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Hot Events This Week
How to Be a Mindful Parent, Aug 30
Adults. This seminar is designed to help parents understand and effectively manage the difficult emotions that 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
Most Likely to Succeed Screening at YCIS Beijing, Aug 31
All ages. Our sister publication JingKids will bring the film closer to students and parents at a screening at Yew Chung International School of Beijing (YCIS Beijing) on Aug 31 from 9am to noon. Following the screening is a question and answer forum at noon hosted by Dr. Philip Bossert, senior consultant with OrienTech LLC, an education consulting and training company focused on 21st-century teaching and learning environments. YCIS Co-Principal Noel Thomas opens the screening and joins the Q&A too. (See our full story plus speakers’ profile here.) 9am-noon. Free but registration required. Click/tap here or scan the QR code to register. YCIS Beijing, East Gate of Honglingjin Park, 5 Houbalizhuang, Chaoyang District 朝阳区后八里庄5号红领巾公园东门 (8583 3731, firstname.lastname@example.org) www.ycis-bj.com
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 have the exposition of a wise local speaker from Pingyao and also the participation of an adventure 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. Subway Line 10 Shuangjing Station, Exit D. (WeChat ID: guanlanzhongguo, 139 1152 4254, email@example.com) www.wanderingchina.com 北京朝阳区广渠路8号优士阁A座2604
Live with Less, Sep 2
All ages. Live With Less brings communities together to share new and nearly-new goods that haven’t had much use. If you’ve just finished your spring cleaning and have stuff to get rid of, bring it down the Crossboundaries and Mind Body event and swap it with your neighbors. Everyone is welcome and there’s no requirement to swap equally, so bring what you want and take what you need. Click/tap here for more information. Free. 11am-5pm. Crossboundaries. The location above Taco Bar, Sanlitun.
A Plastic Ocean Documentary Screening, Sep 2
All ages. A Plastic Ocean is a documentary that brings to light the consequences of our global disposable lifestyle. An international team of adventurers, researchers, and ocean ambassadors go on a mission around the globe to uncover the truth about what is lurking beneath the surface of our ocean. The documentary showing is sponsored by the Bulk House. Free entry. 6.30pm. Crossboundaries. The location above Taco Bar, Sanlitun.
CK Treasure Trove International Market, Sep 3
Adults. Join CK Treasure Trove at Culture Yard on September 3, 1-7pm for a funky Sunday Bazaar. Come grab a beer, have a pita sandwich, and buy cool products from local producers. Click/tap here for the full list of participating vendors and producers. Free entry. 1-7pm. Culture Yard (Beixinqiao Subway Exit C. Turn left and walk about 400m) For more information, contact AJ Donnelly (WeChat: AJDonnelly) of Cultural Keys.
Next Week’s Best
Beijing Cub Scouts Pack 3944 Registration Event, Sep 5
Boys in Grade 1-5 and adults. It’s back to school season again and scouting is one of the activities that brings out the best in young people. On Sep 5, Beijing Cub Scouts Pack 3944 will open their doors for foreign boys in Grades 1 to 5. There will be two locations for the registration events at 3e International School at 6.30pm and at International School of Beijing (ISB) at 7pm. For more information, contact Steve Hubbar via WeChat (sthubbar) or email Pack3944@gmail.com.
Children’s Theatre: The Tiger Who Came to Tea, Sep 6-9
All ages. This English-language play for kids is based on the picture book by Judith Kerr and was nominated for 2012 Olivier Award for Best Family Entertainment. The action kicks off when the doorbell rings just as Sophie and her mummy are sitting down to tea. Who could it possibly be? What they certainly don’t expect to see at the door is a big, stripy tiger! RMB 180-300. Click/tap here for more information or to buy tickets. 7.30-9.30pm (There will be an additional 2.30pm matinee performance on Sep 9). National Centre For The Performing Arts (NCPA)
Beijing Youth Literary Review’s Writers’ Retreat, Sep 8-10
Kids 10+. Join Beijing Youth Literary Review editors Simon, Jennifer, and Chen Bo for a wild weekend of writing, creative activities, hikes, BBQ, and bonding at the Great Wall Mountain House. RMB 2,800. Sign up online via www.beijingyouthlit.com/writers-retreat/ Beijing Youth Literary Review. #13 Building 6 Section C, Xiangjiang Beian, Xiangjiang Beilu (185 1979 1662, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com) 北京市朝阳区香江北路，香江北岸C座6单元底商13号
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.
Smart Air Diy Workshop (DIY Your Own Air Purifier and Make Your Dirty Hepa Art!), Sep 9
Adults. Say goodbye to your dirty HEPA filter! Smart Air invites everyone to a special workshop where you can unleash your creativity and create an artwork with your old HEPA. You might just win a new HEPA filter for the coming winter! Free entry but you need to pay RMB 200 if you wish to join the DIY workshop. 2-4.30pm. Registration is 2pm and event promptly begins at 2.30pm. Smart Air. 3ESPACE, 5th Floor, Xin Hua Culture Mansion, Jiaodaokou, Dongcheng District.
Work Your Body Out
Stretch & Soothe Yoga, Aug 30
Adults. The German Centre Beijing hosts this all-levels yoga class intended to help participants deal with stress and reduce the aches and pains that come from hours at a desk. Yoga Alliance certified instructor Mei-Ling Wong leads you through the class. The class is held in a room with an air purifier in case of bad air day. RMB 100. Please bring your own mat and reserve your spot one day in advance. Click/tap here for more information. 6.30-7.30pm. The German Centre Beijing. German Centre for Industry and Trade Beijing – Unit 1101A, DRC Liangmaqiao Diplomatic Office Building, 11th floor, Tower D1, 19 Dongfang East Road, Chaoyang 北京德意志工商中心, 北京市朝阳区东方东路19号DRC亮马桥外交办公大楼D1座1101室
OASIS Prenatal Yoga, Sep 2
Adults. Instructor and health ambassador Angelina leads expectant mothers through this prenatal yoga class, designed to improve overall strength and tone, flexibility and agility, and blood circulation. This session helps pregnant mothers strengthen the muscles and joints used in childhood, reducing pain when D-Day arrives. RMB 100 (click/tap here for information to register). 3.30-4.30pm. OASIS International Hospital.
The Mindbody Project Presents Breathwork, Sep 3
Adults. Make your breath work for you during this activity at Lotus Room. The last session on Sep 3 is Mindfulness for Entrepreneurs, where co-founders Erin Henshaw and Brittany Dunn offer the ultimate mind body experience, helping you analyze self-talk, healthy habits, stress response, and other factors to become a healthier you. RMB 150 (advance), RMB 200 (door price). 4-7pm. For more information or to RSVP, WeChat bdunn027. Wear sports clothes and bring water and a towel. The Mindbody Project. Lotus Space, 1st Floor, Shang, No. 20 Xinyuanli West, Chaoyang (北京市朝阳区新源里20号金尚1层)
Soul: A Journey to the Real You, Sep 9
Adults. Unresolved emotional pain can cause you to lose your true identity. Join Soul, a mini-retreat where yoga and a workshop will help you reconnect with the real you! Certified yoga instructor Hannah Northcott leads the yoga session; certified life coach Carnisa Berry leads the workshop. RMB 350 (before Sep 2), RMB 400 after. Cost includes a light breakfast. 9am-12.30pm. For more information or to register contact Carnisa at firstname.lastname@example.org. International School of Beijing.
Yoga Therapy & Healing With Nasim Maani, every Fri of Sep
Adults. Nasim is a certified yoga therapist (Yoga+Ayurveda) and holistic coach with experience in individual and group settings. She teaches this restorative yoga class which focuses on healing for the body, mind, heart, and spirit every Friday. RMB 130 for a single class (monthly passes and multi-class passes available). Click/tap here for more information. 10-11.30am. Yoga Yard.
Acro Yoga With Justine, every Sat of Sep
Adults. Acroyoga is a dynamic partner practice that blends the wisdom of yoga, the dynamic power of acrobatics, and the loving kindness of healing art. These three lineages form the foundation of a partner practice that cultivates trust, playfulness, and community. Acroyoga is a practice that is available for every body, age, and ability. RMB 150 for a single class (monthly passes and multi-class passes available). Click/tap here for more information. 4-5.30pm. Yoga Yard.
Feed Your Mind
ICVS “Departing From China With Pets” Free Information Session, Sep 2
Adults. Come join the experts from the International Center for Veterinary Services as they share step-by-step instructions on the latest exit process for Fall 2017, microchipping, vaccinations, rabies antibody titre testing for EU countries and other requirements to help you prepare for a smooth departure from China and an easy entry to your next destination country. Free but RSVP by 10am. 11am-12.30pm. ICVS. Roundabout at the Shine Hills Mall, Shunyi, #104 (Behind Momo coffee), Building 4, Shine Hills, No. 9 Antai Street, Shunyi. (Call Roundabout for directions: 182 0123 9951) 中粮.祥云小镇, 北京市顺义区安泰大街9号院中粮祥云小镇北区4号楼104室（么么咖啡后面）
OASIS Childbirth Workshop, Sep 2
Adults. Expectant mothers are welcome at this childbirth workshop with Dr. Hubert Debiolles and Dr. Vasili Berdoukas, who will cover topics like delivery options, signs and stages of labor, postpartum care, benefits of breastfeeding, well-baby care, and more in English, French, and Greek. RMB 100. The cost of the session includes lunch. (Click/tap here for information to register). 9am-2pm. OASIS International Hospital.
Chinese Ink Brush – Calligraphy & Painting, Aug 30 and every Tue of Sep
All ages. This is a workshop to combine calligraphy and Chinese painting, the two most important art forms throughout Chinese history. The artist of China Culture Center (CCC) will teach participants the typical traditional ink brush techniques and smooth strokes, and practice both calligraphy and painting. Chinese painting is greatly influenced by Chinese calligraphy. It is a must to learn calligraphy before trying the Chinese painting. CCC provides the Four Treasures of the study – the ink brush, ink, paper (made of rice & bamboo), and ink stone. RMB 200. 10am-noon. China Culture Center (CCC)
Rembrandt and His Time: Masterpieces from The Leiden Collection, until Sep 3 (except Mondays)
All ages. As part of its mission to stimulate a wider appreciation and understanding of seventeenth-century Dutch art, the Leiden Collection’s first international traveling exhibition will bring a group of about seventy works to the National Museum of China, Beijing until September 3. The Leiden Collection exhibition makes history by presenting the largest assemblage of Dutch Golden Age paintings ever to visit China. It will include 11 paintings by Rembrandt — the greatest number of works by the master in private hands — as well as Vermeer’s Young Woman Seated at a Virginal, the first painting by the celebrated artist to travel to Beijing. National Art Museum of China (NAMOC).
Wandering China: Let the World Know About Your Awesome Stories, Sep 1
High school kids to adults. Do you have any thrilling travel story that you want to share? If you have, then the writers’ community of Wandering China. The group embodies an instance to share about personal experiences and opinions about China. Similarly, it offers the chance to learn about China’s richest and remote places. Join the community through a writers’ membership worth RMB 500, which includes a copy of four books published by Wandering China. For more information, email email@example.com. Wandering China 观览国际. Room 2604, Tower A, U-Space, No. 8 Guangqu Road, Chaoyang. Subway Line 10 Shuangjing Station, Exit D. (WeChat ID: guanlanzhongguo, 5861 3166, firstname.lastname@example.org) www.wanderingchina.com 北京朝阳区广渠路8号优士阁A座2604
Crane Clan Taoist Culture and Kung Fu Retreats in Little Wudang, Sep 2-3
All ages. Experience life in Taoist Monastery; explore Dao through Taoist martial arts (Taichi, Wujiquan), Taoist traditional music, calligraphy, tea ceremony, and more. Find your inner balance, calm down your mind and heart in a place surrounded by beautiful mountains. RMB 2,280 (2 days 1 night retreat from Sat morning to Sun evening). Price includes traditional style high quality training uniform (580RMB), accommodation, 3 main vegetarian meals a day plus snacks, taichi and wujiquan training with two certified 6th degree Chinese martial arts teachers, Taoist culture classes (tea ceremony, zither, calligraphy, Chinese medicine) with Taoist priests and certified teachers, English translation during the whole stay. Click/tap here to see the itinerary. European Center of Chinese Culture and Martial Arts Wujiquan (contact Marian on WeChat ID: Breznan) Fozizhuang Village, Fangshan District (about 1.5-hour ride from Beijing city center)
The Divine Michelangelo at the Bird’s Nest Cultural Centre, until Sep 30
All ages. In cooperation with Italy’s Buonarroti Museum, the Bird’s Nest Cultural Centre is displaying over a hundred works by famed Renaissance artist Michelangelo, including sculptures, paintings, sketches and other masterpieces by the sculptor of David and the Sistine Chapel painter. For more information or to buy tickets, click here. RMB 80, RMB 40 for students, RMB 160 for a family pass. 10am-9pm. Beijing National Stadium (Bird’s Nest).
Chinese Traditional Qigong Class, every Sat of Sep
Kids 9+ to adults. The Benefits of qigong include better sleep, more energy, a calmer mind, and relief from aches and pains. The class will practice meditation, the Eight Pieces of Brocade Qigong, and raising Qi practice with instructor Dr. Peng Haitao, a practitioner with over 20 years of experience healing himself and others. Shelley Ochs, an acupuncturist, writer, and translator, will interpret the class into English. Dr. Peng will also give each participant a mini qi-adjustment if they wish. RMB 300 per class. 2-5pm. Da Fu Tang Chinese Medicine Clinic. 39 Shen Lu Jie (across from the north gate of Ritan Park). (We Chat: DaFuTangChineseMedicine)
Safari Song Time, every Friday and Saturday
Ages 3-18 months. All babies – from the quietest to the most vocal – love singing and rhymes! It stimulates their brains and development, and makes them happy. Bring your little ones to The Bookworm and take them on a fun safari where they can learn songs and rhymes from around the world. RMB 60 per child. 10.30-11.30am. The Bookworm. Building 4, Nan Sanlitun Road, Chaoyang District.
Dumpling Cooking Class, Wed and Thu of the month
All ages. Come to the courtyard KUCINA Cooking Studio to learn how to make traditional Chinese dumplings. Come on your own or bring your friends for a dumpling cooking class, which includes a meal around the table. Call to make a reservation one day in advance (150 1133 7590). 10.30am. 44 Liushui Xiang, Dongsi Wutiao, Dongcheng District. 东城区 东四五条流水巷44号.
Speak Mandarin Fluently in Three Months, every day
All ages. Sophia Zhang is putting expats to the test and challenging to learn to speak Mandarin fluently in just three months. Join us to enhance your Chinese skills daily and conquer this difficult language once and for all. Requires an application; sign up here. 5.30am-10.30pm. Mandarin House Beijing. Suite 317, Tower 16, China Central Place, 89 Jianguo Road, Shuangjing. 朝阳区建国路89号华贸商务楼16号楼317室
Sunday Brunch at the Lobby, until Oct 1
All ages. The Lobby at The Peninsula Beijing invites families to share memorable culinary experiences at the new Sunday Brunch Buffet. The sumptuous weekend feast combines international “Farm-to-Table” buffet and a la carte cuisines with a hint of Mediterranean inspiration. Diners also have access to freshly imported seafood, an extensive selection of homemade cold cuts, and premium cheeses from around the world.
Weekly Drawing Classes, until Nov 25
All ages. The weekly art sessions will run until November 25. They’re perfect for families with children that have a passion for art. Students at The SLab can learn correct drawing techniques, how to draw portraits and even papier mâché. Come join the Academic Drawing Class from 1-3pm, and/or the Creative Drawing Class from 4-6pm. RMB 290 per class. The SLab. (138 1121 8031). R102 Building 5, No.15 Dongzhimenwai Street Dongcheng. 北京东城区东直门外大街15号楼5单元102室.