Family Favourites: The Lowes

Saturday, 21 March 2009

New Zealanders John Lowe and Guergana Guermanoff have their hands full. Guergana is the Education Counselor for the New Zealand Embassy and John manages websites from home while looking after Gabi (4) and twins Alex and Nikki (nearly 1). But this doesn’t stop them from throwing themselves into a fun Beijing life! Here are their family favorites.

Restaurant for Kids
Xiao Wang Fu is our local family restaurant of choice. No amount of food hitting the floor seems to upset them.

When Feeling Homesick
We like living in Beijing and don’t really get homesick.

Way to Burn Off Steam
The Chaoyang Kosaido Golf Club and the Huatang International Golf Course along the Jintong Expressway are great. Nothing like smashing a few golf balls to burn off a little steam.

Outdoor Play Space
We often sneak into Global Trade Mansions (near our home) and roam around their park. They’ve got a nice circuit for Gabi’s bike, a killer swing and a sandpit.

Favorite Beijing Neighborhood
Nanluogu Xiang Hutong by Houhai is great fun to wander through.

Place for Weekend Fun
The Place. It has it all: Yu Kids Island, the Meeting Point Italian restaurant, Chaterhouse bookshop. It’s hard for us all to get out together, but a little wander over to The Place is easy.

Lazy Sunday Activity
Buying flowers at Liangma Flower Market and popping across the bridge to Kempinski Deli for coffee and a custard tart.

Cold Weather Activity
A brisk and chilly wander through Ritan Park with some crazy local ice boating, followed by a wiener schnitzel at Schindler’s German Restaurant.

First published in beijingkids magazine and on the beijingkids website.

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