Monday, October 29, 2007

Beijing National Stadium

beijing olympic stadiumBeijing’s new National Stadium, also known as the Bird’s Nest, is a unique, world class and innovative building in its design and appearance. The designers from Swiss group Herzog and De Meuron, Arup Sport and China Architecture Design and Research Group, appear to have been inspired by nature when thinking about the stadium. The design will allow free flow of air around the stadium as well as protection from the wind and rain as needed.

The stadium will seat 91 000 people during the Olympic competition, where the main track and field events will be held. Olympic Opening and Closing ceremonies will also be held in the Beijing National Stadium. Restaurants, shops, cinemas, a health club and restrooms are all part of the stadium’s design.

110 000 tonnes of 110mm thick plate steel has been fitted together in such a way that the stadium is said to withstand earthquakes and be the world’s largest enclosed space.


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Sunday, October 28, 2007

Beijing Olympics Ticket Sales

Finally for those of us who have been desperately watching and waiting for Phase 2 ticket sales to begin here in China the wait is coming to an end!

Ticket sales commence on Tuesday 30th October at 9am.

Tickets that have not been allocated via the lottery method will be released on a first come first served basis on Tuesday. Tickets will be on sale until January 2008.

For more information, visit the 2008 Beijing Olympics Official site for information on Ticket Sales.

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Thursday, October 25, 2007

Sun Dong An Plaza Beijing

Sun Dong An PlazaLocated in the heart of central Beijing this well appointed shopping centre in Wangfujing has a large range of shops including FCUK, Espirit, U2, Jive Jeans, Tony Jeans, Swatch and Vero Modo. The famous and stylish Peninsula Hotel is almost opposite the plaza.

A range of food outlets including one or two of the famous western brands are available in the mall.

There is a cinema complex on the top floor and a kids gym in the basement.

Open 9am - 10pm
138 Wangfujing Dajie
Dongcheng District
Telephone: 5817 6688


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Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Beijing Fine Jewelers

Beijing fine jewellersSpecialising in custom made jewelry this business allows you to bring in photos of your favourite piece and have it made within two weeks of your ordering. Ready made jewelry in gold and silver featuring gems of many varieties is available. Be sure to wander up the many floors of jewelry, rather than stopping in the small front section of this large store. Those wanting more casual jewelry in local featuring local ceramics or beads will find a range of classic pieces on show.

Regular customers can ask for a VIP discount card.

Open 9.30am – 7pm
A6 Gongti Donglu (opposite the east gate of the Workers’ Stadium)
Chaoyang District
Telephone: 6592 7118

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Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Underground Line 5 Opening Delayed

beijing subway stationThe opening of the Line 5 Beijing underground system has been delayed. While it was to officially open last week, a recent visit to one of the line stations, Huixinxijiebeikou, confirmed that the trains are not yet running for the public on Line 5.


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Monday, October 22, 2007

The Place Shopping Centre Beijing

The place, BeijingLocated south of Landao Shopping Centre, The Place is on the road down toward the Silk Market. The huge electronic screen is certainly a landmark feature of this new mid to up-market shopping centre. Shopping in this relatively busy collection of shops is still a relaxed and enjoyable experience without the crowds of the nearby Silk Alley market or Landao shopping centre.

Labels represented include: Starbucks Coffee, Gant, Guess, Zara, Crocs, Jack Jones, Only, Vera Moda, Miss Sixty, Puma, Adidas and Ferrari.



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Saturday, October 20, 2007

China World Trade Centre (Guomao)

China World Trade CentreAlso known by some as China World Mall, this shopping centre offers a huge range of brand name shopping including Prada, Louis Vuitton, Loewe, Moschino, and Burberry. Other less expensive brands like Ports, Espirit, L’Occitane, Red Earth and BCBG are also available.

The d├ęcor is something comparable with many western shopping malls. Clean environment, air-conditioning, eating outlets and entertainment venues like the ice skating rink will make you feel right at home.

Open 9.30am – 10pm daily
1 Jianguomenwai Dajie
Telephone: 6505 2288


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Thursday, October 18, 2007

National Grand Theatre Beijing

National Grand TheatreBeijing’s long-awaited National Grand Theatre has arrived!

Jiang Zemin, the former Communist Party general secretary and state leader, has been a strong backer of this new entertainment venue in the heart of China’s capital.

Located immediately behind The Great Hall of the People, the National Grand Theatre appears to float on a pool of water. The building can be seen from many vantage points within the immediate city precinct. The design certainly stands in contrast to its surroundings and will be a point of interest and comment for decades to come.

The theatre is officially due to open in December but will be used for events leading up to that time.


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Wednesday, October 17, 2007

The Malls at Oriental Plaza Beijing

Oriental Malls BeijingThere must be something good in Oriental Plaza shopping centre judging by the hordes of people streaming in and out of the doorways! Among many other shops there are outlets for Apple, Bally, Bossini, Burberry, Espirit, Givenchy, H2O, Jack Jones, Max Mara, Only, Paul Smith, Sisley, Soda, Tag Heuer, Valentino and Vera Modo. Watson’s pharmacy and CRC supermarket can provide those every day type needs. If you venture over to Tower W3 you will even find Thai Airways Beijing branch to support your travel needs abroad.

Cinema theatres are another feature of this popular shopping mall, along with the usual Western style and Chinese fast food outlets.

Open 9.30am – 10pm daily
1 Dongchang’an Jie
Dongcheng District
Telephone: 8518 6363
www.orientalplaza

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Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Jimmy and Tommy Foreign Trade Fashion Club

Jimmy and Tommy, BeijingThose of you not finding the sizes you desire may be well advised to slip on down to Dongdaqiao Lu and seek out Jimmy and Tommy for a great range of clothes to suit those with large bones. You will find a large range of styles and sizes to suit many occasions with prices starting at 60 RMB. There are many brands available. Talk to the staff about your needs and they will do their best to help you out.

Those of you bored with shopping for clothing may find some interesting alternatives across the road or there is always the teashop next door!

Open 10am - 9.30pm
14 Dongdaqiao Lu
Chaoyang District
Telephone: 6591 1286

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Sunday, October 14, 2007

Spin Ceramics

Spin ceramics and artFor something special to give your family and friends take a look at the range of modern styled or traditional handicrafts at Spin across the street from the rear of Holiday Inn, Lido Hotel. You will find a range of cups, plates, jugs and other table ware from the home of China’s most famous ceramics in Jingdezhen. Products reflect both modern and traditional Chinese styles in delicate, eggshell green hues. An outlet of these classic ceramics is being opened in Prahran, Melbourne, Australia.

For those staying at or visiting Holiday Inn, Lido Hotel, walk out the back entrance of Lido Hotel, in an easterly direction, across the cross roads, past Eudora restaurant and bar on the corner, to find Spin on your right hand side of the street.

Open 10.30am – 9.30pm
6 Fangyuan Xilu,
Chaoyang District
Telephone: 6437 8649


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Saturday, October 13, 2007

3.3 Shopping Centre Sanlitun

Sanlitun 3-3 marketThis newly developed five floor shopping centre is the place to visit for many men’s and women’s boutiques. Clothes shoppers will find trendy higher priced shopping in a clean, air-conditioned environment. Additionally you will find shoes suited to those needing larger sizes.

Open from 12 noon – midnight
33 Sanlitun Beijie
Chaoyang District
Telephone: 6417 3333
www.3d3.cn

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Friday, October 12, 2007

Friendship Store Shopping

Beijing Friendship StoreWhile the stores date back to the early 1980’s they do provide a reasonable range of western oriented grocery shopping and wine supplies at prices to compete with other expat grocery shopping stores like Jenny’s, Jenny Lou and April Gourmet.

Other goods for sale will be marked at official prices in the Jingoumenwai Dajie store. While they assure quality, the prices are something to make you think twice about the need to buy. However, you will not have to bargain and they do arrange shipping. There is also a smaller Friendship Store in Sanlitun area on Sanlitun Beilu.

The foreign languages book section is worth a browse for both books and foreign newspapers and periodicals.

Open 9.30 am – 8.30pm
17 Jiangoumenwai Dajie
Telephone: 6500 3311

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Thursday, October 11, 2007

Chaowai Furniture Market

Chao Wai furniture marketIf furniture shopping is your thing then Chaowai is the place to start. Four floors of stalls filled with Chinese furniture from various eras, along with statues, bird cages, vases and other decorative items are available for the avid shopper.

Carpet buyers will also enjoy the Xingjiang carpet outlets found at the eastern end of the complex. Bargain to your hearts content in a non-pressured environment.

Open Mon – Fri 10am – 6pm and Sat – Sun 9am – 6pm.
43 Huawei Beili,
Chaoyang District
Telephone: 6770 6402

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Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Beijing Curio City

Beijing Curio City interiorWhile this shopping centre says that many of the products for sale are antiques it would be wise to assume they are not before committing to any particular purchase. Porcelain, teapots, furniture, jewelry and chinoiserie are among some of the things available in this multilevel shopping centre ‘around the corner’ from The Dirt Market (Panjiayuan).

Curio City (Antique City, as it is signed) on the south third ring road, is an easy walk from Chao Wai Furniture market, the glasses market and directly opposite the Beijing antique painting and calligraphy centre. There is so much to do and see in this area you could easily make a day or two of shopping just around this small area!

Beijing Curio City guardOpen 9.30am – 6.30pm daily
21 Dongsanhuan Nanlu
Chaoyang District
Telephone: 6774 7711

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Monday, October 08, 2007

Beijing Traffic Fatalities

Recently released figures show that there has been a significant fall in Beijing’s road fatalities in the last 12 months. This year road accidents have fallen to 57,168 deaths.

While the drop is a move in the right direction, it is hardly an insignificant number of deaths on Beijing’s roads!

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Monday, October 01, 2007

Break Time For Beijing Construction Workers

Break time in BeijingLunch time is an important time of the day for many workers as it offers not only a chance to eat, but a chance to sleep. These two workers were sleeping undisturbed in a busy underpass where hundreds of people were streaming past within a metre of where they lay!

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