The Lord Provost of Edinburgh Visited MIS

On 13 May 2018, the founding Head of Merchiston International School, Mr Chris Lynn, was delighted to welcome to the Shenzhen campus the Right Honourable Lord Provost and Lord Lieutenant of the City of Edinburgh Frank Ross, City of Edinburgh Councillor Kate Campbell, Mr Martin McDermott, First Secretary Scottish Affairs, Dr Jiangtao Ma General Manager Edinburgh-Shenzhen Creative Exchange and Mr Simon Shen, General Manager of Scottish Development International, as well as representatives of the Foreign Affairs Office. 

The Lord Provost of Edinburgh visits Merchiston International School
The Lord Provost of Edinburgh visits Merchiston International School

During his visit, the Lord Provost said that “It is breathtaking to see what you have achieved here in Shenzhen in such a short time and fantastic to hear you are using Edinburgh manufacturers and suppliers for the authentic Scottish look and feel of the School. I bet the students can’t wait to come here to take advantage of exchange opportunities. It is fantastic for Edinburgh that you are the first school in Scotland to set up an overseas campus and I very much look forward to coming back to Shenzhen later this year to see the school running”.  

About MIS
MIS school campus
MIS school campus

Merchiston International School (MIS) is the first and only school in Shenzhen providing a British education and boarding system. Located in Longhua District in the north of Shenzhen city, MIS occupies a ground space of 20,000 square metres providing a building area of 50,000 square metres, which can accommodate 1,200 students with a maximum class size of 22. The school will open its doors to boys and girls aged 5-18 (Years 1 to 10 and 12) in August 2018. English is the primary language of instruction in MIS. Students from Years 1 to 9 study the English National Curriculum, with additional access to Mandarin (Putonghua) language learning as part of the core curriculum. Students from Years 10 to 13 study for IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education) examinations and GCE (General Certificate of Education) A Level examinations.

Adopting Merchiston Castle School’s ethos, MIS features a wide range of co-curricular activities, supported by state-of-the-art teaching and sports facilities. MIS also provides students with impressive facilities including on-campus libraries, multi-media classrooms, integrated science laboratories, a black box theatre, an indoor swimming pool, tennis courts, a fitness suite, and tastefully landscaped areas.

Inheriting Merchiston’s boarding house system, MIS provides a family-style boarding system with high-quality child protection, safeguarding policies and procedures. Additionally, the School dining hall provides healthy and balanced menus using organic ingredients where possible and implements the highest standards of food quality and safety, to ensure that students’ dining experience is not only delicious and palatable but safe and healthy. 

MIS will enroll its first students in August, 2018. MIS will open its door to students from all around the world and expand Merchiston’s fine traditions and high standards in China.  

Place Address: No. 12 Shilongzai Road, Dalang Sub-district, Longhua District, Shenzhen 深圳市龙华区大浪街道石龙仔路12号(大浪时尚小镇)
Place Phone:  +86 400 867 0177

Chinese New Year Festivities at Green Oasis School

The New Year celebrations are always an exciting time at Green Oasis School but this year it was especially true after staff and students were treated to a Song and Dance extravaganza by staff and students.  Led by Ms Sophie(Music) and Ms. Helen (Dance) three months of practice culminated in a colourful display enjoyed by the whole school community.  It was an incredible day that amazed the huge numbers of parents and friends who had joined us for the day’s festivities.  

Beginning with the combined Primary and Secondary Guzheng players, a song form Year 1 and a solo from Ms Sophie, the music proved to be the warm-up as we moved into the Dance.  Dances from nine different regions were performed by Secondary and Primary Students.  The Dance section opened with performance form the Yi.  With swirling skirts and athletic moves, Year 8 students filled the stage with colour and drama. 

Boys who are normally seen on the football pitch or basketball court s used their athleticism to make huge leaps that drew gasps of amazement from the watching students. 

The Choa Xian dance was performed next by the Principal bringing a sense of calm after the frenetic activity of the Year 8 performers. Once we had gathered our breath, the students were back, this time with an Uyghur dance featuring a lot of dramatic arm gestures, creating great shape and adding meaning to the moves. The gracefulness of the Year 10 students added to the beauty of the performance.  


Year 7’s interpretive play from the Gaoshan told the story of a child leaving to go and live in the big city before returning to her hometown to discover that nothing is more important than family.  This struck a chord with many staff and parents as we were reminded of the meaning of the Spring Festival. 

The Li, Yao and Zhuang dances that followed brought energy back into the show after our moment of reflection.  The precision of the bamboo dances had many holding their breath watching to see if the student would avoid being hit by the poles.  All escaped injury but there was a lot of feverish counting to make sure.  Again, the athleticism of the students was on show as they leaped and stepped between the poles and turned cartwheels across the stage. 

Our youngest dancers then performed a hair swinging dance from the Wa.  This was dizzying at times as the students flung their hair up and down and round and round while adding graceful movements to move around the stage.  Special thanks go to the Secondary Chinese department for working with the Primary students to create a spectacular that caused many a head to ache simply watching the strength of the girls performing.  

The graceful Dai dance from our Year 7 students permitted another moment of reflection as the students moved around the stage with umbrellas.  Bright and colourful, it presaged the final dance of the show. 

The Zang dance “The pure Hada”  completed he performances with a twirling dance and athletic moves.  The girls’ took the stage first creating the mood of the dance with thoughtful expressions and moves that took them from the stage to the field.  The entrance of the boys with their powerful jumps and twirls added energy to the dance.  Once again our basketball-loving boys showed that power can also be graceful. 

The event ended with a display of Cheongsam and Qipao by the teachers who were greeted to much acclaim by their hardworking students. 

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Chinese Name: Green Oasis School Shenzhen 深圳市福田区城市绿洲学校
Place Address: No 4030, Shennan Middle Road, Tianmian, Futian District, Shenzhen 广东省深圳市福田区田面村深南中路4030号
Place Phone: +86 (755) 8395 9000

Green Oasis School – The Great Fire of Shenzhen

At Green Oasis, we have had a focus on fire safety this year.  Our Year 2 “Fire and Ice” topic gave us the opportunity to take this to the next level.  As a British curriculum school, one of the History units covered is the Great Fire of London. The children discover and discuss what living conditions were like at the time and then investigate how the fire spread.  As a practical experiment, they build houses in art and (safely) set fire to them to show how the fire happened.  This year, we had very special guests as the Tianmian Fire department came to not only give a fire safety talk but also to put out the fire.  

The houses students had created were the biggest ever built (by Year 2) 

So the firemen prepared the hose. 

Mr Li very bravely started the fire, though it seemed very reluctant to start – we are sure the Great Fire did not take this long to catch and spread.  Once the houses were firmly ablaze the firemen set to work.  

Something that the firemen very quickly proved is that it is very hard to put out a fire as it seemed to take quite a long time.

Once the fire was safely out – and the firemen kept checking to make sure – they gave a safety talk including a demonstration as to how to escape from a fire.  

Following the demonstration, the firemen bravely withstood the questioning from our intrepid Year 2 fire investigators before returning once more to keeping Tianmian safe.

Our thanks go to the Tianmian fire brigade for their help in keeping our village safe and for the excitement of their visit.  We look forward to their return next year when a new group of fire investigators study fire safety.  

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Chinese Name: Green Oasis School Shenzhen 深圳市福田区城市绿洲学校
Place Address: No 4030, Shennan Middle Road, Tianmian, Futian District, Shenzhen 广东省深圳市福田区田面村深南中路4030号
Place Phone: +86 (755) 8395 9000

Getting To Know Shenzhen

Shenzhen is in the top ten cities for international tourism on the Euromonitor top 100 city destinations ranking list staying at #9. It is a new and energetic city which soon became travelers’ best-in-class embodiment of their values and interests. Economic, political environment, public transportation and etc. have been intensively improved over the past few years.

If you want to get to know more do check out Nico’s video about “Getting To Know Shenzhen’ or read her article at  GETTING TO KNOW SHENZHEN


Shen Wai International School Hosts IB Regional Workshop

The International Baccalaureate® (IB) Asia Pacific Regional Workshop was held in Shen Wai International School (SWIS) from the 20th to the 22nd of April. This is the first time the IB chose Shenzhen as a host city.

The International Baccalaureate® (IB) offers a continuum of international education from Primary Years Programme (PYP) to the Diploma Programme (DP). The programmes encourage both personal and academic achievement, challenging students to excel in their studies and in their personal development. The IB offers an education for students from the ages of 3 to 19, comprising of four programmes that focus on teaching students to think critically and independently, and how to inquire with care and logic. The IB prepares students to succeed in a world where facts and fiction merge in the news, and where asking the right questions is a crucial skill that will allow them to flourish long after they’ve left our programmes. There are around 5,000 schools in over 150 countries around the world that implement the IB programme(s). The IB DP is widely recognized by most universities around the world.

These 3-day interactive workshops include Introduction to the IB Programme Standards, PYP and MYP Curriculum Model, the role of the coordinator and librarian, concept-based Learning; living and learning globally, and investigating inquiry. IB teachers from Asia Pacific regions including Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Hong Kong and Taiwan attended the workshops with great enthusiasm. They live and breathe the IB’s philosophy of being lifelong learners.

As a host school, SWIS treated such an event with great priority. More than one month prior to the event, a committee which included School Director, Ally Wu and Deputy School Director, Mingshan Li, formed to prepare for the event. They looked into the venues for the workshops, equipment required, lunch and snack menus, which included special dietary requests for some of the attendees, bus pickups and drop-offs, and on spot troubleshooting.  From the IB organization meetings to the end of the workshop, all the committee members had been on standby and responded promptly to all requests. Their work was highly commended by the IB officials.

The fact that the IB chose Shenzhen, as a host city, is evidence of the high standards upheld in International education here in Shenzhen. Moving forward, SWIS would like to see more and more international education conferences, forums and workshops taking place in Shenzhen, so the world can know more about Shenzhen as a reputable city in regards to education and continue its journey towards the international arena.

Chinese 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

Rugby vs American Football

They’re both called ‘olive ball’ here in China. But what are the differences between rugby and American football? 


Most people will point out that American football players are covered in armor whereas rugby players simply wear a mouthpiece. Both are full contact sports which require intense ball carrying and tackling but there are many differences that make each sport quite unique. 


First off, rugby is older and American football evolved from rugby’s core. So basics like tackling and scoring are similar. American football terms such as touchdown and field goal came directly from rugby in the 19th Century.


Here are the key differences:

Rugby is played by 15 per side. That’s 30 players on the pitch with only one referee. Players stay on the pitch the entire match playing offense and defense until they are taken out of the game. Once a player is substituted he cannot rejoin the match.



Football is 11 per side. Players are specialized and play only certain plays, can come in and out every play. 


Rugby players run forward and pass backwards to advance the ball. No blocking or running out of bounds is allowed.

Football players can run forward or pass over the defense to advance the ball. Blocking assists the runner and running out of bounds allows the offense to retain possession of the ball.



Rugby players can kick as an attack and retain possession.

Football players usually kick to surrender possession.

Rugby is nonstop with quick restarts.

Football is full of stoppages, timeouts, and long breaks for quarters and injuries.



英式橄榄球通常开赛后赛程紧凑,没有计时暂停,而美式则有很多暂停, 超时,或者四分之一赛时后和有受伤时都将暂停比赛计时。

Scoring by touching the ball down in the end zone in rugby is 5 points followed by a 2 point kick.

Scoring by crossing the goal line of the end zone in football is 6 points followed by a 1 point kick.



A rugby penalty kick is 3 points and a drop goal taken during the play is also 3 points. Any player can kick.

An American football field goal is 3 points and is taken by the kicking specialist who usually does nothing else but this.


Rugby tackles turn into rucks and play continues.

Football tackles end the play and everyone has a chance to reset before the next play.


Rugby offers the defense many chances to win back the ball. After every tackle a ruck is formed where both teams try to force each other backwards to win the ball. Scrums and lineouts restart the match when the a foul has been committed or the ball has gone out of bounds. These both also allow the defense a chance to win the ball back. 


Play is restarted in American football by snapping the ball to the quarterback. Referees reset the ball after each play.


Rugby players run around for 80 mins, tackle, kick, pass, and run. This means all sorts of body types are needed- tall skinny players, short round players, light quick players, etc. There is a position for everyone.

Football positions are specialized. A player who catches almost never will be asked to tackle. A passer will never have to kick, etc. There are positions that rarely have to run and most defenders never have to run with the ball, pass, catch, or kick.



Rugby games are 80 mins long with a short halftime and a running clock.

Football games are 60 mins long with breaks for each quarter. The clock stops for numerous reasons and each team can call time outs.



Overall, rugby is for all-around athletes where teamwork and on-field decision making win or lose games.

Football is more of a chess match between two coaches who call plays executed by specialized players good at their positions.



Come experience rugby in person here in Shenzhen. For more information please subscribe Shenzhen Dragons Rugby Club Wechat. 


Place Phone:

+86 13823544352

Full Scholarship Available at Merchiston International School, Shenzhen

Merchiston International School (MIS) Shenzhen is the first overseas campus of Merchiston Castle School (MCS), a top-ranked independent school located in Edinburgh, Scotland, UK, which boasts a rich history of over 185 years. 

Merchiston International School provides deserving students with the opportunity to experience the best of British international education in a culturally diverse environment.

MIS is now accepting scholarship applications for full A Level (tuition and boarding, up to a value of RMB315,500 per year) and partial IGCSE scholarships for August 2018. 

Don’t delay, as all completed applications must be submitted by Friday, April 27, 2018

Selection Process

MIS is looking for academically strong students who are well-rounded and who will contribute positively to the school community. Candidates are evaluated based on their past academic performance, awards received, participation in extracurricular activities and their personal statement. Final scholarship award decisions will also take into consideration the results of the candidate’s assessments and applicant and family interviews.

Scholarship awards are intended for the duration of a student’s Year 10 to Year 13 school attendance at MIS. Students must maintain a high academic standing, also consistently demonstrate a positive attitude and maximum effort in their learning.  

British Education with a Global Outlook 

As the first overseas campus of Merchiston Castle School, Merchiston International School (MIS) in Shenzhen will provide an authentic British education as well as boarding school system.

MIS Headmaster Chris Lynn will lead the outstanding teaching and management team to create a first-class, British international boarding school in Shenzhen. MIS teacher recruitment is conducted globally through our British team. Among the currently confirmed teaching team, over 80 percent are from the UK.

All our teachers are highly qualified with degrees, teaching qualifications and many years of teaching experience both in the UK and international schools. Futhermore, current MCS Headmaster Mr. Andrew Hunter will join MIS in August as Educational Consultant in order to assure the quality of both teaching and learning. 

Merchiston International School is a boarding school that accepts students ages 5-18, with boarding from Year 3 onwards. Primary students (Years 3-6) may choose to attend the day school only, supported by our school buses. 

Secondary students (Years 7-13) are assigned houses within our boarding system. There are three uniquely designed, modern boarding facilities in MIS, with resident staff on-site 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, providing personalised, focused care and supervision.

Boarding develops a cohesive blend of school learning with extra time available for enrichment activities, a full program is developed for students to ensure their time is productive and enjoyable. A close and caring community is at the core of the boarding experience, where students and staff work together to develop independence and resilience in MIS learners.

MIS provides British National Curriculum with additional access to Mandarin language as part of the core learning. In MIS, Chinese culture will be taught through the Art, Music and Performing Arts programme, IGCSEs and A Levels. The curriculum in MIS has also been modified to reflect our Chinese setting and international outlook. Students are provided with the opportunity to go traveling in China and abroad, which will help broaden their horizons even further.

With this unique combination of learning experiences, MIS pupils will acquire determination, passion, life skills and the right qualifications to contribute to the amazing growth of the city of Shenzhen and beyond.

For further queries about application and scholarship programmes, etc., please contact or call 400 867 0177.  

Merchiston International School (MIS) offers the best of British curriculum. Students Years 1-9 study the English National Curriculum, while students Years 10-13 study for IGCSE and GCE A Level examinations. 

Located in Longhua District, Shenzhen, MIS occupies grounds of 20,000 square meters with combined 50,000 square meters of building space, accomodating 1,200 students with a maximum class size of 22. The school will open its doors to boys and girls ages 5-18 in August 2018.  

How to apply

Step 1 – Gather the necessary documentation. The application form is online. Before you begin to complete the application, make sure to prepare the following documents which you will submit in the first section of the application form. 您带好需要的文件。申请表格可在线下载,在您填表之前,请准备好表格中第一栏所提及的文件(如下)。

Required Documents 需要的文件:

Step 2 – Write your personal statement, a 300-word essay. The Merchiston motto is “Ready Ay Ready”. What does this mean to you? 请撰写一篇个人陈述信,一个 300 字的小论文。 题目—深圳曼彻斯通城堡学校的校训是“为未来而来”,你对这个校 训是如何理解的呢?

Step 3 – Complete the application form and attach your personal statement as a PDF file. 请完成申请表格,同时附上 PDF 格式的个人陈述信。

Step 4 – FOR SHORTLISTED APPLICANTS ONLY – Shortlisted applicants will be invited to visit MIS to sit the scholarship assessment and attend an individual and family interview. (仅限奖学金候选人)深圳曼彻斯通城堡学校会邀请候选 人来校完成奖学金评估,同时参加学校对学生个人和家人的面试。


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Place Address:

No. 12 Shilongzai Road, Dalang Sub-district, Longhua District, Shenzhen

Place Phone:

+86 400 867 0177

5,000+ Attend First Ever Spartan Race, Shenzhen

The thought of crawling under barbed wire, scaling walls or plunging several feet into muddy waters might seem ridiculous to most of us – the appeal to an Spartan Racer is however, without question.

Over 5,000 fitness and sports enthusiasts from all over the world gathered together to participate in the first ever Spartan Race to hit Shenzhen – and boy oh boy was it spectacular!

Unlike a normal race – this was a 7KM sprint over muddy and treacherous terrain, scattered throughout with 22 military style obstacles, including fire jumping, wall climbing, spear throwing and even a barbed wire crawl.

The Spartan Race is a true test of endurance – 8am, March 24th 2018, the gates opened and the first set of contenders stepped forward to present themselves – signing wavers and registering their place in the first ever Spartan Race, Shenzhen.

“Aroo! Aroo! Aroo!” – By 9am the Spartan war cry could be heard whaling around the Mission Hills Ecological Sports Park in Shenzhen where the race was being held.

The Spartan Race, Shenzhen, consisted of two race timeslots with elite athletes racing in the morning at 9:15am and group races starting from 1:15pm in the afternoon.

The quickest contender around the 7KM circuit would be crowned the race winner which came with it 7500 RMB in prize money but more importantly – the bragging rights as the first Shenzhen Spartan Race winner!

Second and third place winners received 3000RMB and 1500RMB respectively.

Unlike the elite racers who’s sole objective is to win, the group races provide an opportunity for like-minded individuals, co-workers, friends and family to come together in teams to compete, bond and challenge themselves and each other.

“The build up to this event has brought me and my co-works closer together, we’ve been training together, staying healthy together and really bonded as a group.” – commented Faye Gao from WFCN.

After the dust had settled and all the race times were recorded the elite stage winners were as follows; the men’s race winners was Oleksii Melnyk from Ukraine and the women’s race winner was Maggie from Switzerland.

The first Spartan Race event was held in 2010 in Vermont, USA where roughly 500 competitors competed to be crowned the ultimate Spartan warrior. Since then, the Spartan Race has grown to be the world’s largest obstacle race holding over 200 events in more than 30 countries worldwide.

The Spartan Race, Shenzhen, is set to be back next year. Think you’ve got what it takes? Start training and get involved! “Aroo!”

Article written by Mark Anthony Photography by Mark Anthony Website

Shenzhen American International School Middle School Scholarship Program

Shenzhen American International School Middle School Scholarship Program

SAIS(Shenzhen American International School) is the first and finest project-based learning school in Shenzhen.  SAIS students not only show strong growth on standardized tests such as the MAP test; they also learn creativity, collaboration, communication, and critical thinking through in-depth project-based learning.  SAIS is now providing scholarships to newly enrolled students who show strong academic performance in English and Mathematics.

Application Requirements

  • Students not currently enrolled at SAIS, nor enrolled at SAIS for the previous academic year
  • Students entering grades 6 through 8
  • Students holding a foreign passport or ID
  • Students with high English proficiency  

Award Amount

  • 40% tuition discount for an exceptional application (see selection criteria)
  • 25% tuition discount for a strong application (see selection criteria)
  • The award is for tuition only.  Other fees, such as the application fee, capital fund fee, and optional transportation fee apply in full.  

Application Instructions

  • Submit the following documents to the SAIS admissions office:
    • A letter of introduction in English, no more than 2 pages, explaining why you want to attend SAIS and how you will be a positive addition to our school.
    • 2 years of school records in English
    • 1 letter of recommendation from an English or Mathematics teacher
    • Copies of the student and parent passports or residency permits
    • The standard SAIS application form, completed in English
      • Available at the admissions office or at
      • The school is located at 80 Gongyuan Road in Shekou, just north of Gongye 7 Road.
      • (fees will not apply until the student decides to enroll)
      • Email the above documents to, or deliver them to the admissions office in person.
      • Finalists will be contacted to visit SAIS to interview with the admissions director and sit for the MAP tests with the principal.

 Important Dates 

  • March 12-April 30 – applications accepted at the SAIS admissions office
  • May 9 (evening), May 12 (afternoon), or by special appointment – students visit SAIS for interview and testing
  • On or before May 18 – candidates will be notified about the status of their scholarship application
  • On or before June 1 – students enroll at SAIS

Selection Criteria 

SAIS is offering this scholarship to provide financial assistance to new middle school students with strong skills in English, Mathematics, and social character.  All elements of the process will be considered, including the school records, teacher recommendation, on-campus interview, and MAP test scores.  Students must test above grade level on the MAP test to be considered.  The number of scholarships will vary, depending on available seats and the number of qualified students.  Students who do not receive a scholarship are still welcome to enroll at SAIS for full tuition.  The scholarship decision is final and may not be appealed.

Length of Scholarship 

The scholarship extends through the 8th grade year.  Therefore, a 6th grade student would have 3 years of scholarship, a 7th grade student would have 2 years of scholarship, and an 8th grade student would have 1 year of scholarship.

The scholarship must begin the following school year.  Families may not defer the scholarship.

Loss of Scholarship

A student may lose their scholarship for the following years for academic or behavior problems.  Students who are not maintaining a high academic standard, or who are having behavior problems, will be notified and put on probation.  Failure to improve academics or behavior could result in loss of scholarship for the following years.

If a student withdraws from SAIS, the scholarship is immediately forfeit, and no cash refund is available for the remaining value of the scholarship.

Chinese Name: 


Place Address: 

Shenzhen American International School, No.80, Shekou, Nanshan district, Shenzhen

Place Phone:  

+86 (755) 86316699

KOOZA of Cirque Du Soleil Debuts

KOOZA, one of the most classic shows of Cirque Du Soleil, will unveil its mystery tonight at the public square of Longgang Radio and Television Center, Shenzhen Media Group. 

The media were invited to visit the Big Top of the Cirque Du Soleil on March 1st and witnessed the preparation of the whole team.


KOOZA has embarked on a tour of six cities in China and Shenzhen is the first station of its 2018’s tour in the country.The show in Shenzhen will last from March 1st to April 1st.  Cirque Du Soleil, from Montreal, has performed in 450 cities in 60 countries.Get ticket now! 

拨开黄蓝色的大帐篷,恍如穿越到一个奇幻世界。KOOZA秀的圆形舞台一览无余,提供了260度的绝佳视野,在灯光效果的作用下,简单的圆形舞台也似乎“动”起来了。 关于太阳马戏和《KOOZA》秀太阳马戏于1984年在加拿大创立,KOOZA是太阳马戏巡演类剧目中最原汁原味的特色表演之一。演出把马戏艺术与街头娱乐戏剧性组合,将音乐、灯光、舞蹈、即兴喜剧等艺术形式融为一体,创造出专属于太阳马戏的表演模式。

《KOOZA》秀是太阳马戏回归经典之作,再现了马戏表演的两大精髓:人体特技和小丑艺术。本剧表现了在人生不同阶段的不同欲望,通过绚丽多彩的混合表演,为观众呈现出一场大胆,诙谐的舞台幽默剧。“《KOOZA》秀表现的是人与人之间的交流,世界的双面性—好与坏,黑与白。但是它要做到以一种有趣和直白的方式去呈现,而并非严肃,更多的是想法的传递。故事的线索在于探索,探索恐惧,身份,赞誉和权力”《KOOZA》秀的剧作家及监制David Shiner如是说。

KOOZA 演出的环球帐篷占地面积约 1.7万平米,所有的帆布和整体支架轨道重达 11500磅,帐篷高达 19 米,直径为51米。现场搭建的几十名技术人员,将地面上的100多根柱子手动撑起,瞬间“黄蓝相间的巨大城堡”在城市中一跃而起,是中国罕见的帐篷剧场。

[Winner Announcement] Sonar Hong Kong 2018 is very proud to hold a contest for [Ticket Giveaway] Sonar Hong Kong 2018 ticket giveaway.  We are pleased to announce that the winner of the contest is as below. Congratulations!!


Marius Peter  



Congratulations to the winners above!! :) Also thanks to everyone who attended the contest. We look forward to seeing you all at our next contest in the future. Be prepared, you just might be the next winner!! 

How Shenzhen is Outsmarting the West

When Silicon Valley veteran Scotty Allen first came to the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen a few years ago as part of an organized tour for American tech geeks, and witnessed the city’s noisy hardware and electronics markets, its buzzing tech startup scene and countless glittering skyscrapers, his spontaneous reaction was not: “Wow, this is cool.” It was: “Wow, we are screwed”.

Coming to Shenzhen is like visiting the future. But it’s this crazy Blade Runner-esque future”, says Allen, his bearded, somewhat wild-looking face beaming in a broad smile. “There’s this incredible energy here. There’s a sort of feeling that like all boats are rising. People are just really smart and really innovative and really creative.”

These are the opening lines of a new book I wrote about Chinese innovation and startups, titled “Shenzhen Superstars – How China’s smartest city is challenging Silicon Valley”.

And Scotty Allen is apparently not the only one fascinated by the city. The book almost immediately became the number 1 bestseller on Amazon’s China section and among the most popular on its section for Innovation.

Reviews and readers comments have been very positive. Typically they highlight the notion that Shenzhen’s tech firms are in many ways outsmarting the West – just look at at Tencent’s WeChat. But also that most people in the West still are unaware of what’s going on in China.

This is how South China Morning Posted opened its review:

Imagine a tech start­-up venture capital­ist who hasn’t heard of Google or Silicon Valley. For Hong Kong-based journalist Johan Nylander, that’s the order of absurdity he encounters when it comes to global awareness of Shenzhen and the giant technology companies that the Chinese city has spawned.”

The book is available as both e-book and paperback on Amazon.

You can also contact me and I send you a copy. I’m on WeChat johanhej

About the author: Johan Nylander is an award-winning author and freelancing China and Asia correspondent. He’s frequently published by CNN, Forbes and Sweden’s leading business daily Dagens Industri. His latest book “Shenzhen Superstars – How China’s smartest city is challenging Silicon Valley” became an Amazon bestseller, and is the first in a series of Chinese startups and innovation.

HYPOXI Introduces Effective Weight Loss Spa at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, Luohu

In a big city like Shenzhen, it is noticeable that many fads come and go rather like in the food, shared bike or even hotel industry. Some trends stay for good, whilst the next best thing is slowly replacing others. One trend, however, that seems to be developing very well in Shenzhen is the fitness trend. With a growing awareness of staying fit and living a healthy lifestyle in such a work driven city like Shenzhen, sometimes the biggest frustration can be the lack of time to really focus on a dedicated daily routine.

For professionals, staying fit is definitely something that’s needed but not always a possibility due to time constraints. Furthermore, if your really trying to exercise and see fast results – it takes even more dedication than usual to get the figure you’re trying to achieve which many don’t have the time to give. This is because normal exercise will typically burn fat that the body can easily access, not necessarily fat that you want to focus on removing. For this reason, many people will diet and/or exercise and find that the weight they are losing is coming off other areas of their body such as their arms but not the areas that count such as their stomach or hips. I know for me personally, this was an issue I had quite a bit when I was trying to lose weight myself. I didn’t have a lot of time to focus on exercise but the time I did put into exercise didn’t seem to do much for the areas I was wanting to target.

Fortunately, a company has arrived in the Shenzhen that’s answering these issues by offering gym equipment that focuses on specific problematic areas while offering a light workout that doesn’t take an exaggerated amount of dedication. This company is HYPOXI and their Spa is located at the Grand Hyatt in Luohu. HYPOXI’s exercise equipment focuses on targeting stubborn fat deposits, reducing cellulite, tightening/toning the skin and improved complexion.


When talking about stubborn fat deposits, fat burns more readily in areas where there is good circulation. This is why many people find it difficult to eliminate cellulite and fat in certain areas. A good test is to touch your skin around the legs, buttocks, hips, and stomach after a 30-minute exercise. The areas that are still hot have good circulation while the cold areas have very bad circulation.  The cooler the surface of the skin – the less circulation it has. This is what makes the HYPOXI machines so effective.  By using a unique technology known as the “HYPOXI-Method,” they are able to create a fat burning exercise that uses vacuum and compression therapy to maximize fat and cellulite loss in the right areas.

The vacuum therapy used in HYPOXI stimulates targeted areas of the body through a unique combination of alternating pressure therapy and moderate fat burning activity. This saves you a lot of time and energy that would otherwise be spent on non-effective methods to lose fat and firm the skin. For example, one thirty-minute workout using the HYPOXI bike is equal to three workouts on a regular bike and targets the right areas. Because of this, the gyms and spas that supply the HYPOXI-Method offer an effective exercise as opposed to a hard workout and will give you faster results.


At the Grand Hyatt in Luohu, guests have the option to enjoy effective workouts using the HYPOXI-Method. My colleague and I were lucky enough to give this method a try on our last visit and fell in love with using this technology in our workout.  The first machine used was the HYPOXI Trainer S120. This machine focuses on the lower body by providing a light workout of biking to help activate blood flow in your lower body area. During this exercise, the lower half of your body is enclosed in a tight vacuum alternating pressure chamber.

This pressurizes the right areas while you are working out and helps to stimulate circulation in the problem areas. I could definitely feel the difference during the workout as my lower body became extremely hot. Also, I noticed the pressure around my stomach and waist would alternate and give those areas quite a workout while I was biking. After a session was over, I noticed the lower part of my body had sweated a lot more than the upper part and could feel like I just did a rigorous workout – even though that was definitely not the case.

Later on, I went to the gym wearing the HYPOXI Vacunaut. This suit targets pressure around the stomach and waist giving the result of a flat stomach without the use of sit-ups.   It only takes a simple workout such as walking or jogging and really enhances the experience by providing alternating high and low pressure to the stomach; thus, giving more than just a cardio exercise. Trying this out, I could definitely feel the pressure and knew that it was doing its job well. After only half a session, I was definitely feeling the heat as the pressure suit applied pressure to my waist and stomach area. This made a workout that usually would be simple for me quite difficult and it showed in the amount of sweat that my body was producing while just doing a light jog. If you are looking at losing fat in the stomach or hip region, you definitely need to give this technology a try.


My college Wendy gave the HYPOXI Dermology a try and loved the therapeutic feeling it gave. In order to remain elastic and smooth your skin also needs to be exercised. This technology does just that by using integrated chambers within a pressure suit (HD-Pressure Suit) to apply high and low pressure to the skin around problem areas. There are many bubble-like indentions in this suit that seem to massage you while the low and high pressure circulates. This gently stretches and compresses the skin tissue in a similar way that muscles are trained. Wendy loved the feeling and found it to be very relaxing. It’s comforting to know that you can reduce cellulite and enhance your complexion in just a relaxing twenty-minute session.

Shenzhen is lucky to have an HYPOXI Spa located at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Luohu. Here an extensively trained HYPOXI coach who all has a wealth of knowledge in fields such as sports training and nutrition will closely supervise you. With HYPOXI, only two to three short sessions per week are more than enough to have fast visible results. Currently, at the Grand Hyatt there is a special opening price with 30% off the regular rate of HYPOXI Spa treatments. 

For more information be sure to check out their website at WWW.HYPOXI-CHINA.COM

Marketing Consulting and Training in China

SEO Consulting & Training in China

The company GetGoogleSeo provides SEO/SEM promotion services and consulting services in China (Shenzhen, Foshan, Guangzhou, Beijing)

Marketing consulting in Internet business in China

By ordering consulting for your website and business you can get:

  • Detailed analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the site, evaluation of obstacles preventing its active promotion;
  • A set of clear step-by-step instructions for improving the performance of your site, advertising activity and business;
  • Independent evaluation of the actions of employees or contractor companies responsible for the promotion of your site;
  • Transparent, convenient and understandable scheme for planning and reporting on the promotion of the project;
  • Development of the site development strategy and its implementation with full support.

Why is Internet marketing consulting highly effective?

  • The market for Internet advertising services and website promotion is oversaturated with scammers who speculate fake portfolios and reviews that deceive customers who do not understand the specifics of website promotion.
  • The business owner often does not know the segmentation of the target audience of the business, and does not know how to present the goods to their customers in the best possible light.
  • Each business has unique conditions that should be taken into account – target audiences, product quality, region of distribution, goals and ambitions of owners, availability of resources, competitive advantages.
  • There are a lot of different tools of Internet advertising. For each business it is necessary to form, test and determine its own set of methods for attracting customers.
  • Placing on the site of certain information and functionality leads to an increase in the number of calls and orders, without additional investment.
  • A competently designed website brings the best result in the promotion process, because it is user-friendly, like users, easily solves problems and answers customer questions.

Webpage audit

The analysis of the web-resource should contain an assessment of the convenience and marketing properties of the site (usability, design, content), SEO site history (search for problems), technical analysis (search for code errors). To work on site audit can attract: marketer, SEO specialist, programmer, copywriter, designer, analyst. The result of the work will be a list of problems found and recommended ways to eliminate them, as well as a list of recommendations for the development of the site and its promotion. The cost of site audit from 1,300 yuan, depends on the volume and complexity of the work. The cost of implementing changes based on the audit results is estimated additionally, at the request of the customer.

Independent audit of advertising activities

You can order our expert opinion – an assessment of the actions of an employee, freelancer or advertising agency to promote your site. The object of audit can be:

  • Advertising campaigns in Yandex Direct and Google Adwords
  • History SEO website promotion in the search for given keywords
  • Quality of traffic (stream of visitors) of the site – as far as it’s targeted clients or simply threaded bots, analysis of the link mass of the site
  • Advertising campaigns in social networks
  • Efficiency of alternative ways to attract customers to the site

We will study the reports of the performers, compare the declared and actually achieved results, find the mistakes made by the performers, which led to the negative phenomena, we note the positive results. Also our report will contain a list of recommendations for correcting erroneous actions and improving the settings of advertising, adjusting the promotion strategy.

Individual consultations by WeChat

If you have specific questions on the promotion of your site, or you simply do not know where to start, then we can discuss these issues with a personal meeting on WeChat.  The cost of an individual consultation is 550 yuan / hour *

If you need a series of consultations, discounts are discussed individually.

Individual consultations by Skype

If you have specific questions on the promotion of your site, or you simply do not know where to start, then we can discuss these issues by a personal meeting on Skype. We will do our best to answer the question fully, however we might need additional research or discussion with the team of specialists. Therefore, we recommend that you pre-form the list of questions in writing and send them to us by the mail. Also, if some questions remain unanswered during the consultation, we will find a qualified answer to them later, and we will send it to you by mail or Skype. The cost of an individual consultation is 600 yuan / hour *

If you need a series of consultations, discounts are discussed individually.Development of an individual strategy for the development of the site, online store.

If you have already launched a ready-made commercial Internet project, and you plan to start its promotion or are already promoting in on your own or outsourcing, we will help increase the efficiency of investments in the site. Based on the experience of our team, and, if necessary, involving relevant specialists in related areas, we will develop a clear step-by-step strategy for your business.

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General Tax Benefits for a Hong Kong company

General Tax Benefits for a Hong Kong company

This article is originally found here:

While I have been talking tons about all the business benefits of doing business in Hong Kong for your Asia business. Again and again people want to know about taxes!

Yes, corporate taxes – such a fun and juicy topic to discuss.

Today, grab a strong cup of coffee and let’s dig into some of the tax benefits of using a Hong Kong business. This post today will be a general overview for all kinds of business owners, from Americans to Nigerians, and Amazon Sellers to Language Coaches.

Don’t Worry, You Can Still Sell on Amazon USA Markets 

Some of you may worry, if I move my company to Hong Kong from USA, Europe, or Australia, can I still tap into the gigantic American consumer market?

No problem! Using Amazon with the Payoneer option, you can have your sales proceeds sent direct to your Hong Kong bank account! When you configure your Amazon Seller Central, make sure that you put down Hong Kong and opt in for the Payoneer payout option.

Boom, now you’re all set with this, move on to the next step.

Corporate Tax is 16.5% Flat, To Start

So right off the bat the corporate tax is lower than most first world countries around the world. We’re talking 16.5% taxes.

This is for companies who have customers in Hong Kong, an office here in HK, or leveraging other services here such as a warehouse or doing business deals.

If you’re not doing any of that, then you can file for the offshore elect.

Can File for 0% Offshore Elect 

So we’ve talked about this offshore in the past. If you want to build up your case to the IRD (Hong Kong’s tax department is the Internal Revenue Department) you can prove to them you’re doing business completely offshore and get out of the already low 16.5% tax rate.

This will be a longer process though, and be ready to get scrutinized by the tax department at least a little bit. If you want to read about the details, we have a full guide here and if you just want to skip and pay us to handle your offshore filing, our sales offer is here.

Still Operate in USD

You can still operate in USD. If you’re main market is USA or most clients are paying you in US dollars, you can still keep the proceeds and inward remittances in dollars without needing to convert.

You can operate in USD if you like. You may have some fees in local Hong Kong dollars, and if you get a Hong Kong credit card most likely that you will pay in HKD.

Heck, you can operate in Euros if you like. And when working with us, we can accommodate the currency of your preference too!

For Americans, You Can Defer Your Personal Taxes 


Americans, yes, we’re a special breed. There are 2 main types of Americans as far as taxes goes – those who live in USA most of the time, and those who are living abroad most of the time. I’m not a USA tax expert but as an American, I know you need to be “living outside of USA”. This is outside of the border 330 days out of the 365 days. Or I can be a resident elsewhere. I’m currently a resident in Mainland China, but I’m also outside of the USA more than 330 days in a year too.

If you qualify for that, then you don’t need to pay taxes on your salary for about 100,000 USD.

But that still is for a USA company or a company “offshore” from USA, such as Hong Kong.

So what’s the reasoning behind HK then? Well, having money in a foreign corporation, a US person could defer paying the taxes until they take the profits out. So if you draw the salary or the dividends out, you’ll pay your personal taxes (unless you have the exemptions for being outside of USA for the 330 days a year). You can also live off your personal savings and not draw any money from the business. You can re-invest that cash back into buying inventory from Chinese suppliers so you can grow your Amazon business, for example.

Then later, when you are ready, you can cash out of the business and take out a ton of profits. This will be when you need to deal with the taxes on it. Make sense? But please, speak to an established American tax attorney and don’t take my free guide post here as professional tax advice on your specific situation, it’s a complex one!

Use Hong Kong and Travel The World 

Another one for me at least, is the HK banks don’t think its weird that I am logging in from another country. They don’t think its weird that I have money coming to my bank account from Finland. Because it’s such a small territory, they know almost all the business owners need to do business with other countries.

Contrast that with larger countries, and the banks may think it is weird that you are doing business with other countries. Or traveling. They may flag your credit card or ATM card. But in Hong Kong, they know you’ll be traveling around and buying and selling in all kinds of currencies.

A place that is open to international business and doesn’t flag you as strange for doing business around the world. Wow, beautiful if you ask me!

Legitimate Reason To Set Up in Hong Kong 

You may wonder if there are other places in the world to set up shop – sure! All countries have different pros and cons for setting up there.

Doing business with China? For example buying from factories for your Amazon business or other e-commerce related activities? Then it is 100% legitimate to explain to the “world” that you need a Hong Kong company. But if you’re setting up a BVI or other offshore island company, it’s pretty clear there is 1 reason, and 1 reason only you are going there – that is tax evasion.

I’m not sure who is proud putting “I avoid paying taxes and use a BVI company” on the contact page or about us page of their corporate websites. Most of these people are hiding in the shadows afraid to tell anyone their business exists.

You can be proud to say you have a legitimate business in Hong Kong, and at the same time enjoy great tax savings!

Leverage the Power of Hong Kong, Taxes + Global 

Sure, today we talked about the tax benefits. It’s my least favorite reason to tell someone to establish their business in Hong Kong or anywhere. Those reasons may change, maybe another country will be better one day. Or laws may change.

I like to say Hong Kong is a great place because its international. So close to Mainland China, yet a great legal system and English language in all the government agencies. And they will be with you for all your international business needs.

But ya, they’re already great for taxes, and maybe that is all you care about!

I’d love to work with you on your Hong Kong company setup. Already have a HK company? You can also transfer over your company upkeep with us – please consider talking to us and we’d love to see if we can cooperate!


[Winner Announcement] 2017/18 Shenzhen New Year’s Midi Festival is very proud to hold a contest for [Ticket Giveaway] 2017/18 Shenzhen New Year’s Midi Festival ticket giveaway. We are pleased to announce that the winner of the contest is as below. Congratulations!!





Cindy Choquet 

Congratulations to the winners above!! :) Also thanks to everyone who attended the contest. We look forward to seeing you all at our next contest in the future. Be prepared, you just might be the next winner!!

Shenzhen Dragons Rugby Club MMVIII


Welcome to the Shenzhen Dragons Rugby Club – the finest rugby & social club in South China!

Formed in 2008, the Shenzhen Dragons have been a mainstay of the Pearl River Delta rugby circuit and beyond ever since. The club has both a men’s and women’s team who play in full contact matches throughout the year, including regular and spirited derbies with our local rival, the Guangzhou Rams. The club also travels to tournaments in other areas, including Macau and Hong Kong. This friendly, lively, yet competitive bunch welcomes all comers, regardless of age, ability or experience.

Club Structure

Our club is grassroots level, in that all the club’s support services and logistics are provided by club members. The club has a standing committee that is formed of and voted for by the club’s members at the start of each season.

The support we have seen from local sponsors, volunteers, private donors, and the dedicated work of club members who help to elevate and develop the club in their free time has truly been phenomenal, and it has allowed our club to become a mainstay of the Chinese rugby community.

Social Club

Outside of our dedication to the game of rugby, the Dragons also have a social club which hosts events around the city on a regular basis. These events range from adult-only nights at a local watering hole, to family-fun events like the Craft Beer Fest which offers not only beer, but live music, food, and games for the family. Rugby is a culture as well as a sport, and we do our best to foster the social aspect of that with both playing and non-playing members alike.


As southern China’s premier rugby club, we aim to create an atmosphere that fosters open-mindedness, fitness, understanding, fun, respect and dedication. Our doors are open to all regardless of age, gender, experience, fitness levels, religious or sexual orientation; and we hope to see anyone and everyone who is interested down at the pitch with us!


The Shenzhen Dragons men’s and women’s teams train together twice weekly on Tuesday and Thursday nights from 20:30 to 22:30. We mix up our training sessions by working on various rugby aspects ranging from general fitness conditioning to full contact training. All training sessions are 50RMB and FREE for first timers to the club.

Thursday night sessions are also followed up by after-training drinks at MASH Gastropub. MASH kindly provide a FREE first beer for all training participants and presents the club a great environment in which to relax and socialize after a tough training session.

If you are interested or curious in rugby, feel free to come and join us. To find out more about training sessions, please feel free to contact a member of the club by clicking ‘contact us.’ 





Please email or add andrew1509 on wechat for more information!


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15 YEARS STRONG: The International School of Nanshan Shenzhen Celebrates Milestone Education

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 held 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 included speeches by Vice Director of Education Bureau of Nanshan District, Shenzhen, Mr. Zhou Xin Sen, Francis Pang, Joyce Pang and Mr. David Swanson, Head of School, Ms. Isabel Grimsel, Parents’ Association Activity Director, 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 Chairman continues, “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.”

Chinese Name: 深圳南山国际学校
Place Address: International School of Nanshan Shenzhen -11 Longyuan Road, Taoyuan Sub-District, Nanshan District, Shenzhen 518055
Place Phone: +86 (755) 26661000

Shenzhen Third Annual Craft Beer Festival

-Rae Johnstone 

For a beer festival which is only in its third year, Shenzhen Craft Beer Festival presented by Bionic Brew gave the distinct impression of experience and longevity. 

This year the Shenzhen Craft Beer Festival was held at a new venue – HALO shopping mall and leisure square which is on the border of Futian and Luohu. As you walked into the entrance of the festival you were greeted by friendly volunteers. In exchange for the entrance fee of RMB 80.00 in advance or RMB 100.00 at the door you got a token for one free drink, a beer festival glass to sample your drinks in and keep as a memento, and an exclusive Shenzhen Craft Beer Festival bandana.

Eighteen different craft breweries from all over China, as well as Shenzhen home brewers, gathered in Shenzhen on Friday 10th November and Saturday 11th November, giving residents of and visitors to Shenzhen alike the opportunity to try unique craft beers and ciders. People from all over China, as well as other parts of the world, joined together to create a fantastic atmosphere over a common interest.

Imagine the scene. A pedestrian area usually empty of anything except a few people hurrying through. Tall buildings either side and in the distance; a water sculpture just in front of you. To your left is a row of craft beer stalls, each one welcoming and unique, hailing from not only Shenzhen but also from Guangdong, Dongguan, Wuhan, Kunming, Hong Kong and Beijing. To your right are tables, chairs and benches aplenty for everyone to use whilst enjoying their food and drinks. The aroma of craft beers and ciders mingles with the scent of freshly cooked food and is complimented by the beat of the music from the DJ booth at the end. An eclectic mix of people surrounds you; chatting, laughing, adding to the ambience. The only difficulty is deciding which beer or cider to sample first.

As well as beer, of course, there was also a good selection of food to accompany the drinks. Such delights as pizza bagels, salads, hot dogs, bacon sarnies and a variety of burgers could all be enjoyed for a reasonable price. The only downside was that you had to get there quickly for food as one stall had sold out by 8 PM on the Saturday. Testament to how good the burgers were!

With any great event music plays a key role, and Shenzhen Craft Beer Festival was no exception. Dimitry, one of the DJs at the festival, said that the location was great, the people were amazing and the whole event was perfect. Everyone who was interviewed voiced similar opinions, whether it was their first beer festival or they were an experienced veteran. The music was enjoyed by guests of every age, with young children dancing alongside adults and the festival mascot.

Kendall from Liberty Brewing Co. in Dongguan explained that this was their first time at Shenzhen Craft Beer Festival as a brewery, although they had been before as guests. Liberty is an active part of the brewing community, which Kendall described as fantastic. One of the highlights of coming to an event like this is the opportunity to take home beer from other breweries to serve as guest taps, which make up almost half their 20 draught beers on tap in their brew pub. Kendall said that Joe from Bionic Brew does a fantastic job of organizing the event, and they will definitely be back next year. This year they brought a bus with 54 people from Dongguan; next year they’re hoping even more will join them.

Darragh Hudson, another active member of the brewing community based in Shenzhen, also had a few things to say about the festival. “This is what the craft beer community in Shenzhen is all about – not about competing but about building a community of brewers, customers and suppliers. The festival has a great atmosphere with everyone coming together and enjoying being a part of it. Last year the festival was good, this year it’s amazing; different but in all the right ways. I can’t wait for next year.”

Many visitors also expressed their overwhelmingly delighted opinions of both the festival and the beverages, with one saying there was a ‘cornucopia of beers’ and another saying, “Love it! Especially the berry cider as it came with blueberries!” A range of beers and ciders appeared to be favorites, including Crafthead’s Berry Cider and Ginger Ninja, Devils’ Imperial IPA, Bionic’s range of ales, PEKO’s Fruit Punch cider and Arrow Factory’s Red Rye.

Shenzhen Third Annual Craft Beer Festival was definitely an enjoyable experience and one that exceeded all expectations. Next year’s festival can only be bigger and better. Put the date in your diary now! 

Past Events:

2nd Annual Shenzhen Craft Beer Festival 第二届年度深圳精酿啤酒节

1st Shenzhen Craft Beer Festival Events Calendar 

Former Governor of Vermont Inspires Shekou International School Students

The former three term governor of Vermont visited with Shekou International School (SIS) students recently. Urging students to “use their voice to make a difference,” former Governor Peter Shumlin recounted his story of how he entered politics to make change at the local level. Finding that he was effective, Shumlin ran for state governor and soon found himself working with world leaders such as former President Barack Obama, President Xi Jinping and Vice President Mike Pence. During his three terms of service, former Governor Shumlin transformed Vermont into the leading solar state in the United States and moved Vermont’s electric grid to 100% renewable energy.

“You can make a difference just looking around and figuring out what needs to change and then raising your voice,” encouraged former Governor Shumlin. “That’s what so great about this school (SIS). They ask you to give back. In fact, it is required.”

Firmly set in his belief that his term of service should only be three terms, former Governor Shumlin is now back at Putney Student Travel, the company his parents founded that provides programs for middle and high school students. Similar to SIS’s Week Without Walls, the Putney programs provide opportunities for students to learn how to make a difference. Students take on responsibilities that matter to the communities with whom they live while on Putney programs. From helping to build a school in Costa Rica to teaching English in Africa, students explore the world around them and are taught to ask how they can make a difference for other people.

While at SIS, former Governor Shumlin spent time with the senior DP Economics class to discuss his experiences implementing macroeconomic policy at the state level. Students had an opportunity to hear first hand how policies are formulated and enacted. He emphasized to all students the importance of recognizing a sense of responsibility bigger than going to a great college. He encouraged the students to explore how they can make a difference for other people.

Former Governor Shumlin’s discussion inspired many SIS students and before departing he met with Robert Stearns, Head of School at SIS and Dale Cox, Vice President Asia-Pacific, International School Services to discuss a partnership that could provide SIS students with even broader opportunities for service learning across the world. Students had many positive comments about the opportunity to interact with a world leader and are motivated to apply his advice to their own service learning.

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