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Noise Pollution: Festivals Galore and More This Mid-Autumn:

Well, I might have spoken too soon last week, cause this is how to properly overstuff a weekend with live shows. It helps that it's a holiday Monday, cause no one is holding back this weekend – in fact, some of the lesser-known frequented venues are actually starting to pick up the slack (perhaps due to the dead elephant in the scene). One thing's for sure, it's an exciting time for you folks looking to get in your live music kicks.
 

Friday Sep 21

Panic Worm, Backspace, Wasted Laika at DDC
A madcap knot of manic, sardonic, and slightly deranged stream-of-conscious melodies and razor-sharp arrangements, the Wuhan post-punk outfit Panic Worm have made quite the name for themselves this year with their signing to Ruby Eyes Records and their subsequent debut release Elusive Magic. Imagine Mark E. Smith paired with the slacker rock sensibilities of Pavement and Sonic Youth and you’d only get a sense of the absurd grace at hand here – beautifully rendered paranoia that oozes with dangerous allure and leads way to a raucous combustible center. Read our interview with Panic Worm guitarist Ryan Blankley ahead of their gig hereRMB 90

Saisa (JP) at Yue Space
The Japanese post-rock group Saisa takes their sound seriously. With three albums and three tours under their belt, the keyboard-guitar-vocal-drums quartet recently added a full-time sound producer to their line up, taking one more step to perfect their sound. They’re back in China touring in support of their newest album Melancholy Fado. RMB 120

Next Door Band, Hz, Gentle Grape, White Papers, No. 2 Tool at 13 Club
13 Club in Wudaokou is hungrier than ever and they’ve rounded out a surefire batch of bands guaranteed to bring a crowd and guaranteed to make some noise - including pop-punk veterans Next Door Band, post-punk ruffians The White Papers, and more. 7pm start. RMB 100

Residence A, Perpetual Motion Machine, Bye Bye Noise, Laisee, The Diagon Alley, Brickleberry at Laifu Livehouse
Speaking of being hungry – Shuangjing’s Laifu Livehouse has let up one bit this year and they’re only getting stronger. A bill typically reserved for Yugong Yishan now is handed over to its new southern neighbor, and it’s a scorcher. Indie rock powerhouses Residence A, old-school Chinese rockers Perpetual Motion Machine, and hardcore aerobatics Laisee are only just the tip of the iceberg. RMB 120

Joy Conch at La Plantation
Joy Conch is the first Chinese blessing music group. Recognized as a national intangible cultural heritage by the state council, the five-piece group who hail from the Tibet, combine folk music and Buddhist chants, creating a sound both natural and melodious giving listeners a sense of belief and release. RMB 200

Medusa’s Child (Germany), War/N/T (US), Bong of Spirit at Temple
German melodic metal outfit Medusa’s Child, has amassed fans all around Europe since their humble beginnings in 1999. They return to China before the release of their fifth studio album. On support will be American punk rock outfit War/N/T as well as Beijing’s own Bong of Spirit, who win on name alone. FREE

DSM, Swaggie, Buzzy, FrankiD, Xiao Jingling, Tiger朱孟德, DJ Joezzz at School
The famous Jiangsu hip-hop artist and founder of Yangzhou rap, DSM AKA Desmond, brings his 10 years in the making, hot-blooded confidence to School Bar with the support of his friends and some of Beijing’s local talent. RMB 100

Echo Flower, Dynamic Duo at Caravan 
An evening of R&B duos at Caravan – with the ever-soulful Echo Flower featuring Orlinda's soulful vocals and Keith's accompanying bluesy guitar and the debut of Dynamic Duo, made up of Tarusha and Fabrice. FREE

Temple do Samba at Jianghu Bar
Temple do Samba have been pushing the Brazilian music culture in China, growing from a handful of people to a full-blown group of samba professionals with over 55 active members. Catch the enchanting sounds of pagode (a sub-branch of Bossanova, samba, and Latin flavors) this evening. RMB 80

MC GuangGuang, Kc, G.G at Mao Livehouse
MC Light AKA MC GuangGuang has been in the game since hip-hop was even a thing in China. Getting his start in 2003, he has been witness to the ebbs and flow of the scene, keeping it real each step of the way. He stomps through Beijing as part of his nationwide tour. RMB 150

Hybrid Theory, Soul Mate at BSP Livehouse
Hitting the sweet spot between the melody of pop music and the sharpness of Chinese rock culture, Hybrid Theory may be heavy but they’ll win you over in no time. They join Soul Mate tonight at the Chaoyangmen spot. RMB

SmallWan at Omni Space
Su Miaoling AKA SmallWan is part of the new generation of Chinese singers making their more on the Mandarin and Cantonese pop scene. Hailing from the Guangdong province, she has a unique low-pitched voice that made her a national sensation. RMB 300

Lu Na & Hao Zi at Mogu Space
The folk-pop duo bring their upbeat, soft-spoken music to Xizhimen as part of their nationwide tour. RMB 80
 

Saturday, Sep 22

Upstream Gaze (Day 1): Birdstriking, Fazi, Default, Mirrors, Last Goodbye at Omni Space
This weekend Beijing’s Noise & Shoegaze & Psychedelic Festival (now known as Upstream Gaze) returns to Omni Space, providing audiences with an opportunity to catch some of the country’s most exciting and dangerously alluring indie rocks bands – night one features Xi’an melodic post-punk favorites Fazi, Shanghai psychedelic pile-drivers Mirrors, as well as Beijing’s own noise rockers Birdstirking, plus shoegaze outfits Default and Last Goodbye. Read more about what to expect here. RMB 130

The Geeks (SK), Struggle Session, Anti-Dogs, Return The Truth, Last Chance of Youth, What A Beautiful Day, Last Resort, Shave’N’Shut, Dagger, Defeat the Giant at 13 Club 
The China Hardcore Music Festival celebrates seven years doing what it does best - putting together a group of volatile bands, capping and screaming their message to fans. And this year is looking quite epic – particularly with the inclusion of South Korea’s number one hardcore band The Geeks, who have been going strong for twenty years, in their China debut. The mosh pit doesn’t end though. Audiences will also be treated to sets from Shenzhen’s What A Beautiful Day, Shanghai’s Anti-Dogs (made of ex-members of the renowned Top Floor Circus) and plenty of local talent as well. Get at it. 7pm start. RMB 150

Sucker, Hangnail, Holy Shit at School
Longstanding old school punk outfit Sucker, from the great city of Xi’an, return to Beijing as part of their ‘One Thousand Bottles of Beer’ tour supporting their new album – and best believe it’s gonna get ruddy. Expect a beer-soaked rambunctious evening of pure unadulterated punk music with shades of ska, reggae, and hard rock – support from our very own Holy Shit and Hang Nail. RMB 100

Maybe Noise Festival (Day 1): Zhu Wenbo, Jun-Y Ciao, Li Zenghui, Zhang Shouwang and Yan Yulong at Beijing Minsheng Art Museum
Maybe Noise Records – the new avant-garde contemporary music label (made up of some of Maybe Mars most influential characters) throw its first big event – the Maybe Noise Festival – ‘a festival of unknowns and uncertainties’ which will showcase a variety of composers who share a background in experimental music. Focused on the idea of ‘composition,’ the two-day event will look at ‘pieces’ from some of the scene’s best, some of which have been taking shape over the last few years. Day one showcases Zhu Wenbo, Jun-Y Ciao, Li Zenghui, Zhang Shouwang, and Yan Yulong. 8pm start. RMB 100 (RMB 150 for both days)

Saycet (FR), 4 Channels Club at Mao Livehouse
Saycet - the project of Pierre Lefeuvre, the French music composer hailing from Paris who cut his teeth listening to Boards of Canada and Múm, brings his atmospheric abstract, dreamlike and intoxicating soundscapes to Mao Livehouse. He’ll be performing with vocalist Phoene Somsavath as the two create vivid arrangements that brand out into experimental pop. RMB 150

Pizza Face, Bang Bang Mary, Showhand at Temple
‘You know Ian – he’s our really buff bartender.’ Love Temple Bar and their acknowledgment that we all do in fact, know Ian. And buff he is (though I recall a time when Ian was just a young man without a sixpack) and his birthday we shall celebrate with a righteous, rowdy batch of up and comers including Pizza Face, Bang Bang Mary, and Showhand. FREE

Rhonda, Penguin, Dawei & The Social Poets, The Glamour Manifesto at DDC
Hard-hitting instrumental rock, socially conscious and inflamed funk hip hop, industrial electro-rock, and a fresh on the scene drum and guitar duo looking to make some noise – all the makings of a righteous Saturday evening at none other than DDC. RMB 80

Vader (PO), Hate (PO), Thy Disease(PO) at Laifu Livehouse
Mort Productions welcomes three Polish heavyweight in the metal scene – Vader (death metal), Hate (death/black metal), and Thy Disease (industrial groove metal) who have been creating chaos for over 25 years. RMB 480

Time Capsule, H.O.G, All Unknown, Summer Warz, Qiong Ke at BSP Livehouse
Picking up a bit of the slack it seems – BSP Livehouse in Chaoyangmen has to offer a pretty appetizing bill featuring a bit of something for everyone – from pop punk outfit All Unknown, to indie pop kids Time Capsule, and funk hip-hop troupe H.O.G. RMB 100

Daowuji, echoloop, Li Er Yang x Zhang An, Wu Gui at Soi Baochao
Dubbed a free art organization and a common artistic concept. The Kaleidoscope kicks off tonight with first an art market at Soi Baochao before terraforming into a late evening of poetry, improvisational music, and more with sets from Wu Gui, Li Er Yang and Zhang An, echoloop, and band Daowuji. Digging the concept. 7pm start. FREE

Bayan Dalai, Ding Chenchen at fRUITYSPACE
The Inner Mongolian singer-songwriter Bayan Dalai, frontman for Horse Radio and formerly december3am deeps into his improvisational tendencies alongside noise maker and destroyer of worlds Ding Chen Chen. RMB 40

Ida Neilsen & The Funkbots (Netherlands) at Blue Note
The Danish bass player, composer, and singer Ida Nielsen, who got her start when music legend Prince discovered her in 2010, comes to Blue Note this weekend. With three releases under her belt and a fourth one due later this fall, her music is best described as a mix of old school funk and hip-hop spiced up with elements from reggae and world music. RMB 160-400

Saso feat. Spirit Rebellious at Caravan
Formed of members from various parts of Africa but blending the music of all cultures Saso and the Spirit Rebellious look to bring a good time to Caravan tonight. RMB 50

The Flip Side at Modernista
The Flip Side is Beijing’s only live disco band. Bring your boogie shoes and come prepared to freak out, shake your booty, get jiggy with it and celebrate good times and a weekend kick off! FREE

Liu Donghong at Mogu Space
Liu Donghong, dusty blues singer of Sand, China’s first ‘cold rock’ band, and a scene player for over 20 years gives an intimate performance in Xizhimen. RMB 80

T.S.T, Mountain Pepper Fish, Cypher T at Jianghu Bar
The cozy hutong Jianghu Bar mixes it up tonight with a bit of pop-blues from T.S.T, some funk courtesy of Mountain Pepper Fish, and some hip-hop via Cypher T. Color me intrigued. RMB 70
 

Sunday, Sep 23

 

Rye Music Festival (Day 1) at Changyang Music Theme Park
Fall season festival season is upon us and while we’re not quite back to the good ol’ days, there’s something nice about there being a new player in town and the Rye Music Festival, hosted by Taihe (among others) is no small apples. Held at the Changyang Music Theme Park (where the Grammy Festival was held this spring) it features an array of Chinese and International acts. Day one welcomes Austrian black metal band Harakiri for the Sky, indie rock stalwarts Carsick Cars, Chinese rock and roll favorites Second Hand Rose, Hedgehog, Buyi, and much more. 1pm start. RMB 360

The 尺口MP, Gatsby in a Daze, Baihu, Boiled Hippo at Omni Space
This weekend Beijing’s Noise & Shoegaze & Psychedelic Festival returns to Omni Space, providing audiences with an opportunity to catch some of the country’s most exciting and dangerously alluring indie rocks bands – night two features Fuzhou leisure-pop trio The 尺口MP, Hangzhou lo-fi noise rockers Gatsby in a Daze, as well as Beijing’s own Baihu and Boiled Hippo. Read more about what to expect hereRMB 130

Maybe Noise Festival (Day 2): Li Song, Weiwei, Sheng Jie, Meng Qi, Yan Jun at Beijing Minsheng Art Museum
Maybe Noise Records – the new avant-garde contemporary music label (made up of some of Maybe Mars most influential characters) throw its first big event – the Maybe Noise Festival – ‘a festival of unknowns and uncertainties’ which will showcase a variety of composers who share a background in experimental music. Focused on the idea of ‘composition’, the two-day event will look at ‘pieces’ from some of the scene’s best, some of which have been taking shape over the last few years. Day two features Li Song, Weiwei, Sheng Jie, Meng Qi, and Yan Jun. 8pm start. RMB 100 (RMB 150 for two days)

H.O.G, Pacalolo, Joker's Belief, Boss Cuts, End of The World at School
School celebrates Mid-Autumn Festival with a two-day bash full of music with one goal in mind – getting you moving. Day one is most certainly up to the occasion with sets from electro-rock faves Pacalolo, surf rock outfit Boss Cuts, longstanding ska troupe End of the World, rap funk crew H.O.G and funk groove slayers Joker’s Belief. RMB 80

Mariyah (DK), Pure, Anxt at DDC
Experienced Danish/Lebanese singer and performer Mariyah, who’s based in Denmark and dabbles in gypsy-infused electronic pop, returns to China after two successful tours in 2017. She’s supported by grunge pranksters Pure and electronic producer anxt (of Macondø). RMB 60

Nate Nathan & Mechanica at Yue Space
Nate Nathan (Nene) is a musical elf, indie musician, and producer from California, whose influences gospel and jazz music join fellow Californian live coding and electronic sci-pop producer Dr. Mechanica. RMB 120

Ida Neilsen and The Funkbots (Netherlands) at Blue Note
The Danish bass player, composer, and singer Ida Nielsen, who got her start when music legend Prince discovered her in 2010, comes to Blue Note this weekend. With three releases under her belt and a fourth one due later this fall, her music is best described as a mix of old school funk and hip-hop spiced up with elements from reggae and world music. RMB 160-400

Silent, Titan, Jezzy, Rebelu, Gui Fu, Dabao Kate, Bai Huzi, Deng Pao, Wan Ping at Soi Baochao
It’s an onslaught of hip-hop tonight with rappers from all corners of Beijing converging on Baochao Hutong for an evening of battles and quick-fire rhymes. RMB 80

Spinning Glasshouse, Mystery at Mogu Space
Veteran indie pop band Spinning Glasshouse bring some charm to this holiday evening alongside female singer-songwriter Mystery. RMB 60

The Mantras at Modernista
It's time for one more relaxing Sunday of jazz goodness featuring the always-reliable The Mantras. FREE
 

Monday, Sep 24

Rye Music Festival (Day 2) at Changyang Music Theme Park
Fall season festival season is upon us and while we’re not quite back to the good ol’ days, there’s something nice about there being a new player in town and the Rye Music Festival, hosted by Taihe (among others) is no small apples. Held at the Changyang Music Theme Park (where the Grammy Festival was held this spring) it features an array of Chinese and International acts. Day two welcomes Sweden indie rock hitmakers The Royal Concept, Nanjing indie rock trio School Girl Byebye, Japanese psychedelic rock troupe Kikagaku Moyo, Taiwan lyrist HUSH, and much more. 1pm start. RMB 360 
 

Want to cut a rug instead? Check out this weekend's nightlife offerings here.
 

Photos: Will Griffith, courtesy of the promoters

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Australia's Top Burgers, You Say? We Put Shilipu Newcomer Royal Stacks to the Test:

Royal Stacks burgers: sly Aussie imposters, or the real deal?

Unless you somehow managed to escape the relentless barking of your sixteen million WeChat groups recently, you are aware that on Sep 8, Royal Stacks AKA 'Australia's top burger chain' opened in Beijing, giving away free burgers to the starving masses. "Royal who?" I asked, staring at my phone in confusion. I'm Australian and I'd never heard of the chain, and neither it seemed, had any of my fellow expatriated countryfolk that I know in Beijing.

So it was with much curiosity, and some suspicion, that I ventured into their glass-fronted Shilipu store during a recent lunchtime to try their wares. Who were these mysterious Australians? What kind of burgers were they slinging? And most importantly, would they be served with beetroot, as all legitimate Down Under burgers should be?

First thing's first: Royal Stacks is an Instagrammers paradise: the retro '50s-diner-meets-Madrid-tapas-bar aesthetic is bright and welcoming, while the gorgeous murals by Melbourne artist Jasmin Mansbridge are practically screaming out to be hashtagged. Despite the large space, there isn't much seating, but patrons can stand and eat at the center counter, and apparently there are plans for outdoor seating in the works.

Second, a quick scan of the menu revealed that there are in fact no beetroot slices on offer, leaving me to feel cheated out of my traditional Aussie experience, that was, until this line caught my eye: "using only Fresh Beef pasture fed 100 percent GMO FREE Australian Antibiotic free, Hormone Free [sic]." Aha. Unlike other certain prominent restaurant chains that I could mention *cough Outback Steakhouse cough* Royal Stacks seems to have eschewed disingenuous Australiana posturing in favor of serving actual Australian food albeit under the guise of a clunky and case-tastrophic translation.

READ: Meat Mate Opens at Indigo With Affordable Chilled Australian Beef Steaks

The King (RMB 58) with its hefty mac and cheese croquette layer, immediately caught my eye. The bun (baked next door in the adjoining bakery which you can spy through the large window) was light, soft, and fresh while the sturdy butter lettuce held its own up top, providing a nice counterpoint to the firm and juicy patty (perfectly pink in the middle). Despite its high profile inclusion, after the initial crunch, the mac and cheese patty dropped right off the burger's flavor profile and ended up just tasting vaguely creamy. Fortunately, this in no way diminished the excellent burger, whose varied texture and distinct flavor shone through with every bite, right until the end. The addition of real, proper-thick bacon in the Saint, as well as a very generous base of jalapeño peppers scored points with my dining companions, as did the well-balanced flavor of the truffle mayo in the stately Miss Elizabeth. 

Our sides were of the same standard: fluffy-inside, crunchy-outside potato gems covered in melted cheese, and chili fries with chili that you could happily eat on its own. Flipping over the menu, the Tim Tam milkshake caught my eye, and I'm happy to report that Australia's most treasured chocolate biscuit was been treated with the respect that it deserves.

Because we'd already made it all the way out there (located in the old Ito Yokado mall, the restaurant is in a bit of an awkward location given that it's a 15-minute walk from either Sihui East and Shilipu subway stations), and because we have no self-control, we decided to go for the ice cream too, which is churned on site. Of the lot, the chocolate was a standout.

So are Royal Stacks really Australia's top burger chain? Well, how should I know? I live in China.

What I do know is that most Australian's actually don't eat damper and emu on the regular, nor do I drink Fosters Beer (which, for the record, tastes like dingo piss and condensated regret that has seeped from the leathery folds of Paul Hogan's living carcass). We like good hamburgers as much as the next person and favor fresh, high-quality food, and interesting menu choices. Despite the lack of beetroot, on these notes, Royal Stacks definitely delivers.

Royal Stacks
Daily 8am-6pm. 1/F, Vanke Times Center, Shilipu, Chaoyang District
朝阳区十里堡甲3号院1号楼万科时代中心L1001-01
 

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Does Upstream Gaze Fest Have the Best Beijing Lineup This Fall?:

On paper, Modern Sky isn’t exactly known for its cutting-edge artists – ones who revel in the unapologetic genres of psychedelic, shoegaze, and noise. Of course that’s not entirely true, but for the most part (and for argument’s sake), the longstanding independent label, one of China’s first, has played it safe, counting on bands and audiences with more easily compartmentalized tastes. So when Neptune, one of the company’s promoters and organizers, noticed a lull in the now extinct Modern Sky Lab’s calendar last summer, he and his workmate jumped on the opportunity to make the most of it and fill it with the kind of music he loved. Thus was born Beijing’s first Noise & Shoegaze & Psychedelic Festival (噪盯迷). And it was a blast – a perfect diorama of Beijing’s more offbeat indie scene and an opportunity for folks to indulge in sounds that aren’t as easily defined. As Neptune recalls, audiences, including myself were stricken – “they all found surprises within.” 

This Saturday and Sunday, Sep 22-23, Beijing’s Noise & Shoegaze & Psychedelic Festival returns – under the more ear-pleasing name of Upstream Gaze Festival – to Omni Space, providing audiences with an opportunity to catch some of the country’s most exciting and dangerously alluring indie rocks bands. 

After the success of the first edition of the festival, called then Legal Vitamin (named after the movie Trainspotting), Neptune waited for other big gigs with similar aspirations to pop up. And with Shanghai’s own Shoegaze Festival already going strong for five years, he was certain Beijing would follow suit. Nevertheless, Beijing didn’t make a peep. "Someone needed to do it, so why not me,” explains Neptune and the sweet aftertaste of the first edition was enough to persuade him to chase that high again and for the second edition. This time around, he has reached out even further, tapping bands from across China to participate in the event. 

That upgraded bill includes the renewed post-punk band Fazi from Xi’an (pictured at top), whose bubbly frenzied melodic take on the genre has made them festival favorites; Hangzhou’s Gatsby in a Daze is another band that’s been gaining traction over the years – employing an endearing lo-fi jangly psych-rock sound that coasts on tons of charm. Earlier this summer Neptune put together the Shanghai edition of the event, and through that came the addition of Mirrors, a band that’s been pummeling audiences with their whiplash-inducing brand of psychedelic mayhem and trance-like grooves. 

While Neptune modestly doesn’t pick favorites (“They’re all highlights in my heart”) the band that I’m most excited for is The 尺口MP who hail from the coastal city of Fuzhou, Fujian province. Self-described as a ‘leisure-pop trio’ they released their lo-fi pop gem of an EP last year and have been riding high since. A bit of sun-soaked surf rock jangle, some shoegaze riff-raff, and plenty of dream pop reverb, their sound is the perfect way to say farewell to the summer. It’s a lineup that Beijing doesn’t get too much of, and with the addition of local bands Birdstriking, Default (fresh off of their Beijing opening for Slowdive last weekend), Baihu, and Boiled Hippo, it’s by far the most stacked lineup of the fall season. 

Upstream Gaze takes place on Sep 22-23 at Omni Space. Tickets are RMB 100 advance per day and can be bought here.
 

Never miss a gig: click here for a huge list of live shows in the city, updated daily.
 

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Grammin': How to Have the Most Insta-Worthy Trip to Hong Kong:

Despite the ravages of the recent Typhoon Mangkhut, Hong Kong remains a visitors dream destination and the ideal city break from Beijing. Here's how to get the most out of your next visit. 

If you have been an expat in Beijing for any length of time, it's likely that you've made more than a couple of trips to Hong Kong and by this point, you may be wondering what else there is to see and do that you haven't already seen and done before. While we can't really imagine anyone being *truly* bored in Hong Kong, if you need to give yourself something to do, why not take advantage of Hong Kong's photogenic nature and spend your days snapping the perfect Instagram? The ideas below should make sure that the likes keep rolling in; you'll be an influencer in no time! 

RELATED: How to Have an #Instaperfect Trip to Beijing

Nanlian Garden

Hong Kong is all about contrasts and you can capture them in stark relief at Nanlian Garden, a Tang dynasty-style public park in Diamond Hill. The bright gold central pagoda and other traditional Chinese structures really stand out against the rows of concrete tower blocks in the background and the gardens around provide plenty of opportunities for close-up nature shots. 

Victoria Harbour

Hong Kong just wouldn't be Hong Kong without its instantly-recognizable skyline and the best place to 'gram it is the Kowloon side of Victoria Harbor. Get down there by 8pm to catch A Symphony of Lights, a dazzling nightly light show, although the buildings are just as photogenic by themselves. Catch the flipside of this view from Victoria Peak (but wait for a clear night otherwise you won't have much to photograph).  

Choi Hung Estate

With a name that literally means "Rainbow Estate," it's not hard to guess how this landmark makes it onto so many Hong Kong photography guides. One of the oldest public housing estates in Hong Kong, these multicolored towers are located in Wong Tai Sin District in Kowloon. Apparently, the buildings were originally given their bright paint job to lift the spirits of the residents but nowadays their biggest function seems to be as Insta-backdrops! 

Star Ferry

Victoria harbor is the star of plenty of pictures but the ferry that plies its water is just as iconic. The green and white boats haven't changed much since the Star Ferry was first founded in 1888 xxx Bonus points for a selfie on the boat with the harbor in the background. 

Food

Many people visit Hong Kong just for the restaurants but what some might not appreciate is that the food often looks just as good as it tastes! You're bound to reel in the likes whatever dishes you post but these are some of our favorite dishes to Insta: the crazy egg waffle-ice cream concoctions at Oddies Foodies; the super cute ice cream bao at Little Bao (pictured above); and the super-healthy, super tasty dishes at Grassroots Pantry (#cleaneating). Restaurants with stunning interior design include funky Chinese kitchen Ho Lee Fook and speakeasy restaurant Mrs. Pound, which is hidden behind the facade of a stamp shop.

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READ: Here's How to Travel Beijing to Hong Kong by Train in Just 9 Hours
 

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Guangdong Heritage: Visiting the Diaolou Around Kaiping:

As the ancestral homeland for many overseas Chinese, Guangdong has a very rich history. One of the places where this is perhaps most obvious is the region around Kaiping, a city administered as part of Jiangmen, approximately 140 kilometers from Guangzhou. If you ever find yourself in Shenzhen or Guangzhou with a spare day or two, Kaiping is worth the trip!

Kaiping was a region of major emigration at the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century, and the area has a wide range of diaolou, or watchtowers, scattered through the rural landscapes. These diaolou served two purposes, housing, and protection against banditry. Many western architectural features are featured in these towers, and recently some of them were added to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list.

Zilicun (自力村)

Perhaps the most famous of the diaolou clusters, Zili Village, or Zilicun, is a beautiful sight with impressive, fortified watchtowers looking out over vast fields of green. The watchtowers have most of the original furniture in tact, and there are still portraits of its residents hanging on display. They are indicative of the wealth that many overseas Chinese returned from America to China with.

Entry here is RMB 80, and there are a few buildings that you can enter and enjoy the view from the top. You can also get a RMB 150 ticket to cover all clusters in the area as well as the Li Gardens that are nearby, build in the 1920s and 1930s. 

Chikan Village (赤坎)

Chikan Village is a really interesting village, though you’ll need to go here soon if you want to enjoy it in its former glory. The village has already been emptied and feels like a ghost town, and signs indicate that there are plans to demolish the entire village and turn it into a sort of ‘tourist destination’ with newer buildings that look like the old buildings.

This seems a rather odd way to preserve a village that has been designated as a National Historic and Cultural Town of China. One of the most impressive sights is a three-kilometer long riverside stretch of European-style buildings.

Jinjiangli (锦江里)

One of the few villages that still had residents living here, Jinjiangli has three famous diaolou, the most well-known being Ruishi Lou. You can enter it and climb to its balcony, but for the best views there are surrounding neighbors who are more than happy to let you on their roof for a small fee (RMB 10 per person).

The village also has a couple of little restaurants for if you’re arriving hungry and want to experience local cuisine.

Sanmenli (三门里)

One of the most inhabited villages of them all, Sanmenli, has the oldest diaolou of the area at its core: Yinglong Diaolou. Being off the beaten track, you don’t need a ticket to go here.

This huge, almost windowless watchtower was built during the Ming Dynasty in the 16th century but is unfortunately closed to the public. Again, we asked nearby neighbors whether we could take a look from their roof, as the view was impressive from high up. 

Getting there

Get a bus to Kaiping from Guangzhou Railway Station or from Tian He Bus Station. The travel time for both of these buses is about two hours, and they depart every 30 minutes between 7am and 7pm. 

From Shenzhen you can get a bus from Shenzhen Qiaoshe Bus Station or from Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport. This bus takes approximately 3-4 hours, depending on traffic.

Getting around

The easiest thing to do is rent a car to take you to these spots, as they are approximately 10 kilometers from Kaiping and then another 5-10 kilometers from each other. Alternatively ask a taxi driver to take you there, wait, and take you back.

Staying there: While the sights can be covered in a (long!) day trip, we recommend staying over in a hotel in Kaiping (there are plenty of options available online), so that you have a day and a half to cover the four clusters listed above.
 

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Three Must Dos to Mark Mid-Autumn Festival:

The Mid-Autumn Festival is nearly upon us, and whereas mooncakes are synonymous with holiday, they are just one thing to occupy yourself with during the festival. Prior to the bid day, which this year falls on Monday, Sep 24, take a look at what else other traditional activities you may see people doing: 
 

Gazing at the Moon

The custom of appreciating the moon during Mid-Autumn Festival can be traced back to the Tang Dynasty (618-907) and draws on the story of Chang'e and Hou Yi, a local archer and his wife, respectively. According to the legend, there were once 10 suns that were visible all at the same time, which brought dried the crops to the land. In order to improve the harvests, archer Hou Yi climbed the highest peak he could find and then shot down nine of the suns, leaving just one to shine down on the earth. For his efforts, he was awarded an elixir that one of his apprentices made but before he could consume it, his wife Chang'e drank it instead. Upon doing so, Chang’e floated up to the moon and despite his efforts of trying to reach her, Hou Yi was unable to reach her. Therefore, in the end, he could only gaze at the moon longingly when it was at its brightest to try and see her figure and this is how the tradition of moon gazing begun (it also helps that the moon is full on Mid-Autumn).

Wanting to do some moon gazing yourself? Beijing has numerous places to get a good vantage point for this age-old tradition.
 

Mooncakes

Made of flour and stuffed sweet fillings such as sugar and lotus seed powder, mooncakes are traditional Chinese pastries that are famous in the mid-autumn festival. The pastry symbolizes family reunion and is cut into equal pieces according to the number of the people in the family then washed down with some tea. It’s not well documented how many families follow this tradition but the more commercial aspect is people buy to give to friends, family, clients, and potential clients as a method of getting to know one another. 

Though mooncakes can be an acquired taste, there are many varieties now available that suit, let's say, more Western palates. Have a look here for some of this year's best.
 

Sending Chinese Mid-Autumn Lanterns

Nothing can compare to the spectacle of Lantern Festival’s colorful and eye-catching paper lanterns but they also make a return for Mid-Autumn Festival too. If you don't want to buy one, they're actually quite easy to make and provides a fun group activity to bring people together during the holiday. We'd recommend ditching the candle however as there have been numerous incidents whereby a rogue lantern has caused buildings to burn down.

For some easy a fun lantern-making instructions, click here or here.


READ: Full Moon Party: What to Serve at a Mid-Autumn Festival Dinner


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Blaq Coffee Brings a Taste of Canada to Central Park Plaza:

Situated in the mammoth Central Park Plaza complex near Chaoyang Park, the recently opened Blaq Coffee looks to bring a taste of fresh, low-key Canadiana to this slick and organized neighborhood. 

Chen Li Xin, who consults for Blaq Coffee in Beijing to help give it some True North flair, cut his teeth with his own Blaq Sheep cafes in the West Coast Canadian town of Vancouver. That city is a major hub by Great White North standards to be sure, but one that is also known for its outdoorsy attractions and relatively mellow, down-home vibe.

Blaq proudly wears its Canuck aesthetic with framed hockey jerseys on the walls, a black-on-red color scheme, along with three tables and two counters that can in total squeeze a little over a dozen patrons in its snug interior (they also have branches in Zhongguancun, Beitucheng, and at the new Air China building on Xiaoyun Road).

The coffee on offer follows suit with that unfrilly ambiance, eschewing the haughtier artisan approach of Soloist, Metal Hands, and other in vogue Beijing cafés in favor of simpler, more wholesome varieties. Top billing on their menu goes to the no muss, no fuss “fresh brewed daily coffee” (RMB 19 for a medium, or RMB 22 for a large). Our cup came jet black and piping hot with a strong caffeinated kick that stopped short of being overwhelming – a welcome addition for customers looking for an unpretentious, quick caffeine fix in a city saturated with more uppity options.

When it comes to more stylish coffee options, Blaq bucks the trend of specialty imports favored by many a Beijing café (think Ethiopian and Kenyan options that can come with a hefty price tag). Instead, they mostly opt for cutesy sweet alternatives like Belgian chocolate mochas (RMB 34 for a medium or RMB 37 for a large), vanilla lattes (RMB 31 for a medium or RMB 34 for a large), and red velvet lattes (RMB 31 for a medium or RMB 34 for a large). The food menu shares that sugary sentiment, and is also a pretty major attribute, from the RMB 24 pumpkin pie with its cushy wholesomeness and a dollop of maple leaf-shaped icing on top to the whiskey-marinated beef panini sandwich (RMB 58), which was satisfying albeit a bit straightforward aside from the boozy flavor from the marination. 

READ: Oh Canada! Canuck Coffee Chain Tim Horton's to Open 1,500 China Branches

Together, these attributes make Blaq Coffee an approachable and fun alternative to some of the more upscale options around town. Highly discerning coffee bean nerds may not find what they’re looking for here, but the low prices, straightforward offerings, and overall breezy vibe of its ambiance should make it a consideration among a wider swath of casual Beijing coffee fans.

Blaq Coffee
Daily 8am-8pm. 1-4, Block A1, 10 South Chaoyang Park Road (South West Chamber, Grand Central Park Plaza) (6508 7170)
朝阳公园南路10号院A1栋1-4号(骏豪中央公园广场西南底商)
 

Perk up with the Beijinger's complete coverage of the capital's café scene here.
 

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Browse Beijing’s Last Ghost Market Before it Becomes an Apparition:

Few people living in Beijing have a reason to explore past the Fourth Ring Road, where newly-built high-rises replace old low-rise blocks in a flurry that seems like endless construction work and an undermining of the character those areas used to possess.

Fortunately, there are still some interesting things to be found hiding between the towers. One such example is the Daliushu Ghost Market, located by the East Fourth Ring Road. Taking place every Wednesday morning, the first vendors are set up way before dawn, a tradition that has made it an early-hours pilgrimage for hawkers and gawkers over the past 40 years.

Less well-known than the more centrally-located Panjiayuan Antique Market, the prices at Daliushu are on average much lower thanks to its outlying location, the items are also so varied that you're likely to walk away with much more than you bargained for. You'll find anything from jade jewelry, emerald bracelets, amber beads, porcelain tableware, cassette tapes, old books, vintage sunglasses, clothes, shoes, musical instruments, traditional paintings, decorations, vintage cameras, posters, calligraphy, electronic accessories, furniture, perfume, and countless other knick-knacks neatly lining the floors.

One explanation for what constitutes a ghost market dates from the decline of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), when wealthy families were watching their riches slip away from them but were too ashamed to admit it. They therefore chose to sell their belongings under the cover of night instead. Those families even included royalty, so it was possible for lucky treasure hunters to stumble across items that were hawked at bargain prices but turned out to be worth a fortune. It’s also said that the name may have arisen from the fact that some of the items sold at the market were stolen from royal palaces as if robbed by ghosts, or even that they had been bought from tomb raiders.

To this day, the market opens at 3am, adding a sense of mystery and adventure. Those afraid of the dark will be happy to hear that it officially shuts 12 hours later, at 3pm. Despite its early opening time, the hustle and bustle starts at around 8pm the day prior, partly because some of the vendors make long trips from surrounding provinces. The most experienced buyers usually come during the hours of darkness – many wearing headlamps or carrying flashlights – in the hope of snapping up (purported) antiques, believing that the best deals are to be found early on. However, prices are more negotiable nearer to closing time with vendors eager to pack up and leave.

As well as veteran buyers who may otherwise be engaged in trading antiques professionally, the market also attracts groups of hip and young vintage enthusiasts. What draws them is not only the fair prices, but the fact that the market's teeming with unique items not to be found elsewhere. That being said, there’s one unspoken rule at the market: don’t ask the vendors where they got the item from. Not only are you unlikely to get a straight answer if you do, this tradition hangover from the ghost market's early days, when the affluent sellers would disguise their identities and refuse to talk, wearing concealing clothing miming prices instead. From the articles we saw, we can assume that many of the artifacts came from other antique markets around the country, from being collected from rural families, or as in the past, are old family heirlooms being sold off. In that regards, they can give you a glimpse of peoples' lives back in the 1950s or '60s.

Sadly, like many other historic Beijing institutions which have disappeared overnight, the Ghost Market is threatened with potential closure. Faced with a similar fate to the Baoguo Temple Market in Xicheng District, which was shut down by the authorities in 2011 after 14 years of operation, at best Daliushu may soon undergo renovation. Sadly that may take much of its rugged charm away.

READ: Beijing's Last Remaining Wholesale Markets More For Tourists Than Locals

A vendor from Shanxi told us that the market is affiliated to the neighboring shops and are leased out by one entrepreneur. The lease for the space is due for renewal this October, and if the government and the entrepreneur fail to reach a new agreement, the market will be forced to close. For that reason alone, we'd recommend putting time aside to visit one of the capital's last remaining ghostly gems before it slips into the darkness of time.

How to get there: Take subway Line 7 to Nanlou Zizhuang. Exit from exit C, turn east and walk straight around 200 meters.

Daliushu Ghost Market 
3am-3pm every Wed. 150 meters East to the crossroad of Daliushu Road and Xiaowuji Road, Chaoyang District
大柳树夜市,朝阳区大柳树路与小武基路交叉口西150米

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Qiu Sushi Whiskey Lives Up to Its Name With Pricy Japanese Delicacies Near Chaoyang Park:

A night out in the Liangmaqiao or Chaoyang park areas usually isn’t complete without an order of decadent sushi or a glassful of intoxicating Japanese whiskey. Both such fine imports are doled out in ample supply at slews of businesses in that vicinity of the Japanese embassy. Such is the case that it was just a matter of time before one of those proprietors had the bright idea to specialize in not merely one, but both of those delicacies. Enter Qiu Sushi Whiskey, a new lounge, and restaurant that goes far, almost comically beyond its simplistic name. 

Let’s get a major point out of the way: this is by no means your humble, hole in the wall yakitori hovel in and around Liangmaqiao. Instead, Qiu does Japanese upscale, serving sushi sets at a whopping RMB 1,200 per person, while many of its whiskeys run north of RMB 130 per glass (some even being over RMB 300 per glass, though you’ll find similar prices at other fancy whiskey bars around town). The owner’s affinity for for the finite things is apparent from the get-go, because they’ve rendered the entryway of their Chaoyang Park-adjacent Central Park Plaza digs boldly chic, from the stark lighting, slate grey floor and wood panel walls to the dining counter that deliberately pops from that more drab backdrop thanks to a giant print of the vibrant Great Wave off Kanagawa by Katsushika Hokusai, and shimmering wavy incandescent lights up above. The bright colors of the freshly cut sushi also flared out prominently from the counters as the chefs diced the items and served them to a few customers. 

Pretty as all that undeniably was, the occasion wasn’t special enough to warrant an RMB 1000 plus food bill, though we might reconsider the next time we have guests to impress. Making our way downstairs to the softly lit lounge indicated by the last word in Qiu Sushi Whiskey’s moniker, we were pleased to find ourselves looking at the menu where we could splurge somewhat more prudently. That’s not to say our eyes didn’t bug at the RMB 950 per glass/RMB 8,980 per bottle Miyakigyo 12-year-old sweet and sherry Japanese whiskey, or that we weren’t taken aback by the RMB 680/RMB 8,880 21-year-old Taketsuru. But at least the softly lit lounge with the red-hued metallic artwork hanging on the far wall also had some more midrange whiskeys compared to those top-shelf items. Prime examples included the RMB 120 per glass Suntory Kakubin yellow label, the RMB 140 per glass single malt Nikka Yoichi, and the RMB 140 Miyagiko. We were struck by how the vast majority of the menu was dedicated to Japanese whiskeys, rather than so many of Qiu that have a page or so reserved for highland, lowland, Islay and seemingly every other variety under the sun. 

Such narrow precision is also applied to the cocktails, which are prepared in a unique-for-Beijing high ball style where you pick your spirit and the bartender readies a mixed drink based on its properties. They’re tiered at RMB 120, 150, and 200 per glass, the latter of which seems frankly ridiculous when you could instead drink a quality whiskey neat, though the lower RMB 120 tag is, unfortunately, becoming par for the course at many Beijing cocktail joints these days. 

Regardless, we enjoyed the aforementioned RMB 140 glass Miyagiko neat, which was quite flavorful and featured a few fruity notes while also being light in body. The lounge’s elegantly minimalistic backdrop certainly didn’t hurt matters. 

And while much of the wares were way behind our price range on that given night, it was intriguing to see a newly opened spot so boldly strive for the upper echelon of Beijing’s fine dining and high-end drinking scene. They certainly couldn’t have picked a better neighborhood than the ritzy Chaoyang park adjacent locale. What’s more: the warmly welcoming service and enticing ambiance, along with strong and satisfying midrange whiskeys we knocked back, all made us strongly considering splurging much of our next paychecks with our special someones at this glamorous new spot's sushi counter. 

Qiu Sushi Whiskey
Daily, 6pm-late. 1/F, Rm 7-8, Bldg A7, Central Park Plaza, Chaoyang District
秋:朝阳区中央公园广场A7楼1层7-8室

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Beijing Beats: ByeByeDisco 10th Anniversary, Spanish Dance Party at Soi Baochao, Tel Aviv DJ Anna Haleta at Aurora:

Beijing Beats brings you the best in Beijing nightlife each weekend so that you can soothe the woes of a long and stressful week with some out-of-body gyrating and some experiences you'd rather forget come Monday. Check the weekend's full list of nightlife events here.
 

Wednesday, Sep 19

Real Private Network (DJ) Party
This empowering party features an all-female lineup comprised of DJs Chloe, Fishdoll, Sohan, JustSyd (who is also a well-regarded party planner that headed up smash successes like the Shade Seoul drag party earlier this year), and Dirty Dishes (a popular local DJ whose stage name defies her so fresh, so clean hip-hop turntable style). Celebrate girl power while partying down with some irresistibly danceable grooves at this Yue Space event. Free. 8.30pm. Yue Space
 

Thursday, Sep 20

DJ An On Bast
Hungarian DJ An On Blast will host an afternoon seminar to help aspiring DJs get a better handle on the craft, zeroing in on modular synth and other such electronic instruments. Later that evening, An On Blast will take to Lantern's booth to perform a synth-drenched set for eager club goers. Free. 3-6pm (seminar), 8pm (live showcase). Lantern
 

Friday, Sep 21

 

Wigwam Party: Tristesse Contemporaine, Polo & Pan, and Röyksopp
This free evening at Tango curated by local organizers and label Wigwam boasts a heavy lineup of electronic acts that elsewhere would cost a pretty penny. French trio Tristesse Contemporaine as well as duo Polo & Pan kick things off before Norwegian electronic veteran duo Röyksopp take the stage. Free. 10pm. Tango 3F / Hit FM Live

DB Bros Dancehall Soundsystem
Jamaican dancehall artist Biggaton returns to Beijing after two years away, this time serenading the crowd at Aurora with his rugged yet rhythmic take on the genre. Local acts like Sistakilla.l, Solgi, Rawhx, and General Huge round out the bill. Expect a night of reggae, dancehall, hip-hop, dub, bass, and more. RMB 80, RMB 60 (advance). 9pm. Aurora

Spanish Dance Party
Salsa, mambo, and more will be blared from the speakers during this hutong venue's celebration of Spanish music. Fill your ears with and shake your hips to these enchanting Latin vibes until they serve as a quick Spanish reprieve from Beijing. Free. 9pm. Soi Baochao

East Palace, West Palace LGBT Night
Aside from DJs Michael Cignarale and Jay 1,2 and a range of drag performers, this evening gets saucy with a photo exhibition depicting drag Peking Opera singers, mashing up Chinese traditions and LGBT culture that may not please the higher-ups but should plenty titillate those with an open mind. Price TBD. 10pm. Zhao Dai
 

Saturday, Sep 22

ByeByeDisco 10th Anniversary Party
One of Beijing's most highly regarded and popular promoters turns 10 this weekend and will put on a huge bash to mark the occasion. For the sure-to-be jam-packed event, ByeByeDisco has recruited DJs Pangkuan, Zellmanni, Ewan, Hao, Mohemann, and Pei (top dog at Bye Bye Disco; pictured in the lead image above) to lay out a high-energy soundtrack for attendees gathering to wish ByeByeDisco a happy birthday. RMB 60. 10pm. Dada  

Tel Aviv DJ Anna Haleta
In her native Tel Aviv, DJ Ann Haleta is respected, to say the least. From her own annual Pacotek* dance music fest, which has been going strong for 13 years to her trippy take on techno, Haleta has cut a deep and unique niche that has fans hotly anticipating her Aurora set. RMB 100, RMB 60 (advance), RMB 20 (early bird). 10pm. Aurora
 

Sunday, Sep 23

Eric Lee, Alex 8, Sun Meng and Jackson Lee
Mid-Autumn holiday falling on Sep 24 means a couple of things. One: no Monday blues. And two: no issues with dancing the night away at Lantern. Familiar faces like Eric Lee and Jackson Lee will take to the turntables to help clubgoers ring in the long weekend with a deep and grooving techno soundtrack. RMB 50. 10.30pm. Lantern

King Dou Dou
Southern rap, Brazilian funk, South American Cumbia, and Ivorian coupé-décalé are among the eclectic range of genres that French DJ King Dou Dou draws upon for his sets. The promoters describe his music as "a futuristic dancing communion of bass and syncopated rhythms." RMB 60. 10pm. Dada

Never miss a beat: click here for a huge list of nightlife events in the city, updated daily.

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Woman Faces Family Pressure Because Of Poor Boyfriend:

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Kaiping diaolou 开平雕镂: On a eu la chance de pouvoir visiter les Diaolou de Kaiping (à environ 2h de Canton). Enfin on a eu aussi un peu de malchance: je me suis fait volée mon appareil photo, mes téléphones portables et un peu d'argent... En fait j'ai été vraiment bête: lors... View It.

Liangcheng 凉城: Oups, je me rend compte que je n'ai toujours pas partager les photos de la meilleur partie de notre voyage en Mongolie interne: notre petit séjour à Liangcheng. C'est en regardant la carte de la Mongolie interne et les environs de Hohhot que j'ai "découvert"... View It.

Wang Zhaojun王昭君 et les Xiongnu匈奴: Wang Zhaojun l’une des fameuses 4 plus belles femmes de l’histoire de Chine. Elle est célèbre pour son mariage politique avec un chef Xiongnu (les Huns*) afin de garder la paix entre les Xiongnu et les Han (environ 33 avant JC). * D’après Wikipédia, les... View It.

Sur la route de Liangcheng 凉城: Nous avons aussi passé 2 jours à Liangcheng 凉城 ("ville fraiche"): et j'ai adoré! Cette petite ville se situe à environ 200 km de Hohhot. La route entre Hohhot et Liangcheng est particulièrement pénible à faire car en très mauvais états (beaucoup trop... View It.

希拉穆仁草原 Xilamuren: Je vous mets des photos et j'en profite aussi pour partager quelques infos sur la "steppe" de Mongolie interne où on est allée: Xilamuren 希拉穆仁草原. Avant notre voyage, j'ai recherché sur le net et sur nos différents guides des informations et conseils utiles... View It.

呼和浩特 (Hohhot) Mongolie interne: Enfin j'ai un truc vaguement un peu intéressant à mettre sur mon blog: des photos de notre petit séjour de 5 jours en Mongolie interne. Bon je vous avoue que j'ai été un peu déçue tout de même... Déjà lorsque que notre avion s'est posé sur Hohhot (capitale... View It.

lire la suite sur…: L’empire Weibo View It.

Typhon Haikui: Au fait... un petit message à la suite du typhon Haikui la semaine dernière (notamment pour ma famille): tout va bien ici. Les vents ont été relativement forts, vers mon entreprise pas mal d'arbres ont été déraciné (enfin je ne sais pas si ça a été totalement... View It.

Anatomie d'un bouchon: Une des origines des nombreux bouchons shanghaiens est la "non-patience" et la créativité de certains conducteurs. L'autre jour j'ai même eu le temps de prendre en photo un manifique bouchon proche de l'hopital n°6 de Shanghai. J'ai essayé de délimiter... View It.

L’employé idéal: * Qu’est-ce que l’employé idéal d’après notre entreprise/chef de branche de Shanghai ? (rappel : je travaille pour une entreprise chinoise aux méthodes de management chinoise style paternaliste). Je me faisais dernièrement cette réflexion, et la réponse... View It.

Soleil brûlant: Heureusement qu'il y a des bornes d'icendie pour se rafraichir... :) Photo prise non loin d'où je travaille (avec mon téléphone portable...), au vue de la chaleur (35°c) j'étais tendée de faire la même chose... Je pensais qu'il y avait une fuite au niveau... View It.

DSK: la reconversion: DSK: le roi du poulet? Photo prise au Yunnan (Dali) en 2009, comme on reparle de DSK en ce moment, c'était l'occasion ou jamais de la sortir. Note: Si nous on le surnomme "DSK" à la place de son nom entier, en chinois ça devient "卡恩" (Ka en) View It.

Mon entreprise chinoise: Histoire de fêter le fait que je travaille enfin de manière totalement légale en Chine, je vais déroger à ma règle de ne pas du tout parler de ma vie professionnelle sur mon blog, en évoquant un peu mon entreprise chinoise. (Note: Mon entreprise chinoise... View It.

Aventures "beauxparentales": Bonjour à toi cher lecteur, J’ai préparé un rapport condensé sur le sujet de mes beaux parents, mais j’avoue que ça me désespèrent quand même un peu ... Du coup ça fait déjà quelques jours que j’hésite à poster. Enfin bon mieux vaut en rire, n'est-ce... View It.

Xiamen: dernière partie: Bonjour, Je vous mets quelques dernières photos de notre voyage à Xiamen (après Gulangyu, et les tulou première et deuxième partie)... La vieille ville (vers Zhongshan lu) L'université de Xiamen, juste à côté de la mer... Et ses couples de cygne noir.... View It.

Immolations: Lundi, au monastère de Kirti dans le Sichuan, un jeune moine de 17 ans aurait tenté de s’immoler par le feu. Ce tragique incident rapporté par International Campaign for Tibet serait la cinquième immolation de l’année à Kirti, les quatre … Continuer la lecture View It.

Ecoles Buissonières: C’est la rentrée en Chine également et près de 30 000 écoliers de Pékin risquent de se retrouver devant des grilles fermés le jour de reprendre cahiers et crayons. La plupart sont des enfants de migrants, arrivés à Pékin il … Continuer la lecture View It.

Nuits d’été: Arrive l’été, Pékin se fait sauna, le ciel bleu n’est plus qu’un lointain souvenir, l’air comme plombé par la chaleur est immobile. On rêve d’ailleurs. Mais la nuit est une autre histoire. Une récompense pour avoir supporté le jour. On … Continuer la lecture View It.

Les derniers nomades: « Dans dix ans il n’y aura plus de nomades ici. Bientôt nous allons partir pour le Kazakhstan ». C’était il y a un peu plus d’un an, dans une steppe sableuse sur la route des paysages édéniques du Lac … Continuer la lecture View It.

Mariés et algues vertes: La réalisation des photos de mariage est ici toute une affaire. Les photos ne sont pas seulement destinées à un album que l’on exposera au banquet de mariage, et sortira aux réunions de famille, elles viendront aussi s’accrocher ad vitam … Continuer la lecture View It.

Chongqing Express:   by gilsab   Jeudi dernier, en vol au-dessus du Yangtze. View It.

Le plus dur métier du monde: “Le plus dur métier du monde” c’est ainsi que Feng Caishan se souvient de son travail, il y a  30 ans. Il était alors responsable de l’application de la loi de l’enfant unique à Yicheng une région rurale du Shanxi. … Continuer la lecture View It.

Pékin 24h (4): Dimanche 6h-12h 6h12: Chaque matin, Liu Yonglun se rend au marché de gros à légumes. Lui et sa famille sont arrivés du Henan en 1994. Depuis qu’il est à Pékin, il a vendu des vêtements, tenu une épicerie et maintenant … Continuer la lecture View It.

Pékin 24h (3): Samedi 18h-minuit 20h42 : Cheng Gong : Shen Zijun du groupe Zero One, prie avant le concert. Il est musulman. 20h59 Deng Weimin, « La gare de l’ouest » 21h13 : Di Jinjun, « Week-end de Pâques » 21h40: Di Jinjun, “week-end de Pâques ” 22h14 Cheng … Continuer la lecture View It.

Pékin 24h (2): Samedi 13h-18h 13h45: La foire aux livres par Yuan Yi 13h56 : Pékin à la campagne par Zhang Lijie 14h15 : Le zoo de Pékin par Yan Yibo 14h42 : Le monde à Pékin par Yang  Yuanyuan 15h33 : Les nouveaux Pékinois par Ning … Continuer la lecture View It.

comme une hirondelle – édito libre: REUTERS/PETAR KUJUNDZIC Photo de Liu Xiaobo dans les mains de son épouse, Xia, le 3 octobre 2010.   D’un côté, Liu Xiaobo qui dit à ses géôliers qu’il ne leur en veut pas, qu’il les remercie de l’avoir traité dignement ; … Continuer la lecture View It.

#KimGetOut: C’est l’accueil donné par les Twiteratti chinois (les autres leur ont emboité le pas) au dictateur Nord coréen en visite en Chine sur l’outil de la contestation virale qu’est devenu Twitter. C’est la première fois que l’opinion publique chinoise donne … Continuer la lecture View It.

Feng Zhenghou, alive and twitting: Privé de ses ordinateurs juste avant le début de l’Expo, Feng Zhenghou s’est remis à twitter depuis sa résidence surveillée, dans le quartier de Wujiaochang à Shanghai. Il habite en haut d’un immeuble tout à côté du nouveau complexe Wanda. Une … Continuer la lecture View It.

Les nettoyens chinois demandent des comptes sur la censure: Oui à la censure de l’Internet comme « gouvernance » raisonnable et conforme aux lois chinoises, non à la dictature, réclament en substance les auteurs d’une lettre ouverte à Google et aux ministères chinois concernés en date du 3 mars 2010. Rebecca Mac Kinnon, … Continuer la lecture View It.

Chine : sous la révolution Internet, la démocratie ?: La mention de Wang Dan dans mon billet précédent semble avoir déclenché un coupe-circuit : plus moyen d’accéder à mon blog ces derniers jours. Reprise ci-dessous en copier-coller d’une analyse sur la Révolution Internet dans le Monde du 17 mars.  Chine … Continuer la lecture View It.

La révolution au bout de la souris: Wang Dan, le leader étudiant en exil de Tiananmen, 5 ans de prison à son actif, a lancé avec un petit groupes de dissidents le 12 février 2010, un Manifeste pour la Révolution internet. Il l’a fait depuis Taiwan, où il enseigne pendant un … Continuer la lecture View It.

Avec Bei Feng, tous pour #tanzuoren: Bei Feng, alias Wen Yunchao, avait les yeux rouges hier matin à l’annonce de la nouvelle des 5 ans de prison affligés à Tan Zuoren pour corruption. J’avais rendez vous avec lui dans un Starbucks de Canton pour parler pollution, … Continuer la lecture View It.

Feng Zhenghu, celui que Shanghai remet dans l’avion:   Feng Zhenghu, l’activiste chinois qui campe depuis le 4 novembre juste avant le contrôle des passeports de l’aéroport de Narita, à Tokyo, raconte sur son site internet et via Twitter, son quotidien de réfugié malgré lui. Un fil en anglais sur … Continuer la lecture View It.

Obama met la Chine dans tous ses états: Pendant qu’Obama répondait aux questions de vrais-faux étudiants chinois à Shanghai lundi…    …Hillary Clinton, qui l’an dernier voulait que George W. Bush boycotte la cérémonie des JO, tentait de faire bonne figure, sous la pluie battante, devant le pavillon … Continuer la lecture View It.

Learning from Cuba and Dwight Eisenhower: I think that the Iranian elections should make everybody sit back, take a deep breath, and try to see whether they really understand the dynamics of Iranian politics. View It.

Refuse to Recognize Ahmadinejad's Government: In this case the U.S. would not be supporting terrorist proxies, as Iran does, but supporting a truly popular mass movement. This would be more than legitimate. View It.

Iranians Deserve Our Solidarity: It is not a question of artificially feeding a conflict, but of supporting those in Iran who are ethically attuned to the West. Not to do so would be a shameful moral abdication. View It.

Iranians, You Are Not Alone: At the end of the day, this is a battle that Iranians themselves have to wage. But the world must stand with them and let them know they don't fight alone. View It.

Our Choice in Iran: Silence or Condemnation: Moussavi is not the charismatic leader who can lead a revolution. View It.

Democracy As Usual in Iran: It is time for the world to realize that the Iranian political system is maturing. View It.

OUT OF CONTROL - LET'S MOVE!: It is time for the world to realize that the Iranian political system is maturing. View It.

Sarkozy et le Nouvel Obs ou le court terme selon Jancovici: It is time for the world to realize that the Iranian political system is maturing. View It.

Une partie du tout de Steve Toltz: It is time for the world to realize that the Iranian political system is maturing. View It.

Wanted!: It is time for the world to realize that the Iranian political system is maturing. View It.

Sur le chemin de la grande école: It is time for the world to realize that the Iranian political system is maturing. View It.

Viatiques: It is time for the world to realize that the Iranian political system is maturing. View It.

La serre sans verre de Ye Zhaoyan: It is time for the world to realize that the Iranian political system is maturing. View It.

SDF: It is time for the world to realize that the Iranian political system is maturing. View It.

The man from London de Béla Tarr: It is time for the world to realize that the Iranian political system is maturing. View It.

A l'ombre des Géants: It is time for the world to realize that the Iranian political system is maturing. View It.

Piqûre de rappel: It is time for the world to realize that the Iranian political system is maturing. View It.

Mr & Mme LaoZi, restauration à domicile: It is time for the world to realize that the Iranian political system is maturing. View It.

Point de vue: It is time for the world to realize that the Iranian political system is maturing. View It.

Parole d'homme: It is time for the world to realize that the Iranian political system is maturing. View It.

Le temps des icônes: It is time for the world to realize that the Iranian political system is maturing. View It.

A la grande kermesse des maux: It is time for the world to realize that the Iranian political system is maturing. View It.

HOTTER THAN TEPPANYAKI: It is time for the world to realize that the Iranian political system is maturing. View It.

La grande illusion: It is time for the world to realize that the Iranian political system is maturing. View It.

A l'Est rien de nouveau: It is time for the world to realize that the Iranian political system is maturing. View It.

Esprit, ouvre-toi!: It is time for the world to realize that the Iranian political system is maturing. View It.

Ce que l'homme veut...: It is time for the world to realize that the Iranian political system is maturing. View It.

Du mauvais esprit des lois: It is time for the world to realize that the Iranian political system is maturing. View It.

Le casse de l'épargne: It is time for the world to realize that the Iranian political system is maturing. View It.

La réconciliation: It is time for the world to realize that the Iranian political system is maturing. View It.

G20 ans et la haine de l'Occident: It is time for the world to realize that the Iranian political system is maturing. View It.