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Update #11

New Releases Roundup

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Well, well! Aren't you looking sassy this Friday, AltBeijing supporters. It's been just over a month since our official launch and we think it's time for a little roundup of our new releases.



On Atlas Obscura:


So far, we've been putting these out weekly, though we aspire to bump that number up. As we continue work on Beijing footage, we're postulating about what the future holds - we'll keep you posted! As always, we love hearing from you - don't hesitate to drop us a line with feedback and questions.

Love,

The AltBeijing team


Update #10

Introducing: The Secret Guide and Atlas Obscura Collaboration

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First of all, big thanks to everyone who helped welcome us during our official launch last week! You guys are the best, but you knew that. Now, The Secret Guide to Alternative Beijing is proud to announce a collaboration with Atlas Obscura - an online directory billed as the definitive guide to the world's wondrous and curious places. 

It’s not every day we meet talented, inquisitive, like-minded folks who share our sense of wonderment – and have a gorgeous, informative, engrossing website, to boot. Needless to say, we’re absolutely thrilled to be joining forces with AO.

To give you an idea of what explorers like you can find there, we’ve prepared a sampling, right this way:

Dinosaurs, ramen, naked girls, pneumatics and rare manuscripts? Be still, our heart.

For the next few weeks, Atlas Obscura will introduce one of our segments on their website and feature an article about our discoveries. Stay tuned for a new feature to be released later today, and check out last week’s introductory post about one of our new favorite places, 1933 Slaughterhouse.


Update #9

The Secret Guide to Alternative Beijing Launches NOW

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Dear, wonderful, beautiful supporters of The Secret Guide to Alternative Beijing! It's time to reap the fruit of your contributions, and to relish the sweetness of accomplishment. The Guide's official launch is now, with fifteen posts to get this party started, and semiweekly posts to roll out from here on out. We're smiling big and high-fiving all of you from a distance right now, and hope you're not too creeped out.

We've eaten insects, gotten lost in hutongs, bribed angry, gun-toting farmers and, in Zo's case, let pigeons tread upon our naked flesh during filming – all to make this series real. Through the words of artists, punk rockers, indie kids, fashion designers, bar owners, gallerists, DJs and your mischievous hosts, we've opened an unprecedented window into Beijing’s underground, offering you an intimate look at the vibrant new culture evolving amidst China’s traditional values.

We wrote a post introducing all of our current content here, so pull up a chair, pour yourself some tea and have a look around – we've been working hard and hope you'll like what you see. We also hope that you'll take a moment to leave us feedback in our shiny new comments section; we wouldn’t be here without your support, and would love to hear from you. Enjoy, and, from the bottom of our collective heart, thank you again: http://www.alternativebeijing.com/

Love, The Secret Guide Team

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Update #8

Soft Launch is Upon Us!

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At last! We’re beginning to roll out featurettes on AlternativeBeijing.com - three videos will be published today. We’ve got plenty up our sleeve and, though not everything is ready, we didn’t want the year to end without giving you a little something.

To kick things off, we sit down with two of the guys behind Black Eyeliner - Beijing’s premier dark music monthly - as they chat about Western misconceptions of China, the rise of Beijing music an the white savior complex. Click here to watch. <3


Update #7 - For backers only

Aaand We're Back

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