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July 2013 The Outer Limits Families living beyond the expat bubble

Eat, Stay, Love Long-term expats who call Beijing home

The Old College Try Visiting universities with your teen Breath of Fresh Air Modern art, English tea, and country living in Hegezhuang


July 2013 PRICE:RMB짜15.00(DOMESTIC) US$4.95(ABROAD)


July 2013 Contents

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Feature 44

Staying Power

Health 22

Long-term expats who haved lived here for 10 years or more

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New Frontiers

Achieving vitamin equilibrium

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Families living away – far away – from Chaoyang and Shunyi

The Natural Path Melissa Rodriguez suggests a tall drink of water

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The Doc Is In How to build long-term happiness, according to Dr. Richard

Living 15

The ABCs of Vitamins

Talking Shop

Dining

Upcycled clothing and accessories at Brandnü

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Birthday Bash

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Rugged outdoor activities at Genting Resort Secret Garden

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Noticeboard

Pirates “arr” welcome at SALT

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On the Blog

Eater’s Digest Editor reviews of snacks and treats around town

Updates, recommendations, and interesting finds

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Dining Out

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The irony of ISB’s Earth Day celebrations Q&A with BSB student and rising motocross star Niels Velema

Food for Thought Coconut cookies from The Westin Beijing Financial Street

Indulge

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Lotus reveals Willa AuYeung’s natural beauty

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What’s Fun In Art galleries, foot massages, and great eats in Hegezhuang

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Family Travels The Smiths and Piseckys discover the Borneo legacy Three families saddle up for a bike ride through rural Yunnan


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Learning 36

When I Grow Up Genealogist Huihan Lie visits the Western Academy of Beijing

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Blank Canvas Artwork by students from Beijing Rego British School

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The Official Visit Taking your teen to visit universities

Parenting 42

Beijing Baba

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Alternate Routes

Directories 56 59 61 63 64 67 71 74

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

Gareth Jones says zaijian to Beijing Jennifer Ambrose discovers Chinese for gamers

Essentials 7 8 10 12 14

Editor’s Note July Calendar Top 10 Things to Do in July July Events New Arrivals Say hello to Beijing’s smallest

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The Circuit

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Family Favorites

Happenings in the Beijing family scene The Ramundo Orlando Family

ON THE COVER: Michael Rubenstein (age 11, attends Fangcaodi International School) was born and raised in Beijing. Of Canadian and Chinese descent, Michael plays baseball, soccer, and hockey (among other sports) and is an avid reader. He lives with his older brother David (age 13), dad Joseph, and mom Kane. Photo by Littleones Kids & Family Portrait Studio.


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Editor's Note

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From China to Canada (and Back)

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n May 2, 1986, a 26-year-old engineering graduate from Daguan, Yunnan bought a one-way ticket for Montreal, Canada. He left behind a pregnant young wife, his parents, a younger brother, and a large extended family. His plan was to complete a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering at Concordia University. It was hard at first. At the time, there were only a handful of students from mainland China at Concordia. The young man exchanged mild winters for frigid nights and raging snowstorms. He spent long hours researching, teaching, and studying. He spoke good English, but struggled to understand French. He took a part-time job as a pizza delivery boy. He commuted between home and school on a $15 bicycle. He biked throughout the winter, slogging through snow and slush. However, things quickly looked up. The young man made friends from all over the world. He improved his English with his Tanzanian and Canadian roommates. He became president of the 300-member Chinese Students and Scholars Association of Concordia University. The research and teaching assistantships paid so well that he was able to buy duty-free refrigerators, color TVs, washing machines, sound systems, and even a motorcycle for relatives back home. They repaid him in RMB, which provided the foundation for a modest nest egg. The young man began to see Canada as a place to raise a family. In 1989, his wife and daughter, who was by then just shy of her third birthday, immigrated to Montreal. In China, the child had said good night to a framed photo of her father every night before going to bed. During their first winter together, they had an epic snowball fight at Mont-Royal Park. In the summer, they won a mountain of stuffed animals at the local amusement park. That night, the child went to sleep half-buried in toucans, rabbits, and jaguars. She picked up French

and English at a local daycare. A couple of years later, they moved to the suburbs. A few years after that, a second girl was born. However, none of that would’ve happened if the young man hadn’t taken a chance in 1986. That young man was my dad, and it is to him that my first editor’s note is dedicated. His story is like that of so many other adventurous men and women, including those who have decided to make Beijing their home. You’ll find their stories in this month’s issue (p44), along with those of international families living outside the expat bubble (p49). My own love affair with Beijing started in September of 2010, when I landed here as a fresh university grad looking to improve her Chinese. Nearly three years later, the city’s appeal still hasn’t worn off. I am now 26, the same age my dad was when he left China. There’s an elegant symmetry to our trajectories, but I don’t think of it as a coincidence; it’s just the story of our family coming full circle. Thank you for the inspiration, baba.

Sijia Chen Managing Editor July 2013

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All ages. Celebrate Independence Day with traditional American food, beer, wine, music, and lucky draw prizes. See Jul 2 listing.

Upcycle at Brandnü

For kids and teens. Atelier hosts three different summer camps with separate themes.

All ages. Drink afternoon tea, admire modern art, and shop at a flower market in Hegezhuang. See What’s Fun In (p30).

All ages. Celebrate the real 4th of July on July 5, China time. See July 5 listing.

Developmental Play Group at Eliott’s Corner Ages 1-4. Child Psychologist Dr. Jacqueline Wolf leads a program that targets motor control, cognitive processes, social and communication skills for toddlers. See Ongoing listings.

For adults. Help out by donating blood for Beijing United Family Hospital’s third blood drive of the year. See Jul 12 listing.

Freshen Up Your Look at Lotus

Ready, Set, Read! Summer Program at Eliott’s Corner

All ages. Located on the first floor of the Kempinski Hotel, Lotus offers haircuts for kids and adults alike. See Indulge (p20).

Ages 4-8. Eliott’s Corner helps kids with letter recognition, phonological awareness, decoding, vocabulary and more. See Jul 19 listing.

TreeHouse Baby Play Group

Children’s Chorus of Washington Concert

For babies and toddlers. Chat with other parents while your wee ones make friends. See Jul 24 listing.

Ages 10+. Now entering its 18th season, the CCW is performing in Beijing. See Jul 25 listing.

Become a Kung Fu Panda

Chinese Immersion Summer Camp

Ages 5-15. A kung fu master teaches kids and teens the art of wushu. See Ongoing listings.

BJU Blood Drive

Ages 6-10. Teacher Claire Wang incorporates craftmaking into the Chinese learning process. See Ongoing listings.

Jia You Football Camp

Ages 6+. Coach Gary Saunders leads kids in practice drills, activities, and soccer matches. See Ongoing listings.

photos: wikimedia commons, courtesy of atelier, lova, juhansonin (Flickr), mitchell pe masilun, courtesy of jinghua wushu

Explore Hegezhuang

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Celebrate the 4th of July (Live!)

All ages. Brandnü takes donations, some of which are turned into chic clothing and accessories. See Talking Shop (p15).

Atelier Summer Camps: Three Weeks, Three Themes

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Ages 5+. Travel to Cuandixia, a Ming dynasty village located in Mentougou. See Jul 6 listing.

Sweden’s new fitness craze is here at Beijing! Get your heart pumping with sprints, jumps, and pushups at Chaoyang Park. It’s free! See July 7 listing.

Admission Seminar: US Boarding High Schools and Universities

Peking University Campus Walk

For adults. Foundation Global Education hosts a seminar about the admissions process for US boarding schools and universities. See Jul 13 listing.

Ages 6+. Tour beautiful Peking University, which is located on the site of a former royal garden. See Jul 14 listing.

German Book Cafe

Backstreet Beijing Walk: Agricultural God Altar and Farmers’ Market

Ages 3+. Kids read stories, singsongs, play games and do crafts to support German learning. See Jul 20 listing.

Try SALT’s Swashbuckling Kids’ Menu

All ages. Enjoy SALT’s two- or three-course lunch while the kids dig into the restaurant’s new pirate-themed children’s menu. See Dining Out (p26).

Make Coconut Cookies

All ages. Whip up some easy coconut shortbread cookies with Hilton Beijing’s recipe. See Food for Thought (p28).

Ages 6+. Admire Zhushikou Protestant Church and amble through a miles-long local market. See Jul 21 listing.

Peking Opera Workshop

All ages. Professional Peking opera actors introduce participants to the history and subtleties of this famous Chinese art form. See Jul 28 listing.

Stay Genting Little at Jeep (in Chinese) Resort For agesSecret 3-12. Garden The Little

Jeep is the Chinese of Thomas the Tank All ages.version Celebrate a birthday or Engine. Chinese only. See JanResort 1 listin book In a getaway to Genting

Secret Garden in Hebei. See Birthday Bash (p15).

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Irene Lu, a costume maker, stylist and designer, is teaching a fashion design class for teens at Atelier during the first three weeks of July. Participants will upcycle an old pair of jeans into something practical and fashionable. For details, see Events (p13).

Assert Your Independence Whether you’re American or just want to celebrate like one, the 4th of July is the time to get your party on. Celebrate early on July 2 with AmCham China or a day late on July 5 with The Hutong. For details, see Events (p12).

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Many kids experience a lapse in reading skills over the summer. From July 1-19, Eliott’s Corner will lead one-hour reading sessions for children aged 4-8. The program is led by Educational Psychologist Dr. Jacqueline Wolf, who specializes in strategies for learning differences, dyslexia and ADHD. For details, see Events (p12).

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Visit the Summer Palace

Since the time of dynasties, the Summer Palace was a destination for Chinese royals wishing to escape the summer heat. Relive history while strolling through lush gardens and ornate pavilions, or cross over bridges to gaze at Kunming Lake. This popular tourist destination becomes crowded on the weekends, so take a day trip during the week to unwind like royalty. See Directories under Fun Stuff.

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Beat the Heat at Water World

Beijing in the summer isn’t always pleasant, but an excursion to a water park can help. The newly-renovated Water World in Qingnianhu Park features slides and pools for families to swim and play in. See Directories under Fun Stuff.

Hey, Hey! You, You!

Get your heart pumping with Heyrobics, the Swedish workout craze that is continuing to hold classes all summer long. Get active with sprints, pushups, jumps, and more – for free. For more information, see Events (p12).

Refresh at Lama Temple

The Lama Temple houses a treasury of Buddhist art. Attractions include a 25m tall Buddha carved from sandalwood and Tibetan-style architecture. Plus, it’s just a stone’s throw away from popular Wudaoying Hutong and Guozijian. See Directories under Fun Stuff.

Hear the Children Sing

Inspire yourself and your kids by listening to children with superb musical talent.The Children’s Chorus of Washington, one of the best children’s choral ensembles in the US, will perform at the Forbidden City Concert Hall on July 25. For details, see Events (p12).

Be Amazed at Chaoyang Theatre Every night, you can catch live performances by some of China’s best acrobats, dancers, and performers. From traditional lion dances to daring seesaw routines, these talented performers will be sure to amaze your visitors. For more information, see Directory under Fun Stuff.

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read stories, sing songs, play games and do crafts. RMB 100. 3-4pm. TreeHouse Family Café and Playground (thetreehousebj@yahoo.com)

Beijing Playhouse Academy of Performing Arts Theater Camp Ages 6-14. Participants will perform Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves with acting, singing, and dancing. Some English proficiency required. RMB 6,500. 9am-4pm. Daystar Academy (performance@beijingplayhouse.com)

Fri, Jul 19 Ready, Set, Read! Summer Program at Eliott’s Corner See Jul 1 listing.

Ready, Set, Read! Summer Program at Eliott’s Corner Ages 4-8. Studies show that many children lose their reading skills over the summer. Keep your child focused and sharp with this program. Kids will build skills in letter recognition, phonological awareness, decoding, vocabulary and more. RMB 3,600 for nine sessions. 9am-6pm. Elliot’s Corner (dor@oliviasplace.org)

Chinese Painting Class For adults. Learn about Chinese culture, writing, and traditional painting styles in this class. RMB 980 for four sessions. 1-4pm. i3 Art Studio (i3artstudio1808@gmail.com)

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Sat, July 20 German Book Café The hills are alive (with the sounds of you grunting on your hike) Known for its well-preserved courtyard homes, this is the perfect place to escape from the Beijing heat and take a leisurely stroll. RMB 380, RMB 280 (ages 5-11). 8.30am-6.30pm. China Culture Center (6432 9341/1041, info@chinaculturecenter.org)

Sun, July 7 Heyrobics Park Exercise

Independence Day Hometown Celebration All ages. AmCham China celebrates July 4 a bit early this year with a standing buffet and cocktail. Celebrate Independence Day with traditional American food, beer, wine, music by the band Overdrive, and lucky draw prizes. RMB 450, RMB 300 (AmCham members). 5.30-8.30pm. Eudora Station (july4@amchamchina.org)

Fri, July 5 Celebrate the 4th of July along with Americans All ages. Celebrate the real 4th of July on July 5 China time. The Hutong and ABC Kitchen team up for an Americanstyle barbecue. Find decadent homestyle food, stiff summer cocktails, and kickin’ music on The Hutong’s patio. Small plates cost between RMB 20 and 30; price includes one cocktail. RMB 50, RMB 30 (members). 6-9pm. The Hutong (6404 3355)

Ages 13+. Get your heart beating with Heyrobics exercises designed to work the whole body. Get active with sprints, pushups, jumps, and more. Free. 3-5pm. Chaoyang Park (info@ heyrobics.com)

Biking, Boating and Dumplings Tour All ages. Climb the Drum Tower, ride your bike through the hutongs around Shichahai, visit a local family in their traditional home, make dumplings, and take a boat ride on Houhai Lake. RMB 380, RMB 280 (kids aged 12 and under). 3-7.30pm. China Culture Center (6432 9341/1041, info@ chinaculturecenter.org)

Fri, Jul 12 BJU Blood Drive For adults. BJU hosts its third blood drive of the year. If you would like to donate blood, go to BJU directly. If you have any questions about the blood drive, email cao.yu@ufh.com.cn. Free. 10am-3pm. Beijing United Family Hospital (5927 7000)

Movie Nights at TreeHouse

Sat, Jul 6 Day Trip: Ming Village (Cuandixia) Ages 5+. Travel to Cuandixia, a Ming dynasty village located in Mentougou.

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Sat, July 13 Tracing and Phonics in English Ages 3+. Kids learn the alphabet, study vocabulary, sing, and have fun. RMB 100. 4-5pm. TreeHouse Family Café and Playground (thetreehousebj@ yahoo.com)

Royal Canal Boat Tour to the Summer Palace All ages. See a bit of everything in the capital in this boat tour through gardens and parks. Explore an Indian-style

The Hutong Sketch Tour For teens and adults. Laura and David from WE Design Studios take budding artists on on-the-road sketching sessions. This three-hour sketch tour will start at The Hutong and wind through the surrounding hutongs. Members of the Beijing Cultural Heritage Protection Center will be on-hand to offer historical and cultural commentary. RMB 120, RMB 100 (The Hutong members). 10am-1pm. The Hutong (6404 3355, 159 0104 6127 info@the-hutong.com)

Sun, Jul 21 Beijing Amblers: The Cool Waterfall Valley Ages 6+. Located north of Yunmengshan in Miyun County, the Cool Valley Natural Scenery Zone features an 86m-high waterfall with a huge cave right next to the water. Expect two and a half hours of driving, followed by three hours of hiking. RMB 280, RMB 200 (ages 6-11). 9am-5.30pm. China Culture Center (6432 9341/1041, info@ chinaculturecenter.org)

Admission Seminar: US Boarding High Schools and Universities

Backstreet Beijing Walk: Agricultural God Altar & Farmers’ Market

For adults. Foundation Global Education hosts a seminar about the admissions process for US boarding schools and universities. The speakers are Kevin Lawrence (The Lawrenceville School’s assistant dean of admissions), Dana Brown (Cornell University’s former assistant director of admissions), and Luis Martinez (Bates College’s former assistant dean of admissions). RSVP required. Free. 2-6pm. Crowne Plaza Beijing Chaoyang U-Town (admissions@ foundationge.com)

Ages 6+. Start the walking tour at Zhushikou Protestant Church south of Qianmen, then explore winding hutongs and the miles-long local market. Peek into some courtyards, including a large Western-style building that was originally a Japanese-built brothel. RMB 150, RMB 100 (ages 6-12). 2.30-6pm. China Culture Center (6432 9341/1041, info@chinaculturecenter.org)

Sun, Jul 14 Peking University Campus Walk Ages 6+. Peking University is located on a former royal garden and is renown throughout China for the beauty of its campus. The university is also home to many museums, including the Museum of University History and the Arthur M. Sackler Museum of Art and Archaeology. RMB 100, RMB 70 (ages 6-12). 10am12.30pm. China Culture Center (6432 9341/1041, info@chinaculturecenter.org)

Tue, July 16 English Book Cafe Ages 3+. English Book Café helps kids with English learning. Kids will

Wed, July 24 TreeHouse Baby Play Group For babies and toddlers. Let your child develop social skills with other babies while you chat with parents. Interested parents must specify their children’s age via email before the event. RMB 30. 11am-noon. TreeHouse Family Cafe and Playground (thetreehousebj@ yahoo.com)

Ready, Set, Read! Summer Program at Eliott’s Corner See Jul 1 listing.

Thu, July 25 Children’s Chorus of Washington Concert Ages 10+. The Children’s Chorus

photo: la priz (flickr)

Ages 3-12. Drop your child off for a movie night while you shop, see a show or go out to eat. Children watch movies, eat popcorn, play board games and have fun. Pajamas recommended. RMB 150. 5-8pm. TreeHouse Family Café and Playground (thetreehousebj@ yahoo.com)

temple, then continue on to the Summer Palace for a two-hour guided walk that ends at the north gate. RMB 490, RMB 390 (ages 5-11), free for ages 0-4. 9am4.30pm. China Culture Center (6432 9341/1041, info@chinaculturecenter.org)

Ages 3+. Have your child learn a second language with this class; participants will read children’s stories, sing traditional songs, play games and do crafts. RMB 100. 5-6pm. TreeHouse Family Cafe and Playground (thetreehousebj@yahoo.com)


of Washington is one of the US’ top children’s choral ensembles. Now entering its 18th season, the CCW is performing in Beijing. RMB 20-100. 7.30-8.45pm. Forbidden City Concert Hall (6559 8285)

Sun, Jul 28 Peking Opera Workshop All ages. Professional Peking opera actors introduce participants to the history and subtleties of this famous Chinese art form, including the meticulous process of putting on makeup, gestures, and voice adaptation. RMB 200, RMB 150 (children). 2.30-4.30pm. China Culture Center (6432 9341/1041, info@ chinaculturecenter.org)

Ongoing Little Ones Summer Camp Ages 3-5. From July 1-5, fight the summer blahs with Little Ones summer camp. This camp provides a wide variety of activities, including art, music, and storytelling sessions. Teachers are from Dulwich College Beijing’s Early Years Department. RMB 1,650 per week. 9amnoon. Dulwich College Beijing Riviera Campus (dcp@dulwich-beijing.cn)

Prep Beijing! Summer Camp Program 2 Ages 7-18. From July 1-5, Prep Beijing aims to shape kids into socially and emotionally intelligent leaders.

This program is ideal for nonWestern students transitioning into a Western environment or for children transitioning into their teens. RMB 6,000 per week. 9am-3pm. Dulwich College Beijing, Legend Garden Campus (dcp@dulwich-beijing.cn)

Developmental Play Group at Eliott’s Corner Ages 1-4. Until July 12, Child Psychologist Dr. Jacqueline Wolf leads a program that targets motor control, cognitive processes, social and communication skills for toddlers. Suitable for typically-developing children and those with developmental delays. RMB 2,800. 9am-6pm. Elliot’s Corner (dor@oliviasplace.org)

Summer Camp Programs for Art, Science, Math and More Ages 7+. Throughout July and August, learn how to dust for fingerprints with the CSI class, improve your grammar, or overcome fear of public speaking with The Learning Center’s various classes. RMB 2,160/week. 9am-4pm. The Learning Center (8046 3886/7085, learningcenterbeijing@gmail.com)

Mommy and Me Club Ages 2-4. This program is perfect for children not ready for kindergarten, but still yearning to learn. Each month, this art class bases its craft activities around a learning theme. Past themes have included Fun on the Farm and Sea and Space. RMB 1,600/month. 9.10-10.10am or 10.4011.40am. The New City Center (www. thenewcitycenter.com)

Yoga Summer Camp Ages 3-12. From July 1-12, Incy Wincy leads yoga classes to improve coordination, concentration and teamwork in a relaxed environment. Kids will do breathing exercises, cooperation games and yoga poses. RMB 900 per week. 9.15am-12:30pm. Riviera Main Campus (dcp@dulwichbeijing.cn)

Jia You Football Camp Ages 6+. From July 1 to August 9, Coach Gary Saunders helps soccer players with skill development and strategy. Kids practice drills, take part in activities, and play football. Teams will be divided by age and ability. RMB 1,500 per week. 9am-12pm. DCB, Legend Garden (dcp@dulwich-beijing. cn)

Chinese Immersion Summer Camp Ages 6-10. Hosted by DCB, this camp runs from July 29 to August 9 and is perfect for students just starting to learn Chinese or those with some language skills. Teacher Claire Wang incorporates craft-making into the learning process. All materials included. RMB 1,500 per week. 9am-noon. Dulwich College Beijing, Legend Garden Campus (dcp@dulwich-beijing.cn)

Become a Kung Fu Panda Ages 5-15. From July 1 to August 16, a kung fu master teaches kids and teens the art of wushu. Lessons are in Mandarin, but a translator is available to facilitate communication. Breaks include healthy snacks and drinks. Students can join for one week or stay

for the whole summer. RMB 1,000 per week. 4-5.30pm. Beijing That’s Mandarin (info@thatsmandarin.com)

Atelier Summer Camps: Three Weeks, Three Themes For kids and teens. From July 1-19, Atelier hosts three different summer camps with separate themes. In “Time Travel through Art History,” kids will discover the evolution of visual arts by revisiting and customizing famous masterpieces. In “Edit Your Own Book,” they’ll choose or create a story, illustrate it using different techniques, and bind the final product. In “Into the Footsteps of Le Douanier Rousseau,” kids will create a fantastic jungle and its inhabitants in a landscape or 3D artwork. Choose one, two, or three weeks. Plus, teens can participate in fashion design workshops. Price TBD. 9.30am-4pm. Atelier (atelier@atelier. cn.com)

Live the Language Camp Ages 7-17. Students will study Chinese from Monday to Friday at camp in the morning, and embark on cultural programs in the afternoon. This camp offers a homestay program for ages 14-17, a residential program for ages 13-17, and a day camp for ages 7-17. Family packages are also available. RMB 7,298-31,275 (Residence Camp); RMB 9,438-32,428 (Homestay Camp); RMB 4,410-17,995 (Day Camp). Doesn’t include airfare, visa expenses, insurance, and non camp-related expenses. 9am-6pm. Beijing LtL Mandarin School (www. livethelanguage.cn)

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Talking Shop/Birthday Bash Living

Brandnü Ideas for Women in Need Recycled clothing store aims to help Beijing community

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or Brandnü, helping the local community through “green-based,” environmentally-friendly charity projects is of utmost concern, says owner Nathan Zhang. Founded in 2009, Brandnü is a clothing and accessories store that upcycles donated products and uses profits to help women in need. “I raise money from both my shop and international schools,” explains Zhang. “I donate most of my stuff to disaster areas or migrant worker communities.” The store provides a platform for urban creators to unite with rural artisans. Brandnü is modestly decorated, featuring clutches made from woven magazine strips, eclectic jackets, dresses, pants, and small handmade toys and keychains. “This year, we are focusing on upcycling and patchworking more bags and blankets,” says Zhang. The shop is expecting new designs later in the summer and is even mulling a new location in the near future. Popular items include patchwork upcycled handbags (RMB 500) and quilted blankets (starting at RMB 680). If you like a good steal, most of the donated mint-condition clothes are only RMB 30 apiece. Emily Thomas

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Tue-Sun 10am-10pm. 61 Wudaoying Hutong (just west of Vineyard Cafe), Dongcheng District (186 1406 0601) www.brandnuproject.com, weibo.com/brandnu 东城区五道营 胡同(葡萄园西侧)61号

The Secret Is Out Genting Resort Secret Garden is a destination for all seasons

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ith activities such as rock climbing, archery, and mountain biking, Genting Resort Secret Garden is a versatile venue for a party. Located around 250km from Beijing in Hebei province, Genting is a year-round escape founded in 2008. The venue features ballrooms large enough to accommodate 500 people and the resort can organize private events of all kinds. While the kids play, adults can enjoy happy hour at the sports bar. Summer activities are varied and well-supervised; kids can learn to shoot arrows on the top of a mountain at the archery range, rent mountain bikes for off-road adventures, go rock climbing on artificial and natural surfaces, play paintball, go camping or practice their tennis on the courts. Catering is also available. As of print time, the price of summer activities hadn’t yet been confirmed. However, room rental for a birthday party costs RMB 300 per person for a party of 20 people or less. This includes the function room rental, food, birthday cake, and facilities such as a projector and screen. Emily Thomas Daily 24hrs. Wutong Dadao, Taizi Town, Chongli County, Zhangjiakou, Hebei Province (400 168 1234, 313 478 888, reservation@gentingsecretgarden.com) www.secretgardenresorts.com 密苑云顶乐园,河北省张家口市崇礼县太子 城梧桐大道

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What’s Happening in Beijing Dulwich Welcomes New Headmaster Dulwich College Beijing has announced the appointment of a new headmaster, David Mansfield. Mansfield has a degree in history from Pembroke College, Cambridge, and has taught in several state and independent schools in southeastern UK. In recent years, he gained an interest in education in the developing world and has visited South Africa on five occasions to support school improvement projects. Mansfield arrived at DCB in May and has been working with the current headmaster to ensure a smooth transition.

Keystone Headmaster Publishes Essay on World Schools

The Sweet Spot Opens in China World Shopping Mall The Sweet Spot, China World Hotel’s gourmet bakery, opened a second location in China World Mall in June. The bakery features a variety of desserts, such as cream logs, macaroons, cupcakes, and fresh fruit that cost between RMB 10 and 25. For savory choices, they have lunch items like croissants and sandwiches. The Sweet Spot uses carefully-selected quality ingredients and ensures that all products are free of trans fats.

New Principal at BSB In August, The British School of Beijing (BSB) will welcome a new principal, Andy Puttock. Puttock has taught in the UK since 1986, including 16 years as head teacher at two different schools. Puttock says: “I believe that every student can succeed more highly than they thought possible if a school takes [a] balanced approach and focuses on providing the highest quality of teaching and learning.” He will come to Beijing with his wife and daughter; his two older sons will remain in the UK to finish their university studies.

Crêpanini Opens in Nanluogu Xiang Crêpanini, one of Beijing’s popular places to get crepes, waffles, macaroons, and other delicacies, opened a new mini storefront in Nanluogu Xiang. The store opened right next to NLGX’s newly-renovated digs. Through the end of July, get a free crepe or waffle at Crêpanini when you spend RMB 150 at NLGX. Or, buy a crepe or waffle at Crêpanini and get a discount of RMB 20 at NLGX. Crêpanini has two other locations in Sanlitun Taikooli (formerly the Village) and Parkview Green in the CBD. Daily 9am-midnight. 33 Nanluogu Xiang, Dongcheng District (5208 6093, info@crepanini.com) www.crepanini.com 可百尼尼,东城区南锣鼓巷33号

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Daily 10am-7pm. Shop 3B2-3, B2/F, China World Mall Zone 3, 1 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District (6505 4327) www.thesweetspot.com.cn 朝阳区建国路1 号国贸商城3区地下2层3B-23店铺

The founding headmaster of Keystone Academy, Malcolm McKenzie, recently published his article, “Learning from the World and Learning for the World: An Essay on World Schools,” in the Journal of Research in International Education. McKenzie writes from his perspective as a school leader and educator to investigate how an institution can become a meaningful world school that produces students with international perspective. The article was written from his personal experiences, though comments are also representative of Keystone’s educational ideals and future model of education. To read the full article, visit www.keystoneacademy.cn.


Noticeboard Living Toys “R” Us Opens Two New Stores in Beijing Toys “R” Us, the kids’ toys retail giant, opened two new stores in Beijing in May, both in Haidian. One store is in the Golden Resource Shopping Mall and the other is in Dreamland Mall. The US-based retailer has other Beijing locations in Taiyanggong’s Kaide Mall and Chaoyang Joy City. The mega toy store aims to have 50 stores in mainland China by the end of the year. 1) Daily 10am-10pm. Shop C12-B1, Golden Resource Shopping Mall, 1 Yuanda Lu, Haidian District (8887 5888) 海淀区远大路 1号北京世纪金源购物中心地下一层C12号商铺; 2) Daily 10am10pm. Shop L4716, 4F, Huarun Dreamland, 68 Qinghezhong Jie, Haidian District (8281 0750) 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

YCIS Beijing Students Place First and Third at Scholar’s Cup

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On April 13 and 14, 18 students from Yew Chung International School of Beijing (YCIS Beijing) competed in two 12-hour competitions at the Scholar’s Cup. Challenges included team debates, collaborative writing, scholar’s challenge, and scholar’s bowl. The cup competition was divided into science, arts, literature, history, current events, and special area. Year 10 students Charles Yin and Chloe Tan (pictured below) achieved first and third place respectively in the Overall Scholar category.

New Kids’ Menu at Traders Upper East Hotel Café Noir at Traders Upper East Hotel has a new kids’ menu that highlights healthy and delicious options like colorful vegetable crisps; mango and passion fruit smoothies; Catalan salad with tomato, watermelon, feta, and mint leaves; and ham and cheese on a toasted bagel. The kids’ menu also has games on the back.

BISS Wins Second Place in ISAC and ACAMIS Tournaments Beijing BISS International School won second place in ISAC and ACAMIS soccer tournaments on Thursday, April 18.This season’s soccer tournaments were in Beijing and Tianjin, and BISS played against a number of international schools. BISS won the finals after a long and exciting game, with the girls’ team’s hard work and team spirit showing through. In addition to placing second, BISS was also given the sportsmanship award based on votes from coaches and players from other schools. July 2013

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The Irony of Earth Day

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moved the campout from the fields to the gym because it would be too cold at night. I’m not sure how much environmental education a sleepover in the gym and passing balls around the field provides. I’m definitely unsure of the lasting impact of anything that happened on April 22. As much as irony brings a tingle of excitement up my spine, I simply cannot stand for any more of this faux-education that contributes very little to the issue at hand. I think there are two fundamental misconceptions at work here. Firstly, despite the administration’s best intentions, passing seven plastic balls around the track for half an hour probably won’t be enough to change wasteful habits that have been ingrained in our lifestyle for so long. Second is that awareness without actual education or action does anything. Knowing that 11 percent of the global population is without access to clean water actually doesn’t help those 11 percent of the global population. What would I do for Earth Day? I would default the school’s printing system to double-sided, and I reckon that single act would help the environment far more than all this hullaballoo. Having students sit through the film An Inconvenient Truth would probably also be a good idea. It’s less wasteful, far more informative, certainly more emotionallymoving, and features a president of the United States. At one point in time, our school used 600,000 kWh per month on lighting alone, which is enough to power 120 homes for a year. The implementation of automatic switches almost halved that. Now that’s some real change worth learning from.

This article was modified from a www.beijing-kids.com post by Hal Jin titled, “ISB Reporting: The Irony of Earth Day.” Hal Jin, 16, is a student at ISB and a correspondent for the beijingkids Student Correspondent Program.

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rony is simply delectable; there’s something so sinfully enjoyable about the paradoxical nature of reality, our obliviousness to the contradictions between how our mouths and hands are moving. For that reason alone, I take much more delight in Earth Day than almost anyone else I know. On Monday, April 22, the International School of Beijing (ISB) hosted an entire-school event in celebration of Earth Day. Students congregated in the stadium, choking on the fine grey smog above, and passed seven massive plastic balls around the track. Two meters in diameter and emblazoned with spray-painted continents, the blue orbs represented the responsibility we all share in caring for the planet, the burden we are forever destined to carry as sentinels for life on Earth. Which is by and large horse manure, because the passing of giant plastic balls is completely contradictory to environmental sustainability. Plastic consists of a fourth of the world’s landfill, taking 450 years just to begin to decompose. Every year, plastic waste dumped in the world’s oceans kills up to one million seabirds and one hundred thousand marine mammals. So yes, let’s hoist onto our shoulders the one material that continues to degrade our planet year after year, carrying forth proudly the tradition that has bought us to where we are today. Student environmental group Greenkeepers organized a sleepover to have people sleep under the stars as an effort to appreciate the Earth we live on, and usher us all to the cradle of Mother Nature. They advertised heavily by plastering perfectly new A4 printing paper all over the school, ordered three dozen pizzas (pizza boxes are notoriously unrecyclable due to the residue of grease and oil), and later,


On the Blog Living

Rising Motocross Talent Niels Velema

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ighteen-year-old Niels Velema is Dutch, but was born in Brussels. His mother is from the Netherlands and his father is French from Martinique. Velema is a student The British School of Beijing (BSB) and has been in China since 2009 after living in Trinidad and Tobago. Velema was the only foreigner to join a three-day motocross race held in Yunnan Province at the end of April. He placed third on the first day and got to share the podium with professional Chinese racers. Always interested in high-speed sports, Velema started getting involved with motocross just a few years ago. Now sponsored by Beijing Off-Road Club, he is pursuing his dream of becoming a motocross champion. How did you become interested in motocross racing? I became interested in motocross after a few years of riding a 110cc Chinese pit bike. I started watching motocross on TV and fell in love with the sport. I finally got a proper KTM 125cc two-stroke dirt bike after one year in Beijing and convinced my parents that it was the sport for me. But I was always interested in sports involving speed; when I was small, I started competitive mountain bike racing. I [also] loved karting, quads, and speed boat racing. When was your first race? The race in Dongchuan in Yunnan on April 25 was my very first official race. It was a three-day Enduro race totaling 300km. I never imagined I would be on the podium the first day with all those professionals. I was sponsored by the Beijing Off-Road Club; they see me racing regularly and believe in my talents. What makes off-road motocross different from other types of racing? Off-road motocross is so much more exciting because of the jumps

and variety in landscape: hills, rivers, rocks. It is much better than just [going] around a racecourse. It is full of extreme adventure, which I really love. How did you get involved with the Beijing Off-Road Club? I bought my very first cross bike there, a KTM. I then regularly raced with them on weekends; they organize tours in the dunes and mountains. They realized I was talented, because I always beat the other crossers. So, they invited me to join them for the Yunnan race. They wanted to sponsor me because they were sure I was going to do well. How did you feel being the only foreigner in the Yunnan race? This was a big challenge. My Chinese is OK, but not that good. Everybody wanted to take pictures with me and I was [the center of] attention, which made me feel like a superstar. Everybody was very nice and helpful. When I was on the podium the first day, I cried from happiness. What advice do you have for aspiring motocross racers? Off-road racing is really taking off in China, so there are many opportunities. I would say to aspiring racers: Join a club so that you can measure yourself against other racers, gain experience, follow your dreams, and enjoy the great moments in life. What’s next for you? [I plan to] start a motocross touring agency in Beijing for anyone who wants to do day tours through Chaobai and the dunes or 10-day tours through deserts and forests around China. I am currently working on a website.

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This article was modified from a www.beijing-kids.com post by Laura Ibba titled, “Q&A with Rising Motocross Talent Niels Velema.

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Inner Beauty

Willa AuYeung goes back to basics

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illa AuYeung is candid, genial, and soft-spoken. Born in Hong Kong and raised in San Francisco, she has previously worked for Roots & Shoots and the Stanford Center at Peking University. She moved with her family to Beijing three years ago for her husband’s job at Baidu. They have twin boys (age 6) who attend Huijia Kindergarten’s Guozhan branch. For the makeover, AuYeung was open to change but wanted a hairstyle that was easy to put up. She had never colored her long hair before, but had a perm in the past. AuYeung had never had her makeup done professionally; she and her husband opted for a DIY wedding as students at Stanford. This was hard to believe for Makeup Artist Polo Qiao of Lotus. “She’s got the face for it!” he said. He and Head Stylist Vivian Lv created a new look with a short, face-framing bob and makeup that enhanced rather than masked AuYeung’s natural beauty. Sijia Chen Lotus Daily 9.30am-9.30pm. Shop 6-7, 1/F, Kempinski Hotel Beijing Lufthansa Center, 50 Liangma Qiao Lu, Chaoyang District (6465 3388 ext 4499) Lotus 雍容 ,朝阳区亮马桥路50号凯宾斯基饭店1 层6-7店铺

Makeup List • Foundation: Kanebo Lunasol Intellectual Water Liquid Foundation SPF 15 in YO02 • Face primer: Benefit That Gal • Eyeliner: Kanebo KATE Super Sharp Liner Liquid Eyeliner in Black

• Eyeshadows: Giorgio Armani Eye Mania 4-Color compact • Eyebrow pencil: Meishoku Eyebrow Pencil in Natural Brown • Mascara: Shiseido Majolica Majorca Lash King Mascara in Black • Blush: Max Factor Flawless Complexion Blush in Classic Pink

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Health

The ABCs of Vitamins Achieving a balance in vitamin consumption

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hen kids seem to subsist on chicken fingers, French fries, and pizza alone, you have to wonder whether they’re getting all the vitamins they need. Vitamin deficiencies can cause serious health problems, but how worried should parents be about their children clinically lacking vitamins? We spoke to Dr. Maher Eldadah, M.D., a pediatrician at Beijing United Family Hospital, and Dr. Basim Ansari, a family medicine practitioner at Puhua International Hospital – Shuangjing, for clarity on vitamins, a lack of them, and the best way to ensure optimal nutrition.

min deficiency unless they have very strange eating habits,” says Dr. Eldadah. “As long as your child is eating a regular, healthy diet, vitamin deficiencies are not common.” That goes for parents, too. “Vitamin deficiencies are uncommon in general populations,” agrees Dr. Ansari. But women and children can become deficient in certain vitamins in certain cases, he continues, so tests to rule out a vitamin deficiency are sometimes recommended. Unfortunately, there is no single test to determine all vitamin deficiencies, so each one must be tested for separately.

Vitamin Deficiencies – Should You Worry?

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Health the American Academy of Pediatrics doubled its recommended daily levels of vitamin D in 2008. Found in fortified dairy products like milk, cheese, and yogurt, as well as naturally in egg yolks and fatty fish like sardines and tuna, vitamin D is synthesized when the skin is exposed to the sun. Deficiencies in vitamin D arise especially when children are kept away from the sun or live in regions that get little sunlight, such as Scandinavia. While using sunscreen is important, it’s good for kids to get a few minutes of unprotected sun exposure so that they can naturally synthesize vitamin D. While heavy pollution can make it seem like Beijing doesn’t see much sun, Dr. Eldadah thinks that families can still get plenty of rays through the pollution. Dr. Ansari recommends getting sunlight on days when there is less smog to avoid exposure to pollutants. “Vitamin D is essential for absorbing calcium and phosphorus, which you need for healthy bone growth and development,” says Dr. Eldadah. “If you don’t get enough vitamin D, you don’t have enough calcium and phosphorous, so you don’t have enough calcium to build your bones.” This is why a vitamin D deficiency can lead not only to soft and brittle bones, but also in severe cases to rickets – though this is nowadays uncommon, reassures Dr. Ansari. Vitamin D deficiency can manifest itself in confusing ways, including late teething in young children, irritability, poor growth, and muscle cramps. It’s hard to diagnose a vitamin D deficiency based solely on symptoms unless there are, for example, obvious fractures. The only way to know for sure is to do a vitamin D blood test or an X-ray to check for abnormal bone growth. Infants who are breastfed exclusively will need vitamin D supplements of about 400 international units (ius) per day, according to Dr. Eldadah, especially if the child is regularly bundled in layers of clothing or religiously kept out of the sun. However, supplements may not be necessary if the baby’s diet includes fortified formula. If your child doesn’t drink fortified milk as they get older, consult your doctor about supplementing with vitamin D.

Vitamin A As the old saying goes, eating carrots helps keeps your eyes healthy – and it’s true. Your retinas rely on vitamin A; without adequate levels, you may start experiencing vision problems like night blindness. However, vitamin A deficiencies are only common in impoverished nations where children regularly suffer from malnourishment. Nevertheless, your child should eat plenty of yellow and orange produce, such as carrots, yams, and squash, as well as eggs and cheese.

Vitamins B6 and B12 The B vitamin complex is essential for nervous and musculoskeletal health, as well as the heart and skin. All eight B vitamins work together, so a deficiency in any of them can cause severe nervous damage. Your body only needs small amounts of vitamin B, says Dr. Eldadah. As long as your child is eating a balanced diet, vitamin B supplements are not necessary. The only exception is for vegetarians or vegans, who may want to consider taking vitamin B tablets. Dr. Ansari recommends 0.1 to 1.5 mg of vitamin B6 and 0.5 to 2.5mg of vitamin B12 per day. Vitamin B can be found in meats, fish, nuts, beans, eggs, and milk.

Too Much of a Good Thing It is possible to get too many vitamins, and it’s more common than people think, says Dr. Eldadah. “If you take too many vitamins, you’ll reach vitamin toxicity,” he explains. “The body is a smart machine; if you give it too much of anything, it gets rid of it. If you take a multivitamin [with a recommended intake of] one or two tablets a day and you take four or five tablets every day for weeks, you’re probably overdosing.”

Symptoms of toxicity differ for each vitamin, but may include weakness, irritability, fatigue, mood swings, hair loss, tingling sensations, numbness, and skin problems. These symptoms are vague, so diagnosing vitamin toxicity can be difficult and problems may continue to worsen. If you or your children take a daily multivitamin, stick with the recommended dosage. “A lot of people think they will be vitamindeficient if they don’t take supplements, but you have to be very poor and have a diet [completely devoid of nutrition] to develop deficiencies,” says Dr. Eldadah.

“The body is a smart machine; if you give it too much of anything, it gets rid of it” Taking Multivitamins Correctly Children should only take multivitamins if they are extremely picky about food, cautions Dr. Eldadah. If parents are concerned about their child’s diet, then taking a multivitamin may not be a bad idea. Chewable or gummy multi-vitamins are child-friendly, but parents should keep these out of reach from kids, who may think the vitamins are candy. Eating too many can lead to acute vitamin toxicity, which can manifest in symptoms such as vomiting and diarrhea. There is no single trusted brand name for vitamins, says Dr. Ansari. Every country has different preferred brands, so make sure that the packaging contains dosage guidelines and a recommended daily allowance (RDA). Buy vitamins from trusted sources like the World Health Store. You can also order from iherb.com (which ships to China) or ask your family doctor which brands or retailers they suggest.

Resources Beijing United Family Hospital 北京和睦家医院 Mon-Sat 8.30am-5.30pm, 24-hour emergency care. 2 Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District (5927 7700, 5927 7120 ER) beijing.ufh. com.cn/en 朝阳区将台路2号 Puhua International Hospital – Shuangjing 北京普华国 际医院 Daily 9am-6pm. 54 Wusheng Beilu, Dongsanhuan, Chaoyang District (8773 5522, 8911 6665) www.puhuaclinic.com 朝阳区 东三环武圣北路54号 World Health Store 世界健康品店 1) Mon-Fri 10.30am-8pm, Sat-Sun 10am-7pm. Rm 2152, 1F, Bldg A, North Tower, Soho Shangdu, 8 Dongdaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District (5900 2209, info@worldhealthstore.com.cn) www. worldhealthstore.com.cn 朝阳区东大桥路8号SOHO尚都北塔A座 1层2152; 2) Mon-Thu 10am-8pm, Fri-Sat 10.30am-8.30pm, Sun 10.30am-8pm. Rm 09A, LB1, Euro Plaza, 99 Yuxiang Lu, Tianzhu Zhen, Shunyi District (8046 2524, info@worldhealthstore.com. cn) www.worldhealthstore.com.cn 顺义区天竺镇裕翔路99号欧 陆广场地下1层09A Iherb Iherb.com

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Health The Natural Path

Water: It Does a Body Good

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emperatures are creeping up, humidity levels are rising and it’s getting hot! You can go outside and be pouring sweat in no time. In Beijing, however, hydration is important all year round. In winter, the dry air makes us lose water as we breathe, even when we’re at rest. In the summer, the air is humid and hot, causing us to sweat everything out. A decline in hydration levels, even in small amounts, can cause negative health outcomes. Let’s take a look at some of these and examine the benefits of hydration. Let’s be clear: We need sources of clean, high-quality water. This is too complicated to get into in great detail, but bottled water – no matter the brand – is not guaranteed to be safe. The only way to ensure you have good, clean, healthy water is to filter it yourself. Many products do this; some do it well, and others not so well. Do extensive research or talk to people who have first-hand experience of a reliable product. Specifications for a filter made in your home country will not necessarily be appropriate here. Look for a product that can handle chloramines and arsenic. Some of us research the car we want to buy down to the smallest detail. Isn’t it much more important to look into the system that provides us with the water we literally need to survive? Luckily, there are independent agencies around the world that test filtration systems; the National Science Foundation (NSF) in the US comes to mind. Only consider filtration systems that are certified by a third party such as the NSF. Drinking plenty of clean water is crucial, especially when doing physical activity in extremely hot or humid conditions. An adult can lose up to 6L of water per hour in this kind of environment. I usually recommend around 2 to 3L of water a day for adults living in Beijing. Each person’s fluid requirements are unique, but a good benchmark is the color of urine, which should be pale yellow. When urine is too concentrated, it can contribute to the formation of kidney stones. Some cases of constipation are also caused by inadequate fluid intake. In children, dehydration has been found to negatively impact concentration, alertness, and memory. On the other hand, staying well-hydrated allows our kidneys and heart to function optimally. There is evidence that proper hydration can decrease the incidence of urinary tract infections, hypertension, fatal coronary heart disease, venous thromboembolism, and cerebral infarctions. Drinking a full glass of water can often help relieve heartburn, hot flashes, and headaches. Fluid retention and joint pains can also be alleviated by drinking more water. Children are especially prone to dehydration, one reason being that they are often too busy playing and are not aware of their body’s need for water. Remind your child to take regular water breaks and offer them fluids frequently. Here’s to you and your family having a healthy (and well-hydrated) summer!

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 www.drmelissarodriguez.com.

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Health The Doc Is In

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fter six and a half years in Beijing, I can say that I have joined the ranks of long-term expats. I’ve seen many friends and patients come and go. But I’m still here with my wife – and now, our new son, Alex. Despite constant stressors from environmental scandals, bad traffic and the all-too-rare perfect weather, we continue to have a satisfying adventure here. What’s our secret? Is there a common thread that separates long-term expats from those who leave earlier? No matter where you are in the world, you need happiness to thrive in your community. If you’re happy, you stay. If you’re unhappy, you move along. I think the secrets to expat happiness in Beijing are a healthy attitude, an open mind, and deep social connections. Our minds are powerful mediators of our physical health; to survive in Beijing’s harsh environment, you need a tolerant and malleable frame of mind. Otherwise, a buildup of stress or unhappiness will wear down your immune system, leading to illnesses and chronic problems such as heart disease. A successful long-term expat comes to terms with those stressors and rides them out – like a luxury boat on a choppy river. I asked one of our psychologists, Dr. Rob Blinn, what he thought he secret to long-term expat happiness was for kids and adults: “Several meta-studies in the past few decades have shown that neither health nor wealth are predictive of happiness,” he said. “What is predictive is the breadth and depth of social connections. This is true for kids as well as adults. The people who do well here seem to have lots of close friends. They also know when to ask for help when they are struggling.” I’ve always found activities such as yoga, tai chi, or massage to be powerful tools for resetting my balance. Yoga especially has wellresearched effects on happiness and relaxation, and can help alleviate anxiety and depression. All these activities are readily available in Beijing. A good, inexpensive massage is without a doubt one of the perks of living here! Another key to long-term happiness is connecting with the local community. If you’re always in the expat bubble and don’t learn Chinese, you’re much more likely to suffer that Lost in Translation ennui. My family’s favorite activity is cycling through the hutongs within Second Ring Road, taking random turns and discovering new gems. Beijing is at its most charming after dinner; you can have a fun and rewarding experience simply by joining everyone as they sing and dance on street corners and in parks. Physical health is also crucial to long-term happiness. Exercising the recommended 90 to 150 minutes a week, getting a good night’s sleep, managing stress, eating a balanced diet, drinking in moderation, not smoking, and controlling your weight are lifestyle basics to live by anywhere. Once again, the number one tip is to be social – and have a wonderful time!

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 www.myhealthbeijing.com.

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Dining Dining Out

Pass the S SALT Award-winning restaurant introduces kids’ menu

ALT is modern and refined – the perfect place for a date. And yet, many families also visit this contemporary Lido restaurant for its friendly service, weekend brunch, spacious patio, and proximity to Si’de Park. SALT specializes in two- to three-course set menus for lunch, brunch, and dinner with vegetarian, low-fat, and glutenfree options. Recently, the restaurant introduced a “Little Matey Menu” (RMB 98 for two courses) with pirate-themed dishes like Hidden Treasure Risotto, Little Matey Chicken, and Creamy Pirate Pasta. For dessert, kids can choose from chocolate ice cream, chocolate lava cake, or doughnut churros (the latter two cost an additional RMB 10). For brunch, grownups can pick from options like pork terrine, grilled tiger prawn summer salad, shredded cod, beef tenderloin, and chocolate fondant (RMB 198-428 depending on number of courses and alcoholic drinks). So go ahead – reach for the SALT. Sijia Chen

Mon-Sat noon-3pm (lunch) and 6-10.30pm (dinner), Sun noon-4pm (brunch). 2/F, 9 Jiangtai Xilu, Chaoyang District (6437 8457) www.saltrestaurantbeijing.com 盐,朝阳区将台西路9号2层

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Safia Benzadi (age 8, attends Harrow International School of Beijing) enjoys steak strips, 2013 July creamy piratebeijingkids pasta, doughnut churros, and carrot juice on SALT’s outdoor patio

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Dining Eater’s Digest Crispy Durian Cake Enriched with the strong and creamy taste of durian, this Cantonese snack is a delicious combination of thousand-layer pastry and tender, hot stuffing. Get three delicate pieces for RMB 16 at any branch of Jindingxuan.

Mala Crawfish Don’t be put off by their appearance; crawfish have all the tenderness of lobster, without any of the commitment. Little Yunnan does them right, with several choices of flavor and size. The ones pictured here are extra large, spicy mala crawfish (RMB 70/jin).

Tofu with Salted Egg In this hot dish, the texture of the salted egg gives a nice contrast to the silken tofu. A protein-packed dish for only RMB 28 from Ho’s Restaurant in Dragon Bay, Shunyi.

Warm Asparagus Poached Eggs with Bacon Vinaigrette Flamme may be steak heaven, but it’s got a great handle on weekend brunch. Perched atop crispy hash brown medallions and asparagus, three poached eggs (RMB 58) are infused with a delicate but fullbodied bacon vinaigrette. Garnished with caramelized onions and corn, this dish puts a modern twist on classic brunch components. Regular menu items are still available for die-hard carnivores, but they’ll no doubt want to steal a bite or two of these poached eggs.

Tried-and-trued dishes by Morgan Shang, Sijia Chen, Dana CosioMercado, and Ellis Friedman. Want to take a bite for yourself? See Directories under Family Dining for restaurant listings. Got a recommendation? Send a photo and description to editor@ beijing-kids.com.

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Coo Coo for Coconut Baking coconut shortbread cookies with The Westin Beijing Financial Street Makes 30 cookies 1 cup unsalted butter, softened (room temperature) 1杯无盐黄油,软化过的(室温) 1/3 cup icing sugar 1/3杯糖粉 A pinch of salt 一小撮盐 1 egg 1只鸡蛋 1 cup cake flour 1杯面包粉 1/3 cup almond powder 1/3杯杏仁粉 1/4 cup grated coconut (substitutes: rolled oats, sesame seeds, flax seeds) 1/4杯椰肉碎片(替代物:燕麦片, 芝麻仁,亚麻籽)

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In a stainless steel bowl, gently mix the butter and icing sugar with a spatula. It should yield a creamy texture. 在不锈钢碗里,用刮勺轻 轻混合黄油和糖粉。质地 柔软丝滑。

Dip your fingers in the flour and make small balls, then place them on a baking tray. Dust your palm with flour and flatten the balls. Alternatively, allow the dough to sit in the fridge for 30 minutes, roll it into a cylinder, and slice it. 双手把面粉揉捏成出一个个 小球,放在烤盘上。然后用 手掌把他们按平,上面撒些 面粉。或者:把面团放在冰 箱储存30分钟,然后拿出来 揉成一个长条,再用刀切 成小段。

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Frédéric Le Gac is the executive pastry chef for The Westin Beijing Financial Street. This French native obtained his diploma in bakery’s craft and trade, pastry and confectionery while working as an apprentice from 1994 to 1998. He has over 18 years of experience, having worked at leading luxury hotels in France, Egypt, the US, the Middle East, Norway, Belgium, and now Beijing. When not whipping up sweet confectionery, Chef Frédéric indulges in music, travel and photography.

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Playing What's Fun In

Hegezhuang A rural alternative to 798 Art District by Dana Cosio-Mercado

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despite being so close to the city. An immersion in both contemporary and traditional Chinese art forms, this combination walking and driving tour will leave you feeling positively cultured. Start the day at Art Base 1; you can’t miss the big sign on Shunbai Lu. Sister to the larger 798 community, this area is much less touristy (and less-crowded) than its Dashanzi counterpart. There may be no souvenir shops selling trendy art-inspired merchandise, but you’ll be able to take in contemporary art exhibits at a leisurely pace. As you pull into the main courtyard, you’ll recognize several sculptures identical to those in 798. Take your time; it’s a great place

beijingkids July An outdoor view of The Orchard, 2013 a Hegezhuang fixture and brunch favorite

to play “I Spy” with younger kids. La Plantation is a gallery worth visiting. It features paintings by Chinese and international contemporary artists. Membership is available; inquire at La Plantation for rates that include access to special presentations, themed events, and invitation-only exhibitions. When the children have had their fill of the main courtyard, step out towards the main road, turn left and walk down the street until you reach the side entrance of the 318 Art District compound on the left side. Enter through the path, and on the right, you will see Gallery Mun, another venue with dynamic contemporary art

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egezhuang Village is tucked away on the border of Shunyi and Chaoyang. Over the years, it has developed from a nearly barren patch to an area bustling with services and attractions. Once, Hegezhuang housed mostly migrant workers in poor living conditions. However, the village committee started renovating houses into courtyard spaces in 2007 and helped local residents lease them out. The idea took off and attracted artists and other creative types who were looking to build a community. Hegezhuang’s proximity to 798 Art District was a plus, but the area’s uniqueness can be chalked up to its countryside feel


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What's Fun In Playing exhibitions. Gallery Mun doesn’t currently appear to have a phone number, but you can join their mailing list to be informed of future events (including several for children). Give your feet a break by ducking into a massage parlor. Head back to the main road, Shunbai Lu, and you will see one on the corner to your left. Hanfang Yangsheng Baojian does a basic foot soak (pao jiao, 泡脚) for RMB 58 (30 minutes), or a foot soak and scrub (zu yu and pao jiao, 足欲和泡脚) for RMB 98 (70 minutes). Once you’re all rested up, head to the left until you reach a big red brick structure. The aptly-named Red Brick Museum is an imposing 10,000sqm space that features artworks by foreign artists. With its factory space, Red Brick can host a huge selection of artworks and installations. All this gallery-hopping will probably have tired out the littlest art fans by now, so it’s time to pop into a Hegezhuang institution: The Orchard. You’ll know it by the red lanterns at the gate and the apple orchard by the gravel path. Featuring an extensive Western menu and a relaxed atmosphere, there’s sure to be something for everyone here. After lunch, let the little ones loose in the playroom; older kids can explore the grounds safely. Peek into The Orchard Gift Shop for trinkets, accessories, and a small selection of furniture and home accents. A table outside holds second-hand books from Roundabout. The Orchard is closed on Mondays and serves lunch from noon to 2.30pm, so plan your trip accordingly. With a full belly, make your way to Beidong Floriculture Garden. Get back into the car and drive east on Shunbai Lu until it intersects with Jingmi Lu, approximately 800m. Turn left on Jingmi Lu and drive 2km until you see Beidong on your left. The outdoor area is crammed with kites, terra cotta warriors and horses, other figures from Chinese and Western history, and pots and vases of all sizes. Vendors worth seeking out include Sunny Yang at Sanni Art for whimsical paintings with Chinese themes, Diana at Huali’s Antiques for furniture and household accessories, and Liu Lei Framing Shop for all your framing needs. Stalls also sell seasonal items like Halloween, Easter, and Christmas decorations. The vendors in Beidong Flower Market deliver in Shunyi for free. Most are helpful and speak English. Finally, wash down the day’s adventures with a cup of tea at The English Tearoom. To get there, exit Beidong, turn right, go down the street about 100m, and enter a set of wrought iron gates. Turn left at the path and look for the red London phone booth. Reward your kids with afternoon tea, complete with mini-sandwiches and yummy scones.

Art Base 1一号地国际艺术区 Daily 10am-7pm. Hegezhuang Village, Cuigezhuang Town, Chaoyang District (6433 6920) 顺义区崔各庄镇和各庄村 La Plantation Tue-Sun 10am-7pm (gallery and art shop), Tue-Sun 10am-11pm (bar). Area D, Art Base 1, Hegezhuang Village, Cuigezhuang Town, Chaoyang District (6433 6920/13) 朝阳区崔各庄镇何各庄 村1号地艺术园D区 Gallery Mun Daily 10am-5pm. Unit 6-1, 318 Art Complex, Hegezhuang, Shunbai Jie, Chaoyang District 朝阳区和各庄村顺白 街318艺术区6-1 Hanfang Yangsheng Baojian 汉方 养生保健 Daily 10am-7pm. Hegezhuang, Shunbai Lu, Chaoyang District (6431 1092) 朝阳 区顺白路何各庄 Red Brick Museum 红砖当代美术馆 Tue-Sun 10am-5.30pm. Hegezhuang Village, Cuigezhuang Town, Chaoyang District (134 2645 1523) 朝阳区崔各庄 乡何各庄村 The Orchard 果园西餐厅 Tu e - S u n n o o n - 2 . 3 0 p m ( l u n c h ) , 6-9pm (dinner). Hegezhuang Village, Cuigezhuang Town, Chaoyang District (6433 6270) 朝阳区崔各庄乡何各庄村

Beidong Floriculture Garden 北东 花卉市场 Daily 8.30am-6.30pm (summer), 9am5.30pm (winter). Shunhuang Lu, Sunhe Xiang, Shunyi District (8459 3093) 顺义 区孙河乡顺黄路 Sanni Art Daily 10am-6pm. Beidong Floriculture Garden, Shunhuang Lu, Shunyi District (135 2118 6292, 135 2047 2749) www. sanniart.com 顺义区孙河乡顺黄路北东 花卉市场 Huali’s Antiques 华里古董 Daily 8.30am-6.30pm. Shop 29-30, Area B, Beidong Floriculture Garden, Shunhuang Lu, Shunyi District (Diana: 136 6136 2681, Frank: 133 8137 7369) 顺义区孙河乡顺黄路北东花卉市场B区 29-30店铺 Liu Lei Framing Shop 刘磊设计 Daily 9.30am-6pm. Shop 6, Area Z, Beidong Floriculture Garden, Shunhuang Lu, Shunyi District (133 9156 1561, 134 2621 1686) 顺义区孙河乡顺黄路北东花 卉市场Z区6店铺 The English Tearoom 英国茶房 Daily 10am-7pm. Inside Chuangyi Yuan, 1A Shunhuang Lu, Sunhe Township, Shunyi District (8459 4407, 158 1099 8410 English and Chinese) www.englishtearoombeijing.com 顺义区孙河乡顺黄 路甲1号创意园内(近赛特奥特莱斯)

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Playing Family Travels

A croc goes for the kill at Jong’s Crocodile Farm in Kuching

Sebastian Smith (age 9) embarks on the Batang Ai jungle canopy walk

The kids hang by the pool at the Batang Ai Longhouse Resort

Borneo to Be Wild

Two families get lost in the jungles of Malaysia by Brigitte and Alistair Smith

Travelers: Brigitte and Alistair Smith and their kids Sebastian (age 9) and India (6), both students at Dulwich College Beijing. They traveled with friends Katerina and Petr Pisecky and their kids Magdalena (age 7) and Lukas (5), who attend The British School of Beijing and Eduwings Kindergarten respectively. Destination: Borneo and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Dates: December 22-January 4 Cost: Approximately RMB 34,000 for a family of four. This includes flight tickets for RMB 16,000 (booked at a special rate three months in advance), hotel accommodations for RMB 7,900, and spending money totaling around RMB 10,000. Alistair got

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an employee discount for Hilton Hotels and Resorts, but notes that common rates for the places they stayed at ranged from RMB 500 to 800 per night. Tour company: None. The travelers arranged everything themselves using Malaysia Airlines’ website (www.malaysiaairlines.com) for flights, Hilton Worldwide’s website (www.hilton. com) for accommodations, and TripAdvisor (www.tripadvisor. com) and Malaysia’s official tourism website (www.tourism.gov. my) for information. They stayed at the Hilton Kuching, Batang Ai Longhouse Resort (managed by Hilton), and DoubleTree by Hilton, Kuala Lumpur.

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The Smith and Pisecky families set out for a hike on one of Bako National Park’s trails

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ast Christmas, we flew Malaysia Airlines from Beijing to Kuala Lumpur and then connected to Kuching, the capital of Sarawak state on the island of Borneo. Also known as the “City of Cats,” Kuching is where we spent most of our stay. The first three days, we were at the Hilton Kuching. We then headed to Batang Ai National Park on the border of Indonesia and stayed at Batang Ai Longhouse Resort for three nights. After that, we returned back to Kuching to explore some more and to celebrate the arrival of 2013. After New Year’s in Kuching, both families headed to Kuala Lumpur. In KL, the Piseckys stayed at the Doubletree Hilton while the Smiths stayed with friends at the Pavilion Residences. Following an eight-hour delay in Kuala Lumpur due to a missed connection, two tired families boarded the evening flight to Kuching. As we approached Borneo, we began to experience bad weather; by the time we approached Kuching, wind and rain were buffeting the plane and the pilot was telling everyone to strap in tight. We landed in a massive storm, which the locals on the flight described as some of the worst weather they have ever experienced. There was little to see as we aproached the city or drove to our hotel in the hour or so that followed. By contrast, the view out of the hotel window the next morning was spectacular. The river and the lush green jungle seemed to grow right into the center of Kuching. Over the following days, we got to see Bako National Park, Jong’s Crocodile Farm, Batang Ai Longhouse Settlement, Damai Beach, and Semeggoh National Reserve. Some of the highlights included unspoiled rainforest and deserted beaches at Bako National Park, high-altitude jungle canopy walk bridges in Batang Ai rainforest, the Rainforest Smuggler’s Trail near the Indonesian border, the James Brooke Cafe by the river in Kuching (where we ate some of the best laksa we’ve ever had), and the Top Spot Food Court, where we enjoyed rooftop dining with an amazing array of fresh seafood and other dishes representing Thai, Indonesian, Chinese and traditional Sarawak cuisine. The Christmas Day trip to Bako National Park, entering from the open sea through high waves on a flat-bottomed motor boat, was the highlight of the trip. We hiked through pristine rainforest, traversed

a petrified forest on the beach, swam in incredible surf on the coast, and saw endangered proboscis monkeys – all in one day. According to the Piseckys, the breakfast at the DoubleTree by Hilton Kuala Lumpur was probably the best buffet breakfast they have ever experienced (they live a hotelier’s life and have been to many hotels). The homemade Indian banana bread (a crepe-like dough filled with fresh bananas and roasted in front of us until the banana melted in to the dough) was simply yum! For us, the bamboo barbecue in the rainforest after swimming in a pristine jungle waterfall was a real highlight. The hotel team cooked us lunch over a barbecue pit, which included fresh fish, chicken, and rice steamed inside thick bamboo trunks.

Travel Tips • Malaysia is a democratic and tourist-welcoming country, with a great mix of cultures. Kuching had clearly identifiable Chinese and Indian communities, in addition to the majority Malay population. All the locals we met were very friendly, the food was fantastic, prices were very affordable (cheaper than China) and – most importantly – safe (apart from the crocodiles, of course). • Malaysia can accommodate active holidays filled with jungle treks, boat rides, and hiking or relaxing getaways with plenty of beach resorts, turquoise sea, chilled cocktails, and delicious tropical fruit. Whether your children are still young or soon to be grownups, this is a great place for a family holiday. • The weather around Christmas is hot, sunny and humid, with average temperatures of around 28°C. There were one or two heavy tropical showers, but they cleared up very quickly. • Light cotton trousers are recommended for jungle hikes to avoid mosquito bites and scratches from jungle foliage. The ground tends to get a bit wet and slippery in parts and you may have to walk through shallow streams, so hiking shoes with good grips are also recommended. • Mosquito repellent and antihistamines are a must, especially on jungle hikes.

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Playing Family Travels

Stretching pulp across a screen to make paper

Ethan Jones (age 11) tries his hand at the potter’s wheel

Tea patties laid out to dry

American Cycle A multi-family group saddles up in Yunnan by Ingrid Jones

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One of the tour’s host families

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Three families, one Yunnan: The whole gang before the start of the ride

The Jones, Tenai-Barron, and Kuhl Families Travelers: • Ingrid and Clay Jones, and their two kids: Avery (age 13) and Ethan (11), both students at Beijing City International School. The Jones family has been living in Beijing for 1.5 years and comes from Denver, Colorado. • Kimberly Tenai, Brad Barron, and their son Lucas (age 10), who attends the International School of Beijing. The TenaiBarron family has been living in Beijing for three years and is originally from Cincinnati, Ohio. • Nina and Mark Kuhl, and their two daughters: Isabel (age 10) and Lillian (8). The Kuhls were visiting from Denver. Destination: Yunnan (Jingjong, Ganlanba, Manfeilong, Bulangshan, Menghai, and Kunming) Dates: March 30-April 5, 2013 Cost: Around RMB 10,000 per person, plus a little extra for credit card fees. The entire trip came to around USD 6,800 (RMB 41,700) for a family of four. This included airfare, transportation (including bike rentals), hotel stays, food, and activities. We spent maybe USD 150-200 (RMB 900-1,200) on extras like massages, gifts, tea, and tips. Tour company: The Hutong. Co-Founder Mark Thirlwall and Corporate Events Manager Jake Laband joined the trip. Yunnan locals Echo and Wendy managed the sag wagon and rode the lead motorcycle carrying water.

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ast June, I saw a posting from The Hutong about a bike tour they would be offering in October. I sent it to our friends, the Tenai-Barrons, and suggested customizing it for our spring break trip in 2013. As great adventurers and experienced bike tourists, they immediately agreed, so I emailed [General Manager] Morgan O’Hara at The Hutong. We then found out that the Kuhl family would be visiting us. We’ve been friends for nearly 22 years, so it was so exciting to plan another adventure together – this time, with the kids. It was four months before we actually met up with The Hutong to plan the trip, but they were excited about adjusting the itinerary, which would have been too much

mileage and hilly terrain for the kids. The new itinerary provided sag wagon support for cyclists ranging from in age 8 to 13. The trip was a true glimpse into Yunnan and rural living in China; each day was filled with great sites and adventures. On day one, we got used to our bikes and riding as a group. We cycled through Jinghong’s busy streets and on to back roads for our first stop, Ganlanba. The highlights were eating fresh pineapple by the side of the road and staying at the beautiful Ganlanba Spa and Resort for the night. Day two included lots of scenic riding, including a stop at the Ganlanba Market, a ferry ride, and a visit to a village called Manfeilong. We took a pottery class and learned how to make teapots by hand and on the potter’s wheel. The potter also served us a family-style dinner. That night, we stayed with local families and learned about the dayto-day details of rural living. On day three, we rode to Manbo Elementary School. The school prepared a lunch for us and the children taught us how to pick tea. They were delightful – shy and curious. After the school visit, we started the most arduous part of our biking, a huge uphill climb that became steeper and more winding as the day wore on. Most of us wound up in the bus following our group, but the adults and Lucas made it the entire way! Day four started with a great morning ride with more uphill climbs and a rocky cobblestone road, capped off with lunch at a local family’s home. We then bused it to a small town to learn papermaking – the very paper that our tea would be wrapped in once pressed and ready for packaging. We then attended a cooking class and prepared several dishes. The most memorable were the barbecue and spicy salsa and peanut sauce that we could add to everything. On day five, we visited the tea factory where our tea was processed and packaged. We decorated our own paper and were taught how to wrap the tea. After a quick lunch, we enjoyed a downhill ride back to Jinghong – it was well-deserved, given all the uphill we had done the previous four days! We ended up back in the hotel we had stayed at on arrival, enjoyed drinks by the pool and a Dai barbecue dinner. The ladies then visited a night market for some shopping while the men had tea tastings at local teahouses. We departed for Beijing the next morning. There were a few hours to spare at the stopover in Kunming, so The Hutong took us to a local spot for lunch and a spa for massages. Besides the biking itself, Clay and I would say that the best part was seeing the tea process from start to finish and experiencing it for ourselves. In addition, the food was the best I’ve ever had on vacation. For Avery, it was the papermaking; she loved trying her hand at making paper by distributing the pulp across a screen. For Ethan, it was the tea picking near Manbo Elementary School. He loved being so high up and having kids his own age to show him how it was done.

Travel Tips • I highly recommend this trip to any family that wants an out-of-theordinary adventure. Biking really immerses you in the environment; you see, smell, feel everything, not separated by bus windows and air conditioning. • However, be aware that the parts of Yunnan that The Hutong goes to are the least touristy. Accommodations weren’t cushy; they were down and dirty. None of the hotels – except for the first, second, and final nights – were anything close to Western. That part was still wonderful, but at times challenging. • And yet, we got to visit amazing places, stay with kind people, and eat delicious food. We were sweaty and dirty, but happy and smiling at the end of every day. As our kids get older, I know that this adventure will stay with them. We will definitely be signing up for more of The Hutong’s tours!

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I Want to Be a Genealogist Huihan Lie gets down to the roots of your family tree

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uihan Lie’s own family tree is anything but straightforward: his ancestors emigrated from Fujian Province to Indonesia (where his parents were born), though he himself was born and raised in the Netherlands. Lie returned to China in 2004. After working with the European Commission and doing some consulting work, he decided to pursue an interest in history and genealogy by helping others find their roots. He recently founded My China Roots, which specializes in Chinese ancestry. Lie visited a Grade 5 class at the Western Academy of Beijing (WAB), teaching them about those who came before them. Ellis Friedman

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When I Grow Up Learning Celeste Palmer, 11, US/France How do you trace someone’s ancestor? You start by sitting down one-on-one to ask them everything that they or their family already knows. When I hear that, because I’ve studied the history of overseas Chinese migration, I can know which flow they fit into. Historically, there were a couple big waves of migration, and when a person moved to one place, a friend or family member of that person would generally move to the same place because they could support each other in the new environment. After that, you start digging and calling people in China and overseas.

Mae Li Cowell, 11, China/New Zealand Q1: How far back can you trace someone’s ancestors? Is there a limit? There is a limit, but those limits vary according to the people you are doing the research for. Some families have documented their families very well, up to 1,000 years ago. If you are from Europe or the US, most of the records were kept by the government or church. In China, each family had its own documentation, so each family and clan was responsible for keeping up records. In my mom’s case, it goes back 3,500 years.

Q2: What was one of the most interesting stories that you had for someone you helped? One that I’m working on now is a woman who is American-born Chinese. Her mom, Daisy, was born in Beijing. Daisy’s parents were from Guangdong. Her grandfather was very high up in the guomindang army. He lived in Shanghai and had to flee to Hong Kong in the late 1940s. Her great-grandfather was a collaborator with the Japanese; the Japanese and the guomindang were enemies, so that conflict is interesting to me. When Daisy’s parents moved to Hong Kong in 1949, she was given up for adoption to her mother’s sister because that sister was planning to go to the US. Since that separation in 1949, Daisy never heard from her biological parents or siblings again. In all likelihood, they are still in Hong Kong.

Ana Rowley, 11, Taiwan How long does the process usually take? Last week, I went to Guangdong for a project that was

“Every one of you will have a family history with unique stories” very quick, [about] a month. There are also projects that take many, many months. Stijn van Beek, 10, the Netherlands How many people have you helped? Seven [so far]. Casper Berkhout,11, the Netherlands Has there ever been a case where you can’t find any information at all? Because I started only eight months ago, it hasn’t been the case that I can’t find anything. There are two projects [now] I’m feeling frustrated about because there’s just not that much information that I’ve found. There is a guy who lives in Holland now whose ancestors are from China, and in the past seven generations were in Indonesia. He has very little information about where [his family] was from in China, so it’s very difficult to trace.

Margot Durfee, 10, US Have people ever been unhappy with what you found out? Before you go on a search, you don’t know what you’re going to find. It depends on expectations and what people have in their head. Some people expect to find things. I had one customer who says jokingly that she wants to prove that she’s related to the royal family in China. If you have these types of expectations, it’s likely you’ll be disappointed. That’s why when I start working with somebody, I tell them what is reasonable to expect.

Robbie Chen, 11, Canada Have you ever found out something that was quite unexpected or interesting? Every one of you will have a family history with unique stories. Some are surprising because of historical reasons. For instance in Guangdong in the 1920s and 1930s, people left because of war and social unrest. Sometimes we find out that someone was really a high general in the guomindang army or someone very

powerful who had to leave. Sometimes it’s more emotional; very often families emigrate because of reasons that aren’t very nice, like poverty or family conflicts. Rasmus Rasmussen, 11, Denmark Q1: When you were a kid, did you want to be a genealogist? When I was a kid, I had no idea what I wanted to be. I wanted to be royal, a knight or a cowboy, but when I reached my teens, I had no clue. I remember asking my dad and my grandfather a lot about our family history, so there was definitely, in hindsight, [an] interest. It wasn’t until three years ago that I decided I should look into it professionally.

Q2: What do you think was your most exciting trip? For me, the most exciting trip was the one I made for myself [to find] my own family history. That’s the one that really made me think. I didn’t expect it to have a big impact, and that’s why it was surprising. I have always been interested in history and genealogy, but somehow it made me feel at ease. For some reason when I was in my ancestral village, I felt very light, like there was continuity, a certain connection between me and my ancestors. Just knowing that seven generations ago, my great-great-great-great-grandfather sat in front of the same altar looking at the same decorations on the wall gave me a peaceful feeling.

Rohan Atal, 11, India/Canada How many languages do you speak? My mother tongue is Dutch. I also speak English, Chinese, and some French and German. Margo Li, 11, China Was there anything unexpected that you found out about your family? If anything was unexpected, it was the impact that it had on me. It taught me more about myself.

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Beijing Rego British School fill July’s Blank Canvas

Anulika Nwofe, 14, Nigeria

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YCIS student Yeo Rang (in in blue andgap friend ErikaBeijing Richards (far right) optedLee to be Asiashirt) for her yearin Hollywood

The Official Visit Checking out universities with your teen by Ellis Friedman

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Mapping It Out A desire to get a feel for the atmosphere of a school and its surroundings is the biggest reason to visit a university in person. Living in China can make visiting schools in other countries a cumbersome trek, but the process is perhaps even more important for students who have resided here for long periods – or indeed their entire lives. The timing of the visit is crucial. Generally, it’s best to start visiting

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schools about two years before the student is slated to start university. Last summer, Suzi Roberts took her son Jake Ou to visit universities in the UK, where both hold citizenship. Ou graduated from Dulwich College Beijing (DCB) this June and will start university in the fall. “Jake’s home has always been Beijing. He spent summers with family and friends in the UK, so his knowledge of the UK has been limited to the places we visit each year,” says Roberts. She and her son consulted The Times Good University Guide for course and university options to help narrow down schools. The pair embarked on a journey to universities in Edinburgh, Manchester, Bath, Exeter, and Bristol. The visits led Ou to realize that he did not want to attend a campus university like Bath or Exeter, but instead apply to a university in the city. Talia Jin, a 16-year-old student at the Western Academy of Beijing (WAB), also plans to get a feel for potential universities. This summer, she will visit a number of schools in the US. In the Boston area, Jin will look at schools like Smith College, Wellesley College, and Amherst College. On the west coast, she plans to visit Claremont McKenna College and Scripps College in California.

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f there’s anything that will test you and your teen’s ability to plan ahead, it’s the university application process. Before those applications are even sent, the student needs to decide where to apply. A major influence on those application decisions is the in-person university visit. “I wanted to experience university life,” says Yeo Rang Lee, a Year 12 student at Yew Chung International School of Beijing (YCIS Beijing) who spent six weeks visiting the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). “I decided to visit in person, as this was the best way to truly get a feel for not only the university, but also the city that could by my home for four years.”


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“It’s good to keep an open mind because you don’t really get a sense of the schools until you are there” Jin took a methodical approach to planning her trip and tried to maximize her visit time by first narrowing down schools by type (liberal arts or sciences, big or small), then paring down regions by determining which states had a higher concentration of schools that interested her. That meant nixing visits to states that had only one or two schools of interest. Yeo Rang Lee, who is from South Korea, narrowed down her visits even further. She spent six weeks at UCLA’s Summer Discovery Program. Instead of visiting multiple schools to get a feel for each one, she opted to get an overall feel for university life itself by staying in a dormitory and studying in the lecture room. “I wanted to stay as long as I could and get the most out of my trip,” says Lee. “It was a great way to experience university life and clarify in my own mind that I definitely wanted to go to university in the US.” Students who need more guidance with US schools should check out College Board’s Big Future website (see Resources), which has an interactive filter system for narrowing down school choices.

advantage of the most valuable resource for advice and perspective: their high school guidance counselor. When Talia Jin was planning her trip, parents who had visited universities with their kids highly recommended attending an official presentation and question-and-answer session. Others encouraged her to visit different types of schools. “Even if you have an idea of what type of college you’re interested in, it’s still good to keep an open mind because you don’t really get a sense of the schools until you are there,” she says. “You may end up surprising yourself.” Roberts agrees: “It’s invaluable to make a trip to a few universities, even if these are not the ones your child ends up applying for, as they begin to get a better understanding of what this is all about.”

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On Campus Once you and your teen are standing on a university campus, there’s still plenty to do. Most schools have designated open days for prospective students, but timing the trip around those days can be tricky. Before going, Suzi Roberts recommends checking school websites for open day dates and times, booking the best day or time, and planning the itinerary around those windows. In addition to taking a tour, visitors should make an effort to talk to both students and faculty at the school. While at UCLA, Lee met with the school’s senior international evaluator for a chat. Not only is getting face time with admissions representatives a good move, it’s also great practice for the application interview. Many official visits include time with an admissions representative, but Roberts and Ou made a point of asking if there was an available admissions person at each school. They spoke with representatives at Bath and Manchester, and received lots of helpful information about the application process and specific courses. Prospective students should come armed with questions. Parents should be prepared as well, but it’s best to let the student take the lead when asking questions to admissions representatives. Some schools will allow prospective students to attend a class or even stay the night. Occasionally, students can arrange their application interview to take place during the visit. Take advantage of as many of these offerings as possible to maximize the time spent at each school. Roberts also suggests setting aside a day to visit the area around the school, which can play just as big a role in a student’s overall happiness and college experience.

Additional Advice Most families visit universities over the summer holidays, but Roberts advises dropping in over Chinese New Year if possible. Most overseas schools are still in session, which offers more opportunities to speak with current students. Lee encourages students to consider a summer program at a prospective university, but also advises them to take

Talia Jin plans to visit universities on both US coasts this summer

Resources The Times Good University Guide www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/public/gug Big Future bigfuture.collegeboard.org/find-colleges/how-to-find-yourcollege-fit

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Parenting Beijing Baba

Six Years and Not Counting A long-time expat bids farewell to Beijing by Gareth Jones

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o how long have you “done”? This question is grammatically problematic and better-suited to discussions about prison sentences, but it’s one we often find ourselves asking and being asked by other long-term expats. Whether it’s reminiscing with a friend about the good old days (when there were only 3.5 million cars in the capital) or swapping war stories about confrontations with taxi drivers, that old question is always sure to rear its ugly head. My family and I have spent six years in Beijing. If we were to continue making penal comparisons, I would have by now committed manslaughter and been out of prison on good behavior. When we ask someone new, “So how long have you done?” it seems that the bigger the number we hear in response, the louder we gasp and the higher our eyebrows go, the grey matter behind them trying to fathom just what crime this poor soul committed to have been here for so long. Listening to expert expats speak of their time here, I’m reminded of my grandmother competing with her friends at the day center as to who was taking the most pills and paying the most visits to the doctor that month. My family and I will be leaving Beijing soon, however, and preparing for our exit has given me a small dose of reality. I now realize that it’s easy to look at things in a different light when the end of the tunnel is in sight. Were we to have stayed in Beijing, my landlord decided we’d be paying an additional 60 percent rent. Our imminent departure has made me stop and think about what Proust meant when he said that “the real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” While we largely speak English at home, living in Beijing has allowed my daughters to be fluent in the world’s most defining language. My eldest reads and writes very well in both languages, while little Elin is already forming characters impressively and will be able to build on her knowledge in Hong Kong, when our next chapter begins.

More importantly, we are privileged to have been part of a vibrant international community, where we have been exposed to all kinds of ideas. I’ve said goodbye to friends whose professions ranged from the charitable to climate change and traditional Chinese medicine. The amount of expertise in this city has made being an expat a wonderful experience. While I think that Proust was right about taking on a new perspective, I want to end this column by recognizing the impact that China has had on my life. It has helped me get rid of insomnia, opened my eyes to meditation, and given me the inspiration to start a business (www. youarerong.com). Finally, I’ve been able to do so much more and spend more quality time with my children because of Ayi, a privilege that only the most privileged can experience. My time here has enabled me to 再见 (zaijian), or literally, “again see.” Thank you and goodbye, Beijing.

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Alternate Routes Parenting

Mandarin for Gamers Learning Chinese by hook or by crook by Jennifer Ambrose

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hen we decided to homeschool our children for another year rather than send them to a local school, we were worried that the kids wouldn’t learn any Mandarin. What was the benefit of living seven years in China (and mostly in a remote corner of Beijing), if we weren’t going to take advantage of this opportunity to study Mandarin? Over the years, we’ve contracted a Chinese teacher to work with Myles a few hours a week. We acknowledged that this workload could never lead to true bilingualism, but we hoped that he would at least become comfortable in a Chinese-speaking environment. His tutor and I could see his progress in his lessons, particularly with his writing. When it came to real-world situations, however, my son was reticent about speaking Chinese beyond revealing his name, age, and country of origin. In the last year, we noticed a change in Myles’ approach to Chinese lessons. I had to nag him less frequently about completing his written homework; instead, he started begging to practice new characters after each session. He was also initiating conversations in Chinese with friends and sometimes even strangers on the subway. The reason behind this change? Playing 植物大战僵尸 (Zhíwù dàzhàn jiāngshī). Yes, it was Plants vs. Zombies and the vocabulary of vegetation and antagonism that re-ignited Myles’ interest in Chinese. Besides interacting with fellow gamers, not many of these words have much practical use or academic value. Myles, however, found that learning Chinese could help him connect with people who shared his pursuits – one of the purposes of language in the first place. This path of study was an unusual one, but his teacher was all for it – even though it was outside the scope of the usual books and syllabi. Myles learned words like 玩游戏 (wán yóuxì) or “to play a

game,” 蘑菇 (mógu) or “mushroom,” 爆炸 (bàozhà) or “to explode,” and 地刺 (dì cì) or “spike weed.” He excitedly used this new jargon without any prompting from me. Since then, he has filled his notebooks with homework based on other subjects he enjoys, like the computer game Minecraft, which is known in Chinese as 我的世界 (Wǒ de shìjiè) or “My World.” Of his own volition, Myles also started working on Chinese translations for words from his favorite book, The Hobbit. His eyes lit up when discussing the goings on in 霍比特人 (Huòbǐtèrén) with his friends, borrowing the Chinese translation for the eponymous movie released earlier this year. They would talk about the quest in the book to 孤山 (Gūshān), the Lonely Mountain, to battle the gold-hoarding dragon called 史矛革 (Shǐmáogé) or Smaug. Seven years in China is too long a time not to develop some grasp of Mandarin. I knew that our tack with Myles would not lead to bilingualism, but I hoped to find a way of stimulating his curiosity and desire to learn and – most of all – to connect with other people. For now, that means more conversations about things like Plants vs. Zombies. I mean, 植物大战僵尸.

Jennifer Ambrose hails from Western Pennsylvania and misses it terribly. She still maintains an intense devotion to the Pittsburgh Steelers. She has lived in China since 2006 and is currently an at-home mother. With her husband Randy and children Myles and Brigid, she resides outside the Sixth Ring Road in Changping, northwest of Beijing. Her blog can be found at jenambrose.blogspot.com.

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n mid-January, Beijing and other northeastern Chinese cities experienced record-breaking pollution levels – the worst in the country’s recent history. AQI readings were literally off the charts, ascending beyond “crazy bad” levels. For this reason and more, many families are leaving the city in search of greener pastures. Other factors include the rising cost of education, food and water scandals, and lack of access to nature. And yet, some choose to stay. There’s a special breed of expats who have lived here for 10 years or more; they’ve learned the language, gotten married, started families, established businesses, and sent their kids to local schools. beijingkids spoke to these families to find out what makes them stay when so many choose to leave. In addition, we interviewed families who live in Beijing’s more remote neighborhoods, such as Changping, Tongzhou, and Haidian to find out what life is like on the outskirts. We hope that, like us, you’ll come to appreciate the diversity of the city’s international community.

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Staying Power Long-term expats on why they remain in Beijing by Kyle Mullin

Clockwise from top left: Reuben Bathgate, Kristen Billings, Henry (age 5) and Esme (age 1)

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elly Crysell has lived in Beijing for over a decade, but still finds herself wide-eyed at the more intangible side of this sprawling city. “Even mundane tasks like getting a bike tire fixed are infinitely more interesting in China,” she says. “Going to the men on the street in a nearby hutong is such a different experience from going to a big superstore in your home country.” Crysell, a third grade teacher at the Western Academy Beijing (WAB), says that Beijing’s everyday quirks have deepened her love for her adopted home rather than detract from it.

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“You pull up to a stoplight and there is a Porsche on your left and a vegetable seller in a horse cart on your right”

While she finds adventure in the day-to-day details of life in Beijing, she also values the consistency of her routine. The latter stems largely from working at an international school – one of the many opportunities that Beijing has offered her. One of the biggest perks of working at WAB is the day nursery provided for staff. “I love it because [my daughter] has lots of friends to play with” says Crysell. “It was easy to come back to work when my maternity leave was over because I knew my baby [would be] nearby.” The Crysells are just one of many foreign families forming part of a distinctive group in Beijing. You could call them long-term laowai – former outsiders who have settled down and found their niche in a city that typically draws newbies in droves, only to see them leave after a few months or years. However, Crysell hasn’t always felt at home here. In fact, her relationship with Beijing wasn’t so much love at first sight as an acquired taste. Before teaching at WAB, she worked at a school in Malaysia. She had trouble switching from the latter’s balmy tropical weather to Beijing’s drafty, smoggy winters. But that wasn’t the only hurdle she faced before settling down in the capital. “Riding a bicycle in sandstorms in the spring and navigating everyday life in a language that I seemed destined to not understand – I wasn’t a fan,” Crysell says of her early days here. Kristen Billings, one of Crysell’s fellow teachers at WAB, couldn’t agree more. Her feelings about Beijing have remained conflicted since she arrived here 13 years ago. She is a mother of two: Henry (age 5) and Esme, who turned 1 in May. Both of Billings’ children were born at Beijing United Hospital. “I’ve always had a love-hate relationship with Beijing,” she says. Her disdain stems from the city’s pollution, traffic, and rude drivers. Like Crysell, however, Billings cites her job as a major factor for staying, and adds that Beijing’s museums, restaurants and activities are also major incentives. But most of her reasons for settling here are more universal, and larger than the city’s specific oddities. “I met my husband [here]. We got married, bought a car, got two dogs, and had our kids here,” she says. “We made a life here, and now this is where we live. I never came to Beijing thinking I would stay forever. However, I have never not thought about staying forever; we’ve just sort of landed here. That could change, [but] we don’t have any big plans to move anywhere else.” What’s more, Billings cites her family’s ayi, Zhang, as a perk of living here. “Not only is she a tremendous help to us, working and raising two children,” she says, “but she [has become] a family member.” In many ways, Zhang has become a third parent to Billings’ children: “They adore her and she adores them.” The thought of leaving and breaking July 2013

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The Bathgates enjoy a candid moment

Four-year-old Bjorn Alexander Knutsen with dad Jorn and mom Yanqing

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that tie is tough to even contemplate. “Our daughter Esme is small enough that she would likely not suffer too much,” says Billings. “But Henry would grieve for a very long time over leaving Zhang – she has been with us since he was nine days old.” Asides from the city’s kid-friendliness, other parents say Beijing can be equally accommodating for grownups. “Having lived in other places in China, I only ever want to live in Beijing,” says Jorn Knutsen, a managing partner at an IT outsourcing firm who has lived in China for 13 years. Two of those years were spent in Suzhou, and two more in Dongguan. During that time, he married born-and-raised Beijinger Yanqing Ma. They are now parents to Bjorn Alexander, their 4-yearold son. “People here are more cultured [than in Suzhou or Dongguan] and understand that there is a time for work and a time to socialize, that the two need not be mixed,” says Knutsen. “I have a good balance between work and family time, and I doubt I could have that in many other parts of the world.” But over the years, Beijing’s flaws have started to wear Knutsen down. “There are no benefits for my child here,” he says. “There is better schooling elsewhere, as well as better social activities and community programs in most other places in the world.” He also cites the worsening pollution and soaring cost of living as drawbacks. “It is becoming increasingly difficult to find the right talent to do a lot of the work we need doing,” he adds. As a result, his company is looking to move overseas. His wife, Yanqing, is slightly less pessimistic. “This is my hometown, where I grew up,” she says. “[However,] the pollution, traffic, food safety issues, and education for my son – these factors make me want to leave. I would miss everything that is nice in Beijing, but definitely not the bad air.” Crysell’s feelings about Beijing, on the other hand, have taken the opposite trajectory. She was culture shocked at first, feeling overwhelmed and unimpressed. But after a year or two, Beijing started to grow on her. She acknowledges that the city’s rising cost of living and pollution levels are off-putting, but Crysell feels that Beijing has grown more accommodating of expats by the year – especially since 2008. “The Olympics were a real game changer,” she says. “The infrastructure of the city improved quickly and Beijing became more of a ‘community.’ It was fun to watch all the [sporting] events, with everyone screaming out ‘Jiayou!’ I felt really proud of Beijing during that time.” Ironically, the post-Olympic sanitization of several downtown areas helped Crysell appreciate the city’s grittier side. “I love the juxtaposition of old and new in Beijing” she says. “You see it when you pull up to a stoplight and there is a Porsche on your left and a vegetable seller in a horse cart on your right.” It’s the same feeling she gets when she sees a siheyuan [traditional hutong courtyard home] among a block of skyscrapers, “when the old is hidden within the new or the other way around.” Billings says that having her children grow up here helps her whole family appreciate one of Beijing’s most crucial cultural aspects: Mandarin. “My kids have an extended Chinese family and can communicate on a near-native level in a language that I still don’t speak very well after 13 years,” she says. “They have homegrown Chinese, and that is amazing to both my husband and I.” Like Knutsen, Billings appreciates the advantages that her job and the local lifestyle provide. She can enjoy her children’s fluency in Chinese all the more when she arrives home every day. “We get home at a decent hour to a clean [house], dinner on the table, and happy, fed, stimulated children chattering away in Chinese to their beloved ayi. The dogs are walked and fed and every one is able to focus on each other for a few hours before bedtime. Not many working parents have this luxury.”


New Frontiers Families who boldly live where few expats have lived before by Sijia Chen and Ellis Friedman

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hough there are no hard statistics, it’s probably safe to say that the majority of Beijing’s expat families live in Chaoyang or Shunyi. But some have eschewed the bustle and gridlock of downtown and the quiet expanses of Shunyi in favor of more distant neighborhoods, such as Haidian, Changping, and Tongzhou. While these areas may seem remote compared to Central Park or Beijing Riviera, families living on Beijing’s outskirts cite factors like lower cost of living, minimal traffic congestion, and an enhanced China experience as reasons for staying put. beijingkids reached out to these enterprising expats to find out what it’s like to live outside the bubble.

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Haidian From Chaoyang, Haidian District can seem like an entirely different country. And yet, this area is packed with universities and historical sites like the Summer Palace and Yuanmingyuan (the Old Summer Palace). Located in the northwest part of Beijing, Haidian is also China’s answer to Silicon Valley. Tech giants like Baidu, Youku, Lenovo, Oracle, and Microsoft have headquarters there, and alectronics markets like Zhongguancun E-Plaza hawk all manner of computers, phones, cameras, hardware, software, MP3 players, and accessories.

Chris and Sarah Willford Children: Chris and Sarah Willford, and their kids Amelia (age 9), Lauren (age 6), Edie (age 4), and David (9 months) Background: Hailing from the US, the Willfords have lived in Beijing for one year. Chris is a professor of international politics, American government, and international political economy at the University of Colorado’s International College of Beijing (located within China Agricultural University). Sarah is a stayat-home mom.

Where do you live? We live on the campus of China Agricultural University (CAU). We wanted to live near where Chris teaches; the university also helps subsidize our housing. Have you lived elsewhere in Beijing? In 2005, we lived on campus at Renmin University, where Chris was teaching. We prefer living at CAU because the apartments are newer and more conducive to family life; the housing is also cheaper than around Renmin. How often do you go into the city? We go within Fourth Ring Road about three times a week. We visit friends, and tourist attractions like Lama Temple, Taoranting Park, and Tiananmen Square. We attend church every Sunday near Liufang Station within Third Ring Road. We like restaurants like Kro’s Nest and Haidilao. Sometimes, we go to the Pearl Market or shop for electronics and clothes at markets in Zhongguancun.

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Where do your kids go to school? Sarah homeschools our children using the K12 curriculum. K12 was our backup plan, but it became [Plan A] after we got to know the curriculum and discovered it was much cheaper to homeschool, with three school-aged children [in the house].

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How do you get around? We are bus and subway people. Since we have six people in our family, taxis will not pick us up. We’ll also take bike rides for short trips to parks or stores.


Feature What fun things are there to do in your neighborhood? We live close to Olympic Forest Park. We love the ponds and many different flowers and statues there. On campus, we are lucky to have athletic equipment and courts, such as a rock climbing wall, a running track, and a sand pit, plus basketball, tennis and volleyball courts. Do your kids like your neighborhood? Yes. After Olympic Forest Park, the children’s favorite places are on campus. There is a tower that looks like somewhere Rapunzel would live, and several little paths and flower gardens that they like to run around. They also love playing on the Olympic statue built to commemorate the Greco-Roman wrestling and [Paralympic] volleyball competitions. The girls also love Jinma Market, which has jewelry and manicures; they love looking – and occasionally buying – something. Do many other expat families live nearby? There are very few expat families with school-aged children near us. There are several expat couples and families with [a single small child]. The program my husband works for employs several expat faculty; we all live on or near campus.

Julia and Ryan Nielsen Child: Dylan (12 months) Background: The Nielsens are from the US and have lived in Beijing for three months. Ryan is currently attending Beijing Language and Culture University (BLCU) as part of his MBA and Julia is a full-time mom.

Do you ever wish you lived downtown or in Shunyi? Occasionally we do, so that the kids would have children their age to play with on days other than Saturday. Chinese children are usually only available then. How has living in your neighborhood affected your China experience? We enjoy a very enlightening, positive experience because of the high concentration of students and faculty in our neighborhood. They are so respectful of each other and helpful with our children. We went to a health clinic on campus and a staff member sent a student to help translate; this student became one of our most cherished friends. She sometimes goes with us to Jinma Market, and enjoys talking with the children, who teach her jokes and include her in their pretend play. She appreciates being able to practice her English. Since she is from Xi’an and hasn’t seen much of Beijing, we planned to take some trips around the city together; 798 is at the top of our list. Do you see yourself living here for a while? Certainly. Chris loves his job and we love discovering all the unique things about China. This discovery process helps us to better educate ourselves and our children.

Where do you live? We live in Wudaokou because it’s close to Ryan’s campus. This is the only place we’ve lived, and we like it. How often do you go into the city? On average, we go into the city one to three times a week for church or church-related activities, visiting friends, and shopping. How do you get around? We take the subway and walk everywhere. We rarely take a taxi. To commute around town, we ride our bicycles unless Dylan is with us; then, we walk. What fun things are there to do in your neighborhood? We spend a lot of time with friends and enjoy going to Olympic Forest Park. We also like walking around Tsinghua University and the lake on campus. As a family, we like to explore the different places to eat around our neighborhood. Do many other expat families live nearby? We are friends with two or three expat families in our area. We see quite a few expats [here], but it’s not common to see families. Do you ever wish you lived downtown or in Shunyi? Overall, we are happy with where we live. Living in Shunyi would mean being closer to our church and some of our friends, but the subway makes traveling cheap, convenient and easy.

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Ultimately, how has living in your neighborhood affected your China experience? The biggest thing for us is feeling comfortable where we live; Julia feels comfortable going out and traveling by herself with our son. The neighborhood offers us the conveniences that we need.

Ryan, Dylan (12 months), and Julia Nielsen near their home in Wudaokou

Do you see yourself living here for a while longer? Yes, we will be here for at least a few more months for school. Julia would be happy to live here for a while longer after that. July 2013

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Feature Tongzhou One of Beijing’s fastest-growing areas, Tongzhou nevertheless remains a vast unknown for many. Its name literally translates to “the place for passing through” – an appropriate name for the location of the city’s Grand Canal. While it may seem far, far east, Tongzhou actually shares borders with Chaoyang and Shunyi, as well as Hebei and Tianjin. With several parks and a growing number of resorts, Tongzhou also has a substantial contemporary artist community in Songzhuang Artist Village. The area is also home to Beijing Shuren Ribet Private School (BSRPS), a boarding school with a dual Chinese/American curriculum.

Andrew Sabini and Songmei Li Child: Daniel (age 7) Background: Andrew, a kindergarten teacher at Ivy Schools, is from the UK and his wife, Songmei Li, is from China. They have lived in Beijing on and off since 2002, but have been here continuously for the past three and a half years. They were drawn here by a combination of Andrew’s work, Songmei’s family, and the opportunity to have a bilingual education for Daniel. Daniel used to attend Ivy, but now goes to Zhongde Primary School. The family recently moved to east Chaoyang to be closer to Daniel’s school, but they remember their three years in Tongzhou fondly and still spend a lot of time there.

What neighborhood did you live in? We lived in Guoyuan. It was close to Daniel’s kindergarten, which was also Andrew’s workplace. Our community was green, was home to many families, and was close to all amenities. Did you live elsewhere in Beijing? We lived in Shuangjing before, but found Tongzhou to be more relaxed, family-oriented, greener, and closer to the countryside. How often did you go downtown? Rarely. We only went twice this year: once to go skiing in Chaoyang Park, and once to go ice skating in Houhai. Sometimes, we also went downtown for museums and sightseeing.

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How did you get around? Around Tongzhou, we used scooter, bus or heiche (black cab). To get downtown, we took an express bus or the subway. Where did your child go to school? In Tongzhou, Daniel went to Ivy MIK Kindergarten. He is now in his first year of primary at Zhongde. Why did you choose to send him to that school? We chose Ivy because of its good reputation. We chose Zhongde for primary school because it’s close to Tongzhou and offers a local bilingual education.

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How did he get to school? To get to Ivy, we used to walk or take a scooter. We eventually moved closer to Zhongde Primary so that we could be within walking distance of the school and so that Daniel wouldn’t have travel every day. What fun things were there to do in your neighborhood? We like Tongzhou Canal Park and Tongzhou Grand Canal Forest Park. We also used to explore the easily-accessible countryside. Daniel liked bike riding and flying his kite in the parks.

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Did you see yourself living there for a while? Yes, we would’ve liked to stay in Tongzhou for as long possible.

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Did you ever wish you lived downtown or in Shunyi? No. Maybe one day, we’ll live in those places my son gets older, as he’ll attend one of the international schools, but we were very happy in Tongzhou. This is despite sometimes thinking that it would be nice if Daniel could play with other English-speaking children.


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Clockwise from top left: Alina (age 5), Michael, Ai Li, and Gina (age 12) at their home in Tongzhou

Michael Kruppe and Ai Li Children: Gina (age 12) and Alina (age 5) Background: The Kruppes have called Beijing home for two years, but spent the 10 years prior in Hong Kong, Guangzhou, and Shanghai. Michael is director of North Asia for HKI International, a stainless steel kitchen equipment supplier for restaurant chains like McDonald’s and KFC. Where do you live? We live in Guoyuan in Tongzhou. It is a new and rapidly-developing area that is not so crowded; living costs are much lower than in downtown Beijing.

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Have you lived elsewhere in Beijing? We lived in Liangma Qiao before. We love Tongzhou; people are friendlier and less-stressed than they are in Chaoyang.

German School. The only problem is the terrible traffic. Sometimes, it takes 90 minutes to get to school one way. We leave at 6.30am to avoid traffic, but that sometimes means arriving at school too early. The driver takes Alina in the car, while Gina takes the school bus. What fun things are there to do in your neighborhood? There are lots of really great restaurants and the girls enjoy playing in our compound’s park. Gina plays tennis with Michael sometimes. There is also the fantastic Moon River Resort Park just a 10-minute drive away, which has a beautiful park and boat rides. Do your kids like your neighborhood? Yes, they like it a lot. They play with our neighbors, which was not the case in the other cities we’ve lived in. The girls love Wu Mart for its playground and the Weiduomei across from our compound, as it has the best mango and chocolate ice in Tongzhou.

How often do you go into the city? Michael goes every day to drop off and pick up Alina from the German Embassy Kindergarten in Liangma Qiao. Every two weeks, the whole family goes for brunch at the Kempinski Hotel. They have a very well-organized kids’ corner there. We also regularly visit Solana, The Place, the Silk Market, and Le Cool ice rink in Guomao. The Grand Hyatt’s 63rd floor has the best view in Beijing on a clear day, so we go there for coffee. We also go to Chaoyang Park, where Michael plays soccer and tennis with Sexy FC, a local soccer team that plays in the first Beijing division.

Do many other expat families live nearby? No, we haven’t seen any other expat families here over the past two years. But it’s been easy for the children to make friends with kids in the neighborhood, as Tongzhou [residents] seem to be a bit more open and social than people in downtown Beijing.

How do you get around? We have a private driver who takes the family everywhere. We basically use the car 100 percent of the time.

Ultimately, how has living in your neighborhood affected your China experience? Tongzhou has given us a true China feeling, which the family has enjoyed a lot (particularly Michael).

Where do your kids go to school? Gina goes to Shuren Ribet and Alina attends the German Embassy Kindergarten. Shuren was recommended [to us as] the leading bilingual school in Tongzhou, and we are satisfied with her progress so far. For Alina, we decided to try the

Do you ever wish you lived downtown or in Shunyi? The villa-style houses in Shunyi sound nice, but [the neighborhood] is so far away from any activities. We are happy in Tongzhou.

Do you see yourself living here for a while? Yes, we see ourselves staying here for at least the next 10 years.

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Feature Changping Those in search of peace, quiet, and nature will find more of it in Changping than they wil in any other neighborhood. Located so far northwest of Beijing that the subway network stops at its southernmost border, Changping is known for its scenic spots, natural hot springs, and historical attractions like the Ming Tombs and Juyongguan section of the Great Wall.

Kwesi and Francinevia Abair Children: Elysia (age 11), and Layla (age 10). Also part of the family is super canine companion Fufu. Background: Hailing from the US, the Abairs have been living in Beijing for two years. Kwesi and Francinevia’s graduate law studies brought them to Beijing. Currently, Kwesi is working in the US and Francinevia teaches writing, literature, and journalism in Haidian.

Have you lived elsewhere in Beijing? We have never lived in any other neighborhood; the city is too large, crowded, and polluted. We certainly have experienced a reduced quality of life here compared to our time in Hangzhou. How often do you go into the city? Two or three times a month to run errands, meet up with friends, or go sightseeing. We go to Wangjing to see friends, relax and go shopping in Sanlitun, and buy books and get our skates sharpened in Xidan. We go to Qinghe in Haidian to ice skate at least three times a week. How do you get around? Express buses, the metro during [off-peak] times, and our amazing driver, Mr. Fu. Where do your kids go to school? Elysia and Layla attend Beijing Foreign Languages School in Xi’erqi, Haidian District. It was an ordeal to find a school for the girls that didn’t cost a year of college tuition. [In a nutshell,] I found out about the school through word of mouth from a family friend, who is part of a karaoke singing group with an accountant at the university that the girls’ school is affiliated with. How do your kids get to school? They live in dorms during the week, as the daily commute would crush their little souls. What fun things are there to do in your neighborhood? There are lots of parks and areas in which to play, rollerblade, and walk the dog. We often head to Yanqing County, Miyun, Huairou, or Hebei to explore off the beaten track. Do your kids like your neighborhood? They do. They enjoy a certain level of independence they didn’t back in the US. They love being able to roam around and make new friends while rollerblading or walking the dog. Our neighborhood is very laid-back. Do many other expat families live nearby? No, not at all. There are a few families at the Defense College, but most of them are here for only a short time.

Where do you live? In a part of Changping that is closer to the Ming Tombs than anything else. Why did you choose to live there? We didn’t necessarily “choose” to live out here; the school that Francinevia was attending was in Changping. Given how crowded the morning commute could be (with constant fighting, stampeding, pushing, and pickpocketing), it really wasn’t feasible to live elsewhere.

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Ultimately, how has living in your neighborhood affected your China experience? Our time spent in Changping was pleasant enough. The fact that not many people in the area speak English was major incentive for the girls to practice their Chinese. Do you see yourself living here for a while? In China, yes. In Beijing, no. We are moving to Guangdong in August; it’s time for some sand and sun.

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Layla (age 10) and Elysia (11) shoot for the stars

Do you ever wish you lived downtown or in Shunyi? Absolutely not! Downtown is too congested and the cost of a decent apartment is ridiculous. Shunyi has an “unfinished” feel, with rubble-filled lots next to schools that cost more than a year of college. It’s not our cup of tea.


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Clockwise from top: Kyle, Emily, Aubrey (age 2), Sydney (age 6), and Stephen (age 4)

Kyle and Emily Driggers Children: Sydney (age 6), Stephen (age 4), and Aubrey (age 2) Background: This family of five is originally from the US, though the two youngest were born in Beijing. Kyle originally came as a language student, but now teaches at a local university called Beijing Geely University (北京吉利大学). Emily is a stay-at-home mom. Where do you live? We live in Changping, also known as Beijing’s “backyard garden” because it sits just to the south of the mountains that lead up to the Great Wall. It definitely feels like a slightly calmer, more natural, and slightly less polluted side of Beijing. We are able to find most of what we need by simply walking out the front door.

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Have you ever lived in other neighborhoods in Beijing? We moved directly here from the US. We have friends who live in Haidian and Tiantongyuan, whom we visit often. It’s hard to compare since we haven’t lived there, but Changping seems far less congested. There are more green spaces and better access to grocery stores, shops, and restaurants. This does come at a cost though; both of those areas have foreign grocery stores, [Western] restaurants, and great expat communities. How often do you go into the city? We go into the city at least once a week to attend church. If we are going for date night, we almost always find ourselves in Houhai taking a walk around the lake, [eating at] Hutong Pizza, and sitting outside at Starbucks afterwards. Kyle’s favorite place to meet friends is at The Bridge in Wudaokou for breakfast; there’s a group of guys he sees there almost every Wednesday morning. Emily’s favorite place for a night out with the girls is at Element Fresh in Sanlitun. If we are with the kids, we like to keep it simple and go to Steak n Eggs or Pinnacle Plaza after going to Capital Community Church in Shunyi on Sundays. How do you get around? Owning a car has been essential for us and helps us stay involved with our friends and churches (Beijing

International Christian Fellowship Zhongguancun and Capital Community Church). There are no Western grocery stores in Changping, so we make a run to Jenny Lou’s every few weeks. Where do your kids go to school? Our daughter Sydney goes to a Chinese preschool called Beihai Changfang You’er Yuan (北海昌房 幼儿园). [The curriculum] is in Chinese, so it was a bit of a transition when she started school at age 3.5, but she picked up the language quickly. Her Chinese is great now. We would definitely recommend the school to anyone living in the area; the facilities are nice and the teachers care about developing creativity, joy, and a sense of community in the children. Sydney goes to school five days a week, and we either walk there in the summer or drive in in the winter. She will be starting first grade next year and we will either home school or send her to Hope International School in Shunyi. What fun things are there to do in your neighborhood? We love living in a part of town where we can be hiking in the mountains in ten minutes, push the stroller to the grocery store, let the kids play in the park, and stop for dinner at our favorite jiaozi restaurant on the way back. There is also Changping Park (昌平公园), which is a great place to take the kids for a stroll. It’s always full of people selling balloons and there are [inflatable] kid-sized hamster wheels on the small lake in the park. Do you ever wish you lived downtown or in Shunyi? It would be nice to have a Starbucks nearby, but living [in those areas] also comes with a lot of hustle and bustle. There is a lot to be said for a part of town that is livable, natural, and a step off of the beaten path. For our family, [Changping] has been just what we were looking for. Do you see yourself living here for a while? We love Changping and would love to live here for a long time. As our kids get older, however, we will probably move to Tiantongyuan or Shunyi if we want to send them to an international school.

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gate) of Chaoyang Park, Chaoyang District. (6591 8676, chefbilly@yahoo.com) 美西西餐 厅, 朝阳区朝阳公园西门(3号门)对面

African 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) Daily noon-2am. Unit 2-105, Bldg 2, Sanlitun Soho, 8 Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. (5785 3538); 2) Tue-Fri noon-2pm, 6-9pm, SatSun 12-10pm. 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, 136 1120 7396) 1) 朝阳区工体北路8 号三里屯Soho2号商场2-105室; 2) 朝阳区来广 营东路9号

American The Big Smoke Bistro It’s a good time to be living in Beijing – the food and drinks at The Big Smoke Bistro are yet another testament to that fact. Considering this is a barbecue joint, the meats took their rightful place at center stage--succulent eight-hour woodfired pig (RMB 68) will be a big draw for some, but you’ll want to eat it right away, as the crackly skin got rubbery after a few minutes. We tried lamb two ways: eight-hour oven braised shanks (RMB 68) and braised cutlets with a coffee and ancho-chilli sauce (RMB 65). Both were crowd-pleasers. Microbrewery Jing A is situated on the premises. Closed Mon during soft-opening period. Lee World Building (down the alley from Frost Nails), 57 Xingfucun Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (6416 5195) 朝阳 区幸福村中路57号楼利世楼 Blue Frog This popular Shanghai-based restaurant chain has a menu rooted in burgers. The “Blue Frog Burger” ranks right up there among the best in the city, and there are a host of other patty-based options available. Drinks are buy-one-get-one-free during the 4-8pm daily happy hour; on Mondays, that also includes a buy-one-getone-free burger deal. And American style breakfast is available all week. Other culinary possibilities include Italian-style pasta dishes and Mexican options – a reflection of the American melting pot. Decent Wi-Fi. Voted “Outstanding American” and “Outstanding Burger” in the Beijinger’s 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. 1) Daily 10am-midnight. 167, 1/F, Indigo, 18 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (8426 0017, info@bluefrog.com. cn); 2) Daily 10am-late. S4-30, 3/F, Bldg 4, Sanlitun Village South, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6417 4030, info@ bluefrog.com.cn); 3) Daily 10am-late. 1/F, Bldg 1, U-Town, Sanfeng Beili, Chaoyang District. (8561 2665, info@bluefrog.com.cn) www.bluefrog.com.cn 蓝蛙, 1) 朝阳区颐堤港 店酒仙桥路18号1层167号; 2) 朝阳区三里屯北 路19号三里屯Village南区4号楼3层S4-30; 3) 朝 阳区三丰北里悠唐生活广场1号楼1层 Chef Too No kids menu but they’ll love the penne meatballs. With a little help from mom and dad, kids can share one of Chef Too’s famous steaks with a side of mash. If you’re happy for them to get their hands messy, try the BBQ ribs. Sunday Brunch (RMB 68-98, served until 3pm, try the poached eggs with a side of spinach and mushrooms, pancakes, huevos rancheros and more) is where the real kid-friendliness kicks in, though. For dinner kids will love the bruschetta or any of their yummy pasta options. All staff speak good English; providing they’re not super busy, they are very attentive. Indoor seating with some booth-style seats as well as the standard table and chair setup. Voted “Outstanding American” in the Beijinger’s 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. Tue-Fri 11am-2pm, Sat-Sun 9.30am-3pm, Tue-Sat 5.30-10pm. Opposite of West gate ( the 3rd

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Element Fresh This sunny Shanghai import showcases a healthier side of American food, with elaborate salads, smoothies and sandwiches. Popular weekend brunch menu. Voted “Best American,” “Best Brunch (Affordable)” and “Outstanding Family Friendly Atmosphere” in the Beijinger’s 2011 Restaurant Awards. 1) Mon-Fri 10am11pm, Sat-Sun 8am-11pm. S8-33, Bldg 8, 3/F, Sanlitun Village South, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6417 1318); 2) MonThu 11am-10pm, Fri 11am-11pm, Sat-Sun 9am-11pm. Solana Lakeside Dining Street, 6 Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (5905 1908); 3) Mon-Fri 11am-10pm, SatSun 10am-10pm. 1/F, Indigo, 18 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (8420 0565); 4) SunThu 8am-11pm, Fri-Sat 8am-midnight. 6 Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District. (6433 5058) www.elementfresh.com 新元素, 1) 朝阳区三 里屯路19号院三里屯Village 3层; 2) 朝阳区朝阳 公园6号蓝色港湾湖畔美食街; 3) 朝阳区酒仙桥 路18号颐堤港1层; 4) 朝阳区将台路6号 Flamme International Grill Flamme offers service and style for a relative bargain among steakhouses in Beijing. The bruschetta comes topped with wild mushrooms and Himalayan black truffles is in fact a generous portion of button mushrooms sautéed with a liberal dose of truffle oil. A petite Australian tenderloin (RMB 108) was done and served with a tart watercress and cherry tomato salad. A dozen sides (RMB 18) are listed, including addictive matchstick fries and gingered baby carrots. The vegetable lasagna was pasta-less, but layers of zucchini and goat cheese made it a savory non-meat option. Service is excellent, as well as the dessert: the brioche bread pudding was a treat. Voted “Outstanding New Restaurant of the Year (Non-Chinese) and “Outstanding Steak” in the Beijinger’s 2011 Restaurant Awards. 1) Daily 11am-5pm. Store 269, Indigo Mall, 18 Jiuxian Qiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (8420 0270); 2) Mon-Sat 11am11pm. S4-33, Sanlitun Village, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6417 8608) 1) 朝阳区酒 仙桥路18号颐堤港商场269号; 2) 朝阳区三里屯 路19号三里屯Village3楼S4室

deli is a convenient spot for grocery shoppers looking to grab ready-prepared salads, pies, veggies and more for a quick lunch or dinner. 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 Colibri Cafe Nestled 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 Pantry’s Best Despite what a generations of people raised by cartoons might believe, the proper destination for a banana cream pie is not in your opponent’s face. The divine vanilla custard from Pantry’s Best (formerly Pie House) deserves to be in no one’s face but your own. Born of American pie enthusiast Mark Huetsch’s inability to bear a pie-less lifestyle in Beijing, Pantry’s Best delivers rich, heavenly pastry free within the Fourth Ring Road or to Wudaokou. Their pie lineup includes pumpkin, French cream, key lime, and blueberry (RMB 149-249), and extends to mousses and tartlets. Delivered to your door on time, still warm and full of gooey fruit filling, these pies could solve a domestic dispute. Daily 9am-9pm. Delivery only, order five hours in advance. Daily 9am-9pm. (5166 4464) http://www.piehouse.com.cn 派悦坊

Cafes & Sandwiches The Bookworm English language books to borrow or buy. Book larvae can graze in the library’s Kiddies’ Corner, which houses child-size chairs and toys in addition to books. A family library membership (RMB 500) allows your family to borrow up to six books for two weeks at a time. A growing selection of for-sale books includes favorites like Wicked Chickens and The Gruffalo’s Child. In addition, The Bookworm’s Kids Club offers both young children and teens opportunities to share books with their peers. Daily 9am-2am. Courtyard 4, Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6586 9507, books@beijingbookworm.com, kidsclub@ beijingbookworm.com) www.chinabookworm. com 书虫书吧, 朝阳区工体北路4号院 Cafe Zarah A popular gem on picturesque Gulou Dongdajie, this German cafe serves cakes, soups, salads, and sandwiches from the owner’s personal recipe book. Daily 9.30am-midnight. 42 Gulou Dongdajie, Dongcheng District. (8403 9807) www. cafezarah.com 东城区鼓楼东大街42号

TGI Friday’s This American casual dining chain serves standard Western fare, such as hot wings, salads, soups, steaks, ribs, pasta, burgers, and pizza. Daily 11.30am-11.30pm. 1) 1/F, Grand Skylight CATIC Hotel, 18 Beichen Donglu, Chaoyang District. (8497 0650); 2) 9-2 Jinchengfang Jie, Xicheng District. (6622 0880); 3) 1F VIP Building, Friendship Hotel, 1 Zhongguancun Nanlu, Haidian District. (6849 8738); 4) 1st Floor, Mansion D, World Town, 9 Jinhui Lu, Chaoyang District. (8590 3033); 5) Block C, Beijing International Mansion, 19 Jianguomen Waidajie, Chaoyang District. (8526 3388) fridays.com.cn 星期五餐厅, 1) 朝 阳区北辰东路18号凯迪克格兰云天大酒店1层; 2) 西城区金城坊街9-2号; 3) 海淀区中关村南大街 1号友谊宾馆贵宾楼1楼; 4) 朝阳区金汇路9号世 界城D座1楼; 5) 朝阳区建国门外大街19号北京 国际大厦C座

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Maan Coffee Korean-run cafe specializing in waffles, desserts and other snacks. 1) Gongti Beilu (west of the north gate of Workers’ Stadium), Sanlitun, Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District.; 2) Daily 7am1am. 1/F Chaoyang Joy City, 29 Qingnian Lu Bldg 20, Chaoyang District. (5877 7521); 3) Daily 8am-12am. Guangqu Jiayuan, 7 Guangqumenwai Dajie, Dongcheng District. (8751 3628); 4) Daily 8am-12am. 2A Qijia Huozi, Chaoyang District. (6236 0639); 5) Daily 8am-2am. 37 Baiziwan Lu, Chaoyang District. (6771 5670); 6) Daily 8am-2am. Jinyuan Shangwu Zhongxin Bldg B, 2 Landianchang, Haidian District. (8889 3029, 8889 1329); 7) Daily 9am-12am. Jiangfu Park North Gate, Jiangtai Donglu, Chaoyang District. (8431 1899); 8) Daily 10am-2am. 3 Wangjing Heyin Zhonglu Shangyejie, Chaoyang District. (8471 7027); 9) Daily 8am-12am. 10 Xitucheng Lu (inside Beijing University of Posts & Telecommunication), Haidian District. (6228 6398); 10) Daily 8am-

2am. Qinghua Tongfang Keji Guangchang Bldg D, 15 Wangzhuang Lu, Haidian District. (8236 6016); 11) Daily 8am-10pm. 1/F, People’s University, 59 Zhongguancun Dajie, Haidian District. (8250 3236); 12) Daily 9ammidnight. 7 Jiangtai Xilu (opposite Rosedale Hotel), Chaoyang District. (8457 3470); 13) Rm 110, Bldg 103, Baiziwan Xili, Chaoyang District. (8795 0870) 漫咖啡, 1) 朝阳区三里 屯工体北路工体北门西; 2) 朝阳区青年路29号 院20号楼1层; 3) 东城区广渠门外大街广渠家园 7号 楼底商; 4) 朝阳区祁家豁子甲2号; 5) 朝 阳区百子湾路37号; 6) 海淀区蓝靛厂2号 金源 商务中心B座1b; 7) 朝阳区将台东路将府公园北 门; 8) 朝阳区望京河荫中路商业街3号; 9) 海 淀区西土城路10号 邮电大学内; 10) 海淀区王 庄路15号 清华同方科技广场D座; 11) 海淀区 中关村大街59号 人民大学教学楼1层; 12) 朝 阳区将台西路7号; 13) 朝阳区百子湾西里103 号楼110室

Cantonese and Dim Sum East Ocean Seafood Restaurant Daily 11am-3pm, 5.30-10.30pm. 39 Maizidian Jie, Chaoyang District. (6508 3482) 东海海鲜酒 家, 朝阳区麦子店街39号 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 Jin Ding Xuan Daily 24hrs. 1) D122, B/1, Huamao Shopping Center, 87 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (40067 66111); 2) 77 Hepingli Xijie, Dongcheng District.; 3) 16 Pufang Lu, across from Carrefour, Fengtai District.; 4) 1/F, Entrance B03, north corner of Jinyuan Shopping Mall, 1 Yuanda Lu, Haidian District.; 5) Yiyuan No.15, Anhuibeili, Yayuncun, Chaoyang District.; 6) 15 Tuanjiehu Nanlu, Chaoyang District. 金鼎轩酒 楼, 1) 朝阳区建国路87号华贸购物中心地下1层 D122号; 2) 东城区和平里西街77号; 3) 丰台区 方庄蒲芳路16号 (家乐福对面); 4) 海淀区远大 路1号金源时代购物中心北侧1层B03入口; 5) 朝 阳区亚运村安慧北里逸园15号; 6) 朝阳区团结 湖南路15号 La Galerie This Ritan Park area restaurant serves decent Cantonese dim sum/yum cha in spacious surroundings. Good for outdoor dining in the spring and summer. Daily 10am10.30pm. 100m west of Ritan Park South Gate, Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (8562 8698, 8563 8698, lagalerie@sina.com) 中国艺 苑, 朝阳区光华路日坛公园南门向西100米

Caribbean Jamaica Me Crazy Daily noon-10pm. 1 Cheniandian Hutong (west of Guozijian, near Andingmennei), Dongcheng District. (8403 6640) 东城区安定门内大街车辇店胡同1号

Central & South American Cantina Agave S4-32, 3/F, Bldg 4, Sanlitun Village South, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. 朝阳区三里屯路19号三里屯Village南区 4号楼层S4-32 Peter’s Tex-Mex Grill Texas-sized portions at this long running Lone Star State-inspired restaurant originally founded by a splinter group from Grandma’s Kitchen. Enjoy serviceable burritos, fajitas, breakfast plates and burgers and wash it all down with a frozen margarita. The St. Regis branch does brisk workday lunch business, while the Lido branch is more family oriented with a play area for kids as well as a Kid’s Menu at the Lido branch. 1) Daily 8.30am-11pm. 88A International Club, 21 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (8532 2449); 2) Daily 7.30am-11pm. Jiangtai Xilu (next to SALT and Frank’s Place), Chaoyang District. (6435


Family Dining 3509) 彼德西餐, 1) 朝阳区建国门外大街21号 国际俱乐部88A; 2) 朝阳区将台西路 (SALT/ Frank’s旁边)

Cuigezhuang, Chaoyang District. (8456 4922 ext 8, 136 0113 7132, 136 0113 7232) 紫云轩 茶事, 朝阳区崔各庄乡合各庄村318号

SALT This stylish outfit in a modern minimalist setting has weekly two-course or three-course set meals. Serves innovative, eclectic cuisine that keeps them coming back for more. Voted “Outstanding Business Lunch” and “Outstanding Steak” in the Beijinger’s 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. Mon-Sat noon-3pm, 6-10.30pm, Sun Brunch noon-4pm. 2/F, 9 Jiangtai Xilu (opposite the Japanese School, west of Rosedale Hotel), Chaoyang District. (6437 8457) www. saltrestaurantbeijing.com 盐, 朝阳区将台西路 9号2层(珀丽酒店西边)

Ho’s Restaurant Daily 10am-9pm. Dragon Bay 7 Street, Unit 2-1(Beside Dragon Villas), Yuyuan Lu, Houshayu, Shunyi District. (8042 2686) 何䁂记, 顺义区顺义区后沙峪裕裕园路, 龙湾七街商业街2-1(龙湾别墅区旁)

Chinese Bellagio See and be seen at these Taiwanese hipster eateries, perfect for late night sweet treats (shaved ice with mango, anyone?), divine claypot tofu, and the splendidly numbing Chongqing lazi ji. The Gongti branch’s compelling people-watching offers a tasty respite from a long evening of dancing at the nightspots nearby. And any place that gives all its staff a compulsory basin haircut has to be worth a visit, right? Voted “Outstanding Kung Pao Chicken” and “Best for Late Night Dining” in the Beijinger’s 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. 1) Daily 11am-4am. 35 Xiaoyun Lu, Chaoyang District. (8451 9988); 2) Daily 11am-10pm. Rm 6, 5/F, 1 Dongzhimen Nandajie, Dongcheng District. (8409 8075); 3) Daily 11am-4am. 6 Gongti Xilu, south of the Gongti 100 Bowling Alley, Chaoyang District. (6551 3533); 4) Daily 11am-10pm. R-25 Zhongguancun Plaza, 15 Zhongguancun Dajie, Haidian District. (5172 1340); 5) Daily 10am-10pm. 6F-19, 131 Xidan Beidajie, Xicheng District. (5971 6529); 6) Daily 10am-10pm. 1/F, Bldg 1, 16 Guangshun Dajie, Chaoyang District. (8476 4645); 7) Daily 11am-2am. Bldg 4, Area 2 Anhui Beili, Yayuncun, Chaoyang District. (6489 4300); 8) Daily 11am-10pm. 6/F, Shin Kong Place, 87 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (6530 5658) 鹿港小镇, 1) 朝阳区霄云路35号; 2) 东城区东直门南大街1号5层6号; 3) 朝阳区 工体西路6号(工体100南边); 4) 海淀区中关村 大街15号中关村广场商业步行街R-25号; 5) 西 城区西单北大街131号6F-19号; 6) 朝阳区广顺 大街16号院1号楼1层; 7) 朝阳区亚运村安慧北 里2区4号楼(炎黄艺术馆斜对面); 8) 朝阳区建 国路87号新光天地6层 Da Dong Roast Duck Kids love getting their fingers dirty when crafting pancake after pancake of delicious duck at this Beijing favorite. Aside from the duck, they also have a large selection of homestyle standards. Voted best “Chinese Restaurant of the Year,” “Beijing Duck” and “Best for Impressing Visitors” in the 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 11am-10pm. 1) 5/F, Jinbao Dasha, Jinbao Jie, Dongcheng District. (8522 1234); 2) 1-2/F, Nanxincang International Plaza, 22A Dongsishitiao, Dongcheng District. (5169 0329); 3) 3 Tuanjiehu Beikou, Dongsanhuan Lu (southeast corner of Changhong Qiao), Chaoyang District. (6582 2892/4003) 北京大董烤鸭店, 1) 东城区金宝街 金宝大厦5层; 2) 东城区东四十条甲22号南新仓 国际大厦1~2楼(立交桥西南角); 3) 朝阳区团结 湖北口3号楼东三环路(长虹桥东南角) GREEN T. HOUSE Living Inspired by a Tang dynasty era bathhouse, this suburban spa retreat is a meticulously designed fusion of architectural styles, colors and sculptures that boasts, among other amenities, a giant indoor green tea bath and a terrace jacuzzi that can hold up to 20, as well as a 1,500 square-meter-villa filled with antiques, traditional and contemporary furniture (including a massive dining table), an open kitchen and luxurious beds that can accommodate overnight guests. Fine wines, specialty teas and cocktails complement the massage therapies (including the uber decadent “ten hands” massage) and bathing rituals. See also Green T. House. Daily 11.30am-11.30pm. 318 Hegezhuang Village,

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Little Yunnan Located in a well-preserved courtyard near the old imperial wall, this restaurant offers Yunnan dishes with a cozy setting, perfect for friendly gatherings or a romantic night out. They also serve great home-brewed rice wine. Voted “New Restaurant of the Year (Chinese)” in the Beijinger’s 2011 Restaurant Awards. Daily 11am-midnight. 28 Donghuangchenggen Beijie, Dongcheng District. (6401 9498, littleyunnan@gmail.com) http://www. littleyunnan.com, http://blog.sina.com.cn/ littleyunnan, http://t.sina.com.cn/littleyunnan 小云南, 东城区东黄城根北街28号

European The Orchard An institution among residents of residents of out-of-town expat hideout Shunyi, The Orchard comes highly recommended for its affordable menu of western food and emphasis on organic produce, with ample provision for little ones making it an ideal spot for family dining. The restaurant’s remoteness from the city center lends it added appeal as a retreat from the rough and tumble of urban life (although the surrounding village of Hegezhuang, which is also home to Green T. Living and the Yin Yang Community Center, is quickly gentrifying), but does make transportation something of a headache – finding a taxi back into town can be a challenge, so come equipped with a plan. The well-known Sunday brunch (11am-3pm) is RMB 210 a person. Children can relax with a video and enjoy the cushy chairs in the kids’ room, or head outside for a stroll around the lake with mom and dad. Voted “Outstanding Brunch (Affordable)” in the Beijinger’s 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily noon-3pm, 6-9pm. From Jingshun Lu, turn left (west) at Shunbai Lu Intersection, (turn at the driveway just west of the Hegezhuang Village Sign), Chaoyang District. (6433 6270) 果园, 朝阳区 崔各庄乡何各庄村(过何各庄村路标往南转) Stuff’d This tiny British-style gastropub has a few tables on one end and a bar at the other, over which the boss chalks up the dishes on a giant board. The cottage pie with buttery green peas is the perfect comfort food, but if you want a light lunch try the Scotch egg served with homemade piccalilli pickles. Fish and chips comes with a trio of sauces and hand-cut, twice-cooked chips of distinction. BrewDog’s 77 Lager is available on draft and beer fans can sup a rare pint of English ale Pedigree. Daily (closed on Tuesdays) 11.30am-2.45pm, 6-10pm. 9 Jianchang Hutong (east of Yonghe Villas), Dongcheng District. (6407 6308) 东城区箭厂胡同9号(近 五道营胡同) Switch! Grill Offering a lunch express set menu as well as a all day menu and a dinner menu that is grill inspired menu featuring fresh seasonal ingredients, great appetizers, juicy steaks and perfectly prepared seafood. Open for lunch and dinner 7 days a week, or just pop in for a few drinks, one of our signature appetizers and watch the game on the big screens and satellite! Daily 11am10pm. 1/F, Regent Land, 66 Gongti Beilu (east of the Swissotel), Chaoyang District. (6553 5691) 朝阳区工体北路66号瑞士公寓 西侧1层 The English Tearoom Located behind Shunyi’s Beidong Flower Market, The English Tearoom is a quintessentially British, familyfriendly tearoom. The cafe prides itself on serving real tea in traditional English-style teapots, including black teas, green tea, rooibos, herbal and fruit teas (all imported from the UK). Visitors will also find gourmet

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coffee, fresh fruit juices, and smoothies. For food, there are traditional fresh-baked English scones and a selection of British cakes and biscuits. The light lunch menu includes sandwiches, salads, and specials like sausage rolls and Scotch eggs. There’s also an English afternoon tea and a generous English breakfast. The English Tearoom strives to use organic, local, and free-range produce whenever possible. The space is divided into the Main Tearoom and the Children’s Tearoom; the latter contains a large play area for tots to run around in. Parking is available outside the restaurant within the Chuangyi Yuan compound. Daily 10am-7pm. Inside Chuangyi Yuan, 1A Shunhuang Lu (near Scitech Outlets), Sunhe Township, Shunyi District. (8459 4407, 158 1099 8410 (English and Chinese)) www.englishtearoombeijing. com 英国茶房, 顺义区孙河乡顺黄路甲1号创意 园内(近赛特奥特莱斯)

French 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 Maison Boulud Famous New York chef Daniel Boulud brings his take on French food to the swanky premises of the old American Legation. Expensive, but brunch is better value at RMB 98-238. Voted “Best French (High End),” “Best Wine List,” “Best Service,” “Outstanding for Impressing Visitors,” “Outstanding Decor,” “Outstanding Brunch,” and “Non-Chinese Restaurant of the Year” in the Beijinger’s 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. Mon-Fri 11.30am-2pm, 6-10pm; Sat-Sun (brunch) 11am-4pm, 6-10pm. Ch’ien Men 23, 23 Qianmen Dongdajie, Dongcheng District. (6559 9200, reserve@chienmen23. com) 布鲁宫法餐厅, 东城区前门东大街23号

German Paulaner Brauhaus This long-running restaurant is one of Beijing’s best choices for authentic, if pricey, Bavarian-style German food (think sausages and sauerkraut). Located next to the Kempinski hotel, the venue features a 429-square-meter beer garden that can seat up to 290 and its own microbrewery that brews Paulaner’s own beer (including light and dark wheat beers), with prices ranging from RMB 46 for a small glass to RMB 114 for steins. Schnapps, liquers, digestifs and aperitifs are also served and a la carte items include pork knuckle and hog roast served on traditional cast iron pans, and a range of Bavarian snacks served on wooden boards. Daily lunch specials go for RMB 112 and includes dishes ranging from lamb shanks to Viennese chicken. Daily 11am-1am. Kempinski Hotel, 50 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6465 3388 ext 5732) www.paulanerbrauhaus.com/beijing/home 普拉那啤酒坊餐 厅, 朝阳区亮马桥路50号凯宾斯基饭店 South German Bakery, Cafe Konstanz and Bodenseestube Provides over 20 varities of German and European rye, wheat and white breads (Alpenschpitz, Mohn Stange, Kaese Stange, toast bread and baguettes), along with tasty homemade cakes and sweets. Upstairs you’ll find Cafe Konstanz and Bodenseestube, a south German restaurant that offers great weekend breakfasts (Sat-Sun, 8.30am-3pm), business lunches, dumplings, sausages, sauerkraut, cheese noodles and hearty German dinners. Sandwiches and quality coffee also available. Available for private parties and events. Daily 9am-10pm (restaurant), 7am-10pm (bakery). 27 Lucky Street, 1 Chaoyang

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Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (5867 0201, sales@germanbakery.com.cn, michael@ germanbakery.com.cn) www.germanbakery. com.cn 德南面包房, 朝阳区朝阳公园路1号好 运街27号

Ice Cream Cold Stone Creamery Daily 10am-10pm. 1) B1/F, China World Tower 1, 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6505 8588); 2) Shop C1-2a, Solana Shopping Park, 1 Chaoyang Gongyuan Xilu, Chaoyang District. (5905 6058); 3) Shop 1016, Bldg C, Yansha Outlets Tower, 9 Dongsihuan (East Fourth Ring at Gongda Qiao), Chaoyang District. (8738 3266); 4) Floor M, New Gate City Mall, 19 Zhongguancun Dajie, Haidian District. (8248 6368, 8248 6358); 5) L108-109 Europlaza, Yuxiang Lu, Tianzhu Zhen, Shunyi District. (8046 6323); 6) B1-25 Joy City, 131A Xidan Beidajie, Xicheng District. (5971 6399) www.coldstonecreamery.com, http://www. coldstone-china.com/ 酷圣石冰淇淋, 1) 朝阳 区建国门外大街1号国贸1座B1层; 2) 朝阳区朝 阳公园西路1号Solana蓝色港湾C1-2a店铺; 3) 朝 阳区东四环工大桥燕莎奥特莱斯二期C座1016 店铺; 4) 海淀区中关村大街19号新中关购物中 心M层; 5) 顺义区天竺镇裕翔路99号欧陆广场 L108-109; 6) 西城区西单北大街甲131大悦城 B1-25号店铺 Vai Milano This Italian ice cream parlor is nicely furnished and offers an almost overwhelming selection of gelatos, sundaes, pastries and coffee. Daily 10am - 10pm. LG38 Indigo Mall, 18 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (8420 0372, info@vai-milano.com) www.vai-milano.com 朝阳区LG-38号颐提港商 场酒仙桥路18号

Indian & Pakistani Ganges Indian Restaurant This is a good restaurant for the gastronomically adventurous. Spicy dishes can be cooked without the heat upon request (probably a good idea for the young ones). There’s a play area with two kids’ tables and chairs, plus books and crayons mixed in with other toys. For smaller diners, there are a few highchairs available. In a nutshell, this is delicious Indian food in a comfortable environment that won’t break your budget. Winner of “Best India/ Pakistani” in the Beijinger’s 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 10am-11pm. 1) Stall 202, 2/F, Bldg 1, Shimao Department Store, 13 Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6416 0181); 2) 6/F, Wudaokou U-Center, Chengfu Lu, Haidian District.; 3) 2/F, Paddy O’Shea’s, 28 Dongzhimenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6417 0900); 4) 138A, B1/F, The Place, 9 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6587 2999); 5) 5/B, Hairun International Apartment, 2 Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District. (5135 8353) www.ganges-restaurant.com 恒 河印度餐厅, 1) 朝阳区工体北路13号世贸百货1 号楼2层202; 2) 海淀区成府路五道口U-Center6 层; 3) 朝阳区东直门外大街28号爱尔兰酒吧2 层; 4) 朝阳区光华路9号世贸天阶地下1层138A; 5) 朝阳区将台路2号海润国际公寓底商5号 The Taj Pavilion This is a great place for a family meal and would make for a wild birthday experience for teens – a visit to the Cosmic Bowling Alley next door followed by a classic Indian meal. Lille kids Kids unfamiliar with Indian cuisine might find certain dishes a bit too exotic, though many dishes can be prepared with less fiery spice. Try the Chicken tikka, tandoori gobi (cauliflower kebabs), or dal palak (yellow lentils cooked with spinach). As a side note, the bathrooms are located outside the restaurant in the hallway. Voted “Outstanding Indian” in the Beijinger’s 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 11.30am2.30pm, 6-10.30pm. 1) F2-03, 2/F, North Tower, China Overseas Plaza, 8 Guanghua Dong Li, Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6505 5866); 2) 3/F, Holiday Inn Lido, Jiangtai Lu, Shoudu Jichang Lu, Chaoyang District. (6436 7678, 6437 6688 ext 3811); 3) L222, Europlaza, 99 Yuxiang Lu, Tianzhu Zhen, Shunyi District. (8046 3238) http://www.thetajpavilion.com 泰姬楼印度餐

厅, 1) 朝阳区建国门外大街光华东里8号中海广 场北楼2层F2-03; 2) 朝阳区首都机场路将台路 丽都假日酒店广场缤纷廊3层; 3) 顺义区天竺镇 裕翔路99号欧陆时尚购物中心L222室

Italian Alio Olio Annie’s at Chaoyang Park West Gate faces some tough competition from this restaurant, whose Italian boss used to be Annie’s right-hand man. Plenty has gone into the design at Alio Olio, with atmospheric lighting, framed Lamborghini prints, a roaring pizza oven and a funky spiral staircase leading to a cozy second floor ideal for parties and small events. The menu covers all the usual bases at prices even Annie’s can’t match. Pizzas are a steal at RMB 36 for a large margherita. Salads, soups, antipasti and mains – try the lamb chops – are similarly generous, and a glass of imported house wine is just RMB 20. Owner Giuseppe plans to open for breakfast soon, serving cappuccinos and pastries at a standing counter just like in Italy. Delivery to nearby apartments should soon be available. Daily 11am-10.30pm. West gate of Chaoyang Park, Chaoyang District. (6594 0938) 朝阳区朝阳公园西门 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 11.30am2.30pm, 6pm-10.30pm. 2/F, The Grand Summit, Section B, Liangmaqiao Diplomatic Mansion, 19 Dongfang Donglu, Chaoyang District. (8532 5068) www.tavola-bj.com 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 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 Matsuko Serving up one of Beijing’s best known buffets since 1992, this chain of Japanese restaurant feeds hungry white collar types with its bountiful spread of sushi, sashimi, noodles and more. The daily lunch buffet (RMB 98, Mon-Fri 11.30am-2pm, RMB 108 Sat-Sun 11am-2.30pm) features over 60 kinds of dishes, ranging from eel with teriyaki sauce and tempura shrimp to sushi rolls and desserts. Children under 110 cm eat for free. Be forewarned that the different branches charge different prices for the buffet. Voted “Outstanding Japanese” in the Beijinger’s 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. Mon-Fri 11.30am-2pm,5-10.30pm, Sat-Sun 11am2.30pm, 5-10.30pm. 1) 78 Anli Lu (Subway Line 5 Datun Lu East Station), Haidian District. (5963 6663, li_juan1997@sina. com); 2) 1/F, 8 Nanxinyuan Xilu, Chaoyang District. (8731 9890, li_juan1997@sina.com); 3) 2/F, Jinglong Dasha, 225 Chaoyang Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6509 8999, li_juan1997@ sina.com); 4) Baijiazhuang (south east corner of Changhong Qiao), Chaoyang District. (6582 5208, li_juan1997@sina.com); 5) 39 Liangmaqiao Lu (opposite 21st Century hotel), Chaoyang District. (8453 4062, li_juan1997@sina.com) http://www.matsuko. com.cn/e_index_hoawei.asp 松子, 1) 海淀区 安立路78号(5号线大屯地铁站东); 2) 朝阳区 南新园西路8号龙头公寓南栋一层; 3) 朝阳区 朝阳北路225号京龙大厦2层; 4) 朝阳区星期五 餐厅对面松阪屋; 5) 朝阳区亮马桥39号(21世 纪饭店对面)

Korean Iki Situated next to Bang Bang Pizza, this contemporary Korean barbecue offers tasty fare and great cocktails. 1) Daily 6-11pm. 111, Bldg. 3, China View, Gongti Donglu, Chaoyang District. (152 1006 4588); 2) 6pm1am. 102 Bldg 24, Shuanghuayuan Nanli Sanqu, Chaoyang District. (152 1042 5223) 1) 朝阳区中国红街大厦三号楼111号; 2) 朝阳 区双花园南里三区24号楼102号 Shanggu City Korea Village BBQ Your usual Korean BBQ staples – beef, lamb, pork, vegetables – served by waitresses in ethnic dresses who speak limited English but do have a picture menu. Daily 10am-9.30pm. Adjoining the Jenny Lou’s near Lane Bridge, 5 Laiguangying Donglu, Chaoyang District. (8470 3016) 尚古城韩国烧烤, 朝阳区来广营 东路5号

Mediterranean 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 Athena Daily 11am-11pm. 1 Sanlitun Xiwujie, Chaoyang District. (6464 6036) 雅典 娜希腊餐厅, 朝阳区三里屯西五街1号 Sureño The sleek Opposite House venue has a popular Sunday brunch (RMB 268398 plus 15 percent) inspired by the fine Mediterranean tradition of getting all the family together to relax and bond over a big old meal - bring the kids along for pizza, pasta and the play area. Voted “Best Italian” in the Beijinger’s 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily noon-3.30pm, 6-10.30pm. B1/F, The Opposite House, Sanlitun Village, 11 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6410 5240) www.surenorestaurant.com 朝阳区三里 屯路11号三里屯Village瑜舍地下1层

Middle Eastern Biteapitta Falafels, hummus, sandwiches and shawarma. Set meals available. Good value for money. Voted “Best Middle Eastern” in the Beijinger’s 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 11am-11pm. 2/F, Tongli Studio (same block as Le Petit Gourmand), Sanlitun Houjie, Chaoyang District. (6467 2961, ilovepitta@biteapitta.com) 吧嗒饼, 朝阳区三 里屯后街同里2层 Rumi Beijing’s only purveyor of Persian cuisine in a stylish minimalist setting. The owners’ daughter helped design and outfit the small playroom. Let your kids judge her interior design choices while you chow down on the city’s best hummus. Children can pick from the children’s menu and park themselves in highchairs. Voted “Outstanding Middle Eastern” in the Beijinger’s 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily 11.30ammidnight. 1A Gongti Beilu (opposite Zhaolong Hotel), Chaoyang District. (8454 3838) www. rumigrill.com 入迷, 朝阳区工体北路甲1号兆 龙饭店对面

Pizza Gung Ho! Gourmet Pizza Factory Pizza delivery service that positions itself as a cut above the competition, offering ten “gourmet” toppings featuring wine-soaked blackcurrants, fresh pesto and New Zealand mozzarella. Voted “Outstanding Pizza” in the Beijinger’s 2011 Restaurant Awards. 1) 10-9 Fuli City Xingguang Avenue(West of the Beijing Capital Renaissance Hotel), Chaoyang District. (5876 5262); 2) Daily 11am-11pm. Shop 2, Hairun International Apartments, corner Jiangtai Lu and Fangyuan


Family Health Xilu, Chaoyang District. (5135 8557); 3) Daily 11am-midnight. Bldg. 3, China View, (rear side, opposite City Hotel), Gongti Donglu, Chaoyang District. (8587 1404/1370) www. gunghopizza.com 叫板披萨, 1) 朝阳区富力 城, 星光大道10-9(富力大酒店网西走); 2) 朝阳区将台路2号海润国际公寓(将台路和方 园西路的十字路口); 3) 朝阳区工体东路中国 红街3号楼 Hutong Pizza With a quaint, cozy atmosphere, this pizza joint located just off the beaten track of Houhai offers arguably the best pizza (RMB 60-120) in Beijing. The veggie burgers are also hugely popular. Daily 11am-11pm. 9 Yindingqiao Hutong, Xicheng District. (8322 8916) 胡同比萨, 西城区银锭 桥胡同9号

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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, dacha.asia@mail.ru) www.dacha.asia 别墅西餐厅, 朝阳区日坛路1 号(日坛宾馆北侧) Traktirr Pushkin Pick the right time (lunch, early dinner) and you’ll understand why so many Russian families are loyal patrons. Who can argue with hearty portions of well-priced kid-friendly fare like chicken Kiev, steaks, pork schnitzel and mashed potatoes? Thanks to the heavy mayo application, even the salads make it down most kids’ throats. Voted “Best Russian” in the Beijinger’s 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. 1) 10am-midnight. 1A Xiyangguan Hutong, Beizhongjie, Dongzhimennei Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6403 1690); 2) Daily 10am-midnight. 5-15 Dongzhimennei Dajie, Dongcheng District. (8407 8158, 6403 1896) 彼得堡俄餐厅, 1) 东 城区东直门内大街北中街西羊管胡同甲1号; 2) 东城区东直门内大街5-15号

Southeast Asian 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 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) www.nuage.com.cn 庆云楼, 西城区前 海东沿22号

Thai Serve the People This long-running Thai restaurant has a loyal crowd and the Sanlitun branch has a pleasant terrace. Menu items include mango salad, green chicken curry, pad thai and tom kha gai (coconut chicken soup, a blend of spicy, sour and sweet). The more spacious Shunyi location is elegantly decorated and overlooks a small lake, with a small lawn and kid’s playground equipment on the grounds, making it suitable for families and private parties. Voted “Outstanding Thai” in the Beijinger’s 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. 1) Daily 11am-11pm. Feijiacun Yuan, 8 Laiguangying Donglu (near the Cuigezhuang police station), Chaoyang District. (8470 4792); 2) Daily 10.30am10.30pm. 1 Sanlitun Xiwujie (next to Athena), Chaoyang District. (8454 4580) 为人民服务, 1) 朝阳区来广营东路8号费家村院(近崔各庄派 出所); 2) 朝阳区三里屯西五街1号 Very Siam Treat yourself to Thai at this exquisite establishment. Capacity to host parties of up to 30 people. English menu available. Voted “Outstanding Thai” in the Beijinger’s 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. 1) Daily 11.30am-11.30pm. 10A Xinyuan Xili Dongjie (in the alley northwest of Yuyang Hotel), Chaoyang District. (8451 0031); 2) Daily 11am-11pm. 4/F Yihai Hongze Shopping Mall, northeast corner of Dongdaqiao Intersection, Chaoyang District. (6586 8248) www.verysiam.com 非常泰, 1) 朝阳区新源西 里东街甲10号渔阳饭店西北胡同内; 2) 朝阳区 东大桥十字路口东北角易海宏泽商场4层

Vegetarian Baihe Vegetarian More than the sum of its parts, Lily Vegetarian (formerly Vanilla Garden) is a great place to enjoy vegetarian cuisine, sip imported organic coffees and herbal teas, or just hang out. Also boasts helpful and attentive staff, an English menu, desserts, and wireless Internet access. Since Lily does not follow monastic traditions, diners are not forbidden the pungency of onion and garlic in these pleasant restaurants. Try the suchang “sausage”; baochao sanding, a stir-fry of diced carrots, “meat” and cashews; jiangxiang candou, a stir-fry of lima beans with minced “meat”; and qianceng bing, layered pancake with thyme. Don’t miss the hot plum tea. Daily 11am-10pm. 23A Caoyun Hutong, Dongzhimennei Beixiaojie, Dongcheng District. (6405 2082) 百合素食, 东城区东直门 内北小街,草园胡同甲23号 Elaine’s Vegetarian Restaurant and Bar Elaine’s quaint little garden supplies generous portions of Chinese vegetarian fare. The selection of over 100 well-portioned dishes, including the requisite imitation meat dishes (including imitation “duck,” recreated soy “chicken” and sizzling bogus “beef”) are popular with both vegetarian and carnivorous diners. Vegetarian Restaurant and Bar. Walk 800m along the banks of Luoma Lake, 100m north of Luoma Roundabout, Houshayu, Shunyi District. (8048 5088/5566) 素心小筑, 顺义区后沙峪镇罗马环岛向北100米左转, 沿罗 马湖畔800米

Xilu, Chaoyang District. www.amcare.com.cn 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 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 HarMoniCare Women and Children’s Hospital (HMC) Beijing HarMoniCare Women and Children’s Hospital (HMC) offers medical services both Chinese and western families with JCI (Joint Commission International) standard. HMC is strategic partner of PHMI and cooperates with Teaching Hospital of Harvard Medical School—Boston Women’s Hospital, Boston Children’s Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital. Located next to Olympic Forest Park, HMC covers an area of 13,000 square meters. HMC is a medical center in Obstetrics, Gynecology and Pediatrics. Daily 8am-5pm. A2 Xiaoguan Beili, Beiyuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (6499 0000, contact@ hmcare.org) www.hmcare.net 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 Traditional Chinese medicine hospital that received the State Council Special Allowance. Daily 7am-9pm. 2 Tuanjiehu Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6582 7850, hongyitang@hotmail.com) www. guoyitang.com 北京弘医堂中医医院, 朝阳区 团结湖北路2号 Beijing New Century International Children’s Hospital This hospital provides affordable pediatric care at international standards: qualified doctors and nurses, private and safe family rooms and imported equipment. English speaking staff offers a full range of children’s health care services on a 7/24 basis. Mon-Sun 8am-5pm. 56 Nanlishi Lu (next to the East Gate of the Beijing Children’s Hospital), Xicheng District. (6802 5588) www.ncich.com.cn 北京新世纪国际儿 童医院, 西城区南礼士路56号 (北京儿童医院 东门南侧) 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) www.ncich.com.cn 北京新世纪荣和儿科门诊 部, 顺义区天竺镇丽苑街荣和商业中心

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) www.ncich.com.cn 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 Puhua International Clinic Beijing Puhua International Clinic’s unique services include orthopedic and trauma surgery conforming to European standards. They also offer physical rehabilitation, an eye clinic with certified US ophthalmologist, a chiropractic clinic, comprehensive family medical services, a Western-style pharmacy, and emergency services. The clinic offers services in English, Chinese, Arabic, Russian, Filipino, Amharic, and Taiwanese. Conveniently located in Jinsong, the center has free parking available for customers. Mon-Sun 9am-6pm. 54 Wusheng Beilu, Dongsanhuan, Chaoyang District. (8773 5522, 5245 2585 (24hr hotline)) www.puhuaclinic.com 北京普华门诊, 朝阳区东三环武圣北路54号 Beijing Puhua International Hospital Beijing Puhua International Hospital is the first International-Standard Hospital in Beijing, and has been open in Beijing since 1994. Inpatient, Outpatient, Surgery, Inpatient Care and ICU Services. Englishspeaking staff on 24/7 call. Wide range of Medical, Surgical and Consulting Services. Direct-billling with International Insurance Companies. The reference-level Medical Facility in Beijing for all Neurology, Neurosurgery and Rehabilitation Issues. World leader & Pioneer in Regenerative Medicine. Member of Asia Pacific Medicine (APMG) the leading, and the largest, International-Standard Medical Services Group in Asia. 12 Tiantan Nanli (800m west of the South Gate of the Temple of Heaven), Chongwen District. (8911 6665 (24hr hotline)) www.puhuachina.com 崇文区天坛南 里12号(天坛南门往西800米) 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 reaccredited 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.ufh.com.cn 北京和睦家医院, 朝阳区将 台路2号 Beijing United Family Rehabilitation Hospital Daily 24hrs. 1 Yaojiayuan Bei’er Lu, Chaoyang District. (8558 1800) www.ufh. com.cn 北京和睦家康复医院, 朝阳区姚家园 北二路1号

Family Health Clinics & Hospitals 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

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Children Counseling Services 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

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GlobalCare Women & Children’s Hospital Formally know as the famous Beijing Wuzhou Women’s Hospital. Global Care, now provides a full range of health care services from gynecology, pediatrics, obstetrics, dentistry, general practice, dermatology, basic medicine, and traditional Chinese medicine. With over 12,000 square meters and 80 beds, the hospital provides first class comprehensive health care services to expatriates and internationals. Being one of the first hospitals in Beijing to offer membership healthcare programs, Global Care Women and Children’s Hospital also offers luxury VIP services at its beauty boutique and healthcare facilities at an affordable price. If your new in Beijing or still don’t have your health insurance taken care of; the hospital can provide you with a free insurance consultation. Currently, Global Care, has direct billing relationships with many international insurance providers. The hospital provides healthcare for women, children, and men. Special offers are given for group packages. Mon-Sun 8am-8pm, 24h emergency services. 24 Dawang Xilu, Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. (8776 9899, 800 810 8911, 6770 5558) www. globalcarecn.com 北京五洲妇儿医院, 朝阳区 望路西大24号, 朝阳区 Hong Kong International Medical Clinic, Beijing Beijing’s first joint-venture medical organization operates according to international standards, has a high-quality international administration system, highlevel medical staff, and warm service. A 24hr helpline offers medical support in English, Chinese and Japanese, and other languages on request. A basic consultation costs RMB 680. Direct billing with over 50 international insurers. Daily 9am-9pm (after 9pm nurse on duty). 9/F, office tower of the Swissôtel, 2 Chaoyangmen Beidajie, Dongcheng District. (65532288 ext 2345/6/7, 6553 9752) www. hkclinic.com 北京港澳国际医务诊所, 东城区北 京港澳国际医务诊所,朝阳门北大街2号港澳中 心瑞士酒店办公楼9层 International Medical Center (IMC) Foreign doctors on-site offering a wide range of medical services, including family medicine, psychological services, dental, Ob/ Gyn, pediatrics and TCM. Drop-in services for travelers; x-rays and ultrasounds available on-site. English, Chinese, Arabic and Russian spoken. Daily 24hrs. S106, S111 Lufthansa Center, 50 Liangmahe Lu, Chaoyang District. (6465 1561/2/3, 6465 1384/28, marketing@ imcclinics.com) http://www.imcclinics.com/ 北京国际医疗中心, 朝阳区亮马桥路50号燕莎中 心写字楼1层S106 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, china.inquiries@internationalsos.com) www. internationalsos.com, www.clinicsinchina.com 北京国际救援中心, 朝阳区新源里16号琨莎中 心一座105室 Naturopathic Medicine Dr. Melissa Rodriguez is a licensed, board certified Naturopathic Doctor from Ontario, Canada. She uses homeopathy, botanical medicine, nutrition, and other natural therapies that

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are effective and safe, to help her patients prevent illness and treat disease. Dr. Rodriguez is committed to working with you and your family to achieve your goals of optimal health. Rm S106, International Medical Center-Beijing, Lufthansa Center Office Building, 50 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6465 1561) www. drmelissarodriguez.com 朝阳区朝阳区亮马桥 路50号燕莎中心写字楼1层S106 OASIS International Hospital OASIS is a full-service private hospital. Their international medical team provides patientcentered care in a modern facility designed for comfort, safety and privacy. OASIS offers attentive service in a soothing environment and expert medicine backed by leading technology, including the most advanced MRI and CT scans available from a private hospital in China. The hospital currently provides services in family medicine, pediatrics, gynecology, general surgery, traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), and dentistry. Direct billing is available for many insurance providers. Daily 24hrs (emergency care), Mon-Fri 9am- 6pm, Sun 8.30-12.30am. 9 Jiuxianqiao Beilu, Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. (400 UR OASIS (876 2747)) www.oasishealth.cn 明德医院, 朝阳区 朝阳区酒仙桥北路9号 United Family CBD Clinic The United Family CBD Clinic is United Family Healthcare’s (UFH’s) sixth satellite clinic in Beijing and will be staffed by bilingual doctors and nurses who are committed to providing the high-quality, international-standard care unique to United Family. Mon-Sat 9.30am6.30pm. Suite 3017, Bldg AB, Vantone Center, 6 Chaowai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (5907 1266) www.ufh.com.cn 和睦家朝外诊所, 朝阳 区朝阳门外大街6号万通中心AB座2层3017室

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) www.ufh.com.cn 和睦家顺义诊所, 顺义区天竺 开发区荣祥广场806号 Yuhe Healthcare and Wellness Center Founded by married couple Mr. and Mrs. Guo, this center provides massage, acupuncture, acupressure, qi gong, cupping, and rehabilitation services. Past customers include diplomats and VIPs from over 30 countries. Areas of specialization include joint pain, neck and back pain, and arthritis. The center can also treat insomnia, gastrointestinal problems, irregular or painful menstruations, urinary track infections, breast lumps (hyperplasia), skin problems, and more. 1/F, Door 2, Bldg A, Global Trade Mansion, 9A Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (136 9136 9411) 御和扶正养生堂, 朝阳区光华路甲9号世 贸国际公寓A座2门1楼

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) www.ufh.com.cn 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) United Family New Hope Center The United Family New Hope Center offers a unique new concept in international-standard cancer treatment. New Hope’s goal is to provide patients with the most up-to-date treatment options from a multidisciplinary team of oncologists, specialist physicians, and healthcare professionals. Mon-Fri 9am-5pm. 9-11 Jiangtai Xilu, Chaoyang District. (5927 7008) www.ufh.com.cn 和睦家启望中心, 朝阳 区朝阳区将台西路9-11 United Family Shunyi Clinic United Family Shunyi Clinic serves Beijing’s suburban

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. com.cn 北京和睦家医院牙科, 朝阳区将台路2号 Beijing Vista Dental Clinic Provides comprehensive dental services including teeth cleaning, whitening, gum treatment, white filling, crowns and bridges, root canal treatment, wisdom tooth extraction, orthodontics and implants. Daily 8.30am6pm. Level 3, Kerry Centre, 1 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (vista@vista-china.net) www.vista-china.net 朝阳区光华路1号北京嘉 里中心三层 IDC Dental Standing for International Standards, Dedicated Professionals and Compassionate Care, IDC is a multi-specialty clinic offering a broad spectrum of family and restorative dental care. Experts in cosmetic makeovers and CT-guided implant surgeries. A certified clinic with Progressive Orthodontics and Beijing’s only Western-trained root canal specialist. Multi-tier pricing. IDC is a Preferred Provider with CIGNA, Allianz, and MediLink. Daily 9am-6pm. Rm 209, Bldg 7, Yard 9, Richmond Park Clubhouse, Fangyuan Nanli, Chaoyang District. (6538 8111, info@ idcdentalbj.com) www.idcdentalbj.com IDC国 际齿科中心, 朝阳区芳园南里9号院7号楼209室 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) www.clinicsinchina.com 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

United Family Home Health Daily 8:30am5:00pm. New Hope Oncology Center, 2/FNo. 9-11 Jiangtai W. RdNear Fangyuan W.Rd, Chaoyang District. (5927 7333, homehealth@ ufh.com.cn) homehealth.ufh.com.cn 和睦家家 庭医疗, 朝阳区和睦家家庭医疗和睦家启望肿瘤 中心二层地点:丽都将台西路9-11号近芳园西路 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)) www.ufh.com.cn 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

路2号融科资讯中心A座308室; 3) 朝阳区建国路 乙118号京汇大厦201室; 4) 朝阳区亮马桥路46 号盛捷福景苑1层

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, vista@vista-china.net) www.vistachina.net 维世达诊所, 朝阳区光华路1号嘉里 中心3层

Dentists Arrail Dental Clinic Offers the full spectrum of non-surgical dentistry. All dentists speak English and some have overseas training. The Haidian branch specializes in cosmetic dentistry and implants. A basic consultation costs RMB 100 (first-time registration including a check-up and consultation costs RMB 100). 1) Mon-Thu 9am-5pm, FriSun 9am-5pm. Rm A205, CITIC Bldg, 19 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6500 6472/3); 2) Mon-Thu 9am-5.30pm. Rm 308, Raycom Infotech Park, Tower A, 2 Kexueyuan Nanlu, Haidian District. (8286 1956, 24hr: 139 1100 1367); 3) Mon-Thu 9am-6pm, Fri-Sun 9am-5.30pm. Rm 201, The Exchange-Beijing, B118 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (6567 5670); 4) MonThu 9am-5.30pm, Fri-Sun 9am-5pm. 1/F, Somerset Fortune Garden, 46 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (8440 1926/7/8) www. arrail-dental.com 瑞尔齿科, 1) 朝阳区建国门 外大街19号国际大厦A205; 2) 海淀区科学院南

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 SDM Dental Teeth cleaning, root canals, restorative dentistry, porcelain crowns, dental implants, orthodontics and cosmetic dentistry. A basic consultation costs RMB 50, with a first-time registration fee of RMB 50. 1) Daily 9am-8pm. East of the Basement, Sunshine Plaza, 68 Anli Lu, Chaoyang District. (6497 2173, 6498 2173); 2) 2层NB210. NB 210, B2/F, China World Shopping Mall, 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6505 9439); 3) Daily 9am-8pm. FC222, 21st Century Hotel, 40 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6466 4814, 6461 2745); 4) LB107, Euro Plaza, 99 Yuxiang Lu, Tianzhu Town, Shunyi District. (8046 6084); 5) Daily 9am8pm. Rm 106, Bldg 11, 22 Yuanda lu (near Golden Resources Department Store), Haidian District. (8859 6912/13) www.sdmdental.com 固瑞齿科, 1) 朝阳区安立路68号阳光大厦东侧 底商; 2) 朝阳区建国门外大街1号国贸商场地下 2层NB210; 3) 朝阳区亮马桥路40号二十一世纪 饭店FC222; 4) 顺义区天竺镇裕祥路99号欧陆广 场LB107; 5) 海淀区远大路22号11号楼106室(金 源时代购物中心斜对面) 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 International (JCI) standards, which enables the Shunyi Dental Clinic to be officially


Family Life 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) www.ufh.com.cn和睦家 顺义牙科诊所, 顺义区天竺开发区荣祥广场818

restaurant list, and emotional support and sharing of experiences. The Yurt, Beijing United Family Hospital, 2 Jiang Tai Lu, Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. (5927 7061) 朝阳区蒙古包,北京和睦家医院,朝阳 区将台路2号

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Good Life Domestic Services Each ayi represented by this firm can speak simple English and perform a variety of services, including childcare, elderly care and house cleaning. Can be hired for live-in or by the hour. Price range: RMB 8 per hour; live-in RMB 1,800-1,900 per month. (8449 4341/5462, 8168 1244) http://hsh.bjbs.net. cn/ 北京好生活家政服务有限公司

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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) www.expatslife.com 北京易杨家美信息 咨询有限公司

British Embassy Beijing 11 Guanghua Lu, Jianguomen, Chaoyang District. (5192 4000) ukinchina.fco.gov.uk/en/ 英国驻华大使馆, 朝 阳区朝阳区建国门光华路11号

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) www.unitedfamilyhospitals.com 北京和 睦家医院, 朝阳区将台路2号

Spas Dragonfly Therapeutic Retreat Rapidly expanding Shanghai-based chain of high-end spas. Chinese, shiatsu and foot massages start at RMB 150 per hour. An exhaustive menu of spa packages, such as an hour each of full-body and foot massage, starts at RMB 290. Daily 10am-1am. 1) 1/F, Grand Summit Plaza, 19 Dongfang Donglu (100m north of Lufthansa Center), Chaoyang District. (8532 3122); 2) 60 Donghuamen Ave (near The Peninsula Hotel and Oriental Plaza), Dongcheng District. (6527 9368); 3) B1/F, Eastern Hotel, Nansanlitun Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (6593 6066) 悠庭保健会所, 1) 朝阳 区朝阳区燕莎桥东方东路19号外交会所1层(燕 莎中心路北100米); 2) 东城区东城区东华门大 街60号(近王府饭店和东方广场); 3) 朝阳区朝 阳区三里屯南路逸羽酒店1层 Le Spa at River Garden The modest size of Le Spa be-lies the wealth of treatments available, with everything from facials and manicures to micro-dermabrasion. Try the crystal aroma steam room (RMB 168, 20min), featuringa giant purple crystal in the center of the room, or the far infrared energy house (RMB 168, 20min). Foot reflexology (RMB 88, 1hr) and Chinese therapy massage (RMB 168, 90min). They run a shuttle bus (RMB 10) from the HSBC at Guomao or the Holiday Inn Lido. Mon-Thu 10am-10.30pm, Fri-Sun 10.30am-11pm. Le Spa, River Garden, Houshayu, Shunyi District. (8046 6558) 水漾 会馆, 顺义区后沙峪镇裕京花园水漾会馆7号 The Wellness Spa by Hummingbird Hummingbird Therapeutic Retreat’s second branch. The Wellness Spa’s facilities are twice as big as they are at the original location, boasting a 32 customer capacity, a custom-made Ayurvedic massage bed and Hummingbird’s first-ever VIP suite. Bldg 26, Central Park, 6 Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6533 6922) www. hummingbird.net.cn 朝阳区朝阳门外大街6号 新城国际26号楼

Support Groups Beijing Homeschoolers A support network, information source and social hub for families homeschooling their children. http://groups. yahoo.com/group/beijing_homeschoolers Beijing Mamas Yahoo Group Yahoo support group where you can “share resources, ask questions and grow as women and moms ... It does not matter what age your children are, if you are a mama who wants a safe place to ask parenting questions, make other mama friends, hang out, start playgroup meetings or mama nights out, ask for gear recommendations, sell your used gear, etc....come and join.” http:// groups.yahoo.com/group/Beijing_Mamas/ Celiac Disease and Gluten Intolerance Support Group An informal meeting for those diagnosed with Celiac Disease or with gluten intolerance - or their friends and family. The support group aims to provide an exchange of information on where to get gluten-free products; ideas for good recipe substitutions, a group-compiled gluten-free

Beijing Nanny Domestic Service Rm 208, Bldg 104, Qingnian Hui, Chaoyang Beilu, Chaoyang District. (beijingnanny@hotmail. com) www.beijingnanny.com 朝阳区朝阳区朝 阳北路青年汇104楼208室 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 Beijing North Star Car Rental Beijing North Star Car Rental Company is a wholly owned subsidiary of North Star Group, a major state owned enterprise. They currently have more than a thousand vehicles of all class. It is one of the largest leasing companies in China and incorporates the best management and technology from both locally and overseas. Provides customers with purchase, lease and buy, and trade-in options; limousine and chauffeur driven services for airport transfers, meetings, tours and weddings; services for long vacations and weekend rentals; foreign companies and representative offices with high end vehicles for business with foreign language speaking drivers; state owned enterprises with vehicle purchase and management plans; club membership system for clients. * Provide membership activities including recreation, networking and friendship for leisure 1) 8am-6pm. 1/F, Bldg F, Wangjing Building, 1A Futong Dongdajie, Chaoyang District. (800 810 2280, 6475 2516, bczl@bczl. com.cn); 2) South of the Tsinghua University east gate, Shuangqing Lu, Haidian District. (800 810 2280, 6263 8006, bczl@bczl.com. cn); 3) 8am-5pm. North to Bldg R, Huiyuan Apartment, Chaoyang District. (800 810 2280, 8499 2878, bczl@bczl.com.cn) http://www. bczl.com.cn/ 北京北辰汽车租赁, 1) 朝阳区望 京阜通东大街甲1号; 2) 海淀区清华大学东门双 清路南侧; 3) 朝阳区亚运村汇园公寓R座北侧 Beijing Sunnyhome Housekeeping Service Co., Ltd 5288 4727, 133 6636 9720. Rm3022, 3/F, Shiyi Hotel, 1 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (Mon-Sat 9am-5.30pm) http://www.bjayiservice.com/en/Index.asp 北 京午后阳光家政服务有限公司, 朝阳区酒仙桥路 1号世一休闲商务酒店3层3022室 Beijing TOP-A Car Service Co., Ltd. Rents a range of new and second-hand car models – with or without driver – including Audi A6, Buick GL8, VW Passat, Toyota Crown and Hyundai Elantra. Prices range from RMB 8,300-20,000 per month with deposits of RMB 5,000-50,000. Rm 6F-2/3, Ambassador Mansion, B21, Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6438 1634, 139 1008 2709) www. expatslife.com 北京途安汽车租赁有限责任公 司, 朝阳区酒仙桥路乙21号国宾大厦6F-2/3室 Century Sunshine Domestic Services Provides both hourly and live-in ayis; different ayis can provide different services. Englishspeaking ayis are available, although for a higher price. Price range: RMB 10-15 per hour (RMB 7-8 per hour with a yearly RMB 120 membership); live-in RMB 500-4,000 per month. (6845 4005/6871 5549, 133 6627 3898) www.365service.com.cn 北京世纪阳光 家政服务有限公司

German Embassy Beijing Mon-Thu 8amnoon, 1-5pm; Fri 8am-noon, 12.30-3pm.. 17 Dongzhimenwai Dajie, Dongcheng District. (8532 9000) www.china.diplo.de 德国驻华使 馆, 东城区东城区东直门外大街17号 United States Embassy of Beijing Mon-Fri 8am-5pm. 55 Anjialou Lu, Chaoyang District. (8531 3000) beijing.usembassy-china.org.cn 美国驻华大使馆, 朝阳区安家楼路55号

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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

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Hair & Beauty Salons Catherine de France Hair & Beauty Salon The Catherine de France team of international and local stylists, colorists and beauticians offer a holistic hair and beauty experience. Treatments include hair services, manicures, waxing and tanning. Referral and VIP programs available. Tue-Sat 10am8pm, Sun-Mon 11am-6pm. East Avenue Bld Ground Floor,No.10 Xindong Lu, Chaoyang District. (10 8442 5120, 135 2147 3492, catherine@catherinedefrance.com) www. catherinedefrance.com 法式美容美发沙龙, 朝 阳区新东路10号逸盛阁首层 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 Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6597 9119) www. hummingbird.net.cn 朝阳区朝阳门外大街6号新 城国际3号楼103 Melonhead Melonhead is an innovative hair care and branded entertainment concept designed specifically for kids. Whether you come to Melonhead for a fantastic kid’s hair cut ,special event hairstyle, SPA treat, fun birthday party, photography, afternoon outing, or just to browse the cute games & toys, Melonhead offers a safe, comfortable and entertaining environment that will make you want to go back again. Daily 10am10pm. Rm 412, 4/F, South Bldg, The Place, 9 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6587 1599) 朝阳区光华路9号世贸天阶南街四层412号商铺 MyStudio A full service beauty salon offering hair removal via sugaring (instead of waxing) to safely and less painfully remove hair. Haircuts go for about RMB 300 for women and a full leg wax is similarly priced. Daily 10am-8.30pm. Bldg 811, Zone 8, Jinsong, Chaoyang District. (6771 4375, 137 0125 3148) 朝阳区劲松八区811号楼 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, salondefrance.bj@gmail.com) 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

Fishtail Garden Organic Farm Located next to Maquanying subway station, Fishtail Garden Organic Farm features a familyfriendly buffet-style brunch made from seasonal and organic ingredients from the garden. Dish examples include poached sugared sliced pears; sweet and sour prawn with kiwi, dragon fruit and lychee; braised tilapia with mushrooms; and yak meat steak with steamed vegetables. As of June 2013, weekend brunch cost RMB 200 per person. Sat-Sun 10am-5pm (by reservation only). Across the street from Scitech Outlets, Hegezhuang, Chaoyang District. (400 018 0096, fishtailgarden@sina.com) Weibo: weibo.com/u/2636943457 曳尾园家庭农场, 朝阳区崔各庄赛特奥莱对面

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, beijingbaptist@gmail.com) http:// beijingbaptistchurch.org 北京浸信会教堂, 朝 阳区北三环东路2号中旅大厦3层 Beijing Church of Christ A Christian congregation that has been meeting since August of 2008. Foreign passport holders only. Wed 7:00pm, Sun 9.3011.30am. 2/F, Tower A, Linda Dasha, 8 Dongtucheng Lu, Chaoyang District. (186 1832 7282, sircarratt@gmail.com) www. beijingchurchofchrist.com 朝阳区东土城路8号 林达大厦A座二层,润久文化会所 Beijing Gangwashi Church Gangwashi Church is a Protestant church built during the 1860s under the sponsorship of the London Missionary Society. In 1900, the church was destroyed during the Boxer Uprising and was rebuilt in 1903. In 1922, the church merged with the China Christian Church. The Gangwashi Church regularly performs Sunday

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services in English and Korean, as well as Chinese. 57 Xisi Nandajie, Haidian District. (6617 6181, tangxuan_gwsh@sohu.com) 北 京缸瓦市教堂, 海淀区西四南大街57号 Beijing International Christian Fellowship (BICF) BICF (Beijing International Christian Fellowship) is an international non-denominational church in Beijing China with people from over 70 nations. It is Multicultural, Bible-centered gathering for foreign passport holders. Services are conducted in 9 different languages including Korean, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Russian, English, Chinese, Frech, etc. Visitors can attend Sunday services and classes in multiple locations. (8454 3468, information@bicf.org) www.bicf. org 北京国际基督教联合会 Beijing Men’s Prayer Breakfast Ecumenical Christian prayer group meets every Wed 7.30-8.30am, Capital Club. RMB 75. (beijingmensprayer-subscribe@ yahoogroups.com.) Bet Yaakov Chabad House and Community Center 1) Bet Yaakov Chabad Community Center, Fangyuan Xilu, next to the south gate of Si De Park, Chaoyang District. (info@chabadbeijing.cn); 2) 1/F, King’s Garden Villa, 18 Xiaoyun Lu, Chaoyang District. (8470 8238 ext 200, info@ chabadbeijing.cn) www.chabadbeijing.com 1) 朝阳区芳园西路,四得公园南门旁; 2) 朝阳区 霄云路18号京润水上花园1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@securenym.net) 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 Dongsi Mosque The city’s second largest mosque is the headquarters of the Beijing branch of the China Islamic Association and houses valuable Islamic manuscripts in its library. 13 Dongsi Nandajie, Dongcheng District. (6525 7824) 东四清真寺, 东城区东 南大街13号 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 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 Niujie Mosque The oldest and largest of the 40-odd mosques in Beijing, Niujie is a central religious and social gathering place for Beijing’s 250,000 Muslims. The mosque was built in 996 AD, during the Liao dynasty, and was originally designed by the son of an imam, Nazruddin. After Genghis Khan’s armies destroyed it in 1215, the mosque was rebuilt and later significantly expanded in 1442. By the Qing dynasty, the neighboring markets were well known for halal beef and mutton, and today the Muslim presence is

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still quite strong, with Muslim grocery stores lining the road and Arabic script on most of the signs.Of the 42 rooms in the complex, the most important is the 600 square-meter prayer hall, which can hold more than 1,000 worshippers and is a striking blend of Islamic and Chinese design. Imams used the Tower for Observing the Moon to determine the start of Ramadan each year. Both the tower and the interior of the main prayer hall are off-limits to non-believers, and women are restricted to certain areas. The front gate of the mosque is only open during two important Muslim festivals: Ramadan and Eid ul-Adha (known in China as Corban). The son of the founding Arab imam is buried in the courtyard garden, along with two sheikhs from Central Asia who came to China along the Silk Road. The mosque complex also contains severalstone tablets, including epitaphs for the two sheikhs and a stele by Emperor Kangxi (1654-1722) absolving the Hui Muslim minority of a conspiracy to overthrow the Qing dynasty. Other artifacts housed in the mosque include ancient porcelain and classical Islamic texts. Recently, the mosque was been given a RMB 20 million facelift, which has greatly enlarged the complex and allowed the mosque to reclaim two nearby buildings, one of which serves as a separate place of worship for women. Try and visit around 1pm on Fridays, when prayers have been known to draw upwards of 700 worshippers.Visitors must dress conservatively: long trousers or skirts and shirts with sleeves. Daily 24hrs. RMB 2 (locals), RMB 10 (foreigners). 18 Niujie, Xuanwu District. (6353 2564) 牛街清真寺, 宣 武区牛街18号 Our Lady of Mount Carmel (West Cathedral) 130 Xizhimennei Dajie, Xicheng District. (6615 6619) 西堂, 西城区西直门内 大街130号 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

Relocation Services 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 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) www.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) www.linksmoving. asia Move One Relocations Rm 1208, Bldg 2, Zhubang 2000 Mansion, 100 Balizhuang Xili, Chaoyang District. 朝阳区朝阳区八里庄西里100 号住邦2000大厦2号楼1208室 Relocasia A business to assist in moving with personalized service at a competitive rate. Helps to make successful and costeffective moves across Asia and the rest of the world. Consultants are available from the start of the move right through the finish. See website for schedules and prices. 24 hours available. (5820 6413) www.relocasia.com Sirva Relocation A812, The Spaces Shangdu International Center, 8 Dongdaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (5870 0866) www. sirvarelocation.com 朝阳区朝阳区东大桥路8号 尚都国际中心A812室 World Care Pet Transport (8459 3008/2858, Kiki.chen@worldcarepet.com.cn) www.worldcarepet.com Writers Relocasia International Movers Daily 8am-6pm. Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (130 3103 3413, bejing@ writerrelocasia.com) www.WriterRelocasia. com 朝阳区朝阳门外大街

Supermarkets April Gourmet Chain of stores purveying imported cheeses, olives and cold cuts, as well as staples like dried pasta, canned tomatoes (and beans) and cereal. Prices can be high for goods that can seem a bit shopworn. The Shunyi branch offers a small but constant “specials” section, which often features imported cookies and filter coffee. 1) Bldg 7, Richmond Park, 9 Fangyuan Xili, Chaoyang District. (8457 8116); 2) 8am9pm. Outside South Gate of Capital Paradise, Shunyi District. (8046 4132); 3) Daily 8ammidnight. 1/F Jiezuo Mansion, Xingfucun Zhonglu, Sanlitun, Chaoyang District. (6417 7970); 4) Daily 8am-9pm. 1 Sanlitun Beixiaojie, Chaoyang District. (8455 1245) 绿 叶子食品店, 1) 朝阳区芳园西里9号院丽都水岸 会所7号楼; 2) 顺义区后沙峪乡白辛庄名都园南 门外; 3) 朝阳区三里屯幸福村中路杰作大厦1 层; 4) 朝阳区三里屯北小街1号 Aunew Stocks products from Australia and New Zealand, including dairy products, honey products, health foods, skin care products, functional goods, wine and cultural arts and crafts. Daily 10am-8.30pm. 1501, Soho New Town, 88 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (8589 3893) http://www.aunewhub. com:8080/ 澳纽之窗, 朝阳区建国路88号SOHO 现代城C座底商1501号 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 customer@carrefour.com. 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. www.carrefour.com.cn, e-shop.carrefour.com 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 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) www.jennylou.com.cn 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 Lotte Mart 1) Daily 8am-9:30pm. 12 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6437 8008); 2) Daily 8am-9:30pm.. 17 Guangshun Beidajie, Wangjing, Chaoyang District. (6437 8008) www.lottemart.cn 乐天玛特, 1) 朝阳区 朝阳区酒仙桥路12号; 2) 朝阳区朝阳区望京广 顺北大街17号 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) 10am10pm. 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) http://www.crv.com.cn 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 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


Family Travel 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)

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 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, ICVS_CHINA@yahoo.com) www. ICVSASIA.com 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

Family Travel Hotels, Hostels and Resorts 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. The main conference hall will be

closed for renovation from January to March of 2007. Also, the affiliated Traders Hotel (Guomao Fandian) just behind the China World Hotel is a less-expensive alternative for business travelers. RMB 3,000-31,000. Daily 6am-11pm. 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6505 2266 ext 33, cwh@ shangri-la.com) www.shangri-la.com 中国大 饭店, 朝阳区建国门外大街1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) www.crowneplaza.com 国际艺苑皇冠假 日酒店, 东城区王府井大街48号 EAST Beijing 22 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6417 6688) www.east-beijing.com 北京东隅, 朝阳区酒仙桥路22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) www.beijing.grand.hyatt.com 东方君悦 大酒店, 东城区东长安街1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:// www1.hilton.com/en_US/hi/hotel/BJSHITWHilton-Beijing-hotel/index.do 北京希尔顿酒店, 朝阳区东三环北路东方路1号 Hilton Beijing Capital Airport Just minutes after clearing Customs you could be taking a snooze in your room, attending a business meeting or relaxing in the spa. This stylish departure from typical airport hotels offers five-star comforts and unique convenience for people in transit, business travelers, trade fair visitors and event organizers. One minute away from Terminal 3 by 24-hour hotel free airport shuttle bus, the city center just 16 minutes away by direct rail, and the most popular tourist sites within a 40-minute drive, it’s also the perfect base for tourists. Terminal 3, Beijing Capital International Airport, Chaoyang District. (6458 8888) http://www1. hilton.com/en_US/hi/hotel/BJSCAHI-HiltonBeijing-Capital-Airport/index.do 朝阳区北京首 都机场三号航站楼 Hilton Beijing Wangfujing “Recently voted the ‘World’s Leading Lifestyle Hotel’ for the second year running at the prestigious World Travel Awards, the Hilton Beijing Wangfujing hotel offers some of the largest hotel rooms in the city.Set in the heart of Beijing’s shopping district, indulge in some retail therapy or visit nearby Beijing attractions. The iconic Tiananmen Square is just a ten minute walk from the hotel. After a busy day sightseeing, treat yourself to a holistic massage in the hotel’s Spa, swim laps of the rooftop pool or work out in the fitness center.Hold a conference in one of the 8 fully equipped meeting rooms then

relax and enjoy stunning city views in the Executive Lounge or take advantage of the hotel’s Business Center. Sample delicious Macanese cuisine at Vasco’s restaurant or sip an expertly mixed cocktail in stylish Flames bar at the Hilton Beijing Wangfujing hotel.” 8 Wangfujing Dongjie, Dongcheng District. (5812 8888) www1.hilton.com/en_US/hi/ hotel/BJSWFHI-Hilton-Beijing-Wangfujing/ index.do 东城区北京王府井希尔顿酒店 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 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. intercontinental.com/bjbeichen 北京北辰洲际 酒店, 朝阳区朝阳区北辰西路8号院4号楼 JW Marriott Standard rooms are elegantly appointed and super luxurious. Downstairs, the loungy Loong Bar aspires to the metrochic networking set, while restaurants Asia Bistro and CRU Steakhouse maintain a high standard. Rooms RMB 1,500-2,500. 83 Jianguo Lu, China Central Place, Chaoyang District. (5908 6688) 北京JW万豪酒店, 朝阳 区华贸中心建国路83号 Kempinski Hotel Beijing Lufthansa Center Located in the heart of Beijing’s central diplomatic and business district, the Kempinski Hotel Beijing boasts a blend of European style with elements of Beijing’s rich cultural history. In addition to 526 guestrooms and suites, including four executive floors and eight no-smoking floors, the hotel also has eight fully equipped banqueting/conference facilities accommodating up to 1,300 people. The hotel also has seven restaurants and bars, including the Paulaner Bräuhaus boasting the city’s finest Bavarian food and microbrewed beer, and Kempi Deli, renowned for its gourmet European cakes and pastries. On the 18th floor overlooking Beijing’s skyline is the swimming pool of Pulse Health Club, which also includes a fitness centre, tennis courts and squash courts.The Kempinski also manages a neighbouring eight-storey complex offering 12,500 square metres of office space, 42 shops and showrooms and 170 fully furnished one to four bedroom apartments. Facing the Liang Ma River, the complex also contains a 24-hour serviced international medical centre, dental clinics and fully equipped children’s park and nursery. Beijing Lufthansa Center, 50 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6465 3388) www.kempinski.com/beijing 凯宾斯基 饭店, 朝阳区亮马桥路50号 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) www.shangrila.com 北京嘉里大饭店, 朝阳区光华路1号 Langham Place Beijing Capital Airport Langham Place Beijing Capital Airport boasts “372 spacious, stylish guest rooms and suites;” dining options, including Ming Court and Fuel Bar and Grill; a location just one minute from Beijing Capital Airport Terminal 3; a 24-hour gym and cardio studio; 22 function rooms, including a ballroom and various multi-purpose rooms; and the 24-hour private Club L Lounge offering “two floors of sleek luxury and an intimate, upscale vibe.” 1 Er Jing Lu, Terminal 3 Capital International Airport, Shunyi

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District. (6457 5555) http://beijingairport. langhamplacehotels.com/ 顺义区首都机场1 号航站楼 Ritz-Carlton Beijing, Financial Street Another top-range hotel on Beijing’s “Wall Street.” With a striking glass and chrome exterior, the hotel boasts 253 guest rooms appointed with flat screen TVs, cordless phones and high-speed Internet and fax connections. The hotel features three restaurants (including the award-winning Cepe) and a lounge and bar serving Chinese, Italian and all-day cuisines. RMB 1,50048,000. 1 Jinchengfang Dongjie, Financial Street, Xicheng District, Xicheng District. (6601 6666) www.ritzcarlton.com 北京丽嘉饭 店, 西城区金融街金城坊东街1号 The Schoolhouse at Mutianyu This renovated elementary school proves there is more to Mutianyu than just the Great Wall. Located 90mins northeast of Beijing (via Jingcheng expressway) and offering a restaurant with fresh local ingredients, art glass studio and art room and is a creative way for the family to escape the city. Daily 7-10am, 3-5pm. Mutianyu Village (for detailed directions see website), Huairou District. (6162 6506) www.theschoolhouseatmutianyu. com 慕田峪小园餐厅, 怀柔区慕田峪 (具体路 线请查看网站信息) 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 The St. Regis Beijing With more marble than an Italian quarry and more wood than an old growth forest, the St. Regis is one of the city’s most luxurious hotels. At any hour round the clock, guests can summon their personal butler or a professional masseur; to fight jetlag, there is always the gorgeous pool, spa or putting green. The restaurants, notably the Astor Grill, will sat-isfy discriminating palates, and the buzz around town is that the bartender whips up a mean tequila Bloody Mary at the Press Club Bar. RMB 1,750-51,170. 21 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6460 6688) www. stregis.com/beijing 北京瑞吉酒店, 朝阳区建 国门外大街21号 Swissotel Beijing Though the rooms are fairly small, the large swimming pool, the diverse dining options and central location of this five-star hotel appeal to both leisure and business travelers. RMB 2,755-7,180. 2 Chaoyangmen Beidajie, Dongcheng District. (6553 2288) www.swissotel.com 北京港澳中 心瑞 士酒店, 东城区朝阳门北大街2号 The Brickyard Inn and Retreat Center at Mutianyu Great Wall 100m South of Yingbeigou Cun, Huairou District. (6162 6506, info@brickyardatmutianyu.com) www. brickyardatmutianyu.com 瓦厂, 怀柔区怀柔区 营北沟村南100米 The Opposite House This chic boutique hotel owned and operated by Swire properties (the same group behind adjacent Village at Sanlitun) boasts a prime location, cuttingedge contemporary architecture by Kengo Kuma, creative units ranging from studios to penthouses fitted with rain showers, LCD TVs and nespresso coffee machines, chic bars, lounges and restaurants (Sureno, Punk, Mesh), and much more. Bldg 1, Sanlitun Village North, 11 Sanlitun Lu (north of 3.3 Shopping Center), Chaoyang District. (6417 6688, answers@theoppositehouse.com) www.theoppositehouse.com 朝阳区三里屯路 11号三里屯Village北区1号楼

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The Ritz-Carlton, Beijing Old World elegance, plush comfort – everything you’d expect from this hallowed name, including impeccable restaurants such as the internationally themed Aroma and Yu (Cantonese/Sichuan). An in-house wedding chapel sets this hotel apart, but the 109sqm executive suites with innovatively partitioned living and entertaining quarters are where the Ritz really shines. 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 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 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., Xicheng District. (6606 8866) 威斯汀大酒店, 西城区金融街乙9号

Travel Agencies Beijing Sideways (Gael: 139 1133 4947, booking@beijingsideways.com) www. beijingsideways.com Bespoke Beijing Anti-package-tour to its core, Bespoke Beijing offers an a la carte menu of high-quality, high-value travel services so you can pick and choose the components that are relevant to you. These include car hire, tour guides and airport transfers - or take it to the next level with their expert-led signature experiences. B510, 107 Dongsi Bei Dajie, Dongcheng District, Dongcheng District. (6400 0133, info@ bespoke-beijing.com) www.bespoke-beijing. com 东城区东城区东四北大街107号天海商务 大厦B座510号 China Culture Center (CCC) From its Beijing headquarters, the Chinese Culture Club plans and organizes a diverse range of trips and cultural events (lectures, tours, courses, etc.) for those who wish to better understand and experience China, including a range of family-friendly programs. Kent Center, 29 Anjialou, Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6432 9341/1041, info@chinaculturecenter.org) www. chinaculturecenter.org 朝阳区亮马桥路29号安 家楼肯特中心院内 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,

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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, travel@globaleasytour.com) www.globaleasytour.com 和平国旅, 朝阳区东 三环南路58号富顿中心A座611室 Kingdom Travel This bilingual outfit arranges domestic and business air tickets, family vacation packages and weekend escapes. Apt 718, Bldg 2, Guanghualu Soho, 22 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (5870 3388, fit@kingdomtravel.com.cn) www. kingdomtravel.com.cn 中侨国旅, 朝阳区光华 路22号光华路SOHO 2号楼718室 Sunflower Travel 22D, Bldg B, Ginza Mall, 48 Dongzhimenwai Dajie(8447 6361, tours@sunflowertravel-cn.com. www. sunflowertravel-cn.com, Dongcheng District. (8447 6361) 东城区东直门外大街48号东方银 座B座22D) Travel-Stone A travel agency catering specifically for foreigners, they offer services in English, Chinese and French. 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, booking@travel-stone.com) www. travel-stone.com 东城区新中街乙3号东外公馆 办公楼1001室 Trekiz | DIY Travel Site Trekiz.com 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) http://www.trekiz.com/ 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, private-tours@tui.cn) www.tui. 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, info@wildchina.com) 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

Fun Stuff Animal Attractions Beijing Zoo The conditions for the animals in the zoo and the behavior of some local patrons may upset animal lovers. However, things are improving, as the new chimpanzee and panda houses testify, and most kids will be oblivious to the zoo’s shortcomings and enjoy the vast collection of animals and the leafy compound, which was the former private garden of a Qing dynasty aristocrat. Apr-Oct: RMB 15, RMB 8 (students). NovMar: RMB 10, RMB 5 (students), free (kids under 1.2m). RMB 5 for Panda House. Daily 7.30am-5pm (winter), 7.30am-6pm (summer). 137 Baishiqiao Lu, Xizhimenwai Dajie, Haidian District. (6831 4411) www. bjzoo.com 北京动物园, 海淀区西外大街白石 桥路137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) www.blue-zoo.com 富国海底世界, 朝阳 区工人体育场南门

Art Schools 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) www.artbug.com.cn 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) Atelier Rm 202, Building C, Jinxiu Yuan, Xingfucun Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (atelier@atelier.cn.com) www.atelier.cn.com 啊特黎尔, 朝阳区朝阳区幸福村中路锦绣园C 楼202室 i3 Art Studio i3 Art Studio is an “innovationimagination-inspiration-orientated” artstudio that offers a series of experiential art for kids aged 4-10. The facilities include four studios: pottery, painting, handicraft, and animation. Kids are provided with an interactive learning environment to strengthen their skills in exploration, imagination, creativity, and expression. Participants can work as a team to create artwork that follows a particular theme and have fun in the process. Rm 1808, Bldg 4, Dongqu Guoji Gongyu, 1 Ciyunsi, Chaoyang District. (8591 3294, 130 4123 8445, i3artstudio1808@gmail.com) http://i3artstudio.com 创艺工坊, 朝阳区慈云寺1号院东 区国际公寓4号楼1808室 Think Big Creative Centre Think Big Creative Centre has over 20 years’ experience working with toddlers, kids, and teens to develop creative skills. The company’s Creative Playgroup (ages 0-6) uses Montessori educational approaches to stimulate sensory exploration, logical reasoning, language skills, and science and culture awareness. The Creative Visual Arts program (ages 2-18) is designed by CreativeKids, a Hong Kong art education studio founded in 1991. Programs are ageappropriate, cross-curricular in content, and use multimedia methods to explore topics. The center’s programs are membershipbased. Creative Visual Arts cost RMB 1,920 (six times at 1.5 hours per class) or RMB 13,000 (48 times for the same class length). Creative Playgroup ranges from RMB 500 (three hours) to RMB 25,000 (288 hours). Contact the center to take a one-hour trial class of Creative Visual Arts or Creative Playgroup. Rm VD3-03, 3/F, Kid’s Town, SOLANA Lifestyle Shopping Park, 6 Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (5905 6310, adm@thinkbig-creative.com) www.thinkbigcreative.com 特别斯思创意天地, 朝阳区朝阳 区朝阳公园路6号2号楼 蓝色港湾国际商区儿童 城3层VD3-03

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)

http://www.bc-cinema.cn/ 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) www.drive-in.net.cn 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. imegabox.com 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) Saga Cinema SA-42, Solana, 6 Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (5905 6868) www.sagacinema.com 传奇时代影城, 朝阳区 朝阳公园路6号蓝色港湾商业区SA-42 Stellar International Cineplex Beijing’s most extravagant movie theater, where top-end digital projectors fill the screens with the latest in Chinese and foreign flicks. Hit the screens early in the week to take advantage of various promotions: a free Coke on Monday, half-price tickets all day on Tuesday, free popcorn on Wednesday. Or get there before noon any day of the week to watch for half-price. On holidays, they screen films all night long. Tickets: RMB 50, 60. 1) 4/F, Bldg A, Wangjing International Business Center, 9 Wangjing Jie, Chaoyang District. (5920 3788); 2) 3/F, Hualian Shopping Mall, 111 Huilongguan Xidajie, Changping District. (8077 1188); 3) 5/F, Golden Resources Shopping Center, 1 Yuanda Lu, Haidian District. (8887 8695) www.bjxingmei.com, www. wjxingmei.com 星美国际影城, 1) 朝阳区望京街 9号望京国际商业中心A座4层; 2) 昌平区回龙观 西大街111号华联商厦3层; 3) 海淀区远大路1号 金源购买物中心5层 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) www.bjume.com 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 Wanda International Cinema Screening the most up-to-date films from both China and Hollywood, this cinema is set apart from others by its awesome video game arcade and children’s play area (parental supervision and ticket purchase required). RMB 50-150. Kids’ tickets are 50% off and like all cinemas in Beijing, it’s half-price on Tuesdays. 1) Bldg 3, Wanda Entertainment Plaza, 18 Shijingshan Lu, Shijingshan District. (68663399); 2) Daily 9am-10pm. 3/F, Bldg B, Wanda Plaza, 93 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (5960 3399); 3) Daily 10am-9pm. 5/F, Longde Square, 186 Litang Lu, Changping District. (8484 4742) www. wandafilm.com 万达国际电影城, 1) 石景山区 石景山区石景山路乙18号万达广场娱乐3楼; 2)


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Concert Hall & Theaters Beijing Exhibition Theater Opened in 1954, this Russian-style building has direct connection to the rail system at Xizhimen. The Cinema Hall’s 500 seats and production facilities are designed for motion picture showings, live stage productions and a range of general meetings and seminars. A 2,700seat bi-level amphitheater has up to date sound and lighting systems suitable for large musical productions. 135 Xizhimenwai Dajie, Xicheng District. (6835 4455) 北京展览馆剧 场, 西城区西直门外大街135号 Beijing Seven-Color Light Children’s Theater 14A, Ju’er Hutong, Jiaodaokou, Dongcheng District. (8402 2285) 北京七色光 儿童剧院, 东城区交道口菊儿胡同甲14号 Chang’an Grand Theater 7 Jianguomennei Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6510 1309/1310) www.changantheater.com 长安大戏院, 东城 区建国门内大街7号 Beijing Chaoyang Theater A troupe of two dozen dutiful tumbling automatons from Sichuan plow through the shtick every night – plate spinning, hoop jumping, yo-yo tossing – with the kind of choreography that would have done Liberace proud. The contortionist routine climaxes in a three-woman rotating centerpiece, replete with colored lights and an aria. Tickets are RMB 180, 280, 380, 580, 680. Tickets for children less than 1.1m tall are half-price. Shows daily 7.15pm (call for additional show times). 36 Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6507 2421/1818) www.bjcyjc.com 北京朝阳剧场, 朝阳区东三 环北路36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) www.puppetchina.com 中国木偶剧院, 朝阳区 北三环路安华西里甲1号 Dayin Theater A theater located in The Place with different plays on. 5/F, C Tower, The Place, 9 Guanghualu, Chaoyang District. (6589 5559) http://www.dayinyuanxian.com/ 大隐剧院, 朝阳区光华路9号世贸天阶C座(时 尚大厦)5层 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 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 Penghao Theatre This privately owned theater and cafe is a well-kept secret in Beijing. Hard to find in a remodeled hutong, the atmosphere makes up for what it lacks in accessibilty. Has a rooftop bar for a drink after the show. 35 Dongmianhua Hutong (south gate of the Central Academy of Drama, between Nanluogu Xiang and Jiaodaokou Nandajie), Dongcheng District. (6400 6452/72) 蓬蒿剧场, 东城区东棉花胡 同35号(中央戏剧学院南门, 南锣鼓巷和交道口 南大街之间)

Poly Theatre Holds music performances all year round. Poly Plaza, 14 Dongzhimen Nandajie, Dongcheng District. (6500 1188 ext 5126/5127) www.polytheatre.com 保利剧院, 东城区东直门南大街14号保利大厦1层 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) www.xindongan.blog.sohu. com, http://www.b-cinema.cn/ 新东安影城, 东城区王府井大街138号5层

Cooking Lessons and Schools Black Sesame Kitchen Food writer JenLin Liu’s cooking school is housed in a renovated courtyard with an open kitchen and dining room where students can “cook, socialize, dine and wine.” Offers weekly classs, wine tastings, as well as caters to corporate functions, birthday parties, book readings and other events. 3 Heizhima Hutong, Dongcheng District. (136 9147 4408, blacksesamekitchen@gmail.com) www. blacksesamekitchen.com 东城区黑芝麻胡同3号 Class by Stephanie A decent mid-range Western restaurant whose core audience is curious, outward-looking locals as much as the regular expat crowd. Try the spinach, bacon, and blue cheese salad (RMB 35) or the roast duck breast with port sauce and Tuscan beans (RMB 55). Daily 7.30am10pm. 1/F, Bldg D, Global Trade Center, 36 Beisanhuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (5825 6778, classbystephanie@gmail.com) 朝阳区北 三环路36号环球贸易中心D座1层

Excursions Goose ‘n’ Duck Ranch The “ranch” is unevenly maintained but hyperactively landscaped and is better suited for younger kids than teens. Activities include swimming, archery, horseback riding, fishing, soccer, basketball, badminton, softball and paintball. You can stay for a day or spend the entire weekend in one of the cabins. Shuttle buses depart from Goose ‘n’ Duck Pub. Single day packages (RMB 260, half price for kids 4-12) include food, beverages and round-trip transportation; two-day packages (RMB 600, half price for kids ages 4-12, free for kids under 4) include the above, plus accommodation. Reservations are required. Daily 24hrs. Huairou Beizhai, Huairou District. (6067 1097) www. gdclub.net.cn 鹅和鸭, 怀柔区北寨

Major Attractions Confucius Temple and Guozijian The Confucius Temple is located 400 meters to the southwest of Yonghegong Station. It was first built in 1302 and served as an altar where intellectuals from the Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties offered their respects to Confucius. Now it has become a museum exhibiting engraved stones, old Chinese doorbells and drums, bronze and jade utensils, paintings and calligraphic works, antique musical instruments and ancient Chinese currencies. Every September, a ritual celebrating Confucius’s birthday takes place here, in which a music and dance ceremony from the Qing dynasty is performed. Daily 8am-5pm (last ticket 4.30pm). RMB 10, RMB 5 (students). 13 Guozijian Jie (near the Lama Temple’s main gate), Dongcheng District. (8401 1977) 孔庙和 国子监, 东城区国子监街13号 Drum and Bell Towers Buildings similar to the Drum Tower have stood in this vicinity for over 700 years, but the current structure dates back to 1800, when hours of the day were beaten on 24 drums. Today, the tower houses 25 drums that are beaten for visitors everyhalf-hour between 9-11.30am and 2-5pm. Just north of the Drum Tower is the Bell Tower, named after the 500-year-old bronze beast with 10cm thick walls. Daily 9am-5pm. 9 Linzi(near Zhuyuan Hotel),

Zhonglouwan Hutong, Dongcheng District. (RMB 30 (through ticket to both Drum and Bell Towers)) 钟鼓楼, 东城区钟楼湾胡同临字9 号(竹园宾馆附近) 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) Old Summer Palace (Yuanmingyuan) Take a daytrip to the place once described as the “Versailles of the East.” Its grounds blend typical Chinese landscaping and Western architecture. Famous scenic spots include the Grand Waterworks, the Immense Ocean Observatory and the Labyrinth. RMB 10, plus RMB 15 (ruins and labyrinth), students halfprice. Free for kids under 1.2m. Daily 7am7pm (May-Aug); 7am-5.30pm (Nov-Mar); 7am-630.pm (Apr, Sep-Oct). 28 Qinghua Xilu, Haidian District. (6262 8501) www. yuanmingyuanpark.com 圆明园, 海淀区清华 西路28号 Yonghegong Lama Temple Daily 9am4.30pm. RMB 25, audio tour RMB 20. 12 Yonghegong Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6404 4499, yonghegong@china.com.cn) www. yonghegong.cn 雍和宫, 东城区雍和宫大街 12号

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) www.798space.com 798 时 态空间, 朝阳区酒仙桥路4号798大山子艺术区 Beijing Planetarium Thanks to a RMB 300 million facelift, the once retro planetarium now boasts state of the art facilities. The SGI Digital Universe Theater takes patrons on a tour of the cosmos with six Carl Zeiss laser projectors that simulate the movement of stars and constellations. You can also travel through time in the 4-D theater, where you strap on a pair of goggles and watch a multidimensional film about the creation of the solar system and evolution of life on earth, replete with snarling T-Rexes and saber-toothed tigers. Other draws include the 3D space shuttle simulator and a cool exhibit about the sun. The new exhibition hall: RMB 10 (RMB 7 for students); GI Digital Universe Theater: RMB 45, RMB 35 (students); 4-D Theater: RMB 30, RMB 20 (students); 3D Space Shuttle Simulator: RMB 30, RMB 20 (students). Wed-Fri 9.30am-3.30pm (last ticket 3pm), Sat-Sun 9.30am-4.30pm (last ticket 4pm). 138 Xizhimenwai Dajie, Xicheng District. (6835 2453, 6831 2517) www.bjp. org.cn 北京天文馆新馆, 西城区西直门外大 街138号 Capital Museum Two hundred meters east of Muxidi subway station lies the Capital Museum. This six-story building houses 11 exhibition halls displaying ancient Chinese art: bronze statues, jade utensils, ancient calligraphy and paintings, restored old Beijing city views and precious relics of old Beijing operas. Two temporary exhibition halls on the first floor and basement level display artistic and cultural exhibits from around the world. Free. Reservation is necessary. Temporary exhibitions are charged. Audio self-guided tours in Chinese and English available for rent at the entrance. Tue-Sun 9am-5pm. 16

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Fuxingmenwai Dajie, Xicheng District. (6337 0491/2) www.capitalmuseum.org.cn 首都博物 馆, 西城区复兴门外大街 16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) www.cstm.org.cn 中国科技馆, 朝阳区朝阳区北辰东路5号 Chinese Military History Museum Tired of jungle gyms? Try tanks! Tykes can clamber over an array of sturdy metal military gear or take turns sitting on an anti-aircraft gun or in the pilot’s seat of a combat aircraft (RMB 2). To board the Chinese 024 Missile-Equipped Boat (RMB 5) you don’t even need to enter the museum – it’s docked in the front courtyard. Parents and older kids can marvel at the socialist realist artwork. All this only a step away from the Military Museum subway stop on Line 1. Free. Daily 8.30am-4.30pm. 9 Fuxing Lu, Haidian District. (6686 6244) www.pladaily.com.cn/item/jb, www.chinamil. com.cn 中国军事博物馆, 海淀区复兴路9号 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. org.cn) www.ucca.org.cn 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 Qingnianhu Park In addition to the rare Beijing sight of multiple, unoccupied benches, this small park contains a hard-top basketball court, a croquet area, electric boats, paddleboats and an amusement zone with a trampoline, cheesy rides and bumper cars. Your budding Tiger Woods might enjoy the split-level golf driving range. If you’re not deterred by the “Station for Red Eye Disease Testing” at the entrance to Water World, you’ll find a huge pool filled with families in floaties, with a couple of waterslides. Park entrance: RMB 1. Water World: RMB 15, RMB 10 (kids under 1.3m). Park: Daily 6am-10pm (summer), 6am-9pm (winter); Water World: Daily 9am-5pm (summer). Andingmenwai Dajie, Dongcheng District. (8411 6321; Beijing Youth Lake Intl. Golf Club: 8411 6911; Water World: 8411 6321 ext 8032) 青年湖公 园, 东城区安定门外大街 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) www.beihaipark.com.cn 北海公园, 西城区 文津街1号 Chaoyang Park Kitschy but fun. Kids can kick or throw a ball on the big grass field near the entrance, and the concrete podiums beyond are tree-free kite flying zones. There’s lots of room to stroll, a range of boating options, a handsome merry-go-round and many rides including a roller coaster, flying dinosaurs, bumper cars, sky swings and several large inflatable castles. On top of all this, Sony ExploraScience is also located in the park. The outdoor pool is a great place to

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while away a summer afternoon and winters see a makeshift ski slope go up near the west gate – thrill seekers can rent skis and inter tubes onsite. The delightful northwestern section of the park includes a lake, flower beds and grassy expanses where families can enjoy a picnic. RMB 5, RMB 2.5 (students), free for kids under 1.2m. Daily 6am-10pm (last entry at 9pm). 1 Nongzhan Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (6506 5409) www.sunpark.com 朝阳公园, 朝阳区农展馆南路1号 Chinese Ethnic Culture Park If staff dressed up in minority costumes pretending to be Tibetans isn’t kitschy enough, for a small fee you too can don an outfit and get your photo taken. Regular live shows. Extensive expansion (a whole second park) has just been completed. RMB 90, RMB 65 (students). Daily 8am-6pm, Nov-Mar 8.30am6pm (last entry 4.50pm). 1 Minzuyuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (6206 3640/3646) www. emuseum.org.cn 中华民族园, 朝阳区民族 园路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 Taoranting Park Why schlep the kids all the way down to Taoranting? Here are six reasons: 1) Its intelligently designed and clean playground, with padding on the ground, tall covered slides, swings,

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trampolines and more; 2) Water Land, an enormous water park; 3) Peacock Park, a weird, Yunnan-themed retreat with Dai-style buildings, the eponymous birds, monkeys and rabbits; 4) The symphony of colors that is the rose garden; 5) Car-shaped paddleboats; 6) Priceless signage: “No hunting animals in park,” “Transparent swimming suits are not allowed,” “Those swimming while drunk will be fined RMB 10-50.” RMB 2, RMB 1 (students), free for kids under 1.2m. Daily 6am-9.30pm (last ticket at 9pm). 19 Taiping Jie (near National Ballet of China), Xuanwu District. (6353 2385) www.trtpark.com 陶然亭 公园, 宣武区太平街19号 Yuyuantan Park Enormous Yuyuantan Park attracts families and student groups on full-day outings. They bring tents, hammocks and blow-up mattresses and kick back with sausages, tea, eggs and sunflower seeds. Kids ride bikes, blow soap bubbles (check out the Toucan Sam-shaped bubble “guns”) and fill the two large, well-stocked playgrounds. There’s plenty of room here to fly kites, and a big aquatic park with many slides and an area for younger children. You can catch the boat to the Summer Palace near the park’s south gate. RMB 2, RMB 1 (students). Daily 6am-9.30pm (summer), daily 6.30am7pm (winter). Xisanhuan Lu (across from CCTV Tower). East entrance on Sanlihe Lu (just south of Diaoyutai); south entrance (with parking lot) behind China Millennium Monument., Haidian District. (8865 3804/6) www.yuyuantanpark.com 玉渊潭公园, 海淀区 西三环中央电视塔对面 (东门在三里河路, 南门 在世纪坛后面)

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Although it’s targeted towards Chinese families with kids ages 4-14, the library is still a great resource for native English-speaking children. Limited study space is also available for over achieving kiddies, though they must be accompanied by a parent. 6 Wanliu Xingbiao Jiayuan, Haidian District, Haidian District. (8256 7306) www.hdac.cn 海淀少年 宫, 海淀区海淀区万柳星标家园甲6号 InGeniousKids International Play Group Rm 109, 1/F, Bldg 18, Yacheng Erli, Tian’e Wan, Chaoyang District. (135 2185 4323 (English), 158 1122 2282 (Chinese), chamsclai@hotmail.com, arencibiaplaza@ yahoo.es, caohanj@qq.com) www.ingeniouskids.com 朝阳区天鹅湾雅成二里18号楼1层 109号 Workers’ Gymnasium Slated to hold Olympic boxing, the Workers’ Gymnasium hosts boxing and international basketball matches, among others. Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6501 6300) 工人体育馆, 朝阳区工体北路 Workers’ Stadium With an estimated seating capacity of 72,000, the Workers’ Stadium is the first choice for spectatorbusting events like Manchester United-Guo’An exhibition matches. Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6501 6655 ext 5033) 工人体育场, 朝阳区工体北路

Play Centers Beijing Youth Palace Offering music lessons and dance classes, as well as a multilingual cinema. 68 Xizhimen Nanxiaojie, Xicheng District. (6615 2211) www.bjqng. com.cn 北京青年宫, 西城区西直门南小街68号

Beijing Garden of World’s Flowers Located just off the Caoqiao exit on the East Fourth Ring Road in Fengtai District. The entire park is kid friendly and is typically filled with school groups and young families. For RMB 20, you can also rent a golf cart and scoot around the grounds. The grounds feature a man-made lake and seven floral exhibition halls. Daily 8am-6pm. Caoqiao Exit, north side of Dongsihuan, Nansan, Fengtai District. (8750 0840) 世界花卉大观园, 丰台区 南三四环草桥出口南四环路北侧

Fundazzle This cavernous, indoor playground has a huge two-story jungle gym, trampolines and a toddler area with small cars, swings, seesaws, toy houses and so on. On weekends, counselors put on shows, lead the kids in song and dance, and teach arts and crafts. RMB 50/child (weekend or weekday), three-hour limit. RMB 15/adult (weekends), free on weekdays. Mon-Fri 9am5.30pm, Sat-Sun and holidays 9am-7pm. Gongti Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (6593 6208) 翻斗乐, 朝阳区工体南路

Capital Library While its range of foreign language books is not as impressive as the National Library’s, it does offer foreigners the option of borrowing books. It costs RMB 10 to process a reader’s card and, depending on the type of card you choose, a deposit ranging from RMB 100-500. Foreign language newspapers and periodicals can also be accessed and regular lectures are organized on weekends. Daily 9am-7.30pm. 88 Dongsanhuan Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (6735 8114) www.clcn.net.cn 首都图书馆, 朝 阳区东三环南路88号

The Wiggly Tots Founded by licensed Kindermusik educator Alicia Tan, The Wiggly Tots offers Kindermusik and Tutu Tots Ballet classes for newborns and toddlers. Bond with your child as you play, sing, dance, and giggle together. Your child will learn and grow through activities that stimulate brain growth, build motor skills, enhance social-emotional development, and much more. Call or email to book for a free trial class. Classes take place on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 10am to 10.45am. Studio, 1/F, Fuli Club (R&F Club), 59 Dongsanhuan Lu, Shuangjing, Chaoyang District. (183 0158 8133, info@ thewigglytots.com) www.thewigglytots.com 朝阳区朝阳区双井东三环路59号富力会健身俱 乐部1层

Donghuamen Night Market If you’re peckish and strolling the Wangfujing area of an autumn evening, stop by this lively strip of stalls for a snack. Donghuamen night market only emerged in the early ‘80s, since when it has gathered more and more food stalls complete with screaming vendors and hungry crowds of both locals and foreign travelers. The food has to be seen to be believed. Almost anything you’d want (or in some cases, wouldn’t want) to try is on show, from innards and scorpions to silkworms and sea horses. The food comes cheap – most chuan’r (kebabs) cost only RMB 2-10. Just daring yourself to try out the odder items is a lot of fun in itself. Daily 6-10pm. Donghuamen Dajie (west of Wangfujing Pedestrian Street), Wangfujing, Dongcheng District. 东华门夜市, 东城区东城区王府井大街往西东华门大街 French Cultural Centre Wed 10.30am8.30pm, Thu-Tue 10.30am-6.30pm. 18 Gongti Xilu, Chaoyang District. (6553 2627) www. ccfpekin.org 法国文化中心, 朝阳区工体西 路18号 Haidian Children’s Palace This library contains over 2,000 English language books.

TreeHouse Family Cafe and Playground Dear mamas and papas! Are you looking for fun, engaging activities to do with your children? Families are invited to play and learn together at TreeHouse family cafe! We are located in the beautiful neigborhood of Sanlitun Soho, right across the road of Sanlitun Village. We offer a great space for independent play, library and a little crafts corner for all ages. All of the food at TreeHouse is made with the finest, freshest quality available. We offer a variety of organic, healthy dishes for adults and children. Our comfortable cafe also features coffee, soft drinks, freshly-squeezed juices and wi-fi. Come join us for what is promised to be a fun-filled day of learning, relaxation, and exploration! Come and know more about our specially designed classes and the schedule for the next several weeks and try our organic western food and drinks! Tue-Sun 10am-8pm. B1/F, B1-115, Bldg 1, Sanlitun Soho, Chaoyang District. (8590

0746, thetreehousebj@yahoo.com) www. thetreehousebj.com 朝阳区三里屯Soho1号楼地 下1层B1-115 Who Am I – Family Play Center Located across from Sanlitun Village, this bright and airy two-floor play center features themed areas and rooms. Bilingual, qualified teachers lead free activities throughout the day, including Kindermusik sessions, soft gym, climbing wall, arts and crafts, drama sessions, storytelling, cooking, role play with dress-up, sand pits, and a big tree house filled with balls. Drop-off service is available, along with an onsite cafe. The schedule is uploaded on a weekly basis onto Who Am I’s website. Tue-Sun 9am-7pm. 5-128, Bldg 5 (street level), Sanlitun SOHO, Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. (400 068 5855) www. whoamibj.com 朝阳区工体北路三里屯SOHO5号 商城楼5-128室 Yosemite Art Center Mon-Fri 9am-5pm or 8pm, Sat-Sun 8am-8pm. Shangye Jie, 5 Wanke Gongyuan, Tianshui Yuan Jie, Chaoyang District. (8571 4258/30) www. yosemiteartcenter.com 音琴美诗艺术生活中 心, 朝阳区甜水西园街万科公园五号商业街 Yu Kids Island The Place’s well-kitted indoor play area boasts a palm tree carousel, a bouncy slide, waterfall tunnel and a wind room filled with huge balloons – all wellpadded for maximum safety. Come and go as you like with a RMB 50 day pass; frequent funners will benefit from discount cards (RMB 500/30% discount; RMB 1000/50% discount). Daily 10am-10pm. 4/F, South Bldg, The Place, 9 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (no phone) 爱乐游园地, 朝阳区光华路9号世 贸天阶南楼4层

Playgroups & Activities China National Children’s Center Although the language of instruction is only Chinese, this center hosts a number of creative classes for children, such as music, art and drama. Tue-Sun 8.30am-4.30pm. 43 Ping’anli Xidajie, Xicheng District. (6616 4010) www.ccc.org.cn 中国儿童中心, 西城区 平安里西大街43号 Class by Stephanie Daily 7.30am-10pm. 1/F, Bldg D, Global Trade Center, 36 Beisanhuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (5825 6778, classbystephanie@gmail.com) 朝阳区北 三环路36号环球贸易中心D座1层 The Clubhouse at Qijiayuan Qijiayuan Parents (mostly moms) gather to socialize while their offspring roam the padded playroom. Age range currently eight weeks to about 4 years old. Fri-Wed 7am-9pm, Thu 10am-12pm. Qijiayuan Diplomatic Compound (The Clubhouse is situated at the left of the lawn, next to the tennis courts), 9 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (8532 1782) 朝阳区齐家园服务楼, 朝阳区建国 门外大街9号 (网球场旁边,草坪的左边) DreamArts Center This center provides art, piano, ballet, modern dance, Pilates and yoga lessons. Adult and children classes are taught in English, Korean, and Mandarin. RMB 50-200/lesson. Daily 9am - 5pm. Classes are 10am - 9pm. A1905, Lead International Building, A2 Wangjing Zhonghuang Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (8472 0257, 8472 0357) 筑梦艺术中心, 朝阳区望京中环南路甲2号佳境 天城A1905 Fangjia Kitchen Thu-Sun 11am-2pm. 13 Fangjia Hutong, Dongcheng District. (159 1096 2965, fangjiakitchen@yahoo.com.cn) 方 家美食工作室, 东城区方家胡同13号 HLCC Culture Center 2751, 5/F, Bldg 27 Capital Paradise, Shunyi District. (8046 3328) http://www.hlcc.asia/ 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


Schools Hutong, Nanluogu Xiang, Dongcheng District. (8401 4788, 134 2631 7097, chef@ hutongcuisine.com) www.hutongcuisine.com 东城区南锣鼓巷沙井胡同3号楼西房 The Hutong 1 Jiudaowan Zhongxiang Hutong (southeast of Beixinqiao subway station), Dongcheng District. (6404 3355; 159 0104 6127, info@the-hutong.com) www. thehutong.com 东城区九道湾中巷胡同1号(北 新桥地铁站东南边) International Festival Children’s Choir The IFCC was founded in 2006 to foster new talent and contribute to Beijing’s cultural life. It is open to children aged 7-12. Rehearsals are held every Saturday morning from 10-11.30am. There are two terms - September to December and January to May, with a concert at the end of these two terms. Auditions last about 15 minutes and auditionees will be required to sing a song of their choice, followed by a short listening test. Audition slots are available by contacting childrenschoir@beijingifc. org. Rehearsals held at Harrow Anzhenxili Campus: 5, 4th Block, Anzhenxili, Chaoyang District. (childrenschoir@beijingifc.org) 朝阳 区安贞西里4区5号 Kinderdudou Art Center Originating from western style art classes for kids, Kinderdudou encourages children to explore and experience new ideas in class and provides an interactive channel to develop childrens language skills with native English & Chinese speakers. All courses are available in English and Chinese with guidance. Mon-Fri: 2pm-7pm; Sat-Sun: 9am-7pm. 1) Beiyuan Center: Rm 3816, Times Manor, 18 Hongjunying Donglu, Chaoyang District. (8496 0095, kinderdudou@126.com); 2) Wangjing Center: Rm 707, LOFTEL Plaza, 1 Huguangzhong Jie, Wangjing, Chaoyang District. (6470 3505, kinderdudou@126.com) http://www.kinderdudou.com 肚兜美术中心, 1) 朝阳区北苑校区:红军营东路18号时代庄园 3816; 2) 朝阳区望京校区:望京湖光中街1号 LOFTEL大厦707 Kindermusik with Lily’s Partners A program where moms and their children can play, listen, and dance to music. Activities are specifically designed to stimulate early childhood development. For children ages 5 months-6 years. 1) I Love Gym Children’s Fitness Centre, 4F Viva Shopping Mall, East Third Ring Road, Shuangjing Qiao, Chaoyang District. (5903 7163, babypioneer@vip.sina. com, kindermusikbylily@126.com); 2) 10F Chaoyang Joy City, Chaoyang Beilu (on the corner of Qing Nian Lu), Chaoyang District. (5903 7114, babypioneer@vip.sina.com, kindermusikbylily@126.com); 3) Teletubbies Children’s Entertainment Centre, 3F Hua Mao Shopping Mall (East section), 6A Xi Da Wang Lu, Chaoyang District. (babypioneer@vip. sina.com, kindermusikbylily@126.com) www. kindermusikbeijing.com.cn 1) 朝阳区爱乐国际 儿童运动馆内, 朝阳区东三环双井桥西北角Viva 富力城购物广场4层; 2) 朝阳区朝阳大悦城购物 中心10层,东西环红领巾桥向东3公里,朝阳北 路与青年路交口的东北角; 3) 朝阳区西大望路 甲6号,华贸购物中心东区3层 KindyROO International Early Childhood Development Centre KindyROO offers music, dance and play classes designed to encourage spatial awareness, balance and coordination. Its facilities are clean and bright at a very reasonable price. Most of the instructors go through a corporate training program to learn the organization’s teaching philosophy, and they speak English. Free trial class. 1) 2/F, Bldg A Wangjing International Commercial Center, 9 Wangjing Lu, Chaoyang District. (59203867/8); 2) 3/F, Xinlong Plaza, Xisanqi Donglu, Changping District. (6294 8888/6295 5555); 3) 3C Unit B, Bldg 2 Jinyuan Shidai Business Center, 2 Landianchang Donglu, Haidian District. (88876541/2); 4) 10/F, 18 Jianwai Soho (west area), Chaoyang District. (5869 8002/3); 5) 21 Liangmaqiao Lu, Fenghuayuan Drive-in Movie Theater, Chaoyang District. (8457 4797/3); 6) Daxiong Tulip, North Gate, Lane

6, Tianbaoyuan, BDA, Daxing District. (6782 0600) www.kindyroo.com 菁童启育咨询中心, 1) 朝阳区望京中心.朝阳区望京街9号望京国际 商业中心A座二层214; 2) 昌平区新龙中心.昌平 区西三旗东路新龙大厦三层; 3) 海淀区金源中 心.海淀区蓝靛厂东路金源时代商务中心2号楼B 座3C; 4) 朝阳区国贸中心.朝阳区建外SOHO西 区18楼10层; 5) 朝阳区亮马桥路21号枫花园汽 车电影院内; 6) 大兴区亦庄中心.亦庄天宝园六 里大雄郁金香舍北门会所 LaFaFa Music Through age-appropriate music and movement activities, Kindermusik brings parents and children closer together while helping children develop a lifelong love of music and learning. 24/F, Bldg A, Vantone New World Plaza, 2 Fuchengmenwai Dajie, Xicheng District. (8832 0818) www.lafafa.cn 西城区阜成门外大街2号万通新世界A座24层 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) Music Together of MiCho Education Offers weekly 45-minute classes for 0-6-yearold children and their parents or caregivers. Activities include songs, rhythm chants, movement, and instrument play. These activities are presented as informal, nonperformance oriented musical experiences - developmentally appropriate for children and easy for parents and caregivers. 1) Club House, Apt 9, 9 Chaoyang Gongyuan Xilu, Chaoyang District. (michoedu@yahoo.com. cn); 2) Claire’s Music Studio, L507 Euro Plaza, 99 Yuxiang Lu, Shunyi District. (michoedu@ yahoo.com.cn) http://michoedu.com/ 1) 朝阳 区朝阳公园西路9号9室会所; 2) 顺义区顺义区 天竺镇裕翔路99号欧陆广场, 5层, 507室 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, Kristinkoh@mylittlemozart.com) www. mylittlemozart.com 朝阳区六里屯丽水嘉园5 号楼108室 Rainbow Radio-controlled Model Club Rainbow RC Model Shop and Club specializes in selling, assembling and repairing model remote controlled aircraft, cars and boats. Club members get together to fly model aircraft every Saturday (windy days excluded) from morning till dusk in a light airport in Bei An He, Changping District. Anyone (kids age 6 and above) passionate about flying is welcome to join. Two experienced coaches give training classes to beginners there at 11am. The rental fee for the venue is RMB 40 per person per day. 2/F, Chaoshifa supermarket, 73 Xueyuan Nanlu, Haidian District. (6211 5655) www.hobbyrb.com 飞 彩虹模型, 海淀区学院街南路73号,超市发 超市2楼 The Wiggly Tots Founded by licensed Kindermusik educator Alicia Tan, The Wiggly Tots offers Kindermusik and Tutu Tots Ballet classes for newborns and toddlers. Bond with your child as you play, sing, dance, and giggle together. Your child will learn and grow through activities that stimulate brain growth, build motor skills, enhance social-emotional development, and much more. Call or email to book for a free trial class. Classes take place on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 10am to 10.45am. Studio, 1/F, Fuli Club (R&F Club), 59 Dongsanhuan Lu, Shuangjing,

Chaoyang District. (183 0158 8133, info@ thewigglytots.com) www.thewigglytots.com 朝阳区朝阳区双井东三环路59号富力会健身俱 乐部1层 Tree House A family-friendly spot to relax and enjoy organic food while the kids are happily play with friends or take a multilingual class. Available to hire for kids’ parties. Also a drop off point for Roundabout. Tue-Sun 10am-8pm. Sanlitun SOHO, building 1, B1-115, Chaoyang District. (8590 0746, 158 1132 5578, thetreehousebj@yahoo. com) http://www.thetreehousebj.com/ index_en.htm 朝阳区北京市朝阳区三里屯SOHO 1座B1—115 Who Am I – Family Play Center TueSun 9am-7pm. 5-128, Bldg 5 (street level), Sanlitun SOHO, Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. (400 068 5855) www.whoamibj.com 朝阳区工体北路三里屯SOHO5号商城楼5-128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.bj.edu.cn. (youthchoir@ beijingifc.org) www.beijingifc.org

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 Shangri-la – 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 1.2-1.4m, free for kids under 1.2m. Daily 8.30am-10pm. Wuji Beilu, Dongsihuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (6738 9898 ext 0, 6205 0088, happyvalley@bjoct.com) http:// bj.happyvalley.com.cn/park/ 北京欢乐谷, 朝 阳区东四环路小武基北路

Water Parks Crab Island It’s no Ibiza, but it’s closer than Qingdao and the substantial fake beach boasts real, well-maintained sand and comes dotted with free sun umbrellas and chairs. When the wave pool gets turned on, families charge into the huge pool – the docile waves are best enjoyed while perched on an inner tube (RMB 10, RMB 50 deposit). When your kids get tired of the wave pool there are two sets of waterslides, an extremely lazy river, and a human-powered waterwheel that dumps buckets of water on eager heads. A shallow water play area draws in families with little kids. All in all, a pretty good day at the “beach”! Daily 8am-1am. 1 Xiedao Lu (take the Weigou exit off the Airport Expressway and follow the signs), Chaoyang District. (8433 5566/5588) www.xiedao.com 蟹岛绿色 生态度假村, 朝阳区蟹岛路1号 Merry Water World Itching for a dip? This indoor pool emporium located in the Tulip Hot Spring Garden Resort allows for yearround 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). Mon-Fri 1.3010.30pm, Sat-Sun 9.30am-10.30pm. 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. (8433 7403) www.yujinxiang.com 摩锐水世界, 朝阳区东 苇路金盏

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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. SinoSwiss Hotel, 9 Xiao Tianzhu Nanlu, Shunyi District. (6456 5588 ext 1217) http://www. citichotelbeijing.com/ 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 6.30am-9pm. 16 Tuanjiehu Nanli, Chaoyang District. (8597 3603) 团结湖公园, 朝阳区团 结湖南里16号 Water Cube (Happy Magic Water Cube Waterpark) Next door to the Bird’s Nest, and affectionatelyreferred to as the “Water Cube”, this USD 200 million Australiandesigned structure is regarded as the perfect yin to the Bird’s Nest’s yang – a comforting “curvy” contrast to the rigidity of the stadium. Drawing inspirationfrom nature, the bubble-wrapped exterior answers an old physics problem about how to fill space most efficiently (the answer: two bubbles of equal volume but different shape). Bubbles also make for sleek earthquake-proofconstruction, without the need for obtrusive concrete or structural beams. Presuming that they get their daily wipes, this translucent covering of plastic “pillows” (100,000 square meters in total) helps reduce the amount of energy needed for interior heating and lighting, while allowing in more light and heat than glass would. Other green features include the recycling of 10,000 tons of rainwater collected by the outer surface and roof. PostOlympics, the Cube has opened the warm-up pool for public swims, while renovations will dismantle temporary seats to create an aquatic center and water theme park. RMB 200 (adults), RMB 160 (children from 1.2m1.4m), kids under 1.2m free. Daily 9am6pm. Olympic Green, Beichen Lu, Chaoyang District. (8437 0125) http://waterpark.watercube.com/english/index.aspx朝阳区北辰路奥 林匹克公园内

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, jac@oliviasplace.org) www.oliviasplace.org 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) Foundation Global Education Foundation Global Education is an education consultancy specializing in education planning, admissions counseling, and related academic training services for students wishing to enter prestigious boarding schools and universities across North America and Europe. Headquartered in Hong Kong, the company counts clients across China and Southeast Asia. Phone:8172 1072. Skype and Weixin: foundationge www.foundationge.com Side by Side Side by Side provides support for individuals with special needs and learning difficulties through music therapy, learning

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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 8am6pm (after hours by appointment). Capital Paradise 3336, Shunyi Distrcict, Shunyi District. (8046 3858, info@sidebysidebeijing. com) www.sidebysidebeijing.com 顺义区后沙 浴名都园3336号 The Learning Center (TLC) The Learning Center opened in 2004 to meet the specific educational needs of local and expatriate students in Beijing. They aim to address the individual challenges of students by offering a nurturing environment, small classes or 1:1 tutoring, and experienced, specialized teachers who design tailor-made programs for each child. By helping them realize their academic potential, The Learning Center cultivate not only students’ skills, but also their confidence and self-esteem. The Learning Center has worked with more than 1,000 local and expatriate students in the Shunyi and Haidian areas. As the only professional tutoring service in Beijing, they pride themselves on offering a nurturing environment in which students of all ages and levels can find the support they need in the subjects they need. Subjects for students ages 5 to 18. Parenting programs are also available, including adult education and child development workshops. TLC tutors are native English speaking professional educators with an understanding of the international school curricula across Beijing. Mon 10am-6pm, Tue-Fri 10am-8pm, SatSun 9.30am-4.30pm. Gahood Villa 2108 ((next to Yosemite and Capital Paradise), Xibaixinzhuang, Houshayu, Shunyi District. (8046 3886/7085, registration@hydeeducation.com / learningcenterbeijing@gmail. com) www.thelearningcenter.cn 顺义区后沙峪 嘉浩别墅2108(新国展与ISB之间)

Language Schools Beijing Mandarin School Beijing Mandarin School offers a range of courses for Chinese learners of all levels. Also has children’s lessons, HSK lessons, and specialty classes focusing on character learning and business vocabulary. Beginners and intermediate level students pay RMB 3,600/60 hours. Intensive lessons are RMB 5,600/120 hours. Private lessons start at RMB 80/ hour. 1) Rm 709, 7/F, 42 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. Contact Skype ID: beijingmandarinschool1998 (8441 8391, 186 1173 6419, info@beijingmandarinschool. com); 2) Rm 904, 9/F, E-Tower, Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. Contact Skype ID: beijingmandarinschool1998 (6508 1026, info@beijingmandarinschool.com) www. beijingmandarinschool.com 北京普通话学校, 1) 朝阳区亮马桥路42号光明饭店709室; 2) 朝 阳区光华路数码01大厦9层904 Beijing That’s Mandarin Featuring a loftstyle space in Dongzhimen, That’s Mandarin was established in 2005 and features friendly, qualified staff with experience teaching kids and teens. Language learning is tailored to each individual, whether it’s basic survival level, exam preparation, or just a desire to learn. There are one-on-one and small group options (arranged by age and level) for each program. Students can also take the

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Intensive Chinese Program, which includes morning lessons or part-time classes to fit around their schedule. That’s Mandarin has its own curriculum and has an in-house team of education researchers who work on the latest teaching methodologies. Support is available for students working towards the YCT and other overseas examinations. In addition to classes, there are tailormade group packages for individuals and institutions and the Chinese Summer Camp, which runs from June to August (open for registration as of April). Age range: 7-18. Mon-Fri 8am-9pm, Sat-Sun 10am-7pm. 1/F, Office Bldg B, Xinzhong Yuan, Xinzhong Jie, Dongcheng District. (5218 6432, info@ thatsmandarin.com) www.thatsmandarin.com 东城区新中街新中园写字楼B座1层

The Bridge School The Bridge School has about 150 teachers and over 60 companies and embassies as clients. The school’s inhouse textbooks (complete with memory cards and CDs) are published by Beijing Language and Culture University. The Bridge School is also an official HSK, BCT and YCT test center. There are over 5,000 worldwide students at The Bridge School every year. Mon-Fri 8.30am-5.30pm. 1) Rm 503, 5/F, Guangming Hotel, Liangmaquiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (8451 7605, admission@ bridgeschoolchina.com, admission@ bridgeschoolchina.com); 2) Rm 903, 9/F, E-Tower, 12 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6506 4409, etower@bridgeschoolchina. com, admission@bridgeschoolchina.com); 3) Rm 701, Furniture Building, Riviera Plaza, Laiguangying Donglu, Chaoyang District. (8430 8068, riviera@bridgeschoolchina.com, admission@bridgeschoolchina.com); 4) Rm 901, 9/F, Yufei Dasha, 42 Dongzhimenwai Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6416 3990, dongzhimen@bridgeschoolchina.com, admission@bridgeschoolchina.com); 5) 1/F, Capital Paradise Club, Houshayu, Shunyi District. (8046 6114, capitalparadise@ bridgeschoolchina.com, admission@ bridgeschoolchina.com); 6) New Times Securities: Room 707, Chaoyang District. (6538 9422, sanlitun@bridgeschoolchina. com, admission@bridgeschoolchina.com) www.bridgeschoolchina.com 桥学校, 1) 朝 阳区亮马桥路光明饭店5层503室; 2) 朝阳区光 华路12号数码01大厦9层903; 3) 朝阳区来广营 东路尙古城7层701室; 4) 东城区东直门外大 街42号宇飞大厦9层901室; 5) 顺义区后沙峪名 都园会所1层; 6) 朝阳区东三环北路新时代证 券大厦707

Schools School fees listed are for one academic year unless otherwise. Specified.Abbreviations: IB = International Baccalaureate; ESOL = English as a Second or Other Language 3e International School Founded in 2005, 3e International School has grown into an institution of over 200 studentsfrom Nursery to Grade 4. The school aims to develop critical thinkers through a speciallydeveloped, research-based curriculum. Classes are taught inEnglish and Chinese with half of the day devoted to each language. Within this inquiry-based program, a balance of child-initiated and teacher-directed activity is provided to supportchildren’s development across the entire curriculum. Age range:

2-10. Tuition fees (2012-2013 academic year): RMB 93,800 (Half-day Nursery); RMB 103,800 (Full-day Nursery); RMB 136,900 (Pre-K); RMB 140,600 (Kindergarten); RMB 150,700 (Grades 1-4) 9-1 Jiangtai Xilu, Chaoyang District. (6437 3344 ext 100, a dmissions@3einternationalschool.org) www.3einternationalschool.org 3e国际学校, 朝阳区将台西路9-1号 American International Academy of Beijing (AIAB) Founded in 2012, AIABprovides a bilingual Montessori-based teaching approach to preschool that also incorporates elements of the Chinese National Curriculum. School facilities include Montessori classrooms, adance studio, library, music room, baking room, meeting room, clinic, and outdoor playground. Age range: 1.5-6. Tuition fees (2013-2014 academic year): RMB 77,000/11 months (full-day); RMB 47,300/11 months (half-day); RMB 7,700 (optional summer camp, Jul 15-Aug 15) Bldg 5, 78 Baiziwan Nan’erlu, Chaoyang District. (8776 0606, apaiacademy@gmail.com) www. aiab.com.cn A 派国际双语幼儿园, 朝阳区百字 湾南二路78号院5号楼 Beijing BISS International School (BISS) With a diverse student body, Beijing BISS International School’s mission is to foster international relationships to educate and empower students to attain personal excellence and positively impact the world. BISS offers the IB Diploma Program, serves as an SAT Test Center, caters to children with learning needs, and offers counseling, student enrichment programs, universitysearches, and transitional education services to third-culture kids and their parents. Age range: 3-17. Tuition fees (2012-2013 Academic Year): RMB 18,00023,000 (refundable deposit); RMB 3,800 (registration); RMB 99,000 (Kindergarten); RMB 146,400-177,500 (Grades 1-12); RMB 20,000 (ESOL) Bldg 17, Area 4, Anzhen Xili, Chaoyang District. (6443 3151, admissions@ biss.com.cn) www.biss.com.cn 北京BISS国际学 校, 朝阳区安贞西里四区17号楼 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, admissions@bcis.cn) www.bcis.cn 北京乐成国际学校, 朝阳区百子 湾南二路77号 Beijing Collegiate Academy Formerly known as British Columbia International School (BC School), Beijing Collegiate Academy caters to both local and international students with a blend of Canadian and Chinese curricula. This gives students a bilingual education and knowledge of world cultures, while also conferring a dual diploma. The school features a team of certified British Columbian and native Chinese teachers, as well as brand-new, purpose-built facilities located on 60,000sqm of space. BC School’s sports facilities are offered via a joint venture with Arsenal youth Academy. Extracurricular courses include major league sports. For ages 2.5-5, the

school has a program modeled after the Montessori method. Age range: 2.5 to 18 years old. Tuition fees (2012-2013 Academic Year): RMB 132,500-197,100. 10 Upper East Dongfeng Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (5681 2155, admission@bj.ccaschools.cn) www. ccaschools.cn 常春藤国际学校, 朝阳区东风南 路上东10号 Beijing Huijia Kindergarten Part of a nationwide chain, Huijia Kindergarten has 17 campuses and early childhood centers around Beijing. The curriculum combines advanced international educational ideas, modern teaching methods and Chinese traditional culture and focuses on nurturing children to become international citizens. The coursework, which emphasizes basic concepts, skills, knowledge, attitudes and behaviors, is designed to help students become “lifelong learners” and take responsibility for themselves, their studies others.Age range: 1.5-6 years old. Tuition fees (2010-2011 academic year): Huijia Longwan Experiential Early Childhood Education Center - RMB 72,000/year; Huijia Central Park Experiential Early Childhood Education Center RMB 72,000/year; Tuition for other centers vary from RMB 25,000-72,000/year (contact school administration for details) 1) Shangdi MOMA campus: MOMA, Anning Zhuang, Haidian District, Haidian District. (8275 9510 / 8274 1391, hjkids@263.net); 2) Changping campus: Huijia Vocational College, 20 Chuangxin Road, Zhongguancun Kejiyuan, Changping District, Changping District. (5163 1603, hjkids@263. net); 3) Sanyuan Qiao campus: 6 Jing’an Dongli, Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. (6463 5251, hjkids@263.net); 4) Wanquan campus: 35 Xinxin Jiayuan, Wanquanyuan, Bagou nanlu, Haidian District, Haidian District. (8255 1751, hjkids@263.net); 5) CBD campus: 24 Xincheng International Apartment, 6 Chaowai Dajie (6597 9358), Chaoyang District. (6597 9358, hjkids@263.net) www.hjkids.com 汇佳幼儿园, 1) 海淀区安宁庄上地MOMA小区; 2) 昌平区中关村科技园创新路20号汇佳职业学院 内; 3) 朝阳区静安东里6号; 4) 海淀区巴沟南路 35号小区万泉新新家园; 5) 朝阳区朝外大街6号 新城国际公寓24号楼 Beijing Huijia Private (IB) School Beijing Huijia Private (IB) School is comprised of a kindergarten, primary school, junior high school and senior high school. It is a day and boarding school where Chinese and foreign students study together, and it is the first member school of the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) in China that admits Chinese students. With a mix of Chinese and foreign students (from 15 countries) and more than 500 Chinese and foreign teachers and staff, it is one of the largest private schools in Beijing. Age range: 3-18. Tuition fees (2013-2014 Academic Year): RMB 1,000 (application fee); RMB 20,000 (deposit); RMB 146,600/year (Grade 1-2); RMB 148,200/year (Grade 3-4); RMB 152,500/year (Grade 5-6) 157 Changping Lu, Changping District. (400 889 1993, zhaoban@hj2000.net.cn) www.hj1993.com 北京汇佳私立学校, 昌平区昌平路157号 Beijing International Bilingual Academy (BIBA) BIBA (founded in 2006) combines a bilingual curriculum based on US standards, coupled with elements of the Chinese National Curriculum. Its Shunyi campus is comprised of kindergarten, elementary and middle schools. A high school department is scheduled to open in August of 2013. BIBA emphasizes academics and a wide array of sporting, music,performing arts and other programs. A sibling discount of 20 percent applies forsecond and subsequent children. Age range: 2.5-15.Tuition fees (2012-2013 Academic Year):RMB 1,600 (Application fee); RMB 70,000 plus RMB 10,000capital levy (Pre-K); RMB 80,000 plus RMB 10,000 capital levy (Kindergarten); RMB 120,000 plus RMB 20,000 capital levy (elementary school); RMB 130,000 plus RMB 20,000 capital levy (middle school); RMB 140,000 plus RMB 20,000 capital levy (high school) Monet Garden, 5 Yumin Dajie, Houshayu, Shunyi District. (8041 0390, info@bibachina.org) www.


Schools bibachina.org 海嘉国际双语学校, 顺义区后沙 峪裕民大街5号 Beijing No. 55 High School Beijing No. 55 High School is a Chinese key school that began recruiting foreign students in 1975. The International Students Section was established in 1989. No. 55 became the first Chinese member of the IBO in September of 1994. To date, more than 3,000 foreign students from 70 countries have studied at the school. The International Students Section offers a wide variety of compulsory and elective subjects, as well as extracurricular activities and a student council. Graduates have been admitted to universities both abroad and within China. Age range: 6-17. Tuition fees (2013-2014 Academic Year): RMB 1,500 (enrollment fee); RMB 41,600 (Foundation program for Grades 1-6); RMB 31,600 (Grades 7-9, Chinese Program); RMB 41,600 (Grades 7-9, English MYP class); RMB 36,000 (Grades 10-12, Chinese Program); RMB 48,600 (Diploma Programme and foundation class, Grades 10-12) 12 Xinzhong Jie, Dongzhimenwai, Dongcheng District. (6416 9531) www. bj55iss.cn 北京第五十五中学, 东城区东直门 外新中街12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 age-appropriate resources on campus. Coursework 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, victoria.chu@ brbs.regoschool.com) www.bjrego.org 北京瑞 金英国学校, 顺义区顺义区天竺镇丽苑街15号 Beijing Shuren Ribet Private School (BSRPS) Beijing Shuren Ribet Private School is a boarding school that incorporates American education and Chinese language and culture. The school community nurtures academic, social, physical and emotional growth. The lower end of Shuren Ribet teaches a primarily Chinese program, with an increase in the numberof courses in English as students move up in grade level. Students at the American high school receive an American overseas education as they embrace the essence of Chinese culture and literature. The tuition fees quoted below include room and board, registration, textbooks, materials, and meals.Age range: 3-18.Tuition fees (2013-2014 Academic Year): RMB 15,500/semester (kindergarten); RMB 35,000/semester (Grades 1-6); RMB 36,000/semester (Grades 7-9); RMB 112,420/ semester (Grades 10-12) 1A Xiaopu Nan, Songzhuang Town, Tongzhou District. (8085 6318 (bilingual), 8085 6787 (Chinese), inquiry@shurenribet.org) www.shurenribet. org (English), www.shuren.org (Chinese) 北 京市私立树人瑞贝学校, 通州区宋庄镇小堡 南申1号 Beijing World Youth Academy (BWYA) Beijing World Youth Academy is an IB World School offering both English and bilingual (Chinese/English) programs for local and overseas students. BWYA values holistic education and inquiry-based learning, and offers students opportunity to develop as globally aware critical thinkers. The faculty hails from over 15 countries. BWYA

emphasizes creativity and teamwork using a curriculum that incorporates standards from North America, Europe and Asia. The school has a strong track record of preparing students for both Chinese and overseas universities, including Peking University, Tsinghua, Fudan, Harvard, Princeton, UC Berkeley and Stanford.Age range: 9-18Tuition fees (2012-2013 Academic Year): RMB 1,600 (application fee); RMB 30,000 (capital levy fee); RMB 100,000 (International Primary School, Grades 3-5); RMB 80,000 (Bilingual Middle School, Grades 6-9); RMB 120,000 (Bilingual High School, Grades 10-12); RMB 120,000 (IB Middle Years Progamme, Grades 6-8); RMB 140,000 (IB Middle Years Progamme, Grades 9-10); RMB 140,000 (IB Diploma Programme, Grades 11-12) 18 Huajiadi Beili, Chaoyang District. (6461 7787, admissions@ibwya.net) www.ibwya.net 北京 世青国际学校, 朝阳区花家地北里18号 The British School of Beijing (BSB) The British School of Beijing is the oldest Britishstyle school in the city and is part of the Nord Anglia family of international schools. BSB follows the English National Curriculum and prepares students for the IGCSE and A-levels. BSB has two campuses in Sanlitun (primary education) and Shunyi (primary and secondary education). The school is approved by the UK’s Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI). Families are eligible for a 5 percent discount if they pay yearly tuition fees in full, in advance.Age range: 1-18. Tuition fees (2012-2013 Academic Year):RMB 1,600 (application fee); RMB 16,000 (Security deposit, payable upon student’s acceptance); RMB 102,176 (Pre-Nursery, mornings); RMB 153,280 (Pre-Nursery, full day); RMB 102,176 (Nursery, mornings); RMB 153,280 (Nursery, full day); RMB 165,333 (Reception); RMB 184,017 (Year 1 and 2); RMB 196,450 (Year 3); RMB 199,370 (Year 4-6); RMB 216,949 (Year 7-8); RMB 223,557 (Year 10-11); RMB 234,340 (Year 12-13) 1) 7 Sanlitun Beixiaojie, Chaoyang District. (8532 3088 (Sanlitun Campus), 8532 5320 (Sanlitun Foundation Stage), admissions@britishschool.org.cn); 2) Shunyi Campus: 9 Anhua Lu (south side), Shunyi District. (8047 3588, admissions@ britishschool.org.cn) www.britishschool.org.cn 北京英国学校, 1) 朝阳区三里屯北小街7号; 2) 顺义区安华路9号南院 Canadian International School of Beijing (CISB) CISB offers a Montessori Nursery and Pre-Kindergarten program, as well as a Canadian-style curriculum for K-12 students. CISB is an IB World School authorized to provide the IB Diploma Programme (IBDP) at the high school level and is in the process of being accredited for the Primary Years (PYP) and Middle Years Programmes (MYP). Founded in August 2012, CISB’s Shunyi Campus offers a Montessoribased curriculum for ages 18 months to 6 years. Age range: 18 months-18 years. Tuition fees (2013-2014 Academic Year): RMB 1,800 (application fee); RMB 76,600 (half day Montessori Nursery, Main Campus); RMB 121,800 (Pre-Kindergarten & Kindergarten, Main Campus); RMB 158,800 (Grades 1-5, Main Campus); RMB 160,400 (Grades 6-8, Main Campus); RMB 179,800 (Grades 9-12, Main Campus); RMB 59,000 (Infant/Toddler half day, Shunyi Campus); RMB 75,000 (Primary half day, Shunyi Campus); RMB 121,800 (Primary full day, Shunyi Campus); RMB 121,800 (Pre-Elementary full day, Shunyi Campus) 1) Main Campus: 38 Liangma Qiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6465 7788, Main Campus: admissions@cis-beijing.com, Shunyi Campus: admissions_shunyi@cis-beijing. com); 2) Shunyi Campus: 7 Yuyang Lu, Houshayu, Shunyi District. (8046 6191, Main Campus: admissions@cis-beijing.com, Shunyi Campus: admissions_shunyi@cis-beijing.com) www.cisb.com.cn 北京加拿大国际学校, 1) 朝 阳区亮马桥路38号; 2) 顺义区后沙峪榆阳路7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), heatherz@daystarchina.cn) www.daystarchina.cn 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 – nonrefundable; 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, info@dulwich-beijing.cn); 2) Beijing Riviera Campus: 1 Xiangjiang Beilu, Jingshun Lu, Chaoyang District. (8450 7676, info@dulwichbeijing.cn) 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 Eduwings Kindergarten The culmination of two former schools, Der Kingergarten and Jin Yi Kingergarten, Eduwings Kindergarten is divided into English/Chinese and German departments that are each split into three age groups (2-3, 3-4, 5-6 years) and one infant group (2 years and under). All of the lead and language teachers are nativespeakers and educate children individually following the school’s philosophy: “Every child needs to have roots and wings – roots to know where they are from and wings to explore the world.” Eduwings also offers Montessori education, swimming, music and art activities, a library, climbing facilities, as well as an outdoor playground and yard. All afternoon activities are included in the tuition fee. Age range: 2-6 (infant group for under 2 years old). Tuition fees (2010-2011 Academic Year): RMB 52,000 for half day program; RMB 72,000 for full day program (afternoon activities and lunch included in the tuition fee). Merlin Champagne Town Clubhouse, 6 Liyuan Jie, Tianzhu, Shunyi District. (6450 8384, mariaseemel.eduwings@gmail.com) www.eduwingskids.com 金翼德懿幼儿园, 顺 义区天竺镇丽苑街6号美林香槟小镇俱乐部 Etonkids Bilingual Kindergartens Part of the Etonkids Bilingual Kindergartens’ division of the Etonkids international education group, the Central Park campus features a bilingual Montessori program designed to develop “independence, initiative and creativity.” The school caters to children from 1 to 6 years of age and are divided into nursery school (18 months-3 years) and “Casa” (a.k.a. “Early Childhood Community,” 3-6 years) divisions with lessons promoting intellectual, social, emotional, and physical growth (nursery) as well as coursework in language arts,

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mathematics, everyday living skills, sensory awareness exercises and culture (Casa stage). Check the website for additional EtonKids Bilingual Park Campuses. Tuition fees (2010-2011 Academic Year):Monthly payment plan - Morning session (8.3011.30am) RMB 6,250; Full-day session (8.30am-4.30pm) RMB 8,500; Yearly payment plan - Morning session (8.30-11.30am) RMB 62,500; Full-day session (8.30am-4.30pm) RMB 85,000 1) Central Park Campus: Bldg 19, Central Park, 6 Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6533 6995, Peking House Campus: xuyan@etonkids.com or zhoudan@ etonkids.com, Central Park Campus: cpadmin@etonkids.com, Palm Springs Campus: psadmin@etonkids.com, Midtown Campus: gcadmin@etonkids.com); 2) Midtown Campus: Bldg 21, Guangqujia Yuan, Guangqumen Waidajie, Chongwen District. (6749 5008, Peking House Campus: xuyan@ etonkids.com or zhoudan@etonkids.com, Central Park Campus: cpadmin@etonkids. com, Palm Springs Campus: psadmin@ etonkids.com, Midtown Campus: gcadmin@ etonkids.com); 3) Palm Springs Campus: Palm Springs International Apartments, 8 Chaoyang Gongyuan Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (6539 5967, Peking House Campus: xuyan@etonkids.com or zhoudan@etonkids. com, Central Park Campus: cpadmin@ etonkids.com, Palm Springs Campus: psadmin@etonkids.com, Midtown Campus: gcadmin@etonkids.com); 4) Peking House Campus: 20 Xidawang Lu, Chaoyang District. (5870 6778/9, Peking House Campus: xuyan@etonkids.com or zhoudan@etonkids. com, Central Park Campus: cpadmin@ etonkids.com, Palm Springs Campus: psadmin@etonkids.com, Midtown Campus: gcadmin@etonkids.com) www.etonkids.com 伊顿双语幼儿园, 1) 朝阳区朝阳门外大街6号新 城国际19号楼; 2) 崇文区广渠门外大街广渠家 园21号楼; 3) 朝阳区朝阳公园南路8号棕榈泉国 际公寓; 4) 朝阳区西大望路20号 Etonkids International Kindergarten CBD Global Trade Mansion Etonkids International Kindergarten is one of the oldest schools in Beijing’s Etonkids franchise (a nationwide educational group). The school provides a community-centered Americanstyle education led by Montessori-certified teachers and an educational philosophy based on the Three C’s – Creativity, Character and Culture. Coursework includes lessons in practical life, “sensorial,” math, language, culture and science. A variety of programs are also available including Reggio Baby and Kindermusik. The staff meets regularly for training under the EXCELS school improvement planning program, which is designed to share new teaching practices, the Montessori method and current educational trends. Age range: 1.5-6 years old. Tuition fees (2010-2011 Academic Year): Annual Registration fee RMB 2,000 Yuan (inclusive the materials and uniforms)RMB71,800112,000/year 1) CBD Campus: 3/F, Block D, Global Trade Mansion, Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6506 4805, Lido Campus: lidoadmin@etonkids.com, CBD Campus: gtmadmin@etonkids.com); 2) Lido Campus: Rm C103, Lido Country Club, Lido Place, Jichang Lu, Chaoyang District. (6436 7368, Lido Campus: lidoadmin@etonkids.com, CBD Campus: gtmadmin@etonkids.com) www. etonkids.com 伊顿国际幼儿园, 1) 朝阳区光 华路世贸国际公寓D座3层; 2) 朝阳区机场路丽 都广场C103室 The Family Learning House Recognized as a model kindergarten by the Chaoyang Ministry of Education, The Family Learning House is a virtues-based, bilingual pre-school dedicated to “acquiring knowledge and good character for the purpose of serving humanity.” In addition to its “Virtues in Us” character education program, the school aims to provide an academically stimulating Montessori and Chinese curriculum. The Jianwai Soho campus includes a petting farm, organic produce and a child directed recycling program, and the curriculum places strong emphasis on art and music and includes daily

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piano lessons for all 4 1/2 and 5-year-old children. Students also participate in monthly educational outings, community service projects and multicultural celebrations. Age range: 1.5-6 years old. Tuition fees (20102011 Academic Year): Full Day Session – RMB 69,500/year; Half Day Session (under 4 years old) – RMB 46,500/year Beside Bldg 14, Jianwai SOHO West Area,39 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (5869 7540 ext 800 (reception) or 801 (office), administrator@thefamilylearninghouse.com) www.thefamilylearninghouse.com 家育苑, 朝 阳区东三环中路39号 建外SOHO西区14号楼旁

house-of-knowledge.net, 400 650 7747); 2) Liyuan Campus, A11 East Gate of Liyuan Compound, Xiangjiang Beilu, Chaoyang District, Shunyi District. (8470 5928 (English, Chinese and German), info@house-ofknowledge.net, 400 650 7747); 3) Chaoyang Park Campus, Victoria Gardens, 15 Chaoyang Park Xilu, Chaoyang District. (6538 2624 (English, German, Mandarin), info@house-ofknowledge.net, 400 650 7747) www.houseof-knowledge.net 好思之家国际幼儿园, 1) 朝 阳区亮马桥路50号燕莎中心C511; 2) 顺义区香 江北路丽苑小区东门A11; 3) 朝阳区朝阳公园西 路15号维多利亚花园公寓

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, fcdyy@hotmail.com) www.fcd.com.cn 芳草地国际学校, 朝阳区日坛北路1号

The International Montessori School of Beijing (MSB) As the first and only fullyregistered international Montessori school in Beijing, MSB has been serving the city’s expatriate children for 22 years. During that time, it has earned a glowing reputation for its steady commitment to the growth, education, and well-being of its pupils. The school is both an affiliate member of the American Montessori Society(AMS), which upholds the MACTE Montessori education standards on an international level, and the International Montessori Teaching Institute, which provides ongoing training to all of MSB’s lead teachers and teaching assistants. In August 2012, the school expanded its Riviera campus to cover all of its prekindergarten through elementary programs, and counts spacious classrooms, an indoor pool, and a multi-purpose auditorium among its facilities. Parents, in particular, are fond of the campus’s twoCoffee Stops, where they can mingle with a cup of coffee and a freshly-baked treat, courtesy of the school’s dedicated parent association. Age range: 1-12. Tuition fees (2012 Academic Year): 3 Day Toddler (Age 1): RMB 41,000; 5 Day Toddler (Age 1): RMB 65,000; Morning Nursery (Age 2): RMB91,000; Full-day Nursery (Age 2): RMB 135,000; Morning Kindergarten (Ages 3-4): RMB 95,000; Fullday Kindergarten (Ages 3-4): RMB 140,000; Reception (Age 5): RMB 157,000; Elementary (Ages 6-12): RMB 163,000. Bldg 8, 2 Xiangjiang Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6432 8228, admissions@msb.edu.cn) www.msb. edu.cn 北京蒙台梭利国际学校, 朝阳区朝阳区 香江北路2号院8号楼

Harrow International School Beijing Harrow International School Beijing prides itself on high academic standards that are maintained within a close-knit school community. All students are assigned a personal tutor who looks after their overall welfare and serves as a liaison between school and home. High academic standards and leadership skills are promoted schoolwide, with a range of enrichment activities to help students develop teamwork and creative thinking skills, as well as independence and responsibility. Graduates from Harrow Beijing have been accepted at universities across the world, including Oxford, Cambridge, and Princeton.Harrow Beijing follows the National Curriculum of England and Wales, culminating in the General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE and IGCSE’s), and A Levels. Its curriculum is fully accredited by all British Examination Authorities and it is an accredited SAT center. Harrow Beijing is also a member of the Council of International Schools (CIS) and, like all Harrow International Schools, undergoes regular accreditation visits by CIS and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) in the US. Harrow Beijing is also a member of the Federation of British International Schools in Southeast Asia and East Asia (FOBISSEA), which enables students to collaborate in music and sports with other schools across Southeast Asia. Age Range: 3-18. Tuition Fees (2012-2013 Academic Year): Nursery: RMB 119,800; Reception: RMB 149,300; Years 1-2: RMB 177,700; Years 3-6: RMB 189,100; Years 7-9: RMB 207,600; Years 10-11: RMB 217,600; Years 12-13: RMB 231,700. 287 Hegezhuang Village, Cuigezhuang County, Chaoyang District. (6444 8900, enquiries@ harrowbeijing.cn) www.harrowbeijing.cn 北京 哈罗英国学校, 朝阳区崔各庄乡何各庄村287号 House of Knowledge International Kindergarten House of Knowledge (HoK) boasts its own unique curriculum that includes aspects of the Montessori and Reggio Emilia programs, with special emphasis placed on the latter approach. Students are treated as competent learners with boundless potential, who are capable of infinite discovery. With this in mind, the curriculum trains them to acquire critical thinking and collaboration skills by teaching them how to “learn to learn.” Age range: 10 months-6 years. Tuition fees (2010-2011 Academic Year): Registration RMB 2,000; Deposit RMB 5,000-15,000 (refundable according to withdraw policy); RMB 53,500122,800 (depending on choice of program and campus) 1) Administrative Office, C511, Lufthansa Centre, 50 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (400 650 7747, info@

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The International School of Beijing (ISB) The International School of Beijing (ISB) traces its roots back to the early 1970s when a small foreign school was established by the United States Liaison Office, the precursor to the US Embassy, and was little more than a simple “classroom that was wedged into a hallway in a diplomatic apartment compound in Sanlitun.” In the 1980s the school was merged with the schools of the British, Australian, Canadian and New Zealand embassies and was eventually moved to its presentday 50,000sqm purpose-built facility near Capital Paradise in Shunyi. Over the years ISB has gained an international reputation for its solid academic programs (it was the first school in Beijing to offer the full IB Diploma), comprehensive facilities and full curriculum catering to all age levels. Age range: 3-18 years old. Tuition fees (20102011 Academic Year): EC3 (half day) RMB 65,490 (RMB 10,970 capital fee); EC4 (full day) RMB 119,690 (RMB 10,970 capital fee); Kindergarten RMB 140,330 (RMB 13,180 capital fee); Grades 1–5 RMB 140,330 (RMB 31,600 capital fee); Grades 6–8 RMB 150,540 (RMB 31,600 capital fee); Grades 9-12 RMB 165,540 (RMB 31,600 capital fee) 10 Anhua Jie, Shunyi District. (8149 2345 ext 1047, admission@isb.bj.edu.cn) www.isb.bj.edu.cn 北京顺义国际学校, 顺义区安华街10号 Ivy Academy Ivy Academy is a pre-school and kindergarten created in collaboration with the Harvard Graduate School of Education Researchers that accepts students of ages two through six. 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 (2010-2011 Academic Year): Deposit RMB 8,000 (non-refundable, to be credited toward tuition); Registration fee RMB 800; Half-day RMB 86,000; Full day RMB 127,900 C101, East Lake Villas, NO. 35 Dongzhimenwai Main Street, Dongcheng District. (8451 1380, Info-el@ivyschools.com) www.ivyschools.com 艾毅国际幼儿园, 东城区 东直门外大街35号东湖别墅C座101室 Ivy Bilingual School Like its sister school Ivy Academy, Ivy Bilingual School (IBS) enrolls children from two to six years of age and offers a curriculum designed in the spirit of the Multiple Intelligences theory. The goal of Ivy Bilingual School is to provide children with the most current research-based practices coupled with the knowledge of the unique Chinese culture. Children graduating from IBS are comfortable speaking in both English and Chinese. Age range: 2-6 years old. Tuition fees (2010-2011 Academic Year): Registration fee RMB 800; Deposit RMB 6,000 (nonrefundable, credited toward tuition); RMB 42,600–57,000/year (Ocean Express Campus); RMB 39,000–52,400 per year (Orchid Garden Campus) 1) Ocean Express Campus, Bldg E, Ocean Express, 2 Dongsanhuan Beilu (north of Kempinski), Chaoyang District. (8446 7287/6, info-wj@ivyschools.com, info-og@ivyschool. com); 2) Orchid Garden Campus, 18 Xinjin Lu, Cui Ge Xiang (Airport Expressway, Beigao Exit), Chaoyang District. (8439 7080, info-wj@ ivyschools.com, info-og@ivyschool.com) www. ivyschools.com 艾毅双语幼儿园, 1) 朝阳区东 三环北路2号远洋新干线E座; 2) 朝阳区崔各乡新 锦路18号卓锦万代 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, criticalthinking, 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. (admission@keystoneacademy.cn) http:// www.keystoneacademy.cn/ 北京鼎石国际学校 Muffy’s Education Founded in 2003, Muffy’s Education provides English immersion kindergartens, seasonal camps and afterschool programs that impart “Knowledge Through English”. Using English as the medium for learning, students receive a high quality education and a strong foundation of English skills. Muffys has an educational program that includes all core subjects in an English immersion environment. Educators use a variety of teaching methods to help each student with their unique learning needs. Muffy’s also uses internationally known curriculum from the University of Chicago, Columbia Teachers College and Pearson Education. Muffy’s teachers are from Canada, United States, England and Australia. Before students enroll, assessments and placement will be arranged. 1) Shijicheng Location: 5/F, Bldg B, Huibo Dasha, Landianchang Lu, Haidian District.; 2) 1 Yangchun Guanghua Jiayuan, Wanliu Donglu, Haidian District.; 3) Wangjing Location: East gate of Beixiaohe Gongyuan, Wangjing Xilu, Chaoyang District.; 4) Xiangshan Location: Xiangshan Qingqin, Mentou Cun, Sijiqing Town, Haidian District. www.muffys.cn 博识梦 飞, 1) 海淀区蓝靛厂路(人大附小对面)汇博 大厦西侧5层; 2) 海淀区万柳东路阳春光华家园 1号; 3) 朝阳区望京北小河公园东门; 4) 海淀 区香山清琴别墅儿童会所 National Institute of Technology (NIT) Founded in 1997, NIT is composed of three

schools: NIT (Grades 10-12), the Australian International School of Beijing (Grades 1-6), and Beijing International School (Grades 1-9). As a joint project of the Chinese and Australian governments, NIT bills itself as the largest international school in China and the first and only school to offer courses provided by the current Australian educational curriculum council. The school now has over 2,300 students, including more than 150 foreign students. NIT and BIS accept both local and foreign students, while AISB accepts expats only. Age range: 2-18. Tuition fees (2012-2013 Academic Year): Kindergarten: RMB 150,000; Primary school (Grades 1-6): RMB 94,100; Middle school (Grades 7-9): RMB 102,100; High school (Grades 10-12): RMB 139,500; Accommodations: RMB 8,000/ year (primary school students); RMB 16,000/ year (middle school students); RMB 20,000/ year (high school); English training (high school): RMB 42,500/semester (14 weeks); Piano class: RMB 9,600; Health check and insurance (kindergarten): RMB 300. 7 Louzizhuang, Chaoyang District. (8439 0808, jinyumei@nitbj.com) www.bischool.com.cn 北 京爱迪国际学校, 朝阳区楼梓庄路7号 Prestige Education Centre (PEC) Prestige Education Centre is a weekend school with full day and half day programs that teaches students about the world in an English environment. Many of their students hope to study abroad or join an international school in the future, as well as enrich their education in general. Prestige Education Centre’s curriculum is based on that of independent schools in the UK. The institution also has a few weekday programs. Area D, Art Base 1, Hegezhuang, Chaoyang District. (6432 2797 / 155 0120 8418, pedcentre@163.com) www.pedcentre. com 朝阳区何各庄壹号地国际艺术园D区 St. Paul American School (SPAS) Saint Paul American School (SPAS) is a private residential school, part of the Nacel International School System, dedicated to meeting the educational needs of international students at the middle and high school level. Located near the Olympic Village Park, and partnered with Number Two High School attached to Beijing Normal University, SPAS offers both an American curriculum, as well as intensive study in Chinese language and culture. This arrangement provides a unique dual diploma system that is fully accredited by the NCA (North Central Association on Accreditation and School Improvement). Saint Paul American School’s intercultural program now serves students from 23 countries around the world, and is truly dedicated to providing a new concept of high school for future leaders in the global community. CurriculumSaint Paul American School provides a full US curriculum, with over 40 courses offered, ranging from the introductory to AP level. Students also take courses in Chinese language, culture, history, and art.For students needing more academic support there is a peer tutoring program, as well as a nightly study hall in which certified teachers provide additional help. All students participate in an after school activity or club of their choosing. Emphasis is given to the fine arts. 18 Guan’aoyuan, Longgang Lu, Qinghe, Haidian District. (8273 8613, david.krieger@ saintpaulamerican.org) www.stpaulschool.cn 北京师范大学第二附属中学, 海淀区清河宝胜 里观澳园18号 The Children’s House International Montessori Kindergarten The Children’s House opened its China World Trade Center campus in 1992 and has since established schools at the Lufthansa Center, Yosemite Villas in Shunyi and in Yayuncun’s Yayunxinxin Gardens. Today, the educational group serves over 300 international students in its four campuses, which are characterized by their small, friendly down-home atmospheres, English-only and bilingual curriculums that adhere to the Montessori system. Please note that the bilingual and bilingual reception classes are offered only at the Kempinski and Yosemite campuses. Age range: 0-6Tuition fees (20122013 Academic Year): RMB 74,000(Nursery/


Shopping Pre-Primary morning program); RMB 93,000 (Nursery/Pre-Primary half-day); RMB 114,000 (Nursery/Pre-Primary full day); RMB 98,000 (Primary half-day); RMB 122,000 (Primary full day); RMB 126,000 (Primary Reception Class full day); RMB 72,000 (bilingual halfday); RMB 103,200 (bilingual full day); RMB 115,200 (Bilingual Reception Class full day) 1) Olympic Village Campus: Yayun Xinjiayuan, 1 Xindian Lu, Chaoyang District. (5202 0293); 2) Liangma Qiao Campus: Unit S114, Lufthansa Center Tower, 50 Liangma Qiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6465 1305/3388 ext 4477); 3) Shunyi Campus: C Area Clubhouse, Yosemite Villas, 4 Yuyang Lu, Houshayu Town, Shunyi District. (8041 7083); 4) Guomao Campus: 1/F, North Lodge, 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6505 3869/2288) 巧智博仁国际幼儿 园, 1) 朝阳区辛店路1号亚运新家园社区; 2) 朝 阳区亮马桥路50号凯宾斯基写字楼S114室; 3) 顺 义区后沙峪镇榆杨路4号优山美地C区俱乐部; 4) 朝阳区建国门外大街1号国贸北公寓1层 Western Academy of Beijing Western Academy of Beijing is an International Baccalaureate World School that boasts a “challenging and caring educational environment in which students are active participants in the learning process.” WAB provides a learner-centered atmosphere that nurtures a strong sense of community among its 1,550 students from 55 countries, with the mission to “Connect, Inspire, Challenge: Make a Difference.” Campus facilities are extensive and include a lake and model wetlands that are the foundation of its environmental science center.Age range: 3-18 years old. Tuition fees (2010/2011 Academic Year, combined total includes capital levy and tuition): Nursery RMB 85,000; PreKindergarten RMB 141,000; Kindergarten RMB 165,000; Grades 1-5 RMB 165,000; Grades 6-8 RMB 181,000; Grades 9-10 RMB 198,000; Grades 11-12 RMB 204,000 10 Laiguangying Donglu, Chaoyang District. (5986 5588, wabinfo@wab.edu) www.wab. edu 北京京西学校, 朝阳区来广营东路10号 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, enquiry@ bj.ycef.com) www.ycis-bj.com 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 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@ bj.ycef.com) www.ywitec.com 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

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 10.30am12.30pm. Rm B1803, Concordia Plaza, 32 Xiaoyun Lu, Chaoyang district, Chaoyang District. (135 0128 1587, lilyvittot@hotmail. com) 朝阳区霄云路32号嘉和丽园B1803室 Kids Land You’ll find all sorts of toys, gifts, and art supplies for kids at this colorful store, including a variety of Lego and Crayola sets. 1) Daily 10am-10pm.. 411-412 Xindong’an Plaza, 138 Wangfujing Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6528 8624); 2) Daily 10am-10pm.. Rm 0423, Jiamao Shopping Center, 33 Guangshun Beidajie, Chaoyang District. (8472 9412); 3) Daily 9.30am-9.30pm.. Rm 206, 1/F, Lido Place, 6 Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District. (6437 6908); 4) Daily 10am-10pm.. L407, Building 1, The Place, 9 Guanghua Road, Chaoyang District. (6587 1481) www. kidslandchina.com 智乐家园, 1) 东城区东城 区王府井大街138号新东安411-412; 2) 朝阳区 朝阳区广顺北大街33号嘉茂购物中心4层0423号 店铺; 3) 朝阳区朝阳区将台路6号丽都商业广场 1层206号商铺; 4) 朝阳区朝阳区光华路9号世贸 天阶1号楼4层L407 Lao Beijing Handmade Paper-Cut This shop provides delicate multi-colored Chinese traditional and modern paper-cuts that are hand-made by local artists. 1) 42 Yonghegong Dajie, Dongcheng District.; 2) 110 Nanluogu Xiang, Dongcheng District. 老 北京手工剪纸, 1) 东城区雍和宫大街42 号; 2) 东城区南锣鼓巷 110号 Slow Life Patchwork Daily 10.30am-9pm. Unit 2406, North Tower, Soho Shangdu, 8 Dongdaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (134 8865 5984) 朝阳区东大桥路8号Soho 尚都北塔4层 2406 号

Bookstores Beijing Book Building Take the escalator to the basement to find a large but eclectic range of English-language books. The staff is fluent in English and happy to help you search for a particular title. Dictionaries and books related to learning Chinese language can also be found on the third floor. Daily 9am-9pm. 17 Xichang’an Jie, (right near Xidan subway station), Xicheng District. (6607 8477) www.bjbb.com 北京图书大厦, 西 城区西长安大街17号 The BookMark The BookMark offers a wide range of books for the whole family, in English and other languages, including a sizable selection of children’s literature. Children can enjoy regular book club gatherings and a weekly thematic story hour with integrated art activities. A family membership (RMB 500) gets you and your crew the chance to borrow five books for up to two weeks at a time. Wed-Sat 10am-4pm. Inside Piazza Cafe, across from side gate of Capital Paradise, Shunyi, Shunyi District. (136 0105 4566, shunyilibrary@aol.com) www. bookmarkbeijing.com 顺义区顺义区名都园 南门外 The Bookworm English language books

to borrow or buy. Book larvae can graze in the library’s Kiddies’ Corner, which houses child-size chairs and toys in addition to books. A family library membership (RMB 500) allows your family to borrow up to six books for two weeks at a time. A growing selection of for-sale books includes favorites like Wicked Chickens and The Gruffalo’s Child. In addition, The Bookworm’s Kids Club offers both young children and teens opportunities to share books with their peers. Daily 9am-2am. Courtyard 4, Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6586 9507, books@beijingbookworm.com, kidsclub@ beijingbookworm.com) www.chinabookworm. com 书虫书吧, 朝阳区工体北路4号院 Foreign Languages Bookstore The mother lode for kids’ books in English, the store has classic picture books by Dr. Seuss, plus many series like Junie B. Jones, The Famous Five, Arthur and more. Older kids will find a slew of must-read books as well. Also offers books on tape and loads of photo-illustrated, hardbound series on science, nature and animals. The selection keeps getting better, but prices remain Western. Daily 9.30am-9.30pm. 235 Wangfujing Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6512 6903, bxwjsjb@public.bta.net.cn) www.bpiec. com.cn 外文书店, 东城区王府井大街235号 Ladies’ Book Saloon Venture to Wudaokou for this child-friendly, elegant bookstore. You’ll find no piano player or gunslingers here – only couches and glasstop worktables providing a nice place to read. The children’s books and workstations make this a great spot to relax with the kids. Regular film screenings are held every Wed and Sat evening at 7pm. Daily 10am-11pm. 69 Chengfu Lu, Haidian District. (6270 1928) 雨 枫书馆, 海淀区成府路69号 Page One This addition to Beijing’s bookstore scene offers the best selection under one roof (in art/design, food & wine, bestsellers, classics, etc.), with competitive prices for English-language material. 1) Daily 24hrs. S2, 1-2/F, Sanlitun Village South, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6417 6626, page1_cwtc@pageonegroup.com, page1_ indigo@pageonegroup.com); 2) Daily 10am9.30pm. B2/F, China World Summit Wing, 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (8535 1055, page1_cwtc@pageonegroup. com, page1_indigo@pageonegroup.com); 3) Mon-Thu 10am-8pm, Fri-Sun 10am-10pm. Shop 50, 1/F, Indigo Mall, 18 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (8426 0408, page1_cwtc@ pageonegroup.com, page1_indigo@ pageonegroup.com) www.pageonegroup.com 叶一堂, 1) 朝阳区三里屯路19号三里屯Village 南区2楼1-2层; 2) 朝阳区建国门外大街1号国 贸商城三期地下2层; 3) 朝阳区酒仙桥路18号颐 堤港地铁层50号 Peekabook House Home to a range of classic English picture books and popular novels for younger readers, as well as a variety of Chinese children’s books. Both branches offer bilingual story times, arts and crafts programs, and birthday party options. 1) Daily 9.30am-8.30pm. F305, Building 10, Phoenix City Commercial Street, Sanyuan Qiao, Chaoyang District. (5866 8064, peekahouse@yahoo.com.cn); 2) Tue-Sun 9.30am-8.30pm. 206, Building 10, Baihuan Jiayuan, 66 Guangqu Lu., Chaoyang District. (8773 8382/5884, peekahouse@yahoo.com. cn); 3) Tue-Sun 9.30am-8.30pm. Room 302, Bottom floor, Building No.1, Yi Yuan, Bi Shui Yun Tian, Wan Liu Zhong Lu, Haidian District. (8256 7276, 8256 6324, peekahouse@yahoo. com.cn) www.peekabook.com.cn 皮卡书屋, 1) 朝阳区东三环路三元桥凤凰城商街10号楼F305; 2) 朝阳区广渠路66号院百环家园10号楼206; 3) 海淀区万柳中路碧水云天颐园1号楼底商302室 Poplar Kids Republic Bookstore A children’s bookstore with a comfortable play area inside. Daily 10am-7pm. Rm 1362, Bldg 13, Jianwai Soho, 39 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (5869 3032) www.poplar. com.cn 蒲蒲兰绘本馆, 朝阳区东三环中路39号 建外Soho13号楼1362

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Scholastic Children’s Library Stocks English books that young children can borrow. Library cards available at the centers. 1) WedFri 9am-6pm, Sat-Sun 9am-7pm. 1B1-35-37 Solana, 1 Nonzhanguan Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (5905 6377, cpalowitch@scholastic. com.cn); 2) Wed-Fri 9am-6pm, Sat-Sun 9am7pm. 2/F, Westside of Aisedun, Haidian District. (8265 2711, cpalowitch@scholastic.com.cn); 3) Wed-Fri 9am-6pm, Sat-Sun 9am-7pm. 4/F, north side, of the Jinyuan Xin Yansha Mall, 1 Yuanda Lu, Haidian District. (8887 5318/9, cpalowitch@scholastic.com.cn); 4) Wed-Fri 9am-6pm, Sat-Sun 9am-7pm. F3-08, 3/F, Hualian Shangsha, Shangdi (at the south intersection), Haidian District. (6266 7734/94, cpalowitch@scholastic.com.cn); 5) Wed-Fri 9am-6pm, Sat-Sun 9am-7pm. 3/F Glory Mall, 18 Xihuashi Dajie, Chongwen District. (6711 8059, cpalowitch@scholastic.com.cn); 6) WedFri 9am-6pm, Sat-Sun 9am-7pm. , Fengtai District. (8767 0865, cpalowitch@scholastic. com.cn); 7) Wed-Fri 9am-6pm, Sat-Sun 9am-7 pm. 1/F Bldg B, Anzhen, Shenggu Jiayuan, Chaoyang District. (6443 8186, cpalowitch@ scholastic.com.cn); 8) Wed-Fri 9am-6pm, Sat-Sun 9am-7 pm. 3/F, Section E, Wangjing International Shopping Center, Chaoyang District. (5920 3790, cpalowitch@scholastic. com.cn) www.scholastic.com.cn 学乐儿童教育 集团, 1) 朝阳区朝阳区农展馆南路1号朝阳公园 西侧蓝色港湾国际商业区1栋广场层1B1-35-37 号; 2) 海淀区海淀区海淀南路34号艾瑟顿公寓二 层西侧(海淀妇幼保健院对面); 3) 海淀区海 淀区远大路1号金源新燕莎四层北; 4) 海淀区海 淀区上地南口 华联商厦三层F3-08; 5) 崇文区 崇文区西花市大街18号 北京国瑞购物中心三层; 6) 丰台区Block 1, Bldg 28 (Tong Run Hui Guan Building), Fangzhuang, Fangguyuan, Wangfujing Xinhua Bookstore Fabulous Chinese-language selection of kids’ books, including lavishly illustrated kids’ encyclopedias, tons of easy-readers and brightly illustrated books for kids just learning Chinese, plus posters, fun interactive books and myriad learning aids. The English selection is slim, but a budget-stretching option is to pick up the super cheap, greenbound, China published softcover editions of classics like Kidnapped and Tom Sawyer. Daily 10am-9pm. 218 Wangfujing Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6525 2592) 王府井新华 书店, 东城区王府井大街218号

Clothing Decathlon This popular French company now has outlets throughout China. The store supplies equipment for tons of different athletic activities – individual and team sports, land and water sports – from running to sailing, from squash to volleyball. 1) SunThu 9am-9pm, Fri-Sat 9am-10pm. Yizhuang Economic Development Area, 3 Wenhua Yuan Xilu, Daxing District. (6782 6100); 2) Daily 10am-10pm. 186 Litang Lu, Changping District. (8484 4848); 3) Sun-Thu 9am-9pm, Fri-Sat 9am-10pm. 66-1 Xiangbin Lu, Shunyi District. (6779 8886); 4) Sun-Thu 9am-9pm, Fri-Sat 9am-10pm. Northwest of Gongyixi Qiao, Dongsihuan Nanlu, Fengtai District. (8788 8883); 5) Sun-Thu 9am-9pm, Fri-Sat 9am-10pm. 195 Dongsihuan Zhonglu (near Dajiaoting), Chaoyang District. (8777 8788) www.decathlon.com.cn/en 迪卡侬运动超市, 1) 大兴区文化园西路3号亦庄开发区; 2) 昌平 区立汤路186号; 3) 顺义区香槟路66-1号; 4) 丰台区东四环南路公益西桥西北角; 5) 朝阳区 东四环中路195号(靠近大郊亭) Forever 21 America’s cheapest fast-fashion retailer is full of trendy, frilly buys for tweens and young women. Daily 10am-10pm. Beijing APM, 138 Wangfujing Dajie, Dongcheng District. www.forever21.cn 东城区王府井大街 138号新东安广场311号 Gap San Francisco-based clothing retailer Gap brings its all-American apparel to Beijing. 1) Daily 10am-10pm. Shop 177/276, 1/F and 2/F, Indigo Mall, 18 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (8426 0386); 2) 131 Xidan Beidajie, Xicheng District.; 3) Unit 136A-140, Beijing APM, 138 Wangfujing Dajie, Dongcheng

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District.; 4) Daily 10am-10pm. Unit 1101, 1/F, Joy City Chaoyang, 101 Chaoyang Beilu (at the intersection of Qingnian Lu), Chaoyang District. www.gap.com 盖璞, 1) 朝阳区酒仙 桥路18号颐堤港商场1层及2层店铺号177/276; 2) 西城区西单北大街131号; 3) 东城区王府井 大街138号北京新东安广场136A-140; 4) 朝阳 区朝阳北路101 (青年路口东北角) 朝阳北路大 悦城1层1101 H&M This Swedish clothing retailer is the epitome of fast fashion. Daily 10am-10pm. 1) 酒仙桥路18号颐堤港商场1层及2层店铺号 102/202, Chaoyang District. (8426 0399); 2) Units 72-82, Bldg A16, Qianmen Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6706 0508); 3) Xidan Joy City, 131 Xidan Beidajie, Xicheng District. (6706 0508); 4) Glory Mall, 18 Chongwenmen Dajie, Chongwen District. (6715 6676); 5) Raffles City, 1 Dongzhimen Nandajie, Dongcheng District. (8409 4199); 6) Oumeihui Shopping Mall, A1 Danling Jie, Haidian District. (8248 8976) 1) 朝阳区 Shop 102/202, 1/F and 2/F, Indigo Mall, 18 Jiuxianqiao Lu; 2) 东城区前门大街A16号楼 72-82号; 3) 西城区西单北大街131号西单大悦 城; 4) 崇文区崇文门大街18号国瑞城; 5) 东城 区东直门南大街1号来福士广场; 6) 海淀区丹棱 街甲1号欧美汇购物中心 Les Enphants This Taiwanese retailer has been around since the 1970s. With dozensof stores all over the city, Les Enphants is never far, and it’s a fine shopping alternative to larger retailers and malls. They carry baby products and clothing by their own brand, as well as Disney Baby, Barbie, Peter Rabbit, and more. 1) Daily 10am-10pm.. 5/F, North Building No 18, Shin Kong Place, 89 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (400 879 9299); 2) Daily 9.30am10.30pm.. Letian Yintai Department Store, 88 Wangfujing Dajie, Dongcheng District. (400 879 9299); 3) Daily 9am-8pm.. 10 Tuanjiehu Lu, Chaoyang District. (8597 4162); 4) 8.30am10.30pm. 2/F Shuangjing Carrefour, Chaoyang District. (8586 1350) www.phland.com.cn 丽婴 房, 1) 朝阳区朝阳区建国路89号18号北楼5楼; 2) 东城区东城区王府井大街88号乐天银泰百货; 3) 朝阳区朝阳区团结湖路10号; 4) 朝阳区广渠路31 号家乐福超市二层 Muji 1) Daily 10am-10pm. 1/F, Joy City Chaoyang, 101 Chaoyang Beilu, Chaoyang District. (8552 6752); 2) Daily 10am-10pm. 2/F, Phase 2, Beijing U-Town, 5 Sanfeng Beili, Chaoyang District. (8563 5386); 3) Daily 10am-10pm. 1/F and 2/F, Beijing Glory Mall, 18 Chongwenmen Dajie, Chongwen District. (6715 6880); 4) Daily 10am-10pm. 2/F, Wangfujing Department Store, 251-253 Wangfujing Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6528 2148); 5) Daily 10am-10pm. L322-330, China Central Place, 6 Xidawanglu, Chaoyang District. (5969 5948); 6) Daily 10am-10pm. SMM73-79, M/F, Bldg 1, Solana Mall, 6 Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (5905 6848); 7) Mon-Fri 10am-10pm, SatSun 9.30am-10pm. 1/F, Joy City, 131A Xidan Beidajie, Xicheng District. (5971 6248) www. muji.com.cn 无印良品, 1) 朝阳区朝阳北路101 号朝北大悦城1层; 2) 朝阳区三丰北里5号悠唐 生活广场2期2层; 3) 崇文区崇外大街18号国瑞 城1F-2F; 4) 东城区王府井大街251-253号王府 井百货2层; 5) 朝阳区西大望路甲6号华贸购物 中心L322-330; 6) 朝阳区朝阳公园路6号蓝色港 湾国际商区1号楼M层SMM73-79; 7) 西城区西 单北大街甲131号大悦城1层 Sisley Trendy teens (especially tall ones of the male variety) will warm to the sporty and casual wear from this French brand; it’s also a good choice for party dresses. Daily 10am10pm. 1) The Village at Sanlitun, Chaoyang District.; 2) Unit 2-029-030, Zhongguncun Plaza, Haidian District.; 3) 3/F, Full Link Plaza, 18 Chaowai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6588 0507); 4) bb66, The Malls at Oriental Plaza, 1 Chang’an Jie, Dongcheng District. (8518 6297); 5) 3/F, Shin Kong Place, 87 Jianguo Lu (beside China Central Place), Chaoyang District. (6533 1804) 希思黎, 2) 海淀区中关 村广场购物中心029-030; 3) 朝阳区朝外大街18 号丰联广场3层; 4) 东城区长安街1号东方新天 地BB66wangfu; 5) 朝阳区建国路87号新光天地3 层(华贸中心旁边)

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Sunny Baby Kids’ Clothing With its collection of inexpensively priced dresses, pants, sweaters, shirts, shorts and socks, Sunny will brighten your infant-to-4-yearold’s day. Daily 10am-9pm. 562 Jiayi Vogue Square, 3A Xinyuan Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (6466 3028) 阳光宝贝童装, 朝阳区新源南路甲 3号佳艺广场562号 Tot to Teen Moderately priced children’s clothing, including a quality selection of infant layette, toddler pajamas and preteen everyday wear. Daily 9am-7pm. 703 Pinnacle Plaza, Tianzhu Real Estate Development Zone, Shunyi District. (8046 4419, tot-toteen@hotmail.com) 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 Uniqlo Throw some color into your wardrobe with Uniqlo – their puffy jackets, cardigans and jeans will help you stand out in style. This Japanese brand has ten stores in Beijing. Bldg 10, South District, Sanlitun Village, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6413 1320) www.uniqlo.com 朝阳区三里屯路19号三里屯 Village南区10号楼 Whale Baby Clothing These shops have not a single garment for young cetaceous mammals, but they do a brisk trade in toddler-to-preteen quilted coats with embroidered flowers, sparkly jeans and shoes decorated with soccer balls on the side. 1) Daily 9am-9pm. 2A Dongzhimen Nanjie, Dongcheng District. (6413 1550); 2) Daily 9am-8pm. 1/F, Gold Peacock Art Center,13 Dongtucheng Lu, Chaoyang District. (6428 5745); 3) Daily 9am-8pm. 7 Gongti Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (6551 4622) 鲸鱼宝宝童 装, 1) 东城区东直门南大街甲2号; 2) 朝阳区 东土城路13号,金孔雀艺术中心1层; 3) 朝阳 区工体南路7号 Zara This popular Spanish chain store is stocked with the latest chic apparel, shoes and accessories for both men and women (including a smaller section for children), with most items within the RMB 199-699 range. 1) Unit 63-65, Viva Plaza, Fulicheng, Zhong Dongsanhuan Lu, Chaoyang District.; 2) Mon-Thu 11am-9pm, Fri-Sun 11am-10pm. 1B1-6, Solana, 6 Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (5905 6100); 3) Daily 10am-10pm. The Place, 9A Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6587 1341/49); 4) Daily 10am-10pm. Joy City, 131 Xidan Beidajie, Xicheng District. (5971 6350) www.zara.com 1) 朝阳区东三环双井富力城63-65号; 2) 朝阳 区朝阳公园路6号蓝色港湾国际商区1B1-6; 3) 朝阳区光华路甲9号世贸天阶; 4) 西城区西单北 大街131号大悦城

Home Accessories and Gear 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) www.apple. com.cn 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 BabyGro Beijing BabyGro is Beijing’s one-stop shop for imported maternity, baby and toddler gear. Run by moms for moms, BabyGro stocks safe, innovative and high quality products. They have a large selection of maternity items and pregnancy clothes, as well as breast pumps, bottles, formula, safety items and toys for babies and kids. Brands include ERGObaby, Grobag, Medela, EGG Maternity, Sono Vaso, Crayola, Mini Micro, Recaro, Micralite, Trunki, Skip Hop, Playgro and Organic Family. 1) Mon-Fri 10am-7pm. Shop 5058, Bldg A, 5/F, Chaowai SOHO, 6 Chaowai Lu (across from Central Park), Chaoyang District. (5900 0601, johanna@ babygro.com.cn); 2) Wed-Sun 10am-5pm. Cathay View Garden Shopping Mall (next to Beijing Riviera Villas), 2 Xiangjiang Beilu, Chaoyang District. (8470 1690, johanna@ babygro.com.cn) www.babygro.com.cn 慧宝, 1) 朝阳区朝外路6号朝外SOHO5层A座5058店铺

(新城国际对面); 2) 朝阳区香江北路甲2号观 唐广场二期商铺 Boshiwa 365 This China-based retailer aims to be the one-stop shopping place forall your baby- and child-related needs. Girls will love the extensive selection of pretty pink dresses and comfy hoodies. Boys will have no shortage of selection in t-shirts and shorts. In addition to baby clothing, they carry lines for children from 3 to 14 years old. Brands include Disney, Harry Potter, and Thomas the Tank Engine. Dresses start around RMB 199, and t-shirts average about RMB 150 apiece. Daily 10am-10pm.. 1) 1/F, Kids Land, Solana Lifestyle and Shopping Park,6 Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (5905 6287); 2) L413-417, 4/F, The Place, 9 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6587 1306) www.boshiwa365.com 博士蛙365, 1) 朝阳区 朝阳区朝阳公园路6号蓝色港湾儿童城1层; 2) 朝阳区朝阳区光华路甲9号世贸天阶413-417 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 www.dzelec.com/bjmap. 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 Easy Home Enormous selection of things like paint, tiles, doors, windows, false ceilings, wallpaper, stone slabs, tiles, wood flooring, carpeting, light fixtures and more. It also sells tons of furniture. Interior decorating companies have offices in these shops. Daily 10am-9pm. 1) Golden Resources Outlet, Yuanda Lu, Haidian District. (8887 3398); 2) Yuquanying outlet, 58 Nansanhuan Xilu, Fengtai District. (8367 9622); 3) Shilihe Outlet, 106 Dayangfang Lu, Shibali Dian, Chaoyang District. (6730 5322); 4) Beisihuan Outlet, 65 Beisihuan Donglu, Chaoyang District. (8463 9988) www.juran.com.cn 居然 之家, 1) 海淀区金源店, 远大路1号; 2) 丰台 区玉泉营店, 南三环西路58号; 3) 朝阳区十里 河店, 十八里店大羊坊路106号; 4) 朝阳区北四 环店, 北四环东路65号 Gome In its 14 stores across the city, GOME stocks a wide range of home appliances as well as PCs and DVD players from the cheap to the mind-blowingly expensive. The sales assistants are very capable. If taking your player to another country, ask if it has encoding restrictions. See http://www. gome.com.cn/upload/2005/8/18/2005081 8053557142.jpg for all addresses. 1) Daily 9am-9pm. Shuangjing Qiao West, Chaoyang District. (5862 3091); 2) 1/F, Zhongxin Digital Building, 8 Zhongguancun Xiqu, Haidian District. (8287 1276, 8287 1259); 3) Daily 9am-7pm. 31 Beisanhuan Xilu, Haidian District. (8211 8637, freephone 800 990 6600) http://www.gome.com.cn/ 国美电器商 城, 1) 朝阳区东三环双井桥西; 2) 海淀区中 关村西区8号中芯数码商城1层; 3) 海淀区北三 环西路31号 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. com.cn 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 allaround 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, info@iqair-china.com); 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, info@iqair-china.com); 4) Daily 10am10pm. B1/F, Parkson Plaza Taiyanggong, Bldg 1, 12 Qi Sheng Zhongjie, Chaoyang District, Beijing, Chaoyang District. (157 1286 8454, info@iqair-china.com); 5) Daily 10am-10pm. 5/F, Shin Kong Place, 87 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (5738 2401, info@iqair-china.com); 6) Daily 9am-6pm. Rm 1801-03, Air China Plaza, 36 Xiaoyun Lu, Chaoyang District. (8447 5800, info@iqair-china.com); 7) Daily 10am-9pm. 4/F, 417 Seasons Place, 2 Jinchengfang Jie, Xicheng District. (6622 0179, info@iqair-china.com); 8) Mon-Thu 10am-9pm, Fri-Sun 10am-10pm. B1/F, Golden Resources New Yansha Mall, 1 Yuanda Lu, Haidian District. (157 1286 9044, info@iqair-china.com); 9) 10am-10pm. B2/F, Scitech Plaza, 22 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Beijing, Chaoyang District. (188 1020 5987, info@iqairchina.com) www.iqair-china.com 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 Beijing Torana Clean Air Center Air purifiers from Blueair and Alen Air, pollution masks from Totobobo. Free home assessments and delivery. 1) Daily 10am8.30pm. Unit LB09, 1/F, Europlaza Mall, Shunyi District. (8459 0785); 2) 10.30am6.30pm. Unit 308, Pinnacle Plaza, Shunyi District. (8046 1091) www.toranacleanair. com/index.html 1) 顺义区天竺镇裕翔路99号 欧陆广场LB09; 2) 顺义区天竺镇花梨坎村南“ 荣祥广场308室

Lily’s Antiques Furniture Lily’s Antiques is the most famous furniture dealer in Beijing, offering quality Chinese antiques, but also imported traditional and modern styles from all over the world, from Ming chairs and Tibetan rugs to Indian trunks, Spanish design and Italian sofas. The service is the best in town, with a one-year guarantee and delivery. 1) Daily 8.30am-6pm. Gaobeidian


Shopping Showroom, 69 Gaobeidian Furniture Street, Chaoyang District. (8579 2458); 2) Visit by Appointment. Factory and Warehouse Address, Baimiao industry area, Songzhuang town, Tongzhou District. (138 0139 6309) www.lilysantiques.com 华伦古典家具, 1) 朝 阳区高碑店家俱一条街69号; 2) 通州区工厂地 址,通州区宋庄镇白庙村工业大院 Mothercare Mothercare, the acclaimed British brand, is a global specialist retailer of clothing, home and travel and toys for mothers to be, babies and young children. Sells hard-to-find clothes for kids age 6 and younger, as well as a wide range of nursery furniture and nursery equipment. Find maternity clothes, strollers, bedding, car seats, playpens, baby monitors, children’s clothes and other elusive products at this chain. Daily 11am-10pm. 1) Stall B21-22, 1 Senlingongyuan Lu, Jingzhan Xiang, Shunyi District.; 2) Stall 121-123, Beyou World, 111 Jingshun Lu, Chaoyang District.; 3) 5/F, Wangfujing Baihuo, 255 Wangfujing Dajie, Dongcheng District. (8529 1777); 4) Stall 4128-4130, 4/F, Jinyuan Xinyansha Shopping Mall, 1 Yuanda Lu, Haidian District. (8886 5506); 5) SMM-42, 1/F, Solana, 6 Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (5905 6134) 1) 顺义区金盏乡森林公园路1号B21-22商铺; 2) 朝阳区京顺路111号比如世界1F121-123商铺; 3) 东城区王府井大街255号王府井百货5层; 4) 海 淀区远大路1号金源新燕莎购物中心4层第41284130商铺; 5) 朝阳区朝阳公园路6号蓝色港湾国 际商区SMM-42 Qiseguang Baby Store Located in Jing’anli, the straightforwardly named Qiseguang 0-3 Baby Articles Monopoly Store (Qiseguang 0-3 Ying’er Yongpin Zhuanmai) sells formula and baby food with prices ranging from a few kuai for the simple stuff, to a few hundred for gourmet goodies. They also stock feeding bottles, clothing, toys, books, cribs and strollers. Daily 9am-7.30pm. B1/F, International Exhibition Center, Jing’an Xijie, Chaoyang District. (6462 5797) 七色光0-3岁 婴儿用品专卖, 朝阳区静安西街国展地下1层 QM Furniture Daily 9am-8pm. 1) 1A, Mashenmiao, Hangtianqiao Xi, Haidian District. (8802 4123); 2) 29 Xiaoyun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6464 6301) 曲美家具城, 1) 海淀区曲美家具海淀区航天桥西马神庙甲1 号; 2) 朝阳区霄云路29号 Sundan Nationwide chain of electronics stores sells laptops, cameras, mobile phones, home appliances, DVDs, camcorders and more. Free delivery included. 1) Daily 10am-10pm. Shop 13, 1/F, Indigo Mall, 18 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (8426 0462); 2) 10am-10pm. F4, Beijing Raffles City, Dongcheng District. (8409 8962); 3) 10am-9pm. SLG36, S2-10,20, Sanlitun Village, Chaoyang District. (400 6788 688) http://www.sundan.com/ 顺电, 1) 朝阳区酒 仙桥路18号颐堤港商场地铁层店铺号LG13; 2) 东城区东城区东直门南大街1号来福士广场四层; 3) 朝阳区三里屯Village南区 Suning This membership-based Chinese electronics giant stocks cameras, computer accessories, home appliances, TVs, air conditioners, refrigerators, and more at affordable prices. Look out for Suning’s blowout sales around Golden Week and other major holidays. 1) Daily 9am-9pm. 5 Balizhuang Dongli, Chaoyang District. (6557 9996); 2) Bldg 116, Wangjing Huayuan, Chaoyang District. (6471 7866) 苏宁电器, 1) 朝阳区八里庄东里5号; 2) 朝阳区望京花园 116号楼 幸福妈妈孕婴专卖, 西城区新街口南 大街112号

Markets Hongqiao Market Here you’ll find T-shirts, silk pajamas, Chinese tchotchkes, beads, shoes, and some electronics, as well as a great fish market in the basement. But under daily siege from foreigners eager to share their wealth, this landmark market is seriously overpriced – for everything. Don’t say we didn’t warn you. If you nevertheless find yourself there with your camera, head up

to the fifth floor balcony for an amazing view of the Temple of Heaven. Daily 9.30am-7pm. 46 Hongqiao Lu, Chongwen District. (6713 3354) 红桥市场, 崇文区红桥路46号 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 Silk Street Market Although this six-story market is overwhelmingly touristy (and therefore overpriced, even with bargaining), it is filled with everything imaginable – clothing, souvenirs, jewelry, electronics, and fabrics – each with its own section. Be prepared for loud and pushy sellers who are accustomed to dealing with foreigners. Daily 9am-9pm. 8 Xiushui Dongjie, Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (5169 8800) 秀水街, 朝阳 区建国门外大街秀水东街8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)

Organic Goods 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) http://www.goldstreet.cn/en/ 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), thelovelygreencow@gmail.com) http://www.

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Little Donkey Farm Beijing’s only government supported Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm delivers produce to your door once or twice a week (depending on your preference). Memberships range from RMB 2,000-4,000 for delivery, or RMB 1,440-2,800 for pick-up orders. You can also farm your own small 30-meter plot for RMB 1,200 a year. West of Houshajian Village, Sujiatuo Zhen, Haidian District. (138 1095 6036, 186 0102 2820, littledonkeyfarm@163. com) www.littledonkeyfarm.com 海淀区海淀 区苏家坨镇后沙涧村西

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) www.moko.cc/speedwide 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

Organic Farm Home Delivery Service Organic Farm has its own shuttles which deliver 100% certified organic groceries directly to your doorstep. Besides fresh vegetables, fruits, meats, eggs and dairy products, there is also a high-quality selection of organic import foods. Just call 400 886 9166 ext 8001 (English and Chinese) or visit their website to place an order. Free delivery from Monday to Saturday. Daily 9am-9pm. Unit 101, 1/F, Park Avenue, 6 Gongyuan Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (6530 6641; 400 886 9166 ext 8001 (delivery), vip_bj@organicfarm.com.cn) http://www. organicfarm.com.cn/ 有机农庄, 朝阳区北京朝 阳公园南路6号公园大道商业大厦1层101号 Theresa’s Farm This organic farm offers free delivery inside the 5th ring road, every Friday (orders must be made three days in advance).A prepayment of RMB 1,000 is required in advance, and orders are then deducted from your original prepayment. As soon asyour account goes below RMB 200, they ask if you’d like to top it up. Simple! (1370 1277 398, will2bdone@yahoo.com) www.youjinongzhuang.com 天福园

Photography Studios & Services The Age of Innocence Photo Studio Daily 9am-6pm. 21 LiangmaqiaoLu,Fenghuayuan 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, babyangel_2004@163.com) 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 Beautiful Angel Photography Studio Beautiful Angel specializes in high-quality, customized individual portraits and family photos. The team is made up of female photographers and experienced graphic artists. Mon-Fri 10am-7pm. Rm B1-14, B1/F, Lane 22, Pingod, 32 Baiziwan Lu, Chaoyang District. Contact Weibo: @ 天使爱美丽摄影空间 (5821 1377, yeepin_work@foxmail.com) www. tsaml.com 天使爱美丽摄影空间, 朝阳区百子湾 路32号苹果社区22院街B1-14 Children’s Photo Art Space A new boutique children’s photography service offering unique fantasy and dream-themed shoots versus more conventional portraits. Currently located in Beijing, China, the office is in the Chaoyang District with an additional location convenient to the Shunyi Villas. Shoots mainly on-location but has a full service studio in 798 Art District. 3388 Capital Paradise, Shunyi District, Shunyi District. (155 1030 4776) www.dreamwalkers-children.com 梦游童年摄影, 顺义区顺义区名都圆3388号 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, service@littleones.com.

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 10am-7pm. Rm 509510, 5/F, Euro Plaza, 99 Yuxiang Lu, Shunyi District. (80461603 (Chinese), 13691091046 (English)) www.vivaxiao.com 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 Party Box Originally from Shanghai, Party Box now comes to Beijing. The company specializes in designing and throwing events and parties for expat kids. They can provide personalized banners, invitations, cupcake toppers, water bottles, decoration kits, arts and crafts kits, cookies, goody bags, thank you tags, and more. Any theme and color scheme is possible; contact the company for more information. Mon-Fri 9am-6pm.. (186 2197 5150, info@partyboxcn.com) www. pboxb.com 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 and Swedish. Daily 9am-7pm. Office 19A, Bldg B, Ginza, Dongzhimenwai Dajie, Dongcheng District. (5817 4013, zhang.juanjuan@pinyinstudio. com) 拼音工作室, 东城区东直门外大街东方 银座b座19层A ST Car Care Beijing Co., Ltd Daily 9am6pm. 507 Pinnacle Plaza, Tianzhu Town, Shunyi District. (8046 2075, stautoclub@ yahoo.com) www.stautoclub.com.cn 顺义区天 竺镇荣祥广场507

Shopping Centers & Malls China World Shopping Mall Offers a yummy array of choice brand names like Moschino, Celine, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Burberry and Shanghai Tang. Daily 9.30am10pm. 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6505 2288) 国贸商城, 朝阳区建国 门外大街1号 Galaxy Soho With its swooping sci-fi curves, this award-winning structure from starchitect Zaha Hadid has already become a go-to spot for urban photographers. 2 Nanzhugan Hutong, Chaoyangmennei Dajie, Dongcheng District. 东城区朝阳门内大街南竹杆胡同2号 Indigo Mall Swire Properties’ new megamall located right by 798 is home to a massive supermarket and a cinema, as well as a trendy array of popular shops (including bla bla bra, GAP) and local eateries (Blue Frog, Element Fresh). Daily 10am-10pm. 18 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (8426 0898) www.indigobeijing.com 颐堤港商场, 朝 阳区酒仙桥路18

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Ito Yokado The fourth floor of this store offers almost everything child-related at affordable prices including clothing, gear, toys and educational tools. It also provides a small playground to keep your kids entertained and a baby lounge for resting and breastfeeding. 9am-10pm. 112 Xizhimenwai Dajie, Xicheng District. (6831 2255) 华堂商场, 西城区西直 门外大街112号 The Malls at Oriental Plaza Oriental Plaza has proved an unmitigated hit, with shoppers drawn to brands like Burberry, Givenchy, Sisley, H2O, Soda, TSE, Max Mara, Bally, Valentino and Esprit. If you’re looking for a flamboyant striped tie and a vintage edition of the Ramones’ Rocket to Russia, then you should pop by the new Paul Smith shop. Don’t forget to drop by Watson’s pharmacy and the mega CRC supermarket. 1 Dongchang’an Jie, Dongcheng District. (8518 6363) 东方新天地, 东城区东长安街1号 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. sanlitunvillage.com/eng 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.solana.com.cn/ english/web/index.asp 蓝色港湾, 朝阳区朝阳 公园路6号蓝色港湾国际商区

Toys Jack Toys Jenny-of-the-suburbs continues to expand her empire. In her flagship store, beyond the bedding, the flowers, the DVDs, the clothing and the cosmetics, you can find a medium-sized selection of moderately priced (but often cheaply made) toys. Also provides balloon delivery service for birthday parties (RMB 3-5 per balloon). Daily 9am-8pm. Inside Jenny Lou’s Supermarket, Pinnacle Plaza, Tianzhu Real Estate Development Zone, Shunyi District. (136 8330 0568) 顺义区天竺 房地产开发区荣祥广场Jenny Lou’s超市内 Jingcheng Baixing Sells traditional, handcrafted toys, games and puzzles. 10am8pm. 44 Guozijian, Dongcheng District. (136 9328 4443) 京城百姓, 东城区东城区国子监 街44号 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 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 10am10pm. 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

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of shoes provided is 34. Daily 7am-1am. 8 Beisanhuan Donglu, Chaoyang District. (8455 2288 ext 8032) 静安娱乐中心, 朝阳区北三 环东路8号

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

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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.com.cn/ 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

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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, hui@basketballworld.cn) Dongdan PE Center You and the rest of the crew can rent indoor or outdoor, full- or half-courts 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 8am-10pm. 108 Chongwenmennei Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6512 9377) 东单 体育中心, 东城区崇文门内大街108号 MasterCard Center (Wukesong Arena) 69 Fuxing Lu, Haidian District. (6828 6386) 海淀区复兴路69号

Bowling Jing’an Entertainment Center Bowling from RMB 5 to RMB 15 depending on the time of day. Cold outside? Make a day of it by shooting snooker or pumping up your bowling muscles in the adjacent weight room, going for a dip in the pool or sweating your worries away in the sauna (RMB 35 per activity, RMB 65 swim/pump/sweat). Minimum size

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. beijingclimbingclub.com which provides information about our services, and information about the climbing scene in general, for independent climbers in Beijing. www.beijingclimbingclub.com 北京攀岩俱乐部

Bike Beijing Trips to the Great Wall start at RMB 950 (adult) and RMB 600 (child). 34 Donghuangchenggen Nanjiewww., Dongcheng District. (133 8140 0738) bikebeijing.com 东城区东皇城根南街34

Dance Ballet Pro Dance Studio Taking place every Wednesday at Qijiayuan Diplomatic Residence Compound, Ballet Pro’s classes combine wellknown ballet syllabi from around the world. These include Royal Academy of Dance (RAD), Russian Vaganova Ballet Academy, and Dance Academy of China. The goal is to provide fun, stimulating, and friendly ballet classes as education dance residency programs around Beijing. Teachers come from RAD, National Ballet of China, and Dance Academy of China. The programs are suited to ages 4.5 to 18 years and cost RMB 2,880 for one year (24 classes). 1) Qijiayuan Diplomatic Residence Compound Clubhouse, Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (theballetpro@gmail.com); 2) Lido Place Clubhouse, 6 Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District. (theballetpro@gmail.com); 3) Rm 301, Unit 2, Bldg 6, Zone 1, Qijiayuan Diplomatic Residence Compound, Tiantongyuan, Changping District. (theballetpro@gmail.com) www.theballetpro.com 1) 朝阳区朝阳区建国门 外大街齐家园外交公寓会所; 2) 朝阳区丽都乡 村俱乐部 将台路6号; 3) 昌平区昌平区天通苑1 区6号楼2单元301室 CapoeiraBeijing We are an affiliate school of Capoeira Mandinga under guidance and supervision of Mestre Marcelo Caveirinha. Our mission is to raise awareness about Capoeira as an effective martial art through teaching and promoting its techniques, philosophy, and Afro-Brazilian roots. We study a mix of capoeira styles including Angola, Regional, Miudinho, and Maneira, and place strong emphasis on the music, dances and rituals that enrich our art form. We actively promote Brazilian culture by engaging local and foreign communities in Beijing at events, workshops and performances. B1,East Gate Plaza Block B, 29 Dongzhong Street. Subway Line 2, Dongsishitiao or Dongzhimen, Dongcheng District., Dongcheng District. (135 8163 2516) http://www.capoeirabeijing.com/ 东城区B1, B座, 东环广场, 东中街29号, 2号线 地铁东直门/东四十条. Children’s Academy of Artistic Dance (CAAD) CAAD is committed to nurturing and expanding dance education and creativity for children aged 3-12 and offers carefullycrafted professional courses by specialty which included ballet, Chinese folk dance, Latin dance and musical theater.Parent-child classes and beginner’s dance classes for pre-school children aged 3-4 emphasizes the development of a child’s natural sense of dance and aims to inspire their inherent dance potential in a creative and fun way. CAAD is the only dance education institution

in China with a 1,200sqm studio including 6 professional dance rooms, multimedia teaching system, dedicated rest areas for parents, a music and film appreciation zone, locker rooms, water bar, entertainment area for children and comprehensive supporting facilities. Upon enrolment, each student is provided with FREE specially tailored dance apparel for their specific courses including stretch, velvet stockings/leggings, a CAAD dance bag, soft sole shoes, dance props etc Mon-Fri 9am-6pm. Office Bldg 1, 10/F, Greenlake Place, Chaoyang District. (59282170, info@caadance.com.cn) www. caadance.com.cn 似翼儿童舞蹈, 朝阳区观湖 国际公寓1号办公楼10层

Diving Freediving China Freediving China teaches and promotes freediving, a form of underwater diving that does not involve the use of scuba gear or other external breathing devices, but rather relies on a diver’s ability to hold his or her breath until resurfacing. The school teaches in several locations across Beijing, but focuses mostly on the Xizhimen area. Freediving China is located in Beijing, but also organizes trips inside and outside China. Courses are held Sat-Sun 9am-5pm. Private classes can be arranged. (info@ freedivingchina.com) www.freedivingchina. com 中国自由潜水

Fencing Beijing Sports University If you are just beginning to learn the art of the sword, BSU is the best place to pick up your first weapon. Fencing is taught to students and community members as young as 12. Classes are taught in Chinese only and are RMB 100/ hr. Beijing Sports University, Zhongguancun Beidajie, Haidian District. (Contact Mr. Tao Jinhan: 6298 9568) 北京体育大学, 海淀区中 关村北大街 Fenxing Fencing Club The Fenxing Fencing Club uses the Olympic Stadium inside the Asian Games Complex for regular club meetings. Tue-Sun 9am - 9pm. Bldg. 2050, Gahood Villa 5 Yunyang Rd., Xibaixinzhuang, Shunyi District. (fenxing.fencing@gmail.com) www.fenxing.com 北京奋星击剑俱乐部, 顺义 区西白辛庄榆阳路5号嘉浩别墅2050

Football (Soccer) Jia You Football Club Jia You Football clubs offers children the opportunity to take their first steps into football. Players Jia You F.C. come from around the world and are led by FA-qualified coach Gary Saunders and his coaching team, whose have over 15 years of football experience in China. From Saturday morning toddler sessions to Sunday Youth League matches, Jia You aims to have something for every age group. Training sessions take place both during the week and on weekends at Dulwich College Beijing’s campuses. The club also hosts football camps in Beijing over school holidays. Dulwich College Beijing (Legend Garden Campus), 89 Capital Airport Road, Shunyi District. (6454 9019/9127, gary.saunders@ dulwich-beijing.cn) www.dulwich-beijing.cn/ page.cfm?p=442 顺义区机场高速路89号北京德 威英国国际学校(丽京花园校园) Sports in English Sports in English is based on Challenger Sports from US who successfully operates youth sports training over 20 years and coaches over 200,000 children each year. Offers soccer coaching to kids between the ages of 4 -16 whilst also teaching English. All international coaches are Football Association licensed and Child Education licensed. Provides the appropriate training and class for children, not only teaches technical and tactical skills about the game according to different age level, but more importantly it focuses on the child as an individual and not just as a player on a team to reach their potential and build good moral character. Daily 9am - 6pm. C-1001, Huapu Garden, 9


Sports Dongzhimen Nandajie, Dongcheng District. (6400 6697, phyllis.li@sportsinenglish.com) www.sportsinenglish.com 世博英杰, 东城区东 直门南大街9号华普花园C座1001

Go-Karting U-Speed Go-Karting Open year round, this giant indoor karting center offers much more than a choice between four-stroke, 160cc and 200cc go-karts. The center also offers VIP rooms, a games room – with pool, table football and arcades – and a bar/restaurant. Ideal for conferences, team building and celebrations. Mon-Fri 1pm-1am, Sat-Sun 11am-1am. 1 Siyuan Qiao, Jingshun Lu (near Beijing Marriott Hotel Northeast), Chaoyang District. (English: 186 1015 8386, Chinese: 6473 2548/6148, rockqoffroad@yahoo.com. cn) www.u-speed.com 优速卡丁车馆, 朝阳区 四元桥1号(近北京海航大厦万豪酒店 )

Golf Beijing Fangzhuang Star Golf Club SatSun noon-11pm, Mon- Fri 6.30pm-11pm. Bldg 11, 2 Fangxingyuan Xiaoqu, Fangzhuang, Fengtai District. (6760 7118, 6159 3979) 丰台 区方庄芳星园校区11号楼 Beijing Ladies Golf Beijing Ladies Golf is comprised of enthusiastic ladies of different nationalities who share a passion for golf. They also organize fun events such as games, luncheons, dinners, golf clinics and workshops. All lady golf enthusiasts are welcome to play every Thursday at courses around Beijing. Join for awards, prizes and (of course) lots of fun. Email beijingladiesgolf@ gmail.com or visit www.beijingladiesgolf.org for more information. (beijingladiesgolf@ gmail.com) www.beijingladiesgolf.org Greystone Golf Center Daily 9am-9pm. 1 Xiangjiang Beilu, Chaoyang District. (8450 7173) 朝阳区香江北路1号

Gymnastics 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@ flipsandkicksplus.com) www.flipsandkicksplus. com

Hiking Beijing Hikers Hikes of varying difficulty in villages near Beijing. Open to everyone. Call for info on hikes and what to bring. Prices vary for overnight hikes; weekend hikes are RMB 250/300 (adult), half price for children under 12, including round trip transport, snacks and drinks after the hike, detailed map of the hike and professional guidance. Advance reservations necessary. RMB 200/yr membership gets a 10% discount on regular hikes. Mon-Fri 9am-6pm. Rm 601, Bldg 2, Xinhualian Ligang, 26 Jiuxianqiao Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (6432 2786, info@ beijinghikers.com) www.beijinghikers.com 朝 阳区酒仙桥中路26号新华联丽港2号楼601室 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. www.meetup.com/ Beijing-Outdoor-Adventure-Club

China Travellers China Travellers offers a variety of walking, hiking, trekking, and camping tours on the Great Wall. Participants step off the beaten path to witness the remote, historic and unspoiled Great Wall. The group also offers historical and ecological trips to all corners of rural Beijing. Explore the pristine beauty of high mountains, ancient temples, and rural villages. Hikes are non-invasive and non-exploitative, preserving these natural sites for generations to come. Other events include cultural activities like hutong explorations, Chinese cuisine, Chinese philosophy, Tao-Te Ching, Chinese tea culture, and more (chinatravellers88@gmail.com) http://www.chinatravellers.com/

included. Daily 10am-10pm. B2/F, China World Shopping Mall, 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6505 5776, lecool@cwtc. com) www.lecoolicerink.com 国贸溜冰场, 朝 阳区建国门外大街1号国贸地下2层

Dandelion Hiking (13124788581, buqunzi@ gmail.com) www.chinahiking.cn 蒲公英远足

Beijing Jiujitsu Academy Offers classes in Brazilian jiujitsu, as well as mixed martial arts taught by internationally trained and certified instructors. Age 14 and up only. Price range:RMB 680-3200 depending on different packages of training period. E-52 Boxing and Fitness Club, 5-6/F, Tianyuan Heping Shangsha, 17 Hepingli Zhongjie, Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. (8421 6385, 182 1002 8619, info@bjjchina.com) www.beijingbjj.com 北京安迪柔术馆, 朝阳区 朝阳区和平里中街17号天元和平商厦5、6层北 京E-52俱乐部

Great Wall Hikers Great Wall Hikers is a licensed travel agency that provides catered adventure tours to the best sections of the Great Wall. Their Great Wall tours include half-day and full-day hiking tours, as well as trekking with overnight stays and camping on the Great Wall. Biking tours are also available. Mon-Sun 9am-8pm. (139 1188 6524, customer@great-wall-hikers.com) www.greatwall-hikers.com

Horseback Riding Sheerwood Beijing Equestrian Country Club Over 60 horses with English trainers available. Lessons available for all ages. Single tryout sessions start at RMB 400, RMB 2600/10 lessons or 4800/20 lessons for riders under 17; RMB 3100/10 lessons or RMB 5200/20 lessons for adults. Annual membership with unlimited riding sessions also available. Call ahead of time for directions. English spoken. Summer: Tue-Sun 7am-11am, 2pm-6pm; Winter: Tue-Sun 8am5pm. West coast of Wenyu River, Chaoyang District. (8433 2217) 西坞北京马术俱乐部, 朝 阳区温榆河西岸

Ice Skating All Star Champion Skating Club Lace up your skates and do a Kim Yu-Na of South Korea (Kim’s the current world champion in ladies figure skating, couch potatoes). - All Star Ice Rink was founded by Wang Rui, figure skating gold medalist in the 1999 Asian Winter Games, and Li Ning, the legendary gymnast who lit the torch during the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony. Located on the first floor of Solana mall, the ice rink covers 800 square meters and uses equipment that meets international standards, creating a rink fit for both entertainment and professional competition. For adolescents new to the sport, All-Star offers classes. Especially precocious athletes can request coaches from the Chinese national skating team. Private lessons (Chinese only) are priced at RMB 135-200/40min. RMB 30 (Before 6 pm), 40 (After 6pm), 50 (Holidays & Weekends) for admission. Daily 10am-10pm. 1/F, Solana Lifestyle Shopping Park, 6 Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu., Chaoyang District. (5905 6328) 全明星滑冰俱乐部, 朝阳区朝阳公园路6号蓝色 港湾国际商区首层 Hosa Skating Center This well organized center hosts international hockey competitions on top of providing a great venue for figure skating. Various training classes on offer and the friendly, professional coaches are available at all times to provide assistance. RMB 40/person Daily 2-5pm. Nearby Civil Aviation Hospital, Yaojiayuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (8578 2590, jianghui12479959@yahoo.com.cn) 浩沙冰上 运动中心, 朝阳区姚家园路民航医院边上 Le Cool Chills and spills for skaters and shoppers at this small indoor rink in the World Trade Center. Be warned that the rink can get seriously crowded with ice princesses on holidays and weekend afternoons. Weekdays: RMB 30 for 90 min (10am-6pm), RMB 40 for 90 min (6-10pm). Weekends: RMB 50 for 90 min. Skate rental

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

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Black Tiger Fight Club Founded in 2006, Black Tiger Fight Club is the only complete MMA training center that caters primarily to expats and Beijing’s international community. The center’s coaching team consists of world champions, UFC veteran coaches and fighters, and certified conditioning coaches. Facilities include fitness training equipment, martial arts and boxing gear, showers, steam room, and lockers (Xiaoyun Lu location), and an equipment shop. With two locations in Beijing, Black Tiger Fighting Club Beijing offers martial arts and fitness classes for women, kids, teens, and adults, including Muay Thai kickboxing, Brazilian jiujitsu, wrestling, boxing, and weekend self-defense workshops. 1) 2/F, 5 Laiguanying Donglu (across from WAB, west of Lane Bridge Villa), Chaoyang District. (info@blacktigerclub. com); 2) 1/F, Park Apartments, 17 Chaoyang Gongyuan Xilu, Chaoyang District. (139 1071 2576, info@blacktigerclub.com) 1) 朝阳区莱 广营东路5号2层(京西学校对面,长岛澜桥西 侧); 2) 朝阳区朝阳公园西路17号天安家园1层

Sailing Beijing Aofan Sailing Club Located in Beijing Olympic Rowing-Canoeing Park, this exclusive sailing club in Beijing offers two-day and five-day training courses throughout the season with a wide range of sailing boats for both kids and for adults. Regular events are held for members (for free) and visitors. Discounted packages including courses and membership are available. Interested parties can attend one of their bi-monthly open sessions before signing up. Inside Beijing Olympic Rowing-Canoeing Park, Shunyi District. (5949 4599) www.aofansail.com 北京奥帆帆船 俱乐部, 顺义区白马路19号奥林匹克水上公园内

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, steven@sinoscuba.com) www.sinoscuba.com

Swimming Water Cube (Happy Magic Water Cube Waterpark) Daily 9am-6pm. Olympic Green, Beichen Lu, Chaoyang District. (8437 0125) http://waterpark.water-cube.com/english/ index.aspx 朝阳区北辰路奥林匹克公园内

Tennis GS Academy GS Academy is a High Performance Tennis Academy. Their unique

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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 oncourt 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, info@gs-academy.com); 2) Huakang T&B Fitness Center: Shunhuang Lu, Sunhe Town, Chaoyang District. (8459 1367/0156, info@gs-academy.com); 3) Crab Island Indoor Tennis Center (Xie Dao): 1 Xiedao Road, Chaoyang District. (8433 5608, info@ gs-academy.com); 4) Golden Luck Age Tennis Center, 2 Dongwei Xilu, Chaoyang District. (8431 8217, info@gs-academy.com) www. gs-academy.com 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 Hot Shot Tennis Tennis lessons and camps for youth and adults at locations throughout Beijing. Classes taught in English by foreign coaches. All skill levels welcome. Chaoyang Gongyuan Tennis Center (Chaoyang Park South Gate) No. 1, Chaoyang Gongyuan South Road, Chaoyang District. (136 8318 9305, hotshottennis@gmail.com) www. hotshottennischina.com 朝阳区亮马桥路40号, 中日青年交流中心

Yoga Alona Pilates Studio Specializing in both Mat Pilates and Reformers Pilates classes with experienced and talented English speaking instructors. Reformers and other Pilates equipment are available for private and semi-private instruction sessions in Westin Studio. 7.30am – 9.30pm. F/5, Heavenly Spa, 1 Xinyuan Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (139 1029 0260, voselena@hotmail.com) www. alonastudiobeijing.com 朝阳区新源南路一号5层 Avocado Development Co-founded by yoga and pilates instructors Dee Rawlins and Victor Chau, Avocado Development is a consultancy based in Beijing and Shanghai that specializes in organizing fitness and wellness-related trainings and workshops. (info@avocadodevelopment.com) www. avocadodevelopment.com Fine Yoga 1) Mon-Fri 7am-8.30pm, SunSat 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) www.fine-yoga. com 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 Healing Qigong B1/F, Huaxi, 288 Chaoyangmennei Dajie, Chaoyang District. (186 1005 6514) 养生气功, 朝阳区朝阳门内大 街华玺288号地下一层 Incy Wincy Yoga Children learn to walk like a dog, buzz like a bee, and moo like a barnyard cow while developing their motor skills and building their selfconfidence. Founded in 2006 by a mother and experienced yoga instructor Angelina Liu, Incy Wincy Yoga is a yoga company dedicated to Children’s and Baby yoga. Classes are 45-minute for muscular and bone development, balance and coordination, focus and concentration as well as fun. The programs are suitable for children 3-12 years old, babies, and teens. All classes are taught in English with over 15 centers around Beijing. Rm 1909, Bldg A, U-Space Building, 8 Guangqumenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (5861 3809, info@incywincyyoga.com) www. incywincyyoga.com 朝阳区广渠门外大街8号优 士阁A座,1909室

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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 ellisfriedman@beijing-kids.com by July 15. beijingkids’ Father’s Day King for a Day Party On Saturday, June 15, families gathered at Xian Bar, EAST Beijing to enjoy all-you-can-eat barbecue, get their portraits taken by VivaXiao Photography Studio, get shoulder massages from Bodhi Therapeutic Retreat, and jump on the bouncy castle from Santa Fe Relocation Services. There was a three-legged race for dads and kids and a wife-carrying race for dads and moms.

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The Circuit BCIS Performs Ronald Dahl’s The Witches In May, secondary school students from Beijing City International School performed a production of Roal Dahl’s The Witches, with sets, story, and choreography by students.

photos: courtesy of bcis and the westin beijing chaoyang

Pink Mother’s Day Bubbalicious On May 12, The Westin Beijing Chaoyang hosted a Mother’s Day brunch with pink food items and a Pink Ribbon charity sale to support China Breast Cancer Foundation.

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The Circuit The Children’s House Gets Fishy On May 23, the primary class from The Children’s House International Montessori Kindergarten fed the fish in the Kempinski’s garden.

Eliott’s Corner Hosts Autism Seminar On April 16, Eliott’s Corner provided a workshop on autism for parents and staff from Beijing Qirui Special Needs School hosted by Speech Language Therapist Karen Ng.

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BSB Summer Fayre On May 19, The British School of Beijing hosted its annual Summer Fayre to raise money for charity.

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3e Hosts Science Fair In May, 3e International School’s Parent Council held its second science fair with activities for students and parents.

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The Circuit Side by Side Visits Chaoyang Park On May 31, Side by Side had an end-of-year excursion financed through cookie sales. Students Eric, Dominic, and Max had fun in the Go Ape Adventure Park at Chaoyang Park, followed by a picnic.

YCIS Global Community Day In May, Yew Chung International School of Beijing held a Global Community Day with music and dance performances.

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NCWCH Holds Children’s Day Health Fair On June 1, Beijing New Century Women’s and Children’s Hospital held a health fair in Wanghu Park with over 400 families in attendance. Activities included free medical consultations, prenatal yoga, stage performances, a parade of cartoon characters, vendors, and more.

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Children’s Day at Etonkids On May 24, Etonkids celebrated Children’s Day with student performances under the theme “Thrive on the Sunshine of Childhood.”

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The Circuit RDFZ Open Day On May 26, the International Section of the High School Affiliated to Renmin University held an information session about student enrollment at the school auditorium, followed by a meet-and-greet session with faculty and parents in the garden.

May at WAB In May, the Western Academy of Beijing hosted its annual WAB Fun Fair and Rock in the Park events. This year, the latter included four stages, vendors, sidewalk art, performances, and more.

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Daystar Hosts a Sporting Time for All On May 3, Daystar Academy elementary students, parents, and staff competed in the school’s seventh annual Track and Field Fun Sports Day.

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IBS Orchid Garden Hosts Charity Bazaar On May 25, Ivy Bilingual School’s Orchid Garden campus held its first charity bazaar to benefit A Bridge for Children, a non-profit organization that serves orphans and migrant children. Forty families attended the event, which included live and silent auctions, games, a photo booth, a hair design booth, food vendors, and more.

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The Circuit PFS End-of-Term Party On May 31, Positive Foundations School held an end-of-term party with a play based on The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Chinese sanzi jing, songs, a kung fu routine, Hungry Caterpillar cupcakes, and gifts.

Harrow Summer Concert On June 6, Pre-Prep Phase students (ages 5-10) from Harrow International School Beijing performed at the inaugural concert of the new campus.

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CISB Celebrates Children’s Day On May 31, preschool and elementary school students from the Canadian International School of Beijing celebrated Children’s Day with a friendly softball tournament, a bouncy castle, Lego construction, arts and crafts, games, sports, and performances.

photos: courtesy of cisb and biss

BISS Students Make 3D Models On May 17, Grade 4 students from Beijing BISS International School designed and constructed 3D models as part of their learning.

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The Circuit Founder’s Day 2013 On May 25, Dulwich College Beijing celebrated Founder’s Day with international foods, music and drama performances, art displays, activities and sports.

May at O’le Climbing In May, O’le Climbing held a range of indoor and outdoor teambuilding days for Dulwich College Beijing, The International Montessori School of Beijing, and the German Embassy School, as well as a birthday party for Beijing City International School students.

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6th Annual Sports Beijing Ramada Cup On May 26 and 27, the 6th Annual Sports Beijing Ramada Cup took place at the International School of Beijing. Featuring 17 clubs with 48 teams and 192 matches, the event was the biggest one hosted by Sports Beijing so far.

photos: courtesy of sports beijing and new bamboo

New Bamboo Academy Activity Day and Fundraiser On May 25, New Bamboo Academy hosted an activity day with games about protecting the environment and a flea market to raise money for charity organization Dream Corp.

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Family Favorites Favorite Family Restaurants We like the Yunnan restaurant Middle 8. As for Italian food, the average Italian restaurant serves good meals for most people, but not Italians. However, Tavola is of a good standard, and new places like Eatalia and Mercante also deserve a visit.

Favorite Dessert/Snack Homemade tiramisu and pizza from Pizza Plus

Favorite Day Trip Summer Palace New Discoveries The Dashilar neighborhood and Wudaoying Hutong near Yonghegong Lama Temple

Favorite Way to Relax Watching a movie at Mega Box Cinema in Sanlitun. We attended the European Film Festival there, which was actually very good.

Best Place for a Special Occasion Capital M

Weekend Activities We do a lot of sports. Stefano plays football at school with the BWYA team. He used to train with O’le Football Club and has also taken tennis courses at Broadwell Tennis Club.

Family Rituals Discovering restaurants on Saturday night and enjoying a pancake breakfast together on Sunday morning

Best Place to Play Outdoors Chaoyang Park

Rainy Day Activity We use the club facilities at Palm Springs, where we live.

Favorite Neighborhoods 798 Art District and Sanlitun Village

The Ramundo Orlando Family

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The Ramundo Orlando family hails from Rome, Italy. They are dad Piergiorgio (an architect), Tiziana Pilone (a diplomatic attachĂŠ), and son Stefano (age 15), a student at Beijing World Youth Academy. The family first moved to Beijing four years ago, when Tiziana took up a position at the Italian Embassy. They are pictured here near their home in Palm Springs. Sijia Chen


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