Entries from Zhongnanhai tagged with 'Beijing'

Three minutes at Jishuitan

China came to a virtual standstill as the country observed three minutes of mourning for the victims of the deadly Sichuan earthquake. Starting at 2:28pm, air sirens wailed across the country as most motorists stopped and blared their horns. This...

Capital-wide butt ban goes up in smoke

Well, we called it. As anticipated when the new 'rules' were first announced, Beijing Municipal Authorities have backed off their original plan to implement new, strict smoking restrictions in bars and restaurants here in the capital. Restaurants exempt from smoking...

Commuting in China: It Can Be a Breeze. Really.

As a regular commuter between Beijing and Tianjin, I'm surprised there is not a much easier way to get between the two closely-linked economic hubs in northern China. Right now, to get to Tianjin one must either drive, catch...

Where there's smoke... there's a Beijing bar or restaurant!

It appears - and I stress the term appears -- today that Beijing municipal authorities have confirmed a rumor that has been circulating around the capital's pubs and restaurants the past couple of weeks; smoking restrictions are going to be...