If you want to send packages or documents in Hong Kong to Shenzhen, China one of the most effective package delivery companies is SF Express. I was looking to send some company documents from Hong Kong to my Shenzhen office.
Upon downloading and launching the iPhone app I was presented with a screen to select my location:
After Choosing Hong Kong you will need to register an account this was not the smoothest for me because when I tried to send a text message to my phone number to get the verification code it took a while to come so the count down clock in the app expired twice. Luckily I finally go the message and registration was complete.
After a welcome screen you are plopped on the home screen where I selected “New Order”:
On the next screen fill out the shipper info which means creating a new address entry in the apps address book. I set this as my default address since I plan to use it frequently.
Some of the other fields I wasn’t so clear on what to fill out as I rarely send items these days but I put in for Shipment content “documents” and the value I chose seems to be a minimum of USD$1.00 same with the weight I could not go lower than 1 kg.
For the destination you must choose the country such as “China” the full address will have to be put on the shipping label. As this was my first time ordering I didn’t have any shipping labels so the courier gave me extra envelopes and labels.
When you have all the fields in you can schedule the pickup for today or the next day.
Notice the little tool icon int he upper right corner of the “New Order” screen? It allows you to get rates so you have an idea of how much the shipment will cost. Here is an example Shipment from Hong Kong to Shenzhen:
Once your order is placed you can check on the status in the “My SF” tab of the app where it has your open orders and a handy service number which you can call.
The app also shows you a list of nearby stores that offer SF Express pickup which include 7-11s.
This app can help when you are doing business in Shenzhen by making it easier to send documents to your Shenzhen lawyer or accountant.
Starting in Guangzhou Keepo 1979 opened in the new Xiamihu mall called 1979.
Now you can order cupcakes in Shenzhen for birthday parties, company parties and special occasions.
They offered me some coffee made of coffee beans from Kenya with a slight tomato taste.
I opted for the Strawberry cupcake which said it used Japanese milk.
Normally 25RMB they gave me a 20% discount which was generous and appropriate when I am eating cupcakes I am comparing them to the gold standard Sift in Hong Kong. Those are really the best cupcakes in Hong Kong and I regularly smuggle them over the border for friends and staff. This strawberry cupcake was filled with a a strawberry flavored filling and so gave me the feeling I was eating strawberry shortcake. Overall the taste was good but I am still partial to the Hong Kong cupcakes and the list price in HK is 25HKD and the list price in Shenzhen is 25RMB. Something doesn’t seem right here.
Keepoo is a good destination if you have a car or want to take a taxi you can sit outside looking over the Honey lake and abandoned Scooby Doo like haunted amusement park.
I saw a familiar face on their wall former long time Shenzhen resident Jesse Warren was sporting a cupcake filled grin.
Was hoping to try this BBQ in Baishizhou, Shenzhen but unfortunately I already had dinner. Luckily I still had a chance to try the craft beer from the new BionicBrew 3.0 which has reopened. Great to stumble on some good street BBQ.
When an place starts as a fishing village and explodes to a population of over 12 million these people have to come from somewhere and they have come from all over China. Many Shenzhen immigrants are from the neighboring provinces but they also arrive from as far flung cities as harbin. Since Chinese are taught Putonghua in school they all end up using Mandarin as the lingua franca to communicate with each other when they arrive in Shenzhen.
Tropical Mandarin Immersion Paradise
Shenzhen is also a very comfortable place to live. It is on the cleaner side as far as Chinese cities go and has a very well thought out metro system. The Shenzhen weather is generally nice all year round unless you can’t get used to the hot and sticky rainy summers. Still the city offers tropical beaches with Hong Kong right next door so you can escape the city and grab any kind of thing you miss from home.
The combination of a great climate and a huge Mandarin speaking population makes Shenzhen the perfect destination for those that want to come to China and study the Chinese language. Immerse yourself with Chinese speaking friends and colleagues while finding private tutors, language schools or full time Mandarin programs.
Types of Mandarin Courses in Shenzhen
Take a class as a group or hire a private tutor Some Mandarin language schools offer nighttime and weekend Chinese language courses. After basic Mandarin out of the way you can consider a full immersion half day Mandarin course for multiple semesters to become fluent in Chinese. There are programs from many providers that will meet your needs so you don’t have an excuse to keep up on your Mandarin language skills.
Suggested Mandarin Language Schools
Shenzhen University is the best option for intense Mandarin language study where you basically go back to becoming a full time student attending class in the morning and using your afternoons to study.
HSK (Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi) Test Centers in Shenzhen
Shenzhen University offers a HSK examination center when you reach an advanced Chinese level. After obtaining a high proficiency in Mandarin Chinese you can take the HSK to prove to future employers your Chinese speaking ability.
Learn Mandarin Online from Home
Finally if you are time starved because your boss is keeping you late at work, most of the language schools offer online Mandarin tutoring over skype or other apps. Skilled Mandarin language tutors will practice with you over video or audio conferencing.
Though Beijing is the capital and many good Mandarin language universities exist there you are going to want to come study Chinese where it is warm all year round and you can pick up a neutral accent as opposed to the heavy thick accent of most Beijinger’s. Choose Shenzhen as your first destination to start your Mandarin studies and you won’t regret it.
In the coming week, two other international routes, one to Ibaraki, Japan, and the other to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, will be put into operation, the airline’s Shenzhen company said at the launch ceremony of the flight to Osaka at Shenzhen International Airport.
Many Shekou Bars are aimed at expats featuring live music as it is of interest among the expat community. Some expats event moonlight as musicians. In Shekou Seaworld square there are multiple bars within walking distance where you can watch live perforances. Destinations are The Terrace as well as X-TA-SEA on the Minghua Boat.
Most of the bands are cover bands singing current pop hits. Shekou is known for quality live music but not so much for original live music.
OCT Loft (Overseas Chinese Town)
If you are more interested in original music Overseas Chinese Town’s OCT Loft has become the destination. Close to the Huaqiaocheng subway stop with convenient transportation. The spot in downtown Shenzhen for artists sprinkled with cafes, art galleries and restaurants. The main attraction for live music lovers are jazz bar Penny Black Cafe which features outdoor seating and live jazz music bringing in artists locally, from Hong Kong, and beyond. For touring bands B10 Live is the most active venue running jazz festivals and having something on most nights of the week. Idutang is also of note for its italian food and live performances.
The best live music in Shenzhen depends on your tastes but you can find varieties in the above sections of Shenzhen. The most original music in OCT Loft with more of the commercial and pop music in Coco Park and Shekou areas. Other live rock bars dot the area and you can find a complete list of venues in the ShenzhenParty.com live music directory.