iPhone 6 to Launch in Beijing October 17

It's time once again for breakfast at Taikoo Li: the Apple faithful will be lining up in front of the Sanlitun Apple Store and its three other retail outlets on October 17, as the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have been approved officially for sale in China and will go on sale then. 

The latest version of the groundbreaking smartphone arrives in Beijing 38 days after it went on sale in the US, Hong Kong, and other major markets. The China launch was delayed as the phone waited for regulatory approval from the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, and not, as some sources had suggested, anger over mobile service providers in China giving the game away early by offering iPhone pre-orders with official photos of both models prior to its launch on September 9.


From Our Archives: Si’de Park and Beyond

After hours of combing through our archives, we feature some places worth a visit over the holiday period to get the most out of Beijing before the cold has us shuddering at the thought of having to go outside. These places are action packed and hopefully the weather and air quality index permit a day out. Avoid the crowds at places like Tiananmen as even walking 200 meters will take an eternity.

It’s no secret that autumn is one of the best times to be in Beijing. Though the days are winding down, there are still plenty of opportunities to enjoy some outdoor fun. Tucked away in the northeast of Beijing between the Airport Expressway and the Fourth Ring Road, the area around Si’de Park in Lido is ripe for exploration. The presence of several hotels, international schools, and foreign companies make this a popular spot for expat families. Though small, this diverse and laid-back neighborhood is dotted with restaurants, cafes, and shops.


On the Bench: Western and TCM approaches to treating sports injuries (Part 1)

This article has been divided into two parts with this first part being an introduction to the sports injuries and the next part will feature common types of injuries and how each is treated differently.

Sports injuries are common but preventable. Risk can be minimized by warming up before any physical activity; this increases blood flow to the muscles and loosens up the body. It’s also important to stop an activity when you reach the point of fatigue; muscle fatigue takes away the body’s protective mechanisms and increases the risk of injury.

Overuse injuries are common when you throw yourself into an activity you haven’t done in a while. Get the relevant muscles used to working again by doing lighter exercises for the first few weeks. For instance, if you’re training for the Beijing Marathon, it’s advisable to increase your mileage by no more than 10 percent per week.


Zian Print and Graphics Turns 3

Two years ago, I wrote about a little shop called Zian Print and Graphics in Fangjia Hutong for the magazine. I still think about the missed opportunity to buy a framed, turn-of-the-century original front section of a French newspaper depicting the Boxer Rebellion – complete with color illustrations of men in queues and Chinese dress. At RMB 600, it was a bargain.

Luckily, October will be a great month to revisit the shop. Throughout the month, customers who spend RMB 300 or more will receive a commemorative gift in honor of Zian's third anniversary.


From Our Archives: China Science and Technology Museum

After hours of combing through our archives, we feature some places worth a visit over the holiday period to get the most out of Beijing before the cold has us shuddering at the thought of having to go outside. These place are action packed and hopefully the weather and air quality index permit a day out. Avoid the crowds at places like Tiananmen as even walking 200 meters will take an eternity.

Enormous not only in size, but also in educational fun, the China Science and Technology Museum 中国科技馆 will satisfy the thinker in children and adults alike. You can easily spend up an afternoon walking through four themed floors and nine different galleries. Once you've had your fill of the museum itself, check out the massive children's play center  Science Paradise. Containing countless hands-on exhibits and displays, the museum provides children with a healthy mix of information and entertainment that will leave them wanting to know more. Mind-boggling exhibits and topics on the third and fourth floors can even kindle the Einstein in parents as well. Perfect on cold and dreary winter's day, the museum is a fun indoor haven for the whole family.


The Doc Is In: Greener Pasteurs

Beijing's Animal Markets and “Week Long Dogs”

The end of summer in Beijing is traditionally associated with a wave of newly relocated families that have moved to China during the season. The frenetic period of finding a home, enrolling the kids into school, navigating the city and settling into life eases into daily routines and a comforting sense of familiarity. The one remaining aspect of truly making a house into a home is the addition of a pet.


Big Kids: BSB Mom Shares Sons' First Day

For the last month, we’ve had the chance speak with moms from international schools about their sons and daughters experiences either attending a new school in Beijing or coming to school for the first time. This week, we talk to British School of Beijing (BSB) mom, Clara Motsis, who shares her sons', Tshenolo and Otlotleng, first day of school story. The family hails from South Africa and the boys attend BSB’s Shunyi campus in Grade 1 and Grade 5 respectively.

Were your sons scared to come to school?
Both of them were very excited to start the new school. The excitement was brought about primarily by the warm reception that we received from the British School of Beijing (BSB) Shunyi’s Admissions Team on our first visit to BSB. When our children saw the facilities, they began to look forward to their first day. They have enjoyed their stay at the BSB since their first day. The school provides a different learning environment to them and our involvement as parents makes it more exciting for them every day.


LAYmans' Chronicles: Get Ready for Guardians of the Galaxy

I only had one wish this summer with respect to movies and that was to watch Marvel’s latest offering of Guardians of the Galaxy when we visited the USA. Alas, we returned to Beijing before the much-anticipated film arrived. Thinking the release dates might have aligned, we checked the listings only to find it absent on screens in Beijing. September rolled by with no news, until now. On 10 October, Guardians will open in Beijing. I don’t think I’ve been this excited about a science fiction offering since the Matrix, and this promises to be a lot more family friendly.


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