Nina’s Beijing

Beijing’s Top New Architectural Wonders

The New Beijing International Airport designed by Norman Foster is the biggest structure in the world.

Rem Koolhas CCTV
(several miles south of the business district)

Paul Andre Egg-shaped National Theatre
(just off Tiananmen Square)

Nina’s Favorite Restaurants

Made in China
Beijing Grand Hyatt, 1 East Chang An Avenue
86 10 8518 1234

Just voted the number one restaurant in China by the Zagat Guide Beijing. The menu stresses classic Chinese dishes with an emphasis on northern regional cooking. Peking Duck skin is memorably crisp; pot stickers have a dramatic crusty top hat; and dumplings are generously stuffed with beef and leeks. A Must have dish is the Tonghao vegetables (edible chrysanthemum greens) which are tossed with chopped garlic and clear rice vinegar. Peking Duck, pot stickers, Beggar’s chicken.

Sichuan Government Restaurant
5 Gongyuan Toutiao (Jianguomennei Dajie) Beijing, China 100005
Phone: 010-6512-2277

Provincial governments are an insiders’ secret. This one and the Xinjiang restaurant are EXCELLENT- not big on ambiance, but GREAT food. Long wait, but worth it. Try their koushui ji (cold chicken marinated in chili oil and sesame oil YuXiangRenJia.

Xinjiang Provincial Restaurant
Xinjiang Fanzhuang, #7 Sanlihe, Haidian district
86- 10 8836 5363, 6835 1820

For carnivores, who long to nosh on mouth-watering kebabs of tender lamb and rustic breads, seek out this restaurant located at Beijing’s Xinjiang Municipal offices. On your way out, you can pick up some of the famous Hami melons, grapes and other seasonal fruits at bargain prices. They are all flown in daily from Urumqi, Xinjiang’s capital city, along with sides of fresh lamb. Amazing breads and lamb dishes.

Din Tai Feng
24, Xinyuan Xili Zhongjie Dongzhimen northwest of Yu Yang Hotel

(pictures of dumplings and cooks making dumplings will be on CD)
Food fanatics were delighted when this popular Taipei restaurant opened its first branch in Beijing in 2004. The restaurant has a crisp, clean, contemporary look and is renowned for its xiaolongbao (steamed pork buns) and cairou zhengjiao (vegetable dumplings in bamboo steamers). The famous dandan mian, a noodle dressed in sesame paste and peanut sauce, is milder than the spicy Sichuanese version. Don’t forget to try the deceptively simple chicken soup made with black-skinned chicken, which is blanched and then slowly steamed with ginger and spring onions.

Nina and Mary Pei’s Picks of Beijing Galleries

Peking Fine Arts
No.241 Cao Chang Di Village, Cui Ge Zhuang

Pekin Fine Arts is a Beijing-based private consultancy and art gallery established by Meg Maggio in November 2005. Ms. Maggio is a 20-year China resident, arts writer, curator and director of Pekin Fine Arts gallery, in Beijing . Ms. Maggio acts as advisor to leading museums, corporations and individuals on collecting and exhibiting contemporary art.

Contrasts Art Gallery
798 Art District,
No.4 Jiu Xianqiao Road, Chao Yang District,
China Hours: Tuesday through Sunday 10 am to 6

Contrasts Gallery
Was founded by Pearl Lam in 1992 in Hong Kong. Now based in Shanghai, the Gallery’s philosophy is not to segregate fine art and design by adopting creativity as the driving force behind artistic expression. Contrasts Gallery regularly invites leading Western artists and designers to the Orient to create new works that represent their vision of China with a brief to push the boundaries of Chinese art and craft. At the same time, the Gallery furthers East-West cultural exchange by introducing to the West a different perspective of art and design by Chinese artists, who are inherently influenced by their cultural heritage. Shao Fan often exhibits here.

Pace Wildenstein
Designed by Richard Gluckman, whose projects have included the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, Pace Beijing will take over a 22,000-square-foot space in a former munitions factory, in the vibrant Factory 798 district. The scheduling of this $20 million project sits neatly with the Olympics, a time when Beijing will be under the spotlight. The Factory 798 district is firmly on the sightseeing map.

XYZ Gallery
Beijing (south entrance 798)
4 Jiuxianqiao Lu,
Dashanzi Art District,

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