This week, That's Mandarin Chinese Language School gives us a step-by-step picture demonstration on how to setup Mahjong. Mahjong is a game that originated in China and is played using a set of 144 tiles decorated with various Chinese characters and symbols. If you've ever seen a group of Chinese seniors crowded over a table intently watching a game, it was probably Mahjong. Check out the picture and video tutorials below.
Thursday, November 21st was a landmark day for Home Plate BBQ, opening the doors of their new location in Sanlitun for a one-night-only preview party. The new restaurant, located just south of gongti bei lu near The Local, The Bookworm, and Q Mex, will be officially opening within the next couple of weeks. Tickets for the event were sold out well in advance and the place was absolutely packed for the pork buffet. The new space is quite large, boasting a squared off wraparound bar, two dining areas with seating for around 150 people, and a decent sized stage. Local brewers, Slow Boat Brewery, are featured on tap with a handful of imported bottled beer and mixed drinks rounding out the menu. For more information, check out Home Plate BBQ.
guest post by That's Mandarin
Seems like everyone’s got a little something wrong with them at the minute, a tickly throat, runny nose, cough a whole range of those well known flu like symptoms are racing round. In fact it’s the talk of the town with everyone being affected in one way or another, with a mixture of blame being laid on the weather and pollution.
Last Friday the heating got turned on (yay!) which we can bet is going to also amp up the sickness toll as our bodies start to experience yet again another change of temperature, reacting to the temperature gap in and outdoors. Anyway, we’re no doctors; it’s just a matter of speculating. However, if a doctor or pharmacist is someone that you need to be talking to any time soon, here are some language tips to take the edge off.
THE Drive-thru, currently located in Sanlitun SOHO and having one of the largest and best selections of imported bottled beer in Beijing, is moving! But don't worry, the new location is just up the road. Their new home will be next to Gung Ho Pizza in the China View Building (Paper Pounder Press' former location). While they shift all the beer, herbs, and bikes from one location to the other, they've decided to have a huge moving sale. The sale includes: 25% off selected beers, 20% off ALL Bern helmets, 10% off ALL Crumpler bags, and 30% off ALL bike parts and accessories.
Founded in 2005, That's Mandarin Chinese Language School has sprouted from a small, 4-classroom operation to one of the top Mandarin language schools in China. At locations in both Beijing and Shanghai, they offer various levels and styles of language learning, including a plethora of cultural events and activities. Whether you are a beginner, or, like me, taking steps to fill-in the gaps in your Chinese, they offer classes to fit your needs and your schedule.
Beijing is the cultural center of China, filled with things to do, places to go, and sights to see. It's quite easy to find a tour company to take you on a packaged tour of the city and show you the main sights, however, some of us are looking for more. Beijing by Heart offers walking tours that tell stories of people, historic events, and a culture that aren't typically explored by tourists or expats. The tours are well researched and feature interesting tour topics that other companies just don't offer.
guest post by That's Mandarin
Welcome to our first Chinese cultural activity post for The BJ Reviewer! Once a month we are going to be showing you tips, tricks and/or mini steps to a range of China related games & crafts.
To kick things off we asked paper cutting expert and instructor Zhao Laoshi 赵老师 one of our lovely teachers to share a quick and easy design that you guys can try at home or wherever you fancy.
November beer news from Beijing's local breweries and bottle shops. This month we feature 京A Brewing Co., Slow Boat Brewery, Great Leap Brewing and the new NBeer taproom and bottle shop. Check out their new beers on tap and their upcoming events.