Hottest Sounds and Coldest Drinks at Dos Kolegas

Hottest Sounds and Coldest Drinks at Dos Kolegas

The best venues are often hard to find, which goes triple for Dos Kolegas – a dive bar so exceptionally clandestine, one might think they want to keep their fresh-grilled snacks, garden pool tables, and wide, well-priced selection of booze all to themselves. But seclusion has its benefits at this hoppin’ joint:  without neighbors to disturb, bands on the eclectic roster [...]

February 13, 2014 at 12:46 pm 0 comments

Stopping Time at a Hidden Teahouse in Shanghai

Stopping Time at a Hidden Teahouse in Shanghai

Tea culture is ingrained in China’s history and and has a bright future, too – especially if you ask Min Lin , the proprietress of a teahouse hidden in an unassuming Shanghai apartment complex. It’s no exaggeration to say that entering the apartment feels like taking a step out of time. From the gentle murmur of an indoor waterfall and the soft [...]

January 21, 2014 at 10:23 am 0 comments

Eating a Dragon – A Typical Beijing Breakfast

Eating a Dragon – A Typical Beijing Breakfast

One of the most thrilling aspects of traveling is getting to try new food. While the more adventurous of us might prefer the point-and-grunt method, we thought an instructional video might be of use for those yearning for the authentic Chinese breakfast experience – without the risk. Chinese breakfast cuisine varies by region, but the menu items tend to be [...]

December 10, 2013 at 1:26 pm 0 comments

Tuned In at Yu Gong Yi Shan

Tuned In at Yu Gong Yi Shan

How does twenty-first-century indie music sound when it’s only been around for twenty years? Where do alt-leaning kids hang out in a place that didn’t have access to international cultural context until the ’80s? We went to Beijing’s leading independent music label’s fifth anniversary concert to find out. The Chinese music scene exploded in the early 2000s. Maybe Mars, a record [...]

October 21, 2013 at 1:24 pm 0 comments

Aloft: Zhang Chi

Aloft: Zhang Chi

Iconic subcultural imagery and gender-flexible patterns (and models) have become the trademarks of Zhang Chi – a young Beijing designer not afraid to take fashion tips from the dark side. Like Vega Wang, whom we featured a couple of months ago, Chi studied abroad, returning to Beijing in late 2000s to put his education to good use in the fertile [...]

September 24, 2013 at 10:55 pm 0 comments

Getting Close to Ren Hang

Getting Close to Ren Hang

Ren Hang doesn’t have a lot to say about himself. In the fine art environment, where emphasizing one’s own importance (or having representation to do so, while you maintain the air of expensive mystery) is the norm, this resistance to pretense could be considered a form of madness. But this hasn’t stopped the twenty-seven-year-old photographer, who’s gained international recognition by [...]

September 10, 2013 at 3:08 pm 1 comment

Vega Wang’s Hutong Hideaway

Vega Wang’s Hutong Hideaway

Vega Zaichi Wang is one of China’s brightest fashion designers on the rise. Her dramatic, instantly-recognizable collections (women’s only, for now) echo military fashion and menswear, and are informed by Vega’s own experiences. Be it growing up as a tomboy, studying abroad, unexpected inspiration (off-camera, she told us about a former employee who once inspired an entire line), or her fascination [...]

March 1, 2013 at 4:54 pm 0 comments

Destination, Beijing’s Premier Gay Club

Destination, Beijing’s Premier Gay Club

Destination is Beijing’s premier gay club that’s been around for over 8 years. It’s more than just a club though – this imposing building in the Chaoyang District is a multi-story cultural center, with themed party rooms and bars on the first floor giving way to art galleries above, followed by community areas and a free HIV-testing clinic at the [...]

February 19, 2013 at 5:14 pm 0 comments

Wonderland: Beijing’s Forgotten Industrial Playground

Wonderland: Beijing’s Forgotten Industrial Playground

Warm September afternoon, just twenty miles outside of Beijing. A soft breeze rustles sprawling corn fields, rolls over unfinished cement turrets and whistles through rusted, skeletal beginnings (or are they remains?) of an enchanted fortress. Pigeons echo through the damp gloom of massive, unfinished brick edifices. A group of farmers takes a smoke break nearby, while a bustling film crew [...]

February 13, 2013 at 4:16 pm 2 comments

DongHuaMen – Beijing’s Culinary Gauntlet

DongHuaMen – Beijing’s Culinary Gauntlet

Donghuamen is a night market specializing in exotic, unusual snacks, catering primarily to out-of-towners. Taking up several blocks near the busy Wangfujing pedestrian mall, this culinary gauntlet offers everything from bull testicles and octopus tentacles to more innocuous fare like coconut juice and dessert jellies. Skewered silkworms, starfish, baby sharks and sea horses share counters with chicken kebab, steamed buns, [...]

January 28, 2013 at 7:44 pm 6 comments