American Katherine Laing Chen is the Communications Manager at Western Academy of Beijing. Her husband Dan Cheng-ta Chen, originally from Taiwan, is a design architect at Atelier FCJZ. They have been living in the capital for the past eight months with their 8-year-old daughter Charlotte. They took time out to clue us in on their favorite Beijing haunts. Kara Chin Would you like to share your Beijing Favorites? E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Best Place to Celebrate
The Schoolhouse at the Great Wall in Mutianyu.
Favorite Way to Relax
Making popcorn at home and watching a movie.
Kids Beg to Go
To Paris Baguette in Upper East Side.
Lazzy Café in Wudaoying is perfect for date night.
Favorite Family Restaurant
Din Tai Fung
Exploring Beijing’s historic sites. We’ve just "discovered" the Temple of Heaven.
Favorite Shopping Spot
Origin at Beijing SciTech Premium Outlet Mall for clothes, and Sattva Gallery in
Wudaoying for art.
798 Art District
Yogurt-flavored ice cream from Cold Stone Creamery.
On the weekends, we brunch at Element Fresh in Lido before stopping by Spin Ceramics next door. Then we stroll home.
The arcade games at Chaoyang Park.