Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Mesh Beijing

Mesh, one of Beijing's top night spots, is located inside Opposite House, a 99 room hotel which is part of a large high-end shopping development in Sanlitun called The Village.

Mesh Beijing, China


Mesh has a reputation as one of Beijing's most gay-friendly bars.

The Opposite House is easy to locate right next to 3.3 shopping centre in Sanlitun.

Mesh
First Floor
The Opposite House
11 Sanlitun Lu
Building 1
Sanlitun Village
Chaoyang district
Tel: 6410 5220

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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Bomb Shelter Bar

The Bomb Shelter Bar in the basement of the Red Capital Residence is a bar with a difference.

Bomb Shelter Bar, Beijing, China


Waitresses in People's Liberation Army uniform serve up delicious cocktails and audio visuals consist of Mao era propagandist opera.

This literally hole in the ground bar is a little hard to enter (see image below) but once down the steep stairs you have transcended into another, earlier world.

Bomb Shelter Bar, Beijing


Red Capital Residence
9 Dongsi Liutiao
Dongcheng District
Beijing
Telephone: 8403 5308

Bomb Shelter Bar, Red Capital Residence


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Friday, May 31, 2013

Dragon Boat Race Season 2013

端午节

It's Dragon Boat Festival (Duānwǔ Jié) season soon (the fifth day of the fifth lunar month).

Dragon Boat Race Season China


Dragon Boat races will be occurring all over China including a Dragon Boat festival in Shanghai and similar events in Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan.

Some of Hong Kong's popular Dragon boat races are held in Stanley, though the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Carnival takes place off the East Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade in Victoria Harbour from 21st to 23rd June this year.

The 2012 event drew over 400,000 spectators who watched 5,000 athletes compete in teams from 21 countries.

The big event is the Lee Kum Kee IDBF Club Crew World Championships for men and women's teams including juniors, seniors and even cancer survivors' teams.

Dragon Boat races are popular in Hong Kong where there are estimated to be around 50,000 active paddlers.

Prior to this, the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival (Tuen Ng Festival) will take place on 12th June at various locations including Aberdeen, Discovery Bay, Stanley, Sha Tin, Tai O on Lantau, Cheung Chau and Tai Po.

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Thursday, April 18, 2013

Centro in the Kerry Hotel Beijing

Located in the luxury Kerry Hotel in the foreign embassy area of the Chinese capital, Centro is right up there as one of Beijing's top night spots.

Centro Kerry Hotel Beijing


Centro's motto is "Beautiful People Serving Beautiful People" and this stylish bar on Level 1 of the hotel draws the city's celebrities for its award-winning cocktails and live jazz acts. Happy hour is between 5 and 8pm though Centro is open 24 hours a day.

Centro
No 1 Guanghua Road
Beijing
100020
China
Beijing
Tel: 86 10 6561 8833 ext. 42

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Monday, April 01, 2013

Modernista

Modernista Old Cafe and Tapas bar is quickly earning itself a reputation as on of Beijing's top night spots.

Modernista, Beijing, China


Modernista is an art deco themed live house with DJs, live acts including blues, funk, Dixieland and jazz plus film screenings and open mic comedy events. There have also been photography exhibitions and a mahjong evening.

Modernista, Beijing, China


Wash down your tapas with a fine selection of beer, whiskey and absinthe.

Modernista
Baochao Hutong 44
Dongcheng
Beijing
Tel: 0136 9142 5744

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Saturday, March 09, 2013

Haze Nightclub Beijing

The fairly recent Haze is one of Beijing's top nightclubs. Haze is a trendy duplex: two floors, bar and cafe on top and basement dance floor below.

Haze Nightclub Beijing, China


Haze specializes in techno, nu-disco and house with frequent visits by the world's top DJs plus its own in-house professionals.

Haze Nightclub Beijing, China


Haze is located in the Guomao district of the Chinese capital on Guanghua Lu.

Haze Nightclub Beijing, China



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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

St Joseph Seminary Church Macau

聖若瑟修院及聖堂

The baroque St Joseph Seminary Church in Macau was built by the Jesuits on Mato Mofino hill between 1746 and 1758.

St Joseph Seminary Church Macau


After the Jesuits were expelled from Macau in the 18th century by order of the Marquis of Pombal back in Portugal, the building was taken over by the Lazarists (Congregation of the Mission).

The church is approached via a flight of granite steps leading to the central door under a "broken" arch.

St Joseph Seminary Church Macau


The interior of the church is lavishly decorated with the dome reaching 19m.

The church a holy relic of a piece of bone from St. Francis Xavier, who was active as a Jesuit missionary in Goa, Macau and later Japan.

St Joseph Seminary Church, Macau


St Joseph Seminary Church
Rua do Seminario, Macau
Tel: 853 8399 6699

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Saturday, January 26, 2013

Beijing Police

人民武装警察

The Beijing police force has a long history. The Beijing Police Academy was founded in 1901 on the Japanese police model and had Japanese trainers. Before then local, poorly trained police police were paid for out of the public coffers.

Beijing Police Car


Nowadays Beijing's police force is under the control of the Ministry of Public Security.

The Ministry of Public Security (MPS) is China's national police force (with the exception of Hong Kong and Macau) and it operates Public Security Bureaus, akin to police stations in other countries but with many more powers throughout China.

Ministry of Public Security police wear blue uniforms and have been armed since 2006 with a locally made 9mm double-action revolver.

People's Armed Police, Beijing


The People's Armed Police is another arm of China's police force (with the exception of Hong Kong and Macau) and is a paramilitary gendamarie, somewhat on the lines of Italy's Carabinieri, the Guardia Civil in Spain and the Guarda Nacional Republicana in Portugal.

PAP policemen wear olive green uniforms and are armed with pistols and carry a whistle (see photograph below).

People's Armed Policeman, Beijing


Visitors interested in the history of Beijing's and China's police force should visit the Beijing Police Museum in the Foreign Legation Quarter.


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