No matter where your allegiances lie there’s no denying the influence that Temple Bar and DDC have had on the music scene in Beijing. The Gulou-adjacent livehouses are pretty much institutions at this point – incubators for Beijing’s continuously evolving music scene, providing a platform for bands of all ilk – whether it be punk, […]

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I’ve always wondered where the phrase “dog days of summer” came from, and apparently, my research suggests it’s linked to astronomy and timekeeping. In ancient times, the appearance of Sirius, the brightest star (after the Sun) in the night sky signaled the peak of summer, and was a precursor to flooding (because of monsoonal rains) in Egypt […]

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It was supposed to make things better, they said. After 11 years of construction and some 20 years of planning, the Shoupakou Daokou (手帕口道口) underpass finally began operations on Jun 15, welcomed by locals who commemorated the opening by taking photographs. The construction couldn’t come any sooner. After rising levels of train and vehicular traffic led to […]

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For many Westerners who have come to China, it’s like landing in an alternative universe – where according to the sheer amount of single-use disposable plastic in circulation, there’s no fear of climate change or polluted oceans. At meal times, the streets heave with delivery men, bringing cheap, convenient food packaged in plastic. While other […]

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Are you an introvert or simply in a leave-me-alone mood? Well, luckily for you, Chinese self-service technology is catching up with trends in Japan (where there are an estimated 5.52 million vending machines), allowing complete shunning of meaningless interaction between you and anyone else in the human race. In keeping with this sad but wholly […]

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Yes, we know it’s humid. Yes, we know the bloody rain won’t stop. Yes, we know your flat’s ceiling is leaking. But, thankfully, there’s plenty of tempting new craft beer options around town to cure your summer time blues. Let’s kick things off with Great Leap Brewing, which recently began selling cans Honey Ma Gold […]

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Although Beijing’s vegetarian-only dining options have grown exponentially in recent years (we’re thinking of places like Root Pop and Lin’s Dining Lounge), it can still be hard to know where to take vegetarian guests out for dinner in the capital, particularly if you’re looking for somewhere high-end. Thankfully, newly-opened Feast restaurant in Wanda Plaza has […]

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