One of China’s leading electronic artists, Shao Yanpeng (formerly known as Dead J) released his first album Mental Imagery under indie label ModernSky. He was named “Best Electronic Artist” at the 2007 China Music Media Awards for his LP, Mental Magic. His dreamy, ambient soundscapes delve into the explorative, and have been featured as soundtracks for movies, and the plays of Meng Jinhui, one of Asia’s most influential avant-garde theatre directors. He was signed to the esteemed music label FakeMusicMedia / FakeLoveMusic in 2015.

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Beijing, CN
Lantern Club
Underground club for electronic music lovers run by Beijing's own Acupuncture Records.
33 San Li Tun Lu, Chaoyang Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100027
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Jing-A Brewing Co.
Microbrewery founded in 2012. Jing-A offers seasonal and experimental beers, as well as pub fare and weekend brunch.
Chaoyang, Beijing, China
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Zarah Cafe
Inviting cafe, restaurant, event space, lounge, and art gallery with a beautiful courtyard and terrace located in the centre of Beijing. Try their unbeatable coffee and european and Chinese inspired bites. Locals are particularly fond of their European brunch offerings.
42 Gu Lou Dong Da Jie, Dongcheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100007
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Record shop with a wide selection of LPs ranging from jazz, pop and rock (’60s - ’90s), soundtracks, blues, country, bluegrass, ambient, and experimental. Mostly retro, used vinyl with a dash of the new and modern.
17 Min Wang Nan Hu Tong, Dongcheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100013
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Jingshan Park
Formerly a private imperial garden attached to the grounds of the Forbidden City until the early 1900's. The artificial hill Jingshan, is the highest point in Beijing, and at its peak offers breathtaking views of the Forbidden City directly north.
44 Jing Shan Xi Jie, Xicheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100009