I have gone to the free yoga class on Sunday. I’ve been doing yoga for 9 years now, and compared with previous classes, the class instruction has been excellent (both teachers were American). Not only are the classes free and high quality, it’s so nice straight after class to be able to get a massage. The instructors seem to change each week though as it is a “community” yoga class so the teachers actually have their own regular studios.
I tried the Japanese and Chinese massage after attending the yoga class two weeks in a row. The Japanese massage was a lot more firm. The Chinese massage was similarly good but more of a ‘relaxation’ rather than dealing with specific muscle ache issues.
The spa environment is what you would expect of a decent spa - the staff at the front desk speak excellent English, the massage rooms are beautiful and dimly lit so very relaxing, and the masseurs are well-trained.
Having just moved to Beijing, it’s nice to have found a place to go for a regular yoga and massage class. This is not the easiest city to live in, and going to Phoenix Retreat is a nice way have some time to indulge and do something nice for yourself :)
VERY KIND TO CHANGE THE MENU “A few days ago I was in the 798 and discovered this place by chance. They open for lunch only and have set 3-course menu that changes every day. As I am allergic to the fish they had on the day I went, I asked if I could have a dish from another day. The waiter was kind enough to check with the kitchen and surely they could change the menu. Every dish was fresh nd healthy. Thank you Factoy for the service.”
Just came back to Beijing from New York City for a vacation! Love to try all kinds of food no matter where I am. So yesterday a friend of mine took me to The Woods. A Spanish style cafe & restaurant. They serve both indoor and outdoor. Since July in Beijing is a little bit hot, so both of us chose to stay inside. We ordered their Seafood Platter for Two, salad and soft drinks. To us surprise, food came so quick and also tasted very delicious. Waiters were very friendly and diligent! Overall I have to say this is a wonderful place to spend with friends. I will truly recommend this place to everybody!!!!
Just returned from 3 weeks in Beijing (4th trip there in 8 years). I was THRILLED to discover Laundry Town, which provided excellent and timely service, for a reasonable charge. It is staggering to me that in a city as large as Beijing, this sort of service has never before existed. Laundromats are virtually non-existent in Beijing, and don't offer the pick up and delivery service Laundry Town does. Each week I signed up for a pick-up time online, and then left our laundry with the Concierge, and each week like clockwork, the cleaned and neatly folded clothes were returned in perfect condition the following day. I look forward to using Laundry Town's service again next year when I return to Beijing, and HIGHLY recommend them!
Visited the restaurant in a lazy afternoon with my neighbour. The place is new concept to Shun Yi. A very open and airy set up. Nicely and tastefully decorated. We tried the beef spring roll (58), pork meat balls(38), fired egg, chorizo, potato tart (45) and seafood paella (180 for two persons). The spring was freshly fired, crispy stuffed with slow cooked beef - just perfect. Pork meat balls were tasty and attractive. The real thing of the fired egg is the potato tart below which is a must try item. Seafood paella was impressive and we were told that the paellas are hot among all patrons. The staff are very gentle and patient in explaining the menu to us. Glasses were refilled from time to time. Waiter/waitress came to greet you by introducing themselves with their names. The restaurant is like a glass house which is full of energy and sunshine. It will also be cool to be there at night for a casual drink or romantic dinner.
This is one of my favourite place to have a decent eat in Shun Yi. The place has been very consistent. Though not cheap but certainly a value for money. The deco and presentation plus the food quality will certainly give you an enjoyable dinning experience. For first time patron, go try the lunch set menu, a very very good bargain.
Just a soso place I think. Price is salintun average. The salmon salad is watery and chunks of ingredients and stale croutons. Just seems thrown together. Pumpkin soup was ok but a bit salty IMO. The avocado burger was soso. Usually if they don't ask how you want it cooked, it's - bad sign. It was big. Then the meat was smaller than the bun. More chunks of ingredients. The patrons were all Chinese at the time. IMO for the reason they wouldn't know what is good or bad western food. This place has a good rating in that Chinese review app. This is the advantage of city weekend. Western palette discerning western food. Venue is ok. A bit confusing. American food and music but uk decor. At least there is wifi.
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