All empowered women, put your hands up! On March 8 prepare to celebrate to the double-chromosome eXXtreme as International Women’s Day begins. Once again a remarkable showing of female strength has graced the world over – we even have the real boss of the Oval Office hitting Chinese soil soon – so we invite you all to celebrate at a number of special events this weekend made for those who love rocking out to the female vibe.

Below is our round-up for dining and cultural activities in Beijing that are all happening in the name of girl power on Mar 8:

2014 Women's Day at Brian McKenna @ The Courtyard
The fairer sex is allowed for some pampering on this internationally-recognized day, so try this five-course tasting menu that includes fois gras terrine, tempura of king crab, and a suckling pig. RMB 688. Brian McKenna @ The Courtyard

Women's Day at Isola: Inspiring Change Event
Cocktails will precede a gourmet menu that includes braised beef cheek in a Chianti red wine. A glass of Prosecco is offered to all ladies in addition to a gift. RMB 258 + 10% service charge. 6.30pm. Isola.


Dare the Feminism at Atelier
Do you have an important women's issue or cause you'd like to raise? Put it on a T-shirt! Screen print your design and let everyone know how you support women's causes! Free. 11am-5pm. Atelier.

Casual Ceremony for Women
Celebrate your womanhood through the traditional culture of the locals with a zither-playing performance and an auspicious Chinese tea ceremony. Free. 4.30pm-6.30pm. Chaoyang Park.

Feminism in the 21st Century World
Hong Ying, Bidisha, and Carole Martinez, three noted feminist writers and commentators, will discuss the role of feminism in the 21st century as well as its relative importance within society. RMB 80. 10am. The Bookworm.

Free Beer for Ladies!
It's party time for the ladies with a free bottle of beer, your second tequila or rum free, and an array of shots and drink specials for both sexes to enjoy all night. 8pm. Mado.

International Women's Day
Ten percent off Lindemans Lambic Fruit Beer and a range of live music from Xinadein will see you properly geared up in this celebration of the woman. 9.30pm. Beer Mania.

Independent Chinese and French Films for International Women's Day
The French Cultural Center and the American Embassy will jointly screen a series of independent French and Chinese films to mark the passing of International Women's Day in the Gulou area. Until Mar 9. RMB 40, RMB 30 (students). RSVP for details and address.

International Women's Day at The Schoolhouse
To thank and acknowledge all women involved at The Schoolhouse and indeed worldwide, this holiday they will present every woman who visits with a flower. No purchase necessary, while quantities last. The Schoolhouse at Mutianyu.

International Woman's Day: Women's Health and Sexuality
This frank discussion upon women's sexual health and sexuality will touch upon topics including the growing freedom of sexuality, effects of prostitution and a culture of rising infidelity among men. Talk led by Joan Kaufman, Huang Yingying, and Setsuko Hosoda. RMB 80. 12pm-5pm. The Bookworm.

Ladies' Privilege
"What the Lady Deserves" is the theme here as various establishments of the InterContinental Beijing offer different promotions for Women's Day. Buffet restaurant Café O2 offers a "buy-three-get-one-free" so long as one member of your party is graced by a woman. Lobby Lounge, The Bar and Italian Trattoria similarly offer a 20% discount on the stipulation that a woman is a member of your group. DI Chinese Restaurant offers "lady exclusive privileges" with a special discount of 20% along with a hotel home-made "beauty drink". InterContinental Beijing.

Women's Day Specials at Face
A night at Face Lounge, Hazara, Lan Na Thai and (by reservation only) Thai La Guo will be discounted by 20% during this promotion for International Women's Day. From Mar 8-15. Face.

Be the Host of the Night at FUBAR
Ladies are welcomed in with a free shot, and a slew of surprise gifts all night should keep you interested in staying until the party stops. Fubar.

Woman's Day at Opera Bombana
Quickly nab the last few seats for a special dining celebration catered not just for the delicate palate. RMB 1188 per person for food menu, additional RMB 500 for wine pairing; +10% service charge. Opera Bombana.

Women's Day @ VAI Milano
Receive a 50% discount on all freshly-made gelato, milkshakes and sundaes at selected stores. From Mar 7-9. VAI Milano.

Women's Health Lecture
Chinese medicine expert Dr. Yuntao Wang will lead this lecture and provide self-care techniques that include "abdominal massage". 2pm-3.30pm. Beijing Dongwen TCM Clinic

Women's Month at Greyhound
During the entire month of March, if five out of ten people in your dining company are women, the entire table is given a 38% discount from the la carte menu. Grayhound Cafe.


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