Hiking To The Edge and Back

Hong Kong is a special place, and it can be difficult to put into words what makes it feel so special.  One of its great aspects is the pristine and varied nature on offer, and through Discovery this is at our fingertips or rather I should say out feet. The most recent adventure was ‘suicide cliff’ at Kowloon Peak.  Now this is not a very nice name for an area, but when you get there you will see that although unpleasant, its most certainly an apt name.

We left bright eyes and eager, chit chatting on the bus and even had a KTV treat from a late arriving hiker and the time flew by.  The bus weaved and twisted its way up the narrow road towards the peak, and with thick clouds of fog it was like something out of a horror movie.   But we arrived safe and sound in quick time and off we got ready to rumble.

The hidden trail that Vincent lead us on was a nice surprise and a real natural hike.  Walking on mud trails, and through the fog made me feel like I was back in my home country of Wales, a real treat! It was a bit slippery and wet, but that added to the fun, and at times the grass was up to my shoulders or higher.  You won’t see this kind of hike in Shenzhen.   The trail continued for an hour or so, it was challenging but not so difficult, and some great nature shots along the way.  After we popped through the grass we were at the helipad and it was time for lunch.

After we were nourished and watered it was onto the ‘suicide cliff’.  This would normally give breath-taking views of the vista below, but due to the fog we couldn’t see much.  However as we descended down the cliff the sky cleared and sun shone through, providing us with the great views that Hong Kong hiking is all about.  It was quite surreal having such changeable weather, even with just a few metres difference in altitude.  One minute wind is howling though your hair, the next minute you’re getting sunburned.  Only in Hong Kong would that happen!

Of course, with such great views on offer, and with the cliff dangling so close to your feet, pictures are an absolute must!  And boy did we take some pictures.  Group ones, individual ones, serious ones, funny ones, pretty much all types.   And as you’re standing above the panorama, clouds whirling around, gazing at the urban jungle below you, you really do feel a rush of exhilaration and adrenaline that makes you feel alive.  It was truly a marvel that will always be remembered.

The details

Bring 2 liters of water, there is nowhere to buy water on the mountain top.

Ditto, snacks & food.

If you take the stairs, then sports shoes will be okay.  If, like I did, you take the trail through the grass I recommend hiking shoes as it’s slippery with uneven terrain.

Phone power bank, in case phone dies and you need it in an emergency.

Difficulty is 4/5,  not for beginners, but also its not overly challenging.

Want to go?

At Choi Hung MTR station, walk along New Clear Water Bay Road and Fei Ngo Shan Road to the peak’s observation deck, which offers a wide-sweeping view of the cityscape.

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I dolci di Paola: Homemade Cakes That Taste As Good As They Look

If you are craving a cake that tastes as delicious as it looks, I dolci di Paola is the choice for you.

“To tell the truth, I’ve never really had much of a sweet tooth, but I was always fascinated by the beauty and creativity of the cakes I would see being made on television or posted on social media,” explained Paola Sellitto, the woman behind I dolci di Paola.

Paola described how it all started. “One day, I decided to make a cake for my husband. I didn’t want to buy it from a bakery. I wanted it to be personal, to be unique. So I made my fondant from scratch and handpicked all the ingredients so that the cake tasted and looked exactly as I had imagined. From that cake, I made another and another, and before long I had started I dolci di Paola.”

Paola is originally from the home of great cake makers that is Italy, but has been working in business in China for over a decade. However, I dolci di Paola is more than another business to Paola. It’s a hobby that turned into her passion.With a proud family background in cooking, Paola taught herself to bake through reading books, watching videos, and a lot of experimenting! It’s this dedication that can be seen in every cake she makes.

She treats each cake not as another job to be completed, but as a unique piece of art to be created. Whether it is a majestic floral cake for a wedding or a cute unicorn cake for a child’s birthday, every cake is homemade and has that personal, loving touch.

“Many fondant cakes look more beautiful than they actually taste. I am committed to creating cakes that taste as delicious as they look. At I dolci di Paola, our cakes combine the tastes of traditional Italian cake making with beautiful designs, and sometimes an added dash of extravaganza!”

To order your dream cake today, add Paola on WeChat at “Paolasellitto”. Please note that at least one week notice must be given and cakes must be picked up from the Seaworld area in Shekou.


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Escape Reality for the Night, and Enter the Matrix Club

Escape reality for the night, and enter the Matrix Clubfor the night, and enter the Matrix Club!

This super club opened up December 31st, 2018 in Shenzhen’s Houhai, Coastal city district of Nanshan.

If you enjoy huge venues with heaps of people, Matrix is a must see.

Over 4000 square meters of space, coupled with some of the best lighting and sound in the city, you are sure to be in for an intense night out.  At Matrix you will find yourself emersed in a mixture of various EDM styles, coupled with Hip-Hop and a variety of other flavours, often performed by world famous international DJs, along side their well experienced resident DJs.

Located about 300 meters from Houhai metro station in Nanshan, the venue is easily accessible from nearly anywhere in Shenzhen.  West entrance of OKMall
2 stand up bar located inside, and loads of private tables and booths.

Weekdays, currently no minimum consumption charge for tables.

Weekend table reservations start at 2000 rmb, and go up.

深圳市南山区文心六路42号凯宾斯基酒店裙楼1-2层
https://j.map.baidu.com/GwBaG
Wechat Official Account: MatrixClub
Instagram: @matrixclubshenzhen
Facebook: @matrixclubshenzhen

Place Name:  MatrixClub
Place Address:  42 Wenxin Sixth Road, Nanshan District, Shenzhen (Complex Building of Kempinskin)深圳市南山区文心六路42号凯宾斯基酒店裙楼1-2层
Place Phone:  +86 (755) 21068888

Sheraton Hotels & Resorts Debuts Sheraton Shenzhen Nanshan

Sheraton Shenzhen Nanshan, a new landmark in Shenzhen Xili, opened on 28 January 2019, owned by Shenzhen Bolin Tianrui Hotel Co., Ltd. As the only international hotel chain in Xili Town, Shenzhen Nanshan is set to be the gathering place for Xili Town in Nanshan District.

Sheraton Shenzhen Nanshan is owned and invested by Shenzhen Bolin Tianrui Hotel Co., Ltd, fully operated and managed by Marriott International, Inc. Innovative designed by Cheng Chung Design (CCD HK), one of the world’s leading hospitality interior design firms. Sheraton Shenzhen Nanshan is situated in Liuxian Boulevard Nanshan District, where offers connectivity to the University Town, which is full of cultural atmosphere, meanwhile 5-minute walk to the University Town Metro Station. It takes 15-minute to the Shenzhen North Railway Station, 30-minute to the Shenzhen Airport, as well as 15-minute to the Hi-Tech Park and Shenzhen Bay Checkpoint by car.

Sheraton Shenzhen Nanshan is an ideal destination when you want to stay away from the hustle and bustle of cities in search of tranquility, leisure, and freedom. With the all-day dining restaurant, Xili Kitchen ranging from casual to fine-dining,you’ll find just the place to gather with friends or families for great moments. After a long day of exploring,enjoy a margarita in the Terrace Garden between the lights. Whether you’re planning a journey, a business trip,an intimate family reunion or an unforgettable moment once in lifetime,we will focus on every detail to ensure that the best service is presented.

The hotel offers 1200 square meters pillar-less Grand Ballroom, 11 multi-function rooms with state-of-art equipment and facilities,60 square meters color LED screen and professional stage audio equipment to sparking new inspiration for different meetings. Imaginative spaces set the scene for collaborative meetings at Sheraton. With over 400 hotels designed to maximize meetings, we’re rethinking the way you connect and create. Seamless planning, smart technology and energized environments make every meeting dynamic and productive.

Place Name: Sheraton Shenzhen Nanshan 深圳博林天瑞喜来登酒店
Place Address: No.4088 Liuxian Boulevard, Nanshan District, Shenzhen 广东省深圳市南山区留仙大道4088号(518055)
Place Phone:  +86 (755) 22669999

Travel China in Full Color with China Tea Leaves

Here we are in Shenzhen, a city that is barely 40 years old, in a land with over 5,000 years of history. China to an outsider can be overwhelming, four times the population and twenty times older than the USA: massive, stereotyped, famous, yet mysterious.

How to decide where to go and how to travel here in the Middle Kingdom?

This question led me to create China Tea Leaves Travel Guides on Apple Books, and later develop China Tea Leaves guided tours. I wanted to bring a sense of the China I have come to know to first-time visitors and travelers here. I’ve lived in Shenzhen, China, for six years, soaking up everything I can about the history, culture, language, society, and rhythm of this massive place. These tours are not only planned by me using my own experience and expertise, but I am also your companion and guide throughout the journey. During our tours, I will point out as much as I can about the people, traditions, and language that we encounter together.

 

I’ve traveled throughout China, to pristine and picturesque landscapes, tiny farming villages, and to its bustling, modern metropolises. I find every place has its own beauty, and I love helping other travelers discover these places. Seeing travelers savor a new, unimagined taste or delight in a calming sunset beside a quiet lake—this is what keeps me going and makes every trip unique.

Because I am an expat, I understand the kinds of places international travelers are most drawn to, where we like to spend more time and also what is not worth doing. I love introducing guests to local restaurants, taking you down a small unknown street to a hidden temple, and sampling my favorite street foods. But I also know the best guesthouses to come back to at the end of a long day, where a cozy bed, a delicious breakfast and a friendly owner welcome you each time you return.

For overnight trips, I plan everything for the group and include as many costs as possible in the quoted price. Group sizes are usually between 8-14 people, for ease of getting around, learning as a small group, and bonding as friends during our time together.

I’ve conquered the heights of Tiger Leaping Gorge five times, I love to get lost in the strokes of Chinese calligraphy and the bending melodies of the ancient guqin, and I am always looking for the next morsel of culinary inspiration to bring back to my Shenzhen kitchen. I hope I can open up a little bit of China to the world, in its puzzles and its charms, to show in color, story, picture and poem a sense of China that you can’t get from a black and white text.

China Tea Leaves:

  • Interactive travel guides on Apple Books.
  • Small group tours departing from Shenzhen, including day trips and longer journeys.
  • Custom travel planning.
Contact Phone:  18681562850

 Marco Polo Shenzhen Won Customer Reputation Award 2018

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Marco Polo Shenzhen won the Customer Reputation Award on 2018 Customer Reputation Ceremony held by Southern Metropolitan Daily.

It was reported the Customer Regulation list was the guidance by Shenzhen Customer Commission, organised by Southern Metropolitan Daily and selected by customer. The award covers the retailers, scenic travel agency, and restaurant business and so on. More than hundreds business alliance competitors honour the classic brands of the 40th anniversary of the reform and opening-up and the 2018 annual consumer reputation award.

Marco Polo Shenzhen is the first international five-star hotel that is located in Futian CBD area. As the Marco Polo Shenzhen is located in the central of Futian district, it only takes 3 minutes by walk from Futian station to hotel after the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong high-speed railway launched. As one of the signature Marco Polo hotel of Wharf Hotels Group, Marco Polo Shenzhen has always carried on the spirit of its brand culture, with full of bold and innovation to provide guests with hospitality & unique stay experience. No matter for a business trip or a short vacation, Marco Polo Shenzhen will be your first choice.

  • For inquiry or booking, please call(86 755)3339 7736 or email to: resv.shz@marcopolohotels.com

About Marco Polo Shenzhen
EXPLORE DISCOVER EXPERIENCE


Marco Polo Shenzhen is located in the heart of Futian Central Business District, and is only 15 minutes to the Lowu Railway Station and Shenzhen Bay Port, 20 minutes to Shenzhen North Railway Station and Shenzhen Bao’an Airport, and 10 minutes to Futian/Huanggang Checkpoint. The 391 well-appointed rooms and suites are equipped with broadband Internet access, luxurious bathrooms, and state-of-the-art communications and entertainment facilities. Situated from the 35th to 41st floors of the hotel, The Continental Club provides the most luxurious accommodations for travelers. The hotel has 6 restaurants and bars, including Café Marco, Margarita Bar, Connect (lobby lounge), Carrianna Chinese Restaurant, Nishimura Japanese Restaurant and MCClub. Marco Polo Shenzhen has 31 function rooms, including Marco Polo Ballroom and one auditorium, which can accommodate up to 3,000 people and provide the ideal Shenzhen venue for meetings, seminars, and social events. The hotel’s fully equipped Fitness Center includes a gym, sauna, and outdoor swimming pool, and hotel guests can indulge in relaxing spa treatments at the renowned Pure Spa.

For more information please visit marcopolohotels.com


About Global Hotel Alliance


Global Hotel Alliance (GHA) is the world’s largest alliance of independent hotel brands, bringing together 33 brands with over 550 hotels in 77 countries. GHA uses a shared technology platform to drive incremental revenues and create cost savings for its member brands.  GHA’s award-winning loyalty programme, DISCOVERY, provides 13 million members exclusive opportunities to immerse themselves in local cultures wherever they travel. For more information, visit discoveryloyalty.com.

Place Name: Marco Polo Shenzhen 深圳马哥孛罗好日子酒店
Place Address:  28 Fuhua 1st Road, Futian CBD, Shenzhen 深圳市福田中心区 福华一路28号
Place Phone: (0755) 8298-9888

 

 

New Aerial Footbridge Linking Lianhuashan Park Opens

Lianhuashan is the biggest and most well known of all the parks in the city covering a staggering 150 hectares.  It is frequently in the Trip Advisor top 10 things to do in the city and is usually one of the 1st places visited by any tourist or new residents to the city.  That is due to its convenient central location, its abundant greenery, its serene nature and its beautiful flora and fauna.  Some of the attractions here include kite square and peach grove. It also offers a sensational view of the civic centre and downtown Shenzhen below you from a viewing platform that requires a short hike.  You can also visit ‘grandpa’ Deng Xiaoping the founder of modern Shenzhen and a hero to many in the city, his statue stands tall at the peak of the hill, striding forward confidently into the future.Recently a new aerial bridge opened, linking this park with Upper Hills, an urban area comprising of apartments, restaurants, hotels and businesses.  At 300 meters long it is only partially opened.  The plan is for the bridge to eventually be 1.2 km long and link Lianhuashan Park with Bijiashan Park, another beautiful park in the Futian area.  The aim of the bridge is to separate pedestrian and vehicles as the CBD area eventually becomes more and more developed and as a result busier.  Its going to become a convenient way for sightseeing, park walking and shopping.   When completed it will take only 10 minutes to walk between the two parks with the option of stopping and resting at Upper Hills in the middle. This is welcome news as Huanggang and Caitian Road often have awful traffic.

The bridge is made up of heavy duty steel,  and the walk between Lianhuashan and Upper Hills is a short one and you can look over the bridge to get nice sweeping views below you.  There is nice wooden architecture dotted around and some colourful flowers too.  Upper Hills will eventually become a hub area for creativity, gourmet restaurants, and financial companies.  Although not completely finished it provides a nice respite from the park and its nice to walk around, see the cool architecture or grab a bite in one of the many restaurants on offer.

Lianhuashan is located at Children’s Palace metro station line 2/4 exit F.

Enter the main gate then follow the signs for the northeast entrance.  You’ll see the bridge as you walk in the direction.

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Hidden History in Shenzhen

A common criticism about Shenzhen is that it has no history or culture.  But that is far from the truth.  Shenzhen is the final resting place of an Emperor of China!  In fact, he was the last emperor of his dynasty. It is known as ‘King Zhaobing’s Mausoleum of Song Dynasty’ Or ‘The Tomb of the Young Emperor’.  This is believed to be the final resting place of the last Emperor of the Southern Song Dynasty who died in 1279 after escaping the Mongols who had taken the dynastic capital Hangzhou.Located in an obscure part of Shekou in Chiwan this is not somewhere you will just randomly stumble across.  But believe me it is worth the trip into this possibly unfamiliar territory. In a modern mega city this type of historical significance is a rare treat to find.  When visiting you could almost imagine you are in another place all together, you’ll see no skyscrapers here! It’s nice to snap some Instagram worth pictures, but remember this is a tomb so try to do so respectfully. Emperor tombs in China are not usually so readily available to visit so this is indeed an opportunity to seize. 

A short hop from the tomb is Tian Hou temple.  You can combine the two to ensure you get the most out of your visit. The Tianhou Temple was first built in 1410. Tianhou, commonly called Matsu, is considered the Mother of Heaven. She is also the Goddess of the Sea and worshipped by sailors and fishermen across south-east Asia. There are more than 1,500 temples which share this name across Asia.  One of the quietest temples in the city this is a nice chance to soak up the culture and just get a spiritual moment or two in a hectic life.  You can light a candle for a loved one or make a wish in the well.  Shrines to Buddha loom down and you get a very community feel here. This isn’t the Shekou that you are probably familiar with.  It has beautifully preserved architecture but has an authentic age to it.  Similar to temples you’ll find in Hong Kong. You’ll see local people burning fake money, putting fruit on the altars and just simply going about their business. The aroma of incense is all around you. The ticket price is RMB 15.00 and goes towards restoration of the building.

Chiwan metro station exit C and get a bike taxi from outside the metro to Tian Hou Gong  or get buses 204/226/B945/M106/M371/M448 to Tian Hou Gong

Emperors Tomb get bus B945 from Chiwan metro station to Gangwan Community.

For history lovers.  Time 1-2 hours.

Tomb location: Zhaoshang street, Chiwan village, Nanshan District, Shenzhen 518067

Temple Location: No.9, Chiwan 6th road, Nanshan District, Shenzhen

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Largest Expat Library in Shenzhen

One of the biggest problems for bibliophiles in Shenzhen was where to find English books? Yes the libraries around the city have some options as does Book City, but I always left feeling dissatisfied with the selection.   And for many book lovers (myself included) downloading ebooks was a poor substitute for holding a real book in my hand and feeling the pages between my fingers.  So book lovers rejoice!  For the largest expat library in the city is available to you.

In a Shuiwei community centre, lies a haven for book lovers.  During the weekday its just a normal local centre, and the books lie undisturbed and untouched.  But during the weekend book exchanges the library screams to the heavens and roars to life, ready to bring books and fun into people’s lives. The event is called Book Exchange Library and it is a free event, open to all people in Shenzhen.   It is rather a confusing name, it’s more like half library half book club.  No exchange is actually needed.  You can come along, have a browse and if you see a book you like then you’re welcome to take it home to read at your leisure.  No charge!

The collection comprises of over 900 books, built up over the years from donations.  The collection has slowly grown and now has books in multiple languages (mainly English) and covers all genres from well known thrillers, to classic novels all the way to obscure sci-fi.  The Book Exchange Library has it all.  Some of the books are almost new, and some have seen better days. Passed along from one book lover to the next, read and enjoyed then passed along to the next.  The stories these books themselves could tell would be fascinating!

The Book Exchange has a loyal following, with familiar faces popping in to swap books or have a chat.  New members are always welcomed, and volunteers are on hand to assist and help out.  Regular book discussions take place, and occasionally authors will come for question and answer sessions about their books and their life story.  These will always be done in English.   When there’s no events or discussions it’s just a quiet place where people can meet, talk and of course read.  Please come along and check it out for yourself.

The Book Exchange Library is organized twice monthly, on a Sunday and on a weekday (usually Wednesday).  For more information about future events and directions to the community centre please follow their official wechat.

First DownYouth American Football Academy

First DownYouth American Football Academy is the latest Football Academy to open in Shenzhen. After seeing the growth of American Football in China over the past few years, two longtime Shenzhen expats founded First Down in the summer of 2018.

First Down opened wanting to provide a safe and fun football experience for kids in the community. The head coaches are USA Football certified Tackle and Flag Football coaches with over 25 years of combined experience. Using this knowledge, they have been able to create the only authentic American Football experience in Shenzhen. This is not just about learning how to play a sport, but a cultural experience too.

The core values and principles of Football go far and beyond the playing field. Sportsmanship, teamwork, discipline, life skills, humility, perseverance, camaraderie and respect are just a few of the things young athletes will learn about when playing and learning about this sport.

American Football is an extremely team oriented sport. Every person on a team is as important as the next. If one teammate fails to do their job, the entire team will fail. There is an old adage that applies to football, “You are only as strong as your weakest link”. This is what makes this sport unique. It provides a platform for children to learn how to communicate and work together to achieve a common goal through sports. If a team works together they can achieve anything, the sky is the limit!

For now, practices are held in the Shekou area but there will be expansions to other areas in the future. Boys and girls from 3 years old to 13 years old are welcome to attend and every child is encouraged to attend a free trial class before signing up. 7 years and under will be playing non-contact flag football while 8 and older will play tackle football.

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Doubletree By Hilton Shenzhen Longhua Thank You Party

Walk Together, For Better 2019

On the evening of January 8, 2019, DoubleTree by Hilton Shenzhen Longhua held the “Walk Together, For Better 2019” Thank You Party. Hotel invited VIP clients and media friends in Shenzhen to gather together and celebrate the upcoming Chinese New Year.

In the evening, the strong Chinese New Year festival atmosphere makes the guests as if place themselves in the busy New Year. Big red lanterns, Spring Festival couplets, delicate and delicious traditional Chinese food, dim sum and hot drinks, all of which enable guests to enjoy the Chinese New Year on the tip of their tongue in advance. Hotel also prepared traditional Chinese skills with special historical charm for the guests — silhouette and paper cutting performance, folk music performance, close-up magic and lucky draw, making the whole evening’s activities wonderful and spectacular.

The Thank You Party not only interprets the warmest and truest meaning of reunion in Chinese New Year, but also delivers the gospel of happiness, gratitude and reunion to every guest who gives consistent support to the hotel. In 2019, all the hotel associate will never forget their original intention and will continue to provide the guests with meticulous and considerate services.

It is reported that during the Spring Festival, hotel will be turned into the New Year food paradise. OPEN All Day Dining Restaurant, Qing Ya Chinese Restaurant, IRORI Japanese Cuisine and The Living Room will offer a series of seasonal delicacies to all guests and celebrate the Chinese New Year!

About Hilton


Hilton (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company with a portfolio of 15 world-class brands comprising more than 5,500 properties with nearly 895,000 rooms, in 109 countries and territories. Dedicated to fulfilling its mission to be the world’s most hospitable company, Hilton earned a spot on the 2018 world’s best workplaces list, and has welcomed more than 3 billion guests in its nearly 100 year history. Through the award-winning guest loyalty program, Hilton Honors, nearly 82 million members who book directly with Hilton have access to instant benefits, including digital check-in with room selection, Digital Key, and Connected Room. Visit newsroom.hilton.com for more information, and connect with Hilton on Facebook, TwitterLinkedInInstagram and YouTube.

About Hilton Honors


Hilton Honors is the award-winning guest loyalty program for Hilton’s 15 world-class brands comprising more than 5,500 properties with nearly 895,000 rooms, in 109 countries and territories. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose nearly any combination of Points and money to book a stay, an exclusive member discount that can’t be found anywhere else, and free standard WiFi. Members also enjoy popular digital tools available exclusively through the industry-leading Hilton Honors mobile app, where Hilton Honors members can check-in, choose their room, and access their room using a Digital Key. With nearly 82 million members, Hilton Honors offers hundreds of ways to earn and redeem Points. Members can redeem their Points for free nights, premium merchandise, and items on Amazon Shop with Points; make charitable contributions; or gain access to unique events through the Hilton Honors auction platform (hiltonhonors.com/auctions), such as exclusive artist experiences and hotel concert events with Live Nation®, and race experiences with the McLaren-Honda Formula 1 team. The program is free to join, and travelers may enroll online by visiting www.hiltonhonors.com. Connect with Hilton Honors at newsroom.hilton.com/hiltonhonors, and follow Hilton Honors on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

About DoubleTree by Hilton


DoubleTree by Hilton is a fast-growing, global portfolio of more than 540 upscale hotels with more than 127,000 rooms across six continents. DoubleTree by Hilton prides itself on paying attention to the little details that have a big impact, from welcoming guests with its signature warm DoubleTree Cookie, to serving the communities around them. DoubleTree by Hilton hotels offer contemporary accommodations and full-service facilities, including restaurants and lounges, room service, health clubs, business centers, and meeting and banquet spaces. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits. To make reservations, travelers may visit doubletree.com. Connect with DoubleTree by Hilton on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Learn about the latest brand news at newsroom.hilton.com/doubletree.

About Travel with Purpose


Travel with Purpose is Hilton’s corporate responsibility strategy to redefine and advance sustainable travel globally. By 2030, we plan to double our social impact and reduce our environmental footprint by half. We track, analyze and report our environmental and social impact at each of Hilton’s more than 5,500 hotels through LightStay, our award-winning performance measurement system. Travel with Purpose capitalizes on Hilton’s global scale to catalyze local economic growth; promote human rights; invest in people and local communities; and preserve our planet by reducing our impact on natural resources. Our strategy aligns with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Visit cr.hilton.com to learn more.

Place Name: 深圳龙华希尔顿逸林酒店
Place Address: No. Donghuan 2nd Road, Longhua District, Shenzhen 深圳市龙华区东环二路8号
Place Phone:  +86 (755) 6166 8888

New Hiking Trail to Nanshan Mountain

Shekou people rejoice!  A new trail has opened on the much loved and well hiked Nanshan mountain.  One of the great things about Shenzhen is the numerous and varied hikes on offer to both to avid hiker, or the humble beginner.  Nanshan mountain is a very popular and well hiked mountain due to its casual difficulty, nice views and convenient location. From early morning till late at night, you will never be alone when you are on this mountain. Nanshan mountain is only about 330 meters in height, so, if you are on the mountain, you will encounter people of all ages, such as the elderly, young parents carrying their new born babies, and even toddlers who are climbing the mountain using hands and feet.

Views

On a clear day the views on offer here are quite fantastic, you can see the panoramic vista of Shekou below you, and can see far off into the ocean too. There are several vantage points, which each provide excellent views, so its up to you how many of them you want to see.  This is also an excellent night time hike, as the city below you twinkles in the night sky. The trail is not so well lit at night but there will always be a ton of people hiking so safety is not a problem, just follow the crowd. The trail is paved in stairs so it’s easy to follow and impossible to get lost.

New Trail

Recently a new trail to this mountain has opened up.   Experienced hikers of this mountain will tell you its been there for over 2 years, however up until now its not been open to the public.  I regret to say this is NOT a new trail to the top of the mountain, but actually a trail that links to the BASE of the mountain at which you start the hike.  This will only benefit those that live in the Chiwan/Shekou Port area as it can connect directly and will save some time.  If you are coming from others parts of Shenzhen then this new trail will not really be convenient for you to use.  It starts from near the Shan Hai Yun community and ends just near Nanshan mountain park.  Its around 440 meters and has a rest stop and some decent views.  There is an abundance of flora and fauna along the way and it’s a feast for the eyes.   This path is open 7 AM until 6 PM every day.

Shan Hai Yun Community.
Go right beside this electrical equipment and the wall.
Follow this alleyway to the trail.

Details

Hike difficulty 2.5/5.  Not very high and it’s all stairs.

Bring 2 liters of water with you just to be safe.  There will be someone at the top to buy water from but it will be more expensive.  Same for snacks, bring your own.

From Seaworld Metro station exit A,  walk forward and turn right, follow the road forward until you see the sign for Nanshan Mountain Park.

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SoFun Land – Creativity in The Urban Jungle

Shenzhen is a new city, as a result of this it’s become a melting pot of people from all parts of China and it also has a fast-growing expat community.  This is resulting in the creation of several ‘creative spaces’ throughout the city.  Usually disused or abandoned factories/buildings, these have been re-purposed with cafes, stores, restaurants, bars and art galleries.  The rustic urban feel is a nice juxtaposition to some of the contemporary art and design that is housed in these spaces

SoFun Land is one of the newer creative spaces to pop up in SZ.  Still being developed, this houses a burgeoning art scene and is the location of the much loved Jardin Orange Artist Residence. The architecture here is very cool, with pastel colours, geometric lines, and a clean stylish look.  Lots of Instagram worthy shots await you. It is not the biggest of place, but this area is in a grid style layout, this means you can wander down the side streets and alleyways, exploring and searching without getting lost. I suggest you keep looking up when meandering around, as the design and creativity above you can be simply gorgeous.

Graffiti Land

The stand out part of SoFun Land is the graffiti.  Huge murals on the side of buildings, or tiny pieces sprayed into the corners, this will have something everyone will smile at.  Any fan of The Big Bang Theory especially will enjoy it, because of the massive artwork of Sheldon Cooper on the side of the building.  Most definitely a selfie worthy picture! In fact you are flanked on either side by building size graffiti.  This was a first for me and it’s a very memorable experience as I’m sure it will be for anyone reading this.  You can spend an age just walking around seeing how much graffiti you can spot here.  Many of the graffiti has pop culture reference and it will bring a smile to your face.  I would estimate there are over 100 bits of graffiti or more here, so get spotting and get snapping!

Café Culture

As with most creative spaces in Shenzhen there are coffee shops to be found.  While there many not be as many as, for instance, OCT LOFT you still have ample choices to sit and people watch while sipping a nice latte or two.  They have a creative feel to them, fitting really for their surroundings, and each one is individually styled and is a slice of contemporary coolness. Whether it’s a coffee to go, or a sit and relax this place has the options for you.  A few bars and restaurants are dotted around too, should you get hungry or fancy a cold beer.   I would definitely say this place is worth the visit, its unlike anything in SZ even though there are other creative spaces this one is unique.  Better to go here on the weekend, because during a weekday it can be a bit of a ghost town.

Want to go?

Tanglang metro station (line 5 ) Exit D.  Walk forward for around 15-20 mins.

133 Tangxing Lu, Nanshan District

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Fair 404 Club Brings A Whole New Look to Coco Park

Fair 404 club brings a whole new look to the well known south west corner of Coco Park bar district. Having gone under a complete renovation during the fall of 2018, and reopening mid December 2018, Fair 404’s new look is quite stunning. With a carnival/fair theme, the attention to detail is impressive, with lots of fun decorations to keep your eyes wandering, while you down a few drinks and dance the night away.

The club has an open front, onto the street, and a substantial sit down bar right at the entrance. You can choose to sit at the bar, facing the inside of the club, or on the opposite side, giving you a view of the street. Ample seating inside and out, for small or larger groups, giving you the choice between standing tables or sit down sofas.

Drink prices are on par with other similar clubs in the city. Bottles starting at RMB 488.00 Beers starting at RMB 35.00 Cocktails mostly at RMB 48.00 Soft drinks and other mixers starting at RMB 25.00. Along with this, you also have a great selection of BBQ , pizza and other snacks. FYI… during our first visit we sampled the pizza… and WOW…. easily one of the most tasty pizzas we’ve had in Shenzhen!

Be sure to stop by and visit this cool club in Shenzhen’s famous bar district, Coco Park, Futian.
Exit B, of Shopping Park Metro station.
Ground floor.
Previously known as Lilly Marleen.

Review: Chasing the ocean

Written by Joe

After a week in the hustle and bustle of Shenzhen, sometimes fresh air and exercise away from that madness is much needed.  In Cape D’aguilar this was provided.  Cape D’aguilar is a cape near Shek O named after a former General and Governor of Hong Kong. It’s an easy trail that hugs the coast line and allows you to get close to the sea and breath in the fresh air, and provides many fantastic photo opportunities along the way.

After meeting at Fan Ling station and leaving on time, we were sky watching, fearing the rain but hopeful for sunshine, in the end we got a colder day but quite clear with a nice sky.  After a short bus journey, we arrived fresh and raring to go.  Within a few minutes of walking we are greeted by sensational views of the ocean below us, we were stunned!  And of course, this meant pictures and more pictures! Soon we were greeted by a vast open space with nothing but nature surrounding us. Huge swathes of greenery and the clear blue ocean. It was bliss.   Turning right towards the ocean, we detoured to a cave. Possibly used by pirates or smugglers in bygone eras it was a breath-taking display of nature’s power. The waves crashing through the crevasse both deafening and awe inspiring. Was pretty magnificent.
Next it was onto the ocean and a spot of rock climbing.  Just listening to the waves and watching the sea, I was entranced and taken far away.  If I closed my eyes I could have been anywhere.  It was awesome to get so close to the ocean, exactly what was needed to clear our minds and lift our spirits.  We spent some time just sitting and relaxing, some even sketching the picturesque surroundings.

After many many photos on the rocks and next to the sea we spotted another cave. Crab cave because it kind of looks like a crab…. a bit…  you can check it out for yourselves to see if you agree or not.

Lighthouse was next on the agenda. The oldest in HK it dates back to 1870. Small and quaint, it would never be used in today’s time but was quite an achievement back in the day.  Just over the horizon is a disused military bunker, no doubt used to keep a close watch on the sea. Long since destroyed either by nature or by war, the foundations stand proud as a reminder of what was. It was here we got the best view of the day, the expansive clifs, the thundering ocean, the lighthouse looking over, and the beautiful sky ahead.

All in all was a fantastic day, combining nature, walking and history.  3 of my favourite things. This was a new area to me and I didn’t know it even existed so a big thank you to Vincent and Discovery for introducing us to a memorable place.For more wonderful trips in HK please continue to follow the Discovery official wechat account.

HOW TO GET THERE:

  1. Take the MTR to SHAU KEI WAN.
  2. Leave the MTR Station via Exit A1 or A3 (Shau Kei Wan Bus Terminus)
  3. Board into Bus No.9 or Green Mini Bus heading towards Shek O.
  4. Alight at the Bus Station near Cape DAguilar Road.

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Mariachi Bowls – Authentic Mexican Food Comes To Bao’an

For people in Bao’an who wanted to enjoy some Mexican food, you would have to make the long journey to either Shekou or Futian. That’s all changed with Mariachi Bowls in Pingzhou.

Mariachi Bowls offers the classic Mexican dishes, but what makes it stand out are their signature Taco Bowls. El Rey, Cielito Lindo, and El Ultimo Beso are all must tries. You can save more with their awesome Bowl Combo meal deals too, where you can combine a drink or grab two taco bowls for you and a friend.

With its authentic cuisine and amazing promotions, Mariachi Bowls has quickly become a popular spot for foreigners in Bao’an. There is a decent crowd most nights of the week and great turn out for the regularly arranged events. The owner has big plans and it won’t be long before you start seeing taco bowls all over Shenzhen.

Address: Near Pingzhou Metro Exit D (Across the street from Ren Ren Le and KFC)

Tel: 13265481504

Opening Hours: Everyday – 3pm till 11pm (After January 20th, 2018 – 10am till 11pm)

 

The Home for Hardware Innovation

The journey of bringing a new hardware innovation to market then to scale is a tough road to tackle full of peaks and valleys. Having a great idea for a new product, building it and executing a business growth strategy requires much more than having a savvy degree and a dream.  Doing it right involves a great support system of carefully curated co-founders, partners, mentors and investors as well as your tenacity and passion to see it through the end.

Our mission at Hardware Massive is to provide a home where entrepreneurs can foster their innovations, access the local and global hardware ecosystem to grow their network, get educated on current problems and obtain the most effective tools to their innovations successfully to market.

With over 5K+ members and 40 chapters worldwide, the Hardware Massive global community platform is comprised of hardware innovators, thought leaders, investors and entrepreneurs with backgrounds in engineering, design, and marketing developing innovative physical products across multiple categories such as:

  • Robotics
  • Medical Devices
  • AI, Machine Learning and Computer Vision
  • IoT Devices
  • Wearable Tech Devices
  • AR/VR
  • Toys & EdTech
  • Transportation ( Auto, Bikes, Scooter, Skateboards etc.)
  • CleanTech
  • Fashion (Apparel, Handbags, Smart Fabrics, Accessories)
  • Many more.

Our goal is to empower hardware startups to successfully bring products to market and bring together key players in the hardware ecosystem through a unique online/offline experience to provide:

  • Custom matching to facilitate deal making with key partners
  • Up to date education on the latest startup industry issues
  • Access to startup programs and online resources
  • Networking and personal growth opportunities at monthly events
  • Help with raising money and generating sales

Joining Hardware Massive is easy to do! New members can create a free profile and immediately get connected to their local hardware community to start reaching out to other members as well as attend local chapter events.  To get started, go to www.hardwaremassive.com

Heel’S Kitchen – Celebrate Her Success The First Ever Female Only Culinary Event Held At Grand Hyatt Guangzhou

Heel’s Kitchen 2018, the first ever female only culinary event held at Grand Hyatt Guangzhou from December 7-9, dazzled the epicureans of Guangzhou with spectacular culinary masterpieces created by amazing ladies.

Year 2018 marks the 10th anniversary of Grand Hyatt Guangzhou. During the past ten years, we have seen a growing number of women among the leadership team. To celebrate this milestone, Grand Hyatt Guangzhou hosted eight female chefs from six cities with a collective seven Hyatt properties, plus one TV celebrity chef. The event series featured two dinners, three lunches, six cooking classes, three afternoon tea and one very unique chef battle on December 9, when two teams went head to head in an extraordinary culinary extravaganza.

The epic Chef Battle Dinner on December 9, featured Lily Liu from Park Hyatt Hangzhou, Smita Grosse from Grand Hyatt Hong Kong, Siriluck Lekkwan from Grand Hyatt Macau and Lucy Tang from Grand Hyatt Guangzhou, who battled the team composed of Jacqueline Qiu from YIGUO, Jane Luo from Grand Hyatt Shenzhen, Dana Lin from Park Hyatt Guangzhou and Elsa Lai from Hyatt Regency Hangzhou.  All guests became judges and voted for the team they liked. After four rounds of competition on starter, soup, main course and dessert, Team A led by Jacqueline won the challenge with a tantalizing display of molecular gastronomy!

It has always been in the Hyatt DNA to build a diverse and inclusive global Hyatt family where we care for people so they can be their best. Heel’s Kitchen is a reflection and extension of this global Hyatt direction.


About Grand Hyatt Guangzhou



Grand Hyatt Guangzhou is a five-star luxury hotel located in the new central axis of Guangzhou, China — the Central Business District of Pearl River New City.  Located on the 22nd floor, the hotel’s Sky Lobby offers panoramic views of Guangzhou’s Huacheng Square.  Grand Hyatt Guangzhou features 368 guestrooms and suites and five food and beverage outlets, including Cantonese cuisine at The Penthouse, buffet-style dining at Market Café and authentic western food at G Restaurant.  Experience a luxury five-star stay with our rooftop O Spa and Fitness Center.  Meeting and wedding planners can choose from more than 1,313 sq. m (14,133 sq. ft.) of exceptional function space, including a Grand Ballroom, six meeting rooms and a sophisticated Business Center.

Hotel Information

Place Name:  Grand Hyatt Guangzhou 广州富力君悦大酒店
Place Address:  12 Zhujiang West Road, Pearl River New City, Tianhe District, Guangzhou 广州市天河区珠江新城珠江西路12号
Place Phone:  + 86 20 8396 1234

Giving is Better Than Receiving- International School of Nanshan Shenzhen

Earlier this year, ISNS students continued a clothing drive that was initiated last year. The purpose of the initiative is to bring warmth to those less fortunate, especially during these cold winter months. Most recently, ISNS students were able to hear back from the organization that helped them to deliver the donated items. Hear from them in the Q&A below as they describe the purpose of the event, the reason for continuing the project and insights they learned along the way.

What were the dates for the clothing drive?

It was held from October 22- November 9.

What was the event?

ISNS and Dream in DaLiangShan 2018 Clothing Drive. It is an initiative that helps to bring warmth to those less fortunate with a specific focus on donating winter clothes for children in DaLiangShan.

Who was benefitting from this drive?

The clothing drive is benefitting children that attend the Maka Elementary school, in DaLiangShan, Sichuan Province.

How did you execute the clothing drive?

Before the clothing donation officially began, we approached Ms. Crossman about the initiative and our interest to continuing the project this year. With her permission and support, we created posters and drafted emails to spread the news around the school to get as much support as we could. We had two weeks where our school community could donate. During these two weeks, we spent much of our spare time during lunch and after school to sort, count, and organize the donated items. By the last day, we had ended up with twenty boxes of donated items. We were really excited about how many items of clothing were able to receive. We then coordinated with the postal office and had them shipped to Daliangshan. It took about two weeks to arrive. Upon delivery, the children received all our donations and we were very appreciative towards the principal for graciously sending us the photos of the students receiving their winter clothes.

Why did you pursue this initiative?

Through the organization “Dream in DaLiangShan”, we were made aware that there was a group of children in DaLiangShan, Sichuan Province that were not able to have proper winter clothes. With winter fast approaching and understanding that this was something we could help with, we decided we would be agents for good and organize this event to help them. This campaign is a very small act, but we feel that this will encourage others to do the same. See a need and fill it.

Any closing comments?

Because winter was fast approaching, we had a limited time to collect the donations. Taking into consideration the time to transport the items, we were concerned that we would not be able to receive enough donations for the children. But to our surprise from the very first day of the event there were lots of donations that came in; jackets, coats, toppings, pants, scarves, socks and so much more. Seeing the donations grow and grow, we are really touched and appreciative of the generosity of our community. The amount of donations had greatly exceeded our expectations. We would like to thank everyone that participated and donated to the clothing drive, including, “Dream in DaLiangShan”, our teachers, students, parents, the minivan driver, and postal workers. Thank you for all your contributions to this worthy cause!

At ISNS, we endeavor to help our students not only see the impact but be the impact.

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
深圳市南山区桃源街道龙苑路11号
Website: International School of Nanshan Shenzhen
Place Phone: +86 (755) 26661000 
Email: admissions@isnsz.com 

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Ascend the Golden Staircase

Consistently in the top 10 things to do in most Hong Kong travel guides, this is truly a memorable experience. However unlike the main attractions this is far less busy. Maybe due to its location or maybe because some walking is involved, I’m really not sure. But I can assure you the trip here is worth it.  The Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery is a wonderful addition to your Hong Kong itinerary . It was founded in the 1950’s and is not only just one monastery, but consists of 5 temples, 4 pavilions and 1 pagoda.  The name is actually deceiving as there are over 14.000 buddhas here.

Tucked away, this is not the easiest place to find, but when you do you be instantly blown away by the sight. Lifelike golden Buddha’s, glittering in the sun, stretching as far as the eye can see. As you ascend the 430 steps you will be gazed upon by these looming figures. Quite a surreal experience.  And a great selfie opportunity. Check out each Buddha, each one has a unique and different expression.  Some jovial and some menacing. Choose your favourite!
The statues become grander and more ornate as you climb and at the top is a wonderful temple where you can pay your respects. A magnificent view of downtown Hong Kong is provided too. A Perfect gift after a long climb.    This is a very peaceful spot, and you can just while away some time here, wouldn’t even believe you are in a mega city like Hong Kong. At the top there are several temples you can look at, and a nice water feature that apparently brings good luck. Many female buddhas are also here in all their splendour.  The main hall has more than 12,000 small golden buddha statues alone!

A giant towering pagoda also greets you at the top. All one can do is just gawk at it in awe.  This pagoda is actually featured on the HKD 100.00 banknote and is an iconic landmark of this city!  You can have the chance to climb the 9 floors and see the vista below you.You can sit and rest for a while, or snap some pictures.  You can go down again, but this time using a different path. Fewer Buddha’s on this route but watch out for the monkeys. They will appear and try to steal your belongings so be careful!  Or possibly just sit and watch you as you go by, who knows!  Going down you will wind through a local community, with houses and daily life, a nice end to day.

How to get there

Sha Tin metro station exit B

Walk forward past the bus station and keep on the left hand side, heading towards the mall.  Turn left at the mall and walk towards a giant cemetery (do not go in here) just to the right of that is a tiny little path.  Enter here and you’ll see some gold statues, you know you’re in the right area then.

Takes 1-2 hours.

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