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This week marks a big celebration for American families. Even if your own family doesn’t do a huge turkey and pie dinner, it is never a bad idea to pause and reflect on all the good things that have come to us over the last year, and to be grateful for family and friends, near and far. Happy Thanksgiving!
Beijingkids in Shunyi Bazaars
This weekend past, beijingkids participated in two bazaars in Shunyi, the WAB Charity Bazaar and the BSB Christmas Fayre. We had Christmas card-making activities for kids, as well as some unique mugs for sale. Inscribed with “Beijing’s Best Dad”, “Beijing’s Best Mom” or “Beijing’s Best Kid” on one face, and the Chinese translations on the other side, the mugs were popular among kids wanting to buy them for their parents. A very sweet gesture.
Dulwich Ice Rink Now Open
To mark the arrival of the coldest months, Dulwich College Beijing opened its ice rink with an official launch last Saturday, 23 November. Dulwich is the first school in Beijing to build its own rink and is soon going to be offering lessons for beginner skating, figure skating, synchronized group skating, and ice hockey through the Dulwich Community Programme.
O’le Music in Shunyi
Good news that O’le, which has long been popular for its wall-climbing programs, has now ventured into music. The even better news is that O’le is now in Shunyi.
O’le is introducing the neighborhood to its Shout! Choir, which provides a chance to sing rock and pop songs as part of a group for fun. The organizers have carefully arranged the parts and use a simple system, so no prior experience or knowledge of music is required. The first session is free, so come along and see what it’s all about. Wednesday mornings from 10.30am-12.30pm at The English Tearoom near Beidong Flower Market.
The company is also offering a unique birthday party or group activity experience, Trash Bash, which is perfect for kids who love to make noises with everything they can get their hands on. And now, they can do it without annoying their parents! The instructor will lead the whole group to bash, scrape, blow, and hit various everyday objects in an arrangement that sound unbelievably like music.
To find out more, sign up for the weekly courses, send an inquiry form for birthday parties here, or email Pete at email@example.com with any questions.
Christmas Decorations Shopping in Shunyi
And from one holiday to another…
The best bets for Christmas tree and decoration shopping are in the city, and in the December issue of the beijingkids magazine, soon to be released, you will find the best places to find everything Christmas.
But Shunyi has its own small collection of places to check out, in case you need something in a pinch or don’t feel like making the trek downtown.
Whether you decide to go for a real tree or an artificial one, you’ll find it in Shunyi. Pine trees will soon become available from the flower vendors by the pedestrian entrance of Capital Paradise on Yuyang Lu. Artificial trees can bought from the Beidong Floriculture Garden as well as Jenny Wang’s grocery store in Pinnacle Plaza, which has set up a small chalet right outside the parking lot housing a selection of trees and decorations.
Enterprising local vendors in Shunyi are quick to read what foreigners look for during holiday season. Most fruit and vegetable sellers (and the bigger grocery stores) will have a hodgepodge of Christmas decor available. Tai Tai Shop carries Christmas cards, ball ornaments, and crackers. Stella’s Woodcarving has quaint hand-carved manger scenes. Radiance has a few unique items and tree ornaments. But the biggest displays of all things Christmas will still be at Beidong Floriculture Garden. Everything from lights to spray snow and fake holly, dancing Santas, and even tableware will be there.
We’d like to hear from you! What are your Shunyi favorites? Any recommendations or bits of news you’d like to see here on Shunyi Happenings, please feel free to send it on to us via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Photo by Dana Cosio-Mercado
Dana is the beijingkids Shunyi Correspondent. Originally from the Philippines, she moved to Beijing in 2011 (via Europe) with her husband, two sons and Rusty the dog. She enjoys writing, photography, theater, visual arts, and trying new food. In her free time, she can be found exploring the city and driving along the mountain roads of Huairou, Miyun and Pinggu.