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DJ Rob Swift Rocks Beijing


Fresh off the plane from the SXSW Festival, DJ Rob Swift paid a visit to China's art and music festival, JUE Festival. Touted as the equivalent to SXSW, JUE Festival celebrates local creative communities as well as showcasing talent from…


Added by Beijing Town on March 17, 2012 at 9:34pm — No Comments

Hong Qiao Market - A Jewelry Maker's Paradise


All my jewelry maker's stand up! If you ever find yourself in Beijing, jewelry maker's can find solstice

at Hongqiao Market, or Pearl Market. But don't let the name fool you. You can get much more that pearls, including jade, quartz, turquoise, jasper, and obsidian just to name a few. Even if…


Added by Beijing Town on February 28, 2012 at 11:00am — No Comments

Adrienne Mack-Davis: The Voice of a Generation

I challenge you to find anyone else who commands your attention the way Adrienne Mack-Davis does. Adrienne’s voice serves as both a gift of healing that echoes the triumphs of survival and a prose that unmethodically and unapologetically tells us where we should be going as a…


Added by Beijing Town on February 7, 2012 at 10:31am — No Comments

Akon Pays a Visit to Beijing


It's hard to go to a downtown bar here in Beijing and not hear Akon's house hits blasting from the stereos. So Beijingers got a special treat when he came to perform on November 4th at the MasterCard Arena. The crowd was diverse with the Chinese, as well as American, European and African expats. Akon…


Added by Beijing Town on November 5, 2011 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Out of the Shadows - Artwork of Beijing's Migrant Children

As an educator, I'm always excited to explore ways children can express themselves. I was excited to hear when I was invited to the event "Out of the Shadows - Bringing Migrant Children's Artwork Into the Light."  This event featured 50 pieces…


Added by Beijing Town on September 20, 2011 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Reduced, Reused, Recycled Art

The Recycled Art exhibition was recently in Beijing courtesy of the organization DRAP ART. DRAP ART is committed to fostering new consumption habits among consumers. This cross-cultural exhibition was hosted at Spanish cultural center Instituto Cervantes, and featured Spanish, as well…

Added by Beijing Town on July 8, 2011 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Hail the Sunshine: Caribbean Cuisine in Beijing

Options for Beijing cuisine just got a little brighter with Afro-Caribbean cuisine entering the mix. Chef Rose Zamoa, who hails from Ghana, is owner of the catering business Private Kitchen. With imported ingredients, Rose offers staples such as jerk chicken, ackee and saltfish, oxtail, jamaican…


Added by Beijing Town on June 24, 2011 at 3:30am — No Comments

Awam Amkpa's Africa: See You, See Me!

As part of the Caochangdi PhotoSpring Festival, which highlights the most original photography from around the world, art and cultural center Li Space hosted the global exhibit Africa: See You, See Me! The photography exhibit has been showcased in New York, Portugal,… Continue

Added by Beijing Town on May 24, 2011 at 4:00pm — No Comments

China in Africa: The Dragon's Gift

With Africa supplying 35% of China's oil, and trade between the two increasing almost 40%, there has been much talk about the economic relationship between China and Africa. There are hundreds of thousands of Chinese in Africa establishing businesses, investing, and bringing with them skills. In…


Added by Beijing Town on May 19, 2011 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Art and Basketball: The Yellow Signal Exhibition

Thousands of basketballs connected through elongated hoops spread across a hall is what visitors will see in multimedia artist Wang Jianwei's Yellow Signal. To Jianwei, Yellow Signal represents a state between "stop" and "go," likened to a traffic light.  "We attempt to establish a contradictory and…


Added by Beijing Town on May 4, 2011 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Graffiti: Beijing-Style

The 798 Art District, or aptly referred to as "798," is Beijing's spotlight art community. This playground for artsy-types houses galleries, boutiques, cafes... and graffiti. A former electronics factory district, one can see graffiti sprawled across the walls of now defunct…


Added by Beijing Town on April 18, 2011 at 4:05pm — No Comments

Africa to China: South African Artist Exhibits Show in Beijing

South African artist Kendell Geers hosts his first solo art exhibition in mainland China at Galleria Continua. In "Fin de Partie," Geers attempts to connect his artistic experience with local Chinese culture.

The main installation is composed of one-to-three meter high sculptures made of resin, a…


Added by Beijing Town on April 13, 2011 at 6:10am — No Comments

Section 6: Beijing's Monthly Hip-hop Party

The places for Beijing hip-hoppers longing to hear live acts are few and far between. But Beijing hip-hoppers can get their fix at Section 6, Beijing's monthly hip-hop party featuring battles and other live acts at live music venue Yugong Yishan.


Watch below as a Chinese MC takes the stage in…


Added by Beijing Town on March 31, 2011 at 12:30pm — No Comments

A Taste of Africa in China: Turay's Africa House

For a no-frills, home-cooked African meal, Turay's Africa House is the place you want to be. With the menu spanning all parts of Africa as well a the Caribbean, Turay's is popular with the African ex-pat community. The menu includes jolof rice, plaintains, oxtail, callaloo, pepper soup, ground nut soup, along with a…


Added by Beijing Town on March 17, 2011 at 3:06pm — No Comments

Interview: DJ Pete Rock in Beijing

We were lucky enough to sit down with top hip-hop DJ/producer Pete Rock on his first trip to China. Pete Rock talked with us about the evolving role of the DJ, the golden era of hip-hop, and why his passion ranks him as one of hip-hop's top producers.


Words/Interview: Roxanne…


Added by Beijing Town on March 1, 2011 at 7:49am — No Comments

Destroy and Rebuild: Beijing Makes Way for New Housing

A common scene throughout Beijing nowadays as Beijing bulldozes traditional structures known as "hutongs" to make way for glossy new apartments. The destruction of hutongs often times pushes out poorer residents of the city, who can not afford soaring costs in Beijing's housing market. As the population increases…


Added by Beijing Town on February 24, 2011 at 4:09pm — No Comments

Pete Rock in Beijing... Is Any Further Explanation Needed?!

Beijing Town, as well as hip-hoppers in Beijing, ready ourselves this weekend for a rare treat as DJ Pete Rock pays us a visit at Beijing's premiere live venue Yugong… Continue

Added by Beijing Town on February 24, 2011 at 4:00pm — No Comments

A Cause for Celebration: Bob Marley Day in Beijing

While fireworks carry on outside that make it sound more like revolutionary warfare than a Chinese New Year's celebration, Beijingers found refuge indoors this past Sunday to celebrate music legend Bob Marley's 66th birthday at live music venue Yugong Yishan. The event included live performances, DJs and even a blessing…


Added by Beijing Town on February 8, 2011 at 11:47pm — No Comments

Out With the Tiger; In With the Bunny - Beijing Preps for Chinese New Year

    Come next week the streets of Beijing will be filled with dragons, acrobats, and fireworks as China prepares to celebrate its lunar New Year. "New Year's Day" kicks off February 3rd and lasts for 15 days. This year we'll be celebrating the Year of the Rabbit. Even if you're not a bunny, keep posted as Beijing Town brings you photos and commentary on how Beijing gets it in during Chinese New Year!…


Added by Beijing Town on January 27, 2011 at 12:25pm — No Comments

A Beer Duck Sunday

Looking to learn something new, and to please my mom in one fell swoop, I attended a cooking class at Hutong Cuisine here in Beijing this past Sunday.  Chef Chunyi Zhou and her family taught me how to make five dishes. Anyone who plans to visit China's capital better be prepared to eat some duck, with Beijing's most famous dish being Peking Duck. Chef Chunyi Zhou and family showed me how to make another kind of duck... Beer Duck.



Added by Beijing Town on January 18, 2011 at 2:00pm — 2 Comments


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