Looking for a Halloween Costume?
Halloween, or Wansheng Jie (万圣节), is upon us again, so dress yourself and your little ones up in something perfectly frightening. To make sure you get your costume sorted before darkness falls, we’ve found Beijing’s best go-to-places for your getup.
Alien Street Market
Find all manner of bizarre and kitschy trinkets with which you can adorn your costume. The market stocks plastic swords, feather scarves, multicolored wigs and has a notable fur collection.
Laofanjie Shichang, Yabao Lu (south of Fullink Plaza), Chaoyang District
Beta Costume Rentals
Avoid adding more clutter to your kid’s wardrobe and rent a costume instead. This online rental store has a vast collection, ranging from Grim Reaper costumes to full Hello Kitty regalia. Prices range from RMB 60-150.
Daily 8.30am-6pm. (6844 4222) www.beeta.cn (Chinese only)
Offers a range of costume rentals for adults and kids. This store’s downtown location makes it particularly good for picking up a costume or two on your way home from the office. Prices range from RMB 50-100.
Mon-Sat 9am-6pm. 17/F, Bldg 5, Wanda Plaza, Chaoyang District. (5979 8013, ask for Miss Du) www.fuzhuangzulin.com寰润, 万达广场5号楼17层
For kids’ costume sets, particularly Disney-themed ones, this is your place. Capes and masks to fit adults are also available.
Daily 9am-7pm. 701 Pinnacle Plaza, Tianzhu Real Estate Development Zone, Shunyi District. (8046 4572) 顺义区天竺房地产开发区荣祥广场701号
Tot to Teen
This moderately priced clothes store stocks wands, butterfly wings and other assorted fancy dress options for the kids.
Daily 9am-7pm. 703 Pinnacle Plaza, Tianzhu Real Estate Development Zone, Shunyi District. (8046 4419)
New Principal at Beijing World Youth Academy
Beijing World Youth Academy welcomes new AcademicPrincipal Shane O’Day to the school community. O’Day hails from the US and is a certified Principal with an advanced degree in educational leadership as well as an MBA. O’Day comes to Beijing via Malaysia with his wife Christine Burns, who teaches IB Business and Management as well as serving as the University Counselor at BWYA.
The British School of Beijing Welcomes New Head of Secondary
Robert Hewett has recently started as the new Head of Secondary at BSB. He’s been teaching for 11 years, but his prior history includes stints as a scientist, engineer, combat soldier and captain in the Royal Engineers and British Army. Hewett loves the outdoors and ventures out to Beijing’s lakes and mountains as often as he can.
Cambridge "Top in China" Award goes to YCIS Beijing Student
Yew Chung International School of Beijing student Louis de Maistre received a Brilliance Award, recognizing him as "Top in China" in French, after completing the Cambridge June 2010 International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) exam. Candidates from over 150 countries enter the Cambridge examinations each year.
Dulwich Students Achieve the Highest Score in China
Congratulations to the following students who achieved the highest scores in China after sitting the Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) in June: Haining Wang (English Language and Geography),Rebecca Chang and Lisa Koh (English Language).
Known as the Chinese Oprah, media mogul Hong Huang has set out to dismantle all negative associations with the phrase "Made in China." The result is Brand New China (BNC), a fashion and design concept store located in Sanlitun Village North. Was it difficult for her to fill an entire store with high-quality, domestically produced wares? Apparently not. With items from over 150 designers in the mix, BNC successfully showcases the variety of China, from the modern and kitschy (NLGX, Plastered T-shirts, mkrt) to high-fashion elegance (Vega Zaishi Wang, Non Season, He Yan). A modest range of home furnishings and accessories further jazzes up their selection. For a more traditional Chinese flavor, turn to Huang Yichuan’s delicate jewelry (RMB 1,300-3,000) based on Ming dynasty blue-and-white porcelain. The children’s clothing brand Tang’ Roulou (formerly known as Xiao Fu Xing) can also be found here. Their beautifully intricate Chinese-inspired creations will spoil any child. The store’s factory appearance indicates that BNC, just like China’s fashion industry, is still in the making. But the quality of stock within proves that Chinese designers will establish their place in the world in no time. Tiffany Wang
Daily 11am-7pm. NLG-09A, B1/F, Sanlitun Village North, 11 Sanlitun Beilu, Chaoyang District (6416 9045)
365 China Photo (www.rayallychina.com) is a photo blog run by father and graphic designer, Ray Ally. His photo-a-day journal depicts his day-to-day life in Beijing, with some very candid accounts of the trials and tribulations of parenthood. Ray’s blog has been going on ever since New Years’ Eve of December 2008. The best part? You don’t need a VPN to access it.
And the Winners Are …
Congratulations to Vida, Thomas and Fiang. These lucky people are the winners of last month’sbeijingkids Roald Dahl book giveaway. Happy Reading!