Thu, August 19, 2010

Holiday spot: Chinese New Year 2010

Top temple fairs

Temple fairs (miao hui) sprung up around 1,000 years ago when vendors set up their stalls around temples to attract pilgrims who flooded the holy sites during festivals. Today, temple fairs are a crucial part of Spring Festival with tasty street snacks, handicrafts and dragon and lion dances on offer. Here’s our pick of the best... Full story

Chinese Horoscope

Year of the Tiger, 2010

The Chinese use the lunar calendar for celebratory events which includes the New Year. This falls somewhere between late January and early February.

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GM foods piled on shelves, labeling called upon

2010-02-12 02:00:34 GMT China Daily Although the typical Chinese kitchen is now likely to have many food ingredients that have been genetically modified (GM), awareness of the issue remains poor among the public, the latest online survey has found.

Valentine's Dinner at Hilton Beijing Wangfujing

2010-02-11 08:56:39 GMT Time Out Treat your sweetie to a romantic meal at Vasco's or The Library

Samadhi Vegetarian Teahouse

2010-02-09 10:35:53 GMT Time Out Sitting in a beautifully carved booth, the fragrant scent of Tieguanyin tea tickles the air. Angelic servers dressed in white float amid the stunning furniture, while Chinese tea sets, brush paintings, tangkas and mandalas set the stage towards meditation.

The way to a lover's heart...

2010-02-05 10:33:40 GMT China Daily Back home in the United States, a lot of couples actually stay home on Valentine's Day - this is because traffic is bad and a lot of the good restaurants are so incredibly busy that the quality and service falls behind. A lot of couples opt to have a nice dinner a day earlier or later than the actual date.

Arthur and the Revenge of Maltazard

2010-02-02 10:44:56 GMT City Weekend Luc Besson's 11th movie production is a sequel to Arthur and the Invisibles. This half-animated half-live action movie follows Arthur back to the land of Minomoy to reunite with princess Selenia. Things have a dramatic twist when Arthur's father announces a cut-short of his staying with Granny's and Minomoy is sending Arthur a S.O.S signal.

True Legend

2010-01-22 10:50:46 GMT City Weekend In this action film, Chinese martial arts choreographer Yuen Wo Ping trys to be the director for the first time, tells the legend of Chinese martial master Su Qi Er, acted by Zhao Wenzhuo, other stars include Zhou Xun, Michelle Yeoh, Jay Chou and deceased American actor David Carradine. From Tuesday, Feb 9.

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel

2010-01-22 10:49:25 GMT City Weekend They're back! Travel back in time to the 1980s with this feature film that is all chipmunk, all the time. Squeak! From Friday, Jan 29.

14 Blades

2010-01-22 10:44:38 GMT City Weekend This action film takes you back to the Ming Dynasty. Martial arts star Donnie Yen plays a loyal imperial guard who is framed in a plot to take over the kingdom. From Wednesday, Feb 3.

Science of Sounds Vol.2 @ Club Lantern

2010-02-21 10:13:14 GMT City Weekend Djs Lupen, M.Ross (Barcelona) and Shen Yue (Beijing) throw hypnotic tech-house beats while VJ Marula provides the eye candy. Free entry.

Underground disco project @ White Rabbit

2010-02-21 10:12:15 GMT City Weekend It's been an Incredible year! China's Icon of Electronic Music, Dj Yang Bing, the creator of Beijing's Club White Rabbit, successfully led a team of Djs on the Underground Disco Project which started an unstoppable wave of dance euphoria all of China.

Yellow: Ben Huang

2010-02-21 08:41:41 GMT City Weekend Add a little midweek color to your routine as Shanghai house maestro Ben Huang and his DJ accomplices spin infectious beats until the morning light. Free entry.

Pool competition and beer Wednesday

2010-02-21 07:57:14 GMT City Weekend Think you have what it takes to be a Luga's Villa pool shark? Join in this weekly single-elimination competition for cash prizes. RMB25 contest entry includes one beer. Happy hour beer prices for everyone all night long.

Top temple fairs

2010-02-11 09:34:27 GMT City Weekend Celebrate Chinese New Year with these traditional celebrations at temples around town

The big freeze

2010-02-09 11:24:12 GMT Time Out Freezing outside? Don't be beaten by the cold. Embrace the ice

Sabah: Stunning sunsets and beautiful beaches

2010-02-03 10:13:44 GMT City Weekend If you want to watch one of the world's most beautiful sunsets, Sabah is the place to go.

Taiwan's bubbles rise to top

2010-02-03 10:12:45 GMT City Weekend Taiwan is said to be the hot spring capital of the world with its 128 natural springs across the region.

Cross-talk - Feb 18 & 19

2010-02-11 08:19:17 GMT Time Out See this traditional Chinese form of stand-up

Swan Lake - Feb 16-19

2010-02-11 07:47:19 GMT Time Out The St. Petersburg Ballet Theatre brings this classic to the local stage

Keep on dancing Vol.6

2010-02-08 07:49:18 GMT City Weekend One of Asia's biggest hip-hop events, KOD now brings the party to Beijing with DJs Live Talk Box, Fingazz and DJ Gogashi. Tony Gogo and Legend will referee the battle.

Unfogetbal Tonight - Chinese Retrosong Party

2010-02-08 07:23:00 GMT SINA.com DJ:Demone/Cedric and Friends VJ : sonar.lj(elixir) P.S.Y. (elixir)

3D City: Future China

2010-02-02 08:42:04 GMT City Weekend This exhibit explores how to meld urban and natural landscapes for a greener future. Featuring architectural and urban design by Paolo Soleri and Dutch design firm MVDRV.

Tony Oursler: Number Seven, Plus or Minus Two

2010-02-02 08:32:07 GMT City Weekend Artist Tony Oursler is one of the biggest names in contemporary American video art. In this exhibition, he focuses on the human head and all that it entails in terms of centrality, consciousness and the human condition. Not to be missed.

Asian Landmark - Toyota Art Project

2010-02-02 08:27:10 GMT City Weekend This multimedia exhibit explores the effects a growing economy has on contemporary art, and the development of culture. Twenty artists display video, sculptures, paintings and installations. Not to be missed.

Liu Zhong

2010-02-02 08:26:19 GMT City Weekend Liu Zhong brings an exhibition of his works to this unusual venue--a Sichuan restaurant. His works focus on animals, both domestic and wild. He employs techniques of traditional Chinese painting, but the end result is an homage to realism.

Chunyun Update: The masses on wheels

2010-02-11 11:35:00 GMT City Weekend Expect local breakdowns near railway stations as the Jing enters the "critical period" today in intercity rail transport. The "big two" — Beijing Railway Station and the Beijing West Railway Station — will be home to the masses making their way out of the Chinese capital as February 13, 2010, which is seen as the start of the Spring Festival Holiday, draws near.

Mobile telcos lift SMS limits for Spring Festival

2010-02-11 11:27:44 GMT City Weekend Spam, spam, spam, delicious spam, spam, spam, wonderful spam, spam, spam, spam — and with that — a la Chinese characteristics. The telco mandarins (at least China Mobile and China Unicom) for Beijing have declared that you may send up to a trillion short messages (or something like that) over Spring Festival — yes, the kind we have all come to grow to love to hate (too many "to"s here!).

Best discounts and deals for Chinese New Year

2010-02-10 09:25:10 GMT City Weekend Scitech Plaza

Spring Festival survival guide: Shops close early Feb 13, 2010

2010-02-10 05:31:22 GMT City Weekend Your Beijingologist is looking forward to spending Chinese New Year's Eve in a warzone known as the average Beijing restaurant. A Christmas Day lunch in late 2000 told the tale: the average feeding place in the Jing has volumes to bust your ears. Everyone's carrying an invisible mic-cum-amplifier; to paraphrase it in his 6th grade teacher's lingo, you can't even hear yourself think.