Global financial crisis got you down? Well, we can’t prop up your dwindling investments, but we can start a conversation about what everyone’s doing with their money these days. So come, all ye financial voyeurs. How do Beijing families approach saving and spending? How much does it cost to splurge on the high life in the capital? Can you really squirrel away a lot of cash without giving up precious luxuries?
Five Beijing families – expats and locals – share their financial philosophies as well as their budgets in the latest beijingkids.
Of course, belt-tightening doesn’t mean cutting out all the pleasures in life. In our brand new Living section, Adam Pillsbury recommends Richang for a family outing and explains why Café de la Poste is worth hiring a babysitter for the night. Belle Zhao finds out whether custom-tailored hair care really delivers glossy, healthy locks.
Elsewhere in the issue, the experts weigh in on what to do about spoiled kids. Imogen Kandel explores Traditional Chinese Medicine and tells you how it’s different from Western medicine – and what you need to know before signing up for a cupping session. Jessica Pan gets up close and personal with Daily Telegraph correspondent Richard Spencer about his experiences reporting in China and balancing family life with work.
Spring is in the air (well, almost), so pack the kids in the car or subway and head out to the Legation Quarter. Stroll through the neighborhood of traditional Chinese architecture, tour the 300sqm model of the city at Beijing Planning Exhibition Hall, and stop by some of the city’s top restaurants. Prefer to have fun without breaking a sweat? Check out Jackie Yu’s primer on bowling in Beijing.
If you’re ready for a relaxing getaway, just follow our three-day itinerary for the perfect weekend in Hong Kong. From cheap flights and convenient hotels to dim sum and marine parks, the island provides family-friendly fun with minimal hassle.
Look out for easy, delicious recipes from top chefs, BSB teens debating coolness, an astronaut’s visit to Harrow, artwork from BCIS students, and more!