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Editor’s Note

MAY 2017

If you’d told me a decade ago that my third and fourth homes would be Tianjin and Hebei

(after London and Beijing), I would have questioned your sanity. Then I would have asked:

Where are Tianjin and Hebei?

But whether we realize it or not, both play a growing role in our lives. Their integration with the capital – forming the fabled 110-million-person megalopolis, Jing-Jin-Ji – is fully underway, meaning big changes at China’s usual (breakneck) speed.

My experience is probably atypical for a Beijinger. After all, at That’s we publish a bimonthly Tianjin supplement and report regularly on happenings in Hebei (you could say that we’re the magazine of choice for the modern Jing-Jin-Ji urbanite). Nonetheless, I’ve seen an increasing amount of crossover in the three years I’ve been working in the region.

Integration sounds great on paper: more connectivity, better infrastructure and less pressure on public services. But the process isn’t without its causalities. The seemingly indiscriminate bricking-up of your favorite hutongs in recent months can’t be viewed in isolation. The relocation of small businesses and markets – away from the city center and into surrounding areas – is a central pillar of the strategy.

Bad news for your hutong neighbors, perhaps. But there’s hope for small business elsewhere in the region. In this month’s cover story, we travel to the three rural counties set to be transformed into a Shenzhen-style Special Economic Zone, and learn that there’s a great deal of optimism in places set to benefit from change in the region. You can read our dispatch from the site of the Xiongan New Area (page 46), nestled alongside an introduction to

Hebei, your most important neighbor.

Elsewhere in the magazine: Karoline Kan delves into Beijing’s booming industry for live-in maternity nurses (page 10); Dr. Jonathan Chatwin explores China’s 16th-century flirtations with globalization (page 14); Dominique Wong finds out how to make a hostel from a micro-hutong (in our recently revived interiors section, page 24); I chat 90s synthesizers with the poster boy of progressive techno, Nathan Fake (page 32); and Noelle Mateer eats her way through the city’s best new brunches (page 58) while bringing you her characteristically perspicacious roundup of the latest food and drink openings (from page 52).


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by Bridget O’Donnell

Expats in Beijing take note: China will soon begin replacing green cards for foreigners with ‘smart cards.’ Starting in July as part of a new initiative by the Ministry of Public

Security, the new cards aim to make daily life easier for expats working in China.

Foreigners with permanent residence permits will be able to exchange them for a new card, which has been snappily named

‘Foreigner’s Permanent Residence Identity


Once they request to renew their current permits, applicants will receive a smart card embedded with a machine-readable chip containing identity information. The data can be shared with railways, airlines, insurance agencies, hotels and banks.

The new cards will be similar to Chinese citizens’ ID cards, and can be used at different government agencies and institutions. This will make it easier for expats to do things like buy train tickets, check into hotels, open bank accounts and access other public services. Authorities say the cards will also be equipped with anti-counterfeit features.

The new cards are said to be a huge step up from the current ones, which are often incompatible with ID-reading machines. But the number of digits on the current green cards differs from that of Chinese IDs. And holders will likely need to carry their passports anyway, given that many locals have never seen a green card.

Foreigners will be able to apply for the new cards this summer, once training and technical work takes place in June. In the meantime, current green card holders can still use their existing cards until the expiration date. Around 7,000 foreigners — including former NBA star and soon-to-be-released

Beijing Ducks player Stephon Marbury — were granted permanent residence in China in the 10 years after the green card program launched in 2004. This number is just a fraction of the 600,000-plus foreigners who are estimated to have lived in the country during this time.

But the number of cards issued appears to be slowly rising. In 2016 alone, over 1,500 foreigners became permanent residents, a

163 percent increase from last year.

The introduction of the new card is one of many new initiatives being undertaken to help attract more foreign talent to the country. Last month, China said that it would be launching a five-year work permit for foreigners. In January, it was announced that foreigners with postgraduate degrees could obtain Z visas without prior work experience.

And last year, foreigners over the age of 60 were allowed to obtain work permits (provided they were senior executives in large corporations).

China has also recently altered the work permit application process, switching to a point-based grading system which classifies workers into three categories: ‘A’ for toptiered talent, ‘B’ for professional talent and

‘C’ for unskilled workers or those working in the service industry. That also coincides with a new ‘work permit card,’ which is said to replace the standard employment permit and foreign expert certificates.

With all these changes on hand, we suggest reviewing your current visa or permit status, or, if it all gets too confusing (‘am I a B or…

C?’), consulting a reliable visa agency.

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We meet Li, 70, enjoying the sun with his grandchild in Gulou.


A man in Wangfujing appears indifferent to the willow and poplar catkins sweeping through the capital.

What are your thoughts on boycotting another country’s goods because of political rifts?

“I think boycotting another country’s goods is inappropriate. If you don’t buy their goods, they won’t buy your goods and, in the end, the economy suffers for it. It’s a form of squabbling which, over time, can become pretty ugly.

In the case of China and South Korea [the

THAAD missile defense system], it’s the respective governments who have had a falling out. I don’t think the people should follow suit. We should buy whatever goods we feel are appropriate. Live the life you want, buy what you want. This isn’t an issue of patriotism. Who can bother themselves with so many problems?

I’ve never been to South Korea, but perhaps in the future when my grandchild is older we can go together. I don’t have any

South Korean friends but if I did, these political issues wouldn't have any influence on our relationship.”

As told to Dominique Wong

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Public hospitals will no longer be able to profit from drug sales, thanks to recent reforms to Beijing’s medical system. Patients were paying markups of up to 15 percent on medicines, though they’ll now be able to purchase them at cost price. A simultaneous hike in service charges means that the overall price of treatment will remain roughly the same.

But it’s hoped that reforms will improve the standard of care by reducing hospitals’ financial dependency on drug sales.

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… is the top reward, in renminbi, offered to Beijing residents by the municipal government in exchange for information on foreign spies. Informants can expect to earn anywhere from RMB10,000 to

RMB500,000 for a tipoff, while RMB500,000 (USD72,000) is reserved for those who share prime information. Tips can be made via a special hotline, by mail or in person. The offer comes after last year’s

‘awareness’ campaign, which included cartoons warning against being seduced by redheaded foreign spies called David.

"What happens to students from arid places that have no seaside or rivers?"

Web user ‘Yixunsangyao’ comments on the recent announcement that Tsinghua University students must learn to swim before they can graduate. According to the new rules, prospective graduates must show they can swim at least 50 meters using any stroke. The university says that swimming is an essential survival skill which improves physical fitness. However, online commenters questioned the fairness of such a requirement, considering many Tsinghua students come from inland cities.

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The Maternity Nurses Meeting China’s Surging Demand for Live-In Help

words by Karoline Kan, images by Victor Liu

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| F E AT U R E ow would you feel about having a stranger live in your home after your child is born, 24 hours a day, seven days a week? For a growing number of Chinese couples, this is exactly what the doctor ordered.

Ding Qiong has just finished 42 days working as a yuesao, or maternity matron, for one such couple. It’s her job to take care of mothers and their babies in the days and nights after the birth, often for a month or more.

“During that first week, I feel more stressed than the parents,” Ding says. “Dangerous things can happen to babies at any time. And whenever the baby cries, wants to eat, needs its diaper changed or simply wakes up, I wake up too. I sleep for less than five hours a night when I’m working.”

Ding says that people are surprised to hear she makes RMB13,000 a month – more than many college graduates. But it’s not an easy job, she says. The hours are long, and Ding will live with her clients over the course of a month or two, taking responsibility for changing diapers, cleaning the baby, offering emotional support and making up to six meals a day.

There were 17.5 million babies born in

China in 2015, according to the National

Bureau of Statistics. And a reported one-third of families with newborns will buy home nursing services, leading to growing salaries in the industry. Ding now earns more than four times what she did when starting out as a yuesao in 2007.

Ding says that her age and experience of giving birth are seen as positives by potential customers.

“The clients think I’m more trustworthy and patient, as I’m in my mid-forties,” she says. “I’ve raised children myself, so I have more sympathy for the mothers and their babies.”

The 43-year-old is one of around 500

yuesao contracted by Fuyou Nurse, a Beijing

This page and previous page | Maternity nurses, or yuesao , take part in a training session in Shaoyaoju, Beijing.

maternity agency. The firm’s website lists all of its available matrons alongside introductory video clips, many of which show them performing massages on lifelike baby dolls.

Demand for Fuyou Nurse’s services has grown dramatically in recent years, says CEO

Zhang Zheng.

“Most Chinese families now only have one child, or two at the most, so they want to provide them with the best of everything,”

Zhang says, “which includes services from the moment they are born. Parents want a

yuesao service because they believe in taking a scientific approach to caring for mother and baby in that first, most important month, rather than the old superstitious approach.”

Demand for maternity care stems from the tradition of zuoyuezi – literally ‘sitting the month.’ Traditional Chinese medicine teaches that, for a month after a child’s birth, mothers should avoid any activity that might cause coldness or tiredness. Some of the recommendations appear sensible, such as avoiding heavy lifting, but others have no obvious benefit. New mothers are often instructed to resist brushing their teeth, showering, drinking cold water or opening the windows.

While zuoyuezi is still widely practiced, the more extreme rules are often ignored. But it still appeals to today’s young mothers, says

Chang Yaohua, professor of Chinese culture and literature at Beijing International Studies


“You can’t say that [these restrictions] are all wrong,” he says. “In ancient times, mothers’ environments were not as good as they are today, so women who’d just had babies needed to be careful. But of course traditions should be updated as conditions change.”

Chang argues that the the practice arises from discrimination against females – as well as an old superstitious belief that when women bleed, it brings bad luck. Forcing new moms to stay at home was thought to keep inauspicious forces at bay.

Regardless of women’s motivations for partaking in zuoyuezi, the tradition has created a huge market for maternity services. And as a growing number of young Chinese couples move to cities – away from their hometowns and family support networks – the need for

yuesao services has grown in turn.

According to Fuyou Nurse’s Zhang, the end of the one-child policy has also contributed to the industry’s recent surge.

“Many women who were born in the 1970s feel that they have one last chance to have another baby, so in 2016 we have seen more need for yuesao,” he says. “And this has continued into 2017, with most of our matrons’ schedules full until July.”

The industry remains lightly regulated.

Guidelines published last year say that yue-

sao should be aged between 18 and 55, undertake regular training and possess at least a middle school diploma, though these are not legal requirements.

To obtain a certificate from China’s

Ministry of Health, matrons must partake in a 10-day training course, culminating in a nursing exam. But Zhang says that the examination is easy to pass and that “working experience” matters more.

“I think the industry has grown wild,” claims Yu Jiangbei, a new father who recently paid RMB16,000 for a 26-day yuesao service.

Yu says that he conducted a lot of research online, but still found it difficult to choose a suitable matron. He reached out to a dozen companies, interviewing several candidates before making a decision. But while Yu still feels stressed, he says that the decision to hire help paid off.

“[People like me] want a better way to take care of our babies. If my mother was to help during the zuoyuezi, I worry that there would be arguments over the best way to do things.

Hiring a yuesao avoids these conflicts.”

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Urban planning guidelines forbid the construction of

“bizarre” and “oddshaped” 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.

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The Building

Consisting of five separate steel towers of varying height – the highest reaching

258 meters – the Olympic Park Observation Tower rests on a concrete structure in the Olympic Green beside a wide pedestrian walkway. Architect firm China

Architecture Design & Research Group (CAG) won a competition in the mid-

2000s for the tower’s design. But controversy ensued when they were accused of plagiarism by Shenzhen architect Ping Caohan during construction, a charge

CAG disputed. Finally completed in 2014, the tower functions as an observation platform offering views of the entire Olympic Green, as well as the Forbidden

City and other sights.

The Residents’ View

Standing outside Olympic Park subway, Beijing local Liu tells us: “It’s quite a powerful-looking tower. The design reminds me of the patterns in karst caves

[caves formed from the dissolution of limestone, dolomite and gypsum].”

Meanwhile, along the pedestrian path we meet Shi as he waits for a friend. “It’s nice to have a tower structure offering views across the city,” he says.

The Architect’s View

Founder of Shi Shang Architecture, Lea Chen, delivers a blunt assessment: “The tower has a nickname, ‘the gigantic nails,’ given by unforgiving Beijingers. The idea of it representing five Olympic rings when seen from above is hard to follow, since it is impossible to actually see the structure from above.

“It failed to create big headlines or rave reviews. It has neither won locals’ hearts, nor polarized opinions in heated debates,” Chen continues. “In short, it doesn’t stand for anything other than its functional purpose: an observation tower. One may argue that it was a missed opportunity to create more value within an urban context, especially compared to the ‘super-trees’ at Singapore’s

‘Gardens by the Bay,’ which take on more of a functional role in their surrounding environment. But, when compared to other [Olympic] host cities like Rio, Beijing has managed to maintain visitor flow and activity in the Olympic Green.” DW

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Four hundred years ago, a new trading route linking Latin America with Asia put China at the heart of a globalizing world. So why do we see China as a historical recluse, asks Dr. Jonathan Chatwin, and what does it mean for today’s diplomacy?

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This page and overleaf


A collection of 17th and

18th century maps created by explorers on the first trading routes between Asia and Latin


Each winter, the elegant Swiss ski resort of Davos plays host to some of the world’s richest and most influential people. Besuited and entirely uninterested in the winter sports on offer, this coterie of billionaires, CEOs, politicians and celebrities convene to attend the annual meeting of the World

Economic Forum, which modestly touts itself as ‘the foremost creative force for engaging the world’s top leaders in collaborative activities to shape the global, regional and industry agendas.’

The opening address of 2017’s meeting was delivered by Chinese President Xi Jinping who, in front of an audience rocked by a resurgence of nationalist sentiment in the West, offered a full-throated defense of globalization. “We should recede from our respective national positions and embark on the right pathway towards economic globalization at the right pace,” President Xi observed. “We should not develop a habit of retreating to the harbor whenever we encounter a storm, for this will never get us to the other side of the ocean.”

The notion of China as the world’s leading cheerleader for globalization raised a few eyebrows. The

Chinese view of the wider world has been defined in recent times by a defiant nationalism, fuelled by the perception that the country had been, for the century before the establishment of the People’s

Republic in 1949, subject to cynical exploitation by the global community. Newsweek’s headline

‘Xi Jinping’s Davos Speech Showed the World Has

Turned Upside Down’ effectively captured the sense of incredulity in the West at the apparent reversal of international roles which had taken place post-

Trump and -Brexit.

Yet the view of globalization as an intrinsically

Anglo-American idea – one to which China has been unwillingly subjected – testifies to the West’s myopic view of history. For, as Peter Gordon and

Juan José Morales remind us in their new book The

Silver Way: China, Spanish America and the Birth

of Globalization, 1565–1815, global economic networks with an outward-facing China at their center existed long before the emergence of America and

Great Britain as the world’s major trading nations.

The Silver Way returns us to the 15th and 26th centuries, when the Spanish and Portuguese kingdoms led international trade and exploration.

Having battled to establish global navigational routes, the two countries came to an agreement in 1494 which divided up Asia and the Americas between them. The Treaty of Tordesillas “gave

Portugal all of Asia and the part of what is now

Brazil that sticks out into the Atlantic,” Gordon and

Morales write. “Meanwhile, everything west of the line went to Spain, granting them most of what came to be called, a few years later, the Americas.”

Despite this agreement, however, Spain desired access to the riches of Asia. In 1564, Miguel López de Legazpi led an expedition from Spanish-ruled

Mexico to the Philippines – indisputably on the

Portuguese side of the line – to establish a base in the Pacific from which to trade.

But in many ways, this was the easy part. Legazpi was joined by Andrés de Urdaneta, whose chief responsibility was to find a route back. Before

Urdaneta, no Europeans had managed to sail east across the Pacific to South America, creating an obvious problem in returning goods purchased

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| F E AT U R E in Asia – in particular Chinese silk – to Europe. Urdaneta solved the problem, heading north to avoid the western-blowing trade winds, and finding a route which successfully returned him to

Acapulco in October 1565.

“The Silver Way” is a term coined by Gordon and Morales to describe the route Urdaneta established from the Philippines to

Mexico, which allowed two-way maritime trade between Europe and Asia via South America predicated on the first global currency – silver.

The history of this trade route is not widely known in the

West, the two authors observe: “History has been generally told not just from a Eurocentric point of view, as many Asians complain, but also an Anglo-centric one,” Morales says. “The Englishspeaking and the Spanish-speaking worlds have been particularly at odds for reasons of an old rivalry where the former had triumphed in the end.”

Gordon adds: “We remember history that is useful to us. As far as the English-speaking West is concerned, we had a historical narrative that explained Anglo-American world dominance pretty well.”

However, both authors saw the relevance of the analogy between the Pacific trade route and the globalized networks which have emerged in recent decades. Once again, these networks have

China at their center: “China has opened up to foreign investment and repositioned itself again – as it started to be from the 16th century onwards – as the factory of the world,” Morales says.

The book also views the Silver Way as analogous to the earlier, and much better known, Silk Road. “In both cases,” the authors write, “a single commodity acted to bind disparate regions and peoples; the trade routes thus created were both engines of development and conduits for culture, philosophies and religions.”

President Xi Jinping has, of course, recently invoked the paradigm of the Silk Road in the ‘One Belt, One Road’ initiatives, which seek to encourage overland and maritime trade with Asia and Europe. The assertive approach China is currently taking in establishing its role as the major economic force in the Pacific region has been the cause of much disquiet in the US in particular.

Yet, the authors of the The Silver Way suggest that potential conflicts between China and the West might be avoided by the cultivation of a fuller understanding of their earlier economic relationships. As Gordon tells us, historical networks such as the

Silver Way offer a template for a cooperative and mutually beneficial globalized economy.

“The Silver Way shows that there are alternatives where

East and West have coexisted without one side dominating and where globalization continued and deepened, without either global institutions or national policies to that effect. The 21st century may not end up looking like the late 16th century – but it doesn't have to end up looking like the darkest days of the

20th century either.”

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Ditupao / dìtúpào /


v. judging or discriminating against individuals or groups purely based on where they are from; stereotyping

People who live in Guomao are soulless money grabbers.

Why are you firing ditupao on Guomao?

Because I live in the Gulou area for the purpose of feeling superior.

You are the victim of your own ditupao.

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‘Where are you from?’ is often the first thing we ask when we’re trying to learn more about someone. However, for some folks, it is the only question needed to work you out.

From Henan? You’re a liar and a cheat. From Guangdong? You must eat every animal under the sun. From Dongbei? You must only do business through shady connections. From Beijing? You must love talking about politics and telling tall tales. Sichuan? Quite the temper. Yunnan? Good at singing and dancing but probably can’t read. Inner Mongolia? How many dairy cows do you have? San Francisco? Gay! New York? Coastal elite in a liberal bubble.

Literally meaning ‘map cannon,’ ditupao is the act of attacking individuals or groups based purely on where they are from. It’s the figurative act of shooting a map with a cannon and indiscriminately ‘killing’ all in the given region.

In a homogenized society like China’s, you can’t blame people for assuming homogeny among those who grew up in the same place. If you are from Henan, you may expect different social norms than someone from Guangdong. If you are from Dongbei, you may have a higher tolerance for guanxi than someone from Shanghai.

But as various parts of the country – and the world – become more integrated, stereotyping becomes increasingly problematic. The province Henan suffers so much from ditupao that its workers are routinely discriminated against by employers due to their ‘reputation’ for dishonesty.

Another thing about ditupao is this: Cannons can be fired at any point on any map, no matter the size and no matter how near or far the magnification.

For example, you can aim your cannon at a part of the country (Shanghai?

Stingy and calculating!), zoom in and aim at a district of Shanghai (Pudong?

Tuhao!), and then zoom way out and aim at half the world (you’re from the

Southern hemisphere? Lazy!).

A common joke goes: “There are two kinds of people I hate: those who fire

ditupao and those who are from Anhui.” I know we are all tempted to simplify things by saying “I'll never deal with those from Henan again,” but humans are best not reduced to dots on a map. Mia Li

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Making a hostel from a 35sqm hutong courtyard, p24

Floating Therapy p21

Sneakers p22

Phuket p26





Co-Founders of The Mind

Body Project

interview by Dominique Wong, image by Victor Liu

The Mind Body Project has gone from running fitness classes to organizing retreats, yoga and wellbeing programs for both individuals and businesses. Beijing-based cofounders Alyssa Farrelly and Brittany Dunn give advice for dealing with stress and share what mindfulness means to them.

Tell us about the evolution of The

MindBody Project.

AF: Fitness is booming now but when we

first [started out], even just a couple of years ago, we really couldn’t find anything. It was just Heyrobics [both Farrelly and Dunn are

Heyrobics instructors – Ed.] and a few new gyms, but they were really expensive.

BD: We wanted a space to meet like-minded

people, and we discovered that we also wanted to build mental connections with the body.

So as well as offering fitness instruction, we started offering retreats because we wanted to show people that health doesn’t have to be this one recipe. Your health is different from my health. So, at our retreat, apart from a meditative activity every day the rest of the schedule is up to [you].

And you also offer community yoga, which we tried last night. It was one of our favorite classes.

BD: I used to hate yoga. I’d go into a class and

feel really uncomfortable and intimidated.

Everybody would wear super tight pants and be really flexible. Some teachers just wouldn’t make me feel OK. So, I wanted to design a class that was about stress management and would help people to feel better and sleep better.

The class was really welcoming and allinclusive – not just for yogis.

BD: It’s for everyday people. I think that if

you feel connected with something [like a mantra] then go for it, but if you don’t think it serves you, then maybe try something else.

That’s why I sing children’s songs when I’m instructing classes. Sorry if that was cheesy…

AF: I liked ‘Row Row Row Your Boat.’

BD: I was a little embarrassed to sing that the

first time but, you know, it can help people forget about how painful that yoga move could possibly be.

Since you started out, ‘mindfulness’ has become especially popular. What does it mean exactly?

BD: Our interpretation might be different

than the traditional mindfulness teacher.

Mindfulness, for me, is being aware of how we’re responding to each situation. It’s not like I need to meditate every day and say

‘namaste’ or ‘honor my pain.’ It’s practical strategies for self-care; it’s trying to be more compassionate to myself and to others, and being aware of what I’m doing.

How can people incorporate mindfulness into their everyday lives?

AF: A lot of people don’t really know where

to start. They want to learn how to meditate, but how? Now there are a lot of apps, like

Headspace. Apps are good access points and something you can do at home without feeling intimidated by going to a class.

How do you deal with stress or anger?

AF: I try to think about being like water.

Like Bruce Lee?

BD: [Laughs]

AF: Yeah, people say that’s how I react to situ-

ations. I think breathing is really important.

Before reacting, if you take those breaths you realize you don’t have to say it in that way and that it’ll be OK.

What’s next for The Mind Body Project?

BD: We’re trying not to do too much at once.

We want to maintain our quality because we’re both also managing a lot of other projects at the same time. We want to make sure we’re not just pumping out things to say we’re the hottest company. We do this because it makes us happy and we like sharing what we learn with other people.

The Mind Body Project

’ s Bali retreat takes place

Jul 14-22; US100/day (flights not included, contact [email protected] for info).

Community yoga takes place Every Tuesday, 6pm and 7.30pm; RMB75; Project Pengyou Courtyard, 65

Xiaojingchang Hutong, Dongcheng


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Alexander Wang x

Adidas Originals Drop 3

Laser Egg, Upgraded

Remember that sleek pollution-monitoring device that cropped up around

Beijing a couple of years ago? You know – the one that looks like an egg?

Well this month marks the launch of a new and improved Laser Egg called, rather sensibly, Laser Egg 2. Obviously the key feature from the original device

– its ability to accurately read PM2.5

– remains intact. But there are loads of other neat features, including temperature and humidity readings. The egg can link up with your phone and even connect with Siri, who can give you real-time readings of the air quality in your home (or, you know, accidentally FaceTime your ex). The company behind the egg has undergone a namechange and is now known as Kaiterra

(rather than Origins). You can still buy the pre-rebrand gear online, including the OxyBox air purifier. And keep your eyes peeled for the high-end Laser Egg

2+, which will be able to monitor Total

Volatile Organic Compounds (TVOCs), which are known carcinogens.

The third and final drop of the collaboration between Adidas Originals and Alexander

Wang was released on April 1, the last of the much-hyped Spring/Summer collection. The remaining 30-plus items stay true to the collection’s sleek vibes, and include French terry sweatsuits, windbreakers, brightcolored jerseys, track pants and basketball shorts. But all eyes are locked on the chunky

80s-style basketball sneakers, which have proved to be some of the most popular kicks of 2017 so far.,


Uniqlo x André Saraiva

Over the years, Parisian graffiti artist André

Saraiva (who’s also the founder of Shanghai nightclub Le Baron) has collaborated with fashion houses like Louis Vuitton and Chanel, as well as having his work showcased in some of the world’s most popular museums and galleries. His recent collaboration with

Uniqlo’s UT (a specialty tee line) brings his street art to an even larger audience. These women’s and girls’ T-shirts feature prints of

Saraiva’s popular character Mr. A, and showcases the artist’s love of Paris, New York and


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“Three years ago

China didn’t have any gyms! Now a lot of young people work out. They send me messages on Weibo saying:

‘Grandpa, seeing you motivates me to exercise’”


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… proclaimed Reebok’s newest ambassador and ‘China’s hottest grandpa,’ Wang Deshun at a press conference for the brand’s Mainland relaunch in March. The 81-year-old is an unconventional yet inspired choice from the British sportswear brand, and seems especially fitting considering the brand’s tagline: ‘Be

More Human.’ Wang made headlines in

2015 after walking the runway during

Beijing Fashion Week. Reebok hopes to capture China’s massive fitness market with 500 new Reebok Fithub stores set to open by 2020.



Popcorn is Sanlitun’s latest Hong Kong streetwear import (following Madness last year) and the store’s first Mainland location. Stacked with brands like Stussy,

Huffer and Vans, Popcorn is every skater’s dream. But there’s something for everyone.

Sneakerheads will love the neutral Asics and classic New Balance kicks, while art lovers can pick up Frida Kahlo-printed hoodies by Ripndip. Accessories include colorful watches and socks, and Supreme bags for days. Be quick because stock sells out quickly, we’re told.

Daily, 10am-10pm; Taikoo Li South, S8, 1/F, 19

Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang 朝阳区三里屯路 19 号 1 层 S8 太古里


China World Mall is the latest and most ambitious Beijing opening of the year. There’s so much stuff, it’s ridiculous – but in a good way.

There’s a Space Cycle. A new Laurent Falcon salon. A beautiful new hotel. More smoothie places than we can count. But there are also, most importantly, killer terraces and jawdropping views. So grab a glass of wine at one of the mall’s approximately ten million restaurants, and enjoy the view of the CCTV


Daily, 10am-late (individual store and restaurant hours vary); China World Mall, 1 Jianguomen Wai Dajie,

Chaoyang 朝阳区建国门外大街 1 号国贸商城



Floating therapy is touted as a way to relax and de-stress (unless you find small, dark places stressful, that is). At this new Beijing venture you can float weightlessly in a water tank filled with over 450 kilograms of Epsom salt – just as if it were the Dead Sea. The folks at AWA Health equate their therapy’s relaxing effects to those of deep sleep, claiming it can reduce cortisol levels, blood pressure and the occurrence of migraines.

Sessions from RMB688; Daily, 10am-10pm; 411, 4/F,

The Place, 9 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang

朝阳区光华路 9 号世贸天阶 4 层 411 号 (137 1618 2745)

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Kanye’s iconic sneaker collection, Adidas

Yeezy, has inspired a new generation of athletic, thick-soled kicks. Want to get the look without lining Mr. West’s pockets? Here are some alternatives.

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A Traditional Hutong Turned Micro-Hostel

words by Dominique Wong, images by Wang Ziling

Project name: Micro Hutong

Location: Xicheng, Beijing

Building area: 35 square meters

Design company: ZAO/standardarchitecture

Architect: Zhang Ke

The brief: The team aimed to transform an

ultra-small hutong space into shared housing without comprising quality of life. Set in a traditional hutong, it was important for the 35-sqm house to showcase its courtyard and use transparent facades to maximize light and space.

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The courtyard, a central element of the hutong, shows the visual relationship between guest rooms, which can be seen jutting out onto the courtyard space and the main living area.

Each of the five staggered rooms includes floor-to-ceiling windows, affording pleasant views and plenty of natural light.

A semi-public space used by both guests and members of the community, the main living area acts as a transitional area from the hostel’s private rooms to the street.

The street-facing exterior shows a traditional hutong with touches of modernity.

Concrete mixed with Chinese ink makes up the main body of the structure while three skylight windows open up to provide ventilation.

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Think Thailand Is Too Far Away for a Weekend Getaway? Think Again

If we’re honest, we’d never considered Phuket for a quick getaway. It has beautiful beaches, relaxed vibes and a tropical climate – so we’d always assumed that it was a long way from Beijing.

Well, Thai Airways wants to prove us – and you – wrong. The carrier’s new direct route, nicknamed the Phuket Express, takes

Beijingers to the Thai Island in just over five and a half hours. And the timing of the flights is particularly well-suited to those aiming for a short break: Arriving in Phuket by 10am buys you a whole day, and leaving after 10pm buys you another.

In fact, if you’re really strapped for time, you could even leave

Thursday night and be back in the office by Monday morning. So, with Thai Airlines inviting us to join the route’s maiden flight, that’s exactly what we do. And you know what? It’s totally possible.

A quick disclaimer: Traveling business class certainly helps. The super-comfortable seats recline into a fully flat beds, meaning that we arrive feeling well-rested – at both ends of the trip.

But even if you fly economy, there are a number of other ways in which Phuket is more convenient than you might have imagined:

On-the-spot visas are a breeze and there are a bunch of great hotels on the northwest side of the island, right by the airport.

We’re hosted by the excellent Marriott Resort and Spa, which enjoys access to a placid stretch of Nai Yang Beach. (Tip: if your hotel doesn’t have direct access to a beach, you’re probably doing something wrong.) And after a few blissful days eating curry and drinking cocktails on the beach, we’re back – and feeling remarkably fresh – at That’s Beijing towers on Monday morning. Told you so.


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’ s flights were provided by Thai Airlines; accommodation was provided by Marriott Resort and Spa, Nai Yang Beach. For more details on the

Phuket Express visit

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Customized Gowns, Without the Hefty Price Tag

Back in 2010, the founder of Linvina Bridal,

Wu Lin, couldn’t find a bridesmaid dress for her friend’s wedding.

“Getting an evening dress from overseas was really expensive, yet most of them were actually made in China,” she says.

So, Wu created her own brand, making customized wedding and evening dresses at affordable prices for people around the world.

“Our prices are really low compared to overseas, around half the price,” the manager and designer says. “I really love designing and have been dreaming about making pretty dresses my whole life.”

What began as an online store turned into a brick-and-mortar shop last year, the founder tells us: “Online customers from Beijing wanted to meet me in person and talk about designs, so I started the shop in Beijing. Now

I have a design team and around 20 employees.”

Linvina specializes in classic, elegant and form-flattering designs, with shapes including

A-line, fishtail and sweetheart necklines. High quality satin and chiffon materials are available in an array of candy-colored and neutral tones.

“I like the [curve-enhancing] fishtail shape because I think it enhances our natural shapes. There’s no reason to hide them,” Wu says.

Apart from wedding dresses, Linvina also creates prom, ball gowns and, more recently, suits. Wu relishes the responsibility of helping to create memories for shoppers. “I love hearing feedback from my customers that we’ve made their dream dresses.”

It’s not all fairytale wonder though. Despite the timelessness of formalwear, Linvina is still subject to individuals’ aesthetic tastes, Wu says. “People’s style preferences change so fast, so we have to keep learning.”

However, one thing remains constant. “I hope we can always provide high quality yet affordable customized dresses,” Wu says.

Linvina Bridal; Tue-Sun, 10.30am-7.30pm

(appointments in advance preferred); dresses

RMB2,500-12,000 (evening dress sale price from

RMB300); Kuntai International Apartment, 21/F, room

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Won’t Tech-no for an Answer

interview by Oscar Holland

Co-founder of the first techno record distributors on America’s West Coast,

Developer is one of the most important figures in LA’s electronic music scene. We caught up with him ahead of this month’s set at Lantern.

MixMag recently declared that 2016 was the year that “house and techno took the

West Coast of America.” But didn’t you, like, already do that?

I would never believe anything a commercial or popular dance magazine or website says.

Techno and house music have been in LA since the start of the 1990s.

If you had to be one of the following types of developer, which would you be and why? Software developer, web developer or real estate developer.

None. I am the only Developer!

That’s not what Google says. In fact, the name Developer makes you quite difficult to search – does that ever worry you?

No, because my label [Modularz] is just as important, and is attached to everything I do.

If you search my label it’s number one on all the search lists. And there you will find me and my family of contributing artists.

You recently tweeted that when you’re making techno, you’re “way more inspired by hip-hop heads working in the studio making beats vs techno producers.” Why are hip-hop producers more influential to you than techno ones?

Because I prefer to find inspiration in other places. I think that being into so many other types of music helps give me my own identity.

[When I’m not in] the studio or performing,

I listen to almost no techno or house music.

When I watch hip-hop producers work, I’m much more fascinated by the process it takes to create their sound – the steps and the flow is much more like my way of working.

Is there one song that you know will guarantee a crowd reaction?

Most of my stuff always gets a good reaction, so I would say when I play anything from


Then can you tell us your favorite track to have come out on Modularz?

I don’t have a favorite track. I think that is an impossible question for any producer – there are so many great ones!

You recently released the eighth installment of your Developer Archive series. Is there anything left in the archive?

Yes, of course – it’s my ongoing personal project. I always have something new coming soon.

Why did you decide against using track names on your album In Pure Form? Was that part of purifying its form?

No, it’s because it’s 25 tracks! It didn't make sense to name all 25 – that’s just insane. My largest decisions were coming from a design standpoint.

So we hear you can play 50 tracks an hour on three turntables. Is this your record or just your average?

It was actually about 45 per hour, and that was back during the peak of the 90s when vinyl culture was peaking. I’m still fast on the decks, though probably a lil’ slower now because the tempo of techno is much slower these days, so transitions take longer. Now I use Traktor [DJ software] or CDJs [CD turntables], with fewer tracks per hour. And I focus on a different kind of dynamic now. But every once in a while you will get a vinyl set out of me.

After 20-plus years in the game, what’s the one thing you wish someone had told you at the start?

Nothing, but from my experience I would give this advice: Build your own kingdom and sit in the king’s chair from the start.

Fri May 19; Price TBD; Lantern (see Listings for details)

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One of the best new albums to come out of

China in 2017 so far, Grim is the debut release by math rock duo Foster Parents. The songs aren’t grim at all; they’re nimble and technically impressive with an undertone of nostalgia (but not the kind that takes itself too seriously). Find it at


100 million

That’s the budget, in USD, of Asura, a fantasy adventure film based on a story from Buddhist mythology. Slated for a

2018 release and directed by veteran

Hollywood stunt coordinator Peng

Zhang, it will be China’s most expensive film to date. While many American blockbusters break the USD100 million mark, few Chinese movies do (Stephen

Chow’s smash hit The Mermaid, for example, was made on a USD60 million budget). And although money doesn’t necessarily buy quality (see: The Great

Wall), it’s a chance for the film to play with the mind-boggling stunts, fantastical CGI, extravagant costumes and cutting-edge production techniques fitting of a movie with the tagline “The realm of desire, the beginning of a legend.”

Published in English for the first time, Notes of a

Crocodile is the seminal novel by Qiu Miaojin, a cult icon revered for her writing on queer culture and relationships. A postmodern mix of diary entries, vignettes and satirical stories, Notes of a Crocodile won the China Times

Literature Award when it was first published in

1995. Find it on for Kindle.

This reboot of 90s TV show Power Rangers tells the story of six rebellious teens with the power to morph into masked – or rather, helmeted – superheroes. The Rangers are portrayed by a cast of young and relatively unknown actors, while Bryan Cranston plays their mentor Zordon, and Elizabeth Banks recreates iconic villain Rita

Repulsa. In theaters May 12.

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Last month’s talks between Donald

Trump and Xi Jinping may have an unexpected benefit for China-based film buffs. Several think-tank analysts believe that China will increase its quota on imported films in

2017-18. The quota has been officially set at 34 films since 2012, though

38 foreign films made it through last year.

Bu Hao

Chinese film giant Alibaba Pictures

Group suffered a staggering RMB971 million loss in 2016. The group released homegrown films like Soul

Mate and Ferry Man, as well as helming the China releases of Hollywood films like Star Trek Beyond. But its net losses were still nearly double those of the previous year.

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‘No Time 2 Love’ (2006)

DJ Marky & Bungle

Sped-up funk gives way to speaker-shattering bass, before the two come together in a frantic, uplifting slice of liquid DnB.

Chimeras’ (2006)

Tim Hecker

A haunting, soul-crushing production that slowly swells into darkness. So mesmerizing and bleak that it’s oddly enlivening.

Our favorite tracks from artists playing in Beijing this month.

For full nightlife and gig listings, visit

‘The Sky Was Pink


Nathan Fake

A nine-minute electronic odyssey that travels through glitchy crescendos, bass-drum kicks and fuzzy techno.

‘Chemicals’ (1998)

The Notwist

Minimalist 90s indie-pop – with the killer refrain ‘you are no good’ – that would’ve sounded right at home on the Cruel

Intentions soundtrack.

‘She Has All Kinds of


Soda Plains

A classical-rave banger mixing strings, claps and kicks under grime-infused layers – menacing yet thrilling.

‘No Replay’ (2015)


The Chengdu rockers traverse an atmospheric soundscape before sinister bass and punchy guitar build up towards a frenzied finale.


FYI, Totorro isn’t a rotund Studio Ghibli character

(that’s Totoro), but rather an experimental rock band from Rennes, France. It seems they're equally loveable though, with the math-rockers described by reviewers as “fun,” “uplifting” and “clever.” The band’s China tour is bound to be full of gems from sophomore album Come to Mexico, which was released last year.

Thu May 11, 8.30-10pm; RMB100 (presale), RMB150 (door);

Yugong Yishan (see Listings for details); tickets via

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How Nathan Fake

Beat Writer’s Block

With a Mid-90s


by Oscar Holland here are many remedies for writer’s block.

Roald Dahl used to climb into a sleeping bag to channel his inner child. Victor Hugo would instruct his valet to hide his clothes, leaving him no choice but to stay inside and write. Dan Brown hangs upside down in gravity boots.

For British musician Nathan Fake, however, the cure was more practical – though no less unusual:

He bought a largely forgotten synthesizer from the mid-90s.

The instrument in question, the Korg Prophecy, was a pioneering synth that gave players control over a range of effects, such as distortion and reverb. Celebrated upon its release in 1995, the three-octave keyboard cost GBP1,000 (approximately RMB15,000 in today’s money). In 2017, however, it sounds distinctly dated.

“I saw one on eBay and remembered reading about them when they first came out,” Fake recalls.

“At the time, I remember thinking that it must be good, but not being able to afford one. It cost loads.”

Having stalled for four years after his third album, the British producer suddenly found new inspiration. Pushing the instrument to its technical limits, Fake decided to build a whole record around it. Providence was complete within six months. The deep, soaring sounds of a Korg Prophecy are woven conspicuously through each song.

“I’ve always liked using instruments that are quite low-end and have narrow boundaries,” he explains. “Maybe some people are into having a blank canvas, but I like the challenge of making music from something that I wouldn’t usually think of. If there were no boundaries, it might be a bit intimidating.

“But I didn’t really plan on making a whole album with [the Korg],” he admits. “It’s very outdated

– a very awkward synth. At the time it was quite ground-breaking, because it allowed this physical modeling [of sound]. But I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone.

“Actually, maybe I would. I dunno. It depends,” he muses.

Most producers would struggle to transform the Korg Prophecy into something as relevant and contemporary as Providence. The record sees Fake distort and manipulate the synth into undulating cacophonies of noise, which he then feeds through his distinct brand of progressive techno.

But while Providence still displays Fake’s unique musical sensibilities (he describes his sound as

“strong melodies with an overall feeling that’s sort of meandering”), many critics saw the album as a significant departure. Evidently influenced by artists like Orbital and Aphex Twin, the producer sacrificed the dream-like quality of his earlier music, replacing it with something altogether more challenging.

The Skinny described the album as “more substantial, and certainly more experimental” than his previous work. Resident Advisor called his reinvented sound “more urgent and aggressive.” But when I venture to Fake that his new album’s critical success may be due, in part, to this experimentation, he seems unconvinced.

“It doesn’t sound super experimental to my ears.

I think it’s got pretty straight-up melodies and chords, so I guess it depends on who’s reviewing it,” he says, admitting that he’s paid little attention to the critical reception thus far. “I suppose my previous albums have been more ‘dance floor,’ but I’ve also always been on the other side of [electronic music] too.

“I guess if you compare my first album [2006’s

Drowning in a Sea of Love] to Providence, there’s probably quite a big difference,” he reflects. “But I feel that, as I’ve gone on, I’ve just got more confident. I’m also more relaxed about what my albums sound like. With Providence I didn’t think too much about style. I made those tracks really naturally, which is the opposite of what I did on my first album.

“I guess I just got better at producing as well,” he adds with a laugh.

Fake’s live shows have evolved in turn.

Reviews of his most recent performances – especially at non-club venues, like London’s Institute for Contemporary Arts – speak of a more hypnotic, low-tempo affair. The British musician has added visuals to his show, and he’ll be accompanied in China by his “friend Dan,” who will operate them.

“People dance as well,” Fake says of his post-

Providence shows. “It depends on what kind of venue it is. There are no four-four kick drums, but depending on how adventurous your audience is, and where you’re playing, you can get into it. For me, it’s really danceable.

“The show is pretty improvised in terms of track arrangements and the direction that the set takes.

Then Dan just follows it with the live visuals. It’s always quite all over the place – but in a good way

I hope.”

Fake promises to “play a few old tracks,” but he’s an artist who appears more concerned with progression than retrospection. This poses something of a problem for someone who suffers from writer’s block.

“Once you’ve had it, you worry more about it,” he says. “I think everyone has it – every musician or artist gets it from time to time. And I’ve always had it.

“But I have actually been making quite a lot of music at the moment, which is crazy because I have been on tour solidly since the album came out.

Yesterday I made a track. And about a month ago, I made an EP’s worth of stuff. It’s been really good – really inspiring. I’m in a good place.”

And, should the creativity run dry, he can always just find a new instrument on eBay, right?

“Well, I’m mindful of the fact that I don’t want to repeat myself [on my next album] and just be like

‘oh, I’ll find another crap synth and make another album,” he jokes. “That might be a bit obvious. But if I do happen upon something new, I might have some fun with it.”

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by Oscar Holland and Dominique Wong

Recent years have been difficult for traditional stand-in-a-fieldstyle festivals. Those that weren’t canceled were relocated miles outside the city. So music networking site Douban is taking a safer route with its Wetware Festival, which is being held indoors at two local venues – Tango and School Bar. You can check the whole four-day lineup over at, but here’s our pick of the best artists coming through.




Cold Cave isn’t a hidden venue for Wetware Festival, but rather a gothwave, synth-pop, Joy Division-inspired oneman act founded by former Give Up the Ghost frontman

Wesley Eisold. Considering Cold Cave’s intense yet oddly exultant sound, the live show should be a good’un.

Sun May 21, 10.40-


Main Stage

We hardly need to tell you that Shanghai band

Duck Fight Goose is ‘a bit out there’ – just look at that band photo. The critically acclaimed quartet plays a wide gamut from indie rock (on debut album Sports) to a more futuristic and electronics-heavy sound, as heard on sophomore album Club Zvkvnft.

Sat May 20, 5-6pm; Main Stage





We’ve been calling Howie Lee the most exciting thing in Chinese electronic music for years. And with the release of 2016 album

Mù Chè Shān Chū, he’s lived up to the promise. Sure, he’s a regular at Dada, but let’s see what he can do on the big stage.

Thu May 18, 9-9.40pm; Main Stage


Musician and ‘sound artist’ Tim Hecker is one of the most important names in ambient music.

His live show is, like his recorded work, a mesmerizing wall of sound that takes audiences to deep places. Get ready for some intense swaying.

Sun May 21, 4-5pm;

Main Stage


RP Boo is a former footwork dancer who helped create a genre. He’s considered by many to have created the first tunes to be labeled as ‘Chicago

Juke.’ But enough with the genres. All you need to know is that he’ll be dropping fast, syncopated beats with as many nods to hip-hop as house.

Sun May 21,


Second Stage

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The titular Cass McCombs’ bio merely states he is “an American musician, best known for releasing a number of albums since 2002.” This is categorically true, though we’d hasten to add that McCombs spins reflective folk rock melodies with such sincerity that comparisons to Elliott

Smith are common.

Thu May 18, 9-9.40pm; Main Stage


From playing student punk covers to opening for Beijing indie institutions

P.K. 14, Chengdu rock band Stolen have come a long way. The band’s debut album Loop was released amid intense buzz in 2015. Combining sinister vocals and frenetic instrumentation, Stolen have a darkly intriguing sound – for rock and electronic dance lovers alike.

Sat May 20, 9.20-10pm; Main Stage


True to name, Low specialize in slow tempos and bare arrangements. Known for their outstanding live performances, the indierock band have been performing for more than 20 years – which seems crazy until you realize that frontman Alan Sparhawk has two children with wife Mimi Parker, who is Low’s drummer and second vocalist.

Thu May 18, 10-11pm; Main Stage







British electronic musician Darren

Cunningham, better known as Actress, arrives in Beijing just weeks after the release of his fifth studio album AZD (pronounced ‘Azid,’ btw). It’s both clubbier and more experimental than his recent work, so get ready to either dance or rock around looking pensive.

Sat May 20, 8.10-9pm; Main Stage


Kode9 seems to have a fondness for China, having named a track ‘Xingfu Lu’ (after a Shanghai street) and played here multiple times in recent years. If you caught any of those shows, you’ll know to expect back-to-back genre-skipping bass stonkers from the man behind pioneering label Hyperdub.

Sun May 21, 8.20-9.10pm;

Main Stage



Despite having a name that sounds like a bad sleepover at

Madame Tussauds, Nightmares on

Wax (the stage name of DJ George

Evelyn) makes laid-back hiphop-inspired instrumentals. Get ready for feel-good vibes, reggaeinspired jams, lazy bass lines and more from Evelyn’s expansive record collection.

May 19, 9.15-10.15pm;

Second Stage

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“Music can be transported from one world to another – one which we’re learning to create”




Meet Maybe Mars’

Latest Signings, Gate to Otherside

by Andrew Chin

For almost a decade, Maybe Mars has been helping to define indie in China. And just months ahead of its milestone 10th anniversary, the Beijing-based label is still at it.

The voracity of new signings Gate to Otherside is a fitting tribute to a decade in the game. It’s a role that the trio’s bassist, Alex Turner, takes seriously.

“Maybe Mars has developed a crowd and a sensibility about music that we’ve all inherited to some degree,” he says, citing labelmates Ourself Beside Me and

Snapline as influences. “[The label] is wonderful in that they don’t push music, plans or commercial activities on its artists. There’s a very simple commonality, and everything flows naturally from that.”

Although comprised of veterans of Beijing’s music scene (Turner and vocalist-guitarist Sun Heting previously played in Carsick Cars; drummer Jiang Mengyang is a member of riot grrrl punks Free Sex Shop), Turner describes Gate to Otherside’s formation as “chance.”

“Jiang and Sun happened to be jamming for fun and they liked what they made, but needed a bassist,” he explains. “Moreover, when we started playing, we each had the feeling that this was something we should do

– that it was natural. This ‘ought’ comes from the environment of the Beijing music scene, and because we were ready to start making music.”

While Turner admits that “the scene has declined,” he’s hopeful that Gate to Otherside, along with other

Beijing upstarts like Lonely Leary, Future Orients and

Dice, will turn things around.

“There’s a gap open to young new bands, especially since crowds seem to be growing,” he says. “Kids are looking for something right now. When they find it, everyone will know.”

With a sound that marries psychedelia with heady hooks inspired by Maybe Mars stalwarts, the trio have succeeded in their goal of “trying to make a specific world with every song.”

“The three of us enjoy [the idea that] music can be transported from one world to another – one which we’re learning to create,” Turner adds.

Already live favorites in Beijing’s underground scene, the group hope to reach new fans with the release of their debut disc, Dragon Bus Terminal. The album was recorded and produced by co-founder of

The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Ricky Maymi, who will also produce the sophomore disc for labelmates


“Recording was quick and concentrated, which didn’t allow for hesitation or regret,” Turner says.

“When we did come to a crossroads, Ricky was there to guide us – ‘Left sucks, you should go right.’ His experience with songwriting and understanding of what kind of sound international listeners will respond to was invaluable.”

To support the disc, the group is embarking on their first national tour, which stops off at School Bar this month. Turner admits, “We have some work to do before the tour, but if we’re nervous, it’s because we’re young and excited. I bet the crowds are too.”

And having only just released their debut album, the band is already eyeing a second disc. “It’s already been a year since we finished recording, but in that time we’ve collected a lot of new material,” Turner says.

“We’ll use the summer after the tour to put it through the grinder and make our next piece.”

Sat May 13; Price TBD; School Bar (see Listings for details)

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Endless Invention

by Erica Martin

Every band has their own story. But if you tracked the progress of all the world’s best indie groups, some patterns might start to emerge. First comes the period of raw energy and potential, then the acclaimed breakout album, followed by a change in the band’s sound (usually by introducing electronic elements) and accusations of selling out. By their seventh, eighth or ninth album, the band either makes a high profile comeback with a new fan base, or they fade into obscurity.

The 27-year story of German indie rockers The Notwist shares some of these tropes (a breakout album, a move from rock toward electronica), but thanks to a knack for reinvention and a virtuosic musicality, they’ve maintained a creative edge, solidifying their status as perennial underground favorites.

Starting out in 1989 with a noise rock album that vocalist and guitarist Markus Acher says was influenced by “American post-hardcore bands like Moving Targets, Dinosaur Jr., and Pitchfork,” The Notwist went on to make a name for themselves by unrolling a dramatically new aesthetic with each passing album.

“With every record, the influences got more… experimental,” he says.

The band’s fifth album, Neon Golden, which dropped in 2002, is their iconic breakout work, and it came after several overhauls to their sound. An elegant, emotional record that is regularly named one of the best indie albums of all time, Neon Golden veers from spare folk guitar and poppy hooks to hints of the droning electronica that the band would explore in 2014’s Close to the Glass. It’s all flavored with the nostalgic melancholy of

Acher’s lyrics.

“There’s a certain element of confusion in every song

– something that doesn’t seem to fit at first”

“We always try to keep a certain edge to everything we do, which doesn’t mean it has to sound distorted or loud,” says Acher.

“There’s just a certain element of confusion in every song. Something that doesn’t seem to fit at first.” This is an apt description of the hard-to-place appeal that carries through the band’s music.

The Notwist’s most recent album, 2016’s

Superheroes, Ghostvillains + Stuff, was recorded live, complete with crackly audial imperfections and audience cheers. Releasing a live album was a natural step for the band, as their concerts are defined by an earnest energy and impulsive experimentation onstage.

(A YouTube recording of their performance at 2014’s Pitchfork Music Festival in Paris is a prime example.)

Despite touring extensively throughout their career, The Notwist have never performed in China prior to this month’s tour.

“I’ve been very interested in China for a long time, but never really thought there would be a possibility to tour, so I’m very happy it’s happening now,” Acher says before complimenting Chengdu rockers Hiperson and Beijing psych-rock band Chui Wan, whom he saw on tour in Munich.

In addition to their expansive, genrecrossing music, The Notwist are known for the unique lyricism of Acher, who writes and sings in English rather than his mother tongue. His simple, unusual word choice and syntax give the songs a surreal beauty.

“As English is spoken all over the world by non-native speakers, there are many forms of

English that are very interesting and poetic,”

Acher says. “I think it’s a limitation, but also an opportunity to write in a language that’s not your native one,” he continues. “I like it somehow. It’s abstract and emotional – a poem right away.”

May 14, 9pm; RMB120 (presale), RMB150 (door);

Yugong Yishan (see Listings for venue details; go to for tickets)

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As Tom Keneally prepares to visit Beijing for Australian Writers’ Week, Erica Martin speaks to the acclaimed author about his early experiences in China and his fruitful career in fiction.

We anticipated plenty of good stories from our conversation with esteemed novelist Tom Keneally.

But we never would have guessed that a firsthand account of the earliest moments in Chinese-

Australian diplomacy would be among them.

In addition to penning dozens of novels, including the book that inspired the Academy

Award-winning film Schindler’s List, Keneally toured

China in 1980 as part of an early cultural exchange program.

“We had an Australian politician go to China even earlier than Nixon,” Keneally tells us. “By the late 1970s, an Australia-China council had been appointed to advise Australia on the best way to exchange ideas. I was a member of that.”

This was against the backdrop of China’s economic opening, and only a few years after the dismantling of ‘White Australia’ policies that severely restricted Chinese migration to Australia. The two nations had had very little exposure to one another, making Keneally one of the first Australians to witness China on the precipice of rapid development.

Book tours and literary events have brought him back to China over the years (he’s a friend of Michelle Garnaut, founder of the Shanghai and Beijing International Literary Festivals), and he appears thrilled about his upcoming trip for

Australian Writers’ Week. “I’m 81, and there will eventually be a last tour of China,” he says with a cackle. “If this is it, I’m certainly looking forward to visiting all the old places.”

Given that Keneally’s genre of choice – for almost all of his 36 novels – has been historical fiction, it seems only fitting that he has has lived through a major historic moment or two.

“It’s probably because I’m a bad plotter,” he jokes, though the acclaim for his books about Joan of Arc

(Blood Red, Sister Rose), Australia’s history as a penal colony (The Playmaker, among others), and of course Oskar Schindler, would suggest otherwise.

“History gives you a line to follow, and once time has passed, you know what the ironies are,” he says.

“So you can apply those ironies in a way that the contemporary situation doesn’t allow you to.”

As is inevitably the case with historical fiction,

Keneally’s personal experience seems removed from his writing fodder. But he still finds common ground with his characters. The fact that his great uncle was sent to Australia as a political prisoner colors much of his writing on Australian history.

His father’s stint fighting the Third Reich in North

Africa (during which time he sent the then 8-yearold Keneally “bits of pistols, a holster and all the stuff that was in the movies”) made the war more real for him when reflecting on it decades later for Schindler’s Ark, the source material for the film

Schindler’s List.

“No matter what we humans do, advance or step back, it’s all bloody complicated, and there are moral and physical casualties,” Keneally says of the diverse characters who’ve inspired his writing through the years. “We are an amazing study.”

Keneally returned to the subject of Schindler more recently in Searching for Schindler, a 2008 memoir about his extraordinary friendship with

Poldek Pfefferberg, a Holocaust survivor and one of the real-life “Schindler Jews.” Keneally met

Pfefferberg by chance in the latter’s leather goods store in LA in 1980, which eventually led to the novel.

His current project, meanwhile, isn’t exactly historical fiction – and it’s bound to feel more personal than some of his other work. The forthcoming novel will interweave the life of an 80-year-old man in present-day Australia with a man who lived in the same place 42,000 years ago. Keneally drew inspiration from an ancient skeleton discovered in

Australia – and from his own experience of aging.

“The book is about the eternal problem of dying,”

Keneally says, “but that doesn’t mean I’m putting my hand up to the gods and saying, ‘Please knock me over now!’ I want to get my tour of China in first.”

Tom Keneally: The story behind Schindler

’ s List; May 12,

7-8.30pm; RMB50 (includes a drink); The Bookworm (see

Listings for details)

“No matter what we humans do, advance or step back, it’s all bloody complicated, and there are moral and physical casualties. We are an amazing study”

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Yu Ying, ‘Carpe Diem’

Through Jun 4; Ying Space

P I C K O F S I X |


Wang Yingying, ‘Touch’

Through May 7; Space Station

MyeongBeom Kim, ‘Amphibology’

Through Jun 17; Galerie Paris-Beijing

Group, ‘An Overlapped and Rotative Identity’

Through Jun 11, EGG Gallery

Jean-Charles Blais and Wang

Keping, ‘Silhouettes’

Through Jun 3; Hadrien de Montferrand


Wang Yuping, ‘Jingshan Hill St.’

Through May 13; Tang Contemporary Art Beijing

For gallery information visit

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DJ inspired by a recent viewing of

Interstellar harnesses the combined power of neon lights and sick beats to take the 6th birthday party of

Tianjin’s Le Procope Lounge to another dimension.

Man assumes hutong-toilet squatting position to burn optimal calories at

Jing-A’s Kegxercise event.

Wine bar staff say, “hey, you guys gonna buy some wine, or just stand there posing?” at Catherine de France’s Retro Pastel stylist competition.

The patron saint of dessert graces Beijing with a visit at Migas’ “La Feria” brunch launch.

Gyms in 2017 often serve dual purposes as both training centers and novelty legging showrooms. Trainyard Gym at Hotel Jen Beijing is no exception.

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Words by Oscar Holland, Noelle Mateer and Dominique Wong

Graphics by Iris Wang

Photos by Victor Liu

Words by Oscar Holland, Noelle Mateer and Dominique Wong

Graphics by Iris Wang

Photos by Victor Liu

How Hebei Province is Building a Megacity Next Door

































t feeds us. It supports us. It surrounds us. If you look at a map, Hebei envelops Beijing like a hug. (Or a choke, given that the many of China’s most polluted cities are in the province.) Hebei supplies us city dwellers with wheat, energy and valuable natural resources.

But how well do we really know our neighbor? Its borders stretch south to Shandong and north to Inner Mongolia, and its topography is as diverse as its map would suggest.

There are mountains, beaches, lakes. Ask a Beijinger what they know of Hebei, though, and they might harp on cliches – The Great Wall, farmland. Ask Google about Hebei, and its suggested related search term is “pollution.”

And yet, Hebei is more important now than ever before

(with the notable exception of the 4th century B.C., when it was the seat of power for the ancient Yan state). It all started with the adorably named Jing-Jin-Ji: a gargantuan economic corridor linking Beijing (Jing), Tianjin (Jin) and

Hebei (formerly known as ‘Ji’). The developing megaregion has sparked intermittent showers of investment in recent years. But things really kicked off in 2016, when the

Chinese Government announced RMB247 billion in funding for Jing-Jin-Ji transport infrastructure – roads and railways that would turn the region into one fearsome megalopolis.

Last December, Beijing completed construction of the 7th

Ring Road (only 38 of its 940 kilometers are in Beijing – the rest are in Hebei).

But wait, there’s more. If there’s one thing China loves, it’s a big ol’ project with a fancy name. And Hebei is a playground for development initiatives. There’s the Bohai

Economic Rim, an industrial corridor stretching from

Shandong to Liaoning via Hebei’s capital Shijiazhuang.

There’s the Green Necklace, a project to turn Hebei into an eco-friendly zone and reduce smog. And now, there’s

Xiongan New Area, an ambitious push to turn three rural counties into the ‘next Shenzhen’ (see overleaf for more).

In sum, there’s a lot of stuff happening. But what on earth does it all mean? How does anyone know their Special

Economic Zones and their New Areas from their Economic-

Technological Development Areas? Who lives in these places, and what do they think of all this kerfuffle?

We went to rural Hebei to find out.


Hebei cuisine isn’t subtle. China Daily calls it “strong and savory.” Wikitravel calls it “meat-heavy.” These aren’t the terms we typically associate with gourmet dining experiences. But hey – we’ll let you judge for yourself.

Baiyangdian Fish

One of Hebei’s biggest tourist attractions, Baiyangdian Lake has been providing Hebeiren with fresh fish for centuries. Fish from the

365-square-kilometer lake are served all across southern Hebei, often grilled and doused in sweet brown sauce. Baiyangdian Lake also sits just beside one of China’s most polluted cities. Try not to think about that.

Donkey Burgers

Lurou huoshao (donkey burgers) are in such demand that the government of Burkina Faso had to ban donkey exports to China, as the country was running low on asses. Although demand has more to do with

Chinese market for a gelatin made from donkey hides (it’s supposed to increase virility, longevity and more), donkey meat is still a specialty in

Hebei, particularly between two slices of flaky bread.

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Palace Cuisine

This isn’t a dish, but rather a bunch of dishes, served on high-end plateware, all at once, by your leagues of servants, because you are the emperor of

China. Chengde’s cuisine has been shaped by the emperors over the centuries as they visited the city’s Mountain

Resort, but even us plebs can chow down on imperial dishes

– like Qinglong fish, or chicken wrapped in lotus leaves – at restaurants around the city.

XIE JUN (1970-)

Baoding-born Xie is a chess grandmaster, with the distinction of being only the second woman to serve two reigns as Women’s

World Chess Champion: from 1991 to 1996, and 1999 to 2001. Xie is known for her success and sunny disposition, as well as being the first of a number of strong Chinese women chess players.


A soldier in the People’s Liberation

Army during the Chinese Civil War,

Dong is famous for blowing himself up while destroying a Kuomintang bunker which guarded a key bridge in Longhua County, Hebei (Dong himself was from nearby Huailai

County). Iconic images depict Dong moments before detonating the explosion, thus feeding into the soldier’s ‘hero’ status.

JIANG WEN (1963-)

Triple-threat (actor-screenwriterdirector) Jiang was born in Tangshan but moved to Beijing when he was ten years old, avoiding the deadly

1976 Tangshan earthquake. Jiang is known for his roles in Zhang Yimou’s

Red Sorghum, Let the Bullets Fly

(which he directed) and Rogue One: A

Star Wars Story.



The collective name for Beijing

(Jing), Tianjin (Jin) and Hebei (which was traditionally known as Ji).

Urban planners envisage the region becoming an integrated and interconnected megalopolis of 110 million people.


An initiative through which Hebei may shield Beijing from pollution.

It is hoped that a combination of planting trees, connecting green spaces and restoring wetlands in the province can provide a protective ring around the capital.

The informal name for the G95

Capital Region Ring Expressway, a 940km ring road that connects a number of big cities in the region. Although dubbed

Beijing’s Seventh Ring Road, 96 percent of it is in Hebei province.

An economic zone linking Jing-

Jin-Ji with areas near the Bohai sea, including parts of Liaoning and Shandong provinces. The zone’s strengths lie in heavy industry and manufacturing, especially automobiles, electronics and petrochemicals.

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The number of prefecture-level cities in Hebei.

Their populations range in size from 3 million

(Qinhuangdao) to 10 million


The percentage of

Hebei’s population

Hebei’s GDP in that is ethnically Han. yuan, making it the

The biggest ethnic

8th biggest prominority groups in the vincial economy province are Manchu, in China. By comparison, Beijing’s

GDP in 2016 was

Hui and Mongol.


RMB2.49 trillion.

The amount of steel, in metric tons, produced annually in Hebei’s industrial city of Tangshan – more than in the entire United States.


The Rural Hebei Counties Set to Become the New Shenzhen

he road into Rongcheng county is wide, dusty and flanked by flat farmland. It takes us past scenes typical of this quiet part of Hebei: horse stables, a roadside wet market, wheat farmers preparing for the summer harvest. High-speed rail hasn’t reached these parts, so we’re making the journey from Beijing via Baoding, a city about 50 kilometers to our west.

Yet, if recently announced plans come to fruition, this area will be transformed beyond recognition. Rongcheng has been named – along with neighboring counties

Anxin and Xiongxian – as the location of a new Special Economic Zone, an area of targeted trade, development and investment akin to Shenzhen or Shanghai’s

Pudong district.

Known collectively as the Xiongan New

Area, these three rural counties will act as a deputy capital. Designed to relieve the

“I was surprised, because nothing has changed here for years”

“Xiongan New

Area is a historic development that would have been unimaginable to our ancestors. You can quote me on that. I’ll even let you photograph my government ID”

pressures facing Beijing (congestion, overcrowding and other “urban ills,” as they’re officially known), the area’s population is set to increase more than fivefold in the next 15 years. Morgan Stanley forecasts up to RMB2.4 trillion in investment will flood in over the next decade – quite the transformation in a place where, for now at least, there isn’t even reliable phone reception.

Signal improves as we enter Rongcheng’s main town, a cluster of simple one- and two-story brick buildings. The county is known for its textile manufacturers, and this main artery is lined with clothing stores and wholesalers. Locals appear eager to discuss the news.

“I was surprised,” says a vendor surnamed Deng, of the moment she heard the news. “Nothing has changed here for years.”

Like many involved in Rongcheng’s clothing industry, Deng is selling her wares

(a series of shirts branded “Calvin Klain”) on the town’s main shopping street. She’s

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unsure about how the New Area will change her life, but her neighboring vendors are quick to show their enthusiasm.

Butcher Zhang Keming says, “I’m pretty sure my livelihood is going to get better.”

And Li Hua, the manager of a local vegetable market, says, “It is really good for all of us. It’s better for old people’s retirement, and it will mean better schools for children.”

Rongcheng residents seem unified in their support for the district. But a woman from Shenzhen who works in the town

– and asks not to be named – is furious about the plan. When she sees us conducting interviews with unanimously optimistic

Rongcheng locals, she rushes over to interrupt us.

“If they tear down the old buildings, there won’t be any places where I can afford to live,” she tells us. “It’s a good thing for locals, but not for me.”

Indeed, it’s locals who stand to benefit most. They’re the ones who have a

Rongcheng hukou - which means access to local schools and benefits – and those who own land here have already seen their property leap in value since the announcement of the New Area.

Liang Guozhi is a local business owner who’s excited for the changes to come. He and his elderly friends talk excitedly about the plan and how it will improve local commerce. “Business here has been so-so,”

“I’m pretty sure my livelihood is going to get better”

he admits, before launching into a speech lauding Xi Jinping, who he says is bound to improve things.

We stand there, listening to him on the street corner, for some time. “Let me tell you something,” he proclaims. “Xiongan

New Area is a historic development that would have been unimaginable to our ancestors.” To prove just how sure he is, when we ask his name, he says “You can quote me on that. I’ll even let you photograph my government ID.” When we ask if he has noticed a lot of foreigners visiting

Rongcheng, post-announcement, he says:

“You are the first. I’ve never seen foreigners here before, ever.”

Perhaps so, but there have been plenty of outsiders here in recent weeks. On the day

Xiongan was announced, real estate speculators flooded in from Beijing and beyond.

House prices reportedly jumped overnight from RMB10,000 per square meter to

RM17,000 per square meter. In response, local authorities ordered an immediate freeze on property sales.

Burgeoning demand will surely be good news for local homeowners, like the proprietor of a Rongcheng dumpling restaurant who also asks not to be named in our

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“We’re not sure when we can start selling property again – we’re waiting for word from the local government.

It’s a temporary thing.

This is definitely good for the area. Supposedly it’s going to be good for everyone”

story. Although the restaurateur is likely to benefit when restrictions are lifted, he is worried about the impact on his livelihood.

“Personally, I’m concerned that small businesses like mine will be shut down and forced to relocate,” he says. “And I’m just a normal guy – I can't get another more ‘professional’ job.

“But on the other hand, the population is likely to increase, which will hopefully bring more customers into my shop,” he adds. “And the environment should improve too.”

The man attests to the influx of speculators, directing us toward a local hotel that’s being used a temporary hub for officials. There’s business to be done here.

Sure enough, we find the hotel’s entrance cordoned off and guarded by local police.

Entry is only being granted to those with pre-booked meetings. But plenty have turned up to try their luck.

Among them is property developer Ke

Jingbin, who has driven the 160km from

Beijing to scope out business opportunities. He doesn’t have a meeting booked, but he’s confident about the area’s prospects.

“You can’t buy land for housing,” he confirms. “But there are business permits available for electricity, the environment and infrastructure. I’m hoping to get inside.”

It’s a waiting game for those hoping to profit from Xiongan. When we contact Ke the next day, he tells us that he eventually gained access to the building, though he “didn’t get any good information.” He says that although there were government officials inside, he was unable to see “the main ones.”

We depart Rongcheng and pass along country roads to the neighboring county of Xiongxian. Maize, wheat and millet are abundant here. Hebei may be known for steel production and heavy industry, but

40 percent of the province’s population is employed in the forestry and agricultural sectors. And somewhat surprisingly, given that we’re right next to Baoding (a city named China’s most polluted in 2015), this part of Hebei is remarkably green.

In fact, this is one of the reasons why this site was chosen (another being that it is close to both Beijing and Tianjin, two hubs of the Jing-Jin-Ji megalopolis

– see page 44). By centering the Special

Economic Zone around the wetlands of

Baiyangdian Lake, urban planners envisage

Xiongan as “a city with scenic ecological environment, blue skies, fresh air and clean water,” according to Chinese state media.

Baiyangdian Lake is a tourist attraction in itself, but now its visitors want to see the site of the New Area. Upon our arrival in Xiongxian, we find a group of more than 30 tourists taking photos in front of the local government headquarters, an austere and otherwise unremarkable slab of gray concrete. Their tour guide tells us that, since the announcement, people have been requesting pilgrimages to the town.

“They like to say they’ve been to the

New Area. It makes them proud,” she says, as a large family poses for a photo with a cry of “ Xinqu jiayou!” (‘Come on, New


There’s evidently a great deal of optimism and anticipation here. But there’s a fair amount of confusion too. All of the locals we speak to were surprised by the announcement. And no one seems able to offer any tangible idea of what the future holds.

That includes those who make a living from speculation. At the nearby real estate firm Beijing Zhenyuan Construction

Ltd. Co., we find general manager Shen

Junhua and her associates enjoying an afternoon of baijiu and cigarettes in the office. With the ban on property sales, there’s little else to do.

Our slew of questions – What do you think the area will look like in 20 years?

What does this mean for local businesses? What do you think will happen to house prices? – are met with declarations of ignorance. Shen wasn’t told anything, she says, and no one knows what’s going to happen.

“We’re not sure when we can start transactions again, we’re waiting for word from the local government,” Shen says, before rebutting our suggestion that the freeze may affect business. “It’s not a bad thing, it’s a temporary thing.

This is definitely good for the area.

Supposedly it’s going to be good for everyone.”

For now, Xiongan is a vision built on hope. But it is also one built on political will. A circular issued by the Chinese

Government grandiosely describes the project as “a strategy crucial for a millennium to come.”

Whether it will flourish like Shenzhen or Pudong remains to be seen. What is certain is that the lives of people in these three rural counties have been turned on their heads – and most of them are pretty happy about it.

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is the epicenter of “inside painting,” an art that involves painting the interiors of glasses and snuff bottles with tiny paintbrushes.

Now a tourist attraction for its famous porcelain,


was flattened by a deadly earthquake in 1976.



borders Inner

Mongolia and will host the 2022

Winter Olympics.


“Home of inside painting”

“Porcelain capital of

North China”

Which nickname excites you?



No Are you into snow sports?

How about crowds?


Famous ones, or weird ones?


’s Mountain Resort was the summer getaway for Beijing’s emperors for centuries.

Hate em!

What does your farm grow?



Love em!


is home to

(very crowded) beaches and the point where the Great Wall tumbles into the sea.

Jujubes Corn


New Area


Oh wait, you can't buy land there currently.


is famous for its jujubes (even though they’re called ‘Tianjin pears’).

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After plans for the


New Area

were announced in April, so many speculators rushed to the proposed site that local authorities froze all property sales.

Shijiazhuang Langfang


The capital of Hebei,


is home to

Zhengding county, where Xi

Jinping first served in political office.



has quick access to both Beijing and Tianjin.

Formerly China’s most polluted city,


is home to a burgeoning green energy industry (and, still, a lot of pollution).


Trying to lessen dependence on coal

Would you rather live (A) in the capital of

Hebei or (B) near the capital of China?


What’s your job?

Incredibly important


How important is coal to you?

Mining for coal



Where would you rather travel?



What are you most interested in?





If your hutong hasn’t already been bricked up, your rent is probably getting hiked again. So, if you’ve gotta move to Hebei, you might as well choose somewhere that's just right for you.

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You’ve stopped (briefly) in


if you’ve ever taken the slow train to Hong Kong.


Heavily polluted


’s sister city is the squeaky-clean

Dubuque, Iowa.





We eat our way through the best of

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Australian Cafe p57

French Bistro p60

Italian Makeover p61




A Jianbing Maker

by Noelle Mateer and Victor Liu

This month, we meet Liu He, who’s selling jianbing and soft drinks outside the American Embassy.

How are you feeling today?


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

I want to get to work as soon as possible.

What is your idea of the perfect day?

Shopping and hanging out with my wife.

Who is your best customer?

The Chinese people applying for visas at the American Embassy across the street.

Who is your worst customer?

I don’t think there is such a thing.

The customer is god.

Which living person do you most admire?

My father.

When were you the happiest?

When I was a little boy.

Which talent would you most like to have?

I want to be more knowledgeable.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

Serving in the army.

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

I wish I didn’t have to get up so early.

What is your most treasured possession?

My wife.

What trait do you most value in a person?

Trustworthiness. I like people who keep their promises.

What is it that you most dislike?


What always makes you laugh?

Getting paid.

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

Getting married.

Which era of Beijing's history would you most like to have lived in?

Does it have to be Beijing’s? I’m not from here.

Oh, cool. Where are you from?


Alright, yeah – if you could live anywhere and during any era of history...

Shanxi, the Warring States period.

Who is your hero?

[Hong Kong actor] Andy Lau.

Find Liu He on Tianze Lu next to the big line of people applying for US visas.

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One Small Step for Mangoes,

One Giant Leap for Mangokind

In the wake of the Great Hutong

Bricking of 2017, it feels inappropriate to update you on the minutiae of other, unaffected restaurants. It would be silly for me delve into the details of Sanlitun’s menu changes, and it would definitely be out of place for me to give you news of some deep-pocketed hotel. I’ll just say this: Some places have new menus, OK?

Go check them out yourself – I can’t do this for you all the time!

You know why? Because there are people scared for their livelihoods.

Who are afraid they’ll have to move home to far-flung provinces. And it’s not just Fangjia Hutong, or whatever your alleyway du jour is.

A gray-brick tsunami has engulfed huge swaths of our city. So I apologize, chefs and bartenders, if I didn’t feature your pop-up this month. I’m too busy being mad.

Here’s the latest (as we go to press): Fangjia Hutong is to be fully bricked. Some businesses there are closing temporarily; Ramo, in the words of one staffer, “is not closing, even for one hour.” The future is less certain for the Jiaodaokou hutongs to the south of Fangjia, which are also scheduled for a bricking.

Sanlitun’s ‘Dirty Bar Street’ is under the hammer, and its popular

Lugas is looking for another loca-

tion. Beixinqiao Santiao is almost unrecognizable. And, sadly, we have to say goodbye to Aotu Studio, the hair-salon-art-gallery-bar-eventspace that was a hipster heaven.

Fortunately we hear it’s looking for a second home.

But before we feel too sorry for ourselves, let’s remember the real victims here. We may be missing a few spots to party right now, but some people are missing their incomes. Hopefully, next month, I’ll be back with some better news. NM

China is making space mangoes. Yes, you read that correctly. In October, two astronauts and four test tubes of mango seeds went into orbit on China’s Shenzhou XI aircraft. One month later, back on Planet Earth, the samplers were inspected by Hainanbased scientists, and now, the results are in – not only have they survived, they’ve mutated into dope-ass space mangoes. The harsh environment of outer space caused them to grow stronger and better than ever before.

But what does this mean for humans on Earth? Well, better mangoes. According to China Daily, space mangoes will be pest-resistant and stronger. China, after all, has a proven track record when it comes to space breeding – the country has been growing plants on satellites since 1987. NM


Have we reached peak capitalism?

Or is Wagas just partnering with

Mobike? (Both.) Corporations love corporations, and nothing proves it like a blended mix of orange, carrot, lemon and passionfruit juices in the on-brand hue of Mobike orange from your local branch of Danishcafé-turned-China-chain Wagas.

Mobike Mad (RMB40 for a large) is the latest attempt by Mobike to take over the world promotional juice from Wagas, and coincides with the stationing of rows of cycles outside select stores in Beijing and

Shanghai. The Mobike revolution is just getting started. We predict

Element Fresh will be hawking Ofo juice next. NM

RMB40, Wagas (see Listings for details)

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We Tell You if the Rice is

Worth the


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Another month, another bespoke cocktail bar with a jazz soundtrack. This month, it’s Hoper (and a bunch of other places

– we just don’t have room for them all). Menus are so last year, so tell Hoper’s bartenders what you like and they’ll create something on the spot for you. The drinks are fantastic, but slow – so don’t roll in with your entire crew.

Daily, 6.30pm-2am; 6 Huafeng Hutong, Dongcheng




1843 8838)


A hip, stainless steel build-your-own-burrito bar, blasting an upbeat pop soundtrack and serving chips in brown paper bags – where did The Mission get that idea? (Chipotle. They definitely got it from

Chipotle.) The Mission’s burritos lack authenticity, and their cheese is distinctly waxy. But beggars can’t be choosers, and Beijingers are burrito beggars indeed. Add RMB10 for guac – your chips are gonna need it.

Daily, 10am-10pm; NL402 China World Mall, Chaoyang 朝阳区

国贸商城北区四层 NL402


This time last year, Beijing had practically zero wine bars. Now, we can rattle five off the top of our heads, and Yu Shi by Cartelei has brought the trend to Central Park. Wines start at RMB60 per glass, and the small, cozy space differentiates itself with a teahouse concept during the day.

Daily, 1.30pm-midnight; Suite 101, Building 20, Central Park, 6 Chaowai

Dajie, Chaoyang 朝阳区朝外大街 6 号 , 新城国际 20 号楼 101 (6561 2400)


Don’t let the Game of Thrones-esque logo fool you – Social Circle is not a rollicking medieval tavern, but rather a raging hellfire of despair. This small, oddly decorated spot sells bottled German beers from a fridge, as well as cocktails in disturbing neon hues. It’s best to stick to the beer, but if it’s a cold bottle of

Franziskaner you’re after, you’re better off going to 7-Eleven. It’s just around the corner anyway.

Daily, 7pm-late; 18 Xinzhong Jie, by Golden Pineapple International Hostel, Chaoyang 朝阳区新中街

18 号 , 金菠萝青年旅馆旁胡同

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Like Nando’s, But Not So

words by Oscar Holland, images by Polly Gao

Beijing has a copy of Nando’s. It’s called Peri-Peri, and it is so convincingly Nando-like that we needed to check the company’s website to confirm that it isn’t a franchise. A franchise that doesn’t follow any of the rules on cooking. Or spelling.

But here’s one way in which Peri-Peri hits the mark: branding.

Because if you’ve been to a branch of Nando’s, you’ll recognize it all. From the menu’s wording to the restaurant’s logo (at least they bothered to change the coloring – that’ll keep the lawyers away), it’s as if someone has just gone to Nando’s and copied everything they could.

If you’re not from a country blessed with Nando’s, here’s a quick introduction: Originally from South Africa, the restaurant chain serves

Portuguese-style peri-peri chicken – and little else. There are now over

1,000 branches in 30 countries. But, crucially, China isn’t one of them.

This is what makes Peri-Peri so gloriously audacious. This and the fact that its Chinese name is 南多世 , which sounds a lot like how you’d pronounce Nando’s in Chinese – Nanduoshi.

The restaurant may be rather pleasant – and convincingly Nandoesque – but what about the chicken? Well, just like in real Nando’s, you can get a quarter, half or whole chicken. There are chicken sandwiches and platters, and your food even comes with a familiar toothpick flag.

Some of the slightly-better-than-indifferent feedback from our table includes “decent,” “solid,” and “not disappointing.” The word “tender” is even floated at one point. But it’s kinda hard to mess up Nando’s.

You just cook chicken and put peri-peri sauce on it. Speaking of which, there’s a shelf of said sauces that definitely haven’t been stolen from an overseas branch of Nando’s and brought to China in a suitcase.

Weirdly, Peri-Peri also has pizza, pasta and a whole bunch of nonchicken items. But you’ll never order them, so don’t worry about it.

Let’s talk about sides instead. There are sweet-potato fries in a trendy metal basket. There are generous servings of flavorless corn. And localization alert: There are ‘Dragon Boat Fries,’ curved to resemble an ancient Chinese boat and thus appealing to local palates.

With the deception complete, all that’s left is for Peri-Peri to cover its tracks. In fact, they have inexplicably printed this strategy on its napkins: ‘Now remove all evidence,’ they read. Great job, guys.

Daily, 11am-10pm; Sanlitun Lu (by Dongzhimen Wai Dajie), Chaoyang





) (5620 4097)

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Healthy, But Not Too Healthy

by Noelle Mateer

Australians are really into being Australian. At least that’s what a recent spate of

Aussie-proud food ventures would have us believe. At times, this can be problematic – there is something decidedly awkward about a Beijing restaurateur hawking the food of a rich, predominately white nation as if it’s an underdog, an underappreciated cuisine that will save all of us in China from the terrors of local food. This is all to say: I went into Home Grounds, as I do most places, very skeptical.

But Home Grounds does not preach. It is simply Australian in the best of ways: It is chill, healthy and fun. It may be just below new gym/cult BaseFit, but we detect no holier-than-thou adherence to kale and quinoa. There are salads and smoothies here, sure – but there are also Tsingtao-battered fish and chips. And cocktails.

The best dish of all lands squarely between the realms of health and indulgence.

Joel’s pancakes (RMB60) are named for Joel Bennetts, the Australian chef Home

Grounds brought over from Australia. (One word: Australia!) These hot cakes are mind-bendingly, life-alteringly good, and better yet, the combination of flapjacks and our lack of self control doesn’t leave us in carb-induced malaise.

But enough about the pancakes – there are other dishes here too. (Seriously though, get the pancakes.) The avo smash (RMB50) could have been an everyday avocado toast, if not for the simple, yet ingenious additions of feta and sprouts, rendering it the perfect breakfast. And speaking of zeitgeisty food items – the

Hawaii 5-0 poke bowl (RMB70) comes atop a bed of yummy sushi rice. The fish and chips (RMB70) are delightful, if lacking some crispiness, and accompanied by homemade sauce. If it proves anything, it’s that healthy and hearty can be friends.

And that’s a lesson we’re down with.

Daily, 11am-10.30pm; 39-3 Xingfu Ercun, Chaoyang 朝阳区幸福二村 39-3 (5747 5511)


Fire in the Hole-in-the-Wall

by Noelle Mateer

If you haven’t had a strange dining experience lately, you’re doing

Beijing all wrong.

Instead, you may have seen Shanshi’s bizarre outer facade while drunkenly stumbling home from Slow Boat’s Sanlitun taproom, or worse, Hai Di Lao. It’s a wall painted to look like a bookshelf, sandwiched between two grubby fast-food restaurants. The no-realdoor gimmick is pretentious when it comes to cocktail bars, but in the case of joints hawking chuan’r, it’s delightfully quirky. And that’s exactly what Shanshi is – a chaotic, odorous purveyor of spicy dips of the highest order.

Slide open the ‘bookcase,’ and you’ll enter a world of fiery delights.

Pick from all manner of snacks on sticks, including tofu, chicken wings, mushrooms and, of course, innards and offal (this is the good stuff, folks). Your server will then cook them in the spiciest sauce you’ve ever tasted – we guarantee you, or your money back*– and then serve them to you, swimming in a large metal bowl of red liquid. It’s the most beautiful assault on your senses, a symphony of violence on your tastebuds. To use a cliche, it hurts so good.

Side dishes include spicy cucumbers, spicy eggs and spicy brains.

Again, if you haven’t eaten brains yet, you’re doing Beijing wrong.

A fridge of beers (both domestic and imported) and Arctic Ocean is there for you if you need help washing it down, anyway.

The reigning spicy-chuan’r queen of Beijing is the ferociously popular Sichuan restaurant and woman Zhang Mama. But we think Shanshi could be a threat to her throne. If only its customers could find it.

*Fooled ya, this magazine is free.

Daily, 11am-9.30pm; at the intersection of Gongti Nanlu and Dongdaqiao Xijie,

Chaoyang 朝阳区工体南路与东大桥斜街交口 (6500 0203)

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Your Guide to Beijing’s Best New Brunches

by Noelle Mateer

There are many things you associate with spring: flowers, Easter candies, those horrible little white fuzzy things that get all over your apartment. May we suggest you add new Beijing brunch menus to this list? (Somewhere between cherry blossoms and the slow fade of your

Seasonal Affective Disorder.) For they, much like the sprouting of tree leaves each April, are a joyous, boozy sign of the season. Indeed, so many places have unveiled new brunches lately, it can be hard to keep track of them. We’ve eaten at them all (you’re welcome), so here’s our guide to the new kids on the brunch block.


Price: RMB55-150 per person

Who’s Going: People who have just finished

running in Chaoyang Park, people with dogs.

Good For: The best damn biscuits and gravy

in town. (And healthy stuff, if you’re into that.)

The Lowdown: Napa’s rooftop terrace is so

nice, we’d eat there even if the food were garbage. But the food isn’t garbage, and the following three words prove it: biscuits and

gravy. We’re not talking British-style tea biscuits here. We’re talking big, fluffy

American biscuits, slathered with housemade pork sausage gravy, topped with crispy fried chicken and a runny fried egg. At just

RMB55, this pretty paean to Southern decadence is a steal. But a beautiful free-range eggs Benedict plate (RMB115) is also available for those in the mood for something more classic.

Weekends; Napa; 20 Liulitun Zhonglu, Chaoyang



(6595 9181)


Price: RMB398 per person, add RMB268 for

free-flow Champagne.

Who’s Going: Families on generous expat

packages, anyone whose mantra is ‘treat yo self.’

Good For: Hedonistic displays of marathon

seafood eating.

The Lowdown: NUO’s Sunday Brunch at

N’Joy is the big daddy of brunch buffets.

Unlimited oysters. Sashimi. Six varieties of bubbly. Now, good news for bon vivants everywhere: N’Joy has upped its

Sunday game with caviar. Arrive at N’Joy, and you’ll be greeted with a small tin of sturgeon roe, plated beautifully alongside all your favorite accoutrements (consider this your caviar starter pack).

So you can kick off your brunch with a bit of refinement… before going wild at the buffet.

Sundays; N

Joy, NUO Hotel (see

Listings for details)

Jing-A Taproom

Price: RMB108 per person.

Who’s Going: Beer nerds, people with craft beer


Good For: Brunching in Sanlitun without break-

ing the bank.

The Lowdown: Whoops, are all these

fine-dining all-day brunch affairs not your thing? Don’t worry, bargain hunters, this one’s for you. Jing-A Taproom has teamed up with Chef

Simone Thompson of Hatchery to bring you a delicious and eggy brunch at good prices – just over a hundo for a threecourse set. The standout is the ‘Laoban’s Eggs,’ which come scrambled with feta atop a hearty slice of sourdough. Add RMB30 for a beergarita – you know you want to.

Weekends; Jing-A Taproom (see Listings for details)

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Opera Bombana

Price: RMB688 per person, RMB888 including free-flow Prosecco.

Who’s Going: Fans of the Michelin Guide, Chinese celebrities.

Good For: Anyone who likes Italian food (so… everyone).

The Lowdown: Who says you can’t have pasta for brunch? Each month,

Opera Bombana’s brunch menu is inspired by a different region of Italy, from Piedmont to Sicily. The five-course meal starts with a plate of cold cuts and cheeses from the region, before moving on to soup, pasta, mains and desserts. This is serious dining – so cancel your plans for the rest of the afternoon.

Sundays; Opera Bombana (see Listings for details)

The Georg

Price: RMB350 per person, RMB130 per glass of Champagne.

Who’s Going: Fashionistas, fans of minimalist Nordic aesthetics.

Good For: Feeling like you’re outside when you’re inside.

The Lowdown: The Georg’s new ‘Phlake it ‘til You Make It’ brunch may be

relaxed – but don’t let that fool you into thinking the chefs are relaxing, too.

After a round of fresh-baked bread and charcuterie to start, you’ll be treated to three exquisite courses. It’s all in The Georg’s beautiful atrium, so you’ll feel like you’re outside – but not too outside.

Weekends; The Georg (see Listings for details)

The Rug

Price: RMB100-150 per person.

Who’s Going: Friends who can’t agree on what to eat.

Good For: Your Instagram feed, fueling up before a shop-

ping trip.

The Lowdown: Ever-popular brunch spot The Rug –

expect to see everyone you know here – has revamped its

(long) menu. Key words: fusion burritos. But the oldies are goodies here, too, so grab a fruit smoothie and a coffee to wash it all down. Or a bottle of wine. It is the weekend, after all. Stop by with your friends for a taste of the new menu – you were probably going to, anyway.

Daily; The Rug (see Listings for details)


Price: RMB268 per person, add RMB148 for two hours of free flow.

Who’s Going: Large groups of friends, people who left Migas at 4am

the night before.

Good For: Curing hangovers (with more booze).

The Lowdown: Migas brunch is always a party, and the new

‘La Feria’ brunch is no exception. Inspired by Springtime carnivals in towns across Spain, the brunch starts with a festive buffet of soups, starters and minisandwiches before moving onto the big leagues

– sausage, gambas and, of course, paella.

There is also a cute little dessert cart that rolls around the restaurant, announcing itself with the ring of a bell. We flock to it like (drunken) pigs to a trough.

Weekends; Migas (see

Listings for details)

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Liberté, Egalité, Chilled Rosé

words by Noelle Mateer, image by Victor Liu

When it comes to Bistro 108, do not pronounce ‘108’ as ‘one-oh-eight.’

No, this is Bistro cent-huit. After all, we’re just a few meters from the

French Embassy here, and every lunch hour the restaurant is packed with French expats. (By ‘lunch hour’ we mean lunch hours, of course – these are French diners we’re talking about.)

If you, like many Beijingers, associate French restaurants with tuxedoed waiters and gold chandeliers, then we suggest you reconsider.

Because Bistro 108 is as French as it gets, and there’s no gold here. At least, no literal gold – there’s definitely metaphorical gold, in the form of chocolate lava cake. But more on that later.

Instead, Bistro 108 plays upon the noble and distinctly French notion that multi-course meals ought not be a luxury, but rather a way of life. And they do this by serving quality French at agreeable price points. A relaxed, two-hour lunch break with a main, appetizer and, hell, let’s throw in a dessert – will run you less than RMB200. Bottles of wine are even more of a bargain – we enjoy a bottle of rosé on the outdoor terrace for just RMB98.

But this is no cheap fare. These are French classics done right. Enter, and you’ll be served a light chicken salad amuse-bouche (that’s French for ‘amuse mouth,’ you imbécile). Then, it’s time for starters. We love the pan-fried seafood (RMB58), which comes in the pan, and the foie gras (RMB198) is worth the extra kuai. The pork terrine (RMB58) comes with a crispy baguette – ideal for sharing.

When it comes to mains, Bistro 108 caters to meat lovers. We dare you to find a better roast chicken in this part of town – this one

(RMB68) comes perfectly cooked atop diced potatoes. And at dinnertime, the sesame-encrusted salmon (RMB148) sings, particularly alongside a bottle of white.

But do not leave sans dessert. The chocolate lava cake (RMB38) is the best rendition of the dish we’ve had thus far. And the thin-crust apple pie, which spreads its delicate, sugary layers across the width of your plate, is a steal at RMB45.

Honestly, we could give you 108 reasons to visit 108, but the place speaks for itself. Just... in French. For a few hours. Over wine.

Daily, 11.30am-10.30pm; 104 Cao Chang Plaza (across from the American

Embassy), 19 Tianze Lu, Chaoyang







大使馆对面 ) (5710 8106)

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The Italian Renaissance

by Noelle Mateer, image by Victor Liu

New look, same great taste. Longtime Chaoyang Park restaurant Alio Olio has reopened as La Rucola. Sure, they’re now named after the Italian word for ‘arugula,’ and there have been a few style updates, but much of the food has stayed the same. And that’s a very good thing.

The base concept remains untouched: trattoria-style Italian food at reasonable prices. On our latest visit, we tuck into hearty lasagna (RMB88), cheesy calzones (RMB98) and traditional wood-fired pizza (from RMB88).

The new menus are more complex than, well, arugula. They offer an astounding variety, from salads and starters to pastas and mains. A warm egg runs all over La Rucola’s charming rustic salad (RMB58). A fearsome crab sits atop a not-so-fearsome spaghetti (RMB98). And our garlic mushrooms come stuffed with Italian ham (RMB46). There are even, believe it or not, cocktails – La Rucola’s charming wooden bar has had a face-lift as well. (Although real Italians, we hear, prefer wine – La Rucola’s got that too.)

The venue’s charm has remained intact. Enter via a set of stairs to its homey loft space, creaky wood lending it all a welcome dose of old-world charm. Crucially, the upstairs dining room still has a beautiful view over

Chaoyang Park. If you look out the window and squint a little (OK, a lot), it almost feels like Italy.

Daily, 10.30am-2.30pm and 5pm-2am; Chaoyang Park West Gate, Chaoyang

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Read All About It

by Noelle Mateer

The irony of Press Release is that it doesn’t exactly announce its arrival. The tiny bar is behind a Southeast Asian restaurant which is behind an Italian restaurant. Neither the Southeast Asian place nor the

Italian place is any good. Needless to say, we did not expect much from

Press Release.

But then. One step inside PR’s stunningly hip, neon-accented barroom, and we feel a world away from the mediocre mall restaurants.

And then, when we sip a glass of house wine (RMB50), we’re really sold. The Italian vintage (RMB65) is the best house wine we’ve had in recent memory, and it’s just as unexpectedly bangin’ as this the bar’s decor, which features vintage typewriters and indie magazines. “Why does every wine bar have jazz music and pictures of vineyards on the wall?” muses founder Issey Lin.

Press Release is an oddity, but it owns its weirdness. Lin isn’t a professional wino, but she knows wine; she isn’t a trained mixologist, but her sous-vide cocktails are out of this world. The Dazed – a red wine cocktail with vodka, vanilla and mango – is just as good as any drink from a Sanlitun bar where the highly trained, bowtie-wearing bartenders spend 15 minutes mixing your drink. But at RMB75, it’s cheaper.

And one last thing: we swear we’re not just saying all this because we’re journalists, and the drinks are named after writers and magazines. But if you’re reading this, Issey, it definitely helped.

Daily, 6pm-late; B1-10 Topwin Mall (Inside L'Epasar Restaurant), Chaoyang

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Piu Gusto Chips


Pizza Saporita

Blue Cheese


Fromager de Pekin

(available at The Crib, April Gourmet and Farm to Neighbors)

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April Gourmet


RMB54 for five

The Bake Shop

(WeChat thebakeshop to order)

Viking Food

(WeChat Maximilian-S to order)

April Gourmet

Pork Rillettes


The French Butcher

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Soulja Boy


Gig Stray DJ


Dagadana Gig

A portmanteau of the names Daga and Dana (the band’s founders),

Dagadana drop Ukrainian and

Polish influences in a melting pot of folk, jazz and electronica. With

Daga on electronics and Dana on keyboards, the pair regularly tour

Europe and Asia. For a taste, check out the 2010 album Maleńka, which earned the band a Fryderyk Award

(a Polish Grammy, essentially).

Wed May 17, 9pm; RMB80 (advance), RMB100 (door); Yugong

Yishan (see Listings for details)

The Meantraitors Gig

Soulja Boy exploded into the US charts in 2007 with ‘Crank That (Soulja Boy),’ an irritatingly catchy tune that spent seven weeks at number one. Record sales dropped sharply after his 2008 hit ‘Kiss Me Thru The Phone.’ He’s failed to chart since 2010, and while Soulja threatened to return to the limelight by collaborating with Nicki Minaj on her third album The Pinkprint, their song

‘Yasss Bish’ didn’t make the final album cut. A perfect time for a China tour, then. He’ll be cashing in at Club Mix, where the star will be met with a raucous reception from people who aren’t entirely sure who he is.

Fri May 5; RMB260 (advance), RMB350 (door); Club Mix (see Listings for details)

Twinkle Star



Having long been associated with drum ‘n’ bass, Stray has been spreading his wings of late.

Whether the hip-hop influences on Paradise or the footwork sensibilities of Matchsticks, his recent output has been refreshingly varied.

It is a fitting booking for Beijing promoter The Syndicate, which has diversified its musical palate beyond the drum ‘n’ bass parties it was once known for. The show marks the Beijing leg of this year’s Outlook

Festival launch tour. Support comes from The Syndicate’s resident DJs and turntablist DJ Fu.

Fri May 19, Price TBD; Dada (see

Listings for details)

DJ Marky


We’ll give you a free copy of That’s

Beijing if you can name a Russian psychobilly band. Got one? (Psyche –

That’s Beijing is free). If you didn’t get one, then let us introduce you to The

Meantraitors, a St Petersburg band that have been mixing punk and rockabilly since the late 1980s. The trio return for their second China tour, and you can expect raw punk energy from the

School Bar stage.

Sat May 6; RMB100; School Bar (see

Listings for details)

Beijing emo-punks Twinkle Star play a homecoming show at Yugong Yishan following a nationwide tour to promote their new album, Full of Hope. The band mixes youthful energy (new drummer Gao Wei is just 21) with bona fide music scene credentials (vocalist Zhao Meng is also one-third of legendary pop-punk band New Pants), resulting in a sound that is lively and eminently melodic.

Once a festival favorite at Strawberry and Midi festivals, the four-piece have been plugging away since 2008. Their new album marks a coming of age, and an evolution in their sound since their 2012 debut, The End of the Beginning.

Support comes from Tookoo, Alt Senior and others.

Sat May 6, 8.30pm; RMB80 (advance), RMB100 (door); Yugong Yishan (see

Listings for details)

Drum ‘n’ bass may have originated in the UK, but Brazilian producers have made a real mark on the scene. A leading figure among them, DJ Marky has spent the last 25 years fusing energetic beats with the feel-good sounds of his home country. His tune ‘LK’ remains a undisputed genre classic. And in keeping with the Latin flavor, support comes from DJ Dubatonik who’ll play an allvinyl Mexican funk set.

Thu May 11; Price TBD; Dada (see

Listings for details)

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Art Garden


Festival No Lights No Lycra



Yoga in the Park


Yoga in the Park is back, courtesy of

Moka Bros and Yoga Yard, and just in time for the warm weather. The group activity is a relaxed session of yoga and meditation, guided by professional instructors, followed by brunch

(optional) at Moka Bros Solana, where participants receive a 15 percent discount. Yoga in the Park is suitable for all levels and no sign-up is required

– just show up with your yoga mat and friends. The event is cancelled if the

AQI is above 200 or if it is raining.

Sundays, 9.30-11am; RMB30 per class;

Chaoyang Park North Gate, Chaoyang

朝阳区朝阳公园北门(8950 8065)

Burbex: Atlas Obscura Scavenger Hunt




The Grey Life and

Relationship Theater

The Art Garden Festival is a four-month event devoted to gardens, art, photography, wellbeing, nature and children. From May until mid-September, the festival will showcase eight events. One event theme is a ‘garden art market,’ a crafts market selling jewelry, furniture, cosmetics and clothes. The dates for this market are May 13-14, Jul

1-2, Aug 19-20 and Sep 16-17.

The second event is an organic picnic market. Here, visitors can whet their appetites by browsing and buying a range of gardening products, condiments, wine, and organic brunches. Visit on Jun 17-18, Jul 15-16, Aug 5-6 and Sep 2-3.

The festival takes place in a renovated former factory, transformed into three ephemeral 200sqm gardens by architects and landscapers. The gardens encompass a garden kitchen, playground and an art garden hosting seven international artists.

Meanwhile, a photo exhibition is displayed outside. A family-friendly event, the festival also offers children’s workshops such as kite-making. The festival aims to raise public awareness about human relationships with nature and sustainability.

Sun May 14-Sun Sep 17; C&C Park, 77 Meishiguan Houjie, Dongcheng 东城区美

术馆后街77号 (for more information contact [email protected])

A community dedicated to free-form dance, No Lights No Lycra (NLNL) began in Melbourne, Australia in 2009. It has since spread to dozens of international cities, including Beijing. The rules are: no lights, no lycra, no teacher, no steps or technique. NLNL is essentially a safe space for people to let go and shake it off without fear of judgment. All proceeds go to

Pojie Arts, an organization that provides free arts education workshops to people with disabilities in China.

Mon May 8 and Mon May 22,

7-8.15pm; RMB50; ModernSky Lab,

5-108, B1, Building D, Galaxy SOHO,

Chaoyang 朝阳区银座SOHO, D座 , B1,

5-108 (5773 5620,

Conquer the Wall


Mamonahi Theatre Company presents two immersive plays over the course of one evening: The Grey Life and Relationship. The former is labeled as “a walk on the particles…” while the latter is about “way[s] to grow up and find your world.” Take what you will from that. Described as an improv and immersive theater-dance group, Mamonahi includes

Martina Morrocchi, an actor and director who graduated from the

International Academy of Theatre in

Rome, and professional musicians

Alberto Cuéllar, Shawn Moore and

Xu Peng.

Fri May 5, 9pm; RMB150 (door),

RMB100 (advance); Yugong Yishan

(see Listings for details)

Following the success of 2016’s Olympic Village Scavenger Hunt, Beijing urban exploration group ‘Burbex’ presents its Atlas Obscura Scavenger Hunt 2017. This year,

Burbex invites urban explorers to take part in a double scavenger hunt. Scavengers will explore two sites: the first an abandoned Peoples’ Liberation Army Hospital, and the second an old Catholic School. Both are purportedly haunted, so it should be a frighteningly good (or scary, whatever) time.

If you’re wondering what to expect, organizers suggest attendees be reasonably fit, able to climb a small fence and run around. Scavengers need to bring a fully charged smart phone (3G/4G) and wear durable dark clothing. If you are a pro and have a camera, feel free to bring that as well. There are only eight spots available, although more spaces may open up depending on demand, so sign up quick.

Sat May 6, 10.30am-1.30pm; USD35; meet at Anheqiao subway station 在安河桥

北地铁见 (advance ticket sales only via; for more information email taotao.holmes[email protected])

Take your running to the next level, literally, by entering the annual Conquer the Wall marathon. The self-declared

“first and longest-running international marathon on the Great Wall of China” includes a selection of runs including a full marathon, half marathon, 10km and 5km distances. The racecourse covers 20,518 countable steps over varied terrain and travels through secluded and off-the-beaten-track sections of the

Great Wall. The once-in-a-lifetime experience is no walk in the park but, while challenging, also provides runners with plenty of bomb photo opportunities.

Note: Participants must be physically fit. If you are not and you are reading this in May, it is probably too late for you, sorry.

Sat May 13, from 6am; USD295

(adult), USD150 (child); Great Wall


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NUO Dessert Bar


Corona Recommends


Migas Mercado


Indian Delicacy

Food Festival

The Ritz-Carlton, Beijing is partnering with The Ritz-Carlton,

Bangalore to showcase authentic

Indian cuisine at Aroma this May.

Chef Altamash Iqbal will be flying over from India to bring signature dishes – think curry lamb, Parata, tandoor roasted chicken and more

– to Beijing. Chef Iqbal will also lead demonstrations on how to brew the perfect masala tea during Aroma’s weekend brunch.

Sat May 6-Sun May 14; RMB368 per person for lunch, RMB448 for dinner, RMB618 for brunch; Aroma, The

Ritz-Carlton Beijing (see Listings for details)

Mother’s Day at

Chapter Holidays

NUO has unveiled a new dessert bar. And like everything at NUO, it’s beautiful, over-the-top and, most importantly, delicious. Stop by the lobby lounge for world-class desserts by NUO’s chefs, including a traditional tarte tatin, liquid nitrogen tiramisu and a gorgeous mille-feuille made with homemade vanilla custard. Plus, of course, much more.

Thursdays and Fridays, 2-6pm;

Lobby Lounge of NUO Hotel, Level

1, 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)

Food Revolution Day


Celebrate moms (or yourself, if you are a mom) with a delicious, familyfriendly brunch at Chapter. Conrad

Beijing’s beautiful library will play host to an abundance of highquality seafood, including sushi and sashimi. This, alongside the starters, grilled selections and Chocolate

Boutique make for the perfect treat.

Sun May 14, noon-2.30pm; RMB318 per person plus 15-percent service charge; Add RMB148 plus 15-percent service charge for free-flow Perrier

Jouët Champagne; Chapter (see

Listings for details)

Farm to Neighbors is teaming up with The Hutong for an educational yet fun day centered around sustainable food. Stop by for a farmers market, DIY tea workshop, home gardening workshop, plus extra food and drink vendors on The

Hutong’s rooftop. And as a bonus, you can also learn how to make

Celebrity Chef Jamie Oliver’s healthy

Vietnamese spring rolls.

Sat May 20, 11am-5pm; The Hutong

(see Listings for details)

Migas’ Sanlitun location opened in 2010. Since then, we’ve made a lot of memories there – whether dancing late into the night, watching the sunset on the gorgeous roof or enjoying a beautiful Spanish meal. But now, there’s a new Migas in town – and we couldn’t be more excited.

Occupying a prime spot of the new China World Mall’s top floor, Migas

Mercado is bringing Migas’ fun-loving Mediterranean vibes to the CBD. The space is inspired by the famous markets of Barcelona (‘mercado’ is Spanish for

‘market,’ FYI), and is set to feature Migas’ award-winning Spanish gastronomy and mouth-watering cocktails alongside a picture-perfect view of Beijing’s iconic CCTV Headquarters. So whether you’re stopping by for a quick lunch or long, riotous Friday night, grab a drink and enjoy.

Daily, 11am-late; 7/F China World Mall, 1 Jianguomen Wai Dajie, Chaoyang

朝阳区建国门外大街1号国贸商城7层 (6500 7579)

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Australian Writers Week


Culture Tranquility Exhibition


An Art Show Vol. 9


An Art Show Vol. 9 focuses on music, digital art and animation with artists including A.Borealis

(AKA founder Shannon Lethbridge);

Tendai Msimang, a digital graphic designer from South Africa; and

Yahkehbu, a composer and performer who specializes in playing the guqin, an ancient seven-stringed

Chinese instrument. A platform for music and art, An Art Show was created over a year ago by Lethbridge.

Vol. 9 is Lethbridge’s final show.

Sat May 13, 7.30pm; RMB50;

Fruityspace, 13 Meishiguan Dongjie,

Dongcheng 东城区美术馆东街13号

Art Theater

The 10th anniversary edition of Australian Writers Week in China brings together a host of leading Australian authors to participate in a week of literary events around the country. The lineup includes Man Booker Prize winner Tom

Keneally (see our interview, page 38), Pulitzer Prize winner Geraldine Brooks, celebrated young adult fiction author John Marsden (of the Tomorrow series), and acclaimed indigenous children’s author and illustrator Bronwyn Bancroft.

Events include workshops, readings, talks and more, while the tour covers various cities such as Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Xi’an, Guangzhou, Hohhot and Harbin. The annual Writers Weeks aims to raise awareness of the diversity of Australian literature – a must for book-lovers.

Wed May 10-Thu May 18; various locations; for up-to-date information visit www.

Artist Zhang Jian’s latest solo exhibition

– the artist’s first in China in 10 years – presents work from his ‘Daily Scenery’ series. Using different techniques, the works take on a more abstract form than Zhang’s previous work. By using wild brush strokes and vivid colors,

Zhang focuses more on conveying mood, rather than detail. Rural and urban scenes form the subjects of his work, yet they are simply drawn and illustrated in a notably impressionist style.

Through May 28, Tue-Sun, 10am-

6pm; PIFO Gallery, B-11, 798 Art

District, 2 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang


(5978 9562)

Beijing Broads


Yasmina Reza’s Art is a play about three best friends who find their friendship on shaky ground after one of them spends 100,000 euros on a painting that resembles little more than a blank white canvas.

The comedy raises questions of friendship and art as the friends fight over the painting and relationships.

Thu May 11-Sat May 13, 7.30-9pm,

Sun May 14, 2.30-4pm; RMB100

(RMB70 students); Penghao

Theater, 35 Dongmianhua Hutong,


(for ticket information email [email protected])

Beijing Broads (BB) is China’s “first all-female improv and sketch comedy group.” By focusing on female-driven comedy, BB provides a platform for women to get involved in the city’s comedy scene, without compromising their ideals or sense of humor.

Made up of members from six different countries, the group has been performing for two years. All proceeds go to charity organization

Educating Girls in Rural China.

Fri May 26, 8pm; RMB50; 4Corners

(see Listings for details); for more information visit

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Food and Drink

Happy hours

Meal deals


Ladies' nights

Tiago Home Kitchen

Tiago may be officially named “Tiago Home Kitchen,” but this ain’t your mama’s kitchen. Located inside Indigo and Joy City malls, this fun, family-friendly restaurant serves up some delectable pizzas, pastas and salads. Most dishes are distinctly Italian – we’re talking squid-ink seafood risotto, wild mushroom salad and, of course, tiramisu. But the chefs over at Tiago Home Kitchen also like to put their own unique

Beijing spin on things. (The Peking duck pizza is a prime example.)

But recently Tiago’s menu has gotten a makeover. The new menu features a bunch of Italian dishes, but there’s a few not-so-Italian selection as well. Expect to find everything from foie gras with fruit jam to fully loaded salads and shareable seafood platters. The steaks are also a welcome protein punch after a busy afternoon shopping.

And yes, Tiago has even made some adjustments to their dessert menu, with a new matcha tiramisu. But don’t worry – the restaurant still serves its signature tiramisu.

Tiago Home Kitchen (see Listings for details)


Mai Bar

Buy two cocktails, get one free.

> 40 Beiluoguxiang, Dongcheng 东城区

北锣鼓巷40号 (138 1125 2641)



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


> 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)


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


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)


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


> 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



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




Mon-Sat before 8pm and all day Sun,

RMB20 off cocktails.

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

Dongsanhuan Zhong Lu, Chaoyang 朝


(5900 5376)



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)



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)


‘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



Free mojitos, champagne and cosmos,


> 58 Gongti Xi Men, Chaoyang 朝阳区工

体西门58号 (6551 2373)


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)


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




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


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)


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



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



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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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 for details)


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

> Shangri-la’s Kerry Centre Hotel Beijing,

1/F, 1 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang 朝阳区光


(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



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


31 (6415 7207)


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)


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)


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


层 (5863 8112)


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)


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



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



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)


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



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


4层 (5863 8241)


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


> 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


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


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)


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)


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)



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)


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



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


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)


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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Raise the Oyster Bar

V Shine’s entrance may look unassuming, but walk through and you’ll find a treasure trove of European antiques, movie posters and, most importantly, sumptuous oysters. Found in the basement of Topwin Center, this recently opened restaurant is bringing a touch of class to Sanlitun’s newest food destination.

But this doesn’t mean you’ve got to spend a month’s wages to get your fix.

V Shine wants to bring this fine delicacy to the people, and single oysters (from

France or New Zealand) will only set you back between RMB48 and RMB86.

Deals are available when you buy a dozen or half-dozen of the same variety.

And if you don’t know your Belon from your Gillardeau, there are helpful tasting notes in the menu to guide you through. Better still, try a selection of different oysters with the oyster platter (RMB388 for 6, RMB768 for 12), which brings together a curated selection of different flavor profiles. Regardless of which type you choose, be assured of this: All the oysters you try at V Shine were alive – and in the sea – the day before. They’re that fresh, and they taste it.

Don’t fancy oysters? Fear not: The menu here also boasts tapas, salads, soups and main courses ranging from steaks (from RMB238) to fish and chips

(RMB68). With something for everyone, V Shine truly is your oyster.

> 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)


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.


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. for details

Jing Yaa Tang 京雅堂 (Chinese, Peking


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)

Wu Li Xiang 屋里香 (Cantonese, Sichuan)


Impressive views don’t detract from the exquisitely presented cuisine of Chef Kam, especially the dim sum. Swanky classics from all the main culinary regions of China, including, of course, “Monk Jump Over the

Wall” – braised pork in oyster sauce.

> Daily 11am-2pm, 5pm-10pm; 2-3/F, Traders Upper

East Hotel, Beijing, 2 Dongsihuan Beilu, Chaoyang


(5907 8406)

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



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** 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 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).

> 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 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. 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)


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. 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 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

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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)


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

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)

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)


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)


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)


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)


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 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



Have a Legendary Weekend

Warm weather is here – it’s time to have a beer. More specifically, it’s time to grab a brewski at Legend Beer’s spacious terrace. The spot, outfitted with plush couches and chairs, is conveniently located in the heart of Gongti. (So if you fancy a spot of clubbing later, you’re in good hands.)

But there’s more to Legend than good vibes and beer. The brewery has recently launched a new menu. And whether you’re looking to impress a date or soak up a hangover, the menu has something you’re bound to love. Take the

BBQ Kebab Platter (RMB108), for example, which is way better than your greasy neighborhood chuan’r – stacked with grilled bell peppers and tasty hunks of beef, it’s the perfect snack to have with beer. Meanwhile, the paella (RMB98) comes topped with all sorts of tasty seafood, and is perfect for sharing with friends. But just because you’re at a brewery doesn’t mean you can’t be healthy

– try the roasted prawns on avocado (RMB38) for a light, healthy bite.

There’s something for everyone on this menu. So drop by with your friends, and get ready to say “cheers.”

> Daily, 11am-3am; Worker’s Stadium West Gate, Chaoyang 朝阳区工体西路工人

体育场西门(6551 9026)

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High But Not Dry

Nali Patio’s High Town is a top spot to fuel up before a night out or simply chill out for the evening thanks to its casual environment and great-value food and drink. Fuel your night out with one (or two or three) of High Town’s craft beers.

Along with its own brews, such as the refreshing osmanthus ale (RMB40) and heady milk stout (RMB50), High Town also offers a range of guest craft beers.

Try the rich Kentucky Bourbon barrel ale (RMB60). Meanwhile the kitchen offers hearty food to go alongside its brews. For something light we suggest the avocado salad (RMB58) or, on the opposite spectrum, the BBQ pork ribs with

French fries and apple cranberry salad (large RMB168, small RMB98).

> Daily, 10am-midnight; D205, 2/F Nali Patio, 81 Sanlitun Beijie, Chaoyang

朝阳区 三里屯北街81号1幢那里花园二层D205 (5208 6095)

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; 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


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)

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, 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)

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)

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


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



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 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)


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)


>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 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)


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 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), [email protected], WeChat username: Cafe-Flatwhite


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

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)


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 )


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


(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.

7 2 | M A Y 2 0 1 7 | W W W . T H A T S M A G S . C O M

LISTINGS 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 for details)


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


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. for details)


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.

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


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)


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)

Steak Exchange Restaurant+Bar (Contemporary Western) ¥¥ *

The bill is hopefully on the company kuai at this opulent eatery, where charcoal-grilled cuts of 250-day, grain-fed Australian Angus start from around RMB428 and merrily spiral. But the meat is unquestionably succulent, and cooked exactly to order.

> Daily 11.30am-2pm, 5.30-10.30pm. InterContinental Beijing Financial Street, 11 Jinrong Jie, Xicheng 西

城区金融街11号北京金融街洲际酒店 (5852 5921)


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


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)


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)

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

Alternatively, drop in to your local branch.

> All open Daily,10.30am-11pm; Beijing Riviera: opposite west gate of Lane Bridge Villa, Shunyi 朝


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)

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)


Good-value homestyle Italian is the order of the day at this little-known spot in


> 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)

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)


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


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.


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 for details)


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)



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

W W W . T H A T S M A G S . C O M | M A Y 2 0 1 7 | 7 3

LISTINGS 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)


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)


Conveniently located above popular

Irish sports bar Paddy O’Sheas, this solid

Indian curry house provides the perfect 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 for details.

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)

Bhoomi Store Philippines Food Shop

Bhoomi store One stop destination where a wide range of Philippines food products are served.

> Mon-Sat 9.30am-9.30pm, Sunday 2-7pm. 266

Yaohong Lu by Hongsong Dong Lu, Minhang

Shanghai, 上海闵行区姚虹路266号, 近红松东路 (021

2428 3400)

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 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,

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)




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 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)

Hyoki ¥ (Japanese)

Hidden away in the depths of the

Sofitel Hotel, this labyrinthine Japanese restaurant of all private dining rooms has some stunning food, and is the only place to sample traditional Japanese paper hot pot in Beijing.

> 6F Sofitel Wanda Beijing 100022 93 Jianguo

Road, Chaoyang 朝阳区建国路93号索菲特万达

北京酒店6层 (6581 0072)

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)

Hyoki ¥ (Japanese)

Hidden away in the depths of the

Sofitel Hotel, this labyrinthine Japanese restaurant of all private dining rooms has some stunning food, and is the only place to sample traditional Japanese paper hot pot in Beijing.

> 6F Sofitel Wanda Beijing 100022 93 Jianguo

Road, Chaoyang 朝阳区建国路93号索菲特万达

北京酒店6层 (6581 0072)


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 for other locations)


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

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)



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)


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,

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;

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,

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,

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.

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)


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

7 4 | M A Y 2 0 1 7 | W W W . T H A T S M A G S . C O M


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

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],

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,, [email protected]

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


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)



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)


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)


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)


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])


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)


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)


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)


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)


Black Golden Tanning Studio


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


(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,

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


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,

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

Shang Xia

>L118 & 119, L1 China World Mall, China World

Trade Center 1, Jianguomen Waidajie, Chaoyang 朝


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

W W W . T H A T S M A G S . C O M | M A Y 2 0 1 7 | 7 5

LISTINGS store: Daily 10am-10pm, Shop E301, 3/F, ShiMao shopping center, Sanlitun, Chaoyang 朝阳区


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)


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.


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,




Sanlitun 3.3 Mall L3 | Contact 51365432  

Wechat/Instagram: blowplusbar  



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)


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


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)


“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.

>, [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,;

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,

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.



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.

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,

Beijing International Medical Center


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,

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, [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,

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,

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],

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.


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,, [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

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],

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.; 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],

Beijing New Century Harmony Pediatric


> 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],

Beijing Passion International Medical


This full-service international clinic provides 24-hr general medical care and a patient-centered attitude. Beijing Passion

International Medical Center is equipped

7 6 | M A Y 2 0 1 7 | W W W . T H A T S M A G S . C O M

LISTINGS 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,

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];; 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


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])


Mandarin Schools

The Frontiers School

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,, [email protected]

Hutong School

Learn Mandarin with Beijing’s best

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,

The Bridge School


>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(153 2179 3321


International Schools

Canadian International School of Beijing


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,

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;, [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,, [email protected])

Western Academy of Beijing


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


>9-1 Jiangtai Xilu Chaoyang 朝阳区将台西路9-1号(四

德公园旁) (6437 3344 ,

Beijing City International School


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


> 77 Baiziwan Nan’er Lu, Chaoyang 朝阳区百子湾南

二路77号 (8771 7171,

The International Montessori School of



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., [email protected])

Beijing BISS International School


> Building 17, Area 4, Anzhen Xili Chaoyang 朝阳区

安贞西里4区17楼 (6443 3151

Beijing World Youth Academy


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],

La Maison Montessori de Pekin


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.


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., Skype ID: beijingmandarinschool1998)


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


> 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,;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.


EtonKids International Kindergarten


> 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 ;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


> 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


> ; 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,

BBA at BFSU-SolBridge


> 19 Xisanhuan Beilu, Haidian, 海淀区西三环北

路19号 (, 8881 6563/8881

6763/8881 8537)


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]


Atelier Art School


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],


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


Page One

The go-to shop for new releases and special requests. With sister venues in Hong Kong,

Taiwan and Singapore, and two locations in

Beijing, its network allows for fresh authors whilst upholding an extensive collection of titles.

> Daily 10am-9pm. Shop 3B 201, Zone 3 China World

Mall, No.1 Jian Guo Men Wai Avenue, Chaoyang

District 朝阳区国贸商城三期地下二层3B201 (8535

1055,; Page One Indigo.

Shop LG50, INDIGO, 18 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang

District 朝阳区酒仙桥路18号颐堤港商业中心B1楼50号

(8426 0408,


Tang Contemporary Art

Stressing cutting-edge exhibition installation and curatorial theory. With locations in Bangkok, Hong Kong and Beijing, Tang focuses on promoting artistic exchange throughout East Asia.

> Free. Tues-Sun 10.30am-6pm. 798 Factory, 2

Jiuxianqiao Road, Chaoyang District 朝阳区大山子酒

仙桥路798工厂2号入口前行300米 (5978 9610, www.

Galleria Continua *

In the often-insular 798, Galleria Continua is the international gallery. Their warehouse space is a forum for high-caliber artists from nearly every continent, including several of China’s artistic nobility.

> Free. Tues-Sun 11am-6pm. 798 Art District, 2

Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District 朝阳区酒仙桥路2号798

大山子艺术区 (5978 9505,

Pace Beijing

With locations in New York, London and Beijing hosting the likes of Zhang Xiaogang, Yue Minjun,

Robert Rauschenberg, Mark Rothko, Kiki Smith and Sol LeWitt, Pace inhabits Bauhaus-style buildings 798 is idealized for. Go there!

> Free. Tues-Sun 10am-6pm.798 Art District, 2 Jiuxianqiao

Lu, Chaoyang District 朝阳区酒仙桥路2号大山子艺术区

(5978 9781,

Ullens Center for Contemporary Art

> RMB10, free Thursdays. Tues-Sun 10am-7pm. 798

Art District, 4 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District 朝

阳区酒仙桥路4号798艺术区 (5780 0200, www.ucca.

Ullens Center for Contemporary Art

Filling the largest factory space in 798 with

Chinese and international art, the UCCA has the curatorial power and financial backing to put together some of Beijing’s most impressive exhibitions.

> RMB10, free Thursdays. Tues-Sun 10am-7pm. 798

Art District, 4 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District 朝

阳区酒仙桥路4号798艺术区 (5780 0200, www.ucca.

Space Station

Not often shown in 789’s sea of elites, Space Station presents a younger generation of domestic artists. Exhibitions tend to have a good curatorial understanding of space and high-quality 2D work.

> Free, Tues-Sun 10am-6pm. 4 Jiuxianqiao Rd798 Art District,

Chaoyang District 朝阳区酒仙桥路4号798艺术区中一街

(5978 9671)

Tang Contemporary Art

Stressing cutting-edge exhibition installation and curatorial theory. With locations in Bangkok, Hong Kong and Beijing, Tang focuses on promoting artistic exchange throughout East Asia.

> Free. Tues-Sun 10.30am-6pm. 798 Factory, 2

Jiuxianqiao Road, Chaoyang District 朝阳区大山子酒

仙桥路798工厂2号入口前行300米 (5978 9610, www.

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ACCOMMODATION and comfort, that surpasses the service level of many Beijing hotels. The 357

Gold-Standard Beijing apartment features world-class cuisine options and Westin’s signature amenities designed to elicit

Ascott Beijing

>No.108B Jianguo Road,Chaoyang

District,Beijing 北京市朝阳区建国路乙108号

(6587 0888) personal renewal. Just 40 minutes from the airport, the Westin Executive Residences contemporary concepts designed for luxury living.

> 12 Jintong Xilu Chaoyang District Beijing

Tel: 5908 6000 provides direct access to Beijing’s business, entertainment and shopping district and close proximity to cultural landmarks such as The Forbidden City and Tiananmen

Ascott Raffles City Beijing

Located in Dongzhimen, one of the most vibrant areas, Ascott Raffles City is near the


One of the top residences in Beijing, GTC

Residence is located beside the third ring road with 5 minutes’ walk to subway line

Square. Each apartment is also fitted with contemporary furnishings, fully equipped kitchens, state-of-the-art appliances, home second embassy district, which is rich in cultural heritage and is only a 15 minute entertainment system and LCD flat screen televisions. drive to The Forbidden City.

Other nearby leisure attractions include

5 , 10 minutes’ drive to Hou Hai . It is also within easily reach of CBD, embassy area, Financial Street and other urban commercial,shopping and recreation areas.

> Email: [email protected]


Tel: 6606 8866

Food Street (Gui Jie) and Sanlitun nightlife district.

Fully equipped apartments with impeccable quality offer you a cozy living system and

> No.1-2 Dongzhimen South Street

Dongcheng District Tel: 8405 3888

BUSINESS CENTER will meet all of your requirements for room decoration, furniture, electric appliances

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]


Unique sky garden with golf practice field and barbecue area is another symbol of GTC Residence.

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

•Tel: 400 120 1207


> [email protected], website: www. Tel:56756666

Marriott Executive Apartments

Ideally located in the center of Wangfujing

Beijing Kerry Residence

Whether you’re a single business executive or a busy family, Beijing Kerry’s fully-

Lei Shing Hong Plaza [New]


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 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, area where the prestigious business, commercial, entertainment, and shopping center of Beijing. The Imperial Mansion,

Beijing – Marriott Executive Apartments reflects an exceptional level of luxury.

> Gate, No. 1 Xiagongfu Street, Dongcheng

District Tel: 6564 9999 entertainment systems, high-speed broadband and much more – residents are

Sun Dong An Plaza [New]


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 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.


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 and value elevation. While 25 minutes away

Zhongyu Mansion [New]


6/F, Zhongyu Mansion, No.6 North Workers

Stadium Road, Chaoyang District


Lusongyuan Hotel

A traditional compound of quadrangle composing of 5 courtyards which lies in from the Beijing International Airport, the

Millennium Residences is walking distance the "hutong" area of Beijing. The hotel building is famous for its imperial living from nearly all Embassies.

> 7 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu Chaoyang

District. Tel: 8588 2888

Diplomatic [New]


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 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

Oak Chateau Beijing

Oak Chateau Beijing has 236 stylish and contemporary fully serviced apartments carried out top official duties, such as defense minister.

from studio, one-bedroom, two-bedroom, three-bedroom and four bedroom suites

Kerry Centre - South Tower [New]


10/F, South Tower, Kerry Centre, No.1

Guanghua Road, Chaoyang District


> 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, E-mail: [email protected]

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 residential complex, Oak Chateau Beijing

Landgent Building [Coming Soon]


5/F, Block A, Landgent Center, No.20 East

Middle 3rd Ring Road, Chaoyang District


Lee Garden Service Apartments

A newly renovated high-end premier living residence in a central location next to the shopping and cultural sites of Beijing’s

Wangfujing, suites range from studios to is very close to the third Embassy Area and shopping and dinning services at the

Beijing Lufthansa Center. There are only 19

4-bedroom apartments (60-610sqm in size) and are tastefully furnished with specially 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. kilometers to the Beijing Capital Airport.


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]


China World Tower 3


15/F, China World Tower 3, No.1

Jianguomenwai Street, Chaoyang District



Lufthansa Centre


C203, Lufthansa Centre, No.50 Liangmaqiao

Road, Chaoyang District


FraserResidence CBD East Beijing

Our location on the Fringe of the CBD with excellent connections to the subway line

Oakwood Residence Beijing

Oakwood Residence Beijing offers 406 fully equipped luxury apartments ranging from studios to four bedroom penthouse

Kerry Centre


11/F, North Tower, Kerry Centre, No.1

Guanghua Road, Chaoyang District


1 (Sihui station), BRT Lines (Ciyunsi) and public bus system mean that wherever your intern needs to be in the city, getting there is relatively fuss free!

and terrace apartments, all exquisitely furnished in elegant and stylish decor. Each apartment is fitted with a state-of-the-art air purification and air conditioning system

One bedroom deluxe: RMB16,000 /month

Two bedroom Executive: RMB26,000 / which ensures 99.9% pure, triple filtered air, so you can trust in Oakwood and breathe

Pacific Century Place


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 month

Three bedroom Deluxe: RMB33,000 /month

Email: [email protected]

> Website: http:>beijing-east Tel: 010-58709188 /

400-881-6988 easy.

> No. 8 Dongzhimenwai Xiejie, Chaoyang

District, Beijing 100027, China [email protected]


Tel: 5995 2888 Fax: 5995 2999

China Central Place


9/F, Tower 2, China Central Place, No.79

Jianguo Road, Chaoyang District


FraserSuite CBD Beijing

The ultimate luxury in apartment living,

Fraser Suites CBD Beijing epitomizes style


The Westin Executive Residences at The

Beijing Financial Street offer an array of

Parkview Green


15/F, Office Building A Parkview, Green,

No.9 Dongdaqiao Road, Chaoyang District



China Life Tower


5/F, China Life Tower, No.16

Chaoyangmenwai Street, Chaoyang District



China Life – West


West, 5/F, China Life Tower, No.16

Chaoyangmenwai Street, Chaoyang District





10/F, IFC East Tower, No.8 Jianguomenwai

Street, Chaoyang District 北京市朝阳区建国


Prosper Center


6/F, Tower 2, Prosper Center, No.5 Guang

Hua Road, Chaoyang District 北京市朝阳区


Financial St. Excel Centre


12/F, Financial Street Excel, Centre, No.6

Wudinghou Street, Xicheng District 北京市


NCI Centre


15/F, NCI Tower, No.12A Jianguomenwai

Street, Chaoyang District 北京市朝阳区建国


Taikang Financial Tower


23/F, Taikang Financial Tower, No.38 East

Third Ring Road, Chaoyang District 北京市


Zhongguancun Metropolis Tower


7/F, Metropolis Tower, No.2 Dongsan Street,

Zhongguancun Xi Zone, Haidian District 北京



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.; 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,

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CLASSIFIEDS 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], Website: www.csochina.

cn, Tel: 86 10 64697000


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, 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: Tel:



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.


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


e-mail: [email protected]

Sina Weibo: @麦肤堂

Tel: 5900-2236/2238


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 To make a reservation, contact 400-600-6378 [email protected]

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 To make a reservation, call us toll free at 400-017-8889, email us at [email protected], or visit one of our stores.


Beijing First Choice Car Rental Service Co.,


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

[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]

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

Email:[email protected]


Harris Corporate Services Ltd

Beijing | Shanghai | Guangzhou | Hong


Established since 1972

WFOE & Rep. Office Set Up

Accounting & Tax Compliance

Payroll, HR & Visa Solutions

Hong Kong & Offshore Company


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,



Shanghai: Suite 904, OOCL Plaza, 841 Yan

An Zhong Road, Jing-An District, Shanghai,



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


Hong Kong:

7/F., Hong Kong Trade Centre, 161-167 Des

Voeux Road Central, Hong Kong.香港德辅道




Room 971, 9/F,Poly Plaza,No.14,

Dogzhimen Nan Dajie,Dongcheng 东城区


(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]


CCTV Tower and Kerry Centre

Suite 3107, Tower A Beijing Fortune Plaza,7

Dongsanhuan Zhong Road, Chaoyang


Tel: 65330533-860



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.


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


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]


Tel: 64381634

Mobile: 1350123729 2


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


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]





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. (Tel: 84585667 ; 13501358971)


“Replus-Benchmark” is one of the leading real estate agencies and relocation service provider for expatriates in Shanghai,

Beijing, Guangzhou, Chengdu and


• Residential Home Search Service

• Visa Application

• Commercial Office Space Search Service

• Buying and Selling Property Service

E-mail: [email protected]


> 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]

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:; Tel:

8519 8800


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 monthlong hospitality center services. Find out more from our Website: www.zdc-catering.



Café Flatwhite

Positions available:

1. Shop Manager (full-time).

Requirements: Speaks English, experience with coffee and Western food

2. Chef (full-time and part-time, Western food)

3. Waiters and Waitresses (full-time and part-time)

4. Marketing Specialist (full-time)

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That’s Beijing


Finally, a horoscope that understands your life in Beijing.

by Noelle Mateer



It’s a stressful, anxiety-ridden month. Try some TCM or cupping, or, well, just ask one of the old ladies who hangs out in your neighborhood courtyard – she’ll know what to do.

Follow her advice and your troubles will go away by the 16th.



You’ve been bad lately, and now it’s time to repent. Climb on top of a really tall thing – the Bird’s Nest is open now – and look out over Beijing while thinking about your choices.

Drink snake baijiu on the 4th and you will find love. Maybe.



You’re searching, looking for answers. Perhaps you’ll find those answers in a book at The Bookworm.

Or maybe you won’t – we don’t actually know. Only enter subway stations from the south.



Your celestial house of intellect is strong this month, so learn something new or study something old. But we hope you aren’t studying for the gaokao. The stars spell bad luck if you’re taking the gaokao.



You’re in a fighting mood this month.

Haggle your rent down, ask for a raise, or challenge the Laobeijing in your apartment block to a ping-pong match. Wear purple on the 19th or your favorite lamian place will shut down.



You will accomplish whatever you set out to achieve this May – as long as you set really easy goals. Vow to read one chapter of a book, or go for one run at Chaoyang Park. Spin around three times before boarding the

Airport Express.



Your advice from the stars this month is toilet-specific. When using the bathroom anywhere in Dongcheng district, do not flush your toilet paper. How many times do we have to tell you to put it in the trash?



Take time to go outside this month

– maybe even outside the Fifth Ring

Road (wild, we know). We hear the

Great Wall is supposed to be cool.

As for inauspicious omens, avoid

Nanluoguxiang on weekends. For the rest of your life.



You’re feeling creative this month, so take time to express yourself.

Consider taking a painting class, or singing loudly in a public park. Do not ride Subway Line 4, or misfortune will befall you.



You will meet a beautiful stranger at a Sanlitun bar and spend hours conversing under the night sky.

Unfortunately that stranger will turn out to be a backpacker staying in a hostel near the Forbidden City. Ditch them.



May is a month of ups and downs for you. Maintain a sense of normality by establishing a routine. We suggest starting every day with congee and ending it with niurou gaifan. Only speak Mandarin under a full moon.



Tell that special someone how you really feel with a romantic, smelly boat ride on Houhai or a long walk past all your favorite hutong construction sites. Wear a face mask on the 15th for good luck.

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