“I can’t wait to rush around the city checking out empty houses. There are just so many great homes to choose from!” said nobody in Beijing, ever.
House hunting in China’s capital is probably one of the most stressful, and sometimes downright demoralizing experiences you’ll face when moving here, but it’s one that cannot be avoided. Unless you want to reside on your friend’s couch forever, of course.
We don’t want that – no one wants that, which is why in this issue Jeremiah Jenne has put together some tips on how to find a suitable place to live, Tracy Wang looks at how to get your mountains of stuff into your new pad, and Tom Arnstein investigates why it pays off to decorate or entirely revamp your new home.
Now you’ve found your haven it’s time to settle in. Carmel Moersalim guides you through some easy, seasonal cocktail recipes to greet your guests at your housewarming party, while Kyle Mullin outlines how to stay safe inside from lurking particles that may arise from renovating.
Elsewhere in this issue, research where to spend your summer holidays with my tips for visiting Thailand’s idyllic island of Ko Tao, whereas Tom Arnstein delves into our southern sister Vietnam’s capital Hanoi and surrounding areas. As always, we also went to check out some of the hottest bar and restaurant openings – you’ll want to get out and explore your new area while relieving the stresses and strains of moving.
When we started planning this issue a few months ago, I did not realize quite how apt the theme of our July/August issue would be, as I too now pack my bags (unending boxes …) to head down south and begin my own house hunting adventure in a new city. For that reason, I’m sad to announce that this will be my last issue as Managing Editor at the Beijinger.
I would like to say thank you to everyone who has made my time in Beijing, and particularly my two and a half years experiencing the city to the fullest with the Beijinger, so exhilarating and fulfilling. To all the friends I’ve met along the way: I’m sure we will still see each other around. It’s a shockingly small world after all.
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