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On Eating a Steaming Hot Bowl of Sweet AIDS Soup Chinglish Events Extraordinary Eats 

On Eating a Steaming Hot Bowl of Sweet AIDS Soup

“I’ll have the AIDS soup,” I said. It wasn’t officially called AIDS soup. Not now. Shortly after I’d blogged about their deviant menus, the restaurant had crossed out every appearance of the word “AIDS” with a sharpie. Now it was simply “Strong Tibetan Sheep Placenta Nourishing Soup [XXXX].” Still a mouthful. But I’d had a few beers, and scraped at the sharpie with my fingernail. The AIDS came back. Now I knew what I was getting. Strong Tibetan Sheep Placenta Nourishing Soup AIDS. And this was what I’d come for.

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Sheep Placenta AIDS Soup Chinglish Events Extraordinary Eats 

Sheep Placenta AIDS Soup

Sure, every restaurant may have a maggot-filled dish called Insect Story, and what’s a Chinese restaurant without a Jacopetti-inspired Monkey Head offering (even if it is just a bowl of fried mushrooms). I don’t know, however, of a single other Beijing restaurant that boasts acquired immune deficiency syndrome sheep placenta soup. That’s right: AIDS soup, the most improbably-named dish at the inconsolably-named Forgotten Perfume restaurant. The small text opens with the words “A fish sex sweet,” and continues to boast this soup is great for those with “frail body, hepatosplenomegaly,…

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Crab Island Revisited Events 

Crab Island Revisited

Oh, what a day! Perfect skies, plastic palm trees with rubber coconuts, terrifyingly rusty water tubes, toxic water, and incredible meat on a stick. All in the flight path of Beijing International Airport’s, just a few miles away. (Vroooooom!) Only one person actually howled, “That was the best day of my life,” but we concur. It was the best. Now let’s just see if Copyright Infringement Park (on Sat, July 23rd) can hold a candle to this!

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AsiaObscura at World Park: The Experience Events 

AsiaObscura at World Park: The Experience

Rickety rollercoasters, useless tour guides, and rather offputting cross dressers. Everything you could want in a Chinese theme park!  What an absolutely glorious & outlandish day!  Thanks to everyone who made it to AsiaObscura’s inaugural event, A Trip to Beijing World Park! 世界公园, where Fengtai brings you the world! (A few pix nicked from A cuppa and a pikelet… Hee hee.)

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A Trip to Crab Island – Sun, June 12th! Events 

A Trip to Crab Island – Sun, June 12th!

When the summer hits Beijing, there’s nothing like the feel of the sand, waves lapping at your feet, sweet dolphins hopping at the horizon.  Yep — this summer, it’s time once again to visit Crab Island, the best beach in Beijing! “But Beijing’s in the middle of the desert,” I hear you cry.  “There are no beaches here!” Aha, but you’re wrong!

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AsiaObscura.com presents A Trip to Beijing World Park – May 7th! Events 

AsiaObscura.com presents A Trip to Beijing World Park – May 7th!

Saturday, May 7th at 1pm Why go all the way to Badaling when the Great Wall is right here in Beijing?  Join AsiaObscura.com, as we spend a day exploring the eccentricities of Beijing World Park (北京世界公园), the city’s quirkiest amusement park.  Experience the skyscrapers of Manhattan, the pyramids of Cairo, and even the Taj Mahal of Agra, just outside the 4th Ring Road!  Plus, take photos in bizarrely-selected international costumes, ride the terrors of the North Pole, and even experience the thrill of a full-size Russian passenger plane!  We’re not…

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The World of Chinese Movie Night: Scenes of City Life Events 

The World of Chinese Movie Night: Scenes of City Life

In the last few weeks, we’ve brought you 1950s girl basketball melodramas, 1940s street urchin black comedies, and saucy 1920s road worker flicks. This week, though, we’ve got something entirely different: a fantastic pre-liberation pre-code comedy! “SCENES OF CITY LIFE” (都市风光)FREE! This Tuesday, Jan 25th at 7pm 7 Dongmianhua Hutong, Beijing江湖酒吧, 北京交道口南大街东棉花胡同7号6401-4611 / map: http://www.tinyurl.com/sanmaoHand-subtitled in English It’s rapid-fire, like a Preston Sturges screwball comedy. It’s curious and quirky and musical, like one of Jacques Tati’s Hulot films. And, unlike either of these, this gives you a chance to see…

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The World of Chinese Movie Night: Women Basketball Player No. 5 (女篮5号) Events 

The World of Chinese Movie Night: Women Basketball Player No. 5 (女篮5号)

This Tuesday night is gonna be an exciting one at Jianghu — join us (The World of Chinese, that is!) as we welcome freezing January with Woman Basketball Player No. 5 (女篮五号), a fantastically warming 1957 sports adventure, directed by the legendary Xie Jin. It’s got girls, rivalry, action, basketball, crushes, and even accordion singalongs. (Oh, we’ll be singing!) Best yet, the bad guys are slanderously fiendish Americans, hurling abuse across the basketball court. Don’t miss this fun, fast, and feisty feature — it’s a Chinese Douglas Sirk, a Socialist…

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The World of Chinese Movie Night: Cow (斗牛) Events 

The World of Chinese Movie Night: Cow (斗牛)

Chinese movie night at Jianghu Jiuba continues this week with last year’s incredible Cow (斗牛, Dou Niu), an hilarious black comedy set in the mountains of Shandong. It’s the simple and possibly true story of a poor peasant boy, a snarky dead girl, and a monstrously large overseas cow.  “Brilliant!… A tour-de-force…” VarietyWinner, Best Actor + Best Adapted Screenplay at the 46th Golden Horse AwardsIn Competition, Horizons, 66th Venice Film Festival Cow (斗牛)Mon Dec 13 @ 7:30pm, FREEJianghu Jiuba Bar, 7 Dongmianhua Hutong (1/2 block east of the used DVD…

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"Street Angel" at Jianghu Jiuba – Nov 9th, 2010 Events 

"Street Angel" at Jianghu Jiuba – Nov 9th, 2010

Two weeks ago, we showed “The Winter of Sanmao” to a packed house at Jianghu Jiuba. It was incredible. I got a little tipsy, and CCTV published three hard-hitting stories. (“Laughter was waged,” they wrote.  “Outside, wind just started to moan. Inside, it was common to hear people laughing!” Oh, and my introduction to the film? “Full of satirical humor and surging passion.”  Now that’s an event!) Well, if you were there — and especially if you weren’t — you really won’t want to miss Tuesday’s movie, “Street Angel” (马路天使,…

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