New to Beijing? Welcome!
The expat community is extremely supportive and there is no doubt you will quickly make some very good friends. Whatever your worries and your fears, it is likely that someone has experienced the exact same thing before you. Frustrations are normal so do not be afraid to ask your expat neighbours for help.
Beijing Kids: http://www.beijing-kids.com/
City Week End Parents & Kids: http://www.cityweekend.com.cn/beijing/listings/parents-and-kids/
Time Out Beijing Family: http://www.timeoutbeijing.com/family.html
A Mother and her Daughter explore the City for some fun ‘out of the way’ discoveries on a budget: mybeijingkitchen.com
Pollution is one of the biggest worries for families moving to Beijing and here are some measures to protect yourself and your families.
• MUST HAVE one air filter per bedroom and per living room (might be cheaper to bring them in your shipment) – see below the popular brands available in China.
• On really bad days, stay indoors as much as possible – there are indoor playgrounds and activity centres, shopping malls with kids entertainment. Schools monitor the air quality and keep children inside during playtime on bad air days.
• Do plan regular trips away from BJ at least during your first year.
• Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables available at the markets. Vitamins help strengthen your body’s immune system which may get weakened by the pollution, particularly during the first Winter.
IQ AIR: http://www.iqair-china.com
Air Quality Index: http://www.aqicn.org/city/beijing/
beijingkids HEALTH GUIDE 2014: http://issuu.com/beijingkids/docs/beijingkidsjulhealthguide2014
BJU – UFH: Beijing United Family Hospital: http://beijing.ufh.com.cn/en/
United Family Shunyi Clinic: http://beijing.ufh.com.cn/en/locations/beijing-united-shunyi-clinic/
Map and Directions: http://beijing.ufh.com.cn/en/locations/
OASIS Hospital: http://www.oasishealth.cn/
Map and Directions: http://www.oasishealth.cn/info.html#findus
Map and Directions: http://www.internationalsos.com/clinicsinchina/en/Beijing-contact.aspx
AMCARE: Women’s and Children’s Hospital: http://www.amcare.com.cn/
INN – International Newcomers Network: http://innbeijing.org/
Australia and New Zealand Association, ANZA: http://www.anzabeijing.com/index.html
British Club of Beijing: http://www.thebeijinger.com/directory/british-club-beijing
BEIJING CAFE YAHOO GROUP: Ask a new friend to invite you for plenty of useful information about living in China – A MUST
BEIJING EXCHANGE: a newer, less used equivalent: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/beijingexchange/
BEIJING MAMAS: topic specific: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Beijing_Mamas/
CHILDBIRTH classes occasionally at BJU: http://beijing.ufh.com.cn/en/health-information/2013-doctors-talks/female/
BREASTFEEDING: La Leche League: http://www.llli.org/beijing.html
PARENTCRAFT classes at SOS International: http://www.internationalsos.com/clinicsinchina/en/732.aspx/
Bumps 2 Babes in CBD – contact: beijingbumps2babes [@] gmail.com
Mums2B – Mums To Be lunches in Sanlitun – contact: Lyliane Stewart – parentingeastwest [@] gmail.com
We meet once a week for lunch, usually Thursdays, in restaurants around Sanlitun. We chat and share information related to being pregnant and living in Beijing. It is a nice way to find emotional and practical support and to make new friends. We are from all over the world and live all over town.
YOGA: pre-natal classes at Yoga Yard: http://www.yogayard.com/en/pre-natal.htm
MATERNITY HOSPITALS IN BEIJING:
‘Beijing Kids – online HEALTH GUIDE 2014-2015’ includes a section on choosing the right hospital for you. It includes local as well as international delivery units – page 24 onwards
BeijingKids On-line Home and Relocation Guide 2015: http://issuu.com/beijingkids/docs/2015_beijingkids_hr_guide
BeijingKids On-line Guide to schools 2015-2016: http://issuu.com/beijingkids/docs/2015.02
Little Star Magazine: How to choose a Montessori school: http://www.internationalschool.info/how-to-choose-a-montessori-school/
WHAT’S ON FOR YOU:
Moving to Beijing can be a big culture change but there are many organisations that will help you understand it and make China your home.
China Culture Centre: http://www.chinaculturecenter.org/
The Hutong: http://thehutong.com/blog/about/
Lum Dim Sum blog: http://lumdimsum.com
FRANCAIS – FRENCH
Pekin Accueil: http://www.pekin-accueil.com/index.php
Le Petit Journal: http://www.lepetitjournal.com/pekin
Forum Bonjour Chine: http://www.bonjourchine.com/
SOS International Clinique, certains docteurs parlent francais: http://www.internationalsos.com/clinicsinchina/en/Beijing.aspx
Plan et directions: http://www.internationalsos.com/clinicsinchina/en/Beijing-contact.aspx