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Best Burger in Beijing

Having grown-up in America, I know not to understate the cultural significance of the burger. For better or worse, hamburgers are a staple of many American diets, as represented by the United States highly developed fast-food culture. But the significance of the burger goes beyond quick and affordable.  Anybody who has ever had an expertly prepared gourmet hamburger in all of its medium-rare grilled glory can back me up on this one.  That is why across the United States, burger joints range from raggedy to ritzy. In Beijing, a proper burger is harder to come by.  Of course you have your mài dàng láo (McDonald’s), but that just won’t do when you need a truly gourmet burger fix – the kind of tender, quality burger that simply cannot be mass produced. So I set out in search of a way

February 2, 2012 | Scott Adam

Hitting The Slopes Around Beijing

With winter in full swing, ski resorts dotting China’s northeastern region are open for business. Beijing’s surrounding slopes have something to offer skiers from all skill levels and backgrounds. Now lets be honest, it’s not the Rockies or the Alps, but with resorts as close as 34k from the city center and equipment and apparel rentals available at each resort, Beijing is a perfect place to indulge in one of the world’s favorite winter pastimes.   If you are in search of a quick day trip from the city, Jundshan Ski Village offers and array of beginner and intermediate slopes, as well as great views of the city beyond. The slopes are also open to snowboarders, sledders, and tubers, and offers night skiing. If you plan to stay the night, many hotels and resorts offer unique and comfortable accommodations.  

January 19, 2012 | Rose Disarno