Recommendations

Time: 19:30, Sat., Dec. 17
Venue: Capital Gymnasium (Location)
Price: 280/480/680/880/980/1080/1280
Booking at: http://www.damai.cn/ticket_31542.html

Valen Hsu

Valen Hsu at Shanghai Concert 2011. [File Photo]?

Valen Hsu

Valen Hsu at Shanghai Concert 2011. [File Photo]

Many people started to hear songs of Valen Hsu during school days and still can sing them out now in memory of their youth.

Valen Hsu's world tour concert If Time Allows will be staged in the Capital Gymnasium in Beijing after its debut in Shanghai last month. Valen will take the opportunity to share her personal experiences and stories with her fans in addition to her marvelous mellow voices.

The concert will feature the 3D-sound effect and fantastic 4D stage visual experience to present a dreamlike atmosphere.

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Valen Hsu

Valen Hsu. [File Photo]?

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Valen Hsu

Valen Hsu. [File Photo]

Sightseeing

24 hours in Beijing
This 24-hour guide to Beijing allows you to see a side of the city that you might have not found before.

Morning

9am Take Bus 401,402,973,991 to Dashanzi Lukounan (大山子路口南). Start your day at Dashanzi Art District where art galleries, studios and eateries abound. You may find 3 hours not enough for taking in all you want here, as there is much to see and do.

Afternoon

12am From your morning explorations, you will have come across many choices for where to have your lunch. Restaurants, cafes, bistros and coffee bars can be found in abundance here. Spend a leisurely hour enjoying the atmosphere and rest up for your afternoon.

1pm Exit Dashanzi and head west to Jiuxianqiao Lu (酒仙桥路) and take Bus 402 at the stop called Dashanzi Lukounan (大山子路口南) on the east side of the road, get off at Caochangdi (草场地). Here you’ll find the East End Arts, located just five km north of the Dashanzi Art District. This is a relatively new artist community, with many of its resident artists formerly based in Dashanzi. Rising popularity, and therefore costs, caused many of the founding artists from Dashanzi to relocate, many of them to East End Arts. Its stated purpose is to provide more art studios and galleries, in a less commercial environment. Enjoy two hours making your way through the variety of workspaces.

3pm Take Subway Line 1 to Dawang Lu (大望路), leave through Exit B, then take Bus “930支1” at Bawangfen Dong (八王坟东) to Songzhuang (宋庄). Then you can take a private motorcycle taxi there (just a few RMB) to one of the sites in this village. Your first impression of this village may not be good—shabby unpaved roads, garbage everywhere and simple houses. But upon closer look, you’ll find some interesting artists who call themselves “villagers.” The original farmers, influenced by the artists who came to the area, call themselves “artists,” perhaps a strange mix, but it works. Offer to take their picture and they will happily “strike a pose.” Songzhuang Village is a “melting pot” of art and people. Take some time and walk around, enjoying the canal and natural scenery here, amidst the tranquility you may just come to understand why these artists wanted to quit their modern life and live here.

5pm End of the day.

(By courtesy of Streetwise Guide Beijing)

Shut up and Drink (Huxley's)

16 Yandai Xiejie, Houhai area, Beijing 烟袋斜街16号

Opening times: 5pm till late.

Bars are not native to Chinese culture. Several Beijing taxi drivers have told me they find the western habit of drinking without eating incomprehensible. Chinese bars are usually thinly disguised restaurants or night clubs, often featuring a weedy singer-guitarist or an egomaniac DJ inflicting techno. What a relief to find a bar with the slogan "Shut up just drink!" The graffiti-covered walls give Huxley's a student feel. With friendly staff, cocktails that contain alcohol (the mojitos are a must), and beers at ten kuai, we definitely rate this place and so does the loyal, mixed crowd it attracts. Only gripe is that by 10 pm the bar had run out of cold beer due to the absurd custom of selling bottles in batches of twenty to show-offs who stack them on their table and wait for them to warm up. (Text by John Sexton, Photo by Wang Zhiyong)

Shut up and Drink (Huxley's)

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Shut up and Drink (Huxley's)

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Shut up and Drink (Huxley's)

(China.org.cn August 7, 2008)

Dining

Beijing Specialties

Red Capital Club 新红资俱乐部

1950s retro cigar and cocktail lounge, and a general atmosphere to bring back the good old days. Hotpot and a broader range of Beijing specialties.

Dongsishitiao 东四九条 area

66 Dongsijiutiao, Dongcheng District

东城区东四九条66号

Phone 6402 7150, 8401 8886

Hours Daily 6-12pm

Completely smoke-free

All Chinese and foreign credit cards accepted

Regional Cuisine

Kong Yiji 孔乙己

Named after one of Lu Xun's tragic characters, a failed scholar who is bullied and ridiculed in his local inn, the Kong Yiji's specialities are zuixia (drunken shrimp), served alive in a bowl of wine, and dongporou, a fatty port dish as tasty as it is unhealthy. Wash it all down with yellow rice wine (huangjiu). An authentically Zhejiang style bamboo grove leads into the restaurant. This place does a brisk business so you may need to book.

CCTV Tower 中央电视塔

1/F, Aviation Science & Technology Plaza, Southeast corner of Hangtian Qiao (beside Experimental Primary School), Haidian District

海淀区航天桥东南角航天科技大厦1层(试验小学旁)

Phone 6876 8776

Daily 10am-2pm, 4.30-10.30pm

All chinese and foreign credit cards accepted

Fuxingmen/Financial Street 复兴门

Bldg 2, Zhonghua Mall, A42 Fuxingmenwai Dajie, Xicheng District

西城区复兴门外大街A2号中化大厦附楼2楼

Phone 6856 8801/8796

Daily 10am-2pm, 4.30-10.30pm

All chinese and foreign credit cards accepted

Chaoyang Park 朝阳公园

South side of No. 8 Apartments on Chaoyang Gongyuan Xilu, Chaoyang District

朝阳区朝阳公园西门8号公馆内南侧

Phone 6508 2228

Daily 11am-2pm, 5pm-midnight

All chinese and foreign credit cards accepted

Temple of Heaven 天坛

6 Zhushikou Dongdajie, Chongwen District

崇文区珠市口东大街6号(两广大街与祈年大街口)

Phone 6707 5151/5252

Daily 10am-2pm, 4.30-10.30pm

All chinese and foreign credit cards accepted

Yayuncun 亚运村

A54, Anli Lu, Chaoyang District

朝阳区安立路甲54号

Phone8480 3966/3977

Daily 10am-2pm, 4.30-10pm

All chinese and foreign credit cards accepted

Jiaodaokou 交道口

322 Dongsi Beidajie, Dongcheng District

东城区东四北大街322号

Phone 6404 0507

Daily 10am-2pm, 4.30-10pm

Houhai 后海

South shore of Shichahai, Deshengmennei Dajie, Xicheng District

西城区德内大街什刹海后海南岸

Phone 6618 4915/17

Daily 10am-2pm, 4.30-10.30pm

All chinese and foreign credit cards accepted

World Cuisine

Santa Claus would not feel out of place in this outpost of the north. The lodge-like environment is decorated in the best-possible taste – reindeer antler light fixtures, for example, add to the authentic feel.

The ambiance is reflected in the food – game and fish are stalwarts. Don’t miss out on the imported reindeer steaks, if you want to know what Rudolf tasted like at the end of his career.

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Sanlitun Sanlitun 三里屯 area

Address:

2/F, Tower 6, China View, Gongti Donglu, Chaoyang District 朝阳区工体东路中国红阶大厦6号202室

Phone: 8687 1101/1111

Time: Daily 11am-1am

WiFi wireless internet access

Parking available

No Smoking sections

Chinese bank cards accepted

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Muslims & Vegetarians

Still Thoughts Vegetarian Restaurant (静思素食坊)

Why do vegetarians eat mock meat? You’ll be too busy wondering how they make it so convincing to worry about that. As the name suggests, this is a quiet and friendly place, well worth a visit.

Zoo Art Museum Zoo 动物园 area

30A Gaoliangqiao Lu (inside the Meijuan Hotel), Haidian District

海淀区高梁桥路甲30号(梅苑饭店大院内)

6225 5792

Daily 11am-10pm

Parking available

Delivery available

Completely smoke-free

Chinese bank cards accepted

Art Museum 美术馆 area

18A Dafosi Dongjie (in an unmarked hutong one block north of Qianliang Hutong, which is directly north of Sanlian Bookstore on Meishuguan Dongjie), Dongcheng District

东城区大佛寺东街甲18号(美术馆东街三联书店北,钱粮胡同北边小区)

6400 8941

Daily 11am-10pm

Parking available

Completely smoke-free

Hot Food Spots

Donghuamen Night Market

Niujie is located at Guang'anmen in the southern part of Beijing. The district is home to the largest concentration of Muslim people in Beijing. Here the rich Muslim culture has cultivated a distinguished cuisine. Truly this is a street of Muslim food. Today some 200 different snacks are produced at Niujie.

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Beijing Snacks

Assorted Fried Rice 什锦炒饭

Price: 10 yuan

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Dumplings 饺子

Price: 5-10 yuan for 5

Filled with vegetables or meat, these bite-sized treats are usually served with vinegar and soy sauce. Quick and easy.

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Fried Dumplings 锅贴

Price: 14 yuan

Savory pan-fried dumplings.

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Spring Rolls 春卷

Price: 3 yuan/each

Crisy little appetizers, these thin rolls are filled with meat and vegetables and then deep-fried till delicious.

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Gold and Silver Buns 金银馒头

Price: 12 yuan

Deep-fried and original steamed buns accompanied with a sweet dipping sauce.

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Fitness

Long Island Massage & Spa 长岛健身

14A Guanghua Lu (5/F, Nuo'an Bldg, southwest of the Kerry Centre), Chaoyang District.朝阳区光华路甲14号(嘉里中心西南侧诺安大厦5层)

5130 9718

Open 10.30am-2am

Jiahui Center (basement level), 6 Jiqingli, Dongcheng District. 东城区吉庆里6号佳汇中心地下1层

6551 6112/13

Open 11am-12.30am

This large establishment offers Chinese and Thai-style massage and reflexology, as well as facials and other beauty treatments.

With a calming ambiance, prompt and friendly service, masseuses with a soothing touch and complimentary food and beverages, Bodhi Therapeutic Retreat was a no-brainer destination to take every visiting Beijing guest or relative for a treat. At discounted prices for the better part of last year, it was a regular indulgence we took for granted. But sadly the days of those cheap deals have passed and our shoulders are cranked up against our ears once more. Well, tbj brings good news: Long Island Massage & Spa, a 1,700 square meter basement oasis, has just joined the ranks of Bodhi and Taipan with features like Chinese and Thai style massage and reflexology as well as facials and other beauty treatments offered in 34 rooms. Long Island distinguishes itself from the pack by boasting six licensed medical masseuses on staff to press your hurt-so-good nerve meridians and a drink and food menu that emphasizes healthy Southern-style specialties (warning: the nutty Guangdong cold teas are addictive). And with tempting introductory deals on the offering, Long Island is literally a bargain basement.

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Beauty

Tony Studio 东田造型

V-0117, Bldg 9, Jianwai SOHO, 39 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, CBD/Guomao. 东三环中路39号建外SOHO9号别墅V-0117
5869-4697
Open 10am-9:30pm
www.tonystudio.com.cn
tony@tonystudio.com.cn

919, 9/F, Bldg 2, Beijing APM, Wangfujing, 王府井新东安市场2号写字楼9919
6528-1568
Open 10am-9pm

Tony Studio is well-known for its stronghold on Chinese celebrity styling, and in addition to skincare and hair care, the salon boasts a coffee bar (Cosy Cafe), and a professional photo studio. Haircut from RMB180, Perms RMB200-1480.

Shopping

Silk Market (Xiushui) 秀水街

8 Xiushui Dongjie, Chaoyang 朝阳区秀水东街8号

This indoor market is the city's most popular with tourists, with six floors of cheap, fake goods. The basement offers the city's best selection of copied shoes, boots, bags and suitcases, but you must bargain hard.

Open 09:00-21:00.

Tel: 010-51698800.

Website: www.xiushui.com.cn/english

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Sports

Beijing Direct Link Golf & Sports Development Co.

I. About

Beijing Direct Link Golf & Sports Development Co. (DirectLink Golf) is a leading dealer of top golf product brands with a registered capital of US$9.33 million and nearly 300 employees. Headquartered in Beijing, the company has become a direct link between elites and top golf brands since its founding in 2008. DirectLink Golf features sales of international top golf brands, an exclusive five-star club-style driving range and a golf academy with an extraordinary teaching staff.

As one of the fastest-growing companies in the field, DirectLink Golf has now launched offices across China and a branch office in Japan. It has quickly become one of the leaders in China's golf industry.

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II. Timeline

May 2008: DirectLink Golf was founded; attended a golf expo

July: DirectLink Golf opened a direct retail outlet in Beijing and a subsidiary office in Shanghai.

August: DirectLink Golf launched its official website and opened a subsidiary office in Shenzhen, Guangdong Province.

October: DirectLink Golf launched its online shop.

January 2009: DirectLink Golf became the exclusive operator of MARUMAN in greater China.

April: DirectLink Golf launched M-HONMA's official website, and opened a driving range in Beijing, a flagship golf store and its second Beijing direct retail outlet.

June: DirectLink Golf opened a branch office in Beijing.

September: DirectLink Golf opened a subsidiary office in Hong Kong.

December: DirectLink Golf became an operator of M.HONMA in greater China and opened a subsidiary office in Beijing.

July 2010: DirectLink Golf opened a subsidiary office in Kunshan, Jiangsu Province.

October: DirectLink Golf opened subsidiary offices in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, and Kunming, Yunnan Province, and became the general agent of About Golf simulators in greater China.

November: DirectLink Golf opened a subsidiary office in Harbin, Heilongjiang Province.

January 2011: DirectLink Golf became the general agent of AKIRA.

May: DirectLink Golf launched AKITA's Chinese official website.

June: DirectLink Golf purchased S-YARD and opened S-YARD Company in Japan.

November: DirectLink Golf became an operator of S-YARD in greater China

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III. Company Culture

Enterprise Spirit

Hard-working passion! Cooperative team!

Active thinking! Sincere attitude!

Pioneering spirit! Efficient skill!

Enterprise Vision

We know: the way to improve enterprising morale and productivity is to provide opportunities for staff to grow and succeed.

We think: one person's intelligence and power is limited, but if he cooperates with a group of like-minded people, the strength of each person can be enlarged.

We remember: as one of the most influential brands in China's golf industry, we will apply ourselves to promote the development of the whole industry and do our best to cultivate more golf elites for the country.

Enterprise Concept

Dedicate to every brand

Treat sincerely every client

Care for every employee

Strive to succeed

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Ⅳ. Business Scope

DirectLink Golf is committed to building a high-end golf brand of its own in China, with deals with other top golf brands, a golf academy with world top instructors and a five-star club-style driving range.

(1) DirectLink Golf owns the following golf brands:

1. S-YARD

2. MUTSUMI HONMA

3. LEGEND BLOOM

(2) DirectLink Golf is a service agent for the following golf brands:

1. AKIRA

2. Maruman

3. aboutGOLF

4. Super Stroke

(3) Anselmo Golf Academy

Anselmo Golf Academy was established in the late 1940s by John Anselmo in the United States. After 60 years, the academy is now world famous and plays important role in the formation of the Champions Tour and cultivation of golf elites. Now, the academy is also opening new training facilities in China and South Korea.

Many Anselmo students are excellent golf players, national or world champions, such as Tiger Woods, Kim Saiki and Kim Liu, the youngest winner of the U.S. Junior Amateur Golf Championship. Many famous career coaches have also learned from Anselmo.

DirectLink Golf-Anselmo Golf Academy is a training institution established by DirectLink Golf and Anselmo Golf Academy. It is prepared by Anselmo and executed by Dan Anselmo, his son. At present, there are two teachers: Dan Anselmo, the director, and head coach Ralph Howe.

The academy adopts advanced teaching analysis software and equipments and combines theory study with daily practice. With years of teaching experience, innovative teaching ideas, rigorous teaching styles and distinctive teaching methods, the academy has attracted lots of golf fans and amateurs to receive training and learn from top-level golf masters.

(4) Driving Range

Beijing DirectLink Golf Club, located just 50 meters off the Beijing Airport Expressway, is DirectLink Golf's first five-star luxurious club-style driving range in the Chinese mainland. It features a 270-yard practice area with 44 spotlights, four VIP private rooms and a putting green.

The exclusive property brings together luxurious practice facilities, VIP rooms, natural hitting bays, green theme restaurants, branded golf product flagship stores, a golf club workshop, a golf academy and a golf simulator experience area under one roof.

The DirectLink Golf Club has been built into a five-star facility with an emphasis on design. Chinese and Western design styles are integrated smoothly with modern fashion and classic taste to create a relaxing, comfortable and enjoyable environment.

With first-class equipment, an extraordinary teaching staff and world-class club facilities, DirectLink Club allows you to immerse yourself in the ultimate golf experience. With its customer-first principle, DirectLink Golf provides the highest quality service for each guest.

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V. Organization Chart

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VI. Sales Performance and Distribution Network

DirectLink Golf is the first Chinese golf company to invest in foreign golf product brands, with most top brands under its agency and most chain stores in China. Customs figures show that DirectLink Golf topped its Chinese counterparts by taking 25 percent of the total golf products imported in 2010 and was listed among the top 10 companies with biggest import volumes of golf balls.

Beijing Direct Link Golf & Sports Development Co., Ltd.

Address: 89 Capital Airport Highway, Shunyi District, Beijing 101312

Tel: 010-82388688

Fax: 010-82387718

Website: http://www.golfdl.com

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VII. After-Sales Service

With its customer-first principle, the company is dedicated to provide accurate consultation, comfortable environment, professional training, advanced equipment and high-quality services for each customer.

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Health

Peking Union Medical College Hospital 北京协和医院

1 Shuaifuyuan, Wangfujing (the foreigners' wing is located behind and to the left of the main hospital entrance), Dongcheng District. 东城区王府井帅府园1号(接待外国人的区域在主楼的左后方)

6529 5284

www.pumch.ac.cn

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