How To Find An Apartment in China

China’s thriving economy has attracted many people to relocate in the hope of a promising future. If you plan to move to China, one of the very first things you need to consider is where to live. China is a huge country, both in population and area. This means that there are a lot of choices for places to move.

Apartment hunting in China isn’t easy, especially if you don’t speak or read Chinese. Honestly, finding an apartment in China can be an excruciating and challenging task, and if not properly done, you might end up encountering horrible housing scams and nightmares.

Here is some advice on apartment hunting for foreigners moving to China.

How to Find an Apartment in China

1. Online Search: There are many websites for apartment rentals in China. Here are a few of the options:

Most of these websites are all in Chinese, so I suggest you use translators like Google Translate. Finding an apartment in China using these websites is actually the fastest, cheapest and easiest way to find a place to live. However, it comes with many risks including scams, like if the apartment is way too good to be true, it’s probably a scam. Of course, not all of those great deals are scams. It may be best to look for an apartment online, create a shortlist of potential apartments, and personally visit them to ensure they match expectations.

2. Hit the Streets: If you’re already in China, the best way to look for an apartment is to hit the streets. If you’re moving to China to work or study, scout out places near your workplace or school for an apartment. This may be a tiring option to hunt for an apartment but it is the most effective way to find what suits you.

If you have a Chinese friend that can accompany you on your apartment-hunting, then good. If you don’t, you can always ask people nearby where to look for apartments. Fret not, most apartments for rent in China have a signage in English that says “Apartment” or “Apartment for Lease/Rent.” There are different types of apartments you might stumble upon, like the regular ones, high-end apartment complexes, villa communities and traditional Chinese housing. Each of these apartments offers different amenities and utilities — make sure to check them all out to narrow down your options. Basically, an ideal apartment should be near your workplace/school, well-maintained and reasonably priced. Once you’ve found the apartment you like, contact the landlord and discuss contracts.

3. Referrals from Chinese friends / friends living in China: If you’re lucky enough to have friends already living in China, then finding an apartment will be a lot easier. Not only they can refer apartments in China, but you can also bring along a friend that speaks Chinese to help you negotiate with Chinese landlords regarding rent and perhaps help review contracts. They can also help ask questions you may have about specific apartments and neighborhoods.

4. Real Estate Agents / Local Agency: Finding an apartment through local agents is a hassle-free way of getting what you need, but can be costly. How much does it cost? The standard agency fee is 50% of 1 month’s rent, but can be negotiable. This is ideal for people that don’t have a lot of time to find a house to rent. Agents will be able to provide you with a more options to check out in a short amount of time. You can go in and ask to see apartments that day or make an appointment to get more options.

Apartment Costs in China

Shanghai, also known as China’s business center, is the most expensive city to live in. Meanwhile, Xi’an, Huangshan, Suzhou, Chengdu, and many others are cheaper cities. Basically, the cost of an apartment in China still depends on the size and the amenities. In cities like Shanghai, Beijing, and Shenzhen, an average apartment costs around RMB 4000 to RMB 15,000 per month, while you can get the same kind of apartment in a suburban area for just RMB 2000.

Rental deposits in China range from 1 to 6 months’ rent.

How to Rent an Apartment in China

Assuming you have found the right apartment for you, here’s how it will go:

1. Sign the lease contract. Make sure to thoroughly read the housing contract. Ask everything that’s unclear. Check the due dates, prices, policies, duration of contract and return of deposits.

2. Pay upfront rental deposit. This can be anything from 1 to 6 months’ rent, but frankly it isn’t ideal to pay 6 months’ rent up front – that’s simply too much.

3. If you hired a local agent, pay him/her as well. This usually costs 50% of 1 month’s rent.

4. Register your address. All homes being rented by expats must be registered with China’s Public Security Bureau (PSB). Usually your local agent does this for you, or it can be the landlord, but it’s basically your responsibility to do so. Make sure to bring along your passport with valid visa and your lease contract.

Things to Consider when Moving to China

1. Define exactly what you need

  • Environment: The best thing to do is visit the apartment yourself before paying anything. Scope out and observe the neighbourhood on nights and weekends.
  • Security: Check the building security measures if you must.
  • Utilities: Water, gas, electricity, AC/heater, Internet, furniture and appliances. It’s a good deal if the apartment comes with such utilities.

2. Budget: Of course, above anything else, define what you can afford for an apartment. Living within your means is imperative.

3. Landlord/landlady: Does your landlord live on-site? If you’re an expat, make sure your landlord can at least understand English so you can easily express what you need.

4. Apartment Policies and Contract: Always ask for a bilingual rental contract.

Moving to China can be very challenging — but it has a lot of things to offer: business opportunities, low cost of living, fast-growing economy, amazing Chinese food/cuisine, and magnificent places to visit. If you’re planning to move to China, you are most likely anticipating a hard time finding a place to live, well, it could really be hard — but honestly all you need to do is trust your intuitions and be sure to choose what suits you best. Good luck! 🙂

InterContinental Shenzhen Concierge Day

Intercontinental Shenzhen celebrated its Concierge Day on 7th September. Hotel chief concierge offered to domestic mainstream media a special tour to explore Shenzhen intangible cultural heritage, and discover AI high-tech industry.

Intercontinental Concierge “Golden Key” is a master key that can unlock all the curiosity and wonder for guests. They are willing to share the accumulated local extracts and global wisdom, understand all the needs of the guests and sincerely communicate with them to ensure that each time the service can make guests feel pleasantly surprised and respected.

Although Shenzhen is a young international city,  it contains a rich cultural heritage. Under the guidance of the hotel chief concierge, we went to Shenzhen Yong Feng Yuan company to visit the state banquet porcelain series and different classic design collections. “Yong Feng Yuan company was founded during Qing dynasty. It has been listed as royal supplies, and now that our porcelain has become a cultural heritage project, we should protect and inherit this production technology to promote Chinese traditional culture”. said an old craftsman from YFY company. Hotel concierge and media team also enjoyed their time painting the porcelain. Learning about different forms of intangible cultural heritage provides a sense of identity and belonging in relation to our own culture.

Yong Feng Yuan state banquet collection has served for 6 private dining room Shenzhen InterContinental Chinese restaurant “El Chino”.

The background color of Shenzhen is innovation, as soon as you come to Shenzhen, perhaps the first impression you get is an entrepreneurial environment. Chief Concierge has lead the media team on a deep exploration of the UBTECH company, experiencing the amazing high-tech culture. “Dream with Robots”is the slogan of UBTECH. The Chief strategy officer Bruce Ren and marketing staff shared stories about how AI robots “play the World”. We watched dance performances by awesome robots and witnessed in different fields such as education, entertainment, family, business services. As we know, UBTECH will put more AI in remote areas to supporting children’s education in the future. The media team has interacted with robots and truly felt the power of how AI can create a more intelligent way of life. That’s why  Shenzhen is called “The City of Technological Innovations”.

InterContinental Shenzhen experience a fusion of cultures at this chic urban resort hotel set in the heart of Shenzhen’s Overseas Chinese Town. Blending Spanish-inspired elegance with modern design and time-honoured local traditions, the hotel offers a comprehensive range of recreation, dining and meeting facilities accommodating the needs of leisure, business and conference visitors. The property features 540 luxuriously furnished rooms and 25 serviced apartments featuring a variety of contemporary Spanish and classical Chinese design influences. The immaculately landscaped 10,000 square metre Caribbean Garden around a 2000 square metre swimming pool is an oasis of calm, perfect for relaxing on holiday or away from work.

Place Address: 9009 Shennan Road, Overseas Chinese Town, Shenzhen 深圳市南山区华侨城深南大道9009号

Place Phone:  +86 (755) 3399 3388

Singer Champion Jessie J Celebrates Hard Rock Hotel Shenzhen’S 1st Anniversary Event

Hard Rock International is excited to have Jessie J with us and celebrated our 1 year anniversary in Hard Rock Hotel Shenzhen. Following her unprecedented victory on Hunan TV’s smash hit show Singer earlier this year, the unveiled tour cities include Wuhan, Zhengzhou, Beijing, Chengdu, Changsha, Wuxi, Shenzhen, Hangzhou, Tianjin and Shanghai.

Hard Rock International (HRI) is announced to be the title sponsor of the Jessie J Shenzhen Concert tonight on September 12, 2018, held at the Shenzhen Bay Sports Center starting at 20:30. Hard Rock Hotel Shenzhen team have been very excited to serve her as the host hotel for Jessie J and her team during their time in the city. In the afternoon, the 1 year anniversary started with a fabulous Red Carpet walk among Jessie and VIPs from hotel group, followered by a VIP and Fan Meet & Greet, memorabilia dedication by the artist and the famous Hard Rock Guitar Smash to celebrate the 1st Anniversary of Hard Rock Hotel Shenzhen and Hard Rock Hotels continued expansion in China. Future Hard Rock Hotel openings in China will include Haikou and Dalian in 2019-2020. Dr. Ken Chu, chairman of Mission Hills and Vice Chairman Mr. Tenniel Chu were also invited to the ceremony and witnessed our moment with all attractions from media and fans.

“Hard Rock is excited to bring a different music experience to China as part of our one year celebration of Hard Rock Hotel Shenzhen,” said Dale Hipsh, senior vice president of Hard Rock Hotels. “As a brand, we strive to offer our guests experiences that rock, and this VIP event is one example of how we are doing just that.”

This “Made for Music” theme for the event is inspired by Hard Rock Hotel’s Brand DNA, celebrating all genres of music from British Pop Rock to local Chinese R&B. Another guest performer is J. Sheon – a rising star under the Sony Music Label presented to our guests with his well-known songs “You’ll Never Know” and “Tiancai” after the Hard Rock Guitar Smash, fulfilled all the guests with unforgettable music experience during the whole event.

For more information or to book a stay, please visit

About Jessie J

It’s been eight years since Jessie J burst onto the scene with smash hits ‘Do It Like a Dude’ and ‘Price Tag,’’, the latter topping the charts in 19 countries worldwide. She’s since gone on to perform at some of the biggest venues and festivals across the globe, collecting an enormous array of awards and collaborating with the likes of Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj in the process.

Earlier this year, Jessie won the hearts of Chinese fans across the country and sparked an explosion of headlines around the globe as she became the first European artist to triumph on Singer, one of China’s biggest music contests. Having never finished outside the top three over the course of the TV show, Jessie scooped the title after wowing audiences with her pitch-perfect delivery and down-to-earth personality – both of which she’ll now be bringing to the live stage in China. The announcement of Jessie J’s concert in Mainland China comes hot on the heels of the release of her fourth studio album, entitled R.O.S.E., which came with an epic four-part rollout: R.O.S.E. (Realisations) came out May 22, R.O.S.E (Obsessions) on May 23, R.O.S.E. (Sex) May 24, and R.O.S.E. (Empowerment) on May 25.

About Hard Rock International

With venues in 74 countries, including 185 cafes, 25 hotels and 12 casinos, Hard Rock International (HRI) is one of the most globally recognized companies. Beginning with an Eric Clapton guitar, Hard Rock owns the world’s greatest collection of music memorabilia, which is displayed at its locations around the globe. Hard Rock is also known for its collectible fashion and music-related merchandise, Hard Rock Live performance venues and an award-winning website. HRI owns the global trademark for all Hard Rock brands. The company owns, operates and franchises Cafes in iconic cities including London, New York, San Francisco, Sydney and Dubai. HRI also owns, licenses and/or manages hotel/casino properties worldwide. Destinations include the company’s two most successful Hotel and Casino properties in Tampa and Hollywood, FL., both owned and operated by HRI parent company The Seminole Tribe of Florida, as well as other exciting locations including Atlantic City, Bali, Cancun, Daytona Beach, Ibiza, Las Vegas, and San Diego. Upcoming new Hard Rock Cafe locations include, Maldives, Manila, Malaga, Georgetown, Fortaleza, Casablanca and Chengdu. New Hard Rock Hotel, Casino or Hotel-Casino projects include Atlanta, Berlin, Budapest, Desaru Coast, Dublin, London, Los Cabos, Maldives, New York City, Ottawa, Dalian and Haikou in China. For more information on Hard Rock International visit

About Hard Rock Hotel Shenzhen

Hard Rock Hotel Shenzhen blends pop culture and premium hospitality and is a host of world-class leisure, dining and entertainment options, offering a luxury stay for modern travelers who are seeking a reprieve from traditional accommodations. Throughout the property, guests may explore an impressive selection of over 160 rare and valuable memorabilia on display. Carefully chosen from Hard Rock’s world-famous, 80,000+ piece collection, each prized piece celebrates legendary music icons from around the world. The 258 rooms and suites feature a creative mix of music-inspired décor and modern style. A range of high-end accommodations, including Studio Suites, Rock Royalty Studio Suites and the Rock Star Suite®, provide the ultimate all-access pass to a luxury VIP experience, as well as stunning views of the surrounding resort landscape. While music soothes the soul, food satisfies the senses and Hard Rock Hotel Shenzhen boasts four dining destinations. Travelers can choose from the signature Hard Rock Cafe, rooftop pool bar M.C. Frida, The Cake Shop, GMT+8 Lobby Lounge or browse the all-day offerings at Sessions. Other facilities include the Body Rock® fitness center, Rock Shop® and Hard Rock Roxity Kids Club™ for budding little rock stars. Hard Rock Hotel Shenzhen also features more than 1,000 square meters of event and meeting facilities. Located in the famed Mission Hills Centreville, Hard Rock Hotel Shenzhen offers convenient access to the world’s largest golf course and close proximity to an extensive range of leisure, wellness and entertainment offerings. Hard Rock Hotel is located 45 minutes from Shenzhen Bao’An International Airport and 35 minutes from the city center.

Place Name: 深圳硬石酒店 Hard Rock Hotel Shenzhen
Place Address:  NO.9 Mission Hills Road, Shenzhen, China
Place Phone: +86 (755) 3395 2888


New Tax Laws for Foreigners in China

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China is the world’s largest manufacturer and it has the second largest economy next to the United States. For this reason, China plays an important role in the global economy. Unsurprisingly, many expats relocate to China for business purposes. China’s financial capital is very attractive that many expats move in for incredible opportunities. From a survey conducted by HSBC, an expat in China earns $170,970 average gross personal income per annum, compared to the global average expat income of $99,900. Interesting, right? However, taxation in China is very complex that many expats find it difficult to comprehend. Just recently, a draft amendment to the Individual Income Tax Law was proposed and expats will surely be affected when the basket of changes take effect. What’s in the draft law? And what are the new tax laws coming for expats in china? Read on to learn more.

China’s Draft Amendment to the Individual Income Tax Law

1. Revision on determining tax residency status. Foreign nationals who have physical presence in China for at least 183 days would become liable for Individual Income Tax (IIT), unlike before when non-residents have one full year year before he/she be subject to IIT. Its purpose is basically to protect national tax rights and interests. Whether the income is sourced inside China or not, the tax residency status will be based on how long an individual resided in the country.

2. New tax system, rates, taxable income brackets

Current IIT Law Draft Amendment
Categories Tax Rates Categories Tax Rates
Income from wages and salaries 3%-45% 7 brackets of progressive tax rates
– 3%-45%
7 brackets of progressive
tax rates
– Adjusting the taxable
income brackets of lower
tax rates (i.e., 3%, 10%,
20% and 25%)
– Taxable income brackets
of higher tax rates
unchanged (i.e., 30%,
35% and 45%)
Income derived from
remuneration for personal services
20%- 40%
3 brackets of progressive
tax rates
Income derived from
remuneration for manuscripts
Income derived from royalties 20%
Income derived from
production and business
operations by individual
industrial and commercial households
5 brackets of progressive
tax rates
Business operation
5 brackets of progressive
tax rates
– The minimum threshold
applicable to 35% tax rate
increased to RMB
Income derived from
contractual or leasing
operations of enterprises or institutions
5 brackets of progressive
tax rates
Category removed with relevant income
incorporated into comprehensive income or
business operation income respectively
Income from interest,
dividends and bonuses
Income from lease of property
Income from transfer of
Contingent income
Other income

Source: PwC Global

3. Anti-avoidance Rule. Anti-tax avoidance rule was introduced in the draft law – wherein authorities are strengthening tax collection especially to individuals having cross border transactions and tax plans. Its main purpose is to avoid multinationals to transfer or move profits to affiliates in low-tax havens and to tighten the IIT’s overall application and enforcement.

4. Additional special expense deductions including children’s education, major illness medical expenses, continued education and housing loan interest and rent. Its purpose is to reduce the amount of income subject to income tax therefore raising the taxpayers’ income and boosting household consumption.

5. Tougher stance on foreign companies. Foreign companies should pay special attention to changes affecting the timing of the tax levy on foreign employees, foreign labor costs, contract profitability, and budgeting requirements, as well as the rippling effects they have on withholding and tax equalizations.

6. New Tax Brackets that would benefit middle and low-income groups.

Current Bracket (RMB) Proposed Bracket (RMB) IIT Rate Effect
< 1,500 <3,000 3% Widened
1,500 – 4,500 3,000 – 12,000 10% Widened
4,500 – 9,000 12,000 – 25,000 20% Widened
9,000 – 35,000 25,000 – 35,000 25% Narrowed
35,000 – 55,000 35,000 – 55,000 30% Unchanged
55,000 – 80,000 55,000 – 80,000 35% Unchanged
> 80,000 > 80,000 45% Unchanged

Source: China Briefing

Apparently, high-income earners don’t really benefit so much from this amendment. So, basically, if an expat in China earns USD170,970 average gross personal income per annum or around 95,000RMB per month, no matter where that income was sourced and regardless of where the payment is made, he/she would be subject to 45% IIT tax.

China is indeed a booming economy with unending opportunities. The proposed tax reform simply relieves the tax burden of small and medium sized enterprises as well as middle and low-income individuals while optimizing the business environment through higher consumption.

Disclaimer: if you’re an expat in China, it’s best to consult a taxation specialist in China to help you more understand the country’s upcoming overall tax amendment that is expected to take effect on January 2019.

How to Setup and Use Mobile Alipay (Zhifubao) in China

Nowadays, mobile payment has turned to be the most popular payment method in China. If you are walking on the street, you may find nearly every stores, markets, restaurants, taxis……even some beggars accept mobile payment as a method of payment. Right now, over 90% of mobile payment market in China is occupied by Alipay and WeChat Pay. More and more merchants in China are starting to accept mobile payment.

What Is Alipay?

Alipay is a third-party mobile and online payment platform which belongs to Alibaba Group. At first, it is only an online payment method which can be used on (similar to to do online shopping. Right now, it turned to be a large platform which provides not only payment services, but also movie tickets, Didi taxi (similar to Uber), Air & Train tickets, Phone top-up and crowd-sourced reviews about local restaurants services (similar to

Therefore, it is not exaggerated to walk on the street without your wallet, for what you need is only a smartphone. So what are you waiting for? Let’s start to enjoy it!

What Shall I Prepare to Begin with?

What you really need are the following three things:

1. A fully charged smartphone

Until now, Alipay App is only available on smartphones with iOS, Android or Windows phone system. You can search “Alipay” or “支付宝” in your App store, Google Play Store or Microsoft Store to download the App. (Attention: We do not recommend Windows Phone users to use the App as it was not updated since July, 2012 until June, 2018 in Microsoft Store.)

2. A phone number which you can receive SMS in Mainland China

When doing registration or paying a large amount of money, the App may send you confirmation code by SMS. Therefore, you need to make sure that your number is available in Mainland China and the number has been linked with your bank card when you were applying it in Chinese Mainland banks.

3. A debit or credit card issued by banks in Mainland China

You need to link your bank card with the App before using it to go shopping. Right now we recommend the debit card with UnionPay brand, as it would be the most convenient and popular brand used in Mainland China.

After preparing these things, we can start to open an account on Alipay. The following tutorial will be mainly based on iOS system.

How Can I Open An Alipay Account on My Phone?

Step 1: After installing Alipay, tap the App and you can see the welcome page. If the language appearing is not the one you are familiar with, please tap “语言” on the top right corner to change the language that you prefer. Right now, Alipay is only available in 3 languages: Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese (Hong Kong and Taiwan) and English. Then select languages and tap “保存” to save it.

Step 1: After installing Alipay, tap the App and you can see the welcome page. If the language appearing is not the one you are familiar with, please tap “语言” on the top right corner to change the language that you prefer. Right now, Alipay is only available in 3 languages: Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese (Hong Kong and Taiwan) and English. Then select languages and tap “保存” to save it.

Step 2: Tap “Sign up” to start your registration.

Step 3: Please tap “Agree” when you see the Terms & Privacy Policy.

Step 4: Please choose the region of your phone number. Then enter your phone number which is able to receive SMS in Mainland China.

Step 5: enter the 4-digit verification code you received from SMS.

Step 6: Set your login password, which must be between 8-20 characters. (Attention: There will be 2 passwords for your Alipay. one for login and another for payment. Please remember both 2 passwords.)

Awesome! Now you have an Alipay account. However, before using it, you need to link at least one bank card with it.

How Can I Link A Bank Card?

Step 1: Open Alipay App, Tap “Me” at the bottom right corner of the page.

Step 2: Tap “Bank Cards” to link a card.

Step 3: Add a debit card or credit card issued by Chinese Mainland banks.

Step 4: Enter your Chinese bank card number. Then, tap “next”.

Step 5: Fill in your name shown on your Chinese bank card, select your ID type, enter your ID Number and type in your mobile number which has been recorded by the bank. In the end, tap “Agree and Bind Card”. Alipay right now only accept the following types of ID:

  • Passport
  • Home Visit Permit (For Hong Kong people who travel to Mainland China)
  • Tai Bao Zheng (Mainland Travel Permit for Taiwan Residents)
  • Mainland Identity Card

Step 6: Enter the confirmation code received from SMS. Then tap “Next”.

Step 7: Set a 6-digit payment password and reenter it. This password is only used to do the payment and it is different from the login password. (Attention: We do not recommend our clients to use your bank card password the same as Alipay payment password, for it is risky.)

Then, you will see the following page saying “添加成功” (added card successfully) and the bank card information will appear on your “My Bank Cards” page.

Now you are fully prepared. Why not start to use Alipay to do your first payment?

How to Do the Payment by Alipay?

Generally speaking, there are 2 methods to do your payment: either scan others’ QR code, or let others scan your QR code.

I. Scan Others’ QR Code

It is a common payment method in some small stores, small restaurants, Taxis and personal business. Usually, you can see a sign with Alipay’s logo (left image below) and a QR code sign for Alipay (middle image below) or a QR Code which combines several mobile payment services (right image below).

So when you are going to have the check, you can take out your smartphone, scanning the QR code in the following 3 steps:
Step 1: Open Alipay App, tap “Scan” on the top left corner.

Step 2: Put the QR code into the frame and it will automatically jump to the merchant’s payment page. (If the QR code is on a picture in your phone, you can tap “Album” on the top right corner to scan it.)

Step 3: On the merchant’s payment page, you need to enter the number of payment. Then tap “确认付款” (confirm the payment). The style or structure of this page may be different from the following one according to the third party service that merchants use (like the following right image).

Step 4: Then, it will jump to Alipay’s payment page. You can check the amount of payment here and you can choose your payment method, including balance, Yu’E Bao, debit cards and credit cards, etc. After that, tap “Pay now”.

Step 5: Type in your payment password (not your login password). Then, tap “pay”.

When it jumps to the page shown like the image below, it means the payment finished successfully.

II. Let Others Scan Your QR Code

It is also a common method which you can use in large restaurants, boutiques, supermarkets or convenience stores. It is easier and more efficient as you do not have to enter the number of payment and password.
Step 1: Open Alipay App, tap “Pay” on the top left corner.

Step 2: Firstly, select your payment method (left image below) and then let cashiers scan your QR code (middle image below) or put your phone face to the sensor (right image below). (Attention: This QR code is only used to pay instead of receiving money. Do not let others scan it except cashiers. Do not do screenshot and send it to others.)

Awesome! The payment is finished! Now you can use mobile Alipay as your electronic wallet.

How Can I Transfer Money to Strangers or My Friends?

I. To Strangers or The Guys You Won’t Transfer Money A Second Time:

Step 1: Open Alipay App, tap “Collect” on the top right corner.

Step 2: Now you got your QR code. Either tap “Save image” or do a screenshot to save it. Then, send it to the one who need to pay you and ask them to scan this QR code. The money has been transferred to you will automatically be added to your balance.

II. To Friends:

Step 1: Open Alipay App, tap “Friends” on the bottom right corner.

Step 2: Tap the “+” button on the top right corner. Then tap “Add Contacts” to add a friend.

Step 3: Enter your friends’ Alipay Account/Mobile Number/Taobao Account to search. Then, tap “Search” on your keyboard.

Step 4: Tap “Add” to add your friends and then send him/her friend request to verify yourself.

Step 5: Wait for your friend to accept your friend request. After receiving his/her message, tap the “+” at bottom right corner and then tap “Transfer”.

Step 6: Enter the amount of money (required) that you want to transfer to your friend and add your remark (optional) to continue. Then, tap “Confirm”.

Step 7: Similar to Step 4&5 of “Scan others’ QR code” part, please select the payment method and enter your payment password to finish your transfer.

Bravo, now you are the master of mobile Alipay! Still have any questions? Why not check the following Q&A part to find the answer?


Q: Can I Turn My Alipay App into English Version?

A: Of course you can. If it is your first time to use Alipay, you can change your language at top right corner of Sign up/Login page.

If you passed Sign up/Login page, don’t be panic! You can still tap “Me-Settings-General-Multiple languages” to select your preferred language.

Q: How Can I Login/Logout Alipay?

A: Open Alipay App, tap “Me-Settings-Log Out”. Then you can select to either login with another account or logout.

Q: Is Alipay Safe?

A: Generally speaking, Alipay is safe, as long as we can be careful with protecting our personal information. Please always remember and follow these instructions below:

  • Never tell or show either your payment password or login password to others.
  • Pay attention to your surroundings when you are typing your password.
  • Do not setup any easy password, such as “123456”, “111111”, “password” or your birthday.
  • Never show or let others photograph your payment QR code.
  • Never download any suspect software on your phone and never click any suspect URL link on your email.

Q: Can I Use Alipay in the USA/Globally?

A: Yes, but it may be a little difficult for you to find a merchant in other countries. Right now, Alipay is trying to spread its influence throughout the world. However, its localization seems not so active. The following 2 pictures were photographed in New York. It is interesting to find out that Alipay’s advertisement in New York only contains Chinese characters instead of English ones. (As far as we know, the condition in Tokyo is similar to New York as well.)

Therefore, perhaps Alipay is still targeting at Chinese visitors or Chinese students instead of local people in other countries. Because of it, you may not have a brilliant using experience out of China.

Q: Alipay vs Paypal. Which One Is Better in China?

A: It depends. If you would like to trade with local Chinese merchants or just visit or live in Mainland China, we recommend our clients to use Alipay as it would be very convenient for you.
However, if you want to trade with international merchants or enterprises in China, they may prefer Paypal to Alipay.
Overall, few Chinese people know or use Paypal in Mainland China.

Q: How Can I Contact Alipay Customer Service?

A: Alipay customer service hotline: 95188 (China), +86 571 95188 (Overseas)
Alipay official website:
Mobile Alipay official website: (Chinese) (English)

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Super-Fast Train To Hong Kong Ticket Sales Started on Monday, 10th September

High-Speed Rail Opens on 23/9

Online ticket sales will start at noon on Monday, 10th September. You may also click here to learn more about the High-Speed Rail ticket advance ticketing arrangement.

The 26km High-Speed Rail (Hong Kong Section) runs from West Kowloon and connects Hong Kongfv with the Mainland’s 25,000km national high-speed rail network. Whether it is for business or leisure, you can explore more destinations with the reliable and comfortable High-Speed Rail service.

Speedy: Running at 200km/h in the Hong Kong Section and up to 350km/h in the Mainland Section, High-Speed Rail is the fastest cross-boundary land transport in Hong Kong.

Direct:  Connecting Hong Kong with 44 Mainland stations without interchange.

Reliable: Punctual and less affected by traffic conditions.

Caring: A wide range of station and shopping facilities at Hong Kong West Kowloon Station plus different classes of travel and on-board facilities offer you a hassle-free journey.

Video from CGTN Live: Travel to Hong Kong on a high-speed train 

High Speed Rail connects Hong Kong with 44 destinations in the Mainland without interchange. Advance ticketing is available by phases from selected ticketing channels between 10 and 22 September.

High Speed Rail Timetable and Fare Charts:

Short-haul train timetable

Long-haul train timetable

Implemented Fare Charts in HKD

Advance Ticketing Special Arrangement:

Date Hong Kong West Kowloon Station
08:00 – 19:00
12:00 – 19:00
Online Ticketing
12:00 – 23:00


Tickets for 23/9 – 2/10

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Enter Hong Kong West Kowloon Station via Exit D2 of Austin Station on the West Rail Line during the advance ticketing period


  1. Real-name ticketing applies. Hong Kong residents can use their Home Return Permit to buy tickets.
  2. For purchase at Hong Kong West Kowloon Station, the person who purchases the tickets must be one of the travellers. Please bring along the original personal identity document of all travellers.
  3. Each person is entitled to purchase a maximum of 8 tickets in each transaction during the advance ticketing period.
  4. Ticket collection service is available at Hong Kong West Kowloon Station between 17 and 19 September if you wish to collect tickets purchased online or from tele-ticketing before the service commissioning day. Please bring along the original personal identity document of all travellers.
  5. During the advance ticketing period, the latest ticket status will be announced on and High-Speed Rail Mobile App.
  6. Please note that online ticketing supports desktop PC or laptop PC with selected browsers (Chrome, Internet Explorer and Firefox).
  7. Mainland Domestic Tickets (journeys starting and ending at Mainland stations) are also available at the dedicated counters operated by the authorised agent at Hong Kong West Kowloon Station.
  8. The above service hours of ticketing channels are special arrangements during the advance ticketing period. Please visit the website for details of each of the ticketing channels upon service commissioning.

Ticketing Information

Hong Kong Ticketing Channels

Mainland Domestic Tickets are for the journeys starting and ending at Mainland stations. For example, a journey from Hong Kong to Xi’an requires a “Hong Kong –Zhengzhoudong” Cross Boundary Ticket and a “Zhengzhou – Xi’anbei” Mainland Domestic Ticket. Mainland Domestic Ticket is available at ticketing counters operated by China Railway (Hong Kong) Holdings Ltd. at Hong Kong West Kowloon Station. Tickets will be issued upon purchase. Ticket alteration and refund services are also available. For alteration, handling fee applies at HKD20 per ticket.

Fares Handling Fee per Ticket
Below RMB200 HKD10
RMB200 to below RMB300 HKD20
RMB300 and above HKD30

Remark: Ticket alteration and refund arrangements of Mainland Domestic Ticket are different from the Cross Boundary Ticket. Please visit for details.

Passengers travelling on the High Speed Rail shall comply with the requirements under applicable laws and regulations (including Hong Kong laws or Mainland China laws) and the Conditions of Issue of Tickets. Cross-boundary passengers shall comply with the Rules for Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong High Speed Rail Cross-Boundary Passenger Transport, and all notices posted at stations or MTR website. Non-cross-boundary passengers shall comply with the Mainland Regulations for Transportation of Railway Passengers and all relevant rules and regulations, and all notices posted at stations or Mainland China 12306 website (

Mainland Ticketing Channels

Mainland Domestic Tickets can be purchased via the following the Mainland ticketing channels. Click here for more information.

  • 12306 website and mobile app
  • Telephone booking
  • Ticketing counters at the train stations
  • Ticket agents
  • Ticket machines at the train stations or designated locations

Passengers travelling on the High Speed Rail shall comply with the requirements under applicable laws and regulations (including Hong Kong laws or Mainland China laws) and the Conditions of Issue of Tickets. Cross-boundary passengers shall comply with the Rules for Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong High Speed Rail Cross-Boundary Passenger Transport, and all notices posted at stations or MTR website. Non-cross-boundary passengers shall comply with the Mainland Regulations for Transportation of Railway Passengers and all relevant rules and regulations, and all notices posted at stations or Mainland China 12306 website (

About Hong Kong West Kowloon Station

Hong Kong West Kowloon Station is conveniently located next to the West Kowloon Cultural District. Its unique architecture and beautiful landscape make it a new hotspot for visits and photos.

Architectural elements:

  • The giant curtain wall comprises over 4,000 irregular glass panels to maximize daylight and conserve energy.
  • The curved ceiling is made of over 8,000 tonnes of steel which is almost the weight of the Eiffel Tower.
  • The spectacular structure of the station is supported by nine sets of massive columns of different heights. The tallest one rises 45m in height from Level B3 up to the curved ceiling.
  • There are 3 hectares of public space outside the station including the Green Plaza and Sky Corridor. You can enjoy the stunning views of the Victoria Harbour by walking along the Sky Corridor to the rooftop of the station.
  • Creative artworks in the station enrich your journey.

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Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts Ride for Hope 3 Launch Ceremony

Teams From 30 Shangri-La Hotels Will “Ride For Hope” To Help Children With Hip Disabilities

A total of 32 riders, recruited by 30 Shangri-La hotels via social media channels, will cover 5,000 kilometres over 15 days as they take part in Ride for Hope 3 and journey through Mainland China and Hong Kong in a charity event to support the needs of children with congenital hip dislocation.  Ride for Hope 3 will simultaneously kick off in three different cities on 20 October 2018 and the routes will cover the cities from Nanchang to Shanghai, Xiamen to Shanghai, and Beihai to Hong Kong.  The Hainan Island route will start on 29 October 2018.   All four teams will reach their respective final destination on 3 November 2018.  Ride for Hope 3 follows from the success of Ride for Hope in 2013 and 2015.

This year, Shangri-La is partnering with Ai You Foundation to help at least 100 orphaned and financially disadvantaged children with developmental dislocation diseases under the “Ai You Morning Star Project”.  The project focuses on helping children with diseases that have favourable prognosis.  Ai You Foundation is a 5A-level foundation registered in China and is engaged in child health care, child welfare and venture philanthropy.

“We are pleased to work with the Ai You Foundation on this “mobile” charity drive. I am also very proud that 30 of our Shangri-La hotels have taken the initiative to come together in a very memorable and meaningful way to support the Foundation’s work. By riding through more than 25 cities in Mainland China and in Hong Kong, and through the various social media channels, we want to raise more public awareness of these special children’s needs,” said Charlie Dang, Shangri-La’s Executive Vice President – Operations, East & South China. “We deeply appreciate the generosity and support of all our colleagues, partners, cyclists, sponsors and participating Shangri-La hotel guests and consumers for this project. Their contribution will help to make a huge difference to the lives of these special needs children.”

Zhenzhen Luo, Assistant Secretary General of Ai You Foundation, said, “We are honoured to partner with Shangri-La. Their support will enable our orphaned and children with degenerative diseases to receive effective treatments to help them lead normal lives. Bike riding is a unique way to raise more awareness and engage consumers to support the Ai You Morning Star Project.  We appreciate the opportunity to explore such an innovative way of improving the lives of vulnerable children and partnering with companies and the public to solve social problems together.”

The Ride for Hope 3 is organised by Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts.  The event is sponsored by Perfect China Group Co., Limited.  As the major sponsor, Perfect China is committed to strengthening their support to sustainability and public health by contributing to meaningful causes.

The Ride for Hope 3 programme aims to recruit 5,000 volunteer cyclists along the four routes. Interested persons wishing to join the ride can register at any of the 30 Shangri-La hotels and pay a participation fee of RMB200 each. The Ride for Hope 3 will also engage consumers via online charity sales. In addition to charity galas, media events will be hosted by participating hotels to raise public awareness.  Part of the entry fees and charity sales revenues collected will go towards Ai You Foundation and benefit children who have enrolled in the Ai You Morning Star Project.

The Three Ride for Hope Routes and Participating Hotels

Route 1: Nanchang to Shanghai

Shangri-La Hotel, Nanchang; Shangri-La Hotel, Wuhan; Shangri-La Hotel, Hefei; Shangri-La Hotel, Nanjing; Shangri-La Hotel, Yangzhou; Shangri-La Hotel, Changzhou; Traders Fudu Hotel, Changzhou; Shangri-La Hotel, Suzhou and Jing An Shangri-La, West Shanghai.

Route 2: Xiamen to Shanghai

Shangri-La Hotel, Xiamen; Shangri-La Hotel, Fuzhou; Shangri-La Hotel, Wenzhou; Shangri-La Hotel, Yiwu; Shangri-La Hotel, Ningbo; Shangri-La Hotel, Hangzhou; Midtown Shangri-La Hotel, Hangzhou; Kerry Hotel Pudong, Shanghai and Shangri-La Hotel, Shenzhen.

Route 3: Beihai to Hong Kong

Shangri-La Hotel, Beihai; Shangri-La Hotel, Guilin; Shangri-La Hotel, Guangzhou; Futian Shangri-La, Shenzhen and Kerry Hotel, Hong Kong.

Route 4: Hainan Island

Shangri-La’s Sanya Resort & Spa, Hainan, Shangri-La Hotel, Haikou

Hotels Participating in Inner City Cycling Routes:

Shangri-La Hotel, Chengdu; Shangri-La Hotel, Xian; Shangri-La Hotel, Lhasa and Shangri-La Resort, Shangri-La.

About Ai You Foundation

Ai You Foundation, with its inception in 2004, is initiated, managed and operated by entrepreneurs, it delivers programs nationwide. After over a decade of exploration and development, it is now engaged in three charity areas, including child health care, child welfare and venture philanthropy. Ai You was entitled Outstanding Social Groups in 2015 by the Ministry of Civil Affairs, ranked first on the list of Chinese Charity Foundations, won Charity Organization Award in Responsible Chinese and full score in China Foundation Transparency Index several times.

About Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts

Hong Kong-based Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts, one of the world’s premier hotel owners and operators, currently manages over 100 hotels globally in 76 destinations under the Shangri-La, Kerry, Hotel Jen and Traders brands.  Prominently positioned in Asia, the group has established its hallmark of “hospitality from the heart” over four decades in Asia Pacific, the Middle East, Europe, North America and the Indian Ocean.  The group has a substantial development pipeline with upcoming projects in Australia, Bahrain, mainland China, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia and Saudi Arabia. For more information, please visit

For digitised pictures of the group’s hotels, please go to

Place Name:  深圳福田香格里拉大酒店
Place Address:  4088 Yi Tian Road, Futian District, Shenzhen 深圳福田区益田路4088号
Place Phone: 0755 8828 4088

Shen Wai International School (SWIS): The school of choice for IB continuum education

Rae Johnstone 

Established in 2011, Shen Wai International School (SWIS) is one of the fastest growing international schools in Shenzhen.  Next year the students who attended the school in its founding year will be the first graduating class, having completed the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program (PYP), Middle Years Program (MYP) and Diploma Program (DP).

SWIS is purposely built to be an IB continuum school, which means that everything from the staff to the building itself are designed with that goal in mind. Staff are employed from all over the world; what they have in common is that they all have valuable experience teaching the IB program.

For such a young school, SWIS has achieved an incredible amount.  They have world-recognised accreditations from the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), and to add to this prestigious list they have recently been granted accreditation with the East Asia Regional Council of Schools (EARCOS) and the Association of China and Mongolia International Schools (ACAMIS). These international achievements are representative of how far the school has come in such a short period of time.

Being the only government invested, non-profit international school in Shenzhen, SWIS accepts students from the expatriate community as well as children who are permanent residents of Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan. This leads to an eclectic group of students who come together to build a community in which they can learn and grow together as well as forming life-long friendships.

Shen Wai International School follows the IB mission statement of aiming to ‘develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.’ This is followed through the range of student-led projects at SWIS, particularly throughout the Middle Years and Diploma Programs.

The Middle Years Program has a real-life approach to learning, founded in the cross-curricular units which make up the core of the program. Students are taught to become independent, organised and creative, with a focus on critical thinking and reflective learning. In Grade 8 students work together on a community project, designed to give back to the community they are part of – locally, regionally or globally. Following this students plan, design and carry out a personal project which is also based on the Service learning area of the IB program. This enables students to become more internationally-minded and aware of their role as global citizens.

After School Activities (ASA) play a significant role at SWIS, providing students with the opportunity to take part in activities and projects external to lessons. One example of an ASA project at SWIS is fund-raising and support of QianZhou Primary School. As well as donating money to the school, SWIS students have also taught children at the school, helped to build a new playground and have visited in their own time to help out. This has provided invaluable support to a school which has very few students and even less facilities.

During Grades 11 and 12 students take the IB Diploma Program at SWIS. Here the focus changes, as students now need to prepare for university and the wider world. Students choose topics within six courses: Studies in Language and Literature; Language Acquisition; Sciences; The Arts; Mathematics; Individuals and Societies. For the Diploma Program, assessment of the courses is through external examination as well as teacher assessment. Across and alongside each course, students study the Theory of Knowledge (TOK) and Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS); In addition, they have an extended essay to write on a topic of their choosing. TOK provides the glue to make connections between all disciplines and develops students into enquiring and reflective global citizens. CAS provides students with the opportunity for non-academic pursuits, often extending outside of school hours, and can be connected to ASA projects. The extended essay gives students an idea of university-level research and preparation for college assignments.

Learning at SWIS doesn’t just take place on the state-of-the-art campus. Learning Beyond the Classroom (LBC) is an integral part of the curriculum throughout the PYP, MYP and DP, and includes educational trips to Hong Kong and Cambodia as well as other parts of mainland China. Here the students have the chance to experience other cultures and ways of life, and they can see how they fit into the global community.

Why choose SWIS? Shen Wai International School is purpose-built to be an IB continuum school. It is ideal for expat families new or returning to Shenzhen, as students become incredibly internationally-minded. This is demonstrated through how they see the world and the service projects they come up with both within and beyond school life. Small class sizes, experienced staff and a balanced program of academia, sports and other activities simply add to the attraction of attending SWIS.

If you would like to find out more information about Shen Wai International School (SWIS), simply visit their website and book a school tour.

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

Marco Polo Hotels Group has appointed Mr. Stephen Antram as General Manager of Marco Polo Shenzhen. As a hotel veteran, with more than 39 years’ experience in the industry, Stephen will take over from Acting General Manager Patrick Park.

Stephen possesses a long track record across Europe and Asia with international luxury hotel companies such as InterContinental and Sofitel and joins us from his previous posting as General Manager of Intercontinental Beijing Beichen. Stephen started his career in F&B, but gained his operational experience throughout all divisions. Due to his strong financial background, he is a results driven leader, with a sharp analytical mind.

In his spare time, Stephen enjoys sports, such as tennis, swimming and is interested in travel and its various cultures.

His ability to implement creative and strategic plans to improve guest experiences and revenues across all facets of the hotel has been the key to his success. We are looking forward to his exciting new initiatives planned for Marco Polo Shenzhen.”

About Marco Polo Shenzhen

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

About Global Hotel Alliance

Global Hotel Alliance (GHA) is the world’s largest alliance of independent hotel brands, bringing together 35 brands with 550 hotels in 76 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 nearly 10 million members exclusive opportunities to immerse themselves in local culture wherever they travel. For more information, visit

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, China 518048 深圳市福田中心区 福华一路28号 邮编: 518048
Place Phone: (0755) 8298-9888

Autumn Wedding Show @The St. Regis Shenzhen

The St. Regis Shenzhen

Autumn wedding show and exquisite wedding package

The St. Regis Shenzhen presented the Autumn wedding show on August 26th. The wedding show is including themed video and presentation of bespoke St. Regis wedding butler service. There was also an elaborate display of wedding menu and desserts. Prizes with buffet coupon, complimentary room night and so on had been blasted out during the show.

For the wedding show weekend, an exclusive package has been offered with limited bookings available.

The package includes:

-Reserve and enjoy reduction of 10% service charge

-Reserve and enjoy RMB 988 package, including a bottle of wine, soft drink for 3 hours and table flowers

-Reserve and enjoy a discount of RMB 826 per table

-Reserve and enjoy additional 6,000 SPG Pro points when consume RMB 200,000, enjoy additional 12,000 SPG Pro points when consume RMB 300,000

Minimum 20 tables (10 pax/table), minimum charges will be applied for weekend and hot wedding dates.

For more information, our wedding telephone line at +86 755 2223 9338.

About St. Regis Hotels & Resorts

Combining classic sophistication with a modern sensibility, St. Regis is committed to delivering exceptional experiences at nearly 40 luxury hotels and resorts in the best addresses around the world. Since the opening of the first St. Regis hotel in New York City over a century ago by John Jacob Astor IV, the brand has remained committed to an uncompromising level of bespoke and anticipatory service for all of its guests, delivered flawlessly by signature St. Regis Butler Service. The ultra-luxury brand is set to expand its legacy to 50 hotels by 2018. For more information and new openings, visit or follow TwitterInstagram and Facebook.

Place Address:  No. 5016 Shennan Road East, Luohu District Shenzhen 深圳市罗湖区深南东路 5016 号 深圳
Place Phone:  +86 (755) 830 88888


Glory Kickboxers Weigh-In At Mission Hills

Some of the world’s top kickboxers were at Mission Hills Centreville in Shenzhen for the official weigh-in ahead of the GLORY 57 Shenzhen event on Saturday, August 25.

Mission Hills Group has partnered with GLORY, the world’s premier stand-up combat league, to bring kickboxing to Shenzhen.  Mission Hills Shenzhen is the tournament’s Official Hotel.

GLORY 57 Shenzhen – part of a five-city ‘Summer of GLORY 2018’ campaign – takes place at the Shenzhen Bay Sports Center this Saturday, August 25.

Representatives from Mission Hills Group and GLORY were on hand for today’s weigh-in, including Tenniel Chu, Vice Chairman of Mission Hills Group, Marshall Zelaznik, CEO of GLORY and Scott Rudmann, Vice Chairman and Co-founder of GLORY.

For more information about Summer of GLORY 2018, the five-city campaign featuring can’t-miss events in New York, Denver, Shenzhen (China), Chicago and Amsterdam, visit

For more information about GLORY, visit

Photo 1-Mission Hills Group Vice-Chairman Tenniel Chu (centre) at the GLORY57 weigh-in ceremony with kickboxers Sitthichai Sitsongpeenong (left) of Thailand and Belgium’s Marat Grigorian at Mission Hills Centreville in Shenzhen

Photo 2-Some of the world’s top kickboxers were at Mission Hills Centreville in Shenzhen for the official weigh-in ahead of the GLORY 57 Shenzhen event on Saturday, August 25.

About Mission Hills Group

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Latest Immigration Updates China Mainland & HongKong

CHINA – Upcoming Change to Work Permit Renewal Deadline

The State Administration of Foreign Expert Affairs (SAFEA) has announced that, effective 28 February 2018, all work permit renewal applications nationwide will have to be submitted at least 30 working days before the expiry date.

Those who fail to comply with this new deadline will be denied renewal, and will have to apply for a new work permit.

Currently, there is no national rule establishing a deadline for work permit renewal application submissions.

Work Permit Renewal

It is recommended to allow two to three months for the processing of work permit renewal applications, and to allow additional time for the preparation of required documents.

For renewal applications, non-criminal record certificates and proof of work experience are not required. Other requirements are the same as for initial applications.

Action Items

· Work permit holders and their employers are advised to note the expiry date of their work permits and other immigration documents, and to begin the renewal process two to three months before expiry.

HONG KONG – Visitor Status Now Permits Delivery of Speeches and Presentations

Effective immediately, foreign nationals entering Hong Kong as visitors are allowed to attend an event to give speeches and presentations without obtaining a separate employment permit, under certain conditions.


· The duration of the event must be no longer than seven days.

· The visitor must not be remunerated for speaking or presenting at the event (other than reimbursement for accommodation, travel, meals and other expenses relating to the event).

· The visitor can only attend one event to deliver speeches or presentations during each permitted period of stay.

Visitor Status

Nationals of about 170 countries and territories may visit Hong Kong without a visa/entry permit for a period ranging from seven days to 180 days. Other nationals must obtain a visit visa to enter Hong Kong.

Persons in Hong Kong with visitor status may not take any paid or unpaid employment, establish or join any business or become a student.

Apart from the new permission to give speeches as above, visitors may engage in the following business-related activities:

· concluding contracts or submitting tenders;

· examining or supervising the installation/packaging of goods or equipment;

· participating in exhibitions or trade fairs (except selling goods or supplying services direct to the public, or constructing exhibition booths);

· settling compensation or other civil proceedings;

· participating in product orientation; and

· attending short-term seminars or other business meetings.

Action Item

· Companies sending employees to Hong Kong for any business-related activity should always consult an immigration specialist to confirm whether the proposed activity is allowed as a visitor, or whether an employment visa is required.

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Dr Mark’s Suggestions on the Four Pediatric Diseases in Autumn


Autumn is the season of higher incidence of many diseases. Babies will easily get sick because of the instability of the temperature.So how to prevent that from happening?


1. Influenza  流感

Influenza is a respiratory tract infection caused by influenza virus,mainly spread through droplet,direct touch or contaminated items.You should avoid staying with influenza patients,keep indoor air ventilation disinfection and strengthen body resistance.


2. Diarrhea  腹泻

Autumn diarrhea happens frequently from September to November ,which is caused by rotavirus,poor immunity or changeable weather.It is advised not to bring babies outdoors often,maintain a high hygiene standard,see a doctor if the child has persistent high fever with pale face.Breastfeeding is advocated and we should regularly disinfecting feeding bottle and tableware to avoid cross infection .


 3. Asthma  哮喘

Asthma is allergic constitution which is sensitive to allergens and it will lead to bronchospasm,hyperaemia of bronchial mucosa,increased bronchial secretion ,cough,short of breath,lots of sputum and so on.You are reminded not to contact the mite droppings,wash your bedding more frequently,and don’t use the carpet or plush toys.Stay away from secondhand smoke and avoid going out during the polluted days.


4. Pharyngitis  咽炎

The weather becomes dry in Autumn.Babies usually drink less water because of less sweating.The dry throat will cause bacteria which leads to pharyngitis and bronchitis.So drink more water instead of drinks,as drinks contain too much sugar that can not replenish moisture. Meanwhile,maintain the indoor humidity,get a humidifier if necessary.



Family Medicine Pediatrics
Physician, speaks English, Hindi, Awadhi, Chinese

Dr. Mark has worked with a government hospital in New Delhias a resident doctor and specializes in Emergency, Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, he assists in several life-saving procedures, and performs senior medical procedures.

Pediatrics, Every Saturday
Chief Physician, speaks English, Japanese, Chinese

Prof. Li has over 40 years of experiences and specializes in pediatric respiratory, digestive, circulatory, nervous system disease, and especially has critical solutions to neonatal diagnosis. She is quite kind and loves kids a lot.

Dr. Gao
Pediatrics, Every Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday & Friday
Chief Physician,speaks English, Chinese

As the vice chairman of Shenzhen Thalassaemia Association, Dr. Gao has over 30 years of experiences and specializes in hematological diseases, especially leukemia, anemia, thrombopenia, aplastic anemia Etc.

Place Name: Shenzhen HarMoniCare Women & Children’s Hospital深圳和美妇儿科医院
Place Address: Nantou Ancient City, No.12018, Shennan Road, Nanshan District, Shenzhen 深圳市南山区深南大道12018号南头古城旁
Place Phone:  English:(0755) 3391 9139 / Japanese/Korean: (0755) 3391 9125/ For emergency: 18025381584 / For cooperation: Cosmo , (0755) 3391 9136

New Standards of Work Permit for Foreigners

The calculation standard based on average monthly salary for foreigner to get a work permit will be adjusted to 8262RMB from July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019  in Shenzhen. Every city will adjust average monthly salary in July every year.In accordance with the regulation of “Notice of State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs, Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Public Security on the full implementation of the work permit institution for foreigners coming to China”, foreigner must meet the classification criteria when applying work permit in China. As mentioned in our previous article“Criteria (Category A, B,C) for Foreigners Employed in China”, there are two criteria for category A and category B are based on foreigner’s average monthly salary.As mentioned in our previous article“Criteria (Category A, B, C) for Foreigners Employed in China”, there are two criteria for category A and category B based on foreigner’s average monthly salary.
1.Salary Standard for Category A
Foreign talents whose average monthly salary is 6 times or higher than the local average monthly salary of the previous year.Foreigner’s average monthly salary is 49,572RMB or above can be classified to Category A in Shenzhen.There are some convenience measures for foreigners of Category A to apply work permit.Contact us for details.
2.Salary Standard for Category B
Skilled talents with qualification certificates and with monthly salary is 4 times or higher than the local average monthly salary of the previous year.Average monthly salary is 33,040RMB or above can be classified to Category B in Shenzhen.Can ignore this standard if you have a bachelor degree and more than two years’ relevant work experience.Contact us for working visa solutions without a bachelor degree.
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Address: Room 18NO, Block B, Fortune Plaza, No. 7002, Shennan Road, Futian District, Shenzhen.

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The St. Regis Shenzhen Appoints Glenn Roger Prudhomme as Director of Food & Beverage

The St. Regis Shenzhen announced the appointment of Glenn Roger Prudhomm as Director of Food & Beverage. Glenn Roger Prudhomm will responsible for the hotel’s Food & Beverage operations.

Glenn Roger Prudhomm holds German and French citizenships, brings with him 13 years of experience in the hospitality spanning United Kingdom, Dubai, France, Thailand and Hong Kong, China. Prior to joining The St.Regis Shenzhen, he used to work for different luxury hotel brands with InterContinental and Four Seasons Hotels Groups.

Jtawen Yap, General Manager, The St.Regis Shenzhen, said, “We would like to leverage Glenn Roger Prudhomm’s creativity and his quality driven management approach to strengthen guest’s overall experience and bring more and more unique concept to the hotel’s stunning restaurant and bars.”

Place Address:  No. 5016 Shennan Road East, Luohu District Shenzhen, Guangdong 518001 China 深圳市罗湖区深南东路 5016 号 深圳, 广东 518001
Place Phone:  +86 (755) 830 88888

Super-Fast Train To Hong Kong Opening Soon

Video from CGTN Live: Travel to Hong Kong on a high-speed train 

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Travel between Hong Kong and Shenzhen is about to be revolutionized with the opening of the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link (XRL). Beginning from Sunday September 23rd, travelers from Shenzhen will be able to take a train from Futian station to West Kowloon in Hong Kong in just 14 minutes.

Photo from Wikicommon

Until now, travelers typically either crossed the border on foot at Luohu and took the long subway journey, bought a ticket for a bus at Shenzhen Bay, crossed by car at Huanggang, or traveled by ferry in Shekou. The new XRL is about to change all that.

Where does the XRL go and how long does it take?

The XRL will stop at 7 stations, six of which are in Mainland China and one in Hong Kong. Below is a list of the stations and how long they take to reach starting in Hong Kong.

  • West Kowloon – Station of departure
  • Futian – 14 mins
  • Shenzhen North – 23 mins
  • Guangming – To be confirmed
  • Humen – 30 mins
  • Qingsheng – To be confirmed
  • Guangzhou South – 48 mins

futian station

Photo: Wikicommons 

How much are tickets and how can I buy them?

Tickets for the XRL will be available at all departure stations. For Mainland China, keep checking Ctrip for when online ticket purchases become available. For Hong Kong, refer to the MTR official website. Below is a list of the ticket prices.

  • West Kowloon – Station of departure
  • Futian – HKD80
  • Shenzhen North – HKD90
  • Guangming – To be confirmed
  • Humen – HKD210
  • Qingsheng – To be confirmed
  • Guangzhou South – HKD280

Where do I pass through immigration control? Is it the same as other SZ-HK Borders?

No, it’s not, and that actually has been the source of a lot of controversy during the development and construction of the XRL. For the first time, a joint checkpoint will be in operation at the Shenzhen-Hong Kong border.

This development has been prominent in the local news in recent years as the public and politicians alike consider the ramifications of such a move. For the everyday travelers, however, the joint checkpoint has the potential to severely cut down on the time spent going through immigration and customs.

Not only does the XRL stand to be faster than any other travel option to Hong Kong, it will also likely have the quickest immigration and customs check too.

Is it convenient to reach other areas of Hong Kong from West Kowloon station?

Of course, it depends where you want to go, but generally speaking, the West Kowloon station is conveniently located and well-linked with other transport in Hong Kong.

To get to Central, first you need to take the walk bridge to Kowloon station. From there, take the Tung Chung line to Hong Kong station and walk from Hong Kong station to Central. Estimated travel time from West Kowloon station, including walking, is 30 – 40 minutes.

To get to Hong Kong International Airport, take the walk bridge again to Kowloon station. From there, take the Airport Express line to Airport. Estimated travel time from West Kowloon station, including walking, is 40 – 50 minutes.

Can I use the XRL to travel to other parts of Mainland China?


*Source of information: Transport and Housing Bureau

You can, and although it does not change much for most in that respect, it does make certain journeys more convenient for some people living in Shenzhen. For example, those living near Futian no longer need to travel to Shenzhen North or Luohu to take the train to Dongguan or Guangzhou.

Now, they can take the XRL train and be in Dongguan in about 16 minutes and Guangzhou in 34 minutes. From there, travelers can carry onto the rest of the country using the extensive high speed network in Mainland China.

The next step in improving Hong Kong and Mainland travel links

Regardless, the XRL is a major step forward in bringing Hong Kong closer to the Mainland. With the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge ready to open later this year and the Sha Tin to Central line coming by 2021, it’s never been easier to travel to Hong Kong from Guangdong.

All eyes in the region will turn to West Kowloon Station at 7 AM on Sunday September 23rd as the GZ-SZ-HK High-Speed Rail Link goes on its maiden journey. It will not be long before plenty of residents in Shenzhen will be using it to head into Hong Kong.

Written by Rory Lawless

Sustainable Seafood Initiative of Shangri-La Hotel Shenzhen Recognized By MSC Certification


From 9 August to 19 August, you may enjoy our new dishes both in Shang Palace and Coffee Garden, in which the seafood used are certified by Marine Stewardship Council (MSC). Join us to commit to protect future seafood supplies and make a positive impact on the environment.

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MSC (Marine Stewardship Council) is a non-profit organization established to address the problem of unsustainable fishing and safeguard seafood supplies for the future. It is the only internationally accredited and recognized world leader in sustainable Fisheries Standard for wild- capture fisheries and Chain of Custody Standard for seafood traceability.

Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts today announced it has received full Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) seafood Chain of Custody certification (CoC) for all its 53 properties across Mainland China and Hong Kong. As the first hotel group in Asia, the Shangri-La group initiated the certification program me as part of its sustainable sourcing strategy and commitment to protect future seafood supplies and make a positive impact on the environment. With a total of 53 hotels participating, Shangri-La has the greatest number of properties in Asia certified by the MSC.

Critical to the collaboration is the highlighting of sustainably sourced seafood selections on the hotels’ restaurant menus. Guests can identify these culinary offerings by the trusted MSC ecolabel printed alongside the dish description, which indicates the seafood is from MSC-certified fisheries and suppliers. MSC certification means the seafood was sustainably fished – it is fully traceable from a legal fishery, which has proven minimal impacts on the marine environment and other species, including threatened or endangered species and juvenile fish.

The Shangri-La group recognizes that overfishing is a threat to the state of the oceans, which will struggle to meet the demands of Asia and China – the world’s largest seafood consumers, whose population accounts for one-third of all fish consumption. This new certification will allow guests of Shangri-La to make sustainable and healthy choices.

香格里拉酒店集团携手海洋管理委员会 实施可持续海产品认证

8月9日至19日,莅临深圳香格里拉大酒店香宫或香咖啡,体验经海产品捕捞认证(MSC)的海产品烹饪而成的新菜式。 加入我们,规范海产品捕捞,共建可持续的海洋生态环境。





Friendly Reminders for Foreigners in SZ

More and more foreigners come to Shenzhen to travel or work, there are some important and basic regulations needed to be observed.

This article is quoted from “深圳出入境”。

Basic Laws and Regulations related with foreigners are as below:

1.Exit and Entry Administration Law  of the People’s Republic of China

2.Decree of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China

3.Employment Management Regulations for Foreigners in China

4.Interim Provisions on the Administration of Foreigners in Guangdong Province

Feel free to contact us if you need full texts of the above regulations or you have any question.

Contact: Olivia
Company Name: Shenzhen ZIX Consulting Co., Ltd
Place Address: Room 18NO, Block B, Fortune Plaza, No. 7002, Shennan Road, Futian District, Shenzhen.
Tel: 0755-32871512
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Duke’s at The Langham, Shenzhen Awarded “2018 Best Wine List Southern China” and “2018 Three Glasses” by China’s Wine List of the Year Awards


Duke’s at The Langham, Shenzhen Awarded “2018 Best Wine List Southern China” and “2018 Three Glasses” by China’s Wine List of the Year Awards


As a perfect combination of the over 150 years British luxury hotel heritage and the classical oriental elements, The Langham, Shenzhen now extends its unique style into food and beverage, enabling patrons to enjoy the finest cuisines and wines in a crafted ambience of true elegance. In recognition of the high-quality, diverse wine collection, and excellent wine tasting culture, recently, Duke’s at The Langham, Shenzhen won the “2018 Best Wine List Southern China” and “2018 Three Glasses” by China’s Wine List of the Year Awards.

The Wine List of the Year Award “set sail” in China in 2013, which was first introduced to recognize and reward restaurants and sommeliers by their enormous investment in time, skill and resources that go into developing the best quality wine lists in any specific country, and to provide a “route map” to the best wine lists for guests.

The judging panel of the 2018 China’s Wine List of the Year Awards was made up of wine professionals and experts worldwide, appraising the wine list with strictest requirements. The wine list of Duke’s, curated by Julia Zhu, Beverage Director of The Langham, Shenzhen, won over the “critics” and brought home the “2018 Best Wine List Southern China” and “2018 Three Glasses” Awards after rounds of intense competition. Duke’s has won multiple major honours of the China’s Wine List of the Year Awards for six consecutive editions since 2013.

Ever since becoming a certified sommelier in 2003 with CAPS (Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers), Beverage Director of the Langham, Shenzhen-Ms. Julia Zhu, a Chinese-Canadian and well-versed in both Chinese and English, has been working in the wine industry for 13 years. Before joining in the Langham Hospitality Group, Julia used to work as a head sommelier in different world-renowned five-star hotels. Joined The Langham, Shenzhen in 2012, Julia not only shares excellent wines around the world with guests, but also makes a perfect combination of wines, delicacies and the dining atmosphere, to present an enjoyable grand feast for tasting.

The Langham, Shenzhen offers a diverse range of Chinese and Western dining options, of which Duke’s offers a private wine collection featuring over 300 exquisite wines that cater to the tastes and preferences of casual drinkers and wine experts. Pairing with both the Western and Chinese delicacy, the hotel will stimulate your gustatory buds from all around.

 “2018 Best Wine List Southern China”      “2018 Three Glasses”

About Langham Hospitality Group

As the wholly-owned subsidiary of Great Eagle Holdings, Langham Hospitality Group encompasses a family of distinctive hotels under the Langham Hotels and Resorts and Cordis Hotels brands with more than 50 projects currently either confirmed or in a developed stage of negotiation from Asia, Europe and North America to the Middle East. The Group takes its name from the legendary Langham in London which was widely recognized as Europe’s first Grand Hotel. For 150 years, this flagship hotel has represented sophisticated and gracious hospitality, a philosophy that reflects elegance in design, innovation in hospitality, genuine service and captivation of the senses across all properties. For more information, please access the website at

Place Address: Level 3, The Langham, Shenzhen, 7888 Shennan Boulevard, Futian District, Shenzhen 中国深圳市福田区深南大道7888号, 深圳朗廷酒店, 3层
Place Phone:  86 (755) 8828 9888 ext.8922

Social Insurance Details for foreigners in Shenzhen

According to the Interim Measures for Social Insurance System Coverage of Foreigners Working within the Territory of China, foreigner working in China should buy social insurance except of eight countries signed Mutual Exemption Agreements.

Shenzhen Social Insurance Details for Foreigners:

Remarks:1.The lowest salary of Shenzhen will be adjusted to 2200RMB from Aug 1st, 2018.2. Foreigner can select No. 2A or No.2B for medical insurance.

3. Social insurance base should be same as monthly pre-tax salary.

4. Insurance for Injury at work’s percentage will be different for different company.

5. Social insurance is obligatory in SZ and Housing fund is not obligatory for foreigners employed in Shenzhen.

Calculations Examples

E.g.: Foreigner’s monthly salary is 35000RMB, how much for social insurance:If selecting medical insurance category I(2A):Employer pays: 25044*(13%+6.2%+0.45%+0.28%)+2200*1%=5013.27RMB.

Employee payys: 25044*(8%+2%) +2200*0.5%=2515.40RMB.

If selecting medical insurance category II(2B):

Employer pays: 25044*(13%+0.45%+0.28%)+8348*0.6%+2200*1%=3510.63RMB.

Employee pays: 25044*2%+8348*0.2%+2200*0.5%=2031.22RMB.

Who? What documents needed?

Who can buy social insurance?Foreigners who get work permit in Shenzhen.
Documents for buying social insurance in Shenzhen?1.Application form with company seal.2.Foreigner Work Permit and copy with company seal.

3. Passport and copy with company seal.

Company’s social insurance clerk needs to go to Social Insurance Bureau to apply.

Financial Social Security Card

When can apply a financial social security card?Second month after you bought social insurance in Shenzhen can apply.Where to apply social security card?

Any bank of the following 12 banks in Shenzhen:

China Construction Bank,Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, Bank of China, Agricultural Bank of China, China Merchants Bank, Ping’an Bank, Shenzhen Rural Commercial Bank,China Postal Savings Bank, China Communication Bank, China CITIC Bank, China Minsheng Bank, China Everbright Bank.

Documents for applying financial social security card for foreigners:

1. Original Passport

2. Photo Receipt for Social Security Card (Can take in a photo studio)

How much need to pay for financial social security card?

Free for first-time application,20RMB for non-first-time application.

Mutual Exemption Countries

Which countries signed mutual exemption agreement with China?Germany, Korea, Denmark,Canada, Finland, Switzerland, Netherland, Spain.Foreigners from above countries who can apply for exemption for certain insurance categories after submitting the participation certificate and written application form with company official seal to local Social Security Bureau through the employer.


How to apply to refund social insurance before foreigners leave China?Need to stop buying social insurance first.Documents needed:

1. Application Form with company seal.

2. Passport.

3. Work permit or Cancellation cerficate of work permit.

4. Bank card of any China 4 major state-owned banks (Construction Bank, Industrial and commercial bank, Bank ofChina, Agriculture Bank).

Must provide financial social security card if have.

Originals and copies for 2,3,4.

How much can be refunded:

Only can refund the employee parts.

Housing Fund in Shenzhen

Foreigners can buy housing fund in Shenzhen.Documents needed:1.     Passport

2.     Bank Account Opening Receipt for Category I bank card in any one of the following seven banks:

China Construction Bank, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, Bank of China, China CITIC Bank, Industrial Bank, Bank of Communications, China Merchants Bank.

Official link for Interim Measures for Social Insurance System Coverage of Foreigners Working within the Territory of China:
Feel free to contact us for more details.Contact: OliviaCompany Name: Shenzhen ZIX Consulting Co., Ltd

Address: Room 18NO, Block B, Fortune Plaza, No. 7002, Shennan Road, Futian District, Shenzhen.


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