New Bars: Mado Bar

Not dope, to be blunt

New Restaurant: Hercules

A strong look: new sandwich shop and café in Xingfucun area Read more >>

Improv Comedy festival this weekend, our picks here

The program will see improv groups from all over China converge for six days of events, performances and workshops. Here's our pick from this year's festival. Read more >>

New Bars: Lush House

Home is where the art is

New Restaurant: Palms L.A. Kitchen and Bar

Tex-Mex for the Seoul

The Drop: April

Given that I started writing this column a year ago this month, I think it’s time to drop a little year-end report. So, before the usual rundown on the month’s best music, here’s my take on the good, the bad and the baffling in Beijing electronica right now. Read more >>

AV Okubo: Building a dance-punk dynasty

The lifestyles of the rich and famous are explored in AV Okubo’s eagerly anticipated sophomore album, 'Dynasty'. Catch the band live, at the album release party on April 19 at Yugong Yishan. Read more >>

TenTemPies bring reggae inflected Latin rock to Beijing

Straight outta Amsterdam comes this international collective of musicians. The TenTemPies have been winning raves for their blend of Latin rock with reggae and ska elements. The seven-piece group will be playing shows all week in Beijing. Read more >>

The best of Sound of the Xity Festival, Apr 3-6

Our pick of the some of the biggest and best names, homegrown and foreign, coming to this month's festival Read more >>

Sound of the Xity: technology is the new rock and roll

The Beijing festival that’s rewiring the music industry Read more >>

Interview: Hanggai

Since 2004, Hanggai has blazed a trail for Mongolian rock. They're back in Shanghai to launch their new album and we chat with group founder Yiliqi about 'Back to You' and the current crop of new Mongolian rockers. Read more >>

The exhaustive guide to the Capital M Literary Festival Beijing

Now in its fourth year, the Capital M Literary Festival returns to Beijing with a diverse and distinguished range of writers, historians, theorists and thinkers. Here’s our guide to the best of the week-long series. Read more >>

Litfest interview: Timothy Garton Ash

Writer and Oxford University historian Timothy Garton Ash describes his work as “studying the history of the present,” which is a polite academic way of saying that he’s captivated by change, addicted even. Read more >>

Litfest interview: Emma Larkin

There’s a certain level of unintentional intrigue involved in interviewing American author and journalist Emma Larkin. Having spent the best part of eight years reporting from inside of Burma, Larkin, who writes under a pseudonym, has developed a talent for keeping her real identity hidden. Read more >>

Litfest interview: Jeremy Tredinnick

Travel writing enjoys a certain glamorous, if rugged, reputation. From Kipling to Hemmingway, the image is one of adventure, of exploration – of life on the road. Not so, says Jeremy Tredinnick. Read more >>

Litfest interview: John Delury

There are countless books about the rise of modern China and its likely affect on the rest of the world. Few, though, care to go as deep, or as far back into the country’s recent history as Wealth and Power: China’s Long March to the 21st Century. Read more >>

The Drop: March

Beats, blops and breakz – the low down on who's putting the needle to the groove this month in Beijing. Read more >>

Underground party in Sihui this Saturday

Craving for a night of edgy music, dripping walls and sooty eyeliner? Then head to Si Hui this weekend for the Bunker Party Vol. 2. Read more >>

Restaurant review: Cu Ju

Winning accolades as both a Middle Eastern restaurant and sports bar might point to Cu Ju being somewhat confused in character. Read more >>

Restaurant review: Meow Hotpot

Of all the recent internet phenomena that amuse and confuse us, the ubiquity of one truly baffles us. Read more >>

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