Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Listvyanka

For those of us in the northern hemisphere these photos will get us in a wintry mood, if we are not already snowed in.

Listvyanka

Listvyanka on the shores of Lake Baikal is one of the coldest places on earth in winter.

Listvyanka

Located 60km south east of Irkutsk, Listvyanka is the most popular spot for viewing Lake Baikal.

Listvyanka

To reach Listvyanka from Irkutsk take a taxi (1 hour), bus (90 minutes) or boat (1 hour) down the Angara River.

Activities in Listvyanka include hiking, mountain-biking and horse riding in summer; snow sauna and dog-sledging in winter. Numerous hotels cater for tourists.

Images © Daniel Allen

Monday, December 21, 2009

Irkutsk

Irkutsk, near the shores of Lake Baikal, 5,185km from Moscow is one of the largest towns in Siberia.

Irkutsk Cathedral

Known as "The Paris of Siberia" the city has many beautiful churches and an historic railway station on the Trans-Siberian Express route.

Image © Daniel Allen

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Saturday, December 19, 2009

Lake Baikal

Lake Baikal, the "Pearl of Siberia" is largest by volume freshwater lake in the world with an average depth of 744.4 m (2,442 ft). Lake Baikal holds roughly 20 percent of the world's surface fresh water.

Listvyanka Sunset

Temperatures plunge to well below freezing in winter.

Image © Daniel Allen

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Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Chilean Wine Tasting In Beijing

WineVineyard Wine Experience Shop is introducing some fine wines from Chile to China recently. We are pleased to invite you to join our free Chilean Wine Tasting event on Wednesday, Dec. 9th, 2009.
Time & Date: 7pm-9pm, Wednesday, Dec. 9th, 2009
Venue: Vineyard Wine Experience Shop, Shop1030, 3/F, Tower 10, Jianwai SOHO, Chaoyang District (Tel:51289169)

Wine List:
- CASAS DEL BOSQUE Gran Reserva Carmenere 2007 ¥458
- CASAS DEL BOSQUE Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 ¥318
- CARTA VIEJA G7 Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 ¥216
- CARTA VIEJA G7 Reserva Carmenere 2007 ¥216
- CARTA VIEJA G7 Reserva Shiraz 2007 ¥216
- CARTA VIEJA DF Merlot 2008 ¥135

Dressing Code: Smart Casual
Fee: FREE, 30% discounts on the tasted wine purchased that day
Registration: Please RSVP to vwe99mail[at]gmail[dot]com or send message to 13681290269 with your name and phone number.

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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Hilton Beijing Christmas Tree Lighting

Hilton Beijing Christmas Tree Lighting

Saturday 5th December
3 Storey Tree
Four meter long Hilton specialty Bouche De Noel log cake
Warm Gluehwien
Christmas goodies
Live entertainment
Caroling
Santa
Prepare to be merry....
From 6pm in the lobby
Free entrance

OR
Join the Christmas Tree Lighting Dinner Buffet @ Elements
150RMB per person, Children under 12 eat for free.

Call 010 5865 5020
1 Dong Fang Road
North Dong Sanhuan Road,
Chaoyang,
Beijing

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Saturday, November 21, 2009

Winter Snow in Beijing

The weather has turned decidedly wintry in Beijing.
Blue skies with lingering snow in Beijing on Twitpic

Evening temperatures are below freezing.

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Friday, November 20, 2009

Viva Now Photography Studio

November 21 - December 12, 2009 VivaNow Gallery. Patty Hudak will exhibit her black & white drawings.

Click on the image to enlarge it.


Viva

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Chinggis Beer

Chinggis Beer is the local brew in Mongolia, named, of course, after Mongolia's greatest hero, Genghis Khan (Chinggis Khaan).


Chinggis Beer

Chinggis Beer is brewed according to the regulations of the Reinheitsgebot - the historic German Purity Law. Enjoy and watch your steppe so you don't yurt yourself after you've had a few.

Chinggis Beer

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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

JZ Club Shanghai

JZ Club
46 West Fuxing Road
Tel: +86 21 6431 0269
上海市徐汇区复兴西

With live music daily and a great atmosphere, this is Shanghai's premiere jazz venue.

JZ Club

Image © Daniel Allen

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Thursday, November 05, 2009

The Beijing Kung Fu Show

Discount Kung Fu Show Tickets - Red Theater
At Diana’s Ticket Agency – The cheapest tickets in Beijing
Phone number: (+86) 13671369234
E-mail: bookingticket@hotmail.com

The Beijing Kung Fu Show
The Legend of Kung Fu

The Legend of Kung Fu follows the story of a young boy found wandering outside an ancient temple. Like every boy in China, he dreams of becoming a Kung Fu master. On the road to enlightenment the young monk encounters many difficulties and temptations.

The show has English subtitles shown above the stage to keep you informed of the story line. The actors do not speak, the show is all Kung Fu, dance and acrobatics. It is the fusion of modern dance with Chinese traditional arts which make this performance unique and spectacular.

The best Kung Fu practitioners from all over China have been found for this production and it shows on the stage. Their average age is just 17 years old! Additionally the costumes, set design and special effects are up to international standards, created by some of the best stage directors and designers in China.

The Legend of Kung Fu is produced by China's leading performance art production company, China Heaven Creation International Performing Arts.

Our Service: Pay cash in advance to reserve the best seats or you meet our staff at the Red Theatre ticket office 30 minutes before the show to pay cash and receive your tickets.

Show Time: Every evening at 7:30pm (the show lasts 1 hour, 20 minutes)

Venue: The Red Theatre

Address and Map:

The Red Theater, 44 Xing Fu Da Jie, Chongwen District
红剧场 (北京崇文区工人文化宫), 幸福大街44号

List prices before discount:

RMB 180: Green Zone
RMB 280: Purple Zone
RMB 380: Yellow Zone
RMB 680: Red Zone

Red Theater Kung Fu Show Discounted Ticket Price

2 RMB130 RMB190 RMB270 RMB540
3-4 RMB110 RMB180 RMB260 RMB500
5-9 RMB100 RMB170 RMB250 RMB480
10+ RMB90 RMB160 RMB240 RMB460


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Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Discount Acrobats Show Tickets - Chao Yang Theater

Discount Acrobats Show Tickets –
Chao Yang Theater
At Diana’s Ticket Agency – The cheapest discount tickets in Beijing
Phone number: (+86) 13671369234
E-mail: bookingticket@hotmail.com

The Chao Yang Theater is the best place in Beijing to see the extraordinary feats of Chinese acrobats. The highly skilled and highly trained acrobats here will astound you as they leap through hoops, twirl through the air suspended on ribbons of silk, spin plates and cups on rods suspended from their foreheads, and perform other amazing tests of physical skill.

Our Service: We can book the best seats for you, you can meet our staff at the Chao Yang Theater ticket office 30 minutes before the show to receive your tickets and be shown to your seats. Contact us via email or the telephone number listed above.

Times & Dates

The Chinese Acrobatics show begins at 7:15pm and ends at 8:30pm, nightly.

Venue


The Chao Yang Theater

Address and Map

No. 36 East Third Ring Road North
Chaoyang District

Age Recommendations/Requirements Ages Admitted

All Ages

Ages that would most enjoy this attraction

All Ages

Groups that would most enjoy this attraction

Couples, Families, Friends, Groups, Solo Travelers

Discounted Ticket Prices

2 people: RMB155 RMB255 RMB355 RMB555
3-4 People: RMB145 RMB245 RMB345 RMB545
5-9 People: RMB135 RMB235 RMB335 RMB535
10 People: RMB125 RMB225 RMB325 RMB525


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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Direct Flights From Beijing To Tokyo Haneda

Sunday 25 October saw the first Haneda (Tokyo)- Beijing flights linking the Japanese and Chinese capitals.

Previousy all direct flights were between Narita and Beijing Capital International Airport.

There are around 1300 flights annually between the two cities. Japan Airlines, All Nippon Airlines and Air China will operate daily services from Haneda which is nearer to downtown Tokyo than Narita International Airport in Chiba Prefecture.

Direct Flights From Beijing To Tokyo Haneda

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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Dalian Port

大連

Dalian is a major port on China's east coast for both freight and passenger traffic.

There are ferry services to Tianjin and Yantai and to Incheon in South Korea.

Dalian Port

Located on the Yellow Sea, Dalian is the most northern ice-free port in China. The port has been occupied in its history by Britain, Russia and Japan.

Dalian Port

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Monday, October 19, 2009

Seresin Wine Dinner

MJ Loza, Roombmk and Wine Republic invite you to an evening on Friday 23 October featuring the wines of Marlborough, New Zealand at Ullens Center For Contemporary Art (UCCA).

Seresin Wine Dinner, Beijing

UCCA is a non profit, comprehensive art center founded in Beijing by collectors Guy and Myriam Ullens in November 2007.

For more details telephone 010-58699038-115

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Sunday, October 18, 2009

Top Chefs in Beijing

World class chefs Alvin Leung, Mark Best, Peter Kuruvita and Stephane Tremblay will be cooking at the Westin Beijing Financial Street on November 5th.

Click on the image to enlarge

Top Chefs in Beijing


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Saturday, October 17, 2009

SMP Skatepark Shanghai

SMP滑板公园

SMP Skatepark in Shanghai is the world's largest skatepark.

SMP Skatepark Shanghai

The 12,000 square metre skatepark is part of the New Jiangwan City redevelopment of a former military airbase 12km from downtown Shanghai. The skatepark has the world's biggest vertical ramp, the world's biggest concrete skate bowl (with 360 degree full pipe) and a 5,000 capacity stadium.

SMP
2100 Songhu Lu
Zhabei
Tel: 021 5525 0901
Jiangwang Town Metro station on Line 3, then taxi.


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Monday, October 12, 2009

Beijing Zoo Station On Line 4

Beijing Zoo now has its own subway station after the opening of Line 4 in September.

Beijing Zoo Station On Line 4

The animal-theme murals are proving a hit with commuters and visitors to the zoo.


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Thursday, October 08, 2009

Albert Adria in Beijing

Albert Adrià of elBulli will be coming to Beijing with a team of chefs at the end of October.

Albert Adria in Beijing

Spain's elBulli has been awarded the title of the World's Best Restaurant by the prestigious Restaurant Magazine for the past four years, as well as in 2002. Led by manager Juli Solder; Chef Albert Adrià, the “ideologist” of elBulli; and Chef Ferran Adrià, frequently noted as the best chef in the world, elBullli offers the most sought-after dining tables in the world.

This October, celebrating the astounding impact these two culinary craftsmen and their restaurant have had on both Spain’s and the world’s cuisines, Albert Adrià will visit Beijing with his team of chefs to host four unforgettable gastronomic events.

Presenting book and DVD presentations, master classes, Q&A sessions, and meets and greets, together with a final guest-chef dinner, Albert Adrià, ”ideologist” of elBulli in Beijing, will be a must for industry professionals and passionate foodies alike.


Sunday, October 04, 2009

China Population Map

New maps or "cartograms" from Worldmapper graphically show the population density of China.
China has the world's largest population with a fifth of humanity living in The Middle Kingdom. The gray areas represent low population density.

The total population of China was estimated in 2008 at an incredible 1,330,044,544.

Click on the map to enlarge it.

China Population Map

© Copyright 2009 SASI Group (University of Sheffield)

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Saturday, October 03, 2009

Western Sichuan

The western part of Sichuan Province is known for its beautiful mountain scenery.

The foothills of the Himalayas rise here with peaks reaching up to 5,000m (16,400ft) and above.

Western Sichuan

The Hailou Gou (Conch Valley) glacier is at 3,720m and the area around Moxi Xiang, from where visitors can access the glacier, is inhabited by a large Qiang minority population. Sichuan's highest mountain is the 7,556m-tall Gongga Shan.

Western Sichuan

The area around Kangding is inhabibited by Khampa peoples, who are ethnically Tibetan and follow Tibetan Buddhism. Tibetan prayer flags flutter in the wind in the picture above.

Western Sichuan

Kangding has been an important trading center with Tibet since ancient times, with tea going west to Tibet in exchange for copper goods and wool.

© Images of China Daniel Allen

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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Revolutionary Classical Theme Restaurant

红色经典主题餐厅

For a "revolutionary" dining experience in Beijing, check out Chaoyang's Revolutionary Classical Theme Restaurant.


Revolutionary Classical Theme Restaurant

Enter through the Red Star-shaped doorway past the "Serve the People" (Wei Renmin Fuwu) banners and enter a retro revolutionary world. Wait staff are dressed as Red Guards and perform Mao-era songs and dances popular duing the Cultural Revolution (1966-76). It's karaoke chic with a political message.

Revolutionary Classical Theme Restaurant

The food on offer is simple and reminiscent of the fare available back in the 1970s. Most visitors are not really here for the cuisine. Older customers come for the Mao-ea nostalgia; the young visit for a peek at an almost forgotten past.



The Revolutionary Classical Theme Restaurant is a bizarre experience and definitely worth the long taxi trip out there. Photography is not encouraged and we were told to stop on a number of occasions as Red Guards barked out to put the camera away.

Revolutionary Classical Theme Restaurant

Revolutionary Classical Theme Restaurant
No. 266, Baijialou
outside Dongwuhuan
Chaoyang District
地址:朝阳区东五环外白家楼266号
Tel: 010 6574 8289; 6574 8290

Revolutionary Classical Theme Restaurant

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Saturday, September 19, 2009

Wine Tasting Events in Beijing

WineTop Cellar Wine Tasting
Where: The Orchard
When: 6pm, 20th September
Tel: 8403 4979
Email: sunny@ocdf.org
Cost: 350RMB
Funds raised will support Coal for Kids project
The evening includes a lucky draw and auction of sports and celebrity memorabilia

Wine Dinner with Jeremy Oliver
Wines: Henscke, Bass Phillip, Mount Langi, Yering Station wines
Where: Bei restaurant, Opposite House Hotel, Sanlitun
When: 7pm
Tel: 6410 5230
Email: info@beirestaurant.com
Cost: 1388RMB
Reservations required
Includes a six course meal prepared by Chef Max Levy and each course accompanied by two kinds of wines from the above wineries.

Wine Tasting Dinner
Wine Republic
Where: Black Sesame Kitchen
When: 7pm, 24th September
Tel: 136 9147 4408; 6403 5153
Email: blacksesamekitchen@gmail.com
Cost: 350RMB
Includes 10 - 15 wines from Australia's Yarra Valley to the Old World
Cocktail style dishes will be served

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Upcoming Wine Tasting Opportunities

WineVineyard Wine Experience Shop
Room 1030, 3/F Tower 10, Jianwai SOHO, 39 East Third Ring Road, Chaoyang District
September 16 an 23, 7- 9 pm
Tel: 51289169
Cost: 50 – 100RMB
This event includes snacks and three wines with a 30 minute introduction about the wines. Casual business attire requested.

Swiss Hotel, 66 Gongti Bei Lu, Chaoyang District
September 14, 4 to 7pm
Tel: 6461 2072
Cost: Free
La Raioja Alta Spanish wines from one of Spain's famous wine producing areas.

Chilean Embassy
1 Dong Si Jie, Sanlitun, Chao Yang District
Tel: 5165 5519
Cost: 188RMB

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Sunday, September 06, 2009

Tianjin Tower

The 368m-tall Tianjin Tower in Tianjin is a communication tower for TV and radio.

Tianjin Tower

The Tianjin Tower was completed in 1991 and has an observation floor and restaurant.

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Saturday, August 22, 2009

Hong Kong Weather

Rainfall is heavy in Hong Kong from early May until late September with temperatures around 30 degrees centigrade. Rainfall is lowest in the winter from November through February.


Weather in Hong Kong


Humidity is high during the summer months with frequent typhoons in the South China Sea bringing very strong winds and very heavy rain.


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Friday, August 21, 2009

Tianjin Eye

The Tianjin Eye in the port city of Tianjin. The gigantic ferris wheel is built on the Yongle Bridge over the Haihe River and is the only big wheel in the world built over a bridge.

The ferris wheel is 110 meters in diameter and 120 meters high. The 48 capsules can carry 8 people each creating a capacity of 768 passengers per hour. The full circle of the wheel takes 30 minutes.

Tianjin Eye

The Tianjin Eye was completed in April 2008 in time for the Beijing Olympics.

Tianjin Eye
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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Chippy Hong Kong

One great culinary experience that both Beijing and Hong Kong share is a British-style fish and chip shop. Beijing's version is Fish Nation in the Nanluoguxiang hutong, Hong Kong has Chippy not far from the Soho district near Central on Hong Kong Island.


Chippy Hong Kong

So if you are missing fish and chips, a full English breakfast or even a deep fried Mars bar or Apple Crumble, the Chippy can ease the ache.



The Chippy
Shop A, B/F
51 Wellington Street
Central
Hong Kong
China
Tel: 852 2523 1618

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Saturday, July 18, 2009

Orange Interior

The magnificent Orange art space in Sanlitun was designed by Kengo Kuma, a renowned Japanese architect and he has created a beautiful area with a 13m high ceiling and sliding doors opening on to the South Piazza of the Village.

Orange Interior


Orange Interior

The Village at Sanlitun
10/F, Zhong Yu Plaza, No. 6A Gongtibei Road,
Chaoyang District, Beijing 100027
Tel +8610 6417 6110

Friday, July 10, 2009

Coffee Culture in Beijing

Beijing's coffee culture is developing apace as the number of cafes in the Chinese capital increases.

Enjoy this slideshow of Sequoia, Costa and Nespresso cafes in Beijing.



Images © Daniel Allen


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Thursday, July 02, 2009

July Weather in Beijing

July and August are the two months with the most rain in the city and the time when the temperature can get up to around 38 degrees Centigrade, especially in July, which is Beijing's hottest month.




Temperatures begin to lessen slightly in August, due to Beijing's northerly location.

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Wednesday, July 01, 2009

New Beijing City Architecture

New buildings continue to mushroom in China's capital - some of the latest ones are cutting-edge and ecologically sound.



Noted examples are Sanlitun SOHO, a mixed-used commercial and residential project currently under construction opposite Sanlitun Village.

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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Hong Kong Symphony of Lights

The nightly Hong Kong Symphony of Lights on the skyscrapers of Central and Kowloon begins at 8pm and is best seen from the Kowloon side of Victoria Harbour.



The Symphony of Lights lasts from 8.00-8.20pm.

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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Jingshan Park Beijing

景山北京

Made from the earth excavated from the moat of the Forbidden City, Jingshan Park has some lovely views of the palace from its five artificial peaks each of which has a restored pavilion on top.




Jingshan Park gets particularly lively on weekends and is mainly a gathering place for older people and couples with children..

Jingshan Park is situated to the north of the Forbidden City palace and the nearest subway station is Dongsi.

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Monday, June 15, 2009

Western Style Sandwiches in Beijing

If you are pining for a western-style sandwich during your stay in Beijing, Element Fresh at The Village on the Sanlitun Road is the place to head for.

Western Style Sandwiches in Beijing

As well as authentic and delicious sandwiches, Element Fresh offers other western-style staples such as soups, steaks and wine.

Element Fresh

Element Fresh 三里屯 19 号, 三里屯 Village 南区 8 号楼 8-3-3 单元 S8-31, The VILLAGE at Sanlitun, 19 South Sanlitun Road Tel: 6417 1318
http://www.elementfresh.com/
Mon-Fri from 10am; Sat & Sun from 8am
Nearest subway stations: Dong Si Shi Tiao (Line 2); Tuan Ji Hue (Line 10)


© Beijing-Visior.com

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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

The Orange Sanlitun Beijing

The large multi-purpose space entitled The Orange is located in the heart of town at The Village in Sanlitun.

The Orange

Created by Kengo Kuma, a renowned Japanese architect, the function room has played host to a wide variety of events from movie premiers, art and fashion shows to new product launch parties.

Vivi Wang, Marketing Officer from Swire Properties said The Orange is a worthwhile feature in the village because it is consistent with The Village’s aim of trying to build a community where culture and art can be integrated into people’s daily lives.

The Orange

“The Orange is a space used for bringing the community closer together through experiencing art and culture. We want to make people like their visit here [at the Village]. And that is why we like to hold events that are opened to the public,” she said.

Indeed the space located in The Village South’s piazza offers a massive fully retractable, ground level front entrance that invitingly spills out into the adjacent quadrangle.

The Orange can hold a maximum capacity of between 400 to 500 people depending on the set up. She also added that the space is useful for banquets and conferences with a full equipped AV equipment system.

While the venue does not have a kitchen, Wang said there is a range of food and beverage stores on location as well as professional catering companies outside that people can utilise.

The feedback has been very positive. “Mainly people think it is a very cool place … different from other places because it is easy to change the environment. As a blank space, you can do whatever you want here. While it is totally orange on the outside, it is completely white inside.

“The 13 metre high ceilings mean you can hang pictures and decorations from the ceilings. When you decorate the space it becomes totally different. They think it is a very nice place to hold events because it is multi-functional,” Wang said.

Although Wang declined to inform us on the approximate costs of hiring out the venue, she said that most charities are able to use the space pro bono.

The Orange, Sanlitun

“We always support charities, not for profit organisations and environmental protection events so we will hire it to these organisations for free of charge."

The Village at Sanlitun is Swire Properties’ first development into mainland China as a shopping and restaurant precinct that is just a stone’s throw away from some of Beijing’s hippest night-time hangout spots.

General Manager of The Village, Tim Jones said that the Village wants to be known as more than just a shopping destination, but a place where people can enjoy the best in arts and culture. “Sanlitun has always been a cosmopolitan melting pot, mixing old and new, east and west, hip and bohemian and a world of diplomacy with a vibrant arts scene,” said Jones.

The recent photography exhibition South Africa Through the Chinese Lens showcases the attractions, people and culture of South Africa.

Ten of China’s top photographers travelled to South Africa and captured a diverse range of imagery which is now on display until June 10.

Address: 三里屯19号, 三里屯Village南区8号楼8-3-3单元S8-31, The VILLAGE at Sanlitun, 19 South Sanlitun Road

© Beijing-Visitor.com

Saturday, June 06, 2009

Kafkanistan Exhibition

Kafkanistan - tourism to Afghanistan...

Kafkanistan – is a world created by Austrian multi-media artist Lukas Birk and Irish ethnographer Sean Foley. It explores present day tourism to conflict zones in Afghanistan and neighboring countries. The name Kafkanistan was inspired by Kafka’s The Castle, a book whose protagonist journeys through a world unknown to him, full of rumors and misleading stories. He's never sure whom to trust or what to believe in.

Photos, Videos, Installations, Performance and many many stories are waiting for you in Kafkanistan.
For those of you with children - I am sure they will have fun too. If you don't mind them asking
why tourists would collect wolf shit in Afghanistan or visit gun factories...

Kafkanistan

www.anniart.com

www.kafkanistan.com

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Lukas Birk Workshops

Lukas Birk Workshops
Basic Photography & Photoshop - at The Hutong, Saturday 23th & Sunday 24th - 10.00 – 16.00, 880 RMB

BASIC PHOTOGRAPHY
short description
If you always wanted to know how your camera actually works its capabilities and limits - this class might be the right thing for you.
Get a handle on aperture, shutter speed and ISO and transform your images into exactly what you want them to be.
This workshops also covers a comprehensive introduction to Photoshop and how you can enhance the quality of your images with a few clicks.

more info can be found on lukasbirk.com/workshops

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Sights Unseen

Exhibition of Photographic Works by Visually Impaired People from China, Britain and Mexico
Beijing, 2009


SIGHTS UNSEEN (视•觉)
Visible feelings in a world unseen

Time:
10:15 a.m. Sunday 31st May 2009 (the exhibition closes at 8 p.m. the same day)

Venue:
Orange Hall, The Village, Sanlitun, Beijing (part of Affordable Art Beijing)

We cordially invite you to attend the opening of  "Sights Unseen", an exhibition of works by blind and partially sighted photographers from China, Britain and Mexico. The exhibition is the result of collaboration between the Beijing One Plus One Cultural Exchange Center, PhotoVoice (UK) and China Vision (UK).

Photography is a means of capturing a moment in time, while at the same time communicating our innermost thoughts to others. Through photography, every visually impaired person can discover hidden qualities, gain a greater self-awareness and express a new sense of freedom. Feelings of acceptance engender greater independence. Even without seeing the images they have produced, visually impaired photographers have a full understanding of what it is they want to express, using a totally new language to communicate their experience of the world around them Through a new technique of 'tactile diagrams', blind people can also experience real images translated into tactile form.

Beijing One Plus One Cultural Exchange Center is a Chinese NGO. It promotes information platforms and professional excellence, in order to strengthen the abilities of disabled people and engender social equality and integration. This exhibition is mainly a result of a photographic workshop run by two British facilitators from PhotoVoice, attended by eight visually impaired people in Beijing. In the future One Plus One will run extended workshops so that more visually impaired people in China can experience the power of photography.


Beijing One Plus One Cultural Exchange Center
26th May 2009

Please direct all enquiries to:
Maggie Sun, Xie Yan
Beijing One Plus One Cultural Exchange Center
Mob:1501 016 0219; 1390 129 5030
Phone:6725 9507-608; 6725 9507-604


附件: 活动地点 Location

The Village map

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Olympic Park Beijing

北京奧林匹克公園

The Olympic Green or Olympic Park in Beijing contains the main stadia and buildings of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, namely the Beijing National Stadium, the Beijing National Aquatics Center, the Beijing National Indoor Stadium, the Olympic Green Archery Field, the Olympic Green Hockey Field, the Olympic Green Convention Center, the Olympic Green Tennis Center, The Promenade, the Olympic Village and Ling Long Pagoda.

Olympic Park to Olympic Forest

Now the space is just like any other Beijing park - full of people practicing tai chi, playing music and relaxing. The Olympic structures still remain popular with Beijingers.

Listen to the sound of the Olympic Park Beijing


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Monday, May 25, 2009

ChinaMango

ChinaMango, a specialized gay and lesbian friendly travel service offering quality private tour guide services for the discerning traveler. ChinaMango can offer day and night tours, with standard sightseeing spots for the first time visitor, as well as locations off the beaten track More exotic possibilities include Chinese cookery classes, tai qi lessons, calligraphy and acupuncture, or surrounding places like Tianjin, Chengde (Imperial Summer Resort) and Pingyao (UNESCO World Heritage site). The program for each client is tailored to his or her needs, and discretion and reliability are assured.

ChinaMango

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Bolaven Plateau Southern Laos

The Bolaven Plateau in southern Laos is a poor, but fertile agricultural area known for its coffee plantations and spectacular waterfalls. Various coffee growing co-operatives are now established growing the coffee beans for domestic Cafe Lao and export abroad.

Phaxuam Cliff, Bolaven Plateau

The main ethnic group living in the Bolaven Plateau are the Laven people - Bolaven literally means the "home of the Laven".

Coffee beans, Bolaven Plateau

The Bolaven Plateau was heavily bombed during the Vietnam War and unexploded ordinance (UXO) is still being found and diffused.

Bolaven Plateau

The French first introduced coffee to the area when Laos fell under French colonial rule in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Bolaven Plateau

An area of fantastic, natural beauty the Bolaven Plateau is slowly escaping its grinding poverty with the help of fair trade initiatives and a nascent tourist industry.

Images © Daniel Allen

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