Warmer weather brings an opportunity to laze about on a Beijing boating lake. If it’s boating and sailing of a more technical and competitive nature you’re after, weekend regatta’s and sailing lessons are now underway at the Olympic Rowing Park. Rollerblading is an increasingly popular activity for children (and big kids), and this month sees the first Beijing International Rollerblading Day for Schools (BIRDS). Atelier’s new art school in Shunyi is opening its doors to the community for an arty-party, where you can find out more about the programs and workshops they offer. The popularity of the recent Muxiyuan fabric market tour, has led to Sew Gorgeous organizing a second tour. What better way to spend the coming holiday weekend, than enjoying the fresh and delicate tea cuisine of Green T. House.
The sailing season has started at Aofan Sailing Club. Every weekend they will hold a sailing race (regatta) for those who have some experience in sailing. Using their fleet of Far East 11’s, from 12-3.30pm every Saturday and Sunday April 25 – June 14. RMB 200 for boat rental or free if you are a member. The sailing club is located in Shunyi Olympic Rowing Park. For more details, contact (185 1902 8724, firstname.lastname@example.org) www.aofansail.com
Learn to Sail
International English-speaking sailing instructors are available any time from March to October for private sailing lessons at Shunyi Olympic Rowing Lake. Lessons are suitable for all abilities, minimum age 7 years. Two hour lessons RMB 1,500, with a maximum two people per lesson. To book, contact Imagine (186 1045 3101, email@example.com) www.imagine-china.com/sailing-lessons
On Sunday May 31 Imagine’s rollerblading tournament takes place at Dulwich College Beijing (DCB), Legend Garden Campus. Beijing International Rollerblading Day for Schools (BIRDS) is an exciting chance for students to compete in various rollerblading events. The morning will start with head to head track races and relay races. There will be one hour of optional freestyle coaching. In the afternoon, students can show off their tricks in the freestyle event. The tournament will end with a game of Rollerball. Admission fee is RMB 350/participant. Ages 6-18 years can enter. To view the full itinerary or to sign up, go to the BIRDS page www.imagine-china.com/BIRDS and for more information, contact (183 1112 3237, firstname.lastname@example.org)
Atelier Art School Shunyi will celebrate summer by welcoming the community for an arty-party. All the team will be there, to offer art and craft activities and games for children, both indoors and outdoors. Parents and art lovers can learn more about the programs, courses, and themed summer workshops that are available at Atelier. The party takes place on Sunday May 24, 2.30-5.30pm.
Muxiyuan Fabric Market Tour
Due to popular demand, the team at Sew Gorgeous will be running a second fabric market tour. The tour leaves BSB Shunyi at 8.30am Friday May 8. Enjoy a fun tour of Sew Gorgeous’ favorite suppliers in this huge market, a must-see for any sewing enthusiast. Includes guided tour, optional lunch from food stall or bring your own, and return journey RMB 120. An exclusive Sew Gorgeous map of the market is included. To book your place, email email@example.com
Try the new set menu from Green T. House, of baby bamboo shoot sashimi and tea soup on rice RMB 180. Additional dishes to add to the set, include charcoal bamboo beef tenderloin RMB 80, bamboo miso roast cod RMB 80, spring plum sake RMB 30 and of course their delectable Green T. ice cream RMB 20. To book, contact 136 0113 7132/64342519.
beijingkids Shunyi Correspondent Sally Wilson moved to Beijing in 2010 from the UK with her husband and son. Her daughter was born here in 2011 and both her kids keep her happily busy. In her spare time, Sally loves to stroll through Beijing’s hutongs and parks. She is a (most of the time) keen runner and loves reading: books, magazines, news, and celeb websites – anything really. Sally is also a bit of a foodie and loves trying out new restaurants.
Photos: courtesy of Aofan Sailing Club, Atelier, Gerrit Hannaert (Flickr)