Who Won What at the That’s Shenzhen Food & Drink Awards 2017

The results are in, the votes tallied and the plaques polished – meaning it’s now time to announce our big winners in the 2017 That’s Shenzhen Food & Drink Awards.

A big thanks to everyone who voted in this year’s competition, and a major hat tip to our fantastic sponsors: Hard Rock Hotel ShenzhenAsia Miles, Fiji WaterSummergateVedettLiefmans and Firestone Walker.

But first! Some photos from last night’s award ceremony at Hard Rock Hotel Shenzhen:

See a full photo gallery of the event here.

And without further ado, here’s a full list of this year’s lucky winners…

Readers’ Choice

Live Music of the Year
The Terrace

New Restaurant of the Year
Bus Grill Turkish Steakhouse

New Bar of the Year

Italian Restaurant of the Year

German Restaurant of the Year
Paulaner Brauhaus Shenzhen Shekou

Brewery/Craft Beer Bar of the Year
Taps Brewpub

Southeast Asian Restaurant of the Year
The Terrace

Pizza of the Year
La Pizza… And More

Latin Restaurant of the Year
Latina Shenzhen Seaworld

Burger of the Year
Baia Burger Concept

Contemporary Restaurant of the Year
Shark Wine Lounge & Restaurant

Cocktail Bar of the Year

Japanese Restaurant of the Year
Kyoku Japanese Cuisine Restaurant

Chef of the Year
Antonio Scordo

Personality of the Year
Shady Monkey Hip Hop

Event/Party of the Year
SZUMMER Pride 2017

French Restaurant of the Year
La Maison

Cafe/Bakery of the Year
HH Gourmet

BBQ/Grill Restaurant of the Year
George & Dragon British Pub

Chill Out Venue of the Year
The Brew

Indian Restaurant of the Year
Kabir’s Indian Restaurant

Healthy Dining of the Year
Panini Station

Outstanding Club of the Year
Pepper Club

Outstanding Bar of the Year
The Terrace

Outstanding Restaurant of the Year
Baia Restaurant. Bar. Grill.

Editor’s Choice

Rooftop Japanese Cuisine of the Year
Malt Oysters and Sushi Bar – The St. Regis Shenzhen

Date Night Restaurant of the Year
Grange Grill – The Westin Shenzhen Nanshan

International Dining of the Year
Golden Bay Kitchen – Shenzhen Marriott Golden Bay

Lounge Bar of the Year
The Lounge – Shenzhen Marriott Hotel Nanshan

Organic Restaurant of the Year
The 7th Day

Themed Buffet of the Year
Cafe Marco – Marco Polo Shenzhen

All-Day Dining of the Year
The Shenzhen Kitchen – JW Marriott Hotel Shenzhen Bao’an

Signature Dish of the Year
Pork Knuckle (Haxnbauer German Restaurant and Bar)

Sky-View Restaurant of the Year
Social All Day Dining Restaurant – The St. Regis Shenzhen

Variety Cuisine Selection of the Year
Cafe Zen – Futian Shangri-La Shenzhen

Al Fresco Bar of the Year
Perch – The Langham, Shenzhen

Contemporary Grill of the Year
Belle-Vue Grill – Grand Hyatt Shenzhen

Seafood Cuisine of the Year
Blue Italian Seafood & Grill – The Venice Raytour Hotel Shenzhen

Restaurant Ambience of the Year
Kitchencraft – Hilton Shenzhen Shekou Nanhai

Premier Performance Club of the Year
Dazzle Club

Italian Fine Dining of the Year
Paletto – The Ritz-Carlton, Shenzhen

Unique Event Space of the Year
Galleon Salon Fiesta – InterContinental Shenzhen

Time-Honored German Cuisine of the Year
Haxnbauer German Restaurant and Bar

Most-Anticipated Opening of the Year
Hard Rock Hotel Shenzhen

Chinese Fusion Cuisine of the Year
Duck de Chine

Shanghainese Fine Cuisine of the Year
Yuyuan Shanghai Restaurant

That’s it for this year – join us next time for the 2018 edition.

Shen Wai International School (SWIS) Choir Performed with Vienna Boys Choir

On Saturday October 28th, 2017, Shen Wai International School’s Primary (Grade 2 – 3 ) Choir, alongside the Dongguan Sunshine Central Primary School choir, sang with the world-famous Vienna Boys’ Choir from Austria. The Vienna Boys’ Choir were on their 2017 Asia Tour and held their gala concert at the Star Theater of the Dongguan Public Arts Centre.


This marks the second year in which Shen Wai International School (SWIS) has been invited to sing with the Vienna Boys’ Choir. SWIS is the only school in Shenzhen to be afforded this honor.

This year the SWIS Primary Choir sang two songs with the Vienna Boys’ Choir: “Due Pupille Amabili” by W.A. Mozart and “Coming together to sing: Singing for a better future” by Gerald Wirth. The audience was thrilled with the children’s performance and applauded enthusiastically. Afterwards, the SWIS children were able to listen to the heavenly voices of the Vienna Boys’ Choir as the boys performed their tour program. The children will always remember this extraordinary performance.

A heartfelt thank you is extended to the parents, staff and students of Shen Wai International School who worked collaboratively to provide this unforgettable experience for the children. Well done everyone!

Chinese and Pinyin Name: 深圳外国语学校国际部(SWIS)
Place Address: Shen Wai international School, No. 29, Baishi 3rd Road, Nanshan, Shenzhen, China 518053 中国深圳市南山区白石三道29号, 深圳外国语学校国际部 邮编:518053
Place Phone: 86 (755) 86541981/86541963

Chou Crowned Champion at Junior Series Grand Final in Gongguan

[Shenzhen, China – 22 November 2017] Chou Po-Yueh of Chinese Taipei stormed to a six-shot victory in the Mission Hills Junior Series Grand Final in Dongguan, southern China.  The 17-year-old fired a three-round total of 223 on the demanding Norman Course to win the season-ending World Amateur Golf Ranking event.


Playing in the Grand Final by virtue of a top-three finish in the 2017 Jack Nicklaus Junior Championship in Hainan, Chou led wire-to-wire following an opening 73 and finished six ahead of China’s Fan Ji-Cheng, winner of the Boys’ 10-12 division.

In the girls’ section, Hong Kong’s Zhang Yun-Xuan, aged only 12, impressed with a one-shot win over Luo Yun-Yi of China.  There was also celebration for another Hong Kong girl, Sophie Han who had her first hole-in-one on the 93-yard fourth hole in her opening round.


The 8th Grand Final featured leading players from a total of ten Mission Hills Junior Series tournaments played over the past 12 months, plus winners from some of the other junior ‘Majors’ to be hosted by Mission Hills in 2017, including the Annika Invitational, the Faldo Series and the Jack Nicklaus Junior Championship.


Leading final scores: Boys’ 13-17: 223 – Chou Po-Yueh (TPE) 73 74 76; 231 – Lu Yong-Hao (CHN) 78 81 72; 233 – Huang Jia-Pei (CHN) 76 76 81.  Girls’ 13-17: 241 – Jenny Chang (TPE) 80 77 84; 262 – Peng Yu-Fei (CHN) 88 80 94.  Boys’ 10-12: 229 – Fan Ji-Cheng (CHN) 76 77 76; 246 – Wu Dian-Chao (CHN) 87 80 79; 247 – Li Ye-Xing (CHN) 85 86 76.  Girls’ 10-12: 233 – Zhang Yun-Xuan (HKG) 77 75 81; 234 – Luo Yun-Yi (CHN) 78 77 79; 241 – Sophie Han (HKG) 76 85 80.

About Mission Hills Group

Mission Hills Group, owner and operator of Mission Hills resorts in the heart of the Pearl River Delta and on the tropical island of Hainan, is synonymous with leisure, wellness, entertainment and luxury.

Founded in 1992, Mission Hills is recognized as one of the world’s leading golf brands and a pioneer in China’s hospitality, sports and leisure industry.  The world-class integrated leisure and wellness resort destinations have hosted more than 100 international tournaments, dating back to the World Cup of Golf in 1995, the first international golf tournament in China.  Mission Hills has also been accredited by the Guinness World Records as the “World’s Largest Golf Club” and the “World’s Largest Mineral Springs and Spa Resort”.

Mission Hills’ properties sprawl over 40km2. They include 22 championship courses designed by renowned players and architects from five continents, five-star resorts, award-winning spas and volcanic mineral springs, international convention centers, state-of-the-art golf academies, a 20-pitch football training base, Asia’s largest basketball school and Asia’s biggest tennis facility. Mission Hills is also the official training headquarters for China’s Tennis, Football and Golf Associations.

The Group’s ‘golf and more’ leisure philosophy has catalyzed its tourism-related business expansion into a leisure hub for multi-generational families.  Mission Hills Centreville in Shenzhen and Haikou provides integrated shopping, recreational, business, education, entertainment, leisure and cultural experiences, including Bromsgrove School Mission Hills in Shenzhen in collaboration with the historic British boarding school.  Mission Hills has also extended its foray into the hospitality industry by partnering with world-renowned hotel brands such as Hard Rock, Renaissance and Ritz-Carlton.  These collaborations have seen the opening of Ritz-Carlton’s first golf resort hotel in China and China’s first Hard Rock Hotel in Shenzhen.

Other significant projects include Movie Town in Haikou in partnership with China’s largest film production company, Huayi Brothers Media Corporation and award-winning director, Feng Xiaogang and China’s first Wet’n’Wild water park in collaboration with Australia’s leading entertainment group and largest theme park operator, Village Roadshow Limited.

Mission Hills has also announced ground-breaking partnerships with FC Barcelona and the NBA to bring the world’s most famous football club and the world’s largest professional basketball league to its Haikou resort, making Hainan island a leading hub for football and basketball development in China.

For more information and latest updates, visit us at www.missionhillschina.com or follow Mission Hills China on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube.

Merchiston Castle International School Shenzhen Signs Agreement to Open a Genuine British-styled Boarding International School

This morning the signing ceremony of Merchiston Castle International School Shenzhen was held at the Shenzhen Marco Polo Hotel. Lighthouse (Shenzhen) Education and Culture Co., Ltd. and Shenzhen MIE Co., Ltd. formally signed an agreement with Merchiston Castle School. The three parties will jointly open the Merchiston Castle International School Shenzhen (MCIS) in August 2018. Merchiston, Shenzhen, will be the first international school in Shenzhen that offers an all-through British boarding education and the first overseas sister school of Merchiston, Edinburgh, Scotland’s leading independent boys boarding school.

Along with Deputy Consul-General of the British Consulate-General in Guangzhou, Mr. Andrew Ould, about three hundred prospective parents, local politicians and dignitaries attended the event to witness Mr. Vincent Chen (Chairman of Shenzhen MIE), Mr. Jianjun Lyu (CEO of Shenzhen MIE), Mr. Gareth Baird (Chairman of the board of governors for Merchiston Castle School, Edinburgh), and Dr. Duncan Moore (Deputy Chairman of the board of governors for Merchiston Castle School, Edinburgh) the signing of the agreements to develop and operate the new school. The Headmaster of Merchiston Castle School, Edinburgh, Mr. Andrew Hunter, and Head Teacher of MCIS Shenzhen, Mr. Christopher Lynn respectively introduced their two schools. During the event, on behalf of Shenzhen MIE, Mr. Jianjun Lyu presented Letters of Employment to several well-known performing artists including Ms. Sumei Li, and Mr. Ruide Qiu, as well as famous designers Mr. Zhifeng Feng and Mr. Dusen Wang, appointing them as visiting teachers of arts for the new school. In his acknowledgement speech, Mr. Jianjun Lyu was delighted that ‘MCIS Shenzhen would be dedicated to building an innovative international school, with a curriculum blending the essence of the best of both western and eastern cultures, equipping the young people of Shenzhen attending the school with the knowledge and skills to become global citizens’.

British Style Boarding School

Located in Longhua District in the north of Shenzhen city, the school will open its doors to 1200 students aged 5-18 (Years 1 to 13) for the first time in August 2018. Taught in English, students from Years 1 to 9 will follow the English National Curriculum, with additional access to Mandarin.

(Putonghua) language learning as part of the core offering. Students from Years 10 to 13 will study towards IGCSEs and A level examinations, providing an educational passport which will unlock further education opportunities at the world’s leading universities.

Led by Head of School, Mr Chris Lynn, MCIS will adopt the same educational ethos found in Edinburgh of academic rigor, supported by state-of-the-art teaching, delivered alongside a wide range of co-curricular activities and sports. Commenting on the new school Chris Lynn said ‘At Merchiston Castle International School, Shenzhen we will nurture our students and develop their talents through a diverse range of interests such as music, drama, art, sinology, science and technology; as well as mainstream sports including football, swimming, basketball, tennis and rugby. We will also provide opportunities for adventure and outdoor activities such as horse riding, sailing, skating, and golf among others.’

The school campus is being designed by Scottish architects Holmes Miller, both in their Glasgow and Guangzhou offices. 

Further information:

Tel (86 755)33227701/33227708

Email jenny.jiang@merchiston.cn

Visit website at www.merchiston.cn 

ISNS Celebrates 15 Years as a Leading International School in Shenzhen


The perfect synergy: A pioneer in education combining the best of the International Baccalaureate and New Brunswick curricula. 

Founded in 2002, through the foresight and partnership among the Government of Canada, the Province of New Brunswick and the founding father, Dr. Francis Pang, the International School of Nanshan Shenzhen (ISNS) successfully marks its 15-year milestone as a leading international school.

In commemoration of the occasion, ISNS will hold a formal ceremony on December 13, 2017 welcoming founding family members Dr. Francis Pang and Ms. Joyce Pang, Chinese government officials, V.I.P. guests, and families of the School. The event repertoire includes speeches by government officials, Francis Pang, Joyce Pang and Mr. David Swanson, Head of School, a special performance by the School choir, and a declaration of the first official ISNS time capsule.

ISNS set out to establish a globally recognized institution offering students the opportunity to achieve excellence in academics, personal growth and success beyond the classroom. Like the Phoenix, ISNS rose to the challenge and brilliantly shines as a top international school in Shenzhen, China and the world.

“I remember 15 years ago we were asked to bring the best of international education to Shenzhen,” says Ms. Joyce Pang, ISNS Executive Director. “From there, we started with the support from the Nanshan District, the Shenzhen and Guangdong Government, the Canadian government, and with the trusts of our parents.  The school opened its door to a handful of students on its first day with a very clear vision and a determined team.”  

The goal: to foster a diverse student body through exceptional education. Today, ISNS boasts 43 different nationalities across K3 through Grade 12 and provides students with global opportunities, the spirit of multiculturalism and the power of academic choice.

In 2016, ISNS achieved the prestigious standing of first IB World School in Shenzhen, China authorized across all three IB Programmes: Primary Years Programme (PYP), Middle Years Programme (MYP) and Diploma Porgramme (DP).

Additionally, ISNS succeeded accreditation by the Department of Education, New Brunswick Canada. Scholars from ISNS graduate with both an IB and New Brunswick diploma propelling students into life after ISNS with a global passport and endless possibilities.

“We want to bring the best in education to our students, to ensure we equip our students with the knowledge and know-how to become global citizens and to contribute to society,” says Ms. Pang.

Dr. Francis Pang, ISNS Chairmancontinues, “we have successfully introduced the Canadian curriculum into Shenzhen and most recently introduced all three programmes of the IB curriculum. It is with our common vision and lead in education, that the future holds boundless possibilities for growth and for the development of our students.”

The philosophy of ISNS focuses on developing a culture within the school that reflects the importance of community engagement, technology integration and service learning.

At the foundation of ISNS’s success, is its dedicated and caring community. Together, parents, students, faculty and staff forged a safe and nurturing environment where teachers instil in students a love of learning and inspire them to pursue their dreams.

“One of the most important aspects of ISNS is how we have really grown as a community. It is with the dedication of our education team, operations team, parents and students along with the continued support from the government bodies that we have branded together to be a true community, supporting and respecting each other,” proudly states Ms. Pang.

Through community initiatives each year, the ISNS Cultural Fair, Charity Month in November, Anti-Bullying week and seasonal celebrations, the School prides itself on fostering a welcoming, supportive and active family. “Successful growth of a school is not the work of one individual but truly the hard work of a community,” adds Ms. Pang.

ISNS explores and pioneers new ideas and approaches to learning to meet the needs of all children in the demands of our ever-changing global environment. ISNS recognizes technology as a fundamental vehicle for learning and strives to engage students through technology integration in the classroom. ISNS’s Virtual Reality/Augmented Reality (VR/AR) program is at the forefront of cutting-edge technology. VR/AR can be used across different subject areas to bring real-world learning experiences into the classroom. With this platform of the future, students are able to experience ancient societies, go on virtual fieldtrips to other countries and planets, travel through the human body from the size of a single blood cell, and create entire life-sized worlds from their imagination that others can walk through.

True to the IB, ISNS promotes international mindedness and independent thinking. The School encourages students to share their different perspectives and experiences while providing them with the opportunity to learn through a variety of cultural exchanges both locally and abroad. Special to ISNS is the Week Without Walls program. Learning has no boundaries and with that ISNS students travel to cities within South East Asia to learn about the culturally rich and diverse communities of Cambodia, Thailand, Mainland China and Indonesia. Students build homes for families who have suffered misfortune, learn about world religions, cook local cuisine, hike through the natural wonders of Asia and meet the most memorable individuals sharing stories of culture, struggle and success.

“As we celebrate our 15th anniversary this year, we look to draw upon our experience from the past to propel us forward to even greater success,” says Mr. David Swanson, ISNS’ Head of School. “ISNS aims to be an international school of world-class caliber, offering students the best preparation for life that a school can offer.”

The Japanese lifestyle brand is building their first-ever MUJI hotel in China!


MUJI hotel is located in one of the largest villages Baishizhou in Shenzhen.

MUJI Hotel Shenzhen will be located on the top two floors and comprise 79 rooms in five different layouts. The designers will furnish the rooms in a clean and minimalist style with MUJI products, from the toothbrushes to the bed sheets.The second floor of the same building will also host a MUJI Diner. Guests of the hotel will have access from breakfast through dinner, with a bar available during certain hours. A brand new MUJI store on the second and third floors will begin operation on the same day of the hotel opening, aiming to help customers experience the worldview of MUJI.

The hotel has been designed to reflect an anti-gorgeous, anti-cheap concept.

At MUJI HOTEL,  The goal is to offer great sleep at the right price, provide a space supporting both body and mind while away from home, and connect travelers to local people and places. For our visitors, every detail, from the texture of the towels to the layout of outlets and switches, to the restaurant menus, helps form the bedrock of a successful trip.