Try Strange New Foods at Donghuamen Night Market
Located just west of Wangfujing’s pedestrian street, this market hawks chicken skewers and candied strawberries for more conservative snackers and grasshoppers and scorpions on a stick for the more daring. For details, see Directories under Fun Stuff.
Take a Fashion Design Class
Irene Lu, a costume maker, stylist and designer, is teaching a fashion design class for teens at Atelier during the first three weeks of July. Participants will upcycle an old pair of jeans into something practical and fashionable. For details, see Events (p13).
Assert Your Independence
Whether you’re American or just want to celebrate like one, the 4th of July is the time to get your party on. Celebrate early on July 2 with AmCham China or a day late on July 5 with The Hutong. For details, see Events (p12).
Ready, Set, Read!
Many kids experience a lapse in reading skills over the summer. From July 1-19, Eliott’s Corner will lead one-hour reading sessions for children aged 4-8. The program is led by Educational Psychologist Dr. Jacqueline Wolf, who specializes in strategies for learning differences, dyslexia and ADHD. For details, see Events (p12).
Visit the Summer Palace
Since the time of dynasties, the Summer Palace was a destination for Chinese royals wishing to escape the summer heat. Relive history while strolling through lush gardens and ornate pavilions, or cross over bridges to gaze at Kunming Lake. This popular tourist destination becomes crowded on the weekends, so take a day trip during the week to unwind like royalty. See Directories under Fun Stuff.
Beat the Heat at Water World
Beijing in the summer isn’t always pleasant, but an excursion to a water park can help. The newly-renovated Water World in Qingnianhu Park features slides and pools for families to swim and play in. See Directories under Fun Stuff.
Hey, Hey! You, You!
Get your heart pumping with Heyrobics, the Swedish workout craze that is continuing to hold classes all summer long. Get active with sprints, pushups, jumps, and more – for free. For more information, see Events (p12).
Refresh at Lama Temple
The Lama Temple houses a treasury of Buddhist art. Attractions include a 25m tall Buddha carved from sandalwood and Tibetan-style architecture. Plus, it’s just a stone’s throw away from popular Wudaoying Hutong and Guozijian. See Directories under Fun Stuff.
Hear the Children Sing
Inspire yourself and your kids by listening to children with superb musical talent.The Children’s Chorus of Washington, one of the best children’s choral ensembles in the US, will perform at the Forbidden City Concert Hall on July 25. For details, see Events (p12).
Be Amazed at Chaoyang Theatre
Every night, you can catch live performances by some of China’s best acrobats, dancers, and performers. From traditional lion dances to daring seesaw routines, these talented performers will be sure to amaze your visitors. For more information, see Directory under Fun Stuff.
photos courtesy of HBARRISON, HORIA VALAN, MJRUALL, MIKEBAIRD, and MAMORBATEN (FICKR)
This article originally appeared on p10-11 of the beijingkids July 2013 issue.
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