2014 Beijing International Automobile Exhibition

Yesterday I ventured out of the city to Shunyi to the 13th Beijing International Automobile Exhibition. The exhibition runs from April 20 - April 29, 2014 and features many of the most popular automobile brands in the world. This show seems to get bigger and bigger each time I go and this year was borderline out of control.

Hoards of people packed the cars of subway line 15 heading for the International Exhibition Center in Shunyi. The exhibition center is huge and can accommodate the large numbers of people that the International Automobile Exhibition draws. Tickets for the event are 50RMB and can be purchased on site. The exhibition itself seemed more like a circus than a car show with dancers in elaborate costumes wearing moon shoes, big stage performances, and flocks of old men pushing and shoving trying to get their oversized DSLR cameras pointed at any female standing in the vicinity of a car. It was an exhausting experience trying to get pictures of cars, however, I was able to take a few. Enjoy the album! 

BJ Brew News for March/April

Spring is here and with it comes a bunch of outdoor events all involving beer. This month's BJ Brew News checks out Dogfish Head's arrival in Beijing at Trouble Bar, Great Leap Brewing's Back Alley Chili Cook-Off, The Gaymazing Poker Race, and other craft brew news from Slow Boat Brewery and 京A Brewing Co. 

How To: Buying Shoes in Beijing

from That's Mandarin Chinese Language School 

The season is changing from winter to spring (or perhaps it’ll jump right into summer) and this means that we not only have to change the clothes we wear but also our shoes.  Finding the right shoes is harder than finding the right clothes and sometimes, it depends on how you tell the clerk what you are looking for. Here are some tips and useful vocabulary for a trip to the shoe store. 

Pyro Pizza Reopens as Sugar Shack in Wudaokou

Popular student hangout and pizza joint in Wudaokou, Pyro Pizza, reopened last week as the Sugar Shack. The rebranding comes after a couple months of renovations and plans to expand to other cities in China. While the staff, food, and location have remained the same, the renovations bring a brighter, more modern looking interior. Pizza delivery and the daily lunch buffet have also remained unchanged.

This Weekend: Puppy and Dog Obedience Training at ICVS

from ICVS

The International Center for Veterinary Services (ICVS) is delighted to offer puppy and adult dog obedience training programs to help you live a happier and more harmonious life with your pets!
 
An introduction and Q&A session on canine psychology and the basics of puppy and adult dog obedience training will be held on:
 
Date:              Saturday, March 15, 2014
Time:              11:00AM to 12:00 PM
Location:       International Center for Veterinary Services
 
This session is FREE! Everyone is welcome!

Stories That Caught My Eye

I may spend too much time on the web, on social media in particular, however, every once in a while I do stumble across something important or interesting that I feel like I should share. Here are a few news articles, stories, websites, and links from this week that I thought would interest you. Here are Stories That Caught My Eye: 

Beijing Pollution Information

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February wasn't a great month in Beijing as pollution goes, however, thus far, March is looking a bit better. We've received a few inquiries about information on pollution masks, air purifiers, and the air quality index, so I thought I'd put together a few helpful links to better guide you. 

First, the good Doctor at My Health Beijing runs a great site for health tips while in China. He has put together some of the most thorough information regarding the air pollution and air purifiers that I've found. He is also working on a campaign to test pollution masks. My Health Beijing should be your first stop if you have any questions about air pollution or food safety in China.

Next, a group of expats have been teaching Beijingers how to build DIY air purifiers for your house. These purifiers have had amazing results and cost a fraction of what the big brands are charging. You can also purchase these Smart Air filter kits directly through their website here. They will be running 3 workshops at Cafe 1901 in Chongwenmen in March on the 14th, 15th, and 16th from 19:00 to 20:30. Cost is 200RMB per person at the door. 

Finally, Beijing's air quality index. It's a number that we all seem to know at all times but if you don't know how to find it, here's the link: Beijing Air Pollution: Real-time Air Quality Index (AQI). There are also iPhone and Android apps that will give you these numbers. 

BJ Brew News for February

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京A Brewing Co.

Brewing out of The Big Smoke and on tap at 4Corners, Trouble Bar and The Local, the guys at 京A are making moves. This month (actually today, Valentine's Day) they are tapping a new lager called Lucky 8 Lager exclusively at The Local. The deal is 1 liter steins of Lucky 8 Lager for 88RMB from 8 until late. You can also find their beer on tap at the Under the Sea: 4 Corners Class of 2014 Prom beginning tonight, February 14th, at 10pm. 

Besides Valentine's Day events, they have 3 other events coming to The Big Smoke. First, Flight Nights, beginning Monday, February 24th. Get a flight of all 6 京A beers on tap and try Gordon's Double-Down Danger-Dogs. 

Next, they will begin having The Brewer's Table events which are guided beer tastings on February 26. Unfortunately, this event has been completely reserved. They will also have an event on March 26. You can reserve a seat at richard@capitalbrew.com. 

Finally, The Experiment on March 4. This will be a food and beer pairing event as well as a release for an experimental beer. Reservations are required to The Big Smoke at +86 10 6416 2683. 

Great Leap Brewing

GLB has a special Valentine's Day Dinner for Two Special tonight, February 14th, from 6-11pm. 248RMB for a choice of any two burgers or sandwiches, any four beers, and a large slice of Red Velvet cake to share courtesy of Sweet Tooth Bakery. Reservations are not needed. 

Mondays are Growler Day at GLB. You get a free growler of Pale Ale #6 with any growler purchase. This promo is only available at their #12 Xinzhong Brewpub location. 

New beers on tap this month include: Edmund Backhouse Session Pils (4.1%), Beat the Landlord Barley Wine (11.2%), Hello, Esposito Chai Masala Stout (6.5%), and Chocolate Stout (6.5%).

Slow Boat Brewery

Wednesday is Beerjinger night at Slow Boat Taproom. Beerjingers can fill their growlers with either Three Sheets Coffee Porter or Knot 51 Red Ale for 120RMB. 

Slow Boat recently collaborated with Home Plate BBQ on a new beer called The Cannon (4.5%). The grains were smoked giving the beer an applewood-smoke aroma. This beer is exclusively on tap at both Home Plate BBQ locations. 

News beers on tap this month are: Golden Maple Ale (6.5%), Cutter New Zealand Pale Ale (5.5%), Angry Seas Black IPA (5.5%), North Star Anise Stout (6.2%), and High Tide IPA (7.2%).