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September 2013

Go West, Young Family Science and culture in Fuchengmen Extra Credit Support for learning disorders

Top of the Class

Balancing screen time and common adjustment issues

Straight from the Horse’s Mouth Kids sound off on equestrian sports

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

Go West, Young Family Science and culture in Fuchengmen Extra Credit Support for learning disorders

Straight from the Horse’s Mouth Kids sound off on equestrian sports

Top of the Class

Balancing screen time and common adjustment issues

September 2013 Contents




Feature 52

A Matter of Adjustment

Dining 24

Dealing with back-to-school obstacles


Taking a Long, Hard Look at Screen Time

Bling it up at Russian restaurant Dacha


Balancing electronic media at home

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


Food for Thought Homemade pancakes from Kerry Hotel, Beijing

Living 15

Dining Out

On the Blog


Choosing a tutor for your child




Community news and announcements


Indulge Wendy Chow gets a rocking new look at TATA


Talking Shop US toy giant Toys “R” Us makes a splash in Beijing


What’s Fun In History, religion, and culture in Fuchengmen

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Family Travels Lei Cheng’s women-only, multi-generational trip to the US WAB student Freda Zhao road trips to Inner Mongolia

Playing Outside

The benefits of horseback riding for kids

Birthday Bash Go to eight-pin heaven at SMJ Bowling Club

Health 22

The Natural Path


The Doc Is In

Feed your child’s brain, says Melissa Rodriguez Dr. Richard Saint Cyr considers the safest source of milk

Learning 40

The Roundtable Beijing City International School teens crack down on smoking


Blank Canvas Artwork by the American International Academy of Beijing


Going the Dys-tance Finding support for learning disorders

September 2013 Contents




Parenting 48

Beijing Baba Christopher Lay is confused by all the graduations


Alternate Routes Jennifer Ambrose on the life of a homeschooled Beijinger


Directories 62 65 67 70 73 75 80 83

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

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


The Circuit


Happenings in the Beijing family scene

Mark Boupo (age 4) is of Russian-Gabonese descent, but has lived in Beijing since he was two months old. Besides Mandarin, he speaks Russian, English, and French. Mark is crazy about soccer, but also has an interest in space and hopes to build a rocket when he’s older. Although his school plans were unconfirmed at the time of print, his parents hope he will attend the Canadian International School of Beijing after a short trip to Canada with his family. Mark also has a younger sister called Melissa (almost 2). Photo by Mishka Family Photography.

Map 87

Subway Map

Say hello to Beijing’s smallest


Family Favorites The Sutton Family

Correction: In the June 2013 issue of beijingkids, Talking Shop (p15) mistakenly listed a children’s cooking class as taking place at Hilton Beijing Wangfujing. Though the latter does offer a cooking class, the prices listed actually apply to Hilton Beijing Capital Airport.


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Editor's Note

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y now, my school days have beome a largely impressionistic jumble of images distorted by time and memory. Moments both large and small stand out from the haze, like the time my Grade 4 teacher found a boy named Ziyad in the broom closet devouring a box of Christmas cookies meant for the entire class. Her invectives bounced off him like toy arrows as he continued cramming them in his mouth. (Years later, we would work at the same student newspaper together in university.) However, there are two integral parts of school that I remember with relative clarity: Teachers and first loves. The latter were usually short-lived (and best reserved for another editor’s note), but a number of teachers have shaped my life in deep and lasting ways. My first GILT (Great, Influential Life-Changing Teacher) was Gilles Dubois, my Grade 5 homeroom teacher in Montreal. He was a wildhaired bachelor in his mid-50s who lived in a house in the woods and kept four dogs. Gilles was the kind of man who would find a family of mice living in his oven and allow them to stay because he couldn’t bear to throw them out into the cold. He would launch into monologues about the importance of nature and being good to each other – then when the bell rang, he’d realize he’d forgotten to give out homework for the day. In spite of his loopier qualities, Gilles was a passionate teacher who scrawled long, thoughtful responses in my notebooks. Grade 5 coincided with the onset of puberty – an especially awkward time for me, as I’d shot up over the summer to become the tallest girl. I reacted by developing a bad slouch and burying my nose in books. This didn’t escape Gilles. One day, he gently took me aside and said: “I know it can be hard, but you are a talented student who has every reason to stand tall.” I was too embarrassed to say anything, but my slouch had mysteriously disappeared by the beginning of Grade 6. Six years later, I met my second GILT at the American International School of Guangzhou. Where Gilles was dreamy and absent-minded, Donna Spisso was shrewd and demanding. There were only about eight of us in her Grade 11 AP English Language and Composition class, but

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we were all terrified of her. Ms. Spisso systematically excised the fat from our bloated prose, tearing us down to build us back up again. She taught us that messy thoughts led to messy writing and showed us the unique satisfaction that came with precise word choice. We began to thrive under Ms. Spisso’s tutelage, but I was becoming apprehensive about the future. I resigned myself to the fact that visual arts would probably not be a viable career, but I also couldn’t see myself pursung a degree in English. One day, Ms. Spisso asked: “Have you ever thought about journalism?” I hadn’t. She introduced me to the works of Jan Wong, a Chinese-Canadian journalist and former foreign correspondent for the Globe and Mail. At the end of the Cultural Revolution, Wong had been one of only two foreign students allowed to study at Peking University. Since then, she’d led a tumultuous and sometimes controversial career. At 16, I found her writing to be brash and meditative by turns – but always thought-provoking. Halfway through the year, I learned that my family was moving back to Canada. When I went to say goodbye to Ms. Spisso, she surprised me by folding me into a bear hug. Her parting words were simple: “Keep writing.” And I have. But before that, another teacher had to show me how to stand tall. Here’s hoping your kids will meet their Gilles or Ms. Spisso this year.

Sijia Chen Managing Editor September 2013





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4 5 6 10 1213 17 181920 2324 26 1 2 3 4 Beijing Well-Being Seminar for Newcomers

For adults. Recently arrived in Beijing? Head to Vista Clinic to learn about common health issues in Beijing. See Sep 4 listing.

Free Kids Martial Arts Weekend

Ages 7-12. Kids are introduced to the Black Tiger Mixed Martial Arts System, a combination of Muay Thai, karate, jiujitsu, and kung fu. See Sep 6 listing.

INN Trekkie: Nanluogu Xiang

Mooncake Making Cooking Class

For adults. OASIS International Hospital hosts a series of multilingual talks on the charged topic of air pollution. See Sep 10 listing.

For adults. INN’s most popular monthly event takes adventuresome Trekkers to a new destination every month. See Sep 12 listing

Ages 3+. Learn how to make your own mooncakes with your kids at That’s Mandarin. See Sep 13 listing.

Kitchen and Home Remedies for Family Wellness

Moon Festival 2013 At Xu Xian Lou

1st Beijing Sailing Center Open Regatta

All ages. Kids can make their own mooncakes while gifts and vouchers from Art Bug Beijing are given out. See Sep 17 listing.

For adults. This two-hour lecture teaches you how to use common herbs and spices for family wellness. See Sep 18 listing.

All ages. Enjoy a family Moon Festival feast at Xu Xian Lou. See Sep 19 listing.

Ages 7+. Beijing Sailing Center hosts the first-ever Beijing Sailing Center Open Regatta with three age classes. See Sep 20 listing.

For moms. This ongoing community group is open to all moms of children aged 0-5. See Sep 23 listing.

For adults. Dr. StephenClaude Hyatt covers AD/HD and Aspergers Syndrome, common diagnosis criteria, atrisk children, and treatments. See Sep 24 listing.

Parentcraft: Nutrition

For adults. These acclaimed classes by International SOS help parents and parentsto-be understand baby and children’s. See Sep 26 listing.

October National Holiday

Play at Dacha

Check Out Toys “R” Us

Today is the start of the October holiday. Stuck in town? Live vicariously through other families in Family Travels (p32).

All ages. New Russian restaurant Dacha has a seriously cool collection of toys, including a mini-car that kids can drive around. See Dining Out (p24).

All ages. This US toy giant has come to Beijing! Just don’t blame us when your kids refuse to leave. See Talking Shop (p20).

2013 September

Templo Do Samba Percussion Workshop For teens and adults. Try out Templo Do Samba, a Brazilian Samba percussion and dance. See Ongoing listings.

photos: courtesy of richard liu, fotopedia, flickr users buzzymelibee, savara_gallery, timquijano, criminalintent, and norma bisbal

Mid-Autumn Festival Activity by Art Bug Beijing

Developmental Realities for Children


Horseback riding isn’t for everyone, but it can have amazing benefits for kids. To find out more, see Playing Outside (p36).

OASIS Pollution Awareness Week

MOPS (Moms of Preschoolers)


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Roundabout Mega Book Sale

All ages. Find tons of deeply discounted children’s books, paperbacks, and hard covers at The British School of Beijing, Sanlitun. See Sep 7 listing

UCCA Touching Art History Series: Pixel Art

Free Treasure Hunt Trip by Art Bug and CIIC

Ages 2-12. Art Bug Beijing and CIIC host a fun and free wild goose chase for treasure hunters. See Sep 8 listing

Great Aussie BBQ

Ages 7-12. Kids use the concept of a computer pixel to create physical art. See Sep 14 listing.

All ages. Send off the last days of summer with another Great Aussie BBQ featuring face painting, a bouncy castle, a craft area, and more. See Sep 15 listing.

Urban Beekeeping by Shangrila Farms

Beijing Playhouse Auditions: Wizard of Oz

Ages 3+. Learn all about urban beekeeping and taste the goodness of natural honeycomb. See Sep 21 listing.

Ages 6-14. Is your kid a ham? Have them try out for Beijing Playhouse’s next Christmas musical comedy. See Sep 22 listing.

2013 Beijing Hope Run

Justin Bieber Beijing Concert

All ages. This annual 10km charity run/walk raises money for cancer research. Families are welcome to stroll, run, or rollerblade. See Sep 28 listing.

Ages 7+. Heartthrob Justin Bieber comes to Beijing as part of his Believe world tour. See Sep 29 listing.

Hutong and Lama Temple Adventure

Venture to (in Fuchengmen Little Jeep Chinese)

All ages. This unconventional tour uncovers hutong life, including why Lama Temple monks prefer the thigh bones of criminals. See Ongoing listings.

All ages. neverJeep ventured For ages Bet’ve The Little is the to Fuchengmen. And yet,the there’s Chinese version of Thomas Tank Enhistory, religion,only. geology, good gine. In Chinese See Jan 1 listin eats, and local markets to be had. Go west with What’s Fun In (p28).

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Eat Mooncakes for Mid-Autumn Festival Also known as the Moon Festival, this year Mid-Autumn Festival falls on September 19-21. There are mooncakes to suit every palette, but popular fillings in northern China include egg yolk (danhuang, 蛋黄) and lotus paste (lianrong, 莲蓉). Buy them everywhere from Starbucks to celebrated local chain Dao Xiang Cun (稻香村) or make your own (see Events on p12 for listings).


Escape for the National Day Holiday One of China’s “Golden Weeks,” National Day (国庆节) runs from October 1-7 and is one of the country’s most important holidays. If you’re willing to brave the crowds, check out the military parade and fireworks at Tian’anmen Square. Otherwise, there are always day trips or weekend trips. From leisure walks in Huairou to sightseeing around Tianjin (pictured left) or Pan Shan, getting away doesn’t have to be expensive or complicated. For ideas, check out the “Play” section of our website at

Started 15 years ago as the Terry Fox Run by the Canadian Embassy, the Beijing Hope Run is an annual charity run/walk that raises money for cancer research. Attracting thousands of participants annually, families are welcome to run, stroll, or rollerblade the full 10km at Chaoyang Park on September 28. For details, see Events (p12).


Throw a Shrimp on the Great Aussie BBQ Say goodbye to summer with the annual Great Aussie BBQ on September 15. Organized by AustCham, the barbecue is open to all and features barbecued goodies from China World Hotel. Beverages, sweet treats, face painting, a bouncy castle, a craft area, and an Australian football game are also on the menu. Free shuttle buses will be picking up attendees from the CBD. For details, see Events (p12).


Pick Your Own Fruits and Veggies Arguably the most pleasant months to be in Beijing, September and October are also harvest season. Take advantage by gathering friends and family, then heading to local farms like Agrilandia, Little Donkey Organic Farm, De Run Wu, and Green Cow Organic Farm in Huairou and Changping to pick your own fruits and vegetables. See Directories under Family Life (Organic Farms) for listings.



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Join the 2013 Beijing Hope Run

Top 10 Essentials Uncover Gems at Roundabout’s Mega Book Sale

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The Roundabout Mega Book Sale will be held at The British School of Beijing, Shunyi on September 7, with various genres and languages of books to choose from. Children’s books will be priced from RMB 1, paperbacks from RMB 10, and hard covers from RMB 20. All proceeds will be used to help children in need. For details, see Events (p12).

Attend Pollution Awareness Week OASIS International Hospital hosts OASIS Pollution Awareness Week from September 10-14 to tackle the thorny subject of air pollution. Specialists Dr. Sonia Jutard Bourreau, Dr. Mijke Vankan and Dr. Wang Yan will give talks and presentations in English, Chinese, French, and Japanese. For more information, see Events (p12).

Join an Army of “Beliebers”

Lock up your daughters! On September 29, Canadian teen pop sensation Justin Beiber will be landing at the Mastercard Center in Wukesong as part of his Believe world tour. He’ll be performing material from his third album Believe released in 2012. For details, see Events (p12).

Let Oktoberfest Come to You

The Munich Oktoberfest embarks on its first tour of Beijing in its 200year history at the Beijing’s Olympic Park from September 6-21. Visitors can experience a full range of authentic traditional beers and food from Germany, with Bavarian music and dance performances. For more information, see Events (p12).

Say “Yes” to a Spot of Honey

Find out what all the buzz is about with Shangrila Farms’ new urban beekeeping program. This month’s session takes place on September 21 and teaches participants (ages 3 and up) everything they need to know about the humble honey bee and how to keep their own bee boxes. For more details, see Events (p12).

September 2013




Essentials Events Playing




Wed, Sep 4 Beijing Well-Being Seminar for Newcomers For adults. Recently arrived in Beijing? Vista Clinic’s Gigi Yuen discusses adapting to your new environment, IQ Air teaches participants about air pollution and how to protect your family, and Health Coach Alice Giusto gives nutrition advice. RSVP required. Free. 10.30am-noon. Vista Medical Center (8529 6618, kate@vista-china. net)

Fri, Sep 6 Free Kids Martial Arts Weekend Ages 7-12. Learn the Black Tiger Mixed Martial Arts system, a combination of Muay Thai, karate, jiu-jitsu and kung fu. All classes are taught in English by international coaches. RSVP required. Free. 4-5pm. Black Tiger Fight Club (139 1071 2576, info@blacktigerclub. com)

Sat, Sep 7 Roundabout Mega Book Sale All ages. The British School of Beijing, Shunyi hosts the Roundabout Mega Book Sale with various genres and languages to choose from. Children’s books will be priced from RMB 1, paperbacks from RMB 10, and hard covers from RMB 20. All proceeds will be used to help children in need. Free. 10am-3pm. The British School of Beijing, Shunyi (8047 3588, www.

UCCA Touching Nature Series: Leaves Photo Frame Ages 7-12. UCCA teaches children to make a photo frame and decorate it with leaves of different shapes, sizes and colors. Registration required. RMB 100. 10-11.30am. Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (5780 0200, visitor@

Free Mixed Martial Arts Weekend Ages 13-18. These 1.5-hour MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) classes taught from a striker’s perspective are designed especially for teens. Participants learn a complete martial arts system, total body conditioning regimen, and effective self-defense program. Reservations required. Free. 10.30am-noon. Black Tiger Fight Club (139 1071 2576, info@blacktigerclub. com)

Free Treasure Hunt Trip by Art Bug and CIIC Ages 2-12. Art Bug and CIIC host a treasure hunt trip for existing members and newcomers alike. Creativity, speed and fun are needed to fulfill the tasks


required to move on to the next stage. Medals are given out after completing missions to open the treasure box. Registration required. Free. 10amnoon. Art Bug (5900 0270, www.

UCCA Premiere: A Story of Children and Film For adults. UCCA hosts the Asian premiere a documentary A Story of Children and Film. It’s a passionate, poetic portrait of the adventures of childhood as seen through 53 great films from 25 countries. This documentary is an “infantile” sequel to the 15-hour long The Story of Film: An Odyssey. Prices TBA. 4.30-6.30pm. Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (5780 0200,

Tue, Sep 10

Readers are encouraged to double-check event details with the organizers, as dates and locations may change. Free Kids Martial Arts Weekend See Sep 6 listing.

OASIS Pollution Awareness Week See Sep 10 listing.

Sat, Sep 14 UCCA Touching Art History Series: Pixel Art Ages 7-12. If we magnify a picture on the computer, what will we see? Pixels. Children will make art by taking pixels of the computer context and making unique pictures in the real world. RMB 100. 10-11.30am. Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (5780 0200, visitor@

Free Martial Arts Weekend See Sep 7 listing.

OASIS Pollution Awareness Week

OASIS Pollution Awareness Week

For adults. From Sep 10-14, OASIS International Hospital hosts OASIS Pollution Awareness Week, in which specialists Drs. Jutard Bourreau, Vankan and Wang give talks and presentations on the charged topic of air pollution in Beijing. The talks are held in English (Tue and Sat), Chinese (Wed), French (Thu) and Japanese (Fri). Reservations required. Free. 10am-noon. OASIS International Hospital (English and French: 156 5264 7536,; Chinese and Japanese: 131 2151 0975,

See Sep 10 listing.

Wed, Sep 11 OASIS Pollution Awareness Week See Sep 10 listing.

Thu, Sep 12 INN Trekkie: Nanluo Guxiang For adults. INN’s most popular monthly event takes new and old adventuresome Trekkers on a new destination every month. INN Trekkies are usually held during the second week of each month. Registration required by Sep 10. 9:30am-2pm. International Newcomers’ Network (8486 2225 ext 110, innbeijing@

OASIS Pollution Awareness Week See Sep 10 listing.

Fri, Sep 13 Mooncake Making Cooking Class

Sun, Sep 8



Ages 3+. That’s Mandarin hosts a mooncake making cooking class for parents and children conducted entirely in Mandarin. Open to the public. Adults must accompany their children to this event. RMB 80. 7-9pm. That’s Mandarin (5218 6432, info@

2013 September

Sun, Sep 15

pepper is an excellent coagulant that doesn’t cause any painful burning sensations? This and many more common herbs and spices are traditional herbal medicines. This two-hour lecture looks at the cultural background and history, practical applications, and preparation methods. Free. 10am-noon. OASIS International Hospital (876 2747,

Thu, Sep 19 Moon Festival 2013 at Xu Xian Lou All ages. Celebrate Moon Festival with a feast prepared by Master Chef Luo. This year, two special celebratory set menus have been designed to suit a family of four or just for couples. RMB 1,400/family and RMB 700/couple. 11am-10.30pm. Xu Xian Lou (6551 8812,

Fri, Sep 20 1st Beijing Sailing Center Open Regatta

All ages. Send off the last days of summer with another Great Aussie BBQ. Organized by AustCham, the barbecue is open to all and catered by China World Hotel. Beverages, sweet treats, face painting, a bouncy castle, a craft area, and an Australian football game are also in store. Free shuttle buses are available from the CBD. RMB 150/person, RMB 100 for AustCham members. 11am-5pm. Dulwich College Beijing (6595 9252,

Ages 7+. Beijing Sailing Center hosts the first Beijing Sailing Center Open Regatta during Mid-Autumn Festival at its base in Beidaihe. Racers are divided into three fleets by age, with every fleet completing preliminary and final races. All racers must hold a IYT Bronze Level 1 certificate or equivalent, while boats, wetsuits and safety equipment are all provided. Registration required. RMB 600/person, RMB 300 for members. 9am-10pm. Beijing Sailing Center (6424 8713,

Mrs. Vickers’ Knickers: A Special Story Time Event with Kara Lebihan

Aligning Head and Heart: 2-Day Course with Cameron Tukapua

Ages 3-7. Mrs. Vickers’ Knickers have some wild and extraordinary adventures, but will they ever find their way back home again? The Bookworm hosts story time with author Kara Lebihan as she shares her story with hilarious twists and turns and whimsical illustrations. RMB 50. 11amnoon. The Bookworm (6586 9507,

For adults. Yoga Yard’s Cameron Tukapua offers a two-day course with the aim of teaching yoga practices linked to body, heart and mind integration. 7-8pm. Yoga Yard (6413 0774,

Great Aussie BBQ

Tue, Sep 17 Mid-Autumn Festival Activity by Art Bug Beijing All ages. Fancy something special during Mid-Autumn Festival? Children can make their own moon cakes, while gifts and vouchers are given during the event. Registration required. Free. 4-6pm. Art Bug (5900 0270, www.

Wed, Sep 18 Kitchen and Home Remedies for Family Wellness For adults. Did you know that cayenne

Sat, Sep 21 Urban Beekeeping by Shangrila Farms Ages 3+. Do you want to taste real honey that you harvest yourself? Urban beekeeping is a great opportunity to better understand bees and the food they produce. Shangrila Farms offers a beekeeping program that introduces interested parties to the practice. Reservations required. RMB 150/person. 11am-12.30pm. Shangrila Farms (136 9113 9547, safi@ shangrilafarms)

1st Beijing Sailing Center Open Regatta See Sep 20 listing

Aligning Head and Heart: 2-Day Course with Cameron Tukapua See Sep 20 listing

Sun, Sep 22 Beijing Playhouse Auditions: Wizard of Oz Ages 3+. Twenty adult and 10 child actors and singers are needed for this munchkinized Christmas musical comedy produced by Beijing Playhouse. Be prepared for a zany new twist on a classic story! Free to attend. 6.30-8pm. The British School of Beijing, Sanlitun (8047 3588,

Mon, Sep 23

for Children For adults. Dr. Stephen-Claude Hyatt, Head of the Mental Health and Counseling Department at International SOS covers topics like AD/HD and Aspergers Syndrome, common diagnosis criteria, at-risk children, and treatments. Dr. Hyatt also goes over some types of learning disabilities and challenges that children can face. Registration required. Free. 10-11.30am. International SOS (6462 9112,

Thu, Sep 26

MOPS (Moms of Preschoolers)

Parentcraft: Nutrition

For moms. The Moms of Preschoolers (MOPS) group is starting up again; all moms with kids from 0-5 years of age are welcome to join. This is a place to experience authentic community and personal growth, and pick up parenting tips. Children are also able to play, learn, and interact in the Moppets preschool program. Moms are also welcome to attend without their kids. MOPS meets on the second and fourth Monday of the month. Free. 10amnoon. Beijing International Christian Fellowship (

For adults. Facilitated by Dr. Stephanie Teoh and International SOS’ team of child specialists, this eight-week series of classes provides parents and parentsto-be with an in-depth understanding of baby and children’s needs. Free. 10amnoon. International SOS (6462 9112,

Beijing Playhouse Auditions: Wizard of Oz See Sep 22 listing

Tue, Sep 24 Developmental Realities

Sat, Sep 28 2013 Beijing Hope Run All ages. Started 15 years ago as the Terry Fox Run by the Canadian Embassy, the Beijing Hope Run is an annual charity run/walk that raises money for cancer research. Attracting thousands of participants yearly, families are welcome to run, stroll, or rollerblade the 10km path at Chaoyang Park. To donate, simply drop your money into one of the many donation

boxes available on the day of the run or contact the organizers to enquire about larger sums. Free to attend. 9am-noon. Chaoyang Park (Rose Gao: 8778 8232,

UCCA Children’s Artist Workshop: Dance Together Ages 7-12. Tino Sehgal’s work invites participants and interpreters to dance together with the melody and try to interpret the integration of their mind and their body’s movement. Reservation required. Prices TBA. 10-11.30am. Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (5780 0200, visitor@

Sun, Sep 29 Justin Bieber Beijing Concert Age 7+. Teenage heartthrob Justin Bieber comes to Beijing as part of his Believe world tour. RMB 580-1,380. 8-10pm. MasterCard Center Wukesong Arena (6828 6386)

Ongoing Templo Do Samba Percussion Workshop For teens and adults. Templo Do Samba was founded in Beijing in May 2006 as the only performance and teaching team of Brazilian Samba percussion music and dance. For four years, Templo Do Samba has been forming percussion groups made up entirely of amateurs. RMB 80 per class. 7.45-9.45pm. Ullens Center for

Contemporary Art (5780 0200, www.

Parentcraft: Super Sleepers For adults. Until November 7, Dr. Stephanie Teoh and a team of child specialists host an eight-week series on sleep problems for different age groups. Topics include how to change poor sleep habits. Registration required. RMB 100/session, free for International SOS members. 10amnoon. International SOS (6462 9112,

Oktoberfest in Beijing All ages. From September 6-21, the Munich Oktoberfest embarks on its first tour of Beijing in its 200-year history. Visitors can experience a full range of authentic traditional beers and food from Germany, with Bavarian music and dance performances. RMB 10 admission. Beijing Olympic Park (8437 7261,, www.

Hutong and Lama Temple Adventure All ages. Find out why the Mongolians built Beijing’s first hutongs, see what traditional Beijingers get up to when they think nobody is looking, and discover why the monks of the Lama Temple prefer the thigh bones of criminals. All this, plus table tennis with the locals, a visit to the Lama Temple, a rickshaw ride, and more. Advance booking required. RMB 260/ adult, RMB 130 for kids under 14. Every Fri (10am-noon), Wed and Sat (2-4pm). Nanluoguxiang Station (138 1777 0229,

September 2013



Essentials New Arrivals

o t o l l e H Say t s e l l a m S Beijing’s

Saskia Levina dricks Aulicino-Hn.en Born on Oct 14 to

American/South Africa an Hendricks at Janice Aulicino and Bri Hospital. Beijing United Family

Nigel Rui Powell

American/Chinese. Born on Jul 13 to Rui Zhao and Jeffery Scott Powell at OASIS International Hospital.



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Nico Schroeder

German. Born on May 23 to Yanyan Xing and Michael Schroeder at Amcare Women’s and Children’s Hospital.

Yasmin Rom eih

Russian. Born on Jul 20 to Ka terina and Khaldoun Rom eih at Amcare Women’s and Children’s Hospital.

Want to share your new arrival with our readers? Email a photo (at least 1MB in size) of your little one with his or her full name, nationality, birth date, hospital, and parents’ names to Due to space constraints, we can only publish photos of babies born in Beijing after March 1, 2013.

Guanbo Li

Chinese. Born on Aug 5 to Li Pan and Haoqian Li at New Centu ry Women’s and Children’s Hospital.

Yanxi Wu

23 to Weiwei Guo and Chinese. Born on May Union Medical College ing Huanyu Wu at Pek Hospital.

On the Blog Living

Teach Me More: Advice on Choosing a Tutor


arents seek out the services of a tutor for a variety of reasons. Extra tutoring may be prompted by difficulty with a specific subject, competition for school placements, a recommendation by the classroom teacher, or simply an inability for busy parents to schedule sufficient learning reinforcement at home. In order to deliver the best results, parents should be clear about their goals. Those who wish to encourage engagement with a particular subject may choose a tutor who emphasizes fun and play, whereas exam-focused students will benefit from similarly results-oriented tutors. A tutor who focuses on helping a student to catch up may be very different from one geared toward academic competition. However, whatever the individual motive behind extra tutoring, some end goals remain constant: improving confidence, developing proficiency, and delivering academic results. Tutoring can represent a significant investment for parents in both time and money. The tutoring industry is experiencing world-wide growth, especially across Asia. Extra tutoring is often viewed as an obligatory performance enhancer; however parents need to exercise caution. Hiring a tutor can sometimes be a knee-jerk reaction to study patterns within the child’s peer group, and a kind of “keeping up with the Joneses” can take hold. Over-tutoring can result in detrimental effects to a child’s socialization, and result in a self-image centered purely on academic excellence. In addition, too much tuition can be totally counter-productive; children can become burnt-out and turned off from the very goals their parents have set for them.

Where to Find a Tutor The four methods for finding a tutor are: • Through a program at the child’s school • On the recommendation of a parent or teacher • By contacting a tuition agency • By responding directly to a private tutor’s advert

photo: tulane public relations (flickr)

What to Look For a) Qualifications and experience Do your homework! Make sure you are satisfied with both the tutor’s qualifications and experience. Ideally, the tutor should be a qualified teacher and have ample experience teaching children in the same age range as your child. Preferably, the tutor should have experience not just teaching, but tutoring specifically. Classroom instruction and one-to-one teaching can involve different skills. Regardless of how you find your tutor, they should be able to provide you with evidence of their qualifications. There are plenty of unqualified tutors in Beijing, especially in the spoken English arena. Many of them may be gifted teachers, but if a tutor is unqualified, you should investigate their experience and references more thoroughly. An upcoming post will specifically look at vetting and choosing English tutoring services in greater detail.

signing contracts. The change in the law means that all would-beteachers entering China after July 1 with the correct paperwork must have a clean criminal record. Teachers transferring within China will also be required to submit a criminal background report. However, teachers who entered China before July 1, if they stay in their current province, will not be required to undergo a criminal background check. Parents may wish to consider asking potential tutors to see a copy of their criminal background check. c) References Even if the tutor comes recommended, it’s a good idea to ask for references. If possible, talk to a variety of other parents about their experience. This is a good opportunity to gain information not just on that particular tutor, but also on tutoring in general – particularly its potential pitfalls and advantages. You might also quiz the prospective tutor about particular success stories with previous students, and ask to speak to those parents specifically. d) Teaching style Some children respond best to repetition, some to movement and play, some to listening and music, and others to reading and writing. Classroom teachers cater to multiple individual learning styles by covering all the bases, but molding their predominant style around what works best for the overall group. A private tutor has the freedom to tailor their interactions and content to maximize your child’s learning. Before hiring a tutor, talk to them about how they adapt their style to each student to provide the best learning experience possible. You should be watching out for signs that the tutor is passionate about teaching and flexible in their approach. e) Lesson planning Every tutor should have a plan to find, categorize, and correct weaknesses in your child’s work. Talk to them about the techniques they employ. If you have explicit goals in mind (for example, obtaining a scholarship), discuss these with the tutor and have them provide you with a strategy and timeline for achieving your objectives.

b) Criminal background check A criminal background check was not a prerequisite for receiving a teacher’s work visa in China up until July 1 this year, although many schools were independently performing their own checks before

This article was modified from a post on by Aisling O’Brien entitled “Teach Me More: Choosing a Tutor.”

September 2013



Living Noticeboard

What’s Happening in Beijing

NCWCH Debuts LDR Facilities Last month, Beijing New Century Women’s and Children’s Hospital unveiled a new LDR (Labor-Delivery-Recovery) that allows pregnant women to complete the entire birthing process in the same room accompanied by family members if desired. The LDR unit includes LDR rooms, park view and lake view recovery rooms, and a VIP recovery suite. Features include an air purification system and an infant security system. Each child’s location will be consistently monitored; if they leave the secure LDR zone, an alarm will sound at the nurse’s station and on the mother’s phone, and doors to the unit will automatically lock. To find out more about NCWCH’s LDR unit, visit their website at

BCIS Appoints New Head of School

InterContinental Beijing Financial Street Recruits Deaf-Mute Students

YCIS Beijing Shows Off New Look Over the summer holiday, Yew Chung International School of Beijing completed renovations in all seven of its buildings, including classrooms, corridors, the student cafe and lounge, gym, playgrounds, cafeteria, and rooftop golf course. Changes began at the end of last year, when all classrooms were outfitted with IQ Air filters and IQ Air HVAC filters.



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Recently, InterContinental Beijing Financial Street recruited nine students from the Beijing Qiyin Deaf-Dumb School to its Human Resources and Food and Beverage departments. The move reinforces the hotel’s commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) issues and aims to build a platform for deaf-mute students to showcase their talents.

Beijing City International School is starting the year with a new head of school: Bill O’Hearn, the school’s former secondary school principal. O’Hearn replaces the now-retired Nick Bowley. O’Hearn will also serve as the superintendent of YueCheng Education (BCIS’ parent organization). After spending 30 years as a teacher and educational leader in US independent schools, O’Hearn joined BCIS in August 2012 with his wife, Andi O’Hearn, currently BCIS’ director of university counseling and enrollment management. Former Deputy Secondary School Principal Shawn Hutchinson will take over O’Hearn’s previous position as secondary school principal. Originally from Australia, he has held a variety of positions in secondary schools, including teacher, Head of Visual and Performing Arts, High School Principal, and Head of Secondary School in Singapore, Japan and Vietnam. Taking over in turn for Hutchinson is Allen Lambert, BCIS’ new deputy secondary school principal. He joined the school in August 2012 as a secondary math and English teacher. Prior to Beijing, he taught in Lebanon and France. Lambert holds a bachelor’s degree in Management and Communication, a Master’s degree in Teaching and Learning, and an additional Master’s degree in Education Management from Arizona State University.

Noticeboard Living Eliott’s Corner Expands Services in Shunyi, Wangjing, and Tianjin Last month, Eliott’s Corner added clinic sites in Shunyi and Wangjing and began to have therapists in Tianjin. In addition to its primary location at Kandu International, the center accepts appointments at the Shunyi-based Beijing New Century Harmony Pediatric Clinic and at New Century Women’s and Children’s Hospital. In Tianjin, Eliott’s Corner offers its services at local international schools, with one full-time senior therapist based in Tianjin and others going out for regular visits. In addition, the team at Eliott’s Corner is being rounded out by the addition of two new speech therapists and one new occupational therapist. To make an appointment, call Assistant General Manager Jill Zhang at 6461 6283 between 9am and 6pm, Monday through Friday or email For more info, visit

Keystone Academy’s Malcolm McKenzie Interviewed by Sina Education Keystone Academy Head of School Malcolm McKenzie was recently interviewed by Sina Education as part of its “Sina 2013 International School Headmasters Series.” During the interview, McKenzie shared his educational philosophy and ideals, and spoke about the school’s approach and education model. To watch the full interview, go to k8gnykg.

Ivy Academy Opens New Campus in CBD This month, Ivy Academy is bringing its award-winning program to the CBD. The new campus is located at the west gate of Central Park and is the second branch in Beijing after East Lake Villas. The new campus will have a children’s cooking classroom and a library stocked with books hand-picked by Ivy’s team of educators. Ivy Academy is now accepting applications for children of all nationalities between the ages of 2 and 6. For more information, call 5738 4599, email, or visit

photos: courtesy of keystone, TLC, ivy Academy, and BSB

TLC Welcomes New Middle and High School Language Arts Tutor The Learning Center (TLC) recently welcomed Emily Stranger, a certified English teacher (Grades 6-12) who also holds a science teaching certification for middle grades. After completing a BA in English at Columbus State University in 2006, Stranger got a Master’s degree in Education with an emphasis on English education. Over the course of her career in the US, she received numerous accolades both for her teaching and written work. During her last two years in the US, Stranger was responsible for countywide benchmark assessments and science curriculum maps. In her final year of service, she was also selected as Grade Level Curriculum Lead for her school, a position that involved overseeing language arts teachers and guiding discussions on new concepts in teaching methodology.

BSB Shunyi Unveils New Library The British School of Beijing, Shunyi started off the school year with a new library for its primary school. Construction took place over the summer and converted a large part of the school’s foyer into a library space. Features include custom-built bookshelves, computer banks, and a multi-use reading loft on the mezzanine level. According to Head of Primary Christian Bishop, the main idea behind the plan was to bring active learning to a central point in the school. “Any person entering the school’s main foyer will witness real learning taking place before their eyes as they are met by children engrossed in books, using technology and actively enquiring and learning,” says Bishop. “The tailor-made bookshelves and cosy reading spaces encourage children to pick up a book and build a lifelong love of reading.” September 2013



Living Indulge

Bring on Da Funk Wendy Chow

makes some noise

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Indulge Living

Get the Look:


Da Hua cut Wendy’s hair into a graduated A-line bob, knowing it would flatter her face shape. He cut the back shorter than the front to give the top volume and added a few layers for texture.

Wendy, before


endy Chow hasn’t had a lot of success getting a haircut she likes at Beijing’s local salons. A stay-at-home mom of two kids (ages 2 and 4) and co-founder of Paddington Puddings and Pies, Wendy felt as though she had lost touch with what’s trendy. On a sultry, summer day, Chow arrived at TATA, a salon at the north gate of Gongti that has a broad range of stylists with an equally diverse range of talents. Wendy put herself in the capable hands of Senior Stylist Da Hua, Technician I (Ed’s note: The technician’s name is “I”), and Makeup Artist Da Long. After six years of unflattering haircuts in Beijing, she was ready for a style that was current and adventurous, but flattering and easy to maintain. Wendy had some highlights done about three months prior, but was looking to pair a bright pop of color with a shorter, updated do. She and the stylists toyed with adding a chunk of bright brown or bright pink, but finally decided on a deep yet bright swath of violet. Wendy “totally loved” her new style, even more so because maintenance was relatively simple. Though her husband was nervous her hair would turnout too short, “He loves it,” she says. Ellis Friedman

TATA Daily 10am-9pm. Workers’ Stadium North Gate, Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District (8511 3880) 朝阳区工体北路工 人体育场北门

Makeup List • Pore minimizer: The Porefessional by Benefit • Foundation: Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation in 06 and 02 • Eyeliner: Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner in Black Ink 1 • Blush: MAC Pink Swoon Sheertone Blush and Shu Uemura M Pink 31 • Lip color: Christian Dior 323 Soft Coral Lipliner Pencil and MAC Frost Lipstick in Fabby


I, the technician, first bleached a chunk of hair on the right side of Wendy’s head. Then he added a rich black base all over Wendy’s hair, and finally painted Manic Panic’s Ultraviolet semi-permanent dye onto the bleached section.


Da Long started by prepping Wendy’s face with moisturizer and pore minimizer. He used two foundations. One was a few shades lighter than Wendy’s skin tone to highlight her T-zone and reduce undereye circles. He applied a foundation that matched her skin tone over the rest of her face and added concealer under her eyes. Da Long lined Wendy’s eyes with gel eyeliner, adding a wing on the end to lengthen the appearance of Wendy’s eyes. He applied natural eyeshadow colors, explaining that bright colors can age the face. After applying false eyelashes, he brushed on two shades of pink blush and finished by coloring Wendy’s lips with an orange-y red lip pencil and brushing a mauve-ish pink shade of lipstick on top.

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Living Talking Shop

Ahead of the Game Toys “R” Us doesn’t play around


very child loves receiving a new toy. At Toys “R” Us, kids aged 1 to 12 will not be disappointed. The US-based chain has several locations in Beijing, and we visited the largest one in Joy City Chaoyang. Located just off Qingnian Lu station on Line 6, Toys “R” Us is easily accessible by public transit. Although Toys “R” Us’ Chinese counterpart lacks a video game section like in the US, the store has lots of other toys at reasonable prices. It features a one-floor show room with different sections such

as “Babies ‘R’ Us,” “Girls’ Favorites,” “Boys, Action, and Adventure,” and “Family Fun and Games.” Toys “R” Us carries popular brands like Barbie, Lego, Hello Kitty, Disney, Bratz, and Marvel. Dolls, makeup kits, and princess dresses are popular with girls, while boys will like Hot Wheels, action figures, and Angry Birds games. The store also sells a wide variety of stuffed animals ranging from RMB 199 to 250. If you really want to wow a little Disney fan, the five-foot tall Stitch stuffed doll might do the trick. For younger children, the Bullseye Rock and Roll Rocking Horse inspired by the

Toy Story movies costs RMB 550 and art sets can be had for RMB 138 to 238. Moms and dads can also browse the selection of strollers starting at RMB 2,280. For finicky kids, Toys “R” Us has a table in the middle of the store where children can try out a toy before purchasing it. Emily Thomas Daily 10am-10pm. Shop 10, 5/F, Chaoyang Joy City, 101 Chaoyang Beilu, Chaoyang District (400 886 8828), 朝阳区朝阳北路 101号朝阳大悦城5F-1店铺

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2013 September

Birthday Bash Living

Strike! Team up and compete with friends at SMJ Bowling Club


photos: lova

ocated at Lido Place, SMJ Bowling Club (also known as Cosmic Bowling) is a great birthday venue for ages 8 and up. It has 20 bowling lanes and a pool table, with a maximum capacity of 160. For younger kids or those who don’t know how to bowl, fear not! There are support racks to help guide your ball to a strike. Tables and chairs are set up behind the lanes where team members and chaperones can sit and relax. The inner lanes are usually reserved for large parties and kids. At night, disco lights and loud music make for a funky atmosphere. Bowlers can bring their own food and birthday cake since catering is not provided, but drinks must be purchased from the club. Alternatively, you can go to one of the many restaurants located in and around Lido Place: SALT, Element Fresh, Mugen Japanese Restaurant, The Taj Pavilion, Eudora Station, The Patio Restaurant, and more. For a nice cold treat, there’s also the Baskin Robbins on the ground floor of Lido Place. Further down the road is Si’de Park, where you can let the kids loose in the greenery. Prices vary according to the time of day, starting with cheaper prices in the morning and becoming progressively more expensive as demand grows towards the evening. The following time slots are especially suitable for birthday parties: • 9am-noon: RMB 100 per hour or RMB 12 per game • Noon-6pm: RMB 150 per hour or RMB 20 per game • 6-11pm: RMB 200 per hour or RMB 25 per game The pool table can be rented separately for RMB 50 per hour and shoe rentals cost RMB 5 per pair. Reservations must be made in advance (English service available upon request). Freda Zhao

Daily 9am-2am, 3/F, Lido Place, 6 Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District (6437 6688 ext 3801, 北京沙明 建保龄球俱乐部(丽都饭店保龄球馆, 朝阳区将台路6号丽都饭店3层

September 2013



Health The Natural Path


No Brain, No Gain

t’s back-to-school season, the perfect time to think about how your child’s nutrition applies to their brains. What and when they eat can significantly impact a child’s ability to concentrate, memorize, and learn. The brain uses carbohydrates as fuel. The best are complex carbs, which are found in whole grains, legumes, nuts, and seeds. Simple carbs include sugars found in candies, cookies, and ice cream. Stay away from high fructose corn syrup, one of the worst sugars out there. It wreaks havoc on blood sugar and increases the risk of diabetes. Children need to refuel their bodies approximately every three hours, which means they should always have healthy snacks available. Good choices include almonds, walnuts, yogurt, whole grain crackers, veggie sticks, and hummus. These foods all contain complex carbs, which give longer bursts of energy.

Think of your blood sugar on simple carbs as a roller coaster ride Simple sugars can cause spikes in blood sugar, which affect concentration and mood. Think of your blood sugar on simple carbs as a roller coaster ride. You go way up to the top and rush down to the bottom. When you hit the bottom, you can’t wait to climb back to the top and plummet down again. This adrenaline-filled cycle of ups and downs leaves you tired, cranky, and in no way ready to concentrate or study. On the other hand, picture a train ride on relatively flat terrain. The ride is smooth and the train’s speed remains constant. On this complex carb ride, blood sugar remains stable and long-lasting. In other words, you won’t run out of steam for a while. Another important brain food is essential fatty acids, specifically omega 3s. These help form part of your child’s brain structure. Flaxseed oil and fish oils are great choices, but supplementation is necessary because it’s difficult to get enough omega 3s naturally. Some studies suggest that multi-vitamins can help children improve verbal learning and memory, even in kids who are generally wellnourished. This is very important for families living in Beijing because we use up extra antioxidants to combat pollution. Antioxidants help neutralize the free radicals that damage skin, lungs, eyes, and even the brain. Adequate sleep is also important because that’s when the brain processes new information and consolidates learning. Kids should get eight to 12 hours of sleep per night depending on their age. If your child goes to bed at 9pm every night, observe what time they wake up on their own. You’ll be able to assess their body’s individual sleep needs after a few nights. Here’s wishing your child a successful academic year!

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



2013 September

Health The Doc Is In


Cream of the Crop

hat’s the best source of milk for your baby after 12 months? Breast milk is still the best choice and whole milk is the next best option, but many Chinese parents still prefer toddler formula. One way to cut through the hype is simply to ask your child’s doctor: “What would you use for your own kids?” What will I feed my own Alex when he turns 1? Honestly, I am still not sure, but here are my choices: Local organic milk. Many people buy a local brand of certified organic milk and yogurt called Green Yard. I can’t vouch 100 percent for its safety, but I trust it as much as I trust anything here. Imported ultra high-temperature (UHT) milk. With a shelf life of six to eight months, UHT milk is now available all over China. I personally don’t like its taste and have strong objections over its environmental impact, but it’s affordable and keeps for a long time.

One way to cut through the hype is simply to ask your child’s doctor: “What would you use for your own kids?” Fortified soy milk. I prefer the taste of soy milk to cow’s milk and it’s easy to make your own. However, your toddler would need to drink fortified soy since the homemade stuff doesn’t contain as much calcium. Other milks. There are many types of milk made from rice and almonds. Some people like goat’s milk, including formula versions. These are possible alternatives, but I would rather stick with what most pediatricians recommend. Milk is useful mostly for calcium and fats, but plenty of other foods can offer these, including: Yogurt and cheese. I prefer yogurt over milk, not least because it’s easier to digest for most Asians. Yogurt contains healthy bacteria called probiotics that decrease the risk of obesity. You can even make your own with a yogurt machine, some starter yogurt, and milk. Another alternative is sliced cheese. Canned fatty fish. Salmon and sardines are rich in calcium and omega 3s. Canned is actually better, since you can munch on the bones! Leafy greens. Broccoli, kale, and other dark leafy greens are a good source of calcium. However, spinach is not the best choice since very little of its calcium gets absorbed. Calcium-fortified foods. Many cereals and boxed orange juices contain added calcium, which can help for kids who hate milk. Multivitamins. Children’s multivitamins can provide the absolute minimum of vitamins and minerals. It’s a perfectly reasonable solution for super picky eaters. For example, only 10 percent of teen girls get enough calcium.

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

September 2013



Dining Dining Out

Ruski Business T Dacha is a safe bet (most of the time)

Daily 10am-3am. 1 Ritan Lu (on the north side of Ritan Hotel), Chaoyang District (8563 5765, 150 0101 7888, 朝阳区日坛路1号(日坛宾馆北侧)

he Yaobao Lu area is known for its Russian charms – markets, restaurants, and clubs. Dacha, which occupies the north wall of Ritan Hotel, is perhaps one of the luckiest charms for families living in the area. With a motif of Russian rustic luxury, Dacha is outfitted with ultra-comfy couches, cozy fireplaces, and a children’s play area brimming with dolls, stuffed animals, and even bikes and small cars, which the kids are free to ride around the restaurant. Dacha has a large patio, perfect for early fall afternoons or evenings to enjoy Beijing’s short but idyllic autumn. The kids’ menu features whimsical creations like beef cutlets served with homemade mashed potatoes (RMB 38) arranged to look like an owl; beef meatball soup with noodles (RMB 25); and for dessert, fruits with yogurt served in a hollowed-out apple (RMB 38). Kids will love the cranberry fruit drink (RMB 28), which comes with a silly straw that runs from the cup over one ear, around both eyes, and into the mouth. The adult menu features Russian standbys like borscht and dumplings, as well as fish, pasta, and pizzas. There are song-anddance performances every evening, but be sure to finish by 8.30pm if you’re out with the kids; that’s when the not-so-kid-friendly shows come on. Ellis Friedman

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Dining Eater’s Digest These dishes were tried-and-trued by Sijia Chen, Dana CosioMercado, Oscar Holland, and Aisling O’Brien. Want to take a bite for yourself? See Directories for restaurant listings. Got a suggestion? Send a photo and a description to

Spring Blossom Roll This pretty green roll is artfully arranged and delicately presented, just as Japanese food should be. The roll is filled with asparagus, gobo age (deep fried burdock root), and inari (deep fried tofu), and topped with slices of avocado with edamame perched on top. It is by turns silky, soft, crunchy and chewy. An eight-piece roll costs RMB 60 at any branch of Hatsune.

Shrimps in Peppers in a Jar The experience of fishing the shrimps out of this dish (which did not actually come in a jar) was akin to extracting your toddler from a ball pit. The shrimp was slippery and not too willing to come out; but when it did, it was flavorful and not too spicy. Try it for yourself at Alpha and Omega Café in Pinnacle Plaza for RMB 108.

Lemon Tart The refreshing taste of lemon is used to particular effect in Comptoirs de France’s sour lemon tart. Topped with a little piece of chocolate, the bite-sized version costs RMB 18 and the larger pastry costs RMB 32. Enjoy with a hot or iced drink.

Unagidon Good freshwater eel (known as unagi in Japanese) is hard to find in Beijing. Luckily, newly-opened contemporary Japanese restaurant Brick & Wood does a pretty good rendition. The eel is prepared fresh every morning, marinated for hours, basted in the chef’s secret sauce, steamed for 15 minutes to open up the proteins, and char-grilled to perfection. It comes as part of a RMB 150 set menu that includes soup and an ever-changing selection of cold sides.

September 2013



Pan-Tastic Kerry Hotel Beijing whips up homemade pancakes with fresh fruit

Ingredients 食材 Serves 4 适合四位 10g baking powder 10克发酵粉 200g pancake mix flour (we used White Wings Panjacks) 200克薄饼混合面粉(我们选用的是这 个牌子的:White Wings Panjacks) 10克糖 10g sugar 5克盐 5g salt 2大枚鸡蛋 2 large eggs 355毫升牛奶 355ml milk 10毫升黄油 10ml butter 2 tablespoons of whipping cream 2汤匙淡奶油 Fresh fruit (we used blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries) 新鲜水果(我们选用了蓝莓、小红莓 和草莓)



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Owen Keogh (age 12, attends MSB) and Kerry’s Kitchen Chef de Cuisine Kenny Chen

Food for Thought Dining



Sift together flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt. In a separate bowl, whisk together eggs and milk. Add to the flour mixture, stirring until smooth. Blend in melted butter. If the batter seems too thick to pour, add a bit more milk. Place a round mold on a hot, greased griddle and ladle three to four spoonfuls of the batter mix into the mold. 把面粉、发酵粉、糖和盐混 合。鸡蛋和牛奶在另一个碗 中打匀,加到面糊中,搅拌 直至顺滑。再混合于融化的 黄油中。假如面糊太稠无法 倒出,就再加点牛奶。在烤 盘上抹点油,然后放一个圆 形模具,舀三至四勺混合的 面糊放入模具中。

Using a flat metal spatula, scrape excess batter off the griddle. Cook until bubbly, a little dry around the edges, and lightly browned on the bottom; turn and brown the other side. 用耐热的金属铲子把烤盘上 多余的面糊铲掉。烤至产 生泡泡,边缘有点发干, 底部略带金黄;翻个烤另 一面。

4 3 Top with fruit and maple syrup as desired. 适量撒些水果与枫糖浆。

Using a cake decorating bag, top the pancakes with whipped cream. 拿蛋糕裱花袋,在薄饼上面 撒些生奶油以装饰。

Hailing originally from Guangzhou, Kenny Chen is the chef de cuisine for Kerry’s Kitchen. He has worked in both Asian and Western restaurants for the past 14 years. Before joining Kerry Hotel Beijing, Chef Chen worked with Shangri-La in Guangzhou for seven years. He enjoys trying his hand at a variety of cuisines, but his passion is experimenting with meat and seafood. In his spare time, Chef Chen enjoys traveling.

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Playing What's Fun In

Fuchengmen One stop for culture, religion, science, and local eats by Clemence Jiang

photo: simon lim


beijingkids 2013 September The White Pagoda of Fuchengmen

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n Chinese, men (门) means gate. Fuchengmen used to be one of the nine gates of Beijing’s city walls. The latter were built between 1436 and 1553 for defensive uses. You can’t actually see the Fuchengmen gate anymore, because it was removed to clear the way for line 2 in the 1960s. The modern-day Fuchengmen Qiao is where the gate used to be located. It’s worth spending a day to explore the 3km stretch between Xisi and Fuchengmen subway stations; in the process, you’ll cross West Second Ring Road and witness the buildings getting taller and taller. The tour features religious culture, classic imperial icons, educational museums, traditional Beijing snacks, and some bargaining at local markets. Getting to Fuchengmen is simple: Take subway line 4 and get out at exit A of Xisi station. Just outside there is a RENJOY kiosk where you can stock up on water before setting out. Walk right along Xisi Beidajie (西四 北大街). Make a right at the crossroad and you’ll reach Guangji Temple after about 50m. Guangji is a Buddhist temple originally built during the Jin Dynasty (1115-1234) that doubles as the headquarters of the Buddhist Association of China. Clean and quiet, this little temple features two courtyards; sitting among its many trees is a nice way to ease into the day with a morning prayer. Entrance is free, so you have nothing to lose but your troubles and woes. After exiting the temple, cross Fuchengmennei Dajie (阜成门内大街) to reach your next stop: The Geological Museum of China. If your kids are serious geology buffs, they will not be disappointed. This four-story

museum features well-curated displays with excellent English descriptions. The first floor covers the basic concepts of earth formation, with lots of interactive games for children to try out. On the second floor, there’s a rich and fascinating collection of precious gems including diamonds. The third floor features a large collection of fossils; you can even touch some of the remains. Outside the display hall, there is a complete skeleton of a 12m long and 5m tall juvenile dinosaur (Lufengosaurus magnus) discovered in Yunnan in 1957. After exiting the museum, cross Fuchengmennei Dajie once again and head west for five minutes until you see Lidai Diwang Temple (also known as the Temple of Past Emperors). Constructed around 500 years ago, this temple was where imperial families from the Ming and Qing dynasties made sacrifices to previous emperors. You can skip this one if you want; admission costs RMB 20, and there’s not actually that much to see except the 188 sacrificial tablets located in the main central hall. After the morning’s dose of religion, science, and history, it’s time to perk up with some good food. Luckily, Qing Feng Steamed Bun Shop is a three-minute walk along Fuchengmennei Dajie. You’ll spot chefs in white uniforms on the other side of a large glass window, sitting around a table and wrapping up buns. They’re not the most mindblowing, but of decent quality for reasonable prices. They contain lots of filling, the most popular of which is the vegetarian su sanxian (素三鲜); it was already sold out when we got there around 1pm. Instead, we had six beef buns (牛肉大葱包), a celery tofu salad (芹

菜腐竹), and a bowl of congee (绿豆粥) for only RMB 19. However, note that the menu’s completely in Chinese. Keep going west on Fuchengmennei Dajie and you will see White Pagoda Temple right after the first red light. This Tibetan Buddhist temple designed by a Nepalese architect is normally worth checking out, but it’s currently closed for renovations. According to the security guard, it won’t reopen until 2014. The next stop is Beijing Lu Xun Museum. Lu Xun was a famous writer, ideologist, and revolutionary; his Beijing residence was converted into a museum after his death. The building is hidden away from the main street, and there are two ways to get there. You can keep going west on Fuchengmennei Dajie and you’ll see a sign for the museum after about five minutes; enter the hutong that the sign points to and the museum will be at the end. If you prefer the road less taken, enter the first hutong (Gongmenkou Dongcha) after White Pagoda Temple and meander through scenes of hutong life. Make a right turn at Gongmenkou Toutiao and walk west until you run into the museum. If you get lost, any hutong inhabitant will be able to point you towards the museum. Within, you can see Lu Xun’s manuscripts, living quarters, and a photo exhibition of his life. Entrance is free, but you need to show an ID or passport to gain admission. When you’re done, exit the hutong and continue west until you see Fuchengmen subway station. You can continue walking west or take Bus 111 for two stops to reach Tianyi Market. Considered the biggest flea

A profusion of toys at Tianyi Market

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2 4 1. Guangji Temple 2. The Geological Museum of China 3. Lidai Diwang Temple 4. Qing Feng Steamed Bun Shop 5. Beijing Luxun Museum 6. Tianyi Market 7. Wangtong Market

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What's Fun In Playing market in Beijing, the place is a bit confusing for first timers. The buildings are painted in brash colors, Christmas decorations are sold year-round, and there are animal statues are everywhere; kids would be forgiven for thinking they are at an amusement park. Tianyi Market is huge; there’s a kids’ wear area, party supplies area, art supplies area, shoe area, watch area, scarf area, and so on. It’s one of the must-go places for shopping during the holiday season. Go to the fourth floor and you’ll find a world of fluffy toys at the recently-opened “Street of Stuffed Toys.” When you’re finishd with Tianyi, cross Fuchengmenwai Dajie and backtrack towards Fuchengmen subway. Get some last-minute shopping in at Wangtong Market before jumping onto the subway, which is accessible through the basement. Wangtong Market is less overwhelming, much smaller in size, and better-organized than Tianyi Market. The first four floors sell similar products that you have to bargain for. If you are tired of haggling, the fifth floor sells sports brands at deep discounts. One highlight is the Nike factory store, which has sales of up to 70 percent off.

Guangji Temple 广济寺 Free. Daily 6am-4:30pm. 25 Fuchengmennei Dajie, Xicheng District (6616 0907) 西城区阜成门内大街25号 The Geological Museum of China 中国地质博物馆 RMB 30 for adults, RMB 15 for students. Tue-Sun 9am-4:30pm. 15 Yangrou Hutong, Xicheng District (6655 7858) 西城区羊肉胡同15号 Lidai Diwang Temple 历代帝王庙 RMB 20, RMB 10 for students, free for kids under 12. Wed-Sun 9am-4pm. 131 Fuchengmennei Dajie, Xicheng District (6651 7739) 西城区阜成门内大街131号 Qing Feng Steamed Bun Shop 庆丰包子铺 Daily 6.30am-9pm. 135 Fuchengmennei

Dajie, Xicheng District (6616 1236) 西城 区阜成门内大街135号 Beijing Luxun Museum 北京鲁迅博物馆 Free (with proper ID). Tue-Sun 9am-4pm. 19 Fuchengmennei, Gongmenkou Ertiao, Xicheng District (6616 5654) 西 城区阜成门内宫门口二条19号 Tianyi Market 天意新商城 Daily 7.30am-5.30pm. 259 Fuchengmenwai Dajie, Xicheng District (6832 7607) 西城区阜成门外大街259号 Wangtong Market 万通新世界 Daily 9am-8.30pm. 2 Fuchengmenwai Dajie, Xicheng District (6801 0532) 西 城区阜成门外大街2号

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September 2013



Playing Family Travels

A roaring good time at Children’s Fairyland, SF Hua Liu and granddaughter Ava Wang at a classic American diner

Ladies of Liberty Three women, three generations, and three weeks in the US by Lei Cheng

The Cheng-Wang Family



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Ava channels Hollywood glamor on the Walk of Fame

photos: courtesy of LEI CHENG

Travelers: Lei Cheng, her daughter Ava Wang, and Lei’s mother, Hua Liu Destinations: San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York City, and Washington, D.C. Dates: June 22-July 14, 2013 Cost: About RMB 99,000. Three round-trip tickets from Beijing to San Francisco via Hong Kong on Cathay Pacific cost RMB 21,000. Flights within the US to other cities totaled RMB 12,000. Three weeks of hotel stays came to a total of RMB 30,000. The travelers spent an additional RMB 18,000 on meals, ground transportation like a Greyhound bus to D.C. from New York City, and admissions to various attractions. Finally, they spent another RMB 18,000 shopping for clothes and gifts. Planning: Lei bought plane tickets through CTrip (, and bought US flights on the websites of Virgin America, Delta, and United, but checked prices on Sky Scanner first ( For hotels, she booked through and, both of which offer a free cancellation policy. For travel advice, Lei used Trip Advisor.

Lei Cheng and Ava on Broadway, NYC


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y mother and daughter had never been to the US, so we visited most of the major attractions – the more touristy, the better. We hit up Fisherman’s Wharf and Alcatraz prison in San Francisco; the kitschy (and sleazy) Hollywood Walk of Fame in LA; Times Square – which looks brighter at night than during the day – in New York City; and traipsed up and down National Mall in DC. First stop, San Francisco. No other city could have left a better first impression of the US. Family-friendly, wallet-friendly, Asian-friendly. At a cool, drizzly 17 degrees Celsius, it was perfect walking weather. We strolled through Chinatown and Little Italy, then down to Fisherman’s Wharf; we listened to blues on the pier while scoffing clam chowder in sourdough bread bowls; and we walked to Boudin’s Bakery, where Ava was fascinated by the making of giant teddy bear loaf and received a small turtle-shaped sourdough as a gift. A surprising success was Children’s Fairyland in San Francisco, a place that has delighted children (most suitable for kids under 8) for more than half a century. Everything is child-sized and super cute. There’s a mini Ferris wheel, a mini train, a carousel with ponies instead of horses, and a pumpkin-shaped kiosk. The daily puppet show was just as delightful for mom and grandma as it was for Ava. Every place we went, we had seen or heard of on TV or in a movie. We went to the Bubba Gump restaurant chain with the famous Forrest Gump bench and box of chocolates; we remembered car chases with Sean Connery and Nicolas Cage in The Rock as we climbed the hilly San Francisco streets; and of course the Central Park fountain where Carrie Bradshaw met her nerdy beau in Sex and the City. Even our hotel stays were historic: we stayed at the Omni Shoreham hotel in DC where parts of The Pelican Brief were shot, and in LA we stayed at the Roosevelt Hotel, where Marilyn Monroe shot her first advertisement and Shirley Temple learned to tap dance. Our travels were filled with poignant moments. Ava and I got tearyeyed at the climax of the Broadway musical Cinderella, and we even saw a soprano singing my daughter’s favorite song, “A Whole New World” from Aladdin, at sunset on Santa Monica Pier. The trip helped broaden Ava’s horizons; she now mentions Alcatraz in conversations, and after our visit to the moving “Daniel’s Story” exhibit at the Holocaust Museum in DC, she has become interested in the Holocaust and the events leading up to it. Ava’s physical stamina was surprising; we walked as much as seven hours one day, but refreshed by the occasional ice cream or splash at a water playground, she kept up with us. The US was diverse enough to be enjoyable for all three generations. On any particular day, we could visit a kids’ attraction, throw in some shopping for me, and add some sightseeing and good food for my mom. It made a memorable trip for all three generations of women.

Travel Tips • Spending Independence Day (July 4) in New York City sounded cool in theory, but in reality it meant long queues for the ferry and closures of places we wanted to visit, like the Staten Island Children’s Museum. • Though San Francisco and New York are top US destinations, they’re walking cities, and if you’re traveling with infants and toddlers, navigating these big cities with a stroller can be cumbersome. • The Smithsonian museums in DC are excellent for kids, as there are interactive exhibits, whereas standard art museums can be too stifling for young kids. • It’s possible to navigate LA without a car; we used the metro and buses to get around LA and San Francisco without much trouble. In DC, it’s better to hail cabs, as the public transport can be hard to deal with. See as much of NYC on foot as possible, as the metro can be hot and confusing. • Don’t worry. Crime-wise, the US isn’t as scary as the media makes it out to be. However in cities like New York, people can be brash and impatient. September 2013



Playing Family Travels

Calm grasslands in Inner Mongolia

Freda Zhao (age 17) goes horseback riding

Alex Gu (age 15) practicing his photography skills

Prairie Roaming Companions Two families take a road trip to Inner Mongolia by Freda Zhao

The Zhao-Zhang and Gu-Liu Families



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Celebrating Nicole’s fifth birthday

photos: courtesy of Freda zhao

Travelers: Greg Zhao, Hong Zhang, and their daughter Freda (age 17), a student at the Western Academy of Beijing. They traveled with friends Michael Gu, Anna Liu, and their children Alex (age 15) and Nicole (age 5), who attend the Western Academy of Beijing and Windsor Kindergarten respectively. Destination: Inner Mongolia and Hebei province Dates: July 19-23, 2013 Cost: Approximately RMB 2,000 for a family of three. This included hotel accommodations for RMB 680 (RMB 280 per night for two nights at a hotel in Zhenglanqi and RMB 120 for one night for a three-person room in Nongjiale Inn), transportation (gas money) for about RMB 500, and about RMB 700 for food for four days. Planning: The travelers arranged everything themselves by consulting online maps and made hotel reservations online and by phone. They stayed at the Huangchao Holiday Hotel in Zhenglanqi, Inner Mongolia, and an “Agritainment” (Nongjiale) Inn in Hebei province.


his past July, our family friends, the Gu family, invited us to take a road trip to Inner Mongolia. They had previously gone on a similar trip with other friends, so this time around they decided to go farther. Both families packed their cars full of gear and on-the-road snacks. We spent the first day driving to the town of Zhenglanqi in Inner Mongolia, where we stayed for two nights before traveling down to Datan Town in Hebei province to stay for a night at a local rural hotel. Since we mainly took small country roads that were not on GPS, there were a few instances where roads were closed for construction and we had to take alternative paths. Here is the route we took: Day 1: Jingcheng Highway, Sixth Ring, Badaling Highway, Huailai (Hebei), Chicheng, Guyuan County, Shandianhe Village, Zhenglanqi Day 2: Xanadu Ruins, Zhagesitai Nur, Chaigendaer Village, Zhenglanqi Day 3: Zhenglanqi, Xanadu Musuem, Shandianhe Village, Guyuan County, Datan Town Day 4: Fengning Manchu County, Moulin Park, Lama Mountain, Dajue Temple (Daigakuji), Huairou District, Shunyi District The first day included a grueling eight-hour car ride up to Zhenglanqi. However, the drive was scenic, with winding rural roads curving around mountains and lakes, progressively changing to long stretches of grass plains and herds of sheep and cattle. The air was clean, the sky was blue, and the temperature was blissfully cooler than the stifling heat of Beijing. We had a simple dinner at a local restaurant after arriving late in the fairly urbanized town of Zhenglanqi. We spent the following two days driving to different grass plains and lakes (called “Nur”), stopping and going as we pleased. It was an easy, laidback day of long hours of driving and watching the scenery go by, and taking photos and collecting bouquets of wildflowers. We stopped beside a large lake where sheep and cattle grazed, and Alex tried out the horseback riding offered. At night, we returned to our hotel in Zhenglanqi and celebrated Nicole’s fifth birthday with cake and local milk tea. We made for Hebei Province on the third day. We stopped by a museum of the Xanadu Ruins that exhibited artifacts from remains of the Yuan dynasty. In the afternoon, we stopped at Datan Town and checked into a local inn for the night. The next morning we returned to Beijing via a different route. We stopped at an intricately-designed Buddhist temple and climbed the stairs to the shrine on the side of the mountain. We then stopped at Moulin Park in Fengning, Hebei, before embarking on the four-hour car ride back to Shunyi, with dinner at a small country house where we caught our own fish. Moulin Park was the highlight of our trip. Alex, his dad, and I embarked on a trek, though the two moms and Nicole stayed behind because the hike was fairly advanced. After climbing through pitchblack and dripping wet caves, we came across enormous suspended boulders and glacier mills. We scaled rocks with cutout footholds and ladders with flashlights clamped between our teeth, squeezing into impossibly tiny spaces and finding a huddle of bats on the bottom of an overhead boulder. Upon reaching the top, we were amazed by the breathtaking view. We could see the mountains, the valleys, fields, and rows of vegetation, and the local’s tiny brick houses.

Family Travels Playing but our stay at the local rural inn in Datan Town was a little challenging. • On the road, the only places to eat are small restaurants with questionable hygiene, so exercise caution. Also, food gets more expensive the closer to Hebei and Beijing you get. • When buying local mutton, be aware that when sellers weigh the meat, they include the skin and fleece, so you may end up with a small amount of edible meat for a high price. The best season for beef and lamb is in the fall, when livestock are fattened from summer grazing. • It’s considerably colder up north, but the sunlight is very harsh, so sunscreen, long pants, and long sleeves are advised.

The travelers (from left): Hong Zhang, Greg Zhao, Nicole, Michael, and Alex Gu, and Anna Liu

Travel Tips: • If children in the family are all older than 7 or 8, camping outside in the prairies is a good alternative to staying in hotels. • Though the areas were fairly touristy, don’t have high expectations with hotels. The accommodations in Zhenglanqi were adequate, September 2013



Playing Outside

Full Gallop How horseback riding can benefit kids by Clemence Jiang

photos: courtesy of Jenny wu


beijingkids 2013 September Meimi Zhu (age 15), a competitive rider and native Beijinger

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here are things we learn from sports that cannot be taught in the classroom. They can help young people develop independence, self-esteem, and a can-do attitude; you may fall or get hurt, but you have to get up and get back on track. Horseback riding teaches children exactly that positive attitude, as 8-year-old Rebecca McDeigan puts it in her own words. beijingkids caught up with her after one of her regular riding sessions at Equuleus International Riding Club.

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Rebecca McDeigan (age 8) at Equuleus International Riding Club

“Sometimes the horse does not listen. You still have to get your courage back to carry on, even though you know it could rear and kick you off,” says the Cambridge, UK native. “That’s what horses do to you, but you always learn from them.” Rebecca and her 11-year-old sister, Paloma, are among many of Beijing’s young horseback riders. Though it’s a relatively pricy hobby, they reap physical, emotional, and intellectual benefits from the sport. Horseback riding particularly fosters fitness and flexibility. To stay on the horse, the rider must constantly adjust their balance. More complicated maneuvers such as jumping over obstacles or performing dressage steps require more delicate coordination of the horse’s cadence and the rider’s hands, legs, and torso. The different types of horses – usually European warmbloods, thoroughbreds, mixed breeds, and local breeds – used in horseback riding serve highly specialized functions. For example, warmblood horses are gifted at jumping and thoroughbred horses are renowned for their

speed. Usually, horses are considered most competitive between the ages of 6 and 16. However, riding well takes more than just good horses and skillful movements. Unlike many other sports, the rider must learn to work with a member of a completely different species. “Horses are very sensitive,” says Meimi Zhu (age 15), a competitive rider from Beijing who took up the sport four years ago. “They can feel whether you are scared, angry, or out of control, and sometimes take advantage of that and refuse to cooperate.” Meimi’s 25-year-old sister, Kai Yuan, believes that the challenges of horseback riding have made Meimi a much more independent and empathetic person. “She used to be like a princess and liked to have people do things for her,” she says. “Horseback riding helps her concentrate on things she likes to do and teaches her to figure out ways to achieve her purpose on her own.” Candice McDeigan, Paloma and Rebecca’s mother, also believes

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Playing Outside

Meimi Zhu in a show jumping competitiion with her 11-year-old European warmblood, Bugatti



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were actually very big things for [Rebecca].” When I complimented Rebecca on how mature and independent she seemed, the siblings were so delighted they did an impromptu high five. As much as Candice supports her daughters’ hobby, she notes that horseback riding is not for everyone. The person has to have a real passion for horses in order to become a consistent rider. In addition, horseback riding is considered a high-risk sport even for veterans. “Horses are dangerous, and that’s something you must never forget so you never become casual with [them],” says Paloma’s coach, Jeremy Michaels, a British Horse Society-certified trainer. “I don’t care you are with them for years; you never trust them.” On the other hand, it’s impossible to know whether you’ll like something without trying. Four years ago, Candice was looking at an equestrian website and asked Paloma off-hand whether she had any interest in riding. “I was not really listening and just said OK,” she recalls. “A few years later, my sister started to ride as well.” Since then, the girls’ surroundings have changed numerous times. They have lived in Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, and now Beijing because of Candice’s career – but horseback riding has remained a constant, and has always been a great comfort to the girls everywhere they’ve settled. “When I first started, I never knew we would one day be together in China, riding at Equuleus,” says Paloma.

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that horseback riding promotes responsibility and independence in children. “On the horse, you are alone as a rider. There is no one to support you,” she explains. “You have to make decisions. You have to be sensitive, safe, and follow the right procedures.” Horseback riding also involves taking care of the horse. Before riding, the rider has to ready the equipment and take the horse to the arena. After riding, they have to take the horse back to the stable, groom it, scrub the water buckets, and clean the stable. “To do that, they have to be really independent,” said Candice. “I can’t teach them that.” In addition, horseback riding fosters strength and discipline. Paloma has a deal with her mother: She can only continue riding if she does well in class. Candice feels that her daughter has learned how to manage her own time, as well as buckle down and be serious in order to pursue the things she likes outside of school – whether that’s horseback riding, hiking, or swimming. “Good academic achievement requires a strong mind and a strong body, and once the children are passionate about something, they do everything they need to [make it] happen,” she explains. Horseback riding has also brought Rebecca and Paloma closer. When Rebecca was asked how her older sister has helped her with horseback riding, the girls started talking over each excitedly. “I would tell her, for example, you just kick the horse a little more and make it go more forward when you jump,” said Paloma. “Those small things

Outside Playing Riding Clubs: A Comparison Equuleus International Riding Club 天星调良国际马术俱乐部 Founded in 1999, this popular riding club now houses more than 120 horses, including European warmbloods, thoroughbreds, mixed breeds, and local breeds. A member of the Chinese Equestrian Association, Equuleus is also the only British Horse Society (BHS) approved riding club on the mainland. Courses cater to beginners all the way up to national-level show jumping and dressage riders. The club has two 60 by 90m arenas and a smaller indoor arena. Currently, two additional indoor arenas and 66 stable boxes are under construction. Training team: The Equuleus team counts more than 10 bilingual trainers who regularly participate in national-level competitions. Chief Trainer Zhang Ke is a regular medal winner in various domestic and international competitions. Deputy Chief Trainer Yang Fujun is the only BHS-approved international instructor on the mainland. Cost: The annual membership fee is RMB 2,000 for one rider and RMB 5,000 for two to five riders. After the membership is paid, each 45-minute lesson costs RMB 296 to RMB 362. On top of that, there’s a coaching fee of RMB 50 to RMB 200 per lesson. Address and contact: 91 Shunbai Lu (north of and parallel to Xiangjiang Beilu), Sunhe Town, Chaoyang District (8459 0236/0206, (English and Chinese) 朝阳区顺白路91号香江花园北门马泉营村北

photos: Clemence Jiang

Beijing Asgard Equestrian Club 北京亚萨园马术俱乐部 Founded in 2007, Asgard houses more than 50 horses, around 20 of which are used for teaching. According to the club, their training courses are more popular with children than adults. Two 80 by 90m

arenas are used for training and competition. Besides training, the club can also board horses, has fishing and barbecue facilities, and offers carriages for rent (RMB 5,000-20,000 per day). Training team: Asgard has seven trainers. Most of them speak English and average 10 years of experience in teaching, riding, and professional competitions. Cost: RMB 2,500/10 lessons, RMB 6,800/30 lessons, RMB 15,800/80 lessons, and RMB 38,000/200 lessons. A one-hour lesson includes 15 minutes of preparation and 45 minutes of training. Address and contact: 31 Shunhuang Lu (just west of Danshui Restaurant), Chaoyang District (8459 5908, asgardclub@hotmail. com) 朝阳区孙河顺黄路31号

Mustang 牧马堂 Founded last year, newcomer Mustang is a more intimate club that focuses on beginner riding skills, especially for children. So far, it has more than 100 members and most of them are kids (both local and foreign). Mustang has a 60 by 90m arena for training and 22 horses, including warmbloods, mixed-breed Orlov Trotters, and local breeds. Training team: Mustang’s team is composed of eight coaches who are more concerned with teaching skills rather than focusing on competition. Cost: RMB 480/lesson, RMB 6,800/40 lessons, RMB 11,800/85 lessons, RMB 25,800/185 lessons Address and contact: South of Liulin Village, Sujiatuo Town, Haidian District (English: 5652 6388, Chinese: 5652 6385) www. 海淀区苏家坨镇柳林村南

Rebecca and her coach, Jeremy Michaels

Tack room at Equuleus

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Clockwise from top left: Patrick Fang, 16, US, has lived in Beijing for six years Jack Todd, 15, UK, has lived in Beijing for 15 years Julia Choi, 17, South Korea, has lived in Beijing for five years Valeriya Anopchenko, 17, Russia, has lived in Beijing for 15 years

Smoke and Mirrors



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Students from Beijing City International School reflect on cigarettes

The Roundtable Learning

“In this day and age, smoking shows a lack of ability to make good decisions”


hen it comes to air quality in China, much of the domestic and international attention has focused on smog and PM 2.5 levels. However, the country also suffers from a much older and more familiar problem: smoking. With 350 million smokers, China holds the dubious distinction of being the world’s largest tobacco consumer. Smoking is entrenched in local culture; giving and receiving cigarettes is not only accepted, but encouraged. Regulations do exist, but are virtually never enforced, even in large cities like Beijing. beijingkids spoke to students at Beijing City International School (BCIS) to get their take on the issue. Sijia Chen

Why do people smoke? Patrick: There’s a physical aspect. People do it because it feels good, and sometimes that turns into addiction. Valeriya: It’s also because they get stressed and want to calm themselves down. Julia: It could also be their environment. If smoking is very normal, then you naturally pick up that habit. Jack: People sometimes do it because they don’t want to be left out of certain social situations. Their friends might not want to be friends with them if they don’t smoke, or they might be considered outcasts.

Does smoking make you look more sophisticated or mature? Patrick: In this day and age, smoking shows a lack of ability to make good decisions. Everybody knows that nicotine is very addictive and bad for long-term [health]. Doing it now does not make you look cool; it just says you’re unable to process the information [available to you].

What do you think the minimum age for buying cigarettes should be? Jack: Anything that doesn’t end with “-teen.” Valeriya: It’s not so much about the age, but the point when a person is able to make their own decisions. For example, when they’re ready to drive or drink [Patrick chimes in: “Hopefully not at the same time!”] – that’s when they should also be able to make their own decisions about smoking. Julia: Let’s say you’re 20 and you’re already addicted to smoking – what if you regret it then? In terms of making decisions, you’re mature enough at 16. But deciding whether this is going to be a long-term thing and that you won’t regret it? I think you’re still too young.

The percentage of smokers in many Western countries is going down, but rising in China. What do you make of this? Valeriya: In Hungary – where my friends live – they’re not letting supermarkets sell cigarettes, only [specialized] shops. The price of cigarettes is also going up.

Patrick: In the States, some places have a cigarette tax so you pay a subsidy to the government whenever you buy cigarettes. In China, [the percentage is rising] because of changes in culture; cigarettes are a huge part of the Western image in Chinese people’s minds. Also, stress about work and school is rising – and cigarettes are cheap, as well. Valeriya: It’s way too easy to get them; no one enforces regulations. Jack: There’s a stereotype that lots of [vendors] just want to con people out of money. They see teenagers who come in trying to buy cigarettes, and some have no morals [about selling to them]. Julia: Chinese culture takes relationships very seriously – guanxi, they call it. I did an internship this summer and noticed that co-workers always go off to smoke [in a group]. They talk about things that maybe wouldn’t be up for discussion in the workplace, but it’s still about work.

Some countries put a high tax on tobacco products to discourage smoking. Is this fair to smokers? Patrick: It’s simply unhealthy for society to have a high percentage of smokers, so it doesn’t matter whether it’s fair to smokers or not. It’s unhealthy in terms of productivity and health expenditures, and the government has to spend taxpayer money to offset that.

Do you think high taxation actually works? Jack: It’s just a little bit at a time, isn’t it? It’s not paying the entire year’s worth of cigarette [tax] at once. [A tax on one pack of cigarettes] is less than a person’s wage; they’ll just keep buying them until they literally cannot afford them. Julia: That’s a good point. People don’t really buy their cigarettes in bulk at the convenience store, so it wouldn’t seem like a big expenditure. Valeriya: There are a lot of people who don’t smoke much in Europe, but when they come here they do because it’s way cheaper. So [taxation] may not stop people from smoking completely, but it can make them smoke less. [More effective deterrents] would be limiting supply and making sure the age limit is actually enforced. Patrick: Specifically in China, there should a penalty enforced for selling to underaged people. [Another deterrent would be] those disgusting pictures of people with mouth cancer [on the pack]. Valeriya: [Educating people about the dangers of smoking] is still helpful, but you have to start early. If you only teach someone at age 15, that person has probably already tried cigarettes. Jack: People are very skeptical at that age; I don’t think there are many skeptical 6-year-olds. Patrick: But you shouldn’t make them so petrified they’re scared to leave the house [laughs].

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Learning Blank Canvas

Students from the

American International Academy of Beijing fill September’s Blank Canvas

Group project

Zerui Chen, 3, China

Lillian Tan, 2, China

Ryan Chen, 2, China



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Clivia Zhang, 2, China

Clivia Zhang, 2, China

Ryan Chen, 2, China

Lillian Tan, 2, China

Henry Chen, 3, China

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Going the Dys-tance Supporting children with learning disorders by Ellis Friedman

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beijingkids 2013 Wolf September Clinical Psychologist Dr. Jacqueline leads a writing exercise at Eliott’s Corner


“Our aim is to teach the child … the aim will always be increasing independence and confidence within their abilities”


hile starting a new school year isn’t thrilling to most kids, it can be even more difficult for students with learning disorders. Most local schools lack support for children with learning and attention difficulties, and support can be limited or too general at international schools. For insight into learning disorders, the diagnostic process, and how local programs can work with kids, we spoke to Eliott’s Corner, a center for occupational, speech, and physical therapy, and Side by Side, a center that provides support for special needs and learning difficulties.

What Are Learning Disorders? According to Clinical Psychologists Dr. Jaqueline Wolf and Danielle Speybrouck from Eliott’s Corner, learning disorders are different from typical developmental difficulties in that specific learning disorders are experienced in reading, writing, and/or math. Learning disorders are present for at least six months and persistent, meaning that a child’s skills don’t progress or progress very slowly despite standard academic instruction and specific intervention. A child with a specific learning disorder also performs well below the skill level expected for their age group. Common learning disorders include dyslexia, dyscalculia, and dysgraphia. Dyslexia is an alternative term for specific learning difficulties in reading. This includes trouble with phonological awareness, word decoding, spelling, word recognition, and sounding out a word. Dyscalculia is difficulty understanding and mastering math and numbers, while dysgraphia is difficulty with handwriting and written language. Specific learning disorders often co-occur and overlap with AttentionDeficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD). Anita Franklin is a special education and learning support specialist, as well as the owner and director of Side by Side Beijing; she holds Master’s degrees in both education and applied linguistics. An attention disorder like AD/HD means that “a child has difficulty concentrating, keeping still, keeping on task, multi-tasking, and attending to certain tasks.” While AD/HD is not classified as a learning disorder, it can affect learning because “sometimes children take too long to complete tasks, they are too fast and rush their work, distract others, or are distracted by others. They also may not follow directions, especially multi-step directions, well.” AD/HD has specifications or subcategories, say Speybrouck and Dr. Wolf. These include Predominantly Inattentive Presentation, commonly known as Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), which involves difficulty with sustaining attention, organization, task completion, avoidance of tedious activities, carelessness, forgetfulness, and high distractibility. By contrast, Predominantly Hyperactive/Impulsive Presentation involves fidgeting, restlessness, high activity levels, chattiness, impul-

sivity, and poor behavioral inhibition. Finally, Predominantly Inattentive Presentation involves a child daydreaming in class and having difficulty focusing. This is often a more difficult presentation to diagnose, and tends to be diagnosed later than others as a result. The most common specific learning disorder is in reading; about 80 percent of all learning disorders are reading-specific. The prevalence rate of learning disorders falls between five and 15 percent among all school-aged children, with a five percent prevalence of AD/HD. Specific learning disorders and AD/HD are more common in boys than in girls, but girls are more likely to present with Predominantly Inattentive Presentation and are thus often diagnosed at a later age.

Diagnosis There are things that parents can look for if they suspect their child has a learning disorder and/or AD/HD. According to Speybrouck and Dr. Wolf, younger children with AD/HD demonstrate more obvious hyperactive behavior as early as age 2 or 3, but adolescents or adults are better able to inhibit such behavior. Teens and adults may also fidget instead of not being able to sit still, or have racing thoughts rather than restlessness. For specific learning disorders, Speybrouck and Dr. Wolf point to precursors like language delays, difficulties rhyming or learning the alphabet by kindergarten, early difficulties learning to count or identify numbers, difficulties drawing, or difficulties with fine motor skills, such as fastening buttons or using eating utensils. The diagnostic process usually begins with a teacher or a parent expressing concern about a child’s skill acquisition during the early elementary years. Parents can start the diagnostic process by contacting a child psychologist or educational psychologist who has experience with assessments. At Eliott’s Corner, the assessment process includes gathering the child’s early academic, social, emotional, and behavioral history; having a psychologist visit the child’s classroom to observe them and talk with their teacher; evaluating the child’s cognitive abilities in broad and specific subjects; completing emotional-behavioral evaluations for AD/HD assessments; and discussing results and recommendations with the psychologist.

Meeting a Child’s Needs Once a child is diagnosed with a learning disorder and/or AD/HD, they will require extra support. “None of these disabilities have cures,” says Anita Franklin. “It’s important that my clients don’t come to rely on my assistance too much. The aim is always to increase independence and confidence within their abilities.” Side by Side designs individual programs for children based on their specific difficulties and consults September 2013




A common learning disorder is dyscalculia, or difficulty understanding and mastering math and numbers



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social work and music therapy. He uses music therapy to help children overcome attention-related difficulties. Music can help improve concentration and focus when a child is challenged to play a melody for a specific period of time without any mistakes. Once the child can manage this, they have to learn another melody and play it for an even longer duration. A child with a learning difficulty will need adjustments in the classroom as well. According to Speybrouck and Dr. Wolf, a student will need increased organization and structure; strategies for organization, planning, and self-monitoring; decreased demands for speed for children with specific learning disorders; and access to learning support services. Side by Side can act as a valuable resource for children in schools with inadequate learning support. “Our aim is to help our clients work within the school system, so sometimes we deliberately add distractions to help the child develop strategies, and we like giving and getting feedback from students, parents, and schools,” says Franklin. Constant communication between the school and the parents is key. Side by Side provides progress reports and is available to answer questions from both teachers and parents. Parents of children may also find that they need to tailor their approach. “It can be that parents need to improve their ability to give directions or let the child handle more tasks by [themselves],” says Schiffers. Franklin points out that

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teachers, parents, and previous reports. The center also observes the child’s difficulties before placing them in a specific program. When Franklin works with clients, she finds that chocolate sauce makes an excellent teaching tool. The children’s favorite is a multisensory activity for spelling. First, the student uses the chocolate sauce to spell a given word on a cookie tray, saying the letters out loud as they’re written down. Once the word is spelled correctly, the student uses both hands to smear the chocolate sauce all over the tray. They then use a finger, a pretzel stick, or a similar tool to write the word a second time, again while saying the letters out loud. Franklin may ask them to write the word big or small, in capital or lowercase letters, or even while blindfolded. Once the word is spelled correctly, the student can lick the sauce or bite off the pretzel as a reward; if the word is spelled incorrectly, the sauce is smeared out and the child starts over. This activity is designed to engage all the senses. Children hear the letters as they’re called out, see them as they appear on the tray, smell the chocolate sauce, touch the chocolate or pretzel as they write the word, and taste the chocolate sauce at the end. “The more senses are integrated into a session, the more likely the lesson will be remembered,” says Franklin. “And if it’s fun, it’s even more likely.” Philip Schiffers also works at Side by Side. He’s a social worker, music therapist, and special needs support worker with a degree in


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Dysgraphia is defined as a learning disorder in which kids have difficulty with handwriting and written language

parents of children with attention issues will need to be more patient. Speybrouck and Dr. Wolf also recommend that parents break the cycle of negativity by praising their child for a job well done when appropriate, even if they demonstrate behavioral issues or academic problems. Parents may themselves benefit from a consultation with a child psychologist or learning support specialist to find out more about stimulating a child’s at-home development, set up a strategy such as a reward system, and advocate for a supportive learning environment at school. While medication is sometimes an option for children, Franklin says that “children are capable of learning strategies to work with their issues and these strategies can help them in a lot of areas where medication can’t.” Schiffers agrees: “[Whether] a child with ADD or AD/HD needs medication is not for us to decide. We believe that medication often gets prescribed too soon and shouldn’t be the first choice for parents who realize that their child has AD/HD.” Currently, Eliott’s Corner offers learning disorder assessments and reading support, as well as the services of occupational therapists who work with children with dysgraphia. They also provide assessments for behavioral and emotional issues and coping strategies for managing AD/HD, but currently don’t offer any learning support services. Side by Side Beijing offers a wide range of special education classes, as well

as music therapy; learning support for learning difficulties, AD/HD, and a number of other disorders; and community support, including workshops and training for schools and parents, and parenting and family support.

Resources Eliott’s Corner 胡宝小屋 Mon-Fri 9am-6pm. Rm 1905, Bldg 2, Kandu International, 10 Dongsihuan Beilu, Chaoyang District (6461 6283, contact@ 朝阳区东四环北路10号 瞰都国际2号楼1905 Side by Side Mon-Fri 8am-6pm (after hours by appointment). Capital Paradise 3336, Houshayu, Shunyi District (8046 3858, 顺义区后沙峪名都园 3336号

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Parenting Beijing Baba

Do We Really Need Another Graduation Ceremony? Celebrating life’s most mundane achievements by Christopher Lay


hen I look back on my life, I recall but a few graduation ceremonies. The first was when I completed junior high at age 15. I was excited to move on to senior high; I had survived the perils of the awkward years, when kids try to master the transformations their bodies undergo while their brains mature a bit (hopefully). High school was the beginning of the light at the end of the tunnel: Three more years until the conclusion of mandatory school, when I could make my own life choices. So a brief ceremony marking the occasion seemed fitting. The big graduation for most Americans is after high school, and it was no different for me. The principal, a teacher or two, the valedictorian, and some long-forgotten guest gave speeches. I remember none of it, but I do recall partying the entire night after and being extremely tired the next day. My final graduation ceremony was a lengthy ordeal marking the completion of my university studies. The beastly thing lasted several hours and felt more like a punishment than a celebration. At least that’s how I choose to think of it, as I was not there. I was getting married in France – a far more enjoyable ceremony. When my daughter finally finished kindergarten in Beijing, I was surprised to learn of plans for a graduation. What exactly had our children mastered to warrant a ceremony? Sharing, nap time,

basic handwriting, and simple math? It did not seem to me that these accomplishments needed to be honored with a two-hour event (longer than my high school graduation), complete with multiple song and dance routines, performances by parents and grandparents, and a somewhat awkward dance by nine scantily clad belly-dancing teachers. I began to worry about just how long her elementary school graduation would last, let alone high school. To ascertain whether most kindergartens in Beijing held graduations and whether this was the norm in other countries, I conducted a randomized study of Beijing’s local and expatriate population. After exhaustive research involving perhaps dozens of people, I learned that kindergartens in the US do in fact hold graduation ceremonies, as do most international and local schools in Beijing. Foreigners from other countries were generally as perplexed about this phenomenon as I was. Don’t get me wrong, I was delighted to see the kids do song and dance routines. I particularly enjoyed seeing my little girl dressed in a pseudo go-go dancer version of a Chinese military outfit (complete with red knee-high boots) dishing out martial arts-inspired dance moves while shouting out the chorus. But right around the time I had to listen to a 6-year-old give the “valedictorian speech” about how they would boldly march into the future, I knew the event had gone too far, particularly when she received her “diploma” and turned around to reveal exposed underwear – as if she was wearing a hospital gown. She was not alone; half the 6-yearolds neglected to close the back of their graduation gowns properly. Kids!



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Christopher Lay comes from the sleepy town of Ashland, Oregon, USA. Father to 6-yearold 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

Alternate Routes Parenting

A Day in the Life of a Homeschooled Beijinger Lessons learned outside of a conventional classroom by Jennifer Ambrose

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very few months, but especially during the September back-toschool season, I wonder about our decision to homeschool our children. International schools and local private schools have always been out of our reach, both financially and geographically. However, I am reminded why we homeschool when I consider what a typical day might look like: 8am (or so): My 9-year-old silently slips out of bed while I am fixing coffee. He doesn’t want me to know he’s already up and building with Legos. 8.15am: I realize the time. Seeing Myles’ empty bed, I am on to his subterfuge. I ask him to get dressed and eat breakfast. 8.30am: I rouse my 4-year-old from sleep. She wishes me “Happy good morning!” 9am: Time to start our school day. I read poetry aloud to the kids, as well literature that I hope will inspire them to strive for the Good, the Beautiful, and the True. 9.15am: Myles and I review his math lesson. He starts on his exercises. 10am: Brigid brings me her math book. She, too, has schoolwork. While I am helping her, I fail to notice that Myles is reading a Tintin comic book. When I spot this, I check his math and redirect him to his science books. 10.45am: Myles has finished math and science, so I test him on dictation copy work, an exercise meant to combine spelling, language arts, and penmanship. 11am: Quite clearly, I hear my upstairs neighbor chopping vegetables for lunch. I am chastened by the fact that, unlike the Chinese family above us, my kids will not be served a hot lunch today. Again. 11.30am: I remind Myles that his Chinese tutor is coming during her lunch hour, so he needs to check the homework he completed after the previous class. There is a moment of panic when he cannot locate the folder, but he finds it eventually. 11.45am: Myles’ tutor messages me to say she cannot come today. He’s disappointed, but I breathe a sigh of relief; I have yet to sweep and mop the room we use as a classroom. Noon: For lunch, I serve sandwiches. Myles rushes through his meal to enjoy more time with Legos or Tintin.

1.15pm: I give Myles the day’s history lesson. Then, Brigid and I work on letters or a puzzle. 2pm: My husband phones me. We have an urgent bank errand to run. I pack a bag with assignments that the kids can complete while we are waiting. Having obvious schoolwork satisfies the other bank customers, who are curious to know what my kids do all day. 3.45pm: Errand complete, I reward the kids (but mostly myself) for good, patient behavior with a visit to one of Changping’s new coffee shops. 4.30pm: Changping schools have let out for the day. It is now safe for us to go to the park and avoid being asked why the kids aren’t in school. 6pm: We return home. I start preparing supper, but I am short a few vegetables. Convinced I am helping Myles improve his Chinese and build his independence, I send him downstairs to buy them from a street vendor. 8pm: After supper, Myles might choose to play guitar, read, write, or resume his Lego project. Brigid will choose to interrupt her brother’s activities. I’ll read to her so she’ll leave him alone. 9pm: I’ll indulge in wishful thinking that my kids will be in bed by this time. I am such a sucker for “one more chapter, please” from either of them. Eventually everyone gets to sleep, and in the quiet I thumb through the next day’s work. I weigh the minor frustrations against the great deal of fun we had, and I remember why we keep homeschooling. Tomorrow is another day to grow and learn together, and maybe – just maybe – make a hot lunch.

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

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Back to School photo by Mishka Family Photography


eturning to school is both one of the most dreaded and anticipated events of the year. Some kids lament the loss of summer, while others can’t wait to jump back into the classroom. Regardless of which category your brood falls into, back-to-school season is always fraught with new challenges. Some students undergo more strenuous transitions than others, such as moving from kindergarten to primary school or from an international school to a local school. To smooth the transition, we examine common adjustment issues and what parents can do to support their kids (p52). A more modern worry is balancing screen time and technology at home. How much is useful for learning, but detrimental to health? There’s no right answer, but there are guidelines that families can consider to arrive at their own conclusion (p56). Here’s to a happy and successful academic year!



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A Matter of Adjustment Changes at school can be unsettling for your kids, so what can you do to help? by Oscar Holland

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From left: Victorbeijingkids (age 13), Cadalina,2013 Victor, and Ethan Wong (age 9) September


or many students and their parents, the start of the school year also marks the arrival of new schedules, routines, and academic expectations. Whether the fall semester sees your child buying their own lunch for the first time or dealing with the pressures of high school exams, the way that they cope with these transition periods can have a huge impact on their psychological, social, and academic well-being. But while parents should always keep an eye out for potential adjustment issues, there are stages in the school journey that can present more acute problems. Children advancing to the next stage of their education, such as making the move up from kindergarten, elementary, middle, or high school, are particularly prone to feeling unsettled both at school and at home. Some may even be changing curricula or between international and local schools, both of which can seriously disrupt their personal development.

So What’s New? Starting at a new school can be difficult. New classmates, teachers, and environments may be problematic for children of all ages, especially if they are naturally more introverted than others. Besides the more obvious hurdles, there are a number of other issues to contend with. Going from being the oldest in a school to the youngest or from being at the top of the class to a more competitive environment can all cause anxiety and affect a child’s emotional welfare. In many cases, however, differences in routines and expectations lie at the heart of adjustment problems. This is especially the case for younger children, for whom the greatest changes may take the form of new activities and responsibilities. Although it is all a natural part of growing up, the prospect of school assemblies, longer days, stricter rules, or the introduction of activities such as swimming or IT can be daunting. It may take some time to adapt to new schedules. This was something that Canadian and beijingkids Board Member Victor Wong found when his youngest son Ethan, now 9 years old, started his first year of elementary school. “He had to be more organized and there were lots of new things to do each day, like taking the bus,” Wong says. “Individually, the new duties weren’t too difficult. But when you combine them, it adds up to a lot of adjustment.” Beyond the restructuring of the daily routine, the expectations placed on children invariably grow as they progress up the school ladder. Wong discovered that moving from the play-orientated focus of kindergarten to a more formal learning environment required some preparation. “At kindergarten, all Ethan had to do was run around,” he says. “But then he found he had to start taking responsibility for himself. He is a super energetic kid and I literally had to practice sitting down with him!” For older children, growing expectations can be even more severe. While they too will have to deal with new classmates, teachers, and surroundings, they will also face the increasing academic rigor that unfolds at each stage of education. Preparation for exams and the introduction of a broader range of subjects both have the potential to act as stress triggers. These worries were amplified for Wong when his eldest son, also called Victor, decided that he wanted to move from an international elementary to a Chinese middle school. The differences in curriculum, teaching style, and – most problematically – language were profound. “When he started Chinese school, he understood almost nothing,” recalls Wong. “It was the pace, the teaching – everything. We underestimated just how different the system was going to be and the local

Feature schools have their own curriculum and styles. But it does work. My son’s doing really well and not only that, he’s happy and adjusted.”

Warning Signs Although both of Victor’s sons had the determination and flexibility to adapt, many children will struggle regardless of their age or the nature of the changes they undergo. It is inevitable that some will find the transition more difficult, according to Dr. Rob Blinn, a clinical psychologist at Beijing United Family Hospital. “Whether we’re preschoolers or high schoolers, when human beings are faced with new situations, we have to learn to adapt and some of us do better than others,” he explains. Every child will react differently during transition periods but there are some signals to be aware of. Problems with behavior, mood, and motivation can all emerge from the stress and uncertainty of change. “The main warning signs are things like isolation, acting out, aggression towards other kids, or more anxious behavior,” says Dr. Blinn. “You may also see developmental regression. So with a younger child, you could find that although they were pretty good with [toilet training], they start to wet their pants once or twice a week.” Parents with older children may experience more subtle shifts in attitude, such as eye rolling, grumpiness, and irritability. But with age comes the ability to hide problems, so simply looking for these symptoms is not enough. Moreover, drops in achievement or difficulty making friends may not manifest themselves in noticeable ways at home. So although the obvious warning signs can help, their absence does not necessarily mean that everything is going smoothly. Creating and maintaining a good relationship with teachers is clearly an effective way to spot issues you might not otherwise have been aware of. But actively listening to your child is the key to identifying and solving transitional difficulties, according to Ishbel Bruce, who runs Parent Effectiveness Training (PET) courses in Beijing. She suggests that while most parents like to think they are there for their kids, it takes a considered approach to create an environment in which children feel comfortable talking about matters that are really troubling them. “What I find to not be helpful is asking ‘So how was school today?’ straight after class because you won’t get much of a response,” she warns. “You should try and avoid that type of interrogative question.” Instead, Bruce recommends allocating some time every day, even if it is only five or ten minutes, to having one-to-one time with your child that is spent on their terms. “It might be reading a book or maybe older children want to go to a movie, but you give them a devoted period of time,” she suggests. “You may not talk directly about the transition they’re going through but when you speak together about your experiences, there will be door openers. “The talking process is cathartic, but it can also help you get to the root of a problem. For example, your child may complain that they don’t like their math teacher, but using active listening you may discover that it’s part of a deeper root cause. Maybe they don’t like who they sit next to in class or perhaps they are just not doing particularly well in math.” Once you identify a specific adjustment problem, there is unfortunately no cure-all solution. Each must be treated in a case-specific way and worked through between yourself, your child and, if appropriate, the school. But simply assuring them that everything will be fine is often the worst thing you can do. “One of the mistakes parents make is that they try and ease the transition too much rather than being honest with their kids,” says September 2013




From left: Brian, Sophie (age 8), Hollis (age 3), and Renee Baker

Wong. “When my son moved to a local Chinese school, I had to tell him ‘This is going to be really hard!’”

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Of course, sometimes there is not a single specific issue troubling your child, but a more general sense of uncertainty about change. This can be much more intense for families that are new to the country. As well as dealing with the prospect of a new school and classmates, the cultural differences of a foreign city and international education can be disconcerting for some. In these cases however, it is often the parents’ own difficulty adjusting that is causing friction, according to Dr. Blinn. “Sometimes parents are so busy adapting themselves that they do not devote as much time to being there for the kids,” he says. “But it’s important for new parents to be present and available in order to help their children through the period of transition. When parents can deal with their own stress and adjustment issues, it puts them in a much better place to be present and help the children settle in. On airlines they normally tell you to put on your own oxygen mask and make sure the parents are stable first, but in this case it’s important to go through the transition together.”

This is advice that resonates with Renee Baker, who relocated to Beijing from the US less than six weeks ago with her husband and two daughters, 8-year-old Sophie and 3-year-old Hollis. She is putting off looking for work for at least a year to make sure that the family is settled as the girls start school. “My priority has to be the children and making sure they’re comfortable,” she says. “If there’s an issue, then it’s important that I hear from them right away so I know whether I need to speak with the teacher or school about it.” Given how much upheaval Baker faced during the recent relocation, continuity has been particularly important for her family as they prepare for the new semester. “The big thing we tried to establish here is consistency,” she says. “That can mean keeping expectations the same as back in the US or just trying to find some things that are similar, even if it’s just familiar snack foods or their favorite sandwich. One thing we did back home was have weekly family meetings, so we have now reinstated those as a way to check in, discuss any issues, and talk about what’s going on that week.” The experts agree that maintaining children’s stability and routine outside school can be the best way to smooth the transition in the classroom.


“Whether we’re preschoolers or high schoolers, when human beings are faced with new situations, we have to learn to adapt and some of us do better than others” “Children will need as much of their family life to remain unchanged while they are experiencing a change at school,” says PET trainer Bruce. “Keep up the family routines, the familiar weekend activities, or the favorite bedtime stories and try to keep disruptions to a minimum.” But there will also be many things that will inevitably be different, so helping children come to terms with these elements of school life is as important as maintaining stability at home. Most schools offer open days or orientation sessions and talking your kids through their daily schedule in advance can help. Once the school year is underway there is still plenty more you can do outside school hours to help your child adapt. For Wong, focusing on his son’s social life was the key to the successful transition to a local school. Helping Victor socialize with other kids and arranging weekend activities made it easier to fit in during the week. “Of course there were new challenges with the curriculum and teaching styles,” he explains. “But if you start to make friends, then everything else becomes easier because you have a support network in school.” So both parents and experts agree that a successful transition is based on the emotional support of parents and peers. Helping your child to adjust is a case of providing continuity where you can and help adapting where you can’t. But it all begins with listening to and understanding your child’s needs. Without this first step, minor adjustment issues may become larger problems as the year unfolds.

Resources Beijing United Family Hospital Dr. Rob Blinn provides consultations in English at BJU’s Psychological Health Center, now based at the New Hope Oncology Center. 9-11 Jiangtai Xi Lu, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100015 (5927 7008) 朝阳区将台西路9-11号 邮编 100015 Ishbel Bruce Bruce offers Parent Effectiveness Training (PET) courses and can be contacted at or 139 1103 4134.

Books and Websites: • Slurping Soup and Other Confusions by Ahmad, Emigh et al. The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture • Your Child’s Developing Mind, Survive Everyday Parenting Struggles, and Help Your Family Thrive by Bryson Siegel • Become a Better Listener: Active Listening (http://

Creating an Effective Homework Routine • .Choose a time and stick to it. Some kids may work better straight after school and others may need a snack or some playtime first. But once you’ve set a time, try not to deviate from it. • .Create a single workspace. Find somewhere where your child is comfortable working and establish it as the only place for homework. It should be quiet, free from distractions, and well-stocked with paper and stationary. • .Buy a shared calendar. It can be used to signal any disruption to the schedule as well as help your child track their deadlines. • .Understand the school’s expectations. Know how much and when homework needs to be produced so you can help your child make a work plan for the week. Spreading the work evenly across the week will help maintain a regular routine. • Be available. You don’t need to peer over your child’s shoulder but let them know that you’re there to help if they need you. If you have any paperwork to get on with, do it nearby to establish a shared quiet time.

Establishing a Healthy Bedtime Routine • As with homework, choose a time and stick to it. A child’s internal body clock responds to routine, so by enforcing a strict bedtime they will begin to feel naturally tired at the allocated time. Try not to stray too far from it on weekends and holidays. • .Give them plenty of warning. As bedtime nears, be vocal about how long there is left. Regular reminders such as “10 minutes until bed” or “five minutes until you brush your teeth” will help them mentally prepare for sleep. • .Prepare with some quiet time. Turn off any electronic devices an hour before bed and encourage quiet activities like reading or packing their school bag for the next day. Children may also benefit from a bath, which has been shown to relax the body for sleep. • Explain why sleep matters. Poor sleeping patterns can have short- and long-term effects on a child’s memory and development, so it is important that they understand the rationale behind the rules. This is especially the case for teenagers who may not necessarily go to sleep straight after going to bed. • .Eat and drink wisely. Sugary foods and caffeinated drinks will disrupt sleep patterns, so make sure you hand out any treats well before bedtime.

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Taking a Long, Hard Look at Screen Time The impact of electronic media on children by Aisling O’Brien

Will Taylor (age 4) plays on the iPad at home




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ow that school is back in session, many families will be struggling to balance screen time at home. Lots of kids would happily while away the hours in a zombie-like trance, bathed in the twilight glow of a flickering screen, but the evidence overwhelmingly suggests that moderation, supervision, quality, and cooperative engagement are key when it comes to balancing screen time. Screen time is defined as the time spent using screens such as computers, televisions, video games, and digital handheld devices. Every year, the figures for “total hours watched” continue to rise, and there’s a yawning chasm between expert recommendations and actual viewing patterns. Psychologist Dr. Aric Sigman recently published an influential review on the effects of screen time on children around the world. He found that, by the time the average child turns 18, they will have watched the equivalent of three years of continuous, 24/7 screen media. To make sense of it all, we examine official recommendations, weigh the pros and cons of screen time, and speak to two Beijing families about their philosophies of tech-in-action. Listed opposite are just a few of the pros and cons of screen time, which families may want to consider before setting out their own rules.



Trained Brain: A series of recent studies found that playing video games can have a positive impact on concentration and decision-making skills. While gaming, kids receive instant reinforcement and reward for focusing on a task and making quick decisions.

Shoddy Body: Quality kids’ TV shows encourage movement and console makers have released active games for Wii and Xbox Kinect, but screen time generally leaves kids slumped in one position for hours. Sedentary behavior increases the prevalence of obesity and disturbed sleep.

Box-ing Clever: TV can be both an effective entertainer and educator. Shows like Sesame Street and Blue’s Clues revolutionized children’s television. Limited co-viewing of these programs with parents can have positive learning effects. In his book The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell credits these educational TV shows with creating a learning epidemic in preschoolers. Kids may love Elmo and Blue, but the shows are painstakingly and scientifically designed to direct their attention toward the real star – learning.

I Don’t Think You’re Ready for this Telly: The average American child consumes three to four hours of TV and five to seven hours of screen time in total every day. Excessive TV, particularly on weekdays, can lead to worsened school performance. The problems are compounded for the 70 percent of American children who have a TV in their bedrooms (Kaiser Family Foundation, 2010). These kids watch more TV and more violent programming each day, as bedroom viewing tends to be unsupervised. No wonder these little tykes suffer from nightmares and disordered sleep!

Better Hand-Eye Coordination: Multiple studies have shown that playing video games that require finely-tuned spatial skills go on to build hand-eye coordination and manual dexterity away from the screen.

Damaged Eyes and Hands: In addition to the obesity risk, there are other screen-specific ill effects to beware of, such as eye strain, and repetitive stress injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome and iPad finger.

Big Mother: Installing GPS tracking software on children’s phones is a growing trend. There are many free apps available to turn your child’s smart phone into a device locator. Even if they forget to text or call, you can still track of their whereabouts. Check out free apps Securafone, Life360, or SMS Tracker (available for both Android and iPhone).

Big Brother: Kids who grew up on the web may think nothing of tweeting their every thought. However, a recent Kaplan Test Prep survey confirmed that over 25 percent of university admission officials investigate applicants online. Some students have even had their college offers revoked due to inappropriate remarks. Students need to be aware of and manage their digital footprint appropriately.

Tech to Teach: In traditional education, students learned what the teacher had to teach. Technology has advanced student-centered learning and served as the catalyst for an educational revolution. In today’s classrooms, teachers are using technology to drive dialogical learning and facilitate self-directed research. For today’s digital natives (the kids who’ve grown up swiping and typing), self-directed learning is as automatic and reflexive as breathing.

A Web of Lies: When a deadline is looming, many students resort to plagiarism. The Internet makes it too easy for students to copy and paste vast chunks of text or pay for a professionally-written term paper. According to the Ad Council and Educational Testing Service, over 75 percent of college cheaters admitted they began cutting corners in high school. If students plagiarize their way through, they miss out on developing vital critical analysis and writing skills.

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Lance (age 9) and Kylie Newland (age 11) have limited educational screen time every day

What Do Experts Say? In a study published earlier this year, Northwestern University revealed that most parents not only ignore guidelines on screen time, but are not generally concerned about media use. Given the widespread incidence of excessive screen time and its potentially damaging effects on health and learning, it’s clear that there is a major breakdown in communication between parents and experts.



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Parenting 2.0 Even with these guidelines, it can be difficult to figure out how to put it all together. To find out how real families deal with screen time, we spoke to two tech-savvy Beijing parents about their cyber house rules: Silas Newland and Rebecca Taylor.

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So what are considered safe guidelines? For starters, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that: • .Bedrooms and dining tables remain screen-free zones. No TV, computers or video games allowed. •. Children over 2 should be limited to no more than two hours of non-school related media per day. Kids learn best

by engaging with activities in the real world, such as simply playing and exploring with friends and family. •. Children under 2 should completely avoid TV and other entertainment media. Instead, lavish your little ones with human interaction. That initial period of face-to-face learning and communication is critical for their development into a healthy human being.

Feature The Newland Family Silas Newland: The kids and I are dual US/Canada citizens and Erica is a US citizen. We’ve lived in Beijing almost two years. Erica works for Intel and I work for Morris Williams, a real estate company based in the US. Both Kylie (11) and Lance (9) attend the International Montessori School of Beijing.

What part does screen time play in your family? We never put the TV on at home unless we’re watching sports as a family. Instead, we ride our bikes, do puzzles, read a lot, and most of all engage in imaginative play. We believe that the family that plays together stays together! We also watch DVDs once a week; often, it’s Thomas the Tank Engine – Will’s favorite. Will also loves the tactile, interactive nature of the iPad. He usually makes a movie every weekend with his dad Doug, which can take two to three hours.

What part does screen time play in your family? Except on trips longer than 1.5 hours and the odd family movie night, screen time almost exclusively centers on dedicated eReaders such as our Nooks by Barnes & Noble. In the evenings, we play board games, read together, take the dog for a walk, or go for a bike ride. Lance is learning how to code via a program called Small Basic. Both kids enjoy making stop-motion movies and using Microsoft Movie Maker to edit and produce. They’ve made countless Lego movies and scrolling-captures where drawings are wound from one reel to another – think a rocket ship traveling through the galaxy.

Do you restrict screen time? At Will’s age, under an hour of screen time is plenty; for Charlotte, there is none. We also avoid using electronic devices at meal times. At restaurants, we take a “restaurant bag,” which has toys, books, and play dough inside. We limit screen time rigorously because I see how zoned-out Will becomes after 30 minutes. His body and brain need stimulation, especially physical movement, and screen time reduces that considerably. When Will is over-engaged in tech, he’s not aware of his surroundings, he can’t hear us when we talk to him, he loses track of time, and he sometimes even forgets to go to the toilet.

Do you restrict screen time? We have read many studies that link brain development with the absence of digital media, so having a strict electronics policy from day one was pretty obvious. The children share a computer specifically for school work. Our youngest has access from 4pm to 6pm each day; the oldest gets an additional hour. The Internet is monitored and filtered by McAfee. No games, chat rooms, YouTube, [and the like] can be accessed during those times. In our house, the Internet is for academic endeavors only! We also worry what the kids might come across online; even innocuous search terms can return very disturbing results! We mitigate the risk by keeping the PC in a common area. I also monitor their apps. I can see everything that’s downloaded, so there’s no possibility of downloading new apps without my knowledge.

Do your kids have a TV in their bedroom? I am passionately against TVs in the bedroom. There’s so much crap out there that is absolutely unsuitable for kids. Why risk exposing them to sex and violence when they really don’t need to see it? I am even more passionately against bedroom computers. The net is so full of predators and unsuitable content. Children need our guidance to navigate all the muck.

Do your kids have a TV in their bedroom? No one in the family has a TV in the bedroom, as we think it creates too much focus on television and makes it harder to manage screen time. Do you experience conflict with your children over screen time? We have been using the same methods for a few years now and there are no conflicts about the rules. Although we can limit screen time at our house, it is impossible to manage it at other people’s homes, and we know we will have still less control as they mature. But if we’ve done our job right, they will make good choices whether we are there or not. How was your childhood different from your kids’ when it comes to screen time? Growing up in Vermont, I lived between mountains that blocked all television reception, and my childhood tech revolved around the sole PC that my school had available to the students. Are there benefits to exposing kids to technology at a young age? Technology is everywhere and very easy to interact with. Our children have plenty of exposure to “screen time” through school and our limited allowance. I don’t believe there’s any risk that tech-light kids will be left behind. If we create a love of learning, then children will embrace technology at the right time as an additional tool.

Do you experience conflict with your children over screen time? Not currently, as they are simply too young. But the situation may change as they get older and peer pressure gets stronger. I hope that by discussing with them the rights and responsibilities they have as members of our family and of the community, they learn to value the concept of balance. How was your childhood different from your kids’ when it comes to screen time? What screen time? We watched the occasional movie and some cartoons on weekend mornings. I didn’t use a computer consistently until I left home to board for Grade 11 and 12. I didn’t even have a cell phone till the ripe old age of 21! Are there benefits of exposing kids to technology at a young age? Purposeful, supervised technology can be exciting, educational and fun – a great springboard into the plugged-in world. But it’s critical that tech is about creation, not just consumption. Creative technology could potentially transform society with communal wisdom and global change. Tech can be used for harm but, overwhelmingly, it can be used for social good. It’s up to parents and educators to guide kids through the information maze, and open them up to the wider world.

The Taylor Family Rebecca Taylor: We’re an Australian family beginning our fifth year in Beijing. Doug is one of the elementary technology integrators at the Western Academy of Beijing; I am an elementary teacher currently working from home promoting my online children’s shoe business and finishing my Master’s of Teacher Librarianship. We have two kids: son Will (4) and daughter Charlotte (1). Will attends WAB.

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beijingkids 2013 inSeptember Most evenings, the Newlands engage non technology-related activities as a family

Resources 1. Books Boys Adrift by Leonard Sax Examines the correlation between screen time and underachieving young men.

Screen Time by Lisa Guernsey Recommends that parents focus on “the three C’s”: content, context, and the individual child. The Winter of Our Disconnect by Susan Maushart A mother of three teenage kids pulls the plug on family tech and reaps the benefits in better communication. 2. Websites Advice on screen time from US First Lady Michelle Obama’s program to tackle childhood obesity.

Recommended Apps for Learning Pre-School and Kindergarten


Middle and High School

1. Endless Alphabet Monsters teach letters.

1. Book Creator Make your own books.

1. Evernote Take, store and share notes

2. Bugs and Buttons A wide range of mathematical and literacy games.

2. Puppet Pals Directors Pass Star in your own cartoon!

2. Khan Academy Thousands of videos on many subjects.

3. SquiggleFish Draw and color fish to populate an aquarium.

3. iMotion HD Create stop motion or time lapse videos.

3. Studious Plan your homework and exam prep.

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Family Dining

Family Dining 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 Colibri Cafe Nestled in the trendy entertainment destination alongside creative labels and high end boutiques, this Café offers more than 20 flavors of cupcakes (RMB 23), all handcrafted with fine ingredients and topped with soft butter cream, designed by award-winning San Francisco-based studio Eight Inc, who embodies the vibrant spirit of the Hummingbird to Colibri. Sandwiches and coffee would complement the colorful spread of mid-day snack. Daily 9am-10pm. LG51, Sanlitun Village North, 11 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6417 0808) 蜂鸟, 朝阳区 三里屯路11号三里屯Village北区地下1层 Comptoirs de France 1) Daily 8.30am9pm. Stalls 1 & 2, 1/F, Silk Market (east side), 8 Xiushui Dongjie, Chaoyang District. (5169 9298); 2) Daily 7am-8.30pm. Daily 7am-8.30pm. Beijing United Family Hospital and Clinics Shop Number 1, Chaoyang District. (5927 7597); 3) Daily 7am-8.30pm. (opening soon) Beijing United Family Hospital and Clinics Shop Number 2, 2 Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District.; 4) Daily 7am-8.30pm. 1/F, Bldg 5, Hairun International Apartment, 2B Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District. (5135 7645); 5) Daily 7am-8.30pm. 55-1, Xingfucun Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (6416 2853); 6) Daily 7am-8.30pm. 2/F Riviera Plaza, 5 Laiguangying Donglu, Chaoyang District. (8470 2347); 7) Daily 7am-8.30pm. 1/F, East Lake Club, 35 Dongzhimenwai Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6461 1525); 8) Daily 7am-8.30pm. 4 Ritan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (8562 3355); 9) Daily 7am-8.30pm. L-111, Europlaza, 99 Yuxiang Lu, Tianzhu Zhen, Shunyi District. (8046 6309); 10) Daily 7am-8.30pm. Rm 102, 1/F, Bldg 15, China Central Place, 89 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (6530 5480) www.comptoirsdefrance. com 法派, 1) 朝阳区秀水东街8号秀水大厦东区 一层1,2号; 2) 朝阳区将台路2号北京和睦家医 院店; 3) 朝阳区将台路2号北京和睦家医院2店; 4) 朝阳区将台路乙2号海润国际公寓商业5号楼 1层; 5) 朝阳区幸福村中路55-1号; 6) 朝阳区 来广营东路5号2楼东侧; 7) 东城区东直门外大 街35号东湖俱乐部1层; 8) 朝阳区日坛北路4号; 9) 顺义区裕翔路99号天竺镇欧陆广场L111室; 10) 朝阳区建国路89号华贸中心15号楼102 Pantry’s Best Despite what a generations of people raised by cartoons might believe, the proper destination for a banana cream pie is not in your opponent’s face. The divine vanilla custard from Pantry’s Best (formerly Pie House) deserves to be in no one’s face but your own. Born of American pie enthusiast Mark Huetsch’s inability to bear a pie-less lifestyle in Beijing, Pantry’s Best delivers rich, heavenly pastry free within the Fourth Ring Road or to Wudaokou. Their pie lineup includes pumpkin, French cream, key lime, and blueberry (RMB 149-249), and extends to mousses and tartlets. Delivered to your door on time, still warm and full of gooey fruit filling, these pies could solve a domestic dispute. Daily 9am-9pm. Delivery only, order five hours in advance. Daily 9am-9pm. (5166 4464) 派悦坊

Cantonese and Dim Sum Choy’s Seafood Daily: 11.30am–2.30pm, 5.30pm–10.30pm. 2/F, Beijing Marriott Hotel Northeast, 26A Xiaoyun Lu, Chaoyang District. (5927 8888) com/hotels/photo-tours.mi?marshaCode=bjse s&pageID=HWRAL&imageID=2 朝阳区海航大 厦万豪酒店, 霄云路甲26号 Crystal Jade 1) Daily 11am-10pm. 6/F, Shin Kong Place, 87 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (6533 1150/70); 2) Daily 11am4pm, 5-10pm. Store BB82, Oriental Plaza, 1



Dongchang’an Jie, Dongcheng District. (8515 0238) 翡翠皇宫酒家, 1) 朝阳区建国路87号新 光天地6层; 2) 东城区东长安街1号东方广场地 铁层BB82店铺

Chaoyang District. (6416 0618) 泰和草本工 坊, 1) 朝阳区建国路93号万达广场10号楼B02; 2) 朝阳区三里屯路19号三里屯Village南区6号 楼3层s6-33

East Ocean Seafood Restaurant Daily 11am-3pm, 5.30-10.30pm. 39 Maizidian Jie, Chaoyang District. (6508 3482) 东海海鲜酒 家, 朝阳区麦子店街39号

Hong Kong Food City Dim sum at this long-running Wangfujing restaurant goes from 11.30am-2pm daily. 11am-midnight. 18 Dong’anmen Dajie (south of Xindongan), Dongcheng District. (6525 7349) 香港美食城, 东城区东安门大街18号新东安南

Fuli Gong Jiu Jia This restaurant attached to the premium health club at the Fuli Cheng complex serves straightforward Hong Kongstyle Cantonese cuisine and dim sum, as well as a few Hunan dishes. Weekends are usually bustling and a ten percent service charge applies. Bldg 1-3 Fuli City, Shuangjing, 5 Donsanhuan Zhonglu,, Chaoyang District. (5876 7273) 富力宫酒家, 朝阳区朝阳区东三环 中路5号富力城1-3楼 Full Moon Though its Huadu hotel location has seen better days, Full Moon still reels ‘em in for their daily dim sum from 11am-4.30pm. Daily 11am-midnight. Huadu Hotel, 8 Xinyuan Nanlu (Inside Huadu Hotel) , Chaoyang District. (6597 1237) 福满楼, 朝阳区新源南路 8号华都饭店内 Gala This 24-hour eatery aimed at the Gongti Xilu clubbing set serves dim sum and Cantonese specialties prepared by a Hong Kong chef. Daily 24 hours. 8 Gongti Xilu (behind Gongti 100), Chaoyang District. (6551 9048) 朝阳区工体西路8号 Golden Jaguar Mon-Fri 11am-2.30pm,510.30pm,Sat-Sun 10.30am-4pm,5-10.30pm. 1) 4/F, North Bldg, The Place, 9 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6553 8888); 2) 2/F, Wangfu Shiji Dasha, Donganmen Dajie (opposite China Children’s Art Theater), Dongcheng District. (6559 8888 ext 1); 3) 2/F, Building 214, Huizhong Beili, Yayuncun, Chaoyang District. (5128 1888) 金钱豹, 1) 朝 阳区光华路9号世贸天阶大厦北楼4层; 2) 东城 区东安门大街王府世纪大厦2层(儿童剧场对面); 3) 朝阳区亚运村惠忠北里小区214号楼2层 Greenfish Daily 6.30am-11pm. Ritz-Carlton Financial Street, 1 Jinchengfang Dongjie, Jinrong Jie, Xicheng District. (6601 6666 ext 6255) 四季汇, 西城区金城坊东街1号北京金融 街丽思卡顿酒店 Guanghe Chaxuan Part of the Guangdong Provincial Government Beijing Office, this is the only place in Beijingthat serves dim sum from Hong Kong-style wheel carts (before 11am), although the real Hong Kong buzz is missing. A la carte dishes are served in the afternoons and the kitchen is open until midnight. Daily 7am-midnight. 5/F, Guangzhou Dasha, 3A Heng Er Tiao, Xidan, Xicheng District. (5855 9988) 广和茶轩, 西城 区西单横二条甲3号广州大厦5层 Happy Valley The Swissotel’s Cantonese restaurant features the culinary creations of Hong Kong Chinese Chef Jacky Chan. Lunch times feature dim sum and business lunch sets, and a la carte items are available for both lunch and dinner. The Dim Sum Weekend Buffet goes from 11.30am–2pm. 11.30am-2.30pm, 5.30-10pm. 1/F, Swissotel Beijing, Dongcheng District. (6553 2288) China/Swissotel+Beijing/HOTEL+HOME/ Gallery/Dining/Happy+Valley+Restaurant.htm 快活谷, 东城区东四十条瑞士酒店1层 Hengshan Hui Serving authentic dim sum, milk tea and stir-fried noodles, this affordable Cantonese eatery draws both businessmen and families. Daily 10.30am-11.30pm. 1/F, Kerry EAS Logistics Building (entrance at back of building), 21 Xiaoyun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6466 1211) 衡山汇, 朝阳区霄云路21 号嘉里大通附楼1楼 Herbal Cafe This Hong Kong cafe doesn’t drench their food in oil, MSG and salt, serves herbal teas, soups, dim sum, and stir-fries in a comfortable atmosphere. Dishes RMB 1058. 1) Daily 8am-midnight. B02, 17 Wanda Plaza, 93 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (5820 4679); 2) Daily 11am-11pm. S6-33, 3/F, Sanlitun Village South, 19 Sanlitun Lu,

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Huoqilin Tea Restaurant Daily 24 hours. 1) 2/F Fudun Zhongxin, 58 Dongsanhuan Nanlu, Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. (5867 4188); 2) 4/F 3.3 Mall, Sanlitun Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (5136 5259) 火麒麟查餐 厅, 1) 朝阳区朝阳区东三环南路58号富顿中心 B座2楼; 2) 朝阳区朝阳区三里屯南路酒吧街3.3 服饰大厦四层 Jade Garden Cantonese and Shanghainese cuisine in a sophisticated setting. The place gets particularly convivial on the weekends with Cantonese families gathering for dim sum feasts. Daily 11am-10.30pm. Bldg 6, Jiqingli, Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6552 8688) 苏浙汇, 朝阳区朝外大街 吉庆里6号楼 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 Lei Garden Daily 11.30am-2.30pm, 5.309.30pm. 3/F, Jinbao Tower, 89 Jinbao Jie, Dongcheng District. (8522 1212) http://ihs. html 利苑, 东城区金宝街89号金宝大厦3楼 Li Hao Like the very popular Macau Street down the hall, Li Hao serves Cantonese specialties to Guangdong-heavy clientele. Try their specialty la wei bao zai fan (蜡味煲仔 饭,sausage rice casserole, RMB 32) and the Duck and chicken rice (ya shuang pin fan 鹅 双拼饭, RMB 36). There is also a selection of sweet desserts. 10am-10pm. B1 The Place (next to Ganges), 9 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6587 1399, 6587 1488) www. 丽豪, 朝阳区朝阳区光华路9 号世贸天阶商贸城B1楼 Macau Chinese Restaurant The opulent settings of the Legendale Hotel provide the backdrop for this Cantonese restaurant that serves a la carte dishes and dim sum. 90-92 Jinbao Jie, Dongcheng District. (8511 3388 ext. 8968) restaurants-B1-MacaoChinese.htm 东城区北京 市东城区金宝街 90-92号 Tang Palace Seafood Boat Those in the know name this chain as haveing some of the best dim sum in town. The a la carte options aren’t half bad either - try the roast pigeon, manadarin fish and durian puffs. Reservations recommended. Daily 7.30am-10.30pm. 1) 1/F, Haoyue Jianguo Hotel, 17 Jianguomennei Dajie, Dongcheng District. (65131288); 2) 1/F, Xizang Dasha, 118 Beisihuan Donglu, Chaoyang District. (6498 5543); 3) Store 2, Bldg 9, Joy City, 101 Chaoyang Beilu, Chaoyang District. (8552 9488); 4) 1/F, Minzu Hotel, 51 Fuchengmennei Dajie, Xicheng District. (6605 9327); 5) 3/F Novotel Xinqiao Hotel, Dongjiaominxiang, Dongcheng District. (6512 9603) 唐宫海鲜坊, 1) 东城区建国门内 大街17号好苑建国商务酒店1楼; 2) 朝阳区北四 环东路118号西藏大厦1楼; 3) 朝阳区朝阳北路 101号朝阳大悦城9楼2号(青年路口); 4) 西城区 复兴门内大街51号民族饭店1楼; 5) 东城区东交 民巷新侨饭店3楼

Tang Yuan This chain of restaurants serving Cantonese and other regional dishes is known for its crispy chicken, bao zai fan (rice casseroles) and decent dim sum. 11am11pm. 209 Jixiangli, Chaoyang District. (6553 0198) 唐缘, 朝阳区唐缘朝阳区吉祥里209号 The Horizon Chinese Restaurant If your kids are like ours, their appetite for chashaobao (steamed bbq pork buns) is insatiable, so ordering them by the plate is a budget buster. This is why Horizon’s all-you-can-eat dim sum buffet, which is free for kids under 6 and half-price for kids under 12, is a real deal. It even includes a big fruit bar and a toddler corner with plastic toys on weekends. Daily 11.30am-2.30pm, 5.30-10pm. 1/F, Kerry Hotel, 1 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6561 8833 ext 41) http:// kerrycentre/dining/restaurant/thehorizon 海天 阁中餐厅, 朝阳区光华路1号北京嘉里大饭店1层 The Peak Hong Kong Cafe LG-2, Parkview Green, 9 Dongdaqiao, Chaoyang District. (8563 1675) 峯港茶餐厅, 朝阳区东大桥路9号 芳草地LG-2 Wu Li Xiang Daily 11am-2pm, 5-10pm. 1/F, Traders Upper East Hotel, 2 Dongsihuan Beilu (southeast of Xiaoyun Qiao), Chaoyang District. (5907 8406) 屋里香, 朝阳区东四环北路2号 (霄云桥东南角) 上东盛贸酒店 Yao Chi Modern in design, traditional in taste, this Cantonese restaurant will have you back with its great service and attention to details. Watch the chefs at work in the open kitchen as you sample the delicate dim sum. Daily 11am-2.30pm,5.30-10pm. Grand Millennium Beijing, Fortune Plaza, 7 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (8587 6888) http://www.millenniumhotels. com/cn/grandmillenniumbeijing/index.html 瑶 池中餐厅, 朝阳区东三环中路7号 Zen5es Daily 11am-2.30pm, 5.30-10.30pm. 4/F, the Westin Beijing Chaoyang, 7 Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (5922 8880, 朝阳区东三环北路 7号金茂北京威斯汀大饭店

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

Central & South American Agua Spanish and Mediterranean-inspired cuisine from restaurant helmed by awardwinning chef Jordi Valles. Voted “Outstanding New Restaurant of the Year (Non-Chinese)” and “Best Spanish” in the Beijinger’s 2011 Restaurant Awards. Daily noon-2.30pm, 6-11pm. 4/F, Nali Patio, 81 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (5208 6188, 5208 6198) 朝阳区三里屯路81号那里花园4层 Alameda As the three-time TBJ “Restaurant of the Year,” this Sanlitun restaurant continues to dazzle with market fresh menus and innovative, modern Euro-Brazilian cuisine. Set menus for lunch and dinner. Traditional Brazilian dishes making gratifying appearances include the black bean and smoked meat stew – feijoada – served every Saturday. Voted “Outstanding Business Lunch” in the Beijinger’s 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. Daily noon-3pm, 6-10.30pm. Sanlitun Beijie (beside the Nali Mall), Chaoyang District. (6417 8084, 朝 阳区三里屯北街 Brazilian Barbeque Gauchos Daily 11.30am-2.30pm, 5.30-9.30pm. Gate 3, inside Chaoyang Park (by the lake), 20 Chaoyang Gongyuan Xilu, Chaoyang District. (8595 2661) 卡乌秀巴西烤肉, 朝阳区朝阳公园 西路20号 (朝阳公园3号门内) Brazilian Churrascos Latin American diplomats meet up at this carnivore’s delight

Family Dining for charcoal-grilled chicken, beef or lamb piled high on metal skewers. Buffet table with unlimited salads and soups to complement the meat feast. Daily 11.30am-2.30pm, 5.3010pm. 1/F Crowne Plaza Park View Wuzhou, 8 Beisihuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (8498 2288 ext 6178) www.crowneplaza. com/beijingwuzhou 巴西烤肉, 朝阳区北四环 中路8号五洲皇冠假日酒店1层 Cantina Agave S4-32, 3/F, Bldg 4, Sanlitun Village South, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. 朝阳区三里屯路19号三里屯Village南区 4号楼3层S4-32 Che Diego! Billing itself as the only place in Beijing to sample authentic Argentine cuisine, Che Diego! features a chef and a barbecue master brought directly from Buenos Aires. Covering an area of 200sqm, the restaurant includes barbecued items, empanadas, locro stew, and fine wines. B1-217, Sanlitun Soho, 8 Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. 切迭戈, 朝 阳区工体北路8号三里屯Soho B1-­217 Latin Grillhouse Mon-Fri 11am-3pm, 5-11pm, Weekend 11am-3.30pm, 5-11pm. C1-11, Block 1, Solana, 6 Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (5905 6126/8) 拉丁餐厅, 朝阳区朝阳公园路6号蓝色 港湾国际商区1号楼C1-11 Lucky Lopez Mexican Grill Similar to the North American Chipotle chain, Lucky Lopez serves burritos, tacos (including barbacoa and fish), tamales and chili in a swish Southwestern-themed setting. Daily 11am8pm. Rm 0827, 1/F, Bldg 8, Jianwai Soho, Henghui Donglu, Chaoyang District. (5900 0820) 朝阳区恒惠东路建外Soho8号楼1层0827号 The Mexican Kitchen Mexican food for Beijing’s gringos. The small ones will be kept happy with the tasty treats on the kids’ menu. The restaurant provides a convenient babychanging table in its bathroom, and is also happy to host your kid’s next birthday party. Daily 10.30am-9.30pm. 705 Pinnacle Plaza, Tianzhu Real Estate Development Zone, Shunyi District. (8046 4558/59, catering@ http://www. 墨西 哥厨房, 顺义区天竺开发区荣祥广场705号 Mosto Mosto offers inventive, exciting contempo-rary food with a South American touch. The hacienda façade leads to a smart interior with an open kitchen and bar. Set lunch RMB 70. Excellent wine list, friendly staff. Voted “Outstanding Business Lunch,” “Outstanding Service,” “Best for a Romantic Meal” and “Outstanding Restaurant of the Year (Non-Chinese)” in the Beijinger’s 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. Sun-Thu noon-2.30pm, 6-10pm; Fri-Sat noon-2.30pm, 6-10.30pm. 3/F, Nali Patio, 81 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (5208 6030) 摸石 头, 朝阳区三里屯路81号那里花园3层 Peter’s Tex-Mex Grill Texas-sized portions at this long running Lone Star State-inspired restaurant originally founded by a splinter group from Grandma’s Kitchen. Enjoy serviceable burritos, fajitas, breakfast plates and burgers and wash it all down with a frozen margarita. The St. Regis branch does brisk workday lunch business, while the Lido branch is more family oriented with a play area for kids as well as a Kid’s Menu at the Lido branch. 1) Daily 8.30am-11pm. 88A International Club, 21 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (8532 2449); 2) Daily 7.30am-11pm. Jiangtai Xilu (next to SALT and Frank’s Place), Chaoyang District. (6435 3509) 彼德西餐, 1) 朝阳区建国门外大街21号国际俱乐 部88A; 2) 朝阳区将台西路 (SALT/Frank’s旁边) SALT This stylish outfit in a modern minimalist setting has weekly two-course or three-course set meals. Serves innovative, eclectic cuisine that keeps them coming back for more. Voted “Outstanding Business Lunch” and “Outstanding Steak” in the Beijinger’s 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. Mon-Sat noon-3pm, 6-10.30pm, Sun Brunch noon-4pm. 2/F, 9 Jiangtai Xilu (opposite the Japanese School, west of Rosedale Hotel),


Chaoyang District. (6437 8457) www. 盐, 朝阳区将台西路 9号2层(珀丽酒店西边) Sand Pebbles Lounge Small restaurant located on trendy Wudaoying hutong. Serves up Tex-Mex food as well as wraps and sandwiches. Daily noon-11pm. 74 Wudaoying Hutong, Dongcheng District. (8404 0767) 沙 卵石, 东城区五道营胡同74号

Chinese Aimo Town Fangjia Hutong restaurant is full of ethnic minority accessories, with a long menu of Yunnan dishes geared towards groups - a big wooden bucket of fried rice gratin (RMB 15) is the ideal starchy complement to tender suanla quanyu (酸 辣全鱼, RMB 42) – a whole fish in a sour and spicy sauce. No meal should begin here without a dish of palate-cleansing boheye, crunchy mint leaves dressed in sesame oil (RMB 16). Service is efficient. Daily 11am10pm. Bldg G, 46 Fangjia Hutong (just south of Guozijian Jie), Dongcheng District. (6400 1725) 埃蒙小镇, 东城区方家胡同46号艺术园区 (国子监南临) G座 Chao Dian Mon-Fri 10am-3am, Sat-Sun 9am-3am. S6-32, 3/F, Bldg 6, Sanlitun Village South, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6413 2998) 嘲点, 朝阳区三里屯路19号三里屯 Village南区3号楼S6-32单元 China Grill Daily 6-10.30am, 11.30am2.30pm, 5.30-10.30pm. 66/F, Park Hyatt Beijing, 2 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (8567 1234) 北京亮, 朝阳区建国门外 大街2号柏悦酒店66层 Crystal Jade Reaching from Singapore to Seoul, the Crystal Jade group offers high quality Cantonese food, good service, and opulent atmosphere. 1) Daily 11am10pm. 6/F, Shin Kong Place, 87 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (6533 1150/70); 2) Daily 11am-4pm, 5-10pm. Store BB82, Oriental Plaza, 1 Dongchang’an Jie, Dongcheng District. (8515 0238) 翡翠皇宫酒家, 1) 朝阳 区建国路87号新光天地6层; 2) 东城区东长安街 1号东方广场地铁层BB82店铺 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) Ding Ding Xiang You’d be nuts to bring a toddler to a hot pot joint, but Ding Ding Xiang’s individual hot pots make it easy even for picky eaters to satisfy their own tastes. And who doesn’t like playing with fire? Let the flames begin! Voted “Outstanding Hot Pot” in the Beijinger’s 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. 1) Daily 11am-10pm. 2/F, Yuanjia International Apartments, Dongzhimenwai, Dongzhong Jie (opposite East Gate Plaza), Dongcheng District. (6417 9289); 2) 1/F West Tower, 8 Dongdaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (5900 3137/3079); 3) Daily 11.30am-11pm. 1/F, 14 Dongzhong Jie, Dongzhimenwai, Dongcheng District. (6417 2546); 4) Daily 11am-10pm. Bldg 7, Guoxing Jiayuan, Shouti Nanlu, Haidian District. (8835 7775/7779); 5) Daily 11am-10pm. 6/F, Shin Kong Place, 87 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (6530 5997/7172) http://www.dingdingxiang. 鼎鼎香, 1) 东城区东直门外东中街东 环广场对面元嘉国际公寓2层; 2) 朝阳区东大 桥路8号SOHO尚都西塔一层; 3) 东城区东直门

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Family Dining

外东中街14号1层; 4) 海淀区首体南路国兴家 园7号楼1-2层; 5) 朝阳区建国路87号新光天地 6楼D6006号

80 Middle School), Chaoyang District. (6595 2982) 1) 朝阳区望京衔9号望京国际商业中心4 楼; 2) 朝阳区白家庄路甲二号第80中学西侧

Din Tai Fung Taste just one hand-rolled dumpling and you’ll know why they’re famous around the world (and a big hit with the kids). Playrooms available. Voted “Best Dim Sum” in the Beijinger’s 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. 1) Unit LG2-20, 9 Dongdaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District.; 2) Daily 11.30am-2.30pm, 5-10pm. 24 Xinyuan Xili Zhongjie, Chaoyang District. (6462 4502); 3) Mon-Fri 11.30am-9.30pm, Sat-Sun 11am-10pm. 7/F, Dangdai Shangcheng, 40 Zhongguancun Dajie, Haidian District. (6269 6726); 4) Daily 11.30am-9.30pm. 6/F, Shin Kong Place, China Central Place, 87 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (6533 1536) www. 鼎泰丰, 1) 朝阳区东大桥路 9号LG2-20层; 2) 朝阳区新源西里中街24号; 3) 海淀区中关村大街40号当代商城7层; 4) 朝阳区 建国路87号华贸中心新光天地6层

La Galerie Daily 10am-10.30pm. 100m west of Ritan Park South Gate, Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (8562 8698, 8563 8698, 中国艺苑, 朝阳区光华路 日坛公园南门向西100米

Dolar Shop 11am-10pm. 1) Raffles City Shopping Mall, 1 Dongzhimennei Dajie, Dongcheng District.; 2) 3F-32(1) Guo Rui Cheng Shopping Center, 18 Xuanwu Dajie, Xuanwu District. (6717 2156, 6719 2156); 3) SF-01 U-Town, Sanfeng Beili, Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (5977 5778, 5977 5779); 4) Ste 2, 7/F Joy City, 131 Xidan Dajie, Xicheng District. (5971 6881) http://www. 豆捞坊, 1) 东城区东直门南街1 号来福士广场5F-03; 2) 宣武区崇外大街18号国 瑞城购物中心3F-32(1); 3) 朝阳区北京市朝外三 丰北里2号悠唐生活广场5F-01; 4) 西城区西城 区西单北大街131号大悦城7楼02 Duck de Chine Enjoy the siheyuan-meetsconverted factory architecture, but the duck is what it’s really all about, and it’s as good as it gets. Not the cheapest, but wonderful value, with sets ranging from RMB 188-388. As the name suggests, there are some nice French touches on the menu as well. Voted “Outstanding Beijing Duck” in our 2011 Restaurant Awards. 1) Daily 11am-2.30pm, 5.30-10.30pm. 1949 – The Hidden City, Courtyard 4, Gongti Beilu (opposite the south gate of Pacific Century Place Mall), Chaoyang District. (6501 8881); 2) Daily 11.30am2.30pm, 5.30-10.30pm. 98 Jinbao Jie (inside 1949), Dongcheng District. (6521 2221) 全鸭 季, 1) 朝阳区工体北路4号院 (太平洋百货南门 对面); 2) 东城区金宝街98号(励骏酒店与金宝 汇购物中心之间马路向南) East Ocean Seafood Restaurant Upon arrival, the staff plies younger patrons with small stuffed animals and, at the meal’s end, will take them on a tour of the voluminous, well-stocked fish tanks while mom and dad polish off some of Beijing’s best dim sum. Daily 11am-3pm, 5.30-10.30pm. 39 Maizidian Jie, Chaoyang District. (6508 3482) 东海海鲜 酒家, 朝阳区麦子店街39号 Fu Ku Sichuan Restaurant 9.30am-10pm. 4A Binhe Hutong (50m west of the former residence of Song Qingling), Xicheng District. (6402 4093) 福库, 西城区西城区德内大街滨 河胡同甲4号 Fuli Gong Jiu Jia Bldg 1-3 Fuli City, Shuangjing, 5 Donsanhuan Zhonglu,, Chaoyang District. (5876 7273) 富力宫酒家, 朝阳区朝阳区东三环中路5号富力城1-3楼 Full Moon Daily 11am-midnight. Huadu Hotel, 8 Xinyuan Nanlu (Inside Huadu Hotel) , Chaoyang District. (6597 1237) 福满楼, 朝阳 区新源南路8号华都饭店内 Gala Daily 24 hours. 8 Gongti Xilu (behind Gongti 100), Chaoyang District. (6551 9048) 朝阳区工体西路8号 Greenfish Daily 6.30am-11pm. Ritz-Carlton Financial Street, 1 Jinchengfang Dongjie, Jinrong Jie, Xicheng District. (6601 6666 ext 6255) 四季汇, 西城区金城坊东街1号北京金融 街丽思卡顿酒店 Hai Di Lao Daily 9-2am. 1) 4/F Wangjing International Commercial Center, 9 Wangjing Jie, Chaoyang District. (6595 0079); 2) A2 Baijiazhuang Lu, Sanlitun (west of Beijing No.



Lao Guang Jiu Lou 10.30-2.30pm, 4.30pm10.30pm. 12 Yinghua Dongjie (at the north intersection of Heping Beijie on the east side of the street), Dongcheng District. (6422 6367) 老广酒楼, 东城区朝阳区樱花园东街12号 (和平街北口向北路东) La Paleta Sister venue of Bellagio, with the same accent on stylish eats. Beautiful stir-fried dishes and Cantonese barbecue complement dainty treats like dim sum, beverage concoctions and Cantonese desserts. The split-level CBD China Central Place branch features mirrored panels and competitively priced dishes. Highlights include the barbecued goose (RMB 48), char siu pork (RMB 39) and egg wrapped and fried in tofu. Don’t miss the desserts – as with Bellagio, the mango sorbet and shaved ice desserts are not to be missed. 1) Daily 11.30am-2am. L18 Huamao Shangye Jie, China Central Place, 87 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (6533 1202); 2) Daily 10am-midnight. Bldg 4, Anhuili Erqu (by the Asian Games Village), Chaoyang District. (6481 0887) 彩色盘港式茶 餐厅, 1) 朝阳区建国路87号华贸购物中心商业 街L18; 2) 朝阳区安慧里2区4号楼 Lei Garden Daily 11.30am-2.30pm, 5.309.30pm. 3/F, Jinbao Tower, 89 Jinbao Jie, Dongcheng District. (8522 1212) http://ihs. html 利苑, 东城区金宝街89号金宝大厦3楼 Li Hao 10am-10pm. B1 The Place (next to Ganges), 9 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6587 1399, 6587 1488) cn 丽豪, 朝阳区朝阳区光华路9号世贸天阶商 贸城B1楼 Liqun Roast Duck Restaurant While this restaurant lacks the upscale decor of some duck restaurants, it fully makes up for it with its spectacular food and prices. It’s a little hard to find, so if you get lost, follow the cute ducks drawn walking along the walls of surrounding streets, which will lead you to Liqun. Their most unique dishes are braised duck gizzard for and duck intestines with green pepper or chili sauce, but they are famous for their Beijing kaoya (roast duck, RMB 190). Reserve in advance to make sure of your duck, although do note that you may still have to wait to be seated upon your arrival. English menu. Chinese and international credit cards accepted. Daily 10am-10pm. 11 Beixiangfeng, Zhengyi Lu (northeast of Qianmen), Dongcheng District. (6705 5578) 利群烤鸭店, 东城区前门东大街正 义路南口北翔凤胡同11号 Little Yunnan Located in a well-preserved courtyard near the old imperial wall, this restaurant offers Yunnan dishes with a cozy setting, perfect for friendly gatherings or a romantic night out. They also serve great home-brewed rice wine. Voted “New Restaurant of the Year (Chinese)” in the Beijinger’s 2011 Restaurant Awards. Daily 11am-midnight. 28 Donghuangchenggen Beijie, Dongcheng District. (6401 9498, http://www., littleyunnan, 小云南, 东城区东黄城根北街28号 Lost Heaven The restaurant and bar is supremely popular in Shanghai, offering a twist on Yunnanese food with great drinks by head mixologist A Wei (one of China’s top ten bartenders in this year’s Diageo competition). The surprisingly affordable prices (for Chi’enmen, especially) and emphasis on the complete dining and drinking experience just might draw a livelier crowd to Chi’enmen 23. Daily, noon-2pm, 5pm-1am (kitchen closes at 10.30pm). Ch’ien Men 23, 23 Qianmen

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Dongdajie, Dongcheng District. (8516 2698) 花马天堂, 东城区前门东大街23号 Lu Lu This restaurant offers a warm and cozy atmosphere in addition to a wide range of Shanghainese food: from the most casual jiachang cai priced around RMB 20 to fancy dishes like abalone in oyster sauce priced at over RMB 200. Situated next door to the Military Museum, this nicely decorated restaurant is a good place to grab lunch after spending the day at the museums and galleries nearby. Limited highchairs available for babies. Menus in both Chinese and English. 1) Daily 11am-2.30pm, 5-10pm. 1A Ciyunsi, Chaoyang District. (6508 0101, 6508 0505); 2) Daily 11am-2.30pm, 5-10pm. 9 Fuxing Lu, Haidian District. (6858 3661); 3) Daily 10.30am-10pm. 5/F, New Zhongguan Building, 19 Zhongguancun Dajie, Haidian District. (8248 6868) 北京鹭 鹭酒家东方店, 1) 朝阳区慈云寺甲1号; 2) 海 淀区复兴路9号; 3) 海淀区中关村大街19号新 中关大厦5层 Macau Chinese Restaurant 90-92 Jinbao Jie, Dongcheng District. (8511 3388 ext. 8968) restaurants-B1-MacaoChinese.htm 东城区北京 市东城区金宝街 90-92号 Macau Street 1) Unit A108, Heqiao Dasha (north of Wanda Plaza), 8A Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6581 3058); 2) B02, B/1F, U-Town Shopping Center, 2 Sanfeng Beili, Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (5977 5633) 澳门街茶餐厅, 1) 朝阳区光华路 甲8号和乔大厦A108(万大广场对面); 2) 朝阳区 朝外大街三丰北里2号优唐生活广场地下1层B02 Macau Taste Daily 11am-11pm. L-15A, Sanlitun Village South, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6415 1399) 澳门味道, 朝 阳区三里屯路19号三里屯Village南区L-15A Made in China Don’t be fooled by the hotel location. Here, the duck skin is crisp and rich without a trace of hanging fat, the meat succulently tender and the pancakes – which arrive in their own tiny bamboo steamer – are delicate, moist and thin as paper. This swank establishment also serves delicious pork and leek jiaozi. Reservations recommended. Daily 11.30am-2.30pm, 5.30-10.30pm. 1/F, Grand Hyatt Hotel, 1 Dongchang’an Jie, Dongcheng District. (8518 1234 ext 6024) 长安一号, 东城 区东长安街1号东方广场北京东方君悦大酒店1层 Ming Yuan 19 Dongdaqiao Lu (across from The Place), Chaoyang District. (8561 9040) 明园, 朝阳区朝阳区东大桥路19号楼北(世贸 天阶对面) Noodle Loft While this upscale joint serving homestyle Shanxi dishes is not expressly kidfriendly, the whole family will get a kick out of watching the noodle chefs in action. Ask for a seat at the noodle “bar” to get really up close. Daily 10am-10pm. 2/F Fuma Dasha, 33 Guangshun Beidajie, Chaoyang District. (8472 4700) 面酷, 朝阳区广顺北大街33号福码大厦2 楼(近望京嘉茂) Pure Lotus Vegetarian Daily 11am-11pm. 1) Tongguang Bldg, 12 Nongzhanguan Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (6592 3627, 8703 6669); 2) 3/F, Holiday Inn Lido, Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District. (8703 6668, 6437 6288) 净心莲, 1) 朝阳区农展馆南路12号(通广大厦内); 2) 朝阳区 丽都假日饭店三层,首都机场将台路 Quanjude A name synonymous in Beijing with roast duck, Quan Ju De’s celebrated birds have passed through the mouths of visitors from Fidel Castro to Richard Nixon over the years. The original branch still serves duck by the tourist busload. Voted “Outstanding Beijing Duck” in the Beijinger’s 2011 Restaurant Awards. 1) 10.30am-9pm. 8 Guangqumenwai Dajie (west of Shuangjing Qiao), Chaoyang District. (5861 2288); 2) Daily 11am-2pm, 4.30-9pm. 9 Shuaifuyuan Hutong, Wangfujing Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6525 3310); 3) Daily 10.30am9pm. 1/F, Jingxin Dasha, 2A Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6466 0896); 4) Daily 11am-2pm, 4.30-8.30pm. Bldg 14, Qianmen Xidajie, Xuanwu District. (6302

3062); 5) Daily 11am-9pm. Tower 1-3, Bldg A, Tianchuang Shiyuan, 309 Huizhong Beili, Chaoyang District. (6480 1685/6) http:// 全聚德, 1) 朝阳区朝阳区广渠门外大街8号(双井桥西南 角); 2) 东城区王府井大街帅府园胡同9号; 3) 朝阳区东三环北路甲2号京信大厦1层; 4) 宣武 区前门西大街14号楼; 5) 朝阳区慧忠北里309号 天创世缘A座1-3楼 Rainbow Rainbow Yunnan Restaurant offers a whole range of unique flavors of Yunnanwhich is famous for dishes prepared from very fresh ingredients and wildmushrooms, from healthy to spicy to traditional fruit wines. Master ChefHuang Xianhong proudly presents his signature dishes from “Buddha Jumpsover the Wall” Yunnan style to the legendary “Mengzi Cross Bridge RiceNoodles” with a tale to tell. Daily 11.30am-2.30pm, 5.30-10pm. F/4, Crowne Plaza Sun Palace, Yunnan Dasha, 12 Qisheng Zhonglu, Dongbei Sanhuan, Chaoyang District. (6429 8888 - 6425) www. 彩云天, 朝阳区 东北三环七圣中路12号云南大厦北京新云南皇 冠假日酒店4层 Repulse Bay 11am-2pm, 5pm-10pm. B1 Level, Prosper Center, 5 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6562 8555) 浅水湾粤菜餐 厅, 朝阳区光华路5号院世纪财富中心B1层 Richang Cha Canting Richang offers a quick Cantonese meal – the food is plentiful and the prices reasonable. These bright, noisy, colorful Hong Kong-style cafe/ teahouses offer an eclectic range of comfort foods. The menu is practically endless, but the claypot rice casseroles – each is enough to feed three to four people – are a good place to start. 1) Daily 11am-3am. Tianbao Nanjie, Shunyi District. (6780 4330); 2) Daily 10am-2am. 8 Huayuan Donglu, Haidian District. (8203 8155); 3) Daily 11am-3am. 72 Dongdan Beidajie (at the intersection of Waijiaobu Hutong), Dongcheng District. (6525 1783); 4) Daily 11am-3am. 14 Di’anmen Xidajie, Dongcheng District. (6405 8205) 日昌茶餐厅, 1) 顺义区顺义亦庄天宝南 街; 2) 海淀区海淀区花园东路8号; 3) 东城区 东城区东单北大街72号(外交部街胡同口); 4) 东城区西城区地安门西大街14号 Shanghai Min (Xiao Nan Guo) 1) 3/F, Bldg 1, Sanlitun SOHO, 8 Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. (400 820 9777); 2) Stall 401-A, 4/F, IFC Mall, 1-3 Xinyuan Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (400 820 9777); 3) 5/F, Raffles City Beijing Shopping Center, 1 Dongzhimen Nandajie, Dongcheng District. (400 820 9777); 4) Stall CC16, B1/F, Oriental Plaza, Wangfujing Dajie, Dongcheng District. (400 820 9777); 5) Rm 301, 3/F, China Life Center, 17 Jinrong Dajie, Xicheng District. (400 820 9777); 6) 2/F, Jinbao Plaza, 89 Jingbao Jie, Dongcheng District. (400 820 9777); 7) Rm 402, 4/F U-Town Phase 2, 7 Sanfeng Beili, Chaoyang District. (400 820 9777); 8) 28 Zhanlanguan Lu, Xicheng District. (400 820 9777) 小南国, 1) 朝阳区工体北路8号三里屯 SOHO一栋3楼; 2) 朝阳区新源南路1-3号都汇天 地商场4层401-A号铺; 3) 东城区东直门南大街 1号北京来福士购物中心5楼04-05号铺; 4) 东 城区王府井大街东方新天地广场地下一层CC18 号铺; 5) 西城区金融大街17号中国人寿中心3楼 301; 6) 东城区金宝街89号金宝大厦2楼; 7) 朝 阳区三丰北里7号悠唐广场二期4层402室; 8) 西 城区展览馆路28号 Taiwan Xiabu Xiabu Hotpot 1) B1/F Oriental Kenzo Mall, 48 Dongzhimenwai Dajie, Dongcheng District.; 2) B1/F Shin Kong Place, 87 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District.; 3) 5/F Guiyou Dasha, Jianguomen Wai Dajie, Chaoyang District.; 4) 1/F Kuntai Dasha, Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District.; 5) Gongmei Dasha, Dongcheng District.; 6) P1 Oriental Plaza, Dongcheng District.; 7) Xin Dong’an Plaza, Dongcheng District.; 8) 2/F Henderson Center, Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. 台湾呷哺呷哺涮涮锅, 1) 东城区东城区东直门 外大街48号银座MALL B1楼; 2) 朝阳区建国路87 号新光天地B1楼; 3) 朝阳区建国门贵友大厦五 层; 4) 朝阳区北京朝外昆泰商城一层; 5) 东城

Family Health 区北京王府井工美大厦食街; 6) 东城区东方广 场花花食界P一层; 7) 东城区北京王府井大街新 东安市场; 8) 朝阳区北京恒基中心二层 Tang Palace Seafood Boat Daily 7.30am10.30pm. 1) 1/F, Haoyue Jianguo Hotel, 17 Jianguomennei Dajie, Dongcheng District. (65131288); 2) 1/F, Xizang Dasha, 118 Beisihuan Donglu, Chaoyang District. (6498 5543); 3) Store 2, Bldg 9, Joy City, 101 Chaoyang Beilu, Chaoyang District. (8552 9488); 4) 1/F, Minzu Hotel, 51 Fuchengmennei Dajie, Xicheng District. (6605 9327); 5) 3/F Novotel Xinqiao Hotel, Dongjiaominxiang, Dongcheng District. (6512 9603) 唐宫海鲜坊, 1) 东城区建国门内大街17号好苑建国商务酒店1 楼; 2) 朝阳区北四环东路118号西藏大厦1楼; 3) 朝阳区朝阳北路101号朝阳大悦城9楼2号(青年路 口); 4) 西城区复兴门内大街51号民族饭店1楼; 5) 东城区东交民巷新侨饭店3楼 Tang Yuan 11am-11pm. 209 Jixiangli, Chaoyang District. (6553 0198) 唐缘, 朝阳区 唐缘朝阳区吉祥里209号 The Roadhouse at Mutianyu Sat-Sun and holidays 11am-3pm, or by prior appointment. 12 Mutianyu Village, Huairou District. (6162 6506) 大路馆 儿, 怀柔区慕田峪村12号 Trainspotting Trendy concept restaurant delivers well-priced Southwest Chinese cooking with a contemporary twist. Clever design combines floor to ceiling windows with leafy plants inside open glass partitions, and wall-mounted retro TVs hint at the films screened here periodically. Despite the occasional mayonnaise-daubed fruit garnish, the food generally maintains substance over style. Daily 11am-11pm. 46 Fangjia Hutong (just south of Guozijian Jie), Dongcheng District. (6406 0658) 猜火车, 东城区方家胡同 46号艺术园区 (国子监南临) Wanli Chinese Restaurant This restaurant demonstrates a traditional touch of China’s traditional gastronomy, featuring extensive selections of authentic Cantonese and Sichuan cuisines. 3/F, Renaissance Beijing Chaoyang Hotel, 36 Xiaoyun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6468 9999 ext 3131) 万丽轩中餐厅, 朝阳区霄云路36号北京国航万丽酒店三层 Wu Li Xiang This restaurant serving Cantonese dishes and other Chinese regional cuisines boasts sweeping city views and elegant decor but it’s Chef Kam’s delectable dim sum – masterpieces of texture and taste – that lingers longest in our memories. Items include braised sliced pork in oyster sauce, poached mandarin fish, asparagus topped with white fungus and more. Other specialties include “Monk Jump Over the Wall,” Princess Fried Rice, Sweetened Rice Pearl with Mango and dishes with sea cucumber, abalone and lobster. A few Sichuan dishes are on the menu as well and Hong Kong style dim sum (featuring steamed red rice flour rolls stuffed with shrimps and chives and home-made Beijing-style deep-fried bread sticks)is served at lunch and private rooms are available. Daily 11am-2pm, 5-10pm. 1/F, Traders Upper East Hotel, 2 Dongsihuan Beilu (southeast of Xiaoyun Qiao), Chaoyang District. (5907 8406) 屋里香, 朝阳区 东四环北路2号 (霄云桥东南角)上东盛贸酒店 Xiangcao Xiangcao Yunnan Hotpot 10am-11pm. 1) 2/F Mingshang Building, 55 Suzhou Jie (near west gate of People’s University), Haidian District. (8262 1976, 8261 8299); 2) 2/F Xiashing Guoji Zhongxin (below Tumaris), 237 Chaoyang Beilu (south of and across the street from Chaoyang Hospital East Gate), Chaoyang District. (6585 1976) 香草香草云南原生态火锅, 1) 海淀区海 淀区苏州街55号名商大厦2楼(近人民大学西门); 2) 朝阳区朝阳区朝阳北路237号复星国际中心2 楼(朝阳医院东门斜对面) Xian Lao Man This chain of restaurants does good dumplings and men ding rou bing (“doornail meat pies”), and other homestyle dishes. Very authentic lao Beijing style. 1) 252 Andingmennei Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6404 6944); 2) 8 Zongzheng Xiyuan Canying

Lou, Huangsi Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6679 2284); 3) 5 Anhu Beili Yayuan,Gulou, Dongcheng District. (6404 6944) 馅老满, 1) 东城区安定门内大街252号; 2) 朝阳区西城区黄 寺大街甲8号总政西院餐饮楼(近柳荫湖公园); 3) 东城区安惠北里雅园5号楼 Xiaolumian Weekends and holidays 10am6pm or by appointment. 130 Yingbeigou Cun, Huairou District. (6162 6506, info@ 小庐 面, 怀柔区营北沟村130号 Xiao Wang Fu Chinese homestyle is comfort food for your family, and this bustling place is great to initiate the younger members of your crew into the tradition of delicious Beijing duck. The Ritan Park venue, which is swankier, is probably better for a mom and pop only night out. Voted “Best Kung Pao Chicken” in the Beijinger’s 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards. 1) Daily 11am-2pm, 5-9.30pm. 2/F of Crown Plaza Hotel, 48 Wangfujing Dajie, Dongcheng District. (5911 9985/6); 2) Daily 11.30am-2pm, 5.30-10pm. Inside the North Gate of Ritan Park, Ritan Lu, Chaoyang District. (8561 5985); 3) Daily 11am-10.30pm. Bldg 2, Guanghua Lu Dongli, Chaoyang District. (6591 3255); 4) Daily 5.30pm-1am. 15 Qianhai Beiyan, Xicheng District. (6617 5558) 小王府, 1) 东城区王府 井大街48号国际艺苑皇冠假日酒店二层; 2) 朝 阳区日坛路日坛公园北门内; 3) 朝阳区光华路 东里2号楼; 4) 西城区前海北沿15号

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, 5.30pm10pm. 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 Mai Mon- Fri: 11.30am-2.30pm; Sat&Sun: 5.30pm-10.30pm. THE WESTIN BEIJING CHAOYANG 7 North Dongsanhuan Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing, China, Chaoyang District. (+86 10 59228880, Mai.chaoyang@ 舞, 朝阳区中国北京朝阳区东三环 北路7号金茂北京威斯汀大饭店 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 11am10pm. 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)


Xibei Youmiancun Restaurant Daily 11.30am-2pm 5.30-9pm. 1) 10 Liuliqiao Beili, Fengtai District. (6331 6888); 2) B1/F, Xinhua Hangkong Dasha, Sanyuanqiao, Chaoyang District. (6345 3535) 西北莜面村, 1) 丰台区 六里桥北里10号院; 2) 朝阳区三元桥大新华航 空大厦B1楼 Xi He Ya Ju Foreigners and Chinese alike flock to this upscale restaurant set in a traditional courtyard that borders Ritan Park. Daily 11am-2pm, 5-10pm. Northeast corner of Ritan Park, Chaoyang District. (8561 7643) 羲和雅居, 朝阳区日坛公园东北角 Xihe Yayuan Daily 11am-2.30pm (lunch), 5.30-11.30pm (dinner). Shop 258, 2/F, Indigo Mall, 18 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (8426 0188) 羲和雅苑烤鸭坊, 朝阳区酒仙桥路 18号颐堤港广场2层店铺号258 Yanjiao Shaogezi Southeast Beijing restaurant featuring pigeon meat in dishes ranging from roast pigeon to pancakes stuffed with pigeon meat. Also features jiachangcai classics like stew with cornbread, sweet-and-sour pork and potato-eggplantpepper, in addition to beer brewed on-site. Daily 11am-2pm, 5-10pm. Northwest corner of Yaowahu Qiao, 16 Dongsihuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (6776 8368) 燕郊烧鸽子, 朝阳区东四环中路16号窑洼湖桥东北角 Yao Chi Daily 11am-2.30pm,5.30-10pm. Grand Millennium Beijing, Fortune Plaza, 7 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (8587 6888) http://www.millenniumhotels. com/cn/grandmillenniumbeijing/index.html 瑶 池中餐厅, 朝阳区东三环中路7号 Yao Restaurant Serves Sichuan standards, including yuxiang rousi, ganbian siji dou, shuizhuyu (spicy boiled fish) and more. The Lido location draws a lot of tourists. 10.30am-11pm. 1) 101 inside the clubhouse, Vanke Village, Houshayu, Chaoyang District. (6434 1534); 2) 311 Gao Jiayuan, Jiu Xianqiao(opposite to Lido Hotel), Chaoyang District. (6434 1534) 四川幺店子饭庄, 1) 朝 阳区近郊顺义区后沙峪万科城市花园会所101号; 2) 朝阳区酒仙桥高家园311号丽都饭店对面 Zen5es Daily 11amï¼, 2.30pmï¼›5.3010.30. 4/F, the Westin Beijing Chaoyang, 7 Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (5922 8880, 朝阳区东三环北路 7号金茂北京威斯汀大饭店

Japanese Haru Teppanyaki and Sushi Bar Watch and listen to your food as it sizzles and cooks

Dacha Located near Ritan Park, Dacha serves both Russian and Japanese cuisine. The restaurant caters to families with a smoke-free environment and kids’ playroom with toys. Shisha is also available. Daily 10am-3am. 1 Ritan Lu (on the north side of Ritan Hotel), Chaoyang District. (8563 5765, 别墅西 餐厅, 朝阳区日坛路1号(日坛宾馆北侧)

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


顺义区后沙峪镇罗马环岛向北100米左转, 沿罗 马湖畔800米 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 Amcare Women’s and Children’s hospital provides families international medical services in Chinese cultural background. Services include obstetrics, gynecology, pediatrics, family planning, and psychological consulting. The new 6,000 sqm Yayuncun branch has 50 wards, private gynecological clinic and a neonatal intensive care unit. 1) Daily 24 hours. Bldg 5 Anhui Beili Yiyuan, Chaoyang District. (400 100 0016,; 2) Daily 8am4.30pm. 9 Fangyuan Xilu, Chaoyang District. (6434 2399 24hr hotline, 800 610 6200,; 3) 9-9 Jiangtai Xilu, Chaoyang District. ( 北京美中宜和妇儿医院, 1) 朝阳区朝阳区安慧北里逸园5号楼; 2) 朝阳区 芳园西路9号; 3) 朝阳区将台西路9-9号 American-Sino OB/GYN/Pediatrics Services (ASOG) American-Sino OB/GYN/ Pediatrics Services provides a comprehensive array of services for women and children by certified specialists from overseas and China. The hospital’s multicultural healthcare team consists of staff members from Chinese, the US, Australia, Sweden, Poland, Israel, and Taiwan. They are dedicated to providing value-added and custom-tailored healthcare for women and children. ASOG cooperates with Harvard University in order to better understand and accommodate cultural differences, as well as improve safety and quality of care. In a nutshell, the hospital is committed to high-quality, compassionate, and personalized care that meets international standards. Daily 24hrs. 1) Outpatient Service: 18 Anyuan Lu,Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. (8443 9666); 2) Inpatient Service: 218 Xiaoguan Beili, Anwai, Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. (8443 9595) www. 北京东方美华妇儿医院, 1) 朝 阳区安苑路18号门诊部; 2) 朝阳区安外小关北里

Beijing Aier-Intech Eye Hospital 15 years of eye care experience, including emergency treatment, telephone consultations, laser vision corrective surgery and preventative care. On-site shop sells frames and lenses. The VIP clinic has English-speaking staff, many trained overseas. Can direct bill to

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many international insurance companies. Daily 8.30am-4.30pm. 1,4,5/F Panjiayuan Plaza, 12 Panjiayuan Nanli, Chaoyang District. (6773 2700, customerservice@intecheye. com) 英智眼科医院, 朝 阳区潘家园南里12号潘家园大厦1,4,5层 Beijing Antai Maternity Hospital Founded in 2003, Beijing Antai Maternity Hospital is the first hospital in Beijing with a water birth center to allow natural births. The hospital also researches male and female infertility, recurrent miscarriage, endometriosis, and more. Daily 8.30am-5pm. Building 18, Court 1, Xingheyuan, Jiayuan Road, Fengtai District. (67735551, 67537768) www.antaihospital. com 北京安太妇产医院, 丰台区北京丰台嘉园 路星河城1号院18号楼 Beijing Dongwen TCM Clinic Beijing Dongwen TCM Clinic is an international integrative medical institution that devotes itself to providing professional services according to ideal and quality medical standards for local and foreign clients and communities. The clinic is passionately committed to providing the highest quality health care and service in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of human disease. Our practice specializes in a holistic approach to whole-body well-being using state-of-the-art lab testing, physical examination, physical therapy, chiropractic therapy, acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, medical qi gong, Taichi, and acupressure. It is a comprehensive evidenced-based healthcare system that treats acute and chronic disorders. It also promotes preventative healthcare by supporting a strong immune system so that a person can better resist illness.Services: Acupunture, Massage, Moxibustion, Chinese Herbal Medicine Therapy, Ba Gua, Pricking, etc. Not just a medical clinic, we are also interested in spreading knowledge and awareness of Chinese medicine to the Western world, and thus in advocating education, often organize classes/forums/lectures in topics such as Massage, Acupuncture, Tai Chi, etc. at the clinic. Mon-Fri 9am-5.30pm, Sat&Sun 9am8pm. Rm 107, 8 Xaioyunli, Chaoyang District. (5613 7619, 133 3104 0363, dywjmedical@ 北京东文中医诊 所, 朝阳区霄云里8号,107室 Beijing HarMoniCare Women and Children’s Hospital (HMC) Beijing HarMoniCare Women and Children’s Hospital (HMC) is a strategic partner of PHMI and cooperates with Teaching Hospital of Harvard Medical School, Boston Women’s Hospital, Boston Children’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. Located in a 13,000 sqm facility next to the Olympic Forest Park it offers JCI (Joing Commission International)-standard medical services to Chinese and Western families. Also offers Gynecology and Pediatric services. Daily 8am-5pm. A2 Xiaoguan Beili, Beiyuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (6499 0000, 和美妇 儿医院, 朝阳区北苑路小关北里甲2号 Beijing New Century Women’s and Children’s Hospital (NCWCH) With stateof-the-art park side facility, New Century Women’s and Children’s Hospital (NCWCH) is established to operate with international standards. Backed by strong ties to Beijing Children’s Hospital and Beijing Obstetrics & Gynecology Hospital, the experienced and friendly medical staff of NCWCH provide fi¬rst-class gynecology, obstetrics, pediatric, NICU and urgent care services for women and children (0-18 years old). 51 Wangjing Beilu (Wanghu Park south gate), Chaoyang District. (5178 3366) 北京 新世纪妇儿医院, 朝阳区朝阳区望京北路51号院 (望湖公园东门南) Beijing New Century Harmony Pediatric Clinic As a satellite clinic of renowned Beijing New Century International Children’s Hospital, Beijing New Century Harmony Pediatric Clinic has a strong team of experienced pediatricians and nurses from China and overseas. Multilingual services are offered on a 24hr basis, consultations 9am-9pm. Harmony Business Center, Liyuan Street, Tianzhu Zhen,



Shunyi District. (6456 2599) cn 北京新世纪荣和儿科门诊部, 顺义区天竺镇 丽苑街荣和商业中心 Beijing New Century International Children’s Hospital (NCICH) 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) Beijing Puhua International Hospital Beijing Puhua International Hospital is the first International-Standard Hospital in Beijing, and has been open in Beijing since 1994. Inpatient, Outpatient, Surgery, Inpatient Care and ICU Services. Englishspeaking staff on 24/7 call. Wide range of Medical, Surgical and Consulting Services. Direct-billling with International Insurance Companies. The reference-level Medical Facility in Beijing for all Neurology, Neurosurgery and Rehabilitation Issues. World leader & Pioneer in Regenerative Medicine. Member of Asia Pacific Medicine (APMG) the leading, and the largest, International-Standard Medical Services Group in Asia. 12 Tiantan Nanli (800m west of the South Gate of the Temple of Heaven), Chongwen District. (8911 6665 (24hr hotline)) 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 Beijing United Family Hospital’s newest facility offers everything from physical and occupational therapy to pediatric, neurological, cardiopulmonary rehabilitation and TCM in a state-of-the-art facility featuring hydrotherapy facilities, an ICU, individual therapy rooms, hyperbaric and atmospheric oxygen chambers and an international team of specialists. 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 GlobalCare Women & Children’s Hospital Formally know as the famous Beijing Wuzhou Women’s Hospital. Global Care, now provides a full range of health care services from gynecology, pediatrics, obstetrics, dentistry, general practice, dermatology, basic medicine, and traditional Chinese medicine. With over 12,000 square meters and 80 beds, the hospital provides first class comprehensive health care services to expatriates and internationals. Being one of the first hospitals in Beijing to offer membership healthcare programs, Global Care Women and Children’s Hospital also offers luxury VIP services at its beauty boutique and healthcare facilities at an affordable price. If your new in Beijing or still don’t have your health insurance taken care of; the hospital can provide you with a

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free insurance consultation. Currently, Global Care, has direct billing relationships with many international insurance providers. The hospital provides healthcare for women, children, and men. Special offers are given for group packages. Mon-Sun 8am-8pm, 24h emergency services. 24 Dawang Xilu, Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. (8776 9899, 800 810 8911, 6770 5558) 北京五洲 妇儿医院, 朝阳区望路西大24号, 朝阳区 Hong Kong International Medical Clinic, Beijing Beijing’s first joint-venture medical organization operates according to international standards, has a high-quality international administration system, highlevel medical staff, and warm service. A 24hr helpline offers medical support in English, Chinese and Japanese, and other languages on request. A basic consultation costs RMB 680. Direct billing with over 50 international insurers. Daily 9am-9pm (after 9pm nurse on duty). 9/F, office tower of the Swissôtel, 2 Chaoyangmen Beidajie, Dongcheng District. (65532288 ext 2345/6/7, 6553 9752) www. 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) IMC was the first expatriate medical institution in Beijing. A multilingual clinic with a full range of medical services including Family Medicine, Pediatrics, Internal medicine, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Endoscopy and Surgery & Orthopedics. Other services include Dental Services, TCM & Acupuncture, Physiotherapy and Psychological services. The department of Emergency Care at IMC is open 24/7 with all board certified foreign doctors on site. 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 internationalstandard medical care in China, with a 24/7 alarm center hotline, a dedicated air ambulance, four international quality clinics staffed with expat and foreign doctors and 200+ network of medical service partners. International SOS Beijing clinic is the city’s leading family practice and specialist services clinic, represented by 15 nationalities, including English, French, Japanese, German, Spanish, Korean and Chinese-speaking doctors. Offers 24/7 Emergency Services, GP, Pediatrics, Gynecology, specialists, Pharmacy, Psychology, Physiotherapy, Dentistry and Orthodontics, Optometry. Mon-Fri 9am-6pm, Sat-Sun 9am-6pm. Suite 105, Wing 1, Kunsha Building, 16 Xinyuanli, Chaoyang District. (Clinic: 6462 9112, 24hr hotline 6462 9100, www., 北京国际救援中心, 朝阳区新源里16号琨莎中 心一座105室 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 OASIS Family Counseling Center OASIS International Hospital’s Family Counseling Center offers counseling services for anxiety, depression, child development, life transitions, parenting, personal growth, premarital and marital issues, stress management, and trauma. There are two counselors: Regina Ho (Australia) and Dr. Catherine Hsu (US), whose specialties are relationship counseling and childhood and pediatric counseling respectively. Services are available in English, Mandarin, and Cantonese. Mon-Fri 8.30am-5.30pm, Sat 8.30am-12.30pm.. Oasis International Hospital, 9 Jiuxianqiao Beilu, Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. (400 87 62747) 朝 阳区朝阳区酒仙桥北路9号明德医院 OASIS International Hospital OASIS is a full-service private hospital. Their international medical team provides patient-centered care in a modern facility designed for comfort, safety and privacy. OASIS offers attentive service in a soothing environment and expert medicine backed by leading technology, including the most advanced MRI and CT scans available from a private hospital in China. The hospital currently provides services in family medicine, pediatrics, gynecology, general surgery, traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), and dentistry. Direct billing is available for many insurance providers. Daily 24hrs (emergency care), Mon-Fri 9am- 6pm, Sun 8.30-12.30am. 9 Jiuxianqiao Beilu, Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. (400 UR OASIS (876 2747)) www. 明德医院, 朝阳区酒仙桥北路9号 Parkway Health Medical and Rehabilitation Center Parkway Health provides a wide range of medical services: family medicine, physiotherapy, rehabilitation and pain care management services with a bilingual staff. 24 Hours. 1 and 2/F, Vantone Center, 6 Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (4000-662-882 (24-hour), karen. http://www. 百汇医疗, 朝阳区朝阳门外 大街甲六号万桶中心AB座一层和二层 Peking Union Medical College Hospital This state-run hospital has a reputable foreigners’ wing with departments including ENT, internal medicine, pediatrics, surgery, dental, ophthalmology and OB/GYN. Most doctors are trained overseas and speak good English. Services and medicines are much cheaper than in private clinics, but expect longer waiting times. The birthing unit is considered to be the best in any of the Chinese hospitals and is popular among expats. Registration costs RMB 100-300, and the minimum consultation fee is RMB 200. Inpatient services require a minimum deposit of RMB 10,000/day. Direct billing is available with some Asian insurance providers. Mon-Fri 8am5pm. 1 Shuaifuyuan, Wangfujing (the foreigners’ wing is located behind and to the left of the main hospital entrance), Dongcheng District. (6529 5284, 24hr em, 6529 5269) 北京协和医院, 东城区王府井帅府园1号(接待外 国人的区域在主楼的左后方) United Family CBD Clinic The United Family CBD Clinic is United Family Healthcare’s (UFH’s) sixth satellite clinic in Beijing and will be staffed by bilingual doctors and nurses who are committed to providing the high-quality, international-standard care unique to United Family. Mon-Sat 9.30am6.30pm. Suite 3017, Bldg AB, Vantone Center, 6 Chaowai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (5907 1266) 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

Family Life 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 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) cn 和睦家亮马诊所, 朝阳区东方东路19号1号楼 会所27号(外交人员公寓B区官舍16号) United Family New Hope Center The United Family New Hope Center offers a unique new concept in international-standard cancer treatment. New Hope’s goal is to provide patients with the most up-to-date treatment options from a multidisciplinary team of oncologists, specialist physicians, and healthcare professionals. Mon-Fri 9am-5pm. 9-11 Jiangtai Xilu, Chaoyang District. (5927 7008) 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

RMB 100). 1) Mon-Thu 9am-5pm, FriSun 9am-5pm. Rm A205, CITIC Bldg, 19 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6500 6472/3); 2) Mon-Thu 9am-5.30pm. Rm 308, Raycom Infotech Park, Tower A, 2 Kexueyuan Nanlu, Haidian District. (8286 1956, 24hr: 139 1100 1367); 3) Mon-Thu 9am-6pm, Fri-Sun 9am-5.30pm. Rm 201, The Exchange-Beijing, B118 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (6567 5670); 4) MonThu 9am-5.30pm, Fri-Sun 9am-5pm. 1/F, Somerset Fortune Garden, 46 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (8440 1926/7/8) www. 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) www.ufh. 北京和睦家医院牙科, 朝阳区将台路2号

International SOS Dental, Orthodontics Clinic Provides comprehensive dental services for the whole family, including routine cleaning, X-rays, fillings, whitening, crowns, bridges and cosmetic makeovers. Mon-Sat 9am-5pm. Suite 105, Wing 1, Kunsha Building, 16 Xinyuanli, Chaoyang District. (6462 0333) 国际SOS齿科,畸齿矫正诊所, 朝阳区新源里16号 琨莎中心一座105室 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, joinway@ 久汇齿科, 东城区东直门外大街48号银座大厦D座11D OASIS Dental Clinic OASIS Dental provides complete dental care for families through internationally-trained dentists. Services include routine cleaning, fillings, root canals, crowns and bridges, veneers, whitening, orthodontics, prevention orthodontics, periodontics, and implants. Mon-Sat 6am9pm. 9 Jiuxianqiao Beilu, Chaoyang District. (5985 0305) 朝阳区酒仙桥北路9号

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 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


International Medical Center (IMC) IMC was the first expatriate medical institution in Beijing. A multilingual clinic with a full range of medical services including Family Medicine, Pediatrics, Internal medicine, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Endoscopy and Surgery & Orthopedics. Other services include Dental Services, TCM & Acupuncture, Physiotherapy and Psychological services. The department of Emergency Care at IMC is open 24/7 with all board certified foreign doctors on site. 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

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

IMC Dental Clinic IMC-Beijing has the longest history of expatriate dental service in Beijing, state of the art equipment, and certified well-trained dentists. Services include: cleaning, filling, fluoride treatment, implants, canal therapy, orthodontics, crowns and bridges, tooth extraction, Invisalign,

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

periodontics, space maintainers, and X-ray. Mon-Sat 9am-5pm. S111, Lufthansa Center, 50 Liangmahe Lu, Chaoyang District. (6465 1384, 6465 1328, marketing@imcclinics. com), http://www. 北京国际医疗中心牙科诊所, 朝 阳区亮马桥路50号燕莎中心写字楼1层S111

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 international-standard dental clinic. Mon-Thu 9am-7.20pm, Fri-Sat 9am-5.30pm. 818 Pinnacle Plaza, Tianzhu Real Estate Development Zone, Shunyi District. (8046 1102) 和睦家 顺义牙科诊所, 顺义区天竺开发区荣祥广场818

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 Adoption Bridge of Love Adoption Service This government-run agency facilitates travel to the adoption site, as well as consulting, document translation and travel arrangements within China. Zhongmin Mansion, 7 Baiguang Lu, Xuanwu District. (6357 5792, 6358 9988 ext 1207) www. 爱之桥收养中心, 宣武区白广路 7号中民大厦 China Center of Adoption Affairs The government agency responsible for adoptions. The agency usually prefers to work with adoption agencies rather than with individual applicants, and does not talk to adoptive parents directly. Their website, however, is a good resource. 7 Baiguang Lu, Xuanwu District. (6357 5785) www.china-caa. org/frames/index_unlogin_en.jsp 中国收养中 心, 宣武区白广路7号中民大厦 Families with Children from China Network of foreign families who have adopted or seek to adopt orphans in China. (, Karen Friedman Karen Friedman works with expats from around the world to facilitate adoption within China, conducting home study evaluations and assisting families throughout the adoption process. (5130 3107, 134 3900 9391, OCDF Adoption This division of Our Chinese Daughters Foundation provides initial consultation, assistance throughout the process, and help with travel plans and proceedings at the time of adoption.(8403 4979,, adoption Sheperd’s Field Children’s Village Established by Americans Tim and Pam Baker, this orphanage in Anwei on the outskirts of Beijing near Tianjin houses 100 orphans on a six-acre facility and helps arrange medical services, surgery and adoptions for their charges. 放 羊地儿童村

Community Groups and Organizations A Bridge for Children A Bridge for Children (ABC) is dedicated to serving orphans and migrant children by providing them with family and education. ABC operates three programs:1. The CONNECT Program allows corporations, organizations, university students, and local residents to directly impact the communities served by the Dream and Talent programs through structured projects. 2. The TALENT program empowers underprivileged migrant kids through creative arts, music, and sports. It also helps teachers through rural and migrant school training. 3. The DREAM program provides orphans with homes and stable family environments through fostering and education opportunities (English, Chinese, computer education, life and job skills training) for teen orphans. Rm 1705, Bldg B, Xin Hualian Ligang, 26 Jiuxianqiao Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. ( 朝阳区酒仙桥中路 26号新华联丽港B座楼1705室 AmCham-China Mon-Fri 9am-4.35pm. The Office Park, 6/F, Tower AB, 10 Jintongxi Lu, Chaoyang District. (8519 0800) 中国美国商会, 朝阳区 金桐西路10号 远洋光华国际 AB座6层 Beijing Cultural Heritage Protection Center (CHP) CHP is a national resource center for heritage conservation, equipping local communities with awareness, strategy, organization, practical skills and training to preserve cultural heritage at local levels. Those who have tips on suspect behavior regarding cultural relics or sites should call

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the hotline. Rm 309, Bldg E, 46 Fangjia Hutong (just south of Guozijian Jie), Dongcheng District. (6403 6532, 6403 6632 (fax)) 北京文化遗产保护中 心, 东城区方家胡同46号艺术园区(国子监南 临)E座309室 The Capital Club This private club caters to Beijing’s senior business community and is a frequent site of International Newcomers Network meetings. 50/F, Capital Mansion, 6 Xinyuan Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (8486 2225 ext 260, 朝阳区新源南路6号 京城大厦50层 Dreamaker English Language Drama Classes offered for Elementary aged students. Foreign teachers and foreign curriculum. Daily 10am-8pm. Rm 10C13, 10/F, T2. Xihuan Guangchang, Xizhimen, Xicheng District. (5830 1872) 卓美教 育, 西城区西直门西环广场T2座10层10C13 FLAM Pékin FLAM Pékin offers French classes designed for bilingual or Frenchspeaking students aged 4-15 who attend school in a non-French environment. The association’s courses combine French language and culture, take place on Saturday mornings, and are divided into six difficulty levels. Younger learners learn to read, write, and express themselves, while older learners apply their language skills through interactive methods like music and theater. French School, 30 Sanlitun Dongsijie, Chaoyang District. (Isabelle Fournier (president): 138 0108 2506, Florrie Frederiksen (secretary/ treasurer): 136 9911 5504 or 188 1081 4406, 朝阳区三里屯东四街30号法国学校 Helen O’Grady Drama Academy Established in 1979 in Australia, Helen O’Grady Drama Academy has over 33 years of history with more than 60,000 students attending classes weekly all over the world. In cooperation with Dreamaker, children will enjoy a creative drama program that promotes confidence, self-esteem, skill in verbal communication and positive outlook in life. At the end of each academic year, kids will put together an original play for family and friends. (English: 150 1101 1742 (Jennifer), Chinese: 400 678 1872, nancy@ www.helenogrady. HomeShop HomeShop began as a storefront residence and artist initiative in 2008 and is now housed in a space near Beixinqiao. “Combining a storefront activity space, work studios and service desk, HomeShop questions existing models of economic and artistic production as an exploration of the micropolitical possibilities of the everyday, and of working together.” 8 Jiaodaokou Bei’ertiao, Dongcheng District. (jianxi@ 家 作坊, 东城区交道口北二条8号 INSPIRED A learning and inspirational platform to support the professional and personal development needs of expat accompanying spouses in Beijing. The group offers support and practical advice through regular seminars, workshops, one-to-one coaching, and networking opportunities. (136 2113 2201, InterNations Beijing Billing itself as the biggest expat community in the world, InterNations has more than 10,000 members and organizes 30 monthly activities in Beijing. These include family-friendly events, outdoor trips, cultural activities, sport clubs, and social gatherings. (131 6155 1870, 131 6186 4904, J Space Art Media Center 11am - 12am. Sanlitun Soho, building 5, B1-510, Chaoyang District. ( 朝阳区北京朝阳区三里屯 SOHO 5座B1—510



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),, 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)。 Russian Cultural Center Interested in russian language and culture? Searching for a piece of Russia in Beijing? Russian Cultural Center is a right place to start your “way to Russia”!Established in September 2010, Russian Cultural Centre in Beijing is the first one opened by Russian officials in China with the express aim of bringing the best of Russian culture to China and Beijing. The cultural centre is housed in a modern building at Dongzhimen equipped with all the latest equipment and technology, its facilities include a multipurpose concert and exhibition hall, library, and information and multimedia centre.In the meantime we are happy to announce that new sessions of Russian Language Courses to start shortly!- We teach any level from total beginner to advanced;- All our teachers are highly qualified and hold a degree in Russian as a foreign language;Flexible time schedule and 4-8 students in a group;- All classes for beginners are conducted through the intermediary language: English or Chinese;Besides the language courses our students can enjoy additional benefits of using our library, multimedia sourses, watch films in Russian and take part in all the activities which are conducted by the Center.The course cost is 2400 RMB per 60 academic hours.We arrange a presentation and free trial session on a regular basis once there are enough applications. Dongcheng district, Dongzhimennei street, 9 (NAGA), building 2., Dongcheng District. (8406 0224, 俄罗斯文化中心, 东 城区北京市东城区东直门内大街9号院(NAGA 上院)2号楼 The Starfish Project Founded in 2006, this socially responsible jewelry business developed in order to provide exploited women in Asia with alternate employment. Besides helping them to build sustainable livelihoods, the Starfish Project also offers them counseling, vocational training, language acquisition, family education, healthcare access as well as housing. Support the cause by buying their jewelry or donating on their website. (volunteer@starfish-project. com)

Domestic Help AAA expatcar Provides long term or short term leasing with or without drivers, Englishspeaking drivers, airport-pick up/ drop off, drivers only is also fine. (Sedan, Van and Bus) AAA expatcar also offers car sales, car insurance and etc. Daily 9am-5pm. 18 Liyuan Beijie, Tongzhou District. (8152 3060, sales@ 通州区梨 园北街18号院 Beijing Ayi Housekeeping Service A family membership in this housekeeping service will give you access (with an

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additional fee) to a large pool of ayis who perform services such as babysitting, cooking and cleaning. English-speaking ayis available. Lifetime membership: RMB 300; price range: RMB 1,000-3, 000 per month. (6434 5647/48) 北京家福来 劳务服务 Beijing Ayi Service Company Beijing Ayi Service Company provides experienced and professional ayis, drivers and western chefs for expatriate families. Western cooking lessons are also available. (6040 9096, 136 4113 7690 (24 hours), Beijing Ex-pat Housemaid Service Serving over 2,000 families in Beijing, this service offers a supply of English-speaking ayis trained to cook, clean, babysit and more. Price range: RMB 1,600 per month for 8-10 hours per day, 5-6 days per week. (6438 1634) www. 北京易杨家美信息咨询有限公司 Beijing Huijia Ayi Housekeeping Service Company Daily 8am-10pm. 16 Qianquhe, Gaoliying Zhen, Shunyi District. (136 4113 7690) 北京 汇佳家政, 顺义区高丽营镇前渠河16号 Beijing Merry Home Consulting Large pool of ayis available to perform a multitude of services. Price range: RMB 15 per hour; RMB 1,500 per month. (8205 0311) ( 北京其美嘉咨 询服务有限公司 Beijing Nanny Domestic Service Rm 208, Bldg 104, Qingnian Hui, Chaoyang Beilu, Chaoyang District. (beijingnanny@hotmail. com) 朝阳区朝阳区朝 阳北路青年汇104楼208室 Beijing North Car Rental Co., Ltd MonFri 8.30am-5.30pm. Rm1031, New Fortune International, 71 Chaoyang Lu, Chaoyang District. (5136 8096) 北京北方汽车租赁有限公 司, 朝阳区朝阳路71号锐城国际1031室 Beijing North Star Car Rental Beijing North Star Car Rental Company is a wholly owned subsidiary of North Star Group, a major state owned enterprise. They currently have more than a thousand vehicles of all class. It is one of the largest leasing companies in China and incorporates the best management and technology from both locally and overseas. Provides customers with purchase, lease and buy, and trade-in options; limousine and chauffeur driven services for airport transfers, meetings, tours and weddings; services for long vacations and weekend rentals; foreign companies and representative offices with high end vehicles for business with foreign language speaking drivers; state owned enterprises with vehicle purchase and management plans; club membership system for clients. * Provide membership activities including recreation, networking and friendship for leisure 1) 8am-6pm. 1/F, Bldg F, Wangjing Building, 1A Futong Dongdajie, Chaoyang District. (800 810 2280, 6475 2516, bczl@bczl.; 2) South of the Tsinghua University east gate, Shuangqing Lu, Haidian District. (800 810 2280, 6263 8006, cn); 3) 8am-5pm. North to Bldg R, Huiyuan Apartment, Chaoyang District. (800 810 2280, 8499 2878, 北京北辰汽车租赁, 1) 朝阳区望京阜通东大街甲1号; 2) 海淀区清 华大学东门双清路南侧; 3) 朝阳区亚运村汇园 公寓R座北侧 Beijing Sunnyhome Housekeeping Service Co., Ltd 5288 4727, 133 6636 9720. Rm3022, 3/F, Shiyi Hotel, 1 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (Mon-Sat 9am-5.30pm) 北 京午后阳光家政服务有限公司, 朝阳区酒仙桥路 1号世一休闲商务酒店3层3022室 Century Sunshine Domestic Services Provides both hourly and live-in ayis; different ayis can provide different services. Englishspeaking ayis are available, although for a higher price. Price range: RMB 10-15 per hour (RMB 7-8 per hour with a yearly RMB 120 membership); live-in RMB 500-4,000 per

month. (6845 4005/6871 5549, 133 6627 3898) 北京世纪阳光 家政服务有限公司 Expat Car Daily 24 hours. Beigao Lukou, Jichangfu Lu, Chaoyang District. (8152 3060, 朝 阳区机场附路北皋路口 JNY Home Service This professional housekeeping service company provides placement services for foreign families seeking full-time or part-time ayis in Beijing. Ayis are available for cleaning. ironing, cooking and babysitting. English speaking and non-English speaking ayis are available. Reference letters available. Part-time: RMB 15-25 per hour, full-time: RMB 2800-3500 per month. Rm 907A, Hua Shang Bldg,2 Yanjing Xili,Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. (5100 0246/134 2636 2833) www.saybeijing. cn 朝阳区朝阳区延静西里2号华商大厦907A室

Hair & Beauty Salons Catherine de France Hair & Beauty Salon The Catherine de France team of international and local stylists, colorists and beauticians offer a holistic hair and beauty experience. Treatments include hair services, manicures, waxing and tanning. Referral and VIP programs available. Tue-Sat 10am8pm, Sun-Mon 11am-6pm. East Avenue Bld Ground Floor,No.10 Xindong Lu, Chaoyang District. (10 8442 5120, 135 2147 3492, www. 法式美容美发沙龙, 朝 阳区新东路10号逸盛阁首层 Christian Ravaglioli Daily 10am-10pm. 5/F, Shin Kong Plaza, Xidawang Lu, Chaoyang District. (6533 1584) 朝阳区西大望路新光 天地5层 Eric Paris Salon Well-trained international stylists and colorists provide hair styling and a wide-range of beauty products. Also offer beauty, nails, waxing and tanning services. Daily 10am-8pm. 1) 5/F, Westin Beijing Financial Street, 9B Jinrong Jie (Financial Street), Xicheng District. (139 1162 6051); 2) 43 Sanlitun Houjie, Chaoyang District. (135 0137 2971); 3) Lido Hotel, 112 Jichang Lu, Chaoyang District. (135 0107 5843) 爱丽克美 容美发, 1) 西城区西城区金融大街乙9号威斯汀 大酒店5层; 2) 朝阳区三里屯后街43号; 3) 朝 阳区机场路112号丽都饭店 Hair & Beauty by Hummingbird Formerly Hummingbird spa, this revamped boutique hair salon will continue to provide beauty and spa treatments, but now also specializes in haircuts and styling, with celebrity stylist Tom Yuen at the helm. Daily 10am-8pm. Unit 103, Bldg 3, Central Park, 6 Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6597 9119) www. 朝阳区朝阳门外大街6号新 城国际3号楼103 Majesty Hair Salon The longest-standing African salon in Beijing offering a full range of services, from braiding to relaxing. Daily 10am-9.30pm. Shop A116, Bldg A, One World Apartments (next to International SOS), 16 Xinyuanli, Chaoyang District. (5946 7177, 8453 1527, 朝阳区新源里16号世方豪 庭A座A116室(近International SOS) Melonhead Melonhead is an innovative hair care and branded entertainment concept designed specifically for kids. Whether you come to Melonhead for a fantastic kid’s hair cut ,special event hairstyle, SPA treat, fun birthday party, photography, afternoon outing, or just to browse the cute games & toys, Melonhead offers a safe, comfortable and entertaining environment that will make you want to go back again. Daily 10am10pm. Rm 412, 4/F, South Bldg, The Place, 9 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6587 1599) 朝阳区光华路9号世贸天阶南街四层412号商铺 MyStudio A full service beauty salon offering hair removal via sugaring (instead of waxing) to safely and less painfully remove hair. Haircuts go for about RMB 300 for women

Family Life 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-to-ceiling windows, this swanky salon in Gongti is the perfect stop for doing up your hair and nails before clubbing. Daily 10am9pm. Workers’ Stadium North Gate, Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. (8511 3880) 朝阳区 工体北路工人体育场北门 TicTac An international hair salon and studio with stylists from England, Sweden and China. Daily 10am-9pm. Suite 2-06, Tower AB, The Office Park, 10 Jintong Xilu, Chaoyang District. (8590 6899) 朝阳区金桐西 路10号远洋光华国际AB座2层06单元 Toni & Guy Beijing branches of the worldrenowned UK hair salon. If you want to give your locks the five-star treatment, book a cut with director Frankie (RMB 780). His assistants charge considerably less (RMB 120 and up). Perms and colorings cost RMB 380 to 580. Surprisingly little English spoken. 1) Daily 11am-8pm. Shop 41, 1/F, Indigo Mall, 18 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (8426 0688); 2) Daily 10am-9pm. Unit 303, Tower C Office Bldg, Yintai Center, 2 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (8517 1292); 3) Daily 10am-10pm. Shop 404-405, 4/F, ECMall, 1A, Danling Jie, Haidian District. (8248 3435); 4) Daily 10am-9pm. 4/F, Seasons Place Shopping Centre, 2 Jinchengfang Jie, Xicheng District. (6622 0316); 5) Daily 10am9pm. 1/F, Hilton Beijing, 1 Dongfang Lu, Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6461 8368); 6) Daily 10am-9pm. 1/F, Oriental Plaza, 1 Dongchang’an Jie, Dongcheng District. (8518 2646) 托尼英盖, 1) 朝阳区酒 仙桥路18号颐堤港商场地铁层店铺号LG41; 2) 朝阳区建国门外大街2号银泰中心写字楼C座3层 303商铺; 3) 海淀区丹棱街甲1号欧美汇购物中 心4层404-405; 4) 西城区金城纺街2号金融街购 物中心四层L404; 5) 朝阳区朝阳区东三环北路 东方路1号希尔顿酒店大堂1层; 6) 东城区东长 安街1号东方广场汇贤豪庭一层 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 509-510, 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

Organic Farms Agrilandia Italian Farm Fireplace Restaurant Fresh ingredients are grown on site at this Italian organic farm in Shunyi. Its great suburban locale ensures lots of room for the kids and dogs to scamper, as well as opportunities to tour the green house where fresh fruit and vegetables are grown. The main dining hall is available for group functions, and the farm produces its own wine, along with pizza, pasta and garden salads. Daily 9am-9pm. Baigezhuangcun, Mapozhen, Shunyi District. (6940 7700, 130 0127 1094) 意大利农场壁 炉餐厅, 顺义区马坡镇白各庄村 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 Green Cow Organic Farm Donggezhuang (10 min north of the International Exhibition Center), Houshayu Zhen, Shunyi District.

(8046 4301, 135 0113 6920, 6433 4435 (fax), http://www. 绿牛有机农庄, 顺义区北 京绿牛有机农场(北京京承高速与机场北线交汇 处的东北方向董各庄附近) Little Donkey Farm Beijing’s only government supported Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm delivers produce to your door once or twice a week (depending on your preference). Memberships range from RMB 2,000-4,000 for delivery, or RMB 1,440-2,800 for pick-up orders. You can also farm your own small 30-meter plot for RMB 1,200 a year. West of Houshajian Village, Sujiatuo Zhen, Haidian District. (138 1095 6036, 186 0102 2820, littledonkeyfarm@163. com) 海淀区海淀 区苏家坨镇后沙涧村西 Fishtail Garden Organic Farm Located next to Maquanying subway station, Fishtail Garden Organic Farm features a familyfriendly buffet-style brunch made from seasonal and organic ingredients from the garden. Dish examples include poached sugared sliced pears; sweet and sour prawn with kiwi, dragon fruit and lychee; braised tilapia with mushrooms; and yak meat steak with steamed vegetables. As of June 2013, weekend brunch cost RMB 200 per person. Sat-Sun 10am-5pm (by reservation only). Across the street from Scitech Outlets, Hegezhuang, Chaoyang District. (400 018 0096, Weibo: 曳尾园家庭农场, 朝阳区崔各庄赛特奥莱对面 Sunlin Farm Sunlin Farm is one of Beijing’s best-known Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farms, and specializes in poultry and egg delivery. The organic vegetables grown on the farm go mostly towards feeding the chickens, ensuring that the meat and eggs that come from this farm are safe and healthy. 100 Lüzhang Lu, Zhangzhen Lübu Tun, Shunyi District. (6148 8091, 圣林生态农庄, 顺义区顺义 区张镇吕布屯吕张路100号 Theresa’s Farm This organic farm offers free delivery inside the 5th ring road, every Friday (orders must be made three days in advance).A prepayment of RMB 1,000 is required in advance, and orders are then deducted from your original prepayment. As soon asyour account goes below RMB 200, they ask if you’d like to top it up. Simple! (1370 1277 398, 天福园

Religious Organizations & Places of Worship Beijing Baptist Church Sunday school begins at 10am and is followed by 11am service. Sunday evening service begins at 5.30pm. Meet on the third floor of the CTS Plaza. Foreign passport holders only. 3/F, CTS Hotel, 2 Beisanhuan Donglu, Chaoyang District. Contact Joe Kappel (8721 7449, 北京浸信会教 堂, 朝阳区北三环东路2号中旅大厦3层 Beijing Church of Christ A Christian congregation that has been meeting since August of 2008. Foreign passport holders only. Wed 7:00pm, Sun 9.30-11.30am. 2/F, Tower A, Linda Dasha, 8 Dongtucheng Lu, Chaoyang District. (186 1832 7282, 朝阳区东土城 路8号林达大厦A座二层,润久文化会所 Beijing Gangwashi Church Gangwashi Church is a Protestant church built during the 1860s under the sponsorship of the London Missionary Society. In 1900, the church was destroyed during the Boxer Uprising and was rebuilt in 1903. In 1922, the church merged with the China Christian Church. The Gangwashi Church regularly performs Sunday services in English and Korean, as well as Chinese. 57 Xisi Nandajie, Haidian District.

(6617 6181, 北 京缸瓦市教堂, 海淀区西四南大街57号 Beijing International Christian Fellowship (BICF) BICF (Beijing International Christian Fellowship) is an international non-denominational church in Beijing China with people from over 70 nations. It is Multicultural, Bible-centered gathering for foreign passport holders. Services are conducted in 9 different languages including Korean, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Russian, English, Chinese, Frech, etc. Visitors can attend Sunday services and classes in multiple locations. (8454 3468, www.bicf. org 北京国际基督教联合会 Beijing Men’s Prayer Breakfast Ecumenical Christian prayer group meets every Wed 7.30-8.30am, Capital Club. RMB 75. (beijingmensprayer-subscribe@ 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, info@ 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. ( 顺义区孙河 乡顺黄路甲1号 Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception (South Cathedral) Catholic Mass in English at 10am and 4pm (singing Mass). 141 Qianmen Xidajie, 10 meters from Xuanwumen subway station, Xicheng District. (6602 6538) 南堂, 西城区前门西大街141号 Chongwenmen Church (Ashbury Methodist) Originally built in 1870, the first American Methodist church and the largest existing Protestant church in Beijing holds services in Chinese with English translations. Tue-Wed 6-8pm, Thu-Fri 8amnoon, Sun 8, 10.30am.. 2 Hougou Hutong, 4 Chongwenmennei Dajie (near Chongwenmen subway station), Dongcheng District. (6513 3549) 亚斯立堂, 东城区崇文门内大街4号后钩 胡同丁2号 Congregation of the Good Shepherd Diverse, interdenominational Christian congregation that welcomes all foreign passport holders. Liturgically-based worship Sunday mornings at 10am at the Capital Club Athletic Center. 3/F, Athletic Club, Capital Mansion, 6 Xinyuan Nanlu, Chaoyang District. ( 朝阳区 新源南路京城俱乐部3层 Dongsi Mosque The city’s second largest mosque is the headquarters of the Beijing branch of the China Islamic Association and houses valuable Islamic manuscripts in its library. 13 Dongsi Nandajie, Dongcheng District. (6525 7824) 东四清真寺, 东城区东 南大街13号 Guangji Temple Though somewhat overshadowed by neighboring Baita Temple, Guangji boasts some serious credentials as the headquarters of the Chinese Buddhist Association. In the two beautiful tree-filled courtyards, worshippers and monks kneel side-by-side in prayer. The relatively new temple halls, rebuilt after a huge fire in 1934, are closed to the public. Although there is a guest center, this active temple is comfortably free from tourists and maintains the austerity of a place of worship. Somber does not imply silent, though, as the sound of prayer bells, chanting and even faint street noise drifts through the air. Several friendly


Buddhist shops next door sell incense, books, CDs and statues. Daily 6am-4.30pm, guest center 9-11.30am and 2-3.50pm.. Xisi, Fuchengmennei Dajie, Xicheng District. (6616 0907) 广济寺, 西城区西四阜成门内大街 Kehillat Beijing Members are predominantly Con-servative, Reform or Reconstructionist, but this lay-led, egalitarian Jewish congregation welcomes all Jews to its services on Fridays at 7pm. RSVP for the community dinners afterwards at 8pm. Also runs weekly discussions. 3/F Ballroom, Capital Club Athletic Center, Capital Mansion, 6 Xinyuan Nanli, Chaoyang District. (8486 2225) 一赐乐业犹太社团, 朝阳区新源南里6号京城大厦(华都饭店对面)京 城俱乐部康身中心3层 St. Joseph’s Wangfujing Church (Dongtang Cathedral) Originally built in 1655, this centrally located cathedral offers services in Chinese and Latin for Chinese citizens and foreigners. 74 Wangfujing Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6524 0634) 东堂, 东城 区王府井大街74号 St. Michael’s (Dongjiaomin Church) Built in 1902 as the French embassy church in the foreign Legation Quarter, St. Michael’s now welcomes Chinese and foreigners to its Chinese-language service.Service hours: Sun 7, 8am, 6pm. Contact Father Gao Yang (8511 5405, 137 0130 5933) 13A Dongjiaominxiang, Dongcheng District. (8511 5405, 137 0130 5933) 东交民巷天主教堂, 东城区东城区东交 民巷甲13号 West Church (Xizhimen) Also known as the Church of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, the newest and yet least well-kept of the four cardinally named churches. 130 Xizhimennei Dajie, Xicheng District. (6615 6619) 西堂, 西 城区西城区西直门内大街130 号

Supermarkets BHG Market Place Taiwan chain of upscale supermarkets has an extensive, albeit pricey, selection of goods and produce, including alcohol and organic products. Daily 10am10pm. 1) Shop 1, B1/F, Indigo Mall, 18 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (8426 0299); 2) B1, Shin Kong Place, 87 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (6530 5888); 3) SLG00, The Village at Sanlitun, Chaoyang District. (6415 8226); 4) SMM06, SOLANA Lifestyle Shopping Park, Chaoyang District.; 5) B2/F, Legend Center, Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. 北京华联高级超市, 1) 朝 阳区酒仙桥路18号颐堤港商场地铁层店铺号 LG01; 2) 朝阳区建国路87号新光天地B1层; 3) 朝阳区三里屯VillageSLG00号商铺; 4) 朝阳区蓝 色港湾国际商区SMM06号; 5) 朝阳区东三环中 路乐成中心地下二层 Jenny Lou’s These Western grocery stores have, along with the usual staples, fresh meat and cheese, unusual pasta shapes, unsweetened yogurt, fresh herbs… we could go on and on. 1) 8am-10pm. 101, Bldg 17, Central Park International Apartments, Chaoyang District. (6533 6792); 2) Daily 8am-10pm. Laiguangying Donglu (opposite Heping Hospital), Chaoyang District. (8470 1557); 3) Daily 8am-10pm. Bldg 4, Jianwai Soho, 39 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (5869 2253); 4) Daily 8am-9pm. Inside East Lake Villa Clubhouse, Chaoyang District. (6467 8018); 5) Daily 8am-midnight. 4 Ritan Beilu (opposite to Fancaodi Primary School), Chaoyang District. (8563 0626); 6) Daily 8am-10pm. 6 Sanlitun Beixiaojie, Chaoyang District. (6461 6928); 7) Daily 8am-midnight. South of Chaoyang Park’s West Gate, Chaoyang District. (6501 6249) 婕妮璐, 1) 朝阳区新 城国际17号楼101; 2) 朝阳区来广营东路和平医 院对面; 3) 朝阳区东三环中路39号建外Soho4号 楼; 4) 朝阳区东湖别墅会所里; 5) 朝阳区日坛 北路4号(芳草地小学对面); 6) 朝阳区三里屯 北小街6号; 7) 朝阳区朝阳公园西门南侧 Lotte Mart 1) Daily 8am-9:30pm. 12 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6437 8008); 2) Daily 8am-9:30pm.. 17 Guangshun

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Beidajie, Wangjing, Chaoyang District. (6437 8008) 乐天玛特, 1) 朝阳区 朝阳区酒仙桥路12号; 2) 朝阳区朝阳区望京广 顺北大街17号 Olé Supermarket French chain sells groceries, wine and household items at premium prices. 1) 10am-10pm. B203, B2/F, Beijing Shoudu Shidai Guangchang, 88 Xichang Anjie, Xicheng District. (8391 5006); 2) 10am-10pm. Xindongan Guangchang, 135 Wangfujing Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6512 4855); 3) 10am-9pm. B1/F, Jinrongjie Gouwu Zhongxin, 2 Jincheng Fangjie, Xicheng District. (6622 0461); 4) 10am-10pm. B1/F, Ginza Mall, 48 Dongzhimenwai Dajie, Dongcheng District. (8447 7668); 5) 10am-10pm. B101,B1/ F,Shimao Tianjie, 9 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6587 1509); 6) 9am-9pm. B1/F, Donghuan Guangchang, 29 Dongzhongjie, Dongcheng District. (6418 1006); 7) 东方新天 地商场地铁层BB01A号, Dongcheng District.; 8) B1/F, China World Shopping Mall, Jianwai Dajie, Chaoyang District.; 9) B1, Seasons Place, 2 Jinchengfang Jie, Xicheng District. (6622 0389/0491) 1) 西城区西长安街88号北京首都时代广场地下二层 B203室; 2) 东城区王府井大街135号新东安广场; 3) 西城区金城坊街2号金融街购物中心地下一 层; 4) 东城区东直门外大街48号银座Mall地下一 层; 5) 朝阳区光华路9号世贸天阶地下一层B101; 6) 东城区东中街29号东环广场B座地下一层; 7) 东城区BB01A, The Malls at Oriental Plaza; 8) 朝 阳区建外大街国贸商城地下一层; 9) 西城区金 城坊街2号金融街购物中心B1 Wal-Mart The big box retailer you know and love (or know and hate). Drum up a little odium as you cruise the uncharacteristically wide aisles looking for low, low prices on home decorating items along with groceries, clothing, electronics, sporting goods and more. Daily 7.30am-10.30pm. 1) B1-2/F A48 Zhichun Lu, Haidian District. (5873 3666); 2) Fuzhuohuayuan Plaza, Xuanwai Dajie, Xuanwu District. (6316 8905); 3) B1/F, Block B, Wanda Plaza, 93 Jianguo Road, Chaoyang District. (5960 3566) 沃尔玛超市, 1) 海淀区知春路甲 48号地下1-2层; 2) 宣武区宣外大街富卓花园广 场; 3) 朝阳区建国路93号万达广场B座 B1层

Veterinarians Aikang Veterinary Hospital Daily 9am10pm. 45 Tianshuiyuan Dongli, Chaoyang District. (6501 8605) 爱康动物医院, 朝阳区甜 水园东里45号楼底商 Beijing Entry/Exit Inspection & Quarantine Bureau Mon-Fri 8.30-11.30am, 1.30-4pm. 2/F, 7 Beisanhuan Zhonglu (300 meters West of An Hua Qiao, on the north side of the street), Chaoyang District. (6204 9631, 6237 1359, callers should ask to be transferred) 北京出入境检验检疫局, 朝阳区北 三环中路7 号二层(安华桥往西三百米路北) Fangzhuang Banlü Veterinary Hospital Daily 8.30am-10pm. 23 Nansanhuan Donglu, Fengtai District. (6760 5989) 方庄伴侣动物医 院, 丰台区南三环东路23号 Guan Shang Animal Hospital Daily 8.30am-10.30pm. 1/F, 7 North Third Ring Road (300 meters West of An Hua Qiao, on the north side of the street), Chaoyang District. (6237 1359 ext 8037, 6205 1944 ext 8037 Chinese only) 北京观赏动物医院, 朝阳区 北三环中路7 号一层(安华桥往西三百米路北) International Center for Veterinary Services (ICVS) ICVS is a professionally managed and affordable full service international standard animal hospital and pet care facility. All doctors are legally licensed in the PRC. Services include internal medicine, hospitalization, spay/neuter, soft tissue and orthopedic surgeries, dentistry, dermatology, blood tests, laboratory diagnostics, X-rays, ultrasound, legal vaccinations, prescription pet foods, behavior counseling and obedience training, import/export advice, pet adoption counseling and more. Boarding kennel, grooming salon, SAFE pet foods & pet shop available. All services in Mandarin



and English. Licensed rabies vaccinations for export. Soft opening hours: 9am-8pm Tue&Thu, 9am-6pm Mon, Wed, Fri-Sun. 1316 Rongke Ganlan Chengshang Jie, Futongxi Dajie, Wangjing, Chaoyang District. (8456 1939/40/41, 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 K.K. Animal Hospital Daily 9am-7pm. 801802 Pinnacle Plaza, Shunyi District. (8046 2358, 133 1129 3008) 康康宠物医院, 顺义区荣祥广场801-802 Naughty Pet Hospital 9am-9pm. No. 5-7, Bldg 6, Heping Xincheng, Hepingli Dongjie, Dongcheng District. (6448 1199, 6422 2848) 北京顽皮动物医院, 东城区和平里东街民旺丙19号 Saijia Veterinarian Center 9am-8pm. 1/F, Bldg 8, Qixiancun, 7 Xisanhuan Lu, Xicheng District. (6872 1909) 赛佳动物保健, 西城区西 三环中路7号七贤村8号楼1层 Wanghong Veterinary Hospital Daily 8am-10pm. 1/F, 3B Lianhuachi Donglu, Xicheng District. (6344 7717) 望虹动物医院, 西城区莲花池东路乙3号楼1层 Wangjing Veterinary Hospital Open 24hrs. 7A Huajiadi, Chaoyang District. (6475 2626) 望京宠物医院, 朝阳区花家地甲7号 Yi Ya World Veterinarian 8.30am-9pm. 34 Gongti Beilu (across from Xinzhong Jie), Chaoyang District. (6552 6177) 怡亚世界宠物 园, 朝阳区工体北路34号

Family Travel Hotels, Hostels and Resorts Beijing Marriott Hotel Northeast Located near the Liangmaqiao embassy district, subway Line 10, and the Airport Expressway, this five-star hotel offers 1,600sqm of meeting and banquet facilities. Rooms are equipped with LCD TVs, high-speed Internet access, and a full range of first-class amenities. Other features include a health club, heated indoor pool, full-service spa, and five restaurants. 26A Xiaoyun Lu, Chaoyang District. (5927 8888) com/hotels/travel/bjses-beijing-marriotthotel-northeast/ 北京海航大厦万豪酒店, 朝阳 区霄云路甲26号海航大厦万豪酒店 Beijing Marriott West Corporate travelers with projects in Zhongguancun or meetings on Financial Street make up the bulk of this swanky hotel’s clientele. After a day of deal-making and telecommuting via in-room high-speed Internet and dual line phones, guests can unwind in the large indoor pool or 24-hour bowling center. RMB 950-10,000. 98 Xisanhuan Beilu, Haidian District. (6872 6699) 北京金 域万豪酒店, 海淀区西三环北路98号 China World Hotel With bragging rights to being the first super luxury hotel in town, the 716 room China World is an oldie but still a goodie thanks to its attentive service, location in the heart of the CBD and quality food outlets - especially Aria. The lobby is opulent and marble-laden enough for even the most discriminating Carraran and it leads, via an escalator, to the restaurants, offices and luxury retailers of the China World Trade Center. China World Hotel’s health club features a heated indoor swimming pool and state-of-the-art gymnasium. The gym is equipped with exercise studios, cardio-fitness machines, squash and indoor tennis courts, and steam rooms and jacuzzis. Also, the affiliated Traders Hotel (Guomao Fandian) just behind the China World Hotel is a lessexpensive alternative for business travelers. Daily 6am-11pm. 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6505 2266, 中国大饭店, 朝阳区建国门外大街1号 China World Summit Wing Hotel “China World Summit Wing, Beijing comprises

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278 guest rooms and suites, four designer restaurants, two bars and a lounge and four exclusive venues devoted to private dining, one of which is an observation deck on level 81. Accommodations with guest room sizes averaging 65 square metres are the most spacious in the city. The hotel also houses the city’s highest spa retreat with CHI, The Spa - Shangri-La’s signature spa brand - on level 77, a health club with a Life Fitness-equipped gymnasium, and an indoor infinity swimming pool overlooking the city.Ideally suited for exclusive celebrations and high-level meetings, China World Summit Wing has a designer’s collection of sumptuous venues with breathtaking views from the three Chairman Rooms on Level 79 and The Peak on Level 81. The Summit Ballroom, one of the largest in the city and 12 elegantly appointed function rooms with natural daylight are located on Level 3 to 5.” 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6505 2299, http:// chinaworldsummitwing 北京国贸大酒店, 朝阳 区建国门外大街1号 Crowne Plaza Beijing Popular with tourists and foreigners adopting kids in China, the recently renovated Crowne Plaza’s appeal lies chiefly in its location just north of the main Wangfujing drag and within walking distance of the Forbidden City and Tian’anmen. Rooms overlooking the streets are preferable to those on the atrium. RMB 2,760-6,610. 48 Wangfujing Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6513 3388) 国际艺苑 皇冠假日酒店, 东城区王府井大街48号 Crowne Plaza Beijing Chaoyang U-Town Crowne Plaza Beijing Chaoyang U Town boasts over 3000 square meters of flexible event space with 11 fully-equipped meeting rooms, including the Crowne ballroom with 1,029 square meters of space. OPENING JANUARY, 2011. 3 Sanfeng Beili, U-Town, Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (5909 6688, 400 886 2255) http://www. pegut?rpb=hotel&crUrl=/h/d/cp/1/en/ hotelsearchresults 北京朝阳悠唐皇冠假日酒店, 朝阳区朝阳区三丰北里3号 Crowne Plaza Beijing Zhongguancun “Crowne Plaza Beijing Zhongguancun is surrounded by the universities and technology companies of Haidian, Beijing’s intellectual and scientific hub.” Features 293 guest rooms and ten suites, as well as f&b venues like Mixs Italian Grill and Rouge Chinese Restaurant. 16 Zhichun Lu, Haidian District. (5993 8888, 400 886 2255) http:// pegzg?rpb=hotel&crUrl=/h/d/cp/1/en/ hotelsearchresults 北京中关村皇冠假日酒店, 海淀区北京中关村皇冠假日酒店 Fairmont Beijing Hotel Mon-Sun 24hrs. 8 Yong An Dong Li, Jianguomenwai Avenue, Chaoyang District, Beijing, China 100022, Chaoyang District. (86 10 8511 7777, http://www.fairmont. com/beijing/ 朝阳区北京市朝阳区建国门外大 街永安东里8号 Grand Hyatt Though it will always be overshadowed by the more glamorous Grand Hyatt Shanghai (in the Jinmao Tower), this hotel remains one of the most upscale in China - with prices to match. Great for shopping, business and sightseeing, with comfortable, sleekly lit and furnished rooms, the Grand Hyatt now also has a stunning new meeting venue, The Residence, in addition to their award-winning Chinese restaurant (Made in China) and indoor pool done up like a tropical grotto. RMB 3,500-34,200. 1 Dongchang’an Jie, Dongcheng District. (8518 1234) 东方君悦大酒店, 东城区东长安街1号 Grand Millennium This 521-room luxury hotel in the shadow of the CCTV Tower boasts contemporary rooms, a residential complex (Millenium Residences), a Cantonese restaurant (Yao Chi), brasserie and two jazz

bars. 7 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (8587 6888) 北京千禧大 酒店, 朝阳区东三环中路7号 Great Wall Sheraton One of Beijing’s oldest five-star establishments, the Sheraton has seen a lot of history from its location near the business and diplomatic districts. For RMB 1,500 per night, guests enjoy standard luxury with Internet access and fitness facilities, including an indoor pool. While the lobby and hallways seem a bit dim, the restaurants and multilingual staff liven the atmosphere. Suites and Starwood Preferred Guest rooms available. 10 Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6590 5566) GreatWall 喜来登长城饭店, 朝阳区东三环北 路10号 Hilton Beijing Located along the east Third Ring Road, the Hilton Beijing offers easy access to Sanlitun, the CBD and the embassy district, as well as the Airport Expressway. Experience a higher realm of pampering and prestige with exclusivity, personalized service and upgraded amenities in the newly built nine-story Executive Tower and relax in the Executive Lounge. There are also 12 meeting rooms, as well as a fully equipped Business Center. Also has five restaurants and bars, including Pan-Asian cooking at Elements restaurant, contemporary American cuisine in One East or creative cocktails in Zeta Bar. Daily 24hrs.. 1 Dongfang Lu, Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (5865 5000) http:// 北京希尔顿酒店, 朝阳区东三环北路东方路1号 Hilton Beijing Capital Airport Just minutes after clearing Customs you could be taking a snooze in your room, attending a business meeting or relaxing in the spa. This stylish departure from typical airport hotels offers five-star comforts and unique convenience for people in transit, business travelers, trade fair visitors and event organizers. One minute away from Terminal 3 by 24-hour hotel free airport shuttle bus, the city center just 16 minutes away by direct rail, and the most popular tourist sites within a 40-minute drive, it’s also the perfect base for tourists. Terminal 3, Beijing Capital International Airport, Chaoyang District. (6458 8888) http://www1. 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) hotel/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 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

Family Travel 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 InterContinental Financial Street InterContinental Beijing Financial Street has a full-service spa, an indoor pool, and a sauna. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available in public areas. This 5-star hotel features business amenities including a business center, small meeting rooms, and limo/town car service. The hotel offers 3 restaurants along with a coffee shop/café and a bar/lounge. The staff can provide concierge services, wedding services, and event catering. Additional amenities include a 24-hour fitness facility, multilingual staff, and coffee/tea in the lobby. For a surcharge, guests have access to a roundtrip airport shuttle (available on request). Complimentary valet parking is available onsite for guests. 11 Financial Street, Xicheng District. (5852 5888) 西城区金融街11号 Jianguo Hotel Though its low rise, yellowhued East Wing seems more congruent with the architecture of Phoenix, Arizona than of Beijing, the newly renovated Jianguo, which opened in 1982 as China’s first joint venture hotel, has aged gracefully. The rooms, especially those facing the garden, are pleasant, and the service is efficient. Oldschool expats get misty eyed at the mention of Charlie’s, the hotel bar, which served as the tavern of choice for Beijing’s laowai pre-1990, before Frank’s Place opened. RMB 2,4653,145. 5 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6500 2233) 建国饭店, 朝阳区建国门外大街5号 JW Marriott Standard rooms are elegantly appointed and super luxurious. Downstairs, the loungy Loong Bar aspires to the metrochic networking set, while restaurants Asia Bistro and CRU Steakhouse maintain a high standard. Rooms RMB 1,500-2,500. 83 Jianguo Lu, China Central Place, Chaoyang District. (5908 6688) 北京JW万豪酒店, 朝阳 区华贸中心建国路83号 Kempinski Hotel Beijing Lufthansa Center Located in the heart of Beijing’s central diplomatic and business district, the Kempinski Hotel Beijing boasts a blend of European style with elements of Beijing’s rich cultural history. In addition to 526 guestrooms and suites, including four executive floors and eight no-smoking floors, the hotel also has eight fully equipped banqueting/conference facilities accommodating up to 1,300 people. The hotel also has seven restaurants and bars, including the Paulaner Bräuhaus boasting the city’s finest Bavarian food and microbrewed beer, and Kempi Deli, renowned for its gourmet European cakes and pastries. On the 18th floor overlooking Beijing’s skyline is the swimming pool of Pulse Health Club, which also includes a fitness centre, tennis courts and squash courts.The Kempinski also manages a neighbouring eight-storey complex offering 12,500 square metres of office space, 42 shops and showrooms and 170 fully furnished one to four bedroom apartments. Facing the Liang Ma River, the complex also contains a 24-hour serviced international medical centre, dental clinics and fully equipped children’s park and nursery. Beijing Lufthansa Center, 50 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6465 3388) 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


Courtyard by Marriott Beijing Northeast Located a few minutes from the Olympic National Stadium and 15 minutes from new China International Exhibition Center and Beijing Capital International Airport; just 1 km from Airport Express Station and Subway Line 10 - the contemporary Courtyard Beijing Northeast offers a perfect combination of the green and peaceful area. The hotel offers spacious guest rooms, marble bathrooms, 32-inch HDTVs, high-speed Internet and IP phones. Dine at the MoMo Cafe, serving a variety of international fare, or stop by MoMo 2 go for sandwiches, pastries, power shakes and get a drink in our new trendy “101 Lounge”. And recharge at the 24-hour fitness centre, indoor pool and whirlpool or with a massage. Six daylight meeting rooms will help you to organize different type of events. 101 Jingshun Lu, Chaoyang District. (5907 6666 400 888 5551) 北京人濟萬怡酒店, 朝阳 区朝阳区京顺路101号 Metropark Lido Hotel If you were so inclined, you could live for days cloistered within the suburban Lido compound that is home to a supermarket, Watson’s drugstore, ATM, restaurants, Starbucks, hair salon, bowling center, tennis courts, apartments and corporate offices. Its proximity to the airport makes it an obvious choice for business travelers and airline crews, but it is a bit far from most tourist sites. 6 Jiangtai Lu, Jichang Lu, Chaoyang District. (6437 6237) http:// 北京丽都维景酒店, 朝阳区机场路将台路6号 The Peninsula Beijing Located near Wangfujing and Tian’anmen Square, this award-winning hotel has rooms with hardwood floors, Chinese rugs, elegant furniture and 42-inch plasma TVs. Its fusion cuisine and funky open-plan design have won Jing, one of the hotel’s restaurants, favorable reviews. The Peninsula’s shopping arcade is home to such fashion royalty as Dior, Chanel and Hermes. The hotel can also arrange hutong tours with a Tsinghua University professor and visits to unrestored sections of the Great Wall. RMB 1,388-50,000. 8 Jinyu Hutong, Wangfujing, Dongcheng District. (8516 2888) 王府半岛酒 店, 东城区王府井金鱼胡同8号 Raffles Hotel Beijing Ideally situated at the crossroads of famous Chang An Avenue and the district of Wangfujing, Raffles Beijing Hotel is in the heart of the prestigious business and commercial districts and a few minutes from the mystical Forbidden City, historical Tiananmen Square, the Silk Market and other famous sights. It is also a short 15-minute walk from Beijing railway station and less than five minutes from Wangfujing subway station. Raffles Beijing Hotel epitomises elegance and exclusivity, as guests luxuriate in 171 beautifully appointed guest rooms and suites, which are some of the most expansive and decadent in Beijing. The inimitable Raffles experience is taken a step further with sumptuous culinary creations to delight every palate, state-of-the-art meeting and banquet facilities and a Fitness Centre complete with its own indoor swimming pool. Raffles’ afternoon tea service was voted “Outstanding Afternoon Tea” in the Beijinger’s 2011 Restaurant Awards. 33 Dong Chang’an Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6526 3388), 东 城区东长安大街33号 Renaissance Beijing Capital Hotel The five star hotel in the Shuangjing area south of the China World Trade Center (Guo Mao) “offers 2,300 sqm of modern, innovative and well equipped meeting space and 531 stylish and spacious guest rooms, including 41 luxuriously appointed suites, each equipped with a plug-in connectivity panel that allows guests to turn their 42-inch flat-screen LCD into a personal entertainment center.” Wining and dining options include Fat Duck, Fratelli Fresh, The Lounge and D Bar. 61 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu (north of Viva Mall

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by Fuli City), Chaoyang District. (5863 8888) 北京富力万 丽酒店, 朝阳区朝阳区东三环中路 61 号 Ritz-Carlton Beijing, Financial Street Another top-range hotel on Beijing’s “Wall Street.” With a striking glass and chrome exterior, the hotel boasts 253 guest rooms appointed with flat screen TVs, cordless phones and high-speed Internet and fax connections. The hotel features three restaurants (including the award-winning Cepe) and a lounge and bar serving Chinese, Italian and all-day cuisines. RMB 1,50048,000. 1 Jinchengfang Dongjie, Financial Street, Xicheng District, Xicheng District. (6601 6666) 北京丽嘉饭 店, 西城区金融街金城坊东街1号 The Schoolhouse at Mutianyu This renovated elementary school proves there is more to Mutianyu than just the Great Wall. Located 90mins northeast of Beijing (via Jingcheng expressway) and offering a restaurant with fresh local ingredients, art glass studio and art room and is a creative way for the family to escape the city. Daily 9am-9pm. Mutianyu Village (for detailed directions, see website), Huairou District. (6162 6506) www.theschoolhouseatmutianyu. com 慕田峪小园餐厅, 怀柔区慕田峪 (具体路 线请查看网站信息) Shangri-La Hotel Haidian District’s most upscale hotel is distinguished by its gorgeous garden, spacious rooms and arguably the west side’s fanciest bar (Cloud 9). Cafe Cha serves a bountiful buffet, with an accent on pan-Asian specialties – wear your stretch pants. RMB 1,208-15,000. 29 Zizhuyuan Lu, at Xisanhuan Lu, Haidian District. (6841 2211) 北京香格里拉饭 店, 海淀区西三环紫竹院路29号 Sheraton Beijing Dongcheng Hotel Opening in July of 2011, the Sheraton Beijing Dongcheng Hotel features 441 contemporary guest rooms, suites ranging from 43 to 240 square meters, four restaurants, spa and fitness center, swimming pool and meeting facilities. 36 Dongcheng Beilu, Global Trade Center, Dongcheng District. (5957 5184) 北京金 隅喜来登酒店, 东城区东城区北三环路36号, 环球贸易中心 Sofitel Wanda Despite an ominous exterior, Sofitel’s new Asia flagship hotel is sure to dazzle with its sophisticated blend of modern comfort and classical Chinese elegance. Floor-to-ceiling windows profit iconic CBD skyline views from west side rooms, specially designed feather beds, Wi-Fi, broadband and flat screen TVs complete a high-tech vision of luxury. The hotel’s F&B outlets include Le Pré Lenôtre and Farm House (see Restaurants). Rooms RMB 1,088-4,986. Tower C, Wanda Plaza, 93 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (8599 6666) 北京万达索菲特大饭店, 朝阳区建 国路93号万达广场C座 The St. Regis Beijing With more marble than an Italian quarry and more wood than an old growth forest, the St. Regis is one of the city’s most luxurious hotels. At any hour round the clock, guests can summon their personal butler or a professional masseur; to fight jetlag, there is always the gorgeous pool, spa or putting green. The restaurants, notably the Astor Grill, will sat-isfy discriminating palates, and the buzz around town is that the bartender whips up a mean tequila Bloody Mary at the Press Club Bar. RMB 1,750-51,170. 21 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6460 6688) 北京瑞 吉酒店, 朝阳区建国门外大街21号 Swissotel Beijing Though the rooms are fairly small, the large swimming pool, the diverse dining options and central location of this five-star hotel appeal to both leisure and business travelers. RMB 2,755-7,180. 2 Chaoyangmen Beidajie, Dongcheng District. (6553 2288) 北京港澳中 心瑞 士酒店, 东城区朝阳门北大街2号



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, cutting-edge 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. Taikoo Li Sanlitun North, Building 1, No. 11 Sanlitun Road, Chaoyang District. (6410 5240, 朝阳区三里屯路 11号太古里北区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 Traders Hotel, Beijing Well situated and connected to the China World Mall, the Traders Hotel (Guomao Fandian) is a lessexpensive alternative for business travelers than its sister establishment, the China World Hotel. Traders Hotel, 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6505 2277) 国贸饭店, 朝 阳区建国门外大街1号 Traders Upper East Hotel With a modern, contemporary design, this Beijing hotel has 392 guest rooms and 27 suites, including a large, luxurious Traders Suite. With a Grand Ballroom suitable for up to 400 persons supported by a boardroom and 14 breakout rooms of varying sizes, the hotel is also ideally suited for meetings and banquet events. 2 Dongsihuan Beilu (southeast of Xiaoyun Qiao), Chaoyang District. (5907 8888) 朝阳区东 四环北路2号 (霄云桥东南角) The Westin Beijing Financial Street This mega-hotel on Financial Street (West Second Ring Road) has spared no expense in meeting the high expectations of its well-heeled clientele, from its vast lobby and elegantly appointed rooms to its opulent spa and pool. The Westin also boasts seven restaurants and bars – including Senses, which offers what many cognoscenti consider to be Beijing’s most decadent Sunday brunch. RMB 1,50021,100. 9B Jinrong Jie (Financial Street), Xicheng District. (6606 8866) 北京金融街威斯 汀大酒店, 西城区金融街乙9号

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Travel Agencies AChinaTours AChinaTours offers “bespoke designer vacations” to China and Southeast Asia. They can tailor wild adventures, romantic getaways, relaxing vacations, and sightseeing tours alike. Rm 1108, Jintaixinqiao Building, Xizhimenwai, Xicheng District. (8837 1104 , (cell#) 1074 6078, www.achinatours. com 西城区金泰鑫侨大厦1108室 Beijing Baosheng Air Service Co. Ltd. Professional and full travel service company. Well-known as largest air ticket wholesaler in China, offer domestic and international tickets and packages not only to corporate clients, but also tailor-made to meet individual needs. Floor 9, Tower B, Jia Hui International Center Jiqingli, Chaoyang District. (400 888 0589, www.baosheng-air. com 北京保盛易行航空服务有限公司, 朝阳区 朝外吉庆里6号佳汇中心B座901室 Beijing Citybus Tour Service Daily 9am-8pm. Rm 1207, Scitech Tower, 22 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (400 650 0760) 北京赛笛芭 诗城市观光旅行社, 朝阳区建国门外大街22号赛 特大厦1207室 Beijing Easy Travel Travel service with a decade of experience offering domestic and international packages to foreigners in Beijing. 1/F, Boutique 17, Hairun International Apartment, 2B Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District. (5126 7266,, 朝阳区将台路乙2号海润国际公寓商业1-17 Beijing Sideways (Gael: 139 1133 4947, Bespoke Beijing Anti-package-tour to its core, Bespoke Beijing offers an a la carte menu of high-quality, high-value travel services so you can pick and choose the components that are relevant to you. These include car hire, tour guides and airport transfers - or take it to the next level with their expert-led signature experiences. B510, 107 Dongsi Bei Dajie, Dongcheng District, Dongcheng District. (6400 0133, info@ www.bespoke-beijing. com 东城区东城区东四北大街107号天海商务 大厦B座510号 BJS Holiday Daily 9.30am-6.30pm. Shop 800, Pinnacle Plaza (opposite to the Euro Village), Shunyi District. (8046 3199, travel@ 顺义区荣祥广场 800号(欧陆小镇对面) Cheapest Beijing Tour Cheapest Beijing Tour doesn’t have the most inspiring name or well-written website, but at least they’re to the point. Specializing in day trips and excursions in and out of Beijing, the company claims to charge “only USD 40” for their tours. ( Chihaner 5/F, Tower B, Jingonghongyang Dasha, 25 Nanbinhe Lu, Guanganmenwai Nan, Xicheng District. (+86-10-5713 3232, 西城区西城区广安门外南滨河路25号金工宏洋 大厦B座518 China Culture Center (CCC) From its Beijing headquarters, the Chinese Culture Club plans and organizes a diverse range of trips and cultural events (lectures, tours, courses, etc.) for those who wish to better understand and experience China, including a range of family-friendly programs. Kent Center, 29 Anjialou, Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6432 9341/1041, www. 朝阳区亮马桥路29号安 家楼肯特中心院内 China Holidays Beijing Branch of Londonbased award-winning British tour operator with over 16 years’ experience in dealing exclusively with China. Specializes in creating tailored itineraries around China.

A1106, Nanxincang Shangwu Dasha, 22A Dongsishitiao, Dongcheng District. (6409 6567, www. 东城区东城区东四十条甲22 号 南新仓商务大厦A1106 China Peace International Tourism Co. Ltd. (FESCO Travel) Fesco travel specializes in individual and group tours, they also offer specials on international and domestic air tickets and hotels. Room 502, 46 Dongzhong Jie, Dongcheng District. (8563 6720/30, 外企服务集团, 东 城区东城区东中街46号鸿基大厦502室 China Travel Service CTS, has over 100 branches around the world and has ranked first in China’s Top 100 International Travel Agencies for successive years. 28-31/F Bldg A, 38 Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (400 811 6666) 中国旅行社总社有限公司, 朝阳区东三环北路38 号院1号楼28-31层 CnAdventure Offer treks to K2, Mt. Everest and Mt. Muztag-Ata, Great Wall Hiking/ Camping, Inner Mongolia Horse-riding, Silk Road, 4WD Tibet and adventure tours all over China. Sightseeing tours to Xian, Pingyao, Datong, Guilin and Chengde. Room 208-F, Daxiang Touzi Building, 1A Dongbinhe Lu, Dongcheng District. (5166 9102, assistant@ 太 和旅行社, 东城区东滨河路甲1号大象投资大 厦208-F Country Holidays Travel English-speaking tour consultants specializing in travel to China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, India, Thailand, Nepal, Bhutan and other areas of Asia. Also specialize in providing tours suitable for families with children. Mon-Fri 9.30am-6.30pm, Sat 9.30am-1pm. Unit 1003, Tower 3, Beijing International Center, 38 Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (5869 1781/82, 5869 1769, beijing@ 朝阳区东三 环北路38号院北京国际中心3号楼(安联大 厦)1003室 A group organizing events around the city, the surrounding countryside, and villages, with the aim of introducing people to more of the capital’s culture. Events include camping, hiking, and language exchange. ( Free N Easy Travel Full service international travel agency provides air ticketing, hotel reservations and holiday packages. Mon-Fri 9am-6pm, Sat-Sun 9am-1pm. Rm 1905, Bldg A, Jianwai Soho, 39 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (5869 7754, fnebj@ 朝阳区东三 环中路39号建外SohoA座1905室 Global Easy Tour This travel agency features a team of experienced travel professionals and offers solutions for a wide variety of travel plans, from international airline tickets to ground transportation, accommodations, tours, beach vacations, and more. With destinations ranging from China to Southeast Asia, Global Easy Tour is committed to providing the best travel services. Mon-Fri 9am-6.30pm, Sat 10am-4pm. A611, Freetown Center, 58, Dongsanhuan Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (5867 2900/1/2, 和平国旅, 朝阳区东 三环南路58号富顿中心A座611室 Happy Holiday Travel Service Happy Holiday Travel Service offers personalized service. Specialists in providing domestic/ international air tickets, hotel reservations, and business travel and family trip arrangements. Rm 1702, E-Tower, 12 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6501 1747, 6595 8819, 137 0102 8301, 朝阳区光华路12号数码01大厦1702室 H.I.S. Established in 1979, this Japanese travel agency just opened a branch in Beijing. Get a Japan Rail Pass and roundtickets to Japan at a low price from here. Rm 105B, Pacific Century Place, 2 Gongti Beilu,

Fun Stuff Chaoyang District. (6539 1518, info-staff@ 北京新 日国际旅行社, 朝阳区工体北路甲2号盈科中 心105B Kingdom Travel This bilingual outfit arranges domestic and business air tickets, family vacation packages and weekend escapes. Suite 601, Bldg A, SOHO Shangdu, 8 Dongdaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (5870 0033, 中侨国旅, 朝阳区 东大桥路8号尚都国际中心A座601 Mercurius World Travel Services 16G, Bldg B, Oriental Kenzo Plaza, 48 Dongzhimenwai Dajie, Dongcheng District. (5139 6161, 东城区东城区东直门 外大街48号东方银座B座16G Newman Tours (138 1777 0229, info@ PixieAdventures PixieAdventures organizes tailor-made outdoor activities including hiking, trekking and biking trips around Beijing. This service also hosts opera-mask painting lessons, kite-making and lanternmaking. Tours offer hikes to unrestored Great Wall areas. Schedule an appointment for hutong exploring any day or partake in the set departure times each weekend. For more information, check or send an e-mail to phyllis@pixieadventures. com. 7-2 Jingshan Dongjie, Dongcheng District. 东城区景山东街7-2号(景山公园东门 斜对面200米) Planet Travel Planet Travel provides quality service for leisure family holidays and business trips at reasonable prices. Rm 2090, Bldg 5, Shoukaibojun, Yard 8, Xindong Lu, Chaoyang District. (6409 4255, info@ 星球旅 行社, 朝阳区新东路8号院首开铂郡5号楼2090 SinoTour Founded in 1986, SinoTour offers hundreds of China tour packages, hotels, and cruises. Save up to 80 percent. 3/F, 10 Anhuili Sanqu, Chaoyang District. (8483 1380, tour@, 朝阳 区安慧里三区10号3层 Sunflower Travel 22D, Bldg B, Ginza Mall, 48 Dongzhimenwai Dajie(8447 6361, www., Dongcheng District. (8447 6361) 东城区东直门外大街48号东方银 座B座22D) The China Guide Mon-Fri 9am-6pm. Rm 81, 8/F, Bldg 7-1, Jiangguomenwai Diplomatic Residence Compound, 1 Xiushui Jie, Chaoyang District. (8532 1860/5002, book@ 北京飞兔旅游顾问有限公司, 朝阳区秀水街1号 建外外交公寓7-1坐8层81室 Travel-Stone A travel agency catering specifically for foreigners, they offer services in English, Chinese and French. Travel-Stone organize everything from flights & hotels to tailored packages and large group trips. Daily 9am-7pm. Rm 1001, Dongwai Gongguan, 3 Xinzhong Jie, Dongcheng District. (5670 7458, 东城区新中街乙3号东外 公馆办公楼1001室 Trekiz | DIY Travel Site is a one stop shop for all things travel. Create and book DIY travel itineraries online with Trekiz’s patented trip planner. Choose from hundreds of activities (and tours and treks and classes and cruises!) in countries and cities around the world. Book China flights and China hotels, too! Trekiz takes the headache out of travel planning with its great prices, wide selection and user-friendly interface. ((+86) 4001-873549) TUI China Travel Co. Ltd. With its extensive international network, this GermanChinese 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, 途易, 东城区 建国门内大街7号光华长安大厦2座921-926

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

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, 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

Cinemas Sells everything from sporting events, concert and performance tickets to air tickets. (Note: No train tickets.) Rm.1305, Bldg C, Haojing Building, 108 Zhichun Lu, Haidian District. (6210 1991, 800 810 4321, 590 590 66) 中国票务中心, 海淀 区知春路108号豪景大厦C座1305室

Fun Stuff Animal Attractions Beijing Aquarium Modern, well-equipped and recently restocked, the aquarium features thousands of freshwater and saltwater fish from around the world, including huge Amazonian arapaima, giant sturgeon and many sharks. The piece de resistance may be the enormous tank containing an entire coral reef – with sea turtles, manta rays and garoupa. There are also several Sea World-style shows every day, featuring seals and dolphins. RMB 120 (includes zoo), RMB 60 (kids less than 18 years old), free (kids under 1.2m). Daily 9am-5pm (AprOct), 9am-5.30pm (Nov-Mar), last ticket sold at 4.30pm. 18B Gaoliangqiao Xiejie, Haidian District. (6217 6655) 北京海洋 馆, 海淀区高粱桥斜街乙18号

CGV Xingxing International Cinema Mon-Fri 10.30am-12.30pm; Sat-Sun 9.30am12.30pm. 4/F, Indigo Mall, 18 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (8426 0800) 希界维星星国 际影城, 朝阳区酒仙桥路18号颐堤港商场4层 Drive-in Cinema Car-less? Rent a vehicle for RMB 100. International and domestic movies show on five screens nightly after 7pm. 2 Liangmaqiao Lu (1,500m east of Yanshaqiao), Chaoyang District. (6431 9595, 5165 2832) 汽车影院, 朝 阳区燕莎桥东1500米路北, 亮马桥2号 Mega Box One of the more popular cinemas in Beijing, Mega Box screens both the latest Hollywood blockbusters and Chinese films. For RMB 20 per year, their membership program is well worth it. Non-members pay RMB 80 for regular tickets and RMB 120 for 3D tickets. With the discount, members get 50 percent off on weekdays and 30 percent off on weekends and holidays. 1) B1/F, Sanlitun Village South, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6417 6118); 2) 3/F, Area C, Zhongguancun Mall (West of Dinghao Mall), Haidian District. (5986 3777) www. 美嘉欢乐影城, 1) 朝阳区三里 屯路19号三里屯Village南区地下1层; 2) 海淀区 中关村广场购物中心C区三层(鼎好西侧) 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 Beijing Chaoyang Theater Not the most authentic of the city’s acrobatic offerings, but definitely the flashiest! The standard plate spinning, hoop jumping and yo-yo tossing


gets amped up a notch by the extra dramatic lights and music. Your kid will be wiggling in her seat in a happy, adrenaline-induced frenzy. RMB 180, 280, 380, 580, 680 (half-price for kids under 1.1m). Shows daily 7.15pm (call for additional show times). 36 Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6507 2421/1818) 北京朝阳剧场, 朝阳区东三环 北路36号 Beijing Seven-Color Light Children’s Theater 14A, Ju’er Hutong, Jiaodaokou, Dongcheng District. (8402 2285) 北京七色光儿 童剧院, 东城区交道口菊儿胡同甲14号 Century Theater 21st Century Hotel, 40 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6466 4805, 6468 3311 ext 3126) 世纪剧院, 朝阳区亮 马桥路40号(21世纪饭店) Chang’an Grand Theater 7 Jianguomennei Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6510 1309/1310) 长安大戏院, 东城区 建国门内大街7号 China Children’s Art Theater Situated 1,500 meters northwest of Dongdan Station, this four-story playhouse presents plays and musicals for children in Chinese all year long. Every weekend, the Holiday Classic Theatre Hall on the fourth floor puts on plays starting at 10am, and performers even talk to the audience after each play. Performances include the Chinese classic Ma Lan Hua, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, and A Journey With Hans Christian Andersen, among others. The Ma Lan Hua Art School that connects to the theater offers acting, recitation and dance classes for kids ages 5-12. Daily 9am-9pm. 64 Donganmen Dajie, west of Wangfujing, Dongcheng District. (6521 1425) www.ccat. name 中国儿童艺术剧场, 东城区东安门大 街64号 China Puppet Theater The theater puts on Chinese language puppet shows every Saturday and Sunday. Times vary. RMB 50100/show. 1A Anhua Xili, Beisanhuan Lu,

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 Art Bug 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 Rm 202, Building C, Jinxiu Yuan,

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Chaoyang District. (6425 4847, 6424 3698) 中国木偶剧院, 朝阳区 北三环路安华西里甲1号 Dayin Theater A theater located in The Place with different plays on. 5/F, C Tower, The Place, 9 Guanghualu, Chaoyang District. (6589 5559) 大隐剧院, 朝阳区光华路9号世贸天阶C座(时 尚大厦)5层 Forbidden City Concert Hall Located inside the beautiful Zhongshan park, this small concert hall hosts mainly classical concerts and performances. Inside Zhongshan Park, Xichang’an Jie, Xicheng District. (6559 8285) 中山公园音乐堂, 西城区西长 安街中山公园内 National Centre For The Performing Arts (NCPA) 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 Peking University Hall Inside Peking University, 5A Yiheyuan Lu, Haidian District. (6275 1278) 北大百年纪念礼 堂, 海淀区颐和园路甲5号北京大学内 Penghao Theatre This privately owned theater and cafe is a well-kept secret in Beijing. Hard to find in a remodeled hutong, the atmosphere makes up for what it lacks in accessibilty. Has a rooftop bar for a drink after the show. 35 Dongmianhua Hutong (south gate of the Central Academy of Drama, between Nanluogu Xiang and Jiaodaokou Nandajie), Dongcheng District. (6400 6452/72) 蓬蒿剧场, 东城区东棉花胡同35号(中央戏剧学院南门, 南锣 鼓巷和交道口南大街之间) Poly Theatre Holds music performances all year round. Poly Plaza, 14 Dongzhimen Nandajie, Dongcheng District. (6500 1188 ext 5126/5127) 保利剧院, 东城区东直门南大街14号保利大厦1层 Xindong’an Cinema Shows the newest flicks in town – both Chinese and foreign. RMB 2550 (foreign films); RMB 15-25 (local films). All tickets half-price on Tuesdays. 5/F, 138 Wangfujing Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6528 1988/1898), 新东安影城, 东城区 王府井大街138号5层

Major Attractions Confucius Temple and Guozijian The Confucius Temple is located 400 meters to the southwest of Yonghegong Station. It was first built in 1302 and served as an altar where intellectuals from the Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties offered their respects to Confucius. Now it has become a museum exhibiting engraved stones, old Chinese doorbells and drums, bronze and jade utensils, paintings and calligraphic works, antique musical instruments and ancient Chinese currencies. Every September, a ritual celebrating Confucius’s birthday takes place here, in which a music and dance ceremony from the Qing dynasty is performed. Daily 8am-5pm (last ticket 4.30pm). RMB 10, RMB 5 (students). 13 Guozijian Jie (near the Lama Temple’s main gate), Dongcheng District. (8401 1977) 孔庙和国子监, 东城区国子监街13号



Houhai The area commonly referred to as “Houhai” actually covers two lakes: Houhai and Qianhai. Popular with families, Houhai is worth visiting especially in winter, when the frozen lake looks like a scene by some modern-day Brueghel, with families and couples skating, playing ice hockey, and jubilantly riding on ice chairs and other fantasmagoric contraptions. There’s an old school amusement area with trampolines, electric cars and a dragon train on the southwest bank, near Kong Yiji. Dianmenwai Dajie (aka Ping’an Dadao), across from the north gate of Beihai Park, Xicheng District. 后海地区, 西城区地安门外大街(北海 公园北门对面) Ming Tombs Thirteen of the 16 Ming emperorsare buried in this picturesque valleyof rolling hills and orchards. Of thesetombs, three – Changling, Dinglingand Zhaoling – are open to the public.During spring and autumn, the area isgreat for picnics.Changling Tomb Daily 8am-5pm. RMB45 (Apr 1-Oct 31), RMB 30 (Nov 1-Mar31), students half price. ChangpingDistrict. (6076 1334) 长陵,昌平区 Dingling Tomb Daily 8am-5pm. RMB65 (Apr 1-Oct 31), RMB 45 (Nov 1-Mar31), students half price. ChangpingDistrict. (6076 1424) 定 陵,昌平区Zhaoling Tomb Daily 8am-5pm. RMB30 (Apr 1-Oct 31), RMB 20 (Nov 1-Mar31), students half price. ChangpingDistrict. (6076 3104) 昭陵,昌平区 Daily 8am-5pm. 1) Changling Tomb, Changping District. (6076 1334); 2) Zhaoling Tomb, Changping District. (6076 3104); 3) Dingling Tomb, Changping District. (6076 1424) 明十三陵, 1) 昌平区长 陵; 2) 昌平区昭陵; 3) 昌平区定陵 Old Summer Palace (Yuanmingyuan) Take a daytrip to the place once described as the “Versailles of the East.” Its grounds blend typical Chinese landscaping and Western architecture. Famous scenic spots include the Grand Waterworks, the Immense Ocean Observatory and the Labyrinth. RMB 10, plus RMB 15 (ruins and labyrinth), students halfprice. Free for kids under 1.2m. Daily 7am-7pm (May-Aug); 7am-5.30pm (Nov-Mar); 7am-630. pm (Apr, Sep-Oct). 28 Qinghua Xilu, Haidian District. (6262 8501) www.yuanmingyuanpark. com 圆明园, 海淀区清华西路28号 Song Qingling’s Former Residence Song Qingling’s Former Residence is more interesting as a garden than a museum, but the displays on her life inside this grand estate are a fascinating look at the life of a Communist Party ‘aristocrat’ in the early days of the People’s Republic. Educated in the US, Song married Dr. Sun Yat-sen, the founder of the Republic of China, and she herself became vice-president of the People’s Republic of China. Her sister May-ling married Jiang Jieshi, who is better known in the West as Chiang Kai-shek. The displays include the pistol Sun Yat-sen gave her as a wedding present. Your kids will enjoy clambering on the rocks, looking at the pigeons and playing on the swings. RMB 20, RMB 10 (university students), RMB 5 (middle and primary school students) Daily 9am-5.30pm. 后 海北沿46号, Xicheng District. (6404 4205) 宋庆 龄故居, 西城区46 Houhai Beiyan The Temple of Heaven Another of Beijing’s signature attractions, this imperial temple, known for its distinc-tively round architecture and altar, was the site of annual sacrifices by the emperors to heaven. RMB 15 (park), RMB 35 (all access). Daily 6am-5.30 pm (park), 8am–5.30pm (sites). Yongdingmen Dajie (West Gate), Chongwen District. (6702 8866) 崇文区永定门内大街 (天坛西门) White Cloud Temple (Baiyunguan) Established in 793 AD during the Tang dynasty, this is one of Beijing’s few Taoist Temples, replete with long-haired monks. Unless you’re claustrophobic, visit during the Spring Festival when good-natured worshippers throng the grounds to burn incense and leave prayer tags to the deities. The home of the Chinese Taoist Association and a Taoist clinic with three medically licensed priests and ten herbalists, White Cloud Temple is peaceful the rest of the year. Early religious Taoism evolved from an interest in alchemy and the search for the

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elixir of life. It is distinct from Taoist philosophy and provided a sense of spirituality that Confucianism lacked. Pantheons of deities, including manifestations of philosopher Laozi, are worshiped. Because of Taoism’s tendency towards mysticism, its temples became breeding grounds for secret societies. Daily 8.30am-4pm. 6 Baiyunguan Jie, Xibianmenwai, Xuanwu District. (6344 3666) 白云观, 宣武区 西便门外白云观街6号 Yonghegong Lama Temple Daily 9am4.30pm. RMB 25, audio tour RMB 20. 12 Yonghegong Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6404 4499, www. 雍和宫, 东城区雍和宫大街12号

Museums & Education 798 Space The namesake of the 798 area and a factory space that once produced weapons, now you can catch an occasional exhibit in between high couture product launches that draw crowds at night. Daily 11am-9pm. Dashanzi art district, 4 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6438 4862, 6437 6248) 798 时 态空间, 朝阳区酒仙桥路4号798大山子艺术区 Beijing Planetarium Thanks to a RMB 300 million facelift, the once retro planetarium now boasts state of the art facilities. The SGI Digital Universe Theater takes patrons on a tour of the cosmos with six Carl Zeiss laser projectors that simulate the movement of stars and constellations. You can also travel through time in the 4-D theater, where you strap on a pair of goggles and watch a multidimensional film about the creation of the solar system and evolution of life on earth, replete with snarling T-Rexes and saber-toothed tigers. Other draws include the 3D space shuttle simulator and a cool exhibit about the sun. The new exhibition hall: RMB 10 (RMB 7 for students); GI Digital Universe Theater: RMB 45, RMB 35 (students); 4-D Theater: RMB 30, RMB 20 (students); 3D Space Shuttle Simulator: RMB 30, RMB 20 (students). Wed-Fri 9.30am-3.30pm (last ticket 3pm), Sat-Sun 9.30am-4.30pm (last ticket 4pm). 138 Xizhimenwai Dajie, Xicheng District. (6835 2453, 6831 2517) www.bjp. 北京天文馆新馆, 西城区西直门外大 街138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 Chinese Aviation Museum Walk into the side of a hill and enter the grooviest of hangars, dug into the side of a mountain, full of old warplanes to climb around on. RMB 50 (adults), RMB 25 (kids). Tue-Sun 8am-5pm. West of Xiaotangshan Town, Changping District. (6178 4882) 中国航空博物馆, 昌平区小汤山镇西侧 Chinese Military History Museum Tired of jungle gyms? Try tanks! Tykes can clamber over an array of sturdy metal military gear or take turns sitting on an anti-aircraft gun or in the pilot’s seat of a combat aircraft (RMB 2). To board the Chinese 024 Missile-Equipped Boat (RMB 5) you don’t even need to enter the museum – it’s docked in the front courtyard. Parents and older kids can marvel at the socialist realist artwork. All this only a step away from the Military Museum subway stop on Line 1. Free. Daily 8.30am-4.30pm. 9 Fuxing Lu, Haidian District. (6686 6244) www.pladaily., 中国军事 博物馆, 海淀区复兴路9号

Chinese Museum of Women and Children As the first women and children themed national museum, Chinese Museum of Women and Children opened on Oct 1, 2010 with an area of 35,000 square meters. It includes 11 exhibition halls containing more than 30,000 exhibits depicting ancient, modern and contemporary women, celebrating international friendship and women’s art, and showing changes and contrasts through the ages in women’s apparel. Daily 9am-5pm. 23 Jianguomennei Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6526 9678, 6526 9456) 中 国妇女儿童博物馆, 东城区建国门内大街23号 Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA) UCCA frequently holds kid-friendly exhibitions, classes, and workshops with local and international artists. Check the events listings and their website for details. RMB 10, free on Thursdays and for students, members, kids under 1.3m, disabled visitors, and seniors. Tue-Sun 10am-7pm. 798 Dashanzi Art District, 4 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (5780 0200, 尤伦斯当代艺术中心, 朝阳区酒仙桥路4号大山 子艺术区

Parks & Gardens Beihai Park This park is a good example of a classic Yuan dynasty imperial garden and has the benefit of being good to visit in all seasons. Ticket: RMB 10 (April-Oct); RMB 5 (Nov-March). Half-price for students. Daily 6.30am-8pm (Nov-March); 6am-9pm (April, May, Sept, Oct); 6am-10pm (June-Aug). 1 Wenjin Jie, Xicheng District. (6403 1102) 北海公园, 西城区 文津街1号 Chinese Ethnic Culture Park If staff dressed up in minority costumes pretending to be Tibetans isn’t kitschy enough, for a small fee you too can don an outfit and get your photo taken. Regular live shows. Extensive expansion (a whole second park) has just been completed. RMB 90, RMB 65 (students). Daily 8am-6pm, Nov-Mar 8.30am6pm (last entry 4.50pm). 1 Minzuyuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (6206 3640/3646) www. 中华民族园, 朝阳区民族 园路1号 Fragrant Hills Park (Xiangshan) Daily 6am-6pm (winter), 6am-6.30pm (summer). RMB 10, RMB 5 (students). Xiangshan, Haidian District. (6259-1155) 香山公园, 海 淀区香山 Grand View Garden Modeled on the grounds described in Dream of the Red Chamber, the park (Daguanyuan in Chinese) makes for a very pleasant afternoon stroll. Although the park is not specifically geared towards children, there is a small enclosure where you can feed deer, cockatoos and a multitude of peacocks. Also fun for kids is a ride in the bridal sedan chair next to the Archway (the white marble gate in the north of the park). RMB 40, half price for students. Animal enclosure: RMB 5. Daily 7.30am5.30pm (last ticket 5pm). 12 Nancaiyuan Jie, Xuanwu District. (6354 4993) 大观园, 宣武区南菜园街12号 Olympic Forest Park Beijing’s Olympic Forest Park is a large, man-made nature park at the north end of the Olympic Green. Built for the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics, the park is oval in shape and features lake Wa Biancun in the center. The park features many walking and jogging paths. Several small islands in the lake are linked by bridges. The southeast end of the lake has a handful of carnival rides for children. The south gate of Olympic Forest Park is accessible through South Gate of Forest Park station (森林公园 南门) on Line 8. Daily 6am-8pm (summer), daily 7am-7pm (winter).. 15 Beichen Donglu, Chaoyang District. (Southern Garden: 6452 9060, Northern Garden: 6452 9090) 奥林匹克 森林公园, 朝阳区朝阳区北辰东路15号‎ Ritan Park The CBD’s “lungs,” Ritan Park packs a surprising amount of child-friendly

Schools stuff into a limited space: the playground area includes an inflatable playhouse, large trampolines, a mechanical bull, a merrygo-round with Technicolor unicorns and an infrequently washed indoor playhouse. Other attractions include the fishing pond, climbing wall and mini-golf – the latter attracts few customers, so don’t worry about triplebogeying each hole. The altar is a great place to watch weathered gentlemen fly kites. If you need a snack, Schindler’s Filling Station, the Stone Boat Bar and Xiheyaju all have terraces opening onto the park. Free. Daily 6am-8pm (summer), daily 6.30am-8pm (winter). 6 Ritan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (8561 6301) 日坛公园, 朝阳区日坛北路6号 Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) The crowds that cluster predictably around the buildings and ruins in this imperial abode may dissuade you from visiting with the kids, especially on a spring day in cherry blossom season. The key to a happy family outing is to explore the little known corners of this vast park. Walk around the far lakes, rent a boat and then sit in the shade of a weeping willow and enjoy a picnic. RMB 30 (Apr-Oct), RMB 20 (Nov-Mar), students half price. Daily 6.30am-8pm (last ticket 6pm); 7am-7pm (Nov-Mar: last ticket 5pm). Yiheyuan Lu, Haidian District. (6288 1144) 颐和园, 海淀 区颐和园路 Taoranting Park Why schlep the kids all the way down to Taoranting? Here are six reasons: 1) Its intelligently designed and clean playground, with padding on the ground, tall covered slides, swings, trampolines and more; 2) Water Land, an enormous water park; 3) Peacock Park, a weird, Yunnan-themed retreat with Dai-style buildings, the eponymous birds, monkeys and rabbits; 4) The symphony of colors that is the rose garden; 5) Car-shaped paddleboats; 6) Priceless signage: “No hunting animals in park,” “Transparent swimming suits are not allowed,” “Those swimming while drunk will be fined RMB 10-50.” RMB 2, RMB 1 (students), free for kids under 1.2m. Daily 6am-9.30pm (last ticket at 9pm). 19 Taiping Jie (near National Ballet of China), Xuanwu District. (6353 2385) 陶然亭公园, 宣 武区太平街19号 Zhongshan Park Elegantly formal, with a Sun Yat-Sen statue, rockery, ancient cypresses, bamboo groves, cherry trees and covered walkways, Zhongshan Park offers a poetic escape from the crowds in Tian’anmen Square. Take in some of Beijing’s best views by renting a boat and paddling along the Forbidden City’s moat. If old buildings leave your offspring cold, there’s always the bumper cars (festooned with the Statue of Liberty) and Merry Land, the park’s indoor playground, with its sea of balls, slides and funny mirrors. Entrance: RMB 3, RMB 1.5 (students), free (kids under 1.2m). Daily 6.30am-8pm (winter), 6am-9pm (summer). West of Tiananmen Gate, Dongcheng District. (6605 5431 ext 270) 中山公园, 东城区天安门西侧 Zizhuyuan Park Daily 6am-8pm (winter), 6am-9pm (summer). 45 Baishiqiao Lu, Haidian District. (6842 5851) 紫竹院公园, 海淀区白石 桥路45号

Playgroups & Activities Beijing International Festival Chorus This group of highly talented amateur singers performs Western classical music three times a year at the Forbidden City Concert Hall. Also has a children’s choir and a chamber choir. China National Children’s Center Although the language of instruction is only Chinese, this center hosts a number of creative classes for children, such as music, art and drama. Tue-Sun 8.30am-4.30pm. 43 Ping’anli Xidajie, Xicheng District. (6616 4010) 中国儿童中心, 西城区平安里西大街43号 The Clubhouse at Qijiayuan Qijiayuan Parents (mostly moms) gather to socialize while their offspring roam the padded playroom. Age range currently eight weeks to about

4 years old. Fri-Wed 7am-9pm, Thu 10am12pm. Qijiayuan Diplomatic Compound (The Clubhouse is situated at the left of the lawn, next to the tennis courts), 9 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (8532 1782) 朝阳区齐 家园服务楼, 朝阳区建国门外大街9号 (网球场旁 边,草坪的左边) The Hutong 1 Jiudaowan Zhongxiang Hutong (southeast of Beixinqiao subway station), Dongcheng District. (6404 3355; 159 0104 6127, www.thehutong. com 东城区九道湾中巷胡同1号(北新桥地铁站 东南边) International Festival Children’s Choir The IFCC was founded in 2006 to foster new talent and contribute to Beijing’s cultural life. It is open to children aged 7-12. Rehearsals are held every Saturday morning from 10-11.30am. There are two terms - September to December and January to May, with a concert at the end of these two terms. Auditions last about 15 minutes and auditionees will be required to sing a song of their choice, followed by a short listening test. Audition slots are available by contacting Rehearsals held at Harrow Anzhenxili Campus: 5, 4th Block, Anzhenxili, Chaoyang District. ( 朝阳区安贞西 里4区5号 Kids Ray Creation Teaching Center Kids Ray specializes in home-schooling interactive teaching according to parents and children requirements. The education is based on international school curriculums with environment for toddlers’physical and mental development. The age of the kids is from 18 to 36 . Child Care class 9-11.30am (Mon to Fri); English Activities: after 4pm (Mon to Sun). (132 4045 4090) Kids Ray创意教学, 朝阳区东直 门春秀路海晟名苑俱乐部B1 Kinderdudou Art Center Originating from western style art classes for kids, Kinderdudou encourages children to explore and experience new ideas in class and provides an interactive channel to develop childrens language skills with native English & Chinese speakers. All courses are available in English and Chinese with guidance. Mon-Fri: 2pm-7pm; Sat-Sun: 9am-7pm. 1) Beiyuan Center: Rm 3816, Times Manor, 18 Hongjunying Donglu, Chaoyang District. (8496 0095,; 2) Wangjing Center: Rm 707, LOFTEL Plaza, 1 Huguangzhong Jie, Wangjing, Chaoyang District. (6470 3505, 肚兜美术中心, 1) 朝阳区北苑校区:红军营东路18号时代庄园 3816; 2) 朝阳区望京校区:望京湖光中街1号 LOFTEL大厦707 Kishow Kids Club Children can sign up for the Mad Science course and learn how to make water rockets or build marshmallow molecules. Also hosts birthday parties in the wacky experiment room complete with real scientists (well, science majors) in white coats and lots of bubbling beakers. Non-scientists can sign up for classes in Chinese calligraphy, Chinese traditional painting, pottery, drama and other subjects. Bilingual staff, though the majority of classes are taught in Mandarin. Suitable for children between 4 and 12 years old. RMB 4,000 (three-month membership or 24 hours), RMB 11,200 (12-month membership or 96 hours), RMB 18,700 (24-month membership or 192 hours). 1) Mon-Sat 8.30am-6pm, Sun 8am6pm. 2/F, Yulin Plaza Building, 5 Xiangjun Nanli (west of the Jingguang Building), Chaoyang District. (5131 1001 ext 17); 2) Fri 4-8pm, Sat-Sun 8am-9pm. 4024-4028, 4/F, Jinyuan Xinyansha Mall, 1 Yuanda Lu, Haidian District. (8886 1300) 疯狂家族, 1) 朝阳区向军南里5号 雨霖大厦2层(京广大厦西); 2) 海淀区远大路1号 金源新燕莎大厦4层4024-4028商铺

LaFaFa Music Through age-appropriate music and movement activities, Kindermusik brings parents and children closer together while helping children develop a lifelong love of music and learning. 24/F, Bldg A, Vantone New World Plaza, 2 Fuchengmenwai Dajie, Xicheng District.

(8832 0818) 西城区阜成门外大街 2号万通新世界A座24层 Lego Education Department These lego programs are designed to help children of different ages to discover their creativity, develop problem solving ability and language skills. Classes are one hour long for 3-6 years, RMB 180; two hours long for ages 7-16, RMB 200. 207, Bldg 529, The Atlantic City’s Chamber , Nanhu Nan Lu, Chaoyang District. (6471 2077, 6471 7585) 乐高工作室, 朝阳区南湖南路10号大 西洋新城中心会所二层207室(529号楼) Mitty Jump 9.00am–9.00pm. 4th floor of the Lotus Shopping Mall and Poly Wanhe Cinema on Futong West Street in Wangjing, Chaoyang District. (8421-0908) http://www. 米蒂跳, 朝阳区北京市朝阳 区望京东园一区120号楼四层(卜蜂莲花购 物中心) Music Together of MiCho Education Offers weekly 45-minute classes for 0-6-yearold children and their parents or caregivers. Activities include songs, rhythm chants, movement, and instrument play. These activities are presented as informal, nonperformance oriented musical experiences - developmentally appropriate for children and easy for parents and caregivers. 1) Club House, Apt 9, 9 Chaoyang Gongyuan Xilu, Chaoyang District. (; 2) Claire’s Music Studio, L507 Euro Plaza, 99 Yuxiang Lu, Shunyi District. ( 1) 朝阳区朝阳公园西路9 号9室会所; 2) 顺义区顺义区天竺镇裕翔路99号 欧陆广场, 5层, 507室 My Little Mozart Studio Comprehensive music program offering keyboard, violin, guitar, vocal and other instrumental lessons. Group and private classes taught by qualified and experienced teachers. Music and movement classes for ages 0-4. Curriculum focuses on providing a well balanced music education for every student. Harmony Road music course is offered at the studio. Musical birthday parties can also be arranged. Room 108, Building 5, Lishui Jiayuan, Liulitun, Chaoyang District. (135 2256 3767, www. 朝阳区六里屯丽水嘉 园5号楼108室 The Wiggly Tots Founded by licensed Kindermusik educator Alicia Tan, The Wiggly Tots offers Kindermusik and Tutu Tots Ballet classes for newborns and toddlers. Bond with your child as you play, sing, dance, and giggle together. Your child will learn and grow through activities that stimulate brain growth, build motor skills, enhance social-emotional development, and much more. Call or email to book for a free trial class. Classes take place on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 10am to 10.45am. Studio, 1/F, Fuli Club (R&F Club), 59 Dongsanhuan Lu, Shuangjing, Chaoyang District. (183 0158 8133, info@ 朝阳区朝阳区双井东三环路59号富力会健身俱 乐部1层 Tree House A family-friendly spot to relax and enjoy organic food while the kids are happily play with friends or take a multilingual class. Available to hire for kids’ parties. Also a drop off point for Roundabout. Tue-Sun 10am-8pm. Sanlitun SOHO, building 1, B1-115, Chaoyang District. (8590 0746, 158 1132 5578, thetreehousebj@yahoo. com) index_en.htm 朝阳区北京市朝阳区三里屯SOHO 1座B1—115 Who Am I – Family Play Center TueSun 9am-7pm. 5-128, Bldg 5 (street level), Sanlitun SOHO, Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. (400 068 5855) 朝阳区工体北路三里屯SOHO5号商城楼5-128室 Youth Choir Youth Choir auditions for kids ages 13-18 will be held at the start of the school year at the Western Academy of Beijing. For more information and to register for an audition, e-mail Kenna George at (youthchoir@


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

Schools Educational Services Eliott’s Corner A therapy center, offering speechtherapy, occupational therapy and physical therapy for children from 0-12 years of age. Experienced therapists work with children, helping a wide range ofissues - from communication and articulation to handwriting to balance and coordination. Eliott’s Corner is a division of Olivia’s Place, Shanghai’s premier pediatric therapy clinic. Mon-Fri 9am-6pm. Rm 19-05, Block 2, Condo 360, 10 Dongsihuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6461 6283, jac@ 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) Dragon Show Founded in 2004, Beijing Dragon Show Culture and Arts Exchange Co. Ltd. designs culture-related school assembly programs, educational trips, and extracurricular activities for international schools. E-805/806 Shang8 Culture Zone, Gaobeidian, Chaoyang District. (65447057/58, 朝阳区高碑店陈家林甲2 号尚巴里文创园E座805-806 Side by Side Side by Side provides support for individuals with special needs and learning difficulties through music therapy, learning support, and a daytime special education program. Side by Side’s team members are fully qualified and experienced professionals who conduct services in English. Music therapy is also available in German. We also offer community support such as workshops for schools, community groups, parents and other members of the community, arranging vocational training within the community, support with life skills such as basic finances, shopping, cooking, personal hygiene or social skills, support with parenting skills, advocacy, family and school support with transition and/ or behaviour issues, support for those dealing with a new diagnosis and work experience for high school students or new graduates. We also provide support with finding organizations and professionals to assist in the development, diagnosis and assessment of children with special needs, or suspected special needs. Mon-Fri 8am-6pm (after hours by appointment). Capital Paradise 3336, Shunyi Distrcict, Shunyi District. (8046 3858, 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

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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,; 2) Room 904-905, 9/F, E-Tower, Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. Contact Skype ID: beijingmandarinschool1998 (6508 1026/1126, 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12号数码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 in-house team of education researchers who work on the latest teaching methodologies. Support is available for students working towards the YCT and other overseas examinations. In addition to classes, there are tailormade group packages for individuals and institutions and the Chinese Summer Camp, which runs from June to August (open for registration as of April). Age range: 7-18. Mon-Fri 8am-9pm, Sat-Sun 10am-7pm. 1/F, Office Bldg B, Xinzhong Yuan, Xinzhong Jie, Dongcheng District. (5218 6432, info@ 东城区新中街新中园写字楼B座1层

Schools School fees listed are for one academic year unless otherwise. Specified.Abbreviations: IB = International Baccalaureate; ESOL = English as a Second or Other Language 3e International School Founded in 2005, 3e International School has grown into an institution of over 200 studentsfrom Nursery to Grade 4. The school aims to develop critical thinkers through a speciallydeveloped, research-based curriculum. Classes are taught inEnglish and Chinese with half of the day devoted to each language. Within this inquiry-based program, a balance of child-initiated and teacher-directed activity is provided to supportchildren’s development across the entire curriculum. Age range: 2-10. Tuition fees (2012-2013 academic year): RMB 93,800 (Half-day Nursery); RMB



103,800 (Full-day Nursery); RMB 136,900 (Pre-K); RMB 140,600 (Kindergarten); RMB 150,700 (Grades 1-4) 9-1 Jiangtai Xilu, Chaoyang District. (6437 3344 ext 100, a 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: 18 months-6 years. Tuition fees (2013-2014 academic year): RMB 82,500/11 months (full day); RMB 50,600/11 months (half day); RMB 5,000 per session (optional summer camp, Session 1: Jul 15-26, Session 2: Jul 29-Aug 9) Bldg 5, 78 Baiziwan Nan’erlu, Chaoyang District. (8776 0606, A 派国际双语幼儿园, 朝阳 区百字湾南二路78号院5号楼 AnRic Little Montessori Room (AnRic LMR) AnRic Little Montessori Room (AnRic LMR) was founded by two moms in 2012. It is a multicultural classroom that caters to children aged 2.6 - 6 years, with an equal mix of children from local and foreign backgrounds. The school aims to help children develop into self-directed learners, flexible thinkers, creative problem-solvers, empathetic citizens and resilient individuals. While the foundation of Anric LMR was built on the Montessori method, it is a classroom that also draws from other educational philosophies. The school offers a fully bilingual curriculum so that children are immersed in an environment where both English and Chinese are consistently used all day. Children learn in a warm, close-knit environment with a true sense of community, maintained by a low student to teacher ratio and special attention to things such as personalized support for separation issues. 6 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6591 8169) 朝阳区光华路9号 Beanstalk International Bilingual School (BIBS) Over the past 20 years, BIBS has grown from one campus to four and from a kindergarten-only curriculum to a full-fledged K-12 school. Students represent 36 countries and local Chinese students are also accepted. BIBS’ curriculum combines Eastern and Western educational philosophies. The nutritionist-approved lunch men includes vegetarian, Muslim, Chinese and Western options made with organic produce. Age range: 2-18. Tuition fees (2012-2013 academic year): 1) 21st Century Kindergarten: RMB 1,600 (application fee), RMB 78,000/year (half day), 100,000/year (full day); 2) Wanda Kindergarten: RMB 1,200 (application fee); RMB 55,000/year (full day); 3) Primary School: RMB 1,600 (application fee), RMB 30,000 (capital levy fee); RMB 100,000/year (reception class); RMB 135,000/year (Grades 1-6); 4) Senior School: RMB 1,600 (application fee), RMB 30,000 (capital levy fee), RMB 135,000/ year (Grades 7-12) 1) Primary School: Area 2, Upper East Side, 6 Dongsihuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (5130 7951, 21s Century Kindergarten:, Primary School:, Wanda Kindergarten:, Senior School:; 2) Senior School: 38 Nan Shiliju, Chaoyang District. (8456 6019, 21s Century Kindergarten:, Primary School:, Wanda Kindergarten:, Senior School:; 3) 21st Century Kindergarten: 1/F, Bldg B, 40 Liangmaq Qiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6466 9255, 21s Century Kindergarten: cn, Primary School:, Wanda Kindergarten:, Senior School:; 4) Wanda Kindergarten: Bldg 7, Wanda Plaza, 93

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Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (5960 3887, 21s Century Kindergarten: bikoffice@bibs., Primary School:, Wanda Kindergarten: cn, Senior School: 青苗国际双语学校, 1) 朝阳 区东四环北路6号阳光上东二区; 2) 朝阳区南十 里居38号; 3) 朝阳区亮马桥路40号B座1层; 4) 朝阳区建国路93号万达广场7号楼 Beijing BISS International School (BISS) With a diverse student body, Beijing BISS International School’s mission is to foster international relationships to educate and empower students to attain personal excellence and positively impact the world. BISS offers the IB Diploma Program, serves as an SAT Test Center, caters to children with learning needs, and offers counseling, student enrichment programs, universitysearches, and transitional education services to third-culture kids and their parents. Age range: 3-17. Tuition fees (2012-2013 Academic Year): RMB 18,00023,000 (refundable deposit); RMB 3,800 (registration); RMB 99,000 (Kindergarten); RMB 146,400-177,500 (Grades 1-12); RMB 20,000 (ESOL) Bldg 17, Area 4, Anzhen Xili, Chaoyang District. (6443 3151, admissions@ 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 International School Located on the east side of Chaoyang Park, Beijing Collegiate Academy was founded in 2012 and caters to local and international students aged 5-18. The school has a combined Canadian and Chinese curriculum to provide students with bilingual fluency, knowledge of world cultures, and a dual high school diploma. The staff is composed of teachers from British Columbia and China. Beijing Collegiate Academy occupies new, purpose-built premises totaling 34,000sqm with sports facilities, SmartBoard technology, two libraries, two theaters, a gym, a pool, three soccer fields, four ICT rooms, six science labs, and 10 music rooms. The school has a capacity of 1,000 students. Grade 11 and 12 students have the option of taking AP classes. ASAs include art, soccer, tennis, drama, music, tae kwon do, dance, and choir. Tuition (2013-2014 Academic Year): RMB 142,000 (kindergarten), RMB 173,200- RMB 197,100 (Grades 1-12), RMB 2,000 (application fee), RMB 5,000 (new student fee), RMB 5,000 (annual lunch fee), RMB 8,500-9,500 (bus) 10 Upper East Side, Dongfeng Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (5681 2555, 常春藤国际学校, 朝阳区东 风南路阳光上东10号 Beijing Huijia Kindergarten Part of a nationwide chain, Huijia Kindergarten has

17 campuses and early childhood centers around Beijing. The curriculum combines advanced international educational ideas, modern teaching methods and Chinese traditional culture and focuses on nurturing children to become international citizens. The coursework, which emphasizes basic concepts, skills, knowledge, attitudes and behaviors, is designed to help students become “lifelong learners” and take responsibility for themselves, their studies others.Age range: 1.5-6 years old. Tuition fees (2010-2011 academic year): Huijia Longwan Experiential Early Childhood Education Center - RMB 72,000/year; Huijia Central Park Experiential Early Childhood Education Center - RMB 72,000/year; Tuition for other centers vary from RMB 25,00072,000/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, 北京汇佳私立学校, 昌平区昌平路157号 Beijing International Bilingual Academy (BIBA) BIBA (founded in 2006) combines a bilingual curriculum based on US standards, coupled with elements of the Chinese National Curriculum. Its Shunyi campus is comprised of kindergarten, elementary and middle schools. A high school department is scheduled to open in August of 2013. BIBA emphasizes academics and a wide array of sporting, music,performing arts and other programs. A sibling discount of 20 percent applies forsecond and subsequent children. Age range: 2.5-15.Tuition fees (2012-2013 Academic Year):RMB 1,600 (Application fee); RMB 70,000 plus RMB 10,000capital levy (Pre-K); RMB 80,000 plus RMB 10,000 capital levy (Kindergarten); RMB 120,000 plus RMB 20,000 capital levy (elementary school); RMB 130,000 plus RMB 20,000 capital levy (middle school); RMB 140,000 plus RMB 20,000 capital levy (high school) Monet Garden, 5 Yumin Dajie, Houshayu, Shunyi District. (8041 0390, 海嘉国际双语学校, 顺义区 后沙峪裕民大街5号 Beijing Jiade Montessori Bilingual Kindergarten Beijing Jiade Montessori Bilingual Kindergarten is the flagship campus of Wisdom International Education Group. It was designated as an experimental

Schools kindergarten by the Chinese Society of Education. Jiade’s nursery and kindergarten classrooms feature didactic and manipulative Montessori learning materials. Its team consists of AMS-certified Montessori teachers and academic consultants with over 10 years of experience. The bilingual Chinese and English curriculum features a native Englishspeaking foreign teacher in each class. Age range: 2-6. Tuition fees (2012-2013 Academic Year):RMB 82,000 (Kindergarten), RMB 72,000(Nursery) Bldg 221, Balizhuang Beili, Chaoyang District. (8591 8288) 北京市朝阳区嘉德蒙台 梭利双语幼儿园, 朝阳区八里庄北里221号楼 Beijing No. 4 High School Beijing No. 4 High School is a pilot middle school and high school, a member of UNESCO,and one of the oldest key schools in Beijing. Since it was founded more than 100 yearsago, the school has taught 35,000 Chinese and foreign students. The internationaldivision was established in 2002 and currently has more than 200 students from SouthKorea, Japan, the US, the UK, Canada, and more. The department offers Chinese languagecourses, diploma courses, and prep courses for higher education. Foreign students who passHSK level 6 have the option of integrating into the schools Chinese curriculum.Age range: 1218. Tuition fees (2013-2014 Academic Year): RMB 25,000/semester (tuition); RMB 10,000/ semester (accommodations). For other fees (lodging deposit, weekend management fee, insurance, etc.), contact the school. A2 Xihuangchenggen Beijie, Xicheng District. (6653 9752, 6617 3886, 北京市第四中学, 西城区西皇城 根北街申2号 Beijing No. 55 High School Beijing No. 55 High School is a Chinese key school that began recruiting foreign students in 1975. The International Students Section was established in 1989. No. 55 became the first Chinese member of the IBO in September of 1994. To date, more than 3,000 foreign students from 70 countries have studied at the school. The International Students Section offers a wide variety of compulsory and elective subjects, as well as extracurricular activities and a student council. Graduates have been admitted to universities both abroad and within China. Age range: 6-17. Tuition fees (2013-2014 Academic Year): RMB 1,500 (enrollment fee); RMB 41,600 (Foundation program for Grades 1-6); RMB 31,600 (Grades 7-9, Chinese Program); RMB 41,600 (Grades 7-9, English MYP class); RMB 36,000 (Grades 10-12, Chinese Program); RMB 48,600 (Diploma Programme and foundation class, Grades 10-12) 12 Xinzhong Jie, Dongzhimenwai, Dongcheng District. (6416 9531) www. 北京第五十五中学, 东城区东直门 外新中街12号 Beijing Rego British School One of the newest schools in the city, Beijing Rego British School follows on the heels of two successful schools in Tianjin and Shanghai and caters to students from the surrounding Shunyi area with its array of educational facilities and age-appropriate resources on campus. Coursework is based on the UK national curriculum with the addition of Chinese Culture and Mandarin courses for all year groups. Rego places strong emphasis on close cooperation between parents, students and teachers and aims to create an educationally comfortable but truly challenging atmosphere for students to “be their best” and explore their talents and abilities to the fullest. Age range: 3 ½-18 years old. Tuition:Registration Fee RMB 2,000; Deposit RMB 15,000; Nusery (Full Day) RMB 130,000/year; Reception (Full Day) RMB 130,000/year; Years 1-6 RMB 160,000/year; Years 7-9 RMB 170,000/year; Years 10-11 RMB 192,000/year; Years 12-13 RMB 202,000 15 Liyuan Jie, Tianzhu County, Shunyi District. (8416 7718, victoria.chu@ 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), www.shurenribet. org (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 (Pre-Nursery, mornings); RMB 153,280 (Pre-Nursery, full day); RMB 102,176 (Nursery, mornings); RMB 153,280 (Nursery, full day); RMB 165,333 (Reception); RMB 184,017 (Year 1 and 2); RMB 196,450 (Year 3); RMB 199,370 (Year 4-6); RMB 216,949 (Year 7-8); RMB 223,557 (Year 10-11); RMB 234,340 (Year 12-13) 1) 7 Sanlitun Beixiaojie, Chaoyang District. (8532 3088 (Sanlitun Campus), 8532 5320 (Sanlitun Foundation Stage),; 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,

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as well as a Canadian-style curriculum for K-12 students. CISB is an IB World School authorized to provide the IB Diploma Programme (IBDP) at the high school level and is in the process of being accredited for the Primary Years (PYP) and Middle Years Programmes (MYP). Founded in August 2012, CISB’s Shunyi Campus offers a Montessoribased curriculum for ages 18 months to 6 years. Age range: 18 months-18 years. Tuition fees (2013-2014 Academic Year): RMB 1,800 (application fee); RMB 76,600 (half day Montessori Nursery, Main Campus); RMB 121,800 (Pre-Kindergarten & Kindergarten, Main Campus); RMB 158,800 (Grades 1-5, Main Campus); RMB 160,400 (Grades 6-8, Main Campus); RMB 179,800 (Grades 9-12, Main Campus); RMB 59,000 (Infant/Toddler half day, Shunyi Campus); RMB 75,000 (Primary half day, Shunyi Campus); RMB 121,800 (Primary full day, Shunyi Campus); RMB 121,800 (Pre-Elementary full day, Shunyi Campus) 1) Main Campus: 38 Liangma Qiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6465 7788, Main Campus:, Shunyi Campus: admissions_shunyi@cis-beijing. com); 2) Shunyi Campus: 7 Yuyang Lu, Houshayu, Shunyi District. (8046 6191, Main Campus:, Shunyi Campus: 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), 启明星双语学校, 朝阳 区顺白路2号 Dulwich College Beijing (DCB) Dulwich College first opened its doors to students in Beijing in August of 2005. Since then, the school has grown to include approximately 1,400 students ranging in age from 12 months to 18 years. DCB is a 21st-century school that couples outstanding ICT facilities with a modern approach. The school features a one-to-one laptop policy for students in Year 8 and above and utilizes a Virtual Learning Environment for the entire faculty. DCB is accredited by the Council of International Schools and Western Association of School and Colleges, and was named International School of the Year in 2011. The school aims to provide students with a well-rounded environment to grow, develop, and learn in. Ages: 12 months – 18 years. Application Fee: RMB 2000 – nonrefundable; Placement Deposit: RMB 18,000 – refundable subject to terms and conditions; Early Years: RMB 66,200-168,000; Grades 1-12: RMB 168,000-219,200 1) Legend Garden Campus and Legend Early Years Campus: Legend Garden Villas, 89 Capital Airport Road, Shunyi District. (6454 9000,; 2) Beijing Riviera Campus: 1 Xiangjiang Beilu, Jingshun Lu, Chaoyang District. (8450 7676, 北京德威 英国国际学校, 1) 顺义区机场路89号丽京花园; 2) 朝阳区京顺路香江北路1号香江花园 Eduwings Kindergarten The culmination of two former schools, Der Kingergarten and Jin Yi Kingergarten, Eduwings Kindergarten is divided into English/Chinese and German



departments that are each split into three age groups (2-3, 3-4, 5-6 years) and one infant group (2 years and under). All of the lead and language teachers are nativespeakers and educate children individually following the school’s philosophy: “Every child needs to have roots and wings – roots to know where they are from and wings to explore the world.” Eduwings also offers Montessori education, swimming, music and art activities, a library, climbing facilities, as well as an outdoor playground and yard. All afternoon activities are included in the tuition fee. Age range: 2-6 (infant group for under 2 years old). Tuition fees (2010-2011 Academic Year): RMB 52,000 for half day program; RMB 72,000 for full day program (afternoon activities and lunch included in the tuition fee). Merlin Champagne Town Clubhouse, 6 Liyuan Jie, Tianzhu, Shunyi District. (6450 8384, 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 (2010-2011 Academic Year):Monthly payment plan - Morning session (8.3011.30am) RMB 6,250; Full-day session (8.30am-4.30pm) RMB 8,500; Yearly payment plan - Morning session (8.30-11.30am) RMB 62,500; Full-day session (8.30am-4.30pm) RMB 85,000 1) Central Park Campus: Bldg 19, Central Park, 6 Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6533 6995, Peking House Campus: or zhoudan@, 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@, Midtown Campus: gcadmin@; 3) Palm Springs Campus: Palm Springs International Apartments, 8 Chaoyang Gongyuan Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (6539 5967, Peking House Campus: or zhoudan@etonkids. com, Central Park Campus: cpadmin@, 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@, Palm Springs Campus:, Midtown Campus: 伊顿双语幼儿园, 1) 朝阳区朝阳门外大街6号新 城国际19号楼; 2) 崇文区广渠门外大街广渠家 园21号楼; 3) 朝阳区朝阳公园南路8号棕榈泉国 际公寓; 4) 朝阳区西大望路20号 Etonkids International Kindergarten CBD Global Trade Mansion Etonkids International Kindergarten is one of the oldest schools in Beijing’s Etonkids franchise (a nationwide educational group). The school provides a community-centered Americanstyle education led by Montessori-certified teachers and an educational philosophy based on the Three C’s – Creativity, Character and Culture. Coursework includes lessons in practical life, “sensorial,” math, language,

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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 (20102011 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:, CBD Campus:; 2) Lido Campus: Rm C103, Lido Country Club, Lido Place, Jichang Lu, Chaoyang District. (6436 7368, Lido Campus: lidoadmin@etonkids. com, CBD Campus: 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 (20102011 Academic Year): Full Day Session – RMB 69,500/year; Half Day Session (under 4 years old) – RMB 46,500/year Beside Bldg 14, Jianwai SOHO West Area,39 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (5869 7540 ext 800 (reception) or 801 (office), 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, 芳草地国际学校, 朝阳区日坛北路1号 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, 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 (HoK) House of Knowledge (HoK) boasts a unique curriculum that includes aspects of Montessori and Reggio Emilia, with special emphasis placed on the latter approach. Students are treated as competent learners with boundless potential. With this in mind, the curriculum helps kids acquire critical thinking and collaboration skills by teaching them how to “learn to learn” in a multilingual environment (English, German, Chinese). Age range: 10 months to 6 years. Tuition fees (2013-2014 Academic Year): RMB 2,000 (registration fee); RMB 5,000-15,000 (refundable deposit based on withdrawal policy); RMB 66,780-136,680 (school fees based on choice of program). 1) Victoria Gardens Campus: 15 Chaoyang Gongyuan Xilu, Chaoyang District. (6538 2624,; 2) Quanfa Campus: North gate of Quanfa compound, 15 Maquanying, Chaoyang District. (6431 8452,; 3) Administrative Office, C511, Lufthansa Centre, 50 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (400 650 7747, info@ 好思之 家国际幼儿园, 1) 朝阳区朝阳区朝阳公园西路 15号维多利亚花园公寓; 2) 朝阳区潮阳区马泉 映15号泉发花园北门; 3) 朝阳区亮马桥路50号 燕莎中心C511 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

Schools 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 International Montessori Teaching Institute (IMTI) Established in Beijing in 2009, IMTI is affiliated with Wisdom International Education Group. It is a wellrecognized Montessori teacher training institute in China and the Asia-Pacific region. 688 Glory Palace, 2 Shunfu Lu, Renhe Town, Shunyi District, Shunyi District. (8949 6877, 蒙台梭利教学法国际交流中 心, 顺义区顺义区仁和镇顺福路2号御墅688号 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 purpose-built facility near Capital Paradise in Shunyi. Over the years ISB has gained an international reputation for its solid academic programs (it was the first school in Beijing to offer the full IB Diploma), comprehensive facilities and full curriculum catering to all age levels. Age range: 3-18 years old. Tuition fees (20102011 Academic Year): EC3 (half day) RMB 65,490 (RMB 10,970 capital fee); EC4 (full day) RMB 119,690 (RMB 10,970 capital fee); Kindergarten RMB 140,330 (RMB 13,180 capital fee); Grades 1–5 RMB 140,330 (RMB 31,600 capital fee); Grades 6–8 RMB 150,540 (RMB 31,600 capital fee); Grades 9-12 RMB 165,540 (RMB 31,600 capital fee) 10 Anhua Jie, Shunyi District. (8149 2345 ext 1047, 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 speaking environment taught by a team of highly qualified early childhood educators who customizes the Multiple Intelligences theory influenced curriculum according to the children’s interests. Age range: 2-6 years old. Website: 1) 5738 4559. Central Park Campus: Bldg 24, Central Park, 6 Chaoyangmen Waidajie, Chaoyang District. (Central Park Campus: Info-CP@ivyschools. com); 2) East Lake Villas Campus: Rm C101, East Lake Villas, 35 Dongzhimen Waidajie, Dongcheng District. (8451 1380, East Lake Villas Campus: 艾毅国际幼儿园, 1) 朝 阳区新城国际校园:大街6号新城国际公寓24号 楼; 2) 东城区东湖校园:东直门外大街35号东 湖别墅C座101室 Ivy Bilingual School (IBS) Ivy Bilingual School offers a curriculum based on the Multiple Intelligences theory and provides an immersion bilingual program in which both Chinese and Western teachers interact with children throughout the day. IBS’ goal is to provide children with the most current research-based practices coupled with knowledge of Chinese culture. Upon graduation, children will be comfortable


speaking in both English and Chinese. Age range: 2-6. Tuition fees for Orchid Garden Campus (2013-2014 Academic Year): Deposit is one month tuition (non-refundable, to be credited toward tuition); Material fee RMB 1,500; Half-day RMB 5,810/month; Full day RMB 7,750/month. Tuition fees for Ocean Express Campus (2013-2014 Academic Year): Deposit is one month tuition (nonrefundable, to be credited toward tuition); Material fee RMB 1,500; Half-day RMB 6,080/ month; Full day RMB 8,100/month. 1) Orchid Garden Campus: 18 Xinjin Lu, Cuigexiang (Airport Expressway, Beigao Exit), Chaoyang District. (8439 7080, Ocean Garden Campus:, Ocean Express Campus:; 2) Ocean Express Campus: Bldg E, Ocean Express, 2 Dongsanhuan Beilu (north of Kempinski), Chaoyang District. (8446 7287/6, Ocean Garden Campus:, Ocean Express Campus: info-OE@ivyschools. com) 艾毅双语幼儿园, 1) 朝阳区卓锦校园:崔各乡新锦路18号卓锦万 代; 2) 朝阳区远洋校园:东三环北路2号远洋 新干线E座 Keystone Academy Keystone Academy will open in Shunyi District in the fall of 2014. Keystone promises to be a unique and exciting school option for families in China – offering Chinese and American instructional techniques of inquiry-based learning, criticalthinking, and creative problem solving in a rigorous intellectual environment. The academic program will be international in scope, with a central curriculum thread that focuses on Chinese identity, language, culture, and history. Keystone will serve students grades 1 through 12, with a bilingual curriculum in the primary years and more intensive instruction in English as students progress through the program. There will be a boarding school option for Grade 7 and 8, and mandatory boarding in Grade 9-12. Houshayu Town, Shunyi District. (5825 6008, 北京鼎石国际学校, 顺义区后沙峪镇 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 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. www. 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 (2012-2013 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 half-day); RMB 103,200 (bilingual full day); RMB 115,200 (Bilingual Reception Class full day) 1) Olympic Village Campus: Yayun Xinjiayuan, 1 Xindian Lu, Chaoyang District. (5202 0293); 2) Liangma Qiao Campus: Unit S114, Lufthansa Center Tower, 50 Liangma Qiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6465 1305/3388 ext 4477); 3) Shunyi Campus: C Area Clubhouse, Yosemite Villas, 4 Yuyang Lu, Houshayu Town, Shunyi District. (8041 7083); 4) Guomao Campus: 1/F, North Lodge, 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6505 3869/2288) 巧智博仁国际幼儿 园, 1) 朝阳区辛店路1号亚运新家园社区; 2) 朝 阳区亮马桥路50号凯宾斯基写字楼S114室; 3) 顺

义区后沙峪镇榆杨路4号优山美地C区俱乐部; 4) 朝阳区建国门外大街1号国贸北公寓1层 Tsinghua International School (THIS) Tsinghua International School students follow an American Curriculum program in a nurturing atmosphere. Tsinghua International School located on Tsinghua University campus, allowing students access to the university’s extensive resources and facilities, including libraries, computer labs, gymnasiums, sports fields, dance and art studios, a swimming pool, fitness center and outdoor experiential education center. Accepts students Grades 1 to 12 (ages 6-18). Grades 1-5: 89,000 RMB per year, Grades 6-12: 99,000 RMB per year Inside Tsinghua High School Campus, Zhongguancun Beilu (northwest of Tsinghua University), Haidian District. (6279 7000, 6277 1477, this@mail. 清华大学附 属中学国际部, 海淀区中关村北路清华大学西北 侧清华中学校园之内 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

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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 (20122013 Academic Year): RMB 53,000. Block F, Honglingjin Park, 5 Houbalizhuang, Chaoyang District. (8583 9223, 8581 8466 ext 817, itec@ 耀华婴幼儿教育 中心, 朝阳区后八里庄5号红领巾公园东门F楼

Shopping Arts & Crafts Kids Land You’ll find all sorts of toys, gifts, and art supplies for kids at this colorful store, including a variety of Lego and Crayola sets. 1) Daily 10am-10pm.. 411-412 Xindong’an Plaza, 138 Wangfujing Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6528 8624); 2) Daily 10am-10pm. Rm 0423, Jiamao Shopping Center, 33 Guangshun Beidajie, Chaoyang District. (8472 9412); 3) Daily 9.30am-9.30pm. Rm 206, 1/F, Lido Place, 6 Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District. (6437 6908); 4) Daily 10am-10pm.. L407, Building 1, The Place, 9 Guanghua Road, Chaoyang District. (6587 1481) www. 智乐家园, 1) 东城区东城 区王府井大街138号新东安411-412; 2) 朝阳区 朝阳区广顺北大街33号嘉茂购物中心4层0423号 店铺; 3) 朝阳区朝阳区将台路6号丽都商业广场 1层206号商铺; 4) 朝阳区朝阳区光华路9号世贸 天阶1号楼4层L407 Lao Beijing Handmade Paper-Cut This shop provides delicate multi-colored Chinese traditional and modern paper-cuts that are hand-made by local artists. 1) 42 Yonghegong Dajie, Dongcheng District.; 2) 110 Nanluogu Xiang, Dongcheng District. 老 北京手工剪纸, 1) 东城区雍和宫大街42 号; 2) 东城区南锣鼓巷 110号

Bookstores Beijing Book Building Take the escalator to the basement to find a large but eclectic range of English-language books. The staff is fluent in English and happy to help you search for a particular title. Dictionaries and books related to learning Chinese language can also be found on the third floor. Daily 9am-9pm. 17 Xichang’an Jie, (right near Xidan subway station), Xicheng District. (6607 8477) 北京图书大厦, 西 城区西长安大街17号 Beijing Comic City Got a manga maniac on your hands? Drop him off here and he’ll spend hours drooling over the selection of comic book, cartoon and video game paraphernalia (but keep your eyes peeled because some of the goods are definitely not rated PG!). Sun-Thu 10am-9pm, Fri-



Sat 10am-9.30pm. 6/F, Soxiu Mall, 40 Chongwenmenwai Dajie, Chongwen District. (5167 1241, 北京 动漫城, 崇文区崇文门外大街40号搜秀商城6层 Beijing Star Kids Children’s Bookstore This children’s bookstore sells a range of soft- and hard-cover English-language books from bigname publishers in the US, Canada, Australia, Italy and the UK. Kids up to age 16 should be able to find something that tickles their fancy. Francophiles will be interested in the store’s small selection of French-language study materials. Mon-Fri 9am-6pm, Sat-Sun 10am5pm. Rm 1205, Bldg D, Xingyuan International Apartments, 222 Wangjing Xiyuan, Chaoyang District. (8472 7131) 北京市佳星孩趣儿童书 店, 朝阳区朝阳区望京西园222号星源国际公寓 D座1205室 Big and Little Books Specializes in imported English children’s books, including a range of books in creative formats that are great for younger readers, such as pop-up books, books with sound, and cloth books. 1) 10 am-10pm. Shop 4001N, 5/F, Golden Resource Mall, 1 Yuanda Lu, Haidian District. (135 5237 3200); 2) 9.30am-8pm. 102A,Beiing Lido Holiday Inn, Jiangtai Lu, Airport Expressway, Chaoyang District. (6437 6338); 3) Daily 10am-10pm. F4, Wangjing Mall, 33 Guangshun Beidajie, Wangjing, Chaoyang District. (8478 0428) 小逗 号儿童书店, 1) 海淀区远大路1号金源新燕莎五 层4001N; 2) 朝阳区首都机场路将台路丽都假日 饭店102A; 3) 朝阳区望京广顺北大街33号嘉茂( 望京华联)购物中心四层 The BookMark The BookMark offers a wide range of books for the whole family, in English and other languages, including a sizable selection of children’s literature. Children can enjoy regular book club gatherings and a weekly thematic story hour with integrated art activities. A family membership (RMB 500) gets you and your crew the chance to borrow five books for up to two weeks at a time. Wed-Sat 10am-4pm. Inside Piazza Cafe, across from side gate of Capital Paradise, Shunyi, Shunyi District. (136 0105 4566, shunyilibrary@aol. com) 顺义区顺义区 名都园南门外 The Bookworm English language books to borrow or buy. Book larvae can graze in the library’s Kiddies’ Corner, which houses childsize chairs and toys in addition to books. A family library membership (RMB 500) allows your family to borrow up to six books for two weeks at a time. A growing selection of for-sale books includes favorites like Wicked Chickens and The Gruffalo’s Child. In addition, The Bookworm’s Kids Club offers both young children and teens opportunities to share books with their peers. Daily 9am-2am. Courtyard 4, Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6586 9507,, kidsclub@ www.chinabookworm. com 书虫书吧, 朝阳区工体北路4号院 Foreign Languages Bookstore The mother lode for kids’ books in English, the store has classic picture books by Dr. Seuss, plus many series like Junie B. Jones, The Famous Five, Arthur and more. Older kids will find a slew of must-read books as well. Also offers books on tape and loads of photo-illustrated, hardbound series on science, nature and animals. The selection keeps getting better, but prices remain Western. Daily 9.30am-9.30pm. 235 Wangfujing Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6512 6903, www.bpiec. 外文书店, 东城区王府井大街235号 Friendship Store Slim, hit-or-miss selection of English-language books – you can usually find a few choices for each age group, and the selections vary widely from month to month. If your kid likes comics but you want to sneak in some culture, check out the softbound comic books based on Chinese stories like The Water Margin, Empress Wu Zetian, and even Sun Tzu’s Art of War. 9.30am-8.30pm. 17 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6500 3311) 北京友谊 商店, 朝阳区建国门外大街17号 Funfunreading English and French Library Thousands of classic books in English, French

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and Chinese for the entire family to enjoy. Audio and lesson books teaching phonics, spelling, reading and grammar also available. Tue-Sun noon-6pm. Unit 1603, Bldg 3, Block A, Sanlihe Er Qu, Xicheng District. (5715 3348, 153 0005 8348, 135 2029 1141) 悦读英法图书 馆, 西城区三里河二区A区3号楼1603 Ladies’ Book Saloon Venture to Wudaokou for this child-friendly, elegant bookstore. You’ll find no piano player or gunslingers here – only couches and glasstop worktables providing a nice place to read. The children’s books and workstations make this a great spot to relax with the kids. Regular film screenings are held every Wed and Sat evening at 7pm. Daily 10am-11pm. 69 Chengfu Lu, Haidian District. (6270 1928) 雨枫书馆, 海淀区成府路69号 Mackids Bookstore Mackids Bookstore started from1995. Over four thousand types of books are in display in the store. Rm 911, Gaolan Dasha, 32 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (3454 2767) cn/ 麦克儿童外文北京展示中心, 朝阳区亮马桥 路32号高斓大厦911室 Page One This addition to Beijing’s bookstore scene offers the best selection under one roof (in art/design, food & wine, bestsellers, classics, etc.), with competitive prices for English-language material. 1) Daily 24hrs. S2, 1-2/F, Sanlitun Village South, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6417 6626,,; 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1-2层; 2) 朝阳区建国门外大街1号国贸商 城三期地下2层; 3) 朝阳区酒仙桥路18号颐堤港 地铁层50号 Peekabook House Home to a range of classic English picture books and popular novels for younger readers, as well as a variety of Chinese children’s books. Both branches offer bilingual story times, arts and crafts programs, and birthday party options. 1) Daily 9.30am8.30pm. F305, Building 10, Phoenix City Commercial Street, Sanyuan Qiao, Chaoyang District. (5866 8064, peekahouse@yahoo.; 2) Tue-Sun 9.30am-8.30pm. 206, Building 10, Baihuan Jiayuan, 66 Guangqu Lu., Chaoyang District. (8773 8382/5884,; 3) Tue-Sun 9.30am-8.30pm. Room 302, Bottom floor, Building No.1, Yi Yuan, Bi Shui Yun Tian, Wan Liu Zhong Lu, Haidian District. (8256 7276, 8256 6324, www. 皮卡书屋, 1) 朝阳区东三环 路三元桥凤凰城商街10号楼F305; 2) 朝阳区广渠 路66号院百环家园10号楼206; 3) 海淀区万柳中 路碧水云天颐园1号楼底商302室 Poplar Kids Republic Bookstore A children’s bookstore with a comfortable play area inside. Daily 10am-7pm. Rm 1362, Bldg 13, Jianwai Soho, 39 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (5869 3032) 蒲 蒲兰绘本馆, 朝阳区东三环中路39号建外Soho13 号楼1362 Sanlian Taofen Bookstore About 800 meters northwest of Dongsi Station lies this wondrous bookstore for art lovers. The second floor of Sanlian offers a large selection of books on sketching, painting, calligraphy, photography, sculpture, architecture, graphics, fashion, home and furniture design, and even comic books! Biographies of famous artists can also be found here. In a nutshell, anything you could ever want to know about fine arts – ancient to modern, Eastern or Western – should be on these shelves. After locating your favorite book, enjoy it while sipping a warm cup of milk tea in the bookstore’s cafe. Most books are in Chinese, but a small selection of English books is available. Daily 9am-9pm. Meishuguan

Dongjie (East of National Art Museum of China), Dongcheng District. (6407 1664, 6400 1122) 北京三联韬奋图书中心, 东城区北京美术馆东街 (中国美术馆东侧) Scholastic Children’s Library Stocks English books that young children can borrow. Library cards available at the centers. 1) Wed-Fri 9am6pm, Sat-Sun 9am-7pm. 1B1-35-37 Solana, 1 Nonzhanguan Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (5905 6377,; 2) Wed-Fri 9am-6pm, Sat-Sun 9am-7pm. 2/F, Westside of Aisedun, Haidian District. (8265 2711,; 3) WedFri 9am-6pm, Sat-Sun 9am-7pm. 4/F, north side, of the Jinyuan Xin Yansha Mall, 1 Yuanda Lu, Haidian District. (8887 5318/9, cpalowitch@; 4) Wed-Fri 9am-6pm, SatSun 9am-7pm. F3-08, 3/F, Hualian Shangsha, Shangdi (at the south intersection), Haidian District. (6266 7734/94, cpalowitch@scholastic.; 5) Wed-Fri 9am-6pm, Sat-Sun 9am-7pm. 3/F Glory Mall, 18 Xihuashi Dajie, Chongwen District. (6711 8059, cpalowitch@; 6) Wed-Fri 9am-6pm, SatSun 9am-7pm. , Fengtai District. (8767 0865,; 7) Wed-Fri 9am-6pm, Sat-Sun 9am-7 pm. 1/F Bldg B, Anzhen, Shenggu Jiayuan, Chaoyang District. (6443 8186,; 8) Wed-Fri 9am-6pm, Sat-Sun 9am-7 pm. 3/F, Section E, Wangjing International Shopping Center, Chaoyang District. (5920 3790, www.scholastic. 学乐儿童教育集团, 1) 朝阳区朝阳区农 展馆南路1号朝阳公园西侧蓝色港湾国际商业区 1栋广场层1B1-35-37号; 2) 海淀区海淀区海淀 南路34号艾瑟顿公寓二层西侧(海淀妇幼保健院 对面); 3) 海淀区海淀区远大路1号金源新燕莎 四层北; 4) 海淀区海淀区上地南口 华联商厦三 层F3-08; 5) 崇文区崇文区西花市大街18号 北 京国瑞购物中心三层; 6) 丰台区Block 1, Bldg 28 (Tong Run Hui Guan Building), Fangzhuang, Fangguyuan, Shanghai Kids’ Books Shanghai Kids’ Books online bookstore offers English kids’ books (Spanish and French kids’ books to come soon) for ages 0-12. Board games and toys are also available. Cash on delivery to any address in Beijing. Business hours are 9am6pm. To order go to www.shanghaikidsbooks. com, call 135 0178 8664 or e-mail jessica@ or shanghaikidsbooks@ TT-Art Bookstore Musicians and music lovers will find this bookstore to be a haven: Not only can you find sheet music for all kinds of instruments - piano, strings, woodwind, brass, drums and more – but also books, CDs and DVDs about music history, theory, voice training and self-lessons. From Beethoven to Bob Dylan, this bookstore will satisfy a music lover’s every desire. When you have found your favorite book, head to the instrument store, which is only a few meters away, to get some professional tools or parts to repair and tune your instrument. Daily 9am-9pm. 43 Baojia Jie (600m south of Fuxingmen Bridge), Xicheng District. (6641 1860) 天天艺术 专业音乐连锁店, 西城区鲍家街43号 (复兴门 桥南600米) Wangfujing Bookstore 10am-9pm. 218 Wangfujing Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6513 2842, 6525 2592) 王府井书店, 东城区王府井大街218号 Wangfujing Xinhua Bookstore Fabulous Chinese-language selection of kids’ books, including lavishly illustrated kids’ encyclopedias, tons of easy-readers and brightly illustrated books for kids just learning Chinese, plus posters, fun interactive books and myriad learning aids. The English selection is slim, but a budget-stretching option is to pick up the super cheap, green-bound, China published softcover editions of classics like Kidnapped and Tom Sawyer. Daily 10am-9pm. 218 Wangfujing Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6525 2592) 王府井 新华书店, 东城区王府井大街218号

Clothing & Accessories Archie and Rita This New Zealand-based

Shopping corporation prides itself on providing Europeanclothing labels. The brands at Archie & Rita are more high-end, with lines like Trelise Cooper kids, Jottun, Jean Bourget, and Room Seven. With clothing for babies and kids up to age 6, Archie & Rita should satisfy children or parents with a keen fashion sense. Daily 10am10pm.. 1) SMM-18, 1/F, Bldg 1, Solana Lifestyle and Shopping Park,6 Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (5905 6165); 2) L408, 4/F, The Place, 9 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6587 1238) 欧琪达, 1) 朝阳区朝阳区朝阳公园路6号蓝色港湾1栋广场 层SMM-18; 2) 朝阳区朝阳区光华路甲9号世贸 天阶L408 Brand Nu A place where you can donate your old clothes, books, magazines, trinkets and other accessories, and pick up as-good-as-new goodies of like kind. Tue-Sun, 10am-10pm, closed Mon. 61 Wudaoying Hutong (just west of Vineyard Cafe), Dongcheng District. (150 1115 3421) Brand 女, 东城区东城区五道营胡 同61号 Decathlon This popular French company now has outlets throughout China. The store supplies equipment for tons of different athletic activities – individual and team sports, land and water sports – from running to sailing, from squash to volleyball. 1) Sun-Thu 9am9pm, Fri-Sat 9am-10pm. Yizhuang Economic Development Area, 3 Wenhua Yuan Xilu, Daxing District. (6782 6100); 2) Daily 10am-10pm. 186 Litang Lu, Changping District. (8484 4848); 3) Sun-Thu 9am-9pm, Fri-Sat 9am-10pm. 66-1 Xiangbin Lu, Shunyi District. (6779 8886); 4) Sun-Thu 9am-9pm, Fri-Sat 9am-10pm. Northwest of Gongyixi Qiao, Dongsihuan Nanlu, Fengtai District. (8788 8883); 5) Sun-Thu 9am-9pm, Fri-Sat 9am-10pm. 195 Dongsihuan Zhonglu (near Dajiaoting), Chaoyang District. (8777 8788) 迪卡侬 运动超市, 1) 大兴区文化园西路3号亦庄开发区; 2) 昌平区立汤路186号; 3) 顺义区香槟路66-1 号; 4) 丰台区东四环南路公益西桥西北角; 5) 朝阳区东四环中路195号(靠近大郊亭) Nine Months Maternity Boutique Brainchild of ex-model Karen Page, this Hong Kong boutique specializes in fashion-forward maternity wear and lingerie. Their online store stocks a wide range of pieces for stylish moms and moms-to-be. (852 2868 5988, info@ Plastered T-Shirts Plastered’s designers discover the diversity and beauty of Beijing’s everyday life and turn it into graphic design with ironic effect. You’ll find T-shirts resembling a subway ticket, the old 1.20 Xiali taxi rate sticker, labels from bottles of “Er Guo Tou” and Yanjing beers of 38 different designs. Men and women’s T-shirts are all available in different sizes. Price ranges from RMB 68-88. Plastered also features a selection of old-fashioned tin toys. 1) 10am-6pm. Yishu Zhongyi Jie (across from UCCA), 798 art zone, 4 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District.; 2) Daily 10am-10pm. 61 Nanluogu Xiang, Dongcheng District. (134 8884 8855) 创可贴, 1) 朝 阳区酒仙桥路4号798艺术区中一街(UCCA当代艺 术中心对面); 2) 东城区南锣鼓巷61号 Road 39 Established in Shanghai by two moms with a love for fashion, Road 39 is a maternity label for fashion conscious moms and moms-tobe. The label uses high-quality materials with a focus on vintage colors. Their website and online shop is available in English, Chinese and French. Alternatively, contact Liora to arrange a visit to their showroom located in Lido area. (Liora: 5130 3931, Sisley Trendy teens (especially tall ones of the male variety) will warm to the sporty and casual wear from this French brand; it’s also a good choice for party dresses. Daily 10am-10pm. 1) The Village at Sanlitun, Chaoyang District.; 2) Unit 2-029-030, Zhongguncun Plaza, Haidian District.; 3) 3/F, Full Link Plaza, 18 Chaowai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6588 0507); 4) bb66, The Malls at Oriental Plaza, 1 Chang’an Jie, Dongcheng District. (8518 6297); 5) 3/F, Shin Kong Place, 87 Jianguo Lu (beside China


Central Place), Chaoyang District. (6533 1804) 希思黎, 2) 海淀区中关村广场购物中心029-030; 3) 朝阳区朝外大街18号丰联广场3层; 4) 东城区 长安街1号东方新天地BB66wangfu; 5) 朝阳区建国 路87号新光天地3层(华贸中心旁边) The Fifth Avenue Daily 10am-8pm. Shop 336, L3, Indigo Mall, 18 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (8426 0706) 第五街, 朝阳区酒仙桥路18 号颐堤港商场3层店铺号336 Tot to Teen Moderately priced children’s clothing, including a quality selection of infant layette, toddler pajamas and preteen everyday wear. Daily 9am-7pm. 703 Pinnacle Plaza, Tianzhu Real Estate Development Zone, Shunyi District. (8046 4419, 红马车儿童用品商店, 顺义区天竺房地产开发区 荣祥广场703号 Triumph Founded in Germany, this women’s underwear retailer has branches all over Beijing. You’ll find not only bras and underwear of all stripes, but also nursing bras and sleepwear. Daily 10am-10pm.. 1) 4/F, Bldg 1, Parkson, 12 Qisheng Zhongjie (east of Taiyanggong Qiao), Chaoyang District. (8426 9955); 2) Ganhe Jiayuan, 108 Beisihuan Donglu, Chaoyang District. (6491 0099); 3) Sunlight Department Store, Oriental Plaza, 1 Chang’an Jie, Dongcheng District. (8518 1348) 黛安芬, 1) 朝阳区朝阳区七圣中街12号院(太阳 宫桥东侧)百盛购物中心1号楼4层; 2) 朝阳区朝 阳区北四环东路108号干鹤家园; 3) 东城区东城 区东长安街1号东方广场晨曦百货 Ugg Ugg Beijing is 180 square meters, you can not only get the globally popular Ugg shoes here, but also shoes, clothes and accessories that are custom-designed for China. Daily 10am-10pm. BS-20, Solana, 6 Chaoyang Gongyuan lu, Chaoyang District. (5905 6839) UGG专卖店, 朝阳区朝阳公园路6号蓝色港湾国际 商区品牌街BS-20号 Uniqlo Throw some color into your wardrobe with Uniqlo – their puffy jackets, cardigans and jeans will help you stand out in style. This Japanese brand has ten stores in Beijing. Bldg 10, South District, Sanlitun Village, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6413 1320) www. 朝阳区三里屯路19号三里屯Village 南区10号楼 Zara This popular Spanish chain store is stocked with the latest chic apparel, shoes and accessories for both men and women (including a smaller section for children), with most items within the RMB 199-699 range. 1) Unit 63-65, Viva Plaza, Fulicheng, Zhong Dongsanhuan Lu, Chaoyang District.; 2) Mon-Thu 11am-9pm, FriSun 11am-10pm. 1B1-6, Solana, 6 Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (5905 6100); 3) Daily 10am-10pm. The Place, 9A Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6587 1341/49); 4) Daily 10am-10pm. Joy City, 131 Xidan Beidajie, Xicheng District. (5971 6350) 1) 朝阳区东三环双井富力城63-65号; 2) 朝阳区朝 阳公园路6号蓝色港湾国际商区1B1-6; 3) 朝阳 区光华路甲9号世贸天阶; 4) 西城区西单北大街 131号大悦城

Home Accessories and Gear Aika Cheap, modern-ish furniture of every make and model as well construction materials and interior decoration companies. 1) MonFri 9.30am-6.30pm, Sat-Sun 9.30am-7pm. Wangjing outlet, 66 Beixiangbin Lu, Guangshun Qiao, Guangshun Beidajie, Chaoyang District. (8490 4696); 2) Mon-Fri 9am-6pm, Sat-Sun 9am-6.30pm. Yansha outlet, 36A Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (6432 1125); 3) Daily 9am-9pm. Xisihuan outlet, 119 Xisihuan Beilu, 200m south of Sijiqing Qiao, Haidian District. (8845 7900/2); 4) Mon-Fri 9am-6.30pm, Sat-Sun 9am-7pm. Nansanhuan outlet, 75 Chengshousi Lu, Fengtai District. (6765 7187) 爱家家居, 1) 朝阳区望京 店, 广顺北大街香宾路66号; 2) 朝阳区燕莎店, 亮马桥路甲36号; 3) 海淀区西四环路店, 西四环 北路119号(四季青桥南200米); 4) 丰台区南三环 店, 成寿寺路75号 Apple Experience Centre Sells groovy Apple computers, laptops and iPods as well as software, accessories and printers. 1) Daily

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10am-10pm. Bldg 6, Sanlitun Village, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (6419 8900); 2) Daily 10am-9pm. 106A 1/F Oriental Plaza, Dongcheng District. (8518 0002) 苹果体验中心, 1) 朝阳区三里屯路 19 号院 三里屯 Village 6 号楼; 2) 东城区东方新 天地106A BabyGro Beijing BabyGro is Beijing’s one-stop shop for imported maternity, baby and toddler gear. Run by moms for moms, BabyGro stocks safe, innovative and high quality products. They have a large selection of maternity items and pregnancy clothes, as well as breast pumps, bottles, formula, safety items and toys for babies and kids. Brands include ERGObaby, Grobag, Medela, EGG Maternity, Sono Vaso, Crayola, Mini Micro, Recaro, Micralite, Trunki, Skip Hop, Playgro and Organic Family. 1) Mon-Fri 10am-7pm. Shop 5058, Bldg A, 5/F, Chaowai SOHO, 6 Chaowai Lu (across from Central Park), Chaoyang District. (5900 0601,; 2) Wed-Sun 10am5pm. Cathay View Garden Shopping Mall (next to Beijing Riviera Villas), 2 Xiangjiang Beilu, Chaoyang District. (8470 1690, johanna@ 慧宝, 1) 朝阳区朝外路6号朝外SOHO5层A座5058店铺( 新城国际对面); 2) 朝阳区香江北路甲2号观唐 广场二期商铺 Beijing Torana Clean Air Center Air purifiers from Blueair and Alen Air, pollution masks from Totobobo. Free home assessments and delivery. 1) Daily 10am8.30pm. Unit LB09, 1/F, Europlaza Mall, Shunyi District. (8459 0785); 2) 10.30am6.30pm. Unit 308, Pinnacle Plaza, Shunyi District. (8046 1091) www.toranacleanair. com/index.html 1) 顺义区天竺镇裕翔路99号 欧陆广场LB09; 2) 顺义区天竺镇花梨坎村南“ 荣祥广场308室 Chang & Biorck This modern Scandinavian home accessories store is stocked with colorful, environmentally-friendly products made by well-known designers who blend Scandinavian and Chinese concepts of style. Daily 10am-10pm. 2-19A, 1/F, Bldg 2, Sanlitun Village South, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District. (8400 2296) 朝阳区三里屯 南路19号三里屯Village南区2号楼1层2-19A单元 Cosmo Beebies By parents for parents, Cosmo Beebies carries the most innovative maternity, baby and infant products from Europe, North America, Australia, and New Zealand to Hong Kong and mainland China. The selection of brands includes maternity and nursing clothes, nursery furniture, gear, toys, and baby care products catering to moms, babies, and expecting mothers. All of Cosmo Beebies’ products are eco-friendly and made with high-quality materials. Daily 10am-10pm. Shop L-VDM-03, Solana Lifestyle Shopping Park, 6 Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (5900 9723, www., 朝阳区朝阳区朝阳公园路六号蓝色港湾国际商区 L-VDM-03 号商铺 Counting Sheep Children’s Boutique Counting Sheep offers gear for moms, dads and kids. From maternity clothes, baby furniture, baby shower gifts to party items. International brands include Stokke, Bloom, Boob, Baby Bjorn, Ergo Carriers, Hotslings, Bravado, Chicobello, Fleurville, BamBam, Big Bobby Cars, and Trunki. Sun-Thurs 10am-7pm, Fri-Sat 10am-8pm. 17 Gongti Beilu (1/F of Bodhi bldg, directly across from north gate of Workers Stadium), Chaoyang District. (6417 7622, www. 洋洋宝宝店, 朝阳 区工体北路17号(工体北门对面) Cuccina Founded in 2011, Cuccina is a retailer specializing in quality kitchen furnishings and gourmet cookware. Brands include Le Creuset, Swissmar, Microplane, Joseph Joseph, Typhoon, Eva Solo, Lékué, and more. 1) Daily 10am-9pm. Shop 55, B1/F, Indigo Mall, 18 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (8420 0971); 2) 17 Gongti Beilu (across from north gate of Workers’ Stadium, in the same building as Bodhi), Chaoyang District. (6413 0223) 品厨, 1) 朝阳



区酒仙桥路18号颐堤港商场地铁层店铺号LG55; 2) 朝阳区工体北路17号(工体北门对面) Dazhong With 41 stores across Beijing, finding a branch of this reliable chain is easy. Stocks domestic and foreign brands of household appliances, TVs, DVD players, PCs and more. Visit for a map showing all store locations. Or call toll-free 800 810 9110 for further information. Daily 9.30am7pm. 1) (First floor of Carrefour) Guangqu Lu, Chaoyang District.; 2) 200 meters west of Dawang Qiao, Jianguo Lu (across from Wanda Plaza), Chaoyang District. (8884 9522) 大中电 器连锁店, 1) 朝阳区广渠路,家乐福楼下; 2) 朝阳区大望桥店,建国路大望桥往西200米万达 广场对面 Easy Home Enormous selection of paint, tiles, doors, windows, false ceilings, wallpaper, stone slabs, tiles, wood flooring, carpeting, light fixtures, furniture and more. Interior decorating companies have offices in these shops. Daily 10am-9pm. 1) Golden Resources Outlet, Yuanda Lu, Haidian District. (8887 3398); 2) Yuquanying outlet, 58 Nansanhuan Xilu, Fengtai District. (8367 9622); 3) Shilihe Outlet, 106 Dayangfang Lu, Shibali Dian, Chaoyang District. (6730 5322); 4) Beisihuan Outlet, 65 Beisihuan Donglu, Chaoyang District. (8463 9988) www. 居然之家, 1) 海淀区金源店, 远大 路1号; 2) 丰台区玉泉营店, 南三环西路58号; 3) 朝阳区十里河店, 十八里店大羊坊路106号; 4) 朝阳区北四环店, 北四环东路65号

Qingnianlu Xili, Chaoyang District. (138 1191 4478, 小不点家 居样品间, 1) 海淀区西苑万泉河路海淀区地税局 院内; 2) 朝阳区青年路西里国美第一城3号院10 号楼底商F1-02 Hola Daily 10am-10pm. 1) 117 Xisihuan Beilu, Jinsiji Shopping Center, Haidian District.; 2) 66 Xiangbinbu, Shunyi District.; 3) 1 Dongzhimen Nandajie, Dongcheng District. (6772 8007) 特力 屋, 1) 海淀区西四环北路117号金四季购物中 心; 2) 顺义区香宾路66号; 3) 东城区东直门 南大街1号 Ikea Stocks a wide range of children’s gear, including extendable beds, high chairs, changing tables, cupboard units and Patrull safety equipment (cabinet/door locks, safety gates, corner bumpers, window catches, etc.). Save your skin by paying to have Ikea technicians assemble your purchases at home. Daily 10am-10pm. 1 Taiyang Gonglu, Dongbahe (northwest corner of Siyuan Qiao), Chaoyang District. (800 810 5679) www.ikea. 宜家家居, 朝阳区东坝河太阳宫路1号( 四元桥西北角)

Gaobeidian Furniture Street The main road of this dusty hamlet is lined with warehouses and showrooms that overflow with reproductions of Ming and Qing tables, opium beds, chairs, benches, stools, drums – you name it. What’s more, the merchants can custom-build whatever you cannot find in stock. Gaobeidian, long considered the antique furniture village of Beijing, is now becoming a more developed retail area with larger stores like Lily’s Living, which also offers antiques on top of a full range of modern furniture. Consider it your valuable alternative to Panjiayuan and Ikea. Outside Dongsihuan, turn right at the Gaobeidian exit of the Jingtong expressway then drive south, Chaoyang District. www. 高碑店家具一条街, 朝阳 区东四环外京通快速路高碑店出口处出来右转 往南走 Gome In its 14 stores across the city, GOME stocks a wide range of home appliances as well as PCs and DVD players from the cheap to the mind-blowingly expensive. The sales assistants are very capable. See http://www. 53557142.jpg for all addresses. 1) Daily 9am9pm. Shuangjing Qiao West, Chaoyang District. (5862 3091); 2) 1/F, Zhongxin Digital Building, 8 Zhongguancun Xiqu, Haidian District. (8287 1276, 8287 1259); 3) Daily 9am-7pm. 31 Beisanhuan Xilu, Haidian District. (8211 8637, freephone 800 990 6600) http://www.gome. 国美电器商城, 1) 朝阳区东三环双井桥 西; 2) 海淀区中关村西区8号中芯数码商城1层; 3) 海淀区北三环西路31号 Goodbaby Children Store Goodbaby Corporation is one of the biggest children’s gear companies in China. Their own brands include Goodbaby, Geoby and Little Dinosaur, and the store is also the exclusive retailer of international brands such as Cosco, Huffy Sports, Maxi-Cosi, Nike Kids and Tommee Tippee. They have outlets in dozens of Beijing malls, including the New China Children’s Store, Xin Dong’an Shopping Mall, Parkson, Sogo, Ito Yokado, New World Department Store and Wangfujing Department Store. To get a good deal online order from Goodbaby’s Chineselanguage site. (800 820 2880, 8353 7775) mainpage.aspx Heather’s Furniture Warehouse Sells imported traditional furnitures for children. Daily 9am-6pm. 1) In the yard of Haidian Taxation Bureau (north of the METROsupermarket), Wanquanhe Lu, Xiyuan, Haidian District. (138 1191 4478,; 2) Stall F1-02, 1/F, Bldg 10, 3 Guomei Diyicheng,

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IQ Air While little can be done about outdoor air pollution, you can certainly make a difference with the air you breathe in your home or office. IQAir has been the top-rated air purifier brand for more than a decade. The Health Pro 250 is their most popular product and is considered by most to be the best all-around air cleaning system available. With their HyperHEPA technology, you are guaranteed near perfect levels of efficiency for the life of your machine. IQAir China specializes in bringing clean air solutions to both residential and commercial users. 1) B1/F, 03A Europlaza, 99 Yuxiang Lu, Tianzhu, Shunyi District. (6457 1922,; 2) Daily 10am10pm. 5/F, Household Appliance Area, Youyi Shopping City, 52 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (158 0136 1601, info@iqair-china. com); 3) 10am-8pm. 6/F, Parkson Plaza, 101 Fuxingmennei Dajie, Xicheng District. (157 1286 8485,; 4) Daily 10am-10pm. B1/F, Parkson Plaza Taiyanggong, Bldg 1, 12 Qi Sheng Zhongjie, Chaoyang District, Beijing, Chaoyang District. (157 1286 8454,; 5) Daily 10am-10pm. 5/F, Shin Kong Place, 87 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (5738 2401,; 6) Daily 9am-6pm. Rm 1801-03, Air China Plaza, 36 Xiaoyun Lu, Chaoyang District. (8447 5800,; 7) Daily 10am-9pm. 4/F, 417 Seasons Place, 2 Jinchengfang Jie, Xicheng

District. (6622 0179,; 8) Mon-Thu 10am-9pm, Fri-Sun 10am-10pm. B1/F, Golden Resources New Yansha Mall, 1 Yuanda Lu, Haidian District. (157 1286 9044,; 9) 10am-10pm. B2/F, Scitech Plaza, 22 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Beijing, Chaoyang District. (188 1020 5987, 1) 顺义区天竺镇裕翔路99号欧陆广场地下一层 03A; 2) 朝阳区亮马桥路52号燕莎友谊商城5层; 3) 西城区复兴门内大街101号6层百盛复兴门店 家电部; 4) 朝阳区七圣中街12号院1号楼B1百盛 太阳宫店生活家电区; 5) 朝阳区建国路87号新 光天地5层生活家电区; 6) 朝阳区霄云路36号国 航大厦1801-03室; 7) 西城区金城坊街金融街 417号四层; 8) 海淀区远大路1号金源新燕莎商 城地下1层; 9) 朝阳区建国门外大街22号赛特购 物中心地下二层 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 Muji 1) Daily 10am-10pm. 1/F, Joy City Chaoyang, 101 Chaoyang Beilu, Chaoyang District. (8552 6752); 2) Daily 10am-10pm. 2/F, Phase 2, Beijing U-Town, 5 Sanfeng Beili, Chaoyang District. (8563 5386); 3) Daily 10am-10pm. 1/F and 2/F, Beijing Glory Mall, 18 Chongwenmen Dajie, Chongwen District. (6715 6880); 4) Daily 10am-10pm. 2/F, Wangfujing Department Store, 251-253 Wangfujing Dajie, Dongcheng District. (6528 2148); 5) Daily 10am-10pm. L322-330, China Central Place, 6 Xidawanglu, Chaoyang District. (5969 5948); 6) Daily 10am-10pm. SMM73-79, M/F, Bldg 1, Solana Mall, 6 Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (5905 6848); 7) Mon-Fri 10am-10pm, SatSun 9.30am-10pm. 1/F, Joy City, 131A Xidan Beidajie, Xicheng District. (5971 6248) www. 无印良品, 1) 朝阳区朝阳北路101 号朝北大悦城1层; 2) 朝阳区三丰北里5号悠唐 生活广场2期2层; 3) 崇文区崇外大街18号国瑞 城1F-2F; 4) 东城区王府井大街251-253号王府 井百货2层; 5) 朝阳区西大望路甲6号华贸购物 中心L322-330; 6) 朝阳区朝阳公园路6号蓝色港 湾国际商区1号楼M层SMM73-79; 7) 西城区西 单北大街甲131号大悦城1层 Qiseguang Baby Store Located in Jing’anli, the straightforwardly named Qiseguang 0-3 Baby Articles Monopoly Store (Qiseguang 0-3 Ying’er Yongpin Zhuanmai) sells formula and baby food with prices ranging from a few kuai for the simple stuff, to a few hundred for gourmet goodies. They also stock feeding bottles, clothing, toys, books, cribs and strollers. Daily 9am-7.30pm. B1/F, International Exhibition Center, Jing’an Xijie, Chaoyang District. (6462 5797) 七色光0-3岁 婴儿用品专卖, 朝阳区静安西街国展地下1层 Sports Street Located to the east of the Temple of Heaven, Sports Street is a whole row of stores dedicated to athletic and sporting equipment. Stock up on camping, swimming, tennis and football gear at negotiable prices. Daily 9am-7pm. Tiyuguan Xilu, Chongwen District. 体育用品一条街, 崇文区和体育馆西路 Sundan Nationwide chain of electronics stores sells laptops, cameras, mobile phones, home appliances, DVDs, camcorders and more. Free delivery included. 1) Daily 10am-10pm. Shop 13, 1/F, Indigo Mall, 18 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (8426 0462); 2) 10am-10pm. F4, Beijing Raffles City, Dongcheng District. (8409 8962); 3) 10am-9pm. SLG36, S2-10,20, Sanlitun Village, Chaoyang District. (400 6788 688) 顺电, 1) 朝阳区酒

Sports 仙桥路18号颐堤港商场地铁层店铺号LG13; 2) 东城区东城区东直门南大街1号来福士广场四层; 3) 朝阳区三里屯Village南区 Beijing Torana Clean Air Center Air purifiers from Blueair and Alen Air, pollution masks from Totobobo. Free home assessments and delivery. 1) Daily 10am8.30pm. Unit LB09, 1/F, Europlaza Mall, Shunyi District. (8459 0785); 2) 10.30am6.30pm. Unit 308, Pinnacle Plaza, Shunyi District. (8046 1091) www.toranacleanair. com/index.html 1) 顺义区天竺镇裕翔路99号 欧陆广场LB09; 2) 顺义区天竺镇花梨坎村南“ 荣祥广场308室 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, info@ 顺义区 天竺镇裕翔路99号欧陆广场地下1层03A

Markets Liangma Flower Market This store sells almost every variety of cut flower or potted plant you could want at very reasonable prices. There are loads of individual vendors, so variety is good and bargaining is the norm. Delivery by flatbed bicycle costs between RMB 10-30, depending on the distance and your haggling skills. Daily 8.30am6.30pm. South bank of Liangma River, 758 Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6504 2446) 亮马花卉市场, 朝阳区东三环北路758号, 燕莎商城南, 亮马河南岸 Panjiayuan Antique Market The mother of all “antique” markets is home to over 3,000 dealers who scour the countryside in search of antiques, family heirlooms and curios. This is the place to go for life-size terracotta warriors, vintage photographs, porcelain vases and figurines, Qing-style furniture and much, much more. The best bargains are offered early on weekend mornings, between 6 and 8.30am. Best on weekends, 4.30am6pm (but open on weekdays as well). Mon-Fri 8.30am-6pm, Sat-Sun 4.30am-6pm. West of Panjiayuan Qiao, Chaoyang District. (6775 2405) 潘家园旧货市场, 朝阳区潘家园桥西边 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 Tianyu Market Toys of all manner at prices that won’t make you blush. Daily 9am-6pm. 10 Tuanjiehu Dongli, Chaoyang District. 天宇 市场, 朝阳区团结湖东里10号

Organic Goods Organic Farm Home Delivery Service Organic Farm has its own shuttles which deliver 100% certified organic groceries directly to your doorstep. Besides fresh vegetables, fruits, meats, eggs and dairy products, there is also a high-quality selection of organic import foods. Just call 400 886 9166 ext 8001 (English and Chinese) or visit their website to place an order. Free delivery from Monday to Saturday. Daily 9am-9pm. Unit 101, 1/F, Park Avenue, 6 Gongyuan Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (6530 6641; 400 886 9166 ext 8001 (delivery), http://www. 有机农庄, 朝阳区北京朝 阳公园南路6号公园大道商业大厦1层101号 Shangrila Botanicals Shangrila Farms produces items made in Yunnan, including organic coffee, honey, and some botanical

beauty products. Proceeds help to support the Yunnan Mountain Heritage Foundation. Daily 10am-10pm. 1/F, EC Mall, Bldg 1 (east entrance), 1 Danlingjie, Zhongguancun, Haidian District. (8454 9514, info@ www.shangrilafarms. com 海淀区中关村丹棱街1号欧美汇购物中心3 层(地铁4号线和10号线海淀黄庄站直达)

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, cn) 美国乐童万色儿童摄 影机构, 朝阳区朝阳北路天鹅湾南区16号楼2203 Mishka Family Photography This husband and wife team speak Russian, English and Chinese. Offers professional portraits, actions shots, and specializes in photographing children. 1) C3, Fuli City, Shuangjing Qiao, Chaoyang District. (; 2) Rm 1910, CAMEO Center, Guangshunnan Dajie, Chaoyang District. ( 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 Smile Photography Studio Smile Photography Studio does commercial shoots, advertising, product shoots, events, portraits, video, and more. Rm 101, Unit 1, Bldg 1, Qingfeng Huajinyuan, Xueyuan Lu, Haidian District, Haidian District. (183 0104 7315) 永乐摄影, 海淀区海 淀区学院路青枫华锦园1号楼1单元101室 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 Through My Eyes Photography by Emily Jonas Maternity, newborns, children and family photography portrait packages starts at RMB 2,100. (158 0146 3224, http://service. 490337&690, 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. TueSun 10am-7pm. Rm 509-510, 5/F, Euro Plaza, 99 Yuxiang Lu, Shunyi District. (80461603 (Chinese), 13691091046 (English)) www. 小小世界专业摄影, 顺义区天竺镇 裕翔路99号欧陆广场五层509-510

Services Beijing Debonair Design Studio Offers design consulation and manufacturing. With overseas educated designers, they provide clients with Chinese, American, modern, European and rustic interior design, interior accessories, design, sale of curtain fabrics and sofa fabrics, upholstered furniture making, sale of ornaments. 8459 3667. B1-18 Diplomatic Residence Compound, 19 Dongfang Donglu, Chaoyang District. ( 北京轻松元素艺术设 计工作室, 朝阳区东方东路19号官舍(外交公 寓会所)B1-18 Beijing Lanzijing Glasses Store Located

in Chongwenmen, Beijing Lanzijing Glasses Store features 300sqm of frames, lenses, and sunglasses. The store can provide vision tests, cleaning, adjustments, maintenance, delivery, and service in English, French, and German via interpreters. Lanzijing’s equipment is from Japan. 9am-9pm. No.30,East Damochang Road,Chongwen District, Chongwen District. (6708 3246, www. 北京蓝紫晶眼镜中心, 崇文 区崇文区东打磨厂路30号 BigDog’s Kids Party A professional company for kids’ party planning and organizing in Beijing, BigDog’s Kids Party provides party essentials such as party theme and game, balloon decoration, party supplies, performances and clowns. Balloons, invation cards, arts and crafts, goodie bags, and pinatas are also available in BigDog’s Party Shop. Tue-Sun 9am-6pm. 2/F 205, East Park International Apts, Tower 45, Fuangyuan Li, Fangyuan Xilu, Chaoyang District. (400 8960 608, www. 朝阳区芳园西路芳园里45号楼丽 东国际公寓2层205室(美中宜和医院旁边) Bouceabout The perfect place for everything inflatable. Rent bouncy castles, climbing walls and other fun activities perfect for parties or community events. 60 Guangqu Donglu, Chaoyang District. (8770 4047, 133 1139 1468) 天仁达莱, 朝阳 区广渠东路60号 Chartis Insurance Company China Ltd 9A15-16, Hanwei Plaza, Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (5969 2888) 朝阳区光华路 华威大厦9A15-16 Koala Mini Storage Koala Ministorage is the first professional self-storage provider in Beijing. Its expat-friendly services are ideal for moving, renovating or travel; freeing up space in your home; keeping art and valuables in a safe and temperaturecontrolled environment; and storing files and equipment for companies outgrowing their offices. Currently they have one store open at Joy City Chaoyang, and are in the process of opening additional locations in Wangjing, Shuangjing and Haidian. Bldg 10, 3 Qingnian Lu Xili, Chaoyang District. (5206 2430, www. 考拉迷你仓, 朝阳区青 年路西里3号院10号楼 Peking Magic Peking Magic provides magic and circus entertainment to the Beijing community. The company’s main activity is performing at children’s birthday parties. They can provide magicians, jugglers, unicycle riders, and clowns. In the future, Peking Magic plans to offer magic/ circus lessons and a summer camp. Bldg 7, Zhuanjiao Lou Bei, Chaoyang District. (186 1141 2544, www. 北京魔术, 朝阳区砖角楼 北里7号楼 ST Car Care Beijing Co., Ltd Daily 9am6pm. 507 Pinnacle Plaza, Tianzhu Town, Shunyi District. (8046 2075, stautoclub@ 顺义区天 竺镇荣祥广场507

Shopping Centers & Malls China World Shopping Mall Offers a yummy array of choice brand names like Moschino, Celine, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Burberry and Shanghai Tang. Daily 9.30am10pm. 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6505 2288) 国贸商城, 朝阳区建国 门外大街1号 Indigo Mall Swire Properties’ new megamall located right by 798 is home to a massive supermarket and a cinema, as well as a trendy array of popular shops (including bla bla bra, GAP) and local eateries (Blue Frog, Element Fresh). Daily 10am-10pm. 18 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. (8426 0898) 颐堤港, 朝阳 区酒仙桥路18


Ito Yokado The fourth floor of this store offers almost everything child-related at affordable prices including clothing, gear, toys and educational tools. It also provides a small playground to keep your kids entertained and a baby lounge for resting and breastfeeding. 9am-10pm. 112 Xizhimenwai Dajie, Xicheng District. (6831 2255) 华堂商场, 西城区西直 门外大街112号 Joy City Chaoyang Xidan’s Joy City has just opened a second branch in Chaoyang, with a number of popular brands including Sephora, Hugo Boss and H&M, plus a two-floor supermarket and plenty of restaurants. Daily 10am-8pm. 10/F, 101 Chaoyang Beilu (at the intersection of Qingnian Lu), Chaoyang District. (8557 9888) 朝阳北路大悦城, 朝阳区 朝阳北路101,青年路口东北角 The Place With its striking projection screen, this landmark shopping mall houses Spanish fashion chain Zara and Canadian shoe retailer Aldo’s flagship store. Other outlets include Potato & Co., Folli Follie, French Connection, i.t, Miss Sixty, Adidas, MAC cosmetics, Promod, Patricia, Chaterhouse Bookstore and Rolex. Daily 10am-10pm. 9A Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6587 1188) 世贸天阶, 朝 阳区光华路甲9号 Solana Located inside Chaoyang Park, Solana Lifestyle Shopping Park has a fine collection of shops, restaurants, cafes and sporting facilities. Venues include British baby shop Mothercare, the perfect place to stock up on all things related to kids, pregnancy and moms. Other highlights include Banana Leaf Thai Restaurant, Romana Ice Cream, Cold Stone Creamery, a cinema, an ice rink and much more. Daily 10am-10pm. 6 Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (5905 6565/68) english/web/index.asp 蓝色港湾, 朝阳区朝阳 公园路6号蓝色港湾国际商区

Toys Lego Enthusiasts can buy classic sets of 30 to 1,000 pieces, while those with less imagination can purchase themed Lego sets, such as Star Wars, Harry Potter, Alpha Team and Jack Stone. 1) 10am-10pm. Rm 4100, Jinyuan Shopping Mall, 1 Yuanda Lu, Haidian District. (8886 4036); 2) B/1 Solana, 6 Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang District.; 3) Daily 9am-10pm. Lufthansa Shopping Center, 52 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District.; 4) Daily 9am-9pm. NB134A, B1/F, China World Shopping Mall, 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District.; 5) Daily 10am10pm. 5/F Pacific Century Place, A2 Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. (6448 2105) 乐高, 1) 海淀区远大路一号金源购物中心4100; 2) 朝 阳区朝阳公园路6号蓝色港湾国际商区B1层; 3) 朝阳区亮马桥路52号燕莎购物中心; 4) 朝阳区 建国门外大街1号国贸商城NB134A; 5) 朝阳区工 体北路甲2号太平洋百货5楼 Steiff This Steiff store, the first of its kind in China, stocks an assortment of the classic mohair teddy bears and animals, famous worldwide for being firm childhood favorites. Adults will be enchanted by the adorable limited edition bears, including one playing violin in a purple dress (RMB 3,980), a bear in a pilot’s outfit (RMB 3,880), and one in full bridal attire (RMB 1,480). Daily 9.30am9.30pm. EB 106, B1/F, China World Shopping Mall, 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (6505 9875) 泰迪熊, 朝阳区建国门外 大街1号国贸商城地下1层EB106

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 more than 15 sports and recreational programs, including baseball, basketball, flag football, floor ball, gymnastics, ice hockey, martial arts, rugby, skiing, soccer, swimming, tennis, track and

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field/athletics. Available for young athletes (ages 4-18) and their families. Mon-Fri 10am6pm. Lido Country Club 2/F, Holiday Inn Lido Hotel, 6 Jiang Tai Road, Chaoyang District. (6430 1370) 朝阳区将台路6 号丽都饭店丽都乡村俱乐部2层

Basketball Basketball World Basketball World is a program that aims to develop the skills of young basketball players within Beijing and throughout China. Sharing a facility with the International School of Beijing, BW’s training programs for ages 7 to 15 focuses on both individual and team skills. The club’s programs are offered at three different levels: ASAs (after school activities), community programs, and developmental teams. Programs are available in English. (186 0717 4318,

Bowling Cosmic Bowling Strike! Whoever said silence is golden clearly never experienced the 10-pin joys of Cosmic Bowling’s 20-lane alley. Prices vary throughout the day, but start from RMB 12/game or RMB 100/hour. Daily 6pm-2am. 3/F, Lido Hotel, 6 Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District. (6437 6688 ext 3801) 北 京沙明建保龄球俱乐部, 朝阳区将台路6号丽 都饭店三层 Jing’an Entertainment Center Bowling from RMB 5 to RMB 15 depending on the time of day. Cold outside? Make a day of it by shooting snooker or pumping up your bowling muscles in the adjacent weight room, going for a dip in the pool or sweating your worries away in the sauna (RMB 35 per activity, RMB 65 swim/pump/sweat). Minimum size of shoes provided is 34. Daily 7am-1am. 8 Beisanhuan Donglu, Chaoyang District. (8455 2288 ext 8032) 静安娱乐中心, 朝阳区北三环东路8号

Climbing Beijing Climbing Club Beijing Climbing Club runs regular weekend rock-climbing trips for aspiring climbers of all abilities to scenic locations around Beijing. They offer a safe and hassle free way for anyone based in Beijing to get out and experience this amazing sport first hand. They use qualified western/bilingual guides and operate to western safety standards. They also meet regularly during the week at climbing walls in the city, and operate a website at www. which provides information about our services, and information about the climbing scene in general, for independent climbers in Beijing. 北京攀岩俱乐部 O’le Climbing O’le Climbing is the city’s premier indoor climbing gym, as well as the meeting place and events center for the Beijing climbing community. Opened in 2008, they are one of China’s longest-running climbing centers. Whether it’s your family’s first time or not, O’le’s friendly, nationallycertified, 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. (186 1846 1002, www.oleclimbing. com 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 Beijing Bicycle Rental Co. Established in 2005, this company invented the “Bicycle in your pocket” concept, which means people can pick up a bike at any one of their locations around Beijing city, and drop it off at another. With more than 50 locations already (the green points on this map, near major subway stations and landmarks, they offer a very convenient service. RMB 20/day, RMB10/4 hours, with a deposit of RMB 400. 5-102, Jinmao Apartments, 2 Guanghua Li, Chaoyang District. (400 896 5917) www.bjbr. cn 北京贝科蓝图公共单车租赁, 朝阳区光华里2 号金茂公寓5-102 Bicycle Kingdom Rents a variety of bikes and helmets. Prices range from RMB 60-120 for a single day and from RMB 35-57 per day for a week or longer, and depend on the bike rented. Reservation recommended and deposits vary. Also offers guided bike tours. 34 Dong Huangchenggen Nanjie, Dongcheng District. (133 8140 0738, Kingdom@m165. com), www. 自行车王国, 东城区东皇城 根南街34号 Bike Beijing Trips to the Great Wall start at RMB 950 (adult) and RMB 600 (child). 34 Donghuangchenggen Nanjiewww., Dongcheng District. (133 8140 0738) 东城区东皇城根南街34 Cycle China Cycle China is a Beijing based tour group providing organized cycling tours and hiking trips to the Great Wall. Bike hire available from RMB 60 a day. People can also get helpful information about accommodation, sights, bike hire or booking tours through their Tourist Information Centre & Cycle China Booking office. Opposite the East Gate of Jingshan Park, Dongcheng District. (6402 5653, 139 1188 6524) www. 东城区景山公园东门对面 Natooke Deals in fixed gear and single speed bikes with cycling accessories and selection of juggling equipment made in Europe, US and Asia. Daily 10am-7pm. 19-1 Wudaoying Hutong, Dongcheng District. (8402 6925, 东城区五道 营胡同甲19-1号

Dance Ballet Pro Dance Studio Taking place every Wednesday at Qijiayuan Diplomatic Residence Compound, Ballet Pro’s classes combine wellknown ballet syllabi from around the world. These include Royal Academy of Dance (RAD), Russian Vaganova Ballet Academy, and Dance Academy of China. The goal is to provide fun, stimulating, and friendly ballet classes as education dance residency programs around Beijing. Teachers come from RAD, National Ballet of China, and Dance Academy of China. The programs are suited to ages 4.5 to 18 years and cost RMB 2,880 for one year (24 classes). 1) Qijiayuan Diplomatic Residence Compound Clubhouse, Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (; 2) Lido Place Clubhouse, 6 Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District. (; 3) Rm 301, Unit 2, Bldg 6, Zone 1, Qijiayuan Diplomatic Residence Compound, Tiantongyuan, Changping District. ( 1) 朝阳区朝阳区建国门 外大街齐家园外交公寓会所; 2) 朝阳区丽都乡 村俱乐部 将台路6号; 3) 昌平区昌平区天通苑1 区6号楼2单元301室 CapoeiraBeijing We are an affiliate school of Capoeira Mandinga under guidance and supervision of Mestre Marcelo Caveirinha.

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Our mission is to raise awareness about Capoeira as an effective martial art through teaching and promoting its techniques, philosophy, and Afro-Brazilian roots. We study a mix of capoeira styles including Angola, Regional, Miudinho, and Maneira, and place strong emphasis on the music, dances and rituals that enrich our art form. We actively promote Brazilian culture by engaging local and foreign communities in Beijing at events, workshops and performances. B1. East Gate Plaza Block B. 29 Dongzhong Street. Subway Line 2, Dongsishitiao or Dongzhimen, Dongcheng District., Dongcheng District. (135 8163 2516) 东城区B1, B座, 东环广场, 东中街29号, 2号线 地铁东直门/东四十条. Children’s Academy of Artistic Dance (CAAD) CAAD is committed to nurturing and expanding dance education and creativity for children aged 3-12 and offers carefullycrafted professional courses by specialty which included ballet, Chinese folk dance, Latin dance and musical theater.Parent-child classes and beginner’s dance classes for pre-school children aged 3-4 emphasizes the development of a child’s natural sense of dance and aims to inspire their inherent dance potential in a creative and fun way. CAAD is the only dance education institution in China with a 1,200sqm studio including 6 professional dance rooms, multimedia teaching system, dedicated rest areas for parents, a music and film appreciation zone, locker rooms, water bar, entertainment area for children and comprehensive supporting facilities. Upon enrolment, each student is provided with FREE specially tailored dance apparel for their specific courses including stretch, velvet stockings/leggings, a CAAD dance bag, soft sole shoes, dance props etc Mon-Fri 9am-6pm. Office Bldg 1, 10/F, Greenlake Place, Chaoyang District. (59282170, www. 似翼儿童舞蹈, 朝阳区观湖 国际公寓1号办公楼10层 DanZ Centre Offering a range of classes in English for kids and teenagers, in styles such as ballet, jazz, tap, hip-hop and Latin. RMB 100 for a lesson. 22 classes plus RMB 100 as the admin charge for a semester. The school has both Shunyi and downtown campuses. 1) 7 Sanlitun Beixiaojie, Chaoyang District.; 2) 2/F, Children’s Clubhouse, Yosemite Villas, 4 Yuyang Lu (West Gate of ISB), Chaoyang District. (8041 7745/7746) www.danzcentre. com 丹安丝舞蹈培训中心, 1) 朝阳区三里屯北 小街7号; 2) 朝阳区榆阳路4号优山美地别墅儿 童俱乐部2层 Ding’s RAD Ballet Studio Founded by Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) instructor, JinCheng Ding in 1997, Ding’s RAD Ballet Studio follows the original RAD Graded syllabus while still giving students the freedom to develop their individual style. This studio is one of the few places in Beijing where students can learn the original RAD syllabus, take the RAD graded examinations and awarded the RAD Certificate from the RAD headquarters UK. Classes available from age 4 to adult and range from beginner to advanced. Instruction in Chinese and English. 2A, Tiyuguan Lu, Dongcheng District, Dongcheng District. (151 1020 0236, 东城区东城区体育 馆路甲2号 J-Ballet School Formerly the Western Ballet School, J-Ballet offers instruction in Chinese, Japanese or English to children and adults. Courses are divided into fall (Sept-Dec), spring (Feb-July) and summer (July-Aug) terms. Children’s lessons are in six levels (RMB 60-80 per class). Adult classes are RMB 80 each, with packages of 10 lessons for RMB 700 and 20 lessons for RMB 1200. Students get 10% discount on adult classes. 1) Pulse Health Club, Kempinski Hotel, Lufthansa centre, 50 Liangmaqiao lu., Chaoyang District.; 2) 1/F, Bldg D, Jingxiu Yuan, Xingfucun Zhonglu, Chaoyang District. (8453 3003; 138 0103 6364 (Ms. Takeda); 138 0113

5877 (Ms. Tang)) J-芭蕾教 室, 2) 朝阳区幸福村中路景绣园D座一层西侧 On Pointe Dance Studio On Pointe Dance Studio is an innovative dance school catering mainly to expat children. The school offers a full and varied teaching program that covers ballet, jazz, and tap. The ballet syllabus follows the Royal Academy of Dance syllabi and holds accredited RAD examinations annually. The jazz and tap work that is taught is non-syllabus, focusing on an array of styles from commercial to Broadway. The school focuses on excellence in teaching while encouraging students to achieve their full potential. All instructors are fully-trained and experienced within their own fields. Classes are held at the British School of Beijing’s Shunyi campus from Monday to Saturday and at East Lake Villas on Sundays. 1) East Lake Villas, 35 Dongzhimenwai Dajie, Dongcheng District. (; 2) British School of Beijing (Shunyi Campus), 9 Anhua Jie, Shunyi District. (onpointebeijing@ 1) 东城 区东城区东直门外大街35号东湖别墅; 2) 顺义 区顺义区安华街9号南院北京英国学校 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. (mail@ 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

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

Fencing Beijing Sports University If you are just beginning to learn the art of the sword, BSU is the best place to pick up your first weapon. Fencing is taught to students and community members as young as 12. Classes are taught in Chinese only and are RMB 100/ hr. Beijing Sports University, Zhongguancun Beidajie, Haidian District. (Contact Mr. Tao Jinhan: 6298 9568) 北京体育大学, 海淀区中 关村北大街 Fenxing Fencing Club The Fenxing Fencing Club uses the Olympic Stadium inside the Asian Games Complex for regular club meetings. Tue-Sun 9am - 9pm. Bldg. 2050, Gahood Villa 5 Yunyang Rd., Xibaixinzhuang, Shunyi District. (

Sports 北京奋星击剑俱乐部, 顺义 区西白辛庄榆阳路5号嘉浩别墅2050

Football (Soccer) 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 FA-qualified 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@ cn, 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 Jia You Football Club Jia You Football clubs offers children the opportunity to take their first steps into football. Players Jia You F.C. come from around the world and are led by FA-qualified coach Gary Saunders and his coaching team, whose have over 15 years of football experience in China. From Saturday morning toddler sessions to Sunday Youth League matches, Jia You aims to have something for every age group. Training sessions take place both during the week and on weekends at Dulwich College Beijing’s campuses. The club also hosts football camps in Beijing over school holidays. Dulwich College Beijing (Legend Garden Campus), 89 Capital Airport Road, Shunyi District. (6454 9019/9127, gary.saunders@ page.cfm?p=442 顺义区机场高速路89号北京德 威英国国际学校(丽京花园校园) Odds and Ends Women’s Football Club The Odds and Ends Women’s Football Club is an international amateur football team for adult women. Players of all skill levels are welcome, though some experience is preferred. The group plays or practices every Saturday from 10am to 1pm until June 6, 2013. China Geosciences University, 29 Xueyuan Lu (corner of Chengfu Lu), Haidian District. ( 海 淀区学院路29号中国地质大学(近成府路)

Beijing Fangzhuang Star Golf Club SatSun noon-11pm, Mon- Fri 6.30pm-11pm. Bldg 11, 2 Fangxingyuan Xiaoqu, Fangzhuang, Fengtai District. (6760 7118, 6159 3979) 丰台 区方庄芳星园校区11号楼 Beijing Ladies Golf Beijing Ladies Golf is comprised of enthusiastic ladies of different nationalities who share a passion for golf. They also organize fun events such as games, luncheons, dinners, golf clinics and workshops. All lady golf enthusiasts are welcome to play every Thursday at courses around Beijing. Join for awards, prizes and (of course) lots of fun. Email beijingladiesgolf@ or visit for more information. (beijingladiesgolf@ Greystone Golf Center Daily 9am-9pm. 1 Xiangjiang Beilu, Chaoyang District. (8450 7173) 朝阳区香江北路1号 LDSS Beijing Seven Cedars Golf Club Largest golf driving range in Eastern Beijing with 2 storey, 130 tee-boxes and complete affiliated facilities of par 3 9 hole , bunker, putting green, English-speaking PGA Academy, sauna,pro shop, and kids entertainment zone. Spacious place and turf are good for group gatherings like golf weddings, birthdays and parties. Non-members: RMB80 / 100 balls (Weekdays)RMB120/100 balls (Weekends & Holidays)RMB 0-40/club rental. RMB10 for light charge. Mon 12am-9pm, Tue-Sun: 7 am9pm. West of Qi Ke Shu Exit, East Fifth Ring Road, Chaoyang District. 朝阳区隆德盛世北京 七棵树高尔夫俱乐部 朝阳区东五环内侧七棵树 出口西侧下到即达 SGA Golf Coaching Center The SGA Golf Academy offers one-on-one golf coaching for children ages 5 and up from SGAqualified, professional golf 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 with a purchased package. RMB 6,500 (total 15 half-hour lessons). Other packages and lesson-combinations are available. 8am-8pm (summer); 9am-6pm (winter). Chaoyang Kosaido Golf Club, 9A Nongzhanguan Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (6507 7389, 400 650 5169, www.sga-china. com 朝阳区农展馆南路甲九号

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 Beijing Outdoor Adventure Club The Beijing Outdoor Adventure Club is a group of enthusiastic explorers of all ages and fitness levels who want to experience something new and amazing every time they head out of town! Sponsored by Cycle China, the Beijing Outdoor Adventure Club organizes regular free, split-cost, and paid bicycle tours, hiking excursions and outdoor adventures mostly in and around Beijing, but sometimes throughout China. Members are encouraged to organize their own trips, and can contact Cycle China to help arrange at-cost transportation if need be. Beijing-Outdoor-Adventure-Club China Travellers China Travellers offers a variety of walking, hiking, trekking, and camping tours on the Great Wall. Participants step off the beaten path to witness the remote, historic and unspoiled Great Wall. The group also offers historical and ecological trips to all corners of rural Beijing. Explore the pristine beauty of high mountains, ancient temples, and rural villages. Hikes are non-invasive and non-exploitative, preserving these natural sites for generations to come. Other events include cultural activities like hutong explorations, Chinese cuisine, Chinese philosophy, TaoTe Ching, Chinese tea culture, and more ( http://www. Dandelion Hiking (13124788581, buqunzi@ 蒲公英远足 Great Wall Hikers Great Wall Hikers is a licensed travel agency that provides catered adventure tours to the best sections of the Great Wall. Their Great Wall tours include half-day and full-day hiking tours, as well as trekking with overnight stays and camping on the Great Wall. Biking tours are also available. Mon-Sun 9am-8pm. (139 1188 6524,

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

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



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Anselmo Golf Academy Based at Direct Link Golf, Anselmo Golf Academy offers PGA professional coaching programs, clinics, and individual lessons for ages 5 and up. The academy combines years of experience, advanced analysis software, superior equipment, and theory study. Junior golf programs foster social skills, values, life skills, and physical fitness. Teaching Games for Understanding (TGfU) is one child-centered approach through which kids can learn about golf and develop skills within a game context. Daily 9am-6pm. Direct Link Golf, 89 Capital Airport Expressway, Shunyi District. (Jasmine Wilson: 136 9150 5009,, www.anselmogolfacademy. com 阿索默高尔夫学院, 顺义区首都机场路89 号北京德霖高尔夫旗舰店

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

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


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


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

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, 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


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@; 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 BLCU Muay Thai Club Muay thai training from a Thai trainer with 20 years experience. Monthly 500 RMB, private class 100 RMB per hour. Daily 2pm-5pm. Beijing Language & Culture University, Chengfu Lu, Haidian District. (15910777158, 海淀 区成府路18号北京语言文化大学 BLCU Muay Thai Club Based at Beijing Language and Culture University, this Muay Thai club is led by a Thai trainer with 20 years of experience. Group classes cost RMB 500 per month and private classes cost RMB 100 per hour. Daily 2-5pm. BLCU, Chengfu Lu, Haidian District, Haidian District. (159 1077 7158, 语言大学泰 拳, 海淀区海淀区成府路北京语言大学 Boxing Fusion Boxing Fusion is a group fitness training system. The first of its kind in Beijing, it blends HIIT (High-Intensity Interval Training), Muay Thai, boxing, CrossFit, Kettlebell-inspired concepts, and body weight drill progressions. Programs include boot camps designed for office workers, women, kids, and teens. All boot camps cost RMB 1,000, run for one month and include three sessions per week, full dietary advice, and professional guidance. Rm 233, Block B, Chaowai SOHO, 6 Chaoyangmen Waidajie, Chaoyang District. (136 5126 1826, 朝阳 区朝阳门外大街6号朝外SOHO B座233室 Capoeira Mandinga Beijing (18611705854 - Morena, 18610022050 - Van, 18600056983 Jun) China Baby Kung Fu Hall China Baby Kung Fu Hall combines traditional Chinese culture and martial arts. As the designated teaching base of the Chinese Wushu Association, the school has more than 100,000 students training in kung fu, sanda, taichi, and self-defence. There are group classes (maximum of eight students), one-toone classes, and family packages available. Rm S108B, Guangcai International Mall, 18 Gongti Xilu, Chaoyang District. (186 0098 8666 Registration, 6551 3108 or 6553 7689 Hotline, www. 中华宝贝功夫会馆, 朝阳 区朝阳区工体西路18号光彩国际底商S108B Coach Lee A rare learning experience now being offered in downtown Beijing!!Wing Chun Kung Fu is the Chinese martial art system Bruce Lee originally learned and later made famous. In 1954 Bruce Lee started his training under Wing Chun Kung Fu Grandmaster Yip Man. After many years of training it was no longer just a fighting art , but a way of life. Now you have the unique and rare opportunity to learn the same system in Beijing.* simple direct & practical self-defense* Good for both men & women* improve physical reflex* Better understanding of self limits* increase your self confidencesenior or young, experienced or not - big or small ,- all are welcome.Coach Lee has been doing wing chun for over 17 years ( teaching in beijing for over 6 years) and currently he is the only instructor residing in Beijing that has completed the entire wing chun curriculum directly under a relative of Grandmaster Yip Man’s family. In writing he has a certificate of completion of the entire wing chun system from Sifu LoManKam ( Grandmaster Yip Mans nephew). The direct lineage ensures higher authenticity and the

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ability to communicate in English, German , Italian and Chinese ensures that students are able to understand in depth what is being taught.One on one private training, small group, in-house classes available within city limits.PUBLIC & PRIVATE group classes running 6 days a week. Student number is limited. for more info contact Mr.Lee 13126553900 6 classes a week: Monday to Thursday 730-930 pm / Sat 10-12 / Su 4-6pm. DongZhiMen, Dongcheng District. (131 2655 3900, wingchun., http://www.poweredge. ch/~wckf/) 李冠华, 东城区东直门 Do Taekwondo Studio Do Taekwondo Studio is a professional training organization with qualified instructors. The studio follows training guidelines from the International Taekwondo Federation. Prices: RMB 800/month (ages 4-8), RMB 450/month (ages 9-15), RMB 640/month (ages 16 and up). All rates reflect the prices for 20 classes. 4/F, Unit 2, Bldg 28 (60m north of Chaoyang Experimental Primary School), Xingfu Ercun, Sanlitun, Chaoyang District. (5613 8097, 138 1141 4076, 道跆 拳道工作室, 朝阳区三里屯幸福二村28号2单元4 层(朝阳实验小学北行60米处) Jinghua Wushu Association Traditional, combat-style Chinese wushu for kids ages 5 and up, taught in English by teachers from Shaolin. The youngest aspiring masters start off with moves based on different animals; older, more experienced learners study traditional Shaolin forms. Beijing Riviera: Mon 4.305.30pm (ages 4-7), Wed 5-6 pm (ages 4-7). Kempinski Pulse Club: Thu 5-6.30pm (ages 7-9), Sat 3-4.30pm (ages 7-9), Sat 4.30-6pm (ages 7-9), Sun 4-5.30pm (ages 4-6). Adult classes and private lessons also available. RMB 700/ten classes. F1, Pulse Health Club, Kempinski Hotel Apartment, 50 Liangmaqiao Lu., Chaoyang District. (135 2228 3751 (English/French), 131 4107 2677 (English/ Chinese), www. 朝阳区亮马桥路50号凯宾斯 基饭店公寓地下1层都市脉搏俱乐部 Krav Maga® Real World Self Defense by KMG Learn self-protection with effective hand-to-hand combat techniques and get into shape at the same time with Krav Maga®, the official hand-to-hand combat system of the Israeli Defense Forces. Designed to benefit the average person, the Krav Maga® system is not about sheer strength or power, but a combination of physical skill with mental selfdefense determination. Krav Maga® is more accessible to people any shape, size or gender than other martial art form. Visit the website for more info and class schedules. Mon-Thu 7-9pm. Tera Wellness: 15 Dongfang Donglu, Chaoyang District. (186 1053 4434 or 150 1024 6131) 朝阳区一兆韦德健 身:东方东路15号 The Legend Muay Thai & Fitness Located in CBD, The Legend Muay Thai and Fitness is the only pure Muay Thai gym in Beijing. All of its trainers are elite Muay Thai champions from Thailand. “Train like a Thai, fight like a Thai” is the core concept of The Legend. Classes follow the authentic training system practiced by the most distinguished Muay Thai gyms in Thailand. There welcome both adults and children. Classes for kids are good for developing motor skills, discipline, and determination. Mon-Sat 10am-10pm, Sun 10am -6pm. S-B02, Bld 2, South Blue Castle Int’l Apartment, 3 Xi Dawang Lu, Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District. (info@ 泰弈泰拳(CBD)会馆, 朝阳区朝阳 区西大望路3号院蓝堡国际公寓2号楼S-B02 Wushu School of Beijing Sport University If you’re interested in Chinese kung fu and would like to pick up Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan’s moves in a short period of time, Wushu School may be your answer. They claim to be the most equipped and prestigious martial arts institution in China, capable of displaying and teaching the quintessence of Chinese martial arts to students within 10 lessons. Their courses are also unique in that they incorporate specific styles, i.e. the fists method, an ancient weapons show, taichi, lion dancing, qigong and



more. 48 Xinxi Lu, Haidian District. (151 0108 9808, 北京体育大学武 术学院, 海淀区信息路48号

activities, including swimming with dolphins and full certification courses for ages 10 and up. Classes available in Chinese and English. (186 1113 3629, www.


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, xmamasterxie@gmail. com) Zha Ka Boxing Coach Zha Ka is a bilingual Western boxing coach who teaches male and female students of all ages and skill levels. Offering group and private classes, Zha Ka has over 20 years of experience coaching and fighting, and is an accredited World Boxing Organization (WBO) referee. He has fought professionally in the US, Russia, Thailand, and the Philippines and is the author of Quanji, a Chinese book on Western boxing. Pacific Century Club, 2A Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District. (131 4635 8518, 137 1889 0787, 扎卡拳击教练, 朝阳区盈科会所,2申工体北路

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 Beijing Sailing Center Located 90mins from Beijing by train, the Beijing Sailing Club provides a range of dinghy sailing boats to suit all abilities and age groups, from Optimists for kids fun, Topper Topaz for adult learners through to the Topper Omega for spinnaker and trapezing experience. Qualified English and Chinese instructors offer weekend courses for those wanting to gain experience (RMB 1,900) and the 1 hour Sailing Experience (RMB 240) is a gentle introduction to dinghy sailing and features of each sailing boat. Open May-Oct. 22 Wenti Road, Haigang District, Qinhuangdao. (0335 856 0916, 秦皇岛市海港区文体路 22号 Fangze Xuan West Room,South Gate Ditan Park,Dongcheng District, Dongcheng District. (6424 8713, www.

Scuba Diving SinoScuba Offers safe, family scuba diving services! Kids aged 10 and up Underwater

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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. 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

Tennis 6th Sense Tennis Academy International tennis camp franchise offers lessons for adults and kids in a facility that includes the Potters-Wheel center, a swimming pool, fitness room, numerous courts and more. 1 Langxinzhuang Lu, Chaoyang District. (8538 1073/3875, http:// 朝阳区郎辛庄路1号 GS Academy GS Academy is a High Performance Tennis Academy. Their unique Tennis program combine the best of the American, Australian, and European national tennis programs bringing to you a truly unique program. Their experienced and passionate coaches provide a perfect blend of serious commitment and a positive teaching style to enhance your tennis development. They will help build your on-court self-confidence and give you enough valuable instruction to last a lifetime. 1) Central Forest Tennis and Badminton Center: Houshayu County, 200meters east of Sugar Bay Community, Chaoyang District. (5727 9817,; 2) Huakang T&B Fitness Center: Shunhuang Lu, Sunhe Town, Chaoyang District. (8459 1367/0156, info@; 3) Crab Island Indoor Tennis Center (Xie Dao): 1 Xiedao Road, Chaoyang District. (8433 5608,; 4) Golden Luck Age Tennis Center, 2 Dongwei Xilu, Chaoyang District. (8431 8217, info@ 1) 朝 阳区顺义区中央林间网羽中心:顺义区后沙峪 镇香蜜湾东侧200米; 2) 朝阳区华康羽网健身中 心:孙河乡顺黄路; 3) 朝阳区蟹岛室内网球中 心:蟹岛路1号; 4) 朝阳区金运时代网球中心: 东苇西路2号 Hot Shot Tennis Tennis lessons and camps for youth and adults at locations throughout Beijing. Classes taught in English by foreign coaches. All skill levels welcome. Chaoyang Gongyuan Tennis Center (Chaoyang Park South Gate) No. 1, Chaoyang Gongyuan South Road, Chaoyang District. (136 8318 9305, www. 朝阳区亮马桥路40号, 中日青年交流中心 Potter’s Wheel International Elementary and Tennis School Offers junior tennis education program for kids ages 5 and up. Instruction is by international coaches following the LTA curriculum. Group classes RMB 160 for 90 min (ages 5-8), RMB 210 for

2 hrs (ages 9-14). Tailored classes RMB 190/ hr. 1 Langxinzhuang Lu, Chaoyang District., Chaoyang District. (8538 3269) 匠心之轮国际学 校, 朝阳区郎辛庄路1号 Rainbow Tennis Garden Asaki Tennis Club, Chaoyang Sports Center West Gate, 77 Yaojiayuan Lu, Chaoyang District. (5615 7912, 182 0115 6121 (Mr. Li), 朝阳区朝阳区姚家园路 77号朝阳体育中心内阿塞奇网球馆

Yoga Alona Pilates Studio Specializing in both Mat Pilates and Reformers Pilates classes with experienced and talented English speaking instructors. Reformers and other Pilates equipment are available for private and semi-private instruction sessions in Westin Studio. 7.30am – 9.30pm. F/5, Heavenly Spa, 1 Xinyuan Nanlu, Chaoyang District. (139 1029 0260, www. 朝阳区新源南路一号5层 Avocado Development Co-founded by yoga and pilates instructors Dee Rawlins and Victor Chau, Avocado Development is a consultancy based in Beijing and Shanghai that specializes in organizing fitness and wellness-related trainings and workshops. ( www. Fine Yoga 1) Mon-Fri 7am-8.30pm, SunSat 8am-6pm. 16/F, Tower 2, Blue Castle International Center, 3 Xi Dawang Lu, Chaoyang District. (8599 9566, 139 1120 9563); 2) 2/F, East Tower, Van Palace Apartment, 1 Jinghua Nanjie, Chaoyang District. (139 1120 9563) www.fine-yoga. com 梵音瑜珈, 1) 朝阳区西大望路蓝堡国际中 心会所2号楼16层; 2) 朝阳区景华南街1号旺座 中心东塔2层 Healing Qigong B1/F, Huaxi, 288 Chaoyangmennei Dajie, Chaoyang District. (186 1005 6514) 养生气功, 朝阳区朝阳门内 大街华玺288号地下一层 Incy Wincy Yoga Children learn to walk like a dog, buzz like a bee, and moo like a barnyard cow while developing their motor skills and building their selfconfidence. Founded in 2006 by a mother and experienced yoga instructor Angelina Liu, Incy Wincy Yoga is a yoga company dedicated to Children’s and Baby yoga. Classes are 45-minute for muscular and bone development, balance and coordination, focus and concentration as well as fun. The programs are suitable for children 3-12 years old, babies, and teens. All classes are taught in English with over 15 centers around Beijing. Rm 1909, Bldg A, U-Space Building, 8 Guangqumenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District. (5861 3809, www. 朝阳区广渠门外大街8号优 士阁A座,1909室 Isofit Beijing Isofit is Beijing’s first full studio dedicated to Pilates and the lesser-known exercise system Gyrokinesis. Yoga classes are also available. The studio offers private (RMB 750+/class), semi-private (RMB 500+/class), and group sessions (RMB 180+/class). An initial fitness assessment is required. Discounts available for packages of 10, 20, and 30 sessions. Units C-2-86, Upper East Side, Dongsihuan Beilu, Chaoyang District. (188 1083 0188, www. 朝阳区阳光上东东四环北路 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, a brief description, and at least three photos (1MB or larger each) to by September 13. beijingkids 2013 Back to School Summer Pool Party On August 10, families took part in the beijingkids 2013 Back to School Summer Pool Party. Everyone had fun in The Westin Chaoyang’s stunning indoor pool and ate to their heart’s content at Seasonal Tastes. Family photos were taken by International Medical Center Beijing, with pool toys and school bags provided by Toys R Us – just in time for a last splash before back-to-school season!

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The Circuit

photos: courtesy of la leche league (LLL)

The Big Latch On On August 3, over 40 people (including moms, babies, dads, and grandparents) gathered at Beijing United Family Hospital for the Big Latch On. The event celebrates World Breastfeeding Week, and promotes breastfeeding awareness and support in local communities. Sponsored by beijingkids.

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The Circuit Beijing Hikers Explore Tanzhe Temple and Abandoned Village On June 13, Beijing Hikers and a group of families headed out to the mountains west of Beijing to explore old lanes and courtyard houses in an abandoned village before moving on to Tanzhe Temple.

Water Day at Daystar On June 27, Daystar Academy elementary students celebrated the end of the school year with Water Day, an afternoon of fun water sports and games.

photos: courtesy of beijing hikers and daystar



2013 September

The Circuit YCIS Beijing Performs The Jungle Book On June 11, YCIS Beijing’s Primary Musical Club brought The Jungle Book to life with song and dance.

photos: courtesy of ycis beijing and aiab

AIAB Summer Camp From July 15-26, the American International Academy of Beijing held a summer camp with activities like outdoor sketching, Orff music exercises, cake making, and more.

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The Circuit Frontiers Summer Camp Throughout July, Frontiers School held a summer camp for ages 13-17 with Chinese painting, characters, and jiaozi making.

Summer Fun with Side by Side Side by Side’s summer program involved lots of different excursions, including field trips to the Beijing Zoo, Beijing Planetarium, Fundazzle, Seven Color Butterfly Garden, and apricot picking. For their final excursion of the summer, Dominic, Ian, and Max went to Crab Island to have fun at the water park.

photos: courtesy of frontiers and side by side



2013 September

The Circuit Roots & Shoots Hosts Bye Bye Shark Fin Day On August 8, Roots & Shoots hosted a Bye Bye Shark Fin event at Sanlitun SOHO to raise public awareness of the shark finning trade. The organization collected over 10,000 pledges and actor Huang Haibo was on hand to serve as Roots & Shoots No Shark Fin Campaign Ambassador.

photos: courtesy of roots & shoorts and art bug

Art Bug Summer Camps Throughout July and August, Art Bug held summer camps with themes like Sculpture Culture, Bitten by the Paint Bug, Drawing for Those Who Think They Can’t, Three Little Pigs, and Wizard of Oz.

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The Circuit NCWCH Ribbon Cutting for New LDR Unit On July 31, New Century Women’s and Children’s Hospital held a press conference and launch ceremony for its new LDR unit. CEO David Wood and CMO Frances Gao gave speeches to around 20 media guests.

Ivy Academy Summer Experience On July 20, Ivy Academy Central Park Campus held its second Ivy Academy Summer Experience event. Campus Director Ryan Cardwell and the Ivy teaching team led fun activities for kids and held a showcase of artworks by Ivy Academy students from the past three years.

photos: courtesy of NCWCH and Ivy academy



2013 September

The Circuit WAB Holds New HS Student Orientation On August 13, Western Academy of Beijing welcomed new high school students through its High School New Student Orientation sessions.

photos: courtesy of wab and jiade

Jiade Summer Activities In July and August, Jiade Montessori Bilingual Kindergarten hosted summer drama activities led by Teacher Brittany Dunn and the Mu Di International Culture Company.

September 2013



Family Favorites Favorite Family Restaurant Cafe Flat White at the Tayuan DRC. Our children are not very good at waiting, so we phone ahead and the food is waiting for us when we arrive! The staff are great and know exactly how our children like various dishes.

Best Place to Play Outdoors The playground and park at the Tayuan DRC. Max loves playing in the water fountain (even though the guards tell him he shouldn’t!) while the girls rollerblade and ride their bikes.

Favorite Weekend Activities We take family bike rides through the hutongs or go sailing at Aofan Sailing Club at Olympic Rowing Park.

Date Night The Big Smoke Bistro

Rainy Day Activity We go ice skating at Le Cool ice rink at China World Trade Center.

Best Place to Play Indoors Tashi and Lizzie love Fundazzle.

Favorite Places to Shop For the kids, Decathlon and Uniqlo. For us, Kipanddan in the alley behind Yashow Market for clothes. They have gorgeous materials and designs.

Kids Beg Us to Go See the acrobats at Chaoyang Theater

Favorite Neighborhood The hutongs around the Drum and Bell Towers in Gulou

Favorite Day Trip Exploring the villages and countryside near Mutianyu

The Sutton Family Tim Sutton and Prue Harman are from New Zealand, but each of their three kids was born in a different country. Max (age 12) was born in Jordan and attends Side by Side’s day program. Tashi (age 7) is from Bhutan and was adopted by the Suttons when they lived there, while Lizzie (age 7) was born in Fiji. Harman works at The British School of Beijing in Sanlitun, where Tashi and Lizzie attend school. Tim is a deputy representative at UNICEF. This multinational family has been living in Beijing for two and a half years. Ellis Friedman photo: LOVA



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