Amid rumors of ofo’s acquisition by Didi Chuxing, the former’s bicycles are no longer accessible in Beijing within Didi’s app. According to the local media, an error is displayed within the app when scanning an ofo bicycle’s QR code. The message says that the problem has been partially repaired, but Didi cannot resolve it entirely without […]

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Air pollution has always received the brunt of public scrutiny as more people move to urban centers in China. Once a taboo subject championed by the US Embassy’s Twitter account, Beijing air quality has become a top priority for its residents, resulting in the creation of air pollution alerts and warnings in recent years. And […]

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Having cemented a strong reputation for creative cocktails and offbeat events at his charming Beiluogu Xiang-adjacent bar Hoper, James Hao is now setting his sights on a much different challenge: opening a cocktail lounge in the spiffier Sanlitun area. First impressions of the new Hoper GT (short for Gongti) show that he’s off to a […]

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Roger Daltrey may not be there to wax lyrical on pinball wizards, but you’ll certainly see AC/DC, KISS, and a number of other bands, adorning the displays of Pinball Liquors‘ glowing, ringing throwback machines. Opening earlier this month, the Xingfucun arcade and bar (also known as 公路商店 or “on the road store bar”) serves as a […]

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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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