Burger Brief: Gorge on Beijing’s Biggest Burger at VSports

Burger Brief takes a look at some of the attendees of the Beijinger's 2017 Burger Cup. With voting for the burger cup in progress, we talked to the VSports’ head of PR, Rachel Liu about their burger, which has made it into the Round of 32 (vote here).

Located in the heart of the Workers' Stadium, right next to Vics nightclub, VSports doesn't mess around when it comes to sports. Not only is it known for being one of the city's biggest sports bars, boasting over 20 large screen TVs to broadcast sports throughout the day, but it also has a pool table, dart machines, fussball, and basketball machines, guaranteeing a fun time out with your friends even if you don't particularly like the pastime that is "watching the game." It's final claim to fame is the fact that it serves up Beijing’s biggest burger, weighing in at a whopping 1.5kg. 

Could you tell us about your signature burger, what makes it the best in Beijing?
Our signature burger is the Hell Burger, which is also the Beijing’s biggest burger, weighing in at 1.5kg. The burger is made of double beef patties, bacon, egg, and the usual salad garnishings. The aim for the Hell Burger is to be shared (although you are more than welcome to come try it by yourself), as it can be cut into 6-8 parts, and is suitable for a group. We all know sharing is caring.

Where does the inspiration for the Hell Burger come from?
When we planned to create VSports as an American-style restaurant, burgers of course came up first as a typical American food. American food is also famous for its big portions, which is why we decided to make an XXL size burger.

What drink from your menu goes best with the burger?
VSports’ craft beers. There are six kinds of them: IPA, wheat, lager, stouts, grapefruit ale, and ginger ale.

What other burgers do you have on the menu?
We have regular-sized burgers as well: the classic burger, the Mexican burger, and the chicken burger – all of them popular with our guests. We also have a seasonal menu with new burgers, such as the prawn and avocado burger we served in April. If you want to keep up to date on the seasonal menu changes, you can follow us on WeChat (ID: VSports_Bar).

The Beijinger 2017 Burger Cup is sponsored by Bon App, Job-in, and Left Hand App. Vote here to push VSports (and your other favorite burgers) through to the next round.

More stories by this author here.

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Burger Brief: Gorge on Beijing’s Biggest Burger at VSports

Burger Brief takes a look at some of the attendees of the Beijinger's 2017 Burger Cup. With voting for the burger cup in progress, we talked to the VSports’ head of PR, Rachel Liu about their burger, which has made it into the Round of 32 (vote here).

Located in the heart of the Workers' Stadium, right next to Vics nightclub, VSports doesn't mess around when it comes to sports. Not only is it known for being one of the city's biggest sports bars, boasting over 20 large screen TVs to broadcast sports throughout the day, but it also has a pool table, dart machines, fussball, and basketball machines, guaranteeing a fun time out with your friends even if you don't particularly like the pastime that is "watching the game." It's final claim to fame is the fact that it serves up Beijing’s biggest burger, weighing in at a whopping 1.5kg. 

Could you tell us about your signature burger, what makes it the best in Beijing?
Our signature burger is the Hell Burger, which is also the Beijing’s biggest burger, weighing in at 1.5kg. The burger is made of double beef patties, bacon, egg, and the usual salad garnishings. The aim for the Hell Burger is to be shared (although you are more than welcome to come try it by yourself), as it can be cut into 6-8 parts, and is suitable for a group. We all know sharing is caring.

Where does the inspiration for the Hell Burger come from?
When we planned to create VSports as an American-style restaurant, burgers of course came up first as a typical American food. American food is also famous for its big portions, which is why we decided to make an XXL size burger.

What drink from your menu goes best with the burger?
VSports’ craft beers. There are six kinds of them: IPA, wheat, lager, stouts, grapefruit ale, and ginger ale.

What other burgers do you have on the menu?
We have regular-sized burgers as well: the classic burger, the Mexican burger, and the chicken burger – all of them popular with our guests. We also have a seasonal menu with new burgers, such as the prawn and avocado burger we served in April. If you want to keep up to date on the seasonal menu changes, you can follow us on WeChat (ID: VSports_Bar).

The Beijinger 2017 Burger Cup is sponsored by Bon App, Job-in, and Left Hand App. Vote here to push VSports (and your other favorite burgers) through to the next round.

More stories by this author here.

Email: [email protected]
Twitter: @flyingfigure
Instagram: @flyingfigure

Photo courtesy of VSports

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Chinese Pop Culture Primer: What You Need to Know About Liu Wen, China’s Top Supermodel

Chinese Pop Culture Primer is a feature on the Beijinger that explains the ongoing trends in popular Chinese culture.

After over a decade of dominating catwalks and fashion shoots, 29-year-old Chinese superstar model Liu Wen treats the next phase of her career with a great deal of solemnity.

“It’s a turning point,” Liu said in a Vogue interview. “Being a supermodel is when this career transforms from a job into something that now involves social responsibility.” 

Seen wearing an Off-White dress at the recent Met Gala (shown above), Liu has won a number of accolades over her career, most notably that ...

Liu is a Chinese model who has done a lot of "firsts" 

Liu is the first East Asian model to perform in the Victoria's Secret show, the first East Asian model to serve as a spokeswomen for Estée Lauder, as well as the first Asian to crack the top five on Forbes' list of the world's highest paid models.

Just last month, Liu was featured as the prime example of Forbes' "30 Under 30" artists list, credited as the eighth highest paid model in the world with earnings of USD 7 million last year.

Liu's stature as a supermodel flies in the face of her humble origins in which ...

Liu had a tough time when she first starting working as a model in China

Standing at nearly 6-feet and possessing both dimples and angular features, Liu doesn't fit the mold of your classic "Chinese beauty," a fact that may have caused her problems when she first attempted to break into modeling.

After winning second place in a 2005 modeling contest, Liu moved from southern China to Beijing in order to work as a professional model at the age of 18. Liu admitted these early years were especially tough, but that she was able to persevere through sheer force of will.

Her struggle was finally rewarded in 2008 when she was invited to walk the runways of Paris fashion week. A year later, Liu performed in 74 shows for the Fall 2009 ready-to-wear season – the highest number of shows for a model that season.

Although her biggest successes have come from abroad, one of Liu's biggest accomplishments is one grown in China ...

Liu is the model with the biggest social media following in the world 

In 2014, American Vogue credited Liu with "the biggest social media audience of any model," a statement that has only become more relevant over time. At present, Liu has 18 million followers on the Weibo micro-blogging platform, while another 2.7 million fans follow her on Instagram.

Having so many fans may become a very relevant point because ...

Liu says she wants to act

Even though Liu has never acted in a movie, that isn't stopping this intrepid woman of many firsts. Liu has said, "I think modelling is close to acting and I hope that in the next five or 10 years I can do some acting," before adding, "I don’t want to be just a beautiful girl in a movie – I want to be a cool girl like in a James Bond movie."

Due to the popular Chinese film industry trend to select starring roles by the number of fans and followers they have, we may see Liu appear in a feature film sooner than later.

And yet, Liu has in fact acted before when ...

Liu appeared in a reality show about "fake dating celebrities"

In 2015, Liu starred in We Are in Love, the Chinese spin-off of the South Korean reality show We Are Married, a show in which good-looking celebrities pretend to date each other for a TV audience. 

For the show, Liu and South Korean singer Choi Siwon were paired up and made to complete a number of reality television show "challenges" with a romantic theme to them.

Because it's "reality TV," we know that the relationship between Liu and Choi must be fake, and for proof of that, we learn from Liu herself that ...

Liu has never once been associated with a boyfriend

Back in 2010, Liu admitted to never having had a boyfriend:

All the models talk about boyfriends. Even my mom asks me, "Where is your boyfriend?" But I’m a little busy for that. Besides, in China girls marry at 24. So I have two years.

But it's not as though Liu doesn't want a boyfriend. Four years later, Liu said:

There’s nobody in my life – this is very sad! Perhaps you can put it in the interview that I’m looking for a boyfriend; they can contact my agent! There’s a lot of travelling with my job, and I can’t say to a boyfriend, “Please wait for me, I have to go on a job.” For love you can’t find someone the next day; it’s life, it has to be the right person at the right time.

At present, Liu is still not associated with any love interest, male or otherwise. But, it might very well be true that she is too busy for that because ...

Liu has an insane nighttime beauty regimen

This is what Liu does every single night before she goes to bed:

My beauty routine is not really that much. First, you have to clean your skin before going to bed. I use a face cleanser and then use a lot of toner and moisturizer. Sometimes, I use the Advanced Night Repair serum, and a little bit of massage. Sometimes, your face has a lot of fluid, sometimes I do it very hard and hurt myself. It’s easy when somebody else does it for you! But it’s harder when you doing it yourself and you have to go up and down and really massage hard!

Sometimes, I use an Advanced Night Repair Power Foil mask up to three times a week. But if I’m very busy traveling, I use more.

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Back Pain Be Gone!: A Citywide Search for an Awesome Massage

In late 2014, I started to have these intense migraine episodes. My fingertips would numb, my lips would numb, and I would be bedridden for about 6 to 8 hours as I slept off this migraine that would cloud my vision and make me dizzy and sick. I investigated the possibility of anemia, pollution, too quick of weight loss, and dehydration. But still, I couldn’t figure out what was happening. I had a history of migraines due to sinus and eyesight issues before, but they were never this terrible and frequent.

The lesson that I soon learned was that I should have gone to a doctor straight away, but I hoped it would just be a passing phase. Sometimes the migraines would disappear for months only to resurface again for a while. Then this past year, these terrible migraines started to haunt me again and disturbed my workflow.

Long story short, a massage therapist friend happened to hear about my migraines and the symptoms. “That sounds like pinched spinal nerve in your neck.”

That assessment was spot on. I began to start to notice how tight I was in my neck, shoulders, and back. When I would go to get massages, everyone would tell me my muscles were really tight and my back was really tired. Skeptical, I mentioned to my friend, “But what if my back just has more muscles than most?” She laughed. “I can attest to how tight your back is. You’ve got big knots.”

I couldn’t be more thankful to be in China with this problem. My father had a traumatic car accident when I was in Grade 3. He had a slipped and pinched disc due to the accident and has been on back pain medicine for years. Through all the surgeries, shots, and treatments Western medicine has to offer, he still doesn’t have relief. But alternative medical options in the US are hard to afford or to find.

So, this new knowledge of my neck issues led me on a quest (given by my massage therapist friend) to find proper neck exercises and to loosen up those tense back muscles.

Finding the neck exercises was easy, especially with the handful of virtual chiropractors on YouTube. These exercises helped so much.

The harder part has been finding affordable, clean, and nice massage parlors. Thus far, the most luxurious massages I’ve had have been at Nuo Hotel and China World Hotel. I would definitely recommend these both as a treat, but for regular therapy reasons, obviously the price isn’t sustainable (follow the links to hear about my staycations and review).

Luckily for you, I don’t mind having this problem and reviewing every massage parlor I can find in the city until I find one that’s perfect for me. I’ll expose the duds and help you find gems in the city, great for your own needs or for visitors who stay for a season.

Dirty Ashtray Parlor (Yizhuang, Daxing)
The first is found in a Maili Mei supermarket area in Yizhuang. It’s popular because of its location and convenience near to many favorite eateries, but beware, you should steer clear if you ever find yourself in the area. The parlor is in a basement level and prices are reasonable in comparison to its competitors (RMB 200 per hour per person range). But the smell of cigarettes is not only in the air, it’s also in the furniture and clinging to the tacky wallpaper. The place is dirty, and I wouldn’t even be so cruel as to suggest this parlor as a prank. It’s too bad because the massage isn’t too bad once your headache clears. Chinese practices are mixed into the massage, with cupping being practiced on the soles of your feet at the end of the full body massage.

Rating: 0 out of 5 stars. Don’t go. I paid for this massage, but I won’t be paying again.

Lower-Mid Range Rustic Spa (Yizhuang, Daxing)
The other is found next to a popular Yizhuang coffee shop, Oly Café. As far as lower-middle range spas go, this one isn’t bad. The ambiance of this spa is nice once you enter into the actual rooms, though the lobby is tacky. The price is good at RMB 180 for 45 minutes for a back massage with two essential oils.

For the most part I enjoyed this massage because the woman had some strong hands and really worked on my back. She pointed out to me that my back was tight and that I needed to relax more. She was genuinely very concerned about me, which was sweet considering most other ladies don’t really talk about the state of your back. Another friend went with me and she also really enjoyed her experience, though she doesn’t have the same issues I do.

Unfortunately, during the course of the massage, I smelled a strange sewer smell wafting from the bathroom, like the plumbing needed to be fixed. It wasn’t a strong smell, but I think those with sensitive noses might find it unpleasant.

Rating: 2 out of 5 stars. Though it’s no Nuo, the price and the aggressive pressure makes this a great spa for me. The location would make it hard for anyone coming from the city, though.

克缇护肤生活馆
Daily 10am-10pm. Yizhuang Development Zone Central mansion Deshang (6789 7040)
亦庄开发区中央公馆底商

Clean, Crisp Chinese Medicine Spa in Ocean Garden (Sanyuanqiao)
I was invited to come review this spa (百会能量养生SPA会所), and why on earth would I pass up the chance to do this considering my issues?

Unfortunately, this was my first real experience with medicinal Chinese massages, and I didn’t enjoy the harder scrapping aspect of this massage. I asked the woman several times to stop applying so much pressure, and I had to make a bit of a fuss to get her to stop. This was a small painful part of the massage, but the other aspects before the scrapping (the regular massage, cupping, light exfoliation, and heat pressure) were all enjoyable. They gave me this massage because I told them about my back and neck issues, and to the massage therapists defense, she did give my neck plenty of attention.

I wouldn’t knock this spa just on my experience, though. Another friend who came with me had a typical massage and almost fell asleep.When we were finished, she stretched and said, “Ah! Such a great way to end the work day.” Therefore, if Chinese medicine is or isn’t your thing, you’ll find that this spa is a nice option.

The price was free for me, but the price range of services is from RMB 300 to 900 with varying limits from one hour to two hours. This spa lets you buy in bulk, making the price average very affordable. They have several other services available, from bladder and kidney massage techniques to breast care to a full beauty treatment. The bonus is that one of the attendants here speaks English and German, so you can make your reservations in advance.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars. The prices are reasonable, especially in bulk. The location is convenient for those in the city, and the place is very clean. I suppose I’m a bit more strict than their other customers because they’ve got a 5 out of 5 rating on Dianping (which you should check out for their deals).

百会能量养生SPA会所
Daily 10am-10pm. Room 2001, block A, Yuanyang Shinkansen (135 2249 5152)
远洋新干线A座2001室

This article originally appeared on our sister site beijingkids.

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Back Pain Be Gone!: A Citywide Search for an Awesome Massage

In late 2014, I started to have these intense migraine episodes. My fingertips would numb, my lips would numb, and I would be bedridden for about 6 to 8 hours as I slept off this migraine that would cloud my vision and make me dizzy and sick. I investigated the possibility of anemia, pollution, too quick of weight loss, and dehydration. But still, I couldn’t figure out what was happening. I had a history of migraines due to sinus and eyesight issues before, but they were never this terrible and frequent.

The lesson that I soon learned was that I should have gone to a doctor straight away, but I hoped it would just be a passing phase. Sometimes the migraines would disappear for months only to resurface again for a while. Then this past year, these terrible migraines started to haunt me again and disturbed my workflow.

Long story short, a massage therapist friend happened to hear about my migraines and the symptoms. “That sounds like pinched spinal nerve in your neck.”

That assessment was spot on. I began to start to notice how tight I was in my neck, shoulders, and back. When I would go to get massages, everyone would tell me my muscles were really tight and my back was really tired. Skeptical, I mentioned to my friend, “But what if my back just has more muscles than most?” She laughed. “I can attest to how tight your back is. You’ve got big knots.”

I couldn’t be more thankful to be in China with this problem. My father had a traumatic car accident when I was in Grade 3. He had a slipped and pinched disc due to the accident and has been on back pain medicine for years. Through all the surgeries, shots, and treatments Western medicine has to offer, he still doesn’t have relief. But alternative medical options in the US are hard to afford or to find.

So, this new knowledge of my neck issues led me on a quest (given by my massage therapist friend) to find proper neck exercises and to loosen up those tense back muscles.

Finding the neck exercises was easy, especially with the handful of virtual chiropractors on YouTube. These exercises helped so much.

The harder part has been finding affordable, clean, and nice massage parlors. Thus far, the most luxurious massages I’ve had have been at Nuo Hotel and China World Hotel. I would definitely recommend these both as a treat, but for regular therapy reasons, obviously the price isn’t sustainable (follow the links to hear about my staycations and review).

Luckily for you, I don’t mind having this problem and reviewing every massage parlor I can find in the city until I find one that’s perfect for me. I’ll expose the duds and help you find gems in the city, great for your own needs or for visitors who stay for a season.

Dirty Ashtray Parlor (Yizhuang, Daxing)
The first is found in a Maili Mei supermarket area in Yizhuang. It’s popular because of its location and convenience near to many favorite eateries, but beware, you should steer clear if you ever find yourself in the area. The parlor is in a basement level and prices are reasonable in comparison to its competitors (RMB 200 per hour per person range). But the smell of cigarettes is not only in the air, it’s also in the furniture and clinging to the tacky wallpaper. The place is dirty, and I wouldn’t even be so cruel as to suggest this parlor as a prank. It’s too bad because the massage isn’t too bad once your headache clears. Chinese practices are mixed into the massage, with cupping being practiced on the soles of your feet at the end of the full body massage.

Rating: 0 out of 5 stars. Don’t go. I paid for this massage, but I won’t be paying again.

Lower-Mid Range Rustic Spa (Yizhuang, Daxing)
The other is found next to a popular Yizhuang coffee shop, Oly Café. As far as lower-middle range spas go, this one isn’t bad. The ambiance of this spa is nice once you enter into the actual rooms, though the lobby is tacky. The price is good at RMB 180 for 45 minutes for a back massage with two essential oils.

For the most part I enjoyed this massage because the woman had some strong hands and really worked on my back. She pointed out to me that my back was tight and that I needed to relax more. She was genuinely very concerned about me, which was sweet considering most other ladies don’t really talk about the state of your back. Another friend went with me and she also really enjoyed her experience, though she doesn’t have the same issues I do.

Unfortunately, during the course of the massage, I smelled a strange sewer smell wafting from the bathroom, like the plumbing needed to be fixed. It wasn’t a strong smell, but I think those with sensitive noses might find it unpleasant.

Rating: 2 out of 5 stars. Though it’s no Nuo, the price and the aggressive pressure makes this a great spa for me. The location would make it hard for anyone coming from the city, though.

克缇护肤生活馆
Daily 10am-10pm. Yizhuang Development Zone Central mansion Deshang (6789 7040)
亦庄开发区中央公馆底商

Clean, Crisp Chinese Medicine Spa in Ocean Garden (Sanyuanqiao)
I was invited to come review this spa (百会能量养生SPA会所), and why on earth would I pass up the chance to do this considering my issues?

Unfortunately, this was my first real experience with medicinal Chinese massages, and I didn’t enjoy the harder scrapping aspect of this massage. I asked the woman several times to stop applying so much pressure, and I had to make a bit of a fuss to get her to stop. This was a small painful part of the massage, but the other aspects before the scrapping (the regular massage, cupping, light exfoliation, and heat pressure) were all enjoyable. They gave me this massage because I told them about my back and neck issues, and to the massage therapists defense, she did give my neck plenty of attention.

I wouldn’t knock this spa just on my experience, though. Another friend who came with me had a typical massage and almost fell asleep.When we were finished, she stretched and said, “Ah! Such a great way to end the work day.” Therefore, if Chinese medicine is or isn’t your thing, you’ll find that this spa is a nice option.

The price was free for me, but the price range of services is from RMB 300 to 900 with varying limits from one hour to two hours. This spa lets you buy in bulk, making the price average very affordable. They have several other services available, from bladder and kidney massage techniques to breast care to a full beauty treatment. The bonus is that one of the attendants here speaks English and German, so you can make your reservations in advance.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars. The prices are reasonable, especially in bulk. The location is convenient for those in the city, and the place is very clean. I suppose I’m a bit more strict than their other customers because they’ve got a 5 out of 5 rating on Dianping (which you should check out for their deals).

百会能量养生SPA会所
Daily 10am-10pm. Room 2001, block A, Yuanyang Shinkansen (135 2249 5152)
远洋新干线A座2001室

This article originally appeared on our sister site beijingkids.

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Burger Brief: Eudora’s Signature Burger Has Still Got It

Burger Brief takes a look at some of the attendees of the Beijinger's 2017 Burger Cup. In this edition we visited Eudora, whose venue is sadly no longer in contention for the honor of Beijing's Best Burger (vote in Round of 32 here) but who still has a fine burger.

Beijing veteran Eudora Station has been slinging burgers for a while now, and our last visit proved that its signature burger, the Canadian grilled beef sirloin burger (RMB 123 without cheese or RMB 128 with), has still got it.

Eudora Station is situated across from Lido Place on West Fangyuan Street. Being one of Beijing’s first foreigner-friendly locations, it has stood the test of time and continue to persevere in the city’s constantly changing F&B industry. The establishment occupies a large space, equipped with a stage and music lounge, bar, a pool table, and a semi-outdoor seating area that is properly shaded and air conditioned, which is absolutely fitting for this week’s scorching weather.

We arrived during lunch time and noticed that flocks of office workers were taking up most of the patio. We quickly placed our order for their signature burger with cheese (obviously), and waited. The burger came on a large wooden board with a side of fries and salad. It was truly humongous. 

Their signature burger looked simple, but was large and packed with flavor. The buns was perfectly toasted, the vegetables fresh, the pickle had the right amount of tang to stick out, and the cheddar cheese was sharp and structurally strong, gluing all the components together. However, the star of the dish was of course, the patty itself. The burger's beef sirloin patty was grilled just right, with a pink center and a slightly charred outer edge, creating the perfect balance of tender and crisp. All of these components had a light stroke of grade-A mayo, making it even more decadent.

Their fries were extra crispy and their side salad was light, each making the perfect companion to the massive burger. For an additional RMB 15, you can add fried egg or bacon on top, however, in our opinion, this signature burger doesn’t need any extra additions given how it comes stacked anyway. 

After our meal, we had time to sit down with Susan He, the head of marketing and sales of Eudora. We asked her a few questions about their signature Canadian grilled beef sirloin burger.

Tell us about your signature burger. What does the burger come with?
Our signature burger patties are sirloin hand-cut patties that are made to order. It is one whole piece of Canadian beef sirloin diced into 0.5cm crumbs. To that we also add a little fat for flavor, and make them into patties daily. Every patty is guaranteed to be fresh. The burger also contains cheese, sliced tomatoes, onions, and pickles as well as fries.

You’re participating in the Burger Cup again this year; what will be different from the last Cup?
Compared with the last Burger Cup, this time we serve a largger variety of drinks, for example we added more craft beers and cocktails to the menu.

The Beijinger 2017 Burger Cup is sponsored by Bon App, Job-in, and Left Hand App. Vote here to push your favorite through to the next round.

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Burger Brief: Eudora’s Signature Burger Has Still Got It

Burger Brief takes a look at some of the attendees of the Beijinger's 2017 Burger Cup. In this edition we visited Eudora, whose venue is sadly no longer in contention for the honor of Beijing's Best Burger (vote in Round of 32 here) but who still has a fine burger.

Beijing veteran Eudora Station has been slinging burgers for a while now, and our last visit proved that its signature burger, the Canadian grilled beef sirloin burger (RMB 123 without cheese or RMB 128 with), has still got it.

Eudora Station is situated across from Lido Place on West Fangyuan Street. Being one of Beijing’s first foreigner-friendly locations, it has stood the test of time and continue to persevere in the city’s constantly changing F&B industry. The establishment occupies a large space, equipped with a stage and music lounge, bar, a pool table, and a semi-outdoor seating area that is properly shaded and air conditioned, which is absolutely fitting for this week’s scorching weather.

We arrived during lunch time and noticed that flocks of office workers were taking up most of the patio. We quickly placed our order for their signature burger with cheese (obviously), and waited. The burger came on a large wooden board with a side of fries and salad. It was truly humongous. 

Their signature burger looked simple, but was large and packed with flavor. The buns was perfectly toasted, the vegetables fresh, the pickle had the right amount of tang to stick out, and the cheddar cheese was sharp and structurally strong, gluing all the components together. However, the star of the dish was of course, the patty itself. The burger's beef sirloin patty was grilled just right, with a pink center and a slightly charred outer edge, creating the perfect balance of tender and crisp. All of these components had a light stroke of grade-A mayo, making it even more decadent.

Their fries were extra crispy and their side salad was light, each making the perfect companion to the massive burger. For an additional RMB 15, you can add fried egg or bacon on top, however, in our opinion, this signature burger doesn’t need any extra additions given how it comes stacked anyway. 

After our meal, we had time to sit down with Susan He, the head of marketing and sales of Eudora. We asked her a few questions about their signature Canadian grilled beef sirloin burger.

Tell us about your signature burger. What does the burger come with?
Our signature burger patties are sirloin hand-cut patties that are made to order. It is one whole piece of Canadian beef sirloin diced into 0.5cm crumbs. To that we also add a little fat for flavor, and make them into patties daily. Every patty is guaranteed to be fresh. The burger also contains cheese, sliced tomatoes, onions, and pickles as well as fries.

You’re participating in the Burger Cup again this year; what will be different from the last Cup?
Compared with the last Burger Cup, this time we serve a largger variety of drinks, for example we added more craft beers and cocktails to the menu.

The Beijinger 2017 Burger Cup is sponsored by Bon App, Job-in, and Left Hand App. Vote here to push your favorite through to the next round.

Read more articles by this author here.

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The Job Hunt: Motion Graphic Designer, Editor, Project Manager, Senior Business Development

Summer is here! Who wants to spend Beijing's most sunny days locked up in a boring, dead-end job, with horrible colleagues you'd rather never see again? As our beloved reader, you should know that you don't have to submit yourself to such an unbearable situation. Instead, take a look below at the best of our job Classifieds.

Project Manager for a Chemical Company
Want a steady office job but hate being stuck at a desk? Asia Group Corporation is looking for a hands-on technical project management who is experienced in the following technological areas: new energy and petroleum production or petrochemical. Asia Group Corporation is an Israeli group operating internationally whose main responsibility is to supply advanced Israeli technology in various fields. Your responsibility as their project manager would be to participate in their international team when new projects are implemented and also support their sales for new as well as ongoing customers.

German Editor at People’s Daily Online
The German department of People’s Daily Online is looking for a new editor for their Beijing office. The newspaper company was established in 1997 and has been a large entity in Chinese media. Your task as an editor would be to edit German texts, produce your own texts (articles, commentaries or blogs), handle their social media channels (Facebook and Twitter), and also to interview important people such as diplomats, business people, scientists, etc. You may also be required to do interviews on-camera in a TV studio.

HR and Admin Executive at the Beijinger
If you love working with people, we may have just the thing for you! Here at the Beijinger, we are looking for a HR and Admin Executive to manage the workplace as well as help coworkers. Your main responsibilities would include managing the onboarding process of new staff, managing staff paperwork (visa, work permit, social insurance, etc), and overseeing the distribution of magazines. 

Senior Business Development Associate at Vice
Want to work at Vice? Well, now’s the time to apply! You’ll be working with an agile sales team to help Vice secure new business opportunities while focusing on media sales and developing existing relationships. Your sales duties will include content production deals, event sponsorship, creative services, and media partnerships. Successful candidate would have a clear understanding of China’s media landscape and media sales experience.

Motion Graphic Designer
G2S Creative Workshop is looking to hire a motion graphic designer for their Beijing and Shanghai offices. If graphic design is your forte, consider joining their team. You’d be tasked with presenting and pitching ideas for new projects, incorporating new and innovative animation or graphic design, correcting briefings and supervising designs, as well as providing input and direction to projects. The work environment G2S provides is resourceful and creative.

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The Job Hunt: Motion Graphic Designer, Editor, Project Manager, Senior Business Development

Summer is here! Who wants to spend Beijing's most sunny days locked up in a boring, dead-end job, with horrible colleagues you'd rather never see again? As our beloved reader, you should know that you don't have to submit yourself to such an unbearable situation. Instead, take a look below at the best of our job Classifieds.

Project Manager for a Chemical Company
Want a steady office job but hate being stuck at a desk? Asia Group Corporation is looking for a hands-on technical project management who is experienced in the following technological areas: new energy and petroleum production or petrochemical. Asia Group Corporation is an Israeli group operating internationally whose main responsibility is to supply advanced Israeli technology in various fields. Your responsibility as their project manager would be to participate in their international team when new projects are implemented and also support their sales for new as well as ongoing customers.

German Editor at People’s Daily Online
The German department of People’s Daily Online is looking for a new editor for their Beijing office. The newspaper company was established in 1997 and has been a large entity in Chinese media. Your task as an editor would be to edit German texts, produce your own texts (articles, commentaries or blogs), handle their social media channels (Facebook and Twitter), and also to interview important people such as diplomats, business people, scientists, etc. You may also be required to do interviews on-camera in a TV studio.

HR and Admin Executive at the Beijinger
If you love working with people, we may have just the thing for you! Here at the Beijinger, we are looking for a HR and Admin Executive to manage the workplace as well as help coworkers. Your main responsibilities would include managing the onboarding process of new staff, managing staff paperwork (visa, work permit, social insurance, etc), and overseeing the distribution of magazines. 

Senior Business Development Associate at Vice
Want to work at Vice? Well, now’s the time to apply! You’ll be working with an agile sales team to help Vice secure new business opportunities while focusing on media sales and developing existing relationships. Your sales duties will include content production deals, event sponsorship, creative services, and media partnerships. Successful candidate would have a clear understanding of China’s media landscape and media sales experience.

Motion Graphic Designer
G2S Creative Workshop is looking to hire a motion graphic designer for their Beijing and Shanghai offices. If graphic design is your forte, consider joining their team. You’d be tasked with presenting and pitching ideas for new projects, incorporating new and innovative animation or graphic design, correcting briefings and supervising designs, as well as providing input and direction to projects. The work environment G2S provides is resourceful and creative.

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Datong: A Historical City in Flux Worthy of a Weekender 

Located an hour’s flight or a 4.5-hour bus ride west of Beijing and bordering Inner Mongolia, Shanxi province’s city of Datong is, putting it bluntly, a hard city to like. Without its numerous center-city temples and historical sites dotted around the perimeter it would most likely be entirely unremarkable save for its more modern designation as China’s “coal capital.” That latter title has also unfortunately afforded the city its fair share of pollution, a factor that is made worse on the ground by the immense construction that has suffocated the city over the past few years. The dust that swirls even throughout Datong’s shiniest districts is borne from the city’s previous  mayor’s resolute pledge to rebuild the city center from scratch, resurrecting relics of the past and leaving 40,000 displaced households in its wake. Now that he’s gone, the construction slowly drags on.

That being said, Datong’s proximity to Beijing and its rich historical importance to China as a whole make it an easy, if not particularly luxurious, destination for a weekend jaunt. Entering the city, the first of many ersatz sights to behold is the newly built city wall, a massive and foreboding structure that follows the path of its Ming dynasty counterpart, circumscribing a modest area of just over 3 square kilometers and making it almost always visible from anywhere in the city center (dust permitting). The Mickey Mouse old town, which is slowly enveloping the south and west sections of the city at the expense of the once lived-in charm of the now empty and crumbling hutongs, is home to Huayan Temple, one of the more impressive of the city center’s dozen or so sights. Originally built in 1038 during the Liao dynasty, the sprawling complex boasts the biggest Buddhist hall of its time and is suitably decorated in brilliant and ornate murals. From here you can also climb the accompanying wooden pagoda and get a decent view of the surrounding demolition.

However, it’s outside the city where Datong’s most famous historical destinations lie – the Hanging Monastery and the Yungang Grottoes (RMB 125 each) – and can be tackled via a private driver in a day. The Hanging Monastery is a 1.5-hour drive southwest of downtown and is remarkable for its location: perched precariously on the side of a mountain. Built in 491, the temple has undergone extensive renovation, with apparent exception to the splintering stilts that support it, giving extra cause for buckling knees as you make your way around its teetering confines in single file formation. When you’re not admiring the view, there are 40 cubbies of varying sizes to peek into, displaying Buddhist reliefs, figures, and complex wooden overhangs.

Moving back towards the city, the Yungang Grottoes, built around the mid-5th century, are made up of 20 stunning larger caves, each decked out with as many as hundreds of Bodhisattvas or, like the largest, just one imposing 20-meter-tall Buddha carved directly into the rock. Several of the painted caves have retained their salmon hue, while others have been unable to escape the infectious need for reconstruction and are reemerging as smooth 21st century imaginings of what they once were.

In terms of accommodation, there are plenty of hostels dotted throughout the new-old town. However if you’re looking for a lavish stay, then the newly built Yunzhong Inn is a diamond in the rough, offering pristine and boutique rooms (breakfast included) across a traditional courtyard, making for a serene escape from the surrounding clamor. Just north of the hotel sits the city’s Drum Tower and a plethora of restaurants where you can relish a comforting bowl of one of Shanxi’s most notable foods: daoshaomian, or knife cut noodles.

READ: A World Close but Unknown: One Man’s Mission to Explore Xicheng’s Sights in Two Days

Datong may encompass everything wearisome about China’s uncompromising road to development but a mixture of historical importance and ease of access makes it at least worthy of consideration if you have a couple of days to kill. The construction has to end at some point, and who knows, the city may have completed its transformation by the time you visit.

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