Destination: Sanlitun, Beijing

Destination: Sanlitun, Beijing

A slew of new bars and restaurants have opened in the Sanlitun district of Beijing, reinforcing its position as the city's prime nightlife zone.

Thursday, 15 November, 2012, 9:37am

Setting growth in the right direction

Illustration: Martin Megino

Martin Cubbon, chief executive of Swire Properties, has had some exciting moments since he took up the job in 2009.

Among the high points were the sale of Festival Walk, a retail-office project in Kowloon Tong, for a record HK$18.8 billion and the listing of Swire Properties on the Hong Kong stock exchange earlier this year.

7 May 2015 - 4:01pm

Shrine dining

A cluster of new top notch restaurants in Beijing, several of which are backed by Hong Kong money and expertise, are helping the capital stake its claim as the heart of fine dining in China.

8 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Two in hospital after iPad2 shopping frenzy

The frenzy caused by the iPad 2's debut on the mainland turned bloody on Saturday, as a small riot broke out and at least two people were sent to hospital, mainland media reported.

8 May 2015 - 4:18pm

Suspicious minds

With the mainland media and netizens continuing to launch attacks on foreign firms and the overseas press, foreigners living on the mainland are starting to feel nervous. Not since May 1999, when the US bombing of the Chinese embassy in Belgrade sparked widespread anti-western demonstrations, has the mainland been such an uncomfortable place for foreigners.

30 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Scholars warn against the rise in 'blind, narrow xenophobia'

A group of scholars has issued a statement against rising nationalistic and xenophobic sentiment on the mainland, warning that it threatens the country's development.

28 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Equality denied

At 9pm on September 21 in Beijing, Chaoyang district police cordoned off the popular Sanlitun bar district near the diplomatic compounds. They then proceeded to round up any black people in the area, handcuffed them and herded them into detention. Anyone who questioned why they were being treated like animals, without rights, was beaten up.

13 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Africans in Beijing say discrimination on the rise

Students and businessmen, teachers and diplomats packed the African-themed Pili Pili restaurant on Friday in Beijing's run-down Super Bar Street, knocking back drinks and munching on African barbecue as a DJ spun the decks.

A Botswanan dance troupe gyrated, eliciting a chorus of applause. But for some there that night, things had changed.

3 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Swire builds capital profile

Stylish retail and hotel complex marks firm's Beijing foray

Swire Properties may not be a household name in Beijing. Not yet.

But a stylishly designed retail and hotel complex it recently acquired in the Sanlitun district is likely to raise the profile of the Hong Kong developer in the capital's highly competitive industry.

3 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Beijing police target black men in 'brutal' anti-drug operation

Dozens of black tourists and expatriates, including the son of the Grenadian ambassador, were arrested and some badly beaten during an apparently indiscriminate anti-drug operation by Beijing police.

About 30 men, mostly African or Caribbean, were detained as dozens of baton-wielding security guards and uniformed police swept through Beijing's nightlife district, Sanlitun.

24 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Buyer's choice for Beijing retailers

Beijing retailers will be spoiled for choice when a flood of new shopping space built to capture business generated by next year's Olympic Games comes on stream in the city.

8 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Adidas to open its largest store worldwide in Beijing's Sanlitun

Sports footwear and apparel retailer Adidas will open its largest store worldwide in a Sanlitun retail development owned by Swire Properties and Gateway Capital timed to anticipate a pick-up in business in the run-up to the city's Olympic Games next year.

1 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

My life behind bars

Club entrepreneur Henry Lee has opened seven celebrated nightspots in Beijing over the past decade, but all except one have been knocked down for redevelopment. Lee is Buddhist and saw that as a sign from above. And last week he acted on it.

15 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

A cultural evolution

IT'S FRIDAY NIGHT in Beijing; the chill-out music is on low, as are the lights, and the beautiful people are out in force at the capital's latest hot spot, LAN. Part club, part restaurant, part must-see destination for design buffs, it has quickly become the place to get dressed up for when night falls.

22 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

Pub crawl

Nanluoguxiang is a street that runs through one of Beijing's most historic hutongs, or alley-crossed neighbourhoods. Red banners hang from the tiled roofs of its old homes these days, bearing the message: 'The reconstruction of this hutong needs your support and understanding.'

11 Sep 2006 - 12:00am