Beijing Watchdog: Dirty Districts, Movies & Wild Parties

Beijing Watchdog: Dirty Districts, Movies & Wild Parties

This May Beijing is going to be heating up with plenty of good activities from Hollywood blockbusters to a dance extravaganza. Plus if you want to know the dirtiest districts in Beijing, read on to find out more.


Notable News:

1) CD Blues no more
May 6th marked the last show at long-time Beijing live music venue CD Blues located next to the National Agricultural Exhibition Center on the East Third Ring Road. The location was supposedly slated for destruction to make room for an expansion to the exhibition centre. Apart from leaving one of Beijing's iconic music venues homeless, it also brought an end to Annie's Restaurant next door (although luckily for Annie's fans there are other locations throughout the city). The owners are currently looking for a new location.

2) Busy, busy subway
Beijing's subway system is great and is continually expanding, but sometimes it can leave you feeling like a sardine in a can. It wasn't that long ago that Beijing's subway system was breaking records when it peaked over 5 million passengers a day. On April 28th Beijing's subway system hit a new record when 8.39 million people crowded unto subways all across the city. So close your eyes, go to a happy place and pray the person next to you didn't just eat an onion baozi.

3) Dirty, dirty Beijing
Yes, we all know Beijing doesn't exactly have the best air quality, but besides the pollution what district is the dirtiest in Beijing? Well, the latest city sanitation report is in, and it's a dead tie between Haidian and Changping districts. According to the report, one of the biggest problems in both districts was waste created from construction sites. Also one of the biggest complaints of citizens in Beijing was the widespread prevalence of dog faeces.


1) Summer cinema at the Bookworm
If you like great movies screened outdoors with great cocktails, head on over to the Bookworm on May 24 for the kick-off of their “Electric Shadows Summer Cinema” series. Every other Thursday at 20:00 throughout the summer, they will screen a classic for Beijing to enjoy. On the 24 they will be showing Oscar winner “The Artist”. Attendance is free so get out there and enjoy.

2) Men in Black 3
The beginning of any summer wouldn't be complete without a Hollywood blockbuster. Men in Black 3 will do the trick just nicely. When you mix Will Smith with aliens, time travel and 3D you just can't go wrong. The movie opens in theatres on May 25.

3) Dance the night away
If you are a fan of dance then make sure you mark May 25 and 26 on your calendar because on those dates Dance: Burn the Floor is coming to Beijing Exhibition Center Theater just to the west of Xizhimen. The performance includes dance routines from all over the world, so there should be something everyone can enjoy. On both nights the performance starts at 19:30 and tickets range from 180-680 RMB depending on location. Click here to buy tickets.

4) 2 Kolegas 7th anniversary party!
For seven years the folks at 2 Kolegas have been bringing quality live music to Beijingers, as well as long, wild parties until the early hours. Their anniversary party on May 25 and 26 will be no exception with a lively eclectic line-up that is sure to make you dance. On both nights entrance is 60 RMB, but the first 100 people there get free beer, so head out early. Oh and if you haven't already noticed, the bar's toilets have gotten a total revamp so the old days of overflowing, cramped toilets is now (luckily) a thing of the past!   

5) INTRO Electronic Music Festival
If you like what the DJs at Acupuncture Records spin, then be sure to head out to the 2012 edition of the INTRO Electronic Music Festival on May 26 at D-Park in 798 Art District. And boy is it going to be big with some 80 artists scheduled to perform throughout the day on three stages. As of now presale tickets are 200 RMB and tickets at the door will be 300 RMB. For more info check Acupuncture's website here.

Restaurant Openings:

1) Go Mexican with Q Mex
If you are hankering for a little Mexican at Sanlitun then this June you have a new location to check out in Q Mex. The word on the street is the Mexican restaurant, located directly under Kro's Nest in Sanlitun South, will have a soft opening at the end of May and its main opening sometime in the beginning of June. So keep you eyes open and get ready for some Tequila and tacos.

2) More Sanlitun bars
If for some reason you didn't think Sanlitun had enough bars then you should be relieved, because three more will be on the way soon. Keep an eye out for: Everwines near The James Joyce, California Grapes International in the Sanlitun SOHO and Veloce in 1949: The Hidden City. 

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