In Context: Wu Chong on Beijing’s Punk Scene

In Context: Wu Chong on Beijing’s Punk Scene

Not long ago, the concepts of individuality and self-expression were largely unfamiliar to the Chinese people. Over the past thirty years that’s changed, largely thanks to the introduction of international culture, which catapulted the country’s own breakneck artistic evolution. There is still a lot of ground to cover though, and China’s socio-political environment is fertile soil for punk rock – [...]

March 11, 2014 at 1:56 pm 0 comments

Beijing Photo Journal: Architecture

Beijing Photo Journal: Architecture

We hope you enjoyed last week’s interview with People’s Architecture Office, and while we’re talking building, we invite you to explore our version of a photo-scrapbook. This is a collection of behind-the-scenes architecture snapshots from our summer in China. It includes everything form the historic splendour of the Forbidden City and the glitz of neon-covered nightclubs, to the crumbling rooftops [...]

November 26, 2013 at 11:36 am 0 comments

Courtyard House Plug-in by People’s Architecture Office

Courtyard House Plug-in by People’s Architecture Office

The Design Hop initiative was launched as part of Beijing Design Week in an effort to engage designers in the complex issue of rejuvenating and preserving the deteriorating historic neighborhoods in Beijing. The Dashilar hutong, or courtyard neighborhood, is a once-thriving area that, like so many Beijing hutongs, had fallen into disrepair. Dashilar now serves as the main Design Hop [...]

November 19, 2013 at 12:01 pm 0 comments

Say Goodbye to Wonderland

Say Goodbye to Wonderland

Deep down, we knew this day would come: as of a few months ago, Wonderland, Beijing’s ghostly, abandoned amusement park project is gone. Old suspicions of the park’s likely demise don’t make us feel any less wistful, though – nor any less lucky to have been able to admire its steel skeletons amidst the corn stalks, to peek inside its [...]

October 1, 2013 at 10:21 am 0 comments

You Are Here – a Launch Tour

You Are Here – a Launch Tour

Welcome, world travelers, adventurers and intrepid internet explorers! The site for The Secret Guide to Alternative Beijing is now officially live. As some of you know, we leaked a few shorts before the holidays, but now it’s time to get your faces ready for our first burst of content – not unlike the burst of a juicy soup dumpling. Did [...]

January 28, 2013 at 7:49 pm 5 comments

Shanghai: 1933 Slaughterhouse

Shanghai: 1933 Slaughterhouse

Zoetica: Alright team, this is our mission: to take over 1933 Slaughterhouse. It’s hard to believe this gorgeous Escheresque building in the historic Hongkou District, this eerie Gotham-deco architectural achievement in concrete, glass, and steel, was originally intended for herding cows to their doom, single-file. Indeed, the original purpose behind the hulking spider web of intertwining staircases, bridges, and corridors, [...]

October 9, 2012 at 9:00 am 2 comments

Getting Around Beijing

Getting Around Beijing

Even with good command of the Chinese language, Beijing can be a difficult city to navigate. This is because it’s infamous for traffic jams and many of its most desirable locations are tucked away in small streets or narrow alleyways known as hutongs, which are difficult for taxis to traverse – and easy for visitors to get lost in. Foreigners [...]

October 8, 2012 at 11:55 pm 1 comment

Shanghai: Xia Fa Ji Restaurant

Shanghai: Xia Fa Ji Restaurant

Weak from hunger and jet lag, Xia Fa Ji Restaurant was our salvation at the end of a 14 hour flight to the other side of the world. We have to admit, the framed photo of, presumably, the restaurant’s owner shaking hands with actor and director Stephen Chow (Kung Fu Hustle, God of Cookery), immediately inspired a sense of confidence, [...]

August 21, 2012 at 11:13 pm 1 comment

Shanghai: Cha’s Restaurant – Cantonese Diner

Shanghai: Cha’s Restaurant – Cantonese Diner

Cha’s Restaurant is renowned for faithfully recreating an authentic Hong Kong “cha canting” dining experience in the style of the 1950s. From the black and white attire of the wait staff to the green-and-white tiled floors, 50s pop music pouring from the speakers, old-timey drink cases that cool soda by circulating cold water, and vintage lavatory signs from 1950s Hong Kong, [...]

August 20, 2012 at 9:45 pm 0 comments