Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Hong Kong Symphony of Lights

The nightly Hong Kong Symphony of Lights on the skyscrapers of Central and Kowloon begins at 8pm and is best seen from the Kowloon side of Victoria Harbour.



The Symphony of Lights lasts from 8.00-8.20pm.

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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Jingshan Park Beijing

景山北京

Made from the earth excavated from the moat of the Forbidden City, Jingshan Park has some lovely views of the palace from its five artificial peaks each of which has a restored pavilion on top.




Jingshan Park gets particularly lively on weekends and is mainly a gathering place for older people and couples with children..

Jingshan Park is situated to the north of the Forbidden City palace and the nearest subway station is Dongsi.

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Monday, June 15, 2009

Western Style Sandwiches in Beijing

If you are pining for a western-style sandwich during your stay in Beijing, Element Fresh at The Village on the Sanlitun Road is the place to head for.

Western Style Sandwiches in Beijing

As well as authentic and delicious sandwiches, Element Fresh offers other western-style staples such as soups, steaks and wine.

Element Fresh

Element Fresh 三里屯 19 号, 三里屯 Village 南区 8 号楼 8-3-3 单元 S8-31, The VILLAGE at Sanlitun, 19 South Sanlitun Road Tel: 6417 1318
http://www.elementfresh.com/
Mon-Fri from 10am; Sat & Sun from 8am
Nearest subway stations: Dong Si Shi Tiao (Line 2); Tuan Ji Hue (Line 10)


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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

The Orange Sanlitun Beijing

The large multi-purpose space entitled The Orange is located in the heart of town at The Village in Sanlitun.

The Orange

Created by Kengo Kuma, a renowned Japanese architect, the function room has played host to a wide variety of events from movie premiers, art and fashion shows to new product launch parties.

Vivi Wang, Marketing Officer from Swire Properties said The Orange is a worthwhile feature in the village because it is consistent with The Village’s aim of trying to build a community where culture and art can be integrated into people’s daily lives.

The Orange

“The Orange is a space used for bringing the community closer together through experiencing art and culture. We want to make people like their visit here [at the Village]. And that is why we like to hold events that are opened to the public,” she said.

Indeed the space located in The Village South’s piazza offers a massive fully retractable, ground level front entrance that invitingly spills out into the adjacent quadrangle.

The Orange can hold a maximum capacity of between 400 to 500 people depending on the set up. She also added that the space is useful for banquets and conferences with a full equipped AV equipment system.

While the venue does not have a kitchen, Wang said there is a range of food and beverage stores on location as well as professional catering companies outside that people can utilise.

The feedback has been very positive. “Mainly people think it is a very cool place … different from other places because it is easy to change the environment. As a blank space, you can do whatever you want here. While it is totally orange on the outside, it is completely white inside.

“The 13 metre high ceilings mean you can hang pictures and decorations from the ceilings. When you decorate the space it becomes totally different. They think it is a very nice place to hold events because it is multi-functional,” Wang said.

Although Wang declined to inform us on the approximate costs of hiring out the venue, she said that most charities are able to use the space pro bono.

The Orange, Sanlitun

“We always support charities, not for profit organisations and environmental protection events so we will hire it to these organisations for free of charge."

The Village at Sanlitun is Swire Properties’ first development into mainland China as a shopping and restaurant precinct that is just a stone’s throw away from some of Beijing’s hippest night-time hangout spots.

General Manager of The Village, Tim Jones said that the Village wants to be known as more than just a shopping destination, but a place where people can enjoy the best in arts and culture. “Sanlitun has always been a cosmopolitan melting pot, mixing old and new, east and west, hip and bohemian and a world of diplomacy with a vibrant arts scene,” said Jones.

The recent photography exhibition South Africa Through the Chinese Lens showcases the attractions, people and culture of South Africa.

Ten of China’s top photographers travelled to South Africa and captured a diverse range of imagery which is now on display until June 10.

Address: 三里屯19号, 三里屯Village南区8号楼8-3-3单元S8-31, The VILLAGE at Sanlitun, 19 South Sanlitun Road

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Saturday, June 06, 2009

Kafkanistan Exhibition

Kafkanistan - tourism to Afghanistan...

Kafkanistan – is a world created by Austrian multi-media artist Lukas Birk and Irish ethnographer Sean Foley. It explores present day tourism to conflict zones in Afghanistan and neighboring countries. The name Kafkanistan was inspired by Kafka’s The Castle, a book whose protagonist journeys through a world unknown to him, full of rumors and misleading stories. He's never sure whom to trust or what to believe in.

Photos, Videos, Installations, Performance and many many stories are waiting for you in Kafkanistan.
For those of you with children - I am sure they will have fun too. If you don't mind them asking
why tourists would collect wolf shit in Afghanistan or visit gun factories...

Kafkanistan

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Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Lukas Birk Workshops

Lukas Birk Workshops
Basic Photography & Photoshop - at The Hutong, Saturday 23th & Sunday 24th - 10.00 – 16.00, 880 RMB

BASIC PHOTOGRAPHY
short description
If you always wanted to know how your camera actually works its capabilities and limits - this class might be the right thing for you.
Get a handle on aperture, shutter speed and ISO and transform your images into exactly what you want them to be.
This workshops also covers a comprehensive introduction to Photoshop and how you can enhance the quality of your images with a few clicks.

more info can be found on lukasbirk.com/workshops