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Editor’s Note

A Farewell

So, after 40 issues and more than three years at the magazine, it’s time for me to pack away my editor’s pen and bid farewell to That’s Beijing. It has been a gratifying, fascinating and, at times, utterly surreal journey.

In truth, my job has always been an easy one. China is bursting with stories waiting to be told. Pursuing them has taken me to bodybuilding competitions in Shanghai, ghost cities outside Tianjin and a cruise ship on the Bohai Sea, but the most captivating tales have always unfolded here in Beijing. I hope that during my time at the magazine – as Editor-in-

Chief and before – we’ve been able to produce a magazine befitting of this great city.

This month’s cover story feels like an appropriate one to end my editorship on. Having dedicated many column inches to the restructuring of the region – the creation of a Seventh

Ring Road (October 2014), the new CBD being built in Tongzhou district (October 2015) and the announcement of a Shenzhen-style economic zone in Hebei (last month) – it’s now time to see what changes are happening closer to home.

We are in the midst of a huge, citywide gentrification drive (or as it’s known to many, the

Great Bricking of 2017), and I considered it our duty to explore the public renovations in more depth. Not only is this a local issue that many of us feel passionately about – it's also one that is profoundly important to the future of our city. Like so many things in Beijing, the matter is more complex than it first seems, and you can read Noelle Mateer’s excellent report on page 42.

Finally, I’d like to put on record how privileged I feel to have worked with so many talented writers, editors, designers and photographers in putting together this magazine each month. I leave you in their very capable hands.

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Our design intern Polly offers an accurate depiction of life at Thats – I’m gonna miss this lot (L-R: Polly, Iris, Noelle, me drinking wine in the office, Justine, Dominique and Victor)

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6 CITY

7 TALES OF THE CITY

Meet the artist who walked around the Sixth Ring

10 MAD REN

Understanding China’s booming advertising industry

15 SLANG OUT

This month: A new word for

China’s social hierarchy

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16 LIFE &

STYLE

21 LOOKING FLY

The 80s called – they want their aviators back

26 INTERIORS

Behind the design of Beijing’s freshest arts school

28 BOY OH BUOYANT

So, sensory deprivation is now called ‘floating therapy’

30 ARTS

34 NUMBERS GAME

Catching up with Chinese rock legends P.K.14

38 THE JURY’S IN

China’s biggest new albums get the review treatment

39 SOULJA OF MISFORTUNE

We get stood up by US rapper Soulja Boy

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52 EAT &

DRINK

56 CHINESE BURGERS

Because who really comes to

Beijing for Western ones?

59 HOME AND MALAY

Nyonya Kitchen opens new

Guomao branch

61 SILENCE IS GOLDEN

A new cafe for the deaf and hearing impaired

22 THE WORLD,

SEEN FROM CHINA

The country’s best entries in this year’s Sony World

Photography

Awards

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ANOTHER

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THE WALL

What’s behind the urban renovations sweeping Beijing?

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Tai Chi vs MMA p8

A Rad Hotel p14

Chinese Urban Dictionary p15

ARTIST WALKS SIXTH

RING TO MAP BEIJING

words by Dominique Wong images by Gareth Wood

How do you see Beijing? In shades of gray concrete and red bricks, perhaps? Well, for

British artist Gareth Wood, Beijing is all black and white. (Or will be, at least.)

The London native, who goes by the pen name Fuller, spent a week walking Beijing’s entire Sixth Ring Road in April. He was conducting research for an upcoming artwork – a black and white map of Beijing. But this isn’t a map in the traditional sense.

Wood specializes in a form of map-drawing that relies more on experience – illustrated through symbolic imagery – than topography.

Although Wood doesn’t like the term, he describes it to us as a form of ‘psycheography’

– “Geography based on emotions, the mind and psychology, basically the way a place affects you.”

The maps’ monochromatic color schemes produce surprisingly vivid and detailed depictions. Wood fills his pieces with cheeky and somber references, inviting observers to interpret symbols as they please. And the

Sixth Ring Road walk was the necessary first step. To paint a city, you have to know it – borders and all.

“[The walk] allowed me to understand the perimeter of my piece, because traditionally [the Sixth Ring Road] is the holding,” he explains.

The four-lane Sixth Ring Road is approximately 220 kilometers long, though Wood wasn’t counting steps. He was more concerned about the people, scenes and industry he passed each day. It was, he says, “more about the journey.”

And although it was a solo journey, the artist was never completely alone. He created a WeChat group called ‘Walk in Progress,’ whose members followed his expedition and shared tips. There were also others on the road, although they were “just walking to work using their feet – it was a popular mode of transport.”

Beginning early in the morning and marching well into the night, Wood concedes the open road hike was “quite dangerous.” At one point he fell into a deep drain and twisted his ankle. Often the paths, which he tracked on

Google Maps, would simply end, leaving him staring at bare riverbeds and unbuilt bridges.

He walked through stretches of empty highrises, which “felt like a film-set.” And after hearing a car-horn that wouldn’t stop beeping, it wasn’t until Wood came closer that he realized a man had fallen asleep on the wheel.

When we meet Wood a few weeks after the walk, he’s barely sketched the outline of his map.

“Beijing is a megacity, so the scale and size

[means] I’m having to do a lot more preconceiving,” he explains. But what can we expect when it’s finished? Aware of his limitations as a new resident of the city (he recently arrived here with support from the Palm Tree Gallery in London), Wood says:

“I’ll be drawing stories of various things,

Above: A detail from Wood’s ‘London Town’

Left: The Sixth Ring Road so I can’t guarantee a map of knowledge and expertise. There will be historical references but I can’t have that level of understanding of the place – and I don’t claim to. I want people to look at it and say ‘that is a contemporary picture of Beijing.’”

Wood is prepared for a task of this scale, having already completed similar maps of London and Bristol. The former, titled

‘London Town,’ (detail pictured above) took a whopping 10 years to complete, and was acquired by The British Library. During our chat, Wood seems optimistic that his Beijing print will take considerably less time.

“I could be here for up to two years, or the work could be completed before Christmas.

It just depends on how I feel, how the work develops and how my experience of the city unfolds.”

For now, Wood is enjoying painting at his base in Tongzhou district during the morning and exploring the city by day. Wood admits to having a “crush” on the city. In addition to his cartographical print of Beijing, he hopes to complete various other works and eventually hold an exhibition.

“My methodology takes double the time.

I don’t want to draw the middle of Beijing without getting a feel for it, but I don’t want to live in the middle of [it], because that isn’t the city – the city spreads so far out.”

For more information visit www.fullermaps.com or add the WeChat ID: fullersart

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BUZZ

GENERATION GAP

What do you think about the tai chi

master who lost to an MMA fighter in 20 seconds?

We meet Jiu, 71, and Zhu, 19, outside Beijing

University of Technology.

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An abandoned van plastered with advertisements sits outside Dalianpo subway station.

“I saw the video. The tai chi master was defeated very quickly. I think tai chi and MMA are very different sports and don’t have anything in common. Tai chi is exercise for the body, and should be practiced for this reason, not for fighting. I don’t know who challenged whom but if it was the tai chi master who challenged the MMA fighter, he can’t be right in the head. The match-up was inappropriate” – Jiu.

“I’m not familiar with the video but I think tai chi will remain popular because it’s rooted in China’s history and tradition.

While it may not be a very strenuous form of exercise, a lot of people prefer the lightness of action. So, even though the tai chi master lost, tai chi won’t be overthrown as an exercise of choice for many Chinese people” – Zhu.

As told to Dominique Wong

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WHO DAT?

Fan Yusu is a Beijing migrant worker whose moving essay about her life’s tribulations, titled ‘I am Fan Yusu,’ went viral on Chinese social media in late

April. The 44-year-old domestic worker’s simple yet powerful story touched upon themes of rural life and the patriarchal social system. Fan moved to

Beijing from a village in Hubei and is an avid reader and writer, despite leaving school at the age of 12. Following her overnight literary stardom, Fan gave countless interviews, though she’s reportedly gone into hiding since.

E D I T E D B Y D O M I N I Q U E W O N G /

b j e d i t o r @ u r b a n a t o m y. c o m

A facial recognition system was installed in a female dormitory at

Beijing Normal University in an attempt to prevent non-residents from accessing the building, reports The Daily Telegraph. Students wishing to enter must give their names, swipe their ID cards and then have their faces scanned. If successful, the machine says

“Welcome home,” and a door to the building opens automatically.

When students leave the building, the machine says: “Be pretty.”

Beijing

Sandstorm

Gobi Desert vs

Darude

‘Sandstorm’

Origin

Finland

Date of release

May 4, 2017 Oct 26, 1999

Chart performance

AQI of 905 AKA “off the charts”

“Depressing” and “crazy”

– Twitter

Review

Legacy

No. 1 single in Norway and Canada

“Honest, pure and strong”

The Verge

Sore throats and a bad cough; the foundations of lung disease

Cult status as an Internet favorite and butt of all trance jokes

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Chinese brands are spending unprecedented amounts of money on advertising. But, asks

Dominique Wong, are consumers buying it?

“We need to respect what works here and limit comparisons to what works in the West. China’s history and heritage play a strong role in communication”

“MISTER BROW: BEST EYEBROW SHAPING! COME INSIDE

NOW!!” The sound of an eyebrow salon aurally assaulting passersby is heard daily in Sanlitun.

One of the more basic – and pervasive – forms of advertising in China, the speaker-shout is unrelenting. And if it’s not disembodied voices, it’s voices screaming from televisions inside and outside elevators, or images flickering on screens inside taxis and buses. Or posters plastered across bus stops and subway stations, and inside subway cars themselves.

And don’t forget the mobile phone pop-ups.

Put simply, advertising is everywhere in China and it’s unlikely to let up anytime soon. While spending on advertising is set to fall globally, forecasts predict that total media expenditures in China will grow 7.8 percent to RMB581 billion this year, according to a recent report by media investment company GroupM. In the US meanwhile, the growth rate for ad sales in 2017 was predicted to slow to 1.8 percent, reported CNBC last year.

People in China are thirsty for information, says corporate marketing consultant Roohi Hamlani. Having worked in the Middle East, Africa, North America and, most recently,

China, Hamlani sees the market here as, “highly advanced, in some respects. Marketing and advertising appears fastpaced; content is abundant.”

The way such content is presented can overwhelm,

Hamlani admits. “[The] aesthetic can feel relatively ‘busy’ and basic,” she says. “However, I interpret it as reflecting the pace [of] the country’s development and need for having the latest information in a rapidly changing environment.”

But, ubiquity aside, is the advertising effective?

Two advertisements went viral in China last year for very different reasons. One, an ad for Chinese detergent brand

Qiaobi, depicted a black man who transformed into a paleskinned Chinese man after being ‘washed.’ The other, an ad by Japanese skincare brand SK-II, tackled the social issue and stigma of being a ‘left-over woman’ (a derogatory term that generally refers to an unmarried woman over the age of 27).

Commenters on Weibo expressed their horror at the racist Qiaobi ad and accused the Chinese company of plagiarizing an earlier Italian ad, which also used the ‘blackturns-white’ trope. Meanwhile, the ‘left-over women’ ad was praised for its sensitivity and watched over 10 million times within ten days of its premiere, according to Chinese news blog What’s On Weibo.

The contrast couldn’t be clearer: The latter, a conversation-starter, the former a brand-killer. (Qiaobi took down the commercial and apologized via its official Weibo account for causing offence.)

SK-II’s video, part of its worldwide ‘Change Destiny’ campaign, was an exceptional hit, unique in its astute use of social messaging. But more often than not, brands in China rely on a few tried-and-tested strategies, such as celebrity endorsements, patriotism and cultural traditions.

For example, racism crosses a clear line for most observers, yet Qiaobi was, in its own (racist) way, simply reiterating a commonly accepted beauty ideal in China. That is: Pale skin is best. Cultural differences must be navigated carefully, says Hamlani: “We need to respect what works here and limit comparisons to what works in the West. My impression is that China’s history and heritage will continue to play a strong role in communication.”

Not everyone in the industry is content with the state of advertising in China. Over tea one evening, former ad

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| F E AT U R E producer Zhu Xing* and ad design studio owner Ma Yun* express their frustration with China’s advertising scene.

The creativity problem is an institutional one, Zhu says.

“I’m often told by [PR] agencies: ‘This is what the client wants and what the client agrees on, just follow what they want.’

“Marketing departments, PR agencies and advertising companies are sensitive to price and time. It’s like: ‘Give me this tomorrow, don’t be creative,’" Zhu laments. “It’s very, very rare that you find a client who cares about art and aesthetic.”

But aren’t price and time sensitivities industry concerns everywhere?

“I think it’s a China issue, because if you look at the consumer market, it’s the same,” Zhu counters. “The thing people care most about is price and availability. If they want it, they have to get it right away.”

Studio owner Ma agrees, highlighting the differences between the industry in China and other Asian markets.

“Japan, Korea and even Thailand are doing a better job because they have interesting ideas, at least,” she says. “[My studio] serves some big companies but it’s always through a famous agency – we can’t get the job directly. Some Japanese studios work with famous international companies [directly] but here it’s difficult.”

Thai ads are often narrative-heavy and have garnered their own following in China (Weibo accounts are dedicated to sharing them online). The same cannot be said for

Chinese ads. Many brands rely on the formula: celebrity

+ product = ad. Customers face an overwhelming amount of information, and celebrity endorsement is supposed to make it easier for consumers to make choices. Yet the recipe is rather stale.

Celebrity endorsement in China is a free-for-all.

Seemingly every second ad, whether it’s for a smartphone or instant noodles, uses the gimmick – though feedback varies. Male singer Jiro Wang’s promotion of Freemore sanitary pads drew particular ridicule. And actors Gong Li and Fan Bingbing were left red-faced after a diet pill they endorsed, Qumei, was found to contain a chemical that can increase the risk of heart disease.

In light of these embarrassments, China’s Advertising Law was amended in 2015 to include tighter regulations on celebrity endorsement. Now, an advertising spokesperson can only recommend a product or service if they have personally used it. Those flaunting the regulations risk having their endorsement fees confiscated and penalties imposed.

A quick look at the countless celebrity endorsed advertisements splashed around the city suggests the amendment hasn’t had much effect. Does Angelababy really use

Crest toothpaste? Is Chinese singer Xue ‘Joker’ Zhiqian a hardcore KFC-lover?

And, despite the change in regulations, men are still fronting for cosmetic brands. Pop idol – and prolific celebrity endorser – Lu Han endorses make-up brand L’Oreal, while teenage boyband TFBoys are spokesmen for the Chinese cosmetics brand Chando (whose current campaign sees the boys promoting a face ‘brightening’ cream).

Celebrity endorsements are used to establish trust between the brand and consumer, Zhu says. “Chando is a

Chinese brand. People question China-made brands, but if you have the resources and money to have TFBoys endorse you, it makes the audience feel like you’re a well-known

[brand].”

“Marketing departments,

PR agencies and advertising companies are sensitive to price and time. It’s very, very rare that you find a client who cares about art and aesthetic”

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Negative opinion towards domestic brands forces companies to reevaluate their image – something that even the government and state media support. In April, China’s State

Council named May 10 ‘Chinese Brands Day.’ (According to industry commentators, this was due to a speech made by

Xi Jinping in 2014, where he called for Chinese ‘products’ to advance to ‘brands.’) And on World Consumer Rights Day,

March 15, CCTV hosts a special annual show, criticizing brands for their ‘misleading’ advertisements. Past ‘name and shames’ have included Muji, Nike and Apple.

According to Hamlani: “Consumers are getting harder on brands and companies, especially when it comes to doing the right thing.” Yet, cynical viewers are quick to point out that the gala appears to mainly target international brands – coincidence or conspiracy?

After all, there’s money to be made – and Chinese brands want a piece of it. A report by the Boston Consulting Group states that China’s consumer economy is expected to increase by around half, to USD6 trillion by 2020.

The ad battle is increasingly being fought in digital arenas. China’s online advertising market reached almost

RMB300 billion in 2016, making up 68 percent of the country’s five key advertising media revenues (digital, TV, outof-home, print and radio). For comparison, only a quarter of advertising expenditure went towards TV spots, according to China Internet Watch.

This bodes well for advertisers in China, as Hamlani notes: “Technology in China is highly progressive and makes what’s available and the speed of it feel light-years ahead in comparison [to the West]. WeChat, Taobao and Weibo are far more advanced. And this means marketing and advertising here have to keep up too.”

“Keeping up” includes shifting expenditure from purely advertising to marketing and PR, according to Shanghai

PR agency Reuter Communications’ director Chloe Reuter.

“[Brands] must transform themselves to stay connected to their socially savvy audiences,” the Shanghai-based marketer says.

The key, Reuter says, is having an integrated marketing strategy. “You need to be working with media and social influencers, and creating compelling content to amplify your message – with the end game to be driving commerce.”

Essential as marketing and PR may be, advertising remains a necessary part of business. Just ask smartphone maker Xiaomi’s CEO Lei Jun who once infamously declared,

“we don’t waste our money on advertising” – before spending millions on advertising the Xiaomi 6 phone following a

36 percent decrease in sales last year.

Posters line the city declaring that the Xiaomi 6’s camera zoom “takes the most beautiful photos.” The company spent

RMB1.4 million sponsoring the popular TV show U Can U

Bibi. Multiple celebrities now endorse the brand.

The company’s efforts haven’t gone unnoticed. Even video producer Zhu is effusive: “A few days ago I saw a new ad for the next gen Xiaomi phone and thought it was nice. It’s a video commercial, so there’s a lot of sound. The screen is blank and then you hear the [sound of the] ocean.

“...And then you see the phone.”

PHOTO BY VICTOR LIU

* Names have been changed

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Urban planning guidelines forbid the construction of

“bizarre” and “odd-shaped” buildings that are devoid of character or cultural heritage. Here, we gather opinions on some of the unusual architecture that remains, from both a designer’s and layman’s viewpoint.

CONRAD HOTEL, HUJIALOU

The Building

Conrad Hotel on Beijing’s East Third Ring Road is a striking sight, which is no easy feat, considering its famous neighbors that stretch out from the

CBD. Completed in 2013, the 106-meter-high hotel stands out thanks to its undulating form and hole-patterned facade. Designers MAD Architects wanted the structure to represent a type of “living architecture,” like an organism growing out of the ground. Indeed, there is a flesh-like element to the design, which has been described by MAD as looking like a “neural network.” The exterior’s holes appear as if they’re melting – an arresting, or, if you have trypophobia (a fear of irregular patterns or clustered holes), anxiety-inducing characteristic.

The Residents’ View

We meet security guard Wei stationed near the outside of the hotel. He tells us: “From the ground, looking at the exterior, I think it looks good. I’m not from Beijing, so I’m not used to this kind of architecture and I think it’s quite special.” Passerby Chen also thinks the hotel looks “very good.” Less impressed is Li, who is waiting for a bus a little further down the road; she bluntly describes it as “rather ordinary looking.”

The Architect’s View

BiiM Design’s director Hu Shan Chun says: “MAD Architects designed a building of the future, which since its completion has become a landmark of Beijing. Its shape follows a general grid design but also uses a gradient effect, which gives the structure its cell tissue appearance. This type of pattern shows the transition between modern architecture and the architecture of the future, and illustrates the contrast between what is malleable and fixed.” Hu explains that “the building’s flexible appearance allows it to absorb into its surroundings and become a part of the fabric of the city.” DW

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Bishilian / bǐshìliàn /

鄙视链

n. lit. the chain of despises

What are you reading?

Shakespeare. I’m a fan coz I went to school in the UK

I’m reading Thomas Piketty coz I studied economics at Cambridge

I recognize that you are one notch higher on the bishilian

Good

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When struggling with overpopulation, you need to divide people into subgroups to keep order. India has the caste system, and China has its own social hierarchy – bishil-

ian. Literally meaning ‘chain of despises,’ bishilian is like a totem pole where those at the top despise those one notch below. They, in turn, get to despise those one notch below them, and so on.

There is such a chain for every aspect of life. The bishilian of birthplace dictates:

Those who were born in the metropolises of Beijing or Shanghai get to despise those born in provincial capitals, who get to despise those born in small cities. And then the countryside.

Those who were born into wealthy families get to despise those from working class families and then poor families. Those who drive German whips despise those driving

Japanese cars and then Korean and then Chinese cars. Those who live in houses despise those in apartments then those in rented apartments.

The bishilian of college majors goes: Finance, medicine, other sciences, economics, sociology and history. The bishilian of film appreciation goes: obscure foreign films,

French cinema, Japanese cinema, Hong Kong films and Hollywood at the bottom. The

bishilian of coffee appreciation goes: independent coffee shops, Costa coffee, Starbucks and Nescafe (and they’re all beneath cold brew). The bishilian of cell phone ownership is: iPhone, Samsung, other international brands, Smartisan, Xiaomi and then Huawei.

And the bishilian of music appreciation goes: minimal, techno, trance, house and then hip-hop.

Let’s face it. We don’t have personalities. So-called personality is simply a basket of goods and services we consume to define us. When we wear Tory Burch, we rejoice in the fact that we are now better than those wearing Banana Republic. Selfimprovement, ya know?

Without bishilian, we would be completely lost; where would we be in the social stratification? How would we relate to each other? How could we interact with and address one another? It’d be complete chaos and the time-space continuum would cease to exist.

We can’t have that. So please purchase things and consume culture commensurate with your place on the social totem pole so we can all live in peace and harmony.

Mia Li

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STYLE

GET TO CLASS

The design behind Beijing's hippest new art school, p26

New Openings p19

Aviators p20

Photography p22

JING ZHANG

Fashion Editor,

South China

Morning Post

interview and photo by Dominic Ngai

Born in Guizhou and raised in the UK and

Hong Kong, Jing Zhang has served as the

South China Morning Post’s fashion editor since 2010. Often seen attending fashion shows in New York, Milan, London and around China, she has interviewed industry giants from Donatella Versace to Ralph

Lauren.

You studied anthropology and psychology.

Have either proved useful in journalism?

It’s all related. There are very few things that aren’t helped by having a psychology degree.

It helps me to understand why and how people consume fashion – why they buy, what they feel and what they want to express.

And my anthropology masters gave me a great theoretical armory with which to unfurl the deeper issues within fashion and other creative industries.

Who have you enjoyed interviewing the most?

He’s not my favorite designer, but my most memorable interview was with Ralph

Lauren. He’s such a legend. I didn’t expect him to be so candid, warm and a total sweetheart – our interview actually ran 45 minutes over. And after five decades in fashion, he can see beyond the smaller, meaningless industry oscillations. People sometimes forget that apart from creating a quintessential billiondollar American brand from nothing, Ralph

Lauren also created a whole new lifestyle.

Is there anyone you’re dying to interview?

Miuccia Prada, because I’d really like to pick her brain. She’s managed to be a cerebral powerhouse and a commercial success story, as well as [being] at the forefront of young, relevant trends. That’s no small feat. And I like designers who aren’t myopic or who only draw references from within the industry.

Miuccia is always looking outside – to life, culture, film and art.

How does China’s fashion scene differ from others in the world?

The Chinese fashion scene is big and influential in so many ways, but in other ways it’s still quite young and is trying to find its feet.

This brings together a huge, highly equitable marketplace with great opportunities for startups as well as the big brands. The shift from being the world’s manufacturing hub to a more creative scene is fascinating. There’s also the opportunity for China to make its own rules and shift the global fashion model away from a Western-centric formula.

How has China’s fashion scene changed in the seven years you’ve been at SCMP?

It’s matured a lot, and there have been some truly great talents emerging and breaking out into the global scene. The likes of Masha Ma,

Uma Wang, Xander Zhou, Helen Lee, Ffixxed

Studios, Jourden and the young Xu Zhi have made real waves – abroad and in China. I'm looking forward to seeing other brands, like

By Fang, reach greater heights. What has surprised me is the growing variety of brands

[emerging] as the market fragments and matures, ranging from wealthy couturiers like

Grace Chen, to millennial start-up streetwear labels.

What’s your favorite fashion item at the moment?

I’m obsessed with my pink, furry-lapelled

Dries Van Noten quilted coat, though I will have to wait until winter [to wear it again].

And I’m always carrying my black Diorever bag as it’s a chic and timeless exercise in clever bag design. A bonus: it fits my MacBook Air.

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STYLE RADAR

TAP THAT APP

Hopper

UNDER THE LENS

Dior Teams Up with Angelababy

Frequent flyers will know that departing on a Tuesday will save you money. But do you know which single day in August is the cheapest to fly on? Hopper does. This ad-free app is designed to help you pay as little as possible for flights. It lets you compare prices and suggests whether you should “buy now” or “wait for a better price.” If it’s time to buy, you can shop for flights directly on the app. If you’ve been advised to wait, you can ‘watch’ your flight and be notified when the price has dropped. Want a more detailed prediction? Scroll down to see exactly when Hopper thinks prices will fluctuate – and the day that they will begin to rise indefinitely.

Available on iOS and Android

COVET

Argan-ic Oil

Cosmetic oils provide our skin with much-needed hydration to counter

Beijing’s hot and dry climate. The latest oil on our radar is Safia argan oil.

Derived from the kernels of Moroccan argan trees, the oil is rich in vitamin E

(which means it’s super moisturizing).

Commonly used to treat skin conditions, including sun damage, argan oil is also used as a hair treatment.

Available via Safia.

(A word of advice: be gentle with the pump squeeze.) www.safiaarganoil.

com, WeChat ID:

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OVERHEARD

“Liu Wen really deserves the title... unlike some of the other starlets on the list”

A netizen responds to Forbes’

2017 30 Under 30 Asia list.

Regarded as China’s first supermodel, Liu Wen, 29, has worked with some of the world’s largest fashion houses and cosmetics brands during her decade-long career. Also on this year’s list:

Olympic athletes Fu Yuanhui and Ning Zetao, entertainers

Angelababy and Wu Yifan, and Ofo founder Dai Wei.

In one of the year’s most unimaginative partnerships, Angelababy has been named Dior’s first-ever brand ambassador in China. In a 25-second video, the actress professes her love for Dior and its role in her life’s most important moments – namely her wedding, in which she famously wore a

USD43 million gown designed by the fashion house’s former creative director Raf Simons. The video has attracted more than

54,000 comments on Weibo, including the wonderfully cutting,

“Are they trying to boost the sales of fake Dior products?”

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Off_Current

New online shop Off_Current is a hipster haven. Carrying a curated list of products by cult and indie design labels from around the world, the shop has purses and bags by Baggu (from

RMB90), sunglasses by Local Supply and Illesteva (from RMB550), and magazines like Wired, Monocle and

Paper. The delivery time is generally faster than ordering directly from the brands’ online platforms. Shipping to most cities in mainland China generally takes two to three business days (free delivery for orders above RMB500), though they currently only accept payment through Alipay and WeChat.

www.offcurrent.com; WeChat ID: offcurrent

SCENE&HEARD

F45 TRAINING

F45 is Australia’s fastest-growing franchise

– and the the latest international fitness craze to arrive in Beijing. Centered around high-intensity 45-minute workouts, the circuit sessions are aided by TV screens that demonstrate how to perform each exercise.

There’s plenty of up-tempo EDM and highfiving, but the session coaches are very encouraging and allow you to take things at your own pace. Expect to leave extremely sweaty.

Room 2326, 3/F, Bldg A, SOHO Shangdu North

Tower, 8 Dongdaqiao Lu, Chaoyang 朝阳区东大桥路 8

SOHO

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MUSCLE DOG

New Dongdaqiao gym Muscle Dog is big and aggressive, sure. But its psychedelic

IMAX-size spinning screen and wide range of classes, including popular Les Mills Body

Combat and Martial, help it stand out in

Beijing’s (over-saturated) gym scene. Cyclists are taken on quite the ride via a 270-degree screen – the only one of its kind in China, we’re told – in a workout program called ‘The

Trip.’ Muscle Dog merch is even available to purchase on site.

B2, Gongxiao International, 28 Guandongdian,

Chaoyang 朝阳区关东店 28 号宫宵国际 B2 (151 0110

9081)

SPACE CYCLE

Beijing’s most out-of-this-world cycling studio, Space Cycle, has opened a new branch in Beijing’s most out-of-this-world shopping mall, the new China World Mall. It’s a match made in heaven – because while you still can, of course, take a spin class while staring into

LED screens playing whacked-out animations, you can now also take a spin class while staring out the window over

Guomao. Either way, expect some top-notch motivation to get in shape.

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Saint Laurent

RMB2,963

FOR HIM

Barton Perreira

RMB3,514

Thom Browne

RMB3,962

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Tom Ford

RMB3,617

Tom Ford

RMB2,687

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Aviators Make a Comeback

compiled by Victor Liu

Geek chic is on the way out – and that means thick-framed specs are too. Wireframed sunglasses are enjoying a revival, with sales of aviators exploding in particular. The King of pilot swag, Ray-Ban, has launched a new range of aviators

– and it’s not the only one cashing in on the trend. Here’s our pick of the bunch.

Acne Studios

RMB2,687

Chloé

RMB2,722

FOR HER

Ray-Ban

RMB1,034

Saint Laurent

RMB2,584

Tom Ford

RMB3,617

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| F E AT U R E

Chinese phot ographers e xcelled in this y

Awards. Her e are our selection of phot ear’s Sony W orld Phot ography

‘space& city’ by Dong Ni

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2nd Place (National A ang ward)

‘Illusion

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3rd Place (C onceptual)

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'Left-behind C enshi hildren

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3rd Place (P ortraitur e)

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‘Sunned T ea’ by Lu F

3rd Place (National A angjing ward) dinary Lif e’ by Song Li ary Issues)

‘I Want t o Have an Or

2nd Place (C ontempor

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‘The T wins’ G ymnastics Dr eam’ b y Peng Y uan

Winner (Sport)

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A CLASS OF ITS OWN

The Design Behind Sanlitun’s Newest Arts School

words by Oscar Holland, images by Xia Zhi

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Project name

Poly WeDo Education Institution

Location

Yongli International Plaza, Sanlitun

Building area

1,300sqm

Design company

Arch Studio

Architects

Han Wenqiang, Wang Ying and Li Yuntao

The brief

Arch Studio was tasked with designing a

new teaching space for the education company Poly WeDo. Located in Sanlitun, the new center focuses on arts and music education, so the owners wanted the environment to encourage free thinking and creative teaching.

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Music classrooms are soundproofed with layers of glass, wood and aluminum plating.

Keeping the original ceiling in the theater, designers added sound-absorbing wood panels for acoustic purposes.

Bamboo plants and other greenery soften the design’s harder edges, giving the indoor space an outdoor feel.

Many of the original concrete walls were removed to create more open spaces, connecting classrooms with public areas.

Classrooms are based on an idea the designers describe as an “indoor village,” featuring a variety of textures and shapes

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WHATEVER FLOATS YOUR BOAT

Lie Back, Relax and Don’t Let the Existential Dread Set In

by Oscar Holland

I wouldn’t describe myself as claustrophobic.

But the idea of lying in a dark, soundproof tank filled with water and 450 kilograms of

Epsom salt doesn’t particularly appeal.

Nonetheless, here I am in the back of a shopping mall, alone with a glowing egg that looks like it might digest my naked human form and return me to the primordial soup.

(And no, that’s not me in the picture above.)

This is a floating tank. And I am about to spend 45 minutes lying inside it. The folks at

AWA Health claim that doing so can reduce the following: stress, cortisol levels, blood pressure and the occurrence of migraines and insomnia.

Make what you want of such lofty claims. The purported benefits of sensory deprivation are poorly evidenced and have little support from scientists. But given that AWA also says that its floating tanks benefit from “zero-gravity” (as opposed to, um, the laws of buoyancy), they’re probably not looking to win over the scientific community.

Anyway, it’s trendy now. Athletes, celebrities and other advocates of new-age living have embraced the healing power of incredibly salty baths. If you Google ‘floating therapy’ you’ll find the LA Times article ‘7

Reasons Why You're About to Fall in Love

With Floating.’ California? Health trend?

Numbered listicle? You had me at “take off your clothes and lie silently in a dark wombpod.”

This has all undergone a makeover since the 1950s, when such tanks were used in psychological testing. ‘Sensory deprivation’ is now called ‘floating therapy.’ And ‘isolation tanks’ have become ‘floating tanks.’ Much more appealing.

Fittingly, my private room is lowly-lit and filled with the soothing sound of windchimes. The egg sits in the middle, pulsating in warm tones of red and purple. I lower myself into its lukewarm waters, pull the lid shut and, once comfortable, hit the lights.

Some people sleep, I’m told. Some meditate or enter a trance-like state. Others just enjoy the feeling of weightlessness. But I’m more of a can-only-sleep-in-a-bed kind of guy, a finds-meditation-boring kind of guy. In other words, I am the opposite of mindful (so, mindless?).

A recent study into journalists’ mental resilience found that we score badly on a behavior described as “silencing the mind.” Broadly, this means that we’re easily distracted by our thoughts – we worry about the future, we regret the past.

Just lie back and relax, I tell myself. Pretend

you’re in space, I tell myself. A chance to

escape the rigors of producing a magazine, I tell myself.

The AWA staff recommended that I count backwards from 100. I give it a shot, but by the low 80s my inner voice is crying for attention. Why is my Chinese still so bad? Why

am I still hungry? What if I’ve led a morally ambiguous existence, and this is my eternal purgatory, forever floating between heaven and hell while trying to avoid getting salt in my eyes? Can you drown in the Dead Sea?

It is a trance of some description. A cacophonous trance of distracting thoughts and existential dread.

But what’s this? My inner narrator has actually talked itself to sleep, and the 45 minutes are over much sooner than I’d expected. Now I just have to work out whether that’s a good thing or not.

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LUXURY SERVICED APARTMENTS IN WANGFUJING

The Imperial Mansion, Beijing Marriott Executive Apartments

As anyone in hospitality will tell you,

TripAdvisor can be the deciding factor when someone is choosing where to stay.

But this is music to the ears of Billy Zhang,

General Manager of The Imperial Mansion,

Beijing Marriott Executive Apartments.

Because of the approximately 300 ratings for his property on the website, over

85 percent are marked as ‘Excellent’ or

‘Very Good’ – a phenomenally high score in the fickle world of travel reviews. But you only need to sit down with Zhang for a few minutes to realize why.

“This really is a home away from home,” he explains over coffee in the property’s all-day dining spot, Resident Lounge.

“When guests stay in our apartments, all the staff will know their names and preferences – or whether they have family come to visit. We ensure you understand their needs, whether they’re a business traveller or a leisure traveller.”

With a mixture of short-stay and longstay guests, the property offers one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments in

Wangfujing. Its central location is within walking distance of the city’s finest attractions, and as a local Beijinger, Zhang’s knowledge of the city comes in handy when residents are planning their stay.

The personal touch is working.

“We have a lot of guests that stay one or two years, and they become like friends,” he says. “They really appreciate our service. And I’m still in contact with some of our former guests, even after they leave

China.”

But while this personalized service may explain why The Imperial Mansion is so loved by its guests, it’s got hardware to boot. In addition to a function room,

Resident Lounge and gym, the property boasts one of the city’s best swimming pools, complete with views of the

Forbidden City.

The Imperial Mansion, Beijing Marriott Executive

Apartments, North Gate, 1 Xiagongfu Jie,

Dongcheng 东城区霞公府街 1 号北门北京万豪行政

公寓

(6564 9999, www.marriott.com)

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FOLLOW YOUR ART

Our guide to this month's best exhibitions, p40

P.K. 14 p34

Math Rock

p36

Soulja Boy p39

STARKEY

Philadelphia, by Way of

London

interview by Oscar Holland

Pioneer of his own genre (‘street bass’), long-time Philadelphia resident Starkey is one of the most innovative producers to emerge from the late-2000s dubstep wave.

We caught up with him ahead of this month’s set at Dada.

This may sound like a stupid question, but did you only play grime on your recent ‘All

Grime’ tour?

Yes! I play a lot of grime in my sets, and always have. But for the ‘All Grime’ shows, I restricted my sets to only grime. So no hip-hop, trap or baseline was mixed in.

Last year was billed as the year in which grime would win over the US. Has it fulfilled its promise over there?

People always ask me about this, and my opinion hasn’t really changed over the years.

Grime will always be a niche thing in the

US, I think. It’s really difficult to permeate the cities in the US – which is what’s needed for grime to really take off beyond college or experimental music crowds. It’s mainly because of the accents, the slang and the approach to live performance. It’s definitely grown and expanded, but I don’t think it will ever be a complete breakout mainstream success.

You seem to have been influenced by UK – and especially London – sounds. Have you spent a lot of time there?

I went to school in London in 2001 when garage was huge. That was my first taste of that scene. I kept in touch with it after I moved back to Philly. When grime and dubstep emerged from garage – that was when I really got into it. The raw energy in the sounds was inspiring.

So were you West Philadelphia born and raised? And if so… where did you spend most of your days? (Sorry.)

That’s the Fresh Prince [laughs]. No, actually

I was born in a city called Allentown which is west of New York City and north of Philly.

I moved to Philly when I was 18 for college.

I spent a year in London, then have lived in

Philly since then.

Aunt Jessica, which I thought was a really stupid name. It’s another Beatles reference. Aunt

Jessica became a group with a rapper and singer... so when we broke up, I had to change the name I perform under.

Last year you remixed a song by the classical composer Erik Satie. Are there any other unexpected musicians or genres that you’d like to remix?

I listen to a ton of classical and jazz, but I’ve never actually remixed a jazz record before.

That would be a lot of fun but also really challenging, depending on the track, since jazz is so much about improvisation and riffing off a chord progression. I’m a huge Billie Holiday fan, so I’ve always wanted to remix something of hers.

Did you know that there are places called

Starkey in New York, Oregon, Virginia,

North Dakota and Florida? Have you been to any of them?

I’ve not been to any of them and known about it [laughs]. Maybe I’ve driven through at some point. I’ve always enjoyed the Beatles, and Ringo’s real name is Richard Starkey.

I thought Starkey sounded good, and went with it. Before that, I started producing as

What’s the one piece of advice that you wish someone had told you when you started in the music industry?

Honestly, I think working with people who you really like, trust and care for is one of the most important things. There are so many people who are, in my opinion, in the industry for the wrong reasons. Working with likeminded people is really the only way to enjoy working.

Sat Jun 24, 10pm-late; Price TBC; Dada (see Listings for details)

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WHAT’S NEW

Bruce Lee on the

Big Screen (Again)

Indian Feminist Film

Becomes Major Hit in

China

Based on the inspiring true story of a female

Indian wrestler who won a gold medal at the

Commonwealth Games, Dangal has become the highest-grossing Indian film in China.

The film made over RMB100 million in a single day, going on to take more at the box office than Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.

Starring superstar Indian actor Aamir Khan,

Dangal tells the story of a former pro wrestler who encourages his two daughters to defy traditional gender roles, training them to follow in his footsteps. The movie was first screened in China at this year’s Beijing

International Film Festival. It secured a nationwide release after getting a positive response from festival-goers. Dangal, which translates to ‘wrestling’ in Hindi, has also received wide acclaim outside China, and is currently the second-highest-grossing

Indian film of all time.

Shooting for a new “official” Bruce Lee biopic will begin this summer. With financial backing from a number of

Chinese investors, Little Dragon will depict the martial arts legend’s formative years in 1950s Hong Kong. The film will be co-scripted and produced by Lee’s daughter Shannon Lee, a vocal critic of previous depictions of her father’s life. Indian filmmaker Shekhar

Kapur – the man behind Oscarnominated biopics Elizabeth (1998) and Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007)

– will be on directing duties.

Hao

Directed by celebrated filmmaker Lu

Chuan, Born in China is a nature documentary chronicling the trials and tribulations of three animals native to China: a snow leopard, a golden snub-nosed monkey and a giant panda. A domestic hit when it was released last August, Born in China has found international success with its

American release (complete with English narration by John Krasinski of The Office).

It topped the New Releases chart in the US during its opening weekend, and has now grossed over USD20 million.

Bu Hao

Massachusetts cartoonist Jayme Gordon will spend the next two years in prison after he fraudulently claimed to be the original creator of Kung Fu Panda. After seeing an early trailer for the 2008 film, Gordon altered drawings for one of his own comics, Panda

Power, to resemble the film’s lead character.

Three years later, he sued DreamWorks for copyright infringement. The cartoonist was found guilty of fraud this May after being caught deleting evidence from his computer and lying under oath.

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GIG POSTER OF THE MONTH

Beijing’s first “noise, shoegaze and psychedelic festival,” Legal Vitamins is a trippy, two-day bash featuring some of the country’s best bands (many of which have featured in these pages, including

Gate to Otherside and Future Orients). Head to

Modernsky Lab if you want to get (metaphorically) high off good vibes and tunes.

Sat Jun 3-Sun Jun 4; RMB60 (advance), RMB80 (door);

Modernsky Lab, 5-108, B1, Bldg D, Galaxy SOHO,

Chaoyang 朝阳区银河 SOHO D 座 B1 层 5-108 (5773 3620, www.modernsky.com)

‘Lost in Space’ (2011)

Starkey

Three minutes of uncharacteristically melancholic build-up that eventually drops into muted dubstep bass and vocals from (the then largely unknown) Charli XCX.

Do It Anyway’ (2013)

Locked Groove

Lush, euphoric layers of synths float above a simple – but incredibly catchy – foundation of handclaps, tambourines and clean bass tones.

‘Secret Forest’ (2017)

Mike Gao

Hidden away near the end of

Mike Gao’s new album, this is an unashamedly poppy slice of instrumental trap, complete with 8-bit bleeps and uplifting key changes.

‘Tomoko’ (2006)

Hafdis Huld

A delicious slice of folksy pop from the Icelandic singer featuring relatable lyrics about that too-perfect friend, who

“doesn't gossip, still has hope, is never broke like you.”

Our favorite tracks from artists playing in Beijing this month.

For full nightlife and gig listings, visit

www.thatsmags.com

‘Between Us’ (2013)

Lite

Compared to their usual calculated noise, the Japanese math-rockers sound positively chill-wave here, in an emotional track that makes precise use of the space between, well, us.

‘Lost’ (2016)

Future Orients

Low-tempo and bare-bones instrumentation, complete with monotone vocals, meander beautifully along before reaching a thrilling climax in its final minutes.

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PUNK WORKSHOP

P.K. 14 Prepare to Bring Their Unfinished New Album on an Expansive China Tour

by Erica Martin

Few bands have secured their place in the story of Chinese rock like P.K. 14. Active for more than 20 years, the foursome have grown from a plucky DIY punk troupe to an act often cited as one of the most – if not the most – influential bands in China. Their music and lyrics always strike a delicate balance between the protest ethos of punk and more thoughtful, reflective qualities. And it is perhaps this, more than anything else, which has inspired legions of younger bands –and catapulted P.K. 14 to international renown in the process.

The band is comprised of guitarist Xu

Bo, bassist Shi Xudong, drummer Jonathan

Leijonhufvud (who’s Swedish but has lived in China for much of his life), and vocalist

Yang Haisong. With his expansive songwriting, emotional vocal delivery and signature onstage jump-kicks, Yang is P.K. 14’s tour de force.

He has played a major role in developing the band’s complexity over the course of five studio albums, from rough-and-ready records like

2005’s White Paper to 2013’s thoughtful social critique, 1984.

The quiet rebellion that comes across in

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Yang’s lyrics and stage presence also reveals itself in conversation. “I learned a lot in these 20 years, and I’m still learning,” he says. “I’d rather let things flow smoothly and naturally, keeping my curiosity and creativity.”

Because of their celebrated status, P.K. 14 are one of the few Chinese bands to have garnered lasting attention from international music critics. Yang is regularly interviewed by overseas publications and asked to speak on behalf of the nation’s diverse music scene. But is having to be a spokesperson for Chinese rock stressful for him?

“I guess since I’ve been involved in the music scene for more than 20 years, it’s pretty natural that people want to understand the scene through me and my experience,” he says. “I also like to read books about music scenes in other cities, like Chicago, DC or Manchester. They inspire us a lot.”

The band’s passion for nurturing China's music scene, both in Beijing and beyond, makes them more willing to be treated as the face of it.

Yang is always quick to praise other bands, mentioning Shanghai all-girl psych-rock trio Dream

Can (whose album he’s producing) in several interviews, including this one. He also cites Beijing noise rockers Lonely Leary from as another promising act. Both bands are fairly young, but with a distinctive, fully realized sound – something Yang clearly appreciates.

Much of P.K. 14’s long-lasting appeal comes from their continued innovation. The quartet’s most recent album, released in 2015, was an improvised live recording, performed in collaboration with visual artist Sun Qiuchen at Beijing’s

UCCA, aptly titled Music for an Exhibition. Split into four 15-to-20-minute tracks, the record moves from ambient noise and dreamy soundscapes to grinding post-rock, complete with ritualistic chants from Yang. The whole project reveals the band’s tendency to experiment tirelessly – and not take themselves too seriously.

“We were pretty nervous before the show

– not for the performance part, but for the recording,” he says of the project. “It was one take with no overdub recording, so

I was a little worried that we wouldn’t record a good take, or it would be missing some sounds. But when we listened back to the recording, we all loved it.”

With notable exceptions – the Music for an

Exhibition show and an appearance at Split

Works’ 10th Anniversary party last fall – P.K.

14 have only performed a few times a year since 2013. But they’re set to embark on an expansive China tour this month. Currently at work on a new album, the band say they will treat the shows as a chance to play around with the sound and feel of new songs. The set list will showcase new material, alongside songs from two of their most celebrated albums, City

Weather Sailing and 1984.

“[The upcoming album] has no name yet,”

Yang says. “The songs are still pretty rough, and we need to find out their characters on the road. We wrote all these new songs in studio, but sometimes they need to be played on – and energized by – the stage. We think that after the tour we’ll understand these songs much better – and then we’ll record them better too.”

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“We need to find the new songs’ characters on the road – after the tour we’ll understand them much better”

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Japan’s Leading Math Rock Band, Lite, on Geometry and Their New Album

by Erica Martin

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'Math rock’ is now a well-established genre with a relatively clear definition (“a style of rock music characterized by complex rhythmic and instrumental patterns,” according to Merriam-Webster). But while the name can conjure images of cold, technical music, Japanese band Lite exudes warmth and emotion alongside the technical wizardry and playfulness associated with math rock. And all this without a single lyric.

“If we have to be categorized, I think our music is math rock,” says

Lite’s guitarist Nobuyuki Takeda. “But we’re not trying to be a math rock band – and I really don’t think about it. I’d be happy if people could take our music simply as ‘rock.’”

Formed in 2003, the Tokyo-based foursome have released five albums of dizzying instrumental music. Their output ranges from dense post-rock tracks like ‘Infinite Mirror’ to songs filled with bleeps, and elegant almostballads like ‘Rabbit.’ Lite tour all of their albums extensively, both in Japan and elsewhere. The band say that performing live is essential if they want to connect with fans and display the full complexity of their music.

“When you listen to our songs at shows, they sound different from how they sound recorded,” says Takeda. “You can experience the diverse range of our musical scales.”

Takeda also believes that the absence of vocals makes Lite more internationally accessible, as fans in any country are able to connect with the music. “We are an instrumental band, and so wherever we are in the world, everyone can enjoy our music,” he says. “I think playing live is a better way to express ourselves.”

Thanks to their exhaustive touring, Lite are already experienced

China hands. Last year, they toured the country by high-speed rail

(where they accidentally almost left their snare drum on a train), and

Takeda recalls that the band’s China trip was one of the few times he experienced breakdowns in communication.

“I was able to speak with our fans at the venue in both Japanese and

English, but outside of the venue I couldn’t talk with people,” he says.

“I’ve been to many countries all over the world, but it was the first time

I’d been in a place where I could not understand the local language at all. I felt that I was really on foreign soil, which made me very excited.”

Lite’s upcoming China shows are part of an Asian tour to promote their most recent album, Cubic, a project Takeda hopes will reconnect the band with their early goals.

“My original image for Lite was [about] ‘tightness’ and ‘geometry,’” he says. “These original concepts are true to ourselves – the way Lite should be. So the album’s theme returns us to our origins.”

The geometric theme extends to Lite’s acclaimed music videos, which all have an experimental streak. Most are animated, depicting cartoon animals, radio waves or psychedelic colors. The band members rarely appear onscreen themselves, which helps keep the music open to interpretation, Takeda claims.

“Since our songs have no lyrics, people can listen to them any way they want to,” he says. “I want each person to have a different impression. I try to make music that people can simply enjoy without taking too seriously.”

It’s this light-hearted warmth, paired with the precision of geometry, that is at the heart of Lite’s music – and their enduring appeal.

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“My original image for the band was about ‘tightness’ and

‘geometry’ – so the album’s theme returns us to our origins”

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NEW RELEASES

Three Home-grown Albums on Our Radar this Month

HUMAN GUIDE

by BABEL RECORDS

The latest compilation release from Beijing’s Babel Records, Human Guide (人间指南 offers a cyberpunk vision of China. Its blend of R&B, 90s pop and cutting-edge bass

), music makes for a satisfying mix of throwbacks and futuristic techno – the ideal release for a label whose tagline is the assertion that “Now Is Future.” The disc features tracks from a diverse group of China-based producers, including Shanghai’s Zean (‘Make It’) and Beijing’s Soulspeak (‘Alien Born Chinese’). Displaying an eclectic mix of styles, the album includes samples of Drake and Michael Jackson alongside jazzy horns and robotic bleeping. Aiming to explore “a space which is full of the contradictions of 90s’ China,” this collection has all the neon-soaked style of science fiction. But its poppy samples, analog warmth and soulful beats make it more playful than dystopian.

Listen at babelrecords.bandcamp.com/album/--3

THE GREATEST OUTRAGEOUS FAMINE

by DISANXIAN

A self-described “Hardcore Punk/Crust/D-Beat” band, Shenzhen’s Disanxian dropped a debut album full of protest punk in early May. Consisting of five members – one Japanese, one Italian and three Chinese – the band named themselves after a staple Chinese dish simply because they enjoy eating it. They sing in a combination of English and Cantonese and are major fans of British rock band Discharge, having covered one of the group’s songs on the album and nodded to the veteran punks in their logo. Released on Beijing-based label

Dying Art Productions, The Greatest Outrageous Famine (极饿非道) explores the band’s core concepts of “anti-war, anti-capitalism and social discontent,” with track names that double as calls to action, like ‘Follow No Leader’ and ‘Stand Up and Fight.’ Though it isn’t always possible to tell one song from another by the music alone, Disanxian have an energizing rawness that’s worth a listen. And their sound probably translates well to live performances, especially the frenetic lyrics and aggressive guitars of tracks like ‘HENGGANG

Streets Burn!!!’

Listen at disanxiancrust.bandcamp.com/album/the-greatest-outrageous-famine

WAR

by RUI HO

Rui Ho’s War (战记) is the third EP release from Shanghai’s trailblazing music crew

Genome6.66Mbp. Its five tracks fluctuate between militaristic, aggressive bass and poignant moments of raw emotion – all of which is imbued with the group’s signature combination of Western club music and traditional Chinese instrumentals. A non-binary

DJ and producer, Rui Ho grew up in China and studied music in Paris before relocating to

Berlin and winning a spot in Berlin Community Radio’s incubator program. Rui Ho describes this debut EP as a therapeutic outlet, and a chronicle of an ancient and imaginary war that “has happened so many times in my head.” This theme is explored impressively, with several songs (most notably the opening track, ‘Gleam’) starting out as fairly unmemorable bass music only to grow in complexity. By the end, the listener is fully immersed in Rui Ho’s narrative of frustration and wary hopefulness.

Listen at genome666mbp.bandcamp.com/album/gnm003-rui-ho

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“Soulja Boy won’t do the interview until he smokes some of that good-good”

THIS WAS SUPPOSED TO BE AN

INTERVIEW WITH SOULJA BOY

We Don’t Talk to the ‘Crank That’ Rapper (But We Try)

by Noelle Mateer

On April 21, ‘Crank That’ rapper Soulja

Boy tweeted: “Money don't sleep wake yo ass up.” On March 26, he tweeted: “No sleep,” and a few days earlier, “Ain’t no sleeping in the trap.” This is ironic for a man who has just taken an 8-hour nap and slept through our interview.

“I don’t know when he’ll wake up,” says his manager at 6pm, four hours after our scheduled appointment. “He must be real tired because he’s only missed like two or three soundchecks in his whole life.”

Something about this dude makes me not believe him. Maybe it’s the cloud of marijuana smoke floating above him, or the salad bar’s worth of weed on the hotel room table. Or maybe it’s the fact that he’s dedicated his career to managing Soulja Boy. Only two things are certain: There is snoring coming from the next room, and nobody – nobody – wakes up Soulja Boy.

‘Crank That (Soulja Boy)’ came out almost 10 years ago. It’s an incredible song.

I remember being at a high-school football game when the away team’s marching band played it at halftime. They all pointed their trombones to the ground and Cranked That

(Soulja Boy). It was – and to this day remains

– the most moving performance I have ever seen. Our own nerdy, state-champion marching band came out afterwards and did some technically difficult adaptation of a Broadway number. And it was garbage, simply because they did not Crank That (Soulja Boy).

And so, I have many questions for Soulja

Boy. Our interview is scheduled for 2pm, and

I show up early. I hear nothing until 3.15pm, when a man called Randy Green Bills* calls, seemingly unconcerned about Beijing’s recent drug crackdown.

“Soulja Boy won’t do the interview until he smokes some of that good-good,” he tells me, before texting me a photo of a ‘Do

Not Disturb’ sign hanging on Soulja’s door.

I should have written down every name that Randy Green Bills has for weed, as he uses approximately 10 of them during our two-minute phone call. Together, the names constitute a rich lexicon – a veritable tapestry of marijuana-specific lingo. Alas, I can only recall two: “good-good” and “that tree.”

Randy seems like the kind of dude who can quickly get that tree. And yet, I’m sitting in the hotel lobby long enough to read an entire book. Just as I finish, Randy announces that it’s time to head up to Soulja’s room. We take the elevator up to the third floor and Randy gets us lost twice. I know we’ve arrived when

I smell weed in the hallway.

The door is opened by a man named ‘K to the D’ (or ‘M to the K,’ or some other letter to another letter). “Sorry guys,” he says, ushering us in. This is not a good sign.

Inside I find several men, none of whom are Soulja Boy. His manager welcomes us, then becomes suddenly obsessed with switching on the TV. “Put on some TV on for the guests! TV for the guests!” he repeats.

He turns to a local (Chinese-language) news channel and has us sit down.

He is sorry, he explains; he doesn’t know what’s up with Soulja today. He doesn’t know when Soulja will wake up. I say it’s OK. I can come to Mix and talk to Soulja backstage before his show. K to the D thinks that’s a great idea. We can hear snoring coming from the room next door.

But Randy doesn’t like this idea. He’d rather

I wait for Soulja to wake up, which his manager says will be “by 11, at least.” It’s 7pm.

We eventually agree that I’ll see them at

Mix. Randy promises to call me when he gets there. I walk out, telling myself that it’s totally fine that I’ve just spent an entire day in a

Wangfujing hotel. For I have gained valuable insight into Soulja’s life! This shall be a play in two acts!

Maybe you’ve guessed how this ends. I get a text from Randy’s friend the next day saying

“Soulja Boy is in Shanghai now.” Randy has changed his WeChat profile picture to one of him and Soulja. I, meanwhile, spend my

Friday night in the lobby of Mix trying to convince the very skeptical staff that I do, in fact, have an appointment with Soulja Boy.

I fall to the back of the crowd, watching as gaggles of international high school kids enter wearing too much cologne. Suddenly, I recognize a familiar pan-drum rhythm, and my heart sinks: It is Soulja. And for the first time in my life upon hearing that song, I do not Crank That (Soulja Boy).

*First name changed.

Green Bills

part of name definitely not changed.

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Fu Xiaotong, ‘Limitless’

Through Jun 17; Chambers Fine Art

Qin Lingsen, ‘The Theory of Everything’

Through Jun 11; de Sarthe Project Space

For gallery information visit www.thatsmags.com/beijing

Zeng Hong, ‘Unknown Form’

Through Jun 25; Gallery Yang

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Liu Ding and Han Dong,

‘Let’s Say Goodbye!’

Through Jun 25; Magician Space

Zhu Yingying,

‘Day and Night’

Through Jun 11; Hunsand Space

Qiu Shihua

Through Aug 6; Galerie Urs Meile

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The Citywide

Renovations

Changing Beijing

As We Know It

Words by Noelle Mateer

Additional Reporting by

Oscar Holland & Dominique Wong

Graphics by Iris Wang

Photos by Victor Liu

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“A migrant friend of mine went out of business. He’s left

Beijing already. Maybe

I’ll leave this place as well”

river Liu is trying to get from one corner of a hutong block to another. It’s dark, and the alleys just north of Dongsi Shitiao are a maze. But he knows their twists and turns like the back of his hand. The route should take three minutes by rickshaw.

But Liu isn’t expecting so much rubble. A pile of bricks and rubble blocks one of the xiang, a major artery running north to south through the neighborhood. He reroutes. Just moments later, he finds a bulldozer in another alley.

“Ah, can’t go this way,” he says gruffly, unfazed.

It’s Saturday night, around 11pm. The hutongs are silent, and there’s a gentle breeze. Construction work continues nonetheless.

These hutongs look like a warzone, with debris from fallen buildings everywhere. A month later, though, they’re bricked over and painted gray. The streets are clean, and storefronts stripped of their entrances. Paper signs mark where doors used to be, with arrows telling customers how to enter from the back. Other shop owners have moved out.

“We got a slip on our front door stating the date they’d come and block the door,” a hair stylist tells us as she blow dries a client’s hair. We access her store through the back entrance in a narrow hutong alley. We ask if the construction has impacted her business, and all the women in the salon laugh in unison at our stupidity: “Yeah, of course.”

This neighborhood is merely one of many affected by a recent wave of public renovations across Beijing. From the hutongs to Sanlitun, small businesses are being knocked down or bricked over on a scale not seen in a decade. And the city plans to clean up nearly 1,700 alleys over the next few years – that’s almost two-thirds of Beijing’s existing hutongs.

“It’s definitely a crackdown – a campaign,” says Samuel

Liang, a professor of urbanism at Utah Valley University and author of Remaking China's Great Cities. “Normally these happen ahead of a big international event [like the Olympics], but this time I don’t see that.”

But what exactly is Beijing cracking down on? According to a city government meeting on March 17, “urban diseases to be tackled” include 40 million sqm of illegal structures.

It seems that “tackled” often means “demolished.” For instance, Beijing’s expat community loudly decried shutdowns along Sanlitun’s “Dirty Bar Street,” as well as in the

We meet Li Ming as he’s taking a smoke break near the construction site he works on. He and his team are renovating several hutong homes.

This is how it’s going to be [he

points toward the house he’s work-

ing on]; we’ve torn down a big part of the wall, so now we’re just going to paint the remaining walls. They’re going to do this in every hutong in Beijing. We’re doing the same thing everywhere.

I’m just a worker; I don’t have an opinion on all the renovations. I just do whatever work pays me. I don’t even live in the city; I live in

Hebei. But I can’t complain! If there were no renovations, I wouldn’t have all these major projects to work on. As long as we have work, we have money to feed our families.

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We meet a woman who’s been living in her (now partially destroyed) hutong house since the 50s.

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We built this second floor ourselves, and now the local government is tearing it down. My son and grandson are still living up there, so they’re going to move out first, and then the city will tear it down. We talked to the authorities and were able to arrange it so that we wouldn’t have to move out until we found a new place.

It’s Beijing’s policy – Beijing wants to turn the hutongs back to what they were originally like. My [second floor] is breaking the law, so there’s nothing I can say. I have kids and grandkids, so we built the second floor because we needed more room.

The ground level is still OK, so I’ll stay there – my son and grandson will find somewhere else. I've lived here since 1956, ever since I was a kid. I’m 72 now.

Over the years, people from outside Beijing have come to the hutongs to set up businesses, making holes in the walls for doors. So now the local government is restoring those buildings. This area [waves her hand around her] is all migrants. Since the migrants came, it’s become a lot messier.

A lot of shops have opened up. So I’m pretty happy now that the streets are getting wider and things are getting cleaner. I think the policy is about making migrants leave, and giving the hutongs back to the laobeijings.

My grandfather was the mayor of Tianjin. My family is pretty involved in the Party, so I’m not in a position to comment. I’ve lived through the Cultural

Revolution. I’ve been through some rough times. I don’t want to give you my name.

Just say I’m a resident.

“I think the policy is about making migrants leave, and giving the hutongs back to the laobeijings”

hutongs, where popular bars like Slow Boat and The Tiki Bungalow were both closed with little notice.

Much of this seems to be a change in aesthetic, or as many are calling it, a

“beautification campaign.” Think gentrification, with Chinese characteristics. In the hutongs, emphasis is placed on restoring courtyards to their original floorplans.

That means one door per address, gray wall paint and small windows.

“Almost every year teams will come through and do something,” says Rosie

Levine, program director at Beijing Cultural Heritage Protection Center. “They paint everything gray, or put up some tiles, or go through and dig up the ground and repave it. Surface-level changes. It’s been happening quite regularly since around the time of the Olympics.”

Renovations in Beijing are nothing new, but this year they are more visible, and wider spread. They have resulted in the closure of over 400 ‘rental compounds,’ and over 300 ‘illegal enterprises,’ according to Chinese state media.

“China’s urbanization is still an ongoing process,” says Li Pengfei, an assistant professor of urban studies at Queens College, City University of New York. “The current round of demolitions is the third wave.”

According to Li, the first phase of these citywide renovations started in 1994, when many urban dwellers were forced to move to suburban districts like

Changping, Shunyi and Daxing. The second wave happened in the mid-2000s, when, he says, “the whole city of Beijing was a construction zone for the 2008

Summer Olympics.” According to Reuters, approximately 1,000 courtyard homes were either renovated or destroyed during this time, causing admirers of Old

Beijing to panic.

Many speculate this recent round has to do with the ambitions of Cai Qi, Beijing’s new mayor, who was quoted saying city authorities must “dare to play hardball” when renovating their districts.

But there are several reasons why Beijing – and the greater region – would want to crack down on small businesses in the city center. Local authorities have long tried to push the city’s population outward – to suburbs and the greater Jing-Jin-Ji

[Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei] region. The city government plans on capping its population at 23 million – its current population is 22 million – and then relying on the suburbs to absorb the city’s growth. In 2015, Beijing began this process by announcing the relocation of municipal government facilities to the eastern district of Tongzhou, and earlier this year, the government announced plans to turn three rural Hebei villages southwest of the capital into the Xiongan New Area – a major economic hub set to host a Special Economic Zone like Shenzhen’s.

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“It’s definitely a crackdown – a campaign”

We meet Jing Ming in his restaurant, which has had its front doors bricked over and paved with concrete.

We were given three days’ notice. We had just renovated this place in January.

The local government says they want to unify the appearance of Beijing. As a laobeijng, I support the hutong renovations. Illegal construction should be stopped, but then there are people like us – we changed the structure legally. Now we are forced to make changes, too, and we were only given three days to oblige.

There’s a fruit and vegetable vendor next door. They don’t have legal documents, and they have illegal construction. They should be put out of business. There is no law protecting them from getting shut down.

This has impacted our business, but we are still open. I hang out in the hutongs with my friends. I don’t want to go to high-end places

– they’re not as interesting as the hutongs. So many great Beijing snacks were born in the hutongs, did you know that?

I was born on Beixinqiao Santiao. I’m 40 years old. Usually people younger than me don’t live in hutongs. They live near their work.

Before all these hutongs became so commercial, there was an era of xiagangdaiye [re-employment of laid-off workers]. Lots of major factories in Beijing went out of business, and so laid-off workers were encouraged to open small shops and restaurants then. All these socalled ‘illegally opened holes in walls’ [holes the authorities are currently bricking up] were done during that time.

That was promoted by the authorities. Now, they’re contradicting themselves. We have no way to stand against it. Every change we made in this building got official approval. Now they are going to overturn it.

If they are going to put all these shops out of business, to be honest, it’s not humane. Why did they support them starting businesses in the first place?

There will be no more hutong culture for future generations.

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Economic factors may also be at play. According to the

Financial Times, small shops and businesses generate 35 percent of the city’s revenue, but only 7.5 percent of the tax.

“They don’t make tax off the small people,” says Professor

Liang. “[The renovations] will make the city more expensive, and that’s good for the [local] government to get more revenue.”

Replacing Beijing’s vast variety of small, independent shops and businesses with larger chains could fix that. Last year, on average, over 60 restaurants were closed in Beijing per day – and yet the city’s food and beverage revenue increased by 4 percent, according to official data.

But to locals on the ground, there’s another explanation.

“These illegal structures often provide cheap housing for migrant workers,” says Liang. “So by taking them down, the

[local government] can reduce the population.”

A longtime Dongsi Shisantiao resident, who did not want to be named, believes this as well.

“I think the policy is about making migrants leave, and giving the hutongs back to the Laobeijings,” she says (see p. 46 for full interview). “Over the years, people from outside Beijing have come to the hutongs to set up businesses, making holes in the walls for doors. […] Since the migrants came, it’s become a lot messier.”

Many laobeijings are happy about the renovations. And soon, they’ll be able to help by notifying authorities about illegal construction. The city government is collaborating with Baidu to develop a service for the public to report unlicensed work via their phones.

“If it’s really to preserve the cultural integrity of the community, I would like to see more improvements to quality of life – plumbing, heating, infrastructure”

According to city data, the number of migrants in Beijing grew fivefold over the past two decades, topping out at 8.2 million in 2015. Since then, Beijing has pushed to curb their growth.

Xu Xiaoxian is one such migrant. The Jiangsu native came to Beijing 10 years ago, and now runs a small shop, which was recently bricked over (see full interview, right).

“A migrant friend of mine went out of business because of the renovations. He’s left Beijing already,” Xu tells us. “So maybe in a month or two, I’ll leave this place as well, because they’re not going to let me keep my license.”

But while the closing of migrants‘ businesses may make the hutongs look cleaner, it’s not clear if these hutong ‘restorations’ have historical value.

“In many ways, I’m behind the concept,” says Levine.

“Taking down illegal structures that make quality of life harder in the hutongs, or are safety hazards – of course that’s a good thing. But if it’s really to preserve the cultural integrity of the structure and the community, I would like to see more traditional restoration happening in the hutongs, in the courtyards themselves. Or improvements to basic quality-of-life issues – plumbing, heating, infrastructure.”

Many have lamented the renovations as a loss of Old Beijing.

Professor Li, for instance, says: “China’s officials believe that modernity means more skyscrapers and more air-conditioned shopping malls. This conception of modernity is laughable.”

But others are more optimistic.

“My prediction is that China will always be a mix,” says

Professor Liang. “Maybe the modern shopping malls can upscale or increase, but my guess is that they won’t be able to fully eliminate these street vendors.

“What’s amazing about cities like Shanghai and Beijing is that you can find people from all walks of life. I think that’s the great strength and charm of Chinese cities. I think in 10 years the [city] will be more gentrified, but you’ll still be able to see that mix. Look at Hong Kong, where there has been a [gentrification] campaign for the last 50 years. It’s a very modern city, but you can still see street stalls and butcher shops – very traditional.”

Tailor

We meet Xu Xiaoxian, a tailor whose small shop has been bricked over. We enter via a side alley. He says he will have to move home.

Last month, my door was taken down. I was given one week’s notice.

Seven days! No compensation. It’s impacted my business; there are fewer customers and less income. About 60 to 70 percent of my customers are migrants, people from outside Beijing.

But now a lot of them have left. A migrant friend of mine went out of business because of the renovations. He’s left Beijing already.

Maybe in a month or two I’ll leave this place as well, because they’re not going to let me keep my license. I’ll go back to Jiangsu. I’ve been in Beijing for over 10 years, but that’s just how it has to be, because if I have no income,

I can’t make a living. I’m not happy [with this];

I’m doing a righteous business [he shows us

his business license, mounted on the wall], and it’s not right to shut me down in such a rushed timeline. But they said the license isn’t good anymore. So we’re just banned from here.

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EAT

&

DRINK

FRENCH FOOD,

CHINESE VIEW

FLO's new concept hits the new

China World Mall, p58

New Openings p55

Pub Grub p60

The Quietest Cafe p61

GETTING

MODERATELY

DEEP WITH...

The Manager of a BBQ

Restaurant

by Noelle Mateer and Victor Liu

We catch up with the manager of a Beijing-style barbecue joint, who goes Wu Jie (Sister Wu).

“People younger than me, people older than me

– everyone calls me Wu Jie!” she tells us.

How are you feeling today?

Very happy.

What are all these grills for?

This is for kaorou [roast meat], laobeijing style.

What’s that photo of a dude with a bug behind you?

Another laobeijing thing – it’s an old man with the cricket he’s training to fight.

What’s the first thing you thought when you woke up this morning?

I need to get to the restaurant as soon as possible!

What’s the most surprising thing that’s happened to you?

About 12 years ago, I found a random bag of money back in my hometown in Sichuan.

Who are your best customers?

I like when customers are happy and when there’s a lot of them. When I see happy customers, I feel fulfilled. I like customers who give me advice – like what I’m missing, or what they want more of.

Who are your worst customers?

People who look down on me and my store.

Which living person do you most admire?

My boss’s sister. She’s very kind and good at communicating. She has high standards for everyone in her life.

When and where were you happiest?

I’m pretty happy now, actually. I like talking to people!

Which talent would you most like to have?

I would like the ability to make more money.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

Making my parents and my brother proud.

If you could change one thing about your life, what would it be?

I’d make my family happier.

What is your most treasured possession?

My house.

What trait do you most value in a person?

Their communication skills – whether they’re polite or not, the words they choose to use.

What do you most dislike the most?

I’m not good at computers. I hate doing anything on a computer.

What always makes you laugh?

Quality time with family, and whenever my kids say, “Mom, when do you get off work?”

Which era of China’s history would you most like to have lived in?

I like the present. It’s peaceful – we’re not at war!

You can try Sister Wu

’ s kaorou in an alley just off

Jiaodaokou Dongdajie, next to the new Ron Mexico location.

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Say Cheese Tea

SNACKS IN THE CITY

The thing about fun is that sometimes when you’re having a ton of it you get transported into this Fun

Zone where all you wanna do is have more fun. It sucks you in with sake bombs and spits you out the next day with six missed calls from a McDonald’s delivery man. At least that was my last Friday, IDK about yours really. Beyond Yakitori went above and beyond (yakitori, LOL!) with the launch of its terrace; I believe I already mentioned the part about waking up with missed calls from McDonald’s. And White Tiger

Village launched two new menus,

one for cocktails by Capital Spirits, another for food by chef Starry, and we can officially say the food’s been kicked up a notch. I honestly don’t know how to describe the octopus, other than Cowabunga! Get it and you’ll see what I mean.

And still. I hiiiighly recommend paying a visit to Korean tofu stew spot Dubujib’s new branch in Pacific

Century Plaza. Also, if you are a person who eats food in Beijing, you will probably enjoy the new beef rendang grilled cheese at Village Cafe. It’s up there with Taco Bar’s grilled cheese, which is probably the best grilled cheese. Shout out to Taco Bar for getting mentioned in this news column without even having any news. It’s just a really good grilled cheese!

Finally, get your digestive tracts ready for Bird on a Wire, the next concept to pop up at Hatchery, all about New Zealand free-range chicken. (Although the space is closed... for now, at time of print). Alright, that’s it for now. See you Fun Havers at the

Fun Parade. NM

To say Hey Tea has a cult following is an understatement. In the last few months, it’s gone from a small street-side shop in

Guangdong to a nationwide sensation, for no apparent reason. In Shanghai, the chain’s popularity has spawned knockoffs around the city, including branches of

“Hi Tea” and “Hey Juice.”

Beijing’s first branch is coming soon, to Taikoo Li. But don’t expect your first visit to be easy: The most confounding thing about Xi Cha (喜茶), as it’s known in

Mandarin, is how long people are willing to wait in line for it – nearly two hours, in many cases. In Guangzhou, you can even pay someone to wait in line for you. When you finally get your drink – the cheese teas are the most popular – Hey Tea has specific instructions on how to imbibe: instead of using a straw first, you should open the top flap to swig both layers, the cheesy top and the tea, simultaneously.

The tea itself is undoubtedly a step up from Gong Cha’s, but it’s up to you to decide if it’s worth the wait. JR

OFF THE BEATEN PLATE

Last month, Great Leap unveiled special bottles for its ‘Excuse Me

While I Kiss This Guy’ Purple IPA, and they quickly sold out. We will address the name shortly. But first: why purple? A purple IPA, apparently, is an IPA made from sweet potatoes. That’s right, this beer’s got notes of ‘tater. And second: the name. Proceeds from the sale of these bottles – which feature tongue-literally-in-cheek artwork of Trump kissing Putin – went to the Russian LGBT Network to fight discrimination against LGBT citizens in Chechnya. If you didn’t get your hands on one, no worries – GLB is already hinting at more collabs to come. NM

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Hassle

Cafe de Paris

While a basement mall cafe isn’t exactly what comes to mind at the thought of the City of Love, Cafe de Paris is a pleasant spot, good for a casual date or meeting. The cafe specializes in bread (both healthy grain and Swiss chocolate-flavored varieties), cakes, sandwiches and coffee made with quality imported ingredients. But, as in the original Wudaokou location, Cafe de Paris’ pièce de résistance is a gigantic cup of fresh fruit – literally OTT, but great for sharing.

Daily, 10am-9.30pm; NB1031, China World Mall North Building, 1 Jianguomen

Wai Dajie, Chaoyang 朝阳区建国门外大街 1 号国贸商城北区 NB1031 (6585 2397)

Mian’r Noodle Bar

Where there once stood a dark, greasy noodle joint on Chunxiu Lu, there now stands a bright, smartly decorated one. Focussing on Shaanxi-style noodles, the bowls here are generously sized and reasonably priced (all main dishes cost between RMB16 and RMB25, save for the pricier signature soup noodles). Mian’r is an excellent alternative for those who used to lunch on the recently sanitized Xingfucun Zhonglu.

North building, 6 Gongti Beili, Chunxiu Lu, Chaoyang

朝阳区春秀路工体北里

6

号楼北

(6416 9595)

Atta BJ

Expect to see everyone from A-listers to Z-listers in this trendy new Italian restaurant in China World Mall. The food isn’t quite as A-List as its clientele, but the tasty, shareable pizzas are a good bet. Unfortunately, the amazing view of the CCTV Headquarters appears to be mostly for people renting the VIP room. But you’re a

VIP, right?

Daily, 10am-2am; NL3015, 3/F, China World Mall North Building, 1 Jianguomen

Wai Dajie, Chaoyang

朝阳区建国门外大街

1

号国贸商城北区

NB1031 (8595 8767)

Antlers

Opening a restaurant on Fangjia Hutong right now is really unfortunate timing. (Hutong renovations – you read our cover story, right?)

But Antlers is pushing on, despite changes to its hip concrete facade.

The casual hangout spot serves Taiwan-style gua bao in four varieties

– lamb, beef, pork and curried tofu (RMB58 for three) – plus cocktails and a fridge full of ciders and beers, conveniently arranged by price.

Tue-Fri 5.30pm-late, Sat-Sun 4pm-late; 34 Fangjia Hutong, Dongcheng 东城区方家

胡同 34 号

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Roujiamou 肉夹馍

Ah, the classic – juicy shredded pork on Shaanxi-style bun.

Gua Bao 割包

Gua Bao are pork belly sandwiches from Taiwan. (But don't expect yours to be shaped like a paw unless you get it Little Ming in Topwin Center.)

Fu Qi Fei Pian Guo Kui 夫妻肺片锅盔

The sandwich of Sichuan: beef heart, tripe and tongue soaked in chili oil and thrown on a bun.

Lamb Shaobing 羊肉芝麻烧饼

Find this halal snack on the streets surrounding

Beijing’s Niu Jie mosque.

Lurou Huoshao 驴肉火烧

Nothing says ‘North China’ like a donkey burger from

Hebei.

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OK, maybe these aren’t technically sandwiches, but they’re pretty damn close. Looking to try a Chinese take on meat between bread? Look no further.

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WOLFGANG’S

STEAKHOUSE

Steaking His Reputation on it

by Oscar Holland

For a venture so intimately tied to its owner’s personal brand, we’d expected to see more pictures of Wolfgang Zwiener at his eponymous restaurant. As it happens, photos of

New York’s mustachioed meat master only appear sparingly at the entrance. One suspects that Zwiener, a man who rose from migrant waiter to proprietor of one of Park

Avenue’s hottest restaurants, is too humble for all that.

There is, however, one prominent portrait aloft in the Beijing branch of Wolfgang’s

Steakhouse – of a cow. It watches soberly over patrons, urging them to treat its sacrifice with due respect. A fitting choice for a restaurant that would rather let the beef do the talking.

And if this beef could talk, it would have an unmistakably New York accent. Because these cuts aren’t for the light-hearted. There are no thin slivers of boeuf with a red wine

jus. Wolfgang’s specializes in great hunks of

American-style steak, dry-aged on site and grilled to leave its exterior in crispy contrast to its marbled center.

The signature porterhouse (RMB600 per person) is a beast of a cut that arrives juiceladen and sizzling. It’s pre-sliced and ready to lift straight from your plate to your mouth, where it subsequently melts away.

We can’t honestly report on Wolfgang’s other offerings – soups, salads, seafood and chops – because there’s little room left after the porterhouse (although we should shout-out the wickedly thick strips of sizzling bacon, RMB30 a slice). But if a steakhouse can be judged on its signature cut, then

Wolfgang’s passes with flying colors – mainly brown and pink.

Daily, 11.30am-10.30pm (bar open until 2am); 1/F,

Pacific Century Place, Jia 2 Gongti Bei Lu, Chaoyang

朝阳区工体北路甲 2 号 (6592 4946)

F BISTRONOME

CB-Dream Come True

by Oscar Holland

When builders first broke ground on CCTV Headquarters in 2004, few Beijingers would have imagined a day when they could bask in the tower’s reflection while slurping French oysters.

Yet here we are, enjoying this most bourgeois of activities in a district that didn’t even exist three decades ago.

Life comes at you fast. Though we hardly need to tell you that – this is Beijing, after all. And while 2017 may be remembered as the year in which the hutong dining scene collapsed, it may also go down as the year the CBD came into its own.

If the CBD is Beijing’s international face to the world, then the China World Mall is its fancy new hat. And if this gargantuan multiplex is a signal that the district has truly arrived, then F

Bistronome reminds us that it doesn’t need to be bleak and corporate.

Found on the mall’s seventh floor, this is an impressive new offering from the team behind

Maison Flo and Café Flo. On the casual-to-fine-dining scale, F Bistronome sits somewhere between its predecessors – sophisticated enough to dress up for, laidback enough to forgive you if you don’t.

Contemporary tableware is preferred over posh white plates. Low, comfy chairs are preferred over stiff, upright ones. Smartly dressed staff are preferred over those in full-on French waiter garb.

Yet the tasteful bistro retains the design tropes Flo Group is known for: shimmering chandeliers, brass fittings and healthy doses of marble and dark wood. The restaurant’s floor-to-ceiling windows overlook one of Beijing’s most intensely urban scenes, but it does so in a distinctly

Parisian manner. Our eyes may see Third Ring bustle, but our ears hear only Edith Piaf and the light clatter of wine glasses.

The cuisine strikes a similarly pleasing balance. You can, of course, indulge in the aforementioned oysters (from RMB118 for three). But this place is more about hearty, unpretentious, home-style cooking, from the divine gratin dauphinois (RMB38) to the perfectly puffed soufflé

(RMB78).

From under RMB300 a head, the lunch and dinner sets sum up what F Bistronome does best

– small plates to share followed by fish, steak and classic desserts. French food loves to be grandiose, but it’s often better when it isn’t.

So if it’s novelty you’re after, then make do with this: You’re eating French comfort food in the shadow of skyscrapers.

Daily, 11am-11pm; NL7005, China World Mall (North Building), 1 Jianguomen Waidajie, Chaoyang 朝阳区建国

门外大街 1 号国贸商城北区 NL7005 (8595 9597)

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The word ‘amazing’ has been debased. A term that used to describe a feeling of genuine astonishment has been utterly diluted by overuse and basic people.

‘Amazing’ is a shadow of its former self.

‘Amazing’ is an adjective as banal as ‘nice.’

‘Amazing’ is the final refuge of clickbait suckers who profess their ‘love’ for inanimate objects, call upon a god they don’t believe in

(omg) and declare that perfectly plausible things are ‘incrrredible.’

We could give you 28 amazing reasons why the word ‘amazing’ has lost all meaning – and you won’t believe what Number 15 says about your sex life!!

Needless to say, we’re hardly enamored with Amazing Thai’s name choice. But this isn’t simply because of the a-word. It’s also because restaurants shouldn’t dictate how you’re supposed to feel about them. Ask someone to join you at Amazing Thai, and it implies that you think it’s amazing. The name puts words in your mouth. More specifically, it puts a single boring, hackneyed word into it.

But hey, it’s just a name. The food here is re-

AMAZING THAI

FYI That’s Its Name, Not Our Verdict (Though It’s Pretty Good)

by Oscar Holland ally rather good. And that’s what matters, right?

Beijing has enjoyed a wave of new

Southeast Asian options in the past year, and Amazing Thai is just as welcome. The bright, airy restaurant serves a focused selection of Thai favorites at lunchtime prices. And, unlike its competitors, this place offers

larb (from RMB42), a delicious fragrant ground-meat salad. Definitely try that.

Elsewhere, the massaman curry

(RMB68) lacks punch, and there’s far too much lemongrass in the tom yum soup (finish your bowl and you’ll find a heaving mass of it stranded at the bottom). But this new Gongti joint largely achieves the delicate balance required of Thai cooking.

So, all in all, Amazing Thai isn’t just amazing. It’s actually significantly better than that. In fact, Amazing Thai is thoroughly

[insert more imaginative adjective].

Daily, 11am-11.30pm; 2 Gongti Donglu, Chaoyang

朝阳区工体东路 2 号 (6500 7867)

NYONYA

KITCHEN

Home Malay From Home

by Dominique Wong

Dining at Nyonya Kitchen is rather like eating in someone’s (admittedly flashy) home.

There’s warmth, authenticity and, of course, really great food. It’s also educational – the same way that going to somebody’s house is like opening a book about his or her history.

Like, did you know that ‘Baba Nyonya’ is the name for the community of Chinese immigrants who settled in what is now known as Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia, between the 15th and 17th centuries? (‘Nyonya’ referred to the women, and ‘Baba’ the men.)

The Baba Nyonya fused Malay cuisine with traditional Chinese flavors and, as the women chiefly cooked, the food was called ‘Nyonya cuisine.’ As in: ‘food from women.’ (Yeah, we know.)

If you’ve already dined at former Nyonya

Kitchen locations, or if you’re just really into

British colonial history, this is probably not news to you. What is new, at least, is the restaurant’s slick design and setup in the new

China World Mall, as well as a selection of fresh items on the menu, like light and flavorful salads and freshly pressed juices.

That said, don’t worry: Favorites like satay skewers, beef rendang and laksa all remain on the menu. The Nyonya-style vegetable cups (RMB28 for six) – crunchy pastry cups filled with carrots, fried onion and peanuts – are a surprise hit, while the red chicken curry

(RMB58) also stands out. And we love the teh

tarik (RMB22) – a sweet and earthy milk tea poured traditionally at our table for educational purposes.

Nyonya’s new CBD location means the restaurant is consistently packed, lending the small space a bustling atmosphere. And most familial of all – a large painting of a Nyonya woman overlooks proceedings.

Daily, 11am-9.30pm; China World Mall, BS3, North

5/F, 1 Jianguomen Wai Dajie, Chaoyang 朝阳区建国门

外大街 1 号朝阳区国贸商城北区 3 期 BS 5 层 (8415 0863)

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GOOD BAIT

All That Jazz

by Noelle Mateer

Let’s reflect on the notion of ambition. Like, what is it? A poor farm boy working hard to make it in the big city? A little girl who says she wants to be president someday? Lance

Armstrong? A widdle choo-choo twain that thinks he can? Because Good Bait is am-bi-

shuss. And for two reasons: It’s putting on a huge calendar of live jazz shows, and its menu has 90 (!!!) original cocktails.

This is a book-length cocktail menu, with chapters devoted to different base spirits. It’s filled with photos of jazz musicians and inspirational quotes about music, which begs the question: Do they really expect us to read all this? If we’re at a bar, aren’t we supposed to be, like, talking to our friends?

There are many reasons to be skeptical of another Beijing bar serving RMB100 cocktails to a jazz soundtrack. And yet. If there’s a man in this city skilled enough to master an army of cocktail recipes, it’s Good Bait’s barman Travis Yuan.

For years, he has been the mixologist king of the hutongs at Daily Routine on

Wudaoying. While Good Bait’s official slogan is “Rhythm Served Straight Up,” Yuan’s rhythms are not served straight up. They are, rather, shaken, stirred, garnished, twirled and tapped three times for good luck. We repeat: there are 90 cocktails. Very little about this place is “straight up.”

But the important thing is that they’re worth the money – world-class drinks that, when the live music is thrown in for free, make the RMB100 price tag seem altogether reasonable. Good Bait is a very loungey jazz lounge, with low seats right by the stage and a loft of booths a bit further from the action.

Back in the wild frontier days of 2014,

Houhai’s East Shore Jazz Club was pretty much the only place to hear decent live jazz. But since then, we’ve seen the openings of the swanky Blue Note in Qianmen,

The Bricks on Xindong Lu and, now, this place. (Has anyone been to East Shore lately? Can someone check that they’re still alive?) Keep your eyes on Good Bait – because the coming year will prove whether this is a fad, or if we truly are ushering in

Beijing’s jazz age. That, more than anything, would be ambitious.

Daily, 6pm-late; 6 Nan Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang 朝阳区

三里屯南路 6 号 (6592 8911)

RON MEXICO

... the Restaurant?

words by Noelle Mateer, images by Victor Liu

Ron Mexico never fails to surprise us. One time, our Food & Drink Editor (hi, that’s me) walked in to find all 20 people in the bar drinking Amaretto Sours. Another time, her

19-year-old brother vomited all over the carpet, and staffers were exceedingly nice about it. But more recently, we were surprised when Ron Mexico co-founder Adam

Gottschalk asked us to review his bar’s new location as a restaurant.

What started as a tiny bar with a winceworthy name (we’ve explained it in past reviews; give it a Google if you must know) has now transformed into a Beijing institution.

But can it now transform into a restaurant?

What food can transition seamlessly from day to night? What food can fuel a saccharine afternoon of family-friendly activities at lunchtime, then soak up an evening’s worth of booze later?

The answer is obvious, no? R-R-R-RITTOS.

Muchos grande nachos, mi amigos! Queso and carne and la vida loca, all wrapped up in a tortilla with a side of salsa and vaguely satisfying gastrointestinal discomfort. While

Ron Mexico is no more Mexican than the eponymous Ron is, fake Mexican food is a time-honored American tradition. Those who share Adam’s American roots (hi, it’s me again!) will be thrilled to see buffalo chicken atop a pile of cheesy tortilla chips.

And yet, there are culinary surprises here.

Our Sichuan chicken taco (RMB70 for three) is both bold in flavor and lightly crunchy.

The pulled pork taco, slathered in barbecue sauce (the operations manager here worked at Home Plate for years) is served with love.

And Gail, of Gail’s Caribbean Cuisine, has contributed her famous jerk sauce, which we try on a delightful jerk chicken burrito (RMB70).

It’s not the most authentic

Mexican food, but it doesn’t have to be. The most important thing about these ‘rittos is that they’re there for you. Even if you’re drinking Amaretto Sours instead of Coronas.

Daily, noon-late; 113-02 Jiaodaokou Dongdajie,

Dongcheng

东城区交道口东大街

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At Silence Coffee, six people are talking all at once. And yet, you could hear a pin drop.

In a city where cafes blast terrible acoustic covers of pop songs, the hush is welcome. But the reason why it’s quiet is what makes it special:

The space is run by a deaf couple, and serves as an unofficial gathering place for the hearing-impaired.

On each of our visits, groups of friends chatter away in Chinese Sign

Language. We learn some ourselves from the posters on Silence Coffee’s walls, which teach us basic signed greetings, as well as coffee terms.

(There’s also a picture menu, if the prospect of learning a new language just to order intimidates you.)

Silence Coffee’s hush is amplified by its location: Beixinqiao Toutiao, which is just one alley back – and therefore an oasis – from the clamor of

Gui Jie and its perennial construction. The space is just across from the late Más, which was closed by the same hutong demolitions that force

Silence Coffee customers to enter via a tiny alley leading to its back door.

(There should be a new front door soon.)

The space is visually calming, a whitewashed cube with exposed wooden beams, the red coffee mugs serving as occasional pops of color. During the day, sunlight dapples the clean table surfaces. Inside, the cafe feels like an aesthetically pleasing hut.

Given all this, you’d forgive us for treating coffee here as an afterthought. And maybe it is – Silence Coffee’s simple menu of ristrettos, americanos and single-origin brews isn’t as finely executed as those of nearby third-wave cafes, such as BigSmall and Barista. But the drinks are solid and carefully crafted. We wish we could say the same for the cakes, but alas, we shall stamp Do Not Recommend upon the chocolate fondant, which is purplish and bizarrely waxy. Stick to the coffee.

Or better yet, the beers – Silence offers a full range of BrewDogs (grab the Dead Pony Ale, RMB45).

But the most important thing Silence Coffee offers is a community. Well, that and the silence.

SILENCE COFFEE

Beijing’s Cafe for the Deaf is Welcoming to All

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Daily, 10am-10pm; 16-2 Beixinqiao Toutiao, Dongcheng

东城区北新桥头条

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Gig Rover Gig

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Locked Groove DJ

Locked Groove has been making friends in all the right places. And ever since electronic heavyweight

Scuba gave the young Belgian producer a chance to release tracks on his label, he’s been cranking out critically acclaimed jams that merge

Chicago house with the rawer industrial sounds of Berlin, his adopted home. He’s in Beijing courtesy of

Back2Basics, which has been lighting up Lantern Club recently.

Sat Jun 24, Price TBD; Lantern Club

(see Listings for details)

Gerald Clayton

Quartet Jazz

If we need to introduce Carsick Cars to you, then you’ve gotta go back and do your Chinese indie homework. These are the breakout stars of the Beijing scene. This is the trio responsible for independent label Maybe Mars’ second ever record. These are the guys who supported Sonic Youth in Europe.

This is the band behind that veritable indie rock anthem ‘Zhongnanhai.’ You know them, right? If not, get to know. Support comes from Chui Wan, a band described in these very pages as “exploring the artier side of psychedelia… opting for locked-in grooves rather than ear-splitting distortion.” Yeah we’re quoting our own articles. Deal with it.

Fri Jun 23; RMB100 (advance), RMB150 (door); Yugong Yishan (see Listings for details)

Chris Cruse

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DJ

We’ve got 10 – yes that’s right, 10 – tickets to give away for this one. So listen up. Here promoting his new album Let it Glow, French-born troubadour Rover (Timothée Régnier) went to the same New York school as members of The Strokes, though his sound owes more to The Beatles than his garage rock schoolmates.

To win a pair of tickets, email the name of your first pet (unless it was

Rover) to [email protected]

com and we’ll pick the best ones.

Sat June 10, 8.30-10.30pm; RMB80

(presale), RMB100 (door); Omni

Space, B-103, Tianqiao Performing

Arts Center, Xicheng 西城区天桥艺术

中心B1-103

Abyss X

DJ

Pianist Gerald Clayton may have been born in the Netherlands, but he was raised in the US, home of jazz. The son of Grammy-winning jazz bassist John Clayton, young

Gerald already has two Grammy nominations of his own. He plays

Blue Note to celebrate the release of new record Tributory Tales.

Fri Jun 9 and Sat Jun 10, from 6pm;

RMB250-450; Blue Note Beijing (see

Listings for details)

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Can you believe it’s been one whole year since the Organic boys started decking out Dada in plants and greenery? Well, it has been. And to celebrate the anniversary of one of Beijing’s best new nights, Organic is bringing in Chris

Cruse, founder of one of Los Angeles’ most loved underground LGBTQ club events. As well as recently spinning at a Golden Globes event for the likes of

Emma Stone and Kate Beckinsale, the California DJ is fresh from an appearance at Coachella. If this – and Cruse’s notorious Spotlight parties – are anything to go by, Dada should prepare for a dose of spacey house and disco. Support comes from Organic’s own Juhstynn and Marc Alexr.

Sat Jun 10, 10pm-late; Price TBD; Dada (see Listings for details)

Dada is never afraid to make bold, experimental bookings. And those are fitting adjectives to describe Abyss X.

Hailing from the Greek island of Crete, the US-based artist uses her background in performance art (expect to see her climbing on things) alongside heavy distortion, serrated vocals and twisted dance beats. For a taste of what to expect, check out her recent Boiler

Room set, recorded in Houston at the end of last year.

Sat Jun 3; Price TBD; Dada (see

Listings for details)

Global Wellness Day

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Wellbeing Zola Nene Book talk

D O

Art Therapy

Meditation

Winter may be over but the blues don’t discriminate. If you’re looking for stress relief, the Art Therapy

Studio is worth checking out. The studio aims to help people with selfconfidence, self-awareness, creativity and emotional conflict issues (sign us up). Language is English, no previous experience required.

Wed Jun 7, 7-8pm; RMB100 (includes materials); 3/F, Friendship Building, 798 Art

District, Chaoyang 朝阳区798艺术区友谊

大厦三层 (188 10495 819)

Rooftop Yoga Exercise

To celebrate Global Wellness Day on June 10, Growthbeans Coaching Circle is holding a day of wellness for the mind, body and soul. Packed with activities like art therapy, self-awareness coaching, yoga, hoop dancing and martial arts, the day promises to soothe the soul and relax the mind. Suitable for adults and children, the classes are led by professional coaches and – best of all – participation is free

(by advanced registration; see below). If you’re feeling introspective, stressed and looking to unwind, or wanting to make big changes in your life, this is the event for you. (Fittingly, the theme of the day is: “One Day Can Change Your Life.”)

Sat Jun 10, 8.30am-5pm; Free; Kerry Hotel, 1 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang 朝阳区

光华路1号 (register via www.yoopay.cn/event/39759804; for more info contact

Shane Yan via 1382 8980)

South African TV Chef Zola Nene

(Expresso Morning Show) graces The

Bookworm to talk about her new cook book Simply Delicious. The book isn’t merely filled with Nene’s recipes

(although 70 are included), but also filled with snippets and stories of the author’s life, including tributes to those who’ve inspired and influenced her cooking. Expect cooking tips, food stories and more at the talk. A mustsee and -read for food-lovers.

Wed Jun 7, 7.30pm; The Bookworm

(see Listings for details)

Yunmeng Gorge Hike

You can find a good yoga class pretty much anywhere around the city, but have you ever tried yoga on a rooftop?

Mental health organization CandleX offers just that – and during sunset hours on a hutong rooftop no less. Suitable for all levels. Bring your own yoga mat and water bottle. Price includes a drink and all proceeds go to mental health non-profit activities; ‘care free tickets’ available – a free spot for people living with depression or those earning less than RMB8,000 a month.

Sundays, 5-7pm (sunset); RMB100;

Nanluoguxiang, Dongcheng 东城区

南锣鼓巷附近 (full address available via registration at www.sojump.hk)

Take a break from the city and head out to Yunmeng Gorge for a swim and picnic, courtesy of Beijing Hikers.

After walking up to the gorge, hikers can swim or continue up into the hills.

Compared to the hiking group’s other trips, this one is less strenuous and more relaxing (especially if you choose to swim for the whole afternoon).

Perfect for summer. Note: Limited space available.

Sun Jun 11, 8am; RMB380 (RMB340 for BJH members); departure from

Lido Hotel Starbucks (register via www.beijinghikers.com; 6432 2786)

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Father’s Day Brunch

Holidays

Stella Artois Recommends

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MustGuette

Dining Under the

Stars Dining

Grill 79 is flying in guest Chef

Erlantz Gorostiza, head of gastronomy at the two Michelin-starred M.B

Restaurant in the Canary Islands for a special residency. The chef will present his extraordinary Basque cuisine, featuring premium ingredients from Spain.

Sat Jun 3-Tue Jun 6; Grill 79 (see

Listings for details; for more information or for tickets, follow China

World Summit Wing on WeChat at bjcwsw)

Long Lives, Souvenir

& Memory Dining

Celebrate Father’s Day – and don’t forget it this year! – at Conrad

Beijing with a special brunch for dads. The hotel’s beautiful librarycum-restaurant Chapter is setting out a spread of steaks, grilled seafood, sushi and sashimi (apparently dads aren’t vegetarians). Oh and, of course, Champagne.

Sun Jun 18; RMB328 per person plus 15 percent service charge (add

RMB148 plus 15 percent for freeflow Champagne and craft beers);

Chapter, Conrad Beijing (see Listings for details)

Guest Bartender at

Atmospher Bars

MustGuette is Sanlitun’s quirky friend. Walk into its massive, high-ceilinged space in Taikoo Li, and the first thing you’ll notice is a full-sized merry-goround. This is merely the first clue that MustGuette isn’t your typical restaurant.

The second? The Tiger Prawn and Avocado Salad (RMB78). It’s a favorite among customers because it comes in – and we’re not kidding here – a wooden clog. We dare you not to snap a picture.

But there’s so much more to MustGuette than a goofy sense of humor.

There are gourmet hot dogs, freshly tossed salads, juicy cuts of steak and, well, a huge variety of good-value dishes from both East and West.

But first things first. At MustGuette, there are a few things you simply must get. The Must Wings (RMB48) come sizzling, and are perfect for sharing with friends. The burgers, meanwhile, come in enough varieties for everyone (although we particularly recommend the Foie Gras Beef Burger, RMB198). And finally, if you’re really hungry, order a steak – a 500g Rib Eye (RMB178) will most certainly do the trick.

Of course, nothing washes all of this down better than a crisp, cold Stella

Artois. And fortunately for us, MustGuette has that on tap.

MustGuette, 3/F Taikoo Li South, Chaoyang; 朝阳区三里屯路19号三里南区3/F

(6416 8456)

TRB Forbidden City (formerly known as TRB Bites) is welcoming guest

Chef Vilhjalmur Sigurdarson from

Iceland to take over their kitchen.

Sigurdarson will be presenting his groundbreaking Nordic-influenced cuisine that he’s become known for at Belgium’s famous Souvenir

Restaurant.

Wed May 31-Sun Jun 4; RMB528 for lunch, RMB888 for dinner (includes wine pairings); TRB Forbidden City,

95 Donghuamen Dajie, Dongcheng

东城区东华门大街95号 (6401 6676)

Atmosphere is welcoming the ultratalented bartender Marian Beke to

Beijing for five nights of world-class cocktails. Beke is the manager of

Nightjar in London, a legendary bar that’s been ranked as one of the world’s best. Expect classic drinks with new-world twists.

Tue Jun 27-Sat Jul 1; Atmosphere,

China World Summit Wing (see

Listings for details)

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Exhibition Three-Body Problem

Play

S E E

Der Rosenkavalier

Opera

Also known as Knight of the Rose or The

Rose-Bearer, Der Rosenkavalier is a one of German composer Richard Strauss’ most famous operas. The comic opera is loosely adapted from the novel Les

amours du chevalier de Faublas by

Louvet de Couvrai and Moliere’s comedy Monsieur de Pourceaugnac, and explores themes of family, love and class.

Wed Jun 7-Sat Jun 10; RMB100-880;

Opera House of NCPA, 2 Xi Chang’an

Jie, Xicheng 西城区西长安街2号

(email [email protected] for tickets)

Artist Qin Qi’s self-titled exhibition presents work by the artist from 2010 to 2017. More than 40 works will be exhibited across both of the gallery’s spaces, with the two parts balancing and echoing one another. The Shenyang native has been a fixture in China’s art world since 2002. Initially known for his erotic images and allegorical narratives, Qi’s later work portrays vivid scenes marked by clear form and structure. His works are brushed with liberal amounts of color and are hauntingly realistic (although hints of magical realism remain). It is Qi’s largest solo show.

Through Jul 23, Tue-Sun, 11am-6.30pm; Tang Contemporary Art Gallery, D06, 798 Art

District, 2 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang 朝阳区酒仙桥路2号798艺术区D06 (5978 9610)

Hybrid

/

Art

L’Avare Theater

Author Liu Cixin’s sci-fi novel The

Three-Body Problem is being made into a film later this year, but first, check out a theater production based on the novel. Considering the genre and story, we’re interested to see how this plays out on the stage and the effects employed.

Thu Jun 22-Sat Jun 24, 7.30pm;

RMB380-880; Beijing Exhibition

Theater, 135 Xizhimenwai Dajie,

Xicheng 西城区 西直门外大街135号

(tickets via www.douban.com)

Joe Machi Comedy

One of famous French playwright

Moliere’s most representative works, L’Avare (also known as The

Miser) is a comedy-drama that portrays the meanness and absurdity of a loan shark who loves money.

Through use of dramatic conflicts and characters, with dashes of humor and sarcasm, the play’s message (money is power – but an ugly one at that) is evident.

Fri Jun 30-Sat Jul 1, 7.30pm;

RMB180-580; Tianqiao Performing

Arts Theater, 30 Beiwei Lu, Xicheng

西城区北纬路30号 (tickets via [email protected] theatrebeijing.com)

Described as a night of “cross-genre poetry, film and music,” Hybrid brings together figures from Beijing’s art community for a culture-filled bash you won’t want to miss. Entertainment includes live slam poetry from the folks at BLK-

GEN, poetry videos from the internationally acclaimed Visible Poetry Project, and poetry-music collaborations from Spit-Tunes (local literary magazine

Spittoon paired with musicians). Expect artists from all creative fields working together to produce unique art, all the while challenging each form.

Thu Jun 8, 8pm; RMB60 (advance), RMB80 (door); Yue Space, 7 Banqiao Nan

Xiang Dongcheng 东城区板桥南向7号 (180 7283 4267)

Don’t be fooled by Joe Machi’s boyish looks, the New York-based joker is an accomplished comedian

(‘funniest comedian’ at the New

York Comedy Festival). The comic is known for his high-pitched, raspy voice (he sounds like a happy grandpa) and youthful, slightly crazed, appearance. And his jokes, which tend to lean towards the dark side.

Machi’s first China tour – he also performs in Shanghai – comes courtesy of Kung Fu Comedy. For tickets email [email protected] or call

6503 2050.

Sun Jun 11, 8pm; RMB100 (students), RMB150 (advance), RMB180

(door); The Bookworm (see Listings for details)

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CITY

SCENES

Pub crawler expresses her love for

French fries on her shirt and love for beer on her face, at Jing-A’s

Tour de Jing.

Crowd members gather around Stiv Hey’s DJ booth at Lantern just to say

‘hey’ to Stiv Hey.

Fitness class participants gain ability to levitate at F45 Training.

Sad vegetarian in cow morgue? No, that’s international steakhouse mogul

Wolfgang Zweiner stocking up on beef for Wolfgang’s Steakhouse.

Mid-00s rap sensation Soulja Boy still adheres to mid-00s waistlines at Mix.

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TOP STORIES

BEIJING

Ex-Oasis Frontman Liam Gallagher to Perform in Beijing

But is Noel going to be there?

High Temperatures Cause

Hazardous Ozone Pollution to Rise

The smog was especially toxic due to groundlevel ozone pollutants (the deadliest type).

Slow Boat Taproom Set to Close

Another pub hits the Beijing dust (SLT location still intact, though).

Police Raid Popular Beijing Bars

Over Long Weekend

The cops were reportedly very polite as they made everyone piss in a cup.

Marbury Released from Beijing

Ducks, in Talks With New Clubs

The star player’s parting words were: “No matter where I am, I am a Beijinger.”

NATIONAL

Doubts Over Dog Meat Ban at

Controversial Yulin Festival

Initial jubilation turns to uncertainty after reports surface that Yulin vendors themselves are unaware of the ban.

Are Chinese Grandparents to

Blame for Obesity in Kids?

The result of too much jianbing and hawthorn candy from grandpa and ma.

China’s Building Its Own Version of Wikipedia

But will it be as successful?.

New Report Reveals Who Uses

WeChat the Most

Surprisingly, expats are more active than

“typical” (i.e. Chinese) users.

New Ad Campaign Warns of the

Dangers of Chinglish

A translation firm’s marketing posters remind us of classics: “Our Sweet Ass” and “Racist Park.”

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WEEKLY SPECIALS

Food and Drink

Happy hours

Meal deals

Brunch

Ladies' nights

Global Seafood Festival at V Shine Oyster Bar

If you think oysters are an unaffordable luxury, then think again.

Found in the basement of Topwin Center, Enter V Shine Oyster

Bar is bringing oysters to the people with its Global Seafood

Festival. What this means for you is an incredible deal for you

(and a few friends, we reckon). Because for just RMB899, you can get the following: two American oysters, two creamy South

African Oysters, two geay oysters, two New Zealand Oysters, two Normandy oysters, four pieces of Icelandic scampi, two

Australian scallops, six Chilean mussels, six sweet arctic shrimps, a Canadian sea urchin and, to wash it all down, a bottle of Casa

Amada chardonnay. Wanna know how much that is supposed to cost? RMB1,672. So that’s almost half-off. You can thank us later.

B1-11, Topwin Center, 1 Nan Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang 朝阳区三里屯1号通

盈中心B1-11 (5619 2619)

MONDAY

Mai Bar

Buy two cocktails, get one free.

> 40 Beiluoguxiang, Dongcheng 东城区

北锣鼓巷40号 (138 1125 2641)

MONDAY TO THURSDAY

XIU

Buy-one-get-one-free on selected drinks,

6-9pm.

> 6/F, Park Hyatt Beijing, 2 Jianwai Dajie,

Chaoyang 北京柏悦酒店, 朝阳区建国门外

大街2号6楼 (8567 1108)

MONDAY TO FRIDAY

One East

Two-course set lunch: RMB118/ per person, 12:00-2:30pm.

2/F, Hilton Beijing, 1 Dong Fang Road,

North Dong Sanhuan Road, Chaoyang

朝阳区东三环北路东方路一号北京希尔顿

酒店2层 (5865 5030)

Great Leap Brewing

11.30am-2pm, free soft drink or juice with any burger or salad or add RMB5 for a Pale Ale #6.

> At Xinzhong Lu branch only, (see

Listings for details)

Hagaki

Set lunch, 11.30am-3pm, Bento style lunch set from RMB58 with no service charge.

5-10pm, Daiginjo Sake promotion,

RMB550 / 150 Bottle / Carafe.

> 1/F, 22 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang 朝阳

区酒仙桥路22号1层 (8414 9815)

Agua

Agua’s new set lunch menu is RMB118/ person for three courses.

MONDAY to FRIDAY

> RMB118/person, Mon-Fri, 12pm-

2:30pm, Agua, 4/F Nali Patio, 81 Sanlitun

Beilu, Chaoyang 朝阳区三里屯北路81号那

里花园4楼D308号 (5208 6188 )

Greyhound Café

Only RMB28 for a Tsingtao or Bud, and

RMB38 for a mojito or dry martini, 5-7pm.

> Greyhound Cafe (see listings for details)

Village Café

Set Lunch, RMB98+15% (3 courses),

RMB88+15% (2 courses)

> 11.30am-2.30pm, Bldg 1, The Opposite

House, 11 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang 朝阳

区三里屯路11号瑜舍酒店1号楼 (6410

5210)

MEI

All cocktails 50-percent off from 6-9pm.

> 5F Rosewood Beijing, Jing Guang

Centre, Hujialou, Chaoyang 朝阳区呼家

楼一号京广中心北京瑰丽酒店3层 (6536

0083)

MONDAY TO SATURDAY

Twilight

Mon-Sat before 8pm and all day Sun,

RMB20 off cocktails.

> 0102, 3/F, Bldg 5, Jianwai SOHO, 39

Dongsanhuan Zhong Lu, Chaoyang 朝

阳区东三环39号建外SOHO5号3层0102室

(5900 5376)

TUESDAY

Pebbles

Just RMB10 per taco – order as many as you want.

> Midday to midnight; 74 Wudaoying

Hutong, Dongcheng 东城区五道营胡同74

号 (8404 0767)

WEDNESDAY

SIZZLER

After 4pm, get 29 percent off your bill.

> 3/F Shimao Plaza, 12 Gongti Beilu,

Chaoyang 朝阳区工体北路12号楼世茂广

场3楼 (8400 4773)

Mao Mao Chong

Cocktails RMB35, 7-11pm.

> 12 Banchang Hutong, Jiaodaokou Nan

Dajie, Dongcheng 东城区交道口南大街板

厂胡同12号 (6405 5718)

MEI

‘Modern 80s’ themed music all night alongside 50-percent off deals on bottles of Belvedere vodka.

> 5F Rosewood Beijing, Jing Guang

Centre, Hujialou, Chaoyang 朝阳区呼家

楼一号京广中心北京瑰丽酒店3层 (6536

0083)

Elements

Free mojitos, champagne and cosmos,

9pm-1am.

> 58 Gongti Xi Men, Chaoyang 朝阳区工

体西门58号 (6551 2373)

4Corners

Ladies get 15 percent off red wine. cheap shots and drink deals at 4Corners’ weekly celebration of KTV.

> Dashibei Hutong, Dongcheng 东城区石

杯胡同7号 (6401 7797)

Xian

Whiskey night, discounts on special selected whiskeys.

> All night, 1/F, 22 Jiuxianqiao Lu,

Chaoyang 朝阳区酒仙桥路22号1层 (8414

9810)

THURSDAY

Domain

Happy Burger’s Day, 2 for 1 Burger promotion.

> 10.30am-2pm, 2/F, 22 Jiuxianqiao Lu,

Chaoyang 朝阳区酒仙桥路22号2层 (8414

9830)

Opus Terrace

Ladies enjoy free cocktails; on Fridays, it’s bachelors night, where chaps get

50 percent off beer and burgers at the same times, 5-8pm.

> Opus Bar & Terrace, 48 Liangmaqiao

Lu, Chaoyang 朝阳区亮马桥路48号

(5695 8888)

MEI

Free martinis for ladies from 9-11pm followed by a midnight lucky draw.

> 5F Rosewood Beijing, Jing Guang

Centre, Hujialou, Chaoyang 朝阳区呼家

楼一号京广中心北京瑰丽酒店3层 (6536

0083)

Tiago

5.30-8.30pm, RMB100 for free flow on selected alcoholic beverages.

> Shop L173, Indigo Mall, 18 Jiuxianqiao

Lu, Chaoyang 朝阳区酒仙桥路18号颐堤港

购物中心L173商铺 6438 8772

FRIDAY

Mesh

House Champagne buy 1 bottle get 1 free.

> Bldg 1, The Opposite House, 11

Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang 朝阳区三里屯路11

号瑜舍酒店1号楼 (6410 5220)

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Parlor

Daily 6-8pm, buy one get one for free.

> 39-8 Xingfuercun, Chaoyang 朝阳区幸

福二村39-8 (8444 4135 )

The Big Smoke

Daily 4-7pm, 20 percent off all cocktails, house wines and beers.

> 57 Xingfucun Zhonglu, Chaoyang 朝阳

区幸福村中路57号楼利世楼 (6416 2683)

Blue Frog

Daily 4-8pm, buy-one-get-one-free all drinks.

> Daily 10.00am-late. Sanlitun: Level 3,

S2 Tower, S2-30 Taikoo Li, Sanlitun Lu,

Chaoyang District 朝阳区三里屯路太

古里3层S2-30 (6417 4030) Additional branches in Jiuxianqiao and U-Town (see www.bluefrog.com.cn for details)

Centro

Daily 5-8pm, two-for-one deals.

> Shangri-la’s Kerry Centre Hotel Beijing,

1/F, 1 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang 朝阳区光

华路1号香格里拉北京嘉里中心大酒店1层

(6561 8833 ext. 42)

Feast (Food by East)

Works for dinner, 2 course RMB168+15% with a glass of wine or soft drinks.

> 5.30-10.30pm, 2/F, 22 Jiuxianqiao Lu,

Chaoyang 朝阳区酒仙桥路22号2层 (8414

9820)

Flamme

Cocktail, beers and wine by the glass are

50 percent off from 3-7.30pm daily.

> S4-33, 3/F, Sanlitun Taikooli, 19 Sanlitun

Lu, Chaoyang 朝阳区三里屯路19号三里屯

太古里南区3层S4-33 (6417 8608)

Modo Urban Deli

4-7pm cocktails and house wine RMB25 and beer RMB15.

> S10-31, 3/F, Bldg 8, Sanlitun Taikooli

South, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang 朝阳区

三里屯路19号三里屯太古里南区8号楼S10-

31 (6415 7207)

Mosaic

4-8pm daily happy hour.

> Daily 12pm-2am; 32 S. Sanlitun St

(Behind/North of Yashow Silk Market),

Chaoyang 朝阳区三里屯南32号楼临街店

(137 1883 7065)

Mosto

6-7pm discounts on cocktails, wine and beer.

> 3/F Nali Patio, 81 Sanlitun Beilu,

Chaoyang 朝阳区三里屯北路81号那里花

园3层 (5208 6030)

NOLA

3-8pm. Sun-Thu, half price on Pabst

Blue Ribbon, Tsingtao and all cocktails including daiquiris.

> A-11 Xiushui Nanjie, Jianguomenwai

Dajie, Chaoyang 朝阳区建国门外大街秀水

南街A-11 (8563 6215)

R Lounge

Daily 6-9pm, two-for-one standard drinks and cocktails.

> 4/F, Renaissance Beijing Capital Hotel,

61 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang 朝

阳区东三环中路61号北京富力万丽酒店4

层 (5863 8112)

Transit

Daily 6pm-7:30pm, two-for-one.

> N4-36, Sanlitun Taikooli North, 11

Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang 朝阳区三里屯路11

号三里屯太古里北区N4-36号 (6417 9090)

Isola

11:30am-3pm. Lunch for RMB138.

3-6pm Fashion high tea

5-8pm Happy hour, two-for-one on selected drinks

6-10:30 Dinner set menu, 2-course

RMB238, 3-course RMB258.

> N3-47, 3/F, Building 3, Taikoo Li North,

Chaoyang 朝阳区三里屯路11号院太古里

北区N3-37和 47商铺 (6416 3499)

Bene Restaurant

Daily 11.30am-2pm. RMB98 includes antipasto with main course, pizza or pasta.

> Sheraton Dongcheng, 36 Beisanhuan

Donglu, Dongcheng 东城区北三环东路

36号 (5798 8888)

Cafe Sambal

Nasi Campur Malaysian set: two meats and vegetables each, varying daily. With soup, appetizer for RMB78. Curry sets from RMB55-65

> See Listings for details

Beijing Marriott Hotel

Daily 11.30-2pm, dumplings, noodles and desserts, including juice or tea,

RMB118. Sun/Sat 11.30-2pm, dim sum, lobster and unlimited beer, RMB168.

> 26A Xiaoyun Road, Chaoyang 朝阳区霄

云路甲26号 北京海航大厦万豪酒店(5927

8888)

Vivid

Daily, 6pm-10pm, two-for-one drinks.

> Vivid, Level 5, Conrad Beijing, 29 North

Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang 朝阳区东

三环北路29号北京康莱德酒店5层 (6584

6310)

Transit

Daily 12pm-2.30pm. Choice of appetizers, mains, rice or noodles with dessert for RMB88.

> N4-36/37 Sanlitun Taikooli North, 11

Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang 朝阳区三里屯路11

号三里屯太古里北区N4-36号 (6417 9090)

Tiago

Buy one, get from free refill during happy hour, 4-8pm.

> Shop L173, Indigo Mall, 18 Jiuxianqiao

Lu, Chaoyang 朝阳区酒仙桥路18号颐堤港

购物中心L173商铺 6438 8772

WEEKEND

SATURDAY

Great Leap Brewing

All day Tuesday and Sunday, one select beer at RMB25.

>At Xinzhong Lu branch, (see listings for details)

R Lounge

Selection of drinks for free all night.

> 61 Dongsanhuan Zhong Lu, Chaoyang

朝阳区东三环中路61号北京富力万丽酒店

4层 (5863 8241)

SUNDAY

Great Leap Brewing

All day Tuesday and Sunday, one select beer at RMB25.

>At Xinzhong Lu branch, (see listings for details)

The Village Cafe

Sun 3:30pm-sold out. Sunday roast

RMB98 (+15%; 50% off for kids under

12)

> The Opposite House, Building 1, No. 11

Sanlitun Road, Chaoyang 朝阳区三里屯路

11 号院 1 号楼瑜舍酒店

Qi

Sun 11.30am-2pm, all-you-can-eat dim sum including one double-boiled soup for RMB288 per person. Add a bottle of

Dom Perignon for RMB1988 for two.

> Ritz-Carlton Beijing Financial Street,

Jinchengfang Dong, 1 Jinrong Jie,

Xicheng 西城区金城坊东金融街1号 (6601

6666)

Senses and Prego

Sun 11.30am-3pm, Retrolicious

Champagne Brunch, international and Asian specialties with free flow champagne, wines, cocktails and juices for RMB 458. Prices subject to 15 percent service.

> The Westin Beijing Financial Street, 9B

Financial Street, Xicheng 西城区金融大街

乙9号(6629 7810)

Seasonal Tastes

Sun 11.30am-3pm Unlimited buffet for

RMB428-498 per person plus 15 percent surcharge.

> Westin Chaoyang, 7 North

Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang 朝阳区东

三环北路7号(5922 8880)

Sureño

RMB228 for 2 courses, RMB328 for 3 courses. Supplement RMB150 for free flow cocktails; supplement RMB200 for free flow Champaign (all prices subject to 15% service charge)

> Bldg 1, The Opposite House, 11

Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang 朝阳区三里屯路11

号瑜舍酒店1号楼 (6410 5240)

Vasco’s

Sun 11.30am-3pm, international buffet with free-flow champagne for RMB458 plus 15 percent service charge.

> Hilton Beijing Wangfujing, 8

Wangfujing Dongjie, Dongcheng 东城区

王府井东街8号(5812 8888 ext. 8411)

SATURDAY TO SUNDAY

Agua

Sat-Sun, Agua’s Infinity Weekend Brunch is RMB298 for infinite food, plus RMB168 for free flow drinks.

> 12-2:30pm (free flow until 3pm),

Agua, 4/F Nali Patio, 81 Sanlitun Beilu,

Chaoyang 朝阳区三里屯北路81号那里花

园4楼D308号 (5208 6188)

Aroma

Sat-Sun 11.30am-3pm, international buffet starting at RMB518 plus 15 percent service charge.

> Ritz-Carlton Beijing, 83A Jianguo Lu,

China Central Place, Chaoyang 朝阳区建

国路83甲(5908 8161)

Café Sambal

Sat-Sun, RMB98, Café Sambal is rolling out weekend brunch. Three courses plus coffee, tea or fruit punch.

> 43 Doufuchi Hutong, Jiugulou Dajie,

Dongcheng 东城区旧鼓楼大街豆腐池胡同

43号 (6400 4875)

Eudora Station

Sat-Sun 10am-3pm, breakfast buffet with one main and free flow juice or coffee for RMB98.

> Opposite Lido Palace, 6 Fangyuan Xi

Lu. Chaoyang 朝阳区芳园西路6号(6437

8331)

Migas

Migas rocks two different brunch options: Saturday, grilled meat heavy; and Sunday, paella heavy (both RMB210,

+RMB138 for 2hrs free flow cava, coffee, tea soft drinks).

> Daily 12pm-3pm; Migas 6/F Nali Patio,

Sanlitun Beijie, Chaoyang 朝阳区三里屯

北街那里花园6层

Sui Yuan

Sat-Sun and public holidays 10.30am-

2.30pm, unlimited dim sum for RMB128 plus 15 percent surcharge.

> Hilton Double Tree, 168 Guang’anmen

Waidajie, Xicheng 西城区广安门外大街

168号 (6338 1999 ext. 1726)

Tiago

Weekend brunch from noon-4pm.

> Shop L173, Indigo Mall, 18 Jiuxianqiao

Lu, Chaoyang 朝阳区酒仙桥路18号颐堤港

购物中心L173商铺 6438 8772

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DRAGON PALACE, THE KEMPINSKI HOTEL

BEIJING LUFTHANSA CENTER

Unleash The Dragon

The Kempinski is home to some of our favourite European bites in the city

(Kempi Deli, Paulaner Bräuhaus and Via Roma are all regular award-winners in our annual Golden Fork Restaurant Awards). But it would be foolish to ignore the superb Chinese food also on offer at the hotel. We paid a visit to the recently refurbished Dragon Palace, and found the Cantonese fare on the new menu to be just as outstanding as we’d hoped. Ranging from hearty claypots to one of the best seafood selections in the city, the restaurant’s menu focuses on fresh ingredients and delicate flavors. Our top tip: Try the sumptuous prawn meatballs (RMB218), which have been wok-fried and coated in chopped nuts and citrus mayonnaise. But with its exquisite decoration and attentive staff,

Dragon Palace is as much about the experience as the cuisine. A truly authentic taste of China in one of Beijing’s most international locales.

> Daily, 11.30am-2pm, 5.30pm-10pm; Dragon Palace, 1/F, Kempinksi Hotel

Beijing Lufthansa Center, 50 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang 朝阳区亮马桥路50号凯

宾斯基饭店1层 (6465 3388 ext. 4217)

RESTAURANTS

The Hot One Hundred

About This guide represents our editors’ top 100 picks, and includes some That’s

Beijing advertisers. Restaurants rated(*) have been personally reviewed by our experts, and scored according to the cuisine, experience and affordability.

CHINESE

Contemporary & Mixed Cuisine

8 Qi Nian 祈年8 (Cantonese/Sichuan)

The New World Hotel’s flagship restaurant has classic Chinese cuisine in abundance, as well as some vitality-restoring medicinal soups. (Their decent wine list is just as effective.)

> Mon-Fri 11:30am-2:15pm, 5:30-9:30pm, Sat/Sun

12-2:45pm, 5:30-9:30pm; 2/F, New World Hotel, 8

Qinian Dajie, Dongcheng 东城区祈年大街8号新世界

酒店2层 (5960 8822)

Din Tai Fung 鼎泰丰

¥ (Taiwanese)

This Taipei-based franchise impressed Ken

Hom enough to call it one of the best 10 eateries in the world, back in 1993. Famous for its dependably delicious xiaolongbao or little steam buns. Book ahead, there’s always a long wait.

> Daily 11.30am-2.30pm, 5-10pm, weekends

11.30am-10pm; 24 Middle Street, Xinyuanxili,

Chaoyang 朝阳区新源西里中街24号 (近渔阳饭店)

(6462 4502) > Additional branches in Shin Kong

Place; Parkview Green; Grand Pacific Mall Xidan;

Modern Plaza Zhongguancun; see www.dintaifung.

com.cn for details

Jing Yaa Tang 京雅堂 (Chinese, Peking

Duck)

Resembling something between a nightclub and a theater, the Opposite House’s basement restaurant proves to be more than just style over substance with their range of expertly prepared classic dishes.

> Daily 12-10:30pm, B1/F, The Opposite House,

Sanlitun Bei Lu, Chaoyang 朝阳区三里屯路11号院1号

楼瑜舍酒B1楼 (6410 5230)

Peking Duck

The Horizon 海天阁 (Cantonese Beijing

Duck) **

Kerry Hotel’s Chinese restaurant has widened its predominantly Cantonese and Sichuan horizons to include dim sum, double-boiled soups and Peking duck – and the roast bird here really is fabulous.

> Daily 11.30am-2.30pm, 5:30pm-10pm 1/F, Beijing

Kerry Hotel, 1 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang 朝阳区光华路

1号嘉里中心1层 (8565 2188)

Honglu 红炉

>Daily 11am-9.30pm, 5/F Beijing Raffles City, 1

Dongzhimen Nan Dajie, Dongcheng 东城区东直门

南大街1号北京来福士购物中心05层01号(8409 8199

/ 84094310); Daily 11am-10pm, 6 Sanlitun Nanlu,

Chaoyang朝阳区三里屯南6号楼南侧60米(6595 9872

/ 6593 8970)

Country Kitchen

The name ‘Country Kitchen’ may sound like a diner, but a diner this is not. Rosewood

Beijing’s resplendent Northern Chinese restaurant serves elegant Hebei fare unlike you’ve ever had. Excellent peking duck is on offer as well.

> Daily 11.30am-2.30pm and 5.30-10:30pm; 3F

Rosewood Beijing, Jing Guang Centre, Hujialou,

Chaoyang 朝阳区呼家楼一号京广中心北京瑰丽酒店

3层 (6597 8888)

Da Dong 大董

Among the city’s most famous haunts, Da

Dong guarantees slick cuts of Beijing-style roast duck and delectable wrap fillings. The venue’s a class act and the plum sauce is hard to follow.

> Daily 11am-10pm; 22 Dongsishitiao, Dongcheng

东城区东四十条甲22号 (5169 0328); see www.dadongdadong.com for more locations

Duck de Chine 全鸭季

¥ *

Good duck is meant to show your guests how wonderful you are, as much as the food. Duck De Chine does that in spades, with fantastic presentation of its crispy, succulent duck (RMB188).

Expensive...................................

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Top Ten ....................................

**

> Daily 11.30am-2.30pm, 6-10.30pm; Courtyard 4,

1949 The Hidden City, Gongti Bei Lu, Chaoyang 朝

阳区工体北路4号院 (6501 8881) ; 98 Jinbao Jie,

Dongcheng 东城区金宝街98号 (6521 2221)

Xihe Village Restaurant and Bar

> Mon-Fri Lunch: 11am-2.30pm; Dinner: 5-9pm;

Sun: 11am-9pm, S9-33, 3/F, South Area of Sanlitun

Taikooli, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang 朝阳区三里屯路19

号三里屯太古里南区三层S9-33(6417 6082)

Shanghai

Shanghai Min 小南国

Many swear this chain has the best

Shanghai-style hongshaorou north of the

Yangtze. The jury’s out, but its popularity remains.

> 0505, 5/F Raffles City Mall, 1 Dongzhimen Nan

Dajie, Dongcheng 东城区东直门南大街1号来福士

购物中心5楼0505号铺 (400 820 9777)> Additional branches in Financial Street; Jinbao Jie; Oriental

Plaza; Sanlitun Soho; Xinyuan Nan Lu (see www.

online.thatsmags.com for details)

Wang Jia Sha 王家沙

Modern Shanghai cuisine – popular with

Hong Kong celebrities – famed for its crabmeat dumplings. Try the spiced-salt ribs

(RMB62) for a bit of Adam action.

> Daily, S1-30a Taikoo Li Sanlitun (on the third floor of i.t shop) 朝阳区三里屯路19号院太古里1号楼3层

S1-30a号商铺 (6416 3469)

Sichuan/Hunan

Chuan Ban 川办

*

This bright, modestly decorated dining hall is frequently cited as Beijing’s best Sichuan restaurant.

> Mon-Fri 7-9am, 10.50am-2pm, 4.50-9.30pm; Sat-

Sun 7am-10pm; 5 Gongyuan Toutiao, Jianguomennei

Dajie, Dongcheng 东城区建国门内贡院头条5号 (6512

2277, ext. 6101)

Karaiya Spice House 辣屋

*

Bold and fiery Hunan cuisine in the most serene of restaurant interiors. Don’t miss the dry roasted duck with a dozen spices and stir fried bullfrog with shiso leaves and ginger. Peanut milk is there to soothe the palate: you’ll need it.

> Daily 11:30am-2pm, 5:30-10pm; 3/F, Sanlitun

Taikoo Li South, Chaoyang 朝阳区三里屯太古里19号

院南区三层S9-30 (6415 3535)

South Memory 望湘园

This restaurant chain is the Hunan staple in the capital. The trademark shilixiang

niurou (fragrant beef), duojiao shuangse

yutou (dual-colour spiced fish head) and meltingly tender frog dishes are among the favorites with locals.

> Daily 11am-10pm; 2/F, 230-232, Fenglian Plaza, 18

Chaoyangmen Wai Dajie, Chaoyang 朝阳区朝外大街

18号丰联广场2楼230-232号 (6588 1797); see www.

southmemory.com for more locations

Yu Xin 渝信川菜

Open since 1993, Yu Xin’s authentic Sichuan dishes have earned a loyal fanbase. Their

liangfen – a jelly-like substance cut into chunky strips and dressed in an addictive spicy sauce – hits the spot. The rustic, intimate setting of bamboo cubicles and swift, friendly service complete the experience.

> Daily 11am-10pm; 5A Xingfu Yicun Xili, Chaoyang

朝阳区幸福一村西里甲5号 see www.yuxin1997.com for other locations.

Transit 渡金湖

¥¥ **

Sichuan is known for its blazing spices and hot climate. While the latter isn’t able to be replicated, the creative minds at Transit have made some fiery additions to the classical, chili-thumping canon, and they will charge you for that knowledge. But unlike many equally expensive joints, this is highend Chinese dining at its best.

> Daily 12-2.30pm, 6 -10pm; N4-36, Sanlitun Taikoo Li

North, 11 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang 朝阳区三里屯路11

号三里屯太古里北区N4-36号 (6417 9090)

Yunnan

Dali Courtyard 大里院子

*

If you like authentic Yunnanese food, you’ll have to trust the staff: there’s no menu, it all just arrives in an intimate courtyard setting. The price (RMB120/person) matches the rustic ingredients.

> Daily 12-2pm, 6-10.30pm; Gulou Dong Dajie, 67

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Xiaojingchang Hutong, Dongcheng 东城区鼓楼东大

街小经厂胡同67号 (8404 1430)

Lost Heaven 花马天堂 (Yunnan, SE Asian)

An emphasis on Yunnan characterizes this menu’s fresh journey through the SE Asia passage, with a grandiose yet dark teak interior.

> Daily noon-2pm, 5pm-10.30 (bar open till 1am).

Ch’ien Men 23, 23 Qianmen Dongdajie, Dongcheng

东城区前门东大街23号(8516 2698)

Middle 8 Restaurant 8

*

An oasis at the top of Taikoo Li, Middle 8 is the go-to destination for fresh authentic

Yunnan cuisine. The restaurant, stylish yet understated, has plenty of flavorsome wellpriced dishes and a killer view to boot.

> Sanlitun: Daily 11am-10pm, Taikoo Li Sanlitun

South South Area F4, Chaoyang 朝阳区三里屯太古

里南区4层(6415 8858); Indigo: Daily 11am-10pm,

Jiuxianqiao Road No.20 Indigo F2 , Chaoyang 朝阳区

酒仙桥路20号颐堤港2层(8420 0883); Zhongguancun:

Daily 11am-10pm, Zhongguancun Plaza Pedestrian

Street, No.R17, Haidian海淀区中关村广场步行街R17

号(5172 1728); Fenglan: Daily 11am-10pm, Xizhimen

North Street No.32 Maples International Center Blok

B, 1 Floor, Haidian海淀区西直门大街32号枫蓝国际中

心B座1层(6223 5583)

Youyun

> Daily, 10am-11pm, 63 Babaokeng Hutong,

Beixinqiao, Dongcheng 东城区北新桥八宝坑胡同63

号 6407 2050 / 185 1092 0709

Yun’er Small Town 云洱小镇

Folksy and affordable Yunnanese fare on

Beiluoguxiang. Fragrant dishes including the jasmine bulbs with scrambled eggs, lemongrass shrimp and banana leaf wrapped bolete mushrooms will keep us crawling back.

> Daily 10am-11pm, 84 Beiluoguxiang, Dongcheng

东城区北锣鼓巷84号 (8404 2407)

Dumplings

Baoyuan Jiaoziwu 宝源饺子屋

Famous for their rainbow of dyed dumplings, Baoyuan have their jiaozi (six, under

RMB10) wrapped in a larger yuanbao silver-ingot shape, with creative vegetarian options and authentic Sichuan food.

> Daily 11am-10pm; north of 6 Maizidian Jie,

Chaoyang 朝阳区麦子店街6号楼北侧 (6586 4967)

Mr Shi’s Dumplings 老石饺子馆

Since recieving a Lonely Planet recommendation the prices have risen and the walls are covered in backpackers’ scribbles, but the fantastic dumplings – boiled and fried – are still fantastic.

> 74 Baochao Hutong, Gulou Dong Dajie,

Dongcheng 东城区鼓楼东大街宝钞胡同74号 (8405

0399, 131 6100 3826)

Regional

Crescent Moon (Xinjiang) *

Roast mutton enthusiasts go over the moon at this reputable Xinjiang Muslim restaurant. Eastern European and Central

Asian influences are evident throughout, with peppery and cumin-spiced dishes livening up traditional Chinese favorites.

> Daily 10am-11:30pm; 16 Dongsi Liutiao,

Dongcheng 东四六条16号 (6400 5281)

(Cantonese)

Featuring modern Ming elements with inspired paintings from Xu Wei, a painter, calligrapher and food and wine connoisseur, the quintessentially authentic house of agriculture produces, Jia Chinese restaurant serves exquisite traditional Cantonese specialties in their purest form with chefs hailing from Hong Kong. Using the freshest ingredients from NUO’s very own green farms, NUO Hotel Beijing provides an alternative green gourmet option in town.

>Mon-Fri: 11.30am-2pm, 5.30-10pm; Sat-Sun: 11am-

2.30pm, 5.30-10pm; 1/F, NUO Hotel Beijing, 2A

Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang 朝阳区将台路甲2号北京诺金酒

店一层(5926 8281)

Da Gui (Guizhou)

Guizhou’s famed hot-and-sour cuisine nestled into a charming traditional alleyway.

Munch happily into pickled greens and don’t miss the salty-sweet deep-fried black sesame balls. They’re sensational.

> Daily 10am-2pm, 5-10pm; 69 Daxing Hutong,

Jiaodaokou, Dongcheng 东城区交道口大兴胡同69

号 (6407 1800)

Jia Chinese Restaurant禾家中餐厅Makye

Ame (Tibetan)

Determined to prove that Tibetan cuisine consists of more than just yak-butter tea, the Beijing branch of this nationwide chain serves up nomadic classics such as curried potatoes and roast lamb.

> Daily 10-midnight; 11A Xiushui Nanjie,

Jianguomenwai, Chaoyang 朝阳区建国门外秀水南街

甲11号 (6506 9616)

Xinjiang Red Rose (Xinjiang) *

One of Beijing’s most famous Xinjiang restaurant, Red Rose serves some of the tenderest lamb skewers around, matched by enormous servings of classics like da-

panji (a chicken, potato and pepper stew),

latiaozi (noodles with a spicy tomato sauce) and nang (baked flatbrea).

> Daily 10.30am-11pm; Inside 7 Xingfuyicun, opposite Workers’ Stadium North Gate, Chaoyang 朝阳区

工人体育场北门对面幸福一村7巷内 (6415 5741)

WESTERN

Fine Dining

Barolo ¥¥ (Italian) *

Average Italian abounds in Beijing: not here, though. Quite the opposite, in fact, meaning Barolo is as well-regarded as the

Piedmont wine it is named after.

> Mon-Sun 11.30am-2pm, 6pm-10pm. Ritz Carlton

Hotel, China Central Place, 83A Jianguo Lu,

Chaoyang 朝阳区建国路甲83号华贸中心丽思卡尔顿

酒店内 (5908 8151) 

Maison Flo ¥¥ (French) *

Marble slabs, mosaic floors and brass fittings establish the Parisian bona fides; dishes like snails (RMB78), oysters (RMB48 each) and steak tartare (RMB158) confirm.

The grandeur is matched only by the service, and the prices reflect the authenticity of the experience.

> Daily 11am-midnight; 18 Xiaoyun Lu, Chaoyang 朝

阳区霄云路18号 (6595 5135)

The Georg **

This hutong mansion has an elegant restaurant, leather-couched lounge area, sleek bar and sick location near Houhai. But most importantly, it has some of the most thoughtful, innovative cuisine in town. Go for a dinner you won’t forget.

>10.30am-midnight (dinner 6-10.30pm), closed

Mondays; 45 Dongbuyaqiao Hutong, Dongcheng 东

城区东不压桥胡同45号 (8408 5300)

Capital M ¥ (Contemporary Western) **

The Art Deco interior, swish staff and breathtaking views over the archery towers from Qianmen ensures the pinnacle of al-fresco dining, with world-class modern

European stylings and deliciously posh afternoon tea.

> Daily 11.30am-10.30pm. Floor 3, 2 Qianmen

Buxingjie, Dongcheng 东城区前门步行街2号3层

(6702 2727)

Héritage ¥¥

A French country-style chateau in the heart of Beijing. A chef de cuisine with

Michelin star restaurant experience and an extensive wine cellar make this Sofitel Hotel restaurant one of the best French dining experiences in town.

> 6F Sofitel Wanda Beijing, Tower C, Wanda Plaza,

93 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang 朝阳区建国路93号万达广场

C座索菲特酒店6层 (8599 6666)

Temple Restaurant Beijing (TRB) ¥¥ **

Setting is everything here, especially if it’s fashioned inside a restored Buddhist temple. The bold contemporary European

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TIAGO HOME KITCHEN

Fresh Out of the Home Kitchen

New season, new menu – and, as usual, Tiago Home Kitchen does not disappoint. The Italian restaurant has long been a favorite of ours for its fresh flavors and home-style food from tasty pizza to chargrilled Australian steak. New additions to the menu are aplenty and we especially love the grilled salmon with vegetables and seafood soup (RMB128), flavorsome Spanish paella (RMB228) and Italian premium seafood pasta (RMB198 for two people). Tiago’s famous tiramisu is also refreshed with the addition of a matcha flavor (RMB49, limited time only). Not only does Tiago offer top nosh, but the Joy City and Indigo mall locations also ensure it’s a good spot to relax and unwind after a hectic day of shopping.

> Tiago Home Kitchen (see Listings for details)

FIORENTINA

New Menu on the Block

Just in time for summer, Fiorentina has a new menu. Thanks to new Executive

Chef Fabrizio Sartor, the new dishes wow guests with both their unique presentation and deliciously authentic Italian flavors. The Capesante alla Veneziana

(RMB168) – scallops served in their shells, topped with garlic, parsley and lard

– come on a plate that’s as big as your table. The Salmone Affumicato (RMB128) is equally impressive – a massive hunk of shimmering, home-smoked salmon is cut for you before your eyes.

Chef Sartor has also prepared a variety of pasta dishes for his new menu, but the green-and-black Scacco Matto (RMB158) – spinach and black ink ravioli – is the standout. As for risotto, his Risotto Rane & Asparagi Nella Forma (RMB258) comes on fire, and sitting atop a massive wheel of parmesan.

Chef Sartor has lent an air of theatricality to the restaurant’s cuisine. Indeed, most dishes are presented in exciting, photo-worthy ways. But ultimately, making incredible Italian food that tastes great comes first. And at Fiorentina, they’ve succeeded at doing just that.

> Fiorentina (see Listings for details)

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MOMO CAFÉ

They’re Grilling It

Summer means barbecues. And nobody understands this like the cooks at

MoMo Café, who are offering a BBQ buffet now through September. Drop by the Lido restaurant for a huge selection of freshly grilled meats including roast suckling pig, roasted whole lamb and seafood. Veg lovers ought not worry – the spread comes alongside a full buffet of both hot dishes and salads, plus free-flow juice and soft drinks (add RMB50 for free-flow beer). MoMo Café’s comfortable space and friendly service make it the perfect option for families and groups of friends alike.

> RMB263 per person, RMB193 for registered hotel guests and WeChat followers; Daily, 6-9pm; MoMo Café, Courtyard By Marriott Beijing Northeast, 101

Jingmi Lu, Chaoyang 朝阳区京密路101号北京人济万怡酒店LG层下沉广场 (5907

6277) cuisine is fitting in majesty and the service alone is worthy of worship.

> Daily 11.30am-2.30pm, 6-10pm; 23 Songzhusi

Temple, Shatan Beijie, Dongcheng 东城区沙滩北街嵩

祝寺23号 (8400 2232)

Mio ¥¥

Glitzy Italian fare at the Four Seasons, with a mobile Bellini cart, wheeled straight to your table.The Chef crafts a superb squash tortellini by hand, and pampers diners with desserts like the deconstructed tiramisu.

>Daily lunch 11.30am - 2.30pm, dinner 5.30pm

-10.30pm, Four Seasons Hotel, 48 Liangmaqiao

Lu, Chaoyang, 朝阳区亮马桥路48号北京四季酒店

(5695 8888)

Grange Grill **

Located in the Westin Beijing Chaoyang,

Grange Grill serves up some of the city’s best steak, seafood and grill offerings. The restaurant’s welcoming decor provides a relaxing atmosphere to enjoy a cocktail or a glass of fine vintage from the extensive wine collection. Be sure to try the ‘luxurious oyster feast,’ where you can enjoy the delicacy raw, grilled or with cheese.

> Lunch: Mon-Fri 11.30am-2.30pm, Sat and Sun

11.30am-3.pm; Dinner: Daily 5.30-10.30pm; The

Westin Beijing Chaoyang 7 North East Third Ring

Road, Chaoyang 东三环北路7号 (5922 8888)

Contemporary Western

Alfie’s ¥ (British)

What’s all this about, then? British gastropub classics, (like pukker fish and chips,

RMB188), a swanky gentleman’s club interior, and located in a chic modern art gallery-cum-mall. That’s what, mate.

> Daily, 11:30am-2:30pm, 5:30-10pm, brunch served on weekends; Parkview Green, 9 Dongdaqiao Lu,

Chaoyang 朝阳区东大桥路9号芳草地L1-22 (5662

8777)

Bistrot B

Rosewood Beijing’s exquisite French restaurant is the sort of place chefs like to eat.

Expect lavish luxury.

> Daily, 11.30am-2.30pm and 5.30-10:30pm; 1F

Rosewood Beijing, Jing Guang Centre, Hujialou,

Chaoyang 朝阳区呼家楼一号京广中心北京瑰丽酒店

3层 (6536 0066)

Caribeño (Latin)

Heavy Cuban influence, but there are dishes from all over the Latin continent here. The Ropa Vieja (shredded beef on potato) is excellent – as are the Mojitos.

> Daily 11:30am-9:30pm, 1/F, China Overseas Plaza,

8 Guanghua Dongli, Chaoyang 朝阳区光华东里8号中

海广场北楼1层 (5977 2789)

Chi (Organic, Fusion)

Hutong set-menu dining par-excellence, with organic ingredients all locally sourced.

From the owners of neighboring Saffron.

> Daily, opens 10:30am, last order 9:30pm, 67

Wudaoying Hutong, Dongcheng 东城区五道营胡同

67号 (6445 7076)

Lin’s Dinning

> Daily 11am-10pm, 2/F, New Grand Dynasty Hotel,

58 Maizidian Jie, Chaoyang 朝阳区麦子店街58号新

大宗饭店二层(6500 6766)

C Pearl (Oysters, Seafood) ¥ *

This slick oyster restaurant imports fresh shells from Canada, South Africa, France,

USA and more – and they are well worth the price. The fries are the best we’ve had in Beijing, beer and wine selection also excellent.

> Tue-Sun 5.30pm-2am; 14-2, Bldg 14, Shunyuanli,

Xinyuan Jie, Yansha Qiao, Chaoyang 朝阳区燕莎桥新

源街顺源里14号楼14-2号 (5724 5886)

Feast (Food by East)

Bustling café with a philosophy of ‘Simple things, done well’. International favorites,

LISTINGS using freshest ingredients , cooked on the spot.

>Daily 6am-10.30pm, 2/F, EAST Beijing, 22

Jiuxianqiao Lu,Chaoyang 朝阳区酒仙桥路22号东隅酒

店2层 8414 9820

Grill 79 (Steak)

With views this good, Grill 79 would probably make it onto the list even if the food was terrible. It’s something of a bonus then that the kitchen is superb, and supported by one of the most extensive wine lists in town.

> Daily 6.30-10.30am, noon-2pm, 6-10pm. 79/F,

China World Trade Center Phase 3, 1 Jianguomenwai

Dajie, Chaoyang 朝阳区建国门外大街1号国贸大酒店

79楼 (6505 2299 ext 6424)

JF Royal Teahouse

>Daily 10am-9:30pm;B215 China World Trade

Center Tower 3, Jintong East Road,Chaoyang Beijing

北京市朝阳区国贸商城区域3 地下二层B215(8535

1625)

Miss K Cafe (Xing Fu Cafe)

Whether it’s a rainy morning or a sunny afternoon, relax with your favorite novel and a cup of freshly brewed coffee. Experience a quiet moment of serenity amid the hustle and bustle of Beijing.

>Daily, 8am-8.30pm; 1/F, Tower A, East Gate Plaza,

Dongzhimen, Dongcheng 东城区东直门东环广场A座

一层幸福咖啡馆 (6418 1096)

Mosto (European, South American) ¥ *

A perpetually busy lunch and evening spot, thanks to chef Daniel Urdaneta’s skill for modernising South American-style dishes like ceviche and risotto in his open kitchen.

> Sun-Thu noon-2.30pm, 6-10pm; Fri-Sat noon-

2.30pm, 6-10.30pm. 3/F, Nali Patio, 81 Sanlitun Lu,

Chaoyang 朝阳区三里屯路81号那里花园3层 (5208

6030)

Sizzler

Sizzler invented ‘casual dining’ in Australia when it introduced the first soup, salad, pasta and fresh fruit concept. Since those pioneering days, it has expanded its ‘classic grill’ to include, not only steak and seafood, but also delicious chicken dishes, BBQ ribs, combination meals and burgers.

‘Variety’ and ‘freedom to choose’ set Sizzler apart from other dining experiences. At

Sizzler customers are free to control the volume, nutritional balance and variety of each meal by ordering from the grill and helping themselves to our famous soup, salad, pasta and fruits.

>All stores open daily, 10am-10pm ;Wangfujing

Oriental Plaza Store 王府井东方广场店 (8518 6315);

Chongwenmen Glory Mall Store 崇文门国瑞购物中

心店 (6714 0399); Wangjing Capital Mall 望京凯德购

物中心店 (6471 3876); Wanliu BHG 万柳华联商场店

(8258 9405) Wan Shoulu Crystal Capital Mall 万寿路

凯德晶品店 (6826 086); Xizhimen Capital Mall 西直

门凯德购物中心店Mall (5830 2199); Sanlitun Shimao

Gongsan 三里屯世茂工三店 (8400 4014); Changying

Paradise Walk 常营龙湖天街店 (8539 0438); Tianjin

Joy City 天津大悦城店 (8728 1620)

The English Tearoom英国茶房

>Daily 10am-9.30pm; 101, Bldg 10, North area of

Xiangyun Town, 9 Antai Dajie, Shunyi 顺义区安泰

大街9号院中粮祥云小镇北区10号楼101(8047 9661

/ 8047 9661); Daliy 10am-7pm Creativity Garden,1

Shunhuang Lu,Sunhe xiang,Chaoyang 朝阳区孙河

乡顺黄路甲1号创意园内(8459 4407)

Tomacado

Tomacado is indeed a mash-up of ‘tomato’ and ‘avocado’ – and while you’ll certainly find these ingredients on the menu, you can also expect pleasant drinks, light soups and heartier main courses from this charming cafe. Fowers are also available for sale.

> Daily 10am-10pm (Lunch start from 11am, Only afternoon tea served on Mon-Fri 2.30-5pm), No.

19/20, B1/F, Jia Ming Center, 27 Dongsanhuan Beilu,

Chaoyang 朝阳区东三环北路27号嘉铭中心地下一层

19/20号(6500 3354)

VIC

Not to be confused with the notorious nightclub of the same name, this VIC is the Sofitel Beijing’s casual dining restaurant. All the major world cuisines are in attendance here – make sure you pay special attentions to the French-inspired breads and pastries – as is the customary

Sunday champagne brunch.

> Sofitel Wanda Beijing, Tower C, Wanda Plaza, 93

Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang 朝阳区建国路93号万达广场C

座索菲特酒店6层 (8599 6666)

Yi House (Contemporary Western)

Nestled in the confines of 798, Yi’s great tasting brunch is bettered only by their wide range of cocktails. Sundays offer jazz brunches with lobster and champagne.

> Daily 11am-3pm, 6pm-12am; 2 Jiuxianqiao Lu, 798

Yishu Qu, No.1 706 Houjie, Chaoyang 朝阳区酒仙桥

路2号院798艺术区706后街1号 (6436 1818)

Wood

>Daily 10.30am-11pm, Lakeside Gourmet Street,

Solana, 6 Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang 朝阳区

朝阳公园路6号蓝色港湾南边湖畔美食街 近南边地面

停车场 5726 8255

Stuff’d (Contemporary Western)

The concept of Stuff’d is to simply stuff one kind of food in another. From sausage calzone pizzas (RMB68) to scotch eggs – it all works. On-site micro brewery a bonus.

> Wed-Mon, 11:30am-2:45pm, 6-10pm, 9 Jianchang

Hutong, Dongcheng 东城区箭厂胡同9号 (6407 6308)

Café/Deli/Sandwich

Café Zarah (Café) *

A smart new interior and menu for this longstanding cafe has propelled it from hipster hangout to Gulou institution. Large, airy and with a terrace for summer, the only downside is it’s always packed.

> Daily 9.30am-midnight,42 Gulou Dongdajie,

Dongcheng 东城区鼓楼东大街42号 (8403 9807)

Domain

A blend of café, business center and lounge, it has a gentle buzz all of its own.

For privacy, Domain also provides workstations equipped with computers and ipads.

>Daily 7am-8pm, 2/F, EAST Beijing, 22 Jiuxianqiao

Lu,Chaoyang 朝阳区酒仙桥路22号东隅酒店2层

(8414 9830)

Café Flatwhite

Hailing from New Zealand, Café Flatwhite uses fresh and healthy ingredients in its tasty selection of sandwiches, pizzas, salads and brunch options, all served alongside some of the best coffee in Beijing.

> Open Daily, Mon-Fri 8am-9pm, Sat-Sun 9am-9pm;

798 Dashanzi Art District Store: D09-1, No.4, 798

Dashanzi Art District, Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang

朝阳区酒仙桥路4号 798艺术区D09-1 (5978 9067 /

13051771436); Jianguomenwai Media Center Store:

No.13 Bldg, Jianguomenwai DRC, 1 Xiushui Street,

Chaoyang 朝阳区秀水街1号建国门外外交公寓13

号楼1层东北角 8532 2633 ;Jianguomenwai DRC

Store: Building 7-1-11, 1 Silk Street, Chaoyang 朝阳

区秀水街1号建国门外外交公寓7-1-11 (8532 2633 /

18701092189); FFCStore:-107,B1/F,Fortune Financial

Center,5 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu,Chaoyang District

朝阳区东三环中路5号楼财富金融中心1层107 (6596

9108); China Central Mall Store:L315,China Central

Mall,Chaoyang District朝阳区华贸中心写字楼三层

L315单元 (8588 7978)www.cafeflatwhite.com, [email protected], WeChat username: Cafe-

Flatwhite

awfullychocolate

This place is anything but awful. The cakes, ice creams and pastries are enough to satisfy any sweet tooth.

>Daily 9am-10.30pm, 1) Sanlitun: Opposite to BHG,

B1/F, Southern area of Taikooli, Sanlitun, Chaoyang

朝阳区三里屯太古里地下一层华联超市对面 (8468

3802); 2) Indigo: B1/F, Indigo Mall, 18 Jiuxianqiao

Lu, Chaoyang 朝阳区酒仙桥路18号颐堤港地下一

层 (8426 0917); 3) Joy City Chaoyang: 5/F Joy City

Chaoyang, Qingnian Lu, Chaoyang Beilu, Chaoyang

朝阳区朝阳北路青年路朝阳大悦城5楼悦界区 (8582

2677); 4) Raffles City: B1/F, Raffles City, Dongzhimen,

Dongcheng 东城区东直门来福士地下一层 (8409 8038)

Element Fresh (Contemporary Western)

Chain of restaurants and one of the longest running with quality ingredients and good service. One of the mainstays in Beijing.

> Daily Mon-Fri 10am-11pm, Sat-Sun 7am-11pm.

833, Building 8, 19 Sanlitun Taikoo Li South, Sanlitun

Lu, Chaoyang 朝阳区三里屯路19号三里屯太古里南区

8号楼833 (6417 1318)

Maan Coffee漫咖啡文化体验馆

>Daily 9am-20:00pm;The south gate of Jiangfu

Park,Half tower road,Chaoyang 朝阳区半截塔路将府

公园南门西侧(5949 8336)

MOKA Bros (Contemporary Western) *

Power bowls, salads and wraps are the kind of fare on offer at this trendy Nali Patio space, which also has a great selection of cakes and pastries if you’re feeling more indulgent.

> Sanlitun: Sun-Thu 11am-10:30pm, Fri/Sat 11am-

11:30pm, B101b Nali Patio South, 81 Sanlitun Beilu

Chaoyang 朝阳区三里屯路81号B101B南楼 (5208

6079) ; Solana: Solana Lakeside Dining Street, 6

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LISTINGS

Chaoyang Park Road, Chaoyang 朝阳区湖畔美食街

朝阳公园路6号院蓝色港湾 (5905 6259)

Ricci

Named after a 17th century Italian Jesuit

(duh), this creative café has a funky, kookymeets-organic vibe and serves up some of the best casual western food in town, and a great brunch at the Wudaokou location

(Chaoyang branch closed weekends).

> 1/F, Building D, Tsinghua Science Park, 1

Zhongguancun Donglu, Haidian 海淀区中关村东路1

号院清华科技园D座1楼 (8215 8826 )

TRIBE *

Salads, wraps and sandwiches, and noodle and grain bowls are as tasty as they are holistic, and there are more superfoods in one single dish than we even knew existed.

Come hungry, leave basking in the warm glow that comes from knowing that you are eating well. Kombucha is the icing on the (organic, locally-sourced) cake.

> Daily 8am-10.30pm, 1/F, Building 3, China View

Plaza, 2A Gongti Dong Lu, Chaoyang 朝阳区工

体东路甲2号中国红街大厦3号楼1层大厅入口南侧

(8587 1899)

The Rug (Contemporary Western,

Organic) *

With ingredients supplied by local organic farms like Dahe and De Run Wu, and an emphasis on sustainability, this café’s wide ranging menu has something for everyone, especially green types, bored foreign moms and freelance Macbook types.

> Mon-Fri 7.30am-10:30pm, Sat/Sun 9:30am-

10:30pm; Bldg 4, Lishui Jiayuan, Chaoyang

Gongyuan Nanlu (opposite Chaoyang Park South

Gate), Chaoyang 朝阳区朝阳公园南路丽水嘉园4

号楼(朝阳公园南门对面) (8550 2722) > Additional location in Sanlitun Nan Jie (see online.thatsmags.

com for details)

Wagas (Contemporary Western)

Quality eats with minimal pretension. This stylish, no-fuss Shanghai rival to Element

Fresh offers some of the best and most affordable Western lunch options in town.

The zesty carrot-and-zucchini cake is a crowd pleaser.

> Daily 8am-10pm; S8-33, 3/F, Bldg 8, Taikoo Li

South, 19 South Sanlitun Street, Chaoyang 朝阳区三

里屯太古里南区三层 (6416 5829) > Additional locations in The Kerry Centre, Raffles Mall Dongzhimen

(see www.thatsmags.com for details)

American/BBQ/Grill

Eudora Station 亿多瑞站

> (Near Lidu place))No 6,Fangyuanli Chaoyang 朝

阳区 芳园西里6号(丽都广场对面)(6437 8331, 6437

8334)

Home Plate BBQ *

Scruffy looks and laid-back staff belie the popularity of this entry-level brick-smoker barbecue joint, that blossoms in the sunny months. Pulled-pork sandwiches are the favorites, followed by baby-back rib racks. Beer and bourbons are taken care of, too.

> Daily 11am-10pm. 35 Xiaoyun Lu courtyard

(20m north of Xiaoyun Lu intersection, first right),

Chaoyang District 朝阳区霄云路35号院过霄云路路口,

往北走20米,到第一个路口右转(5128 5584)

> Additional location in Sanlitun Nan Jie (see www.

thatsmags.com for details)

NOLA

N’Orleans finds a dark-wood home in the leafy embassy area, with a jazz soundtrack, shrimp and grits, gumbo, fried chicken, jambalaya and decent-enough po’boys – yes’m. Excellent Cajun snacks, craft beers and cocktails also make NOLA a popular watering hole.

> Mon-Fri 8am-11pm, Sat-Sun 10.30am-11pm. 11A

Xiushui Nanjie, Chaoyang 朝阳区秀水南街11号

(8563 6215)

The Big Smoke *

Taking the Home Plate BBQ concept and upscaling was a gourmet masterstroke. Full menu evenings only (also delivers rotisserie chicken via Uncle Otis).

> Daily Mon-Sat 11am-midnight, Sun 11am-10pm.

First Floor, Lee World Building (opposite Frost Nails),

57 Xingfucun Zhong Lu, Chaoyang 朝阳区幸福村

中路 57号楼利世楼 (6416 5195, 6416 268, www.

uncle-otis.com)

The Woods *

New York native-owned, Manhattan-style restaurant, tucked in amongst the skyscrapers of CBD: you can’t get more Big Apple than that.

> Daily 12pm-10pm, Central Park Tower 1, Suite 101,

No. 6 Chaowai Dajie, Chaoyang 朝阳区朝外大街6号

新城国际1号搂101 (6533 6380)

Mexican/Tex Mex

Cantina Agave (Tex-Mex)

Great selection of burritos, tacos and 80+ imported tequilas. Spice up dishes with the walk-up salsa bar and don’t leave without a bite of the custardy flan.

>Sun-Thurs 11am to midnight. Fri–Sat 11am to 2am,

S4-32 South Block, Sanlitun Taikoo Li, 19 Sanlitun

Lu, Chaoyang 朝阳区三里屯路19号三里太古里南区

(6416 5212)

Taco Bar

Rising from the ashes of its deceased hutong location, the new Taco Bar is hip, popular and able to produce some of the most authentic Mexican fare in town. Only

RMB45 for three and great cocktails to complement.

> Tue-Thu 5.30pm-1am, Fri-Sat 5.30pm-2.30am, Sun

11am-1am; 1/F, Unit 10, Electrical Research Institute,

Sanlitun Nan Lu, Chaoyang 朝阳区三里屯南路机电研

究院内10号1层 (6501 6026)

Palms L.A. Kitchen and Bar * (Korean-

Mexican fusion)

Tucked away near Gulou, this hip little hutong concept is truly one of a kind in

Beijing. Quesadillas with kimchi and bibimbaps with melted cheese and hot sauce.

Guess what? It works. Killer range of classic

Cali’ cocktails, too.

> Daily 11:30am-midnight (closed Mondays); 14

Zhangwang Hutong, Dongcheng 东城区旧鼓楼大街

张旺胡同14号 (6405 4352)

Q Mex Bar & Grill

> Sanlitun Courtyard (across from Salsa Caribe, nearby Bookworm), Chaoyang 朝阳区工体北路4号院

机电研究院餐饮街内 6585 3828

Burgers

Blue Frog

Blue Frog is pleased to introduce a creative new Drinks Menu. As the new year begins, this new menu will wake up everyone’s taste buds with a bevy of specialty and original cocktails, mocktails, shots, beer, wine and healthy drinks inspired by popular ingredients.

> All open Daily 10am-late; S2-30, Level 3, S2 Tower,

19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang 朝阳区三里屯路19号三

里屯太古里南区三楼S2-30 (6417 4030) ; No.167,

1/F, 18 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang 朝阳区酒仙桥路

18号1层167号 (8426 0017) ; No.125, 1/F, Bldg 1,

Sanfeng(North), Chaoyang 朝阳区三丰北里1号楼1层

125号 (8561 2665) ; Unit 15-16, 1/F, Bldg AB, Ocean

International Center, 10 Jintong Xilu, Chaoyang 朝阳

区金桐西路10号远洋光华国际中心AB座一层15 16单

元 (8590 3168)

Steak

Morton’s of Chicago (American) ¥¥ *

Meat so tender the knife falls through it: ritzy Morton’s deserves the worldwide praise. Expensive, but where else are you going to get steak this good? (Try the

RMB550 set menu if you want to save cash)

> Mon-Sat 5:30-11pm, Sun 5-10:30pm; 2/F, Regent

Hotel, 99 Jinbao Jie, Dongcheng 东城区金宝街99号

丽晶酒店二层 (6523 7777)

O’Steak

A well-cooked steak in Beijng isn’t all that rare anymore, and here we have affordable but quality cuts. Don’t be fooled by the

Irish sounding name, it’s an authentic

French bistro – not a Guinness in sight.

> Daily midday-midnight, Xingfu: No.55-7 Xingfucun

Zhonglu, opposite of April courmet, Chaoyang 朝

阳区幸福村中路55-7杰作大厦底商绿叶子超市斜对

面 (8448 8250) ; Central Park: No.o103 building 20,

Central Park, No.6 Chaowai Avenue, Chaoyang 朝

阳区朝外大街6号新城国际20号楼103 (6533 6599); shunyi: No.11-102 Shine Hills, No.9 Antai Avenue,

Shunyi 顺义区后沙峪安泰大街9号祥云小镇南门 11号

楼102 (8048 5080)

29 Grill (Contemporary Western) *

Top-notch steak, along with just about every other cut of meat found in the barnyard in this well-priced meat-eaters’ mecca.

> Mon-Fri lunch: 11.30am-2.30pm; Mon-Sat dinner:

6-10.30pm (closed Sundays); Conrad Beijing, 2/F, 29

North Dongsanhuan, Chaoyang 朝阳区东三环北路9

号2层 (6584 6270)

Italian

Assaggi ¥ *

This fine Italian spot in the leafy embassy district has one of Beijing’s best terraces for summer dining. The tagliata steak is worth a return visit.

> Daily 11:30am-2:30pm, 6pm-11:30pm. 1 Sanlitun

Beixiaojie, Chaoyang 朝阳区三里屯北小街1号 (8454 4508)

Bene ¥ *

Chef Ricci will have you singing like a soprano with his pork ravioli and prize-winning tiramisu. Excellent set menus (RMB588) and extensive wine selection.

> Daily 11am-2.30pm, 5.30-10.30pm. Sheraton

Beijing Dongcheng, 36 Northeast Third Ring Road,

Dongcheng District 东城区北三环东路36号(5798 8995)

BOCCA DELLA VERITA ¥

Good-value homestyle Italian is the order of the day at this little-known spot in

Beixinqiao.

> Dinner: 5-10pm; Lunch: 10am-3pm; 3/F, 277

Dongzhimen Nei Dajie, Dongcheng 东城区东直门内

大街277号三楼 雍和宫大街和北新桥头条交叉处的四

层商业楼三楼 (6455 3832, 1391 0969 240)

Annie’s ¥ *

Now a certified Beijing institution, Annie’s serves up the city’s most reliable Italian fare. Delivery is free anywhere between

Line 5 and the the Fifth Ring Road (call for delivery prices outside this area), and can be ordered in English between 10.30am and 10.30pm from www.annies.com.cn.

Alternatively, drop in to your local branch.

> All open Daily,10.30am-11pm; Beijing Riviera: opposite west gate of Lane Bridge Villa, Shunyi 朝

阳区来广营东路5号长岛澜桥别墅西门对面尚古城一

楼 (8470 4768); Lido: Jiangtai Lu, opposite United

Family Hospital 朝阳区将台商业街4号楼2楼和睦家

医院对面 (6436 3735); Wangjing: 2F, beside the

Daimler Tower, LSH Plaza, 8 Wangjing Jie 朝阳区利星

行广场A座戴勒姆大厦裙楼2层近望京商业中心 (8476

0398); Chaoyang Park: West Gate of Chaoyang

Park 朝阳区朝阳公园老西门南侧 (6591 1931);

Sanlitun: China View Building, opposite East Gate of

Workers’Stadium 朝阳区工体东门对面中国红街一楼

(8587 1469); Ritan Park: Ritan High Life, 3F, north of

Ritan Park 朝阳区神路街39号日坛上街3-108号 (8569

3031); The Place: East of the Place, south of Central

Park 朝阳区金桐西路10号远洋光华国际中心AB座1

层 (8590 6428); Guomao: Ruisai Business Building

(southest of Guomao subway) 朝阳区东三环南路2

号瑞赛大厦商务楼1层 (6568 5890); Sunshine 100:

Guanghua Lu, opposite Sunshine 100 Building 朝阳

区光华路阳光100公寓对面首经贸南门 (858 98366)

Cepe ¥

In a city inundated with Italian offerings,

Cepe manages to stand out thanks to its attention to the smallest detail – everything from the vinaigrette to the Parma ham is import quality, and the wine is superb.

> Daily 11.30am-2.30pm, 6-10.30pm. The Ritz-

Carlton Financial Street, 1 Jinchengfang Dongjie,

Jinrong Jie, Xicheng 西城区金城坊东街1号北京金融街

丽思卡顿酒店大堂 (6601 6666)

Florentina 翡冷翠意大利餐厅

Florentina serves authentic Italian fare in low-key, yet elegant surrounds. Cuisine is high-end, the environment is relaxed. A beautiful outdoor terrace makes this place a godsend for Lido residents.

> Daily 11-late (Kitchen serves until 10pm), 1/F, Bldg

2, No. 6 Yard, Fangyuan Xilu, Chaoyang 朝阳区芳园

西路6号院2号楼1层(8431 0027)

Mercante ¥ *

Old World family charm in an intimate hutong setting. Time (and, occasionally, service) slows with a rustic menu from Bologna offering an assortment of homemade pastas and seasonal mains.

> Tue-Sun 6-10.30pm. 4 Fangzhuanchang Hutong,

Dongcheng 东城区方砖厂胡同4号 (8402 5098)

Tiago Home Kitchen

Even the most exacting palettes are delighted by TIAGO, whose team prepares globally sourced ingredients and sustainably grown produce. TIAGO’s dining experience is distinctly Italian, but its menu also offers such classics as Australian steaks and Boston lobster - plus a wide selection of salads, pizza, pasta and desserts.

>Indigo: Daily 11.30am-10pm, Shop L173, Indigo

Mall, 18 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang 朝阳区酒仙桥路

18号颐堤港购物中心L173商铺(6438 8772); Chaoyang

Joy City: Daily 11am-10pm, 5F50/6F, Chaoyang Joy

City, 101 Chaoyang Beilu, Chaoyang 朝阳区朝阳北路

101号朝阳大悦城5F50/6F(8558 3892)

Opera Bombana ¥

Head chef Umberto Bombana boasts three

Michelin stars to his name, earned at his wildly successful Hong Kong restaurant

Otto e Mezzo. He’s the only Italian chef to do so outside of his native land, and certainly the only to have opened a restaurant in Beijing.

> Daily, 12pm-10:30pm; LG2-21 Parkview Green

Fangcaodi, 9 Dongdaqiao Lu, Chaoyang 朝阳区东大

桥路9号侨福芳草地地下2层21号 (5690 7177)

German

Drei Kronen 1308 *

Authentic (truly – when they say 1308 they mean it) displays of armour and brewing kits draw regular evening crowds for the superb pork knuckle and heavy-duty helles

(pale lager), wheat and dark beer (brewed on-site).

> Daily 11am-2am. 1/F, Bldg 5, China View, Gongti

Donglu, Chaoyang 朝阳区工体东路中国红街5号楼1

层(6503 5555)

Hacker-Pschorr Brauhaus

If you’re looking for authentic German fare and, most importantly, German-style beer, then you can’t go wrong with Hacker-

Pschorr Brauhaus. Made from centuries-old recipes – and in accordance with the 1516

German Beer Purity Law – the brews here are some of the finest in Beijing. Prost!

> Room 3, Building 3, No 12 ,Xindonglu Chaoyang

朝阳区 新东路12号院3号楼3门(5323 3399)

Paulaner Brauhaus

The grand old man of Beijing brauhauses,

Paulaner delivers the Teutonic goods in the hands of lederhosen-clad staff from the provinces. It can be pricey but is usually worthwhile, especially during Oktoberfest.

> Daily 11am-1am. Kempinski Hotel, 50 Liangmaqiao

Lu, Chaoyang 朝阳区亮马桥路50号凯宾斯基饭店

(6465 3388 ext. 5732)

Brotzeit German Bier Bar & Restaurant

博璨德国啤酒餐厅

Brotzeit offers its customers a unique experience with authentic German cuisine and world famous German beers in a casual environment. Coupled with its contemporary setting and unique brand appeal, Brotzeit is distinct from the traditional-style German restaurants still seen in Germany and other parts of the world.

> Daily 11am-late; F109, Grand Summit, bldg 5, 19

Dongfang Donglu, Chaoyang 朝阳区东方东路19号

楼(DRC外交办公大楼)一层F109 (8531 5166, www.

brotzeit.co)

Pizza

La Pizza

Among the upper echelons of Beijing pizzerias is this Sanlitun goldfish bowl with a wood-fired oven and Neapolitan manners. Further branches in Solana and pasta/salad/mains-buffet restaurant in

Sanlitun 3.3

> Sanlitun Branch: daily 10.30am-3pm, 6-11pm. 1/F,

3.3 Mall, 33 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang 朝阳区三里屯

路33号3.3服装大厦西北角底商(5136 5582); Solana

Branch: SA-48, 1/F, Bldg 3, Solana, 6 Chaoyang

Park Road, Chaoyang 朝阳公园西路6号蓝色港

湾3号1层 SA-48 ( 5905 6106) > SOHU Shangdu

Branch: SH1112, SOHO Shangdu, 8 Dongdaqiao Lu,

Chaoyang District 朝阳区东大桥路8号SOHO尚都

SH1112号(5900 3112); La Pizza Buffet: 4F, Sanlitun

3.3 Mall, Chaoyang 朝阳区三里屯3.3服装大厦4层

(5136 5990)

Tube Station

Nowhere does gigantic toppen-laden pizza quite like Beijing, and these guys claim to be the biggest in town.

> Sanlitun 3.3 Branch: Mon-Fri 10am-10pm, Sat/Sun

10am-11pm, delivery Mon-Thu 11:30am-10:30pm,

Fri-Sun 11:30am-11pm 3/F, 3.3 Building, No. 33

Sanlitun Beijie, Chaoyang 三里屯北街33号3.3服

装大厦3层3008号 ( 5136 5571, delivery 8989 177)

> Additional branches in Gongti, Beida, Beitai,

Yayancun, Solana and Weigongcun, see www.online.thatsmags.com for details)

Spanish

Agua ¥ *

Occupying the high end of Nali’s Spanish invasion, Agua excels with reasonably priced classics like suckling pig, chorizo and jamon. Winner of the 2014 Golden

Fork Editors’ Pick for best restaurant.

> Daily Midday-2pm, 6pm-10pm. 4/F, Nali Patio, 81

Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang 朝阳区三里屯路81号那里花

园 (5208 6188)

Casa Talia by Tiago

>Daily 11.30am-9pm, 01B, 4/F, Raffles City, 1 Dongzhimen Nan Dajie, Dongcheng 东城区东直门南大街1

号来福士购物中心4层01B 8409 4009

Niajo ¥ *

With homely Mediterranean influences and a charming management, Niajo is prime

Sanlitun smart-casual dining. Order the paella (their star dish) together with some tapas and be automatically transported to

Spain (minus the constant sunshine).

> Daily noon-10.30pm. 3/F, Nali Patio, 81 Sanlitun

Lu, Chaoyang 朝阳区三里屯路81号那里花园3层

(5208 6052)

Migas ¥ *

The boys at Migas have turned a concept bar into a thriving Mediterranean restaurant, bar and party venue, and one of summer’s rooftop destinations.

> Daily 10am-3pm, 5pm- late. 6/F, Nali Patio, 81

Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang 朝阳区三里屯路81号那里花园

6层 (5208 6061)

Asian

Indian

Raj

Tucked away in musty old building just underneath the drum tower, this curryhouse may look Chinese but everything on the menu is authentic Indian, espcially the rather fine naan.

> Daily 11am-2pm, 5pm-11pm, 31 Gulou Xidajie

Dongcheng 东城区鼓楼西大街31号 (6401 1675)

Ganges

Conveniently located above popular

Irish sports bar Paddy O’Sheas, this solid

Indian curry house provides the perfect

W W W . T H A T S M A G S . C O M | J U N E 2 0 1 7 | 7 3

LISTINGS post-match culinary accompaniment. Or put another way: it’s what you’ll be craving after eight pints of beer.

> Daily 11am to 10.30pm; Dongzhimen Branch: 2/F,

28 Dongzhimen Wai Dajie, Chaoyang 朝阳区东直门

外大街28号2层 (6417-0900) > Additional branch in

Sanlitun, see online.thatsmags.com for details.

Indian Kitchen

The go to curry house among Beijing’s homesick Indian community, this ever popular no-nonsense restaurant has built up a solid reputation thanks to its wide range of quality dishes and particularly friendly service. Looking good after a recent rennovation and very available on

JinShiSong online delivery.

> Daily 11am-2:30pm, 5:30-11pm, 2/F 2 Sanlitun

Beixiaojie, Chaoyang 朝阳区三里屯北小街2号2楼

(6462 7255)

South-East Asian

4Corners (Vietnamese, Fusion)

The definitive hutong bar/restaurant? Chef

Jun Trinh took a break from his celebrity TV work to host this part-Vietnamese venue, serving up steaming bowls of pho with zesty, fresh rolls, as well as a great bar, with frequent live indie performances.

> Tue-Sun 11am-2am, 27 Dashibei Hutong (near west end of Yandai Xiejie), Xicheng 西城区大石碑胡

同27号烟袋斜街西口附近) (6401 7797)

Cafe Sambal (Malaysian)

When it comes to Malay-style food in a hutong, nowhere does it better. Admittedly, it’s something of a niche category, but then so is the food on offer. The spicy Kapitan- style chicken is pricey, but worth it.

> Daily 11am-midnight. 43 Doufuchi Hutong (just east of Jiugulou Dajie), Xicheng 西城区豆腐池胡同43

号 旧鼓楼大街往东走(6400 4875)

Purple Haze (Thai)

Given Beijing’s lack of white sand beaches and backpacker bars, Purple Haze has to make do for the best Thai experience in town. Has all the classics like veggie spring rolls (RMB40), papaya salad (RMB46) and curries (RMB44-180) – but our pick’s the seafood pad Thai (RMB45).

> Daily 11am-11pm, 55 Xingfu Yicun, Chaoyang 朝

阳区幸福一村55号 (6413 0899)

Greyhound Café (Modern Thai/Fusion)

Greyhound Café originated in Bangkok offering Thai food with a twist and served in a fashionable surrounds. Perfect for Taikoo

Li Sanlitun then.

> Daily 11am-11pm, S1-30B, Building 1, Sanlitun

Road 19, Chaoyang 朝阳区三里屯路19号1号楼 S1-30B

(6416 3439)> Additional branch in Shin Kong Place

(see online.thatsmags.com for details)

Nyonya Kitchen (Malaysian, Nyonya)

This chain specializes in Nyonya style cooking – ostensibly Malaysian but with a mix of Chinese, South-East Asian and European influences resulting in lots of bold flavors and bright colors.

> CBD: EB105, B1/F, China World Mall Phase

1, 1 Jianguomen Wai, Chaoyang 朝阳区建国门

外大街1号国贸商城一期地下一层EB105 (6505

0376); Taiyanggong: Unit 10-11, 4/F, CapitaMall

Taiyanggong, Chaoyang 朝阳区凯德Mall太阳宫4层

10/11号 (8415 0863,www.nyonyakitchen.com)

Malacca Legend

Malaysian food with a view, this spacious and airy restaurant sits on the banks of

Shunyi’s Roma Lake and at a new unit in the heart of the city at The Place, making a great spot for their beef rendang or green curry prawns.

> Daily 11am-10pm; 6 Roma Lake: 6 Luodong Lu,

Luogezhuang Village, Hoshayu Town, Shunyi 顺义

区后沙峪镇罗各庄村罗马湖东北三路6号C院 (8049

8902); Signature: Shop L203, 2/F, The Place, 9

Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang 朝阳区光华路9号世贸天阶2

层L203 (6587 1393)

Susu (Vietnamese)

The first step is finding it. Follow that up with a dreamlike renovated courtyard, extensive wine list and a listing of top-notch

Vietnamese curries, banh mi sandwiches, stews, soups and la Vong fish.

> Tue- Sun 11.30am-11pm; 10 Qianliang Hutong

Xixiang, Dongcheng 东城区钱粮胡同西巷10号

(8400 2699)

Japanese

HAGAKI 叶书

*

Serves up a selection of signature maki rolls, as well as classics like tonkatsu, tempura and udon, Hagaki specializes in Californian-inspired Japanese cuisine and has a lively sushi bar.

>Daily 11am-2.30pm, 1/F, EAST Beijing, 22

Jiuxianqiao Lu,Chaoyang 朝阳区酒仙桥路22号东隅酒

店1层 8414 9815

Hatsune ¥ * (California Japanese)

As much a California roll joint as true

Japanese, Hatsune is now an old favorite among the sake-swilling, sushi-swallowing set, though less so among sashimi purists.

> Daily 11.30am-2pm, 5.30-10pm; 2/F, Heqiao Bldg

C, 8A Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang 朝阳区光华路甲8号

和乔大厦C座2层 (6581 3939) >Additional locations in Sanlitun Tai Koo Li South; Kerry Centre Mall (see www.online.thatsmags.com for details)

Inagiku *

This Beijing branch of one of Tokyo’s oldest and most celebrated restaurants is as near to perfection as you’re likely to find.

Deceptively simple yet finely crafted, the handmade Inaniwa udon (RMB80) is not to be missed.

> Daily 11am-3pm, 6-10.30pm; Rm 315, 3/F,

Park Life, Yintai Centre, 2 Jianguomenwai Dajie,

Chaoyang 朝阳区建国门外大街2号银泰中心悦生

活3层315室 (8517 2838)

Sake Manzo *

The barmen here are serious about their sake. Boasting one of the best stocked drinks cabinets in town with over 60 different sakes on offer, this super-cool little eatery is the perfect place to unwind after a hard day’s toil.

The sashimi is fresh to the cut, and the beer-marinated chicken is out of this world. One of the very best and least appreciated restaurants in town.

> Daily 6pm-midnight. 7A Tuanjiehu Beisantiao,

Chaoyang 朝阳区团结湖北三条甲7号(6436 1608

Saveurs de Coree

This upmarket Korean bistro has undergone several changes in recent years, not least its move away from the hipper-than-thou confines of

Nanluoguxiang. Fortunately, the menu remains largely intact. The Shin Ramyun is among the best in Beijing, while the

Wagyu barbecued beef is almost too good to be true.

> Daily noon-11pm; 128-1 Xiang’er Hutong,

Dongcheng 东城区香饵胡同128-1号(5741 5753)

Yotsuba **

It doesn’t come cheap (tasting menu

RMB1,000), but what would you expect from some of the best sushi in town?

Buttery and meaty fatty tuna sashimi is a cut above.

> Dongcheng: Tue- Sun 11.30am-11pm. Sanlitun branch: 2 Sanlitun Bei Xiaojie, Chaoyang 朝阳区

三里屯北小街2号 (6464 2365); Lido branch: 2F,

No.9-3, Jiangtai Xilu, Chaoyang 朝阳区将台西路

9-3号2层 (8420 0998)

Sui Ka

Is this what after-work hangouts are like in Japan? We’re not sure, but we hope so: This charming izakaya nails it when it comes to sake selection and fried delights to munch alongside it.

>Daily 5pm-1am, Ichibangai First Avenue Food

Court, Zaoying Nanli, Maizidian, East 3rd Ring

Road, Chaoyang朝阳区东三环农展馆北路宾都苑

东侧一层底商一番街内 (137 1692 7543)

Korean

Ai Jiang Shan

This upscale seafood restaurant proves that chargrill and composure can go together. Their RMB58 bibimbap lunch is an absolute bargain.

> Daily 11am-10pm, Sat and Sun until

9.30pm; 5/F, LG Twin Towers (East Tower), 12

Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang 朝阳区建

国门外大街乙12号双子座大厦东塔5层 (5109

6036/6037) see www.thatsmags.com for other locations)

Vegetarian

Tianchu Maoxiang (Asian)

Like many arrivals to Beijing, this place started out in Wudaokou and it’s since made a successful migration to

Chaoyang. Great range of veggie fare, reasonably priced and they offer cooking classes as well.

> Daily 10am-10pm; 19 Rm 0260, 2/F, Bldg D,

Chaowai SOHO, 6B Chaoyangmenwai Dajie,

Chaoyang 朝阳门外大街乙6朝外SOHOD座2层

0260 (5900 1288)(see www.online.thatsmags.

com for details)

Veggie Table (Western, Asian) *

Proving that Beijing-style vegetarian cuisine is by no means the exclusive preserve of

Buddhist monks and soppy Jack Johnson fans, this superbly honed eatery offers some of the very best sandwiches – vegetarian or otherwise – found anywhere in the city.

> Daily 10.30am-11.30pm (last order 10.30pm); 19

Wudaoying Hutong, Dongcheng 东城区五道营胡同

19号 (6446 2073)

BARS

TOP 40 BARS AND CLUBS

About This guide represents our editors’ top 40 picks, and includes some That’s

Beijing advertisers. Bars rated(*) have been personally reviewed by our experts, and scored according to the cuisine, experience and affordability.

Arrow Factory

The newest craft beer taproom on the block, Arrow Factory is a rustic hideaway brimming with good Anglo-Scandinavian vibes (courtesy of the brew-masters) and the brand’s distinctive Chinese brewed ales.

A winning combination

> 38 Jianchang Hutong, Dongcheng District 东城区箭

厂胡同38号(6407 6308)

8-Bit

Drinking alongside multiplayer retro gaming – why didn’t anyone do this sooner?

Megadrive, Super Nintendo, N64... some real gems make up an ever-growing collection. Draft Kirin goes for a reasonable

RMB25 a glass.

> Daily 1pm-2am; 13 Beiluoguxiang, Dongcheng 东

城区北锣鼓巷13号 (159 1025 6538)

BBC (Bottle, Boot & Cigar)

The brainchild of local spirits professional

Douglas Williams, this bar provides the discerning Beijing drinker with a peerless selection of liquor for sale, cocktails and coming soon, shoe shines, cigars and straight-razor shaves.

> 1pm-late. 1 Taipingzhuang Nanli (At Xingfucun, between Frost: Coffee, Nails & Cocktails and Commix

Bar), Chaoyang 朝阳区太平庄南里1号 (1861 405 7407, www.bbcbeijing.com)

Capital Spirits

A team of non-China natives doing a baijiu bar? Brave and, luckily, brilliant. Lovely hutong setting, friendly owners and great bottle collection.

> Tue-Sun 8pm-late; 3 Da Ju Hutong, Dongcheng 东城

区大菊胡同3号 (6409 3319; www.capitalspirits.com)

China Bar ¥¥

Top views from the 65th floor and flash drinks are the attractions on offer at this hip hotel bar.

> Sun-Thu 5pm-1am, Fri-Sat 5pm-2am. 65/F, Park

Hyatt, 2 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang 朝阳区建国

门外大街2号柏悦酒店65层 (8567 1838/40)

Daily Routine 日常生活

This cozy bar is a diamond in the rough.

Owner Travis is a cocktail aficionado, and the drinks at this establishment change seasonally according to ingredient availability.

Light cafe fare is available during the day.

> Daily 11am-11pm. 34 Wudaoying Hutong,

Dongcheng 东城区五道营胡同34号 (8400 1159)

El Nido *

The first hutong hang-out to patent the fridge-full-of-cheap-imports formula, El

Nido inspires a loyal following, particularly in summer. The roast leg of mutton place next door is one of the best locally.

> Daily 6pm-late, 59 Fangjia Hutong, Dongcheng 东

城区方家胡同50号(158 1038 2089)

First Floor

First Floor is like that friend who’s too popular to properly enjoy their company.

At weekends, it gets aggressively full, with regulars and the passing tourist trade all baying at the bar. A good place to meet new friends, perhaps.

> Daily, 4pm-late, Sanlitun Beixiaojie, Chaoyang  朝阳

区三里屯北小街 (6413 0587, first.floorbeijing.com)

Great Leap Brewing 大跃啤酒

¥   *

The bar that began the whole Beijing microbrewing frenzy (yes, frenzy) specializes in idiosyncratic, local-style brews (RMB25-

40) with intriguing flavors – their Sichuan peppercorn ale was memorably good.

Reservations used to be recommended for their original hutong brewhouse, but the opening of a wildly popular new pub on Xinzhong Lu has shifted most drinkers there instead.

> Gulou: 5pm-late, Tue-Fri, 2pm-late Sat-Sun 2-10pm,

6 DouJiao Hutong, Dongcheng 东城区豆角胡同6号

(5717 1399) ; Sanlitun: Daily 11:30am-2pm; Sun-Thu

5pm-midnight, Fri /Sat 5pm-1am, B12 Xinzhong

Street 新中街乙12号 (6416 6887, www.greatleapbrewing.com)

Heaven Supermarket

A purgatory of bottles, bongs and bedraggled English teachers, Heaven sells the cheapest alcoholic takeaways in town. You can also hang around and appreciate the afterlife (clientele) if you want. Caveat: the food is straight from Hell’s own kitchen.

> Daily 11-4am. 14 Xindong Lu (next to The James

Joyce), Chaoyang 朝阳区新东路14号 (6415 6513)

Hidden Lounge *

Although frustrating to find, Hidden

Lounge rewards the intrepid with good artwork and comfortable seating, suggesting a Kasbah, plus well-made drinks at great prices (wine from RMB100 a bottle, mix drinks from RMB25). You’ll probably have to call them to find it, though.

> Daily 6pm-1am. Room 101, Bldg 8, CBD Apartments,

Shuanghuayuan Nanli Erqu, Chaoyang 朝阳区双花园

南里二区CBD公寓8号楼101屋 (8772 1613)

Jane’s & Hooch ¥ *

Acclaimed by some foreign press as one of the best bars in the world (cough), this not-so-plain Jane has been at the vanguard of the South Sanlitun gentrification. It serves RMB60-80 measures of your favorite

Prohibiotion-era hooches in a fanstastic speakeasy atmosphere, with attentive staff and unimpeachable cocktails.

> Daily 8pm-2am, Courtyard 4 Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang

朝阳区工体北路4号院 ( 6503 2757)

Jing-A Taproom **

In just a few years, these guys developed from shady guerrilla brewers to upstanding publicans with their own range of souvenir

T-shirts. Their bar is a peach: a bricks-andmortar taproom, which is large, warm and sociable, and has up to 16 different beers on tap.

> Building B, 1949 The Hidden City, Courtyard 4,

Gongti Bei Lu, Chaoyang 朝阳区工体北路4号院

Mao Mao Chong **

The cocktails at Mao’s – such as their sublime ‘Mala’ Mule, a Sichuan peppercorninfused vodka drink that’s a long way from

Moscow – are unique infusions using local ingredients and know-how. Grungey without being grimey, Mao’s eschews flash while still keeping it real. And those pizzas.

> 12 Banchang Hutong, Jiaodaokou, Dongcheng 东

城区交道口南大街板厂胡同12号 (6405 5718, www.

maomaochongbeijing.com)

Mesh ¥

Whether it’s an early evening cocktail or a late-night infusion, Mesh’s moody interior and underground soundtrack draws the bright young things (and on LGBT Thursdays, quite a few old things, too).

> Daily 5pm-1am. Building 1, 11 Sanlitun Lu,

Chaoyang 朝阳区三里屯路11号院1号楼 (6417 6688)

Maggie’s ¥

A notorious sausage fest (we refer, of course, to the hot-dog stand outside),

Maggie’s has been providing its special comforts for so long, it’s practically a timehonored Beijing brand – although it’s also a bastion of Mongolian culture.

> Sun-Thur 8pm-4am, Fri-Sat 8pm-5am, Ritan Park

South Gate, Chaoyang District 朝阳区日坛公园南

门 (8562 8142)

Parlor

Learn a few quotes from Gatsby before heading to this 20s Shanghai-style speakeasy and you’ll fit right in.

> Daily 6pm-2am, 39-8 Xingfuercun, Chaoyang 朝阳区

新东路幸福二村39-8 (8444 4135)

Mai Bar *

Understated hutong hideaway with a long list of some of the best cocktails in town.

> Daily 5pm-late, 40 Beiluoguxiang, Dongcheng 东城

区北锣鼓巷40号 (6406 1871)

Revolution *

Sanlitun doesnt really do hipster bars but if it did, this cramped ode to Maomorabilia would be it. The East may be red but their cocktails (RMB45) are fit for a Chairman.

> Daily, 12pm-late, west of Yashow, Gongti Bei Lu, 朝

阳区工体北路雅秀市场西侧 (6415 8776)

The Brick

A Cheers-style atmosphere ensures you’ll find this neighbourhood drinking hole-inthe brick-wall faux dive bar either cliquey or inclusive. The heavy-duty cocktails

(including the devastatingly boozy RMB80

Terminator) are probably needed for the bizarre Wednesday pub quiz.

> Daily 4pm-late. Unit 2-11, Bldg 2, Tianzhi Jiaozi, 31

7 4 | J U N E 2 0 1 7 | W W W . T H A T S M A G S . C O M

LISTINGS

Guangqu Lu (northeast corner of Shuangjing Qiao),

Chaoyang 朝阳区双井桥东北角广渠路31号院天之骄子

2号楼底商2-11 (134 2616 6677)

The Irish Volunteer

Everything – from the red-faced owner to the grub – is authentically Irish: tinged with alcoholism, doggerel and drunken regret. A good place to down a pint and a pizza before heading into town, then.

> Daily 9pm-2am. 311 Jiangtai Lu (opposite Lido

Hotel East Gate), Chaoyang 朝阳区将台路311

号 (6438 5581)

The Tree

A cozy stalwart of the Beijing bar scene, you’ll find wood-fired comfort pizza, beer aplenty and a hearty, mature atmosphere.

Has two neighborhood offshoots: By the

Tree (brickwork, pool, old man’s pub) and

Nearby the Tree (live music, two floors).

> Daily noon-2am. 100m west of Sanlitun Bar Street,

Youyi Youth Hostel, Chaoyang 朝阳区三里屯酒吧街往

西100米友谊旅馆后面三里屯医院东面 (6415 1954)

Slow Boat Brewery Taproom **

This popular microbrewery has its own pub hidden away in Dongcheng’s hutongs.

Quality ales that change depending on the season, heated floors and a great little kitchen round out the deal.

> Mon Closed, Tues-Wed: 5pm-midnight, Thu 5pm-

1am, Fri 5pm-late, Sat 2pm-late, Sun 2-10pm; 56

Dongsi Batiao, Dongcheng 东城区东四八条56号

(6538 5537)

Glen ¥

Experiences can vary at Glen (we’ve endured poor service and drinks that are scandalous at the price), which is located in a decidedly downbeat compound. But whisky lovers have been known to swear by its selections and dark, intimate atmosphere.

See for yourself.

>Daily 6.30pm-2am. 203, 2/F, Taiyue Suites Hotel

Beijing, 16 Nansanlitun Lu, Chaoyang 朝阳区南三里屯

路16号泰悦豪庭2楼203室 (6591 1191)  

Glen Classic ¥

Tucked away in the grounds of Face hotel,

Glen Classic is a Japanese-owned whisky bar where discerning drinkers can sink into an arm-chair, glass in hand, and while away the hours. Huge range of whiskies and rums are personally selected by expert owner Daiki Kanetaka – let him recommend you something special.

> Mon-Sat, 7pm-2am, reservation required, minimum spend RMB200, Face Hotel Courtyard, 26

Dongcaoyuan, Chaoyang 朝阳区工体南路东草园26

号 (6551 6788)

Trouble Bar

Beijing’s leading venue for imported craft beers. Stocks a large draft selection and an even larger selection of bottles. Also does a nice line in creative cocktails, if brews aren’t your thing. Conveniently located next to Gung-Ho, hosts a full-sized foos-ball table, darts, and plenty of TV’s to accommodate any event, meetings, and gatherings.

> 2-101, China View Building, 2B Gongti Donglu,

Chaoyang (Next To Gung-Ho) 朝阳区工人体育场东

路乙2号中国红街2-101叫板比萨隔壁 (8590 0390, [email protected], www.trouble.bar)

10 Best Livehouses

School Bar 学校酒吧

*

Crap drinks and regular, unscheduled fights: no wonder the cool kids adore this alternative livehouse/ DJ bar, founded by

Beijing and Shanghai rock n’ rollers.

> Daily 8pm-late. 53 Wudaoying Hutong, Chaoyang

朝阳区五道营胡同53号 (6402 8881, 6406 9947)

Jianghu 江湖酒吧

This former Qing Dynasty courtyard home is exactly where you’d take that friend from out of town to prove you’re cool. Its cozy atmosphere is also its downfall – any show with under 40 people and you’re stuck looking through the windows. Hip and casually familiar, the jazz and folk bookings keep things low-key enough for the gethome-for-the-babysitter crowd.

> 7 Dongmianhua Hutong, Jiaodaokou Nan Dajie,

Dongcheng 东城区交道口南大街东棉花胡同7号 (6401

5269, site.douban.com/jianghujiubar, [email protected] gmail.com)

Dusk Dawn Club (DDC) 黄昏黎明俱乐部

Great little livehouse near Meishuguan with a focus on jazz, folk and indie rock.

Craft beer and whisky means you won’t get bored of the drinks list quickly.

> Tue-Sun 1pm-2am; 14 Shanlao Hutong,

Dongcheng 东城区美术馆后街山老胡同14号 (6407

8969)

Hot Cat Club 热力猫

A true stalwart of the Beijing scene, Hot

Cat is the type of hard-working venue that helps cement a city’s music scene.

> Daily 10am-late, 46 Fangjia Hutong (just south of Guozijian Jie), Dongcheng 东城区方家胡同46号

(6400 7868)

The Post Mountain 后山

Built into a man-made hill in the center of the MOMA Complex, this new addition to

Beijing’s growing livehouse empire is The

Hobbit meets Manhattan. With as much vibe as a sterile modern-art gallery. Its imported sound system and ramped floor makes for decent sound and sightlines.

> Bldg T8, MOMA, 1 Xiangheyuan Lu,

Dongzhimenwai, Dongcheng (next to MOMA

Cinemateque) 东城区东直门外香河园路1号当代

MOMA园区T8楼北百老汇电影中心北侧 (8400 4774)

Temple

*

Probably the manliest venue in town, this dimly lit and unventilated space is owned by rockers (Gao Xu, Gao Jian and Clement

Burger) and known for late sets of hard rock, punk and ska, with weekend gigs and DJ sets every fortnight. It offers a long drinks menu, with plenty of cheap pastis and shooters, but you’ll probably stick to the RMB15 draught.

> Daily, 7pm-late. Bldg B, 206 Gulou Dong Dajie,

Dongcheng 东城区鼓楼东大街206号B楼202 (131

6107 0713)

Yugong Yishan 愚公移山

*

We’ve lost more body weight than we’d care to remember in YY’s mosh pit. Fortunately, almost all the acts – usually hip-hop

DJs, emo rocks and obscure indie outfits from across the globe – were worth it. The upstairs bar area is a refuge from the sweat glands below.

> Daily 7pm-late. 3-2 Zhangzizhong Lu (100m west of Zhangzizhong Lu subway station), Dongcheng 东

城区张自忠路3-2号(6404 2711)

Sports Bars

The Local *

Formerly Brussels, this beery bar has come into its own, with large (yet strangely unobtrusive) screenings of sports and political events, a pub quiz, quality fare and a nice selection of draughts and cocktails.

Try the Bourbon Street Ice Tea – you won’t need another.

> Daily 11-2am. 4 Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang 朝阳区工

体北路4号院 (6591 9525)

Paddy O’Shea’s *

An entire Irish-themed pub, which could easily been trasnsported, untouched, from a back alley in Limerick and gently deposited in central Beijing. With plenty going on, including pub quiz and sports.

> Dongzhimen: Daily 10am-late, 28 Dongzhimenwai Dajie, Chaoyang 朝阳区东直门外大街28号 (6592

6290); Sanlitun: 2/F, Tongli Studio, Sanlitun Back

Street 三里屯北路43号同里二层 (6415 0299)

V Sports

Spacious, comfortable, huge screens and no rowdy drunken cretins, V Sports makes a claim for the champion of Beijing sports bars.

> Daily 5.30pm-6am, Gongti North Gate East side,

Chaoyang 朝阳区工体北门内东侧 (5293 0333)

Nightclubs

The Bar at Migas *

A place to dance and prowl, perhaps, rather than a drinks destination, TBAM, as no one calls it, focuses on upscale local DJs to get the party started. Good-enough cocktails range from RM55-70 but mostly it’s about the music, man.

> Sunday to Wednesday 6pm-2am, Thursday to Friday

6pm-late. 6/F, Nali Patio, 81 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang

District 朝阳区三里屯路81号 (5208-6061)

Chocolate

It’s impossible to discuss Chocolate without mentioning gold leaf, dwarves, cabaret dancers and oddly-friendly Russian women.

Timed right, a visit can be raucous fun, with bottles of spirits from around RMB200, cocktails under RMB50 (including the absinthe-based Flaming Armageddon) and regular floor shows.

> Daily 7pm-6am. 19 Ritan Beilu, Chaoyang 朝阳区日

坛北路19号 (8561 3988)

Dada *

It hasn’t been on the Beijing scene for too long, but already Dada is the hippest hangout in town. Their cosy Gulou confines under rock house Temple offer an intimate place to nod along to an eclectic range of all things electro from the best names on the underground scene.

> Daily 9pm-late, Rm 101, Bldg B, 206 Gulou Dong

Dajie, Dongcheng 东城区鼓楼东大街206号B栋101室

(183 1108 0818)

Lantern *

Founded by now-defunct Acupuncture

Records, Lantern is a beacon of light in the strip of truly ghastly nightclubs and bars known as ‘Gongti.’ Serious about its music, it also makes good drinks and attracts international electronica DJs.

> Thurs-Sat 9pm-6.30am. 100m north of Worker’s

Stadium West Gate, Chaoyang 朝阳区工人体育场西

门向北100米 (139 119 77989)

MIX

A bit like a trip to the Forbidden City, Mix is one of those places in Beijing you have to experience before you leave. Not much is forbidden in this underground hip-hop disco palace and if you don’t leave with hook-up in tow then you’re doing something very wrong.

> Daily 8pm-6am, Inside Worker’s Stadium North

Gate, Chaoyang 朝阳区工人体育场北门内 (6506 9888,

6530 2889, 150 1138 2219, [email protected])

Vics

Separated at birth from its identical twin brother, Mix, this is the definition of Gongti sweatbox meat-market chic at its very finest. The Chinese love it – as do moody

Russians and jailbait students – helping Vics to become one of the most infamous clubs in the capital.

> Daily 8.30pm late, Inside Worker’s Stadium North

Gate, Chaoyang 朝阳区工人体育场北门内 (5293 0333)

Hotel Bars

Atmosphere ¥¥

Beijing’s highest bar, on the 80th floor of the 1,082-ft China World Tower, offers 300+ swanky cocktails from RMB65 with 360-degree views of the 700AQI PM2.5.

> Mon-Fri noon-2am, Sat and Sun noon-4am. 80/F,

China World Summit Wing, 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie,

Chaoyang 朝阳区建国门外大街1号北京国贸大酒店80

(6505 2299 ext. 6433)

Centro ¥

Although it’s no longer quite the go-to place for beautiful people it once was, Centro still draws a cute crowd with its nightly jazz performaces, spacious and recently renovated lounge areas and classic drinks like the blue-cheese martini.

> Open 24 hours. 1/F, Kerry Hotel, 1 Guanghua

Lu, Chaoyang 朝阳区光华路1号北京嘉里大饭店1层

(6561 8833)

MEI

One of the livelier hotel bars in town,

MEI has a nightly band, serves creatively delicious cocktails and overlooks the CCTV

‘trousers.’ Don’t leave without trying the frightfully delicious Panjiayuan Bramble.

Mon-Wed 6pm-2am, Thu-Sat 6pm-3am, Sun 5pmmidnight; 5F Rosewood Beijing, Jing Guang Centre,

Hujialou, Chaoyang District朝阳区呼家楼一号京广中

心北京瑰丽酒店3层 (6536 0083)

O’Bar

With both a fantastic cocktail menu and one of the finest terraces in the city, NUO

Hotel’s O’Bar is a sure bet for classy evening drinks in the city.

>Sun-Thr:6pm-1am;Fri-Sat:6pm-2am;2 Jiangtai

Lu,Chaoyang朝阳区将台路甲2号(5926 8888)

Xian

Bold multi – element bar Xian on the ground floor mixes a pub, whiskey bar, live music venue and games room into one vibrant entertainment hotspot.

>Daily 5pm-2am, 1/F, EAST Beijing, 22 Jiuxianqiao

Lu,Chaoyang 朝阳区酒仙桥路22号东隅酒店1层

(8414 9810)

BEAUTY & FITNESS

Black Golden Tanning Studio

古铜日晒中心

Beijing is hardly the best place to pick up a natural tan. When it finally reaches the warm summer, the sun’s rays struggle to penetrate the smog. Thankfully, Black

Golden Tanning Studio is on hand to give you that golden glow with its quick, safe and effective technology. With a membership card, enjoy a 50-minute session for

RMB400 and come away with natural, healthy-looking color.

> Sanlitun: 11am-9pm, 2/f, Bldg 3, Sanlitun SOHO,

Gongti Bei Lu, Chaoyang 朝阳区工体北路三里屯Soho3

号楼2层217 (5785 3711, [email protected]);

Wangjing: 11am-9pm, Rm T5, 3/F, BOTAI International

Building, 36 Guangshun Bei Dajie, Chaoyang 朝阳

区望京广顺北大街36号博泰国际商业广场3层T—5

(8472 2855)

Alona Pilates Studio

Pairing up traditional Pilates with an innovative, full-body workout, Alona Pilates offers classes designed to tone and whip you into shape fast. It also provides a personalized experience for all its students, regardless of fitness, strength and flexibility levels.

> Daily, 7.30, late. 5/F at Heavenly Spa by Westin, 1

Xinyuan Nanlu, Chaoyang 朝阳区新源南路1号威斯汀

酒店五层 ( 139 1029 0260, www.alonapilates.com)

Narcisse Beauty Brands Encompassed

One of a kind! A 600 m

2

brand-new concept of beauty salon——Narcisse, encompassed with professional brands on skincare, manicure and hair removal. Not only can we guarantee to give you the highest quality of products and treatments, but also an impressive one-stop beauty experience.

Brands inside Narcisse:

Youngfo: Facial Cleansing Center

Clean Out What’s Deeply Buried In Your Skin

10+10: Minimal-Design Nail

Chic Workaholic’s Luv!

Edelweiss: Laser Hair Removal

Latest Technology, Safe&Permanent

Deep Facial Cleaning- 880rmb/once

> 10.30am-10.30pm, Bldg. 1,No.6 West Fangyuan rd, Chaoyang (inside Narcisse Beauty Brands

Encompassed)朝阳区芳园西路6号院1号楼水仙美容品

牌集合店内(5365 9418)

Daisy’s Beauty Salon

Since 2001, Daisy’s beauty salon has catered to thousands of Beijing expats and locals and is renowned for its premium waxing services and imported wax that smells like hot chocolate. If waxing isn’t your thing, the salon also specializes in an array of other treatments including IPL

Facial Rejuvenation and lifting, a 90-minute treatment that uses a laser to stimulate collagen production and soften lines. Laser and IPL permanent hair removal treatment is also proving popular and effective.

> Daily, 10am-8.30pm, Rm301, Building

B,Sunshine100 International Apartment, Guanghua

Donglu, Chaoyang 朝阳区光华东路2号阳光100国际

公寓B座301室 (5100 0556 / 0557, www.daisysbeautysalon.com)

Beijing Hikers

Want to experience the wild, unrestored

Great Wall, away from the tourist masses?

Or do you just want to get out of the city for some exercise? Beijing Hikers offers hikes in the countryside of Beijing every week all year round. Hikes for all fitness levels! Regular hikes are priced from RMB380, with discounts for members. Cost includes hiking guide, transportation, tickets, food and water. We’ve also got adventures all over China.

> For more information, visit www.beijinghikers.com

Shang Xia

>L118 & 119, L1 China World Mall, China World

Trade Center 1, Jianguomen Waidajie, Chaoyang 朝

阳区建国门外大街1号中国国际贸易中心国贸商城1楼

L118 & 119 (6505 3446)

Lily Nails

A long-time favorite among locals and expats alike, Lily Nails is much more than a nail spa; they eyelash services, of pampering treatments and waxing too.

>3.3 Flagship store: Daily 11am-11pm, Shop

5009, 5/F, 3.3 Fashion Plaza, Sanlitun, Chaoyang

朝阳区三里屯3.3大厦5层5009号(5136 5919); 3.3

Star store: Daily 11am-11pm, Shop 2049, 2/F, 3.3

Fashion Plaza, Sanlitun, Chaoyang 朝阳区三里屯

3.3大厦2层2049号(5136 5829); Yashow shopping mall: Daily 10am-10pm, Shop 22, 4/F, Yashow shopping Mall, Sanlitun, Chaoyang 朝阳区三

里屯雅秀购物中心4层22号(6416 6441); Shimao store: Daily 10am-10pm, Shop E301, 3/F, ShiMao shopping center, Sanlitun, Chaoyang 朝阳区

三里屯工体北路世茂购物中心3层E-301号(8590

0569 ); Ginza store: Daily 10am-10pm, Shop B1-

11H, Ginza Mall, Dongzhimen, Dongcheng 东

城区东直门东方银座Mall B1-11H号(8447 7178)

; CapitaMall Crystal store: Daily 10am-10pm,

Shop B1-09,CapitaMall Crystal, Haidian 海淀区复

兴路51号凯德晶品购物中心B1-09号(8819 7078);

CapitaMall Wangjing store: Daily 10am-10pm,

Shop K01, 2/F, CapitaMall Wangjing store,

Guangshun Beidajie, Chaoyang 朝阳区广顺北

大街凯德望京购物中心2层02-K1(5602 0736) ;

Carrefour Siyuanqiao store: Daily 10am-10pm,

Shop 08, 3/F, Carrefour Siyuanqiao store,Yiju Lu,

Chaoyang 朝阳区四元桥家乐福购物中心3层08号

(647 71889)

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LISTINGS

HAIR SALONS

Laurent Falcon

As China’s first REAL French hair salon we promise each and every one of our customers that we’ll treat your hair like it’s our own. We use only the finest imported products to guarantee that your experience with us is as relaxing and professional as possible. Come in and meet our specialist stylist and visit our facilities. Your hair deserves a true touch of French sophistication. Man cut 115RMB up;

Women cut 165RMB up; Color 500RMB up;

Highlight 610RMB up.

> SanLiTun salon: No.43 Building, SanLiTun Beijie

South, Chaoyang 朝阳区三里屯北街南43号楼

(6409 4243, 1350 137 2971); GuoMao Salon:

209, 2/F, Phase 3 China World Shopping Mall,

Chaoyang 朝阳区建国门外大街1号国贸商城北

区3L209(8535 1002, 1314 667 9913)Catherine de France

Catherine de France

Awarded best expat salon in 2014/ 2015, with a trained team of international and local stylists, colorists and beauticians, this salon welcomes all ages and budgets in a modern and relaxed atmosphere for a wide range of hair and beauty treatments, include manicure, pedicure and waxing.

Wella, SP, INOA, TIGI

Language: French, English, Spanish, Chinese, Russian.

> East Avenue BLD Ground Floor, No.10 Xindong Lu,

Chaoyang 朝阳区新东路10号逸盛阁首层(8442 5120,

135 2147 3492, [email protected],

Wechat: CDFSalon, www.catherinedefrance.com)

Blow+Bar

AWARD WINNING  HAIR SALON

FROM SINGAPORE

Sanlitun 3.3 Mall L3 | Contact 51365432  

Wechat/Instagram: blowplusbar  

FREE

WINE

This salon is equipped with more than shampoo – the team here provides haircuts, dye, updos, hair treatments and more. With prices for almost everything listed under RMB1,000, Blow+ is a haven of reasonably priced good taste in Sanlitun’s

3.3 Mall. They have champagne and a well-stocked bar, so bring your friends and make a night of it.

>3/F 3.3 Mall, 33 Sanlitun Lu, Sanlitun, Chaoyang朝

阳区三里屯路33号3.3服3/F (for appointments, call

5136 5432)

Sport

California Fitness Beijing Club

California Fitness Beijing’s Group X program is among the best in the region, and with membership you have access to over 150 weekly Group X classes and a team of professional personal trainers in Asia. Your membership also includes free towel usage and a fitness assessment.

>South Tower, L4, 9 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang (4008

100-988,www,californiafitness.com)

Cycle China Inc. 北京非常之旅

Cycle China provides organized cycling and hiking tours in and aroundBeijing as well as longer tours throughout China. Some of their more popular tours take cyclists through the Olympic Green, Tian’anmen

Square, and Beijing’s traditional hutongs.

>12 Jingshan East Street, Dongcheng 东城区景山东街

12号 (6402 5653 ,139 1188 6524)

Heyrobics

“Sweat like a Swede!” they say with annoyingly smug grin and toned abs. The only fitness craze worth following in Beijing,

Heyrobics is all about a punishing full-body workout set to pumping beats – not forgetting the fluorescent spandex. Differing classes for all abilities, check online for the full schedule.

> www.heyrobics.com, [email protected]

Yihe 42° Hot Yoga

2 locations in Beijing: the best Yoga for Beginners! No previous experience necessary

- and if your body is a bit stiff – that’s okay!

Yihe knows it can be a little intimidating to begin your journey into Yoga, so they are available to answer any questions you may have. It’s a great workout for the body and calming for the mind. Call them today on

(5905 6067, 8599 7395)

> Daily 10am-8pm. 3/F, No. 2 South Building, Blue

Castle, Dawang Lu, Chaoyang 朝阳区大望路蓝堡国际

中心南写字楼2座3层 (8599 7395/96, www.yh42.com);

3/F, Bldg. 14, Solana, No. 6 Chaoyang Gongyuan Xilu

Chaoyang 朝阳区朝阳公园西路6号,蓝色港湾14号,三层

(5905 6065/67, www.yh42.com)

Broadwell International Tennis Academy

Located inside Chaoyang Park’s Tennis

Center, this indoor club boasts a complete state-of-the-art air-supported structure for all-weather year-round indoor tennis, with an advanced lighting system and controlled climate. Ideal for peeps looking to perfect their service and batting a few balls.

> Nongzhan Nanlu, Chaoyang 朝阳区农南路1号朝

阳公园网球中心(400 6406 800/ 6595 8885, www.

broadwell.cn1)

HEALTH SERVICES

Amcare Women’s & Children’s Hospital

With a zero waiting-time policy, top-quality inpatient facilities, home visits, night services and transportation assistance, Amcare provides a trustworthy experience. Englishspeaking services include pediatrics, gynecology and obstetrics.

> 9 Fangyuan XiLu, Chaoyang District 朝阳区芳园西

路9号 (6434 2399, 24hr hotline 800 610 6200, www.

amcare.com.cn)

American-Sino OB/GYN/Pediatrics Ser-

vices 北京美华妇儿医院

> 18 anyuan road,chaoyang district,Beijing 北京市朝

阳区安苑路18号 (8443 9666, bj.americanobgyn.com)

Beijing International Medical Center

(IMC)

Established in 1993, the International Medical Center-Beijing counts on an expert team of foreign doctors, offering a wide range of medical services, including family medicine, psychological services, dental, ob/gyn, pediatrics and TCM. Drop-in services for travelers; x-rays and ultrasounds are also available. English, Farsi, Japanese, Chinese,

Arabic and Russian spoken.

> 24hours. Room S106/111 Lufthansa Center, 50

Liangmahe Lu, Chaoyang 朝阳区亮马桥路50号燕莎

中心写字楼1层S106 (6465 1561/2/3, 6465 1384/28, www.imclinics.com)

Beijing United Family Hospital and Clin-

ics 北京和睦家医院

> Wi-fi internet. Lido, Emergency Room is open

24/7/365, Mon-Fri, 8.30am-5pm; 2 Jiangtai Road,

Chaoyang District, 朝阳区将台路2号. (5927 7000 /

5927 7120 Emergency Hotline);United Family CBD

Clinic和睦家朝外诊所 Mon-Sat, 9.30am-6.30pm,

Suite 3017, Building AB, Vantone Center, 6 Chaowai

Street, Chaoyang, 朝阳区朝阳门外大街6号万通中心

AB座2层3017室(5907 1266); Jianguomen Health and

Wellness Center和睦家建国门保健中心, Wi-fi internet,

Mon-Sun 8:30am-5pm, 21 Jianguomen Dajie, B1, The

St. Regis Residence, St. Regis Hotel朝阳区建国门外大

街21号北京国际俱乐部饭店 ( 8532 1221 / 8532 1678

Immigration Clinic ); Shunyi Clinic和睦家顺义诊所,

Wi-fi internet, Mon-Fri, 9.30am-5.30pm, Sat and Sun,

9.30am-4.30pm.Pinnacle Plaza, Unit 806, Tian Zhu

Real Estate Development Zone, Shunyi District, 顺义区

天竺开发区荣祥广场806号(8046 5432); Shunyi Dental

Clinic顺义牙科诊所, Wi-fi internet, Mon-Sat, 9.30am-

7.30pm, Pinnacle Plaza, Unit 818, Tian Zhu Real Estate

Development Zone, Shunyi 顺义区天竺开发区荣祥广

场818号 (8046 1102) ; Liangma Clinic亮马诊所 , Wi-fi internet, Mon-Fri, 8.30am-5pm, 2nd Floor Grand

Summit, 19 Dongfang East Road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 (5927 7005 www.ufh.com.cn, [email protected])

Raffles Medical

International SOS and Raffles Medical

Group have formed a joint venture to enhance and expand the services of its China

Clinics. From March 30 the International

SOS clinics in China will be branded and operated by Raffles Medical with expanded services to all patients and privileged access for International SOS members. Patients of the clinic will continue to have access to the same doctors, the same facilities and same level of high quality care.

Raffles Medical Group is a leading medical provider in Singapore and has been operating for 40 years with over 100 clinics and hospitals in Asia. The joint venture is committed to maintain the high standard of quality with a focus on innovative and expanded clinical services and excellent patient care.

> Suite 105, Wing 1, Kunsha Building, No.16

Xinyuanli, Chaoyang 朝阳区新源里16号琨莎中心1座105

室(6462 9112/ 6462 9100, www.internationalsos.com)

OASIS International Hospital

OASIS International Hospital specializes in serving the expatriate community with the latest world-class technology and a broad range of services, all in a pristine facility designed to provide patients with the utmost comfort, care and privacy.

> Mon-Fri, 8.30am-5.30pm; Sat-Sun, 8.30am-

12.30pm; 24 Hour Emergency Bldg C1, 9 Jiuxianqiao

Beilu Chaoyang 朝阳区酒仙桥北路9号C1栋 (400 876

2747, 5985 0333, www.oasishealth.cn)

Beijing HarMoniCare Women and Chil-

dren’s Hospital 北京和美妇儿医院

> Wi-Fi available. Chaoyang: 2 Xiaoguan Beili,

Beiyuan Lu 北苑路小关北里甲2号 (6499 0000. [email protected], en.hmcare.net)

Hongkong International Medical Clinic,

Beijing 北京港澳国际医务诊所

> Dongsishitiao: 9/F, Office Tower, Hongkong Macau

Center-Swiss Hotel, 2 Chaoyangmen Bei Dajie 朝阳门

北大街2号 港澳中心瑞士酒店办公楼9层 (6553 9752,

6553 2288/2345/6/7; [email protected]; www.

hkclinic.com)

DENTAL

Arrail Dental

Affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania, Arrail Dental has access to top-class equipment. Its well-trained staff, multiple locations across town and excellent facilities make it one of the best dental providers in Beijing. English-speaking staff. Dental services including examinations, whitening, root-canal treatment, orthodontics and implants.

>Rm 201, the Exchange-Beijing, 118B Jianguo Lu,

Chaoyang 朝阳区建国路乙118号国贸桥东南角京

汇大厦201室 (6567 5670); Rm 208, Tower A, CITIC

Building, 19 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang 朝

阳区建国门外大街19号国际大厦A座208室 (6500

6473); Rm 308, Tower A, Raycom Info Tech Park 2

Kexueyuan Nanlu, Haidian 海淀区中关村科学院南路2

号融科资讯中心A座308室 (8286 1956); Rm 101, Bldg

16, China Central Place, 89 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang

朝阳区建国路89号华贸中心公寓16号楼101室 (8588

8550/60/70); 1/F, Somerset Fortune Garden, 46

Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang 朝阳区亮马桥路46号燕莎

东侧盛捷福景苑1层 (8440 1926)

PrettySmile Dental

If you are looking for professional and comfortable dental care, PrettySmile Dental ishighly recommended by many patients.

The clinic is standing out because of the professional team, all doctors are from the dental hospital of Peking University and most of them got professional training in

USA. The strictest sterilization processes and high-end imported equipment and materials all help guarantee the highest quality of all dental services.

>Mon-Fri, 9.30am-6pm (closed Thu); 5-105-1,

Building 5, Sanlitun SOHO Chaoyang 朝阳区三里

屯SOHO 5号商场1层5-105 (5785 3689/5785 3898, www.prettysmiledental.cn, [email protected])

Joinway Dental

A reputable and trusted dental practice,

Joinway Dental provides the perfect combination of cutting edge technology and comfortable treatment, while maintaining the strictest sanitary and sterilization processes. The clinic uses high-quality imported materials, and its professional,

US-trained staff offers a personalized and private service.

> Mon-Sat, 9am-6pm; 11D, Building D, Oriental

Join the friendly and professional team at

Frontiers, who’ve been teaching Mandarin for 11 years.

> 3/F, Bldg 30, Dongzhongjie, Dongzhimenwai,

Dongcheng 东城区东直门外东中街30号三层 (6413

1547, www.frontiers.com.cn, [email protected]

com.cn)

Hutong School

Learn Mandarin with Beijing’s best

Kenzo Plaza (Ginza Mall), 48 Dongzhimen Wai Dajie,

Dongcheng 东城区东直门外大街48号东方银座D座

11D (8447 6092/93, mobile:1326 181 6708, [email protected], www.dentalcn.com)

United Family Shunyi Dental Clinic

The Beijing United Family Dental Clinic in

Shunyi is a satellite of the main hospital in Lido (which has its own dental clinic onsite). A comprehensive range of services are at hand, including restorative dentistry and cosmetic dentistry. Call ahead for all appointments.

> 818 Pinnacle Plaza, Tianzhu Real Estate

Development Zone, Shunyi 北京和睦家医院牙科诊所,

顺义区天竺开发区荣祥广场818 (8046 1102)

SDM Dental 固瑞齿科

The full spectrum of dentistry. Services include teeth cleaning, root-canal treatment, porcelain crowns, dental implants, orthodontics, cosmetic dentistry, fillings, pediatric dentistry, extraction, teethwhitening and veneers. Credit cards accepted.

>Mon-Fri 9am-8pm. NB210, 2/F, CBD, Guomao, China

World Shopping Mall, 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie建外

大街1号国贸商城地下2层 (6505 9439/31/93, www.

sdmdental.com); Mon-Fri 9am-8pm.Olympic Area,F-

0186B, Sunshine Plaza, 68 Anli Lu(east of Sunshine

Plaza)亚运村安立路68号阳光广场东侧 (6497

2173,6498 2173) ; Mon-Sun 10am-19pm.LB07-08,

Euro Plaza, No.99 YuXiang Road,Shunyi 北京顺义区

天竺镇裕翔路99号欧陆广场LB07-08号 (8046 6084);

Mon-Fri 9am-8pm. FC222, 21st Century Hotel, 40

Liang Maqiao Lu,Sanyuanqiao 亮马桥40号21世纪饭

店2层 (6466 4814, 6461 2745); Mon-Fri 9am-8pm.

4076B, 4/F, New Yansha Mall, Yuanda Lu,Haidian 远

大路金源燕莎购物中心Mall4层4076B (8859 6912/13);

Mon-Sun, 10am-7pm, Rm 5, 3/F, North Tower, China

Overseas Plaza, 8 Guanghua Dongli 北京朝阳区光华

东里8号中海广场北楼3层05号(5977 2488)

Vista Medical Center 维世达诊所

> 24hours. Wi-Fi internet. 3/F Kerry Center. 1

Guanghua Lu 光华路1号嘉里中心商场3层 (8529

6618, [email protected], www.vista-china.net)

Beijing New Century Harmony Pediatric

Clinic

> Shunyi, K-01, Building No.19, Harmony Business

Centre, Liyuan Street, Tianzhu Town 天竺镇丽苑街荣

和商业中心19号楼K-01 (6456 2599; [email protected] ncich.com.cn, www.ncich.com.cn)

Beijing Passion International Medical

Center

This full-service international clinic provides 24-hr general medical care and a patient-centered attitude. Beijing Passion

International Medical Center is equipped with the latest in medical technology and is designed to support the comfort, safety and privacy of patients.

> 24hours, B1/F, Borui Building, 26 Dongsanhuan

Beilu, Chaoyang 朝阳区东三环北路26号博瑞大厦B1层

(6517 7667, www.passion-medical.com)

Parkway Health Clinic

> Mon-Sat, 10am-7pm; CBD, 1-2/F, Vantone Center,

6 Chaowai Street 朝阳门外大街甲六号万通中心AB

座一二层 (4000 662 -882, 24hrs; [email protected]; www.parkwayhealth.cn); No.101-201,

Beijing link, block2, No.6 Yuan, Jing Shun Dong

Street, Chaoyang 朝阳区京顺东街6号院2号楼北京

Link101-201室

IDC Dental

>Daily: 9am-6pm, Room 209, Bldg 7, Richmond Park

Clubhouse, Fangyuan Nanli, Chaoyang 朝阳区芳园南里

丽都水岸会所209 (6538 8111, [email protected])

EDUCATION

Mandarin Schools

The Frontiers School

7 6 | J U N E 2 0 1 7 | W W W . T H A T S M A G S . C O M

LISTINGS

Mandarin school, Hutong School. Our experienced teachers will customize your classes and help you learn in a fun environment.

>Room 1501, 15/F, Zhongyu Plaza, A6 Gongti Beilu,

Chaoyang 朝阳区工体北路甲6号中宇大厦1501室

Gloria Chinese School

Focusing on teaching Chinese, making sure your improvements, organizing taskbased. practical activities and providing

180-day student visa.

>R202 East Building, No.78 Maizidian Street,

Chaoyang 朝阳区麦子店街78号一幢二层202室(6500

8201. WeChat:1381 186 4656,www.gloriachinese.com)

The Bridge School

北京桥汉语言学校

>The Bridge School Head office, Room 503, 5/F,

Guangming Hotel, 42 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang 朝

阳区亮马桥路42号光明饭店5层503室(186 1244 1282

Grettchin)

International Schools

Canadian International School of Beijing

北京加拿大国际学校

Located in the Third Embassy Quarter of downtown Beijing, the Canadian International School of Beijing (CISB) opened its doors in September 2006. This world-class facility offers an internationally recognized

Canadian & IB PYP, IB MYP and IBDP education. The Canadian International School of Beijing develops the whole child in an environmentally sensitive school within a kind, caring community to become a citizen of the world.

> 38 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang 朝阳区亮马桥路38

号 (6465 7788,www.cisb.com.cn)

Springboard International Bilingual

School 君诚国际双语学校

Springboard International Bilingual School is a place where children, staff and parents work in partnership to enable all their students to realize their full potential. They are offering a stimulating and full international curriculum as well as an exciting after school program, which will include

Kung Fu, calligraphy, health and fitness and football.

> 15 Gucheng Duan, Huosha Lu, Houshayu Town,

Shunyi 顺义区后沙峪镇火沙路古城段15号 (8049

2450; www.sibs.com.cn, [email protected])

The British School of Beijing 北京英国学校

The British School of Beijing, established in

2003, has campuses in Shunyi (primary & secondary) and Sanlitun (primary). BSB offers an enhanced English National Curriculum to 1,500 expatriate students, aged 1 to

18, beginning with Early Years Foundation

Stage, Primary, Secondary, IGCSE exams in

Year 10 and 11 and the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma programme in Year

12 and 13. Admission & Fees: RMB102,993-

246,057. Contact our Admissions team to arrange a school tour.

> Mon-Fri, 8am-4.30pm, South Side, 9 An Hua Street,

Shunyi 顺义区安华街9号南侧 (8047 3558, www.britishschool.org.cn, [email protected])

Western Academy of Beijing

京西国际学校

The Western Academy of Beijing (WAB) is a creative and innovative IB World School built upon a solid foundation of core values and our mission to Connect, Inspire,

Challenge; Make a Difference. Our students exemplify these values through their awareness of the world around them, service to others, can-do spirit and commitment to excellence. WAB graduates are accepted into world-class colleges and universities across the globe.

> 10 Lai Guang Ying Dong Lu, Chao Yang 朝阳区来广

营东路10号(5986 5588)

3e International

北京3e国际学校

>9-1 Jiangtai Xilu Chaoyang 朝阳区将台西路9-1号(四

德公园旁) (6437 3344 , www.3eik.com)

Beijing City International School

北京乐成国际学校

Located in Beijing’s Central Business

District, Beijing City International School

(BCIS) lives by its motto: “Empowering and Inspiring through Challenge and

Compassion.” This non-profit, independent co-educational day school offers an international curriculum under the International

Baccalaureate (IB) World School system and is authorized to teach all three IB programs

(Primary Years, Middle Years, and Diploma

Programme).

> 77 Baiziwan Nan’er Lu, Chaoyang 朝阳区百子湾南

二路77号 (8771 7171, www.bcis.cn)

The International Montessori School of

Beijing

北京蒙台梭利国际学校

Founded in 1990, MSB is Beijing’s first fully registered international Montessori school.

The school also boasts an unsurpassed dual

Mandarin/English program geared towards helping students achieve fluency in either language from an early age. Curriculum aside, MSB boasts spacious classrooms, a high teacher-student ratio and impressive staff longevity. Tuition: RMB98,000

- RMB177,000/year.

> Bldg 8, 2A, Xiangjiang Beilu, Chaoyang 朝阳区香

江北路甲2号院8号楼 (6432 8228 ext. 800, www.msb.

edu.cn, [email protected])

Beijing BISS International School

北京BISS国际学校

> Building 17, Area 4, Anzhen Xili Chaoyang 朝阳区

安贞西里4区17楼 (6443 3151 www.biss.com.cn)

Beijing World Youth Academy

北京世青国际学校

Beijing World Youth Academy (BWYA) is an international school for students of all nationalities ages 6 to 18, offering programs on its campuses conveniently located in

Wangjing and Lido. An IB World School since 2001, BWYA values holistic education and seeks to give students ample opportunity to develop as globally-aware critical thinkers. A wide varity of co-curricular activities are offered to further enrich student life. Graduates of BWYA have been accepted at prestigious universities around the world. Age range: 6-18. Tuition: RMB

100,000- 140,000/year.

> Mon-Fri, 8am-4.30pm. 18 Huajiadi Beili, Wangjing,

Chaoyang Inside 94 Middle school 北京市朝阳

区望京花家地北里18号(6461 7787 ext.32, 8454

3478/0649, [email protected], www.ibwya.net)

La Maison Montessori de Pekin

北京中法双语蒙氏儿童之家

The first bilingual French-Chinese Montessori kindergarten in Beijing, it welcomes children between ages 2 to 6 years old.

The kindergarten is located in a beautiful courtyard in the hutongs. Schedule: Monday to Friday: 8:30am to 3:30pm. After class activities also offered.

> 50 Dongsi Shisitiao, Dongcheng 东城区东四十四条

50号 (131 2025 0341/ 8401 3974; [email protected]; www.lamaisonmontessoridepk.

com)

Beijing Mandarin School

Established in 1998, Beijing Mandarin

School is the city’s top institute for teaching spoken and written Mandarin as a second language, more than 5,000 students from over 66 countries and more than 80 companies and embassies have successfully learned with us each year. Also recognized and recommended by BBC News as one of the most professional Chinese language school.

> E-tower School(Guomao Area): Room 904-905,

9/F E-tower Building E数码世界9层904-905(6508

1026/1126); Guangming Hotel School (Embassy

Area): Room 0709, 7/F Guangming Hotel(near

U.S Embassy) 光明饭店7层0709室 美国大使馆附近

(84418391, [email protected], www.

beijingmandarinschool.com, Skype ID: beijingmandarinschool1998)

Beijing City International School

北京乐成国际学校

Located in Beijing’s Central Business

District, Beijing City International School

(BCIS) lives by its motto: “Empowering and Inspiring through Challenge and

Compassion.” This non-profit, independent co-educational day school offers an international curriculum under the International

Baccalaureate (IB) World School system and is authorized to teach all three IB programs

(Primary Years, Middle Years, and Diploma

Programme).

> 77 Baiziwan Nan’er Lu, Chaoyang 朝阳区百子湾南

二路77号 (8771 7171, www.bcis.cn)

The International Montessori School of

Beijing

北京蒙台梭利国际学校

Founded in 1990, MSB is Beijing’s first fully registered international Montessori school.

The school also boasts an unsurpassed dual

Mandarin/English program geared towards helping students achieve fluency in either language from an early age. Curriculum aside, MSB boasts spacious classrooms, a high teacher-student ratio and impressive staff longevity. Tuition: RMB98,000

- RMB177,000/year.

> Bldg 8, 2A, Xiangjiang Beilu, Chaoyang 朝阳区香

江北路甲2号院8号楼 (6432 8228 ext. 800, www.msb.

edu.cn, [email protected])

Beijing World Youth Academy

北京世青国际学校

Beijing World Youth Academy (BWYA) is an international school for students of all nationalities ages 6 to 18, offering programs on its campuses conveniently located in

Wangjing and Lido. An IB World School since 2001, BWYA values holistic education and seeks to give students ample opportunity to develop as globally-aware critical thinkers. A wide varity of co-curricular activities are offered to further enrich student life. Graduates of BWYA have been accepted at prestigious universities around the world. Age range: 6-18. Tuition: RMB

100,000- 140,000/year.

> Mon-Fri, 8am-4.30pm. 18 Huajiadi Beili, Wangjing,

Chaoyang Inside 94 Middle school 北京市朝阳

区望京花家地北里18号(6461 7787 ext.32, 8454

3478/0649, [email protected], www.ibwya.net)

La Maison Montessori de Pekin

北京中法双语蒙氏儿童之家

The first bilingual French-Chinese Montessori kindergarten in Beijing, it welcomes children between ages 2 to 6 years old.

The kindergarten is located in a beautiful courtyard in the hutongs. Schedule: Monday to Friday: 8:30am to 3:30pm. After class activities also offered.

> 50 Dongsi Shisitiao, Dongcheng 东城区东四十四条

50号 (131 2025 0341/ 8401 3974; [email protected]; www.lamaisonmontessoridepk.

com)

Beijing Mandarin School

Established in 1998, Beijing Mandarin

School is the city’s top institute for teaching spoken and written Mandarin as a second language, more than 5,000 students from over 66 countries and more than 80 companies and embassies have successfully learned with us each year. Also recognized and recommended by BBC News as one of the most professional Chinese language school.

> E-tower School(Guomao Area): Room 904-905,

9/F E-tower Building E数码世界9层904-905(6508

1026/1126); Guangming Hotel School (Embassy

Area): Room 0709, 7/F Guangming Hotel(near

U.S Embassy) 光明饭店7层0709室 美国大使馆附近

(84418391, [email protected], www.

beijingmandarinschool.com, Skype ID: beijingmandarinschool1998)

Harrow International School Beijing

北京哈罗英国学校 www.harrowbeijing.cn

Harrow International School Beijing prides itself on its high academic standards, a close-knit school community, a rich extracurricular activity program and the quality of its pastoral care provision. 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. Students graduating from

Harrow Beijing have won places at a range of universities across the world including

Princeton, Yale, Oxford and Cambridge.

> Address: 287, Hegezhuang, Cuigezhuang County,

Chaoyang 朝阳区崔各庄乡何各庄村 287 号 (8610

6444 8900 Ext. 6900 Fax: 10 6445 3870 ,[email protected] harrowbeijing.cn)

Yew Chung International School

耀中国际学校

Located in downtown Honglingjin Park since

1995, Yew Chung International School of Beijing (YCIS Beijing) offers a truly international curriculum for children of foreign nationals in China. The school follows the National

Curriculum for England but also integrates an extensive Chinese language and culture program, allowing foreign nationals to get the best out of their time in China. YCIS Beijing is one of only five schools in China accredited by three separate accreditation organizations and has a 100 percent pass rate within the IGCSE and IB programs. In addition, YCIS

Beijing is the only international school in

China to receive the Cambridge Award for

Excellence in Education from the University of Cambridge International Examinations.

> Honglingjin Park, 5 Houbalizhuang, Chaoyang

朝阳区后八里庄5号红领巾公园 (8583 3731,www.

ycis-bj.com)

Beijing BISS International School

北京BISS国际学校

> Building 17, Area 4, Anzhen Xili Chaoyang 朝阳区

安贞西里4区17楼 (6443 3151 www.biss.com.cn)

Kindergartens

House of Knowledge International Kinde garten (HOK)

House of Knowledge International kindergarten (HOK) has locations in both Shunyi and Chaoyang. Both locations offer a

Kindergarten program for children aged 10 months to 6 years (Pre-school). Students are treated as competent learners and the school emphasizes critical thinking and collaboration skills, in an environment where children “Lean to Learn”. In additional, the Shunyi location also has a elementary school starting from grade 1 in September

2014.

> Quanfa Gardens Campus: North gate of

Quanfa compound, 15 Maquanying, Chaoyang

District 朝阳区马泉营15号泉发花园北门

(6431 8452, www.hokschools.com);Victoria

Gardens Campus: 15 Chaoyang Gongyuan Xilu,

Chaoyang District 朝阳区朝阳公园西路15号维

多利亚花园公寓(6538 2624, www.hokschools.

com)

EtonKids International Kindergarten

伊顿国际幼儿园

> LidoRoom C103 Lido Country Club, Lido Place

Jichang Lu, Chaoyang 朝阳区蒋台路机场路丽

都广场 (6436 7368 www.etonkids.com) ;3/F,

Block D Global Trade Mansion Guanghua Lu,

Chaoyang 朝阳区光华路世贸国际公寓D座3层

( 6506 4805) ; Southwest corner of Beichen

Xilu and Kehui Lu, Chaoyang District 朝阳区

北辰西路与科荟路交汇处西南角(8437 1006);

Kehui Lu, Chaoyang, Beijing 朝阳区科荟路大

屯里社区(8480 5538) ;Bldg 19, Central Park,

6 Chaowai Dajie Chaoyang 朝阳区朝外大街6

号新城国际19号楼 (6533 6995); Palm Springs

International Apartments 8 Chaoyang Park

Nanlu Chaoyang 朝阳区朝阳公园南路8号棕榈

泉国际公寓 (6539 8967); Bldg 21, Guangqu

Jiayuan, Guangqumen- wai, Dongcheng东城区

广渠门外广渠家园21号楼 (6749 5008); Baoxing

International Phase 2, Wangjing Chaoyang朝阳

区望京宝星园国际社区2期 (8478 0578); Block 1,

Arcadia Villas, Houshayu Shunyi 顺义区后沙峪罗

马环岛北侧天北路阿凯笛亚庄园1座(8047 2983);

20A Xidawang Lu, Chaoyang District 朝阳区西大

望路甲20号首府社区内 (5870 6779)

Beanstalk International Bilingual School

青苗国际双语学校

> Kindergarten: 1/F, Tower B, 40 Liangmaqiao

Lu, Chaoyang 朝阳区亮马桥路40号B座一层

(6466 9255); Primary School: Block 2, Upper

East Side, 6 Dongsihuan Beilu, Chaoyang 朝阳区

东四环北路6号阳光上东二区 (5130 7951);Middle

& High School : 38 Nan Shiliju, Chaoyang朝阳区

南十里居38号 (8456 6019)

Ivy Schools

艾毅幼儿园

> www.ivyschools.com ; East Lake Campus

C-101, East Lake Villas, 35 Dongzhimenwai Main

Street, Dongcheng 东城区东直门外大街35号东

湖别墅C座101室(8451 1380/1) ; Ivy Bilingual

School 艾毅双语幼儿园 Ocean Express Campus:

Building E, Ocean Express, 2 Dongsanhuan

Beilu, Chaoyang 朝阳区东三环北路2号远洋新干

线E座 (8446 7286/7) ;Orchid Garden Campus:

Orchid Garden, 18 Xinjin Lu, Cuige Xiang,

Chaoyang 朝阳区崔各乡新锦路18号卓锦万代

(8439 7080); Wangjing Campus: Kylin Zone,

Bldg 11, Fuan Xilu, Wangjing, Chaoyang 朝

阳区望京阜安西路11号楼合生麒麟社内 (5738

9166/1332 110 6167) ; Rm106, warehouse4,

653 Waima Lu, by Wangjia Matou Lu 外马路653

号4库106室, 近王家码头路 (3376 8308)

MBA & EMBA Schools

Rutgers International Executive MBA

> 5/F China Life Tower, 16 Chaowai Dajie Chaoyang

朝阳区朝阳门外大街16号中国人寿大厦 (5877 1706, www.rutgersinasia.com)

BBA at BFSU-SolBridge

北京外国语大学国际商学院

> 19 Xisanhuan Beilu, Haidian, 海淀区西三环北

路19号 (solbridge.bfsu.edu.cn, 8881 6563/8881

6763/8881 8537)

LEMBA

The Leadership EMBA from the University of Maryland

Robert H. Smith School of Business is a unique learning experience in Beijing.

The program offers world class executive and leadership education from some of the best professors the world has to offer.

Every month one of the professors from the

University of Maryland comes to Beijing to instruct the class for 4 consecutive

> days (Thurs – Sun). The program lasts 18 months; the impact lasts a lifetime. (8526 2528/29, [email protected] rhsmith.umd.edu)

Other

Atelier Art School

阿特黎尔艺术工坊

Atelier is the reference art school for artistic education for all ages and profiles in Beijing. Founded in 2012 by a team of french professionals, Atelier offers a high quality instruction, with sensibility, creativity and openness to the world in the center of its educational programs.

>Sanlitun campus: C202, Jinxiuyuan, Xingfucun

Zhonglu, Chaoyang 朝阳区幸福村中路锦绣园C202

(6416 1614 / 132 4018 4908); Shunyi campus: 204-

205, Bldg 2, Central Park, 16 Yufeng Lu, Shunyi (Go to 2/F from Entrance A of Commercial Buildings) 顺

义区裕丰路16号院会展誉景2号楼204-205 商铺A入口

2楼 (5686 4243 / 151 1009 8260, [email protected]

cn.com, www.atelier.cn.com)

Bookstores

The Bookworm *

This glass cube looks over Sanlitun Village, providing a cozy atmosphere for browsing bibliophiles. The Western bookstore, library, film house, bar, bistro-cafe and event space always has a cultured evening on its shelves for both adults and kids.

> Daily 9am-2am. Building 4, Nan Sanlitun Road,

Chaoyang District, Beijing 三里屯南街4号楼 (6586

9507, www.beijingbookworm.com)

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Fully equipped apartments with impeccable

BUSINESS CENTER quality offer you a cozy living system and will meet all of your requirements for room

Ascott Beijing

>No.108B Jianguo Road,Chaoyang

District,Beijing 北京市朝阳区建国路乙108号

(6587 0888) decoration, furniture, electric appliances etc..

Regus Serviced Office 雷格斯服务式办公室

•Flexible office leases from 1 day to 1 year

•Quick and easy to set up for 1-200 people

•Prices from RMB180 per month

•Find more on Regus.cn

•Tel: 400 120 1207

Ascott Raffles City Beijing

Located in Dongzhimen, one of the most vibrant areas, Ascott Raffles City is near the

Unique sky garden with golf practice field and barbecue area is another symbol of GTC Residence.

> [email protected], website: www.

gtcresidence.com Tel:56756666

>> BEIJING (20 LOCATIONS) << second embassy district, which is rich in cultural heritage and is only a 15 minute

Marriott Executive Apartments

Ideally located in the center of Wangfujing area where the prestigious business,

Lei Shing Hong Plaza [New]

北京利星行广场

5/F, Tower C, Lei Shing Hong Plaza, No.8

Wangjing Street, Chaoyang District

北京市朝阳区望京街8号利星行广场C座5层 drive to The Forbidden City.

Other nearby leisure attractions include

Food Street (Gui Jie) and Sanlitun nightlife district.

commercial, entertainment, and shopping center of Beijing. The Imperial Mansion,

Beijing – Marriott Executive Apartments reflects an exceptional level of luxury.

> No.1-2 Dongzhimen South Street

Dongcheng District Tel: 8405 3888

> Gate, No. 1 Xiagongfu Street, Dongcheng

District Tel: 6564 9999

Sun Dong An Plaza [New]

北京新东安广场

7/F, Office Tower 2, Sun Dong An Plaza,

No.138 Wangfujing, Avenue, Dongcheng

District 北京市东城区王府井大街138号新东

安广场写字楼2座7层

Ascott Raffles City Chengdu

> No. 3, Section 4, South Renmin Road,

Wuhou District, Chengdu 610041, China

Post code: 610041,Telephone:(86-28) 6268

2888 ,Facsimile:(86-28) 6268 2889 ,GDS

Code: AZ, Reservations Telephone:400 820

1028 (China toll-free) ;(86-512) 6763 1021

Email:[email protected]

The Millennium Residences of the Beijing

Fortune Plaza

The Millennium Residences of the Beijing

Fortune Plaza is located in the heart of the Beijing CBD which bears the most momentously potential of development

Zhongyu Mansion [New]

北京中宇大厦

6/F, Zhongyu Mansion, No.6 North Workers

Stadium Road, Chaoyang District

北京市朝阳区工体北路甲6号中宇大厦6层

Beijing Kerry Residence

Whether you’re a single business executive or a busy family, Beijing Kerry’s fullyand value elevation. While 25 minutes away from the Beijing International Airport, the

Millennium Residences is walking distance from nearly all Embassies.

Diplomatic [New]

北京亮马桥外交办公大楼

17/F, Tower E, Liangmaqiao, Diplomatic

Office Building, 3rd Embassy District,

Chaoyang District 北京市朝阳区第三使馆区

亮马桥外交办公大楼E座17层 furnished 1, 2 and 3-bedroom   apartments will feel just like home. As well as enjoying all the comforts of modern living

– including a well-equipped kitchen, entertainment systems, high-speed broadband and much more – residents are

> 7 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu Chaoyang

District. Tel: 8588 2888

Oak Chateau Beijing

Oak Chateau Beijing has 236 stylish and contemporary fully serviced apartments from studio, one-bedroom, two-bedroom,

Kerry Centre - South Tower [New]

北京嘉里中心-南楼

10/F, South Tower, Kerry Centre, No.1

Guanghua Road, Chaoyang District

北京市朝阳区光华路1号嘉里中心南楼10层 just moments away from the Kerry Centre’s shopping mall and sports facilities. The rest of the CBD is on your doorstep too.

>1 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang 朝阳区光华路1

号 (8535 6888, www.beijingkerryresidence.

com) three-bedroom and four bedroom suites available, measuring 64 to 260 square meters. There is a 24-hours guest reception, and housekeeping is offered twice a week.

Nestled within the landscaped gardens of the Ocean Express commercial and

Landgent Building [Coming Soon]

北京乐成中心

5/F, Block A, Landgent Center, No.20 East

Middle 3rd Ring Road, Chaoyang District

北京市朝阳区东三环中路20号乐成中心A座5层

Lusongyuan Hotel

A traditional compound of quadrangle composing of 5 courtyards which lies in the "hutong" area of Beijing. The hotel building is famous for its imperial living residential complex, Oak Chateau Beijing is very close to the third Embassy Area and shopping and dinning services at the

Beijing Lufthansa Center. There are only 19 taste of the Qing Dynasty with a history of nearly 170 years. The original owner of this large private house was the Grand General

SenggeRinchen, who lived here while he carried out top official duties, such as defense minister.

kilometers to the Beijing Capital Airport.

>北京市朝阳区东三环霞光里66号远洋新干线

D座 邮编 100027

Block D, Ocean Express, 66 Xiaguang Li,

Third East Ring Road, Chaoyang District,

Beijing 100027, P.R.C

Tel: (86-10) 84465888

Fax: (86-10) 84465999

Email [email protected]

Website: www.oakchateau.com

China World Tower 3

北京国贸三期

15/F, China World Tower 3, No.1

Jianguomenwai Street, Chaoyang District

北京市朝阳区建国门外大街1号国贸中心3座

15层

> Tel: (86 10) 6404 0436, Fax: (86 10) 6403

0418 , Address:No.22 Banchang Lane ,

Kuanjie, Dongcheng District 东城区宽街板

厂胡同22号 www.the-silk-road.com, E-mail: [email protected]

Lufthansa Centre

北京燕莎中心

C203, Lufthansa Centre, No.50 Liangmaqiao

Road, Chaoyang District

北京市朝阳区亮马桥路50号燕莎中心C203

Oakwood Residence Beijing

Oakwood Residence Beijing offers 406 fully equipped luxury apartments ranging

Lee Garden Service Apartments

A newly renovated high-end premier living residence in a central location next to the

Kerry Centre

北京嘉里中心

11/F, North Tower, Kerry Centre, No.1

Guanghua Road, Chaoyang District

北京市朝阳区光华路1号嘉里中心北楼11层 shopping and cultural sites of Beijing’s

Wangfujing, suites range from studios to from studios to four bedroom penthouse and terrace apartments, all exquisitely furnished in elegant and stylish decor. Each apartment is fitted with a state-of-the-art

4-bedroom apartments (60-610sqm in size) and are tastefully furnished with specially air purification and air conditioning system which ensures 99.9% pure, triple filtered air,

Pacific Century Place

北京盈科中心

14/F, IBM Tower, No.2A North Workers

Stadium Road, Chaoyang District

北京市朝阳区工体北路甲2号IBM大厦14层 selected materials.

> 18 Jinyu Hutong, Wangfujing, Dongcheng

(100m East of Sun Dong An Plaza) 东城区

王府井金鱼胡同18号 (新东安东侧100米);

24hr front desk: 6525 8855, Fax: 6525 8080, [email protected], www.

lgapartment.com) so you can trust in Oakwood and breathe easy.

> No. 8 Dongzhimenwai Xiejie, Chaoyang

District, Beijing 100027, China [email protected]

Website: www.oakwoodasia.com/resbeijing

Tel: 5995 2888 Fax: 5995 2999

China Central Place

北京华贸中心

9/F, Tower 2, China Central Place, No.79

Jianguo Road, Chaoyang District

北京市朝阳区建国路79号华贸中心2号楼9层

FraserSuite CBD Beijing

The ultimate luxury in apartment living,

Fraser Suites CBD Beijing epitomizes style

THE WESTIN EXECUTIVE RESIDENCES

The Westin Executive Residences at The

Beijing Financial Street offer an array of and comfort, that surpasses the service level of many Beijing hotels. The 357

Parkview Green

北京侨福芳草地中心

15/F, Office Building A Parkview, Green,

No.9 Dongdaqiao Road, Chaoyang District

北京市朝阳区东大桥路8号芳草地办公楼A座

15层

Gold-Standard Beijing apartment features contemporary concepts designed for luxury living.

> 12 Jintong Xilu Chaoyang District Beijing

Tel: 5908 6000 world-class cuisine options and Westin’s signature amenities designed to elicit personal renewal. Just 40 minutes from the airport, the Westin Executive Residences provides direct access to Beijing’s business, entertainment and shopping district and close proximity to cultural landmarks such as The Forbidden City and Tiananmen

China Life Tower

北京中国人寿大厦中心

5/F, China Life Tower, No.16

Chaoyangmenwai Street, Chaoyang District

北京市朝阳区朝阳门外大街16号中国人寿大

厦5层

GTC RESIDENCE BEIJING

One of the top residences in Beijing, GTC

Residence is located beside the third ring road with 5 minutes’ walk to subway line

5 , 10 minutes’ drive to Hou Hai . It is

Square. Each apartment is also fitted with contemporary furnishings, fully equipped kitchens, state-of-the-art appliances, home entertainment system and LCD flat screen televisions.

China Life – West

北京中国人寿大厦-西

West, 5/F, China Life Tower, No.16 also within easily reach of CBD, embassy area, Financial Street and other urban commercial,shopping and recreation areas.

> Email: [email protected]

Website: www.westin.com/beijingfinancial

Tel: 6606 8866

Chaoyangmenwai Street, Chaoyang District

北京市朝阳区朝阳门外大街16号中国人寿大

厦5层西区

IFC

北京财源国际中心

10/F, IFC East Tower, No.8 Jianguomenwai

Street, Chaoyang District 北京市朝阳区建国

门外大街甲8号财源国际中心东座10层

Prosper Center

北京世纪财富中心

6/F, Tower 2, Prosper Center, No.5 Guang

Hua Road, Chaoyang District 北京市朝阳区

光华路5号世纪财富中心2号楼6层

Financial St. Excel Centre

北京金融街卓著中心

12/F, Financial Street Excel, Centre, No.6

Wudinghou Street, Xicheng District 北京市

西城区武定侯街6号卓著国际金融中心12层

NCI Centre

北京新华保险大厦中心

15/F, NCI Tower, No.12A Jianguomenwai

Street, Chaoyang District 北京市朝阳区建国

门外大街甲12号新华保险大厦15层

Taikang Financial Tower

北京泰康金融大厦

23/F, Taikang Financial Tower, No.38 East

Third Ring Road, Chaoyang District 北京市

朝阳区东三环北路38号泰康金融大厦23层

Zhongguancun Metropolis Tower

北京中关村欧美汇大厦

7/F, Metropolis Tower, No.2 Dongsan Street,

Zhongguancun Xi Zone, Haidian District 北京

市海淀区中关村西区东三街2号欧美汇大厦7层

Servcorp

Smart businesses understand that flexibility is the future of the workplace. They choose the world's finest Serviced Offices to grow their businesses, run critical projects and give their people flexibility.

Level 26 Fortune Financial Center, 5

Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang 朝阳区

东三环中路5号财富金融中心26层 (Servcorp.

com.cn; tel: 5775 0310; fax: 5775 0350)

Need flexible and affordable ready workspace to enhance your business or register a representative office for your temporary projects in Beijing? We have the perfect solution. Located within a Grade-A building in the popular Lufthansa Business Area, our work-spaces provide you, or your company, with the ideal business identity, and most importantly, come with the most competitive rates to minimize your cost and risks.

> Gateway Plaza, Tower A, Suite 16D , NE

3rd Ring Road, Chaoyang 朝阳区东三环

北路霞光里18号佳程广场A座16D T:010-

84400606 M:15910782518 Cynthia LU

CSO (Singapore) Beijing Business Center

We have 10 years experience in managing serviced offices in the Asia and Pacific region, and our headquarters is in Singapore. CSO Beijing is our first business center in China . We are mainly providing fully renovated and equipped offices to clients for immediate use, and all the serviced offices can be used as incorporation purpose, and we offer maximum flexibility and complete smart office system to help our clients save cost. We also provide virtual offices, meeting room and conference room, video conferencing, incorporation services and many other services.

Level 6, Sun Palace Building, Taiyanggong,

Beijing Ms. Stephanie Yan, Mobile:

18210080591, Email: [email protected] corporateso.com, Website: www.csochina.

cn, Tel: 86 10 64697000

BEAUTY SERVICES

Black Golden Tanning Salon Sanlitun

Branch Grand Opening

Black Golden Tanning Salon is the only fivestar China flagship store by Ergoline. As the 2011 model of Ergoline Esprit 770’s,

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CLASSIFIEDS to bring a continuous tanning effect 25% above standard machines with unique aquacool and aroma functions, we provide customers with the safest and most comfortable tanning space.

> Open time:11:00-21:00 Sanlitun SOHO

Branch 2rd Floor Building 3, Sanlitun

SOHO,Chaoyang District Tel: 57853711;

Wangjing Branch Add: Room T5 3rd Floor,

BOTAI International Building, No. 36 North

Guangshun Street, Wangjing, Chaoyang

District, Website: www.bjtanning.com Tel:

84722855

LA BELLEZA

La Belleza means Beauty and Aesthetics in

Spanish. Professional hair-designers from

Hong Kong ,Korea and China gather here.

LA BELLEZA is the hairdressing salon for you with its pleasant atmosphere, excellent service, and finest products.

New haircut! Good mood! Excellent life!

Add: F4 No.408, Jinbao Place .Jinbao Street

No88,Dongcheng District, Beijing, china.

Website: www.labelleza.com.cn

Tel: 010 8522 1626

MegaSun Tanning Salon

As the only flagship store for this popular

German tanning salon, megaSun Tanning will provide for each client the finest sun tanning experience.

Our center has prepared the newest functional 7900 alpha and pureEnergy chamber systems, combined with easyCare optical testers. At megaSun, enjoy our professional UV and tanning services.

> 8 Dongdaqiao Road, sShangdu SOHO

North Tower, Rm. 2302

Chaoyang District, Beijing

Website: www.imegasun.com

e-mail: [email protected]

Sina Weibo: @麦肤堂

Tel: 5900-2236/2238

STORAGE

China Self Storage Co. Ltd

As a member of SSA and SSAUK, China Self

Storage Co. Ltd. introduces an international industry standard to professionally developed Self Storage for private, family and business. Safe, clean, air-conditioned,

24h access, flexible size. To learn more, visit www.selfstorageinchina.com. To make a reservation, contact 400-600-6378 [email protected] selfstorageinchina.com.

Jin’an Building, Tianzhu Garden West Rd.,

Shunyi District, Beijing.

Koala Ministorage

Koala Ministorage is the first professional self-storage provider in Beijing. To learn more, visit our website www.koalaministorage.com. To make a reservation, call us toll free at 400-017-8889, email us at [email protected], or visit one of our stores.

CAR RENTAL SERVICE

Beijing First Choice Car Rental Service Co.,

Ltd

We offer short and long term vehicle leasing services for both business and sightseeing. Our commpany could provide the latest elite, high-end vehicles such as

Mercedes Benz S300, BMW S5 and more!

Contact our friendly representatives for more information.

Tel: 138 1015 6525/6434 0778 www.fccars.cn

[email protected]

Beijing TOP-A Vehicle Service Co., Ltd

Beijing Top-A Vehicle Service provides:

*English -speaking driver

*Long-short term leasing

*Airport-Pick up/Drop off

*Sedan, Van and Bus

We, ES-PATS Life Group, also serves with

Mandarin, housemaid, Visa, driver, driving license, vehicle registration service.

Tel: 6438 1634, 1350 123 7292, [email protected] expatslife.com

www.expatslife.com

Beijing Top Rate Car Rental Service Co., Ltd

*Long/Short term leasing

*Daily car service

*Sifht-seeing car service, Tailor-made car service

*Airport-Pick up/Drop off

*Sedan (Audi A6, Audi A6L, VWPassat,

Accord, Lacross 2.4, Benz MB100, Benz Vito,

Hyundai) and Buses

*Native drivers with good English

*More information please contact

Tel:6504 7266/6504 7256

FAx:6504 7256 www.sxsdcar.com

Email:[email protected]

CONSULTING SERVICE

Harris Corporate Services Ltd

Beijing | Shanghai | Guangzhou | Hong

Kong

Established since 1972

WFOE & Rep. Office Set Up

Accounting & Tax Compliance

Payroll, HR & Visa Solutions

Hong Kong & Offshore Company

Registration

Hong Kong & China Bank Account Opening

Serving all your business needs for investing in China. Call us for a free consultation.

Tel: (86)10-6591 8087

Mobile: 186-019-43718

Email: [email protected]

Beijing: Room 2302, E-Tower, No.12

Guanghua Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing,

PRC.北京市朝阳区光华路12号数码01大厦

2302室

Shanghai: Suite 904, OOCL Plaza, 841 Yan

An Zhong Road, Jing-An District, Shanghai,

PRC.上海市静安区延安中路841号东方海外大

厦904室

Guangzhou: Room D-E, 11/F., Yueyun

Building, 3 Zhongshan 2nd Road,

Guangzhou, PRC.广州市中山二路3号(东山

口)粤运大厦11楼D-E室

Hong Kong:

7/F., Hong Kong Trade Centre, 161-167 Des

Voeux Road Central, Hong Kong.香港德辅道

中161-167号香港贸易中心7楼

MHI China LTD

凯特威(北京)咨询有限公司

Room 971, 9/F,Poly Plaza,No.14,

Dogzhimen Nan Dajie,Dongcheng 东城区

东直门南大街14号保利大厦写字楼9层971室

(6551 0663)

Beijing Office-TMF Group

In order to enable clients benefit from the increasing globalization of the worlds economy, TMF Group offers a comprehensive range of corporate administrative outsourcing services in 67 counties across the globe. With a genuine global network and qualified staff, TMF group provides an array of accounting, corporate secretarial and HR administrative outsourcing services.

> [email protected]

Website: www.tmf-group.com

CCTV Tower and Kerry Centre

Suite 3107, Tower A Beijing Fortune Plaza,7

Dongsanhuan Zhong Road, Chaoyang

District

Tel: 65330533-860

FURNITURE

Crossover

Crossover Center Flagship Store, is mainly marketing international super home furnishing brand products.

Our agent brands include Poltrona Frau,

Cassina, Fritz Hansen, Moroso, Cappellini,

Timothy Oulton, Tom Dixon etc, over

20 international super home furnishing brands.

Our products are covered with all of fields in daily-life home furnishing, including furniture, furnishing, lighting, dinning, and office supplies etc.

Website: www.crossovercenter.com

NO.81 North Road San-Li-Tun Bar St. Chao-

Yang District.Beijing.100027,P.R.C.

Tel: 5208 6112/6113 Fax: 8610-5208 6123

HOUSEKEEPING

JNY Home Service

JNY Home Service was established in

2007, supplying foreign families with

English speaking/non-English Speaking nannies(maids), either daily or live-in.

As a part of our service,we make sure all references and ID cards are thoroughly checked to guarantee the safety and health of your family.

Email : [email protected]

Mobile: 13426362833(24h)

Beijing EX-PATS Service

Healty, reliable, experienced, Englishspeaking housemaid/ nanny. Free agency and 24- hour English service. Medical and Accident insurrance covered. EXPATS

Life Group also serves with Mandarin, car leasing, English-speaking driver, Chinese driving license, vehicle registration. [email protected]

Website: www.expatslife.com

Tel: 64381634

Mobile: 1350123729 2

MOVING AND SHIPPING

Rex Service Moving and Relocation

Is a dedicated and professional removals company based in China, Established in

1995, which operates worldwide.

•Free of Charge Pre-Move Survey

•Professional Packing Material

•Professional Packing & Loading

•Special Crating

•Efficient Customs Clearance

•Shipment Forwarding

•Destination Delivery

•Unpacking and Set-up

•Transit Insurance for "All-Risks"

•Global Network in more than 200

Countries

As a respected member of global organisations such as the International

Association of Movers (IAM), Fédération

Internationale des Déménageurs

Internationaux (FIDI) and Japan

International Movers Association (JIMA), we have sought and established relationships with over 2000 companies from around the world which gives us successfully logistics network worldwide.

Contact us:

Hotline: 400 8821 060

Tel: (86) 18222169211/ 15010058549

E-mail: [email protected]; [email protected] rexmovers.com

Website: www.rexrelo.com

REAL ESTATE AGENTS

JOANNA REAL ESTATE RELOCATION

SERVICE

We are one of China’s leading real estate agencies boasting an extensive database of high-end properties for rent. We have helped thousands of expatriates find their homes as well as hundreds of companies re-locate their employees. Once we have found you your ideal home we will be on hand to deal with any post move issues and our dedicated after sales team will be contactable 7 days a week to help you with any queries you have throughout your stay in our country.

> For more information please contact us:

Email: [email protected]

Website: http:>beijing.joannarealestate.

com.cn/ (Tel: 84585667 ; 13501358971)

Replus-Benchmark

“Replus-Benchmark” is one of the leading real estate agencies and relocation service provider for expatriates in Shanghai,

Beijing, Guangzhou, Chengdu and

Shenzhen.

• Residential Home Search Service

• Visa Application

• Commercial Office Space Search Service

• Buying and Selling Property Service

E-mail: [email protected]

Website: www.replus-benchmark.com

> A-1509,Xiaoyun Center, No.15 of Xiaoyun

Road, Chaoyang District Beijing

Tel: 84467119 Fax: 84467577

Silk Road Travel Management Ltd.

Silk Road Travel is a pioneer in organizing

Silk Road tours and other classic routes in

China. Founded in 1997, we are specialized in tailor making travel packages that allow travellers to truly experience the local cultures and explore the amazing heritages. Whether you are a small group of 2-9 persons or a corporate group, our professional staff will tailor make the tour programme based on your needs.

Email: [email protected]

www.the-silk-road.com

TUI China

An affiliate of World of TUI, the world’s leading tourism group, TUI China was established in late 2003 as the first joint venture with foreign majority share in the

Chinese tourism industry. Its headquarters are in Beijing whilst its operations reach deep into the far corners of China. World of

TUI generated approx.50,000 predominantly western tourists to China yearly and provides M.I.C.E services for renowned companies worldwide. 

> Add: Bright China Chang An Building,

Tower 2, Unit 921-926, 7 Jianguomen Nei

Avenue (Fax: +86 (0)10 6517 1371; Email: [email protected]; Website: www.tui.cn; Tel:

8519 8800

CATERING SERVICES

Aurora Catering

An 100% authentic Italian experience whether tasting a mouthful Lasagna or a juicy Carpaccio. Our international team brings to you the authentic freshness and tidbit of an Italian Espresso or a homemade tastiness of a Mozzarella.

We offer a full range of catering and event planning services for all types of business and personal functions that are tailored for you. The best service, at your service.

Contact Jacopo Tomé at 137 1794 0458 [email protected]

Zone de Comfort

With our professional service, you can focus

100% on your event at Zone de Comfort, every single assignment is unique for us. Our experience helps us understand your objectives with thorough planning, and of course, exquisite food with elegant presentation. In the past 5 years, we have handled numerous catering projects covering diplomatic/business functions for embassies, high-end cocktail receptions for luxuries brands, automobiles and month-long hospitality center services. Find out more from our Website: www.zdc-catering.com

TRAVEL SERVICES

Beijing Trans-World Air Service Co.Ltd.

Established in February 2005 and approved by the Civil Aviation Administration of China, we are an aggregator of international and domestic air, global hotel reservations and big business travel.

With sales rankings in the top ten and having earned the title of major proxies of worldwide airlines, we are well-known for our top-notch service. We offer online booking, hotel inquiry and reservations and a varity of travel-related services.

> G8, First Floor, China Resources Building,

8 Jianguomenbei Avenue, Chaoyang

朝阳区建国门北大街8号华润大厦一层G8 tel: 8519 2468/2469/2470/2471/2472; fax: 6518 2589; [email protected]; www.viptkt.com; WeChat: twas08314854

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That’s Beijing

Horoscopes

Finally, a horoscope that understands your life in Beijing

. by Noelle Mateer

Gemini

5.22~6.21

The stars spell relationship problems for you, Gemini, so get off Tantan and focus on your significant other, damn it. Take him or her on a romantic walk around the Forbidden City. Bring warm Yanjings for good luck.

Cancer

6.22~7.22

Socializing is important, so stop being such a recluse. Go get drinks with people. If anyone suggests Dirty

Bar Street though, kindly direct them to this wonderful magazine you've just read that's full of interesting bar reviews.

Leo

7.23~8.23

Leos can expect great fortune to fall upon their sex lives this month. The following are the most auspicious days to bone: the 7th, the 13th, the

25th. Do not get it on on the 30th, or an ayi will start knocking on your door, loudly, halfway through.

Virgo

8.24~9.23

You will find great success at a networking event – if you make your WeChat profile picture more professional, that is. It is inauspicious to have a cartoon character as your

WeChat photo.

Libra

9.24~10.23

Soon you will suffer from bad health.

Go to Moka Bros and eat healthy stuff or something. Avoid Haidian district on Tuesdays or misfortune will befall you. Drink Tsingtao on the 17th and eat dumplings on the 15th.

Scorpio

10.24~11.22

Your spouse or lover will help you to achieve financial success. Maybe he or she will point you to our happy hour listings in this magazine, IDK, just a suggestion. Either way, only enter Chaoyang Park through the south gate.

Sagittarius

11.23~12.21

This will be a chaotic month for you, so keep zen by avoiding the Beijing subway from the hours of 4.30-6pm, and the Starbucks in Taikooli Li for all the hours, period. Do not send

WeChat messages while riding your

Mobike.

Capricorn

12.22~1.20

When two roads diverge in the wood, follow the path that leads back to

Sanlitun. Seriously, where are you?

None of the hip parts of Beijing have any vegetation. Avoid men in patterned face masks.

Aquarius

1.21~2.19

Be ready to compromise. You may have to go to an inferior noodle place if your favorite noodle place has been bricked over. Hold your breath when walking east in any hutong. Do not eat Zhang Mama on a full moon.

Pisces

2.20~3.20

No more complaining about Beijing

– you're getting annoying! Stop hanging out with whiny expats and go buy a good air filter. If you still feel like crap, book a flight to Thailand.

Whiny expats love Thailand.

Aries

3.21~4.20

Issues with your family may distract you from monetary success this month. Try to regain some of that monetary success by not drinking in Sanlitun so much. You have family issues to deal with anyway, apparently.

Taurus

4.21~5.21

Only hard work will bring you success.

That, or being born in a privileged background under advantageous geopolitical circumstances. Keep this in mind as you work hard in your

English teaching job this month.

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