Marie-Alice Legarda has been working as a stylist in Beijing for three years, but she doesn’t feel that there is a huge amount of style here though people are clearly into fashion. Perhaps she has spent too much time in the City of Light, and every other place seems dim in comparison. As a shopping expert, she recommends that people who travel abroad do their shopping there. I would agree, with the exception of tailoring, since there is such a huge mark-up on quality products here. When it comes to restaurants and bars, Beijing is more blessed, in her opinion. Among her favorites are Maison Boulud, Hatsune, Flames at the Hilton Wangfujing. She also recommends Tea Time at the Ritz Carlton Central Place.