Gabrielle Jaffe is a PTC award-winning writer and editor who is currently based in London. She covers culture, food, travel and current affairs.

Posts tagged "Beijing"
Beijing's Green Army

Beijing’s Green Army

This is Premier League soccer, just not quite as I know it. Nike. Carlsberg. Samsung. Familiar sponsors flash past on electronic billboards. At the same time, red-letter propaganda banners line the pitch, proclaiming: “The Chinese Dream. You, I, Gather Together. You, I, Advance Together.” Apart
China's graffiti artists

China’s graffiti artists

Some thirty years have passed since the award-winning film “Style Wars” was released, bringing to the world’s attention the little-understood graffiti culture of 1980s New York. Now a new documentary hopes to shed light on the even lesser-known world of China’s graffiti artists. “Spray Paint
Performing The Vagina Monologues in China

Performing The Vagina Monologues in China

“When I first heard about The Vagina Monologues, I was shocked. I thought, how could someone give a play a name like that?” says Xiao Hang. That was five years ago, when Xiao Hang was, by her own admission, “mainstream and quite conservative.” But after volunteering for
China's Newest Market Opportunity: Pollution Control

China’s Newest Market Opportunity: Pollution Control

It’s a rare “blue sky” day in Beijing. The city is bathed in a beautiful late-afternoon light—the kind that makes people rush outside just to enjoy it. But rather than bask in the weather, a small group of expats and Chinese locals have instead chosen to
Beijing Independent Film Festival derailed by authorities

Beijing Independent Film Festival derailed by authorities

The Beijing Independent Film Festival has a long history of absurd run-ins with the Chinese authorities, but this year’s edition opened in such a Kafka-esque manner it could have been penned by an indie scriptwriter. It began in mid-August with festival director Wang Hongwei announcing
Inside Beijing's former brothels

Inside Beijing’s former brothels

“Welcome to my humble brothel,” jokes Simon Gjeroe, our 6ft-plus guide. Kowtowing to fit through the doorway, he ushers us into a two-storey building that was once one of Beijing’s bordellos. Today we are touring Bada Hutong, an area a half mile square that is
Restaurant review: Back Alley Bistro

Restaurant review: Back Alley Bistro

It’s no secret that one of the best burgers in town is served –‑ somewhat incongruously – at the nail salon/bar Frost Nails. But now Beijing’s diners have a more sophisticated place to get their teeth into these juicy buns, as Frost’s owner, Jeff Powell,
Beijing: a weekender's guide

Beijing: a weekender’s guide

Beijing has almost as many faces as past names – over a 3,000 period, it has been known variously as Ji, Yanjing, Guangyang, Youzhou, Fanyang, Nanjing, Zhongdu, Dadu and Khanbaliq – and on its march to modernity in the last decade, the Chinese capital bulldozed
Restaurant review: Ji Xiang Niao Xiang Cai

Restaurant review: Ji Xiang Niao Xiang Cai

When people think of spicy Chinese food, thoughts first turn to Sichuan. But, while often overshadowed by its fiery neighbouring province, Hunan cuisine can pack a more powerful punch. Get your chilli kicks by visiting this eatery off Chaowai where hordes of hungry businessmen descend
Restaurant review: Little Yunnan

Restaurant review: Little Yunnan

Happily situated between the Forbidden City and the National Art Museum, Little Yunnan was a Guilin joint before its new owner changed its ways. And you still find the odd Guangxi dish on the menu. But those keen to stick toYunnan specialities won’t be disappointed.
Restaurant review: Kiko Izakaya

Restaurant review: Kiko Izakaya

Conveniently positioned on Nanluoguxiang but set far enough back from the street so you don’t spend half the evening looking out the window, distracted by the scrum outside, is cute little Kiko. This restaurant calls itself an izakaya – the Japanese equivalent of a pub-bistro