If you’re reading this at the beginning of November, Christmas may seem a long way off. But it comes around quickly, so from all of us here at beijingkids, we’d like to wish you a peaceful Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas, Happy Hannukah, cool Yule, joyous Kwanzaa, delightful Dongzhi, and good cheer whatever you celebrate at this time of year. beijingkids magazine will be back in the New Year, but throughout the festive season we’ll be keeping you informed and entertained as usual at beijing-kids.com.
If, like many Beijing families, you rely on Didi to get around the city, you might have noticed that cars have suddenly become harder to hail. This is because of a clampdown on drivers who don’t have Beijing hukou, the all-important registration that entitles them to live and work in the city. Following the sudden rise in prices that marked Didi’s victory over Uber, the shortage of drivers means that traditional green and yellow cabs aren’t headed for the scrap heap yet.
Zaijian to Jessica
Our sensational School Editor, Jessica Suotmaa, is off to pastures new – to Los Angeles, California, to be precise. We wish her and her family all the very best in their future adventures.
Top figure skaters from all round the world will lutz and mohawk into town in November for the Audi Cup of China 2016. The Cup forms part of the ISU Grand Prix, a series of six annual elite competitions across the globe, equivalent to the Grand Slams of tennis. You can watch skating at its very best at the Capital Gymnasium, 54 Baishiqiao Rd., Haidian District, from November 18-20.
Bye-bye to Max Brennan?
Sad news for Beijing’s chocaholics: the doors are locked at the Max Brennan Chocolate Bar, after opening less than six months ago. At the time of going to press, we had no confirmation that the closure is permanent; however the lights are off, the chains are heavy, and the signs are not good.
Beijing’s very own “culinary incubator,” the Hatchery, has reopened at a new location in Dongsi. The Hatchery provides a space to support and showcase new food ideas from local entrepreneurs, like the Yeyo dairy-free coconut yogurt we featured in our August 2016 issue. Find them at 88 Dongsi 9th Alley, Dongcheng District (北京市东城区东四九条88号).
HARMONY AND STEVE BY JIN CHAN YUM WAI AND AK
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PHOTOS: DAVID W CARMICHAEL (WIKIMEDIA COMMONS), ANDREW KILLEEN, AND COURTESY OF THE HATCHERY