Saturday, December 29, 2007

Temple of Heaven Park

The Temple of Heaven Park is a favorite location for people of all ages, though usually middle-aged people and above, to get out and practice something, whether it is tai-chi, Beijing Opera, wushu, kung fu, swordplay or keepy-uppy (cuju) using a small bean bag.

Swordplay in Temple of Heaven Park

Keepy uppy


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Friday, December 28, 2007

Chinglish

Beijing city authorities are doing their best to stamp out bad examples of "Chinglish" in the capital before the start of the Beijing Olympic Games in the summer.


Mang Out After Shit.

However as these examples show, there is some work still to be done.

Mand and wife lung slice.

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Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Demolition Symbol Beijing

Demolition symbol in BeijingWhat does it all mean?

Get one of these Chinese characters on your apartment or building and you know you are in big trouble! These symbols are used to mark buildings for demolition.

As you wander the hutongs or older apartment areas of Beijing you may see these painted on the buildings and also notice there are few or no residents inhabiting such buildings.

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Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Beijing Hutong Documentary

Hutong are Beijing's traditional dwellings. Courtyard housing set in narrow alleyways.

Watch a documentary of Beijing's hutong as residents comment on their restored housing.




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Friday, December 21, 2007

The Cube Beijing

The Cube aka the National Aquatics Center in Beijing is also nearing completion, although some serious landscaping (and sewage treatment) is still required.

The Cube, Beijing

The exterior walls of the structure are covered with ETFE (Ethylene Tetrafluoroethylene), a hard plastic which gives the building it's characteristic water bubble effect.

The Cube Beijing

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Thursday, December 20, 2007

Beijing's Tallest Building

China World Trade CentreChina World Trade Centre just west of the 3rd Ring Road is Beijing’s tallest building. At 73 stories high it reaches 330 metres into the sky.

Pictured at right, the China World Trade Centre can be seen towering above the China World Hotel.

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Monday, December 17, 2007

National Stadium Beijing

The massive frame of the National Stadium in Beijing is gradually taking shape.

National Stadium Beijing

The huge stadium which will hold up to 100,000 people for the Olympic Games next August. The building's framework will use over 40,000 tonnes of steel in its construction, which would stretch 36km in length if laid end to end.

The stadium known as the "Bird's Nest" will reputedly become the world's largest enclosed space.

National Stadium Beijing

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Monday, December 10, 2007

Beijing Olympic Tickets Update

Beijing Olympic Tickets 2008 9th December Update

Olympic Panorama

Phase 2 of ticket sales will begin in China on 10th December, 2007 and continue through to 30th December, 2007, according to official information on en.beijing2008.cn

People who are registered need to log on to the official ticketing site en.beijing2008.cn and register the events they wish to attend. Tickets will then be issued using a lottery system similar to the Phase 1 ticket sales.

The Bank of China also offers a registration service for people wishing to register for Phase 2 ticket sales.

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Thursday, December 06, 2007

McDonalds In China

McDonalds is big in China. The Golden Arches are one of the first signs you see when you land at Beijing's Capital Airport.

There are over 660 McDonalds fast food outlets in China and the number is growing fast with 1000 new stores due to open before the Beijing Olympics, which McDonalds sponsors. Many Chinese view the fast food experience as an hygenic, upmarket dining experience.

McDonalds China

KFC and Pizza Hut also have a massive presence in China. There are around 1,200 KFCs and 8000 Pizza Hut outlets presently in the country. A new KFC restaurant opens every other day.

The big US fast food companies have also begun to introduce local flavor in to their menus. McDonald's sells a Vegetable and Seafood Soup for example and decorates its stores in traditional style for the big Chinese holidays.

Listen to a McDonalds TV ad promoting special deals at McDonalds for 6rmb e.g. a leg of crumbed chicken or fruit pies

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Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Common Chinese Phrases

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Listen to some common phrases in Chinese

Learning to say a few common phrases correctly is a useful skill for any traveler to a new country. Click the link above to hear the English and Mandarin for some useful common phrases such as "Hello", "Thank you", "How much?" and "You're welcome".

Ni hao

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Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Counting in Chinese II

Listen to the numbers in Chinese

Learning to count and pronounce the numbers correctly is a useful skill for any traveler to a new country. Click the link above to hear the English and Chinese for the numbers 50, 100, 1000, 10,000, 100,000 and 1 million.

Chinese numbers

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Saturday, December 01, 2007

Counting in Chinese

Listen to the numbers in Chinese

Learning to count and pronounce the numbers correctly is a useful skill for any traveler to a new country. Click the link above to hear the English and Chinese for the numbers 1-30.

Numbers

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Thursday, November 29, 2007

Beijing’s Public Transport

Beijing’s Public Transport

According to a report in City Weekend magazine public transport usage within Beijing is at an all time high. The report suggests that use of the new popular Line 5, along with a decrease in fares, is responsible for the changed habits of local commuters.

While all of Beijing’s underground rail system is easy to use and navigate, the new Line 5 is certainly the cleanest and most user friendly part of the system. Maps light up and show the current progress along the line and there are English announcements of station names in each carriage. One of the most popular destinations for Beijing Visitors on this line is the Yong He Gong station. The Lama Temple here is well worth a visit.

Tickets costing 2rmb to travel to any destination can be bought at ticket windows in each station. Multi-trip electronic cards can also be bought. Users can also add extra credit to the cards for taxi fares and convenience store purchases in Quick Stores. Most taxis are not set up to accept the card as payment, but this is expected to increase in the future.

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Saturday, November 24, 2007

Ski Season in Beijing

Beijing Skiers prepare to ski!

For some skiers the ski and snowboarding season has started! Others are preparing to strap on their gear and take to the slopes at the end of November when Beijing’s closer ski resorts open.

On November 10 the Wanlong Ski resort at Honghualiang, Chongli Xian, Hebei province some 250 miles from Beijing opened the ski season. It is the closest natural snow ski resort for Beijingers to access. The mountain is 2110 metres with facilities like instructors and equipment all available for hire. Five trails total 7km in length with an average of 140 skiable days.

Honghualiang Chongli Xian
Telephone: 6553-6830, 0313-4617676
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Arrange your own transport or book a bus ticket with pickup from San Yuan Qiao on 6553-6830.

For package deals.

Nanshan Ski resort is much closer to Beijing, located in Miyun county some 80km from Beijing. For more details.

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Friday, November 23, 2007

Beijing National Grand Theatre Opening

National Grand TheatreNational Grand Theatre Opening

The newly completed National Grand Theatre is set to open on 22nd December, 2007 for its first formal season of entertainment.

Tickets for the first season can be booked online starting 30th November.

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Thursday, November 22, 2007

Beijing's Yashow Market

Sanlitun Yashow marketYashow Market
Telephone 010-64151726
Address: 58 Gongtibeilu, Chaoyang district

Located on Gongti Beilu in Sanlitun this market is a very well known shopping destination for tourists. One of the attractions of this market is that so many products can be found within this rather large 5 storey market complex. Overall the quality of clothing is good and there is a wide range of popular styles as well as local cultural styles that many people enjoy buying as souvenirs.

While a mixture of products can be found on all floors a general guide would be as follows:
Basement – shoes, gloves, wallets, belts
1st floor - clothing for teenagers and adults
2nd floor - women’s wear
3rd floor - men’s wear
4th floor - children’s wear, curtains and bedding
5th floor - souvenirs, electronic games and jewelry. There is even a food hall for shoppers needing refreshments!

Bargain hard to get a good price on purchases. Remember to take your time and have some idea of what you think is a reasonable price before you start to bargain.


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Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Beijing Xiushui Silk Market

Silk Street MarketThe Silk Market is close to the Friendship Store on Jinguomennei Dajie and Jianwai Embassy area. It is a popular place for foreigners to go shopping. Individual shops are housed within this multi-storey building where there are clothing, ornaments, silk fabrics, shoes, handbags, travel bags and other goods for sale.

English is widely spoken by the traders.


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Monday, November 19, 2007

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Beijing Autumn

Autumn leaves BeijingAutumn in Beijing is one of the best times of the year for the Beijing visitor. It is a time when there are more likely to be days of blue skies and sunshine with mild temperatures. Millions of leaves colour the city. People enjoy sitting in the parks as the golden leaves of ginko trees sprinkle down around them. Many pose for photographs in leaf filled parks and streets.

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Saturday, November 17, 2007

Beijing Fire Engines

Beijing is a city susceptible to fire. The often dry climate and strong winds can easily fan fires over the flat expanses of the city.

Already in July, Peking University gymnasium the Olympic venue for table tennis caught fire and seventeen fire engines were needed to extinguish the blaze.

According to the Xinhua News Agency, Beijing plans to set up 26 temporary fire stations near Olympic stadiums and gymnasiums as part of its fire safety plan for the 2008 Games.

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Friday, November 16, 2007

Modern Beijing Expands

CCTV towers closing inAs Beijing continues to throw off its traditional image modern office blocks, apartments and shopping centres take their place on the skyline.

CCTV Towers

The new CCTV Towers (pictured left) are inching closer and closer together each day. Located on Dong San Huan Lu (East Third Ring Road) these towers will soon join up in an amazing feat of architecture where the linking piece turns through 90 degrees to link one leaning tower with another leaning tower. Driving along the East Third Ring Road one cannot help but have their attention grabbed by this architectural and engineering feat.

SOHO Shang Du

To the west of this area, passing through Central Park and nearby to The Place shopping centre there is another interesting development by SOHO with SOHO Shang Du (below right). The black mirrored SOHO buildings certainly catch the eye with their walls that angle in and out of the building as they rise skyward. Visiting this area provides any Beijing-Visitor with an easy day shopping in either The Place or Soho, gazing at The Place’s incredibly, fascinating sky screen, visiting cinemas, taking a spa treatment or eating at restaurants.


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Thursday, November 15, 2007

Mao Memorabilia

Mao dollThe popularity of Mao memorabilia is growing throughout markets and shops in Beijing. A visit to any market is hardly complete without buying such souvenirs. Items like t-shirts, watches, badges, porcelain statues, bronze statues, bags, hats and figurines depicting red guards and ballerinas from the revolution era are popular items.

Popular markets to buy these souvenirs include:

Panjiayuan market

Curio City (Antique City, Dongsanhuan Nanlu)

Hongqiao market

Gold Street Market (nearby Lido Hotel)

Silk Street market (Xiushui market on Jinguomennei Dajie, Yonganli subway station on Line1)

For more up-market replicas following this theme visit the many small galleries and shops of Dashanzi, Nanluoguxiang, Houhai and also Dara home decorating shops.

Plastered 8, 61 Nan Luo Gu Xiang

Grifted, Nan Luo Gu Xiang

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Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Beijing Construction Sound

Sounds of a Building Site

Listen to the sound of construction in Beijing

Construction in Beijing

At this time in history one can hardly go anywhere in Beijing without listening to the melodious sounds of a building site. In fact, if you are sleeping in your bed and not hearing the sounds of construction, consider yourself in a rare situation.
Those of us who live in Beijing have had to become used to the many and varied sounds of building sites as we rush toward the Beijing 2008 Olympics.

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Monday, November 12, 2007

Towards 2008 A risky business?

On the edge 1As workers put all of their effort into preparations for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games it seems that no amount of effort is too much. Seen here, workers walk around on top of tall buildings passing materials and tools to their colleagues from areas where many of us would dare not tread, all in the name of preparing for Beijing visitors.

Those attending the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games have thousands, if not millions of these hard working people to thank for their commitment in preparing Beijing for the Games.

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Sunday, November 11, 2007

Super Bar Street Beijing

Super Bar StreetSuper Bar Street, another of Beijing’s lively night spots, is also known as Xing Ba Lu. There are about 30 bars and restaurants making up this entertainment area. It is close to Laitai Flower Market.

Little Bangkok has two excellent chefs and a cheerful outgoing manager who all work to impress with Thailand’s culinary delights.

Biteapitta specializes in Middle Eastern food and serves some of the cheapest eats in Beijing. Falafal lovers on a tight budget will be well catered for here.

Shu Area Legend is a popular Sichuan style restaurant offering a hot and spicy dining experience. Spicy catfish, spicy crab and spicy shrimp are among the more popular dishes available.

Bars like Logos Bar and Get Lucky Bar have been performance venues for Chinese rock music stars including Zheng Jun and Cui Jian, China’s godfather of rock and roll who still improvises in Get Lucky Bar.


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Saturday, November 10, 2007

Beijing Olympics Ticketing Update

National StadiumDon’t rush on-line today to order your tickets! There has been another change to the way Olympic tickets can be ordered.

People living in China who wish to buy tickets to the August, 2008 Olympic Games should place their orders through the official ticketing website between 10th December and 30th December, 2007. Tickets will then be issued according to a lottery system. This change in practice is no doubt aimed to circumvent the system crashes experienced by many people who recently tried to buy tickets using the first in first served method.

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Thursday, November 08, 2007

The Place Beijing

The Place shopping plaza 2Shoppers who enjoy trendy international brands, lifestyle shopping, relaxing eateries and entertainment in a shopping centre, The Place is your kind of shopping centre.

There are two, four storey shopping malls beneath two office towers. A huge skycreen covered mall links the two malls. The screen itself is a massive 4800 square metres! At night this screen is an amazing diversion for shoppers and a reflection of Beijing’s determination to show off its modern capabilities as it hosts the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

Shops like Tourneau, China’s largest watch boutique, DG lifestyle store, Ferrari and Chaterhouse bookshop can be found. Chaterhouse even offers subscriptions to various foreign magazines.

The Place offers international restaurants, wine and spirits, a food market, spa, hair and beauty salons, and a food court. In the evenings The Place is an ideal location to sing, dance or relax at the end of a busy day.

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Monday, November 05, 2007

What's Over There Beijing?

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Olympic Ticket Update

Olympic Ticket Update (5th November)

Official news from the Olympic ticketing office is that tickets will be available again online 10th November through a lottery system, as used in Round 1 of ticket sales. This news affects anyone in China trying to buy tickets to attend the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.


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Sunday, November 04, 2007

Ticket Sale Update (4th November)

Unofficial technology sources in Beijing suggest that ticket sales will resume on Monday 5th November by reverting back to the lottery sales system used in Phase 1 of ticket sales.

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Saturday, November 03, 2007

Beijing Weather Controllers

With questions being raised about Beijing’s air quality for the Olympic Games in August, 2008, it is also to be expected that people are asking about the weather.

According to records Beijing has a 50% chance of rain during the Opening Ceremony on 8th August, 2008. In order to limit the chance of rain, Beijing’s weathermen have been experimenting with ways to bring the weather under control. In fact there are 26 weather modification test sites around Beijing where artificial methods are being used to disperse rain.

Rockets using silver iodine or liquid nitrogen as catalysts are fired high into the air to strike cumulonimbus clouds, therefore inducing rain before the clouds reach Olympic venues. It is said that the whole process does not pollute the environment.

Three lines of defence have been established around the National Stadium in zones of 20km, 60km and 100km out from the stadium.

Beijing experiences hot, humid summers influenced by the East Asian monsoons. Bad summer weather usually occurs during July and August, so the expertise of all weather forecasters and rain dispersers will be vital to keeping competitors and spectators dry.

A team of more than 30 experts has been pulled together to forecast weather for Beijing and the Olympic venues. Officials, coaches, venue managers and athletes will all be briefed on weather conditions.


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Thursday, November 01, 2007

Olympic ticket sales fail

Sale of Olympic tickets in Beijing has been stopped again! With the recommencement of ticket sales in Beijing on Tuesday the online computer systems crashed. Olympic fans could not buy tickets due to between 3.5 million and 8 million people trying to get online, depending on whose numbers you believe.

Telephone sales also failed due to overwhelming numbers of people congesting the lines! Banks were scenes of long queues of people scrambling to get tickets so they could also enjoy the Olympic Games.

At this point in time the official word has been that sales will resume again on 5th November. One can't help but wonder how things will be any different then!

***Ticket sales news! For people in China trying to access ticket sales through internet, telephone or bank outlets there will be further information announced on Monday 5th November.
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Monday, October 29, 2007

Beijing National Stadium

beijing olympic stadiumBeijing’s new National Stadium, also known as the Bird’s Nest, is a unique, world class and innovative building in its design and appearance. The designers from Swiss group Herzog and De Meuron, Arup Sport and China Architecture Design and Research Group, appear to have been inspired by nature when thinking about the stadium. The design will allow free flow of air around the stadium as well as protection from the wind and rain as needed.

The stadium will seat 91 000 people during the Olympic competition, where the main track and field events will be held. Olympic Opening and Closing ceremonies will also be held in the Beijing National Stadium. Restaurants, shops, cinemas, a health club and restrooms are all part of the stadium’s design.

110 000 tonnes of 110mm thick plate steel has been fitted together in such a way that the stadium is said to withstand earthquakes and be the world’s largest enclosed space.

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Sunday, October 28, 2007

Beijing Olympics Ticket Sales

Finally for those of us who have been desperately watching and waiting for Phase 2 ticket sales to begin here in China the wait is coming to an end!

Ticket sales commence on Tuesday 30th October at 9am.

Tickets that have not been allocated via the lottery method will be released on a first come first served basis on Tuesday. Tickets will be on sale until January 2008.

For more information, visit the 2008 Beijing Olympics Official site for information on Ticket Sales.

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Thursday, October 25, 2007

Sun Dong An Plaza Beijing

Sun Dong An PlazaLocated in the heart of central Beijing this well appointed shopping centre in Wangfujing has a large range of shops including FCUK, Espirit, U2, Jive Jeans, Tony Jeans, Swatch and Vero Modo. The famous and stylish Peninsula Hotel is almost opposite the plaza.

A range of food outlets including one or two of the famous western brands are available in the mall.

There is a cinema complex on the top floor and a kids gym in the basement.

Open 9am - 10pm
138 Wangfujing Dajie
Dongcheng District
Telephone: 5817 6688


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Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Beijing Fine Jewelers

Beijing fine jewellersSpecialising in custom made jewelry this business allows you to bring in photos of your favourite piece and have it made within two weeks of your ordering. Ready made jewelry in gold and silver featuring gems of many varieties is available. Be sure to wander up the many floors of jewelry, rather than stopping in the small front section of this large store. Those wanting more casual jewelry in local featuring local ceramics or beads will find a range of classic pieces on show.

Regular customers can ask for a VIP discount card.

Open 9.30am – 7pm
A6 Gongti Donglu (opposite the east gate of the Workers’ Stadium)
Chaoyang District
Telephone: 6592 7118

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Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Underground Line 5 Opening Delayed

beijing subway stationThe opening of the Line 5 Beijing underground system has been delayed. While it was to officially open last week, a recent visit to one of the line stations, Huixinxijiebeikou, confirmed that the trains are not yet running for the public on Line 5.


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Monday, October 22, 2007

The Place Shopping Centre Beijing

The place, BeijingLocated south of Landao Shopping Centre, The Place is on the road down toward the Silk Market. The huge electronic screen is certainly a landmark feature of this new mid to up-market shopping centre. Shopping in this relatively busy collection of shops is still a relaxed and enjoyable experience without the crowds of the nearby Silk Alley market or Landao shopping centre.

Labels represented include: Starbucks Coffee, Gant, Guess, Zara, Crocs, Jack Jones, Only, Vera Moda, Miss Sixty, Puma, Adidas and Ferrari.

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Saturday, October 20, 2007

China World Trade Centre (Guomao)

China World Trade CentreAlso known by some as China World Mall, this shopping centre offers a huge range of brand name shopping including Prada, Louis Vuitton, Loewe, Moschino, and Burberry. Other less expensive brands like Ports, Espirit, L’Occitane, Red Earth and BCBG are also available.

The décor is something comparable with many western shopping malls. Clean environment, air-conditioning, eating outlets and entertainment venues like the ice skating rink will make you feel right at home.

Open 9.30am – 10pm daily
1 Jianguomenwai Dajie
Telephone: 6505 2288

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Thursday, October 18, 2007

National Grand Theatre Beijing

National Grand TheatreBeijing’s long-awaited National Grand Theatre has arrived!

Jiang Zemin, the former Communist Party general secretary and state leader, has been a strong backer of this new entertainment venue in the heart of China’s capital.

Located immediately behind The Great Hall of the People, the National Grand Theatre appears to float on a pool of water. The building can be seen from many vantage points within the immediate city precinct. The design certainly stands in contrast to its surroundings and will be a point of interest and comment for decades to come.

The theatre is officially due to open in December but will be used for events leading up to that time.

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Wednesday, October 17, 2007

The Malls at Oriental Plaza Beijing

Oriental Malls BeijingThere must be something good in Oriental Plaza shopping centre judging by the hordes of people streaming in and out of the doorways! Among many other shops there are outlets for Apple, Bally, Bossini, Burberry, Espirit, Givenchy, H2O, Jack Jones, Max Mara, Only, Paul Smith, Sisley, Soda, Tag Heuer, Valentino and Vera Modo. Watson’s pharmacy and CRC supermarket can provide those every day type needs. If you venture over to Tower W3 you will even find Thai Airways Beijing branch to support your travel needs abroad.

Cinema theatres are another feature of this popular shopping mall, along with the usual Western style and Chinese fast food outlets.

Open 9.30am – 10pm daily
1 Dongchang’an Jie
Dongcheng District
Telephone: 8518 6363
www.orientalplaza

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Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Jimmy and Tommy Foreign Trade Fashion Club

Jimmy and Tommy, BeijingThose of you not finding the sizes you desire may be well advised to slip on down to Dongdaqiao Lu and seek out Jimmy and Tommy for a great range of clothes to suit those with large bones. You will find a large range of styles and sizes to suit many occasions with prices starting at 60 RMB. There are many brands available. Talk to the staff about your needs and they will do their best to help you out.

Those of you bored with shopping for clothing may find some interesting alternatives across the road or there is always the teashop next door!

Open 10am - 9.30pm
14 Dongdaqiao Lu
Chaoyang District
Telephone: 6591 1286

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Sunday, October 14, 2007

Spin Ceramics

Spin ceramics and artFor something special to give your family and friends take a look at the range of modern styled or traditional handicrafts at Spin across the street from the rear of Holiday Inn, Lido Hotel. You will find a range of cups, plates, jugs and other table ware from the home of China’s most famous ceramics in Jingdezhen. Products reflect both modern and traditional Chinese styles in delicate, eggshell green hues. An outlet of these classic ceramics is being opened in Prahran, Melbourne, Australia.

For those staying at or visiting Holiday Inn, Lido Hotel, walk out the back entrance of Lido Hotel, in an easterly direction, across the cross roads, past Eudora restaurant and bar on the corner, to find Spin on your right hand side of the street.

Open 10.30am – 9.30pm
6 Fangyuan Xilu,
Chaoyang District
Telephone: 6437 8649


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Saturday, October 13, 2007

3.3 Shopping Centre Sanlitun

Sanlitun 3-3 marketThis newly developed five floor shopping centre is the place to visit for many men’s and women’s boutiques. Clothes shoppers will find trendy higher priced shopping in a clean, air-conditioned environment. Additionally you will find shoes suited to those needing larger sizes.

Open from 12 noon – midnight
33 Sanlitun Beijie
Chaoyang District
Telephone: 6417 3333
www.3d3.cn

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Friday, October 12, 2007

Friendship Store Shopping

Beijing Friendship StoreWhile the stores date back to the early 1980’s they do provide a reasonable range of western oriented grocery shopping and wine supplies at prices to compete with other expat grocery shopping stores like Jenny’s, Jenny Lou and April Gourmet.

Other goods for sale will be marked at official prices in the Jingoumenwai Dajie store. While they assure quality, the prices are something to make you think twice about the need to buy. However, you will not have to bargain and they do arrange shipping. There is also a smaller Friendship Store in Sanlitun area on Sanlitun Beilu.

The foreign languages book section is worth a browse for both books and foreign newspapers and periodicals.

Open 9.30 am – 8.30pm
17 Jiangoumenwai Dajie
Telephone: 6500 3311

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Thursday, October 11, 2007

Chaowai Furniture Market

Chao Wai furniture marketIf furniture shopping is your thing then Chaowai is the place to start. Four floors of stalls filled with Chinese furniture from various eras, along with statues, bird cages, vases and other decorative items are available for the avid shopper.

Carpet buyers will also enjoy the Xingjiang carpet outlets found at the eastern end of the complex. Bargain to your hearts content in a non-pressured environment.

Open Mon – Fri 10am – 6pm and Sat – Sun 9am – 6pm.
43 Huawei Beili,
Chaoyang District
Telephone: 6770 6402

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Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Beijing Curio City

Beijing Curio City interiorWhile this shopping centre says that many of the products for sale are antiques it would be wise to assume they are not before committing to any particular purchase. Porcelain, teapots, furniture, jewelry and chinoiserie are among some of the things available in this multilevel shopping centre ‘around the corner’ from The Dirt Market (Panjiayuan).

Curio City (Antique City, as it is signed) on the south third ring road, is an easy walk from Chao Wai Furniture market, the glasses market and directly opposite the Beijing antique painting and calligraphy centre. There is so much to do and see in this area you could easily make a day or two of shopping just around this small area!

Beijing Curio City guardOpen 9.30am – 6.30pm daily
21 Dongsanhuan Nanlu
Chaoyang District
Telephone: 6774 7711

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