Bug visited to the National Art Museum of China to see the exhibition “From Picasso to Barcel: Spanish Sculpture of the 20th Century.�

HoK Summer Party House of Knowledge International Kindergarten held its Summer Party on June 15 and June 16 at the Victoria Garden and Quanfa campuses. Close to RMB 4,000 was raised for New Hope Foundation.

photos: courtesy of art bug and hok



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The Circuit Twinkle Annual Sports Event On June 1, students and teachers from Twinkle Twinkle Play and Learning Center held a Sports Day with a short-distance race, a soccer competition, parent-child games, and treats.

photos: courtesy of twinkle and side by side

Side by Side Visits Butterfly Garden On June 12, Max and Li Siyuan went on an excursion with Mali and Anita to the Seven Color Butterfly Garden to learn about butterflies and take photos.

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The Circuit Frontiers Summer Camp Activities Throughout late June, students at Frontiers’ first summer camp took part in Chinese painting, guzheng lessons, and pottery making.

Family Day at YSA On June 22, Young Starters Academy held its annual family day event at the Jiuduhui campus with activities, a bake sale (with proceeds donated to Blue Sky Orphanage), and the unveiling of an herb and vegetable garden.

photos: courtesy of frontiers and ysa



2013 August

The Circuit The Yale Spizzwinks Visit BISS On May 16, Beijing BISS International School hosted the Yale Spizzwinks, Yale’s male a capella group, who entertained the students with two concerts and a master class in the afternoon.

photos: courtesy of biss and children’s house

Summer Camp Begins at Children’s House On July 8, summer camp started at the Kempinski and Guomao campuses of The Children’s House International Montessori Kindergarten. The students looked at maps, made jiaozi, practiced calligraphy, and did sponge painting.

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The Circuit Venus Graduation Ceremony On July 5, the Wangjing branch of Venus Kindergarten held a two-hour graduation ceremony with song and dance routines performed by students, parents, and staff.

That’s Mandarin Summer Camp Film Project From June 3-5, students at That’s Mandarin’s summer camp planned, shot, and edited their own short films.

photos: courtesy of christopher lay and that’s mandarin



2013 August

The Circuit Eduwings Kindergarten Graduation On June 23, Eduwings Kindergarten held a graduation ceremony at Dragon Bay Villas. All preschoolers were given the school cones as symbols of a new beginning and the students gave a short performance.

photos: courtesy of eduwings and daystar

Daystar Graduation On June 27, Daystar Academy kindergarten students performed musical and dance routines for staff, parents, and family members before receiving their kindergarten diplomas.

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The Circuit Beijing Playhouse Performs Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves On July 13, Beijing Playhouse students performed Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves. The performance included songs, dances, and scenery, props, and costumes made by the students.

DCB Class of 2013 In June, Dulwich College Beijing saw its fourth IB cohort graduating, the largest group to date with 92 students in total.

photos: courtesy of bp and dcb



2013 August

The Circuit Canada Day at CISB Summer Camp On July 1, the Canadian International School of Beijing’s summer camp celebrated Canada Day with muffin decorating, crafts, and cultural activities.

photos: courtesy of cisb and i3

Birthday Party at i3 Art Studio On June 29, a little girl called Qiqi held a two-hour birthday party at i3 Art Studio with drinks, snacks, and a pottery class.

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The Circuit AnRic Makes Rice Dumplings for Dragon Boat Festival On June 20, kids from AnRic Little Montessori Room made rice dumplings from scratch for their monthly cooking session.

Huijia Celebrates 20 Years On July 6, Huijia celebrated its 20th anniversary. Over 3,000 alumna, teachers, students, and parents attended the ceremony.

photos: courtesy of anric and huijia



2013 August

The Circuit Ivy Orchid Garden Campus Graduation Ceremony On June 28, Ivy Bilingual School Orchid Garden Campus held its annual performance and graduation ceremony at Crab Island with a fashion show, singing, dancing, and percussion performances.

photos: courtesy of ibs and pfs

PFS Summer Camp Activities From July 1-26, students from Positive Foundations School had a summer camp with sports, swimming, field trips to the fire station and an organic farm, and picnics at the park.

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Family Favorites Best Venue for a Special Occasion China Grill at the Park Hyatt; it’s quiet and the night view is spectacular. It’s also special to us because we celebrated our first wedding anniversary there.

Family Ritual Every Sunday, we go to the South Cathedral in Xuanwumen for the 10.30am mass.

Favorite Summer Activities We enjoy alfresco meals and go to nearby parks for evening walks; Si’de Park in Lido is our favorite. We used to go to Olympic Forest Park, but we haven’t gone there yet because of the rains.

Best Day Trip We love the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall and have been there in every season except winter.

Recent Discoveries Green Tea Restaurant at Shimao Department Store. It had delicious food that didn’t burn a hole in our pocket.

Favorite Way to Relax We often treat ourselves to massages at Hummingbird in Central Park or Oriental Taipan’s Dongzhimen branch. If we’re too bored to cook, we head to The Taj Pavilion in Lido or Alsafir on Xiaoyun Lu.

Best Places to Play Outdoors, we love the bustling atmosphere at the Temple of Heaven. Indoors, we like going to the play area at Hualian Mall in Wangjing.

Date Night SALT in Lido. We like its proximity to us, prompt service, food, presentation, and setting.

Favorite Neighborhoods Sanlitun and Lido

The Kandathil Family



2013 August

photo: LOVA

Sandra Jacob and Abhilash Kandathil hail from Trivandrum in Kerala, India and have been living in Beijing for five years. Both of them work as project managers in Thomson Reuters’ Financial and Risk division. They came here when Abhilash got a job transfer from Thomson Reuters’ Bangalore office. Their son, 11-month-old Abraham, was born at Amcare Women’s and Children’s Hospital. Recently, beijingkids caught up with the Kandathils to find out what this young, dynamic family likes to do in its spare time. Sijia Chen

Favorite Family Restaurant Let’s Burger at Solana. They have clean highchairs, childfriendly cutlery, and a changing table in the restroom.

Beijingkids Aug 2013  

Everything you need to know about supporting kids aged 10-12

Beijingkids Aug 2013  

Everything you need to know about supporting kids aged 10-12