City Weekend

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City Weekend
Publisher Ringier / China Publishing Group
Language English
Headquarters Beijing, People's Republic of China
Circulation Around 100,000[citation needed]

City Weekend[1] is a free, bi-weekly entertainment event and venue listing magazine based out of China.[2] Its on-line edition is both autonomous and complimentary to the print magazine - City Weekend is "reader-powered" and sources most of its information directly from the expat community.

City Weekend is currently one of the highest-circulation English magazines in China available free, the others being The Beijinger, That's Beijing, That's Shanghai,[3] Map Magazine, and Time Out.

The magazine distinguishes itself by being one of the first private English language publications in China - it has been distributed since 1999 in Beijing, and 2000 in Shanghai.

The magazine itself acts as a source of information for many in the expat and local community.[4] Staff rely on its reader-powered website to access local communities and generate everything from national articles to factual news about local events, venues, and classified ads in China's two largest cities — Beijing and Shanghai.

City Weekend also publishes a variety of free guides yearly including a Bar and Restaurant Guide (good for visitors, better if you actually live in the city) and the Service Directory (a small English business and service phone book). The magazine also produces supplements focusing on expat families (Parents & Kids, as well as Shanghai Family), and the real-estate market (Home & Office).

City Weekend is published by the Swiss multinational publisher Ringier, and its circulation is audited by BPA Worldwide.

In 2010, City Weekend launched an English-language group buying platform called FlashBuy, the first one of its kind targeting English speakers in both Beijing and Shanghai.


  1. ^ China Listings, Events, and Classifieds - City Weekend Guide
  2. ^ News & Media - China Gateway
  3. ^ How Shanghai Got Its Groove Back / China's formerly decadent window on the West is now its go-go gateway to the future
  4. ^ CCTV-English Channel-Rediscovering China