Beijing Enacts Strict Food Policy for APEC Hotels

Hotels that will play host to official guests during the upcoming Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) event in Beijing November 3-12 will be required to source their foodstuffs from 20 designated providers, state media reported Wednesday.

Beijing roast duck purveyor Quanjude was the only one of the 20 identified by name. An obvious choice given its history, although the Beijinger readers named Da Dong Roast Duck as their favorite in 2013 and 2014.


The Natural Path: Jet Set, Not Jet Lag

Travel, especially when crossing multiple time zones, can be exhausting. Everyone experiences jetlag a bit differently, but most people feel tired during the day and have trouble concentrating on mental tasks. Thankfully, several small steps can be taken to ease the transition.

Traveling east means losing time when you arrive at your destination, so try going to bed half an hour earlier every night for the week leading up to the flight. On the other hand, traveling in a westerly direction means gaining time, so go to bed half an hour later. For example, when I’m preparing to fly home from Beijing to Toronto (west), I should sleep and wake up 30 minutes later every day for a week until I’m going to bed around 2am.


Kiwi Coffee and Kai

Citee Golf Performance Centre in Shunyi is a super facility offering golf clinics, a driving range, and PGA coaching. Following a large-scale renovation, the center re-opened in July 2014. While the golf facilities are impressive, the reason for my recent visit was not to do with golf, more to do with the skills of their barista’s. From giraffe’s to teddy bears, your frothy coffee is guaranteed to taste exceptionally good and look great too. The center’s refurbishment included a brand new café called the Kiwi Café & Cellar, and the great thing is you don’t need to be playing golf to enjoy the café. They serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner and you can choose to dine in, take out, or make the most of their delivery service. The café is well appointed, with plenty of seating, so you can just sit back and relax whilst watching the players on the range do all the hard work.


Robinhood Tickets Available

Tickets are now available for Beijing Playhouse's production of Robin Hood, a Christmas musical comedy running December 5-21. As usual, the Beijing Playhouse promises an interactive family-friendly experience as audience members are invited to cheer and hiss as characters of the Sherwood Forest rob from the rich and give to the poor at Christmas. As always, Beijing Playhouse’s rendition of the play promises to be family friendly, offering appeal to children and adults alike.


Intense Smog Expected in the Coming Days

October has been an unusual month to say the least, one day it’s blue skies then the next is totally can’t see right in front of my nose situation. The National Meteorological Center has warned that moderate to intense levels are to be experienced for the next few days till Sunday according to China Daily.


Take It Slow: Two families talk about traveling and hosting with Airbnb

The Hosts: The Li-Gloege Family
Jing Li is originally from Beijing. Now based in New York City with her husband Gabriel Gloege and their 2-year-old son, Tristan, she and her family visit Beijing every summer and frequently stay at Airbnb properties when they travel. They were also hosts until earlier this year, when Airbnb became embroiled in legal disputes with the city of New York. Though their listing is currently offline, Li fondly describes her experience as a host.


A Growing Legacy: ISB Roots & Shoots Projects

Roots & Shoots (R&S) believes in youth and their power to change the world into a better place. Children around the world form R&S groups in order to take on projects, dealing with three main topics: Environment, Animals, Community. Last week's blog covered the preparations by Beijing City International School (BCIS) for the R&S International School Summit to be held on November 13, 2014 at Western Academy of Beijing (WAB) .

This week we will focus on the International School of Beijing (ISB) and the achievements that they are planning on presenting to Jane Goodall at the Summit.


Tiger Tales: WAB Marks its 20th Anniverssary

Last weekend, Western Academy of Beijing (WAB) parents, alumni, former faculty, current staff and faculty, and the extended WAB community were invited to join WAB’s 20th anniversary celebration. During the event, guests were taken on a journey across the WAB campus, where people shared stories of their best WAB memories and celebrated the accomplishments of the school over the years. Recently, we spoke to two 20-year WAB veterans to find out what the school was like back in the day. See the interviews here. This time around, 18-year WAB veteran Lynne McCone shares her own Tiger tale. McCone currently teaches Grade 2 through Grade 5 beginner English and is the elementary school English as an additional language (EAL) head of department.

How has WAB changed over the years?
The change from the "factory" site behind Ikea to the Shunyi campus has been a massive one for those of us who have been here almost since the beginning, almost like a fairy tale. To have been part of that physical change; to have been asked, alongside other members of the WAB staff, to put forward ideas about a new teaching environment was an interesting task. I am proud to have been part of those changes at WAB. The numbers of students and staff has changed as well. Once we were a small community, where we all knew each other and worked and played together! Now, we are four campuses and it is hard to know everyone. That is one of the biggest changes and challenges we face.


Halloween Etiquette: Tips to Embracing the Festivties

Halloween is either very loved or very hated, the number of people in-between can be considered almost extinct. The parties lined up in the town can be found here, if the beijingkids 8th Halloween Costume Party conflicts with your schedule (there is still space for the Sunday morning session). Halloween might be very new to some as this might be the first time celebrating it, so here are some tips to help you and your family have fun and looking forward to others.


Travel Prep 101, Part 3: Plane and Simple

This is the final part of a three-part feature. For part 1 (weighing your options), click here. For part 2 (Qu Nu'er), click here.


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