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Hot Events This Week
Ariana Grande 2017 World Tour Live in Beijing, Aug 26
Kids above 1.2m and adults. Ariana Grande is bringing her world tour to China for the first time this coming August. The multi-platinum selling and Grammy Award-nominated artist is ready to ignite this summer with her debut performance in China. RMB 380/ 580/ 880/ 1280/ 1680/ 2280/ 5480. Click/tap here to see ticket availability or contact Lucy on WeChat (lucy18600208126) or phone 186 0020 8126 to buy tickets. 7.30-10.30pm. Live Nation. Huaxi Live (Wukesong Arena)
Rumble in the Jumble @ Modernista, Aug 26
Adults. Rumble in the Jumble staff wanted to do something special to mark their very first birthday so on August 26th, they will be holding Rumble in the Jumble’s 1st Birthday party at Modernista, 44 Baochao Hutong. Not only will it have all the bells, bottles and bubbles you have come to expect from their usual market, they will also be throwing a party afterward, with music, face painting from the Rumble crew, and competitions to win goodies from their fabulous vendors (and maybe some other people, too). Free. Noon-8pm. Afterparty starts 8pm till late. Rumble in the Jumble. Modernista. 44 Baochao Hutong, Gulou Dongdajie, Dongcheng.
Girl Scout Registration Event, Aug 26
All ages. Learn about the registration process for the 2017-18 Girl Scouts in person, be placed in a troop, meet troop leaders and ask any questions you may have about Girl Scouts overseas. Free. 9.30-11.30am. Girl Scouts of Beijing. (Laura Lyman 186 1381 6110, email@example.com) Western Academy of Beijing, 10 Laiguangying Donglu, Chaoyang.
Sports Beijing’s Annual Festival of Sport, Aug 26
All ages. Sports Beijing’s annual Festival of Sports event will be held at the ISB Dome on Saturday, August 26th from 10am to 3pm. New and returning members are welcome to join this fun FREE event. This event gives you a chance to register your kids for sports that are offered during the Fall 2017 season. Parents will have the chance to speak to some of the coaches, management, and partners while the kids participate in different sports inside the dome. Free. 10am-3pm. International School of Beijing (ISB). 10 Anhua Jie, Shunyi District 顺义区安华街10号.
Picnic Out for the Center, Aug 26
All ages. Join the LGBT Center for this special Dining Out for the Center event. Spend your Saturday afternoon outside, lay under the shade of the big trees lined up at the special and fabulous venue and just not think of anything. Cloud watching, anyone? Bring along your friends. The more, the merrier. Open to all – LGBT, allies, families, co-workers, etc. There will be a fun super slide challenge. See how fast you can go! Play some games and win prizes! Food and drink vendors will be on hand to serve you as needed. Click here for sign-up information. RMB 20 for entry. 2-6pm.
How to Be a Mindful Parent, Aug 30
Adults. This seminar is designed to help parents understand and effectively manage the difficult emotions which can come up during challenging situations with their children. The goal is for parents to become more self-disciplined and to create a family in which there is more harmony and respect. The seminar will be conducted in Chinese. Free. (Click/tap here to register) 2.30-3.30pm. Hyde Academy. No.9, An Fu St., Houshayu, Shunyi (www.okjiaoyang.com) 海德京华国际双语学校 顺义后沙峪安富街9号
Wandering China’s Culture Salon, Aug 31
High school kids to adults. Did you know that the majority of the constructions in Shanxi Province’s city of Pingyao date back to the Ming and Qing dynasties? Learn more about one of the most beautiful walled cities of China and join Wandering China’s monthly Culture Salon. During this free session, the audience will hear from a knowledgeable local speaker from Pingyao, and also from an adventurous foreigner who will share his experience traveling around this stunning ancient city. We will have a discussion about the most remarkable tourist spots. Free. 6.30-8pm. Wandering China 观览国际. Room 2604, Tower A, U-Space, No. 8 Guangqu Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing. Subway Line 10 Shuangjing Station, Exit D. (WeChat ID: guanlanzhongguo, 139 1152 4254, firstname.lastname@example.org) www.wanderingchina.com 北京朝阳区广渠路8号优士阁A座2604
Shows for the Family
Opera Film: The Magic Flute, Aug 22
All ages. The NCPA screens Mozart’s opera The Magic Flute, staged at the Metropolitan Museum under the direction of James Levine. Prince Tamino and his friend, the bird catcher Papageno, embark on their quest to rescue Pamina, the beautiful daughter of the Queen of the Night. Pamina has been abducted by Sarastro, the High Priest of Isis; his purpose is to separate Pamina from the evil influence of her mother. The cast includes Huang Ying, Matthew Polenzani, Nathan Gunn, Erika Miklósa, and René Pape. RMB 60. Click/tap here to buy tickets. 7pm. National Centre For The Performing Arts (NCPA)
Creative Humor Physical Theatre – Papirus, Aug 23-27
All ages. This warm and touching play tells the story of a piece of magical paper. Papirus is dedicated to all those who never stop dreaming. In the middle of nowhere, a tired man walks alone, and his only companions are a large suitcase and a big piece of paper. In the middle of nowhere, a woman, weakened, looks for a place to sleep. Soon, each of them will discover the presence of the other. This is a show about the magic that comes when we allow ourselves to communicate with the heart. For more information or to buy tickets, click here. Ticket prices: RMB 160-280. National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA) 国家大剧院. 2 Chang’an Jie Xicheng District 西城区 西长安街2.
Little Toys Orchestra – children/family performance from France, Aug 23 – Sep 10
Ages 2-6. Two musicians will joyfully lead this unusual orchestra. Their luggage is filled with toys and various unusual instruments such as a pink pig, a green pig, a witch, a guitar, a toy-piano, a mandolin, dog toys… all sorts of funny bits and pieces necessary to sound like a fantasyland. This concert takes the audience on a journey through a musical parade. Make way for an imaginary world! 4-6.30pm. From RMB 180. Ticketing Hotline: 134 6654 2185. Tong Production. (WeChat ID: tongtiyan, www.tongproduction.com)
Anatole’s Little Saucepan – Contemporary family puppet theatre, Aug 24-26
Ages 3+. Adapted from French author Isabelle Carrier’s award-winning picture book, Anatole’s Little Saucepan, this puppet show brings the audience through a child’s mental journey of dealing with something unbearable in his life – the saucepan attached to his arm. RMB 180-240.Ticketing hotline: 134 6654 2185. 5-7pm. Theatre M, Oriental Media Center, Beijing. (WeChat ID: tongtiyan, www.tongproduction.com)
Epic Horse Show Troy, until Aug 27 (except Mondays)
All ages. Hundreds of millions of investment, more than 100 horses, thousands of tons of sand, thousands of miles, 8 times IMAX projection visual shock, and 27,000 square meters of realistic landscape to present a precious 80 minutes of performance for the Chinese audience. This summer, the epic Horse Show Troy premieres at Beijing Bird’s Nest! The story is based on one that has been told for thousands of years. RMB 180/ 380/ 580/ 880/ 1280/ 18,880/ 38,880. 7.30pm. Contact Lucy (WeChat ID: lucy18600208126, 186 0020 8126). Beijing National Stadium (Bird’s Nest).
Fun Festivals and Charity Events
Beijing International Book Fair, Aug 23-27
All ages. The Beijing International Book Fair kicks off at the China International Exhibition Center. More than 500 publishers come together for this four-day event, featuring industry panels, a special exhibition on Iran, the literary salon Speaking the Global Language of Literature and many other events. For detailed information on the event, including a list of international publishers attending, visit www.bibf.net/en. 8am-6pm. China International Exhibition Center (CIEC)
Roundabout Book Fair at BSB Shunyi 2017, Aug 26-30
All ages. This is probably the biggest Roundabout Book Fair, every year held at The British School of Beijing (BSB) Shunyi! Thousands of gently used books for the whole family in many languages & genres. Paperbacks from RMB 10, Hardbacks from RMB 20, Kid’s books from RMB 1. Pick up some late summer & holiday reading at this fair. Every single RMB you pay will directly help a child in need. Aug 26: 10am-3pm (open to the public); Aug 27: 12-3pm (BSB families); Aug 28-30: 3.30-5pm (open to public daily). Roundabout. (WeChat ID: Roundabout666, www.roundaboutchina.com). The British School of Beijing (BSB) Shunyi. South Side, No. 9 An Hua Street, Shunyi District. 北京市顺义区天竺开发区安华街9号南院. (8047 3588, email@example.com).
CK Treasure Trove, Sep 3
All ages. CK Treasure Trove’s first market will take place on September 3 at Tech Temple in Sanlitun (behind Q Mex in Courtyard 4). Merchants sell treasures from all around the world, including Siberia, Morocco, France, Ghana, India – and of course China! Come by and find something unique to brighten your day!
Tech Temple Sanlitun. 12-6pm. Culture Yard (Beixinqiao Subway Station exit C) 1-7pm. If you are interested in attending, or being a vendor, and would like more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org, or on WeChat ID: AJDonnelly.
Roundabout’s Days of Giving, Sep 7-9
All ages. In the three-day event, Roundabout will be accepting donations to support more children in need of medical care and “education initiatives that will give so many children the chance of a bright future.” Last year, for example, Roundabout raised a whopping RMB 5.73 million and had been able to provide medical treatment and other services for 141 children. For more information on how to donate, click/tap here or contact Wendy of Roundabout at 138 1111 7756, or scan the QR code below. To see the list of who Roundabout supports this year, click/tap here (Chinese website) Meanwhile, you can drop by any of the Roundabout offices to inquire about their Days of Giving or donate items. See our article here.
Be Competitive and Join…
Hold Vertical Run 2017, Aug 26
Adults. Don’t get left behind during this year’s race to the top, taking place at the China World Summit Wing, Beijing on August 26. This is the fifth time that the Vertical World Circuit has hosted their official race at the tallest building in Beijing. The elite winners of the event will take home a total of USD 5,000, while the fastest amateur male and female climbers will have a chance to win a free round-trip ticket to Europe supported by Qatar Airways. Click/tap here for more info on signing up. China World Summit Wing, Beijing. No.1 Jianguomenwai Avenue.
Beijing Marathon, Sep 17
Adults. Running enthusiasts, Beijing Marathon is for you! The event will take place on Sunday, September 17 and the route will take runners past iconic Beijing landmarks like Tiananmen Square and Beijing’s Olympic stadiums. This year, like last year, Beijing United Family Hospital (BJU) will be supporting the event as the main medical sponsor. BJU will also serve as the main point of access for foreign nationals wishing to sign up for the race in person. Click here for more info. Beijing United Family Hospital.
Youth Photography Contest: Truth or Dare
Ages 14-19. Truth or Dare: Reveal a Truth or Capture a Daring Image. Enter this photography contest to win a mentorship with Mark Leong, Sharron Lovell, or Wu Hao. For submission details visit: www.beijingyouthlit.com/contest
Fresh Eats for a Cool Summer, until Aug 31
All ages. Savor vegetables straight from the garden in every bite of Head Chef Li Qiang’s carefully-crafted seasonal summer menu at Cai Yi Xuan. From the refreshing deep-fried Red Horsehead with Shredded Mango with Sour Chili Dressing to the delectable Poached Sliced Australian Wagyu Beef with Bitter Gourd in Consommé, Chef Li’s culinary expertise is on display in dishes that will tantalize your taste buds. For more information or to make a reservation, contact Cai Yi Xuan at 5695 8520. 11.30am-10.30pm. Cai Yi Xuan. 2/F, Four Seasons Hotel, 48 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District. 朝阳区亮马桥路48号北京四季酒店2层.
Summer New Menu at ZHEN Chinese Restaurant, until Aug 31
All ages. Syrup of Plum with Mint and Fruits, Rice Glue Ball and Lily in Frozen Rice Wine Soup, Deep-Fried Prawn Ball with Mango Yoghurt Sauce and more. For reservations, call 22-24626888-6022. From RMB 58. Wanda Vista Tianjin 486 Bahao Road, Da Zhi Gu, Hedong District, Tianjin 300170.
Outdoor Stuff Before Summer Ends
Parkour Camp by Imagine, until Aug 25
Ages 7-16. Develop exciting parkour skills by leaping into foam pits, jumping on trampolines, balancing on a slack line, climbing on a bouldering wall, and so much more! Parkour is a great way to build foundation skills for all other freestyle action sports. RMB 700 per day including transport. Imagine. (5739 4933, email@example.com )
Survival Camp by Imagine, until Aug 25
Ages 7-14. This camp teaches kids the essentials of survival in the wilderness: making fires, building rafts, crossing rivers, making traps and tools, cooking, building shelters and more! Survival Camp takes you to the great outdoors to learn what nature has to offer. RMB 750 per day. Imagine. (5739 4933, firstname.lastname@example.org)
Gubeikou Great Wall Loop Hike, Aug 26
Older kids to adults. Head out to a beautiful section of the Great Wall that is further outside the city than the crowded main tourist sites, and much quieter. Hikers have a chance to visit an unrestored section of the Great Wall that grants magnificent views stretching beyond the horizon in the east and west. Sign up here. RMB 450 (RMB 405 for members). 8am-5.30pm. Beijing Hikers (WeChat ID: BeijingHikers).
Training and Workshops
Leadership and Management Training: Transform Your Goals, Aug 22
Adults. This English-language half-day seminar by Tom Watson helps leaders create extraordinary execution and engagement. Learn the leadership principles that will help you produce results, including focus, leverage, engagement, and accountability and compete and succeed in today’s markets. For more information or to register, click/tap here. Free for employees of AmCham member companies, RMB 450 for non-members. 1-4.30pm. The American Chamber of Commerce. 6/F, Tower AB, The Office Park, 10 Jintongxi Lu, Chaoyang District. 朝阳区金桐西路10号远洋光华国际AB座6层.
R3 Kitchen’s Asian Cuisine, Aug 25
Adults. Come and enjoy the company of two dedicated ladies and be able to taste the food they create. Sign up now for the session to learn how to make Philippine and Nepali dishes and desserts. RMB 180 per session (including a copy of the recipe). 10-11am. R3 Discovery. (WeChat ID: R3Discovery, Chinese: 185 1133 4363, English: 151 0160 5808, email@example.com). Golden Century Garden 广渠门忠实里西区5号楼1107室.
Essential Skills Training: Writing for Results, Aug 25
Adults. This English-language course looks at written communication for a multi-national staff. Participants will learn useful skills for cross-department and cross-cultural written communication and will be able to think and write clearly, persuasively and professionally to senior managers, and overseas colleagues. For more information or to register, click/tap here. RMB 2,500 for employees of AmCham member companies, RMB 2,800for non-members. 8.45am-5pm. The American Chamber of Commerce. 6/F, Tower AB, The Office Park, 10 Jintongxi Lu, Chaoyang District. 朝阳区金桐西路10号远洋光华国际AB座6层.
INN Arrival Survival, Aug 28
All ages. Come and join the International Newcomer’s Network (INN) for a fun and informative morning with guest speakers discussing ways to survive and thrive in Beijing. Some topics covered include safety in the city and counterfeit money, the stress of settling into life in Beijing, water and air purification systems, health insurance, WeChat Pay, and financial planning. Afterwards, join the Lunch Bunch in a nearby restaurant and enjoy delicious traditional Chinese cuisine. Foreign passport holders only. RMB 75. Capital Mansion Athletic Club. Capital Mansion, 6 Xinyuan Nan Road, Chaoyang 100004. 北京市朝阳区新源南路6号，京城大厦50层100004.
Breathwork @ Shang Space, various dates in Aug
Adults. The Mind Body Project presents Breathwork with three programs: (1) Breath Basics, or the three techniques to calm and cool; (2) Extreme Breath, or the three techniques for adventure sports; and (3) Mindfulness for Active Entrepreneurs, to learn more about how the concepts of challenge, mental strength, and resilience connect to one another. RMB 200 per day of program (RMB 150 advance). Breath Basics: Aug 17, 7-9pm; Extreme Breath: Aug 24, 7-9pm; Mindfulness for Active Entrepreneurs: Sep 3, 4-7pm. No. 20 Xinyuanli West, Chaoyang District (North Sanlitun, directly west of International SOS). The Mind Body.
Creative Writing Workshop, second and last Saturday of the month
Ages 14-19. Join the Beijing Youth Literary Review (BYLR) for creative writing workshops to learn about Blackout Poetry, Collaborative Stories and more. 2pm. For more information, follow BYLR on Facebook, Instagram (@beijingyouthlit), and WeChat (beijingyouthlit). #13 Unit 6, Building C, Xiangjiang Bei An, Xiangjiang Bei Lu, Chaoyang District, Beijing. 北京市朝阳区香江北路香江北岸C座6单元底商13号
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