Maovember 2019!

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Planning is under way for this year’s Maovember. From a “mao-a-thon” in Ritan Park to a weekend of corn toss — Saturday at Irish Volunteer in Beijing, Sunday at We Brewery in Tianjin– to a party at Hulu to events with our usual friends, things are in motion. Expect more details on Friday, October 25, when the one-week countdown to Maovember begins.

Maovember 2018 partners | Library Project, Bread of Life confirmed

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Bread of Life Bakery and The Library Project are confirmed as the two partners for the sixth annual Maovember mission, slated to launch November 1 at XL Bar & Restaurant.

Bread of Life trains and employs working-age orphans with brittle bone disease. It serves many Beijing restaurants and individuals, and has received kudos for its quality, especially its carrot cake and pies. Maovember 2017 funded this delivery vehicle as well as the industrial mixer, refrigerator motor and new computer equipment shown below.

The Library Project is responsible for funding over 2,500 reading rooms across China and was our partner for the first Maovember in 2013. Maovember 2017 teamed up with The Library Project for reading rooms in Yunnan and Hebei provinces. Here are a few photos from a Hebei project.

Maovember 2018 will be providing more funds to these two worthy operations. Want to help? Learn more here.

Three “hair of the dog” events for Maovember!

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On Monday, Maovember 2017 topped its goal of one million mao and then officially wrapped up its campaign with a rowdy closing bash at Paddy O’Shea’s on Thursday night—full report to come. But for those who still want to contribute, there are three “hair of the dog” events this weekend to help buy much-needed equipment for Bread of Life and The  Library Project.

December 2

SantaCon at Beijing

Every year, a sleigh full of people dress as Santa and do a day-long tour of Beijing that includes bars, restaurants and cafes. Get into the spirit for this year’s SantaCon on December 2, with funds raised will be donated to Maovember. The Santas will gather at The Local at 11:30 and then head out from there. (Santa outfits are available for purchase.) See here for more details.


Saturday, December 2, 6:30 PM

Chili Pepper Contest at Punjabi

The Beijinger annual chili eating contest at Punjabi will double as a Maovember fundraiser. Watch eight fire-eating contestants from eight nations go through a half-dozen rounds of increasingly spicy chilies. Want to watch? Tickets are rmb100 and include a buffet and pepper samples. More details here. Or you can sign up for a ticket direct with this QR code (100 seats in total, first come, first served):


Sunday, December 3, 14:00-18:00

Maovember Shave Off at The Hatchery

Get ready to say zai jian to your five-week old mustache with the Maovember Shave Off at The Hatchery. Get a shave, a whiskey melt sandwich, a Jing-A stout and a shot of Jameson for just rmb80, all funds to Maovember! The Hatchery is also donating proceeds from Jameson picklebacks, Jameson Ginger Ale & Lemon, and Jing-A and Jameson combos. This event will unofficially wrap up the Maovember 2017 campaign so come out for one last celebration of a successful month of fundraising!

Thanks again to everyone who has already attended this year’s events and hope to see you a few more times before we wrap up Maovember 2017!

Tianjin! WE Brewery to host ‘Twin City’ bash

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WE Brewery is putting Tianjin on the Maovember map once again! This year’s party is called Twin City.

Part one will be held in Tianjin on November 17 where, from 5 PM, WE will have a dedicated tap: every rmb30 pour goes to Maovember.

The next day. WE’s Steve Wang will deliver the money to Beijing and participate in the fifth annual charity corn toss tournament at The Irish Volunteer. Party times two!

Key details: 5 PM until late, November 17, at WE Brewery, Yi He Li, Xi An dao, He Ping District in Tianjin. More details here.

As Steve Wang says, “The more you drink, the more you give!”


See here for more Maovember 2017 events. You can also follow us on Facebook.

Mao-a-thon man | Mike Wester to mark 50th with 50 laps of Ritan Park

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Mike Wester is celebrating his 50th birthday today with 50 laps of the 1.5 km path in Ritan Park. It is part of a 30-day 900-km fundraiser for Maovember. As I post at 9 AM, Wester has done 8 laps (12 km) today and 202 km overall since November 1. I asked The Beijinger boss a few questions about his ‘mao-a-thon‘.

Hey, 900 km in 30 days and 50-plus km today alone. Are you going through a mid-life crisis?

Mid-life crisis? I’ve lived in Beijing for 17 years. I think I’m probably going through a three-quarters life crisis.

You walk in Ritan Park a lot. Why do you like it so much?

It is the hub of my Beijing existence: not too far from my home, not too far from my office and close to my daughter’s school. Plus it has my favorite public announcement system ever. [The speakers blurt crucial messages like “The mentally ill contagious people as well as the indecently dressed are not allowed to enter the park”.]

What are five things you’ve learned about Beijing from the first 200 km of your ‘mao-a-thon’?

Beijing’s official slogan should be “pedestrians last!” This city is fantastic for many reasons, but navigable sidewalks is not one of them. I had the misfortune of trying to accompany a family pushing their two-year-old past Taikoo Li on Friday evening. Almost impenetrable.

You don’t have to schlepp all the way out to Xianghsan to enjoy Beijing’s fall foliage. Ritan, Chaoyang and Olympic Forest Park, just to name three, have amazing trees this month—especially the ginkos.

Bike-sharing has gone too far. The city is literally littered with them, a good many of wrecked, and I pass multiple spots daily that are so cluttered with bikes that pedestrians have to walk in the street. I envision a future where a company disrupts bike sharing by selling moderately priced bikes to individuals who would then have the revolutionary advantage of remaining right where their owners left them, each and every time.

Within a good 2-km radius of any point in Beijing’s congested east side, it’s often quicker to walk than to drive, take a cab, wait for a bus or take the subway. Try it some time, people.

Finally, my iPhone equipped WeChat and QQ Music is a godsend. This walk definitely could not have happened except for the fact that I can do tons of work, hold meetings, and listen to audiobooks and music while I walk.

Finally, how are your feet holding up!?

My legs and feet are okay, however, muscles in my hips I never knew I had are pretty sore. Also, I have an “ab” now, which is the first “ab” I have had since a dental abscess in seventh grade. I’m still five cans short of a six-pack but I’m working on it.


Click here to learn more or to sponsor Mike Wester’s mission to help Maovember, and its 2017 charity partners The Library Project and Bread of Life. You can also check out the first ‘mao-a-thon’ interview with Wester as well as the Maovember Facebook page.

Events | Maovember gets a slice of the action at Pizza Cup

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The Beijinger held its annual Pizza Cup over the weekend and gave Maovember a booth so the pie guzzling, craft beer gulping, music listening masses could learn a bit more about this year’s mission to help Good Works and Library Project.

Things went up a few notches yesterday with some fierce corn toss action. Contestants got four shots for rmb20 and won prizes donated by neighboring booth CHEERS, including key rings, bottle openers and bottles of wine, as well as picnic blankets from The Beijinger.

The team at Kentucky Ale carried over a cooler of IPA, and later some pumpkin ale, for Maovember to sell. The corn toss and beer raised rmb680 and rmb860 respectively.

Here are a few photos from the event:

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The look of fierce determination on this competitor’s face says it all. It’s rmb20 for four shots and every one of them is crucial.

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Patrick Lin of Kentucky Ale donates a cooler of beer for Maovember to sell. Alex Jennings looks pretty happy about it.

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It’s one point for landing on the board, two points for being partially over the hole and three points for going all the way in. It took seven points from four shots to earn a bottle of wine and a surprising number of first-timers did it.

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The Maovember booth also sold pins. Here are two buyers, Oliver Davies and Terry Crossman, striking poses in front of the striking Wangjing SOHO.

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The corn toss attracted plenty of observers. The board came courtesy of Irish Volunteer / Hockey Bar.

Thanks to The Beijinger for the booth, to CHEERS for the prizes (and the funky music by Owen Daniel) and to Kentucky Ale for the beer. Maovember’s Zach Lewison, Edouard Simon, Alex Jennings and Jim Boyce all pulled shifts during the two-day event. See more about Maovember’s upcoming events here.

Pin party! | Maovember launch set for October 14 at XL

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maovember-2016-bannerLadies and gentlemen, get your (real or fake) mustaches ready: this year’s Maovember opening party is set for Friday, October 14, at restaurant and bar XL in Beijing.

Drop by for the launch of the 2016 pin, designed by Maovember original Julian Tavalin and prices, as always, at rmb50. You can also grab a special shot created by XL manager Jane Cui or a pickleback for rmb30, and play darts and drinks with Jack Zhou of Groovy Schiller’s and Paul Rochon of Paddy O’Shea’s for rmb30, with prizes ranging from a bottle of Jamesons to XL drinks. All proceeds from pins, shots and games go to charity. This year’s partners are The Library Project and Good Works.

Bars, restaurants and shops that want to help this year’s campaign by selling pins can pick up a package of ten for rmb500. Not only will that help these worthy causes but it also gets the venue listed in The Beijinger magazine and on maovember.com and thebeijinger.com. (We’re starting at 2 PM so people from the trade who have to work at night but want to help this year’s campaign can stop by and pick up their pin packages. We plan a group photo at around 4 PM.)

The Maovember launch starts at 2 PM and goes until late. XL is just off Xindong Road, behind the building that is across from the Bentley dealership and just north of Heaven Supermarket. See you there!

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Recap | Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament at 4 Corners

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Maovember 2015 4 Corners Hold 'Em Tournament Beijing China

Two dozen poker aficionados tried their hand at winning a no-holds-barred Texas hold ’em tournament last Sunday at 4 Corners to benefit Maovember. The players were focused (see above photo), only taking breaks to switch tables and knock back tasty Bloody Caesar shots (think Bloody Mary but with tomato juice including clam broth a.k.a. Clamato). The buy-in of rmb100 person went to charity as did proceeds from the shots and, along with donations, meant a jackpot of rmb3500 for Maovember. Well-played, 4 Corners!