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June 2013

Happy Campers Summer programs for all ages and interests Say No to Bullying Expert Robert Pereira on prevention and intervention From Antiques to Great Eats Exploring Panjiayuan Antique Market and beyond

Beat the Heat A guide to the city’s best summer spots

June 2013 PRICE:RMB¥15.00(DOMESTIC) US$4.95(ABROAD)

Happy Campers Summer programs for all ages and interests Say No to Bullying Expert Robert Pereira on prevention and intervention From Antiques to Great Eats Exploring Panjiayuan Antique Market and beyond

Beat the Heat A guide to the city’s best summer spots

June 2013 Contents




Feature 48

Summer, Sweet Summer

Dining 26

Beijing’s coolest destinations for the sweltering heat

Paulaner Brauhaus welcomes meat lovers


Living 15

Dining Out Eater’s Digest Reviews of dishes and desserts around town


Talking Shop

Food for Thought Nonya laksa from Hilton Beijing

Furnish your home with Lily’s Antiques


Birthday Bash


Cook up a storm at Hilton Beijing Wangfujing




Updates, recommendations, and interesting finds


Hunt for antiques, good reads and new glasses at Panjiayuan


Indulge On the Blog WAB and Shunyi Special School come together

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Health 22

Moving Beyond Sticks and Stones Understanding and combating bullying


The Natural Path Melissa Rodriguez’s tips on choosing a sunblock


The Doc Is In Protecting children’s lungs with Dr. Richard

Playing Outside Join a late summer camp in Beijing

Majesty transforms Doyin Adele-Shiyanbola’s look


What’s Fun In

Family Travels Traipsing through Yunnan with the Miller family A bungalow in Bali for the Melzers

Learning 40

When I Grow Up Coach David Gros meets with International School of Beijing


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Mind the Gap Year

Artwork from the Canadian International School of Beijing Two students share their tales of adventure in their time off

June 2013 Contents




Parenting 46

Beijing Baba A night without kids for Christopher Lay and his wife Savvy


The Echo Chamber Ember Swift is questioned about Echo’s biological parentage

Essentials 7 8 10 12 14

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


The Circuit

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


Family Favorites The Sadek family

Directories 64 65 67 68 69 70 75 76

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

ON THE COVER: Myles Richard (4 years old) a tt e n d s T h e In t e r n a t i o n a l Montessori School of Beijing. He likes playing all kinds of sports: American football, soccer, volleyball, golf, tennis, biking, rugby, boxing, and last but not least, basketball. Every week, he takes swimming lessons with Dragon Fire Swim Club. He enjoys watching Finding Nemo and his favorite book is currently Geronimo Stilton. Myles has been living in Beijing for the past three years with his mom, dad, sister Sanaa (age 8), and a hamster named Bernie – though the critter’s name is subject to change every week. Photo by Littleones Kids & Family Portrait Studio. Special thanks to Sofitel Wanda Beijing.


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Age-by-Age Index Babies Make friends at Morning Tears’ fundraising barbecue..................12 Swap gently-used clothes at the Waobao Bazaar..................... 12 Bounce around at Fête de la Musique.................................... 13 Get advice at a breastfeeding support group........................... 13 Gawk at all the cute babies just born in Beijing........................ 14 Take a stroll through serene Ditan Park.................................. 52

Toddlers Make a crown for Dad at beijingkids’ Father’s Day event........... 12 Book a birthday cooking class at Hilton Beijing Wangfujing....... 15 Run around Panjiayuan Antique Market.................................. 30 Hit up black and white beaches in Bali, Indonesia.................... 38 Play between towering sculptures at 798 Art District................ 49 Hop on the fairground rides at Chaoyang Park......................... 54

Elementary School Kids Audition for Beijing Playhouse’s Theater Summer Camp............ 13 Devour a sausage platter at Paulaner Brauhaus....................... 26 Make a Malaysian-inspired nonya laksa................................... 28 Sign up for a July or August summer camp............................. 32 Find out what it’s like to be a sports coach.............................. 40 Visit the China Science and Technology Museum..................... 59

Middle and High School Kids Deck out your room with a find from Lily’s Antiques................. 15 Get to the root of bullying..................................................... 21 Food recommendations from beijingkids....................................27 Find your own Shangri-La in Yunnan...................................... 36 Consider taking a gap year................................................... 44 Read about the Ramundo Orlandos’ family favorites................. 88

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Editor's Note

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Why We’d Want to Vacation Here


once had a disagreement with a librarian. My school assignment was to create a business in the city of our choice, so I decided to set up a mini-golf course in Ocean City, Maryland. When I explained my project, the Librarian could not, for the life of him, understand why I wanted to create my imaginary business there. “Why Ocean City?” he asked. I tried to explain that it was fantastic destination, but he wasn’t convinced. I chose Ocean City for my imaginary golf course, because that is where my family spent our summer days, year after year. Most New York families rush to the Jersey Shore, but we would head out for Ocean City with the whole extended family. It was no different than staying in a Vermont ski lodge in the winter; we would pack the expansive family – about four to five family units – into two summer condos. The beach was only two blocks away and together with my cousin Cindy, we would ride the often tumultuous waves on our boogie boards, dig for sand crabs as the tide retreated, and build sandcastles and moats. Our annual trips also included long scenic bike rides, nighttime walks on the boardwalk, Dumser’s ice cream, vinegar-soaked fries from Thrasher’s, tubs of Fisher’s caramel popcorn, the purchase of land hermit crabs (a consolation pet for not being allowed to own a dog), fishing off a pontoon boat, crabbing off the dock, and rounds upon rounds of miniature golf. To the average New Yorker, like the Librarian, it was clear that this slightly rundown beach town had seen more fruitful days. But to the average Chin, this summer visitation was a complete paradise. We knew what to expect – minimal crowds, relaxing times on the beach, and fresh seafood – and didn’t need more than that. For most foreigners living in Beijing, holidays are the ideal time to get out of the country, or even just the city, and explore fiercer, more

exotic lands. But for families seeking summertime fun within the city, there are real treasures to be found. Beijing is chock-full of indoor and outdoor options, and we’ve got the ultimate list (p48) to keep your kids cool and entertained. It doesn’t matter if the city of your choice is up to par for the likes of all the Scrooges of the world, like the Librarian. It’s more about the company we keep. And with an extensive itinerary, any city, like Beijing, can be a premier summer destination for your family.

Dear all, This is my last editor’s note. It has been an immense pleasure having my voice heard and exploring the city of Beijing with you through these pages. I would especially like to thank my mom for – among other things – documenting my early years, digging up our family photos, and accepting calls past her bedtime to reminisce and ensure the accuracy of these stories. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about my childhood; and here’s to you and your children creating your own memories right here in Beijing.

Kara Chin Managing Editor June 2013




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Basic First Aid and CPR Classes

For women. Dr. Lyn Wren discusses common menopause issues, including nutritional and lifestyle advice, natural therapies, and more. See Jun 5 listing.

For adults. Learn how to give CPR and treat common injuries and emergencies. See Jun 7 listing.

Dragon Boat Festival

Shop at Lily’s Antiques

Sports Day

Dragon Boat Festival runs from June 10-12 this year. Catch the eponymous boats in action at Houhai and be sure to eat plenty of sticky zongzi.

All ages. Looking for unique furniture that won’t break the bank? Head to Lily’s Antiques to browse originals and reproductions, then take a break at Lily’s Cafe. See Talking Shop (p15).

All ages. Kids and parents are invited to a Sports Day at Rego. See Jun 14 listing.

La Fête de la Musique

Book a Birthday Cooking Class

What Your Child’s Genetics Are Telling You

85 Broads Power Breakfast: Manspeak Is Sexy

Let the kids do all the work for their next birthday party with Hilton Beijing Wangfujing’s cooking classes. See Birthday Bash (p15).

For adults. Stanford-trained geneticist Philip C. Huang talks about understanding your child’s genetic profile and what it can tell you about them. See Jun 19 listing.

For women. Mary Rezek talks to women about harnessing “manspeak” or power language to their advantage. See Jun 20 listing.

Make Nonya Laksa

Kid2Kid Social Skills Summer Group at Eliott’s Corner

Go German at Paulaner Brauhaus

Ages 6-14. This group teaches kids about communication, behavior, and body language by working through real-life situations. See Jun 10 listing.

All ages. Relax in Paulaner Brauhaus’ expansive beer garden with schnitzel for the kids and craft beer for Mom and Dad. See Dining Out (p26).

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

Revisit Old Haunts

Get Artsy

Independence Day

All ages. There’s a reason why Sanlitun, Liangmaqiao and Chaoyang Park are big expat neighborhoods. Find out in Feature (p54).

All ages. There’s more to Dashanzi than just 798 Art District; get out there and explore. See Feature (p48).

It’s the Fourth of July! Break out your stars and stripes, then check the beijingkids website to find out where to celebrate.

Ages 4-8. The Reading Clinic helps kids with letter recognition, comprehension, vocabulary and more. See Jul 1 listing.



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All ages. “Music Day” is a multi-venue celebration of music and art, with participants like the Lycée Français, Atelier, 2 Kolegas, Café de la Poste, and more. See Jun 21 listing.

All ages. Bored of baking cookies? Make a Malaysia Nonya laksa with a recipe from Hilton Beijing instead. See Food for Thought (p28).

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Morning Tears Fundraising BBQ

All ages. Enjoy barbecued treats, waffles, Belgian beer, live music, a lucky draw and plenty of entertainment and activities. See Jun 8 listing.

Father’s Day “King for a Day” Party

All ages. Join beijingkids for an all-out Father’s Day celebration that will make Dad feel positively princely. See Jun 15 listing.

Find Steals at Panjiayuan

All ages. Explore the area around Panjiayuan Antique Market, where you can find all manner of artworks, antiques, reproductions, and Buddha statues. See What’s Fun In (p30).

Take Dad to Brunch

All ages. Don’t stop there; treat Dad to a Sunday feast at one of Beijing’s top hotels. See Jun 16 listings for ideas.

PEC End of Year Performance

Join a Summer Camp

All ages. As PEC comes to the end of its first full academic year, students put on a performance for their friends and parents with free drinks and snacks. See Jun 22 listing.

All ages. It’s not to late to sign up for a late summer camp! See Playing Outside (p32) for a roundup.

Canada Day

Discover Dongcheng

All ages. CISB hosts an afternoon of games, activities, music, contests, prizes, food, a chili eating contest, and more for Canada Day. See Jun 29 listing.

All ages. There’s so much to see and do in Andingmen, Gulou and Yonghegong. Get out there! See Feature (p54).

Beijing Playhouse Summer Theater Camp Auditions

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Ages 6-14. Auditions and enrollment for Beijing Playhouse’s second summer camp (Oliver Twist) take place today. See Jul 6 listing.

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We Love You, Dads

This year Father’s Day falls on Sunday, June 16. To celebrate, spend the day before with the whole family at the beijingkids Father’s Day “King for a Day” party at Xian, EAST Beijing. Enjoy a delicious all-you-can-eat-barbecue, hop around in a three-legged race or make a crown for Dad to wear in a new family photo. For details, see p12.


Row, Row, Row Your Boat

Wednesday, June 12 is Dragon Boat festival, also known as Duanwu Jie. Celebrate by eating zongzi (glutinous rice with fillings wrapped in bamboo leaves) and watching the famous dragon boat races in Houhai or Qinglonghu Park. See Directory under Fun Stuff for park information.

Splish, Splash


It’s June already and Beijing’s heat can be unbearable at times. Find some relief at one of the city’s many swimming pools and water parks, such as Crab Island, Tuanjiehu Park, Splash Recreation Club, and more. More details on p48.


Celebrate the 146th birthday of Canada on Saturday, June 29 at the Canadian International School in Beijing (CISB). This Canada Day event will be full of family-friendly activities, from a ball hockey tournament, Canadian cuisine, music performances, prize draws, and the annual Chili Eating Contest sponsored by the Beijinger! Details on p12.


Into the Deep Blue

SinoScuba offers safe scuba diving lessons for the whole family (kids aged 10 and up) and has since 2003. Here’s your chance to swim with tropical fish, turtles and sharks. Classes are available in both Chinese and English and participants can receive full certification upon completing courses. If you want to try it out first, opt for a Fun Dive. For details, see p48.



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No More Tears

On Saturday, June 8, the Belgian Embassy is hosting a barbecue to raise funds for Morning Tears, which helps the children of convicts. There will be live music, delicious food, Belgian beer and a lot of fun – all for a good cause. For details, see p12.

Be Greener

Hilton Beijing hosts the First Beijing Environment and Sustainability Fair on Saturday, June 15. Discover new green products and find out how to lead a more environmentally-responsible lifestyle. Details on p12.

Our “Tiny” City

Beijing Planning Exhibition Hall has lots of interactive games for kids, miniature models, 3D movies and more. However, the greatest attraction of all is the scale model of Beijing. Your home never looked so small! See Directory under Fun Stuff.

To Tianjin and Beyond

Tianjin is an easy, exciting day trip from Beijing. High-speed trains depart from Beijing South Railway Station every 20-30 minutes; the trip is only 30 minutes. Admire the homes at Five Roads, take a ride on the Eye of Tianjin ferris wheel, or spend some time at Binhai Theme Park, the world’s biggest military-themed park.

On Two Wheels in Tongzhou

Grease your gears and take a bike ride along Tongzhou Canal Park. With 60km of waterside paths, you can ride (or walk) as far as you please. Daily 6am-10pm. 70 Tongzhou Jie, Tongzhou District (8085 5502) 通州区通湖大街70号通州运河公园

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Readers are encouraged to double-check event details with the organizers, as dates and locations may change. rescue organizations to consider? Find out what you should know before bringing home a stray or rescued pet. Free. 11am-noon. International Center for Veterinary Services (8456 1939/40/41,

Wed, Jun 5 Women’s Health: A Focus on Menopause For women. Dr. Lyn Wren discusses menopause issues such as hormonal changes, the latest evidence about HRT risks and benefits, non-hormonal treatments, nutritional and lifestyle advice, and the latest research on natural therapies and bio-identical hormones. RSVP required. Free. 1011.30am. International SOS (seminar@

Sun, Jun 16 Father’s Day Champagne Brunch All ages. This Father’s Day brunch includes seafood, Asian and international flavors, and free-flow champagne. RMB 488 (without champagne), RMB 588 (free-flow champagne). 11.30am-3pm. The St. Regis Beijing (6460 6688)

Fri, Jun 7

Father’s Day at Asia Bistro

Canadian International School of Beijing Open House All ages. CISB invites prospective students and their parents to check out the school’s preschool, elementary, middle, and high school facilities. Free. 9.30-11.30am. Canadian International School of Beijing (6465 7788,

Fri, Jun 7

Kid2Kid Social Skills Summer Group at Eliott’s Corner

For adults. YCIS coordinators provide advice on fun and useful learning tools and activities kids can do at home to maintain their study over the summer. Open to all. RSVP required. Free. 10-11.30am. Yew Chung International School of Beijing (eryn.vanwinden@

Basic First Aid and CPR Classes For adults. Basic first aid participants learn how to assess and treat common injuries and emergencies, such as allergic reactions, bleeding, sprains and strains. CPR participants learn CPR techniques for infants, children and adults and receive an intro to AEDs. Sign up for one or both classes. RSVP required. RMB 300/class. 9am-1pm (basic first aid), 1.30-5.30pm (CPR). Beijing United Family Hospital (kitty.

Ages 6-14. This group is designed to teach kids and teens about communication, behavior, and body language. Goals include improving the ability to make friends, dealing with bullies, asking for help and participating in group academic and social activities. This group is suitable for children who either are shy or overly aggressive. The group works through real-life situations and builds self-confidence through successful experience. The sessions are led by Child Psychologist Dr. Jacqueline Wolf and Speech-Language Pathologist Melissa Pierce. Group sizes are limited to 3-6 kids and are grouped by age and ability level. RMB 2,800/ child. 9am-6pm. Eliott’s Corner (dor@

Fri, Jun 14 Sports Day

Sat, Jun 8 Morning Tears Fundraising BBQ All ages. Morning Tears is holding its seventh annual fundraising barbecue in the garden of the Belgian Embassy. This family-friendly event has waffles, Belgian beer, live music, a lucky draw and plenty of entertainment and activities. All proceeds go to Morning Tears to support the children of convicts. Adults: RMB 220 (presale), RMB 250 (at the door). Ages 6-12: RMB 130 (presale), RMB 150 (at the door). Noon-7pm. Belgian Embassy (

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All ages. Kids and parents are invited to a Sports Day with Rego. Free. 10.30am-3.30pm. Beijing Rego British School (8416 7718, victoria.chu@brbs.

Sat, Jun 15 Father’s Day “King for a Day” Party All ages. Join beijingkids for a Father’s Day celebration that makes Dad feel like a king. The event features an all-youcan-eat barbecue, a three-legged race, crown and card making, family photos, free flow of non-alcoholic drinks and beer (adults only), a bouncy castle, bubble blowing, a wife-carrying race, and goodie bags for all the dads. RSVP required. beijingkids Club Members:

RMB 150 (adults), RMB 100 (ages 3-12), RMB 50 (kids under 3). NonMembers: RMB 200 (adults), RMB 150 (ages 3-12), RMB 50 (kids under 3). 10.30am-2pm. Xian, EAST Beijing (5820 7700 ext 853,

The First Beijing Environment and Sustainability Fair All ages. The Environment and Sustainability Fair promotes environmentally-friendly values, from organic vegetables to homemade preserves, chemical-free cosmetics, air and water purifiers, and gifts made from recycled materials. There is also a children’s area. Sponsored by beijingkids. Free. 10am-5pm. Hilton Beijing (139 1109 8002)

Rotary Club of Beijing Annual Ball Charity Event For adults. One of the largest charity events of the year, the Rotary Club of Beijing Annual Ball attracts hundreds of attendees and raises money for the club’s charity projects. The event’s theme is “The Roaring 20s” and includes a cocktail reception, gourmet dinner, wine, late night bar, live entertainment, and swing dancing. RMB 1,200/person or RMB 10,000 for 10 tickets. 6.30pm. Four Seasons Hotel (

Waobao Bazaar Ages 7+. Organized by artist-run community space HomeShop and Suvi Rautio, the third annual Waobao Bazaar allows participants to swap to their heart’s content. There are also creative workshops and talks about sustainable lifestyles. Free. Noon-7pm. HomeShop (

Atelier End of Year Fair All ages. Atelier’s first end of year fair features art activities led by Atelier teachers, student exhibitions, lucky draws, and discounts on registrations for the 2013-2014 term. Free. 2.306pm. Atelier (

Adopting Pets in Bejing: Things to Consider for Pet Owners For kids and adults. Want to adopt a pet but not sure which shelters or

All ages. Enjoy an outdoor barbecue and kids’ club organized especially for the summer. RMB 498/person, half price for ages 6-12, free for kids under 6. 11.30am-3.30pm. JW Marriot (5908 6688)

Happy Father’s Day Champagne Brunch All ages. Besides a brunch buffet, dads can indulge in manly pursuits with the Havana cigar rolling demonstration and whiskey counter. Kids can also paint a t-shirt for Dad. RMB 488/person, RMB 288 for kids aged 12 and under. 11.30am-3pm. Westin Beijing Financial Street (6629 7810)

Aroma Father’s Day Brunch All ages. This brunch features seafood, Chinese, Indian, Japanese, Southeast Asian and Western dishes in an open kitchen setting. RMB 588/person. 11.30am-3pm. Ritz-Carlton Beijing, Financial Street (6601 6666)

Father’s Day at The Schoolhouse All ages. Go on a family hike or climb the Great Wall at Mutianyu before enjoying a free meal at The Schoolhouse. Dads (accompanied by at least one of their kids) can choose from a sandwich or main course, plus a dessert and soft drink or beer on the house. Free for dads. Noon-9pm. The Schoolhouse at Mutianyu (6162 6506)

Wed, Jun 19 What Your Child’s Genetics Are Telling You For adults. Stanford-trained geneticist Philip C. Huang talks about recent developments in the field of genetics and what understanding your child’s genetic profile will tell you about your child. RSVP required. RMB 100. 7-8pm. TreeHouse Family Cafe and Playground (

Thu, Jun 20 85 Broads Power Breakfast: Manspeak Is Sexy For women. Mary Rezek addresses overcoming gender differences in the workplace. She talks about using

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Departing from China with Pets: Stepby-Step Guidelines for Pet Owners


season is here, so now is the time to start preparations for exporting your pet. Free. 11am-noon. International Center for Veterinary Services (8456 1939/40/41,

Mon, Jun 10

Parent Workshop: Holiday Learning


Spend time with Dad for Father’s Day (see June 15 and 16 listings)

power language to broaden influence and increase awareness. RSVP required. Price TBC. 8-9am. Colibri Cafe (

Fri, Jun 21 La Fête de la Musique All ages. A French tradition since 1982, La Fête de la Musique (“Music Day”) is a multi-venue celebration of music and art. Participating venues include the Lycée Français, Atelier, 2 Kolegas, Café de la Poste, and more. Free. Noon-1am. Various venues (www.

Sat, Jun 22 PEC End of Year Performance All ages. As PEC comes to the end of its first full academic year, students put on a performance for their friends and parents. There are also free drinks and snacks. RSVP required. Free. 6-8pm. Prestige Education Centre (

Ayi Communication Workshop For adults. While kids play, That’s Mandarin conducts a workshop for parents to talk about the pros and cons of having an ayi. Learn words to aid communication and discuss cultural differences that may affect your working relationship. RMB 20 for the workshop, RMB 20 for kids to participate in games while Mom and Dad are busy. 3-5pm. That’s Mandarin (5218 6432,

Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) For teens and adults. Learn about TNR, the most effective and humane way to manage stray cat colonies. Cats are humanely neutered, eartipped and rabies-vaccinated before being returned to their compounds. Free. 11am-12.30pm. International Center for Veterinary Services (8456 1939/40/41,

Mon, Jun 24 Kid2Kid Social Skills Summer Group at Eliott’s Corner See Jun 10 listing.

Sat, Jun 29 Canada Day All ages. The Canada China Business Council (CCBC) organizes the 16th Canada Day event in Beijing at CISB to celebrate the country’s 146th birthday. Expect an afternoon filled with games, activities, music, contests, prizes, food, a hockey ball tournament, a chili eating contest sponsored by the Beijinger, and more. Free. 3-7pm. Canadian International School of Beijing (6465 7788)

Mon, Jul 1 Ready, Set, Read! Summer Program at Eliott’s Corner Ages 4-8. Studies show that many

kids lose ground in their reading skills over the summer and begin school at a lower level than the previous year. The Reading Clinic uses multi-sensory materials from the research-based Orton-Gillingham approach and includes auditory, kinesthetic, and visual learning opportunities to help kids learn to read. They build skills in letter recognition, phonological awareness, decoding, vocabulary and reading comprehension. Parents also receive advice on support at home. RMB 3,600/child. 9am-6pm. Eliott’s Corner (

Sat, Jul 6 Beijing Playhouse Summer Theater Camp Auditions Ages 6-14. By popular demand, Beijing Playhouse has added a second summer camp taking place August 12-24 (with an audition on July 6). Working English proficiency is required, but everyone who auditions will get a role. The camp culminates in a performance of Oliver Twist on August 24. Free. 4pm. Daystar Academy (performance@

Ongoing English Breastfeeding and Pregnancy Discussion and Support Group For adults. On the second Friday of each month, this not-forprofit community group provides breastfeeding advice, info, and support

for new and expecting parents. Free. 9.30-11.30am. Beijing United Family Hospital (

Developmental Play Summer Group at Eliott’s Corner Ages 1-4. Throughout June and July, this playgroup helps both normallydeveloping toddlers and those with developmental delays through structured sensory motor activities. The group is lead by Child Psychologist Dr. Jacqueline Wolf, Speech-Language Pathologist Melissa Pierce and Physical Therapist Marc Innerhofer. RMB 2,800/ child. 9am-6pm. Eliott’s Corner (dor@

Mommy Brunch For women. Every Wednesday, That’s Mandarin hosts a brunch for women from various backgrounds. Walk around a new neighborhood, learn relevant Mandarin phrases, and make friends in a low-pressure session led by a Chinese teacher. RSVP required. RMB 100 (food not included). 10am-noon. That’s Mandarin (info@thatsmandarin. com)

HeyRunning Park Run For teens and adults. Every Wednesday, engage in mid-week speed interval training with HeyRunning. The focus changes every week, but sessions are designed for runners of all skill levels. RMB 30 (non-members). 6.45-7.45pm. Chaoyang Park West Gate 3 (

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Konstantin Yunfei Kang German/Chinese. Born on Mar 1 to Yuxin Kang and Philipp Schiffers at Beijing Obstetrics and Gynecology Hospital.



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Aiden Daniel Yee American. Born on Apr 21 to Lillian and Bruce Yee at Beijing United Family Hospital.

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Talking Shop/Birthday Bash Living

Striking a Balance Lily’s Antiques blends old and new furnishings for your home


ily’s Antiques began as a small antiques dealer in 1998. Over the years, their three-floor shop has become one of the main sources for fine antiques in Beijing, with customers from around the world. On the third floor, there is a section dedicated to Lily’s Museum, where customers can learn more about antiques and admire some pieces from CEO Lily Quan’s personal collection. Customize your own furniture with Lily’s Living, which produces contemporary antique furniture. At Lily’s, expect a passionate team that is always willing to help. They host regular events at their showroom and tours at their factory, where their products are mostly handmade. Customers can even meet with designers and experts to collaborate on designs. At the showroom, visitors can relax at Lily’s Cafe with tea and coffee or partake in crafts, such as paper cutting, wood carving, clay sculpting and painting in their DIY room (call in advance, free of charge). Laura Ibba Daily 8.30am-6pm. Gaobeidian Showroom, 69 Gaobeidian Furniture Street, Chaoyang District (8579 2458) 朝阳区高碑店家俱一条街69号

How the Cookie Crumbles

photos: courtesy of lily’s antiques; illustration: sun zheng

Hilton Beijing Wangfujing plans your next kids’ party


ant to inspire creativity and independence? Let Hilton Beijing Wangfujing host your child’s next birthday party (for up to 30 kids) with a cooking class. Choose either pizza making or cookie decorating for RMB 38 (plus 15 percent surcharge) per child. Special requests may be made, and all services can be mixed and matched in the party package. Two set menus are available for kids (RMB 98 or RMB 138) that include items like sandwiches, spaghetti, spring rolls, and ice cream. Other treats, edible and non-edible, include candy floss (RMB 10/person) and a stuffed bear dressed as a pilot (RMB 48 small, RMB 88 big). While the kids are getting their fill of sweets, parents can sit back and enjoy a cup of tea/coffee with two cookies (RMB 35) or one hour of free-flow tea and coffee with cookies (RMB 78). After the sugar rush kicks in, let the kids roam free in the playground, which is equipped with a small carousel, a jumping castle, and a ball pit. Consult Hilton Beijing Wangfujing to customize a party for your child and be sure to do so at least 15 days in advance. Laura Ibba Hilton Beijing Wangfujing, 8 Wangfujing Dongjie, Dongcheng District (5812 8888) 北京王府井希尔顿酒店,东城区王府井东街8号

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Living Noticeboard

What’s Happening in Beijing Ivy Academy Receives Award for Most Distinguished Private Kindergarten On Saturday, April 20, Ivy Academy was honored as “Most Distinguished Private Kindergarten” at the second Private Kindergarten Conference for Campus Directors. The conference was hosted by the PreSchool Education Committee of the Chinese Association for Non-Government Education and the China Song Qing Ling Foundation Development Center. Chinese Campus Director Zhao Baoshen received the award on behalf of the school, and expressed Ivy Schools’ appreciation for the recognition and support of the committee, and pledged to continue to provide premier early childhood education.

Daystar Academy Welcomes New Performing Arts Coordinator Daystar Academy is delighted to welcome Janice Aulicino as the new performing arts coordinator, starting this fall. Aulicino, originally from the US, will create a performing arts program that immerses students in dance, theater, and music. The program will evolve with the children as they explore the arts with a blend of classical and modern styles. Aulicino looks forward to integrating performing arts into Daystar’s program to further develop their goals of creativity, character development, and critical thinking.

On Saturday, May 11, The British School of Beijing (BSB) won the trophy for Robotics in the third annual Beijing International School First Lego League competition, held at BSB. There are four sections to the competition: robotics, a team challenge, real-world problem solving, and a question and answer session. This year’s competition theme revolved around helping a growing aging population. Four international schools in Beijing have already signed up for next year’s competition. For more information on competing next year, contact Nathaniel Brown at



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photos: courtesy of ivy schools, daystar and bsb

BSB Wins Trophy in Robotics

Noticeboard Living

Eliott’s Corner Extends Services to Tianjin Beginning this fall, Eliott’s Corner will extend its therapy services to the residents of Tianjin. Eliott’s Corner is a pediatric therapy center based in Beijing that provides physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, and psychology services to children from birth to age 18. For more information, contact Eliott’s Corner at 6461 6283.

photos: courtsy of ycis beijing, eliott’s corner, that’s mandarin, and bcis

YCIS Beijing Student Receives Exclusive Music Scholarship Sarah Quan, a Year 12 student from the US at Yew Chung International School of Beijing (YCIS), was awarded a full scholarship to the Kennedy Center/National Symphony Orchestra Summer Music Institute in Washington D.C. Quan is one of approximately 70 other students from the US to be accepted into the Summer Music Institute (SMI). The intensive program includes four weeks of private lessons, rehearsals, lectures, and classes with members of the National Symphony Orchestra to prepare aspiring musicians for a future music career. “I will have the chance to work side by side with [a] professional orchestra, a truly unique experience. Furthermore, professional musicians will teach us how to manage a career in music and how to market ourselves and work with promoters,” says Quan.

That’s Mandarin Introduces Ayi Communication Workshop That’s Mandarin is hosting a monthly Ayi Communication workshop for parents. It’s an opportunity for parents to discuss the pros and cons of having an ayi and to learn Mandarin needed to help with future communications. The workshops will cover key words, cultural differences, and open discussion about health and safety issues. Children are also welcome to partake in language-focused arts, crafts, and games that will be provided during the workshop. The workshops will be held on Saturdays, and admission is RMB 20 per person. For more information, email or call 5218 6432.

BCIS Student Awarded Summer Scholarship to Berklee A Beijing City International School (BCIS) Grade 11 student from South Korea, Donghee Kim was awarded a scholarship to the prestigious Berklee College of Music in the US for a five-week summer performance program. Kim says: “The scholarship for Berklee means everything to me, because it is the very first scholarship I’ve got from a college, especially my dream college. I look forward to developing myself [as a] musician, and am hoping to come back as a senior with greater effort, confidence, experiences, and passion in music.” June 2013



Living Indulge

Doyin Adele-Shiyanbola shows her true colors 18


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Pretty in Pink

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Katebalirwe recommended that AdeleShiyanbola avoid over-relaxing her hair. “Beijing’s very dry, so it makes black hair very brittle and weak,” he explained. They opted for a short, curly weave for plenty of volume. First, Katebalirwe braided AdeleShiyanbola’s natural hair around her head to act as an anchor point.


Then, he meticulously sewed each section of the weave into the braids. To finish off, he snipped off stray hairs from the weave to produce a uniform, rounded hairstyle.

Adele-Shiyanbola, before


oyin Adele-Shiyanbola is made for Beijing. A born and bred Londoner of Nigerian descent, she feels at home in international settings. This vibrant young mom grew up with four siblings as part of a large (and proud) family. With her husband and their 18-month-old daughter, she moved to Beijing in February for her career at the British Embassy. Though she loves Beijing, Adele-Shiyanbola lamented the lack of salons specializing in African hair. In London, she typically got her hair conditioned every two weeks and had it relaxed every six weeks prior to a change of style. Luckily, there’s Majesty Hair Salon, Beijing’s longest-running black hair salon. Adele-Shiyanbola could barely contain her excitement when we introduced her to Head Stylist Kennedy Katebalirwe and Makeup Artist Jojo Zhou. After the makeover, Adele-Shiyanbola said: “The makeover was meant to be a surprise for my husband, and it worked! He said I looked great. To celebrate my new look, we went out to Sanlitun for drinks in the evening.” Cheers to that. Sijia Chen

Majesty Hair Salon Daily 10am-9.30pm. Shop A116, Bldg A, One World Apartments (next to International SOS), 16 Xinyuanli, Chaoyang District (5946 7177, 8453 1527, info@ 朝阳区新源里16号 世方豪庭A座A116室(近International SOS)


Makeup Artist Jojo Zhou created a blank canvas from AdeleShiyanbola’s face with MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation in NW45 and MAC Mineralize Blush in Gentle for color. Then, she played up Adele-Shiyanbola’s love for bright colors with a magenta eyeshadow from MAC overlaid on a dark brown shade from The Body Shop’s Shimmer Cube Palette. Zhou added shine with pink glitter eyeliner by a Korean brand called VOV, and finished off with two coats of BOB Curling Mascara in Black. For Adele-Shiyanbola’s lips, she used Helena Rubinstein Wanted Gloss in No. 9 (Hollywood Doll). June 2013



Living On the Blog

Shunyi Special School and WAB Unite for Soccer Tournament




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After the soccer games concluded and students had a quick snack, some members painted shirts while others went to play basketball. Grade 11 student Oscar Jonsson, president of WAB’s Best Buddies, started his volunteer work with the club three and a half years ago when he helped found Fast Friends, WAB’s own version of Best Buddies. Fast Friends turned into Best Buddies this year, and Jonsson says that working with SSS students helped him realize, “We’re all the same inside, and we all need a friend.” Annie Wang, also in Grade 11, is the vice president of WAB’s best buddies. “The biggest thing I‘ve learned [working at Best Buddies] is patience, and [that] I have the resources to help them with whatever I can. On top of everything, we’re more alike than different.” Best Buddies does monthly activities with SSS students, alternating visits at WAB and the SSS campus. They have done crafts and played sports together. Shunyi Special School 北京市顺义区特殊教育学校 Located in Shunyi, northeast of Capital Airport, the school was established in 1991, and currently has 106 students (ages 3-18) with a variety of special needs, including autism, cerebral palsy, ADHD, and students who are deaf.

This article was modified from a post by Ellis Friedman titled, “Shunyi Special School and WAB Unite for Soccer Tournament.”

photo: Ellis Friedman

n Wednesday, April 18, the Western Academy of Beijing (WAB) turned the opening day of the three-day boys’ APAC soccer tournament into an opportunity for learning and understanding. Visiting teams – hailing from China, South Korea, and Macao – paraded onto the field one by one. Each APAC athlete held hands with students from the Shunyi Special School (SSS), a local school for children with special needs. WAB students gathered on the soccer pitch to welcome the visiting athletes, cheering them on as they paraded onto the field. An elaborate opening ceremony followed, with student performances from WAB’s gymnastics team, two dance teams, a solo opera singer, and a kung fu performance. When the ceremony concluded, the Unified Games began. For this short soccer tournament arranged by WAB’s chapter of Best Buddies, students from SSS were teamed up with APAC teams. Players were supportive and positive, and there were plenty of high-fives and cheers as goals were scored. WAB’s Athletics and Activities Director Martin Halpin says: “The APAC athletes and Shunyi Speical School athletes all have big smiles on their faces. It’s a great opportunity for learning for both groups.” After the Unified Games concluded, SSS students moved to the side soccer pitch to continue playing amongst themselves and their friends from WAB’s Best Buddies. Best Buddies is an organization that allows people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to form friendships, learn new things, and have fun with volunteers. WAB’s chapter is the first Best Buddies chapter in China.


Moving Beyond Sticks and Stones Getting to the heart of bullying and what parents can do to intervene by Ellis Friedman


t’s dinner time, but gathered in an economics classroom at Dulwich College Beijing (DCB) are dozens of mothers – and one father – who have forgone their evening meal to listen to a man named Robert Pereira. Pereira is an education expert who has spent the last 20 years as a professional consultant training students, teachers, and parents around the world to deal with bullying. He’s worked with 160,000 students and asked them why they bully each other, and the answers might surprise you. Author of Why We Bully, Pereira is from Australia and came to Beijing this school year for training sessions at DCB and the Western Academy of Beijing. At a parent seminar on why children bully, he spoke with beijingkids further about dealing with this most intricate and complex of problems.

A Universal Problem Bullying happens in every environment, from the richest schools to the poorest, from rural schools in Australia to international schools in Beijing. Whether co-ed, single-sex, private or public, all schools face these issues. “Bullying is a universal problem,” says Pereira. “If a school claims not to have incidents of bullying, they’re either in denial or ignorant as to what bullying is.” Bullying, as defined by Pereira, is “repeated behavior that is harmful and involves the misuse of power by an individual or group towards one or more persons.” Bullying is not restricted to force or violence; it can involve humiliation, domination, intimidation, victimization, and all types of harassment. But where is the line between teasing and bullying? Pereira doesn’t think there is a line: “Teasing is a big dimension of boy world. Bullying

is not just physical. It’s psychological. It’s emotional turmoil.” One of the biggest modern contributors to bullying is the baron of social media: Facebook. “When it comes to kids, [Facebook is] bad news,” Pereira proclaims. While it used to be that kids would escape bullies when the school day ended, now they receive messages after school hours like, “No one likes you” or “Why don’t you eat lots, get fat, become anorexic, and die?” via text or Facebook messaging. Think your kid is being bullied? It could be the other way around. “That bully could be your daughter,” says Pereira. “Are you open to the fact that your daughter may be the bully? Girls lie. The worst mistake you’ll make is to say ‘My daughter would never lie.’” In order to deal with the larger bullying problem, parents must accept that their child may not be the victim, but the perpetrator. Pereira clarifies that a child’s bullying behavior most likely has little to do with bad parenting. “Your daughter is a separate person and there’s something going on inside her that we need to understand,” he says. So how is a parent to help?

“Bullying is not just physical. It’s psychological” Why Girls Bully When Pereira works with students, he works with girls and boys separately because they bully each other in different ways. When girls bully each other, they are generally covert and subtle. Pereira explains: “It’s all done with the eyes [with what I call] the hate stare. If your daughter

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was the recipient of a hate stare, she knows something’s wrong. She can get that hate stare on day one of school.” Why do girls bully each other? “It’s envy,” says Pereira. “Bitter or longing contemplation of a person’s better fortune or qualities.” It shouldn’t be a surprise that what girls envy most is almost entirely about looks. When Pereira asks girls why hypothetical Amanda would bully Alice, he gets the same responses: “Because Alice is prettier” or “Because she’s ugly.” Girls go on to tell him the characteristics that incite envy, which are often very specific and subjective: hair, skin, clothing, accessories, and breasts. It can even extend to seemingly banal details, like “Her parents are still together,” “She has prettier hair clips,” or “Her mother is caring and kind.” Rarely are girls envious of another girl’s intelligence. Bullying ensues when this envy gets out of control and is coupled with warped thinking. For example, Amanda may think Alice is prettier, and fears Alice is going to be more popular, or that she’ll steal all of Amanda’s friends, and Amanda thinks, “Alice is so lucky. Her life is perfect. Well, I hate her.” Pereira offered his students an example of a new girl at school who happens to be very pretty. What would the girls at that school do? One girl answered, “Ask her to be part of the group, so you can see her beauty all the time, or hate her and make sure she knows it.” While the list of what triggers girl bullying can sound ridiculous, the consequences are real and chilling. Like many aspects of parenting, conversation is a crucial component to helping your daughter through



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the female social quagmire. Now that you know the reasons that girls engage in these behaviors, you can think about their more specific needs. De-emphasizing the importance of looks and refraining from comparison with one’s self or with other women is a good place to start. But just like almost every other aspect of parenting, it’s important to talk to your daughters.

“One of the biggest modern contributors to bullying is the baron of social media: Facebook” Why Boys Bully Unsurprisingly, boy bullying is a different beast. Where girls are covert and complicated, boys are much more straightforward. The number one reason your son might be bullied? Because he’s different. Unlike girls, this often has to do with a boy being intelligent; if a boy gets good grades, is interested in chess or debate club over sports, or plays the “wrong” sports, has musical ability, or is of a different size or different appearance, those are all things that make him what boys call “an easy target.” Most of boy bullying is teasing and revolves around one word: gay. Do your boys throw around phrases like “That’s gay”? Many

Health parents think, “My boys don’t mean it like that. They don’t have a problem with gay people, it’s just something they say. They wouldn’t say it to a boy who was actually gay.” However, we can’t rationalize it away because we think our sons don’t mean it. Those are teasing words, words that will stop a boy from pursuing his talent or being comfortable with himself. If you hear your child using the word “gay” with negative connotations, Pereira advises having a conversation and immediately explaining why it’s not OK to say that. It’s not about shaming your son; it’s about assisting him to empathize with a victim and helping him to think more rationally. Not all bullying revolves around the word “gay,” but no matter the form it takes, don’t brush it off as “just teasing” or “boys will be boys.” Teasing can have a huge psychological impact; Pereira cites a number of boys who were bullied for their talents in playing an instrument. The bullying got so bad that the boys stopped playing altogether, and felt the psychological effects of being bullied well into their 70s. Pereira even links merciless teasing to violence at schools. A boy who is constantly bullied could be thinking, “The next person who says that to me, I’m going to let him have it.” And he could mean it. The exercises Pereira does with students can be easily adapted to a talk with your kids. Ask them to identify the reasons why Amanda might bully Alice. After the list is complete, ask the follow up question: What does Amanda need to realize? Answers range from “What you’re thinking isn’t necessarily true” to “Everyone is different” and “Don’t compare yourself to others.” This helps kids empathize with the victim and reinforce or introduce a more cogent thought process.

The Effects of Bullying When bullying happens, children can feel anxious, fearful and wary throughout the school day. If a kid is being teased about his high test scores, his parents may notice that he’ll start bringing home lower scores in the hopes that bullies won’t pick on him anymore. Your child may become morose or depressed, experience loss of appetite, or stop attending school. When it gets extreme, kids will contemplate suicide. Pereira emphasizes that suicide is rare, but it’s important to pay attention to your kids, because they will be very depressed before they take such drastic measures. It is not infrequent that children who are experiencing the terrible psychological effects of being bullied will never tell their parents what’s going on. That’s why establishing an open, non-judgmental dialogue with your kids from the very beginning is so vital; you can’t intervene if you don’t know it’s happening.

their child that they just need to fight back. This is a big no-no, as Pereira explains: “Violence begets violence. If your child is going to fight back, what are they going to do? Hit this person in the mouth? Punch him in the eye?” This could lead to accusations of assault, which could progress to court. Even fighting back with words is difficult. If somehow your child manages to strike the perfect assertive tone and say exactly what needs to be said (which is nearly impossible in the heat of the moment for adults, let alone children), would this make a difference to the bully? The answer, says Pereira, is probably no.

The School as Mediator The first thing that parents need to do when it comes to bullying is to stop blaming the teachers. Given all of the highly specific and seemingly mundane reasons that kids bully each other, how could a teacher be expected to control that? Parents and the school need to be partners, but Pereira warns, “Once you start blaming the school, the partnership becomes adversarial. Teachers need the help of parents.” Eliminating bullying at school is not an easy thing, and administrators need help. That’s why schools around the world hire experts like Pereira to train teachers and administrators on why kids bully, how to prevent it, and how to intervene. Parents and schools need to keep in mind that just having an anti-bullying or zero-tolerance policy will not enforce positive behaviors; the only way this can be done is through conversations between students, parents, teachers, and administrators. The unfortunate bottom line with bullying is that there is no easy solution. Parents and schools must educate and speak with kids openly and frequently to prevent bullying behaviors. And when bullying does happen, the parents and schools need to acknowledge the problem and intervene swiftly and appropriately.

Stepping In Whether your child is bullying or being bullied, parents must step in. However, if your child is being bullied, one of the worst things you can do is to go directly to the parents of the child who is bullying. “Go through the school,” says Pereira. “Even if you think you can handle it, this will come as a huge surprise to the parents of the perpetrator. They will go into denial, and then you, as the parent of the victim, will go ballistic.” There’s a good chance there will be a violent outburst if the situation gets inflamed. Taking the matter to the school ensures a more neutral ground, and the school should intervene. If you are the parent called into the principal’s office because your child is the perpetrator, it’s important to be open to the fact that your children could be lying to you about their behavior. Parents commonly react in denial, saying, “My child would never do that; I know my child.” The danger of this is that the child doing the bullying will realize they’ve got the best ally they could ever have, and their bullying behavior and lying won’t stop. When a child is being bullied at school, parents are tempted to tell

Resources Why We Bully (AUD 34.95 including international postage) by Robert Pereira

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Health The Natural Path


Sunscreen Safety

ummer is practically here, and that means fun in the sun! Sun exposure is important because vitamin D is naturally produced when our skin is exposed to sun rays. Vitamin D is best known for its contribution to bone health and immune function, but it can also help prevent chronic diseases like cancer, diabetes and heart disease. It is unfortunate that whenever we talk about the benefits of sun exposure, we should also discuss the issue of skin cancer. Currently, there is no agreement on a safe level of exposure to direct sunlight. However, it is well known that sunburn increases the risk of skin cancer; therefore, we must take precautions against getting burned. The best way to avoid sunburn is to limit direct exposure at the time when the rays are strongest, which is around midday. Yet it’s not always practical to stay out of the noonday sun. Stay in the shade (an umbrella can do the trick!) and use protective clothing, including hats and caps. The second line of defense should be the use of sunscreen. But did you know that some sunscreens can actually cause cancer? To find a safe and effective sunscreen, see my suggestions below.

Don’t use products that contain oxybenzone Look for a product that is labeled “broad-spectrum,” which blocks out both UVA and UVB light. Don’t use products that contain oxybenzone, which is absorbed into the bloodstream and acts as a hormone disruptor. This means that it can interfere with the body’s hormones, especially those related to reproduction. Ideally, choose products that contain titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. Other good options include mexoryl sx, tinosorb s, tinosorb m, and avobenzone. Also avoid sunscreens with vitamin A, which is also called retinyl palmitate or retinol. Vitamin A is an antioxidant and protects against free radical damage, but in sunscreens, it has the opposite effect. When exposed to UV light, it can actually increase the risk of cancer by speeding up tumor formation. Another important thing to look out for is the SPF (sun protection factor); the best choices are formulas with a number between 15 and 50. There is no evidence that higher values are more effective. They offer a false sense of protection and people stay in the sun longer than they should. After time and with exposure to the sun, the chemicals in the sunscreen begin to break down and are not as effective. Sunscreen should be reapplied approximately every two hours, after swimming, sweating profusely, or if the product rubs off. Finally, avoid aerosols and sprays because the chemicals become airborne and after being inhaled, easily enter the bloodstream. Creams and lotions are best. The most important thing to remember is that sunlight is actually good for us. Exercise caution when spending the day outdoors. Don’t get burned, but don’t be afraid of a little sun either.

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



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Health The Doc Is In

Fresh, Clean Air for Kids


y adorable son is now four months old, still a tiny bundle of joy. I look forward to us venturing outside, but what if the pollution is bad? What pollution guidelines should we follow when kids are playing outside? One major debate is choosing when to keep your children inside. I think a good baseline is an AQI cutoff of 200, assuming no protective masks would be worn. Children’s lungs are still developing until around the age of 18, and as they breathe much deeper than usual when exercising, it potentially causes more damage. Since I last wrote about air pollution for beijingkids in October 2012, there was a very interesting new study published ( cs34r6f), which provided the best evidence so far that wearing an N95 mask does indeed reduce air pollution’s unhealthy effects. They tested people walking around major roads in Beijing and had half of the group wear a N95 mask by 3M. Those who wore this mask had improved blood pressure as well as heart rate variability. I think this and other studies ( should convince parents to consider buying masks for their children, especially when air pollution levels are over 200 AQI. The key is to use a real N95-rated mask. N95 means that mask is US-certified to filter out 95 percent of particles (PM) smaller than 2.5 microns. This means if the AQI is a crazy-bad 500, your mask is filtering 95% of that. But you must find a mask that is rated N95, not just a cotton mask or even just a blue surgical mask. The other major issue here is fit. Even a small amount of air leaking around the corners makes any mask basically worthless. Unfortunately, there is no easy answer as to the best brand and model for kids. 3M’s N95 rated masks are considered the first choice “gold standard” in research tests. April Gourmet, Jenny Lou’s and many other places sell them, as do all of BJU’s clinic pharmacies. The 3M company has a child size, but I have only seen this in the US. Many parents have tried Totobobo masks (, as they can be cut to suit children’s faces. Others have tried Respro, but their own blog ( zTacDrc) doesn’t recommend any of their models for children under 11. Others seem to like the Vogmask series as they are comfortable for smaller faces. However, many parents report varying degrees of success for all of these. But don’t fret, as I am personally aware of at least two companies feverishly working on children’s masks. If your child is planning any overnight trips or camping adventures, I think it’s wise to give them a good air pollution mask just in case. And if their day trip plans come into question because the air is bad, you don’t always have to cancel their fun – consider having them wear a mask while they play. I know this entire idea of wearing masks is very tiresome, and even controversial, but as parents, it’s our moral responsibility to safeguard our children’s health while living in China.

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

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Dining Dining Out

Prost! Paulaner Brauhaus rings in the summer


very year when the weather heats up, families flock to Paulaner Brauhaus to lounge in the restaurant’s expansive beer garden. Located right next to the Kempinski Hotel, this Liangma Qiao fixture is known for its hearty Bavarian-style fare. Vegetarians, beware; the menu has a distinct focus on meat, and lots of it. Among Paulaner’s specialties are its generous sausage and butcher platters (RMB 178-198), which can be easily shared by younger carnivores. Other highlights include pork knuckle (RMB 105/198), Wiener schnitzel (or breaded veal escalope, RMB 178), and apple strudel (RMB 68). For picky eaters, there’s a German kids’ menu with dishes like schnitzel (RMB 75) and crispy Frankfurter sausage (RMB 45). Grownups shouldn’t miss out on Paulaner’s house beers, which are available in three sizes (glass, half liter, and liter for RMB 48/66/118) and conceived by a real live German brewmaster. The beer garden is open from April to September, but the party continues into October, when Paulaner pulls out all the stops for Oktoberfest. Sijia Chen

Daily 11am-1am. Kempinski Hotel Beijing Lufthansa Center, 50 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District (6465 3388 ext 4212) 普拉那啤酒坊餐 厅,朝阳区亮马桥路50号凯宾斯基饭店

photo: mitchell pe masilun

Meat lover Jackson Long (age 9, attends the International School of Beijing) digs into veal beijingkids 2013 Juneasparagus and Tyrolean ham with bell peppers and potato coins, white


Dining Eater’s Digest Mango Panna Cotta Kids can curl up in a booth at Golden Spoon Taiwanese Food (金汤匙) and sample a variety of savory Taiwanese dishes. There are quite a few locations around Beijing, including one at Gemdale Plaza in Wanda Plaza. For a dessert that isn’t sugar-packed, try the Mango Panna Cotta (RMB 18). It could use larger chunks of mango fruit, but overall it is a refreshing way to end a meal. Red Velvet Cupcake Home Plate Bar-B-Que is best known for its ribs, pulled pork sandwiches and juicy burgers, but who would’ve thought they have such tasty red velvet cupcakes too? The cake is moist, the cream cheese frosting is melt-in-your mouth delicious, and the price is right. Best of all? The proceeds from each cupcake (RMB 15), made especially by Bread of Life Bakery, benefits disabled orphans. Black Swan Ice Cream Black Swan Luxury Cake is best known for its artistic cakes, but they also serve sweet and creamy ice cream. At RMB 118, it is best regarded as pure indulgence, but it might just be the sweet treat you’re looking for to keep cool during the summer heat. Teriyaki Hamburger Steak Wandering around Nanluogu Xiang is a never ending adventure. There is always a quaint restaurant hidden from view; Suzuki Kitchen is one of them.This small and cozy restaurant prepares delicious Japanese food at decent prices. Dig in to the savory teriyaki hambuger steak (RMB 42). Be sure to make a reservation in advance. Strawberry Salad A combination of strawberries, cheese, and pine nuts, this Back Alley Bistro salad (RMB 48) blends sweet and savory tastes. Pair this with a set of delicious ribs and sweet potato fries, and prepare for the satisfying food coma that will ensue.

Tried-and-trued dishes by Kara Chin, Sijia Chen, Morgan Shang, Laura Ibba, and Ellis Friedman. Want to take a bite for yourself? See Directory for restaurant listings. Got suggestions? Send us a photo and a description at

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Marvelous Malaysian Nonya laksa with Executive Chef Jeffery Siew Khoon Poh of Hilton Beijing Ingredients 配料 Serves 1 供1位 1 teaspoon vegetable oil 1茶匙植物油 2 stalks lemongrass, finely chopped 2根柠檬草,切碎 2 tbsp laksa paste (recommended brand: Taishin) 2汤匙叻沙酱(推荐品牌:Taishin) 10g tiny dried shrimps 10g海米 50g laksa stems (boiled with 250mL water) 50g叻沙茎(在250mL水中煮) 1 cup coconut cream (recommended brand: Kara) 1杯椰子奶油(推荐品牌:Kara) 2 prawns 2只对虾 4-5 tofu puffs 4-5个豆泡 5 fish balls 5颗鱼丸 20g bean sprouts 20g豆芽 50g noodles: thick vermicelli noodle or yellow noodles 50g面条:厚粉儿或黄面条 Chicken powder to taste 适量鸡精 Salt to taste 适量盐 1 egg, boiled (other option: quail egg) 1颗鸡蛋,煮熟(其他选择:鹌鹑蛋) 3-5 laksa leaves, chopped 3-5片叻沙叶,切碎

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

photos: sui

Dinner is served by Sebastian Smith (age 9, attends Dulwich College Beijing) and Executive Chef Jeffery Siew beijingkids 2013 June


Food for Thought Dining


2 Add the laksa paste. It will sizzle; stir (best to use the bottom of the spoon in circles). Add some of the water from the laksa stems and continue to stir. Set the sauce aside. 加入叻沙酱。会嘶嘶作响; 搅拌(最好用勺子底部打 圈搅拌)。从叻沙茎加些 水并继续搅拌。把酱放置 一旁。

Boil 50g of laksa stems in 250mL water, and set aside. In a pan, add the vegetable oil and finely chopped lemongrass. Next, add the tiny dried shrimp. 用250mL水煮叻沙茎,放置 一旁。在平底锅内,加入植 物油和切碎的柠檬草。接下 来,加入海米。



In a separate pan/pot, boil water with a pinch of salt. Blanch the noodles, bean sprouts, fish cakes, tofu puffs, fish balls and prawns. Once cooked, drain and add it to a clean dish. 在一个分开的平底锅/壶 中,烧水,加点盐。开水 焯面条,豆芽,鱼蛋糕, 豆泡,鱼丸和对虾。熟了 后,晾干水,放在干净的 盘子里。

Put the sauce back on the flame. Add the coconut cream, blending with the spoon. Add chicken powder. Check the flavor; add salt to taste. 把酱放回火上。加入椰子奶 油,用勺打匀。加入鸡精。 检查味道;加盐调味。

5 Add the egg to the dish, then the sauce, and garnish with chopped laksa leaves. 盘子里加入鸡蛋、 酱,并以叻沙碎叶 佐以装饰。

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

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Playing What's Fun In

Panjiayuan A day of antique shopping, book hunting, and foodie discoveries by Laura Ibba

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outh of East Third Ring Road lies and wind-up toys. If you are interested in an area that is most famous for the Tibetan art, check out Linfeng Tibetan bustling Panjiayuan Antique Market. Artistic Firm for authentic Tibetan furniture, While it is open all days of the week, beautiful carpets and antique handicrafts. From this market is busiest, in terms of both venthe north entrance, head right, look for Row B, dors and visitors, on the weekends. Whatever and they will be at the beginning of the street. you’re looking for, this market has it: from Next, leave the market from the southwest antiques, arts and crafts, and jade bracelets exit; you’ll find yourself at Huawei Lu. Walk to golden Buddha’s statues. If you look hard along the road for a few minutes and turn left enough, you can find some real treasures, onto Huawei Nanlu. On your left is the Chang’an too. Outside the market, there are more small Grand Hotel’s Regal Palace Chinese Restauunofficial vendors and furniture shops. rant. Spoil yourself with a luxurious CantoneseBut first: to make the most of your day in style lunch of seafood and dim sum. this area, start at Panjiayuan Glasses City After lunch, burn some calories with a stroll (Yanjing Cheng). From exit A of Panjiayuan through Beijing Antique City, just next door. DATUNLU EAST ྭ৙ဇ Qiao subwayOLYMPIC station, turn left and walk up East WANGJING XI Like Panjiayuan Market, this four-story building GREEN Third Ring Road until you see the market on is another great source for Chinese antiques. If your left. There are a collection of shops with you didn’t find what you were looking for at the a wide variety of frames. If you forgot to bring antique market, you may find it here, among the your prescription, they can do an eye exam large collection of art, carpets, jade sculptures, CENTER to make new ones, a or use your OLYMPIC old glasses HUIXINXIJIE BEIKOU furniture, porcelain and pottery. process that typically takes less than an hour. Give your legs (and wallet) a rest at Capital Prices vary widely depending on what you want, Library, just across East Third Ring Road. Grab BEITUCHENG how many frames you are buying, and your a book and relax on one of the many sofas SHAOYAOJU ANZHENMEN bargaining skills, but RMB 150HUIXINXIJIE is an NANKOU average MUDANYUANJIANDEMEN scattered around the library. The seventh floor TAIYANGGONG price for one pair. is a floor dedicated to an assortment of English GUANGXIMEN With a fresh pair of glasses in your pocket, books. For the children’s English reading room, HEPINGXIQIAO SANYUANQIAO walk back towards the subway station, past located on the first floor, turn left at the entrance exit A, and turn right onto Panjiayuan Lu. On of Block A. LIUFANG your left is the north entrance to Panjiayuan Hungry again? Head back towards the HEPINGLI North St. æ Antique Market. Get lost among the stalls entrance of the library on Songyu Nanlu and and shops, and admire calligraphy, paintings walk east. Then turn right onto Nanxinyuan YONGHEGONG GULOUDAJIE Lamato Temple jewelry.ANDINGMEN Remember bargain JISHUITAN and jade Xilu until you hitLIANGMAHE Freshness on your left. This and never settle on the opening price. Find small Japanese supermarket carries fresh seaChinese-style furnishings and home décor, or food and imported Japanese food products. If DONGZHIMEN just pick up trinkets and souvenirs, like kites NONGYEZHANLANGUAN you’re looking for a sit-down meal, Matsuko is ԛ ‫ !ף‬ဇ! ୟ!

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Panjiayuan Glasses City 潘家园眼镜城 Daily 9am-6pm. 43 Huaweibeili Dongsanhuan Nanlu, Chaoyang District (8773 0786, 8773 0848) 朝阳区东三环南路华 威北里43号楼名镜苑眼镜城 Panjiayuan Antique Market 潘家园市场 Mon-Fri 8.30am-6pm, Sat-Sun 4.30am6pm. West of Panjiayuan Qiao, Chaoyang District (6775 2405) 朝阳区潘家园桥 西边 Linfeng Tibetan Artistic Firm 灵峰藏艺古典家具店 Daily 8.30am-8.30 pm. Stall 1, Row B, Panjiayuan Market, Chaoyang District (139 1173 9981) 朝阳区潘家园市场乙排1号 Regal Palace Chinese Restaurant 秦乐宫中餐厅 Daily 10am-10pm. 1/F, Chang’an Grand Hotel, 27 Huaweili, Chaoyang District (8778 9888 ext 262) 朝阳区华威里27号 长安戴斯大饭店1层 Beijing Antique City 北京古玩城 Daily 10am-7pm. 21 Dongsanhuan Nanlu, Chaoyang District (5960 9999) 朝阳区东三环南路21号










just down the road. They offer a wide range of typical Japanese food: noodles, sushi, sashimi and tempura. If you get a chance to return, try their lunch buffet. To head back home, walk down Nanxinyuan Lu, turn right onto Hongyan Lu. When you reach East Third Ring Road, you will see Shilihe subway station on your left.



Capital Library 首都图书馆 Daily 9am-7.30pm. 88 Dongsanhuan Nanlu, Chaoyang District (6735 8114) 朝阳区东三环南路88号 Freshness 生鲜馆 Daily 9am-10pm. Inside Longtou Gongyu, 8 Nanxinyuan Xilu, Chaoyang District (8732 8650) 朝阳区南新园西路 8号龙头公寓内 Matsuko 松子 Daily 11.30am-2pm, 5-10.30pm. 1/F, 8 Nanxinyuan Xilu, South of Longtou Gongyu, Chaoyang District (8731 9890) 朝阳区南新园西路8号龙头公寓南栋一层

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Playing Outside

Here Comes the Sun End-of-summer camp options for kids and teens American Employees Association (AEA) Summer Camp AEA leads a long-running American-style summer camp with many outdoor and indoor activities related to weekly themes like DNA and Dinosaurs, Race through Outer Space and more. Kids will sing, play, swim, and go on field trips.

family. By popular demand, Beijing Playhouse hosts not one but two camps this summer: Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves and Oliver Twist. Note that the former is already fully booked.

Beijing Playhouse Kids Summer Theater Camp At the Beijing Playhouse Kids Summer Theater Camp, children act, sing, dance, paint backdrops, design costumes, and more. The camp concludes with a performance for friends and

CISB Kindergarten Creative Camp Hosted by the Canadian International School of Beijing, this program for kids up to 6 years of age includes phonics/reading, creative English workshops, Chinese language and culture, arts and crafts, music, swimming, physical



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Recommended ages: 18 months-6 years Dates: Jun 24-Aug 9 Time: Mon-Fri 8.30am-1pm (half day), MonFri 8.30am-3.30pm (full day) Cost: • Half day: RMB 3,800 (two weeks), RMB 5,700 (three weeks), RMB 7,600 (four weeks), or RMB 12,000 (seven weeks) • Full day: RMB 6,000 (two weeks), RMB 9,000 (three weeks), RMB 12,000 (four weeks), or RMB 19,000 (seven weeks) Address: Canadian International School of Beijing (CISB) Liangmaqiao Campus, 38 Liangma Qiao Lu, Chaoyang District 朝阳区 亮马桥路38号 Note: The deadline to apply was May 31, but there will be spots open for registration if the classes aren’t completely filled. Contact: CISB Programs and Activities office (6465 7788, summeradmissions@cis-beijing. com) CISB Summer Enrichment and Enhancement Camp This camp allows students to enjoy the holi-

photo: courtesy of i3 summer camp

Recommended ages: 4-12 Dates: Jun 10-Jul 26 Time: Mon-Fri 9am-4pm Cost: RMB 2,562-3,200/week, depending on how early you register and how many weeks you enroll your child for. Address: Beijing City International School (BCIS), 77 Baiziwan Nan Er Lu, Chaoyang District 朝阳区百子湾南二路77号 Note: BCIS students are eligible for a 20 percent host discount. Contact:,

Oliver Twist Recommended ages: 6-14. Teens aged 15-18 can enroll in Beijing Playhouse’s junior internship program. Dates: Aug 12-24. Auditions and enrollment are on Jul 6 at 4pm, with late auditions and enrollment taking place on Aug 11 at 10am. The final performance is on Aug 24 at 2pm. Time: Mon-Sat 9am-4pm Cost: RMB 6,500 (includes lunch) Address: Daystar Academy, 2 Shunbai Lu, Chaoyang District 朝阳区顺白路2号 Note: Working English proficiency is required. Contact: performance@beijingplayhouse. com,

education and more to let the children enjoy learning and discovery.

Outside Playing days while improving their language skills. The camp merges English, Chinese and French language classes, field trips, cultural activities and sports. Recommended Ages: Ages 6-15 (enrichment), ages 16-20 (enhancement) Dates: Jun 24-Aug 9 Time: Mon-Fri 8.30am-3.30pm Cost: • Enrichment: RMB 7,000 (two weeks), RMB 10,500 (three weeks), RMB 14,000 (four weeks), or RMB 22,000 (seven weeks) • Enhancement: RMB 9,000 (two weeks), RMB 13,500 (three weeks), RMB 18,000 (four weeks) or RMB 28,000 (seven weeks) Address: Canadian International School of Beijing (CISB) Liangmaqiao Campus, 38 Liangma Qiao Lu, Chaoyang District 朝阳区 亮马桥路38号 Other notes: There is a 15 percent discount for CISB, ISNS and CCSC students. Contact: CISB Programs and Activities office (6465 7788, summeradmissions@cis-beijing. com)

I have attended the [CISB] Summer Camp Program for a number of years. I have improved my English and also made many new friends from other countries. I enjoy all of the sports and culture activities it has to offer. I hope to attend again this year. – Manson (age 14)

ELM Summer School at Secret Garden Up to 250 students per week will improve their Mandarin and learn more about Chinese culture at Genting Resort Secret Garden’s summer camp. Students will also go on excursions to major attractions in Beijing and visit the town of Chongli. Recommended ages: 11-17 Dates: Jun 26-Aug 7 Time: To be confirmed Cost: RMB 7,500/ week, RMB 14,250/ two weeks, RMB 19,500/three weeks, RMB 24,500/four weeks Address: Genting Resort Secret Garden, Wutong Dadao, Taizi City, Chongli County, Zhangjiakou, Hebei Province 河北省张家口 市崇礼县太子镇梧桐大道 Note: Application deadline is Jun 15. It costs extra for the intensive language course (RMB 650/week) or private tuition (RMB 200/hour). Contact:, 188 1032 9318

Dulwich Community Programs The Dulwich Community Programs organize a wide range of summer camps for kids of different ages. There are sports camps, Little Ones, Magic and Science, language camps and even summer camps to teach children good manners.

Little Ones Recommended ages: 3-5 Dates: Jun 24-28, Jul 1-5 Time: Mon-Fri 9am-noon Cost: RMB 1,650/week Address: Riviera Campus, 1 Xiangjiang Beilu, Jingshun Lu, Chaoyang District 朝阳区京顺路 香江北路1号香江花园 Note: Registrations can be made at Dulwich Legend Sports Club reception every weekday between 6am and 10pm and every weekend between 8am and 9pm. Contact: 6454 9019/9127, Yoga Summer Camp Recommended ages: 5-12 Dates: Jun 24-Aug 9 Time: Mon-Fri 9.15-10.45am (ages 5-8), 11am-12.30pm (ages 9-12) Cost: RMB 900/week Address: Riviera Campus, 1 Xiangjiang Beilu, Jingshun Lu, Chaoyang District 朝阳区京顺路 香江北路1号香江花园 Note: Registrations can be made at Dulwich Legend Sports Club reception every weekday between 6am and 10pm and every weekend between 8am and 9pm. Contact: 6454 9019/9127, Science and Magic Recommended ages: 6-9 Dates: Jul 29-Aug 2, Aug 5-9 Time: Mon-Fri 9am-noon Cost: RMB 1,500/ week Address: Legend Garden Campus, 89 Capital Airport Road, Shunyi District 顺义区机场路89 号丽京花园 Note: The deadline for the Jul 29-Aug 2 session is Jul 22, while the deadline for the Aug 5-9 session is Jul 29. Contact: 6454 9019/9127, Basketball Recommended ages: 8-17 Dates: Jun 27-Aug 11 Time: Thu 4-5pm (ages 8-12), 5-6pm (ages 13-17); Sun 9-10.30am (ages 8-12), 10.30amnoon (ages 13-17)

Cost: RMB 600/two sessions per week for a total of five weeks; RMB 150 for two sessions or paying on a weekly basis. Address: Legend Garden Campus, 89 Capital Airport Road, Shunyi District 顺义区机场路89 号丽京花园 Note: Registrations can be made at Dulwich Legend Sports Club reception every weekday between 6am and 10pm and every weekend between 8am and 9pm. Contact: 6454 9019/9127,

Jia You Football Recommended ages: 6+ Dates: Jun 24-Aug 9 Time: Mon-Fri 9am-noon Cost: RMB 1,500/week Address: Legend Garden Campus, 89 Capital Airport Road, Shunyi District 顺义区机场路89 号丽京花园 Note: Registrations can be made at Dulwich Legend Sports Club reception every weekday between 6am and 10pm and every weekend between 8am and 9pm. Contact: 6454 9019/9127, Chinese Immersion Camp Recommended ages: 6-10 Dates: Jun 24-28, Jul 29-Aug 2, Aug 5-9 Time: Mon-Fri 9am-noon Cost: RMB 1,500/week Address: Legend Garden Campus, 89 Capital Airport Road, Shunyi District 顺义区机场路89 号丽京花园 Note: Registrations can be made at Dulwich Legend Sports Club reception every weekday between 6am and 10pm and every weekend between 8am and 9pm. Contact: 6454 9019/9127, Falcons Basketball Recommended ages: 8-15 Dates: Jun 24-Aug 9 Time: 9.30-11.30am (ages 8-12), 1-3pm (ages 12-15) Cost: RMB 1,000/ week Address: Legend Garden Campus, 89 Capital Airport Road, Shunyi District 顺义区机场路89 号丽京花园 Note: Registrations can be made at Dulwich Legend Sports Club reception every weekday between 6am and 10pm and every weekend between 8am and 9pm. Contact: 6454 9019/9127,

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Prep Beijing! Summer Program 1 This Everyday Etiquette Summer Camp aims to teach teens good manners and social skills in order to become more confident and polished individuals.

Summer Camp, which aims to develop painting, pottery and crafting skills in children. There are three themes: Colors of Creativity, Creating Your Favorite Character, and Producing Your Own Story. There are eight sessions in total:

Recommended ages: 10-14 Dates: Jun 24-28 Time: 9am-3pm Cost: RMB 5,000/week (lunch included) Address: Legend Garden Campus, 89 Capital Airport Road, Shunyi District 顺义区机场路89 号丽京花园 Note: Register before Jun 10 to receive a 5 percent discount. Registrations can be made at Dulwich Legend Sports Club reception every weekday between 6am and 10pm and every weekend between 8am and 9pm. Contact: 6454 9019/9127,

• Jun 24-28: Colors of Creativity: Pottery and Chinese/oil painting • Jul 1-5: Creating Your Favorite Character: Crafts and pottery • Jul 8-12: Producing Your Own Story: Animation and crafts • Jul 15-19: Colors of Creativity: Chinese/oil painting and handicrafts • Jul 22-26: Creating Your Favorite Character: Crafts and pottery • Jul 29-Aug 2: Producing Your Own Story: Animation and crafts • Aug 5-9: Creating Your Favorite Character: Crafts and pottery • Aug 12-16: Producing Your Own Story: Animation and crafts

Prep Beijing! Summer Program 2 This summer camp is designed for non-Western students preparing to transition into a Western education system or for any student who would like to increase their self-esteem. Students learn about social and emotional intelligence, self-defense, Western etiquette and culture, and more.

i3 ArtStudio Summer Camp Nurture budding artists with the i3 ArtStudio



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International Bilingual All-Around Summer Camp This bilingual summer camp hosts a variety of camps for kids. Choose from the Neighborhood Immersion Summer Camp in Chinese (Cathay View Clubhouse), the International Bilingual Tennis Summer Camp (Lido Country Club), the International Bilingual Swimming Camp (both locations), the International Football Summer

Recommended ages: 5-15 Dates: June 17-August 23 (two weeks per term) Time: 9am-4pm Cost: • One person: RMB 4,000/term, RMB 2,200/ week (language camp); RMB 2,600/week (karting camp). • Two people: RMB 3,900/term, RMB 2,100/ week (language camp); RMB 2,500/week (karting camp). • Three people: RMB 3,800/term, RMB 2,000/week (language camp); RMB 2,400/ week (karting camp) Note: Bus fee is RMB 600/term, RMB 300/ week (within 10km radius). Returning campers are eligible for a discount. Addresses: Lido Country Club: 6 Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District 朝阳区将台路6号丽都饭店; Cathay View Clubhouse: 1 Guangtang Donglu, Chaoyang District 朝阳区观唐东路 1号院 Xinglong Park: 8A Xinglong Zhuang, Chaoyang District 朝阳区兴隆庄申8号兴隆 公园 Contact: 8450 1789, 130 3103 8833,,

“My children Ashleigh (age 10) and Jeremy (age 7) have joined the Chinese Neighbor Summer camp every year since 2009. They come home every day exhausted but very happy, full of stories about what they did that particular day. They also have the opportunity to make new friends from many different backgrounds. The Chinese Neighbor camp gives them the right balance of playtime, sports, interesting learning opportunities and Mandarin studies.” – Rebecca Churn

photos: courtesy of TLC summer camp

Recommended ages: 10-14 Dates: Jul 1-5 Time: 9am-3pm Cost: RMB 6,000/week (lunch included) Address: Legend Garden Campus, 89 Capital Airport Road, Shunyi District 顺义区机场路89 号丽京花园 Note: Register before Jun 17 to receive a 5 percent discount. Registrations can be made at Dulwich Legend Sports Club reception every weekday between 6am and 10pm and every weekend between 8am and 9pm. Contact: 6454 9019/9127,

Recommended ages: 3-11 Dates: Jun 24-Aug 16 Time: 9.30am-12.30pm Cost: RMB 1,480/session Address: i3 ArtStudio, Rm 1808, Bldg 4, Dongqu Guoji Gongyu, 1 Ciyunsi, Chaoyang District 朝阳区慈云寺1号院东区国际公寓4号 楼1808室 Note: Applications will be accepted up until the Saturday before the first day of that session (space permitting) Contact: 8591 3294,,

Camp (Lido Country Club), and the International Karting Summer Camp (Xinglong Park).

Outside Playing

Ivy Academy Chinese Immersion Program The aim of this program is to immerse children in a Chinese environment. Students attend Chinese language and culture classes with experienced teachers who follow a “Mandarinonly” policy. The kids also take part in many outdoor activities and field trips.

photos: courtesy of TLC summer camp and chinese neighbour

Recommended ages: 5-9 Dates: Jul 1-12 (session one), Jul 15-26 (session two) Time: 9.15am-3pm Cost: RMB 5,600/session and RMB 300 enrollment fee (non-refundable, new students only). Price includes lunch, snacks, and weekly field trips; it excludes accommodations and transportation. Address: East Lake Villas, 35 Dongzhimenwai Dajie, Dongcheng District 东城区东直门外大 街35 号东湖别墅 Note: School bus service available upon request. Various discounts available (early bird, sibling, alumni, and multi-session). Applications will be accepted up until the Friday before the first day of the session (space permitting). Contact: 8451 1380/81, Ivy Academy English Sprouts Program Ivy Academy’s English summer camp is specially designed for young children, with classes divided into ages 2-4 and 3-6. In-classroom and outdoor activities include arts and science classes, swimming, and field trips. All teachers are certified in Early Childhood Education. Recommended ages: Ages 2-6 Dates: Jul 1-12 (session one), Jul 15-26 (session two), Jul 29-Aug 9 (session three) Time: TBC Cost: RMB 5,600/session and RMB 300 enrollment fee (non-refundable, new students only). Price includes daily lunch, snacks, and weekly field trips and excludes accommodations and transportation.

Address: East Lake Villas, 35 Dongzhimenwai Dajie, Dongcheng District 东城区东直门外大 街35 号东湖别墅 Note: School bus service available upon request. Various discounts available (early bird, sibling, alumni, and multi-session). Applications will be accepted up until the Friday before the first day of that session (space permitting). Contact: 8451 1380/81, The Learning Center Summer Programs The Learning Center offers summer programs for kids and teens of all ages. The center has English immersion programs for students transferring to international or overseas schools, transition programs for students moving into middle and high school, one-on-one and group classes (maximum eight students), and more. All teachers are experienced and accredited. Recommended ages: Kindergarten to Grade 12 Dates: Ongoing in July and August Time: 9am-noon (half day), 9am-4pm (full day) Cost: Weekly half day programs start at RMB 1,925. Address: The Learning Center, Gahood Villa 2108, Xibaixinzhuang, Houshayu, Shunyi District 顺义区后沙峪嘉浩别墅2108 Note: Early bird discounts (30 days before start date), sibling, and group discounts are available. Contact: 8046 3886/7085, registration@, learningcenterbeijing@, That’s Mandarin Language Program Kids are divided into various groups based on their Chinese level in this summer language camp. Classes (topic classes, cartoon classes, reading and writing classes) are held in the morning and cultural activities (tai chi, calligraphy, kite making, and sightseeing) in the afternoon and on weekends.

Recommended ages: 7-17 Dates: Jun 17-Aug 19 Time: Mon-Fri 9-11.45am (morning camp), 9am-4pm (day camp). Full camp includes accommodation included; minimum of a one-week stay. Cost: RMB 1,900/week Address: That’s Mandarin, 1/F, Office Bldg B, Xinzhong Yuan, Xinzhong Jie, Dongcheng District 东城区新中街新中园写字楼B座1层 Note: While the duration of stay is flexible, only full weeks can be booked. The application deadline for morning and day camps is at least one full week before the starting date. Overnight campers must book at least one month in advance. Contact: 5218 6432,, That’s Mandarin Kung Fu Program In addition to its language program, That’s Mandarin is offering a kung fu program for kids and teens. Recommended ages: 5-15 (kids older than 15 can inquire about adult classes) Dates: Jun 17-Aug 18 Time: Mon-Fri 4-5.30pm Cost: RMB 1,000/week Location: That’s Mandarin, 1/F, Office Bldg B, Xinzhong Yuan, Xinzhong Jie, Dongcheng District 东城区新中街新中园写字楼B座1层 Contact: 5218 6432,,

“My son did a two-week intensive course tailored privately for him last year, and it was a success. Nico loved his teachers and the way the lessons were structured, their attitude, the materials, and the outings! In short, learning at That’s Mandarin has helped him embrace Chinese culture and has made him want to pursue Mandarin studies.” – Marisol Mosquera

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Playing Family Travels

Nina (age 8) spinning a Tibetan prayer wheel

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The Millers encounter perfection in Yunnan The Miller Family


ast summer, we went on a trip to Yunnan, the “Kingdom South of the Clouds.” We booked the Family Summer Package directly through Songtsam Lodges’ website (songtsam. com). We got to visit a part of China that is still unspoiled by mass tourism. Yet, we traveled comfortably – even with a touch of luxury. We were surrounded by amazing landscapes the whole time and there were plenty of activities for everyone. The package included three nights in Tacheng, one night in Benzilan



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Travelers: Chelin and Nick Miller and their three daughters Hannah (age 17), Eli (13) and Nina (8) Destination: Yunnan (Lijiang, Shangri-La, Tacheng, and Benzilan) Dates: August 4-11, 2012 Cost: RMB 38,720 for two adults and three kids (includes all meals, accommodations, and transport for seven days). Does not include tips or flights. Tour company: Songtsam Lodges

and two nights in Shangri-La. We also took a detour to Lijiang. We wanted a trip that would cater to the various interests of our family: a bit of trekking and adventure for Nick, photography opportunities for me, a swimming pool for the children, and plenty of time to spend together as a family. When we were doing our research, we were very impressed by Songtsam’s package that offered a more relaxing alternative to a more adventurous trip at higher altitudes. We flew from Beijing to Lijiang, where we stayed one night to visit this picturesque town. Although this was not part of the package, I thoroughly recommend it. The following day, our guides and drivers picked us up from the hotel in Lijiang in two comfortable vans. They drove us and another family to our first lodge, Songtsam Tacheng. On the way, we took a detour to see Tiger Leaping Gorge. After Tacheng, we drove through mountain passes to Songtsam Benzilan, in an area that used to be a key part of the Ancient Tea Horse Road to Tibet. The tour ended with two days at Songtsam Shangri-La. Although the lodges were off the beaten track, it was very easy to communicate with the English-speaking staff. The guides were always at hand to translate, but their presence was not intrusive. The lodges are exquisitely decorated and the restaurants served excellent food. There were various local dishes, as well as pizza, pasta and ice cream.

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From left: Nick, Eli (age 13), Hannah (17), Nina (9) and Chelin Miller

The best part was being welcomed by smiling faces everywhere we went and having so many activities to choose from. Nick’s favorite activity was hiking up the mountains in the rain to see the Golden Monkeys in Baima Nature Reserve. For Hannah, it was hunting for mushrooms in the mountainous forests near Benzilan – and learning how to tell which ones are not poisonous. She then got to barbecue the mushrooms for dinner under the stars. Eli enjoyed making mooncakes in Tacheng and eating her own creations. She also had a lot of fun dancing with hundreds of locals in the Old Town square in Shangri-La. Nina, the youngest, wanted to take part in all the activities; our guide Dolma paid special attention to her, teaching her Tibetan chanting prayers and how to turn the prayer wheel at temples. She also enjoyed horseback riding through the meadows in Shangri-La on the cutest Tibetan pony. My favorite moment was making wonderful landscape photographs at dawn – in my pajamas, from the bedroom balcony! There were photo opportunities all over the place, all day long. One afternoon, we were caught in the rain in Tacheng after picking up watermelons. We stopped for shelter at a Naxi household. The family that lived there was so friendly! They offered us fruits and drinks and we sang songs with them while we waited for the rain to stop. There was no “worst” moment on this trip – everything was perfect. Chelin Miller

Making friends with locals

Travel Tips • Shangri-La’s new town center is crowded and touristy, nothing like the mythical paradise imagined by James Hilton in his book, Lost Horizon. However, the Songtsam Lodge was situated away from the hustle and bustle, next to a monastery and lake. This offers a great opportunity to go for a wander, if you are not suffering too much from altitude sickness. • My favorite books about the regions we visited are the aforementioned Lost Horizon and The Ancient Tea Horse Road by Jeff Fuchs (now available as an e-book on Kindle). I recommend reading them to get a taste of the landscape and the area’s past. • August is summertime in Yunnan and the vegetation is in full bloom and lush. There were a few showers, but they didn’t last long. As you go up the mountains, it gets a little bit chillier, especially in the evenings. Tacheng was warmer than Benzilan and Shangri-la. • We wore comfortable clothes: cargo trousers or shorts, trekking shoes and T-shirts during the day and fleece in the evening. A raincoat is always handy. Hats and sunscreen are essential. Don’t forget swimsuits for the pool in Tacheng! (When you book with Songtsam, they give you a list of essentials and suggestions on what to bring.)

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Playing Family Travels

From left: Daniel (age 2), Justine, Alicia (5) and David Melzer at the Tegallalang rice fields

A Land of Contrasts The Melzers roam volcanic ash and white sand beaches in Bali

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e went to the island of Bali during the last Golden Week. We stayed in three hotels in completely different parts of the island to make the most of our trip. The first one, located on the north coast, was Lilin Lovina Beach Hotel


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Travelers: Justine and David Melzer and their two kids, Alicia (age 5) and Daniel (2) Destination: Bali, Indonesia (Ubud, Lovina Beach, and Jimbaran Beach) Dates: September 22-October 7, 2012 Cost: RMB 44,770. This includes flights for two adults and two kids on Jet Star (RMB 13,500) and Air Asia (RMB 4,500), hotels (RMB 450-1,850/night), car transportation (RMB 2,000), two boat trips (RMB 1,220), and food (RMB 5,700). Visa fees, sightseeing, souvenirs, and spending money not included. Tour company: None. We used to find hotels, and reserved our flights through each airline’s website (Jet Star for Beijing to Singapore, then Air Asia from Singapore to Bali).

(six days), the second one was Kertiyasa Bungalow in Ubud (three days), in a town quite in the heart of the island, and the third one on the south coast: Keraton Jimbaran Resort and Spa (six days). To get around on the island, we hired a car with a driver at the hotel or took a taxi for short distances. There were vivid, eye-catching colors everywhere. Many people still wear traditional Balinese clothes, and the streets are filled with Hindu decorations made of plants and flowers. The diversity of nature was also impressive, with both black and white beaches, dry and lush regions, and mountains and volcanoes in the center of the island. The kindness of the local people was outstanding. For example, we arrived late at night to our first hotel. The manager simply entrusted us with the room key, asked if we need anything for the night, and told us to check in the next day because of our long trip. The town of Ubud is one of the major sightseeing spots in Bali. It is the cultural center of the island, with many temples, yoga retreats, and arts and crafts. The locals call it “the soul of Bali.” At the beautiful Ubud Palace courtyard, we had a chance to enjoy a Legong dance preformed by professional Balinese dancers. We also visited the wellknown Monkey Forest in Ubud. We didn’t expect so many monkeys just hanging around outside! Once, while having dinner at a restaurant, a

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Justine and Alicia in the gardens of the Brahma Vihara temple

monkey jumped on our table, discarded the straw from Daniel’s juice, and drank it straight from the glass! We were shocked at first, but then it was very amusing. Not far from Ubud, we went to the famous Tegallalang rice fields. We enjoyed the short hike through this beautiful landscape, but since we have seen a lot of rice terraces before this one seemed quite small to us. In the south, we visited the Pula Uruwatu Temple, which is situated on spectacular cliffs between a small forest. We had a relaxed picnic and enjoyed the sunset over the sea behind the pagoda. The best part was definitely our stay at Lilin Lovina Beach Resort on the less touristy north coast. We had our own bungalow with a pool, and breakfast was served on our private terrace facing the beach. The kids couldn’t get enough of collecting shells on the beach, finding starfish in the calm waters, and watching fishermen return with full nets in the afternoon. One morning, we were taken to see frolicking dolphins at sunrise by a fishing boat. Seeing so many dolphins at once was an unforgettable experience for the kids. After a short drive, we also hiked to the 40m-high Gigit Waterfalls after passing through beautiful rice fields. The kids loved taking a refreshing bath in the cold spring water. The driver we hired on the north coast of Bali took us to an ancient Buddhist temple called Brahma Vihara on the top of a mountain. This is a beautiful temple with interesting ancient buildings, a very spiritual atmosphere, and fantastic gardens. We were the only visitors, and got to enjoy the tranquility of this place. Alicia loved picking fallen orchids and Daniel was excited to see exotic birds tweeting loudly from the trees. By contrast, we booked a trip to Turtle Island on the southern coast of Bali, expecting to see turtles living freely in an appropriate reserve. But this turned out to be quite a tourist trap: very expensive, with most of the turtles living in small plastic water basins. Some kids even

rode on them. In the end, the guides insisted on taking a break at the reserve’s restaurant. The only nice memory of this trip was the private glass bottom boat tour from Nusa Dua to Turtle Island; the kids could see exotic fish and coral underneath. We didn’t expect to eat such delicious dinners in the seafood restaurants located on the southern part of Jimbaran Beach. We loved spending evenings there watching the sunset and eating terrific fish. Afterwards, the kids were excited to walk across the beach to our hotel revealing crabs in hiding with their pocket lamps in the dark. Justine Melzer

Travel Tips: • The best time to visit Bali is the dry season between May and October. • Bali is a convenient destination to visit with kids; ours generally liked the non-spicy local food and freshly-squeezed juices. Some places, like Ubud, had many organic restaurants. There are small markets – often with ATMs inside – and bigger hypermarkets accessible by car. It was also very easy to organize tours and reserve transportation. We booked our trips at the front desk, but there are numerous local travel agencies as well. We communicated in English with the locals. • Because it is a long ride (3-4 hours) from the airport to the north coast of Bali, it is much less touristy than the other parts of the island. • Jimbaran Beach on the south coast is probably the most beautiful beach on the island. It’s very welcoming and kid-friendly, with white sand and calm turquoise waters. Not surprisingly, the resorts here are more expensive. You’ll also find an International SOS clinic in this area.

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I Want to Be a Basketball Coach Life is nothing but net for David Gros


he program manager of Sports Beijing’s basketball program, David Gros has spent over 20 years on the basketball court as a semiprofessional player in Spain and Serbia. As a coach, Gros emphasizes teamwork and life skills. Originally from Barcelona, Gros arrived in Beijing in 2008, when he started up Sports Beijing’s basketball program. Recently, he visited student council members (Grade 3-5) at International School of Beijing to chat about what it takes to make it on and off the court. Ellis Friedman

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When I Grow Up Learning Hannah, 11, US What inspired you to play basketball? When I was a kid, all of my classmates played basketball, so I joined the team. I liked it so much that I kept going for 21 years. Emily, 10, UK/US What grade were you in when you started playing basketball? I was 11 years old, so Grade 5.

Ava, 11, US Before you were 11, did you have an interest in other sports? I liked swimming, riding my bicycle, and track and field. Right now, I also do tennis once a week and this morning, I went for a run. I do as many sports as possible, because all together they’re a great combination. Colby, 9, US Before you got interested in basketball, what did you want to be? I wanted to be a doctor of medicine when I was in elementary school. But when I went into middle school, I got interested in history and political science. Alex, 9, US What was the name of your team in Spain? I played on many teams. The last one was a trade union, UGT Aragon. Before that, I played for KK Zvezdara in Serbia and for Maragall in Barcelona. Aaron, 10, US How many years did you play in the Spanish basketball league? I’m still playing now in friendship games, but I played for 21 years in Spain and Serbia. Alice, 9, Australia Have you ever won any basketball championships? We won three years in a row with my classmates in Spain when I was 17 years old.

Emily, 10, Canada Have you ever been so seriously injured you couldn’t play? I sprained my ankle three or four times. Sometimes I’d be out for two or four weeks. [When] I hurt some of my fingers, I was out about a month. But no serious injuries.

Katie, 11, South Korea When did you start at Sports Beijing and why? I came here in 2008 with my partner. Two months after that I approached Sports Beijing, which did not have a basketball program, so I set it up and we started with a small group of kids.

Owen, 9, US What do you like about playing basketball? I like that you keep running the whole time, you can play offense and defense, dribble, shoot … you’re doing a lot of things.

Lauren, 11, Ireland/US Do you have any other hobbies? I love books about history, especially about Europe, because my degree was in the modern history of Europe. I also read books about China.

Andy, 11, South Korea Are you actually a basketball star, or are you a coach? I am a basketball coach and I am a former basketball player, but I’m not a star. Mari, 9, Japan Who inspired you to become a coach? My own coaches inspired me to be a coach; they were trying to teach me all these new things and I liked the way they did that. So I thought being a coach was cool, because I could help people.

Claire, 10, US Who was your coach in Spain? There was one coach who worked with me and inspired me, because he liked to have all his players working together. Three of us on the team became coaches, so that means he inspired many of us. He’s not a star, but for me, he was the greatest star.

Sophie, 10, Australia What do you look for in a good player? A good team player never complains and is always trying to help the coach and teammates find a solution. [He is] always positive; if you are positive, you can do anything.

Winona, 10, Australia Have you ever thought of giving up? Why should I give up? Do you give up when you don’t pass an exam? When I [didn’t enjoy playing] basketball, I asked why. Then, when I found out the answer, I tried to find a solution. Angela, 10, South Korea Do you think a professional basketball player needs to be tall? It’s a good requirement, but Nate Robinson is short and he plays professionally for the Chicago Bulls. Before, we had a guy who was 1.6m and he won a dunking contest in the NBA. Clara, 10, US How do you communicate with your teammates on the court? Sometimes you don’t have enough time to communicate because you’re running, but [during] timeouts, we have a minute to talk. Devon, 9, US What’s your favorite NBA team and why? Right now, the Memphis Grizzlies, because they have great team spirit. There isn’t one star; they play good defense together [and] they play as a team.

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Learning Blank Canvas

Students from

Canadian International School of Beijing fill June’s Blank Canvas


Peter Hsu, 18, Taiwan/China

Joanna Wong, 18, Hong Kong

Maggie Lafleur, 18, Canada

Sylvia Li, 18, Hong Kong


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Blodwen Chan, 17, Hong Kong

Louis Liu, 19, Canada

Hanna Ryu, 18, South Korea

Michelle Liu, 17, Canada

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Erika Richards (far right) opted to be in Asia for her gap year

Mind the Gap Year The how, what, and why of taking a year off before university by Ellis Friedman




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to pursue an interest, to get work experience, or to make some money before paying university tuition.

Becoming Independent “Some students just aren’t ready for the next step in their education [after high school],” says Adam Wilson, a Canadian International School of Beijing (CISB) guidance counselor. “They benefit from maturing, both in terms of age and [from] experiencing the ‘real world.’ Many [international school students] have lived with their parents their whole lives and many have never had jobs. They need to experience a bit more independence and learn to stand on their own two feet.” Wilson was guidance counselor to 19-year-old Erika Richards, who graduated from CISB last year. She took a gap year for reasons different than Zhu’s. “I wanted to spend more time with my family,” says Richards, whose family moved from Canada to Beijing in her senior year of high school. Not only did Richards want to take advantage of the opportunity to live in Asia, but she wanted to save for university. “I wasn’t ready financially to live on my own. I didn’t want to take on so much debt at such a young age.” Richards has spent her gap year in Beijing living with her parents, and traveled to Australia and Shanghai.

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ranklyn Zhu, originally from Hong Kong and China, had an acceptance letter to Yale University when he graduated from the Western Academy of Beijing (WAB) last June. But instead of packing up and heading to university a few months later, he worked as a graphic designer in Beijing until September, then jumped over to Stanford University in California for two months to take classes in psychology and art. In November, he decided to backpack through Mexico and Cuba. By the time January rolled around, he was studying opera in Siena, Italy. Come April, he was backpacking in Sicily and visiting friends in London and Amsterdam before settling in Milan in May for another session of opera study. “After high school, I was feeling burnt out. I was going through a massive existential crisis, and I didn’t want to jump right into another four years of institutionalized education just yet,” says Zhu, who will attend Yale this fall. “The biggest reason I decided to take a gap year was that I wanted to try something new and do something out of my comfort zone.” Many students graduating or about to graduate from high school share this sentiment, and the gap year, though common in the UK and Australia, is still not the international norm. Students take gap years for reasons, existential to concrete: to see the world, to find themselves,


“It’s only once you’re out of your comfort zone that life becomes truly exciting” She works five days a week at the Canadian Embassy and will attend Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada this fall. Students who take gap years are vocal about the benefits they have reaped. “This gap year has given me the extra time to think about what I want to do with my life [and] allowed me a glimpse into a full-time career,” says Richards. Zhu, too, has learned important life lessons: “I’ve seen the ‘real world,’ and that’s helped put things into perspective. It’s made me realize how fortunate I am to have had a WAB education.” In addition to gaining skills like Italian, playing piano, cooking on a budget, and creating an exercise routine, Zhu has “gotten better at dealing with a lot of those existential questions” he faced at the end of high school.

Risky Business Many parents worry that if their child takes a gap year, he or she may never go back to school. Karl Haigler and Rae Nelson, authors of The Gap-Year Advantage, conducted a study, which found that 90 percent of the students returned to school within a year, and that those who took a gap year were more satisfied with their careers after finishing university. Wilson agrees, “[Taking] one year off to figure things out and do what you want far outweighs the risk of going [to school] too soon and spending thousands of dollars on a degree they change their minds about or puts them in a career they do not enjoy.” Applying to university and deferring ensures a spot, but even if a student waits to apply, Wilson feels that it won’t be hard to prove to a university that he or she has matured and learned in that year off. If your child expresses interest in taking a gap year, sit down and talk about why. While he may have great reasons like Zhu and Richards did, your child may also be afraid of the transition to university, especially if he’ll be continents apart from his family. Wilson says, “[Students] should be fully educated before making a decision. This does include consulting parents, as they deserve to have a say, but the final say should always be up to the student.” For students contemplating the gap year, Zhu says, “Do it. It’s a great opportunity to step off the beaten path and learn more about yourself. Just take that risk, that first step, and you will not regret it. It’s only once you’re out of your comfort zone that life becomes truly exciting. There’s a whole world out there!”

Money is often the biggest issue surrounding gap years. Should the parents finance it, or should the student finance it? Each family will find its own answer. Some parents, like Zhu’s, fund their child’s gap year. Others, like Richards’ parents, provide housing and food. Others don’t fund their child’s gap year at all. Financing all depends on the family, but if your child is contemplating a gap year, make sure he or she is completely clear on how it will be funded and how much you will contribute as a parent. Another issue to address is making sure your child has adequate coverage for health insurance. It’s also a good idea to draw up a basic protocol for emergency procedures, so you and your child are on the same page in case of injury, sickness, or robbery. Try, however, not to worry too much. “You may be afraid [that] your child [will be] scammed, lost, or stranded - all of which have happened to me,” says Zhu, “but that’s part of life. The best way to learn is through personal experience.” Once the decision to take a gap year is reached, Richards advises, “Don’t fuss over the smaller details. This is the time to do whatever you want. The possibilities are endless. This is the time to make mistakes and learn from them.”

Planning Ahead The gap year can take on many forms: traveling, volunteering, learning, teaching, working, or a combination thereof. In response to the growing traction of the gap year, many organized programs have sprung up to plan, assist, or inspire the gap year. Richards and Zhu both planned their own gap years, but students can plan through a company (though the cost is often higher). If your child decides on a program or agency, make sure he or she adequately vets the company, and asks to interview past participants to get their feedback. Should your child wish to plan it, make sure you have copies of the itinerary and are aware of any changes. As tempting as it might be to plan every detail of the trip, don’t. This is your child’s chance to learn how to plan and execute things for him or herself.

Franklyn Zhu taking in the view in Siena, Italy

Resources Gap Year, Backpacking & Travel Community American Gap Association

June 2013



Parenting Beijing Baba

The Great Date Night Escape A well-deserved night off from parental responsibilities in a five-star hotel by Christopher Lay


ong have I heard about the positive side effects of date nights for married couples. It is usually couched in phrases like, “good for the relationship,” “helps maintain a healthy relationship,” or “reinvigorates your relationship.” I imagine it keeps you sane, gets you out of the house, and away from your offspring. Sadly, Savvy and I have not mastered going on date nights. In fact, we have rarely gone out at night as a couple without the kids (this is where you sympathetically sigh for us). Though we may not rule the nightlife, we do manage to sneak out for lunches together and the odd matinee. Still, the nights have, by and large, remained elusive for most of the past six years. Having twins only added to the parental responsibilities bent on keeping us at home night after night. That was until April, when out of the blue, some dear, generous, kind-hearted souls delivered to us a free voucher for a night’s stay at The Westin Beijing Chaoyang. Would we accept the kind offer that included free drinks in the lounge and a discounted dinner? The moment we said yes, our minds jumped into overdrive to navigate the hurdles to arrive at the glorious finish line of a decent night’s sleep in nearly eight months at a five-star hotel. Sign me up! Hang on, what to do about the children? It wouldn’t have been much of a night off if we took them with us. Fortunately, the parents of Reina’s best friend would let her stay the night. We then turned our attention to the epic challenge of finding help to look after the twins. At first glance, this seems an easy task, but there are two babies, and we would be gone for 24 hours – an absence that requires multiple people to cover multiple shifts. Eventually, we cajoled, coerced, and persuaded four ayis and two friends to replace our presence at home over a 24-hour weekend. Add the friends looking after our daughter

and it would take eight adults to look after our progeny. Come to think of it, we did deserve a night off. And what a night it was. We started the day with a stroll through Chaoyang Park that ended with a brunch at The Rug. After a satisfying meal, we hailed a cab to the hotel. Upon checking in, the front desk staff decided to kindly upgrade our room to a higher floor so that we could enjoy the view and have a more peaceful night’s sleep. The Grange served up quite a feast, and while the jazz in the bar sounded inviting, we just returned to the room, where they sent up dessert. Despite our best intentions, we couldn’t help but watch a movie. It was past midnight when we went to bed for what should have been a blissful night of sleep. Savvy couldn’t help waking up throughout the night, wondering if the kids needed anything. Even I awoke several times due to what must be an ingrained habit. With nothing to do, I promptly fell back asleep, but in the end, it wasn’t a solid eight hours of sleep. Still, I cannot blame it on the generosity of our friends or the fine accommodations. Perhaps what we really needed was a second night to truly reap the rewards of a day off without kids.

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illustration: sun zheng


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

The Echo Chamber Parenting

Like Mother, Like Daughter? What to do when strangers don’t see a hereditary resemblance by Ember Swift


eading home to Canada, my daughter Echo and I were waiting in the customs line-up when an elderly Chinese gentleman pointed to her and said, “She’s a lucky girl.” Confused, I asked, “To travel overseas?” And then I realized what he meant. Later, on the flight, I was chatting with a young Chinese man. He shyly gestured toward my daughter and asked, “Where in China did she come from?” “We’re both from Beijing.” I replied before I realized what he was really asking. I then recalled browsing a market in Beijing; two female storeowners began speaking about me as though I couldn’t understand them. One said, “That woman is holding a Chinese baby!” They began openly wondering what I was doing with her. These situations happen almost every day. People assume Echo is adopted or that I am temporarily caring for someone else’s child. Almost no one thinks she looks like me. It’s true that my daughter’s complexion is darker than mine (halfway between her daddy’s skin tone and mine, to be precise) and that she has inherited the gorgeous slant of her daddy’s Chinese eyes. But, she has her mommy’s fine hair, round head shape, and not to mention, nose, lips and mouth. She’s only 16 months old, though, so no one can tell that now. To them, she just looks like an Asian baby in the arms of a white woman. I’ve started to gather my old baby pictures. The resemblance between us is remarkable. I’ve stored some on my phone as proof. The crazy mother in me has even pulled them out a few times and made strangers look at them, much to their discomfort. I’ve even considered trying to recreate some of those images with Echo. I admit that I tried it once, but Echo, refusing to stay in position, pointed out that her Mommy was being ridiculous.

little more prominent right now. Who knows what she’ll look like when she gets older.” He smiled apologetically. I smiled proudly. To the women in the market, I politely interrupted their wondering and said, “Excuse me, I am her mother and she is my child - she’s bi-racial. Take a closer look! By the way, you really shouldn’t assume that foreigners can’t speak Chinese.” As I turned to leave, they had forgotten about my daughter’s heritage and were openly exclaiming about my Chinese language skills. Not once did they speak to me, only about me. Oh well. And finally, to the young man on the airplane, I laughed and said, “Oh, you think she’s adopted. Oh, no, she didn’t come from elsewhere; she came from MY BELLY!” Then he laughed too. Echo joined us with her gorgeous chuckle, which made us all laugh harder.

Ember Swift is a Canadian musician and writer who has been living in Beijing since late 2008. She and her husband Guo Jian (国 囝 ) , who is also a musician, have expanded their family to include a daughter born on January 2, 2012. Her name is Echo Swift (国如一).

illustration: sun zheng

To them, [Echo] just looks like an Asian baby in the arms of a white woman How could I have prepared myself for the possessive rage that bubbles up in me when someone questions my genetic relationship to my child? Part of her is me; she is an extension of my blood and bones. I know people make quick race-based assumptions before they look more carefully, and their intentions aren’t malicious, but I have nonetheless had to develop a few important methods to simultaneously quell that rage and assert my maternity. To the man in the airport who said she was lucky, I replied, “Oh, you think she’s adopted! Oh no, but she is lucky, because she has a Canadian mommy and a Chinese daddy. Her Chinese features are just a

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Make a Splash!




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ummer has arrived, and it’s time to explore the capital’s best places to play. This month, we recommend both indoor and outdoor venues in prime Beijing neighborhoods to relax and enjoy the summer rays. While the city heats up, you and your family have endless options for cooling down. Take a dip or a dive in the nearest swimming pool or water park, picnic in the shade, catch the latest summer blockbuster at the movie theater, twirl around on an ice rink, or just sit back and enjoy a nice meal al fresco.


Summer, Sweet Summer Beijing’s hottest indoor and outdoor spots for keeping cool by Sijia Chen, Dana Cosio-Mercado, Ellis Friedman, Laura Ibba, and Morgan Shang

Dashanzi 798 Art District 798艺术区

photo: courtesy of ucca

Though many complain about 798’s increasing gentrification, the area remains the city’s art district par excellence. More intrepid art lovers may want to venture to Caochangdi (located just north of 798) or Songzhuang Art Village in Tongzhou, but families – especially those with younger children – will want to stick with 798’s paved sidewalks, wide open spaces, Western cafes, and relatively clean bathrooms. Notable galleries include the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA), which boasts a UCCA Kids Club (RMB 6,500/year for a family of four) and hosts weekly kid-friendly workshops in English and Chinese. Another long-running gallery is 798 Space, housed in a former munitions factory with dramatic vaulted ceilings and remnants of Communist-era writing on the walls. When you’re hungry, try the cozy At Cafe for bistro-style mains, pizza, and sandwiches. Coffee addicts are in luck; Rickshaw Roasters can be found at Cafe Flatwhite’s 798 branch. Founded by a team from China and New Zealand, the company sources arabica coffee beans from around the world and roasts them fresh. A kilogram of their dark, medium or medium/light roasts costs RMB 250. Rickshaw supplies other cafes around Beijing, including Beiluo Bread Bar, Nanda Organic Bakery, Serk, and more.

Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA) 尤伦斯当代 艺术中心 RMB 10, free on Thursdays and for students, members, kids under 1.3m, disabled visitors, and seniors. Tue-Sun 10am-7pm. 798 Art District, 4 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District (5780 0200, visitor@ucca. 朝阳区酒仙桥路4号798艺术区

Pick up sometthing at UCCA’s gift shop

798 Space 798时态空间 Daily 11am-9pm. 798 Art District, 4 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District (6438 4862, 6437 6248) 朝阳区酒仙桥路4号798 艺术区

At Cafe 爱特咖啡 Daily 11am-midnight. 798 Art District, 4 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District (5978 9942) 朝阳区酒仙桥路4号798艺术区

Rickshaw Roasters Cafe Flatwhite, 798 Art District, 4 Jiuxianiao Lu, Chaoyang District ( 朝阳区酒仙桥路4号798艺术区(仙英咖 啡旁边)

The Familier 和美乐家庭会所 Located within 798 Art District, The Familier is a long-running play center with classes and activities for ages 0-10. Facilities include an June 2013




indoor playground (with soft play for babies and toddlers) and a cafe with a nutritionist-designed menu. Programs, which include art and language classes, are offered in English, Chinese, Korean, and Japanese. Discounts are available through The Familier’s membership cards, which start at RMB 300 for six months. Family play: RMB 70 (two hours), RMB 100 (full day). Dropoff: RMB 88/child (valid for four hours), RMB 35 extra per additional hour. Daily 10am-7pm (play center and cafe), Mon-Fri 10am-7pm (dropoff service). D05, Zhong’er Jie, 798 Art District (between UCCA and the Big White Bird Cage), Chaoyang District (5762 6017, 朝阳区798艺术区中二街D05(尤伦斯美术馆和 鸟笼之间)

Indigo Mall 颐堤港 There’s lots to do at the new Indigo Mall, which is accessible through free shuttle buses from Liangma Qiao, Wangjing, Nanshiliju, and 798 Art District on weekends. There’s a movie theater on the fourth floor and lots of kids’ stores on the third, including the newest branch of Counting Sheep. The basement is home to kitchen heaven Cuccina and book powerhouse Page One, while the mall’s restaurant selection includes Blue Frog, Hercules, and Flamme. Daily 10am-10pm. 18 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District (8426 0898) 朝阳区酒仙桥路18号

Lido and Wangjing Si’de Park 四得公园 This Lido gem is a favorite with locals and expats alike. On any given weekend, families can be spotted playing at the outdoor playground (with a bouncy castle, kiddy rides, and a merry-go-round), trying their luck at the fishing pond, staying active at the tennis courts, or simply lounging on the grass. There are many dining options around the park, including SALT, Park Side Bar & Grill, and CJ Foodworld.

Si’de Park is serene and full of activities

Free. Daily 6am-9pm. Jiangtai Xilu, Chaoyang District (6438 6093) 朝阳区将台西路

District (6437 8457) 朝阳区将台西路9 号2层(珀丽酒店西边)

CJ Foodworld

Cosmic Bowling 北京沙明建保龄球俱乐部

Daily 11am-11pm. 9-8 Jiangtai Lu (near Ai Jiang Shan), Chaoyang District (8457 1997) 朝阳区将台西路9-8号(近爱江山)

Also known as SMJ Bowling Club, Cosmic Bowling upholds the classic family tradition of bowling. At 20 lanes, the club is modestly-sized but still large enough for a birthday party. Prices vary according to the time of day, while shoe rentals cost RMB 5 and billiards cost RMB 50 per hour. When you’re all bowled out, head to The Taj Pavilion right next door or Element Fresh down the street.

Park Side Bar & Grill 园景

SALT 盐 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



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Cosmic Bowling RMB 12-25/game, RMB 100-200/hour. Daily 9am-2am. 3/F, Lido Place, 6 Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District (6437 6688 ext 3801, bowling300@163. com) 朝阳区将台路6号丽都饭店3层

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Daily 10am-late. 9-6 Jiangtai Xilu (opposite Rosedale Hotel), Chaoyang District (6444 6555, www.parksidebeijing. com 朝阳区将台西路9-6号(珀丽酒店对面)

Amble along a tree-lined path at Si’de Park

Element Fresh 新元素 Sun-Thu 8am-11pm, Fri-Sat 8am-midnight. 6 Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District (6433 5058) 朝阳区将台路6号

The Taj Pavilion 泰姬楼印度餐厅 Daily 11.30am-2.30pm, 6-10.30pm. 3/F, Lido Place, 6 Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District (6437 6688 ext 3811) 朝阳区将台路6号丽都饭店3层

StarTrooper Laser Tag 激光搏击 If you’ve got older kids, get them to round up a bunch of their friends and head to StarTrooper. The rules are simple: Two teams wearing vests with colored sensors attempt to score points by “shooting” their opponents with laser guns. When someone’s hit, the vest flashes, vibrates, and deactivates for a few seconds, temporarily freezing the victim. After a 15-minute game, each player gets a printout with the number of hits they made and the number of times they got hit. Participants can then enjoy a free soda and compare scores. For kids 1.3m and over.

Mon-Fri 1pm-1am, Sat-Sun and holidays 11am-1am. 1 Siyuan Qiao, Jingshun Lu (near Beijing Marriott Hotel Northeast), Chaoyang District (English: 186 1015 8386 or 158 1091 7950, Chinese: 6473 2548/6148, 朝阳区四元桥1号 (近北京海航大厦万豪酒店)

The New City Center The New City Center is a cross between a cafe, community center, and events venue. Founded by an expat, the center offers a number of children’s programs and after school classes, including Mommy and Me Learning Club and Hooked on Phonics. The space can be rented out for special events, birthdays, and conferences, with seating for up to 170 people. In addition, proceeds after expenses from the Corner Cafe – which has free Wi-Fi – benefit charity projects throughout China. Mon-Sat 9am-5pm. 112 Lize Xiyuan, Guangshun Beidajie, Wangjing, Chaoyang District (6475 1066, www. 朝阳区望京广顺北大街丽泽西园112号

Family Box Educational & Recreational Center 家盒子

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Tue-Sun 9am-8pm (Tue and Fri by appointment only). RMB 40/person (single game), RMB 1,680/hour (entire venue). Wangjing West Garden, Bldg 316, Wangjing, Chaoyang District (6475 8329, info@startrooper. net) 朝阳区望京新城西园3区316楼

Designed for ages 0-12, Family Box is a family center that combines learning and play over three floors. Facilities include a climbing frame, play area, swimming pool, Sensory Room, Soft Island, and craft room. Courses and activities are based on the UK’s Early Years Foundation Stage.

U-Speed Go-Karting 优速卡丁车馆 U-Speed’s 4,000sqm facilities include go-karting tracks, VIP rooms, a bar/restaurant, conference rooms, and a games center with foosball, pool tables, and a video arcade. It’s not cheap (RMB 120/six-minute session), but it’s a hard-to-beat thrill for ages 10 and up.

RMB 480/child (full-day access). Sat-Thu 9am-8pm, Fri 10am-8pm. Bldg 4, 51 Wangjing Beilu, Chaoyang District (6478 6163) www.familyboxes. 朝阳区望京北路51号院4号楼

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Sanlitun and Liangma Qiao Tuanjiehu Park 团结湖公园 This park is very popular among local Beijing families. Within the park is a water park (open Jun 1-Aug 30), complete with two slides, a deepend swimming pool, a play area for toddlers, and a large beach pool. It is packed on the weekends, so go during off-peak hours if possible. Inside, lockers can be rented for RMB 10 (with RMB 20 deposit) and there is a snack bar with Chinese snacks and barbecue. Also within the park is a roller skating rink (RMB 5 entrance, RMB 10 skate rental) and a large carp pond with electric boats and paddle boats for rent (RMB 30-60/hour, RMB 50-200 deposit). It’s also a nice park to stroll through; locals gather frequently for dancing and water calligraphy practice. Park: Free. Daily 10.30am-9.30pm. Pool: RMB 40 on weekdays, RMB 50 on weekends, free for kids under 1.2m. Mon-Fri 10.30am-8pm, Sat-Sun 6am-9pm. 16 Tuanjiehu Nanli, Chaoyang District (8597 3603 park, 8597 4677 pool) 朝阳区团结湖南里16号

The Westin Beijing Chaoyang 金茂北京威斯汀大饭店 Spoil yourself for once and enjoy Seasonal Tastes’s Bubbalicious brunch on Sundays. The food selection is expansive and includes seafood, sushi, Indian cuisine, a cheese platter, and a room full of desserts. Kids will love the carnival food station with popcorn, hot dogs and cotton candy. There is a large kids’ area monitored by staff filled with toys and games, including balloon animals, face painting and two X-Boxes. Before or after your big meal, take a dip in The Westin’s 25m, 1.2-1.5m deep indoor pool or relax in their sauna and jacuzzi. Pool: RMB 400, RMB 300 for kids, RMB 19,800 (one-year membership). Daily 6am-11pm. Bubbalicious brunch: RMB 458 (free-flow soft drinks), RMB 488 (wine and soft drinks), RMB 528 (free-flow champagne, wine and soft drinks), RMB 229 for ages 4-12, free for kids under 4. All prices subject to 15 percent surcharge. Sun 11.30am-3pm. 7 Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District (5922 8888) 朝阳区东三环北路7号

Liangma Flower Market 亮马花卉市场 On the first floor of this market, you can find almost every variety of cut flower or potted plant you need. The second floor has items for home decor, as well as gardening tools. In general, this is a great market to find materials for crafts. Don’t forget to bargain for a good price. Daily 8.30am-6.30pm. South bank of Liangma River, 758 Dongsanhuan



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Beilu, Chaoyang District (6504 2446 or 6466 9444) 朝阳区东三环北 路758号亮马河南岸

Ladies’ Street Market 女人街 This market has more than 700 stalls of women clothing, shoes, bags, jewelry and accessories. There is a flower market with all kinds of potted plants (indoor and outdoor). Looking for an addition to the family? There is a fish market, which also has other small creatures for sale. Daily 9am-7pm. Tianze Lu, Liangmaqiao, Chaoyang District (6462 8558) 朝阳区亮马桥天泽路

The Treehouse Family Cafe and Playground The Treehouse often hosts activities like playgroups, cooking classes, language classes (English, Spanish, German), movie nights, and drama classes. The selection of activities is endless; visit to see the schedule of their most recent events. The cafe offers drinks (coffee, soft drinks, fresh-squeezed juices) and Western cuisine. Tue-Sun 10am-8pm. Sanlitun SOHO, building 1, B1-115, Chaoyang District (8590 0746, 158 1132 5578) 朝阳区北京市朝阳区三里屯SOHO 1座B1—115

Blue Zoo Beijing 富国海底世界 Not to be confused with the Beijing Aquarium or Beijing Zoo, the Blue Zoo Beijing is an aquarium situated in the heart of Gongti. Step inside the longest underwater walkway (120m) in Asia to admire all kinds of fish and water creatures, including sharks, parrot fish, starfish and jellyfish. See the schedule to catch a turtle feeding or shark feeding. You might even see a mermaid! If you want to swim around in the tank with the marine life, contact scuba diving operator SinoScuba. Children must be at least 10 years old and up to dive. Blue Zoo Beijing: RMB 90, RMB 60 for kids above 1m and under 12, free for kids under 1m. Daily 8.30am-6.30pm. Scuba diving all day (except noon-1pm); Turtle feeding 9.40-9.50am; Shark feeding 9.50-10am; shark show 10.10-10.30am, 2.30-2.50pm; ocean show 10.30-10.50am, 2-2.20pm; mermaid show 11-11.10am, 1.30-1.40pm; Water ballet 11.10-11.20am, 1.40-1.50pm. Workers’ Stadium South Gate, Chaoyang District (6591 3397) 朝阳区工人 体育场南门

It’s pool time at Tuanjiehu Park

SinoScuba: 186 1113 3629,, www.sinoscuba. com

Lifestyle Shopping Park, 6 Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang District (5905 6328) 朝阳区朝阳公园路6号蓝色港湾国际商区首层

The Rug

Magic Bean House 豆豆家科技馆

Cozy up inside or dine al fresco at The Rug. Order from their diverse menu: pizza, soup, pasta, salad or seafood. They have a kids’ menu as well as an all-day brunch menu. Ingredients are sourced by organic farmers whenever possible. There is also a kids’ playroom with a TV and some toys. If you’re heading there on the weekend, be sure to make a reservation.

Touted as the first American-style children’s museum in China, Magic Bean House combines learning with playtime. The hands-on exhibits are interactive. Kids can use the price scanner in the supermarket play area, fill a car tank with gas or go fishing.

Tue-Fri 11.30am-10pm (last order 9.30pm), Sat-Sun 10.30am-8pm (last order 7.30pm). Bldg 4, Lishui Jiayuan, Chaoyang Gongyuan Nanlu (opposite South Gate of Chaoyang Park), Chaoyang District (8550 2722) 朝阳区朝阳公园南路丽水嘉园4号楼(朝阳公园南门对面)

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All Star Champion Skating Club 全明星滑冰俱乐部 Take refuge from the heat at All Star Champion Skating Club in Solana. This 800sqm rink was founded by Wang Rui, figure skating gold medalist in the 1999 Asian Winter Games, and the legendary gymnast Li Ning. Afterward, Solana is your giant playground for good eats and shopping. RMB 30 (Mon-Fri 10am-6pm), RMB 40 (Mon-Thu after 6pm), RMB 50 (Sat-Sun, holidays, and Fri after 6pm). Daily 10am-10pm. 1/F, Solana

RMB 120 (one kid and one adult), RMB 40 (one 6-24 month old kid and one adult), RMB 30 (additional adult), free for ages 0-6 months. Multi-discount cards available. Mon-Fri 10am-6pm; Sat-Sun 9am-8pm. 7 Chaoyang Park Xilu, Chaoyang District (400 888 0722) www. 朝阳区朝阳公园西路7号

Fundazzle 翻斗乐 Let the little ones run wild at this two-story jungle indoor gym. There are trampolines, climbing nets, an area for toddlers with toy houses, small cars, swings and everything you can think of. One the best features is the massive ball pool. On the weekends, there are often activities hosted by Fundazzle, as well as arts and crafts sessions. RMB 50/three hours (kids). Free (Mon-Fri), RMB 15 (Sat-Sun) for adults. Mon-Fri 9am-5.30pm, Sat-Sun and holidays 9am-7pm. Gongti Nanlu, Chaoyang District (6593 6208) 朝阳区工体南路

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Yonghegong Yonghegong Lama Temple 雍和宫 Yonghegong Lama Temple is the area’s eponymous Buddhist temple. Originally built as a residence for imperial eunuchs, the site was made into a lamasery in 1772. The temple boasts a distinct blend of Tibetan and Han Chinese architectural elements. Bring your camera and snap away at a 26m statue of the Maitreya Buddha carved from a single piece of white sandalwood, which once made it into the Guinness Book of Records. RMB 25, RMB 12 (students). Daily 9am-4.30pm. 12 Yonghegong Dajie, Dongcheng District (6404 4499, www. 东城区雍和宫大街12号

Wudaoying Hutong 五道营胡同 Located just west of Yonghegong Lama Temple, Wudaoying Hutong is a gentrified stretch with lots of shops, cafes, bars, and restaurants. Restaurants include brunch stalwart Vineyard Cafe, Tex-Mex joint Sand Pebbles Lounge, vegan haven The Veggie Table, Greek go-to Argo, and newcomer Stuff’d (formerly known as The Vineleaf). Shops worth checking out include Delia (a vintage store with lots of leather goods) and Brandnü, a charity shop that collects donations to resell or recycle. All profits support the Rural Women Organization. Near the eastern end of the hutong, Natooke is a fixed-gear bicycle shop that carries Respro pollution masks and other bike accessories. If you dare, rent one of the shop’s fixies for a day (RMB 50, RMB 500 deposit required) and tour the area in style.

Argo Daily 11.30am-11pm. 59 Wudaoying Hutong (100m west of Vineyard Cafe), Dongcheng District (8403 9748) 东城区五道营胡同59号

Brandnü 女 Tue-Sun 10am-10pm. 61 Wudaoying Hutong (just west of Vineyard Cafe), Dongcheng District (150 1115 3421) 东城区东城区五道营胡 同61号

Delia 地利亚

Natooke Daily 10am-7pm. 19-1 Wudaoying Hutong, Dongcheng District (8402



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6925, 东城区东城区五道营胡 同甲19-1号

Sand Pebbles Lounge 沙卵石 Daily noon-11pm. 74 Wudaoying Hutong, Dongcheng District (8404 0767) 东城区五道营胡同74号

Stuff’d Wed-Mon 11.30am-2.45pm, 6-10pm. 9 Jianchang Hutong, Dongcheng District (6407 6308) 东城区箭厂胡同9号

The Veggie Table 吃素的 Wed-Mon 11am-11pm. 19 Wudaoying Hutong, Dongcheng District (6446 2073) 东城区五道营胡同19号

Vineyard Cafe 葡萄院儿 Tue-Sun 11.30am-11.30pm. 31 Wudaoying Hutong, Dongcheng District (6402 7961, 东城区五道 营胡同31号

Confucius Temple and Imperial College 孔庙和国子监博 物馆 Just off Yongegong Dajie on Guozijian Jie, you’ll find Confucius Temple and the adjoining Imperial College. The Imperial College was the highest educational institution in imperial China, while Confucius Temple was where emperors and court officials paid respect to Confucius (or Kongzi). This one’s for history buffs and enthusiasts of traditional culture, who can even sign up for calligraphy, painting, weiqi, and ancient literature classes at the school located behind the Imperial College’s Biyong Hall (Chinese proficiency required).

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Daily 2.30-10pm. 54 Wudaoying Hutong, Dongcheng District (6401 9369) 东城区东城区五道营胡同54号

Take a moment to pray at Yonghegong Lama Temple


RMB 30, RMB 15 (kids and seniors). Daily 8.30am-5pm (Nov 1-Apr 30), daily 8.30am-6pm (May 1-Oct 31). 13 Guozijian Jie, Dongcheng District (8402 7224, 8401 1977) 东城区国子监街13号

Fangjia Hutong 方家胡同 South of Guozijian Jie, Fangjia Hutong is another hutong worth checking out. Called Fangjia 46, this complex houses Yunnanese and southwest Chinese restaurants Trainspotting and Aimo Town, as well as the Red Theater, which hosts dance performances, exhibitions, shadow puppetry, workshops, and more. The same block is also home to the Beijing Cultural Heritage Protection Center (CPA), where visitors can find out more about the NGO’s mission to preserve cultural heritage and architecture.

Beijing Cultural Heritage Protection Center (CPA) 北京 文化遗产保护中心 Rm 309, Bldg E, 46 Fangjia Hutong (just south of Guozijian Jie), Dongcheng District (6403 6532, 6403 6632 (fax)) 东城区方家胡同46号艺术园区(国子监南临)E座309室

Aimo Town 埃蒙小镇 Daily 11am-10pm. Bldg G, 46 Fangjia Hutong (just south of Guozijian Jie), Dongcheng District (6400 1725) 东城区方家胡同46号艺术园区 (国子监南临) G座

El Nido Bistro Daily Noon-2am. 64 Fangjia Hutong, Dongcheng District, Dongcheng District (8403 5004) 东城区东城区方家胡同64号

At the other end of the hutong, El Nido Bistro – El Nido bar’s spinoff restaurant – offers a limited menu of salads, sandwiches and pizza. Though craft shops Paper Talk and Samantha Crafts are sadly closing their doors, Zian Print and Graphics continues to sell original and limited edition prints from China and Europe.

Daily 11am-11pm. 46 Fangjia Hutong, Dongcheng District (6406 0658) 东城区方家胡同46号艺术园区 (国子监南临)

46 Fangjia Hutong Theater (Red Theater)

Zian Print and Graphics 子安方家胡同店

46 Fangjia Hutong, Dongcheng District (8422 8728) 东城区方家胡 同46号


Tue-Sun, 2.30-8.30pm. 30 Fangjia Hutong, Dongcheng District. (131 4649 3917,, 东城区东城 区方家胡同30号

Andingmen Ditan Park 地坛公园

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This serene park features hundred-year old cypress and gingko trees, making it a prime destination for locals looking to hide from the heat. Familyfriendly activities are concentrated at the northern end and include a go-kart track, inflatable castle, merry-go-round, fishing stream for toddlers, and a goldfish pond. Green thumbs should check out Ditan’s enormous peonies, which are currently in bloom at the eastern end of the park. RMB 2, RMB 1 (students), free for kids under 1.2m. Daily 6am-9pm. West Gate, 2 Andingmenwai Dajie, Dongcheng District (6421 4657) www.dtpark.com东城区安定门外大街2号地坛公 园西门

Take a ride on a “turtle” at Qingnianhu Park

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Qingnianhu Park 青年湖公园 Located west of Ditan Park, Qingnianhu Park (literally “Lake of Youngsters”) is named after the teenage volunteers who helped dig up the park’s artificial lake in 1958. Qingnianhu Park Water World is the main attraction here, with its water slides, man-made waterfalls, and shallow pools for kids. At the time of print, the water park was undergoing renovations, but is slated to re-open sometime this month. Visitors can also rent a motorboat for up to six people, play golf at Beijing Youth Lake International Golf Club, or shoot some hoops at the basketball court. Free. Daily 6am-9pm. Ande Beili Jie, Andingmenwai Dajie, Dongcheng District (8411 6321 ext 8000) 西城区安定门外 大街安德北里街

Liuyin Park 柳荫公园 Just north of Qingnianhu Park, there’s a small but well-maintained

park called Liuyin Park (literally “Shade of Willow Trees”). Irreverent touches pepper the grounds, including pig-shaped benches and worried-looking frog sculptures. A “wild duck island” (野鸭岛) in the middle of the pond means that youngsters can spot waterfowl in the summer. For something a bit different, dine at Linhuxuan Restaurant on the lakeshore. This restaurant specializes in guanfu cai (官府菜), a type of Beijing imperial cuisine developed in the kitchens of government officials.

Liuyin Park Free. Daily 6am-9pm. 8 Huangsi Dajie, Andingmenwai Dajie, Dongcheng District (8413 1357/1660) 西城区安定门外黄寺大街8号

Linhuxuan Restaurant 临湖轩 Daily 11am-2pm, 5-9.30pm. Liuyin Park Lakeside, 8 Huangsi Dajie, Andingmenwai Dajie, Dongcheng District (8412 2679) 东城区安定门 外黄寺大街8号柳荫公园湖畔

Gulou Drum and Bell Towers 钟鼓楼 Located across a square from each other, the Drum Tower and the Bell Tower offer surprisingly great views of the city. Both towers are accessible through a steep flight of stairs, but younger children can make it with Mom or Dad’s help. Atop the Drum Tower, you’ll experience unimpeded views in every direction except the north, which is closed to the public. The Bell Tower isn’t quite as high as its neighbor, but you’ll be able to admire the skyline.

Beihai Park 北海公园 Located northwest of the Forbidden City, Beihai Park has a storied pedigree and an



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Beijing’s Drum and Bell Towers offer a fantastic view of the city

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RMB 30 (through ticket for both Drum and Bell Towers). Daily 9am-5pm. 9 Linzi (near Zhuyuan Hotel), Zhonglouwan Hutong, Dongcheng District (8403 6706) 东城区钟楼湾胡同临字9 号 (竹园宾馆附近)


international reputation. Among its many architectural features are the White Pagoda, Five-Dragon Pavilions, Nine-Dragon Wall, and Hall of Received Light. You could easily spend an entire day here admiring the sea of lotus flowers, walking through classical Chinese gardens, visiting temples, or simply hanging out in the shade of ancient cypress trees. RMB 10 (Apr-Oct), RMB 5 (Nov-Mar), half price for students. Daily 6.30am-8pm (Nov-Mar), daily 6am-9pm (Apr-May, Sep-Oct), daily 6am-10pm (Jun-Aug). 1 Wenjin Jie, Xicheng District (6403 1102) www. 西城区文津街1号

Houhai 后海地区 Located just across the north gate of Beihai Park, the area commonly referred to as “Houhai” is actually the Shichahai lake district. The latter is comprised of three lakes: Xihai, Qianhai, and Houhai, the last of which is undoubtedly the most popular. The lakeshore is chock-a-block with rooftop cafes, bars, and restaurants, as well as historical attractions like Prince Gong Mansion and Song Qingling’s Former Residence. Refuel with pizza and stuffed potato skins at Hutong Pizza, or enjoy lakeside views and Vietnamese cuisine at Nuage.

Nuage 庆云楼 Daily 11am-11pm. 22 Qianhai Dongyan, Xicheng District. (6401 9581) 西城区前海东沿22号

Nanluogu Xiang and Beiluogu Xiang 南锣鼓巷和北锣鼓巷 Many quieter and more interesting hutongs branch off the restored tourist street of Nanluogu Xiang. Penghao Theatre on Dongmianhua Hutong (东棉花胡同) hosts a variety of performances, workshops and festivals and serves as the unofficial headquarters of Beijing Improv. The in-house rooftop cafe serves up coffee, cold drinks, and a revolving daily menu of sandwiches, salads, and pasta. Northwest of Penghao Theatre, Mao’er Hutong (帽儿胡同) is home to Wuhao, a Frenchowned boutique with a curated selection of local and international brands and designers. Beiluogu Xiang, Nanluogu Xiang’s northern counterpart, is located across the street on Gulou Dongdajie. Take your time ambling by the quirky shops (including one dedicated entirely to miniature cacti) and numerous cafes, including the small but friendly Beiluo Bread Bar. The cafe lives up to its motto of “mean beans and bad-ass bread” with excellent coffee and homemade bread. Try one of their pastas or sandwiches, or kick back with a latte (RMB 20).

Prince Gong Mansion 恭王府 RMB 20, RMB 60 (with guide). Daily 7.30am-4.30pm. 17 Qianhai Xijie, Xicheng District (8328 8149) 西城区前海西街17号

Beiluo Bread Bar Daily 10am-midnight. 70A Beiluogu Xiang, Dongcheng District (8408 3069) 东城区北锣鼓巷甲70号

Song Qingling’s Former Residence 宋庆龄故居 RMB 20, RMB 10 (university students), RMB 5 (middle and primary school students). Daily 9am-5pm. 46 Houhai Beiyan, Xicheng District (6404 4205) 西城区后海北沿46号

Penghao Theatre 蓬蒿剧场

Hutong Pizza 胡同比萨

Wuhao 吾号

Daily 11am-11pm. 9 Yindingqiao Hutong, Xicheng District (8322 8916) 西城区银锭桥胡同9号

Daily 10am-11pm. 35 Dongmianhua Hutong, Dongcheng District (6400 6472, 东城区东棉花胡同35号

Wed-Sun 2-8pm, or by appointment. 35 Mao’er Hutong, Dongcheng District (6400 5435, 189 1135 5035, 东城区帽儿胡同35号

CBD Ritan Park日坛公园 Ritan Park is a green oasis in the middle of the CBD’s concrete jungle. It’s a great place to let kids burn off their energy and learn about his-

tory and culture. One of Beijing’s four historic altars, Ritan Park was first constructed in 1530. There are some modern-day touches, like a climbing wall and playground, and some relics of the past, like the

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Get your spills and thrills at Le Cool

Stone Boat Cafe, a fishing pond, and the pavilion for sacrifices. Daily 6am-10pm (May 1-Sep 30), daily 6am-9pm (Oct 1-Apr 30). 6 Ritan Beilu, Chaoyang District (6502 1743) 朝阳区日坛北路6号

Le Cool Ice Rink 国贸溜冰场 The search for decent air conditioning stops at Le Cool ice rink, where you and your kids can get your exercise without the risk of heat stroke. Break out some pants, hats, and mittens and hit the ice rink, which has a total area of 1,4550 sqm. The rink can get crowded at peak times, like the weekends. But with skate rental and proximity to shopping and the metro, it’s the ideal escape from much of the CBD noise. Mon-Fri: RMB 30 for 90 minutes (10am-6pm), RMB 40 for 90 minutes (6-10pm). Sat-Sun: RMB 50 for 90 min. Skate rental included. Daily 10am-10pm. B2/F, China World Shopping Mall, 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District (6505 5775, www.lecoolicerink. com 朝阳区建国门外大街1号国贸地下2层

Poplar Bookstore 蒲蒲兰绘官 Browse children’s book at this funky bookstore tucked away in the residential section of Jianwai SOHO. Poplar has plenty of carpeted nooks for kids to curl up with books, and they have a large selection of Chinese books and a decent section of English books for early and intermediate readers. They also have regular reading events, including English storytelling every Saturday from 1-3pm and Sunday from 10.30am-12pm at RMB 100 each time. Daily 10am-6.30pm. Rm 1362, Bldg 13, Jianwai SOHO, 39 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District (5869 3032, 朝阳区东三环中路39号建外Soho13号楼1362

Let your kids get their hands dirty at the Beijing branch of Singapore’s leading art education brand. ArtBug has a number of regular art programs such as Power Drawing and Acrylic on Canvas, as well as



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Rm 753, Tower A, Chaowai SOHO, 6 Chaowai Dajie, Chaoyang District (5900 0270) 朝阳区朝阳区朝外大街乙6号朝外 SOHO写字楼A座753

Sofitel Wanda Beijing 北京万达索菲特大饭店 This luxury hotel has a great Sunday brunch at Vic that features modern cuisine, seafood, breads, pastries, and more. With a children’s corner featuring games, toys, and DVDs, everyone will enjoy themselves. Spend the rest of the day at Sofitel’s pool, relaxing by the water or splashing about in the pool. Brunch Attitude at Vic: RMB 408 (soft drinks and juices), RMB 438 (wines, beers, soft drinks, juices), RMB 498 (champagne and all beverages), free for children under 6, half price for children 6-12 years old. Pool (non-guests): RMB 400 per person (non-member), RMB 300 per person (member). Tower C, Wanda Plaza, 93 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District (8599 6666) 朝阳区建国路93号万达广场C座

Wanda International Cinema 万达国际电影城 When the summer blockbusters hit the big screens, a day at the movies is one of the best ways to spend the dog days of summer. This cinema has nine theaters, including an IMAX screen. Daily 9am-10pm. 3/F, Bldg B, Wanda Plaza, 93 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District (5960 3399) 朝阳区建国路93号万达广 场B座三层

Parkview Green 芳草地 Beijing’s greenest mall is also one of the most luxurious. With envi-

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ArtBug 英文艺术院

dance education and speech and drama classes. There are also some summer camps like sculpture, drawing for those who think they can’t, and painting. And if you’re jealous of all the cool things your kids are doing, there are adult courses as well. ArtBug ensures a healthy environment, using air purifiers in the classrooms and flooring and carpet imported from the US.

ronmentally-friendly design and purified air, Parkview Green is a great go-to place to spend a cool, clean afternoon indoors. Though much of the shopping is very high end, there are a number of dining selections including sushi, salads, British pub food, and Din Tai Fung; a City Shop; and a cinema. Plus, there’s lots of contemporary art installations

scattered throughout the mall, saving you a trip out to 798. Daily 10am-10pm. 9 Dongdaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District (6500 5511) 朝阳区东大桥路9号

Olympic Village Happy Magic Water Cube Waterpark 水立方嬉水乐园 Beijing’s National Aquatics Centre, located just next door to the Bird’s Nest, was built for the 2008 Summer Olympics, but after the Games were over, the center was transformed into Happy Magic Water Cube and open to the public as an impressive indoor waterpark. The park features a kiddie pool, wave pool, lazy river, and spa pools. For the adventurous, there are water slides with fanciful names like Tornado, Bulletbowl, Aqualoop and Speedslide. Daily 10am-8pm. RMB 200, RMB 160 for kids (1.2m-1.5m), free for kids under 1.2m. Olympic Green, Tianchen Lu, Chaoyang District (8437 0125) 朝阳区天辰东路11号

China Science and Technology Museum 中国科技馆 What makes the China Science and Technology Museum unique is that it is the only state-level comprehensive science and technology museum in China. There are various sections and floors here, but the busiest gallery in the museum is The Glory of China, where kids can experience the technology of looms, plows, iron casting and a waterwheel. The second floor of exploration and discovery has dinosaur fossils, and rooms focusing on human biology, nature and the physics of sound. In another gallery, there are displays urging visitors to consider ways to limit their carbon footprint. One of the displays on futuristic technology lets kids (over 1.4m) experience walking on the moon or floating in space! Finally, there is Science Paradise, a massive play center designed for children ages 3 to 10 years old, with a jungle gym, science-themed obstacle courses, and presentations on health and science. RMB 30, RMB 20 for students. Tue-Sun 9.30am-5pm. 5 Beichen Donglu, Chaoyang District (5904 1188) index.jsp 朝阳区北辰东路5号

Olympic Forest Park 奥林匹克森林公园 To the north of the Olympic Green, there’s a massive 11.5sq km park with countless trees, a big lake and several ponds. Here’s your chance

to take a long walk or jog. While outside bikes are not permitted, families can rent a special four-person bike on the grounds. There is a serene spot on the grass by the central lake, perfect for a family picnic. Afterward, take a scenic tour of the lake by row boat or electric boat (RMB 80/hour on average). There is a small playground with a merry-go-round, among other entertainment facilities. Free. Daily 6am-8pm (summer), daily 7am-7pm (winter). 15 Beichen Donglu, Chaoyang District (6452 9060) 朝阳区北辰 东路15号

Xin’Ao Shopping Center 新奥购物中心 Within the Olympic grounds area, there is a giant underground mall that has all your heart’s desires. Pick up some groceries at the huge Rainbow Shopping Mall supermarket, or purchase electronics and household appliances at Sundan. Within these three underground floors, there are also numerous restaurants, clothing shops, and a CGV movie theater. Daily 10am-10pm (summer), daily 10am-9.30pm (winter). 9 Hu Jing East Road, Chaoyang District (8437 1122, 8437 1133) 朝阳区湖景东路9号

Pangu 7-Star Hotel 北京盘古七星酒店 Dine in one of Beijing’s finest hotels at Jufuyuan, or “Auspicious Garden.” This all-you-can-eat brunch consists of Eastern and Western cuisine: dumplings, pizzas, sliced beef, fresh shrimp, and fresh fruit. Drinks (beer, wine, juice, soft drinks) are included in the price of brunch. One of the best parts, however, is the stunning view of the Olympic Village. RMB 428 (Sat and Sun), RMB 398 (Mon-Fri), half price for ages 3-12, free for kids under 3. All prices subject to 15 percent surcharge. Daily 11.30-3.30pm (brunch). 2/F, Pangu 7-Star Hotel, 27 Beisihuan Zhong Lu, Chaoyang District (5906 7777) 朝阳区北四环中路27号盘古七星 酒店2层

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Shunyi Green T. House Living 紫云轩餐厅 Whatever Green T. House Living does, it does with flair. From the stunning decor of the main house with its imperial proportions, to its artfully-plated dishes, a lot of attention has gone into the details. There are classes for every member of the family, occasions to sit and enjoy a night of music or dance, or bazaars for unique gifts to send back home with proceeds going to charity. Downstairs is a boutique carrying the house brand of lifestyle goods. For the summer, Mac Time Art Center will hold an array of workshops to keep the little ones happy and busily creating. A detailed calendar of activities can be found on their website. Dining is by reservation only; you will be sent an SMS with bilingual directions. This is a fairly upscale dining venue, best saved for special occasions. The bathhouse, spa and accommodations must be booked in advance. Daily 11am-11pm. Shunbai Lu, Hegezhuang (136-0113-7132) www. 朝阳区崔各庄乡何各庄村318号

Splash Recreation Club 浪花俱乐部 Housed in the CITIC Airport Hotel (formerly the Sino-Swiss Hotel), Splash Recreation Center’s main feature is primarily an indoor pool connected to the outdoor pool. You do not have to be a guest at the hotel to use the swimming pools, or any of the other facilities: gym, billiards, hot tub and sauna, tennis and squash courts, ping pong tables (extra charges apply). The hotel has several restaurants to choose from: Chinese, Japanese, Swiss or Continental food can all be had. And if the kids are still begging for more action, the outdoor playground and its well-kept lawn are a nice place to run around on a blue-sky day. Free shuttle buses to the hotel depart from Dongzhimen, Sanlitun, and



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Beijing Capital International Airport. Parking is free. RMB 80, RMB 40 (kids from 1m to 1.4m), free for kids under 1m. Daily 10am-midnight. CITIC Hotel Beijing Airport, 9 Xiao Tianzhu Nanlu, Shunyi District (6456 5588 ext 1217 pool) 顺义区小天竺南路9号国都大饭店 Getting there Car: Take the the Airport Expressway (机场高速) to the Xiao Tianzhu (小天竺) exit, then drive southwest to reach Shoudu Jichang Fulu (首都机场辅路)

Crab Island 蟹岛绿色生态度假村 If you can’t quite decide what sort of activity you feel like engaging in for the day, then perhaps a visit to Crab Island is in order. This amusement haven has something for everyone: paddle boats, fishing ponds, go-karting, grass carting, a mini-zoo, and an “organic” farm. The zoo is fairly clean and houses ostriches, camels, llamas, bunnies, exotic birds and deer. Beat the heat with the wave pool, water slides or the lazy river at City Seaview. Floating on an inner tube or lay on the warm sand for the most authentic beach experience without leaving the city. Stay active on the volleyball court or at the two amusement parks: one with a carousel and bumper cars, the other with a big playground, bumper boats, and a swinging pirate boat. Food is available

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Getting there Car: Take the Airport Expressway to Exit 4 and keep right as you exit. Turn left at the first traffic light, then right at the gas station. At the end of this street, turn left and then right at the next intersection. Enter through No. 318 gate.

Fine dining and relaxation at Green T. House Living

at concession stands which sell chuan’r and assorted drinks (including beer), from any one of the restaurants within the park or from the mini-mart across from the entrance to City Seaview. The mini-mart also sells towels and bathing suits. Parking is free. RMB 60, RMB 40 (kids under 1.4m), free for kids under 1m. Daily 9am-6pm (May-Jun), Mon-Fri 9am-8pm (Jul-Aug), Sat-Sun 9am-10pm (Jul-Aug). 1 Xiedao Lu, Chaoyang District (8433 9689/9191, cityhj@ 朝阳区蟹岛路1号 Getting there Bus: Take bus 588 to Xiedao Dongmen (蟹岛东门) or buses 418 or 909 to Xiedao (蟹岛). Once there, walk north 600m to reach Crab Island. Car: Take the Weigou (苇沟) exit off the Capital Airport Expressway (首都机场高速) and follow the signs to Xiedao.

Agrilandia 意大利农场壁炉餐厅 Agrilandia offers an agri-tourism Italian farm concept for city slickers. In good weather, come an hour before mealtime to enjoy a stroll through the pear orchards or a visit to the mini petting zoo. Service can be a little slow, but the homemade pasta, pizza and steaks are worth the wait. Not in a rush? Linger in the study, pick up some deli items or fine wine, or play a game of frisbee or tag on the front lawn. For your next staycation, the farm offers sunny double or family rooms with rustic farmhouse decor. The hotel has 22 rooms, and breakfast is included. Pets are welcome on the grounds and at the hotel but not inside the main restaurant. There are tables out on the terrace if you wish to keep your pet with you at all times. Daily 9am-10pm. Baige Zhuang, Mapo Zhen, Shunyi District (6940 7650) 顺义区马坡镇白各庄

Getting there Car: Drive down Jingmi Lu till you get past Sixth Ring Road. At the Baigezhuang crossing, make a U-turn and the entrance to the farm will be to your right.

Roma Lake 罗马湖 If dining is the main activity on your itinerary, Roma Lake is a good area to explore. Of the dozen or so restaurants that all sit along a huge artificial lake, there are three that see the most brisk business. First is Malacca Legend, which serves authentic Malaysian food in generous servings. There is also Elaine’s Vegetarian Restaurant with its in-

ventive vege-meat dishes. Finally, there’s an unnamed place (identified by the bonfire decorated with empty beer bottles in the courtyard) that turns into a drinking place at night. However, it is a great place to get thin-crust pizzas and mozzarella sticks cheese for lunch. Roma Lake itself is popular among local retirees who spend half the day in any kind of weather in the hopes of catching a fish or two.

Malacca Legend 马六甲传奇 Daily 11am-10pm. On the banks of Roma Lake, Houshayu, Shunyi District (8049 8902) 顺义区后沙峪镇罗马湖畔

Elaine’s Vegetarian Restaurant and Bar 健康素食 Daily 10am-9.30pm. Walk 800m along the banks of Luoma Lake (100m north of Luoma Roundabout), Houshayu, Shunyi District (8048 5088) 顺义区后沙峪镇罗马环岛向北100米左转沿罗马湖畔800米 Getting there Car: Drive down the Airport Expressway towards the airport. Turn left at TianBei Lu and drive 2.5km until you reach the Luo Ma Roundabout. Take the second exit, and you will spot the lake on the left side fifty meters ahead with a narrow road leading to the restaurant strip.

Houshayu Restaurant Row This one is not for the faint of heart (or stomach) but it makes for a great Beijing experience. The local restaurants on this strip all vie for your attention with the most interesting array of food to be barbecued. As soon as the temperatures soar, the plastic picnic tables and chairs come out on the sidewalk and the distinct smell of chuan’r spices fills the air. Grab the first available table you see, order some cold beer or juice while waiting for your barbecue to be served. There are no menus here. If you are unsure of what they have available, ask to peek inside their cooler. Expect to see lamb, pork, seafood, tofu skins, garlic sprouts, eggplant, and mantou. Pair this with a platter of cold boiled peanuts, soybeans or local snails as an appetizer. Chuan’r start going around 7pm, and it gets livelier as the sun goes down. Yu’an Lu, Houshayu Area, Shunyi District 顺义区后沙峪裕安路 Getting there Car: Drive down the Airport Expressway towards the airport. Turn left at Tianbei Lu and drive 2.5km until you reach the Luoma Roundabout. Take the first exit onto Huosha Lu. Turn right 50m ahead at the second traffic light. The restaurants on Yu’an Lu will be on your right. Parking is on the left side of the road.

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Take a dip in beijingkids the waters of Merry2013 WaterJune World

The English Tearoom 英国茶房 The English Tearoom provides a refreshing family-friendly alternative to the Shunyi restaurant scene. Located beside the Capital Community Center and Beidong Flower Market, this lovely and sunny tearoom has a group of regulars who flock to its generous all-day breakfast. Owned and run by teachers and parents, The English Tearoom aims to provide a welcoming space for toddlers to socialize while parents or caregivers exchange childcare tips. Baking, ballet classes and storytelling sessions are on offer for preschoolers, with plans to include more activities in the summer. The restaurant also has birthday packages featuring a nutritious English menu. Kids (or kids at heart) will enjoy the roomy party area, as well as the outdoor space with picnic tables. Pets are welcome on the terrace. All toys and craft supplies are sourced from the UK or via the Roundabout store, ensuring that they are made of non-toxic materials. Changing tables and nursing corners are available, as are child-sized toilets and sinks. Daily 8.30am-6.30pm. Inside Chuangyi Yuan, 1A Shunhuang Lu (near the Scitech Outlets), Sunhe Township, Shunyi District (8459 4407, 158 1099 8410) 顺义区孙河乡顺黄路甲1号创意园内(近赛特奥特莱斯)

Getting there Car: Drive down the Airport Expressway towards the city, turn right at Beidong Flower Market, and keep an eye out for the entrance to Capital Community Center, which is around 50m past the market. Turn into the compound, make a left and you will see the red phone booth right outside the tearoom.

Aofan Sailing Club 北京奥帆帆船俱乐部 Aofan Sailing Club is popular with kids and adults alike. Camps take place during school holidays and on Saturdays in warm weather. The coaches are friendly and encouraging, but expect children to listen carefully and heed safety instructions. Students will learn the entire sailing process, including rigging the sails, handling the boat on the water, safety drills, and de-rigging the sails. Regattas are held each season, and paddle boards and kayaks are available during the summer. Make a day of it by packing a picnic and strolling around the grounds of the Olympic Rowing and Canoeing Park. The park itself charges an entrance fee and prohibits vehicles from entering, but simply notify the guard that you are heading to the sailing club. Daily 10am-4pm (Call for specific class hours). Inside Beijing Olympic Rowing and Canoeing Park, 19 Baima Lu, Shunyi District (5949 4599,

139 1046 5950) 顺义区白马路19号奥林匹克水上 公园内

Getting there Car: Take the Airport Expressway and exit off Baima Road. Head 15km east until you see the Olympic Rowing Park on your left along Baima Lu. After the park, turn left at the traffic lights onto Zuodi Lu. Head 20m and take an immediate left through the east gate of the park. Follow the park road to the right and cross the bridge. Subway: Take Subway line 15 to Fengbo station.

Merry Water World 摩锐水世界 It’s not an area that most expat families would stumble upon, but don’t let that keep you from exploring this side of the Capital Airport Expressway. At the far-end of what seems like a deserted conference center is the biggest indoor water park in Beijing. It is clean, well-maintained and spacious. The main attraction is the wave pool, but other features include a skateboard ramp, hot spring pools, cold-water pools, several kiddie paddling pools, and a large heated stone surface modeled after the coal-heated kangs of northern China. Locals espouse the healing benefits of both the hot springs and the hot stones. The second floor has a sauna and sporting arcades. If you prefer not to take a dip, there is bowling, badminton, rock climbing and archery, to name a few. Mon-Fri: RMB 138, RMB 60 (kids under 1.4m), free for kids under 1.2m. Sat-Sun: RMB 168, RMB 60 (kids under 1.4m), free for kids under 1.2m. A buffet meal is included in the price, except for kids under 1.2m (an additional RMB 15 charge applies). The water slides are only open during specific hours (marked clearly on signs). Mon-Fri 1pm-11pm, Sat-Sun 9.30am-11pm. Tulip Hot Spring Garden Resort, Dongwei Lu, Jinzhan Xiang, Chaoyang District (8433 7403) 朝阳区金盏乡东苇路郁金 香温泉花园度假村 Getting there Car: Take the Airport Expressway (机场高速). At the Weigou exit (苇沟), turn left at the first stop light, right at the second, and then go straight to reach Merry Water World. Bus: Take Bus 688, 672, 641, 640 to Yujinxiang Huayuan (郁 金香花园).

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Family Dining

Family Dining American 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) Unit LG2-01, 9 Dongdaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District.; 2) Mon-Fri 10am-11pm, Sat-Sun 7am-11pm. S8-33, Bldg 8, Sanlitun Village South, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6417 1318); 3) Daily 10am-11pm. 6 Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District. (6433 5058) 新元素, 1) 朝阳区东大 桥路9号LG2-01层; 2) 朝阳区三里屯路19号三里 屯Village南区8号楼S8-33; 3) 朝阳区将台路6号 Home Plate Bar-B-Que Daily 11am-10pm. 35 Xiaoyun Lu courtyard (from Dongsanhuan Beilu, head 20m north of Xiaoyun Lu intersection and take the first right), Chaoyang District. (5128 5584, 本垒美国餐, 朝阳区 霄云路35号院(东三环北路,过霄云路路口,往北 走20米,到第一个路口右转)

Bakeries, Delis & Desserts Black Swan Luxury Cakes This nationwide chain offers European style gourmet cakes delivered to your home or office. Order online at their website or by phone. (400 700 1399) 黑天鹅蛋糕 The Fat Bunny Bakery The Fat Bunny Bakery offers Western-style cakes and cupcakes for any occasion. Cake fiends can customize their own cakes by picking a size (S, M, L), sponge, and filling. Cupcake flavors include lemon meringue, red velvet, chocolate raspberry, chocolate ganache, and more. Cakes and cupcakes can be delivered for RMB 20 and more depending on distance. (

Cafes & Sandwiches Mrs Shanen’s Bagels This Shunyi staple run by a Chinese-American native of Brooklyn, New York offers Beijing’s best bagels (in a variety of flavors, including jalepeno cheddar, sesame and cinnamon raisin), as well as burgers, sandwiches(served on a choice of pita, ciabatta or bagels) salads, artisan pizza, cheeses, breads, cakes, cookies, ice cream and an extensive breakfast menu. Produce and other organic products from the owner’s other venue Green Cow Farm are also available. The venue also includes a large children’s playroom is equipped with toys, kid-sized chairs and tables and an entire Chinese kitchen in miniature. Sun-Thu 7.30am-8pm, Fri-Sat 7.30am-8.30pm. 5 Kaifa Jie, Xibaixinzhuang (next to Capital Paradise), Shunyi District. (8046 4301) 单太 太贝谷面包房, 顺义区西白辛庄开发街5号 (紧 邻名都园) Switch! Cafe This family friendly café seats 38 with additional seating on the large terrace and specially designed play areas for the children. An extensive kids’ menu accompanies an all-day menu that consists of breakfast items, sandwiches, salads, and pastas, as well as a changing selection of seasonally inspired comfort foods in the evening. 10am-9pm. 1/F, No 1 Bldg, 6 Xiangjiang Lu, Chaoyang District. (8430 8682) 朝阳区香江路6号(观唐广场)1号楼1层 The Rug Bagels, outdoor seating and free WiFi make this a welcome addition to Chaoyang Park. TTue-Fri 11.30am-10pm (last order 9.30pm), Sat-Sun 10.30am-8pm (last order 7.30pm). Bldg 4, Lishui Jiayuan, Chaoyang Gongyuan Nanlu (opposite South Gate of Chaoyang Park), Chaoyang District. (8550 2722) 朝阳区朝阳公园南路丽水嘉园4号楼(朝阳 公园南门对面) Youpin Teahouse The teahouse has very typical traditional Chinese style decoration.



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Serve all kinds of Chinese tea such as green tea, black tea, oolong tea, Puerh tea and some kinds of herbal medicine tea. People gather here for chatting, socializing, dating and enjoying tea.We also serves dim sum and snakes for enjoying alongside the tea. 9am12pm. 3 Tuanjiehu Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6582 2280) 幽品茶楼, 朝阳区团结湖北路3号

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, 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

Cantonese and Dim Sum


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

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 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 8.30am-6pm. Inside Chuangyi Yuan, 1A Shunhuang Lu (near Scitech Outlets), Sunhe Township, Shunyi District. (8459 4407, 158 1099 8410 (English and Chinese)) 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)

Caribbean Jamaica Me Crazy Cheniandian Hutong (west of Guozijian, near Andingmennei), Dongcheng District. 东城区安定门内大街车辇店胡同

Central & South American 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 noon3pm, 6-10.30pm, Sun Brunch noon-4pm. 2/F, 9 Jiangtai Xilu (opposite the Japanese School, west of Rosedale Hotel), Chaoyang District. (6437 8457) 盐, 朝阳区将台西路9号2层(珀丽酒店西边)

Chinese 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) Golden Spoon Taiwanese Food If you like Bellagio, then you’ll like this place too. Crystal chandeliers and velvet plush chairs, greattasting dishes and an extensive desert menu, all at a reasonable price. 1) Daily 11am-11pm. 5/F, South Place, The Place, 9 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6587 1472); 2) B104-105 (basement level of Mei Mei shopping center), Bldg C, Goldfield Center, 91 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (8571 2398) 金汤匙私房菜, 1) 朝阳区光华路9 号世贸天阶南街5层; 2) 朝阳区朝阳区建国路91 号金地中心C座地下一层B104-105 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 squaremeter-villa filled with antiques, traditional and contemporary furniture (including a massive dining table), an open kitchen and luxurious beds that can accommodate overnight guests.

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)

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 9ammidnight, Fri-Sat 9am-2am. Unit A110, 1/F, Nali Patio, 81 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (5208 6092/93) 可百尼尼, 朝阳区三里屯路81号那里花 园1层酒吧街对面

German 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) 普 拉那啤酒坊餐厅, 朝阳区亮马桥路50号凯宾斯 基饭店

Ice Cream Sunberry Frozen Yogurt Serves fresh yogurt made from real cream with a variety of toppings - strawberry, kiwi, mango, papaya, pineapple, melon, chocolate chips, red beans etc. 12.30-11pm. 1) B1, Gate City Mall, Zhongguancun, Haidian District. (8248 6398); 2) South Shichahai and Qianhai,10 meters away from East Shore Jazz, near the Di’anmen Post Office, Dongcheng District. (6406 5393) 三佰瑞 冻酸奶, 1) 海淀区10 (海淀黄庄), Exit A2 to the Gate City Mall新中关购物中心; 2) 东城区什刹海 前海南沿(近地安门邮局) 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, 朝阳区LG-38号颐提港商场 酒仙桥路18号

Indian & Pakistani

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 11am-10pm. 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 Vineyard Cafe This hutong cafe, specializing in comfort food and comfy couches, is both hip and sensible, and their hearty English breakfasts are excellent weekend brunch fare. Good pizza and excellent beer selection. Voted “Outstanding Brunch (Affordable)” in the Beijinger’s 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. Tue-Sun 11.30am-11.30pm. 31 Wudaoying Hutong (just north of the Confucius temple), Dongcheng District. (6402 7961, info@ 葡萄院 儿, 东城区五道营胡同31号

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”

Family Health 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) 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. 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F203; 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 11.30am-2.30pm, 6pm-10.30pm. 2/F, The Grand Summit, Section B, Liangmaqiao Diplomatic Mansion, 19 Dongfang Donglu, Chaoyang District. (8532 5068) 塔沃拉意大利餐厅, 朝阳区东方东路19号亮马桥外交公寓会所2层

Japanese Haru Teppanyaki and Sushi Bar Watch and listen to your food as it sizzles and cooks to your preference. Haru impresses with sleek decor and the quality of the food. Kids will be entertained by the chefs flaming hot plates, and the large portion servings mean this is a great place to spend a few extra kuai on a family night out. Daily 11.30am-2pm, 5.30pm-10pm. 1) Unit N4-30, 3/F, Sanlitun Village North, 11 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. (6415 2112); 2) 902 Pinnacle Plaza,

Jingshun Lu, Shunyi District. (8046 5112) 尚 水长廊铁板烧餐厅, 1) 朝阳区三里屯路11号院 (Village北区)能号楼三层N4-30单元; 2) 顺义区 天竺镇开发区荣祥广场902 Suzuki Kitchen Serving Western-influenced Japanese fare cooked by chefs from Tokyo. Try the homemade burger steak, fried pork rib rice and chicken Nanban. Tue-Sun 11am-10pm. 77 Xiao Ju’er Hutong (near Nanluogu Xiang), Dongcheng District. (6403 1518) 铃木食堂, 东 城区小菊儿胡同77号(近南锣鼓巷)

Korean Saveurs de Corée Originally located on Nanluogu Xiang, this sophisticated Xiang’er Hutong restaurant is a longstanding tourist favourite. Relax on a a pod-shaped stool and grill up a storm with carefully-sourced, freerange Dalian Wagyu. The portions are on the petite side, but flavors are fine - budgetconscious diners can opt for their lunch offerings. Highlights include their organic bibimbap and their toothsome shin ramyun chilli-spiced noodle soup with prawn, clam and squid. Winner of “Best Korean” in our 2011 Restaurant Awards. Mon - Fri 11:30am- 3:00pm / 5:00pm - 10:30pm, Sat - Sun 11:30am 10:30pm. 128-1 Xiang’er Hutong, Dongcheng District. (5741 5753) www.saveursdecoree. 韩香馆, 东城区香饵胡同128-1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

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 11am11pm. 9 Yindingqiao Hutong, Xicheng District. (8322 8916) 胡同比萨, 西城区银锭桥胡同9号 Pizza Plus Pizza sold by the slice (or “al taglio” as the Italians say), and made by a world champion pizzamaker. Try their signature “forest” pizza, with sausage, cherry tomato and drizzles of black truffle sauce. Daily 11am10pm. 112/115 Bojinghaoting, 8 Shizipo Jie, Dongcheng District. (6413 0991) 东城区十字坡 街8号铂晶豪庭底商112/115室 The Kro’s Nest Run by Olaf Kristoffer “The Kro” Bauer, the new edition of this Beijing pizza institution features enormous pizzas, deep-fried jalapenos and other pizza innovations like pizza sliders. You’ll even find hyper-caloric desserts like funnel cake and Rocky Road Rice-Krispy Pie. The beverage offerings have expanded to wines, cocktails, soda floats, smoothies and milkshakes. All this, plus video games and WiFi. Voted “Outstanding New Restaurant of the Year (Non-Chinese)” and “Outstanding Pizza” in the Beijinger’s 2011 Restaurant Awards. Daily 11am-midnight. 1) Courtyard 4, Gongti Beilu (across from Salsa Caribe), Chaoyang District. (8523 6655); 2) 35 Xiaoyun Lu (opposite Renaissance Beijing Chaoyang Hotel, next to Kou Fu Ju restaurant), Chaoyang District. (8391 3131) 乌巢, 1) 朝阳区工体北路4号院 (卡利宾 拉丁舞俱乐部对面); 2) 朝阳区霄云路35号(国航 大厦万丽酒店对面, 口福居旁)


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 11.30am-midnight. 1A Gongti Beilu (opposite Zhaolong Hotel), Chaoyang District. (8454 3838) 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 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

Thai 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 The Veggie Table The shiitake mushroom burger would bully many of Beijing’s beefy sandwiches out of the ballpark. Sesame studded, stodgy whole-wheat bread encloses a fat, herby ‘shroom patty, served with deliciously crispy “baked” home fries and coleslaw cut by someone who understands the stuff. Other big hitters included a shocking pink beet salad spiked with crunchy walnuts, hummus thick like nearly-set cement, and ajvar, a paste of eggplant, onion and red pepper spread on dark rye bread. The dal bhat, served with organic brown rice, is another gutsy, flavor-packed dish, best washed-down with one of the wellchosen craft beers. Daily 10.30am to 11.30pm (last order 10.30pm).. 19 Wudaoying Hutong, Dongcheng District. (6446 2073) 吃素的, 东城 区五道营胡同19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 Xilu, Chaoyang District. 北京美中宜和妇 儿医院, 1) 朝阳区芳园西路9号; 2) 朝阳区将 台西路9-9号

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@ 吧嗒饼, 朝阳区三里屯后街同 里2层


Dacha Located near Ritan Park, this new Russian restaurant caters to families with a kids’ room full of toys and special attention for moms and babies. Daily 10am-3am. 1 Ritan Lu (on the north side of Ritan Hotel), Chaoyang District. (8563 5765, www. 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 Nuage Worth visiting for its chic, French colonial atmosphere – complete with dim lighting, rickshaws and waitresses in stylish ao dai – and its stunning lakeside location. Voted “Outstanding Vietnamese” in our 2009 Restaurant Awards. Daily 11am-11pm. 22 Qianhai Dongyan, Xicheng District. (6401 9581) 庆云楼, 西城区前 海东沿22号

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) 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@ 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, 北京弘医堂中医医院, 朝阳区团结湖北路2号 Beijing New Century Harmony Pediatric Clinic As a satellite clinic of renowned Beijing New Century International Children’s Hospital,

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Beijing New Century Harmony Pediatric Clinic has a strong team of experienced pediatricians and nurses from China and overseas. Multilingual services are offered on a 24hr basis, consultations 9am-9pm. Harmony Business Center, Liyuan Street, Tianzhu Zhen, Shunyi District. (6456 2599) 北京新世纪荣和儿科门诊部, 顺义区天竺镇丽苑 街荣和商业中心 Beijing 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. English-speaking staff on 24/7 call. Wide range of Medical, Surgical and Consulting Services. Direct-billling with International Insurance Companies. The reference-level Medical Facility in Beijing for all Neurology, Neurosurgery and Rehabilitation Issues. World leader & Pioneer in Regenerative Medicine. Member of Asia Pacific Medicine (APMG) the leading, and the largest, International-Standard Medical Services Group in Asia. 12 Tiantan Nanli (800m west of the South Gate of the Temple of Heaven), Chongwen District. (8911 6665 (24hr hotline)) 崇文区天坛南里 12号(天坛南门往西800米) Beijing United Family Hospital (BJU) Beijing United Family Hospital and Clinics (BJU) offers international-standard care to thousands of Beijing’s expatriate and Chinese families. BJU features an international team of doctors from more than 20 countries and since 2005, it has been consistently re-accredited by Joint Commission International (JCI) and the College of American Pathologists (CAP). Since 1997, BJU’s multilingual staff has provided professional expertise with heartfelt care. The hospital and clinics offer a full range of medical services. In addition to departments of family medicine, surgery, pediatrics, and dentistry, BJU has attracted top medical professionals in cardiology, neurology, internal medicine, dermatology, psychological health, obstetrics and gynecology, emergency medicine, integrative medicine, ophthalmology and ENT. Mon-Sat 8.30am-5.30pm. 24-hour emergency care. 2 Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District. (5927 7000, 5927 7120 (ER ), fax 5927 7200) www. 北京和睦家医院, 朝阳区将台路2号 Beijing United Family Rehabilitation Hospital Daily 24hrs. 1 Yaojiayuan Bei’er Lu, Chaoyang District. (8558 1800) www.ufh. 北京和睦家康复医院, 朝阳区姚家园北 二路1号 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 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



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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 8am8pm, 24h emergency services. 24 Dawang Xilu, Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. (8776 9899, 800 810 8911, 6770 5558) www. 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, high-level 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) 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@ 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 international-standard medical care in China, with a 24/7 alarm center hotline, a dedicated air ambulance, four international quality clinics staffed with expat and foreign doctors and 200+ network of medical service partners. International SOS Beijing clinic is the city’s leading family practice and specialist services clinic, represented by 15 nationalities, including English, French, Japanese, German, Spanish, Korean and Chinese-speaking doctors. Offers 24/7 Emergency Services, GP, Pediatrics, Gynecology, specialists, Pharmacy, Psychology, Physiotherapy, Dentistry and Orthodontics, Optometry. Mon-Fri 9am-6pm, Sat-Sun 9am6pm. Suite 105, Wing 1, Kunsha Building, 16 Xinyuanli, Chaoyang District. (Clinic: 6462

9112, 24hr hotline 6462 9100, china.inquiries@ www.internationalsos. com, 北京国际救援中 心, 朝阳区新源里16号琨莎中心一座105室

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) 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 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@ 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

Joinway Dental Clinic Joinway Dental is a leading dental clinic in Beijing. Proficient in cosmetic dentistry and implants; services include preventive dental care, oral and teeth treatments. Striving for perfection from the treatment design to the treatment procedure, and following up patients after all treatments. Also providing more than 20 different international insurance companies direct billing service. Mon-Sat 9am-6pm. 11D, Bldg D, Oriental Kenzo Plaza, 48 Dongzhimenwai Dajie, Dongcheng District. (8447 6092/93, 132 6181 6708/139 0109 6692 English, 久汇齿科, 东城区东直门外大街48号银座大厦 D座11D 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 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. 朝阳区朝阳区亮马桥 路50号燕莎中心写字楼1层S106 New Century International Children’s Hospital 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) 北京新世纪国际儿 童医院, 西城区南礼士路56号 (北京儿童医院 东门南侧) OASIS 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)) 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

United Family Jianguomen Health and Wellness Center United Family Jianguomen Health and Wellness Center is a satellite clinic of BJU located in the St. Regis complex in the heart of Beijing’s Central Business District. The clinic makes high-quality healthcare accessible to CBD residents and employees. It offers integrative medicine, family counseling services, and provides health checkups for immigration purposes. Mon-Fri 8.30am12pm,1pm-3.30pm. B1/F, The St. Regis Residence, St. Regis Hotel, 21 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (8532 1221; 8532 1678 (immigration clinic)) 和睦家建国门保健中心, 朝阳区建国门外大街21 号北京国际俱乐部饭店公寓楼地下1层 United Family Liangma Clinic United Family Liangma Clinic serves Beijing’s diplomatic area, providing internationallyaccredited Family Medicine services. A multinational clinic staff of experienced doctors and bilingual nurses will ensure that you and your family receive the highest quality medical care available. Mon-Fri 8.30am-5pm. 2/F, Grand Summit, 19 Dongfang Donglu, Chaoyang District. (5927 7005) 和睦家亮马诊所, 朝阳 区东方东路19号1号楼会所27号(外交人员公寓 B区官舍16号) 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) 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 area and international school district with internationally-accredited family medicine, pediatrics, rehabilitation (physical therapy), psychological counseling, Traditional Chinese Medicine, laboratory, and pharmacy services. A multinational clinic staff of experienced doctors and bilingual nurses will ensure that you and your family receive the highest quality medical care available. The Shunyi Clinic is a satellite facility of BJU. Like other BJU satellite facilities, the Shunyi Clinic strictly adheres to Joint Commission International (JCI) and international infection control standards. Mon-Thu 9.30am-7.30pm, Fri-Sun 9.30am-4.30pm. Unit 806, Pinnacle Plaza, Tianzhu Real Estate Development Zone, Shunyi District. (8046 5432, fax 8046 4383) 和睦家顺义诊所, 顺义区天竺 开发区荣祥广场806号 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

Family Life for the whole family, including routine cleaning, X-rays, fillings, whitening, crowns, bridges and cosmetic makeovers. Mon-Sat 9am5pm. Suite 105, Wing 1, Kunsha Building, 16 Xinyuanli, Chaoyang District. (6462 0333) www. 国际SOS齿科,畸齿矫正诊所, 朝阳区新源里16号琨莎中心一座105室 OASIS Dental Clinic OASIS Dental provides complete dental care for families through internationally-trained dentists. Services include routine cleaning, fillings, root canals, crowns and bridges, veneers, whitening, orthodontics, prevention orthodontics, periodontics, and implants. Mon-Sat 6am-9pm. 9 Jiuxianqiao Beilu, Chaoyang District. (5985 0305) 朝阳区酒 仙桥北路9号 Vista Medical Center Medical services including family and internal medicine, OB/ GYN, pediatrics, dentistry, ophthalmology, dermatology, ENT, TCM, physiotherapy, psychiatry, imaging laboratory and pharmacy service. Also offers pre- and postnatal care and infant health check-ups. English-speaking staff onsite 24hrs a day. A consultation with a GP costs RMB 660. Direct billing with more than 40 international insurance providers. Daily 24hrs. 3/F, Kerry Centre, 1 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (8529 6618, fax 8529 6615, vista@ 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, Fri-Sun 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) Mon-Thu 9am-5.30pm, Fri-Sun 9am-5pm. 1/F, Somerset Fortune Garden, 46 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (8440 1926/7/8) 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 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) 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. ( 朝阳区光华路1号北京嘉 里中心三层

SDM Dental Teeth cleaning, root canals, restorative dentistry, porcelain crowns, dental implants, orthodontics and cosmetic dentistry. A basic consultation costs RMB 50, with a firsttime registration fee of RMB 50. 1) Daily 9am8pm. 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 9am-8pm. Rm 106, Bldg 11, 22 Yuanda lu (near Golden Resources Department Store), Haidian District. (8859 6912/13) www. 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 recognized as an internationalstandard dental clinic. Mon-Thu 9am-7.20pm, Fri-Sat 9am-5.30pm. 818 Pinnacle Plaza, Tianzhu Real Estate Development Zone, Shunyi District. (8046 1102) 和睦家顺 义牙科诊所, 顺义区天竺开发区荣祥广场818

Prenatal & Postnatal Yoga The Yurt at BJU Body libria is a new form of exercise that combines tai chi, yoga and pilates and replaces prenatal and mother-baby 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. 北京和睦家医院, 朝 阳区将台路2号


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@ IDC国际 齿科中心, 朝阳区芳园南里9号院7号楼209室

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 fullbody 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

International SOS Dental, Orthodontics Clinic Provides comprehensive dental services

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 10.30am11pm. 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. 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. 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:// 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 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

Family Life Community Groups and Organizations Beijing Playhouse China’s English community theater presents contemporary live semiprofessional theater productions, performed in English with Chinese subtitles. Professional acting experience not necessary and nationality not important, though ability to perform in English is required. Balizhuang (E 4th Ring Rd)100025 Chaoyang5 Houbalizhuang, Yew Chung Int’l School, East gate of Honglingjin Park, Chaoyang District. (13718908922, www. 北京剧场, 朝阳区八里庄 东四环中路后八里庄5号 Bethel China Foundation Doudianzhen Jiaodao, Liugu Daocun, Fangshan District. (8031 0383, 8031 0683 (guest house), 8031 0483 (medical house), 房山区房山区窦店镇交 道六股道村 International Newcomers’ Network A networking and information resource for all newcomers to Beijing. Meetings are held on the last Monday of each month except December. Function Rm, 3/F, Athletic Center, Capital Mansion, 6 Xinyuan Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (8486 2225 ext 110, 朝阳区新源南路6号京城大 厦康乐中心3层 Magic Hospital Unit 1402, Xingfuyuan


Gongyu, 16 Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. ( 朝阳区工体北路16号幸福园 公寓1402 New Life Centre A residential center for underprivileged youth. Volunteers and donations welcome. thenewlifecentre Roundabout Roundabout is a non-profit organization run by volunteers that accepts donations from the community and distributes them to people in need. They accept donations of almost anything: clothing, furniture and much more. Any items that are not needed by the charities, such such as handbags, paintings, home decor, surplus furniture and toys, are sold in their store. All proceeds fund their operation: truck hire, rent etc. The new building location is directly beside/ behind Yosemite (the side towards Dragon Bay). Directions: Drive past ISB, with ISB on your left (this is Anhua Jie going west). Pass the intersection where BSB is on your right. Take the next left (leading to the back gate of Yosemite), and it is just down the road on the right past the blue and white migrant worker buildings. Mon-Sat 9.30am-5.30pm. Yuyang Road West,Off An Hua Road (Behind Yosemite Villa Compound), Shunyi District. (137 1877 7761 (English), 137 1805 3814 (Chinese only),, thecharitystore@ 顺义区 众爱商店,顺义区榆阳路(优山美地别墅后街, 从安华路转入) SinoRescue Sister company of highly-rated SinoScuba, SinoRescue is dedicated to serving and providing the Beijing community with the very best in emergency preparation, be it training in emergency first response, primary and secondary care, care for children, safety training, home proofing, and offering the most up-to-date information on being ready to care for your family when the need arises. (186 1113 3629)

Domestic Help Beijing Ayi Service Company Beijing Ayi Service Company provides the experienced and professional ayis, drivers and western chefs for expatriate families. Western cooking lessons are also available. (6040 9096, 136 4113 7690 (24 hours), www. 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 Easy Life-Maid service Professional, reliable English speaking ayis (maids) available for full- or part-time work: housecleaning, babysitting, ironing, Chinese and Western cooking. Customer satisfaction guaranteed. Rm 1301, Bldg 5-2, Huacai International, Wangjing, Chaoyang District. (138 1122 7395, info@ 朝 阳区望京华彩国际公寓5-2-1301

Hair & Beauty Salons Catherine de France Hair & Beauty Salon The C. de France team of international and local stylists, colorists and beauticians offer an holistic hair and beauty experience. The salon mixes French chic with modern simplicity to create a sophisticated yet relaxed atmosphere offering a wide range of hair services and beauty treatments, including manicures and pedicures, waxing and tanning. Referral and VIP programs available. TueSat 10am-8pm, Sun-Mon 11am-6pm. B1/F, East Avenue Apartments, 10 Xindong Lu, Chaoyang District. (139 1097 1473, 8470 4639, www. 法式美容美发沙龙, 朝阳 区新东路10号逸盛阁地下1层 Hair & Beauty by Hummingbird Formerly Hummingbird spa, this revamped boutique hair salon will continue to provide beauty

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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. 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 10am-10pm. 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 TATA With its eye-catching, panoramic floor-toceiling windows, this swanky salon in Gongti is the perfect stop for doing up your hair and nails before clubbing. Daily 10am-10pm. Workers’ Stadium North Gate, Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. (8511 3880) 朝阳区工体北路工人体 育场北门 VivaXiao Kids’ Hair Salon Located in the same venue as VivaXiao Photography Studio, this Shunyi-based hair salon specializes in children’s haircuts from infants and above. The salon’s patient hairstylists know what it takes to get kids’ cooperation, with special haircut car seats videos they can watch while getting their hair cut. Tue-Sun 10am-7pm. Rm 509510, 5/F, Euro Plaza, 99 Yuxiang Lu, Shunyi District. (8046 1603 (Chinese), 138 1160 2673 (English)) 小小世界美发 沙龙, 顺义区天竺镇裕翔路99号欧陆广场五层 509-510

Religious Organizations & Places of Worship Beijing International Christian Fellowship (BICF) BICF (Beijing International Christian Fellowship) is an international nondenominational 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, 北京国际 基督教联合会 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. (; 2) 1/F, King’s Garden Villa, 18 Xiaoyun Lu, Chaoyang District. (8470 8238 ext 200, www. 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@ www.capitalcommunitychurch. net 顺义区孙河乡顺黄路甲1号 Congregation of the Good Shepherd Diverse, interdenominational Christian congregation that welcomes all foreign passport holders. Liturgically-based worship Sunday



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mornings at 10am at the Capital Club Athletic Center. 3/F, Athletic Club, Capital Mansion, 6 Xinyuan Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (cogs@ 朝阳区新源南路 京城俱乐部3层 The River of Grace Church Sunday Services begin at 10am and 2pm and are open to all foreign passport holders. 2/F, Bldg 112, Yuan Art Museum, Lize Xiyuan, Wangjing Guangshunbei Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6466 1680, www. 朝阳区望京广顺北大街丽泽 西园典艺术馆112号楼2层元

Relocation Services Allied Pickfords The largest international moving company in the world with corporate owned offices in over 40 countries and 800 offices. Offers online estimates for small shipments; otherwise a physical survey can be booked online. (021 6332 0088) www. Asian 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 pick-up and delivery. Rm 26B, Block 2, Bauhinia Court, 30 Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (8762 5020, www. 朝阳区东三环北路30号紫荆 豪庭2座26B Links Moving Beijing Wholly owned moving company established in Hong Kong in 1997 with full range of household moving services and storage options. Now handles over 3,000 international moves worldwide each year. Great website, offering information including freight container sizes and details, online quotes available for smaller shipments. Keep an eye out for specials, such as free air freight with certain container sizes or percentage discounts for early booking during peak seasons. (8447 7496) Santa Fe 2 Ba Jie, Beijing Capital Airport Logistics Zone, Shunyi District. (6947 0688) 顺义区顺义区首都机场物 流中心8街2号

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) 8am-9pm. Outside South Gate of Capital Paradise, Shunyi District. (8046 4132); 3) Daily 8am-midnight. 1/F Jiezuo Mansion, Xingfucun Zhonglu, Sanlitun, Chaoyang District. (6417 7970); 4) Daily 8am9pm. 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 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 8am10pm. 6 Sanlitun Beixiaojie, Chaoyang District. (6461 6928); 7) Daily 8am-midnight. South of Chaoyang Park’s West Gate, Chaoyang District. (6501 6249) 婕妮璐, 1) 朝阳区新城国际17号楼101; 2) 朝阳区来广营东 路和平医院对面; 3) 朝阳区东三环中路39号建外 Soho4号楼; 4) 朝阳区东湖别墅会所里; 5) 朝阳 区日坛北路4号(芳草地小学对面); 6) 朝阳区 三里屯北小街6号; 7) 朝阳区朝阳公园西门南侧

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. 国际艺苑皇冠假日酒店, 东城 区王府井大街48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. 东方君悦大酒店, 东城区东 长安街1号

Doctors Beck & Stone Pet Health Care Center Get full, international standard, pet care with open Western and highly trained Chinese veterinarians, nurses and medical technicians. Hospitals are also emergency crisis centers. Ambulances available for collection and drop off of pets. Daily, 24 hours. 1) Unit 104, Tower B, Bldg 3, Hou Xiandai Cheng, BaiziwanLu, Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. (8774 8653, 135 0103 0572 (emergencies), info@; 2) Daily 9am-7pm. Shop 0153, Tower B, Chaowai Soho, 6 Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (5869 6401, 400 103 8686 (for appointments, pet pick-up and emergencies),; 3) Daily 9am9pm. Unit 104, Bldg 7, Compound 9,Fangyuan Nanli, Chaoyang District. (8457 8233, 400 103 8686 (for appointments, pet pick-up and emergencies),; 4) Shop LB05, Euro Plaza,99 Yu Xiang Lu, Shunyi District, Shunyi District. (8046 2886, 135 0103 0572 (emergencies), www. 思威(北京)国际 动物医院有限公司, 1) 朝阳区百子湾路后现代 城3栋B座104底商; 2) 朝阳区朝阳门外大街6号 朝外SohoB号楼0153; 3) 朝阳区芳园南里9号院7 号楼104; 4) 顺义区顺义区天竺镇 裕祥路99号 欧陆广场LB05 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: 10am-5pm daily. 13-16 Rongke Ganlan Chengshang Jie, Futongxi Dajie, Wangjing, Chaoyang District. (8456 1939/40/41, www. 北京新天地国际动物医院, 朝阳 区望京阜通西大街, 融科橄榄城商街13-16号

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, www. 中国大饭店, 朝阳区建国门外 大街1号 Crowne Plaza Beijing Popular with tourists

EAST Beijing 22 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6417 6688) 北 京东隅, 朝阳区酒仙桥路22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) en_US/hi/hotel/BJSHITW-Hilton-Beijing-hotel/ 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) hi/hotel/BJSCAHI-Hilton-Beijing-Capital-Airport/ 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) BJSWFHI-Hilton-Beijing-Wangfujing/ 东 城区北京王府井希尔顿酒店 InterContinental Beijing Beichen Recognized as the only award-winning

Fun Stuff 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. 北京北辰洲际酒店, 朝阳区朝阳区北辰西路8号 院4号楼

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) 慕田峪 小园餐厅, 怀柔区慕田峪 (具体路线请查看网 站信息)

JW Marriott Standard rooms are elegantly appointed and super luxurious. Downstairs, the loungy Loong Bar aspires to the metro-chic 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

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

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) 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) 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 multipurpose 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 District. (6457 5555) http://beijingairport. 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 1,500-48,000. 1 Jinchengfang Dongjie, Financial Street, Xicheng District, Xicheng District. (6601 6666) 北京 丽嘉饭店, 西城区金融街金城坊东街1号

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 fivestar hotel appeal to both leisure and business travelers. RMB 2,755-7,180. 2 Chaoyangmen Beidajie, Dongcheng District. (6553 2288) 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, www. 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@ www.theoppositehouse. com 朝阳区三里屯路11号三里屯Village北区1号楼 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 megahotel 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 1,500-21,100. 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, www. 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, www. 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 familyfriendly programs. Kent Center, 29 Anjialou, Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6432 9341/1041, www. 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, 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, www. 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@ www.kingdomtravel. 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@, 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, com 东城区新中街乙3号东外公馆办公楼1001室 Trekiz | DIY Travel Site is a one stop shop for all things travel. Create and book DIY travel itineraries online with Trekiz’s patented trip planner. Choose from hundreds of activities (and tours and treks and classes and cruises!) in countries and cities around the world. Book China flights and China hotels, too! Trekiz takes the headache out of travel planning with its great prices, wide selection and userfriendly interface. ((+86) 4001-873549) http:// TUI China Travel Co. Ltd. With its extensive international network, this German-Chinese joint venture can arrange personalized tours to destinations both domestic and worldwide. Unit 921-926, Bright China Chang An Bldg, Tower 2, 7 Jianguomennei Dajie, Dongcheng District. (8519 8800, cn 途易, 东城区建国门内大街7号光华长安大厦 2座921-926 WildChina Wild China’s family travel experts can help you craft a unique, personalized family vacation and are happy to program kid-centric activities like visits to schools or family homes, and arts and crafts workshops. Or, sign up for one of their family-friendly standard tours (trips to the Sichuan panda reserve are a popular choice). Rm 801, Oriental Place, 9 Dongfang Donglu, Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6465 6602, www. 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). Nov-Mar: 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) 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 8.30am6.30pm (winter). Workers’ Stadium South Gate, Chaoyang District. (6591 3397) 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. 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 Created by two French artists, Atelier

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is a school dedicated to the study of the visual, literary and performing arts. Located in the heart of Sanlitun, Atelier is a space designed for creativity. The center offers high-quality courses led by professionals in their field for children, adolescents, and adults. Current courses include drawing, painting, sculpture, sewing, as well as courses in writing and theater. Atelier also offers courses specifically designed to help students who are preparing a Bachelor of Arts and/or admission to an art school. Atelier courses are taught in French and English; courses taught in Chinese will be offered in the near future. Atelier courses run throughout the year. Rm 202, Building C, Jinxiu Yuan, Xingfucun Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (atelier@ 啊特黎尔, 朝阳区朝阳区幸福村中路锦绣园C楼202室

Cinemas 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) 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) 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

Concert Hall & Theaters 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 Theater 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)

Major Attractions Houhai The area commonly referred to as “Houhai” actually covers two lakes: Houhai and Qianhai. Popular with families, Houhai is worth visiting especially in winter, when the frozen lake looks like a scene by some modern-day Brueghel, with families and couples skating, playing ice hockey, and jubilantly riding on ice chairs and other fantasmagoric contraptions. There’s an old school amusement area with trampolines, electric cars and a dragon train on the southwest bank, near Kong Yiji. Dianmenwai Dajie (aka Ping’an Dadao), across



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Museums & Education Beijing Planning Exhibition Hall Sounds desperately boring, but this place has a lot to offer for kids. The biggest draw is a huge scale model of Beijing that spreads across the floor for more than 300 square meters of exquisite, light-up detail – Godzilla fantasies must be reined in. Bring a pair of binoculars and head to an upstairs floor so you can view the model from above and see if your kids can spot your house. Also features interactive games for kids and a multitude of miniature models. RMB 30, RMB 15 (students), free (kids under 1.2m). Tue-Sun 9am-5pm (last ticket at 4pm). 20 Qianmen Dongdajie (just east of the old railroad station), Chongwen District. (6702 4559) 北京市城市规划展览 馆, 崇文区前门东大街20号 China 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. TueSun 9am-4.30pm, extended hours for special events (ticket selling 8.30am- 3.30pm). 5 Beichen Donglu (ten minutes east of the south gate of the Olympic Forest Park), Chaoyang District. (5904 1188) 中国科 技馆, 朝阳区朝阳区北辰东路5号 Sony ExploraScience Kids of all ages are sure to love this technologically sophisticated museum’s host of interactive displays, including robotic dogs who play soccer, musical sculptures, sound and light distortion machines, soap bubble rings and much more. The staff regularly host live science shows in Chinese. RMB 30 (adults), RMB 20 (students), free (kids under 1.2m); buy your tickets at the museum booth outside the park’s south or east gates and you won’t have to buy park tickets as well. Mon-Fri 9.30am-5.30pm, Sat-Sun 9am6.30pm, closed on second Mon and Tue of each month. Inside Chaoyang Park (near the south gate), Chaoyang District. (6501 8800) www. 索尼探梦, 朝阳区朝阳公 园里(南门)

Parks & Gardens 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 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) 朝阳公园, 朝阳区农 展馆南路1号 Qinglonghu Park Daily 7.30am-6pm. Wangzuo Township, Fengtai District. (8331 0645, www. 青龙湖公园, 丰台区王佐镇

Places Genting Resort Secret Garden Located three hours northwest by car from Beijing, Genting Resort Secret Garden is a resort that offers all-year activities, including summer

sports in the warmer months and skiing in the winter. Wutong Dadao, Taizi City, Chongli County, Zhangjiakou, Hebei Province, Outside Beijing. (400 168 1234) www. 密苑云顶乐园, 北京市 外河北省张家口市崇礼县太子镇梧桐大道 Green Cow Organic Farm Founded and run by Lejen Chen (of Mrs Shanen’s bagels fame), this six-hectare, closed-system organic farm in Shunyi boasts 70 chickens, six geese, seven cows and a pig that produce all the manure for the compost needed to grow more than 25 types of fruit and vegetables. They also grow corn, wheat and soybean to feed the animals, and don’t use pesticides, herbicides or GMO seeds. The soil is also tested to ensure it’s free of chemicals. Produce grown on the farm is sold to local restaurants and given to the local community. Green Cow accepts members who pay a weekly fee (around RMB 300) to receive cases of seasonal organic vegetables in exchange for some farm work, as well as volunteers to help man various other stations (i.e. the organic milk stand) around the farm. Every fall, the farm also hosts the popular Green Cow Harvest Festival, as well as other community activities. Donggezhuang (10 min north of the International Exhibition Center), Houshayu Zhen, Shunyi District. (8046 4301, 135 0113 6920, 6433 4435 (fax), http://www. 绿牛有机农庄, 顺义区北京 绿牛有机农场(北京京承高速与机场北线交汇处 的东北方向董各庄附近)

Play Centers 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 9am-5.30pm, Sat-Sun and holidays 9am-7pm. Gongti Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (6593 6208) 翻斗乐, 朝阳区工体南路 Ricky Duck Kids Club Based out of Beijing Purple Jade Country Club, Ricky Duck Kids Club is slated to open in June 2013 and will offer various activities for kids. These include gardening, interacting with animals such as deer and peacocks, sports (swimming, skating, badminton, and tennis), and summer camps. 6492 5551 ext 6011. 1 Ziyu Donglu, Haidian District. 紫玉儿童 俱乐部, 海淀区紫玉东路1号 The Familier This two-level, indoor family centre provides age-appropriate and kid-family play rooms and classes for children of all ages. Includes an expanded soft play area for babies and toddlers and a full-service cafe with a Western-trained chef and healthy menu options for the entire family. 2 hour: RMB 50 (1 adult, 1 child); all day: RMB 88 (1 adult, 1 child). Zhong’er Jie, 798, Chaoyang District. (5762 6017, http://www. 朝阳区798艺术区 The New City Center The New City Center has a coffee shop with a closed in playroom that includes a ball pit and slide. Programs available for all ages, including “Mommy and Me”, Phonics, Math and Art Classes as well as language lessons for adults. It also offers services including food, games and access to the playroom for birthday parties. A conference room is available to be rented. Mon-Sat 9am5pm. 112, Lize Xiyuan, Guangshun Beidajie, Wangjing (Opening Jan 2), Chaoyang District. (6475 1066, www. 朝阳区望京广顺北大街丽 泽西园112号

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

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

Water Parks 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) 蟹岛绿色生态度假村, 朝阳 区蟹岛路1号 Splash Recreation Club Boasts a large outdoor/indoor pool, a sand volleyball court, a playground, a gym, pingpong tables, a poolside bar and restaurant. The hotel also has squash and tennis courts as well as a sauna. Mon-Fri: RMB 80, RMB 40 (children); Sat-Sun: RMB 140, RMB 70 (children). Free for children under 1m. Daily 6am-10pm. Sino-Swiss Hotel, 9 Xiao Tianzhu Nanlu, Shunyi District. (6456 5588 ext 1217) 浪花俱 乐部, 顺义区小天竺南路9号国都大饭店 Water Cube (Happy Magic Water Cube Waterpark) Next door to the Bird’s Nest, and affectionatelyreferred to as the “Water Cube”, this USD 200 million Australian-designed 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. Post-Olympics, 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 1.2m-1.4m), kids under 1.2m free. Daily 9am6pm. Olympic Green, Beichen Lu, Chaoyang District. (8437 0125) 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

Schools pediatric therapy clinic. Mon-Fri 9am-6pm. Rm 19-05, Block 2, Condo 360, 10 Dongsihuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6461 6283, jac@ 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) Side by Side Side by Side provides support for individuals with special needs and learning difficulties through music therapy, learning support, and a daytime special education program. Side by Side’s team members are fully qualified and experienced professionals who conduct services in English. Music therapy is also available in German. We also offer community support such as workshops for schools, community groups, parents and other members of the community, arranging vocational training within the community, support with life skills such as basic finances, shopping, cooking, personal hygiene or social skills, support with parenting skills, advocacy, family and school support with transition and/ or behaviour issues, support for those dealing with a new diagnosis and work experience for high school students or new graduates. We also provide support with finding organizations and professionals to assist in the development, diagnosis and assessment of children with special needs, or suspected special needs. MonFri 8am-6pm (after hours by appointment). Capital Paradise 3336, Shunyi Distrcict, Shunyi District. (8046 3858, info@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, Sat-Sun 9.30am-4.30pm. Gahood Villa 2108 ((next to Yosemite and Capital Paradise), Xibaixinzhuang, Houshayu, Shunyi District. (8046 3886/7085, registration@ / learningcenterbeijing@ 顺义区后 沙峪嘉浩别墅2108(新国展与ISB之间)

Language Schools Beijing Mandarin School Established in 1998, Beijing Mandarin School has students speaking 60 percent of the time in class and focuses on communication for everyday life. Over the years, thousands of students from over 50 countries and over 70 companies and embassies have studied at the school. Beijing Mandarin School offers weekly Chinese cooking classes (RMB 150/two hours) and other cultural activities. Visa help and accommodations are also available. Call for a free trial lesson. 1) Rm 709, 7/F, 42 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. Contact Skype ID: beijingmandarinschool1998 (8441 8391, 186 1173 6419, info@; 2) Rm 904, 9/F, E-Tower, Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. Contact Skype ID: beijingmandarinschool1998 (6508 1026, 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 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 inhouse 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 tailor-made 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, 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 in-house textbooks (complete with 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. 1) 1/F, Capital Paradise Club, Houshayu, Shunyi District. (8046 6114,; 2) Mon-Fri 8.30am-5.30pm. Rm 8013, Tongguang Tower. 12 Nongzhanguan Nanli, Chaoyang District. (6538 9422,; 3) Rm 901, 9/F, Yufei Dasha, 42 Dongzhimenwai Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6416 3990, 157 1284 5017,; 4) Rm 701, Furniture Building, Riviera Plaza, Laiguangying Donglu, Chaoyang District. (8430 8068,; 5) Rm 903, 9/F, E-Tower, 12 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6503 5193, info@bridgeschoolchina. com); 6) Rm 503, 5/F, Guangming Hotel, Liangmaquiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (8451 7605, www. 桥学校, 1) 顺义区后沙 峪名都园会所1层; 2) 朝阳区农展馆南里12号通 广大厦8013; 3) 东城区东直门外大街42号宇飞大 厦9层901室; 4) 朝阳区来广营东路尙古城7层701 室; 5) 朝阳区光华路12号数码01大厦9层903; 6) 朝阳区亮马桥路光明饭店5层503室

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 specially-developed, research-based curriculum. Classes are taught inEnglish and Chinese with half of the day devoted to each language. Within this inquirybased 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

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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, 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@ 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 (20122013 Academic Year): RMB 18,000-23,000 (refundable deposit); RMB 3,800 (registration); RMB 99,000 (Kindergarten); RMB 146,400177,500 (Grades 1-12); RMB 20,000 (ESOL) Bldg 17, Area 4, Anzhen Xili, Chaoyang District. (6443 3151, www. 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, 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 132,500197,100. 10 Upper East Dongfeng Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (5681 2155, admission@ 常春藤国 际学校, 朝阳区东风南路上东10号



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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,; 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,; 4) Wanquan campus: 35 Xinxin Jiayuan, Wanquanyuan, Bagou nanlu, Haidian District, Haidian District. (8255 1751,; 5) CBD campus: 24 Xincheng International Apartment, 6 Chaowai Dajie (6597 9358), Chaoyang District. (6597 9358, 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, cn) 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 (20122013 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, 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) 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 ageappropriate 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, www. 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), (English), (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, 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 (PreNursery, 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.; 2) Shunyi Campus: 9 Anhua Lu (south side), Shunyi District. (8047 3588, admissions@ 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 Montessori-based 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:, Shunyi Campus:; 2) Shunyi Campus: 7 Yuyang Lu, Houshayu, Shunyi District. (8046 6191, Main Campus:, Shunyi Campus: www.cisb. 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), www. 启明星双语学校, 朝阳区顺 白路2号

Schools Dulwich College Beijing (DCB) Dulwich College first opened its doors to students in Beijing in August of 2005. Since then, the school has grown to include approximately 1,400 students ranging in age from 12 months to 18 years. DCB is a 21st-century school that couples outstanding ICT facilities with a modern approach. The school features a one-to-one laptop policy for students in Year 8 and above and utilizes a Virtual Learning Environment for the entire faculty. DCB is accredited by the Council of International Schools and Western Association of School and Colleges, and was named International School of the Year in 2011. The school aims to provide students with a well-rounded environment to grow, develop, and learn in. Ages: 12 months – 18 years. Application Fee: RMB 2000 – non-refundable; Placement Deposit: RMB 18,000 – refundable subject to terms and conditions; Early Years: RMB 66,200-168,000; Grades 1-12: RMB 168,000-219,200 1) Legend Garden Campus and Legend Early Years Campus: Legend Garden Villas, 89 Capital Airport Road, Shunyi District. (6454 9000,; 2) Beijing Riviera Campus: 1 Xiangjiang Beilu, Jingshun Lu, Chaoyang District. (8450 7676, www.dulwich-beijing. cn 北京德威英国国际学校, 1) 顺义区机场路 89号丽京花园; 2) 朝阳区京顺路香江北路1号 香江花园 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 native-speakers 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, www. 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, mathematics, everyday living skills, sensory awareness exercises and culture (Casa stage). Check the website for additional EtonKids Bilingual Park Campuses. Tuition fees (20102011 Academic Year):Monthly payment plan - Morning session (8.30-11.30am) 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@ or, Central Park Campus:, Palm Springs Campus:, Midtown Campus:; 2) Midtown Campus: Bldg 21, Guangqujia Yuan, Guangqumen Waidajie, Chongwen District. (6749 5008, Peking House Campus: xuyan@ or, Central Park Campus: cpadmin@etonkids. com, Palm Springs Campus: psadmin@

Directories, Midtown Campus: gcadmin@; 3) Palm Springs Campus: Palm Springs International Apartments, 8 Chaoyang Gongyuan Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (6539 5967, Peking House Campus: xuyan@etonkids. com or, Central Park Campus:, Palm Springs Campus:, Midtown Campus:; 4) Peking House Campus: 20 Xidawang Lu, Chaoyang District. (5870 6778/9, Peking House Campus: or zhoudan@etonkids. com, Central Park Campus: cpadmin@etonkids. com, Palm Springs Campus: psadmin@, Midtown Campus: gcadmin@ 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 American-style 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)RMB71,800-112,000/ year 1) CBD Campus: 3/F, Block D, Global Trade Mansion, Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6506 4805, Lido Campus: lidoadmin@etonkids. com, CBD Campus:; 2) Lido Campus: Rm C103, Lido Country Club, Lido Place, Jichang Lu, Chaoyang District. (6436 7368, Lido Campus:, CBD Campus: www. 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 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 (2010-2011 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) 家育苑, 朝阳区东三环中路39号 建外SOHO西区14号楼旁 Fangcaodi International School Fangcaodi is a state-run primary school that has been accepting foreign students for over 40 years. Classes are in Chinese, with the exception of English language classes. The school uses the same textbooks as other Chinese schools in the municipality and places a strong emphasis on math and Chinese. Fee-based after-school activities include badminton, arts and crafts, wushu and rollerblading. Grades: 1 to 6. Price range: RMB 16,000-48,000 plus RMB 20,000 capital levy. 1 Ritan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (8563 9140, www.fcd. 芳草地国际学校, 朝阳区日坛北路1号

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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 school-wide, 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, www. 北京哈罗英国学校, 朝阳区崔 各庄乡何各庄村287号 The High School Affiliated to Renmin University of China (RDFZ) Founded in 1950, the education philosophy of RDFZ is to respect individuality and develop the students’ personal development. Led by Liu Pengzhi, RDFZ boasts more than 50 international faculty members and over 200 international students. Students can choose to study Mandarin as part of the Chinese language program or take classes with regular middle and high school students. More than 85 percent of the student body has been accepted to top universities like Peking University and Tsinghua University. RDFZ has launched reforms that combine traditional Chinese education and international curricula, including elements of A-Levels, the IB program, and AP classes. RDFZ has a network of 46 partner schools worldwide, including Escola-Hamelin Laie Internacional, Spain; Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology; Phillips Academy Andover; Raffles Intitute; Eton College; and Mahidol Wittayanusorn. Department of International Students, The High School Affiliated to Renmin University of China, 37 Zhongguancun Dajie, Haidian District. (6251 3962, guojibu3962@ 中国人民大学附属中学 (简称人大附中), 海淀区中关村 大街37号人 大附中国际部 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 53,500-122,800 (depending on choice of program and campus) 1) Administrative Office, C511, Lufthansa Centre, 50 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (400 650 7747,, 400 650 7747); 2) Liyuan Campus, A11 East Gate of Liyuan Compound,



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Xiangjiang Beilu, Chaoyang District, Shunyi District. (8470 5928 (English, Chinese and German),, 400 650 7747); 3) Chaoyang Park Campus, Victoria Gardens, 15 Chaoyang Park Xilu, Chaoyang District. (6538 2624 (English, German, Mandarin),, 400 650 7747) 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 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 pre-kindergarten 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; Full-day 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, 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 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 present-day 50,000sqm purposebuilt 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 (2010-2011 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, www. 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, 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-og@ivyschool. com); 2) Orchid Garden Campus, 18 Xinjin Lu, Cui Ge Xiang (Airport Expressway, Beigao Exit), Chaoyang District. (8439 7080, info-wj@, www. 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, critical-thinking, and creative problem solving in a rigorous intellectual environment. The academic program will be international in scope, with a central curriculum thread that focuses on Chinese identity, language, culture, and history. Keystone will serve students grades 1 through 12, with a bilingual curriculum in the primary years and more intensive instruction in English as students progress through the program. There will be a boarding school option for Grade 7 and 8, and mandatory boarding in Grade 9-12. (admission@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. 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) 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, 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@ 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/ 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)

Shopping 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, 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@ 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 (2012-2013 Academic Year): RMB 53,000. Block F, Honglingjin Park, 5 Houbalizhuang, Chaoyang District. (8583 9223, 8581 8466 ext 817, 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 Bookstores 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/F, Sanlitun Village South, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6417 6626,,; 2) Daily 10am-9.30pm. B2/F, China World Summit Wing, 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (8535 1055, page1_cwtc@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@, page1_indigo@ 叶一堂, 1) 朝阳区三里屯路19号三里屯Village 南区2楼1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

Home Accessories and Gear Beijing Torana Clean Air Center Air purifiers from Blueair and Alen Air, pollution masks from Totobobo. Free home assessments and delivery. 1) Daily 10am-8.30pm. Unit LB09, 1/F, Europlaza Mall, Shunyi District. (8459 0785); 2) 10.30am-6.30pm. Unit 308, Pinnacle Plaza, Shunyi District. (8046 1091) www. 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

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,; 2) Daily 10am10pm. 5/F, Household Appliance Area, Youyi Shopping City, 52 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (158 0136 1601, info@iqair-china. com); 3) 10am-8pm. 6/F, Parkson Plaza, 101 Fuxingmennei Dajie, Xicheng District. (157 1286 8485,; 4) Daily 10am10pm. B1/F, Parkson Plaza Taiyanggong, Bldg 1, 12 Qi Sheng Zhongjie, Chaoyang District, Beijing, Chaoyang District. (157 1286 8454,; 5) Daily 10am-10pm. 5/F, Shin Kong Place, 87 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (5738 2401,; 6) Daily 9am-6pm. Rm 1801-03, Air China Plaza, 36 Xiaoyun Lu, Chaoyang District. (8447 5800,; 7) Daily 10am-9pm. 4/F, 417 Seasons Place, 2 Jinchengfang Jie, Xicheng District. (6622 0179,; 8) Mon-Thu 10am-9pm, Fri-Sun 10am-10pm. B1/F, Golden Resources New Yansha Mall, 1 Yuanda Lu, Haidian District. (157 1286 9044,; 9) 10am-10pm. B2/F,

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Scitech Plaza, 22 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Beijing, Chaoyang District. (188 1020 5987, 1) 顺义区天 竺镇裕翔路99号欧陆广场地下一层03A; 2) 朝阳 区亮马桥路52号燕莎友谊商城5层; 3) 西城区复 兴门内大街101号6层百盛复兴门店家电部; 4) 朝 阳区七圣中街12号院1号楼B1百盛太阳宫店生活家 电区; 5) 朝阳区建国路87号新光天地5层生活家 电区; 6) 朝阳区霄云路36号国航大厦1801-03室; 7) 西城区金城坊街金融街417号四层; 8) 海淀区 远大路1号金源新燕莎商城地下1层; 9) 朝阳区建 国门外大街22号赛特购物中心地下二层

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, www. 海淀区海淀区苏家坨镇 后沙涧村西

Photography Studios & Services 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, 美国乐童万色儿童摄影机 构, 朝阳区朝阳北路天鹅湾南区16号楼2203

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 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) 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

Mishka Family Photography 1) C3, Fuli City, Shuangjing Qiao, Chaoyang District. (; 2) Rm 1910, CAMEO Center, Guangshunnan Dajie, Chaoyang District. (, www. 1) 朝阳区双井桥富力城C3; 2) 朝阳 区广顺南大街嘉美中心1910 The Bloom Family Photography Recently relocated to Sihui East, frequent beijingkids collaborator The Bloom Family Photography provides high-quality photography services to families. Featuring candid and customized photography, Bloom aims to capture the uniqueness and personality of its subjects. The studio is a member of Professional Photographers of America (PPA), and is also available for local and domestic travel. Daily 10am-6pm. Rm 28A, Bldg 4, Chaoyang Yuan, Qingnian Lu, Chaoyang District. (8559 1851, 155 1061 6900, www. 花开摄影机构, 朝阳区青年路朝 阳园4号楼28A室 VivaXiao Photography Studio Formerly known as Small World Photo Studio, VivaXiao is a professional photography studio based in Shunyi. Providing services both in and out of the studio, VivaXiao aims to create memorable photos that evoke emotions, capture memories, and awaken the imagination. Tue-Sun 10am7pm. Rm 509-510, 5/F, Euro Plaza, 99 Yuxiang Lu, Shunyi District. (80461603 (Chinese), 13691091046 (English)) 小 小世界专业摄影, 顺义区天竺镇裕翔路99号欧陆 广场五层509-510

Services Villa Lifestyles Villa Lifestyles has been serving the Beijing community for more than five years. Providing you with quality name brand products backed by great service, they have the widest selection of BBQs and accessories, the Mosquito Magnet, trampolines, IQAir air purifiers, Bissell Vacuums and more. Stop by their Shunyi showroom or visit their website to have a look at what’s new. Daily 10am-9pm. B1/F, 03A Europlaza, 99 Yuxiang Lu, Tianzhu Town, Shunyi District. (6457 1922, 顺 义区天竺镇裕翔路99号欧陆广场地下1层03A

Organic Goods De Run Wu Translating as “House of Virtue,” this family-run organic farm consists of a greenhouse growing over 100 types of crops year-round. Visitors can purchase produce for RMB 20 per kilo (minimum 4 kilos) and they deliver for an additional RMB 20 on two runs a week. They also sell organic detergents, soap nuts, natural cleaners and more. Strawberry Fields, Xinzhuang, Xingshou Town, Changping District. (8459 0809, 德润屋, 昌平区兴寿镇辛庄草莓园 Little Donkey Farm Beijing’s only government supported Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm delivers produce to your door



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China Self-Storage Co., Ltd. The name says it all; China Self-Storage provides custom-sized storage units at affordable prices and flexible storage terms. Customers have access to their storage unit for free 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The company is part of US and UK self-storage associations. Daily 24hrs. Jin’an Building, Tianzhu Huayuan Xijie, Shunyi District. (400 600 6378, 北京万福金安自 助仓储服务有限公司, 顺义区天竺花园西街金 安大厦 Nina Griffee Body Art and Face Painting Service Nina Griffee Body art and Face Painting Services offers a variety of services including face painting at childrens birthday parties, Face Painting Workshops, Body Painting, Halloween Fancy dress painting, Corporate Body art services, Henna and more. (152 1001 7548, 135 0177 7714, ninagriffee@

Toys Tianle Toy Market The four-floor building includes 300 vendor booths that sell all kinds of cheap children toys, sports gear, art works and handicrafts, wedding supplies, stationery and office supplies. Daily 8.30am-7pm. 136 Fahuasi Jie, Chongwen District. 红桥天乐玩具市场, 崇文 区法华寺街136号

Toys “R” Us Toys “R” Us, the world’s leading toy and baby products retailer, has opened its first stores Beijing in both CapitaMall Taiyanggong and Chaoyang Joy City. The Beijing stores will feature one of the most comprehensive collection of educational toys in the city. Daily 10am-10pm.. 1) Rm 52, B1/F, CapitaMall Taiyanggong, 12 Taiyanggong Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (8429 7072); 2) Rm 10, 5/F, Joy City Chaoyang, 101 Chaoyang Beilu, Chaoyang District. (8552 2898) www. 玩具反斗城, 1) 朝阳区朝阳区太 阳宫中路12号凯德广场B1层52号; 2) 朝阳区朝阳 区朝阳北路101号朝阳大悦城5F-10

Sports Sports Beijing Sports Beijing is a nonprofit organization that provides sports and recreational activities to the children of Beijing. Modeled after North American and European community sports organizations, Sports Beijing offers around 25 sports and recreational programs, including baseball, basketball, flag football, floor ball, gymnastics, ice hockey, martial arts, rugby, skiing, soccer, swimming, tennis, track and field/athletics. Available for young athletes (ages 4-18) and their families. Mon-Fri 10am-6pm. Lido Country Club 2/F, Holiday Inn Lido Hotel, 6 Jiang Tai Road, Chaoyang District. (6430 1370) www.sportsbj. org 朝阳区将台路6号丽都饭店丽都乡村俱乐 部2层 奥莱攀岩, 朝阳区朝阳区东四环 中路百子湾桥东石门村路5号

Cycling Cycle China Cycle China is a Beijing based tour group providing organized cycling tours and hiking trips to the Great Wall. Bike hire available from RMB 60 a day. People can also get helpful information about accommodation, sights, bike hire or booking tours through their Tourist Information Centre & Cycle China Booking office. Opposite the East Gate of Jingshan Park, Dongcheng District. (6402 5653, 139 1188 6524) 东城区景 山公园东门对面

Dance Sunshine Dance Studios One of the Europe’s largest dance studios, Sunshine Dance Studios offers dance classes led by US and European professionals who have danced for stars like Justin Bieber, Beyonce, Lady Gaga, and more. The school offers street dance courses for beginners to advanced dancers aged 3-12 and will eventually be based near Chaoyang Park. For now, the temporary location is Raydance Studio at Room 5-120 in Sanlitun SOHO. (

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)

The Conservatory of International Style and Cultural Arts (CISCA) The benefits of learning ballet at an early age aims to nurture young children’s instinctive joy of movement with music and freedom of expression to increase self control and co-ordination, discipline, confidence and self esteem. Programs tailored to people who want to develop a hobby as well as who want to prepare for future programs as a professional dancer. 1) Quan Fa Garden Club House, 2 Xiangjiang Beilu, Chaoyang District. (8470 5657, 139 1103 2760); 2) 208, Lido Country Club, Lido Place, 6 Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District. (6438 1677, 137 1643 3908) 1) 朝阳区香江北 路2号泉发花园会所; 2) 朝阳区将台路6号丽都广 场丽都乡村俱乐部C208室


Football (Soccer)

Cosmic Bowling Strike! Whoever said silence is golden clearly never experienced the ten-pin joys of Cosmic Bowling’s 20-lane alley. Prices vary throughout the day, but start from RMB 120/hour. Daily 6pm-2am. 3/F, Lido Hotel, 6 Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District. (6437 6688 ext 3801) 保龄球馆, 朝阳区将台路6号丽都饭店三层

ClubFootball ClubFootball runs football coaching programs at 20+ locations across Beijing for boys and girls aged 4 to 14. Held after school, on weekends and during holidays, courses range from fun skill development courses to competitive league teams and are taught by ClubFootball’s experienced FAqualified soccer coaching staff. 9am-6pm. Unit A316, Door 3, Zone A1, Zhaowei Huadeng Plaza, Zhaowei Building #51, 14 Jiuxianqiao Road, Chaoyang District. (5130 6893/4/5/6,, activities@, 万国群星足球俱乐 部, 朝阳区万国群星办公室位于朝阳区酒仙桥路 14号兆维华灯大厦A1区3门A316,工作时间为上 午9点至下午6点。联系方式为


Climbing O’le Climbing O’le Climbing is the city’s premier indoor climbing gym, as well as the meeting place and events center for the Beijing climbing community. Opened in 2008, they are one of China’s longest-running climbing centers. Whether it’s your family’s first time or not, O’le’s friendly, nationally-certified, and bilingual staff will “show you the ropes.”O’le’s top-roping and lead climbing wall is 12.5m high and features 7 roped climbing stations with numerous professionally-set routes suitable for novices and experts alike. Staff members frequently change the holids and routes, so there’s something new every time. The center also has one of the best indoor bouldering rooms in China, with 150sqm of verticals, slabs, bulges, and a 45° overhanging wall.O’le Climbing offers private lessons for children or groups and has an O’le Kids Climbing Club that meets every Saturday morning to train and have fun.O’le Climbing also hosts birthday parties, offering climbing and other activities for kids, like box climbing, slacklining, and indoor soccer.Directions: If you’re coming from Baiziwan Lu, turn south on Shimencun Lu and walk around 200m until you see a hotel on your right. There will be a toll booth with a traffic gate; walk around the gate and head down the small road behind it. After about 100m, take the first left; O’le Sports will be on the right-hand side. Mon-Sat 10am-10pm, Sun 10am-8pm. 5 Shimencun Lu, Baiziwan Qiao Dong, Dongsihuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (182 1113 9293, www.

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 FAqualified 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. 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)

Golf SGA Junior Golf Coaching Offers one-on-one golf coaching for children ages 5 and up, from SGA-qualified, Australian PGA-certified golf

Sports coaches. Lessons can be designed for children at beginner or intermediate levels. Instruction covers everything from the full grip and swing technique to golf etiquette and handicap calculation. Clubs are provided for the duration of a purchased package. RMB 7,500 (10 lessons), RMB 13,000 (20 lessons) (does not include ball and green fees). Coaching center is located at Chaoyang Kosaido Golf Club, Shangsilu Cun, Tuanjiehu Xiaoqu, Chaoyang District. (6507 7389, 400 650 5169) 朝阳广济堂高尔夫俱乐部, 朝阳区团 结湖小区上四路村

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@ 朝阳 区酒仙桥中路26号新华联丽港2号楼601室

Horse Riding Equuleus International Riding Club This accredited horse riding club, which is the only British Horse Society Approved Riding Center and Livery Yard in mainland China, houses 117 horses, 13 bilingual trainers with CHS (based on BHS) horse instructor’s certificate. Different riding packages available (insurance included). Tue-Sun 7am-noon, 2-6pm. 91 Shunbai Lu, Sunhe Town (north of and parallel to Xiang Jiang Beilu), Chaoyang District. (Chi 8459 0236, Eng 6432 4947, www. 天星调良国际马术俱乐部, 朝阳 区孙河镇顺白路91号香江北路北

Martial Arts 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, 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 Xie’s Martial Arts Academy (XMA) Xie’s Martial Arts Academy (XMA) was founded in 2005 by Master Xie, a 32nd generation disciple of the Shaolin Temple with a Masters of Education from Beijing Sport University. Xie’s Shaolin Kung Fu Style is a unique mixed martial arts system that combines traditional Shaolin Kung Fu, Karate and Western martial art styles. XMA’s wide range of self-defense styles creates a well-rounded, disciplined martial art. Age: 3 and above. Classes are offered after school and on weekends. Private classes are available. Venue: Beijing City International School, Western Academy of Beijing, The British School of Beijing (Sanlitun) and International School of Beijing. (131 4676 0944,


Sailing Beijing Aofan Sailing Club Located in Beijing Olympic Rowing-Canoeing Park, this exclusive sailing club in Beijing offers two-day and fiveday 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. 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, www.

Swimming Dragon Fire Swim Team Nearly 130 international students receive training in competitive swimming under the tutelage of founder and head coach Kevin Hua. Instruction is offered for kids ages 4-18 at the beginning (able to swim 10m), intermediate and advanced levels. The team has competed in races in Singapore and Hong Kong, and also competes with local Chinese teams. RMB 60-90 per lesson, RMB 1,200-4,500 per season (depends on the level, number of times a week, etc), plus RMB 300 registration fee. Training is offered at various times and locations, seven days a week.To register, contact Coach Hua. (136 0106 4534, www.

Tennis 6th Sense Tennis Academy International tennis camp franchise offers lessons for adults and kids in a facility that includes the Potters-Wheel center, a swimming pool, fitness room, numerous courts and more. 1 Langxinzhuang Lu, Chaoyang District. (8538 1073/3875, http:// 朝阳区郎辛庄路1号

Yoga 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, www. 朝阳区广渠门外大街8号优 士阁A座,1909室 Yoga Yard Yard Vinyasa (flow) yoga classes offered daily, mornings and evenings, at various levels. offers pre- and postnatal yoga, introduction to yoga, restorative yoga, and other workshops. Yoga books, mats and wellness products also available. Kids yoga for ages 4 and above. RMB 400 for a four-week session. Mon-Thu 7.15am-9.30pm, Fri-Sun 7.15am-8pm. Fri-Sun 7.15am-8pm. 6/F, 17 Gongti Beilu (across from the north gate of Workers’ Stadium), Chaoyang District. (6413 0774, www. 瑜珈苑, 朝阳区工体北路17号6 层工人体育场北门对面

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The Circuit The Circuit is a chance to sneak a peek at what’s happening on the family and school scene. Want to see your event on these pages? Send an email with the date of your past event and a brief description to by June 9. Hilton Beijing Capital Airport Holds Star of Love Charity Auction Dinner On April 2, Hilton Beijing Capital Airport hosted more than 200 guests for a charity auction dinner that raised over RMB 300,000 for the Stars and Rain Education Institute for Autism.

BSB Wins ACAMIS Gold Division Soccer Tournament From April 18-20, The British School of Beijing won both the boys’ and girls’ divisions of the ACAMIS Gold Division Soccer Tournament at its Shunyi campus. The school was also hosting the event.

photos: courtesy of hilton beijing capital airport and bsb



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The Circuit BISS Takes Old Beijing Field trip On April 17, Grade 9 and 10 students from Beijing BISS International School visited the Capital Museum of China to see an exhibition about old Beijing folk customs. Displays touched on traditional Chinese weddings, the ceremony of longevity, folk theater, and commercial practices.

photos: courtesy of biss and ycis beijing

YCIS Seniors Pose for the Camera On April 25, Year 13 students from Yew Chung International School of Beijing enjoyed a pre-graduation photo-shoot.

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The Circuit Side by Side Gets Gardening In April, Side by Side started a spring gardening project with lots of herbs, vegetables, and flowers. Students Dominic, Eric and Max helped purchase seedlings and flowers, as well as preparing and planting the garden.

Fun at The Children’s House On April 25, students at The Children’s House International Montessori Kindergarten had a fun day of dressing up, blowing bubbles and painting their faces.

photos: courtesy of side by side and the children’s house



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Earth Day at YWITEC On April 22, Yew Wah K4 students went to Chaoyang Park for Earth Day. Students brought handmade bird’s nests to put in trees, watered the grass and drew a long picture showing ways to protect the environment.

photos: courtesy of ywitec and isb

ISB Performs Shakespeare Outdoors From April 18-20, high school students from International School of Beijing performed Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night in the elementary school’s outdoor playground.

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The Circuit Rego Fires Up the Grill On April 21, Beijing Rego British School organized a barbecue for students, parents and prospective families. Highlights include a bouncy castle, a barbecue buffet, balloon animals, painting, tug o’ war, and diabolos.

Daystar Earth Day FUNraiser On April 28, students, parents, teachers, and staff from Daystar Academy participated in a student-run Earth Day FUNraiser that raised RMB 34,404 to support the school’s environmental programs.

photos: courtesy of rego and daystar



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Flux Film Festival Awards Ceremony at BCIS On April 27, the second annual Flux Film Festival awards ceremony was held at Beijing City International School with more than 250 people in attendance. The festival received over 100 film entries from more than 150 student filmmakers aged 8-18 from nine different schools.

photos: courtesy of bcis and anric

AnRic LMR Visits National Museum of China On March 8, AnRic Little Montessori Room took students to the National Museum of China. Parent volunteers organized a mini treasure hunt in which kids searched the museum for objects depicted in photos.

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The Circuit Sports Beijing Receives Basketball Stars On May 5, NBA stars James Donaldson, Martin Keane and Kevin Orlando Graves visited the Sports Beijing Home League Basketball program to give the kids some tips on how to improve their game.

CISB Students Visit National Film Museum On May 10, Grade 4 students from the Canadian International School of Beijing visited the National Film Museum. They learned about animation, movie sets, filming techniques, light and sound effects, costumes, and props – and even starred in their own movie.

photos: courtesy of sports beijing and cisb



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WAB Hosts APAC Soccer Tournament From April 18-20, The Western Academy of Beijing once again became champions while hosting the APAC Soccer 2013 tournament. Six schools from around Asia took part in the event, which was kicked off by performers and guest players from the Shunyi Special School.

photos: courtesy of wab and dcb

Sports Day at Dulwich Early Years On May 2, Dulwich Early Years students, parents and teachers had lots of fun at the annual Sports Day at DCB’s Riviera campus.

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The Circuit Roundabout Book Fair at 3e On May 11, 3e International School opened its doors to the wider Beijing community by hosting a Roundabout book sale with raised funds totaling RMB 2,100.

BIBA Sports Day On April 26, students, staff and families from Beijing International Bilingual Academy enjoyed a morning of sporting and fun at the annual Sports Day.

photos: courtesy of 3e and biba



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That’s Mandarin Attends ISB Summer Fair On May 11, the That’s Mandarin team attended the International School of Beijing’s summer fair and set up a shadow puppet craft area with raffle prizes.

photos: courtesy of that’s mandarin and felix photography studio

Counting Sheep Opens in Indigo On April 21, Counting Sheep opened its second branch at Indigo Mall. Entertainment included balloon artist John Watkins, MicroScooters for the kids to ride on, a photo booth, and refreshments for all.

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Family Favorites Favorite Day Trips Panjiayuan Market, early morning visits to the Temple of Heaven, or parts of the Great Wall

Favorite Family Restaurants The Orchard, Grandma’s Kitchen, Mrs. Shanen’s, Element Fresh, and Sichuan Yaodianzi Restaurant at Wanke City Garden are all very family-friendly.

Favorite Places to Shop Furniture shopping at Radiance, Tong Run Furniture, George’s Lamps, and Beijing’s various flower markets. The new Indigo Mall makes shopping for kids a lot easier – but everyone needs the occasional day of bartering at Yashow Market.

Weekend Activities There is always something on at ISB; it’s our one stop for entertainment. We also make a day out of going to Megabox Cinema at Sanlitun Village. If you enjoy sports like us, there is usually a pick-up game or league to get involved in: pilates, yoga, touch rugby, Heyrobics – you can find it all in Beijing.

Family Rituals Every Friday is pizza and movie night. We also head to Capital Community Church on Sundays.

Favorite Snacks Ice cream from Baskin Robbins at Pinnacle Plaza, smoothies from Element Fresh, chai lattes at Blue Mango, and the sticky rice and red bean dessert at Yaodianzi.

Kids Beg Us to Go Both girls love to swim; they’re with Aqua Warriors. The Grand Hyatt has a great indoor pool.

The Sadek Family photo by VivaXiao Photography Studio Josh and Tifani Sadek are originally from Lakeville, Minnesota, where they both attended high school and university. They are both teachers at International School of Beijing. Josh teaches middle school math and science, while Tifani teaches high school health and physical education. They have two daughters: Taylor (age 9) and Jasmine (age 7). The Sadeks have lived in La Paz, Bolivia and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and have called Beijing home for the past seven years. Sijia Chen



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Date Night Houhai is great; you never have to do or eat the same thing twice. Sanlitun Village is easy and has plenty of restaurants to choose from. We’ve also taken advantage of some of the natural hot springs near Shunyi, like Zhongjia Hot Spring.

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