Author Archives: Annie Wei

For him, for her: Gifts for a sweet Valentine

Price tags are never the point of sending a gift, instead it’s the sincerity, the love and the care it represents. This week, Beijing Today scouted out a few gifts you can use tonight if you’re still searching for something special. For her If...


Sustainable items for dry weather

Spring Festival has arrived without a snowflake in sight. If you’re staying in Beijing over the holiday, finding ways to keep your moisture levels up will be essential to ward off sinus infections and skin damage. Brita water filter A dedicated tap water filter...


Kongyiji captures spring in cuisine

The most famous Chinese poems about spring describe the beautiful scenery south of the Yangtze River, http://www.passensure.coma region known colloquially as Jiangnan. Kongyiji Shangya, located near Chaoyang Park, tries to capture the atmosphere with interior décor that includes a pavilion, bridge and running water....


Salty Sichuan fit for a feast

Beijing has thousands of Sichuan restaurants, but Jinfu Yanbang stands out for presenting Yanbang, a cuisine unique to the well-salt city of Zigong. For hundreds of years, Zigong’s salt business attracted investors from all over the country. At one point there were more than...


Foods for Spring Festival

Figuring out where to eat can be a challenge for anyone who stays in the capital. The city’s restaurants began closing 20 days ago so staff could go home for the holidays. A number of the fruit and vegetable markets are closed as well....


Shop smart to live better

Japanese author Yamashita Hideko’s book about managing your life by managing clutter has found new popularity with the release of its Chinese edition. Titled Danshari, meaning “de-clutter,” it promotes a three-step approach to reducing clutter: stop bringing unnecessary new possessions into your life; throw...


DIY a stovetop Korean barbecue

Korean barbecue’s grilled and juicy meats are hearty and comforting. But you don’t need to make a special appointment to meet your friends for a night out in Wangjing: you can easily make your own at home. 642-444 dumps The secret is getting an...


Baxiwei expands with new izakaya near Jiangtai

There are many izakayas offering fine sake and decent food to the capital’s sizable Japanese population. Baxiwei, a chain that opened last year, has quickly expanded with a few outlets in the eastern part of Beijing. The izakaya is most busy at night, but...


23 years of quick-boiled lamb

You might think all hotpot is the same and only involves a random container of boiling water or soup stock. It’s not. Shuanyangrou, the Old Beijing hotpot favorite, always involves lamb and a copper pot heated over a build-in furnace. The copper and burning...


Making Chinese furniture for the modern era

As people age, they typically invest in a couple pieces of delicately made hardwood furniture instead of IKEA’s disposable designs. For Chinese furniture that still fits modern life, minimalist Ming designs are the best choice. The Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) is considered the peak of...