Meng Jin Hui, Head of Vice Magazine Beijing

Meng Jin Hui, Head of Vice Magazine Beijing

Meng Jin Hui, head of Vice Beijing, sat down with us at his shiny new office to contextualize Beijing’s emerging youth culture. www.vice.com www.thecreatorsproject.cn  

December 19, 2012 at 2:00 pm 0 comments

Birdhead – Shanghai Artist Duo

Birdhead – Shanghai Artist Duo

Birdhead (Ji Weiyu and Song Tao) is a photography duo whose mainly black-and-white snapshots of everyday Shanghai and its people skyrocketed them to unexpected art-stardom in the early 2000s. Commonly described as “stream of consciousness photography”, their work focuses on the unsung, ephemeral aspects of daily life. Birdhead’s prolific, compulsive documentation of their friends and surroundings has led them to [...]

December 19, 2012 at 1:00 pm 0 comments

Alex Chow & Kyle Page, Black Eyeliner

Alex Chow & Kyle Page, Black Eyeliner

Black Eyeliner is Beijing’s premier dark music monthly and Alexander Chow is the elfin master of ceremonies behind the event. He’s also the creative director of Chinese Vogue. The concept materialized in 2011, over beers with cofounder/DJ, Benjamin Bacon and mutual friend, Philana Woo, who named the event. We sat down at Black Eyeliner’s new home, DaDa Bar, to talk with Alex and [...]

December 18, 2012 at 10:51 pm 0 comments

Kin Hong – The Taco Bar Beijing – Salsa Recipe

Kin Hong – The Taco Bar Beijing – Salsa Recipe

One year ago, if you asked Kin Hong, a chef trained in classic French cuisine, if he could ever see himself opening a Mexican restaurant in China, he would’ve told you that you must be crazy. Now, he’s the proud owner of The Taco Bar in Beijing, the first of its kind. We visited Kin Hong’s establishment during its soft opening in August [...]

December 10, 2012 at 1:38 pm 0 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