Sunday, July 29, 2007

Beijing Restaurants

Beijing Restaurants

Beijing has over 50,000 restaurants. Recent winners of ‘That’s Beijing’ 2007 Reader awards include the following:

Da Dong Roast Duck (best Beijing duck)
Classy décor and great food – make reservations!
1) Building 3
Tuanjiehu Beikou
East Third Ring Road
(south east corner of Changhong Qiao)
Chao Yang District
Telephone: 65822892
Open 11 am to 10pm

2) Building 1 – 2,
Nanxincang Guoji Dasha,
A22 Dongsishitiao,
Dongcheng District
Telephone: 5169 0329
Open 11am to 11pm

Taj Pavilion (won best Indian restaurant)
1) 3/F Holiday Inn Lido,
Jiangtai Lu,
Shoudu Jichang Lu,
Chaoyang District
Telephone: 6436 7678, 6437 6688 ext 3811
Open 11.30 – 2.30pm, 6 – 10.30pm

2) 1/F West Wing China World Shopping Mall
(next to KFC)
Chaoyang District
Telephone: 6505 5866

Annie’s Café (won best Italian)
1) 16 Dongsanhuan Lu
(next to CD Jazz Club)
Chaoyang District
Telephone: 6503 3871
Open 11am – 11pm

2) A1 Nongzhan Nanlu
(near west gate of Chaoyang Park)
Chaoyang District
Telephone: 6591 1931
Open 11am – 11pm

3) West of Soho New Town
88 Jainguo Lu
Chaoyang District
Telephone: 8589 8366
Open 11am – 11pm

4) Jiuxianqiao
Jiangtai Lu
Shangye Jie
Chao Yang District
Telephone: 6436 3735

Hatsune (best Japanese)
2F Heqiao Building C
8A Guanghua Lu
Chaoyang District
Telephone: 6581 3939
Open 11.30 – 2pm, 5.30 – 10pm

Han Na Shan
(Over 20 of these popular Korean BBQ restaurants can be found around Beijing)
8 Huayuan Donglu
(near Guo’an theatre)
Haidian District
Telephone: 8203 7888/6886
Open 10am – 11pm

Café Sambal (best Malaysian/Singaporean)
(bookings advised)
43 Doufuchi Hutong (east of Jiugulou Dajie)
Xicheng District
Telephone: 6400 4875
Open noon – midnight

Din Tai Fung (best Shanghai)
1) 24 Xinyuanxili Zhongjie
Chaoyang District
Telephone: 6462 4502
Open Mon – Fri: 11.30 – 2.30pm, 5 – 10pm
Sat – Sun: 11am – 10pm

2) 6/F Shin Kong Place
China Central Place
87 Jianguo Lu
Chaoyang District
Telephone: 6533 1536

South Beauty (best Sichuan)
Popular for spicy food and waitstaff
Found in many locations including:
1) 68 Anli Lu (near Olympic Park, Ya Yun Cun)
Sunshine Plaza
East door
Chaoyang District
Telephone: 6495 1201
Open 11am – 10.30pm

2) Across from International Hotel
Chaoyang District
Telephone: 6518 7603
Open 11am – 10pm

3) Kerry Centre Mall
North B1
Chaoyang District
Telephone: 8529 9458
Open 11am – 11pm

4) 3/F Pacific Century Place
Gongti Beilu
Chaoyang District
Telephone: 6539 3502
Open 11am – 11pm

5) China World Shopping Centre
1 Jianguomenwai Dajie
Chaoyang District
Telephone: 6505 0809
Open 11 am – 10pm

Purple Haze (best Thai)
Opposite the north gate of the Workers’ Stadium in the small alley behind the ICBC Bank,
Chaoyang District
Telephone: 6413 0899, 8774 6387
Open 11am – 1am

Red Rose (best Xinjiang)
7 Xingfu Yicun alley
(opposite Workers’ Stadium North Gate)
Chaoyang District
Telephone: 6415 5741
Open 11am – 11pm

S’Silk Road (best Yunnan)
(Super hip restaurants opened by a Beijing based artist)
1) 2-3/F, North Building 4, (near Olympic park, Ya Yun Cun)
Area 2, Anhuili,
Chaoyang District
Telephone: 6481 3261
Open 12.30pm – midnight

2) 12 – 13, 19A Shichahai Qianhai Xiyan,
Xicheng District
Telephone: 6615 5515
Open noon – 10pm

3) 3/F, Building D,
Soho New Town,
88 Jianguo Lu,
Chaoyang District
Telephone: 85804286

Din Tai Fung (best Dim Sum)
(famous around the world for their delicious dumplings)
Open Mon – Fri 11.30am – 2.30pm, 5 – 10pm; Sat – Sun 11am – 10pm
1) 24 Xinyuanxili Zhongjie,
Chaoyang District
Telephone: 6462 4502

2) 6/F, Shin Kong Place,
China Central Place,
87 Jianguo Lu,
Chaoyang District
Telephone: 6533 1536

The Tree (best Pizza)
43 Sanlitun Beijie (100 metres west of Sanlitun North Bar street, Youyi Youth Hostel, behind Poachers Inn)
Chaoyang District
Telephone: 6415 1954

Morel’s (best Steak)
(bookings advised)
1) Gongti Beilu,
Opposite Worker’s Gymnasium north gate
NW corner of Chunxiu Lu,
Chaoyang District
Telephone: 6416 8802
Open Tue – Sun 11am – 2.30pm, 5.30 – 10.30pm

2) 1/F East Block,
27 Liangmaqiao Lu,
Chaoyang District
Telephone: 6437 3939
Open Tue- Sun 11.30 – 2.30pm, 5.30 – 10.30pm

Pure Lotus
1) Inside Zhongguo Wenlianyuan,
10 Nongzhanguan Nanlu,
Chaoyang District
Telephone: 6592 3627, 8703 6669
Open 11am – 11pm

2) 3/F Holiday Inn Lido,
Jiangtai Lu
Chaoyang District
Telephone: 8703 6668, 6437 6288
Open 9.30am – 10pm

Bellagio (best late – night dining)
(stunning shaved ice deserts)
1) 6 Gongti Xilu,
South of the Gongti 100 Bowling Alley,
Chaoyang District
Telephone: 6551 3533
Open 11am – 4am

2) 35 Xiaoyun Lu,
Beside Kiss Disco,
Chaoyang District
Telephone: 8451 9988

3) 6/F Shin Kong Place,
87 Jian Guo Lu,
Chaoyang District
Telephone: 6530 5658

The Courtyard (best for a date)
95 Donghuamen Dajie,
(north of Donghuamen parking lot at the Forbidden City)
Dongcheng District
Telephone: 6526 8883
Open 6pm – 9.30pm

Aria (best wine selection)
2/F China World Hotel,
1 Jianguomenwai Dajie,
Chaoyang District
Telephone: 6505 2266 ext38, 6505 3318
Open 11.30am – 2.30pm, 6 – 10pm, bar 11am – midnight

Alameda (best service, best restaurant)
Sanlitun Houjie (beside Nali Mall)
Chaoyang District
Telephone: 6417 8084
Open Mon – Sun noon – 3pm, 5 – 10.30pm

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Thursday, July 12, 2007

Beijing Modern Architecture

Beijing is fortunate to have some fascinating examples of ancient buildings dating back hundreds of years, thus allowing us to have more insight into the history of China, and particularly the life of China's emperors.

However, Beijing is not just famous for its ancient historical buildings such as The Forbidden City and the Great Wall. More recently Beijing has incorporated dynamic examples of modern architecture into its urban landscape.

CNOOP Building

Driving along the east 2nd Ring Road (Dong Er Huan Lu) offers a range of interesting examples of modern architecture surrounded by beautiful roadside landscaping and gardens.

Olympic Media Center

Examples such as the new Poly Plaza building, Beijing Olympics Media Centre and CNOOP building all stand out.

Olympic Garden 2nd Ring Road

If you take the time to walk around the small Olympic Park area (identifiable by its tall gold flame surrounded by a gold ring) you will have opportunities to see these buildings close up, as well as visit a small mosque tucked away behind the small Olympic Park.


Walking further south along the 2nd Ring Road will give you a chance to have a coffee in Starbucks found inside The China Resources Building at No. 8 Jianguomenbei Avenue, on the west side of 2nd Ring Road.


Other interesting buildings include the new Beijing Opera House by French architect Paul Andreu behind the Great Hall of the People. It is a dome shaped building surrounded by a moat of water which you walk under to enter the building.

Olympic Media Center

Finally, another fascinating building would have to be the unfinished CCTV Tower being built on the East Third Ring Road with its leaning towers that will join when finished.

Government office tower

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Friday, July 06, 2007

Beijing Street Signs

Beijing street signage is written in both Chinese characters and English.

Beijing street sign

Street signs are blue and white.

Beijing Metro sign

Metro signs are also blue and white.

Beijing post box

The post boxes are green. 外埠 is for mail sent outside Beijing; 本埠 is for Beijing mail.

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