Nineth Dunkin Donuts Location to Open Soon
Parents and kids suddenly struck with the sweet tooth when shopping at U-Town near Chaoyangmen subway station will be able to sate those sugar cravings when Dunkin Donuts opens up there. The popular US chain plans dish out the dough during the week commencing 4 November. These holey joys can also be found in Wudaokou, Wangjing, Wangfujing, and Financial Street areas.
China to Overtake UK as Draw for Foreign Students?
China may soon overtake the UK as a destination for international students, according to a report by a student accommodation website. The report, commissioned by Student.com, found that nearly 400,000 foreign students attended Chinese universities in 2015. This number has been rising by an average of 10 percent every year since 2006, and based on current trends, China will surpass the UK by 2020 to become the world’s second most popular place to study, after the USA. The rise is attributed to the increased international standing of Chinese universities and government support since 40 percent of all new international students receive government sponsorship.
Beijing Mourns Unexpected Death of GoodWorks Founder
Beijing’s international community was shocked and saddened by the sudden and untimely death of Samuel Cornthwaite on 6 September. Cornthwaite, 26, was well known as the co-founder of the non-profit corporation GoodWorks Coffee & Tea, which offers professional training and jobs in the coffee and tea business to aged-out orphans, at-risk teens, youth with disabilities, and other marginalized people. The news that he had fallen seriously ill with pancreatitis prompted a fundraising campaign for his care which raised over RMB 100,000 in a few days, money which will now go towards repatriating his body to his hometown of Bozemon, Montana. Colleagues and friends have paid tribute to a “selfless, spiritual, and driven man,” who will be much missed by all those whose lives he has touched.
Get a Pizza the Action at Wangjing Soho
This year’s the Beijinger Pizza Fest takes place on October 15-16, and promises to be bigger and cheesier than ever, with a spacious new venue at Wangjing Soho. Over 7,000 pie fans piled into last year’s event, to sample the wares of two dozen of Beijing’s finest pizzaiolas, so you’re advised to book early. Apart from guaranteed entry, early purchasers get a 20% discount, and the first 1,000 will receive a free picnic blanket. Tickets can be bought online from yoopay.cn/event/2016pizzacup, or in person at the reception of Sanfine Hospital, and cost only RMB 20.
Self-driving Cars “to Eliminate Beijing Jams by 2021”
Gridlock is a fact of life in Beijing, but researchers into artificial intelligence have proposed a new solution: self-driving cars. “I believe there will be no traffic jams in Beijing in five years’ time,” Fei-Yue Wang, director of the State Key Laboratory for Management and Control of Complex Systems, told a conference at New York University’s Shanghai campus. AI experts see congestion as a mathematical problem, caused by stop-start patterns being amplified, due to the “butterfly effect.” Self-driving cars would move more smoothly, with no collisions. But what robot, we ask, could possibly replace the cheery, helpful presence of a Beijing cabbie?
by Jin Chan Yum Wai and AK
This article originally appeared on page 7 of the October 2016 Issue of beijingkids magazine. Click here for your free online copy. To find out how you can obtain a hard copy, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
PHOTOS: COURTESY OF SAMUEL CORNTHWAITE