the Beijinger Hot and Spicy Festival to Put a Spring in Your Step With Chili Chocolate Ice Cream
Lots of kids don’t like spicy food, but the upcoming Hot and Spicy Festival of our sister brand the Beijinger has one offering that might tempt them: spicy chocolate ice cream! The treat is just one example of the cornucopia of chili-based cuisines available at the festival, from China and the world beyond. The 2019 festival takes place on April 20-21, at Galaxy Soho. For more information and to buy tickets visit the Beijinger’s website.
Secret Chefs Pop Up at Hutong Restaurant
More international culinary delights are available at the Orchid Lodge on Baochao Hutong. Throughout April they’ll be hosting guest chefs, each preparing a special lunch and dinner, in their “Secret Recipes” series. The cuisines on offer range from Japan to Colombia, from India to the southern US, giving you a chance to enjoy food from all around the world in a stylish hutong setting. Definitely one for a date night, we reckon.
Don’t Miss the Deadline to License Your e-Bike!
Time is running out to get your e-bike properly licensed. Temporary licenses are available until April 30, but as of May 1, unlicensed bikes will be impounded and their riders fined RMB 1,000. To stay legal, you can apply online, if your Mandarin skills are equal to the task of navigating the app; alternatively, you need to bring your ID and registration, and your bike’s documentation, to one of 20 registration points across the city. Full information, including help with the app and the address of your nearest Transportation Bureau office, can be found on here. (You can also find help here on updating your WeChat ID information, so that you can still pay for your morning bubble tea!)
And Change Your Calendar for May Day Holiday…
At least e-bike users have been given plenty of notice. Another important legal change came without warning or explanation: the date of the May Day holiday has been switched. Originally it was scheduled for April 29 to May 1, but will now be taking place from May 1 to 4, with “makeup” days on Sunday, April 28 and Sunday, May 5. This does mean an extra day’s holiday, but this will not be greeted as good news by those who have already made travel arrangements or booked tickets.
beijingkids Bids So Long to Kuang, Waves Hello to Wendy
Spring is a time of change, and we’ve seen some changes in the beijingkids team. Our colleague Huang Chenkuang, known to us all as Kuang, writer and potter extraordinaire, has left us. Happily, she’s only moved across the office to work for our sister publication the Beijinger (read her newest articles here), so we still get the pleasure of her company! And just as happily, we’ve welcomed Wendy Xu to the team. Wendy describes herself as a southern girl from the land of pandas. She majored in German literature for her degree and journalism as a postgraduate, and in her spare time loves traveling, snorkeling, rock climbing, calligraphy, and sketching. We’re delighted to have this adventurous spirit on board with us!
This article first appeared in the beijingkids April 2019 Exploring Beijing issue.
Photos: Uni You, Wikimedia Commons, dfic.cn, Wendy Xu