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What to Do This Week…
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 Hubbard 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北京市朝阳区香江北路香江北岸C座6单元底商13号 (185 1979 1662, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org)
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.
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.
Fun for the Family
Fun-Filled Mom and Child Playgroup, every Sat
Kids 1.5-5, mommies. Join the fun-filled mom and child playgroup at Happy Family Kindergarten every Saturday morning. This playgroup is aimed for 1.5-5 years old kids and moms to meet new people while spending time together. The kids will engage in storytelling, art and crafts activities as well as music and movement. Free. 9-11am. Happy Family Kindergarten. Xiang Xin Xili 22, Dongcheng (near Fangzhuang subway station) (WeChat ID: fangyuebi, 136 9573 7808)
St. Petersburg Eifman Ballet: Anna Karenina, Sep 13-14
All ages. The St. Petersburg Eifman Ballet works under the direction of master choreographer Boris Eifman. They appear in Beijing to dance his interpretation of Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina. Eifman set aside the secondary storylines and focuses solely on the love triangle between Anna, Karenin and Vronsky, bringing the timeless emotional content of the novel to the stage of the NCPA. Tickets from RMB 160 to RMB 880. Shows start from 7.30pm. National Centre For The Performing Arts (NCPA). 2 Chang’an Jie Xicheng District 西城区西长安街2号 (6655 0000) www.chncpa.org
Sydney Symphony Orchestra Chamber Music Concert, Sep 15
All ages. East meets West during this performance by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra under the direction of David Robertson. The ensemble plays a selection of chamber pieces including two by Zhou Juan created for the NCPA’s Young Composer’s Programme, Gnarly Buttons by John Adams and Spirit of the Wild by Nigel Westlake. Tickets from RMB 80 to RMB 480 (click/tap here to buy tickets). 7.30-9.30pm. National Centre For The Performing Arts (NCPA). 2 Chang’an Jie Xicheng District 西城区西长安街2号 (6655 0000) www.chncpa.org
WABX to the MAX, Sep 15-16
All ages. A celebration of sports and arts, Western Academy of Beijing will host a multi-sport tournament and arts festival with high school students from international schools all over Asia. Free. Visit wabx.wab.edu for details. 8am-7pm. Western Academy of Beijing. No. 10 Laiguangying Dong Lu (WeChat ID: WAB_Chat, 5986 5588, email@example.com) 来广营东路10号
Charity Readers Theatre Presents “Grapes of Wrath,” Sep 16
All ages. John Steinbeck’s Pulitzer Prize-winning epic captures the horrors of the Great Depression and probes into the very nature of equality and justice in America. 100 percent of all ticket sales are donated to Social Work Development Center 北京市协作者社会工作发展中心. RMB 80. Email the box office at firstname.lastname@example.org. 7.30pm. Charity Readers Theatre. 10 Anhua Street, Shunyi District 北京市 顺义区安华街10号 (Contact person: Chris Verrill at 134 6638 8333) www.charityreaderstheatre.org
Next Week’s Best
The Beijinger 2017 Pizza Cup Launch Festival, Sep 16-17
All ages. Our sister publication, the Beijinger, brings back its annual Pizza Festival at Wangjing Soho for what will be the fourth celebration of all things cheesy, saucy, doughy, not necessarily triangular, but certainly squarely one of our favorite foods ever to exist. Following the success of last year’s event, at this year’s two-day carnival-themed festival we’ll have entertainment fit for all the family in the form of some of the city’s best live performers, as well as carnival games, magic shows, and carnival dancers, and of course, unlimited amounts of the city’s best pizza, snacks, and drinks. We’ve even invited the Guinness Book of World Records to witness what will hopefully be the biggest dough toss of all time. RMB 25 at the door (food and drink not included), RMB 20 presale (free picnic blanket included). The Beijinger.
The Fifth Annual China Women’s Film Festival, Sep 16-24
Adults. See dozens of films and a Q&A with acclaimed Dutch filmmaker Sunny Bergman at this socially conscious film festival that tackles misogyny in the tech industry, gender conformity in the Middle East, ageism in the beauty industry and more. For a full schedule and list of venues, click here. CWFF.
Beijing Health Week Opening Ceremony, Sep 17
All ages. Beijing Health Week kicks off at the Paradise Lounge in the Park Hyatt Hotel. The ceremony will be every yogi’s dream with an exclusive yoga flow experience from yoga teacher Theresa Taozi and a JBM fueled energy lunch including deliciously nutritious food, nourishing juices, and guilt-free snacks. RMB 120 (click here to purchase tickets). The opening ceremony takes place on Sep 17 at 11am-2pm. Juice By Melissa. Paradise Lounge, 6F Park Hyatt 柏悦酒店6层 天堂书屋 (130 4112 1556, email@example.com, www.juicebymelissa.com)
WAB Distinguished Speaker Series: National Hockey League Alumni, Sep 19
All ages. As the NHL China Games in Beijing approaches, hear from an alumni player who has achieved greatness in “the coolest game on Earth.” Free. Visit www.wab.edu/dss for details. 6-7.30pm. Western Academy of Beijing. No. 10 Laiguangying Dong Lu (WeChat ID: WAB_Chat, 5986 5588, firstname.lastname@example.org) 来广营东路10号
Featured Events This Month
Work Your Body Out
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 email@example.com. International School of Beijing.
Zen Workshop for Healing & Mindfulness, Sep 9
Adults. This is a one or half-day immersion in Zen combined with tea in the room set up in a traditional way like in temple. Students will follow the routine exactly like the Zen monks. This class offers students an opportunity to experience the meditative state, as well as a new way of looking at yourself. The techniques learnt can also be incorporated into daily life after the class. Lunch and lunch break/noon nap are provided. Meditation level requirement: This class requires no previous experience. An open mind is always good for getting the best out of the course. RMB 200. 2-4pm. China Culture Center (CCC)
Yoga Yard Workshop: Know and Flow Your Energy, Sep 15-19
Adults. TCM Doctor Cameron Tukapa and yoga teacher Sean Ren lead this bilingual workshop that connects you to your qi through a fusion of Chinese and Indian medicine and yoga systems. Go home with a clear of how energy is produced, circulated, regulated and maintained in your body and learn to understand how your mental and emotional processes impact your body’s energy. 9.30-11am and 1.30-4.30pm. RMB 3,500. Click here to sign up. Yoga Yard.
Mental Health Peer Support Group, bi-weekly
Adults. CandleX is hosting an international community-based support group where people can go and share openly in a confidential setting. It is for anyone who has a mental health condition, is stressed and/or is having a hard time in both personal and professional settings. This is a project provided by CandleX, an NGO in Beijing that focuses on the mental health by awareness raising on depression and bipolar disorder. This is a continuing effort to provide more support to our Beijing English speaking community. Free (click/tap here to register). 7.30-9pm. CandleX. U-Town Shopping Center. (WeChat ID: candlex2015, firstname.lastname@example.org) www.candlex.cn
Workshops and Seminars
2017 China Summit of the Association of Leading Independent Schools, Sep 15
Adults. If you are considering boarding school for your kids, this event is for you. Learn about creating a study abroad plan, preparing for entrance examinations and the application process for British boarding schools, and meet representatives from a long list of visiting schools in the UK during this educational summit. Free. 9am-5pm. British Chamber of Commerce in China. Beijing Imperial Academy, Imperial College Street, Andingmen, Dongcheng District. (Kitty Chen 137 6497 1435, email@example.com)
UK-China Education Development Forum –British-Style Early Years Education, Sep 19
Adults. The UK Department for International Trade, the British Embassy Beijing, and the China-Britain Business Council invite everyone to the “UK-China Education Development Forum – British-Style Early Years Education” to exchange ideas, share experiences and explore collaboration opportunities in Early Years Education between the UK and China. Free but needs RSVP before Sep 12. 8.30am-1.30pm. British Chamber of Commerce in China. The St. Regis Beijing (contact Holm Jiang, Events Manager, CBBC: 8525 1111 ext. 366, Holm.Jiang@cbbc.org.cn)
3e TEA TALK: A Parent’s Guide to Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Development of Young Children, Sep 22
For adults. 3e International School’s Tea Talk for September helps parents learn what to expect, and deepen their understanding of social, emotional, and behavioral development of young children. The workshop will also examine some red flags of behavioral issues and basic principles of positive behavior management. Presented by Dr. Lynn Turner, Lead Psychologist and Educational Psychologist, LIH Olivia’s Place. Free, but parents need to email firstname.lastname@example.org to register. 9-10.30am. 3e International School. No. 9-1 Jiangtai Xilu, Chaoyang (6437 3344)朝阳区将台西路9-1号
Royal Canal Boat Tour of the Summer Palace, Sep 9
All ages. This is a very well-received boat cruise and walking tour, providing an opportunity to see a bit of everything in the capital, from Beijing Zoo, Beijing Aquarium, and the Purple Bamboo Garden to the Summer Palace and Kunming Lake. RMB 480. 9am-4.30pm. China Culture Center. The Victoria Gardens D4, Chaoyang Park West Road, Chaoyang 朝阳区朝阳公园西路维多利亚花园D4 (WeChat ID: china-culture-center, 6432 9341 for weekdays 9am-6pm, 8420 0671 for after hours and weekends, email@example.com) www.chinaculturecenter.org
Wandering China’s Trip to Pingyao and Writers’ Competition, Sep 22-25
All ages. Wandering China 观览国际is organizing an exclusive trip to Shanxi province during the Pingyao International Photography Festival, held every September. Join the adventure and automatically participate in their writer’s competition in which participants will get extraordinary gifts, Pingyao tourism bureau diploma, and exceptional opportunities like having your piece published in Wandering China’s magazine and online platforms. RMB 1,600 per person (fee includes a round trip train ticket, transportation, admissions fee to scenic spots, English-speaking tour guides, hotel accommodation, dining – 3 breakfast and 2 dinners). Contact Rose Quan at 139 1152 4254 to sign up. Wandering China 观览国际. Rm 2604, Tower A, U-Space, No 8 Guangqu Rd, Chaoyang (WeChat ID: guanlanzhongguo, firstname.lastname@example.org) www.wanderingchina.com 北京朝阳区广渠路8号优士阁A座2604
Mooncake Making, Sep 23
All ages. The 16th of 24 solar terms is characterized by the autumn equinox, or qiūfēn (秋分), which also means that Chinese Mid Autumn Festival is approaching. When the day comes, the daytime and the night-time are the same. Moreover, in the ancient times, Chinese worshipped the moon as a god and were preparing many food and sacrifices. But do you know why we eat “moon” cake then? In this activity, you will create a mooncake, which you can fill with plenty of delicious flavors, such as lotus paste, bean paste. RMB 100. 7-9pm.
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).
Fun Fairs and Outdoor Activities
The Great Aussie BBQ, Sep 23
All ages. Head over to Dulwich College Beijing for the Great Aussie BBQ – it’s like being back home. Enjoy Beijing’s cool autumn breeze and be captivated by a thrilling game of AFL where the Beijing Bombers will take on the Shanghai Tigers. The fun does not stop there as visitors will also witness big hits in Beijing Ashes’ cricket match. While everyone munches through fantastic Aussie food and beverages, don’t forget to also try your luck at the raffle for two return tickets to Australia and a Nespresso coffee machine. Free but needs RSVP. 11.30am-4.30pm. AustCham Beijing. Dulwich College Beijing 北京德威英国国际学校, 89 Capital Airport Rd, Shunyi (Email email@example.com to RSVP)
Fifth Annual Shuangjing Block Party, Sep 23
All ages. The Shuangjing Block Party is back and this year promises to be bigger and better than ever! Now in its 5th year, the Block Party has grown into one of the premier events in Beijing bringing the Chinese and foreign communities together for a day of great food, drinks, and entertainment. There is something for everyone with live music, a bouncy castle, face painting and clowns, international food and drink booths and other interactive events. The organizers are expecting crowds of over 5,000 people this year, making it the biggest and best event so far. Free. 1-6pm. North Pingod, 22 Art Street, Shuangjing
Expat Connection Family Fair & Picnic, Sep 24
All ages. The Expat Connection team invites everyone to their yearly Family Fair & Picnic at the Canadian International School of Beijing. There will be more than 35 different activities, like pony riding, climbing, art coloring and many other activities while also enjoying food and drinks. The event closes with a huge lottery, sending the lucky winners home with a special memory. Starts 11am. Free entrance. Expat Connection. Canadian International School of Beijing, 38 Liangmaqiao Road, Chaoyang. 中国北京市朝阳区亮马桥路38号(www.china-expat-connection.com)
October Holiday Camp for Kids: Adventure Camp, Sep 30-Oct 8
Kids 7+. This upcoming National Holiday, Imagine brings a new adventure for the little ones of the house (age 7+): Indoor ski (室内滑雪), climbing (室内攀岩), parkour (跑酷), Civilization Game (文明帝国游戏), and Adventure Park (奇妙探险乐园). This camp is the perfect choice for parents who want to stay in Beijing but are looking for outdoor activities that are creative and challenging at the same time to send their kids.RMB 900 per day for indoor ski; RMB 700 per day for climbing or parkour; RMB 750 per day for Civilization Game or Adventure Park. Click here for more information about each activity. 8am-6pm. Imagine. (WeChat ID: Imagine24X7service, 5739 4933)
Chinese Ink Brush – Calligraphy & Painting, 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)
Safari Song Time, every Fri and Sat
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.
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.
Chinese Traditional Qigong Class, every Sat
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)
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
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.
Photos: sasint via Pixabay; courtesy of organizers