Martial arts for kids
Capoeira, a martial art that combines fighting moves with dancing and music, is an art form with a history that dates to the era of African slavery in Brazil. Capoeira Mandinga Beijing offers youngsters ages 4-10 a chance to try it out with a kids’ session on Saturdays. A single class is 100 yuan, or sign up for a 14-week session for 1,120 yuan. (There’s an extra discount for siblings who sign up at the same time.) 4-5 pm, Saturdays. East Gate Plaza, 29 Dongzhong Jie (Street), Block B, Basement 1. 186-1170-5854. capoeirabeijing.com. If you’re new to China — or just want to explore a topic in more depth — the China Culture Center offers a revolving schedule of classes every month. You can study calligraphy, join a seasonal tea tasting, practice meditation or Chinese bird-and-flower painting, and much more. The center has also organized trips around China and nearby regions, including northern Thailand, Laos and Myanmar in the weeks ahead. Book early for the Spring Festival period. For more details and a complete schedule of classes, day trips and extended travel, visit chinaculturecenter.org. The International Newcomers Network’s Coffee Mornings are purely social events in local cafes that allow you to get to know people who live close by, plus pick up a few tips and tricks from those who have been around the neighborhood awhile. There are monthly coffees at several locations around the capital, including The Bookworm in Sanlitun. For a schedule with locations and maps, see innbeijing.org.