Dulwich College Beijing will host piano star Helen Lin, voted one of the top eight musicians in the world by the Web Concert Hall International Competition in 2003, on May 12 at 7pm at the Legend Garden Campus. Tickets are on sale at the Legend Garden Campus reception – seats are limited. Visit http://helenlinpiano.weebly.com for more details about Helen Lin.
Due to the chaos of the auto show, the springtime cashmere sweater sale at Clicia’s Designs and Shayne’s Treasures was postponed from last week to this week. Be sure to stop by to see what the infamous “cashmere guy” has in season for you, items ranging from RMB 300-600, Thursday, May 3 from 1-4:30pm.
Also at this sale location will be Tai Tai’s Desert Diamonds, now set in silver – just in time for Mother’s Day (don’t forget, it’s May 13!). Enjoy 20% off of the website’s listed prices (www.desertdiamondsco.com).
It’s impossible to ignore the rattling we all experienced of Saturday morning at 6:15 a.m. – we were awakened with a loud boom followed by no more than five seconds of tremors. An earthquake? Explosion? Sonic boom? No pictures on the walls were tilted, and nothing on tabletops fell over and broke. People from the Pinnacle Plaza area, to Beijing Riviera, even to Wangjing heard or felt it, but nobody seemed to know for sure what it was. Some online reports indicate that it was, indeed, a low level earthquake (I’d prefer to believe that, actually). Others worried about nuclear testing or other devastating possibilities, but without anything being “officially” reported, there was plenty of speculation and no real answers.
Let me end this update by saying YEA!!! Today’s the last day of the auto show!! Tomorrow’s driving should be a relative breeze (unless there is tear-down construction to remind us of the inconvenience). It was a short amount of time, actually, and you city dwellers are probably thinking we just whine out here in Shunyi with our little bit of extra traffic. However, the absence of traffic issues was likely one big draw of living out in the suburbs in the first place, and the lack of civil engineering prepared to deal with such traffic and parking needs of a huge exposition center is just beyond our understanding. I feel sorry for the businesses that suffered from the show – the congestion kept regular customers away, while expo attendees didn’t come to patronize their eateries and stores. Anyway, school activities are back to normal soon and we can all rest easy for the next two years before it descends upon us again. Yea!
Photo by mararie of flickr.