While walking down Beiluoguxiang you may have noticed that the beloved house of spritz and Cartoccio, Nina, has recently undergone a period of adjustment, a brickening-lite if you will. The bar pre-empted an enforced brickening, and had an elegant picture window installed in the place of their front door. Lucky for us, the layout has allowed Nina […]

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Whether you follow the NBA or the Champions League, cricket or Greco-Roman wrestling, badminton or competitive ironing, there is always a game on somewhere in the world, but how can a sports-lover enjoy the thrill of watching a game live with other fans in this great city? To save you from watching them alone at dawn […]

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Most musicians are music buffs, milling about packed clubs and jockeying to be part of a scene. But not iimmune. “I don’t really know much about Beijing’s nightlife, and I don’t go to the nightclubs except for my own performances,” the burgeoning local producer says, which would probably shock of fans who have seen him […]

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Earlier this summer I was floored by the young singer-songwriter WestByWest who seemingly popped out of nowhere in Xi’an with her hypnotic and commanding debut NaNe. The artist, named after Hitchcock’s dizzyingly fun flick North by Northwest, had teamed up with Wang Dong of longstanding electro-rock group TBOR for the release – a sensual dive […]

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China is now home to at least 819 billionaires, which is more than in any other country in the world, and demonstrating once again that the country’s slowing economy (once again missing growth projections in 2018 to instead score a nine-year low) cannot put a damper on the ascent of China’s super-rich. Back in 2016, China sat in second […]

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You’d better not shout, you’d better not cry, you’d better not pout, I’m telling you why… Chinese Fortune Grandpa is coming to town! Wait – who? In 2012, concerns about the encroachment of western traditions prompted a competition to design a truly Chinese gift bringer, as a rival to Santa Claus. The winner was unveiled […]

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At first glance, this year could be viewed in many ways as unexceptional, yet the first thing that struck us from conducting these interviews for The Year From Every Angle is that by and large 2018 was a year of progress. The positivity and hope displayed among these seemingly disparate endeavors, including art, activism, mental health, and even […]

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Rows of prominently displayed beer tanks beckon you into Vltava Czech restaurant from big picture hallway windows, and it’s just as well they have something to make them stand out, considering their prime Topwin Mall real estate next to popular Japanese restaurant Beyond Yakitori and the arguably even more famous Coucou hotpot restaurant. Despite that promising start […]

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